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Major Albright Says It
FROM Raleigh comes authoritative support of
? this newspaper's suggestion that Macon County
should take positive steps to encourage its return
ing servicemen to stay at home.
R. Mayne Albright, himself a returned service
man, resuming his position as state director of the
U. S. Employment Service, well says the very
things The Press has been attempting to say.
Major Albright, whose job it is to fit men and
jobs together, points out the value of the returned
serviceman to his home community; emphasizes
small, local industries and service plants; adds a
number of concrete suggestions; and. finally,
touches On the importance of planning.
A dispatch from Raleigh outlining Major Al
bright's views follows:
New local industries and service organizations should be
established in scores of North Carolina communities if this
state hopes to keep and utilize the services of many of its
trained and valuable former service men, now returning
home in increasing numbers, in the opinion of Major R.
Mayue Albright, just back from military service and in his
former position of state director of the United States Em
Many North Carolina communities, even the smaller
ones, have citizens who could, individually or in groups,
set up small Industries, rural industries, or service plants,
which cculd furnish employment to hundreds of returning
service men. Even servicemen could form many such small
industries, Major Albright believes, which would utilize
their own services and those of other veterans or return
ing war workers.
A few industries which can be operated In almost any
North Carolina community, using local labor and requiring
small capital, are enumerated by Major Albright, as fol
lows: Processing, dehydrating or canning poultry, fish,
fruits and vegetables; peanuts, my beans and other vege
tables; producing and developing stone, concrete, clay, glass,
sand, and other such products; manufacturing tents, awn
ings, mattresses shirts, (neckties, gloves, belts, shoestrings,
and other garmentss; lumber, plywood, veneer, furniture
novelties, caskets, Venetian blinds, wastebaskets, book ends,
and other novelty q.nd souvenir items.
Hundreds of such industries, developed on small scale,
would make use of local raw products, adding immensely to
their value, and bringing wealth into many communities,
in addition to giving employment to many veterans, return
ing war workers jind others.
Otherwise, many workers constitute a possible drain on
the community and taxpayers, by drawing unemployment
benefits or servicemen's readjustment allowances, by re
maining idle, or by migrating to other centers seeking
"The State Planning Board will cooperate with individu
als In any communities in developing local industries," said
Major Albright. "Our interest, in the U. S. Employment
Service, is in developing jobs to use the workers we have
and in making studies to determine the types of workers
needed in local industries. Our local USES offices will co
operate fully in promoting any such activities," Major
Mr. Sloan's Letter
The management of The Press takes pride in
the quality of the letters to the editor published in
this newspaper in recent weeks, and of course it is
indeed grateful for the kind things said about the
The primary purpose of an open forum such as
the "Letters" column of The Press, however, is to
afford an opportunity for the discussion of public
For that reason, The Press is particularly happy
to publish in this issue a letter from Mr. W. N.
Sloan. The fact that Mr. Sloan disagrees with a
Press editorial is of minor consequence. The im
portant thing is that he has chosen a vital public
matter, discussed it thoughtfully and with con
viction. and supported his argument with facts and
It is from such discussion that an informed pub
lic opinion is developed, and more letters like Mr.
Sloan's are invited.
1 "? ?
? ? ? LETTERS ? ? ?
PRAISES MRS. JOHNSON'S WORK
; Dear Editor:
It was my privilege to know the late Mrs. J. W. C. Johnson
personally. She was one of the very finest characters I have
ever met. How loyally she stood for what her conscience said
was right! Unflinchingly she fought for true democracy. Re
i llgion was true service to her fellowmen. Her heart's desire
was for the betterment of the children of the county.
The last time I saw her she was sitting up in bed writing
an editorial for The Press.
She would, indeed, be glad, I'm sure, if she could speak, and
tell you to carry on the great unfinished work.
Truly, I like your timely editorials in regard to our returning
servicemen ? and women; and also the same well applies to
many, who so nobly did their part in many of the defense
plants, making B-29's and atomic bombs.
1 Very truly yours,
, MRS, F. E. MA8HBURN
Gneiss, N. C.
January 19, 1946.
DISAGREES WITH EDITORIAL
| Dear Weimar:
I want to congratulate you on the fine work you are doing
with The Press. I have become a cover to cover (if a paper
had covers) reader, and greatly enjoy being brought up co
date each week on the news of my home county. I have also
enjoyed several of your editorials ? particularly the first one in
which you greeted old friends and your home town and out
lined what you hoped to do with the paper, and a more re
cent one entitled "Gold Through Our Fingers". By my standards
both were very fine.
But now I must confess, regretfully, that I was brought to
the point of writing to you by an editorial with which I com
pletely disagree, instead of the ones which I liked so much.
X refer to the one in the January 17 issue entitled "They
Can't Explain Away Facts". It seemed to me that your editorial
attempted to do just that.
Some of the facts which you seemed to either deny or over
1. Since last summer the army has brought home and dis
charged approximately 5,000,OOO^Tnen. This is an almost un
believably creditable record of accomplishment. It is much
better than the army or anyone "else thought possible last
2. The rate of discharge reached a peak of about 1,000,000
men per month. As there are only about 4,000,000 men in the
army now, without a slow-down, it is perfectly apparent that
in four or five months Generals MacArthur and McNarney
would have been left to occupy Japan and the American zone
in Germany by themselves. Present enlistment and induction
under the Selective Service Law makes little more than a
3. Instead of hysteria among troops, public, and Congress
being caused by vacilating policies of the heads of the Armed
Forces, these same ? heads have been moved by the hysteria
itself to make ever increasing efforts to discharge every
soldier possible, and by Christmas, if possible, until at last the
danger point was reached.
4. The War department has not admitted that, "It needs
only 1,500,000" now. That is the next July figure. It is a rea
sonable assumption that there is considerable difference be
tween the need today and next July when conditions, we
hope, will be somewhat more settled.
5. We are not out of the war yet. It is true that the fight
ing seems to be over, but if we keep it that way our Army
has a big job to do, now and for years to come. What it is do
ing now is probably more difficult than, and just as important
as, what it did when it had only to move forward and kill the
6. Although, as- you say, our civilian authority is superior to
the military, it is the rankest folly to suggest that President
Truman or Senator Hoey knows as well as Generals Elsen
hower and MacArthur how many men we need to control
enemies, not all of whom have yet laid down their arms. We
have experts to give answers to technical problems. A very
deplorable fact is that members of Congress so constantly dis
regard the answers.
And, finally, I think that you have been in close contact
with public affairs too long not to know that statements by
our Senators and Representatives are not very good sources
of facts. They are too often made not for the purpose of giv
ing someone the facts, but to play on the prejudices and
emotions of us, their constituents. And too often they succeed.
And now please forgive the tirade. Every now and then I get
so hot that I boil over. And this criticism of the Army almost
before it gets its bayonets dry, whether it comes from the
public, from ill informed or insincere Congressmen, or from
irresponsible members of the Army itself warms me con
I am looking forward . to seeing you on my ynext trip to
Franklin, although I don't know just how soon that may be.
W. N. SLOAN, SR.
January 19, 1946.
? Others' Opinions ?
THINK IT OVER
THE price of a man's life may be hanging in your closet.
* In a chest in your attic may lie the decision as to whether
a child shall live or die. The future of millions of men, women
children is for sale . . . and the price of that future is one you
and I can so easily afford to pay.
These are the people who with their, lives and homes
bought us the days and months and years of Time we had to
have to win the War. Now we can buy them the days and
months and years of Time they have to have to win the
Does it seem fantastic that your old clothes, spare clothes,
cast-off shoes, blankets, can be a factor in rebuilding this
chaotic world? Think it over. Farmers cannot work the land
without adequate clothing to protect them from the weather;
children cannot attend school without warm clothing; women
cannot go about the tasks of marketing without sufficient
clothing to withstand long hours in ration lines; babies can
not grow strong without clothing to shield their frail, under
nourished little bodies from disease; the sick, the sufferers
from pneumonia, malaria, scabies, the many illnesses caused
by exposure and malnutrition, cannot hope to recover their
strength without clothing, shoes and bedding. Cities cannot be
rebuilt, factories cannot produce again, clflllzation cannot be
reborn unlesb those who must do the work, have the clothing
to give them the warmth of courage and hope.
Together with our allies, the unlnvaded countries of Canada,
Australia and New Zealand, we have contributed millions of
pounds of clothing, sufficient to aid more than 25,000,000 vic
tims of war overseas. We must do more, we must not forget
other millions in most dire need. From Holland, Norway,
Greece, Poland, China, the Philippines, Italy, Czechoslovakia,
France, Belgium, Yugoslavia, comes the same cry? Can't you
send more clothing?
The Victory Clothing Collection being conducted on behalf
of UNRRA between January 7th and list will help to fill this
need. Kvery on* can give at leaet one garment, a pair of shoes,
a piece of bedding toward the national goal of 100,000,000 gar*
ments. You are invited to enclose a good will letter with your
contribution of clothing a? an adventure In international
friendship,? Marion Profveee, j.
At V-J D*y soldier passenger
traffic within the Fourth Serv
ice command, covering the
Southeast, totaled 8,007,295 trips,
exclusive of the travel of _ in
dividuals, parties and groups
from one to 14 men.
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