Starvation Could Result
6A—Saturday, March 27, 1976
Rapid Population Growth
Is Major Global Concern
By PAUL MILLER
There is direct connection, although unplanned, between
two recent newspaper headlines.
1. By 2000, Prevention of Starvation May be Chief Global Concern.
2. World Population To Hit 4 Billion.
It's not a matter of over-population altogether. All projections
about food, reported the Wall Street Journal, have now been
affected by the energy crisis and the weather — cheap energy and
favorable weather are not, it turns out, here to stay.
But population growth has to be the continuing concern of all.
Its rapidity is frightening.
Only the other day the Population Reference Bureau reported from Washington that world
population was at 4 billion — having soared a billion in only
15 years. Nor was there any accompanying word of major
progress on population control.
The most encouraging word from the Population Control
Bureau was that the 4 billion mark once was expected to have
been reached sometime last year.
And look ahead:
By 2000, according to current
forecasts, the world population
of 4 billion will have grown to
nearly 7 billion. By 2050 it will
double to 14 billion . . .
Good Old Nixon
Richard Nixon high in a poll?
Who'd have thought it, say, on August 8, 1974? the day he left the presidency?
He was running second to John F. Kennedy at latest count,
in a continuing "vote" among visitors to the President's
Exhibit at the Center of Science and Industry at Columbus, Ohio.
Since opening of the exhibit in October 1975, more than 34,000
visitors of all ages have voted for their "favorite leader," said
a Center report. Using an automatic tallying system, all votes
are permanently recorded and displayed on a scorecard at the exhibit, which was a Bicentennial gift to the museum by the
Nationwide Insurance Co.
John Kennedy has consistently held the lead. He recently had
received 3,800 votes or about 11 per cent of votes cast.
Second was Nixon, with 3,458.
Third was Abraham Lincoln with 3,282.
President Ford was fourth, 3,168 and our first president,
George Washington, fifth, 3,070.
Ford and Nixon, says the Center, "usually" carry school-children's vote; young adults
favor Kennedy. A Principal with Guts
What's needed, among other things, in schools all across the
country is some of the spirit of Howard Hurwitz. Remember
him? He's the hard-nosed Long Island City, N.Y., principal who
successfully staged a one-man-sit-in strike in his office against
an order to reinstate an unruly 15-year-old girl who abused and
threatened a school secretary.
The girl, he said, was a career trouble-maker. Yet, when he
suspended her, a local anti-
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Big government draws fire from nearly everyone. It's not that people
want old programs dismantled — that's not the goal. What makes them
sore is the waste, inefficiency, red tape, Washington's creeping intrusion into their lives."
—U.S. News and World Report, in a discussion of subjects of current public interest.
poverty agency protested that her rights had been violated and
Principal Hurwitz's superiors ordered him to take her back. A
compromise provided the girl could return, but under close supervision.
It takes guts to be a school principal these days in most
American cities. School officials trying to impose proper discipline often find themselves on
the losing side. Only with official and public support can dedicated educators such as Howard
Hurwitz exercise needed control.
And, by the way, it will be interesting to follow what happens to Howard Hurwitz. Make
a note to ask your local newspaper to find out, say, a year from now.
Authorities in outlying Chinese cities and provinces have,
reports the Reuters news agency, begun a campaign to
educate people against staring at foreigners.
It causes traffic jams, they say. But worse, it spoils China's
prestige in the world. True, it does cause traffic
jams. But the authorities needn't worry about China's prestige
being "spoiled." The little U.S. group my wife and I were with
on a visit to Nanking stirred up what looked like a friendly riot.
It was fun.
If they crowded close to get a look at the oddly attired round-
eyes from outer space, they also provided the funny foreigners a
close-up look at themselves. One could get such a face to face
common people confrontation in no other way.
We went into a Nanking store to look for some table tennis
sets to take home — China could be the world capital of ping
pong. The throngs that had begun gathering as we left our
car flowed into the store, jammed the aisles, and we got
out as soon as we completed our purchases. On the street then,
they had closed in for a block. But, no, we weren't repelled
or discomfited. It was laughing,
smiling, shoving fun for them — and for us.
One of the interesting trends in education is that toward more
and more adult study of every day subject matter
"Experience U" they call it at Oklahoma State University,
where, it was noted on a visit, "non-credit mini-courses are
offered in photography, plants, glassblowing, sailing, crafts,
sewinig, and sandwich making, needlepoint, printing, macrame
— and one that particularly piqued the curiosity of this visitor: Assertiveness.
I asked a faculty member what study of "Assertiveness"
might embrace. He wasn't sure, but he opined that it might be
helpful to "non-assertive" faculty members in need of better
defenses against "assertive" students. Or vice versa.
Short Short Editorial
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Daniel P. Moynihan
seems to make more sense every day. Among his latest:
"At the United Nations, everywhere I turned there was an
assault on free countries. It looked like it came from this
little country or that little country. But Soviet Union was behind it."
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