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What do you think
about the fare increases? A Star reporter asked that question of these five typical Chicagoons. Here are their answers: 2 William R. Kurlz. 7516 ■ < Emerald ave.. student. ' "The raise in fare comes HHSRPf from a raise in pay—it's little hard on everybody else. I think under the circumstances the service / V„* is about as good as possi- ’xlb* ble— according to the ads they put in the paper the service will be worth the ■SJflHflßf money in two years." y .. If THE CHICAGO STAR, JUNE 26. 1948 Sky is limit for fare boosts By BILL CARR ur\o you have in mind any \-J limit to the street car and ‘L’ fares in this city?” That was the question asked of the Chicago Transit Authority last week by Jerome Tannen baum, of 1329Vfc Touhy, who has seen fares rise by 85% since he came here to live four years ago. But it was also a cry that echoed in the minds of the mil lions of straphangers who found themselves paying 2 cents more on street cars, subways, and ’L’s’ this week. * * * CTA's banker-dominated board didn't answer that plea.* As it stood silent, another organiza tion which had led the fight against the fare boost spoke up. It was the Progressive Party, de claring: "The Progressive Party will continue its campaign against high transit fares. We shall press for a full investigation of the transit authority. And we shall fight for cutting fares back to 1947 levels." PPI meant what it said. Even the reactionary daily newspapers had been forced to tell of the valiant battle led by the PPI to block the 15- and 13-cent fares. * * * HAVING demanded that the CTA’s Transit Board hear testi mony from the public, PPI had proceeded to inform the people that they would have an oppor tunity to express their views. When the daily newspapers re fused to tell the people that they could appear at open hearings, PPI mimeographed 10,000 leaf lets telling the story and urging The Chicago IB CTfTitu an a puDiisned WEEKLY by The Chicago Star Publishing Co., Inc., 166 West Washington Street, Chicagb 2, 111. Phone RANdolph 0580. Cable address: Chistar Frank M. Davis Executive Editor Carl Hirsck Managing Editor William Sennelt General Manager SUBSCRIPTION RATES (Except Canada and. foreign) 1 Year $2.00. Entered as second class matter June 25, 1946 at the post office at Chicago, 111., under the Aet of March 3, 1879. Postal regulations require that all new subscriptions for military personnel stationed overseas must be accompanied by a written request from the person to whom the subscription is directed. **““ i A. C. Fisher, 2836 Indiana, porter. “I think it’s too much. I don’t know, unless they give you a raise on your job yffu hardly have enough to pay your ex penses, let alone higher street car fares. The serv ice isn’t worth the money, either.” 'City doesn't own transit system' “CTA is not owned by the city . . . it’s owned by the people who bought that $lO5 million bond t ' issue,” AJayor ' Kennelly ari m* t ted this * *** week. V B In an inter v. v1 e w with George Cermak, PPI JBR candidate tor Kennelly US ' Represen tative from the 9th congressional district, Kennelly said: “A couple of days ago I had a call from a fellow named Prince, who owns the < Stock Yards spur of the ‘L’ outright. He told me that he holds a million dollars worth of CTA bonds, so I told him: ‘You own 1/100 of the transit system.' ” PPI commented: "This co incides with the position we have taken all along. CTA is technically owned and oper ated by the public. It is in fact owned by. and operated for the benefit of, the bond holders." Loop shoppers and workers to attend the CTA meetings. The United Office & Professional Workers (CIO) distributed the leaflets at noon. The crowd which showed up for the meetings filled two large hearing rooms and overflowed into the corridor outside CTA offices at 166 W. Van Buren. * * * THERE were union leaders, PPI officials, and straphangers with no political affiliations, but with vehement sentiments about the fare increase. Take the man with the arm load of candy boxes, for example. His name is Gqorge A. Betzelos. He’s a salesman who lives at 5034 W. Division He had just been heading home when some one handed him a PPI leaflet at State and Washington He’s not a PPI follower, but he decided to attend the hearings. "CTA is robbing the people." Betzelos said angrily. "Take me, for instance. I’ve got four kids, two of them in college. They each have to pay at least Iwo fares five days a week. So do I. That’s 10 fares a day—2o cents extra each day with this fare increase. That adds up lo at least $1 more every week. It’s going to hit us hard." * * * THAT’S how others felt, too— Thomas McCarthy. 7935 Bishop st.. office worker. “If the “L’s” improve their service like the street cars and buses, we may get something for the money, but the way they are now, it’s too much. You don’t get your money’s worth. Other cities do it for less.” J Alfred Wagenknecht opposed the and they told CTA about it. There was Lillian Frost, 4848 Kimball; Frank Pellegrini, 1017 N. Laramie; Chester Wisniewski, 4749 S. Hoyne; David Malin, 216 E. Superior; Irene Turner, 2917 W. Jackson; William H. Rosen berg, 7444 Euclid pkwy.; Leonard Karlin,. 6552 Greenwood; Esther Wildberg, 534 Surf; and many another. The Progressive Party spoke again and again, citing CTA's own figures to prove that no fares need be raised. George R. Cermak, county chairman, led the fight the second day, while History for sale PIECES of history— like apple pie are appar ently for sale in this America. When Illinois’ ambitious Gov. Dwight H. ("Keynoter”) Green wanted to assure himself a place in posterity, he had a tailor-made book prepared which proves that Lincoln was not the only illustrious son this state has produced. The charge was even made in the press that public funds had paid the two writers of the Green glorification. This week they denied it, and stated that the book had been paid for by “an ardent admirer” of the Governor. They signed the statement: “Robert J. Casey and W.A.S. Douglas, historians.” Truce in Palestine: The Song of Bernadotte. Rights from Left WE are told of the suppres sion of civil liberties in Eastern Europe, in those nations where the Communists have a voice in the government, and of the sanctity of civil rights in the “western democracies.” But last week the United Press reported President Klem ent Gottwald of Czechoslovakia, the former Communist premier, celebrated his promotion by an offer of amnesty to political refugees who come back home within three months. All fines and jail sentences of less than a year are to be cancelled. Meanwhile, in our democracy, where civil liberties are so re spected, one of the world’s !!§> JR -v* gif Fred Engler, 7500 W. Cen tral ave.. River Forest, milkman. “I think they are not justified. They've been raised about four weeks ago without any increase in the salary of the men. If that's the cause they should have gotten salary increases last time. I be lieve since the city took it over, it has something to do with the way the city is run.” Zal Garfield, county director, William Miller, state director, and Jim Wishart, research direc tor, were the chief spokesmen the first day. Among the unions which tes tified were the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers (CIO); the United Office & Professional Workers (CIO); the Lmigshore men’s & WarehouserrfOTs Union (CIO); and the United Farm Equipment & Metal Workers (CIO). * *. * AMERICAN Youth for Dem ocracy testified. On the first day Alfred 1 Wagenknecht opposed the greatest historical novelists, Howard Fast, former Star col umnist, and 10 others were pre paring jail sentences for the crime of being anti-fascist—un less President Truman can be compelled to intervene. Candidates in California's re cent primaries, who crossfiled in the Democratic. Republican and Independent Progressive parlies, as the state law per mits, found themselves identi fied in the press as D-R-IPP. And. in some cases, it was an accurate description. New Star WE’D like to congratulate the new owners of PM for changing the name of thgir newspaper to the New York Star beginning Wednesday of this week. Naturally, we think the Star is a good name. With the change, we hope there will come into being a new policy worthy of the name, a policy that will make the New York Star into the fighting lib eral and progressive paper that PM should have been. GOP muddle IT’S iscrewy even for the Republican National Convention, where anything was likely to happen. A Mississippi delegation ap pealed Saturday to the U. S. District court in Philadelphia to have its members seated, charging the opposing faction with “discrimination against whites.” The winning group was head ed by a Negro, Perry Howard, Rose Brandzel, 5810 N. Christiana, housewife. “I see no justification for the increase in fare at all, no reason why Chica go should pay the highest rates for city-owned sys —* terns, and I think that something should be done to cut the interest rates to bankers so that, the peo ple of Chicago rather than the bankers get the bene fits of a city-owned sys tem.” fare boost on behalf of the Com munist Party. The protests unexpected by the Transit Board —forced them to continue the hearings for one day. But when the meeting re sumed the following, day, Philip Harrington, board chairman, made it clear in a prepared state ment that the board had already made up its mind, that the pro tests would be of no avail. PPI demanded at least two weeks in order to conduct a careful check of CTA to see whether the fare boost was in fact necessary. This was refused. But the angry catcalls with which the refusal was greeted forced the board to agree to let PPI experts check CTA’s books after the increase went through. national committeeman from Mississippi, and an ardent Taft supporter. The unsuccessful all white contestants said that seating of the Howard faction violated their rights “under the 14th and 15th amendments. Still, this makes as much sense as anything else coming out of Philadelphia this week. After Tony Zale knocked out Rocky Graziano the other night, he remarked that prize fighting was easier than working in that Gary, Ind.„ steel mill. On the other hand, Benjamin Fairless would much rather be in the steel business than in the prize ring. There’s no accounting for tastes. Favorite Son INDIANAPOLIS has a “favorite son” candidate for the Democratic nomination for President. His name is Frank E. Bet# and he is presi dent of the Best Universal Lock Co. On expensive, two-color sta tionary he has been bidding for support from Democratic lead ers with the following program: 1. Denial of the right of wom en to hold public office; 2. Abolition by constitutional amendment of all AFL, CIO and independent unions, recog nizing only company unions; 3. .Absolute segregation of whites and Negroes by sending all Negroes lo a separate slate in Africa. Those who want their fascism straight from the shoulder will find the Indianapolis business man their Best candidate to date.