THE ADMINISTRATION: Rest In Peace

Another war-born phenomenon of the U.S. faded away this week: the local OPA board. It had lived a strange, lively and useful four years and ten months. It had diligently pursued a career that had irritated, at one time or another, almost every American. While many millions of U.S. citizens would greet its end with a sigh of relief, other millions would remember it for the thankless tasks it undertook.

The local board was born in the frightening, almost unreal days soon after Pearl Harbor. At first it was a tire rationing board. For most of the 20,000 citizens who...

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