Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 24, 2002 · Page 14
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 14

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, October 24, 2002
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Page 14 —Thursday, October 24, 2002 REGION John Phillips Life under pressure I was thinking, you know, about how it's a wonder that we survive considering the pressures that most of us face. It's a rare bird in the flock that can peck its way through life without being slapped on the beak with some kind of pressure. How nice it would be if we could just do what we want to do, go along at our own pace, walk when everything and everyone around us screams that we should run, and do nothing if it suits us to do nothing. Alas, life is not so fair. Life is not so uncomplicated. Au contraire, mon amis, life is packed with pressures. Take, for example, the grand symbol of life today, the alarm clock. Tick, tick, tick—like a time bomb it is, and then it goes off arid the pressures begin. No wonder our systems fail before dieir time — we are hardly awake when we feel the first pressure of the day — to get out of bed and on our way. We are pressed to get to work on time and once there we are pressed to begin whatever it is that we are paid to do. Our bosses pressure us even as they are pressed from above — pressure upon pressure. We ostensibly could quit, thus relieving ourselves of the pressure of going to work, but there is a catch, for we are also under pressure to pay our bills. Bill-paying is a large part of the pressure that we face on a daily basis. We have to pay the bills or suffer the consequences, of which there are many. Enter stress. Enter pressure. Enter ulcers and heart problems. Money is the root of all pressure. That may be exaggerating a little, but a lot of the pressures we face could be alleviated with handfuls and handfuls of the long green. But therein ties the rub — in order to get tile wherewithal we are pressured into working— or doing something dishonest. Life is not a bowl of cherries, folks, bvit it's not all the pits either. Between bouts of stress happiness can be found. It is amazing to me, though, how the pressures come at us from every angle. We are under pressure all the time to do the right thing. There are written laws and there are unwritten laws and there is an unspoken and unwritten mandate that we live within the confines of these laws. We are pressed to do the right tiling at work, at home, at the store, at the bowling alley and on the golf course. Sometimes the pressure is so great that you can almost see it. We certainly can feel it. I lave you felt the creeping pressure of Christmas yet? Even if you have not done anything relative to the holiday, like buying presents or strings of lights, I'll bet thai you have thought about it — and thinking about it begins to build the pressure to do something. Adults don't have to deal with peer pressure that much, but remember when we were teens, those years when we were so conscious of how we fit in with the other guys or girls? Those were the good times and the had times, weren't they? Acceptance was great and rejection was nearly fatal — and the pressures were constant. If someone could invent a machine, a pill, a technique, anything, that could relieve the pressures we face, he could become a billionaire. Nothing like that exists, though, I do believe, '['here are a few things that we can do lo depressure our lives. Vacations offer temporary relief, f laving a positive attitude helps, too, I'm told. And exercise helps relieve the tensions and pressures in our bodies. When I feel the weight of the world begin to pressure me, to push me down, I go to a hot fudge sundae and a nap. Hey, it works for me. (John Phillips is a Gazette assistant editor. His column appears on Monday and Thursday. E-mail at: jphil&indi- Candidate hopes to fulfill dreams Continued from page 1 Philadelphia. Until then, he hadn't even taken a course in politics. But Reed said he excelled in that environment. While Reed was excelling in graduate school, he watched Jeff Coleman, at age 25, live the dream of winning election to the state House in 2000 despite his youth. "It proved to me that people were willing to elect a young person. He made me believe I could do it earlier than expected." Reed took an internship with Gov. Tom Ridge's policy office for community and economic development and spent time in Philadelphia, where he realized what it's like to walk down the street and worry about getting mugged, he said. So after recognizing that it can be done, realizing that his long-term goal set for "somewhere down the road" has become a much shorter- term possibility, how does a kid fresh from school with just one internship experience run for state representative? He comes home to the people he grew up around. Reed, who was then a Democrat, found an opportunity to run with the Republican Party. "To be honest," he said, "I've never been a big party person. ... The opportunity was there to run as a Republican. It was the best opportunity for me." Reed first registered in 1996, as a Republican. In 1998, he re-registered as a Democrat. In 2000, when he decided to run for office, he re-re-registered — again becoming a Republican. His next step was finding keys to his campaign. He saw what Jeff Coleman was able to do, so he found the next best thing in Coleman's wife. Rebecca Coleman was already familiar with the newly redrawn 62nd District because a large portion of it is her husband's current district. "When Dave came to me, he had a plan in place," she said. "He had already laid his platform out. When I came on board, it was just a matter of freeing him up to go door to door." In the beginning, there were many challenges. It was disheartening, he said: He had good months and bad months. As time progressed, the focus narrowed to good weeks and bad weeks, then good days and bad days. Time went by so that what happened an hour before was no longer as important as what would happen in another hour's time. Reed has risen to be a prominent, up-and-coming figure with the Republican Party, hobnobbing with senators, Congressman Shuster and Mike Fisher, the state attorney general running for governor, at Christine Toretti's Pumpkin Hill estate in White Township, where the goal seems to be simply to shake as many hands as possible. It's no surprise that within the Republican Party Reed is seen as driven, committed and headed for good things in state government. His family, friends and supporters already think the same things. His girlfriend recognized his qualities the first time they met at the Indiana County Fair. "Have you ever met someone and said, 'Wow, I've never met anyone in the world like this?'" asked Jennifer Ellis, 21, who attends Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Not a bad impression to make for a sixth-generation Indiana County resident without any public-speaking experience or family political involvement. In fact, he is die first in his family to graduate from coilege. "Oftentimes I have to step back," Reed said. "I don't even know how to describe it ... it's amazing. It's exciting." But the future is unclear for Reed. Ellis will be heading off to law school after her May graduation. Vinton said he hopes the near future brings him to the floor of the House to see his friend sworn in. Reed and Rebecca Coleman, however, focus on the much shorter term: They orfly have eyes for Nov. 5. Reed said he'll figure the rest out when they get there. Record number of voters registered in county The number of voters signed up for the Nov. 5 general election in Indiana County increased by 703 to a record 48,967, according to the county voter registration office. Far be it for anyone to label the county as a haven of Republicans (44 percent of the total) or Democrats (45 percent). The gap is less than 1,000 people. Since the close of registration for the spring primary election, Republicans narrowed the Democrats' registration advantage from 746 to 547 people. There are 22,106 registered Democrats and 21,559 registered Republicans. The greatest percentage-increase was shown by the Green Party, whose ranks swelled by 72.5% from 40 to 69 voters. Green Party registration overtook the Constitution Party, which slipped from 58 to 57. However, the Libertarian Party remained the largest so-called "third party" with registration of 157 people. Other minor party registration: Reform, 36; Patriot, 26; American Independent, seven; Populist, five; Socialist, three; Prohibitionist, two; all other unofficial parties, 25. In Indiana County, 4,915 registered voters are affiliated with no party at all. Two men arrested Continued from page 1 shootings and the liquor store robbery. A composite sketch of the suspect in the liquor-store shootings was made and "there are some very good similarities" to one of the men arrested today, Montgomery Police Chief John Wilson said. He said the gun used in Alabama was not the same as the one in the Washington, D.C.-area shootings, however. Members of the sniper task force arrested the men without incident at 3:19 a.m. off f-70 in Frederick County, Md., about 50 milus northwest of the nation's capital, said Larry Scott, an agent for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The men were arrested in a car that matched a description police gave at a midnight press briefing, said Maj. Greg Shipiey, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police. "I don't know what their reaction was," Shipley said. "It wasn't an aggressive one." The law enforcement source told the AP that police found a piece of paper at the scene of the Alabama shooting that bore Malvo's fingerprints. Police then traced Malvo lo the Tacoma home, where he had been living with Muhammad, the source told theAP The relationship between the teen and Muhammad, who also goes by the name John Allen Williams, was not clear, but several newspapers reported that Malvo is Muhammad's stepson. The law enforcemenl source told theAP that "I'm confident that these are indeed the people" sought in the killings. "The evidence is all there and because of things we've received in the communications," the source said. "!t fits together with evidence they've collected in the last couple days." Several federal sources told The Seattle Times that Muhammad and Malvo may have been motivated by anti-American sentiments in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Both were known to speak sympathetically about the men who hijacked jetliners over Washington, New York and Pennsylvania, the sources told the newspaper. But neither man was believed to be associated with the al-Qaida terrorist network, the sources said. The Times reported that Muhammad was stationed at Fort Lewis outside Tacoma in the 1980s, served in the Gulf War and was later stationed a I Fort Ord, Calif. Malvo, who authorities said is a citizen of Jamaica, attended high school in Bellingham, Wash., last year. Shipley said the men were being transported to Montgomery County, where the investigation is based. The witnesses at the rest stop called police at 1 a.m. after they spotted the men sleeping inside one of the cars sought in the investigation — a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice. Moose had cautioned that it shouldn't he assumed Muhammad is involved in any of the shootings that have stricken the Washington area since Oct. 2. On Wednesday, FBI agents spent hours at the Tacoma home, eventually carting away a tree stump from the yard and other potential evidence in a U-Haul truck. Late Wednesday night. Moose held a media briefing where he issued his latest cryptic message in his ongoing dialogue with the sniper. "You have indicated that you want us to do and say certain things. You've asked us to say, 'We have caught the sniper like a duck in a noose.' We understand that hearing us say this is important to you," Moose said. He also expressed frustration at the failure to make contact despite the sniper's repeated al tempts through "notes, indirect messages and calls to other jurisdictions." He asked the sniper lo call. BICYCLING SAFETY —Austin Gearhart, 4, the son of Jerome and Melissa Gearhart of Marion Center, prepared his bike for the Bicycle, Safety & Wellness Expo scheduled for Saturday at the J.S. Mack Community Center pavilion in White Township. The expo is sponsored by Indiana County SAFE Kids and the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps of AmeriCorps. D. Mark Simpson, left, of AmeriCorps and Dana Bowser of SAFE Kids are co-chairpersons of the event. Children age 12 and under and their families may bring their bicycles to the expo From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. (Gazette photo by Jamie Isenberg) Two plead guilty to ecstasy sales Continued on page 14 en Island, N.Y.That group, headed by Oieg Logatchev, distributed hundreds of thousands of ecstasy pills in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Maryland from 1998 to 2001, drug agents charged. At a sentencing hearing in January, Repovz and the Masers each could be imprisoned for up to 20 years or fined "up to $1 million. Including them, 24 men have entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentencing. Judges have sentenced six other men including Shank, whose term of 10 years and seven months in prison is the longest. Justin Hileman of Akron is awaiting trial; Stanislav Lantsberg is scheduled to enter a plea in December. The suspected Dutch supplier, Stefan Strieker, is in jail in the Netherlands and is fighting extradition to the U.S. i Land sale to Wyotech welcomed By JOHN COMO Gazette Staff Writer The sale of 17 acres at the Indiana County Corporate Campus in Burrell Township was described as a cause for celebration Wednesday at the Indiana County commissioners meeting. The land was recently purchased by WyomingTechnical Institute from the Indiana County Development Corporation to build a new cam- Indiana pus for WyoTech, its automobile technical school in Blairsville. WyoTech, which currently has 200 students, is projecting an increase in enrollment to 1,500 at the expanded school. The location of the school on the campus also is expected to help attract other businesses to the 101- acre industrial park. The commissioners discussed the growth at the campus and its impact on the economy in the southern end of the county after approving a change in the mortgage for the ICDC that no longer makes it responsible for paying off the loan for the 17 acres sold to WyoTech. The loan was guaranteed by the county when development of the campus began in the early 1990s in a cooperative effort between the county, state, federal government, the Burrell Township supervisors, and the ICDC/ About 55 acres remain available for development at die Corporate Campus. The commissioners said a search also is under way to develop an industrial park in the northern section of the county as the cooperative effort continues to promote job growth. In other action, the commissioners: • Hired John Merlo of Indiana as solicitor of the county Tax Assessment and Tax Claims Bureau to succeed Jack Hanna, who resigned after serving more than seven years as solicitor. • Announced changes in polling places in Blairsville and Burrell Township for the Nov. 5 general election. The polling place in Blairsville No. 1 precinct has been changed from the old Armory to the United Presbyterian Church at 137 North Walnut St. The voters in Burrell Township No.2 precinct will vole at the Chestnut Hills Senior Center, 26 Heyb'ert Drive, instead of at the Blairsville Middle School. • Appointed Will S. Torrance of Blairsville to the Indiana County Parks and Recreation Commission. Is YOUR FURNITURE STARTING To LOOK A LITTLE SCARY? COME TO CLYMER FURNITURE FOR Recliners, Living Rooms, Entertainment Centers, Curios, Cedar Chests, Glider Rockers, Bedroom Suits ... And Much More! ALL BEDDING 1/2 PRICE! 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