The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 19, 1950 · Page 17
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 17

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 19, 1950
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1950 Tin Notion Today: Price* and Wages— Government Not Ready for Price Control after Six Month Warning U.< v t **K7C< !»•'* n* m_ _ ' ^^ H> JAMES MARI.OW WASHINGTON, Dec. 19. wj _ Within 10 days,after Pearl Harbor Efesidcnt Roosevelt called a White muse conference of industry and labor leaders. He told them that to keep this country from ruaious inflation In the war program, prices ond wages would be held down and he'd set up agencies to handle labor-management, problems to be fair to both. In return, both management and labor gave a pledge: Labor said there'd be no strikes In the war; management said there'd be no lockout of workers. Thereafter the Office of Price Control sat on prices and the War Labor Board laid down rules on who, and under what circumstances, could get a wage increase. Generally, It set a limit on wage increases. Now the government has a price control office and a wage stabilization office—both part of the Economic Stabilization Administration —lo control prices and wages. No I'lerlgrs .Given But there has been no White House conference of industry and labor and no pledges have been <;iv- en. But the first t problem of prices and wages already Ii in the gov- ..srnmenfs lap. This is the auto in- • Last week the biggest automakers announced they were going to raise prices on their new cnrs. Dr Alan Valentine, head of USA, asked / them not to. They said they had to of a rise In the costs of labor and materials, but particularly steel and government-controlled synthetic rubber. The government raised the rubber price Dec. 6. . Eiut ESA cracked down and Saturday ordered them to roll back the prices to where they were Dec J and keep them there until March while ESA has a chance to study the whole price-wage control problem. Actually. ESA doesn't, have a staff large enough to put price and wage controls on the rest or Hie country at this time and make them work. Still, being ordered—not asked— to keep down prices and wages, has visibly made the auto makers unhappy. And the auto workers, too So the government, through its- wage stabilization board, has called a conference tomorrow between rep resentailvcs of the auto Industry and the CIO Auto Workers Union Out of this conference may come some solution, or some part of a solution, on the wage-price problem. It's not something which can be settled hy one conference as you can remember from World War II days when the problems of wages and prices was unending. Unusual Situation But here at the very, start of the LjWobiem now the government_ls WSnfronted with an unusual situa- , lion, as you'll see in a second The law which Congress passed In September, giving the government LETTER TO SANTA—Barbara Lentz, 11-year-old polio victim at Coply Memorial Hospital, Aurora, 111., has found the only way she can write Santa Clans is to clutch a pen in her teeth. Instead of asking for gifts, Barbara, who has been crippled over a year askeil Santa to thank all the people who helped her by contributing to the March of Dimes. Assisting the little girl is Nancy Kelly occupational therapist. power to hold down prices and wages, says that whenever prices in any industry- right now in the auto industry—arc frozen, wages must be held down, too. Now In some other Industry the problem might be comparatively simple, even when there's a union involved. For If the company's prices were held down the workers wouldn't have any special arrangement for getting wages up. It's different in the auto industry. The auto workers union has contracts witli the biggest companies that calls for this: When living costs go up 1.14 per cent, the workers must be given an increase of 1 cent an hour in pay. It's a five-year contract. About 1,000.000 workers are covered by this kind of.agreement, ... ., ,...,; But now, with the auto makers' more, due to higher living costs? And is it fair to the automakers to hold down their prices if most of the rest of the country isn't under government orders to hold down ices and then the costs of materials go up? It's not an easy problem for ESA. Walter Reuther, head of the auto workers union, says he'll tight any attempt la freeze wages in the auto industry. General Motors, the largest auto maker, said the price freeze on cars placed "In jeopardy" the five-year wage agreement with the auto workers. At this point since It's unable the government to impose wider . • —"* uviiu tiiaAC-in ICilUV LO QO ?n ,m r r °^"; S "? POSe liVl " 8 ««<s. Prices and go up. Is it fair to the workers to . rs o deprive them of this 1-cent an hour price and wage controls instead o singling out one industry, is paying the penalty lor not being even near ready to do a real job of controlling wages, although (hi BLYThEViL.LE. (ARK.)' COTJHIER NTTW8 'Hearing Anonymous' Her Dream Is to form a Society Y_nf i u i • _ m * . ... ' To Rehabilitate Hard of Hearing By RICHARD KI.KINKR . NEA Slid Correspondent NEW YORK, (NBA)-It was a little lame doctor In Chicago who convinced Marie Hays Heiuer to lacs the facts. "Look." he said, "I'm lame and you're hard of hearing. You can't kid yourself; you're not going to Ket any better and you may get worse. Nobody «ver died of deafness. So you've got to learn lo liv« with it." That was seven years altci sh« had waked up one morning, unable to hear. In those seven years she'd tried to get by, consulted countless doctors, lied to herself and prayed for a cure. But it tcok that dot-lops frank ( a |k to make her buy a hearing aid and rejoin the world of sound. And now she wanl.s to help other deafened persons rehabilitate them- seli'es through a dream of hers, Hearing Anonymous. She says there arc millions of hard of hearing who, through vanity or pride or fear, refuse to admit their handicap. Like alcoholics, they need the help and counsel of people who have been through the same thing. "You know." she says, "there s quite a bit of similarity between being deaf and being an alcohollm. Both handicaps make you shun society. Both make you withdraw into yourself. Incidentally, there are an awful lot of deafened people who become alcoholics " You'd never know Mrs. Helner was deaf. The Cleveland, o., woman hears everything you say and speaks m a normal conversational tone. She's a vivacious, sparkling woman. Shcs a successful author, having written the story of her rehabilitation in a book called "Hearing is Believing." Hundreds of people wrote to her after the book was published. They were mostly hard of hearing persons who sought advice. "They wrote me personal things they would never tell an agency or a doctor," she says. "I believe It's because they knew I'd been through it all myself and could understand. You know, being deaf Is a fright entng thing—perhaps you don't dir> of it, but you die a little bit." Because of those letters, she reasoned that she could help people get on the right track by talking to them. And there are many oilier hard of hearing persons who lisvc conquered their handicap and could also counsel the less fortunate "There should be a group, pat- . IIKI.S'KII: Like alcnti deafened shun suticty, ternert alter Alcoholics Anonymous." she says, "that could talk to men and women who lose their hoaring. They'd irilk to them honestly and tell them, as that dcctor told mo to learn to live with their handicap' I think a Hearing Anonymous could bring thousands of people back into the world of sound." She visions it as a collection of sympathetic people who could explain the facts of deafness and what to do about it. They miiiht. have to give advice on love affairs, too. Mrs. Hciner says, because many young deafened are afraid to wear healing aids for fear ol what their toy friends or girl friends night say. Stie. herself, was only in when she lost her hearing and thinks her youlli anrl vanity mtiy have hint something to do with her reluctance to wear an aid. As she sees It, Hearing Anonymous would straighten the young deafened out with plain talk and the 'ears of experience." It's still just an Idea, tills Hearing Anonymous. But from the talks she's had with some oilier deafened people, she thinks it's an idea tnat would do a great deal of gocd. U. S. Considering Selling 'Excess 7 Warships to Latin American Nations \V A <3T.II Ml""'IV*XT l-i_ _ « ~ ,— _.. WASHINGTON. Dec. 18. (!P\— The U.S. is considering selling "excess" warships to several Latin American nations to strengthen their iiFivies against a possible war. Government officials yesterday confirmed that negotiations are go' problem has been talked about for almost six months. ing be given away under the Defense Assistance Pact. Congress recently authorized after a report, circulated In Mutual the sale of excess naval and military equipment to American republics. Six or more countries, Including Chile, asked for surplus warships from the navy's World War II mothball fleet. Chairman Viiuon (D-Ga) of the House Armed Services Committee planned to make sure no fighting ships can be given away without permission [rom Congress. Arrive* Head Asks Jap Rearmament WASHINGTON, Dee. 19. <AP>- Jajmii should be rearmed now to help fight Communist aggression, Aim-els National Commander Harold Russell said today. In a tetter to Secretary of Slate Achcson, Russell said, "Certainly it Ls now time to consider the development of a truly elective military o;',ablishment by the Japanese themselves to play Its own major role In denying; tlie alms of aggressors who threaten the Internal security of Japan not only by their obvious designs but also through mere proximity," The name "c!c-rk" which Is used today to rtpsr-ribe n jalesman In a store or a minor otflcn functionary originally meant n man who had taken religious orders. 3-Year-Old Gary'5 Christmas Train Brings About Death KANSAS CITY, Kas., D«C. 19. (AP)— Three-year old Gary Moore wa« going (a get in electric train for Christmas. HI* father, Kenneth Moore, WM building a wooden platform for the train. Saturday Moore took i board to a construction site near his home where a house was being built. Gary, who didn't know what his father was building, tagged along. Moore asked to borrow a power saw to cut the board Into strips. Gary, the Moore's only child, started playing about 20 feet from where Moore and i workman were using the saw, The saw Wade suddenly caught one end of the strip and hurled it backward. T|| E board was about eight feet lout;, one i nc h thick and two Inches wide. One end of the board struck Oarj In the chest, fractured a rib and punctured a lung. He died a few nilnulM after being rushed to * hospital. Short fiecomei Truman Press Secretary WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 MV_ Joseph H. Short was sworn In yesterday as press secretary to President Truman. The oath wa.s administered in Mr Truman's office by Chief Justice Pred vlnmn before a crowd of friends and neighbors. 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