TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1973 Â· Â· Â· Don Schelliv Skeet '*" You'di think a couple of grown men would' have something better .to do with their time. But then If Jay Taylor and! Chris Helms get a kick out of taking a subject an beating it half to death with a groany series of gosh-awf ul gags andi such teat's their business. , ' , Take the matter of the 25th Annual Tucson Mid-Winter Trapsfodiot, which was held here last week. Some 600 members of the Amateur Trapshooting Association and their spouses were in town for the affair, which was hosted by the Tucson Trap and SkeetClub. Helms, who is with the Tucson Convention Bureau of the Chamber 6f Commerce, and Taylor, a local advertising executive and sometimes'gag writer, got to discussing the week-long event. The dialogue went something like this: Â· ^ TAYLOR: So you're an old trap and skeet shooter. . HELMS: Right on. T: Which do you iprefer to shoot? H: How's that? 'T: Trap or skeet? H: Well, as you know, .trap are now extinct. ", T: How did that happen? , H: Well, trap were much better eating than skeet. Skeet tends to be a bit chewy -- got kind of a gamey. taste. So people simply ate'up all the trap. T: We used! to eat a lot of tripe. H: They're not the same. 1 T: I know -- tripe aren't extinct. There's still plenty of them around. Is there any way to prepare skeet so its palatable? H: Sure, my wife has several favorite skeet recipes. Like, tshe rolls them in com meal' and makes skeet fritters. Being from the South, she fixes great skeet and dumplings, and candied skeet T: Hmmmm. How about skeet knuckles and sauerkraut. H: No, that's made only with your German skeet. They've got them big knuckles. Now, your Southwestern skeet is better suited! to dishes like mesquite L broiled skeet. That's a\vfully good . served with frijoles and a tangy salsa. . _ T: Southwestern skeet, eh. That reminds me -- Tucson IS a wild skeet sanctuary, isn't it? H: Right. T: Then why do they hold .this annual skeet shoot? H: To control the skeet population, more than any tiling else. T: I understand there are some who are protesting the affair. They call it a senseless skeet-slaughter. H: Look, I believe in wildlife protection.and all that, but without this skeet shoot, we'd be overrun with skeet and skittens inside of a few months. Those protestor groups know that, and let me tell you, they enjoy a good skeet-burger as much as the next guy. T: Do you have any special shooting techniques? H: Yes. I use a bow and arrow. T: Bow and arrow? But -- how fast do skeet fly? H: They've been clocked at speeds of up to 320 miles an hour. Now, that's your full-grown male skeet, of course. T: Doesn't that make them hard to hit with bow and arrow? H: Well -- heh-heh -- if you tried to hit them in the AIR it would. T: Oh. Well, tell me, is it possible to train a skeet? H: Can't be done. And something else -- never turn your back on a wounded one. T: Well, it surely sounds like it was an exciting meet. H: You'd better believe it. Now that it's over, we're hoping the mayor will proclaim this Tucson Eat Skeet Week. T: Many of us weren't able to get out to the actual event -can you tell us how we can get to see a skeet? H: You might try Armory Park. T: Really? . H: Sure. There are always a few renegade skeet down .there, masquerading as shuffleboard disks... Sorry. Construction ahead FOOD FASHION FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT HOMES FOCUS PAGill Mary C. Brown, homes editor of the Tucson Daily Citizen, has been "development watching" the last several weeks. The site has been Orchard River, a 186-unit complex by Doubletree on the Northeast side of Tucson. Remembering her childhood when she used to scramble over and around new homes going up in her neighborhood, she thought it would be fun to watch Orchard River develop from the ground up. Stories on how it evolved will be carried in FOCUS starting tomorrow and running through Friday. Watch for them starting with the laying of the foundations to the laying of carpets and the arrangement of furniture in the finished models. Day care debate CAKE ar-x^r 1 ' - . ." . think iVs the responsi By SHERYL R. KORNMAN Citizen Staff Wrlttr A lot of irate Tucson parents complain about the quality of day care their children are getting, but the only way they can be sure they get what they want is to inspect tile child care center themselves.' So says Mafic Miller, the Pima County sanitation inspector who's responsible for ' making sure the 104 child care facilities in the Tucson area comply with state health department regulations. "I'm in the center for 15 to 20 minutes at the most" on an inspection, Miller says, "and 1 'I can only see the violations while I'm there. I can't be there all the time." (Miller is required to inspect the centers twice a year.) "In my opinion parents do very little investigating," he said. Miller feels strongly that the final responsibility is the parents'. If they don't like what they see, they are free to go somewhere else, he says. The last complaint he received came last week, Miller said Friday. A parent told him soap was not being provided in the bathroom at one chain- operated day care center. This is a violation of the . state regulations and Miller is following it up. Individual complaints will be investigated by the Environmental Health Division of the County Health Department, Miller says, With few exceptions, violations are handled locally. Miller, who has three children, has been in- spe'cting day care centers here for two years. A serious violation of one of the regulations --which cover items such as the number of square feet required per child and the type of heating that , must be provided -- can result in Miller ordering the. immediate shut-down of a center, as he did a year ago. A furnace at a child care center was reported to be spewing out a foul -smelling gas which turned out to be car-: toon monoxide. The children Mark Miller were removed from the center and a new furnace was installed within 24 hours. In another case, an improper dishwasher was being used but the situation was remedied immediately, Miller said. The complaints Miller receives vary from inadequate supervision of the children to not enough food. All child care centers -whether operated by a franchise, a private owner, a Model Cities program or a church -- must comply with the same set of regulations drawn up by the State Department of Health. Although child care centers are required to provide a certain portion of the child's daily nutritional requirements, "a lot of places tend to skimp on food," Miller reports. "I have referred some centers to the state to have their menus revised." Some parents complain of bumps and bruises -- that their child was spanked or locked in a closet by aides as punishment. Centers are not permitted to physically punish a child, Miller says, "but how do you ever prove that?" "It's hard to get somebody to admit (they hit the child)." In such cases, day care workers usually put the blame on other children and it's just the word of the child against theirs. One parent reported to Miller that his child had several- pail's of glasses broken while at a day care center but day care personnel told Miller the child broke them himself. "We never got to the bottom ' of that one," he said. "Their (the center's) insurance didn't cover glasses," he said, "so they won't admit to that." It's Miller's observation that a lot of situations parents refer to his office result from the prevailing practice of employing younger people who will work for low pay. The average pay for "teacher aides" is about $1.75 an hnur, Miller said. (One day care teacher aide told the Tucson Daily Citizen she was paid Â§1.65 an hour). These younger workers, Miller says, "have never had kids of their own and they don't know how to deal with them. If they (day care operators) would pay more, they'd get more experienced workers, but then the child care price would be hiked out of sight and parents wouldn't be able to.afford it." Broken toys are a constant problem, but day care operators "are getting smarter about buying sturdier equipment," Miller said. "They start out with the cheaper stuff and : then it breaks." Now they're starting to buy playground equipment similar to that used in public parks. Churches are not much of a problem as-far as violations, Miller said, simply because most churches only offer half- day,, routine classroom programs that don't include lunches or naps so they're "pretty easy to handle." Overall, Miller is optimistic about the quality of local centers. "They're all trying to improve. They're not as bad as I've heard. "I'm sure all (the owners) are interested in the welfare of the children," he said, refuting the opinion of some of those critical of day care owners who accuse them of being in the business only for the money. Miller inspects the centers a month before their license is due to expire. (The ^license must be renewed every year.) An additional two inspections are made during the year as well. Contrary to what some believe, day care center work- ers are not warned beforehand that the inspector is coming, Miller said. .' With all the controversy over quality day care, Miller still believes child care centers are a necessity. , Parents have to work, he says, and others put their youngsters in child care centers for educational reasons. Miller says most child care centers do try to be "more than a babysitting service. They try to teach them something. Most children who have attended day care centers regularly seem to be prepared for school by the time they're old enough to go, he observes. Day care centers in the more affluent sections of Tucson are used primarily on a - drop-in basis, Miller has found. A mother will drop off the child for a few hours on an irregular basis while she "goes bowling or gets her hair done." He sees child care centers in the poorer sections of town as more of a necessity than a convenience. Working mothers with preschoolers have little choice but to put their children in day care centers. Even though kindergartens are now part of the public school system, many parents cannot take advantage of them. Since they work fulltime, they can't be home when the child gets out of school, and are forced to put the youngster in a care center for the entire day. While many parents do have valid complaints, some in recent interviews have nothing but praise for several area child care centers, including Action, Please! Edited By GILBERT MATTHEWS QUESTION -- Last February I took my 19G4 Oldsmobile to a local auto service company to be painted. They charged me $153, plus tax, and the work was guaranteed by one of the company's representatives. A couple of weeks ago I called the company and reported that the paint was peeling and had become dull. The company denied any responsibility. Help me get an adjustment. ANSWER -- Sony, no action. The company said it accepts responsibility for up to six months after a paint job is completed. Your car was painted a year ago. QUESTION -- My problem is rather unusual, .but I hope you won't turn me down. I live in Florida and I have been trying for months to get the address of my father, who is somewhere in Arizona. I wrote to an "action" column in Florida and they referred me to you for help. My father is around 50 years old, works as D car salesman and is married. His last known residence was in Scottsdale. Can you track him down? ANSWER -- We're delighted to report that our search was successful. We contacted the Scottsdale Police Department, which quickly came up with your, father's current address. We thank the Scottsdale police for their help. QUESTION -- I am being threatened by a record club that insists I didn't pay for several records I ordered. I sent the club a copy of the canceled check to prove that I didn't owe them anything. The club ignored the proof and continues to keep billing me. In addition to the bills, I'm now also getting notices that threaten court action and all kinds of other awful things if I don't pay them. I need your help in the worst possible way. Please rescue me! ANSWER -- Action you get. The club said that it will correct its records to indicate that you have paid in full. Sound Off! DEAR ACTION: I went to a high school basketball game recently and was astonished at what I saw. The students were screaming "Kill! Kill" and the action on the floor got downright dirty at times. Don't players and fans know the meaning of sportsmanship anymore? If you have a problem lo be solved, WRITE to Action, Please!, care Â«f the Tncsfln Daily Citizen. P.O. BÂ«x 5Â«27. Tucson S37M. List ymir name, address awl telephone immbtr. ones which are private and federally funded. Why not grade day care'cen- ters the same way we grade restaurants, suggests Naomi Bear, a child care proponent -who in the 1950s and '60s researched the need for child care here for the Tucson and state chapters of the American Association of University Women. This way, she says, parents would know just what they're getting into. .. Miller says this approach isn't too practical. He disagrees with the grading system itself, even as it is applied to restaurants. It's just too subjective, he says. The type of program a child care center offers could be classified in this way, but there are too many other variables that would make grading day care centers unworkable. "Parents should see (day care centers) for themselves," he insists. "Too many don't . take an interest and then they complain." A random check of several local child care centers by a Citizen reporter equipped with a list of the state health de. partment regulations turned up these apparent violations: --No soap or towels in the bathroom. --A soiled diaper left out on top of the bassinette in the reach of toddlers. An offensive odor, due partly to ths duly diaper, was quite noticeable. --An outdoor water fountain was covered with grime. --Many toys .were in disrepair, including a hobby horse with broken metal parts exposed. --Several baby bottles were scattered on a counter, some with nipples lying beside them on the counter; only one was labeled with the child's name. --An aerosal can of insect killer was seen on a shelf along side two jars of baby food, a can of powdered baby formula and a bottle of dishwashing detergent. Inside Focus DIETING -- A once-fat chef discusses some of the basics for successful dieting. Story and picture on page 17. Â· SUE GILES -- The Citizen's social winter has picture-story spread on page 16. Â· TELEVISION -- "Bridget Loves Bernie" is going to rid itself of so-called ethnic humor. Story on page 23. The television schedule also is on page 23.
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