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December 23, 1976 PAGE 4 HAYS DAILY NEWS The Hays Daily News Neuter as enemy Kuwait wants control of natural gas prices The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was in the news again last week, something about a permanent exemption from OSHA's strictures for farmers who employ fewer than 10 persons. That, of course, gave some farm-belt Congressmen still another chance to blow off steam. One wonders if newspapers ever will get wise to the act. To hear an aide to our own Rep. Keith Sebelius tell it, OSHA is such a threat to farmers that it might as well be an outpost of the Kremlin. The truth, .however, is something else. For one thing, OSHA's manpower in Kansas is slight in the extreme. For tens of thousands of employers, OSHA has an even dozen inspectors. That meai^s that Kansas farm inspections over the past three years weighed in at the stunning average of five per year, and those have been limited to inspections involving farm fatalities or migrant worker housing. At that rate, OSHA farm activity wouldn't even show up as the tiniest blip on a screen. Almost without exception, moreover, OSHA's easily- identified priorities involve manufacturing, which occupies the huge bulk of the agency's work in Kansas. One of those priorities — the third in the pecking order - is noteworthy. It calls for "intensive focus" programs in which" OSHA spots extraordinarily hazardous occupations and sets about to reduce deaths and injury. Although farm machinery consistently shows one of the highest statistical rates of injury, OSHA has not and will not move on that front — there are too few OSHA bureaucrats in Kansas, and safety legislation either favors or exempts farmers. OSHA's opponents never mention that all the factors at work against the agency left it almost wholly incapable of enforcing farm standards set up earlier this year. Maybe they didn't even know it, for in a fit of legislative excess they persuaded Congress to earmark funds in such a way as to make that certainty an absolute certainty. So much for the threat to the farmer from OSHA. With all that in mind, why do the Congressional minons continue to play the demagogue on this issue? Do they really need such a straw man? So far, so good Half the citizens of the town of Hardenburgh, in New York, can easily be accused of selfishness in their sudden conversion to the Spiritual Life church. Their conversions have been prompted simply by the desire to avoid paying property taxes. As newly-detBrmined "ministers," thier homes now are their "churches." Thus they are tax-exempt. This earthly advantage of newfound religion has been sweeping the Catskill Mountain area in recent months, with such rich temporal rewards that one could expect to see it rampantly expand until the abuses which led to this protest have been-corrected. " J Even the newly-converted Hardenburgh "ministers" admit that. They simply have tired of seeing their own property taxes increase, while so much other property in their area goes free of taxes because of various religious, civic, or other exemptions. Their sudden conversions certainly dramatize nationwide problems with the property tax and its inequities. Their solution equally dramatizes the increasing abuses which have been foisted upon the tax system by the profit-making (and frequently tax-free) business operations of churches. But an even more dramatic event surely awaits us. For now, in the hamlet of Hardenburgh, less than half of the citizens will remain on the tax rolls, and this minority can be expected to pick up the tax tab for itself and its now-freeloading neighbors as well. Will a minority of the citizens ever be able to force a correction to the tax inequity which started the whole reformation? The majority in the hamlet is not paying taxes now. Will a majority of citizens vote' to restore taxation on itself (or even correct the obvious tax problem), having found the only perfect tax? The onfy perfect tax; as you know, is the tax paid by the other guy. The main event is yet to come in Hartjenburgh. At Random By L. M. Boyd "FENS" WAS the Middle English word for "defense" which is where we got our word for the sport called "fencing". THE PROFESSIONAL chef refers to his stove as his "piano." THE OFFICIAL State mineral of Mississippi is fool's gold. YOU'VE SEEN films of sharks weaving their heads ,from side to side as they swim. What they're doing is sniffing. As they hunt, they rely on their sense of smell. The constantly check which nostril is getting the strongest odor by that head weaving. . VENETIAN blinds in Italy are called Persian blinds. By JACK ANDERSON andLESWHITTEN WASHINGTON - While the oil potentates debated last week how much to charge the world for a barrel of crude, the sheiks from Kuwait pressured their OPEC partners behind the scenes to control natural gas prices In the same way they fix oil prices. This is a disturbing development that could lead to another International economic crisis. For the oil sheiks, if they also wind up controlling natural gas, could suddenly jack up prices. This could cause a'repeat of the oil crisis that rocked the world in the early 1970s. It would have the effect of typing another rocket to the world price structure, which already has been boosted into orbit by the oil increases. IN URGENT, classified cables, the U.S. embassy in Kuwait has alerted the State Department that the oil minister, Abdul Muttaleb al-Kazemi, wants OPEC to control natural gas prices on two levels. The chemical definitions are complicated, but gases are categorized as liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and liquid natural gas (LNG). Kuwait wants OPEC to fix prices for both types. Since the United States imports only an insignificant amount of natural gas, there is no immediate danger to this country. Most of the natural gas consumed in the United States comes from domestic reserves. But high world price increases, inevitably, would have the effect of pushing up domestic prices. Ironically, the Kuwaitis fear there will be a world surplus, not a shortage, of natural gas. Prices, therefore, should go down, not up. Indeed, this is the reason they want OPEC to control the natural gas market and to rig prices. KUWAIT EXPECTS to increase its own LPG capacity from 8.5 million tons to more than 40 million tons by 1985. The sheikdom's energy experts fear that demand will fall short of the supply, leaving the LPG storage tanks overflowing in the 1980s. It will take a rigged market, therefore, to keep prices high. Other- wise, prices will tumble as the natural gas surpluses grow. This will hurt ' Kuwait, which has invested billions in natural gas projects on the Persian gulf. At least two OPEC partners, Iran and Algeria, also have huge natural gas investments to protect. Both countries, therefore, support Kuwait's efforts to control natural gas prices. But the cagey OPEC potentates, according to our sources, aren't likely to overplay thier hands. They can be expected to keep natural gas prices at low levels at least until more in- ternatioal customers can be persuaded to purchase this comparatively cheap energy. Once they become hooked on it, OPEC may start pushing up prices. Footnote: We contacted the Kuwait embassy in Washington for comment. A spokesman told us he didn't know what we were talking about. WAR OF WORDS: Washington bureaucrats, those anonymous soldiers of the swivel chair, wage their wars on paper. When normal relations break down, they bombard one another with blistering memos. Such a war of words has been raging between the two top officials of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. R. David Pittle, the vice chairman, fired the first salvo. He took aim at a pet project of Chairman S. John Byington. Pittle blasted the project in an interoffice memo; the indignant Byington returned the fire in kind., Soon the hot words were flying back SMN6 FUi OVlERTHe CUCKOOS HEST and forth. There were accusations "government by ambush" and court-] tercharges of releasing "confidential',': information. THE BATTLE escalated • until] Byington, as command jr-in-chlef of the I agency, delivered a biting, 10-page j scolding, to Pittle. The chairman accused his vice chairman of slowing! down agency decisions, needlessly] editing reports, promoting secretive; meetings and opposing consumer! research projects. ' /. , Byington thought this should settle the matter. But Pittle fired back another 12-page response, defending his own devotion to the consumers and attacking Byington's background. Byington told us he hasn't read PitUe's last memo.but assured us the feud is over. Pfttle agreed; enough government time, he said, had been wasted on the war. PENTAGON POLITICS: The Army is determined to phase down Kentucky's Lexington-Bluegrass military depot, with a loss of almost 1,300 jobs, as any econ&my move. On the eve of the Republican presidential primary in Kentucky, President Ford had promised to review the Army's decision. But he settled for a routine White House briefing from the Pentagon brass. They contended that the Kentucky cutbacks eventually would save $18 million a year. The lame ducks in the White House didn't argue. So on the night before Thanksgiving, the Army notified the Lexington employees that they would be fired. This has outraged Kentucky's congressmen, with the loudest protests coming from John Breckinridge, D.- Ky., and Carl Perkins, D.-Ky. They have told us that the job cuts are strictly political, that more jobs are being awarded to politically favored depots in California and Pennsylvania. There is evidence, indeed, that the Army is hurrying the move before the Democrats take office and review the decision. An Army spokesman told us it would be "inappropriate" to comment on charges of political favoritism. Foreign economic policy keys domestic status ByHOBARTROWEN WASHINGTON — Recently, the Wall Street Journal surveyed American businessmen to get their reaction to a prospective new price increase by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). What the Journal got was a shrug of the shoulders. Most of the companies, all of whom use petroleum or petroleum-based products, said a 10 percent increase wouldn't inflate their own prices much — and besides, it would all be passed on to the consumer. This astonishingly apathetic response represents a narrow, parochial attitude. It ignores the cumulative effort of OPEC price increases on the whole economy. The same businessmen who told the Journal that an OPEC price increase would have little effect on the prosperity of the United States might have reacted differently if the question had been, "What would you think of a $7-$8 billion tax increase on consumer incomes, even though the economy is depressed?" JUDGING BY the consensus among American buisness leaders today for a tax cut twice that size, they would have said, "Horrors, no!" Yet a 10 percent OPEC price increase would have exactly the same depressing effect as a tax boost. . As a matter of fact, the ramifications of a new OPEC price increase, when the By HQBART ROWEN world hasn't yet recovered from the 400 percent boost in 1973-74, would be even more serious. This is shown graphically in a new report, "The International Economy and the Federal Budget" by two staff members of the Senate Budget Committee Van Doom Ooms and Arnold Packer. Their study shows that Jimmy Carter's goals for economic growth, reduced unemployment and inflation, and especially his promise of a budget balanced by 1981, would be seriously jeopardized by another oil price increase. '' BASIC REASON: U.S. exports, which have zoomed to about 10 percent of GNP ($163 billion in 1976 out of an estimated GNP of $1.7 trillion) would slump as the oil price drains income from the world economy and worsens the debt situation of the weaker economies. This possibility is high on the worry list of Carter's advisers. The nightmare scenario is a pileup of worldwide debt so high that some major qation would default on its borrowings from major private banks, perhaps touching off a money market panic. ' J But even short of such a horrendous event, the Ooms-Packer report demonstrates that if U.S. export growth ceased for the next four years, instead of increasing at the average rate of 11 percent over the past 20 years, there would be a loss of $84 billion in demand by 1980. To compensate, they say, there would have to be additional tax cuts or additional federal spending totaling at least $84 billion. THAT WOULD KNOCK all of Carter's economic plans into a cocked hat. In addition to the $20 billion expansionary package now being planned for 1977, an additional $11 billion stimulus would be needed in fiscal 1978 to offset the drop in exports. "Thus," the report concludes, "the federal deficit would remain at the politically unattractive level of $70 billion or more if U.S. fiscal stimulus is to be the exclusive means of maintaining domestic growth." Is there any other solution? Yes, say Ooms and Packer — a coordinated international policy that calls for<many policy shifts, especially by two other wealthy nations, West Germany and Japan. To put it bluntly, the German and Japanese economies run very fat balance-of-payments surpluses. Those countries must share the burden by taking more exports from the rest of the world. THE POOR countries have debts running close to $200 billion, and an annual debt service burden of about $12.5 billion. The debt problem has to be made more manageable to prevent economic stagnation and poverty. That means greater aid from the United States, and meaningful help — and not just to Arab nations — from OPEC. That's a big order. Politicians in Japan and West Germany won't easily undertake to sell their citizens a foreign trade deficit. The U.S Congress for years has had a bad record in coming forward with an adequate share of foreign assistance. OPEC leaders have shown little sense of world responsibility, as they pile up annual surpluses — which mean someone else's deficits — of $30 billion to $50 billion. But something has- to give, or there f may be a disaster. For 'the United States, the first step is for the politicians to accept the fact that foreign policy means foreign economic policy. In short, foreign economic policy may hold the key to domestic economic tranquility. It really is one world. Your Health By Dr. George Thosteson DEAR DOCTOR: For the past two weeks I have been having shortness of breath, and my heartbeat is fast. I am 22 years old, a female. I also have hypoglycemia. Could that have anything to do with this? The first and only blood sugar test I had was a year and a half ago. I feel nervous, depressed, cannot sleep, and have jsainful headaches. — S.T. Well, I'm left to wonder whether anything was done about your hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in the first place. There are ways to bring ij under control if the cause is found. A condition such as yours may be Jived with untreated for a period, but sooner or later the price must be paid. The symptoms you report are all part of that "price," including the fast pulse and shortness of breath. Granted, there has been a lot of medical flip-flopping about this low sugar business over the years. Granted, also, that when a disease gains "popularity" and wide publicity, there is a tendency among laymen (and some doctors) to look for it as the cause of many things with which it actually has little to do. Low blood sugar is a case in point. However, an established low blood sugar level is always significant, often as a symptom of something else amiss. Basically, the low sugar indicates that either the glucose is being removed too quickly from the blood or the blood is not getting enough of it to begin with. An overproduction of insulin (which "burns" blood sugar) by the pancreas may cause it, as can a deficiency of the liver's ability to produce the glucose. Treatment .is based on which of these factors is involved. So ynu're not going to help yourself by sitting there wondering about things. Have another thorough (six-hour) glucose test, and then seek follow-up treatment. My booklet on low blood sugar would help you understand things a bit more thoroughly. If you'd like a copy, send 35 cents and a stamped, self- addressed envelope to me in care of this newspaper. DEAR DOCTOR: Can using the birth control pills before puberty cause any problems for a young girl? — Mrs. T.G. It should not be done. Of course, from a practical standpoint, there would be no pregnancy risk if ovulation is not occurring. That is the principal sign of puberty. However, there may be some pre-pubertal girls using contraceptive pills "to be sure." They shouldn't. One of the consequences of estrogen (whether from the Pill or from natural ovary production) is cessation of bone growth. This is why girls stop upward growth at puberty, while boys continue growing. Thus a girl should not begin using a contraceptive pill until it has been established that her natural bone growth has stopped — that is, until the bone endings have fused over. In rare cases (as in the absence of ovaries in young girls) estrogen may be administered to do what the natural estrogen would have done. DEAR DOCTOR: I have a spastic colon, also an acid stomach. Is alcohol forbidden with this? — Mrs. F.T. I would say yes, and for two reasons related to both of your problems. Alcohol can stimulate the stomach's production of acid, which might make your over-acid stomach condition worse. This in turn could have a disturbing effect on the entire digestive system from the stomach on down to the colon (the large intestine). With a spastic bowel a bland diet is recommended, meaning one that contains a minimum of irritants, like alcohol. DEAR DOCTOR: I hope you print this letter because it might help people who are interested in cure for baldness. I have heard that if you cut an orange in half and rub the open side on your back between your waist and your neck it stops your hair from coming out or it might start your hair growing again if you are bald. This, has something to do with the citric acid in the orange. Could Ihis possibly be true? — R.E.S. No. But thanks for adding to my collection of useless hair- growing "remedies." Word Of God My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. I John 3:18. Children play "show and tell" in kindergarten. Adults should mimic this — showing in their lives the love that their tongues profess. Dr. Thosteson welcomes reader mail but regrets that, due to the tremendous volume received daily, he is unable to answer individual letters. Readers' questions are incorporated in his column whenever possible. The Hays Daily News Published By The'News Publishing Co. 507 Main Street, Hays, Ks. 67601 Published Five Days A Week And Sundays Except Memorial 4 Labor Day Second Class Postage Paid at Hays. Kansas 67601 Hate of Subscription: (includes Kansas Sales Tax, where applicable). By Carrier: Convenient monthly rates: •Hays and Suburbs 12.75 per month Trade Zone Carriers... 12.75 per month By Mail: (Wherecarrier service is not available). In Kansas »21-63 per year Out of State 126.00 per year All mail subscriptions must be paid In advance in accordance with Postal Regulations. Carriers also collect for a month in advance. John Lee Editor and Publisher Glen Wlndholz Managing Editor Gilbert N. Kuhn Business Manager Donald Haas Advertising Manager GeneRohr Mechanical Supt. Thomas J. 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TV STATION KAYS Channel 7 — Program log Thursday., Dec 23 6:30 Phillipsburg Christmas Concert 7:00 TheWaltons 8:00 Hawaii Five-O 9:00 Barnaby Jones 10:00 'Final Report News, Weather, Sports 10:30 CBS Late Movie: "Kojak: A Souvenir from Atlantic City" "They Call Me Trinity" Sign Off News, Weather.'Sports ' Fr.lday, December 24 7:00 CBS Morning News 8:00 Captain Kangaroo 9:00 The Price is Right 10:00 'Joyce Livingston Show 10:30 Love Of Life 10:55 CBS Midday News 11:00 The Young & The Restless 11:30 Search for Tomorrow 12:00 Midday 12:30 As the world turns 1:30 The Guiding Light 2:00 All In the Family 2:30 Match Game 3:00 TalUeUles 3:30 Double Dare 4:00 Christmas Concerts 4:30 Mike Douglas Show 5:30 CBS Evening News WithConkite 6:00 Evening News, Weather, Sports 6:30 Andy Williams Show 7:00 The Homecoming ' 9:00 CBS News Special 10:00 Final Report News, Weather, Sports 10:30 CBS Christmas Eve Religious Special 12:00 Late Show: "Silent Night, Lonely Night" Sign Off News, Weother.Sports TV STATION KCKT Chonnol 2 — Program log Thursday, December 23 6:30 Adam 12 ' "Training Division" 7:00 Doug Hennlng's World' of Magic 8:00 Best Sellers "Once An Eagle Ch. V" 9:00 Glbbsvllle 10:00 KSN News, Weather, Crwii>t« aporis 10:30 Tonight Show 12:00 Tomorrow 1:00 KSN Late News, Friday, December 24 6:42 Sign On 6:45 Kansas Today 7:00 Today Show 7:25 TakeKerr 7:30 Today Show • 8:36 KSN News 4 Weather 8:30 Today Show 9:00 Sanford 4 Son 9:30 Hollywood Squares 10:00 Wheel of Fortune 10:30 Stumpers 11:00 so Grand Slam, 11:30 Gong Show 11:55 NBC News 12:00 KSN Noon Newi 12il5 Elmer Chlldress Show 12:30 Days of Our Lives 1:30 The Doctors 2:00 Another World 3:00 FllntsUmes 4:00 Bewitched 4:30 Emergency 5:30 NBC Nightly News j6:00 KSN News, Weather. Sports 6:30 1st Church of the Nai&rene Christmas Pgra. 7:00 Sanford * Son 7:30 Chlco 4 the Man 8:00 First Bible Baptist Church Christmas Program 9:00 Rex Humbard Christmas Pgm. 10:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 10:30 Sounds of ChrUtnuw Eve 11:00 Christmas, Rome 1976 12:15 KSN Late News

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