LETTERS to the EDITORS
To the Chicago American:
One ol Cod's most precious gifts, that
of sight, has been snatched from Victor
Riesel. Killing him would not have satis-
fled his enemies; thee- prefer to revel in
his permanent torture.
1 believe the wrong script was used by
these beasts, because this man, dedicated
to labor (as his father before him), is not
planning to wither and die. He will continue his fight for the decency ancl dignity of the millions of labor men who
deplore the strangle hold on them by
goons and Communists.
We all could take a lesson from Riesel,
those of us xvho fall back at the slightest
setback, and who are heckled every time
*e have the courage to stand up and be
Nothing i.s worth while unless it is
■vorth fighting for. Riesel has been put to
the "acid test." and has not been found
Panting. We should emulate his courage.
Bea von Boeselacer
716 Merrill Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois
WE HAVE LITTLE TO SAY
To the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
"That government of the people, by the
pople, for the people shall not perish
POm the earth" — thus spoke Abraham
Mncoln. For the average citizen this has
hppened. We have little to say about
J'ho bee es a candidate for President.
We do not vote directly for him; and,
pee he becomes President, we have
IWhing to say about whom the many
Mildreds of appointive officials will be.
'heir orders and directives are our daily
Laws affecting us most are not enacted
y the Congress but are presidential
directives or rulings by his appointees
^hieh become the supreme laee' of the
•"id, under decisions by life-time ap-
gointives whose main qualifications are
heir known political leanings.
The average citizen has little to do
*ith government on (he national scale;
W, unless present trends are reversed.
e will soon lose control of all local
"fairs, including public schools and
200 West Belknap
*Vts Forum News, October. 1956
MALCONTENTS OR HEROES?
To the Colorado Springs
On March 21 a local newspaper objected editorially to "malcontents" bringing lawsuits against the city. The editorial
concludes with a plea for majority rule."
Majority rule doesn't always bring justice. There is one school of thought that
holds to the view that government is
always right and individual citizens are
alxvays wrong; that if a thing is dead
wrong to begin with, the fact that government does it makes it right both
legally and morally.
The courts are the refuge of the oppressed. It is their function to establish
fair plav in order that government may
not become too arbitrary for the good of
its citizens. What we have to fear is not
"malcontents" but apathy.
Arthur E. Walker
2430 West Platte Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado
HIGH SUPPORTS AND PRICE
To the Des Moines Register:
Many farmers, voters and congressmen
seem obsessed with the idea that a
stomach-ache caused by too many green
apples may be cured by eating more of
the same. This is paralleled in the ill-
chosen demand for high support for farm
products, as the record ol facts eeill indicate.
The index level of farm prices from the
end of 1952 to the end of November,
1955, dropped 15 points. This was during the administration of President Eisenhower. In this connection it should be
noted that those prices declined 18 points
in the last 21 months of Truman's reign,
and that of the total decline of 33 points
since 1952, 27 points were lost during
thc period of high-price support.
C. W. Wakeman
Fort Dodge, Iowa
To the Editor:
The horse and buggy and the horse-
drawn wagon gave xvay inevitably to the
automobile and motor truck because they
provided the people something better.
All through the history of our nation are
countless examples of products and services being supplanted by others that
offered better services or lower prices.
But today, unfortunately for the public
as well as business, government with its
regulations — too often unrealistic —
seems to be usurping poxver. It does not
and should not have power to the point
xvhere it can control prices, instead of
permitting normal and natural competition.
Our country was built on competition,
not on government regulation. With
greater freedom in competition among
the different types of transportation, the
same as in any other field of business xvith
each user free to choose that which best
meets his needs, the real gainer in the
end would be the consuming public.
DOUBTS HISS IS "INSPIRATION"
To the Miami News:
The lecture circuit for our colleges
must be scraping the bottom of the barrel xx-hen Alger Hiss finds himself on the
platform at Princeton University. It goes
to shoxv how far afield the accepted doctrine of compromise can lead our intellectuals in their efforts to be "broad-
If we were to read in our history books
that Benedict Arnold lectured at an institution of learning after his defection, we
would be justified in wondering if our
Founding Fathers had a code of ethics.
In our day when even treason can find
apologists, it is not surprising to note the
toleration for such a news item. College
students can be reasonably considered as
the future leaders of the nation.
What possible inspiration for patriotism
and devotion to country can be gleaned
bv American youth sitting in an auditorium with Alger Hiss, No. 1 traitor to
his country, on the rostrum?
Mary G. McElwee
57 Campina Court
Coral Gables, Florida
GOVERNMENT LIKE A CAMEL
To the Birmingham Post-Herald:
The government reminds me of a
camel. We read of a kindly Arab a long
time ago. One cold night on the desert
the Arab let the camel warm himself a
little by sticking his nose inside the tent.
Then the camel put his head into the
tent, then his neck and back, until finally
the whole camel was inside and there
was no room for the Arab. He had to
craevl outside in the cold.
Increasing large-scale government competition in farm marketing is croxvding
out private businessmen, and threatening
to destroy our free markets.
It seems that everyone connected with
the agricultural industry from the farmer