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THE CLOVIS NEWS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1921.
! DTIRl in FnPIIM I , Viowi of Olhcn on CmnmUsion Form of Government for Clovii. FAVORS COMMISSION. j m ss to the inannirc nienl of only tin HI...1I,,,.. :, .. . . r.,,,,i f iMivcwirs v.m nn i'i 1 nn.-i (rovcniim iu car.-n m i-i.l:. .11. ill.- mlicr i, is purely a mk.Ci.i of tin o ; i.i-us .if Clovis vol ire; villi. 1 for or iiiia.nst I lie chnnirc. I:' tin- c:t.:viis. or owner of the (Tm water v-.oi..:, el. ctric l.t.!ii, ond sevvei!it.rc, want efficiency in niannKoimni they can Ki t it liy voting for and seeing that the commission form is won at the election. If thr owners 11 iv satisfied without anyone except the city council to nee that the city property which the residents of Clovis own, it is well enough to let its government remain as it now is. With a commission form of govern ment the city will have a city man ager who will devote his full and complete time to the tnniiiiKciiieiit of the city's affairs. The city owns property valued at about half a mil lion dollars und under the present form of government the only man agement or attention given this half million dollar business is ahout two meetings per month of the city coun cil. The opponents of the change say it is imposs.hle to get hark into the old aldennaiiic form of government should we go into the commission form of government. This is an er ror. If Clovis does noi wish to con t'liue the commission f 111 in of gov ernment, once she has tried it, sin directors with meetings two weeks it I ' i i 1 1 .Hid .nniet 'lues four wei ks . ,i.' .:'.' Tl: .-' i not an appeal to the eili.i nship hi Clovis to vote on a po litical question, hut a question of .). iliir .ii' no! the city business of Clovis rhall have business manage ment or run like it has in the past. We do not criticize the present coun cilinen or mayor nor any past mayor or eiiiincilnicn, but it is a known fii'-t that no eight men can meet twice 'n thirty days and attend to a $500,000 business and do it right. The big banks of Clovis have a president, cash ier and .some six or seven other good people right on the job from 8 a. m. to ( o. 111. each day seeing that their business is attended) to right and properly. Suppose a bank ran with only a meeting of directors each two weeks, would that be considered giiod business? It would not, and neither is it good business to run the City of Clovis, a half million dollar business,! in a slack way. Clovis needs a man ager on the job every day. Voters should investigate this matte.' and learn from business men the whys and wherefores before they rush mad ly to the jii ils and vote aga'::sf, the ronuirssinn f u 111 of govn.i lent. Thousands of cities in the United States have adopted the commission even Tig wi'ii an open mind to be con vinced lliat Clovis should adopt the proposed commission form of govern ment, but will frankly say that this meeting confirmed my belief that Clovis should reject this change. The clrim, dons for ihe change presented a- aigumeiit the following reasons: I ! That ihe proposed change present ed no inula! issue. Let's see if this is true. In ten days after the three eoinniiss duels are elected they can meet und two of them will have the ' authority to repeal every moral or- () dinance that Clovis possesses. There! () ...'Ml . I- .. , . ! S win ue inr power in me mayor 10 veto the sume and in this brief time two men can destroy all that Clovis has been able to gain morally in ten years. Also under said law the business man ager shall employ all policemen and discharge them at will. The city has no voice in who shall be the manager, and if he wants an open town he can have it by employing officers that will not enforce our laws. Then hnw can one say that there is no moral questions, in this issue. The moral I () standing of Clovis is one of her greatest assets and do we want to I (g take a chance und throw this away? 1 Thov nevt iiririiiwl Hint Clovi tool : ) 1 property worth a half million dollars j I and that the same should have the 1 AST )(X) TIP ii id s UGGEST ONS j r r .. . . . can return to the aldennaiiic form of."'"" " "'""'" " noi uvo per g.ivernn.eiil. The city manager willjrt'nt lms n',l"'m,1 to ,h' 01,1 "l,l(," be absolutely at the command of the , m'" fon" of Rovi-mim-nt. If cities three commissioners and thov can re-;"k" W K'h"a' Kans"s- wi,h 80-ftn0 lease him from the citv employ at ' P"l''''". n be managed better anv time without consulting anvone ! w'lh thm' min th,m ciKhl aldermen. ,.v ,1 ii.,..iv. Tl ;,v .,.', 'w,'.v t Clovis? Lots of cities in will have absolute control over the citv business and will bn hiriwl and paid to see that the citv water lin, P'V'.rnment and they say it is better liirlit u.siTM trot 11 f'lir rmiim'o ili nl ntul that evei-v man who works for Ihe ' U"',,imJ ,0 lh 0,11 '"" city will be under the city manager. 1 the United Suites with 100,000 popu lation have the commission form of It is gooil business ami good sense to have some one i. vote his full time to the .M)0,mi(l city business of Clo vis. 1'iider the form of government We life now under it is ageinst the lav, for a i !t, to employ a city 111.111 uger, and should the council whip the matter aronnd th sti .up. the city maiiaei I would h.nc no 'lutlioriiy and coll !il not aci'iimpi'sh .-iir.-h-.n.'. Com par the City of Clovis' busincs with ope of the bij; 1 1 ; 1 1 1 1 . s of 1 1 ,-1 -. or any business house. Is it reasonable to cw 11 suppose that any business cnii eerr. with a capital of half a million dollars would leave the whole husi. proof of it is they are not re- If Clovis iioi'sn t likt the commission form of government, she can return to what we now have. A i'lnvit Voter. NOT CONVINCED. The writer attended the ecting at the Court llousi Koruni Friday .-.el. ..,i-ii, -.ii. n s I'll .,!AN : .;ki JhtX I . It NT m.:n i! I'd ..tm f')-ll Of Jtl'il -r it -h. y tlt.t r I I c 1 1 You want to buy. You want to sell. You want to rent. You want to insure, yourself, your house, your store, your auto, your plate glass, your diamonds, or any thing at all. SEE F. S. BURNS Real Estate, Insurance, Loans Next Door to Post Office Phone 194 personal supervision of a business1 manager, und to illustrate this theyj(g) referred to our superintendent ofjg) schools and asked what our schools jjgj wonltl be without a superintendent. yJ Anyone who is informed, knows that! Clovis has always maintained a super-! inteiident who has the special train-; ing and skill in handling our valuable 1 (g) property, and if we employ a city. manager we could not afford to keep'lgs both so the man nf wkilt veool.l lotei. I f t' go and where is the benefit. Ill They finally admitted that they1 knew nothing about the commission form of government but they had let- ters from men who did know and that () settled it. Nn doubt, these letters' were all solicited, and while they;W boosted the commission form of irav. 1 s ernment, I believe I could solicit from the same towns aie) obtain many more I Iters condemning the same, to fact, while this argument was be ing made a man of high stand. ng in ( lovi. staled tu me that lie had j'ist received I'oiir unsolicited letters from rood men in Albuquerque iidvi.-ini; u o di f at the commission form of government. These letters tin;.- p o 'lured can have little weight because nolle of tin-Ill Were from town.- Work lig under our proposed law. L'vcli if we should agree with tle se men thai the commission form of gov ernment was best and that the law preseiit d to us for For Her For Him SUITS SUIT COATS OVERCOAT - DRESSES SHIRTS HANDKERCHIEFS GLOVES GLOVES PAJAMAS SILK UNDERWEAR HANDKERCHIEFS BLOUSES TIES PETTICOATS BATH ROBE BATH ROBE SLIPPERS KIMONOS UNDERWEAR SLIPPERS MUFFLERS We also want to wish our many Friends and Customers a very Merry Christmas. ; (Pi MANDEI The Store of Quality i () Tw o can i peal financial statements. H. He is permitted to set salaries too much power our laws. .". No lim.t is placed upon the sal- adoption was a ary of the business manager. good one (which it is not J we would c. nt. js nt required to furnish then have serious doubt whether u )Uu. Clovis is large enough for this form j 7 Hl, js , ,,(lin,ll tQ f(.nVil oi guverniuenv. L,ei us musuiue our meaning in this way. In larger cities; thii Hl.nroM btivi, nifn uninlnvnil nt' floor walkers who greet the custo-,01' "" offic"rs v;lthullt limit' mers and see that they get prompt He is not required to keep ex utteiition and see thut no thefts are ; penditures -vithm a bud"et. committed. This is fine and no doubt ' 1- "e is not Required to be a pays the mer:'iant. Hut why do not man of technical skill and learning the merchants of Clovis employ floor ' different departments of the walkers? Simply because their busi- cit' Kovernmont. ness is too small, and will not justify H- He is authorize.! to discharge the expense. So it is with Clovis in : t will all policenlcn. Too much regard to a paid mayor and city man-' P'r '""I o!'''"1 the way for graft, ager. We arc too small and can not '2. The commissioners, except afford it. I mayor, are provided with no salary, I w which this law is fatally defective. 1. It provides no recall for our mi 1 1 i i , , rri . ii i ii. i ne commissioners an go oui all coming in would be cosily Ceitrude llockenhull, Blanche I 15. It gives the major no veto Lam-wood Stevenson. i- i .... . . t t, ii power. j vocai .mho, pceonu iiami ivuse Space will not permit point ing nut lllaiiehe l.anewood Stevenson, further diffects. Suffice to say tint j Kollowing this canie the amusing this law was too bad for Tucuin.-ari ' part of the evening in a fashion show to swallow, and will Clovis uko it in which Blanche Phillips and Bill iu with a gulp? When I go on a joutn.'.i ! lirii.ur represented a sport girl and I want to know the way or have a! buy, Hortense Homar and Earl Col good guide. In this manner Clovis I lins were attired in evening costume, has neither. It is a case of the blind land the college students were Louise leading the blind. The good people of Clovis had better watch their step mention only a few places in1""'1 ""'anlial men will not run for me on ice. L! The law provides no adequate way to nominate coimiii.-sdners. 2. It gives us no chance to rev it to our pre.ient form of government .1. It provides no safeguards for . the city. 4. The commissioners are given at the same time, and all new men on the 27th and lock the stable door before the horse is stolen. S. O. S A Citizen. JUNIORS ENTERTAIN. Walton as a senior, Harold Murphy as a junior, Cleo Allcorn as a sopho more and William Jones us a Fresh man. Representations of the faculty were in the person of Ruby Beaver Minnie lla.elwood, Velma Houk, Thelma Houk, Jessie i'routy, Edith Iluuchelle, Curl The junior class of the high school Heatherly, Bessie entertained theniM-lves, the und the football teum Friday evening. Hell, Monroe Cant, Jean Walton and faculty Monzingo, Lloyd McFarland, George John Howell. The hell boy for the evening was Leonard Jeinigan, who Ain't We Got Fun" helped make the program interesting throughout. After the program, re freshments of cocoa and sandwiches were served in the Domestic Science room, and the happy evening elided. I at 7:30, and the following program was rende.'ed: Violin Solo, Floyd Marsh. Contralto Solo, "All By Myself" Gertrude Hockenliull. Duet, "There's Only One Ball After EVERYTHING IN- 4M-:'M-t V t ! t t Holiday Smokes Packed in Boxes of 5, 10, 25 and 50 Cigars A Complete Line of Sheaffer Fountain Pens and Pencils Box Stationery to Please You High Grade Candy A Nifty Line of" Cigarette and Cigar Holders POSTOFFICE NEWS STAND r: C: p.- it.. f e: !ci t t.: i,K tl iT. Is C'5 C-i ::C-1 iC'i Ci c; w: HOLIDAY CREETINGSJ 'E Heartily Wish You a MERRY CHRIST MAS and a More Prosperous 1922 Friendly Business is more than Friend ship, it is Fellowship. Christmas Day no one served From 11:00 to 2:00 ELECTRIC FILLING STATION Service Supreme 3 i-:3 t-.3 3 (0 3 (3 (i3 (:3 i-3 3 (0 '3 f-3 (;3 i3 fa 10 a a a f;3 a (3 10