Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 6, 1993 · Page 4
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 4

Ukiah, California
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Thursday, May 6, 1993
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THURSDAY, MAY 6, 1993 Perspectives THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To •ubmH in opinion forum article for Hi* Journal, t«4ephon« Jim Smith, 48S-3S19 Opinion* expneaed on the PerepeeHvee Page are thott otlfw author. EdHorlaie are th* opinion of th* p«p»r'* editorial board. EDITORIAL ROUNDUP Journal American, Bellevue, Wash, on the Tailhook scandal T he Pentagon's brutally graphic report on the debauchery at the 1991 Tailhook convention calls for convincing Navy and Marine action in this machismo-gone-mad affair. The inch-thick report implicates 177 officers for sexual misdeeds and lewd behavior, 23 for indecent assaults, and an additional 23 for indecent exposure. That "exposure" included public sexual intercourse and oral sex — some with paid participants. Add to that 16 pages of description of the "gauntlet" where women victims were pushed, groped at, pinched, fondled in their genital areas, and in some cases disrobed by drunken aviators in one of the hotel's hallways. This investigation is far different than the Navy's Tailhook I report, which produced only two suspects and saw officers stonewall investigators in an attempt to hide the truth of the uncontrolled dissolute and drunken behavior at the '91 convention. During the 18 months since the scandal, Navy officials have been grappling with ways of getting at the roots of issues raised by the revelations. The most far reaching of reform efforts is the proposal to open aviation combat positions to women—a move that would elevate their status in naval ranks. Navy and Marine authorities aren't done yet in clearing the decks of this deplorable matter. Now they must weigh the evidence and institute the courts-martial or other disciplinary actions appropriate to the offenses. Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette on the line item veto P oor Bill Clinton. He's just been lambasted by pundits and reporters with nothing better to do than write stories about what he hasn't accomplished in an artificially established 100-day time frame that he says is meaningless. Not that he is undeserving of the hard knocks.... Clinton has broken faith with the people who elected him by failing to keep so many of his promises, and the minority Senate Republicans' defeat of his economic stimulus package was a major setback to his momentum. But the president is facing another political blow, this time from his own party, which isn't prepared to grant him a major campaign platform goal — the line item veto. ... (T)he House of Representatives did vote to expand his power to reduce federal budget spending. The bill, which passed 258-157, would allow Clinton to reject specific items in spending bills during a two-year experimental period. Unlike a full line item veto, which requires two-thirds majorities in both houses to override, this measure would need only simple majorities to cancel spending cuts. ... This legislation is exactly what Republicans labeled it: "line item vppdop." Opponents of the presidential line item veto arc correct to say that > Congress, not the president, is empowered to control spending. But Congress has miserably railed to execute that responsibility and it is time to give the president the same tool that an overwhelming majority of state governors possess. Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle on drugs A fter ignoring the nation's crime and drug problems during the campaign and for the first 99 days of his administration, President Clinton put them back on the national agenda. He'll ask Congress to elevate the post of federal drug control director to Cabinet rank. His nomination of Lee Brown as "drug czar," the first black to head up police forces in Atlanta, Houston and New York City, is drawing generally good reviews from the law enforcement community and others. Brown is the father of "the community policing" concept, whereby officers are regularly assigned to high crime and drug neighborhoods. But how that experience will help as boss of a new Cabinet agency is something of a mystery, particularly since Clinton's proposed $13 billion anti-drug budget, up 7 percent over last year, actually allocates more funds to treatment and rehabilitation and less to battling the flow of illegal drugs. Another anomaly: Despite wanting to make the drug czar a Cabinet member, the administration wants to cut his staff from 146 people to just 25. That's a whopping 83 percent slash. If such massive reductions were being proposed for every federal bureaucracy, many Americans would be rejoicing that Uncle Sam was finally getting serious about down-sizing government. When the cuts are directed at the smallest and newest agency, they raise more questions than they answer. The Associated Press LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONREY MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder Ukiah Daily (USP8 MMeO) Jo0 Edwards, Publisher Jim Smith - EdHor Worm tell - Office Manapr DenneWkon- AdvertisingDirector VicMarlinez- ProductionMuiager Eddie Sequin - Retail Manager Ten Jacton - Circulation Manager Member Audit Bureau Of Circulation* 1903 Member California Newtpaper PubNahen Aiaociation School Si, PUbfched (My except SMurdjy by UkWi Dally Journal at HO 8. UKWi, Mendocino County. CaW. Phoiw: (707) 48W123. Court Deoe* No. 8287. Pubtatlon * (U8P8-B46-KO). 8econoX!l«M Pottage PaM * UMah. CA. •SUGGESTED MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION RATES- DELIVERY TYPE PRICE Walk/Bike Route $6.60 Motor Route $7.00 Ma* In Mendocino County $10.00 MaH Outtdo the County AH price* Include 7X% California Stale. aaleehw. Motor Rote* and Ue| deftey rniet be paM tn advance. ITSNOTRMUNfr NTOTMEHAUDS OF WE ENEMY 8333ITD EUJD COMMUNITY THANK YOUS Timber industry predictions came true By JUDI BARI Several weeks ago, the Ukiah Daily Journal ran an editorial entitled "Timber industry needs a public relations arm," in which it complained about my recent debate with Louisiana-Pacific forester Tommy Thompson at Ukiah High School. Poor L-P, lamented the Journal. They were unable to capture the interest of students with their dry facts and figures. I, on the other hand, was able to entice the students even though I "spouted the same old rhetoric." Not only is this an inaccurate view of the Ukiah debate, but it is also an insult to the intelligence of the students. It was I, not L-P, who had the facts and figures. And if I had an advantage in the debate, it was not because my presentation was flashier, it was because the truth was on my side. Three years ago, when I last spoke at Ukiah High School, I said that L-P was liquidating our county's timber resource, and that when they were done they would lay off the workers, close the mills and leave the area. That is exactly what happened. Since 1989, L-P has closed five out of six mills serving Mendocino County i- Potter- ValWy,* Covefo, Calpella, Cloverdale and Ukiah. They have laid off more than 1,500 employees in the Western Division. Meanwhile, they have opened new mills in Mexico, Venezuela Jui Earl is a limber activist who lives in the Ukiah Valley. OPINION FOURM and Ireland, where wages are as low as 85 cents an hour and environmental laws are lax. Tommy Thompson told the Ukiahi students that whether you believe L-P has overcut is "a matter of perception." I say it is a matter of fact. Last summer L-P Western Division chief Joe Wheeler sent shock waves through our community when he released L-P's own data showing that 90 percent of their remaining timber in Mendocino County is too young to cut for saw- logs. One-third of their timber is under six years old! The real reason why L-P is closing their mills is as clear as the clearcut hillsides that stretch for miles across Mendocino's back country. Plain and simple, L-P is running out of trees. L-P's overcut has been disastrous for our county. But the company's reaction to their dwindling supply of sawlogs has been even worse. Rather than wait for the young trees to mature, L-P has been re-entering their land and cutting trees at younger and younger ages. Redwoods' have a natural lifespan • of 1,000-1,500 years. They reach reproductive age at about 100 years. Yet L-P fought a court battle over their "right" to cut baby trees as young as 20 years old. You can see these 6-12 inch diameter redwood poles on the log trucks going down our county's roads. Trees that are too small to saw are chipped for low-value pulp. If L-P had any intention of staying in Mendocino County, they would not be cutting the next generation of trees. There is no way that L-P is going to hold on to their 300,000 acres of depleted timberlands for the 50 years it would take to produce saw- logs again — much less for the 100 years or more that it would take to restore the health of the ecosystem. When their unproductive timberlands have become more valuable as real estate, L-P will subdivide and sell them. It's a simple law of business, as old as the timber industry itself. It's called cut and run. Meanwhile, as Mendocino County sinks into economic depression, L-P is once again enjoying record profits. It's time for our community to stop making excuses for L-P and start thinking about our own future. Not only is L-P leaving, they've already got one foot out the door. And if we don't want to end up like Sonoma County, we need to find a way 1 to prevent the damaged timberlands'' from being converted to vineyards and subdivisions. I think this is the real reason why high school students are open to environmental ideas. It is they who will have to inherit the legacy of the choices we make today. Everywhere you look today, it's Bob Dole By JOSEPH SPEAR Something unusual happened a short while ago: I had a Dole-free day. I don't know if it was planned or if it just happened that way. I listened to radio news broadcasts, checked the networks, CNN, C- SPAN. I scanned five newspapers, skimmed the magazines. And guess what? No Bob Dole. The first time since November. I've been taking notes and I am certain this is true. Since George Bush went down in flames and the Senate minority leader was relieved of his water boy chores and became the Lord Master of the GOP, it has been difficult to tune in the news without tripping over him. The senior senator from Kansas seems so happy, too, like he's been eating Democrats for lunch. Truth is, he has. "Fifty-seven percent of the Americans who voted in the presidential election voted against Bill Clinton," Dole said last November, "and I intend to represent that majority on the floor of the U.S. Senate." And so he has. Bill wants to let gays wear the uniform, Bob says no. Bill wants new taxes, Bob says no. Bill wants to spend a few billion, Bob says no — and he organizes a filibuster to enforce his edict. Those who have followed Joseph Spear is a writer for the Newspaper enterprise Association. -Doonesbury JOSEPH SPEAR Dole's career closely know this was perfectly predictable. Negativity is his core philosophy and he loves gridlock. "If you are against something," he says, "you'd better hope there is a little gridlock." Which brings me to my main point. I like that attitude. Indeed, I believe the Founders deliberately designed a system of impediments and obstacles to promote occasional gridlock. There are numerous other things about Bob Dole that I like. He is an old-fashioned conservative and deficit hawk who believes in "lower taxes lower spending, fewer regulations, less government and a strong and secure America." I like that. All this has made Bob Dole an appreciator of ordinary people — farmers and clerks and nurses — and I like that. So why don't I like Bob Dole? I don't dislike him, you understand, but I don't like him. To be more accurate I want to like him but I am afraid to. Every time I begin to think he's not such a bad guy, he slips into a phone booth and dons a Quirky Bob cape. Or a Snar- ly Bob cape. Or a Bitter Bob or Mean Bob or Partisan Bob cape. If you let yourself start feeling warm toward this guy, you will get burned. I have examples: When under duress, he scapegoats the press. They're too liberal, too pro- Democrat, too absorbed in trivia. As the Republican National Chairman during Watergate Dole delivered one broadside in which he trashed the Washington Post 57 times. His abiding anger and acerbic wit sometimes take him off the deep end as when he spoke sourly of "Democrat wars" during the 1976 vice-presidential debate with Walter Mondale. He gets sidetracked with personal obsessions, such as the time he called for a flag-burning amendment and threatened to "make a 30-second spot" about unpatriotic Democrats who voted against it. Sometimes, he gets downright irrational about his fixations, such as when he accused Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh, a lifelong Republican, of deliberately indicting Caspar Weinberger on the eve of the elections to help Bill Clinton. There are those who say that Bob Dole's elevated station will bring out the statesman in him. I will wait and see, and I don't intend to get too close while I do it, either. The Corps of Engineers and National Parks and Conservation Association wish to thank all those associated with the April 17 March for Parks fund raising walk on Coyote Dam. Although the turnout was dampened by blustery weather, nearly $500 was raised to purchase recycling containers for Lake Mendocino's recreation areas. With an annual visitation of over 500,000 (many non-county residents), recycling at the lake is needed to divert reusable materials from Ukiah's shrinking landfill. Thank you's are directed at those who organized and staffed the event, including the Lake Mendocino park staff, Keep Mendocino Beautiful, Inc., Empire Waste Management and "Cycler" the recycling robot, Scout Troop 89, Tonya Sparkes, Ukiah Veterans of Foreign Wars, and California Department of Forestry, Parlin Fork. Sponsors which provided prizes, refreshments and in-kind donations are: Mark Ashiku DDS, Yokayo Veterinary, Ah! Some Art, Denny Bicycles, Mendocino Hillhouse Inn, Skate City, Yokayo Bowl, Real Goods, USS Watersporls, Schat's Courthouse Barkery, Go wan's Oak Tree Fruit Stand, Fetzer Vineyards, Big Four Rents, Empire Waste Management and the Redwood Health Club. David R. Chubon park manager, Lake Mendocino * * * April 18-24 was National Volunteer Week, and I want to take this occasion to publicly thank the people I believe are the most dedicated volunteers in our community, the volunteers of the Hospice of Ukiah, Inc. Most people know that hospice provides a very special kind of care for terminally ill persons and their families. But it's less known that if it were not for volunteers, our hospice could barely function. In the Ukiah area, the following persons donated their service to our community hospice during the last year: R.J. Werra, Robert Bloom, Carole Hester, Fran Clark, Gloria Zeff, Kathryn Ford, Noel Hale, Terry Knott, Walter Eversole, the Rev. Dick Ober, BeeLu Robinson and Robert Levy, Linda Johnson, Carrie Minklcr, Mary Caslcr, Myrna Oglesby, Jim Vermilion, Marian St. John, Norm McLean, Cheryl Simmerly, Dennis Robson, Marie Denham, Viola Denham. Additionally, these persons in Anderson Valley are trained and available to the people in that valley: Barbara Christensen, Betty Mclniosh, Joan Walsh, Judy Nelson, Page Prescott, Benna Kolinsky, Ling Anderson, the Rev. Kevin Campbell, Shawn Delora, Geraldine Rose, Elizabeth Ross, Mary Ann Wilcox, Beverly Elliott, Kathy Lewis, Linda Newton, Tom Crpnquist, Da Lawson, Maureen McCamphill, Larry Smith, Tippa Thomas, Linda Boudoures, Barbara Sachs, and Karen DiFalco. We should all be grateful to the volunteers of Hospice of Ukiah for the wealth of time and compassion they give for the betterment of our community. Janine Lieberman Administrator * * * I would like to thank Raley's Supermarket for helping school libraries with their "Free Books for Schools" Program for the second year in a row. With . state and school-budgets so-tight, there is no money '. leftlfiptiie;*! Ijbfary JspolS. {Thanks to Raley's ''Gold Receipts'* we received 284 new library books last year. The program started in January and continued until April 24. Our community has been wonderful about saving and contributing their receipts to the school ibrary. We have enough receipts this year to order about 150 quality, hardbound library books. Other schools in the area are also participating in this program. Lois Quinones Frank Zeek School Library * * * Ukiah Girl Scouts would like at this time to thank all the people and local businesses for all their help with the sale of Girl Scout cookies. We had a great success. With the help of everyone the troops were able to reach their goals. Some troops will be using the money raised for summer and Girl Scout camps. Many of the troops will use it toward uniforms, crafts and other things. We would like to thank Lucky Distributing for allowing us the use of their warehouse so that our cookies could be delivered. Sharon Clark Ukiah Girl Scouts * * * This is a twofold letter. First, on behalf of all the Pacific Bell active and retired employees, I would like to thank Shirley Dietrick and all those dedicated employees of the Broiler Steak House, who helped make our last ditch company party such a huge success. It was a great success and we appreciate all the effort of everyone involved. Everthing went so smoothly considering there were 164 people involved. Second, I want to apologize for the Broiler not being listed in the paper for its contribution and support with the Redwood Empire Lion's Club Crab Feed. I take full responsibility for it and I am very sorry. Winnie Meador Redwood Valley * * * The Community Thank You Column is published once a month or as needed in the Daily Journal. There is no charge for submissions, although they must be of reasonable length — three to four paragraphs maximum — and will be edited for space should the length become excessive. Letters suitable for publication include those from individuals to non-profit organizations, from non-profit organizations to groups of individuals or from individuals to businesses. Thankyous of a personal nature, such as to relatives or to teachers from students, will not be run in the column. Those desiring to run a thankyouofa personal nature are encouraged to contact the Daily Journal's advertising department. BY GARRY TRUDEAU — MOU... IrW, UKZTM IN A WHO* mi WOW! SHOPPING ccm&a Back ordgT • •**•' *:* iS: •*.« --•;/** "• •• ***\ ^ 4 ^ '

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