Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, April 20, 1950, Section A, Page Page 2, Image 2

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No Financing Plan, No Sew er System
No official r et ion lias bwn token by the city
council relative to financing payment of a bond
issue for the construction of a sewer system and
until some derinlto plan is accepted and put into
motion there will be nothing done towards con
struction of disposal facilities.
The council is unanimously agreed on the
necessity of a sewer system, but there is a lack
ot agreement on the best method of financing
the project. It is possible that if a vote were taken
on the proposal to place an assessment of from
SI ..VI to $.100 ier water meter the motion might
pass the council. Such a method would not meet
with popular favor, but it must be born in mind
that Heppnei is expected to install a sewer
system and si far as has come to our attention
there is no painless way of paying for anything.
The proposal would place the burden of payment
on those direo.'y benefited by the sewer system.
The point of argument is found in the case of
hotels, rooming houses and apartment houses,
where the question of fixing a blanket meter
charge has not yet been studied and where it is
likely that a tate not aimed to be unfair but
having the farmarks of being excessive will
naturally not meet with popular favor even if
Between this factor and the necessity of con
structing a sewer system lies the answer the
council must choose, and soon. Those who have
studied the local phase of the financing problem
are convinced that any attempt to float a bond
issue for the purpose will not meet with success
in the bond market, even if that method weie
given a substantial approval by the taxpayers.
The fact that water bonds in the sum of $65,000
are outstandihg, to which $200,000 for sewer con
struction would be added would not look inviting
to a bond buyer when he knows that the valua
tion of the city is approximately $1,050,000. With
this knowledge of the case, the council is faced
with the job of devising a plan that will retire a
certain amount of the bond issue. The water
meter charge has worked successfully fn other
places, Pendielon, for instance, and it would be
a big lift in securing a working fund here .if
put into practice at once. Pendleton, so it is said,
started in during the early part of the war
collecting additional funds from water users to
build up a fund for sewer extensions. It is a
much larger place and has many more meters
to collect from, but with some 400 meters in
Heppner a sizeable fund could be collected be
tween now and expiration date of general obliga
tion bonds, if bonds it must be, some 20 years
This problem should not be the council's head
ache a'lone. The citizens should give it serious
thought and o'er whatever help possible in solv
ing the problcn. The mayor and councilmen as
individuals will be obligated the same as the rest
of us, and while all of them have expressed a
willingness to meet their share of whatever obli
gation may result from construction of the sewer
system, they hesitate to place a burden on the
community tint will be difficult for some to
It would be a good idea to hold a town hall
meeting and get the opinions of a representative
group of citizens on this vital matter.
Source of Invaluable Wealth
Few of us in this land of hills and valleys
ever stop to evaluate the great wealth stored
in the Blue mountains which cross, the southern
end of the county in their course from Central
Oregon to Southeastern Washington. It is doubt
ful if any of us could properly evaluate the
wealth of the region but it is not impossible for
us to contemplate some of the features which
make it an area of rich resources, many of them
still untouched.
One of the gieat potentials in our mountains
is the recreational phase. Here is a field that will
stand any amount of development, not only
from the standpoint of local usage but for tiie
encouragement of tourists and vacationists as
well. Encouragement of the use of the mountains
in this manner would serve to secure a better
road system, both into and throughout the tim
bered areas. In turn, the better highways through
out and over the mountains would serve to at
tract more tourists this way. It is a rule that
would work both ways.
Local jieople should be encouraged to use the
mountains more extensively. Playgrounds and
camps aie beirg established by the forest serv
ice in several spots and this program will be ex
panded as fast as funds and workmen are avail
able. The forest service is anxious to have the
citizenry use the forests. Only by better ac
quaintance wi h the mountains, with the problems
confronting the service in protection and con
servation, will the people learn the value of the
forests and the necessity of protecting them.
The mountains contain unlimited possibilities
nd it is time we began doing something to ex
press our appreciation of them.
What the Other Fellows Say
It is always interesting to learn what the
other fellow's slant is on national affairs. It isj
our privilege to use a few credited quotes from
papers published at distant points, mainly from 1
the central and southern states:
The Mantua, Ohio, Record: "The voters of
America are faced with a choice of individual
opportunity or 'welfare' security. Given the whole
truth, there b no doubt that their choice will
be the right one."
Paris, Tennessee, Parisian: "Needless bureaus
should be eliminated, and the overlapping dtvi
sions of our government should be merged."
Berlin, Md. Eastern Shore Times: 'The pity of
it is that under our present system of big govern
ment and big spending the average citizen seems
to utterly fail to realize that he is picking up
the check."
Macksville, Kan., Enterprise: "It was 'taxation
without representation' that brought on King
George's trouble way back in 1776. And ever
since that time, Americans have considered it
not only thei.- privilege, but their duty to com
plain about taxes."
Lewistown, Pa., Sentinel: "We haven't much
sympathy with the fellow who is ready to be
generous with our money."
Abilene, Kan., Daily Reflector-Chronicle: "At
no time since the redemption of 'E' bonds was
started has the person who received S100 been
able to buy as much with his money as he could
have bought ten years before with the S75 that
he paid for the bond. Maybe the country can
stand this fantastic financing if it cannot it will
be just too bad."
Humboldt, Iowa, Republican: "We may just as
well quit kidding ourselves. As long as we demand
the services fiom government that we are now
demanding, wo will have to pay the taxes. There
is no such thing as shifting the payment of
taxes to the other fellow."
What Valley Authorities Would Not Do
Much has been heard concerning what the
proposed river valley authorities would do fir
this nation. At the moment, the Columbia Valley
Administration is being given the full force of
Presidential backing, and it is obv iously designed
to provide a precedent for similar adminisjrations
and authorities from Maine to California and
Canada to the Gulf,
These bodies which amount to super-governments
within. the government would control
all our national resources. They would dominate
agriculture as well as industry. Through a mo
nopoly of the power supply they could direct
any region in any way they desired. They would
do more to dstroy state's rights and to under
mine local initiative and independence than any
proposal that has yet been seriously presented.
They would be free of all state regulation and
taxation; they could not be effectively controlled
even by Congress. They would be subsidized by
the taxpayers at an enormous cost. In each case,
a three-man board would possess life and death
economic powei over vas't areas.
There is arnther side to this issue which is
equally impo-tant, namely, what the valley
authorities wculd not do. The Chamber of Com
merce of the United States has summed up thee
negative factors, taking the CVA bill as its guide.
The authorities would not submit to audit by
the Comptroller General.
They would not be subject to prescribed systems
of accounting.
They would not , be under the jurisdiction of
any state Federal commission.
They would not pay taxes except on private
property 'hey took over.
They would not have to abide by the Civil
Service laws.
In short, the-,e authorities would enjoy a degree
of economic independence that is unknown to
other government agencies or in private enter
prise. They could rig their reports about any
way they wan'cd, inasmuch as they would not
have to follow standard, accepted accounting
practices. They could run their labor relations
as they saw fit. They would not have to accept
restraints of any important kind.
It should be clear from this that tjie authori
ties are a threat to the basic rights of the people,
and to the taxpayers. They are predicated solidly
on the Marxia concept of an all-powerful state,
dictating from above to the slaves below. That
is why practically every state and national offi
cial from the Pacific Northwest has gone on
record agains. CVA along with more than SO
per cent of the newspapers of the region. The
valley authority idea is a knife in the back of
free government, and yet there is a federal drive
to force it dovn the people's throats. Industrial
News Review.
There are 326,916 truant adults
in Oregon, persons who are eligi
ble to vote but who have failed I
to register. I
This reckoning was made from
registration figures of seven scat-1
tered counties as of April 17. I
As alarming as the figures are
as a threat to good government
more eminous is the pattern. For
the past decade the percentage
of non-registrants has steadily 1
Many plans to get more people
to register have been tried. None
however, has been moderately
An accolade awaits the civic
minded group which will sponsor
a plan to give a suitable button
to everyone who has or will reg
ister. Backed by progams of Ameri
canism and well-handled publi
city the plan could make voting
as genuinelyland generally pop
ular as in the days of James
Two Oregon men, Ralph Barnes
and Asahel Bush, were among
44 magazines writers, newsmen
and photographers who lost their
lives in World War II. Their
names appear on a plaque dedi
cated at Forest Lawn Memorial
park, Glendale, Calif., Sunday.
Admiral Halsey gave the ded
icatory address ad unveiled the
16 foot tablet.
Barnes was a son of E. T.
Barnes of Salem and the late
Mrs. Barnes. Bush was a son of
the late Mr. and Mrs, Asahel
Bush and grandson of A. N. Bush
'There is too much variance of
financial responsibility laws
among the states as they relate
to motor vehicle operation," said
Secretary of State Earl T. New
bry upon his return Saturday
from San Antonio, Texas and
Phoenix, Arizona, where he at
tended the 11-state regional
meetings of the American As
sociation of Motor Vehicle Administrators.
Newbry is president of the na- j
tional association. '
Forty states now have financial 1
responsibility laws and other
states will approve similar laws
within a yeaT. Newbry predics
Uniformity of state laws, reci
procity with relation to truck
operations and safety measures
are being worked out by the as
sociation. Newbry added.
After a lale winter slump in
jobs when unemployment com
pensation payments broke al
records, the total of insured un
employment dropped to 8 per
cent of all insured workers at
mid-April. The drop was from a
peak of 20.1 per cent.
The highest percentage of un
employment payments were in
the Grants Pass and Toledo
With the number of claims
dropping steadily, the state's
rate is expected to reach a
normal of 3 to 5 per cent by
early summer.
Heard at the capitol:
"We worry about our supply
of timber and thinning soil
well and good. But their abund
ance avails us nothing if we ne
glect to provide for the balanced
guidance, development and con
servation of our human re
sources," Governor Douglas
"War begins In the minds of
men, and peace too may be
gained by appealing to the intel.
lect of the peoples of the earth."
Dr. Clifton Patton, from the of
fice of the United Nations, N. Y.,
at Soroptimists Northwestern
"The Russian communist as
sault is too superficial, it Is aimed
at the heart of free nations. And
our children must live in the
turmoil." Dr. Martha Brans
combe, director Elizabeth Mc
Cormick Foundation, Chicago, at
child welfare conference.
"Fly fishing has a tenseness
and excitement that goes with
no other fishing for trout that I
know. The sport's the thing, with
victory going to the more skilled.
I would rather hook a one-
pound rainbow with a dry fly on
a . 3H ounce rod than a four
pounder with bait and hardware.
There are, after all, greater satis
factions even for the fisher than
a full creel." United States Su
preme Court Justice William O.
Douglas, writing to an Oregon
"Statistics make us too callous
to express feelings. We must
have forthrightness and serious
intent." Dr. Herbert Chamber
lain, Sacramento pschiatrist at
child welfare conference.
Mrs. Ben Swaggart of Swag
gart Buttes ranch and her daugh
ter, Mrs. C. S. Wheeler of Pendle
ton were shopping in Heppner
the last of the week.
Mrs. Robert Dobbs and infant
30 Years Ago
April 22. I'.CO
Born In this city April 20 to
Mr. and Mrs. A. Hennig. a
dit ughicr.
Ruby Chsoii, the six-year-old
(Imiejuei of Mr. and Mrs. Willis
( hs.hi of Lone Hock, died at the
total hospital April 10.
K. W. Snyder reorts another
w hite mule arrived on his Black-
horse ranch the other day, the
second one this year. White
mules have always been con
sidered a rarity in this country.
Mr. and Mrs. H. C Ashbaugh
returned Tuesday evening from
a two weeks trip to eastern
Washington. Mr. Ashbaugh re
cently sold his blacksmith shop
Contractor Ed Bucknum has
his hands full with putting in
so many concrete walks.
Mr. and Mr. Burl Coxen of
Butter Creek were in Heppner
Fire of possible incendiary
origin did slight damage to the
Hardman drug store last Sun
day. Willows lodge IOOF will ob
serve the 101st anniversary of the
order on Wednesday, April 28 at
8 o'clock, p.m.
Charles Thomson was elected
president of the Heppner Com
mercial club to succeed W. P.
Mahoney when the club held
Jfoltaitb Iff pi
son, Robert Louis, returned home
from Portland Thursday. Mr.
Dobbs motored to the city after
them. They have moved into
their apartment in the rear of
the building which formerly
housed the Heppner Cleaners.
Mrs. M. R. Wightman and
Mrs. R. B. Rice motored to Bums
Saturday where they attended a
three day convocation of 'he
Eastern Oregon Diocese of the
Episcopal Church.
Miss Dona Barnett and Mrs.
Trina Parker of Lexington were
looking after business matters at
the courthouse the latter part of
the week.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rood of
Elgin were . weekend house
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lester
New Low
for Farmers' Private Passenger Cars.
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its regular annual election Thurs
day evening.
F. A. McMenamin, attorney for
the John Day irrigation district,
announced a letter saying the
legal experts had passed favor
ably in the proceedings in the
organization of the John Day
Arrives at Heppner.
Lexington and Ion
For Pickup or
For pickup, call
Red & White, Heppner
Padberg Tractor, Lex.
Omar Rietmann, lone
Consolidated Freightwayt
Connecting Carrier for
Added to Your Regular Fire Policy
Let C. A. Ruggles tell you about it
P. 0. Box Phone 723
Farmers Air Service
Ammonium Sulphate-Nitragin
Fertilizers Applied by Airplanes
Make arrangements now for
2-4-D Air Application
Morrow County Grain Growers
Peters Bldg., Willow Street
Heppner, Oregon
I ,
Call Settles Electric
for all kinds of Electrical Work
New and Repair
Shop phone 2233 at Willow &
Chase Streets, lies. Phone 23-12
Lexington Oil Co-Op
General Petroleum Products
Automotive Diesel
In Bulk for A. C. Tractors
Student Body Benefit
Carnival and Dance
Music by
"Fiddlin" Joe Wise
and his Western Swing Quartet
Lexington IOOF Hall
Saturday, April 22
The Fun Begins at 6:00 P. M.
Phono 173
Hotel Hfppner Building
Heppner, Oregon
General Insurance
Heppner Hotel Building
Willow Street Entrance
Carpentry and
Cement Work
By Day or Contract
Bruce Bothwell
Phone 845
Jack A. Woodholl
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Office First Floor Bank Bldg.
Phone 2342 Heppner
Latest Jewelry & Gift Goods
Watches, Clocks, Diamonds
KxH'rt Wntch & Jewelry
Heppner, Oregon
Dr. L. D. Tibbies
Physician & Surgeon
First National Bank Building
Res. Ph. 1162 Office Ph. 492
Veterans of Foreign
Meetings 2nd & 4lh Mondays
at 8:00 p.m. at Civic Center
A.D. McMurdo,M.D.
Trained Nurse Assistant
Office in Mnsonlc Building
Heppner, Otegon
Turner, Van Marterl
and Company
Dr. C. C. Dunham
Office No. 4 Center St.
House Calls Made
Home Phone 2583 Office 2572
C. A. RUGGLES Representing
Blaine E. Isom
Insurance Agency
Phone 723 Heppner, Ore.
Cabinet Shop
Lawn Mowers Sharpened
Sewing Machines Repaired
Phone 14H5 for appointment
or call at shop.
Phelps Funeral
Licensed Funeral Directors
Phone 1332 Heppner, Oregon
Heppner City
"'sMaiti'il Meets Pint Monday
council Eacll MonUl
Citizens having matters for
discussion, please hring them
before the Council. Phone 2572
Morrow County
Abstract & Title Co.
Of I lea In Fetori Building
Physician and Surgeon
2 Church Street
Telephone 1152
2-bedroom (block) house, com
plete, $4500.
Phone 404, Condon, Ore,
Morrow County
Cvttrt Mr els First Wedneaday
wUll of Each Month
Connty Judge Office Honrti
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
ffiiRffdav- Thursday, Saturday Tot:
oon only.
Rooms 11-12
First National Bank Building
Ph.: Office 783, Home 932