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by LLOYD SHEARER aiCAusÂ£ or VOJ.UWE of MAIL RECEIVED. PMAOE Â«EjÂ«ns IT CAWXJT ANSWER QUERIES ABOUT THIS COLUMN Two hundred years ago the cost admired men in this country were its statesmen: Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams. Whom do we admire today? How do statesmen rate in our personal value schemes? What statesmen? The industrial revolution not only changed the . physical characteristics of this nation but the character of its men. Over the years we "began to equate merit with money. Our society trained its young first to make money, second to serve the nation. The result is that for decades now this nation's best minds have entered the nation's corporate " structure, and with sufficient reason. Corporations pay most for those with profit-making abilities. But look at what has happened to many of our leading corporations and the businessmen who run them. They have undermined American ideals by developing secret slush funds, bribing foreign leaders, making illegal campaign contributions, cheating their stockholders, falsifying their books, embezzling securities, corrupting their own colleagues. This is not to condemn big business out of hand. There are thousands of honest, righteous, patriotic corporation executives who would sooner resign than turn a dirty trick or violate the law. It is merely to point out as NBC-TV recently did in an hour-long program, "The White Collar Kip-off," that a climate of moral . malaise seems to have infected som.e. sectors of this country. Two hundred years after R thrs nation was founded in ^ revolution, it finds itself in need of moral reformation. ~ It is time we take in-. ^ ventory and ask ourselves: . What will we do and what will Â£ we not do to turn a profit? 4 - ttATMOHSTt UK Agatha II IK Christie, whose novel "Murder on the Orient Express" has "become a sensational screen success, is about to kill her fictional detective Hercule Poirot, played in the film v by Albert Finney. Dame Agatha has decided to write her last novel about her famous Belgian sleuth to whom she gave literary birth in 1920. . According to her pub-' lisher, "Dame Agatha doesn't want her favorite JkUBTFMErASFfMT detective and brainchild to suffer the same fate as James Bond/'another fictional spy hero. After Bond's creator Ian Fleming died, Bond's adventures were continued in other films. Dame Agatha doesn't wish any books to be written about Hercule Poirot after her death. . Although Agatha Christie is 84 she still intends to continue writing other novels but without Poirot. She will probably kill him off in a novel tentatively entitled "Curtains.'" V Today IT nuclear power provides only 3 per cent of U.S. energy. By 1985 it is scheduled to provide 30 per cent. How safe is such power against accidents, human error, wear-and- tear, and sabotage? The nuclear establishment claims-.there is little statistical risk of catastrophe. . Dr. Norman Rasmussen of MIT, author of a. federal study on the risks of nuclear power, suggests . that a person living in the neighborhood of a nuclear reactor has more chance of being killed by a meteor falling out of the sky than by radiation emitted from a faulty reactor. However, his colleague, Dr. Henry Kendall also of MIT and one of the founders of the Union of Concerned Scientists, points to the control room fire in the Browns Ferry nu- ..clear complex in Alabama this past March as an " example of how an ordinary accident might very well lead to a "meltdown." The Browns Ferry nuclear power plant, one of the world's two largest, was shut down for months. If a "meltdown" ever occurs, it will generate radioactive poison into the ground or the atmosphere, compelling all persons within 30 miles of the reactor to get away at once--or be killed. People in favor of nuclear reactors minimize their danger. Others like Ralph Nader believe that the nation should not rely upon nuclear power because in the event of one major nuclear accident, all the nuclear reactors in the nation would probably shut down. Says Nader: "Nuclear power is unsafe, unreliable and uneconomical." Another apparently insoluble problem concerns management of radioactive waste. After three decades of producing nuclear power, the establishment still doesn't know what to do with the plutonium garbage. Bury it in salt mines? Encase it'in heavily leaded depositories? Or bury it in deep formations of granite? One speck of plutonium in a man's lung can cause cancer. With 200 reactors scheduled for operation in another 10 or 15 years, what are we going to do with tons of plutonium residue? Where and how are we to bury it? Nuclear technology is potentially catastrophic, and it calls for the best minds in the nation to decide on its future. As regards nuclear power plants, Congress must proceed with the utmost caution, .oil shortage or no oil shortage. Â·_.' Wolf-Ruediger Hess, son of former Nazi Deputy Fuehrer Rudolph Hess, is willing to be imprisoned as a hostage if the Allied powers will'release his ailing 80-year-old father Â· from prison. The Allies have kept Hess prisoner for 28 years in West Berlin's Spandau Prison. Hess, who was Hitler's deputy from 1933 until his spectacular parachute landing.in 1941 in England on a "peace mission," is the-only former Nazi chief-still : Â·serving a war crimes sentence in Spandau-.i At the Nuremberg Trials he was sentenced "to life. Reportedly .the-U.S.', France,_and Great Britain are prepared to set the old man free, but the Soviets are adamant. None of the four countries will accept his son as a hostage.