From The Examiner during the week of December 20-25, 1971:
• “BLUE SPRINGS VOTE ON ALCOHOL BY DRINK” – A special election on Thursday January 23 will give residents the opportunity to vote on whether the sale of alcohol by drink will be legal.
Julius Oswald, a lawyer who filed the petition calling for the election, said he believed Blue Springs was losing business.
“Surveys show that around 80% of the population drink alcohol at one time or another,” he said, “and that the vast majority of those who only drink one drink a day prefer this just before a meal. I think we are losing a lot of money here because a lot of people are going to eat elsewhere so that they can have a drink with their meals.
• “HIKING OF THE CIGARETTE TAX NOT POPULAR AMONG SMOKERS” – Most smokers are not very happy with the county court decision to increase the cigarette tax by four cents a pack, but they feel that there is not much that can be done about it aside from buying cigarettes elsewhere, according to a survey by the Examiner.
The county court authorized the increase, effective Jan. 1, of the expected $ 2.6 million to be allocated solely to the county’s juvenile services program.
Ms. Jesse F. Bentley, “My husband and I both smoke, and it will cost a lot more. I would even consider quitting smoking or getting cigarettes elsewhere ”,
Daniel J. Meyer: “I think it’s an excessive tax. I would almost be tempted to quit again. Regarding the distribution of the money, Meyer said, “If the money is used for what they say it will be used, I guess that’s a good thing. But often, it doesn’t work out that way.
• “Hugs, kisses burying GI’S RETURN FROM VIETNAM” – It’s good to be home from Vietnam anytime, but even more so at Christmas.
Eight Independence GI’s, part of a general area military plane making the final leg of a flight from Southeast Asia, invaded Chicago Municipal Airport on Tuesday evening.
The Independence Men were sponsored by the Independence Jaycees, who raised funds in a variety of ways, including standing in the middle of busy intersections on two Saturdays.
From The Independence Examiner during the week of December 19-24, 1921:
• “CUT WAR TAX” – The public will save about $ 1,500,000 per month by eliminating the war tax on express shipments, according to LP Totty, local agent for American Railway Express. Mr. Totty said the announcement was made by George C. Taylor, president of the company.
The Revenue Act of 1921 eliminates the war tax of one cent in twenty cents and fractions of it in freight charges on express shipments. The average freight charge for each express shipment was around $ 1.50, and the average war tax was eight cents. The elimination of the tax, therefore, says Taylor, should tend to stimulate business and thereby accelerate the rapid improvement of conditions across the country.
• “DELIVERING MAIL ON SUNDAY” – Christmas Day – Sunday – the post office will be open from 8 am to 12 noon. There will be full delivery of mail by city carriers; postal parcel carriers will continue to deliver until every parcel is out; rural carriers will make their regular trips that day.
Monday will be considered a public holiday. La Poste will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be no delivery by urban or rural carriers.
The local post office “is enjoying the biggest Christmas business” in its history, said postmaster CW Brady.
• “GENERAL NEWS BITS” – Lighted candles will not be used in the White House during Christmas festivities. It was announced a day or two ago that they would be used this way, but the announcement sparked a protest from the fire prevention insurance organizations, and President Harding and his family decided to give in to the protest and set a good example. to the rest of the nation on “Safety First”.