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t PEHKIN$, PAYNE COUNT~, ~KLAHOMA Mr. and Mrs. Roland Sedowsky Editor and Publishers Published every Thursday and entered as second class matter at the Perkins, Oklahoma, Post Office, under the Act of Congress, March 3, 1897. Subscription Rates: $2.00 a year in Payne, Lincoln and Logan cotmt- Ira: $3.00 a year if sent 0 ,~t of the above mentioned counflee All I know is what i read in the papers--WiU Rogers THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1962 PAGE 6 The Best Choice The decision of the Perkins Board of Education Monday nigl~t o spend approximately $28,000.00 more than the original amount of the building addition bond issue will leave some citi- zens unhal~py, some a trifle confused as to where the money came from. and. we believe, a majori~ty of school patrons happy timt the communi=ty will be ableto build to the exten~ that was originally intended. The sOhool board had a basketful of problems to solve, quest- ions to answer and decisions to make in arriving at the actual acceptance of a construction bid. But the final decision to be made was a simple one, and no matter which way i~ went, it couldn't @lease everyone. The board had proposed to the community that $145,000 be spent on new building construction; but it also had proposed that a gymnasium-auditorium with lunchroom facilities and four new classrooms be constructed. The conHruction bids' received by the board for the project were all considerably above the bond issue amount, whiah left the board with two alternatives: either find more money or whack off a couple of classrooms' and cut other corners. The board's decision, after a lengthy discussion, was to util- ize the $12,400 accumulated in the building fund plus approxi- mately $16,000 of the general fund surplus and go ahead with the whole project, with only two relatively minor changes from the original plans, deletion of basketball backboard supports and use of vinyl and asphalt tile, saving $2,132. Use of the money ~om the general fund will cut that fund clown considerably to start the new fiscal year, to about $10.000. While it is desirable to have a "cushion" for emergencies above .the normally expected school revenues and budget, it would appear to us that the reduced amount is sufficient under normal circumstances. We think the choice made by l~he board of education was ~he best available. The school system may possibly feel the "pinch" due to extremely limited finances during the coming year, but at least tihe community will have achieved what it set ou to do in the way of providing more adequate ~physical facilities. ' State Tourist Trade Not Ballyhoo A visit to Lake Texoma lodge over the weekend for the Okla- homa Press association spring conventior~ proved a point to us: the ballyhoo about Oklahoma becoming a major tourist attraction isn't just ballyhoo. License tags ranging from the east to west coasts were in evidence a the lodge, along w~th a host of Okl~homans enjo~ng t/he scenery, recreation and fun available in their own state. The tourist trade isn't something which Oklahomans talk a- boust with wistful longing any more; it's a solid (gold) fact. Dog Tag Time Again It's time for new dog tags in Perkins again. That's about all we know to say. Each year, the announcemems are made, warn- ings are issued, and. when all is said and done, a small handful of Perkins' several hundred-odd dog population has been vaccinated. Perkins town councilmen, at their June meeting, indicated they intended to use the "teeth" in the ordinance governing ~og vaccination this year. We hope they ~. Comoulsor,y vaccination of the town's dogs is a wise safety precaution ~or our children, but it isn't worth a hoo~ if only a few conscientious citizens pay attention to the ordinance. Cut Spending, Too We see where Pre~ldent Kennedy is talking with business and industrial leaders about the possibility of tax incentives to give the economy a shot in the arm. T~is sounds fine to us, ndgi~ty fine. We only have one sugg- estion: if we cut any taxes, let's cut so~ne expenditures to match. If we don't, our air-early sky-high national debt will shoot" clear ou of right. K DOES THE TWIST Jeepers Creepers (Industrial Press Service) Just about everybody in Our Town--no matter what their pol- itical persuasion--is griped up to here about creeping socialism in the U.S.A. But all of a sudden, what you might label "creeping ca@italims" is beginning to turn up in B, ussia. And the chief creep(at) seems to be Red Boss Nikita Khrushchev himself. From the So~iets' leader there has come a scornful attack on what he calls "pantless commun- isrn." Pantle~ communism is the kind in which you have 10 men and one pair of paxtts--so you divide the pants in 10 and every- body's naked. Now this, says Khrushchev, is stupid. And the Reds' boss also regards as dumb the late Josef Stalin's ~olicy of paying farmers less for t~heir potatoes than it cost to grow them. "Who would grow potatoes," asks Mr K., "if there's no profit in it?" Darned if that doesn't sound like what we in this land of tree enterprise have been saying for more than tkLree centuries. This land had better look to its laurels--now that Communist Russia is practising capitalism'.! Birds Of The Night for food. The dry moutain regions of west Texas and New Mexico have yet another member of the family, the Poor.Will. The Chuck-Will'sWidow is a lar- ge tdrd, about twelve inches long. Unlike "good children" he is often heard and seldom seen. One rea- son for this is that he stays tip all night sleeps all day, and then too, his coloratiort is very nearly ex- actly the color of tree bark or grouna where he smeps. 1~ we could see him at mgnt we might be amused by ~ms queer, whml~r. ed bird's courtsmp anucs. "J~wds of America" says "he waddles a- long on his richculous short legs with t~te sublime contidence oI masculuuty--maKmg queer noises as though ne nan swallowea a lemon." All th~s, of course, tO charm his mate. They have very large mouths, which allows them to swallow some small birds, it is saia, tnough most of their rood m moLns, beetles anct other night ~ly- mg nmects. 'ney lay ~nezr eggs, usually two, on leaves on me grouna in swampy or tree-shaded spots where they are well camou- flaged by their dappled color and oacxground. Tne Cauek's song, repeated hun- dreds oJ~ ttmes as it is, m~ght a~s- tu~b the unimtiated, but for those of us who belong to the Cross Ti- mber coumxy what would spring Friends f2om southwestern Ok- lahoma spent the night with us. Next morning at breakfast they appeared a bit sleepy. "Whet," said they, "was that thing that wen~ on all night?" The "thing" to which they referred turned out to be our Chuck-Will's- Widow, whose call is so much a part of our summer nights here as to be taken for granted: cert- ainly he's no slumber-robber to us. Of course we regretted our guests discomfort and apologized lor our garrolous and monotonous night bird. In the more arid, nearly treeless southwest the noisy fel- low is seldom heard, hence our friends were unprepared for his night chatter. The Chuck-Will's-Widow is so- metimes erroniousiy called the Whip-Poor-Will. The songs of the two di~er radically, that of the Whip-Poor-Will being more quick- ly rendered and higher pitched The chuck's song is preceded by a very low "chuck," at which time he bows to his mate. The true Whip-Poor-Will's ran- ge is somewhat to the east of cen- tral Oklahoma and we do not hear him here. A cousi~ of these little- known night birds is the more f~miliar Night Hawk, or Bull-Bat, which we often see flying swiftly overheard just at dusk. Often in z r~--''''~'" /- -'~ v,,% ".~ . ~ Bi I, Whoso trusteth in Jehovah, happy is he. --(Prov. 16:20). Cultivate happiness; look on the bright side of things; endeavor always to look pleas- ant Happiness is contagious, and the world needs people who spread joy. ()thei' Editors' groups, they seen to be playing, and summer be like without these though we know that they axe al- queer nigh~ calls? In the nearly three years we've been in Soiling we c~,': think of one thing that would benefit this * area that has been turned down. When stock was sold for the elev- ator. it was bought. When financ- ing was needed for the nursing home. it was put up by business- men and ir~terested persons. When a new school was needed, district patrons approved the bonds on the first go round. When it was feR that a swimming pool was needed for the community, the bond, s were approved. People bou- ght lots in the new addition to get it going. Everyone encourages new business and keeps things moving ahead. This is what makes a town grow . . the people. --Dewey County News As many an authority has obser- ved, the American people, by and large, are woef~Jlly ignorant when it comes to economic matters. Various surveys show that this is especially true of young people, w~hieh in. itsel~ is an acid comm- entary on the general level of economic instruotion in the sch- ools and at home. The areas of ignorance are wide, extending to the problems o~ capital invest- ment, to the iP~,fluence of wages on produotioR, prices and compet- ition, to the profits earned by industry, and so on down the line. ---Cherokee Messenger Now that the runoff is history-- except maybe the governor's race ---some of the candidates who will be on the Novembe~ 6 ballot are starting to get in a few prelimin- ary political ]~cks. We have noticed some ads al- ready and a few new bumper stickers that weren't in evidence during the earlier elections. T~at means some candidates who didn't have to campaign earlier are be- ginning to get anxious already, even though the general election is five month_s in the future. May- be they believe that old Civil War slogan about "getting there fastest with the moste=t." ---[Yewey Herald-Record Smart bankers, financiers, and goverRmeRt officials played along for years with Bill~e Sol Estes. No- body t~ok the trouble to investi- gate ur~til a country newspaper at Pecos, Tex., printed an article stating thnt some of 4~he Estes' deals had a strong smell to them. Then the house of cards and fake mentagates came tumbling down. ---Geary Star Frank Sinatra owns $30,000 worrh of cuff links. A certain movie actress takes b~ths in Chmapagne and lights her cigar- ettes with $10 bills. We got some wonderful people in this country. I'm mightl:f glad a lot of them don~t live out this way. --Woods County News so catching nigl~t-flying insects Hel.n Whitaker Carleton //~" O~ f~.~ ,ummer vacazion llrings : atety Prol)loms Summer vacation is i,ere again c.,iloren wfto hold either a re- for more than ham a m,mon Ol~la- stricted license or no license at honm school chiidr~,, arid l~ay ;L all. Page made it clear that troop- Page, State Sa~fety Commissioner, era will. be on the watch for you- has issued his annual warnin~ to nger drivers who may be driving motorists o be alert fo~ children playing or walking near the road or street. "In the cities motorists should be especially alert in residential areas where smaller children will be playing. In rural areas watch for: children walking along the roadway to their favorite swim- ndng and fishing holes," he said. Another warning went to older illegally. He pointed out that during the vacation months there will ,be more carS on the road. Vacation drivers from all pa~ts of the coun- try will be going ,through Okla- homa, the crossroads of the nat- ion. "We now have 3t2 troopers on the road, the hlghes in the 25; year histor of the patrol, ~e "A beatnik's tdea of a lovely bride is when her sneakers match her sweater." next moz~th they wlH be holding vehicle and drlve~ license checks: The location for these checks will be picked by the vartot~s detach- ments and neither time nor locat- Ion w~ll be armounced ahead o - time," Page ann~traced.