The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on December 3, 1971 · Page 4
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Freeport, Texas
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Friday, December 3, 1971
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\ age' of rich nations? The rich nations of the world have been put on notice by the poor nations that "indefinite co-existence between poverty and affluence is no longer possible." The warning came in a preamble to the "Declaration of Lima," adopted by delegates of 80 nations meeting In Peru a few weeks ago. Not only does the gap between rich world and poor remain, it is widening. —While average per capita annual income increased by $650 in the developed nations during the 1960s, it grew by only $40 In the developing countries, the Lima conferees were told. —The developing nations' share of world exports fell from 21.3 per cent in 1960 to 17.6 per cent in 1970. —Unemployment in the underdeveloped nations is running three times population growth and is chiefly among young men under 25. This is creating an explosive world situation. The figures are discouraging. Even more discouraging is the growing conviction among students of the problem that the gap can never be closed. If anything, the rich nations may eventually have to reduce their standards. We may be living in a "golden age," thinks Jay W. Forrester, a pioneer in the development of the digital computer and a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. That is, the quality of life In the rich nations may be belter than it ever has been or ever will be again. The underdeveloped nations probably can never reach our standard of living, he says, because the pollution and natural-resource load of each person in an industrial nation is 20 to 50 times greater than In a nonindustrial nation. Forrester is echoed by the head of the Swedish International Development Authority. It would take 10 billion preindustrlal people, says Ernst Michnnek, to generate the waste which only 200 million Americans produce. Put another way, if the current total energy production of the world were distributed using American standards, it would be enough for fewer than 600 million people, or one-sixth of the present world population of 3.6 billion. As another example, if India were to match Sweden in number of cars per person, India would have to build 150 million new cars. "The addilional investment, the additional consumption and environmental pollution this number of cars would bring are almost beyond our power to Imagine," says Mlchanck. Anyone who advocates narrowing the gap between rich and poor nations, while at the same time envisioning a continued 3 to 5 per cent Increase in real income In the former, Is supporting two Irreconcilable policies and is either Ignorant or mendacious, he charges. In the face of such statistics-backed pessimism, a report just made by « committee of the National Academy of Sciences, under the chairmanship of Roger Rovellc of Harvard University, appears positively Polly anna ish. The report, based on a comprehensive, three-year study of world population growth, states optimistically that "the natural resources available to present technology arc sufficient to allow a vast improvement in the standard of living of all the people win) will inhabit the earth 20 to 30 years from now," The committee estimates that nil those people will number 7 billion, about half a billion less than expected on current trends. Who is right? Who are the realists and who the dreamers? According to Forrester, we have until 2050 to find out. That is lite "year of crisis" toward which the lines on all his graphs converge. (DonOaklev.NKA) JIM BISHOP: REPORTER The Germans are perplexing people The Germans are a fascinating study. Since the Russians cut the nation in two • 26 years ago, it has been interesting to watch the western half grow richer, more industrious, more powerful, while the eastern half exists in silen Soviet serfdom. The janissary quality of the Germans is best seen in Berlin. On two occasions I went through Checkpoint Charlie and the effect is like leaving perpetual sunshine for ^perpetual darkness. East ,. Berlin features cathedrals and {apartments staring roofless to the sky, with saplings growing from the walls. Legless war veterans are wheeled in baby carriages by their wives. In the Cafe Warsaw, people in heavy coats and mufflers drink, but there is no cheerful chirp of conversation. The grass in the big Russian cemetery is mowed by German women. All manifestations of independent thought and spirit are crushed. West Berlin, on the other hand, is a new city of glass, well-stocked department stores, and gemuUichkeit. For a century, the Germans nave proclaimed themselves to be a different and superior people. They are half right. Twice in this century they have set for themselves the impossible task of fighting a two-front war and have tasted the ashes of defeat both times. The Germans say that the Prussians are the militarists. Von Hindenburg was a product of eastern Germany and Adolf Hitler was an Austrian. The kaiser was a blood grandson of Queen Victoria of England. The more one studies the Germans, the less one comprehends. RABBI WITH NO FLOCK In West Berlin, there U a .Jewish community center built by Christians. Over 6,000 "new" Jews belong to it but they have no rabbi- In East Berlin, I was introduced to a frock-coated rabbi who had no center, no flock. A writer earned Adolph Schalk spent years to Germany studying the people and, in litne, be wrote a book called "The Qenpans." It is a detailed study, but Schalk jperajeyed at s. He saw knife-Uke door feandjes instead of round knot*. Window* U»t open inward, instead of upward- An enormous number of opera house?, theaters and bookshops. Ha hotels, mm* Seer ead *ery«j warm- right, or 100 per cent wrong. Hausfrauen are so thrifty they often buy an "eighth" of a pound of butter, or cheese. The people of Hamburg cannot buy a hamburger. The per capita consumption of beer is 34 gallons a year. Only 3 per cent of the people declare sauerkraut as their favorite food. To get a telephone, a German must wait two years. However, be gets more service than Americans. He can dial a suicide number and talk to a clergyman, ask for "wake up" service, dial a physician any hour of the day or night, also a dentist, pharmacist, slock market report, ambulance, a newscast, even dial for the winning number in the football lottery. NO RESPECT NOW In the Red Light districts of big cities, young girls lean out windows to murmur, with complete unoriginality: "Want to come inside, Schatzie?" Middle-aged Germans relate all their opinions to "then" and "now." Everything was "in order" then, but there is no "respect" now. The Krupp works are in full blast again. They armed and partly financed two world wars, lost both, and prospered. Many Germans believe that the old Germany will never be reunited. The Big Powers, they insist, cut the nation in half and it is in their interest to maintain two weak Germanys. No one, apparently, was ever a Nazi. Schalk says that a German man told him magnanimously that "as a boy I remember a Jewish tailor down the street, but we had no contact with him." In school, history teachers would rather quit than discuss the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler. "U is hard to expose oneself to inevitable humiliation." The rebellious youth of Berlin have formed a neo-Nazi party. They need something to hate, and there aren't enough Jews. So they despise the Russians as the cause of all their troubles. The Slav » the new Jew. One old owner of a bc«r stube told me: "Want to start a war? Get a good military band to play martial music, start a parade down Untcr den Linden, and have a good rabble-rouser make a speech after the parade." Ach du lieoer!.. . BUSINESS MIRROR Others could learn lesson from insurers ByJOIINCUNMKK APBusinns Analyst NEW VORK (AP) - Some property and liability insurers are reporting solid profits in recent months and so the prospects are growing that rates may soon be coming down. While this is good news for homeowners, businessmen, drivers and others, it is almost too much to believe for some of the insurers, who year after year lost money even though they raised rates. For the decade ending Dec. 31, 1969, for example, the underwriting losses for 148 capital stock liability companies were $1.2 billion. And FOUNDED IN HI) TNI BRAZOSPORT FACTS PEPIC4TE8 TO THf CBQWTH AKO PKQGBESi OF eRAZORIA COUNTY James S. Nabors Editor and Publisher Chester C. Suiter Business Manager George W. Johnson....Composing Room Foreman Frank Ramirez Press Room Foreman Nauelle Mallory Office Manager Beanie D. Boulet Circulation Manager EDITORIAL UEPT. (ileimiiealb Managing Editor Roberta Pansby Asst. Mana^iM Editor John Platter Sports Editor 0«f McJWienny Women's EdJlor ADVERTISING DEPT. CJeraW pew Retail Advertising Manager Peari Stover-...Classified Advertising Manager Ertered as Setvnd C^ss m»Mer Mwcb ?l, 1952, at the Fre«port TM*S, Post Qffke. Bnder lie art of Congress of 8, J879. ie<l fatly and Sw4»y «cep| Saturday « Mi IE. AVf-. Fr«f«rt, T««»s by Review Publishers, toe. at 397 f. Park Ave, Freeport. Te*a ( . Jlme , 6 . , Presideat. " %bscriptkio rales: By carrltt-, d»Uy an d Sunday. OMMXS- *»»« SvbKripttoa rates *re tViUaUe OB -> «W> IT* (Wy*bk ia advance. EPIT04IAJI- POJ4CY: News iw|r *" yi as recently as last year the property-liability losses totaled 1275 million. Insurers credit many factors (or their improving situation; rate increases, or "relief" as they call it, a slowing of inflation that helped (hern faring costs under control, and the economic slowdown. The latter factor has the effect of reducing risks. Fewer cargoes arc in transit during a slowdown, for example, and fewer factories are on overtime. But is there more to this story? Could it be that (he insurers themselves rather than events beyond their control could have had something to do with their huge losses, which occurred during widespread prosperity? Seldom did the insurers even permit this possibility to be discussed. The fault was not theirs, they proclaimed, but society's; the resolution of the problem must come from without rather than from within. One wonders about the credibility of that argument after reviewing the procedures through which one giant, Continental Casualty, worked its way from a $34- million loss in 1965 to the break-even point last year. The remedy was sought within the company. More emphasis was placed on commercial business rather than on expenses. "We had to clamp down hard on expenses, painfully hard," an executive said. Regional and branch offices were given more authority and. responsibility. Management personnel were upgraded through ao evaluation system, a series of schools qiyj seminars, transfers and promotions. AJ emphasis was placed on consumerism. -HOW well are you providing thr customer with a series that he really can't do without?" agents •At-ri' ajiutj And the business of trade associations and their big premiums were solicited The final point is especially worth noting Here it is, in the company's own language "A heavy accent on profit Branches became 'profit centers' and were repeatedly told that income had to surpass outgo "or the stockholders and the board of • directors won't slay with us." 1 Hate increases and adjustments also were made, but admittedly only as a "close- the-gap" measure after it was already clear the strategy was working There arc many features of this program worth reviewing, but who can escape the overall significance—that the return to the break-even point was achieved mainly from within rather than from without, and by traditional, logical methods? After yean of disclaiming responsibility, of blaming factors beyond their control, could It be that insurers really nave much of the solution to profitability right in their own offices? Is there a lesson (or other industries and businesses who loday claim they are facing special problems that demand they be given special consideration, such as federal assistance? THOUGHTS "What a »iy strength, thai I ihvuld wait? And whul if m\i end, that I should be patient?"—Jot) Q:li. 7 * <j In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the chokes we make are ultimately our own responsibility.—Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS PAGE Freeport, Texas, FrWuy, December 3,1971 Page 4 ANDERSON MBRRY-GO-ROUND ANSWERING CONORHSSIO.VAL MAIL HAS TOP PRIORITY IN CAPITA!,! AN8WKR8 TO CON- STITUKNTS APPEAR PERSONAL, BUT-TUBV'KK NOT: SECRETARY KM.IOTT RICHARDSON ONLY COMPOUNDS THK CONFUSION liyJACKANUKIUIQ.V WASHINGTON - Despll* the grave problems facing the nation, the miml*f<me government priority, apparently, h»s becomr getting the congrrMtona! mail out <ui lime iVuriiiiilly, it taken a newly ttrnvrd WiuhintUon bigshot a while to learn llu» Hut lltilip Sanchez, the new ami poverty ci4r. racked It up immedtatriy. On Nov. 17, the very day he wa» confirmed for hU job by the Senate, Sanchft fired off a crisp memo to hi* "senior *»*ff " The *u>> jrx-l: answering cwtgresskxial m»il The menu) quickly MM tUaight anyone v*tt» might have Untight Samrh*? would make pwrty the first concern of the poverty CCTJA "lte*p«m*c to CiMtgm.*iu<Mi mail (recrdou-e over every other item at," hid memo uVcrtxd It miRhl ,*<*«n Owl are»wifrtin{ <n»tTt« Itatn the pixi^f'* elcvtttl rrpcirwiUUvr* iNjuW Hut thv »M| truth w th4( lltroutth (he milialum of Sciaie flnitittiwi hearing,*, wn* to Mger to lUil even itioff aisintw llwn Sa utono «a» one i*Mi«l by Health. KtUwattun, and WHfare Setfr^iirv Kllbtt ttirtianlion a.t mit cwnml to tmitr ll«i t(<r(lrcr<T«J that mi\ tmrvamrui ttho t» late tu itn»w«ttn|t a I'oo^trtikyul iitqtur) tiidHiltl tall (he o((«ttdrtt C'txt^rrwiitijin ot Itlrtl »ti»ttki Ihr Hklurtl,MK), lh<* i (rum \)ve Swirtw}'* lltrllvo »lu<tl prmiiirj » tixitt ill. (oU-fiilntwitli !)><• 9 lt«- !u»> trvti i}»j«kl M lailioK lu of HJ<I (ha! *«• M til IV ft) la 1 ) (Ml itxfwit ) Mr *i ^KiiK-iert Mniply utkl» to the lutkllir in a (tu! iptviaffir.ik in prvxlKlnj! laddlr TJic outpuurinii of mail from Capnol Hill u year, t TKAU'KM TAVtlttM fw ot Ihc llcjilh. KaiK-j!k*xi. ^nd \V>(U?r inmt gpl K'J.U*) Trit Irtten ar* rurfmally «iKixtl htitv»<ctJ ai«l MldrnMed to lite tummy lumirt! Ve( dJnn«« iwrvcr d«»* l|pr the rrspinknt actu<>tt)( pfvpAf r thtr o( i'or»r3j»>oilct»:p T>ir *wk b door by »Si»(f, <*tvj (Jir >* w usiully bui'luHl *% t*t dmin lh< luw »» Tttc trtttri from Cat«{«l HUt «v lj MMWwl tDUXh Ml Ih* CDnjJlturtlt. «j Malf it w wriltw, «||| lhaiA h« rirrlrtf f«T»«"MT»>h»!»ve a rrdll) fauitf la 1*41 lor him liuj such Irtlrr* *rv xcKi I»>1 furtii lrtlrf«, JiUptni [o itvrrt vocb Slnrfcr. tl I coturrt a pfu " fo« li* Vttt'tt Ibnuiur yuuth t«in!« p «'rr»T Sri "Wit? tiuri'l )bt« Atfettl! m i .NtltllINf, It.M'PK. Thm. a cilucn whw »r«r« ho (uf hrlp *ili usually frtniT l la tirvnt t him at Uri»tvn h«n i»nd the (fovrrnmtnl U N*«n'I Nrt rnhrSi-».», \hv (xXrnldtrt at CdptCoJ flvil like In tvi*r thnf foni> hrtt»T» xnwrin) prompt)). «i (rwrv i»>< «»ty ran prrtrr»«l lh»i "IV- Vfittrt. R 4f.i4 I'll in? i(jj! Tim n.wh) •»-.«> h«wj tl\t USAfi on flry Mrr jpAnfinrn} |(« h.*s surf. t>m.wn <U<rt-,«-r <»»•» «J ?-.. THE WORRY CLINIC Substitute parents ('(. I) . \l t) f.VHK .VJJ.J: Loo II , 77. w J radio announcer "Ur Crane," t* "\*hy « Amrrtai <wi mch *> barbiturate binge" 1 "Moot ot my friend* arc taking lrani|u)lurrv rvrn though the) ruvrn't )«•( reached rnuJdlc age "And a \ot ot butincM traders must lake » rup ot whiskey to stxrfh* ilveir ncrvw More Uwy rrach homo at night for dinner "It this due to our high speed mechanical modern era' "Or U (here tome other psychological explanation''" NKUIlOTir If NCl.K SAM Uncle Sam 11 growing more neurotic all the time! Which is why he I meaning the public* swallows militant of tranquilitcr pilU every day. And takes a *hoi of vthiskcy to soothe (rattled nemi The underlying reason U more psychological Hum due to high speed machine* or population vapkuionv For tranquili!)- of soul can be attained even in our hectic society without whiskey, cigarettes, iranquiliten or sleeping pilU. How? By teaming up with the Almighty as Junior Partners! As America becomes more Godless, it swarms into our medical office*, wanting tu M.D.s to replace God with pills! Back in childhood, most of us (elt little tension because' we knew that "Mom and Dad" ran the show, so we didn't need to fret about decision- making. Later, we may become executives, with hundreds or even 10,000 employees looking to us as a glorified "Dad," which is how bosses function for the millions of carefree employees, who merely punch time clocks and have little responsibility. When the constant pressure of maJMX>| decisions finally wears the big boss down too much, then he leaves his factory sad drives down to the (u Musi Vtiwr. and Uad" OVCT the vmritrml t'nt m >o iitxn< tjr rnakm a psychological thilt to hit formrr cjrrfrrr chitdhocKt «•:. br » 'Hut I KM *)(rd >|om tnjj lhw» "ixiu" torn jrnuiat again awl *rnl him to Ihr ttoer tot 'tft And hr. tail fjrtof) mn-fei) Uir* ortkr* and (hut rurapr* !hr ilrain at fntmulaliftg Ihrtrt Hut wh*n "Mom ami f)a<J" both die, thrn thw route from tin daily barren! Thereafter, he can »Mt hit thinking ami realtic he ran become a junior Partner »nh a much UI([IT "Morn and Dad. " namel) <i«l Almighty, thereby tloughing off his teiuiaro at night vu prayer Or else he rna> u«k little substitute godx, called the M D , la *)M>m b« rum periodically for trarw|uilucr-» and constant check -up* One rr«son why you active church (oiks thui live much longer (and happier) lives than the non-church people, u the fact you learn to let God take over the night ihift. Instead of fretting about insomnia and thus swigging down sleeping pills galore, you can lift your hand high above It) i flriif uke «iff ;(l (c* rnr' ht« ireMwfr then liter Ail> wtli <lf»p 10 \n ?> rnillime<er» «< rn*rvur> Ywr slairurh »tl) ttttrtr !*».» h>dr<x'hk4K arwl »o )<«jr uker *ill r«4 Utrn a» n»u<h .Meanvhite. f*i will rurf «. lor i; ball »n(h memtvr* team' rw)» with morn work. a> inrviUbl> t» trut w)»en )ou n » a 1 1 u » chemical t mi k, MU. kK.^V**^PrW(V "/ think we'** got ga vntra-atttntioa-c f j 9! <nt\ at 4»gt9Jiog io

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