Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 30, 2000 · Page 5
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL SUNDAY, JAN. 30, 2000—A-5 you could vote for president right now who would it be? Danni Kracht Deputy district attorney Ukiah "Al Gore -1 just like him as ja candidate. He was my ^choice last time. He had a jgood record in the Senate land I like his environmental Jstance. In his private life, he's ia person you can respect." Barry Vogel Attorney Ukiah "I'd vote for Bill Bradley because he considers race relations to be one of the most serious problems in the country. He's wiljing to say what he believes in and why, and not pussyfoot the issues. (I was elected to be a Bradley delegate to the democratic convention this August.)" Jim Silver Retired Ukiah "I'd vote for John McCain, because he's a good, honest man. I agree with him on everything except what he said about abortion." Sharleen Armstrong Homemaker Ukiah "I'm not sure yet. Whoever, just as long as there is peace." Marie McGarrity Health educator Ukiah "Al Gore, because I wouldn't like to see Bush win - he doesn't represent anything I believe in. Stanley Kielwasser Janitor Ukiah "The V.P. - Al Gflre, because I think the Democrats are doing a good job. I keep track of the history." . Asked by Deborah Finestone at the post office in Ukiah. Photos by Herman Magdalefjo, Teaching useful 'Those of you who watch TV no doubt rush for , the mute button every time one of those "psychic readings" commercials come on. You know the ones ... the heavily made up woman sitting in What looks like a tent out of the Arabian nights (lots of reds and pinks) and has an on-air telephone conversation with someone who desperately needs advice. Psychic lady: He's older than you isn't he? l! ' Needs help: Wow, that's exactly right! 'Psychic lady: You're having trouble getting him to commit to a relationship. ' Needs help: Yes! Psychic lady: Sometimes he has a steak when you eat out and sometimes he has the chicken. • Needs help: I can't believe this! How do you know these things? •r. • K. C. Meadows is the editor at the Paily Joiirnal. skills By K.C. Meadows You get the picture. These commercials are not only obnoxious, but they just go to show how many desperate, unwitting and naive people there are out there waiting to be stripped of their hard-earned cash. And the "psychics" get paid pretty well. Well enough, as it turns out, for the state of It's a care-less world Who cares?! Nobody cares. I don't care. How many times have you said one of the above? Too many times to count, probably. We've "' thrown a lot of these "cares" out in the air - when .^we're upset, indifferent, apathetic, despondent -, ",,'usually not when things are going well. [;•,', Picture the scenes again ... exasperated and 'huffy, you're yelling to your little brother- "Who ; cares!" Or a common, more sedate scene ... rushing out to get a bite, you're answering your friend's query on where you want to eat - "I don't care. Really. Wherever." With our without thought, we spend much of our lifetime commenting on care. H - " It's no big deal, It's not like we're talking about - "LOVE. Love takes more thought; we don't usual" IV throw around "I love you" - or "I DON'T love you" without really searching our hearts (I'd / ( ';nbpe). But ... care? Care is sometimes the diplo- .j 'malic or polite word we employ to handle many J'pf life's situations. *? ''When you care enough to send the very best" ';, T who hasn't heard that one? Retail and online sfj greeting cards ooze passion and emotion through- Valerie Holm Warda is a Ukiah resident. VALERIE HOLM WARDA Sunday voices out our air space and into our mailboxes (outdoor or desktop). It's so easy to send a thought today, isn't it? Not much effort compared with folks reaching out a few decades ago. Have you chosen your valentines yet, by the way? Seems like I remember questioning the mad rush of group gush even as a young girl. Wouldn't it be nice if cute. little Jimmy gave only ME a valentine, instead of all the girls in the class?! Oh well, growing up I learned that sentimental caring is easier and less commitment than the "L" word. Falling in love, we surely don't want to hear our heart-throb say, ''You know 1 really care about you, but..." Yes, expressions of love should be used more sparingly. But. caring? Oh, Everyone can care, right? Well, we can SAY it a lot, but how often is it spoken sincerely? When was the last time you looked directly into someone's eyes and were ready to show them you really cared how they were feeling, or how long they had been waiting, The moaning pigeon case if' I»-i fir . At about 10 p.m. on Aug. 5, 1955, a police officer observed a man named James Harlan Roberts standing in front of the display window of a music company in Burlingarrie. The officer then saw Roberts get in an automobile and drive away. He noted the license number of Roberts' car. The next night the music company was burglarized, and merchandise, including five table model radios, was stolen. The police later learned that the car Roberts had driven was registered to a woman who lived in San Francisco, which is just up the peninsula from .Burlingame. They located her apartment, where they interviewed the manager. She told them that jhe woman, and a man whom they later learned was Roberts, also lived there, that he had not worked often, and was sickly. The officers went to the apartment and knocked on the door but received no response. They heard several moans or groans that sounded as if a person in the apartment were in distress, so the manager ''let them into the apartment. They searched, but 1 found no one. One of the officers noticed a radio in 'the kitchen that seemed to stand out as "new," so he picked it up and copied its serial number. According to their later testimony, the officers were not in the apartment more than two or three 'minutes. After leaving, they checked the serial 'number of the radio and found it indeed was one of ttie radios stolen from the music store. They Frank Zotter is a Ukiah attorney. FRANK ZOTTER JR. Judicial follies obtained a search warrant, returned, and seized the radio. The woman later testified that Roberts had given her the radio the day after the burglary. On the basis of this evidence, Roberts was charged with the burglary of the music store. He was convicted, and appealed on the ground that the officers' search of his apartment was improper. His case eventually reached the California Supreme Court, giving it a chance to revisit a decision it had recently made. Until 1955, it was perfectly acceptable for the police in California to conduct searches that, for anyone else, would themselves have been burglaries (or other violations of the law). That year, however, the California Supreme Court ruled that evidence seized by the police illegally could not be introduced in a criminal trial. Roberts' one chance to win the case was to convince this same court that the search of his apartment was unlawful. Roberts argued there v/asn't enough evidence for the trial judge to believe the officers acted reasonably in entering the apartment. The officers had testified that, after they knocked on the door, they heard moaning sounds. It is, of course, almost always permissible for police to go inside a locked New York to decide to put "psychic training" on its welfare to work list. . Yes, that's right, in New York, people are getting off welfare by learning to sit at home and talk people out of their money. Hey, it starts at $10 an hour, according to a story in the New York Times. New York's Human Resources Administration has a network called Business Links, which trains welfare recipients for new jobs that can get them off the dole and puts them in touch with businesses that need employees. Business Links found a local business recruiting these psychic telephone operators which was glad to train more. The state's job hunters said all that was needed to be a good fortune teller was a "caring and compassionate personality" and basic reading and writing skills - in English. (Of course, there's no limit to the possibilities for multi-lingual seers.) All this is amusing enough, but now here come or how much they'd been hurt? I daresay that too many members of immediate families would have to pause to give answer to that question. It's a sad world when we're born into homes of parents and siblings so selfish or clueless that they don't truly care about each other, let alone about the state of the world. Perhaps it's a bit much to believe that what the world needs now is love, sweet love. Sappy song, I guess. However, is it too much to want people to just care a bit more? Speaking of songs. I woke up this morning with a melody held captive in my head. You know how it just replays and replays, even as you try to go on about your day? It's a song performed at the local Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration recently by the Inland Valley Women's Chorus (of which I certainly enjoy being a member). This particular title was "No More Silence." When we see the hate, the injustice, the hurt, we will no longer be silent. Shout it out, in fact, the lyrics admonish. Check back through our human history to see when great things were accomplished, when great wrongs were righted - because someone spoke up or cried out. Whether the cry was heard or read, someone cared enough to put it out in the open. Just imagine if everyone cared more about their family, their neighbors, the down 'n out. those building if someone needs help. That is what we expect police officers and firefighters to do. Roberts argued, however, that because they had found no one in the apartment, their testimony was simply unbelievable. He focused especially on the testimony of one of the officers who was asked his opinion about what might have caused the sounds when no one was found inside the apartment. The officer thought for a moment and then said, "Well, it could be pigeons, pigeons moan. There are pigeons in that area." ' Roberts claimed that no competent police officer could honestly confuse the sound of a moaning pigeon with that of a person in distress. But the Supreme Court disagreed. "The witness ... was only giving his opinion as to a possible source of the sounds the officers heard," the court said. "We cannot say that it is impossible in any circumstances to confuse the moan of a pigeon with that of a human being. The trial court was not required to reject the testimony of the officers as being unworthy of belief." Of course, the court technically was correct. Trial judges hear testimony; courts of awpl just read transcripts. Ordinarily, only trial j|«es (or juries) decide who is telling the truth. *Still, this was the same court that, only a short time before, was so upset with what it saw as illegal police conduct that it decided to keep such evidence out of court. But within a short time, the justices also apparently decided that, if the police tried (or claimed that they had tried) to play by the rules, the court would be willing to give them a break. the "real" psychics, complaining to the state that its dumping wannabes onto the market who don't have real visionary skills. One such psychic complained that people who call her have serious problems that can't^be helped by some welfare mother only interested in the $10 bucks an hour. She says she even gets calls from suicidal people. : (Who still get charged the same rate to'be talked out of it?) But the state of New York says it thinks training telephone psychics is fine. It allows welfare mothers to stay home with their kids and make good money to boot. '. Just think of the possibilities. Welfare recipients could be trained to man the phones for religious broadcasters raking it in on the heavenly gravy train, they could give out stock tips to insecure investors, or even give advice on how to rnake money at home in your spare time. i--." • .'•i'.Tj.;"./;..,- ,: .. ^ ;,-..,- . i.-:,./. ' •, . f . who aren't able to do what needs to be done. Of course, it's asking a lot from folks who have never been taught the importance of caring or responding to needs. In fact, it's near impossible. So, is it too late? Have you shown your children that you care - about them, about the food they eat or the future that waits for them? Will they teach your grandchildren to listen, to stop and try to help? Or how long will our cycle of "I don't care" continue? , Local educator and minister Dr. Tom MacMillan, guest speaker at the recent King celebration, recalled a line from a speech where Dr. King had "decided to love." How can you decide to love, I continued to ask myself? Can you love - because you decide to? Is the desire to do something enough to make it happen? I'm not sure. But I do like the substitution of the word "care" into the King quote: I have decided to care. Caring is enough. We can see ourselves learning to care about someone, when we might have trouble bringing ourselves to love them. Our culture has put love up on the pedestal; it's'the unreachable for some of us. We grasp for the illusory love we all think we should have. But caring is accessible. We all care - or know we should. We can decide to care. It is possible. Who cares? Do you? The lesson, however, is fairly simple. If you're going to keep stolen items in your house, make sure that you shoo away all People v. Roberts (!956)47CaL2d374 Governor Gray Davis: State Capitol, Sacramento, 95814. (916) 445-2841; FAX (916)4454633. E-mail not available yet. Sen. Barbara Boxer: 112 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510; (202)224-3553; San Francisco, (415) 403-0100. E-mail to: sena- tor@boxer.senate.gov Sen. Dianne Feinstein: 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202)224-3841; San Francisco (415) 536-6868. E-mail to: sena- tor@feinstein.senate.gov Congressman Mike Thompson: 1st District, 415 Cannon Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3311; Fax (202)225-4335. Fort Bragg district representative, Kendall Smith,'430 N. Franklin St., P.O. Box 2208, Fort Bragg, 95437; 962-0933, Fax 962-0934. E-mail to: m.thomp- son@mail.house.gov Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin: State Assembly District 1, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, 94249-0001. (916) 4458360; S^anta Rosa, 576-2526; FAX, Santa Rosa, 576-2297. Strom-Martin's field representative in Ukiah is Kathy Kelley, located at 104 W. Church St, Ukiah, 95482,463-5770.

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