Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 10, 1993 · Page 2
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Ukiah, California
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Monday, May 10, 1993
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MONDAY, MAY 10, 1993 Perspectives THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To submit m opinion forum artWe for th. Journal, *»***"» 'Isn't this great?! The Beatles ara back together, naw episodes of 'Star Trek' on TV and Carson's back on the 'Tonight Show!' " IRS office takeover necessary to avert war By SUSAN CRANE A statement to community members to explain my activities at the IRS office on April 13. As a pacifist, for many years I have struggled with the moral dilemma of paying/not paying federal taxes for war. Some years I haven't filed, some years I paid the percentage that didn' t go to the military. Some years, under threat of not being able to maintain a household for my family, I have been a compliant tax payer. These years allowed for payment on innovative checks, but meant that I was paying money to murder my neighbors. Some years I have redirected the war tax to local groups, some years I have redirected the war tax to an escrow account that uses the interest to support worthy projects. Not only does my religion tell me that it is wrong to kill my neighbors, but practically it appears to me that the economy of this country cannot recover if we continue to spend so much of our money and resources on projects of destruction. Over the years, I haven't found a successful-way to withdraw my consent and support from the fundraising arm of a ruthless and well organized gang that uses strong arm tactics and conducts drive by wars against smaller countries. With the rise in street drugs, and the use of weapons by children at younger and younger ages, I imagine that many folks feel there are many more pressing issues than how our federal tax money is used. But another way to look at it is that we live in a culture that is addicted to violence. Violence is the norm. To be non-violent is considered abnormal, even unpatriotic. Youngsters today often feel that they must kill to gain respect, and it is no surprise, since that is how our heros act, that is the basis of our foreign policy, and, from how we Susan Crane of Ukiah is an anti-war activist who has protested the use of her taxes for the military for several years. OPINION FORUM spend our money, that is our No. 1 national priority. This year a number of U.S war tax resisters got together and tried to figure out a way to remind us all that half of every federal income tax dollar goes to the military, while human services are poorly funded Less than three cents out of every federal income tax dollar goes to education, and we all realize that, for example, health care, job programs, and libraries are underfunded. On April 13, we entered the IRS office at the Santa Rosa Federal Building as the "Global Peace Movers." We packed up the forms, took down the signs, and evicted the IRS for misuse of funds. Then the nurses among us set up a medical clinic. Although we closed the IRS for over two hours, I believe what I did was reasonable and legal, and this is why: The United States Constitution says that treaties signed by the United States become the supreme law of the land, and judges in every state are bound by them. To me, this means that the court upholds the treaties, allows discussion of the treaties, and is concerned with violations of the treaties. There have been several treaties that the United States has been a party to that prohibit indiscriminate killing of civilians, that prohibit preparation for indiscriminate killing, and that, in effect, outlaw nuclear weapons. I realize that these treaties have been violated by many kinds of warfare. But they represent a standard that we, as a country, try to live up to. Our country's Constitution has been violated from time to time, but that doesn't mean that we ignore it or throw it out. It's the same with treaties. In 1945 the United States became party to the United Nations Charter. Now, not only did we sign this charter, but it was ratified by the Senate and has the same legal status as a treaty. We are still a member of the United Nations today. The charter states that "members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force" against other countries. The Nuremberg Principles is another body of ideas that the United States is a party to. These principles weren't signed and ratified in the same way that others of the treaties were. But these principles were drawn up with the participation of the United States, and judges from this country went to Germany to try war criminals under these principles. These Nuremberg principles are important because they outline crimes that are punishable under international law, and also state what responsibilities people have to stop ongoing crimes. Planning a war of aggression or a war in violation of other treaties is a crime against peace. So any first strike nuclear weapon is illegal. Wariton'- dcstruction of cities, town or villages is a war crime, extermination and inhuman acts against any civilian population is a crime against humanity. The IRS is the agency that collects the funds for law breaking activities. So what should 1, as a concerned person do? In our country there is a common law defense of privilege that allows an individual who was aware of the fact that crime was ongoing to take reasonable action to stop that crime or to bring it to the attention of the appropriate authorities. Closing the IRS is a gentle way of bringing up discussion about our national priorities. The hope for a change in our foreign policy lies it the ordinary citizen deciding that there needs to be different priorities set for our country. We need to educate ourselves and act. EDITORIAL ROUNDUP The Redding Record Searchlight on forest policy T he charitable view would be that it was all an honest mistake and no harm is done. The hard-nosed view would be that, once again, Bill Clinton built expectations with great fanfare, only to back down, far short of the mark. The cynical view would be that those in the LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER OONREY MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder UkiahDaity timber industry who ventured to Portland April 2 were manipulated by a pair of real pols — Al Gore and Bill Clinton — who got spectacular television time (and great sound bites for campaign commercials) touting a plan they knew they couldn't deliver. ...Now, nearly a month later, after all that politically priceless videotape is safely locked away, comes Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to 'fess up and say he got overly enthusiastic about all this talk about an administrative, regulatory solution to the standoff. Instead, said Babbitt, the solution will be a legislative one—in the form of a proposal President Clinton submits to the Congress. Now there's a thought to gladden the bean of a timber grader. Babbitt's announcement is a disturbing sign of yet another cave-in by the Clinton administration to preservationist hard-liners. Joe Edwards, Publisher Jim Smith - E*of WorwBel- Oh* Manager DtnraWfeon-Admliting Director Vic Motion- Production Manager Eddie Sequaira- RaUtfMamgar TiriJKtaon- Circulation Manner Member Audit Bureau Of Circulator* 1963 Member CalHofnla Newipener PubNehert AuocWlon PuMfilwd (My exoejx Sauro* by UkM Da* Journal« 680 8. School St. UMah. Mendodno County, Can. Ptara: (707) 4W0123. Court Oecrw No. sear. -SUGGESTED MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION RATE8- MUVERYTYK PRICE WUKOfceRouto $8.60 Motor Route $7.00 Man in Mendodno County $10.00 Ma* OuMde the County $12.60 AlpicM Include TWKCatlfemJaSlat* •aba tax. Motet Hou»«ndM«IDil»»rYrnu»lt»p«M In «»HIX». BOX 749, Uttah CaNomfc 964*2. To riport a irilM*4 p.m Uandw fcrough 007)46*361). Journal PoatOMct The Associated Press -Doonesbury LETTERS Ashamed of government To The Editor: I am writing this missile because I want the world to know how ashamed I am of my government and the people who are running it My dissapproval rating is almost 100 percent. I am ashamed that people who claim to follow Christ's teachings would sent tanks to deal with a situation as in Waco recently. David Koresh and some of his followers being armed and potentially dangerous in no way justifies the gamble that Janet Reno and Bill Clinton decided on. I am ashamed and appalled as I grieve for the dead. I am ashamed that my government outlaws certain highly poisonous herbicides and pesticides, yet condones the selling of these substances by U.S. corporations in other countries, as if life is less valuable there than here. I am ashamed that my government knows full well the dangers of tobacco yet subsidizes its cultivation and then does nothing when U.S. companies push this poisonous, addicting substance on our youth and the youth of our world. This is disgraceful and dishonest. I am ashamed that in this age of peaceful change and revolution our national budget still portions a huge amount to weapons. Our U.S. weapons manufacturers, aided by our government export armaments so that war may continue. Where is the nonviolent alternative? Can we not seek common ground? How can we, who have the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons and poison biological agents, insist that no others may have them? Don't get me wrong; I want a total moratorium on nuclear weapons and poisons. What happened to the teaching of leading by example? Haven't we learned the lesson of sowing and reaping? The U.S. government has an unbroken track record exporting violence. How can we get surprised when violence occurs spontaneously within our society as in Los Angeles? Or when violence comes back to us from our borders as the bombing of the World Trade Center? Until we stop supporting and exporting terrorism, it will return to us and an exponential rate. The only reliable safeguard is to acknowledge our sins and correct our ways. Until we do that, we cannot expect to be taken seriously by peoples of the world. How can we claim that market economy and democracy are analogous, when by market economy we actually mean expansion of usury and exploitation of corporate interests? We must all understand the destructive effects of the poisons of greed; improper and unhealthy over consumption. Each person must understand this to implement changes toward healthier living. Each tribe, clan, nation, and cooperating 'group or association of people and iiatioTis" ¥ tntisr embrace; these 'changes. I no longer want to be ashamed of my country's behavior. I ask that every single person realize that we share this life together. What works is love, caring and sharing, and honesty. Honestly, the truth shall set us free. Peter Sears Willits FAS facts in error To The Editor: On April 26 you ran an article on fetal alcohol syndrome that was reprinted without further research from literature provided to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Unfortunately, the government's "facts" in that article were not based on any well designed prospective studies, but were extrapolated from older studies done on extreme alcoholics. The theory seems to be that if a lot of alcohol causes a lot of damage, then a little alcohol must cause at least a little damage. This just is not so. FAS is seen exclusively in offspring of women with extremely abusive consumption of alcohol. A study published in the July, 1991 British Meidcal Journal found no evidence of injury at birth, or slowed development upon testing up to 18 months of age, among babies whose mothers drank up to 12 drinks per week. What's more, the children of women who drank up to five drinks per week had higher birth weights, and did better on mental and motor skills tests than did the children of total abstainers. In addition, recent surveys have shown that while the number of pregnant women who abstain has increased by one-third in the last decade, the number of verifiable occurrences of FAS has remained constant. I'd like you to consider one more aspect of publishing these kinds of nee-prohibitionist articles. It has been shown over and over that a woman's state of mind has a very real and serious effect on the health of the child she is carrying. Imagine, if you will, the stress you could cause in a pregnant woman who had a glass of wine with dinner when she read your article. I think we would be better served putting our efforts into counseling women with serious alcohol problems about the effects of abusive drinking rather than trying to stop alcohol consumption. Several hundred people ' died last year from overdoses of aspirin. Should we remoove all aspirin from the store • shelves, or should we increase our efforts to educate consumers? Michael A. Kisslinger Ukiah Ignorant individuals To The Editor: It is really unfortunate some ignorant individuals are protesting the appointment of a permanent resident, Mr. Atenedor de la Paz, to sit as a member of the Overall Economic Development Plan committee of the county. "If people who are not citizens are making policy decisions, that dilutes the value of being a citizen," one protester has commented. What does she want to prove? That a citizen has more rights than a permanent resident? All residents have all the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, except the right to vote. We can understand the concern of these selfish individuals, to deprive a taxpayer to participate in the economic development of our county. These people are well-off economically, well-placed politically and socially circulated. They want new residents to be deprived of rights usually reserved for them. They feel insecure and abhor competition from new immigrants who are courageous and intelligent. This kind of reasoning has no place in our democratic system. The issue here is power. Some citizens would like to proclaim their superiority over new immigrants. They characterize new immigrants from south of the border and Asia as stupid and having no right to participate in making policy decisions for the county. This is wrong. Let us not be selfish and power hungry. Let us welcome whatever contribution these new immigrants bring to our economic development. And, also, let us change our perception of the new immigrants. These permanent residents will soon be in the majority, and just think of the consequences if we alienate them from the mainstream of our political, social and economic life. Think of the future. We support County Administrator Mike Scannell's decision to recommend a permanent resident. He is thinking 10 years ahead. Romulo A. Rivera Ukiah Informative articles To The Editor: The Ukiah Daily Journal is better for the reporting by K.C. Meadows. Her in-depth informative articles are a welcome addition to the paper. I wish to encourage K.C. Meadows to continue with the fine reporting, but in doing so, wear protective personal armor to fend off the lethal epistles of the contrarians. K.C. Meadows' recent piece on the play "The Thing Called Love" was an important analysis of one person's (Ms. Hanelt) efforts to identify the source and costs of this production funded by government funds. Unfortunately, the couriers of the message are under attack by the forces of the message's subjects. Those involved in the grant and their friends are reacting offensively and decrying the public questioning of the moniesinvolved in the production of this social message. Responses have spread from attacking K.C. Meadows and Ms. Hanelt to justifying (he costs at any amount based upon the possible prevention of anti-personal and social behavior of children. No one had better dare to question the actions of the social organizations, who, because of their greater knowledge of society's needs, know much better than a parent of an involved child what is best for the education of the child regardless of the costs. This play was evidently funded as part of a government grant and therefore by the public. All grants are required to have an accountability. All grant applications include a budget of proposed expenses. Why the reticence in disclosing this information? Funds for these projects are getting harder to find. Let us see that they are not wasted but that they are used efficiently and that the most benefit is obtained, the Mendocino County Office of Education should be open and responsive to the publicin this matter. The end result does not justify any and all means. I hope there is a followup in the newspaper to this inquiry. The public deserves it. Don Howard Elk .BY GARRY TRUDEAU — YOU'RE GOING OUT, JOAN/&? AFRAIP50. I'VE GOTAMeSTINSAT P07HZY 6FTANY ACTUAL PON&AT i/TH& 'HOUR? (f PATE? RICK.,ANPIT$A GLAMOMUSSer- TINO, \

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