Baxter Bulletin from Mountain Home, Arkansas on July 10, 1989 · 5
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Monday, July 10, 1989
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Monday, July 10, 1989 THE BAXTER BULLETIN, Mountain Home, Ark. Page 5 mm iMirvn' Mm 2f. PLUCK! a iftfe off center 3 thoughts around the 4th of july Strategists say abortion ruling will influence state's '90 races LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Election campaigns in Arkansas will take on a sharper and more divisive tone next year due to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling giving states more latitude in regulating abortions, some political strategists say. Name-calling and negative tactics could be widespread, most say, although they disagree on what tactics might prevail. The abortion issue will wreak havoc on the political process, and in so dominating, will undermine both parties' efforts to deal with other issues, said Kip Blakely, the state Democratic Party's executive director. "It may get more people involved in the political process but may overshadow more important issues in the races," Blakely said. The state Republican Party chairman, Ken Coon, agreed that abortion will be a hot issue but his view on the extent to which the issue will set the tone for races differed from Blakely's. "I don't have a strong feeling about whether the races should be dominated by emotional or cerebral issues," Coon said. "It will be as important as the voters think it should be." Republicans will benefit if abortion takes center stage in campaigns because their anti-abortion stance is close to that of a majority of Arkansans, he said. The 1988 Republican Party platform said the rights of the fetus "cannot be infringed" under any circumstances. All state constitutional officers, all 100 members of the state House of Representatives and 17 of the 35 members of the state Senate are up for re-election next year. Even if state office seekers don't have strong feelings on abortion, they will be forced to take a position and defend it, and they will have to do more than just pledge to follow whatever the courts say on the issue, political consultant Jerry Russell of Little Rock predicted. "The candidate who waffles will be in bigger trouble than a candidate who takes a strong position," he said. "This will force candidates to take black and white positions and that's not necessarily the best course for officeholders to take." He predicted that Democrats will be "split right down the middle" on the abortion issue. The political fallout from taking an unpopular position could be lessened for candidates who present their position well, said Brenda Kinnamen, a Little Rock consultant who often advises lib-eral candidates and organizations. Extensive use of negative tactics will mark the campaigns of candidates with popular positions, she predicted. "This will be a very divisive time and a return to single-issue politics," Ms. Kinnamen said. "One of the things that is so divi sive about the issue is that it lends itself to very emotional campaign ads." Other political strategists believe its too soon to tell how the abortion issue will influence next year's races. Abortion will have importance, Democratic Party chairman Skip Rutherford said. But he added that the Supreme Court decision's impact on Arkansas law must be determined before the full impact on abortion is gauged. Leslie Goodman, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said the committee has not done enough research since the decision dame down to predict its impact in individual states. He said his organization assumes it will be "explosive and very important" in most areas. Holidays have a way of messing up the week, putting the days in the wrong order. It was that way Monday night for me. As we watched the summer dusk descend on that peaceful scene, Edith exclaimed "Isn't that beautiful!" To her question about the Potomac River, I said I thought they called it the Tidal Basin. Almost simultaneously the TV announcer set me straight. But what was the Charles River doing in our national capital? I must have got programmed to having all holidays made a part of the long weekends so dear to the hearts of government workers (and others, if they can get away m wun iu. This, of course, wasn't the .S M a irvn a I .Qitrinriftnu u'n'i'O 1 1 n n d in to on PBS for several Fourths of July, but the Boston Pops' Esplanade Orchestra giving its Independence Day Eve concert. John Williams' ensemble had picked up a habit from Washington, closing the program with a rip-snorting rendition of the 1812 Overture. His audience didn't seem too sure of Tchaikowsky's work until it hit the This is the cer-e-al that's shot from guns" theme, and then the crowd roared approval. As the overture moved to its crashing climax, the fireworks started in the sky too, lighting it up with "rockets' red glare" that didn't come from puffing rice, or from the real thing that inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem during our War of 1812. Before then, the orchestra played another crowd pleaser. Watching one of those impromptu Rock-ette lines kicking away to the rhythms of Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever", I wondered what the father of our country would make of this cavorting. As Barry Bostwick would point out later at the White House, George Washington was quite a dancer, himself. I doubt he'd approve of this form of salute to our national flag. Or the Supreme Court's recent decision about burning that particular symbol. But more on that later. There's something irresistible about a good march tune. If Sou-sa, in particular, inspires some listeners to try to see how high and for how long they can kick their feet in the air and still remain perpendicular, I say there are worse ways to celebrate our heritage. Most of the Boston crowd were more inhibited in their response, but small American flags were waved by many in time to the march. The cameras caught several hands wiping away furtive tears as the music swelled, and I was feeling choked up myself in this moment of spontaneous patriotic fervor. If the Supreme Court's ruling is unpopular with a great number of Americans, so are the ideas of those supporting it. For once I find myself going along with the ACLU, a group with whom I frequently disagree. If publishers of pornography can exploit women and children (and men too, as far as that goes) in the name of freedom of expression, why shouldn't that term extend to other forms of deplorable behavior as well? Flag-burning, it seems to me, is an act of dissent, and more admirable than the use of our flag for frivolous or derogatory purposes like patching one s jeans, or making it a part of profitable pop art. Dissent, after all, is what this nation was founded on. Those scenes in China, following the slaughter in Tiananmen Square, are full of fiag-wavings and super-patriotism, but at what a cost. We don't want to be like those people, who attempt to smother criticism of government by ruthless force, and can't tolerate any ideas unsympathetic to their own. "Say" Mcintosh's abortive attempts to make his protest probably have more foundation than that young white man in Texas who brought about so many pre-July 4 fireworks all over the Tr , ' m Louise Fleming country. Misguided as he may been, the Little Rock activist hoped to highlight America's failure to live up to its promises of justice and equality for all citizens. Those "alabaster cities", and much of rural America too, are still far from being "undimmed by human tears," as dreamed of in the song "America, the Beautiful." Uncritical acceptance isn't necessarily a sign of greater love of our institutions; quite often it's those who question who care the most about our national failings. Which is not to say I approve of flag-burning or any other form of desecration of this important symbol. Our personal flag the one used in a military ceremony at our Dad's funeral flew proudly at our home on Independence Day. Its most recent public appearance was at the old Shady Grove Schoolhouse in 1976, our Bicentennial year. Younger people among the crowd had never seen a flag with only 48 stars. There are those who'd question our display this year. Not having a flagpole at home, I hung Dad's flag on the clothesline, where the wind kept it flying proudly, if in an untraditional manner. Respect, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. And our country's flag, representing as it does our best aspirations, deserves the best from those who seek its protection, even those who are trying to tear down what that flag stands for. Boy recovering after being impaled on fence NEW YORK (AP) A teenager impaled on an iron spike atop a 6-foot fence was in guarded but stable condition Sunday after doctors and firefighters removed it from his neck and mouth. "He was petrified, but he was pretty brave" while firefighters sawed off part of the spike in a hospital emergency room, said firefighter Peter Cozeolino. "He knew he really didn't have a choice." "He was letting us know he was in pain," said Cozeolino. "He was moaning and screaming. But he really couldn't yell that loud because there was a one-inch spike coming out of his mouth." Julio Castillo, 15, was playing with friends Saturday when their ball went over the wrought-iron fence. He slipped when he climbed over the fence and the square spike, about an inch on a side, entered his neck and came out his mouth just missing his jugular vein, officials said. Looking backward By CHYRL RIPPLE From The Bulletin files 75 YEARS AGO (July 10, 1914) Ed Kasinger, a young farmer on the North Fork caught a 20-pound catfish with his hands on the Nettle Bottom shoal on the North Fork one day last week. I le was on the bank and saw the fish splashing, making its way into a deep pool above. He took off his clothes and went after it barehanded. The water was about eight inches deep and very swift, and before the fish had time to turn and go back down stream he was struggling with it. He finally managed to get it out on the bank. It was one of the largest fish taken this season on the North Fork. During this week, Frank Dawson will make a dozen photos of any baby under 18 months old for $1.50, regular $3 style in every point of finish. Babies unable to walk must be accompanied by grown people. A great interest in strawberry growingis manifested throughout this district, and all may now feel assured of getting the requisite acreage for carload shipments. In all probability there will be at least 200 acres planted in this section before next spring. About 50 people of this place spent the 4th of July in a safe and sane celebration with a big picnic at he Cranfill ford on North Fork. The post office here was moved on Monday last and is now in the bank building. The 50 YEARS AGO (July 14, 1939) building that once con tained the first store and post office in or near Mountain Home, was wrecked a few days ago on the Ralph Jones farm just south of town. At one time the place was called Rapid Barrens, and the post office went by that name. A store was operated there for many years by the Wolfs and Judge Russell. The place is known to the old settlers as the Paul place. The Arkansas Power & Light Co. has extended its lines half a mile west to the Dow Newman place, one and a half miles on Highway five to the Hickman Place and a half mile on highway 62 to provide better voltage. Editorial Notes It seems that "The world of tomorrow," won't have eliminated talk of the good old days. Two acres of the New York Fair is U to v. "I I 1 If i It Drafts -r 'if 1 i Main Street Many of trie Mm buildings can be Man today in this view of Mountain Noma's Main Street facing north. Probably taken In the 1940s or 1950s this photograph captures In Robertson In front of the Ford dealership garage owned by TJ. McCabe. Mr. Robertson was the father of Mrs. T.J. McCabe. The other gentleman could not be Identified. (Photo submitted) devoted to the showing of life in the Gay Ninties and early Nineteen Hundreds. The national debt may seem more real if we think that it would buy two low priced cars for each man, woman and child in the United States. 25 YEARS AGO (June 25, 1964) The Cotter School Board has purchased a 20-acre tract near the northeast city limits of Cotter as the site for a proposed elementary school which would serve the entire district. The land was obtained from Herbert Pitman and Mrs. H.W. White for $4,000. A proposal for a large-scale industrial development undertaking was outlined to about 50 businessmen at a meeting at the First National Bank & Trust Co. The Baxter County Industrial Development Corporation has initiated planning for a Baxter County Industrial park and Airport, to be located about five miles northwest of here, and options have been taken on 719 acres of land as a site for the project Dedication ceremonies for the new Masonic Memorial recently erected at Baxter Memorial Gardens were held under direction of Masons from Cotter, Mountain Home and Norfork Lodges. Arkansas Publicity and Parks Commission. The Mound Builders were a race of people that inhabited the river bottom country of Arkansas several thousand years go. The Nodena plantation is situated on the site of a large Mound Builder Village in Mississippi county. What dramatic intrigue sparked the violent encounter that brought death to this unknown Indian thousands of years ao? The llampson Museum in Wilson, Ark, where the remains of a 17th century village is catalogued, stirs the questions. A passer-by called for help and the police, Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service were there within five minutes. Rescuers tied Julio to the fence "to keep his weight from making the wound larger or possibly fracturing his necK," Cozeolino said. "Once they tied him, there was very little movement." Emergency workers used a torch to cut out a 150-pound, 4' -by 6 -foot section of fence after covering the boy with firefighters' coats to protect him from sparks then put both boy and fence part in the ambulance. At the City Hospital Center at Elmhurst, firefighters washed, put on gloves and went into the emergency room with doctors, said Cozeolino. Using an electric hacksaw, "We cut the actual spike that was through him, reducing it from a 150-pound piece to maybe four pounds," he said. A fire hose was placed across the boy's chest to protect him from the saw blade. "We were within half an inch" of his chest, said Cozeolino. "But you didn't have a choice. You were just thinking about being careful." Water was poured over the spike so it didn't get hot from the sawing and burn the youg man. It took five or six blades for the 20-minute job. Doctors then removed the piece that remained. Hospital administrator Fred Horen said Julio's major injuries were to his lower jaw and teeth. He will remain in the pediatric intensive care unit for at least a couple of days, said Horen. THE BEST POLICY ISN'T JUST INSURANCE ANYMORE Sure, we sell insurance. But that's not all you need. So that's not all we sell. In today's fast moving and sometimes confusing economy, it's more necessary than ever to know about many ways of making and managing money. Protecting your assets with insurance is still vitally important. And as always, we can help you do that. But we've made a major policy decision that means we can now also connect you with a new range of financial services. 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