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of PINAL COUNTY VOLUME NINE Service Clubs Urge Public Improvements For Coolidge Meetings Held To Determine What Projects Are Mostly Needed At a meeting held Saturday, by committees representing the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, and the Am erican Legion, the matter of secur ing for Coolidge some public im provements. under the new PWA i pim, whereby a community may se cure a grant of 45 per cent of the total cost, and a long term loan at low interest to repay the 55 per cent of cost, the argument was pre sented that inasmuch as Coolidge has to pay its proportionate share of the PWA costs, Coolidge should secure the benefits of the grants and loans available for public im provements. The joint committee agreed un animously that the following pro jects were needed: First, A Junior High School, including recreation hall, swimming pool, ground im provements, lighting system, and paving of streets around High school grounds. Second. A sewer system for Coolidge. Third, a Com munity Hall, sponsored by the Am erican Legion. Committees were appointed as follows: On proposed Junior High School, Mr. C. J. Preece. chairman; Charles E. Brown and R. T. Prath er. On Sewer System, Don Paul, chairman, Ray Lindeman and B. G. Letzring. On Community Center: Kenyon Harris, chairman, Don Paul and W. C. Ketchersid. Legal Committee: W. C. Ketcher sid, chairman. John Goree, Kenyon Harris and Coy Hamilton. Publicity Committee: Anton Runbeck, chairman, J. J. Jones, W R. Urton and Ray Lindeman. It was decided to call a mass meeting for Wednesday evening where every citizen and tax payer would have a chance to express his or her ideas on the proposed New Highway Named San Carlos Boulevard At the 4th of July celebration staged by the American Legion Post at Casa Grande, a program will be held to celebrate the com pletion of the oiling of the Casa Grande-LaPalma Highway, and the Chamber of Commerce of Casa Grande has issued invitations to Florence and Coolidge civic organi zations to join the celebration. The Board of County Supervisors have given the name of “San Carlos THE SPOILS SYSTEM AGAIN! AN EDITORIAL Last week this paper called attention to a State de partment paving: twice what this paper bid on a print job. It was just a small matter of a couple hundred dol lars of tax money thrown to a political favorite. This week we cite another instance, where a state depart ment pays exactly THREE TIMES the amount asked by this paper for the same job. Just another matter of a couple hundred dollars thrown to a political papsucker. If that sort of “public service” is practiced through out Arizona, it is no wonder taxes are high. If this prac tice of throwing your hard earned tax money around on a basis of favoritism is continued, taxes will continue to be high. No public official would pay anybody three times what he can get a job done for, if he spent his own money. IT IS YOUR MONEY THEY THROW TO THE POLITICAL BIRDS. p ubl'c indifference makes such practices possible The public official who permits political racketeers to plunder the public treasury is certainly unfit for public off'ce. The newspaper that accepts that sort of money is equally unfit for public trust. Both are equally con temptible in the eyes of honest people. A real Civil Service law for public employees and requiring that all supplies paid for with tax money be bought on a competitive basis will eliminate to a great extent the terrific waste of tax money, when spent on the basis of politiical favoritism, as it is now being spent. Coolidge examiner. projects, or any other projects that might be proposed. The various committees were charged with se curing all information possible as to legal procedure and estimated I costs and have them ready to pre sent at the mass meeting. The meeting opend last night with an attendance of about 150 and with W. C. Ketchersid acting as chairman, and a geneial discus sion of the projects suggested by the committee was had and in ad dition proposals were made to in clude two . more projects, one of sidewalk construction and one a water drainage system along Coo lidge avenue. Mr. Prather stated that the community of Coolidge, as bounded in the petition for incor poration a short time ago consists of 530 acres of land, with 2042 plat ted lots, and submitted that, if the PWA makes a grant of 45 per cent of the cost, ,a sewer system for Coolidge would cost a net of $27.50 per lot, with payments spread over a period of 20 years. Mr. C. J. Preece submitted an esti mate of cost of a new Junior High school, with ground improvements, to cost $60,000, of which $33,000 would have to be raised by bond issue and $27,000 would be grant from th ePWA. No estimates of cost had been made on other pro jects submitted. Upon motion by Paul W. Loucks, seconded by W. C. Lewis, and carried, the committee now working was instructed to con tinue investigation and to make ap plication to the PWA for amounts required, contingent upon the right of the community to refuse loans and grants proposed. Bond issues must be voted before any grants can be made, so the community is not bound by any action of the voluntary committee. Boulevard” to the new paved road from Casa Grande to LaPalma, State Highway 87 from LaPalma to one mile north of Coolidge and Highway 287 from there to Flor ence. This new route runs through the center of the San Carlos Valley. Geo. W. Burgess, chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, will provide the beef and act as host at a big barbeque feed at noon, July 4th. All citizens of the Valley are in vited to attend this dedication as well as the other events staged for the day. ©ttlu 3Hnntc~(oiiuu'it Neliispaper iit ffloolt&gr.” COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 1938 COOLIDGE GRAMMAR SCHOOL The Trustees of Coolidge School District No. 21 wish to take this! opportunity to present a few facts J about the election to vote bonds for additional class rooms, so that the voters may be better qualified to use their better judgment at the polls. After many meetings and much thought the Board of Trustees de cided upon the present course.} mainly upon two issues —Efficiency and Economy. We are thorougly of the opinion that the greatest efficiency can only be had by concentration and consolidation. We are sure that by keeping all the children together where they can be served by one heating system. on e sewer sytem. one library, one cafeteria, one drink ing fountain system, one auditori um, one nurse, one organized play ground system and where chil dren and teachers may be better divided according to their qualifi Valley Farmers Plan New Organization At a meeting held in Casa Gran de Monday evening of this week, farmers of Pinal county decided to form an organization, patterned after the Maricopa county organi zation, to "protect, preserve and maintain American institutions and ideals; to preserve the consti tutional form of government in both Nation and State, to oppose and combat any and all doctrines or practices which imperil the maintenance of these constitution al liberties; to establish and main tain agricultural stability in Ari zona, fearlessly and vigorously to use the organized strength of the community, first, to protect the public in its right to the free move ment of lawful commerce and agri culture and labor which is essen tial in a civilized community, sec ond, to uphold the firm andim partial enforcement of law by the local government, third, to defend every persons right to work, or re fuse to work, free from fear of coercion, violence, tribute, tyranny or unlawful hindrance, fourth, to protect and defend every employ er in the lawful possession and use of his property on his own premis es or on public throughfares, to protect American schools; to com- I bat the infiltration of subversive doctrines into our educational sy -1 stem; to combat the dictatorship of individuals or groups; to pro mote and protect the economic and agricultural welfare of the citizens of the United States and particul arly of the citizens of Arizona.’ A committee was selected to pro ceed with the work of organiza tion, which committee consists of Geo. W. Burgess, chairman, John Goree, C. O. Pate, Lynn Morrill and E. G. Attaway. A public meeting is scheduled to be held in Coolidge on July 7th, at which speakers will explain the need and full purposes I of the organization. cations calls for both greater effi ciency and greater economy. This program started at this time because the government will bear forty-five per cent of the cost. The cost of the program is very small compared to other programs sub mitted. The cost to the district is $12,000.00 out of the total cost of $22,000.00, the Federal Government to bear $10,000.00 of the total. This $12,000.00 is to be paid SIOOO.OO per year from 1946 to 1957. This does not mean that it will cost the school district SIOOO.OO a year for 12 years. In the budget for the com ing school year there is $480.00 set up for rent of outside buildings or rooms which must be provided for class rooms. We have the chil dren and they must be educated and >f we do not have rooms we are forced to rent them. This $480.- 00 will be saved by the building program and thus the cost is re duced to $520.00 per year for a Miss Bertha Lindel, a teacher in the El Monte, California schools, | stopped off in Coolidge Tuesday to visit a former school mate, Mrs Anton Runbeck. Miss Lindel left yesterday for Mexico City to attend summer school at the University of 1 Mexico. Mrs. Ray Lindeman is in Phoe nix this week, for dental surgery work. o Rotarians Hear Interesting Talk Mr. Hugh Miller of the South western National Monuments Serv -1 ice made an interesting talk to the “ Rotarians at their dinner last ! Thursday, on the topic: “Know, ' Your Own Community Natural As ' sets’’. Mr. Miller stated that it had ' been his observation that very few ' people in Coolidge actually knew ' the outstanding facts of interest -about the Casa Grande Ruins, lo * cated right here by our town, let ' alone the other 25 National Monu f ments directed from the local off r ice. The 26 Monuments under the > direction of Mr. Frank Pinkley and ' with headquarters at the Casa Gran ? de Ruins have a personnel of 722, ' of which 27 are located here at the ) Ruins, and consist of a total acre ‘ age of 731,026 acres. Mr. Miller J pointed out tha t by virtue of the ’ headquarters being here it means } a large local payroll, and more than ' 30,000 tourists and visitors at the 1 Casa Grande Ruins means a great 3 deal of tourist business for Coo * lidge. He suggested that Coolidge folks should familiarize themselves '' with the facts of interest about the ‘ Casa Grande Ruins so as to be able f to advise tourists who might in -1 quire. He concluded by giving a 1 short synopsis of the 26 Monu s ments directed from the local off -3 ice. 1' Mr. Frank Pinkley, director of s i the Southwestern Monuments, was I a guest visitor at the Club period of twelve years, which with interest, will make the total cost about $625.00 per year. This is about $3.00 per pupil to go to school in these rooms and the j rooms will still be used much long er than the twelve years. Counting additions and improve- 1 ments to playgrounds there is ap proximately $75,000.00 already in vested in your present school dis trict and there is only ten class rooms. By this mere cost of $625.- 00 per year you will increase your class room space by 60 per cent and increase the budget by less than 2 per cent. It costs more than $35- 000.00 per year to operate the pres ent Plant of ten classrooms so why not add $625.00 more for sixteen classrooms and give both the pupils and teachers a chance to work and breathe? BOARD OP TRUSTEES OF COOLIDGE GRAMMAR SCHOOL DISTRICT No. 21 James Herron, Jr. Out For Sheriff James Herron, Jr., of Superior, is this week announcing as a Democratic candidate for Sheriff of i Pinal County, Arizona. t Mr. Herron is a life long resident .of this state, and first came to Pinal county in 1914. He has been Supervisor from District No. 2 since 1930, and for the past several years has been engaged in the ranching business in the northern part of our county. “Jimmy,” as he is known by all of his friends, stated that, if elect ed he will show the people of this county the same courtesy and con | sideration as Sheriff that he has ex tended to them as Supervisor. He says: “I feel that the knowle | dge and information which I have gained through my experience in this capacity makes me thoroughly | familiar with the duties and the fi nancial administration of the Shei -1 iffs office, and that I will be en : abled thereby to discharge the re j sponsibilities of that office in an I efficient and business like man- I ner.” i “If elected, I pledge myself to j give the people of Pinal county the typo of administration they have a | right to expect.” o - More New Homes For Coolidge The Holsum Bakery is building two modern 5 room homes on their lots west of the Womens Club, to be occupied by their local repre sentatives, Pat Kline and Charles Rice. Both Mr. Kline and Mr. Rice have been in the employ of the Holsum Bakery for years, and both have explicit faith in Coolidge, and the company shows its faith by erecting homes here for their eni ployees. Mr. Cecil Nowlin, local contractor, is in charge of the con struction work. Revival Services At Trinity Tabernacle Evangelist and Mrs. R. M. Blanch field of Los Angeles, California, are conducting a series of Old Time Gospel meetings at the Tri nity Tabernacle, located across the j street south of the grammar school. The Blanchfields have been en gaged in evangelism through out the midwest states and will be bringing messages on current world conditions in the light of Bible truths. Rev. L. A. Lumbard, the pastor, has announced that the revival | services will be held every night at 7:45 in the arbor located on the church grounds. In the event of inclimate weather the meetings will be conducted in the church house, i Special instrumental music will be a feature of these services. The pastor has given a hearty in vitation to all to come and enjoy this gospel ministry. o Mr. Arthur Burtcher of Tucson has opened a studio in the San Carlos Theatre building and is equipped for all kinds of photo ! graphic work. LET’S ELIMINATE BUYING PUBLIC SERVICE JOBS— It is rather interesting to listen to comments on the doings of some one or another of one of the state burea us, especialy as regards political activities. If one is in clined to take everything which he hears seriously, he is bound to come to the conclusion that there can be no good in any department of our government, merely be cause of the fact that politics has somethisg to do with its makeup. As a matter of fact, we are inclined to believe rath er along that line ourselves, but our belief is that no good can come of CONTINUING to have politics as an integral part of the working of any government bureau. But, there is no necessity for the continuance of politics in our state bureaus. There is away to take them out of politics. Certain, the view that the public serv ants, especially the hired help, should be rotated among the mass of people, just because those jobs are public is not, in any manner of speaking, an economical idea of managing government. No private individual, every two years, fires all of his employes, and gets another lot, just because he decides that his original employes have been on the payroll a sufficient length of time. Yet, there are some men running for office, who promise to fire every man who is now working in any public position, and re plase those men with persons who are untrained in public service. If the people of this country really desire, and we hear constantly that they do desire, good government they must demand that this sort of wasteful method of handling our government be stopped. When they know that a candidate is promising to replace competent, trained men, with untrained persons, they should refuse to vote for that candidate, regardless of how good a man he may be. The very idea is wholly foreign to economy. It is the acme of wastefulness, incompetence, and will result only in added taxes, and a constant increase in governmental expenditures. There is another angle to this which is particularly important. That is the fact that it virtually leads to the buying and selling of positions on the government pay roll. If a candidate, in seeking election, promises jobs to his most ardent supporters—he actually means that he is giving the job to the person who furnishes the greatest amount of money to be expended in behalf of his candi dacy. That practice is actually putting governmental jobs up for sale to the highest bidder—and is a far cry from anything which resembles a democratic form of government. We have no quarrel with a person who is now hold ing a position in public service who desires to hold his job, nor have we any personal antipathy for anyone who desire to secure for himself one of those positions. It is only human for men to seek those jobs, which promise security for a considerabe length of time, and it is only natural that candidates use these means to make more certa ; n their election. Our contention is that the system which permits this condition is entirely wrong, and it should be replaced by a merit system of holding public service positions which will make impossible the buying and selling of those jobs. The whole answer lies in one short sentence: Thac the voters demand that Civil Service be established in our county and state government.—Chandler Arizonan. LOCAL PAPER for LOCAL PEOPLE NUMBER 18 Speed Is Urged On School Construction A telegram was received Monday by the Coolidge Grammar School, reading as follows: “Your hopes of receiving an early allotment of PWA funds de pend on an immediate submission of your application so as not to delay start of construction after allotment. Please advise by wire when you will submit your applica tion. K. A. GODWIN, Regional Director, PWA.” Local grammar school authorities advise that an application for this grant was submitted about two weeks ago by the architect in charge of the proposed school addi tion. The Sacaton boys are going right ahead with their plans for a real) 4th of July celebration at Sacaton. The program is said to be good and well worth attending. o The Coolidge Boosters trimmed up the State Hospital boys at the game here Sunday, with a score of 6 to 3.