Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 22, 1987 · Page 4
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL OPINION TUESDAY., SEPTEMBER 22,1987 EDITORIAL A decent success Hey, hey, hey! Picture the cartoon character Fat Albert's reaction to hearing of his creator's wealth. Forbes magazine reported that entertainer Bill Cosby may earn $84 million in 1986 and 1987 from his television shows, books, commercials, records and investments. His estimated earnings were published along with those of 39 other entertainers and sports figures who reportedly made more than $10 million each in the two-year period. In Cosby's case, the estimate may have been conservative; it didn't include syndication values of his top-rated program "The Cosby Show," and some other investments as well. By any measure, Cosby is a very wealthy man — on his way to becoming a billionaire, the magazine said. He gets more for making people laugh, and stimulating them to buy products he helps sell, than the highest-paid automobile executive gets for making cars. Chrysler Corp.'s Lee lacocca received $32 million in the comparable period, according to rorbes. Cosby is a gentle, non-violent, non-obscene entertainer. He is a wholesome role model at a time when wholesome role models are relatively rare. Even so, his success doesn't necessarily mean that wholesomeness has triumphed. Sharing the pay spotlight with him were Sylvester Stallone, with $74 million, and Eddie Murphy, with $50 million. Stallone's "Rocky" and "Rambo" movies are heavy on violence. And Murphy, except for some of his over- the-air television work, trades as much on profanity and obscenity as Stallone does on violence. Nonetheless, Cosby's achievement shows that an entertainer can succeed without being violent, crude or obscene. It suggests that the public will support high- quality programming that is decent. Senseless slaughter Killing whales in the name of "scientific research," as Japan is doing, is as morally bankrupt as using priceless furniture for firewood because the ashes make good soil conditioner. Ally and trading partner though it is, Japan deserves to get slapped with U.S. economic sanctions. Such sanctions, including restrictions on Japanese fish exports to this country, should never be imposed lightly. But federal law requires them whenever a nation takes steps that weaken international fisheries treaties. Japan would dp just that with its plans to defy the International Whaljng Commission and kill 825 minke whales and 50 sperm whales for research purposes. In defense of this carnage, Japan notes that the whaling panel has called for a comprehensive assessment of whale stocks. True. But that assessment is supposed to be conducted wth non-lethal techniques. And Japan's "research" claim is further undercut by its acknowledgment that the same crews doing the killing will be doing the research. Science clearly is being used as a cover for the collection of whale meat. Yet whale is a gourmet delicacy in Japan, not a dietary staple. Japan's small whaling industry is destined to die anyway as it destroys the resource sustaining it. In this travesty of science, Japan also mocks global efforts to save these magnificent mammals from extinction. Japan has simply run out of excuses for its selfish, senseless slaughter. It deserves a stem rebuke from the Reagan administration and the international community's scorn. Letter policy The Journal welcomes letters from our readers. However, we reserve the right not to print those letters we consider may be libelous, in bad taste or a personal attack. Letters must not exceed 300 words in lenght and should be typed and double-spaced. BAPTIST MINISTER?! 10UR FRONT-RUNNER IS A BAPTIST MINISTER?! Washington Wire The wait begins on Biden campaign By EVANS WITT AP Political WrH*r WASHINGTON (AP) — A storm is swirling once again around a presidential candidate. And, once again, the .wait is on to see whether the campaign, in this case that of Sen. Joseph Biden, can survive questions about his character. The political furor this time involves plagiarism at law school 23 years in the past and Biden's failures in speeches to give credit to politicians whose words he used. Biden says it won't stop his campaign. "I'm in this race to stay," the Delaware Democrat declared Thursday. "I'm in this race to win. And here I come." But in the 1988 campaign, the rules are different since Gary Hart was forced from the race in May amid a firestorm of criticism over his relationship with a Miami model. "Anything can be fatal," said Rep. Patricia Schroeder, the Colorado Democrat who is thinking of setting into the 1988 race herself. Anything is relevant." What is relevant this week for Biden was revealed Thursday at his extraordinary news conference: he admitted he had committed plagiarism, inadvertently,'he says, in his first year in law school. And he said he occasionally failed to attribute rhetoric in his speeches to the other politicians from whom he borrowed. "Little did I know I would be standing before the whole world acknowledging the fact I did not know how to write a legal memorandum and the mistake is costing me as much as it is costing me," Biden said. The allegations about Biden's rhetoric are particularly harmful, for they strike at the heart of his campaign. Biden's soaring speeches were a major reason he was considered a contender for the Democratic nomination, for he can electrify a crowd as few of his opponents can. Now, some may be listening to his rhetoric more to detect the echoes of politicians past than to heed his clarion calls for the future. And just as Hart did in the final days of his campaign in May, Biden faced some embarrassing questions and revelations on Thursday. Given that he made several mistakes in speeches, can he be relied upon to speak accurately as president? "I feel very capable of using my mouth in sync with my mind," he said. Not only did Biden have to confirm his plagiarism, he also released his law school records. They showed him failing three courses in law school and finishing near the bottom of his class at Syracuse University. Politically, Biden must find a way to restart his campaign, reassure contributors and convince potential primary voters that he is worthy of their vote. But time is short for the Delaware Democrat, who is one of the least- known in his party's field. And time is something Biden just doesn't have right now; he is chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Robert H. Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court. Later, he'll lead the floor battle against President Reagan's choice. The Bork hearings could help Biden, of course, if his performance is so sparkling as to demonstrate his leadership abilities and brush aside the doubts generated by the plagiarism charges. Perhaps the best advice for Biden came from Republican Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming: "Hang on tight." Simpson is right. Biden faces a tough ride ahead. EDITOR'S NOTE—Evans Witt is a Washington-based political writer for The Associated Press who has written about every presidential campaign since 1976. Editorial Sampler Sept. 15 Arkansas Democrat, Little Rock, Ark., on Biden-Bork: Sen. Joe Biden's competitors for the Democratic presidential nomination have nailed him for snitching a poor-boy quote from a British labor pol about being the first Biden in "a thousand generations" to get a college degree. ... Biden's claim is good for all of 30,000 years, say, back to one of the several stages of the last Ice Age, when the Lord was issuing the only degrees worth noting — those below zero. A spokesman for the senator's campaign says that rival candidates fear the xposure Biden will get chairing the confirmation hearings ... on federal appeals Judge Robert Bork's nomination to the U.S. .Supreme court. One of them, the man says, leaked the Kinnock quote to embarrass Biden, and it's the more reprehensible because most of the other Democratic candidates oppose Bork, too. Biden's objection to Bork is that he lives in the past and wants to turn back the clock on liberal judicial gains of the past 30 to 40 years. Bork's old views are nearer Biden's current ones. Sept. 8 Arkansas Democrat, Little Rock, Ark., on Mathias Rust: Who'd have thought it? The Soviet Supreme Court has given young West German Mathias Rust four years in a labor camp for sneaking his Cessna 172B across Russia's northern border to land it in Moscow's Red Square last May! Most everybody thought this 19-year-old would get off light, maybe even with a fine and-or suspended sentence. But the Russians evidently felt they had to make an example of him or suffer other such unannounced guests. All the same, Rust's testimony led us to think that he had a deal going with his captors. The boy told the court he' d flown in as he did because he has a plan for perfect democracy and knew better than to take it to Washington. Washington, he said, isn't the center of peace. The center is Moscow, where that symbol of peace, Mikhail Gorbachev, has his being. Reading that, who could have failed to think that, whatever Rust's real motives, he was knocking years in prison off the eight that the Soviet prosecutor called for under the charges. Sept. 8 The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa., on the federal deficit: Rep. William Gray, the influential Philadelphia Democrat who chairs the House Budget Committee, said recently that Social Security and Medicare should be put on the chopping block if Congress is to achieve significant reductions in federal budget deficits. ... It is disheartening to hear Gray make these pronouncements, not because there isn't a need to reform these entitlement programs but because neither Social Security nor Medicare contributes one cent to the mounting federal deficit, now appproaching $3 trillion. ... This is deficit reduction by sleight of hand, with the aid of smoke and mirrors. And all it really does is deflect attention from the real problem, which is that the rest of the federal budget is being funded with inadequate revenues. LETTERS Follow the American way To The Editor: I wonder why those who oppose abortion can't accept the fact that, as polls have shown, at best only half of all Americans believe that abortion is murder? Most people who oppose abortion do so on religious grounds. So, if a law was passed outlawing abortion, that would, in effect, be an "establishment of religion," which is prohibited by the first amendment. The law now leaves a woman who believes that abortion is murder free to have as many children as she chooses. She can't be forced to have an abortion. The law also leaves a woman who doesn't believe that abortion is murder free to have an abortion if that is what she chooses. She can't be forced to bear a child. I wonder why people can't just be happy that they have a constitutional right to practice what they believe and also respect other people's constitutional right to do the same? When they use the term "unborn child," an oxymoron, instead of fetus, the proper name for the unborn, it makes me wonder if they call caterpillars "unborn butterflies?" Tolerating other people's beliefs is part of the American way. If we ever stop tolerating others' beliefs, then the United States, no longer united," would soon become a second-rate nation. If the anti-abortionists can't desist for the good of America, they should remember that if abortion really is murder in God's eyes, as they claim, then they should leave it to God to punish those whom he finds deserving. Steve Jack Ukiah Thanks for the coverage To The Editor: On behalf of the Southern Intcragcncy Fire Management Team responsible for directing the Fouts Incident fire suppression operation and Mr. Terry Ellis, Acting Forest Supervisor, Mendocino. National Forest, I want to convey our appreciation for your efforts to keep the public fully aware of the complex fire situation in this area. As you are well aware, suppressing a huge forest fire is much like fighting a war. It requires not only the fire fighters on the line, but many others like yourself who provide the critical back-up support. Your support has certainly been expressed in very effective news coverage of this fire. The Fouls Incident is now under control. Suppressing this fire was an exceptionally difficult task, requiring more than 900 fire personnel. Some 18,000 acres of Mendocino National Forest and private holdings were burned over before the fire was stopped. Thank you very much for your efforts to inform the public of the story behind the fight to protect our valuable California natural resources. Rex Mann, U.S.F.S. Incident Commander Southern Interagency Fire Management Team Almanac Today is Tuesday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 1987. There are 100 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 22,1776, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War. On this date: In 1656, in Patuxent.Md., the first all-woman jury heard the case of a woman accused of murdering her child. The jurors voted to acquit. In 1789, Congress authorized the office of Postmaster-General. In 1792, the French Republic was proclaimed. In 1862, President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that all slaves held in states in rebellion would be free as of Jan. 1, 1863. In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight in Chicago. In 1950, Omar N. Bradley was promoted to the rank of five-star general, joining an elite group that included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall and Henry H. "Hap" Arnold. In 1958, Sherman Adams, assistant to President Eisenhower, resigned amid charges of improperly using his influence to help an industrialist In 1964, the musical play "Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway. It would run 3,242 performances. In 1975, Sara Jane Moore fired a shot at President Ford outside a San Francisco hotel. She missed when a bystander deflected the shot; Ford was unharmed. In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into war as Iraqi forces invaded southwestern Iran. In 1985, rock and country music artists participated in "FarmAid," a concert staged in Champaign, 111., to help the nation's fanners. Ten years ago: Resigned budget director Bert Lance returned to his hometown of Calhoun, Ga., where he received a hero's welcome from 1,500 residents. Five years ago: San Francisco's famous cable cars made their final run before closing down for a 20-month, $60 million renovatioa Ukiah Daily "Journal •^ HAtlMocino Bounty, t'ahlcrri HAwMocino Bounty, Donald W. Reynolds, Chairman of the Board Thomas W. Reeves, General Manager John Anastasio Managing Editor DeniieHaU Bruce Schlabaugh Advertising Director Victor Martinez Eddie Sequeira' Display Advertising Manager Yvonne Bell Claire Booker Circulation Manager CorajKning Supervisor rfe»» Supervisor Officer Manager (ABC); Member Audit Bureau of Circulations LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DOIMREY MEDIA GROUP -DOONESBURY GOT is A WPCI.A.PI&OORIN

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