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THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood. Ml — pinion Wednesday, Sept. 9,1998 Page8 Stupak offers strong words about President's behavior As Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr readies his final report, Michigan Democrats on Capitol-Hill have been able to buy time on declaring what they realty think about the sad saga of Sick Willie. The Big Stal! can't last much longer, certainly not much beyond Starr's report. Prominent Democrats from other states have voiced more candor than muted Michiganians, whose GOP challengers are calling on them to rebuke Clinton. One just did. U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, of Menominee, in the strongest statement yet from a Michigan Democrat, said Clinton's behavior with Monica Lewinski was "...immoral and unacceptable and he should be held accountable." I don't buy the GOP line the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal • will depress Democratic turnout in November enough to dramatically improve Republican proe- p^cts Nov. 3. Nor should the electoral fate of Stupak or Michigan's other targeted Dems be tied to Clinton's lies about, and liaison with, "that woman." As U.S. Rep. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, put it: "In Michigan, we are a state of independent thinkers and very few folks have coat-tails here. This is a state where people vote for the individual candidate." She's got that right. Even if Clinton were on the ballot, which mercifully he's not, other Democrats could survive. For decades, Michigan has been a ticket-splitting state. (My early bet, for example, is that Jennifer Granholm, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, will outpoll 49 years later... George Weeks gubernatorial nominee Geoffrey Fieger.) Stabenow is "disappointed" in Clinton's behavior, and frets that it detracts from his accomplishments. Stabenow and Reps. Lynn Rivers, of Ann Arbor, and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, of Detroit, have not been as prominently outspoken about the affair as have such other Democratic women on Capitol Hill as Rep. Carolyn Maloney, of New York, and Sens. Barbara Mikulski, of Maryland, and Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, of California. Said Feinstein: "My trust in his credibility has been badly shattered." As well it should. Asked by the Port Huron Times Herald if he had "confidence in President Clinton," House Minority Whip David Bonior, of Mt. Clemens, said: "I have confidence in his ability to do his job. I'm disappointed in his being associated with that behavior. Hell have to pick up and go, and make sure it never happens again. I have no less confidence in the job he's doing." Bonior's Republican: challenger, businessman Brian j .Palmer, a Bruce Township trustee, has called on Clinton to resign. So has U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph. But Rep. Sander Levin, D- Royal Oak, as reported in the Macomb Daily, said most people want to avoid the upheaval of removing Clinton from office: "One reason people want to move on is that they've heard enough." Levin's opponent is Ferndale businesswoman Leslie Touma, who is getting high visibility backing from Gov. John Engler and First Lady Michelle Engler. •I had been wondering when we might hear something from Michigan Dems as strong as this from House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, of Missouri: "There is no way to condone his behavior — the whole totality of what happened in the White House and what he said about it afterward." There also were the stem words on the Senate floor of Sea. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., that Clinton's behavior was "immoral" and "is harmful for it sends a message of what is acceptable behavior to the American public." Stupak, who is opposed by state Rep. Michelle McManus, of Lake Leelaneau, said he agrees with Lieberman. Friday, The Detroit News reported the national GOP added Stupak to its hit list and may pump big money into McManus' campaign because of Clinton's woes and Fieger's gubernatorial bid. Said political director Ed Brookover, of the National Republican Congressional Committee: "Fieger wins nomination and Clinton makes his speech and all of a sudden we're taking a reaj hard look at Bart Stupak. When a lot of these Republican candidates decided to run, it looked like a longshot..Now they will be much more competitive races than we thought." The Washington Post said in "the wake of the Clinton sex scandal, -Republicans are targeting a second layer of House seats to wrest from Democratic incumbents.. A wild-card gubernatorial candidate could fuel a Michigan meltdown for Democrats, especially in the rural 1st District." This prompted challenger McManus to trumpet that the "campaign captures national attention." She said: "You bet Geoff Fieger is a liability for Democrats, including Bart Stupak, who is afraid to support him or denounce him." Stupak insisted his comments about holding Clinton accountable were not prompted by the GOP upgrading him as a target. He said he has been reluctant to pronounce judgement on Clinton because the House presumably will have to vote its judgement after receiving Starr's report. Stupak is not a lock-step Clinton supporter. He Mwlted from him on several issues, including NAFTA, gun control and partial birth abortions. (He said his endorsement by Right to Life of Michigan reflects votes that are "statements of conscience that lie outside partisan politics.") And what about Fieger? Does Stupak support or denounce? "The jury is still out," he said Friday in reiterating his original post-primary declaration. "We're all trying to figure out what he's up to." New lights shine on Massie again Editor's note: The following speech was made Friday by Bessemer School Board president August Semmerling as Bessemer defeated Hurley under the new lights at Massie Field. "I would like to welcome everyone to the relighting of Massie Field. Forty-nine years ago, the people of Bessemer made a commitment to light this facility with state-of-the-art lights, and again in 1998, the people of Bessemer and Bessemer Township have done the same. "I would like to thank all of the people who made this project a success. It's something we can all be proud of and enjoy. Special thanks to the Bessemer Booster Club for the purchase of the Water Wheel and the Chamber oi Commerce, Lions, Fourth of July Committee, Booster Club and Pumpkinfest for the purchase of the new bleachers. "You're a community to be proud of. Mr. Stella, please turn on the lights. Have a great game, Speed Boys." On Sept. 10, 1949. some 49 years ago, in his inaugural speech, Leo Maccani, then president of the Bessemer Board of Education, made the following speech: "Mr. Chairman, guests and pa-, Irons of Massie Field: This evening we add a major facility to our accommodations at Massie Field. This lighting system will give us the opportunity of using the field in the evening, as well as in the day, and will give many people a chance to attend the games who heretofore have been unable to do so. "The Board of Education wishes to take this opportunity to thank Doonesbury Bessemer beat Massie Fietd. Hurley 21-7 Friday under Genrd Liuzoiv'Daily Globe the new lights at the electors, newspapers, and or- "On Sept. 25, 1937, 12 years ganizations whose cooperation ago, this park, with its buildings, made possible the illumination of was dedicated by Mr. N.D. Mass- this park. i e . At that time, Mr. Massie was characterized as a representative of the pioneers who founded Bessemer. "Our City Hall, Memory Lane and Gerovich Field are our war memorials. . Massie Field, through the medium of Mr. Massie, is dedicated to the early settlers of this area. At the time the field was dedicated, Mr. Massie was given a letter sweater and a remark was made that 'You may not have tackled football players but you did tackle trees, rocks and other obstacles presented by nature.' "It is rather appropriate that this field and its properties are dedicated to a pioneer, for the qualities demonstrated by the founder are the same qualities needed by an athlete if he is to excel. The pioneer had to have courage, he had to be persistent, and he had to be dauntless in the face of obstacles. "Endurance had to be one of his principal qualities — pain, something to be borne. The batter in baseball demonstrates courage when he faces the pitcher, the football player when he charges the line, makes a block or tackles an opponent. A track man demonstrates persistence and endurance when, tired and exhausted after as number of laps, he carries on and finishes that mile. "In all sports, players must be dauntless as a pioneer, for they play to win over their opponents just as he strove to defeat the enemies presented by wilderness and the weather. "May this added facility, which is about to come into being, afford the athlete greater opportunities to acquire the training which will nurture in him the qualities characteristic of that pioneer for whom this field is named." BY GARRY TRUDEAU MAH...SOTHIS niP.ALOT ISTH& FAMOUS OfH1STOW , Z1P- AXPCVeR ON THAT COUCH... .NeV&Z MIND THAT. Tr£ POIVTI5 Trt&tSAHAUOO® , ZJPffK, . OUT OH TH£ PQPCH, MIKfAWJ. J. *£££ SACK£t>. AHP7HZ f-9 DAILY UCMCMI PflCSSASSOCWllON Gary Lamberg Andy Hill Editor/General Manager Managing Editor Ralph Ansami News Editor In Our Opinion Let's not forget Lake Superior '. Columbus returns to the waters of Lake Superior this week. The German cruise ship docked in Duluth, with 420 German tourists eager to explore the unique Lake Superior region. Last October, the Columbus made its first stop in Duluth to much fanfare concerning the opening of the region to foreign cruise ship tourism. Interest in developing this type of tourism remains high. Bus tours of Duluth, North Shore and Miller Hill Mall are all part of the agenda for cruise boat tourists while the ship is in the Twin Ports. The Lake Superior Zoo and other local attractions will also be part of the agenda. The idea of developing foreign cruise boat tourism (or domestic tour boats, for that matter) holds promise for our local future, as well. At present, we don't have much for these rigs to tie up to, but that will eventually change. Ontonagon has the only port in our immediate area capable of taking on a 472-foot ship — maybe. We're not sure if the little town on the big Lake is ready to take on 500 German tourists all at once. If enough local interest in developing this tourist niche exists, we think that could change very quickly. Few areas have a Lake Superior lapping at their northern boundary. We often overlook the value of this immense resource and the possibilities it presents for our future. Discussions of development continue regarding three area facilities that are not keeping up with even the current demand for use. Saxon Harbor, Little Girl's Point and Black River Harbor all have great potential for future development. All three may never be suitable for cruise ship traffic, but one of the three might work with the proper long-range planning. The German tourists in Duluth won't be spending their time on the boat while it is docked in the Twin Ports. We imagine future Gogebic Range tour boat guests would want to take in the local sites, as well. Bus tours and a host of other adventures could be planned for visitors willing to spend a few marks on seeing the sites. If this sounds like a pipedream, you're right, for now it is. Yet, it's just this kind of future thinking that built a skiing industry here and put the region on the map as a destination enowmobiling area. For years, tourist development groups have been looking for a way to expand our tourism offerings into the summer season. Heritage tourism and other efforts have already made progress in that regard. We shouldn't ignore the potential of Lake Superior as part of our planning to develop summer tourism. It may sometimes be easy to forget about that large body of water, but sooner or later, we should be looking to the big Lake for the future. McGwire demolishes baseball record book ByJIMLFTKE AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — The moment was 3? years in the making. It was over in less than three seconds. The important part is to remember what happened in between. The game will need luck to see another night like this. Mark McGwire wasn't around the last time a baseball player sent a home run this historic streaking across a late-summer sky. But he waa practically born for the occasion. Like Babe Ruth, McGwire grew up wanting to be a pitcher who proved too natural a slugger to keep out of the lineup every day. Like Roger Maria, he was always more comfortable in a dugout than the spotlight. McGwire eclipsed both of them, ultimately, because he refused to succumb to doubta, bad pitching, nngging injuries or myths. "I've been talking about this since January and I get to 61, and it's one swing away," he said. The next thing you know, I hit a ball that all of a sudden disappear od on me." McGwire didn't sneak up on the record so much as demolish it. That was the truly amazing thing — how normal he made the spectacular seep oy the time. Tuesday night's 341-foot drive was the shortest home run McG- wire hit all season. But for all the fearsome power generated by his swing, for al) the openmouthed awe his moonshots inspired, for all the controversy over how he got so big and muscled, it counted the same as every one of the 61 that preceded it. If all of those home runs were stretched end to end, like lengths of rope, the distance would be impressive. Even more impressive is that McGwire understood the real trick waa binding them together. That's what the fuss, finally, is all about. That's why Ruth and Maris nnd McGwire mounted their streaks a generation apart, why opponent* gathered on the top step of the viHiting dugout at Busch Stadium every night of this home-stand and applauded when a nhot that could cost them the game left the park.