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GREENBELT COOPERATOR GREENBELT, MARYLAND Telephone: GREENBELT 3131 The Greenbelt Cooperative Publiihing Association, Inc. Editor Francis Fosnight Assistant Editor Donald H. Cooper News Editor Helen Chasanow Copy Editor 2 Jack Schaeffer Women’s Editor Peggie Araess Volume 6, Number 11 October 31, 1941 The Cost of Living and 70 per cent of Us In the not too long days ago, when our country was in the grip of the depression, Government leaders searched for away to lower the ever mounting cost of operation of the Government. Using the old dry cry that the cost of living had dropped, they recommended that the salaries of all government employees be cut 15%. Congress took it up from there and consequently our government set the bad example of lowering the buying power of its own help ers. Very few persons other than employees unions pro tested this move, in fact, it was greeted with loud and long cheers from uninformed persons who had the idea that all government employees were highly overpaid. The trou ble with these persons was that they were never forced to live in Washington. No one ever bothered to tell them that along with the salary goes the honor of living in the Nation’s Capital where you pay and pay for that honor. It seems like the time has come for a bit of “turn about is fair play”. The most recent index on the cost of living shows that it has soared above the high levels of past years. Industrial salaries have more or less kept pace with this rise and consequently little pinch is felt there, but, in the field of government service, salaries are pegged by law and have not been increased to meet this rise. If we owed a patriotic duty to the rest of the country paying our sal aries, then the rest of the country owes us a patriotic duty in the form of a salary increase to help us meet the new cost levels. Several bills and movements have been started along this line, but to date nothing concrete has been accomp lished. It therefore behoves us to get behind these projects and do all that we can to bring the fact to the country that their servants also deserve a decent standard of living in times like this. How about it? Will You Be There? Next Wednesday night will present you the opportunity of doing something that a resident of no other town in this country can possibly do. You can speak your opinion and cast your vote on how all of your local stores should be operated. Complaint or suggestion is equally welcome at the quarterly meetings of Greenbelt Consumer Services, because this is your own business, organized by you, being paid for by you, and being patronized by you. The success and effectiveness of these stores rests entirely upon you, and if you fail to exercise your rights and obligations as owners and operators you have no one but yourselves to blame. On Wednesday nights agenda only one scheduled item is likely to arouse much comment—the laundry question. The manager of the Valet shop feels that we are not get ting the service and quality we should receive from the present setup and believes that the only solution is to return our business to Arcade-Sunshine. This firm happens to be in the middle of a strike that is running its length in the courts. Any work given to them must pass through a picket line. At a previous meeting attended by a few members this was voted out and consequently none of our work has been sent there. We would never attempt to give you an opinion in such a situation. The point is that you. are going to be asked just this one thing. You must decide in your minds whether or not our work must pass this picket line. You must make up your minds and show by your vote whether or not you believe the strike is justified. You must decide if this, your cooperative, is going to join hand in hand with all labor or whether you are reserving the right to pick out the labor disputes with which you agree. We would not be a bit surprised that your decision will have more than a local result. The actions of a cooperative in Regards to labor is always one to be publicized. Think carefully before you decide and then stick by your decision. Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your own way. GREENBELT CO OPERATOR A Little Aid Please In order that there may be no misunderstanding con cerning the membership of our association it seems neces sary to make a few points clear at this time. You do not have to be a printer, columnist, reporter, etc. to belong to the association. We need members who are able to perform all types of business activities: type writing, bookkeeping, office work, etc. So if you would like to help in the activities of our group, do not hesitate be cause you feel as though you would not fit. File your appli cation and we will do the rest. While on this subject we need members who are re porters, writers, etc., or people who would like to learn to be such. We can train you to assist in the production of the Cooperator. If you can do newspaper work or would like to learn, please file an application for membership as soon as possible. Application blanks may be secured and filled out at the office of the Cooperator on Monday, Tuesday and Wednes day nights, or may be had by mail. We need your help so do not hesitate. |To the Editor — | Ain’t It the Truth! To the Editor: My husband and I came to Greenbelt, not because it was a cheap place to live, but because it was our idea of God’s gift to the little people. Not a day goes by that we don’t thank God for the opportunity to live in happiness, and to raise our children in a safe neighborhood. I spend a good deal of time in • the center, and do almost all my shopping there, but the reason I am up in arms now, is over the attitude you other citizens take to the sales force of our stores. They are grand people, and our neighbors. Their children go to school with ours. The other day, I caught a woman bawling out a salesgirl over a trivial matter. After having her say, the customer stormed out, muttering over the ineffic iency of the stores in our town, and leaving the sales girl nearly in tears. I wanted to follow that woman. Yes, I wanted to know her better, because she’s very rare. At least it’s the first time I have ever seen some one who has never made a mistake. I’d say God made a mis take in her make-up. She’s a freak! Mrs. Charles Connors. One Year Ago (From the Cooperator of , October 31, 1940) Mrs. Fitch, chairman of the Red Cross drive, announced that $116.03 has been collected in Greenbelt—the Halloween dance was attended by a crowd of 328, and a net of $45 was raked into the Citizens’ Association’s coffers —an important action taken by the board of G. C. S. was the motion to pay Consumer Distribu tion Corporation SI,OOO, thus re ducing the total indebtedness to $27,000 —Donald H. Cooper and Dr. Mary Shorb were elected to the board of directors of the Health Association to serve until January, 1942—the Greenbelt Hospital Auxiliary voted to pur chase for the hospital two oper ating room instruments—a repair garage will soon be available to Greenbelt residents as a result of a recommendation passed by the G. C. S. board at its last meeting. 7£? Panagoulis Takes Course In Spy Hunting George Panagoulis, safety dir ector, took a two-day course in Baltimore, this week, conducted by the Federal Bureau of Inves tigation. Given in conjunction with the national defense effort, the course covered methods used by the F. 8.1. to combat espionage. Local civilian defense workers will take the course under the in struction of Mr. Panagoulis. A similar course was given in Wash ington for District police heads. For a new taste thrill in pan fried slices of fish try sprinkling the slices with salt and jiepper, dipping them in white commeal to which a teaspoon of phosphate baking powder has been added and then frying in salad oil to golden brown. The world’s highest yachting water is Grand Lake, Colorado, altitude 8,400 feet. Profits Zoom As Prices Shoot Up Faster Than Ever Net profits of 808 industial, commercial and public utility companies in the first half of 1941 were 33 per cent above the same period last year, the Department of Labor reports. Profits of these companies were nearly four times as large this year as in 1938, it was reported, and about 13 per cent greater than during the first six months of the boom year of 1937. Printers’ Ink analyzed 190 cor poration profit-and-loss state ments, reported aggregate porfits for first six months of 1941 were $834,045,434, as against $715,- 033,438 for the same period of 1940. Total defiicits dropped from $4,669,589 for the 1940 period to $360,566 in 1941. A National Industrial Confer ence Board survey shows that 275 companies charged off 51.6 per cent of earnings this year to tax reserves, as compared with 26.7 in the first half of 1940. Had it not been for these reserves, the Board reports, earnings would have increased 82 per cent instead of 20 per cent. Among the earnings figures for the two six-months periods pub lished by printers’ Ink (Septem ber 12) are: 1940 1941 American Rolling Mill Co. $ 2,084,599 $ 6,667,976 American Woolen Co. „ . $ 317,851 $ 4,905,625 Curtiss-Wright Corp. $ 6*235,969 $ 10,664,338 General Motors Corp. $113,620,238 $118,226,754 B. F. Goodrich Co. ? 1,362,691 $ 6,646,033 Phillips Petroleum Co. $ 6,378,198 $ 8,236,680 Republic Steel Corp. $ 6,449,453 $ 13,618,716 U. S. Steel Co. $ 36,315,003 $ 61,374,746 Some wholesale prices are rising more rapidly in this defense production period than they did in the first world war, according to Miss Harriet Elliott, associate ad ministration. “In the first two years of the first world war,” she said, “food prices went up 18.4 per cent. In the first two years of this war food prices have gone up 29 per cent.” T. B. Rate Still High Tuberculosis still claims a high death rate in Prince Georges County, but to cut down the toll the County Health Department is co-operating with private and civic agencies by operating chest clinics. One monthly clinic is held in Hyattsville and Upper Marlboro, and one clinic every four months in Laurel. ggSggEBggEEIgEB3SBEEgrCT^ G. P. IVERSEN* COMPANY Wholesale Fruits and Vegetables 11211—1213 Maine Ave., S. W. Washington, D. C. National 1125—6—7—8—9 SUPPLIERS TO YOUR FOOD STORE Friday, October Si. 1941 Civil Service Exams Instructors for the Armored Force School, at Fort Knox, Ken tucky are being sought by the War Department. An examination to fill the positions has just been announced by the Civil Service Commission. Salaries range from $2,000 to $4,600 a year. Appli cants must have' had responsible shop or technical experience in one of the following optional branch es: Radial engines, internal com bustion engines, motorcycles, auto motive (chassis less engines), ra dio operating, and radio electrical. For part of this experience edu cation in engineering or industrial subjects may be substituted. Ap plications may be filed until fur ther notice but qualified persons are urged to apply at once. Other examinations announced by the Commission include: Assis tant Accountant and Auditor', $2,600 a year; and Principal Ac counting and Auditing Assistant, $2,300 a year, for employment in the Interstate Commerce Commis sion. These examinations are be ing held to secure persons who are familiar with the accounting reg ulations prescribed by the Inter state Commerce Commission and who have had experience in the application of such regulations to the accounts of rail lines, and pipe, private car, and water-line carriers. Practical accounting ex perience in this work in necessary. Applications must be on file not later than November 28, 1941. Border Patrolman, $2,000 a year, in the Border Patrol, De partment of Justice. This examin ation is announced on a nation wide basis since sufficient eligibles were not obtained when it was an nounced recently in the southwest ern section of the country. Most of the positions to be filled are on or near the Mexican border. Ex perience requiring a program of arduous physical activity is neces sary. Applications must be on file not later than November 28. 1941. Full information as to tne re quirements for these examina tions, and application forms, may be obtained from the Secretary of the Board of U. S. Civil Service Examiners at the post office or customhouse in any city which has a post office of the first or second-class, or from the United States Civil JJervice Commission Washington, D. €. ‘ ’ Scouts Collecting Paper Tomorrow Tomorrow is collection day for Greenbelt Boy Scouts who are or ganizing for a drive to cover the town for old newspapers and mag azines. The one-day drive will have a two-fold purpose: the sup plying of extra old paper on the nation ’3 markets in the face of a reputed shortage, and the raising of funds towards paying off a defiicit on the Scout cabin at the county campsite on the Greenbelt area, south of here. Gun Club Plans Shoot For Armistice Day The Executive Committee of the Greenbelt Gun Club is meet ing this week to map out the program of the coming Turkey Shoot to be sponsored by the club on the local Target Range on Armistice Day. The Club will an nounce the details of the shoot by mimeographed flyer to all homes. Shooting organizations from nearby areas will be invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded through the use of “luck targets” not requiring marksman ship proficiency. Bring your neighbor with you to Monday night’s Citizen Associa tion meeting. The true grandeur of nations is in those qualities which consti tute the true greatness of the in dividual. —Charles Sumner.