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Entered as second-class matter March 7, 1930 at the post office at
Coolidge, Arizona, under the Act of March 3, 1879.
A. C. and H. H. WRENN, Publishers
Subscription Rate, Per Year $2.00
Tiki* newspaper *t • nember of r
Arizona Newspapers AsseoAriON
For Greeter Public Service
As these early February days come and go we be
come more and more conscious of two great men in the
history of these United States and the manner in which
they have influenced the lives and thoughts of those
living today. Washington and Lincoln, great men and
great presidents, laid down certain precepts, which all
Americans have accepted as aviomatic truths.
Perhaps no single political campaign is held now-a
days without one or the other candidates comparing his
platform or his ideas with those of Washington or
Lincoln. The halls of congress echo with oratorical utter
ings of pseudo statesmen who ring in the names of Wash
ington and Lincoln at every opportunity.
And every year editorial writers write long winded
blurbs about the father of our country and the great
Everything we’ve ever read about Lincoln dwindles
to insignificance as a characterization of the man who
was born to obscurity 132 years ago in a Kentucky log
cabin, when we recall the soul-stirring phrases of his
Gettysburg speech, originally scribbled on the back of a
tattered envelope and given extemporaneously.
With America on the verge of a second world
war with Germany (if not actually already involved) it
might do well for all of us to re-read the simple speech
Abraham delivered at Gettysburg, Nov. 19, 1863.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought
forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty,
and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created
equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing
whether that nation, or any other nation so conceived
and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a
great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate
a portion of that field as a final resting-place foir those
who here gave their lives that the Nation might live. It
is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot
concentrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave
men, living and dead, who struggled there have consecrat
ed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The
world will little note, nor long remember, what we say
here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is
for us the living rather, to be dedicated here to the un
finished work which they who fought here have thus far
so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicat
ed to the great task remaining before us—that from
these honored dead we take increased devotion t<? that
cause for which they gave the last full measure of devo
tion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall
not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall
have a new birth of freedom and that government of the
people, by the people, for the peopl, shall not perish
from the earth.
Something must be done, and done soon, about the
flagrant disregard of traffic regulations in Coolidge.
C ars park two and three deep in the business section on
Saturdays. Stop signs are passed in much the same man
ner the proverbial freight train passes the hobo. Motorists
pass through the school zones on Arizona Boulavard with
seeming disregard of warning signs. Apparently few
travelers even slow up when passing the high school and
grade school which face the state highway.
Citizens of Coolidge are becoming aroused to traffic
dangers and discussion is heard at nearly every meeting
of city civic organizations.
Either the county sheriff or highway patrol, or
both, should make some effort to slow down through traf
fic and straighten out intracity violations or there is going
to be a great deal of explaining done to keep an aroused
citizenry in hand. Coolidge is not an incorporated city
and cannot handle its own traffic problem. As an integral
part of the state and county it is entitled to police pro
tection and civic leaders of the town mean to see that it
is afforded.
—o ——
As a new feature which we believe most Examiner
readers will enjoy we call your attention to “The Watch
tower” which appears on this page.
Written by T. W. B. Anderson, Arizona’s most
thoroughly capable, independent political anaylist and
columnist, The \\ atchtower will bring to the Examiner
a digest of political opinion and comment. We recom
mend this column for exactly what it is; entertaining,
informational and interesting. Mr. Anderson is personally
acquainted with every political leader in Arizona. He
knows what makes most of them tick; he knows the
source from which many of them receive their orders and,
most important of all, he knows when they are sincere
and when they are simply shouting for effect.
As a columnist we defend his right to do his own
thinking and analyizing and we don’t expect to always
agree with him any more than we expect his readers to
always agree with him.
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For the second time in less than 12 months state
auditor Ana Fromiller has refused to pay claims for pre
paring and printing Arizona Highways. The first time
Mrs. Fromiller aroused a storm of protest that put to
shame the trouble Pandora stirred up when she opened
her fabled box. Governor Bob Jones stepped into the
breach then and saved the magazine. And Mrs. Fromiller,
with the campaign for reelection coming on, was more
than willing to drop her objections.
This time the Legislature is in session and it is ardent
ly hoped by the thousands of Arizona readers that the
work of Raymond Carlson and Arizona Highways shall
receive such legislative endorsement by clarification of
the state highway code that the excellent work which is
now being done may never again be hindered.
Arizona Highways, the finest publication of its
kind in the United States, carries a monthly invitation to
visit Arizona to hundreds of thousands of folks through
out the nation. It presents the story of Arizona as a
wonderland of tourist attraction; as a haven of rest and
surcease from the storms of winter to the easterner; as
a pleasant summer playground to the summer vacationist
and as a state of never-ending interest to tourists of all
Certainly the most unpopular individual in Arizona
will be the legislator who fails to vote for the continua
tion of Arizona Highways and other tourist promotion
activities of the state highway department under the
direction of Raymond Carlson and the farsighted leader
ship of the highway commissioners and the state engineer.
Coolidga church census, present ai d planned reviaval,
make worthy of re-printing seven reasons for NOT go
ing to church appearing in a guest editorial in the Phoe
nix Garotte this week. The seven reasons follow:
1— (Infallable, r.s a momentary narcotic.) ‘‘Thanks, but
Sunday is the only day I have for outdoor exercise,
and we must guard our health, you know.”
2 “Listen, I’d go if the church wasn’t so full of hypo
crits.” (Presumably the grandstand isn’t; nor the golf
3~“Aw, I’m not very good at going to church.” (No
arguing that point! But that wasn’t the point.)
4—“ Sunday is the only day I can sleep late, and I need
sleep to restore my energy.” (Darned if you don’t!
We noticed that at the club last night.)
3“I let my wife take care of my religion.” (No proxy
votes up There.)
6“I went once, and all the preacher did was ask for
money.” (We shot that preacher. He ought to have
known Christianity was free.)
7 “The smart people don’t go to church.” (Heil Hitler!)
God bless you and guard you, and may the meditations
of your heart (if any) keep you in happiness always.
Meaty is one word for the program advanced by the
Arizona Farm Bureau, presented to the state legislature
Monday, and fair is antother. The message of Cecil Miller,
president of the federation, was well received by the
“We believe that all recognize the need of economy,”
he decalred flatly. “We believe that the answer to our
problems is not the shifting of the tax burden from one
group to another, and that any attempt to do so is not
promoted by the best interpretation of good citizenship.
We believe that economy is essential, and we of agricul
ture wish to set an example.”
He pointed out the farm bureau’s plan to consolidate
all related agencies into a state department of agriculture.
“It has been authoritatively stated, and not publicly
contradicted, that it costs as much to run the state of Ari
zona as the total costs for the state of New Mexico, Utah,
and Nevada. That, indeed, is an alarming situation.” he
declared.—Mesa-Journal Tribune.
Sid Osborn has asked the legislature to tie the state
of Arizona up in a nice, be-ribboned package and hand
it to him on a platter so that he can run the outfit to suit
him self and his henchmen. Wanna bet?
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A Compendium of fiPM
Arizona Political
PHOENIX, Jan. 31—The 15th
legislature seems to have near
ly everyone puzzled. First ques
tion usually asked of observers
by Arizonas visiting the capital
city is “What is the legislature
going to do?”
It’s doubtful if anyone know
exactly. Rut one thing is certain:
the current session will pass fewer
measures than most any of its
Sentiment of the solons was re
vealed by a remark of one of them
to a group of his colleagues. He
said: “The finest thing we could
do would be to commit ourselves
at this time not to pass more than
five bills.” His colleagues nodded
* * *
Delay in presentation of the
governor s reorganization program,
which in addition to the proposed
Colorado River authority appear to
be the administratoon’s pet pro
jects, provoked some criticism.
When letters were read to the
senate asking that body to“sup
port the governor’s program,” Sen.
W illiam Coxon of Pinal rose to
make a pointed inquiry.
“I would like to know,” he said,
“how these organizations and indi
vidauals are sufficiently familiar
with the governor’s program to
urge its support at this time. I
am unacquainted with the aims of
the chief executive. I would like
to know if any member of this
senate possesses knowledge of the
governor’s program.” None answ
• • •
In connection with the gov
ernor’s request for authority to
reorganize state departments by
executive decree some of his ob
servations shortly after his defeat
of two years ago have come back
to plague him.
Instead of attributing the same
motive—economy—to reorganiza
tion plans of his predecessor, Bob
Jones, the incumbent governor
wrote in his weekly magazine on
Jan. 20, 1939: "Already the gov
ernor’s (Jones) insatiable lust for
power has involved him in bitter
quarrels with state officials and
departments and a knockdown and
dragout fight with the legislature
is in the offing. The hot fight of
the movement, one that may cause
an irreparable breach between the
executive and legislative branches,
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is the governor’s proposal to take
absolute control of the state high
way department. * * * If there is
any valid reason why the highway
department should be placed at
the whim or caprice of any gov
ernor, we have yet to hear it. The
present administration has given
no reason for its demand for con
trol of that department other than
After declaring that a governor
controlled highway department
proved unsatisfactory, the article
continued: “Now, the present
governor desires to return to the
old and discarded system. Why?
There can be but one reason. He
desires the patronage of that de
partment to take care of his poli
tical workers. The promise made
every day now to the political
worker is “Just wait until we gain
control of the highway department
and you will be taken care of.’
* * * we feel confident that the
legislature will be exceedingly
loathe to turn over the highway
department to this or any other
governor in order that he may pay
his political debts.”
Several legislators told this
column they received the foregoing
excerpts, togther with numerous
others, from Dunbar’s Weekly, the
present governor’s political maga
zine published during the time two
years ago when he was editorially
trying to upset Governor Jones’
legislative program.
* * •
In a vanguard of the economy
In government movement which
appears to be meeting with the
approval of a majority of the legis
lators, is the Arizona Tax Research
association. This organization
numbers in its membership many
hundreds of taxpayers—large and
small—in all parts of the state.
The association’s single purpose
—economy in government for the
benefit of taxpayers—has received
a receptive ear from the solons.
This is due in large measure to the
constructive and informative ap
proach of the association to the
problem in which it is interested.
An example is seen in the pres
ence of an experienced author
sitting in with the appropriations
committees of both houses, giving
members the benefit of expert In
formation. This is the first time
in state history anyone has been
vigilantly watching out for the in
terests of the taxpayers. Hereto
fore, the only appearances before
appropriations committees were
those of persons or groups seek
ing increased expenditures.
Legislators have expressed their
appreciation for the helpfulness of
the tax associations’ experts in
pointing out shortcuts to more
economical government.
* * *
Consolidation of all departments
and bureaus of state relating to
the agricultural interests is pro
posed in a measure this week.
While it includes everything from
inspection of fertilizers to wool
growing, it was noticed immediate
ly that the livestock board was
The reason for this was spotted
by ;a newspaper correspondent,
who was sending the story to his
paper. “The cattlemen have too
many of their number in the legis
* * *
It may be that the quarrel of
long standing between Atty. Gen.
Joe Conway and the state legisla
ture is near an end.
Mr. Conway incurred the dis
pleasure of some solons several
years ago when one of his deputies
told newspaper correspondents the
legislators were sending private
telegrams and buying flowers for
wives and friends at state expense.
The legislators retaliated by par
ing the attorney general’s appro
priation to x the bone. In so doing
they all but‘crippled the function
ing of the office.
It appeared this year that a
further reduction might be effect
ed. When one of the senators
came up with the statement Ari
zona had more assistant attorneys
general than New Mexico, Colora
do or Utah, Mr. Conway queried
officials in those states. It develops
that New' Mexico, with slightly
more population than Arizona, has
14 and Colorado, with consideraly
more population, a like number.
Arizona has four who represents
103 of the state’s 108 departments,
boards and commissions.
» * *
Mr. Conway cited to the legisla
ture the fact he inherited SIO,OOO
from his predecessor, John L. Sul
livan, for legal hire in connection
with Colorado river matters. All
legal work for the river commis
sion was performed by the attor
ney general’s office for the first
year at a total cost of $72. Then,
along came the paring of Mr. Con
way’s wings and the legislature
took the fund away from him.
Another attorney was employed
at $5,000 a year plus stenographic
hire, travel expenses and other
charges. The $16,000 soon was
The attorney general pointed to
this incident as an argument in
favor of economy, a matter in
which the 15th legislature appears
to be profoundly interested. It
looks like most of the solons are
in accord with the A. G.’s views.
* * *
Ex-U. S. Sen. Henry F. Ashurst
is permitted to retain an office
in the Senate office building
through senatorial courtesy . . .
Arizonans reurning from the na
tional capital says President Roo
sevelt is expected to eventually
“take care of Henry” . . . Numer
ous good roads advocates were
smiling over the remark Governor
Osborn made at their session in
Phoenix . . .The chief executive
said: “Not a single highway com
missioner has called on me.”

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