Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 9, 2004 · Page 4
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 4

Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, March 9, 2004
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4 - TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2004 FORUM Letters from our readers In our opinion Another Mendocino County first To the Editor: What a county! It's the first to vote to legalize the possession and growth of marijuana, with its proven health risks and questionable medical benefits, and the first to vote to illegalize the possession and growth of GMOs with its unproven health risks and potential benefits to medicine, world hunger, and the environment. Now the question is, what happens if I'm in possession of a genetically modified marijuana plant? Scott Abbott Rewdood Valley Mrs. Freedman: DA wasting money To the Editor: While the county is "literally" in tears over the county's budget crisis and unable to provide basic services and programs to county residents, District Attorney Vroman continues to pilfer from county coffers for his malicious prosecution and vendetta against my husband, Ralph Freedman. Vroman now contends he will spend more money in trying to appeal this landmark case of a district attorney being recused for actions and statements being "borne out of anger," as stated in the judge's written opinion. After the DA has already spent close to a quarter of a million dollars on trumped up misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace, sexual assault, and acting as civil attorney in filing civil restraining orders (making sure they were plastered all over the front pages of the paper and then dropping them), Vroman continues to freely spend, while residents may not even have Bookmobile services. For an already disadvantaged county, this is disgraceful. Most importantly, Vroman was the sole initiator of these charges against my husband. In the disturbing of the peace matter, the police department refused to get involved, and in sexual assault matter, the police found no evidence to support allegations of sexual harassment. In both cases there were no police arrests, yet Vroman filed charges anyway. 'Vroman filed the misdemeanor or sexual assault charge at the hearing that was calendared for the Motion of Reconsideration of Recusal of him, which then forced the matter to be continued and was finally heard on Jan. 26. Vroman himself admits to tjhe veracity of his witness which Vroman ''claims" he didn't know about, even though it was his office that filed all the past charges againt this person, some of which were felony charges. Vroman's credibility speaks for itself and his actions have been solely to continue to harass and defame my husband. (Has anyone ever heard of a district attorney initiating criminal charges for allegations of a manager Celling at employees or sexual harass- ifient?) \ Even after Vroman was recused for his actions of being "borne of anger," he still cannot let go. Why? Because just as the judge stated in his two written opinions: "Vroman's anger" and "personal bias." The Charges Vroman filed against my husband ate bogus and Vroman knows the Attorney General will, not prosecute these cases when there was no evidence nor probable o'ause to file charges. < Vroman continues to project his own criminal behavior (already having served Ibne in federal prison for failing to file tax returns) and personal problems. Sources inside the DA's office allege there's a huge cover up going on in the Freedman case. They further contend that the real hostile \fork environment exists right in the DA's q[wn office. Recently, Vroman was heard in IETTER POLICy / The Daily Journal welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must include a clear name, s(gnature, return address and phone number. Letters are generally published in the order ttiey are received, but shorter, concise letters are given preference. Because of the volume of letters coming in, letters of more than 400 w,ords in length may take longer to be printed. Names will not be withheld for any rea- s&n. If we are aware that you are connected to a local organization or are an elected official writing about ihe organization or body ofi which you serve, that will be included in your signature. If you want to make it clear ypu are not speaking for that organization, you should do so in your letter.All letters are subject to editing without notice. Editing iij generally limited to removing statements tHat are potentially libelous or are not suitable for a family newspaper. Form letters that are clearly part of a write-in campaign wjill not be published. You may drop letters off at our office at 590 S. School St., or fax Wllers to 468-3544, mail to Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 749, Ukiah, 95482 or e- rrjailMhem to E-mail letters should also include hometown and a phone number. ON EDITORIALS Daily Journal editorials are written by Editor K.C. Meadows with the concurrence of Publisher Kevin McConnell. KZYX in Ukiah a good idea We think a Ukiah studio for KZYX is way overdue and we applaud the public radio station's board of directors for finally setting a sister studio in motion. We seem to recall about a decade ago an effort by a group of Ukiahans to start up their own public radio station and the appeal to this group by KZYX to not compete but to join together. That joining has taken a long time and we hope that now the effort can move swiftly. There are good reasons to have a KZYX presence in Ukiah. It is the seat of government, for one thing. It is also the county seat where the legal, medical and educational centers exist. These resources can help forge quality news and information programming which is a lot more inclusive. One of the pri- mary blocks to variety and inclusiveness on KZYX has been, we believe, the requirement that volunteers must make the drive to Philo. We think KZYX has created for itself over the years a reputation for an unapologetic liberal and progressive viewpoint to which on-air opposition is often left out. Part of the reason is this limited number of programmers creating the news and information content. Liberal and progressive views certainly have a traditional place in public radio, but when local news and information is at stake, there are many more views that should be heard. Having a studio in Ukiah, we hope, would encourage a variety of new programmers to bring hearty debate to local issues on air. a loud shouting match with one of his attorneys, which led to that attorney's resignation. Will county residents continue to allow Vroman to waste taxpayer dollars 1 to fund his criminal propensities, personal biases, and continue to his abuse people under the color of authority, while they themselves are deprived of necessary services and programs for themselves and children? How much will all this cost the county when it's all said and done? Probably millions, as we will file our own civil suit against the county for vindictive prosecution when its all over. If anyone has information to help us break open the DA's cover up and other improper actions, please call me at 3918491. Kimberly Freedman Ukiah Missile info not getting out To the Editor: CBS's 60 Minutes recently showed the past President Bush announcing that 43 of the 44 U.S. Patriot missiles fired during the first Gulf War, hit their target. Following investigations proved only four were successful in intercepting Iraq fired missiles; 40 hit either unintended targets, or blew themselves up in the empty sky. If you were watching the evening news at the time, you saw those million- dollar fire crackers. The unavoidable conclusion was that the Patriot missile system was faulty, yet with only slight modifications, it was used again in this invasion of Iraq. This time it definitely hit three targets, but those it was initially designed to strike - jets in flight. Two British and two American pilots were killed. This is outrageous, yet I've not heard any reaction. Maybe because so much of the news is about the growing opposition across this country to a ceremony of love. Tom Lefebvre Ukiah Iraq war a big lie To the Editor: I feel Mr. Bush owes all of us an apology for misleading us about the need to rush into a war in Iraq, based on misinformation and lies. His recent press interview was a big disappointment, with him repeating the same old song about Saddam Hussein having the capability to build WMDs. This ugly war in the Middle East made us less safe than before, and just solidified the hate Islamics feel toward America and Britain. It is a travesty, and we should turn over the governing of Iraq to their people as soon as possible, and allow them to work on the rebuilding of their country, with no "sweetheart" contracts to Halliburton, Bechtel or other American companies. Ann Rennacker Fort Bragg WHERE TO WRITE President George Bush: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500; (202) 456-1111, FAX (202)456-2461. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: State Capitol, Sacramento, 95814. (916) 445-2841; FAX (916)445-4633 Sen. Barbara Boxer: 112 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510; (202)224-3553; San Francisco, (415) 4030100 FAX (415) 956-6701 Sen. Dianne Feinsteln: 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202)224-3841 FAX (202) 228-3954; San Francisco (415) 393-0707; senator®fein- Congressman Mike Thompson: 1st District, 119 Cannon Office Bldg, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3311; FAX (202)225-4335. Fort Bragg district representative, Kendall Smith, 430 N. Franklin St., PO Box 2208, Fort Bragg 95437; 962- 0933.FAX 962-0934; rep Assemblywoman Patty Berg: State Assembly District I, Capitol, Rm. 2137, Sacramento, 95814. (916) 319-2001; Santa Rosa, 576-2526; FAX, Santa Rosa, 5762297. Berg's field representative in Ukiah and Lake County is Kathy Kelley, located at 104 W. Church St, Ukiah, 95482, 463-5770. The office's fax number is 463-5773. E-mail to: Senator Wes Chesbro: State Senate District 2, Capitol Building, Room 5100, Sacramento, 95814. (916) 445-3375; FAX (916) 323-6958. Field Rep. in Ukiah is Jennifer Puser, P.O. Box 785, Ukiah, 95482, 468-8914, FAX 468-8931. District offices at 1040 Main St., Suite 205, Napa, 94559,2241990, 50 D St., Suite 120A, Santa Rosa, 95404, 576-2771, and 317 3rd St., Suite 6, Eureka, 95501,445-6508. Mendocino County Supervisors: Michael Delbar, 1st District; Richard Shoemaker, 2nd District; Hal Wagenet, 3rd District; Patricia Campbell, 4th District; David Colfax, 5th District. All can be reached by writing to 501 Low Gap Road, Room 1090, Ukiah, 95482, 463-4221, FAX 463-4245. IEWOINTS THOMAS D, ELIAS Bush amnesty moves spur backlash Since his swearing in more than three years ago, only terrorism and the war in Iraq have preoccupied President Bush more than his efforts to make life easier for Mexicans in America. His trial balloons have involved amnesty, legalization, "guest worker" plans and freedom of movement for Mexican trucks. Bush insists he's after nothing more than fairness for Mexicans, especially immigrants who pay taxes and don't freeload on public services in this country. But his chief adviser and former campaign manager, Karl Rove, admits there's a political motive, too. Extremely aware that his boss drew well under 40 percent of the national Latino vote in 2000 - less than 24 percent in California - Rove has said he wants to shift big hunks of Hispanic voters into the Republican column. Should that happen, it could sharply alter the electoral math in this state and one or two others. Look what happened when Arnold Schwarzenegger pulled about 40 percent of the Hispanic vote last fall. This has some Democrats worried. The Miami-based Democratic consultant Sergio Bendixen warned early in his administration that Bush might win over many Latino voters. This may still be happening, but if so, it comes at a cost. For it's clear that the longer the threat of terrorism persists, the more efforts at amnesty and special treatment for Mexico or Mexicans bear major potential to backfire on Bush. That's because some in the GOP see the inevitable long-term product of any new amnesty as a carbon copy of what flowed from the amnesty of the 1980s, conducted under Ronald Reagan: Large numbers of new Democratic-leaning voters. For sure, plenty of Republicans already are disgruntled with the current Bush guest worker proposal, which would allow a new group of braceros to stay in America as much as six years. Does anyone expect many to return home meekly after that, simply giving up a life they've worked years to establish? It certainly didn't work that way when immigrants imported for the electronics industry lost their jobs in the bust early this decade. Almost all stayed on illegally. In California, two of the four candidates for this year's Republican U.S. Senate nomination strongly oppose the Bush plan. Two dozen Republican members of Congress also warned Bush this month that he faces a backlash from Republican voters if he persists in his plan. They say GOP voters are flooding them with angry letters, e-mails and phone calls threatening to stay away from the November election if Bush presses on. Ask Democrat Al Gore what defections from one's own party can mean to a presidential candidate. If a mere 2,000 Democrats in New Hampshire had voted for Gore rather than defecting to the Green Party's Ralph Nader, Bush never would have become president no matter what happened in Florida. Other factors also should worry Republicans. A 2002 study from the University of Maryland predicted that the more Latinos enter this country, the more the Democrats will gain. Democrats have a 20 percentage point advantage among Latinos in nearly all states, that study reported. "Party identification is one of the most reliable guides for voter choice," the study added. Ironically, labor unions do not oppose the Bush legalization. They have focused their California organizing efforts on Latinos for the last seven years and provide Democrats with tfie bulk of their new members' votes. Is it likely that immigrant workers who become legalized and then join unions will soon vote Republican? Not very, when unions oppose much of what the GOP stands for, from holding the line on minimum wages to eliminating taxes on capital gains to ending affirmative action. At the same time, the longer Bush delayed acting on legalization and amnesty, the more aggressive Mexican officials including President Vicente Fox became. Fox now advocates a completely open border with his country, and terror concerns be hanged. It's plain that the more Bush seems to respond to Fox, the more he risks turning off his conservative Republican base. At the same time, the Latino vote he's pursuing may be a paper tiger nationally, even if it's become.vital in California, Texas and Florida. The 2000 Census, for example, found that persons identifying themselves as being of Mexican ancestry cast only 3 percent of all votes nationally. Since their numbers have been far above that here and in Texas, their presence at the polls has been miniscule everywhere else. Which means that the more avidly Bush pursues amnesty and Hispanic votes, the more he may hurt himself. Thomas D. Ellas is a syndicated columnist. Visit our web site at email us at The Ukiah DAILY JOURNAL Publisher: Kevin McConnell Editor: K.C. Meadows Advertising director: Cindy Delk Office manager; Yvonne Bell Circulation director: Daniel Miller Group systems director: Sue Whitman Msmtor Audit Bureau 01 Circulation! Member California Nswapapar PuUlihan Aiwolallon

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