Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 14, 1998 · Page 7
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On the streets of Ukiah THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 1998—A-7 ; n e srees o ia •••*••• v«i,sv, ,. . \ *- *$:« 1 4 ? **<&/•*''**> / ** i i __ J ____^_____ J .^ a ^^^^^^^^M iDo you have any good advice for the new high school graduates? r^M^^m KjsafcHi;/, ^ "\ ^nuanrtn PT^^ ' Barbara Wauqh Ukiah Nurse "I try not to give advice, but j would say they should realize how special they are and realize there's going to be a lot of opportunities and wonderful experiences ahead. I just had a niece graduate, and I'm very proud of her." Donna Cooper Ukiah Homemaker "I'll keep it short and very simple: Stay sober." Berylene Underwood Ukiah Retired "My advice would be obsolete - it's been 100 years since I went to school! In my day, you went to school and learned something. I'd say to continue on - high school is not enough to get you anywhere nowadays." Ken Olsen Brookings Mill worker "Don't do drugs." Tom Dog Sacramento Marketing "Advice? (rouch laughter). My advice is to use mom's and dad's money, go to college, and don't ever leave. Find a way to manipulate the system so you stay in college forever." Asked by Jennifer Poole at Long's Drugs. Photos by Barbara Vasconcellos. Mary Williams Ukiah Cafeteria worker "Just to get a good education, so they can get a good job." Edicts to 'submit' are no help to people of faith When I first read this week about the Southern Baptists and their admonition to women to "submit graciously to the servant leadership of their husbands," I was appalled. , I thought to myself, "Certainly no church in its right mind would think it could get away with that kind of backward teaching." For a couple of days now I've been thinking about this. What woman would want to be a member of a church that requires her to submit to her husband's decisions? . While the Mormon Church agrees with the Southern Baptists on this one, many other Christian churches don't. The Roman Catholics, Episco-, flalians and United Methodists all agree that women and men are equals in a marriage. . I thought, "Well, this is just another example of the stupidity of these fundamentalist religious nuts." 1 K.C. Meadows is the editor at the Daily Journal. HERE & THERE By K.C. Meadows But then, I thought, so what? Plenty of cultures and religions around the world put women on a second step behind men and always have. Why should the Southern Baptists be any more enlightened? Because this group lives in America where women have a lot more economic clout and personal freedom than women in other parts of the School's out forever This last week of the school year, I have been hearing a radio spot for an Alice Cooper concert in Lake County . "School's Out," Cooper's top 40 hit plays in the background. School's out for summer .School's out forever ',- School's been blown to pieces . Well we got no class And we got no principles i And we got no innocence School's out forever .School's out with fever l • School's out completely ,"• School, as we know it, is out forever. The instructors are becoming contentious about the increasing amount of subject matter they are required to teach. It's not the idea of a "integrated curriculum" (the seamless connection of reading, writing, and math to other subjects) that bothers t(iem. It is the expanding list of other subjects. Dispute resolution, drug prevention, teen pregnancy, tobacco cessation, gang suppression. Add a few days for mandated state testing and another class period to measure the effectiveness of Martin Bradley is a columnist for the Journal. Write him at mb@pacific.net SMALL WORLD By Martin Bradley a violence prevention curriculum, and bit-by-bit, teaching time erodes. It can be frustrating for a teacher. They began a career with the ideal of instilling students a mastery of a subject. Now, there is not enough time unless, of course, the school day is lengthened. Which begs the question, who will pay to a longer day for academic enrichment, recreational activities and the increasing need for human service and counseling activities? I am assured by Ukiah Unified School District administration that our campuses are safe. No reports of guns, only minor incidences of violence or gang behavior. A quick scan of just one day on one page of a newspaper gives some disturbing indicators not far from our town. Electoral shenanigans : With all the excitement about the recent primary election, it only seemed appropriate to write about the legal aspects of elections. And elections do resemble court cases in an important respect: like a court battle, an election produces one winner and (at least) one loser. That's the American way - none of this compromise stuff. It's all or nothing. Once in a while, dark rumors surface that an election has been stolen. (During the presidential election in November, 1960, for example, the saying in Cook County, Illinois was that some of the outlying cemeteries had yet to report in.) And every once in a while, thank goodness, someone does something about it. In 1976, to hear him tell it, J. John Gordon was a certified candidate for the office of President of the United States. ("Certified," as will appear, is certainly correct.) According to Mr. Gordon, he was unlawfully arrested in December, 1975 while campaigning for the New Hampshire primary and kept in jail without bail until March 15, 1976 - after the primary had been held. Gordon then, for unexplained reasons (as unexplained as the reason why he was arrested in 1975), bided his time. Then, toward the end of 1978, he filed a federal lawsuit in New Jersey (which he called a "bill of complaint") asking that the 1976 presidential election be nullified. His reason? Well, Frank Zotter is a syndicated columnist. FRANK ZOTTER JR. Judicial follies according to the "bill of complaint," had there been "a free legal 1976 presidential election, J. John Gordon would now be the President of the United States." Unlike some more recent aspirants to the presidency, however, Mr. Gordon was a little short on cash. (He was undoubtedly a little short on a few other things, but let's not talk about that now.) He asked the federal court to accept the lawsuit without having to pay the normal fee. The federal judge reviewed Gordon's financial statement and found that he qualified for a fee waiver. But this led to a second hitch for Mr. Gordon: When a federal judge approves a fee waiver, he is also'required to review the lawsuit to determine whether it might be frivolous. Could it be that there is some statistical connection between requests for fee waivers and completely wacky lawsuits? The judge explained that Gordon was suing the Secretary of State of New Jersey on the theory that Gordon (and the nation) had been denied a valid presidential election in the fall of 1976. Gordon didn't explain why New Jersey was such a crucial world, we tend to assume that women will reject these wayward notions. But people everywhere who don't think for themselves will become followers. In some ways I think churches who hand down these kinds of severe judgments to their flocks end up losing their flocks. Look at all the lapsed Catholics in the world. The wish for divorce had a lot to do with it, but I think for women it was birth control which forced them to turn their back on their church. The Roman Catholic Church has stubbornly refused to accept the obvious logic, necessity and humanity of birth control and as a result it has alienated many women who might otherwise continue to enjoy their faith. For some of the Baptist women the same will happen. This one edict will start a crack in their beliefs that could spread like broken pavement until their faith is nothing more than a shell behind which they stand, a shell that can be blown away in the slightest breeze. That's too bad for everyone. I think churches Youth's suicide baffles friends "Family and friends...spent Friday struggling to understand how a young man described as "sweet," "bright," "polite" and "respectful" found it necessary to take his life after he was stopped while fleeing from a burglary scene - or how he got involved in the break-in in the first place." Gun ordeal: Judge bars SR teen from schools "The court document goes on to state that Santa Rosa police were notified, investigated the matter (alleged threats he made to turn a shotgun on teachers and students) and searched Stromsodt's home where they found knives 'of every sort,' and a new Winchester Model 1300 shotgun under Stromsodt's bed, along with four boxes of ammunition." Ukiah killing not believed hate crime. Third arrest in robbery attempt "Christopher McCoy, 18, was taken into custody without incident at his home in Ukiah. He is charged with first-degree murder and is being held at Mendocino County Jail without bail." Community service agencies and school administrators are trying to work together to intervene. Already a student's threatening behavior at Eagle Peak Middle School have become front page news. Safe now, but the wolf is at the door. Let's not kid ourselves, school as we know it has ended. The time has passed where schools can be solely an environment to educate kids. It's not because parents are abdicating responsibility. Parents would dearly love to be available to nurture their children electoral state that the election had to be nullified there, norjexactly what the connection was between his arrest in New Hampshire in 1975 and the State of New Jersey in 1978. The judge, however, cut quickly to the heart of the matter. First of all, he pointed out that citizens of this nation do not elect the President (not in 1976 and not now). Instead, citizens vote for slates of "electors." The electors representing the candidate who wins the popular vote in a given state meet in that state's capital some time after the popular election and cast votes equal to the total number of House and Senate seats for that state. Those votes are then sent to Washington and tallied to determine who won the election. More significantly, even if Gordon had been in jail in late 1975 and early 1976, nothing prevented him from campaigning from hfs jail cell. The judge pointed out that, around the turn of the century, Mayor Curley of Boston was reelected while in jail. And in 1920, Eugene V. Debs ran for president while incarcerated, polling many thousands of votes. (Of course, in Gordon's defense, being locked up does tend to cut down on the door-to- door campaigning.) Thus, Gordon's case was dismissed, and the last two years of Jimmy Carter's presidency went on without a hitch (from J. John Gordon, anyway). The most illuminating part of Gordon's suit, however, was probably his last request to the New Jersey court. His lawsuit was sent from the Worcester and religions worldwide are missing a golden opportunity to help the human race through the materialistic and selfish age we're in. It's clear to me that somewhere along the line the world of humans must begin to think about each other not just as marketing units or above and below their own status or as servants and masters or any other mix of arms-length relationships. The faith community could be initiating that effort. It could be teaching people how to truly, care about one another, how to put time in for worthy causes, how to treat all people with respect, how to take responsibility, how to start thinking of the planet as Earth rather than the- USA-and-some-other-countries. Instead, many churches are laying down regressive laws, getting involved in politics and acting as bigoted and power-hungry as the worst Instead, many churches regressive laws, getting involved in politics and acting as bigoted and power-hungry as the worst of the world's demagogues. Then they wonder why we live in such an atheistic society. when they arrive home. Unfortunately, today's eco- : nomic realities generally preclude a parent to be at home by 3 p.m. School boards and administrators are realizing that schools need to be remain open after the academic day has ended (and before it begins). Academic enrichment and recreational activities need to be provided. We can't regress and try to recreate. schools as we once knew them. Beyond the enrich- • ment and recreational activities, the emerging trend , is for schools host on-campus family centers and " health clinics. To buck this trend, elected school boards would' be abdicating their responsibilities. 7 On the last day of school, my nine year old son found a turtle in our garden. The old crusty tortoise, the size of his two fists together, spent the night with us before we set it free on the banks of Low' Gap creek. It spent most of its time with us head, tail and legs tucked inside an aging and cracked shell. We would be doing the same if we continued to think of our schools strictly as academic institutions. It's a sad awakening, but school as we know it is over forever. Denial will only make matters worse. Let's accept it and reinvent the school to meet the needs of our young people and the community. I'm sorry, but to go back to strictly reading, writing and arithmetic would be like trying to live inside a shell. County Jail in Massachusetts, and, perhaps sensing that he might not prevail on his electoral challenge, included a request he be freed. The judge simply noted that, being in New Jersey, he had no authority over a jail in Massachusetts. So, despite his release in March, 1976, Gordon again got into some (unspecified) legal troubles apart from losing the election. It may at least explain why it took him two years to get around to trying to reclaim his stolen election. Gordon v. Secretary of State of New Jersey, 460 F.Supp. 1026 (D. N.J.. 1978) President Bill Clinton: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500; (202) 456-1111, FAX (202)456-2461. Sen. Barbara Boxer: U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510; (202)224-3553; San Francisco, (415) 403-0100. Sen. Dianne Feinstein: U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510.. (202)224-3841; San Francisco (415)536-6868. Congressman Frank Riggs: 1st District, 1714 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3311; Fax (202)225-3403. Field representative in Napa, Pam Simpson, 1700 Second St., Suite 378, Napa, 94559. Phone 2547308. E-mail repriggs@hr.house.gov.

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