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Tuesday. September it. 1942.
Waging War On Tin* Home Front
Pointing out that the war must be waged
on the home front, too. Norman Shepard. N.
C. Attorney for the Office of Price Administra
tion. in a recent article said:
The North Carolina Office of Price Adminis
tration has been greatly impressed with the pa
triotic spirit in which the majority of our bus
iness men and citizens have accepted the ra
tioning and price control regulations, but it
has been even more impressed with the strange
and inconsistent attitude of many who appear
to have the wrong conception of these regula
Many of our business people have cultivat
ed for years a self protective approach toward
governmental requirements, especially those
relating to income and other taxation, and it
is now difficult for them to adopt a complete
ly unselfish and patriotic attitude toward reg
ulations necessitated by the war effort.
The practice of construing tax laws and sim
ilar regulations so as to evade their more bur
densome features whenever possible has so
colored the viewpoint of some of our citizens
that they unconsciously apply the same meth
od of approach to the regulations deemed es
sential in connection with the war effort.
The same citizen who is proud of the fact
that his sons are members of the armed forces,
and justly proud of the sacrifices they may be
called upon to make in the defense of their
country, is unwilling to take the same pride
in his own contribution to the war effort by
a wholehearted compliance with the spirit, as
well as the letter, of the rationing and price
control regulations. The profit motif still pre
dominates in his business thinking. This same
citizen will buy heavily of war bonds and con
tribute generously to the Red Cross and the
USO. all of which is entirely voluntary, but he
cannot seem to readily readjust his attitude
toward the edicts of his government.
"Bootlegging"' and "Black Market" opera
tions by the criminal element (which unfortun
ately is always with us) would be impossible
if the respectable citizen did not afford a mar
ket, and it is difficult to understand how a fa
ther with sons or other relatives in the service
can buy an automobile tire from a bootlegger,
paying him an exhorbitant price, when he
knows that the diversion of rubber from the
ration channel indirectly deprives some mili
tary unit of a vital article.
The waf must be waged on the home front
regardless of how fiercely it rages on the bat
tle fronts. The home front is second in import
ance. Vital materials must be conserved for
our immense production of the implements of
war. Economic balance must be retained. Price
control and rationing are necessary to meet
these ends and to insure those of low income
an equal opportunity to purchase. The demo
cratic principle of equality to all must apply to
distribution and price. Without price control
profiteering would be rampant and many ne
cessities soon beyond the reach of the man of
moderate means. Without rationing, hoarding
would exhaust the available supply of scarce
commodities The result would be chaos and
want in a land of plenty, seriously delaying the
production of vita] war supplies to equip our
fighting forces. To the extent that our disre
gard of regulations contributes to this condi
tion we commit sabotage.
No people of any state in the union can sur
pass in patriotism the people of North Carolina.
When they apply the sd&e spirit to the regula
tions protecting the home front that motivates
them in their voluntary services to their coun
try they will in truth be fighting side by side,
with their men and boys under arms, to win
the war and preserve America.
Why We Aren't Winning The War
A paid friend of big business, possibly unin
tentionally, recently explained why we have
not yet reached the point where we'll start
winning the war. "The industry has big war or
ders. of course?but civilian consumption of
gasoline and lubricants is still the foundation
The Industry may not be blocking the war
efgort, but the Industrial News Review certaln
ly mahi'i it plain that the industry still has its
?ye en the civilian hu rinses, war or no
Investigating recently conditions existing in
the asylums for the insane the special commit
tee found much of which we cannot be proud
and of which we should be meekly ashamed.
We North Carolinians have boasted much about
this and that, but the records show this State
ranks 45th in the list when it comes to spend
ing for the care and treatment of the helpless
Removed from our sight, the unfortunate
apparently have not had a fair and square deal
some where along the line. Because we did not
see them we have remained indifferent to their
fate and even to their being. A few have cried
out in a wilderness in defense of the unfortun
ate, but the cries were lost in the din of merry
making and hustle and bustle characteristic of
Our indifference, no doubt, caused great agony
and suffering for many in our asylums for the
insane. The question now is, "Will we remain
indifferent to other problems of commanding
importance0" Will we take life lightly and re
fuse to prepare for the proverbial rainy day?
Will we drift along with the current until we
have lost a hold on basic principles, including
common decency, righteousness and fairness?
We can't remain indifferent in these trying
days and even hope to come through with a
claim to that which is good in the sight of the
Almighty and in the eyes of righteous men.
May the renewed interest in our less fortun
ate fellowman created by an investigation of
the asylums mark also a waning of indiffer
ence to other problems while possibly not so
pressing but certainly equally as important?
7 railin/i Behind Schedule
Just as America trails behind other nations
in converting its' material resources into the
production of war materials, it is also trailing
in things spiritual.
Months ago in the fox holes of Bataan, sol
diers, privates and ranking officers alike, found
time to pray. All England, just a few days ago,
found time to stop all its production wheels for
a brief interval to offer a united prayer. In
those countries where the time table is well
advanced ahead of the one in our own, a great
er value is being placed on things spiritual. In
this realm we are trailing far behind. Religious
leaders state that attendance upon the Sunday
schools is at a low point, that the teachers and
many of the pupils go only when they have no
other place to go. The church leadership has
111 only a very few cases altered its schedule,
enjoying the usual vacations while a fire of
madness leaps at the door of religion, and while
other men, including leaders and common work
ers. are asked to forego every holiday.
Just as our delay in preparing for war is cost
ing the lives of men and countless dollars, our
lethargy in the religious realm now is going to
cost us much in the future. #
By Ruth Taylor.
Now is the time for courageous leadership.
In the past months there has been too much
pleading and not enough leading. The people
are readier to follow than the leaders are to
lead?because the people look ahead and the
leaders loo often look backwards to make cer
tain they are followed.
This is an hour fraught with opportunity?
whether it be an opportunity to forge strong
er the bulwarks of our democracy or a crisis
in which v/g face the weakening of our system
of government. We the free voters have it in
our power to elect the men who can carry
through, who dare to lead us to victory.
We cannot afford to repeat the tragic mis
takes of the past We cannot isolate ourselves
as communities, states or sections any more
than we can isolate ourselves as a nation. Those
who thought so have too late seen the fallacy
of their judgment
Therefore, because of the democratic ideal
ism of our nation, we must be especially care
ful to select as our candidate only that man
or woman whose ideals are our ideals, who will
not be swayed by pride of power, by favori
tism, by prejudices, and who will not put party
loyalties ahead of the public interest. They
must not only have political honesty and hon
or but they must be able to recognize propa
ganda for what it is and see beyond purely lo
cal issues. They must feel that once elected they
are the representatives of the whole people,
not of any one group or clique.
We have enough to do to fight the enemy.
We have neither time nor energy enough to
fight one another. No individual or group at
the present time has the right to think or act
in terms of personal interest to the detriment
of the general national good. To discuss and
debate is a priceless privilege?but it is a priv
ilege that must not be carried to excess.
We need men who dare to act as the occa
sion demands for the good of the nation as a
whole?not for their own particular group or
We need men whose eyes are on the road
straight ahead?not on their political fences.
We need men who have courage to do the
job without fear or favor?who once elected
to office remember that their task is to repre
sent all the citizens of their community, state
or nation and who act accordingly.
We must pick our leaders for their ability
and courage and then command them to lead.
Ten cents in War Savings Stamps will pay
for five cartridges.
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"Do you burnt wont gravy tonight or will we oooe the
grease to kilt a JapT"
Cotton Has Major
Role In Hospitals
Washington, D. C.?Cotton is play
ing a major role in treating the
Army's sick and wounded, both on
the battlefield and in base hospi
tals in this country, the National;
Cotton Council and Cotton-Textile I
Often housed in cotton canvas
tents, field hospital equipment in- j
eludes large supplies of cotton ma- i
terials in the forms of bandages, ab-1
snrbent cotton, adhesive tape, and
other surgical cottons. Ambulances
are equipped with cotton canvas
stretchers and first aid kits contain
ing a wide assortment of cotton ban
dages and similar items.
Increasing quantities of cotton sur
gical supplies are now being built
up in this country, not only to meet
the needs of United Nations armed
forces, but also to be able to meet
demands in the event of air raids and
civilian illnesses. Every effort is be
ing made to have sufficient supplies
of the cottons, so that epidemics such
as the influenza epidemic of the last
war may easily be forestalled.
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