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Eh» Krnm‘mitk Gautier-Tammi”
issueo i‘nursuays oy The Kennewick Printing Co., 217 Kennewick Avenue, Kennewick, Washington
Member of National Editorial Association and Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, Inc.
Subscription $2.00 year R. E. REED, Editor and Publisher
The Courier, est. March 27, 1902 The Reporter, est. January 24, 1968 Consolidated April 1. 1914
Entered as Second Class matter. April 2. 1914 at P. O. at Kennewick, Wash” under act of March 3, 1879
The World’s Worry: The world is
looking for the man who can do
something, not. for the man who can
“explain” why he didn’t do it.
A glance at the various business
barometers—and a cursory reading
of the more experienced annalists
and forecasters produces some
grounds for optimism. For several
months industrial conditions have
been improving. And the “con
servative" tendency shown by the
last rebellious congress in its clos
ing weeks has proven to be an ex
cellent psychological factor. Con
gress didn’t do what business asked
—-the fact is that it leit an unusual
number of major problems untouch
ed—but most business men think
there has been a healthy change in
attitude on the part of many Senat
ors and Representatives.
Most significant recent event in
the business world has been a fairly
sharp rise in the index of durable
production. Heavy industry almost
always goes down first when a “de
pression" or a. “recession” is pend
ing and almost always goes up last
when we are on the verge of a “re
covery” movement. In June durable
production jumped about ten points,
and later figures indicate that the
betterment has continued.
Production of consumers’ goods,
major barometer of the “light in
dustries,” started upward several
months ago and, by and large, has
held its course. As a. retail sales
figures show, consumer purchasing
power in most areas is relatively
good ‘
Improvement is' also evident in
that all-important field—employ
ment. According to Business Week,
employment gained 400,000 in a re
cent moth—biggest increase for that
month in ten years. This upward
trend in jobs, say most of the econ
omists, should continue well into
fall and perhaps longer.
Looking at specific industries,
there seem to be a few black spots.
Home building has finally. tended
downward, by comparison with last
year, but the reduction in interest
rates put into effect by FHA is ex
pected to slow and possibly change
the downward trend. Automobile
production is low just now, but a
sharp rise in output will set in
soon, as the new models flow off the
assembly lines. Retail inventories
in most lines are low. which is al
ways a good sign. There has been a
:Ime substantial amount of new
security financing. And electric;
power output, in the light of the
season, is at an excellent level. 1
Big question mark is whether the
reductions in WPA appropriations
(tram ”200,000,000, the amount
spent in the year ending June 30.
to about 81.570.000.000, the amount
appropriated for the current fiscal
year) and the consequent cut in
WA employment will have a ser
ious deleterious effect on business.
Hope is that private capital, en
ommged by the relative economy
spirit shown by congress, will take
up the slack. Many feel that, for
the first time. industry has a chance
to prove that large-scale deficit—
spending by the government is no
longer necessary to support the na
Keep your eye out for a possible
political explosion in England be
fore very long. Chamberlain sup
porters have lost by-elections re
cently and the Premier’s last vote
01 confidence in the Commons was
one of the smallest on record.
The small town dollars that go to
the city get lost and never find their
way back home. The dollar we spend
at home stays at home and circu
lates in the community, buying food
and clothing. 11 you don't believe
it just imagine for one week that
everyone bought everything out or
town and that no money was spent
at home. Business would close up
and everyone employed in town
would be laid off because there
would be no work for than or money
10 pay them.
Congress approved a bill to liber
alize benefits and lighten the tax
schedule of the social security pro
gram, but we wonder why some con
gressman didn‘t win the good will of
the small business man by putting
over a. measure that would provide
for a pension :for the employer as
well as the empldyee.
The business man pays for old age
pensions and unemployment com
pensation for his employes but has
no security against unemployment
either through failure in business
or bad health.
In the modern business world
there are many failures and busi
ness men who enjoyed years of pros
perity often spend their declining
years in poverty.
The employer pays a heavy pay
roll tax to provide security for his
employe when his own future is just
about as insecure as that of the
man who is working for wages.
Sunnyside Times.
President Roosevelt is going to
change Thanksgiving Day from the
usual last Thursday in November to
November 23rd. Ever since 1919 we
have been suggesting to the succes
sive presidents that they proclaim
November 11th as Thanksgiving
Day. We seemed to have no influ
ence with the republican presidents,
but at long last Roosevelt has gone
part way with us. Next year, ac
cording to reports, he will advance
the date to the 14th of November,
which will be only three days after
Armistice Day. Who can say that
this paper is uttrely without influ
ence in national affairs—Sunnyside
Those who are interested in pol
itics—and that broad classification
must take in about 99 percent of the
population—are giving a good deal
of thought to whom the Republicans
will pick to run for the Presidency.
That is a much more important
question now than it was in 1936
no expert gave the GOP a chance to
win then, but most of the experts
think it has a rah-chance now, if it
can produce a pleasing candidate
and platform. ‘
At the moment, going by recent
polls, Tom Dewey, racket-buster ex
traordinary, is far in the lead—
some 45 percent of the Republicans
queried by the Institute favor him.
Vandenberg and Taft are running
second and third. ~-T-hen, far down
the list on a percentage basis, comes
Hoover, Landon and Borah.
Interesting point is a strong in
crease in support for Vandenberg.
Obvious reason for that are his vic
tories in the last congress. He led
the successful fight against amend
ing the Neutrality Act, and was a
big factor in beating the Florida
ship canal project. And he has
long advocated denunciation of the
1911 U. S.-Japa.nese trade treaty—
a step taken by the State Depart
ment a few weeks ago. He was also
much in the public eye because of
his activity in support of various
amendments to the social security
Of course, public support doesn't
necessarily assure a candidates nom
ination. Both parties are still dom
inated by political machines which
think much of their power and per
petuation and little of public de-
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sires. The machines aren’t so pow
erful as in the twenties, when dy
ing Boies Penrose had no difficulty
in forcing the Republicans to nom
inate obscure Senator Harding, but
they still control a lot of jobs and
they are a force to be reckoned with.
However, if a candidate for either
party’s nomination is able to en
list enough public enthusiasm the
machines don't like to take the risk
of fighting him.
In Ohio, recently two women,
convicts of a reformatory, escaped
and remained in hiding for over a
month before their capture. During
two women while they were in
state made front-page news of the
cases. As is usual, a certain amount
of sentiment was aroused in favor
of the culprits and many letters
were sent the superintendent of the
reformatory. She was advised to
use leniency and forgiveness upon
the return of the prisoners. There
were so many sumpathetic notes
that the superintendent says she
was hounded .to death. The reason
for the sympathy was through the
publicity and propaganda during
the period of the escape. There were
even offers of marriage made the
this period the newspapers of the
ihiding. Did the letter'-writers real
ize that one of these women had
murdered her husband because he
would not go -to a. bridge party after
a day of hard work? They had prob-i
ably felt. a former horror when the
deed had appeared on the front
page or their paper. Should such
women be dealt with lightly, for-3
given for their break and treated‘
as heroines? The superintendent
asks why pin a rose on these two}
when she has 300 women who are
doing «the right thing. Tao often?
there are not such leveluheaded “po- ‘
wers that be." The Ohio taxpayersl
sleep sounder when they know that
competent hands are at the heads
of public institutions. This case
brings to our minds in Kennewick
that the public is very forgetful
sometimes, when they should be
more reasonable than sympathetic.‘
We drove over town one eveningi
recently. We were impressed with
the number of well-kept homes.‘
beautiful lawns and shrubbery, and
freshly painted houses. Now and
then we noticed a place where the
owner apparently took no pride in
its appearance. The lawn was rag
ged and unkept, the house needed
painting badly and the steps that.
led up to the porch were tumbled
down and in disrepair. We could
not help but wonder what must be
the though-ts of a man who lives in
a block in which everyone else who
lives there takes a pride in the am!
pearance of his property while he
permits his place to be conspicuous
because of its unsightly appearance.
We can't all live in a big house, but
whatever kind of a house a man
does live in he can keep it neat and
attractive. Our impression upon see- ‘
ing an untidy. unkept home in thel
midst of well kept places is that its
owner is just that sort of a work-‘
man. We don’t believe that a work
man who was careful and efficient
and neat and painstaking about his
work would be satisfied to live in
unsightly surroundings. He’s find
m KENNEWICK (WABE) comma-mom
Its high time we had a big shake
up in state affairs. With a grand}
jury investigating charges of gross
misapplication of moneys from them
various state departments and near
ly every elective officer under sus-1
picion, something should happen.
But as is usual in such cases prob
ably but little will come of it. In
fluence from various sources will
manage to cover up most of the
wrong doing and the worst offend
ers will probably get a slight tap on
the wrist and an admonition of
“Naughty! Naughty!"
Biggest complaints, insofar as the
smaller businessman is concerned is
i due to the delay in finding out about
the discrepancies as charged by the
\several tax collecting agencies. Er
rors in figuring tax returns are not
Ychecked up on until months and
: even years have rolled around. Then
‘ penalties, added penalties and in
terest are added to amounts which
the taxpayer doesn’t even know he
Delays in answering commi
ance. even, indicates that the state
offices are not run as efficiently as
such business should be operated.
Department heads are not fit to
hold their jobs when such practics
are permitted.
Items are on record here of ac
counts which have been allowed to
desay through departmental neglect
until the fines, penalties. etc. abmt
doublt the original claim. Such in
effiency Should not be tolerated. I!
the general public was aware of how
much this laxity is bound to cost
there would be a general uprising.
No wonder the taxes are increasing
beyond all reason.
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We do not enjoy the society of a
person who never sees the good
things people do. but who is forever
pointing out their bad points. their
weaknesses and their failures. We
look for it. We feel the same way
about our home town. We don’t
enjOy visiting with he fellow who is
forever complaining about his town
and magnifying its short comings.
We always feel that he is striking
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He had worn them for along time. Ke knew the quality of their
soft leather and their durability. In a word they were easiest
on his feet. That’s why he always called for them.
We all have our “old shoes”—things to which we are accus-
tamed and which make life easier by their excellent service. A
brand of coffee, special snnfast draperies, a favorite complexion
cream, wholesome health foods, a fine make of felt hat—these we
ask for again and again. They have a dependahk quality that is
asimportanttousasthecomfortofKingJames found in hisold
Read the advertisements in this newspaper, and learn more
about the things which are part of your daily life. Naturally, you
take their quality for granted advertised products are reliable,
But with closer attention tn the news in the advertisements, you
will be able to effect surprising savings, and find new uses for
old favorites.
Ever heard about
at our interests because this is our
town and our investment are hm.
We believe in constructive criticism
that suggests an obviously better
way. but we are not interested in
the criticism of the second guesser.
who. after a program which seemed
was done. turns out otherwise.
knows just how it should have been
done. We would ramer visit with
the man who looks tor the good
things abut the town and has a
word of commendation for «item. It
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