Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on November 16, 1977 · Page 23
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Garden City, Kansas
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Wednesday, November 16, 1977
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Page 12A Garden C.ity TYIegrumWednesday, November 16, 1977 Others Can't Understand Logic in Set-Aside Plan By ROD TURNBULL the production of food. KANSAS CITY—The logic Bangladesh, which appears of cutting back on planted on a globe as a tiny nation on acreages to curtail grain the northeast border of India, surpluses isn't as evident in is among the poorer nations on some other countries of the earth. Bangladesh formerly world as it apparently is in the was known as East Pakistan United States. before the separalion from This was demonslrated Wesl Pakistan, on the other definitely by a recent visitor lo side of India, in December the Kansas City Board of 1971. As an independent Trade from Bangladesh, who nation, it is therefore just couldn't understand — relalively new. And, as from his standpoint — how mentioned, on the map it any country in the world could appears small, yet it has a deliberately take land out of population of 85 million and is growing at a rate of 2.7 percent a year. At that rate, the population could double in less than 28 years. In 1950, its population was estimated at 43,200,000. Bangladesh suffered a famine and starvation as recently as 1973 and 1974. It is doing a little better now because of three relatively good crop years in a row. Bangladesh knows from past history that when crops are bad, people don't have enough to eat. Claims MarijuanaCharge A Reprisal for Laetrile Use TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka cardiologisl said Tuesday in a full-page newspaper advertisemenl his arresl on marijuana charges was a reprisal for his decision to prescribe Laetrile to a dying cancer patient. Dr. Sidney Cohen was arrested Oct. 28 on a charge of suspicion of possessing marijuana, a misdemeanor. The arrest came shortly after a controversial episode in which he prescribed Laetrile to a dying cancer patient. Saying he saw no reason to burden Kansas taxpayers with a legal trial on the marijuana charge, the doctor admitted that he has smoked pot socially once or Iwice a week and was willing lo take the consequences. "But I have never dealt in it and never would try to per- x AUTO CARE TOTAL CAR CLEANING Service ft Undercoat 709 Jones 275^5698 suade another individual to do the same," Cohen said. Cohen became the center of a controversy after he agreed to prescribe Laetrile to Howard Walker, a terminal cancer patient who requested the drug after conventional treatment failed. A legal battle ensued and a federal judge finally ordered that state and federal officials not interfere with Cohen's decision. A local hospital first refused to admit Walker, but later agreed to allow him to be treated with Laetrile. Walker died last month, after several weeks of treatments. Laetrile, a derivative of apricot pits, has been banned by the federal Food and Drug Administration. An order by an Oklahoma judge legalizing its use has been appealed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In a full-page open letter appearing in this morning's editions of the Topeka Daily Capital, Cohen said his decision to prescribe Laetrile had not made him very popular with certain people. Cohen said he had "decided to openly accept all legal, political and economic reprisals that are occuring at this time as a result of my use of a controversial substance to provide comfort to another human being who was facing an excruciating, painful death." Accompanying the open letter from Cohen was a letter from another patient who died Oct. 30 of a heart attack. That patient described Cohen as a The visitor was Anisuzzman Khan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. As such, he explained, it is his duty when his country gets a P.L. 480 authorization from the United States to buy an agricultural commodity, to make the purchase. Khan, 38 years old, was educated in English schools in Bangladesh and in the United Kingdom. He spoke English precisely. He started in government service in 1962 when his country was called Pakistan and has continued in the new government. His visit lo the United States and the Kansas City Board of Trade was under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Slate. In Kansas City to learn more about the American marketing system for grain, Khan talked across a lable wilh Board of Trade officials. Among olher Ihings, he was told of Ihe ample or even over ample supplies of grain in Ihe United Stales Ihis year. Wilh a smile, Khan cotn- menled, "You wouldn't have any surpluses if I had my way. I'd love at Ihis minule lo order a million Ions of wheat (37 million bushels), but I can't because we simply don'l have the money." Perhaps it was a concidence that on the day following Khan's visit to Ihe Board of Trade, the Kansas City ASCS Commodity Office (government agency) announced the purchase of 1 million bushels of hard winler wheal for a donation under Title 11 of the P.L. 480 Program lo Bangladesh. As Ihe conversalion continued, Khan lold about the poverty and traditional hunger in his country. He spoke wilh no malice. It was at this poinl that he made the comment that from his point of view, he just couldn't conceive of any country deliberately idling land lo keep from growing food. "In our country," he explained, "when we have good years, we eat better. But we know we will also have bad years, and in those years, if we haven'l been able to save anything from Ihe good, we know we will go hungry. And, we have lo lurn lo counlries such as Ihe United States for help." He added further thai when other countries have poor crops or are short on grains, as was the case a few years ago, prices boom and Ihe poorer counlries are hard put to buy. "When you deliberately lake land out of produclion any year, Ihe produclion lhat would have been achieved that year is gone forever. You never can recover the loss expienced that year," Khan said. "In Bangladesh, we cannot understand why anybody would do Ihis." Governor's Study Shows Roads, Bridges Need Repair We are a Professional Company looking for a Professional Person lu offer dn excellent insurance sales and service career oppor- tunity For more information please call 316-275-7328, Garden City Office. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Counly roads in Kansas are hard-working, sensitive physi- rutted and worn and some 10,- cian who had been humiliated 000 bridges are in need of re- by the drug arrest. pair, according to a study pre"I prefer to think of myself, sented to the Governor's Task not as a 'Laetrile doctor' or as Force on Transportation, a pot-head, but as a sensitive, The stud y concludes that the feeling, human being who was chances of having a'fatal acci- blessed with the opportunity dent are nearly twice as great and desire lo help people in on a counly road lhan on a pain and suffering," Cohen slate road or a city street. said. Nearly 31,000 miles of "I would like to continue to county road and some 10,000 live and work here in Topeka, bridges need to be replaced at but if my use of marijuana a total cost of more than $2 makes this impossible, I will billion, the study said, leave Topeka to practive else- Rex Duwe of Lucas, 'chair- where because I must exer- man of the task force, said cise my profession as long as I Tuesday the sludy's con- am blessed wilh it," he said, elusions were "dramatic" and would be considered by the panel in making recommendations on the direclion of Ihe state transportation program. The study was requesled by Ihe Kansas Contractors Association and done by a Washinglon, D.C., research organization. Glen Koontz, director of engineering and design for the stale Deparlmenl of Trans- porlalion, generally agreed Seminar Here A day-long advertising seminar and .workshop for managers and adverlising directors of businesses in this area will be Thursday at Continental Inn.'The seminar will be directed by Rod Rademacher, former Garden Citian, who is head of Midwest Marketing of Topeka. with the study's conclusions. "It's impossible to exaggerate our road repair siluation," he said. "What (Ihe report) is saying is people are getting more miles per gallon and more wear and tear per gallon on the roads. He said (he only solulion is more money. Oplions include increasing the gasoline lax or increases in ad valorem taxes, vehicle regislralion or some olher areas. Duwe said Ihe lask force would hold public meetings in March to hear from the public and in July would set tentative priorities of. projects which need to be done in all areas of transportalion. Anolher round of public meelings will be held in the fall 1978, afler which the task force will presenl ils rec- ommendalions lo the governor, he said. The study found that 42 per cent of the 73,354 miles of counly roads and 44 per cenl of the 23,500 bridges are inadequale by state and counly inspection standards. And it said Ihe accidenl fatality rale on counly roads is 5.11 dealhs per 100 million vehicle miles, or 78 per cenl higher than the death rate for all olher roads in the stale. Counties are now spending a total of $72.5 million a year for all road and bridge improvements, or about 22 per cent of the amounl recommended. Board of Trade spokesmen explained that the theory of taking land out of production in America (the set-aside) was to avoid surpluses and an attempt to create prices that will keep the farmer in business so that he continues as a producer. "Oh, I understand that and I am not arguing that American should not do this," Khan counter. "I'm just saying that from our viewpoint, in Bangladesh, we can't understand the logic of cutting down on the production of food, ever. We know we will need it sometime." A summary on the current situation in Bangladesh was reported recenlty by the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It stated that in 1976, the food situation in Bangladesh was the best it had been in the country's short history. But, it continued, the balance between supply and demand may be precarious. Any production shortfalls in Bangladesh, the Foreign Agricultural Service said, have to be met with con- cessional imports from the United Slates and other donor countries. The Foreign Agricultural Service did say that Bangladesh had made progress since it achieved its independence in 1971. As examples, U.S. authorities think the new nation's' distribution and storage facilities are in far better shape to handle imports than previously. But one big trouble is that Bangladesh improves on production and facilities for distribution, the population growth just about keeps pace, so that per capitawise, things stay the same. This article was not written to suggest that the United Stales is wrong in its farm set- aside program. It does, however, call allention to the fact thai not all the world would agree to such a policy. In addition, it is obvious that the U.S. administration has had some reservations on a feed grain set-aside for reasons indicated by Khan. Suppose you idle acres and then have a massive crop failure? It is something to think about. Want Ads Get Results featuring Pfahzgraff WE WISH TO THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF OUR WONDERFUL FRIENDS, RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS FOR ALL THE ASSISTANCE THEY HAVE GIVEN US DURING OUR RECENT TROUBLES. THANKS ALSO TO THE FIRE DEPT. RESCUE SQUAD, EMS, SHERIFF'S DEPT. AND HIGHWAY PATROL. MAY GOD'S BLESSINGS BE WITH YOU. 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