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Statesman-Journal, Salem, Ore., Tuesday, September 9, 1980, 7A opinion from page 1A MADD . . . public opinion win fi ij V- I ' V'. . 1 4,. f I.J r r, 1 Statesman-Journal photo by Gerry Lewin CANDY LIGHTNER: Daughter's death prompts fight Blankenbaker should have visited fair booth To the Statesman-Journal: Ron Blankenbaker's column should be put on the comic page, even if he is the only one who thinks he's funny. His piece on the state fair booths was a fine example of the lack of research he does for many of his columns. Had he stopped at any of the booths to seek information, instead of just making fun of those working inside the booths, he might have learned something about the political process and about the candidates that both parties have to offer. One thing that was said in the column was true, however. I did get lost in the political booth area while working my way over to the hog barns; I was heading over that way to find Ron Blanken-baker. JIM McCOMB Salem, Ore. Be sure that your last spark is out To the Statesman-Journal: This year's abundant supply of wild grasses and brush could lead to disastrous fires, given the tinder-dry conditions now prevailing throughout most of our state. Again, as always, hunters, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts should be extremely careful in their use of matches, lighters and the like. As a former U.S. Forest Service "legman," let me say "it's that time of year when we view with alarm the careless-set fires that do us great harm. One rule please remember, 'twill work like a charm "be sure that your last spark is out." A huntsman went hunting and left all alone a wee tiny campfire aglow; He was stalking a deer when he happened to hear the roar of some flames on the go. Oh, Oh! He raced through the woods with the flame at his heels; in a couple of miles it had smothered his squeals. The deer got away, and the moral reveals, Be sure that your last spark is out! Now consider the case of an uncle of mine who went to a lake where the fishing was fine. He lit up his pipe as he cast in his line, not sure that his match was quite out. Engrossed in his angling, he never turned 'round; below was a "whale" of a trout; the first thing he knew was a hot wind that blew from flames of a fire without doubt, Oh, no! He jumped in the lake so he wouldn't get burned, - 'twas 20-feet deep where he struggled and churned; the poor fish got drowned and the tables were turned, all because a last spark wasn't out. It's that time of year, yes I'll say it again, is hard on the forests and forestry men: We all go to "blazes" and never know when, and we fight 'till the last spark is out. Nine times out of 10 there are wildlings get burned; 10 times out of 10 there's a loss. It isn't just fire that raises our ire, it's careless-set fires make us cross! Oh, it's that time of year, yes, I'll say it once more; the horse will get out if you open the door! So, if you would help us and not get us sore, be sure that YOUR last spark is out, dead out! ANDY STAAT Salem, Ore. Continued from Page 1A. "It is time to say 'enough' and develop solutions to the drunk driving problem so that the number of lives lost and injuries sustained can be reduced," Lightner said. The driver accused in Cari's death is a textbook example of a repeat offender who was allowed to continue driving despite a history of alcohol-related offenses, Lightner said. Four days after Cari's death, California Highway Patrol authorities arrested a 47-year-old man and charged him with three felony counts of hit and run, vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving, Lightner said. It was the man's fifth arrest on drunk driving charges since 1976. Only two days before Cari's death, the man had been arrested on two misdemeanor charges following a hit-and-run accident that involved no injuries. He had been released on bail. The suspect pleaded "no contest" to vehicular manslaughter; the other charges were dropped. He has yet to be sentenced, but probation officials have recommended he be put on probation and spend a year in the county jail. With time off for good behavior, the man is expected to be out in January, 1981. "I find that appalling," Lightner said. In an interview following her talk, Lightner said she formerly sold real estate, but now devotes all her time to her new organization. She flew at her own expense to yesterday's conference at the Chumaree Rodeway Inn. She said she spent four months researching the issue before announcing plans for MADD. two weeks ago at a Sacramento press conference. The statewide publicity she received has prompted numerous calls and letters from other "survivors," she said. "I've had people call me on the phone, crying and saying they were on the verge of a nervous breakdown," Lightner said. "Through MA.D.D., we give them a positive direction in which to go." Lightner said M.A.D.D. has launched a statewide petition drive calling for appointment of a task force to solve not just study - the problem of drunk driving. She criticized California Gov. Jerry Brown for what she said was a lack of concern about the issue, and applauded Gov. Vic Atiyeh for his pledge to toughen Oregon's traffic safety laws. Hostages... Continued from Page 1A. said the Rev. Robert Stalcup Jr., of Es-tacada, a friend of Muse's who helped talk the last two gunmen out. "They were scared." "They did everything in their power to protect the hostages," said Stalcup. "They were scared young men." "They had one girl that was a hostess there bring us a beer," said Jim Wills, 43, Gresham, who was released yesterday morning and gave authorities the gunmen's original demands of $500,000 cash and a getaway vehicle. "They brought us bottles of whiskey, whatever we wanted and allowed us to go to the bathroom, one by one - under the supervision of a gun," Wills told radio station KEX of Portland. But authorities disputed the profile of the three captors as always sympathetic to the hostages. "They would be agreeable and civil and at other times they would turn around and threaten the hostages when they didn't get their way," said sheriff's spokesman Bart Whalen. One of the gunmen called a Portland television station at around noon and demanded $50,000 - a scaled-down money demand a van and an airplane to take him and his friends to Canada. "This is going to go down, the people are going to be handcuffed around us," said the man, who identified himself to a KGW-TV reporter as Muse. "We're tired of making wheels and deals." Authorities said the only demand they agreed to was for handcuffs which the gunmen put on the hostages. The turning point came, police said, when negotiators decided to cut all power to the restaurant at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. "There was a realization (by the gunmen) there would be no van, no money, no airplane ..." said Whalen. Whalen said three men entered the restaurant lounge in an apparent armed robbery attempt shortly before midnight Sunday. One of the first hostages to be released, Marilyn Stafford, 41, of Gresham, said the three men entered the room with nylon stockings pulled over their heads. "They said, 'Hit the floor or we are Lucey visits in Portland PORTLAND (AP) - Election of Ronald Reagan as president of the United States would be a "disaster," independent vice presidential candidate Patrick Lucey said yesterday. "I can't conceive of a fellow that out of touch with reality," the former two-term Wisconsin governor said of Reagan during a meeting with a group of editors. "When you take the last two weeks of campaigning, he has reopened the wounds of Vietnam by calling it a noble effort, he has reopened the debate on evolution which I thought was settled in the 1920's, and he has reopened the debate on China and Taiwan," Lucey said. U.S. should protest plan to invade Iran To the Statesman-Journal: The recent series of articles by syndicated columnist Jack Anderson on President Carter's plans for an invasion into Iran have been substantiated by a very reliable source of investigative newsmen connected with The Liberty Lobby's publications. Carter has denied Anderson's exposures of the plans, just as the president has denied other facts. Some of the media have declined to print the truth (with the exception of our own daily newspaper, the Statesman-Journal.) Carter has promised "surprises" in October. Perhaps one of the surprises would be another military try at rescuing the American hostages. The Iran militants have repeatedly declared the hostages will all be killed. So another invasion of Iran would mean Russia's intervention nuclear war. The American citizenry should as quickly as possible protest any new military maneuver into Iran. It would only fail and bring more confusion and distrust of the United States by other important allies. America should never lose its dignity as one of the great nations of the world. We have shown patience and restraint this long. Let Carter and his planners wait a little longer until Iran does something irrational with regard to the hostages. Then we can take action CAROLYN B. JEWELL Salem, Ore. Some energy savers want others to pay To the Statesman-Journal: While reading the news stories about Vortex II, two points struck me. According to one article, the Vortex people were unhappy that picks and shovels were not getting the firebreak made, while a tractor belonging to the state Parks Division was standing idle instead. If Vortex really is concerned about energy, who do they want to waste fuel and machinery when they have all the human (renewable) energy they need? In the same issue, there was a picture of a girl with backpack and dog who hitchhiked across the country to attend the Vortex meeting. Please note, she did not hike across; she hitch-hiked. That way she did not have to make the car payments or buy insurance, licenses or gas. Many of the"energy conservers" prefer that someone else buys the energy they use. JAMES E. FORRY Monmouth, Ore. Series of small crimes hurts more than felony To the Statesman-Journal: Lack of discipline is caused by a slipshod system of justice. There is no law in Oregon that states that we must have a "no trespassing" sign on the property. The family in Salem, which complained about the lack of discipline, has my sympathy. Whether a person has a sign or not, the trespassing continues. Both citizen and police system are hampered by inadequate services of a district attorney. We have the same problems in New-berg. A series of petty crimes is more destructive than a run-of-the-mill felony. A good DA should take this into consideration when protecting the innocent victims of crime. D.E. VANDECOEVERING Newberg, Ore. Differences in rates for utilities revealing To the Statesman-Journal: The Aug. 24 article showing Portland General Electric Co. ratepayers with more than double the rates of Salem Electric customers for the same 1,000 kilowatt hours makes a revealing comparison between private utilities and publicly-owned power. Further support can be seen in the Department of Energy's Information Administration report of 1978. On a national basis, the average customer of investor-owned utilities such as PGE paid 43 percent more for their electricity than the average residential consumer of local public power systems. The savings by consumers of a people's utility district in Marion County would be circulated into our local economy, not to out of town stockholders who are guaranteed a profit under the present system. The system of ever-increasing rates under a monopolistic utility (PGE), run solely for the benefit of top executive officers and investors, caused me to become involved in formation of a PUD for Marion County. Lower rates and community control of our future energy needs is the goal. NORM WALKUP Salem, Ore. The decline of Marxist invective WASHINGTON - The Soviet Literary Gazette has honored me with an attack that is, so experts tell me, remarkably coarse, even considering the source. To its calumny I reply: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me - although when a communist says I once was a "run-of-the-mill" professor, he goes beyond what is permissible even in the death-struggle with capitalism. The attack is worth noting, not just because it contributes to the public stock of harmless pleasure, or because it reminds us of what we cannot be reminded of too often the vulgarity of the Soviet mind. It also dramatizes the shocking decline in the caliber of communist invective. THE ARTICLE, which nominates me for a place in the Soviet "Gallery of Slanderers," says that the "military-industrial complex" is not only the hand that feeds me, it is: "The hand that gives him food and drink, strokes him, scratches him behind the ears and takes care of him in every way. It is necessary to lick that hand ..." It goes on like that, but you get the picture. "What comes from his pen depends on who gives him the orders, and it is evident from the output who the prompters are. It is a kind of dialectics." Bingo! When a communist deep-thinker is really ready to get down and boogie, out comes the key concept: dialectics. Don't ask me, or him, what it means, but bear with me, and him. HE SAYS I GAVE the game away when, last December, just before the full-scale Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, I said, correctly, that some Soviet troops already were engaged in Afghanistan. This, my critic says, was a lie, and a blunder because it betrayed my fear that Soviet troops would enter Afghanistan to forestall the CIA's overthrow of the Afghan government, which, my critic says, I knew was "planned for Dec. 29." To frustrate that overthrow, my critic says, the Soviet Union extended fraternal socialist assistance to the Afghan government. (And murdered the head of it. Perhaps that is applied dialectics.) My slip, which revealed my guilty knowledge, proves that I am close to, indeed a pawn of, "the Washington faction that is making every effort to foment tension." My critic thinks that faction includes almost everyone, and meets weekly in Katharine Graham's living room. The "huge editorial-commercial enterprise known as the 'Washington Post Company'" belongs to "Mrs. Boss," who commands "Will's reckless and evil thoughts about the unthinkable." Furthermore, I am, dialectically speaking, her man in the CIA and the CIA's man in Newsweek ACTUALLY, I SUSPECT that Newsweek and my newspapers regard me the way Ronald Reagan's staff are coming to regard him - with the trepidation aroused by randomness. Still, I am chagrined, if not surprised, that my Soviet critic reduces me to the status of an "epiphenomenon." My critic does not use the term - he seems innocent of any understanding, even of Marxism - but it is a favorite of Marxists, denoting something that is a mere reflection of vast, impersonal forces. That's the way my critic regards me pretty much the way Marx regarded Louis Napoleon, an appraisal almost as wounding as "run-of-the-mill professor." To the charge that I am a mere reflection of social forces, I respond: "So's your old man!" In fact, so is everybody, according to Marx. A whole academic industry exists trying to read Marx otherwise, but he said that everyone is a mere cork on the currents of History. FRANKLY, I AM saddened to note the decline of Marxist invective. Marx himself, who probably considered civility a bourgeois affectation, was always unloading on someone as a "sentimental petty-bourgeois social fantast," and stuff like that. That's a denunciation with a doctoral degree, full of sociological gravity and the tang of high learning. The Literary Gazette can't rise above saying that I'm a fellow with "a completely soiled soul" (do Marxists now believe in souls?) and "a pathologically evil mind," and one who "knows no limit to his inhuman calculations." My critic, who probably needs the job, is no doubt unwilling to face the fact that personal abuse makes no sense in the Marxist scheme of things, in which nothing is personal. He knows perfectly well that I, although repulsive, am not to blame. I am a plaything of, and destined for , the ashcan of, History. I am a mere necessity, a by-product of this passing stage of the development of the means of production. Sorry, mom, but that's dialectics. George Will li t syndicated columnist who appears In the Statesman-Journal Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. "i sipping from a soft drink. "I'm not against drinking," Lightner said. "I'm for responsible drinking. We don't let people walk around with a loaded gun in our neighborhood. But we let them drive when they drink." The odds may seem to be stacked against Lightner, given America's love affair with the automobile and the social acceptability of drinking. But Lightner has a strong motivation. Cari would have been 14 last Friday. Candy Lightner, president of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, may be reached by calling (916) 966-7433 or writing to M.A.D.D., P.O. Box H-C, Fair Oaks, Calif. 95628. ran Continued from Page 1A. The incident was confirmed yesterday by Roger Young, a spokesman for FBI Director William Webster, and by Michael Aun, a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons. Anti-terrorist experts in the FBI's Washington field office and the Secret Service are carrying out the investigation and both government officials and their immediate families have been placed under 24-hour guard by the U.S. Marshal's Service. WHILE FEDERAL investigators would give no details beyond confirming that the shootings took place, a source said one of the weapons was the M16, an American-made weapon widely used during the Vietnam conflict. The attacks were on the homes of Norman A. Carlson, director of the Bureau of Prisons, and James A. Meko, the bureau's executive director. The exact date of the attacks was not known because the men were not home at the time. Young refused to say who was under investigation in the shooting. Sources in the FBI and the intelligence units of several cooperating police agencies told The Morning News that the main target in the probe of Iranian-inspired violence is Gen. Hossein Fardoust, current head ol SAVAMA, as the Iranian secret police and intelligence service are now called. FBI officials, including Young, confirmed that that the bureau is searching for Fardoust, who was reported in the United States to direct a series of large-scale demonstrations that resulted in the incarceration of 191 Iranians in late July and early August. The Iranians were freed on Aug. 5 in Otisville, N. Y. The attacks on the prison officials' homes occurred within the next two weeks. Fardoust has been linked to the unsolved assassination of Ali Akbar Taba-tabai, 49, who until his murder in Bethes-da, Md., on July 22, headed an anti-Khomeini group of Iranians called the Irar Freedom Foundation. Former CIA operative Donald E. Den eselya claims Fardoust has been carry ing out "acts of terror to get back in tht good graces of the Khomeini regimt after documents obtained in the embassy proved that he had been in contact witi the CIA prior to the fall of the Shah." Deneselya insists that Fardoust ha been conspiring with the CIA and that hi terrorist activities in the United State are a direct result of a concerted plan t convince the Khomeini regime that th CIA will look the other way if attacks ar made on followers of the Shah. A top-level FBI source confirmed tha Fardoust's role has officials more than little concerned: "We are aware of hi connections to the CIA, but we don' know if there are any recent ones." CIA spokesman Dale Peterson said th agency would have no comment aboi Fardoust. V Atiyeh delivered the keynote address yesterday to the Citizens' Rally to Assure Safer Highways (CRASH). Lightner said she would like to see a law passed in her state to require mandatory jailing of first offenders. Washington has such a law and it's proving an effective deterrent, she said. Lightner said MA.D.D.'s efforts already are producing results. Judges are showing educational films to offenders before sentencing them. Legislators have promised to introduce stiffer laws. Liquor store owners have voluntarily decided to quit selling labels with magnetic backs, which, when fastened to a beer can, give the appearance that a person is Map shows location of hostage ordeal in Portland. going to shoot you," said Stafford. "I was shaking real bad." She said the men took money from the till and safe in the restaurant, but were foiled in their escape when an employee triggered a robbery alarm and a sheriff's deputy, on patrol nearby, came to the restaurant. "They got real panicky when they saw the police outside," Stafford. "They said that wasn't what they planned on." Police negotiated with the captors by telephone from a command post set up across the street from the restaurant. At one point late yesterday morning, hostage Jim Wills carried a message to authorities demanding $500,000 and safe passage from the restaurant. Later, one of the gunmen telephoned Portland television station KGW and demanded $50,000, a van to transport them away from the restaurant, and an aircraft to fly them to Canada. Authorities in charge of the investigation were angered by the station's decision to air the gunman's comments. "We have seen some commentary at noon that we don't feel is in the best interests of the negotiations," Whalen said. "We are not going to negotiate in the media." Politics Continued from Page 1A. But Nixon also conceded he might see things differently if he were if Carter's position, and might try to exclude Anderson from the first debate. Nixon said Anderson would have no chance of playing a key role in the election or carrying any state in November if he is excluded from the debates. Carter has said he is willing to debate Anderson, but wants to meet Reagan alone first, Powell said, "We are perfectly willing to'participate in a multi-candidate debate, but we feel there has got to be an assurance that there will also be a one-on-one debate" between Carter and Reagan. REAGAN, SAID Powell, "is hoping to ... hide behind Anderson and avoid a one-on-one debate and do everything he can to boost Anderson's stock" because he believes the independent candidate would take votes away from Carter. The League of Women Voters, which is trying to arrange a series of presidential debates this fall, is to announce tomorrow whether to invite Anderson to participate with the president and his GOP challenger. The first debute is tentatively set for Sept. 21 in Baltimore, and Anderson said he is confident he will meet the league's test for participating - a 15 percent approval rating in public opinion polls, M !i i - z ! I N.6. HAL SCY STREET . NE HOOADAVStJ 0 NtHOUADAY ST o nmuot utr Z I nT glisan street x 5 Rep. Al Ullman is using scare tactics on SS To the Statesman-Journal: Rep. Al Ullman, in his desperation for re-election, is using the scare tactic that unless he is re-elected Social Security is in jeopardy. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Those who depend solely on Social Security can blame Ullman for their plight because of his voting for every socialistic inflationary program his liberal cronies dream up, fueling the fires of inflation. He voted to create the Energy Department - $12 billion; Education Department - $15.1 billion, plus $75 million to communist Nicaragua, and so on, which inflates everything we buy. We can't afford another term for Ull man. F.L. MICHAELSON Salem, Ore. aba it letters The Statesman-Journal welcomes letters from readers. Letters must be written to the editor, not the public; they must be signed in ink, and they must include street address or post office box number (which will not be published, but is used for verification purposes). Copies of letters to other individuals or publications will not be published. Writers are limited to one published letter a month. Letters more than 150 words may be published if they: Are critical of this newspaper or object to one of our editorials; deal with complex issues; represent a point of view on a particular subject. Because of space limitations, we are unable to publish letters from outside our circulation area, poetry or most thank you letters. Letters should be sent to Editor, Statesman-Journal, P.O. Box 13009, Salem, Ore. 97309.

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