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LETTERS TO EDITOR
Editor Day Book Mr. Rosenwald
is right in objecting to double taxa
tion. When a building and contents
are taxed the attempt to assess the
capital stock which represents the
actual property is double taxation,
hence unjust. Mr. Rosenwald should
take a further step and urge abolition
of all taxation on buildings, stock
and all labor products and get all rev
enue from land values. This would
cheapen goods to the consumer, with
out diminishing the business of deal
.ers, rather it would stimulate busi
ness. It would also abolish a cum
bersome, costly and unjust taxation
system which was never enforced
and uannot be made enforceable.
C. F. Hunt.
Editor Day Book Her Greatness,
the Tribune, is printing complaints
about bad car service, some all right,
most of them stupid. Often the car
crews are blamed and cursed for n6t
stopping, not "going through," impo
liteness and various other things.
I suppose, most car men are "no
good." But they are just like other
people. If you would take the av
erage man from the newspaper of
fices or anywhere else and put him
on a Chicago street car he would do
no better. I have often seen acci
dents and attended meetings, and the
reports about these things Jn the pa
pers have nearly always been inac
curate, or untrue, or colored, or 'all
of this. Reporters and editors have
therefore 4inothin'-on" the car crews
as regards their work.
A crew cannot always be. blamed
for not stopping. Jf the car is jammed
full, why should it stop to take 6n
more? Some one writing in the
Trib warns of "bloodshed," saying:
"Some of us are determined tQ force
the cars to go through," ortfbrds to
that effect. A crew makes a certain
number of trips and then drives the
car to -the barn, according -to sched
ule. When their work is done they '
want to go home. If there has been
a blockade on the line at that, time
a crowd of people' have gathered in
the meantime, all. angry.
Now, one or more cars bound for
the barn may come along first and
will not take the angry people to the
end of the line, which may be several
miles distant. Curses are therefore
hurled at the crews and some like
the Trib's correspondent suggest
that they be forced to go to the end
of the line.
If the cars went to the end there
would be other crowds waiting to go
in the other direction, and if they also
"forced" a car qrew to go to the
other end it would never get off the
street. Of course, no sensible crew
would fight with a crowd that acted
according to these suggestions, nor
could it be forced to run the car any
where. At certain hours the crews are
having a layover for lunch. The
schedules call for it. Then several
cars are lying at the terminal, the
men eating their lunch inside. If
there is a blockade at that time peo
ple get angry because the crews do
not stop eating and' start put ahead
of the schedule time to take them
to their destinations.
The crews feel that they have a
right to their lunch time. Also pas
sengers get angry and complain be
cause crews do not let them into the
cars during the lunch hour while
waiting for the next outgoing car.
The crews feel that they have
enough company and enough ques
tions to answer during working
hours and prefer a few moments of
solitude while eating.
You will find some complaints like
the above in the Trib.
Everybody knows the "service" is
rotten. Who is to blame? What is
the cause? What is the remedy?
Curses and threats hurled at the car
men by the Trib and its silk-stocking
friends will accomplish- nothing.