The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on November 13, 1957 · Page 8
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana · Page 8

Kalispell, Montana
Issue Date:
Wednesday, November 13, 1957
Page 8
Start Free Trial

f HE DAILY INTER LAKE -8 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Visit the Schools This is American Education Week. Unfortunately, we have not seen any appreciable amount of publicity or material concerned with this most important event. (In fact, we had more brochures and stickers and labels and blurbs on "International Love the Cats Week" -- honestly). But lack of publicity and written and spoken word need have no effect on our observance of our school system. Delegates to the 41st meeting of the American Federation of T e a c h e r s agreed that the attitudes and actions of young people, ranging from mere precocity through outright arrogance and delinquency, constitute more than a disciplinary problem; they say it is creating an atmosphere in many schools which results in the "retarded progress of normally adjusted students and the actual deprivation oC the gifted." In the face of this deteriorating situation, the teachers called for help from several sources. First, they asked that classroom and schoolyard discipline be recognized as the responsibility of the entire educational system. They also called for limitation of the size of classes (something our own teachers are calling for now), development of professional guidance program for all students and implementation of special facilities for maladjusted stu- dents whose emotional difficulties lead them to delinquency. They did not, in our opinion, go to the real root of the matter. They failed to ask parents to take their share of the responsibility. Accustomed to years of assuming more and more of the responsibility for molding America's youth, they overlooked this most important and extremely vital factor. Maybe, they considered asking for parental help, but finally decided that it would not be forthcoming. In any event, it is something parents can consider at length. To what extent have we gone in forfeiting our rights, privileges and responsibilities for upbringing of our children to the teachers, the clergy, and the .police? It should require no special incentive to take parents to the school for a talk with the teacher of their children, and with the administrators of the system. Unfortunately, we must recognize .that it does require something special to get parents to visit the school, and we assume that is why we have American Education Week. All this by way of saying we hope all parents and other interested persons will take some time out this week to visit the school 1 attended by their chil- . dren (and other schools, too, for that matter) and see what they can do to, help make the teacher's job easier -and make a better student and a better citizen out of their child. They Get the Job Done We have come to expect nothing of importance to come from the man who is supposed to represent the Western District in Congress. He did not disappoint us in his most recent visit to the area. In the 1960 election, Mr. Metcalf will be hard put to "run on his record." He has none -- in Congress, at least. In his Kalispell speech Thursday night, Mr. Metcalf said nothing cnew, and spent a great deal of time pounding away at some old favorite themes of his -- particularly in the field of federal aid to education and public power projects. The performance was characteristic of Mr. Metcalf's lack of imagination a/id foresight. Someone should tell Mr. Metcalf and other bleating Northwest congressmen (such as Oregon's Wayne Morse) that while they run about the country hollering for more and bigger government, private industry and citizens are hard at work trying to get the job done. And in the fields of power and schools the job is getting done. We see evidence of the progress and initiative of the private power com-. panies in the dynamic surge of Pacific Power Light, Montana Power Co., Washington Water- Power Co., and Portland General Electric, who have pooled effort and talent in the Pacific Northwest Power Co. They, together with cities and the local governmental agencies (known as PUD's, or public utility districts) today have approximately 4.6 millions kilowatts of hydroelectric power under construction, just completed, or definitely licensed. Close to $1 billion in financing is involved. Not so long ago (about a year ago) Bonneville Power Administration was warning that a "serious shortage": :ln electrical energy was shaping up ; for the early 1960's. Today, it concedes that any crisis has been "rolled back" until at least 1984-65. Much of the credit for the improved situation must go to the private power companies. The same thing will be true for our schools. Citizens will build schools and provide facilities as they are needed. There might be some frustration and impatience on the part of educators and school administrators --- but they will get what they need .^--' and without the intervention of the federal government. We are hopeful that Mr. Metcalf's next trip to the Flathead will bring some fresh proposal, something worth considering, indicative of clear, concise thinking. We've had too much of his oratoricaLplatitudes and shopworn big government curealls. Retain Our Faith Hardly understandable is the pessimistic attitude in the Flathead that one finds underlying off-hand or deliberate conversation on the economic and employment situation here. Admittedly, there has been a "leveling off" from our peak years during and immediately following construction of Hungry Horse Dam, the aluminum plant and other projects of lesser magnitude. , ' . And, it must be admitted, the softness in- our lumber industry has not made things any easier. But there is every reason for optimism when one considers the long-range situation. The difficulties of the lumber industry probably have'tended to "shake out" the f industry r that firms still active can plan their production in a more orderly fashion, firming up and steadying employment. The metals industry, also having passed through a gentle "shaking out," has developed new markets and absorbed inventories to the . extent where Anaconda probably ;will resume full-scale production in their plant before the year ends. The area is hot proverty-stricken, by any means; Bank footings arid debits are up, as compared with other years, savings are increasing, and the tighter credit policies are gradually helping our people get out of debt and put their personal affairs on a more realistic basis. It would be foolish to look · at the future with rose tinted glasses, or shrug off the problems that have beset individual families, business firms and industry in the Valley this year. A great many people have been and are still confronted with grave personal economic problems. And the near future (at least the past first six months of 1958) does not promise too much for those who have been out of work this year. We all have some tough prob-, lems to face up to. But hard work, some sacrifices, and a realistic outlook will bring the area through this short crisis. We are not alone in our problems., Other areas of the nation are going through the economic wringer. It remains only for us to maintain our faith and confidence in the area. Our tourist business grows steadily; our agricultural economy shows signs of picking up; building is bound to pick up some day -- with a resulting pickup in our timber output and sales; there are many more signs of encour-' agement. As we said before, this is not a time for rosy assumptions. And there is no justification for morbid pessimism. It is a time for confident, aggressive action to overcome the factors leading to regression, ^et's have at it! 'It's His Puddle" Rockefeller Looks Like Potential GOP Candidate BY LYLE C. WILSON WASHINGTON (UP) -- Nelson A. Rockefeller, grandson of the original John D., is being touted as next year's Republican candidate for governor of New York. NEW YORK'S governorship is a position ·which sometimes leads toward the White House. State governors more often than senators or congressmen are promoted along that path. Rockefeller's wealth would not become a campaign issue against him if he were nominated. His opponent would he Democratic GoV. Averell Harrlman who also,is loaded. Franklin D. Roosevelt disposed of the notion that a plush background is a political handicap, although the Roosevelts were more notable for blood lines than for great wealth. Rockefeller's name comes up in talk of-1958 In company with speculation that professional Republican politicians may not be too anxious for the New. York gubernatorial nomination. Democratic Mayor Robert F. Wagner's lop sided re-election in New York City last week darkly clouded next, year's Republican outlook in the state. The Republican Party in New York City was short of even a respectable showing in the mayoralty contest. A leftwing splinter group called the Liberal Party rolled up 219,000 votes for Wagner. The Republican Party polled only 587,000. The Democratic vote for Wagner was more than 1,280,000. * SOME FAMILIAR political symbols were missing from last week's ballot in New York City. Gone was the Communist-sparked American Labor Party (ALP). It lost its place on the ballot last year when it failed to poll 50,000 votes for its gubernatorial candidate. Missing, too, were the Socialists. The Socialist Party in the United States was unable to recover from the drain on its voting power effected by FDR's creation of the New Deal-Democratic coalition. A spot check in eastern industrial areas OtherEditors' Opinions (New York Herald Tribune) Up in Schnectady, the electrically- operated garage doors of Dr. Thomas Binaldi have been flying open, untouched and unassisted, just before sunup each morning. He finally figured " out what was doing it: 'Sputnik, hurtling overhead, was emitting radio beams which operated, his opening mechanism, but neglected to close it. That's just like the Russians--always going ; around kicking things over but never bothering to tidy up afterwards. Yet may be Dr. Rinaldi's opening doors are both a symbol and a warning to all of us. Too many doors have been closed in this land. Too many needless walls have been reared between the :free communication of the Free World's scientists. Sputnik is a warning to us to open 4 other doors, to let the sunlight of free inquiry and mutual trust into the musty air of secrecy and suspicion in which we have been confining ourselves not to andetriment,6f the Russians, but only to our own scientific program^ in 1935-36 revealved mass desertions from the Socialist Party to the Roosevelt powerhouse. In 1936, an organized Socialist group split from the Socialist Party to support FDR's fiist re-election. The Socialist vote has continued to dwindle since. The left wing element of New York City politics now is concentrated substantially ia the splinter Liberal Party (LP) which properly could be called a labor party. LP was born of the American Labor Party in a struggle to prevent Communist domination of ALP, The Communists took over ALP, however, and the Liberals took a walk ' to their present position of close alliance but sometimes uncertain partnership with the Democrats. LP is in a balance-of-power position in any close contest and, therefore, has a forceful word to say about Democratic candidates and policies. All of this tends in the nation's most im- portan 1 political state to anchor the Democratic Party to the left of center. There is little likelihood of any shift other than further to the left. THIS DEMOCRATIC fixture of left-of- ceuter position is the tie that binds the Democratic Party together in the North. REMEMBER. WHEN? FIVE YEARS AGO Nov. 12, 1952 Civil Defense Director Col. Ralph Sleator announced this morning that the most critical need for volunteers is in the ground observer corps, headed by Sig Ludwig. COLUMBIA FALLS--Corrine Hodgson, a 1951 graduate of Flathead County High School and a resident of Columbia Falls, was the winner of a $25 second prize in a Rocky Mountain College Americanism contest competition recently, according to a report received here yesterday. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Nov. 12, 1942 LONDON -- British and American troops together were driving toward Tunisia today from the west in perhaps the largest combined Allied operation of the North African campaign. J. M/ Budd, superintendent of the Kalispell division of the Great Northern Railway, with headquarters at Whitefish, is resigning his position and will join the Army Engineers, according to word that has been received by friends in this city. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Nov. 12, 1932 , CAMAGUEY, Cuba--Central Cuba's hurricane dead approached .the 2,000 mark today as military and governmental , authorities took hold of the .problem of relief and rehabilitation for ··' - the thousands of homeless and destitute. NEW YORK--James J. Walker, slipping away without fanfare, was Europe-bound yesterday, and word came from sources close to him that he would dw^ll in Paris indefinitely NOTHING SPECIAL By W. B. S, Sutidiy marked the beginning of American Education Week. I had meant to comment to some degree on the Week in this corner Sunday, but got sidetracked. Today, I'll hope this belated gesture will cot be too late to help, o * » Mo'st "Weeks" have no significance. But this- one has. Particularly for parents. Why not bestir yourself, get up to the schools and see what is going on? You'll never have a better chance. V * '* American Education Week is especially ' important in these times of unparalelled educational problems. Certainly a major concern of the educational-profession, these slso are important to the laymen of America -- the parents of school children, the taxpayers who'support the schools, and the children themselves. Education effects all of us and no one can af- for to ignore the pressing problems. * a * What are these problems? In addition to the over-increasing problems of overcrowded schools and the shortage of capable teachers, modern education also faces what to, many of us seems a far more urgent problem--that of maintaining and preserving our status as a free nation and the organization of a future free world. * tt * Freedom is not only a question of the fundamental freedoms of religion, speech, press, and movement that were granted to us through our constitution. 'It is also a question of the freedoms of the mind and spirit, such as the freedoms from superstitions, fear, and ignorance. Here education enters into the picture. It was one said by a prominent forerunner of modern educators that "only the educated are free." Only through carefully guided education i?an we obtain and maintain , intellectual freedoms. * * * ' In. order for , education to perform this deed, educators must be granted another type of freedom -that of academic freedom. Students and teachers must be free to pursue truth in any form, to have access to all available materials in this search for truth in; any form, and. to freely discuss controversial problems and issues. f * *. No one person or organization may feel entirely free unless they are working toward a specially selected goal which is aimed at the good of others. Education assumes a position of real importance here. Knowing that man cannot truly be free unless he is striving toward a worthy coal, education attempts to pro- vide our future citizens with proper motivations and incentives. * * * The acceptance by education of this burden of creating healthy attitudes in our children is a serious challenge. Education strives (o master Oils challenge, in two ways -- by educating youth in good moral values and by attempting to instill responsible citizenship .qual- ties in the students. * u fc Recent awakening by the public to needs of stronger moral values in our children is shown by increased and increasing church attendance and the popularity of written materials and both TV and radio programs dealing with basic values. Too often, the "do something about our children" cry is directed solely at our schools. Although education can and does stress and and spiritual values in schools through class work e x t r a-curricular activities, the effort must also be supported and sustained by home and church activities. * * * Today our country has found it necessary to assume leadership of all free countries of the world. Consequently, the responsibilities of good citizenship have become vastly more important than ever before/Who knows how heavily the future of our own country and of the free world depend upon the development of wise citizenship among our people? We know that the strength of any country is not entirely maintained by its guns and bombs. More important is the attitude of its people. One of the chief aims of education today is to teach "how to think" and not "what to think". Democracy is stressed in the forms of group activities and school organizations. Here, too, education must work hand-in-hand with the home and public in developing good citizens. Practices of'good citizenship In the home and by. public officials influence' the thoughts and Ideals of young people t o - a great extent. * * * Home, church, school, public -- none of these factors alone can create necessary moral values or good citiz^n- ship in our youth. Only by cooperation and good will csn these things be accomplished. During American Education Week, your schools' openly invite you to observe them and their efforts in accomplishing the goals set out for them. The slogan for American Education Week, "An Educated People'Moves Freedom Forward," underscores education's attempt to create a better world for all of us. * EPSON IN WASHINGTON * Industrial Unions Prove Big Force WASHINGTON (NBA) -- The second annual convention of the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Department in Washington serves as a reminder that the old Congress of Industrial Unions movement 'is still alive and kicking. Actually, it is stronger than ever before ' within the merged big labor organization. The old CIO was having its troubles keeping afloat when it merged with the American Federation 6f Labor. But the new IUD has over 7,200,members in 71 national and inter. national unions. Its net worth is put at $2,954,000 -- an increase of nearly two million in the last year. It is the largest department in the 17-million-member AFL- CIO. It includes more than a million members of the International Association of Machinists under President Al Hayes." They were not in the old CIO setup. IUD also took in 42 AFL unions with 28 of the old CIO unions to make a stronger force of industrial union workers, as distinguished from craft union workers in the building trades. · This new Industrial Union Department,does not have the United Mine Workers under John L. Lewis, wh,o disafflllated after starting the CIO. And IUD has lost the big ,; Plasterers, Distillery Workers and Sheet Metal Workers for nonpayment of dues. ' But lUD's executive committee is studded with \ the : names of . former CIO big shots--Joe Bierne, . J o e Curran, O. A. Knight. And its top officers ore the same that CIO had. President Walter Reuther of the Auto Workers, Secretary-Treasurer James B. Carey of the Electrical Workers. Being against anything Walter Reuther is for has become a kind of cult, politically as well as economically. Thus Sen.' Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), whods up for reelection this year, is basing his campaign largely on opposition to labor unions as they are now run. Walter Reuther is his Number One whipping boy. On the other hand, Senators Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota and Jack Kennedy of Massachusetts -- who wouldn't mind being' Democratic candidates .for either president or vice president in 1960 --· openly bid for labor support. They were the two featured speakers on the IUD program here. In the light of Sen. John L. McClellan's special investigating committee exposures of labor leaders' links with racketeers, there is some tendency to write the unions off as an effective force in polities. There Is a feeling that the next Congress will pass severe restric- ' tions on union practices that will put all labor organizations back in what employers regard as "theli proper place." " ..The performances of Dave Beck. Jimmy Hoffa and their ilk provide some justification for a belief that union leaders have this kind of; a fall coming to thorn. But any idea that .the mass of organized labor will take this lick- I , lying down , is considered wrong

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free