The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 13, 1986 · Page 4
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Opinion The Salina Journal Monday, January IS, 1986 Page 4 T^^ ^telllfitfil^l T ^ I I < v ri)'el[]uHlt< s .l I I 1 He Journal Founded in 1871 HARRIS RAYL, Editor and Publisher KAY BERENSON, Executive Editor SCOTT SEIRER, News Editor LARRYMATHEWS, Assistant News Editor LORI BRACK, Wet-tend Editor JIM HAAG, Night Editor MARY JO PROCHAZKA, Associate Editor Curricular activities At Abu-Hanifa school, the major concern isn't why Johnny can't read. There's no PTA group, no mention of a crisis in education. Instead, there are automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and green combat fatigues that pupils wear while learning how to fire weapons and how to take cover. The school, in Peshawar, Pakistan, is one of dozens operated by guerrilla groups training children to fight to free Afghanistan from Soviet control and communism. An agency that provides educational assistance to refugees living in Pakistan estimates that almost 45,000 youths attend schools taught by resistance groups. Some schools offer traditional subjects, such as mathematics, along with Islamic classes and military training. At Abu-Hanifa, however, all classes prepare children to fight. Even first-graders learn to chant that they carry swords to cut the throats of Lenin's followers. Older children learn to be proud of martyrdom and the idea of dying for a worthy war. American schools have their problems. But we can be thankful that being in a state of war isn't one of them. Linked? Seen in the same newspaper issue: A story about the skyrocketing rates of insurance, with many people saying they can't afford insurance anymore. A story about a woman who was convicted of plotting to kill her husband and who sued an insurance company to collect her dead husband's life insurance. What others say Hayden tiptoes: Whump Can a Kansas elephant change its ways? Can a ponderous, lumbering politician like Michael Hayden shed the image he has formed as House speaker? Can he transform himself into a toe-dancer? For a time, there was hope. When he first became serious about running for governor last year, Mr. Hayden slicked down his mossback hair and changed his tune. He told reporters that, yes, some of his stances in the past might have been seen as ultra-conservative, but if he ran for governor, Mr. Hayden suggested, he could lighten up. Mr. Hayden leaped to center stage of the gubernatorial race like an elephant in a tutu, and landed—ker-whump! Instead of offering new ideas, Mr. Hayden fell back into his old rut: stay as we are; hold the line; stick to the old rural ways, by cracky, by cracky. Kansas desperately needs money for education, economic development and prisons. Governor Carlin wants to raise that money with a sales tax. What was Mike Hayden's reaction: "I will lead the effort to reject Governor Carlin's" plan, he said. In his next breath, Mr. Hayden said he sees 1986 as "the golden opportunity to shape an economic development program which will put Kansas on solid ground for future generations." How does Mr. Hayden expect to pay for his economic-development program? With surplus wheat? Michael Hayden is a good and earnest politician. But he lacks vision. He wants to go backward instead of forward. By the time the state's primary election rolls around next summer, Republicans should be able to choose from among several candidates of various views. Mr. Hayden surely will be at the extreme right. The best thing about his entry into the race for governor is that he will have to give up his job as House speaker after this year. —The Emporia Gazette Khadafy and The Order It may be time for the United States to recognize that terrorists deserve each other. A member of the American terrorist group The Order asked that he and his cohort be exiled to "any white nation." David Lane's comment came after he and nine others were convicted of conspiracy and racketeering charges. Their crimes included murder, robbery, counterfeiting and arson. Exile is not the proper penalty for people convicted of these ugly crimes, but a reevaluation might be in order. The Order is a white supremacist group, comparable to the Nazis of Germany. It is committed to ridding this nation of what members call the insidious influence of blacks and Jews. Around the globe, another group of thugs espouses the same litany of terror. Only this group operates with the authority of a sovereign nation. Libya and its leader, Col. Moammar Khadafy, market violence and terrorism against Isreal and those who support it. Khadafy currently is suspected of harboring the terrorists responsible for bloody attacks on the Rome and Vienna airports. He has threatened war if the United States and Israel retaliate against his country. Khadafy and members of The Order are of like minds. They deserve each other with their malodorous views and methods. It might be best to send members of The Order to Khadafy for safekeeping. One advantage of sending them to Libya would be in putting the terrorists in one place. If a wall could be erected around Libya's borders, it could become a dumping ground for all the world's ruffians. Inevitably, they would begin to distrust each other, and they could destroy each other instead of innocent people. —The Parsons Sun Goodbye, Amtrak Amtrak is reducing services across the nation because of a 10 percent cut in its federal subsidy. So far, the Southwest Limited, the popular Chicago-Los Angeles train which serves Garden City, has escaped the axe. But for how long? Amtrak will be targeted for more cuts, maybe to zero funding, when Congress tries to slash about $50 billion in federal spending to comply with Gramm-Rudman, the deficit- cutting law. And southwest Kansas can't expect much help from its elected representatives. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum and Rep. Pat Roberts supported larger Amtrak cuts last year. But Sen. Bob Dole went further. Echoing the Reagan administration, he wanted to eliminate the entire $600 million subsidy. Fortunately, that didn't happen. We understand the need to cut federal spending. But the federal government also has an obligation to public transportation. Taxpayers build highways and airports that are used by commercial interests. What's wrong with supporting rail passenger service? Ordinary taxpayers, those who pay their taxes every payday, can at least see where some of their money is going when they ride the trains. What they can't understand is why politicians want to eliminate programs that benefit the traveling public, but allow Pentagon waste to continue. Taxpayers would rather see their money going for something useful, than down the Pentagon rat hole. H6w many billions of tax dollars have been lost in weapons and aircraft overruns, cheating by fat cat defense contractors, and unnecessary military bases? Don't ask. No one really knows. When that horrendous waste is brought under control by Congress, the public will be willing to accept cuts in domestic programs like rail passenger service. But the public will not have much choice in the matter. Unfortunately, the Pentagon has a more efficient lobby in Congress than the traveling public. So, better get your train rides this year. It may be too late by 1987. ^ —The Garden City Telegram 1 SO,^TH1WJNE SHOULD WWWrWTOSlT HERE?.*" Disarmament finds no friends in high places In 1983, when the American Catholic bishops issued their pastoral letter on war and peace, they gave America's nuclear deterrence only "strictly conditioned moral acceptance." This language was the product of an uneasy compromise. The bishops had unequivocally condemned first use of nuclear weapons. They also said "retaliatory actions which would indiscriminately take many wholly innocent lives, lives of people who are in no way responsible for reckless actions of their government, must also be condemned." Since no use of nuclear weapons is likely without killing noncombatants, this seemed to condemn any nuclear use as immoral. But if the use of nuclear weapons is immoral, so then must be the very possession of them. Because there's no reason to possess them, they constitute no deterrence, unless the potential enemy knows we intend to use them. Confronted with this dilemma, and under heavy pressure from the Reagan Administration and conservative Catholics not to undermine America's deterrence, the bishops came up with their "conditioned moral acceptance." Nuclear weapons were morally acceptable as a deterrent, the bishops decided, so long as their possession for such purpose was temporary. It must be "a transitional strategy, justifiable only in conjunction with resolute determination to pursue arms control and John McCormally HARRIS NEWS SERVICE disarmament." To critics who accused them of knuckling under to war-hawk pressures, the bishops promised to reassess their conditional acceptance after a time, to determine just how "resolute" the pursuit of arms control and disarmament has been. Not very, they're finding. A group of six bishops has written the bishops' conference, asking for that promised reassessment. In their letter they state that: • Since the 1983 pastoral was issued, far from any control on nuclear weapons, the total of U.S. nuclear warheads has increased from 9,775 to 11,465; the total of Soviet warheads from 7,426 to 8,794. • U.S. plans, approved by Congress and unaltered by any disarmament plan, are for the manufacture of 21,000 new warheads between 1983 and 1993 as either additions to or replacements in our arsenal. • The MX missile, considered a first strike weapon of the type condemned by the bish- ops, continues to be approved by Congress and constructed, and eight flight tests have been conducted. • Research and development for the Trident II, another first strike weapon, is accelerating with funding increased from $381 million to $2.2 billion. • A total of 54 Pershing II missiles have been deployed in West Germany and plans continue for deployment in Holland and other West European countries. • Since the bishops' letter $3 billion has been spent on Star Wars, and current appropriations requests call for spending $25 billion through 1989. Somehow lost in all the fireside drama and media hype of the Gorbachev-Reagan summit is the fact that arms control has been put on the shelf. The leaders parted with Reagan determined to go ahead with Star Wars and other plans outlined above, and Gorbachev promising to go ahead with his responses to them. Totally ignored was Gorbachev's announcement last summer of a halt in nuclear testing until Jan. 1, and to continue the ban after that if the United States would join him. So far the United States has refused to call his hand, and testing apparently will soon resume. The summit appears to have been a triumph for the armorers and the threat the bishops gave their temporary blessing each day becomes more permanent. You'll never find normal in Kansas weather Today's topic is weather. How we talk about it, learn about it, go nuts by it, try to get a handle on it. There is no normal with weather in Kansas. It always runs contrary. December, for example. Reports are that last month was a warm one, as Decembers go, That is until you consider the reports a year ago, which was that December 1984 was horribly cold and terrible but not as cold and terrible as December 1983, when we set all kinds of records. So December past was warm, unless compared with Decembers of 1980 and '81, which were warmer. See what I mean? Januaries are even more confusing. So why do we bother to compare anything when it comes to winter in Kansas? Television. That's why. And the jet stream. No weathercaster anywhere ever explains the "jet stream." It's just there, on the map. When nature does what it often does — which is run contrary to the norm, whatever that is — the deadly blizzard, the killer hurricane is explained away as a "shift in the jet stream." When the weathercaster must explain why there are 14 inches of snow on the ground and temperatures are 60 degrees lower than forecast the night before, he offers a weak smile and points to a large map with huge arrows on it. These arrows always start somewhere north of Washington state, bend southeast through Utah and over eastern Wyoming, and sweep smack over Kansas in a loop that stops somewhere between Virginia and Rhode Island. Jet stream, he chuckles. "And you know what that means, folks ..." he trails off. Anything, that's what it means. On a Tuesday, the jet stream means warm John Marshall HARRIS NEWS SERVICE air moving up from the Gulf to combine with dry air from the west for windy but balmy weather, perfect for picnics. Wednesday, after record snows and sheets of ice have swept in from the Arctic, the weatherman explains that the forecast was blown away by the jet stream. "And you know what that means, folks ... more of the same." There are a few clues to the weather, thanks to advances in meteorological science. But there are still so many imponderables that the best we can say about tomorrow's weather is, it will happen. The weather in Kansas is like nearly everything else. Unpredictable, contrary and cantankerous. We learn to live with it. The forecast for January from this desk is, ugh. Ditto for February. Let's expect it, with a few dabs of delight now and then, live with it all, and get quickly into March. The question is, what's normal — or usual? Nothing, when it comes to weather in these parts. We wouldn't have it any other way. We're most comfortable when the skies are unstable, the forecasts uncertain and trees bend in the wind. Normal is nervous, when it comes to Kansas weather. Ordinary is ornery. That in mind, we turn to the World Atlas, which offers "normal temperatures" for cities across the United States. None from Doonesbury Kansas. That's likely because even the folks at the World Atlas know there's no such thing as a "normal" temperature in Kansas. They do come close, by reporting that the normal temperature (based on a 40-year average) for July in Kansas City is 78 and in August, 77. At 2 in the morning, maybe. But that's not the temperature when normal people are normally walking the streets in temperatures that normally wilt a starched collar before 9 a.m. The Atlas says the normal February temperature in Kansas City is 32. (Where? At the weekly Coates Hotel fire?) Wind is weather in this state, unless you look to the World Atlas, which doesn't mention Kansas in reporting "Wind Speeds in the U.S." The reason for our omission is likely that "normal" or "average" or even "high" can hardly be applied in an area where a good gust can take the roof off a barn without bending the nails. Wind chill is a big deal these days, too. It's a gimmick for broadcasters to hype the weather when it's cold and there are no ice storms, blizzards or snow showers to enliven a day at the studio. It's explained as the true effect on bare skin if temperature and wind speed are combined. But who goes out naked m the cold? Wind chill is hype. A simple 10 above isn't cold enough as it is. And summer? What's to be said of wind combined with temperature then? Wind wilt? At bottom, we're rather crazy about crazy weather, and it fits. In Kansas, it wouldn't be any other way. If things didn't go haywire often enough, we would. It's the only way to stay normal. A66MSSKN: BY ETHOL06IST5 AS INSTINCTIVE, TD-MY0£HAVICR. OF BOTH MANANPBSAZT. 5TAVOPEN!

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