The Fort Hood Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 12, 1979 Page: 4 of 36
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By DAVE MOONEY
THE FT. HOOD SENTINEL Thursday April 12 1979
American life styles
depend on autos
The three traditional requirements for life food
clothing and shelter have been joined in America's
mobile society by a fourth requirement transporta-
tion. And in America that means an automobile. Our
life style is almost totally dependent upon having a car.
In most parts of the country it is impossible to get
from point A to point without taking a car. Walking is
now a form of exercise not of locomotion and one that
must be undertaken with care since we stopped build-
ing sidewalks quite a few years ago. (When was the last
time you walked to the post office or the grocery store?)
In the recent decades of progressively fancier cars
and inexpensive fuel we designed our cities and towns
homes and work places recreation and even family
locations around the automobile. We invested billions
in roads and an interstate highway system. And we
continue to use the car to the hilt even weathering the
"energy crisis" of '73 without changing patterns appre-
But now we are told there is a distinct possibility
that by June or at least by the end of the year the price
of gasoline may well be up to a $1 a gallon. Scary.
Of course it is already that price in many European
countries. And unleaded premium is selling for 93 cents
now in Chicago and people are paying it. We are buying
gas in the same quantities as when it cost 50 cents.
But then we have to. There is little choice because as
much as we are prone to avoid thinking about our
dependence on anything we depend on the automobile
for our daily living.
We miss work or are late and it is usually because
"the car wouldn't start."
We budget for car repairs like we budget for food an
When we are teenagers a car is the first thing we
want and often need when we approach old age it is the
last thing we want to give up. And often we can't afford
We used to call our relationship with the American
car a love affair. Love has given way to reliance and it
We will eventually find a solution to our energy
problems. But one of the most urgent is our use of
petroleum products and the biggest user of those is the
automobile. It will take more than smaller more fuel
efficient cars car pools and mass transit to solve this
problem. It may very well require a painful alteration
to our life style and we haven't a whole lot of time.
And that's my opinion.
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Someone is always
trying to pass me
By CHARLES RAY
No matter how fast I go someone is trying to pass
This is not a recurring dream I'm talking about but a
nightmarish reality that happens to me everytime I
"put the pedal to the metal" as the CBers say.
IT GOES SOMETHING like this. If the speed limit on
a particular stretch of road is 45 my first inclination is
to go 45. That's a holdover from the old days when my
mother taught me to abide by rules. In concession to
modern practice and local custom however I will let
the old needle slide up an additional five miles per.
Now if you think that means I'm whizzing down the
highway passing everything in sight you're a think
Cars are screaming up behind me drivers' faces
knotted in impatient angers horns blaring looking for
the first opportunity to pass. When I'm in a good mood
I speed up a little going as fast as 60 in a 45 mph zone.
You'd think that would help. It doesn't. There's still
someone wanting to pass me.
THERE IS A limit of course of how far I will bend
the rules or jeopardize my fragile frame so what I
usually do is continue to follow the speed limit and
common sense and suffer the slings arrows and
honking horns of outraged drivers. Now I've read all
the psychological stuff about how automobiles bring
out the aggressive tendencies in people about how a
Casper Milquetoast becomes Ivan the Terrible behind
That however does not adequately explain this thing
about passing the car ahead of you.
I have a theory. It's not scientific but unless some-
one comes up with something better I'm sticking to it.
My theory is this. We are such a competitive spe-
cies—this human race—that we have to beat everyone
else at everything we do. This includes driving. We've
just got to beat that guy in the car in front of us no
matter how hard we must strain our engine wear our
gears or risk our lives.
I'VE NOTICED THAT this tendency develops at a
very early age. My children not yet school-age get
very upset with me when I let a car go past.
So there you have it. It's just a great big contest to
see who can get there first.
My question is this. Where are we going that's so
important that we have to get there so fast? And what
is the prize for winning?
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As I sat at my window last week
watching the rain fall to the ground in
sheets I began to wonder about just
how much control the major oil com-
panies have over everyday life. You
see I just bought a bicycle to help fight
the rising cost of driving my car and as
soon as I started riding the bike the
weather got bad.
I have only been able to ride it twice.
NORMALLY THE CONTINUED rain
would not have bothered me too much
but before I forked out all that money
for anew shiny ten-speed we had gone a
month or so without even the slightest
hint of lousy weather. Then as soon as I
had anew mode of transportation that
required no oil products the weather
turned towards the worst.
This sudden change of events led me
to believe that these rich oil companies
possibly have more power than we give
them credit for. We all know that they
have strong lobbies in Washington
fighting for their rights but now I'm
beginning to believe that they are also
By CHARLES SCHILL
Misery may love company but wit's no
comfort to be out on a limb with some-
body who's trying to cut your section of
the branch off. In recent days the
Army Reserve and National Guard
(NG) has received almost as much cri-
ticism as the Active Army. Unfortun-
ately a good deal of it has come from
full-time soldiers and commanders who
are supposed to be partners-in-
readiness with Reserve Component
CRITICS BOTH IN and out of uniform
have' branded our Reserve Component
Forces as woefully understrength ill-
equipped and poorly trained.
Well talk is one of the few things that
continues to be cheap nowdays and I
suggest that many of these critics—
both civilian and military have never
worked with or observed Reserve Com-
ponents. I had the opportunity to do
both during Brave Shield 19 and frankly
the performance of many of these part-
time soldiers really surprised me.
The fact of the matter is that our
reserve component partners do their
admittedly part-time jobs year in and
year out. And the challenges they face
in leadership motivation recruiting
maintenance and supply are oftentimes
more complex than our own.
DON'T BELIEVE IT? The next time
you're down in the motor pool cursing
that broken down armored personnel
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WROTE Tflli S...
AMD DON'T USE PROFANITY.'
Is Mother Nature against us?
lobbying with a higher authority.
Could it be that they have added
Mother Nature to their payroll? I shud-
der to think that they could have "influ-
enced" someone as powerful as Mother
J^ature. Just think of the consequences
of having someone on your side who
cOukliorce people to use more oil. Why
they would be able to drive the prices of
oil products out of sight.
But if they were able to pay off
Mother Nature causing her to turn
traitor what's to stop them from invad-
ing other sacred grounds? What if the
oil companies managed to infiltrate
CAN YOU IMAGINE the problems
people could have if they had to go past
St. Peter at the Pearly Gates and he
was on the payroll of a major oil com-
pany? The dialogue of anew resident
checking into Heaven could go some
AR NGs vital to Total Force
carrier think of all the things you've
got going for you in the battle to keep
that iron beast running. The PLL clerk
the motor sergeant and his mechanics
the direct support and general support
maintenance facilities and a vast com-
puterized supply system all working to
assist you. Now consider trying to keep
an obsolete M42 a twin 40 mm self-
propelled air defense gkn running. The
system is decades old and no longer in
the Army's inventory so parts are prob-
ably not readily available. Yet Battery
C 4th Battalion 200th Air Defense
Artillery does manage to keep its M42's
nicknamed "dusters" running and
they were here at Ft. Hood for Brave
Shield protecting active duty maneuv-
er units from hostile air attack. Any-
body who can pull off a trick like that
must have something going for them.
How often have we all complained
bitterly about the lack of a rifleman in
our squad or mechanic or clerk in our
section? Ever wonder why those hordes
of recruiters with millions of dollars at
their disposal can't keep our ranks
full? Well imagine what it would be like
without all that and that's the situation
that most reserve component units live
with. As one reserve major told me
"There's definitely not enough money
involved to attract anybody into the
reserves. There's a lot of 'Old Glory
mom's apple pie and the girl next door'
in these people. What else could explain
a certified public accountant who volun-
teers to be a specialist five one weekend
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thing like this:
"Hello there" said St. Peter.
"What's your name?"
"John Smith" replied the possible
"Ah yes I have your name right here
in my book" chimed in St. Peter "and
boy are you in trouble."
"Why is that?" questioned John.
"Well it says here that you were a
Moped salesman and we don't care
much for those" explained St. Peter.
"Huh?" stuttered John.
"BY SELLING MOPEDS you hurt
the oil companies and that's not
allowed. You'll just have to go south"
St. Peter said.
I can just picture all of you out there
smiling to yourselves saying that wit's
just too far-fetched to believe. But think
back 10 years ago. Did you ever think
that gas prices would reach the stage
they are now? I sure didn't.
I'm beginning to wonder if I should
have ever bought that bicycle. I was
only trying to save a little money but I
guess that wit's not right. After all I
don't want to cause the oil companies
any discomfort. And all this rain I seem
to have caused is not setting too well
with my friends.
RESERVES ARE A different breed
of soldier for other reasons as well. In
the active Army most of us are taken
right out of a school environment (be it
elementary high school or college) and
taught a job based on our desires or a
recruiter's whims or the needs of the
service. In the reserve component a
large percentage of volunteers opt for
duties related to their civilian jobs.
That creates a pool of professional ex-
pertise that the military might not ordi-
narily have access to. A prime example
of this is the mess steward for the 238th
Maintenance Company who's the
administrative supervisor for the diet-
ary unit of San Antonio's Baptist Memo-
rial Hospital on "civie street." His
expertise and that of thousands of
other reservists and NG's could prove
crucially important to the Army in time
of war or emergency. After alJ we tend
to make allowances for other profes-
sionals in the service—doctors
lawyers clergymen—why shouldn't
that same consideration be applied to
our reserve component counterparts?
I could go on but the bottom line is
that over 1600 guardsmen and reser-
vists came to Ft. Hood for Brave Shield
19. They did their part throughout the
joint readiness exercise and hopefully
benefited from the opportunity to work
with other active and reserve compo-
nent forces toward a common goal.
FOR MY OWN part I learned that
the Total Force our team of re-
serves national guard and active duty
units—not only works but works well if
we will all just shuddup and let it.
Bob Mathis 778-4444 ...
Walter M. Tilley 526-5141
Sandi Bishop 526-5141 ..
By BILL LOPEZ
Travolta look popular
among many soldiers
The John Travolta look in uniforms is gaining popu-
larity among soldiers who travel.
The Travolta look in case you aren't aware of the
latest styles is the leisurely appearance that takes on
many forms usually something like an unbuttoned
coat and a shirt collar that flares outside the coat. A
hairy chest or low-cut blouse area couple options to
AND TAKEN TO extremes the style might include
a look like the soldier just won first place in a Marathon
Disco Contest and hasn't had time to change clothes
But the style of course doesn't agree with regula-
tions and standards for wearing the Army Uniform.
Therein rests the age-old tradition of pride in sol-
It's not new when various levels of command "clamp
down" on soldiers who are sloppy especially in
public. But lately the rumblings about soldier appear-
ance in public airports and the like have grown louder
and more frequent in locations throughout the world.
TO THE TROOP and commander this doesn't mean
you need to brush-up on rules for wearing the uniform
or what's expected of you when you're in the public eye.
It means that not following the standards you already
know will carry unwelcome consequences.
Pride in being a soldier and command responsibility
to enforce standards cannot be directed in a commen-
But it can be pointed out that a war of sorts should be
declared on shabby troops.
The question then isn't who will win but what side
are you on?
Letters to the Editor
Some women are just
This is my first opportunity to sit down and read the
SENTINEL but now that I have I believe it would be
appropriate for me to express my view on "Harassed
I MUST AGREE that the author of "Harassed
Women an obvious minority" is stating the over-
obvious truth as it is in my section of Ft. Hood. We have
women who take pride in themselves and demonstrate
ladylike qualities. They very seldom receive any of this
abuse that these radical females proclaim. Then there
are those who carry themselves as though their only
purpose in coming in the Army was to tease men. And
in the Army there area lot of men to tease. Men who
are far from home and who sometimes desire the
company of the fairer sex.
These men are like fish roaming for food only to get
attracted by the worms of the prostitutes and females
out to use and literally abuse the G.I. Then once they
venture to appease their appetite they find themselves I
hooked and pulled along until they can free themselves
and wear the pains that cause their freedom.
WOMEN RESPECT YOURSELVES and try to
understand what is happening because you volunteered
and the abuse you receive at times was part of the deal.
Then too remember if you did as Mary Evans suggests
then you degrade yourself even more with such ignor-
Ft. Hood Texas
Why arevit women
I'm writing concerning the remarks and comments
that "the so called mature women" of Ft. Hood are
making at this time. I think that your classification of
man as an "animal" was outrageous. Before you could-
call anybody an animal look at yourself first. Because:
whether you know it or not we were born the same"
way you (women) were.
IF YOU MATURE women are getting harassed so
much why aren't you doing anything about it besides
complaining and calling names? Have you heard of!
the saying that "action speaks louder than words.
Well this saying is still true. I'm not saying that the-
women should shoot us one by one or get us all bunched:
together and blow us up. But these respectable women
should take the positive steps on what to do when they
are harassed. Obviously if they don't know these steps
then they are not really concerned about this problem.
THE REMARK THAT the majority of men on Ft.
Hood are animals is our should be the best joke of the
year. You "harassed women" act like this is your first
time being around men that wasn't to your satisfaction.
I know damn well that before they came to Ft. Hood
that they were harassed and after they leave they
probably will be harassed again. So don't you think that
before you make it worse you should make it better. In
other words don't play with the subject but do
something about it!
I wish all you harassed women luck but also I hope
that someday these women will find out the difference
between an animal and a man. There's a big differ-
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