Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 23, 1976 · Page 143
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May 23, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 143

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MIME'S Ml MHlfiKE by LLOYD SHEARER BECAUSE OF VOLUME OF VAIL RECEIVED. PARADE REGRETS IT CANNOT ANSWER QUERIES ABOUT THIS COLUMN. M HOLUM, THE BUM UN FEEL THE DENOMHUTMNIS OF TffiK HU Paper money in. the U.S. should be manufactured in such a way that Mind people can feel its value. The Netherlands has already distributed such money with good results, and Switzerland plans to follow shortly." Blind people can determine the value of coins by their size, but when it comes to paper money they are defeated. liaised dots on bills are the answer. IDE HUSO NTS · THE CMNEIKM1E TK TALKS. t Q I I It .that's happened to the Bible in Communist- bloc countries? In Hungary, for example, which is still a strongly.Catho- lic country, hardly any young people read it. The majority of young Hungarians consider it "a book read only by old women," or "a holy book for old- timers." According to Josef Cser- hati, Bishop of Pest, the decline of the Bible correlates with the decline in religious education. In the larger cities of Hungary hardly any schoolchildren are taught the rudiments of religion, and in the small towns where the church still dominates, only about 25JR of the youngsters submit to religious instruction. Based on data -supplied by the Department of Commerce, the "Savings and Loan Hews" recently published an article which pointed out that the typical 1975 house in this country cost more than $40,000. A family would need an annual income of $13,000 or more to make the payments on it even if they had made a down payment of 20*.- The "shocking truth is that between half and two- thirds of American families could no't afford to buy the average house built in 1975. Between 1965 and 1975 the average cost of a new house in the U.S. rose 86J6 --from. $22,900 to $42,600. During that same period, the average rate of interest rose by 34.5J6--from 5.8* to 9.2*. .The March issue of the "Savings and Loan News," which contains these statistical eyej-openers, is published by the U.S. League of Savings Associations. A white paper _ ____ on defense published "by~the West German government supports the recent contention of former U.S. Defense Secretary .James Schlesinger that in Europe the Communist-bloc countries enjoy an overwhelming military superiority .over the Western countries in terms of conventional weapons. According to George Leber, West Germany's Defense Minister, nuclear weapons constitute NATO's only hope of maintaining a balance of military power in Europe. · Leber points out that the Warsaw Pact countries have 19,000 tanks facing 6100 in the West. The Communist bloc boasts 2460 tactical aircraft against 1700 in the West. Leber also explains in_ the 251-page white paper that if the U.S. and the Soviet Union were ever to agree not to employ nuclear weapons, a war in Europe would prove a cinch for the Communists. The white paper maintains that offensive use ; of military power (tanks are primarily offensive weapons) is a basic .ingredient in the Communist party's policy of ideological expansion. "The main reason," it declares, "for the continued improvements to and reinforcement of their conventional forces,. mainly land forces, is so that strong, operationally ready forces can exploit the element of.surprise and,by means of a breakthrough, quickly create situations in which the -. initial use of nuclear weapons by the defender would occur- at too late a stage." Leber contends that Communist ground forces in Europe are now so strong that they can ; launch a surprise attack against the West merely on the" pretext of staging maneuvers. A rare "Bothrops jararaca," which exists only in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, produces a venom that may prove efficacious in the treatment of high blood pressure. Researchers at, the Cornell Clinic in New York are experimenting with it, and pharmacolo- gists are trying to produce the "snake venom synthetically. i

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