THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL OPINION SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20,1987 EDITORIAL Bauer the powerful Who is Gary L. Bauer, anyway — and why should anyone care? He's a man with President Reagan's ear who is offering ill-considered advice on what the president should do during the rest of his term. Indeed, if the president continues to listen and heed, the White House is bound to stir up another hornet's nest on Capitol Hill and hurt the Republicans in a presidential election year. Gary L. Bauer is the former education undersecretary who became the president's chief domestic policy adviser Jan. 30. A White House aide in his sensitive position should have been chastened by the embarrassing revelations of the Iran-Contra hearings. But while the Norths, Poindexters and Caseys of the Reagan administration were giving the nation a lesson in the pitfalls of secret foreign policy, Bauer was unabashedly plotting some congressional end runs on the domestic front. Bauer believes the president, during his last 17 months in office, should ignore a balky Congress and unilaterally use his executive powers to push through a right-wing social agenda. The Bauer factor manifested itself recently when Reagan announced federal funding cuts for organizations supporting abortion. Now, the zealous young adviser is savoring the prospect of an executive order banning pornography from military post exchanges. What the president can't impose by fiat, Bauer believes, his judicial appointees will. B aucr's efforts will undoubtedly lift the spirits of forlorn fundamentalists who complain the White House has ignored them. But it's likely to backfire against Reagan — and against his own party. As the nation heads for the 1988 presidential elections, the Republicans can ill afford more feuding between religious right and moderate elements. And nothing is more likely to revive that sort of conflict than the appearance that the White House is thumbing its nose at Congress and arbitrarily reshaping domestic social programs in the waning hours of Reagan's presidency. Reagan has been served poorly by the arrogance of several of his advisers, and Bauer is no exception. The president must not let an obscure public servant run the coj-itry. LETTERS Boring It was probably just coincidence that People For The American Way and the National Endowment for the Humanities issued reports on education a few days apart. But together, the reports highlight a problem in the nation's schools and also give a strong clue as to how to solve it. The NEH report, titled "American Memory," faults schools for placing too much emphasis on skills and not enough on knowledge. Chairman Lynne Cheney says too many teachers proceed on the mistaken idea "that we can teach our children how to think without roubling them to learn anything worth thinking about." More specifically, she added, reading textbooks contain few selections from the classics, and American history books concentrate on trivial facts without adding the context that reveals the compelling drama of how our nation came to exist. In short, Cheney said, textbooks are dull, and teachers are poorly prepared. Neither of those factors is likely to provide a stimulus to learning. The annual survey by People For The American Way on attempts to censor books in the nation's schools and libraries listed many of the usual targets, including works by Judy Blume, Kurt Vonnegut and Mark Twain. But it also added other authors found objectionable by some schools, including Shel Silverstein and Anne Frank. What connects these reports? The NEH says students don't learn because their books are boring. People For The American Way says complaints about books narrow curriculum choices to the least common denominator. When students must learn from the lowest level of materials, no one should be surprised when their learning is on a low level as well. This Was News Complied by JODY KJOSA 25 years ago Thursday, September 20, 1962 Ukiah Daily Journal ALL-NUMBER CALLS CHANGEOVER PROGRESSING. The gradual changeover to all- number calling which began more than two years ago in California is progressing smoothly, Pacific Telephone Manager EJ. Bean said today. Nearly all of the exchanges in the state have begun to introduce all-number dialing, eliminating the familiar two-letter prefixes which have preceded most telephone numbers since the late 1940s. Already more than 1.4 million numbers, or about 20 percent of the state's total telephones, have had the letters replaced with numbers, Bean said. *** BLEEDING PUGILIST — Elvis Presley plays a prize-fighter for the first time in "Kid Galahad," now playing at the Ukiah Theater. The United Artists drama in color with music co-stars Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman and Charles Branson. *** TOP SIRLOIN STEAK DINNERS (not frozen), Baked Idaho potato, tossed green salad, choice of dressing. $1.19. Ehart's Cafe, Hwy. 20 between 5th and 6th avenues, Lucerne. The team will be open to all or any football or ex- football players that have llic desire lo grab a pigskin or a pair of moleskin covered legs. *** SANTA ROSA FEARS RABIES OUTBREAK. Fear of a serious rabies outbreak confronted health authorities here over the weekend as new cases of infected dogs were revealed. At the same time it was learned that at least three persons—one a small child — have been bitten by rabies-maddened dogs within the past few weeks. All are recovering, after being rushed to hospitals for administration of die Pasteur treatment. + ** POUNDED CUBE STEAK with hashed brown potatoes and vegetable, 30 cents. The White Cottage, 403 So. State St. 109 years ago 50 years ago Monday, September 20, 1937 The Redwood Journal LOCAL MEN GO TO LOS ANGELES TO SEE NEW BUICKS. Joe Weber, Buick dealer here, left today for Los Angeles, where he will attend a meeting of dealers throughout this area, launching the 1938 program'of the Buick division of General Motors. Accompanying' Mr. Weber is Harold Branson, member of his sales staff. The local men will hear the Buick manufacturing and sales program for the coming year and will view the complete line of new cars. "Buick has had an exceptionally successful year and is laying ambitious plans for 1938," Mr. Weber said. "Figures from the factory show that more than 220,000 cars were delivered during the 1937 model year, a gain of more than 30 percent over 1936, and I understand that increased schedules are in effect for 1938." *** TOWN TEAM IN MAKING. Leon Hooper, veteran coach and organizer of Ukiah town football teams, has started the organizing machine for another town team. Hooper has always developed a hard playing team with a charging line and high stepping backs. Fridpy, September 20, 1878 Ukian City Press The Christian church is progressing finely. The hammer's sound is heard all day, and the steady blows tell that the good work is going on. *** The editor of the Point Arena "News," in the issue of the thirteenth, published his valedictory, stating that owing to hard limes the publication of that paper would be suspended. *** NEW DRUG STORE AT WILLJTS. B.F. Coatcs, Prop'r. Fresh drugs always on hand. Prescriptions compounded at any hour of the night. A full supply of toilet and fancy articles will be kept. Choice wines and brandies for medicinal purposes. The patronage of the people of Little Lake Valley and surrounding country is respectfully solicited. *** Last Sunday Jim McKindly happened to be in the woods, having had a dream that a grizzly was going to kill the child of some widow, and he wanted to be on hand. While out he saw a large buck, which he killed, and which netted 175 pounds. The fat on his back was one and one-half inches thick. It was the finest buck we have seen in California. *** Last week J.H. Burke sold his hops, 74 bales, 14,000 pounds, for 17 cents per pound. *** Edison now proposes to get up a diminutive but powerful electric light, which he will enclose in a glass globe of such size as to be easily swallowed, by the aid of which he expects to be able to witness the process of digestion and to see with more or less distinctness the operations of the digestive organs. Editorial Sampler Misguided enthusiasm To The Editor: .. This is an open letter to the communities of Northern California. Recently in the town of Fortuna, a group of Earth Firsters staged t demonstration (a "mill-in") at the California Department of Forestry office requesting hundreds of copies of timber harvest plans recently filed with the Department. This "demonstration" was designed to disrupt the Dept. of Forestry, while the state's most disastrous forest fires were burning. TWsdemon- stration was an obstruction to the Deartment, and Sept. 6 Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World on sports rule-breaking: "Stink" isn't a nice word, but currently it seems to apply to some of the shenanigans in professional sports. The performance of numerous big league players in baseball and football certainly does not enhance any picture of integrity, high principles and good "sportsmanship" in the pay-for-play sports. Discovery of sandpaper and emery boards used by major league pitchers to "rough up" baseballs ... makes people wonder how many more illegal devices have gone undiscovered. Now comes the discovery of illegal bats, with concealed inserts which are expected to help lift numerous hits "over the fence." Professional football union leaders currently are using a largely phony "free agent" question to try to scuttle the 1987-1988 season. Will an actual cleanup ever arrive or will the suckers in the stands forever be willing to be mesmerized by the crack of the bat and that 40-yard pass into the end zone for a winning touchdown? Sept. 7 Honolulu Star-Bulletin on the Contra aid munitions train incident: The Navy would have been wiser to delay the train until other authorities could arrive at the scene to be certain the tracks were clear. The episode was avoidable. did not allow their Staff to be out fighting fires. I question the motives of some of these groups. They always seem to be around when the media is giving them full exposure for their misplaced antics. I feel these groups have a hidden agenda to be obstructionists rather than conservationists, and are not acting in the best interests of the environment, but rather their own selfish interests. If these and other preservation groups are so enamored with saving the old growth forests and wildlife habitat, they should have rallied around those of us in industry and sent their qualified people out on the line to fight the fires as we have done. Louisiana-Pacific shut down a number of our planing mills and logging operations to send employees to fight the fires in Humboldt and Mendocino counties. We also sent numerous pieces of equipment out to help fight the various blazes. Where was Earth First!, the North Coast Environmental Center and members of the various conservation groups when they were truly needed? It would be nice to see these groups put their energy into a worthwhile endeavor to save the citizens of California their timber resource, wildlife and wilderness areas by helping in the restoration of these areas. There is more opportunity right now to save trees and wildlife than many will see in their lifetime. Joe Wheeler Jr. Western Division Manager Louisiana-Pacific Corporation Thank you, volunteers To The Editor: Last Sunday I witnessed and participated in an event which rekindled my faith in volunteerism in America. It was Workfcst '87, partof the Take Pride in America program intended to heighten our awareness of our national resources that belong to all in America. I was pleased by the turnout of volunteers who worked on improving the public facilities at Lake Mendocino. I was caught up in the enthusiasm of the workers, young and old, as they labored on their projects. Local participants from Cloverdale to Potter Valley are commended for their spirit and efforts. I wish to recognize the special commitment of • group of volunteers known as Silence Please. This group of dedicated Americans journeyed from Oakland and San Francisco for one purpose — to participate in Workfest '87. This was the second even* this year where volunteers rolled up their shirt sleeves to provide much needed help to enhance or improve the quality of public resources in the Ukiah area. The first, last Spring, was part of the "Keep America Beautiful" campaign. Both resource enhancement events will be repeated annually. As Park Manager of Lake Mendocino, thank you volunteers! Thank you merchants who supplied refreshments for the workers! Looking forward to seeing all of you and more volunteers next year. David R. Chubon Ukiah Almanac Today is Sunday, Sepu 20, the 263rd day of 1987. There arc 102 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 20, 1519, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain on a voyage to find a western passage to the Indies. Magellan was killed en route, but one of his ships eventually circled the globe. On this date: In 1870, Italian troops took control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy. In 1873, panic swept the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the wake of railroad bond defaults and bank failures. In 1881, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding James A. Garfield, who was assassinated. In 1884, the Equal Rights Party was formed during a convention of suffragists in San Francisco. The convention nominated Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood of Washington for president In 1947, former New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia died. In 1962, James Meredith, a Mack, was blocked from enrolling in the University of Mississippi by Gov. Ross R. Barnelt. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy proposed; a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly. In 1973, in their "battle of the sexes," tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, at the Houston Astrodome^ Ukiah Daily California' Donald W. Reynolds, Chairman of the Board Thomas W. Reeves, General Manager John AiwsUsio Mania****** DMia*HaJ Bruce Scfalabaugh AdvtrtMnc Wwctor Victor aUrtti Eddie Sequeira Display Advertising aUnafer YVWM Ball CUirt Booker Officer Maaaiar Membar Audit Bureau of Circulations LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONREY MEDIA GROUP •DOONESBURY MR. TRUMP. A5 A ...POYOU'MlfiK WPHMGAIY CONPOSANP CASINOS. ^Vrfl WT&SOl- "'^fSp MOKSJ MEANS? AKB YOU KIPPING? IV& WORKING (V/7H PEOPLE- OFMOP&TMEAN5!
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