The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 31, 1952 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, October 31, 1952
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 81, 1958 On the HOY. 4 Ballot— BLTTHEVTLM (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS State's Controversial Purchasing Act Will Be Settled by the Voters ( the fourth and last of a series on referendum measures to be voted on at the Nov. 4 general election.) . . By I.KON HATCH LITTLE ROCK «1 _ A controversy of almost two years duration over a new law to regulate state ^purchasing apparently will be | settled next Tuesday. That's the date of the general election when Arkansas voters will .approve or reject the disputed measure, Act 242 of 1051. Act 242 was referred to a popular vote by petitions, which Ihe Arkansas Supreme Court only recently refused to invalidate. It's the only act to be voted on along with three proposed constitutional amendments, oil submitted to the electorate by the 1951 General Assembly. Act 242 was sponsored In the Legislature by the administration of Gov. McMath, which also backed the unsuccessful legal fight against referral. John F. Wells of Little Rock, publisher of a weekly governmental news digest, led the referral forces whose petitions have held the act in abeyance and finally assured a peoples' vota on It. Arguments over what the effect of Act 242 _would be have raged ever since the measure was introduced in the legislature. Proponents say tt would simplify state purchasing procedures; opponents say, among other things that the measure's rigged so that abuses would be authorized and competitive bidding could be evaded. The act itself sets out that' its I purpose "is to establish for the •affected agencies of the state of Arkansas a standard uniform method of purchasing." It would apply to all atate departments, Institutions, councils, eomml.seions, etc., except the Su- premo Court and the General As- •embjy. H would not apply to any unit of local government. Th« act generally would require buying by formal competitive bids on any purchases estimated to cost as much «.» $1,000, hut it would permit buying officials to solicit bids informally on purchases of lees than $1,000. This latter procedure would require "Informal solicitation of bids from at least three prospective bidders." "Informal solicitation" is not defined, but apparently a purchasing official could ask for bids by telephone as well as by letter. One exception for the formal bid- Ing Is in the ease of "single units." This section apparently would permit 'purchase, of. an automobile or a piece', of road equipment, no matter how expensive, by informal bidding if only one were bought. It is one of the provisions most bitterly attacked by enemies of the act. , The act also lists six classes of commodities which "may be purchased from the manufacture or authorized distributor nt prices con tained in the manufacturer's 01 distributor's established net state price lists without formal solicitation of • bids." These include, among other Items, office machines — among them typewriters, bookkeeping machines, etc. —; bulk plant deliveries of gasoline, oil etc., at established tank wagon prices; canning ma chinery, automobile tires, tubeb and batteries, and equipment repair parts. Further exempted from buying by bids are 11 "types '. of classes ,of commodities (which) because of their nature are such that competitive purchasing methods cannot be used practicably." These exemptions include such Items r.s books, association memberships, utility charges, property insurance and certain scientific equipment. Provision Is made for emergency purchases without bids. The act says nn emergency is "any situation arising from any unfoiseen cause wherein human life or State property Is in Jeopardy or other emergencies defined as such by the Supreme Courtoi Arkansas." The act would create a board composed of the governor, the attorney general and the state auditor to which an aggrieved bidder could appeal. Until the protest had been decided, award of the purchase contract would be held up. Any employe, official or honorary board member would be p^>- hibitcd from selling to his own department or agency. Ally. Gen. Ike Murry has held that present laws prohibit such persons selling to any unit of the state — even * mlademeanor, conviction, by though the purchasing department j ed. m«y b« OM entirely removed Jrom their own. Violation of try provision of the act would be punishable on maximum fine of 1100. Any person convicted would b« Incllfible lor state employment for flvt years and if already employed would b« dismissed. One practice which the act forbids is "parcelling" or splitting of purchases In order to the requirement for bld» on purchases of 11,000 or more. opposing Act M] include Democratic Gubernatorial )«oml- nee Francis Cherry. The retiring McMaih administration has made no effort to obtain Its retention since the referral voU was a»ur- Nobody Is Laughing Behind Iron Curtain and Reds Worry By RICHARD O'REGAN VIENNA ia — The Communists have suddenly become worried about the lack of laughter behind the Iron Curlaln. They complain mey can't find anyone to amuse them—because the type of laughjer they want has to be political. Western diplomats in Communist capitals say nobody has been laughing for years. Paced with the general grlmness of life, overwork, shortages of food, people on the streets of Moscow, Budapest, Prague and Bucharest are rarely seen to crack a smile. _ On trains and buses, passengers sit in virtual silence, staring cheerlessly before them. Young couples rarely laugh and tease in public. Humor in night clubs is Impossibly dull: It is never t heard on the radio, Infrequently seen In newspapers! "everybody seems to be afraid to laugh for fear someone will report them to the -police," aaid a diplomat who recently had his first experience of communism. "It seems to me that laughter Is considered almost a sin." Concern about the lack of merriment recently forced the Czechoslovak newspaper Prace to complain there weren't enough new operettaa to amuse people. -The old ones R said, couldn't be played any more, because they were "bourgeois." : . No Text Written "Many Czechoslovak musicians," it aaid, "would like to write music for an ^operetta, but there are no authors-to: write •the text.V -, The newspaper gave one reason why funny writers apparently can't be found. It said that "laughter and satire must be raised to be weapons exposing the traitors of the people and a meana of educating people." This means 'no spontaneous humor, nothing funny that hasn't first been censored by the government. ' The Moscow Literary Gazette also expresse.d worry recently about the lack of humor on the stage and in movies. The magazine complained: "Nobody wants to write comedies tor the movies or for the theater. If one turns to a prominent writer with a request for a comedy, one is refused quickly and categorically. "This fear of the comedy Is due to the fact that several critics, who-lack any sense of humor, attack almost every new comedy that is written. They declare everything funny to be unauthentic and estranged from reality.... "The comedy may, and must, play a great part In our lite. But it Is the most neglected kinw of art. There is not one comic script among the. movies for 1MJ. Our stage also do« not know laughter." Corner Didn't Say Stevenson Best Qualified . UVALDB, Tex. Wt-Fornwr vtte President John N. Garner did not say here Oct. is that Gov. Adlai Stevenson U the "beat-equipped 1 man nominated for th« presidency by either party In M years. The statement waa carried in the opening paragraph of an Anoelated Pre« story from Uvalde OB that date. Garner's endorsement at Btewm- son tald he "it u well-ee^nlpped and <ru»)lfied to bwom, vmU °l * D 2' M Stit " " "* m « n who has been nominate* by *itber party in the last SO years." Pre-Holfoween Prankster Killed By Police Car BAI/rrHpR« M^-Tounf Ke Wtaner. celebrating Haliowj, one night, early, was struck and killed WHERE HAPPINESS COSTS SO LITTLE BOXOFFICE OPENS 6:45 P.M. WEEKDAYS OPENS: 1:30 P.M. SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS SATURDAY, NOV. 1 "Junction City' CHARLES STARRF.TT and SMILEY BURXF.TT SAT. MIDNITE SHOW "Breakdown" He had the miking* of a champion but women were the caase of hlj breakdown. SUNDAY - MONDAY — NOVEMBER 2 - 3 Patrolman George Olick raid a Kroup. „, children darted tram .'behind some parked cars. He swerved The motoriab tot av» r . Road Courier News OUaalfatf A*. MOX Show Start* Weekday* 7:00 Sat Son I .'W> Alwoyi o DoubU Feature LAST TIMES TONJTE — PllW — 2 Color Cartoon SATURDA 2 Features! . 2 Cartoons Kit Carson Serial SAT. LATE SHOW WALTER PIDGEON ON) .Cartoww * Seriall Rojir of tht Iron Hon* PRETTY out of • plartic popcorn bag is "Mlsa Popcorn of 1»52." who is Betty Mataon, '24, of Chicago, The National Association of Popcorn Manufacturer! i e I e c t e d Betty to reign ai queen of Popcorn Week. With the Courts Tht following divorce decrees havr'baen filed: Stanley B. Stout, Jr., and Evelyn Jun« Stout; Aleta Davis inti Harlie Davis; Betty Planigan and James G. FHunlgan; James Moore and LUBde Moore; Opal Ward and Alonw Ward; Beulah Whitaker »nd Ed Whitaker. Mitchell Again Calls on Nixon 'To Tell All' WASHINGTON UP) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Stephen A. Mitchell demanded again today that Sen. Richard Nixon mnke public hU Income tax returns, Mitchell said It. lias been 38 day.? stnce Nixon, the Republican candidate for vice president, cnallenped Oov. Adlal Stevenson and Sen. John Sp»rkman to divulge their financial status. Mitchell said the Democratic running mates, H s well as GOP presidential nominee Dwlghl El- senhower, have done this, addthg: "Why't Sen, Nixon give the public the luformatlln the other three . csndidates have provided? What is he trying to hide?" 'Apple Pie Order' Phrase Has Japs, Koreans Stumped TOKYO (/Tj—Koreans and Jspa- were puzzled today by Gen. James A. Van Fleet's expression that the South Korean Army was in "apple pic order." Neither country has any similar expression. Newspapers were perplexed as to ii'lint the u. S, Eighth Army commander meant in the letter quoted by U. S. Republican presidential candidate Dwlght -Eisenhower to support his argument that South Korean troops are not being put In the line as fast M they should. Translators worked hard to dig up an explanatory phrase for' their readers. 'Co-Ed Army' Brings Recruits LONBON (fl>(— A week ago only 11 out of 1.200 girl students at Manchester University had Joined the university Women's Army Corns unit, • Friday, extra staff was taken on to cope with the rush of recruits— Head Courier News Classified Ads. RIT Z THEATER MANILA, ARK. SUNDAY-MONDAY-TUESDAY FUNNIER THAN "SAILOR BEWARE"! i DCAH tfCIMty MAfllN lEWlS PAGE FIVB it's a "co-*d army" now. The War Of/ice agreed to men* the women's unit with the univeni- ty men's Irajnlng corps. RITZ THEATRE Manila, Ark. KRIDAY "SIERRA" In Technicolor Audie Murphy & Wanda Hendrix SATUIUUY 'ROLL WAGONS ROLL" Tex Rill er • SAT. OWL SHOW 'Strange World' Angeliea Hauff Alexander Carlos NEW Air Conditioned By Refrigeration "Your Community Center" MANILA, ARK. Matinees Sat. & Sun. Phone 58 FRIDAY 'ROUGH SHOD" Robert Sterling SATURDAY "FLAME OF SACRAMENTO' Wild Bill Elliott SATURDAY OWL SHOW "SANDS OF IWO JJMA" John Wayne SUN - MON WILLIE & JOE 'Bock at the Front' Tom Ewel] • . , Harvey Lembcck Fanners Don't Let it Happen '•/'••.• . . Again! things happened just before the 1948 presidential election: 1. Farm prices went down just before election. 2. The Democratic candidate, who was also the president, put the blame on the Eightieth Congress. 3. The.president was re-elected —and the farm vote gave him four more years in the White House. What has happened since? // has been proved that prices -went down because the government pulled the props out from under them. h wai not the Eightieth Congress - but the deliberate abuse of power over prices— by the party which held that power—which cost farmers millions of dollars in needless losses. The same party is still in power. The same party can rig prices —or create some other emergency -in 1952. The same party lias'an organization that covers every county in the United States to spread any smear the schemers who run the party want you to believe. Don't be tricked again. If you want to get rid of bungling, fumbling, corruption in Washington —get rid of the men who can do such things to you. with EISENHOWER and NIXON E. Main St. Political Advertisement Paid for by Citizens for Eisenhower Committee James Hill, Jr., Chairman Phone 97«5 \

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