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Image 2 of The Kentucky Kernel, June 26, 1959

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2-- TIIE KENTUCKY KERNEL, Friday, June ( 2G, 1959 The Kentucky Kernel Desert Nightingales Plague Westerners The summer Kernel, which comes out every Friday, will be distributed at the following places: Journalism Building, Mo Hall, Taylor Education Vey Building. Margaret King Library, SUB and Administration University of Kentucky f.ntrrctl at (he Tost Office nt Lcxinirton, Krntiickv m second cl.si matter under tho Act of March 3. 187 J. Published weekly during the summer session. MX DOLLAHS A SCHOOL YEAR I Bob Anderson and Suzy Horn, Anne V ike and CiirusTA I' INI.ey, Editorial Assistants Hii.l N'kikihk, Editorial Writer I'ehry Ashley, Business Manager John Mitchell, rhotographcr. Hank Ciiwmw, Cartoonist Co-Edito- rs A Sticky Situation Once upon a time, we had hopes Kentucky would gradually advance from its state of educational dormancy to a more respectable position among the nation's school s stems. But not so anymore. For with one sweeping, .slashing blow, the Court of Appeals last week made its widespread decision to limit the salary of state officers to $12,000 a year and employees to $7,200 a year. The court, in all fairness, performed .its duty in interpreting the constitution of Kentuckya constitution that is antiquated and impractical to the state. But, in doing its duty, it may haveTand probably will have done more to cripple education in Kentucky' than any event in the state's history. The impact of the decision shocked almost every educator and public official in the state. But it especially hurt the University. For 23 of the faculty and administrative staff earn more than $12,000 a year and certainly more were to be hired for salaries more than the limit. The new medical school appears to be the hardest struck by the decision, since obviously it is difficult to hire a doctor or a specialist for $12,000 a year. It will be equally as damaging to the reputation of the University, which already is renowned for not paying its teachers and administrators high salaries. That some of UK's distinguished professors have accepted more lucrative jobs elsewhere attests to this. Heretofore, we were reminded of UK's progressive outlook with the building of the new medical school, the initiation of the campus master plan and increased requirements for students. It seemed that although the state certainly was suffering from educational disease, the University was stepping forward and perhaps pioneering a path for better education and thus becoming the saviour of the state's 1 low-rankiil- g system. " . , ! Then the harsh reality of the constitution caught up with the University and state and threatens to hand both one of their worst economic, political and educational setbacks. It is a law, all right, but fortunately law and justice are not always synonomous. . The Kernel traditionally has kept its editorial nose out of the state political scene unless, a decision was so controversial that it merited comment. In this tasc, the antiquated constitution of the state finally has crippled Kentucky enough so that it is time for such comment. For behind the outmoded laws in the constitution, "there seems to be an That may be the reason burros PANAMINT, Calif. (AP) The Western states are facing a minor look so forlorn. crisis: What to do about their increasing herds of "desert nightingales," the placid, homely and fertile burros. You can't eat a burro. The human digestive system just isn't designed to accommodate the consistency, of burro meat. You can't ride a burro at least, not very far. You can't Just forget about him and hope he'll go off and die because he won't. A burro can find food and water in places where no other animal can survive. You can train a burro to carry a heavy load in rugged country, but Jeeps are faster and cheaper. So what good is a burro? This question is beginning to bother wildlife authorities in the West. "In some areas of California, Arizonia, Nevada and New Mexico," says Dr. Tom McKnight, assistant profesor of geography at the University of California at Los Angeles, "the' burro has an economic and wildlife 1 Block from University menace. will "The burro S. Limestone St. bighorn livestock, the desert sheep, desert ground birds and sometimes deer by eating most High St. down of the forage, trampling nesting areas and hogging and holes. Furtherfouling water his more, he. can outbreed Rd. 944 competitors." The burro will eat plants which other animals won't even sniff. Worse yet, he is wasteful, pulling up plants by the roots and eating only a few mouthfuls, thus ending the chance that some other animals may later forage in the same area. Brought to this country by the Spanish conquistadores as beasts of burden, the burro has no place in this mechanized age. He was left to ran wild when the exthe plorers departed and over intervening centurit-- has won his fight for survival. Now some 13,000 roam the uninhabited desert areas of the West number is growing, and their frequently to the detriment of other forms of wildlife. Some years ago an effort was made to trap burros' and sell them as pets. Several thousands were distributed to other sectors of the nation in this way. But, as anyone who has ever ' lived in close proximity with a burro can understand, the fad is dying out. Even the cutest baby burro FOR THE FINEST IN REFRESHMENT TRY A, I , jjr re-co- out-comp- ffne Icecream me 820 ete and Cochran Winchester s apathy on the part of our politicians to allow the constitution to. remain in its colonial form. It seems to be at the roots of our educational ills-t- his static, old fashioned apathy. For the Kentucky officials affected by the decision of the court and the law in the constitution, the answer to' the problem could be very simple. There are always better jobs awaiting outside the state where there are no limits on salaries and more modernistic outlooks. But for Kenftuky's school system and the University in particular, ' the problem is not so easily solved. We're stuck with it. grows up. . "Ah, the Redman! Noble savage!" GEN. GEORGE CUSTER Hamburger DILI'S PHARMACY With Fried Onions SERVIC 15c And E HIS ORCHESTRA Typewriters, Adding Machines Sales To Go, 7 for $1 Service and Rentals ARCHIE'S OK GRILL 106 W. Euclid Phone The Prescription Center 915 S. Lime DAVE PARRY KENTUCKY TYPEWRITER Regular Size 36 Repair service, adding machines, new and used portables, carbons, ribbons, and office supplies. PHONE 07 ON THE PARIS PIKE 387 ROSE ST. 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