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TIMES-ADVOCATE, Escondido, Monday, June or sane savior? space, whether it's nuclear or non-nuclear. Whatever the means!" There's a reason why the ancient bombmeister pounds the table excitedly. Aides may push the myth that Reagan created the Star Wars idea himself. But behind the scenes, Teller has been Reagan's nuclear Svengali. Teller's known him since '67 when Gov.

Reagan visited Teller's Livermore, weapons lab. With Reagan in the White House, Teller had an enthusiastic pupil for his space-defense theories. Teller and his hi-tech group had six Oval Office visits by early '83 to fire up Reagan on Star Wars. Never mind that Teller's pet gadget exploding nuclear bombs that could knock down Soviet missiles with X-ray lasers has been discredited. And it isn't only pop psychiatrists who guess that Teller's guilt over the H-bomb spurs him in his twilight years to kill his own monster.

"The man is carrying a load. He's taken a lot of abuse as 'father of the H-bomb," ex-Gen. Dan Graham has said. "Teller wants nuclear technology to turn and save civilization." Teller snarls his venom at critics who call Star Wars a $100 billion spacedoggle that will make IS It MENGELE OR A PUBLICITY- SEEKING IMPOSTER THE WEST GERMAN AUTHORITIES ARE THE PLASTIC SURGEON IS SKEPTICAL. THE COUPLE WHO HID HIM COMMENT.

A AWAITING A HANDWRITING COMPARISON. I DON'T DIDN'T HE FROM THE HAVE A GAP IN HIS REAL OH MENGELE YEAH THAT'S HIM. HAD EARLOBES. You can survive it all Congratulations class of '85, you it. of your friends didn't, they themselves.

Please, you're young to be so hard on yourTake time to think how hard now for their families and you, friends. Ask for help if you feeling life's not worth living. "fail" life. made it through high you can make it through luck. Liz Waibel Ramona Mad scientist The real 'Dr.

Strangelove' loves the Star Wars plan By Sandy Grady The Philadelphia Daily News WASHINGTON They made a classic movie, oh, 20 years ago, called "Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." The late Peter Sellers played a maniacal scientist with an odd accent and weird tics, mad about something called the Doomsday Machine. The role supposedly was modeled after Dr. Edward Teller, known as the Father of the H-Bomb. The movie came flooding back on a tide of deja vu Wednesday when the real Dr.

Strangelove popped out of the past. Teller's face is melancholy and time-ravaged at 77. The famous beetle brows are gray. But the voice, with its Hungarian accent and high insistent bellow, can still dominate a room. He slowly hammers every word out of steel: "You vill listen to the truth." And his eyes still glitter when he talks about bombs.

But, then, Dr. Edward Teller has been talking about nuclear bombs dreaming about them, er. ic Letters to poses no threat am angry and disappointed Supreme Court's decision on prayer or moments of siWhen did we lose our comsense? The vast majority of accept the existence of Supreme Being whom they worin the manner of their choice. one religion or "state" religion forced upon anyone. the Supreme Court's decisuggests the existence of some threat to the security of way of life.

There are no children and adults have publicly for years and still designing them seemingly forever. He's the granddaddy of Armageddon, the progenitor of the Big Bang. Teller helped unleash the Hiroshima atomic bomb 40 years ago. Then he built the hydrogen 'superbomb" that fills thousands of silos, bombers and subs of the superpowers. Teller is the Beethoven, the Mozart of the bomb.

Now this aging, bullish man with his doomfilled voice is back singing arias to the Strategic Defense Initiative, Ronald Reagan's space gizmo. "We are looking at a way to end mass destruction," Teller halfshouts, the words ricocheting off the walls. "Our technology can save the United States and the world." The world came noticeably second. When you remember that Edward Teller invented the 1 monstrous methods of destruction, his passion for "Star Wars" is ironic. It's like Willie Sutton coaching the FBI on stopping bank holdups.

A bunch of Republican con- the Editor do. We open Congressional sessions with prayer, invoke divine guidance on our military forces, etc. Still, the Supreme Court's 1 ruling not only denies school prayer but implies that even the intention to enact a moment of silence to be used for prayer is forbidden. This will have the effect of creating a reality for children in which prayer is taboo in America. Children will be socialized, therefore, into a society that is actually irreligious, and that is simply not true.

Jim McBride Poway What's up with Harmon? Will someone please tell me what in the heck Escondido City Jerry Harmon was up to during the civic issue? First. he comes out against the project. At a public hearing on the ballot question, Harmon is SO strongly opposed to the project that he requests the right to sign the ballot argument against the civic center. Months later, upon the even of the election, Harmon retreats into a neutral position. $3.7 million for Star Wars research will be cut, glowed at Teller's words.

They had rounded up the usual suspects Defense Secretary Cap Weinberger, Reagan science adviser George Keyworth, space czar Gen. James Abrahamson to do a public-relations rain dance for Star Wars. "But you're our heavy-hitter, our cleanup man," Robert Dornan, R- a congressman beloved by the Southern California aerospace in- Teller hobbled to the witness table, using a huge black cane like a truncheon. For the next 30 minutes the old bomb-maker sounded like a Reagan press flack. "When I heard President Reagan on television in March 1983, I was overjoyed," said Teller.

"I had been searching for decades for a way to defend against nuclear attack. Let me tell you gentleman a secret the X-ray laser exists! Now let's proceed with the president's defense in that Reagan's dustry. Neutral? Impossible. How can a 12-year incumbent who came within 100 votes of being mayor not be able to reach a conclusion on whether or not his city should proceed with the most ambitious project in its history? Harmon is an intelligent man. Certainly the simplicity and logic of redevelopment incremental financing couldn't escape him.

All we are doing is keeping the 86 cents out of every property tax dollar that Escondido loses to the state and instead of spending that 86 cents on wasted bureaucracy applying that full tax dollar to paying off the project. The beauty of the whole thing is that by keeping Escondido property tax dollars in Escondido to pay for an Escondido project, we actually wind up with more money than we need to finance the civic center. The surplus money will be used to build new schools, improve streets and be used as loans to mobilehome residents who want to purchase their lots to escape paying high rents. Simple. Logical.

Intelligent. So why did Harmon refuse to support it? Alex Sanchez Escondido Conceding that Jennifer Ewing objected to completing the "doomsday" essay on the valid grounds that it violated her personally held Christian precepts in no way diminishes the horror with which all the students should have regarded the assignment. Without changing the emphasis, substitute parents for students, because it is common knowledge that today's teen-agers are adrift on waves of fear, pessimism and disillusionment about their future on this planet. Thinking about, and writing about, a nuclear holocaust and how they would determine their choices for survival only reinforces this cynicism, and parents should have been aghast that such an assignment was given to their children. These are questions that are better debated by gray eminences in think tanks, not 14 to 17 year olds in an honor's English class.

If teacher Bonnie Wheeler's purpose was to exercise her students' brain cells and polish their writing skills, why not ask for papers on a subject more relevant to their lives for example, pros and cons of the open campus policy, or, perhaps should the 55 mph speed limit Space can help kids rise above the times WASHINGTON The 1980s a sorry time to be young a jaded time beset by harmful diversions, a time short on vigor and excellence. We are failing our children. Our school system, for example, is failng them. An estimated 90 percent of America's high-school graduates won't be able to cope with the combuters, robots and microwaves hat will be standard equipment in tomorrow's world. Most schools simply aren't teaching the basic scientific skills that will be needed everyday life.

Comparing mathematical achievements in 20 industrial and underdeveloped countries, U.S. students ranked as low as 18th in some no higher than 10th in others. An Illinois study found 90 percent of our high-school graduates scientifically and technologically illiterate. Meanwhile, Soviet high schools are developing a high-tech, generation that understands the fundamentals of science, physics, chemistry and math. Japanese and German students are even better schooled in high technology.

Yet competence in 1 math bras taken-a nose dive among U.S. high-school students, with a corresponding decline in scientific proficiency. 17, 1985 A7 the world more dangerous. "Young scientists, who don't have old scars, believe in it," he booms. "Robotics! Lasers! They're the future.

If it won't work, why are the Soviets so worried?" Republicans mob him as though he's a movie star. Teller sits later and talks quietly, a rueful man explaining away the megaton shadows. Did he really sell Reagan on the Star Wars idea? "Let the president say that, not me. We talked often, yes." Does he have misgivings about his role in the bombs dropped on Japan? "No, you can't keep a genie in a bottle," says Teller. "But I wish they had used a demonstration bomb.

I fought for that." Teller's memory of "fighting" for a 1945 demonstration bomb may be flawed. Never mind. What about the H-bomb that made his niche in history? "No regrets," says Teller. "A decent man, Andrei Sakharov, was working on it for the Russians. I was the father of nothing.

The technology was there. Same thing with defending against nuclear weapons. What happens if the Soviets get there first?" Teller's thick hands wave in the air. "No regrets," he says intensely. "No regrets about my life." DEFINITIVE AN EXPERT I The be increased? We grown-ups have been mudding the waters for millenniums and the real world is not always beautiful, but please, parents and teachers, don't let your children give in to dying before they've tried living.

Colette Van Bu Escondido Still treated like serfs It is fitting that draft resister Ben Sasway, a contemporary hero, has been sent to prison during a time of agonizing reflection on our involvement in the Vietnam War. All that we lost in Vietnam was sacrificed upon the altar of federal ego politics, and not for the defense of the citizens and property in this republic. Federal use of alleged threats of danger from abroad to control the citizenry at home is an ancient political ruse, as typified by feudalism. Under the medieval feudal system the serf is compelled to serve the lord, and the lord "protects" the serf. Historians would have us believe that this form of coercive government disappeared in the 15th century.

Not so. It is alive and well today. We are "subjects" who are com- RULING IS ANTICIPATED IN ARGENTINA. e- el or on MiS- of 5 8 JI MUST CONSULT MY DIARIES. made Some killed too self.

it is their start Don't You school; anything. Good Prayer I in the school lence. mon Americans a ship No is Yet sion botential American threats prayed Too trying for teens try. Meanwhile, Coleco will produce a line of Cabbage Patch dolls, dressed for overseas travel and carrying miniature passports, as part of the Young Astronauts' "toysthat-teach" program. Next year, Cabbage Patch dolls manufactured overseas will be admitted to this country.

They will be granted "alien registration cards" and later, will be sent their naturalization papers. Footnote: For more information, write to the Young Astronaut Council, 1015 15th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005. Mini-editorial: The dove and the ol olive branch symbolize peace. The olive tree is a hardy specimen that can like hope take severe punishment and survive for centuries, reliably producing fruit year after year. The dove is an equally apt symbol of hope, probably deriving from the biblical story of the flood, when a dove released by Noah brought back a green twig an olive branch as evidence that the waters were receding.

Yet some politicians and pundits such as those who refer to the MX as "Peacekeeper" insist on- thehawk as the real bird of peace, forgetting it is strictly a bird of prey. pelled to pay tribute to the "king" or face the hired gunmen and jails which keep him in power. It is our good fortune that, in increasing numbers, we are beginning to realize that America is not the federal government and its omnipresent will. America is we the sovereign people, who need and deserve justice, not mere law. If Sasway is, as some would allege, "lawless and unpatriotic," then let him be counted among the likes of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and Sherman.

They too were "majorities of one" who refused to submit to and serve a long-established coercive government which was more concerned with rules than with people. Darryl B. Newhouse Escondido Letters to the editor should be as brief as possible no more than 250 words and we reserve the right to edit them. All letters must be signed by hand and contain the address and phone number of the writer, though only the name and community will be printed. Our free society is also failing our children.

The freedom too many youths seek is freedom from responsibility. This is a false freedom that leaves them adrift. Increasingly, they are turning away from the challenge of the future and pursuing the excitement of the moment. All too often, they find this in destructive drugs. They get their stimulation not from the excitement of discovery and the joy of achievement, but from chemical "highs." Drug dealers, meanwhile, are moving down through the grades to elementary schools.

They have turned teen-agers into pushers, who carry weapons, drive fast cars and act macho. These punks now peddle drugs to young children. Children who use drugs start at the average age of 11; many become hooked before they leave primary school. It's no longer uncommon to find 8-year-olds puffing on pot. Where are they going? Of the funda-12-to-21-year-olds ar-olds now being treated by Straight, 96 percent have committed at least minor crimes.

To fight these evils and excite youngsters the future, dent Reagan introduced the Young Astronaut program last October. Seldom, if ever, have circumstances held forth to young people such an incentive to rise above themselves as the lure of space. For half a millennium, the spirit of adventure has awaited the dawn of a new age of Columbuses and Magellans. Now it is at hand for our children on a scale far more vast. The president hopes schools will form Young Astronaut chapters to stir students' imaginations and arouse their adventurous spirits, to shake them out of the educational doldrums and prepare them for the technological challenge.

He has called the program "dear to my heart." Though the program is still in its formative stage, tens of thousands of schools have already formed chapters or expressed the inten-. tion of doing so in September. A big recruitment drive is planned after school opens this fall. Nine states have already proclaimed Sept. 30 Young Astronaut Day.

On Sept. 14, CBS will begin a "Young Astronauts" animated television series. Safeway Stores will promote the program on millions of paper bags, cereal boxes and milk cartons. Marvel Comics will the Young Astronauts in 6 million comic books. And McDonald's has offered to promote the program across the coun- Doonesbury ON FRIDAY, I'LL BE IN PALM OH, LACEY, RICK WILL BEACH.



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