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THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood, Ml inion Friday, June 19, 1998 Page6 After the party's over, look out for post-2000 fireworks WASHINGTON (APf — The posh restaurants already are booked, the boat' hotel rooms reserved, with celebrations planned ut ancient monuments •worldwide and at a 24-time-zone New Year's extravaganza ' n TiaU'S^Square.'But'after the revels, 2000 may dawn as a millennial muss. Walter Mears Washington Today .Nobody's roally certain what's going to happen to many of the computers that make things go, a global .problem with special impact on the United States, the most advanced and most dependent user of that technology with 'close to halt'the world's computer capacity. , Then there's the 2000 census, art operation embroiled in politi- cal'feuding that will have to be settled in court, Republicans argue that the census could be headed for a failed population count essential to elections and the apportionment of federal aid after 2000. : . , : '., By the time those hassles are .handled', the 20th century' may have become the instant good old days at the dawn of the 21st At the thousand-year midnight, the Senate's new point man. on the computer problem says, everything from microwaves to au- tomobiles to electric plants could be at risk to undetected bugs. Sen, Robert Bennett, chairman of a special committee on the threat and efforts to deal with it, said he worries that the situation isn't getting enough attention save from "tho absolute alarmists who are teiling everybody it's too late, they must dig up their back yards, bury a propane tank and prepare to become hunter-gatherers for the next five years," Bennett said there needs to be a focus on the threat now, to get people pressing for fixeK, lest there be panic later. The problem is with computers and components that recognize the last two digits of a year, space-saving shorthand through 1999, n millennium malady in 2000. By Federal Reserve Board estimate, it will cost American businesses about $50. billion to get the wanting computers ready for the new century.- A House'com- mitted has been grading government agencies on their progress toward fixes, nnd while it rates some high — the Social Security Administration, for example — others are flunking. The General Accounting Office has been issuing alerts and recommendations, 36 in the past year and a half. One of its findings this spring: At the current pace, not all the government's systems are going to be ready in time, There are other alarms, warnings that computer failures could become nn epidemic in world financial markets and trigger recession. Bennett, a Utah Republican, noted that without chip changes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organ would fall silent, Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, senior Democrat on the 2000 panel, said it is no longer a question of whether there are going to be power failures but rather of how severe. He said that ns matters stand now, with computers at risk, he wouldn't be as concerned about where to be that New Year's Day ns about where not to bo. "You wouldn't want to be in an airplane; you wouldn't want to be in an elevator; and you wouldn't want to be in a hospital, in my view," Dodd said. Or, perhaps, a cruise ship, like the ones being booked for New Year's at sea — there's no guarantee that global positioning THIS PLOT SDUNPS FAMILIAR computers will work. Bennett said communications, banking, government services, industry, alt could be at risk, and should they be hit, there are estimates of up to $1 trillion in legal bills as people sue each other. Compared with that, the 2000 census dispute is simple The Republican Congress has gone to court to try to prevent the Democratic administration from vising statistical sampling to account for Americans who otherwise would be missed, perhaps 10 percent of the population. The Republicans insist that there has to be a straight head count, one by one, although that never has been fully accomplished and wouldn't he this time. Behind that argument is the prospect that Democrats would benefit in congressional and legislative reapportionment after 2000-should the people usually hardest to gst counted — minorities and the poor — be figured in by statistical sampling, not xin- like polling, • That will be settled by the Supreme Court, Then the government will get on with the 2000 census, counting the population ns» of April. And counting on its computers. •;Aa Bennett observed: "Everything in the computer world is connected to everything else in one way or another." Shame on library board Shame on you, Mercer Library Board, for your very inconsiderate and petty treatment of our librarian, Mrs. Allie Mondroski. A woman who has served this community for over 30 years under sometime less than adequate conditions, Mrs. Mondroski should be allowed to serve in her position for as long HS she wishes. Instead, the Mercer Library Board is trying its best to force her out. The citizens of Mercer should all be saying 'shame: on you!' Dorothy M. Grapentin, Mercer, Wi«. Letters... ...to the editor are welcome on any subject. They should be no more than 300 words, typewritten and double-spaced. Timber harvesting often takes heat BY BILL COOK Michigan State University Forestry Extension As time rolls by, . we hear of "new" terms which are often just existing 'ideas wovjpn into new packages. Terms like "ecosystem," "forest health," and "biodiversity" are similar issued both the public and the resource management community must grapple with. U. P. forestry They engender a wholesome ffflin'u. similar to mom and apple pie But get. a do/en people in a room to try to slap on a definition and soon you've got enough words and opinions to drown in. Some folks, under the guise of these fer-K'ood terms, will preach i-ii.df-interertt agendas from their soapboxes This, of course, only serves to antagonize <i lot of folks and throw mud on larger issue* at stake. So, what the h'-ck IH forest sus- tainability anyway? Good question. I'll take a fltab ot it. Real simply, it's the ability of a forest to provide nil the benefits to society that the forest is capable of producing...over the long term. Generally, sustainability discussions begin with the flow of timber products. IH there enough wocxl? But soon, the many other foreat values are correctly included, such as recreation opportunities, housing and commercial development, wildlife habitat, clean water, stable soils, tax bases, solitude, etc. On an increasing basis, howev- ' cr, limber harvesting has been taking a lot of heat in tho public eye Harvest is often portrayed as the evil cousin of forest uses. And that just nin't so. At least not most of the time. The dwelling pressure from society makes forest management a requirement for the future, not ,m option. Sufitninability include* our timber-dependent communities Without them, the domestic flow of timber products would cease, and the flow would come from other areas of the world with less robust and protective societies. And try to imagine life with less wood. We'd be using more plastics, metals, and other non-renewable and more costly resources. Yes, folks, the key to a "healthy," "biologically diverse," and "sustainable" forest "ecosystem" is active forest management and a good economy. Take a look around the world for proof. There exmts a myth landowners must choose between timber harvesting and all the other forest values. Choosing between the raw greed for revenue or providing for the benign virtues of nature is a popular, but fictitious, Kcerunio. In truth, most of the other values can be enhanced by using timber harvesting as a topi. In some case.u, other values are nearly impossible to attain with- out timber harvesting. For some reason, many folks have missed this point. Timber harvesting provides products, jobs, a tax base, and a better forest for the future. What n deal! In discussions about forest sus- tainubility, people must first decide what it is they wish to sustain. Our human economies and communities must bo part of the discussion. Tough isnueM must bo debated, such as land 'use,' private property rights and money. After figuring out the "what," the next set of debates would logically surround the; "how," followed by when, where, etc. Consensus on these issues is difficult to reach, however forest suHtaimibility is something we need to talk about here in the Upper Peninsula. Times are a- changing', with or without our involvement. Doonesbury BY GARRY TRUDEAU BUT you ff&M THf ROflXAHP puny DAILY WISCONSIN Mewswva ASSH UOKIAN ittf ss *ssoc.' GaryLamberg Andy Hill Editor/General Manager Managing Editor Ralph Ansami News Editor Global views ... Daily Mail, London, on Louise Woodward verdict; None.of us were there. We can never'be sure precisely how the Eappen baby died. The English au pair Louise Woodward has always protested her innocence. But yesterday seven judges of the supreme court in the state of Massachusetts upheld the trial judge's verdict of manslaughter and ruled by the narrowest of majorities that the 279 days she had already served in jail, was sufficient sentence. .Some will say she is lucky to be free. Others will maintain that she does not deserve to be branded a killer, • •'•:"•-.:' ' •• • -.'••• But our guess is most may well agree that, though the checks and balances of the American legal process by which Ms. Woodward's fate has bcen-so meticulously determined are different to ours, justice has been done. The Daily Telegraph (London) on soccer fans' violence: . Yesterday, we won and we lost. England beat Tunisia on the football field according to the rules, and distinguished themselves. Off the field, English fans beat up Tunisians, in defiance of the police, and earned themselves ...the horrified contempt of Europe. One would like to think that there is no relationship between the two phenomena — that English football is an amiable popular pastime and English football hooliganism is a weird aberration. And of course it is true, numerically, that those fans who never attack anybody hugely outnumber the bands of thugs who set out to break heads. But there is, unfortunately, some relationship, in England, between the football and the violence. Perhaps the key to that reljjtionahip lies in that pronoun "we" — and not just because the British nation encompasses much more than England. The idea that the English football team are "we" for the English people has gone way beyond what is rational or even what is enjoyable. .... La Nacion, Buenos Aires, on school shootings in U.S.: In Springfield, Oregon, a very serious criminal episode occurred recently; a youth opened fired on a crowded high school cafeteria, causing the death of three students and leaving 15 others seriously wounded. ...In less than eight months similar acts have occurred in six schools across the United States, all in rural districts where "nothing ever happened" to disturb the peace. The ages of the attackers ranged between 11 and 16 years old. ...Any analysis (of these attacks) should focus on — and answer — the question as to why such aggression is unleashed in such a prosperous and developed society (and) why an advanced society holds HO firmly to the right to have arms within reach. Increases from 1970 to 1996 Wiles driven Vehicles Number of drivers Miles of roads 7%. The increase in vehicular traffic over the last few docades has far outstripped the increase in road mileage, Thief steals hard-earned motor tilings like the rest of.un working Hci'cntly, Home individual came mid our yard and stole the motor from our boat that is parked there. My Hi-year-old sou worked hard for two year* shoveling snow, cutting lawns and doing odd jobs so lie could help me pay- fn'r that motor. We sure iuid fun fishing together Letter The motor is heavy enough that it would i;ike a full-grown man to carry (I What a shame u Hi- ve.ir old kid ran find enough hon(•M work to buy something he and hi?, dad ran use together, but Mirne t'ull'ijrnwn man ban to steal it I wonder if you take your xon fiiihmi; Do yon usk him if he like:< the motor you .stole from a kid' Have you no pride'' Why don't you get ;i job and nave for stiffs You can rest assured the police and my friends are looking for you. It's only a matter of time; be- fori; wo catch up with you. Maybe you should consider bringing it 'hack. C>en<* Sale, Ironwood Datebook T'idi\ii i.v the t tilth liiiti iij I'j'.in anii the 'C'rxl (till/ af . TODAY'S IHSTOHV: On this day in IMH Kli/jitM'th Cady Slanlcm and I,u irehi» Moll ofwru'd the firM women's nulils ciiineiitiiijun the I'nitrri Styles, in Seneca Kails, N Y On this ilay in 1'i'M, Krnento Samper defied president of Columbia.