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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 13

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Dedicated to the Progreift And Growth of Central Utah Tuesday. April 8, 1975, THE HERALD, Provo, Utah-Page 13 Your Brother's Keeper Are you your brother's keeper? Well, you sure are, whether you like it or not, in the sense that money which you earn by working is being taken from you by taxation and is being redistributed or transferred by the government for the keep of others. The number of people living from transferred funds has been growing by leaps and bounds since inception of the social programs of the 1930's, and it has become a national worry of economists and government leaders. President Ford again pointed to its danger in an interview in which he said that it is estimated that in another 25 years, or the year 2,000 fully 50 per cent of the American people will be living on money taken from workers, or those earning in other ways, and paid to those who are not producing. Who gets the money? Unemployment insurance, social security, medicare and general welfare payments, not to mention the ever swelling federal and state payrolls, are instances of how this money is transferred from producing workers to non-proauctive people. The guaranteed annual income idea, which has been kicking around for some years without getting off the ground, got a foot in the door in the present tax rebate bill, which provides payment of tax monies to people who did not pay taxes. There is little doubt in the minds of most economists that this trend, if continued, will become so heavy a burden as to destroy incentive to work. In our opinion it is one of the reasons for the present high rate of unemployment claims. Why work, if the government will give it to you? Congress is the villain in this piece enacting more and more social legislation, always with an eye to large electoral blocs enjoying this largesse. No matter how worthy any single piece of transfer legislation may appear on its face, grouped with all of the other pet projects of our legislative bodies, it adds up to a financial burden which can bring our economy to the sorry state in which Great Britain finds itself. Younger workers should be particularly sensitive to this type of program. They are the ones who will pay most deeply. They are the ones who will live to find our system cracking under a no longer bearable burden. They should be very critical of their Congressmen and legislators and look for those who are economy minded, not those whose every program is philanthropic, using someone else's money. Lee Roderick Writer Calls Nairobi Jewel of East Africa Editor's note: Lee Roderick, syndicated writer whose articles appear from time to time in the Herald, is on a fact-finding tour of Africa and the Middle East. This is another in his series of reports. NAIROBI, KENYA - On my first morning here, I threw open the drapes of my hotel window, and knew immediately why Nairobi calls itself the "City in the Sun." An incredibly beautiful city — measured by any standard — was coming to life below. Wide boulevards with islands of grass, flanked by palm trees and clean-lined buildings fill the heart of this, largest city in East Africa between Cairo and Johannesburg. Intermingled with the modern structures are imposing mosques, whose brilliant white, onion-shaped domes add a richness to the Nairobi skyline and give evidence of the Indian influence that is an important part of Kenya's past and present. To an American visitor, Nairobi is the stuff of which dreams of Africa are made. It is the starting point for many of the safaris into the bush of Kenya and neighboring region which have made the area a world-renowned tourist attraction. Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens troop here annually in search of the "real" Africa. (Journalist Bill Moyers and two of his children arrived the same evening as this visitor). Jomo Kenyatta has been Kenya's only leader since its independence from Britain in 1963. Resplendent in his white beard and African robe, his picture is to be found in most of the shops — many of them run by Asians — that are found throughout this busy city. Kenyatta's regime ended British colonial rule over Kenya, .which is slightly smaller than the State of Texas. However, one cannot travel here or in other important parts of the continent without appreciating the role of the former British Empire in modernizing the countries in Africa and preparing them for self-government. Britain developed Kenya to where it was by far the most economically and politically advanced country in East Africa. Even today, although he perhaps wouldn't admit it, President Kenyatta's policy of "Harambee" (Swahill for "let us all pull together") is no doubt attributable in significant part to the rule of order and cooperation among Kenya's diverse population that is a British legacy. Kenya is linked to its neighbors Uganda and Tanzania in a common market called the East African Community. The United States supports this emphasis on multi-national cooperatioin by giving priority to regional projects in allotting funds under the Agency for International Development. More than 90 U.S. firms also are represented in Kenya. The one area which perhaps best symbolizes Kenyan cooperation, however, is in the protection of its precious wildlife. Several years ago, the word was out that Africa's most famous elephant, Ahmed, was being hunted for his huge tusks. Letter-writers from throughout Kenya and abroad wrote in alarm to President Kenyatta, who proceeded to decree that Ahmed "under no circumstances may be hunted or harassed by any person." Father Time finally caught up with the old bull, however, and last year Ahmed died of natural causes. To preserve his memory, Kenya decided to preserve Ahmed himself, and today there he stands in a Nairobi museum, all stuffed, with his gigantic tusks nearly touching the ground, looking still like the lord of the jungle he was for so many years. Probably no other city in the world has a wild animal refuge literally within sight of town. Just ten minutes from downtown Nairobi is the famous Nairobi National Park. The abundance of game in the park proves that man and beast can live together compatibly, given the will to make it work. My trip into the park was arranged through one of the local travel agencies (of which there are more than 80!). Six of us were in our minibus, including two Americans — one of them a bearded young soldier of fortune from Pennsylvania who has been wandering through Africa for two years, working occasionally to keep himself fed. Although the park, at 45 square miles, is one of the smaller refuges on the continent, it teems with over 100 species of animals and 400 species of birds. On our trip we saw great herds of zebra, giraffes, wildbeasts, hartebeasts, warthogs, and a variety of antelope. We also spotted a 15-foot crocidle waiting at a water hole for some unsuspecting animal to come for a drink, a large and lazy cheetah sunning himself, and a pride of three adult lions which had the neaity giraffe population frozen in watchful fright. The refuge also features a unique animal orphanage for young wild animals from throughout Kenya which have strayed from herds or lost their mothers through predation or perhaps a poacher's arrow. Today, a touching bronze sculpture of children from different lands, holding hands over the back of a friendly beast, symbolizes the role of children in providing this sanctuary for animals in need. As I left Kenya, flying south over magnificent Ml. Kilimanjaro, I couldn't help but reminisce on Ahmed, Nairobi National Park, and the orphanage. With so many differences dividing the'world, it was good to taste the fruits of man's better nature, created by a generous instinct that knows no philosophical, racial or political bounds. Robert 5. Allen OlitribuUd by t.A. tim«! Syndicate Paul Harvey Recessions Teach Lessons Did you hear about the fashion fad started by San Franciscans who are making sweaters and skirts and mittens and sox and such out of dog hair? The hair you comb from your shedding dog can be spun into yarn and woven into garments. Recessions reteach resourcefulness. Dairy farmers have been squeezed between costs and prices to where the number of dairy farms in Wisconsin declined from 84,000 to 53,000 the past 10 years. That many dairy farmers went out of dairy farming. But the University of Wisconsin's researchers have devised a plan for converting dairy barns into fish farms. The barn already has the necessary plumbing; all it needs is the installation of some glass-lined plywood tanks and the farmer can raise a commercial crop of fish — walleye, yellow perch. During the growing season such a fish farm may produce a pound of fish for every two gallons of water; it should be altogether as profitable as catfish farming down South and trout farming out West. Recessions reteach resourcefulness. Hundreds of American homes are right now installing solar energy units. Other homeowners are improvising. A do-it-himselfer in Middlesex, Vt., has combined ordinary concave metal roofing strips into a panel tilted to face the sun. On the underside of the metal panel is a two-inch airspace — between the panel and the insulated house. Sun-warmed air circulates upward through that airspace and into the house. When the sun doesn't shine the heat is stored in 140 cases of water-filled bottles in the basement — so that Peter Hood heats his house, day and night, with solar energy. Recessions reteach resourcefulness. A Florida firm making sophisticated new windmills called "wind turbines" claims unprecedented 50 per cent efficiency. Fully half the volume of the wind is converted to usable energy. In Oakland, Ark., the community had to replace its one-room schoolhouse in order to satisfy state requirements for an A-rated school. But the community had no money for the project. There was no federal, state or county money available. So they are building it themselves. Parents, retirees in the area and others converged with tools. (There's a mother out there pouring concrete.) Others are donating cash for materials which suppliers are supplying at cost. Those who one day will attend the new schoolhouse will reflect for generations on how it was in 1975—on how recessions reteach resourcefulness. Dr. Lawrence E. Lamb Problems With Muscles By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. DEAR DR. LAMB - I read the letter in your column from the 17-year-old girl who went on a diet and became really slim but also developed a foot drop. She stated she started taking vitamins to correct the foot drop and it worked. You suggested taking thiamin for her foot. I have foot drop, too, but I am supposed to have "Charcot- Marie Tooth" disease. Doctors told me the drop went with the disease. Can a foot drop be so easily corrected by a certain vitamin or thiamin-containing foods as this girl's was? Or, does having a muscular disease make it impossible to correct a foot drop with vitamins? Would vitamin B-l help me? DEAR READER - A single outward sign of a disorder in function can be caused by many diseases or medical problems. That is why the treatment may vary for the same apparent condition. A foot drop is a good example. To raise the foot you need well-functioning muscles, a good skeletal system for the muscles to act against as levers and good nerves that are able to carry the stimulus to the muscles resulting in a contraction or relaxation. The muscles may have any number of diseases that cause them to be unable to function properly. U they fail entirely the foot drop will occur. Any number of diseases can affect the nerves and the parts of the central nervous system they connect with. Then the muscles, depending on the nerves, may not function. Polio may affect nerve cells in the spinal cord and cause the legs or arms to be paralyzed. The disease is in the spinal cord. The nerves leaving the spinal cord may be damaged by some mechanical factor in the spinal area, or the nerves may be cut or injured some distance from the spinal cord. Of course one of the disorders' that can affect the nerves is 'poor nutrition. Vitamin B-12 deficiency may affect the spinal cord and cause degeneration of cells that relate to normal posture and walking. Vitamin B-l or thiamin deficiency is more generally related to nerve function. When the muscles are the primary problem, treatment is directed toward correcting the muscular disorder, if possible. • To prevent damage from polio, one needs a preventive program to protect against the infectious disease — taking vitamins won't do this, nor will they correct the nerve damage that results from infection with the polio virus. If there is a mechanical factor, such as a slipped disc, making pressure on a nerve the obvious course is to treat the disc problem. The girl you asked about no doubt had vitamin deficiencies from her starvation diet. In these instances or in any disease that results in vitamin deficiencies, replacing the vitamins is a big help. Large doses of thiamin seem to be particularly useful in helping the nerves to regain normal function quickly. So you might get a little benefit if you happen to have a low thiamin level in your body, but vitamins won't correct your basic problem. A reasonable amount won't harm you either. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on balanced diet, send 50 cents and a long self-addressed stamped envelope to the same address and ask for the' 'Balanced diet" booklet. Israel's Stake In U.S. Policy WASHINGTON - Israel has a fatefully crucial stake in the administration's foreign policy "reassessment" — slated to be spelled out in President Ford's impending address to a joint session of Congress. Directly involved is $1.8 billion in latest-model weapons sought by Israel — foremost the Air Force's new F-15 Eagle jet fighter-bomber. This supersonic plane is urgently wanted to offset the scores of MIG-23s with which Russia is arming Egypt, Syria and Iraq — as part of a $3 billion build-up in combat hardware which also includes hundreds of T-62 tanks, long-range rockets, SAM-2, SAM-3, and SAM-fi anti-aircraft missiles, artillery, armored personnel carriers and communications equipment. On the basis of authoritative intelligence, the three Arab countries have so far received around 100 MIG-23s — Syria 45; Iraq 40; Egypt 18. Egypt will get a total of 48 (four squadrons) — 12 more in June, 18 in the fall. i Significantly, sale of F-15s to Israel is still "under consideration" by the State Department. The administration has met all armaments commitments to Israel under agreements made last year — totaling some $700 million. But Secretary Kissinger, whose approval is essential for Israel's procurement of new weapons, is clearly dragging his feet. Both he and Defense Secretary Schlesinger deny that's because of the failure of Kissinger's recent Middle East peace shuttling. But no one is taking those disavowals seriously — particularly in Congress where Israel has powerful bipartisan support and where Kissinger is increasingly under fire and on the defensive. Already stormy explosions against him are threatening on this issue in the House and Senate foreign affairs committees and armed services committees. While Israel qualitatively is rated superior to the Arab countries in combat effectiveness, quantitatively it is becoming increasingly inferior —on the ground and in the air. That's why Israel is so gravely concerned about the stalling on the $1.8 billion credits for latest-model weapons to meet the growing Soviet-Afab menace. Following are key comparisons in this sinister situation: —Egypt, Syria and Iraq have a virtual two to one advantage in heavy battle tanks — 4,200 to 2,500. Also the Soviet T-62, Arabs' principal armored weapon, is much improved over what they had in 1973, especially in night fighting capability. —The three Arab countries have similar numerical superiority in air power — 900 to 400 planes. Egypt, in addition to around 200 MIG-21 fighters and the four squadrons of MIG-23s it's getting from Russia, also has procured 44 advanced fighter bombers from France — foremost among them the new Mirage F-l all-weather interceptor, armed with missiles and having a high - altitude speed of 2.2 times the speed of sound. -Missiles - Arabs, 15,000 SAMs of various types, particularly the SAM-€s that proved so deadly to Israeli planes in the October 1973 war. In .addition, the U.S.S.R. has supplied Egypt and Syria with long-range rockets capable of striking every major Israeli center. Whether these rockets are equipped with conventional or nuclear warheads is not known. What has been definitely established is that Russian crews and technicians are in charge of these rockets and presumably will fire them in the event of hostilities. —Troops — Arabs, upwards of 500,000; Israel, 150,000 to 250,000, depending on the number of reserves and women mobilized. Actually, Israel's first choice of the new U.S. fighter - bombers is the Air Force's F-16 — lighter and less expensive. But with Russia massively arming the Arabs with MIG-23s, definitely faster and more powerful than the F-4 Phantoms which constitute Israel's principal air weapon, and the F-16 not yet in production, Israel turned to the F-15 — which is being made. It wants at least 50 of these fighter - bombers, with a speed in excess of Mach 2.5, a ceiling of more than 60,000 ft., a 600-mile range, and armed with one 20-mm gun and eight air-to-air missiles. Remember When From the Herald files as compiled by Lynn Tilton 10 Years Ago April 8,1965 President Johnson asked for a $1 billion program to improve the life of man in Vietnam and said that the United States, "will not be defeated... will not grow tired ... will not withdraw" in the face of the Communist goal of "total conquest of embattled South Vietnam." A report stated the new track at the new Cougar Stadium would permit track meets to be held despite adverse weather. The new asphalt-rubberized track was proclamed much better than the usual mud and cinders that result from heavy spring downpours. Fryers were 29 cents a pound, T-bone steaks 98, sirloin, 89 and 10 quarts of powdered milk was 89 cents. 25 Years Ago April 8,1950 Elder Joseph F. Merrill of the IDS Church warned that the greatest danger to the United States lay within its own borders. Berry!s World \m by HEA, Inc "Big deal! So you blew ten bucks on mel Listen, it I don't want to kiss a date, I don't kiss herl" He said it was the growing attitude of getting something for nothing, or at least for getting more and more for less. He mentioned anti-corporation laws and labor unions for the tendency. Eugene Brimhall, then 11, a Pleasant Grove carrier for The Daily Herald, built his route from 31 papers to % papers in one year and was the grand prize winner of a Herald carrier contest and took home $150 in cash. He would have gotten a motor bike, but was too young at the time. 40 Years Ago April 8,1935 Eighty-two persons were dead in a wake of a tornado in the lower Mississippi valley. The trai| of destruction extended 100 miles across southwestern Mississippi and into eastern Louisiana. National guardsmen patrolled the town of Gloster, Miss., a sawmill town of 1200 where the winds did the most damage. "Mutual Dell" the tri-stake — Lehi, Alpine and Timpanogos — 'MIA summer cabin located in American Fork canyon was readied for summer activities. The committee members to govern the new venture were Lyean Johnson, Pleasant Grove; May Halliday, American Fork; andDr.W.L.Worlton.Lehi. BARBS By PHIL PASTORET Conrail will attempt to get the choo-choo industry rolling — if the wheels haven't all come off by the time it takes over. Lots of us hope for enough money to make it a "buy"centennial. A clean desk is a sign you've learned how to shove your work off on the other fellow. A whistle-stop is what a fellow makes when he sees a pretty girl. One swallow doesn't make a summer - but it sure makes you feel warmer. A real-tip government employe is known as a

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