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THE DAILY GLOBE. Ironwood, Ml— pinion Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998 Page 4 Michigan GOP, Demos do some quick healing Both parties did some quick healing aa they entered this first week of campaigning after completing their tickets. . Republicans, meeting in Grand Rapids, joined ranks after a hotly-contested fight for the Attorney General nomination. In Lansing, Democrats patched over wounds,, from Geoffrey Fieger"s win : ina^ bitt^||ubernatorial primary. , . After close balloting, Scott Romney, Gov. John Engler's choice for AG, moved for unanimous nomination of John Smiet- anka — who immediately called Engler "the greatest governor in the United States." Rejection of Romney was a stunning setback for Engler, who pushed hard for. Smietanka. But when asked if he considered it embarrassing, Engler said: "It's not. I supported Romney. Now I will support Smietanka." Republican National Committeeman Chuck Yob, mastermind of Smietanka's victory, called it less a rebuke of Engler than "a stirring victory for the grassroots." Also stirring GOP delegates was bashing of President Clinton 30 jobs adds up to a lot I read with interest your.front page article on Aug. 24, 1998, entitled "City Industrial Park to Expand." Often we are sidetracked when we see numbers such as..."the $640,000, 60-acre park erpansion project"...wondering how our city will ever come up with such a large sum of money, based purely on the speculation of "if you build it, they may come." Based on the city's conservative estimate of 20-40 new jobs per year, I began to jot down the potential economic impact to our community if only 30 new jobs are created: —30 jobs at $8 per hour equals $500,000 in annual payroll. —An employee making $8 per hour would qualify for a home mortgage of roughly $55,000 and would need as little as $3,000 cash down payment. —30 home sales at $55,000 equals $1,650,000 in home sales. —$1,650,000 in home sales provides $100,000 in commission for local Realtors. —Our average savings rate is very low (2-4 percent) so the bulk of the $500,000 payroll becomes consumer spending on everything from automobiles to food, clothing and entertainment. —Based on the city's current millage, 30 home sales would generate in excess of $37,000 in property taxes per year. This multiplier effect continues over and over in our economy, which is why new jobs are so important to local economic growth. If we assume the industrial park expansion could create 300 jobs over 10 years, the payroll impact is $5 million per year and an increased quality of life for all area residents. I applaud the city in its efforts to be pro-active in economic development and look forward to being involved in Ironwood's future success. Robert W. Martin, Ironwood Doonesbury and Fieger. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, of St. Joseph, leader of GOP moderates on Capitol Hill, called for Clinton's resignation. "Enough is enough," Upton told reporters of the Monica Lewinsky affair. In a convention speech, U.S. Rep. Nick Smith, of Addison said "morals and values" are important in Washington, "and the president of the United States is not helping." Sen. George McManus, of Traverse City, a member qf the Senate "Appropriations Committee, noted northern Michigan had strong clout on the committee now that Sen. Walt North, of St. Ignace, has been added. McManus said if "that clown" Fieger becomes governor, "he would be iucky if he ever got toilet paper out of the Senate." Romney's convention brochure had a picture of,.Fieger and the warning: "Don't let this man pick your next Attorney General." Smietanka could have had a simitar brochure with Engler's picture. It should be a good contest between Smietanka, a former U.S. attorney and county prosecutor, and Democrat Jennifer Granholm, Wayne County's corporation counsel and a former assistant U.S. attorney. They're well- credentialed and probably will be well-financed. Secretary of State Candice Miller should have little trouble against State Rep. Mary Lou Parks, of Detroit. She was a late recruit after Democratic leaders sounded out five more prominent African-Americans — starting with Wayne County Clerk Teola Hunter. State .Rep. Jim Agee has the most daunting task on the 1998 campaign trail. He's Fieger's running mate and tutor en state issues and the ways of the Capitol. "He's the first to admit that he haa a lot to learn — and he's learning fast," said Agee, a former Pontiac teacher who now has a brash class of one in State Government 101. Agee, former superintendent of Muskegon Public Schools, was a good choice. He's not as credentialed in Lansing as Engler's running mate, Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus, an Alto farmer for 22 years. Nor does he have ties to Fieger as Posthumus does to Engler. The GOP duo have been friends for three decades, going back to Future Farmers of America activities and when they were classmates at Michigan State University. Posthumus managed Engler's first political campaign, his successful 1972 bid for the state House., Agee .first encountered Fieger at a primary debate. Their only extended discussion" before Fieger picked Agee was a two- hour meeting while Fiejjer was PUBLIC OPINION INSTILL Clinton's dedicated only to Clinton, while Gephardt's a Demo's Demo By STAN MILAM for The Globe House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt put on a brave game face last week when he was in Wisconsin campaigning for Democratic congressional candidate Lydia Spottswood. At a press conference in Janes- vine, Gephardt insisted President Clinton's glandular problems would have no negative effect on Spottswood's campaign in Wisconsin's 1st District or any other district around the country where Democrats have a chance at taking seats away from Republicans. " It's hard to believe the same Democratic party could produce both Clinton and Gephardt. Clinton is a self-serving liar. He claims he's a "new" Democrat, but his first allegiance is to Bill Clinton, not the Democratic Party. Gephardt represents the "old" Democratic Party. He's pro-labor, and he's opposed to NAFTA. He believes in public education and opposes tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. In short, Gephardt is a Democrat's Democrat. He's faithful to the party. He saves a little of himself, some would say a lot, for the overall good of the party and the institution of Congress. When was the last time you hoard anybody accuse Clinton of sacrificing for the good of anybody or anything other than him- self? Clinton has made it difficult for all Democratic candidates this fall. Here in Wisconsin, Democrats were optimistic they could take back the 1st and 2nd districts from the Republicans. That was, of course, before Monica Lewinski became a household name across America. Now, these Democrats are fighting for their lives. They could still win, but it's now much more difficult thanks to Clinton and his peculiar way of managing the part-time staff at the White House. Now it's up to Gephardt to try to salvage something out of this doomed off-year election. Democrats could regain control of the House with a swing of just 11 seats. Two of those seats could come from Wisconsin. Gephardt is urging the troops to push on and continue to work hard with what he called u a great group" of candidates. He insists that, in the end, voters choose the best candidate regardless of what's going on in Washington. It's a heroic effort on the part of Gephardt. If he pulls it off, it will be in spite of Clinton, who has failed his party as a leader. Almanac and Datebook Sept. 1, 1998 Today is the 244th day of 1998 and the 73rd day of summer. TODAY'S HISTOHY: On this day in 18G4, Union general William Sherman captured Atlanta. On this day in 1969, a military junta in Libya staged a coup that brought Muammar al-Qaddafi to power. On this day in 1972, American chess player Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union at Reykjavik, Iceland. TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: "Gentle- man" Jim Corbett U86S-1933), boxing great; Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875- 1S50), writer; Walter P. Reuther (19071970), labor leader; Yvonne DeCarlo (1922-), actress, is 76; Rocky Marciano (1923-1969), boxing great; Conway Twitty U933-1S93), singer; Lily Tomlin (1939-), actress-comedian, is 59. TODAY'S SPORTS: On this day in 1985, stock-car racer Bill Elliot finished first in the Southern 500, winning a Jl million bonus. TODAY'S QUOTE: "The legitimate object of war is a more perfect peace." — William Tec-amseh Sherman TODAY'S WEATHER; On this day in 1983, Ely, Minn;; was drenched by 3 inches of rain in two hours. BY GARRY TRUDEAU WGHI.PUZZA3CUT BUZZ. XVPUT THE still considering state Rep. Candace Curtis, of Swartz Creek. Fieger and Curtis did not click as well as Fieger and Agee. Nor did Curtis prove to be as effective of a Fieger advocate as Agee. On a recent appearance on public TVs "Off the Record" show, she was asked about Fieger calling Cardinal Maida a "nut." Her response: That's Geoffrey." Agee was an aggressive defender of Fieger last weekend on the same show. He said the media should "quit writing Geoffrey Fieger off." Those of us who cover the campaign, suggests Agee, have fallen "hook, line and sinker" for the GOP spin on Fiegerisms. In fact, many Democratic leaders — including several members of Congress — have called on Fieger to cool it. Among them is Rep. Bart Stupak, of Menominee. He said at the convention what he haa been saying ever since the primary: "The jury's still out on Mr. Fieger." The Engler camp's spin on the convention is that Fieger caved in to the MEA in picking Agee. Fieger himself wears no one's collar. What he needs to wear 1 is a' muzzle. He was, in fact, relatively muted at the convention. Binsfleld tribute The GOP convention paid tribute to retiring Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld. She got a standing ovation, roses from GOP State Chairwoman Betsy DeVos, and a peck on the check from husband John Binsfeld. "He's been my strength," she said. "Now»he's going to send me to cooking school." Binsfeld was part of the Engler Administration's push for Romney. She placed his name in nomination, noting it was his father, the late Gov. George Romney, who inspired her to enter public service. State Rep. Michelle McManus, of Lake Leelanau, the nominee against Stupak, also had a prominent role at the convention. She seconded the nomination of Secretary of State Miller, and was touted by Miller and other convention speakers for her challenge of Stupak. DAILY Ap ASSOCWTED PWCSS ' WISCOKSiN NEWSPAPER ASSN. UKHGMt rOOS ASSOCMTOH Gary Lamberg Andy Hill Editor/General Manager Managing Editor Ralph Ansami News Editor In Our Opinion Quality child care a must With school back in session, the world's greatest jugglers take center stage. We're talking about working parents — people who must balance the need to maintain multiple household incomes with their kids' need for day care. Add the complexity of school schedules into the formula, and some parents have difficulty keeping all the balls in the air. Just when some parents manage to get a summer schedule down pat, school re-opens and they must readjust. The fact is, many area families need income from both parents or multiple jobs to make ends meet. Juggling schedules and children's day care is a complicated but necessary, part of life. Many area employers offer some flexibility to workers who must deal with day care challenges. We recognize the value these employers contribute to the day -care needs of area families. Parents have a tough enough job Any barriers the business community can remove will help parents with the daunting task they face. As a community, we can assist parents by working towards greater child care options. Some communities have formed task forces or other groups dedicated to assessing child care options and availability and developing new sources of service. We encourage interested groups or individuals to band together to gather information on area child care services and identify areas where we can improve child care opportunities and the quality of care Lawmakers can aid in the effort by organizing citizen groups and enacting legislation that rewards industry for pro-active work in making child care available Tax cuts for employers who offer child care options or other initiatives should be considered. Special incentives for child care start-ups deserve a close look v^nrfrS w^v^ 6 T ** * *** of . ar ' 6a economic development. Workers who must consider child care op?Sp L We f lgh v. Wha t the Srea Provide3 when ™aWng. choices about where they want to live and work Just hke good schools and excellent medical care infrastructure needed to support their opera- Readily available high quality child care is an important tool m assisting parents with the jugslincTacts g and Deadline Thursday . The deadline for submitting letters to the editor concern!™ wk coin's Sept. 8 primary election will be Thursday a?S " * L JK

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