The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on December 2, 1982 · Page 4
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 4

Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, December 2, 1982
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4-A THE BAYTOW1S SUN Thursday. December 2, 1982, EDITORIAL LC's Scholarship Fund > * Drive Needs Your Help Baytown has an excellent opportunity to invest in the future of young people in the community who want to attend Lee College but are financially unable to do so. A drive has been launched by Lee College Foundation Board of Trustees to raise money for the school's scholarship program. It is urgent that the fund reach at least $100,000 to make sure current applicants receive scholarships. The need for increasing the fund was brought about by higher education costs starting in 1969. Under foundation rules, only income from investments can be used in the scholarship program. Federal and state funds are no longer available to help students finance their education. The responsibility has been shifted to communities. Economic conditions have also made it more difficult for students to attend college. At least 15 applicants for scholarships are pending at Lee College. Unless these are funded, some or all the applicants may find it impossible to complete their education. Lee College provides the only education some youngsters get beyond high school. It is important the doors not be closed to any student who wants to attend. Because the cost of education has increased at all levels, the $100 per semester charge has been raised to $200 at Lee College. Founded in 1969, LC Foundation is governed by the board of regents. They are responsible for administering and investing foundation funds. The foundation board's primary function is to raise scholarship money. The scholarship fund drive offers everyone interested in the continuing development of Lee College an opportunity to assure development by helping young people take advantage of educational advantages offered by the school. Baytown should get behind this community-wide effort to make our investment in the future of young people pay dividends. Self-Tightening Necessary It's a trio that doesn't see eye to eye on many issues. But there they were, Chief U.N. delegate Jeanne Kirkpatrick of the United States, Sir John Thomson of Britian and — of all people — Oleg Troyanovsky of the Soviet Union speaking as one voice. Not only did they agree but they also insisted on a joint meeting with Secretary General Javier Peres de Cuellar for the purpose of insisting that the proposed $784 million budget for 1983 be reduced. It seems as if the envoys and assorted staffs have been living high off the hog longer than forever. However, they have next to nothing to show for all that money. The United States is on solid ground for complaining; it provides 25 percent of the U.N. budget. The Soviet share is 13 percent. Britain, which pays 4.6 percent of the budget, ranks as the organization's sixth largest contributor. This indicates how little most of the other countries put into the pot even though many of them behave as if they owned the United Nations. The 1983 budget is $62 million higher than the current one. Berry's World TOXIC DUMP sire TOURS ©19«2byN£A. Inc igaptotoft Leon Brown Fred Hornberger Hortman . Wanda Octon . Lynn Hughes MikeGraKiolo. Editor and Publisher Assistant to Publisher Editor and Publisher, 1950 1974 (Chairman of Board Southern Newspapers, loc.) EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT rVirjriCQ'na Editor Associate Managing Editor ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT • • Display Advertising Manager Cnre'rdnt itcondcTtm moitpr oi rhr Boytown Te.ot Poit O'frte 775?0 «nrier thc> Ace oP Congreti ot March 3. 1879 Publrih^d afrr'noom. MonHay through Friday and Sunday! oT 1301 M*mo'-ol Dr'-vc m BayTowf*. 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She also spends four hours each Friday staffing the volunteer office, taking crisis calls and assisting anywhere else she is needed at the Baytown Area Women's Center. Vickie Buelow, a Baytown teacher with a degree in counseling, utilizes her counseling skills by helping train volunteers (often, during nighttime sessions) and working with clients at BAWC. She also has two young children and a husband sharing her time. Jeanette Tyssen, a fulltime student at Lee College, also finds time to serve as a member of the Friends of Mitchell House board of directors. FOMH Is the volunteer organization at the women's center. Jeanette, when wearing her women's center hat, is in charge of client services at the shelter, which means she makes sure steps are being taken to assure a client's needs are being met — whether it be job- hunting and apartment-seeking or making plans for the client to return home with a better understanding of the battering problem. They, along with hundreds of busy residents, are a large part of the reason social service agencies in Baytown can continue to "Copley News Service operate in these days of federal budget-cutting and tighter purse strings at the local level. . But more like them are needed if programs serving the public are to continue to grow. Volunteerism is more important today than it ever has been. Not only do volunteers provide efforts that otherwise would have cost great deals of money or, worse, would have been cut for lack of funds, they offer much more: A personalization of services in what often can be a bureaucratic tangle of forms, rules and guidelines. At the women's center, in particular, volunteers provide the caring, nurturing support that a woman who has been beaten by a spouse or boyfriend needs. It is the volunteer who answers the telephone when a victim of domestic violence calls. It is the volunteer, like General Telephone Co. employee Janis Gibbons, who gives up part of her Thanksgiving holiday to work at the women's center. Janis, by the way, completed training less than a month ago and has already given 12 .hours of service to the women's center. I mention the women's center here because it is a program near and dear to me and the one with which I am most familiar. It was only 18 months ago that four Baytown women and I got together to form the shelter program. Within nine months, the doors of the shelter opened — thanks, in great part, to the efforts of volunteers who did everything from work on fund- raisers to scrub floors and paint in preparation for opening. These volunteers come in all ages, from all walks of life. There are students, such as the fine group of Key Club members at Ross Sterling High School, who have assisted at the women's center by painting, maintaining the yard and planting shrubbery. There are senior citizens, housewives and working men and women. All have other demands on their time. But all have seen a need for their help and have met that need without hesitation. Their generousity is amazing, their stamina admirable. Volunteers are the unsung heros of the social service agencies funded by the United Way of Baytown. The majority of these United Way agencies are on tight budgets. They trim all the fat from their budgets and work with what's left over. They need volunteers for everything from office work to working directly with those they serve. There are other areas in which volunteers are needed. The school district uses volunteers in the classroom, hospitals use them in Jack Anderson EMP Race Is On Ofity signed letters wiir be considered lor publication Nome-, will be withheld upon request lor good and sufficient reason Pleose lie«p letters shorl The Sun reserves th 'ighl to e« :erpf letters WASHINGTON — A forbidding new destructive force, known in the backrooms of the Pentagon by the stark letters EMP, could end World War III before it started. EMP stands for "electromagnetic pulse," an awesome force that has precipitated some hushed and worried discussion behind closed doors. It's still no more than a scientific theory mercifully untested. In language only a scientist would understand, a high-altitude nuclear explosion causes gamma rays to collide with electrons in the air molecules. This sets up a transverse electric current that creates electromagnetic pulses radiating down toward the earth. But what EMP means to the rest of us is simply this: If nuclear weapons were to be detonated 200 miles above the Unites States, the electromagnetic pulses from the explosion would almost instantaneously knock out all the electrical power in North America. No television, radio, .lighting, hospital equipment, computers, telephones. Total blackout of the entire continent. All this might be passed off as survivable discomfort. Back to the pioneer days; we'd muddle through. What worries our strategic thinkers, though, is that EMP might be used to knock out America's top-level "C-cubed" system — command, control and communications — which is supposed to respond to a nuclear strike with a retaliatory attack. Some Pentagon analysts have speculated that the Soviet Union might force the United States io surrender simply by exploding nuclear bombs in space and robbing us of our strategic retaliation. Our own missiles, after all, depend on electricity to put them in motion. Before we run up the white flag, however, I should point out that other experts consider a Russian EMP threat to be a little less awesome than the Henny Penny- types suggest. They point out, correctly, that the Kremlin would still have to worry about U.S. nuclear-armed submarines, which would be unaffected by an electrical power failure in the continental United States. MEANWHILE, TOP-SECRET CIA reports make it clear that the Soviets have been performing EMP tests since at least 1974. So, of course, have our scientists. No one has the slightest idea who is ahead in the EMP race, but it's obvious that no one wants to take the chance that the other side has gained a commanding lead. The obvious answer to an EMP attack by the Russians would be to "harden" the C-cubed facilities so that they could withstand the threat. But a top-secret Joint Chiefs of Staff report, obtained by my associate Dale Van Atta, shows that this hasn't been done. "The ground-based facilities and attendant communications of the National Military Command System probably would be destroyed in the early stages of a nuclear attack, or degraded by EMPs and jamming attacks," the report warns. In other words, the control center at which a president would push the button to retaliate against an enemy attack might not work. In fact, the report notes, the president's control center could be so badly disrupted by an EMP attack that its "ability to execute a coordinated strategic nuclear response to attack could become questionable." The Joint Chiefs are also worried that, without equipment hardened against EMP effects, the ability to inform headquarters of a nuclear attack by Russian submarine missiles might not come "in sufficient time to respond before missile impact on Washington D.C." Defense contractors are now working on electrical systems that will be immune to electromagnetic pulse effects. The Pentagon just hopes they'll find a solution in time. Readers 7 View To Lynn Hughes: In this busy work-a-day world it is nice to know that worthy people such as yourself are still working in an attitude of friendliness, flexibility and willingness to help. Thank you for working so hard to get these Sun Spots in for the Explorer Scouts on such short notice. H. Sparks Dorris 1101 Decker Bible Verse "FOR UNTO us a child is born, unto us a son Is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." Isaiah »: 6,7 their service corps and organizations use them to raise funds for everything from cancer research to camps for crippled children. While many people might argue that they have little time left over after work to offer their volunteer services, the three women mentioned in the first three paragraphs of this column prove that a feeble excuse. All three have fulltime schedules, yet they go the extra mile to help their community. They receive no paychecks for their many hours of hard work. But they get a great deal of satisfaction in return, knowing they have helped someone find a better way of living. Baytown has always been a community that takes care of its own. Baytonians have opened their pocketbooks when needs arose and have given up their personal time when needed. It is because of this devotion to "our own" that programs like the women's center — and countless others — exist. But with unemployment and hard economic times today, the need for volunteers in our community's programs continues to outpace the number of persons signing up to serve. That is a problem that can easily be remedied. And, as a volunteer, you can be proud of the service you are doing for Baytown. From Sun Files Seale Led Community Choir, '52 From The Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was 40 and 30 and 20 years ago: DEC. 2,1942 Lt. Col. J. Bryan Stratton and Mrs. Stratton are here visiting friends. Col. Stratton is en route to Fort Knox from California where he has been on desert training duty with a tank force. Sgt. Forest McAlister, with an engineer's regiment, is stationed in French North Africa. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.F. McAlister. "All's okay and don't you worry," he wrote his parents. The letter took nine days to reach here. Tri-Citians today are faced with the prospect of no relief from a meat shortage until after Jan. 1. OPA officials at Washington reject requests for increasing meat quotas. One OPA authority was quoted by U.S. Rep. Albert Thomas as saying that "there are too many other cities in the same fix." Four Tri-Cities students are named in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. They are Robert T. McMaster at John Brown University; Mary Jo Smith at Mary Hardin-Baylor College; John Ellis at Sam Houston State Teachers College, and Audrey Nell Smith at Texas Christian University. DEC. 2,1952 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the VFW Auxiliary are collecting magazines and books to take to the Veterans Hospital in Houston. The drive is led by Mrs. V.R. Serbe and W.C. Moravits. The Lee College Community Choir will make its debut Dec. 22, directed by Tom Seale. Soloists will be Patty Saunders, Jean Black, Louise Van Meldert and George Meason. DEC. 2,1962 The final dose in the series of the Sabin oral vaccine is coming up today throughout Harris County. Eight schools in the Baytown area will be open for the clinics to be manned by the East Harris County Medical Society. Dr. W.O. "Bill" Finch, coordinator of the Baytown area drive, stressed that it is necessary to take all three doses in the Sabin series to become completely immunized. Bay Area Board of Realtors elects new officers at the annual meeting at the Tower. Charles W. Gordon is the new president; Col. Karl L. Springer of La Porte, vice president; Frank R. Boyle Jr. of La Porte, secretary-treasurer; and George Dement, three-year term as a new director. Four Robert E. Lee Ganders have been named to the District 12-4A all-district football team. They are Robert Oliver, offensive and defensive end; John Cunningham, offensive guard .. and defensive tackle; Mike Ferrell, linebacker; and Kelly Pushing, safety.

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