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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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
“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
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.
Wholesale Fruits and Vegetables
11211—1213 Maine Ave., S. W.
Washington, D. C.
National 1125—6—7—8—9
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.
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.

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