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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 17, 1950, Winona, Minnesota                              These Days An Independent Newipaper Established ISSi M. H. WHIHI OORBOH R, CLOTWAT Publisher Exccutivt tditor KZUBD or Tax ASSOCIATE) ram Official Neuxpaper County nni City of Winonm I say-imto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath ever- lasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John School Board Guilty Of Subterfuge Tactics The school board is guilty of subterfuge tactics when at least five of its nine mem- bers go on record as virtually giving their approval to off-the-record executive sessions and challenging the public to come forth with criticism if it doesn't like it. In an atmosphere of argumentative con- fusion and perplexing contradiction, the board Monday night proposed to "clear the air" over its policy of transacting most of its business in a session to which the press is invited but which it is understood through long establish- ed policy that the press cannot reveal any of the arguments or decisions which take place. To those who have followed the controversy over the executive sessions, the issue seems to stand out with singular clarity; if there is to be any Indeed, one might suggest that the school board strive for en- lightenment in its own rather opaque think- ing. Board members defended the executive ses- sion on the grounds that the public is invited to attend any board session to witness first- hand the proceedings. It would be only slight- ly less ridiculous for members of Congress to bar representatives of the press from their de- liberations with the statement that interested parties might travel to Washington to attend the sessions in person. A major role of the press in a democracy is to report objectively and completely the actions of duly elected public bodies to their constituencies. And this function is no less important on the local level then it is on the state and national levels. The critics of the board have not delivered veiled accusations through uncertain or devi- ous channels. Simply and essentially, the school board has been sharply criticized in a forthright and unqualified manner for with- holding information about a major portion of Its deliberations from the public. The line has been drawn and logic dictates that the entire question is now in the hands of the school directors lor their decision. In all, it appears rather superfluous for the board to hold its fire until it "sees the whites of the eyes" of its critics. The appearance of any critic at a board meeting could result only in a repetitious haggling over a matter that has previously been clearly defined and presented. One board member's remark that It is time the board "throws ball back" to the pub- lic apparently well expresses the school board's attitude in the matter. West Enders who lor two years petitioned for resumption of school bus service can test- ify as to to be derived from a public forum with the school board. The pro- testing residents of the West End had the "ball thrown back to them" at more than a dozen meetings until most of them despaired of ever realizing their objectives in direct contact with the board. During the next year, the board will super- vise the Immediate expenditure of slightly more than of tax moneys. It will administer one of the city's largest payrolls and will embark on a long-range building pro- gram involving more than a million dollars. It will deliberate on vital issues directly affecting the welfare of every man. woman and child in Winona but unless the board elects to break with its traditional rules of procedure the development of these policies will be screened from the public by the "exe- cutive session." The directors both individually and col- lectively should not properly take personal exception to the criticism. directed to them. The persona! integrity and sincerity of purpose of the directors in their administration of school affairs is not involved in the present controversy. The nine members of the school board have approached and dealt with most problems of school business during the past year with a high degree of efficiency and skill. This very fact makes it almost inconceivable to think that any member would wish to obscure any part of the board's proceedings from public surveillance. They serve without pay. If our school posts were manned by a group of incompetents, the purpose of the executive session might, in their interests at least, be somewhat justified. Present members of the board include four successful managers of business firms, two physicians and surgeons, an engineer, a de- partment executive and a man holding a re- sponsible position in county 'offices. Not one of these men should be hesitant about having his expressions on matters of school policy reviewed in the press whether in formal open session or in executive session, And that is all the public asks. It wants to know what its elected officers are doing and how and why they are doing it. This know- ledge becomes especially important in an election year when the citizen and taxpayer is called upon again to weigh the qualifica- tions of various candidates for these posts. Many of the incumbent board members must feel that their actions in office justify re-election. "But the general electorate has on- ly a very hazy idea of what stand each has taken on past issues. The public knows from the general session what the majority opinions of the board has been. The public will not be asked to vote for a majority In the next school board election, however. It will be asked to cast votes for individuals and of these individ- uals by virtue of the executive session we know very, very little. What discussion, if any, was there over this year's budget? The air, certainly, should be "cleared" on the matter of executive sessions. But properly it is up to the school board which first clouded the air in the'misty confines of its executive sessions to do the clearing. Sokotskr THE WINONA REPUBUCAN-HERALD, WINONA, MINNESOTA They'll Do It Every Time SATURDAY, JUNE 17. U. S. Learning Hard Truths About Reds By Georce E. Sokolsky Washington President Truman and Dean Acheson have at long last come to realize that for many reasons, most of them philosophic, busi- ness cannot be done with Soviet Russia. Both have tried hard to make it otherwise. Dean Acheson, during the Roosevelt adminis- tration, was generally regarded as the leader of the pro-Russian faction in the State department. Alger Hiss was his subordinate and protege. This was not a mat- ter of personal friendship; it was part of a concept of the new world, the socialistic world of which Soviet Russia was to be the leader, with the United States as a slower follower but an ar- dent and financial supporter. Its ultimate object was the federa- tion of man, the lessening or ul- timate abolition of sovereignty, and peace forever in a union of like-minded peoples. Harry Hopkins, Averell Harriman, Wendell Willkie and, at one time, even Harold Stassen, favored or could not resist the one world con- cept. Franklin D. Roosevelt made it the central point of his grand design. The secretaries of state, Cordell Hull, Edward Stettinius. James Byrnes, and George Marshall, were not by training or experience capable of grasping the permanent values in this policy. They accepted the Roose- velt doctrine as sound and pursued it to the best of their limited abilities. This continued even af- ter Roosevelt died and Truman succeeded him. TRUMAN AT POTSDAM was caught In the malignant fibers of this policy and knew no way out of them at that time. He left Potsdam obvi- ously angry and disillusioned, for this was in the period when he was a humble man who wanted friendship and guidance. Although he fail- ed to grasp the essence of the problem, it is obvious from subsequent conduct that Truman understands a doublecross and at Potsdam saw one in the making. He has never risked having the Indian sign put on him again. To one who has devoted practically the-whole of his adult life, more than 30 years, to a close study of Russia, and even more years than that to study of Marxism, the conduct of these men and their numerous subordinates is beyond un- derstanding. Were Soviet Russia only an imperialistic coun- try devoted to acquring more territory, resources and people, it would he possible to measure her conduct in terms of historical experience, and it might be opportune to come to some terms, per- haps similar to the Spanish-Portuguese division of the world in the 15th century as arranged by Pope Alexander VI. Unfortunately, .we are faced by something al- together different. Soviet Russia is not only an imperialist government which controls a large number of nations; it is not only the head of a federation of countries some of which mantain vestigial sovereignty; Soviet Russia is also the head of a vast movement based upon Marxian dialectical materialism which seeks to make over the entire world and which Insists that its suc- cess is inevitable. NOW THIS IS NOTHING new. It can be found in the literature on the subject as early as 1848. It has been discussed among intellectuals since that year. Since 1848, a large number of revolu- tions occurred in many countries over this philos- ophy which has influenced artists, writers, profes- sors, textbook authors and therefore should be known to educated men, particularly students of economics, sociology, biology and history. Therefore, it has been astonishing that so many Americans in high places suddenly discov- ered in 1949 that Soviet Russia is not just a country but.an intellectual force; that Soviet Rus- sia did not merely seek to add territory but to federate the world in a union of Soviet Socialist republics. It is the spearhead of a concept for the rule of man. And it is ''even more astonishing that these men should have been surprised at what they call a "cold war" but which in Marxian language Is regarded as "the permanent revolution." The so-called "new techniques" that Soviet Russia is employing and which seern to frighten these statesmen so, are not new at all. They are the characteristic efforts of permanent revolution of- ten described by Marx, Engels and Lenin, to mention only a few of dozens of writers. It is really unfortunate that we are governed by men so inadequately educated that they do not know the history of the century in which 1 they live. IN YEARS GONE BY Ten Years Ago 1940 Aldermen, on behalf of the city, entered into a new five-year agreement with the Soil Con- servation service Monday which will continue the terms under which the federal tree nursery is maintained on the west outskirts of the city, renewing a "memorandum of understanding" with the government. Plans for the dedication of the trout rearing ponds at Crystal Springs will be discussed at a I meeting of the First District Izaak Walton league i Thursday at the cabin of the St. Charles chap- ter at the springs. Thirty-five boys have registered for the ten- day Y.M.C.A. camp outing at Camp Bradfield, Black River Falls, Wis., July 8 to July 18. Twenty-five Years Ago 1925 Mrs. E.. L. King of Winona won the amateur state women's championship of Minnesota at the tournament held at the Twin City Gun club traps at Fort Snelllng, which closed today. The work on surfacing Lake boulevard from Sugar Loaf to the Gilmore avenue raod was be- gun today. Mr. and Mrs, Henry Magnus have returned from Minneapolis where they attended the grad- uation of their daughter Dorothy from the Uni- versity of Minnesota. Democrats Lend Support To Amerasia Case Probe By Drew Pearson Democratic senators are giving unadvertised support to the Republican proposal for a separate committee to investi- gate the Justice department and the Amerasia case. Thi Democrats don't want their strategy known to the but what they are planning to do is broaden the Justice department j probe to include other wartime cases which were hushed up, larly the mysterious shushing 4-ha TVihiinp nrnsftftlir.ion for By Jimmy Hatlo SORRY, SPIKE-IU SET OUT THE VACUUM HEX- LOOK: AT THAT PIECE OF CONFETTI.' THE PLAVE-RS KICK IF THE SROUMOKEEPERl? OVERLOOK A PEBBLE ON THE GRASS SLI6HT HOLLOW BOUNCE ON IT 14' BRAIN A THEV LEAVE THEIR GLOVES WHERE CM BREAK A LEG ON'EM Boyle's Column The Nation Today Supreme Court Justices Use Language of Lawyers By Junes Washington This week I ran into the dean of a. big Ameri- can law school, and we talked about the Supreme court. We starter! talking about a Washington Post editorial which criticized the court for "dumping" 18 opinions on the public in one day. That was June 5, the court's last day before it went on vacation. Too much for the public to digest in one day, the Post said. the newspaper said, 'it is of no concern to the court whether its out- put is properly communicated to the people. Yet we do not see how anybody in, a democratic land1 could take such I an attitude." I The dean de- i fended the court. !He said he1 i couldn't see ho1 jit could do any better. From there we i writing ability of the nine justices, i Some of them, I suggested, dont i write very well, or at least don't i write so clearly and. simply that the general public can under- stand. Letters to the Editor i______ ______ ftbrlow discussed Washington Merry-Go-Round Since, from time immemorial. PiJr gf mt cctacr.il laUreit U mmit not 400 Imng, the fight belnjc rcierred to lone or U onialtible for publication. .reUrloai. medical or penon.U contrv- rertlei or mpporUnf for BlTicc arc acceptable. Tbo Republican-Hera 1.1 net cub The rutmv mitt Accompany each a rtlelc and If U cat! on of the name IB not pen name should be idvcn Dnvirned. receive no eotislderatlon. TV her. falraeii to public demands, publi- cation of the oftme will required bet he will be ifivpn oppor- tunity to decide whether he wlthM tho article published orer hl> .r withheld. Landlords Again Woo Tenants By Hal Boyle New York There's Asks Life Guardi For Lake Park .To the Editor: lawyers have written in a language: Lake winona has ciaimsd a 20- aU their own, I asked the dean, r.old vollth as its flm victim if American law schools are doing the season. HOW many more anything about, teaching their fu- ture lawyers to write more lead- unsuspecting individuals, young ,and old, will meet their death in able English. se SRme calm cooj waters tnis ims is 'often quite a task, he: It seems to me that the simplest said because universities ship most logical answer is to pro- the 'law schools too many gradu- vide the Lake Park grounds with the means for preventing drown- .ttoca who can't write at all a! I suggested that if lawyers would writing Latin words and use English words, which most people can understand, it would be help- ings, that is with the life guards and the necessary life saving equip- ment required. It should not be difficu.lt to hire one or two young i urnn wailLS LU IKilo Oi lanj uic i j Yes fellow tenants, somebody fui. men to act as life guards for the the Chicago Tribune prosecution for Qne Q{ our most prjceiess wartime wants us again after all these years, fhe dean objected to this. Latin i summer. As for equipment there giving aid and comfort to the wants us? Landlords do. in law, he said, have a certainly be more than a anese following the battle of Mid-j may that's right meaning for lawyers and can't (single life preserver which might ,3 coirorfl o vnilttff llflrt way. So far the Justice department has never given an explanation as to why a grand jury, called to In- dict the Chicago Tribune for a ser- Unexplained Mystery Secretary of the Navy Knox, owner of the competing Chicago Daily News, was against prosecu .nuuiic iui c. oci.- tion So was Roosevelt. He felt pro-1 .ous breach o of the Tribune would wartime an attacii on his severest news- suddenly was papel. critic. The Navy, however, called off. insisted. So William D. Mitchell, The Democrats Repubiican attorney general under also have i njHoovel% was seiected to present the mind probing to a cllicago grand jury, other mysterious whal finaiiy happened during the c a is e Involving trlal bas never been revealed. In the Chicago Tri- the Of the grand jury hear- b u n e wheti It published on De- cember. 5, two days before landlords! !be discarded. A big landlord! since I didn't know what stand- have saved a young man's life had not the rope been all tangled up ing, Mitchell suddenly called off the prosecution. To this day no explanation has ever been given as to why a federal grand jury iiaj's uc.u.v as to wny a leaerai grana juiy Drew Pearson Pearl was convened to indict the Chicago sensational story about American j Tribune, but dropped the case like SClliia'liiUJ.ltli. j mobilization showing that the unit-) ed States planned to build up an JArmy of men. The story iwas documented by confidential Smemos exchanged between the j President and the secretaries of war and Navy, making it obvious that the Tribune had got hold of Boyle A big landlord! since I didnt know wnat stand- not the rope been all tangiea up: told me so him-jai-ds the dean had for good writing why was it? The park has self. by lawyers, I asked him: and playground eq.ulp- "The renting! who among the nine Supreme i raent. It can also have life pre- ---_-- ov. which are more important. There should also be a small boat or two to be used by the life guards. Surely this comparatively small expense won't break trie city, alter all. the purpose is to save human iilciers. j it so Happens uiai. 
                            

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