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December 2, 1971

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Letter box-. This pitch will oe short and sweet. Somewhere in Shelton there must be ten to twenty persons who can write a check for $100 or $200 without feeling the slightest financial pinch. They will receive nothing tangible in return - no sticker tO put in the window; no certificate to pin on the wall; no publicity in the newspaper - if they decide to write the cheeks. The only dividend will be the knowledge that they have helped a group of young people who are working to keep alive a drop-in center for their Mason County contemporaries. The teenagers who are devoting their time and energies to the Inn Quest have managed to meet the day-to-day expenses by selling pizza and soft drinks, holding rummage sales and charging a small fee when live music is featured at the center. But on January 1 they will need $2,000 for a down payment on the building which houses the Inn Quest. That is too much money to raise by the penny-ante route. How about i't? Are there a few of you out there willing to gamble a couple hundred bucks you won't miss on the youth of your community? The Inn Quest's mailing address is Highway 101 South and Ellinor Street, Shelton. _P We fervently pray that when President Nixon and the Congress tighten up the rules to get rid of the fabled "welfare deadbeats," they leave a loophole that will allow the nation's highest-paid deadbeat to remain on the public dole. The national political scene would indeed be poorer without the continued presence of Vice President Spiro Agnew. This being the case, it is important that a special category be provided for his welfare needs. Mr. Agnew was hired by the citizens of the United States to do a job provided for in the Constitution. He is paid $62,500 a year to preside over the Senate. During the last three years he has wielded the gavel during two per cent of the Senate's deliberations. He is therefore entitled to $1,250 a year. But that sum would not keep him in suits, to say nothing of golf balls and Chivas Regal. The fact that he refuses or is unable to perform the work for which he was hired by the taxpayers should not, however, be held against him. He is a cut above the regular welfare bum - he is entertaining, he is witty, he wears his hair at a reasonable length, and he buys scotch rather than beer with his welfare check. It would be cruel to deprive him of his $61,250 a year welfare payment since he is, after all, making an attempt to do productive work even though he succeeds only two per th tinte. AttittHl dtmaki mnt ,few smnething. How many welfare deadbeats, for instance, admit that they are a problem to society? The answer, obviously, is none. But Mr. Agnew took a soul-searching look at himself and his fellow dregs of society in June of 1970 and told an interviewer: "There are some people in our society who should be separated and discarded. I think it's one of the tendencies of the liberal community to feel that every person in a nation of 200 million people can be made into a productive citizen, l'm realist enough to believe this can't be." That strikingly honest self-appraisal, alone, is worth the $183,750 in welfare Mr. Agnew has drawn during the last three years. Honesty is still the best policy in America and it should be rewarded. The vice president also told that interviewer: "These people should be separated from the community, not in a callous way but they should be separated as far as any idea that their opinions shall have any effect on the course we follow." It is obvious that in Agnew's case, the administration is following that advice. The president has not been callous, but when important decisions of state are to be made, Mr. Agnew has been conveniently sent to appraise the golf courses of Afghanistan or East Blemish, Arizona. That is as it should be and we hope this particular welfare deadbeat continues to receive special treatment. Some bums, after all, are more equal than others. Now that the war in Southeast Asia is over and we are enjoying President Nixon's "generation of peace," it might be interesting to look at some figures concerning that conflict. From 1966 until June, 1971, United States fliers had flown 25,546 sorties over Cambodia; 280,000 over North Vietnam; 505,000 over Laps, and 762,650 over South Vietnam. As our contribution to a generation of peace for the people of Indochina, we are now dropping about 70,000 tons of bombs a month on that area, which is roughly the size of Texas. By the end of this year twice the weight of bombs will have fallen on Indochina as was dropped in World War II and the Korean war. To further encourage an end to the slaughter, the administration has asked for, 1972, $341 million for military aid to Cambodia, up from $8.9 million in 1970; $189 million for Laps, up from $118.4 million, and $2.5 billion for South Vietnam, up from $2,049,100,000. These figures don't include funds for C1A operations and other hidden costs which the administration and its departments refuse to reveal even to congressmen who appropriate the money. Ain't peace wonderful? "It's from the United States Postal Service. They want to know how you get from Seattle to Tacoma in less than three days." argume By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS Two attempts to enact an annual state election law have failed, but the 1972 special legislative session will have before it the strongest possible argument in favor of such legislation. The argument won't even have to be presented. It will be there in plain sight, for everybody to see. It will be in the form of "the longest ballot" ever to face Washington voters, which will be presented to them at the 1972 general election. On Gov. Dan Evans' priority list for action by the 1972 Legislature will be five separate bond issues which would have to be added to the 1972 ballot. He also is seeking two additional constitutional proposals, though the success of these is far from assured. Long Enough Already As pointed out previously, the 1972 ballot already has assumed record proportions. It includes three initiatives to the Legislature and two alternative measures, along with seven proposed constitutional amendments. If an annual state election law were already on the books, all of these latter proposals would have gone to the voters in the 1971 election. Meanwhile, there is a good chance there will be at least two initiatives to the people, to further lengthen the 1972 ballot. Not Unanimous Though opposition to annual elections is of the silent type, it has been noticeably effective to date. It is based on the fact that elections in odd-numbered years invariably attract an exceptionally small voter turnout. Many fear that the presence of important state issues on the ballot would fail to substantially improve this situation. And,it is felt that such state issues as proposed amendments to the constitution are far too important to be settled by only a token number of'voters. But when a ballot becomes so long that it can't be put on voting machines, the element of practicality is likely to outweigh all other arguments. No Thaw For Profs Supplemental budget requests received so far from the state's four-year institutions of higher education seek pay increases for personnel... 10 per cent for faculty members and 6 per cent for others. But their chances of getting it appe~ar exceedingly dim. Reactions of key legislators has been negative from the start, though some said it would depend upon Governor Evans' recommendations. But the Governor's views appear to parallel those of the law-makers. He doesn't favor pay raises unless the money can be found without requiring additional taxes. That would seem to settle it. The money isn't there. Big But Simple The supplemental budget which is submitted to the special session will be substantial, but it won't pose a serious problem. The Legislature can provide the same $20 million needed to maintain the state's guaranteed support of $365 per student for common education without any additional or new taxes. Money needed for institutions can be provided through transfers. That needed for litter control is already available, from a new tax dedicated to this purpose which was enacted along as part of the law. Also available is that needed for parks. The balance of proceeds from a previously approved bond sale needs only to be appropriated. There also probably will be an appropriation of expected revenue from park use fees which were adopted recently by the Parks and Recreation Commission. While Oregon Smokes Legislators convening here in January will have one eye trained By STEVE ERICKSON Now comes an actor who claims to worry because he looks just like another famous actor, Richard M. Nixon. The Republican Party has also expressed concern. "1 suppose you could call this face of mine both a blessing and a curse," said actor James La Roe, who looks so much like the President he could sell you a used car.. The resemblance is a blessing because "It's opening quite a few show business doors, doors that used to be shut in my face." But it's a curse because "There's that possible price hanging over my head - when you consider the number of political leaders throughout the world today who have been assassinated, it leaves one chilled." Nevertheless, La Roe recently changed his name to Richard M. Dixon. He further encourages confusion by wearing Nixonian undertaker uniforms, combing his widow's peak straight back like a gangster, flashing innane double 'peace' signs with both hands high overhead, and by going around making everything crystal clear to everybody. Still, he worries. "It doesn't take much, you know," he has said. "Just one nut with a gun." The Republicans' anxiety is of a more cosmetic nature. A presidential aide frets that La Roe-Dixon might not possess the real Nixon's spellbinding personality. "This guy might easily say the wrong thing to a group of people," he said, "and word can spread that it came from the President." It's true that La Roe could never be quite as tricky as the real Dickie, who has magically transformed Washington, D.C. into a hotbed of charisma. "You can imagine what could happen if this guy wanted to give everyone he meets the wrong impression about President Nixon," the aide said. If that could be "arranged, Nixon would doubtless be elected to ten more terms at the public trough. What the Republicans need worry about is that La Roe will give people an accurate impression of his spittin' image. Nixon could be impeached. A friend who once heard La Roe reminding a mirror that "I am your President - make no mistake," said "He has that certain way of phrasing things that makes him sound like a politician instead of an actor." The reverse is often said of Richard of a Thousand Faces. The friend added that La Roe "simply looks and acts like he's holding public office," something that Richard Nixon always wished somebody would say about him. At any rate, even though just one Richard Nixon sometimes seems a bit much, so far the President hasn't ordered his double "restrained in the interest of national security." "We wish Dixon (La Roe) all the success in the world in show business," said a presidential aide. "But we don't want him influencing the outcome of a national election." . He's right, you know. Why, if La Roe promised to deliver the Solid South, he could end up with a Nixon-Dixon ticket in 1972. Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, December 2, 1971 Editor, The Journal: I feel I must try and set a few things straight in regard to a letter which appeared last week, November 24, about the color television sets at the Washington Corrections Center. First off, let me say that my understanding is that the TV's in question were purchased not by the state but by the resident welfare fund which receives its income from monies spent by the residents at the store here. Therefore the State didn't find funds, or use funds which could have been used somewhere else for anything better than what they were used for. Second, the color TV's have a two-fold object. There is a class here which teaches TV repair. This class taught only black and white up until the time the sets arrived. Before, when a man left here, he had no training in color, which is needed. Having spoken with the shop teacher, I also learned that the equipment to keep the TV's in repair has arrived and that he had been asking for it from Olympia for over two years. The Center services all of its own TV's, therefore eliminating expensive repair bills. Another item of interest is that the center has been saved thousands of dollars by this new system because there is no need to maintain the old central control system which was not in good shape. TV antennas have been installed. Something else that might interest you is that the old sets were so old that parts could not be obtained from the people we bought them from and that the center has some time. Even now sets the class is not enough parts to put service for the hall. Only six color TV's the center, two each medium security hall minimum security hall. I can go on and on but It I have brought across nay Someone has taken the write a stupid letter taken the time to check matter the least little bit. It might be of interest that the Center has several years to purchase and that they were only after the resid.ent A( Council took the time to complaints and finally tc with the funds to pay I hope that differs with me on this write me. I am a but, I have checked mY I think the Center will my statements. I say again that the have been one of the to happen in several areas center itself. I also anyone who wants to something please get straight, because you hurt someone else. I that the person who letter is employed b3 the center. I really something wrong if he get his facts straight. Thank you for of this and the printing, Patrick James Washingtoz on a special election in Oregon which is being held that month. The election has been called to determine the fate of a referendum on an increase in Oregon's tax on cigarettes. If the tax hike is approved by the voters, it will go a long way toward solving this state's problem With contraband cigarettes. If the Oregon tax hike fails, this state's law-makers will consider reducing the tax hike on cigarettes which they enacted during the 1971 session. Legislators Are Listening The Legislative Council is bringing in a bill to rechtee ~the noise level of motor trucks, though normally this would be a matter for consideration by the Joint Committee on Transportation. The measure would set the same decibel limit as is established in California, and would only require installation of a different type of muffler. The measure is patterned after a bill introduced in the 1971 session, but has been updated, to conform with tougher requirements which California has established since the last legislative session. One reason the Legislative Council is handling the bill is that originally it was planned to enact legislation applying to the entire spectrum of noise control. Then it was decided this would be too big an order, so it was narrowed down. A council committee meanwhile will spend the next year studying all other noise problems and bring in a comprehensive bill for consideration of the 1 973 Legislature. Compulsion Gains Support Legislation making liability insurance mandatory is a prerequisite to use of .the highways has been proposed in numerous sessions, but never has received much support. Now, however, it has the Editor, The Journal: We would like to thank the residents of Mason County for their all-out effort to help us when we found our son missing. We are thankful for individuals and several groups that brought food to our house th,ose first fe~v days; also, the cards and letters from thoughtful and concerned friends. We would like to thank the searchers and cycle riders who combed the Mason County area for over a week. Their time and effort was very much appreciated. We, would especially like ~o thank Mr. Ozzie Johnstoa, Kelly's 5th grade teacher, who exhausted all his effort in helping us search for our son. He was with us the entire night and with no thought comfort. We are grateful donations made to thq fund, no matter how most of all for It's awful to something like this in our town. The that it did happen just reading about it, it. It is our sincere son will be back with us or that we have some him., We hope pray for the safety Thank you from Mr. & Mrs. t Editor, The Journal: Senator Henry M. Jackson's well-financed candidacy for the presidency is now under way. It is based, however, on his false belief that it is but "a tiny, tiny minority" who are opposed to his extreme advocacy of military programs in the search for world peace. He has said that he thinks his position on defense and international relations represents the "majority view of Democrats and the public." Said to be President Nixon's "favorite Democrat" and his choice to be boss of the Pentagon, Jackson must remember that military expenditures are under attack by more than "a tiny minority" of the American people. And more than a minuscule number of citizens are weary of maintaining costly armaments through scare tactics that increase suspicion between nations. iiberals, who were skeptical of the military-industrial Those of' us who supported our W~ senators for scarcely believe the has taken place !a;t' fundamental at,,- international relations" In 1949 when that Russia had Jackson suggest! announcement the fact that "the longer afford disagreement". introduce in tt resolution based on that the UN should the necessary peace and through the e: interpretation and world law." Without of the United this resolution support of Sen. Nat Washington, chairman of the Senate modified ABM system. As hasthe to Transportation Committee. It chairman of an armed services Senator csq consequently may get more sub-committee, he was fully for domestic"laW attention in the 1972 session, but committed to the ABM as he has "gone soft' probably will wind up as just necessary for security. His liberal world law and orde another argument for "no fault" domestic image was used by the If the insurance, which must be Administration to help make today, I'd vote for compulsory to be effective, support of the system more palatable for other Congressional China was the scare figure in admitted that '69 when Senator Jackson waswill probably never President Nixon s all-out a noble ideal in supporter in his plan for a believe, but toward "That's the bargain basement!" .'