Tumbleweed (Helena, Mont.) 1975-1977, November 25, 1975, Image 7

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THK TUMBLEWEED Of Education Encouraging Progress Like Americans, Koreans love know-how. Till recently an impoverished nation with 12 percent literacy rate, Korea now has 95 percent- plus, and there are 99 colleges and universities (compared to just one in 1953) plus so many graduate professionals and technicians that the country now exports brain­ power and know-how. Korea is even sending skills to advanced countries. More than 10,000 nurses from what used to be called the “hermit kingdom” have relocated to the United States, Canada and West Germany. A highly skilled engineer- jng/construction team of 15,000 South Koreans em­ ployed by 25 construction companies is building roads, bridges, dams, power plants and housing in other countries. Back home, South Koreans have built a six-mile subway in the capital of Seoul, a shipyard which builds super­ tankers for Greek shipping magnates and others, and a 266-mile, four-lane highway through the steep mountains. The explanation? Accord­ ing to C.H. Park, chairman of the Korean Traders Asso­ ciation, it is “Our national eagerness for education, espe­ cially the practical kind. Re­ placing the Confucian con­ centration of philosophy and other cultural subjects, mod­ ern South Korea is stressing the practical sciences and technologies needed to feed, shelter, defend and improve the quality of life of the once impoverished Korean people.” S h o r t T a k e s A Beautiful Itch Poison ivy’s handsome red and yellow autumn colors have deceived many an un­ suspecting flower arranger. Nearly an entire college cam pus once was in­ capacitated when the leaves were used to decorate a gymnasium for a harvest dance. Great Shakes The estimated 5.7 billion tons of salt in Great Salt Lake could supply the total industrial and domestic re­ quirements of the United States for more than 200 years. An Old Process Dehydrated potatoes sustained people in the Andes long before the first European had ever tasted the tubers. Potatoes were preserved by repeatedly squeezing out the water and exposing them to the sun and frost. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1975 - PageXlf Angela Davis Teaching Again Throwing Away Bottles and Energy Angela Davis is back in the classroom this week and already storm clouds are gathering at the small, conservative California college which hired her. Davis, 31, is teaching a series of weekend classes on “Black Women and the Development of the Black Community’ at Clare­ mont Colleges, a half dozen small, private and expensive colleges near Los Angeles. But already, the man who hired the controversial Davis has been fired and Claremont alumni and donors have threatened to cancel their endowments and gifts. Claremont officials say, how­ ever, that James Garrett, the director of the school’s Black Studios Center who hired Davis, was dismissed for his alleged role in a campus sit-in. Other school officials say that Garett may have hired Davis to embarrass Claremont in retaliation for his firing. Garrett denied this and says Davis simply applied for the job after it was advertised in trade journals. Claremont’s governing board attempted to withdraw the job offer but Davis had already signed a contract. Davis was acquitted in 1972 of murder and kidnapping charges stemming from an abortive attempt to free prisoners at the Marin County CA courthouse. A judge and three other persons were killed. Although Davis was not involved in the incident, it was later discovered that a gun belonging to one of the kidnap­ pers had been purchased by her. Davis, who says she belongs to the Communist Party, came under heavy fire during her teaching days at UCLA in the late sixties for what some University of CAlifornia regents considered her radical ideas. êW iiM Ê u ,1 k ------- __ ----- : The Family Is — One of nature’s masterpieces. Twenty years ago, the glass bottling industry recognized a bonanza in the throw-away bottle and through a nation-wide adver­ tising campaign urged Ameri­ cans to “go throw-away.” Amer­ icans went along with the trend and today, 13.5 billion non-return­ able bottles are produced every year. A few states have taken stock of the throw-away bottle idea and decided it was increasing litter and inflating prices. So Oregon passed a law requiring a mini­ mum deposit on all soft drink containers which has resulted in almost a complete shift back to refillables. Since then, beverage container litter had declined by 66 per cent there. Vermont and South Dakota have also passed throw-away laws. Residents of these three states have heavily favored the laws. A complete return to refillable bottles throughout the US would save consumers more than one billion dollars a year. And by converting to a complete refill- able system, the beverage indust­ ry could reduce energy consump­ tion by 40 to 50 per cent without any decrease in the amout of soft drinks consumed. S t r i c t l y F r e s h In another year we can stop going to the barber and begin using car wax and a soft cloth. Girls made up unattrac­ tively are wearing “shoo” polish. Clearest water in town is served in the local beanery. It’s called “soup.” Parking tickets are harvested as police motorcy­ cle crops. ITS ONLY AN ANIMAL Dying in a steel jaw, leghold trap. An animal that feels pain much like we do. Imagine having your fingers crushed in a car door. Nobody opens the door for 24 hours. That’s what happens in a steel-jaw trap. Less than half the states have laws requiring trappers to even check traps every 24 hours. No one has cared much. It’s only an animal. Every winter millions of fox, lynx, raccoons, minks, otters, muskrats, beavers, badgers, bobcats, skunks, and other animals suffer in these primitive traps. Why? Because humans think fur coats are “ glamorous and chic.” There is nothing glamorous about being clamped in a trap for hours or even days, exposed to the weather, without food or water, in pain and fear, waiting for the trapper and death. Some even chew or wring off their toes or paws to escape. But then, they’re only animals. This trap hasn’t changed much since the days early fur traders and mountain men used it to nearly wipe out the beaver in this country. That was well over 100 years ago. Today trapping is a sport...a hobby...a recreation. Few people trap for survival. The reasons have changed but the trap has not. The pain and suffering it has inflicted on wild animals over the years is impossible to comprehend. Still, little has been done about more humane traps. Again, the victims are only animals. It is time to change, time to stop making excuses for this needless suffering. It is time to outlaw the steel-jaw trap. It is the only decent thing to do— for the animals. Please help. Write Today To: The Animal Protection Institute of America • P.O. Box 22505 5894 South Land Park Drive • Sacramento, California 95822

Tumbleweed (Helena, Mont.), 25 Nov. 1975, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/Tumbleweed/1975-11-25/ed-1/seq-7/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.