humans as “riders on the Earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold brothers who know that they are truly brothers.” The fundamentalists object that the book advocates sun worship, internationalism, and oneworld government. The trial is being compared to the celebrated 1925 case in which high school biology teacher John Thomas Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution. From Hunger v Part of the $100 million contra-aid bill recently passed in the U.S. House includes authority for Reagan to transfer $300 million from existing African famine relief programs and use it for economic assistance to Central American countries. Administration officials said famine conditions in Ethiopia and other African nations have improved, and if the bill passes the Senate, they plan to take $225 million from a fund set up to provide aid to Ethiopia and $75 million from the Food for Peace program. Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and John Melcher, D-Mont., protested the transfer of African aid money to the contra aid package. In a letter to Reagan, Harkin said, “It would be unconscionable to divert funds from a program to combat world hunger and starvation to a policy which will produce further bloodshed and hardship for the people of Central America.” v Now that Jesse Helms, R-N. Carolina, has effectively soured relations between the U.S. and Mexico, he blares his dangerous nonsense from points farther south. This time it’s Chile. Helms has criticized the State Department for placing pressure on Chile to restore democracy and calling for investigation into the recent death of a young Chilean-born resident of Washington, D.C. Helms, chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee on Latin America, said, “Chile is a stable country which has no corruption, and I admire Chileans because they believe in free enterprise.” v After building more than $200 million worth of office buildings, shopping centers, houses, and apartments in Texas and New Mexico, the kingdom of Texans Ben F. Barnes and John Connally appears to be crumbling, according to the Dallas Morning News. Poor John, three-time governor of the state and former U.S. Treasury secretary, says, “I don’t like the fact that we’re having to work 12 to 14 hours a day to get ourselves out of this quagmire.” The partnership has since January defaulted on more than $35 million in loans, and one owner foreclosed on an acre of real estate in downtown Austin. Connally and Barnes owe $170 million in debts. Says Connally: “We’re scratching to keep from being dumbbells.” Institutional Bias V A recent survey conducted in Houston found that citizens there would rather accept spending cuts for universities and colleges than for prisons and jails. Richard Murray, the University of Houston political scientist directing the survey, said the general public believes the higher education system is adequate but fears having inmates turned loose on the streets fo? lack of prison funding. He said that, with so many people in Houston concerned with the basic problems of economic survival, there is a willingness to accept cuts in higher education spending. Under-taxed V Noting Texas’ need to diversify its funding base since the collapse of oil prices, Austin’s Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation president Bobby Inman said recently that Texas residents pay an average of $615 per person in state taxes, most of which result from the state sales tax. The national average, Inman said, is $835 per person, and only residents of New Hampshire and South Dakota pay less per person in average annual state taxes. Gene Alteration v Developments in biotechnology are not highly publicized, so it’s not unusual that no ceremony was called and no statement issued when the President recently signed a major set of rules, guidelines, and definitions to regulate the industry. The rules, which take effect immediately, assign oversight responsibilities to the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and the National Institute of Health. Several prominent biologists say the new guidelines are not adequate and that the alteration of some genes would not be subject to strict review. More than 200 biotechnology companies are ready to license new genetic creations in the form of plants, pesticides, drugs, vaccines, and other products, and major chemical corporations such as Monsanto, Dow, and DuPont are heavily invested in the industry \(see TO, Correction In a discussion of John Connally, Billy Clayton, and other party switchers \(“Tower: The Life of the Party,” we suffered a glitch in our usually crackerjack system of copy editing, proofreading, and production, leading to the following: “Connally and Clements were both indicted, although acquitted. . . .” The sentence should have read, “Connally and Clayton were both indicted, although acquitted.” We apologize to our readers and to loyalist Republican Clements, who has enough bones to bury. The editors. Whole Earth Provision Company Nature Discovery Gifts amaze, inform, delight Choose from our business or family gifts of lasting value, for all ages, price ranges and any occasion. 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