Appleton Post-Crescent (Newspaper) - November 2, 1959, Appleton, Wisconsin
m APPLETON POST-CRESCENT Monday, November The State Building Lag Joe E. Nusbaum. commissioner of ad- ministration for the Wisconsin state govern- ment, has asked the legislative finance com- mittee for help in eliminating the lag in state institutional construction. Nusbaum charges there often are time lags of from five to seven years between the authorization of state institution build- ings, and their actual construction. He has asked for legislative approval to hire eight additional staff members of the State Bureau of Engineering hi the hope of speeding up the program. As examples of what is going on he mentioned proval for the construction of a new medium security state prison had been made more than seven years ago but that plans never have been drawn. Further, he pointed out the legislature provided money for the construction of a new state school for delinquent boys four years ago. The plans never have been drafted. Nusbaum says such delays are unpar- donable and we think most people will agree that is about as mild a term as could be used to describe it. Some of these build- ings will be well on the way to obsolescence before they are put into use. Both the medium security prison and the boys school are urgently needed. It may be re- called that more than a year before the authorization of the boys school construc- tion it had been proposed to build cottages near the Green Bay reformatory to take care of the overcrowding at Waukesha. This was to be in the nature of an emer- gency program but when the plans were changed and the- construction of a new school authorized it appears that the feel- ing of emergency did not. carry over into the State Bureau of Engineering. The con- struction was authorized under Gov. Kohler but appears to have been quietly put aside during the administration of Gov. Thomson and now has earned at least men- tion under the Nelson administration. Un- less the legislature takes some drastic ac- tion it is possible that a boy who probably was unborn when the boys school emer- gency was noted during the Kohler admin- istration will be governor of the state when the new boys school is put into operation. Tennessee's Climate Political leaders of both parties in Wis- consin are pretty well agreed that the state government should do everything it can to attract more industry to Wisconsin. As everyone knows, the state with industry is the state with surplus wealth and conse- quently the state with the better things of life. However, there is no agreement among political leaders as to how the climate should be adjusted. It is.quite certain that changes in tax laws which now are being discussed and will be discussed more in- tensely at the upcoming session of the leg- islature will play an important part in any program adopted. For those uncertain as to what goes to make up a favorable industrial climate we suggest some of the advertising that is be- ing circulated by the state of Tennessee. Tennessee says that its drive for new in- dustry was solidly indorsed by its last leg- islature in a bill that cut the use tax on machinery from the previous 3 per cent to 1 per cent. Further, the ad points out that Tennessee communities now are authorized by the legislature to issue full faith and credit bonds to finance buildings for lease to industries. The ad claims that Tennessee has gained 757 new industrial plants and has recorded plant expansions dur- ing the past six years. It says that the gov- ernmental climate is highly lavorable to industry with a balanced state budget and no personal income tax. The Tennessee program would certain- ly be a difficult one for Wisconsin to adopt. But it certainly points in the direction the state should 'want to go and that is some- thing for the legislators and the state ad- ministrative officers to bear in mind. Young Woman in a Hurry Velma West, an attractive blonde new- lywed, was 21 years old in, 1927 when she engaged in an argument with her wealthy husband over the .use of the family car. She felt she couldn't stand the small town life at Perry in Lake county, Ohio. She wanted the car to visit friends in Cleveland but when her 200-pound hus- band objected she beat him to death with a hammer and drove off to'attend a bridge party. She was sentenced to prison but she couldn't stand that life either so she es- caped but was recaptured after 40 days of freedom. Now, more than 30 years after she was sentenced, the parole board has considered her case but she no longer is in a hurry. She told members she had no 1 place to go and wox. just as soon remain in prison: Her description of herself at the time of the trial was that "she was a 12 o'clock girl iii a 9 o'clock town." Thus she expressed her resentment of being cooped up in a small town. During her later years in prison her weight had been reduced from 100 pounds to 86 by illness and a heart con- dition. She spent her spare time playing the piano for other prisoners and singing songs which she composed with "such senti- ments as "Won't you spare one little prayer for a sinner like It is strange how time changes one's outlook. One must wonder how Velma West at 53, with no desire to go any place, could really understand how as an im- petuous woman of 21 she had killed her husband and earned 31 years of confine- ment merely because she wanted to go places. 7fie Builds a Chapel' Basil the talented actor who usually is cast in evil parts, has been play- ing God instead. For the last few months he has taken the role of Mr.' Zuss in the Archibald MacLeish play "J. B." which brings the Book of Job up to date. But now Mr. Rathbone is switching to the role of Mr. Nickles, the devil in-the play and the part he wanted in the first; place. "Nickles is the character who moti- vates the says Mr. Rathbone and, even more alarming, "a little Nickles has been creeping into my Zuss lately." There are a lot of elements of human drama in this by-play. It's much more-fun the devil and avoid that narrow, rocky path. The evil elements do tend to motivate many actions of mankind even in defense. And, whenever anyone does try to play God; except upon the stage, a lot of the devil gets into the act. Mr. Rathbone has turned about upon Shakespeare's King Richard 111 who seemed "a saint when most I play the devil." Or is it just that it is sometimes difficult to tell good from evil? What Others are Saying Search for Inexpensive Schooling With Quality, Quantity Important From The Dally News The great debate about American education is now two years old, if we mark its beginning as the time of the Sputnik crisis of 1957. The in- tensity of interest generated by the Russian achievement had moderated somewhat, but fortunately there is no sign that it will soon be suc- ceeded by apathy. II is probably safe to say that public education has been ungraded somewhat because of this period of searching exami nation, though even this conclusion may be tempered "by one's definition of progress in an inexact science. About the only indisputa- ble fact is that the costs of education are climbing at an alarming rate. This would continue to be the case even if the quality of education remained static, simply be-. cause more people are re- ceiving more education than' ever before. This year, a record 46.5 million students are enrolled in schools, public and pri- vate, from kindergar ten through university one- out of every four persons in the United States. Total ex- penditures associated with this enrollment are esti; mated at more than bil- lion. Seventy-five per cent of the money comes from pub- lic sources local state and federal which means that education ranks second only to defense as a public ex- pense. The high birth rate of re- cent years is a well-known phenomenon, as is the mush- room growth of elementary schools. Yet elemcn t a r y school enrollment has in- creased only 60 per cent since 1920. while total school and college enrollment has doubled. More students are going to school longer. High school attendance has jumped from 10 to 20 per cent of total school enroll- ment since 1920. College en- rolment has soared in the same -time from 0..6 million -to.3.8 milion. And the major effects of the post-World war II baby boom are still to come in the secondary schools and colleges. But while the total enroll-' ment at all levels was dou- bling, the costs of education increased tenfold. It is worth noting that in the same 40- year period the over-all cost of living, as measured by the government11 consumer price index, jumped less than 50 per cent. With both numbers of pu- pils and costs per pupil on the rise, it is evident that the quantity factor alone will continue to push educational expenditures ever higher. There remains the added, factor of quality to meet the requirements of an increas- ingly complex society. There can be no doubt that the American people want quality education for their children and for the most part they are willing to pay for it. The question is wheth- er the present cost trends will not at some point out- strip the nation's ability to pay. Superimposing extra costs In the name of quality on a system so burdened with quantity could prove to be merely a short cut to bank- ruptcy. Somehow'.'' a way must be found to" provide both quantity and quality, yet at'the same time level off the sharp-upswing in the cost curves.. Numerous. agencies, both public and private, are hard at work on this problem.' For the sake of the national solvency, .we should all hope fervently that they achieve a breakthrough in time. Under thai Capitol Dome 'Emergency' Taxes Are So Permanent I. Nw HMU he Well, What Did She Expect to See? People's Forum Charges Reorganization Bill Sets Up Government by Decree Editor, Post-Crescent: The governor signed the reorganization Bill 623S. And now the wrecking crews are out smashing up the stat- utes. Wisconsin still has a constitution. But by statute and Bill 623S administration of government by and for the people through laws created by the legislature has been destroyed. We are now to have administration of gov- ernment by decree. In petitions to the legisla- ture and to Gov. Nelson, I challenged that Bill 623S was one of the most ruthless, dangerous, an'd destructive bills ever to come before a Wisconsin legislature, that it was flagrantly and violently unconstitutional, and violat- ed fundamental basic princi- ples of sound government. It violates constitutional man- dates that laws shall be re- pealed and laws shall be cre- ated by the legislature. The bill abolished five vital departments: Budget and ac- counts, bureaus of pur- chases, engineering, person- nel, and research and dumps them into one department headed by the commissioner who is given power to de- termine the number of or- ganizational units and to al- locate and reallocate func- tions and duties. The depart- ments are abolished and then they are transferred! The new emergency board is given power to transfer ap- propriations from one de- partment to another and to eliminate functions. Admin- istration of government by and for the people of Wis- consin under laws by the legislature is destroy- ed, and we are to have ad- ministration of government by complete autocracy. We are to have government by bossism under the type of rule of the boss of a family- owned company. We are to have laws created by de- cree. That is what Bill 623S provides. It is unconstitu- tional and revolution! It goes back before the Magna Charta. I believe it is the worst collection of scrambled cha- os and confusion and con- glomerated hodgepodge ever put into a Wisconsin legisla- tive bill! Statutes created by the legislature providing duties and functions of these five departments "a b o 1- ished and transferred" still provide that specific duties assigned by the legislture to these departments are the statutory mandates out- lining the duties of the five department directors. Then by decree of the commis- sioner out of the governor's office, statutes are smashed and repealed and new law created by decree providing that thisT that and the other things shall be the duties of the departments. And new departments are created by decree of the commissioner out of the governor's office. e Gov.. Nelson has the larg- est and most expensive staff of any governor in the his- tory ..of the state and one which could well have work- ed to gather and provide him with information garding needs of state de- partments instead of work- ing to create revolution, de- fiance of constitutional man- dates, and statutory man- dates. The Governor has put the people of Wisconsin to great expense by dupli- cating in his executive office many of the services the leg- islature provided by statute shall be done by the direc- tor of budget and accounts. One of the greatest dan- budget data and appropria- tions. Bill 623S containea great danger for civil service em- ployes in provisions on page 25, lines 12-16 which "bases the treatment of its em- ployes upon the relative value of each employes' services and his demon- strated competence and fit- ness." That reads very, pret- ty. It provides roots for abolishing salary schedules based on the job created by work and job specifications and appointment secured after examination. Mr. Joe Nusbaum and his appointees and the civil service board shall determine the relative value of each employes' services. In this way politi- cal control shall be exercis- ed over salary of every civil service employe.' Bill 623S was slammed through the legislature with grossest misrepresentations. It was heralded as dealing with a few little housekeep- ing functions and well greased advertising sales methods used to misrepre- sent it. Two senators who voted to introduce it so as to help give it a bipartisan flav- BY JOHN WYNGAARD The risk of the revenue meas- ures which the governor proposes.. to su b m i t to the legisla- ture is that they won't be the tern-' poraVy ex- pedients the 1 a b e'l' im- plies. Aside fi-om the idea of In- Wynjaard come tax withholding legis- lation, which is almost sure to be knocked down again by the Republican the governor must rely, he says, upon the individual in- come tax to get the 000 in new money he needs to finance what he chooses to call a "tight" budget. Parent helically, the anonymous taxpayer out in the state may wonder some day about the legitimacy of the adjectives in the gov- ernor's vocabulary. Existing tax revenues are bringing in more money than ever be- 'fore, but under a so-called v "tight" budget expenditures are outrunning the record income by more than 10 per cent. The governor wants to re- vise the income tax rates, across the board, perhaps rushed to the calendar'with little opportunity during the rush of the end of the session to try and awaken under- standing as to what was in it. Every Democrat must vote for it because it was a measure for which the gov- ernor demanded support. (Miss) Gladys Walsh Madison Express Thanks Editor, Post-Crescent: We wish publicly to thank Mr. Norbert Loerke, super- intendent ofOutagamie County Hospital ,and his staff for care and the interest taken in our father, "Ernest E. Cahail, during the period he was hospitalized. They are to be congratulated on their man- agement and advanced pro- gram that keep the patients contented, busy. We are grateful. Maurine S. Douglas Maxine C. Pfrang William H. Cahail Oakland, Calif. Cheers Mrs. Troge Editor, Post-Crescent: Thee cheers for Mrs. Wil- bur Troge I read her letter to your newspaper reproduced in the Universe Catholic Bulletin. It is evi- dent she has a great big heart with her open view- point on the sad Zimmer- man case. This bus transportation has been a difficult situation or voted against it in finance Jiaa UCCJ1 Ullil_ of bill 623S is power to committee and on the senate jn regards to parochial chil- governor s ike appropria t i o n s in floor after they found out dren. I hope in the future it' what was in it. They were can be settled with a happy Sens. Draheim, chairman of finance, and Dempsey. It was rushed through the as- sembly without hearing and three of one per cent in each bracket, per- haps one per cent, which would be, a' steep boost in- deed for all 'earners, as any- one can quickly compute with a pencil and the fact "that present rates range from one.per cent to eight and one half per cent. Ad- ding one per cent to the top rate, with the existing 25 per cent surtax, would bring the tatal effective rate of the Wisconsin levy higher than anyone has previously dared to reach, and righer than any other in this coun- try. PERFORMANCE But the real significance of such action is that the raises would inevitably be- come permanent. No one seriously believes whatever the governor may pretend from his diffi- cult corner if the leg- islature goes to all the trou- ble and hazard of boosting the income tax levy more than a million, voters to such heights this year that it will undo its act in the following year. This reporter has sat around legislative press gal- leries long enough to know that taxes are not repealed. One "emergency" tax after another, in my own time, has been levied with that label in order to lull the voter, and then quietly retained in each succeeding year with- out a single blush in either legislative chamber about the deception implicit in the act. The permanence of such higher rates would be even more certain if by some miracle the governor per- suades the legislature to adopt a withholding law. For one of the powerful appeals of withholding, whatever else may be" said for it with tongue in cheek, is that it will lessen the pain of pay- ing taxes for legions of vot- ers, and will also lessen the public awareness that the rates have in fact gone up. _ MEANING In such circumstances the chances for basic tax revi- sion, whatever the prestigi- ous tax advisory commis- sion may finally propose, will go glimmering. The real incentive, -per- haps the only one, tax revision study is the exi- gent demand for more mon- ey. Once that money de- mand has been met, if in- completely, most of the steam for the difficult job of rewriting state policy funda- mentally will have escaped. All of which will be per- fectly apparent to the Re- publicans in the state legis- lature and especi ally those in the state senate who retain a controlling majority position and can veto the expedients at make lump sum or total sum for expenses. This violates rec- ord of Wisconsin legislature for long years in demanding mathematical exactness in agreement to all creeds. Mrs. George Lacek 6672 Parma Park Blvd., Parma Hgts. 30, Ohio Looking Backward St. Mary Church Fair Nets 79 YEARS AGO Quoted from the Appleton Crescent for the week of Nov. 6, 1880. The annual fair and sale of the c o n g r e g ation of St. Mary's Catholic church clos- 25 YEARS AGO Monday, Oct. 29, 1934 Organization of a city-wide committee to further a Bet- ter Housing program in Ap- pleton was to be undertaken at a meeting that night. Wriston, Commerce "Bosses' Night" dinner Tuesday night. Arthur F. Stapel, treasur- er and general manager of the Fox Valley Co-op Whole- sale, was to attend the twen- ty-first annual farmers' get together conference at Mad- and They have an obligation to scrutinize critically, not only because of the Democratic regime's earlier pledges for earnest work for tax reform, but on account of their own political position. There is nothing more clear than that the issue of tax policy will be the over-riding one in state politics for a couple of years. The outsider is templed to suggest that if the governor is really in earnest about tax revision ultimately, on the 'stop-gap" _ in the fall session of the legislature now sitting, he could more schy Hall and the place was thronged most of the time by a good humored lot of people. There was a contest between the respective friends of Mr. J. Dodd. foreman of the Rogers paper mills, and Mr. T. Pierson of the Atlas mills. The former received 3.384 votes and the latter 667 votes for a handsome gold headed cane. and. Secondary schools by by FIetcher Knebel After one look at Russia's pictures of the other side of the moon, you wonder why we ever started going steady with outer space in the first place. TV quiz shows are no problem in Havana. Ask any- body a question and Fidel Castro jumps to the mike and spends five hours denouncing the U. trying to suggest an answer. Steel Workers Boss McDonald had a secret weapon. Sooner or later some executive was bound to sign a contract just to get away from McDonald's pipe tobacco. Russia appears to have located every missing crater on' the moon except Judge Crater. _ Postmaster General Summerfield plans split-second electronic mail. A letter will cost 15 cents. A nickel to and a dime to bribe the electronic brfcin to forget what it read. Books by and about the old Roosevelt empire sell so well that one writer is now working on the definitive biography of "Fala." Saturday. Dr. Wriston was a member of the association's executive board and was a former president of the organiza- tion. M. G. Gorrow. Appleton. was appointed manager of the northern division of the Wisconsin Michigan Power company, and C. E. Harger. Mr. Gorrow's predecessor, was to come to Appleton as superintendent of power for the company. Ray Lang. Appleton. was elected president of Fox Riv- er Valley Foresters associa- tion meeting at Fond du Lac. Miss Marion Zimmerman was leader at the meeting of Baptist voung People's Union. 10 YEARS AGO Monday, Oct. 31, 1949 William E. Hamlin, Ap- pleton, received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry at the University of Illinois. He was employed at Lawrence- burg, Ind. Tom Hearden, head foot- ball coach and athletic di- rector at St. Norbert college, DePere, was to be the prin- cipal speaker at the annual Appleton Junior Chamber of and new Wisconsin bridge cham- pions, having won over a field of 56 pairs in the annual state tournament at the Northland hotel, Green Bay. so painful as to provide ab- solute insurance of public insistence to the politicians for reform in the 1961 legis- lature. GRIN AND BEAR IT By Lichry "Is no use fleeing: to West because you 3 behind on television set! For THAT, capitalists would immediately send you back!