Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 7, 1993 · Page 4
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FRI., MAY 7-SAT., MAY 8, 1993 EDITORIAL Congratulations go out to Yokayo school Our congratulations to the students, teachers and staff at Yokayo Elementary for being recognized by the state Department of Education as a California Distinguished School. It's the second time since 1987 the school has received the recognition and that speaks volumes to those concerned about the quality of teaching and the overall commitment to education. Yokayo has an enrollment of 565 students with programs in special education, the gifted and talented as well as for bilingual and preschool age pupils. Superintendent Charley Meyers said the reason Yokayo was selected was because of its programs, which include parent volunteers and various "awareness days" where students are exposed to the handicapped, other cultures and more. Statewide, Yokayo is one of 206 schools selected for the honor and that's something to be very proud about. Congress struggles with emotions over aiding Bosnians By JILL LAWRENCE Conflicting lessons from Vietnam and the Holocaust are tearing at Congress as lawmakers wrestle with the conundrum of Bosnia. Some are comparing the Serbs' "ethnic cleansing" of Bosnian Muslims to the Nazis' genocidal "final solution." Never again, these lawmakers say. But some representatives and senators who fought in Vietnam and, in some cases, were held prisoner there, make an equally compelling case. They, too, say never again—never should the country creep into a war with little definition, little popular support and limited military options. "If we don't want to get involved in a land war, then don't do anything. Solve the problem with a thousand tears," says Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., who returned from Vietnam with a Medal of Honor and an artificial limb. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., another Vietnam veteran, gives this summary of his counsel to President Clinton: "Do nothing." Like Kerrey, he said the president's only other choice is to "go all-out" with a ground war. As Clinton weighs U.S. options and degrees of possible entanglement, the advice raining down on him falls outside the usual political categories. Among those urging caution are conservatives who supported the Persian Gulf War—Murtha prominent among them. They believe arming the Muslims and bombing the Serbs, two steps under consideration, would aggravate rather than relieve the agony in the Balkans. Interventionists, by contrast, tend to be liberals who were ambivalent or outright opposed to the Gulf War and, for that matter, Vietnam. The ironies came into sharp focus last week on NBC-TV's "Today" program. The adversaries were liberal Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., who supports air strikes against the Serbs; and conservative Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a former prisoner of war in Vietnam. Parts of the exchange went like this: Biden: "If we do nothing, there's a Serb victory and the continuation of genocide." McCain: "If we do what you want, we only have two options. That's admit failure or send ground troops." Biden: "What do we do if we don't do anything?" McCain: "I'm not ready to risk another Vietnam." Biden: "This is not Vietnam." The opening of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last month added pathos and urgency to the pleas of those who believe, as author Elie Wiesel said at dedication ceremonies, that something—anything — must be done to stop the slaughter in Bosnia. "Standing by in silence, paralyzed by inaction, was wrong 50 years ago; it is wrong today," liberal Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., wrote in a newspaper essay about the new museum, his Jewish roots and Bosnia. Jill Lawrence is a writer for The Associated Press. LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONREY MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder Ukiah Daily (USPS M6-02Q) Joe Edwards, Publisher Jim Smith - Edhor Yvonne Bell - Office Manager Dennis Wfcon - Advertising Director Vic Martinez - Production Manager Eddie Sequeira - Retail Manager Teri Jackson - Circulation Manager Member Audit Bureau Of Circulations 1993 Member California Newspaper Publishers AasoaaSSn Pubbhad Ddly except Saturday by UKIah Dally Journal at 690 8. School 81. Ukiah. Mwtdodno County. CaM. Phone (707) 4694)123. Court DMTM No. 9267. Pubtottton i (USP8-646-B20). Sscond-CtoM Po«UO» P«M «l UMah, CA. •SUGGESTED MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION RATES- DELIVERY TYPE PRICE Walk/Bike Route $ 6.50 Motor Route $ 7tOO Mall in Mendocino County $10.00 Mail Outside the County $12.50 All prices include 7K% California State sales tax. Motor Rout* and Mai Other/ must b* p*M in advance. <?103£P Your rwwifufw ihoutd t» d*iv«»d tutor* 6 pro Monday through Frltoy, «nd b«lor» 7 a.m. Sunday. Tn*r* l| no d«Uv*ry on Saturday. To r*port a miiud nawipipH, c*J ft* CtoMoo Qmrtront totvaaji 6 »nd 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, or buwMti 7 wd 9 «.m Sunday. Ssv* «m*. Dial oVM (707)468-36 33. POSTMASTER: Send uUmt change* to: UMah Daily Journal. Poll Ofllee Box 749. UMah Cellomla 96482. Perspectives THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To tubmit an opinion forum article for the Journal, telephone Jim Smith, 466-3519 Opinion* expressed en the Perspectives Page are those of ths author. Editorials are the opinion of the paper's editorial board. BOSN1A- HERZEGOHOLOCAUST HEKZEGOVIETNAM NEVER •a*- What is this thing called love? By GORDON JOHNSON The best way to get a reporter's attention is to say "Why do you want to know that?" in response to a routine query about public information. That was the beginnings of a little snowball that's now a roaring avalanche. One little story, not even above the fold on the front page, has produced a record number of letters and phone-calls. The feedback has been divided between accusations of bias, condemnation for insensivity to children's issues and congratulations of proof of the chancre on the soul of the Mendocino County Office of Education. Reporters are often criticized for being cynical and believing there's always something to hide, but there always seems to be something hidden. Disbelief goes with the territory. Parents — if your kid told you their homework was eaten by Killer-Mutant-Zombie-Slugs- From-Ouler-Space you'd get curious and ask a few more questions right? When a journalist is told We- Don' t-Want-To-Say-How-$ 170,0 00-Was-Spent-Because-You- Wouldn't-Understand you start to look for explanations. The explanation appears to be that the money went for the writing of a musical that tells the dangers of Gordon Johnson's "Point of View" column appears weekly. POINT OF VIEW alcohol abuse especially for pregnant women, producing a video of the show and the creation of a guide for other schools to put on their own versions among other things. The play itself hasn't really been discussed. The production has been poisoned by the pettifogging polemics that perfuse the policy planning of the County Office. There have been letter writers who said they liked the show. But they seem to be victims of Ihe small town inferiority complex. One symptom of this complex is the unshakable belief that any local production is of superior quality "Just as good as anything in the city." I thoughi ihe play was a slightly above average amateur effort. The only moments that rang true were the ad-libs from the young actors. The only song anybody left the theater humming was the Bonnie Raitt tune the show was written around. Maybe this is just sour grapes on my part. The secreiary who worked for the grant supervisor on the project made more money in six months than I have in a year of writing this column. In any event, I don't mean to say the show was not valuable. The kids who watched did seem to get at least part of the message. But they're still teen-agers and believe the bad stuff always happens to somebody else. Maybe Ihe ongoing controversy will keep Ihe topic in their minds come some Saturday night. Many people seem to have interpreted the questions about the way the money was spent as another witch hunt (I don't need to drag out all those "p" words again do I?). Some think just asking the questions is doing a disservice to the effort to educate teens about the dangers of substance abuse, but isn't asking questions the best way to learn? Our society is based on the free exchange of information. Or as I prefer to think of it: democracy provides a refuge for those of us afflicted with impertinent question syndrome. The debate is really about whether it's all right to get information on where taxpayer's money is being spent. • Stonewalling is not a particularly effective information management technique, just ask Richard Nixon. The higher the wall Ihe more danger somebody will get hurt when it falls and the wall always falls inward. COMMUNITY THANK YOUS On April 22,11 Ukiah High School students left for Sacramento for a Vocational Industrial Clubs of America State Competition. Students competed in commercial photography, small air-cooled engine repair, technical cad drafting combination and precision machining against the best in the state. All contestants did very well, and three came home with medals. Jess Howard won a Gold Medal in small air- cooled engine repair and will be representing the entire state at the National VICA Competition in June. In commercial photogrpahy, Heidi Hansen won the silver medal and Sam Jamison won the bronze medal. Although it was the students who competed, we would not have been able to go if it were not for our sponsors, the people and businesses in our community who donated the money for us to make the trip to the state capital. We from the Ukiah High Chapter of VICA would like to sincerely thank the following: Gary Green of PG&E, Napa Auto Parts, Ukiah Concrete and Pipe Co., McDonald's, Ronal Haydon, Rainbow Agricultural Services, Rinehart Oil, Ukiah Tour and Travel, Bob's Valley Equipment, Wright Stuff Pizzadrome, Meadows Realty, Mendo Lake Office Supply, Thurston Chevrolet, Photo Finish, Triple S Camera, Van's Auto Clinic, Sears and Rod's Shoes. We would also like to thank our teachers, Mr. Chocholak, Mr. Howlett and Mr. Bender who went with us, all of the teachers who helped us reach our goals and Phil Gary and ROP for their continued support. One more thank you goes out to "Mom" Althea Baumeister, for keeping us in line and on time. Heidi Hansen UHS VICA Treasurer * * * We are thankful to have had a special overnight vacation given to us by the United Cerebral Palsy Respitality Program. We stayed at the beautiful Skylark Motel located in Lakeport. We had a room right next to Clear Lake where there was fishing and boating available. As we took long walks the view of the mountains brought on the feeling of calmness and serenity. Our stay was a pleasant one as we were treated with kindness and high quality of service. There was also a special treat of submarine sandwiches from Subway of Lakeport. To make our overnight complete, two of our youth from Assembly of God Church cared for our children. This also was a donation of time from Jamie Helrner and Heather Pitts. It's such a blessing to see people working together to make things happen. Thank you all for a much-needed night of rest and relaxation. Frank and Cheryl Rhoads Ukiah * * * On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Stepping Stone Children's Center. I would like to thank the following businesses for making our yearly drawing a success: Moore's Flour Mill, Jo-Anne Rosen, Cyndi Montesonti, Mendocino Beverage Company, McNabs Menswear, Alex R. Thomas & Co., Catalog Marketing, Albertson's Bakery Department, Husch Vineyards, Diamond T Road Service, OTS Welding, The Habitat, Chapman's Pro Corner, Schat's Bakery, Rain Forest Fantasy, Earthenware Potters, McDonald's, David Riemenschneider, Mendocino Book Company, North State Cafe, Terry Sees Physical Therapy, Mervyn's, Elizabeth Vineyards, Mcdowell Valley Vineyards, Sandy Weiss, Rods Shoes, Redwood Health Club, Hot Potato, Little Brown Bear, Main Street Wine and cheese, Ukiah Theater, Karen Rifkin, Marathon Foreign Auto,. Ukiah Ambulance Service, Rachel's Inn, New Release Video, National Video, Perkowski Screen Printing, Real Goods, Madelin Holtcamp, K.C. Deli, and all the wonderful parents who donated prizes and their energy in selling the tickets. Angela A. Jones, secretary Steping Stone board of directors HERE AND THERE It's up in the air By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff writer It'll be interesting to see what Congressman Dan Hamburg and his colleague Pete Stark are able and willing to do about whether to buy out the last stand of virgin redwoods known as the Headwaters from Pacific Lumber Company in Humboldt County. Right now the U.S. Forest Service is trying to decide what it thinks the property is worth and it's likely to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Landowners have always rightly argued that if the government is going to tell you you can't use your property for the legal purpose for which you intended it they ought to buy you out. The problem is, how much are we, as taxpayers, willing to spend? Here in Northern California, we regularly view old-growth redwoods. We know how beautiful they are, we have seen them disappearing and we are convinced they are critical to our environmental well- being. But iry to tell some congressman from New Jersey with an innercity in wreckage and an unemployment rate of 17 percent that saving some trees is worth $400 million. They may also have to counter the claims that they'd be giving a big business like PALCO a few hundred million they can pocket after they set up separate "holding" companies to lake the taxpayers' dollars while they leave their hundreds of millions in debt intact. Hmm.... it's not going to be easy. * * * The Chamber of Commerce in California is pushing legislation, AB 1520, that they say will streamline the air quality permitting process for businesses. The legislation would, among other things, prohibit local air quality districts from asking for the make, model and serial numbers of the air pollution equipment being installed by a business. According to the Chamber's newsletter, "Alert," —"Detailed information regarding the design, model or serial number of equipment is unnecessary to the permit process and just adds lime and extra paperwork for the applicant." Well, as usual, there arc two sides to this story. Talk to air pollution control officers, who are opposing this bill unless it is amended, and they will tell you that it is not irrelevant to have this information since the kind of equipment that is being installed tells them how effective the air pollution control will likelv he Furthemore, pollution control officers say the serial number on the equipment may not be necessary in order to permit construction, but is important to have. Without the serial numbers of the company's equipment, the air pollution control officer would have no way of knowing if the pollution equipment is somehow altered or removed by the company. + * * I 4 So most of us have "a, frj.e.nd" who. .bought the People Maga/ine with Dan Hamburg in it.-I got a Xeroxed copy of his page on my desk thfs'week and as I said in this space months ago, I can't believe what drivel people will buy. How many of you noticed that this "national publication" couldn't even get Dan's district correct? They had him hailing from Marin County. I guess their reporter must have been too stunned by Dan's beauty to gel the facts straight. * * * The County Board of Supervisors is getting real good at this "send it to committee" stuff. On Tuesday they even sent the "we won't give the state any more tax money" idea to commitiee. What seems ludicrous to me is not that they may consider such a tax revolt, other counties are sending the same message, but they believe it needs study. What's to study? We all know that the state is going to ignore such statements, the counties who have made them will probably get ihreaiening letters from the state tax board saying shut up or you'll get nothing and the counties will slink away as usual. A county is either going to make the statement or they're not. It seems pretty futile to me — but in places like Los Angeles I guess the polticians need to do everything they can (effective or not) to keep people happy right now. Our supes don't need to make such a big deal out of it. Just say this is useless and go on to other business. * * * I have to say that from what I've read it sounds like the truckers in the county pay an awful lot for the use of the roads and any further attempt by the county to gel more money oul of Ihem needs lo be justified. Is it just that the county has a source of cash it knows it can go to for more public works money? Or is there really a big road repair bill that isn't being covered by ihe lax dollars ihey already get? I know a 1989 study said more than $1 million in damage was done just on eight county roads one year because of heavy truck traffic. But how much of the truckers' taxes go now to repairing those roads? The county through it's recently revoked county permit was collecting something like $14,000 a year more from the truckers and the county's Public Works Director, Budge Campbell, was quoted as saying the truckers were really doing their part. If an extra $14,000 is considered doing their part, it sounds to me like they already pay a lot of the price tag. —Doonesbury .BY GARRY TRUDEAU — OOPSJEISONA VIRTUAL REALITY SHOPPING SPRfE. Installments Customer Name BARBARA BOOPSTEfl HAIR'IN-A-CANNCW ONSALB.AGttM

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