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Racine, Wisconsin. Sunday, July 26, 1959 Beware Monopolistic Rules Baclc In 1947 tlie city of Racine did a long overdue job of modernizing its code of general ordinances. But bringing the general code up to date was only part of the job, and modernization only part of the motive for a re-write of city law. Under pressure of the city'.s veterans' organizations, then recently brought to life by the great influx of vcteran.s of World War II, the city also liberalized its building codes, which contain rules for construction, electrical and plumbing work. Not only were these brought up to date with regard to materials and methods, Init the codes succeeded in at partially breaking the built-in monopoly of certain building trades organizations. The 1947 codes permitted a man, for example, to do plumbing and electriral work on his nwn home, if that work met code .spocificalion.s and pa.s.sed in.'^pection. They also permitted a pcr.son to do certain work otlier tlian in his own home, if he did not acre|)t pay for it and, again, if it met llie code and inspection standards. * * * The building trades orRanization.s lilKer- ly contested these provisions of the new Racine codes, and fought them, unsucctw.s- fully, up to a state level. Recently, a move to and modernize Racine building codes was again instituted. The modernization, after 12 years, is probably necessary, because major changes have come about in Iwth materials and techniques in a periml t4iat lia.«; .•:ren extensive building all over the liuited States. There can be no valid objection to having Racine codes meet the best .standard.s available. But there .should he major objection to turning Iwck llu' clork to the pre-19'17 codes witli regard to vvho can do certain work. The proposed plumbing code goes at least a part of tlio way back beyond 1947. It permits a man to do work in his own home, if he owns it and lives in it. But it would not permit him, for example, to do plumbing work for another without pay, regardless of the fjualily of that work. Conceivably, it would forl)id him to do work in a he owns Init does not occupy. Ill .short, it restor(>s a large part of the "fcnce-me-in" rules for the i)lumbing trade. • * • We do not holiovo that standards for plimihing, elect riral or construction work .•-•hnuld }>e lower(>d a bit. And all work done under any cotidilions .should still be required to meet insjiection, for the health anrl s.ifcty of iiuyitig am) building homos. Uul, standards and inspection are not relates TO a law which gives one group of persons an exclusive right to perform a certain type of work. Aid. David Retzinger has done a public perviee in pointing out questions about the pro ]Mised new codes wliieli sliouUl have a j)iil)lie airing ix'fore they are .submitted to the rity ("ouiieil for a vote. The codes adopted in 1017 were di.seussed in both public ;nid privately-sponsored hearings for mutulis, 'I'hese new ordinances should have the .s.iiue ti-entment, so that tin; pub- lit' is informed . MK |O what is i)eing written into the laws affecting all our homes. NO END IN SIGHT NtA Service, Inc. Proposal That Neah 'A Loiifr LooU If the House of Representatives agrees with the Senate, Congress will adopt a benefit bill for those who liave served in the armed forces since the Korean War, and thus set a very questionable precedent. The bill would provide for those who have served in the peacetime forces since the end of the Korean War in li>."i.'l. piae- tically the same benefits awarded l>y the so-called GI Bill of Riglits to veterans of World War 11 and the Korean War. 'I^lie benefits include educational grants, slightly modified so that they lunome loans in some cases, and home-loan guarantees. The cost of the program, covering post-Korean veterans as of this date, is estimated at $1.8 billion. But the price tag undoubtedly will get much higher as the niunher of military veterans grows from year to year. * • • The new veterans' benefit program is not an unmixed evil. It would provide to four million young men now, and very likely many more in the future, the priceless advantage of educational opportunity. That 9 is a benefit not only to themselves but to the whole country. But .the bill would establish an entirely new concept of benefits for former service men. In the past, such benefits have been awarded to men who served in tin ^e of war. Not all of them, of course, saw actual com­ bat, but most of them faced ;it the possibility of eoinhat service, and many of them interrupted their priv.ate (VMH.>em aixl family lives for long periods of time. The sound purpose of veterans' benefit legislation was not .so much to repay them for .service as it was to see that they had at least etjual opportunity to compen.salo for opportunity they may have lost through dangerous military service. • * • This new concept, implied in the Senate hill, is tliat ev«'ry man who .s(>rves in the arn»eil forci's, whellier volunteer or draftee; whether or not any fighting was going on while he served, is entitled to the .same benefit.s, at obviously tremendous cost to the national treasury. Adoption of Ibis l)ill will mean that .sucii lienefits will l)e continued indefinitely, probably as long a.s we liave a military .service and regardless of whether we ever fight another war. Tins complete departure from the estal)- li.shed theory of veterans' l)enefit recpiires a long and thoughtful look. The adoption of this bill, and the idea it contains, will change national policy in this re.spect for all foreseeal)le time; it will be impossiiile, in justice, lo deny the same benefits to future peacetime veterans. All of that must be considered seriously in future action on the bill. Reading a Columnist's Mail Friends same as any other citizen. Friends can make life so much ^^\^' have private j^jg^ enterprise in this country. Like the rays of sunlight warm. , ^'"^ "f J sV :°"Ser Friends can lift the load, nnd'"^^"labor racketeer- ease it, Shielding us from daily harm. Friends are solace when we need it, Sustenance in hour of grief, Just a pat upon the shoulder inn. The working man should be allowed to decide for himself if he is satisfied with wages received for an honest day's work. Continual pressing by unions for higher wages ultimately brings about a higher Brings enlightmcnt and relief.jcost of living. Business cannot God has taught, that as wei!I^J!^^^^i^L ^^!?:^^y.«!! travel Over life's congested road, We must know, and love our neighbor, Help liim bear whate'cr his load. increase with no price increase —investors deserve a return on investment. Control of prices demands sacrifice from both employer and employee. llie government should try operating its own big business, As the path continues onward!Postal system, in^ the Toward \\\x\\ haven far bevond.j"''':'^'';" «nd "give-away pro- We must live each hour for,f^';"»'^ should be stopped. Qjj ^ers^ |i:vcry representative has too Share bond. with each a mutual God sent His Son to be a neighbor. To be a friend to every man. Oh, what a priceless friend He has been many pet projects benefiting only small pre.s.sure groups The individual states are now relying on the federal government for help on too many things. Citizens forget that eventually tliey must pay for Ithe lielp they get from their na- To every class and creed and donal government — it isn't clan- i free! Of course tlie above attitude Never can we be as perfect Nor as humble or as kind. Out each little spark of friend-ship Qm light the pathways ofi mankind. From Editorial Research Wfiy Cubans Ce/efcrate Double Anniversary Today Cuba, still in ferment after almost seven months of Fidel Castro's "liberation," even so will take time out Sunday for an anniversary that presents a direct analogy to the Fourth of July here or Bastille Day in France. July 26 is the sixth an niversary of at revolt attempted against the regime of Dictator Fulgencio Batista by insurgents led by Fidel Castro Ruz. For good reason the anniversary is significant for all Latin America in a degree far exceeding the stature of the event celebrated. What happened six years ago was that a band of rebel youths with Castro at their head attacked the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. About 100 students and soldiers lost their lives in the abortive revolt. For his part in the uprising, Castro was sentenced to 15 years in prison. After Batista was elected president for another four years, in November 1954, Castro was amnestied and left Cuba. He soon was at work organizing the "26 de Julio" mov«ip|»L, On Dec. 2, 1956, he.invid ^ateastern Cuba With a k^^^f 82 followers. The a^rtny of Batista appar- •ntly willed out the invasion, and Castro himsell^ was report ed killed. But the survivors, led by Castro, retreated to the Sierra Maestra at the southern tip of the island. After regrouping, the rebels began a revolutionary cimiipaign that eventu- •Uy was to put Castro in fuU control of the country. Honor lOM Marti The date for the 26th July represented the centenary of the birth of Jose Marti, leader in Cuba's fight for independence from Spain who is often called — fervently by Castro's barbudos—"the Apostle of Liberty." So the anniversary represents a kind of double occasion to invoke the name of freedom and nationalism. Censorship by the Batista regime, corruption, and a curious apathy by U. S. correspondents made the 26th of July movement perhaps the worst-reported struggle for independence in many years. Even so, the American correspondent Herbert L. Matthews wrote as early as February 1957: "Fidel Castro and his 26th of July Movement are the flaming symbol of . . . opposition to the regime. . . . The program is vague and couched in generalities, but it amounts to a new deal for Cuba, radical, democratic, and therefore anti- Communist, The real core of its strength is that it is fighting against the military dictatorship of President Batista." Misunderstood? The larger significance of the 26th of July Movement is that its success threw into sharp relief the existence of dictatorships in certain other Latin American countries. Ironically —for the Cuban government at first had charged President Hector Trujlllo Molina with supporting Castro's rebel the Dominican Republic remains perhaps the most outstanding symbol of the old Latin American order. Since Cas tro's accession last New Year's launched against Nicaragua and Panama as well as against the Trujlllo satrapy. What is ahead for Castro and the movement he founded and leads remains in doubt. For all its sympathy with independence and nationalLst move ments, Latin America, like the rest of the Hemisphere, looks almost plaintively for respons ble leadership in the Caribbean. But Castro appears to be more concerned with being understood than being responsible. Typical of his post-revolution conduct is his plea of July 21: "Please tell the American people the truth." So They Say You can be sure there are no Communists in the Castro government—and there won't be any. —Commandante Camilio Cien fuegos, Cuban army chief. • • * We cannot see anything aesthetic in watching a group of girls clad in swim suits parading before judges like cattle. What is not for sale should not be paraded or exhibited. —Manila Times columnist Alejandro Roces * • * The amount of money coming because Americans like to cough up 20 dollars a time to shake hands with a duke is enormous. --R. B. Traker, official of Britain's National League of Young Liberals. ' n, # * . They were real mean the first hour. But later on it got to be like a bail. They would parade up and down, acting like a Dillinger, real cocky, showing off to each other. —•Lt. Rudolph B, Maley, one of 38 hostages held for 14 hours by four convicts at Washington StatS^elormatory. Let us lift the torch of friendship. Keep it burning, shining bright. Ease the burdens of our neighbor. In good fellowship, unite. MRS. CATHERINE LLOYD NEILSON Union Grove, Wisconsin * 4> I*! Time to Apply Inflation Brakes I might not be popular on election day, but in the Ijistory iKioks it would be commendable. Where are the dedicated statesmen? Where are some present-day "Washingtons" and "Lincolns"? — MRS. CHARLES J. DE BLAKER Rt. 1. Box 243 Caledonia * * • Sees Growing Blight of Discrimination Dear Tex: There is a growing problem in Racine; a creep ing evil that is as subtle as quack grass and just as strong and deep as its roots. In due time this evil will leave marks on the city's landscape. Racine citizens have been orally generous in their condemnation of racial intolerance. They have loudly trumpeted their positions in the controversies of Little Rock, Popularville and all other racial battlefronts. But the time has arrived for Racine to Dear Tex: I am writing concerning the condition of our national economy. Since World War II brought our nation out of a depression, we have been suffering from the ills of inflation. Increases in wages have been one factor causing continually rising prices; yet there has been no corresponding increase in productivity. Government expenditures have been steadily increasing, incurring aistop pointing fingers and to tremendous debt! The value of our American dollar is decreasing; the United States is now in danger of pricing itself out of the world market. Now is the time to put some "brakes" on this inflationary trend and achieve stabilization for the dollar—we must win the economic war we are fighting against communism! All In Favor, But —• All citizens are in favor of economy in government and in start a.sking "Lord is it 1?" It is time for Racine citizens who are in key positions to begin asking themselves: what have I done to prevent this injustice? There isn't a white person in Racine who isn't aware of the fact that it is hard for a colored person to get a decent job. If there are any who are in doubt, look at the mushrooming examples in the want ads where "white preferred" Roscoe Drummond // Geneva Talks Break Down, Negotiation StilhPossible Drummond a balanced budget. Everyone!tags the jobs once offered to would like to see part of ouricolored. Many are hiding be- tremendous debt repaid. Yet, everyone wants everything possible for "me, myself, and I." What our country needs is elected representatives who are willing to forget partisan politics and work for the nation as a whole! In plain words, we need representatives with "guts!" Labor Laws For one thing, the government should quit trying to control farm production. Natural laws of supply and demand should be allowed to function. If the farmer can't make a living at farming, then he's privileged to change professions the hind the time-worn words, "Why should I throw my business in jeopardy, sticking my neck out for something that is no concern of mine?" They salve their guilty consciences with the view that the colored man should start his own industries^ hirei his own people, make his own way. But, buried deeply in their hearts, they know the colored man cannot afford to do this alone and if he were able, many would place all kinds of road blocks in his way. Many to Church From outward appearances one would think .Racin||^t if a With Tex Reynolds God-loving city, the way droves faithfully troop to its many churches on Sunday mornings. Even on week days, many Ra- cinites make their way to the altars of God to make their communion. But whether you believe me or not, I want to leave this thought with you: Your love for God and the faith you profess aren 't worth a nickel 's worth of dog meat if they don 't give you enough courage to correct a wrong, even if through doing so you are left with no customers, no business, no friends. If you truly believe that God is able to to heal your ills, lighten your burdens, guide your paths and save your souls, you should be able to believe and trust that God has enough power to save your business even if there is a colored person behind every counter or door. —MRS. RUBY YARBER, 3405 LaSalle St. • * • Please Don't Burn Garbage Dear Tex: We know people can burn paper between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., but please ask them not to burn garbage with the paper. — GOOD NEIGHBOR % Looking Backward 40 YEARS AGO July 26, 1919 — Maximum, 81; Minimum, 69. Senator Hitchcock of Nebraska, ranking Democratic member of the Foreign Relations Committee, predicted the Senate would rafify the League of Nations covenant, but would qualify its enforcement. Aldermen said 137 merchants on Washington avenue and Sixth, Main and State streets were violating the city sign ordinance. SO YEARS AGO July 26, 1919 — Maximum, 82; Minimum, 67. The Soviet government threatened to send an "expeditionary force" to rescue Russian citizens in Manchuria unless Chinese authorities halted their "atrocities" against the Russians. The Wisconsin Gas & Elec- trlct Co. announced it would complete in 1930 a $700,000 improvement and addition to its gas and coke producing plant in Racine. School Supt. F. M. Longanecker said a census revealed 18,807 children of school age living in Racine. WASHINGTON—Vice President Nixon's presence in Moscow and Secretary of State Herter's presence in West Berlin this weekend will provide either the key to agreement or ring down the curt a i n on the Geneva meeting of the Big Four foreign ministers, Herter is telling the people of West Berlin that we are not going to allow the Kremlin to hold up their freedom for ransom. Nixon is telling Premier Khrushchev that we are not going to accept a Soviet time limit on Western rights in West Berlin and that as long as Moscow holds out for this proposition, no agreement is attainable. The American Secretary of State, as he meets with West Berlin's dauntless Mayor Willy Brandt, has as the foundation for what he says, the joint, formal pledge of Britain, France and the United States, that they will defend the integrity of West Berlin as they will the integrity of their own nations. The Western Foreign Ministers put this commitment in writing on Oct. 3, 1954, and it reads as follows: "The security and welfare of Berlin and the maintenance of the position of the three powers there are regarded by the three powers as essential elements of the peace of the free world in the present international situation. "Accordingly, they will maintain armed forces within the territory of Berlin as long as their responsibilities require it. They therefore reaffirm that they will treat any attack against Berlin from any quarter as an attack upon their forces and upon themselves." Dulles' Pledge When John Foster Dulles was secretary of state and addressed a dinner in his honor given by the city government of West Berlin on May 8, 1958, he cited this assurance and added: 'I am glad, on behalf of my government and with the express authority of President Eisenhower, again to reaffirm here today this declaration." Secretary Herter is affirming this determination in West Berlin as the Foreign Ministers conference Is in recess. Vice President Nixon Is affirming this determination in his talks with Premier Khrushchev as the authorized spokesman of President Eisenhower. Herter is informing Khrushchev that there can be compromise on the methods by which the West maintains its rights in West Berlin, that there can be compromise on ways of working toward a unification of Germany — as through a joint West German-East German Commission — and that the West looks forward to being able to withdraw from West Berlin when unification lis attained. But he is also informing Khrushchev that the U n 11 e d States will not allow a Soviet time bomb to be placed under Western rights in West Berlin but, whatever Moscow does, will exercise those rights as long as we deem it necessary. Not The End This may persuade the Kremlin to remove the time bomb. If it doesn't, it will almost certainly make further negotiations at Geneva useless.. Does this mean that we should view negotiations with the Soviets as a forever dead­ end street? Does this mean that a summit conference would have a good chance of achieving what the foreign ministers failed to achieve? My view is that the breakdown of the Geneva discussions marks a stage, not the end, of negotiation. But as to a summit conference, I incline to take guidance from these facts of post-war history; 1—All of the significant post-war agreements with the Soviet Union were reached, not at the summit, not even at meetings of the foreign ministers, but at the ambassadorial or lower level. 2—The only post-war. Big Four summit conference—the one at Geneva in 1955 — produced no significant agreement, only words. Let us bear in niind that the Korean armistice was negotiated by special representatives of the two sides, that the Berlin blockade was resolved by the Soviet and U.S. representatives at the U.N., that the Austrian state treaty, providing for the withdrawal of Soviet and Western troops from Austria, was finally worked out by the Big Four ambassadors, that the U.S.-Soviet cultural exchange agreement was negotiated by ambassadors in Washington. Whenever Moscow wants to negotiate seriously, the means are evidently not important (Copyrtght, im. New Yorfc Herald ~ " " M Tribune, Ine.) W. W. Bauer, M.D. Dangers of Sunburn Are Very Real This Is the time when the| There is a general Impres- 20 YEARS AGO July 26, 19S9 — Maximum, 87; Minimum, 70. A federal district court in Washington. D. C, rejected the government's contention that the American Medical Assn. had violated the Sherman .Anti-Trust Act. Flames ravaged a half block on Sixth street, causing an estimated $80,000 damage t6 the White Brothers electrical ap pliance store, the Wisconsin State Employment Service office and 10 upstairs apart menta. lure of the outdoors is strong, especially the beach and the pool, where the water is cool, the sun warm, and the sky blue. But look out, the sun can burn, even through haze. This is a burning question indeed, at this season. The dangers in sunburn are Dr. Bauer exaggerated; a really bad sunburn is as bad as an equal amount of burning from any other source; it may include fever, nausea and.gen­ eral bodily sickness. People who live in the tropics know that the life-giving sun can kill, too. Sunburn does not come from the heat of the sun, but from the invisible ultra-violet rays which one does not even feel until they have done their in sidious damage. Skins vary in sensitivity to these rays; brunettes can take them best; natural blondes not so well; natural redheads least of all. The reason I emphasize natural is that dyeing the hair does not change the color of the skin; the brunette skin is better protected by pigment (tan ning) than are the lighter skins. Some skins are unable to tan at all, but burn and peel, burn and peel. Some merely freckle. A 'Healthy' Tan? There is no good way to get a deep suntan quickly and safely. There are good suntan products, which consist of substances able to screen the skin against some of the ultraviolet rays, but still to permit a certain amount of reddening of the skin, the necessary pre- limiilary to a good coat of tan. sion that tanning has some health-giving property. This is not so; the vogue for tanning is one of fashion rather than health. Of course, a reasonable amount of sun is good and beneficial; it allows the sun to assist the skin in its manufacture of vitmin D. Indirectly, tanning is an index of exposure, but is not of itself as "healthful" as commonly regarded. Skin cancers occur mainly in people who are exposed to extremes of sun and windbum for long periods and for many years; sailors, farmers and other outdoor workers are the more usual victims. For most people, this is a rather remote danger, but suntan enthusiasts might well bear it in mind, and take their tanning within reason. Question for Today Some time ago, In your coV> umn, you said that pork should be thoroughly cooked as a precaution against trichinosis, but you failed to mention the gamma rays which are now being used to render pork safe. E. F. S., New York. You are quite right; 1 did omit mention of gamma rays, and of a great many other facts about trichi- nossis, because I was writing a brief answer to a question, rather than an extended discussion. Despite, all precautions taken at inspection and slaughter, it is still advisable to cook pork until it is white, fOr positive safety against trichinosis.. What Is the ECHO virus? Mrs. A. G., New York. It is a virus closely related to polio virus, which is being studied to ascertain its possible Immunizing and other relationships to polio. Monday: Backaches y (Oopyrtght. Oolumbit Featurti, Ina,kf y

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