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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 5, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Feb. 5, 1921

SITUATION AT SALEM LOOKS BAD

Ben Sheldon Returns With Gloomy View of Outlook for Local Measures — Little Hope for Aid to Talent Station, Crater Lake or the Medford Armory.

Representative Ben C. Sheldon reached Medford this morning for the purpose of conferring with various Jackson County people on matters of local interest pending at Salem. The legislature adjourned Friday night to allow the members to visit the agricultural college at Corvallis.

“We are having a queer session,” said Mr. Sheldon. “There has been, so far, nothing of importance in the house, though the senate has effected a compromise on the Portland port measures and they will come up in the house soon.

“But that does not mean that this colorless situation is going to continue. We see some very dark clouds looming ahead. The situation as we see it, is bad. There are three propositions which, because they are of interest to certain sections are threatening to become involved in trading and log-rolling deals. One, which is of the utmost importance to us here is the so-called Roosevelt Highway bill. If it goes through as it has passed the senate, it means that there will be no more money for the Crater Lake highway nor for the Green Springs road under the present constitutional limitation for road funds. And, as the matter stands right now, it is far from certain that we have the measure beaten. Mr. Booth and the other members of the commission came to the legislature Thursday and made about as strong a statement against the bill as men could make, and I believe it will be killed. But we shall all breathe much easier when we know that it is.”

The Rogue river fish bill passed the senate Friday without amendment. It passed the house last week.

Bad for School Measure

“The situation is very bad so far as appropriation and school matters are concerned. A large number of the legislators coming to the session pledged to a most rigid program of economy. This sentiment accurately reflects the feeling over the entire state regarding the very high tax levies necessary this year. Any resentment against these levies takes on the nature of a feeling against the schools which were so materially helped by the increased millage allowances voted by the people at the special election last year. Our stand for an increased allowance for Professor Reimer’s work at Talent comes in the budget of the agricultural college and the number of antagonistic remarks are more than a few. The boys simply refuse to listen to a plea of the importance of that work. They only know that the high taxes are caused by generosity to the college and university voted last year, and now they are asking for more money.”

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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