Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on April 25, 1973 · Page 8
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 8

Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, April 25, 1973
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B Galesbufg Register-Moil, Golesburg, HI. Wednesday, April 25, 1973 Dear Pemy, 1 want tt know ivhat otlMr motorists think of the s» caUed radar sfieed checks the police Impose on Oaleibari motorists. They claim theycan clock your speed as far away as two blocks. How do they know Ifs yoor speed they are ehow- log yon on the gadget? Yon can't do a good Job of Mvlig and watch the speedometer an the time, and yon don't have to continne any distance at an advanced speed and they fine you. It cotdd easily be someone ahead of yon that tamed or pulled into a driveway, and because yon went on by a police car, they come roaring out and pull you up and give yon a line that it was your speed they have on the gadget. It Isn 't erased but can be held on the machine as long as they wish and used over and over on unsuspecting motorist after motorist. It may be that each car has a quota, and this Is an easy way to meet it. It isn't hard to stop an average motorist, give him a ticket and thus get the revenue, but the drunk can continue on his way after being reported under the . wheel. When they stop you, WHY do they have to call Into headquarters to find out if It Is okay to give yon a ticket, but certain persons are exempt? Not too long ago, I was stopped, signaling a left torn at an intersection to let traffic clear, and a tmck came up behind, slammed Into me and did a lot of damage. Hie police came but no citation was issued as he represented a prominent concern In town, who no doubt donated freely to the police fund. In my hundreds of thousands of miles of driving, I have met with no complahit except in Galesbarg. In my ophilon, they are driving a lot of would-be shoppers from Galesburg. Very Disgusted Motorist Dear Motorist, James Fralces, Galesburg police chief, concedes that use of radar is generally unpopular among motorists inasmuch as there are constant speed violators. He pointed out, however, that statistics prove that many accidents are caused by excess speed, and that prudent use Of radar produces a marked reduction in traffic accidents and fatalities. Before a radar unit is put into operation on the streets, it is checked each time by more than one officer to make certain it is operating correctly. If the slightest malfunction is shown, the unit is sent to the factory for repair. There is no quota to be filled when the unit goes out. Your statement that one can't do a good job of driving and check the speedometer all the time is, in my estimation, just plain silly. That's like saying you can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Any good driver should be able to check all the indicators on the dash periodically, and he should make checking his speed almost an automatic action. Police tell me that cars are in the patrolman's line of vision when the speed is registered, and he keeps that vehicle in vision until it is pulled over. While a call to the station is made tp record the number of the ticket issued, there is certainly no check to find if it is "all right" to issue a ticket. It is a fac*, however, that on the over-all picture, more motorists are warned than are given a ticket. If you know of any instance where anyone has been given preferential treatment, supply me with the name and date, and I'll check into it. On the whole, radar does what it is supposed to do. It catches speeders—before accidents occur, hopefully. That's all to the good of a city—and its shoppers. Dear Penny, A few days ago our neighbor comes out with a red can of gasoline, pours it over a large heap of garden rakings and once again sets it on fire ... too close for comfort. Smoke clouds went into every house and yard for about a block and lingered there. I'm sure that this isn't the only family that doesn't use a barrel as the law states, but let a stray animal or child cross into their premises, and that is something else. They have burned on Monday with people's wash hanging on the line. I often wonder how such people stand themselves. If one bums when they have a handkerchief hangbig out, you get told about it. Just Wondering Dear Wondering, .. Your friend is violating the law, both if he burns outside a container and if he bums on Monday. Call the fire department and report him. Laws are made to be observed. Thinking of you . . . Penny Send your questions to Penny, in care of the Galesburg Register-Mail. Penny will answer all letters to which a personal reply is desired. As many letters as space permits will be used in this column. U.S. Study: Mobile Home Costs Add Up and Up At Avon Junior Woman's Club Asks Improvements for Crossings AVON — Painting of crosswalk lines and installation of more school crossing signs are being sought by members of the Avon Junior Woman's Club's safety committee. Committee members have written letters seeking support from Avon School District 176 Board of Education, the Village Board of Trustees and the Illinois Department of Transportation. Committee members said there are no visibly marked cr\)sswalks at any major intersection here, nor are there any marked crossings at the school. Want Officer Assigned The village has also been asked to station a policeman at the school crossing for a 2(>-minute period while students are being dismissed. "The crossing at the school is very congested, especially at dismissal time," a committee spokesman said. A safety poster contest for students in third, fourth and fifth grades is also being sponsored by the committee. Entries, which may be sub- safety, and fifth grade, pedestrian safety. The Avon Taste and Baste 4-H Club won first place in the annual Fulton County Share the Fun contest April 14 at Canton High School. Club members will present their skit, "The Easter Parade," at the Illinois State Fair during August. Patsy Anderson, a member of the Taste and Baste club, was first runner-up in a master of ceremonies competiti-on held in conjunction with the Share the Fun event. Jim Lock, a member of the Avondale 4-H Chji, was fourth runner-up. Members of the Avon Junior Woman's Club will conduct a home and garden show in conjunction with the annual Avon Fat Steer Show in August. Annual mother-daughter banquet sponsored by the Av<m United Methodist Women will By CARLtON SMITH ators to the study. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) ME COST comparisons be If this keeps up, everybody low apply to a mobile home Is going to be living in mObUe selling at the industry's aver- homes. In the last year for age im price, $6,640, and a wWch figures are available, $15,000 conventional house, mi, close to half of all the Mobiles, to begin with, people buying new single-fam- aren't financed like houses. ily dwellings — 43 per cent of them — wound up in mobiles as opposed to conventional houses. Personal Finance Mainly accounting for the mushrooming sales, of course, is that the mobiles carry far smaller price tags than conventional houses — the kind that go on foundations. But whether they actually cost less. Cither in the long run or by the month, is questioned in a government study just published. The answer seems to come out "no." Interested in the potential of mobiles for solving housing problems of low-income rural families, the Office of Economic Opportunity assigned a pair of research evalu- The financing is practically identical to an auto loan. Interest is charged by the "add­ on" method, making a stated rate of 7 per cent actually the equivalent of 12 per cent simple annual interest. Mobile home loans are for shorter periods, too — typically five to seven years, though it's true that for the bigger, luxury models selling at prices up to $18,000, lenders will extend the term to 12 or sometimes 15 years on an FHA-insured loan. The down- payment, if your credit is good, is typically 20 per cent. WHILE THAT may sound like a modest initial outlay, mobile home buyers discover that other items — similar to the closing costs on a conventional home — can add' substantially to the purchase price. Fees for credit checks, sales tax, the mandatory damage insurance add up, along with "options," prob' ably. If you'd like to have some steps going up to the door, for example, that's op* tional. These extra expenses will typically add up to |1,030, accordin gto the GEO study. Thus there's more to be financed than just the purchase price, and the high interest rate and short repayment period "make the monthly cost very high," the study notes. For debt repayment alone is not the whole story. There is site rdnt — typically 150 a month, though it will mn as high as $150 in the luxury parks. Utilities average $25 a month, according to the study. Add it all up, and monthly cost of the mobile is generally as high as, or higher than for the conventional house. Depending on financing arrangements, the range is put by the study at $166 to $203 for the mobUe, $16S to $179 for the eonventioiial house. AS FOR long-run total-out^ laythat is, "cost of posies- sion," which includes total interest charges until the loans are paid off'^hat's put at $25,000 to $28,000 for the mobile home, $25,000 to $27,000 for the conventional house. Depending on fhtancing arrangements, the mobile home may be more or less expensive than the conventional house," the study concludes. "The conventional house provides more durability and space for about the same cost as the mobile home." Opinions differ about the durability of mobile homes. Depending on whom you're talkbig to, expected life is seven to 15 years. But there's little argument about the rate of depreciation, since most dealers go by the "Blue Book." A mobile will lose 50 per cent of its value after six-and-a-half years—and if you're selling to a dealer, he'll knock about a third off the Blue Book price to cover his reconditioning costs and profit on resale. "These <!ost analyses show," the authors of the OEO study conclude, "that mobile homes are not substantially less expensive, over time, than low-cost conventional homes. Although the costs are essentially equal, there is more value for the expendi- tuer with a conventional house which provides more space, safety and a longer lifetime." And, at that, the authors may have been conservative about the cost of the mobile. Tlieir average-priced model of two years ago-then $6,640 — was a "12 -wide." But mobiles have been getting bigger fast. If it's a not-so-little vine- covered 14 -wlde that you've had your heart set on, forget that price of $6 ,64a -especially in 1973, the year when controls were lifted because inflation (somebody said) was now under control. EVANGEIISTIC MEETINGS APOSTOLIC TABERNACLE 562 W. NORTH ST. (THE CHUncH THAT PREACHES WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES) TUESDAY, APRIL 24TH THRU SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH . . . NIGHTLY 7:30 Evangelist and Mrs. Gunter from Peoria, III. COME AND ENJOY THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT REV. E. RAY ALDRICH, Patter O.T. Johnson Co., Go/esburg's Greofosf Sfore Since 7862/ SHOP O.T/s 10 TO 9 MONDAY & FRIDAY OTHER DAYS 10 to 5. Is There A Cuddly Baby In Your Life? Then Hurry on Over to O.T/s Where Everything the Baby Needs Is On Sale Righ Now. Everything From Nursery Room Supplies to Sleep- Play Sets. All ot Special Prices During Notional Baby Week. Come In and See for Yourself Hew Much Money You Con Save. COM PL€T€ entries, wmcn may ae buo- , M^" , "/R-on " ' niitted April 30-May 4, will be held May 3 at 6:30 p.m. judged in the grade school art ' room May 4 at 9 a.m. Topics i Queen Elizabeth of Romania include third grade, playground;wrote under the pen name oi palely; fourth grade, bicycle Carmen Sylva. CHIIDRENS WIAR — SECOND FlOOR — BABY NEEDS DOWNSTAIRS STORE

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