WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 1993 Perspectives THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL; To »ubmH m opinion forum trltel* for th* Journal, Mepftoiw Jim Smith, 468-3519 '. OpfcHorw MprMMd en the P««p«etlvH »»•«• are IhM* of In* author. Editorial* are «h» opinion of the paper'* *dHorHI board. EDITORIAL No excuse not to be immunized against disease Sometimes our society can be truly strange. As youngsters all of us were immunized against childhood diseases like measles, whooping cough and polio. Apparently, because the innoculations worked we feel our own children are immune and so neglect to get them the same type of protection that saved our lives. The result has been a nationwide crisis in childhood immunizations. Children are now beginning to contract the same diseases we thought were destroyed just a short generation ago. Contributing to the problem are the large number of immigrants to the U.S. who are fearful the innoculations will hurt their children, or through ignorance aren't aware the immunizations are available. Mendocino County Immunization Coordinator Linda Brawley of the Public Health Department is now estimating that 8 percent of our county's children are behind in getting their shots. Half of the county's 2-year-old children are overdue for their immunizations and this puts them at risk of contracting measles or whooping cough. On July 17, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, however, there will be no excuse not to get your children protected. Brawley said public health nurses will be at the Crossroads Shopping Center near Raley's hi Ukiah providing immunization clinics for those in need. Children participating will also be eligible to receive prizes. This is a great service and it's absolutely necessary if we expect our children to lead normal and healthy lives. If you haven't had your child immunized yet take the time to do it on July 17, Aug. 14 or Sept. 11. Tell your friends and neighbors as well. Protecting your kids now is necessary for their happiness and survival. WHERE TO WRITE President Bill Clinton: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1111; FAX (202) 456-2461. Governor Pete Wilson: State Capitol, Sacramento, 95814. (916) 445-2841; FAX (916) 445-4633. Senator Barbara Boxer: U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C., 20510. (202) 224-3553; San Francisco, (415) 403-0100. Senator Dianne Feinstein: U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C., 20510. (202) 224-3841; San Francisco (415) 249-4777. Congressman Dan Hamburg: 114 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515 (202) 225-3311; the District Office address is 910 A Waugh Lane, Ukiah, 95482, (707) 462-1716; or 1/800-303-2515. Mendocino County Supervisors: SeijiSugawara, 1st District; Frank McMichael, 2nd District; Jim Eddie, 3rd District; Liz Henry, 4th District; Norman de Vail, 5th District. All can be reached by writing to 301 S. State St., Ukiah, 95482. 463-4221; FAX 463-4245. Ukiah City Council: Mayor Fred Schneiter, Councilman Richard Shoemaker, James Wattenburger, Sheridan Malone and Jim Mastin. All can be reached in care of the Ukiah City Clerk, 300 Seminary Ave., Ukiah, 95482. City Clerk 463-6217; FAX 463-6204. DAILY JOURNAL READER SERVICES CARTOONING — The Ukiah Daily Journal makes its editorial cartoon space available for local cartoon commentary. Drawings should be poignant and witty but in good taste. They must be done in pen and ink and drawn proportionally so they can be reproduced in a space no wider than &A inches. All submissions must be signed with the author's name, address and telephone number, although only the name will be printed. Unsigned, or anonymous drawings will be rejected. Drawings and cartoons can be submitted in care of Daily Journal Editor Jim Smith, P.O. Box 749, or 590 S. School St, Ukiah. LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONREY MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder Ukiah Daily (USPS 646-920} Joe Edwards, Publisher Jim Smith - Editor Yvonne Bell - Office Manager Dennis Wilson - Advertising Director Vic Martinez - Production Manager Eddie Sequeira - Retail Manager Teri Jackson - Circulation Manager Member Audit Bureau 01 Circulations 1993 Member California Newspaper Publishers Association Published Daly except Saturday by Ukiah Dally Journal at 680 8. School St, Ukiah. Mendocino County, CaUf. • Phone: (707) 488-0123. Court Decree No. 8267. Publication t (USPS-646-920). Second-Clan Portage Paid «l Ukiah, CA. .SUGGESTED MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION RATES- DELIVERY TYPE PRICE Walk/Bike Route $ 6.50 Motor Route $ 7.00 Mail in Mendocino County $10.00 Mail Outside tho County $12.50 All prices include 7/4% California State sales tax. Motor Route and Mai Delivery mutt be paid In advance. CIO9ED CLOSED Vow Mwipaptr should b* d«lv*r*d sefor* 6 pm Mondty through Friday, and imiMd , .. imugh Frldw or DMMM 7 and 8 a.m. Sunday. Save »m». Dial **ct POSTMASTER: Send addreH chinos* to: Ukiah Daily Box 749. Ukiah California 86482. ^ JR. Hague u a resident of Ukiah. The Daily Journal allows readers to create their own editorial cartoons. The cartoons, however, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Dally Journal. Drawing* must be scaled to fit In a 6V4 -Inch wide by 5-Inch deep size and can be submitted In care of Dally Journal Editor Jim Smith, P.O. Box 749, or 590 S. School St, Ukiah. State leaders weigh base closure casualties By MARK EVANS The Associated Prsss California's already soft economy would bear roughly one-third of the job losses stemming from the closure of dozens of military bases across the country, according to the state's two U.S. senators. Democratic senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein sent letters Monday to President Clinton, urging him to reject the recommendations of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. During a five-day hearing that ended Sunday, the panel voted to shut down eight of the state's major bases — including air stations hi Alameda and El Toro, a shipyard in Vallejo, and a naval hospital in Oakland. "In March of this year, you expressed your hope that the defense base closure and realignment process would not place an undue burden on the people of California," wrote Boxer. "Unfortunately, it has done just that" ,...,.,....„.,-.,. _,-.„,„ , rr7 -_.^ The state estimates 41,000 job losses at the eight*bases — about a third of the nationwide total of lost jobs in the latest round of Pentagon cuts, the senators said. But Feinstein said the base-related job losses in California could actually total roughly 91,000, many in the San Francisco Bay area. Feinstein was particularly dismayed at cuts to the Alameda Naval Air Statioa She said the federal panel had relied on faulty economic data and promised to urge Clinton to block the closure of the base and its essential support services, including a hospital. Feinstein said the state was still reefing from 68,000 lost jobs from the base commission closures in 1988 and 1991. Additional cutbacks in defense spending have cost another 250,000 jobs, she said. The president has until July IS to approve or reject the commission's list in its entirety. If he rejects it, the commission has until Aug. 15 to submit another list Should Clinton reject that list, the process ends, and the proposals will not be enacted. Other California leaders also reacted with chagrin to the sweeping cuts. The state Assembly voted 62-0 Monday for a resolution urging President Clinton to reject closure of Mare Island Naval Shipyard hi Vallejo. In San Francisco for the day, Gov. Pete Wilson said closing Alameda was "a very serious error." But if the base is closed, the federal government should quickly allow the local community to convert it to civilian use. Besides Alameda's air station and the Mare Island Shipyard, other bases recommended for closure include Alameda's Aviation Depot and its Naval Public Works Center, Treasure Island Naval Station, ' the Oakland Naval Hospital, El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and the San Diego Naval Training Center. Not all was bad news during the five-day hearing. The panel effectively saved nearly 50,000 jobs by opting not to close seven bases, including McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento and the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. "All of the men and women who work here are just incredibly happy and ready to respond to the new challenge," said Keith Dumas, executive director of , McCleljlan's Air Logistic Center, ( ., : * In S*an Diego/ljical leadenf^yeVe sailing despite 'planned closure of trie Naval Training Center. That's because the region essentially wijl become the Navy's main West Coast port, benefiting from the Bay area's misfortune, area officials agreed. "San Diego is a rare and fortunate community, gaining all these jobs as many bases nationwide are shut down," said U.S. Rep. Randy Cunningham, R- San Diego. San Diego's only bad tidings were the loss of the Navy's prestigious "Top Gun" fighter school at Miramar Naval Air Station and the loss of 5,500 jobs at the training center. But the city will more than make up the 5,500 jobs lost at NTC, because of new jobs moving from Alameda and from El Toro. U.S. Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Newport Beach, said closure of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and the Tustin Marine Corps Air Station will cost the Orange County economy about $403 million a year. But he said after a painful transition he believes the sites will benefit the economy. "The future of our nation's economy and California's economy is so unpredictable, it's hard to say with certainty that we might not find some way to make lemonade out of these lemons handed to us," he said. Supreme Court moves slowly to right in 1992-93 By RICHARD CARELU The Associated Prsss The Supreme Court, moving slowly but steadily to the political right in its just-completed 1992-93 term, relaxed church-state separation and dealt civil rights proponents two key defeats. Missing were decisions directly involving abortion, affirmative action or school prayer. "From the public perception, it was kind of a dull term," John Roberts, a Washington lawyer who represented the Bush administration before the high court, said Tuesday. "You didn' t have a lot of the hot-button cases." The nine-month term's 107 signed decisions included key votes as well on criminal law, free speech, prisoners' rights and the government's power to seize criminal suspects' assets. Mary Chen, a George Washington University law professor, said a relatively quiet term and a generally cautious approach do not mean the court is taking a back seat "The court has not become irrelevant," Cheh said. "Its decisions are more retail than wholesale now, but its deference to the legislative and executive branches will go only so far." The high court ruled three times that government had treated religion too harshly. The justices said that religious groups must be allowed to use public schools during off hours if other community organizations are given such access, and that a Florida city wrongly discriminated against a religion when it outlawed animal sacrifices during worship services. The court also said the constitutionally required separation of church and state is not breached if public money is used to provide sign-language interpreters for deaf students in parochial schools. As it concluded the term Monday, the court called into question the reach of the Voting Rights Act, a civil rights law blacks and Hispanics credit for major representational gains in Congress and state legislatures. House resentment simmers over ; tax bill changes ; By WALTER R. MEARS Ths Associated Prsss There's more sound than substance to the speechmaking that prefaces a day's work in the House, brief talks that are tolerated, not acclaimed. ; But there was a scattering of applause the other day when a gadfly Democrat aimed angry words at the Senate for rewriting the tax increases swallowed by, the House. "Members of the House, we are second-class citi-, zens on tax issues," cried Rep. James Traficant of ; Ohio."... The truth is when tax bills come back from i the other body, we cannot even recognize them."' The Constitution puts the House in charge of origi-: nating revenue bills. , "What a laugh," said Traficant, since the Senate preempts them with its own tax measures. ; It's an old irritant, and cross-Capitol resentments i are old business. The strain is showing as the House; and Senate prepare to start bargaining next week on: the final tax and spending terms that will add up to the | budget. • And Republicans, who held their party line against • the'budget bills that just made it, are pointing up the i friction in a Congress run by Democrats. j Sen. Bob Packwood of Oregon: i "If I were House Democrats, I'd be madder than; hops about the Btu tax being dropped after I'd been. made to walk the plank on something I didn't like anyway." That was the original Clinton energy tax, scrapped! in the Senate in favor of a gasoline tax to get enough • votes to get the budget bill through with none to spare. '. Now the Democrats have to put together a com- • promise that will work on both sides of the Capitol. ', Vice President Al Gore, who broke the tie early Friday, said there will be an extremely narrow margin on the final version, too. But Democratic leaders said it will pass by early August, before Congress takes its summer vacation.. The institutional strains add to the political^ challenge. ' For example, while conservative Senate Democrats' \ have declared the Btu tax dead, the top tax man in the ': House adroitly suggested on national television that f President Clinton shouldn't yield easily on the mea-* sure he pushed through a reluctant House. <j Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, chairman of the Ways and | Means Committee, said on NBC Sunday that he's* been with Clinton seven or eight times in the past two, weeks, "and the president's never suggested to me* that the Btu tax is dead." \ It is, because it can't pass the Senate. But there is a \ compromise to be bargained out, and early surrender ? on the House position would risk the fragile margin > there. - ^ ^ r ^ ,. I Under the quaint etiquette of the rules, neitherS branch is supposed to talk about the other. Strictly^ speaking, they don't even have names. In the House, * the Senate is supposed to be referred to as ''the other < body." And vice versa. The resentments, along with the congressional** career traffic, generally run one way: House toward * Senate. Thirty-three current senators served first in •• the House. Nobody now in Congress went in the other J, direction. There's always been an undertone of House » envy at the political celebrity that goes with a Senate » seat, not to mention the security of the six-year terms. * In a survey conducted for the joint committee look- JJ ing at congressional reform, nearly 68 percent of * House Democrats said improving relations between vj. the House and Senate should be one of its top priori- ^ > ties. Only about half the Democratic senators felt that v£; way. J*i Institutional tensions have surfaced on budgets**; before. :-; Thirty years ago, there was a stall when the vener- £ able chairmen of House and Senate appropriations K committees each balked at crossing to the other side of *• the Capitol to confer on the final terms of spending -'. bills. J A room in the middle was designated as belonging ••• to neither branch, and therefore to both, to settle that J stalemate. •* There more often have been strains over tax bills, £• on which the Senate always gets second crack. \ It's not quite failsafe, though. After this budget ;> vote, Sen. Bob Dole, the Republican leader, recalled ^ another, in 1985, when Vice President George Bush ;) broke a tie in favor of a bill that included restraints on '^ Social Security increases. The Senate was Republican ^ then, but not for long. ** The Democratic House blocked the bill, with White "I House acquiescence. "And we lost six seats the next ^ year," said Dole. LETTER POLICY The Journal welcomes letters. However, we reserve the right not to print those letters we consider libelous, in bad taste, a personal attack on private individuals or businesses and not in keeping with public issues such as thank you letters. Letters should not exceed 300 words in length and should be typed and double- spaced. Those letters exceeding 300 words may be edited. Letter writers will be limited to one letter every 30 days. -Doonesbury •BY GARRY TRUDEAU — SOHOUIS VOUAR& NOW, ITS JUST FINZ.JQAHIZ. NlCtmOM, ' TACUIAK V/&V... 7HZY& NOT&BN OO&10 ACU&. ABourrr I've GOT 1ZWOM- MATZS.
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