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PAGE TWO Monroe Monitor, Monroe, Wash., April 28, 1960 THE mOnROE mOnITOR PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY SUBSCRIPTION RATES Monroe, Skykomish and Snoqualmie Valleys, per year ................ $3.00 Outside Monroe, Skykomish and Snoqualmie Valleys, per year __$3.50 Official Paper of Town of Monroe and Town'of Skykomlah Addream all mail to PO Box 398. Monroe, Washington. Entered as Second-Class Matter at the Post Office at Monroe, Washington, under the Act of March 3, 1879. WARD BOWDEN ................................................................. Publisher HOWARD VOLAND .............................................................. Editor PUD InFer Thanks County Public Utility District commissioners and management are out this week with a most unusual announcement--they are telling of "another rate reduction." Virtually all of us that use any appreciable amount of electric power are in for a rate slash, and that's pretty good news in anyone's book. This announcement is especially significant in view of recent capital improvements completed by the PUD, and since Monroe is in for a new PUD home in the very near future. t Commissioners and management arc indeed in for many words of thanks this week for the sound management practices in force. Bell Ringing Distasteful -- But... Monroe high school principal Cliff Gillies' decision to "ring the bell"so to speak--on the Bearcat baseball team's ineligible player, repugnant though it be, none-the-less was the caliber of decision we can and do expect from educators here and elsewhere. His action merits commendation, certainly not condemnation. Within our memory infractions of eligibility rules have here-to-fore been unearthed by the competition--not by self-policing. Thus, a lesson has been learned here, and we're hopeful other members of the Wash- ington Interscholastic Activities Assn. will act according when and if their respective houses are in need of policing. ,am BIG SWISS BUFFET DINNER SWISS HALL, TUALCO Sunday, May.1 1 --S P.M. Adulfs $1.50 Children Under 12 - 75 Under 6 - FREE INASIGTOt,: STATE BAR ASSOCIATJOtt JOINT TENANCY IN LAND Mary and Walter had lived in California for the twenty years of their marriage and owned their farm in "joint tenancy," as allowed by California law. When Walter died Mary became owner of the whole farm and con- tinued to live there with the five children she and Walter had had. A year later Mary met lim and six months later she married him. Mary's aldest son, 19, didn't like Jim so the oldest boy moved from home. After a few months Jim sug- gested that he and Mary should put all of the property into a joint ten- ancy between them. Mary agreed, so her property was put into joint tenancy with Jim. Three months later Mary was killed in an accident. Jim then owned the farm. Since he had nev- . er liked any of Mary's children, he waited a few months and then told Mary's other children, who were 18, 17, 14 and 13 years old, that they would have to get off his property. The children knew their dad originally owned the property, so they told Jim he could not put them off. Unfortunately,  Jim proved he was right and that he owned the ,]and. The children had to go live with relatives. Does the State ot Washington hawe a "joint tenancy" law which would make such *a result possible here? The answer is that Washing- ton has no such law. Washington allowed joint tenan- cies in land 100 years ago in ter- ritorial days, but because of inci- dents such as happened to Mary's children, .joint tenancies in land were abolished by law before Wash- ington became a state. In this state the community property sys- tem provides some of the advan- tages of a joint tenancy, but with- out the hazards of a joint tenancy, which so often produce unexpected results and headaches or heart- aches. Attempts to revive joint tenan- cies in land have been made in recent sessions of the legislature, but the ,legislators have refused to go back to the outmoded and ca- pricious system which caused so much grief and hardship before it Strawberry Festival Parade Entries Are Due It's time to enter the parade sponsored by Greater Marysville Inc., in connection with the 1960 Marysvilie Strawberry Festival June 17-18. Parade time will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. Both a trophy and $25 in cash will be given for the first prize; $15 for second prize; and $10 for third prize in each division. Divisions will be commercial and industrial; civic and fraternal; churches and service -- senior and junior; marching units -- senior and junior; novelty entries and horse entries. Entires .should be mailed to Art %Duborko, .strawberry parade chair- man, P.O. Box 202, Marysville. Two Monroeites Will Take Sno. County P-TA Posts At Friday Meet The final meeting of the year of the Snohomish County Council P-TA is scheduled Friday, April 29, .at 1 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Vernon Moore, President of Dis- trier 8, 'at Pinewood Drive, Marys- villa. Newly elected officers for the coming year will be installed. Those who will be seated are Mrs. George Laz, Snahomish, president; Mrs. Jack Pryor, Twin Cities, first vice president; Mrs. Bennett Butters, Marysville, second vice president; Tom Marsden, Monroe, third vice president; Mrs. Gordon Tjerne, Monroe, secretary; and Mrs. Rob- ert Buehgrevink, Lake Stevens, treasurer. The tea will be fdIlowed by a program of orientation of dele- gates to the state convention. Mrs. Laz will represent the Snohomish County Council at the convention having been elected ,as their dele- gate at the Spring Confererme at Stanwood, April 1. All retiring and incbming offi- cers of the county are urged to OLYMPIA ROUND-UP Here we go again on daylight savings time. An initiative to estab. lish the fast time by law has been filed with Secretary of State Vic- tor A. Meyers by the Jaycees for Uniform Time Committee, a state- wide Junior Chamber of com- merce group. To get on the 1960 election 'ballot the initiative must get the signatures of 90,319 regis- tered voters by July 8. Max Crit- tenden of Seate, chairman of the sponsoring group, said the signa- ture campaign will be launched April 22-23 at a state Junior Chem. ber of Comerce convention at Yakima. The state's voters prohibited day- light time by initiative in 1952 and two years later defeated another initiative that would have legalized the fast time on a statewide basis. The Jaycees evidently think the third time will be the clmrm for them if they can get the signers. Farmers oppose monkeying with the clock, mothers detest it for the lengthened evening hours when they cannot get the chiMren to bed, but golfers in general think it would be dandy for the longer day- light hours on the fairways. Second Lake Bridge Bond Issue And here we go agai with an- other state .bond issue, this time for 30 million dollars more to fi- nance a second Lake Washington bridge--this one between U n i o n Bay .and Evergreen Point. It was made possible by a unanimous de- cision last week by the State Su- preme Court that a state-county plan for guaranteeing repayment of the bonds is okay. The court issued an order for State Auditor Cliff Yelle to sign the bonds. Under the plan, King county will contribute up to $700,000 a year for 13 years and up to $500,- 000 ,a year for an additional seven years if needed to guarantee r- payment of principal and interest on the 30 million dollar bond is- sue. County contributions, not to exceed a total of nine million dl- lars will be repaid from toll col- lections. Governor Rosellini said the bonds should be sold within 60 days and construction will start. Spokane's Toll Bridge Deficit attend this informal tea *as a means In the meantime Spokane's Ms- of getting better acquainted with ple Street toll bridge dropped an- those with whom they will be other $8,944 into the red hst month, working this coming schoo year. said a report by the state TBA. was abolished by law. That 'brought the total deficit to (This column is written to in- $178,953 since the ribbon opening form, not dvise. Facts may the bridge was cut by Governor change the application of the law.) Rosellini. The Governor calls at- tention to the fact that he had IN 1959, We/earned some amazing facts about... TH E BOOM I NG PACIFIC NORTHWEST Did you know that the normal summer temperatures in Seattle and Portland, large'st cities in the Pacific Northwest, have the delightful range of 56" to 79"? Or that their winter temperatures are in the moderate 35" to 45" range? Or thai: annual precipitation in these booming economic centers is under 40 inches (less than New York City or Little Rock) with little snow ?. The facts about the climate of Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Tacoma, Olympia and other Pacific Northwest cities were not a surprise to us. But we didn't know.that Portland's "inter weather was more moderate than in Louisville, Kentucky. We didn't know that Seattle's summers were cooler than in Portland, Maine. In fact, when El Paso Natural Gas Company began-to serve this dynamic region, we learned a lot of new things about a northwest wonderland destined for an increasingly major role in Amer- ica's economic future. Washington and Oregon, and their neighboring states, are on the go. Long famed for natural resources, for scenery, for vitality, the Pacific Northwest's growing population and expanding econ- omy are aguarantee of future prosperity. If you're looking for a major indus- trial site--or a better place to build a home--visit the Pacific Northwest. You'll be sold, just as we were. And you'll want "to stay. Not the least of the Pacific Northwest's economic assets is natural gas, furnished by E1 Paso Natural. Gas Company. In 1959, El Paso took major steps to assure energy supplies for the Pacific North- west, and to continue to meet the mount- ing energy demands of California and the Southwest, whose growth has paced the nation since World War II. The dynamic Pacific Northwest is fea- tured in photographs in E1 Paso's 1959 Annual Report. El Paso's broadened service area and plans for the future, outlined in this Annual Report, assure 11 Western states the dependable long- term gas supplies so necessary to sound and speedy economic growth. NORMAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION, SELECTED CITIES iN PACIFIC NORTHWEST* $OMMER , WINTER ANNUAL TEMPERATURE TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION SEATrLE: 56"-75" 36"-45" 31.92 inches PORTLAND: 58"-79" 35".44" 39.91 inches SPOKANE: 57"-82" 20"-30" 14.92 inches TACOMA: 55"-74" 34"-44" 35.20 inches ' ..... 1,: 49%76 . 31"-43" 45.74 inches *Weather Bureau. U;S. Department of Commerce. For Copies o[ El Peso's 1959 Annual Report, NATURAL 00SASgCOMPANY EL PASO El Paso Natural Gas Company provides natural gas to industrial customers and distribution companies in Ari- zona, Calilornia, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, West Texas and Wyoming. nothing to do with authorizing the toll bridge for Spokane, ,and came to power craly in time to cut the ribbon and get his picture in the Spokane newspapers. Searching For New Industry Governor Rosllini was off hst week on other safari seeking new industry, touching down at Chi- cago, Detroit, Cleveland and Pitts- burgh. At business luncheon meet- ings in each city a team of busi- .hess and industrial leaders pre- sented materal on Washington's population, industry, natural re- sources and industrial advantages to a tota! of 240 selected industrial leaders from the four cities. The trip was ,sponsored by the Puget Sound Power ,and Light Company with cooperation from the Puget SOund Industrial Council. Members of the delegation paltt their own expenses. Utffity Relocation Lavsuit Three actions were eomnmnced last week by Attorney General John J. O'Connell in superior court in King County designed to test a law (Chapter 330, Laws of 1959) providing that a utility be paid its cost of relocation where the relo- cation vcas required for an im- provement of a portio of the inter- state highway system. There are three utilities involved -- Puget Sound Power and Light Company, King County Water District No. 75, 'and Pacific Telephone Company. Utility facilities involved are lo- cated on Secondary State Highway No. 5..A near Midway, and their removal is required for the con- struction of an interchange on the new location of the freeway be- tween Tacoma and Seattle. After instituting the Qawsuit all of the utilities have agreedto go ahead with the relocation of their facilities to prevent delay in con- struction of the highway. The ques- tion to be decided by the lawsuits is who pays .for ,this cost. The Washington State Highway Com- mission is the paintiff. Overtime Provisions Ruled Out Overtime provisions of the state's new minimum wage and hour act have ,been ruled unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court in a 6 to 3 decision. A majority opinion written by Judge Harry EUsworth Foster held that the 1959 act was discriminatory ,as between em- ployees engaged in interstate and intrastate ,activities. City and county officials had pub- liely protested the act, asseting application of the overtime provi- sions to police and firemen on 56 and 60-hour weeks would throw their fixed budgets out of balance. Under the Supreme Court ruling the act will not apply to public or p r i v a t e employment. Meantime manY cities have .adopted new budgets with provisions for their firemen and police officers to work 40 hours a week in an effort to avoid overtime provisions in the act. Some state attorneys said it did not seem likely that the cities and counties will "unscramble the egg" and put their employees back on 56 and 60-hour weeks. B and O Tax on Rent'als The State Supreme Court also declared extension of the state business ad occupation tax to rental property income to be un- constitutional in an opinion handed down last week. The court ruled ,that the tax violated the 40-mill limit provision in the state consti- tution and was not uniform to the same class of property es required by the 14th amendment to the state constitution. The revenue measure, enacted by the 1959 egislature would have levied  tax equal to one quarter of one per sent on iross ,income from property rentals or leases. State Tax Commission offils estimated that the levy would have brought in approxi- ;mately $2,200,000 in a biennium. They immediately began work on a procedure for refunding approx- imately $300,000 collected f r o m some 4,000 rental property owners prior to ,the court's decision. New Letter .Press for State The state plans to buy a new $33,500 letter press to replace a Printer John C. Gregory. He said press now 40 years old, said State the new press was bufft in Italy for an /h-nerican firm to the Amer- ican firm's specifications. He said other letter presses of h'ke specifi- cations offered by American firms are bm'It for them in Germany and Sweden. Gregory said the only American built letter press of the type needed for book work will not take sheets of the size used by the state printing plant in pri- ing the Washington State Code, blls for the legislature, state agen- cy hiennial reports and other re- ports. Gregory also said the Amer- ican press, although too small, would cost $41,000 as comI#ared to the $33,500 for the Italian built press. Gregory ,also said he ttad considered buying a second hand press, but the best buy a printing salesman could fimt for him was a ten-year-old press for $30,000. The state printer discarded protests from certain elements of the Seat- tle printing industry as a continu. ation of ast year year's dispute between pressmen ,and typograph- ers over jurisdiction over offset equipment in t'be state printing plant. Was It A Threa? Did Governor Rosellini threate the press of the state in the course of an eigh page statement Iast week which lambasted The SeattIe Times for publishing a series of articles tabuut the political funds which are available to him for ex- penses he cannot or does not want to charge to the state? Some pe- litical observers think he did. What the Governor said in  regard was: "Perhaps the ,,other ptrbIishers in the state should learn that recently for the first time in 7, years the State Tax Commission audited The Times' books and demanded .a sub- stantial sum in back taxes." The implication would seem to some to be that any publisher who may ,authorize publication of news distasteful to Governor Roseini may expect to have b_is books and- ited. The reverse implication is that if the publishers play ball they can get away from paying their. just business taxes and thereby re calve a 'bonus. ' Maybe the Governor did rmt mean it that way, but it wotdd seem to be a very inept statement by even the best nterpretation. We have been told that the Tax Com- mission recently decided to leek over its records and see what newspapers have been overlooked in the auditing process and then to get busy and scrutinize their books. "Highway News" Publication State Auditor Cliff Ydle last week questioned whether the bi- monthly "Highway News" is get- ting out of the class of a "house organ." He said .an examination of the Highway Commission's bolcs shows that about 4,700 copies were prin,ted each issue in 1957-58 but it has grown to 6,300 copies. The cost is 34 cents  copy. "We suggest that the wide cir- culation of the publication "remove.-" it from the classification of 'house organ," Yells said. Tourist Booklet Available The state has just issued  new 36-page color 'booklet, primarily containing color photographs of scenic reas in all parts of the state. Tourist Division officials said 200,000 copies of the bookict were printed at a cost of $24,000. A prin- cipal use of the publication wll be to answer tourist inquiries from all the other staes ,and many for- eign countries. North Cross-State Highway Plmm Plans for bonstrucUon of another four.mile stretcl of the projected north cross-state' highway were an- nounced by Governor Rosellini's office. The vamouncement said as- surance has been received, from the U. S. Bureau of Public Roads that contract for the work will be awarded within the next few months. Estimated cost of about $300,000. The four-mill stretch of road wod run from the end of present construction, ne Thunder Lake on the west side of the Cas- cades, to and across Thunder Arm which is a part of Diablo Lake. Work is presently tmdey way on a four mile section fremDiablo Dam to a point near Thunder Lake. ? where I More When "Red" Dolan has been going to painting class at nightat the high school. They had an exhi- bition and we all went to see what Red had done. Red's paintin was one of the most beautiful there. We stared at it for the longest time, then all agreed it was a paint- ing of a field close to town, and that it showed a woman in the distance who looked a lot like Red's wife. We congratulated our artist on his work. Red smiled, thanked us all, and was quite happy. When he left, Slim "Johnson noticed the title card by the I sit... Joe Marsh Than Color Blind It Comes to "Red" painting. It read: "Storm Scene on The Lake" by Red Dolan. From where I sit, there are often occasions when we don't see what we're really supposed to see. Why sometimes we can't even recognize intolerance when it comes along. For in- stance, if you begrudge me the right to an occasional glass of beer, that's s intolerant as if I denied you a glass of iced tea. Why don't we step back and take another look at intcler- ance and see it for what it is? j , Copyright, 1960, United States Brewers Foundation