6A - Savannah Morning News, Tuesday, July 26, 1994 * * * *
FRANK T. ANDERSON
WALLACE M.DAVIS JR.
THOMAS S. BARTON REXANNA K. LESTER
Editorial Page Editor Managing Editor
Airlifts and Readiness
commercial, wide-body alternative.
Y ALL accounts, the U.S. mili-
tary airlift of food and medicine • TheU.S.Atlantic Command based in
for the thousands of Rwandans Norfolk, Va., should play a central role in
near death in eastern Zaire is tar- military planning now that most of the
dy, but at least it is under way. The re- forces sent to a conflict will come from the
sponse of other nations to this "greatest United States instead of overseas bases.
humanitarian disaster of the century," as • A new funding system must be de-
it is being called, has been tardy as well. vised to avoid the current situation in
We must hope that Americans under- which the military raids its daily opera-
stand how important the nation's armed tions accounts to pay for unexpected con-
forces are in monitoring both military and tingency operations such as Haiti and
humanitarian danger spots throughout the Rwanda.
world. • Methods of detecting biological
In a world not yet rid of war and its weapons must be improved and the mili-
tragic consequences for innocent civilians, tary must concentrate on stopping the
the United States still projects power — spread of nuclear weapons to smaller, hos-
military, diplomatic and humanitarian. tile states.
Cutting back its military power because • The military should stage major war
the Cold War is over, because American
taxpayers want a well-earned peace divi-
games this fall to evaluate the adequacy of
the forces to fight two regional wars nearly
Letters to the Editor
dend, may not be the bargain we hoped simultaneously.
for. As we applaud the airlift to East Africa,
A Pentagon task force created last year
to study U.S. military capabilities has just
issued its report. Much of its findings urge
we must remember that military readi-
ness is everything. That word has greater Band Director: Michigan's Revelli Was Best
meaning today thatt during the Cold War Editor; sity of Michigan. Perhaps no other band the business sector, in universities, public
serious rethinking of military cutbacks. expressly because tyranny and war have
Among its findings are these; Perhaps the general public is unaware since John Phillip Sousa's was more re- schools and in the symphony orchestrasof
become so easy for so many — Bosnia, thai funeral services were held recently vered than those Dr. Revelli's. this country.
• The armed forces are woefully short Haiti, Somalia, Rwanda. for Dr. William D. Revelli. However, all Those of us who live in the world of
of airlift capability, the very means now at Always demanding, and in demand as
members of the band world, music educa- sound knew Revelli as a master of that an artist, Dr. Revelli conducted or adjudi-
work delivering aid to the Rwandans. The A superpower whose clenched fist is tors and many music listeners are griev- medium, The rich sonorities of Revelli's
aging fleet of C441 cargo planes must be empty cannot hope to protect the peace — cated countless all-state bands andmusic
ing over the loss of Dr Revelli, conductor University of Michigan band were unique festivals. He loved young musicians and
replaced either with the C-17 or^ith some or itself. emeritus of the University %f Michigan in their beauty arid were aural lessons for could coax from them some searingly ex-
Bands. the band directors of the world. Although pressing sounds. He taught young musi-
City Earns Olympic Stripes Dr. Revelli was a potent force working
always for the band and its music. As a
musician who was renown for the tonal
praised by countless contemporary com-
posers as an accurate musical interpreter
of their compositions, Dr. Revelli was, by
cians to love their art As a band advocate
Revelli was perplexed by juvenile crime
in our country. He would ask, "To what
FTER THE just-concluded teers helped with the regatta, and by all accuracy of his ear, Dr, Revelli brought to example, principally a profound and sem- bands do they belong?"
NationsBank Olympic Classes accounts they did masterful jobs. While a peak of excellence bands at Hobart High inal teacher of musicians. Many of his for-
School in Hobart, Ind., and at the Univer- mer students hold prominent positions in In the common community of musical
Regatta/the question isn't wheth- about three times that number will be nec- ideas and ideals that we musicians live in,
I er Savannah is capable of hosting essary for the Olympics, last week's per- Dr. Revelli's absence creates a void. But
the Olympic yachting competition.
Instead, it's why it has taken so long for
formance should relieve any anxiety about
the dedication and desire of local Olympic
Man Risks Life, Saves Girl we are thankful for his humanity as exem-
plified in his teaching, his artistic integri-
an international sailing event of this cali- supporters and sailing enthusiasts. Editor: to appear from nowhere stopped thecar. ty as exemplified in countless perform-
ber to be held here. Of course, for any event of this size, you Born and raised in Savannah, I have I ran to the car and the first thing he ances, and his passionate work with the
The regatta, which featured 233 com- aren't going to please everyone. What or- seen and been a victim of crime and vio- said was, "I'm sorry, I think I hit her." band and its music.
petitors from 30 countries, proved that in- ganizers should do is to identify the legiti- lence. After 23 years of living in these sur- Not only did he risk his life going after a WALLACE CLARK
ternational Olympic officials were right mate complaints, then address them. For- roundings I began to wonder if there was moving car on a busy street and then Band Director
when they awarded Atlanta the 1996 Sum- tunately, there should be plenty of time to anyone out there who was concerned — jumping into the window to save my Savannah High School
mer Olympic Games. Savannah lived up to concerned about the property or the life of daughter's life, but here he was apol-
iron out most of the wrinkles long before another person. ogizing because he thought he might have
its expectations — even with the distrac- the main event in 1996.
tion of not having the local Olympic village Savannah's local favorites, John Porter
Recently I found that person, when he hit her in the process.
risked his life to save my 2-year-old I just hugged him, crying, shaking, and
Racial Justice Act
site nailed out until last week. III and Eric Oetgen, finished seventh and daughter. repeatedly saying, "Thank you, thank Commits Injustice
; What brought the sailors to the regatta 12th respectively in their sailing classifica- Because of back problems, I left my you." Never has one person, one complete
* was healthy competition and to learn what tions. Those are respectable places, con- daughter in the car to run inside a conve- stranger, made such an impact in my life.
they might expect in the summer of '96. sidering that they were up against in the nience store to purchase a soda. Since it If it wasn't for Shane Pass my daugh- Editor:
They weren't disappointed, as there was was so hot, I left the car running as well. ter would not be alive today. I will always Regarding the Racial Justice Act, if
best in the world and that both competitors
; more than enough wind to fill sails. were looking past the regatta for next The minute it took me to get a soda she be indebted to him. I owe so much to him this bill passes we can add it to the ever-
"Sailing has been absolutely beautiful," month's world championships in Estonia. had climbed out of her car seat and put — every opportunity, challenge, success growing list of things Americans have
• said top-ranked British sailor Shirley Rob- the car in reverse. As I headed to the reg- and disappointment my daughter will get done to render their own judicial system
But for Savannah's Olympic hopes, the ister someone inside cried out, "Oh my to experience. ineffective.
ertson on the last day of competition. "If it regatta was a proving ground for '96. The God, a child is driving a car." I have always heard others say there The very idea that Congress may actu-
stays like this every day, they'll have no event showed that the community can I turned in disbelief to see that it was are no words to express thanks. Now I ally pass a bill that would allow criminal
problems during the Olympics." marshal its resources and do something in my car going reverse out onto Tibet Ave- know what they mean. appeals to drag on for years on end, cost-
Just as important, the races were a a big way — not counting St. Patrick's nue and heading toward Abercorn Exten- ing taxpayers millions of dollars, is abso-
•, learning experience for the many volun- Day. So break out those welcome mats and sion. I dropped everything and ran. Be- LINDA BUNTON lutely ludicrous. It is laws like these that
teers who will be needed when the Olym- bring on the Olympics. We're ready, will- fore I got to the road a man who seemed Garden City essentially tie the court's hands.
pics come in two years. About 400 volun- - With a judicial system that lets con-
ing and demonstratively able. fessed criminals go free, it is time for
Sign Makes Bad Intersection Worse Americans to stop complaining and start
Racial Justice Act a Fallacy Editor:
I am a south side resident of Savannah.
The TV ads are of the same genre as
pulling together to stop the plague of
crime that is taking over our country.
MICHAEL S. VIZCARRANDO
- Washington Everyday on my way to work I pass the insurance-bilking "whiplash" chiro-
through the intersection of Abercorn and practic clinics. The billboard always
!f Opponents of the death penalty once argued
% that execution was unconstitutional because White Bluff Road heading north. amused me until now. I usually thought Colin Powell:
*:; blacks were more likely to be hanged than This is the notorious intersection which something like "this guy doesn't miss a 6
£ whites for the same crimes. has been consistently named "the worst trick" whenever I passed it. A Man Among Men'
*" That turned out not to be true. The data intersection in Savannah" in terms of the It seemed more than a coincidence to
^showed the reverse in fact. Whites were some-
f r what more likely to be put to death than blacks
Mona annual number of traffic accidents. I have
had just one accident in 25 years of driv-
have placed this advertisement right at Editor:
the city's worst intersection, but I am In a recent edition of "Reader's Di-
for the same crimes. ing and it was at this intersection. really concerned now, because a large gest," I read a very interesting article
The anti-death penalty crowd then changed Recently, on my way to work, I discov- bright illuminated sign has been installed about Colin Powell, who retired from the
itactics. Well, they said, it isn't the race of the ered something very disconcerting which just under the billboard proper. It alterna- Joint Chiefs of Staff. His family was cele-
criminal that betrays the system's institutional should be brought to the attention of all tively flashes the time and current tem- brating his birthday at his home, and sud-
racism, it is the race of the victim. done. But Rothman and Powers have found Savannah area residents. Some time in perature. denly, there was a knock at the front door.
As is so often the case with data provided by many other variables at work — so many, in the past there was erected at this inter- To call it a distraction would be an un- One of the guests opened the door to
leftist groups, the mainstream press swallowed fact, that it's impossible to say that racism ac- section a large yellow billboard advertis- derstatement. This intersection is pure find two young men in uniform who would
these claims uncritically. The New York Times, counts for disparate sentencing. ing a local accident attorney. I recognized terror without distractions. It is very con- like to speak to the honored chief, because
for example, in a story on the Racial Justice Juries are more likely to put murderers to the name immediately from TV ads and fusing under normal circumstances. they admired him so much. They were
Act, pronounced, "That some bias occurs is not death for killing policemen. Eighty-five percent phone directory back-cover advertise- Am I just being paranoid or does the told to come another time, as they were
much at issue. Many studies show that juries of policemen killed in the line of duty have been placing of this new blinking sign reek of a having a party.
mete out the death penalty to black and other white. dastardly ulterior motive? It requires sev- When the chief was told who had been
minority defendants in a disproportionate num- Moreover, the studies that have been cited Letters to the Editor eral seconds to scan this sign for the tem- knocking at the front door, he immediate-
perature and time readings, and these ly jumped up, opened the door and noticed
ber of murder cases, particularly when the vic- for the proposition that blacks are more likely to The editors welcome your let-
! Urns are white . ." be sentenced to death if they kill whites did not ters. Please sign them and include precious seconds of inattention will proba- the men a half-block away. He ran to
Those assertions may well be false Profes- control for factors like previous criminal re- your full mailing address and day- bly cause more than a few accidents, and catch them and invited them to the party
'. sor Stanley Rothman and Stephen Powers, writ- cord, degree of criminal intent and heinousness time telephone number. possibly deaths. He is indeed a "man among men " I
' ing in the summer issue of The Public Interest, of the crime Write to Letters to the Editor, I guess the victims won't have to look believe he was endowed with an excellent
analyze the available data and come to the con- Some of the data, far from supporting the Savannah News-Press, P.O. Box very far for an accident attorney to "solve education, good environment and inheri-
clusion that racial bias is probably not 9 factor proposition that blacks suffer from discrimina- 1088. Savannah, GA 31402 their dilemma." tance
'in sentencing tion in the criminal justice system, point to the WILLIAM LEWIS BERTHA FOSTER
Between 92 percent and 97 percent of homi- reverse According to the Bureau of Justice Sta-
cides are intra-racial. blacks killing other tistics, a division of the Justice Department, the
blacks and whites killing other whites in cases percentage of inmates on death row who are Doonesbury BY GARRY TRUDEAU
of inter-racial murder (usually black-on-white, black (42 percent! is lower than the percentage
*<rarely the reverse), the crimes tend to have a of black criminals who are charged with mur- UIHATS 1'U. NBV&Z FORGET WFff&T
der (48 percent) y, CMON.
^different character Black-on-black murders, JH&ISANO-&RA1N&Z
»like white-on-white murders, tend to occur be- The Racial Justice Act. part of the omnibus REASONABLE POU&T' 1V& CONVeWlOW A
;tween people who know each other and often fol- crime bill that also contains midnight basket- 70 CON- A PRJNOPIB TMWIUJN6 FROM OREGON IN&5WPH&P
How a quarrel (73 percent in one study). whereas ball, therapy for youthful offenders and early VICT. WHAT'S TOOOTOTHZ
^black-on-white crimes more often involve other childhood education funds, would make it virtu-
felonies, like kidnapping, rape, armed robbery ally impossible to impose the death penalty on
mutilation. The Supreme Court has held anyone Republicans have threatened a filibus-
such "aggravating" factors may be taken ter in the Senate if it isn't removed or altered
»into account in sentencing In 1992, there was general rejoicing in Demo-
* You can took at data showing that black mur cratic circles that the era of gridlock had ended
Iderers more often hang for killing whites than and that government was finally unleashed to
3or killing blacks and conclude that racism must do good for the American people Their idea of
J>e at work'. That's what the NAACP. the Con- "good" is written into legislation like this —
gressional Black Caucus < which has been push- founded on fallacy and thwarting the will of the
ing the Racial .Ttn***" A r t - -mrf ^ mpioritv *