As wartime chief of the Army Service Forces, General Brehon Burke Somervell handled the world's biggest supply problem, and got a bellyful of civilian gibes at Army red tape. Last week Old Soldier Somervell, now president of Koppers Co., told the Baltimore Association of Commerce of another kind of pain: he was fed up with the red tape and regulations which the Government has loaded onto businessmen.

"If the Army is regimented," he said, "business is in a straitjacket . . . Government has usurped the decisions which formerly were made by individuals and regulated by economic laws ....

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