Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 5, 1993 · Page 3
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Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, May 5, 1993
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To submit an opinion forum article for the Journal, telephone Jim Smith, 468-3519 Opinions expressed en the Perspectives Pag* am those of the author. FHKnrlftl* *r* tha t ilnn nf 111* nftfuhr'* *<4ltartal Perspectives SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 1993 EDITORIAL Commission should have been tougher In our view property owners Sidney Mauer and William Waring got off easy last Wednesday before the Ukiah Planning Commission. They should have had their single- family dwelling use permit for the 528 S. School St., property revoked. Instead, commissioners gave Maurer and Waring 30 days to submit a management plan for the property on how it will be kept neat and no longer an eyesore to nearby businesses. Bruce Crook, a certified public accountant with an office next door to the property, isn't convinced anything will change and neither are we. We have a simple case here of absentee landlords who are all to willing to let their property go to pot and then abrogate their responsibility by blaming it on the tenants. While all property owners and tenants we feel have an obligation to keep their premises orderly some need to have it clearly spelled out and quick action taken if the rules are not complied with. Maurer and Waring have sometimes acted slowly, sometimes quickly when notified by the city to clean up the property. They have been slow to respond to neighbor complaints. They haven't taken it upon themselves to police their own property. We see no indication that the future will be any different from the past. City staff were correct in calling for the revokation of the use permit, which prohibits a residential facility within a commercial area, the commission was wrong in drawing the matter out. LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONREY MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder Ukiah Daily (USPS 646-020) Joe Edwards, Publisher Jim Smith - Editor Yvonne Bell - Office Manager Dennis Wfcon - Advertising Director Vic Martinez - Production Manager Eddie Sequeira - Retail Manager Teri Jackson - Circulation Manager Member Audit Bureau 1993 Member m n m ,bK«,. California Newspaper Of Circulations Publishers Association PubUilwd Daly MMpt Saturday by Ukiah Dally Journal at 690 S. School SI, Ukiah, Mendodno County, Gail. Phono: (707) 466-0123. Court Dacre* No. 9267. Publication * (USPS-646-920). Second-Claw Pottage Paid at Ukiah. CA. -SUGGESTED MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION RATES- DELIVERY TYPE PRICE Walk/Bike Route $6.50 Motor Route $ 7-00 Mail in Mendocino County $10.00 Mall Outelde the County $12.60 All prices Include 7X% California State sales tax. Motor Route and Man Drthwymmt be paid In advanca. ea.m. *7p.m, O&SgD 7s,m. * lOa.m Kr^a.^^X^^^ StfrtttiTO^^^* PM^rfffcJ^^gJj* LEAST 2_P»«.HC«.S - r u»«S 6Ui2.tD H AfcTO to A UM€ O^ CA/MMC- 7o»T Tto K-C€p UP. sec- «ioT TO . r CAM. i*)twrr?o%t.MO- OIOMT CATCH * THE TttUtfe CAU CB UpvE * TOO ot* LETTERS Cheryl Johnson is a resident of Ukiah The Ukiah Daily Journal provides space to people in the community who have a politically oriented cartoon or illustration to share. The Daily Journal does not necessarily agree with the focus of the cartoon. Drawings should 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. Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure 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) 556-8440. Senator Dianne Feins tein: U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C., 20510. (202) 224-3841; San Francisco (415) 433-1333. Congressman Dan Hamburg: *M 14•'• Cannon House Officef/Buildfog.'WaJflihtgton, DiC.', '20515 (202) 225-331 li the District Office address is 910 A Waugh Lane, Ukiah, 95482, (707) 462-1716; or 1/800-303-2515. Assemblyman Dan Hauser: State Assembly, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, 94249-0001. (916) 445-8360; Santa Rosa, 576-2526; FAX, Santa Rosa, 576-2297. Hauser's local field representative, Harry Bistrin, can be reached at 468-0504 or by writing to Hauser at P.O. Box 1014, Ukiah, 95482. State Senator Mike Thompson: State Senate, Room 3056, Sacramento, 95814. (916) 445-3353; FAX (916) 323-6958. Mendocino County Supervisors: Seiji Sugawara, 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. If you are unsure who represents you, the Mendocino County Elections Department can help —call 463-4371. Call (202) 224-3121 for further Information about the U.S. Congress, (916) 322-9900 for the state Legislature, and 463-4221 for the Board of Supervisors. By TOM MONTESONTI "The Thing Called Love," a play written through a state grant as part of a new cirriculum that teaches youth about substance abuse during pregnancy, has generated attention in the press. During these tough economic times it is no surprise that the attention was focused on the amount of money this development of cirriculum cost the taxpayers. An important expansion of that question must be asked. Therefore I will ask it and also provide an answer. What amount of money does it cost to bring a seriously substance affected child into this world? In other words; what is the picture of babies who suffer the medical assaults related to perinatal substance abuse in economic terms? Let us start with the birth. A severely substance exposed baby will begin his or her life in what is called a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. A short stay in such a unit may last 10 weeks. The costs of this short stay will average $150,000. Why does this baby need the services of an NICU? Alcohol and drug toxicity discourages adequate growth of the fetus. Compromised growth obviously indicates smaller babies. Smaller babies have greater breathing concerns at birth. They are born too soon, underweight for gestational age, and at a greater risk of cerebral hemorrages. Babies go mroflgti painM withdrawls; irritan "bility/jitters and^ed well. In most cases the childjs lucky enough not to need to enter a state Tom Montesonti is executive director of the Area 1 Developmental Disabilities Board located in Ukiah. OPINION FORUM WHERE TO CALL Here is a partial list of the federal "Hot Lines" for cutting government waste. Agriculture (including Forest Service): 1-800-424-9121; Commission on Civil Rights: 1-800-552-6843; Commerce: 1-800-424-5197; Defense: 1-800-424-9098; Education: 1-800-647-8733; Energy: 1-800-541-1625; Environmental Protection Agency: 1-800-424-4000 developmental center. For those who do, the average cost per year for that placement is $85,000. Those who do not enter developmental centers may go on to live with foster parents who may receive a reimbursement of between $600 and $800 a month. These babies will also receive an array of community services in order to minimize the disabilities which may include various infant intervention programs and specific therapies. Average cost? Infant intervention program, $300 per month; specialized therapies average $30 per hour. These hours depend on the severity of need. Substance affected babies present behavior peculiarities which are not within the normal range of infant behaviors. They are difficult to manage, and if allowed to go home to live with actively substance abusing parents, do not bond with their parents. Babies need love and cannot love someone who is not there for them. This lack of bonding can cause what is called "failure to thrive." This includes eating problems, from formula to table foods, growth problems, tactile defensiveness, and less than optimum nutrition which affects brain growth. These children are at serious risk for motor and language development problems and learning disabilities. ( - f Florida State University published a cost/implementation study in August 1991 in which they compared their cost per year of educating a child without disabilities to educating a child with disabilities. In regular education their costs were $3,060 per student. In special education their costs were $13,653 per student. While these figures reflect Florida's costs and not California's, they also reflect the national significance of prevention of disabilities in terms of tax dollars that can be saved by educating our youth about preventable disabilities. A simple multiplication of these figures by 12 school years will give you a figure of $163,836 (Inflation not included). This information has not addressed the subject of human suffering, which is not popular during tough economic times. Money needs to be spent wisely and pru- dendy on education and prevention of disabilities. The human factor as well as the economic factor is too high a price to pay. The numbers of substance affected babies is growing, not shrinking. In some of our rural Northern California counties 25 percent of the new babies are affected in some way by prenatal substance exposure. We are all in this together whether we admit it, or not; whether we understand the impact on all of our lives, or not; whether we care, or not. Accountability is important, and we should have fiscal accountability. We should also maintain our ethical accountability by supporting prevention education prog- , rams, recovery programs, infant intervention programs and other vital services which address the current multitude of serious problems modern America is having with the overall effects of substance abuse. Bosnia raises the ghost of Vietnam By WALTER R. MEARS When teen-ager Bill Clinton met John F. Kennedy in the Rose Garden 30 years ago, the youthful Democratic president was embroiled in policy debates and decisions that led to the long, lost war in Vietnam. Now Clinton's White House is dealing with Bosnian intervention questions no less difficult and potentially divisive. For all that has changed since 1963, the dilemmas that faced Clinton' s first political hero are not unlike those he faces in deciding how to wield American force abroad, in this case in the Balkans, where strife has been historically habitual. So far, the policy has been one of warnings, backed by U.S. pressure on European allies for a policy of force if necessary, presumably to include air strikes and an end to the United Nations arms embargo that has left Bosnian Muslims outgunned by Serbian forces in the year-old civil war. And so far, it has gained at least the gesture of agreement by Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to a peace plan accepted earlier by Muslims and Croats. The admi- Walter R. Mears. vice president and columnist for The Associated Press, has reported on Washington and national politics for more than 30 years. -Doonesbury nistration is skeptical, shellfire in Bosnia continued on Monday and Clinton said,,, what is needed is action, not only Serbian agreement on words. Until that happens, Clinton has said, he will continue planning on military moves against the Serbs, who have occupied about 70 percent of Bosnia-Herzegovina in a year of bloody civil war and so- called ethnic cleansing. When, or if, there is a cease-fire and peace accord, the president said Monday, the United States would be prepared to join a United Nations peacekeeping force "heavily engaged in by the Europeans" to make it stick. But he said he is not "interested in sending our soldiers in there into combat, into a fighting situation i* There has, however, been talk of assigning Americans as spotters on the ground in the event the peace settlement fails and U.S. air strikes are ordered. In fact, there are reports those troops already are there. Either way, the Balkans are perilous territory. Clinton said he would explain his policy to the people "before I agree to put one American soldier there ...." "I would not make any such decision without a further consultation with the Congress and discuss- ing it directly with the American people," he said. In Kennedy's time, the forces in Vietnam were advisers, about 900 when he took office in 1961, some 16,000 by the summer of 1963. They were fighting forces, and about 75 had been killed, but it was early 1965 before President Lyndon B. Johnson sent the first designated American combat troops to Vietnam. By then, the United States was bombing North Vietnam in an air campaign that lasted for eight years. A divisive decade and two presidents later, the United States surrendered South Vietnam to the communist North. The echoes of that traumatic conflict, of the war Clinton opposed and avoided, now haunt the debate over efforts to stop the ethnic killing in what was Yugoslavia. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., sees the Balkan conflict as another Vietnam, where he served, and said he'd told Clinton to "stay the hell out of there." The bombing option has its detractors in part because of the futility of that policy in Vietnam. In far different circumstances and situations, the basic issue remains the same: how and when to send American troops abroad to face at least the threat of hostile action. Concerned about program To The Editor: I am writing to express concern over a program carried by a local TV station KFWU. The program is Jerry FalwelPs "Old Time Gospel Hour" which airs Sunday mornings. As a Christian, I see nothing wrong with inspirational programming, but there is nothing ispirational about this show. Sunday's (April 24) episode was titled "The Truth Behind The March," in reference to the Gay & Lesbian March on Washington. As usual, it was a nauseating display of propaganda and misinformation masquerading as honest journalism. The program encourages bigotry and hatred in the name of God. It claims to defend "family values," while pushing an agenda which destroys families and ruins li-/es. The "Old Time Gospel Hour" promotes old-time prejudice and ignorance. As someone with two lesbian family members I could not have been more offended by Mr. Falwcll's tactics. The program is also anti-choice, anti-feminist and anti-religious diversity. Mr. Falwell would have viewers turn their backs on the basic freedoms on which our country is founded. Perhaps he hasn't heard of a document called the Constitution, which guarantees basic rights, including the rights of privacy and self-fulfillment, to every citizen of this country. We live in a democracy, not a theocracy. On top of everything, the show is actually a little more than an attempt to solicit money. Sunday's hourlong, uninterrupted program consisted mainly of product pitches and segments asking viewers to participate in a 900 number opinion survey (as if a survey during this program will have any validity). I have written to KFWU to express concern over this program, and I encourage all local viewers to do the same. Philip Locke Willits Excellent production To The Editor: We as students at Ukiahi think the play called "The Thing Called Love" was an excellent show and addresses the issues that are embarrassing for parents to talk about with their kids. The issues they addressed were fetal alcohol syndrome, drug abuse (illegal or legal), pregnancy, talking to your parents and peer pressure. The $170,000 grant was well spent. How could you put a price on education to prevent FAS, sexual diseases and birth defects? Some parents/teachers object to spending $170,000 and cutting into the curriculum of the students education. Isn't sex education part of the curriculum? This taught us as students that there are many more diseases than AIDS and we need to understand the consequences of our actions. With the backing of teachers, parents and school, we will hopefully be able to have more important, educational events. Jennifer Harrison Ton! Neal and 63 other students is priceless To The Editor: Yes! I strongly feel that our tax dollars were very well spent in producing "The Thing Called Love." I am a mother of a 15- and 12-year-old. I was pregnant when I was 15 years old. 1 wish that "The Thing Called Love" would have been around when I was a teen-ager. I do feel that it should have been publicized differently, because it told much more than just the dangers of drinking during pregnancy. My hope is that they can get more funding so that more people can experience this absolutely wonderful play. "Way to go," to everyone involved in this project, especially Kate Magruder and Laurel Near. "The Thing Called Love" is priceless. Janise Ramos Redwood Valley 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. 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. _____BY GARRY TRUDEAU — HOWCQUUQOKATAU. THIS THE COMPUTER AlfJOMATI- C4U-Y0IU6 TOWKCRBPITCARP, & CAREFUL! WU,T WURC&P RATING! \ IJUST BOUGHT A FORKLIFT. WHAT? WHAT? HOUJPOI BUY SOMETHING? \ you PONr TOUCH ANYTHING

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