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THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood, Ml — pinion ^^^^^^•^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^•"^^^^^^^^•i Friday. Sept. 11,1998 PaqeG n 'Comeback Kid' could be out of comebacks at- I, WASHINGTON <AP) — In a campaign for forgiveness — and votes — President Clinton contritely appealed to congressional Democrats and then to the nation to grant him one last comeback. He's managed them before, but never this close to the brink of his undoing. The now apologetic Clinton said he'd had the toughest days of his life over the Monica Lewinsky affair. There are tougher ones looming- Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report of potentially impeachable offenses was delivered to the House on Wednesday, just as Clinton was declaring himself determined to redeem the trust of the American people. The revival techniques that have brought Clinton back — from election defeats, prior accusations of sexual misconduct, dissembling about his personal past, the loss of Congress to the Republicans — were on display as the president asked forgiveness. Dramatic pauses, a pursed lip, In Wisconsin Prison woes unsolved Add to the list of death and taxes another certainty. In Wisconsin, at least, prison overcrowding will continue to be a problem as more prisons are built, but more inmates are introduced into the system. On top of all that, sentences will continue to increase, meaning more prisoners will be in the system longer. For now, at least, other states will continue to benefit from Wisconsin's inmate problem. Texas, in particular, is benefitting as more and more of our inmates are sent there. As the overcrowding continues, there's a push to send more prisoners to the Lone Star State. Rep. Scott Walker, R-Wauwatosa, says another 3,000 Wisconsin inmates should be sent out- of-state. . Walker disagrees with those who believe something should be done to cut down on the number of inmates going into and retained in the state's prison system. In a recent press release, Walker said several factors have caused the inmate explosion, including an increase in violent crime, new admissions to the prison system and a decrease in releases. There are now about 17,000 Wisconsin inmates in a prison system designed for about 13,000. When the new "Truth in Sentencing" bill becomes law Dec. 31, that disparity is expected to get worse. "It's imperative the state has the foresight to act now to prevent prison space crisis in the future, especially when prisoners will no longer be eligible for parole and early release," Walker said. Meanwhile, some legislators are questioning the number of so-called violent-offenders in the system reported by the Department of Corrections. Democratic Rep. Shirley Krug, Assembly minority leader, says there may not he as many violent offenders needing high-security prison in- cr.rceration as the DOC reports. Krug has called for an audit of the process the DOC uses -to determine prisoner classifications. Her request comes after the DOC said Wisconsin's prison population grew 19 percent last year, the second highest in the country. "With corrections costs exceeding $1 billion for the 1997-99 biennium, it is in the state's best interest to ensure all steps are taken to spend these funds wisely," Krug said. Walker thinks not. "This isn't a trend that's suddenly going to turn around by changing classifications," he said. "Wisconsin has made a decision to keep the public safe by locking up criminals, so we need to face facts find plan ahead for further prison population increases." Walter Mears a lowered, husky voice, a promise to do better. "I ... let you down and I let my family down and I let this country down," Clinton told Democrats in Orlando, Fla, "But Fm trying to make it right." Belatedly so. Confession and contrition might have daflected the case politically, if not legally, when it began eight months ago. Instead, the president chose a dishonest, defiant denial. A real apology on Aug. 17, when he confessed his lies in a televised address, might have avoided some of the Democratic denunciations he's hearing now. But Clinton expressed regret, said his private life should be private again, claimed that technically he had not lied in sworn and public denials of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, and assailed Starr. That placated no one. The president finally said he was sorry only last Friday, after an old Democratic ally, Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, rebuked him for immorality and deception in a Senate speech. There have been more such reprimands since. 'We're fed up," said Sen. Ernest F. Rollings, who is running for re-election in South Carolina. An incumbent president is, historically, a drag on his party in off-year elections. The White House party has lost House seats every time since 1934. The pollsters say the Clinton scandal threatens to worsen the undertow, by depressing. Democratic turnout and eclipsing their issues. So far, except for one departing House member, the Democrats who have denounced Clinton's conduct have not gone to the point of advocating his resignation or impeachment. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., said Wednesday Clinton is repeating the Watergate mistakes of Richard Nixon, and his conduct undermines moral values. But Byrd recommended restraint against calls for impeachment, censure or resignation. "Who knows?" he said. "I may do that before it's all over. But not now." It was Reuublicans who forced Nixon's resignation in 1974. Democrats ultimately will decide this time. A House majority can impeach a president; it takes a two-thirds vote of the Senate to convict and oust him. So Democratic votes in Congress are crucial to Clinton. His ties there often have been strained, as in the defeat of his health care plan, which played into Republican campaign hands in the takeover elections of 1994. Down and fearing he might be out in the 1996 elections, Clinton went after Democratic dollars, oblivious to congressional needs and issues. This campaign year, hia Lewinsky deception put defending Democrats on a limb, cut when he had to face Starr's grand jury under oath. "I don't know that we're distancing ourselves from him," said Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. "I think we are trying to ensure that the people understand that this is not what the Democratic Party is all about." On the other side of the political ledger, prosperity and a balanced budget buoyed his job approval ratings and made him a campaign asset, and he's been raising campaign funds for Democrats all year, as he was in Orlando and Miami on Wednesday. Even the bipartisan poll that showed 62 percent disapproval of Clinton personally still had his job approval rating at 56 percent, a drop but not a plunge. Clinton's apologies began with an extraordinary hour at the White House with House Democratic leaders. He's seeing Senate POYOUBEUEVE THERE ARE AN6€L$ INOURM^T? I WONT KNOW UNTIL School officials can't take criticism from teenagers Sixteen-year-old Brandon Beussink didn't like his high school's official Web page, and he published his objections to it on his own Internet site. The Marble Hill, Mo., teen also encouraged others to complain about the site, and criticized the way teachers and administrators at his school treated students. Angered by Beussink's remarks, officials at the Marble Hill High School suspended him for 10 days and then failed him for the entire semester because of those absences. The result is that Beussink may not be able to graduate with his classmates this spring — since he must now re-earn all his credits from that semester. Marble Hill administrators believe this punishment is just; Beussink does not. "I think that the school should practice what it teaches," says Beussink, who is taking his school to court. "We study history and we study the Constitution, but the school doesn't seem to think that it applies to them." Cases like Beuasink's are cropping up all over the country, as the Internet provides teenagers with a new outlet to express their freedom of speech. And while many administrators believe they have the right to regulate what students say when they are off school grounds, thus far the courts have not agreed. Consider the case of Paul Kim: Sara Eckel In the winter of 1995, Kim was a high school senior and National Merit Scholarship finalist at the Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington, when he decided to publish a parody of his school's Web site on the Internet. Bellevue school district officials responded by revoking their endorsement of Kim for the scholarship. They also contacted the colleges to which Kim had applied, informing them of this dishonor. Later, Bellevue officials were forced to issue a formal apology to Kim and compensate him for the $2,000 value of the' scholarship. More recently, there was the case of Sean O'Brien, an Ohio teen awarded $30,000 after his suspension for creating a Web site that insulted his band teacher. "The law is clear that schools cannot interfere with what students say on their own time outside of school," says Deborah Jacobs, executive director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, which is representing Beussink. Democrats and the Cabinet next. The House leaders said Clinton -,\ was emotional, sorrowful, con- -q trite. "Nobody mentioned the, word 'resignation.' Nobody mentioned the word 'impeachment,"' <i said Rep. David Bonior of Michi- "* gan. 'i Nobody had to. Rep. Dick;.-,, Gephardt of Missouri, the minor-1; ity leader, went from that session: <i to one at which he and House H: Speaker Newt Gingrich promised.".: to handle the impeachment in-{ quiry without partisanship. r 1 And Clinton went to Orlando, ~. to begin his public repentance. "I- have no one to blame but myself, for my self-inflicted wounds," he said. But he said voters shouldn't let' , Washington insiders persuade' them to make his situation the/, subject of the Nov. 3 election. "It doesn't take away from whether" we're right or wrong on the issues, or what we've done for the last six years, or what this election's about," he said. "Brandon's comments on the Internet are protected, just as they would be had he made them in an underground newspaper, at the park, on a street corner or at the mall." But Kenneth McManaman, a lawyer for the school district, doesn't see it that way. "There is no doubt in my mind that the school district had the right, authority and even obligation to prohibit this sort of activity by Brandon Beussink," he wrote in a letter to Jacobs. "Instead of continuing to whine, I would suggest Mr. Beussink take his punishment like a man, get back to school and start behaving like he should in the classroom." It's interesting the school district accuses Beussink of being "whiny" and not taking things "like a man" when it is the school officials who apparently withered under the criticism of a teenager. Arc Woodland administrators so insecure and thin-skinned that they can't endure the comments — fair or unfair — of a 16-year- old kid? It appears so. But if history is any indication, Marble Hill school officials will soon get a lesson in constitutional law. The First Amendment protects our right to criticize government institutions, and the educators at Marble Hill should be ashamed of themselves for failing to understand this. DAILY WTSCONSm NEWSPAPER ASSN. UKXQAN PfCSS ASSOCIATION ASSOCIATED PWSS Gary Lamberg Editor/General Manager Ancly Hill Managing Editor Ralph Ansami News Editor In Our Opinion Partnership award nominations sought It's not too late to submit nominations for the Gogebic County Economic Development Commission's 1998 Partnership Award. As part of the Gogebic County Jobs ,2000 Strategy Plan, the award emphasizes the belief of the GEDC that partnerships and pooling resources of individual organizations have the potential to far exceed individual accomplishments in providing benefits to the community. The 1997 award was made to the Gogebic Range Flu Shot Clinic partnership. For 1998, nominations will be accepted from any resident of the Gogebic Range. Criteria include: —The partnership shall consist of organizations having a presence across the Gogebic Range. —Benefits of the partnership to the Range shall include employment, increasing the tax base, health, education, citizenship, safety, or positive public attitude. —The project should have demonstrable benefits from the partnership. —Partnerships may be combinations of two or more organizations, but not partnerships within one organization. —Partnerships may be any combination of for-profit or non-profit organizations. Nomination forms are available at local Chambers of Commerce or Gogebic County Economic Development Commission, Gogebic Community College, or by calling (906)932-4231, extension 257. The deadline is Sept. 22. Here's a chance to give a deserving partnership a shot in the arm, pardon the pun, like the flu clinic received in 1997. Any ideas? DATE BOOK Sept. 11, 1998 Today is the 254th day of J99S and the 83rd day of summer. TODAY'S HISTORY: On this day in 1609, Henry Hudson discovered the in Doonesbury BY GARRY TRUDEAU THIHKJMSOF IPIPWKNOUJ 8&N&AFOOT- WUfWfcP FOOTBALL. Hudson River. On this day in 17'V,, Alexander Hamil-; " ton was appointed the first Secretary , , of the U.S. Treasury. On this dayin 1936, President , Franklin Roosevelt dedicated . Nevada's Boulder Dam (now called " the Hoover Dam). J TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: 0 Henry (1862-1910), writer; D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), writer; Paul "Bear" Bryant (1913-1983), football coach;> Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989), Philip- jj pines leader; Tom Landry (1924-) football coach, is 74; Brian'OePalma . (1940-), director, is 58; Kristy McNi- ? chol (1962-), actress, is 36. TODAY'S SPOKTS: On this day in 1888, Pittsburgh's Billy Sunday ' became the first outfielder to make an '•> unassisted double play. •; TODAY'S QUOTE: "A straw vote only'" shows which way the hot air blows "'"— 0. Henry TODAY'S WEATHER: On this day in' ' 1970, a tornado in Italy sank a steam '" yacht in the Gulf of Venice near the <' isle of Santa Elena; 36 of 60 on board n died. SOURCE !MI W«U,rr F\ibli«h!ni!. Lid. C»ki>d»r Accort •'„

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