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Letter box-. It is a rare pleasure, in these polarized days of our years, to hear a voice of reason lifted above the bellowing extremes. The latest calm American to add his comment to our heritage of freedom is an American Legion official in Maryland who revealed why an outstanding student could not attend Boys State - a mock-government session sponsored by the Legion - unless he gets a military haircut. "We want these boys to know what America is all about - and that means learning to take orders," the Legionnaire explained. Thomas Jefferson couldn't have put it more succinctly. Nor could Lieutenant William Calley, Jr., the latest in a long line of American folk heroes, all of whom knew what America is all about. The problem with most youngsters today is that they misinterpret what they are taught by their elders. When a student is exhorted by a teacher to "think for yourself," it is obvious this doesn't apply to subjects as important as how to wear his hair. Hair style is a matter best determined by constituted authority, whether that be the federal government, a school board, the commander of an American Legion post, or the Supreme Exalted Hindquarters of the Concatenated Order of Yaks. (q J t t t t g _ -i"~ - • t | t I 4 U Editor, The Journal: In times like these when adults are critical of what young people do and many young people complain of nothing to do, it is disgusting to see people who are as wonderful to their boys as Mr. and Mrs. Art Nicklaus, Sr., taken to court over the so-called noise which their boys' musical group caused. I have been to the Nicklaus home many times during the past 12 years and have thoroughly enjoyed the piano and guitar music which this family provides; it is excellent. Most importantly, here is a family that works together, united by music. As for the group to which the boys and their friends belong, I can truthfully say that they are not loud. In fact, I have enjoyed their music the few times I have been privileged to hear it. The boys have played in at least two Shelton churches, too, with the congregations appreciating the music. Now a restriction has been placed on the: one, but a brought three having to rough on the other boYS their parents, quite be the s Just d e mocracy people relatively far neighbors are notify on neighbors play good, Nicklauses were I hope brought s NicklauseS testified for satisfied. At no idle that suits hurt feelings the Thinking for yourself involves the ability to say "yes, sir" when you receive an order from someone who has the power to give or take away favors or bestow pain or pleasure. This builds character, and character is what America is all about. The Maryland Legion official was lucky; he had the honor and opportunity to learn what America is all about in the military service. The military epitomizes all that is great in our society. It is the last bastion of freedom, democracy and intellectual integrity in a rapidly-crumbling culture. We were lucky, too. We learned what America is all about from several great teachers in the United States Navy. The first was a chief petty officer who greeted our group of 17-year-old patriots at boot camp. He had contributed 36 years to the service of his country, during which he had developed a vocabulary which imparted to his enlistees an unmediate knowledge of what America is all about. Extensive travel had given him a broad grasp of the humanities and, if he had not been engaged at the moment in vinning World War II, he would have been an excellent addition to any university faculty as a scholar on two , uV ects - brothels and alcoholic intoxicants. After greeting us at the reception center with a cordial obscening obsceners get your obscening obscenes in gear and go through that obscening door," he conducted us into the head (that's a powder room in the Navy) and herded us around two toilets that were plugged and overflowing. (We have substituted "'obscene" for several big words the chief used might not undel stan .) ...... you obscenmg obsceners, he his best democratic voice, pointing to the four boots closest to the brimming bowls, "clean out those obscening obscenes." The neophytes asked where they might find the equipment to do the job. "Obscene! Equipment! You obscene obscening obsceners! You've got the obscening equipment. Use your obscening hands." One of the boots who had misinterpreted his lessons in a high school hygiene class pointed out that this might not be healthy. The chief set him straight with lesson number two in the What America Is All About series. "Listen, you obscening obsceners, and get this through your thick obscening skulls - you clean out those obscening bowls in the next ten obseening seconds or I'll be on your obscening necks for the rest of your obscening time here." Two of the boots declined to participate in the simple housekeeping chore and the chief was a man of his word - the two had the obscening necks to prove it by the time they left the training station. After the chief had tucked us in that first night, we lay in our beddy-byes and discussed what we had learned from this great American. The overwhelming majority of us agreed that we had learned a lesson that could be applied by each of us to his civilian life after the war. It was an emotional moment as forty voices shouted as one: "THIS IS WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT!" The next day we all chipped in and bought the chief a box of his favorite obscening cigars. H~~~lift~H~H~~mIll~h 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 the Post Office, Shelton, Wa. Member oL 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 Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 10. 1971 "You won't have Richard Niggleson to kick around an~more." By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS When the occupational driver's license law is reenacted by the 1 972 Legislature, it undoubtedly will differ in some respects from the old law. The old law was inadvertently repealed when Gov. Evans vetoed a section granting occupational driver's licenses to those who lose their regular licenses under the implied consent law. He didn't intend to wipe out the law granting occupational licenses to those who lose their licenses for other infractions, such as drunken driving. He has indicated he will recommend its reenactment. But he also will recommend some changes. Governor Is Shocked The~.Oovernor will ask that • th~. Legislature spell out specifically that occupational licenses shall be issued only to those who must drive as part oŁ their job. Governor Evans was shocked to learn that 250 to 350 occupational driver's licenses were issued each month. He learned that many judges were too liberal in granting this type of license, and were interpreting the law too broadly. The large number of occupational driver's licenses issued each month doesn't necessarily indicate there are a lot of heavy drinkers among the commercial drivers. The Governor's investigation revealed that some judges had even issued them to housewives. It's Happened Before The inadvertent repeal of the occupational driver's license law created quite a stir. But these things have happened before. In 1933, former Gov. Clarence D. Martin's veto inadvertently repealed the $300 exemption on personal property taxes. Household goods were subject to the personal property tax, and the error could have resulted in chaos. But the oversight was corrected in a special session which convened later that same year, so it didn't have any effect on tax assessments. That special session ostensibly was called to enact a liquor control law, but in reality it was called to correct numerous mistakes which had been made by a Legislature dominated by inexpierenced first-termers. Double Trouble The 5-cent per pack increase in the cigarette tax could spell double trouble for the .Department of Revenue for a while. It already has had plenty of problems from contraband cigarettes, and the Legislature didn't appropriate any money for additional enforcement personnel. But the cigarette tax also will go up another 5 cents in Oregon, effective September 1. Oregon cigarettes still will be cheaper, but the new tax will put the differential back where it was before. Past experience indicates that sales in this state will fall off during the first year of the tax, but then will return to their normal level. Others Have Problems, Too The biggest problem from contraband is expected to appear after July 1, when the tax on liquor goes up 52 cents per fifth. With a 5-cent per bottle freight charge added, the new price for a fifth will range from 60 to 65 cents higher, enough to make "imports" profitable from some distance. The Legislature took a roundabout way of doing it, but it managed to tap the Motor Vehicle Fund for a few million to bolster up the sagging General Fund. This was done by extending the sales tax on highway * Editor, The Journal: I happened along a troop of Boy Scouts with their Scout Master in uniform, along the highway, busy cleaning up a big mess of garbage that hasn't been ,cleaned up for years. I stopped and took some slide pictures of them and talked to their leaders. In a world that seems to have so many things wrong with it, Editor, The Journal: Since school is nearly out, I am writing to tell you and the City of Shelton how proud I am of the kids in our schools! In the past year I have attended several games, plays and concerts put on by both the jr. and sr. high students and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. These kids really work long and hard hours to put on the plays and concerts for us and I for one appreciate getting to see them. The boys on the teams also worked hard for whatever scores they received in their games. Also, both of the bands did well in the parade which meant a lot of practicing in routines and marching. By STEVE ERICKSON I was driving unsuspectingly along a city street the other day, when all of a sudden Yreka! and Ye Cats! There it was, the nigh-forgotten object of a once-obsessive search. The small neon sign read simply "Horse Meat Market," but it ended a nagging desire - for years I had yearned for a broiled brisket of thoroughbred. If man can observe a pig at wallow, a hog a' sloppin' or a swine dining, then turn around and enjoy a pork chop, then what is wrong with partaking occasionally of a barbecued bronco-burger? With that bit of logic and horse sense at hand I began a search that was to stretch over a decade before finally turning up a fillet of filly. I came close at the Portland Zoo once, but was resigned to watching a pride of lions rip a rump roast of raw horsepower to shreds. And all those years I fed Alpo to dogs I was bridled bY the suspicion that they were beating me to the wire - that those "Meat by-products" chronicled on the can were really glue-factory interceptions. I perused Seattle's Pike Street Market ("Got any 'range meat'?") and Portland's Farmer's Market ("I'd like some 'high-protein beef' ") and everywhere in between, but everywhere weary, wary butchers gave me the same answer: "You want I should call a cop, wisenheimer?" No, thank you. So here it was after all these years - the end of the rainbow. The winner's circle. I entered but immediately betrayed my giddiness and gratitude with a flippant remark. 'TI1 have a couple pounds of stallion steak," I said, trying to sound like a galloping gourmet. Failing. The butcher put a tight rein on further attempts. "I've construction contracts to cover labor costs. It will sweeten the General Fund by some $6.9 million. This added cost, of course, will be added to the cost of construction, so eventually will come out of the gasoline tax. there are young people and adults who are not afraid or think it beneath their dignity to clean up other people's trash and to whom, Keep America Beautiful is more Editor, The Journal: I don't know the player, the team, the Manager or the situation referred to in Carol Dunbar's letter to the Editor, but I'd like to answer it with some general observations. We've been through the Minor, Coast and Major Leagues with our boys, too. We've had Managers and Coaches who played to win, and others who played to give all their boys equal time. We had one Manager who put all his better players in for the first three innings; then put in all the substitutes for the last three. This created such bad feelings all around that after losing the first six ball games, he discovered that he had a completely demoralized team and totally unhappy parents. He then started the better boys and only substituted in such a way that he didn't cripple his team. They won their remaining six games, beating every team that had beaten them. All of a sudden, boys and their parents were happy and proud of than a.slogan. ~ ~ .... : their team. I am ~proud to belong to an ~ ..... The,object of pla.ying any organization that sponsors a Boy Scout Troop and I hope other clubs will volunteer to become sponsors• Anita Dugger However, without the assistance of the great coaches and directors in their various departments, our kids could do nothing and I would like to say "thanks" for putting up with the kids and helping them so much to become good citizens• I do not think enough tribute is given to our "good kids" - but we certainly hear enough from every direction when a few of them get into a jam. I am looking forward to the next year's activities. Please keep up the good work, teachers and coaches, I think we have a bunch of pretty darn good kids in Shelton. Nancy Stuller rl heard that leetle joke a t me or two belore," he said. Then he opened his meat counter and said "You want the best we got?" I did. He withdrew several small tenderloin steaks marked "59c" and wrapped them in butcher paper. "It was cheap, devoid of fat, boneless, tender.. • This was the butcher talking of horse, of course, and he said anybody anywhere would agree "If only they could overcome this silly mental block they all got." He grabbed his own block, a carving block, and whacked a steak off on it. "If people don't use this meat they're only shorting themselves of something they should have," he shouted. He held up a rare cut. "That," he said, pointing with a cleaver, "is low in cholesterol. And I got an open-heart surgeon buys horse meat here from the pure standpoint of health - it's two per cent higher in protein than beef. "It's got a lot of Vitamin E, too," he said. Then, noticing a pun coming on, he beat me to it by adding, "And Vitamin E don't stand for Equestrian, neither." Undaunted, I returned home and broiled up a couple steaks. One for me, one for wife, I thought. "Horse?" she said. "Don't make me laugh." "But it's high in protein," I said hoarsely. "So are people." "And low in cholesterol." "I won't eat Trigger. Or Mr. Ed, or even Canonero II, You just stop horsing around with dinner." "Listen," I persuaded, "open-heart surgeons just gobble this stuff up. Twice a day, every day." "Those guys make me sick, too," she said emphatically, and I could see it was hopeless. I was licked. After all, you can lead a horse to dinner, but you can't make it beef. game is to win. It's a funny thing, but the only people who want their team to win more than the boys do is the parents. Unfortunately, many of the lessons in sportsmanship learned by the boys are lost on the parents, and the many umpires who have quit in disgust will tell you that the poor sportsmanship came from behind them, not from the field. : Every year mistakes are made. Boys stay in the Coast that should have gone to the Majors. Boys go to the Majors that should have stayed in the Coast. With over three hundred kids to look over in a few turnout sessions, there are a few boys who stand out that every team wants, and some that are overlooked that are pretty Editor, The Journal: woman I have written several articles act. concerning Washington State Ja Industrial Insurance• I want to help other men and women and feel working in this state who may get hurt on the job, and who may people wake up the way I did and find they have to live from hand to mouth on existing industrial insurance. I worked as a logger for 14 me the years here and in Alaska, making good money, and keeping my could wife and five children happy and prot fed. I thought that if something u n should happen to me in the I woods, we would be taken care of by all the money I had paid into publi~ taxes and insurance coverage. Last winter I was injured in the woods near Forks, Wash., and when I woke up in a Seattle should hospital, I became fully aware gov that my family and I would not be taken care ~of as well as I day thought. I now have to sell almost and I everything I worked hard for just to get along on what I receive from State Industrial. I recently went to Olympia with a petition containing 5,000 signatures to present to our lawmakers. The signators are willing to back me in my quest for a vote of the people that would voice what they feel is fair coverage for the working man or good, and by good plaY. their boy them held not even Majors. It'S outside because all will denY by those on work. 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