The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 70, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 16, 1959 Page: 2 of 8
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... a better answer
•THERE'S been a great deal of publicity and
* discussion throughout Texas in recent
-weeks regarding a proposal now before the
Legislature to adopt a "flexible rate system
for automobile insurance in Texas.
Anything that promises to reduce insurance
rates is bound to be popular ... at least at
first glance . . . but h-'re is a letter from Sena-
tor Grady Hazlewood, who is chairman of a
committee which has given long study to the
problem, and it contains information which
we think should be made public.
Writing to a local citizen who had inquired
of him about the proposed bill. Senator Hazle-
wood says: "I certainly share with you a de-
sire for lower car insurance rates. Needless to
say, we all want that. However, you cannot
give 1007* credence to what the proponents of
this legislation say.
"I was chairman of the interim committee
that studied this matter for twelve months,
and when we got through the entire committee
was unanimously opposed to the flexible rates.
"At the last hearing of the Insurance Com-
mission where rates were set, such rates were
set at a rate where every company in Texas
THE CANADIAN RECORD
Canadian (Hemphill County) Texas
BEN EZZELL Editor
TESS WILKINSON Society Editor
TED ROGERS Foreman
National Award Winner
—•' CditoMal Auoolctton Annual
B*iíM A/muUpaftn ContuU
In Hemphill and Adjoining Counties:
One Year $3.50
Elsewhere $4.50 per Year
Display $0-70 Per column inch
Rate Card Upon Request
Entered as second class matter December 20,
1945, at the Postoffice at Canadian, Texas,
under the Act of March 3, 1879. Published
each Thursday afternoon at Canadian, Texas,
by Ben R. and Nancy M. Ezzell.
Being a policeman . . .
. . . not a popularity contest
(From the Naples Monitor)
VOU DON'T like this man. He's a cop.
His job is to cruise the highways, control
the traffic, discourage the careless, protect tho
innocent, and enforce the laws.
He'd make a poor showing in a popularity
The Good Lord takes care of those who can't
take care of themselves. The highway patrol-
men help to look after those who won't take
care of themselves.
The typical highway patrolman is an un-
compromising individual whose actions and
decisions often seem arbitrary.
He seldom enjoys good public relations with
those whom he contacts and a satisfied cus-
tomer must be a rarity in his job.
His pay is poor and his hours are irregular.
He works largely without supervision in hour
by hour vigilance and his own conscience is
the only thing that keeps him on the job.
There are several ways he can do his job.
He can sit idly and wait to investigate an
accident that he might have prevented. Or he
can devote his time to the prevention of the
accident. It would be easier to wait and in-
Maybe you don't like this man. Maybe you've
been stopped by him. Maybe you've paid a
fine. Maybe you drew a warning.
But, like him or not, he's doing a good job.
writing car insurance is right now losing mon-
ey, and that is an undisputed fact.
"Now there are two or three companies that
have been trying to get out from under the
Insurance Commission regulations, and if they
succeeded, they could select their own risks
. . . pick out people who have never had a
wreck, insure them, and let everybody else go.
If they could pick out selected risks for three
or four years, they would break every other
company in Texas. Then they would have it
all to themselves to charge any kind of rate
The Senator also points out that Texas rates,
high as they are, are still comparatively low:
"You would be interested to know that Texas
insurance rates are 32nd from the top right
now . . . only 16 states have lower rates, and
these states are mostly in the west . . . such
states as New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Montana,
Wyoming, and the two Dakotas, etc.... where
they have very little traffic to start with. Need-
less to say, if you do not have much traffic,
you naturally wouldn't have any wrecks."
And he cautions: "If we give this small
group of companies what they want, then ev-
ery company writing insurance in this state
can and will have a different form of policy,
and the standard form of policy which is now
required would be abolished. In fact, we
would have more than 400 different form poli-
cies, with every "trick provision" that a com-
pany could drum up to keep from paying a
claim. The lawyers of Texas would have a
.field day and nobody would ever get any-
thing . .
These are points well worth considering. The
proposed law has obvious disadvantages, and
is undoubtedly a poor one. But we cannot
agree entirely with the thesis that companies
can not be allowed to write "preferred risk"
policies for careful drivers with good accident
records at lower-than-standard rates without
upsetting the whole insurance regulatory sys-
There's something wrong in a system which
requires good insurance risks to pay high
rates so that poor insurance risks can get cov-
erage at the same price. Surely Senator Hazle-
wood and the committee which has devoted
much study to this problem can come up with
a better answer than we have now.
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Teen-agers menace , . .
... on the highways?
(An editorial from The Whiteface,
Hereford High School newspaper)
TEENAGERS are frequently blamed for the
high rate of deaths on the highway. No
doubt about it, teenagers are dangerous behind
the wheel. Their record is especially bad when
it comes to fatal smashups. In proportion to
the amount of driving they do, it is estimated
that teenagers have five times as many deadly
accidents as people of their parents' age.
Teenagers are no worse than their older
brothers. The most dangerous ^drivers in the
United States, in the opinion of the National
Commission on Safety Education, are not high
school students but young men of twenty to
twenty-five. For years this group has had the
highest accident rate of all. Not that the two
groups matters much. The fact is that both
groups are menaces to themselves and to ev-
eryone else on the highway.
The problem does not involve girls. Their
record is comparable to that of the average
adult, and insurance companies allow girls to
take over the family car without charging
higher premiums. Although the girls' share in
minor accidents is proportionate to their num-
bers, they have only half as many fatal crash
es on the average.
At 25, a man is still more likely to die in a
car than he was at sixteen. If he's married,
his chances of survival are better. Apparently
wives make effective backseat drivers.
A young man is second to none in ability to
handle a car—quickness of reflexes, keen-
ness of eyesight. It's attitude that he falls
down on, his judgment being no match for
his desire to show off, to prove to himself and
the world, by the way of his automobile, what
a remarkable fellow he is.
—Information taken from Readers Digest.
"First, We Must Cross This Bridge" STRICTLY FRESH
Wouldn't it be wonderful to
taste a piece of pie like the kind
your imagination tells you moth-
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We have a close tie with the
people of Tibet. Theirs is the land
of the yak; ours is the land of
e e e
Judging by the condition of
some of the autos on the road,
DOES NT I
quite a few people should be
arrested for earless driving.
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A stickler for good writing is
a fellow who makes fewer mis-
takes in spelling than you do.
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The difference between a cheap
skate and a thrifty person is in
the technique by which one
weaiels out of picking up the
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This may be a blow to Tex-
as pride, but it's pretty cer-
tain, as things stand right
now. that the first man to
reach the moon won't be a
Texan. He won't, that is, un-
less the Texas Legislature de-
cides to send up a rocket of
its own . . . which, come to
think of it ain't beyond the
realm of possibility since the
Legislature seems to be pre-
paring to send everything else
in Texas up.
At any rate, none of the
young Air Force test pilots
selected for "Project Mercu-
ry," the first manned space
flight, is a Texan ... although
one of the select seven is from
Oklahoma. Before any of our
Okie neighbors start bragging
too freely about this state of
affairs, however, we'll hasten
to deflate their ego.
Texans are naturally barred
from "Project Mercury" flights
on account of the space limi-
tations of the space vehicle.
Maximum height for "Project
Mercury" pilots is 5 feet. 11
inches and our Texas hot
pilots just don't come in those
The Record racked up an-
other brace of awards Satur-
day in the annual Panhandle
Press Association newspaper
contests . . . includig a first-
place award for the best ap-
pearance ... and we're right
proud of it and hope you will
be too. Since we think Cana-
dian is the best small town in
the state, we naturally think
it's entitled to have the best
small newspaper in the state,
and that's exactly what we
try to give you.
As a matter of fact, this is
the third time in eight years
that this newspaper has won
the top appearance award in
the Panhandle Association
contests; and during that
same time, it's also rated tops
twice in the Texas Press As-
sociation contests and once in
the nation-wide National Edi-
torial Association ratings.
While we're doing our own
back-patting, we may as well
get commercial about this
thing and point out that The
Record's commercial printing
department ranks with the
best of 'em, too. Our printing
exhibit this year, judged by-
one of the Southwest's top
printing design firms in Dal-
las, ranked second in the area,
just a notch behind Perrvton's
Ochiltree County Herald
which has one of the best
commercial printing shops in
the country. What we're driv-
ing at is: whatever you need
in the printing line, bring it
around to The Record and Ted
Rogers will not only do a
first-class job for you but
give you faster and better
service than you're likely to
find anywhere else.
If you can't get your favor-
ite TV program Friday morn-
ing between 10:30 and 11 a.
m.. please DO NOT rush to
the nearest phone to call your
TV service man or to raise
cain with TV Cable Service.
This is the time set for a na-
tionwide radio and TV black-
out to test the Conelrad civil
defense warning system.
Matter of fact, this will be
the first time in history that
all U. S. television and radio
stations (including AM, FM
and amateur transmitters)
will be off the air simultan-
eously. All you'll hear, during
the half-hour black-out, will
be via radio on either 640 or
1240 kilocycles . . . the offi-
cial civil defense channels.
If this interferes with your
favorite soap opera, blame it
on the Russians.
What you fall for, comments
the Second Street Philosopher,
often indicates what you stand
A true friend is one who
thinks you are a good egg
even when you're busted.
Get Rid of Your
Wash-day Blues at
On the Highway
How Could Prophets
Speak for God?
Jeremiah, and other Hebrew
prophets, prefaced their pro-
phetic utterances with, "Thus
saith the Lord."
How could these prophets
know that they were speaking
for God? Was it presumptuous
on their part so to speak?
It is one thing to profess to
speak for God, to make Him a
voice in a dramatic writing,
and quite another thing ac-
tually and truly to express
the words and will of God.
What assurance had the He-
brew prophets that they were
really speaking for God? How
can men be sure that they
are so speaking?
The answer to those ques-
tions is relatively simple: "By
their fruits ye shall know
them." And back of the fruits
are the ground, the roots, and
the tree—the life and charac-
ter from which the fruits ap-
The prophets knew the voice
of God because they lived
near to Him. They were men
whose lives were completely
devoted to truth and right-
eousness, and they had the
courage of their convictions.
They staked everything on
the truth of the words they
spoke. They accepted supreme
They were ready to endure
suffering and persecution in
testimony to their faith and
In the great matters of re-
ligion men can undoubtedly
speak for God.
It is only when we presume
to exalt our own small be-
liefs and opinions on a level
with the sublime truths of
scripture concerning God's
love and righteousness, and
would make God speak for
ourselves, instead of speaking
for Him, that we are in dan-
ger of becoming misrepresent-
atives, rather than representa-
tives, of Gcd.
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Ezzell, Ben. The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 70, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 16, 1959, newspaper, April 16, 1959; Canadian, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth183948/m1/2/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hemphill County Library.