Signs of the Times

[Rev. Dr. Lyman Powell, as quoted in the New York Times, New York]

Give light and the people will find their own way; that is the function of the newspaper man and the minister. ... "The Front Page" is merely an exploitation of the sensational with an eye for box-office receipts. Newspaper men and preachers who run true to form run the same straight race that leads to better things than ... money buys.

Not even in the pulpit has more headway been made in late years—in bringing the message of right and wrong to the people—than in the press. The pulpit owes the press a debt it ought at least to recognize, for the establishment of an interlocking directorate between the two which no court could or would dissolve. They plead for the same cause in the same words. God has solemnized their marriage for better and they are married to inform, reform, form the world anew and bring it closer to that millennial day when all shall be better than well.

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May 18, 1929

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