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GREENBELT COOPERATOR GREENBELT, MARYLAND , Telephone: GREENBELT 3131 The Greenbelt Cooperative Publishing Association, Inc. Editor Francis Fosnight Associate Editor Donald H. Cooper Assistant Editor Sally Meredith Assistant Editor Jack Schaeffer Business Manager William S. Stewart Advertising Manager Ed Weitsman Volume 6, Number 17 December 12, 1941 For Your Sal^e We are engaged in a war. The statement is not news any longer, because the happenings of the last few days leaves no doubt in our minds as to the seriousness of the sit uation. It must necessarily fall our lot to stop thinking in terms of peace, and apply ourselves in terms of war. The modem methods of warfare have brought such changes from World War I that those who remember that war are confused, and those who do not remember it are no less confused. Prior wars have left the civilian popula tion with the iob of supplying the armed forces with mater iel, and maintaining the morale of our fighters by the for mation of parades, waving of flags, and selling of bonds. All this has changed. We entered this war without one parade, without one flag being raised, without a shout or a cheer; with grim faces and firm determination, and with full knowledge that the civilians must fight as much and as hard as the front-line soldiers. Each job we do, no matter how prosaic it once seemed, attains the aspect of national importance in our war effort. Each man and woman, whether executive, clerk, or ditch-digger, fits into our scheme of defense and the waging of a successful war. No job is prosaic. No job is useless. Each position that leads to a productive end is one link in our chain of national unity and defense. You can make that chain strong and un breakable by vour performance of your everyday tasks. Long-range bombs have not only put the armed forces on the defensive, but have taken the civilians in the back row and placed them in the front lines. We will not have time for parades and flag waving. .We must defend our homes and children from the assaults of the enemy, and we do not mean the hypothetical defense so often mentiond by our speakers. We mean that they must be defended and protected against the hot, ripping fragments of exploding bombs, against the crippling effects of poison gas; against the back-stabbing saboteurs. They are not theoretical. They are actual. How can we in Greenbelt help? The answer is. simple. Join your Civilian Defense unit. Every man and woman in Greenbelt is needed. The appeal has come out for volunteer services. For your sake and for your family’s sake, do not ignore this appeal. Volunteer at once. The bob-torn and mutilated bodies of Europe speak louder than idle words in emphasizing our needs. The answer to our safety is in your hands. Are we going to wait until after the first bombs fall to prepare, or are we going to know what to do when they fall? Let your conscience answer that question. Beware Of Rumors Again and gain we have said it—“ Beware of rumors.” Greenbelt has suffered from the plague of small-town gos sip, rumors and half-truths through all its four years, so that by now we should all be immune to belief in the inevi table wave of false news and misleading rumors which •comes with war. Sunday brought us the erroneous news of Manila being bombed; Monday’s reports told us for a little while that Germany and Italy had declared war on us. That these statements would be borne out later does not dismiss their danger. We shall have plenty of news to discuss—both the good and the bad—without turning eagerly to each rumor. The spreading of untrue bad news inclines us towards pessimism in regard to the war effort. The spreading of untrue good news is followed by a let-down when its falseness is re vealed, and engenders a scepticism in later real successes. Believe what you hear and read if you must, but wait for official confirmation before spreading your information, and then be sure that your account is a reasonably accurate facsimile of the original news. We shall win this war in time and at a cost—but not with idle talk. If you ever want something done, ask a busy person to do it. GREENBELT COOPERATOR Our Maryland Schools Crowded conditions in our local school for the coming months make this an opportune time to consider the position of Maryland schools in terms of what they are and what they should be. At a recent meeting of the Education Study Group of Prince Georges County Dr. Arnold Joyal pointed out that from the standpoint of taxable wealth Maryland is 25 per cent better able than other states to pay for its educational program. Nevertheless the state continues to offer only a seven year elementary schooling while neighbor states offer the standard eight years. The state’s schools are notoriously overcrowded, and teachers, especially in Prince Georges County, are badly underpaid. Greenbelt wants better schools for the state of Mary land. We pay state and county taxes in Maryland. We vote in Maryland. We live here in Maryland. And we want the best possible educational facilities for our children. Be a Builder Credit unions do not extend credit to anyone. Credit isn’t a commodity that can be sold over the counter by the yard or the pound. If you have credit you created it for yourself. By your own consciousness of your responsibility to your obligations, you build your own credit. It is part and parcel of your personal self. Your credit union can only estimate what your credit is, and perhaps lend a hand in helping you to improve and enlarge it. The credit union is generally willing to make a guess as to what your credit is, and back that guess with a loan. To that extent the credit union is co-operating with you. But co-operation is a two-way word. It is up to you to prove that you are as good or better than the estimate. That proof only is what builds credit. No proof, no more credit. Be a builder!—From Washington Central Bulletin. Kiddies Handiwork Impresses Mothers By Katheryn M. Wood The mothers of the kindergar ten class of Greenbelt Elementary School were the guests of Miss York and Miss Hitchcock in the Kindergarten rooms December 8 at an afternoon tea. Setting a fine precedent of vol unteering cooperation for future classes, grade mothers were chosen from volunteers instead of by election. Those volunteering to serve as grade mothers for the morning session were Mesdames Evelyn Lung, Robert E. Gray, and Lawrence W. Schulz. For the afternoon group those who volunteered were Mesdames Ed ward F. Grase, Ralph Johnson, and Frederick Pfeiffer. In a short talk on the work and plans of the kindergarten group Miss York explained that their present classes include work on Christmas decorations, of which the rooms showed concrete evi dence, each child having made his own chain according to individual preference in the arrangement of red and green links on the Christ mas tree chains. This involved simple number work in following the alternate numbers of colored links, and a preparation for read ing work in recognizing his own name printed at the end of each chain. The teachers also explained that the children are planning and making “Christmas surprises” to to add to the Noel spirit at home. After Christmas the children will construct a playhouse and have experience in houskeeping as they play with their new toys. As a logical sequence this will be fol lowed by building a project store where they will experience buying for the needs of the playhouse. One Year Ago (From the Cooperator of Decem ber 12, 1940.) O. K. Fulmer leaves Greenbelt on loan to the Federal Works Agency—George Bauer declines presidency of the Greenbelt Citi zens’ Association, which vacancy was caused by the resignation of Rolfe Sauls—a 12-piece Negro or chestral was hired by the Citizens’ Association for the New Year’s Eve dance—especial praise was given to the Community Chest di vision to which Greenbelt belongs by campaign secretary Mildred Alexander—The Greenbelt Band, celebrating the first half year of its musical existence, is making plans for a party. PURCHASING POWER A Or THE AVERAOC WEEKLY WAGE r "jP ’ in, §o£ . ... f ... .... mmms | . .... mmsm .... .... V * r *** * Ratio of Average Weakly Cm fa. OEM Don’t forget the boys in camp this Christmas. They need your friendship and cheer. Send your packages early. THE POCKETBOOK of KNOWLEDGE A All the paper produce? in ENGLAND poring s mk!pr!llsjSan'es. The /7 w cENTURy would not be enough for. cm >sels. hammers. ONE SUNPAV EPITION OF A MODERN PAILV 6WB *** ' WOOD FILLER* THROUGH RESEARCH yK'l ) ONE COMPANy HAG J K DEVELOPED A V— \\\#vJL £ 30. 000.000 a TTr’M^ f 1 / XVI-lr/ \ yEAR BUSINESS IN SJssB&ET t= / / \ fa-sA By-PRODUCTS THAT f)/ T ° BE , WASTEP / r^ - M! &T IN ENGLAND BEFORE r / v tt^r\TTF/the era of / I ■ 1 LAUNDRIES. PEOPLE I , SENT THEIR CLOTHES I -i- SHAPE WHEN THEY I Friday, Dei Scalpt F°ke nOn Are people iV |B|SlSp| than they did A That is what , believe. Continual® made of the large stflH this year over any record. Consumers more dollars over the than ever before. wholesalers and retailers proH the fact that their larger than ever. However, dH sumers aren’t responsible for tnW increased volume of business. The dollar with which the housewife formerly purchased five pounds of sugar, a loaf of bread, a pound of meat, vegetables! and ai slick of butter, now buys only the sugar, butter bread and vegetables. If she wants meat, she has to spend more money. As her income has not been increasing in ratio to prices, it is hard to buy as much as she formerly did, and impossible to buy more. In most places, the rent has been raised considerably, not to mention clothes, leaving a smaller amount for groceries. Since this leaves the consumer out, what is the source of this boom? Of course, a lot of raw materials and other supplies are going to England. However, this isn’t the whole story. In view of the so-called “shortage,” why do so many manufacturers have on hand an inventory nearly per cent above that of a year ago;an in ventory of raw materials and un sold goods which they have never placed on the market? What is being done about food who are buying huge quantities of food and holding them for thfl inevitable sky-high prices to inevitable, because their is raising them? With all of the unity and cooperation • life f |S§ we are fighting, lit is to be, tM that price control will be fk that, and keep a, small profit-sefking vampires f r bleeding those millions of consH mers who look to their governß ment for protection. ,o Civil Service Exam The Civil Service Commission has again announced continuing examinations for temporary ste nographic and typing positions for both men and women, and for pci manent stenographic and typing jobs for men. Because of war-induced de mand for soybean oil, a larger share of the country’s soy acre age is expected to be harvested for oil instead of hay.