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Return with us now to the days of yore. Remember 1945? That was a great year. The good guys had just Slapped the Jap and Buried Jerry and the world was once again safe for democracy and communism. In the process of Slapping the Jap, however, the United States of America produced history's most horrendous weapon, the nuclear bomb. The myopic scientists who .created the monster had second thoughts about what they had wrought once they escaped their workbenches. But their product was a smashing success as it obliterated two cities and cremated hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians. Criticism of the history-making event was minuscule, buried in the wave of relief that a long, dirty war was over and no more American men would die. John Hershey's book, "Hiroshima" caused some soul-searching, but most Americans simply wanted to forget the past four years and rebuild their lives on a peacetime basis. One of the things that helped them to rationalize the horror of those two bombs was the outpouring of words about the peaceful application of nuclear energy. Every newspaper and magazine carried optimistic reports about the great improvements in the quality of American life that would accrue from the discoveries at Oakridge and Los Alamos. Scientist X predicted that nuclear energy would, in a few years, replace hydroelectric and fossil-fuel power plants. Scientist Y foresaw the day when nuclear science would conquer disease. And Scientist Z pleased the hungry consumer with the news that, before long, his automobile would run 100,000 miles on a pill the size of a fifty-cent piece. Twenty-six years have passed since those uplifting predictions lulled Americans into calmly accepting the fact that they had created and employed a device that could destroy all life on earth in a matter of minutes. What are the fruits of those rosy predictions? What have we been doing to make them come true? The answer, of course, is almost nothing. For twenty-six years most of the money, talent and energy expended for nuclear research has gone for what those original atomic scientists feared - bigger, better and more efficient ways to destroy life. The latest episode in this insane campaign against humanity will take place next Saturday on Amchitka Island in the Aleutian chain of Alaska. The Atomic Energy Commission will detonate a five-megaton blast 5,875 feet below the surface of the island. The force of the explosion is equal to the power of nearly five million tons of chemical explosive and 250 times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Why is the experiment - which has created widespread opposition throughout the rest of the world as well as in this hemisphere necessary? Because the Atomic Energy Commission, which was to oversee all those dandy peacetime applications of nuclear energy, is the handmaiden of the delayed adolescents who populate the Pentagon, and the Pentagon says it is necessary. The military has a new toy to play with and, by God, it is going to play with it no matter how many human beings object. General David M. Shoup, former Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, detailed this game-playing aspect of the military when he wrote: "To many Americans, military training, expeditionary service, and warfare are merely extensions of the entertainment and games of childhood. Even the weaponry and hardware they use at war are similar to the highly realistic toys of their youth. Soldiering loses appeal for some of the relatively few who experience the blood, terror, and filth of battle; for many, however, including far too many senior professional officers, war ago combat are an exciting adventure, a competitive game and an escape from the dull routines of peacetime." Why do the American people condone the insanity that creates Amchitkas? General Shoup had something to say about that, too. "The American people have also become more and more accustomed to militarism, to uniforms, to the cult of the gun, and to the violence of combat. Whole generations have been brought up on war news and wartime propaganda; the few years of peace since 1939 have been a steady stream of war novels, war movies, comic strips, and television programs with war or military settings." Why do we allow our institutions to endanger the balance of nature by testing a weapon that is equal to five million tons of chemical explosive? Because we have accepted the unbelievable barbarity of Nagasaki and Hiroshima as a way of life. We have not only learned to live with the original insanity, we are cultivating more. The atomic-powered automobile can wait. At the moment, death is our most important product. Founded 1886 by Grant C. Angle Ma,lmg Address: Box 430, Shelton, Wa. 98584 Phone 426-4412 Published at Shelton, Mason County, Washington, weekly, except two ~ssues during week of Thanksgiving. Entered as Se(ond-Class Matter at the Post Office, Shelton, Wa. Member of National Editorial Association Member of Washington Newspaper Publishers' Association SUBSCRIPT ION RATES: $5.00 per year in Mason County, m advance Outside Mason County $6.00 EDITOR AND PUBLISHER ...................... Henry G. Gay Page 4 - Sbclton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, November 4, 1971 The games people play By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS Fears, voiced in the last legislative session, that the state's universities and colleges would be "turning students away" this fall have failed to materialize. A head count conducted by the Office of Program Planning and Fiscal Management shows enrollment at four of the state's six four-year institutions of higher education failed to reach the figure for which they had been budgeted. The University of Washington enrolled 278 more than were allotted for in its budget, and the new Evergreen State College had 1 2 9 more. But Eastern Washington State College was 256 under its budget, Central Washington, 181, and Western Washington, 15. Private Schools Gain Three of the five state institutions which were operating last year actually showed declines in enrollment. The University of Washington and Western Washington State College each had more students enrolled than they had at this time a year ago. But Washington State University, Central Washington State College and Eastern Washington each showed a drop in enrollment. The economic situation and higher tuition fees are considered factors. In contrast, the 11 privately-endowed universities and colleges in this state showed an overall gain, with a total of 20,203 compared with 19,753 a year ago, reversing a trend of recent years. The $1 00 scholarship grants approved by the 1971 Legislature is considered a contributing factor, but the gain in enrollment hardly could be described as general. It was confined to six of the 11 institutions. Slight declines were noted at Fort Wright College, St. Martin's College, Seattle Pacific College, Seattle University and Whitman College. New Phone Rates An order granting rate increases to Pacific Northwest Bell is expected from the State Utilities and Transportation Commission about the middle of this month. The new rates probably will become effective next January I. The increase is expected to total about $20 million a year, which will include $12 million to offset Pacific Northwest's share of the cost of a wage increase granted employees by the parent American Telephone and Telegraph Company. The company had asked for a rate increase which, with the wage increase added, would have totaled $36 million. A Boost From Canada An increase in rates went into effect for all users of natural gas Monday, the result of a boost in pipeline costs. Spread over some six companies which serve various sectors of the state, it will add up to about $10 million. This is in addition to the $5.3 million increase which the Utilities and Transportation Commission recently granted Washington Natural Gas Company, and which the company is now challenging in court. It represents an added cost El Paso Natural Gas, the pipeline company, is charging distributors because of new rates it must pay for the additional 225 million cubic feet a day it is importing from Canada. As this is an added-cost item, the rate of increase doesn't require approval by the U. S. Office of Emergency Preparedness. More Boosts Coming Increases in other utility rates can be expected, though it is too early to estimate when. Hearings on General Telephone Company's petition for a rate hike are underway, but probably won't be completed before the end of the year. Hearing dates haven't even been set yet on applications for rate hikes filed by two other companies, Puget Sound Power and Light, and Cascade Natural Gas. The utilities commission is short-staffed; needs two assistant attorney generals to replace two who left. One went into private practice with a Washington, D.C., law firm. The other went into the Marine Corps. By DAVE AVERILL The lady of the house was plodding through the rain in Portland under one of those new peek-through umbrellas that look like the bottom of a test tube. If you have been attending University of Washington Football games, you have seen dozens of the things. They fit down over the lady's head, keeping her dry behind her own plastic window. Well, the Portlanders were fascinated. "People kept stopping me and asking how I liked my umbrella," the dry lady said. And that tells you two things about Portland. First, it's a place where new ideas are usually late in arriving. Second, it's a place where strangers feel free to talk to you on the street. They figure that if you're in Portland you must be okay. Up here, people tend to think of Portland as sort of a backwoods cousin of Seattle. Take away Boeing and Puget Sound and Sonny Sixkiller, and what you have left is Portland. It's a pleasant place, but unsophisticated. You get a different version from Portlanders. Admit that you live within commuting range of Seattle, and they begin examining you for signs of malnutrition or mental illness. Portland has had one boom in all its history, the World War 1I shipbuilding spree. Most of the natives were delighted to see it end. They picture Seattle as sort of a permanent Klondike. The guy who had a pocket full of gold nuggets yesterday is mooching drinks in the saloon today. It's a boom-and-bust place that arouses no envy from its neighbors to the south. When the lean years follow the fat years and Boeing begins laying them off by the platoon system, Portlanders wear the smug expressions of people who knew all along it was going to happen. They have never been enthusiastic about growth. In good times this brings dismay to the Chamber of Commerce. But it spares Portland the discomforts of being a company town when the COmpany is in trouble. Portland was ahead of the rest of the world in discovering that a pleasant environment is worth keeping. Its citizens were growingroses when the rest of us were building smokestacks, and they were skeptical of progress while most cities were doing their best to develop into local versions of Gary, Indiana. Today it is the biggest small town in the country, and people still stop to talk with a stranger on the street. They may not be rich, but they certainly do look comfortable. from the Bainbridge Review preserv,n Editor, The Journal: I've studied the revised draft of our proposed Mason County Zoning Ordinance, and also attended the informational meeting at Hood Canal Jr. High School concerning it. By now, l'm convinced that some of the land use policies being proposed only permit and encourage what a zoning plan is supposed to discourage I Consulting Services Corporation, contracted by the county and aided by a Federal Grant, has now completed a comprehensive plan for Mason County - to be used as a guide for the zoning ordinance. Among the recommendations is a 5 acre minimum tract size for Agriculture and Flood Plain zoned areas: "The continuation of agricultural use should be encouraged.., recreational subdivisions, commercial centers, and industrial centers.., should not be permitted". There are only a few of these areas in the county - the rest is either forest or recreational developments, etc. So, left as they are, places like the Valley are unique worth preserving! Why, then, has Planning advice and cut acres down to 1 one acre is small feasibly plat putting - while raising who don't want t0s, That's the got when I members of the that meeting reasoning! when the proposed heavily favor most of us, there There's still open spaces from many otherS (the Valley was once one cares to ordinance or to (coming soon), acre is not massive That may not in our green Rosellini Has Strategy I f former Gov. Albert D. Rosellini decides to make another try for a third term, he will use a new strategy. In his four previous races for the governorship, Rosellini invariably had a sizeable campaign fund; even in 1952, the year he failed to win the nomination. But if he runs again, he plans to conduct a low-cost campaign. He figures his name already is wellknown throughout the state, and will attack other candidates for big spending. But Gov. Dan Evans' name is equally wellknown around the state. As he already has said he will ask the next Legislature to enact a law limiting campaign contributions and spending, he might adopt the same strategy. This would require Rosellini to search for another issue. Job For Legislators Governor Evans' "jobs now" program might well be named "job for legislators." Most law-makers favor "jobs now." The Governor's adversaries, the Democrats, can't oppose it. But the big job is finding a way to fund the program, which for the full biennium would have cost $62 million in state money. The proposal to finance it by extending the sales tax to gasoline sales can't be expected to fare any better in the 1972 session than it did this year, when it was soundly defeated. The Governor is willing to finance it in some other way, and the legislators are looking, but it is hard to pass any new tax in an election year. At least part of the program will be easy, the $15 million for development and improvement of parks, which would provide an estimated 1,560 new jobs. That money is already there. It is the remaining balance of a $40 million recreation bond issue which was approved by the voters in 1968. By STEVE ERICKSON Much has been made, of "The man who perfection in his grooming. Much money has be " this immaculate individual, also. I couldn't help noticing a nifty little box lotion on a drugstore shelf recently underscored this essential fact of toilette life. Imported from France," stated a tast,,ftfle banner line on the little boxtop. "Paris, France. That was about all, except for the name It was a small-looking box, considering it crystal showcase at Tiffany's, but the shelf at the corner pharmacy. 1 opened the box and withdrew a folded product's claims, counterclaims, boasts and "When you wear a fragrance as basic and it read, "you savor it as you would a vintage wr just glib and inspired enough to win.. Frenchman a nich in the Public Relations Hall This particular product described its own salty, citrus-sea aroma." In other words, it of ecstasy. Not only that, "When applied by slap season in de Sade's Paree) it moisturizes, braces skin. The tingling sensation helps you feel it relieve tautness and discomfort caused by Oh, and P.S. "It imparts a feeling of apologies to French poets everywhere.) Now all this balderdash and, pardon flapdoodle, wouldn't bother me a whit for it is merely to goose we simp determined-to-be-fashionable consumers out buck or two. Or three. This particular sissy stuff costs $3 and eleven-sixteenths fluid ounces." That'S pay for 12-year-old scotch, folks, and it leaves boot. I contend, although I'd be drummed the Jet Set for it, that I'm ahead of this using a more economical, earthy and revive my facial epidermis after each genteel. Rubbing alcohol. Sometimes euphemJ Compound, but pretty darn basic any waY Y' Allow me to quote from a label of mY or "vintage wine," if you will: for - "Keep away from fire or flame."- (Good in this year's PR slogan contest.), straitied - "For external use only.' (Unless loaf of whole-wheat bread.) - "For hospital use or the sickroom, as a to kill pesky germs and between-toe fungUS.)_, iglII - "Keep out of reach of children." and be injured in the explosion.) Yes, rubbing alcohol is a pretty basic little prestige to be gained through using white lightning and smells like liniment, wt It's strong. A powerful potion. It stings the soul. But the cost is a little less than that of from France. For my last unbreakable lethal fluid ounces) I paid 39 cents. Such a frugal package lasts longer, you're careful how you handle it, you'll "Broiled swordfish . . . hold the mercurY!"