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November 11, 1971

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L Hallelujah! 'lhe House of Representatives voted Monday to keep government out of the prayer business. The representatives, by a margin of 28 votes, rejected a proposed constitutional amendment which would have started the erosion of the separation of church and state provision of the United States Constitution's first amendment. The vote was the climax to nine years of confusion following a 1962 Supreme Court decision which held that New York school officials violated the first amendment when they required a certain prayer be used daily in public school classrooms. What the decision did, simply, was reaff' rm the right of every citizen to freely practice the religion of his choice. It upheld the first amendment's guarantee that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." But cynical con men who feed on people's emotions grabbed the issue and fanned it into a controversy. The Bible-thumping faith healers and other assorted jackanapes of radio and television's religious wasteland shouted that God had been driven from the classroom. This is nonsense, of course. The Supreme Court decision reinforced the right of every child to take the God of his choice to school with him, and pray to that God in school, if he wishes, without intererence from a government institution. The student can spend his entire lunch hour on his knees, if that is his desire. He can silently recite the Beatitudes during study hall and commune with his God during recess. He can, truthfully, practice his religion in any way that suits him short of burning incense in the library or erecting a statue in the Cloakroom. This is true religious freedom; the right of an individual to worship his God without the officially-sanctioned meddling of sanctimonious school board members or holier-than-thou legislators, or mendacious money-raisers who use Bible in place of a gun. The tampering with the Bill of Rights began when the Bible-tl mpers, and their attendant troops of busybodies who can't wait for God to punish the wicked but attempt to do it here on earth with petitions, won the support of politicians whose only hope for remaining in office is to support mindless emotional causes. Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen, the Ill-windbag That Blew No Good from Illinois, carried their banner until his death in 1969. The bill defeated Monday was the creation of Representative Chalmers P. Wylie of Ohio, who said that 80 per cent of the American people wanted it. i:!:!:!:!i!i!i. "You're the third Middle American this week. What's got you confused, his policy on China, the freeze, or/our vote in 1968g" if the polls did, indeed, show that to be the case, it can only be because the people were confused by the con men who pushed the bill. In the usual manner of demagogues, Educatioga P~9~gdt:am~6yhereby structure I~or students 18 to 21 they blamed the 1962 Su r e Court,d cision fo ,cxime in those in t~1[(6221 ai~racket ! who a'tt~,~ voCational-technical streets, danag abuse; anarchy, mora decay;,.neurirUs, who are engined in school will beschoDlS.~ "'~ ~' neuralgia, arthritis and the common cold, and implied that government-required"prayers in the schools would wipe out these afflictions. The members of 38 major religious denominations and organizations who opposed the bill saw through that fraudulent bombast and realized the danger of destroying the f'mst amendment's guarantees against government interference with religion or its opposite. So did the 162 representatives who successfully killed the bill. Among them were five from the State of Washington - Representatives Brock Adams, Tom Foley, Julia Butler Hansen, Mike McCormack and Lloyd Meeds. Representative Floyd Hicks voted with the Bible-thumpers and Representative Tom Polly declined to register a vote. The first amendment survived, intact, and God remains in the schools for those who wish to seek him there. By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS The 1971 law classifying 18-year-olds as adults, together with the constitutional amendment giving them voting rights, has created problems unforeseen when the law was passed. Problems have popped up in both welfare and education Because the new law relieves parents of responsibility for sons and daughters between 18 and 21, it has affected their eligibility for welfare grants under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children - an estimated saving of $1.3 million a year The Governor's office has announced a Young Adults Three offer free tuition for those under 21. Bellingham charges $20 tuition for those under 21, and $140 for older students. Lake Washington charges a flat $24 tuition fee for everybody. Asked by the Legislative Budget Committee what affects the new law had on these policies, Supt. of Public Instruction Louis Bruno said his department takes the view that "vocational-tech- nical schools fall under the umbrella of the common school system." "While it is true that the Age Qualifications Act has clouded the issue," he said, "we still resist the concept of setting up a fee given part-time jobs at $153 a month. The average AFDC grant is $55.43 a month. Still class actions have been filed in Pierce County and King County Superior Courts, challenging the right of the Department of Social and Health Services to rule 18-to-21 -year-olds ineligible for AFDC. Bruno Stands Pat Also involved are the five vocational-technical schools still operated by local school districts, Lake Washington, Benton, Clover Park, L. H. Bates (Tacoma)and Bellingham. All charge tuition of varying amounts for students over 21. Prestige Comes High The Republicans' $100-a-Plate fund raising dinner was well publicized. Not publicized, however, was the private reception in the Olympia Hotel executive Library for the guest speaker, California's Gov. Ronald Reagan. Tickets to this event cost $500. Observers meanwhile have been speculating on the effect the dinner itself will have on the hard-hats, to say nothing of unemployed voters. Fund-raising dinners at $100 a plate are common enough these days, but in this state it isn't general practice to make one a ":"....-.-...........-.........-...-.... .... :.:.: black tie affair. Incidentally, it wasn't Gov. Dan Evans' idea. Forget That Shot Usually, when Governor Evans accomplishes something of even minor importance, you can expect a news release from his office regardless of where the event occurred. No release was forthcoming, hosever, when the Governor felled an antelope with a single shot from a borrowed rifle on a one-shot hunting party staged by Wyoming's Governor for the Western Conference of Governors. Governor Evans would just as soon forget all about it. Though he was a star marksman on. the riflq t~e,3gl wJaile attending Seattle's Roosevelt High School, he never has gone hunting in his life, except for the Wyoming event. He doesn't even own a gun. Correction Washington Natural Gas Company isn't contesting the 8.15 per cent rate of return allowed by the Utilities and Transportation Commission as reported previously by this column. The court action it has filed against the state agency challenges the rate base it established for the company. This represents the amount of investment the commission allows in determining the rate of return. But if the issue reaches the \ Supreme Court, it still could lead to a landmark decision. How Big Is "If?." If Governor Evans believes King County Executive John Spellman can be elected to the governorship, he probably won't run for a third term. Spellman last week confirmed he would run if Evans doesn't, but said if Evans seeks reelection he will support him. Governor Evans is an admirer of Spellman; has a high regard for his ability. There is good reason to believe Governor Evans would just as soon step aside if he is convinced some other Republican acceptable to him .could win. Budget Squeeze~ ~ Legislators will be happy to learn that the state's community colleges don't plan to ask for a supplemental appropriation in the special session. The Governor's ground rules for a supplementary budget request require a substantial increase in enrollment. As this doesn't seem likely, the State Board for Community College Education will operate within its present budget. As reported previously, common schools will need at least $20 million to maintain the $365 per student guarantee of state support. Higher education also is seeking more money. "'When's feedir time?" Founded 1886 by Grant C. Angle Mailing Address: Box 430, Sbelton, Wa. 98584Phone 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. IEOI'fOR AND PUBLISHER ...................... Henry G. Gay Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, November 1 By MELVIN B. VOORHEES Four years ago the boys were fellow students at Pasco High School. They went thereafter separate ways. Last week, both came home. One came with a girl bride on his arm as a World Series hero (he had pitched well). The other came in a flag-draped box as a non-hero of unpopular war, embraced by death. One stepped gaily off a plane to be hailed by hundreds of townspeople who'd never heard of him until he loomed from TV, whipping his arm. The other came home with an impersonal military escort to a somber family. One flew blithely off with his new wife to play winter ball in Puerto Rico. The other, to the cough of friendly rifles, went to that euphemism, 'his last place of rest.' This bystander took it with a shrug. After all, it really is but odd distinction to become an American hero in this mod age. For the most part, they are a sorry lot, ranging from the most vulgar of criminals to bell-capped simpletons posing as revolutionaries. Even the sports hero of the moment can expect boos and bottles on his bad days, which will come. He will, of course, make it to one of those garish galleries called 'a hall of fame,' because there are now so many they must hunt heroes and even sometimes postulate the species. This bystander recalled that Ernest Hemingway once wrote: "When you go to war as a boy you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed ; not you. It can happen to other people, but not to you. Then when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion and you know- it can happen to you. "After being severely wounded two weeks before my nineteenth birthday I had a bad time until I figured it out that nothing could happen to me that had not happened to all men before me. Whatever I had to do, men had always done. If they had done it, then I could do it too, and the best thing was not to worry about it." 1, 1971 And then Hemingway quoted that famous and daring declaration: "By my troth, I care not: a man can die but once; we owe God a death.., and let it go which way it will, he that dies this year is quit for the next." Well of course, one may take that or leave it. One of those Pasco homecomers took it - against his will for certain. The other, with a yet unshredded life, has still to encounter the brutality of mankind's righteousness. And so one of those Pasco neighborhood youngsters "this year is quit for the next" and forever. The other, child-bride and all, is reaching for the greater glory expected to come from muscles skillfully used. But perhaps the living should beware. Mod America is hard on its heroes. It ignores them, or reviles them or fails to recognize them. It is not easy to look up with a hanging head. It is easier to see the rood hero in his habitat -- the gutter, the gully, - the sunken alley - and there are these in all walks: politics, the professions, the pulpits, the press, you name it. There is nothing necessarily wrong in hailing a sports hero (though Pittsburgh might question that). But there is something revoltingly revealing in the almost furtive manner with which this nation today receives its war dead. It is unbecoming a people whose freedoms for 200 years and more have been protected by its citizen-soldiers. These poor bodies coming home from a distant shore lately housed men blameless of any error associated with Vietnam. They have done as directed dutifully, they have demonstrated toward the rest of us that 'greater love.' With necessarily less motivation, with understanding often lacking, but with the certainty their people behind them wavered, they have fired and fallen back in a strange and bleak land. Their task has been more bitter and far less rewarding than were those of the men of Lexington or Shiloh or Midway. One of them came home to Pasco last week, but quietly. One of his schoolmates came home too, but noisily. God bless the pair. from the Seattle Argus Letter box: Editor, The Journal: I am a man of very few words; however, I have something I just have to say. As a servant of the people in the area of Arcadia Road here in Mason County, I have come to the point of dismay. This dismay arises from the fact that they have, over the past few months, been replacing the Mill Creek bridge This is a very nice thing. However, the way they have gone about it strikes me as being very odd. For example, they hauled fill dirt from 101 to the bridge site when they could have gotten gravel and fill from a pit just a short distance away. This so-called dirt used for fill was nothing more than quicksand in mud form. When you attempted to drive across it, you would proceed to sink up to your frame. As one unknown person could testify, he became stuck for a total of four hours or so. Another example of the strange things 1 saw while in the area was the fact that they were in such a hurry to destroy the old bridge. They took it out before Editor, The Journal: A tragedy occured in the Grapeview-Mason Lake area Tuesday. Qualified, legally registered voters were turned away from the polls The reason? Both in Grapeview precinct of Mason County Fire District 3 and in Lake precinct of Grapeview Independent School District 54, the Auditor failed to provide sufficient ballots to ensure that every voter could vote. Since the election, the Auditor's office has shrugged off this indiscretion by saying that not enough votes were involved to influence the outcome of the election... This inept handling of elections, coupled with failure to verify the residence requirements Editor, The Journal: Hoiden Village is situated high in the Cascade mountains. Perhaps you would remember it better if I mention that it used to be the site of one of the biggest mining operations in the State of Washington, the Holden Mines. The actual mining operations were stopped some years back, and the property at that time turned over to the Lutheran organization. The village is now full of fantastic minds and delightful personalities. The Christian feeling is high in the village. But my letter really does not have too much to do with that feeling. Another feeling interests me more at this point, that which I have dubbed the "Communal Feeling". I was told of Holden Village through Pastor Ken Robinson of the Lutheran Church in Shelton. I left Shelton three weeks ago with very little confidence in people, therefore leaving me very unsure of myself. I was tired of being criticized about the length of my hair, sick of hearing about how unAmerican my ideas were. I never dreamed a place like Holden Editor, The Journal: I supervise the Bordeaux School playground during lunch recess. I called the police last spring about dogs fighting in the midst of the children. Nothing was done. Again this fall there are always dogs on the playground. I brought the matter to the attention of the PTA and they sent a letter to the police. Still there are dogs. People in this area have seen dogs tearing up other dogs and cats. My daughter was bit in the face while standing in her own Editor, The Journal: Issue of November 4, page 6, heading "High School Spotlight," quoting Jim Kneeland, pictured with article: I go for his definition of the word "corruption" just about 50 per cent. Be interesting to know how Jim knows the other 50 per cent of his definition. How can any officeholder do his constituents any good unless he first takes very good care of himsel~ I am, myself, proud of all our politicians.., they're taking good the new bridge were really finished. That is, the bridge were just mud rained they At least with the could get through to side. Also, another t~hin$ unhappy and I am few other people agree - that is the. major through much. Because were forced to take a to get to the case, this meant long distance 7 days costing me time, grief. Finally, I would a taxpayer of fine to have progress undertaking such there's got to be a I really thing was a big joke; laughing and I not, either. I almost a shovel and bucket done as well. almost completed- JameS I~ tor a candidate for Port Commission; regarding the election earlier instances of voters not receiving all tht were entitled to.. proper censure. When qualified the time to exercise the community polls, they are their vote, circumstance. To be denied constitutional the basis of our National developed, and i! insult to and a who could not e choice. existed. The minute I bus I was totally what I was have been at the was not at all a uptight about since male teacherS. shoulder-length now an Chelan School given a room get settled, then work crew. Feeling" is so feeling puts your where you want better the somewhere along learn that if yc community it One strange to me w4 who you are, the people you are not but you are If Holden nothing else, at knowing that work tol "Gap" need yard seven yearS. We have solution is to catchers. That adult of our children any dog and dispose have been take~ have "escaped." If we'd be we'll just hoI that they've dog owners realize that there law for over seven care of all of us! I suggest "~ back to basics What can be from Hamlet? good or SO." So, as tO the poles, I close wl more recent ' 'When any another, he From the Joan" by