The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 243
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 243

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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Day' Here's What They Can Do With Their 'Nice CH7 I - 1 . m Steve Mitchell V mmm$mmmmv n I know there are some of you who feel you're spreading sunshine by telling people to "Have a nice day." And maybe you are with some people. Others, however, are beginning to regard this little pleasantry in about the same light as extensive root canal surgery. They have had it with "Have a nice day." - . - "I can't stand it anymore," one woman confessed to me. "If just one more person tells me to have a nice day, I think I'll bite them on the nose or something." "Calm yourself, madam," I said. "Violence is not the answer." "Then what is?" the distraught lady said. "How can this insidious niceness be stopped?" I thought about it for some time at least three minutes, perhaps longer. There is no way to stop people from saying "Have a nice day," but there may be a way to keep them from saying it to you the next time you meet. It's all in the response. If your response is cryptic, vaguely disturbing and tinged with hostility and a hint of madness, then this should have a chilling effect. I have prepared a number of such responses to "Have a "How marvelous of you to say that. You sound like the kind of person who would appreciate hearing the inspirational poems my brother wrote while serving time in federal prison for violating the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact. Fortunately, I have them right here. . . " "You trying to be sarcastic or something? Listen, if you don't like the way we do things in this country, then why don't you move to Russia or Cuba, you commie creep." "Thank you very much. Incidentally, did anyone ever tell you that you look good in cheap clothes?" "Jf you would converse with me, then define your terms. Exactly what do you mean by nice? And why just a nice day? Why not a nice night as well? Does that mean you want me to have a nice day and a lousy night? Well? Answer up, you illiterate clod. Don't just stand there looking like a turkey with hemorrhoids." You get the idea. If these responses are used faithfully, people will soon stop telling you to have a nice day. In fact, they'll probably cross to the other side of the street when they see you coming. nice day," so take your pick. Or if you like, use all of them. "Not for the assembly line workers at the Tombstone Pizza Co. it isn't." "I'm sorry, but I'm just learning to read lips. Would you mind saying that again, very slowly?" (Repeat as often as needed.) "Oh, yeah? Tell it to Hanoi." "My wife left me last night, I just got an electric bill for $84.75 and you're telling me to have a nice day?" "You said that phony. Say it again, and try to sound more sincere this time." "Judge Crater was having a nice day right up until the time he disappeared, and nobody has seen him since." "Have a nice day? That reminds me of the nice time we had on our vacation this year in Davenport, Iowa. We took a lot of pictures, and I just happen to have all 200 of them with me. . . " "Did anyone ever tell you that you look just like Humphrey Bogart?" (This is especially effective if the person who said "Have a nice day" is a woman.) "If that's true, then why is it that the football team that scores the most points invariably wins?" f The Palm Beach News of the Also Serving South Lake Okeechobee Post-Times outh Coast B SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1976 SECTION New Commissioners Differ Both On and Off the Job 'm going to sit back and ob serve and see what's going on be fore I go off in any directions. Peggy Evatt ft J By BUD NEWMAN Past Staff Writer Both on and off the job, Palm Beach County's three new commissioners are as different as bub-blebaths, basketball and Beefeater's Gin. After a month of meetings and a baptism by fire orientation, Peggy Evatt, Bill Bailey and Dennis Koehler have approached their new duties very differently. And their differences in style are paralleled when they go home to relax something they've had precious little time to do since taking office Nov. 16. Mrs. Evatt, the first woman ever elected to the commission, has said little during her first month of lengthy commission meetings. Instead, she sits quietly, listening and learning. "I'm going to sit back and observe and see what's going on before I go off in any directions," Mrs. Evatt said a couple of weeks ago. "I'm just anxious to get over the orientation period. I'm a worker, not a talker, and I do things in a quiet sort af way. I don't do anything spectacular, but I get the job done." "Right now is a learning process for me a period to sit back and observe," said the new commissioner with the least government experience of the three. "Then you're going to be hearing from me." The mother of two, who will be 43 Christmas Day, admits to being a little overwhelmed by all the work that's attached to what's supposed to be a part-time job. "Sometimes I'm so tired I just want to sit in the tub and relax for awhile," she said of the long bub-blebaths she takes whenever she can. "That's my relaxation." fH X. V 'The challenges are every bit ,4 X,- A as exciting as I'd hoped they'd -f be - Dennis Koehler y &T 1 : fXv ? 'I want to know and fully un- t 1 M . derstand what's before me I i ' .r7l 1 don't want to slow down iust for J ' I i, r the sake of slowing down.' I ) J J V NJ -Bill Bailey i II ru i i ii. I On the other end of the spectrum is Dennis Koehler, the county's former environmental control officer who trounced Republican incumbent Robert Johnson last month. The lanky, hyperactive 35-year-old attorney clenches his fists, barely able to contain his eagerness and ex citement when he talks about how great it is to be on the commission and the endless possibilities of help ing to shape the county s future over the next four years. "The challenges are every bit as exciting as I'd hoped they'd be," he said last week. "This really is the kind of thing that I hoped it would be . . . it's so satisfying." Because he is the most familiar of the three new commissioners with the way the commission works, Koehler has wasted no time getting into the thick of things. From the very first week, while Mrs. Evatt was sitting back and listening, it was often Koehler she was listening to. In his first week, he got the ball rolling toward appointment of another charter government study commission, and in his second week he successfully moved to rescind controversial garbage franchise extensions granted by the old board. He fires off memos with long lists of questions for various county agencies to answer. He can't seem to do it all fast enough. His energy level never seems to drop below full speed ahead. "I've got every confidence that I can keep this pace up indefinitely," he boasts. Turn to COMMISSION, B2 H rO Ts ? 1 selling wares at the Christmas VWw 1 ' , 1 p 1 Arts and Crafts Sale in down- VA . I I I 1 i f r 9 v town West Palm Beach. I I . i I V VVvl y' ' 'Buckets' (left) from Ky I ! UJ J "I I V ?$ft f '' 1 ' " West, plays a. tune on one of I V f , .1 1 i IV . X "I I k his custom bamboo flutes. At l.f t K r I 1 :. x '" Y iil ' I - ! right, a vendor needs a place ff ' r Cv V. X I il i , i to hang macrame, and a park- -""" fl XK' ' U J ing meter fits the bill perfect- , J? I .U If : ' IV- Below, Diane Gerletti . ,-.'iVHA SJj: 5 w I waits patiently for customers ' , -f t ' ' " - A I - at her nusband' iewelry 'fi , . l - X ; " $ a -k ' J ,ll Staff Photoi by Gtorg Wddinj 4 ! i I J xv ' ' I I '. ylsM i ( . . I 11" fl o A'wf-5. iRflA? iS-aii'?! a- v 1 TXMiik rutj At$ ltP1 J f k MacArthur Leaves Good Sam Pahokee Ends Foreign Language Classes Billionaire John D. MacArthur has been released from Good Samaritan Hospital after being admitted for exhaustion 20 days ago. The 79-year-old Singer Island resident left the West Palm Beach hospital at 3 p.m. Friday and returned home to the Colonnades Beach Hotel. "He's feeling fine and is up watching the football game," MacArthur's executive assistant Ted Climer said yesterday. Climer urged people not to call his boss for a while, saying MacArthur still needs his rest and has a lot of work to do. "He's been away from work and he's trying to catch up on his work load," Climer said. MacArthur, who normally smokes three packs of cigarettes a day, hasn't smoked under doctor's orders since he was hospitalized and looks "better than ever," Climer said. Dr. Donald Warren ordered Mac-Arthur hospitalized Nov. 22, after the billionaire choked on an ice cube. Warren said MacArthur, whose work day begins at 5 a.m., was suffering from exhaustion. MacArthur spent one day in intensive care and then was transferred to a private room. 'We cut back where it's going to hurt least. Operating a foreign language program wasn't worth it. I see no requirements for our students to learn Spanish. I feel it's incumbent upon the Spanish-speaking to learn English.4 Principal Jack Redding "We cut back where it's going to hurt least," Principal Jack Redding said. Operating a foreign language program "wasn't worth it." Though Redding said Pahokee has a growing Spanish-speaking population, he added: "I see no requirements for our students to learn Spanish. I feel it's incumbent upon the Spanish-speaking to learn English." Jacques Wilson, the state Department of Education's foreign language and bilingual specialist, said he finds it "lamentable . . . and inexcusable that a school in South Florida" has no language program, particularly Spanish. Language study, he said, no longer is the elective subject usually associated with an elite group of youngsters going onto college. Turn to LANGUAGE, B2 By JOHN PURNELL Post Staff Wrltar PAHOKEE - Habla Espanol? Parlez-vous P'rancais? Sprechen sie Deutsch? Not at Pahokee High School where foreign language classes have been canceled, the language laboratory shut down and students placed in other classes. This comes at a time when employers, language specialists and educators are re-emphasizing the need for foreign language skills in an increasingly bilingual Florida. Elimination of classes at Pahokee, the only high school in Palm Beach County offering no foreign language instruction, has been called "lamentable ... and inexcusable" by a state Department of Education official, and "surprising" by the former chairman of the state's Foreign Languages Council. gram, however, was made after the school year began when only 27 students signed up for the courses. About 100 of the school's 800 pupils would have had to enroll to make the language program viable, officials said. "We needed a math and social science teacher ... not a Spanish teacher," said Doris Lane, dean of students. Pahokee school officials said they decided to eliminate the school's three sections of Spanish because of financial belt-tightening. With a $776,000 operating budget at the school, officials said they needed the estimated $10,000 normally spent on the language program elsewhere. The final decision to drop the Spanish pro

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