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May 13, 1971

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wEnn If Shelton's Reed Auditorium isn't packed to the rafters next Thursday night, it won't be for lack of a drawin'g card. On the stage of that venerable building will be three of the top young amateur thespians in the state, appearing in the best high school play produced in Washington this year. The consistent excellence which has taken Director Dean Tarrach's Shelton High School Drama Department to state competition five years in a row, produced a bonanza of awards last weekend in Pullman. The troupe's performance of "'Peanuts" was cited as the best play for 1971, Julee Archer was named the best actress for her role as "Lucy", Dan Nye's "Snoopy" won the best actor award, and Guy Hodge copped the best supporting actor title as "Schroeder." The home folks will have a chance to greet the prize-winners and see their outstanding production Thursday night, when Tarrach and his cast present a free performance of "Peanuts" in Reed Auditorium as a splendid addition to the Forest Festival celebration. A standing-room-only crowd is the perfect way to congratulate the young performers and, especially, Dean Tarrach, whose dedication, talent and professionalism have brought top-flight drama to Shelton. Has rough-and-ready Mason County turned into a refuge for limp-wristed loggers and little old ladies who look under the bed each night before they take off their tennis shoes'? Most of the time it doesn't appear to be, but for the past several years, during Forest Festival time, a strange trembling has come over many of its citizens. Rumors of dark and evil events which are to transpire during the Festival travel Shelton's streets with the speed of summer lightning. Hairy-chested men with bulging biceps cluck like hens on the street corners, passing on reports that Shelton is about to be invaded by some ominous force. ttealthy women who could put a typical male in the hospital with one amateur karate chop whisper tremuously about unidentified beasts who are reportedly waiting at the city limits for the Festival to commence. The rumors were so prevalent last year that we investigated several and reported on their falsity. The most persistent, aside from the unknown invaders, was that someone was going to put LSD in the hot dogs. No one seemed to know what hot dogs, which made the rumor a little hard to run down. We found some lousy hotdogs, but none thal would send the purchaser on any trip save one to the bathroom. ~L,~ phone horse's mouth. I rsons their stomachs pumped out and one little girl had died after eating at the carnival. Our inquiries revealed no LSD, no stomach pumpings, no dead girl and no invaders unless you can classify eight-year-olds with charcoal beards, axes and tin pants as invaders. The Festival, as usual, was a huge success. Let's forget the rumors and enjoy this year's Festival. A well-stacked girl on a float is worth two invaders in the brain. By DAVE AVERILL Let me call your attention today to the guy whose hairline begins somewhere at the back of his neck. In an age of longhairs, his pink scalp is a novelty. He stands out in a crowd. Somehow, though, he fails to look downcast at having so much face to wash and so little hair to comb. Watch him at a party, and you will discover that the prettiest girl in the room always wants to sit on his lap. There is no denying it: The ladies go for bald-headed men. And now science, which is always meddling in private matters, provides an explanation. It is no secret that not all men are created equal. We get one vote apiece, but in other respects we vary. Scientists who analyze blood have learned that even our endocrine systems are unequal. One guy's blood is fairly surging with hormones. The next guy has tired blood. He sleeps a lot. This would be of only passing interest to anyone but an endocrinologist, but it turns oat there is a quick and simple way to spot the man with more than his fair share of hormones. When he reaches the age of maturity, his hair falls out. The guy with a limp wrist and a high-pitched voice always has a full head of hair. His cigar-smoking neighbor, the one who had to get an unlisted telephone number because he was getting so many threatening calls from irate husbands, has a deep voice and a bare scalp. No wonder the bald-headed one always sits in the front row at the burlesque show. Girls are his specialty. No wonder he is surrounded by admiring ladies when he goes to a party. With their women's intuition, they already knew what the scientists are just discovering. Fashionable or not, his gleaming scalp is a testimonial to the quality of the inner man. Here is a man who never needs to boast. He carries his own advertisement at the top of his head. Now that science has confirmed what he knew all along, you'll never get the guy to buy a wig. Every time he takes off his hat, he makes all the other nlen in the room feel inadequate. OOO0 QOO0 • • O • 0 O0000qt, OOOOqJqjl • 0 • O' • O • • 0 • • • • 0 O 0 O • • • • • • 0 0 Q O O • • • 0 • • • • • 0 • I, • • • 0 • • g o o o O00000 OO000 • • O • • • • i "It's a questionnaire from our legislator. He wants to know what he can do to us in the interim." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~11~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~H~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1~~~~~~1~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~~i~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~i~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~11111111111~~~~~~ no By NORMAN COUSINS For a decade, the Vietnam War and everything that is part of it have been piling up in the American subconscious. The effect is unlike anything in our national experience. It is a war yet not quite a war, a jumble of horrors and disparities, a part-time thing that leaves a permanent mark, an ordeal off to one side that has extinguished no lights in America, has left our cities untouched, and has shattered thousands of tiny Asian villages. It is an arena, committed to the cause of American security, an arena in which we somehow have all become more insecure than before, and uncertain of what we once learned in our history books about the values that shape us and are supposed to guide us. And now the Calley case breaks over the nation, opening a large sluice in the American subconscious. The result is an outpouring of all the frustrations and. doubts and remorse that have been accumulating in the collective soul. People cry out about Calley, but these are stored-up cries and come out of deep torment and not just as an isolated response to the conviction of an American soldier on charges of killing civilians. The outcry about Calley is mixed, it would be a tragic absurdity to expect consensus out of so many omens and discontinuities. But what is significant is that so many people should at last be recognizing a direct connection between themselves and Vietnam. The official verdict on Calley is guilty. Where does the guilt begin? Where does it end? It is said that his superior officers cannot be absolved. There are many ranks above captain, all the way to the Commander.in.Chief who is President. But there is also an ultimate power beyond the Presidency - the American people themselves. What is the responsibility of American citizens for having permitted for so long the I~ihd ,;7 situation that both produces and transcends Callo9? The Nuremberg Trials established the principle that individuals and not governments make war and must be held accountable for the crimes of war. Americans a generation ago had no difficulty in recognizing that the German people themselves could not be separated from their leaders. Even a totalitarian government can be made unworkable if enough people are willing to bet their lives on higher values. Such, at least, was the essential point many Americans tried to make about Germans under Nazism. Are we to say now that it is more difficult for Americans to affect the policies of their government than it was for the Germans? The Germans pleaded not only powerlessness but ignorance. They said they did not know and had no way of finding out. The American people have not been told everything they need to know about the war. But we know enough. Can we claim we are as helpless to do anything as the Germans were? Two key facts about Vietnam are in the open. The first is that our government says we are in Vietnam to ensure the principle of self-determination. Yet the United States, about fifteen years ago, set aside the popular elections that were to bring about self.determination in Vietnam because, as President Eisenhower later wrote, the wrong side would win. Can it truly be said that the American people had no way of knowing these facts - or no way of acting on them? In a larger sense, we are all guilty. The hand of every American may not have been on the gun used by Lieutenant Calley, but neither is our hand totally absent from the bomb-release buttons in the planes that pulverize Vietnamese villages. Not only did Calley know that the people he was killing were helpless civilians, but he could see their faces. Was this fact - the fact that he could see their faces - the prime fact in the case'? Is the tact that the men in the bombers do not see the thces of civilians they are killing enough to differentiate them from Lieutenant Calley? Or does the fact that the men in the bombers carry out their missions under orders from their superiors keep them from becoming criminals? In this case, what is the responsibility of the superiors? Do they justify their decisions by saying that members of the Vietcong were believed to be operating in those villages? This is like saying the police are justified in burning down an apartment house with all its occupants because it may contain a criminal's hide-out. Or will it be said that the precedent for bombing civilians was well established in previous wars? This rationale has no standing because we are not bombing enemy villages in North Vietnam. We are bombing villages in South Vietnam. There is no way of circumventing or purifying the fact that the bombing of civilians under the circumstances of the Vietnam War cannot be absolutely separated from the kinds of questions being asked in the Calley case. Nor can the responsibility of the American people be erased or blurred because we did not know what was happening, or because, even if we had known, we could do nothing about it. The American people knew about the bombing of villages and there was everything we could have done about it. Meanwhile, the focus is on Lieutenant Calley and the verdict of guilty. The verdict cannot be set aside on the grounds that we are all tied together in hi~ crime. He represents a specific and particularized m[nifestation of a morally and legally unacceptable act. He had an option. He chose to kill civilians. He cannot be absolved of that act. What is the option of the American people? Our option is not to allow false pride to blind us to our individual and collective responsibility. Lieutenant Calley has confronted us with questions that no longer can be buried in the recesses of mind. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1111111~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 Editor, The Journal: When reading the May 1971 issue of Reader's Digest I couldn't believe my eyes. In the section entitled, "Our Missing Men: Silent Faces, Somber Facts" was a picture of a hometown boy I went through high school with, Captain Paul L. Graffe, Army, missing in So. Vietnam since October 1969. We had heard Paul was presumed dead. How tragic to think Paul and 47 other men from Washington alone could be suffering the indignities of a P.O.W. camp while we sit comfortably at home, eating good meals and ignoring our duty to them. The Reader's Digest suggests several which may communists more wish for better prisoners of war an an exchange I have two home, maybe will need the community. Perhaps my help but again it might. A letter and a small price to return could be a who has paid such a us at home. I'd like to won't you too? Editor, The Journal: Speaking about the war prisoners in Vietnam - the United States has a great many ships in mothballs and quite a few of them could be used to house our boys who are being held prisoners in Vietnam. And 1 believe arrangements could be made government or s government to and to man these harbors. Of course, would pick up Prisoners could be By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS Those who voted A Legislature which was the wrath of the notably reluctant to pass billswant their riglat sped up its pace during the final restored. days, but some were passed withSo the the hope they would be blocked a manner that before they reached the chance the Governor's desk. it. Votes for There was the case of a then soon boating safety bill which had been at least introduced by executive request Governor and was on Gov. Dan Evans' top PolitiealS priority list. The measure had been in the House Rules There also Committee for more than a strategy month, despite several efforts by tactics. If the Governor to bring it out. bill acceptable Then, in the final week of the there was the ’ session, the measure was brought tied up by out into the calendar and passed, 55-40. The Republican majority made the move to placate the Governor, but opponents by then believed it never could get through the Senate at that late date. They remem to the "toler enacted in Besides appear on the 5, which ,a anti-lotterY Well-Studied Subject constitution. Many House members were so measures in sure the bill couldn't get through bingo bill we the upper chamber during the build up a time remaining, that they passed a SJR 5. resolution calling for a study of the need for boating safety. This NumerOl would make boating safety one of defeated in the most studied subjects in the Legislature. Only the cross-Sound only to passed at a transportation problem has been a device used subject of more studies. to vote ,,yes Similar boating safety ,, legislation has been attemptedissue. unsuccessfully in every session of He to register the Legislature since 1961. The Legislation has been record. studied by the Legislative He votes Council, and recommended by second time that group, on numerous says, he occasions. But it still is highly done controversial, and is stronglyalternatives opposed by responsible boatingafter the groups, originally. How rna~ Risky Business nobody In a similar fashion, the use these Senate tacked a one-quarter mill reelected property tax increase onto a bill, feeling certain the House would take it off by amendment. The A purpose of the increase was towent finance the property reevaluation 120 dayS program conducted by counties.Evans' Such operations take certain At the legislators off the hook with many were certain constituents, but it is seek reeleC risky. Some times the other house His politic" gets carried away and fails to do to close the expected, weight tc Gamblers Can't Win number A slightly different device, measures but from a similar pattern, was more than employed on the gambling bill.was tryin$. This was one of the toughest through votes in the Legislature. As one But senator put it: indicated "No matter how you vote on the future, this bill, you can't win." For In the first place, most privately lawyers in the Legislature were office go convinced it was unconstitutional, default. pending approval of a far has constitutional amendment whichdefender will be on the next general invasion. election ballot.' The In addition, those who voted At th for the measure were leaving GovernOr themselves open to charges of what hewi voting for "wide open" gambling. ...';, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER .............. Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, May 13, 1971