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63 years ago: Wausau needs to build new pools

3:59 PM, Aug. 30, 2013  |  Comments
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Each Monday, we turn to a day in the newspaper's history for a look at what the Editorial Board found worthy of comment. We will preserve the punctuation and capitalization of the original editorial column. Here is what we wrote on Sept. 2, 1960:

Quit 'Bumpin' Heads'

The two policemen gently placed a boy and girl into a city ambulance and started the trip to a local hospital. The two youngsters were in swimming suits and each had a head bruise.

The scene was McDonald Municipal Swimming Pool and on the other side of the bath houses, boys and girls by the hundreds crowded into Wausau's only outdoor swimming facility. Looking at that boiling mass of humanity and thinking of the bruises on young heads, one couldn't help but think: "That was no accident. How could two kids help but bump heads in that mob."

The day was Wednesday, Aug. 31. The temperature hit a seasonal peak of 91 and the crowd was near an all-time peak, with 1,072 using the pool.

Still, even on cooler days, when fewer swimmers are active, the McDonald Pool is crowded far beyond the good swimming point.

The city of Wausau has many needs, but certainly one of the most immediate is for additional outdoor swimming facilities. Let's quit "bumping heads" over this program and get in the swim. Let's have action ... SOON!

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Today marks the 15th anniversary of the formal capitulation of the Japanese imperial forces to bring World War II, the most disastrous war in all history, to a close but opening an era of uneasy world tensions that give no signs of abating. (...)

The war conflagration was formally begun 21 years ago yesterday with Hitler declaring war on tiny Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. The rest of the world was soon engulfed with the U.S. forced into the war on that "day of infamy" on Dec. 7, 1941. (...)

With memories rekindled on this anniversary date, all Americans will agree that this nation must remain a strength that is second to none in all the world. Our strength and our security calls for the best brains of all and not a partisan display of differences.

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