Intelligencer Journal from Lancaster, Pennsylvania on November 25, 1991 · 8
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A-8 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1991 OPINION INTELLIGENCER JOURNAL, LANCASTER, PA, $tc(cnYts1.$ottrniil FounrtNd 1794 Putitrtfxl every mornmg eurnpt Sunday at 8 WeM King Strenl. UmrMMr P 17603 LANCASTER NEWSPAPERS, INC. A Shumnon lnHrptn Willis W. Shenh Crvurman of tne Board Harold C. Miller Jr. Vne President, Marketing John M. Buckwelter Presnienl & Cnl Eeitive Ohwer William H. Cody fcin PlrtVWS IKhft.lQl7 Anrif J Stemeian HM Stmnnwl ISKt-iW JonnF Sienmim Dennis A. Getz Vice Presulenl A Controtter CnPuWmnir 19?1t'I JnmF Snrme Member of the Associated Press IN OUR VIEW The state of adoption Not all changes have been for the better Last weeks three-day series Filling theCradle detailed the changes that have taken place in the adoption field in recent years. In some ways, adoption procedures have improved. In others, they are worse. Many problems still exist. Experts say an estimated 2 million couples want to adopt but only 20,000 children are available annually. That has led, in some cases, to high bidding by couples and ethical questions about the practice. Also, foreign nations that previously permitted adoptions have, in recent years, tightened regulations or halted adoption proceedings altogether. And even when parents are fortunate enough to adopt a foreign child, the exchange often takes place in a crowded airport on short notice. Such conditions hardly evoke thoughts of a blessed family occurrence. But if adoption itself is harder today, the changing attitudes of society have made the difficult decisions of birth mothers less difficult. Birth mothers now have a say as to who gets to adopt their child a practice that was unheard of two decades ago. Furthermore, many birth mothers are permitted to see their children. One area that deserves attention is the private placement of children with adoptive parents. The law now requires a background check of the adoptive family prior to placement. Many in the field believe that screening prospective parents earlier would lead to fewer problems. We will not pass judgment on the fact that mothers keep four of every five children conceived in unwanted pregnancies. Each case is different. Society is more receptive to single parents today. But national statistics show that the overwhelming majority of single women especially teenagers who bear and keep their children wind up living their lives in poverty. The Intell series was designed to shed light on the state of adoption today. In that regard, it opened peoples eyes. We hope it also opens peoples minds. The problems that exist today require solutions. And that requires a dialogue among caring, informed people. Ending an old practice Of Amtraks announcement this week that it will comply with federal regulations to halt the dumping of human waste on its tracks we say: Its about time. For more than 100 years, Am-trak has been dumping human waste on its right-of-way. The dumping was permitted until 1971, when it was banned by the federal government. In 1976, Amtrak received received a special exemption from Congress to spray the waste in a fine mist. Two years ago, however, a jury inPalatka, Fla., found Amtrak guilty on four felony counts of commercial littering when fishermen were sprayed by a passing train. In response, Amtrak threatened to cut off service to Florida. Florida isnt the only place where people were upset with the practice. Complaints have also been filed in Oregon, California and Colorado. We have long been supporters of Amtrak, the national rail passenger line. We argued against President Reagans plan to cut subsidies. We argued against plans to sell off the Northeast Corridor right-of-way, which could eventually splinter Amtra k into sm aller entities, some of which would not survive. But no organization should be permitted to dump its wastes wherever it chooses. Amtraks announcement that it has devised waste-retention systems designed for long-distance passenger trains should bring this unhealthy practice to an end. Its about time. QUOTEUNQUOTE By successful defense and diplomatic negotiations, Croatia has managed to internationalize the war. Croatian President Franjo Tudjman. 'kHjinn 'dt'r. ; 'Viai i 1 1 "" 1 ?" Updated Map of Yugoslavia W AUSTRIA. 4 fji f W0M 'CWWOSBNf 7 , is v .r a WmMfh lwacu w -n futj rf V'f,v':,Vv MAN1AK1STAN MORONIC SUICIDINIA. CRAZ1A. ITALY "ti Bozqnia & p-v. GREECE READERS FORUM Singles not looking to adopt? Yes they are To the Editor I was disgusted by the article Singles Not Looking to Adopt (Intell, Nov. 19). As a prospective single mom I was dismayed to find this article filled with prejudicial lies and a blatant misuse of the media to propagate Mrs. Pat Wolf's biases. I contacted Mrs. Wolf when I decided to include a child or children in my life. She told me I was not a candidate for a child unless shehe was of teen-age years, severely physically challenged or held a diagnosis of mental retardation. Now she claims singles are not as concerned with the healthy white infant and that they are more interested in adopting older children, foreign, or those with handicaps. Thornburgh owed apology by paper To the Editor Shame on the Intelligencer Journal for the photographs you had on the front page of your Nov. 7 issue of Senator-elect Harris Wofford and former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. It is an example of how far the liberal press will go in demeaning another human being who does not believe in their ultra liberal phi-losophy.The voters have spoken and we must live with that choice. Just as we have to live with Gov. Casey who has given us the biggest tax hike in our states history. It will be up to Senator-elect Wofford to work for the things he has promised the people of Pennsylvania. I pray he will not join the liberalocrats in Congress who have worked so hard to cause the recession we how find ourselves in. The election was a call on the liberal Democrats, who have controlled Congress for most of our adult lives, to wake up to the needs of the people rather than an issue for the next election. I am not going to cancel my subscription to your paper. It does much to strengthen my own conservative beliefs and philosophy. Your editorial staff is the best friend the Republican Party of Lancaster County has. I do think you owe Richard Thornburgh, a man who has given 25 years of his life to this state and nation, an apology. Warren P. Rupp Maytown Editors note: The photos were carried on the national AP wire. The Intelligencer Journal endorsement of Harris Wofford noted that the state was fortunate to have two capable candidates vying for the seat left vacant by the late Sen. John Heinz. It is people like Mrs. Wolf who make decisions as to whether or not I am even privileged to fill out an application. She claims singles are not knocking down the doors to et children and that the singles o not follow through with adoption. The only information I received was one that spoke of a new program for married people which added insult to injury and did not encourage me to respond if I had other needs. I hope this letter will dispel the misconceptions provided by Mrs. Wolf and offer support to all who hope to adopt a child or are struggling through the journey of adoption to be more aware of the frustrations and confusion we are faced with. Singles, be assured that there are many agencies that you can work with that will welcome you with open arms and minds. I know many single people who are having their dreams of family come true and so can yours. Cynthia M. Goodman Lancaster Say no to more tax increases To the Editor. It wasnt enough that Gov. Casey squandered the $348 million surplus left to him by the former administration; it wasnt enough that he raised our taxes to an all-time high, driving business and economic growth right out of the state. Now our illustrious leader wants to find another $130 million to save for a rainy day. And where might Mr. Casey find this bankroll? By cutting waste and spending? No, by yet another tax hike. According to news reports (Intell, Nov. 18) Caseys office is already preparing us for the bad news by refusing to rule out another hike. I dont know about the rest of you taxpayers out there, but my familys budget cant handle another tax or giveaway program. On top of all this, Mr. Caseys cohort, Harris Wofford wants to legislate national health care. Who in the world is going to pay Haitian refugees: Not our problem To the Editor: Id like to comment on your Wasting resources To the Editor: Yesterday I received another telephone book as did thousands of other people in this area. I thought of the millions of these books across the country, filling trash cans, wasting trees. Wouldnt it be nice if everybody who got one of these books (and didnt want it) called the company and told them to come back and get it? Besides, people arent allowed to throw things on your porch, its littering. Give them a call youll feel better. I did. Matt Chambers Lancaster Clymer forms the U.S. Taxpayer Party in Pa. In the 1988 election, 4,536,251 people voted for president in Pennsylvania, including 2,300.087 for George Bush and 2,194,944 for Michael S. Dukakis. There were also 41,220 votes just under 1 percent of the total presidential vote for Consumer Party candidate Eugene J. McCarthy, Libertarian Ron Paul, New Alliance hopeful Leonora B. Fulani, Populist David E. Duke (yes, Louisianas David Duke) or Workers League candidate Edward Winn. In Lancaster County, there were 1,068 voters who opted for candidates other than Bush or Dukakis out of 137,029 votes cast for president here in 1988. All of which serves to illustrate how dominant the American two-party system is when it comes to accommodating competition. But James N. Clymer is undaunted and undeterred. Clymer, an attorney from Manor Township previously active in the most conser vative elements of the Republican Party as well as organizations such as the Religious Roundtable and United Pennsylvanians, has recently left the GOP to join the U.S. Taxpayers Party. Clymer recently incorporated the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Pennsylvania, and he is currently the only registered member of the party on record with the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office. Hes also state chairman. But while he may be all alone on the local registration rolls, Clymer does not feel lonely. Instead, he feels like a trailblazer for a new movement spearheaded nationally by Howard Philips, a former Nixon administration official who now heads the Conservative Caucus in Washington. Theres an effort to organize in all 50 states first and then unite into a national party and have a presidential candidate in 1992, Clymer said. Who the USTP nominee might be hasnt been determined. It would have been nice if it had been Pat Buchanan, but it looks like hes going to run on the Republican ticket, Clymer said. The failure to win Buchanan to the USTP banner hampers the partys ability to have a significant impact in 1992, Clymer said, but Were really looking long term, beyond 1996, figuring 8 to 10 years at least to get to the place where we could have a significant impact. The USTP does have some unifying principles and tenets that its followers espouse, including American nationalism and opposition to the new world order, Clymer said, declaring the United States should Stop catering to all the international organizations like the United Nations and look out for Americas interests. The Taxpayers Party shares many of its goals with the Libertarians, such as favoring the abolition of the income tax and leaving it up to the states rather than the federal government to outlaw or legalize recreational drugs, he said. But unlike the current leadership of the Libertarians, Clymer said the USTP is staunchly pro-life on the issue of abortion and is less tolerant on the issue of homosexual rights. The primary goal for now, Clymer said, will be to lay the groundwork to gather the 37,000 signatures that will be needed to get the Taxpayers Party on the 1992 ballot in the state. It will be tougher for minor parties to get on next years presidential ballot in Pennsylvania because this years U.S. Senate race between Harris Wofford and Dick Thornburgh boosted voter turnout above what it would normally be in an odd year election. Political organizations seeking a ballot slot must gather signatures on a petition for this brainstorm? During Mr. Woffords campaign, I could not believe my ears when I heard the television commercial where Wofford is standing in a doctors reception office and he says something to the effect of this is a doctors office, but congressman dont have to come here and pay all those medical bills. They get free health care, so why shouldnt you. It terrifies me that this man actually won the election! We dont need another giveaway program. The answer is to take all these freebies away from the congressman who already make too much money and cut the billions of dollars of waste in all levels of government. Additionally, we the people need to expect less from our government in terms of handouts. Barbara A. Karmilowicz Strasburg Nov. 21 editorial Compassion missing. I totally disagree with you and your view on the Haitian migrants. Let me inform you that it is not the responsibility of our federal government to house, feed or provide for people around the world. I believe the president should honor groups, individuals and organizations that provide humanitarian aid to needy but dont force it upon us through our government. Furthermore, I believe our government should not allow mass migrations of people who claim political asylum except in life-threatening situations. The only threat to the lives of the Haitians was the threat of drowning at sea which they accepted willfully. BradL.Witmer Lancaster equal to 2 percent of the vote for the highest vote-getter the previous year. In 1987, Democrat Doris Smith led the statewide balloting for Commonwealth Court with just under 1.3 million votes. Two percent of that comes out to around 26,000 signatures, which is the approximate number of signatures the Consumers, Populists, New Alliance and Libertarians needed to gather to geton the ballot in 1988. Wofford got 1.85 million votes statewide this year, meaning that independent political bodies seeking a spot on next years November ballot must gather around 37,000 signatures. In essence we have just one party. They may argue a little over how we get things done, but essentially theyre headed in the same direction. This last summer the Republicans (in Harrisburg) could have kept this latest tax increase from being passed, but you had leaders of both parties getting together and agreeing among themselves what they could vote for and who theyd let off the hook. It just sickens me. They broker away our rights. We need a party that really represents the people, Clymer said. The USTP of Pennsylvania has its registered headquarters at the law offices of its chairman at 23 N. Lime St. Im in the phone book and they can call me whenever they catch up with me. Im always happy to talk about it, the new party leader declared. ' A rebirth of racism This weeks cover of The Economist magazine shows the back of a mans head, the hair shaved to form the Nazi insignia for the SS storm troopers. Racisms back, says the magazine and indeed it is. Inside, The Economist lists the countries affected the United States, Poland, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, the old Soviet Union and Germany. But only one, really, disturbs the sleep. Its Germany. Wny? The answer is as obvious as World War II and the Holocaust. When mobs of young men are setting upon the foreign and the foreign-looking, when other Germans, understandably afraid, look the other way, then anyone with either a memory or an education must wonder if they are seeing anything other than a warning. Germany, whether it likes it or not, remains on parole. But Germanys political leadership apparently does not see things that way. Assaults on foreigners more than 900 in October alone has led to a kind of political minuet. Instead of a full-throated denunciation of the violence, Germanys politicians are maneuvering for political advantage. With some local elections scheduled for the spring. Chancellor Helmut Kohl is once again showing that Tip ONeill can leach him nothing. Not only is all politics locaiL but everything is local politics. That includes Germanys refugee problem (1,000 a day) and the growing hostility to foreigners. Kohl has done the minimum denounced the violence, but not so as to upset anyone. In contrast, Richard von Weiz-saecker, the (alas) largely ceremonial president of Germany, has not only condemned the violence, he has made three visits to the homes of victims a melange of Eastern European and Third World peoples claiming political asylum but really seeking work. (Germany accepts political refugees, but not immigrants.) Kohl, asked repeatedly to make a similar visit, has not. This is like AIDS in our own country: The one thing more unpopular than the disease is its typical victim. Until recently, there was no way an American could mention right-wing violence to a German and not get a two-word response: David Duke. In other words, we too had our right-wing nuts. But even before Duke went down in a landslide defeat, the muttering of his name by defensive Germans was inappropriate. The United States has a perfect record of taking demagogues and marginalizing them. Germany, on the other hand, installed one of them in power and then fought tenaciously to keep him there. This is not something called history. This is recent memory. But in an odd way, the muttering of David Duker in a German context is not wholly inappropriate. All the German polls show little support for right-wing hooliganism although anti-foreigner sentiment is high in the economically impoverished, formerly communist East and among young people there. But the best poll in Germany is Kohls political nose. When it twitches, its because the chancellor has picked up the scent of popular sentiment. He did that in 1990 when, in advance of unification, he became ambiguous about the permanence of Germanys border with Poland the Oder-Neisse line imposed at the end of World War II. At least until the election, Kohl cared more about German voters than Polish sensitivities. Now, something similar may be happening. But just as George Bushs pandering to white racism contributed to the Duke phenomenon (his past associations, not his rhetoric, marginalize Duke), so may Kohls intent to use the refugee problem for his own political purposes contribute to an acceptance of violence. No one, least of all a German, should think that racism can be calibrated or that zealots can be manipulated. Not only does this genie not go easily back into the bottle but many Germans are stunned that its come out at all and with such virulence. People have been stabbed, thrown from trains, beaten ana their homes set on fire sometimes to the roaring approval of bystanders. Ultimately, Germany will deal with its refugee problem maybe by following von Weizsaeckers advice and instituting American-style immigration quotas. But the plight of young people, tracked into vocational education and thus into a socio-economic dead end, will remain and so, too, will their resentments. These people, as dim as they might be, have already learned a lesson in the political efficacy of violence: A kick is as good as a vote any day. Those Germans who think that their crisis at the moment is political refugees are sadly mistaken. Its political weakness instead. - - e

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