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CREENBELT COOPERATOR GREENBELT, MARYLAND Telephone: GREENBELT 3131 Published by the Greenbelt Publishing Association BOITOK DOROTHEA FORD BUSINESS MANAGEK MARTIN MILLER Sports Editor John C. Maffay Asst. Sports Editor ......John Ahaesy News Editor Anne c. Full Copy Editor Claire Still Make-up Editor...... .Frank Leach Associate Make-up Editor Jackson I. Sherman STAFF Abraham Chasanow, Helen Chasanew, Leah Chinitz, Don Cooper, Lucille Cooper, Howard C. Custer, Francis C. Fosnight, Shirley Friedman, Robert R. Gray, Margaret Kreuser, William Long, Bernard Margolis, Pearl Margelis, Earl V. Marshall, Ber tha Maryn. Anne Miller, John P. Murray, Donald Nicodemus, John Norvell, Blake Palmer, Kellogg Peckham, Stuart Robinson, Frances Rosenthal, Ben Rosenzweig, Ethel Rosenzweie, Eugene S. Schmid, Richard Snyder, Werner Steinle, G. Douglas Warner Ed. Weitsman, Art Wetherby, Glen Wilbur, Polly Wofsey, Kathryn Wood, Elizabeth Yuretich. VOLUME 5, NO. 7 SEPTEMBER IQ, 1940 Id The Name Of National Defense Word is getting around that re-noosing of Ameri ca's slum dwellers is to be a part of our national defense program. If there be truth in this - and apparently there is, for several projects are al ready under way in crowded munitions and ship-build ing areas - we can list one more benefit of the war scare. We don't like tne draft, and we don't like prep arations for war, but our resentment is soothed by seeing increased attention to public health, rapid inroads on unemployment, an increase instead of a decrease in the production of goods, a sudden appre ciation of the freedom and abundance we have in this country, and a possible draft of industry by the government if further recalcitrance by certain stra tegic companies is continued. Contemplating all this we ask ourselves why it all has to be done in the name of national defense. Why must we face a war to achieve national unity? What perverse streak runs through our countrymen that makes them oppose government housing as some thing good in itself? Is .t really necessary to at tach the stigma of war and destruction to social progress? 4 ‘Calling All Politicians” We are glad to see that certain Hatch Act re strictions on Greenbelt may be lifted. The Loopera tor has always believed that- the local government of comnunities in the Wasliington area should be exempt from provisions of the measure. The Hatch Act itself serves an excellent purpose of cleaning up the national political picture, and its provisions were never intended to cripple the democratic processes of the little towns around the capital. Yet in Greenbelt some 70 percent of the population was denied the right to hold local town offices or to participate in the elections for these offices. It was a senseless and awkward titration. Now relief seems to be in sight. Time On Your Hands With the summer gone and the long winter evenings soon in prospect it is time to plan ahead for the coming months, as much as one can plan ahead in these troubled days. What will you do after you have read the evening paper and eaten dinner? Some Greenbelters already have their time sched uled to capacity, but for those who will have spare time on their hands, now that the yard and garden season is over and the weather frowns on outdoor activity in general, there is a wealth of activity avaliaole. If you do not want the bother and expense of tak ing college courses in Washington you can go tc school right here within a few blocks of your own home. Our adult education program this year will offer a wide-selection of night classes in home ec onomics, handicrafts, Journalism, accounting, art, and other subjects. Another good source of interest for the winter is your Town Library. There are some residents who have never yet been inside for a look at the fiction and non-fiction books and periodicals waiting there to be read. How about a hobby? Everyone has hobbies even though some of them don't make sense. If you have not yet found one that suits you try raising flowers indoors, making rag rugs, or collecting salt and pep- I . per shakers. Photography, painting with water colors, and wood-carving are other possibilities. This field is without limit. Winter reerrations in Greenbelt include basket ball, ping pong, bowling and other indoor sports. Finally there are a score of organizations and activities in town such as the Better Buyers, this paper you are reading, Girl Scouts, and the Hospital Auxili j.ry, which need a little of your time in order to serve the community well. Make this an active, interesting winter in Green belt. Here We Go Afiin At the risk of sticking our necks out and getting slapped darn again we would like to point out that Greenbelt problem number one Is still transportation. Now we are not criticizing the transportation cco ni t tee, or the town council, or F. S. A. or anyone else. We are not in a critical mood. In fact we are almost plaintive in our mention of transports— tion. So much work has been done on plans for com muting, so many meetings have been held, so many re ports have been drafted, so many" promises have been made, that we would utter a prayer of thankfulness for just any little ray of hope. In the meantime we will keep riding with our neighbor even though he does get us in to work late every once in a while. jCetters to fbditor HOB RULE? TO THE EDITORS Last week's editorial captioned "Democracy?" gave a rather broad interpretation to Article One of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution, in that it was cited to uphold mob rule, law breaking and riot incitement,!, e. the recent incident on the steps of the United States Capitol. Anti-conscriptionists had gathered there for the purpose, it was said, of holding a "prayer meeting". Ordinarily citizens go to churches to worship God. If these people represented democratic, law abid ing citizens, why did they not contact their con gressional representatives and otherwise conduct than selves as such? The Evening Star account of the affair stated: "the old law says that either in the Capitol building or on the grounds it is forbidden to parade, stand, or move in procession or in assem blage, or display any flag, banner or device design ed or adapted to bring into public notice any party, organization or movement." Yet, in spite of being warned of action against them under the law, the mob proceded to gather there - precipitating a near riot. Even though a law may be unconstitutional, demo cracies don't usually resort to rebellions and vio lence to adjust their differences. Did the arrest of a Greenbelt resident, who incidentally was fined twenty-five dollars and forfeited collateral of ten dollars on two counts of disorderly conduct while participating in the disturbance, influence the edi tor in the opinions expressed? Perhaps the mob did accomplish its purpose - it appears some have grown sympathetic toward them. - L. 3. Stainback Jr. EDITOR'S NOTE: "Respect for and observance of the rights of a minority, no matter how odious the opinions of the minority may be to the majority, must be maintained if a government is to remain free. The majority must guard against the pernicious assumption that "unsound" opinions deprive their holders of their rights under the constitutions." Civil Rights - Chapter VI Johnson's "Government in the United States" Further, may we say that the question of whether the group on the Capitol steps acted in disorderly or riotous manner is subject to considerable doubt. The reporters of the Jfeshington News, who were on the spot, apparently differed from Ur. Stainback's "absentee" observation. They condemned the mobster like and completely un-American conduct of the Wash ington police. HOMEMAKING VERSUS MEETINGS TO THE EDITOR: Apropos your recent editorial regarding "Green belt Parasites", may I offer the suggestion that your analysis is a slight misinterpretation of the point cf view of these whom you delegate to this group, er at least some of them. It is admit:ad that we would all be better off if more people participated in and interested them selves in some of the community activities. However, I have a point of argument in this connection which I would like to state briefly: Greenbelt was built to be a "Model Town" and in its planning and formative periods there was great encouragement and great activity in organization of varscus groups. As a result people found themselves going to meeting night after night, and day after day. This was part of the life of the model town. F.ut I contend that we will never have a model town until we Have a town full of model homes. And the only way to have a model home is to convert the house in -which you live into one. To do this usu ally requires the presence of the parents in the home a great deal of the time, so perhaps this offers some solution to the shortage cf available people tc carry the torch. I do not hold that organizations are unnecessary. Far from it, I simply believe that more people are giving more time and attention to the development of their homes. Those who sacrifice the pleasures and happiness cf a home life and its development in order tc carry on the necessary work of the commun ity, are to be commended for their public spirit. But I do not think it is quite fair to label one a parasite just because he is trying tc meet one of his greatest responsibilities. —-G. P. Voore. EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Moore certainly has a point, but we contend that If more parents would go to meetings one night a week, more parents would have a chance for home making six nights a week. Democracy is only degenerate when its leaders and its people are degenerate. John Steinbeck Meditations Robert Lee Kincheloe Greenbelt Community Church Frederic V.'alters, an unknown bard, has penned the following lines that should make some of the wives of Greenbelt think twice before they fill their lives full of morbid and sentimental fiction: It' wife's head is in a whirl, She cannot sleep at right. . . Did Annie kill old Mr. Earl? Will George regain his sight? Was the gunman that they shot The one who robbed Joe's store? A_nd who is that little tot Left at the old folks' door? At B:CC A.M. it begins again, All housework immaterial; Her life is just a question of Another radio seriall It seems high time that the female radio consum ers cf cur country organized to drive off the air the melodraratic trash perpetrated daily by the mak ers cf, "my soap will wash cleaner than the other fellow's", or some other variety of produce. Some thing cf that sort once in a while plus "One Man's Fanilj" (which, incidentally, declares that the ten der leaves are their leaves, but only once a week) would not bring about the just poetical tirade of a Mr. V.'alters. The whole difficulty appears to be in the monopolizing frequence with* which these emotion al drugs are admin: stereo. There has been advanced the idea that such stuff be confined to one radio chain, with the larger national hook-ups confining themselves to things more elevating and helpful. Women's clubs and organizations for the betterment c. ftc mankind ndgit well take this crusade to heart. Hew about it, women of Greenbelt? THE DEMOCRATIC VISTA TO THE EDITdP; America was promises. Promises proud causeway through the slough of despond, putre faction and iniquity. The Democratic Vista, culmi nating in Greenbelts, in Greenbelt. Tte causeway i s now shoveled away, its never-too-valiant warders ac quiescing. An irresistible current of American feeling gave Greenbelt its existence and nutriment; but that current was seduced into false channels,' systematically; the current is about petered out. What remains for our little enclave? Already it is floundering badly. It may continue to exist for some months more. But there is not so much as a thimbleful of promise left in Greenbelt. As with all fbol's paradises, the rude awakening will not long be delayed. Let us at least realize that we are in the morass of a militaristic philistinism, which has clearly won the day. Let us realize too that there shall be no Perseus come out of the hori zon to save us; that our salvation rests alone in our strength and the strength of our kind. —Herbert Leader. EDITOR'S NOTE Yes I GREENBELT’S NEW BABIES Mr. and Mrs. Bernard S. Trattler of V=H Southway announce the birth of a son, born at 10:00 A.M., Sep tember 14, at the Greenbelt Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Frank Megill of 3-D Northway ate the parents of a son born September 15, in the Greenbelt Hospital. There’s No Place Like Home "There's no place like Greenbelt", was Mrs. Lightner' s comment upon returning home after a two month's trip through the south. Mrs. lisitner ac companied her husband, Credit Union representative for F&rm Credit Administration, on visits to several Government and privately sponsored housing projects in the south. Atlanta, Georgia and Greenville, South Carolina were sites for two privately operated projects. "Rich man's paradise", was Mrs. Lightnen's observa tion concerning these projects. Rents for these u nits range from $55 to S6B per month, and the rather "ritzy" atmosphere of these settlements was punctu ated by the total absence of laundry facilities. An interesting observation made at a project is Columbia, South Carolina was the fact that a family with two children, a boy and a girl, can not get e three bedroom unit unless the children have passed their twelfth birthday. Here the income must not exceed five times the amount of rental, with three bedroom units renting for $33 a month. Sunset Houses, one of the negro housing projects sponsored by the government is located in Augusta, Georgia. The tepant's yearly salary must not exceed S9OO and rents average ajbout 12 dollars per month. Here Mr. Lightner helped organize a credit union. In Augusta there is also a housing project for "whites" whose inccmes do not exceed SIO,OOO dollars. The architecture here very much resembles that of Greenbelt and it was noted that the floors in nearly all the projects visited are the same type as those in Greenbelt. The deeper south does not seem to be faced with our problem of securing domestic help. Colored col lege graduates, unable to find employment in their fields of study, turn to housework as an alterna tive and may be obtained for as little as a dollar and a half a week.