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Friday, February 19, 1971 will live in history as the day the Senate of the State of Washington came of age. On that auspicious occasion - the 39th day of the current session - the Senate threw off the lethargy that has characterized this year's legislative gathering and began to fulfill its destiny as a forum for the debate and resolution of the myriad problems facing our state. Observers in the packed gallery could sense the importance of the action about to commence on the floor below as the serious-visaged lawmakers hurried to their desks during a call of the Senate. The air was electric with expectation; coughing was at a minimum and there was little paper-rustling. Hardened newsmen stared in disbelief as President Pro-Tem AI Henry mounted the rostrum and Lieutenant Governor John Cherberg, with statesmanlike aplomb reminiscent of Thomas Jefferson at his best, escorted a distinguished visitor to that lofty platform. A ripple of excitement ran through the gallery as the visiting expert's qualifications were outlined in a stirring introduction. The taxpayers sitting on the edge of their seats suddenly realized they were about to get their money's worth from the $40-per-day Senators and their $75-per-day hirelings. The chamber was hushed - except for an occasional whispered "amen" or "right-on" - as the distinguished visitor imparted his wisdom to the assembled lawmakers, mixing in just enough humor to leaven the grave import of his message. When the distinguished orator had uttered his final pearl, President Pro-Tem Henry, in a precedent-setting example of participatory democracy, invited those in the gallery to ask questions of the visitor. The Senators listened in awe - scribbling notes for future direction - as their constituents probed the visiting expert for answers to what they considered the most pressing problems facing the state in this crucial period in its history. / ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: "Mr. George Meany, President, AFL-CIO. Dear George: In order to secure a just and lasting prosperity, and effect complete withdrawal from the war on inflation, I am ordering a limited incursion into the prevailing wage scale. I want to assure you that under no circumstances will American ground combat carpenters be used..." Senator Reuben Knob|auch, recognized by his colleagues as the power-behind-the-throne in the Senate's Rest Room and Broom Closet Comminee, could not contain himself and joined in the spirited dialogue between the galleryites and the distinguished visitor. Veteran observers of the legislative process agreed it was his finest performance in a distinguished career that has had many similar high points, and prayed the voters would remember this contribution to better gov ern In en t. Senators and onlookers alike were sorry to see the hour of destiny come to an end, but the distinguished visitor was in demand elsewhere. Pages and secretaries, wet-eyed with gratitude, swarmed around him and sought his autograph as he made his exit. the day that distinguished visitor, Bob Something-or-Other, the emcee of a television show called "Truth or Consequences," left his mark on Washington State government. O0 The campaign for mediocrity in high places spearheaded by Presidefit Richard Nixon and Senator Roman Hruska of Nebraska is beginning to filter down into the lower echelons of government. You will remember that a year ago Senator Hruska answered charges that the President's nominee for the United States Supreme Court, Judge G. Harrold Carswell, was a mediocre candidate for the position with the statement: "There are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. Aren't they entitled to a little representation and a little chance?" BY: ROBERT C. CUMMINGS A bill to give the Legislature some measure of control over capital expenditures by community colleges found a ready response in the Senate, but faces trouble in the house. measures the House committee chairman wants. When these arrive in the Senate, they could rest there a long time, unless some committee action is generated on the community college measure. Too Wet For'Wets--' establishment college satellite campuses without legislative approval. It also would prohibit communi[y 0ileges from constructing dormitories without approval from the State Board for Community College Education. Despite solid backing from the bipartisan Legislative Budget Committee, the measure is up against formidable barriers in the House Committee on Higher Educ, ation. ..... I d e n t i c al legislation introduced in the House has been unable to get out of that committee. But backers of the Senate measure aren't giving up. They are waiting for some u~ , vru.l.on been introduced which is '~tb~' OI ,, commumt ,, ,~ Y wet even for most of the wets in the Legislature. Introduced in both houses, it would permit issuance of special licenses for dance halls which ..... would allow patrons to drink their own liquor on the premises, and authorize the dance hall operator to sell them ice and mixers. The only difference between the Senate and House bills is what they would call the license. One calls it a "Class X;" the other, a "Class K." This legislation has the ingredients of a good conversation piece, but even those who would go so far as to permit sale of hard liquor in taverns don't want to go this far. There is deep concern that it would lead to widespread "hip pocket" bootlegging. Possible traffic hazards also are of some concern. Many dance halls are located adjacent to secondary state highways and county roads. SmOke But NO Fire Republican legislators are doing their best to smoke out Gov. Dan Evans on the big question, whether he plans to run for a third term. The latest wrinkle is a statement to the effect that if the Governor needs the bills he has endorsed in order to win reelection, they will back them; otherwise, they will forget them. It is doubtful, however, that even an affirmative reply from the Governor could result in the passage of many of his bills, and the Governor probably knows it. They have caused dismay among Republicans in both houses. No Governor in modern times has revealed his intentions for the next election this far in advance. Of course they are. But only in positions at the top of the heap where they can do little damage. A mediocre President has only four years to foul up the country. That's not much time to end a war by enlarging it, offer concurrent inflation and recession, call for fiscal responsibility through deficit spending, and enlist the support of young people by calling them bums. A mediocre Vice President who is equally adept at spraying rhetoric or golf balls is a comic relief badly needed in these trying times and can do little harm so long as he is kept away from trap shoots and pistol meets. A mediocre Attorney General who spends his time chasing a handful of radicals while organized crime increases its grip on the nation's government and commerce is, after all, a creature of the President, and will be replaced when the chief executive takes a one-way helicopter ride to San Clemente. When mediocrity infests the lower ranks, however - down there where the important work gets done - the country is in trouble. The first sign of that infestation appeared last week, when a civilian employee of the Army at the National Warning Center inside Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado inserted the wrong tape in his broadcasting instrument. The tape erroneously told the nation's radio and television stations the nation was under a presidentially-imposed state of emergency. Confusion ensued throughout the country when some of the stations broadcast the alert. A woman in Chicago said of the broadcast: "I kept thinking, 'This is it, there's about an hour and a half to scramble some eggs and say some prayers. It sounded so final with the situation the way it is today'." The operator inside the mountain who sent the false alert, a 1 5-year veteran of the center, said: "! can't imagine how the hell ! did it." That's an easy one to answer- he was just playing follow the leader. By BILL BATES, Snohomish Tribune It was a dull day in Olympia, so one of the capitol reporters attempted to make a little journalistic hay by speculating on a political romance blooming between Brock Adams and Martin Durkan. Durkan needs the liberal congressman to enhance his image amongst the urban intellectuals and, hence, his chances to become governor, or so the story goes. Adams, the liberal sophomore, can employ Durkan's influence in the state Democratic hierarchy to good advantage in a race for the senate. Strangers make political bedfellows, but it might pay to examine this purported liason more closely. Durkan traditionally votes somewhere to the right of the present governor who, at least in name only, is a Republican. Durkan is a legislative leader, a seasoned warborse who prefers to work within the system. Adams is a bright, Kennedy-type Democrat who is known for his willingness, if not his eagerness, to destroy the seniority system which has put the Geritol set firmly in the saddle in Congress and the Senate. Not exactly look-Mikes, these. Their similarities are limited to a mutual desire for higher office; the same desire which led Nixon to make his peace with the southern bloc, Metternich to negotiate with Tallyrand, and Kennedy to ask Johnson to become his running mate. Interestingly enough, the success of a possible Durkan-Adams merger depends on an outside factor, the relatively minor and simple matter of getting Senator Henry Jackson to run for the presidency. Jackson has made it crystal clear that he has no ambitions beyond those of being a good senator. "l am not a presidential candidate, l have no intention of becoming one, and if sought out, ! will refuse to run," one can almost hear him saying. "And when i am elected, you can bet your bottom dollar I'll hold more press conferences than the present incompelent, I mean incumbent." The Democratic party's great strength lies in the abilities of its members to accommodate Page 4 . Shetton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, February 25, 1971 themselves to one another. If three such disparate persons can find common ground, it may produce the three-candidate parlay of all time, giving the state and party a president, senator and governor all in the same package. An agreeable prospect? Not necessarily. Political writers are fond of exclaiming at Washington's particular good fortune in having two powerful senators with decades of seniority and oodles of experience, an asset comparable they say to having a private entrance to Fort Knox. Well, if having two strong senators in the nation's capitol can be equated with the state's present economy, it is doubtful if we can stand the prosperity of having our man in the White House. If Nixon couldn't do anything about California's earthquake, the chances of Jackson doing anything about our economy - an equal but separate natural disaster - are about as good, but no better. But in politics, it's promises, not performance that counts. If worse comes to worse, Jackson can get elected by promising to end the war - the same way every other president gets elected. Getting back to Brock Adams, we can see some pitfalls in his dream of abolishing Congressional seniority and filling the important committee chairmanships on the basis of party caucuses. Adams may be a young rebel now, but the 18 year-dials have the Vote and after the next national election, the ranks of Congress may well be liberally spritakled with callow youth sufficient to change AdamS from a babe to a wrinkled oldster overnight. When this hapPens, Adams may well yearn for the good old days of sweet southern tenure. We can see it now, a sub-committee hearing, the television director fussing and fuming. "That n~w chairman', he complains, "Chewing bubble gum like mad. And did you see that acne? I'm actually beginning to miss old Mendel Rivers, now that he's gone to that great industrial-military complex in the sky. And by the way, try and get a picture of Brock Adams. He's that one in the back row. Use Your telephoto lens. After a futile search for a Republican sponsor in the Senate for his landlord-tenant bill, Governor Evans finally got it introduced in the upper chamber. But the only senator who would put his name on the bill was a Democrat, George Fleming, who represents Seattle's central area. The bill had been introduced in the House some 10 days previously, with three sponsors. The only Republican on the bill is Rep. Mike Ross, also from Seattle's .central area. The two Democrats are Mrs. Peggy Joan Maxie, the other representative from the Seattle central area, and A. N. Shinpoch, Renton. If for nothing else, the current legislative session wilt go down in history as distinguished for the number of public hearings and press conferences that have been held. There was a time when a bill was given a public hearing, it was a pretty sure thing that it was being given last rites. Legislators would give the bill a hearing to let its proponents blow off steam; then quietly bury the measure in some committee. Now public hearings are virtually routine on nearly every bill which comes up for consideration. As for press conferences, they used to be the province of only the governor. Now even legislators far removed from the leadership call press conferences if the fancy strikes them. Even some lobbyists call them. Editor, The Journal: Dear Public: You have probably read of the establishment of a home for unwed mothers and their children. This is located in the old Collier home oh Hammersley Inlet. You may thoroughly approve of giving them that chance. But have you ever driven down that road? It is an extremely narrow, dead-end road with a blind curve that has caused near-accidents to even residents familiar with it. Picture the small children who walk that road to and from the Walker Park area to Southside School. Picture the inevitable teenage visitors to the home who will travel this self-same road. Picture the danger. Can each and every visitor be schooled in that danger? Picture! But, please, protect our children and choose a better site. Gertrude Messinger Editor, The Journal: '; I've never written a letter in response to an can't help but think that maybe I have something possibly help some teenager such as the one described a father in your Feb. 18 issue of The Journal. I certainly sympathize with the mental anguish 15 year old girl's parents are going through. It wasn't my mother went through much the same thing with me, But I wonder if the teenagers have any are going to be and what they are going to be from now. I know that sounds like "light" say, they go by much faster than you'd like to realize. It's hard to believe you'll ever live to the ripe, old 28. But you somehow do. I did, and I've spent the wonderful years of young adulthood locked up like in the Washington State Penitentiary for Women, sure did what I wanted as a teenager. Needless to say, there have been many desperately, that I had listened a little more closely doddering (what could she possibly know about life) in regards to my conduct and life style as a teenager. The teens are your period of growth and transitio~ to adulthood. And it is during this period of growth, character and positive OR negative personality determine what kind of an adult you are going to be. It's so easy to say, "I can change when the time time just never seems to come. It is extremely difficult, if not flat out im revise certain habits and/or patterns of behavior, acquired them. And the hardest of these has got to be '. not only taking a chance of O D'ing; that is the least You are messing your mind around; literally personality and natural feelings toward life. You are the position of committing a felony, thereby being incarceration, for years! No one could possibly understand just what that have been there. But try to imagine what it is like, tc from your friends, family, familiar everyday Everything that makes up your life as it is now like much to you now, but believe me it could be And if you think you can't do what you want now, in prison. I'll close with this thought: Maybe you won't be hep to it, to some of your friends who are doing but stop and think for a moment - what is their consist of in say, "ten years from now?" Sometimes you do need a weatherman to wind blows. Editor, The Journal years since her It is with deep sympathy and choice Scri concern that I read the father's teaching before story on your editorial page As to the concerning the parent's wanting what frustrating attempts to get aid for doing anything,- their erring daughter, words, "It is I am well aware this is all too than to common a problem. The father today. Kids need states she was an obedient child; of sharing many are not in today's look for others undisciplined society. It would help with no seem the home, church and school have failed, anything in Above al! The one thing the father does personal acqU! not mention is what if any Christ. This is a religious training the daughter world, but He received. I would say this is a great need today, and is best yesterday, Most confused learned by example in the home. I am not condemning today's happiness. In parents for many of them were I recently short-changed in this respect also. News Club know the Lord." I do know that the happy If I could be! Christian witness of my mother in our home made me want what she I'd be glad had, and is still a motivatingtroubled factor in my life more than 36 Editor, The Journal maintained by Mason County Little League Last season! baseball is about to begin it's 5th for uniforms season. Little LeagtV Wyman "Red" Mills was registration fee responsible for its beginning. Mills caps at a became involved because he felt charge the boys of the area needed Little organized recreation. Mills was Mistakes have succeeded by Bernie Scoles, Bert undoubtedly Demers and Ted Corey who also dedicated few felt this was a worthwhile it go and endeavor. They became involved. Mason Count T h e e x c u s e f o r one of the non-involvement is time. People boy in uniform~ take time to eat, sleep and work; 'might not be the necessities. Your children, future. For their growth and molding for the organization future are a necessity. If you back or even worked with these boys your Little faith in the future would beThere is a renewed. This takes time. The know baseball above Presidents plus fellowwork with officers, managers, coaches,for field umpires, field workers, and women for mothers working on concessions Perhaps there took the time. who are in Five years ago Mason County looking for Little League consisted of 12 time. teams. This year there is a Those possibility of 25 teams. This attend a means that 350 to 400 of your Tuesday boys will participate in this the PUD program. No one We began with 4 fields, now Someone, we have 8. We don't have thethe time, or advantage of some leagues who will die have a complex or fields ' Mailing Address: Box 430, Shelton, Wa. 98584 Published at Shelton, Mason County, W~ weekly, except two issues during week of Entered as Second-Class Matter at the EDITOR AND PUBLISHER .................