Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 12, 1998 · Page 4
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THE URIAH DAILY JOURNAL FRI.. JUNE 12-SAT.. JUNE 13. 1998 K.C. Meadows, editor, 468-3526 LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER OONREY MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder _ UJaahDaiJy 'ournal CUSPS 646-920) Dennis Wilson, Publisher K.C. Meadows - Editor Janet Noe - Advertising Manager Vte Martinez - Production Manager YVonne Bell • Office Manager Ken Bohl • Circulation Manager M*mt»r Audit Burttti Of Clroriitiont IMSMtmbtr PuMMwrt A -•ei OTHER OPINIONS from around the nation The Oakland Tribune UCSF closes in on alcoholism cure Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, may be onto something big. Very big. They are hot on the trail of a possible pharmacological solution to the pressing problem of alcohol addiction. If they are successful in their concerted efforts at the Ernest Gallo Research Center and Clinic, the implications would be monumental. For one thing, a solution to stopping alcoholism in its tracks could lead the way to blocking drug addiction too. The hope is that the researchers' findings could be used to treat a variety of kinds of substance abuse which act on the human brain in the same insidious way. The UCSF work has been so promising that Gov. Peter Wilson has decided to pump some state money into it. His plan is to provide the scientists with $143 million over the next five years. In Wilson's revised budget for the 1999 fiscal year, he has included a first installment of just under $12 million. State legislators like what they have seen as well. They have proposed adding another $5 million to Wilson's first-year allocation. In California, the cost of alcohol and drug addiction is considerable. According to the Wall Street Journal, the state's prison system is groaning under the influx of inmates incarcerated for alcohol or drug crimes. More than 25 percent of all state prison inmates are doing time, at least in part, because of an inability to handle booze or drugs. Despite all of Wilson's support for unlocking alcoholism, he continues to resist adopting what researchers and scientists have been saying loud and clear recently, the key to decreasing recidivism is to rehabilitate alcoholics and drug addicts while incarcerated.Later this month, our prisons will house 3,000 beds for inmates in stringent drug treatment programs; that's woeful considering the state's prison population tops 100,000, with more than 25 percent of that number classified as an alcoholic or drug addict. It is hoped that Wilson can thaw his stance and at least research tackling the drug and alcohol problem in the state prison system more aggressively. But the problem is not limited to prisoners; alcoholism and drug addiction preset in all of our communities. When you add up the effects of addiction on families, businesses, health care and the state in general, the cost is astronomical. It is a credit to Wilson and the state's lawmakers that, for once, they seem to agree on something that shows real promise. The Sacramento Bee On livestock disease Thank you To the Editor: I'd like to thank the 5,695 people who voted in the election for Fifth District Supervisor on Tuesday, June 2. I'd particularly like to thank the 938 folks who voted for me. My wife would particularly like to thank the 4,757 of you who voted for other candidates. Here are special thank yous to Charles Peterson for his support, and to Lee Edmundson and Joanne Witt, who worked so hard that many people began to believe that I just might find myself a member of the Board of Supervisors. (After all, stranger things have happened here in Mendocino County.) I had a good time and I'm certain that the issues I raised about the need for restructuring and better training in the County system will remain on the table when the new Board is seated next January 4. The ideas I raised may not have captured the imagination of the electorate, but I know that my campaign has done much to move these ideas forward to implementation. Also, I must mention how very much I enjoyed meeting hundreds of my neighbors in the district. I enjoyed getting to know Els and Allen Cooperrider and Karen Ottoboni. I've enjoyed getting to know David arid Micki Colfax better than I had previously known them. Also, while talking after one of our many candidates nights, Greg Nelson and I took the opportunity to identify a few projects we will work on together no matter how the election ultimately turns out. It's invigorating to be part of a community, with so many active people representing such a diversity of opinion. I had many goals I wanted to achieve in running for Supervisor. I met all of them but one. (Ok, it was a big one.) I have no regrets. I have offered my support to David Colfax for the November election and I look forward to working with many of you on his campaign. And I look forward to working with many of you on a variety of community projects over the years to come. P.S. Don't forget to vote Tuesday, November 3. There are less than 3,400 hours until the polls close. Joe Louis Hoffman Ukiah Don't let violence escalate To the Editor: I am writing this letter because I have concerns about the gangs and violence that are coming into Ukiah. I come from Maywood, Los Angeles. That was where I was raised. About a year ago, I moved to Hopland and then to Ukiah. This past year I have been seeing how this peaceful town has been going from friendly and quiet to violence and gangs and tagging problems. I have been seeing way too many kids from high school, middle school, and even elementary school getting involved in gang relations. When I say this I just don't mean boys but girls too. As I go to schools I see knives, spray cans, markers, tattoos, colors, bandanas and violence. What I'm trying to say is that it's bad enough with all this, but one day it could come to the point where there could be shut down in schools or even a person killed in a school of Ukiah if we don't act fast. Violence is not the only thing that occurs in school; it's also drugs and drinking. At this point drugs are a big part of high school. Even though people say that there are no drugs in schools, there are; I have seen them. I, and hundreds of other kids, see drugs being sold, used, stashed, and given away in schools all over Ukiah. From where I come from, I have seen people die from use of drugs and not only on the streets, but in schools. Drinking is also a big problem in Ukiah schools. Students can easily take alcohol into school without teachers noticing. Alcohol, drugs and gang-related problems are what keeps students from learning, concentrating and from studying. Drunk or high students won't care what's going on in class. Students with problems won't concentrate enough to study. That's why I think that Ukiah should get real strict with community problems today. Los Angeles is a place where strong actions have made a difference in schools as well as in the streets. But in order for it to take action, it had to go a certain distance I don't want Ukiah to go in order to take action. If the people as well as the schools don't take action now, it is going to be harder to take it later. There will be more problems to face. This is a local concern I have had in my mind as well as in my heart. Erik Cisneros Ukiah Against car tax cut To the Editor: Open letter to Assembly Representative Strom- Martin and Senator Thompson: We urge you to reject the proposals from the governor to reduce or eliminate the property tax portion of the motor vehicle fee. As a California Special District, we have been severely impacted from diversions of county property taxes to Sacramento. Recently we came very close to losing the ability to provide fire protection in our rural community. These are funds generated in our county for our needs, upon which the county, cities and special districts rely for essential services. Any promise from the out going administration that such funds will be made up by Sacramento is illusory. When there was a financial crisis before, there was no hesitancy on the part of the administration to take $4 billion from the local communities, none of which has been returned. This is a debt that Sacramento owes to local government; it should be considered in the budget process and repaid. The League of California Cities is sponsoring a constitutional amendment to prevent such raids in the future. We ask for your support on this issue. The concept that the state government in Sacra>£] mento can treat the funds of local government as jjj$ piggy bank for political purposes is outrageous^ considering the financial obligations local govern^ ment has to provide basic services to the citizens of*I California. r*< Eva Johnsons- Beverly Elliot^ Leo Ho;wanJS; Judy Longj: Daniel MyerS^ Anderson Valley Community Services Disf ?< Whitaker remembered '&. To the Editor: <& A charter member of Epsilon Upsilon Chapteri> which was formed in 1960, Louise Blaklejt?; Whitaker (1912-1998) earned the respect anct^ appreciation of the chapter members. She served asp first and second vice-president, president, treasury?; er, parliamentarian and as chairperson and membefS of many committees. On more than one occasion*? she opened her home for meetings and fund raising^ activities. She was always ready to help wheifj needed. i Z* During her presidency from 1980-1982, Louise^*; initiated the highly regarded and successful Fresh>* Start Program. The funds raised from the annuat*- Delta Kappa Gamma card party were used to help-' clothe hundreds of children in the local schools*-: thus giving them a "fresh start" to their educational journeys. >!J Because of her dedication to the ideals of Deltd-v Kappa Gamma Society International and the higlv; regard for and the pleasure she took in her member^ ship in Epsilon Upsilon Chapter, she will be sorely>" missed and fondly remembered by her fellow^? members and all her colleagues in the field of edu-r* cation. •»• Patricia Hildebrand/y Representative member^ ., j| Epsilon Upsilon Chapter^; •mm Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.;; The unflattering recent news about the nation's livestock industry has been enough to fill a week's worth of Oprah Winfrey shows. An editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine warned that the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, used to maintain health and enhance growth, is contributing to the increased resistance of antibiotics in humans. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that 20 percent of the waterway pollution in 22 states was caused by the waste of livestock running off into these rivers. In California, where cows annually produce an estimated 55 billion — that is billion — pounds of poop, water quality officials have identified large dairy operations as potential threats to aquifers throughout the Central Valley and several Southern California counties as well. These warnings of trouble from disparate, yet respected corners are not-so-subtle signals that the industry is in for a reform movement. The Clinton administration is suggesting enhancements to the federal Clean Water Act to protect the nation's waterways from livestock operations. The number of livestock on the average American farm has doubled since 1978. Modern-day feeding operations can cram thousands of animals hoof to hoof into virtual feeding factories. The federal act was not designed to regulate the type of livestock industry that now exists. The Clinton administration is wise to focus reform efforts on the comparatively few mega-operations, leaving alone the vast majority of the nation's 450,000 feeding operations. The goal — to remove the competitive disadvantage to farmers that go to the expense of lowering their operation's impact on the environment — is more than reasonable. The wrong response by the industry would be to make more charges of livestock libel or to dig in its boot heels. Reforms will happen. The question is whether they will be reforms that work vs. those that don't. By working with the administration rather than against it, the ranchers would be doing themselves and their many neighbors a big favor. The Ukiah Daily Journal's email address is: udj@saber.net. Hypocrisy in the name of democracy -& 1 AUSTIN, Texas - OK, you can take away my cynic-in-good-standing card, and I'll throw in the cheap irony, too: I'm horrified. I'm shocked and appalled, as they say in letters to the editor, to learn we used nerve gas in Laos during the Vietnam War. Goggle-eyed, whomper-jawed, the whole nine yards. It's enough to gag a maggot. I guess that was the one we fought to make the world safe for hypocrisy. Not only had we already signed a treaty banning use of chemical weapons, not only had President Nixon announced a "no first use" policy, but also think of the charming piquance this adds to all the years we have been denouncing Iraq's Saddam Hussein for using poison gas and manufacturing nerve gas. And we apparently went after American defectors with nerve gas, adding yet another layer of hypocrisy to our oft-heard horror about Sad- dam's use of poison gas against "his own people." This may be as good a time as any for a tour d'horizon of American hypocrisy about weapons around the world. During the Cold War, we became accustomed to the fact that America got in bed with what seemed to be every fascist klepto- crat on Earth. We were perennially arming monstrous dictators and backing tyrants who abused and stole from their own people. All this was justified in the name of the great Realpolitik of stopping communism. Those of us who objected to arming nun-rapers and bishop- killers ~ who were always described as "freedom fighters" in those days ~ were patted on the head and told, tut-tut, it was all being done in the name of democracy, and the only dictator we needed to be upset about was Fidel Castro. Even if we accept that sorry sophistry about the means and the ends, the Cold War has been over for almost nine years now. Some of the old dictators have died of natural causes: Mobutu Sese Molly Ivins is a syndicated columnist. Molly Ivins Seko, one of the most remarkable thieves we ever helped keep in power, is gone at last after three decades of raping his country. Suharto of Indonesia has just been ousted, despite the fact that the Pentagon was still training his army right up to the last minute. The shah is long gone, leaving only the bitter consequences of our folly there. But here we are with our knickers in a twist because India and Pakistan have just "joined the nuclear club" (such a curious euphemism). And who do you think helped get them there? According to a study from the Council for a Livable World that used numbers from the "655 Report" (a congressionally mandated report under Section 655 of the Foreign Assistance Act), in 1996, $165 million worth of licenses to India allowed sales of technical, manufacturing and co-production agreements ($127 million), ship components ($9 million), bomb-guidance kits ($6.6 million) and ammunition-manufacturing equipment ($3.6 million). For Pakistan, same year, of the $4.3 million in weapons we exported there, $2.1 million wa; for radar equipment. Significant licenses of $83 million granted included $35 million of F-16 spare parts, 10,000 artillery fuses worth $4.1 million TOW missile spare parts and 100 military trucks. According to William D. Hartung, during the 1980s, U.S. law required the president to cut ofl military aid and sales to any nation that actively pursuing the development of nuclea weapons. But the Reagan administration made aiyij exception to that policy in the case of Pakistari|j because it was helping run guns to the "freedom*; fighters" in neighboring Afghanistan. And novpl we're all concerned that the two countries will to war. e -j.i Ditto Cyprus, where peace talks are unraveling^ and the United States scrambles to sell jet fighters;^ tanks and missiles to both Turkey and Greece^ Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latii^J America, Central Asia, you name it - if there's S$ trouble spot in the world, we're busily profiting b$£ selling arms to all sides. %£ According to Luke Warren of the Councilor a£ Livable World, since the Cold War, the IMReijp, States has become the world's largest arms dealer??; selling, on average, $16.6 billion per year since:*;; 1991. And mind you, this trade is supported by&I taxpayer subsidies; last year, we ~ the taxpayers oj£i this country ~ provided $7.8 billion in corporal^ welfare to arms manufacturers to sell overseas. £$ The invaluable Hartung, an authority on globa^i arms sales with the World Policy Institute an<$*! author of "And Weapons for All," points out thafjj our double standard on nuclear proliferation is sffi apparent that it has undermined our leverage ijf«> getting China to clean up its act. Hartung has doc££ umented the presence of U.S.-supplied weapons ij$ 39 of the world's 42 ongoing ethnic and territorial^ conflicts. I*! Hannah Arendt, who knew how to parse sin*? wrote: "As witnesses not of our intentions but of* our conduct, we can be true or false, and the hyp?*; ocrite's crime is that he bears false witness againsj* himself. What makes it so plausible to assume thai?! hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity carj % indeed exist under the cover of all other vice$>; except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is£ true, confront us with the perplexity of radical ey4$ *; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core*. 1 ""'

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