Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1990 · Page 6
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VIEWPOINT Saturday, September 20,2003 — 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 Is Clark the package? ByJOANVENNOCHl The Boston Globe Wanted, for Democratic presidential nominee: a candidate the country can buy in 2004 as a "complete package." Wesley K. Clark, a retired Army general and former CNN commentator, is now officially the 10th Democrat to enter the 2004 presidential race. A basic unknown to the average citizen; his military credentials and media contacts serve as springboard for his finally launched, much-predicted candidacy. The Clark pitch goes like this: He is combat tested but against the Iraq war. That makes him Howard Dean with military experience or John R Kerry without a vote authorizing George W. Bush to wage war against Sad- dam Hussein. But Clark, 58, could also turn out to be one very big surprise package. And, as anyone who has ever opened up a birthday present knows, there are good surprises and bad ones. Place Clark in the heat of a political campaign rather than the heat of combat, and there is opportunity for more than the usual good, bad, and ugly. Asked about Clark's chances, Bill Clinton said it best: "Whether he can get elected president, I just don't have a clue, because once you've been a four-star general, it's kind of hard to have people talk to you the way they talk to you when you're running." Clark might be a great candidate — even the eventual nominee. But whatever enthusiasm there is for his entrance into the race is mostly testament to the failure of the other nine to sell themselves as the complete package the Democratic presidential nominee must be to beat Bush. At this moment, polls are not Bush's friend. Forty-eight percent of Americans say Bush is "in over his head," according to a new poll by James Carville's Democ-. racy Corps. However, domestic and foreign affairs could both improve by November 2004. In the end, voters will be taking the measure of the economy, the war, and the president against a still-undetermined opponent. Clark's late entrance gives the rest of the field a sorely needed chance to regroup and broaden their campaigns and message. Right now, Dean is the antiwar, finger-waggling ex-governor of a tiny, nondiverse state. Kerry is the Vietnam veteran and Massachusetts liberal who wants to be denned only as a Vietnam veteran. Richard Gephardt wants to be the candidate of jobs and labor but is mosdy a captive of the congressional establishment and a very stiffhead of hair. Senator Joseph Lieberman is a remnant of Al Gore's failed'effort to prove he could be exciting by picking the first Jewish candidate for vice president. John Edwards has dimples and a Southern accent. Florida Senator Bob Graham has a Southern accent. Carol Moseley Braun is a black woman and former rising star, since crashed. Dennis Kucinich is a true believer whose beliefs are far too left to be nationally palatable. And now there is Clark, rallying supporters around battlefield credentials and promises to restore jobs and economic opportunity. In doing so, he is trying to hijack the role of "complete package." Clark is battle-seasoned enough to be antiwar in Iraq, especially up against Bush and his National Guard service. But he has much to prove in terms of comfort level on the domestic and diplomatic fronts. Being accepted as a."complete package" requires more than pushing the correct ideological buttons, although that is always the starting point in American politics. In every presidential face-off, voters ultimately consider intelligence, maturity, life experience, and that great intangible, like- ability. Do they want to have a beer with the candidate (or, with liberals, a glass of chardonnay)? In 2000, Bush passed the like- ability test with half the country, which gave him the benefit of the doubt on intelligence and maturity. In 2004, voters will be less inclined to like him enough to reelect him if Americans are still losing their jobs at home and their lives in Iraq. Bush will be an even tougher sell if the candidate running against him is a better buy and a more complete package. (Joan Vennochi's e-mail address is vennochi@globe.com.) A fine hour By CHARLEY REESE King Features Syndicate The best thing to remember about Sept. 11, 2001, is the magnificent way that New Yorkers and indeed all Americans responded to the tragedy. Being a country boy, I've never been fond of any big city, but on that day and in the days following, I would have been proud to be called a New Yorker. The way the people of that city opened their hearts, their arms and their pocketbooks to each other should stand forever as a rebuke to cynics. What a grand example they were of human beings at their very best. That I will never forget. It's another example of what I've decided is a great irony. Human beings are most often at their best during adversity. When things are going along fine, we tend to get self-centered, but let some stark disaster remind us of how ephemeral human life is, and all the great virtues •— heroism, generosity, compassion — come to the fore. What was so grand is that the response of die New Yorkers was spontaneous. Nobody had to issue any orders or directions. People saw needs and met them, whether it was store owners giving away food and water, ironworkers showing up with tiieir tools, firefighters and police officers descending on the wreckage, politicians suddenly speaking from the heart, people standing in the streets and applauding rescue workers, or strangers hugging and helping each other. We should remember those images of human decency rather than the collapse of the buildings and the malicious killing of innocent people. Evil exists, and we have to deal with it, but it does no good to dwell on it or become obsessed widi it. Goodness, on the other hand, which was demonstrated all over that great city by people who were suddenly bonded by tragedy, is worth cherishing. If any marking of that date is to be done, it should be a Salute to New York City, a great city that took a terrible blow but remained proudly on its feet. It is indeed a great city of great people with great heart and great ability. Look how calmly they took a blackout in stride — no looting, no riots. They proved that the spirit of 9-11 is permanent. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that Americans all over this country today feel proud of New York City and look upon it with affection and admiration. I certainly do. It's easy to become cynical, especially in this media age characterized by cynicism, superficiality, sensationalism and the media's ability to gather all the evil events in the world and dump them into our living rooms on a daily basis. God help us if Americans really were as they are depicted on television, both in its entertainment shows and its advertising. In fact, they are not. New York City residents showed us how Americans really are — tough, brave, compassionate, smart and generous. Osama bin Laden made the same mistake that Japanese militarists made at Pearl Harbor. He woke a sleeping giant. He reminded us all of what a great country we have. He reminded us that what we have in common dwarfs our differences. He might have diought we were soft and materialistic, but what he uncovered was a people with generous hearts but steel backbones. His mistake will eventually cost him his life. That's only a matter of time. But the crudest irony of all, from his standpoint, is that quite unintentionally he made us see that we are better and stronger than even we thought we were. (Write to Charley Reese at P.O. Box 2446, Orlando, FL 32802) BOY JHKWfc A MISTAKE WE NEVERgjOUlDHAYEGONE IN.,NOWVOE£TUCK1N THIS QUAGMIRE ...YffTH NO EOT STRATEGY I5HOULDVE LISTENED TO RUMSFELD. MOUNDED BY W09TJLE NATIONALS WHO EHiKJy SEEING USSQUW Whale on the table By NICHOLAS KRISTOF New York Times News Service KAKTOVDC , Alaska — You've heard about the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, the Dean Or- nish diet, the Zone. Well, based on my research here in the Arctic, let me present to you the one approach that is guaranteed to help you lose 10 pounds a week or your money back! [Note: to apply for a refund, you must send a notarized receipt showing that you purchased this day's newspaper in Kaktovik, as well as "before" and "after" swimsuit photos of yourself, suitable for publication.] I'm talking,about the Eskimo diet, the traditional one. .Even the portliest New Yorkers will slim rapidly if they eat nothing but whale blubber, caribou meat and anything else that they personally harpoon or hunt down. I had this brainstorm for a new best seller to cash in on the diet craze the day the Inupiat Eskimos here in Kaktovik brought in their first whale of the season. Each year they have the right to harpoon three whales for their own subsis- tence diet, and the town was giddy with celebration. The school closed, the shops closed, and even the U.S. post office took a break so the whole population of 270 could assemble on the beach under a gently falling snow to hug and cheer as the victorious whalers brought in the supply of winter meat and blubber. (For an audio slide show of the event, see nytimes.com/kristof.) The elders spoke the Inupiat language, while the kids were more hip. One girl stared at the 43-foot-long bowhead whale and shouted, "Hey, man, that's heavy!" Two bulldozers hauled die whale onto die beach (after breaking the 2-inch-thick rope, twice). Children danced on top of the whale,. and then the adults began carving it up, with ••one man i dispatched-to-shoot ,;his rifle periodically to ward off the polar bears that were circling die beach hungrily. The first "rnuktuk," or bits of skin and blubber, were rushed into a pot, then passed around to all. "It's good with ketchup or A-l Steak Sauce," one man ex- plained, offering those condiments as well. The local people had handruls of the muktuk; I tried it and found it pretty awful. That's a major reason the Eskimo diet will trim tiiose waistlines. That scene unfolded because, for all its "save the whales" piety in international forums, the United States has strongly and quite properly backed the right of American Indians and Eskimos to kill whales the way tiley traditionally have. Natives in places like Kaktovik depend on the whale meat, and harpooning whales is an essential part of their culture. It's true that the U.S. government lists the bowhead whale as endangered, but the population appears to have recovered to a still modest 10,000. The tiny numbers< taken by the natives .keep their-way of life intact without threatening the species. Still, I can't help detecting a whiff of American hypocrisy here. If we insist on die right of Native Americans to kill whales listed as endangered, then how can we so vociferously oppose the hunting of much more populous species of whales by Nor- President Bush wants more anti-terror laws By HELEN THOMAS Hearst Newspapers WASHINGTON — President Bush wants more police powers in the name of the war against terrorism but he's rubbing up against the Fourth Amendment tiiat protects citizens from unreasonable search. This amendment was described by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis as guaranteeing "the right to be left alone." Fortunately, Bush isn't finding' the same compliant Congress that passed the Patriot Act witii- in six weeks of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Back then, few lawmakers had time to read the 342- page bill before voting. That didn't bother them at the time because of the rush to act in die immediate aftermath of 9-11. Congress since has got an earful from Americans who resent federal "sneak and peak" authority under die Patriot Act, which allows searches widi delayed notification to the subjects. The courts have approved the Justice Department requests for such delays up to 90 days. On the eve of the second anniversary of Sept. 11 at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va., Bush called on Congress to "untie the hands of the law enforcement officers" in the search for terrorists. He said current federal law throws up "unreasonable obstacles to investigating and prosecuting terrorism." The president made three proposals, including one to let federal law enforcement agencies issue "administrative subpoenas" in terrorism cases, a power that would enable them to bypass courts and grand juries. The other proposals would expand the federal death penalty statutes to cover more terrorism-related cases and make it tougher for persons suspected of terrorism to be released on bail. Administration officials are loatii to refer to this legislative wish list as Patriot Act-2. But that's what it adds up to, even as die White House tries to win approval of the odious proposals one at a time, attaching each separately to an appropriations bill or some other "must pass" legislation. The White House bundle could be worse — and it almost was. Earlier this summer, word leaked that die administration was drafting Patriot Act n that would allow secret arrests, police spying, unchecked power to deport foreign nationals, creation of a DNA database for suspected terrorists and new death penalties for certain terrorist offenses. The leak caused public consternation and the package was put on hold. Jeff Lungren, a spokesman for Rep. E James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said his boss and others are troubled by the president's proposal for "administrative subpoenas" because such a power would allow investigators to bypass the courts. Meanwhile, the original Patriot Act continues to inspire criticism because it expands the government's ability for surveillance and searches. For example, the law allows investigators to search library and book store records to find out what someone has been reading. Librarians and booksellers are barred from revealing any visit by an FBI agent digging into a person's reading tastes. The American Library Association is fighting back by urging libraries to shred and wipe out their patron records. It has filed a constitutional challenge in federal court The American Civil Liberties Union also filed a challenging suit in federal court last July. Ann Beeson, an ACLU attorney, said "ordinary Americans should not have to worry tiiat the FBI is rifling through their medical records, seizing their personal papers, or forcing charities and advocacy groups to divulge membership lists." The legislatures of Vermont and Hawaii, along with 150 counties and cities, have adopted resolutions urging mat parts of the Patriot Act be rescinded. Sen. Russell D. Feingold, D- Wis., the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act in 2001, has introduced a measure to limit government access to library and bookstore records. I'm happy to see that the American people are waking up and becoming concerned that their government is seeking to encroach more on their lives and to breach constitutional guarantees. Justice Brandeis once said: "If the government becomes a law breaker, it breeds contempt for the law." — @ (Helen Thomas can be reached at 202-298-6920 or at die e-mail address hthomas(at)hearstdc.com). wegians, Icelanders and Japanese, who also have whale hunting as part of their traditional cultures? Some whale species, like the blue, are truly endangered and should never be hunted. But there are hundreds of thousands of minke whales, perhaps as many as a million, and they don't seem in any jeopardy. So the ban on hunting minke whales can no longer be easily justified on the basis of saving die species. It is now possible both to save the whales and to kill them. The remaining argument against whaling is an ethical one: Whales are highly developed mammals, and it is immoral to prey upon them. That's a fine reason to spurn whale sushi oneself, but a lousy reason to prevent the Japanese from partaking. Otherwise,..Hindus could try to prohibit our burger addiction. Granted, there are lots more Norwegians and Japanese than Inupiat Eskimos, the Japanese "scientific" whaling effort is more about sushi than science, and none of us want to put whale populations in danger. One solution would be to keep the moratorium on large-scale commercial whaling in the open ocean, but to let any traditional whaling people (including the Japanese and Norwegians) harvest sustainable numbers of whales within 200 miles of shore. Sure, whales are magnificent. But so are dogs, which end up on dinner plates in Asia. By insisting on the rights of our own natives to pursue the Eskimo diet while denying similar rights to other whaling nations, I'm afraid we in the U.S. aren't taking the moral high ground—we're just being hypocritical. (gasette CUSPS 262-040) Published by THE INDIANA PRINTING & PUBLISHING COMPANY 899 Water Street Indiana, PA. 15701 {7Z4)4«5-5555 Established in 1890 On the Internet: indjanagazclte.com R.HASTTERAY Publisher, 1913-1970 LUCY rt DONNELLY Publisher, 1970-1993 JOE DONNELLY Publisher, 1970-2000 MICHAEL f. DONNELLY President Publisher HASHED. KINTER Secretary Assistant Treasurer STACIED.GOTTFREDSON Treasurer Assistant Secretary JOSEPH L. 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