Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 30, 2002 · Page 6
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VIEWPOINT Wednesday, October 30, 2002 — 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, riot 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 Gazette editorial Shuster offers business savvy A majority of Indiana County voters who go to the polls Tuesday will find a familiar name in an unfamiliar place. The county has been split between the 9th and 12th congressional districts as a result of the reapportionment that follows each U.S. census, and many voters who saw Rep. John Murtha's name on the ballot in the past five elections will see the name "Shuster" instead. That is Rep. Bill Shuster, a Republican, who won a special election about P/2 years ago. He succeeded his father, thewell-known, longtime Rep. Bud Shuster, when he retired. The new boundary lines for the 9th District will include all or parts of 14 counties in central Pennsylvania. Although that sprawling territory won't become the district until after the election, Shuster has visited Indiana County 11 times to get acquainted with us and our needs. Shuster brings a businessman's approach to the political process in Washington. As the owner of a Bedford County car dealership before he joined Congress early last year, Shuster gained first-hand experience in running a company and dealing with all the challenges that government throws at business. That gives him a unique perspective that will be refreshing in Congress. Shuster believes he can work his assignments on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Small Business Committee to the region's economic benefit. Shuster has also traveled to Afghanistan, where American troops are engaged in the war against terrorism, and says our soldiers should be the best-paid, best- equipped and best-trained forces in the world. To Shuster, being a congressman means more than just going to Washington and voting on new laws — it is about protecting and promoting our way of life. It appears that he has done his homework and knows what his people want. Shuster is endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Education Association. He also receives the Gazette's endorsement for re-election Nov. 5. (The 9th Congressional District will include all of Indiana County except southern Indiana Borough, eastern White Township, Clymer Borough and Cherryhill and Pine townships.) Cures not campaigns By JOAN RYAN Newspaper Enterprise Assn. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bulletin to organizers: We are aware. We know what the pink ribbon means. We know that breast cancer kills tens of thousands of women each year. You have done a wonderful job. Now it's time to shift our energies from marketing to medicine. As iovely as it was, did we really need to bathe the Washington, D.C., Nieman Marcus store in pink light, as one breast cancer group did earlier this month, then usher guests down a pink carpet for pink hors d'oeuvrcs and pink cocktails? Do we need Avon marketing breast cancer lipsticks in shades of Brave Brocade, Courageous Coral and Determined Red, as if breast cancer were a plucky undertaking, like skydiving or marching on city hall? Everywhere you turn, there's another corporation draping itself in pink. We can Cook for the Cure with KitchenAid. Sip for the Cure with Republic of Tea's Pink Grapefruit Green Tea blend. Clean for the Cure with the Electrolux Whirlwind LiteSpeed vacuum. I hesitate to criticize any corporation that takes on a good cause. But these product promotions are as much about green as pink. Whiph is why the San Francisco-based advocacy group, Breast Cancer Action, has launched its own awareness campaign this month called "Think Before You Pink." "Breast cancer today is big business," says Barbara Brenner, BCA • executive director. "More and more companies are using breast cancer as a marketing ploy to sell products while donating very little to the cause. "We're urging consumers to 'think before they pink' because as long as we believe we're doing something meaningful about breast cancer by buying into these corporate marketing schemes, the real work that needs to be done around treatment, prevention and access to care will continue to be underfunded and ignored." Too much of the money raised by the corporations goes to education rather than research and treatment. For example, the Susan G. Komcn Foundation, the recipient of much corporate fund raising, last year spent $26 million on research, $6 million on treatment — and $33 million on public health education. Education often means leaching women about the importance of self-exams and mammograms. Bui a recent study found that self-examination did not prevent deaths. And there is a growing debate on the effectiveness of mammograms, too. Clearly, our methods for detection, prevention and cures have noi stemmed the spread of the disease, despite ail the money raised. Between 1973 and 1980, the incidence of breast cancer for women over 40 was essentially constant. But since 1980, the rate has been rising steadily. On Wednesday in San Francisco, the California Senate and Assembly Health committees are holding a joint hearing (10 a.m. at City Hall) to consider setting up a pilol "bio- monitoring" program that would measure toxins in women's bodies through their breast milk. Though few scientists are ready to blume breast cancer on (he environment, the link hasn't been ruled out. A bio-monitoring program, in any case, is a better use of our donations than more posters for self- exams. Next year, let's have Breast Cancer Eradication Month. The slogan: Less campaigning, more curing. (Joan Ryan is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Send comments to her e-mail at ioanryan@sfchronicle.com.) The AXIS OF EVIL Wellstone for the people By PAUL KRUGMAN New York Times News Service Ghoulish but true: as Minnesota mourns the death of Senator Paul Wellstone, many of the state's residents have been receiving fliers bearing a picture of a tombstone. The fliers, sent out by a conservative business group, denounce the late senator's support for maintaining the estate tax. Under the tombstone, the text reads in part: "Paul Well- stone not only wants to tax you and your business to death... he wants to tax you in the hereafter." To be fair, the people who mailed out those fliers — which are carefully worded so that the cost of the mailing doesn't officially count as a campaign contribution — didn't know how tasteless they would now appear. Yet in a sense the mass mailing is a fitting epitaph; it reminds us what Paul Wellstone stood for, and how brave he was to take that stand. Sometimes it seems as if Ameri- cans have forgotten what courage means. Here's a hint: talking tough doesn't make you a hero; you have to take personal risks. And I'm not just talking about physical risks — though it's striking how few of our biggest flag wavers have ever put themselves in harm's way. What we should demand of our representatives in Washington is the willingness to take political risks — to make a stand on principle, even if it means taking on powerful interest groups. Paul Wellstone took risks. He was, everyone acknowledges, a politician who truly voted his convictions, who supported what he thought was right, not what he thought would help him get re-elected. He took risky stands on many issues: agree or disagree, you have to admit that his vote against authorization for an Iraq war was a singularly brave act. Yet the most consistent theme in his record was economic — his courageous support for the interests of ordinary Americans against the grow- Letters ing power of our emerging plutocracy. In our money-dominated politics, that's a dangerous position to take. When Wellstone first ran for the Senate, his opponent outspent him seven to one. According to one of his advisers, the success of that ramshackle campaign, run from a rickety green school bus, "made politics safe for populists again." If only. Almost every politician in modern America pretends to be a populist; indeed, it's a general rule that the more slavishly a politician supports the interests of wealthy individuals and big corporations, the folksier his manner. But being a genuine populist, someone who really tries to stand up against what Wellstone called "Robin Hood in reverse" policies, isn't easy: You must face the power not just of money, but of sustained and shameless hypocrisy. And that's why those fliers are a perfect illustration of what Paul Well- Misquoted inlUP gun story In Saturday's Indiana Gazette I was misquoted, "that I was surprised that the no-gun policy is not well-publicized." I was surprised that there's no gun policy, no hyphen. I was surprised that Ihere was not a gun policy for students listed on the IUP web pages. \ went to look for a policy on the web alter reading an article in The Perm. The reasons in the article for arming the Campus Police included an increase in gun crime on campus. 1 was responding 10 ihis issue only. If this were an issue, I am not aware of any effort by the administration to attempt to warn students of an increase in gun crime. I would expect to see e-mails to all students, articles in The Pcnn from Campus Police and the administration. I would expect to see safety lips on the UJP website. As of the 24th of this month there was no mention of firearms problems or policy in e-mails from the administration, articles in The Penn or on the IUP website. f listed six web pages on safety and policy, including two UJP Campus Police web pages ihat had no mention of gun policy. I wished U> comment that if the lack of armed officers on the IUP campus were an issue, there would be some weapons policy on the web- siie. I also spoke to [UP Campus and Indiana Borough Police officers to confirm that there had not been a dramatic increase in gun crimes on campus. The issue was raised just two weeks before an IUP Trustee's meeting. 1 was "surprised" the issue was being presented before Student Congress. I ask for a larger debate, including not just the Student Congress or student body. There arc many issues in- volved and it would be unjust to the officers without a complete and open exploration of the issue. I urge the administration to form a committee of students, officers, faculty, staff and administration to explore the impact of arming IUP Campus Police. And have this committee present a complete report to the Trustees at the next meeting. Mike Ofiveira Indiana Vote yes on fire referendum Since the tragedy of 9/11 many of us have become more aware of the risks and sacrifices faced by our fire and emergency medical service responders. We have seen firsthand the sacrifices they make to protect you and me each day. We have watched them dig with their hands to retrieve the bodies of their fellow firefigh'ters at Ground Zero who died saving so many people. Each of us has struggled with the question "What can I do to help?" Well now there is something each voter can do to help the volunteer firefighters in Blairsville. We can vote on Election Day and vote yes on the fire referendum question! Each vote of yes on the fire referendum question will send a clear message to our representatives in Harrisburg that we support our volunteer firefighters and EMS providers and that we expect our elected officials to support them also. Please vote "YES" on the referendum question, "Are you in favor of incurring an indebtedness of up to $100,000,000 for the purpose of establishing a program that utilizes capital and other related methods to enhance and improve the delivery of volunteer fire and emergency services in the commonwealth as hereafter authorized by the statute?" This money, along with other anticipated support, will enable the Blairsville Volunteer Fire Company to acquire the equipment and training necessary for them to continue to provide the best protection for each of us and our families. It will also help us provide protection to the firefighters and EMS responders' families in the event of injury or death of their loved one. Please join with us in making sure that the fire referendum question passes overwhelmingly in Pennsylvania. Show your support to those who volunteer to protect you each day of the week, every week of the year. Take time from your busy schedule to vote and vote "yes" for the fire referendum question on the ballot on Nov. 5. Dan Duralia, chief Blairsvilie Volunteer Fire Co. stone was fighting. On one side, the inclusion of estate tax repeal in last year's federal tax cut is the most striking example to date of how our political system serves the interests of the wealthy. After all, the estate tax affects only a small minority of families; the bulk of the tax is paid by a tiny elite. In fact, estate tax repeal favors the wealthy to such an extent that defenders of last year's tax cut —like Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who published a misleading letter in last : Friday's Times — always carefully omit it from calculations of who benefits. (The letter talked only about the income tax; had he included the effects of estate tax repeal, be would have been forced to admit that more than 40 percent of the benefits of that tax cut go to the wealthiest 1 percent of the population.) To eliminate the estate tax in the face of budget deficits means making die rich richer even as we slash essential services for the middle class and the poor. On the other side, the estate tax debate illustrates the pervasive hypocrisy of our politics. For repeal of the "death tax" has been cast, incredibly, as a populist issue. Thanks to sustained, lavishly financed propaganda — of which that anti-Wellstone flier was a classic example — millions of Americans imagine, wrongly, that the estate tax mainly affects small businesses and farms, and that its repeal will help ordinary people. And who pays for the propaganda? Guess. It's amazing what money can buy. In an age of fake populists, Paul Wellstone was the real thing. Now he's gone. Will others have the courage to carry on? Guidelines for letters Address letters to: Viewpoint editor, 899 Water St., Indiana, PA 1570, or fax them to 4658267. All letters to the editor must be signed and include the writer's full address and telephone number before they can be considered for publication. Those who submit letters online may be contacted for veri- fication. Letters must be factual and discuss issues and not personalities. A recommended limit for length is two typewritten, double-spaced pages. Writers of letters should not ask to have their names withheld. All letters to the editor are subject to editing. (IJSPS 202-0 10) Published hy THI: INDIANA PRINTING & I'UBl JSIIINC7 COMPANY aasWalcrSlrcel Indiana, PA. 1!>70I (724) 465-!>f>5!> r.slablislied in l»!)0 On the- Internet: imlianagaxctte.cnm It-IIASTIliRAY Publisher, I!)I3-]<J70 I.IICVll.UONNIil.l.Y Publisher, l!>70-l!)<J.i lOEDONNEIJ.Y Publisher, 1970-200U MlCIIAr.[.I.IH>NNKI.I.Y .......................... 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