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ANOTHER VIEW Spend defense money on food Now that the Red Menace is a dead , menace, the folks at the Pentagon can't use the Kremlin gremlins anymore to justify i their big budget. t Meanwhile, as winter approaches, the crumbling Soviet Union shambles toward economic chaos ... ", From this conjunction of events springs ! the idea of diverting $1 billion from next year's $291 billion U.S. defense budget to j aid the hapless Soviets. The money would provide food, medicine and help in con-; verting Red Army tank and missile facto-ries to make refrigerators and recliners ; instead. ! President Bush and congressional ; leaders favor this plan, and so now does ' Defense Secretary Dick Cheney (after fsome White House arm-twisting). But caution should govern this charitable impulse ... 14 The Pentagon's winter charity to the Soviets should be limited, specific and , v protected by careful safeguards to ensure its effectiveness. More helpful in the long - run would be U.S. assistance in the raam-Y moth task of converting the Soviet econ- omy into a workable, stable, free-" enterprise system. Dinty Moore certainly can feed Ivan once, but Adam Smith can make him prosperous forever. r The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch Alaskan wilderness is safe - for now "TBy spurning a mixed bag of an energy bill that contained both tricks and treats, the '..U.S. Senate at least staved off invasion by " oil rigs for a massive stretch of pristine Alaskan wilderness. That was a clear victory for Earth and common sense. ; But the gain came at a price. It leaves America still without even the ghost of an energy policy to wean us from our addic-. tion to foreign oil. And President Bush, , snug in the oily hands of Detroit and his fellow drillers, has no intention of trying to breakthat costly habit. ... Yet reality will out. Earth is warming. Americans aren't about to give up their cars, at least not yet. But they know they needn't give up cars to save on oil, and they'd be tickled to buy cars that got more miles per gallon. Only the gullible fall for Detroit's talk of the inevitable unsafeness of smaller, more efficient cars. Detroit talked that way 20 years ago. It kept talking year after year while small, efficient Japanese imports snatched away much of the U.S. market with no effect on highway fatality rates. Then, when it had to, Detroit started building more efficient cars. It can again, and will when it has to. That time is already overdue. The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. President correct to cancel Asian trip Although his timing was off. President Bush made the right decision in postponing his planned Pacific trip. ; Bush had scheduled a 10-day excursion '- to Asia and Australia for later this month and early December. He changed his plans " on election night, when his candidate was losing in a Pennsylvania Senate race, and for that reason it appeared he was giving in , to critics who accuse him of spending too ,;;much time on foreign visits. ... Politics aside, Bush has a valid reason I which he stated for staying home at this retime. With Congress expected to adjourn soon, there's no telling what kind of legis-" lation might, or might not, get passed. , The president needs to keep a close I watch on Capitol Hill, and that would be difficult to do from Tokyo. " The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City I The Daily Journal 1 The Daily Journal encourages an open J," forum with readers. Letters should be no more than 600 words and include a telephone number for confir- mation purposes only. ; The Daily Journal reserves the right to edit letters for length. Anonymous letters and Z photocopies will not be considered. Letters should be sent to Joseph P. Smith, " editorial page editor, The Daily Journal, 891 , E. Oak Road, Vineland, N.J. 08360. Fax: 691-2031. Cartoons, columns and guest editorials do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The DailyJournal. A board determines the editorial policy of The DailyJournal. The board consists of the publisher, the executive editor and the edi-, torial page editor. John S. Marsh Jr Publisher William Chanln Executive Editor Joseph P. Smith Editorial Page Editor Evening Journal 1 875 Evening Times 1 925 Consolidated 1942 Times Journal - 1 942 Millville Dally -1 864 Consolidate 1988 , ( A Gannett Newspaper YR fD n m n rn l U U UUVIUVi A5 I V - w:ij.miv;i.iii:i;mi ll lr li 1 Saturday, November 16, 1991 NOTONLV WILLAWCUr . PLAYWELLIN PE0PIA.IT COIJIPMEAN r3M THINGS FORM RDN0MY! f V J1 READER'S VIEW Magic can't make safe sex what it can never be Magic Johnson repeatedly spoke (on TV) about the dangers of unprotected sexual intercourse, and he urged people to use condoms. "Please put your thinking cap on and put your cap on down there," he said, gesturing below his belt. "Now people have to take it more seriously have safe sex," said a 12-year-old girl from the Bronx. An estimated 1 million to 1.5 million Americans are infected with the AIDS virus and about 126,000 have died of the disease (U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported). Magic did a great disservice to this young person and millions of other young people like her, as a great athlete trumpeting the misguided morality of the ultra-liberal, especially . since the failure rate of the condom is 14 percent. This is a bad bet on some very risky behavior by very impressionable 12-year-olds. A top athlete supporting abstinence as being 100-percent effective would have been more beneficial. Chris Scully, Marlton Group wants to Rescue Cuomo Well, Mario Cuomo can't say he hasn't been warned. Should he decide to pursue the presidency, the New York governor's biggest problem will not be George Bush, or Roger Ailes, or the Wall Street Journal, or the sad plight of New York's economy. No, his main hurdle will be Randall Terry, the introvert who is the spiritual leader of something called Operation Rescue, a cadre of anti-abortion zealots. A few days ago, Terry was dragged kicking and screaming before reporters and admitted, after considerable badgering, that he wants Cuomo to run for president so that he can dog his traces and tell the nation what a monster Cuomo is. Predictably, someone from the National Organization for Women (NOW) announced that thewomen's organization would join the fray and match Operation Rescue, demonstrator for demonstrator. If Cuomo decides to run and if I were one of his advisors, I'd tell him to welcome Terry's By Dave Rossie challenge. In fact, I'd suggest he hire Terry and his coterie of cuckoos, if necessary, to follow him around. And I'd urge just as emphatically that he tell the NOW to stay home. An Operation Rescue-NOW faceoff at every Cuomo campaign stop would , distract attention from the candidate. A solo Operation Rescue demonstration, on the other hand, would be a reminder to intelligent voters that Cuomo is opposed by a fringe group of single-issue true believers. Cuomo repeatedly has stated his personal disapproval of , abortion but has, at the same time, pointed out that like it or not abortion is still legal.A sidewalk disturber of the peace, such as Terry, is under no such constraint. Far from having to uphold the law, he appears to be free to break it with near impunity, judging by the number of arrest warrants he's been allowed to flout. Terry's latest attention-getting device is pretentious, of course, but there's nothing new there. What's depressing is that a woman's right to decide what to do with her body should be an issue in a presidential election campaign: But it was allowed to become one when Ronald Reagan pandered to the , right-wing fundamentalists in 1980. George Bush, who was pro-choice right ' up until the moment Reagan offered to take him on as vice president, became a convert on the spot, and has kept the issue alive. What is doubly appalling is that fetuses should be exploited so cynically by two presidents in succession who have demonstrated a corresponding lack of compassion for living beings. Bush bends with winds of change WASHINGTON - President Bush may have flaws, but foolish consistency is not one of them. Bush is caught in a whirlwind an ill wind blowing in from the economy, a foul-smelling southerly wafting in from Louisiana, and a chilling draft blowing down from Pennsylvania. Each has blown away Bush policy positions. President Bush is sure the recession is over. He was sure last August when he first blocked the Democratic-backed legislation to extend unemployment benefits. He was sure of it in October when he vetoed a second bill. Though he is still sure the recession is over, the president now supports "enthusiastically," he says a compromise $5. 1 billion package of extended benefits. Bush felt a similar attack of enthusiasm for civil rights legislation that he had long con demned as a "quota bill" after former KuKlux Klansman David Duke, running as a Republican for governor ofLouisiana, started sounding too much like an echo of Bush on the issue. Then poor Dick Thornburgh a flexible man of no fixed principle but with a wonderful resume stepped out of Bush's Cabinet into an elevator shaft known as Pennsylvania. As he plummeted toward defeat in a U.S. Senate race he once led by 47 points, Thornburgh kept bragging that he knew all about "the corridors of power" in Washington, while his Democratic opponent talked about jobs and national health insurance. Though the White House had repeatedly said the president would not propose a comprehensive national health care plan before the November 1992 elections, Bush now says he will. On the left, a bunch of Democrats say the way to get the economy moving again is to give the working class a tax cut. On the right, a bunch of supply-side economists agree. In the back room, Bush's chief economic advisers beg him to lean against the tax-cut wind. But out in public, Jack Kemp, Bush's secretary for Housing and Urban Development and a chief architect of Reaganomics, keeps popping up to say the economy badly needs tax-cut medicine now. Shunning the "R" word, Kemp called the economy "limping" and said it needed a dose of "oxygen" in the form of tax cuts this year. He favors combining Bush's cut in capital gains taxes with some Democrats' ideas on tax breaks on housing, savings, for the poor and for working families. With such conflicting advice, what's a presi-denttodo? Watch the weather vane. ran By James P. Gannon Rossie writes for the Press and Sun Bulletin in Bin-ghamton, N.Y. Gannon writes for The Detroit News. His column appears every Saturday. Waste water: Good to the last drop Officials participating in the first mission under a new United States-Israeli environmental technology exchange agreement have just returned from the Middle East impressed with what they saw. The focus was waste water reuse, and Americans and Israelis extracted some valuable information from each other. We learned how the Israelis recycle 80 percent of their waste water for agricultural purposes, employing a "drip irrigation" method far more efficient than conventional methods. They acquired knowledge about sludge management procedures and insights into large scale water reclamation plants. Next on the agenda is a groundwater management workshopwith Israeli experts expected to travel here in the spring to meet with counterparts in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This cooperative program has confirmed that the Israelis are in the forefront not only in the Middle East but throughout the world (at least in some research sectors) in developing effective environmental protection strategies. Indeed, they created their own EPA in 1973, shortly after our own OUR ENVIRONMENT By Edward Flattau. agency was formed, and possess a head start over us in elevating the department to Cabinet status, having done so in 1988. (They are still behind us, however, in the development of a comprehensive anti-pollution regulatory framework.) This environmental know-how presents a rare opportunity for Israel to build bridges with its Arab enemies. Happily, the Israelis recognize the potential to establish a cooperative relationship where none has been able to exist since the Jewish state came into being in 1948. In actuality, the stress of environmental deterioration has already brought feuding factions together to a degree that formal diplomacy has yet to achieve. The classic example is the United Nations' "Mediterranean Action Plan," or MAP, in which the 18 countries (including Israel and seven Arab neighbors) bordering the Mediterranean Sea have worked in unison to clean up one of the most contaminated marine environments on Earth. A scientific study that MAP conducted on the environmental future of the Mediterranean Basin included several workshops in which Israeli experts participated side by side with their Arab counterparts. At the most recent MAP meeting, held in Cairo in October, Israel was even elected to the organization's executive committee along with Egypt, Monaco and Tunisia. During 1990, the scientists of the 18 countries worked in harmony on 116 research projects; and the latest effort to investigate and decrease airborne pollution's effect on the region promises to transcend ancient political rivalries even more dramatically. What, you might ask, would be the quid pro quo that the Israelis would ask for sharing their environmental expertise with longtime Arab foes and other regional neighbors? Trade, cultural exchanges, perhaps a water distribution compact, but most important of all peace. Flattau writes a column for Gannett News Service. Millville: Where 'Eagle' landed When Vineland was founded in 1861 it was pretty much a wilderness except for one thing a railroad. This fact was not lost on the founder, Charles Kline Landis, as she shopped for a site to establish his dream town. The train that went through what was to become the Vineland tract, and the one on which Landis rode when he came down from Philadelphia to examine the area was the Millville-Glassboro railroad. This was practically a new service when Landis rode it, since the railroad line had begun in 1859. Earlier on, when the first railroad was built in Millville, the tracks extended as far as Glass-boro. Then the passengers were obliged to take a stage from Glassboro to Woodbury, where they were able to board another train and complete their journey to Camden where a boat ferried them across the river into Philadelphia. It was all so long and complicated, what is today a breeze. According to railroad historians, the first locomotive to pull a train out of Millville was brought to the Holly City and moved to the tracks at High and Broad Streets. The engine, which wasn't much larger than an automobile, arrived aboard the sloop Trace, captained by John Ireland. Francis Reeves, a local contractor, used ordinary house moving rollers to get the locomotive to the rail- TIME CAPSULES By Del Brandt road. The moving operation drew a large crowd of "sidewalk superintendents" who watched in awe of the steam engine that was named the "Eagle." Some just called it the "thing." The Cape May-Millville Railroad Company was incorporated March 9, 1863 and acquired all rights granted to the Millville-Glassboro Railroad in April 1862. By August 1863, the Cape May-Millville Railroad was fully franchised. It eventually became part of the Pennsylvania-Reading and Seashore Lines. In 1906, the Camden-Millville trains were electrified and for years there were 13 trains in and out of Millville daily. Today, the railroad passenger service in Cumberland County is but a memory. Brandt is Cumberland County historian. His column appears every Saturday. Write to him at The Daily Journal, 891 E. Oak Kd., Vineland, N.J. 08360

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