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PAGE FOUR-A Sapulpa (Okie.) H.rmld, Sunday, July 19, 1992
Now you see him, now you don’t Letters to the Editor
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By STEVEN JAMES
Nearly as quickly as Ross Perot
appeared on the national political
scene, he has left—at least as far as
his candidacy in the 1992 campaign
One can always wonder if his
abandonment of the White House
race this year is akin to Richard
Nixon’s defeat in the election of
1960, when Nixon proclaimed “You
won’t have Richard Nixon to kick
around any more.”
party are unbeatable in November.
Four years ago, following the
Democrats’ nomination of Michael
Dukakis, Dukakis soared to a
17-point lead in national opinion
polls over then-Vice President
George Bush. Bush won in an elec-
toral college landslide.
Much of Clinton’s surge in the
polls can be attributed to the four-
mental change in government.
The GOP is busy pointing out the
outright contradictions between
Perot’s positions on abortion, gun
I’m addressing the problem __
owned animals running at large. It’s
very sad to visit our animal shelter and
see all the dogs wearing collars. Many
of these dogs have homes. Their
owners allowed them to roam freely,
or 2000 — providing it appears he
has a chance of winning.
He’s not likely to again attract the
same kind of sincere, grass-roots
support he received in this “Throw
the Rascals Out” election year. The
same people Perot kept insisting he
was running to serve are — and have
every right to be — angry, disap-
pointed and confused.
If Perot was running at the behest
George Bush — providing he can
ever get his campaign into gear—is
likely to experience a similar
rebound following the Republicans’
Astrodome extravaganza next
Perot’s pullout from the race
leaves his millions of supporters in Whil? House — or at least thre
I imbo. Pundits and politicos are fall- “do the House of Represcn-
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control and U.S. involvement in the causing irritation to neighbors. Dog’s
Persian Gulf War and the beliefs of don’t understand that it’s wrong to
Perot’s conservative backers
hoping to bring them back into the
We may never be able to express
to future generations how plausible a
Perot presidency seemed — at least
until the next generation’s Ross
Perot rides up on his (or her) prover-
bial white horse.
One moment, Perot represented a
seemingly unstoppable grass-roots
movement ready to ride a wave of
voter discontent to the steps of the
White House — or at least throw the
sniff through trash or walk through
flowerbeds. Yet neighbors take their
anger out on the dog, not the owners.
They choose a “quick fix” by having
the dog picked up.
The problem isn’t the animal, it’s
the owners and their irresponsibility.
They need to suffer the consequences,
not the innocent animal. If they aren’t
confronted with the situation, they’ll
get another pet, and the situation will
A neighbor’s puppy was picked up
because she walked through flower-
beds and was a bother. Now she’s
waiting at the shelter to be adopted or
to die. The “problem” (that lovablfe
puppy) was eliminated, but just for
today, and she may lose her life
because that action was taken instead
of first going to the owners.
Pet owners, be considerate to your
neighbors and keep your pets in their
yard. If you don’t care enough about
your pets to protect and be responsible
for them, you don’t need to havepdts.
Neighbors, it certainly isn’t ydur
responsibility, but you can til™
responsible and caring action. Talk to
the owners or leave a note, or ask the
animal control officer to warn them
before taking the pet. .. ji»
Give them a “second chance” to be
responsible. Ultimately, innocent pets
are the ones who will continue to
suffer if the cycle isn’t broken.
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who’s going to grab the lion’s share
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tatives for the first and probably last
time this century.
Then, almost overnight, Perot
joined a long list of other self-
destructing candidates — a la Gary
Hart and Edmund Muskie — on the
scrap heap of history.
Election advice for
Clinton and Gore
Q. Who coined the phrase, ‘The
A. U.S. historian James Truslow
Adams in his 1931 best-seller “The
Epic of America.” To describe the
general longing then for a richer
happier life. It also later became
known, inconsequentially, as the
brand name of a roll-your-own
cigarette paper used by marijuana
Remember, the wildebeest calves
“Hades” was a hell of a place: the
underground abode of the dead in
Greek mythology. Lot of people who
know Pluto as a comic dog do not
know the original Pluto was king of
the aforementioned Hades.
Q. First sort of building In
what’s now Chicago was...?
A. A mission. In 1674.
Our Love and War man quotes
George Bernard Shaw:“When two
people are under the influence of the
.most violcrU,.most insane, most delu-
sive, and most transient of passions,
they arc required to swear that they
will remain in that excited, abnormal
and exhausting condition continuous-
ly until death do them part.”
A rainbow — and so all-American
By Chuck Stone
CHAPEL HILL. N.C. - Judy Gar-
land would have loved them.
“Somewhere over the rainbow,”
way up on a multicultural high, 15
American high-school seniors came
together for three weeks and blew
away every stereotype ever dumped
on our tender sensibilities.
You would have been proud of
Unlike Cyrano, who walked “ca-
parisoned in gems unseen,” these 15
future journalists arrived on the Uni-
versity of North Carolina's Chapel
Hill campus, openly wearing the
splendor of their ethnic and religious
heritages: African, Chinese, Costa Ri-
can, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Lithuanian,
Mexican, Philippine, Portuguese,
Puerto Rican, Vietnamese — and at
least six of those are interracial
The name of the program is almost
shamelessly obvious - the Rainbow
For the past three weeks, the 15 mi-
nority high-school seniors from Ak-
ron, Ohio; Ashland, Ore.; Bristol,
Conn.; Long Beach, Calif.; Pueblo,
Colo.; Spokane, Wash.; St. Petersburg,
Fla.; Santa Ana, Calif.; Chicago; Dal-
las; Detroit; Los Angeles; Miami;
Philadelphia; and Utica, N Y, cov-
ered the journalistic waterfront.
They were given intensive class-
room exercises in writing and editing,
they attended the governors press style disarming. “Gov. Martin” said
thevevrk?TpeH0an vie?h * Pr!S°n <irisiS’ “holarly, soft-spoken Miamian Sean
they visited a youth correctional cen- Lopez, “I’m only 17. Could you break
ter, they polled people at malls on
major issues, they interviewed the
speaker of the North Carolina House,
Dan Blue Jr. (one of two black state
house speakers in America) and a
woman mayor, (“Very knowledgeable
questions," marveled Carrboro, N.C,
Mayor Eleanor Kinnaird).
Their curiosity was insatiable, their
some of those statistics down for me
in more understandable terms?”
At the end of the rainbow, there is a
mythical pot of gold. This Rainbow
Institute provided a real one — a
$1,000 scholarship for each student.
But journalism also will be en-
riched by their enthusiasm, idealism
and, best of all, their professionalism.
Albert J. Parkhousc invented the
wire coat hanger in 1903.
President George Bush used to pay
small personal bills by check. Didn't
work. Shopkeepers kept his checks
for souvenirs. He switched to credit
Q. How fast can a starfish pedal
across the ocean floor?
A. About 15 mph, tops.
Q. What was the first organized
sport In America?
A. Horse racing. In 1664. First
track was the Newmarket Course in
Hempstead Plains, Long Island.
He who knows nothing is nearer
the truth than he whose mind is filled
with falsehoods. Thomas Jefferson
said that. Or words to that effect.
Women older than 35 reportedly
account for 7 percent of all
It’s time to point out that hibernat-
ing bears never use the same den
Report is that 38 percent of first
marriages end in divorce now, and
43-percent of the second marriages.
Up jumps the question again about
what a refined young lady should do
with her hands during a conversation.
From our Love and War man’s files:
“Teachers of poise in bygone years
told debutantes one particular rule in
the matter of manipulation: ‘Lead with
the wrist.’ This lets the hand trail every
gesture, they said, so eliminates point-
ing, jabbing, picking.”
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Every four years I offer advice to
the Democratic nominees. Normally,
they do not take it. Normally, they
Here is a first installment.
By choosing young A1 Gore as his
running mate, young Bill Clinton has
come up with a good-news/bad-news
parley. The good news for Clinton is
that he has made the election a gener-
ational one. That is also the bad news:
A generational election, involving
young Democrats, guarantees it will
be about the War for the Culture.
The good news is visible on televi-
sion: The two candidates are tall,
handsome, young, vigorous, idealistic,
committed, educated and knowledge-
able. The script comes from John
Kennedy's 1960 innaugural: “Let the
word go forth ... that the torch has
been passed to a new generation of
Americans — born in this century,
tempered by war ... proud of our an-
That image, offered at a time when
Americans are dismayed and seeking
change, is political poetry. Stated and
unstated, it will be the Democratic
theme this year.
But, alas for Clinton, this is not just
JFK redux. Kennedy’s generation
was venerated. They were the guys
who won World War II, saved civiliza-
tion, and rebuilt America. The torch
was in good hands.
The Clinton-Gore baby boom gener-
ation also came of age during a war
- Vietnam. Unlike World War II, that
war split America — and not into
equal halves. The baby boom genera-
tion we heard about were the elites:
anti-war, anti-establishment,, pessi-
misistic, isolationist, arrogant — and
They told us — recall the ancient
buzz-words — that they were “the
best educated generation in American
history,” that they need not “trust
anyone over thirty," that drugs and
sexual permissiveness were super,
that a vote for Eugene McCarthy or
George McGovern might coax them
“to stay in the system.”
The elite activists represented nei-
ther the country nor their co-genera-
tionists. Polls showed young Ameri-
cans more likely than their elders to
be pro-war and pro-George Wallace
Since then Americans have been
ambivalent about the baby boom
elites. They have been appreciated
for their energy and commitment.
They have been scorned for their val-
values of baby boom elitists.
What can Ginton and Gore do about
the Values onslaught that will come
Two strategies are available: Ac-
knowledge it or trivialize it. Pick the
wrong strategy, and lose the election.
Wisely, the Democratic platform
acknowledged it. By calling for a
“Third Way,” renouncing the Demo-
cratic Left as well as the Republican
Right, it showed that the new Demo-
crats finally got it.
But at the first Clinton-Gore press
conference, Ginton was asked about
Republican charges that he and Gore
were liberals and vulnerable on val-
ues. Bristling, and trivializing it, Gin-
ton said, sure, that’s what Republi-
cans always do, trot out the L-word
and Values whenever they’re losing
Of course, Republicans trot it out
every four years. But it works be-
cause it resonates with a generally
wise electorate. They know that the L
and V words are at the core of Ameri-
ca’s biggest problems.
Consider the tortured web of do-
mestic issues. The liberal assault on
the criminal code eroded the odds that
“crime does not pay,” thereby in-
creasing crime. The erosion of mari-
tal values led to more out-of-wedlock
birth and more single-parent house-
holds That yielded more welfare,
more poverty, more crime, worse
education — and more taxes and big-
Liberals say that's all demagogu-
ery, that we need better programs.
Perhaps. But you never get the pro-
grams right until you get the values
The right answer on the L and V
words for Clinton and Gore is this:
“Well, yes, many Democrats did in-
deed have some real problems on
those issues. But not us. Not now. Not
anymore. We understand."
Will the voters believe that? The
campaign is a marathon, not a sprint.
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ues which are seen as permissive, lib- reflexively. It will be credible only if
erai' Sanctimomous and out of touch, the candidates believe it. If they do,
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Republicans regularly captured the
presidency by waging class warfare,
linking Democrats to the perceived
The U.S. may have financed the
Iraq side of the war. That way we
Bush doesn’t want
they may win, to the glory of their
party, their country and their
If you want your kid to get rich in
the next generation, he should take up
Bush doesn’t want to talk about „
financing Iraq until they give to Ws?e- , ™ reason comPutCTS •« »
election campaign poplar is they don't make as much
"They’re... Super Soakers!!
The only good thing to come out of
the Iraq-U.S. war is they’re not
making can to sell over here yet.
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computer just like anyone can become
a brain surgeon after a while.
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ncle Sam says displaced families can’t go home again
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When World War II got jjnder way, a
half century ago, the U.S. government
called on the American people to
make numerous sacrifices. Drivers
were ordered to conserve gasoline.
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come mown over with ruinous fo-
liage. But the federal governmant
will not 1st the families move back.
Some of the people say they are still
being asked to sacrifice, Just because
Washington will not keep Ita promise.
Rev. Edgar Timmons is s Baptist
minister whose grandfather had a
fishing business on the Neck. He
thinks the moral default is nasty busi-
ness: “Manv neonle staved aa rln* to
Then the war mucked it up. Fur-
ther, the blacks ware rudely reintro-
duced to the realities of color dis-
crimination. Rev. Timmons says
there wore uncounted other places to
build airstrips la the 1940s, but thoy
nmy atan i get it back, leased or
not. And the government has denied
steadfastly that a promise was made. 1
The old homes were torn down la ago.
1948, the airstrip waa laid out over TTw
Aad there was a war
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