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Heppner Gazette Times, Heppner, Oregon, April 7, 1949
The Higher Cost of Education
Taxpayers should get ready to pull t heir bolts
In a notch or two their money belts, thai is
for vhr-n the school budgets are voted there will
he loss loose change for cigarettes, candy, ice
cieam sodas, beers, cosmetics, and what have you.
Now don't get the idea that an outrage is about
to he perpetrated on the taxpayer. The above items
were casually mentioned much in the manner an
attorney throws in a statement now and then
which he knows will be laid aside by the judge,
or at least contested by his opponent, as irrele
vant or immaterial, but a. little trick that more
often than not influences the jury. When your
tax statement comes this may serve as a hint
on cutting corners.
The fact is, we are faced with the problem of
not merely keeping up with the normal course of
education. We are confronted with a combination
of forces which calls for digging rather deeply into
the family purse if we are not to slip backward
in our educational system It will require not a
little readjusting of living habits, of our thinking
along educational lines, to accustom ourselves to
the idea of paying more for the upkeep of school
plants, the salaries of school executives and tea
chers. In truth, it will be an educational force to
many of us who were inclined to forget about
schools once the doors were closed on our student
careers. It should teach us to peruse the budgets,
to learn the whys and wherefores of the various
expenditures and not merely listen to what neigh
bor Jones has to say on the matter. If we must be
prejudiced, let us form our own prejudices, but it
will be wise to go into the budgets thoroughly
before forming an opinion relative to their merits.
And remember that in this article we are not
discussing the "cost of higher education" but
rather the higher cost of education. It is not nec
essary to go to the trouble of reciting the many
reasons why our schools are costing more these
days Any reasonable person knows that his or her
living expenses are all out of joint with normal
conditions. Of course it costs more to run the
schools) It costs more to run anything, And on top
of living costs, the average Oregon community is
faced with the necessity of enlarging school plants
to care for the increasing population. Morrow
county communities as a whole have not been
faced with population increases, but the time is
not far distant when larger school plants and
additional teaching staffs will be necessary.
Changes in the school set-up such as district
consolidations have added first-cost increases in
the purchase of busses, plus operation of same.
Teachers are now paying more each month to
live than some of the older ones received in days
gone by. Teaching is no longer a work of love in
the sense that the person engaged in the work
would refuse to consider a more lucrative position
in some other line of endeavor. If they are fit to
teach our children they are worthy of pay com
mensurate with the services rendered.
It is the sincere hope of the Rural School Board
and the budget committees of the various districts
that school patrons, and particularly those qual
ified to vote, will go into the budgets of their
respective districts and the overall county school
set up with open minds. They admit that the bill
for education is heavy but justifiably contend
that our educational system is the nation's most
valuable asset and if it is permitted to disinte
grate or even lag we will lose our proud station
of bulwark of democracy. There is more at stake
than mere money, and after all money has no
value in itself alone. The value lies in the things
it will buy.
Looks Like Best Solution
Necessity for adequate water supply for the
hospital building has created something of a
problem for the city. It is a problem due to a
multiplicity of improvements confronting the city
officials at this time. In less arduous circumstan
ces it would be a comparatively easy matter to go
ahead and provide the new building with water,
at a pressure guaranteeing ample fire protection
as well as for all other purposes.
The county can and will run a pipeline from the
county reservoir to the hospital. There is a suffi
cient supply to provide all services. The sticking
point is that the elevation of the reservoir is not
sufficient to provide more than forty pounds pres
sure at the hospital That is enough for regular
use but might prove a handicap in case of fire.
On that score we are not sufficiently informed,
but it is to be hoped that need for fire pressure
will not arise. The court feels that there should
be an auxiliary water service to safeguard possi
ble shortage from the county well, or possible
On the city's side of the picture it is found
that water can be supplied through extension of
the Gilmore street line, but this would provide
only fifteen pounds pressure. The city has made
a proposal to the county court that rather than
make this extension a deal be worked out where
by the two systems could be merged. The city
could install a booster pump which could be set
in motion any time it is needed. Auxiliary service
would thus be provided at a small expense. The
merger could be effected by the city leasing the
county plant and operating it, a proposal having
more appeal to the council at this time than the
suggestion that the plant be bought outright.
There is a disposition on the part of oth the
county court and the city to be cooperative in
working out a solution to the problem and it may
be possible for the city in the near future to build
a reservoir above the present one that will provide
ample fire protection and supply the homes that
are expected to be built in the vicinity of the
Who Said That?
Appearing side-by-side in a recent edition of the
Communist "Daily Worker" are a couple of items
which, to say the least, reveal some interesting
expediencies of the Kremlin line.
In glowing words of praise for the progress of
farm mechanization in Soviet Russia, the "farm'
columnist of the "Worker" writes: 'The combine
was heralded by the first socialist nation as one
of the means of liberating peasants from their
age-old 'drudgery. Today a higher percentage of
their grain is combined than our own(?). Under
socialism, mechanization of agriculture means
liberation from toil, it means leisure and rising
Adjoining this gem of information is a two-
column photograph of a newly developed mech
anical cotton-picker now being used in our South
ern States. The caption underneath reads: "What
happens to the pickers when this giant machine,
a mechanical cotton-picker, replaces the tradi
tional farm laborer on many of Alabama's large
cotton tracts? Unemployment and hunger, of
course! It's the law of capitalist agriculture."
In other words, what's good fur the goose isn't
good for the gander.
However amusing this appaient inconsistency
Heppner Gazette Times.
Thursday, April 10, 1!U9
In order to get the matter full;
before the people of the count;
and ascertain their full desires
Judge Campbell has called a j
meeting of the citizens of the I At the regular meeting 01 me
county to be held at the court city council on Monday evening,
house in Heppner this evening at City Recorder Williams was voteu
S o'clock. It is expected that there an increase of $15 per month in
will be at least two represent;! ! salary, and from now on that of
tive citizens from each precinct 1 ficial will receive $50 per for his
in the county, and also that the
Farmers' Union will have a dele
gation there to represent them.
. . . Judge Campbell and F. I!.
Brown held a meeting with the
citizens of Pine City Tuesday eve
ning. in which they discussed
vith the people of that vicinity
he road bonding proposition, and
also took up the matter of get
ting a mail route established be
tween Butter creek and Heppner.
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j r war
The thirteenth week of the 45th
legislative session of Oregon
started last Monday which was
the 85th day and established an
all-time record for length.
"Another ten days,'' says Sen
ate President William Walsh,
I "will be required to do justice in
essential legislation." Speaker of
the House Frank VanDyke con
leurred with President Walsh in
' the reckoning.
I Undecided major issues in
elude: The $50-a-month old-age
assistance. The tax program. The
budget for 19591951. Basic school
j aid request for a raise from S5(i
to $80 or more a pupil. The pro
posed veteran's' bonus. Increases
in unemployment and industrial
accident benefits. A requested
S12.000.000 for new buildings for
the University of Oregon and Or
egon S'ate college. The highway
revenue bills. Increasing gas tax
I from 5 to 6 cents and auto H
j censes from $5 to $10 a year. The
j proposal to give $2,000,000 a year
to poor scnool districts wno need
NO VETO TET
"I am looking for a bill to
veto," said Governor Douglas Mc
Kay last Monday, but he was
smiling when he said it. "So far
the legislature hasn't given me
much trouble and I will have no
reason to bother them I think."
As yet the governor has not "re
turned with comment" or vetoed
any measure passed by the legis
lature. This week the governor spent
nearly 8 hours putting his signa
ture on 3,000 bonds calling for
$3,000,000 to be applied to veter
ans aid. The large bonds, about
12 by 16 inches with detachable
coupons, "are clumsy and slow to
handle," the governor said, "but
I can sign 300 or more an hour."
may look to us, it is not an inconsistency to the
Communist. It has been firmly imbedded in his
subservient mind that whatever is done in Russia
is 100 per cent right. Likewise, whatever is done
elsewhere is all wrong. It Is this double-standard
of values that Americans should not forget for
one minute, regardless of such seemingly humor
ous incongruities. To do less is to invite disaster.
There is no such thing as an American Com
munist. Whether they all realize it or not, native
American Tarty members are agents sworn to
fanatical obedience to a foreign power, a power
diametrically opposed to all that we stand for.
They will stop at nothing to serve those ends
dictated by the despots In the Kremlin. To them,
anything American is bad; anything Russian is
good. It's as simple as that. Exchange.
Are pharmaceutical benefits
"Free" to New Zealanders? Yes,
if the product is on a very limit
ed list of trade-mark products,
otherwise the patient has to pay.
Most of the desired products are
not on the list.
Are New Zealanders under this
"Free" plan getting the proper
medical attention? No! Persons
with minor ills or fancied ail
ments keep the doctors so infern
ally busy that they have time to
give only superficial examina
tions to the genuinely sick.
Why does a New Zealander get
so little for the $00 per year he
is taxed for medical care? The
answer is simple. Because the
greater part of this $00 Is ab
sorbed in the cost of administra-
30 YEMRB AGO
Clark, Mary Van Vactor, Dorothy
Pattison, Velma Case, Vivian
Uobison, Lovell Lucas. Willetta
Barratt, Esther Nealc Berniee
Sigsbee and Muriel Cason.
A splendid banquet was served
to the Royal Arch Masons and
their wives at Masonic hall on
Friday evening; a sort of "before
the war" repast that was greatly
enjoyed by the many partici
pants. Sherman county votes $300,000
for roads, her bond election held
on Saturday last resulting in a
vote of 1017 for and 26 against
Members of the Pollyanna cbs;
of All Saints Episcopal church
school and their teacher. Mis;
Muriel Cason, were royally enter
tained on Friday evening at a 6
o'clock dinner prepared by the
members of the class at the home
3f Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Clark. This
was followed by a theater party
it the Star, given by Berniee Sigs
bee. Those present were Mary
ifOUNG REPUBLICANS WIN
Oregon young republicans
.vant some changes made.
They want the convention sys
tem for primary elections.
They want state chairmer to
have authority to call conven
lions. They want a law that will al
low state party conventions to
W. W. Shamhart has disposed
of his property just back of the
Palace hotle corner, to Dr. A. D.
Mrs. Dick Wells is now driving
a new Hupmobile, purchased thir.
week from Albert Bowker of the
Laxton McMurray of Jordan
Siding, accompanied by Mrs. Mc
Murray, was in Heppner last Sat
urday. Mr. McMurray was divid
ing up his wealtlfwiih the coun
ty at the sheriff's office.
Johannes Troedson and wife
of lone are visiting for the pre
sent at the home of his brother,
Paul Troedson, at Gresham. They
expect their son Carl home from
Alfred Troedson, hustling far
mer of the Morgan section, was a
visitor in Heppner Saturday. He
was rejoicing over the fine rain
that visited them the past week
and says an abundant crop
Miss Lucille Elder received a
telegram Tuesday announcing
that her brother, John, who has
been n France for the past year
had arrived on American shores
again and had landed safely at
with a prescribed fee schedule.
The oAmerkan Way
I By George Peck
; In a previous article I pointed
out that "Free Medeine" has
: proven to be "Expensive Medi
cine" in Germany. Let's now take
1 a peek at what has transpired
in New Zealand, which country
in 1939 made the sad mistake of
launchign a program of compul
sory health insurance.
Since 1939 the New Zealand
Government has brought under
its control by nationalization, the
banks, dental profession, chem
; ists, masseurs, National Airways,
i and many other formerly private
businesses and professions. This
serves to prove that the regimen
tation of its medical profession
was but the entering wedge, part
of a carefully calculated plan of
the "Left-Wingers" to socialize
completely New Zealand's econ
omy. There is no reason to doubt
that the proponents of "Free
Medicine" here have in mind the
eventual complete socialization
of the United States.
In propaganda used by the
jive official approval of selected
primary candidates. A legislative sponsors of the New Zealand law,
delegation is in Salem talking the word "free" was used in many
turkey to the legislators.
At the GOP state convention
and election in Portland last Sat.
urday the young republican par
ty workers walked away with
three top offices. Slgmund 1,'nnn
der, Portland, was named state
chairman. Lawrence Neualt, Ba
ker, was elected treasurer, and
Newell Elliott, Baker, was reel
There was one change suggest
ed, however, the fermenting
young statesmen did not adopt.
A telegram from a "Well Wisher"
advised the convention to adopt
an axiomatic gnomic similar to
he GOP used by the grand old
party. The wire pointed out that
the gnomic for the grand young
party was a natural GYP.
CANCER CONTROL MONTH
In an open letter issued Friday
Governor Douglas McKay said, "I
am glad to lend endorsement to
the sponsorship of Cancer Control
Month by the American Cancer
Society and urge that during the
month of Arpil, citizens of Ore
gon give their full support to the
program of the Society in its ef
fort to defeat the disease which
is taking an ever-increasing toll
in the state and nation. The Am
erican Cancer Society will seek
contributions to its funds and
the money collected will help
strengthen the research and edu
cational work that is being done
effectviely by the organization."
ELECTION COSTS UP
Future state elections in Ore
gon will cost approximately $30,
TOO more than in the past. The
many new voting precincts creat
ed to serve the increased popula
tion of the state will add mater
ially to the costs. New precincts
carved out of existing units will
require that county clerks send
cards to voters affected inform
ing them of their new voting
places. Each of the new precincts
will require 10 election board
members who are paid $4 each
per day. Other added expenses
are for rent of the voting places
that average shout $10 a day and
an investment In new equip
ment booths boxes and sup
plels for each new unit.
SORRY FOR LOBBYISTS
The hordes of footsore lobbyists
that throng the legislative halls
have drawn the sympathies of
the weapy lawmakers who Intend
to do somelhing about the sad
plight of their unofficial advisers.
A resolution has been prepared
to authorize the secretary of slate
to "furnish suitable and comfort
able furniture to be placed In the
lobby of the capitol" for their
instances, tor example, it was
stated that the act would pro
vide pharmaceutical benefit:
"free of any cost to the patient,"
and State hospital benefits "free
of cost to the patient." The tax
deductions and other expenses
were not mentioned. Today So
cial Security expenditures equal
$b0 per person per year, or ap
proximately one-fourth of the
Government's total income.
Does this "Free-For-$60-Per-Year"
program give the New Zea
lander adequate medical care?
Not by a jugful. A New Zealander
is required to pay a considerable
fee .in addition to that paid by
the government to achieve thai
Are hospital benefits "Free" in
New Zealand as promised? They
are not. Private hospital charges
are subsidized by the government
up to $2 per day during a period
of hospitalization and any char
ges over that are paid by the pa
tient. Are the services of physicians
"Free" in New Zealand? Yes. if
a specialist is not needed. The
doctors are paid in accordance
tion. An army of civilian servants
is engaged full time in routine
work, checking claims and milk
ing payments to doctors.
Of course, this medical plan is
costing New Zealand more per
year than was anticipated actu
ally almost six times as much.
There is nothing strange about
that, such ,is always the case.
All the evidence proves that
"Free Medicine" is not "Free" In
New Zealand. It is darned ex
pensve and awfully darned in
efficient, just as it is in every
country that has embarked on
such a Utopian scheme. We do
not want that kind of medical
care, or to be more factual, med
ical non-care, in the United
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