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editorials Page 4 ftnrdon « l«> Tolotfrnm Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1963 Jh Jr«w Pearson Reports What Better Bargain ic hears in groaning terms from the taxpayers, or some of them, about the soaring costs of education. Many imply that school boards and teachers are plucking dollars from their pocktels out of all proportion 1o their needs. As another school season begins, it is well to look again at just \vhat we are paying. Tho most severely criticized source of school revenue is the property tax. So let's concentrate on that, A family in a $15,000 homo (which is above the average here) normally will have a tax valuation of $?.,7.">0 or less The current school levy in Garden City is 4fl.18 mills, including the 1'o-mill county wide junior college assessment, which means that family will pay roughly $161 for support of Garden City Hchools. Now, $161 is less than mosl television sets, and much less than the average family spends on a 2- week vacation each summer. Many spend that much on a single weekend in Kansas City or Denver. Garden City's students attend flchool 180 days during a school year. That means the per-school-day for a child in that family is approximately 90 cents n day — less than the baby-sitter earns for a Saturday night's work. Two children in local schools, not uncommon, makes the fee, per child, at 45 cents. And, as frequently pointed out, it's cheaper yet by the do/en. For 90 cents a day, we know where the children are and what they are doing. We can hope they are learning something, are gaining discipline and self- control are receiving a reasonable amount of exercise, and are finding out how to live with other people. We can even dream that their minds will IMJ fired with the imagination that only a good teacher can 1 provide. This strikes us as quite a bargain. The property tax, of course, it not the only source of school revenue, and all of us shell out other payments to make up the full fee. But it is the tax which is regarded as evil, and even confisca'tory. Maybe we should ask ourselves, even if we have no children, "what better contribution we can make to our community and its future for $161. No Sign of Decline '"phe decrease in first-day enrollment from a year ago at Garden City Junior College isn't any sign of the school's decline. With the drop mainly in the sophomore class, the out-of-staite athlete-recruiting limitations no doubt •• "were responsible for some of the decrease. Last year more thon 60 from beyond the borders of Kansas enrolled with the idea of playing football. This year, the juco conference lias a limitation of 15 out-of-state boys on the grid Rquad. Working out in this year's football ranks is a ... higher percentage of local and area boys. This should increase local interest in the college and bring better ' support of its athletic events. With its larger home and broader tax support, the college has a promising future. After a leveling- off period, we look forward to its continued growth and role in higher education. e IF THE first-day-of-school comes, can PT-A be far behind? Indeed not. * * * A BROADWAY columniHt, Dorothy Kilgallen, wrote this last week: "A fairly funny — and quite inexplicable — fad is sweeping the East. Ladies' groups are hiring belly dancers to perform at private beach and lawn parties. The No. 1 attraction on the home seraglio cirsuit is a lass who comes from Boston, is named Nadina, and got,s $500 and up for her undulating at these closed sessions. . .So you know, do you? Next year it may be strippers at the PT-A." * * * WELL, IT might boost the room count at that. • ,1, ^ d ' h> FIVE UNUSUALLY fine, fluffy kittens, latest autumn shades, at the J. P. Sheehy home, <)0:> North Sixth. Free. These are Choice Grade A, for pets. * •*• + WHEN CHARLES Collins goes to furniture market, he always selects divans and easy chairs fj rH t — while he's good and tired. His method is simple, he says. He just does a lot of sitting around on the. displayed merchandise. And then he buys the things that feel most comfortable. * * * IT'S JUST as well county fairs last only three days for many reasons. For one thing quite a few of the exhibits are perishable. And then again, others disappear. County Agent Kenneth Fromm smiled as he reported that most of the exhibits of eggs had dwindled from a dozen per display to eight on a plate. * * * NEVER BEFORE have we had such a good deal in caring for a neighbor's pets. We are now collecting one egg a day for feeding and watering the pet hen next door. Hal Boyle Says: Phyllis Diller Makes Life Pay NEW YORK (AP)—Phyllis Diller, who dresses to look like an ostrich on a three-day binge, is- perhaps the only woman in America with five children who also wear white, blue and rose-colored contact lenses. "My goal is to be a gracious woman," she remarked matler-of- facly. "But I decided that if I was to be an idiot broad, I might as well make il pay." Miss Diller certainly has made K pay. As "the female Bob Hope," master of the one-line quip, she has become a reigning queen of the ni'ght club circuit. "Last year I paid taxes on $2(50,000," she said. "This year I hope to make a half million." Then, she is confident, she will go on to a million, Uvo million, elc., etc. "But progress is mathematical," she declared (bring a rest between her frantic nightly chores at the Hotel Americana's Royal Box. "There is no point in 'being impatient." A good standup lady comic is a rarity in show business, and Miss Diller is currently the most sue- ccsful in the field. "It sounds like a housewife's dream—to have a roomful of people listening to her," she said. "And it is. "But mosl women 'wouldn't stick to this line of work. They'd •get too hurt emotionally. But to jne it's a form of therapy." Eight .wars ago Phyllis, then 37, was just another working housewife—sin; had a radio writing job —who gol a big kick out of en- Thanks A Lot But No Thanks" Georghiu-Dej Says little Bulls' Can Be Big Force in Today's World CONSTANTA, RUMANIA -If we are to follow the co-existence policy set by President Kennedy we have to know the countries is. the Soviet bloc, and to that end I went to see Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, chairman of the Rumanian People's Republic. Stern pictures of Gheorghiu- Dej stare down from all Rumanian government offices, but when I met on the terrace of his summer place looking down at the dark blue waters of the Black Sea, I found him relaxed and cordial. I recalled meeting him in New York in 1960 when most of the communist leaders had come to the United Nations. There had been a great deal of newspaper speculation at that time as to what the top communist leaders of the world had been plotting on the SS Baltic as they steamed across the Atlantic to New York. This week, for the first time, I got the answer. "Everybody was seasick," laughed Gheorghiu-Dej, "Everybody except the captian, Khrushchev and me. The Baltic was a 9,000-ton vessel and tossed on the waves like a cork. We didn't have time to do anything except take care of our fellow passengers. "Khrushchev an ( ] I weren't supposed to drink, but we finally sneaked a drink before dinner. There were three doctors on board but we even had to take care of them. The newspapers thought we were discussing lop strategy, but we were only seasick." I reminded the Rumanian chair, man that yhen I had interviewed him in New York he had said, apropos of the difficulties between the United States and Russia: "When the big bulls are fighting, the liltl e bull s should stay away." Gheorghiu-Dej remember ed this, but this time he commented: "The little bulls have » duty to humanity, and when they all pull together they can be a force in the world. "The test-ban treaty," he s'id, "is a great thing. True, it's onry a step, but it's a step which should energize the statesmen to move forward; to come closer, and open all roads and channels for neace. "We have sent out congratulations to President Kennedy and said that th e Rumanian people approve his position. I believe he will improve the strength of his position as a result of signing the treaty and that he will win out over his critics. "I also believe that President De. Gaulle will ratify," vid Gheorghiu-Dej. "The spirit of De Gaulle is not the spirit of the French people. Thev want a test ban treaty and public opinion is strong." The top man of Rumania went on to talk enthusiastically about the new moves for better understanding * between Washington and Moscow and, among other things, said that the peoples of the East and West must have a right to enjoy happiness. "Our definition of happiness," he said, "is to live under good conditions; not to trouble anyone; not to be troubled by anyone; and be a friend of everyone." He indicated that Rumania is trying to follow such a course. Gheorghium-Dej told in some detail about Rumania's amazing economic growth, but said that, like other countries. Rumania has a problem in the drift to the cities. The city population has grown about eight times in comparison with the rural population while the over-all population has increased about one million in 15 years. "We have birth control clinics not only in the cities but in the villages," he said. "In the old days there were laws against teaching birth control, but not today." Gh*orghlu'Dtj expressed regret over lagging trade relations with the United States, which he attributed to a state department boycott. "We have tried to buy approximately 10 factories in the United States," he said, "factories for manufacturing fertilizer, tires plastics, electronics, rubber, and various petro-chemicals. But the slate department has said no." "We bought one plant from the Hydro-Carbon Research Corporation which sold it to .us despite " slate department opposition. The ' state department then barred Hy- j j dro-Carbon from doing business with eastern European counlries for five years." The Rumanian chairman said that when his government was not able to buy f*am lh e United States, it bought the sam e factories from West Germany, England, or France. "They art very happy to sell them to us," he said, "and we pay cash. "I discussed this with Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman when he was here, and he seemed quite surprised to hear about it. H e said he would report it to President Kennedy." My own independent investigation showed thai it is quite true that the state department has been barring lh e sale of factories and other goods to Rumania on the ground that they are strategic. It is also true that they pay cash, and these payments would .materially help the U.S. balance of payments. Furthermore, our NATO allies promptly step in and sell the goods which we refuse to sell. lertaining other women with her zany antics. Her husband, Sherwood, kept urging her to turn professional. She did finally—with considerable qualms. "I had to give up a $100 a week job, an expense account, and- a car to become an unemployed comic," she said. Billed as "Phyllis Diller, the homely fricndmaker," she landed a $GO a week job in a San Francisco club with an outlandish act in which she set about stuffing a Turkey—through the beak. "It took me years to work up to $110 a week," she said. Rigorously se|f-di»eopllned, she makes up most of her own material. Miss Diller, now 45, doesn't worry about an improvident old age. She has a land investment program. "I have a piece of land in Idaho 40 miles long and one inch wide," she said. "I use it now to store string." Residents Say 'No Violence' FOLCROFT, Pa. (AP)—A 'group of Folcroft residents says there will be no more violence against a Negro family that moved into a white neighborhood but it will i!s c "passive resistance by demonstrations and boycotts of any business which serve Or deal with the family. The statement was issued after about 1,000 .men met for nearly two hours at the Fol- crofl Swim Club. The statement deplored the mob violence that greeted Horace and Sarah Baker, who moved into the Dclmur development under state police guard Friday night. A mob had blocked the move Thursday. The statement, which was not signed, emphasized th/.t the Baker family'is not welcome in this suburb of Philadelphia but said "the slate troopers may leave and the violence will not return." State police kept lhe area under tight security and Folcroft boixv.r^li Mayor Hugh McVicker ordered that no passes be issued to nonesidentrs Monday. The Bakers, with the help of friends, spent Labor Day repairing their row house. Windows were broken and the lawn was littered with rocks, eggs and vegetables by the mob. Approximately 60 per cent of U.S. hotel and motel rooms are air conditioned. (Garden City Telegram Published Dally Exo»pt Sunday and Fiva Holidays Yearly by Tlie Telegram i'uljlisliinn Company at 117 East CHiestnut fKLEPHt)N»!_BB «-»tM "_ _ Bill Brow. .„_ .__!.„.___: Edit.! MarvU Smith .. AdtertUlae Mmiet Member ol the AiiKUtod Pr*ii The Associated Press Is entitled ei- cluairely to the use for reproduction •>f all the local news printed In thli newspaper a» well is aJI AP new* and dispatches. All rights of publlcat ilao referred. Termi ol Subscription By carrier a month In Garden City, 11.55, payable | 0 carrier in advance. By ci.rrler in other cities when eervice li available, SOo per w»ek. By mall to other addreaeea In rinn«T. Lane. Scott. Wifhlta, Grreley, Ham..ton. Kear.-iy. Grant. Haskell esd Gray counties. J9.00 per year; •lit- where J1500 pe r year. 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