The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 21, 1949 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 21, 1949
Page 5
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' TUBST5AT, JUKI «, BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.y COURIER NEW» PACK im THE NATION TODAY President Provides Congress Wif/i Seven P/ons to Revamp His Own f xecutive Department {Editor's not«: This* Is the first of several stories on President Truman's plans (or reorganizing the government.) By James Mart** WASHINGTON, June 21. W»j—President Truman now has sent seven plane to Congress for overhauling, or reorganizing, the government. Ht did that yesterday. And they're important, although they're only ; first In a series of plans he'll offer, some this year, some next year. Since the story of reorganizing the government Is complicated, here is an ABC on what happened and what lies ahead. There are three main points: The study and recommendations made by the Hoover Commission; the reorganization act passed by Congress; the plans to be offered by Mr. Truman. 2,IM,000 on Payroll This government, with 2.100,000 employes, is the biggest business in the world but is less efficient than many, maybe most, businesses. It'ha.s grown as the population grew and the needs of the people increased. Bureaus, agencies, commissions shoot off in all directions. Since 1912, a number of attempts have been made to put the government's house in order. None was thorough. Two years ago Congress decided lo do a real job of it. It created a 12-man commission, headed by former President Koover. This WPS non-political. The commission was composed of Democrat 1 and Republicans. A Republicar Congress created it. Mr. Truman | blessed it. It's purpose: To study the whole government and offer recommendations to make it run better and cheaper. AsKisfed by Experts }About -300 experts helped (he nmisslon look for sick spots. Early this year the recommendations began coming out in the form o* reports. The commission produced 18 reports and 287 recommendations, ' some major, some minor. The next move was up to Congress. Unless it gave the President pow- BT to put the recommendations into effect ,or some of them, .they'd die on the vine. So last week Congress passed an | «ct giving the Prfsident power to reorganize the executive branch of the government. It didn't, give him power to tam- i per with the other two branches: | The legislative (Congress) or the judiciary (the courts). The Hoover Commission examined only the executive branch. And yesterday Mr. Truman signed the act into law. It's not a blink check .leaving him free to do anything he wishes about the executive branch. There's a rein on Mr. Truman. For example: First he must offer his reorganization plans to Congress. (He offered the seven plans yesterday after signing the act into law.) Then he must wait 60 days to see what Congress thinks. If Cong re. doesn't act within 60 days to kill the plan, Mr. Truman can go ahead with it. Plan Still Faces Hurdlec A plan can be killed m one of two ways: 1. A full majority vote of either House could do it. In the Senate, with 96 members, 49 would have to vote against the plan. In the House a majority of the 435 members would be 218. 2, If Congress quits for the year within the 60 days after Mr. Truman has offered a plan, that kills il for the year. He'll have to wait till the next year before offering another. Under the reorganization act Mr. Tnnnati can abolish or shift agencies created by Congress- But—he can't interfere with or take away any of the powers that belong to Congress. For example: Congress decides what taxes shall be. The Internal Revenue Bureau collects the taxes, Mr. Truman can't suddenly tell the bureau that from now on it will decide lax rates, not Congress. Mr. Truman was able to offer the seven plans yesterday, as soon a; he signed the reorganization act because he had them ready. They hac been prepared by his own staff, not the 1 Hnover Commission But—they closely followed tin Hoover Commission recommendations, although not all the Hoover recommendations were covered. Later plans to be offered by Mi Truman this year and In 1950 wil cover more of the Hoover reroin men da Lions. It's a long-range job. HAL BOYLE'S COLUMN Some International Gatherings Just Don't Help to Bring Peace With the Courts Chancery: Opal Cochran vs. Virgil Lee Cocliran. suit for divorce. Ephrutn Roberts vs. Feail Rob erLs. suit for divorce. Grace McGil!, next friend of An na Elizabeth Mooneyham, vs. Chcs tec Aaron Mooneyham, suit for an nulment. Marriage Licenses The following couple obtained marriage license at the office Miss Elizabeth Blythe. county cler yesterday: Wilburn Van Cleve, of Btythi ville, to Miss Marialynne Neff, i Jonesljoro. The area of Norway i« 124.5& .square miles. BUG 8LIT2—A light plane trails plumes like a bomber's contrail w.«m* Pra?rS ! jy °u^ Kan " W|lh DDT " A l.«M».MO-acre area in Sattoi of''/ lso . bcin * blltzed *» order to kill the highest concentration of grasshoppers ever recorded in the U. S. The voune "hopper, threaten to wipe out a large part of fhe naUon'i corned wheat crop If they're not wiped out. BT Hi! B*;le NEW YORK, (/ey— MeraoriM of Europea revisited: There wu an old Q«rnum selling flowers In front of (he pren camp In Frankfort. He held a row in his mouth while miking change for a customer. "Ten years ago." said someone, "they took the bit In their t«eth. Now look—It's flowers." How to lose friends and alienate allies department: It happened after midnight. It was one of those International gatherings at which people would rather say something brittle mid clever than .something true. They were deep In Scotch and their own frustrations, and talking about things they clldn'l know—just to get In the knife blade and hurt each other. "You wouldn't have had an air force without our Rolls Royce engine," said the Englishwoman. "You Americans are the greatest warmongers in the world." "No, you British are," said an merican. 'Who are the greatest warmcmg- rs—we or the Americans?" asked he Englishwoman turning to Youth Admits (illing in Mississippi DEQUEEN. Ark., June 21. (iPt— A 16-year-old Negro boy told offl- ers here yesterday that he killed man in Vicksburg. Miss., "some- ime last March." Police Chief Dec Shillito said he vas advised by Arkansas State Poice that the prisoner, who enve the name of John Pullcn West, probably was wanted for questioning in Vicksburg. State Police had checked he boy's fingerprints. The prisoner also has signed -\tr.iditlon papers. The boy attempted to draw one of the two guns he had strapped on his waist when encountered by ShilliU) in railroad yards here Friday night. The chief sqid the prisoner also admitted store burglaries in Houston, Miss., Batesville, Ark., and Monroe. La., within recent months. A handbag containing sixirls goods was carried by the boy. .ove finds a Way — )espi(e Prison Bars Elbow Benders Club Deprived oi Free Party CHICAGO (IF)— Jiugle, jingle, little jar Now we wonder where you are. So goes the lament of the Elbow Bender Regulars. They're ste;id> customers at the Cycle Inn tavern They tossed their loose pennies inio a jar on the bar for almost a year. The coin's piled up until there were about 8.000 of them. The Rc-g- ulars figured it would be filled ii a few more days.' Then they'd h.ive a free beer party. But there will be no party. A tliief walked off with the jar. SINGAPORE m— Lee Sun. 32, iind Low Sei Mul, 16, were awaiting repatriation to China, under emergency regulations. They wanted to be wed. Authorities checked on their story with their parents white the couple were still in separate detention camps in Johore. Once their stories were shown to be true .the two were brought to Outram prison here and the wedding was arranged. An official of the Secretariat to Chinese Affairs acted as master o ceremonies while the official puhli relations department photographe served as a witness. Read Courier News Want Ads. (rlend. "The American*, of course," murmured her friend. "You're just mad," said the American, "because you don't Imve anything left to warmonger with." Wonder what the soldiers In the allied cemeteries would say to either of them? There 12 one French town above all others that symbolizes (he war to hundreds of thousands of American troop*. It Is St. Lo, whore Hitler's western wall in Normandy was finally breached. So badly was the town buttered fi'om ground and air (hat there was talk of leaving It, ruined and emp ly, as an etenral monument of the war—and the price of war. But the people of St. Lo wanted to come home, and they did. Heliwd by American generosity they have made an astonishing recovery. Most of the rubble has been cleared. Entire sections have been rebuilt. We stood in a churchyard there one Sunday recently—a group of former war eorresixjndcnts—Iwfore a bronze bust erected to the memory of MaJ. Thomas Howie, the "Major of St. Lo." Howie had wanted la be the first man Into th« town. After b* foil In action, troops of the J»th Infantry Division carried out his wish. They ook his (Ing-draped body along with he entering task force, and laid it n honor by the church. As we stood there reminiscing an eerie wall split the air—the scream of an air raid siren. Instinctively we started to ituck for a ditch. Then, sheepishly, we realized the siren was only signaling the noon hour. But as long as 11 sounds—and the monument to Major Howie stands — the people of St. Lo will remember the war every day. Many crooei bear »h» nam tt he »oWier beneath. Many »»y dm. ply: "Unknown German." The cemetery wu left under French care. And the French, with stern but honest hospitality, nav* passed on thia responsibility to n«- ure. They didn't Invite the German* in—and they ue no reaaou for honoring those who stayed. Weeds, thistles, nettle*, grass and daisies spring from the sunken iraves and wave above the crouei. Here and there a poppy blows in scarlet surprise. It Is a quiet and peaceful place, And nobody shouts, "Sleg Hell!" The hiost successful eleNaziflca- tion program In Europe can be found just outside the village o( La Cambc tn Normandy. It Is a German milUnry cemetery, an epitaph to the Reich Hitler meant to lust 1,000 years. 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