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What's the matter, Bunky? You been sitting at home watching your legislators eat up three and a half million dollars at thirty thousand a day? You been trying to figure out how 148 grown men and women can meet for 110 days and not come up with the answers they went to Olympia to find? is that what's bothering you, Bunky? You wonder why it takes the House three months to produce a budget that doesn't satisfy anyone, including the majority that passed it? You have doubts about the sincerity of legislators who vote to raise the credit interest rate when you, the citizen, just voted to lower it? Is that what's wrong, Bunky? You wonder why the House gives Boeing a $1,200,000 tax relief gift while its largesse to you is bacon packaged so you can determine how much of it is lean, plus a tax relief bill that resembles the end result of a group of chimpanzees programming a computer? You puzzled over a Senate that decrees meetings of all zovernmental bodies in the state must be open to the public, but exempts the Legislature? You wonder why all those nice, sincere, upstanding individuals you elected refuse to approve a simple measure that would provide a public record of who contributed to their campaigns? You have some reservations about providing the hall and paying Senators and state employees to listen to the inanities of the emcee of an idiot-oriented television show? Is that what upsets you, Bunky? You wonder why ONE state has to pay for TWO redistricting plans, one provided at your expense by self-serving Democrats and the other provided at your expense by self-serving Republicans? You on the ropes trying to figure out how the public interest is served by spending twice as much as is necessary on a redistricting plan so the Republicans and Democrats can delay the fight over which party's bums survive the realignment? You feel like a plucked duck, Bunky? Join the club. Willie and Joe would think they were in the wrong building. General George expletive. Patton would author a new obscene General George Custer would join Alcoholics Anonymous. In fact, all those who have sampled military cuisine over the centuries would be shocked by a visit to a mess hall of the "new" United States Army. The Army, in an effort to make one of the world's truly crummy jobs more appetizing, is resorting to a series of humanizing efforts, including beer in the barracks and a friendly attitude toward pregnant WAC's. The latest gimmick, announced this week, is a "new concept in military feeding." For dinner and supper, soldiers may now choose what they want to eat, from a menu which includes grilled steak, roast turkey, a seafood platter, strawberry shortcake, puddings and sundaes. At many installations, according to the announcement, soldiers who don't want a full dinner may select a short order meal from a list of soups, sandwiches, frankfurters and salads. What will be the next move if this doesn't spur enlistments? We have no idea, but will hazard a guess. Would you believe three-martini lunches with a lingerie fashion show or maybe go-go-girls? WAStlINGTON - The clean-shaven former combat officer faced the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said he and the ragged men in the room behind him were angry-about the war, about the indifference of America, and about the prospect of a last American who will yet die before the troops leave Vietnam. "Could you move your microphone?" asked Sen. Stuart Symington, D-Mo. "Which way?" "I"o your left." "Like this?" "Yes, 1 wanted to see what was on your chest. That's a Silver Star." "Yes, sir." "And that is a Purple Heart?" "Yes." "With three clusters on it. You have been wounded three times." "Yes." "'I have no further questions." The room erupted in applause. For nearly two hours, former Lt. (JG) John Kerry, 27, Waltham, Mass., told the committee, the Congress and the American people why he has led a rag-tag army of nearly 1,000 veterans to Washington to protest the war in lndochina. "We're angry because we feel we've been used in the worst fashion by this country," he said. "Our brothers go down the street without a limb, an arm, a face, and small boys ask why." "Where are our leaders?" Kerry is a Yale graduate who served in a Navy river patrol unit in Vietnam and how he said he and the other members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War were on "a last mission-to search out and destroy the last vestiges of this barbaric wax." He contended the United States had "created a monster" in Vietnam-refusing to leave a war which nearly everyone now considers a tragic mistake. And if it is a mistake, he said, why are more men being told to die or be maimed there while the withdrawal continues? "How do you ask a man to be the last to die in Vietnam?" he asked the senators. "How do you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake?" He told of a friend who died recently in a veterans hospital in New York while his Ward-mates desperately tried to obtain help. "They rang the bell. There was no LEGISLATIVE OPERATI ROOM I "His case looks hopeless; we'll get back to him after we take care of Boeing." Letter box-. By Robert C. Cummings If the 42nd Legislature winds up on May 10 it only will equal the 120-day record established in 1 969, but it already has established a new record of its own. Never before since the first Legislature in 1889 have so many bills in the general legislation category stayed "alive" so long. This development is the result of Senate and House of Representatives leaders failing to agree on cutoff dates for consideration of general legislation. The House has cutoff dates of sorts, adopted several weeks ago. But when negotiations between the two houses broke down, the Senate majority refused to set any headlines whatsoever. This makes the House cutoff dates relatively ineffective. Not Hard To Get As usual, any bill affected by the House cut-off rule can be brought out onto the calendar by suspension of the rules. This requires a two-thirds vote and under normal conditions would be hard to get. But normal one there." And those who return physically in one piece often come back, he said, with psychological troubles and expensive drug habits. "A $12 habit in Vietnam costs $90 to support in the United States. It's very widespread." They applauded Kerry more than a dozen times as, in the New England tones of his native Waltham, Mass., he denounced two administrations and predicted growing numbers of GI's would refuse to fight unless Congress acts to halt the war. "There's a GI movement within this country as well as over there," he said. "We're going to change doctors. We're going to take our prescriptions to someone else. We're not going to fight." Kerry spoke for 30 minutes or so when the hearing opened. Then, looking each senator straight in the eye, he answered questions with an unhesitating style that brought the responses out in measured paragraphs, not just sentences. On President Nixon's policy: "What we are trying to do when we talk of getting out with honor is we are trying to whitewash ourselves. You cannot talk about Page 4 Shelton-Mason Count, Journal Thursday, April 29, 1971 conditions don't prevail in this Legislature. The absence of cutoff dates in the Senate provides an almost unlimited supply of trading stock. There also is a substantial amount of bills useful for trading purposes in the House. This tends to make it comparatively easy to go get that necessary two-thirds vote to bring a bill back to life. Horse Trading Thrives It also makes it virtually impossible to forecast the fate of any measure in the Legislature. One has to know where each piece of trading stock is, just what is involved, and how much certain legislators are willing to trade for what they want. The last couple of weeks could see the greatest session of horse trading in legislative history. The situation is especially trying for lobbyists. Most of them head for home once the cutoff dates are passed. But this session nobody dares leave, nor even turn his back. All of them will be hanging close until the final gavel falls. It was said frequently after peace when you are arming a people and tell them to go on fighting. That's not peace, that's war." On the conviction of Lt. William Calley: "What he did quite obviously was a horrible, horrible, horrible thing. I have no bone to pick with the fact he was prosecuted. "But the responsibility lies elsewhere... If you are going to try Calley, you must at the same time try those other people who have responsibility." On congressional efforts to end the war: "Too many members of this body have failed to take a gutsy position. Too many have refused to face any question other than their own re-election." Members of the committee sat in rapt silence and afterwards said it was among the most eloquent pleas for disengagement from Vietnam they had heard. Chairman J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., gently urged Kerry not to lose faith in the political system and to recognize that Vietnam was not designed by "evil men" but was a serious "mistake in judgment" that now must be corrected. - from the Bremerton Sun Editor, The Journal: In reply to Mr. Mittge, of the Pacific County Sportsman Club, concerning the Monday opening of the 1971 Elk season, may 1 say this: There are now more people in the k,'nting areas than ever. The gamt :ommission realizes this, as everybody does, and when you put so many thousands of sportsmen after elk every year something has to be done to help out the critters so they'll be around for a few more years. I have traveled to some fine wilderness areas including Afognak Island just south of Kodiak, in Alaska. On this 40-by-20-mile island, planted in 1928 with 8 Roosevelt Elk from the Olympic Peninsula, there are now in excess of 2,000 of the hardy animals on Afognak and a -confirmed 35% of the herds are mature bull elk. Now you ask anyone who gets off the roads, climbs hard to reach places or the high country summer meadows and they will tell you that in the Olympics maybe, just maybe, the bull Elk might comprise 10% of the total number. On the opening two days of the past general bull elk seasons, about 48% ,or ~A of the total seasons kill are taken. The reason being that the animals are still in herds on the opening few days and the fact that of all the bull elk decimated each year about 80% are "Spike," 18 month old animals. By moving Monday or you have many of at least those who bush and away out on Saturday scouting and which splits up and with a bit immature 18 usually move hopefully a great, these animals years. In this time sport a respectabl~ something a display with If those spikes for 12 more would be on natural Mr. Mittge if he and discriminated maybe it's time get a break for who really enjc going hunting, Monday. M aybe it's look around hunting to last the sport must and if the winter" is a to hunt pound for a far better buy. This tim commission of the right thing. Editor, The Journal and were We'd like to make our drove right in, contribution to today's youth by and took publicly thanking Bob and treatment. (para Alfred Stevens of Rt. 10, for wrist, badly assisting our daughters when they dislocated jaI, h01tls t~ were injured inn fall from the stitches under ~llSelli0r nta;~i dam on Goldsborough Creek. had a bloody i!952 grad~i Today, when we hear and bruised foot.) ~ligh S~L ,a, ..... Id als0 (Qtl ~."Ool, : read so much about people who ,,,: ~ .... --:~- als B look the other way when there is Mr. Baring for tff"~10gy fro~ girls to assist thew~-'-. "~iver~:, . --lty n trouble, and we have so much County sheriflr'~'i,~edi~ criticism of youth, they stillpromptly answer 0ffio_ er, respond with good judgement and ~il0 %rs 1 assistanc e. ~" concern for their fellow man. - IdrS"-- i su. t w Wihrln h~e s: llbn YfS 'h2 at~e ~haant 2: a:~laldffl~!tft !r' ,'i::, : P~ t~ha . i ", r~) ~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~m~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~q the last election t 1970 wasn't' Presumably ti~ey w'olald ha,~e a vintage year for the Republicans. Now it appears that 1971 isn't a vintage year for Gov. Dan Evans, at least as far as the Legislature is concerned. Many of the some 87 executive request bills he had introduced are having trouble getting off the ground. At least two have been scalped beyond recognition. These include his property tax relief bill, HB 283, and his shorelines management act, HB 584, which he offered as an alternative to Initiative 43. Some 20 amendments were tied to the property tax relief measure, all of them with help from his own Republicans in the House, and there isn't any telling what the Senate will do with it. It already has an estimated fiscal impact of more than $232 million. The Governor may be compelled to vote if it reaches his ; desk. Easy Victory As for shorelines management, Governor Evans already has said he will support the initiative if the bill gets through the Senate in its present form. But the Washington Environmental Council, which sponsored the initiative and opposes passage of any alternative bill, may win the battle without striking a blow. The House version of shorelines management isrfft satisfactory to the Senate, either. Many Senators would like to make some changes which would be less acceptable to the Governor than those passed by the House. The bill very easily could wind up in a conference committee. But the Senate was slow getting started on the measure, and time is getting short. The Legislature could adjourn without completing action on any alternative to the initiative. Annual Elections Doubtful Among the many executive request measures in trouble is the Governor's annual election bill. This measure passed both houses in 1969, but died when the Legislature adjourned before the House could act on amendments adopted by the Senate. Nobody expected any trouble getting the measure through this time, but trouble developed. The problem lies in the fact that three House members and two senators were appointed to fill vacancies created by resignations which occurred after last le, to run for election this year if a general state wide election were established. House leaders fear somebody would bring a court order requiring the Legislature to redistrict itself before the election could be held. Mailing Address: Box 430 Shelton, Wa. 98584 EDITOR AND PUBLISHER IllUlIIIIIII By JANET MEADOWS in the University of Washington DALLY Mrs. Nancy Reagan, wife of the Governor of California, recently appeared on Dick Cavett's program and said she simply could not understand women's liberation. Women, she felt, were fulfilled as wives and mothers. She herself had promptly given up her acting career when she married Ronnie, she announced. Mrs. R. looked great on TV. She was beautifully coiffed and coutured, extremely well-modulated and gracious, and a crashing bore. Her public perplexity over the dynamic women's movement 'was typical of her ilk. Her dialogue was virtually pry-recorded; we hear this catechism from all the great ladies of our time. Women attached to the ruling class, conspicuously inarticulate and reticent about commenting on any social issues, become remarkably glib when they practice their rehearsed lines about the role of women. Mesdames Reagan, Agnew, Nixon and Kennedy (the whole tribe) are indignantly anti-feminist; they lead an exotic and coddled existence, yet crassly expose their shallowness, their appalling ignorance of the real world, and their entrenched conservatism on all occasions. To hear them deplore feminism, one would never know that in the United States, women workers and welfare mothers comprise the majority of women! Or that the majority of the housewife-minority live at or near poverty levels, because their husbands do not earn enough to adequately support the family. To hear the rich ladies, one wouldn't dream that woman's rights have little to do with whimsy, brassieres and love, and everything to do with the sheer socio-economic survival of women and children in a brutal society which exploits female labor unmercifully and condemns poor, non-working women to starve, endure the ignominy of welfare, or hustle. Why do the lady mandarins so assiduously huckster the feminine mystique? Because it is their assigned function to condone the capitalist status quo and glamourize the outrageous discrimination against women by endorsing this very discrimination. Greater love hath no woman, but their love is conditioned by their interests. Accustomed to privilege, they are incapable of identifying with their disadvantaged sisters. They are trained to be objects; their chic devotion to their Great Man proclaims their hubby's status as much as his yacht, multiple homes and political These elite matrons are upon their powerful inherited fortunes, and system that engenders their That the source of this wealth is women and minorities, as against Asians, Africans, and facts they studiously ignore; monstrosities is ta economic suicide. "* These dames are grand parasites, as working-class h slaves of slaves. Yet the symbi, 'l aristocracy torments poor houSC~v' ~ them to be "fulfilled" by frustration. And working women by making sense of failure because they instead of serving as unpaid The arrogant sadism Of apparent when we realize that working-class or minority comfortable housewives are chances of women workers to conditions are likewise nil so propriety and "self-sacrifice" truth is that only (aggressiveness, consolidation sheer tumult) can improve their The Colonel's lady Rosie O'Grady. Sisters under be, but class enemies they Governor RR tries to insult working women, she W the divisions among women, their conquest by boss and Until women can unite artd! class and sex consciousneSS' concertedly, as a sex, zero problems of the poorest their sisters, the woman's predominantly white, curiosity, instead of the change it is objectively the Dragon Ladies will disgusting system. The liberation of starry-eyed servitude aJ dependence. The isolation, poverty entailed in traps. Only when women as art work force and engage - and concomitantly in emancipation from the