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March 25, 1943

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

La Porte City, Iowa
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Thursday, March 25, 1943
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Page Four , LA PORTE CITY. IOWA j i '! .1 Published in La Porte City, Iowa, every Thursday afternoon. EVERETT H. SMITH Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION PRICES Black Hawk county and adjoining townships in Benton, Tama and Buchanan counties, per year $2.00 Elsewhere in United Stales J2.50 Strictly Cash in Advance Entered as second class matter at the post office at La Porte City, la., under Act of Mar. 3, 1879. of our troops with guns an as hinging on whether or buys bonds is a gross exage war financing problems and do not believe that OUr military forces Oplnlors expressed herein are . j . - 1 1 / ii . those o f the urller. a n d m a y o r WOUld get a Single leSS gun Or bullet On m oy not conform to the editorial . ° °, . i i j , - i views of the Progress-Review. airplane or warship should not a single j cent's worth of these bonds be purchased. I r D1/Tlc , 1. -J ' Kll £j B Lou CABDNEB q EDITORIALS Reports of a relaxing of canned goods rationing quotas for April continue, despite government announcement last ·week that the per-person allotment of stamps will remain at Point Rationing 48 for the month, con- Changes Coming trary to earlier reports that the number of points per month might be increased to 64. It is now thought possible that point ^ alues of many varieties of canned goods may be dropped sharply, as was done this month with prunes and dried beans. We do not believe it probable that there will be any move before mid-summer to increase the point allotment per month to 64. It should be remembered that there are 24 rows of stamps (of 1Q points per row) of meat stamps in the book, and that there were originally 24 rows of canned goods stamps, of which 21 v, ill '-em-am at the end of this month. The rei] -tamps are to be used up at the rate of one row a week for the next 24 week*, while the remaining 21 rows of blue =t. mps will have to be spread over the fame 24 weeks in order to make both sections of the book expire at the same time In the next 12 weeks we will reduce the red stamp balance to 12 rows--and at the rate of 48 blue points a month we will have the blue stamp total also down to 12 rov.3 at the end of that period. At that time--about July 1 or shortly before then--it is probable that we will be switched over to 16 blue stamp points a week, and not before then. In the meantime, any changes in point rationing quotas will have to be handled by shifting the point values of individual canned items We anticipate a good deal of this in the next two weeks or so. The important factor is the fact that a surprisingly small number of stamps have come in during March, and the resultant total sales of canned goods in the nation are far below what had been anticipated when the 2,700 OPA lawyers in Washington drew up the program. What the lawyers overlooked in drawing up their mathematically exact point system was that a sizeable portion of the population buys almost nothing in the way of canned goods. The point values were assigned on the naive assumption that every individual in the country would spend his stamps each month, rather than on the more realistic conception that the canned goods available would only have to be divided among the peopie of the country who habitually buy such things. Sooner or later a lowering of point values to adjust to this new viewpoint will be made. It will probably come soon, as we are now finding ourselves in the queer position of rationing goods because of an alleged shortage, only to discover that our wholesalers have more such goods in stock than they can sell at the present schedule. It is our own belief that by next fall, if we have a good crop of commercially canned vegetables, and if home gardening and home canning take off some of the pressure on commercial canned goods, we will find that we will be in a position to abandon canned goods rationing almost entirely. Whether we actually do abandon it then, of course, will depend only partly on whether or not a shortage exists. The reluctance of bureaucracy to abandon any of its activities--necessary or unnecessary--may be a factor working in the other direction. We don't want to seem to discourage the purchase of war bonds and stamps. In fact, we believe firmly in "what we said in these columns last week--that every i n d i v i d u a l War Bonds Will should pledge for bond Balk Inflation purchases every cent he makes beyond what is necessary for frugal living and payment of debts. On the 01 advertising ' After all, our government is spending \ Tarwuat on Supply Fronl more than two hundred billion dollars on) xht mid-wc-a conference called the war this year. Of this amount, 15 bil- " I the Go\ernor's panel He finish- The Iowa House and Senate bjilt L\ Ja mt , p cd the day with a masterful ad- have agreed on Apnl 8 as the sons in 1^51 , drc^s on the food problems and date for final adjournment. Both time thi nil! its ^ relation to the winning of are working under Sifting Com-jbetttcc- [IK M ' ; ih v ,, , r j jmittee guidance. The Senate pass- and El 1 , , r av Ape 's touching Mr. Hoo\er. Itjed 14 bills the past week, the large tomo'^ /\ - · _ i-=- *-- n ouse 50. The most of these were their fl, a B rc ,°! of "must" kind--claims, appropri- The s".q urr ^ ations, legalizing and corrective high, \M n ; h ( ,"; acts. i t u e t o \, ,_,,j The Senate appropriated $7,-'stoiies o / r , r t 648,000 a ear for five state bcr. T' i. olj '- light lines on his fea- turcs ard putting a touch of frost to his hair and e\c-brov.s. He is the e.mic energetic, alert Herbert Hoover. -Jinccit in purpose, broad lion dollars is to come from sale of war bonds, and the other 185 billion from tax collections and major bond financing through the big banks of the country. We believe that 200 billion dollars could be raised in this latter manner just as easily as the 185 billion dollars. The important thing about buying war bonds is not the supplying of our armed forces, lurid advertisements to the contrary notwithstanding. It is that such in oullook nml bv reason of hi confidence nth experiences. Clipping hi- nhrasp-,, using the Hoo\er s'\lc of i n i = i \ c language and comc:s.itiornl tone, he spoke w i t h t l a t cfi cinencss which has " ul ^ g a orat by Gov Bourke B. Hickenloopcr of Iowa, marked a clear step in vitalizing food production as a war industry second to none o t h e r [ W J L on the supply front Eight Gov-!'"" a ernors, accompanied by advisor, | Ol staffs, together with represents- T«o Hard, Solid Facts tives and officials from four other Mr Hoo\cr'- appearance in states, discussed farm production! low a dro\c home two hard, solid to aid the war It was significantlfjcts- Food is in.c.e:, e ary to win that price, profit and other sel- the w a r ; food w i l l be necessary fish interests were absent The discussions revolved wholly around the problems of food production The Governors and others made reports of conditions in their The war news this week, as many of purchases help Stall off inflation, help various states, They listener! to keep the home front on a more stable "~ base, and provide a backlog of personal finances for post-war readjustments. These three thing-s are highly important in themselves, and just as worthy of patriotic support as the theory that purchasing a 517.50 bond buys a 75-mm shell which would otherwise not be purchased. Our boys in the foxholes will go on getting all the food and -immunition that can be made whether you buy a bond or not--but they will have a lot better country to come back to after the war if you contribute to the anti-inflation drive by pledging for your share of bond purchases. from experience and broad knowledge. They spent hours in a panel discussion, and listened to an address from a world authority on food production and distribution. Farm Production Essential As a conclusion the thought was predominate that agriculture must be recognized as a war essential. In furtherance of that idea six point resolutions were tp establish p- ice. This is the tsimD Hooier who saved thousands of Belgians from starvation, wlio kept millions from stan. mi; in Europe following the first woild war, who successfully administered food production in this countij dunns that war and who scivcd four s t a r t as President of the United States, at a time when the whole world was m a state of col'apse and struggling to recover from a post-war I depression. His bioad experience, his unselfish humamtanamsm, his extended study of world conditions, his knowledge of statesmanship and statecraft give Mr. Hoover a breadth of vision and adopted. These endorsed defer-| a foundation of understanding un- mcnt of agricultural workers, and called for a better job of allocating farm machinery. They suggested removal of restrictions retarding the manufacture of farm machinery ard parts, proposed transportation for mipiant farm labor, and demanded that available supplies of fertilizer be immediately released. surpassed by any living man. End Is in Sight schools, authorized the highway commission to use $5,234,06G a year from primary road funds for support, engineering and maintenance, transferred ?600,000 of unused emergency relief funds to the retrenchment ard reform committee, left $900,000 for emergency relief for the coming two j'ears, increased drivers' lic^nte fe"s to $1, appropriated 55,312,953 a year for state departments, and passed an aid to dependent children bill appropriating §750,- ·000 to be spent in cooperation with the counties. The House substituted its own bill for the Senate bill for aid to children, killed a Senate bill to make commerce commissioners appointive by the Governor, defeated a Senate bill to reduce Democratic representation on the interim committee, endorsed the bill to freeze $2,645,000 appropriated in 1941 for capital improvements, and created a permanent position for the House clerk at ?3,000 a year. OLD MILL The remains of the first flour mill to be erected in Fayette county are still standing. The mill -was the fou trace 01 parts i i On H)U r m i Bu- 11 UV) buildn j presin; "',. b u i l d u p ,, x , i , school J j U i n r t ; ago, .1 In, 1,^,1,1, eJ, link ( c \ along t h e i r- n faced ho i i,, , each i'.i r, r l n r his sh u c f lrie ( the n u n i i of T his fain ' Trt , burned !J \ t .i r k ( ern building \\ tt IS S t i l l 'P UH' j parent^, ^ ,indp^ of main of th have at.LL' (i.rj =ch son ichon! Alvin BaHcn i misfoilonc to ba his right foot bro he was mcvin;; i is able to I)L aboi crutches . . . . ,. i , nf \ The 12 statss represented are, us had anticipated, has the prophets 01 engage j in lhe production and 1 processing of 65 to 70 percent and war drawn into | into factory | niateiials. It gloom pushed into the background again. The United Nations forces in North Africa are rolling ahead in what may prove to be the final Tunisian offensive. Russia has stopped the desperate German diversionary drive along the Donetz river, and is steadily edging toward vital Smolensk. Things seem to be shaping up for another amphibious offensive somewhere in the South Pacific, and in Alaska our fliers are making things more than hot for the unhappy Japs on Kiska Most important of all, there are significant signs that preparations are nearing completion for the long-awaited big push across the British channel into France and Germany. There's a lot of bloody fighting ahead, and a tragic casualty list ]n a s i n g o which will bring sorrow into thousands thcre has not been erough of co . Of American homes, but for the first time operation with, or dependence on, of the food of ths nation. Th.y include approximately a third of our population--a third that has been rapidly depleted in both mar,- ancl woman-power army service production of was made clear in this conference that a serious shortage of farm man-power and machinery exists in these states Ignored by Washington The reports indicated that there has been earrest study of the situation in states sepresented. were intelligent They were c'an- fymg They struck at the very vital (juestions and problems that are interwoven in the job of mset- ing a food crisis. The work which had been done in this direction in Washington the The various reports since 1939 the foes of the totalitarian powers seem everywhere on the march and everywhere to be holding the initiative in their own hands. How long it will take before the United Nations can really get rolling on the big offensive that will drive Hitler and his friends to final 1 and complete defeat is still anybody's guess--but it is a good bet that the time| Did Not Build Confidence is not as far off as some pessimists think, j E- this action Washington btate governments in solving food and manpower problems. This was emphasized by the fact that Secretary of Agriculture Claude R. Wickard, Manpower Commissioner Paur V. McNutt and War Production Board Chairman Donald | P. Nelson declined invitations to attend. They did not recognize in the conference enough of importance to send representatives. The state legislature is grinding along toward its conclusion, and from all appearances we are doomed to face another heated but inconclusive argument in next year's elections as to what the Republicans have done to the state's finances. It is sad but true that neither side will be able to prove its argument from the present antiquated state accounts, and the poor voter will just have to vote for the most persuasive orator rather than on proven accomplishments. Iowa, progress-iments--by thousands of ive in many things, has been dilatory "·"--* a m "» mura of about installing a set of books any citizen could understand. It is far behind its sister state of Illinois in this respect, for that state's accounting system was brought up to date by the late Governor Lowden years ago. Here in Iowa the wnicn ^ candidates talk loudly about the problem | to productl just before each election, but their comments on the state's books drop to nearly inaudible whispers once the legislature goes into session. Politicians thrive on vague public bookkeeping. So sometimes unfortunately, does fraud. did not build twelve great agricultural states, any confidence in their own methods of handling farm problems. Their aciton only brought lems. Their action only brought stratum which are causing a ens. is. The purpose of Washington officials is to build a huge federal machine, made up of boards and officials bound about by red tape and running wild with the extravagances of salaried federal employees. This is in striking contrast to the way war agencies were handled during the first world war through state govern- volun- expense and a maximum of efficiancy. There were other evidences that Washington did not look with favor on the Iowa conference. Releases sent out from the Capital had the appearance of being an effort to apply a wet blanket. Releases were made in Iowa which served to soften anj 1 threat The secretary of the Iowa Teachers association says that teachers of this state, on the average, have received raises of only 7 per cent since the outbreak of war. Apparently we haven't done too badly by our La Porte City teachers, who this year have been getting from 15 to 25 per cent more than they wei s being paid when the war began. Moi ; of the school salary boosts this spri ' " *· - - --^ols about the stai adequate raises I ly catching up Had Better Take Note Washington had best take note of the conference and its conclusions. These were important to the people of the great mid- west. They are important to our soldiers, our sailors, our allies and the people of all of our states. Our troops could lose this war even though our food production be ample. They cannot tnn it unless that production ia at its highest limits. This ia a distinction clearly brought forth by the Dos Moinee conference. Washington had best take full account. Back to Native State Herbert C. Hoover, only living ex-President of the United States, came back to his native state of Iowa to spend a busy day in discussion and consideration of farm and war problems. He appeared before the Governor's Conference to give information on food distribution. He Iowa legislature sar. production and addressed the ·with a plea for a new approach towards peace. He listened to a discussion of food problem* ' ITIHE ENEMY'S forced you to ration- X ing. Now he'd make your engine the victim of vicious acid. The mere stopping of your engine always leaves it stuffed with vile fumes and dilute acids--the ever-present products of combustion. And there they stay. Formerly these sources of corrosion were kept mostly cleared out, because you drove frequently and fast. But now in saving coupons and tires you may not soon use your car again, and you don't make those long speedy runs that maintained normal engine heat a good while, to help drive acids off. That's why harmful leftovers in the cylinders nowadays are serious. But you can combat their dirty work by keeping your engine internally OIL-FIATED. How? Just change to Conoco N'A motor oil this Spring. It'a made under ^. S. Patent No. 1,944,941, an added modem synthetic ir Nrfi, whose proved purpose i inner engine parts their pie; layer of OIL-PLATING. And like familiar platings that arrest th of mere water, this OIL-PL ATI!: fully tends to arrest acid a inner corrosion of precious p often can't be'promptly rep' day. Yeb you pay only an ' price for Conoco N' A - Ch. Spring at Your Mileage Me Conoco station. Continental OIL-H.AHS CONOCO HOME OIL COMPANY L. J. TUTT SERVICE STATIC FARMERS' CO- . -- "Sin

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