Forum THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 1998 K.C. Meadows, editor, 468-3526 LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONREY MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder UkiahDaily 'ournal (USPS 646-920) Dennis Wilson, Publisher K.C. Meadows - Editor Janet Noe - Advertising Manager Vic Martinez - Production Manager Yvonne Bell - Office Manager Ken Bohl - Circulation Manager Member Audit Bureau Of Circulations 1998 Memtor California Nwnpamr 1^^ Publisher* AstoeUtlon (SJW35J IN OUR OPINION All the best to grads High School seniors throughout the county are being handed small pieces of paper this weekend that say they're ready for the world. If only that were so. High school graduation coincides in many cases with the age of consent and parental relief that now Johnny can read and earn his own living. For many, graduation means moving away from home to college or a job. Others will continue to live at home until they complete more schooling or find their niche in the world. Expectations on graduation day are always high. The sky's the limit and the future is bright. Graduates nervously nod agreement when friends and family tell them they're lucky to be embarking on "real life." For many, it's a scary but thrilling moment to know that your life is to be your own, to do with what you wish, to succeed or fail on your own steam. Life out there can be tough, but it's full of surprises, happiness, excitement and challenge. Finding the right path is never easy. A lot of miles are walked. There are inevitably dead ends but also some spectacular vistas on the way. The world is a complicated place. This year's graduates have grown up with strife in Bosnia, economic meltdown in Asia, the deteriorating planet Earth, increasingly pathetic political shenanigans, and nuclear weapons in India and Pakistan. But they have also seen the Internet become a global phenomenon, better and surer treatments for AIDS discovered, peace accords in Ireland, and the end of apartheid in South Africa. Their challenge is to try to make some sense of it for themselves. To each and every graduate we say: Make your life your own. Don't, let others tell you what is right for you. Don't postpone joy. Make learning life long. No need for official religion To the Editor: Thanks for the excellent reporting and commentary you did on H. J. Resolution 78. After reading your editorial, I went on the Internet to the U.S. House of Representatives Law Library and read Resolution 78 and the witness documents. The amendment seems innocuous and somewhat obscure in the area where it is the most dangerous. Some of the amendments that were offered to this resolution help define the intent of the wording, and I think you have it right - most of this amendment is not needed because the right to freedom of religious belief already exists in our laws. You are correct also in suspecting that the last phrase of this resolution is a big opener for tax support of religious schools and who knows what all. This struggle with the Christian right wing has been fought since the beginning of our great country when Christianity was considered as the possible official religion of the U.S. Christians should also remember that their great faith prospered above all others even from the very beginning when it was outlawed in the Roman Empire. Has it somehow become so weak that it cannot compete in a relatively friendly environment? I don't think so. We are an incredibly strong country now in part because we never had a single official religion. Let's not get scared into making that mistake and in so doing join all of the other poorer countries that are single religion states. Dave Peterman Redwood Valley On bilingual education To the Editor: When I first came to America, as an 8-year-old, I spoke no English. I went directly in to American speaking schools and inside of a few weeks was doing OK. I forgot my Flemish somewhat, so when I went back to Belgium, three years later, I had to brush up on my native tongue. You don't have French, Hindu, Chinese, Greek in school - so why the big fuss about Spanish? They come to America, want all the benefits, so why not speak American, why bother to vote anymore? We vote on Indian casinos, marijuana, and bilingual education. We get voted down unless it's the way the big boys want it. Let's keep America free - and all of us speak it and live it. Betty McAllister Redwood Valley Parking problem To the Editor: My family and I went to Ukiah Speedway last night to the races. There was no place to park, and I mean no place to park. The people driving around looking for a place. I am surprised there wasn't a wreck, it was just plain right crazy. Then I find out there were activities going on at the same time. I can't control or tell the Speedway how to run the property, but I think if there are activities going on they should split them up, or get more places to park. Last night was so horrible. I am really surprised there wasn't a wreck. Thank God, there wasn't. There isn't enough handicap parking places either. We finally did find a spot up by State Street and my daughter and me in my wheelchair pushing me all the way back to the races. I heard other people complaining about the parking trouble also. Peggy Anderson Ukiah Thank you To the Editor: The students and staff of the Ukiah Unified; Community Transition/Post High School Program would like to thank all of the parents, friends and community members who have supported our candy sales and Flea Market sale. The money raised is being used for class excursions to San Francisco, the Mendocino Adventure Ropes Course, and the California Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference for People with Disabilities. We would also like to thank the members of the Mendocino County CAC and SELPA for sponsoring^ students and staff who will be attending the Sacra- 1 mento conference. Thanks to all of you for your ; continuing encouragement, hard work and support' - you are helping to make a real difference in the_ lives of these students. Jone Duggari' Community Transition Program" Ukiah OTHER OPINIONS from around the nation The San Jose Mercury News Long line for budget largesse Now is the hour when California's legislators and governor hunker down and decide whether to spend, or return to the taxpayers, the $4.4 billion in additional revenue that sits temptingly in the till. Education will be first in line. It has benefited from the automatic action of the Proposition 98 funding formula and, additionally, from a broad consensus, which we share, that the state has fallen behind. As for the rest, the consensus evaporates. . Local government: City and county governments were the victims of a state-ordained shift in property taxes that simply took billions of dollars from them to balance the state's budget. Part of the money has to come back in the form of sales tax revenue and the state's assumption of trial court costs. • State employees: They haven't had a raise in three years. While inflation in the 1990s has not eroded paychecks at the pace it did in the 1980s, it still exists. Welfare recipients: In the early 1990s, the state drove down the amount of a basic welfare grant 15 percent. New laws limit lifetime welfare eligibility to five years, and push recipients to look for work much sooner. The cost of living in many parts of California has also gone through the roof. Renters: Since 1993, the state has suspended a tax credit that had been offered to renters on the rationale that they should be treated equally with homeowners, who get a small property tax exemption. Given that the additional income tax on upper-income taxpayers has been repealed, lower- income taxpayers should get their credit restored. Low-income taxpayers: While the state and national recovery has been good for virtually all income levels, it has been better at the top. Tax relief, if any is to be given, should begin at the bottom. This was news . 25 years ago Thursday, June 14,1973 Ukiah Daily Journal U KIAHI GRADUATES BUCK CHILLY BREEZES TO RECEIVE DIPLOMAS. By GLENN ERICKSON. Some 366 Uki- ahi seniors almost literally fought their way across an outdoor platform in Anton Stadium, against a gale, to receive their symbolic diploma folder from Charles Bell, president of the Ukiah Unified board of education, in a swiftly-paced awards ceremony Wednesday night. From the very first, as seniors lined up two by two near the football entrance to Anton Stadium, awaiting the traditional processional, sharp chilling, gusty winds ruffled the attempted dignity, as well as the precariously fitting mortarboards on graduates' heads, and their breezily blown graduation gowns. Even getting into proper step for the processional, played by the Ukiahi band, was difficult; and, truthfully, for some, impossible. Some never could catch up and get back into step after chasing a bouncing mortarboard blown off a head. When it came to securing their diploma, or at least the symbolic diploma case from President Bell of the Board of Education, it was next to impossible to keep a mortarboard on, reach for a diploma and shake hands with Bell at the same time. An unidentified "graduate" caused the laugh of the night, however, when, walking down the steps after being handed his "diploma" by Bell, opened the case to find it empty. "What a rip-off!" he sang out, loud and clear, forgetting that the diploma would be handed him when he returned his cap and gown after graduation. JODY MARTINEZ boards of rifles, cameras, binoculars, statuettes,' jewelry, etc. •: IT'S OFFICIAL - CITY WORKERS WIN PAY HIKE. It's now official - employes of the City of Ukiah will get a salary hike in 1973-74 and a cost of living and "longevity" adjustment in the 1974-75 fiscal year! A five per cent salary increase in 1973-74 fiscal year, and a cost of living adjustment and one or two per cent salary increases for employes with job longevity credits of more than seven and more than 14 years has been assured 117 employes of the city, City Manager Jim Swayne announced today. Nixon said the freeze would be followed, probably in early August, by "a new and more effective system of controls," - Phase IV - that will be bigger and tougher than the mostly voluntary Phase III stabilization program. 50 years ago June 14,1948 The Redwood Journal SHERIFF, DEPUTIES IN SUNDAY RAID OF SLOT MACHINES. BROADDUS' FORCES FAN OUT OVER WIDE AREA IN HUNT FOR GAMBLING DEVICES. Twenty-two deputy sheriffs, working under orders of Sheriff B. G. Broaddus, swept through Mendocino county Sunday afternoon and gathered up several truck loads of slot machines, punchboards and prizes in a raid that extended along more than 100 miles of the Redwood highway and branched off into isolated sections of the county and into the coast area. ... Among the 22 deputies engaged in the raid were six from the office of Sheriff H. P. Gleason of Oakland, who were sworn in as special deputies for the job in hand. Working in pairs, the deputies visited the locations assigned them and after playing the machines until a payoff, sealed them and loaded them in cars, trucks and pickups and headed for the county-seat. OFFICIAL CANVASS OF PRIMARY VOTE. OVERALL PICTURE IS NOT CHANGED BY FINAL TABULATION. Official canvass of the June 1 primary election vote in Mendocino county, completed Friday by James Broaddus, county clerk, changed nothing in the overall picture for general election contests but narrowed the margin between supervisorial candidates in two districts. In district No. 2 where Guy Redwine, incumbent, will be opposed by Paul Poulos, the official count put them only 66 votes apart. Redwine polled 1181 votes and Poulos was close behind with 1115. In district No. 4, the Fort Bragg-Coast area; Guido Benassini, an appointee incumbent since- last December, is only two votes ahead of George W. Decker, with whom he will fight it out in the general election. The official count is Benassini' 1385, Decker 1383. : 100 years ago 60 DAY FREEZE ON CONSUMER PRICES. WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Nixon froze all consumer prices for 60 days, beginning today, in a tacit admission that his voluntary economic controls had failed to halt the country's worst round of inflation in a generation. Wages, for the time being, remained unfrozen. The Ukiah Daily Journal's email address is: email@example.com. Jody Martinez, is assistant editor at the Daily Journal. WHERE LIGHTNING HIT. Names of the local deputy sheriffs engaged in the Sunday slot machine raids, and the sections of the county visited are as follows: Erwin Ransdell and Floyd Criger at Hopland. William White and Carrie Heryford at Lane's Flat. Reno Bartolomie and Roy Richey at Leggett Valley and Lane's Flat. Ward Ries and Ovid Holmes at Juan Creek. E. R. Witter at Navarro. James Muir and John Griffin at Jackson Valley. Al Reynolds and Dave Taylor at Grundy's, south of Lanes. Claude Pressley at Boonville. The day's work yielded 11 console-type slot machines, 10 of the 1-arm bandit type and 20 punchboards with their accompaniment of prize Friday, June 17,1898 Mendocino Dispatch-Democrat A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. THAD BOWLES' KILLS C. DE SPAIN AND FATALLY WOUNDS JAS. SKIFFINGTON. A ROW AT PATERSEN'S DANCE HALL ENDS IN A FATAL SHOOTING- Thad Bowles, while under the influence of liquor- last Saturday evening shot and killed Claude De Spain, his brother-in-law, and fatally wounded, James Skiffington. The affair took place a little,. beyond Comptche at Patersen's dance hall. It' seems that Bowles was at the dance and was using' vile and profane language in the hall in the hearing of ladies. Skiffington and young De Spain tried to get him to desist and finally got him to leave the hall. When Bowles got outside he drew his revolver and ordered Skiffington to throw up his hands. Skiffington said, "Why should I throw up my hands?" At that moment De Spain attempted to prevent trouble, whereupon Bowles turned suddenly and shot De Spain dead and then shot Skiffington through the left lung, fatally wounding him. Bowles then returned to Comptche where he • was employed as a blacksmith and remained till Constables Connolly and Dwindle arrived. He was then taken to Mendocino where he awaits his preliminary examination. Latest reports from Mendocino state that Skiffington is not expected to live. De Spain was a highly respected young man and was industrious and peaceable. He had been away to school studying law, but was out on a vacation working to get money to complete his education. Skiffington was also a peaceable man: Bowles hails from Point Arena, where he had lived for a number of years before going to Comptche.
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