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					16A          News-Press • Sunday, September 8, 199b * *

                                                                                                                                                                                       DEMOCRACY '96: THE ROAD To THE WHITE HOUSE

         Competent and com-
       passionate health care
                                                                                                                                                     Both sides are deliberately
             is what everyone
           deserves. Ami (hcUs
              exactly what we
          deliver at Memorial
                                                                                                                                                     blurring party differences
               Medical Center.                                                                                                                       An Analysis
                                                                                                                                                     By Dtek Potman
             Our staff has the                                                                                                                       Knight-Ridder Newspapers
       expertise and rescnutes                                                                                                                           Hope. .Family. Growth. Values.
        our community needs                                                                                                                          Responsibility. ^Community. Oppor-
            to make informed                                                                                                                             The buzzwords are flying so fast
         healthy choices for a                                                                                                                       in this presidential campaign that it
                       lifetime.                                                                                                                     is tough to identify them with either
                                                                                                                                                     major party. This is no accident be-
          While the healthcare                                                                                                                       cause both sides are using them; ; "
        industry continues to                                                                                                                            In their relentless competition for
                                                                                                                                                     the middle ground, the Democratic
            change on a daily                                                                                                                        and Republican parties are blurring
           basis, a few thing                                                                                                                        their old distortions,                                    .
             havenl The care                                                                                                                             "We want to make sure our most
                                                                                                                                                     important programs '- like Social
      you've come to expect                                                                                                                          Security and; Medicare - are .there
      The answers you need.                                                                                                                          when people needthem.''
                                                                                                                                                         Sounds like the Democrats, but
          The qualify you de-                                                                                                                        that's'a line from the : new :GOP plat-
      serve. All at Memorial                                                                                                                         form.       • ."•. • '. ,. - 'y:- ' • ; > > - ; . ,"•.':,
        We're here when you                                                                                                                              'The first responsibility of gov-
                                                                                                                                                     ernment is law and order."
                      needus.                                                                                                                            That's been a Republican line
                                                              Gone Vfoughii; KN, WeUNetNurse,-is an integral part of the Memorial WtUness Network.   since 1968, but now it's in the Demo-
                                                                                                                                                     cratic platform.
                                                                                                                                                         Feeling confused? Here's why:                                                                                           .
                                                                                                                                                         In 1996, -the parties - are trying                                 President Clinton gives a thumbs up to a crowd'during a campaign
                                                                                                                                                     hard not to offend. Armed with the rally earlier this week at Gulf Coast Community College In Panama
                                                                                                                                                     same focus group, and polling mate- City/ Fia., on a two-day swing through the state.
                                                                                                                                                     rial, they have concluded that ideol-
                                                                                                                                                     ogy makes enemies.                                                    ;Kohut puts it, VThe Republicans: are polls showing strong disapproval -of
                                                                                                      Resear                                             And they are aiming for the same trying ;b say; 'We're really moder- the conservative Republican Con-
                                                                                                   In/on                                             pivotal voters: independent-minded ates and not as mean land right-wing gress/'1 • y ••' . • . • ' •;'- • ; •,',; ,•:
                                                                                                                                                     suburbanites," or, more specifically, as. we appear to be, and the "Demo-                                        •The appareht message; Voters
                                                                                                                                                     white suburban women with chil- crats are trying to say, 'We're really                                         want incremental change with; a
                                                                                                                                                     dren.                                              '                   moderates, we're not as liberalVas. nonpartisan flavor.
    Occupational Sfedical Services                                                                 good heal                                          . There are still notable differ- .we. appear totje,1-and we're .not as                                         .Plus, there-is rip single all-encpm-
  1 4 p:m. • Kroger - Wilmington Island                                                                                                              ences between President Clinton's meaaas they are. -                                              ; "•''• -.:' passihgissue - a major recession, a
                                                                                                   full-term at                                      Democrats and Bob pole's Republi-                                         The Democrats were humbled by major, international confrontation ^
                                                                                                                                                     cans^ particujariyo^te^                                                the 1994 election, tyhich saw voters to sharpen the distinctions between
  Thursdays, SepteiAer 12,                                                                     '•. abirth ' • • ."•,'. '."'.••. *
                                                                                           - . |d-•".•«. '•.•. • weigfiiqf 5$ pounds                 catiortv '.but .each* side Is anxious ta . oyertnrp.^                                                          candidates: This &not ^968 (Viet-
                                                                                          Is 10 to 16 weeks of age                                   makevpieople forget its worst;ex- and punish Glinton for his leftward nam) or 1976 (the,Watergafe.' after,^
  Free Glaucoma did Cofltezct S                                                                                                                      cesses.         - ': ; ' ••'•., • -••'.'"'•;•• •/ . ' . ' • ' • ; ' . drift And the Republicans . have math) or 1980 (high inflation, Ir,ani-.
                                                                                         »ur infant has only been fed formula                            As independent pollster Andrew been chastened ever since,, with an hostages): As Kphut said, ^We're
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  912-351-3000.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        . "As a nation this year, we're kind
  5205 Frederick SL                                                                 further information on this nationwide                                                                                                                                          of channel-surfing through' the is-
                                                                                    study or possible participation, call Cheryl                                                                                                                                    sues to see what turns us on,".,said
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                                                                                    EMis at 912-350-8707.                                                                                                                                                           at Rutgers University, "pausing mo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mentarily to see whether school Jticls
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