Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1990 · Page 6
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VIEWPOINT Wednesday, September 17, 2003 — Page 6 "The Gazette wants to be the friend of every man, the promulgator of all that's right, a welcome guest in the home. We want to build up, not tear down; to help, not to hinder; and to assist every worthy person in the community without reference to race, religion or politics. Our cause will be the broadening and bettering of the county's interests." — Indiana Gazette, 1890 The Indiana Gazette Petty authority versus Old Glory By MARK LANE Cox News Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — To turn Lord Acton's famous maxim on its head: Power tends to corrupt and small-time power corrupts big time. We know to be wary of the powerful and have so constituted our government to keep an eye on them. In a well-ordered democracy, you are more likely to be blindsided by petty authority — civic hall-monitors, middle-school zero-tolorence poii- cies and homeowner associations — than by the big guys. Take the now-famous case of the flag-flying vet versus the Indian Creek Phase 3-B Homeowners Association. The former erected a free-standing 12-foot flag pole in 1999 and flew Old Glory in front of his Jupiter, Fla. home. This was a shocking affront to the rules of The Indian Creek Phase 3-B Homeowners Association. The association allows only tasteful little flagpoles that are attached to houses. The Indian Creek Phase 3-B Homeowners Association, or ICP3BHA, felt strongly enough about this violation that it has had George Andres, the unrepentant flag flyer, in court for the past three years. Last week, ICP3BHA scored a major victory when a judge ruled it can, indeed, foreclose on Andres' home to recoup $20,723.85 in legal fees. This case had gained nationwide attention after 9/11 when many people — even people in homes regulated by the watchful juntas of the nation's homeowner associations — wished to display the flag prominently and were amazed to find they couldn't. The Florida Legislature responded last year with a law banning homeowner associations from unreasonably restricting flag-flying. SfiGov. Jeb Bush,showed up on .Andres' front yard'for 1 ,a flag-raising ceremony and State Attorney Charlie Crist stepped in and filed legal memoranda in support of Andres" case. Didn't matter. When the ICP3BHA makes a decision, it's not going to back down just because a Legislature, governor and state attorney general say they should. Rules are rules. You allow a flagpole and next thing you know, garden gnomes, yard flamingos and manatee- shaped mailbox posts will pop out of the ground like sandspurs. Homeowner associations are the thin, blue line against anarchy and Camaros on cinder blocks. On the other hand, it's possible that when a homeowner association seizes a 66-year-old man's house and throws him out on the street over a flagpole, maybe, just maybe, much of the home-buying public would be disinclined to join the club. Many will even form the uncharitable impression that this place is dominated by litigation- mad, small-minded control freaks who patrol the streets with dogs and searchlights looking for nonregulation flags, nonregula- tion street numbers, nonregula- tion trees and nonregulation children. It's possible, then, that property values have been more harmed by ICP3BHA than by the flagpole. Heck, I think it's hurt property values statewide, because it encourages the prejudice that Florida is no place for normal people to live. Two great American sets of values are at war here. Personal expression, exuberant patriotism and the pursuit of happiness in one corner and order, sanctity of contract, property values and the longing for tidy neighborhood conformity in the other. Normally these values and life preferences can live under the same flag. When they can't, it's not the flag that should give way. (Mark Lane is a columnist, for The Daytona Beach, Fla., News- Journal. He may be'reached at mark.lane@news-jrnl.com) . : , ,„ Technology is all the rage By ELIZABETH SCHUETT Cox News Service G1BSONBURG, Ohio — Brotherly love shot but not dead in Anoka County. • Damian Peiersen was among the first Minnesotans to apply for a permit mat would allow him to tote a handgun in public—legally. Damian Petersen may well be the first MJnnesotan to lose his carry license as a result of a July 5th shooting that occurred in his own driveway not two weeks after his permit was granted. After a disagreement, Devin, Damian's brother, jumped into his '89 Cougar squealed some tires, slammed into reverse, and backed over a retaining wall. Attempts to free the car were tearing up Damian's lawn so he whipped out his 10-millimeter semi-automatic shootin' iron and pumped 11 bullets into Devin's hood in "an attempt to kill the motor." The mortally wounded but indomitable Mercury kept on running — right into Damian's house. The homeowner, now seriously annoyed but fresh out of ammunition, went back into the house for another clip. Meanwhile, Devin somehow managed to free his car and begin driving circles around his brother's house, no doubt tearing up more turf. Damian reloaded in an attempt to shoot out his brother's tires but that didn't work either. The Cougar was later found by police with steam pouring out of all 11 holes. As far as the brothers' relationship — we're awaiting further word. Americans have managed to keep up admirably with modern machines and electronics, but our ability to control our tempers when all does not go according to the instructions in the handbook, has not kept up with the technology. Tell ihe truth. When was the last time you kicked the lawn mower or slapped a quirky television set? Computers are a prime example. Look at all they do for us. Kind of makes you.wonder how we ever lived without them. Problem is, we often cannot live with them either. Early the other morning, long before the trash truck was due, my phone rang. I think my son has a sixth sense and knows exactly when to call. "Hi, Mums. Whatcha' doin'?" he asked. I told him. "I have my office window open, my laptop under my left arm, and I was just getting ready to crawl out onto the porch roof when you called." Silence. "What do you want?" "Do I detect a note of frustration, possibly bordering on hysteria emanating from your otherwise calm and cool person?" My kid's a real wiseguy. He's been practicing for years. "I really hate to pry, Mum," he said with an obviously phony smarm, "but what are you and the computer going to be doing on the roof?" "We won't be there long," I assured him. "MOTHER?" "I'm going to jump and kill the computer." Another silence. Longer this time. "You know what's going to happen if you do that?" I shook my head but he couldn't see it. "Neither of you will die because the porch roof is not high enough. You'll break the computer and probably both of your legs and think of the aggravation that'll cause." I sat back .down, thought it over, and told him he was probably right. He had a better idea anyway. "Why don't you drive over this weekend? We'll fix what's wrong with the computer and go eat some Mexican food." Being a sucker for a taco, I agreed. But I can tell you right now, it won't be easy. I can picture the scenario. Kris: What's wrong with your 'purer? Me: It won't do stuff. Kris: (Sideways slit-eyed glare) That's an explanation? Me: Yes. So, we'll ignore the computer, have a cocktail, stuff ourselves with tacos, and if Kristofor has a loaded gun at home, he'll put it out of my reach until I'm over my latest fit of computer rage. Although I'm sure I wouldn't be the first, I'd hate the headlines: Gibsonburg woman to hang; guilty of first-degree computer murder." Maybe I could get F. Lee Bailey to plea bargain it down from "Computer murder one," to a lessef charge of "computer- slaughter." TELL VttJWHAT, JOHN - WOWBOl^WETOGKEDt T^WmMILTO^PtJeCE I'M TOW AND MOVE Oil. Cost of war our burden By JAY BOOKMAN Cox News Service ATLANTA — We must do what's necessary to maximize our chances of success in Iraq because the potential consequences of failure are so dire. But the true scale of "what's necessary" is only slowly beginning to dawn on Congress and the American people. After denying for months that estimates of spending on Iraq were even possible, the White House leaked word two weeks ago that it would seek $60 billion to $70 billion in the 2004 budget, on top of the $79 billion that had already been appropriated for the war and occupation. That drew gasps from members of Congress, Republican and Democrat alike, who had been told last spring by top Bush officials that the reconstruction of Iraq could be financed largely through oil revenues. Congress had already been trying to come to grips with the news that next year's budget deficit was estimated to reach $480 billion, by far the biggest deficit on record. Another $70 billion would push the deficit to well over half-a- trillion dollars. Those gasps turned to howls when President Bush told the nation that he would actually be seeking $87 billion in next year's budget to cover the costs of occupation. And even that startling figure had an important asterisk to it. In truth, the Bush administration had concluded that occupation and reconstruction of Iraq could require yet another $55 billion, in addition to the $87 billion requested byBush, for a total of $142 billion. It chose to leave that $55 billion out of its request to Congress, supposedly because it planned to seek that amount in contributions from other countries. But that's not going to happen, and the administration knows it. In fact, last week Secretary of State Colin Powell and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were asked in a closed-door Senate hearing how the administration was going to close that $55 billion gap. "They looked at each other and there was a sort of an embarrassing pause," a Senate official told the Los Angeles Times. "Powell said maybe we'll get a few hundred million from Europe and maybe a little help Letters from Japan." That would seem to give us two options, neither very palatable: We will have to cough up most of that additional $55 billion ourselves, or spend considerably less in Iraq than the administration believes is needed to stabilize that country. And given the administration's record, it's worth wondering whether $142 billion is even the real bottom line. Even before the administration released its Iraq spending estimate, the highly respected Concord Coalition was warning that federal deficits over the next five years were going to total almost $2 trillion. To give you some idea what that means, the entire national debt rung up by this country .from 1776 to 1999 was also roughly $2 trillion. In other words, with Iraq-related expenses thrown in, we will incur more debt as a nation over the next five years alone than we did during the first 223 years of this country's existence. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, a majority of the blame for that soaring deficit can be attributed to higher spending and tax cuts enacted in just the last three Glory days are gone In my school years the majority ruled. Today a majority of one can set the whole, country on its ear. Have you ever wondered why? Remember the 1960s' free sex, free dope, free booze and no responsibility crowd? Guess who's running the country now? They learned quickly that most of the U.S. citizens are lazy, spoiled and stupid. So lazy, in fact, they can't even get off their duffs to vote. People do not realize how many freedoms we have lost since the 1960s. When the 18-year-old received the right to vote I thought now we have a chance. They see what the last two generations had done to this country, a new dawning had arrived. What a letdown. I'd failed to see the new generation had already been brainwashed into the sue-and-me- first society, the divil take the hindmost. For almost 50 years I asked people if they had a ride to the polls, said I'd gladly take them, no charge. Their most common answer was, "They're all crooks, why vote?" I would reply, "If so, vote for the crook of your choice. At least have a say." "What, waste my time? No thanks," usually ended the conversation. Most of the older folks will not live to see it, but how soon will the politicians of today make the greatest country ever seen on earth into a third world country under a dictatorship? We of the older generation should be thankful we had seen the glory days of this great nation — times of compassion to- wards our fellow man, progress in most endeavors, ridding the world of tyrants that wanted to enslave it. In God We Trust on the coin of the realm. Maybe it should read "May God have mercy on the younger generation." Sylvester Kozicki Templeton Habitat reaps rewards Habitat for Humanity of Indiana County's board of directors would like to share our accomplishments with you. Mark Cunningham and his staff from Lowe's in Indiana generously gave their time to coordinate workshops for the public to learn about different phases of basic construction. Community members participated in free self-help workshops on site at Lowe's and were taught skills that will help them. In return, they helped Habitat for Humanity of Indiana County. During the hands-on weekly workshops, the volunteers built a beautiful wooden storage shed, which is very sturdy and has a window, electricity, and a shingled roof. Volunteers who were part of the building effort and Habitat board members sold raffle tickets at the Indiana County Fair to raise money for our latest project on Fourth Street in Indiana. The raffle ticket winner had the option to choose 'one of these two prizes — the wooden shed, which was constructed at Lowe's, or $500 in cash. We' are proud to announce that Earl Miller of Indiana was our lucky winner. A special thank-you to Miller and all those faithful people who have given their support to this cause. We can't continue our mission without you. Habitat for Humanity of Indiana County — a hand up, not a handout! If you or your organization would like to support the Habitat for Humanity of Indiana County, contact us at (724) 4792015, or send any correspondence or donations to: Habitat for Humanity of Indiana County; RO. Box 663, Indiana. Your neighbors are counting on you. Elaine Perkovich Indiana Council will miss Shannon Recently I read with regret the article in the Gazette concerning the resignation of Saltsburg Councilman Ron.Shannoh.. Being a resident of Saltsburg and knowing Mr. Shannon for many years, I was sorry to learn that he was leaving council. I know that Mr. Shannon was optimistic about future plans for the borough when he was sworn in as a councilman. I had the privilege of working with Mr. Shannon as a member of the Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Dept He has always displayed a deep concern for the citizens of the borough and the surrounding area. He is an ethical, honest and caring human being and his proactive approach, fairness and good judgment will be missed by the citizens he served. Elizabeth Rocco Saltsburg (Eire years. , In the same speech in which he announced his request of $87 billion for Iraq, Bush warned of the sacrifices that would be required "to achieve this essential victory in the war on terror." National Security Adviser Corf- doleezza Rice has spoken in similar terms, describing our effort to remake the Middle East — of which Iraq is only the first step — as a "generational commitment." The generation being committed, however, is not our own. The sacrifices that will be re;- quired will not be our own. With the notable exception of those serving in the U.S. military, we are refusing to make those sacrifices ourselves and are dumpiiig ..them on our children aryi grandchildren, who are helpless to stop us. This is not the act of a great country or a great people. (fay Bookman is the deputy editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. E-mail: jbookman@ajc.com) CtRAFFITI •~wm.~n.Tn-m O 2001 UMTTFD FEATURE SYNDICATE, Inc. .HULN6T laaettc ; , (USPS 262-04O) ,[ Published by THE INDIANA PRINTING & PUBLISHING COMPANY 899WaterStrecl Indiana, PA. 15701 (724) 465- 5555 Established in 1890 On ihe Internet: indianagazctte.com ' R-HASTTERAY Publisher, 1913-1970 i LUCY R. DONNELLY * Publisher, 1970-1993 *• FOE DONNELLY 2 Publislier, 1970-2000 * MIQIAEI. J. DONNEU.Y President Publisher 1IASTIED.KINTER Secretary Assistant Treasurer STACIE D. GOTTFREDSON Treasurer Assistant Secretary JOSEPIIL.GEARY General Manager ROBERTYESIIjONIS.... Adv./Mktg.Dlreclorl SAMUELI. BECIITEL Execulivc Editoi^ LYNNSOpTT Assl. Executive EditotJ Special Project*' MICHAEL PETERSEN Ma naging Editor IASONL.LEVAN Asst. Managing Ed* CARRIER SUBSCRIPTION RATES — Paid in." advance to Gazette office — Riurwecks, •' $12.50; Thineen weeks, S38J)5;Twenty-six, weeks, $75.75; Fifty-two weeks, $150.45. 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