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1?*1- JAMES BOYD. PuhlHher?1944 "
KATHARINE HOYIJT . Eoit?
VALERIE NICHOLSON ..... A?s% Editoi
DAN S. HAY tieneral Managei
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Entered el the Porioiuce ei Southern Pines H C..
ni second class mall matter
Member National Editorial Association and
H. C. Praai Aaaodatloa
'In taking over The Pilot no changes are con ?
templated. We will try to keep this a good paper.
We will try to make a little money ior all con
cerned. Where there seems to be an occasion to
use our influence for the public good we will try
to do it And we will treat everybody alike."
-James Boyd, May 23, 1941.
For A Community Center
There would seem to be little doubt that, if
a plan now under consideration by members of
the Civic Club and the town board^could be
carried through, a lasting benefit to the town
would result. This is for the town to acquire
the club building facing the park on Ashe street
and turn it into a community house. It seems
clear that, besides filling a definite need, such
a plan would be far closer to the original pur
pose of those who built the club.
For some time, now, the building has, while
filling one definite need, failed in most other
respects. The original purpose of the women
who founded the Civic Club was to further the
welfare and progress of the town. Toe club
backed good causes, things that, in particular,
the women were interested in: what might per
haps be rolled the house-keeping and exterior
decorating departments of Southern Fines. They
fussed about keeping the streets clean, garbage
collection, smoke from the old town dump: tney
encouraged clean-up of unsightly lots, planting
of front yards and parkways, general beautifi
cation, they were interested in the school and
in cultural activities. They exercised a marked |
influence in keeping .standards high.
GraduaTy much of this activity and interest
has subsided as the efforts of the club have been
channelled more and more into one groove. The
entertaining of visitors, especially, perhaps,
among the elderly, has become, during these
past years, almost the club's sole activity. This
is important: there are many older people with
little to do who might be lonely and unhappy
here were it not for the social afternoons con- I
ducted at the Civic Club.
It is generally agreed that this function of the
club is of great value and must not be aban
doned. On the other hand, the needs of younger
groups in town are quite as important. The
teen-agers, the young married set, army wives
and Otner groups badly need a place to meet. The
Civic Club building appears to be the ideal spot
while it is especially suitable for the small in
formal dai.ces so dear to the hearts of the
younger set "c
AH these groups deserve consideration in any
town pian. The thought that Die Civic Club
building might fill a multiple purpose for all
is a tempting one but there are complications
which require working out before any step of
this nature should be taken. In their good and
well-reasoned letter to this newspaper, publish
ed last week, the Teen-agers show a certain
lack of awareness of some of the problems in
volved. For instance, in speaking of their de
sire for a place of their own, there appears to be
a mistaken assumption that the Civic Club was,
or might be, a place of their exclusive posses
sion. Perhaps this attitude had something to
do with the original trouble, stemming from the
fact that a few, and we believe only a very few,
young people treated the building too much as
their own, to do with as they wished.
A community building, such as the town
board and the Civic Club have in mind, would
belong to everyone, not to any exclusive group;
the Civic Club itself would of course, be given
full consideration so that its activities should
not suffer But all this means that a wcll-bal
pneed program, with time apportioned among
all who used the building, would have to be
worked out and a definite amount of supervi
sion arranged for. If the community house idea
is to be carried through it must be handled
with care and thoughtful perseverance; it will
not be successful if allowed to get out of hand.
This is the sort of extra-curricular town gov
ernment activity that may still be termed a lux
ury and not an absolute necessity. Yet how
many of the things that make our life worth
while at all could be placed in that category?
Is beauty in a town a necessity or just a lux
ury? Is an attractive meeting place for all ages
a neeesiity; are properly supervised, well-run
dances and social functions, in pleasant tasteful
surroundings a necessity for our young people?
Is a true community house, for the free use
of all groups a necessity?
We are more and more of the opinion that it
is, end that the opportunity that seems now to
present itself of securing such a community
center for Southern Pines, is too good to let
A Bitter Prospect
A campaign based on racial prejudice and
featuring appeals to racial animosities is not a
happy prospect for North Carolina.
We had a sample of such a campaign just two
years ago and are still feeling the wounds and
seeing some of the results?of which one may
be tlie recent renascence of the Ku Kiux Klan
in a state which for many years had been free
a: rurh hateful business.
The prospect arises anew with John W. Clark
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ot Charlotte telling us he is thinking of entering
the gubernsi 'rial campaign.
Mr. Clark is now receiving the acclaim of some
North Carolinians after his fray with certain
students at the University of North Carolina,
at',i he could, we fee! regretfully sure, r.vpect
much support in a campaign based or, racial is- !
He states that the advantage oi his getting
into the race would be to "give our people the
opportunity to express themselves" on the is
sue of segregation. Tnis sort of campaign would
not only do North Carolina no good, but would
be a thoroughly degrading affair. It would re
vivify old animosities and create new ones. And
it would not settle, nor help to settle, the press
ing race problems which concern us all; it
would make them worse.
It would be foolish to dismiss Mr. Clark as an
eccentric. There is no doubt that he expresses the
views of many North Carolinians. There is
probably today more sympathy for his view
point, right or wrong, than in many years past.
Recent actions of the NAACP, such as charging
that Negro law students of the University of
Norih Carolina were being discriminated
against in grading, have deepened prejudices
and alienated many who have been willing to
lend the Negro a hand in his quest for oppor
Mr. Clark migh- have no hope of winning,
but in making the race he would inevitably
bring to the surface passions and animosities
which would mean trouble for the state and for
all of her people, white and colored.
Driver Training?An Essential
While sympathizing with the thrifty attitude
of the county commissioners, and their feeling
that the schools are already taking as large a
part of the county tax dollar as is consistent
with a balanced program, we greatly regret that
they do not look with more favor on the Kiwan
is-propcicd driver training course in the public
We hope that they will keep the matter well
in mind and do their best to fit it into the bud
get, and in any case not shelve it entirely but
regard it as a measure to be taken just as rapid
ly as it can be afforded.
We think that on the whole such training is
very slow in becoming a part of the public school
system everywhere, and our feeling is not en
tirely based on the accident statistics.
It is absolutely true that the death, damage
and disaster on our highways need a stem
check and could probably be best checked at
the source?the beginning driver, who soon be
comes the adult driver, and should have correct
training from the time he first takes the wheel.
There is another angle, too, which we feel
has not been sufficiently emphasized, and that
is that driving a car has become practically an
essential of daily living and a requisite of most
jobs. Training for any type of living today
should certainly include driving?a vital educa
tion factor now passed on in haphazard fashion,
often at inexpert hands.
Many things have been blamed for the high
accident rate?mechanical failures, speed, drink
ing, etc. All of these boii down to ignorance,
carelessness and incompetence. Proof, if any
is needed, lies in the fine records of trained
truckdrivers, who probably travel more miles
per person than any other one group, under all
sorts of traffic conditions and at a generally
high rate of speed. Yet the accident rate for this
group is far below that of the ordinary driver.
It may be that Moore county is destined not
to take the iead among North Carolina counties
in installation of driver training courses in the
schools. But a start has been made, and some
day the schools must follow, as they have in the
part quarter century in so many things which
have meant better living, greater safety, added
skills and improved job opportunities for youth.
Senator Byrd and the Budget
Senator Byrd has now gone through his an
nual act of pruning down the federal budget,
and this time has announced to the press he
has found ways to reduce it by some eight bil
This has happened a good many times now,
and outside of getting a few headlines for Sen
ator Byrd, we have not seen any tangible re
The Senator is a member of Congress, which
has the final power of determination as to the
federal budget, and we don't see why, if he has
something to sell, he doesn't sell it right there in
the Senate. He is not the only one in Congress
loudly protesting heavy federal spending, and
laying the blame at President Truman's door.
Yet no one knows better than these same Sena
tors that the President actually has very little to
do with it. It is up to Congress, and Congress
Talking about economy gets nobody any
where unless the talkers become doers, and ideas
become translated into action. The people are
disturbed, and rightly so, by the mounting bud
get figures. They would, we think, be grateful
for some action to get them down.
Instead, they get a lot of talk aimed at getting
voes and headlines, while the ones doing the
talking continue to pile up those expenditures
"God Bless Dr. Grum"
"God bless Dr. Grum," we learn, was the
daiiy prayer of millions in India and Pakistan
when North Carolina's Frank Graham visited
these lands on his first two efforts at settling
the Kashmir issue.
Dr Graham is in India again, going soon to
Pakistan, in another mediation effort for the
Umted Nations. Though further failure is in
prospect, we add our prayer?"God bless Dr.
Grum" and all others working sincerely for
peace, whose combined efforts msy bring some
measure of it to this troubled world.
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The Red Cross must cover the world thase days?do your part?answer the call.
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Grains of Sand
Members of a local AA group
met at the home of a member one
night last week in anticipation of
hearing a fine guest speaker, a
visitor in the vicinity they had!
heard of but whom none of them
As they sat waiting for him the
doorbell rang and there stood a
pleasant-faced man who was
promptly ushered in by th host.
He was taken around the circle
and everybody was introduced. He
didn't give his own name and no
body asked it?names aren't im
portant in AA.
He was seated in the most com
fortable chair in the room and
everybody waited expectantly for
him to speak. Finally he did
speak. He said, "Er?ah?is this
the Boy Scout meeting?"
It ended up with his being es
corted across the street, where a
Boy Scout meeting was being j
held, with his arms loaded down
was AA literature?pretty good
stuff whether you need it or not.
We may not have a Grauman's
theatre here, where celebrities im
mortalize their handprints in wet
cement, but we saw a little dog
immortalize his paw prints by
trotting briskly the other evening
across new-laid eerrnt in front of
the A & P supermarket.
A temporary fence had been
placed there, and flares lignted to
ikeep the people off, but these
! didn't mean a thing to the little
I The Public Speaking2!
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AGAIN?YOUTH SPEAKS |
To the Pilot.
As a former Southern Pines j
teen-ager, I have read with inter-j
est the correspondence in "The:
Public Speaking" concerning the!
problem of the Civic Club; and1
I should like to congratulate the
high school students who took it j
upon themselves to bring the|
"firm believer in Democracy" up
to date. I
Perhaps the greatest shortcom
ing of the teen-agers of my high
school years was our lack of pub
lic spirit, which the present group
so aptly displays. Had we taken
the active part which they are
now taking, there might not be
the problem which now exists,
and the Civic Club should prob
ably have provided constructive
entertainment for a great many
oeople, young and old, before its
floor became "unsafe for crowds."
In any event, here follow some
observations on the problems of
?he teen-age center, past and pres
The event which gave the Civic
Club its ultimate case against the
voung people was a breaking and
entering of the building for pur
noses variously described as in
decent, clandestine, and immoral.
Granted?the activities of those
people warranted the open mouths
and over-the-bridge-table com
-nents of the members. But I won
der how many know that the per
"etrators of the "foul deed" wer?
"ot members of the Teen-Ag<
Club at all. but young adults
some of whom had previouslj
graduated from high school, oth
e.rs who had never attendee
'drool in Southern Pines.
In any case, the reaction wa.
set off. At the next meeting, tht
teen-agers were fullv as indignan
as anv of the Civic Club member
or older taxpayers of the town
and later, a committee of threi
-oung people appeared before thi
Chamber of Commerce and ore
?o,0d their point of view. Man1
of the same civic-minded citizen
?vho are now working for a trui
"ornmunitv center were on thei
"'de and gave them a great dea
-f encouragement. However, evei
?"ith the citizens' help, tbev wer
unable tc move the Civic Chi'
'rom the firm conviction that the
-trniM he evicted to the Broai
Finally, the High School dona
the use of the frvmer Men*
flub, which whs renamed th
I"*"n?hnJe" In true, an-,called "sn
eialistic soirit." a great manv hie'
school students 'pitched in" an
made- a serviceable meeting place
for young people in all club and
social activities. In so doing, they
showed that they were willing to
work untiringly for their "pro
tection and entertainment" and
that they were not content to sit
idly by and let the "entertaining"
citizens dictate to them. Is such
constructive action to be constru
ed as an outgrowth of "a break
ing up of family life and home in
fluence"? Not only did they have
the Foxhole for themselves, but
they voted to allow any school-1
approved functions use it. They'
neither needed the Civic Club nor
asked for it; and many hoped
never to have to request it for a
teen-age function again.
Now. the town is once more try
ing to make the Civic Club a com
munity center. I, too, hope that
'some way might be found."
Some way by which our "firm be
lievers in Democracy" may real
ize that we under 25 do not in
tend to be seen and not heard;
some way by which they may
realize what group really consti
tuts the "irresponsible, selfish,
discontented citizens" (and 1
thank the writer for his or her
. appropriate words); and some way
by which they may gain an un
: derstanding and love of teen-agers
: and will end their attempts to
smother the spirit of open-mind
. ed progress for which the com
. mur.ity of Southern Pines is sc
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