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Editorial Energy chickens to roi>st ;- ; There's nothing like thousands of angry ^ratepayers circulating protest petitions, staging ^symbolicblackouts and burning utility bills to flperMiade the state Public UtUities Commission <• to go back to the drawing board. : . * ^;:.;8p .-l |t .w«C-tlia^-t)ie .eomrala8ion — all five of |* whose members were appointed by Gov. Brown t*fr agreed to provide immediate relief to owners ' < of all -electric homes who have Seen their Pacific gjSas A. Electric bills double or, triple in the past ^Several weeks. But it's a short-range solution vUhat fails to mitigate the array of ill-considered ^energy policies followed by the Brown ad* ^ministration for the past eight years. Responding to the comsumer rebellion, the Commission changed a three-tier rate structure tjbased on the principle that the more electricity oyou use, the more it will cost you and thereby entourage conservation. Formerly, it was the pother way around, with large users paying less 'vper kilowatt-hour. Last Dec' 30, in a decision granting PG&E $909' ^million of its $1.5 billion requested rate increase, 'vthe commission reduced second-tier pricing »§frbm 1,200 kilowatt-hours to 300 kilowatt hours, ^hus, electricity users moved more quickly into 1^ the third tier with its higher costs per kilowatt. X Now the second-tier pricing has been raised to !;£8O0 kilowatt hours. The commission also plans Review the overall structure of electric urates'™ "vits Dec. 30 decision because it intends topreserve ' the overall $909 million increase granted to the utility. And, thanks to this winter's heavy snow and rain, hydroelectric power will be enhanced, permitting a $100 million PG&E rate reduction. What we are seeing then is the fruition of Gov. Brown's "small is beautiful" energy policies. He ^ and his appointees have, been dedicated to the /proposition that nuclear energy (Diablo Canyon Sand Sundesert) and large-dam hydro power S (New Melones) must be blocked at all costs. ; Meanwhile, they have implicitly encouraged ; PG&E and other utilities to import expensive oil ; and natural gas while the state pursues develop• ment of geothermal, slar and wind. Worthwhile ; as these alternate power sources may be, they ' can meet only a drop in the bucket of California 'I energy needs. : Such policies translated by the Brown; appointed Public Utilities Commission have suc- ; ceeded in depressing earnings of utilities. PG&E : says that unresponsive CPUC rate decisions in : the past decade have cost the company $1.4 : billion in unrecovered costs. Such an uh.; favorable regulatory climate doesn't help the • company in the eyes of investors who are asked « to buy PG&E bonds or stock. And there is little • incentive for the -company to build new : generating plants. / : Nor is California's energy climate enhanced : by attempts of legislators to politicize the issue : with proposals such as Assemblyman Bill : Lockyer's bill that,would require,,a T1 yote by 1 ratepayers any time a utility wanted to raise '> rates by more than 10 per cent. What is needed now is a long-range, balanced plan for the realistic development of energy sources to stimulate the California economy. But it's obVious that that will have to wait until after the-November election when there will be a new governor. * (Reprinted by permission of The Sacramento Union) 4 Ukiah DailM A —Journal— PRIZE-WINNING NEWSPAPER I 2 CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION JIM GARNER.... Editor and Publisher DAN McKEE.... Managing Editor GARY FAWSON.... Advertising Director JULIE DUNN... Classified Manager FRED KELLEY .... Production Superintendent * MARCIA LITTLE.... Circulation Manager JOHN BOLD.... Press Room Foreman YVONNE BELL... Office Manager The UKIAH DAILY'JOURNAL (Publication No. 646920) is published daily, except Saturdays and certain holidays, at 590 S. School Street, P.O. Box 749, Ukiah, California, 95482, (707)468-0123. Subscription rates Walking carrier... $3.50 per month Senior Citizen (Walking carrier)... $2.25 per month Auto route... $4.00 per month Auto route (Senior citizen)... $2.50 per month Mail... $4.25 per month Second class postage paid at Ukiah, California. Court decree No. 9267 Friday, February 26,1982 Ukiah Dally Joornal, The lighter side The streets of Point Barrow : By DICK WEST WASHINGTON (UPI) i- "I'm an old reindeer hand;'from* the Yukon land. And I learned to..." Pardon me for breaking into song this way, but I can't help myself. Some government press releases leave me feeling downright lyrical, and I have come across one from the Agriculture Department that definitely,Is music to me. It reports that reindeer ranching once again has a bright future in Alaska, now that the warble fly is on the run. Reindeer ranching has been ttempted in Alaska with varying degrees of success ever since the first herd was imported from Siberia in 1891. At one time, there were some 600,000 head, mainly on the Seward and Baldwin Peninsulas. Now the number has dwindled to about 30,000: I'll admit that punching reindeer may not sound like quite as glamorous as riding herd on cattle out in the wide open spaces back before the West was won. But given the Hollywood touch,, it could catch on big. A couple of westernrstyle movies starring some melodious, modern day Gene Autry warbling about warble flies; a television series with the good guys gunning down bruccellosis instead of bad guys; maybe even a few reindeer rustlers... Well, you get the picture! "Oh, give me a home, where the caribou roam..." Caribou long have been a pain in the saddle to the' Lapp and Eskimo doeboys, who artf the tundra equivalent of cowboys. According to the press release, one*difficulty has been keeping reindeer at home on the range. When "migrating caribou" pass by, reindeer herds tend to follow them "off into the wilds." It is, however, the potential conquest of the warble fly, a reindeer parasite, that opens the door to a ranching renaissance in Alaska. Moreover, a new method of doing in warbles offers rich material for raw drama should Hollywood decide to produce a few reindeer operas. The treatment is called "a ballistic implant system." What happens is "a .25- caliber compressed air rifle can be used to shoot a biodegradable, drug- impregnated pellet into the reindeer.'' Do you see the' scenario possibilities? High noon at the OK Corral. A gang of desperadoes has just held up the Nome sledcoach. Suddenly, a Gary Cooper-type appears on the horizon, pounding leather through the lichen instead of sagebrush. He is carrying the mail for the Fawn Express. Under his white hat, he wears 10-gallon ear muffs. "Head 'em off at the glacier," the hero shouts, and a posse gallops off in hot pursuit. Any movie fan can anticipate the grand climax — a shootout with .25- caliber compressed air rifles. In the fadeout scene, the hero is seen riding off into the midnight sun. He is singing a few bars of "Bury Me Not on the Lone Iceberg." Commentary Deja vu in El Salvador By JUAN J. WALTE WASHINGTON (UPI) — History has a way of repeating itself and sometimes the replay is a mirror image of the original. Take, for example, Chile in the early 1970s and now El Salvador in the early 1980s. Several events this past week served to recall at least one parallel between the two situations. They have to do with elections and how to react after they are over. Chileans in 1970 elected a president who was a socialist and who took office as head of a coalition that included the Communist Party. He was Salvador Allende, whose victory at the polls did not please'the American administration then in power — President Nixon's. In fact, a high Nixon official was quoted as saying something to the effect that he did not see why the United States should stand by watch a country, go communist due to the "irresponsibility" of its people. It is now widely accepted that the official was national security adviser Henry Kissinger and he was referring to Chile. The Nixon administration — under strong criticism here and abroad, criticism which still persists — did not break relations with Chile but didn't exactly make life easy for the Allende government, especially in the field of bilateral and multilateral economic aid. In fact, the flow of U.S. aid virtually stopped. Among the many critics were congressional liberals who were upset, the United States government did not seem willing to respect the outcome of free elections in a foreign country. And free they were, indeed. In Chile 12 years ago, the United States wanted the Christian Democrats to win. They didn't, of course. In El Salvador, in 1982, the United States also wants the Christian Democrats to win. Whether they will is still to be seen. But the El Salvador elections, scheduled for March 28, are already the subject of some bizarre developments which bring to mind the post-election events in Chile. Suppose — just suppose — that El Salvador's elections are relatively free by that country's electoral standards. Suppose also that the Christian Democrats, who share the government with the military and are not overly popular, do not win. And suppose even further that a radical rightist party or parties win — something which could well happen. What then? \ Several congressional Democrats — one of whom has been a strong supporter of linking U.S. aid to El Salvador to "free and open" elections there — have already served notice that a rightist victory wouldn't do. (The extreme left can't win simply because it is boycotting the elections). They are" Rhode Island's Sen. Claiborne Pell, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Maryland's Clarence Long, chairman of the House foreign aid appropriations subcommittee; and Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania. All three visited El Salvador on separate trips to Central America over the past two weeks. "If the right wing wins those elections — which they well could do — then we ought to cut off all aid immediately," Pell told reporters several days after his return from Central America. Pell expressed concerned such an outcome would move El Salvador to the radical right and that, in turn, could result in paralyzing violence. "There would be a paroxysm by the left and everybody else," is how he put it. Long said a victory by such radical rightist candidates as former National Guard Maj. Robert D'Aubisson "is going to be a very sticky thing." "If he won, we should just pull right out. To me it would be the end of the line," Long told reporters Friday shortly after landing at National Airport. And, he$ded, "It's entirely possible that such a thing could happen." Similar sentiments were shared by Murtha, who went to El Salvador and Nicaragua on behalf of House Speaker Thomas O'Neill. "I am one person who is not willing to continue aid unless the elections go to the moderates," Murtha said on his return from the troubled region. —Letters— State song A couple of months ago I tried to find someone who might have a copy df our state song, "I Love You California." I was amazed at how many people didn't know it was our state song and very surprised that not only the present day teenager, but some,people even in their 30's and 40's didn't even know the song. It was made our official state song on January 23, 1951, by the Senate s of the state, with the Assembly concurring. It was written by F. B. Silverwood, with music by A. P. Frankenstein and was first introduced by Mary Garden in 1913, the year of the copyright, which was renewed in 1941. In an article written by Ron Moskowttz, an education correspondent, he stated in large headlines, "California Can't Buy the Rights to Its Song." He went on to say that even though California is one of the richest states in the union, it can't buy its, official state song for love or money. Calvin E. Chunn, the state's negotiator at the time this article was written, told the state board of education that neither of the publishing companies that own the rights to the song was willing to sell them. . He suggested that? the Legislature designate another musical composition as our official state song or commission someone to write a new one. He added that if one can believe the original text of the legislature's formal resolution proclaiming "I Love You California" as the official state song, which read, in part: "No other song written before or since shares its unique distinction, enduring record and affectionate appreciation with which it has entwined the hearts of all Californians." Yet it took 38 years for the state's lawmakers to come to that conclusion, however. Abraham F. Frankenstein was a cousin of the Cheonicle's long-time music .and art critic Alfred V. Frankenstein, and Silverwood was a Potentate of Al Malaikah Temple o! the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in Los Angeles. California Shriners have sung the song ever since. Frankenstein was conductor of the pit orchestra at the old Orpheum Theater in San Francisco. The copyright was owned on a 5050 basis by Big Three Music Corp. of Los Angeles and Jerry Vogel Music Company Of New York City. Which means that although we can sing the song without paying a royalty, it can't be reprinted in tex* tbooks and such without permission of the publishers and paying royalty to the composer and lyricist, or their heirs. The problem was tucked away until 1971 when Senator James Wedworth directed the state board of education to negotiate purchase of the copyright. The legislature's current position can best be described by the second line from "California, Here I Come, right back where I started from." I was finally able to obtain this beautiful old song by special order from the Band Box. For years this song was ' sung in grammar schools. One of our Native Daughter members told me she played it in her school band. I would like to have music directors of today tell me why this is no longer played or sung in the schools. I think it would be nice if some of -our schools would revive this song and play it as a march at public events. I am sure it would have many old timers keeping time with their foot and humming the tune. Organist of the Ukiah Parlor of Native Daughters Jo Lane Calpella Letters Day and night ; The night-and-day difference ^between the Associated Press and jthe United Press. International ^wire stories of events in El ^Salvador on Feb. l, 1982, explains jwhy the average lay reader of the tpress in America might be confus- ied about the morality of U.S. ^military aid to strife-torn El ^Salvador. « Here's the Ukiah Daily Journal Letters UPI story lead and ' headline: "More Aid for El Salvador: The administration, with reports of killings raising new questions about human rights in El Salvador, announced today it is using emergency authority to ship $55 million in military equipment to the Central American nation." Dateline for this story was Washington. Here' the AP lead, same story, same 1 day, carried in the Press Letters Democrat. This one. is datelined San Salvador: "Massacre reported in Salvador: El Salvador's Unsupported army killed 20 or more people during house searches for rebels in a San Salvador neighborhood, but relatives of the victims denied they were leftist guerrillas." - We are disturbed about wire stories on Central America that originate in comfortable office buildings in Washington, The dif- Letters ference in the AP and UPI accounts is alarming. We urge critical, careful reading by our fellow American taxpayers who bought the bullets sent into the back of the heads of those (mostly teenagers) pulled from their beds that night during house searches. Critical reading watches what is placed in quotes and what is supposedly straight reporting. Critical reading watches closely words like "leftist extremists," or "subver- Letters sives," rather than words like "workers," or "students." Also, are ' reporters in El Salvador taking the time to visit and talk to rural farmers, or are they remaining only in the cities? We are calling for the end of U S. military aid to El Salvador. Let the people of that country decide their own future. In the meantime, careful reading of the press is critical, since most Letters of us cannot travel there to see for ourselves. The UPI story mentions the killing of 20 people in the eighth paragraph, AP in the first paragraph. But then the UPI writer was in Washington, comfortably seated in some highrise. The AP writer was writing where the true news' was actually, tragically happening. Mendocino County Committee ....... in Solidarity with the People of M Salvador

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