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——^— I. ■■■ m ■————— c BELT COOtr^ftATOR GREEI MARYLAND Telephone: GREENBELT 3131 or 4346 The Greenbelt Co-p *tive Publishing Association, Inc. Editor Donald H. Cooper Sports Editor William L. Moore, Jr. Business Manager William R. Stewart STAFF Peggy Amess, Mary Bonham, Ethel Carson, Abraham Chasnow, Shirley Levine, Joan McNamara, Delbert Mesner, Mildred Mesner. Joseph C. Mousley, Benjamin Rosenzweig, Eileen Sheriff, Joe Sheriff, Morris Terkeltaub, Glen Wilbur, Phil Wexler, Howard Custer, Waldo Mott. •Volume 7, Number 6 September 25, 1942 Representative Government In joining the rising protest against Congressional inaction we should take care lest we confuse criticism of specific Senators and Representatives with a condemnation of Congress as an institution. The record of debate and voting in the House and in the Senate during the 10 months we have been at war is not encouraging. Except for the declarations of war and approval of war appropriations our legislative body has approached each wartime problem with exasperating slowness. Instead of boldly grappling with the spectre of inflation and the attendant nightmare of adequate tax ation for war financing many of our representatives have been playing petty politics and sniping at the Administra tion. All supposedly unpopular legislation was being shelved until after the November elections. So many Senators and Representatives went home this summer that the serious consideration of any bills was a mockery. Votes for our soldiers, inflation control, and revenue measures were jeopardized by the callous demonstration of many who were supposed to be doing our legislative job for us. No wonder then, that throughout the country there arose a menacing murmur of protest. No surprise then, that President Roosevelt called upon Congress to legislate anti inflation measures by October 1. Far from trying to establish a dictatorship, as hinted by the vermin press, the President may well have thrown this challenge at Congress to save its face in the eyes of the people who were demanding wartime speed and action on wartime measures. If Congressmen will take seriously their responsibility we shall have no further talk of getting along without the legislative branch of our government. We need our Congress. Make no mistake about that. If it is a poor legislative body then let us blame ourselves for electing such poor choices. Perhaps we expect too much of those we select for the exacting task of represent ing us on the national scene. As long as there are those among us at home who are slow and careless, as long as some of us are blinded by intolerance against minority groups, just so long as we ourselves are willing to watch our own immediate personal welfare while someone else wins the war—we shall probably be represented in Con gress by men of the same stripe. If we resent ignorance and mediocrity and native fascism in our legislative halls then we have a two-fold job on our hands. We must ourselves awake to the needs of today’s situation, and we must take the energy to elect the kind of Congressmen we think would do a better job. Street Dances Now that the use of automobiles has been curtailed, community functions and amusements are again assuming a place in the scheme of things once held in the earlier days of our country. Since we cannot jump into the car and go to the races or the ball game or the theater at any time that suits our fancy, we are beginning to develop a more pronounced community spirit. We are being forced to make our own fun and entertainment in and near our homes. The street dances being held in the center are one of the evidences of this healthy outlook. The dances are fill ing a decided need and we hope that more ideas for com munity entertainment will develop. There are, we think, a couple of improvements that could be made in conducting the dances. One of the com plaints reported was that parents, high school students and six-year-olds were dancing in the same place at the same time. We suggest a segregation either by dividing the dancing area or by alternating dances among the age groups. This would eliminate danger to the youngsters and confusion for older persons, and give greater enjoyment to everyone. It is apparent, also, that the dances should be more thoroughly policed. Some “smart-alec” tricks have been reported and, in order to insure the most fun for all, such things should be curbed. GREENBELT COOPERATOR Am I Surprised? Am I surprised? When I called Mrs. Kinzer for something that might interest you Greenbelters, she told me that there had been four registrations for the Nutrition Class. Not four people at each registra tion, mind you, but a grand total of four for the class. What’s the mat ter, homemakers? Or aren’t there any of you left, making homes? Has war time industry claimed you all? Well, then, you’re the very people who ought to race your neighbors right down to the next regis tration, Monday night, at 7 :30, in the home economic room, at the Ele mentary School. You’re the very people who, coming home late from work with dinner all planned, are going to find what you’d planned is no longer available and you’re going to have to make some lightening changes in menu. What then? Are you going to take the first thing that pops in your mind? Or are you, with all the nutritive facts which you’ve gathered in class, going to smile a dissapointed-but-you-can’t throw-me smile and make a substitution which will not be a substitute for health? Honestly, some day you’re going to stick out your foot and trip yourself up or go around paying people to slap you down if you miss out on an opportunity like this. If the date is inconvenient to you, go on and register Monday night, and Mrs. Kinzer has promised to entertain motions to change the class night to suit the most people. You know you can’t serve on a canteen unless you’ve had a twenty hour course like this one, and a canteen is a mighty nice place to work in when the weather is cold and stormy. „ Did you remember Nursery School opens on the 28th of September. And that the Parents Board (which is a fancy name for Junior’s mama and papa) meets on the 25th? Which is tonight, by George! I know you don’t have to be sold on Nursery Schools in general—anybody who’s tried to wash dishes with one hand, first aid Junior’s cut elbow with the other and at the same time yank Sister out from under the wheels of a laundry truck knows what I mean when I say they re the tops. Well, this particular Nursery School is headed by Mrs. Ruth Liebergott; Mrs. Penny Vachon is president of the board; children three and four years old are eligible; the dues are $5.00 a month. There is also a $5.00 initial fee, collectable now but applicable to the last month’s tuition. Smart trick, that. Sort of sinking fund, so that you can forget about it and then find out the last month of school that Junior’s tuition was paid last September, and then go out and hysteri cally buy that new red hat that you’ve been casting sheep s eyes at. Better show up at 14 Parkway basement tonight if you re interested. I have a notion this thing is going to till up fast. , _ If you have no children and don’t expect to have any, don t bother with the P.-T. A. It won’t interest you. But if you fall into any ether category, you’ll want to know how the school ticks and who s m there wincling y it up. The Parent-Teacher Association for Greenbelt Elemen tary School holds its first meeting of the fall season next Monday night Mrs. Catherine T. Reed, whom everybody adores anyway and who always draws a crowd when she is the speaker, is going to talk about the objectives and policies of the coming year. You men owe it to yourselves to get an eyeful of Mrs. Reed’s heart-wanning smile and you women ought to see what a day-timer mother of abou ,600 children who is managing them with serenity and good humor.looks like. The American Legion, and the Legion Auxiliary meets at 8 o clock Thursday night, at the Legion House. Of course you know who is eli gible to belong to the Legion, but did you know that any sister or wife of a Legion member is eligible to join the Auxiliary. TVmr^Hav The Women’s Club begins its new season with its meeting Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, at the home of Mrs. H. Downs, 2-T Gardenway. Mrs. C. P. Barnhart and Mrs. S. L. Holton are co-hostesses. This an nouncement is for members only. _ . T Has the Garden Club discovered a new beet? Or cure for the Ja panese beetle? Come clean, Garden Club! Scrap collectors are reminded that the depot is now, and will continue to be at the Service Station. No more salvaged metal or rubber should be left in the Shopping Center. " - |To the Editor - | Poor Joe To the Editor: Please print the following letter to that poor, misguided fellow, Joseph Fitzpatrick, who thinks Sunday morning is a morning for undisturbed sleep. When I first read your letter, I was genuinely amazed. As I read it the second time, I firmly resolv ed to set you straight on a few ponits. First, what do you think the church bells ring for? Your own discomfort? Well, you’re wrong. They message they have for you is softly pleading. It is a call. Haven’t you ever heard this verse to a well-known hymn? “How sweet on a bright Sabbath morning To list to the clear-ringing bells. Their voices so sweetly are calling. Oh, come to the church in the dell. Besides this grave misconcep tion, you seem to have others. For instance, you stay, “Sunday is the Lord’s day and not for man to disturb.” You say that piously with your pen while in your heart you blackly utter, “It’s man’s day to sleep, and not for tools of the Lord to destroy!” Thirdly, you hide behind a screen of righteous indignation, declaring in harsh words, that you work nights and need your sleep. Well, that screen is no good either, because I, too, work nights 4 weeks out of 6. But if I ever was lazy enough, thoughtless enough of my spiritual life, to life in bed, in dulgently sleeping instead of sit ting thankfully in a sacred place, listening to the beautiful chimes. I would certainly keep it to my self and not advertise it to all. As for your “precious rest”, I pre sume that you’d break it in a minute if you were asked to go fishing or golfing with the gang. —Betty Bruffey Round Two To the Editor: Chimes call others to church, but themselves never mind the sermon. It has not been the purpose of the writer to institute a religious controversy. The letter written two weeks ago regarded a parti cular proposition, i. e.: are the playing of chime records a sacred obligation, or are they a disturbing factor? This is clearly amatter of interpretation of an obviously re lative question. For example, one would not relish being awakened at 3 a. m. from a sound sleep to hear the works of even as great a master as Beethoven. A suggested alternative is for those who enjoy the chimes, to lis ten within the confines of the cha pel, relieving those who require undisturbed, necessary rest. It is so simple a solution and will injure no one. Six mornings a week the writer arises at 5:30, returning home nightly on the 10:30 or 11 o’clock bus. The time is spent doing rather strenuous physical vital war work since May. The writer has been aircraft spotting from midnight Saturdays and thus lies down to die shortly after 2 a. m. Sundays. If, after an average six and a half hours sleep six nights, the , writer attempts to gain special dispensation for an unbroken seven hours Sunday, he is labelled intolerant and sacrili gious - then, verily, it is true that men and melons are hard to know. There are indeed many workers in Greenbelt less fortunate. There are those who work the entire night and must use the days, with their natural noises, for sleeping. As for Amig;o Fog, someone should inform him that streetcars and roosters are not permitted ha bitat in Greenbelt, and so become two abstruse arguments. Gracias, Amico, for your daring belief that this writer shall ever spy the pearly gates. You painted a com forting picture, and for the mo ment at least, he felt not so much the lost? soul. Houwever, he much the lost soul. However, he cf the bad name noise attendant our eventual entry into Berlin and Tokyo. Rather it is this writer’s conviction that the sound will af ford a sweet symphony, though from your distant vantage point at 33 Ridge Road, even the Green belt chimes are somewhat muted. It is probably appropiate to add that upon reading your entertain ing letter, this writer was remind ed of the description Benjamin Franklin gave it in the year 1728: “Clearly spoken, Mr. Fog! You explain English by Greek.” —Joseph Fitzpatrick Friday, September 25, 1942 Community Church “Where Do You Live?” is the theme of the sermon which Rev. Wilmer Pierce Johnston, pastor of the Community Church, will preach next Sunday morning at 11 o'clock in the auditorium. All resi dents of Greenbelt not attending some other church, and especially whose who have moved to Green belt only recently, are invited to participate in this worship service. This Sunday the church school will meet at 9:30 a.m., each child going to his respective department at that time. After a short devo tional service all will come to gether in the auditorium for rally day and the school’s promotion program. This is also parents and children’s Sunday, and the parents are requested to accom pany their children to the church school. “It wil mean much to the children to have their parents pres ent when they receive their promo tion certificates,” Rev. Johnston said. „ T Sunday at 7 p.m. the Junior Church will meet in the home eco nomics room. This is a regular Junior Church hour with songs, stories, prayer and all that goes to make up an interesting service for the children. The Junior Church is under the direction of the superintendent of the junior department and other officers and teachers connected with this de partment. Sunday at 7 p.m. the high school group, consisting of the freshmen, sophomores and junior' classes will meet under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. James Irving and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stevens, for the pur pose of organization. This meet ing will be held in the music room of the Elementary School and will be attended by those young people who met at the Lake last Sunday evening, and others interested. Sunday at 8 p.m. there will be a meeting of the executive commit tee of the men’s group which has charge of the series of evening meetings of the church which is to begin in October. This committee consists of C. Paul Barnhart, Fred De Jager, John W. Colliver, Lin den S. Dodson, James McCarl, Daniel Neff and James Wolfe. Wednesday at 8 p.m. the regular midweek services will be held in the social room of the Elementary School. Hi, Neighbor! ’Among the mans njsgJß||ls moving into Greenbelt are tne— following: Q Maurice R. Turner, 44-M Ridge Robert W. Bradley, 56-B Ridge Walter H. Hansen, 53-R Ridge Charles J. Zounek, 50-E Ridge Austin G. Woolley, 50-C Ridge Clifford W. Woodward, 01-B Rl Woodrow C. Manley, 50-A Rl< Mrs. Patricia Hull, 51-M Ridge Kenneth G. Stewart, 54-G Ridge John J. Hawkins, 53-A Ridge Dim V. Zaikowsky, 52-A Ridge Femell C. Green, 53-G Ridge Bruce H. Reynolds, 51-P Ridge George A. Stratmann, 50-1? Ridge Ralph W. Parker, 51-E Ridge Lloyd L. Clay, 54-M Ridge Carl J. Denny, 52-F Ridge Abe Linetsky, 53-M Ridge Melvin V. Rindahl, 49-B Rjdge Edward T. Brown, 51-A lodge Philip B. Hankins, 53-H Ridge Monroe E. Barnes, 55-A Ridge Louis Sherer, 50-D Philip Crofford, 20-N Ridge Clyde E. Estep, 55-K Ridge Gilbert Laursen, 18-Y Ridge Louise Catts, 40-F Crescent David Rezinkoff, 20-C Crescent Once again we bid farewell to Greenbelt’s oldtimers who have le *C l H Alright, Jr., 44-M Ridge A. E. Place, 20-N Ridge Marion Knapp, 11-F Southway John W. Higdon, 5-L Eastway J. Louis Plocek, 5-B Eastway Charlotte C. Wagner, 17-C Parkway „ _ Tl ., Smith D. Pickett, 9-F Ridge Our sincere wishes go witn them. Classified Ads FOR SALE—English perambu lator type baby carriage, used, *4. Call 4346. ADVERTISE your needs in the Cooperator. Classified rates are 3 cents per word; “Found” ads free. Phone 2491. 3131, or 4346. _ AUCTION —Of bog and live stock, 2 p.m., Saturday September 26 and the last Saturday of every month at One-Spot Farm, Balti more Boulevard, above Laurel. 500 pigs, sows, shoats to sell at this first sale. Buy a beg to but cher this fall.