Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 18, 2004 · Page 4
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4-THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2004 FORUM Letters from our readers In our opinion From the desk of... Quilts no problem here To the Editor: This letter is directed to Renee Tompkins and "every other woman" she spoke to in regards to their opinion of the V-day displays located on School Street: Happily I stand in between the "every other woman" in my view of this display. In that I am for this display, and I congratulate those merchants who have had the foresight to accommodate these works of art in their businesses. You feel the display of these quilts trivializes their efforts? I think not. Yes, a few of the quilts are garish in their beauty. I will agree with you on that point only. These women have the courage to place their art work out in the public for our view. These quilts speak volumes! To think of the pain behind these creations, felt before and during their creation. If you spent anytime on School and State Street you would see the variety and many leveled interpretations these artists put into their various quilts. Not all chose to use explicit sexual parts. It is all in one's own interpretation. This display is what art is all about. This is what our country is about. Our freedom to speak and show the workings of our lives. And of course your freedom of speech. I encourage you to step back and look, imagine the reasoning behind these quilts. Relax a little. Personally I fail to see where a small child is going to know what is depicted on these quilts unless an adult tells them "exactly" what it is. Julie Smith Redwood Valley No gay marriage To the Editor: My Random House College Dictionary defines marriage as: 1. The social institution under which a man and a woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc; 2. The legal or religious ceremony, that formalizes the decision of a man and a woman to live as husband and wife. Now that is quite clear, isn't it? The dictionary does not define marriage as between any two persons of the same sex. The historical precept of marriage, since the beginning of oral and written history, has always been between a man and a woman. Marriage creates the basic building block of human society, the family. And the family is absolutely necessary for any human society to flourish since both female and male influence on children is required for a psychologically healthy child and adult - unless every book and research project result I have read in my 80 years of life are a lie and my own and soulmate of 55 years, four months and 28 days before her passing, unless these experiences raising a daughter, a son and assisting, when asked, with six grandchildren and six great grandchildren are all meaningless. Now, let's look at Nature. In all of Nature; fish, birds, animals and mammals; Mother Nature absolutely requires the mating, in some fashion, of a male and female of the species for procreation and survival, "marriage," if you will. As an aeronautical engineer (bachelor of science, aeronautical engineering), I learned about the "Laws of Nature." One study of it is called physics. In designing any part of an aircraft or satellite (Lockheed Missiles & Space Company) if I failed to obey the "Laws of Nature," the design was a failure and would not work, so I learned very early on that one simply cannot break the "Laws of Nature." Since Nature demands the melding of two sexes of any species for its survival, trying to meld two of the same sex can only be construed us being "against Nature" which is, to my logic, "unnatural," and which my training has proven to be unwise. Therefore, in my world of science, LETTER POLICY 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 Ihc order they are received, but shorter, concise letters are given preference. Because of Ihe volume of letters coming in, letters of more than 400 words in length may lake longer to be printed. Names will not be withheld for any reason. If we are aware that you are connected a local organization or are an elected offi- l writing about the organization of body on which you serve, that will be included in your signature. If you want to make it clear you are not speaking for that organization, you should do so in your lelter.All letters are subject to editing without notice. Editing is 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 will not be published. You may drop letters off at our office at 590 S. School St., or fax letters to 468-3544, mail to Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 749, Ukiah, 95482 or email them to udj@pacific.net. 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 McOonnell. Fish got a friend, indeed We think it's entirely appropriate for the local fish hatchery at Lake Mendocino to carry Bill Townsend's name. Typically, Townsend himself seems unimpressed with himself and more interested in educating those around him about the need to keep the Russian River fishery healthy. Townsend says he got "hooked" on fish more than 50 years ago when he caught his first 12-pound steelhead in the Santa Ynez River. When he learned more about the struggle that fish have trying to reproduce in California what with dams being built along rivers, Townsend said he started feeling sorry for the fish and has devoted his considerable energies to giving them a fighting chance to survive. Slow but steady, his efforts - and those of the Ukiah Rod and Gun Club to which he belongs - are starting to pay off. Each year the local hatchery produces steelhead fry which are nurtured at Warm Springs dam and brought back as yearlings to "imprint" in local waters to which it is hoped they will return as adults. This year some 4,000 fish - a record number - have made the trip back. Townsend not only cares about the fish but he sees the larger picture of a small town community where kids can learn one of life's great pleasures: having a fish on the line, tying a fly or just learning what it is to. be an outdoorsman - or woman. We are lucky to have Bill Townsend. Naming the local fish hatchery after him is a good way to remind ourselves of all his hard work. two humans of the same sex living together in a sexual context is "unnatural," that is, "against Nature." However, the lifestyle of two consenting adults in the privacy of their dwelling is, in my opinion, none of my or anyone else's business. On the other hand, same sex couples have no right to interfere with my rights either, rights which I earned by surviving combat and psychological and severe physical abuse by the Germans in a prisoner of war camp northeast of Berlin the winter of 1944/45 during World War II. These include my right to keep the dictionary and historical definition and to.obey the "laws of Nature" regarding marriage. So, to me, it becomes very clear that same sex couples cannot ever be "married" and should never be issued a marriage license - 'taint natural and 'taint right! And that is why a very large majority of California residents voted for a state law forbidding the issuance of a marriage . license to same sex couples. Is there discrimination' in the denial of marriage licenses to same sex couples? I believe not because only one-half of the required equation is present in accordance with die dictionary and historical definitions of marriage and according to the "laws of Nature." Furthermore, the rationalizations proffered by same sex couples regarding the rights of spouses for such things as hospital visits in emergencies are just that, rationalizations. Why? Because ' there are numerous recognized legal documents which overcome all these rational- izations. These legal documents include power of attorney, health care power of attorney, living will and taping to the back of your driver's license a notice of who to call at what address and phone number in case of emergencies, to name only a few. My wife and I had these even though we were married. Every marriage license issued in San Francisco recently is clearly, by California state law, illegal and void. The Mayor of San Francisco, everyone who issued such a license and everyone who performed those ceremonies for same sex couples has broken the state law and needs to suffer the consequences required by that state law. Actions of individuals and units of government which decide which state laws they will obey or break are defined as anarchy and cannot be allowed if the United States is to be a nation ruled by law. Continue to allow same sex couples to live as they choose in the privacy of their dwellings. Do not persecute them. If any are driven to a need for some formal certification of their commitment to each other find a formal certification document and procedure for their commit - but never issue a marriage license. Obey California state law, maintain the dictionary and historical definition of marriage, obey the laws of Nature and protect and preserve the family at all costs. Arthur Eck Willits 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. Oianne 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 Assemblywoman 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 Kathy Kelley, located at 104 W. Church St, Ukiah, 95482, 463-5770. The office's fax number is 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 PAUL KRUGMAN Weak on terror "My most immediate priority," Spain's new leader, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zaptero, declared on Monday, "will be to fight terrorism." But he and the voters who gave his party a stunning upset victory last Sunday don't believe the war in Iraq is part of that fight. And the Spanish public was also outraged by what it perceived as the Aznar government's attempt to spin last week's terrorist attack for political purposes. The-Bush administration, which baffled the world when it used an attack by Islamic fundamentalists to justify the overthrow of a brutal but secular regime, and which has been utterly ruthless in its political exploitation of 9/11, must be very, very afraid. Polls suggest that a reputation for being tough on terror is just about the only remaining political strength George Bush has. Yet this reputation is based on image, not reality. The truth is that Bush, while eager to invoke 9/11 on behalf of an unrelated war, has shown consistent reluctance to focus on the terrorists who actually attacked America, or their backers in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. This reluctance dates back to Bush's first months in office. Why, after all, has his inner circle tried so hard to prevent a serious investigation of what happened on 9/11? There has been much speculation about whether officials ignored specific intelligence warnings, but what we know for sure is that the administration disregarded urgent pleas by departing Clinton officials to focus on the threat from al-Qaida. After 9/11, terrorism could no longer be ignored, and the military conducted a successful campaign against al-Qaida's Taliban hosts. But the failure to commit sufficient U.S. forces allowed Osama bin Laden to escape. After that, the administration appeared to lose interest in al-Qaida; by the summer of 2002, bin Laden's name had disappeared from Bush's speeches. It was all Saddam, all the time. This wasn't just a rhetorical switch; crucial resources were pulled off the hunt for al-Qaida, which had attacked America, to prepare for the overthrow of Saddam, who hadn't. If you want confirmation that this seriously impeded the fight against terror, just look at reports about the all-out effort to capture Osama that started, finally, just a few days ago. Why. didn't this happen last year, or the year before? According to The New York Times, last year many of the needed forces were tied up in Iraq. It's now clear that by shifting his focus to Iraq, Bush did al-Qaida a huge favor. The terrorists and their Taliban allies were given time to regroup; the resurgent Taliban once again control almost a third of Afghanistan, and al-Qaida has regained the ability to carry out large-scale atrocities. But Bush's lapses in the struggle against terrorism extend beyond his decision to give al-Qaida a breather. His administration has also run interference for Saudi Arabia - the home of most of the 9/11 hijackers, and the main financier of Islamic extremism - and Pakistan, which created the Taliban and has actively engaged in nuclear proliferation. Some of the administration's actions have been so strange that those who reported them were initially accused of being nutty conspiracy theorists. For example, what are we to make of the post-9/11 Saudi airlift? Just days after the attack, at a time when private air travel was banned, the administration gave special clearance to flights that gathered up Saudi nationals, including a number of members of the bin Laden family, who were in the U.S. at the time. These Saudis were then allowed to leave the country, after at best cursory interviews with the FBI. And the administration is still covering up for Pakistan, whose government recently made the absurd claim that large-scale shipments of nuclear technology and material to rogue states - including North Korea, according to a new CIA report - were the work of one' man, who was promptly pardoned by President Pervez Musharraf. Bush has allowed this farce to go unquestioned. So when the Bush campaign boasts of the president's record in fighting terrorism and accuses John Kerry of being weak on the issue, when Republican congressmen suggest that a vote for Kerry is a vote for Osama, remember this: the administration's actual record is one of indulgence toward regimes that are strongly implicated in terrorism, and of focusing on actual terrorist threats only when forced to by events. Paul Krugman joined The New York Times in 1999 as a columnist-on the Op-Ed Page and continues as Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Visit our web site at ukiahdailyjournal.com email us at udj@pacific.net 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 Iterator Audit BUTMM 01 ClrcMteUon*

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