The Wellington Leader from Wellington, Texas on March 12, 1964 · Page 6
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March 12, 1964

The Wellington Leader from Wellington, Texas · Page 6

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The Wellington Leader '• ' Established 1909 Published Every Thursday '.„•• at 913 West Avenue, Wellington, Texas DESKINS WELLS. Editor and Publisher Entered aa second class mail Aug. 25, 1909 at the post of Ha. at Wellington, Texas, under Act of March 3, 1870. NATIONAL EDITORIAL ~"|A!~ SUSTAINING MEMBER Sustaining Member National Editorial Association Member Texas Press Association Member Panhandle Press Association NOTICE: Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear In < the columns of THE WELLINGTON LEADER will be corrected gladly upon its being brought to the attention of the publisher. $3.00 a year Inside of trade territory $4.00 a year outside of trade territory Reading Notices lOtf per line Thursday, March 12, 1964 Chemistry Has Come to the Cotton Patch, Via Research • The man with the hoe is going the way the man with the cotton sack went only a few years ago in the cotton growing industry . . . and he will be speeded on his way by research in Collingswarth county. It was brought out in last week's soil fertility meetings that work done here is the basis for recommendations of the Texas Extension Service through a wide area. On the high planes, weed control in cotton focuses on flame cultivation. Here it is chemical weed control. The tests have been carried on quietly in the Northwest Texas Research Demonstration plots several years by Dwane Scott, working with the county agents. Publicity is cautions, for this is experimental work. Nevertheless, it is certain that control of weeds by chemicals is taking its place in the farming set-up in this section of the country. Like the mechanical harvesting of cotton, chemical cultivation has its geographical limitations. It also is not economically feasible under certain conditions, primarily where the cost of chopping cotton by hoe is already low. This is one more step in the agricultural revolution that we are deep into. Besides being something of a mechanic and engineer and accountant, the cotton farmer of tomorrow is going to be something of a chemist, too. * * . * A Disparity A spokesman for the forest and lumber industries in Alabama has chosen the current drouth as the time to conjure up a complaint over inadequate monies for forest fire protection. The dangers of hugh monetary losses to individuals the giant timber combines, and tax revenue to the state, are serious in this dry autumn when a single match can put a torch to acres of trees. We would appreciate more complaints by the timber-forest industry spokesman, however, if he could show how many dollars the people in "forestry's free enterprise system" are pouring into fire-fighting projects. There are many taxpayers who feel the forestry- timber industry gets by without sharing a fair load of state taxes. This cry for more tax dollars to curb forest fires merely serves to emphasize the disparity in taxes paid by those who are crying for more dollars from the state treasury to protect their business interests. —The Andalusia (Ala.) Star-Times Whew!! At Last a Plateau 60 64 b5 66 INCOME TAX Mrs. Lamb in Tax Off ice Mrs. Harold Lamb began work recently as deputy tax assessor collector in the office of Hubert Mauldin, who assumed duties of the office March 2. Mrs. Lamb replced Mrs. Rita Owens, wiho resigned, while Mauldin succeeds Miss Louise Fulcher, who resigned to be married to Olmon Sweat of Quitaque. The wife of the assista/nt coach of'Wellington high school, Mrs. Lamb taught several years before coming here. She also has been a substitute teacher in high school here. USS RANGER.—Ronald W. Cummings, yeoman third class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. P. Cummings of Wellington, is serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Ranger, operating out of Alameda, Calif. NEWS LETTER from Congressman WALTER ROGERS CONTINUING PROBLEMS FOR CATTLEMEN Proposals are being formulated in the 'Congress to legislate quotas on beef and 1 meat imports in the wake of unsatisfactory negotiated agreements with the two major foreign suppliers of meat to U.S. markets, Australia and New Zealand. Announced this week by the Departments of State and Agriculture, the new import agreement affecting the Australian and New Zealand shipments does nothing in my view but maintain the United States cattle industry at the brink of economic disaster. Although the volume of meat coming from Australia and New Zealand is reduced below last year'a record level, the agreement helps to make permanent the conditions which have resulted in , dangerously low prices paid for U.S. cattle in our own markets. The decline in prices paid! for choice steers at Chicago reflects the current unhealthy situation: Nov. $23.51 per 100 pounds; Dec. $22.30; January, $22.61; the first two weeks in February, $21.73. These are averages^ While economists in the Depai-tment of Agriculture expect a pi-ice rise in the spring, no one can 'be sure of the future. Under the terms of this a- reement, imports received this CROSSROADS REPORT Dear Editor: My financial underdog neighbor notes the new tax tactic dis now in effect, whereby the tax rate is cut, so as to boom the economy and put more money in the federal pot. And he says if this strategy works, we ought to have been using it long ago, before the country got so deep in debt. And considering we have hired large herds of hi-fi brains in years past to manager our national business and none of them thought of this plan before, it's plain that, somebody goofed, and now ought ,tjo be sued for malfunction in office. My hyper-critical neighbor says he is not wagging his tail in gratitude over the tax cut because what is being given us to spend on higher living is> our own money anyway. Which is just the same old fallacy that leads lots of people to say it's "our" money <tjhat government is prodigaitng •away. After all, anything which the government can take at will, is obviously government property, so any part of what we make that we get to keep is "ours" only by the grace of government. I see where a young Air Force captain in New Hampshire may be thrown out of tjie service because he is a couple of pounds overweight. My hefty neighbor guesses our defense rig must be very finely tuned if it can't go on functioning with two pounds of extra lard in the personnel section. But since Secretai-y McNamara took over, it may be that the defending of waistlines is about the only type of problem our top .brass professional warriors ever get a chance to practice making decisions on. I see where it's being Planned to set up a Budget Corps, sort of like the Peace Corps, only to come out among the U.S. poor and show us how to get by. My poorish neighbor reckons tihe ibudget corpsmen will teach us the government way: going deeper in debt; which system he is already using, and has found it works good for a while. But he says the time always comes when he has to pay up or move, and he guesses this is why the push is on to annex the moon, so the U.S. will have some place to move to. Dr. Chester L Harrison Optometrist CONTACT LENSES 813 West Avenue On West Side of Square I will be at my office each Tuesday and Friday Phone 447-5830 Wellington year from Australia and New Zealand of 'beef, veal, and mutton will be limited to approximately the 1962-63 average level—or about 773 million pounds (the great portion of which will consist of beef and veal). This total is only 48 million pounds below the total imported by the United States from these two nations in the record 1963 year. The Agriculture Department announcement noted 1 that future expansion of beef and veal imports, limited by the agreement to 3.7% annually of the total received the preceding year from Australia and New Zealand, will be "far below recent levels." This means next to nothing, hoAvever, because of the skyrocket rate a-t} which imports from these countries have been increasing. Exports of beef and veal from Australia to the United States jumped 29 times in only six years—from 18 million pounds in 1958 to 517 million pounds in 1963. Therefore a reduction in the rate of expansion would have to be "far below recent levels" or every cattleman in the United States would' be facing bankruptcy in a matter of months. While the expansion hasibeen checked—and for that I suppose we should be glad'—the 3.7% annual rate of expansion coupled with the high-volume impoi't base'on which it is calculated will mean that our do- mestic cattle industry .-will continue to be poised on the edge of a precipice, I ask this: How much of an economic recession would be required, how much of a decline from the current rate of consumer spending would be necessary, to plunge the U.S. cattle industry to destruction? With imports continuing at dangerously high levels;, a cutback of consumer purchasing in U.S. supermarkets could indeed be all that is required to seal the cattleman's doom. Australia and New Zealand, major beneficiaries of the sugar import largess passed around the world iby -a too-generous Uncle Sam, accounted for 67% of the 1.750 million pounds of "beef and veal imported 'by the U.S. last year. That total of 1,750 million pounds was 11% of all the meat consumed by our people. And 1,750 million pounds is a lot of beef. Calculations vary, but it is the equivalent of between 3,500,000 and 4,000,000 cattle on the hoof. Had this number of cattle been produced entirely in the United States, the animals would have consumed 1 some 20 trillion pounds of feed—most of it now in surplus. I cite this fact to point out that the problem facing the U.S. cattle in- dusti-y is a problem facing all of American agriculture. IBut cattlemen and American agriculture generally must now face a fact of life that is becoming ever more apparent. Where once a "farm bloc" held considerable power in the ongress—» group of Congressmen representing primarily rural areas—the shift of Congressional power has been to the metropolitan areas of our :ountry. It is estimated that 7 out of every 10 seats in the House of Representatives are held by members from mainly urban constituencies. The decrease in the "farm bloc" power makes it increasingly difficult for myself and others from farm and ranch areas to enlist the aid of city members, whose constituents are clamoring for cheaper beef pa-ices. Import quota legislation does not appeal to many them. Foreign sources are being permitted to supply too much of the United States market— a market our own people are perfectly ready to serve. Just as beef imports are too high, so are imports of sugar petroleum products, lumber and a variety of other raw materials and manufacturec goods. In order to export, we musi import. But surely a less damaging balance CAN be found Pontiac Tempest has a new 6 BBS!! that's smooth, quiet, economical and 140-hp strong. But we know it won't be just right for everybody. So we also offer a very, very vigorous V-S.^flHi 326 cubic inches. Up to 280 hp. Modest extra cost. Everybody's happy. See your authorized Pontiac dealer for a wide choice of Wide-Tracks and good used cars, too. 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