Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on December 3, 1947 · Page 7
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Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 7

Postville, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 3, 1947
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PAGE EIGHT. THE POSTVILLE HERALD, POSTVILLE, IOWA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER ] Marginal Notes" Bvj Bill A few weeks ago we commented Viere on the low standing of students of Postville high school in the Iowa educational tests. We hoped to shock the parents into some definite action to correct this situation. But to date we haven't heard a word from any parents. However. Supt. Cook of the local schools has written us a letter verifying our statement which answer we would ordinarily have published in this column where the subject was first mentioned. But deeming it of such urgent importance, we are carrying it on page orte of today's Herald and call the attention of parents to it. Administrators of our schools as well as our teachers are deserving of the closest cooperation of students and parents if the local schools are to regain the top ranking they once held in the state. Alone they cannot accomplish the desired results. * * • * • Going to a meeting at Iowa City last Friday to assist in setting up a production laboratory at the State University of Iowa's school of journalism in which printers are to be trained to help out with the shortage now existing in Iowa and elsewhere, we avoided driving on the icy roads by car and so took advantage of Johnnie Sawvelle's transportation facilities. It was our very first trip by bus out of Postville and it proved to be quite fn- teresting. albeit a bit tiresome, because we made the round trip in one day. The interesting angle was people that Vide the buses. For instance, because it was early in the morning, before sun-up, many of the passengers were curled up in the seats trying to catch a few winks of sleep. At a nearby station two women and a little girl boarded the bus, and the mother of the little girl remarked, "See. Suzabelle, I told you, you'd have to be quiet when we get on the bus because there would be people sleeping." Then this woman proceeded to tell ner older companion all the town gossip in a louder voice than the little girl ever could have employed. And who can (or wants to) sleep when there are juicy morsels of gossip floating over the air? We found the people on the buses con• siderably chummier than those who ride the trains, and each respects the other's rights. At Independence a 15-minute "coffee stop" was announced. We were reluctant to leave the good seat we had. but were told we could claim our own seat upon returning from our coffee. And that's the way it was. As .the passengers reentered the bus. the driver announced that passengers who had been on the bus before arrival at Independence were to board the vehicle before the new passengers got on. And those bus drivers are a courteous lot. too. They know every passenger who has ridden the bus before: they stop for them at crossroads, at school houses, or right in front of their farm and town homes to take them on or to discharge them. They're a careful lot of drivers, too. We never once had occasion to press down on the floorboards during the trip like we sometimes do when we ride with another behind the wheel. Referring back to the purpose of our trip to Iowa City, the plan down there is to set up a icourse in printing to go with the already established journalism course. Primarily the course is intended to train ex-service men under the G. I. Bill of Rights for advanced on-the- job training in approved newspaper shops. Printing trades unions have made new i-uljngs whereby shops in the cities are allowed fewer apprentices, and this has created vacancies to which have been drawn many printers from country shops. The situation in the smaller shops is obvious. To correct this shortage, the larger universities ;.re setting up production laboratories to give instruction to their journalism students and others who might be interested in the printing trades. It looks like a good deal for young people wanting to learn a good trade. If not enough ex-service men are enrolled, others will be accepted in the order of their application. Biggest problem, we found, confronting the men who have the establishment of the laboratory in hand is the present critical shortage of machines, equipment, etc., new or used. Whereas, in years past a printer could float into a town with an old hand press and "a shirttail full of type" and set himself up in business, today the most essential machine he would need to do business costs in the neighborhood of $13.500—and from one to two years on the waiting list before_ he can get it—besides all the other equipment a well-appointed printshop needs. However, the men at the University hope to line up a lot of used or surplus equipment from shops in the state to get their "lab" operating and then wait for the time when equipment is more plentiful before setting up a more desirable workshop. If there are any young men in this community who have a hankering to take advantage of this printing program, we'd welcome their calling to discuss it. ***** Public Safety Commissioner Alfred Kahl has issued a call for the Iowa highway patrol to pick up the licenses of some 80 drivers in Iowa who have failed to show financial responsibility as required by a recent new legislation which went into effect October 1. Under this new law anyone who is involved in an accident causing more than $50 damage must report to the state safety department. Kahl. by his action, has demon strated that the new law will be enforced to the letter. ***** That in Iowa, where liquor can be purchased legally in state-owned stores only, there are 2,550 federal liquor stamps that have been is sued to "retail liquor dealers" in the state? And in Kansas, where liquor cannot be sold legally anywhere in the state, there are 244 such stamps? Left To Write By Bob Klauer. Opinions expressed In this column are those of the writer and do not necessarily conform to the editorial policy of this newspaper. G. M. FARMERETTES STUDY BREAKFAST MENUS Talks on breakfast menus and exchange of recipes on making plain muffins occupied the attention of the Grand Meadow Farmerettes 4-H club when that group met at the home of Geraldine and Lois Koopmann Friday. Eight members were present to answer roll call with "What We Are Thankful For." The next meeting will be held with Darlene and Delia Martins on December 30.—Marilyn Marting, Secretary. TODAY'S PRICE FOR TOP GRADE Get the Eggs into a Cool Place— Keep them Clean and Sell them Often. GET OUR PRICES — the Top Quotation Before You Sell Your Poultry SELL US YOUR EGGS ON GRADE FOR MOST PROFIT! MEYER'S Four-County Hatchery Telephone No. 234 Postville, Iowa Governor Blue has called a special session of the Iowa Legislature to meet at 10:00 a. m. Tuesday, December 16, for the purpose of considering the 1948 state income tax rate. Ever since the. Legislature, at its session early this year, returned the tax to a 100 percent basis there has been a growing demand in all sections of the state that a special session be called in order to keep it at 50 percent. Whether this will be done is now up to the Legislature. In issuing the call for the special session, Governor Blue, who, like the Republican party organization has been opposed to the 100, percent tax, called attention to the.fact that income tax reduction could be achieved by several different methods. One method would be to restore it to the 50 percent basis as it has been for the past few years. Another method of reduction would be a change of rates, and a third would be by increasing the exemptions. We believe we are correct when we say that the public in general is not particularly interested in just what method is used. What the average wage earner, business and professional man and everyone else is particularly concrned about, is a reduction. Any method that will bring them tax relief will receive their approval. But, of course, the members of the Legislature must determine which method of reduction is the most'sound economically. A definite plan must be agreed upon if any such legislation is to be enacted. Bickering between members of the Legislature over which plan should be adopted could easily defeat a tax reducing measure. Unless those legislators favoring a reduction unite on some method there is grave danger that nothing in the way of bringing about lower taxes will be accomplished at the special session. Although all of the polls and surveys which have been conducted since the regular session of the Legislature adjourned have indicated that the people are in favor of a reduction at this time is not economically sound. Many of these arguments have merit. That is one reason why the 100 percent tax was restored at the regular session. Sine that time, however, the situation has been subject to a number of changes. State incomes have been greater than anticipated at that time and the surplus in the state treasury continues to grow. That is why a number of those legislators, who at the regular session voted to restore the 100 percent tax now believe that a reduction is possible. A number of those who supported the higher tax this year too, have since heard from their constituents and are now ready to comply with their request for a reduction. Flan New Federal Tax Cut. Chairman Knudsen of the House Ways and Means Committee announced recently that new legisla tion providing for federal income fax reduction is now being prepared for presentation to Congress, It is hoped that this time the legislation will be enacted and that at long last the public will get some relief from the tremendous tax burden which has been heaped upon their shoulders by the New Dealers. Twice during the first session of the 80th Congress las' summr tax reducing measures were passed by the House and Senate, and twice they fell by the wayside through President Truman's vetoes which were sustained with the aid of his New Deal cohorts. Reducing taxes and cutting government spending is one of the first things necessary to combat high prices. Mr. Truman and the New Deal spendthrifts apparently do not realize this, however, and are going along on the old theory of tax and tax, and spend and spend. If Mr. Truman is really sincere, and means what he says about combat­ ting (inflation, why doesn't he do somethings about cutting governmental costs. Instead, however, he wants to again put controls on wages, food and business. He wants to tell us what, and how much we can eat, how much we can have, how much we may earn, and how to run our business. In other words, just push us around. In 1946 and early in 1947 when prices were advancing rapidly, Mr. Truman possessed the necessary powers to curb the advances, yet he didn't use them. In September, 1946, he de-controlled a large num ber of prices and announced the end of all meat ceilings. Subse quently. in rapid succession, executive orders ended the controls on numerous other products. In Janu ary of this year prices began to climb. The President possessed ample control powers at that time, but he didn't use them. Now he wants controls back. And that just doesn't make sense. 1948 Auto Licenses Became Due December 1 Automobile license plates for 1948 are now available in the offices of Iowa county treasurers, the annual license fees becoming due on December 1. However, motor vehicle owners have until January 31 to renew the licenses before a penalty attaches. No new plates will be issued for 1948. except for the first half-year for trucks, and truck owners are requested to lay their last half 1947 plates aside for use after June 1, 1948. Full year truck and automobile plates will only have revalidating tags to be placed in upper right- hand corner of the old plates. These tags and half-year truck plates go on sale December 1. New farm trailer plates will be issued. Remember—it won't be possible to request new plates or special numbers for 1948; just keep your 1947 plate and attach the new '48 corner plates to the old plates. No automobile license cards will be sent this year except when they, become delinquent. 4-H Baby Beef Project Shows Big Enrollment Allamakee county's 4-H baby beef project for 1948 is rapidly getting under way with a large enrollment. Records available to date show 48 calves selected and on feed. There are several other members who have their enrollment cards filled oti! in the baby beef project, but no definite information has been received whether or not their calves have been selected. However, the Farm Bureau office will have a complete check in the near future and definite information will be published through these columns giving the names of 4-11 baby beef members who arc feeding a calf for the coming year. Warren Kcrndt started Monday. November 24, as Allamakee county 4-H assistant. With his valuable service the county's 4-H baby beef project will be completed soon and all members who have left requests at the office for assistance will be definitely taken care of. According to the enrollment cards now in the office there should be at least 55 to 60 baby beef calves fed by 4-H members in 1948. It is necessary, however, that these calves be placed on feed immediately, for the project will definitely close December 15 . POULTRY AND GROCERY SHOOT] TRAP AND RIFLE at the Fair Grounds, Postville Sunday, Dec. 7th Shoot starts at 11 a. m. and continues all da; Under Auspices of Postville Gun and Rifle ClJ A PRIZE WITH EVERY EVENT; SHOOT IN YOUR OWN CLASS By picking your own squad WARM CLUB HOUSE Lunch and Shells for sale on the grounds! One act of negligence—and your home can be pictured in such a scene. You can't afford it, and fire insurance is the only thing that can help compensate you against loss. We have something important, to tell you, about a new kind of Fire Insurance plan which includes a floater which affords every possible further protection for everything you possess. Inquire at once. Emergencies strike without warning ! Turner Insurance Agency "Complete Insurance Service" Telephone No. 170-J Postville, Iowa For the things you'll want to give to the menfolks, our store has the gift items they will cherish . . . be it a tie, a hat, a belt, socks, handkerchiefs, shoes, suspenders, or any of the hundreds of items to be found here. We still have a good selection of Topcoats at $27.50 to $43.50—and what a swell gift that would make! And if you're thinking of a suit for Christmas, may we suggest you pick yours now while the selection is still good. And Look At These Gift Offerings: Dress Shirts .... $2.95 to $3.95 Neckties . Leather Dress Gloves Scarfs Pajamas Robes . | Tie Racks Men's and Boys' Leather Jackets Pull-Over or Coat Style Sweaters, All-Wool_. $1.00 to $2.50 $2.25 to $6.95 $1.25 to $2.95 $3.75 to $5.95 $7.95 to $10.95 $1.75 to $5.00 $19.95 to $32.50 $3.50 to $8.95 Socks, wool, rayon, nylon_. 50c to $1.25 And Many Others Priced As Low. ABERNETHY CLOTHIERS Christmas Gift Headquarters for Men and Boys

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