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February 11, 1971

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Ernest Lee Snide, acknowledged as probably the sharpest political mind in the United States between the years 1890 and 1891, is best remembered for the following advice to an aldermanic candidate in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin: "If you want an expert evaluation, ask an expert." Heeding this wise counsel, we borrowed an eight-year-old and took him to a session of the Washington State Senate last Thursday. The Senate was debating whether or not it should abolish its practice of holding committee meetings in secret and we wanted an evaluation of the proceedings from that object at which most politicians direct their messages - the eight-year-old mind. Eight-year-olds are in scarce supply these days; most of them have been appropriated by television network policy-makers and their poll-takers who use them for pap tests. If the kids can swallow the pap served on the screen, it is considered fit for the remainder of the television audience. The youngster we kidnapped has accepted a dove in his mother's kitchen and a giant in her washer without flinching, has watched thousands of tiny time capsules dissolving in thousands of tiny stomachs without retching, and is convinced his maiden aunt, who has orange hair and three teeth, will have to fight off the advances of Engeibert Humperdinck as soon as she buys her first can of FDS. We sat in the Senate gallery, sharing a box of Screaming Yellow Zonkers and listening to the debate on the floor below. The lawmakers had just defeated a rule change that would have prohibited secret committee meetings when we asked our first question. "Well, Cosmo, what do you think?" "'I think the good guys lost." "Now wait a minute," we protested. "How could you come to that conclusion? Didn't you notice the great show put on by Senator Woodall during his defense of secret meetings? His great jokes? His snappy patter?" "Yes, I appreciate all that. He'd be great on TV. He looks like Joe E. Lewis and he's funnier than Bob Hope. The only problem is, his arguments don't make sense." "They must have made sense; he won the vote 27 to 20." "'That has nothing to do with it," Cosmo proclaimed. "Most of the other Senators weren't listening to him. Can you remember what they were doing?" "Now that you mention it, 1 do recall what a few were doing. Senator Durkan was sitting in a reporter's lap at the press table; Senator Guess was trying to catch a glimpse of Senator Metcalf's Playboy magazine; Senator Gissberg was jotting down notes on how to get around the rule if it passed; Senator Dore was whispering a speech into a mirror; Senator McCutcheon was trying to find his desk; Senator Knoblauch was watering his daffodils and Senator Henry was studying a street map of Paris in anticipation of a junket there when chance $i'fords." "See what I mean? If they had been listening to him, they would realize that what Senator Woodall said, in effect, is that the Senate is controlled by lobbyists and other pressure groups." 0 "1 didn't hear him say that." "What he said," explained Cosmo, "was that the Senate committees could not operate effectively if the meetings were open to the public because lobbyists and others would be present to put on the pressure." "1 guess that is what he said. But, of course, he was only talking about the committee meetings; the sessions on the floor are open and the Senators have to vote on issues there." "I am only an eight-year-old," answered Cosmo, "but it seems to me that if the Senators are subject to intimidation from lobbyists, they are subject to intimidation from lobbyists not only in open sessions but in closed sessions. There is only one thing that can suffer from secret sessions of legislators and that is the public interest." "Did you figure that out all by yourself?." we asked in amazement. "Sure. And I also figured out that no one would pay a lobbyist good money if he can't figure out a way to find out what went on in a committee meeting. The voters are the ones left in the dark when government is conducted behind closed doors." "This is truly unbelievable," we exclaimed. "How can you swallow 'Green Acres' and 'the freshest mouth in town' and yet see through the malarkey of those clowns down there on the floor?" "Well, after all, I am almost nine years old," said our rosy-checked expert. "Sorry we're late, Miss Hubbs... the driver of the school bus broke down!" By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS Interim legislation conflicting with two of the initiatives to the Legislature appears certain to be enacted this session. One would collide head-on with Initiative 44, the 20-mill property tax measure, by extending the 22-mill ceiling enacted by the 1970 Legislature until 1973. The other would conflict with Initiative 43, the much-discussed seacoast management act sponsored by the Washington Environmental Council. I "Do you think it would improve my image if I gave the slaves a three-day holiday to celebrate my birthday?" on an Attorney General's opinion that the Legislature can enact interim legislation pertaining to a subject covered by an initiative to the Legislature. Approval of the initiative in the following election would result in automatic repeal of the legislative act, unless the latter were submitted to the voters as an alternative. Then the choice would be up to the voters. Court Action Likely There is~a good chance that The pending action is based~, sponsors .of ,at least one of the Tired of junk mail? Wish there was a way to strike back? Well, there is. The other day a friend of mine told me of a small-scale back lash he was trying to create. And using the postal system, yet. A witty, though exasperated family man carrying on counter-insurgency warfare against big corporations through the U.S. Postal Service? Yup. And It's all legal, too. Come the dawn. Then the friendly neighborhood postman laden to the hernia-inducing limit mostly by junk mail. You know ...those garishly-colored, multi-sloganed, sent-to-you-personally form letters with your name typed in, usually in a different color of ink. All the big personal touches are supposed to flatter your ego. But the different color of ink is a dead giveway, isn't it? Not very personal. Probably some clod in the printing dept. Lots of people I know fire these things right into the circular file without even giving them a cursory glance and an occasional curse. The trouble really starts with the mailing lists. All you have to do is order a magazine subscription, enter a sensational sweepstakes drawing, or any number of those seemingly-innocent, you-may-already -have-won-the-grand-prize drawings. These people buy and sell mailing lists. They traffic in names and addresses Yours and mine. And then you get reams of mail from every company you've never heard of. Because you're on all the lists now. Anyway, to get back to revenge, all you gotta do is send them back. Just take everything you get and put it in the "business reply envelope." Generally the postage is already paid. The simplicity of the whole operation verily boggles the mind. If you don't get a reply envelope, just open the next one in your pile of mail. Chances are there'll be one in there someplace. But if the postage isn't pre-paid, send it anyway. They have to pay for it on the other end. Get the picture - the enemy pays for it. Beating him at his own game. Just be sure to peel off your name tag if you use this method. And be sure not to put a return address on it. Or else you'll pay for the postage. If You're particularly malicious like my friend, pick out a company you dislike more than the rest and send him stuff from some of the other companies. You know...let him know how his competition is doing. It's the least you can do for somebody who spends so much money writing to you all the time. And it makes you feel so good inside to know you've jousted a bit with the big boys. So, friends and neighbors, brothers and sisters, let .us wage transcontinental postal warfare. Power to the postage stamp! From the Burlington (Wis.) Standard Press Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, February II, 1971 Editor, The Journal: I am writing this letter in support of HB 297 which proposes the setting up of 12 regional library districts in the state. I am sorry to see that the Shelton Library Board and the Shelton Librarian plus our city officials are opposed to taking a helping hand in advancing public service. By setting up regional libraries, each individual library is insured a better and more complete collection of books. By working together in a regional system libraries have more funds for developing educational programs and can give the public faster, better, and more efficient service. Those materials which may otherwise never be available in one library are made available by means of borrowing from other libraries in each regional system. I can remember how inadequate the library services were when I was in school. Granted each librarian has done the best she could with the funds that were available, however this initiative measures, and possibly both, will challenge enactment of interim legislation in the courts. But legislators argue it doesn't make sense that a group of people, by filing an initiative to the Legislature, can block enactment of any legislation on a given subject for nearly two years. Sponsors of the initiatives argue the legislators could cut the waiting period down to size by enacting an annual election law. Then the problems could be disposed of this coming ceiling automatically would drop to 21 mills this year. This would be done by transferring the school millage now collected by the state back to the local level for collection. The transfer would cost the school districts a total of $46 million. The legislators have been told that if they don't want to extend the 22-mill law, they will have to dig up $46 million in new revenue for school support. While the Governor is ~'coneerned about the fiscal impact of an anmaal of Initiative 44, the measure November. Enactmont elections law appeared certain at the start 'of this session, but presence of the tax-limit initiative has changed the entire picture. Price Tag Involved Gov. Dan Evans has been one of the most articulate champions of annual elections, but a study of the budget he submitted to the Legislature reveals pretty convincing evidence that the Governor has changed his mind, and plans to forget his annual election bill. If Initiative 44 were enacted this November, it would have a $52.5 million impact on the Governor's budget. Not only that, but the Governor, in the budget he submitted, contemplates enactment of a law which would extend the 22-mill ceiling into 1973. Without this extension, the extending the 22-mill limit isn't intended as an alternative measure. Nobody has any illusion that an alternative would be adopted by the voters in preference to the 20-mill limit measure. But the Governor does believe the need for an alternative to Initiative 43 is advisable, and that it is urgent that it be enacted also as an interim law. With the tax limit smothering his desire for an annual election law, he fears what might result if the state were required to go another two years without a seacoast management law of any sort. There still remains the problem, of course, of developing an interim seacoast management act on which a majority of legislators in each house can a~ee. ~l~~~~~~~lll~ll~~~ll~~~~~~~~~~~~~l~~~~~ll~~ll~~ll~~l~~l~l~~~~~~~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~~l~l~~~~~~~l~~~~l~l~~l~~l~l~~~l~~~~ By JOHN ANDRIST in the Omak Chronicle An attitude which dumbfounds me every time I meet it is the attitude that kids have to prove themselves worthy of our attention before we give it - that they have to be punished, disciplined, and accept the yoke before we allow them to be people. It is a puritanical attitude that somehow they're still tainted by some sin and have to purify themselves by conforming to our regulations - which we draw only for youth - and when they've proved their ability to conform, then we'll allow them to breathe the free air. It is a negative attitude that we can't trust kids, we can't give them responsibility or freedom until we've gotten them trained to accept our ideas of what is freedom. I'm no revolutionary. Nor am I an anarchist. But I don't believe you teach respect for a free system by creating a prison through which must pass those who some day will be free. You don't teach responsibility by teaching blind obedience and you don't teach love by imposing fear. But then, I'm a kinda kinky thinker. There are those who want to reward the child who "plays the system" and punish those who refuse the yoke. There are those who feel that if a child is free and having fun, he's up to no good, that he has to sit quietly and do the same thing all those around him are doing, sort of in lock-step, and then all's well in the world. Certainly, the child must know how to behave in a group and how to apply himself diligently to work. But he can learn it in freedom, out of love, by careful guidance. We force break dogs to retrieve, using pain as their teacher. We also use force and pain to train other animals. Don't our children deserve a bit more? Editor, The Journai: I went to Mason General Hospital recently to pace the floor until my husband returned to the Intensive Care Cardiac Unit from surgery. He was having a pacemaker implant. I was in a state of numbness - worried, yet prayerful and unable to control the tears. The attractive day room No. 1 7 across from the cardiac unit looked like a pleasant place to sit or pace while waiting for two hours. Number 1 7 contains two beds, in addition to comfortable-looking chairs, TV, radio, books and magazines. On one bed lay a woman wearing a royal blue jog suit and tennis shoes. She was lying on her back and I thought she must be a patient or employe resting and relaxing. S0, I sat at the far end in-No. By DAVE AVERILL ~l~l~l~l~ll~l~l~l~u~u~~u~u~l~lll~l~ is not good books and, the past few independent town cannot which meets the American In the 1 9 7 1 D aily Travis was quoted is just one more may lose yet responsibilities federal group." This is not because regional are not federal government. library system representative individual library has its own consulted in concerning poll individual library. I am writing plea to the citizens~ support of HB bring our library standards. 17, did not turn* radio, and did not l After a time 1' woman on the bed:i! Thinking she might be what a nice place pretty jog in a white sheet room. About th' maintenance man room to adjust He was a friendly, after exchanging on the beastly him, "Is that dead?" He laughed. time like this "No," he 'Rescuci-Annie.' training for rescucitation !" Liz Allison AND HERE IS the psychiatrist for Lt. Will the guy who saved My Lai from communism. He says the lieutenant is getting a bum rap. He's right. Lt. Calley, the psychiatrist says, just disobeying an order when it came down command. When the captain said his duty was to Calley began shooting. And when the captain said the party was away his rifle and resumed his boyish smile. "He was like an automaton, a robo psychiatrist. Then the chief prosecutor at Calley's silliest question of the day. Is this compulsion he asked, characteristic of all American soh No indeed, said the psychiatrist. If your kid is having trouble making Should he ever get court martialed, it will unexciting thing like going AWOL. If there is any lesson to be learned from Lai court martials, it is that the man in good position to be making independent moral i Let him decide not to shoot civilians, start worrying about the propriety of 15-year-old conscripts on the other side. If a 90-day wonder of an infantry down an order, what do we do about the Command pilot who gets an order to wipe out That compulsion to obey orders was picked for Officers' Candidate School and reputation as a reliable officer. The Army now the Army seems to be complaining about If we are going to put anybody on trial, it people who decided it was okay to kill winning a war. The decision was made alrr ago, and not many people have questioned it years since World War 1I. Instead, we have settled on a policy that kill millions of civilians in a big war but few hundred of them in a police action. And if this seems illogical to you, try to must seem to the obedient Lt. William Calley. 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