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Saturday, March 2nd, 1935
THE CAROLINA TRIBUNE Published By The The Carolina Tribune Pub. Co. RALEIGH, N. C. SUBSCRIPTION RATES One xear z.uu jjix ikioums si.zo inrew months ioc Member Associated Publishers H. I. Fontellio-Nantou Editorial Director Eugene Tatum Advretising Mgr. John A Fouchee Managing Editor Saturday, March 2nd, 1935 WE WANT THE TRUTH '■ ~ Up to date we have received no word from the Committee working in favor of uie present iorm of city government. When we suggested a few weeks ago that both sides should attempt to clarify the issues | involved and to lay before the colored vot ers the merits of their respective plans, the City Manager group made it possible for every one to examine their claims and furnished literature designed to educate our voters. The proponents of the commissioner form of government, we are told, rest on their past performances and on the fact ( that the employment of Negroes under their regime are sufficient inducement for our people to vote for retaining the pres ent form of government. Personally we think this inadequate and not sufficient reason for our support. The time is passed when Negroes were expected to vote blindly simply because they are offered a few menial jobs. The dny of'grape-vine politics among Negroes is now history. The Negro demands facts, intelligent reasons, and he has develope a sense of citizenship which precludes the sacrificing the good of the whole to the , benefit of a few professional politicians. Wide-awake Negro voters have been studying the new form of city government and see nothing to frighten them. To the argument that Negroes will be disfran cnisea, this is so absurd ni its puerility, that it needs no refutation. When the champ ions 01 me present iorm of government tell our people that jobs will be taken away from them; that a city manager will be employed who will be inimical to colored people, they are merely reducing their ar to an absurdity. No one Knows just wno will oe employed as city manager W e must urst elect our counciimen oeiore Ce.ii viniiiK ojl me manager, xfle uivit chosen as councilmen will undoubtedly in dicate the type of man that will manage th- c‘ty. Further, tnere is no reason o supose that the same commissioners wi be re-elected to serve trem. in the absence of any program from tne supporters of the present form of gov ernment, we oner tne following lot me consmerauon oi our people: .x; rne simplicity of the City Man ager rian, and the ease wim which it can be understood. (2) The elimination of the s system me centralization of re yoi. - biuty. INegroes tare Quite well in Vurnam, Cnapei nm, and xtoczy Mount, three rlta in norm Carolina where this plan is now in operation. If, as the supporters of the Ci y er Plan, insist, this new plan will m efficient and cheaper governmen Raleigh, then every Negro voter shouW study this plan carefully and be public spirited enough to think first of the go of the whole community as agains few emoluments attending the employ ment of.a handful of Negroes. LINCOLN PARK & THE SEWERAGE BILL We understand that City Attorney Broughton found himself unable to an -swer coherently the questions asked him by members of the Committee of Towns and Cities, when, he attacked the con constitutionality of the bill now before the legislature which provides that the resi dents of College and Lincoln Parks be re leased from paying taxes until such time as water and sewerage are given them. Our City attorney, we are told, repeat edly impressed on the minds of the Com mitteemen that he was not in office at the time the Lincoln and College Park resi dents were taken into the city limits. When asked point blank, just what disposition has been made of the moneys collected as taxes from these people, Mr. Broughton has nothing definite to say. As to why citizens of the Park should be taken into the city limits without their consent and made to pay taxes when they received no benefits whatsoever, was not of any special importance to Mr. Broughton. He merely appeared to challenge the con stitutionality of the bill. In our opinion, the city will do well to relieve these people from paying taxes as requested in the bill. It seems clear that under the circumstances, the residents of College and Lincoln Parks have a good reason to bring suit against the city for its flagrant neglect. Assuming that the bill is unconstitution al. and taking into consideration the fact there is not the remotest possibility of the citizens of Raleigh voting for another bond issue to install sewer facilities in the section under discussion, the only other al ternative is to permit that section to with draw from the city limits. With little or no police protection; no water and no sewerage, the Park enjoys no advantage whatsoever, not to mention the taxes paid merely for the privilege of being considered a part of the city of Raleigh. o O o I A NEGRO PARK | While we take pleasure in compli menting our city officials for their belated interest in the welfare of the colored citi zens of Raleigh, for the bill designed to furnish a park for Negroes, we see no reason why this park should be designed as “A Park for Negroes.” The maintenance of public parks are possible through the payment of taxes, consequently our parks are for the enjoy nent of all the people irrespective of class color or section. It is true that the proposed park is to de embellished with a swimming pool for Negro children and that its location wilt ui the heart of the colored section of the city. In spite of all this, the classifying the project as a Negro park savors of Jim-crowism. However, we should be thankful for small favors. Our children have been de nied swimming facilities too long, for us to quibble over a name. It is better that we have a pool under any circumstance than to have no pool at all. ! We sincerely hope that this move is an effort to do something long desired for the Negro residents, and not another one of those things usually forgotten after the smoke of election day has cleared away. EDITORIALS ,The Cftrptina Tribune, .We Can’t Do Without Metals • °o° If you want to obtain an idea of 'the value of netals look around your home, office or factory. Prac tically everything you use in volves one or more metals—— auto mobiles and pens, furnaces nad thumb tacks* kitchen equipment and sporitng goods. Every basic industry is vitally dependent upon metals for making To The Colored Voters Os Raleigh WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL NOT BE HOODWINKED ON ELECTION DAY, AND WE ASK YOU TO PUT THESE QUEST IONS TO THE EXPONENTS OF THE PRESENT FORM OF CITY GOVERNMENT: Ask them just what have the commissioners done for colored peo ple that cannot be done under the City Manager plan of Government. Ask them whether or not the commissioners have kept their prom ises to the colored voters of Raleigh. As Negroes we are not only interested in how many of our people will secure employment with any group in power at City Hall, but we should be particularly interested in GOOD GOVERNMENT. GOOD GOVERNMENT FOR THE CITY OF RALEIGH MEANS: (1) Efficient handling of the affairs of the city. (2) The reduction of City Taxes. (3) Curtailment of wasteful expenditures. We do not believe that the unheal thy financial condition of the city can be ascribed to any one individual nor do we lay the blame at the doors of our present city officials. We firmly believe, however, that this condition is the outgrowth of our PRESENT SYSTEM OF CITY GOVERNMENT. The Negro citizenry of Raleigh will weigh carefully the arguments for and against a change before voting. We have no doubts but that our colored voters will vote for the City Manager plan. This plan is the most democratic and efficient form of m unicipal government in the country. A FEW POINTS TO BE REMEMBERED ABOUT THIS PLAN <l> It is simple and is understood by the voters. (2) It insures capable executives in public business. (3) Eliminates the spoils system. (4) Centralizes responsibility. REGISTER AND VOTE FOR The City Manager-Council- Mayor Plan Sponsored by a ‘ COMMITTEE OF COLORED CITIZENS PAID ADVERTISEMENT and distributing its porducts or ser vices If the impossible happened, and we suddenly found ourselves without metals tomorrow, life would have to be carried on in the neolithic manner. This illustrates the reason for the importance that is attached to the domestic mining industry and shows why far-sighted economists are so interested in fair and rea sonable legislative and tax polities for mining. WORDS OFTEN MISUSED oOo ’ Do not say 1 am well-posted on the subject say well-informed. Do not say “Each one did the work their own way? Say “his own way.” Do not say ‘‘My book is different than yours.” Say different from. Do not say “He is not as skilful as h's brother.” Say nob so skill ful as. Use so as-in negative stat-e ments. Do not say "a quarter of five • to express time” Say ‘’quarter to Page Seven five,” which means towards fpve. Vocation is a stated or regular occupation. Avocation is casual oc cupation or interest outside of one regular occupation. MISPRONOUNCED WORDS ****** Zoological. Pronounce zo-o-loj-ikal first oas in no, not a* oin tool Bury. Pronounce the u as e in ‘bet’ not u in fut Capitulate. Pronounce the sec ond syllable ‘pit’ not ‘pitch.’ Advertisement. Accent on second syllable is preferred.