Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on September 15, 1948 · Page 2
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September 15, 1948

Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 2

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PAGE TITO. THE POSTVILLE HERALD, POSTVILLE, IOWA WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMtoa REE DEMONSTRATION! GCTTE.VBEKG MOTOR SALES COMPANY Guttenberg-, Iowa Phone 4341 The following is a list of some of the THERMOSEAL Combination Wood Window and Screens users in this territory: POSTVILLE: Leo Beucher, Elmer Erb. Frank Gordon. Louis Schutte. H. J. Monroe, Mrs. Anna Staadt, Mrs. John Waters. Fred W. Groth. LUANA: John Doerring. Willard Kamin, Eldo Schrader, Lewis McNally. Elmer Mailing. Edwin Bugerthagen. Mrs. Amanda Knuth, Art Palas, Bernhart Palas, Gervin Martins, Henry Gisleson. THERMOSEAL Salesman for this and surrounding territory KARL ERB, Monona, Iowa What Man Does To One Of The Mat Beautiful Ctftt Of Nature — The Rue* POLLUTION—THE PEREXNUL PROBLEM GCTTENBERG MOTOR SALES COMPANY, Guttenberj, Iowa Please send representative to demonstrate TH_£RMOSEAL Protection at my home. It is understood that I am under no obligation. Signed Address.. GUTTEXBERG MOTOR SALES COMPANY Guttenbers, Iowa Phone 4341 By Kenneth A. Reid, Executive Director Izaak Walton League of America No subject in the whole conservation field has received so much talk and so little action as water pollution. If there is any subject under the sun that has been investigated to death, it is water pollution—and yet. according to the latest version of Congressional action on . so-called "pollution control bills," Congress would "spend another $126,500,000 over a five year period "to support and aid technical research to devise and perfect methods of treatment of industrial wastes which are not susceptible to know effective methods of treatment." Here is a brief history. Twenty six years ago the Izaak Walton League of America recognized water pollution as the No. 1 conservation problem needing attention. Twelve years ago, after much good work at the local and state level, we came to the realization that the sum total of water pollution had increased during that period. Then we initiated the present movement for Federal control with the introduction of the Lonergan bill in January. 1936. At that time all of the industrial polluters lined up in solid opposi^ tvon. TViey were aided and abetted by narrow pussy-footing health authorities who seemed more study-minded than action conscious, who contended that state control was adequate and given a reasonable period, indicated as ten years, the states would solve the pollution problem. Again another twelve years has PUBLIC SALE SCHOOL HOUSE The Empire School building and fixtures, located one mile northwest of Postville, in the southeast corner of the northeast corner of Section 31, Township 96, Range 6, West, will be sold at Public Auction on SATURDAY, SEPT. 25 Beginning at 1:30 P. M. The School Building is 20 x 24 feet, measuring 10 foot to the eaves and has a double floor. Also to be sold is a Woodshed, 8 x 12 feet, either with or without the building; two outbuildings; fencing materials; desks; Round Oak stove; pictures; and other articles pertaining to the school building. (Trees and land are not included in the sale. Sealed bids for the building may also be sent to Mrs. L. E. Dresser up to the time of sale, Saturday, September 25. The Board reserves the right to reject any or ail bids. All buildings to be removed within 60 days of sale date. TERMS OF SALE — CASH! By Order of Directors of EMPIRE SCHOOL DISTRICT Post Township, Allamakee County, Iowa Eaton Waters, Auctioneer. elapsed and, again, under state control, we have a great increase of pollution throughout these United States. It is idle to contend that state control is adequate when existing pollution is the result of state control or lack of it. We must be realists, and when we are we will realize that the inequalities of state laws and their unequal measure of enforcement will never get the job done. The old argument of industry that to enact or enforce a state law on pollution would penalize industry, but it at a competitive disadvantage with the industries of other states and drive it out of the state, has been effective both against the enactment of adequate state laws, and even after their enactment has largely prevented their enforcement. Chief Justice Holmes once said: "The only thing that makes taxes bearable is their uniformity," and in the same manner, the only thing that will make pollution control effective will be the uniformity of its application, and the only way we can bring about that uniformity is through some sort of Federal control, at least in the background. Interstate compacts have also been strongly advocated by those desiring to avoid Federal control. In theory they are fine, but in practice they don't work. In spite of all the fanfare on interstate compacts, and particularly the Ohio Valley compact which has been many years in the making, if you will examine the wording you will find that they contain the veto power which nullifies all their other fine mandatory declarations against pollution. They are, in effect, another means or method of stalling off the Federal control that will inevitably be necessary to get the job on pollution done. The present Congress Bad five pollution control bills to consider. At the hearings all responsible agencies having any interest in correcting water pollution agreed on two basic principles that should be included in any legislation adopted, and so testified at the hearings. These were: 1. A ban on the spread of pollution from new outlets, so that the line could be held while corrective measures provided in the bill were applied to existing pollution. 2. While recognizing the primary responsibility and authority of the states to correct their own pollution, there must be in the back­ ground adequate Federal authority to be invoked If, and when, the states demonstrate, either their inability or unwillingness to do their own job. Only the Mundt bills, H. R. 123 and H. R. 3990, contained the first of these essentials. The Barkley bill, S. 418, which was the one that received action by Congress, was lacking in the ban on pollution from new outlets. When it was reported out of the Senate Public Works Committee, it carried an amendment hamstringing the Federal authority by requiring the consent of the affected state before the Federal authority could come in. This was bad enough, but after it had reposed for several months in a subcommittee of the House Public Works Committee, headed by Congressman Auchincloss of New- Jersey,' it emerged with other amendments that made it a liability instead of an asset for the correction of water pollution. The objectionable House amendment declared it to be the policy of Congress "to support and aid technical research to devise and perfect methods of treatment of industrial wastes which are not susceptible to known effective methods of treatment." It is hard to believe that the House Committee members who framed this amendment were so naive as to believe that this amendment was needed to effect the purposes of the bill. The effect of this amendment is two fold. 1. It admits that for the great majority of industrial wastes there are known effective methods of treatment. It encourages industry to make this claim, even though it may, and in most cases does, know how to treat its own wastes. 2. It transfers from industry, where the responsibility belongs, to the government, where the responsibility does not belong, the job for discovery" and development of industrial waste treatment methods. The net effect is to give industry a legal alibi to sit back and do nothing, while the government at a total cost to' the taxpayers over a five year period of $126,500,000, attempts to duplicate the job of research in industrial waste treatment methods which in most cases has already been done by industry. This vicious amendment makes of the measure an industrial polluter's protective measure and grants them a moratorium for continuing present polluting practices for at least another five years. Congressmen and senators who prated about economy and still approved such a measure should hang their heads in shame. The bill, as passed by the Senate, was weak and inadequate, but it was a very small step forward. Conservationists were willing to accept it as a start with the full knowledge that it would need to be strengthened in future Congresses to make it really work. But. the House amendment put a totally Be In Style have your DIAMONDS remounted in our up-to-date mountings. W. J. HANKS J Your Jeweler Postville Stores WILL BE CLOSED Wednesday Evenings STARTING TONIGHT! UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE STORES CLOSE WILL - • for - ALL HOME FOOTBALL GAMES from 2:30 to 4:30 POSTVILLE COMMERCIAL CLUB. • 'i 1 'lift'. r• 1 ^^^^^^^m different complexion on the whole bill. Instead of a small step forward, it was a big step backward, postponing for at least five years any real corrective action. We have had studies and investigation on water pollution for fifty years. Tons of unused documents are gathering dust in hidden archives. Only a few years ago Congress spent $B48.000 of the taxpayers' money to make a comprehensive water pollution survey of the dhio River—yet the proposed bill, instead of taking action on that survey would authorize another survey and a laboratory at an expense of four million dollars. The time for stalling is ended. The remedy for the problem is simple. Congress should face the issue squarely and enact a simple law, embodying the two agreed principles mentioned above. Then it would find that the many so- called "unsolved problems" would be quickly solved, and that no one would be hurt, for all the inequalities existing today by reason of unequal state laws, or their unequal enforcement, would evaporate into thin air. All industries in interstate competition would be on a level competitive basis. Their costs of treatment would be entered as a legitimate cost in the manufacture of the product and the public would pay the bill in the cost of the finished product. As a matter of fact, the public would gladly pay that bill and it would not cost the American public a thin dime in the final analysis because we are already paying more in national losses by reason of having polluted waters than it would cost to correct them. The public pays the bill anyway, and by treating pollution at the source, or at the outfall of a sewer, rather than at the intake of a water treatment plant, the public would get as a clear dividend thousands of miles of clean and usable streams, instead oi merely bacterilogically safe fluid at the water facuet, as under the present system. DOUBLE PLAY Cows belonging to Mrs. Don Chnfa of near Fontnnelle worked a double-play on her last week. One cow kicked her under a second cow, which also kicked her. One leg was fractured. NIGHT SHIRT Clad only in a night shirt, Floyd Howard ot Cresco stood at his window one night recently and saw two burglers trying to break into a business house across the street. He held them at bay with an empty shot gun until the sheriff arrived. Local teenagers were the culprits. PRESENT Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bird, of Gravity, observed their 18th wedding anniversary in spectacular fashion; a son was born to them on that day. , NOTICE SEALED lllfts will be accepted by the Bout of Directors of the LUANA I'ARMMtS CREAMERY COMPANY ot Luana, Iowa at their next UeguUt Mettb| to be held on the evenly SEPTEMBER 18, m for the hauling ot ' CREAM ROUTES and the CREAMERY MUTOn. tor the year «( IMJ All bids must be Is u« Secretary's Office by gtfju^' P. M., September 18. % Board reserves the right b accept or reject any or •) bids. DONALD J. BOLUMS Secretary DANCE WHITE SPRINGS BALLROOM MCGREGOR, IOWA SAT., SEPT. 18 RALPH VAVRA and his ORCHESTRA Open Wednesday thru Saturday Also Catering to Private Parties and Wedding Dances COMING—SAT., SEPT. 25th: HILLBILLY RHYTHM BOYS SECOND HALF PAYMENTS OF TAXES ARE Now Due! THEY BECOME DELINQUENT ON OCTOBER 1st So You Have Just A Short Time Left In Which To Pay Them! Penalty of three-fourths of one per cent is J added October 1, and the same amount each! month thereafter as long as they remain unpa Leon Henderson Allamakee County Treasurer everybody' H0TP0INT CABINETS APPLIANCE- MATCHED" invites you to Inspect tho complete new Hn»' Hotpoint aluminum cabinets-custom -matched »a« •mix* your kitchen at new tow coit. -mux uanc umm com IN Now with Hotpoiot** handsome new line of aluminum cabinet*, you can remake your kitchen to your heart's desire. Cabinets complete in every detail. Satin-like finish is hard and durable, with TOOAYl , of enamel W^*] two coats < high tempeiatures. non-corrosive, easy Saifscd' we!*** You'Ubeam.rcd«<«^ •nee these cabinet kitchen. Ask for d*""" Koevenig Hardware POSTVILLE, IOWA

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