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PAGE 2 -- The Perkins Journal Thursday, August 8, 1985 THE PERKINS JOURNAL Robert I,. and Yvonne M. Evans, Owners-Publishers Published each Thursday at 133 S. Main Street Post Office Box 665. Perkins, Oklahoma 74059 Telephone: 405-547-2411 SUBSCRIPTION PRICES Payne, Lincoln. Logan & Noble Counties $9~50 + 60 tax (10.10) Elsewhere in State $13~0 + 85e tax (14~5) Out of State $16.50 JOURNAL EDITORIAL OPINION Much thought is being given to the two atomic bomb blasts that were used to stop World War II. It was 40 years ago this month that the bombs were used. Other than the fact that 150,000 Japanese were killed in the bomb drops, there were a lot of positive factors in President Truman's decision to bring a grand finale to the War. It was the signal to begin a new era of confronta- tion--a method of projecting to the people on planet Earth, new, expanded methods to deal with one another. It elevated the world from the crude cannon to the more sophisticated scientific application of ideas that will even- tuaUy lead to the end of battlefields as a determining fac- tor in maintaining freedom of mind and body. Those who are critical of what happened in Japan with the infant atomic bomb either were not in the world then, or have lost track of what was going on at that time. For one thing, life was cheap, and death was common. A check of records will indicate this: Twenty million Russians dead; Nine million Germans; Three hundred thousand Americans; Seven million Jews; Nine million Chinese; Six million French, Balkans, Italians, Greeks, etc.; Three million Japanese; Two million British--all totaled, Fifty Million people were dead by 1945 because of World War II. There was a like number of injured and maimed, and there was a belt of total destruction around the girdle of the earth mostly in Europe and the Pacific. There had been seven years of war and death; mankind was tired and wound so tight that the sanity of the world was at stake. In 1945 people from all over the globe were asking how they could endure any more. By August 1945, the population hdd had a slight taste of a wind down. The fighting had stopped in Europe. The Facists there had fallen. !i !i American ftghting forces had fought their way across the Pacific, destroyedthe Japanese fleet and air force, and had one by one, taken the island bastions, and were at the Japanese side door on Okinawa and Iwo Jima. After terrible losses on Okinawa and Iwo Jima there was speculation that it would require a force of several milh'on men, thousands and thousands of ships, planes, and lan- ding craft to bring the fanatical Japanese soldier and civilian alike under control The loss of American military men was estimated to be anywhere from 200,000 to 500,000 casualties. There was also the problem of a Russian Bear gearing to move down from the northwest into China, anxious to get their claws into Japan. President Truman and his ad- ministration" along with Churchill, had experienced the sorry settlement that was developing in Europe, which was splitting that continent into fragments. Truman did not want this in Japan. The Americans had won the battle of the Pacific nearly singlehandedly, and they did not want Russia meddling in the last effort to bring the Pacific war to a conclusion. President Truman ordered the atomic bomb be dropped at Hiroshima and Nagasaki after warning them of the terrible destruction that would result. This convinced the Japanese leaders that there could not be a negotiated peace, and surrender was unconditional. It was a bless- ing to the Japanese that it ended this way because they intended to keep many of their Facist war leaders had they won a negotiated surrender. Also, Japan today would have probably been a divided country much as areKorea, Viet- nam and Germany, had Russia had time to enter the Pacific War. As it turned out, Japan has become one cf the leading democratic industrial societies in the Pacific, and is destined to be a world leader in the future, ironical- ly, a position they were coveting when they attacked the USA in 1941. The Journal believes there was some good resulting from using the only two atomic bombs that have been unleashed on mankind. It proved to the world that free people have the ability and capacity to use force to remain free. They pointed out that if it takes a balance of force to maintain peace then they are willing to go that extra mile to make it happen. The United States gained the advantage early on in such destructive, scientific, technical warfare, and they have maintained that advantage through the years. There is little question that had Russia or Germany come up with the "bomb" first there would have been lit 'le tolerance in its use. The world would be a different place today. The Journal feels that a majority of those who were in- volved in World War H admire President Truman for his decision to use the atomic bomb. They danced in the streets when these two devices stopped a deadly course in a matter of hours. It set the ground rules for co- existence, diplomacy and defense, and aligned the balance of economic and military power for the next half century and hopefully longer. The American people owe apologies to no one. The Joural urges you and you, as Americans, to never allow an in- dividual or a group to force you into a guilt trip for things that happened in World War II, or any confrontation following. The American people have liberated the world several times, and then set about to rebuild it in the im- age of freedom for all mankind. It is important to let those forces who would like to see it otherwise, understand that the Americans would do it all over again if necessary to DOC'S COMMENTS The slight change in the weather, with northerly winds, is a welcome relief from the several days of lots of sun and 100 degree tempera- tures. But it's still too hot for out- side activities by senior citizens, the ailing and all those others bothered by exceptionally hot weather. Me? I'm much improved. Not new and vital signs are about back to normal But this has been a rugg- ed week for Ole Dec. Daughter Mary Frances suffered an injury this week from a slick floor in the utility room. Today, Thursday, she is undergoing surgery to make cor- rections as a result of the fall. During the growing up years we were told that the majority of disabling accidents happened in the home. It may still be true with the kitchen and bath being the most vulnerable spots. But, how do you keep people out of the kitchen and bath? Doctors say she is in excellent condition for the surgery and they expect no compllcatione But to clear one's mind of frustration and avxiety is almost impossible. Mail and telephone calls are comforting. Reading the newspapers help, but you always finish with the same thoughts and frustrations. We did not think it was necessary for her daughters to make the long trip from California, but they also have a mind of their own, and they will be arriving via air tonight. Yeah... it's been a rough two days for Ole Dec. The unexpected sud- denness of these things certainly bears down, but I'm sure everything will be all right. See by the newspapers that the Speaker of the House has decided that the liquor laws that were pass- ed so hurriedly may need some fine tuning and changes. The Speaker says there are some problems that have been identified and will receive attention and correction. Well, the Speaker was notified of the hazards involved in writing liquor laws with county option and the records of other states hold true in Oklahoma. We will probably see annual pro- blems needing attention and change for many years to come. County option is the nemesis of law enforcement across the nation and we know of no state where it was successful. There must be a better way. But, the problem has given the Speaker a great opportunity to blow his own horn by saying the House of Representatives has emerged as the leader in state government. To this, the voters are not in full agreement with the idea. Wonder what there is about the Speaker of the House position that is predominated by the power craze. But that's a part of state govern- ment that does not seem to change. It's a practice which has caused more officials to fall by the wayside than any other. It would pay them to remember the words of a former speaker who said: "Today you may be riding a white horse, dressed in shining armor waving a flag of suc- ces to the applause of the majority. Tomorrow, you may be riding a state car headed for a house of detention." He has been right so many times. Why do they continue the trend? It's a tragedy that could be avoided and it should be because they are not the only ones to suffer. Innocent members of their families suffer the most in practically all cases. Too much power can be a deadly, destructive tool and usual- ly is. But tomorrow will be better for all concerned and you can count on it. Best wishes to everyone in the state of Oklahoma for prosperity, education, and bringing the young- er generation up in the right way. Tomorrow they will be running the state and nation. Best wishes. Arrivederci, T. C. 'T)oc" Bonner The Poet's Corner BE A FRIEND Flowers respond to tender care, Human love is much more rare. From the hot sun in the sky, Without moisture plants can die. Friends need Special nurturing, Not harsh thoughts or words that sting. Loving tender, loving true, Can do more than words can do. Compliments, a special phrase, Heals a heart that's badly frayed. If you try you II surely find, Blessings rare and peace of mind. -O- June Mote Pearson at the fo a *Downtown Post Office Perkins Road Consumers IGA *Cimarron Plaza Bestyet *Wyatt's Cafeteria (Cimarron Plaza) *Holiday Inn (Hwy. 51 West) Subscription and Advertising information can be obtained by dialing 6244}361. Mr. Editor, I have a gripe as all people in District #3. It just seems to me like we do not have blade hands for grading or care for the blind corners on the country roads. Within a mile of our community has not been graded for about 3 months. Grass is growing to the center of the road. We all know there is more tax money now than there ever was. I have lived in District #3 all of my fife, about 60 years, and never seen the roads as bad as they are now. I guess no one is to blame except our commissioner? Just had to get it off my chest. Yours truly, Wayne Burton -O- Chehalis, Wa. Dear Friends: Here is $16.50 for another year's subscription. I enjoy it. I recognize many of the family names and per- sonally knew many those who were young when I was. But the roll call is getting pretty thin. Many of those who were in school when I was there have gone to their reward. I hope this finds all of you in good health and spirits. Respectfully, Mr. Carrel L. Parks - ii i eFo I'1] the Files 67 Years Ago {From The Perkins Journal, August 30, 1918--67 years ago.} The War Industry Board has issued an order reducing 25 percent all publication space in weekly newspapers in excess of eight pages. The standard is now eight 6 column pages for all country week- lies. Subscription prices will also be raised from $1 to $1.50 a year, paid in advance. It will he against the regulations to carry any subscriber more than three months past their expiration date. Will Case, Jim Woodson and Ger~ trude Elliott of the Vinco communi- ty have all purchased grapho- phones recently. Charles Stansberry has been working the roads between Still- water and Perkins this week. Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Knipe of Twin Oaks Farm, Perkins, received notice last week that their son, Cor- poral Nile Knipe, has safely disem- barked at port in France. H. M. DeHaas has finished the season's threshing in this vicinity and left Tuesday for his home near Wichita. 51 Years Ago {From The Perkins Journal, September 6, 1934--51 years ago.) A number of students from Perkins have left for college. Those attending A & M in Stillwater are: Marie Evans, Shelby Wyatt, Hur- ley Bhmer, Lorsne Thomas, Homer Judge, Maurice Lay, Cecil Williams and Delbert Carllle. Attending at Edmond are: Iris Albright, Norris Boone, Wayne Willett, Charlie tion of new and a general cleanup. is operated by Mr. Martin. Frank Hillhouse ing the streets in his Studebaker. It the red light on top. We heard that way for remodeling building. A two door added The the city clerk. Virgil Brown he will be transferred month. Surely back here next summer little league Pumas. FOR SALE--As I from Perkins, ing an excellent don Hughes, Perkin~ The Perkins published a financial stating they would to conduct a term coming year. The Town of Perkins financial statement $19,752 would be the town government ing fiscal year. 25 Years {From The August 4, 1960--25 Bill at Monday's members about his The electrical Journal press final press run was Fulton, Rachel Brown, Lets Farmer it was necessary for and Geneva Albright. Those take the forms to attending OU at Norman; Finleywere printed on the Holbrook, Wallace Dickey and John Byer. Last Friday night a group of nine boys gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Byer's for a steak fry. Very few people on the east side of town went to sleep until the par- ty was over. Besides eating, the evening was spent listening to the football game, playing bridge and bothering the neighbors. Those pre- sent were: John Byer, Jr., Bill Waite, Wallace Dickey, John Ca~ lile, Finley Holbrook, Nelson Meats, Bill Knipe, Buddy Dickey and Junior Holbrook. The Perkins Commercial Club met Friday no0n at the Methodist Church with 13 present. The group received information about Federal relief, and voted to assist as possi- ble, and drafted a resolution re- questing federal assistance through the FERA. Frank Eaton, with Hubert and Lloyd Rice, attended the 14th meeting of the Cherokee Strip Cow Punchers Association at the 101 Ranch from Saturday until Monday. Lawrence Baker and family mov- ed into the Stansbury property. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thee Dillard, a daughter whom they named Elizabeth. Mr. Rentfrow of the Ford Motor Company here reports the sale of a new car to Glenn Carson, and a new truck to Cecil Shaffer. Feople claim to be so hard up they are not able to pay for their subscription to the Journal pay their debts or a lot of other things, yet in some mysterious way they always have money to spend on shows. Tobacco users always have money to buy their tobacco, and those who like booze seldom do without. Most people would give their lives to keep this nation from coming under subjection of a foreign power, yet allow their bodies to be dominated by a power they cannot fend off. School started Monday at Good- night, and the school house has been painted and papered, besides other outside improvements. 30 Years Ago {From The Perkins Journal, August 11, 1955--30 years ago.) LeRoy Shurtz has graduated with a degree in Business Adminis- tration from Central State College in Edmond. He is a 1950 graduate of Perkins High. A/3c Al Neal is home on'a 16 day furlough visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Neal. He reports to Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. The Lyric Theatre will be closed until September 15, for the installs- press by editor printer Frank done, and the home by 2 a.m., out on time. 20 Years {From The August 12, Kennard Spillars, Mr. and Mrs. L. Perkins, is serving tack aircraft Hornme Richard ed to the South resume air strikes tlons in North Viet Cong in the Ronnie Stout, son Mrs. O. E. Stout of been selected for the State football tonight in Taft 10 Years {From The August 7, 1975--10 Don Hardin check to C. N. Senior Citizens contribution. The ceeds from the There was one bid for s car and came in at $4,000.17 police car, and Ford pickup. Jim Dodrill and Sue fall were selected to All State Stage Band, ed in Oklahoma "O" SENIOR NEWS By Mildred The Center had a brought down from day and we loaded it papers. Once cleaned out. papers were Hunt, Bob Burnett, thews, Vern Wells, Alpha Bower and Our first potluck month will be August 14th, and the l there that day. is Birthday dinner August 16tl~ I am happy tc Decker is home and is feeling Ralph Grimm is improving. Happy Birthday ma Miller and by the musicians. The Perkins Journal Staff NEW MEDICAL CLINIC WILL OPEN YALE- Dr. Lew Hortillosa, Mid- dlesboro, Kentucky, will arrive in Yale August 12, to begin'prepara- tions for opening of a medical clinic hem by August 15. "O" Bob Evans Publisher-Editor Yvonne Evans Pubfisher-M asor Bemmtt Lud