Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 20, 1975 · Page 126
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 126

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 20, 1975
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by LLOYD SHEARER The world's nuclear [JQi sales iQ| market is growing rapidly out of "control. There are fewer restrictions attached to what recipient nations can and cannot do with their nuclear hardware. Do you remember how deeply much of the world was shocked in May, 1974, when India detonated an atom bomb? From which · country did India get its nuclear plant and know- how? From Canada. The U.S; has sold South Korea a nuclear power plant. South Korea claims It has nuclear bomb know- how. The Soviet Union has reportedly agreed to sell Libya a nuclear power plait. Suppose Libya tests an atomic bomb someday? How far can the world be from.nuclear holocaust? In 1968 when the Nuclear Kon-Prol iteration Treaty was signed, its critical flaw was that it did not bar nuclear trade between non-HPT nations. As a result such non-KPT states are free to build or generate nuclear materials . outside the supervision of , ^the International Atomic Energy.Agency (IAEA). Of the 251 "countries which at this writing possess nuclear technology, only 15 have signed the \ TJuclear Bon-Proliferation Treaty. And even some of those who have signed are selling without requiring a full · nuclear fuel cycle to be placed^ under IAEA safeguards . "There is an urgent · need," insists Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D., Conn.), ;"to require entire fuel- cycle safeguards as a condition of nuclear sales. There is also an urgent need to ban the export of reprocessing plants in MHIHRHHI BECAUSE OF VOLUME Of MAIL RECEIVED. PARADE REGRETS IT CANNOT ANSWER QUERIES ABOUT THIS COLUMN order to prevent non- weapons states from gaining the individual capability to produce material for nuclear explosives." This business of unconditional nuclear sales stands a very good chance of eventually blowing up the whole world. "With minor exceptions, research shows that every major;scandal in public office over the · past 20 years was uncovered by the press." --Lowell Weicker, U.S. Senator, Republican, State of Connecticut. If you i live in rural America you're getting shortchanged on health care--in most cases, that is. There is one doctor in ...this country-for every 2400 rural residents compared to one doctor for every 500 city dwellers. There are 1555 counties in the U.S. without a single physician. Rural residents lose more days of School attendance and w'ork than urbanites do. Rural folk have more work-related injuries, and higher infant and maternal mortal- _ "ity rates than city folk. How. is rural America r to obtain its fair share of physicians? Will there have to be some form of "doctor's draft"? As noble as they are, most physicians practice in communities that can offer them the most money or . facilities/ Explains Prof. Rashi Fein of the Harvard Medical School: "Physicians are human, and in an entrepreneurial society in which the profit and in- . come maximization motives are driving forces, physician supply in rural areas is likely to grow, worse rather than better." Sen. Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.) has a plan whereby a "doctor's draft" would be tied to the expenditure of federal funds for medical education. If the federal government paid or helped pay for the medical education of students, then those new physicians would have to practice for two years in underserviced rural and inner-city areas. The maldistribution of physicians in this country calls for immediate action --either by physicians, medical societies, or as a last resort, by the government . BMMMO IN JAPAN: HYING TO PLEASE THE BltSPENDERS. In Kobe, , bar hostesses are having their eyes ...-. straightened, their hair dyed, -their breasts sili- conized. The to give them "a foreign . look." . "A foreign look"/is considered most desirable in such establishments. It's good for business.. It would be easier, of course, for bar owners to import the real thing from Europe and the U.S.,' but in Kobe and other medium- sized Japanese cities, the owners can't afford suchx imports. In Tokyo's Ginza, Azabu, and Akasaka districts, however, approximately 8000 American and European girls work as bar hos- tesses. They earn from $300 to $500 per night. Many of them are working · illegally. Aliens who have entered Japan as tourists are not allowed to obtain, employment, but the immigration authorities, under pressure of the bar owners, generally look the other way. Occasionally the officials will raid a ' nightclub and eventually --deport a handful of foreign hostesses but such crackdowns are rare. Of all the foreign bar girls the Americans and the Scandinavians are considered the most exotic. They are in high demand by the big "expense-account- spenders"--the corporation executives, the physicians, the lawyers, and ·the wheeler-dealers. 15

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