The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 18, 1990, Page 6, Image 6

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    Route may be shortened
Western Nebraska air service threatened
By Adeana Leftin
Staff Reporter
UNL students who use Essential
Air Service to travel to and from
school will have to find another mode
of transportation if a route is cut from
the program, Rep. Virginia Smith said.
The U.S. Department of Transpor
tation is considering shortening the
route originating in North Platte
Scottsbluff which goes to Lincoln and
Omaha. The route would end in Grand
If the service is cut, western Ne
braska will be isolated, Smith said.
Smith, a Republican, represents Dis
trict 3, which is made up of western
A flight to Scottsbluff from Lin
coln is SI32 each way or $264 round
trip. Flights run Monday through
Thursday and must be ordered seven
days in advance.
EAS operates nationwide to pro
vide govemment-subsidi/ed air trans
portation for people living in rural
areas to urban areas. It has been in
operation for 10 years and has been
extended for another 10 years.
“Although EAS has been extended,
it doesn’t mean that it will be avail
able to all the cities who want it,”
Smith said.
EAS is only required to operate to
one hub airport. The current route
originating in North Platte-Scottsbluff
has service both to Lincoln and Omaha
airports and to Denver. The route to
Denver would remain intact.
“Service to Denver runs without
subsidies and has five to six times
more riders,” said Bill Bingham, chief
of the service compensation division
at the Office of Aviation Analysis in
Smith argued that EAS serves
special needs for western Nebraskans.
“There won’t be a service to the
universities, the stale government, or
the state offices. They need a connec
tion to Lincoln,” Smith said.
“I’m sure the degree (of isolation)
will be taken into consideration,”
Bingham said.
U.S. Sens. Bob Kerrey and Jim
Exon argued Nebraska’s case before
DOT officials Thursday.
Exon, D-Ncb, called the flights
important to Nebraska’s development
efforts. As author of the EAS law,
Exon said he intended to keep pres
sure on DOT to continue the flights.
Kerrey, D-Neb., agreed.
The east-west air service helps keep
the state together, Kerrey said. Con
tinuation of the route is essential to
economic equality, he said.
Assistant Secretary of Transporta
tion Jeffrey Shane said the service
usually is not canceled if more than
10 people use it.
According to DOT figures, fewer
than seven passengers per day board
flights that originate in Scottsbluff
and North Platte and land in Lincoln
or Omaha. The Lincoln Municipal
Airport, however, reports that nine
people a day use the flight.
Smith said she would remind DOT
that EAS serves not only the cities but
also the surrounding rural areas.
Bingham said that although the
program is being re-examined, no
changes may be made to the route.
DOT enters into agreements with
aireamers usually for a two-year period
and reviews the programs when the
agreements come to term.
The contract with GP Express has
just come to term and is being exam
The main purpose of the review is
to compare the added cost to the
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atmosphere American students find
much earlier, Rapkin said.
During his teaching, Rapkin found
Japanese students more literate than
American students. Fewer Japanese
students, however, stand out as ex
ceptionally bright, he said.
Japanese students, Rapkin said, are
reluctant to assert their views. In Japan,
it is considered rude to speak out in
class, which makes discussion courses
tough, he said.
The grading system at Tsukuba
University also makes college less
stressful. An A is 80-100, a B is 70
79, a C is 60-69, and anything below
59 is a D. This avoids the stigma of F
for failure, Rapkin said.
The university does not place D’s
on students’ records. If Japanese stu
dents have a class that is too demand
ing or they fall behind, they simply
quit going to the class. Because D’s
don’t appear on the students’ record,
there is no penalty, Rapkin said.
Aside from his position atTsukuba
University, Rapkin taught international
relations and international political
economy part time at the Interna
tional University of Japan.
He also was involved in a research
project with a Japanese forum study
ing international relations, wrote for
Japan esc journals and magazines, and
published an English work concern
ing Japan’s world role and prospects
for Japanese world leadership.
In Rapkin’s research, he saw first
hand the threat to the American econ
omy that Japan’s growing industry
and technology poses.
‘‘The fact that Japan is a threat is
only because of our own failure to
take care of American business,” he
said. “Japan is surpassing the U.S. in
many areas of technology and indus
trial production. It’s America’s fault
for not moving faster.”
Rapkin found that Japan has many
cultural as well as economic differ
ences, but he said he was pleased with
his reception in Japan and adjusted
fairly easily to the changes.
Rapkin said, for example, that
snee/ing in public is bad form and
blowing your nose draws stares and
disdain. Yet men commonly spit in
public and sometimes urinate in pub
lie, Rapkin said.
Rapkin has been at UNL since
1977 and served as chairman of the
political science department from 1985
to 1988. He resumed his position upon
his return from Japan.
“I accomplished a lot in terms of
research, publishing work about Ja
pan’s world role, and establishing some
very good professional relationships
with Japanese scholars,” Rapkin said.
Rapkin docs not teach a Japanese
political science course but is finding
ways to incorporate the knowledge
he gained from his experiences in
Japan into his classes.
His experiences in Japan proved to
be valuable for himself and his pro
fession, he said.
“It’s valuable and necessary to
leave the protection of the heartland
to observe other nations and their
cultures,” he said.
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The next part of Lee’s agenda was
to talk to Sen. Dianna Schimek of
“First of all. I’m honored to have
the governor in my office, because
she’s never been here before,’
Schimek joked.
Since she had been state Demo
cratic Party chairwoman, Schimek said,
she thought she was a good contrast to
Orr, a Republican.
The next leg of Lee’s capital visit
took him to Nebraska Stale Treasurer
Frank Marsh’s office.
Marsh told Lee that part of his job
was to know exactly how much money
Nebraska had at any time. On Mon
day, Nebraska had S270.050.436.78
in the stale’s general fund and
S40,037,042.74 in its cash reserves,
he said.
Lee said lhal he thought the Stu
dent Foundation’s goals had been
accomplished, but he said there were
things he would have changed.
“I probably would have had her
(Orr) dress as a regular student so we
weren’t so conspicuous,” Lee said.
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Brian Shellito/Daily Nebraskan
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