TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1993 Perspectives THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To •ubntn an opinion forum arlld* lor the Journal, tttop»»n« Jim Smith, 468-3519 Oplnk>i*Mp»M«l«ilh«P««p^«v««P«ff»«r«thoMelth«aulh<)r. EdHerUH) ir»h» opinion erf HM p>p>r'«•dltertel beard. I WISH I GOULD HMEMNAP Freshmen in Congress settle for less By STEVEN KOMAROW The line-item veto was campaign bread and butter for the House freshmen who came to Washington promising to 'change the system. Last week, they saw that sometimes the best you can hope for is half a loaf. And they took it. "Obviously, it's not exactly what I wanted," said Rep. Peter Deutsch, D-Fla. Yet, he said, "the vote ... proves to some extent the system does work." What Deutsch and a majority of freshmen exactly wanted was to give the president full-fledged porkbuster power, to let him pluck piggly projects out of spending bills and make Congress muster a two-thirds majority to beat him back. But there was strong opposition, especially from more senior Democrats, to ceding power from the Steven Komarow is a writer for The Associated Press. legislature to another branch of government. Many of them didn't want any line-item veto legislation at all, but they wanted to help President Clinton fulfill one of his campaign promises and so they proposed a watered-down plan. Which then got blocked, by a combination of conservative Republicans who called it too little and liberal Democrats who called it too much. After several weeks of stalemate, the freshman helped break the logjam. They helped persuade the House Democratic leadership to allow a vote on their kind of plan, in the form of an amendment by Reps. Jerry Solomon, R-N.Y. and Michael Castle, R-Del., and then helped bust the procedural roadblocks. Rep. Michael Collins, R-Ga., bucked the GOP leadership, which was fighting to stop consideration of the bill. Collins recalled the common wisdom of his father, a sharecropper. "When I said I can't, he replied, 'Can't never could.' If I said let's wait, he would reply, 'wait broke the wagon down.' "Or I would say let's don't accept this, we might get more. He would reply, 'A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush,' " he said. The bird they got was, not surprisingly, the Democratic leadership plan. The bill would let President Clinton suggest cutbacks, and then make Congress vote on them. "You can preserve pork with a refrigerator, or you can preserve pork by curing it with salt, or you can do it with smoke — smoke and mirrors," said Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla. "Let us not have it." But Istook found himself in the hard-core minority among the freshmen Republicans when it came time to finally pass the bill. Democratic newcomers voted for the bill 41-21, and Republicans 34-12. A white male could get a complex these days By JOSEPH SPEAR I gain so much personal insight from news magazines that it makes me wonder how the hapless souls who inhabited the planet before Henry Luce knew anything about themselves at all. It did not cross my mind, for example, that sex is boring until Newsweek recently told me so. It never occurred to me until I read the new Time that I may be genetically predisposed to violence. And it upset me to learn from a recent Newsweek that I am an Ice Person who can't jump, dance or feel and that I am experiencing "atavistic racial and sexual dread" because there are others who can leap, shimmy and emote better than me. Damn. I finished that story and I wanted to turn myself in. It featured the new Michael Douglas movie "Falling Down," about a white guy with ugly glasses who goes berserk and shoots up Los Angeles, and it told how this was really symbolic of "white male paranoia." I learned that I am really scared. Said Newsweek: "Suddenly, white American males are surrounded by feminists, multiculturalists, PC Policepersons, affirmative-action employers, rap artists, Native Americans, Japanese tycoons, Islamic fundamentalists and Third World dictators, all of them saying the same thing: "You've been a bad boy." Joseph Spear is a writer for the Newspaper Enterprise Association. Really, I didn't know that. And I didn't know I was a woman-hater. Heck, I was laboring under the impression I kind of liked them. I also thought sure I appreciated reggae music and curried Thai shrimp and had no idea that I felt threatened by the cultures that produce such delights. Here's one I did know: "One of them (white males) just became president — but one of them always becomes president." But here again, I have to confess that I have been laboring under an apparently false impression, i.e., that anyone who wants to run for president can do so, and the one who gets the most votes wins. Just shows you how dumb white males can be. I knew this one, too: "White males make up just 39.2 percent of the population, yet they account for ... 77 percent of Congress, 92 percent of state governors." But I was thinking this was a democracy, where women and minorities can run for office and even win if they are sufficiently persuasive. And a final one I knew: "He (the white male) has lately acquired a taste for country music." But I didn't now it was only lately, and I had no inkling that country music was a male preserve. This piece of news will probably surprise Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood. But hey, they don't read the news mags, they deserve to be shocked. I got so worked up learning all these terrible things about myself that I decided to purge everything at once and began searching my files.for .further evidence of my misdeeds. Mainly what I found, tough, was some things I did not do. I did not select Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., and Walter Tucker, D- Calif., as the new members of Congress with the "best buns." According to the Charlotte Observer, a group of female congresspeople did that. I did not retreat into the Malibu mountains last month and howl like a wolf. A Santa Monica psychologist and some two dozen women did that. I did not say about corporate executives that the "one good thing about these white, male, almost-extinct mammals is that they're growing old. We get to watch them die." According to Newsweek, a female trucking company executive said that. It then occurred to me that perhaps some of the critics are engaging in the same sort of behavior they are condemning. Doesn't that make them hypocrites? And they are stereotyping — attributing to all white males the biases of only some white males. Doesn't that make them sexist and racist? Perish that white male thought, rap my knuckles and hand me my news mags. I just realized why all those dead, European males managed to screw up the world for eons: They didn't have Time and Newsweek to show them the error of their ways. LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONREY MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder Jc UkiahDaily mrnal (DSPS 646-920) Joe Edwards, Publisher Jim Smith - Editor Yvonne Bell - Office Manager Dennis Wilton - Advertising Director Vic Martinez - Production Manager Eddie Sequeira - Retail Manager Teri Jackson - Circulation Manager Member Audit Bureau Of Circulations 1993 Member California Newspaper Publishers Association PuWshed Daly txoapt Saturday by Ukiah Dally Journal at 690 8. School Si, Ukiah, Mendodno County, Calif. Phone: (707) 468-0123. Court Decree No. 9267. Publication f (USPS-646-920). 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However, we reserve the right not to print those letters we consider libeloui, in b«d tute, I personal MUck on private individuals or businesses and not in keeping with public issue* 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. All letters must be signed and include an address and phone number for verification. Anonymous letters will not be printed. Addresses will not be printed, but the writer's name and city of residence will appear. Letters can be mailed to the Daily Journal at P.O. Box 749, Ukiah, 95482, or faxed to 468-5780. LETTERS Letter-writer had errors To The Editor: In response to Valerie lack's letter which appeared in The Ukiah Daily Journal April 19. • The NRA and the undetectable non-metal guns. There is no such thing as a non-metal gun! The gun she is referring to is approximately 30 percent metal. There is no gun that is undetectable to X-ray. • The "cop killer" bullets that penetrate the bulletproof vest. All vests are made to accept only a certain amount of power. The vests are made to stop mainly handgun velocity and construction bullets. These bullets were manufactured for law enforcement only, and not even originally on the open market. And if it were not for the media and people talking without but the very basic knowledge of firearms and bullets and bullet construction, a big deal would not have been made by the "reporter" who "discovered" the bullet. • The discussion of calibers etc. by someone with only a very small amount of knowledge on the subject is very dangerous. The NRA does not want everyone to own a "macine gun." The NRA does not "back" the criminal aspect. To own a machine gun legally takes an FBI investigation into your background, before you can receive a license to own one. This law has been in effect since the 1930s. As for "just like 22s.". You apparently do not know the power of the .22 rimifire are you talking about the .22 centerfire or what are you talking about? Since your knowledge is very limited it makes me wonder what type of gun owner your husband is that he has not taught you the basics. • The amendments to the Constitution that are referred to only are concerned with the rights of "law abiding citizens." Not "convicted" criminals. The "convicted" criminal conceded his/her rights when he/she comitted the crime. Many rigts are lost when a person is convicted of a felony. Among them is the "right" to vote and possess an firearm. The reason for this is that the convicted criminal infringed upon the rights of others to live a peaceful and prosperous life as they are able to. • "Rights" do not protect us from a run away government. Only the ability to legally or forcefully fight for our rights do we maintain the rights of the people and that is why the Second Amendment was written into the Constitution. Not as an afterthought but in second place to the right of free speech. • The statement of "drive-by knifings" was made apparently to make jest. But if we follow this line of thinking let us assume that all guns are made illegal. Do you know the explosive power of a quart of gasoline under pressure? Or how about a canister of propane? Or how about the acid found in any vehicle battery. It prodooest hydrogen all the while it is charging. Or aM other things'that are in almost every hotrj&in the USA. Are you so innocent as to believe that the criminal element is stupid? That they have not spent any time in school or in the army to be able to learn what chemicals mixed with what catalysts can explode? The problem is in the thinking of the person who thinks that the answer to a disagreement is violence. The people who think violence can solve their problems or permit their anger to run their lives, needs to rethink. Or those who think that they have a right to what someone else has earned, needs to rethink. Robert M. Fuchs Ukiah Crazy happenings To The Editor: Someone once said that if Chris Columbus had made a left turn when he got to Ohio we may not be having all of these crazy things that are happening today. We have police authorities in Texas using chemical warfare against mothers and babies. There is the NAFTA and hundreds of thousands of jobs are going south of the border. Those who lose their jobs become the homeless and most end up on welfare. The welfare rolls are steadily increasing. Inflation continues at a steady rate. So far, one thing is steady and dependable — the welfare department's General Assistance (GA) Program with its grant of $297 a month. When these welfare clients cannot pay the exorbitant rents or even qualify for what low-rent housing is available — they try sleeping on the streets, only to have laws passed and enforced that makes this a crime. These unfortunate persons find themselves camping out on the beaches only to find these beaches are now sold to the State Park Service and the people are being pushed off to — where? Why not raise their monthly grants to a decent amount? The GA Program is a "loan" program. This means that every penny —Doonesbury advanced to clients under this program are to be paid back to the county. In fact, those waiting for their SSI to start, the first check comes to the county and the total amount advanced to them is deducted before the balance is forwarded to the client. What earthly reason exists to not "loan" these people a larger amount of money, just don't exceed the amount they will be receiving from SSI? With this additional money maybe they can afford to rent a decent place to live. At the minimum they will be able to go to Columbi and have a shower while they wahs their clothing. Even I can see this makes sense. Louis E. Webb Fort Bragg We're all Immigrants To The Editor: The wealth, vitality and diversity of this nation derives form the waves of immigrants who came to our shores seeking the opportunity to better their lives. Except for the indigenous peoples we are all descended from immigrants; voluntary in most cases, involuntary in the case of slaves. It is remarkable how people who have been here for a few generations can take pride in their own immigrant beginnings, but readily discriminate against new arrivals. A recent appointee to the Overall Economic Development Committee is not a citizen and therefore cannot be a voter. I agree the privilege of citizenship is precious but apparently half of all citizens disagree, since they routinely don't bother to vote. Aside from the fact that no other Hispanic applicants came forward, Mr. Atenedor De La Paz is uniquely qualified to serve on this committee. Despite his education and experience when Mr. De La Paz first came to this country he accepted the work that was available until a better opportunity came along. He has worked very hard, by deed and example to educate and encourage others to acquire the knowledge and experience that will enable them to broaden their employment opportunities and participate more fully in their communities. Mr. De La Paz is well aware of the frustration and discrimination which immigrants experience, but he is also aware of the skills and attitudes conducive to success. Precisely because of his experiences, he is well qualified to do outreach to the Hispanic community, as well as represent their interests. For those who view with dismay the participation of "non-citizens" in our community, I suggest they stop buying local fish, agricultural or forest products. All these and more were probably harvested or processed, or both, by immigrants. If it were not for immigrants, A wellrto-do citizens might ,, have to cook, clean house and care fr>£ their • own children. What lessons do we teach prospective citizens when we allow them to perform hard, dirty, dangerous and underpaid jobs, but deny them the opportunity to participate fully in their adopted community? Mr. De La Paz is an excellent choice for OEDC and I urge the Board of Supervisors to stand behind their original appointment. John McCowen Ukiah First-rate reporting To The Editor: K.C. Meadows' reporting on the massive and ongoing boondoggle known as the Mendocinp County Office of Education has been consistently first-rate. Meadows' recent coverage of that thrillingly berserk agency's routing of $170,000 to a mawkish drama allegedly aimed at preventing youngsters from succumbing to the lure of the flesh again hit the mark. Unfortuantely, we are the marks as the Ukiah-area's overlarge floating population of "therapists" and "artists" feed at MCOE's banquet table all the while shedding crocodile tears at the hazards of American adolescence — adolescents largely from America's growing underclass who feed MCOE's magic purse. (Place the $170,000 paid out to the Ukiah hustlers against the $1,500 paid out 80 years ago to the great American playright, Eugene O'Neil, for his Emperor Jones, a truly instructive play, but of course this was in the days when art was art and scams were scams.) What we have in this latest MCOE misfire is fake art masquerading as therapy supported by a group of grant junkies, the grant junkies and the fake artists seem to me a much larger social problem than the smallish minority of pregnant teen-agers and drug addicts. If Pulitizers were still awarded for important reporting, Meadows would be up for one. 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