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4-WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2004 FORUM Letters from our readers Thank you To the Editor: We would like to thank the Redwood Valley Calpella Fire Department for their Explorer Program. Our son Tommy Hubbs has been in their program for a year and it ! has been one of the most rewarding expe- ; riences of his life. As the proud parents we would like to congratulate him on receiving the Explorer of the Year award. He has dedicated a lot of his time in the last year helping out in whatever department needed from him. We would encourage anyone interested in being an Explorer or volunteer firefighter contact your fire department in your district. They are always in need for volunteers, without them the response time would be limited in an emergency. Thomas and Lulu Hubbs Redwood Valley More about Ukiahi trash To the Editor: 1 I am writing in response to the "Firefighters Fight Litter" article (Feb. 21) regarding the Adopt-A-Highway program. Kudos for their dedicated efforts and fine work. When I saw the article, I immediately thought of Ukiah High School. I am in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, and about three Saturdays ago, I attended my 12-year-old Little Brother's basketball game at Ukiah High. Until then I had never been on the campus during the day. It is a large campus, well landscaped, with an amphitheater-style plan, football field, gymnasium, swimming pool and large Joutdoor murals. But so much litter! Litter jjjon the lawns, trash in the bushes, discarded fast food bags and burger wrappers sur- rjrounding the picnic tables, vending ^machine debris lining walkways. I was jiembarrassed-and I don't even go to the ••school! There was so much litter, that iJwhile I waited for my Little's game to pbegin, I was picking it up and placing it in j|one of the numerous trash receptacles pro^vided on the grounds. What's up Ukiah Zpgh? What happened to that Ukiah High pride? So I'm suggesting that the Ukiah JiHigh School student body initiate an *!Adopt-Our-High School program. The ,'jintention of the program would be to clean |up all of the existing trash and litter on (jcampus, and promote a litter-free campus. {{Posters could be put up, fliers distributed, ijand reminders made during student body '[assemblies. Perhaps participation in the jjprogram could be included in the class Curriculum. Or a student volunteer system jjset up, for example, and homeroom time •utilized by students to pick up litter. Or jjstudent crews could be dispatched on {(weekends or holidays. ", Hiawatha O. Btake i: Ukiah »i JThere but for.... || To the Editor: »;' What would Jesus do? I think that He rjwould do the same thing that He did when J.the woman was brought before Him by jjjthe scribes and Pharisees who was caught •'in the act of adultery, they said, phrases in ijthe law commanded that such should be tjstoned, but what sayest thou. But Jesus {.stooped down, and with His finger wrote Jjon the ground as though He never heard jlhem, so when they continued asking him, «<He lifted up Himself and said unto them, JHe that is without sin among you, let him ;!cast the first stone. Jj And again He stooped down, and wrote iion the ground and they which heard it, •{being convicted by their own conscience, »!went out one by one beginning at the )jeldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was jjleft alone, and the woman standing in the <<midst. ',': When Jesus had lifted up himself, and ;saw none but the woman, He said unto jher, "Woman, where are those thine ^accusers? Hath no man condemned thee." '; IjShe said, "No man, Lord," and Jesus said Junto her, "Neither do I condemn thee: go jland sin no more." '; I think he would say to Carleen Hagood Sjthe same thing. !! These are not my words but word from Jjthe Lord. Glendon Glass, Sr. Ukiah LETTER POLICY ;; ; | ji> The Daily Journal welcomes letters to the {editor. All letters must include a clear name, •Signature, return address and phone number. . Letters are generally published in the order i hey are received, but shorter, concise letters | ire given preference. Because of the volume npf letters coming in, letters of more than 400 'words in length may take longer to be print- Jjsd. Names will not be withheld for any rea- •Bon. If we are aware that you are connected 1(0 a local organization or are an elected offi- Jpial writing about the organization or body Jpn which you serve, that will be included in J^our signature. .All letters are subject to editing without notice. Editing is generally imitcd to removing statements that are Krtentially libelous or cure not suitable for a amily newspaper. You may drop letters off it our office at 590 S. School St., or fax let- ers to 468-3544, mail to Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 749, Ukiah, 95482 or e- nail them to udj@pacific.net. \ t i i s woutotJ r se- TEMPTED W AN-/WM6 LIKE THAT tffifte.-— Sweet and of iberty Other opinions From around the nation The Sacramento Bee Initiatives are no way to battle over bio-tech ? Mendocino County's voters have made it the first in the state to ban genetically modified organisms. So the , county is now in the busi- ; ness of regulating what ' seeds a farmer plants. How will it work? Well, say there is a rumor at the local brewpub that someone down Highway 101 just planted some genetically altered tomatoes. Somebody calls in an anonymous tip to the office of the Mendocino County agriculture commissioner. Then what? Call the sheriff? Get a search warrant? just like everyone else. That may. seem self-evident, but it took a court ruling to make it a reality. The 3rd District Court of Appeal made it so in a sensible ruling the other day. The two-judge majority sided with the state's Fair Political Practices Commission, which sued the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, a Southern California tribe that repeatedly refused to report or reported too late millions of dollars in contributions it made to candidates or ballot measures. The tribe claimed ' Confiscate a'lomatb or two?'>'*it ; '"was>vsovereig1a.v 1 i' < '8hd?flot : Send them to the lab for required to comply with DNA analysis? Refer the case to the district attorney? Prosecute a farmer who plants on his private property a seed that meets all federal safety standards? California counties have their hands full protecting children, running jails, pro, viding health care for the ; poor and monitoring local crooks on probation. They . shouldn't be saddled with chasing down tips about genetically tweaked tomatoes. The debate over this technology belongs on the national and international stage. Leave it there. Fresno Bee Let's be fair: Tribes ..; that fail to report I campaign donations : i can be sued \ Indian tribes that contribute to state and local election races in California have to abide by the state's campaign reporting laws, state campaign reporting laws. It also contended that it was immune from lawsuits. Citing the U.S. Constitution, the FPPC countered that California had a sovereign right of its own to protect its republican form of government. The district court agreed. ... The court's ruling comes at a crucial time. Tribes across the state are gearing up to fight a ballot proposal pushed by card rooms and race tracks seeking to break the Indian slot machine monopoly in California. Meanwhile, the Agua Caliente Band is gathering signatures for a ballot measure that would expand the kinds of gambling that tribes can offer at their casinos. It would be grossly unfair if one side in these contests was required to report its contributions and expenditures while the other side was exempt from those requirements.... But for now, at least, fair- WHERE TO WRITE ness, equality under the law and common sense have the upper hand. The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville On Bush campaign commercials If the TV commercials that debuted last week are any indication, Americans can expect George W. Bush to run the most positive, uplifting presidential campaign since Ronald Reagan sought a second term 20 years"'ago. In one ad, Bush assures listeners he understands the nation's entrepreneurial spirit, then adds, "Americans are hardworking, decent, generous people. I'm optimistic about America because I believe in the people of America." Bush may be accused of cheerleading for the nation, but a few cheers are due. The terrorists have been beaten back so decisively that most Americans say national security no longer is one of their primary concerns. The economic slump, which began a year before he took office, has been reversed and expansion is under way. Bush's commercials stand in stark contrast to John Kerry's relentless attack ads. One, for example, recently insisted Bush had removed 200,000 veterans from health care. No veteran benefits have been ended under Bush. In fact, spending for veterans benefits has increased by 27 percent. President George Bush: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500; (202) 456-1111, FAX (202)456-2461. i Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: *• State Capitol, Sacramento, 95814. (916) 445-2841; FAX (916)445-4633 i Sen. Barbara Boxer: 112 Hart Senate t Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510; (202)224-3553; San Francisco, (415) 403- { 0100 FAX (415) 956-6701 Sen. Dlanne Felnsteln: 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202)224-3841 FAX (202) 228-3954; San Francisco (415) 393-0707; senator@fein- -' stein.senate.gov 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; www.house.gov/write rep AiMmblywomin Patty Berg: State Assembly District 1, 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 Katby Kelley, located at 104 W. Church St, Ukiah, 95482, 463-5770. The office's fax number ; s 463-5773. E-mail to: assemblymember.berg@assembly.ca.gov 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. bos@co,mendocino.ca.us NAT HENTOFF Rumsfeld censors the 6th The Supreme Court has scheduled arguments on April 28, in the cases of American citizens Yaser Esam Hamdi and Jose Padilla, two men who have been held indefinitely in American Navy brigs as "enemy combatants," without charges and without genuine access to their lawyers. But according to a ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, these two "enemy combatants" are entitled to "the assistance of counsel for ... defense" under the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution. On April 20, the High Court will hear arguments on whether the non-citizens held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay should have access to American civilian courts. But the denial of the most basic due process rights, including real access to a lawyer for American citizens, is the most crucial test the Bush administration's design for national security has faced in our courts thus far. Aware of the sharp criticisms of the administration's position by former appellate federal judges appointed by both Republican and Democratic presidents, the Defense Department, on Dec. 2, granted Hamdi temporary access to his lawyer, but only so that the administration can strengthen its case. It was made clear that the Bush administration had no intention of setting a precedent by granting Hamdi access, and that the government has no obligation to allow even American citizens to see their lawyers once the president had designated their clients as "enemy combatants." I recommend that the Supreme Court justices read Brent Kendall's report in the Feb. 13 Los Angeles Daily Journal (a legal issues newspaper) about what actually happened when federal public defender Frank Dunham finally met Hamdi, whom he had never seen before. Dunham "found himself in an interview room not only with Hamdi, but with a naval commander who was there to observe their conversation." Moreover, Kendall reported, "hovering over them was a video camera, its red light brightly lit." The essential need for privacy during lawyer-client conversations was obviously being violated by the naval officer's presence, and by videotaping of the conversation in its entirety. • Add to the government's mocking of Hamdi's fundamental due process right the fact that intelligence agents outside the room were also monitoring the lawyer-client exchanges. Hamdi "had a meeting with counsel, but didn't have access to counsel," said Dunham of this travesty of due process. On Feb. 11, Donald Rumsfeld's Defense Department suddenly decided to also let Jose Padilla's lawyers — Donna Newman and Andrew Patel — see their client. I spoke to Patel before the meeting. He knew that he and his co-counsel would also be unable to speak to their client in privacy. As he told the Daily Journal, "access to counsel is a privileged, confidential communication. (What is happening here) falls as far short of that as you can imagine." Dunham, mordantly commenting on the Bush administration's evasion of the Constitution, said that any lawyer "ought to turn in your bar ticket," he told the Daily Journal, "if you go into a situation and encourage your client to talk about matters when the other side is listening." Another government tactic was to pledge to Dunham that the team listening in on his conversations with Hamdi would not report them to government attorneys on the other side of this case. But Dunham points out that this pledge may be broken if representatives of the government monitoring the conversation — acting solely on their own judgment — decide that what's being said will affect national security. As Newman, Padilla's co-counsel, said in a supplemental brief to the Supreme Court: "The conditions that the government seeks to impose on any meeting between the counsel and Padilla are so restrictive that such a meeting cannot be viewed in any meaningful sense as an attorney-client meeting." Technically, since these two American citizens have been held for nearly two years without charges, one could say that they have no Sixth Amendment rights, even if their cases are going to the Supreme Court — because there is, as yet, no criminal case against them. Why, then, are they being punished for nearly two years while imprisoned incommunicado in solitary confinement without any contact with their families? Is this the American rule of law? If the Supreme Court does decide that the president, as commander in chief, can indeed ignore the Constitution, then I trust he will be able to explain exactly the core American values we are fighting to preserve in our war against our terrorist enemies.In this crucial case, we all must consider the chilling precedent George W. Bush may have set for what future presidents will be able to do to American citizens. Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights. Visit our web site at ukiahdailyjournaLcom email us at udj@pacific.net The Ukiah DAILY JOURNAL Publisher: Kevin McConnell Editor: K.C. Meadows ••' Advertising director; Cindy Delk Office manager: Yvonne Bel! ; Circulation director: Daniel Miller Group systems director: Sue Whitman Member Audit Bureau 01 Circulation* Member California

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