Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on March 10, 1946 · Page 13
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Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas · Page 13

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, Mortt> 10, 1946 Let's Face The Facts About HOME BUILDING Any government program that does not FIRST remove obstacles blocking production of materials will simply add additional difficulties to the probem facing the building industry. In the confusion created about the shortage of homes in America, one point stands out clearly. YOU CAN'T BUILD HONES WITHOUT MATERIALS! Lumber and building material dealers and contractors obviously have a vital interest in obtaining materials for home building. They report, nevertheless, that such materials are not flowing through the yards; that they have not been able to get them. Therefore, the Government's HH priorities offered to enable veterans and others tc obtain homes, are simply home hunting licenses-fcr materials in quantity are not available. As long as OPA continues its wartime control policy rather than a policy of adjustment to aid recon- version, it will neither be able to prevent an inflation or a deflation; it will only be able to prevent reconversion by discouraging production of needed home building item Here, for example, is an instance of OPA action that has resulted in increased production. After 6 months' delay, OPA granted a 4% to 10% price adjustment that allowed 125 of 400 closed brick and tile plants to reopen. This price adjustment allowed these plants and 400 others that had been operating, to hire needed labor. As a result, in the next quarter production rose 35%. But in hardwood flooring, siding, plywood, millwcrk, and construction lumber, OPA clings to its wartime formulas. Instead, OPA follows the unrealistic policy of allowing premium prices to mills for producing lumber for such things as export to foreign countries, and for items that were needed in wartime industry. Today's question is not essentially one of price control-if there were plenty of homes, no price controls would be necessary. The important question is one of production and man power. So far, OPA and Government officialdom in general have contented themselves with controls, allocations and priority systems which at best can do nothing but juggle an insufficient supply of building materials-ana at worst, delay and retard production and the employment of manpower. Homes will not be built in the United States unless the Building Industry builds them. Whether they are labeled "Public Housing" or "Private Homes/' the same materials, the same labor, the same building industry will build them. Production can be un-blccked by the removal or adjustment of OPA's wartime policies. But such a realistic approach cannot be attained as long as Government action is based on a philosophy of lack rather than a philosophy of abundant supply for peacetime prosperity. The lumber dealers, builders and contractors stand ready to build or rebuild America. But it is up to the people to demand that the way be cleared for the production of materials for homes. * You can help correct this bad condition by writing your Senator and Congressman today! LUMBER DEALERS of RAM PA ACNE LUMBER CO. HOUSTON BROS, INC. FOXWORTH-GALBRAITH LUMBER CO. 110 W, ThMt Phone 257 420 W. Foster RIG & LUMBER CO. Phone 1000 101 S. Bollard Phone 50 Phone 210 LYNN BOYD-"Good Lumber" 805 S. Cuyler Phone WHITE HOUSE LUMBER CO, 6. Tyng NATIONAL RETAIL LUMBER DEALERS ASSOCIATIO WASHINGTON, D, C f\ -* W^^f^y^K\S'^^ T /^?wj > 'i^^!^^^ ? f^V^> 'T \^ TE;

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