ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 27, 1990
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.
(Southwest Oklahoma: Barry Serafin) Future of parts of the Great Plains that have been dwindling in population and productivity featured; scenes shown from near-ghost towns of Gotebo, OK, and Cooperton, OK. [Land use expert Frank POPPER - says dying towns should be allowed to die and large parts of the plains should be returned to the state the settlers found in the 1860s.] Opposition of plains residents to Popper's plans outlined. [Cooperton resident Joy GANONG - comments.] [Author Vine DELORIA - says the land is exhausted.] [Representative Pat ROBERTS - opposes plan.] [Geographer Debra POPPER - responds.] The land noted reclaiming many small towns anyway.
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