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August 19, 1971

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Gimme a schooner, Sidney. Yeah, Frank. Hey, what's new with you? I been thinking about this 18-year-old vote and it scares hell out of me. That shouldn't worry you. It will add new vitality to the democratic process. You can say that again! Those two overgrown step-sons of mine are too big to whip anymore and now they've got the vote. What's left for me? You've got a vote, too, Frank. And, besides, as a mature adult you can guide their little minds into the right channels. Guide their little minds! They don't hear a word I say. I work my tail off just to stay afloat and all they do is sit around the house, eat my steaks and grow hair. You've got to get them interested in work. There must be something they like to do. Yeah, there is. They can tear down a motorcycle and put it back together again in 30 seconds, but they can't start a lawn mower. The grass in the yard is so tall the meter reader was lost in it for two days last week. ) ! t t Letter box: Editor, The Journal: This letter is in response to the letter from Peter Johnsen last week. He said to ask ANY high school student about the ineffectuality of Mr. Petersen. I am a junior in the high school and as I have worked as a library assistant, I feel that I am qualified to refute Peter Johnsen's statements. First, the reason why the books are not in proper order is because students come in in their study hall, lunch hour, 0 or 6th period and having nothing to do, just go over, pull out a few books, leave them on the tables or put them back in the wrong places. In addition, they leave candy wrappers, gum, empty sacks, and crumbs on the floor, tables and bookshelves, so it looks like a pig sty when the period is over. This had Mr. which I believe ! Also the assistants ready to as students interested in for books and the efficiency method, we this year. It is a teac his work as Petersen was involved fac school It may be the students go out of third the best school is the did not kicked out. Well, I'll tell you, Frank, you've just got to hope they grow up in a hurry. There's an election this year. By the way, who you going to vote for for the school board? I don't know. Who's running? Once upon a time there was a man named Dr. Jekyll who lived in a big white house in a city called Washington. (You probably saw him Sunday night on your television set in the movie "Dr. Jekyll Minus Mr. Hyde.") Dr. Jekyll was a man of many parts, but mainly he was a man of words. Words flowed out of him in an uninterrupted stream at the click of a television camera switch. He was a self-acknowledged expert on The American Way of Life and the free enterprise system. Christianity and capitalism constituted his bag. "Gee/My Toyota is now a luxury car and Mr. Craig's Cadillac is a cut rate automobile." But Dr. Jekyll had a horrible secret - he had an alter ego. One night, while mixing martinis in the big white house, he used a new brand of vermouth and when he drank the potion his whiskers stopped growing and he changed personality completely. From that day forward, he could never be certain when the alter ego - which he cleverly named Mr. Hyde - would appear. A study of their actions proved that apparently neither character knew what the other was doing. Thus, Dr. Jekyll would deliver a fervent plea for his [ |ow*j l llS..tQthe decadehce which was estroy r two houses in Florida $252,800 and a house ih Cafffbrnia for $ !,400,000, the payments on which gobbled up $235,000 of Dr. Jekyll's $290,000 salary. Had he known of Mr. Hyde's actions, it would undoubtedly have troubled Dr. Jekyll considerably that while he was quoting King Solomon at a prayer breakfast, to-wit: "Give thy servant an understanding heart. Let that be our prayer today. Let us have an understanding heart in our relations with other nations and in the relations between races and parties and generations here at home," Mr. Hyde had just approved a massive bombing program that was killing thousands of Laotians. Sunday night's television melodrama featured Dr. Jekyll as the champion of competition and the free enterprise system. "But government, with all its powers," he declared, "'does not hold the key to the success of a people. That key, my fellow Americans, is in your hands. A nation, like a person, has to have a certain inner drive in order to succeed. In economic affairs, that inner drive is called the competitive spirit.'" He had never sounded more convincing than during this stirring defense of capitalism. What he didn't know, unfortunately, was that Mr. Hyde had just completed a masterpiece of socialistic intrigue in which a giant aero-space company which had lost its competetive spirit was saved from bankruptcy by government aid. An ominous happening aho occurred during "Dr. Jekyll Minus Mr. Hyde" which proved the production was misnamed. Mr. Hyde appeared in the middle of the show to proclaim, "I am today imposing an additional tax of 10 per cent on goods imported into the United States." Dr. Jekyll reappeared immediately, but Mr. Hyde's subversive interjection took the zing out of the good doctor's subsequent rhetoric - "We can be certain of this: As the threat of war recedes, the challenge of peaceful competition increases. We welcome this competition, because America is at her greatest when she is called on to compete." Sunday's surprise appearance of Mr. Hyde makes it apparent that Dr. Jekyll is unable to predict the ever-more-frequent changes in his personality. The outcome of this predicament is anybody's guess. Americans should be aware, however, that one likely prospect for the future will be words from Mr. Hyde and action from Dr. Jekyll. Watch for it Sunday nights under the title: "Alice in Wonderland." Mailing Address: i3ox 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. EDITOR AND PUBLISHER ...................... Henry G. Gay i I I By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS Many local government officials apparently were extremely wary of the state's new bingo ~aw. They had. plenty of' time to repeal or modify their local ordinances against bingo before the new law took effect on August 9. If they had, fraternal organizations and church groups could have had bingo legally the first of last week. lndicentally, when local governments enact ordinances conforming exactly with state laws or regulations on liquor or gambling, it doesn't necessarily mean they are bending over backwards to cooperate. The local ordinances make it possible to take violators into municipal courts, where local governments get the proceeds from fines and bail forfeitures. Utility Values Up Something to think about is the fact that a 13 per cent overall increase in valuations of public service utilities by the State Department of Revenue wasn't included in any of the applications for rate increases now pending before the Utilities Commission. The increased valuations are proposed for 1971 assessments and include transportation as well as power and communications companies. But much of the increase represents prospective addition of the $100 million steam plant near Centralia to the assessment rolls, and $61 million in new Pacific Northwest Bell facilities. The higher taxes generated by higher valuations are legitimate charges against the costs of doing business, and also will be included in computing return on investment. Exemptions Concentrated Eighty per cent of $43 million in manufacturers' tax credits authorized by the state since enactment of a 1965 law was awarded to just 10 firms. This information probably will be used by opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment to permit loan of state credit to private industry. It already has passed the Legislature and will be on the general election ballot next year. The 1965 taw, known as the Intalco Act. granted new industries, and existing industries planning expansion, to credit the sales tax on construction materials and labor against their business taxes. The law since has been repealed, but manufacturers with construction under contract prior to last January 1 still are eligible. Some 18 applications were still pending on July 1. Urbanites Gain Appointment of Richard D. Smith of Tacoma to the Highway Commission gives the urban areas Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday. August 19. 1971 majority representation on the book-keeping impact of $66.44 month, on the heels of a 26-cent commission. George Zahn, million," O'Brien said. One of boost in the tax on a bottle of Methow, and Baker Ferguson, these measures credited all distilled spirits. But they dropped Walla Walla, now are the only revenues collected through more than expected. Sales were rural representatives left. August 10 to the previous $1.5 million less than those for The West Side representation biennium, wh~~ e;ad~d last Jun~ the comparable month a ygar ago. takes in what some like to refer to ~0. Th~Gove~rtor tsr~,)l~t~ly ha~:' June purchases by ~eople as "Pugetopolis," with Harold '~eonceded this alone bolstered the": stockpiling before the tak boost Walsh of Everett and John N. general fund by about $32 million, became effective were more than Rupp of Seattle, in addition to the new Tacoma member. Smith replaced Robert Mikalson of Centralia. It isn't hard to understand why the U. S. Mediation Service cancelled the scheduled meeting between three West Coast Governors and Harry Bridges, head of the West Coast Longshoremen's Union. Anybody who ever has had much contact with the chief of the dockworkers knows that the Governors, though they may be adept in their dealings with hostile Legislatures, would be babes in the woods in any discussions with Bridges. The big mystery is why the Mediation Service set up the meeting in the first place. But it would have been quite an education for the Governors and Washington's Gov. Dan Evans had been looking forward to it; was disappoi"~d when it was called off. Problems Are Deep Information reaching here indicates Bridges has been having troubles within his own membership. He should be accustomed to that. He once was opposed by some elements as too far to the left. Now he is being accused by some elements as being too conservative. A merger with the Teamsters Union would have settled a jurisdictional dispute and facilitated a settlement of the coastwide strike. Bridges seemed agreeable. But he was overruled by his own executive board Figures Are Flexible Though figures never lie, they become exceptionally flexible in political debate In hailing the fact the state's general fund ended the biennium with a cash balance of more than $30 million. Governor E~ans gave much credit to heads of state agencies for their cooperation in the austerity program he launched last October. He said they exceeded the savings goal he had set by some $6 million. State Treasurer Robert S. O'Brien. who "counts the money," confirmed- the basic general fund closed the biennium in the black to the tune of $30.65 million. But he said if the 1971 Legislature hadn't enacted certain executive request measures, it would have closed the biennium with a deficit of $35.82 million. Measures which the law-makers enacted at Evans' reauest resulted in a "one-time O'Brien contends the final result of the state's two-year operation was a net decline in its basic general fund of $121 million. Everybody expected state liquor sales to take a dive last $1 million above official estimates. The July sales drop was more than 11.6 per cent. Unless there is an unexpected sharp reversal in the economic decline, it could take a long time to catch up. | By STEVE ERICKSON Richard Nixon gave the boys of the press a few anxious moments one tearful day in 1962 when he "quit" politics and said "Now you boys won't have Richard Nixon to kick around any more." But here it is 1971 and Nixon is only semi-retired. The press is still kicking. No longer is Nixon's public suffering done in person. Apologists now release the flow of administrative tears, but the message is crystal-clear, vintage Nixon. "President Nixon has a more hostile press corps than his predecessors and may have a greater number of the press interested in his un-success," lamented Harold R. Haldeman just the other day. And just who is Harold Haldeman? His official title is "White House Chief of Staff." He's a public relations man. Haldeman has analyzed just how this unthinkable phenomenon came to pass. His rationale: "The great bulk of the working press are Democrats, so there's a party difference to begin with. Ideologically, they have a liberal-versus-conservative approach to things." Don't look now, Scoop, but President Nixon has just called you a dirty name. Telling the press it delivers biased news to the public is like telling the public Nixon stuffs ballot boxes. Of course, Nixon has never viewed his outbursts in this perspective, since he has always been The Target. Other presidents have felt the keen verbal thrust of reporter and pundit, but others showed more class. John F. Kennedy angrily cancelled certain newspaper subscriptions after being ambushed in print one day, then continued joking with reporters at press conferences. Even unlovable Lyndon Johnson, who snubbed reporters and subjected especially nasty ones tO Sonny Liston-like glares, still broke about even in the public information hassle. Ah, but Dick Nixon. He told Haldeman to tell Look Magazine, strictly on his own, that "Some editorial cartoons (depicting Nixon) are brutality for the sake of brutality." And it seems like just yesterday the President forgave cartoonist HerBlock of the Washington Post for drawing a heavy beard, scowl and jowl, and ski-jump nose on Nixon's otherwise flawless face. Could the President have forgotten already a lesson he learned at such great cost - that presidential carbuncles can be turned to the victim's advantage if they seem to humanize rather than villainize? Probably Nixon's greatest example of calling the kettle black came when Haldeman told Look Magazine, who told you and me: "A reporter who finds out he's wrong doesn't like to be proved wrong. Nixon's been written off a number of times Editor, The Journal: "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye, with never a thought for the great plank in your own? Or how can you say to your brother, let me take the speck out of your eye, when all the time there is the plank in your own? You hypocrite! First take the 'plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's." (taken from Matthew 7; 3,4) I wrote this letter in defense of one of my fellow men. It is in response to the comments of a High School student which criticized and belittled the former librarian of Shelton High, Mr. Rand Peterson. I was moved to feelings first of pity and finally shame as I read the comments of this student. What kind of an ego-trip was he on that he felt it his duty to tear down, in the public eye, another human being? I was shamed to know that such a person as he had acquired such feelings of hate and contempt during his attendance of my school. I have learned to love all people wit past present that all within thera duty to find my duty to This School chore. He accompliSl authorized the were present school hampered continued something t What to SheltOn Where is to b Be a lit1 of others. yourself own eyes. make sure lesser condemn. need of requires Editor, The Journal: We would like to express our appreciation to the Shelton Fire and Police Departments for their excellent help on the night of August 6, 1971. We were especially pleased by their promptness, capability, cooperation, and kindness during our fire loSS. servants with job well don Thanks, and has refused to go away. (We knoW, leaves those who wrote him off in an An awkward situation. Let us awkward situation. HypotheticallY, President of the United States, a trained at know better, publicly comments on a case. Let's pretend it's the Charles Try to imagine the President finding own mind and announcing his verdict at conference in Denver while his press going quietly mad. Feature Nixon saying things like, Id" directly or indirectly, of eight murders." news media was concerned, appeared glamorous figure..." And then suppose the President played back on CBS, NBC and ABC, and for the first time realizes he's put Now that's an awkward situation. So, imagine if you will, this courageously facing up to being admit his slip of the tongue, or does said, defang it without the mortification He starts out by saying "I've bee comment in Denver regarding the continue to be misunderstood..." And so on, ad infinitum, ad nauseurn. Trouble with such a situation is, a it because they were already vaguely spelling their name wrong on the jurY their paper late and wet, or orn Tuesday. This could provide dangerous news boys. Nixon could conceivably his press purge that newsmen w0 home in shame. And th n Nixon wouldn't have the anymore. P~ "We're giving them another whiff of