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LOCAL EDITORIAL COMMENT
Give It Some Thought
It is expected that results of Mon
day's County Commissioners meeting
will reveal some plans on the part of
the Board as to what it intends to do"
with the money received if the local
option sales tax is approved. The
people will want to give careful con
sideration to these revelations.
In this day and time when every
service rendered by government con
tinues to increase in cost and when
demands for more and better services
are heard, it must be realized that
somewhere funds must be found to
finance this growth.
Property owners have been carry
ing the entire Ibad in county taxes and
the sales tax could ease this burden. It
is expected that the Board's an
nouncement will so state.
Before the meeting adjourned Mon
day, there was serious discussions on
the possibility of applying half the
expected funds to the county tax take
and reducing the property tax by that
amount. Until the vote is counted on
November 4, nobody can say, with
certainty, just how much this will be.
It depends on how many--and what
size-counties approved the referen
dum and take part in the program.
With the voting only two weeks
away. Franklin citizens will want to
give serious thought to the equities of
a sales tax where everybody con
tributes to the financing of the county
and surely, every citizen will want to
study carefully, the proposals of the
Just being against all new taxes is
not enough. An intelligent considera
tion of this proposal could mean
money saved in the years to come.
Give it some thought.
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was not necessary to strengthen some
rules, be more specific in others and ?
throw out those known to be obsolete.
"But I hope you'll keep in mind
that the basic plan must be good or it
could not have survived this long," he
emphasized. "For that reason, I would
urge Commission members not to
scrap every paragraph just for the sake
of writiif a new one . . . dont make
proposals which would benefit one
group at the cost of another . . . and
don't discard a good proposal just
because it doesn't fit into your plan of
how the Party should be run."
Scott said he hoped to meet with
Commission members from time to
time to discuss various proposals and
exchange ideas. He said through such
an exchange he was certain the group
could come up with a plan acceptable
(Gontinued from Page 1)
court adjourned at noon Friday in
Louis Harris, n/m/20, breaking, en
tering, larceny and receiving. Not less
than 18 months nor more than 24
months in prison, suspended for three
years and placed on probation; not
violate any penal laws of any State or
Federal Government, immediately pay
into the Clerk's office $138.00 restitu
tion for Strickland's Electric Com
pany, pay the $150.00 judgment for
attorney's fees and costs of court.
Adrian Craig Whisnant, w/m/17;
Bruce htton, Jr., w/m/18; William
Horton, w/m/17, breaking, entering,
larceny and receiving. Judgment for
each of above: Not less than 2 years
and> not more than 3 years In prison,
suspended for 3 years and placed on
probation; to remain of good behavior
and not violate any penal law of any
State or Federal Government, pay
$4.00 each for restitution; each to pay
$100.00 judgment for attorney's fees
and costs of court.
James Wrenn, w/m, possession of
material designed and intended for the
purpose of unlawful manufacture of
intoxicating liquor. 12 months in jail,
suspended for 3 years; defendant to
remain of good behavior, not violate
any penal law of -any State or Federal
Government and immediately pay a
fine of $500.00 and costs of "court.
1955 Studebaker truck seized in this
case to be delivered to the defendant.
Charles Howard (alias James Scott)
2 cases of forgery. Not less than 2
years and not more than 3' years in
Alex Frank McGeachy, n/m/23,
breaking, entering and larceny and
receiving. Not less than 2 years nor
more than 4 years in State prison.
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CCEEU&JOO CMJIV MEfte
A VISIT FROM
THE PIED PIPER
JOHN J. SYNON
One recent day, a visiting
fireman stood on my little
pier. For a moment he took
in the whole broad sweep of
things - from Ditchley to
Chesapeake Bay -- then with k
sidling glance, remarked,
"Quiet, isn't it?"
And I said, "Yes, it is".
And if it hadnt been for the
wheeling gulls and their rau
cous cries, my spit would
have been perfectly quiet.
It was a trite bit of col
loquy but there was more to
it than triteness.
My visitor had memories
of another day; we had
mutual memories of many
other days, when political
events beat around our heads
with a staccato rattle and
neither of us dreamed there
was a quiet haven anywhere
on this earth. .
And now, to earn his keep,
my friend sits ensconced in
Washington, put there by his
constituents, and I watch the
tide come in and the tide go
out. And he it full of honors
and of things "the President
said", there amid the rattle,
the pomp, and the ceremony.
And all I am full of, beyond
the serenity my home holds
for me, is a set of not-quite
clear plans; 'I plan on whip
ping Watie at golf this after
noon. That's my world: Beat
Watie. Beat his brains out.
My friend said, once the
session adjourns, he plans to
visit a number of countries.
He said he wants to get more
first-hand information on
things that "pertain to his
field of interest". And I
thought his choice of words a
mite stilted. He said there will
be a spot In his entourage for
a "political expert", etc.
And I said we are putting
in the back nine, now, over at
We talked on, the Pled
Piper and me. Late into the
night we talked, there on my
front porch, with the water
reflecting a muted moon, i
There was talk of San Fran
cisco and Sacramento and
Washington, and of other
times and places.
And things grew rosier;
there was talk of Thailand
(my friend will be there be
fore Christmas) and of Bom
bay (there, too) and of what
he expects to find in Greece.
'There are so many politi
cal systems and all of absorb
ing interest -- dont you
I said I did think so.
At breakfast, my friend
wanted to know if he were
losing his mind: "1 could
swear, about three o'clock, I
heard a flock of geese".
And I said, no, he was sane
enough, I had heard them,
honking like crazy ; they were
geese all right. I said my front
yard and the water beyond
serve as a major rest area for
such feathered friends and
that over beyond, there in the
corn field beyond my land,
thousands of geese, soon
would be settling. I said I had
learned the leader would not
let his charges gorge them
selves but, after a decent
meal, would force them up
up-and-away, as they say In
other circles. He would do
that for their own good and
for the good of the geese
"How interesting", my
And I agreed for I have
learned that other things,
things outside the world of .
politics, can absorb one.
There is more to life than
rattle-de-bang. Geese, for In
stance. And the singular of
geese is goose, and my mind
came back to Watte.
As I packed my friend into
his car, he politely asked if
there was anything he could,
do for me in Washington. I
said, yes. Reese. I said, pass a
law that will make it permlss
able for me to shoot hunters.
My friend left, then. Be
nused, 1 suspect.
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? OF IT..."
I ought to a had more sense than to go by the Are station in
the first place. But every once in awhile I like to see how the
rich folks live so 1 drop in. Mostly the boys are playing
set-back and drinking cold drinks and joshing one another.
There really ain't a whole lot to learn by hanging round there.
But there is one thing you can always bet on. Youll see old
Raddift there. He's there every
night and most days, just hanging
around. Fact is- he's there just
about all the time except on
Thursday when he has to pick up
his unemployment check. But he's
got a buddy staked out to bring
him up to date when he gits back.
I hadn't hardly got in the door
when Radclift come running.
"Come on Frank, let's go. There's
been a terrible wreck. Hurry,
Frank. We got to go."
"Well, wait on a minute, Rad
clift", I said, "There aint nothing
me and you can do about a wreck.
We aint got nothing to do with it.
Maybe we ought to stay away and
let them what's got business tend
"Don't be ridiculous, Frank.
Everybody's going. Come on. Hurry before they git ahead of
Since he had hold of my arm and won't gonna turn it loose,
I figured I might as well go along.
"Slow down. Radclift or well be in a wreck. Ain't no need
of you going so fast. We ain't no rescue squad and we ain't no
doctor. We ain't even a law man. You're gonna git caught for
speeding,"^ said when the speedometer reached ninety-five.
"Don't worry, Frank. This is the way everybody drives
going to a wreck. You got to git there fast, Frank. You got to
try to git there first. You don't want to miss anything, Frank."
"Radclift, dont you think we ought to slow down and pull
over and let that rescue truck git by. They might be able to
help whoever's in the wreck?"
"Naw, Frank. They'll pass if they're in a bigger hurry than
we are. It ain't much they can do anyway. It takes them so
long to git there, Frank. That's what I mean by gittlng the
jump on 'em. What if I'd a listened to you back there, them
rescue trucks would a been in front of us, Frank and we might
a missed something. Git there first, I always say."
I made me a mental note not to go to the Tire house no
more and if I did not to listen to Radclift no more. I made me
the mental note just in case I got home without being killed.
Alnt no sense in going round curves at ninety-five, even if you
are trying to keep ahead of the rescue boys.
"Look at all them people. Frank. Didnt I tell you, you got
to hurry. We oughta drove faster. We might a missed
something. Come on let's ask somebody."
I was first to git to the officer 90 I asked, "How bad is it.
Know who they are?" "Naw"H he siad, "Just got here myself.
Looks like a bad one. This aint my territory. I just stopped
"Pardon me, aint you on the rescue squad. How bad is it.
Know who they are?" "Naw", I aint on no rescue squad. I
just got off work so's I could come see what happened. Looks
like they run together. "Looks bad."
I could see they jun together. Any fool could see that. I
could see it was bad. too. Everybody was just looking. Some
folks was yelling at other folks to move over so they could see.
Wont nothing to see except two smashed vehicles. Wont
nobody (loing nothing.
Here come Radclift with a rope. "Hey. Radclift", I yelled,
"What you doing with that rope. You ain't no officer. You
ain't no rescuer. You aint even no fireman. Better leave that
"Got to move these people back, Frank. "Hiey cant git up
so close. They might git hurt. Somebody's gotta do some
"Yeah, Radclift", I argued. "But there aint nobody up
clow except you and the police and the rescuers."
"Got to git them back, Frank. They might git hurt. Make
way. Step back please. Move back behind the rope. Somebody
Snlght git hurt. You, too, Frank. Move back. You alnt got no
business here in the first place. Move back before you git hurt.
You rescuers move back. You firemen move back. You
patrolmen move back. Got to make room."
Radclift always was a take-charge guy. Folks is real lucky to
have a fellow around who knows what to do in a time of
emergency. He was right. I didnt have no business there. I
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