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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Thursday, March 21,1991 * * * *
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LARRY POWELL                         Executive Editor                             REXANNA K. LESTER
                                                                                      Managing Editor
 Associate Editor



             New Insurance Law
     Georgians need to take a close look at            make the insurance companies listen.
                                                          The no-fault system won't be missed by
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their automobile insurance. As a result of
the legislature's decision to abandon the              everybody. It was adopted on the premise
state's 16-year-old experiment with a no-              that it would reduce legal claims and keep
fault system, car owners are playing in an             a lid on rate increases. It failed to deliver
entirely new ballgame.                                 on both promises.
     Promising that the change will bring a               At risk under the repeal of no-fault are
 15 percent reduction in insurance rates,              motorists who carry only liability insur-
lawmakers eliminated the process under                 ance and fail to replace their lost no-fault
which a policyholder's own insurance com-              coverage with an optional "med-pay" plan
 pany pays his medical claims without re-              which future insurance policies issued in
 gard to the blame for the accident.                   the state will be required to offer.
     In exchange for giving up that protec-
 tion, Georgia motorists would be in line for             Without umed-pay," at-fault drivers
 savings from another portion of the legisla-          would receive no reimbursement for their
 tion, which requires auto insurance com-              own medical expenses. Consequently, wise
 panics to reduce their rates — the base line          motorists will look into this extra protec-
 from which actual premiums are figured,               tion.
     Both Gov. Zell Miller and newly-elected
 Insurance Commissioner Tim Ryles
                                                          One element in the insurance legislation
                                                       which can be applauded right now is a
                                                                                                                            Needless Surgery for Healthy Patient
 backed the legislation. They say it will re-         change in the way auto insurance rate in-                                                               Washington                                                       "compelling the attendance of a student
 sult in the rate cuts they pledged during             creases are handled in Georgia. Under                                     Poor old Constitution! Look at what                                                           in a public school other than the public
 their campaigns. If this proves not to be             current law, companies may file rate in-                             congressional doctors are proposing. As of                                                         school nearest the residence of such stu-
  Ihe case, the voters woa't .fee merely un-           creases and if the commissioner takes no                             March 15, no fewer than 88 resolutions of                                                          dent."
  nappy; they'II be furious.                           action, the increases automatically take                             constitutional amendment had been intro-                            James                              There are lots more. One proposal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               deals with presidential pardons (these
     We suggest that the governor and the in-
  >urance commissioner watch this situation
                                                       effect. Under the new law, rate increases
                                                       cannot take effect unless the commissioner
                                                                                                                            duced, and two of them actually have
                                                                                                                            been approved by a subcommittee in the                              X                              could be granted only after conviction).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Another resolution would require the gov-
  :losely and urge that they use their author-         approves them. This will make Mr. Ryles
                                                                                                                            Senate.
                                                                                                                                 Lust, that's what it is — a lust for inno-                      Kilpatrick                    ernment to guarantee everyone a job.
   ty to see that the rate reduction becomes           more accountable than was his predeces-                              vation. By my tally, 24 resolutions would                                                          Several proposals deal with financing con-
  reality. There are ways that they can               sor.                                                                  mandate a balanced federal budget. You                                                             gressional elections.
                                                                                                                            could trade the whole lot of them for 24 old                                                           Thus far, only two proposals of consti-
                                                                                                                                                                                 Rep. Jack Fields, R-Texas, would re-          tutional amendment have gone anywhere.
   Fort Stewart's Disgrace                                                                                                  ticket stubs and a copy of the Congres-
                                                                                                                            sional Record. Seven would give a presi-
                                                                                                                            dent the power of a line-item veto; seven
                                                                                                                            others would punish desecration of the
                                                                                                                                                                              quire that federal judges be reconfirmed
                                                                                                                                                                              by the Senate every 10 years. Rep.James
                                                                                                                                                                              Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., would cut through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               A Senate subcommittee has reported two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               proposals to mandate a balanced budget,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               one from Sen. Paul Simon, D-IH., the oth-
     President Bush didn't get a guided tour            Superintendent Paul E. Ward says work at                            flag; six would deal with abortion; and           the red tape of impeachment by authoriz-         er from Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. During
 f Diamond Elementary School when he
 7                                                      Diamond Elementary has been the govern-                             five would authorize prayer in schools and        ing the U.S. Supreme Court to remove a           the last Congress, the Senate Judiciary
   isited Fort Stewart last month.                      ment's top priority. So what gives?                                 other public buildings.                           judge for cause.                                 Committee approved a similar resolution
     No wonder. The place is a dump.                        Diamond was built in the 1960s to ac-                                That is only the beginning. Sen. Ed-            Some other notable resolutions are            of futility and folly. The resolution never
     Actually, it's too bad the president               commodate 500 students. It has almost                               ward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rep. Don               kicking around. Rep. William Dickinson,          made it to the floor.
 lidn't get a glimpse of the shameful condi-                                                                                Edwards, D-Calif., have resurrected the           R-Ala., would write into the Constitution            A couple of old conservative principles
                                                        twice that many now, with many attending                                                                              an amendment requiring that only the             apply. One of them teaches us that if it is
 ions that some of the younger children of              classes in a dozen trailers have been added                         old proposal to say that equal rights under
 he men and women of the 24th Infantry                                                                                       the law — whatever that means — shall            English language could be used for offi-         not necessary to amend the Constitution,
                                                        through the years. But age and use have                              not be denied on account of sex. That par-       cial proceedings. Rep. Bill Emerson, R-          it is necessary not to amend the Constitu-
 Division (Mechanized) must endure when                 made the school a sick patient, and admin-                                                                            Mo., has a proposal that requires a little       tion. The other is to the same effect: If it
 hey go to classes each day.                                                                                                 ticular turkey flopped around for 10 years
                                                        istrators have only enough money to slap                             before it collapsed in 1982.                     syntactical attention. He would prohibit         ain't broke, don't fix it.
     T
       f he had gone into the government-run            on more bandages. What the building                                       Rep. Charles E. Bennett, D-Fla., and
          )1 and seen how crowded it was, the            needs is major surgery.                                              Rep. Alan Wheat, D-MoM would perform
         .own trailers that serve as portable
        •srooms, the foil-covered windows, the
                                                            Help is needed in a hurry. If the Army
                                                         doesn't begin renovations by the end of the
                                                                                                                             major surgery on Article II. They would
                                                                                                                             abolish the whole system of presidential
                                                                                                                             election through state electors. They
                                                                                                                                                                               Letters to the Editor
  noldy walls, the spongy floors that are                school year, Fort Stewart's school system
                                                         could lose its accreditation.                                       would provide for direct election by the
   oped off and the woefully inadequate li-
   •rary, then maybe he could have gone
   jack to Washington and asked someone at
                                                            Fortunately, the timing couldn't be bet-
                                                         ter to shake more money loose to correct
                                                                                                                             people.
                                                                                                                                  Several resolutions deal with the sensi-         Portrait of a Memorable Teacher
                                                         the situation at Diamond. If the govern-                            tive matter of congressional salaries.            Editor:                                            She had nerves of steel, honed from
   he Defense Department this obvious ques-                                                                                   Rep. Robert Lagomarsino, R-Calif., would            When Frieda Wellbrock died last              countless rainy days spent entertaining
    ion: Why haven't they asked for money                ment can afford to go first-class with new                           delay any increase in the members' pay
                                                         weapons, then it can find the money to in-                                                                            month at 83, her obituary in the Morning        and controlling gymnasiums full of
   or school renovation and expansion?                                                                                        until after an intervening election to the       News was nice, as obituaries go. But obit-      screaming, pent-up children. Her deep
                                                         vest in the military's greatest asset. It                            House. This is not exactly an innovation.        uaries never really seem to go far enough       voice and sharply blown whistle belied a
       It's not that the Pentagon doesn't know           should turn this school from a piece of junk                         The same amendment was approved by               in painting full pictures of the lives they     heart as big as all outdoors. She liked to
    ww deplorable things are.In fact, School             into a real gem.                                                     Congress in 1789. It failed to win ratifica-     describe.                                       call the shots, but she was patient, she
                                                                                                                              tion at the time, but the proposal is still         Yes, Miss Wellbrock, known as "Fre           was kind, she was fair.
                                                                                                                              actively pending. Thirty-two states re-          We" to hundreds of Savannah Country
       The Benefits of Brutality                                                                                              portedly have ratified, leaving only four
                                                                                                                              to go before we could have a merry time
                                                                                                                              in the federal courts.
                                                                                                                                                                               Day students, was a recreation teacher at
                                                                                                                                                                               Country Day, St. Paul's Lutheran Day
                                                                                                                                                                               School, Pape School and Live Oak City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I thought of her today as I played in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               backyard with my two-year-old son. "See-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               saw, Marjorie Daw," I began, but I didn't
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               know how to finish. Fre We would have
                                             Chicago                                                                              Rep. Andrew Jacobs, D-Ind., has intro-       Park. But more than that, Fre We was an         known. And I found.myself wishing some-
     The police chief of Los Angeles is being wide-                                                                           duced a cryptic resolution. Its purpose is       expert on the art of recess and on the          one had gotten her to write them all down,
 ly condemned because of the now-famous video-                                                                                "to repeal Clause 11, of Section 8, of Arti-     timeless games and ancient chants of            all the rules and every happy rhyme of
 taped flogging of a traffic offender.                                                                                        cle I of the Constitution." That is all it       childhood. Red Rover, jackstones, dodge         childhood. I don't remember all the
      But Chief Daryl Gates, while refusing to re-                                                                            says. By my count, Clause 11 is the clause       ball, jump rope, four-square, hopscotch,        games, but I'll always remember Fre We.
 sign, suggests that the brutal beating might                                                                                 that permits Congress to declare war.            tiddlywinks, crack-the-wh'^, swing-the-                     KATHLEEN BREWIN LEWIS
 have been an uplifting act that could bring long-                                                                            grant letters of marque and reprisal, and        statue, go fish, you name it, she knew it.      Atlanta
 range positive results for the beating victim.                                                                               make rules concerning captures on land
      As the chief put it at a press conference Mon-                                                                          and water.
 day ;
      "We regret what took place. I hope he (the
                                                                                                                                  And thinking of repeal resolutions: Re-
                                                                                                                               publican Guy Vander Jagt of Michigan
                                                                                                                                                                                         Put More Issues on Ballot
                                                                                                                                                                               Editor:                                         American flag, for which I, and about 40
  beating victim) gets his life straightened out.       one of my cheekbones isn't broken. And al-                             wants to get rid of the 22nd Amendment             With reference to these issues that our      million others risked our lives in World
  Perhaps this will be the vehicle to move him          though my skull is fractured, my head remains                          altogether. This is the amendment that          congressmen and a few judges have failed        War II, Korea and Vietnam.
  down the road to a good life instead of the life      attached to my body; and while fillings have                           limits a president to two terms.                to solve, I would like to make a sugges-           Last, but not least, why should a few
  he's been involved in for such a long time."          popped out of my teeth, I still have the teeth.'                          On the matter of term limitation: Half       tion.                                           judges have the authority to pass a law
      I hadn't thought of it that way, but there        And I said to myself: 'Half a body is better than                      a dozen resolutions are in the hopper. One                                                      giving girls the privilege of sex (age of
  could be something in what Chief Gates says.                                                                                 would limit a president to six years with          This issue to take religious activities
                                                        none.'"                                                                                                                from radio and television, why should the       consent) at the age of 13 years in some
      There's no doubt that Rodney King, 25,                "Very inspiring."                                                  no chance to seek a second.term. Another                                                        states, 14 years in others?
 hadn't been an exemplary citizen, although he's                                                                               would limit members of the House to             voice of one woman and a few hundred
                                                            "Thank you. And I had a chance to think                                                                            followers be strong enough to deprive mil-         Why can't we place such issues touch-
 no John Dillinger. When the police stopped him         about why the police were treating me that way.                        three terms of four years. Rep. Phil                                                            ing the lives of the majority of us on the
  for speeding, he was on parole for using a tire                                                                              Crane, R-I11., would amend the Constitu-        lions of this privilege? She has the right to
                                                        It was their way of telling me that speeding is                                                                        go into her home and turn off any problem       ballot of the next election and let all of us
 iron to threaten and rob a grocer.                     an act of anti-social behavior and I had been                          tion to say that no person could be elected                                                     have a voice in our country and our lives?
      But as Chief Gates said, the experience of be-                                                                           to the Senate more than once. The Crane         she may have on her radio or TV.
                                                        very bad, bad, bad."                                                                                                                                                                        THE REV. JIM SIKES
  ing beaten, kicked and shot with an electric stun         "You have unusual insight."                                        amendment's chances in the Senate are              Another issue is the burning of the          Claxton
  gun might be what it takes to "move him down              "I try. And I thought that if only I had led the                   not regarded as especially hot.
  the road to a good life."                             life of a model citizen, this wouldn't have hap-
      Who knows, in a few years, when all of this is
  forgotten, a reporter might drive out to a nice
                                                         pened to me. Let's face it, the L.A.police never
                                                         fracture the skull of the president of the Cham-                         Letters to the Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                    Hello, Dolly; Goodbye, Money
  house in a California suburb and find a peaceful       ber of Commerce, the chief antler in the Loyal                           The editors remind readers that this        Editor:                                          miles, upon arriving we were charged a
  Rodney King pushing a mower across his lawn.           Order of Moose, or the head of the PTA. No, it                                                                          I had not attended the Johnny Mercer          $2 parking fee, plus $4 for a program < no
                                                                                                                               column does not publish duplicate let-
      The reporter might ask: "Mr. King, what is         was my past history of anti-social behavior that                      ters, poetry, chain letters, copies of let-    Theatre for quite some time, therefore I         free programs anymore?).
  it that moved you down the road to a good life?"       brought it on."                                                                                                      was appalled recently to see the auditori-                                 »
                                                                                                                               ters mailed to other publications and          um a bit more than half filled for the de-           All of this amounts to $30. rather ex-
       That's a good question," Mr. King might re-           "But they had no way of knowing you were                          public officials, routine letters of                                                            pensive for a Sunday matinee. It's not at
  ply, "and I'll be glad to explain it to you. You'll    on parole."                                                           thanks and letters that contain copies         lightful show. Hello Dolly.
                                                                                                                                                                                  I can now better understand the finan-       all surprising that this marvelous show
  have to excuse me if I wobble and drool a bit;             "Yes. but I'm sure they could guess just by                       of documents or clippings Also, when                                                            was so poorly attended.
  my face has nerve damage arid my coordination          the look of me. Be honest, I don't look at all like                   letters are obviously part of a letter-        cial problems of the past. We ordered our
  hasn't been the same since they damaged my             the head of the PTA. do I?"                                           writing campaign and are identical ex-         tickets by phone and were advised there              And another thing, the auditorium was
  brain "                                                    "True."                                                                                                          would be a 50-cent service charge plus a          cold.
                                                                                                                               cept for the signatures, only the first
     "Of course."                                            "Then, later, when Police Chief Gates said                        letter is used                                 $1 fee for credit card charge. The price of                                 JEAN STUBBS
     "But to get back to your question. I think it       that the beating, although regrettable, could be                                                                     the tickets'was $22.50. After driving 60          Glennville
  was after L.A 's finest hit me about 50 or 55          the vehicle that would get me on the road to the
  times with their clubs As you recall, some of
  the fillings flew out of my teeth and one of my
                                                         good life, everything became clear I realized
                                                         that the beating would turn my life around and
                                                                                                                             Doonesbury                                                                                                     BY GARRY TRUDEAU
  eye sockets sort of exploded."                         be a one-way ticket to the good life."
                                                                                                                                            LIKE 6ANO -             iseawu
      'Must have been a tad uncomfortable "                  'The chiefs words inspired you 0 "                                            0US1&&.HCN&
      'Yes. And at that point. I'm pretty sure that           Not exactly. To be honest, Chief Gates                            MAUNG                               HI REV A                                         THE
  those nine skull fractures and internal injuries                                                                               OUT,                                                                   A&ALPf® HE KNOWS
                                                          words convinced me that he had to be as dumb                                                                                                  Hft                                  CAtfTSMOKE
  had already occurred, my cheekbone was frac-            an S O B as ever opened his mouth at a press                                                                                                        KNOU&HOUJ                       ATAU,!
  tured, one of my legs was broken, and I had this       conference "                                                                                                                                          7D/V$75V.
  burning sensation from being zapped with that                 "But you said he helped you to a good life."
  electric stun gun I was feeling kind of low "             "That's right, he did "
     "That's to be expected                                  'How' 1 "
       Right But as I was lying there, and they              When I took his police department to court,
  were getting in a few final kicks, and then sort       that jury awarded me a couple of million in
  of hog tying my hands to my legs and dragging          damages, and I've been leading the good life
  me along the ground. I said to myself Why not          ever since
  try to look at the bright side 0 '"                         I don't t h i n k that's what the chief had in
       And did you 0                                     mind
     "Yes I thought 'Well, one of my legs isn't             "I don't t h i n k t h a t rnief had anything m
  broken one of mv eve <<vv^t5 i s n ' t fractured       mind

				
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