Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 11, 1993 · Page 2
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TUESDAY, MAY 11, 1993 Perspectives THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To •ubmlt m opinion forum artteU for tht Journal, telephone) Jim Smith, 4M-3S19 OpInloM MprMMd on the Penpeeflvet Page ere thoae of the author. EdHorle.lt are the opinion of tM papar'e editorial board. INCLUDIH& -H6AI-S/ CAeTy/ Johnson is a resident of Ukiah. You can fill this space The Ukiah Daily Journal is providing this space to people in the community who have a politically oriented cartoon or illustration to share. Drawings should be poignant and witty but in good taste. They must be done in pen and ink and drawn proportionally so they can be reproduced in a space no wider than 6!/< inches but by any depth. Editorial cartoons customarily are 6'/< wide by 4'/i - to 5 inches deep. All submissions must be signed with the author's name, address and telephone number, although only the name and city of residence 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. Those drawings which appear in the paper do not necessarily indicate the editorial views of the Daily Journal. More questions raised by parent who first asked about grant funds By SANDY HANELT As the "parent who gets a lesson in bureaucracy" in your article "The Thing Called Love: $ well spent or wasted?" I wish to make the following comments: First, 1 want to clearly state that I have not questioned the talents of Laurel Near, Kate Magruder and certainly not the student actors hi this play. My original questions were only how much did it cost and exactly where was the money \spent. In response to other concerns, I have never questioned or commented on the propriety of this play or sex education in the schools. The questions I asked were questions only about the propriety of spending. Now, while we are discussing propriety, let me comment on the behavior of Mendocino County Office Education officials: I believe that when they used their special position as employees of MCOE to obtain information from my son's school records at Ukiah High School, and then provided die information to the Ukiah Daily Journal, it was not only meant to be punitive and retaliatory in nature, but it was possibly a violation of the Education Code and the law. My own instructor at Mendocino College has also been contacted by an MCOE employee. Additionally, I am perfectly aware that my son is hi a computer math class. Foolishly, I assumed a computer math class would provide a computer for the student to work with. It is my understanding Sandy Hanelt first questioned how much individuals involved with the "Healthy Generations" grant were earning in an April 28 story appearing in The Daily Journal, OPINION FORUM that there is one teacher, approximately 25 students, only six computers, no aides and no books hi that class. It does not take a mental giant to figure out that this teacher must be a wizard to teach these students as much as she does. Whether hi books or hi additional computers, the instructional materials this teacher is forced to make do with seem woefully lacking when we expect to send these young people into a high tech world hi two to three years. Publicly, I would like to say that MCOE officials needn't worry about the public's lack of understanding; they can feel safe with the knowledge that we dullards out here just may understand more than is wished by our public officials, and they no longer have to feel "reluctant" to tell us the financial breakdown of this grant, who our employees are and how much we pay them. The budget expenses published hi the Ukiah Daily Journal April 28 article, neglected to mention one listed expense, $25,270 for "other services." I am still curious what "other services" can cost hi excess of $25,000 hi this year of budget crisis in the schools? Why can't we see some of this money for "other services" show up in the classroom? The "reluctance" of MCOE staffers to answer my original questions has prompted a few new questions. First, just exactly what hiring process did MCOE use to hire the persons who were paid to develop and work hi and on this grant. I notice MCOE 1992-93 projects include eight federal grants totaling $561,477; eight state grants (including Healthy Generations, which included "The Thing Called Love") totaling $482,366; and seven locally funded grants totaling $308,384. Who wrote these grants and were other grant writers invited to submit proposals? The budget provided to the Ukiah Daily Journal indicates that from the $169,981 grant MCOE employee Lillian Hoika was paid $19,196 and her secretary was paid $9,822. Were they (or their counterparts at MCOE) paid at the same percentage rate on all of the above grants? Under what item on the budget will we find the payment to the "MCOE employee paid to review the production for 'multicultural' accuracy?" (What is "multicultural accuracy?") What was the amount paid, and who was the recipient? Grant writer Sharon Kiichli is quoted as saying "a big chunk of money" was spent on training 10 actors about fetal alcohol syndrome, and another "big chunk" was spent for original music. Just exactly how much does a "big chunk" cost us hi dollars? Also, why was it necessary to spend a "big chunk" to train the actors? If the dialogue conveys the message to the students hi the audience why would the script not convey it to the actors, who are also students? If MCOE is to provide this curriculum and play for all the seventh- to 12th-grade students hi the county, when and where are they taking it, how much will it cost, and how will that expense get paid? There are a few of us taxpayers out here who would luce answers to these questions regardless of whether we understand or not. LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONREY MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder 'Uk&hDaJfy 'ourtial (U3PS 646-820) Joe Edwards, Publisher Jim Smith - Editor Yvonne Bell - Office Manager - Advertising Director vie Martinez- Production Manager Eddie Sequeinj - Retail Manager Teri Jaduon - Circulation Manager Member Audit Bureau Of Circulations 1993 Member California Newspaper Publisher* Association PubMed Oejy except Saturday by UUah Dally Journal at 680 8. School 81. Ukiah, Mendocino County. Calif. Phone: (707) 466X1129. Court Decree No. 9267. PuMcetlon »(U8P3-646-920). SecondOlau Poetaoe Paid at UMah. CA. •SUGGESTED MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION RATES- OEUVERYTYPE PRICE WUk/Bike Route $ 6.50 Motor Route $7.00 Mail in Mendocino County $10.00 'letUOutdde the County $12.60 All price* Include 7K* California State sate* tax. Motor Roue and MeJDellveiy mun be paid In advance. Your iwnpapw ihouM ba-defter** beta* 6 pm Monday through Friday, and twlor* 7 a.m. Sunday. Th*r* l« no daUvary on Sabrdar. To raporl a mlmd fwwipaptr, cat tha OrcuMlon Department bttween 5 and 7 p.m. Monday through or b.lw«»n 7 and 9 a.m. SundV.8«.«m». Dial dk»ct ^07)468.3643. Joun " 1 PM LETTER POLICY The Journal welcome* leaen. However, we move the right not to print thofe lenen we coiuider libcloui, in bad laate, * penonal mack on priviM individual! or buitaeua md not In keeping wiih public line* auch u dunk yow letter*. Letten ihould not exceed 300 wordi in length and ahouU be typed and double- ipiccd. Thwe letten exceeding 300 wonta may be edited. Letter writer* will be limited to one letter every 30 dayi. All lenen nuut be rigned and include an addmf and phone number for verifi- cttion. Anonymoui lenen will not be printed. Addraiei will not be printed, but the wriur'i name and city of residence will Letten can be mailed to the Daily Journal at P.O. Box 749. Uriah, 95412, or fixed to 468-5780. LETTERS Paper not to be trusted To The Editor: I submit this explanation of my April 29 faxed resignation from the Reader Advisory Committee of the Ukiah Daily Journal. As a non-subscriber of the Ukiah Daily Journal, I applied because I hoped to learn more about the obstacles thwarting the Daily Journal's credibility in this community. I committed to giving my best shot at providing citizen's input which would improve the paper, increase circulation, and provide accurate, relevent news coverage. My goal was to become a subscriber myself by the end of September. In the meantime, I regularly evaluated re-cycled editions and attended monthly advisory meetings. I saw positive changes including the inclusion of Amanacer and the Ukiahilite, and more health coverage. I strongly advocated balanced reporting by your journalists. From time to time, I noted some improvement. K.C. Meadows' irresponsible, biased, and factually inaccurate story on "The Thing Called Love" component of the Healthy Generations grant was staggering. The theater performance was only one component of the grant which we are contracted to do. Ms. Meadows (April 28) and you, Mr. Smith, in your editorial of May 1, purposely misrepresented the Healthy Generations budget. Ms. Meadows, with whom I had one brief, amicable telephone chat, requested the budget and information I had provided to Ms. Hanelt. I sent it together with back up Healthy Generations information. We reviewed the several components again, of which she reminded me she was already aware through.conversations with Sharon Kiichi and the parent, Sandy Hanelt. Ms. Meadows never called again. She indicated her interest, however, in discussing "grants" in general at a future date: I was open to the interview. My goal was to better inform the public about the nature and limitations of grants. Ms. Meadows agreed that should she decide to do a story on our Healthy Generations grant, she would discuss it further with me. On Wednesday, April 28, I personally called Ms. Meadows to invite her to "The Thing Called Love" performance. Her comment: Oh, by the way! I'm warning you that 'Sandy's story' appears in today's edition of the Journal. I have given ... information which will allow readers to make up their own minds. I balanced my report. I had trusted K.C. to interview me about Healthy Generations before she published a story. I felt betrayed and stunned. The performance did not cost $170,000! Ms. Meadows had this information, three different times, that clearly informed her that the grant funding was divided among six -specific "products" in order to fulfill our contract obligations. Ms. Meadows and you, Mr. Smith! What is your real agenda? Your real intent? Was this manipulative reporting? From my experience, your interpretations of budget information has been consistently biased, no matter how much cooperation you have elicited. I do not want any association with the Daily Journal, neither as a subscriber nor as a reader adviser. I gave you my best and honest shot. Without basic trust and respect for the Journal, it is impossible for me to participate any longer on the Reader Advisory Committee. The community deserves better journalism and accurate information. My experience is that your reporter and you, as editor, are not to be trusted. Lillian Hoika Ukiah Supports performance To The Editor: For the past nine months, a group of individuals representing social service agencies together with community representatives, has been dealing with the issue of perinatal alcohol and other drug use and its effect on pregnant women and their children in Mendocino County. The group, formed under the auspices of the Federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, is known as the Mendocino Organizations United. On behalf of the MOUs, I would like to extend a rousing note of approval to the California State Department of Education, Healthy Kids Program, the Mendocino County Office of Education and specifically Lillian Hoika, Kate Magruder and Laurel Near for their efforts in creating and producing "The Thing Called Love" and for bringing the issue of drug-exposed infants to light in our community. The No. 1 goal of the MOUs is educating our community to This serious problem. How fortunate for us to have right in our midst such a professional effort aimed directly at our youth, obviously a high-risk population. Our Kudos and congratulations to everyone responsible for "The Thing Called Love": it's a necessary and dire message, effectively and forthrightly delivered. Colleen B. Henderson community representative, Mendocino Organizations United Sick of laws To The Editor: Laws, laws and more laws. Why do we have to make a law for everything. All it does is cost the lax payer more and more money. Take the smoking controversy for example. They want to make a law to make it illegal to smoke in bars, restaurants, etc. Then they will have to hire more people to enforce these laws, more'cost for the taxpayer. Why not make it simple. Have the owner of the business put a sigh oh the entrance that says no smoking allowed or smoking allowed. If I read the sign and want to go inside then I am making my own choice. Don't we have enough laws without making more? A new law does not come without a price tag. Tiny Harris Ukiah Wilson throws GOP a curve with budget By DOUQ WILLIS Gov. Pete Wilson threw his fellow Republicans another curve ball with his announcement that he might agree to delay paying some state bills to reduce the program cuts needed to balance his budget. The concept that Wilson ever- so-gingerly agreed to consider last week is a form of deficit financing, which is in direct conflict with the most fundamental of Republican economic principles. Wilson went to great lengths to differentiate the kind of deficit he would approve from the perpetual deficits of the federal government, and he was extremely cautious and vague about what kind of rollover of the deficit he might accept, or with what conditions. Still, to even consider endorsing a deficit budget — no matter how cautiously structured or how desperate the state's condition may be — is Republican heresy. In addition to that, Wilson didn't warn key Republicans in advance that he was about to change what for the past 2'/i years had been his feet-in-concrete stance against any form of a budget rollover. Doug Willis has covered California politics for The Associated Press for over two decades. The fact that Wilson didn't alert Republican legislators, whose support he desperately needs, means he is off to a rocky start. But it's not necessarily doomed to failure. What is certain is that Wilson has changed the political dynamics of the budget negotiations. Interest groups facing deep cuts under Wilson's original budget proposal now have a new banner to rally behind, the so-called "two- year budget," which is the euphemism most commonly used for delaying payment of some of this year's debts until next year. But the two-year budget is neither a strong political vessel nor is it a big enough boat to save everybody threatened hi the current fiscal crisis. That will create a political situation similar to Wilson's first budget hi 1991, when he forged an alliance with Democrats and a handful of moderate Republicans to raise taxes by $7 billion annually to close that year's deficit. Wilson reversed fields last year, allying himself with the most conservative Republicans in an uncompromising demand that the 1992 deficit be closed entirely by cutting programs, with no new taxes or rollovers. Now Wilson is attempting to move back to the political middle The concept that Wilson ever-so-gingerly agreed to consider last week is a form of deficit financing, which is in direct conflict with the most fundamental of Republican economic principles. this year by very cautiously opening the door to some budget rollovers. But the hard feelings from last year's bitterly partisan budget fight will make it harder for him to build the kind of coalition with Demo- i crats that he had hi 1991. And; despite the lack of vocal GOP cri-; ticism so far, Wilson is on even ; shakier ground trying to get Repu- .- blican support for even a temporary. deficit. i Only time will tell if Wilson's • shift will help avoid the kind of par-' tisan gridlock which left the state • running on lOUs for 63 days last. year, or if he shot himself hi the < foot again. • -Doonesbury .BY GARRY TRUOEAU —' UM..M CAUCUS. IMUXX1N6 FOKJOSHWMAN? ( W& JOSH LYMAN? THeWHfTB HOUSe &PUTY \ CABiNBT UAISON? PUT... BUT &JUS A MBY/ I KNOW, BUT I'M YOU'RE IOOK/N0 ATHIM. CAUCUS TQS& SfNP H5RIN,

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