Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 11, 1998 · Page 6
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A-6 Forum THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONPEY MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder JT UkiahDaily Journal ^0 (USPS 646-920) Dennis Wilson, Publisher K.C. Meadows - Editor Janet Noe - Advertising Manager Vic Martinez-Production Manager Yvonne Ben - Office Manager Ken Bohl - Circulatton Manager Member Audit Burawi „ „ IMBMtmbw Of CIrculitioni CalHomta NtwtpiMr PuMMwra Allocution IN OUR OPINION Shame on Riggs Rep. Frank Riggs should be ashamed of himself for quickly scheduling a Congressional hearing at taxpayers' expense on what he calls "eco-terrorism" so that he could create a one- sided record of the debacle at his office involving Earth First! protesters. Riggs deliberately set up the hearing Tuesday - at which there were only Republican members of Congress - to ensure that only people who agreed with him testified While allowing his staffers to tell overblown stories about the "terrorism" inflicted upon them by Earth First! protesters, Riggs pointedly left out any reference to the result of the incident (what most people would refer to as civil disobedience, not "eco-terrorism.") That result was the swabbing of pepper spray in the eyes of the protesting women, an •act that was later condemned not only by the media nationwide but by law enforcement as well. Riggs says that the hearing was meant to ''provide the rest of the story." : That's not true. During his short-lived Senate campaign, Riggs did nothing but stump the state telling anyone who would listen his side of that story. The fact that few agreed with him has now led him to set up his own kangaroo court on the matter at our expense. The record of this hearing should be buried on a shelf where it can collect dust until someone needs a good laugh. OTHER OPINIONS from around the nation The North (San Diego) County Times China's foothold in Long Beach ] Undeterred by recent revelations about China, the city and Port of Long Beach are pressing ahead with plans to lease 144 acres of the former Long Beach Naval Station to the China Ocean Shipping Co., an arm of the Chinese government, under control of the People's Liberation Army. While COSCO has access to the Port of Long Beach ... turning over such a large base of operations to a company owned by a communist government would be unprecedented. If nothing else, the recent CIA revelation that China has 13 nuclear-tipped missiles aimed at U.S. cities should remind us that while we are not at war, China is hardly a friend. Defenders of the deal, including Long Beach city and port officials, argue that COSCO has been a good tenant since 1981, and the lease would only put COSCO on the same Tooting as the other major international shipping lines.... ; But the proposed lease would... open the door to all sorts espionage — both military and industrial T— and arms smuggling. ... : We would urge the Senate to... stop... leasing of the base to COSCO. The desire to enhance trade with China is no reason to give it a base of secure operations so close to critical U.S. military installations in San Diego County. Congressman Frank Riggs: 1st District, 1714 ^ongworth House Office Building, Washington, P.C, 20515. (202) 225-3311; Fax (202)225-3403. Field representative in Napa,- Pam Simpson, 1700 Second St., Suite 378, Napa, 94559. Phone 2547,308. E-mail repriggs@hr.house.gov. ; Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin: State Assembly District 1, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, 94249-0001. (916) 4458360; Santa Rosa, 576-2526; FAX, Santa Rosa, 576-2297. Strom-Martin's field representative in Ukiah is Jennifer Puser, located at 104 W. Church St, ykiah, 95482, 463-5770. Lake County's representative, Harry Bistrin, can be reached at 463-5771. The office's fax number is 463-5773. ' Senator Mike Thompson: State Senate District 2, Room 3056, Sacramento, 95814. (916) 445-3375; FAX (916) 323-6958. Thompson's representative for Mendocino County is Kendall §mith, 962-0933, P.O. Box 2208, Fort Bragg, 95437. The Ukiah Daily Journal's email Address is: udj@saber.net. More on medical marijuana To the Editor: I would like to respond to the letter by Dr. Werra, published June 2 in the Ukiah Daily Journal. The Medical Marijuana Initiative was not a referendum on whether the pharmaceutical products recommended by Dr. Werra are more beneficial than marijuana but whether those that smoke or grow marijuana for medical purposes should be prosecuted as criminals. Roy Downey Will its Wear life vests while boating To the Editor: My fishing partner and I was just going to quit when we noticed a small sail boat a ways from us and the fellow was waving his arms, I told Bob that he needs help and when we got to him he said that the boat tipped over and his kids (5 and 6 years old) were in the lake, he had no life jacket on and lost control of the boat and could not get back to them both paddles were lost on the tipover. We saw the kids about one-fourth mile away, both had life jackets on and clinging together, cold and shivering, the water temperature was 61 degrees that day. There was no other boats on the lake as it was later in the day and a week day. We got the kids in the boat and I dried them and dressed them in my tee shirt and sweat shirt, (they were small enough they both fit in them together) we went back for "Dad" and pulled him and his new boat into the north ramp. I am President of the Mendo Bassers Bass Club and we don't move the boats as big and safe as they are without life jackets on everyone, and please, anyone that has a boat or are going out in one, "Put them on" you just read what can happen. We were both just glad that we could help that day, it gives you a good feeling... Dick Perrone Bob Simmons Ukiah YOU CMfT TEKH AN OLD DOG NQN TRICKS... BUT YOU CAN FIRE HIM k» INCOMPETENCE. Democratic Party reps named To the Editor: The following Democrats were elected to the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee, though it was not necessary to put our names on the ballot: 2nd Supervisor District - Jo McMorris 3rd District - Anne Lavandier, Janet Orth, and Pat Williams. TAe Plan WHITES LIVE IN CIT/ES. THE CROWAJ/N6 GLORy MOVE INTO SECONP-Rifv/G SUBURBS. OTIES ARE DEAD. THIS IS BETTER STILL. ^o( { u/oAHIi>g»<*. MINORITIES N\ov£ INTO CITIE.S. MlNORiT/ES MOVE INTO FIRST-RING WHITES FLEE OTIES TO SUBURBS. V/HITES AAOVE BACK CITIE5. 4th District - Richard Hargreaves, Marsha Kidd, Roy Peterson, and Kendall Smith. - 5th District - Rachel Binah and Val Muchowsku These 10 will appoint members to the remaining 11 seats. We will publicly notice the open seats. ; Especially in light of the recent paid slate mailers not authorized by the party that many of u§ received before the election, the people deserve to know who represents the Democratic Party in this county. All of my fellow Central Committee members are dedicated volunteers for their committees) We welcome your readers to contact us with ques; tions or issues. Janet Orth, chairwoman Willits Cycle racks stolen - To the Editor: ; Sunday, May 31, three bicycle racks were stolen in front of Fetzer Cycles on Seminary Avenue in Ukiah. While the value of these bicycle racks is not substantial, it is disturbing to think that someone, apparently in a large vehicle, picked up the bike: racks in full daylight and carted them off (within blocks of the Police Department). These bike racks were to be donated to local businesses to accommodate their bicycle patrons. If anyone has information related to this incident, or knows the whereabouts of these racks, please contact Officer Pintane in the Ukiah Police Department. Chris Fetzer Fetzer Cycles Ukiah Letter Policy The Daily Journal welcomes letters to the editor. Only letters that include a legible signature, return address and phone number will be considered. Shorter, concise letters will be given preference and names will not be withheld for any reason. All letters are subject to editing. Fax to 468-3544. mail to Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 749, Ukiah, 9S482 or e-mail them to udj@saber.net. Anti-Christian bigotry raises nary a peep Coming soon to Broadway or off-Broadway: a play about a homosexual Jesus character named Joshua who has sex with his disciples and is crucified as "king of the queers." The play, not yet finished, is "Corpus Christi" by Terrence McNally, who has won three Tony awards for his other work. In scheduling the play, the Manhattan Theater Club called it the story of a "spiritual journey," McNally's "own unique view of 'the greatest story ever told.'" McNally has privately circulated different versions of the text. No script has been made public, but The New York Times acquired a copy, which seems to cast doubt on the "spiritual journey" version of what McNally is up to. Telling readers that the play unfolds "in a manner with potential to offend many people," the Times gave this account: "Joshua has a long-running affair with Judas and sexual relations with the other apostles. Only one sexual encounter, a non- explicit one with an HIV-positive street hustler, takes place in any form on stage." The draft ends with the frank admission: "If we have offended, so be it. He belongs to us as well as you." "He belongs to us," of course, doesn't seem to make much sense either artistically or scripturally. It seems more like politicized, in-your-face Christian-baiting. In response, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights vowed to "wage a war that no one will forget" if the show goes on. The theater canceled the play after a phone threat to burn the place to the ground. Famous dramatists and other writers complained that the theater club was being intimidated into self-censorship. Administrators of the club then reversed themselves and rescheduled the play. The New York arts community is treating this solely as an issue of artistic freedom and the need to keep "bigots" (as New York magazine called the protesters) from determining which plays other John Leo is a syndicated columnist. John Leo people should see. But surely there are other issues to raise. For instance, what are the limits of offensive art in a civil society? The traditional Passion Plays have more or less disappeared because most people concluded they were anti-Semitic. "The Merchant of Venice" is rarely performed these days, and when it is, the Shylock role is almost always altered to make him more sympathetic. No one would put a show on Broadway about scalp-collecting Indians or shuffling, happy black slaves. Why isn't the trashing of people's core religious beliefs in this category? One reason is that arguments about artistic freedom are not applied consistently. Some people who back McNally may well have supported the gay attempts to prevent the production of movies such as "Cruising," or the banning of "Birth of a Nation" from the Library of Congress' festival of America's best films. This is because the "sensitivity" movement, like the anti-censorship movement, is mostly monitored by people deeply concerned about race and gender, but indifferent or hostile to religion and mainstream values. Michelle Malkin of The Seattle Times wrote a recent column about a Seattle art show that drew no media criticism, even though the paintings featured Jesus on an obscene cross, a pope apparently engaged in a sex act and pages of a Bible defaced with Satanic marks. What would have happened, she asked, if the art had featured a lascivious rabbi or a black slave woman performing oral sex on Thomas Jefferson? "There is no question the city's civility police would be out in full force," she wrote. The paintings are close to the vicious images of the 19th-century Nativists, who were among our most famous bigots. Assaults on the sensibilities of Christians in general and Catholics in particular are now going mainstream, with nary a peep out of those who concern themselves so deeply with "hate speech." The last episode of ABC-TV's failed sitcom "That's Life" was essentially a bitter anti-Catholic tirade, making fun of the Eucharist and Jesus' death on the cross and comparing confessionals to toilets. Cardinal John O'Connor has been called "Cardinal O'Killer" (an AIDS protest poster) and "a fat cannibal" whose cathedral is "a house of walking swastikas" (an art show catalog); the Vatican is "a corrupt bureaucracy" and priests are "sociopathic" (Spin magazine); the pope is "His Silliness" (ACT-UP) and "a dirty old man walking around in a dress" (K-Rock radio in New York); Communion hosts are "crackers" (The Nation) that might be replaced with "Triscuits" (a Michigan talk-show host) or perhaps sausage for "a spicy body of Christ" (a Chicago talk-show host). In the art world, blasphemous art intended to debase Christianity, much of it coming from gay artists, routinely features fellatio involving Jesus, or the pope, or priests. Colorful things are done to the Virgin Mary, too. Gay parades often feature swishy-looking Jesus figures and hairy guys dressed as nuns. It's a continuing theater of propaganda, much of it under the guise of art. Question: In our age of hypersensitivity, what other group in America has to put up with vilification like this? No religion should expect immunity from criticism. But these aren't arguments about sexual norms or dogma. They are attempts to degrade and enrage. The technical term for this is bigotry. Sensitivity-mongers, please note.

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