The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 10, 1938 · Page 3
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Monday, January 10, 1938
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MONDAY. JANUARY 10,193S. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVILLB, PA. PAGE THREE. STATE LEADS ALL OTHERS IN NEEDY AID More Than 122,000 Depend Upon Pennsylvania's Funds. SECURITY LAWS BROADENED By'ALLAN J. PUNCH International News Service StafI Correspondent. PITTSBURGH, Jim. 10.--One of the first states to include blind pensions in the State constitution, Pennsylvania today remains a leader In the Nation in providing financial aid to the blind, the aged and to dependent children under the Social Sccur- ' ityAct. With broadening of Pennsylvania's social security laws in the past few months the number of persons dependent upon the State for all three reasons has jumped to 122,341--more than any other state in the Union, This includes 94,084 on old age rolls, 16,725 families under mothers' assistance, and 10,982 persons receiving blind pensions. Mothers of 0,516 depending children in Allegheny county alone received checks totallying $95,099.88 during the month of November. The Notional Social Security Board set up certain requirements for administering blind pensions, to become . eligible for these the State added certain conditions. Today a blind person must conform to five regulations. He must be 21 havt been a resident of the state one year preceding application, and for five out of the last nine years; hrive less than 1-20 normal vision; not be an inmate of any correctional institution and not" have real estate worth more than ?5,000. Amount of the pension depends on the applicant's present income, bu the maximum grant is $30 a month Any private income and pension must not exceed a total of 5100 ; month. Thus U a blind person won earning $80 a month his pension " would be fixed at $20. Although the State and the Fodera governments each contribute half th amount of the pension, final decision on all applications after being check cd by field workers, /rests with th county board of assistance. The 04,684 old people receiving ai from the Stitc docs not include thos persons who were eligible for old age benefits. The latter is provid ed wage-earners after they reae 65, regardless of need, while th former is based solely on the presen income of the individual. In investigating claims for th! , type of pension, four items are con · \ sidcrcd. They are shelter, food clothing and fuel. As in the case of blind pensions the amount of assistance Is limitcc The maximum benefit allowed fo shelter is $15; food $12; clothing $· '· and fuel $6. A maximum amoun . may he allowed on each item as Ion _ as the total is not more than $80. Assistance for old age under Pcnn - sylvimia's laws at present require the applicant to be 70 years of ag but after December 31, 1939, the as limit will be lowered to 65 under tli State's broadened social laws. The applicant must not have have to transfer real or persona property of $500 or more within tw ,years of making application. Under the old laws and require merits 7.0 per cent of all applicant refused aid because the State had th right to file a claim against the property for the amount of assistanc granted. The dependent child must be undc 16, and be deprived of the suppor of his father through death, oon tmucd absence from home or mcnta or physical incapacity. Under the old laws the child wo not cared for if his father was in capitated or continually absent from home. Through the aid o! the Fedora government, which contributed on third, a maximum of $18 per, mont for the first child and $12 for eac additional child in the same house is paid throughout Pennsylvania. However, the State may estimate the needs of a family and grant the full amount of that need in accordance with the new state social security laws. Grandfather Operated It Why Not Try our classified columns when you want something? Results follow. The Baltimore Ohio's operating vice-president, Charles W. Galloway, tells Lucille Hurlock, Baltimore society girl, some o£ the fine points of the "William Galloway," century-old engine first driven by his grandfather, for whom it was named. The 1837 locomotive is in "Wells Fargo," Paramount's forthcoming epic of American transportation, in which Frances Dee, granddaughter of B, O. conductor, and Joel McCrca arc starred. Natural Scenic Beauty Is Declared Paramount To Power Development Wisconsin P. U. C. Sets Precedent by Denying Dam Application. ONE OBJECTIVE OF WALTON ITES By KENNETH A. REID Executive Secretary of Izaak Walton League of America. Water is one of the three fundamental natural resources on which not only the health and happiness of the human race, but life itself de- ponds. By its very nature,' all uses of water are distinctly public in aspect. Unlike soil, foiosts, minerals and other natural resources, water Is mobile and flows by gravity without the slightest regard for mr.n-madc property lines, count/, or even state boundaries. Therefore what a man docs with or to water on his properly is more than his own concern; it may affect hundreds or thousands of other people in the valley below him and become of great public concern. Considering the unique public nature of water one would naturally suppose that its use, more than o£ any other natural resource, would be controlled for the bcnoflt of the general public rather than individuals or minority groups. Unfortunately nothing is farther from the facts. Streams have been dammed, drained, diverted and polluted for the immediate financial benefit of a very small percentage of the population with bland disregard for the great majority, which is often adversely affected thereby. In water administration it has been the order of the day to sacrifice public welfare to private profit, convenience or expediency. Ever since its inception in 1322 the Izaak Walton League of America has fought for the principle of giving recognition to existing natural values in water when utilitarian uses are being considered. It has not opposed hydro development, irrigation, navigation and flood control per se, but only as such single purpose projects ignored biological uses of water and existing natuial values to the public. It lias and do?s oppose the wanton pollution of our wa'cr- ways as an improper use that has no justification or place in civilized society. Unfortunately laws and regulations EXCUSE IT, PLEASE! The worm turns · governing use of water have not kcp pace with intelligent conservation thought, which recognizes a runnin stream as more than a potentia source for kilowatt hours, an avenu for boats to operate by grace o Government subsidies, or n means tc further complicating the farm prob lorn of overproduction by putting ad ditionnl land under cultivatio through irrigation In spite of vig orous and persistent protests from th League and from other conservatio organizations, governmental agencies state and Fodcial, having contro over water, have continued to giv private utilitarian use prior consider ation to public values in water. I fact, broad public values have com monly been ignored. · If the stream wis not ruined by the private or pub iic utilitarian use, the public wa wekome to enjoy it, but considers tion of true public values must no stand in the way of "progress an development" With such an unfortunate manage record, a recent decision of th Public Service Commission of Wis consin was particularly rcfrcshin and encouraging. In considering a application to construct a power da: on the Potato River in northweste: Wisconsin, the Commission said: " contains many cataracts, rapids an waterfalls and flows through dee and wide gorges of great seen Ijenuiy. The.c aic no dams in th river. Its flow is unimpeded by th works of man from its source to i .Tiouth. It is and has been n trou streom of considerable importanc No sewage or industrial wastes con laminate its waters. It Is one of th few scenic streams in the slate un spoiled by man." In rendering its decision, the com mission considered a statute of 192 which reads as follows: "The enjoyment of natural seen beauty is declared to be a publ. right, and if the Commission sha find that the construction, operatic or maintenance of a proposed dam contrary to the public interest, whc the public right to the enjoyment natural scenic beauty is considcre no permit shall issue." Based on this statute the Commis sion lias ruled as follows: "The entire flnv.- c£ thr stream during the summer may be diverted through the penstock and the water wheels and render the channel of the river between the dam and the power house completely dry. The sudden rising and falling of the water in the stream, which would occur, will destroy spawn by exposure . , . and will also cause much spawn to be flushed down stream. Frequent changes in water levels are also destructive to vegetable and aquatic life which consti- tucs the basic food for fish. Trout will undoubtedly be caught in pockets to die of suffocation or be exposed to predatory animals." "The advantages which the public will donvc from the proposed development will be that the Town of Gurncy will derive more taxes from the lands in question, and that the hydro plant and the industry in con- .-icction therewith will give employ- nent to a few men. As against these advantages the waterfalls and cata- I'.icts for about one mile of river will i orever be destroyed." "For the reasons stated, the appli- ralion is denied." This is the first law we know of that specifically recognized existing natural values in a stream and the right of the public to their enjoyment, and this is the first decision icndcrcd by the Wisconsin Commission under this statute. It is indeed i milestone in conservation that should should set the pace Tjr other states, to follow in protecting the public's lights in their streams by enactment of similar legislation. ewsboy Charges Assaull; Defendant s Fined by Alderman John While, distributer of Pitts- urgh papers here, arrested on on ssault and battery charge preferred y Ralph Brown, 17-year-old news- aper boy, was fined $10.85 at a earing held Thuisday night before Mdcrman Fred Munk. Brown charged that the defendant loked him and threw him down. Vhite says Brown was creating a isturtiance. Ohiopyle OHIOPYLE, Jan. 10.--Miss Slay Nicholson of Confluence is visiting ·ith Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Burn- vorth. Mrs, Russell Younkin of Wilson rrived Thursday to visit with her arents, Mr. and Mrs. i°. K. Bnilcy, nd to assist in taking care of her LOthor, wbo has been '11 for several weeks. Mrs. D. P. Collins returned to her icme Thursday afternoon after hav- ng spent, every day with her daugh- cr, Mrs. Carl Lewis, WMO underwent in operation at the Confluence Hos- lital. Mrs. Lewis is reported to be getting along nicely. E. L. Kurtz motored to McKecsport 'riday to visit his wife, a patient in he hospital at that place. Mrs. Wesley Williams still remains a patient in Connellsvilla State Hospital where she has spent the past everal weeks. You're Telling Me! By WILJUAM RIXT Central Press Writer AN ELEPHANT in an English zoo has been trained to play a tiny mouth organ. What scientific progress'. Now If wo can only find a mouse capable of playing a bull fiddle! * · * Experts predict that by 1941 it will be possible to make a trip around the world in 13 days. But what will we do on the odd day of our two-week vacations? * * * Many a guy who thought his Job was in the bag dlicovcrod that, after all, he was only being aackei. * · · This la baseball trading season, when club owners swap players and oil the magnates are oa busy as little bees trying to get some rival magnate to act as Santa Claus for them. * » · The average husband, bcforo Christmas, worries himself sick on the problem of what to get the wife. After Christmas, he worries over how he's going tp pay for it. * » * The Housing Administration wants to know whether a kitchen may properly be called » room. Call it anything you like, fellows, but. for gosh snkcs, don't eliminate It! * · * President Roosevelt is given only 18 lines in the new British "Who's Who", while Halle Selassie gets 32 lines. F. D. R. probably doesn't care--he's kept HIS Yough Canalization Hot to Begin During Planb for the canalization o£ the Yough river fiom th mouth to West Newton adopted by the Rivers and Harbos act of July 3, 1930, will not be famed out in the fiscal year beginning next July. This was made certain by the report of Pennsylvania needs for flood control by the chief army engineer to the secretary of war. Expenditures to improve and maintain navigation facilities suggested $10,000 for the Youghiogheny river for the maintenance dredging of a nine-foot channel from the mouth to 15th street, McKeesport. Referring to the Youghiogheny, the report said: "The relative desirability of the improvement in the interests of commerce and navigation entails the postponcdmcnt on new work on the canalization project adopted by the River and Harbor act of July 3, 1930." The project provides for canalization of the river from the mouth to West Newton, including two locks and dams, at an estimated cost of $4,197,000. Pennsylvania needs $13,085,000 for flood control in the fiscal year beginning next July, the chief army engineer reported. Of the amount $12,850,000 to the .nb : Susquehannh River basin, much of which would tie in with another $8,000,000 on flood control projects in southern Now York state at the headwaters of the Susquehanna. Projects on rivers and harbors outside the scope of flood control would bring the entire recommended allocation for Pennsylvania to $17,214,000. Killed When Car Skids. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 10.--Norman J. Lyslaught, 35, was killed when his automobile skidded and crashed into an iron pole. The impact '.vas such that the pole was bent and the car completely wrecked. Police had to pull the rear end of the machine clear before Lyslaught could be removed. Looktnff for Bargains? 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