The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on December 2, 1982 · Page 21
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 21

Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, December 2, 1982
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, December 2, 19*2 Refugees Start Over In New Mexico 5-C A CROSS-SECTION of a human brain was one of several exhibits shown to students in Affie Bruce's fourth grade class at Viola Cobb Elementary when Tomye Geringer, a registered nurse and Houston Community College instructor, visited the classroom recently. Ms. Geringer's visit to the Channelview school was the highlight of a unit of study on human organs and the circulatory sytems. Mark Hickman looks on as Ms. Geringer explains. Youngest Farm Group In Nation 'Maturing' WASHINGTON (AP) —In early 1978, members of the fledgling American Agriculture Movement turned 82 goats loose on the Capitol grounds to draw attention to the financial plight of agriculture. In the winter of 1979, the group got thousands of farmers to drive their tractors to Washington to protest low prices and demand "parity," a complicated formula designed to stabilize the buying power of farmers. Now, supporters say the nation's youngest farm movement has matured. The AAM has incorporated, established a Washington office and even has a political action committee that gave $90,000 to candidates for Congress. "We have succeeded in accomplishing in five years what some of the old-line farm organizations have spent 50 years in doing — getting name recognition, credibility and access to the policymakers in Washington," said David Senter, AAM's lobbyist. But that very boast is at the heart of the organization's problems. It has become divided, with some members devoted to working the political system and others to grass-roots activism. The tug-of-war is likely to spring into public view when the movement holds its national convention in January in Nashville, Tenn. "Farmers are worse off now than ^we were then," said Derel Fillingim of Hico, Texas, chairman of the organization's Parity Trust Fund, who said many of the movement's initial backers are disillusioned. "Some of us are re-looking at this thing." One member of the House Agriculture Committee was more harsh. "It's played out," said the congressman, who spoke only on condition that he not be identified. "Most of the good people they had have gone to other farm organizations." "I look forward to a pretty heated discussion {at the convention)," said Wayne Cryts, the Puxico, Mo., farmer who has become AAM's most visible spokesman because of his court battle to reclaim soybeans from the estate of a bankrupt grain elevator. Cryts, a candidate for AAM national chairman, favors focusing the move- 'Expert' Clears Up Drug Identification NEW YORK (AP) — It didn't take a panel of experts to clear up a bit of confusion in a magazine story about John De Lorean, a car executive arrested in Los Angeles on drug charges. It just took a letter from a knowledgeable reader. Fortune magazine ran a story in Its November issue titled "John De Lorean's Long Downhill Ride." In the current issue, the magazine printed a letter saying the article "Incorrectly labeled cocaine hydrochlorlde as 'China White.' China White is the name given heroin coming from Southeast Asia. Arthritis Help An extract taken from the green : lipped New Zealand mussel helps reduce swelling from arthritis. 'Snow White* would have been a more appropriate nomenclature for the'toot.'" The letter was signed Paul Mandich, U.S. Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pa. The magazine added: "Reader Mandich Is serving a 20- year sentence for distributing controlled substances." ment's efforts on Washington, as does its present chairman, Marvin Meek of Plainview, Texas. "Chances are I will be the national chairman," claims Alvin Jenkins of Campo, Colo., credited with being among the half- dozen farmers who first formed AAM in late 1977. He says the group's current direction is "a pitiful deal" and vows to fight to focus efforts back on rural activism. "There's nothing healthier for the movement than a good brawl," he said. Jenkins and his supporters are talking about channeling farm frustration into a new uprising. Tactics mentioned include a mass movement to stop payment on government debt, or to repay it only in produce at parity prices. They may also encourage "penny auctions," where friends of a bankrupt farmer crowd out legitimate bidders at an auction of his farm. But Senter and Cryts are skeptical. They note that schemes advocated by AAM in its feisty days, including plowing under crops and calling for production strikes, haven't had a noticeable effect. "If we keep trying to do the same thing again and again, well, it's kind of pathetic," says Senter. "We don't need another mob. What the hell can you do with a mob out in the country? I've never seen a law passed in Campo, Colo." GOOSE CREEK AUTO RENTALS 2716 N. 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Kolaczek, along with his wife, another daughter and son, a son- in-law and a granddaughter, arrived in Ruidoso three months ago. Most of the family fled from Poland shortly before martial law was imposed on Dec. 13, 1981. Kolaczek says he received word from a friend that if he did not leave Poland, he would be ar- rested and jailed. Five days before martial law was imposed, Richard, his wife, Grace and son Adam were on a train headed for a refugee camp in Austria. They almost didn't make it. Twenty-four hours earlier the Austrian government had declared that all refugees must have visas to enter the country. But others on the train persuaded Austrian soldiers to let the Kolaczeks continue to the camp, located not far from Vienna. About 50,000 Eastern European refugees, most of them Polish, were crowded into the army barracks and tents. There, the Kolaczeks joined Richard and Grace's daughter and son-in-law, George and Margaret Chrzanowski, and their daughter, Anna, who had left Poland six months earlier. Richard's other son-in-law, Lech Strayzewski, an electrician in Warsaw and also a Solidarity member, also had left Poland. But his wife, Ewa, the Kolaczeks' oldest daughter and two children still are there. The Polish government has refused repeated requests to let them join Lech and the rest of the family in the United States. While in Austria, the family waited for sponsors and for a country that would let them immigrate. They could have moved to Australia or stayed in Western Europe, but Richard wanted to move to America. "People move to America and write letters," George Chrzanowski explained. "They say here is better." The family came to Ruidoso by way of the Episcopal Church and its Presiding Bishops' Fund for World Relief. An El Paso Polish organization agreed to lend support, and an El Paso physician, who wants to remain anonymous, is letting the family stay in his Ruidoso cabin until they are settled. A sign naUed to a tree near the road gives the address as 515 Poland. And three months after arriving in Ruidoso, most 'of the family members have found Jobs. Richard is helping build the Ruidoso High School and is selling homemade table lamps on the side. Only Lech, who joined his family In Ruidoso two weeks ago after living in Fargo, N.D., still is look- Ing for work. With the help of Maggie Hawthorne and Carol Hubbard, two Ruidoso teachers, they are learning English. And while the family disagrees internally on the future of Poland, they are united in their feelings about their new home. "For me, very important is freedom,' 1 said Lech Strayzewski. "That is all. When I have less food, or shoes, it is nothing to me. But freedom is very important to me." New Model Protects Better Army Trades In Metal Helmet For Fiberglass WASHINGTON (AP) — After 40 years and three wars, the Army is trading in its metal helmet for a new, stronger, fiberglass model that looks a little like the headgear worn by the Germans during World War II. The Army claims its fighting men will be better protected, but old soldiers are mourning the passing of the old steel pot. The new headgear is made of a resin and synthetic fiber material called Kevlar. It gives one- third more protection than the metal version and will be better in battle because it covers the soldier's neck and temple area, say Army specialists who spent years of research and design experimentation developing it. But even if the new helmet gives better protection against flying objects, will it be as versatile as the well-used metal veteran? Master Sgt. Mike Mason is among those soldiers wondering. "The uses of the steel pot as a wash basin, bucket for dousing fires or bailing out flooded fighting positions are well known," Mason wrote in an article entitled "So Long, Ol' Pot" in the Army's "Soldier" magazine. "So are its uses as a seat, pillow and nutcracker. It also makes a fair tent-peg pounder and chock for a brakeless truck or trailer. "And let's not forget the times many of us had to dig in with it.... "The new Kevlar helmet could serve some of these pur- poses. But with the built-in webbing it doesn't make a real good washbasin or bucket." And, "the new helmet is a little too thick to make a good shovel," Mason notes. Perhaps reluctant to see old helmet go, the Army didn't rush into adopting its replacement. The fiberglass helmet was field tested in 1976 and 1977 and only now is the Army finishing its first purchase of 30,000 for issue. So far, the new helmet has been given mainly to airborne troops, officials said. According to current plans, the Army will buy more than 1 million Kevlar helmets and distribute them to regular, National Guard and reserve soldiers. Each costs about $100. The new helmet, like the steel version, weighs about three pounds. But it is more comfortable, Army officials say, because it comes in four sizes. The old pot was one size for all. A Gift to the AMERICAN CAHCER SOCIETY MEMORIAL PROGRAM can make a big difference in cancer control. Open Sunday' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Christmas. tExcept where prohibited by law. Montgomery Word . If -\vv£.*"T /„ /••i 1-.V& it- . <.-, ,( /KT^ •©1982 Montgomery Ward Each, reg. 29.95 Berzerk; home version of the popular arcade game. Super Breakout; blast through mystery force field. Space Invaders; keep aliens from destroying earth. Each, H %^ ^^ reg. 34.99 Defender; stop aliens from kidnapping humanoids. Sword Quest-Earth World; exciting hunt for magic treasure. Use your wits to find hidden riches. 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