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VIEWPOINT Friday, September 19,2003 — 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 Gray in the pink By MAUREEN DOWD New York Times News Service LOS ANGELES — Gray Davis was ecstatic. You couldn't tell from his stance; beside Sen. Bob Graham on a podium in the Century Plaza Hotel, the governor held his arms as stiffly as a butler awaiting an order. You couldn't tell from his hair, which didn't move even when he did. You couldn't tell from his remarks, as leaden as ever. But there was something — a slight upturn at the corners of his mouth — that passes for joy in the Gray Zone. A ghost of a smirk. "He went from angry to smarmy without ever stopping at happy," said Dan Schnur, a GOP strategist who ran the Peter Ueberroth campaign, now defunct. Certainly, Davis was happy that Arnold Schwarzenegger had seemed off his stride. "All we see is 'Terminate-terminate-hasta- la-vista,"' one Davis supporter said. "He needs a new script." And the governor was happy about the decision of three judges on me 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, one Carter appointee and two Clinton appointees, to postpone the recall election until March — a decision that may itself be recalled by the full court or the Supreme Court. The liberal California judges took the arguments on equal- protection guarantees used by the conservative Supreme Court justices in Bush vs. Gore and lobbed them back, irony blazing, pre-empting the use 'of the infamous punch-card machines still in action in six counties. "It was beyond delicious — it was cosmically, karmically determined that the Supreme Court be hoisted on its own petard," one movie star's political consultant crowed. Just when die vertiginous recall race was getting more normal — with Schwarzenegger actually talking about workers' compensation and water policy — the Ninth Circuit cranked up the wacky quotient again. The unappetizing Davis has managed to take the edge off the appetite for a recall by tapping into the eternal torch of Democratic anger over die 2000 election, the belief that the Republicans hijacked Florida, allowing the neocoris to hijack foreign policy and the rich to enrich die rich. It is the same anger that propelled Howard Dean out of the heap, and that Wesley Clark plans to stoke. Clark's first stop on Thursday will be Fort Lauderdale, where he can remind Democrats that the world might look a lot different if the Supremes had not snuffed the Florida recount. As die general told CNN in Little Rock, Ark.: "It must be $150, $160 billion of the American people's money that's being taken from us, from these children on this playground. It's being put into Iraq." Clark made his rounds in Hollywood last week and, like the other Democratic Rhodes scholar from Little Rock, took die town "by storm," as one Democratic powerhouse said. "A Renaissance mind in general's clothing," she bubbled, adding that passion for the general had superseded a flirtation with the former Vermont governor. "Dean may be too ideologically pinned to the crunchy granola set." By surrounding himself with a former president, former presidential candidates and current presidential candidates, all of them invoking the specter of hanging chads, Davis has succeeded in keeping the focus off his own transgressions. "This is way bigger than him," Bill Clinton told worshipers at an African-American church in South Central on Sunday, where the congregation weirdly included the actor and accused murderer Robert Blake. (In the anti- recall TV ads, the words "Gray Davis" are not even mentioned; a tiny little picture of his gray head pops up at die end.) "People can't stand die guy," a top Democratic player here said. "It's truly a remarkable feat to spend your whole life in public service and engender no personal loyalty. But it's no longer about Gray Davis. Now it's about Florida and the last election and the feeling that the other party is exploiting you." Davis does not seem to care if no one likes him. His entire political career is based on being less repulsive than die other guy. That's what makes this choice so tough — because in essence, die governor is running against himself. Bush's big blunder By CHARLEY REESE King Features Syndicate On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States was attacked by a single organization, al-Qaida, headed by Osama bin Laden. We had not been attacked by North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Colombian guerrillas, Philippine guerrillas, the Taliban, Indonesian guerrillas, Muslims in general or anybody else. Just diat one organization, al- Qaida, hit us. Once that was ascertained, President George Bush should have told the American people that we were going to track down the members of that organization and kill them. I believe that was his original intention. But a cabal of neoconserva- tives who had long had a plan to make the world safe for Israel and to turn America into an empire hijacked the president's mind, and instead of going after al-Qaida, die president declared war on all of die above. This was the president's big blunder. In die first place, terrorism is a tactic, not an entity, and you really can't declare war on a tactic. Only a sovereign state can declare war or be the object of a declared war. Al-Qaida is a criminal gang of fanatics representing no one but themselves. They should be treated like a criminal gang. By declaring war on terrorism in general. President Bush made enemies of people who were not our enemies. There was no world convention of terrorists that passed a resolution that stated "let's all go get the United States." Al-Qaida was our enemy. Hezbollah had driven the Israelis out of most of southern Lebanon; Hamas and Islamic Jihad are fighting against Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza; guerrillas in the Philippines, Colombia and Indonesia are like the Chechens, trying to overthrow existing governments. None of them was concerned with or about us. None of them had attacked us. None of them had direatened to attack us. Al-Qaida, by the way, did not attack us because we are rich or free or democratic. Bin Laden spelled out the reasons explicidy in one of his videos. Going to war with Iraq was part of the neoconservative grand strategy, but it has nothing to do with fighting, terrorism. To say that Iraq is the central front in the war on terrorism is to tell another big, fat fib. The people killing and wounding our soldiers are Iraqis resisting occupation. The Geneva Convention states mat anyone in an occupied country has a right to resist, and attacks against soldiers are not acts of terrorism. At any rate, because of the cabal of neoconservatives and President Bush's big blunder, we are now in a literally'endless war; we have attacked two sovereign nations, Afghanistan and Iraq; we have obligated ourselves to spend billions of dollars rebuilding tiiose countries; we have not found bin Laden or Saddam Hussein; we have passed legislation that is a threat to American civil liberties; we have alienated key European allies; we have pre- ated a serious credibility problem by lying about weapons of mass destruction; and we have aggravated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by giving Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon a green light to assassinate, reoccupy and brutalize the Palestinians under die guise of "fighting terrorism." And worst of all, die president seems to have divorced himself from reality and is oblivious to . what is really happening in die world. (Write to Charley Reese at RO. Box 2446, Orlando, FL 32802) Farm policies reap turmoil By JERRY HEASTER Kansas City Star The clash over farm subsidies that contributed to die collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Mexico underscores one of the great paradoxes of modern global commerce. While technology commands die spodight, events at Cancun show how the economic life of humankind always gets back to basics. The big buzz in Kansas City this week, for instance, is Sprint's plan to outsource hundreds of technology jobs overseas. India, it's assumed, will be die recipient of many of those jobs. Although Indian workers will benefit from this move by a middle America telecom company, India had more pressing business in Mexico. It stands to be a substantial loser in the absence of a more harmonious, all-inclusive worldwide trade regimen. When . WTO negotiations foundered, it was a setback for India. Technology is no doubt the next big thing in the world's economy, but no big tiling will ever be bigger than agriculture. Everyone has to eat. This is why farmers retain political clout even as much of the world's economy moves from agrarian to industrial and technological. Take another Kansas City development as an example of tiiis overlooked economic reality. Sprint, to be sure, is a major area employer whose downsizing moves cause high anxiety. Nevertheless, it could be argued dial the demise of locally based agribusiness giant Farmland Industries has dealt far more devastating economic blows to more of its stakeholders tiian Sprint's setbacks have caused tiieirs. Pension nest eggs have vanished forever; investment portfolios have been obliterated, never to be recouped; and farmers and agribusinesses have either been destroyed or badly crippled financially. Meanwhile, even as die front page of The Star reported Letters Sprint's next round of downsizing, die top business news story chronicled die plan of a Colum-. bia man to establish a soybean farm in Brazil. He's brimming with hope, but his chances for success are critically linked to the WTO's ability to lower global agriculture trade barriers over time. The failure of the Cancun talks wasn't necessarily fatal to this goal. It did, however, remind us how difficult it is for less-developed countries to gain an equal footing to the world ag markets. And without greater trade .opportunities with more advanced countries, the poor will get poorer. Perhaps nothing is more self- defeating than attempts to thwart agricultural trade — by rich or poor. Even editorialists for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, which are usually polar opposites in their economic worldview, seem to agree on this. The irony of rich-nation subsidies to farmers is that die aid depresses world farm prices while Prison nurses upset We are writing this letter on Labor Day, the day to celebrate the working men and women of this country. For some of die nurses at the State Correctional Institution (SCI), Pine Grove, there is no reason to celebrate in light of recent contract negotiations that downsized the medical department at SCI Pine Grove by half. When the prison and the medical department at Pine Grove opened in January 2001, the medical department was under a private contractor. Prison Health Services. In October of 2002 that contract was awarded to Wexford Health Sources. Before Prison Health Services left, the medical staff was given a significant pay raise that was honored by Wexford Health Sources. As reported in several local papers, in August, Wexford Health Sources had to renegotiate the contract due to financial difficulties related to larger than expected inmate populations and die increased cost of providing health care to diose inmates. Once again the medical department at Pine Grove was faced widi a change of employer, and benefits. This change took place on Sept. 1, 2003, Labor Day. Prior to this new contract, the medical staff was continually reassured by the contract administrator that there would be no jobs lost. . The information that was provided to the staff by Prison Health Services included a return of all earned sick time benefits to the employees that were previously employed with this company. In the interimthere were positions that were created, including a RN and a LPN training coordinator for the new employees. Litde did we know that the nurses being trained would become our replacements. As of Thursday, Aug. 28, none of the staff had been offered or denied positions. At that time the medical staff was told not to report to work on Sept. 1 if a letter had not been received. Two nurses speaking for the staff approached the director of nursing at 2 p.m. on Aug. 28 questioning future employment. At that time they were told "We still do not know yet." These two nurses were directed to a Prison Health Services representative who was on site. Again future employment was questioned and die answer was die same, "We still do not know yet." The subject of interviews and seniority was broached as well and there were no definitive answers given. At that time (Aug. 28) the daylight shift left widi- out die needed answers to the questions. Later that evening, staff began receiving phone calls from die Prison Health Services representative informing some that there was no longer a position for them, and leaving messages of termination on home answering machines and voice mail for those diat were s'till completing a shift. It became known that the nurses being retained by the new company (Prison Health Services) had been notified earlier mat day of dieir "job security," and the termination of the others. Downsizing and cutbacks have become part of day to day business for most companies. What is distressing and upsetting to most of die employees who were terminated was the lack of notice and the underhanded, unethical manner in which the business was con- ducted. Prison Health Services terminated the most experienced nurses at Pine Grove. This created a staffing ratio of one RN and two LPNs for die day shift, one RN and one LPN for the evening shift, and one RN for the night shift for 630-pIus inmates and staff. In closing, we would like to thank the Department of Corrections for their support with this matter. We would also like to thank Commissioner Randy Degenkolb for his help, and die deputies, correctional health care administrator, the lieutenants, captains, and correctional officers who provided for our safety on a daily basis. Nurses Paula Hodak, Glen Campbell; Lillian Bash, Cherry Tree; Wendy Grantz, Homer City; Betty Capitosti, Homer City; Kathy Rummel, Shelocta; Nancy Hudock, Punxsutawney; Chad Auber, Clearfield; and Eileen Feathers, Ebensburg. Proper ways to trim trees In response to die person who is not satisfied with the way die trees are being trimmed: I don't think they should be called "tree butchers" unless you have die knowledge of how it should be done. To find out the proper way of trimming a tree, go to your nearest library, read up on it or get in touch with Dr. Alex Shigo, who is an expert on tree trimming. Also, if you don't care if your electric goes out because a tree comes down on die line, maybe. your neighbor down die street from you does. Mike Galentine Luthersburg also causing higher food prices for consumers. Meantime, when lesser-developed countries try to protect tiieir farmers with trade barriers, they also impose horrendous damage on their own farmers and consumers. Everyone may suffer from ag trade protectionism, but it hurts developing countries most. Even so, the acrimony generated in Cancun will make farm- trade harmony between the haves and have-nots an even more elusive goal. (To reach Jerry Heaster, write to The Kansas City Star,l 729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108, or send e-mail to jheaster@kc- star.com.) 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