THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL EDITORIAL Lost in space For the first time in 25 years, the United States has ceded the initiative to the Soviet Union in the field of space exploration. Moscow's distinct operational edge in manned missions, developed during the last decade, may soon he joined by Soviet technological superiority as well. "Almost frightening" is the way the authoritative British journal "Jane's Spaceflight Directory" describes the emerging Russian lead in space. The Soviets have logged three times more man-hours in orbit than Americans. This is one reason why Moscow already is preparing for an extraordinary three-year expedition to land cosmonauts on Mars, possibly during the 1990s. By contrast, NASA has barely begun to dream about such an odysscy for U. S. astronauts. During the last year, the Soviet manned space station Mir has orbited the earth, gathering invaluable scientific data on the weather, the environment, the planets, the long-term health effects of weightlessness, and the military uses of space. America's proposed space station will not be operational until late in the next decade — provided Congress does not balk at its S33 billion price tag in this budget-cutting era. Last spring, the Russians launched the world's most powerful booster, Energia, which can lift a cargo four times heavier than the maximum load of the U. S. shuttle. With the shuttle grounded for another year by the 1986 Challenger disaster and the inventory of expendable rockets dangerously low, the U. S. capacity to put payloads into space is virtually exhausted at present. What factors contributed to America's surrendering its pre-eminent role on the space frontier? One was the decision to put all of the U. S. space eggs in the shuttle basket, thus cancelling the varied fleet of unmanned boosters that NASA and the Pentagon once boasted. When the shuttle program encountered lengthy schedule delays and then was put out of service altogether, vital experiments in planetary science and military advances withered. Meantime, while NASA's budget was shrinking in real terms, Moscow forged ahead in the traditional Russian manner of slow-and-steady wins the race. The Soviets developed a stable of unsophisticated but muscular launchers that have greatly bolstered their ability to put crews and payloads into orbit — the indispensable first step in extraterrestrial exploration. But perhaps the biggest American fail! .-• ; was a lack of .vision and resolve in pioneerin , space after the spectacular achievements of uV Apollo program, which culminated in the maimed lunar landings. To recover its cqualibrium, the Unn-^d States must have a coherent space policy outlining long- term objectives . Without such ;•. blueprint, NASA's muddle will only worsen and Congress's support for a robust space agenda will continue to wane. Among the goals that should be ;onsidered to rcvitati/.c NASA is a human base on Mars, which is scientifically compelling because of the planet's similarities to earth. Tliis, however, is a very longrange proposition that probably will not be feasible until after a string of unmanned kprobes have explored the solar system. A permanent manned base on the moon also is a worthy aim, chiefly as a staging area for exploratory missions to Mars and other celestial outposts. In addition, former astronaut Sally Ride has suggested a "mission to planet earth" in the form of one or more orbiting laboratories to study climate, pollution and geology. During the 16th century, Portuguese navigators discoverd much of the New World only to abandon its colonization to more stouthearted souls. Unless the United States acts now to recapture the initiative in space, Americans one day may be 'remembered as the Portuguese of the 21st century. Letter policy The Journal welcomes tellers from our readers. However, we reserve Ihe righl nol lo print Uios^ letters we consider may be libelous, in bad lasie or a personal attack. Letiers musi nol exceed 300 words in Icnght and should be typed and double-spaced. All letters must be signed and include an address and phone number for verification. Anonymous loners will not be printed. Addresses will not be primed, but ihc writer's name will appear. Because of the volume of letiers received, some loiters may beediled because of space requirements. OPINION SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27,1987 "- FOURSCORE AND SB/EN NEAR5 AGO-. LETTERS The Rainmaker' is a hit To The Editor: Sunday, Sept. 20, the Ukiah Players gave a special performance of "The Rainmaker" as a benefit for Mayacama Industries, a project of Ukiah Valley Association for the Handicapped. The purpo'se of the benefit was to compensate May- acama Industries for the Landscape Maintenance Crew which takes care of the grounds around the Playhouse. All the people who attended the performance were very pleased and well entertained. The cast of performers arc all strong characters and carried out their roles in a flawless manner. The audience laughed a great deal and even became tcary at times. "The Rainmaker," while being a drama contains a great deal of humor. I would recommend that anyone who has not seen the Ukiah Players presentation of "The Rainmaker" do so. They will be well entertained. Thank you to the Ukiah Players for this special performance. Roy Smith Executive Director ART BUCHWALD This Was News Compiled by JODY KJOSA 25 years ago Thursday, September 27, 1962 Ukiah Daily Journal GATES SWING OPEN TOMORROW FOR MENDO COUNTY FAIR. The annual Mcndocino County Fair and Apple Show opens in Boonvillc tomorrow at 9 a.m. and will continue day and evening through Sunday wilh a host of special attractions and activities expected to lure fairgocrs singly and by caravan, to the big three-day event, the last major fair of the year. *** A total of .26 inches of rain fell on Ukiah within a few hours this morning, according to unofficial rainfall measurement by the Ukiah Fire Department, but failed to put a damper on a Pear Growers golf match this afternoon or their barbecue at the Fairgrounds tonight. *** CHEVROLET FOR 1963. — Calvin's Chevrolet at 955 N. State Street is proudly presenting the Chevrolet line for 1963. Chevrolet's parade of new products for 1963 includes four lines. Heading the list, which will be announced on Sept. 28, is the luxurious Impala Sport Coupe, Chevy II 4-Door Sedan, Corvair Monza Club Coupe, and the new and startling Corvette Sting Ray Sport Coupe, the epitome of advanced styling. route through Round Valley, and the trip will take aboul a week. *** Before il rains ... check Ihcse few items. 1. Docs your roof leak? 2. Docs your barn roof need re- shingling? 3. Docs your chicken house need insulating? (Warm hens lay better than cold ones). These three tilings should be done before winter starts. We carry all the materials to mend leaky roofs. Call 724 and we will give you a free estimate on your job. The Ukiah Farmers' Club. 109 years ago 50 years ago Monday, September 27, 1937 The Redwood Journal THREE MAPLE CHEFS HURT IN EXPLOSION. Neglect to place the lid of a pressure cooker on cor- recily caused painful injuries lo ihrce men al ihe Maple Cafe Sunday afternoon. The pressure cooker was placed on ihe stove without the clamps being pul in place and wilh ihe safely valves turned off. A steel shelf over the cooker kept the lid from rising enough lo release the pressure, causing an explosion. The accident occurred when the Sunday crowd traveling on the Greyhound bus was al ihe Maple. *** ORDER RESTRAINS PRUNE PROGRAM. A suil lesting the validity of the state prorate commission's order barring subgrade prunes from the market was instituted in the Sacramento County superior court Friday afternoon by Carrie M. Rogers, a Sonoma county grower. Charging ihe required iwo-lhirds signatures were not obtained among growers during ihc sign-up period, she asks that the agricultural prorate petition be declared illegal. *** WEEK'S TRIP. William Robuson, local police officer, and Olin Moore, combination fire-police department man, left on Saturday for a trip into the wilds of Trinity County. Moore is interested in mining and prospecting, while Robuson will probably spend the week fishing and hunting. They planned their Friday, September 27, 1878 Ukiah City Press A COMEDY OF ERRORS. — Mr. James Painter and Miss McAncny, of Litllc Lake, having arrived al a very pleasant understanding relative to making the remaining portion of the journey of life, came to Ukiah on Monday last for a marriage license and the services of the Rev. Falhcr Sheridan. Il happened lhal his reverence found il necessary to visit Little Lake al Ihc same lime, and Ihc parlies nol being acquainted passed one another on the road. The license was secured anH ihc rest of the day was spent in searching for Father Sheridan, but to no avail. He could nowhere be found, and the climax of their happiness could not be capped. On Tuesday morning Mr. Painter interviewed Justice Cordcr, and shortly after the payment of the usual currency donation by the happy Painter and a certain official ceremony performed by the magistralc scnl all parlies concerned rejoicing on ihcir way. *** Portuguese Frank, living near Hot Springs, has been very ill; in fact, Father Sheridan informs us, nigh unto death's door with inflammation of the bowels. But he is now recovering, and his many friends will be glad to Icam lhal he has indefinitely postponed his departure for lerra incognita. *** About as large apples as we have ever seen, grow on the place of Mrs. K.C. Husc, in the easlern portion of town. Two of them were broughl lo ihc Press office where ihcy remained on exhibilion unlil ihcy disappeared before the voracity of our compositors. They measured respectively fifleen and fourteen inches in circumference. The name of ihc varicly is unknown. *** GOOD HAIR OIL. - - Mix one gill of caslor oil with one pint of alcohol, sccnl wilh bcrgamol. *** Rube Moore and Aleck Jackson have been visiting Potlcr Valley on a pork speculalion, and as a resull of iheir sojourn mere ihey passed ihrough Ukiah Sunday evening lasi wilh four hundred head of hogs, which they intended for ihe San Francisco market. *** Never, under any circumstances, marry for money. Be very careful, though, to find out beforehand lhal the girl has plcniy of il lo have induced you lo marry her for money if you had been lhal sorl of a fellow. Almanac By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Sept. 27, the 270lh day of 1987. There are 95 days left in ihe year. Today's highlighl in history: On Sept. 27, 1964, the Warren Commission issued a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy in November 1963. On ihis dale: In 1779, John Adams was named to negotiate ihe Rcvolulipnary War's peace lerms wilh Britain. In 1825, the first locomotive to haul a p;^.senger train was operated by George Stcphenson in England. The Hart-Rice saga WASHINGTON — What makes America a great country is that it forgives people for their indiscretions on television. Recently Gary Hart was given permission to go on the Ted Koppcl show to put his political scandal behind him. At the same time Donna Rice, his ex-friend, was given a TV press conference to promote a product called "No Excuses Jeans." "What docs this mean to the Democratic Party?" I asked Sampson Ovcrbitc, the leading pundit for "Donkey Business." "I don't think it will affect the parly one way or the other," he replied. "You're talking about Mr. Hart's apology?" "No, I'm talking about Donna Rice's jeans. They may look attractive but tluy won't do anything for you in the voting booth." "Would it have been belter if Hart had put on the jeans and Donna had pubjjcly apologized on 'Nightlinc'?" ., ,.,. J,., ^ u "I don't think so. Women voters get very upset when a model who sails off with (J86.of their more attractive presidential candidates makes money out of it. I'm not saying that you shouldn't cash in on a political scandal, but if you lake it too far something like lliis could hurl the jeans business." I asked, "Was Harl consulted by ihc manufacturers about 'No Excuses Jeans?' " "I'm certain he wasn't or he would have :ipologi/.cd for them too. This is one they can'l blame on Gary. The worst part of a model gelling mixed up with hanky-panky in the Bahamas is there is always a ladies clothing manufacturer waiting on the docks in Miami to sign her up." "It's lucky thai Gary didn't announce he was getting back in the race. He would not only have had to defend his behavior in Washington, but the quality of Donna's jeans as well." "That's true, particularly when the pants go under the name of 'No Excuses.' " "Politics sure makes strange publicity stunls," I said. Sampson growled, "I think there is too much being made of Donna's jeans contract. I know of no case where a female friend of a presidential candidate who dressed in pants affected what happened in Iowa." "Is it possible that the jeans manufacturers selected Donna for her notoriety?" "There is always that possibility. Bui the ncxi question is why would Donna's friendship wilh Gary sell jeans?" "Perhaps because many women feef if they arc wearing Donna's jeans they will be closer to Gary." "We must keep this on a serious level," Sampson replied. "What I'm trying to figure out is whether Hart means it when he says he's out of the race. Suppose Donna's britches sold awfully well. That would be the nearest thing to a grass roots draft." "They would look great on a poster together," I said. "Al the same time we can't avoid the possibility that Gary mighl try to distance himself from Donna. Suppose he told all his supporters not to buy 'No Excuses Jeans.' It could be the straw that broke the cymcl's back." "Gary's trying to get his own scandal behind him. He can't do that if he makes Donna's jeans an issue. What he should do when asked about the modeling contract is say he is very happy for Donna, although he doesn't ever plan to see her again." "I don't think that's convincing enough. I believe Gary is finally going to have to tell the truth and say that his sole interest in Donna Rice was to put her in the garment business." Ukiah Daily mr tdtndocmo uounty, I' Donald W. Reynolds, Chairman of the Board Thomas W. Reeves, General Manager John A/iastasio Bruce SchLabau«h. 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