Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on January 9, 1946 · Page 2
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Postville, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 9, 1946
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PAGE TWO. THE POSTVILLB HERALD. POSTVILLE, IOWA. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, i Mt< CAPITOL NEWS LETTER (Weekly news release of the Iowa Press Association. Material contained herein does not necessarily conform to the editorial policy of this newspaper.) First veteran of World war II to toss his hat into the Iowa political ring is former state representative Sewell E, Allen. Onawa. Allen recently took out papers which he said he will circulate and file for the Democratic nomination ti congress from the traditional Republican Seventh district. Other World war II veterans in Iowa are expected to seek political office in l£Ml> and one of them may be opposing Alien for the Democratic congressional nomination before the shouting dies down. He is Lt. Col. Fred Kraschel. son of the former governor, who hails from Harlan and is said to be mulling over his prospects. The incumbent congressman from that district. Rep. Ben F. Jensen. Exira. is a veteran of World war I and already has applied for papers to file for re-nomination. Probably he will be unopposed for the spot and. if Allen or Kraschel should win the Democratic nomination, it would bring together a veteran of the first World war and one of the second. FIRST CANDIDATE FOR RE-ELECTION. First office-holder to announce for renomination and re-election to state office is David B. Long. Des Moines, who is on the state commerce commission. Long announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to one of the two spots which must be filled in the 1946 election. He is after his second term. His announcement was the only one made by present state office holders during 1945. A flood of announcements can be" expected within the next few weeks since nomination papers must be tiled early t. is year in order to prepare the ballot for those still overseas. The governor's action, the basis tor. which was established by the 1943 legislature, is the third of four steps which many former convicts may follow back into useful civilian lives. The 1943 legislature provided that convicts who had good records might be paroled to enter the armed services if the state parole board wished to do so. The board paroled about 200 men from Fort Madison and Anamosa prisons to enter the armed services. That was the first step. The only condition was that these men must serve honorably at least a year to be considered for a pardon. The second step was to the men. Many of them served honorably and many more will have when their service ends. The third step was the pardon which Governor Blue gave 10 men last week. The fourth step is for the men to prove that they are deserving of the pardon and that they can live useful lives as citizens. der consideration a recommendation by Hardin County Attorney D. W. Dickinson to dismiss the remaining in* dictmcnts ngaist former employes of the Iowa Training School for Boys at Eldora. Dickinson revealed recently that he wrote the attorney general recommending the dismissal in view of the verdict reached in the recent trial of Carl Klatt at Fort Dodge. Attorney General Rankin did not wish to comment on the request inasmuch as he said he wanted to study the record in the Klatt case. The next case against a former employe is not set until the February term of court. Klatt started his jail sentence Jan. 2. He is to serve 30 days at hard labor. CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE. Governor Blue has set Jan. 16 as the date for the first meeting of the centennial committee. This committee will organize the statewide observance of Iowa's 100th birthday as a state which will be on Dec. 28, 1946. The governor also has called into session the committee of civilians which will investigate the board of control institutions. This committee is to meet for organization purposes this month. CONSIDER INDICTMENTS. Atty. Gen. John M. Rankin has un- MAY LEAVE IOWA. | A woman who has been a familiar figure around Iowa legislative halls for some time may be leaving the stale soon to make her residence in California. She is Mrs. Ida B. Wise Smith, long time national leader of W. C. T. U. forces and for many years head of the Iowa dry organization. • Although she didn't have too much success getting the W. C. T. U. program across with the legislature, she became respected as a hard, smart and clean fighter for the things she believed in. She never failed to get an audience with legislators who liked to match wits with her. She has been making her home in Iowa since leaving the post of national leadership some months back. Insure Fruit Supply By Caring For Trees Now If winter has taken a heavy toll of fruit trees, bushes and plants around your home, and you're wondering where to start anew, here's advice from H. E. Nichols, extension horticulturist at Iowa State College. You may wonder whether buying plants or trees at this year's high prices, buying insecticides and fungicides and spending time in care and cultivation will be worthwhile. From the standpoint of family nutrition it will pay well, Nichols says. And you'll insure having a supply of fruit for your family regardless of market shortages or high market prices. You ran make ymir orchard money go farther by spending it for adapted varieties and doing some pruning, cultivating, spraying and mulching. Early planning is essential this year, too. Nursery stock is rather scarce, and if you plan now and order early, you'll have a chance at the better varieties. LASTED 50 YEARS. A young spruce dug 50 years ago and vised as a Christmas tree by the Henry Gode family in Marengo is now one of the largest evergreens in that city. The U'ce. after serving as a Christmas tree, was planted near the house by Mrs. Gode. When chilled and linn, bacon is easily cut in thin, even slices. Cattle Market Outlook Said Not To Be Bright There arc hot too many bright spots in the cattle market situation. And Rex Bcrcsford, Iowa Stale College livestock specialist, says the outlook I* on the shady side especially for the bulk of short-fed stock during late winter and spring. Hccause of the record numbers of steers on short feed In the Corn Belt states, farmers will have to watch cattle runs closely. The market is touchy. Heavy runs are almost certain to push prices down. Feeders who can get in on a short market may find the prices better, but the strong market of the past few months is hardly to be ex- j peetecl. I llcresford points out that demand for beef is good, but packers who are I aware of the large supply that must move aren't in a hurry to bid tip the cattle price. They also are registering I complaints about the narrow margin between retail ceilings on beef and the ; compliance regulations on buying J steers. Increased pork supplies are | another factor that may hurt demand | for the plainer grades of beef. I Top-grade, steers, Bcrcsford says ; probably will continue to bring coiling or near ceiling levels for some time. Competition for this kind of cattle is : strong, with small coastal packers bidding against the mid-western killers for the limited supply. It's the com- 'mon to good grade, short-fed steer that's in for trouble. About the only thing farmers can do, Beresford believes, is to watch the market closely. Panicky selling on a down market wilt hurt Prices aren't likely to start down nnd keep on going down. They'll recover If the runj slow up. GOOD FARM PRICES SEEN FOR FIRST HALF OF 15« Demand for farm products for the first half of this year should be about as good ns it was Inst year, nnd farm prices should stay nt fnirly high levels. That's the farm outlook as seen now by Iowa State College farm economists, Even though people may be making less money they are likely to spend nbout ns much for farm products » they did during 1945. Income taxw will be lower and citizens probably will cut their rale of savings. Fewer farm products will be exported, but the total export volume will be above prewar levels. The economists look for a slowing up in demnnd nnd n decline in farm prices the last half of this year. That'j the time when lowered incomes will begin to show up in less spending for farm goods. GOOD WILL MISSING. During the shortage of Chrisimaj tree lights. Maurice Hime of Audubon i feels that he has discovered the mean. ' est thief of the past year. Someone stole two strings of Christmas tree lights from three trees Mr. Hime had decorated in the front lawn of hii home. The culprit left one string for Maurice. OLEO TAXES UP. Oleomargarine tax collections in Iowa for 1945 totaled S347.824.00 to set a new record for this levy which is just completing its first 15-year period. In fact, the record was. severely shattered since the total was $100,917.50 greater than the 1944 collections which, in turn, were the greatest up to this year. The 1945 collections represented the sale of 6.956,482 pounds of the butter substitute at five cents a pound, paid by the distributor. STATE GUARDSMEN PENSION. Atty. Gen. John M. Rankin has ruled that state guardsmen may participate in the state pension plan that went into effect Jan. I if they are over 21 years old and otherwise qualify. However, it will be difficult for a guardsman to qualify since he must be on active duty during the summer training period or when called out to some duty such as at Eldora recently. TRAFFIC DEATHS HIGH. Iowa traffic deaths reflected the lifting of gasoline rationing this week. Unofficial totals showed 370 persons lost their lives on Iowa highways in 1945, the highest total since 409 deaths were attributed to traffic accidents in 1942. A good share of the deaths came after gasoline rationing was lifted in August. IOWA HONORED. Iowa was honored recently with the announcement by Secretary of the treasury Vinson that Vernon L. Clark, Des Moines, chairman of the Iowa War Finance committee, has been named to head the new peacetiee savings bond division of the treasury department in Washington. Clark, who kept Iowa among the three top ranking states in the nation in making war bond goals, during the seven war bond and one'Victory loan drives, is deserving of the honor. The treasury department is setting up the division because many thousands of employes on payroll allotment plans during the war have asked that they be allowed to continue' to buy bonds through a similar plan during peace years. Employers, too, have found that it is an easy way to help employes save money and they are all for it. The Victory loan drive was the final one but steady investments in bonds will be continued. REPORT ON ROADS. A report is prevalent around the statehouse these days that the highway patrol is about to lay on the desk of Governor Blue a report on the conditions of Iowa highways which he asked the uniformed men to make. Attempts to get it released for publication have tailed thus Jar because the patrol officers seem to feel such a report might ruffle the officials of the Iowa commission. Perhaps the governor will release the report when It reaches his desk. PARDONS. Ten Iowa veterans of World war II who went into service upon being paroled from state prisons, have received full pardons from Governor Blue, who did not release their names. A "Look at the Books" OR "A Finger in the Pie"? Which is the UAW-CIO really after? Is it seeking facts-or new economic power? Does it want to know things—or run things? These questions concern you as well as General Motors, For years the facts about General Motors have been made public. In spite of this, the UAW-CIO demands a chance to look at our books, with the hint that we could meet Union demands "if the truth were really known." We have firmly declined to recognize this as a basis for bargaining: • The Full Facts are Published How much General Motors takes in each year—how much it pays employes—how much it pays to stockholders—how much it pays in taxes—how much net profit we make—and many other facts are plainly stated in annual reports and quarterly reports. These are broadcast to 425,000 stockholders from coast to coast- sent to newspapers and libraries. Additional copies arc free for the asking, 4. Something New has been Added The obvious (act is that the UAW-CIO has gone beyond its rights under the law—and is reaching not for information but for new power-Hof for a look at past figures, but for the power, to sit in on forecasting and planning the future. A "look at the books" is a clever catch phrase intended as an opening wedge whereby Unions hope to pry their way into the whole field of management. It leads surely to the day when Union bosses, under threat of strike, will demand the right to tell what we can make, when we can make it, where we can make it, and how much we must charge you—all with an eye on what labor can take out of the business, rather than on the value that goes into the product- 5. This Threatens All Business 2. All Figures are Thoroughly Checked Every General Motors annual statement is audited by outside auditors. Similar figures are filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission. Does the UAW-CIO honestly believe that General Motors would or could deceive these experts? • 3 a Basis of Collective Bargaining is Defined The Wagner Act lays down the rules for collective bargaining. These cover such areas as rates of pay, hours of work, working conditions. No mention is made of earnings, prices, sales volume, taxes and the like. These are recognized as the problems of management. If the Union can do this in the case of General Motors, it can do it to every business in this land of ours. Is this just imagination? Union spokesmen have said, "The Union has stated time after time that this issue is bigger than just an ordinary wage argument, that it is bigger than the Corporation and bigger than the Union," For Labor Unions to use the monopolistic power of their vast membership to extend the scope of wage negotiations to include more than wages, hours and working conditions is the first step toward handing the management of business over to the Union bosses. We therefore reject the idea of a "look at the books" not because wo have anything to hide but because the idea itself hides a threat to GM, to all business, and to you, the public. GENERAL MOTORS •MAM -WOW *N ».MTim THINQg , 0 * m «

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