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Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, January 4, 1945
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 1945 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE MANY DEMANDS FOR MORE FUNDS LOOMING AHEAD Urges Caring for More Mental Patients in County Homes The coming session of the legislature will be one of the mos strenuous in Iowa history, Senator Herman M. Knudson told listeners on the KGLO forum Wednesday evening. Senator Knudson leaves this week to begin his duties as senator from the 43rd senatorial district made up ' of Cerro Gordo Hancock and Franklin counties after having served for severa terms in the lower house as the representatives from Cerro Gordo county. This session is going to see numerous demands for larger appropriations, the senator s t a t e d . 'Among major matters to be considered are tee school code commission's report, post-war rehabilitation , projects, increased requirements for state educational institutions and the board of control askings of ?8,000,000 for state Institutions. Senator Knudson maintained he ·was confident that another solution found than that of a large building expansion program for the mental institutions of the state. j It is my opinion that the state would do -well to investigate the possibility of caring for certain ol these patients in the county homes of Iowa where the faculties are available before committing ourselves to the idea that we must go on forever developing enlargec quarters at our state institutions,'" he said. "Surely, there Is much to be said in favor «if caring for those ·who can be properly cared for in the county homes where the patients will receive equal or better care and where they are ranch more accessible to friends and relatives, to say nothing of the difference in cash. "It seems to me that the tune bas come from a thorough re- Vamping of our processes of commitment and the handling of patients when received at the mental hospitals. Because of shortage of help, including doctors and attendants, about all that is now being done for patients is to give them "custodial" care -- that is food, shelter, clothing, and limited medical attention. As a result, only a very few patients are returned to society-- the great majority become permanent wards : 6f- the " . · · · · : : - · _ : "It is my hope that Iowa may- soon establish a receiving ward, or wards, where patients may un- tiergo a thorough examination and care and thus be given every chance to be returned to their tomes. Personally, I would be willing to support a large expenditure for this purpose. '^Understand, please, that in offering these suggestions I intend no reflection on the members of the state board of control or the superintendents of the hospitals. I believe they are doing the very best that can be done under present conditions. "The state board of education also has an ambitions building- urofrram seeking to bring the physical equipment of onr state educational institutions into line with other states. "It may not be popular to say so, but I am one of those who feel that we dare not let down on our educational requirements, for it seems certain that the future will demand more than has the past of the youth of our state and nation. I would be among the last to deny those in our mental institutions what they need, yet I am not unmindful of the fact that it is upon our youth and its opportunity for education -- that the future depends. I hope, therefore, that the legislature will consider these ask- ings of the state board of education with much care. "Exactly what Iowa should or will do for the servicemen of World war II is problematical. There are many who feel it is yet too early to set up any state program unta jt has been ascertained just what the federal program will do. "Some state measures, such as tax allowances, etc., for the sarv- Icemen will undoubtedly be considered, but many legislators seem to be of the opinion that we will do well to keep our state in good financial condition until such time as the war comes to an end and the programs of the post-war era are reasonably clear. "Many of the measures studied by the post-war rehabilitation commission will undoubtedly be before us in bill form. The one which has had the most attention thus far is, of course, the state QUICK RELIEF FROM Symptom* of Distress Aihlng from STOMACH ULCERS EXCESS ACID *" ent trr EN'GLER DECG CO. FORD HOPKI.VS PRCO STOKE OSCO DRCG CO. COtNER MASS! AC! highway project for $638,000,000 for road development. Most of us have had little opportunity to study this but it may not be as fantastic as it first appears. It may be said that any proposal that ha; the indorsement of Fred White chief engineer of the state highway commission, deserves seriou: consideration. "Jt is my personal hope that whatever develops out of the postwar commission's study that the responsibility of local communities and local people for meeting loca' needs will be tmphasized. Many of us fear the trend that seeks to put the burden of responsibility for local problems on the state and federal governments. "Of greatest local interest, judged by the publicity it is receiving, is the school code commission's report. I feel that this commission did an excellent Job. My one regret is that it did not see fit to make specific recommendations as to the sources from which the additional 12 to, 15 million dollars of state money it proposes to raise, is to come. "Many of my listeners know of _/ interest in these bills, but 3 wish to say publicly what I have said to many individuals, that ] shall insist on knowing where .the money is coming from before 1 vote for state support to schools. It is my opinion that every county should "know what the proposed bills will do for them--and whal the cost will be.. "If we take the minimum figure of $12,000,000 proposed it will mean approximately $5 more state tax per person in Iowa each year. That, however, is a very smal sum to insure greater educational opportunity to Iowa's future citizens. "Once again, I am 'willing to face possible public disfavor by suggesting that. I would feel justified in' supporting an increase in the state sales tax if necessary to support the school program. Is i1 not fair that those who are most benefitted should support a program under which they or theirs get the most benefit? "As many of you know, it has been my privilege to serve for the last 2 years on your legislative interim committee; thus I'have had opportunity to learn something of the needs of our institutions. Also, I have had opportunity to dig into the state's financial situation. It is to be regretted that much misinformation exists as to balances on hand in the various state funds. "It is my best judgment that not over $21,000,000 is now available from funds not previously pledged r-- and the state should have between 5 and 6 million on band as a working reserve at all tunes, hence, there is now actually available only about $15,000 ODD that might safely be allocated together purposes. ."Because so many have spoken to me about the State Income Tax, I feel it fair to say that I can see no relief in this direction unless certain hitherto untapped sources of state income are discovered. "It is reasonable to believe that :he coming session will be one of Ae most strenuous in Iowa his- :ory. It is apt to. get hot. On one land will be numerous demands :or large, increased spending--on iie other hand are those who fear he evil days of the future; in be- ween--are the members of the egislature .who must make the decisions." Prop-Wash Hangar Flying With CAP S: H. MacPeak, commander of ne local squadron of CAP, has been promoted from first lieutenant to captain, according to announcement from national head- cit^ ers °* the CAP at New Vo " k All CAP personnel should apply at once for their new army identification cards at once. The old OCD cards have outlived their usefulness and are void In several ol the preceding is- ues of this column an attempt has ish n j? · ^ h ° W h ° W Ule Eng " ited States "civaAfrpafroI cadet program train air minded young people for a future in avia- lon; also to show the close affiliation between the AAF and CAP When a man like Gen. H. H Arnold gives his personal approval and encouragement by as- igning officers of the air corps as TMi° n STM cers *° work with the CAP cadet program, that program surely has some value and must arry some weight. As a junior member of the Civil Air Patrol, the cadet wears the egulation army uniform distinguished by special CAPC insignia Behind this uniform are the tra- litions of the U. S. army, never " -sated in a war, and of the F, the mightiest air force in the vorlo. The CAPC unit may be a quadron, a flight, or a section and s under the command of cadets who show the quality of leader- nip. All cadet leaders are non- ommissioned officers and work under the direction of CAB offi- ers, fitting into the regular chain i command. Civil Air Patrol, the parent or- Samzation, has a short but proud nd colorful history. Organized a week before Pearl Harbor, CAP was set up to mobilize civilian pi- ots and planes for voluntary war ime duties. War came and CAP had a big job on its hands. Civil- an pilots went to work at once flying antisubmarine, search, res- :ue, and many other missions, pil- ng up a total of 50 million air- lane miles, 24 million of these over water. This assistance to the war effort was so highly valuable that Civil Air Patrol was made an auxiliary of the AAF in April, 1943 , Any boy or girl who is 15 to IB years old may apply for training as a CAP cadet. The present purpose of the CAPC program is to extend pre-flight training to young men and women of high school age who are planning on pursuing aviation careers of one kind or another. In carrying out this purpose, CAPC aims to give c a d e t s rock-bottom knowledge upon which they may build more specialized , training. If it should be necessary, or should you decide to enter military aviation, CAPS will have already supplied n Ahead, Says Senator Knudson a comprehensive ground work that will always be useful In joining CAPC there is no pledge of military service. ' The local CAP so,uadron meets each Tuesday evening at the Mason City armory. Officers will be glad to give you any information desired. TAKEN TO HOSPITAL Garner--Virginia Daly, daughter of former Hancock county Attorney and Mrs. Daly, was taken to a Mason City hospital Monday seriously ill. Daly is serving in the navy and has been assigned to the IT. S. S. Oneida at San Francisco, Cal. He was notified by telegram of his daughter's serious illness by the Red Cross. OUTLOOK SAFE FOR GAME BIRDS Small Amount of Iowa Hunting Is Indicated Des Moines, (/P)--Game birds are apt to have pretty'safe passage in Iowa in the months and hunting season to come, and they can thank the war for it. The war production board decreed recently that production of ammunition for civilian use must stop, at least until next summer or until Germany is whipped. The s t a t e conservation commission said Thursday the Indications are there is less than half as much ammunition available as there was a year ago. The ammunition situation was pretty tight in 19«, and roughly the distribution of shells was one box to each hunter. In the 1944 season ammunition was easier to get and the allotment was roughly 3 boxes of shells per hunter. This brought out many hunters and the shooting of a great quantity of shells followed. The result was that the average hunter carried over considerably Jess ammunition than he did following the previous hunting season. Noiv he can expect none or little more for next season. Even if pro- duction of ammunition for civilian use should be resumed by summer or early fall, it takes at least several weeks to put it into the hands of the*hunter, and by the time the hunters got it the season would be well under way if not almost over. Meanwhile the game bird population still is high. Sportsmen be- Ueve there are more quail in the state than in any year in modern times, and because the last hunting season was not too successful a large number of pheasants still remain. Indications are that the migratory waterfowl population also still is high. 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