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THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood. M! — inion Thursday, June 18.1998 PageS Violent year has schools on edge, brings summer of soul searching By WILL LESTER AP Writer WASHINGTON <AP) — Summer break this year will nut only provide student.s with their much anticipated vacation days; it will also giye school officials rind families, still reeling from the shock of the multiple shootings around the country, timo to figure out how to rebuild a rienso of safety in their schools. School officials have been put on their guard in the wake of deadly gunfire in Arkansas, Mississippi. Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Oregon(. ns evidenced by their quick response to recent student threats. Three students in Fairfax County, Va., were removed from school after making threats. A student in 'Soginaw, Mich., was suspended after threatening in a yearbook "shoot you all." •Two students in.-Lead, S.D., were kicked out for threatening to kill other students. A high school student in Naperville, III.. a Chicago suburb, was suspended for threatening to kill a teacher, then adding: "I'm messing with your minds. " School Superintendent Jamon Kent of.Springfield,..Ore. says he hopes a balance can be struck as schools try to retain a quality education while solving security woes. • But he admits his own district's nightmare — in which a 15- year-old is accused "of shooting two classmates to death and injuring 22 others May 21 after killing his parents — hasn't given him the answers on how to balance tougher security,, closer monitoring of problem children and timely intervention without running schools with a "terrorist mentality." "We may soon sec kids being locked in, fences placed around school, razor wire and metal detector*," Kent said. "I'm not sure our communities, parents or our kids want that to occur." When President Clinton visited Springfield's Thurston High School on Saturday, he told an VIRTUAL assembly: "We want something constructive to come out of this." Clinton has asked Education Secretary Richard Riley and Attorney General Jnnet Reno to develop an "early warning guide" that might help prevent the kind of youth rage that has resulted in the violent outbursts. "The tough issue is: 'How do they react without overreacting?'" said Ron Stephens, executive director of the National School Safety Center. "You don't want to ignore a ticking time bomb and you don't want to b« too Draconian in what you do." While some criticize such punishments as overreactions, a school administrator in Naper- vi!]e defended his- school's quick action. "You can't mess around with it," said Ross Truemper, an assistant principal at Napcrville Central High School. "Even if they're joking, you can't make that call. You can't see what's in a person's mind. It's either a cry for help or a cry for action." • In northern Virginia. Fairfax County schools have a firm policy of removing a student who makes a threat while the seriousness of the threat is determined, said school spokeswoman Kitty Porterfield. The American Civil Liberties Union, which has intervened in cases involving metal detectors and students' free speech, has not monitored the latest round of suspensions and expulsions, said spokeswoman Emily Whitfield, Organizations on school safety, too busy dealing with the crises themselves, have not yet gathered statistics on this side effect of the school shootings. While gome suspensions may be sever* punishment, given the nature of the offense, "the reality is that there is concern in the community and principals can't afford not to deal with the issue as sternly us possible. The big issue is fairness," said John Lammel, associate executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. "It's a tough call for school administrators," said Stephens of the National School Safety Center. ''With the changing landscape of more threat* of violence, school administrators certainly need to follow up on any perceived threat." The national Earent-Teacher Association and those touched personally by the shootings recommend town meetings involving all segments of the community.. "If they're -not planning on it, they better look at it," said Jimmy Foat«r, mayor of Pearl, Miss., where a 17-year-old boy shot and killed two teen-age girls at a high school after killing his mother Oct. 1. Seven others were wounded. This is a problem that is nationwide with our children." Wisconsin Democrats trotting out another liberal governor candidate Almanac &Datebook BySTANMILAM for The Daily Globe What does it say about a political party when it attempts the same thing over and over and over, expecting, but never realizing, a different result? Wisconsin Democrats, for the third time, appear ready to elect a Madison liberal to run against Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson. Perhaps there's something we've overlooked in the drub- bings received by Madison liberals Chuck Chvnln in ,199-i and Tom Loflus in 1990. Alright, Loftus lived in Sun Prairie, 10 miles down the rond. But the point is trotting out the same olcl ideas with the same old messages that didn't work before, and unless Thompson does something v>ry, very stupid between now and November, they won't, worJcHgairi. For 1998, Democrats are. running another Madmon liberal, Ed 'Garvey, the 'most interesting and entertaining candidate to over run for Ht.'itewide office in Wisconsin — - from n press point of view History was ignore! by Wisconsin [><''rno<T, r if.s thii pnst weekend ><t their annual convention he Id — where ('!•:«• •— m Madison Mnny »! lh;- mum play- r-r* and their ftn -s-.urr-^ rerrs.ur, enjoy spending taxpayers' hard- earned money," U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, Wausau, told the Democratic .delegates. "We .do it because we believe that investments in cancer research, quality education and clear water nnd air are more important than n $60 tax cut for the wealthiest 20 percent of our population." What Obey was saying, of course, is -that Democrats still believe in more government spending if it comes down to a-choice between spending or roducing taxes. The paying public knows "investments" means government spending. People risk, "If you don't enjoy spending our hard-earned money, why do you do it so often and so willingly?" Democrats have a great slate of candidates, but most of them have broken from the failed wnvn of old. U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold doesn't embrace tax cuts, but he's death on increased spending. When Hillary Clinton suggested congressional candidate Lydia Spottswood would go to Washington and take another tough vote like the one in 1993 that included the largest tax cut in U.S. history, Spottswood nearly fell off the podium. Obey used much of his time blasting Hou;;e Speaker Newt Gingrich. The problem JH Democrats in Wisconsin won't get elected by running against Gingrich, But there seems to be no end to the strict, party line philosophy. It's failure is nowhere more nbviouH than in the race for governor. Maybe it taken four failed campaigns before Democrats wake up. June 18. 1998 i Insurance companies collect interest "The rca- ' n <•* <• lopporl invi^t m«Tlf* It) r 'i'll a! il>Ii ht;!l'.l't M1VJ rnnrrw'rtttti (-.r^.'.n !inr» :i?i<) -Miff, lific : «'*«';ir!'h !•< rn';t r- • .cj-n' wv. U't's HIT if I have this straight. • The sttnte has paid the cnr in- siiranci! companies the monies to refund each t ustomor $ 180 or no Letter The hugs- r»'s«'rvM m the r,nii\- itrnphic fund wtn th«< rftolt of ewer: h »fi'iri^ tiy thi' ifi^ur-HKT pamrn ore holding the refund money to collect interest One question — whose money IH it it) tht 1 fir^t pbtce 7 Another question — How come the customer drx v s not receive any of the interos'.' 1 I havp nlwnys Keheve-d that in- surarue bo it health, unto, home or life. )* the Today 1,1 the ilay of 199S and the 9lst day of spring. TODAY'S HISTORY; On this day in IM2, William Penn founded the city of Philadelphia. On this day in 1873, Susan B. Anthony was fined tlOO for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election. On this day in 1983, astronaut Sally R, Hide became the first American woman to travel in space. TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: George Mai lory (1886-19.24), explorer; Sylvia Porter (1913-ia91>, author; Paul' McCartney (1942 ), musician. isji6; Isabella Rosscllini (1952-), actress, is 46 TODAY'S SPORTS: On this day in I960. Arnold Paimer shot a 65 to win the US Open, coming from seven shots behind in the final round. TODAY'S QUOTE: "Because it is there." — Georgr Mallory, when asked why h<r wanted to climb Mount Everest TODAY'S WKATHKR: On this day in 1959. hailstones up to four inches in dtamettr killed livestock in Carbon County. Mont TODAY'S MCK)N: 0<»y tasi q'jjtf\rr iJiine I7t [tut in«iir'in<:<' com Car* Nrwsn.n. Dooncsbury BY GARRY TRUDEAU On* DAILY WISCONSIN M£WSP*PTR ASS* HCWGA* P*€ S3 ASSOCIATION ASSOCIATED PfllSS Gary Lamberg Andy Hill Editor/General Manager Managing Editor Ralph Ansami News Editor In Our Opinion Obey 's correct to blast Gingrich You'tell 'em, Dave'l U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wausau, blasted House Speaker Newt Gingrich this week for sending mixed messages to Middle East leaders on U.S. foreign policy positions in the troubled region. Obey accused Gingrich of jeopardizing many years of diplomatic work and billions of dollars of American investment by contradicting existing policy on Middle Eastern affairs. The fiesty northern Wisconsin rep was granted special time before the House to deliver a major speech that included criticism of Gingrich for interfering with diplomatic efforts recently. Obey said statements by Gingrich as the third highest ranking official in the land served to confuse Palestinian, Israeli and other regional leaders on the current stance of the U.S. Obey knows what he is talking about. He has been involved in Mid-East affairs for nearly 25 years, serving in a variety of capacities on subcommittees dealing with the region. The U.S. needs to speak with one voice on foreign policy. That voice needs to be the President. Calling Secretary of State Madeleine Albright an "agent of the Palestinians," or President Clinton a "bully" in the peace process, may serve Gingrich's political agenda, but does nothing to advance the cause of peace. Foreigiv governments often have a difficult time understanding our form of democracy. (Many Americans aren't so clear on how things work either.) Countries without freedom of speech and the presa may not understand Gingrich is not the official spokesman for the U.S. on the Middle East. They see a high- ranking American official and may assume his pro- noucements have the power of policy for our government. Certainly, Gingrich has every right to express his opinion on foreign policy. The executive branch needs the balance constructive criticism can bring to ita policy positions. While representing the U.S. abroad, however, Gingrich should hold his tongue. Sending mixed messages to the Mid-East could unravel the delicate fabric of peace that is hanging by a very slender thread. In Their Opinion Simple English may be hereto stay at long last At long last, federal government documents will be in plain English. Our only question is, why has it taken so long for this to happen? . . • Under a directive announced by Vice President Al Gore, by Jan. 1 all federal agencies will be plain speaking, instead of using the gibberish that so often characterizes dealings with the public. For example, a rule of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about exit routes will be changed: Old version: Ways of exit access and the doors to exits to which they lead shall be so designed and arranged as to be clearly recognizable as such. Hangings or draperies shall not be placed over exit doors or otherwise so located as to conceal or obscure any exit. Mirrors shall not bo placed on exit doors. Mirrors shall not be placed in or adjacent to any exit in such a manner as to confuse the direction of the exit. New version: An exit door must be free of sign* or decorations that obscure visibility. It's simple. It's noodod. It'a a welcome change. Short sentences are in ... The idea is basic. The government want* people to understand what it i« doing and in turn what they no**! to do. " This is by no rm>«nn a "dumbing dcwrT of language. Intend. it i» a method of a.»Huring the word* being u/wd are the bv*l. rmvst easily understood, ole*rf*t w«y of ivommumo'tlrnff <'»tiron* «or?!i'tirm»* get fm*tr«te<] trying to dp*] with r?urertncrrtt!<: hm^i/i^c And fipUnntion* for *impi<« rule* .-ind i- Kulnfif.n* W« hop.- thi* dirofttvr rwip* im pr?/v<: o>nirrnmKf»hoftf» to** hfn Ampler for both Ih* A/i<l •*•< tt by 'if »'<

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