Aiken Standard, March 8, 1987, Page 8

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 8, 1987, Aiken, South Carolina European Union — Steadily Toward A Goal BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -Despite periods of setback and stalemate, Western Europe is slowly inching toward its goal of creating a United States of Europe. European leaders are stepping up the long march toward closer economic, political and social integration — a campaign that began a generation ago to solidify democracy on a continent whose history is dotted with war and tyranny. „ The task is so enormous, given • the traditional differences in lan- • guage, economic strength, nationalist feelings and political cohe- -sion among the West European I nations, that the dream of a fully I united Europe remains far from fulfilled. Yet the struggle goes on, and with increasing support from ordi- • nary citizens. Sprinkled across the region is a mixture of institutions that sprang up after World War II in a burst of enthusiasm for building a community of nations that the late French economist and statesman Jean Monnet, a prime advocate of European unity, foresaw as a “second America.” One of the oldest of these institutions is the Council of Europe, set up in 1949 as a forum for discussion of European affairs by government ministers and parlia- . mentarians from 21 countries. • Another is the Western European Union, which binds seven countries in a defense treaty and allows them to consult on security and political issues outside the broader North Atlantic Treaty Organization. At the center of Europe’s effort to integrate is the European Economic Community, or Common Market, the only one of the institutions with truly supranational powers. The 12 EEC countries are working together to fashion not only a • common market for their products and a common approach to the environment, unemployment and other related problems, but also a common view of the world outside their frontiers. The EEC marks its 30th birthday March 25, still far from fulfilling its founders’ pledge to “eliminate the barriers which divide Europe” but determined to widen its reach into everyday life and to make its work more useful to ordinary citizens. Disputes and deadlocks in the major pan-European organizations often get the most public attention, in and out of Europe. But the years of cooperative effort have yielded sme practical , accomplishments: ^ Elimination of custom duties for goods that cross European borders. ^ Linking of eight nations’ currency values, within the European Monetary System, to help create stable trade flows between the European member countries and to PROPOSED EUROPEAN UNION 1. GREAT BRITAIN 2. IRELAND 3. DENMARK 4. NETHERLANDS 5. BELGIUM 6. WEST GERMANY 7. LUXEMBOURG 6. FRANCE 9. ITALY 10. GREECE 11. SPAIN 12. PORTUGAL PROFILE Geography: $00,000 square miles Population: 320 million (estimated) about 7% of the world’s population Per-capita Income: $10,SOO CurrancyiEuropean Currency Unit (Ecu) currently worth about $1.10. AREA COMPARISON TO U.S. develop greater cooperation in economic policy. ^ Development of a common European currency, known as the European currency unit (Ecu). Today it is used mainly as an accounting device, but it is rapidly gaining popularity in consumer transactions. ^ Creation of a common European passport. Although it took IO years of seemingly needless haggling, the first passports, bearing the words “European Community” and the name of the holder’s country, came into use in 1985 as a tangible symbol of European identify. ^ Joint development of many major weapons systems, including the Tornado jet fighter aircraft built by defense contractors in Britain, Italy and West Germany. ^ Since 1979, members of the European Parliament have been directly elected by citizens of the EEC nations. Before that they were appointed by the member governments. The 518-member Parliament’s powers are limited to such things as helping write the EEC’s annual budget, but it has increased its influence, and its leaders say it eventually could be the single seat of European legislative power. The West Europeans also are working together in other ways. Companies are banding together to compete with the Americans and Japanese in civilian aircraft and high-technology fields. Scientists, through the 11-nation European Space Agency, are establishing a European place in outer space. Beyond all the official projects and formal institutions, however, is a feeling among many individuals that Europe is more than a geographic idea. A gradual, hardly visible, per sonal transformation seems under way, even in countries, notably Britain and others on the northern periphery of Europe, where people traditionally looked with skep-ticism beyond their national frontiers. This change of attitude was evident in a speech in January by the president of the European Parliament, Sir Henry Plumb, the first British subject elected to head the body. “I was bom an Englishman,” he said. “I shall die a European.” The seemingly greater interest in European unity does not mean an end to cultural diversity. “Sometimes people talk about the uniformization of Europe as if there will be one European language,” said Jimmy Jamer, director of student programs at the College of Europe. “This will never happen and I don’t think it should.” Yet the “Europeanization” of Europe is showing itself in many ways: ^ A Belgian radio station devotes one hour a week to explaining key proposals and decisions by the EEC. On Feb. 2, the station added a program on the legal rights of citizens under laws established by the EEC. ✓ Last year, for the first time, the EEC lent its name to a professional tennis tournament, the European Community Championships, to promote the European concept in sports. Prize money was awarded in European currency units. ^ Super Channel, a British-owned cable television service, on Feb. 2 began what it called the first pan-European news program, presented in English and transmitted to 6.8 million homes in 14 countries. ^ Nine schools in six countries are providing a “European” edu cation for 16,000 children of EEC employees. A separate program, yet to be approved by the EEC governments, would allow more than 40,000 students to spend a year studying in a European country other than their own. ^ Valery Giscard d’Estaing, the former president of France, last fall declared there should be a president of all of Western Europe and indicated he was ready to serve. “I don’t understand why there is not a European Washington and why no European leader invests his career in the union of Europe,” he told a French radio audience. For all these signs of progress, the cause of European unity stirs little emotion in the average citizen. A recent pan-European poll said most people don’t fully support one of the fundamental tenets of the integration effort: the right of EEC citizens to live and work permanently in any member country. Only 40 percent said they would feel regret if the EEC were dismantled. That same poll, however, said 56 percent thought of themselves as citizens, not just residents, of Europe, compared with 50 percent in a similar survey in 1983. Eighty percent said they supported the idea of integrating Western Europe, up from 63 percent in 1973. Worried that the public was losing interest in the EEC, the government leaders in June 1984 launched what they called a “Citizen’s Europe” campaign. The result has been such symbolic gestures as the adoption of a European anthem (Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”), a European flag (12 gold stars on a blue background) and common border signs patterned on the flag. Survey Suggests Mount Everest Has Competition LOS ANGELES (AP) -Mount Everest could lose its title as the world’s tallest mountain because another Himalayan peak may be loftier than previously believed, a researcher says. The American K2 Expedition measured the peak called K2 last summer and found it may be as much as 900 feet taller than its previous stated height of 28,250 feet, expedition leader Lance Owens said Friday. That would make K2 more than IOO feet taller than Everest, which rises to 29,028 feet. “I guess if K2 is one inch higher than Everest, it means that everybody’s been climbing the wrong mountain,” Owens said in a telephone interview from Pasadena. K2 stands 900 miles northwest of Everest in the Karakoram range, the northwest extension of the Himalayas that lies along the Pakistan-China border. Owens’ eight-member expedition climbed K2 from May to September 1986. Heavy snows and the threat of avalanches kept the group from reaching the top, but success of a sort came from a 150-pound box left at the base of the peak. Volunteering A Strange Proposition The way it was pitched to me was the elementary school my kids attended needed a “few good women” to uphold the tradition of excellence on the playground. They needed a croup of volunteers who would preserve and defend lo the woman the order and discipline of life after lunch ... the few ... the proud ... the Playground Aides. My decision to volunteer was to alter the course of my life. Never again would I view children as trolls of innocence. I was to learn that as few as six of them could bring a country to its knees armed only with a split baseball bat and a plastic water pistol. The experience added another dimension and a fourth R to the educational process of Reading, ’Riting, ’Rithmetic and Rehabilitation. It was something that was never talked about, and I figured all of us would pass into history and no one would ever know of our sacrifices and battles. Not true. A few weeks ago I read where a school system was going to cancel recess because funds could not be found to hire aides to police the playgrounds. A spokesman for the school said it would cost $300,000 a year to hire one or two playground aides for the district. A spokesman for the teachers’ union said, “They couldn’t pay us enough to do it.” A spokesman for the parents said, “What do we do now? We’ve got $6,000 in playground equipment that now sits idle.” Obviously, someone talked. Some mother somewhere broke the tradition of the corps and “leaked” to the press the conditions of supervising children Erma Bombeck who have been sitting in a warm room all morning listening to someone lecture on the social effects of soybeans on the Western world. I don’t think I’ll ever forget my first day in combat. The chill factor was IO below. Not one of the children being bodily pushed out of the door really believed “fresh air is good for you.” They made the best of it. A group engaged in a game of “Keepaway” kept one of the supervisors airborne for 20 minutes. Another group used the soup left in their Thermoses to make ice patches just outside the doors to “make it interesting” for those who followed. Another band engaged in “Extortion,” where they backed a classmate against the wall and demanded, “Empty your pockets.” To the school I’d say, “For $300,000 you’re getting off cheap.” To the teachers I’d say, “Hold out for combat a the parents who worry about $6,000 worth of unused equipment, I’d say, “If I hadn’t had the jungle bars to climb and hide out in until recess was over, I wouldn’t be alive today!” Los Angeles Times Syndicate r cl {k VISION ^CENTER 681 Silver Bluff Suite B Aiken, S.C. South Aiken 642-2239 ■y Appointment Eye Exam- EYE EXAM s26 Includes I) Routine eye exam by Doctor of Optometry 2 Glaucoma Toe! ley* pressure) 31 Refractive prescription for eye glasses (contact Ions addmonsl) 4) Comprehensive aye health exam. 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Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the event, described as a ‘‘movement in which Christian people around the world engage in informed prayer and prayerful action.”_ NAACP Says Remove Confederate Flags GREENVILLE (AP) - NAACP members on Saturday agreed that Confederate flags flying over the state capitols in South Carolina and Alabama should be removed. At its 35th Southeast Regional Conference in Greenville, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People adopted a resolution requesting removal of the flags they consider to be “a symbol of divisiveness, racial animosity and an insult to black people throughout the region.” The resolution also calls for the removal of Confederate flag stars and bar symbols from the state flags in Georgia and Mississippi. Your most valuable possession...your life... can be protected every hour of every day with just a press of a button. 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