The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 73, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 20, 1962 Page: 2 of 20
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In new perspective
WVANY thousands of words have been writ-
* ten, spoken and published on the subject
since the Supreme Court handed down its de-
cision a few weeks ago declaring the "Re-
gent's Prayer," as prescribed for official use in
New York public schools, to be unconstitu-
tional . . . but no one has put the whole matter
in clearer perspective than famed North Caro-
lina Jewish editor Harry Golden. Here's what
editor Golden had to say about it in The
By HARRY GOLDEN
The Carolina Israelite
Without searching the legalisms, I was in
favor of the New York Regent's prayer for the
schools. I did not nor do I now see that it
posed danger to the principle of church-state
separation. I did foresee, however, that the
failure of this minor compromise would bring
all the crackpots out from under their stones.
Not that I'm afraid of them, but in these
times, there is a responsibility that the crack-
pots could gain widespread support for such
thinking as expressed by a Southern legislator,
"The Supreme Court has chased God out and
put the Negro in." Or as Mrs. Fred J. Toozle,
president of the Woman's Christian Temper-
ance Union, put it. "We are a Christian na-
tion. To han God from the schools compares
us with Russia . . . We cannot dethrone God
from His rightful place anywhere, and expect
His blessings on us, as a nation or as indi-
What interested me most about the Supreme
Court's decision against the Regent's prayer
was that the same people who pointed with
fear to the election of a Catholic are now
raising all sorts of hell that the school prayer
was denied them.
THE CANADIAN RECORD
Canadian (Hemphill County) Texas
BEN EZZELL Editoi
NANCY EZZELL Editor of Woman's Pages
TED ROGERS Foreman
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.
Well, this administration has confirmed the
separation between state and religion as no
other administration in all our history since
Thomas Jefferson's; the same people who wor-
ried about the Catholic president should really
applaud him. But they are not, are they? It
was clear to an old immigrant that the way to
get a completely anti-clerical President would
be to elect either a Catholic or a Jew. Every
psychologist in the world knows this and now
we have a completely anti-clerical adminis-
tration. I doubt seriously whether cabinet
meetings will be opened with prayers in the
White House. In a sense the President said the
best word on the entire matter, "Let us pray
He put his finger on more than a basic re-
ligious truth. This entire controversy which
followed the Supreme Court decision is part of
the secularization of our times. We pay hom-
age to literature by reading millions of words
about the funeral of Ernest Hemingway with-
out reading his books and we pay homage to
religion by raising a ruckus about a complete-
ly meaningless prayer in the public schools.
This seems to absolve us from the necessity of
going to church or temple or participating in
its religious affairs and absolves us from rit-
uals and prayers in the home. In my day on
the Lower East Side of New York we lived in
a completely orthodox civilization. And I
might add, a very strict one. There was never
the slightest whimper about the Christmas
party in our classrooms. Our parents never
complained when the school principal read
the Bible every single morning in the assem-
bly. The reason was we were secure in our own
religious faith. We had nothing to worry about.
We had our religion at home and in the syna-
gogue and at every step of the way of our
Now this security is gone; we fight for in-
nocuous, meaningless words proposed by the
Regents and by fighting over it we believe we
are religious, which we care not.
While I was in favor of the prayer, I am
now against it because the Supremo Court
said it violated Constitutional principle.
Now Jews sit around the swimming pool and
worry about the Christmas carols, and Chris-
tians on the golf links tear their hair in de-
spair over the elimination of a few completely
The most amusing aspect about the post-
decision controversy was Cardinal Spellman
of the Roman Catholic Church and the Funda-
mentalist Protestants in the South raising up
a storm over a prayer right out of the writings
of the Hindu, Rabindranath Tagore.
Fringe benefits are 'way out!
(From the Wall Street Journal)
^WHATEVER you happen to do for a living,
how would you like:
A guaranteed minimum of 35 hours of work
per week, or pay for 35 hours if no work hap-
pens to be available.
One day's pay plus two days off for any
work you do on Saturday, Sunday, New Year's
Day, Lincoln's and Washington's Birthdays,
St. Patrick's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day,
Independence Day, Yom Kippur, Columbus
Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and
Christmas Day. And pay for any work done
beyond seven hours on those days at triple
the overtime rate.
Pay for all holidays during the year, includ-
ing your birthday, whether or not you work
during the week in which fall those days.
A week off, with pay, in the event of the
death of your spouse, parents, grandparents,
stepparents, sister, brother, step-brother, step-
sister, son or daughter, step-children, mother-
in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-
law, son-in-law or daughter-in-law.
A guaranteed coffee break every morning
Full chiropractic and dental care while
you're employed and after you retire.
A pension of $200 per month after 20 years
When on the job, employer-supplied safety
shoes, winter overcoat, gloves, jacket, shirt
and trousers, all maintained and kept clean
at no cost to you.
Well, these are just a few of the things In-
ternational Brotherhood of Teamsters (James
Hoffa, president) locals are seeking in a new
contract with some 1,500 trucking firms in the
New York City area.
Anybody wonder why labor costs keep go-
ing up all the time?
One of the most useful gadgets supplied by the U. S. Air
Force during World War II to its photographic intelligence of-
ficers was an illuminated magnifying glass with a finely-
graduated scale engraved on the lens.
These battery-powered gadgets were intended for u^e in ex-
amining aerial photographs for minute detail . . . and for
obtaining accurate measurements of small objects in tho pho-
tos. Those of us who used them found, also, that they were
handy for many other and diverse purposes . . . such as read-
ing detail on smal'-scale maps, threading needles in lamp-lit
tents, and, even, for night-reading under blacked-out condi-
tions when no lamps at all could be lit.
At any rate, I have regretted many times during the past
fifteen years the loss of that particularly-prized little gadget
. . . one of several items of equipment abandoned on a Pacific
beach in the post-surrender rush to catch the earliest possible
boat home . . . and have wished that somebody would market
such an item.
Now somebody has . . . and blimey, it's the limeys who have
done itl Gib Dickens has them for sale at the Canadian Phar-
macy, for S5.9S, under the trade name "Magniray." It's made
in England, of unbreakable plastic which can be bounced off
the floor without harm, and powered by a pair of standard
flashlight batteries. It also has a snap-in plastic scale, grad-
uated in both fractions of an inch and in millimeters, which
can be used or discarded, depending on the use which is to be
made of the thing.
My family is already figuring out so many prospective uses
that I'm getting ready to lay in a stock of batteries. Tho kids
will u*e it to check their stamp collection . . . and Nancy,
practical soul, has sized it up as an ideal instrument for lo-
cating those under-the-skin stickers and hard-to-sce splinters
that are a part of the children's daily diet.
The telephone company should, as a public service, equip
every telephone booth with one of these . . . and for people
who require magnifying glasses for reading small print any-
where, the Magniray should be an ideal instrument.
No, I don't own any stock in the company . . . but I wish I
The furor in Canada over the Sahin oral polio vaccine, which
resulted in a temporary ban there of the Type III vaccine after
several cases of polio occurred, caused mixed reactions in Texas
where many communities wore already in the midst of a mass
vaccination campaign and others were planning to start . . .
but in most areas, sponsors are going right ahead with vaccin-
ation plans and they have full medical sanction for doing so.
That will be the case in Canadian, too. Local doctors ap-
prove the program, and the State Health Department has just
given a go-ahead for the use of Sabin vaccines, including the
Type III dosage which stirred up some trouble.
In any event, distribution of the Type III vaccine is some
time in the future on the local calendar . . . and any questions
about its use ought to be settled before its time comes around.
First dosage to be offered here, on October 7, will be the
Type I vaccine. A number of local civic organizations arc co-
operating with the Lions Club in sponsoring the program . . .
and this should be a real community-wide effort, and we hope
there will be near-unanimous community-wide response.
This could be the last round in the big battle against polio.
Let's make it a knock-out at the finish.
■PIME marches on, observes the Indianapolis
Star. Until lately we could only hear
static . , . now TV has made it possible for us
to see it.
Here’s what’s next.
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Ezzell, Ben. The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 73, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 20, 1962, newspaper, September 20, 1962; Canadian, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth184127/m1/2/: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hemphill County Library.