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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 84

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, March 29, 1998
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SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 THE PALM BEACH POST Teamwork got millions for port, road projects Presidential apology for every occasion 1 ' W nil n in JUPRMI. ' ij . Hj 17: ; n 1M 1V-1 I : WASHINGTON When the ! House votes on a $217 billion j highway and transportation bill I next week, it will be good news i for Palm Beach County, j Among the billions ear-! marked for projects around the country are $21 million for routing State Road 710 (Martin Luth-I er King Blvd.) around the Port of ! Palm Rpach and Sl5 million for Rep. Hastings Rep. Shaw j West Palm Beach Mayor Nancy Grahams pet tramc-caiming project on U.S. 1 and Flagler Drive. How the SR 710 project got into the bill is an interesting exercise in lawmaking in Washing- j ton. Determining who gets the ! credit is diffi-! cult. i The bot-j torn line is that the entire ) Palm Beach congressional j delegation ! had a hand in getting the money, but the major lift Larry Lipman danger of being left out of the process. Reaching Rep. Hastfngs in Florida, Mr. Bafalis urged him to put in a bid for the port project. Rep. Hastings promised to get right on the project. Mobilizing his staff, he spent the weekend attempting to contact Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., the committee's ranking Democrat, who was traveling in New York, while his office deluged committee staffers with information to justify the project. Finally, Rep. Hastings buttonholed Rep. Oberstar on the House floor last Tuesday and urged him to support the project. That night, he learned the $21 million was in the bill. Meanwhile, Rep. Shaw also had been busy. Committee staff members contacted his office last Monday and said Rep. Shaw could earmark another $10 million worth of projects. The money apparently was being parceled out to GOP members from other members who had not used their quota. He added the money to the $9 million he had requested for the port. Rep. Foley, who had earmarked most of his money for the traffic-calming SOUTH POLE, January 19, 2001 President Clinton today apologized to Antarctica. Speaking to an audience composed of the traveling press, Mr. Clinton said he repented of America's "sin" of neglecting this continent except when America paid a kind of improper attention to it. He regretted that during the Cold War, U.S. policy "subordinated the true interests of Antarctica to geopolitical calculations arising from the conflict with the former Soviet Union." George Will Last year, Mr. Clinton apologized to Russia for U.S. policies that he said caused the collapse of communism. He said this diminished the world's political "diversity." In words barely audible here over polar winds, Mr. Clinton expressed regret for the "insensitivity of American stereotyping." He said that "for too long American ethnocentrism and cultural chauvinism have caused us to think of Antarctica only as a cold and icy place." Mr. Clinton praised the recent decision of San Francisco authorities to require high school students to read at least one novel from "the canon of Antarctic classics." America, he said, is "a gorgeous mosaic of multiculturalism" and should be ashamed of educational practices that "through centuries of cultural oppression, have privileged European contributions to art and literature over the contributions of others." "We must not fear differences," Mr. Clinton said. "We have extended curriculum recognition far, but you can never extend it too far. Now it is time for inclusion of snow and ice." Mr. Clinton, who has been traveling outside the United States every day since the middle of March 1998, came to this frozen setting to complete what he calls "this tour of tears." Aides say that Mr. Clinton, who has spoken often of his "legacy," believes that history will remember him not for pioneering new dimensions in executive privilege, but for his "foreign policy of creative contrition." The policy was born in Uganda on March 24, 1998, when Mr. Clinton, for the first time, apologized to an entire continent in one fell swoop. In Uganda, which in the 1970s was governed by Gen. Idi Amin, Mr. Clinton encouraged Africans to dwell on the foreign sources of their sufferings. He announced that slavery was "wrong," and he essentially apologized to all Africans for all the white people who bought African slaves captured by African sellers of slaves. He also apologized be- But Mr. Clinton has insisted that "being ashamed does not have to be all sackcloth and ashes." Last year, he ordered the Air Force to give Air Force One a new name for the remainder of his presidency. The plane's new name has been painted on the nose of the fuselage: "Sorry About That!" In his nearly 34 months of incessant traveling, Mr.' Clinton has offered a generic apology for America being big, rich, powerful and happy. But he also has regretted specific American "sins," such as forcing other nations to drink Coca-Cola, watch Dallas reruns, accept foreign aid and put up with the presence of the American troops that liberated them or kept them free. Mr. Clinton insists that being volubly embarrassed by one's country's actions is a form of patriotism. "Love of country," he says, "means always having to say you're sorry." On the last full day of his presidency, Mr. Clinton flew home from Antarctica on "Sorry About That!" to what one adviser noted was the only country Mr. Clinton has not apologized to. cause during the Cold War, America was more apt to be friendly to African nations that were friendly to America. By telling Ugandans that "the United States has not always done the right thing by Africa," Mr. Clinton began a foreign policy built around apologies to all other peoples, nations and continents toward which American behavior has not always been perfect. In Uganda he noted that Americans were precocious sinners, having had slavery to be ashamed of "before we were even a nation." But slavery was not the worst: "Perhaps the worst sin America ever committed about Africa was the sin of neglect and ignorance." Mr. Clinton's first post-Ugandan stop in his penitential travels was Outer Mongolia. Presidential polling revealed deep American ignorance of, and unrepentant neglect of, Outer Mongolia. Mr. Clinton told a cluster of Outer Mongolians and their horses that the United States is a nation in North America and that it would try to do better by them. The State Department, responding to Mr. Clinton's determination to be compassionate to all victims of American neglect and ignorance and sin, has organized a Bureau of Abasement. It is headed by an Assistant Secretary of State for Regrets. project, asked for the remaining $2 million, for a total of $21 million for the port. A committee staff member said com-mittpp records ing was, done """ by Reps. E. Clay Shaw Jr., R-Fort Lauderdale, and Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar. r Staffers for both congressmen say their boss was intimately involved in winning the money. ,Both offices may be correct. Here's what happened. , t Last year, when lawmakers were asked to submit their list of projects for the upcoming highway bill, Reps. Shaw and Hastings, as well as Rep. Mark Foley, :R-West Palm Beach, and Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, signed a letter seeking $21 million to realign SR 710 between Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 south of the Port of Palm Beach. Earlier this month, when the committee began determining .which projects would be added to the bill, it used an intricate formula for allocating the money. ' , Basically, Republican lawmakers were allocated $20 million each, and Democrats got $16 million. Lawmakers who had voted for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee bill last fall which was pulled back because it exceeded the budget agreement were given a little extra. Those who opposed it were given a little less. Committee members also had a little more to earmark. Rep. Shaw asked for $9 million for the SR 710 project plus several millon dollars for other projects in Miami-Dade and Broward counties which he also represents. - Rep. Hastings said he wasn't j contacted by the committee to determine which projects he j wanted in the bill. That's when former Palm raft a columnist for The George Will is Washington Post. Mr. Bafalis indicate Rep. Shaw received projects totaling $30 million, while Rep. Hastings did not receive any projects. Fred Turner, Rep. Hastings' legislative assistant, said that regardless of how the committee credits the project, "the fact is, last week, there was nothing for the port, and this week, they're getting full funding. "If the committee chose to dole out the money based on the requests by Shaw and Foley, that's their prerogative. I know my boss did everything he possibly could do." As for Mr. Bafalis, he said he doesn't care who gets the credit. He's just pleased the port project got the money in the House bill. Late last week, Rep. Hastings sent a letter to port officials, urging them to contact Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., who will likely sit on a House-Senate conference committee, to seek his support for keeping the project in the final bill. Larry Lipman is the Washington bureau chief for The Palm Beach Post. Notable quotes "It is what you hate to happen." Patrick Strange of Mercury Energy of New Zealand, as a cable that was supposed to restore power to Auckland failed Friday, just when residents thought a five-week blackout was over. "The tiger wasn't euthanized; he was slaughtered." Pat Derby, Performing Animal Welfare Society president, saying the warning that the Department of Agriculture gave Ringling Bros, circus for shooting a tiger that mauled its trainer was too light Kids 12 & under FREE! Beach County Rep. Skip Bafalis, who lobbies on behalf of the port, got involved. Worried that the port might not get any money, he began calling local members nearly two weeks ago to determine which projects they were seeking. When Mr. Bafalis contacted Rep. Hastings' office, he learned that the congressman was in waterfront JV ' I Subject-verb agreement is the rule il 1 By James J. Kilpatrick We hear a good deal from time to time about the many rules of English grammar. We should listen with a deaf ear. To my knowledge, there is only one unbreakable rule of English grammar. I will give you the whole thing: In any given sentence, the subject and predicate must agree in number. Everything else that purports to be a rule is usually no more than a suggestion, a guideline, a general proposition, a better usage but not a rule. By way of Horrid Example, let me cite a piece in Editor & Publisher from a year ago. The story had to Jackson Browne Legendary singer-songuriter Discounts Available March 25 - April 24 do with coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing trial. The Denver Post had created a computerized archive to assist reporters. A writer for E&Pnoted that "the full text of court documents are included on the site." - Does the sentence grate upon From 'USA Today': 'Some say the Democrats' explanations on why the events were not fiend-raisers is pretty thin.' Aaargh! The plural subject 'explanations' has to be tethered to the plural verb 'are.' The Writer's Art Fayeds produced false statements and documents, including false birth certificates, has cast a pall over the family's reputation." Go to the bones: The subject was allegations, plural. The verb was "has cast," singular. No way! Consider a few more Horrid Examples: From USA Today, reporting that House Speaker Newt Gingrich had to call a meeting last summer "to discuss the embarrassing episodes of intrigue and conspiracy that has kept the House in turmoil." From a sportswriter for The New York Times: "Some of the mystery and curiosity that encase Hideki Irabu are evaporating ..." From a critic's review of a Civil War history: "The story of the Battle of Shiloh, along with the campaign, are revealed in Larry J. Daniel's Shiloh." Headline in the Orange County (Calif.) Register. "Season's fruit make eating healthy easy." From an item reporting that Myrtle Beach, S C., could get a farm team of the Atlanta Braves: "The price tag for a new ballpark is between $8 million and $12 million, and neither Williamsburg nor Wilmington are willing to commit to such an investment." (The neithernor construction demands a singular verb.) While we're talking grammar, let me take one more shot at a familiar abomination, the confusion of all and not all. This was a headline over a Martha Stewart column: "All lamp shades can't be cleaned." This was the headline over a feature story in Florida about subsidized housing: "Everyone can't afford home." This was from a column by a gentlewoman in Newsweek who knows better. Formal investigations are "a sound practice in the right circumstances, but every circumstance is not right" Gracious! Surely, some lamp shades can be cleaned, and surely, some people can afford homes, and presumably, some circumstances are right for formal investigation. When we speak of all and everybody, we had better watch out James J. Kilpatrick is a nationally syndicated Cost: $8 One Day $20 Five Day Ticket Outlets Palm Beach & Martin Counties: Publix Super Markets, participating NationsBank and Barnett Bank branches, SunFest, 525 Clematis Street, downtown West Palm Beach, & Florida TicketMaster outlets. 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Again, the trick is to ignore the intervening clutter of "on why the events were not fund-raisers." This is from Newsweek, in a November story about Dodi Fayed, the . . . umm . . . friend ofl'nn-cess Diana's. Investigators had charged that Dodi s father purchased famed Harrod's through unsavory procedures. Though the findings didn t affect the Harrod's deal, the reports' allegations that the 7 mm mm c f 7 FM HationsCanK

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