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MARTY VEGA Reporter
Second Class Postage at Kaeford. N. C.
THURSDAY. FE BRUARY 13. 1975
As We See It
by Laurie Telfair
In the last couple of weeks, an informally-organized group has called
attention to the critical need here for housing for those with low
They are spearheaded by a social services case worker who must deal
every day with the effects of squalid living conditions. She presented
some compelling arguments to the city council for the necessity of
those who already have decent housing to help get it for those who
Cioing right to the pocketbook. she pointed out that poor housing
costs tax dollars. Children who are never warm a winter of their life fall
prey to an unnecessarily large number of respiratory diseases. Their
medical bills are paid out of tax funds, which costs money in the short
In the long run. the all-too frequent cases of permanent disability of
damaged, scarred lungs takes another bite by changing a potential
taxpayer into a permanent dependent.
She also noted that children raised in overcrowded rooms with little
or no sanitary facilities enter the public school system with all the other
more fortunate children. A concern for sanitation is another reason to
become involved in the quest for housing.
An additional reason, of course, is the simple humanitarian desire to
help another person.
In the last few days, several programs have been publicized that will
fund rent subsidies to make up the difference between what the renter
can pay and the fair market value of the housing unit. This is
apparently a good program, as it provides ineentative for builders or
groups to rent to those with low incomes.
But. unfortunately, it apparently doesn't apply to Hoke County
because we have no units here to rent.
An attorney told the city council that he had been involved for
several weeks in searching for a decent home for a youngster and his
guardian who recently lost their home in a fire. Although they have
enough income to rent a home, the lawyer said, no suitable home can
If it is difficult for someone with funds to find a home, you can
imagine how impossible it is for those without money.
Low-rent housing is for those who are living in old buses, in shanties
with half a roof and no window panes, who have lost their jobs and
then their mobile homes.
The idea of providing something for nothing, or nearly nothing, is
offensive to many people, but the lady makes a good case for why it
must be done.
Browsing in the files
of The News-Journal
25 years ago
Thursday. February 9, 1950
Such is the reputation of Robbins
Cloth Mills. Inc. in this section that
citizens and businessmen of all
descriptions all over Raeford and Hoke
County this week hailed the news of
their recent purchase of a mill site here
with elation and much hope for the
future of the town and county.
R.B. Lewis, president of the Raeford
Chamber of Commerce. Inc.. said this
week that the addition of the Robbins
Cloth Mills to the number of industrial
and manufacturing concerns of Hoke
County would be one of the greatest
boosts the county could have in the
nature of heavier payrolls.
A opossum hunt was under way in
? daylight and for from the woods, here
Tuesday morning. Police Chief H.M
Meeks was Master of the Hunt.although
he was not master of the hounds
A U.S. supervisor of narcotics
declared in Durham Monday that North
Carolina has the reputation of being the
"capital of illegal narcotic dealing in this
section of the United States."*,
* * *
From Poole's Medley:
The largest fish I have caught was in
Tluimas' Pond on Drowning C reek li
was caught with hook baited with a
worm and evidently the fish tried to
hook the thing and got hooked It
weighed 11 pounds
1. Irvin Hubbatd. manager of the
Collins Department Store here since
I''46. left last week to take over
management of the Collins store in l.ake
City. S C.
15 years ago
Thursday. February 11. I960
The swimming pool planned by the
Hoke Swimming association is a
practical certainty for this spring. J.D.
McMillian. temporary president of the
All three men's club of the Raeford
churches will have a joint meeting
Monday. March 14. and Governor
Luther Hodges will address the group
Raeford telephone users will soon
have a lot of new numerals to learn.
Those who have handily dialed three or
four digits all these many years may
want to invest in finger guards for they
will be dialing seven digets soon,
according to J.C. Coley. manager of the
Carolina Telepltone and Telegraph
'It s a nice little ornament for the living room
while Kissinger is here*
The Christian Science Monitor
How Committees Work
By Henry W. Oxen dine
In the course of an average legislative
session hundreds of hilisand resolutions
may he introduced, on hundreds of
different subjects and thousands of
detailed problems. The individual
legislator can hardly read every bill, and
certainly cannot possibly study them all
carefully. Yet he must vote on each bill
and therefore has a major problem of
knowing how to cast his vote
Legislatures meet this piohlcm in pail
through the committee system.
There arc approximately 41 such
standing committees in the I""*? House
of Representatives and 2K in the Senate.
The President of the Senate, and the
Speaker of the House, are responsible
for appointing these committees.
Legislators arc asked to submit their
first, second and third preferences of
committees of their inteiest.
The practice of both houses is to
adopt a schedule of the various
I was watching the evening news on
TV the other night, well, they call it the
evening news but actually it's just part
of the evening news; it's the news that
happened close to where the network
had a camera that day. 01 news that
didn't play out before a cameia ciew
could get there; anyway the part of the
news that interested me that night was a
repoit that ihc San Francisco school
boa id had decided to discontinue all
junior high and senior high school
That's right, football, basketball,
baseball, track, marbles -- everything
would be discontinued to sa\e money.
Now what the San Francisco school
hoard does is none of my business. I've
got my hands full out here on this
Bermuda grass farm. hut. like the
economic advisors who convinced
President Ford three months ago thai
the way to solve the country's problems
was to save and stop spending, only to
reveise themselves and say no, the way
to do it is for everybody to spend more
and create jobs. 1 wonder if those school
tiustees were looking far enough down
I mean, without junioi high football,
how can you develop any players for a
senior high team? Without a senior high
team, how can you have any college
teams' And without any college teams,
where would piofessional teams get any
players'1 The same goes for baseball,
basketball, tennis, golf, swimming, etc.
Without thinking, the San Francisco
school hoard is about to undermine the
very foundation ol society.
I have a notion that by the time this
gets into print the howl of protest
beginning with cheerleaders in San
Francisco, not to mention the coaches
(how many coaches would be satisfied
with a teacher's salary ') and spreading
like wildfire across the nation will have
convinced the board of trustees they
didn't realize the magnitude of their
decision. Vou throw thousands of
coaches out of work, ruin the business
of helmet makers, shoulder pad people,
uniform makeis. etc.. not to mention
destioying half of television's revenue in
the fall and winter, and you've just
given the recession one more shove
toward a depression.
Some people say Congress isn't
responsive enough to the will of the
people but you don't see Congress
pulling a stunt like that. It hasn't got
time Too busy investigating things.
committee meetings. Most of them are
scheduled during the mornings of
Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday,
except the "money" committees
(Appro pi iat ion and Finance) which
usually meet in the afternoons following
The procedure followed is less formal
than that in the sessions of the General
Assembly. A quorum consits of a
majority of the committee membcis.
The chairman ordinarily recognizes the
introducer of the bill so it can be fully
explained. Sometimes it in voted on
immediately: other times there is
considerable discussion. A bill may be
referred to a subcommittee lot lurthei
study - or an amendment or a substitute
bill may be considered, according to the
sentiment expressed at the meeting.
Frequently poisons otliei than
legislators wish to appear before a
committee to support or oppose a bill
Public heaiings are not rout inch held
on each bill, but will usually be
scheduled by ihe committee chairman
upon request of committee members or
other inteiestcd persons. Oidinarily
committee meetings are open to the
public and to the news media.
Rules of both houses provide for a
clerk to take minutes and maintain
records according to the requirements
of the chairman. Some major
committees are provided assistance b>
the Institute of Government and b\ the
Fiscal Research Division.
When a bill has been rcponcd to the
main body, the committee's jurisdiction
over the bill ends. When the bill comes
up for consideration on the floor,
however, the committee chanman is
expected to explain the bill, m delegate
this duty to anothei committee, ot to
the sponsor of the bill. Only one ol
these three members may move
formally to end debate and bung the
matter to a vote.
Committees which include
Representatives of the J? I st District
Henry W. Oxendinc -- Base Budget.
Corrections. 1. ducat ion. Highei
Fducation. Insurance. Judiciary III.
Joy J Johnson - Chairman. Human
Resources: Corrections. Appropriations.
Institution foi Blind and Deaf.
Fducation. Alcoholic Beveiages.
David R Parnell Agricultuic.
Military and Veterans. Public Cnlmcs.
Those Were The Days . .
(ran I tvee of hive)
By Pauline McFadyen
Sometimes when the weather was'
warm Mother would send the cook to
the fence with a large tray of hot lunch,
but it was hard to enjoy that good food
with so many little droolers watching.
So many of us lived within just a few
blocks of the school that I nevei
understood why we couldn't run home
for a hot lunch.
Now all during the first grade 1 loved
school and my teachers, but I was
horrified at doing anything wrong. But I
really disgraced myself in the second
grade. I got two demerits! Ten demerits
meant a visit to the principal's office.
One morning in class I whispered
three words to William Covington who
sat behind mc. He had brought a little
pink hiithdav candle to school and had
it out on the desk or in his hand. I put
my hand over my mouth and whispered,
"what is it?" Miss Womack looked at
me and said. "Two demerits". Why. I
just felt I couldn't go home. I really
worried myself sick over this and didn'j
tell it until I had to take my report card
1 had done well in my work. Why I
had tripped almost every one in my
class by spelling eleven correctly (no
one else put an "e" first). I could read
as well as anyone, but the shame of that
"demerits - ?" at the bottom of my
teport card went with me aII year.
I surely didn't get any dcmetils in the
third grade. 1 was in complete awe of
Miss Maude Miller, a large German
woman who wore a middy blouse and
skirt every day of the year without a
coal no mattci how cold it got. She
always wore short sleeves and we could
see the muscles in her arms, she cut Iter
nails tn points. We would raise our
hands for the lesson assignment and she
would come to our desks and mark it in
oui books with those nails. She only
had to pinch one person for
misbehaving. That settled the class for
Some of the boys in this grade were
fourteen years old and couldn't get into
our small desks. They sat in straight
chairs by the heater. They liked to bring
in wood and keep the fire going. They
weiv almost ready to farm anyway.
The things that I remember about the
fourth grade are very few. One morning
my teacher started up the steps to set
on the stage during chapel and a heel
came off her shoe. She sent 3 pupil to
Mrs. Keaves on Main Street to get nu
some more shoes. Too, I remember the
principal came to the room one day
during class and called a boy to the
front of the room and whipped him. I
was horrified. Another impression was
the great delight in Valentine's Day. I
never found out who gave me one
pretty Valentine. But the biggest
excitement of the year was the birth of
my baby sister. I was staying at
Grandma's and my young aunt ran
ahead of nte to school and told the
teacher before I got there.
We moved to the new school when 1
was in the fifth grade. Now the new
school was the building that burned. It
stood where the first grades are now. We
walked over to the school taking all
books and supplies. Now we had
By the time I reached the seventh
grade I had lost about all interest in
learning. There were other things. There
were hoys. Miss Mayme McKeithan had
a room full of active, lively youngsters.
We now spent most of our time trying
to get out of work. We learned early
that we could argue with Miss Mayme,
so of course we Baptists argued the
method of baptizing since she was a
Presbyterian, any time we had & test or
The large boys liked to tease. One
day Boots Graham told her he was going
to drop English. She took a long time
explaining that he couldn't do this when
he stood and dropped his English book.
One big old boy wrote the preamble
to the constitution perfectly on his test.
Miss Mayme was suspicious so she called
on Itime to recite it. He stood and
fumbled around and finally said. "We,
the people". He didn't know another
word. Continued Next Week
OPINION POLL-The Sandhill
Citizen in Aberdeen and The Robbins
Re and in Robhins conducted a Public
Public Opinion Poll last week.
We print the results here because
Moore County is in many ways a pretty
typical Tar Heel County, about average
in population, and pretty typical of the
state from a political make-up. All its
county elected officials are Democrats
except two of the three county
commissioners. However, in 1^72 it
voted strongly for Nixon. Holshouser
and Helms. In ll?74 it swung hack
Here are the questions and the
1. What kind of a job do you feel
Piesident Cord is doing? ANSWCRS
Good I tv <. Average 45' . Poor 4l>';.
2. Do you in general approve of
President Cord's recommendations to
overcome inflation and recession?
ANSWIRS Yes 27'*: No 5SM
Undecided 15 >.
.V What kind ot a job do you feel
(iovernoi Holshouser is doing?
ANSWI RS (iood 22' : Average 44'*:
4 .Do you favor Gove: nor
Holshouser*s proposal to Repeal the
Sales Tax on Cood' ANSWCRS Yes
44 . No 4.v . Undecided IS'/.
5 What kind of a job do you feel
I .S Senator Jesse Helms, is doing'.'
ANSWCRS (iood Average 5S'>;
CUFF BLUE ...
People & Issues
(>. Do you favor the Sunday closing
of stores in Moore County? ANSWERS:
Yes .W./; No 54'#: Undecided 7'#.
7. Who would you like to see the
Republicans nominate for President in
|97(>? Only Republicans asked to
answer this question. ANSWERS: l ord
41'?: Rockefeller JU'T. Goldwater 14'#;
Reagan 10^: Senator Howard Baker 4'#.
8. Who would you like to see the
Demociats nominate for President in
ll>7t?? Only Democrats asked to answer
this question. ANSWERS: George
Wallace 51'#: Senator Henry Jackson
29'#; Terry San ford I 2' /: Kennedy 4 '#;
McCovern 2'V: Harry Byrd 2'#.
I M) people participated in the poll-a
much larger percentage population-wise
than participated in the Harris and
Gallup polls. However, this was a
non-scientific poll and anyone was free
LEGISLATIVE COST- Big
government is not only mush-rooming
in Washington but light here in North
Carolina the General Assembly is
running a close race, percentage-wise at
According to a recent Associated
Press article, in the past ten years the
seven times. The ll>(?5-(>7 General
Assembly cost the State SI.5 million to
operate. Ten years later the Geneial
Assembly's budget for 1975-77 is
expected for the first time to pass the
510 million mark. This milestone comes
when legislative leaders-speaking about
other state agencies-have called for
It should be remembered that in the
past ten years the State's revenues have
only tripled whereas the State
legislature is costing the taxpayers
seven times what it cost 10 vears ago.
The legislators doubled then salaries
last year from S2.400 per year to
54.800 per year, says the Associated
But that is not their only income.
Members get a "per diem" expense
allowance of S245 per ^eck while the
legislature is in session.
State Rep. John Stevens of
Buncombe who is chairman of. the
House Rules Committee estimates that
each legislator will receive S20.000 in
salary and expenses during his two-yeai
Nothing is likely to be done about
the mushrooming cost of State
Government in Raleigh, although Rep
C. Kitchen Josey. House majority leadei
of Halifax County says: "I don't think
people really get their money's worih
from any government program. And. it
we're going to cut the budgets ot othci
Mate agencies. I think we ought to cut
The question in Has there been any
real effort in recent ycais to hold down
the cost of government? It has grown
almosi like Topsy'
S20.0CX) for a two vcai term in ihe
Genera! Assembly.mav entice some of
the would-be Ntaicvinen back home to
oHci t lie 11 soivitcC
Read Luke 4 4(1-44
He laid his hand on them one In one
and cured them. (Luke 4 40 Nl B)
Seveial women were rutting on a
bench watting then turn lot treatment
at a Christian hospital in West Africa.
One of them had come from hei village
a hundred and fifty miles aw ay; another
had traveled a hundred miles; and a
thud, about fifty miles. A missionary
who knew ihal government hospitals
were not far from then homes asked
them why they had come so fai when
they could have got the same mcdietng
from one of these hospitals
One of the women replied. "Yes. the
medicine may be the same, hut the
hands are different."
In the mission hospital they found
that, in addition to the healing medicine
they needed, there was an atmosphere
of love and sympathetic understanding
This made (he difference, made it
woithwhile to travel so fai lor
It in always love that makes all the
Jilleicnee in what we do foi others.
PR A VI K 0 I oid and Master, help
us always to he ready to lespond to any
appeal to help others in need, but guide
us to help with that love and
understanding which makes all the
difference. In Thy spini.help us to pray
Thou hast taught us. "Our I athei who
ait in heaven, hallowed he thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will he done on
earth as it is in heaven Citve us this day
our daily hiead. And foigtvc us our
trespasses, as we forgive those who
trespass against us. And lead us not into
temptation. hut deliver us from evil. For
thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glow forever. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THI DAY (hnsf is
our source of love, the added tacini that
enriches all our service toothers. .
-copyright THI UPPF.R ROOM
--Leonaid W. Juhv. Fngland