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"The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created." How does that statement grab you? If you agree with the premise and would like to see it become a part of state law, you can help accomplish that purpose by writing or phoning State Senator Gordon Sandison and Representatives Charles Savage and Paul Conner, signifying your support of Senate Bill 485, of which the above statement is a part. The bill, introduced last week by Senators Washington, Greive, Bailey and Francis at the request of Lieutenant Governor John Cherberg, provides for open meetings of all public agencies, including the Washington State Legislature It would prohibit the secret meetings which have been employed by many public bodies, including the legislature, school boards, city, town and county councils and commissions, special purpose districts, college and university commissions and boards. The bill is similar to legislation proposed ten years ago by Washington's weekly newspaper publishers. That bill, vigorously opposed by the University of Washington board of regents and the Association of Washington Cities, died in a secret meeting of a legislative committee. (That's the way the old bill bounces.) Secret meetings cause much of the distrust of public bodies by the citizenry. The euphemisms used by elected officials for those sessions - executive session, study session, brainstorming session - cannot gloss over the fact that they are conducting public business behind doors closed to the public. Cherberg's bill will have tough sledding in the Senate. Nine members of the thirteen-member Judiciary committee, where the bill now reposes, have already voted this session against opening up legislative committee meetings. They include the chairman of the committee, Senator Gissberg, Vice Chairman Senator Dore, and Senators Durkan, Walgren, Anderson, Atwood, Clarke, Twigg and Woodall. If some of those names are familiar to you as back-room powers, you have an idea of the problem. It will take a minor miracle for the bill to pass the Senate if it comes out of committee. Its chances in the House if the miracle should occur are probably even dimmer. But every citizen who believes that public business ought to be conducted in public should make that view known to his legislator. There is a real push on in both chambers for the abolition of secret meetings. So far, the black hats outnumber the white hats, but pressure from voters could change that situation, if nbt this session, then in subsequent years. So, unhotster tlllgse ballpoints and fita salvo in the direction of Olympia. We have had some unkind words, in the past, for adults who insist that today's youngsters should conform to a set of nineteenth-century rural America standards to which they, themselves, did not adhere, although the mind-twisting passage of time has convinced them they did. Each day brings news of another latter-year saint who tells the kids where it's at The octogenarian, for instance, who advises youngsters they will not live to be thirty if they do the things he has conveniently forgotten he did at seventeen. We have waited, impatiently, for someone who really knows what he is talking about to appear on the scene. It is with unbounded joy, therefore, that we present the admonitions of a sage we uncovered while judging the entries in a writing contest from an eastern state. The author of the piece, in an attempt to uncover what he termed "the root of the young generation's evils," asked his community's leading citizen for the answer. "Too much money, too much Leisure, not enough discipline," was the reply HIS recommendation for disciplining those he described as "America's uncouth youth" - the young social protesters and demonstrators - was "Take those kids to the whipping post." The reporter then presented a short biography of his interviewee which clearly shows why he is qualified to criticize youngsters who have too much money and too much leisure. "A couple more invasions and the President will have run out of countries in Southeast Asia in which he promises we won't be used." A Mason County father, at wit's-end over a problem for which he can discern no answer, has written the following account of his predicament. He hopes that private citizens and public officials will write their solutions, if any they have, to the Journal. We welcome comment on the subject and will publish it in the Letter Box. - The Editor What/ts : goal of most of today's teenagers? Their rebellion, dope, laziness, and defiance of authority. The only agreement they show is when they are given their own way or something they want while not having to do anything in return. A person begins to think, a remembrance of the past, possessing the knowledge and experience - ability to control teenagers of today. Now a question becomes apparent : what authority does Society have over today's teenagers? Also, what authority or action may the law exercise in correcting and/or controlling teenagers who are law violators today? Based upon current experience, one word - "NONE." The following is a factual story - the experiences of one girl, the worries of her family trying to live today by the known rules of yesterday. The girl's name doesn't matter, only what has happened. She started life innocent like your child and all others. She learned to be an obedient child, a good student, and a credit to me and her mother. Then her world fell apart. She got involved with the wrong crowd at school and in the community. This change occured when she was only 14 years old. From then to now, she has lived a life of hell when she was not off in her dream world. She was just past 14 when she became interested in boys. She started running around, lying, and sneaking out at night. Soon after she began sneaking off- the nights alone were not enough - she began running away from home. She started taking up with boys, even older men, going off for days. And these ran into weeks. While she was gone, she was introduced to drugs. After one of her degrading episodes, she was returned home to a worried, but relieved mother and myself. Our first-born was home again. Knowing our daughter needed help, we sought assistance from the officials of our state, guidance as to what could be done to help our daughter and maybe stop it from becoming a problem for someone else. But, this proved unfruitful. The officials claimed they couldn't do anything- our daughter hadn't broken any law. At home, our daughter didn't improve. She still r ifl, awny and took up with anyone who would give her what she wanted. My wife and I, hoping to help her, we continued to try and find a way to lure her from the life she had chosen. It became a losing battle. She was suspended from school as a bad influence on the other students. After many encounters with the law because of her conduct, we increased our search for help. Always the answer was the same. Even after a year, plus, the law still claimed she had not broken any law for which they could do anything for her. They agreed, she had bent the law somewhat, but that was all. She was placed on probation with the understanding that if she got into any more trouble she would be placed in a girl's school. This is a joke and a laugh, as each and every teenager knows they can do as they please and the law cannot touch a teenager short of murder. Anyway, the statement keeps coming up - they are teenagers and our hands are tied. Finally, after many worried days and nights, we got our daughter placed into a foster home. We hoped through this action she would be away from the environment and vice she had become used to. Our mistake. The foster home enforced no control over her. She was again running the streets as she pleased. The foster home situation didn't last long and she ran away and was gone for two weeks and we never were notified. She was finally returned home. Everything was fine for about five months. She met this nice boy and they wanted to get married. They both were sincere. They were married and it lasted for three weeks. She started hanging around with her old crowd and left her husband. She got mixed up with dope and needed help but )X: e SETS Editor, The Journal I do it the day ~estin~ R e c e n t 1 y a b i 11 w a s The bookmobile isal:son "~ introduced, HB 297, which would So where do I go~ the set up 12 regional library districts PublicLibrary "~]~dll be in the state This would make Pc" to W books,pamphlets,.~ [o w"" Shelton Public Library a part of have the informat~ The library ls~- the Timberland Regional Library. . ,maageme New b~dilnea pn I ve used the Shelton Public standards . .- Library for the past eleven years, the library oft u : - gacn t< since I was six years old. Now fiction and non-~^, ,i- O~ UI tll that I am in high school, I've wide variety of 3f two found out that the library has a books. A person ca great amount of information that that will appeal ti Fir s~ 800 ac is very useful to me when doing Shelton Library,was reports and homework subscribes to -' "o" ne~ a~ L, U~ The Timberland Regional magazines and ~ r f~' Library sends a bookmobile to records classiCa " ;'T' ' ck i..,tnu to Shelton twice a month, stopping western, and ro for half an hour or less at certain Shelton Library. Wl::ru~ designated areas In that short sources of material~_'.i~e we" t mo you f,o the books you want. It usually The libra v~'ry gi ~od M~ takes longer than this to research good supply of e!~r ." .. forbooks, and other materials, information to ~ehLnr~.' I can t speak for all students, support the S.h~mberll but I usually don't do a report Library It's your li~v ~e 'i -- ve~_ until a few days before it's due or ~th of d I progral .'~g and ] `~~'~~~~'~'~~'~~'~~'~~'~~~~'~'~~'~'~~'.~~~m~~'~~'''~~'~~~m~m~~'m~~~~'H~~~~~~~~~m~m~'4 th:slnm ~d Lev ~Vith sq ii. Timbe !~ timt )ld in " O ' ~ S WeD Unsigned letters are again starting t P al, Fc " the editor" ' of them discuss" s s desk. Most is and are of importance to our readers. ]1 b 1 a c We solicit letters and are anxious to print is our policy, however, that only signed published We urge those who have sent in correspondence to come in and sign their they can appear in the Letter Box. More needed on the editorial page. wer~ lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll our hands were tied because she was married. What kind of law permits a 15-year old streets, married or otherwise? We went to the asked them to pick her up for we knew she life if she was left to run with the boys and be dope at the age of 15. They said she was married was a classification of her own. She was and an adult and they don't have a law to coveX is still only 15 years old. Then, longlast, it seemed help had come. was picked up in a town south of our State request, she was held for a few days, then Olympia to juvenile officers. There she herself to Western State for help. There she was a few hours and it was decided our daughter did help and she was released. Upon her release, it hours until she was with her old crowd again. How could any doctor possibly say this? This story doesn't end here. It only temporary break. Her mother and I wonder this writing because she has again taken off to and the Lord knows with whom. How does a girl, when hooked on requirement? They lie, steal, and give possible to obtain the drugs they need. Will your daughter or son be .next to drug pushers, sex, and drinking just to line the pushers? If I were alone, I could feel that I but having spoken to other parents that have problems such as I have cited above, their same as mine. I ask, when will Society, when put a stop to the use of drugs, allowing the wild and do as they please. Based upon past experience, the only "Kids this is your era, as you well know, you cannot do any wrong, your age protects laws are there to see your rights are not teenagers, this is your world, your time. up as you please." The austerity expert is a 73-year-old manufacturer who is worth 50 million dollars. His limited leisure hours are spent in a $250,000 swimming pool at his home, driving a Rolls Royce for which he paid $50,000 and then spent $15,000 more fitting with a body of his own design, and shooting animals in Africa and the western United States for trophies with which to decorate the walls of his simple abode. The austere home is decorated with art objects and paintings by Rembrandt and Holbein. A bed given him by a European dictator brightens one bedroom with its 25-carat gold leaf headboard and another, a revolving circular bed given him by a movie queen, dominates one of the many other bedrooms. Parents would be well advised to urge their children to emulate this civic pillar. Point out to them that if they work hard and save their money, they may, at 73, be able to slaughter animals in Africa and sleep in a revolving circular bed after a stimulating afternoon behind the wheel of a 565,000 automobile. Explain to them, also, that it is important to choose the right vocation. The hero of our story owns a business with an annual sales volume of $17 million earned manufacturing, among other things, missile launchers, tear gas, bullet-proof vests and riot guns. That should really turn on your kids By: ROBERT C. CUMMINGS A cutoff date for introducing bills always is established in the Legislature to expedite the progress of the session, but invariably legislators use a simple device to get around it. This session isn't any exception. The device is to introduce bills by title only, so that they can be used at any time after the cutoff date, by writing whatever pertinent material that may be desired under the tire. By the 30th day of the current session, 53 title-only bills had been introduced in the two houses. Twenty-seven subjects were covered in the various bills. It is a safe bet that by the time the cutoff date rolls around there will be tire-only mea/fitet covering virtuaBy eveJy ~abjeet on the statute books: ..... Handy Little Gadget It is handy to have a vehicle available for developing a possible new solution to a knotty problem Pacje4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, February 18, 1971 in the heat of the session after the period for introducing bills has expired. It is much more convenient, for instance, to take a "clean" bill with only a title than to "scalp" a measure which already has been introduced, complete with related but often highly different material. But the practice also lends itself to abuse, by cluttering up the legislative committees with additional measures during a period when time for considering bills already before them is limited - the very development which the cutoff date is intended to avoid Remedy Fails This prompted the Legislature a few years ago to adopt a rule banning title-only bills, but the rule didn't go far enough. It specified that the bill also must include at least one section of the subject matter. The result was a first section which was just as broad as the title. A bill with a broad title such as "relating to education," for instance, would ~arry a first section like this: "The Legislature finds that education is the responsibility of the state." It still left a "clean" bill under which any matter relating to education could be written. The rule remains in effect, but the required first section always is so insignificant that such measures continue to be considered "title-only" bills. Effective Maneuver A more effective crimp on this practice occurred in 1951, when former Gov. Albert D. Rosellini was minority leader in the Senate. Rosellini had introduced a number of title-only bills "relating to public assistance." The Republicans took one of these, carrying Rosellini,s name, and wrote a relative responsibility laW under the title, and made sure the measure received appropriate publici,y: The next day, Rosellini's protests on the floor of the Senate could be heard in the House chamber on the other side of the building. After letting Rosellini blow off steam for about 20 minutes, the Republicans "graciously" withdrew their "amendment" to the bill. But this bit of horseplay reduced significantly the number of title-only bills that were introduced in the Senate for several sessions thereafter. Horses and Bingo Though Sen Robert Bailey doesn't expect his bill to abolish horse racing to get any place, it just might pass the Senate, under certain circumstances. Bailey introduced the measure solely as an answer to Atty. Gem Slade Gorton, whom he blames for the crackdown on bingo games throughout the state. He reasons that if people can't play bingo, they shouldn't beinitiatives, from 8 permitted to bet on horses, of the vote Bailey, who is the majority presidential caucus chairman in the upper referenda, from 4 chamber, has many sympathetic A House ears on this subject in the Senate, w o u I d raise as evidenced by the 39-9 vote by requirements even which the members voted to per cent for repeal the anti-lottery provision in per cent the constitution. If of If they can be sure the should get measure will be killed in thevote required to House, they might pass it, just to ballot, it is stir up a few waves, would be About Face By the time Just about the time legislative b u d g e t s leaders decided against tampering with the initiative and referendum Representatives, process, proposed constitutional unable to amendments on the subject Even the landed in both houses, leadership is A Senate resolution (SJR 24) alternatives to would abolish initiatives to the proposals, and Legislature, permitting only Others in initiatives to the voters; obviously caucus have the result of the three initiatives shyness when asked facing the present session, support it. At It also would increase the appears there signature requirements for votes to get it out