Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 2, 1993 · Page 4
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 4

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, May 2, 1993
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A-4 SUNDAY, MAY 2, 1993 EDITORIAL Uncompromising fishing cutbacks Congressman Dan Hamburg must have fallen off his high horse and hit his head if he thinks the latest commercial salmon season cutbacks are a "reasonable compromise." There is no compromise if one party is forced out of business at the benefit of another. And that's exactly what the Commerce Department has done in favoring Indian fishermen over commercial trailers. In 1992,21,483 pounds of Chinook salmon were landed on the Mendocino Coast valued at $54,462, according to the California Department of Marine Resources Lab in Fort Bragg. The 10-year average for the Mendocino Coast in the 1980s was 1,471,000 pounds worth $3.65 million. The fact is the government's latest salmon plan designed to conserve more fishing for spawning as well as the Yurok and Hoopa Indian tribes leaves commercial trailers out of the picture entirely. Hamburg has said that any change should be to "enhance the salmon resource." He's also said he'll work to restore at least part of the fishery for commercial trailers. He should make up his mind. If Hamburg wants fairness then Indian tribes should also be excluded from the salmon catch. Their methods, which focus on river seining, are capable of eliminating an entire salmon run. Commercially troll-caught salmon introduce a number of factors which can make for a good or bad catch. If government officials want to be serious about reducing the salmon catch then they should further limit the number of commercial salmon fishing boats. The state already imposes a limit on those eligible to catch chi- nook salmon. The numbers could be further reduced. Further limits should also be placed on sport fishermen and the tribes. These types of "compromises" may also be unfair to some but they have the advantage of keeping at least some life in the commercial fishery and basically sharing the loss of resource. As proposed, the latest salmon ban only assures the destruction of a once historic livelihood and the continued stagnation of our county economy. Maybe Hamburg is angling for development of offshore oil to replace our fishing economy? With high county unemployment, more county red ink and limited timber harvests a good fishing season sure would have helped with some badly needed income. Maybe bur congressman thinks if things get ba^eiiough we'll settle for anything! De La Paz brings diversity to economic group Maybe we're old-fashioned but we consider the background and individual merits of a person to be more important than whether he or she is a citizen. In the case of those who have a problem with Atenedor De La Paz and his selection by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors to the Overall Economic Development Plan Committee we feel they are picking at nits. De La Paz has demonstrated his professionalism in the past and is ideally suited to assist the group. The OEDP committee — comprised of about 22 people appointed by the supervisors — was created last year to draft an economic plan required to make the county eligible for federal infrastructure improvement grants. The committee is required to reflect the county's ethnic makeup but hasn't because it lacked American Indian and Hispanic members. We will grant that decisions of this type are always going to be difficult. Board policy is to limit membership to U.S. citizens only. In such difficult cases we should be looking at interest and aptitude, not whether the person has passed a citizenship test. LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONREY MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder Ukiah Daily (U8P8 64*820) Joe Edwards, Publisher Jim Smith- Erftor Worn Bet- Ottitt Mmagir -Advertising Director Vie Marina- Production (brag* Eddie Sequeire-Retail Manager TeriJacton- Circulation Manner Member Audit Bureau Of Circulations 1999 Member California New»paper PuMithwfAtwxSSon PtMthed My except Stfurday by UWah CWfr Journal at 680 8. School 81. UWah. Menoodno County. C*M. Phone: (707) 46*0123. Court Dtcrw No. 88*7. PuMcatton I (USPS-646-920). 8«oond<aaM Potllge Paid at UMah. CA. -SUGGESTED MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION RATES- DELIVERY TYPE PRICE WaUt/BIke Route $ 6.50 Motor Route $ 7.00 MaU in Mendocino County $10.00 Mail Outside the County $1 ifO All price, include 7X% California Stat* Mlettax. Mote Roto v* Mai Delivery mutt be paid In advance. Perspectives THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To submit m opinion terum MM* for th« Journal, You can fill this space The Ukiah Daily Journal is providing this space to people in the community who have a politically oriented cartoon or illustration to share. 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 6'/« 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. Differences dissolve during life's journey By FRANK McMICHAEL The first money I ever earned was chopping weeds out of tobacco for 50 cents a day. I was 11 years old. At the end of a six day week, I had earned $3 which I used to buy a pair of tennis shoes. I was perfectly happy to make that trade of work for shoes. Work was something I had to do anyway, so to be paid for it was an amazing bonus. Chopping weeds in a tobacco patch was known as "stoop" labor. At the end of the day that was about all you could do, your back hurt so much. It was not unusual for me to be so tired that I could not eat. By comparison, every job I have ever held as an adult has been easy. If my son were here, he would warn you that here comes one of Dad's, "when I was a kid I used to walk to school, barefoot, through knee-deep snow, over broken glass, uphill" stories. Recently, I went to see a play at the Ukiah Playhouse, called the "Heidi Chronicles." It was about a group of upper middle class kids in the '60s, who were able to go to the best schools and had every opportunity available to them. They went through all the stages of the '60s; hippie, drugs, free-sex, anti-war demonstrators, political activists, avant-garde businesses, radical feminists, divorce, etc. They played at life and were unhappy. Heidi, the main character suffers angst so deep, it became tiresome. While watching the play, I thought about the vast differences between their social class and Frank McMichael is the 2nd District Mendocino County supervisor. VIEWPOINT experiences and mine as we grew up. I spent many a day, working in the fields, alongside my Dad. To this day I am amazed at his capacity for work. My Mom worked equally as hard. She cooked on a wood stove. Water was pumped by hand and hauled uphill to the house. Washing was done on a washboard in a galvanized tub. Naturally as kids, we were always hungry. I sometimes wonder how she kept her sanity. Things did get better over time. The day the electric clothes washer was delivered to our house was a day of "liberation" and celebration for her. The same is true of the day the "Frigidaire" arrived. One of my first paychecks as an adult went to buy her an electric cookstove. It gave me the best feeling that giving any gift has ever done. Mostly I don't think much about my life then, but when I do it is because I am reminded of it in some way. Watching that play helped to dramatize for me the differences of experience each of us brings to our life and day to day decision making. We took different paths through the '60s, mine the more traditional one, theirs one of questioning and rebellion. While those kids were worried about the right schools, I was doing stoop labor. When they became hippies I was in the Navy. While they were demonstrating against the war, I was a cop. While they were using drugs, I was busting them. While they were playing with free love, I got married and began a family. While they were demonstrating for the cause of the week, I was volunteering in PTA, Scouts and soccer. I know people in this community who stayed on the traditional path, like me, and others who left that path, like the kids in the "Heidi Chronicles." We call each other friends but sometimes don't understand each other and the politics of each. What fascinates me about this, is somehow our divergent paths have brought us together. Here in Ukiah I meet people from all kinds of backgrounds and life experiences. Each has a unique story and viewpoint. But, now, in our late 40s and early 50s, we are united in agreement about the importance of some things. We agree that investing in love, marriage, family, children, God, country, community, work and responsibility, and investing in the next generation and the future are some of the answers that we are looking for. My Mom and Dad would understand that viewpoint, most past generations would. I like that. The play ended with Heidi adopting a baby and finding happiness by giving herself to another. In the end, family became the simple mechanism that she began to find happiness with. Somehow she and I wound up to be the same. Want to see a picture of some great looking grandkids? LETTERS Your n*»«»p«r ilwukf b* Mlvwtf twlort 6 pm Monday through Friday, and •itor* 7 «.m. Sunday. Thwt It no dalivtry on 9aUdw. To rtport * rriiMd 7 and » a.m. Sunday. SIM ftm. DW *M (707)46MM3. TMASTER: Sand addraw change* to: UMah Dally Journal. Poll Office 749. UHwhCaWomta 95482. Cesar Chavez story biased To The Editor: How sad that the UPI story on the front page of the Ukiah Daily Journal on April 23 about Cesar Chavez's death had to be so blatantly biased. Cesar Chavez was a hero to migrant workers. He dedicated his life to achieving economic justice for all farm workers. He called attention to the problem of pesticide containers being labeled in English. The workers spoke Spanish and consequently didn't realize the dangers of reusing these lethal containers. They experienced cancers, birth defects and still borns. The UPI called him a "professional radical." What's so radical about workers' safety? The UPI also called the grape boycott a "tactic" and "a favorite liberal cause." I remind you that the boycott was to call attention to the inhumane conditions the workers' families endure(d) while working the grapes; no bathrooms, shacks to sleep in, no running water, a lack of education for the children, underpaid for overtime work, no health insurance, no worker's comp... Could it be that the Ukiah Daily Journal doesn't have even one person on its staff who can relate to migrant workers who could have written an appropriate eulogy for Mr. Chavez? Your paper gives great coverage of the Heroes Project in the schools where young people write about heroes in their lives. Here we are in the middle of grape country! A hero to the grape workers dies and he's marginalized and written about from an Euro-centric point of view. Do you imagine your reading audience to be exclusively from this population? Laurie Rossa Ukiah EDITOR'S RESPONSE: The April 23 story was prepared by the Associated Press, not United Press International. The comments about Mr. Chavez being a "professional radical" were in fact a description of Saul Alinsky, of the Community Service Organization, which Mr. Chavez was involved with in the early 1950s. Alinsky, according to the story, called himself a "professional radical." In reference to the contention that the Daily Journal does not have anyone on Us staff who can relate to migrant workers andiwritten an appropriate eulogy. The Daily Journal has tried to cover local Hispanic and migrant living and working conditions but been hampered by the fact few individuals want to be identified or even participate in such stories. Daily Journal Editor Jim Smith has made it a goal to retain someone of Hispanic nationality to either write a column or cover local Hispanic issues, but has been unsuccessful in attracting qualified applicants. Finally, the story on Mr. Chavez was a story, not a eulogy, which sums up in a positive way the accomplishments of individuals who die. While it's true this paper could have prepared an appropriate eulogy based on talking with local individuals, it's also true that people who wished to comment on Mr. Chavez' death could have done so with letters to the editor and guest opinion pieces. Preventative project To The Editor: I've just returned from the performance of "The Thing Called Love" at the high school, and in response to the query: was this worth $170,000 of taxpayers money, my answer is — Absolutely! I have to wonder why K.C. Meadows' piece was run under a label of "Analysis." It was written more like an opinion piece. Asking questions is wise. Loading those questions with an attitude disorients any possible communication. The tone of the article gave the impression that a rip-off was taking place, and we'd better go check it out. The rip-off actually happens when problems have to be dealt with after the fact. This project has a prevention approach. If only one teen-ager is prevented from giving birth to a fetal alcohol baby, we've already saved money. If only one teen-ager reconsiders drinking, smoking, using drugs to be cool, we've saved money, and more importantly, lives. Perhaps some of those are our own kids. Laurel Near, Kate Magruder, Sharon Kiichli, and everyone connected with mis project deserve this community's appreciation. Muhasibi Shalom Ukiah EdHor HI. are th. opinion of MM papar '* edito THIS WAS NEWS Complied by JODY MARTINEZ 25 years ago Thursday, May 2, 1968 Ukiah Dally Journal ^^ $1,600,000 NEEDED TO UMNO CITY STREETS TO STANDARD. The City of Ukiah, which in the past decade has spent upwards of a quarter of a million dollars in improvements on its more than 38 miles of streets eligible for gas tax 'funds, still must expend an estimated $1,600,000 in the next 10 years if it is to bring its remaining unimproved streets up to state road standards. .. The city is still standing firm in its position of not accepting State Street into the city system until the State of California, which wants to relinquish State Street to the city now that the freeway is operative, brings State Street up to city specifications for curbs, gutters, drainage, etc. *.**... •59 LE SABRE Buick, $175. DUNE Buggy, $250. 50 years ago Monday, May 3, 1943 The Redwood Journal CAN TIMBERMEN WORK ON LOW MEAT QUOTA? FEDERAL OFFICE ASKED TO UP LOGGER MEAT. An increase in the quota of meat for lumber workers in the woods is sought by officials in this county. The matter has been taken up with federal officials and some action in increasing the amount for these workers is expected. Workers in the lumber camps have been accustomed to consuming from nine to ten pounds of meat per person each week and an allotment of two and one-half pounds is lowering the efficiency of the workers, according to timber authorities. The work requires great physical exertion and inasmuch as lumber is considered an essential factor in winning the war it is expected that the quota for the woodsmen will be extended. Many people in this lumber county, who know the type of work required of those who fell timber, will be willing to lower their own quota that these essential laborers may be given the brain and brawn to continue their work. *** FISHERMEN RETURN WITH THE LIMITS. Fishing was good on the opening day, May 1, in spite of rain and high water. Many fishermen were in before breakfast with the limits, caught in nearby small streams. The fish for most pan were small, the big fellows not biting in high water, so fishermen claim,, Al Bechtol, well known sportsman, reports that he sold more fishing licenses over the week end than on any former 1 year. Fishermen from out of the county were speeding back to their jobs Sunday night. 100 years ago Friday, May S, 1893 Mendocino Dispatch-Democrat Today is the momentous 5th of May. All Chinamen not registered by sundown this evening are likely to have free transportation to China provided them. *** Suie Hing, a Chinaman, was arrested on Wednesday for depositing garbage in his back yard Justice Sullivan fined him $15 for the offense. The town authorities propose to prosecute all parties disobeying the ordinance prohibiting the depositing of rubbish and garbage in yards or on the streets. *** The Board of Supervisors meet to-day to consider the erection of high school buildings at Ukiah gr./ Mendocino, to receive bids for the construction of a new wagon road running westerly from the forks of the Little River and Ukiah and Mendocino roads to the county road at head of Hardy creek, to receive bids for painting the court house.and also to hear the petition for the proposed Boonville and Hopland road. DAILY JOURNAL READER SERVICES READER ADVISORY GROUP: The Ukiah Daily Journal has a Reader Advisory Committee to help it in addressing reader concerns and making (he paper more relevant to residents. Members of the 1992-93 committee and phone numbers where they can be reached are: Byron Phillips, 463-1714; Alice McLennan, 462-2456; William Smith, 462-3385; Romulo Rivera, 462-3648; Dan Bailey, 485-7473; Robert Parker, 485-5253; Susan Johnson, 468-8040; Don Madden, 462-2695. People who wish to make comments on the Journal but are reluctant to speak to the editor or other staff members are welcome to talk with members of the committee. Membership on the committee is determined yearly beginning in September. -Doonesbury .BY GARRY TRUDEAU — Al&t.WU T&l FOR SCHOOL,,. , GIK&A& ALWAYS MUCH TOO P&OCCUPI& MfH AGAINST , MOMMY? '^ r ®ve YOU A sense OF GON

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