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66 Thy Morals Tell Thy Mind "
Few qestion that this is the greatest
country on earth. Its greatness stems
from its people and their ability to
adjust to the changing of times. Its
abundant resources intelligently used
over the years with ingenuity and
imagination have brought the highest
standard of living to more people than
any ever known before.
There is good in this country. In
small towns and large cities, there are
people who still maintain the true
values of life. The trustworthiness of
the early settlers still exists in many
places. The helping hands of the
pioneers can be found still, if one
looks for them. And even today the
bravery of those who died to save this
nation is still displayed. But on it all,
time is running out.
Alexander Pope once wrote: "Let
thy morals tell thy mind". Through
the years it has been the morals of the
American people that have sustained
this nation. The "I'd-rather be-right
than-President" attitude. Honesty is
the best policy. Crime does not pay.
But look at us today. Sorrowfully
swallowed up in a quagmire of
atheism with an "Anything-for-a
buck" attitude widely accepted. We
are torn apart by forces we can
neither describe, understand or con
trol. Like so many great nations be
fore us, we hang frighteningly on the
abyss of destruction.
Where once the good far out
weighed the evil, we search now for
justification of things our forefathers
would not have tolerated. Horse
thieves were hung. It mattered not the
value of the horse. Wrong was wrong
and a man was good or he was dead.
When villages were attacked, they
were defended and if they were worth
living for, they were worth dying for.
A man's word was his bond. A
promise was better than a contract.
Neighbors were neighbors and helping
each other was the natural thing to
do. If they were to survive in the early
days of this country, it was also the
necessary thing to do.
Look at us now. In recent days,
these are just a few of the things
brought to light. Let thy morals fell
- 120,000 automobiles were stolen
in New York City last year.
- Two persons arrested in Washing
ton for printing a newspaper in which
was shown a "suggestive caricature of
a naked judge".
- In New York, ten actors were
? arrested for performing on a Broad
way stage completely naked. And
they called this art.
- Television is threatened with pre
showing of programs before a cen
soring panel to protect the public.
- While so-called peace is talked in
Paris-, more and more Americans die
each day in Vietnam. ^
- A mother of nine moved to New
York from Mississippi to collect more
welfare - $515 monthly in New York;
$200 in Mississippi - and she has been
cut off for owning a "shack" in
- A large soup manufacturer has
been threatened with a suit unless it
Slops misleading the public Wi its
? A college instructor in Richmond
is released?,from the army by a federal
court after he decided to become a
conscientious objector after 17 weeks
- And in Chapel Hill, the American
flag under which so many have died,
was taken down because a hippie
singer, Joan Baez objected to it
* In Washington, six Roman
Catholic priests and a num were ar
rested for breaking into the Dow
Chemical Co. office, pouring human
blood on the furniture and throwing
company files out the window.
? Negro militant Howard Fuller,
whose sole claim to fame has been a
disruptive careet as leader of Durham
demonstrators is honored by election
to the Board of Directors of the
National Association of Community
? And this week, the United States
Supreme Court ruled that a suspect
must not only be told of his rights to
remain silent when arrested, but on
each and every occasion when quest
- And the same court freed a
prisoner, who was caught when his car
wrecked while running away from a
bank robbery. The court ruled that
the money was found in his car
without a search warrant.
- In Wallace, N. C., a 13-year-old
school girl is abducted and murdered.
- Congress given itself a 41 percent
raise and ups the national debt by $12
billion to a staggering total of $377
And an apology is demanded by
the Governor of Mississippi for a
remark made on national television by
comic Jerry Lewis that he had full
filled a life-long ambition to go to the
bathroom while flying over Miss
- And the Federal Bureau of Roads
has- ordered the Christian Reform
Church of Corsida, South Dakota to
move two chapels from along highway
90, saying their location along a fed
eral Interstate highway is a breech of
the separation of church and state.
- The Supreme Court seems intent
that Big Brother will replace God.
And in the Campaign to eradicate any
vestige of religion from the schools,
the preaching of brotherhood assumes
a strange and frenzied tone.
_ - The Sermon on the Mount is
verboten. The Lord's Prayer is only
for silent rememberance; don't move
- the lips. You can't sing "America" or
"God Bless America", or recite the
Plege of Allegiance.
? But radio spots blare out the new
religion. The government's spot an
1 nouncements for its "anti-poverty"
programs implore us to give hope, to
give jobs - to "Give a Damn". That's
the government's new sologan.
Let thy morals tell thy mind. Let
us all pray.
The Fra$k]Kn Times
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Gentlemen, the economic crisis
calls for action again.
Corporations are still expanding
and people need money for
housing . . .
Gentlemen, this ... ? ? - -
thinking. We must come up with
an even better idea.
even in the face of our brilliant
tactics of raising interest rates
three times in the past year.
Let's raise the interest
Senseless, Needless Death
The Courier-Times, Roxboro, N. C.
Editor's Note: On Sunday, March
16. a 16-year-old Roxboro youth, a
passenger in a 1968 automobile driven
by a 38-year-old man, was killed when
a tire blew out and the car ran off the
road and overturned. Others passen
gers in the car reported the vehicle
was traveling in excess of 100 miles
per hour. The youth was a carrier for
the Rdxboro newspaper. The com
ments by Neil Rattican, Editor of the
Courier-Times, should have a lasting
impression on us all.
With apologies to none, we are
mad; boiling mad, disgusted and sick
at heart altogether. And with good
reason and ample justification.
Last Sunday afternoon Person
County lost much, a young boy. You
may have known him, or he may have
been a total stranger. We had the
privilege of knowing him for several
years, watching him grow from a
gawky, gangling youngster occupied
with skate boards and bicycles and
kites into the expanding, fascinating
in-between period of adolescence.
In the early years of manhood, we
would watch on from a distance,
amused at times, such as in the age-old
course of life, when he made the
revolutionary discovery that girls are
made to co-exist with rather than to
fight with. By nature, he was a friend
ly youth, with a keen mind, a quick
wit and a ready smile. We liked him a
lot, as you can tell.
This boy is dead now, at the age of
He died senselessly and needlessly,
and therein lies the tragedy of a
problem which plagues our nation.
On our highways, we daily are
slaughtering more of our young
people than mere statistics can relate.
We are squandering potential citizens
whose talents could benefits us all.
Their capabilities and contributions to
mankind are cut short before they
i to flower and the fault is ours.
oyy so, you say?
Simply by this one factor; The
automobile - America's major status
symbol. These fabrications of steel are
idolized, pampered, boasted and
placed upon pedestals. And these
same shiny machines are lethal wea
pons, as deadly as any firearm.
A car is not a toy. Qur highways
are not race tracks. Supposedly ma
ture adults with half an ounce of
common sense should not be allowed
to jeopardize the lives of our young
people simply to show " what this
baby will do." We all should have
more sense than to permit this to
A young boy is dead, the victim of
a car wreck which never should have
No amount of outrage and indigna
tion can restore him, no more than
any river of tears can recall him to
life. It is a shameful travesty and
commentary, the hopelessness and
futility, we all share as one. The
blame, too, is ours. We are indicted,
found guilty, with a self-sentence of
having to live with the knowledge that
we have - by the simple acceptance of
traffic fatalities as an everyday, or
dinary event - condoned genocide.
Think of this. A young boy is dead.
And unless the mania for more power
ful automobiles is checked, more will
follow. Much soul searching and a
re-adjusted sense of values is called
for, is absolutely mandatory.
A young boy is dead. There is no
excuse, ho possible way to rationalize
away the fact that he died for no
reason, needlessly and tragically.
Think about him. Think long and
hard. Don't shove him out -of your
mind or try to forget him.
You remember this boy, every time
you pick up your set of car keys and
wheel out of the driveway. You re
member this boy, every instancFyou
are tempted to make a little time on
the straightaways of our highways.
You think about him everytime
you toy with the idea of seeing what
that big classy job of yours will do
when it's wide open and floorboarded.
And you bear him in mind every time
you get peeved at the world and take
your anger and frustration and worry
out on the highway.
This boy will stay with you, we
think. And you needn't worry about
being alone. He will haunt us as well
for the duration of our days, this
young boy who died before he really
had a chance to live.
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I didn't get a invitation, but I went anyway. A fellow told
me that even though the meeting was for wheels only, nobody
would know if I went.
I hadn't never seen a real live Congressman up close to talk
to and 1 was curious. 'Course I'd seen some on television and
pictures in the newspapers but that ain't the same as live, in
person, up close.
So 1 put on my best overalls and thumbed a. ride with a
truck driver that didn't know where he was going either. 1 seen
the crowd from the road and 1 yell to the driver to stop. 1
scared him. 1 know 1 did "cause he turned white and slaipmed
on he brakes and skidded off the road. Then he turned red. I
didn't know I yelled that loud.
I told him I'd love to stay and help him get unstuck but I
had a date with a real live Congressman and 1 had to go. 1
didn't really nave a
date-only boys and
girls do that -but 1
? thought it would im
press the truck
driver. I could tell he
hadn't never been
nowhere cause he
was from Raleigh.
And to show you
what kind of fellow
hi was. you know he
didnt believe me
when I told him I
J was going to see a
* real live Congress
man. He thought I
was just trying to get
out of helping him.
Now, don't that beat all. He told me so, too and that ain't all
the things he said. I could still hear him while I was running
It was raining horses and elephants. The cats and dogs
would've drowned. That fellow was right: Nobody didn't pay
no attention to me. I just stood there getting wet as them
wheels and watched. I walked over to one squint-eyed fellow
and asked, "Are you a Congressman?" He said no he as a
Mayor. The next fellow said he was a Clerk of a Court and
another one said he as a Register of Deeds -whatever that is.
Nobody would own up to being a Congressman.
Finally-I was getting wetter by the minute, and more
aggravated -I saw this little fellow peeping underneath a bush .
and I watked over and said. "Pardon me. sir (using my politest
manners), are you a Congressman?"
"No, I'm a banker", he said kinda bragging like. "A
banker," I shouted. Everybody looked. "Whatever in the
world is a banker like you doing out here in all this rain and
you ain't got no raincoat. Is your money that scarce?", I
"Didn't have time to ge*t one," he answered. "What is a
fellow? dressed like you, that is, 1 mean, what is a fellow like
you doing out here in his, ug, overalls?"
"I'm looking for a Congressman," I said without shame.
You could see 1 had hit a sore spot. "That's exactly what I'm
doing," he said straightening his ten-dollar tie and what little
hair he had left.
"You exoect to find him under that bush?", 1 asked. I
shouldn't Msked that. He didn't appreciate it. I could tell. I
can always tell when a banker gets mad. Right off, he asked if
I'd made a deposit that day.
"A fellow told me if I'd come oul here 1 could see a real
live Congressman in person. I been out here in the rain for a
long time and all I seen is a Mayor, a Clerk and a Register. I
want to see a Congressman." 1 stood right there and told him
all that. I was getting a mite fretted myself. If they won't
gonna have a Congressman they ought to have said so.
"The Congressman is in town," the little fellow said. "1 left
him there. . Then he cut off. His eyes rolled and his tongue
stopped wagging. Me looked like he's seen a ghost. "There he
is," he shouted. "There comes the Congressman." Well, sir . ,
after all there won't no need to shout. How about that . . a
banker that ain't never seen a real live Congressman in person.
Why, shucks, even old Fiink wont all that excited.
I seen him walking up the muddy path. He wore a raincoat
and a hat and looked just as natural as if he'd been just a
regular human. I wanted to get up close I wanted to be able to
tell the boys at the store I'd spoke to a real live Congiessman
In person. So I run toward him. Somehow, my feet got tangled
up in the mud and I slid flat of my fadte right up to him.
"Are you a Congressman?" I asked. "Yes, my good friend,"
he said. "I am. I'd help you up, but I'm in a bit of a hurry..
People have been waiting for me."
"Oh, that's alright, sir," I said. "I know how It Is. Tell
me- -since you got lost -how in the world did you ever get
"I hitched a ride," he said. "Hitched a ride?", I shouted as
he strolled by. How about that? Me and a Congressman got
there the same way. Walt until the boys at the store hears
about this. They ain't gonna believe it. Would you? Who ever
heard of losing a Congressman?
Low-Income Farmers Get Help
Low-Income farmers who
> want a home Harden to help
provide better food for their
famlllet were reminded today
A 30-year-old Ellerbe, N.
C. truck driver received facial
cuta Wednesday around noon,
when hla tractor-trailer truck
overturned at the Intenection
of US-1 and US-1A at Frank
linton. The FrankHnton Rea
cue Squad tranaported the
driver, Curtis Richardson, to
Franklin Memorial Hospital
by E. G. Brewer, Chairman,
Franklin County ASC Com
mittee, that they may be eli
gible for help with the ex
pense* through the Agricul
tural Conservation Program.
Only low-income farmers
qualify for the home garden
A CP practice.
Brewer nid low-income
producer* Inter <* ted in the
home garden ACP practice
nhould Inquire at the ASCS
county office for details on
eligibility and practice re