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~j Haunted by the spectre of rising unemployment rolls in the state caused by Big Brother taking away what Big Brother had given, the Washington State Senate made a valiant attempt Monday to snatch disaster from the jaws of defeat. It was an hysteric occasion as that august body, by a 34-15 vote, passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to lend its credit to a corporation. The proposal, if passed by the House and approved by the people, would make it possible for the state to guarantee loans by private lenders to business ventures so shakey they can't get loans from those private lenders. "We're not bankers," said Senator R. R. Greive, who rammed the measure past his confused brethren. "We would only back loans that banks say are good." A statement closer to the truth would be: "We would only back loans that banks say are no good unless the state guarantees them." Senator Jack Metcalf gave a stirring denunciation of Big Brother messing in economic matters - "Political solutions always cause more problems in the long run than they solve in the short run" - and then voted for the measure, to redress what he termed % crisis in public confidence." In other words, he compromised his principles to vote for the measure in order to restcre the public's confidence in his principles. Senator Francis Holman told his colleagues: "We have the opportunity to take a positive step toward pulling ourselves up by the bootstraps." Those bootstraps are about twenty fathoms under water at the moment. But here is the way the proposal will work if it is put into operation: The State of Washington, affectionately known among loan-seekers as Little Brother, holds its breath, bends over and takes a firm grip on its bootstraps. Utilizing all the strength acquired from a four million dollar loan to a campaign contributor's brother-in-law for a try at manufacturing confetti out of salmon scales, Little Brother gives a mighty tug. The boots move upward an inch as 110 newly-employed workers merrily gild salmon scales and stuff them into plastic bags. Six weeks later, after total sales of $134.98, the world demand for salmon scale confetti has been satisfied, the workers are sent back to the welfare office and the brother-in-law entrepreneur is in Acapulco with a tidy bank balance and ten bags of confetti for New Year's Eve. Little Brother pays off Sea-Third National Bank and the president of that institution issues a subdued statement to the press. By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS After weeks of seeming lethargy, the 42nd Legislature has picked up momentum• Bills which had been reposing quietly in committees, some of them virtually forgotten, have started to move; many of them from one house to the other. This is especially true in the "Although our loan officers felt that this particular enterprise did not fit our lending pattern, we are, frankly, at a loss to explain the fa tre_gf..a husjaes5 hich show d__ s tk.H0use..°f,Re•presentatives, where the state and nation just six short weeks ago. But numerous measurers h'ave'~em'el'~ge~d must look beyond this temporary setback and " oncentrate on what is ahead. Reports from the site at Washtucna tell us that the modern plant for turning out cedar bark potholders - which we financed with a $13 million state-guaranteed loan - is about ready to roll. We must remember it's a long lane that has no silver lining just before the dawn." But the credit lending scheme does make things start to move up in the state. Dividends go up at Sea-Third, Poople's, and National Bank of Commons and the taxes on cigarettes and booze are raised to cover Little Brother's losses. Senator Greive expressed horror at the thought the plan might lead to industrial log-rolling and what he termed "wide-open politics." We agree, and suggest that an amendment be offered in the House that would prevent such a catastrophe. To keep the credit lending plan clean as a hound's tooth, the amendment would prohibit members of any group which has actively lobbied in Olympia from taking part in the program. It's a short list, but it would include lawyers, doctors, dentists, accountants, bankers, newspapermen, industrialists, businessmen, welfare recipients, teachers, veterinarians, policemen, firemen, city and county officials, restaurateurs, barbers, beauticians, labor unionists, pilots, farmers, saloonkeepers, hunters, fishermen... It's obvious that list is too unwieldy. It might be best to name those who could apply for the loans. Let's see, there are prison inmates, the insane, children under eight years of age... Newspapers and radio and television stations are still reporting the reaction of Americans to the conviction of Lieutenant William Cailey for the murder of 22 Vietnamese civilians. Res@onse to a poll conducted by a radio station in Virginia revealed only three of the 688 callers thought Calley was guilty. A woman in Chicago wired the military jurors who rendered the decision: "The whole world is behind him." Her statement intrigued us, and we decided the Journal should conduct a poll in a foreign nation to determine whether or not her assumption was correct. from various committees to Rules Committee one day and moved onto the ltouse calendar on the very next. In many instances, rules are suspended, measures are passed and sent on their way to the Senate less than two days after coming out of their original committees. about this except that normally, the first impasse of this occurs by the third or fourth week. This one didn't develop until the 75th day. Tax Bills In Limbo Gov. Dan Evans' two tax bills, increasing the tax rates on liquor and cigarettes, hung on the House calendar for some two weeks Whether this is good or bad depends upon your point of view. For those opposed to some bill which suddenly starts moving in this fashion, it can be a headacht which fights aspirin five ways. Misleading This sudden splurge ot activity doesn't necessarily mean that adjournment finally is in sight. It m erely means that the law-makers have reached the point where it isn't so easy to put the bottom of the calendar. Then one day both bills disappeared from the calendar; sent back to committee. But they are far from dead. It was decided to put off consideration of any revenue bills until the final budget takes shape, and it is known how much new money is needed. The concensus is that revenue "in addition to that from higher We chose South Vietnam, since that country is our ally and its citizens should have a first-hand knowledge of the case. Scanning a map, we selected a town at random. without receiving action. ~- Each day they were placed at ~~I~~~~IuIm~m~~II~~~IIIII~~IIlI~~~~~~II~~I~III~~u~~~~I~~~~~~I~~~~~~~~II~~~~~~~~~~~~llI~~~~~~~I~~~I~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ By BRUCE JOHANSEN It was a hamlet named My Lai 4. Through the services of Pacific Southeast Bell, we placed a hundred calls. To our amazement, not one was answered. Apparently there wasn't a man, woman or child at home last Tuesday in My Lai 4. With the SST grounded for good, Seattle is tightening its grip solidly on an extremely valuable resource that is almost nationally unique. It's a shame the Boeings, Carlsons and other business moguls of the community haven't yet realized the real potential of this resource. The depression-level unemployment to which the city is becoming endeared may, in fact, be the key to its economic recovery - if the city will follow a simple plan. off from day to day the Remember thosedayswhenSeattlewasfatandsassylike unpleasant tasks of the session;' the rest of the country, and all the old men - sitting on the the tough bills, the measures on davenport, drinking beer, watching the color TV set - could think about was how soft the kids are; how they didn't have it hard like he did; how they didn't know the value of a buck? Remember him moaning - only half in jest - that what this country needed most was another good depression to teach these brats the value of a buck? Well, the whole country hasn't gotten what a nation's fathers wished for, but Seattle has. And that's the resource. The DAILY suggests that the Chamber of Commerce start an advertising campaign: Show your kid the value of a buck! Start right out of the history books! Over 13 per cent unemployed - going up daily! Soup kitchens! Unemployment lines! Unique in the nation! Tourism - nostalgic dads and morns from parts of the country not as bad off as Seattle - would pour So would money. There'd be jobs. Boeing would have to build more jets to, sate the overloaded airlines. We wonder why the Chamber of Commerce hasn't done it yet. from the University of Washington Daily I~~IIlIIIIIIII~IIIII~~II~~II~I~I~~III~I~~IIIIuI~IIIIIIII~IIIIIIII~III~III~I~IIIIIII~II~II~IIIIIIII~IIIIIIII~I~I~~~~I~III Founded 1886 by Grant C. Angle Mailing Address: Box 430, Shelton, Wa. 98584 Phone 426-4412 Published at Shelton, Mason County, Washington, weekly, except two issues during week of Thanksgiving. Entered as Second-Class Matter at tl3e Post Office, Shelton, Wa. Member of National Editorial Association Member of Washington Newspaper Publishers, Association SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $5.00 per year in Mason County, in advance -- Outside Mason County $6.00 EDITOR AND PUBLISHER ...................... Henry G. Gay which it is hard to vote either way. But hearings for the most part have been concluded. Consideration in executive sessions has been exhausted. There is little left to do but to start~ moving. Still to be worked out are budget and redistricting, in addition to many major pieces of legislation which have passed from one house to the other, only to become bogged down again• Long Overdue ' An indication of how far this Legislature is behind schedule can be found in an incident which occurred behind closed doors a week earlier. The ttouse had adopted cutoff dates, ostensibly cutting off consideration of its own bills as of last Friday. It had in mind, also, a cutoff date for considering general legislation that came over from the Senate. The !-t'-v,~e majority leadership proceeded to notify the Senate leadership of its intentions. J'he Senate majority is Democratic; the House majority, Republican, but by a narrow margin. The Senate leaders blew their collective tops, informed the House leaders that in that case, they would stop consideration of all executive request bills, and any other measures which had Republicans as prime sponsors. That led to negotiations toward an amicable settlement, and a partial casing of the cutoff date for llousc bills as well. There is nothing unusual Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, April 8, 1971 Editor, The Journal: The facts It is with absolute disgust that Calley murdered I feel this letter should be printed included in your paper concerning your and children. April Ist editorial. Mr. Johnson In this editorial you equate into Southeast Charles Manson with 1st Lt. how many old r~ William Calley, which I feel is children? unjust, unfair, and unreal. The President Nix0nS facts stand that Mr. Manson and into Cambodia Lt. Calley did undoubtedly protect American murder numerous civilians, but also assigned for two different reasons. Mr. of civilians. WhY Manson was not sent by his being tried for maSS country and government to Mr. Truman murder. Calley was. H-bomb on two J~ The army went to great pains killing tens of teaching, training, and civilians; but why brainwashing Mr. Calley into one tried? major fact. You must kill to win a I am not war! They gave him a gun and Calley should be told him how to use it. He was free, but if we, trained to be the master of his people, sentence gun and kill to protect himself that many more and his men. including the Finally he was taught to obey mentioned above. orders and to command his men Maybe the ¢ to fulfill these orders• Calley did States should be his job, in view of what he had civilian killings in been taught by army people of than individuals the United States• wars. Mr. Callcy was taught to do a Maybe any deed, but now he is sentenced to wars should be life imprisonment, by the same support the killers. , people who taught him to kill; The latter I fed! because he did what he was complete charge. taught. ears Editor, The Journal: Thank you for your clear, sane editorial. 1 was beginning to think there must be something wrong with me because i seemed to be the only one in the country who felt that Calley wasn't a poor, dear boy who deserved a medal instead of a prisoner's cell for the rest of his life. Of course; it was just a bunch. of gooks he killed and everyone knows they don'! If the and a Viet Cong up an American helpless, unarmed slaughtered lying in a ditch, boards would re telegrams wo demanding HIS many F crocodile tears over liquor and cigarette taxes will be needed. The amount needed will have a major bearing on the tax selected to raise it. The concensus also is that the votes aren't there for any general increase in the sales tax, nor for any type of income tax. Possibilities are extension of the sales tax to personal services, other than health care, amd-~'~ax on fntahgibleg. ~ ~ .... ~' ..... Double lmpaet While debating conflicting estimates on the economic impact of the SST debacle, the law-makers are considering its effect on the budget as well as the revenue loss. The Governor's Office of Program Planning and Fiscal Management is standing on its original estimate that it will mean a revenue loss of $8.1 million. But the nongovernmental Washington State Research Council estimates the revenue loss at $15 to $30 million. Overlooked in this dispute is the fact that numerous legislators are taking a second look at the budget for higher education. They are trying to compute the drop in projected enrollment at state universities and colleges as a result of 14,000 additional Boeing employees being laid off by the end of this year. The layoff figures influde 7,000 to be let out immediately. The dispute over the total economic impact revolves around how many jobs will be affected in unrelated industries. Budget Dilemma One point on which virtually everybody agrees is that the budget must be cut. Nobody wants to vote any new taxes at this time. But they can't agree on where the cuts should be made. Everybody has his own ideas on Americans have never learned how to cowboys and Indians, and this is an im U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia, Swisher, Idaho journalist, educator and former Swisher told a Washington State recently that he has little doubt why the U. of Viet Nam. Going back to former Jackson, Swisher said it would be im "hunting down, defeating and even c people," primarily because such practices mystique of this country. Swisher, an adviser to Indian students at University, said one of the longest, most this country seems to be coming to a close, 150-year-old "war" against Native AmericanS" time attention is paid to what has permi survive despite pressures to be assimilated melting pot. Swisher said Indians have no problem of knows who he is, he identifies with his not have to be taught his relationship to living and growing things. These values of to overcome society's pressures to The only escape the Indian has flora extermination of his race, seems to be non-Indian, Swisher said. If the label of implies is applied often enough, Swisher said, develop feelings of inferiority, "and this is Swisher said the Indian way is not way to live, "but there are certain parts of the that should be a part of our society." feeling of family, whereby members are not on the basis of non-productivity, he said. What we'd like to see in this state is a majority make the decisions, one that that subject, instead of the people who stay home. This leads to compromises As it is now, the minority rules. here; yielding there, until an Last week's school elections in Seattle agreement is reached which can works. be sold toa majority in each ~ ~f house. , Sixty-three per cent of those who tool . . b A But thenet result probably vote expressed their support for a scla° nc Y.'-Ia will be a budget that is higher presidential election, that would have beetle%t-- ' b,c 0! a, additionalthan anybodYtaxes inevitableWants' making landslide. s Were I~t .~oa, But the majority lost. Their vote 'fru" After NeWsomeTaetiesll weeks of because of the other citizens who stayed aWaY Itiell Maybe the validation rule made sense in ,,- frustration, Governor Evans is beginning to see things moving his must have been designed to prevent unPO A h %t h way in the Legislature He had pretty well had his way w!th the Legislature on most major ISSUes every session since he took office, until this session The current rebellion among the Republicans finally had been molhfied, thou ' gh it hasn t been subdued completely But new tactics are involved, encouraged people not to participate in He has found that to get what he wants, he now must give a little. This has led to much vote trading. How well he does could depend upon how long he can go before he runs out of trading stock. couldn't do much better than the system The validation rule gives the non-,voter. The 60 per cent requirement the minority. Between them, these two archaic electoral process in our state. We ought to From