All of them, those in power, and those who want the power, would pamper us, if we agreed to overlook their crookedness by wilfully restricting our activities.
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Mayor Russell Wilson of Gratis at the August 17 meeting of the Gratis Village Council proclaimed Sept. 13 each year as L. Ron Hubbard day and made Hubbard an honorary citizen of the village.
Marlyse Brock of Switzerland and Pam Schwartz, members of the Hubbard organization, attended on behalf of the author who has not appeared in public for several years. Hubbard is author of "Battlefield Earth," and has also written science fiction and Church of Scientology books.
The setting aside of L. Ron Hubbard Day came after reading of a plaque from Hubbard. The plaque thanked Gratis and Preble County for helping him after he was forced to land his airplane near Gratis during a barnstorming tour 52 years ago.
The proclamation was made official by a unanimous vote of council.