Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on November 26, 1947 · Page 8
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Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 8

Postville, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 26, 1947
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PAGE EIGHT. THE POSTVILLE HERALD, POSTVILLE, IOWA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, isJ Sober history teaches us many lessons—but unfortunately people are not always willing to heed the voice of the past. For example, what Iowan has not firmly resolved to curb his appetite on Thanksgiving Day, only to find his firmest resolutions melt away as he sits down to a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner. Apparently Iowans have always succumbed to the temptations of the festive board. In JST4 a Keokuk paper reported that a physician was called to treat a young man who "worries hash at a fourth class boarding house" but who had accepted an invitation to dine out on Thanksgiving Day. J The doctor requested his patient to tell what he had eaten. The young man. so the story ran. repeated the bill of fare as nearly as he could recollect, the following being an alleged inventory of the food encompassed: 'Three dishes of oyster soup, two plates of fish and two of turkey, two dozen fried oysters, and a dozen raw: some ger- kins, four slices of roast pig., a quart of Cole slough, two cups of coffee, four stalks of celery, a liberal supply of boiled cabbage, six hard boiled eggs, some turnip, a glass of milk, apple dumpling, a bottle of native wine, two dishes of plum pudding, two mince pies, some fruit cake, and three dishes of ice cream.''' The physician, it was said, listened patiently through the recital of all this, then pronounced the case a hopeless one. recommended that a minister be called in. and went off to consult with the undertaker. Editorial Note! If you don't believe this, consult the Weekly Gate City (Keokuk). December 2, 1874, in the newspaper stacks of The State Historical Society of Iowa. « » * * * Although Thanksgiving had been observed by the founding fathers of this nation, the first Thanksgiving proclamation in Iowa was issued by Governor John Chambers on October 12. 1844. It read in parts as follows: "At the request of many of my Fellow Citizens. I have deemed it proper to recommend that Thursday, the 12th day of December next, "be observed throughout the Territory"- as a day of general Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the many and great blessings we enjoy as a people and individually, and of prayer and supplication for the continuance of his mercy and goodness toward us: and for the prosperity, happiness and ultimate salvation of the American people. "We are told that, 'righteousness exalteth a nation.' and are taught by divine authority that the voice of thanksgiving and prayer is acceptable to our Father in Heaven. Let us then, on the day designated, unite our voices, in the humble hope that they will reach the Throne of Grace arid obtain for us a continuaiion and increase of blessings." Why Not Put Everything WeWaVt To Get Rid Of In The River Pollution Is a Measure Of Our Civilization Strangely enough, starting with Thanksgiving, the next four national holidays fall on Thursdays: Thanksgiving, Christmas. New Years and Lincoln's birthday. That raises ned in a newspaper office whose press day falls on either Wednesday or Thursday, because of the mail delivery. We'll welcome the calendar change to make all legal holidays fall on a Saturday, i. e„ i£ we stick to this business for long. . i * » • « A local war veteran was telling his young son about his experiences and concluded. "And there my son. you have the story of your dad in the great world war." "Yes. daddy, but why did they need all those other soldiers?"^ the little fellow asked. ' ***** Things are shaping up for a gala Christmas season in Postville. Miss Eunice Boardman, music instructor up at the school house, announces a community-school Christmas program for December 14 and in a story on the front page of today 's Herald, she requests all singers to appear at the school house for a rehearsal next Monday evening. Then tomorrow a decorations committee from the Commercial Club, headed by Glenn Jarmes, expects to put up a huge tree in the center oi Postville.. "Your ad for a tree last week brought quick results," Glenn Jason told us Monday. "Ed Oldag has donated a whopper, and •weather permitting, we're going to set it up and hang the colored lights on it." The Commercial Club committee working with the Odd Fellows to bring Santa Claus here December 24 is also at work and have been told there will be no shortage of the goodies as prevailed during the war. So it looks like the Christmas season is bound to bring joy to everyone in this community. By Hon. Karl E. Mundt.— Member of Congress from South Dakota. Mr. Mundt was one time National Vice President of the Izaak Walton League of America and in four different Congresses he has sponsored legislation to correct pollution. One of his measures once passed the House but was never approved in the Senate. He is currently the author of H. R. 123. commonly known as the Water Pollution Control Act. and he believes there is a reasonably good chance that this legislation will be approved by the 80th Congress before it expires late in 1948. Next to the weather, there has probably been more talk and less action on the subject of the pollution problem than on any other problem which has concerned both private citizens and public officials since the turn of the century. Pollution has been discussed, debated, diagnosed, surveyed, studied, analyzed, condemned, investigated, and criticized but nothing—positively and completely nothing—has been done, to provide effective Federal controls to reduce.its men-' ace or to eliminate its sources. The time ha's now come when Congress as well as our state and local authorities can ill afford to postpone any longer taking constructive and compulsory action to correct the evils of pollution. Water pollution is virtually the last important uncontrolled, unregulated, and unchecked pagan practice continuing .in the United States. We have provided Federal protection for our forests; we have Federal protection against the waste and misuse of our soil resources; we have Federal protection for our game, fish, and ntigra- tor.v waterfowl; we have Federal protection against the misuse of the water flowing down our navigable waters although we do conspicuously nothing to protect this water against the poisonous streams of pollution emptying into them; we have Federal protection against crime, fraud, epidemics and many other vices and evils which push out beyond the borders of a single state including such necessary and practical items as protection against the Japanese corn borer and the hoof and mouth disease. However, up to this very minute' we have done nothing ef­ fective on a Federal scale to pro tect the people of America against the destructive and dangerous results of water pollution. As a consequence, many of our public waters have become unfit for either fish, animal, or human life. They have virtually degener ated into slow-flowing cesspools bearing mute testimony to the callous disregard which our civilization has paid to the safeguarding of its public waters despite the fact that water is the most basic of all our natural resources. As Ding Darling's cartoon in this paper so vividly points out, many of our once noble rivers have become ob noxious open sewers. Selfish industries, careless individuals, and indifferent towns and cities continue to dump sewage and industrial wastes into the drinking water of people living down the stream with reckless abandon and with complete contempt for either proper hygiene, civilized human behavior, or a'de­ cent consideration for the rights of others. Voluntary steps to correct pollution have failed dismally for more than a century: state laws and regulations alone have demonstrated that they cannot do the job; the time has come when we must have Federal legislation establishing minimum standards of water cleanliness in all the public waters of America. Either that or "America the Beautiful" will become a mere phrase in an historical reference book instead of a living reality for each and all to admire and enjoy. The two main sources of water pollution in the United States are (II Municipal—sewage and public wastes dumped into streams, lakes, and rivers without being put thru a modern and effective treatment plant, and (2) Industrial—toxins and injurious fluids and solids of various types discharged into the public waters without adequate treatment to reduce their poisonous effects. Modern science has developed successful and effective treatment plants and processes to correct both major types of pollution. Only the easy habit of industries and communities to follow the lines of least resistance plus the greedy desire of some to save money and hold down expenditures even though it means ruining tor- ever some of the most attractive and useful public waters in the world causes the pollution prob lem to continue and to grow. An aroused public opinion against the pernicious practice of pollution could eradicate that men ace to the health and happiness of America in less than a decade. It is gratifying that I can testify to the fact that during the past decade there has developed an enlightened public opinion against pollution which bids fare to demand the proper legislative correctives in the very early future. Each citizen of America can help hurry the day when such legislation is enacted by writing to his Senators, to his Congressman, and to his Governor demanding that action be taken now before it is too late to save the priceless heritage of pure public waters of America, Since in most cases the pollution problem involves inter-state streams which frequently carry the pollutions and poisons of one state down to the river pools from which the people of another state derive their drinking water and their recreation, it is obvious that state legislation alone can never correct the pollution problem. Our most offensive and persistent water polluters know this quite well so when legislative proposals are before Congress ^ on the subject of pollution they are quick to testify in pious tones that they are in favor of anti-pollution legislation only—note the sly exception !— "only it should be handled by the states themselves and the Federal Government should be given no authority to compel the control of pollution." On the surface that sounds very good but because of the peculiar interstate nature of pollution, in reality "States control of pollution" means no effective control of poll- tion at all. It is about as senseless to try to clean up the interstate waters of America by state regulations as it would be to try to protect our migrator}' ducks and geese by suggesting that each state pass its own laws on hunting seasons and bag limits. When you write your public officials (and if you really want to help in this crusade to clean up the waters of America you will write them vigorously and often), it is important that you insist that the three minimum essentials of an effective program of pollution eon trol be made a basic part of any corrective legislation which is passed: (1) Federal standards of cleanliness must be established so that industries and communities of enlightened states which control pollution will not be penalized by having to compete with states which disregard the public inter est by permitting raw pollutions to be dumped into streams without benefit of corrective treatment (2) Any law which is passed must outlaw at once the establishment of new sources of pollution so that the problem can no longer grow greater while we are trying to correct the evils of a menace already grown hazardously large. (3). An effective pollution control law must have "enough teeth" in it so that the Federal Government can compel reluctant or recalcitrant offenders to correct their abuses wherever feasible so that the public interest can be protected against persistent offenses by private polluters. When Congress has once passed a pollution control act containing these three basic features we shall be well on the road to correcting the pollution evils which now plague and poison our American waters. Left To Write Bv Bob Klauer. Opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer and do not necessarily conform to the editorial policy of this newspaper. It Won't Work, Harry. When President Truman, in his message to the special session of Congress last week, advocated a return to food rationing, price and wage controls, and the placing of other restrictions upon the American people, he knew better than anyone else that it won't work. And he knows too. that the American people will not stand for that sort of thing. But he advocated the plan, nevertheless, yielding to the advice of the left-wing and radical members of his party, who. ever since the New Deal came into power, have been urging regimentation and have been robbing the American people of their economic freedom. It's the same old story of a planned economy and creating another emergency, the trick that the New Dealers have been resorting to dur ing all the years they have been in control. Mr. Truman says these restrictions are necessary as an an ti-inflation measure. Yet who is re sponsible for the inflation which has caused the present high prices? The answer is Mr. Truman and his New Deal Party. They created the "cheap money," they refused to reduce taxes, they fought every attempt to reduce government spending, and did everything they possibly could to make conditions what they are today. In fact, they planned it that way. And now they want to tel! you what, and how much you can eat, what you can buy, and how much, and how much you may earn. The American people, however, can be thankful that a Republican Congress will see to it that Mr. Truman's program is not carried out. No sooner had he delivered his message than Republican leaders announced their opposition. Senator Tnft. Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, declared that should the President's program be accepted it- would mean "a step toward a complete totalitarian nation." a "police state' and the "end of economic freedom." Other Republican leaders, including Iowa's delegation in Congress, condemned the plan as being unworkable and not a solution to our economic problems. If Mr. Truman's plan, however, would be followed, it would mean a return to all war time restrictions. It would mean a return of the OPA. the setting up of a Gestapo to sec that the restrictions were enforced, and the placing of thousands of employees on the government payrolls. Many of these were cut loose from the government when the Republican Congress came into office, but it is a safe bet that they would all be back. And what a help they would be to Mr. Truman and his New Dealers with an election coming up next year. Mr. Truman's aid to Europe program came in for criticism too. Although no one denies that there is a need for emergency aid to Europe the amount of money required should be within a reasonable figure. In this wo are in agreement with the Ohio Senator who said that much of the Marshall Plan is not essential, and is certainly not worth another OPA in this country, which would put price controls on every producer, wage controls on every working man and woman, rationing against the housewife, and the restaurant, and every kind of control over the businessman. Women Launch Program. The Iowa Council of Republican Women is to be commended for a five-point program on Boiler Citizenship which was recently launched by the Citizenship Committee of iho Council, of which Mrs, H. W. Woodwiii'd at Whitlemore is Chairman. The program incltidos: 1. Prizes for the best forums presented in lown schools during the year. 2. A program aimed fit 21 year old age level, designed to stimulate appreciation of our form of government. 3. To develop equal representation between men and women in county, district, and state delegations, to political conventions. 4. To urge Iowa women to forego buy­ ing one dress this winter and s« ing equivalent value in toot« Europe. 5. To encourage youths 1 study more civics and goveitim«| tal subjects In Iowa school system Let Us Be Thankful. This is Thanksgiving Week. «g in these United States have n\r to be thankful for. We are a j people and this freedom is most priceless possession. L C J j ever guard it and resist with i last ounce of strength those would seek to take it from us. us give thanks that in this Ropyj lie we have not lost our right ^ vote and that in our hands rests{ power, through the use of the ball and a free election, to turn out$ office those who only sock to slroy our liberties. The first church in Io erected at Dubuque by the dists in 1834. The "Friendship Train" was not the first such to carry food from Iowa to starving Europeans. In 1892 a total of 225 car loads of corn, exceeding 500 bushels each, were! sent out of Iowa to the starving Russians. Place Your Order Now For An . . . OIL HEATER which you can use for heating garages, milk houses or your home. They are ideal for these purposes. Meyer's Four - County Hatchery Telephone No. 234 "Guess this turk musts heard the bad news. As a perfect specimen of health, and bavin* drunk my share of Waters' fine pasteurized milk every day, I'm set to do my share at Thanksgiving; dinner." For Pure Pasteurized Milk, Cream, Chocolate Drink and Cottage Cheese Call 3H-F-62. NORTH SIDE DHIRiJ KMTVIILE • 58F6Z Your Car Is Worth MORE CASH HERE The Used Car Market is still most active and prices are such that you can get highest prices either in cash or as a trade-in on a better car. ON HAND RIGHT NOW 1946 Pontiac "8" 4-Door with heater—Clean ! 1946 Chevrolet 1941 Chevrolet 5 Passenger 1941 Studebaker Champion radio and heater 1941 Ford Truck 1936 Chevrolet RADIOS GAROD RADIOS FOR SALE ! Willman Motor Telephones: Office, 293; Residence 90-J POSTVILLE, IOWA axe. AT OUR CAR OF 16% Dairy Feed ON TRACK NOW Postville Feed Mill Phone 244 Highest CASH Prices! For Your Dead Stock! CHARGE ALL CALLS TO US Postville Rendering Co. TELEPHONE NO. 1000 WAUKON—Call Suiiderman City Service—Telephone No. 242 jjurili McGREGOR—Call Dresden Standard Service—Telephone No. 55-1*^ OSSIAN—Call D-X Service Station—Telephone No. 90 jp&S ELGIN—Call D-X Service Station—Telephone No. 2111 ^fjjw MONONA—Call Mr. Ziegler—Telephone No. 208 4 1 ROSSVILLE—Call Rossville Locker Plant Rtttf 'SURE, it's a LIGHT BILL1" "And I don't mean electric light bill, either. I mean a light electric bill. Because light: It's a cooking bill bill as well. It covers food preservation and a cleaning bill and a cooling bill t til a heating f OtV and ironing and a hot-water bill, and entertainment •tame- -and a lot of other things be­ tides. It's the biggest bargain in my family budget. When the cost of prac- UP, tically everything else has gone the price of my electric service has stayed modestly I know I'm getting twice ai much LOW. electricity for my budget dollar as Mother did 20 yean ago—and electric­ ity Is doing many, many more jobs than it did then. . "It's a LIGHT bill, of course!': MDDY KllOVMUT BRING YOU YEA* 'ROUND COMfOHr I

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