The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on October 13, 1991 · 35
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35 Late Reviews 50 . ' J"" " New England 45 Deaths 48 More MetroRegion news, 1 Pages 35-41 32523331 THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE OCTOBER 13. 1991 Al n Remote outpost of hypocrisy IN THE DINER EARLY yesterday, everyone at the counter was talking about the night before when Clarence Thomas had been on nearly every TV set in the nation telling America that, no, he never mentioned people having sex with animals to Anita Hill who, all day Friday, had, with each slow sentence, dug an open and quite exposed grave for the judge's Supreme Court hopes. There is no way anyone goes from denying that they said there was pubic hair in the Coke or rented a copy of "Long Dong Silver" all the way to the biggest job in law after stuff like this so George Bush had best begin warming up another right-hander in the bullpen because his starter has been hit hard. "He's gone," one guy said. "Who do you believe?" Terry the waitress was asked. "Yesterday afternoon, I believed her. I thought she was really believable," she was saying. "Then last night, I watched him, the judge, and I believed him too. So, who knows? WhoU ever know? "All I know is these senators are clowns. You see these guys? They're unbelievable. Every woman in America gets her ass pinched at least once in her life and these guys act like they just found out this stuff exists," the waitress said. "I mean, Ted Kennedy on TV talking about how awful it is to chase women around the desk. The way they all talk: 'My friend from Arizona ... My friend from Pennsylvania ... The gentleman from Alabama.' Would you please give me a break. "The stupid way they ask questions. You could make a cheese melt and a tuna club in the time it takes 'em to ask one question. These guys are not living in the real world." For two days now, with each sentence and every question coming from the Old Senate Office Building, you could pick up the sound of a few ' more nuts and bolts springing loose from the un-- dercarriage of this democracy. Two people have been ruined. And the United States Senate has been exposed for exactly what it is: A remote outpost of hypocrites and frauds who do not deserve a citizen's respect because they have no respect ' for the intelligence or needs of the people they were elected to serve. Anyone -1 repeat anyone - who is normal, has fair eyesight, adequate hearing and average powers of observation surely knows that there are millions of women who have been pushed up against the filing cabinets by bosses who think it perfectly normal - a way of life - to put sex first. That a group of US senators did not have the wit or common sense to say, 'Let's get Clarence in here behind closed doors and settle this thing,' as soon as they heard of Ms. Hill's charge is a clear indication that the nation is both ungoverned and largely leaderless. Decades ago, when I had a top job in Washington - running an elevator in a congressional office building - there were many, many young ladies who would arrive in town for employment, all bright-eyed, eager and naive. Within weeks, a majority would have their idealism pawed out of them with handprints on their sweaters and the word 'Otis' tattooed across their shoulderblades from these old men who loved leaning against them as they went from the first to the fourth floor. ' There was one congressman from Illinois who, as a normal part of every interview, would ask each female applicant whether or not she would be willing to jump in the rack with him as part of her paycheck. His behavior was common knowledge. He would boast about it: "Nine times out of 10, they say no," he'd tell you. "I get a lot of rejection notices. Some of 'em slap me in the face. Some of 'em get real angry. But my friend, there's always that 10th one who'll stick around. They the ones that keep me smiling and keep me young." ' Face it: We are never -not ever -going to find out who is actually telling the truth here, Clarence Thomas or Anita Hill. One thing we do know though: A big piece of Washington has had its cover removed. The rock is in plain view. ' Mind-boggling hypocrisy and unembarrassed fraud are the town's biggest industries. And ignorance ranks a close third. We see clearly that those on the Judiciary Committee are not even competent enough to conduct a simple job interview, that they regard everything as part of a political campaign, that they do not speak English, that they are so phony, so isolated, so pompous, such posers, so anchored to a life of false power, so beholden to money and those with the ability to raise election funds that nothing gets done. Not health insurance. Not unemployment compensation. Not a plan to increase competition, improve education or heighten excellence in a country bloated with mediocrity. Not anything at all. I feel badly for Clarence Thomas. I feel worse for Anita Hill. But I reserve my deepest sympa-f thies for the nation. The judge was absolutely right when he said -that nobody should have to en dure this. Especially us. v- ' :' ..: " v o 1 v ' ff v. - h v&4 If. . . Yr Xrrrr-y, i s - ' '- , -t w 9 JT " 1 iff (,.. . . ' . . f.f MHNMlM 1 . 1 1 1 - , -;; f A 'h vh ill - ' I - HI -l . V-AiL- S-T' GLOBE STAFF PHOTO BARRY CHIN Tyrek Martin and Damlan Knighton, both 8, get help from Officer Bill Willis at the Madison Park-English football game. No arrest yet in halftime shooting By Kimberly B.Baker CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Boston police said yesterday they were still searching for the young man who allegedly shot and wounded a Roxbury teenager during a football game at Madison Park High School on Friday afternoon. Capt Bobby Johnson of police district Area B said detectives will interview further several people who said they were at the football game and have come forward with information. "Right now we don't have a suspect in custody or a motive, but we intend to interview these witnesses in depth," John- Police hope witnesses lead them to suspect son said. "After that I'm sure well have a strong lead." Jamal Douglas, 17 - an 11th grader at Boston English High School - was shot during halftime of Friday's game between Boston Technical and Jeremiah Burke high schools in Roxbury. Witnesses said while Douglas was being assaulted by four young people on the football field about 4 p.m., one of his attackers pulled a small-caliber pistol from his belt and fired. Police estimate there were more than 100 people on the field at the time, including cheerleaders and fans. A spokeswoman at Boston City Hospital said yesterday that Douglas was treated for a superficial wound to his left shoulder and released Friday night. Douglas' relatives were unavailable for comment yesterday. Police said Rolando Perry, a 17-year-old from the South End, was charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the incident; he is allegedly one of the four young people who attacked Douglas. Perry was released on bail Friday night. Deputy Superintendent Pervis Ryans Jr., commander of Area B, has said he does not believe Perry fired the shot. SHOOTING, Page 38 What's closed, open on Columbus Day Holiday observed Monday, Oct. 14 Massachusetts Retail stores: Open at noon. Uquor stores: Open. Supermarkets: Open at noon. Convenience stores: Open. Taverns, bars: Open. Banks: Closed. Stock market: Open. State offices: Closed. Municipal offices: Closed. Schools: Closed. Libraries: Closed. Mail: Offices closed; special delivery and pickups only. MBTA: Trains, buses, subways on Sunday schedule. Boston traffic rules: Meters not in effect; emergency restrictions apply. Rubbish collections Boston: Regular pickup for downtown Bos- ton, including Beacon Hill and North End; one day late at all other locations. 'For over 40 years . . . boards of directors have always held "Destiny of the Mother Church" to be incorrect LEE JOHNSON, retired Christian Science archivist Christian Science church defends publishing book linked to bequest By James L. Franklin GLOBE STAFF Some respected figures within the Christian Science church charge their leaders did it for the money, but the spokesman for the church's board of directors says officials are releasing a long-suppressed book to widen understanding of Mary Baker Eddy as the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy. Last week, officials of the Christian Science Publishing Society sent letters justifying publication of the book by Bliss Knapp, "The Destiny of the Mother Church," to the homes of every member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, the denomination's Mother Church in Boston. Under the provisions of three wills, the church will receive a bequest estimated to be worth between $75 million and $92 million if, by May 1993, it publishes and distributes "The Destiny of the Mother Church," which describes Eddy - the church's founder - as equal to Jesus and "invested with deific pow- er." If the church does not publish the book by the deadline, Stanford University and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art would receive the money. The 50-page letter - to what one source estimated as 60,000 to 90,000 households -marked an extraordinary effort to answer criticism that the church published unorthodox views to gain the inheritance at a time . when the church has been financially stressed by the establishment of a radio and television network. w CHURCH, Page 39 Judges propose i overhaul Administrative power would shift to courts By Aaron Zitner GLOBE STAFF FRAMINGHAM - With the Legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee preparing to sort through competing court reform plans this week, the state's trial judges yesterday proposed giving broad administrative powers to the presiding judges of individual courts and diminishing the role of court clerks, the governor and the Legislature. j The plan from the Massachusetts Judges' Conference, which represents more than 200 trial court judges, is the lat- est of a half-dozen proposals to overhaul administration of the courts, which a variety of groups and studies have said are hampered by unclear lines of authority and an inability to move money and personnel to where they are most needed. Clerk-magistrates have tried to enhance their administrative powers, while the Massachusetts Bar Association wants . to create an appointed panel to handle! some aspects of court administration. , . - But the trial judges' plan, which was -1 adopted at a meeting here yesterday, has;; the support of the Supreme Judicial Court ; and is "not that removed" from a proposal supported by House Speaker Charles Fjl ; Flaherty, according to Judge Joseph T;; ; Travaline, president of the Judges' Cojv'j ference. 1 "This plan represents the position of i the Supreme Judicial Court, joined by the; Judges Conference, Travaline said. -1 think we have a consensus point of view' from the judges We have responded to : well-founded criticism that in the past thej judges have not spoken with one voice.'l COURTS, Page 36 : City lawyer: Policing of I police force; is 'a mess' I By Toni Locy GLOBE STAFF The citv of Boston's top lawyer, Joseph J. Mulligan, has started a review of the Po-j lice Department's Internal Affairs Division I land its legal adviser's office and says he ; has found "a mess. Mulligan, in a telephone interview yesterday, said he has already made at least a half-dozen recommendations to Mayor Flynn and Police Commissioner Francfe Roache. He said those recommendations' include personnel changes but he declined to elaborate. "There are personnel recommendations that could be considered major,'' Mulligan said. Pressed on whether the ree-, ommendations deal with James F. Hart, ' the legal adviser, he said, "I did not make recommendations regarding Mr. Hart." , The Police Department's handling of allegations of police misconduct has come under fire in recent months in the aftermath of several fatal police shootings of civilians. Officer James E. Hall, who was ' repeatedly investigated and cleared by Inl ' ternal Affairs, was indicted on a murder charge last month in the shooting death pf Christopher Rogers, 16, of Dorchester. Mulligan said his preliminary reconK mendations for improvement include as-; signing lawyers to specific areas of experv tise, computerizing cases, hiring two morfe; clerks and putting a fresh coat of paint on ' the legal office walls. ' I But Mulligan said he has just begun! delving into the Police Department's internal disciplinary system and he plans to continue the review, looking at all aspects. POLICE, Page 36

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