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:a u i m u news for this entire area is
: i'.vit work is due to start this sum
i.e Hint' Ride Parkway at Soco Gap
:)uc "ii through to Black Camp Gap
'iojcc: w ill cost about half a million
,!-, d has already been earmarked for.
This will be the first construction
iwav west of Asheville since the
.V r.me the war started, contractors
v.'.n i.i.i;r. on the Parkway section from
S t." Gap towards Smokemont. a distance of
.-a 14 mile. The work was just a little
n : 'i.aii half completed when stoppage was
:i';irif.i due to the war.
Tin- trom Soco Gap to Wolf Laurel
l:,.s iirti :..uuh uru'led and this section will
not .akr f ... much time to net into good con
diMor. T'ne '. 6 miles from Wolf Laurel to
I'.lack Camn tlap is all new territory, as no
I l ading i:as been done on the route.
This section of the Parkway will open up
-nr.e beautiful scenic country. In fact, it is
'.)-'. a little different from that traversed by
tin- Parkwav anywhere else west of Asheville.
It is hard to picture just what that section
oi th.e Parkway will mean to all Eastern
Amei ;t'c. when the Park is more fully devel
oped. In the meantime, the Parkway will
v. -ithin !'.-eif ive Americans an opportunity
i , sc .-ome of the scenic wonders of the
All These plans did not come about without
a I'.t of hard work and thought. The Cham
Lc i o! Commerce, the members of the West
i i Xurth Carolina Associated Communities,
and the North Carolina Park Commission
have worked long and hard on this project.
It w.ul.i not be fair to mention this work
without uivin.u personal tribute to Charles
Ray. chairman of the N. C. Park Commission,
who has worked on this project diligently for
The report of the State Department of Mo
tor Vehicles announced last week that 836
persons were killed on North Carolina high
ways in 1947. Almost enough to populate a
small ' .wn.
The report showed that 1947 had 19 per
cent less fatal accidents than 1946, but even
at that, the record is too hih.
A study of the report shows that in a
larye majority of the cases, just plain care
less driving was the cause. Speeding led all
causes, while drunken drivers caused a large
number of wrecks, as 1,960 drivers were
found to be drinking and 1.248 were drunk:
Another interesting fact is that 84 per
cent of all accidents last year occurred on
straight roads, while 75 per cent happened
during clear, dry weather.
Those convincing facts prove without any
doubt that just plain carelessness is still the
cause of highway accidents.
If every one had the same attitude as a me
chanic who has been handling cars and trucks
for more than 25 years, said this week: "I am
still afraid of a car. I drive as if the thing
is going to blow to pieces any minute, and
that every car I meet is going to hit me. So
far, that attitude has kept me out of wrecks."
We believe he has something.
A Navy jet plane recently went more than
600 miles an hour on the West Coast. This
is better than 10 miles a minute. Almost as
fast as some of the screwballs try to driv
Should The Schools Be
Divorced From Politics? .
The State Education Commission, in its
current study of North Carolina's school sys
tem, is seeking the answers, to a great many
questions about practices in, the-field of, edur
cation in the hope that these answers will
give proper direction to school improve-J
On a questionnaire being circulated, among
citizens of the state,, there is this,, que.sti.on;
Are the schools as free from "politics" as is
That is an important question, but it is one
that needs to be thoughtfully considered be
fore any answer is reached. The question
immediately suggests that the schools should
be kept apart f:om politics, but one should
make clear what is meajit by "politics" before,
agreeing that there ought to be a complete
divorcement between schools and politics.
If the term "politics" is used in the popular
sense of "political favoritism," then it is un
questionably desirable, and essential if good
government is to prevail, to keep the schools
free from politics. The schools should never
be used by politicians to pay political debts.
Teachers and all other school personnel
should be employed on a basis of merit and
never on a basis of petty politics which raises
considerations other than fitness for employ
ment. School funds should be appropriated
according to the needs and if there is not
enough money to go around in the supplying
of needs and no new sources to tap, the more
urgent needs ought to have priority in the
expenditure of available money. Expendi
tures should not be made to win friends for a
political party or a political faction and school
administrators should hold the line firm
against minority pressure groups that seek an
unwarranted favored position in the alloca
tion of school funds. This is a difficult course
to pursue this business of keeping political
favoritism out of the school system but it is
the right course, and when a school official
shows the courage to stand firm on principles
that embody fair play, the people if they are
true lovers of democracy ought to stand back
of him and applaud his administration.
Now there is a kind of politics that school
men and all friends of schools must play if
the cause oi education is to meet with suc
cess. When it comes to electing legislative
representatives or other officials likely to
have influence m the shaping of school pol
icies, school personnel is fully justified in
getting into politics to the extent of helping
to assure the election of officials who believe
fully in the cause of public education and
who also believe that political favoritism has
no place in school administration.
A school teacher has every right to be
come active in politics to further efforts for
obtaining higher salaries and better working
conditions. A school superintendent has a
right, even the duty to show sufficient in-
MIRROR OF YOUR MIND
WASHINGTON School chil
dren in four foreign countries will
soon get a glimpse of American
life as children in the United
terest in political developments to make sure, More (han 2 50fJ paintings by
that those who would undermine the schools 1 junior and senior high school
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-BUs Of Human Interest News Picked Up By Members
Of The Mountaineer Staff
Street scenes: Youngsters look- j
ing out of the Central Elementary j
School window watching tree trim-j
liiets at work. j
. . . three business men push
ing a car during: a bard rain, a j
puppy on the back seat enjoying j
. . . telephone linesmen repair- i
ing a broKeii pole alter it was nil
by a truck.
... a sweet young thing with
u worried look on her face; per
haps worrying about her rnll'lcs
see and hear a truck sold to the !
highest bidder. j
... a waitress who insists on ;
humming the "hit parade" while
serving food. j
... a group of fanners discuss- .
ing the merits of different seeds.
. . . one of a four-some playing
bridge who tries (ineffectually) to
explain to his partner that his
physic bid saved a slam bid by
. . . the watering cart cleaning
Main street just as a lady steps out
of her car . . . and she steps right
hack in again as fast as she can.
. . . the little bird alighting on
a truck, a bit uncertain what do
do when the driver starts the
. . . men hanging precariously by
straps as they clip branches of
trees touching electric light and
... a lady searching frantically
on a counter for her change
purse only to find it hanging by
its cord outside her large pocket-book.
Are ome women born incapable of pasiion?
Answer: By the findings of the
scientific study recently reported
in "Sexual Behavior in the Hu
man Male," some thirty per cent
of women are "more or less sex
ually unresponsive," and although
the authors don't specifically say
so, readers mighUnfer that this is
an "inborn" or constitutional con
dition. The psychologist would sey
that for some reason sexual feel
ing can be much more fully re
pressed in a woman than in a man.
and that therefore most of these
"unresponsive" women are prob
ably repre'ssed, but not constitu
Should you toko hot-tempered
Answer: Yes, but not too seri
ously. The things "a hot-tempered
person says and does express one
side of his real nature, but the
very violence of the "explosion"
shows how hard another side of
J Milium have
aim" Hut .w.
tice, the decisiv.L
perhap: be wheihetJ
t. uvuer on at
lne case. Ox
(I re ii mi tier
may Id J
it. t.e "cruel"
Do you think radio station own
ers should have the right to take
sides in politics or controversial is
sues on the air, as they are pre
vented from so doing at the pres
Bill Porter: "They have the right
to express their views as well as
William G. Dover: "No. 1 think
the way it is now is very good."
J. E. Barr: "The radio is part of
the voice of the people. II we are
going to have free speech, radio
should have the same l ight as pub
lications and other organizations to
Howard Bryson: "Yes, I think
radio should have the right to
take sides. It is as fair for one side
as the other."
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SCHOOL ART LINKS
By JANE EADS
and seek to use the schools for furtherance of
selfish political aims are checked in carrying
out their unsavory designs. In fact a super
intendent or any other school official who
would not rise to the defense of policies con
scientiously pursued would not deserve to
be in a place of leadership in education. Such
a defense sometimes calls for political action,
lest control of the schools falls into the hands
of privilege-seeking politicians.
The question of divorcing the schools from
politics, it becomes clear, must be answered
with discriminating perception. Political fa
voritism has no place in the schools. But to
.say that school personnel should have noth
ing to do with the selection of candidates for
legislative or other offices is to play into the
hands of political schemers who are more in
terested in promoting their own sejf-centered
objectives than in achieving a fair and dem
ocratic administration of the schools. The
Lady Or Tiger?
We are tired of the traditional insistence
that March must come in like a lion (or a
lamb) and go out like a lamb (or a lion). Let
the lion lie down beside the lamb in :that Jar
away field where dispirited cliches retire .to
browse, while we rephrase the adage , in
terms of a burning question , from earlier,
The lady or the tiger? No one who has felt
the tigerish tooth of March pt .sunned 1 himself
in her melting glances can' doubt that the
question is apposite, Some, may question
whether she is a nice lady either when pick
ing her rather, slatternly way through pud
dles or pitching into houselearuxig -duties
with a rather rude energy. Some may .ques
tion whether March is a bad, tiger either
when playing the frolicsome, .obstreperous
cub or the seedy veteran snarling over win
ter's vanished joys.
Be that as it may, March like a world, in
transition suggests now a iadyr now. a tiger.
The wea.tber like the political climate-is
ambivalent. ShalJ we bow or .shall we shoot
on sight? ClirUtian Science Monitor..
students are being sent to schools
in Czechoslovakia. France. Swed
en, and Venezuela. This is being
done through an international art
student program worked out by
the American Junior Red Cross
and the Eastern Art Association.
Schools in the four foreign
countries have agreed to exchange
their art work with American
schools. The project's planners
hope the program can be broad
ened next year to include schools
in many more countries.
Subject matter ranges from a
sman Doy nsning on a Dnuge to countries to which the
a homey scene of a harassed hus- are going.
band wearing a dress while his
wife turns up a hem.
The young artists portrayed 60
Walter Crawford: "A radio sta
tion is a quasi-public eorpor.it 'on,
and should not be? permitted to en
gage in political controversies. The
puDiic is composed ot many par-1
ties, some of which could noi be
heard on the air."
Charles Isley: "I think as long
as we live in a free country, radio
owners should have this right."
towns and cities, almost as dif
ferent in their local color as the
Texas oil wells. New Jersey 1
wharves, Pittsburgh steel nulls,
(Coniinuea on Page Three,
Looking Back Over The Years
15 YEARS AGO
10 YEARS AGO
City and county lake banking j A broken press delays publica
holiday calmly Banks of nation tion of this week's Mountaineer,
are closed four days. I Joe Johnson, member of the
(The city is accepting checks on,senior c)ass of Waynesville High
the local bank in pavment of light I ,
and water bills. i School, w.ns the gold medal in
S. S. Williams, field inspector I declamation contest sponsored by
of the crop production office, is ' the D.A.R.
ready to help farmers get loans.
Students in township schools ob
serve "Better English Week".
Hugh Sloan. Jr.. of the U. S.
Coast Guard, arrived yesterday af
ter an absence of two years to
spend a thirty day leave with his
father, Hugh Sloan, Sr.
Illinois and Ohio folk lead among
visitors in the Park.
A new garbage truck is put into
service this week.
Yamamoto, Japanese' author,
tells Rotarians that Japan is try
ing to protect China from Russia.
5 YEARS AGO
Miss Elizabeth Francis is home
demonstration agent for Lincoln
county and is residing in Lincoin
ton. Milk prices advance from M to
16 cents a quart.
Practice blackout to b,- held
Tuesday night to inaugurate ne.v
David Michal, of the Woodrow
section, is elected vice president
of the senior class in aeronautical
engineering at State College.
Red Cross quota of $4,000 is in
Rural women are asked to pledge
more "Food for Freedom".
Senate Democrats Balk I Lucas Tin
GOP-Sponsored Probes I For Key pj
Special to Central Press
WTASHINGTON. Senate Democrats are wearier
W canary" expressions. And they have good reasi
Their self -pleasure comes from the little-publicized
have virtually succeeded In stopping all Republican-jpnJ
ligations in the upper chamber for the time being.
This is an election year during which RepublicaaJ
start every daily session of Congress with a prayer uti
an investigation, or so they jokingly said.
However, the probe situation ii
standstill because Senator Scott W.
111., introduced a motion to hold upU
one sub-committee that was to W
Under terms of the Lucas motion, t
called up for debate until after
"pending business" except by uaiod
I and this the Democrats will not m
The pending business is the St. Lii
way project, and the Senate has posJ
on this issue until Feb. 27. Thus Util
bate the funds matter until near mod
without funds no investigations ciii
Senator Scott The only probes not arretted are la
W. lucat modify market speculation und on tit.
war surplus material!?
Senator George O. Aiken (R), Vt , umltr whose oved
the major investigations were to have been started eityl
admits ruefully, that the Democrats have i ifntivtlyr
NEW DEAL CONFLICT President Truman nowittj
tion of sponsoring New Deal legislation ami at the ut
ing New Deal holdover officials from key (.overrun
Case, one in Doint is failure to reaonoint James V.L
while "baby" New Dealer of President Roosevelt's fJ
man of the Civil Aeronautics board.
Then, the other day, Mr. Truman demoted Marrist
New Dealer, as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bw
Thomas McCabe to the chairmanship and reducing W
membership on the board.
Protests have struck a presidential stone wall.
TAFT-HARTLEY HEADACHES Employers IB 4
much grief in a provision of the Taft-Hartley 1
small groups of skilled workers in a plant to break wy
Under trip new labor statute, these croups may petto
for fin 1prtmn trt HtancQnriatp themselves f run the ilfl
eainine unit. Such netitions are flooding into NLEJf
AFL craft uninns
Employers find it creates a bargaining headache foiij
them to sit down and negotiate contracts with seven! M
of one bi2" organization which represents nil workers
The peak load of the break-away i lntinns is m
reached this snmmpr ns pvistintr lahnr-iv.HnascmentCtB3!
TIME SAVER A high ranking member of M
confides that he spends so much time on cajii" -that
the work of his agency is suffennp ' lsUfJ
and testify and testify," he wailed, "wh.le the work
piles up on my desk."
As a solution, this official proposes that cachde-.
partment and agency designate one staff roemW
as an ambassador to Congress, charged with "'
all appearances before "Hill" committees and K
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as ii is, mis official says iranKiy, no "f
testimony. He put it this way: "AH I do lJ re
Theyll Do It Every Time.
StoEDLEy AND IRMA DIDN'T HAVE
ANV, YOUN6 A LITTLE 0IT
OF A PLACE SUITED THEM JUST FINE
By Jimmy Hatlo
SO TMEY BOU6HT-AND NOW WHAT?
mm WS THEY'VE HAD AND THAT'S
IVE MOVED THE NURSERY
V UUI INIU THE MALL.' I LL
f SLEEP IN THE BATHTUB
. how- LONG IS YOUR
nvinLn twllNw i 1
rTlr cmaTTX f Amoved the nursery VS
3fe5 f nffi?6JS3? 1 r SLEEP IN THE BATHTUB-Y
S5$kJ ITS PLENTY ) . HOW- LONG IS YOUR.
The janissaries of the early
Turkish empire were maintained
by taking every fifth boy of Chris
tian families in Turkish territory
and training them apart from their
families from an early age in the
palace of the sultan.
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