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Page Two, Monitor, Monroe, Wn., June 3,'1971' PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY :, -Washington Entered as Second Class MaKer at the Post " " Office at Monroe, Washington, under the Act NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The first time : of M, rch 3, 1898. A few years ago the country musicfactories still a mess. The number of people on monthly I beheld New York City was the hottest day of MEMBER in Nashville churned out a tune called "Wel- checks is spiraling and the costs are going out the Summer of 1968. It was a sweltering Sun- fare Cadillac." . It became a hit song becauseof sight. $14.2 billion was the total tab for 1970. day and the only things open were the bars and the 42nd Street movie houses. It was dirty, R )NAL it reinforced the popular notion that most people Welfare makes nearly everyone unhappy-- dusty and not unlike a dessert, but the peopl on welfare are lazy, shiftless cheaters, the people who pay taxes, those who admf.n- were as cold as the Nisqua!ly Glacier. VE1 JR Not only is this notion a myth, it is also a ister the programs, and the recipients them- Since that forlorn Sunday, I have had many Association - Founded 1885 cruel self-deception. The latest government selves. survey indicates that cheating occurs only withThe federal government pays 50 to 55 per occassions to revisit that city that offered me no welcome, and have come to accept it on its L SUBSCRIPTION RATES four out of every 1,000 welfare recipients, cent of all welfare costs, but there is one own terms. You either accept it or reject it, Monroe, Skykomish and Snoqualmie Valleys, percourse, the penalty for fraud is usuallyharsh as very large catch. We have not one welfare year $5:00. Outside Monroe, Skykomish and it should be. system, but 50 different programs administeredbut few are those who can come to love it. Snoqualmte Valleys $6.00. Official Newspaper Because of the depression in m ny areas, by each state. For a family of four on ADC, Its faults are many and lamented th ,oughout the of the City of Monroe and Town of Skykomish. the number of employables on welfare has been Mississippi pays a grand total of $840 a year;nation, but its attractions ar.e Just as strong. Address all mail to Post Office Box No. 398, rising steadily. Yet earlier this year the govern- in Washington State, by no means the most There are few places on this earth that com- Monroe Washington 98272. ment estimated that only two to five per cent generous, the same family would receiveS3,636 bine so many evils with so many attractions. Publisher ............Howard Voland of all welfare clients could beohelped to self-annually. A walk down Fifth Avenue takes you past the Office Manager ..... Althea Hendrickson sufficiency in a reasonable tim,.---even if they Bizarre and complex regulations abound. In elegant stores and apartment houses that are News Editor ...... Barbara Rogers Minor had the best possible services. All the rest Los Angeles County the welfare regulations the dreams of so many. A few blocks away Advertising Manager ....... Dick Molvik are children, the aged, the hopelessly disabled, comprise a pile of documents five feet high; is the Time Square Area that combines the and mothers who have nowhere to take their in New York heroin addicts are deemed per romance of Broadway with'the reality of street- small children in order to take a job--if one manently disabled. Across the country case- walkers, pornographic bookstores and movies, exists, workers pry into homes, antagonize rectp- and the drug culture of today. What we call "welfare" is the popular name ients, and finally quit in frustration. There is the opulence of Lincoln Center, one of the finest centers of the performin arts for the public assistance features of the Social The largest and costliest program is Aid to in the world contrasted Just a few blocks The small convoy -- one motorcycle, Security Act: Aid to the Blind, Aid to the Aged, Dependent Children, and it is growing because two jeeps, a weapons carrier and a half- Aid to the Disabled, Medicaid, and Aid to De' of death, divorce, disease, desertion and a de- away with the slum, of the West Side. track -- came into the clearing. It pendent Children. pressed economy. Indeed, the welfare crisis Rockefeller Center on an evening before Even though it is misunderstood, welfare is is a crisis of having to support a swelling army Christmas reflects all the splendour of that was the site of a recently evacuated of imuoverished families with small children, season. Sunken into its heart is a skating rink German ammunition dump. It had a Deee Deee ieea ADC also feeds on itself. Welfare pay- full of music and the swirling figures of color ments are barred to the working poor and are and light fill the eye with wonder and content- barrack and flag pole. often more attractive than low-wage jobs. Morement . . . until a wanderer takes time to Near the flag pole the soldiers laid out, i andy lucer0 i than 10 million jobs today pay less than the fed- curse you for just existing. on shelter-halves and blankets, what was eral minimum wage of $1.60 an hour. Also New York by day is one of smog and heat facing welfare recipmnts who may be able- and cold; taxi strikes, garbage strikes, subway O~ " " a left of six American soldiers. | b died a lack of training or skills, 1 ok of strikes and Cadillac limousines; and art gel- leries and elegant stores, museums, Central The commanding officer -- abespecaled day care facilities for pre-school children, and Park and people walking big dogs, and little old man of maybe 30 years -- sent out | i lack of low-csot trhnsportatton, dogs and those in between; and big, tall build- In the present economic cruch the competitionings climbing tier upon tier into the sky where two flankers and a rear man. Bis re- for even menial jobs is severe. To illustrate so much of the nation's business passes from connaissance man stood with his back to these difficulties I have only to point out that one hand to another. Salt Lake City --- Night has fallen. The plane slowly banks losing altitude to get on the near distance small arms fire landing pattern. Above the sky is clear and In the far distance 88's were down below a vast jeweled carpet of multi- colored lights spreads out, gradually losing its glitter in the faraway horizon. All cities are beautiful at night. You wish you could just stay up there in the sky and watch the man- made spectrum of millions of slivers of light. "Where to?" asks the taxi driver. The Salt Palace, I answer. "The place is closed now" says the driver, "that is where they play hockey and basketball." Just take me to a motel that has a name similar to that. federal law since January of.1968 has required that able-bodied people accept work or training, or they will forfeit welfare checks. Welfare has become a costly scandal popular with no one, expecially the people who want to get onto payrolls. In my next report I will dis- cuss the welfare reform bill nearing a vote in the House of Representatives. Roben Mabel E. Roben, 80, a long-time Monroe Purdy & Kerr Funeral Home. Interment was ~H~~~i~~~~~iiilliiiim~iHiillm~iniii~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Hm~~~i~~~~iH~~~i~~ii~~~~~i~~~~~m~im~~ii~i~m~I - A V/ew From the East! M eeds L.,.........,.,....,.,.,.. By H oward M. Volan d New York by night is one of smog and heat and cold; the night life that is the center of sin to some and the sparkle that makes life bearable to others, and to still others, the bore- dom that they are too tired to resist; it is the opera, the plays and ballets and the finer things of life; it is the expensively cheap bars found the C.O. In the rattled. scrapping with 105' s. Excepting the bundles of dead, all the men in the clearing had much in common: they were dog-tired, they were dirty, they were scared and they were well armed. The C.O. spoke quietly for a minute or two, then read the 23rd Psalm. He throughout. But above all, New York spells loneliness there in the center of seven million people. Loneliness for the visitor and the commuter and the inhabitant; total aloneness that is the trademark of New York City. could not read nor speak very well. At "No", says the clerk, "we have no reser- resident, died May 28 in the Monroe IOOF the end he said: vations for you but you can stay here if you in an Everett hospital,Cemetery. o o o o o. want to." " , ' with servicesheld -o-o-oo-oooo-oo o-o-oo-oooo-o-oo-oooo-.ooooo-o-ooo-o-o-oooo-oo ooo ooo N- "This iS no legal Memorial Day, but Much too late to check with thereserva- here Tuesday. V dl" II'y"Ii'EALL'IImI'" '' - ' I'm-saying it is " :r ,. ........ tioncenter tn Denver :: .... :: o ...... Mrs. Robert was born ' Then from his:C0mbat jaci et, 5i d r his' Salt LLake' City,: Tilre' : ongview; Washingt0r , InL Faribault, Minneso- i* is one of the few planned cities in this country: ta on May 4, 1891. She : .45 shoulder holster, he reverently took Seven long blocks cover one mile and the streets was active in women's out an American Flag. Tw0 soldiers are wideenoughtochannelsixlanesoftraffic club workinMonroe.I SPEEDWAY 1 ran up the colors. , with little indigestion. There is a lotof walking Survivors are two . . to do if you want to see the city and when you sisters, Mrs. Myrtle For the first time in months the C.O. cross the streets you have to trot. The Hjort of Stanwood and said: "Attention". traffic walk signals are adjusted to the l0Mrs. Viola Raven of I ' Open el Competition 1 second 100 yard dash. South*. .. o.,,or W he They all, including theoutflankers, pre- You notice as you walk, the discipline of nia, .nd several niec- citizens' pride, a discipline that has been buried es and nephews, * TIME TRIALS,.. 6:30, Sat. Night sented arms or saluted for about 30 with litter in most of our great cities, Seattle The Rev. Paul Van seconds, included. This is a clean city because the Horn officiated at ser- The Flag meant a hellava lot to those people that reside here want it that way. vices in the chapel of G.I. s -- it got 'em in the throat and it At Temple Square the tulips are in bloom. got 'era in the gut-- they had not seen Hundreds of blossoms reflecting a pattern of RACES..'.. Start at 8:00 Sat. Night one for nearly a year. color in precise geometrical design dilate your Run Spot, Rub eyes. There is a quiet disturbing quality of voooo.ooooooooooooooooooooooooo" The Flag was lowered. The living left this place. Here you can sit for hours and Monroe Police Chief the clearing. The dead were left for the meditate and the only sounds you here are those of passing shuffling feet. D.C. Nauman told city councUmen last week ;:: : i;.\" graves registration people. " We are growing too fast," says the man at that someone kickedin It was a Memorial Day. the coffee shop. "Big m ney comes in. They the door of the city .,// " build these huge buildings. High rent comes pound to free thefour- r,|A rAr r Baccalaure Pla fl4H next andthesmallbusinesslsoutonthestreet." footed prisoners, but /" JVJArl J. "\ 8 8 Progress, A few blocks away a new office with only partial suc- j/ / ) , 1 \, In MHS Gym Sunday towers upward to the sky. A block cess. away from the Post Office another office building "One of the dogs is taking shape. Two old brick buildings, relics couldn't wait to get fo r o y s a n d i r I s 9 o [ 3 y e a r s o i d: one may say, of an other era, stand listless back in for his break- like 'tired soldiers on no-man's land awaiting fast," Nauman said. The Rev. Homer Smith, vicar of Ezp's- their fate. With age and the weathering effects"I guesshe never had :i.. copal Church of Our Savior in Monroe, will of countless years, the red bricks flake, it so good. Another deliver the baccalaureate address in services The mortar that ties them together stands one ran to the Central ....... at 7 p.m. Sunday, in the Monroe High School firm. Age gives it a granite-like strength. School grounds and ) gymnasium. This mortar is a wedding band of sorts that waited for us in the The invocation and benediction will be given once binded the creative hand of man with the same place we picked by the Rev. Bill Smith, pastor of MonroeMeth0- earth, all this and maybe more, will in time him up before." dt t Church. The scripture reading will be by be lost. the Rev. Charles Davis, chaplain at Washing- ton State Reformatory. The congregation will be asked to Join in the singing of appropriate hymns. All graduating seniors, their families and friends are invited. senior Citizens Meet Monday All senior citizens in the Skykomtsh, Snoho- mtsh and Snoqualmie "valleys are invited to the next meeting of the from 12 noon to4p.m., Monday through Fri- day. Young said table and chairs are still needed and those who East County Senior have them to donate Citizens at 1 p.m., are asked to call Young M,mday. or bring them to the The next potluck center. lunch is scheduled for 12 noon, June 21, re- ports Ross Young, co- ordtnator. Young stressed that there are no dues involved tn membership in the East County Senior Citizens. "The center at 19124 on Highway 2 at Mon- roe offers a-place for old and new friends to SERVING THE VALLEY AT PRICES YOU THE FAMILY I~l'ORE AND CATALOG 01~DER CENTER CAN AFFORD Revelatlon Cast Une ., .I nirDryer 1kuetone AM, AC! 2J DC Portable. R,dno W.A's PAce M 0 N R 0 E '" w Main St. 794-7887 A fun filled program of youth cooking shows is scheduled this summer. Here is a place where 9 to 13 year olds can learn cooking ideas and recipes which they are capable of preparing at home, This free series for boys and giris will be presented by the PUD Home Economists. Many rec- ipes will be demonstrated in a program planned to stimulate youthful Interest In cooking and the culinary arts. Plan now for the 9 to 13 year old members of your family to attend this summertime PUD pro- gram. Seating Is limited: free reservations should be made in advance; call the num- ber listed st right for the series in your area. ~'11."iei; I[01 :. II Ik'tl : I tllll I I ." II |'1 EVERETT PROGRAM FOR 9 TO 13 YEAR OLDS Time: 10:00- 11:00 a.m. Dates: July 13, 15, 20 Location: PUD Electric Building Auditorium 2320 California Avenue Everett, Washington For free reservations carl: 259-9640 SOUTH COUNTY PROGRAM FOR 9 TO 11 YEAR OLDS Time: 10:00- 11:00 s.m. FOR 12 AND 13 YEAR OLDS Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. Dates: June 15, 22, 29 Location: South Cour~ty Office Auditorium 21018 Highway 99 South Lynnwood, Washington For free reservations call: 774-2111 / , - I _ I =n ;: : -: _ f Soerd of Commissioners: TOM QUAST. Chairman: MAGNAR LERVICK. Vice-Chairman: WALT JONES. Secretary meet andlearn of pro- 2[ns ofr interest to Young said. The center is open ! It