Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on August 4, 1987 · Page 4
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL OPINION TUESDAY, AUGUST 4,1*17 A smart compromise In a county where there is a constant battle between those who realize the importance of timber to the economy of the area and those who don't want any trees cut, it is wonderful to see compromise. Louisana-PacifiC cuts trees, including red' wood trees, in order to generate the financial resources to provide the jobs to the hundreds of employees in this area. Save the Redwoods League exists to save redwood trees from the lumberman's axe. The two teamed up to assure another 673 acres of redwoods will not be cut. The area, known as the Navano Strip, will soon become a part of the state park system, expanding the existing Dimmick State Park. Many of the trees in the area are a century old. And while the area has been previously logged, many old growth trees remain. With the Mendocino Coast growing in popularity with visitors from the Bay Area and other pans of the country, there will be more and more traffic on California Highway 128 through the 11-mile long grove of trees. Save the Redwoods League is paying $6 million to L-P for the trees. The trees are worth substantially more than that, with L-P donating the rest of the purchase price. L-P purchased this area along with millions of dollars worth of other trees last year from Timber Realization Company, a successor owner to the Masonite Corporation. John B. DeWitt, executive director of the Redwoods League, reported that as soon as L-P purchased the land, it stopped logging in the area. "L-P President Harry Merio very much favored selling the property for a park," DeWitt said. The preservation of these redwoods is a wonderful step forward for Mendocino County. While these trees may not be quite as big and there is not a many of them as along the Avenue of the Giants, this is an area closer to more people and one which will attract many visitors each year. The entire route from just west of Navano to about two miles this side of the mouth of the Navano River will be saved. We join with the community in expressing appreciation to Merio and L-P for helping make it possible for saving this beautiful stretch of big trees. L-P will reap a benefit from its part of the contribution because people will be aware that the corporation helped make possible a dream that will will become even more meaningful as time goes on. The purchase is one of the largest in recent years for The Save the Redwoods League. It is obviously getting more and more difficult to find trees suitable for saving for the future. And it is even more difficult to find trees that are accessible. This is what makes this area such a wonderful park area. Congratulations to all those who worked so hard and so long (yean) in order to accomplish this project. It is worth the effort. Almanac Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 1967. There are 149 days left in the year. THEY WERE AU- SIMPLY TK/IN6 TO PROTECT ME... SO- SO -PROTECTED/ RICHARD REEVES Remember General Electric? SAG HARBOR, N.Y. — I had just spent $384.75 for a new General Electric dishwasher — $40 of that was for a mandatory two-year service contract — when I read the news that GE had sold its consumer electronics businesses to Thomson of France. The French company now owns names we used to think of as tributes to American innovation: General Electric, conceived by Thomas Edison; Radio Corporation of America, founded by David Samoff. So it goes in the mod, mad world of international money management — as opposed to the old- fashioned world of invention and manufacturing. GE has gone into the buying and selling business. In the last three years, the company has bought such other companies as RCA (including NBC), Kidder, Peabody brokers, and Employers Reinsurance Corp., meanwhile selling its old countertop appliance division and the parts of RCA that actually developed and produced such things as radios, television sets and VCRs. Because the Reeveses have headed for the beach, I happened to read all about it in Long Island's newspaper, Newsday. A good thing, too. Like the island itself, the paper sticks out from the mainland at just enough of an angle to give its readers an original perspective on the events of the day. One thing that makes it worthwhile to be out here is to read Newsday's economics columnist, Robert Reno. Shocking as this may sound, he consistently manages to put the manifestos and maneuverings of corporate America (soon to be corporate World) into common sense for common folk like me. While the New York City papers generally featured Wall Street analysts rhapsodizing over the "strategic fit" and "leveraged technology" of GE's global flea- marketeering, Reno was angrily and eloquently pointing out that just two years ago the company and the analysts were all saying that the strategic fit of the GE-RCA merger would finally allow leveraged American technology to compete with Japan's electronic giants. "America's most famous electric company has admitted it can't compete in making consumer electronic products," Reno wrote last Friday. "What are we now to call the great General Electric Co. ... General Grab Bag? General Rubbish? It is difficult to imagine a nation competing effectively as a major industrial power without such companies." But at least GE is staying in the "major appliance" business. "Its refrigerators and washing machines," he continued, "will still be around making noise at least until the Japanese companies start exporting quieter appliances that don't break down frequently and that don't need to be peddled along with ridiculously expensive service policies backed up by service networks that charge the earth for house calls if you refuse to agree to put your refrigerator in the backseat of your Toyota and haul it to them." What GE is doing right now might not make sense to Thomas Edison, but Reno does understand the micro-perspective of America's. money managers: "You can certainly demonstrate on a quarterly. balance sheet why it makes perfect sense for GE to dabble in light entertainment, reinsurance, credit, stock brokerage, laminates, all the things it's doing to avoid having to compete with the Japanese." If there is real anger in that writing, there should be. Common jerks buying GE washers and their $40 service contracts want to believe that they are doing their little bit to help America produce as well in global competition as we have traditionally done in meeting our own needs at home. But competition and production seem to be the last things in the world that General Grab Bag wants to get involved with in these modem days. LETTERS What a waste To Th« Editor: It's said Hut those who fail to learh from history's mistakes are doomed to repeat The Sheriff's budget problems are a case in point. It seems that the lesson of prohibition has been forgotten. ft 1919, a bunch of teetotaler do-gooders who didn't think that people should drink alcohol pushed through the Volstead Act outlawing its manufacture and sale. As we now know, outlawing booze won't stop people from drinking. They just turned to smug- glen, backwoods stills, or nuking their own ^bathtub gin." People who were otherwise law- abiding were turned into criminals because they liked to drink. Prohibition was repealed in 1933. It failed because it was "unenforceable" or was "too expensive to enforce." The lesson of prohibition is that as long as!there is a demand then, legal or not, there will be a supply. Like prohibition, laws against marijuana seem to be so expensive to enforce that they're unenforceable. I read in the Journal that eradication efforts have driven up the price so high that marijuaAa production is on the increase. It's son of like fighting a fire by throwing gasoline on it •• The bad thing is while all those deputies aft chasing around the woods trying to stop people from smoking pot, out in the streets serious crimes like assault, robbery, etc. are on the rise. Personally, I don't give a damn if one or all of my neighbors smoke pot They don't hurt me or'my family by doing so. It's crimes like robbery and assault that I worry about ; Who gets hurt when someone smokes pot? If anyone, It's only that person. Instead of trying to protect us from ourselves, the police should be trying to protect us from those who prey on others. Sieve Jack Ukiah A veterans'tribute To The Editor: When Vietnam veterans returned home almost 20 years ago, their welcome was not one of parades and accolades. They were not the victorious team returning home to be met at train stations by kisses and marching bands as were the World War n veterans upon their return. No, this was a different generation, a different time, and a different welcome. They trickled through major airport terminals where they were spat upon and ridiculed. They then moved on to their homes in outlying cities, rural areas and farms. All returning to a non- understanding community — a non-understanding ' nation, some to a non-understanding family. Nor/, these veterans heed and deserve the welcome they did not receive. Paradai are being held in their honor in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities. But more than the parades, the veterans need to hear the words, the thoughts of those who stayed home, safe, protected, watching the daily televised honors of a far-away war. A war that the Vietnam veteran lived, and is still living, but in another tormented emotional way. Vietnam veterans need to hear from the heart of the nation: You, the people. Donna Durham, founder of the non-profit organization, "Wives & Friends of Vietnam Veterans" is preparing a book on a tribute to all Vietnam veterans and would like to hear your thoughts, memories, words for those veterans. You may write to Donna at P.O. Box 2475, Yountville, CA 94599. Vietnam veterans are encouraged to share their thoughts as well. Donna Durham Yountville QEORQE WILL On Aug. 4, 1735, freedom of the press in America won an important victory as a iury acquitted John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal of a charge of seditious libel brought by the royal governor of New York. On this date: In 1790, a U.S; naval task force known aa the Revenue Cutter Service was formed. It would later become the Coast Guard. In 1830, plans for the city of Chicago were laid out. In 1892, Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden was arrested in Fall River, Mass., and charged with the hatchet murders of her father and stepmother. She was later found innocent. In 1914, Britain declared war on Germany, and the United States proclaimed its neutrality during World War I. In 1916, the United States purchased the Danish Virgin islands for $25 million. In 1944, Nazi police raided the "secret annex" of a house in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and arrested eight people taduding 14-year-old Anne Frank, whose diary became famous after her death in a German concentration camp. Only Anne's father survived. A sensible man WASHINGTON — Rep. Bill Gray, a Philadelphia Democrat, exposed his neck to the ax by becoming chairman of the House Budget Committee, thereby becoming conspicuously associated with a process that ruins reputations. But his is some neck. The ax has bounced off it and Gray has become the central player in the main game of governance: budget- making. It is oldies but goodies time at the White House as the President plays the soundtrack of fundamentalist Reaganism — low taxes, budget cutting, line-item veto, balanced- budget constitutional amendment. Gray's counterpoint is that the deficit is being trimmed, but as a result of legislative, not executive, leadership. Gray sensibly opposed the Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law and now, sensibly, wants to save it. He opposed it because its provision for "across-the-board" budget cuts institutionalized Congress' reluctance to make hard choices. Now it cannot be complied with unless modified, and it should be modified because it is working, although in a manner unsatisfying to the tidy-minded. It is working because it has changed the climate in Congress by codifying a generally felt imperative to shrink the deficit. However, when it was written in late 1985, the numbers plugged into it were based on the assumption that the deficit total from which the shrinkage would begin would be $180 billion. Hence the requirement to reduce it to zero in five equal increments of $36 billion. But that first-year defi- cit turned out to be $221 billion, so the process began $41 billion skewed. Furthermore, the Gramm- Rudman targets assumed an economic growth rate of 3.6 percent annually. Reagan's average from calendar year 1981 through 1986 is 2.4 percent; the post-1945 average is 3.4 percent. Gramm-Rudman can be fixed by lengthening the time to be taken (six or seven rather than five years of equal cuts of whatever size is required) or sticking to the requirement of $36 billion for however long it takes to reach balance. Of course, no one thinks a zero deficit is urgent. But, then, Gramm- Rudman is less a law than an exercise in self-nagging by Congress. The law will not stay the (five-year) course, but it does set a course. Need accountability To The Editor: This subject is dear in the hearts and minds of the Mendocino County Veterans. Since before 1975, the Veterans of the Vietnam Era have consistently been denied accountability from our government, the public and now from our fellow Softball association player reps and board members. This Softball season started out under the black cloud of a previous board's lack of accountability and the need for an organizational audit of the association's books. The new board took control and was heading in the right direction until a series of events took place where information and accountability were not present from a now narrow Board of Directors. We feel this year's, along with last year's, accounting be looked at and appropriate actions be taken. Where is the money going and what has the association received along with projected budget items?" We as an organization have invested over 400 man hours, $10.000 in values for the development of the softball complex, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and association fundraising activities. We also demand this accounting for the 480 additional players and community interests, who have voiced similar concerns of accountability. \ I find it difficult to ask our community members to support further association softball functions due to the lack of creditability and directions of siph association. Let's continue our complex devetyp- ment with a proper course. ;• Jim Ri(*el President, MCVA, Inc. Uklah UkiahDulv ^Journal Qfr Mtftdoctao County (•ftliforni^ Donald W. Reynold*, Chairman of the Board Thomas W, R*eve*. G«r*ral Manager ^l^tu^^w 0^U^ f^BB^M IfAal vvowitf qflctr Mimyf ./*. *S»0 D uf ^OUP -DOONESsWRY excuse e*lON> JH66ffAT600 HUNK-MI

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