Capital journal. (Salem, Or.) 1919-1980, April 04, 1949, Page 4, Image 4

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Capital A Journal
An Independent Newspaper Established 1888
GEORGE PUTNAM, Editor and Publisher
ROBERT LETTS JONES, Assistant Publisher
Published every afternoon except Sunday at 444 Che
meketa St., Salem. Phones: Business, Newsroom, Want
Ads, 2-2406; Society Editor, 2-2409.
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The Build Up
Salem, Oregon, Monday, April 4, 1949
Off-Street Parking Solution
Senate Bill No. 135, important to every city and town in
Oregon, designed to help relieve the auto parking and traf
fic congestion, was introduced by the committee on munici
pal affairs and read for the first time on February 2. It
passed the senate March 11 and has since been pigeon
holed in the house committee. The bill reads:
"A bill for an act granting to incorporated cities and
towns certain powers for the establishment, construction,
maintaiing, financing and operating of off-street motor
vehicle parking facilities and authorizing such cities and
towns to charge therefor, to regulate the use of such facili
ties and to provide penalties." It provides :
"The city or town may plan, design and locate such facilities
and finance them by any one or any combination of the follow
ing methods: general obligation bonds within legal limitations,
or revenue bonds payable primarily and solely out of revenue
from parking facilities, in such amounts, at such rate of interest
and upon such conditions as may be prescribed by the legislative
authority of such city or town: special or benefit assessments
equal to the total cost of land and improvements, or to a portion
thereof, such assessment to be levied against property benefited
In proportion to the benefit derived, the amount of such assess
ment to be determined in accordance with special assessment
practices for local improvements as prescribed by the ordi
nances or charter provisions of such city or town; parking fees
and special charges derived from the use of off-street parking
facilities by motorists, concessionaires or others; general fund
appropriations; state or federal grants or local aids; parking
meter revenues; general property taxes, or gift, bequest, devise,
grant or otherwise."
The measure also provides that property for such facili
ties above, at or below the surface of the earth, by purch
ase, condemnation, exchange or other lawful manner, and
the city or town may use the area below the street sur
face andor the area beneath the street surface, andor the
use of such facilities and to provide penalties.
The city would also be empowered to sell, encumber,
lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of the property as may
be in the public interest and charge fair and reasonable
fee for using such facility.
California and many other states have long had such a
law. Usually the city acquires the property and leases
the property for private development and operation. Only
last week the New York assembly unanimously passed
such a measure, known as the Diamond parking bill. It
provides that the property acquired be disposed of to the
highest bidder for 99 years, subject to the approval of the
city planning commission after public hearing.
Such a program of off-street parking is generally ac
cepted as the best solution of the parking and congestion
problem. Experience has shown that private groups are
eager to develop parking facilities but have been unable
to acquire sites at reasonable prices, which the city can
do by condemnation specifying that the power be used for
"public" facilities.
- Why the Oregon house delays action on this and many
other vital measures, except for log-rolling tactics, only
the legislators themselves can answer, but it is the prin
cipal reason for the longest legislative session on record.
A Decision for April 11
The way is clear now for the city council to accept or
reject the Badlock traffic plan for Salem.
Approval of the stale highway engineer's four-point
program to keep the city from losing itself in traffic con
fusion was given last week by the long-range planning
commission. This was the last of the key groups in the
city to be heard from.
In endorsing the Kaldock plan, the planning commis
sion showed that differences over phases of the program
could be worked out. This was by following majority
opinion and by . phrasing the acceptance, based over a
period of time, so the city could adjust itself to the points,
such as the grid system of one-way streets. It had previ
ously been agreed by the planning group that the majority
riew would prevail and would be backed by all members.
Location of the new bridge over the Willamette river
was the point in dispute. The commission's previously en
dorsed Division street site was abandoned in favor of the
Baldock-specified location at Marion street. This agree
ment should prevent the trouble Marion county and Polk
county had when a site for the present bridge at Centpr
treet was being decided. Because two factions split in
those days so bitterly over selection of a site, bridge con
struction was long delayed.
It should be noted that the Marion street location has
been completely accepted by West Salem. If Salem were
to go back on what its sister community across the river
has endorsed as being in the best interests of West Salem,
then the move to join the two communities would be killed.
Let there be no doubt about that.
Both Salem and West Salem need the Baldock plan.
The city council can wait no longer in coming to a de
cision on the offered traffic program.
Acceptance of the program should be voted at the earli
est possible time, with notice of the favorable action going
promptly to the State Highway Commission. If acceptance
la delayed, the proposed $7,600,000 Baldock plan will be
lost to this area for an indefinite number of years to come.
Rejection would find Salem committed to become a traffic
bottleneck while funds designated for here would go to
ether communities of the state far-seeing enough to accept
recommendations of traffic experts.
Salem's city council should accept favorably the adjust
ed Baldock plan at the coming meeting next Monday, April
tjSl I Kl im ' !!'U ! I f I WHEN THEVRE ALL IN
111 Hi fe? 'el !l I jk COSTUME AND THE
Economic Advisers Offer
Plan to Beat Depression
Washington There's been a lot of petty bickering between the
president's council of economic advisers, but there's one unpleas
ant fact they all agree on.
They foresee definite depression in 1950 or 1951 unless im
mediate steps are taken to head it off.
Wizard of Odds
it will be re
called, was cre
ated by con
gress in 1946 to
advise the
White House on
how to ward
Ull UCpiCN'Ulli j .
And although
the three mem-&S
bers differ on al
lot of things,'
they feel that
depression can be stopped
though only by the concerted
cooperation of the administra
tion, congress, business, farmers
and labor.
posed its differences to recom
mend a program to President
Truman which it regards as ab
solutely essential to block de
pression. While all three agree, Dr.
Nourse considers the voluntary
phase of the program more im
portant, but Keyserling and
Clark, though not disagreeing,
would place more emphasis on
the government phase.
The program which Nourse
considers most important is:
Farmers Convince farmers
to grow bigger crops and ac-
Can't Be Beat
Tn understand the hark. CePl m.ewhat lower support
ground of the economic coun- J r?Z h?n h?
oil's vitally important business .c.n"5.unm e p b"1 T"
diagnosis, it should be recalled V reasonabIe return for
(fTToOO,000 TO ( l V . PEOPLE ARE, THE
.J voil'M 35 YOU HMt -vg Lss THy LE.
,f ?J,at 17.000.000 J but Odds are
Si fa ' Michel (Mljmi,fl3asked
-v I these RADIO Quiz Odds:
y4f 1 ; in 21,000,000.
She may be a little gloomy on occasions during the winter
months, and even get moist once in awhile, but there's no place
can beat little old Salem as
like these. All
you have to dol
is to just take a
look around and
forget all that?
wistful thinking
about elsewhere.:
There ain't noi
elsewhere 1 i k ei
Dsn UpJobB
a pretty town during spring days
ing community which calls it
self "the dimple of the uni
verse." To muledom, Colum
bia's mule day is what Atlantic
City's beauty pageant is to the
gals with the curves and con
tours. The mile-long motorless
parade, marking the formal
opening of the affair, features
Gov. Gordon Browning astride
a mule and Gen. Jonathan Wain
wright, survivor of the Bataan
"death march," riding in a mule
drawn surrey.
that for the past 100 years
American economy has been rid
ing a roller-coaster of ups and
downs, inflation and deflation,
of booms and busts.
In the past 50 years these ups
and downs have become more
severe sn jwvpre that the Pnl-
itburo in Moscow is known to gravely doubts the govern
have based its global strategy ment's abiltiy to "persuade"
on the theory that one more business, farmers and labor.
economic depression would mereiore, mey pur. more em-
Labor Persuade labor lead
ers not to seek wage increases
that will throw the economy
out of gear.
The Clark-Keyserling group,
while agreeing with the above,
And all thai
was needful was
a drive around
town in the crowds yesterday
and Saturday to make one feel Out at the dog show there
that it's about time to swallow was the anomaly of Ervin Ward,
the Baldock plan lock, stock and county dog license enforcement
barrel and get started toward officer, directing traffic for peo-
ironing out some of the hazards pie to look at 400 or 500 dogs,
in the country's prettiest town, and not a darned dog in the
After all, living in a pretty town bunch with a license tag on.
and trying to look at it from a T . , , ,, . . . . ,
car window has its drawbacks Incidentally, we might add,
when you're afraid to look from there were more barkers at the
the window while driving for ?.0 how "" 4 have with
fear the traffic will send you to the Brwn,n8 Amusement com-
wreck the entire American sys
Since V-J day most Ameri
cans have been enjoying the
greatest wave of prosperity in
history for two reasons:
1, The public's unsatisfied de-
phasis on hard-and-fast govern
ment incentives which would
prop up the economy regardless
of persuasion.
The propose:
1. Increased social security
benefits to take care of unem
ployed and the aged. The pres
ent old-age pensions are woe-
am not getting
the intellectual
mileage from
my old educa
tion that I used
to It has turned
out to be a four-"
cylinder job in
an eight - cylin
der world.
mand for goods they could not fuliv lnw anri lln(,mninvm(.nt
buy during the war; benefits last only a brief inter-
z, The cold war, which has val after unemployment starts.
I grew up in"
what was sup
posed to be the most widely edu-
caused the government to pour
billions into the worlds eco
nomic stream.
2. Increase minimum wages
to 75 cents. This is aimed at in
creasing buying power in the
the hospital or the morgue.
lotta barkers.
Beauty Only Skin Deep
Columbia, Tenn., UP) The
long-eared sons of the jackass
get their moment of glory to
day. It's mule day in Columbia.
Mule day is an annual spring
festival in this Tennessee farm-
O well, the Portland Beavers
finally won a couple of ball
games. And that's going to
make us think up some other
excuse for sitting back in a
chair all summer and waiting
for something to happen.
However, the council esti- lower brackets. At present, un-
'mates that the long pent-up de- ion labor's constant round of
mand for automobiles, refriger- wage demands has put organ-
ators and other consumers' ized labor far ahead of the great
goods is now just about filled, mass of unskilled and unorgan-
while the vast expenditures to ized labor. One sure way to pre-
Europe in another year will be- vent depression is to promote
gin to taper off, so that depres- buying power by lower income
sion will come in 1950-51. groups.
Another factor is the psycho- Low-cost housing, built
logical effect of swiftly rising through government subsidies,
prices followed by dropping Thls also helDS to Provide work,
prices. If OPA and inflation Ai.d t0 education. This
controls had not been thrown would '"crease teachers' sal-
Power-Packed Peace Tie
C(fft PorelcD Affairs Amino
If Russia is right in protesting the North Atlantic pact as an
offensive instrument, then we the people of the signatory coun
tries are being buncoed by our governments.
overboard by congress and f"es ana Proyme new scnooi-
prices had not shot up so high,
business dislocation might not
be so bad now.
house construction.
5. Stockpiling critical mate
rials. This is not only an essen-
lial c-ifaniiorrl in inc-A n-f niiia
For, while falling prices at but the buying of. raw materials
the moment may be healthy, yet hel to blster , econo.
a lot of business especially mjr "
smeiii uu&muaa always gels t-,
Nourse agrees that this
phase of the program also is es-
hurt by falling prices. And the
psychological effect of falling 110 prevent olherwise in
iv. .UUi.k uemu,,., evitable depression in 1950 or
for people, waiting for lower jbj
prices, don't buy. ' . . .
Eight-Clyinder Age Hits Hal
New York () Anybody in the market for a second-hand edu
cation? I would like to trade my education in for a new one,
just as you trade in a broken down car for a later model.
Because I sure
marDies mat spinacn was tne
best source of iron outside the
Mesabi range. Now practically
everybody knows better. People
are reduced to eating spinach for
Take mold. I was told mold
was poisonous. Now if you don't
swallow mold three times a day
in the form of penicillin peo
ple get the idea there's nothing
wrong with you.
Take water. In my youth I
cated generation in history. But was sternly warned that if I
it appears now that practically didn't drink two quarts of water
everything T learned was wrong a day I'd come down with auto
What I was taught was true is intoxication, whatever that was.
now regarded as false. Now if you drink more than a
Today it is hard to be.ieve in ?uar.t you're in danger of drown
anything, because a thing that InS internally,
is accepted as a. fact in the morn- Take bed rest. Remember
ing may be regarded as a super- when they kept you in the hos
stition by evening. P'tal for two weeks after an ap-
Let us take a simple subject Pendectomy? Today they hardly
like the human body, something iet J" f ay ln the hospital long
every normal person has. But enough warm the sheets. To
how shall you take care of this m0?w they may take your ap
marvelous machine? Well, what pend'x .ut whlle yu standing
they teach you to do today they'll "P during your lunch hour, so
probably tell you to shun tomor- yu, won ? have to miss half a
row. dav s work-
At the time I started in kin- The benefits of sunshine, fresh
dergarten, the medical profes- air and exercise faiths of my
sion had ceased recommending childhood have been debunked
long horseback rides as a cure for as over-rated. I used to believe
tuberculosis. people worried and grew thin.
But I was told, on the teach- No. they worry and grow fat.
er's word of honor, that a clean They used to say, "eat hearty."
tooth never decays. Everybody Now they say that if you do
today knows darn well it will you'll become overweight and
re assur
ed that the al
liance is purely
defensive. It is
designed to act
as a deterrent
to any nation
.which might
have aggressive
ideas. In that
sense it ii
UeWItt MfteKentl
they are out for peace. It is un
wise to assume that all eastern
Europe knows we intend no ag
gression. Undoubtedly there are plenty
of folk behind the iron curtain
who do believe the western pow
ers are planning war. Denials
probably won't dispel that be
lief, but they may do some good
and in any event should be on
the record.
A lot of
believe that. Such a reiteration of peace-
Unity and preparedness ful intentions mignt fit well
among peace-loving nations is with the view said to be held
the only "peace pact" worth by British Foreign Secretary
the paper it is written on. Might Bevin and some other western
doesn't necessarily make right, officials now in Washington,
but it wields an impiessive au- John Hightower, AP diplo-
thority. matic expert in the capital, says
Winston Churchill faid in his this view is that, once the At-
Boston speech Thursday night lantic pact comes into force,
that western Europe would have Moscow may decide Russia's Eu-
been communized and London
would have been bombed be
fore this but for tlu- deterrent
of the atomic bomb in Ameri
can control. That's an assump-
ropean expansion hoS come to
an end and that the Kremlin
may seek a truce in the cold
This wouldn't mean that the
The three members of the
president's council of economic
advisers are:
Chairman Dr. Edwin Nourse,
a New Yorker, long-time mem
ber of the Brookings institute,
and generally considered the
most conservative counselor.
Leon Keyserling, a native of
South Carolina, former secre
tary to Senator Wagner, and
who has had a long experience
in the government, chiefly in
the U.S. housing authority. A
liberal, Keyserling frequently
disagrees with more conserva
tive Chairman Nourse.
John D. Clark, a native of
Colorado and former economics
professor at the University of
Nebraska and the University of
Denver. Clark usually lines up
with liberal Keyserling.
However, the council has com-
J. Qui'g Newton, live - wire
mayor of Denver, Colo., is lob
bying to get his father-in-law,
Morrison Shafroth, appointed
to the U.S. court of appeals. The
jujtice department isn't enthu
siastic, however. For, when
Shafroth was chief counsel of
the bureau of internal revenue,
FDR wanted him to testify be
fore congress regarding the
yachting income-tax deductions
of Roy Howard. Shafroth re
fused. Congressmen Klein and
Keogh. both New Yorkers, will
sparkplug a congressional inves
tigation of illegal wire tapping.
They'll try to get legislation re
quiring manufacturers of wire
tapping equipment to number
and register every unit of their
eavesdropping devices just as
revolvers are numbered.
(Copyright 194
if it wants to
The school dentist showed us
the right way to brush our teeth
sideways. A couple of years
later we were being taught to
use a rotary motion. Now my
won't live as long.
What can you believe?
I was taught that Benjamin
Franklin was a great model of
dentist is in favor of brushing thrift. Then somebody dug up
up and down. And I am looking the records and found he was
forward to a day, coming fast, chronically overdrawn at the
when I can avoid all doubt in the uanK-
matter by taking 'em out and What we need is an education
soaking 'em in a glass. that will stand up long enough
for a man to earn enough money
Take spinach. Everybody was to go back to college and get an
sure in the days when I played other education.
lion which of course might be Bolshevist world revolution for
Sour Look Over 'Sweet' Bath
Warren, O. () Mrs. Laura Brandt's "tweet" bath left her
husband, Bill, with a tour look. She mliXook 10 gallons of
maple tap ht'd fathered for rain water.
Braadt had placed the maple tap In lS-gallon crocks out
Me the houM, but neglected to tell his wlf. The ciorki or
iinarlly were used by the Brandts to atora rain water at their
farm home near West Farmlnrton.
When ehe returned from work at a beauty parlor, Mr.
Brandt used the crocks' content to bath her children, wash
the dlahea and then take her own bath. Not until she brushed
her teeth with the eweet-taatlng liquid did ehe learn her mis-
hard to prove.
However, if Russia did have
aggressive designs it's highly
probable that the alom bomb
would restrain her. It would
restrain any nation in its right
This power-packed peace al
liance doesn't alter the unhap
py picture of a Europe divided
against itself. It only means
that the western allies are pool
ing their resources and getting
organized defensively for con
tingencies. It means that they are estab
lishing a defensive front - line
running from northern Norway
down through central Germany
to southern Italy. That's a line
which agRression must not cross.
Meantime, the "cold" war will
go on.
Observers in Washington un
derstand that rejection of the
Russian protest against the al
liance is a foregone conclusion.
The only question is what the
form of rejection will be.
Naturally Moscow expects a
rejection of this protest which
presumably was made largely
for propaganda and book-keeping
purposes. She also must ex
pect a firm reply to the effect
that the allies mean business and
are standing pat.
It's given to wondet. however,
whether this wouldn't be a good
time for the western allies to
reiterat and emphaeiM that
the spread of communism had
been abondoned. Bu it would
relieve some of the strain in a
Europe still suffering greviously
from effects of the late world
Four Kittens for Price of One
Wichita, Kan. (U.R) Mrs. Reginald Smith asked for help
with her Siamese quadruplets.
Kittens, that is!
Mitzi, Mrs. Smith's 10-year-old brown ind white seml
Tersian cat, gave birth to a litter of five kittens yesterday.
Four of the newcomers were joined together by body tissue.
Sirs. Smith was looking for a bargain hunting pet lover
Interested in four kittens for the price of one.
By Murray Wade
Kj7 'WS Author of Housesmi ! I J I I'M t kttowi how to IlpS
. . . carved in ageless Sterling th
fleeting beauty of the first
rote that has bloomed for two
thousand years that
Damask Rose, See this dramatic
solid sUrer pattern today.
Ve will be glad to extend our
budget plan for even a starter
srt of two place settings.
Comptott t-Pftct Plot Sotting
'dm I Tox Indvdsd
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