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o o 11 I Daddy? Yes, son. If you had information about a crime that had been committed, would you tell it to the police? Of course, son. That's a citizen's duty; he owes it to the society in which he lives. I tried to teach you that. I'm afraid I don't understand why you asked the question. I'm confused, that's why. I just read about the Seattle P-l's Secret Witness program. They have established a fund of $100,000 to be used to pay rewards to citizens who give information, anonymously, that leads to arrest and conviction of criminals. Yes, I read about that, too. The P-I is performing a real public service with the program. Spurred by the chance to collect a minimum of $500, citizens will furnish authorities with information they need to solve cases. That's what's confusing me. If your purpose is to encourage people to do their duty as citizens, how do you accomplish that end by cultivating a human frailty that caused most of the crimes you are trying to solve? I presume you are referring to greed. That's right. You remember what you told me when Bob's father gave him five dollars for each A he received on his report card? I said that was a pretty good deal because Bob improved his grades, but you told me his father was giving Bob a wrong set of values. You said virtue is its own reward. And I still believe that. But, of course, another cliche applies in the case of the Secret Witness program. That is, you've got to fight fire with fire when you're dealing with crime. So you fight greed with greed - and call it a public service. That's rather a harsh judgment. After all, son, you have to be realistic. There are lots of people who agree with another oldie: money may not be everything but it's way ahead of what's in second place. alrt~ That may be true, but how do you build good citizenship by encouraging such an attitude? Crime thrives on greed, opportunity and secrecy. How can you build a better society with a program that offers citizens all three of those disguised as virtue? Now, wait a minute! You are confused. Committing a crime is one thing; accepting a reward for helping to solve it is another. To compare the two is irresponsible. Maybe ! don't understand the law. I thought, for instance, that it was against the law to withhold information about a crime. Yes, 1 think it is. " Then it is conceiva?llellr the P4"i$100,000 will be used to reward lawbreakers, isn't it? I suppose so. What we have, then, is a program featuring payoffs for bad citizenship. And what further confuses me is that it is reportedly lauded by the attorney general, United States attorney, county prosecutor and other top law enforcement officials. You're forgetting the one overriding aspect of the Secret Witness program. It catches crooks. That's the main thing. You mean the end justifies the means? In this case, yes. Well, then, 1 submit that there are other matters that could use the same approach. For instance, the growing problem of the ill or injured person who is not given help because his fellow citizens do not want to become involved. That Js a bad situation. But you can't very well give a reward for heipinganother human being who is hurt. And, of course, you shouldn't have to. Why not? If people lack natural compassion, maybe greed could coax some out of them. After all, the important thing is not that people don't give a damn about their fellow humans, but that the ill or injured receive attention. I think the P-I should initiate a Mercenary Samaritan program. That's ridiculous. It's not only a contradiction in terms, but it would never work. Sure it would. A citizen, upon spotting an elderly man who has fallen and fractured his skull, runs to the nearest phone and gives the Mercenary Samaritan editor his secret number, (known only to himself and God), the location of the accident, and a brief description of the victim. When he has completed his humanitarian duties, he submits a statement to the P-I for services rendered - $10 for providing shade, $25 for calling an ambulance, $50 for notifying next-of-kin, and $100 for holding off a crowd of fellow Mercenary Samaritans who were attempting to loosen clothing, apply artificial respiration and lift the victim's wallet and jewelry. You're sick, son; sick, sick, sick. How did you ever develop such a strange set of values? 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 Thank~iving. Entered as Second-Class Matter at the Post Office. Shelton, Wa. Member of 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 By EDWARD DE COURCY The sign "Under new management" always seemed intended to imply promises. Somehow new mangement, like the new broom that sweeps clean, was supposed to wipe away all old faults and bring in new efficient service. All that whoop-de-do in the Post Offices a while back was a sort of latter-day "Under new management" sign. To grasp its pro und significance, however, we need to go back to the anemnt Greeks and to a fascinating girl named Pandora. She was a sort of Eve, the first woman. She was created by Hephaestus and was endowed with all the graces. She was presented to Epimetheus. But that is not all that was presented. There was also a box in which Prometheus had confined all the evils that could trouble mankind. As long as the lid was kept closed, mankind would be all right. But the gods anticipated correctly. They figured that Pandora's curiosity could get the better of her, and it did. She opened the box and the evils escaped. That could be what we've done with the mails. Ever since Ben Franklin started it, the Post Office Dept. was intended to be a service institution. In recent decades, however, as we became obsessed with profitmaking, the Post Office, we heard over and over again, was operating at a loss, and as every red-blooded American knows, that's bad. So now we have invented a new thing called the U.S. Postal Service, and it's supposed to operate at a profit. It would be rather pleasant if it also managed to deliver the mail on time, but its main purpose is to operate at a profit. That's so that none of our tax money will be needed to make up the difference between what it costs and what it takes in. Right there is where Congress has become a whole band of Pandoras. Suppose Congress applies that standard to the rest of government. Suppose it decides that every department will have to take in at least as much as it costs. That way we could eliminate taxes entirely. Take the Defense Dept. for starters. Its current budget is in the neighborhood of 60 billion dollars, give or take a few By STEVE ERICKSON The "fighting bull" came to Portland recently, but it was Ferdinand, not El Tore. And the "Portuguese bloodless bullfight" was made even less spectacular by the ring announcer's constant reminders that "The bull doesn't suffer or bleed at all. Only the human beings are in danger here." You could get an argument from horses which again and again had their buttocks bruised by onrushing oxen, but it was true that the bulls were simply stripped of dignity, not their hides. Animal defenders had protested the production on humanitarian grounds, and it was inhumane to subject bullfight personnel to this caricature of what at least is a classic man-beast confrontation, in its pure form. In the form presented here, they should have been brutally embarrassed. But the bulls themselves were merely exercised. And that was good, for they were very nice bulls. Compassionate. The show began with an impressive pageant of costumed bullfighters and their horses. Judging from the number of matadors, it appeared they expected a stampede. Then a chute opened and in wandered a bull, looking bewildered. Its horns were encased in leather and on its back lay a little mattress into which gaudy streamers would be billion, nearly all of which is a loss. Take the Dept. of Agriculture. It operates at an enormous loss. Maybe the Treasury Dept. could be operated at a profit. After all, if you control the Bureau of Printing and Engraving and the Mint... The Internal Revenue Dept. could probably stand pretty much unscathed. Yet if we succeed in applying to all government services the philosophy we have now applied to the Post Office - that each department ought to be financially self-supporting - we wouldn't even need the IRS, and the grief of most of us might be controllable. The Pandoras in Congress might find themselves in a most vulnernable spot, however, if the people catch this pay-your-own-way fever, and insist that it be applied to Congress itself. If Congress were forced to pay as it goes, to bring in at least as much as it spends, we might find Congressmen delivering the mail. All this leads inevitably to the top. We now pay the President $200,000 a year plus other emoluments. We provide a rather pleasant domicile for him and pay the salaries of a little troop of helpers who open his mail, run errands for him, and occasionally slip him a suggestion or two. The bill for all this runs a little high. If we say, as we have about the Post Office, that the President ought to run his department in the black, we may force him to moonlight as John Mitchell's assistant in that law firm, or we may charge a fee to tourists who go through the White House, or he might demand actor's fees for his TV appearances. We could stop all such shenanigans by recognizing that the Post Office, like fire departments, was created to perform a service, not to make a profit. The American people would be willing to have a tiny portion of their tax dollar go to underwrite the costs of the Post Office, on a guarantee that that department would get back to the promise of another ancient Greek, Herodotus: Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. FF implanted by bullfighters. "But they don't penetrate the bull, folks," the announcer repeatedly reminded, "they stick in that little mattress." This ploy was intended to irritate the docile creature. But even when properly piqued, one bull just stood at ring center wagging its tail like a contented cow. Another longhorn hovered near the chute where it had entered the arena. "Curiously," the ring announcer said, "it seems to seek out the security of the pens, where it feels safe." Or maybe it just didn't want to be associated with all the charades. The first men to have a crack at the bull were on horseback. These were cavalieros, and they were to "challenge wild, 1,000-pound virgin bulls," according to advance advertising. Strange that even the bulls' sex life should be exploited. The bulls chased the horses, occasionally ramming one as the cavalieros maneuvered their mounts out of reach. Between the bit in their mouths and the bulls at their behind, the horses had the worst of it at both ends. But they didn't bleed. After the horsemen finished, matadors on foot used pink-and-peach capes to entice four-footed fury, but often the bull just stood there. This had been advertised as Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, November 18, 1971 Editor, The Journal: How has the new youthful block of voters accepted the responsibility thrust upon them by the controlling populous of elders? The former body politic must have wanted to ingest that fiery idealism and bountiful energy into responsible decision-making. With the origin of voting prowess, only those white males with property were allowed a voice. As time toll his bells and the social system matured, everyone over the legal age was allowed equality. Now the youthful taxpayers, future soldiers and budding wives are included in this privileged power bloc for the first time; we must accept this responsibility. The youth were right about Vietnam, for the consequent disillusionment with government policy has shown that others don't like to helplessly allow death to continue needlessly either. Speculation permits the hypothesis that Vietnam could have been avoided, and 45,000 American lives saved, if the young could have voted for preceding governments. Previously the disgruntled minority had to speak of the injustices and social structure streets in disobedience, treated like perpetrators Considering a demonstrating nation's soul and emits from the outlaw as criminal as Calley of the those who Now the within its grasp equal rep~ affecting him programmed Although our influence in can overcome turning out the polls. But we organize that conforms to otherwise all energy will be superfluous details- We must to their fullest sincerely desire a and love between sisters. But first we Editor, The Journal: Introducing "Stupid Sam": The last few remaining natives who live around Lake Standstill have just met our new neighbor! For lack of a proper name, we'll call him "Stupid Sam" the scarecrow, the only thing is, this title is completely misleading and utterly inappropriate - as Sam is not on the scene to scare crows - his sole duty is to scare ducks (all species), heron (those huge birds are approaching extinction), gulls (normally protected by law), and any flying or swimming bird, beast etc., that may be a threat to the zillion fish planted in Lake Standstill. I don't believe he knows how to frighten the big-mouthed king fisher who can catch more fish in season or out, than any other bird or water creature. Sam stands on the center raft in his yellow coat, brown pants and drab, green "bombing curious birds. marvelous job birds off the Little do they deed Sam is trying you see, there is a that says that "all mentioned "birds" may be order to prote population". We who have former "Laws", upon these welcome guests their freedom little lake, are "new regime". We wonder if Sam" will still center raft during instead of the Christmas Tree? Mr. Speaker: I join my distinguished colleagues and the distinguished Chairman of the Judiciary Committee in opposing H. J. Res. 191. It is a little less than five years until we celebrate America's 200th Anniversary. It would seem to me that a poor birthday present for the Nation would be the erosion in any manner of the First Amendment to the Constitution, part of our Bill of Rights. The freedom to worship as one pleases and according to one's conscience is the very reason that America was settled. It is a basic underlying part of America itself. I urge my colleagues, here in this Chamber today, not to destroy any part of this great Constitution of ours. The separation of religious activities and civic duties has been elementary to the concept of freedom in our democracy. Thomas Jefferson's Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom passed by the Virginia Assembly in the 18th Century said, "We, the General Assembly, do enact that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place or ministry whatsoever..." The bill goes on a little later to say: "... All men shall be free to argument to opinions in the and the same diminish, enlarge, civil capacities." Many of Constitutions, are explicit in I quote: "Absolute conscience in religious worship, shall every i be molested person or religion; conscience here not be so acts of practices peace and safetY' public money or appropriated religious instruction, or religious est religious required for employment. Constitution In many lives to It seems to can do here vote to preserve it. IlUlIIIIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIlUlIIlUllUlIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIlUlIIll "conquest by cape." Finally the bull charged, the matador and the announcer coaxed a couple "Ole's" gathering of afficionados. The bull stood looking around, and at times it appeared The best came last. "Forcados... in bare to subdue killer bulls." In this event a man clashed headon with a charging bull, a do. The forcado was rammed off his feet and air by the bull, which he had by the crowd-pleasing event, until reinforcements One of them put the icing on this the bull by its tail and pulled. After two disengaged themselves from the steer's holding its oxtail s0upbones ran around bull chased him, looking much like a tail. So it went. It was difficult to crowd was entertained or merely bemused of it all. But as "fantastic... action-packed exciteCe far short of a bullseye.