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etter box: i The political animals aren't restless - they're out of their minds. It was hard enough to separate the monkeys from the aardvarks and the hawks from the doves before President Nixon's two recent bombshell announcements - his trip to China and his economic edicts - but now it is virtually impossible. Senator Henry M. Jackson, who aspires to be the first president of the United States with a summer White House in Mukilteo, found he suddenly had an unwanted partner for the Wage and Price Control Shuffle, his favorite solo dance. He could only mutter that it was "too little and too late." This put him in the awkward position of declaring that what President Nixon is doing in 1971 is too late, but would be just in time should Jackson be elected and put it into effect in January, 1973. This type of reasoning is called "political logic" and is what carries our leaders to the top. George Meany, who had been lulled into a sense of false security by chummy tea-and-crumpet sessions at the White House with King Richard, also was rattling the bars of his cage while standing on his head looking into a mirror. Senator Edmund Muskie, who entered the 1972 presidential race at the same time as President Nixon - January 20, 1969 - went underground. Close friends say he may surface again next March. George McGovern, who was rising to national popularity with the speed of a prairie schooner, denounced the entire economic package as a hoax and then announced he is abandoning the Vietnam War as a campaign issue and will concentrate on the state of the economy. Treasury Secretary John Connally, the jackass who is now allowed to play in the elephant compound, said he favored exemption from the ten per cent surcharge on foreign imports for Rolls Royce parts sold to Lockheed Aircraft, but quickly abandoned that dream as the howls arose from across the land. All of the animals are sure to get more irrational as President Nixon continues his hop-scotch approach to the 1972 presidential election. He has been on both sides of most issues, but has yet to unveil his big weapon - a stance on three sides of one issue, simultaneously. It is difficult to predict the exact actions of the political animals as the election nears, but the following examples probably approximate what the citizens of our nation can expect. WASHINGTON -- Presidential Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler denounced as "ridiculous" the charge that President Nixon was politically inspired when he told an informal meeting of black leaders that he had given serious thought to leaving the Republican party for the Peace and Freedom party. ,OUfl By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS Establishment of a new position in county government, the position of county tax advisor, is being considered by the newly-created interim Property Tax Committee. The charge was made by Democratic Presidential The tax advisorwouldassume ....... the role of a public defender in Candidate John Lmdsay, who is leadmg m the opm ton polks ........................ . IlL the standard-bearer of the new Re~,~White ah(d~B[~i~ ~.~ax ~.~cas~i~, w~i~resent taxpayers m sltuanons wnere me party, amount ot tax in dispute isn't SAN DIEGO - Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Henry M. Jackson today described as "too little and too late" President Richard Nixon's nuclear destruction of Taiwan as a gesture of goodwill toward the People's Republic of China. "With his usual slipshod haste," Jackson told a gathering of west coast shipping executives, "the president overlooked Quemoy and Matsu, which are directly in the path of shipping routes from mainland China to west coast ports." Governor Ronald Reagan, Democratic presidential candidate, was unavailable for comment, since he is still involved in picketing a Fresno supermarket which sells non-union grapes. sufficient to justify retaining an attorney. Presumably the position would be appointive. Though the Property Tax Committee was created by statute, few have been aware of its existence. It was wrapped up in the tax relief package (Sub HB 283) passed by the 1971 Legislature. It hasn't any connection with the Legislative Council's long-standing Committee on Revenue and Regulatory Agencies, but the council staff is doing the staff work for the new committee, under a contract rate of $500 a month. It is truly bipartisan, with four members from each political party, two of each from each house,but its co-chairman both come from the House of Representatives, Reps. Sid Flanagan, R., Quincy, and Ted Bottiger, D., Tacoma. Natural Gas Frozen Washington Natural Gas Company was the only public utility in this state to feel ST. LOUIS - Senator Edmund Muskie denied that there is any inconsistency in his unequivocal backing of the Reagan-Jackson ticket. "Under their leadership," he told a cheering throng of elementary school pupils, "we will return to the golden days of Harry Truman and Alben Barkley." HONOLULU - "The war in Vietnam is over," Senator George McGovern said this week from a hospital bed in Good Samaritan Hospital. "I am more firmly convinced of that fact than ever, now that my two-week tour of Southeast Asia is ended. Not one American boy was killed during the two weeks." Senator McGovern is recovering from wounds received when a helicopter in which he was riding was shot down by enemy gunfire on the outskirts of Saigon. PUYALLUP - Comedian Bob Hope, John Lindsay's running mate on the Red, White and Black ticket, had a group of Puyallup Indians whooping with delight minutes after his arrival here on a whirlwind tour of the continental United States and Texas. When asked by the master of ceremonies how he felt after the flight from Gallup, New Mexico, Hope replied, "My arms are tired." WASHINGTON - Senator William Fulbright, who delivered the keynote address at the recent Republican National Convention, revealed today that he is rapidly becoming disenchanted with the GOP ticket. "Strange things are happening in this campaign," he said. "It reminds me of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution - you give some yahoo a little encouragement and the first thing you know he has gone overboard." NEW YORK - Presidential Candidate George Wallace departed from his prepared script last night to tell a nationwide television audience that "There isn't nine cents worth of difference between Nixon, Reagan and Lindsay." 4 OF LIVING COUNCIL "The price of glory and the wages of sin have been exempted." / 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. EDITOR AND PUBLIsHER ...................... Henry G. Gay Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, August 26, immediate effects of President Nixon's wage-price freeze. Its petition for a rate increase has been completed, and the State Public Utilities and Transportation Commission was expected to issue an order about the end of this month. But Pacific Northwest Bell will feel the impact most if the freeze is extended beyond its present 90-day period. The wage By DAVE AVERILL Complain, if you like, about modern styles. But before you elevate your blood pressure about bearded young men and straight-haired young women, take note of one improvement: It is possible, these days, to spend hours in a public place without seeing one girl whose head looks like a display from a hardware store. There was a time when no teen-age girl would venture out of the house without first racking up her hair on an assortment of metallic implements. It gave her the look of a Martian preparing to blast off, but it was the style. In theory, all the equipment was designed to give the young lady a set of lovely curls. Since she never removed it until her wedding day, the average spectator was unable to learn how well it worked. Today things are different. The girls all try to look alike, as always, but they do so by parting their hair in the center and letting it hang straight down. You may argue that this lacks something in the way of art. If your taste runs to curly-haired girls, you are in trouble. But you'll have to admit that a head of hair beats a head covered with hardware every time. from the Bainbridge Review " people By STEVE ERICKSON The sprawling labyrinth that is Madigan General Hospital serves as a sterile filter for thousands of war-torn Vietnam veterans making one last lonely stopover before returning home from the war. "Our major mission is patient care," says Brig. Gen. John Boyd Coates Jr., commanding general of the hospital, and that is true .... physical care of wounded men is indeed of a high caliber here. But every bit as evident as missing arms and eyes, immobilized fingers and crutches everywhere, are bitterness and despair left awash in the wake of a violent and confusing conflict. "l've forgotten about it," says Danny Smith, 20-year-old former California athlete. But Danny Smith, who left a leg in Vietnam, hasn't really forgotten his 17 months under fire. He's tried, but he can't. "I'm so grateful to be home I'd just like to forget it," he amends. "Forget I was ever there." Danny wheels along the vast hospital's endless corridors in a wheelchair, awaiting the day when he is discharged to pursue dreams of becoming a physical education instructor. He passes wards full of mutilated men of war, quiet men who stare at walls and beds and floors and stand for long periods of time at windows. He approaches the intersection of two hallways and glances up into a round convex mirror that reflects a wide-angle backward image of the halls and of Danny. It is an increase negotiated between unions and parent A.T. & T. is already in effect and exempt from the freeze. It is costing Pacific Northwest Bell about $1 million a month, and has been incorporated into the company's petition for a rate increase which now is pending before the ~l~at~, ~gency..,ttearirtgs on ,the, ~as~ ~won't be i;ompleted within 90 days, so if the.price freeze isn't extended, the company won't be affected. But if the freeze is extended into next year, the company could be hurt. Liquor On Borrowed Time The 10 per cent surcharge on imports won't have any immediate impact on prices of imported liquors and wines sold in state liquor stores until present supplies are exhausted. Under the freeze, the Liquor Control Board can't raise prices, but the surcharge is considered a tax, which can be passed on to the consumer. The amount of the impending increase can't be computed by adjusting it to the price paid by the purchaser. It is imposed on the price the Liquor Board pays, before markup and taxes, and will vary from brand to brand. On a popular brand of Scotch selling for $8.20 a fifth, the surcharge would boost the price to $8.50. New License Approach There will be another attempt to enact legislation imposing a license on fishing for salmon for personal use. Editor, The Journal: On returning home and finding time to catch up on my reading found to my dismay that on your editorial page we are considered Airstream Freaks, tsk tsk didn't you have anything else to put in your paper. It seems to me that Alice Dieter should be answered and having been a "Wally Byam Carravaner" for a number of years and having been fortunate to have known Mr. Byam here goes. Having toured this great country, Mexico and Canada with the Wally Byam Carravaners (Airstream Freaks) and been a member of their club I should like to answer Alice Dieter's comments. First if she was so interested in the church picnic as she calls it at Farragut State Park seems to me she would have been at it instead of at the beach. We were at the International Rally at Salem, Ore. with our fellow carravaners. As for sharing the hiway with us conformists, perhaps she should realize these are the same people who through their years of working have paid the taxes to build these same hiways and through their purchase of gas and the taxes collected are helping to maintain the present hiway system and help build new ones for all of us to travel. Is it any worse to require only Airstream owners to belong to our club than it is to have her kind of person to belong to her religious group. All are welcome no matter what religion you belong to. We do not even ask what your politics are. Chaplains from all faiths open our daily doings. In the long days of my youth we traveled with a team of horses in a buggy or wagon to go places and believe me it is much nicer in a travel trailer and so much more comfortable at least it doesn't leak as has some of our tents. How else could I and my fellow carravaners see this beautiful country of ours. Surely Alice you wouldn't deprive us of our right to meet and visit with old friends whom we have met in so many different states, countries and at our club rallies. This is the purpose of living, or should we also give that up just to please you and yours? Of course we all have numbers. Think how confusing it would be for you if you all hazd the same kind ~f-hous~i and didn't have street signs and how embarrasing it might be for you or your neighbors to have you come barging into their home thinking it was yours. As for our age group, most of us are past our productive years and are retired after having raised our families Editor, The Journal: Our family attended the very Mason County Fair today and I very re~ had to write a note publicly to whole congratulate Bill Brown and all enjoyed the other people involved in bringing Mason County a real and all treat, called a rodeo, hard This event was great 1971 see inclusive reflection, clear and all-enveloping, but distorted and grotesque despite its functional facility. Danny wheels on. He is a vibrant young man with red hair and a big smile. A hearty handshake here, a wave there, a crisp, military "hello" to nurses and visitors, even strangers. He passes Ward 9-A, the officers' ward. Inside is James Ross, 21, of Hermiston, Oregon survivor working years to pay children schools. We homes see some of missed the We are way of life please give us' for our ages golden yearS. youngsters children who we did not would old folks care for us, are that we keeping for as many there are in matter the timers try room to when we pull off Any law congregate country as themselves persons you about can you obey rights of law breakerS feel as about better able breakers or about the than those garbage at officers private pro! If you our rallies grounds than they You will up papel and which we lz]~ do for the while in the parking fee field we use more behin~ of two helicopter crashes, but just barely. He's recovering the largest hospital in the Pacific from injuries suffered when his chopper was blasted from acres. It is kept meticulously cleaJ Vietnamese treetops by machine gun fire. Nobody elseattempts to brighten the atmosphere, aboard lived through it. Ross remembers that only too well, make it bright. 1 but he is reluctant to talk about it. Instead he sits silently in It is, a fine hospital in every waY, front a television set with a lemonade in one hand, hospital anywhere to lift his spiritS, .a shrapnel in the other. victims of war. Reminders of tlatS Danny passes the physical therapy area but he doesn't .... h hospital s physical layout, whtc stop there, either. If he did he would see Ricky Van Meter, spraw! because that was 1944, a war 20, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, working hard to revitalize said, If the hospital happened to be muscles and nerves that will be needed to operate an artificial arm" Ricky talks quietly' straightfrwardly and s calmly i 12 giln ! Oo2iiAal ip g ! ir; fs Ps about his loss that it s almost as though a benign, protective shock has set in to help ease him through the hospital and Coates emphasizes that "Pride in our other future ordeals. All along the corridors are nurses. One hospital official says "they might seem crusty and hard because they rarely give the men sympathy. Butthey're not hard-boiled, not really. These nurses hurt for the men, but sympathy is not what they need right now. A lot of our nurses put in a day here, then go home and cry." wonder we instead of stay as you you w ,'Airstrearn vacation who like beaches. but we also old rallies atad, they have are going for our object to ge neration knock it till Danny's wheelchair takes him where he stops. The smile has left his inner anguish escapes. "If people American soldier," he says, "why see these boys who didn't come horn Madigan Hospital, on the large place, with 1,200 beds and 1 based on beauty of locale, moder installation alone.., but on service to suffered so much in the defense freedoms." And inside, Danny Smith and fragmented men mark time, waiting. can at last begin reconstruction of tlael Thanks 1 Mrs.