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Issued Thursdays by The Kennewick Printing Co., 217 Kennewick Avenue, Kennewick, Washington
Member of Washipgton Newspaper Publishers Association, Inc.
Subscription $2.00 per year I
Entered as Second Class‘ matter:
April 2. 1914 at P. O. at Kenne-1
wick, Wash., under Act of March 1
3. 1879
If you've read any of the many
articles written on front line ac
tivities you are better acquainted
this year than last on the meaning
of “American.” With tragedy and
change offered for security and
normalcy the man who fights or
views it can picture best what
America means. It embodies the
three branches of government,
covering protection by armed forc
es, including national treasury and
the wealth of the land, maintain
ing organizations representing the
working classes and protecting the
interests of capital, education and
all the other comforts of demo
cratic government for the citizen’s
welfare. To him it means the home
town paper is not governed by
propaganda, that he can speak to
his neighbors freely and openly
without fear, that he can worship
in any church of his choice and
his children will be given liberal
educations in schools that will train
them on the rights and principles.
of citizenship. The list is long,
the privileges numerous, the prod
ucts of the system who uphold its
-convictions, many. Yet there is
often raised the question whether
under the surface of the individ
ual, those who are not fighting;
from fox holes and jungle-tangled
swamps, if under the coating the
man is an American first and a
Republican or Democrat second,
and American first ’or an isola
tionist second, an American first
and a labor union advocate second,
an American first" and race preju
dices second! 'lf all of these fac
tors which enter our lives and
'which affect us are major inter-i
fits, if the interest is for thesel
things to be purged, advocated,‘
advertised, victorious, first, thenl
are we Americans in the same,
sense as a Russian, a Chinese, an
Englishman IN HIS COUNTRY?
There is the appropriate ‘first
things first’ to answer this.
To the boy out there fighting for
America, it means praying for an
end to this war, a victory that he
might return to take up the base
ball mask and put down the gas
mask, to press an accelerator onl
the family bus, to yell “Mom,l
what’s cooking,” maybe mow some
of the grass befor supper, dash
to the cleaner’s for the Sunday
suit to return home for the show
er and shave for the Saturday
night date. Seems not much when
compared ,with words of freedom
of assembly, of speech, of the press
and of religion, but to those boys
the sound of church bells on Sun
day morning, the squeaky lawn
mower next door, the plop of the
newspaper as it hits the porch, the
honk of a pal’s auto horn, the smell
of cooking from the home kitchen,
the kiss of his youngster off to
bed, the smile of a wife when you
say “where in the heck did you
put it,” yells at a football game,
to him that IS AMERICAN, it’s
what you mean by the pursuit of
happiness and he is fighting to
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Makes "hard to gel" loads
go further! ‘
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cheese for appetizing main
dishes. Makes satisfying ‘and
delicious puddings and other
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keep it.~ “I Am An American,”
May 20th this year", next year, and
for as long as I live, thank God!
’ Maybe they got the idea from
’seeing from our Kennewick boys
[wearing their shirts on the out
side of 'their trousers, this idea of
ishortening the tails and limiting
’shirt length to 13 inches. Some
men around here havent’ felt the
lchange thought it went into ef
|fect the middle of December. The
Icuffless trouser should have pre
lpare'd us for this and we may ex
pect there will be more curtail
ment to come. The fellow who
hedlessly stretched his lngth in
bed will find his stretch limited by
the new regulation on sheets. Most
[of us wont do too much worrying
tabout the restricted length of
caskets, we’ll take it when it
leomes, but you can’t blame us fori
being a bit upset about the shirt
?tail edict when we are faced with
appearing in society with our
shirts hanging in and out and up
and down. We will have to con
fine our movements to slow mo
tion, raising our arms less, twisting
rarely and jerking never. Well,
with a warm summer ahead the
short sheet and the short shirt
will give us more air, come what
may with next winter’s winds.
‘ There is talk here in Kennewick
; and elsewhere of the amount of
absenteeism in defense plants and
of how it aids the Axis. When
' such absenteeism is unwarranted,
without good cause for it, then
:can it be called sabotage, but am
[absenteeism is not in this class.{
Educators tell us that absenteeism
‘among school-age children is the‘
~bad habit that becomes absen
teeism in industry, that bad social
habits and attitudes among high
school students follow them into
the factory. Fortunately, unwar
ranted absence in defense work is
lon the decline, but remember there
are people working at heavy, tire
some work who are not used to
such labor and where fatigue is
Iprobable then illness seems in
evitable. They hope to adjust‘
lworking conditions to take this inl
hand. But always remember that
in all the absenteeism discussion
there are those diligent, tireless,
faithful workers, going about their
tasks quietly and sacrificing silent
ly as they do so. .
It is foolish to try and lead a
double life today, for one . costs
Why cry when a Kennewick
daughter gets married today.- She
will probably remain at hbme for
the duration. ‘
There will probably be much
grown in beginners‘ Victory gar
dens that will resemble neither
mineral no‘r vegetable! Maybe
The Courier, est. March 27, 1902
-'l'he Reporter, est. Jan. 24, 1903
IR. E. REED, Editor and Publisher
, Consolidated April 1. 1914
Every great war opens a new
frontier. Prior to the first world
war, the frontiers were geogra
phic. The civil war was followed
by the great westward trek of
war weary men and women look
ing for new opportunities and a
new life. With the close of the
current conflict, at least a major
portion of the new frontier, like
that of twenty-five years ago, will
ibe in the industrial field. But
instead of automobiles; it will lie
this time in the scientific develop
ment of the nation’s natural re
sources. Research men of the coal.
lmetal mining and oil industries,
working quietly in laboratorries
'surrounded by military secrecy,
Ihave lifted the veil of the future.
They have seen the new frontier
in all its promise, and enough
hints regarding its nature and ex
tent have leaked out to stir the
imagination of the man in the
The miracles of the sulfa drugs,
derivatives of coal, are just one;
phase of the coming revolution in.
discovery and research. Rubberl
synthetics are multiplying almost
by the score, along with plastics
and other materials, each of which
can easily mean the establishment
and growth of an entire new in
dustry. Beyond these is a vast
realm of discovery of which the
public as yet knows nothing.
There is a petroleum synthetic, fo.
example, that is effective for its
purpose even when diluted in a
§ration of one part in 100,000,000;
it is handled in a “concentrate”
of .01 per cent. The future will
see 100,000-mile tires, 20,000-mile
lubricating oil, 50 to 70-mile-to-the
gallon gascoline, and sealed cool
ing systems ‘ with petroleum-pro
duct liquids in both cars and
This country has just begun to
grow. Individual initiative and the
capitalistic system are inseparable
from the American republic type
of government. They have barely
begun to flex their muscles. If i
the way is kept clear, they will!
make the past seem puny by com-‘
parison with the future. The wayl
for future achievements can be.
kept clear only by a steadfast
resolution that in this country
government must not be the sinis
ter competitor of free enterprise.
This is as true of the natural re
source industries as of the small
est pop-corn stand. These indus
tries hold the future of a new:
frontier. It will never materialize
except by the efforts of free men
under the stimulant of, private
ownership and management. I
There is that about the home
town that causes its residents to
prefer it above any. other town
and to think of it as home. No
matter where they go on a trip or
what sights they see or places _or
people they visit, they are always
glad to get bask to the home town
with its familiar scenes and friends
and associations. _ There is that
about its associations that seem
to provide an anchor, a restrain
ing influence that steadies and
gives direction to life. Did you
ever stop to think what this in
tangible something about the home
town is worth in dollars and cents?
It isn’t a thing that can be meas
ured"in terms of dollars and cents.
It has a more real and a more per
sonal values—a value that can
only be computed in terms of
living, and satisfaction, and con
tent and settled peace. Did you
ever stop to 'think that if the home
town is to continue to furnish
such a haven that it must receive
the support of its people. Its
people are going to have to in
sure this sense of security that
it gives by spending their money
at home. It may even -be that
they are going to have to pay a
little more for things they buy at
hc‘fine, but the little extra is a
cheap insurance for the spiritual
values that each citizen receives
from his home town—spiritual
values that are more enduring
than any material comforts that
his money can buy. We've got
to keep alive the home town if
we want to keep alive the thing
that gives to all our material pos
sessions their greatest value. We
must strive to keep it alive by
‘spending our money at home.
A Kennewick man remarks that
doing with less meat isn’t as tough
on a. civilian as doing with more
mosquitoes is on the boys at
A Kennewick reader say that
perhaps Martinique is beginning
to understand what America
means when she says “flay Ball.”
A Kennewick man says they
worried whether our soldier boysl
might not be ‘too soft’, and itw
looks as though the soldiers could
worry about the folks back home!
'THE KENNEWICK . (wasnmc'nox) comfisponm
There has been a reduction and
will be more, in the paper con
sumed by magazines and newspa
pers. Retrenchment has been nec
essary and the facts faced square-1
11;, but what brings on a complaintl
from the publishers of the country
is the vast amount of unnecessary
government printing that floods
the mails and appears on desks.
They say there is too much paper
wasted in Washington, more than
actually needed for governmental
purposes. The government con
tracted for 350,000,000 pounds of
paper for 1943 and this is 60 per
cent more than required in 1941.
But in the first three weeks of this
year the- federal government used
,in Washington alone about one
third of their estimated consump
tion for the whole year. Let’s
all conserve, not just some of usl
American boys are very apt
to find conditions in China some
what mixed up, but they must
remember that China "is a Con
fucius country.
Every once in a while we meet
up with a person who has nothing
but criticism for the war effort
and the rationing program. Noth
ing is being rightly done. Nothing
is being done the way he _would
‘do it—the way it should be done.
1 His is one continuous song of com
plaifit. How tiresome he becomes.
’How glad we are when he goes}
None of us like the inconveniences
that the war program has brought‘
us. None of us like the restrictions
that rationing of tires, and gaso-j
line, and meat, and butter, and
processed foods bring. But most
of us realize that it is necessary
because of the war. Most of us
are willing to accept and makel
the sacrifice. Most people are
glad of an opportunity to have
some real part in the war program
and feel that they, too, are serv
ing. It brings to them a closer
community feeling with the men,
in the armed forces. on land andl
sea and in the air, the thousands of
Mr. and Mrs. Burt Fredricks and
daughter, Joan, and Mrs. Roy
I-‘redricks and son. George, were
dinner guests Sunday of Mr. and‘
Mrs. John Fredricks.
Mrs. August Benson came Sunr
day from Benton City to spend a
week visiting her son and daugh
ter-in~law, Mr. and Mrs. Harry‘
Benson.‘ ;
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Gowing. Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Masters were din
ner guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs.
Virgil Masters.
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Ash and
children, Billy Joe and Arnold
Dean, of Vancouver. were here
over the week-end on business.
Mrs. J. Scherdman of Portland
came to spend Mother's Day with
her mother, Mrs. W. F. Brock. She
left for her home Sunday night. I
They Give Their Lives . .
‘ * What did YOU do for VICTORY . . . TODAY? *
* What WILL you do for FREEDOM . ...TOMORROW? ‘A’
. Oh. we're winning some victories . . . we're giving the Japs some bitter
medicine . Stalin's boys are crowding the nazis back toward Berlin
_ . . . and that's encouraging!
Suppose Stalin quits after driving the Germans from Russia . . . .
Suppose we can't get supplies to our North African troops . . . .
Suppose we can't transport enough men to Europe to! do the iob . . . .
Hitler's submarines are still on the loose . . . .
”Suppose we can’t help China in time to save her . . . .
Not at all! Each one of these contingencies not only can happen. but
will happen it we Americans don't malre this war our sole obiective.
America’s Cravest Danger Is Her
Complacent Belief that She Can’t Lose!
‘ . Shatter that Complacency!
This publicity made possible f"
by cooperation of the .
We: nus! memoir}: couumr . ,‘
women serving in uniform and
as nurses. It seems to give them
the feeling that they are having
a real part in their country's
struggle. We like to visit with
the latter group. They build up‘
our morale. We feel better for
having met them. ‘
Have you noticed how calmly‘
the children take the reduction in
chocolate candy bars, gum and
jelly beans?
Facing the truth is like getting
up in the morning. It has to be
done sooner or later and after
it has been done one feels better
about it.
Don Sherry, Seaman l “c
Visits at Parents’ Home
Finley—Donald Sherry, S l /c.
of San Francisco and Mrs. Harvey
Paulson of Seattle and Mrs. Jesse
Lande and daughter, Betty Ann,
of Portland, came Saturday for a
short visit with their parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sherry. Don
ald and Mrs. 'Paulson left Sunday
for Seattle, and Mrs. Lande and
daughter, left Tuesday night for
their home.
Miss Marie Bealle and Mrs. Bob
Bealle of Seattle spent the week
end with Mrs. Winifred Bealle.
Mrs. Bob Bane returned to her
home Sunday and Marie remained
for a longer stay.
Mr. and Mrs. L. Sellers and
family have rented and moved
i_nto the A. A. Ash place.
215% Kennewick Avenue
. . You Loan Your Money
It's Too Late Then
While your home burns,
you may wish you had
carried more fire insur
Before you have a loss,
check up your policies
with this Hartford agency
It’s not too late NOW!
Thursday, May 30,}.
3 Mrs. C. Noel and chuck.
3 Mrs. Joe Ely and children 0!
.Heaven and Mrs. Clam
and children of Hover, m '
Hughes of Pasco, wen .
‘guests Sunday of Mn
Hughes and family.
‘ Mrs. Merton Cochran W
‘son were Pasco visitor.
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