Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, January 29, 1949, Page 6, Image 6

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    Let's Wait Awhile
Taxpayers of Oregon are again being asked to consider a
bonus payment to the state's World War II veterans. The lat
est proposal is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars
and would cost the state approximately $550,000,000.
In the form of a bill which the VFW hopes to get intro
duced into the state legislature at Salem, the proposal would
provide for bonus payments at the rate of $10 for each month
of service in the United States and $15 for each month over
seas between December 1, 1941 and December 1, 1946.
The question of bonuses is extremely touchy.
When voters in the state elections last November defeat
ed a bonus measure similar to the one now under considera
tion, many veterans naturally felt that an ungrateful public
bad “forgotten” them.
No doubt many who oppose bonuses HAVE forgotten the
vet and his sacrifices. (Or never gave a damn about him in the
first place.) However, we believe that many others opposing
bonus payments at the present time do so on more rational
grounds and for unselfish reasons.
The country is at present in a highly inflationary period.
At a time when wise heads are bending efforts to halt the
mounting cost-of-living spiral the introduction of additional
money into circulation would be like using gasoline to put
out a fire.
It can also be argued logically that the taxpayer’s dollar in
this state is desperately needed at present for education, road
building, and other such items necessary to meet the state’s
mushrooming population. A bonus payment could seriously
curtail Oregon’s various expansion programs. -
Therefore we urge the state legislature to postpone action
on any bonus legislation until a more favorable time.
With the Legislators
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Salem
The Oregon senate gave unani
mous approval yesterday to a bill
to permit Governor McKay to
take emergency steps to relieve
the power shortage.
The bill, which now goes to the
JiOlise where speedy approval is
expected, would let the governor
declare an emergency during a
power shortage. This, in turn,
would authorize the public utili
ties commissioner to allocate
power, regulate the distribution,
.mul force any person or firm to
<mt down on the use of power.
Sen. Thomas R. Mahoney, Port
land Democrat, sponsor of the
bill, quoted public utilities com
missioner George H. Flagg as
saying "rationing on a voluntary
basis won’t work.”
The house got three proposed
constitutional amendments to
give the legislature more taxing
power, to tighten up the initiative
process, and to make it harder to
get school bond issues passed.
One measure would let the leg
islature pass tax measures con
taining emergency clauses by a
two-thirds vote. This means that
if two thirds of the legislature
■voted for a tax bill, the referen
dum could not be applied to it.
The second measure would re
quire eight per cent of the signa
tures of all registered voters be
fore an Initiative could he put on
the ballot. The requirement now
is eight per cent of the number
that voted for supreme court jus
tice at the preceding election.
The third measure would pre
vent a school bond iissue from
going into effect unless 25 per
cent of all the registered voters in
'the district approve it. Now such
bond issues can be approved by
a mere handful of votes, just so
that the majority of those voting
approve it.
The measures would appear on
the next general election ballot.
Washington
The administration yesterday
delayed telling congress what it
wants in a new labor law.
Secretary of Labor Tobin had
arranged to give the senate labor
committee a blueprint this morn
ing, but the meeting was post
poned “until further notice.”
Tobin had been called as the
first witness at public hearings
on proposals to repeal the Taft
Hartley law. The committee has
decided to end the hearings Feb.
10 despite protests of Senator
Taft (R-Ohlo) and other Republi
cans.
President Truman already has
told congress he wants the Taft
Hartley law repealed and the
Wagney act restored with "cer
tain improvements.”
The air force threw full sup
port behind President Truman's
48-group air force plan but said
the strength should be increased
to 70 groups when the nation can
afford the extra expense.
The endorsement came from
Air Secretary Symington, who
testified before the house armed
services committee. Gen. Hoyt S.
Vandenberg, air force chief of
staff, said the 48 group force
would cost between sjt-t.500,000.000
and $5,000,000,000, compared with
$7,500,000,000 for a 70-group es
tablishment.
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Bil l YATES. Editor YIRGtL TUCKER. Business Manager
Bob Reed, Managing Editor Tom McLaughlin. Ass t. Bus. Mgr.
Associate Editors: L> t* Goetze, Bob lee Brophy, Diana Dye. Barbara Hey wood
Advertising Managers Joan Mtnnaugh
Porchlight
Parade
By Ed Cauduro
The Beaux Arts Ball has been
cancelled . . . Thereby adding its
name to the list of campus func
tions that have felt the blunt of
the administrations axe.
The ball is the annual fiasco
sponsored by the Art School at
which both profs and students
join in the merry making ... it
was an. event anticipated by the
old student and the young frosh
alfke ...» a time to relax, free
from inhibitions, just having a
terrific time.
The reason for its scratching
might be termed as the “cold” war
. . . the University has refused to
heat the building which was
scheduled to house the affair Sat
urday nite ... Things can’t be that
rough . . . maybe we ought to try
an airlift for Eugene . . .
3:30 at Taylor’s will be the
lucky time and place in AXO Vir
ginia -JYIahon’s book for a long
time to come . . . that mayks the
event of her pinning to Sig Nu
Forrest Hedges ...
Maybe Sig Ep Bob Richardson,
psych major, used applied psy
chology when he pinned Alpha Xi
Dee Williams, but he looked defi
nitely maladjusted when his bro
thers transported him to her so
rority via mattress . . .
Watziz about Judy Bailey prov
ing to be cupids menace at the
Theta house by water-bagging
the lovers when they come in from
their dates . . . understand it’s
dampened many a romantic
mood ... .
Word has gotten around that
the Schmoo by name of Captain
Marvel Jr. that ASUO Prexy Bob
Allen of the Skull house, has been
cuddling while in the infirmary
was the cause of his being there
. . . but he’s one man who will
never be lonesome . . . seems Al
pha Phi Jean Lichty has practi
cally taken up permanent resi
dence at the pill palace since
Bob’s accident . . .
Understand Chi O Marge “all
in a dltlier” Peterson and ATO
Gene Kuzman have roped them
selves off a small section of the
Chi O back porch . . . Seems that
though Dick Brown doesn’t know
much about the game Monopoly
lie’s a demon when it comes to
monopolizing Sigma Kappa Kay
do Stryker’s time . . .
Wonder who DZ Lou Weston
has been calling up these days ...
her phone calls to men aren’t all
political I hear . . . The Pi Phis
were greeted as they came in
from dates the other PM by a
skunk (any similarity between
persons living or going to Oregon
is purely incidental) . . . seems
some prankster eager to gain fa
vor with the jolly girls tacked a
potent kitten to their already fa
mous door ...
As Valentines day draws near
Dan Cupid has sharpened his
sharp-shooting with a little prac
tice on a few Ducks . .. Thetas re
port a score of bull’s eyes with
Pctie Fortmiller announcing her
engagement to K Sig Bob New
man and Gloria Aguer dittoing to
Sig Bill O’Hearn . . . DZ Casey
Hyde was the happy recipient of
a sparkler from Hank “Whiskers”
Chaney and Pi Phi Carol Vowels
is showing everyone her ring cour
tesy of Iv Sig Jack Baker . . .
Well, that’s about all the pick
ins from the vine today . . . re
member to invite Pop down for his
weekend in that next letter . . .
-Raising Kane
Columnist Answers His Critic;
Returns to Humor Next Week
By Hank Kane
This is the first and last time
this column will he used to an
swer polemics.
But Communists and their
sympathizers for too long have
had the last
word because
those attacked
in print by them J
usually refuse I
the compliment "
of public notice. j
It is amazing
what can be de
duced from the
column of less
than 600 words
which appeared
in Wednesday s rumeraia.
A student whose letter appeared
Friday, evidently has such a
strong persecution complex. He
turned a restrained account of
prevailing public opinion on the
subject of campus leftist activi
ties into a fire and brimstone
sermon.
Well, fire and brimstone it shall
be.
At the risk of disillusioning our
campus comrade this columnist
must admit having read the first
77 pages of Marx’s “Capital.” It
belonged to a CCNY student ac
quaintance and was hidden behind
the book jacket of Durant’s “Life
of Christ.”
Not having the intelligence of
our correspondent I found it
somewhat dull.
In commenting upon the re
moval of two “Stars &, Stripes”
editors for distorting the news,
we were unaware this explained
American occupation policy.
Bardnard Rubin was one of the
two editors removed. At present
he is a reporter on the “Daily
Worker,” the New York Com
munist daily, A man like that who .
supported policies of Russia,
which by word and act, is our en
emy, had no place on a non-politi
cal army newspaper.
It is difficult to fulfill our let
ter writer’s expectations by “De
nouncing the American Revolu
tion . . . (because) . . . only a one- -
third majority of colonists held
and fought for the dogma of in
dependence.”
This percentage equals today’s
Americans who vote in a presi
dential election.
Would one of the “historians”
quoted be Howard Fast, another -
“Daily Worker” staffer?
By some obscure process of
logic our Progressive party stal
wart considers this columnist a
failure as a “self-appointed un- -
American activities committee of
one.” Now that we are for the
first time made aware of our in- -
tentions it may be fitting to live
up to expectations and ask a $64
question. It must be answered
with a “yes” or “no” without ver
bose objections or qualifications. ,
Here goes: In the event of hos
tilities between the United States
and Russia would you bear arms
in good faith to defend the United
States ?
Unless a man is a conscien
tious objector or answers with a
flat “yes,” a “no,” a qualified -
reply, or one made with tongue in
cheek marks him on the side of
the Russians who in the past six
months indirectly caused the
death of over ten Americans fly- _
ing the Berlin airlift.
It is entirely possible that some
of those killed were reservists *
called b*ck to serve from college,
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. From Our Mailbag
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
(All Idlers to the editor must bear the writer's
signature. ISames will be withheld at the writer's
request. Recause of space limitations the. editor re
serves the right the withhold such communications
us he sees fit. All letters should be concise and to
the ooint. The editor of the Emerald solicits opin
ions and constructive criticism from both students
and faculty members of the University of Oregon.J
NOT GUILTY
To the Editor:
After reading ^“G.J.’s” little
gripe, it would appear that an
explanation should be given this
justifiable complaint.
First, as to the commission the
Senior Class is suspected of get
ting from the florists of Eugene,
I can say you are twelve feet off
base. This is absolutely not true,
and would be a low type of graft
if it were practiced.
Second, the man in charge of
the advertising got carried away,
and I was surprised to find my
name endorsing the purchasing
of flowers, the authorization of
which I had not given and would
not have given under any circum
stances.
Third, the "optional” angle to
flowers is supposed to mean op
tional and just that—coercion
has never been part of the word,
so feel that the only determining
factor is your ability to pay, and
think no more of the matter.
So, "G.J."; you are not alone,
for I was also placed on the flow
er purchaser’s list, because my
name had endorsed it.
Robin Arkley
Senior Class President, 49
STUDENTS’ RIGHTS
To the Editor:
In all the uproar which has fol
lowed the suspension of the
Washington professor for Com
munist activities, something has
apparently been overlooked by the
sincere proponents of academic
freedom, who feel, and justly so,
that the suspended professors had
a right to whatever views they ,
chose to express.
One of the causes of the inves
tigation at the University of
Washington was the complaint of
some of the students there, that -*
the professors were not giving
them the right to hold THEIR "
own views. It seems to me that
the student’s right to his own
views is at least as great as that
of the professors. And yet under
some of the professors in ques
tion, the student’s “social attitude”
was made a factor in determining *
the grade he received in the
course.
I believe that to a great extent
these professors are not suffering *
from having chosen to think as
they pleased, but from not having "
allowed the students to think as
they pleased. It is an unkind trait
of Communists, that they are
willing to take all the advantages
given them, but are unwilling to
concede the same advantages to -
those under their control. I think
this can be verified in some de
gree by reports from various
Communist controlled activities,
both here and abroad, no matter -
how much the reports may be
colored by “reactionary” propa
ganda.
A student who disagrees with
what his professor thinks, at least
as regards his social views, should
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