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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 5

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Humanitarian Aspect Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Friday, Oct. 4, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS Cuban Mental Patients Getting Good Care EDITOR'S NOTE: George Gedila of the AP's Washington diplomatic staff has been visiting Cuba. Here is one of Ills reports on life under the revolutionary Castro. government of Fidel By GEORGE GEDUA HAVANA, Cuba (Af) Cuban revolution may The be jeavy-handed in some ways, nit it does have its humanitarian aspects. The Havana Psychiatric them. Hospital is one of "Before the revolution, it was practically a death sentence to be sent to this hospital," says Dr. Sidney Orret, the hospital's deputy director. 'What we have now is prool that when you treat a palienl is a human being he acts like a uiman being." The hospital, located in the utskirls of Havana, is spotless. AH of Cuba should cat as well the 3,500 patients at this in stilution, Beef is served three imes a week, while elsewhere n Cuba rationing limits meat purchases to three-quarters ol a pound per person every nine psychiatric hospitals other Lathi-American where patients often are left to their own devices, a full schedule of daily activities awaits each patient at the Havana hospital. built days. Unlike in most nations, and flower gardens, attend eracy classes, give each othe taircnls, run track and per form together in choral groups Orret has been at the hospita since 1846. "One year, before the reyolu lion, 87 patients died in a singl day, year, he" said. In all of las there were 73 deaths a Minerals Lease eminent was not getting lha money it deserved from state LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The mineral leases. Wnllor Skelton, State of A r k a n s a s should desi'g late one agency, possibly a icw one in the state Commerce Department, to lease state- owned mineral interests, the state geologist and the chief revenue official said Thursday. Norman V. Williams, t h c sl;te geologist and the acting director of the Commerce Department, said the state gov- assislunl director for revenues of the state Department of Finance and Administration, agreed. T he Stale -tnd Local Government Committee of the Legislative Council asked the council to draft a bill establishing a uniform procedure for leasing mineral interests on state lands under one agency. DAY'S ACTIVITIES The days activities arc around work, sports and recre .ation. Patients tend vegetable American Motors Strikers Agree To Contract Offer Weather Forecast Unseasonably cool weather is forecast for Hie eastern Ihird ot the iiiilion Friday. Colder . weather is also expected from the upper Great Lakes to tho n o r t h e r n Rockies. Wurni weather is forecast for I Ii e Southwest. Showers are ex- pected from the Southwest and southern Plains across the Midwest to the lower Great Lakes. (AP Wirephoto) Pensioner's Raise Is More Than Original Sum KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- | Strikers at American Motors Corp.'s main assembly plant have agreed to resume work after accepting a contract. AMC said it hopes to return to full production by Monday. The strike began on the day AMC had scheduled initial production of 1975 models, which were to be unveiled on dealer lots by Nov. 15. About 15,000 United Auto Workers members walked out Sept. 16 at AMC plants in Kenosha, Milwaukee and Brampton, Onti With parts shipments from Kenosha halted, AMC laid off about 3,000 more workers in Toledo, Ohio, and South Bend, Ind Spokesmen f a r the 10,000- member Kenosha Local 72 said the pact was approved by a 9-1 margin and workers began returning to the plant before midnight. Workers at AMC's Milwaukee NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. .'(AP) -- Frank Hograever, B9, Chrysler Corp.'s oldest living pensioner, has two words for ithe latest increase in his benefits: "Big Deal." Hograever's monthly check 'has just jumped '$295.05, under the $59.45, latest to crease built into the contract negotiated with the United Auti- Workers. The increase alone is $14.45 more than his monthly pension when he retired 24 years ago, but he's not impressed. . "I mean it's nice and all, I'm getting $295.05 a month now, /md when I first retired it was 345," he said. "But w h a t do Uiey do? They raise the pen- ion, then they raise the price of a car? "I've got a brand new Dodge out there in the garage right now -- always had Dodges -and this one cost me $5,100, It's the same damn car I bought the first time off John F. Dodge and Horace Dodge for $750. Ain't that much different, mister." Hograever says he walked the picket line for 14 weeks in 1950 when the UAW won the pension plan at Chyrsler. Then he retired the day after it went into effect. "It's nice, but it sure can't cover what things cost nowa- days," he said. "Went shoppin' the other day -- 1 still drive -and it took me half a minute to spend my $10, and I carried the groceries home in the palm of my hand." For more than 37 years, Htogracver operated the huge lammer in a drop forge shop, smashing white-hot steel into tie rods. 'Never missed a day of work in my life. Never. Here I am pushing 90, and healthier than you are. Can't hear too good, of course, 'cause for 37'A years I only stood two feet away from its profit-sharing pro- which provided about ,150 to each hourly worker last year, the f i r s t such dividend since the mid-1960s. Negotiators already had agreed on a contract which " ' for wages of $5.91 an lour, compared to a current $5.45 for asssembly workers lerc. The pay package includes cost-of-living allowances. plants will Sunday on vole the contract, and on a settlement reached Saturday and new two-year that hilt in' whack." h a m m e r , 5,000 pounds proposer Thursday concerning local issues. Negotiators said they sought a settlement of local issues in Brampton by the weekend. AMC said Kenosha's priority production next week would in elude parts necessary to get the South Bend and Toledo plants back in full gear. Some local issues remain un resolved in Kenosha. Ralph Daum, Local 72 president, sail if thoese matters are not set tied by Oct. 31, his local may and it resume the work stoppage, on every Bernard Lepianka, presiden of Milwaukee Local 75, said th JAW settlement with AMC has more improvements than ny individual contract ever egotiated before." Lepianka said outstanding catures of the UAW pact in- lude freedom for workers to efuse overtime and a good lental program. AMC sought unsuccessfully to [isard ;ram the hospital, he said. "The place used to be a dog house. There were 60 or 70 bci for 1,200 patients. There wer ,y fights over beds and food, we needed an orthopedic surgeon here more than psychiatrists." The hospital is one demonstration of the emphasis the Cuban revolution has placed on improved health care. Diarrhea, for example, the second biggest killer in Cuba in the 1950s, has almost been eradicated. For the revolution, the goal of universal health care has been an uphill climb all the way. Some 3,01)0 doctors left the country during the early 1900s, aggravating a scarcity problem which had already existed. Now there a r e some 8,000 physicians in Cuba -- about the same as in prerevolutionary days. In that period, medical standards in Cuba were high compared with the rest of Lat- in-Aincriea, but the best care generally was reserved for the well-to-do. Presently, there are only a Sip it slow... 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