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February 18, 1943

Progress-Review from La Porte City, Iowa · Page 6

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Page floor THE PEOGRESS-EEVIEW, LA PORTE CITY. IOWA Thursday, Febi Published in La Porte City, Iowa, every Thursday afternoon. EVERETT H. SMITH Editor and Pnblisher SUBSCRIPTION PRICES Black Hawk county and adjoining townships in Benton, Tama and Buchanan counties, per year $1.50 Elsewhere in Iov.a J2.00 Elsewhere in United Slates $2.50 Strictly Cash in Advance Entered as second class matter at the post of/ice at La Porte City. la., under Act of Mar. 3, 1879. CJ EDITORIALS The writer of this column has decided after two years of service on the La Porte City school board that he will be a better editor, and \\i\l better serve the people of the school district, by resigning from the board. We have come to the conclusion that both editorial support of worthy school policies and condemnation of faulty ones will be easier if we ourselves are not on the board which is to be praised or criticized. We know from what we have 'seen in recent months that the board is going to have to adopt unpopular policies which u e wish to be in a position to explain and support, and we also suspect from some recent indications that it is in danger of making some unwise moves about which we propose to raise h--1 in no uncertain terms. In both instances, we feel that we can act more freely, and keep the people of the district informed more satisfactorily, if we are not on the board. So our resignation went in last week-end. We are resigning our membership on the board--but not our concern over the affairs of the school or the interests of students and taxpayers of the district. internationalism than they do of Mr. Wallace's dreamy-eyed international WPA and AAA. Consensus of opinion on the Russian battles now seems to be that the Russians will take Orel and Smolensk within a very short time, forcing the Germans back to a line running northward from Odessa along the Dnieper river. This move will effectively separate the northern and southern fronts, since the almost impenetrable Minsk marshes will be in the middle. Whether the Russians will be stopped here--almost three hundred miles west of their present positions, or will sweep on toward Germany will depend largely on whether the Americans and British open a second European front in time. The second front would force the Germans to divert still more men from the Russian front and destroy any advantage they would gain through shorter communication lines to the Dnieper area. In short, if a second front is opened before the Russians reach the Dnieper defense zone, the chances are that their offensive will roll on to a decisive victory on German soil. Whereabouts of Marshal Timoshenko in recent weeks has been one of the big mysteries of the Russian war for some time. Our own guess, based on nothing more than what we read in the newspapers plus a little imagination, is that the great Russian leader has been on the Siberian front, facing Japan, preparing the Soviet forces there for co-operation with an American expedition to Siberia this spring or early summer. He is now reported on his way to Washington for conferences--and if it is correct that he is to see the wife of the Chinese Generalissimo as well as President Roosevelt-our guess will come pretty close to being confirmed. Our opinion, printed months ago, that a second front would be opened in Europe as soon as Russia agreed to co-operate with us against Japan, still stands. We think that agreement has finally been reached, and that both areas are going to flare into open warfare in the near future. The two moves will win both of our wars. Internationalists are hopping all over Congresswoman Claire Luce for her recent attack on Vice President Wallace's "globaloney." The pretty Connecticut playwright is now being labeled as an isolationist--a name that doesn't bother people nearly as much as it did a few months ago.'The fact of the matter, however, is that she is not an isolationist- she is an American imperialist, which is just another brand of internationalism--pretty much the old Teddy Roosevelt brand that got us into the Philippines. Isolationists (or nationalists) don't think much more of EWSPAPERl There is something fishy about the surge of statements about the growing menace of Nazi submarine warfare. Despite the gloomy stories, news of sink- ings of merchant vessels has dwindled off to little or nothing, and what few reports are made often go back to or three months. Our hunch is that the wave of stories is a red herring being dragged across the scene to divert our attention --and the enemies'--and while some dramatic new war move is in preparation. We have an idea that the whole European war situation is going to break wide open within a very few weeks, with developments in western Europe as startling as those of the past month on the Russian front. The Best Show battle over income tax reduc.: .ion in both House and Senate, and a fight over local option in .he House. The Senate carried hrough on its battle over income ax reduction passing the bill in' almost the identical form in which t was reported out of committee. There was never much doubt about the temper of the Senate road evies ^/"'"^i^T 5 %l on the bil,. The floor fight all ?"»?«* ",,*» . «*"* C ' ty Right after the election last November, this newspaper predicted that the present session would be marked by a determined effort to regain for the legislative branch of our government the many powers wtych had been coaxed away from it by the administrative branch--the bureaucracies--during the past decade. That this move is now well under way is shown daily by news dispatches from Washington. The would-be petty dictators in the bureaus are squealing and battling, but it isn't doing them much good. Congress has discovered, to its great surprise, that people want laws to be made in congress, and the discovery has given our legislators courage enough to re-assert their constitutional position. We hope the state legislature does not go through with its idea of abandoning publication of the annual list of state employes and their salaries--a publication originally promoted by the Republicans to expose payroll abuses by the Democratic administration. While the book does cost a little money, we have an idea that it earns its way many times 'over through its effect of curbing payroll padding. The fact that it is the Republicans who are cramped by it now would simply make it look worse than ever if the publication were to be scuttled by the present Republican legislature. Our federal government has Iwo million more civilian employes in bureaucratic jobs in Washington and at branch offices throughout the United States than it had during the last war. Seems to us that release of even half of this number would be a big help to the present critical labor situation. It might even provide all of the 600,000 typewriters the bureaucrats say are needed by the army, but which a lot of other people think are wanted principally by the swollen ranks of government office workers. Why load the struggb'ng citizenry with a wasteful bureaucracy at this time, when every resource is needed for essential activities? LEFT TO WRITE expressed herein are ihost or the writer, and nuy or may not conform to Uie editorial views of the ProgreeA-RevJew. By LOU CABD.VEB House -- 303 258- 289 Introduced in Senate 217 288 230 520 546' 519 The House has passed 99 bills and the Senate 110. Governor Hickenlooper has signed 37 bills. The following are the new bills introduced: Permit Installment Loans To permit .counties to invest ts best parliamentary shows of j Uon rf municipal ;he session during the past week, ^ ,,,.,,.,.,, wmnnwr cities ! owned ctilities . . . cities Substitute label for metal tag in licers. ing gasolinft pumps and scales . . . to levy city hall tax .. .. t provide licensing system . mit banks to make installment, Joans . . . Authorize cities to make The recent government order calling for a 48 hour week, with time and a half for the last eight hours, is a weak answer to the demand for a longer war-time work week. Providing an over-all increase of a little more than 8 per cent in the hourly wage in all industries affected, it is a definite move toward further inflation. The only way of increasing the work week which would have real significance would be a lifting of the level to 48 hours BEFORE overtime penalties went into effect. The plan recently announced is simply one more example of sloppy administrative thinking and weak-kneed political gesturing. Our state guard is rapidly becoming too much of a repository for worthy politicians who are rewarded for their services by commissions, to the point where the permanent state guard outfit at Camp Dodge has more officers than a Mexican army. There is a definite need for the state guard during these times when the national guard is in federal service--but we don't need so many commissioned politicians on active duty at lucrative salaries. Some of the boys at the capital want to build a "governor's mansion" at Des Moi t if they do try any- thh lake it a "governor's hou »." Remember what h state supplied Mr. tusine? nnged on how the reduction should he made. An amendment to make a 60 per cent cut. and then allow the reduction to apply to other taxes, eliminating from reduction benefits those who pay no property or personal taxes, was the most difficult hurdle the Sen. ate had to jump. The vote on this was 26 to 21. A proposal lor outright income tax repeal went down 47 to 4. Final passage of 50 per cent straight reduction was by a vote of 47 with no dissenting votes. House Stands Pat In the House the fight over income tax reduction centered around very similar proposals in the form of amendments to the as it came from the Senate. However, lines were drawn down fine. House members knew what they wished. The bill's supporters voted down each successive amendment with a regularity that diminished debate as the final vote was reached. An amendment for outright repeal -went down 84 to 15. A proposal to repeal all income taxes for 1943 and 1944 was defeated 83 to 20. An amendment to reduce the tax 75 per cent was beaten 83 to 17. The final vote which sustained the Senate bill providing a 50 per cent cut, was 100 to 8. The bill goes immediately to the Governor and when it has his approval will apply to 1942 taxes to be paid this year and to 1943 taxes to he paid in 1944. The bill as passed provides reasonable relief based on an intelligent and conservative survey of the state's financial position, made in times of uncertainty and emergency. v A Running Fight The best parliamentary show was in the House over applying local option to state liquor stores It was a running fight with each knock-down followed by a come. back which demonstrated that on this question participants may be down, but never out. Round one came following a committee report which recommended the bil" for indefinite postponement. This was challenged by a move to reject the report. The fight was on An all-day struggle defeated an effort to send the bill back to committee, by a. vote of 63 to Bl The next day, on a question of per. sonal privilege, a member was allowed to correct his vote. His privilege was sustained 60 to 46 which headed the bill back to com. mittee by a reversed vote of 63 to 51. Down But Not Out This led to belief that the bil had been placed in storage. Not so. The supporters of local option bobbed up Thursday morning with a member who had voted to senc the bill back to committee aiu who asked for reconsideration ol the motion. The maze of parlia. mentary activity then led back to a vote to reconsider which carriec 58 to 46; to actual reconsiders. tion which defeated return of the bill to committee by a vote of 56 to 49; and then to the origins proposal to accept the committee report which won 53 to I Thia was nailed down by a tabling motion and the bill was done for the session as it now requires a two. thirds vote to lift it from the table. Not a Direct Fight The battle was not an out anc out fight between wets and drys Naturally, strict drys were_ for local option and wetter wets "were against it. However, the fight involved matters aside from the question of temperance. One was traditional support of a committee report. Another, twice raised, was the personal privilege of a member to change his mind. A third was the principle of sustaining open debate and free procedure. A fourth was the question of how temperance shall be applied. A Fair Clean Fight We have seen many legislative battles over liquor. Every session for the last ten years has had one or more of these. This fight was the cleanest, fairest one _we have ever seen -- free from invective, free from personal references, with debate carried on under restraint and with due con. sideration for conflicting opinions The" fight measured in commendable proportions the balance and dignity of House members. Box Score on Bills First 32 Days-- 1939 1941 1943 Introduced in property . . . Give state commerce commission anthority to regulate ates, charges and classification of trucks . . . Permit truck operators o adjust axles to bring loads j within legal balance . . . Exempt curb-liners and government veJ licles from registration, and require certain equipment for trucks arrying inflammable materials i . . Refund registartion fees to hose entering service and exempt registration of cars by those from other states coming into Iowa for seasonal employment . . . To Cnt Income Tax Permit income taxpayer to pay up to 60 per cent of his tax with property tax receipts . . . Permit campaign contributions from nonresidents . . . Authorize 1 mill levy :or maintenance of town and city egal holidays . . . Require sterli- ZBtion of beer glasses . . . Increase workmen's compensation for in_ juries . . . Permit persons between 14 and 16 years to work in bowing alleys where beer is not dispensed . . . Postpone publication of Iowa code to 1945 . . . To permit conncilmen who are retired railroad men to use passes . . . To permit banking department to combine funds for department operation . . . To give savings and trust companies same privileges as state and national banks in receiving deposits . . . To reduce butterfat in ice cream from 12 to 8 per cent . . . To make radios execution exempt and exempt tractors and combine to the debtor . . . To appropriate f50,000 for instruction on effects of alcoholic stimulants . . To appropriate 5500,000 as an in_ surance fund to replace losses to state property . . . T o transfer funds from beer tax fund to general fund . . . To empower counties to levy 3 mill tax for general fund during 1943-44. Booze and Boats To prevent operation of boats by intoxicated persons halls Prohibit sale of beer on authorize reciprocal agreements for transfer of dead animals be. tween states . . . T o transfer powers of retrenchment and re_ form committee to executive coun. cil . . . Authorizing commerce commission to initiate approval of carrier and transportation rates . . . To permit live birds and animals to be used as targets . . . To permit use of surplus bonus funds in payment of claims not heretofore filed . . . To permit acceptance of real estate taxes quar. teriy . - . Providing general rate of pay on public works . . . Placing liquor commission under budgetary control . . . Licensing engineers, firemen and operators of refrigerating and cooling plants . . . Legalizing acknowledgements taken before commissioned army officers . . . Protecting status of employment of those in service, or those rejected for service . . . Providing $25,000 bonus for first Iowa oil well . . . To permit state conservation commission to destroy fur bearing animals to protect property . . . T o p a y probation officers in counties of less than 80,000, ?5 per day . . . Requiring highway commission to make surveys for developments of airports . . . To transfer taking of school census to school secretary . . . To increase wheel, axle and gross weight of truck loads . . . To close liquor stores until 90 days after the war . . - To provide counsel for persons alleged to be insane . . . To'reduce alcoholic content of beer to 1% per cent . . . Authorizing cities and towns to inspect refrigerating and cooling plants . . . To permit cities, towns, counties and other political subdivisions to obtain gasoline tax refunds . . . To exempt political divisions from sales tax. International Education Requiring payment of salaries to state employes when incapacitated because of sickness or injury . . . Providing scholarships for students from the United Na_ tions . . . Providing scholarships for high school students . . . Pro_ viding that supreme court rules shall not take effect until approved by the legislature . . . Proivding for assessments zones for safety, lighting and sanitary purposes . . . Authorize peace officers to stop and remove excessive truck loads . Requiring trucks to carry sand or equipment for use on slippery highways . . . Requiring withholding of motor vehicle registrations until personal taxes, have been paid . . . Changing drivers' licenses fees from 50 cents yearly to $1 for three.years. To not now connected to but the lead-in wires connected, one to the one to the ground, found sparks flying be two wires and when Be t wires together a heavy given off. Thinking tha it might be dangerous the two wires down ti possible fire. FOR BAPTIS.1 Virginia Rae Andersc months old baby dai Lieut, and Mrs. G. R. was recently brought i gon to Gnswold by pi she was baptized. Fou tions of the family vc at the baptismal cerem baby will stay with h parents until her parent to return home. SACRIFICED Mrs. Paul Pottorff , ville has donated her h; Tar effort. She received cate from the Bendrn Corp. commending her f the hair which averaged in length. Requirements for use in instruments t must be blonde, stra touched by chemicals, waving machines, etc., ai 14 inches long. CHARMED Ui A tractor and a pi completely over Hubert Lineville. Hubert got uj fore the tractor had s was in it and turned th A doctor's examination that no bones were b though the marks of the were plainly visible. TWO VARIET11 L. E. Stanford of I must have been ha thoughts of re_shingling so much on his mind started to break out on He is now suffering a of "shingles." HONORED Janet Mobley and KI jbley, 6 and 4, rcspei Onawa were honored I ' in having their pi "Etude," well-known m azine. The children s [playing a piano duet. have been praised high!; outstanding musical abi ELECTRICITY During a recent snowstorm, Louis G. Podhajsky of Traer dis_ covered a buzzing sound near a window where a radio had at one time been installed. The radio is FOR OLD TIMES To celebrate their 571 anniversary, Mr. and liam J. Sheppard of n ville made the same trip made years before. Thoi ner in the restaurant i the same spot of the off magistrate who married Knoxville. You Can Help WIN THE WAR! Food is proving to be one of the major requirements of this war and Poultry is one of the items which can and should be expanded as rapidly as possible. If you Both meat and eggs are needed now. * means ° S0- TM a ii 6 S ? 1 °* f ? rin S a special discount of §1.00 per on all orders taken out in March. Help yourself and your Country by starting your brood early or if possible raise two broods the EVERGREEN HOG SUPPLE- Evergreen Hatchery Poultry, Hog and Cattle Feed ! Poultry Equipment E;a' j Chicks PHONB 13S Started Oticfe Lt PQHTH, .'SPAPERf

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