Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 20, 1972 · Page 117
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August 20, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 117

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MIRLISftff CONTINUED U.S. PLANES AND AIRMEN AT THAILAND AIR FORCE BASE. U.S.T10IP By Sept. 1st, if not al- I Q | D 0 ready, the UlLLU u.s. win have at least 10,000 more servicemen in Thailand than in Vietnam. At this writing approximately 49,000 U.S. forces are stationed in Thailand. President Nixon has pledged, come September, that U.S. troop strength jn Vietnam will be reduced to 39,000. Most-of the U.S. military personnel in Thailand are airmen. Our fliers operate from Korat, Udorn, Takhli, Nam Phong, Ubol, Kanorn Phanom, Bangkok, and Utapao. If President Nixon decides that he needs more than the 700 aircraft we have been using, including 88 B-52 bombers, to destroy the North Vietnamese, there is a further airstrip, built by the British, available at Non Han. How much the U.S. is paying the Thai military junta for the use of Thai airfields and facilities is unknown at this time. But surely it must be a large fortune, especially since the Thais can tell the U.S. to leave at any time. HYfflUCTNE Drugging hyperactive children is not the way to modify their behavior, according to Dr. Mark A. Stewart, Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. More attention should be paid to changing the children's environment and the way their parents and teachers approach them. Dr. Stewart told a seminar at a recent meeting of the Missouri State Medical Association. "Hyperactivity," he says, "cannot be outgrown, but rather represents a cluster of personality traits that are with the person for good. Once you start this person on drugs, you would have to treat him the rest of his life." According to Dr. Stewart, hyperactivity occurs among 5 to 8 percent of grade- school boys and among 1 percent of girls of typical suburban parents. In a book to be published in January by Harper Row. Dr. Stewart and medical writer Sally Wendkos Olds advise parents and educators on the proper approach to hyperactive children. Among their suggestions: · Realize that yo*u cannot change your child's personality. Recognize and praise hi-s positive traits and habits, and work in a planned way to modify his faults one at a time. · Meet your child halfway by not putting him in an environment or social situation which is difficult for him to handle. Hyperactive children need a structured household with a definite daily routine. · Prepare your child to know his own limitation and strengths and to make the best use of them. The more techniques you prqyide your child, such techniques as breaking up his work periods or playing with a few friends at a time, the more control he will have over his own behavior. What do foreign travelers find most difficult about the U.S? Their main problem, of course,is language. Relatively few Americans know a foreign language well enough to help out a perplexed visitor. Accordingly, the U.S. Travel Service has launched a number of programs, including a toll-free, multilingual information service. Foreign visitors can pick up a phone anywhere in the country (except Alaska) and dial 800-255-3050 to get answers to questions ranging from the price of auto insurance to the closing time of Disneyland. The Travel Service also lists some 200 hotels throughout the country whose reception desks, switchboards and restaurants are staffed with personnel who speak three languages in addition to English. California is the leading state in the program with 31 multilingual facilities. High ranking cities include Washington, B.C., with 17, Chicago with 14, Miami with 13, Las Vegas with 8, and Houston with 6 accredited hostelries. Visitors to the U.S. are also confused by (1) the similarity of U.S. paper money, (2) the several time zones in North America and (3)-the American custom of drinking water, milk or coffee with meals instead of wine, and (4) the early dinner hour, especially in small U.S towns. SEN. LEE METCALF CHECKS RATES. Every[ body uses electricity, but the poor pay more for it. Sen. Lee Metcalf (D., Mont.), who probably knows more about the public utility companies in this country than any other member of Congress, recently asked the Federal Power Com - miss'ion to provide him with the average cost of electricity per kilowatt-hour. The FPC came up with the following figures: In residential areas the average cost is 2.22 cents per kilowatt-hour; in commercial areas it is 2.08 cents per kilowatt-hour; in industrial areas it is 1.02 cents, "Utility rate structures vary from state to state," Sen. Metcalf explains, "but typically a poor person who does not use much electricity, who does not care whether his line is underground or above ground, who lives in a congested area where cost of service is low, pays three times as much per kilowatt-hour as an industry which is cre- ating both pollution and energy supply problems. And the poor person typically pays twice as much as the air-conditioned suburban homeowner who is demanding underground lines." According to FPC figures, only the Alaska'Electric Light and Power Co. charges industrial users more than residential users. Several public interest groups in Michigan, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, however, are currently suing for equal rate structures. Herewith some of the public utilities which charge the highest residential rates in the nation per kilowatt-hour of electricity: cents 1-. Hilo Electric Light Co. Ltd. 4.0359 2. Boston Gas Co. 3.9568 3. Consolidated Edison Co. of N.Y. 3.8730 4. Alaska Electric Light and Power 3.7313 5. Missouri Public Service Co. 3.5992 6. Maui Electric Co. Ltd. 3.5846 7. Fitchburg Gas Electric Light Co. 3.4254 8. Boston Edison Co. 3.2049 9. Cape Vineyard Electric Co. 3.1540 10. New Bedford Gas Edison Light Co. 3.1014 PARADE · AUGUST 20, 1972

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