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FEBRUARY 14, 1957
Pride And Shame
Attention- is called to the letter on this page from
the staff of the Mountain Echo, Franklin High
It will he read hy most citizens, surely, with mix
ed emotions ? pride and shame. Pride at the atti
tude of most of the students, as voiced by the news
paper staff. And shame that adults must be re
minded by children what is good sportsmanship.
Perhaps the humiliation "of having the school put
on probation will serve to remind us adults that
our own entertainment and our own selfish desire
for victory are not the primary reasons for high
3 That Are Basic
As the North Carolina General Assembly this
. -week gets into full swing, the legislators face many
important and complex problems. Three of those
.problems, it seems to us, are basic.
Those three are taxes, education, and legislative
North Carolina's tax structure is a patchwork,
with many injustices written into it. It needs revis
ing. And there can be no doubt of the ability and
sincerity of the men who made up the Tax Study
Commission that has recommended a program of
Few laymen have either the time or the know
how to dissect the program and pass on individual
items. Most laymen, though, are in position to pass
intelligent judgment on the approach to the prob
In levying taxes, the only right approach, it
would seeni, is to "put first emphasis on fairness to
all. Well, this commission frankly put its first em
phasis on something else ; its first objective is a
tax law that will prove attractive to industry.
No fair-minded person believes a corporation
should be "soaked" just because it is a corporation :
;nor will anybody argue with the desirability of
?making this state attractive to the right kind of
On the other hand, does it make sense to use '
taxes to encourage and reward a particular group?
Remember! once you start that, it is easy to re
verse the process and use taxes to discourage and
penalize a particular group? even to destroy it-.
How far the commission went in over-emphasiz
ing an industry-attractive tax structure at the ex
pense- of equity is illustrated by a single instance:
For years, North Carolina state officials and leg
islators have admitted a tax injustice that hi,ts most
of us. North Carolina levies an income tax on that
portion of your income and mine that we pay to
the federal government in income tax. In the case
of an employe, the federal tax is deducted from
his pay check. In other words, North Carolina citi
zens must pay a state income tax on money they
have never seen.
Everybody agrees it isn't right. The only excuse,
all these years, has been that the State needed the
money. Vet the commission plan would make in
dustries a gift of 8 million in t&x dollars; ? and leave
this injustice to individual citizens on the books !
How much can North Carolina afford to spend
i>n education? The details of the answer to that
question must be worked out in Raleigh ? frankly,
we don't know. But we do know that North Caro
lina c^n't afford to be stingy with education.
s If we are to have a successful democratic gov*
ernment, we must provide the best possible public
schools, so. that every citizen can be educated for
his responsibilities as a citizen. And if we are go
ing to have leaders worthy of the name, we must
have the finest possible institutions of higher learn
That has always been true. Every advance, eco
nomic or otherwise, that this state has made has
followed an advance in education. And each time
we lagged in education, we have gone backward in
other fields ? as we are now.
Today, there is another reason why we cannot
afford to have less than the best in education. The
free world is engaged in a life-and-death struggle
with totalitarianisnt: Our leaders tell us the strug
gle may last for decades or even generations.
In that struggle, there is only one field in which
the totalitarian world never can overtake us. The
one thing that has made America what it is, the one
resource that ultimately will decide the struggle is
the fruits of the free mind, taught to inquire.
Fair and honest representation in the legislative
branch of our state government is essential if we
are to solve any of our problems under our present
form of government. Representation either is fair
and honest or it is unfair and dishonest.
And surely it is anything but fair and honest,
when, in the state senate ? the legislative chamber
that the North Carolina constitution says shall rep
resent population alone ? 1/10 of the people easily
can out-vote 25 per cent.
How can the legislators, until they have cleaned
up this festering mess, expect the people to have
any confidence in either their judgment or their
honesty as they seek to solve other problems?
? Letters -
Keeps Him Up To Date
Editor, The Press:
We enjoy The Press very much. You folks are doing an ex
cellent job on keeping us up to date with the home town news.
Students Appeal To Adults
Dear Mr; Jones:
As representatives for the students of Franklin High School,
we wish to make a few comments concerning the behavior
of the adult fans at previous ball games.
?Many people do not realize what the new gym and our
reputation mean to us. Although a few students have been at
fault, the majority have shown commendable sportsmanship.
The referees call the games to the best of their ability and
their decision is final. They, like us, are human and make
mistakes. Booing and demonstrations on the floor will not
favorably change the decision, but could influence the referee
to call a technical foul or to forfeit the game to our opponent.
Because of the behavior Tuesday night, January 29, we
have been placed on a twelve months' probation by the Smoky
Mountain Conference Referee Association. As a result of this,
any other disorderly conduct will bring drastic measures
against the school.
MOUNTAIN ECHO STAFF,
Franklin High School
(Opinions expressed In this space are not necessarily thoss
of Ths Press. Editorials selected for reprinting hers. In fact,
srs chosen with a view to presenting a yarlety of viewpoints.
They are. that Is. Just whst the caption says ? OTHER*
It Works Every Time
(Amarillo, Globe-Times )
If you want to roll up the window in your car, it's ea$y to
tell which way to turn the crank. Just figure which way you
think you ought to turn it, then crank it In the opposite di
rection. It works every time..
Life Begins At 60
(Shreveport, La., Times)
An analysis of the achievements of 400 famous men through
out history, including statesmen, painters, soldiers, .poets and
writers and a few other categories, comes up with some rather
surprising Information as to the age at which great people
have achieved their greatness.
, According to this study, 35 per cent of the group's greatest
achievements came when those concerned were between the
ages of 60 and 70; 23 per cent came between the ages of 70
and 80, and 8 per cent at an age greater than 80.
Putting it another way, 66 per cent of the world's greatest
work by Individuals was done by men past 60 In age!
"Okay, Say ?Uncle', Bud"
BtU TO ?HP
VIEWS . . .
By BOB SLOAN
Education is one of the two
greatest problems facing the
world today. The other being the
war-peace problem, and the solu
tion to it lies in the proper edu
cation of the peoples of the earth.
In America, certainly, the public
schools are the heart of our edu
cational system. And the heart
of our school system is the individ
ual school teacher.
Considering the importance of
our public school teachers in the
future of our country, why don't
we pay them more?
It is partly because, they, being
for the most part a dedicated
group, have let us take advantage
Certainly a person whom we
expect to be mother, father, doc
tor, nurse, friend, and advisor
as well as teacher for our children
should belong in one of the most
important and highly paid pro
We seem to realize the import
ance because we expect the teacher
to fill all the above roles, but
we pay much higher for any other
type of professional services ren
Perhaps you agree with my view
but are saying to yourself, "What
can I do to see that teachers get
Here is one suggestion, ?
Write a letter to your state
, representative, G. L. Houk; your
state senator, Kelly Bennett; your
It. governor, Luther Barnhardt,
who presides over the state senate;
or even your governor, Luther
Hodges. Tell them how you feel
about this problem of education.
Perhaps you agree with me that it
is a shame that North Carolina
has dropped from 29th place in
1950 to 38th place in 1956 in the
amount of average teacher salary
paid by the state. Tell the law
makers of this state that you ara
willing to pay whatever is neces
sary to see that your children
have as good an opportunity, from
an educational viewpoint, as the
children of any other state.
We can't expect trained teach
ers to continue to make the sacri
fices necessary under our present
pay scale to see that our children
get a good education.
If teachers' salaries in North
Carolina aren't raised, young
people in this state are not going
to select teaching as a career,
simply because, while It may be
the field of their choice, they
can't make a living at It. And
many who have spent consider
able money preparing them
selves, are going to be forced
to leave their hpm? state and go
to a state that is willing to pay
at least a living wage. The result
will be that am children will be
taught, In the future, by teachers
with less training, but who have
more pupils to teach, because
there won't be enough trained
teachers In North Carolina.
Let's write our people In Raleigh
and tell them we want to pay our
teachers for our children's edu
cation and not beg It off them.
By WEIMAR JONES
Well, I've been flyin' high. Mrs.
Jones and I had the pleasure
Saturday night of being guests at
the annual banquet of the Ashe
ville Chamber of Commerce. And
it really was it plush affair . . .
the sort of thing a country man
gets in on only once or twice in
But, despite the size of the
crowd in the city auditorium;
despite the elaborateness of every
thing, including outof-this-world
evergreen decorations all over the
place and mountains of florist
flowers; despite the swallow tail
coats (I never even owned, much
less wore, one) and evening
dresses; despite even the candle
lighting (there were three times
I know of that I shook hands with
the same woman, each time hold
ing out my hand before I realized
I had spoken to her only a
moment before* ? despite all
these things, X felt at home.
I did, first of all, because of the
friendliness of the group. It's good
to go back, after 11 years, to a
place you once lived and find you
still have friends there, who seem
genuinely glad to see you.
And, second, because, twice be
fore the evening was over, there
were allusions to Macon County.
? * ?
The highlight wasn't the at
mosphere of pleasant formality or
the excellent dinner, but the
speaker, C. E. Woolman. President
and general manager of the Delta
Air Lines, he has a bis job, has
been almost everywhere, and has
friends in high place in every
corner of the world. But, with his
long drawl and his homespun ex
presskjns, he talks like a country
boyrafco never has got the country
The central theme of the meet
ing was how to get a modern, all
weather airport, and Mr. Woolman
drove home the need when he
drawlingly told the group: "I
drove from Atlanta, because I
didn't want to miss being here."
He won the sympathy of his
audience of mountain folk, too.
when he quoted the oft/repeated
remark of his father: "A man
ought to have two lives: one to
make a livin' in, and one to look
at the mountains."
? * ?
But about Macon County:
Commenting on the good fortune
of the people who live in the
mountains, he told of sitting on
a porch in Highlands with a
Florida man (must have been a
Florida real estate man). The
Floridian said: "If we only had
one mountain in Florida like that
one over there."
"If you had", Mr. Woolman
interrupted, "you'd sell it for $800
a square inch."
The other was a reference to
Angel Falls, in Venezuela. The
highest waterfall in the world, it
was discovered by Jimmie Angel,
who had a Macon County back
The speaker told of flying to
(See Back Page, 1st Section)
DO YOU REMEMBER?
Looking Backward Through the Files of The Press
60 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
The grip has struck Macon County and the victims f ir>d the
old fellow very uncomfortable.
Mr. J. Lee Barnard has purchased one acre of land from
Solicitor G. A. Jones on the corner of West Main and Georgia
streets, and has commenced laying down brick on it in prepa
ration to building a handsome brick residence. The price paid
for the lot, we learn, was $300. Wm. Shanks is contracting the
We regret to learn that Mr. George .McGaha, a good citizen
of Cowee, died Sunday morning. He had an attack of grip that
terminated in pneumonia. He Joined the Cowee Baptist Church i
in September, 1870, and was a liberal member.
25 YEARS AGO
There is another 12-headed potato in the window of The
Press office. This one was brought in by J. M. Corbin, of
Ellijay. The first one was owned by Turner Enloe, of Car
I. T. Peek has leased the Franklin Hotel and Restaurant,
operated until recently by C. W. Hames, and is planning to
re-open it Saturday under the name of Peek Hotel-Cafe.
Brother James Ammons, of MilUhoal Council No. 246, who
recently joined the Marines, is stationed at Parrls Island,
S. C ? J. O. U. A. M. item.
10 YEARS AGO
George B. Patton, 49-year-old Franklin attorney, Tuesday
was sworn in as a special superior court judge. He was ap
pointed by Governor Cherry.
Col. F. W. Kernan, of Highlands, opened the large French
doors of his home on Mirror Lake last week, cranked up his
Jeep, and drove across the terrace and into the living room
for the night. Mrs. Kernan, not relishing the idea of being
cut Qff from the village by a frozen | vehicle, conceived the
Idea. The temperature was 15 degrees below zero there.
Quick action on the part of Fred Sorrells saved the home
of Bill Horsley from serious damage by fire Wednesday after
noon. Mr. Horsley lives in the Cullasaja community.