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A4 GETTYSBURG TIMES • TUESDAY. JUNE II, 2002 Opinion -1902 In 2002- Making the homeland more secure Published daily. Monday through Saturday by the Times and News Publishing Company •-- <U Copyright 2(K)2 — 1570 Fairfielci Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325 Internet: uww.Rburjitirncs.coni Kmail: infoCn'ghurgtiincs.rnni Cvnlhia A. Ford I'humus Ford. Ilinetnr nl' l)pi'riitinn> Robert Wright, 'Vhcnisinj! Dinx-ior Randy (iardnrr. I'ruiluctioM Munitfici Kristi OamiT. ('ummiTdiil I'rinline ( ncrcluwtdr Robert It.J. Small, F-liliu.r John I'. O'Unnncll, News Kilitur Kcnni'th A. Picking. Sports Kditor Drmna While, N.I.I-. Cuordinslcr /Vic (i'c»v\/iiin; /'IIIIM. Inunilal in l l )'l^. ci'iilimu. 1 -. The Slur ami Sentinel i IXIXIi. The (/Vmv/mn; <'<>»if>i/iTl I SI Si. I In- )'<<tk .S/>;i;n,'% Corner I IS7.li. /Vic \c» <>\tnril Item I IS7'I). ami /Vic /.n.f Hfi/tii Vein i INSIIi. As our readers see it Grant will benefit Center gardens Editor, Geltyshiirf* Times: The National 4-11 Council has awarded The Center/Hi Centro an annual grant funded by the Metl.ife Foundation. Grunts were awarded lo programs that involve youth groups who are taking leadership roles and working with adult volunteer leaders in their communities. The Center is using the gran! to support the development and maintenance of the community garden on South Washington Street. With the assistance of the 4-11 Council/MetLife grant. The Center has been able to expand the garden area to include two new vegetable gardens, in addition to the existing (lower garden. The youth at The Center/El Centro hope that their project will beautify their neighborhood and raise community pride. If anyone in the community is interested in more information or would like to volunteer with the garden project, they can contact The Center at 337-9059. Axa Jones and Jana iMinonica The Center/El Centro Letter guidelines The Gettysburg Times welcomes letters to the editor. They must be .signed, and include an address and daytime phone number for verification. Limit length to 300 words or two hand-written, double- spaced pages. All letters are subject to editing for length, clarity or as deemed necessary. No poetry. We publish the same author no more than once per month. Address letters lo Editor, Gettysburg Times, 1570 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325. E-mail letters to: editor@gburgtimes.com. Washington is a city thai speciali/.cs in spoiling the ulterior motive, and the wisdom of the day is that President Rush called for a new Department of Homeland Security to shield himself from the recent swirl of criticisms about intelligence lapses. There is another possible perspective, which is that the information about the lapses underlined the need for such a department, making ils acceptance by the public and approval by Congress a near certainty. The president struck at precisely the right time, the question being whether the new department really does make sense as he outlined it. The answer appears to he that il does. Two facts are especially important about it. One is that the person who heads it will have the kind (if authority that Tom Ridge, as head of Ihe Office of I lomeland Security, has not had. The second is that one of its divisions will coordinate and ana- ly/e data from intelligence agencies with a special eye to terrorist risk. Some say the department should have ils own investigators, bill while reform may he necessary in the F'BI and the CIA. the analysis function seems more important than creating ;i new infrastructure thai exists elsewhere. The department will be huge — 170.000 employees — and il created will represent the most significant realignment of government in half a century. Il will include the Immigration and N a t u r a 1 i / a t i o n Service, Ihe Customs Service, the Federal IL m e r g e n e y Management Agency, the Coast Guard and the Secret Service. Handgunners have a lot to offer Editor, Gettysburg Times: I've recently become interested in the courses offered by the NRA in home fitearirw storage and• safely, safe firearms handling^ etc. Through their Web she at wwWinm.org-/ signed up Cor u basic pistol class given by (he Adams County Sport Handgunners Association. Not only was this course very informative, it was a really great time! For anyone (especially women) interested in gun safety, spoil shooting and/or personal protection techniques, I'd highly recommend this local organization. Ilie members are very friendly, enthusiastic and supportive, and they really stress firearm education and safety. Several members are NRA certified instructors, and more classes will be offered later this year. They offer monthly activities including action shoots, which are not only tactically instructional hut are also a lot of fun. Also, their rifle and pistol ranges have recem/y been upgraded with gravel bases, so you don't have to stand in the mud during practice or activities. More information and photos are available on their Web site at www.acsha.com or interested parties may contact them via email at adanislKu]dguniiers<?'hotmail.com. They have a lot to offer to folks who are interested in these types of programs. Lisa liehe Waynesboro Have an E-pinion? E-mail your thoughts to: editor@gburgtimes.com Be sure to include your name, hometown and phone number. Will you watch World Cup soccer matches as they happen live? Today in history />'v The Associiitcil /Vc.s.v Today is Tuesday. June I I. the 162nd day of 2002. There are 203 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history ; On June I I. I77d. the Continental Congress formed a committee lo draft a Declaralion ol Independence from Britain. On this dale: In 1509. England's King Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon. In l'>|9. Sir Harton won the Helmonl Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple ('rown winner. In 1942. ihe I'liited Stales and ihe Soviet I'nion signed a lend-lease agreement to aid Ihe Soviet wareltort in World War II. In 1963. Buddhist monk Quang Due immolated himself on a Saigon street lo protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. In 1970. (he I'niied Stales presence in Libya came to an end as ihe last detach- ineiil left Wheelus Air Base. In I'J77. .1 20-day hostage drama ill Ihe Netherlands ended as Dutch marines siormed a Ham and a school held by South Moluccan extremists. SIN gunmen and two hostages on the train were killed. In l l /77. Seattle Slew won the Belnioni Stakes, capuning the Triple Crown In IT'S. Joseph Freeman Jr. became ihe fn'si black priest ordained in the ('lunch ol Ic-.iis Christ ol Latter-day Suinis In I9~~'J. .icior John Wayne died al age i '» In I'JJSX Kaien Ann Ouinlan. the comatose patient whose case prompted a liisionc nght-lo-die court decision, died in Morns Plains. N .).. al age .11. 'I en years ago: ('resident (ieorge II.VV. Bush's stopover in Panama en route to the Jay Ambrose The agencies will liike on a different coloration, and while this may seem unfortunate in sonic respects, il is necessary given I he new ern introduced by Sept. 1 I. Managed properly, the department should enable the government to heller control I'.S. borders, belter watch the comings and goings of those who eould pose a (.lunger, belief prepare for calamity anil better react if calamity does occur. Some predict lurf battles as Congress debates taking an agency from one place and putting it in another, but as has been suggested, the president should be able to quell fraetiousness with strong leadership. Running the department will not be easy. What Bush must do is find the right secretary for the job, and thai may be Ridge. The growth of the department should be watched. Prior to Sept. 11. a bipartisan commission on homeland security — one whose warnings now make it seem prescient — recommended a department very much along the lines of what Bush has proposed. Whatever political motives some now want to ascribe to the administration, the fact is that capable students of the issue, acting nonpolitically. developed the idea, lending credence to assertions of its worthiness. .S'(T//>/>.s Hiwunl A'cir.s .SVnvVr fchisoubof enemy hands... Fingerprinting is not torture Yes, as critics of the Justice Department daily remind us. we must be vigilant about those in government who themselves are sworn to vigilance in iheir protection of our welfare, for ihey could be a threat to our liberties. I3ut it is not the case that every precaution they take is cause for alarm. Sometimes, when the critics start yelping as if the barbarians just burst through the gate with sharpened spears in hand, it's necessary to call on a little common sense und lo point out thai no. those aren't barbarians al all. Those people are civili/ed. They are on our side. They are doing something necessary. And what they are doing endangers nary a soul. All of which brings us to the Justice Department plan to fingerprint maybe 100.000 of the 35 million foreigners who pay us a visit each year. The government will take their pictures, too. and ask them what they are going to be doing while here. The idea is to figure out whether they are terrorists. The government has scads of terrorist fingerprints on file, it's reported. The Justice Department can lake those and match them against the fingerprints of (lie people coming in. and every now and then, bingo: You just may catch someone who planned lo murder a thousand or maybe a lion or more Americans. The objection, lo the extent it can be rationally discerned, is that nabbing these terrorists will entail paying special attention ii> people from such countries as Iraq, Libya and Sudan, and. well, isn't that stigmati/.ing'.' That's the word Sen. F.dward Kennedy. D-Mass.. used. The Associated Press quotes him as saying that (he "secret criteria" of the government will enable officials to "further stigmati/.e innocent Arab and Muslim visitors. ..." Somebody, you cannot help thinking, ought to take the senator aside and explain at leasl two things to him. The first is that it's statistically demonstrable that the terrorist threat is not from lillle old ladies from Kngland. You can go to the unpractical, inefficient, burdensome bother of fingerprinting all visitors, which would only impede discovering terrorists, or you can skip fingerprinting anyone al all. which would be an act of negligence in discovering terrorists, or you can focus on those most likely to be terrorists, which will facilitate discovering terrorists. Those most likely to he terrorists are men from ihe Middle Hast. The second thing is that, in the annals of man's inhumanity, to man. the fingerprinting of someone docs not rank high. Il is inconvenient, of course. There is thai smudge of black ink that you have lo wash off your fingertips. But this is not something dreadful or even particularly unpleasant; it is certainly not what the hyperventilating critics make it sound like, namely, some psychological version of stretching the bodies of men and women on a rack. F.nough. already. Go after the Justice Department for not revealing the names of foreign detainees in this country and oilier real misdeeds. While Attorney General John Asheroft's record is scarcely us had as his predecessor's — why didn't Janet Reno resign after Waco'.' — he does bear watching. But it is little short of inane to make the most minor, fundamental and innocent of precautions a cause for loudly voiced fears about the erosion of civil liberties. The fingerprinting is just step one. The administration niusl do more, such as adding manpower lo consular offices that issue nonimmigrant visas and reversing its policy of no profiling in airports. Reason dictates thai we do what we can to keep from having other dates vying with Sept. I I as symbols of horrific terrorist attacks. .SVn'/'/'s Iliwtii'd Acu.v Service Rule of reason Farth Summit in Bra/il was disrupted when riot police fired (ear gas al protesters, preventing Bush from speaking at a rally praising the revival of democracy in Panama. Five years ago: The parents of Timothy McVeigh pleaded for their son's life during the penalty phase of the Oklahoma City bombing trial. One year ago: Timothy McVeigh was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute. Ind.. for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed I6S people. Today's Birthdays: Opera singer Rise Stevens is X9. Actor-producer Richard Todd is S3. Author William Styron is 77. Actor Gene Wilder is 67. Actor Chad Fvereti is 65. Comedian Johnny Brown is 65. Former auto racer Sir Jackie Stewart is 63. Country singer Wilma Burgess is 63. Singer Joey Dee is 62. Actress Adrienne Barheau is 57. Rock musician (•'rank Beard |/Z Top) is 53. Rock singer Donnie Van /ant (.38 Special) is 50. Actor Peter Bergman is 49. Football Hall of FanuT Joe Montana is 46. Actor Hugh Laurie is 43. Country singer-songwriter Bruce Robis.m is 36. Country musician Smilin' Jay McDowell (BR5-49) j s 33. Rock musician Dan Lavcry (Tonic) is 33. Actor Joshua Jackson is 24. Quotable "Neither in Ihe life of the individual nor in that of mankind is it desirable to know the future." —• Jakob liiirckhunll, iii i'osT-(;.\/.i':i n: Belter late than never, a committee of American Roman Catholic bishops lias proposed a nationwide policy to ensure that priests who sexually abuse minors will be removed from ministry, '("hough ils endorsement by the I'.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican would be a major slep forward, the policy could and should be even tougher. A national and mandatory policy is necessary for two reasons: In ihe past, individual bishops have been free to disregard guidelines designed to protect children from abusive priests. And predatory clergymen have moved from parish to parish or one diocese lo another. The latest proposal, which will be considered by the full bishops' conlerence next week in Dallas, would require that in the future a priest who sexually abused a minor even one time would he targeted for "laici/alion" - effectively, removal from the priesthood. Moreover, dioceses would be required lo report any accusation that a priest abused a minor lo law enforcement authorities. In determining for their own purposes whether an allegation against a priest had merit, bishops would rely on a review board dominated by lay people — a safeguard noi only for victims of abuse bin also for priests wrongly accused. Additionally, in a repudiation of the secrecy with which complaints were cloaked in the past, the new policy would prevent bishops from entering into "con- lidcntialiiy agreements" with victims "except for grave and substantial reasons brought forward by the victim." Il has become abundantly clear in recent months thai, in Boston and elsewhere, a fear of "scandal" led church authorities to hush up complaints by settling lawsuits with victims on the condition that all parties would keep quici. Together with the practice of transferring offending priests to new assignments, this Doonesbury culture of secrecy abetted the abuse of children. The proposed national policy, praiseworthy as it is, could be improved. Lspecially troubling ----- and illogical — is a grandfather clause dealing with priests who abused a minor before the adoption of the new policy. Priests in this category could remain in ministry if they had abused a minor only once and not been diagnosed as a "pedophile" - - an individual sexually attracted to young children rather than adolescents. It's likely that few priests would want to lake advantage of this loophole: an appendix to the draft policy suggests that a priest seeking to benefit from the provision might have to agree lo "public disclosure of his condition." Fortunately, several prominent bishops made it clear in reading to the draft policy thai they, too, will not tolerate "grand- fathering" abusive priests. Seri/t/is llti\\'(tnl AVu'.v Service BY GARRY TRUDEAU WAT? TL//AjrZ r/K& ^7/yyrl^ \ " PCWN WUKPAH&i

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