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Tuesday, September 30, 1969
LOCAL EDITORIAL COMMENT
Send Them To Hanoi
Four United States Senators signed
an advertisement in Sunday's issue of
The New York Times proclaiming
their support for the "October 15"
peace movement. Every American
should remember the four names.
Senator Charles E. Goodell, R-N.Y.;
Senator Mark Hatfield, R-Oregon;
Senator Eugene McCarthy, D-Minn.
and Senator George McGovern, D-S.D.
are the ones.
These men, honored above almost
all others in this country, entrusted
with the" responsibility of upholding
the traditions and the honor of the
United States, have allowed their Viet
nam dove-like stances to outweigh
their better judgements.
They cry peace. They mean peace
at any price. As they glow in the
spotlight and pleasant living of a
United States Senator, they betray the
very things they were elected to up
These four, not only by lending
their names to Dr. Benjamin Spock
and other peaceniks, but by state
ments they have themselves made in
public, would have this country turn
its back on the 35,000 dead Ameri
cans, the half million servicemen still
there and sell out-in the name of
peace -to the Communists.
All four of these Senators are old
enough to remember Neville Chamber
lain's fateful comment after confer
ring with Adolph Hitler at Munich in
1939. "I bring you peace in our
time", he said. Peace did not come
and millions died.
If McGovem, McCarthy, Hatfield
and Goodell are naive enough to
believe that surrender today will bring
peace tomorrow, let it be hoped that
at least a majority of the other Sena
tors have more sense.
We must hope that those who
command the lives of our men in
service will not follow the idiotic
suggestions of the likes of these four.
Their proposal to set a time for a full
pullout is like announcing to the Viet
Cong the date on which we will
surrender. As long as the enemy can
get support such as this from our
Senators, there is little chance there
will eyer be a reasonable settlement. It
is this attitude that has prolonged the
war and cost thousands of lives.
Why shouldn't North Vietnam con
tinue to fight? Every day some so
called leader of ours tells them, just
wait, vre'll get out any day now. Why
should they negotiate, when waiting
will better serve their purpose? After
all, they've got more going for them in
the United States Senate than they
have in Vietnam.
Why not send this gallant foursome
to Hanoi? Who knows, we might get
lucky. They might not come back.
JOHN J. SYNONl
When I was six yean of
age, I used to hide away,
crawl under our porch steps,
to smoke cigarettes.
And I have been smoking
them ever since; this is my
golden anniversary. Moreover,
the Good Lord willing, I shall
go on smoking them another
Just cantankerous. I guess.
At six, seven, and eight,
along about there, I was told
smoking would stunt my
growth; I'm six-feet-four.
Then, when I got to playing
has* ball, I was told smoking
would cut my wind, whatever
that meant. I didnt believe
that either though I did quit
-during the season -because I
had pledged my word I
But I was soon back at it,
when the summer closed,
when I put my spikes away.
And as anyone who had
heard one of my intemperate
orations can attest, incessant
smoking of cigarettes has had
no appreciably adverse effect
on my lung power.
Now that I am grown old
and gray --aye-- they tell me
cigarettes will give me lung
Perhaps.. But you may bet
I wHI go on smoking them. I
have never yet stopped doing
anything 1 wanted to do be
cause I was told It was "bad"
True, I stopped drinking
boo re 26 yean ago. But that
was because drinking booze
as I drank booze- was wrong.
I didn't need anybody to tell
me that. The effects- home
less ness- spoke with elo
quence enough. So, I quit.
But not because of the blue
noses and their waggling
fingers. The wonder is that,
with all their hissing good
intentions, I did quit.
What of smoking? Beyond
diacoloring my tushes, 1 can
detect no ill effects from the
mountains of cigarettes I have
smoked, do smoke; 50 a day.
True, my left big toe went
numb, some time back, and
that caused concern, got me
to thinking. And a good
thing, too; I changed shoe
lize. as a result of cogitation,
and aU came right with me
And riddle me this: Where
is all this anti-smoking smoke
coming from, and why? Who
or what is inspiring attack on
the industry that is of such
prime economic importance
to so many Southern people?
Eh? The package of cigarettes
beside me carries this notice:
"Caution: Cigarette Smoking
May Be Hazardous To Your
Yea, sir. And so may crow
ing the street be hazardous to
my health. Take it another
way: There is a big, fat passd
of booze bottles yonder in
the cabinet, set there for visit
ing fools. There is no such
"caution" notice on any of
Why isn't there? Rather,
why an cigarettes tingled out
aa being hazardous? Why not
belching factory chimneys?
why dont smoking chimneys
have a label plastered on
them? Why not women aa
hazards. If you want to get
down to cases.
You say the answer is rate
of incidence among smokers
vs. incidence rate of non
And I say tommy rot.
Perhaps you dldnt see the
results of the recent twins
study. If not let me tell you
about it: There was no evi
dence to indicate that the
twin who smoked was any
more liable to lung cancer
than the twin who did not
Cigarettes: Pish and tu*.
It's the boose and the
women, boy, who should be
Isbelled. Them and the folks
who run around telling their
betters what they should and
should not do.
All my butts to them.
Washington - The Federal
Trade Commission U con
ducting a probe of door-to
door snd telephone magazine
sales. FTC chairman Paul
Rand Dixon says complaints
continue from irate buyers
who report preesured and
misrepresented sales tactics.
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Freedom Or License
The Wilson (N.C.) Daily Times
You hear it said so often, when
speaking of the government, "what
can one person do"? This is what one
person did. Madelyn Murray, the athe
ist who protested prayer in public
schools has obtained 27,000 signed
letters protesting the astronauts' read
ing the Bible from outer space.
She plans to present the letters to
NASA headquarters, and to request
that the astronauts bis publicly censur
Now we read in the Statesville
Record and Landmark that some
churches in Iredell County have print
ed in their bulletins a letter to be
signed, if so desired, and sent to the
National Aeronautics and Space Ad
ministration. This is the letter which
appeared in the Sunday bulletin at
Race Street Methodist Church, evi
dently in Statesville.
It reads as follows:
"I (or we) personally appreciate
and wholeheartedly support the de
cision of the astronauts to read the
Bible in space as they orbited the
. "It should be the right of every
human being to publicly express his
faith in God and the Bible without
fear of reprisal from government of
any other power."
Sincerely, (with your name and
The article goes on to say the
Family Radio Broadcast is asking for
1 00,000 letters commending the
astronauts. The station is asking that
if you feel so motivated to copy the
above letter and mail it to NASA
Officials, care of Family Radio, San
Francisco, Calif. 94134. And the use
of the Apollo 8 United States postage
stamp, with the picture of the earth as
seen from the moon with these words,
"In the beginning, God" is also recom
It is unfortunate tht such a ques
tion should arise and anyone go to
such means to embarrass the brave
astronauts who certainly had the right
to read the Bible while on the way to
the moon. Of course as far as rights
go, Madelyn Murray has the right to
go to the extremes she is taking.
But it is unfortunate she wants to
embarrass the astronauts. She will not,
they are stalwart in their belief, their
faith has been tested.
These are the privileges under our
government And, as has been pointed
out, freedom brings privileges but not
license. There may be some disagree
ment here as to which it is license or
freedom that is being exarciMd. But
only in America does such freedom
Improvements Un NL-oV
Henderson Doily Dispatch
With the taking of bids and pro
bability of letting contracts Thursday
of next week, the State Highway
Commission apparently is ready to
start work on improvements for NC
39 hifhway in Vance and Franklin
counties. Earlier in the year the com
mission went through this detail but
backed away later when it was said
funds were not available in the fiscal
year. There is little likelihood that
what is happening now will be another
If contracts are let next week, the
projects will get under way as winter
approaches. There will be periods
when work can be carried on, but
naturally at a much slower pace than
in other seasons of the year. However,
there will be encouragement in mak
ing a beginning.
Only a mile or so directly eastward
from the city limits is up for letting
on the Vance county side of the
Henderson-Louisburg highway, while
a good deal 6f the distance between
Louisburg and Ingleside is to be built
or improved as part of the overall
present project in the two counties.
There have been hints that the stretch
of road between the two points now
to be built may be ready for letting by
the time the present work is complet
Henderson and Louisburg have
waited long and patiently ~ or at
times not so patiently -- for this
segment of highway to get the im
provements so urgently needed, and
there is consolation in knowing that a
start is to be made in the immediate
future. It is crooked, narrow and very
hazardous at many points. It is little
short of miraculous that there have
been no more serious accidents than
When the entire route has been
relocated or improved, it will be a
tremendous asset to this section of the
State. It can be hoped that the weeks
and months of waiting are at an end.
It ain't often I go out with the little woman. If you've aem
her, I dont have to tell you why. Of course, I'm just joshing.
She is quite a sight. Leastwise that's what everybody say*
when she aint around. Just the other day, I heard a woman
say the little woman sure was a sight when she se^n her.
_ But, being a kind hearted sort, I took her out the other day.
inai ami exactly 4
right. I'm kind
hearted alright, but
the real reason I
took her out was
that she threatened
me. And since she
is a mite bigger'n
me, I let her have
I took her to
But, before I took
her, she had to git
fixed up. Goig out
always is a big
thing for her. It
ain't no big thing
with them round
things in yore hair", I asked. "I'm gitting ready to go out. Thi*
is the style. Everytime I go to a supermarket, this is what all
the women are wearing in their hair. It's the latest style,
Frank. I borrowed them from Myrtle."
Well, whatever turns her on, I always say, but them roiled
shore did look peculiar dangling from the top of her head. But
that wont all. She covered them with a piece of my beet
fishing net. I got peeved at that and I told her so. But since It
was her anniversary and I was gonna take her out, I just let it
ride. I figured I'd be in enough trouble by time we got back
without building up any more over a fishing net.
It shore was a big place and I aint never seen so much stuff.
Old Rob would had a fit if he'd a seen all that stuff in one
place. He aint never had over a dozen cans a beans in his place
in all his life and some of them been there since I was a boy.
Folks kept brushing by and I asked when somebody wat
gonna wait on us. "Myrtle said they dont, Frank. You wait on
yourself, she says". Well, at least old Rob H wait on you. He
will, that is, if he feels like it and if he ain't playing set-back at
"Look over there, Frank. That sign says they's real bargain
on that table. Let's git some before everybody finds out about
"We don't need no pocket combs woman," I said. "Dont
make no difference how cheap they are. We just don't need
"But, Frank, they ain't but twenty-five cents a piece. We
ought to git some before they're all sold", she said grabbing a
handfUU. I didnt have the heart to tell her old Rob sold them
for 19 cents.
"Look here, Frank. It says you can git free stamps with
these bags of beans. What's free stamps, Frank?"
"1 don't know, woman. But I dont expect the post office
would allow this if they knowed about it. Them government
feHows dont like nobody giving their stuff away. Better leave
them beans be."
"Pardon me, sir. Wouldn't you like to try some of our freab
Tickle Tootie Tasty Toasties. They're on special. Only $2.98 ?
dozen today only, sir."
Man, that was cute Tootle if ever I seen one. There sha
stood unsuspecting 'round that corner and bang I nearbout run
right into her. I was about to buy me some of them- whatevar
It was she was seiling-when I remembered it was the little
woman's anniversary. The reason I remembered, she come up
about that time and reminded me. Goodbye, Tootie.
I think the little woman enjoyed it though. Not Tootle, but
the gitting out. When we finally got to the place you pay your
way out, she was all smiles when the woman there told bar
how glad to see her she was. I dont know why she was glad,
but she shore did say she was.
She told us we'd have to put the stuff up on the counter ao
she could check It. That'* when the little woman had hat
troubles. Them breeches she borrowed with them curlers from
Myrtle was a mite too tight in some placet. They as mad* far
standing up straight. Hiey wont made for no bending over. |
could a told her, but she dont listen too good to me.
I aint gonna say what happened next, but she did finally
git them 17 combs up on the counter and got them checked. I
wanted to buy a pone of bread, but she didnt have enough
money with her. She was too happy buying pocket comb*.
They was on special. Maybe I can trade a dozen of them to
Rob for some corn meal. I can cook corn bread.
But she wanted to git out and I took her and I'm glad.
Menfolks ought to do that kind of thing ever once In awhile.
Makes the women think more of 'em- -I think.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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?<?)? by CaoMoua Step
BlMCLL, Ntthvllto rwmwun
Just ? few words to let
you know we really enjoy
reading The Franklin Times
and keeplnf up with news of
our friends In Franklin Coun
ty and Loutoburj. We are raal
Hunan beinp, for some
reason, seem more interested
In the mistake* that others
j, , hlth In yous
own nHikm does not Irmitt
those who dtaafree with you.
proud of the Loulaburg High
football team, you w? I work
with ran from small towns in
the State of Kentucky and
they are alwaya bragging
about their Sporti program
and the fine football tea ma
they have and boy! do I tell
them that 1 come from Loula
burg, N. C. and that 1 would
match the boullburg Bulldop
with any of their toama, ao
you am Loulaburg la wall
Represented in Ohio, we air
vary 'proud of Utem win or
Thank* for Inserting the
notice of my daughter attend
ing coflege in Houston, Texas
but a mistake was made in
the address. Its Texai Bible
CoDege, 816 Evergreen Dr.
77023. She would love to
hear from all her friends in
We always try to keep up
with the Hoapital news In The
Franklin Times, its almost Im
possible to send .all of our
Wends csrds but you let I
them know Somehow that we
are thinking of them and wish
aU a speedy recovery.
Give our beat regards to
all, we are proud of The
Franklin Times, I take a copy
to the Air Baae, my Mendi
enjoy reading It, we believe a
paper la only aa good aa Its
editor ao keep up the good
work, excuae the paper, tta aD
1 had at the moment.
Family - Bob