Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 19, 1998 · Page 4
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Ukiah, California
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Thursday, March 19, 1998
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 1998 K.C.Meadows, editor. 468-3526 LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONREV MEDIA GROUP Donald .W. Reynojds, Founder UkiahDaily vurnal (USPS 646-920) Dennis Wilson, Publisher K.C. Meadows - Editor Vfe Martinez - Production Manager YVonne Bell - Office Manager Ken Bohl • Circulation Manager Member AudH Buruu OfC,reu,. M on. IN OUR OPINION Voters in the making It was nice to see the group of Boy and Girl Scouts wandering the halls of government this week. • . The kids got a closer look at how the city and the county work, what the taxpayers are shelling out for and what constitute some basic government services. Kids usually find police cars and fire engines cool, but these kids also got a chance to see what their house looks like on an assessor's map and'the.kinds of ugly bugs our health department worries about. One kid learned a serious lesson - the difference between a county jail and state prison: "At the jails, you can only stay for one year, State prison you can stay in for your whole life." As cynical as "many Americans have become about government - and for lots of good reasons'- it's still nice to see young people getting their first taste. Perhaps one or two will find that public service attracts them. Perhaps others will become the next generation of government watchdogs. . We hope that this experience will at least help to turn them into dedicated voters' and informed citizens. OTHER OPINIONS from around the nation Letters to the Daily Journal Teachers get thanks To the Editor: , Open letter to Mrs. Pauli, Mrs. Logan, Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Ralphs, and Mrs. Demeulenaere. To the wonderful teachers I'had at Frank Zeek School from kindergarten through fifth grade, I am writing to say hello from my new school that I moved to in the Sacramento Elk Grove district. Every year you taught me at Frank Zeek was such a good experience, and you will be glad to know that I am making straight A's here in the sixth grade. Thank you for making a big difference in my life! Brandon Byers Sacramento An invitation To the Editor: In memory of Eddie Dean Babcock, his children Eddie, Jr., Russell, Vanessa and Mylessa, along with their, families are inviting you to share his birth date with them, with a get-together in the Landmark at the Discovery Inn, Ukiah, from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 22. Those wishing to . share memories and meet the families. Please come. Eddie, Russell, Vanessa and Mylessa Bacock Redwood Valley Thank you To the Editor: We have just had a successful llama training workshop at the 12th District Fairgrounds. We were so impressed with the caring attitude of every individual who was involved in making our event a success that we want the community to know what a terrific place the fairgrounds is to hold your next event. . Deloise McGrew, the fair manager, and her. assistant Diane helped us in a calm and efficient manner. We also had many pens to be set-up for the visiting llamas and the maintenance crew under Everett Evans management did an expedient job the day before the event. • •Yi OUR CURRENT TA* CODE Thank you, Delois, and all your employees for an outstanding job, above and beyond the call of duty. Kit and George Nelson and Doug Boele Ukiah 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, mairto Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 749, Ukiah, 95482' or e-mail them to udj@saber.nei. The Sacramento Bee On logging practices The intensifying debate over national forest policy between pro-logging. Congressional Republicans and the Clinton administration has taken a dangerous and counterproductive turn. Outraged by the administration's decision to ban • the construction of new roads within most of the forest system's roadless areas, four Republicans chairing key forestry committees now question why the nation needs anybody to actively manage these lands. In a Feb. 20 letter, Sens. Frank Murkowski and Larry Craig and Reps. Don Young and Helen Chenoweth have requested information on the economic and environmental implications of converting the national forest system to "custodial management." The implications of such a management policy are startling: No logging. No campgrounds. No environmental restoration except those explicitly required by law. There is only one rational response to this idea: No way. It costs taxpayers about $3 billion, roughly the cost of 1 1/2 new bombs, for the U.S. Forest Service to manage 191 million precious acres. This debate in truth has nothing to do with money, but power. With their two vastly different philosophies on how to balance logging and environmental considerations, Congressional Republicans have sparred with the Clinton administration since gaining control of both houses in 1994. Congress has increasingly sought to encroach on the executive branch's authority to manage the national forests, such as attaching to this year's Interior Department spending bill a prohibition on launching revisions to any forest management plan... Periodically, it is worthwhile for Congress to ask broad questions of a government agency, both to justify its existence and to make sure it hasn't drifted from the mission. Yet, there is no question government has a mission to manage public lands. How to manage remains the question. Nobody gets closer to the answer if we simply turn off the lights and pretend the problem has gone away. The Stockton Record On the Sprewell decision The arbitrator's decision in the Latrell Sprewell case would appear to be an assault on common sense. The Golden State Warriors player physically attacks his coach but gets off with a seven-month suspension. The Warriors, in turn, get stuck with the final two seasons of Sprewell's contract, worth $17.3 million. But we shouldn't be surprised. Basketball has been indifferent to violence in the past; it paid the price in the Sprewell case. Professional sports have demonstrated repeatedly their inability to deal appropriately with behavior that would, in any other setting, be considered criminal. LET'S LOOK AT THAT FOOT w»n/ X- RAY ;v-"_ wHipi^wprri'' -: : :-^ President Bill Clinton: The White House, 1600^ Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 2050Q;,, (202) 456-1 111, FAX (202)456-2461. - ^ Governor Pete Wilson: State Capitol, Sacramento, 95814. (916) 445-2841; FAX (916)445-, 4633. ,;,; Sen. Barbara Boxer: U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C;20510; (202)224-3553; San Francisco, (415X 403-0100. ;„': . Sen. Dianne Feinstein: U.S. Senate, Washing.-,'. ton, D.C. 20510. (202)224-3841; San Francisco ,(415)249-4777. • , . >;. 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-254-''! 7308. E-mail .j 1 v Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin:' State Assembly District 1, P.O. Box 9428497 b Sacramento, 94249-0001. (916) 4458360; Santa' "Rosa, n '576'-2_526 ; FAX', 1 Santa Rpia, 576-2297.'' Strom-Martin's field representative in Ukiah is Jennifer Puser, located at 104 W. Church Sj, Ukiah, 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 Dis- i trict 2, Room 3056, Sacramento, 95814. (916)' \ 445-3375; FAX (916) 323-6958. Thompson's rep- i resentative for Mendocino County is Kendall i Smith, 962-0933, P.O. Box 2208, Fort Brag'g, | 95437. Regional director is Kathy Hayes, located i at 50 D St., Suite 120-A Santa Rosa, 95404, 576,- j 2771. \ i Mendocino County Supervisors: Michael i Delbar, 1st District; Richard Shoemaker, 2nd Dis- \ trict; John Pinches, 3rd District; Patricia Camp- j bell, 4th District; Charles Peterson, 5th District, j All can be reached by writing to 501 Low Gap Road, Room 1090, Ukiah, 95482, 463-4221, 463-4245. Title IX quota chaos President Clinton made an important announcement last June that caused hardly a ripple of media attention. Marking the 25th anniversary of Title IX of the 1964 Civil Rights Act'- the law-thai opened up school sports programs to'women - he said that regulations would be written to extend the law's protections to every academic program in every school that receives federal funds. Echoing the president's announcement, an administration official said: "We are not stepping up our enforcement of Title IX; we are beginning it." That may seem to call for yawns all around. After all, Title IX merely forbids sex discrimination in education. The problem is that Title IX interpretation and enforcement have been carried way beyond the wording and intent of the original legislation. "Dramatically altered ... by unelected, anonymous bureaucrats," Daniel Aronberg wrote in the Florida Law Review, Title IX was transformed "into an affirmative action law that mandated gender quotas." If this transformed version is enforced as Clinton intends, it would mean the federal policing of the number of males and females taking each course, and possibly could mean federal intervention to strike down tests if males and females do not pass them with approximately equal marks. University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein predicted this interpretation before the administration announced its plan. He said: "Title IX would be read to require a rough proportion of men and women in engineering and science on the one hand, and art and literature on the other, even though most certainly far more men are engaged in the former activities and far more women students are engaged in the latter." The evolution of Title IX into a quota program has been remarkable and perverse. The law forbids discrimination "on the basis of sex," but adds that John Leo is a syndicated columnist. John Leo schools are not required to "grant preferential treatment" to women "on the account of an imbalance which may exist." Congress didn't mention equal opportunity or athletics. In 1970 hearings, Sen. Birch Bayh was asked repeatedly about the possibility that the amendment might be used to impose quotas. He responded that gender quotas were "exactly what this amendment intends to prohibit.... What we are .saying is that we are striking down quotas. The thrust of the amendment is to do away with every quota." One senator wanted assurances from Bayh that Title IX would not mandate a faculty ratio of 50 percent women to 50 percent men. He was told the law would not require any kind of gender balancing. The drift away from Title IX's original meaning came with the release of government regulations in 1970 and a "policy interpretation" in 1979, neither of which was ever approved by Congress. The policy interpretation said schools must meet one of three tests: show proportionality in the number of male and female athletes, show a history oi expansion to accommodate the underrepresentec gender, or show that the interests and abilities oi the underrepresented sex have been fully and effectively met. Partly because the last two tests are so vague and hard to measure, proportionality emerged as the major test in a series of court cases Quotas in practice turned 'out to be the only foolproof way of deflecting claims of bias. o! As a result, college sports programs have be£h scrambling to subtract males and add females, while gender balance has replaced the original emphasis on avoiding discrimination. Some feminists who believe that American education generally is stacked against girls think Title IX is the best vehicle for transforming the classroom. Maijy of them argue that bias, sexual harassment and'a classroom atmosphere hostile to girls all factor in to holding women back in math and science classes. Verna Williams of the National Women's LaW Center said: "Title IX's not just for sports any more. It's a tool for making schools more hospitable for girls and women, ending sexual harassment and winning real gender equity across th'e board in education." •-< The Justice Department is currently drafting the new Title IX regulations. A spokeswoman said Friday the regulations will be published "in 30 days or so." An article in The Women's Quarterly,"^ publication of the Independent Women's Forum, notes that the federal government channels $96 billion a year in education funds to schools, museums, local governments and training programs -all of which could presumably be forced into gender balance. The writer, Jessica Gavora, says: "Top many men in gunnery school? Too few men getting day-care training from Indian Affairs? You've got a federal case." She wonders whether the feds will cut back on the $70 million spent On training nurses if fewer than half of those nurses are men. A bigger problem is the possible withholding of research funds from programs that attract more male scientists than female. If so, those programs may have to carry weaker researchers to meet gender quotas. We have been through-all this with college admission quotas. As Ronald Reagan used to say, "There you go again." ;

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