The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 9, 1997 · Page 12
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US? FRIDAY, MAY 9, 1997 THE SALINA JOURNAL George B. Pyle editorial page editor Opinions expressed on this page are those of the identified writers. To join the conversation, write a letter to the Journal at: P.O. Box 740 Sallna, KS 67402 Fax: (913)827-6363 E-mail: SJLetters® saljournal.com Quote of the day "There is never a full guarantee tliat the Congress is going to do what its leaders think is a good idea." Bill Frenzel former Republican member of Congress, now a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, on the latest budget balancing deal. By GEORGE B. PYLE / The Salina Journal Supply and demand THERIK The U.S.-Mexican black market THE ARGUMENT If we can't stop guns, how can they stop drugs? T he deadly illegal traffic that crosses the U.S.-Mexican border every day flows both ways. That's the way the free market works. Goods flow back and forth. Money flows back and forth. That is just as true in the black market as it is on Wall Street. In the teeming marketplace that is the frontier between the United States and Mexico, South American drugs go north, North American money goes south. And much of that money goes north again to pay for something no self- respecting drug lord can do without. Guns. Lots of them. Everyone was apparently too polite to bring it up in public at this week's meeting between President Clinton and Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo. But Mexican authorities, already tired of being blamed for Americans' utter inability to go without cocaine and marijuana, are hot over the steady flow of American guns into Mexico. The Associated Press reported last week that Mexican officials blame Americans for a huge flow of weapons into their country, shipments that originate all over the world and include automatic weapons and grenade launchers. Much of it comes from gun shops that have sprung up along the U.S. side of the border the way liquor stores rise outside the limits of dry towns. Mexico is regularly slammed in Congress for not doing enough to stop the flow of drugs into the U.S. Administration officials have a more realistic view. They know how impossible it is to expect any nation to stop its people from doing something that stands to make them so much money. Of course, if the drug dealers cannot bribe Mexican officials into looking the other way, they can always shoot them. With American guns. Mexico's ambassador to the U.S., Jesus Silva Herzog, points out that when the drugs come north, America is quick to blame the suppliers, as if the customers share none of the blame. But when guns flow south, American officials protest that the traffic is the result of demand from customers. We cannot have it both ways. If we want Mexico to stop selling us drugs, we need to do much more to stop Americans from selling them arms. Or we can admit that the free market won the Cold War, that it will win the Drug War, and that we should conduct ourselves accordingly. POINT OF VIEW LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL SJLetters @ saljournal .com P.O. Box 740, Salina. KS 67402 Only in America The son of immigrants meets the daughter of the president T his is a story about Soviet repression, Jerry Seinfeld and Chelsea Clinton. But mostly it's about Daniel Lipkin, 17, who is living the American dream and wants to help others live it, too. "It was my parents' dream to raise their children in America," says the Monterey (Calif.) High School senior and co-valedictorian, who's been , accepted at such hallowed halls as SHARON U.C. Berkeley, RANDALL Stanford, Duke scripts Howard and Yale. NtwsServke "My parents are * pretty happy, both for me and my older sister. She graduates from law school next week." Daniel tells a story he knows by heart. His parents, Vladimir and Irina Lipkin, were "refuseniks," he says, Soviet Jews who were denied permission to emigrate from the Soviet Union in the early 1970s. "My father said in Russia, if you were Jewish, you had to be 10 times better and work 10 times harder just to get a job. They finally went to Israel in 1972, and two years later, to America. I was born in Chicago." When Daniel was 7, the family moved to Monterey, where his parents were hired to teach Russian at the Defense Language Institute. "I grew up very in tune with my family and culture. 1 want to hold onto to Judaism and all its traditions." But it's hard, he says, to keep kosher ami not get caught up in all America has to offer, especially if you love pop culture -- movies, music, MTV and yes Jerry Seinfeld. "I..wrote two essays for Yale one on my religion, the other on Seinfeld. I think that's what got me in." It didn't hurt that he had a 4.23 GPA, scored 1410 on the SAT, edited the school paper, debated for the debate team, swam for the swim team, played water polo and can argue in Russian as well as in English. "I love debate. The best part is to see people become confident. It's so interesting to watch lives change." That's why he plans to major in business or law. "The coolest thing about America is that people have the freedom to start any kind of business they want. I want to help people do that," he says, "to help them live out the American dream." And if he changes his mind, another cool thing about America is people have the freedom to do that, too. Two weeks ago, on a visit to Yale, Daniel met a fellow recruit. Like him, Chelsea Clinton was weighing options. "It wasn't some big, deep conversation. We just talked about where we'd been accepted and stuff. She probably won't even remember. But to me, it was pretty cool, knowing we were on the same level — the son of immigrants and the daughter of the president." Now everybody keeps asking, so what's Chelsea like? "She's shorter than she looks on TV. And very thin." Last week, Daniel decided to commit to Stanford, a tough call that came down to two things: His family (he wants to be close enough to visit) and weather (he hates snow.) Next day, Chelsea announced she'd picked Stanford, too. "I'm glad for Stanford," Daniel says. "It'll be known everywhere now for getting the president's daughter." And maybe for Vladimir and Irina i/ipkin's, boy, too. Clowns could have done a better job at Shrine Circus I am president of the local clown unit and am writing in response to the letter written by Debra Humbarger published April 29 concerning the Shrine Circus performance. I am responsible for the "bus stop skit" referred to in Ms. Humbarger's letter. I admit, at first glance, I was critical of Ms. Humbarger's attitude, and started tacking labels on her as being a prude. However, as I thought deeper, I began to appreciate the fact that she has taken the effort to write, and 1 must agree, we are capable of a higher quality of entertainment. I am proud to be a part of the Shrine, for which the result of our efforts is extremely rewarding. The real heroes in all of this, however, are those of you who help us. By attending our circus, or the Shrine Bowl, or purchasing our onions Oust a few of our activities) you help us support our temple, which in turn helps us raise the funds necessary to allow these special children to receive the benefit of the latest medical technology available. The members of Isis Shrine have always considered themselves an important asset to the children and parents of this community. We certainly want to continue that relationship. Last year, 22 Shrine hospitals (19 orthopedic and three burn institutes) located throughout North America treated 156,512 children (many from our local community) at no charge to the patient, their parents, any insurance company nor any U.S. government agency. The Nobles of Isis Temple have brought a spring circus to Salina since the early 1960s. From year to year, many things change in the circus world. This year there were more activities for children to enjoy during intermission, therefore, intermission became lengthy at some of the larger performances. This issue will be addressed in the future. I know 1 represent our circus committee, which has just begun planning for a bigger and better circus in 1998, with my sincere commitment toward a wholesome form of entertainment for the children. Thank you, Debra, for calling attention to the fact that our responsibility as Shriners doesn't end once we've provided aid for a child with a special need, but continues by being a positive influence on all children. — RICHARD LUTHI McPherson Victim raped twice, once by criminal, again by the system I read with absolute horror the article in May 3 Journal about the 13-year-old-child who was raped twice — first by Jason Hauck and then by the judicial system. I have tried all day to make sense out of the leniency of the sentence given to Mr. Hauck. What message is this ruling by the court sending to the people of this community? That you can commit the most violent act short of murder upon another human being and be sentenced to 30 days in the county jail? Ninety days for providing enough alcohol to a 13-year- old that she could have died of alcohol poisoning is reprehensible. Why was he not charged with attempted murder? As for defense attorney Roger Struble's comment that a harsh sentence is not in the best interest of Kansas, I would like to suggest to Mr. Struble that if a resident of Kansas is female, has a mother, sister, niece, wife or a female significant other, the harshest sentence possible is in the best interest of Kansas. Why was consensual sex even allowed to be part of the proceedings? A 13-year-old is not old enough to consent. And if she were, the amount of alcohol in the victim's system would have prohibited her ability to consent. Once again, the victim of a violent sexual offense is made to feel she is to bear the responsibility, guilt and shame. That this is allowed to happen is unconscionable. Mr. Hauck's apology was an insult. This 13-year-old child deserves much more. If I could, I would wish her pain away. I wish her peace in her heart. And I truly hope that some day she will find a justice system that is fair and equitable and a court that considers rape to be a truly vile crime, punished to the full extent of the law. — JANET HARDY Salina People are responsible for their dogs' actions When I heard what happened to that little boy in Milford I was shocked, horrified and downright angry. I still can't stop thinking about it. From what I've heard about those dogs, I have come to a firm belief that they were taught to be mean. I acquired a Doberman some years ago and until she died a year ago that dog was the most docile, sweetest puppy dog there ever was. This Doberman wouldn't even bite her own fleas. Everyone who ever met her couldn't believe she was so calm. And when they got to know her they ended up loving her, too. There's no way anyone can tell me that BILL CLINTON DIDN'T DO ANVTH/NG WRONG*, /N FACT, TOE EVIDENCE. SHOWS ME N\AtfBfme AtoVTHOfJEST PRESIDENT, AND POSSIBLY 7H6 MOST MONtVT AMER THERE EVER \ i The. Republicans finally notice, that the n>ora scandals they cKar^e Clinton w/(K, tlie McfKer /ns/x>pulanly. uwi^C^U^ ^^€51 Jy*/^ ©17?-?. to*. t>j A^CWS ( iooRc.6 ee wewr, ONM , ,^ (M«T orwEft WAMD.,.A^ someone along the way didn't contribute to making those Rottweilers aggressive enough to find a way to get out of their yard and terrorize their neighborhood and maul an innocent little boy to death. And where were the owners while they were out scaring a neighbor onto his car and picking on someone's dog on their front porch? Seems to me that you would know your dog is loose. Especially if you have three big dogs. I wouldn't know because I wasn't there, but don't you think there would have been some barking going on? I'm sure other people in the neighborhood had dogs. And dogs do bark at each other. On behalf of myself and other people I have talked to about this, and I'm sure a lot of other people, I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the little boy's family for their loss and also to his little brother and the other kids on the bus and the bus driver who were forced to watch the whole thing. They will never forget it and neither will I. It should not have ever happened. — THERESA K. BEGLEY Enterprise Southeast of Saline teachers make a difference As graduation nears, I feel that I have dug a hole so deep into the ground that I will never be able to crawl out. No, this debt is not based upon money but rather on the thanks that I feel obligated to repay to my teachers. At Southeast of Saline, we have a staff of teachers from grades K-12 who definitely care about you and want to see you succeed in the outside world. It is hard to remember the grade school years clearly but, as a high school aide, I can honestly say that the teachers we have here have huge hearts that are used to show love and help begin our first steps in education. This caring attitude continues clear up the ladder of your high school and college years. They are always willing to stay after school or class to help you better understand something, work with your activities' schedule, or just give a compliment or smile to brighten your day. Their sincerity does not end, either, the day you graduate, for they write, call or even drop in for a visit at the college of your choice in the following years. Although I know this isn't much, I hope that some SES teaching staff are able to read this and know that we appreciate everything they do and that they make a difference. — JENNIFER PECK Assaria Younger college students don't measure up This letter is to the parents of all college students. Over the past three years, I have taken both day and evening classes at Concordia, commuted to Manhattan for one semester and am presently attending classes at both Concordia and at Kansas Wesleyan, which I intend to graduate from. It has been both a rewarding and frustrating experience. In addition to my classes, I work a full-time job and am raising three children, which is a responsibility I take quite seriously and devote a great deal of time to. The evening classes are made up primarily of adult students who actually bother to attend class regularly and consequently achieve high grades. The traditional younger students in the day classes are primarily totally irresponsible and unwilling to accept responsibility for their own actions. 1 have met a few wonderful kids who are both a joy to visit with and take their educa- III tion quite seriously. Too bad they are the exception, rather than the rule. Most homework assignments are not graded and so most students don't bother to do any of them. They also don't bother to attend class on a regular basis. When they do poorly on the tests, they blame the teacher. When the teacher points out that the test result was caused by their lack of attendance and unwillingness to do any assignments outside of class, they argue, make excuses and never acknowledge that their own behavior played a role in the poor grade. ; "I overslept" is the most common excuse for missing class, even when the class starts at 11 a.m. If the college would include on the grade cards the number of sessions and the number of absences for each class, the parents who are footing the bill for their kids to attend college would probably have a change in heart as to how much they are willing to pay for. Don't be fooled! If your kid comes home with Cs and Ds, the real reason is he failed to attend class regularly. You don't have to be incredibly smart to get As and Bs in college. Don't be fooled when your kids tell you how overworked they are. If your kids make excuses about their grades, ask for their class sched : ule next semester and call them during the time that they should be in their first or last class of the day. See if they answer the phone. — MELINDA WALMSLEY Minneapolis The 'real enemy' is the law against gun ownership I feel a need to reply to the April 2 article, by Dan England, "Guns don't protect us from the real enemy." In the article he mentioned "a phantom dressed in black who would swoop in and erase our lives," several well-publicized shootings in various parts of the country and about two separate shootings here in Salina. He also wrote that in 1992 handguns were used only 262 times by law-abiding citizens to kill criminals justifiably. In addition he quoted that 38,000 die every year because of a gun, arid almost 18,000 in that group are murdered (no source noted). Also he wrote the "only way to reduce number of gun deaths is to reduce the number of guns" and "we need someone to take guns out of our hands, because we have met the enemy, and it is us." Taking the guns would not solve the murders. Guns do not kill people, people kill people. We should disarm the criminal element and permit law-abiding citizens the right to own and carry guns when necessary. Yes, I belong to the NRA and have owned and used guns for 70 years and still do. One thing we should do is remember Article 2 in the Bill of Rights of our Constitution. It reads: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Militia at that time consisted of ordinary citizens, who used their own guns, to assemble and, as a group, do what was necessary — such groups won our freedom in 1776 and have helped win wars and protect that freedom throughout the years. Our "real enemy" is the restrictive laws being passed by anti-gun groups and politicians that have a tendency to void the intent of Article 2. Laws limiting some guns, amounts of ammunition, etc. are chopping and nibbling &t Article 2.1 hope and pray that it will not be so restricted that the younger and future genera-: tions will not have the same freedom we have today. — ED SARylS Salina By G.B. TRUDEALT TOTK/TOlO&lfWf $UWIW0&l/m ALTHOUGH ITHINK. HRTiGNAU- KtMUWCK SOMfN&U- (OHAT? ANPS&IFWGCANfWP

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