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EXTENSIONS OF REMARKS
THE FRIENDLY SKIES the pro-competition policy objectives of the take place earlier than two years from each
RESTORATION ACT Congress. That action includes ensuring that preceding auction. Income from any auctions
the Department of Transportation’s guidelines, would finance taxpayer relief and improved
HON. JOHN D. DINGELL which it is currently developing to deal with airport infrastructure for the American public.
OF MICHIGAN predatory activity, are effective. As proposed, Further, as recent evidence makes quite clear,
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES the guidelines would permit the Secretary to strikes at hub airports can ground thousands
Wednesday, September 16, 1998 impose sanctions if a major carrier should re- of flights and hundreds of thousands of pas-
spond to a new entrant into a market in an un- sengers, even on a daily basis. The bill would
Mr. DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to fair or exclusionary manner. More tools are permit the President to authorize other air car-
introduce H.R. 4577, the Friendly Skies Res- needed and this bill provides them. riers to use the slots and related gates and
toration Act, in order to protect the American The bill would permit the Secretary to re- other such facilities of another carrier which
public from unfair practices in the airline indus- quire that any air carrier deemed to be en- are not in use because of a work stoppage.
try and to ensure that the traveling public has gaged in an unfair method of competition or Slot possession at the four key airports
access to reasonable airfare. Monopolistic atti- unfair exclusionary practice, as a condition of where such controls are in place is a major
tudes and unprecedented levels of market continued service on the route involving the issue, but questions like long-term exclusive
concentration have caused consumer’s pock- violation, to maintain the same levels of ca- gate leases at other airports represent just as
etbook balances to nosedive while airline prof- pacity and fare pricing that was deemed exclu- nearly insurmountable obstacles to real com-
its have soared. Congress should act to bring petition in the airline industry. For that reason,
sionary for a period not to exceed two years.
the benefits of full competition to the Nation or
Such a tool should give a carrier pause for it seems to make good sense that such ar-
else other relief must be brought to bear. This
thought before implementing any activity that rangements be reviewed. The bill would direct
legislation will do that. Consumers deserve
would unfairly respond to legitimate competi- the Secretary to issue a study on the ability of
policies that will achieve affordable airfare and
tion. Additionally, the bill would increase the and proposals for new entrant air carriers and
There is growing public interest and concern monetary penalty for such unfair methods of those with limited access at major hub airports
over the issue of predatory conduct by major competition under the U.S. Code from the cur- to obtain gates and other facilities at airports
air carriers. Such practices eliminate competi- rent $1,000 to $10,000 for each day the viola- on terms substantially equivalent to the terms
tion in the air travel industry and create for- tion continues or, if applicable, for each flight provided to the major carriers already using
midable barriers for entrepreneurs to break involving the violation. airport facilities. The airfield must become a
into the market. As an example of some sus- There are presently proposals before the level playing field for competition.
pect conduct, one has only to look back to Department of Transportation that would com- It is important that the American public have
when Northwest Airlines cut its fare from De- bine the Nation’s six largest carriers into three access to useful information about the market
troit to Boston to as low as $69 from an aver- alliances with strengthened control over the and who in the industry is providing the best
age of $259 when Spirit Airlines entered the United States market. The bill would give the consumer value. Various studies by the Gen-
market in 1996. Coincidentally, once Spirit Secretary of Transportation the authority to re- eral Accounting Office and private organiza-
was pushed out of the market, the average view joint venture agreements or cooperative tions have shown that concentration in the do-
fare went up to $267, exceeding even the working arrangements between major air car- mestic airline industry continues to grow and
original level. More recently, Northwest ran an riers to ensure that such cooperation and inte- is at extraordinarily high levels. Where such
upstart, Pro Air, out of the Detroit-Milwaukee gration among air carriers does not result in concentration exists, fairs have increased with
market and is engaged in some curious be- unfair or deceptive practices or unfair methods a significant impact on residents and busi-
havior in the Detroit to Baltimore market. To of competition that would harm the public. nesses in those communities. In order to
provide a level playing field, vigorous competi- At the four slot-controlled or high-density air- evaluate consumer value and review potential
tion must be permitted to take root. Unfair ex- ports, the vast majority of the schedules take implications of market concentration at hub
clusionary practices that eliminate that com- off and landing slots are controlled by the airports, the bill would require the Secretary to
petition must be rooted out. major carriers at these key hub airports. The prepare two quarterly reports for the public.
When carriers respond to new competitors airports are: New York’s Kennedy and One would rank the top and bottom ten do-
with severe drops and capacity expansion in LaGuardia Airports, Chicago’s O’Hare, and mestic routes with regard to their average cost
order to run the new carrier out of the market, Washington’s National Airport. For meaningful to the passenger, and the second would rank
it is not good for consumers in the long run competition to take root, new entrant carriers the large hub airports by market concentration
because it diminishes the number of options must have a real opportunity to provide serv- and identify the market share of each airline
consumers will have by further consolidating ice in those markets. Of the more than 3,100 operating at each of those airports. As has
the strength that the major dominant air car- domestic air carrier slots at these four airports, been said, sunlight is the best disinfectant.
riers have over the markets today. After a new fewer than forty-five slots are held by all the Let’s let it shine on the airline industry.
entrant is grounded, the major carrier simply new entrant air carriers combined. Moreover, At best, the promises of deregulation have
retrenches and raises fares higher still in its foreign air carriers have more than twice as not been fulfilled. The traveling public is still
resumed control. This leads to a markedly many slots as domestic new entrant air car- captive to monopolized routes and airports.
worse situation for consumers. riers combines. Most of these slots were Since 1978, the Nation has had unregulated
Congress expressly gave the Department of grandfathered to the major carriers more than monopoly, instead of regulated monopoly in
Transportation authority to stop any ‘‘unfair or a decade ago. The slots are government prop- this industry. While I fully support the goals of
deceptive practice or unfair method of com- erty, and it is time that the federal government competition, two decades of experience only
petition.’’ Further, Congress has directed the use them to benefit the public rather than just reveal consolidation, diminished choice, and
Secretary of Transportation by statute to con- a handful of airlines. higher prices in many markets. As a last re-
sider ‘‘preventing unfair, deceptive, predatory, In order to remedy this barrier to competi- sort, wherever there is insufficient competition
or anticompetitive practices in air transpor- tion, the bill would give the Secretary the au- the Secretary of Transportation must be em-
tation’’ as being in the ‘‘public interest and thority to create, withdraw, and, as a last re- powered to change unreasonable airfares.
consistent with public convenience and neces- sort, auction slots at each slot-controlled air- Such conditions exist where there are less
sity.’’ The Department of Transportation’s ac- port for assignment to new entrant air carriers than two carriers in full competition or one car-
tion under this authority has been woefully and other carriers with very limited access. If rier controls more than sixty percent of the
lacking. The federal government should do its there is a withdrawal of slots for an auction, market share on any route that the public flies.
job to help the public. the Secretary may not auction more than ten Where deregulation has failed, the Congress
The Secretary of the Department of Trans- percent for the first auction and five percent should respond and give consumers the relief
portation should take real action to advance for each succeeding auction. Auctions may not they deserve.
∑ This ‘‘bullet’’ symbol identifies statements or insertions which are not spoken by a Member of the Senate on the floor.
Matter set in this typeface indicates words inserted or appended, rather than spoken, by a Member of the House on the floor.
E1730 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — Extensions of Remarks September 16, 1998
The American public has been held hostage leader. It is very appropriate that his many ef- join me in honoring the Pennysaver News of
by the poor service and inordinate fares at the forts on behalf of his local community and of Brookhaven and Island Shopper, as publisher
hands of the cartels in the air for too long. working men and women throughout San Gary Smith and his staff of dedicated employ-
That is why I am pleased to introduce this bill Diego County are recognized by this award. ees celebrate this nationally acclaimed publi-
to generate legitimate competition and secure My congratulations go to Bill Tweet for cation’s 40th anniversary.
reasonable prices for air travel for the coun- these significant contributions. I admire his Over the past four decades, the Pennysaver
try’s consumers. dedication and commitment and believe him to News has grown from its humble origins to be-
be highly deserving of the San Diego County come the dominant shopper in Suffolk County,
Building and Construction Trades Council’s Long Island. The growth of the Pennysaver
BILL TWEET—SAN DIEGO COUNTY 1998 Labor Leader of the New Year Award. News and Island Shopper is typical of so
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION many American success stories, inspired by
TRADES COUNCIL 1998 LABOR elements of talent, work ethic and the good
LEADER OF THE YEAR IN HONOR OF BERNIE FIELDS fortune to come of age in the dynamic Long
Island business market. Founded by Gary
HON. BOB FILNER HON. SAM GEJDENSON Smith’s brother Robert as an 8,000-circulation
OF CALIFORNIA OF CONNECTICUT paper in Bay Shore, the Pennysaver News
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
now has 32 editions with a circulation of
270,000, employing 75 talented staff members
Wednesday, September 16, 1998 Wednesday, September 16, 1998 in printing, mailing, graphic arts and sales.
Mr. FILNER. Mr. Speaker, and colleagues, I Mr. GEJDENSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today In the fiercely competitive Long Island mar-
rise today to recognize Bill Tweet, the Busi- to pay tribute to Bernie Fields, a constituent of ket, the Pennysaver News and Island Shopper
ness Manager/Financial Secretary-Treasurer mine who passed away on August 16, 1998 at are highly regarded industry leaders of Na-
of Iron Workers Local 229, as he is honored his home in Middletown, Connecticut. He will tional renown. This year alone, the
by the San Diego County Building & Construc- be deeply missed by all of us who knew him. Pennysaver and Island Shopper received
tion Trades Council at the September 19, Bernie distinguished himself as a business- three national awards for advertising excel-
1998 John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet as the man, a community activist, a husband and a lence from the Association of Free Community
1998 Labor Leader of the Year. father. He came to Connecticut in 1950 and Papers, while also garnering the First Place
Bill is a native San Diegan and was edu- opened Bernie Fields Jewelers. This family- award for excellence from the FCPNY.
cated in local schools. Following his education owned business stayed in downtown Middle- While the publication has grown in size,
at San Diego City College, he served in the town for almost five decades. When many readership and stature, Pennysaver News re-
United States Army and was stationed in Ger- businesses moved out to mega-malls and the mains family owned and operated, with Rob-
many. suburbs, Bernie remained committed to down- ert’s son Tim and Gary’s daughter Delee now
He began his career as an Ironworker in town. His store is like an anchor in downtown part of the team. This strong sense of family
November 1967 and graduated from the Iron Middletown, a familiar site to generations of inspires an equally strong devotion to support
Workers Apprenticeship Program in 1971. residents. so many schools, Boy Scout troops, churches,
During his tenure, Bill has worked on many of Mr. Speaker, Bernie Fields did much, much and chambers of commerce throughout the 65
the San Diego County highway bridges on more than keep his business in downtown. He hamlets in the six Suffolk County Townships
Interstates 5, 8, 805 and S.R. 163 and has worked on behalf of his community in count- the Pennysaver and Island Shopper serve.
contributed his talent to the erection of major The success of our national economy de-
less other ways.
high rise projects in downtown San Diego. pends less upon government programs or
Bernie founded Connecticut’s very first Big
Bill first became active in Ironworkers Local multinational companies than upon the hard
Brothers/Big Sisters chapter in Middletown in
229 when he was elected Vice President of work and entrepreneurial spirit of small busi-
1961. He went on to help establish eight other
the Local in 1982, a position he held until ness owners like Gary Smith and his late
chapters around the state.
begin elected to the Executive Board and the brother Robert. The Smith’s success is predi-
He served as Director of the local American
District Council of Iron Workers. He served in cated on an unwavering commitment to cus-
Red Cross Chapter, the American Cancer So-
tomer service, producing results that increase
that position for two terms before his election ciety, the Lions Club and the Big Brothers of
their advertisers’ sales and providing their
to the office of Business Representative. Hartford. He was a trustee of the Mount Saint readers with a valuable resource on local busi-
In 1994, Bill was elected to his current posi- John School. For twenty years he rented out nesses.
tion of Business Manager/Financial Secretary a theater every December and showed free So Mr. Speaker, I ask that my colleagues in
Treasurer of Ironworkers Local 229 and was movies for young people. the U.S. House of Representatives to join me
re-elected in 1997. In addition to his duties at He won the Connecticut Sports Writers Alli- in honoring the Pennysaver News and Island
Local 229, Bill also serves as Delegate to the ance Good Guy Award, was named the Salva- Shopper and the entire Smith family for 40
District Council, Trustee of the District Council, tion Army’s Man of the Year, and received the wonderful years of service to the Long Island
State of California and vicinity, and Trustee of American Legion Americanism Award, the Boy businesses community and all their readers.
the California Field Ironworkers Trust Funds. Scouts’ Good Scout Award, and the Masons’
Organized labor at large in San Diego has PierPoint Medal. He was also the recipient of
benefited from Bill’s tenure as Delegate of the this institution’s Congressional Volunteer of PERSONAL EXPLANATION
Imperial County Building and Construction the Year Award.
Trades Council, as a Member of the Executive Bernie Fields is survived by his wife of 58 HON. CASS BALLENGER
Board of the San Diego-Imperial Counties years, Helen, his son Martin, his daughter OF NORTH CAROLINA
Labor Council and currently as President of Harriet, eight grandchildren, and one great IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
the San Diego County Building and Construc- grandchild. Although all of us who were lucky Wednesday, September 16, 1998
tion Trades Council. enough to call Bernie a friend will miss him,
The local community has also benefited we will always remember how much he did to Mr. BALLENGER. Mr. Speaker, had I been
from Bill’s endless efforts. He dedicates his make Connecticut a great place to live. present for rollcall votes 435, 436, and 437 on
energies to the youth in his community by September 15, I would have voted ‘‘yea.’’ I ap-
serving as a ‘‘T-ball’’ coach and serves on the plaud the leadership for bringing these impor-
Clairemont Town Council. He has donated his A TRIBUTE TO THE PENNYSAVER tant bills to the floor for a vote.
time and trade skills to the community by or- NEWS OF BROOKHAVEN ON ITS
ganizing members of local 229 to join him in 40TH ANNIVERSARY
HONORING NANCY J. SCHILLING
volunteering their skills to erect new score
boards at the University of San Diego and HON. MICHAEL P. FORBES HON. JERRY F. COSTELLO
Mission Bay High School, constructing a new OF NEW YORK OF ILLINOIS
building for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Na- IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
tional City and by building the walkway at the
San Diego Children’s Museum. Wednesday, September 16, 1998 Wednesday, September 16, 1998
Bill Tweet exemplifies the high values, Mr. FORBES. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in Mr. COSTELLO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to
standards and principles of a real community the People’s House to ask my colleagues to ask my colleagues to join me in honoring
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Nancy J. Schilling, a dedicated civil servant in culated to mythical proportions) that bilingual dents rather than aid them. Although the inten-
Evansville, Illinois, in my Congressional dis- education is not about acquiring English. It is, tions of this legislation are notable, the lan-
trict. and those of us who support bilingual edu- guage in this bill will simply not serve its pur-
Nancy serves as the City Clerk for the Vil- cation support and acknowledge the fun- pose for it disregards the other educational
lage of Evansville and as the Randolph Coun- damental truth that life in America without priorities of LEP students, for their parents and
ty Civil Defense Director. While her husband, English is a life without economic options and for their teachers.
Danny and two children, Roxie and Ryan have access to the full benefits of American public Vote ‘‘no’’ on H.R. 3892.
always known what a great wife and mother life.
they have, Evansville has been equally It is bilingual education that will provide this
blessed in benefiting from Nancy’s dedication access to our children and young adults, and SALUTE TO DANIEL F. HALL UPON
to her community. the termination of this program in our Nation’s THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIRE-
During the flood of 1993, the citizens of educational system will certainly be detrimen- MENT
Evansville realized just how fortunate they tal to limited English proficient (LEP) students.
were to have Nancy Schilling as their City On the other hand, this bill we have before HON. HAROLD ROGERS
Clerk. At a time when Evansville was under us today will take us several steps backward OF KENTUCKY
great strain facing the damage from the flood, in educating LEP students. The so-called IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
she became the organizing force in re-building English Language Fluency Act contains provi-
Wednesday, September 16, 1998
the community. Nancy coordinated efforts with sions unacceptable to me as a Member of
the National Guard, Army Guard and Coast Congress, as a former educator, and as a par- Mr. ROGERS. Mr. Speaker, the men and
Guard to assist in a rapid response flood relief ent. women who serve this nation as the employ-
plan. She was also instrumental in securing H.R. 3892 disregards the authority of par- ees of the federal government are sometimes
state and federal grant money to provide criti- ents and local schools. This legislation man- the forgotten foot soldiers that keep our fed-
cal additional support for Southern Illinois. dates that LEP students entering kindergarten eral programs running day in and day out.
What is most notable about Nancy Schilling must master English by the end of the first Today, I want to pay tribute to one of these
is her willingness to meet any challenge pre- grade. In addition, LEP children must be committed public servants, whose upcoming
sented to her with a friendly smile and deter- moved out of specialized classrooms in 2 retirement will leave the Nashville District of
mined spirit. Nancy Schilling recently recog- years, not exceeding 3 years. Because you the Army Corps of Engineers with tremen-
nized her as their Citizen of the Year. I com- see, if LEP students need further assistance in dously large shoes to fill. Daniel Hall has been
mend Nancy for this well deserved tribute, learning the English language, and even if the Nashville District’s Chief of Construction-
honoring her integrity, compassion and out- school administrators and parents believe fur- Operations Division since 1992, but in October
standing commitment to Evansville. ther Federal assistance is necessary, after 3 he will retire after 37 years of dedicated serv-
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me years, this bill will not give these students the ice to this nation.
in recognizing Nancy Schilling for the fine ex- educational resources they will require. Com- He began his career after he graduated cum
ample she has set for us all. mon sense would have us believe that chil- laude from Vanderbilt University in 1961 with
dren in different age groups will have different the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil
educational needs. H.R. 3892 says no. It re- Engineering. As a distinguished graduate of
ENGLISH LANGUAGE FLUENCY quires the 3-year limit on specialized learning Vanderbilt’s Army ROTC program, he was
ACT and will effectively slam the education doors commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the
on LEP students needing further assistance. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His first as-
SPEECH OF signment was as Platoon Leader and Com-
H.R. 3892 is a violation of the voluntary
HON. ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD compliance agreements between the Office of pany Executive Officer for the 299th Engineer
OF GUAM Civil Rights, local schools, and parents if these Battalion in Hoecht, Germany.
agreements involve bilingual education. Par- After active duty, Mr. Hall joined the Vicks-
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ties to these agreements will not even be con- burg District Corps of Engineers as a civil en-
Thursday, September 10, 1998 sulted nor will individual consent degrees be gineer intern and was later assigned to the
The House in Committee of the Whole examined. These compliance agreements en- Operations Division. In 1965, he transferred to
House on the State of the Union had under sure access to quality education for LEP stu- the Nashville District, where he has been a
consideration the bill (H.R. 3829) to amend dents and protects their civil rights under title tireless and ardent engineer. He was handed
the Elementary and Secondary Education VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the the honor and responsibility of Chief of Con-
Act of 1965 to establish a program to help Equal Educational Opportunity Act of 1974. struction-Operations Division in 1992.
children and youth learn English and for Voiding these arrangements is another af- Over the years, Mr. Hall has been recog-
other purposes: front to the authority of local schools and robs nized several times for his outstanding work
Mr. UNDERWOOD. Mr. Chairman, there are students of the opportunity to excel in other and service. He received the Meritorious Civil-
very few people in this body who can claim to school subjects. H.R. 3892, with its main focus ian Service Award. He was twice selected as
be not only a parent of children in bilingual on English learning, ignores the priorities just the Nashville District’s Employee of the Year
education, but who worked in bilingual edu- as vital to the development of LEP students, in the Engineer and Scientist Category. He
cation. I am proud to be associated with bilin- such as the basic comprehension of other was named Engineer of the Year by the Ten-
gual education and its implementation on a school subjects like math and science. nessee Society of Professional Engineers. He
nationwide basis. Even the funding plans under H.R. 3892 are was decorated by the Secretary of the Army,
There are legitimate arguments about the problematic. Instead of providing funds for the who awarded him the Decoration for Excep-
implementation of bilingual education and most efficient programs, H.R. 3892 will utilize tional Civilian Service for his exceptional lead-
whether it fits some communities. The existing formula grants for each school district. This ership and technical abilities.
Bilingual Education Act allows for this. It does legislation means not providing funds to the Over the years, Mr. Hall has made an enor-
not force bilingual education on anyone, and if neediest students, or rewarding the best ef- mous impact in many of the communities in
some communities do not want it, they do not forts. Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District that are
have to have it. We will soon be considering the reauthoriza- regularly flooded during times of heavy rains.
There is a legitimate discussion about the tion of the Elementary and Secondary Edu- He has worked on tremendous flood protec-
length of time in bilingual instruction, and there cation Act (ESEA). Assessment of the Bilin- tion projects in Harlan, Pineville, Barbourville,
is legitimate debate about the age factors in- gual Education Program should take place Middlesboro and Williamsburg, which will help
volved in language learning. within this context of comprehensive school save people’s lives, homes and property, and
These are important considerations and reform. To initiate legislation at this time, promote economic development in one of the
they should be discussed between parents which is what H.R. 3892 would do, is simply poorest regions of the nation.
and educators within the communities through- rash and foolhardy. We owe it to our children Today, I want to commend Mr. Hall for his
out the country, in the best tradition of local and youth to carefully evaluate and analyze outstanding and effective leadership. His work
control and responsiveness. the effects of bilingual education. with the Army Corps of Engineers has made
These are the arguments that are not legiti- My colleagues, I urge you to oppose the a difference in the lives of so many people,
mate. An impression will be given (clearly un- passage of H.R. 3892. It is a shortsighted pro- who routinely face the mud and floods of
substantiated and based on anecdotes recir- posal which will serve more to harm LEP stu- Mother Nature’s fury. I wish Mr. Hall all the
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best as he embarks upon this new phase of Slobodan Milosevic for War Crimes, Crimes CONCERNING HILL
his life. Certainly, he has earned the right to against Humanity, and Genocide in the INTERNATIONAL, INC.
retire, but he will be sorely missed. Former Yugoslavia; H. Con. Res. 254, Calling
on Cuba to Extradite to the United States HON. STEVE R. ROTHMAN
Convicted Felon Joanne Chesimard and all OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCTION OF THE DIETARY other individuals who have fled the United
SUPPLEMENT FAIRNESS IN AD- IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
States to avoid prosecution or confinement for
VERTISING ACT criminal offenses and who are currently living Wednesday, September 16, 1998
freely in Cuba; and H. Con. Res. 185, Ex- Mr. ROTHMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to
HON. MICHAEL D. CRAPO pressing the Sense of Congress on the Occa- add my full support for the settlement of out-
OF IDAHO sion of the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of standing claims filed by U.S. companies
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES the Universal Declaration of Human Rights against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
and Recommitting the United States to the In the early 1980’s dozens of American
Wednesday, September 16, 1998
Principles Expressed in the Universal Declara- companies filed claims totaling hundreds of
Mr. CRAPO. Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce tion. Had I been present I would have voted millions of dollars for debts owed to them by
legislation to reaffirm Congress’ intent in en- yea on all four bills; roll call numbers 426–429. the Kingdom. Following the creation of a for-
acting the Dietary Supplement Health and mal claims resolution process by Congress in
Education Act (DSHEA). In enacting DSHEA, 1993, each of these claims have been settled,
Congress intended to ensure that all Ameri- save one—the claim filed by Hill International,
cans have access to factual information about DONALD ROSS BROOKS—SAN Inc., a New Jersey company to whom Saudi
vitamins and other dietary supplements so that DIEGO COUNTY BUILDING & CON- Arabia still owes over $55 million.
they can make informed decisions about their STRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL The merits of Hill International’s claims are
health. 1998 RETIRED LABOR LEADER OF not in dispute. Our own State Department has
Among other things, DSHEA requires the THE YEAR promised its full support and has even
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to pro- pledged to aid Hill International in their fight to
mulgate reasonable guidelines to regulate the collect what is owed to them. Dozens of my
content of dietary supplement labels. The ex- HON. BOB FILNER colleagues on both sides of the aisle have
pressed goal of this requirement is to ensure made an appeal for fairness on this issue and
that the labels give consumers information have urged Saudi Arabian authorities to settle
necessary for them to make informed deci- IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES this final claim promptly. But sadly, to this day,
sions on whether they want to take a particu- no movement has been realized on this impor-
lar supplement. The information on the labels Wednesday, September 16, 1998 tant issue.
is to be factual and cannot make claims re- Mr. FILNER. Mr. Speaker and colleagues, I Perhaps the government of Saudi Arabia
garding medical or disease benefits (which are rise today to recognize Donald Ross Brooks believes their efforts to settle outstanding
reserved for FDA-approved drugs), but can in- as he is honored by the San Diego County claims have been ‘‘close enough.’’ Mr. Speak-
form consumers of the benefits and effects of Building and Construction Trades Council at er, I want to send a message to Saudi Arabia
the supplement. After some fits and starts, the the September 19, 1998 John S. Lyons Me- that as a friend of the United States they
FDA has complied with DSHEA, and consum- morial Banquet for his contributions on behalf should lead by example and pay this final
ers are benefiting. of working men and women and his commu- debt.
It seems only logical that the same informa- nity.
tion the FDA allows on the label of a dietary
supplement should be permitted for use in ad- Donald Ross Brooks is a native of Nebraska HONORING DR. MALIK HASAN
vertising of that same supplement. However, and came to San Diego from Kansas. At nine-
the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seek- teen years of age, he joined the Navy hoping HON. SCOTT McINNIS
ing to regulate the advertising of dietary sup- to see the world and was stationed at San OF COLORADO
plements by denying consumers some of the Diego’s North Island Naval Base. Following
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very information that DSHEA required the FDA his three and one half years in the Navy, Don-
ald worked as a police officer for the City of Wednesday, September 16, 1998
to let them have. Not only is it unfair to require
the manufacturers of these products to work Coronado. Mr. MCINNIS. Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take a
under two sets of contradictory regulations, In 1958, he joined the International Brother- moment to applaud and honor an individual of
but it also repudiates the intent of Congress hood of Teamsters, Local 36 and worked as a enormous skill, dedication, and achievement
that consumers have accurate and helpful in- truck driver for twenty years. In 1981, then- who I am lucky enough to count as one of my
formation in making decisions about their Teamsters Secretary-Treasurer Arkie Spoon constituents. His work, which has already
health. appointed Brooks to the position of Business been widely recognized, deserves to be men-
Mr. Speaker, the legislation that I am intro- Representative for his local. During his ten tioned here on the House floor.
ducing would require the FTC to allow the year tenure in this position, he worked dili- Dr. Malik Hasan, who lives in Pueblo, Colo-
same information in advertising of dietary sup- gently to represent the interests of the con- rado, is considered one of the finest neurolo-
plements that is allowed on labels of the same struction drivers and warehousemen. He of- gist’s in Colorado, if not the nation. Dr. Masan
products. It simply forbids one federal agency fered encouragement and advice to the Busi- has worked at the Parkview Medical Center
from adopting requirements for an industry ness Representatives of the various Building since 1975 and gone to extraordinary lengths
that Congress prohibited another agency from Trades Unions and served as mentor to his to enhance patient care and service in a geo-
adopting. fellow Union brothers and sisters. graphical area in dire need of assistance.
Just a few of his accomplishment over the
While raising his family of four boys, Donald past twenty-three years at Parkview Medical
PERSONAL EXPLANATION also volunteered his time, energy and skills to Center include: establishing and developing a
the Cowles Mountain Little League. He shared Neurology Services department; establishing a
his patience, knowledge and team-spirit with
HON. TODD TIAHRT Little League players as he helped to build Lit-
Neuro Intensive Care Unit equipped with the
OF KANSAS area’s first CT SCAN; setting up extensive
tle League Fields, served as league president, outreach programs in such communities as
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES acted as player’s agent and coached teams. Alamosa, Walsenburg, Trinidad and Raton; re-
Wednesday, September 16, 1998 Donald exemplifies the high values, stand- vitalizing the EEG Lab and beginning an EMG
Mr. TIAHRT. Mr. Speaker, on September ards, and principles of the work of the late Lab; and donating nearly $175,000 to help
14th, I was unavoidably detained and missed John S. Lyons in community service. I join in fund Parkview’s expansion in order to bring
four recorded votes on the following bills: S. adding my sincere thanks to him for his many quality health care to those in need.
2206, The Community Opportunities, Account- contributions that have earned him the San It is this type of community involvement and
ability, and Training and Educational Services Diego County Building and Construction unselfish dedication to making the world a bet-
Act; H. Con. Res. 304, Expressing the Sense Trades Council’s 1998 Retired Labor Leader ter place that has earned Dr. Masan the admi-
of Congress regarding the Culpability of of the Year Award. ration and appreciation of so many. His deep
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — Extensions of Remarks E1733
personal commitment to improving the lives of Mtendeje Rajabu, Mohamed Mahundi Larsen. He spent part of his childhood in
those who are less fortunate, and to providing Ramadani, and Doto Lukua Romadhani. Sommerville, South Carolina. His great-
the best medical care possible, speaks vol- grandfather, whom he knew while a child,
was a shipwright, which may have had some
umes about the true character of this remark-
TRIBUTE TO MR. WALLACE influence on his choice of the Navy for his
able man. military service.
Dr. Hasan immigrated to the United States ‘‘WALLY’’ JOHNSON
His parents separated, and his mother took
in 1971 with only $32 to his name, but has a Red and his two older brothers, Herman and
wealth of desire and passion to succeed in his HON. RICHARD E. NEAL George, to New York City. Red spent his teen
chosen field. His numerous honors and OF MASSACHUSETTS years in what was known as ‘‘Hell’s Kitchen’’
achievements are too lengthy to list, Mr. and became big city street-wise. This area
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Speaker, but suffice to say that he is a man has since been torn down and replaced with
Wednesday, September 16, 1998 what we know today as Lincoln Center for
of tremendous accomplishment and vision.
Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts. Mr. Speaker, I the Performing Arts.
Not content with what he has already done Red enlisted in the Navy near the end of
for health care, Dr. Hasan is now in the proc- would like to take this opportunity to recognize World War II. He worked in communications
ess of designing health care for the next cen- the outstanding efforts of Selectman Wallace as a signalman, worked for some time as a
tury and beyond. This bodes well for the resi- ‘‘Wally’’ Johnson. For thirty-nine years Mr. submariner, and was trained in underwater
dents of Southern Colorado. Johnson has worked diligently to further the demolition. He eventually gained the rank of
Mr. Speaker, Dr. Hasan is not only a credit best interests of his community, Sutton, Mas- CPO. He was in the Navy for 13 years, travel-
to Parkview Medical Center, but to his com- sachusetts. Mr. Johnson’s incredible career is ing to many different places throughout the
unfortunately coming to a close since he re- world, and also saw service in the Korean
munity and his country as well. His record of
success and achievement is one that should cently announced that he will not seek re-elec- In the early 1970’s, Red became concerned
inspire us all to improve our own lives as well tion when his current term expires. with the legitimacy of several aspects of our
as of those around us. I am proud to stand Wally Johnson has live in Sutton since the government’s actions, especially pertaining
here today on the House Floor and talk about mid-1930s. His first job after high school was to the federal income tax. He spent consider-
this man, his efforts, and all that he has done with the clean-up crew after the Hurricane of able time and effort studying, researching
to touch the lives of so many. 1938. At a time when people were trying to and talking with various sources. He also as-
put their lives back together, Wally Johnson sisted several persons with tax difficulties.
was there to help. Wally worked on his fami- One of the results of his studies was an 83
TRIBUTE TO VICTIMS OF THE EM- page book, written in the late 1980’s, Slav-
ly’s farm, as well as giving his neighbors a ery, American Style. The book discusses in
BASSY BOMBINGS IN KENYA AND helping hand when they needed one. Even as some detail the unconstitutional nature of
TANZANIA a young man, Mr. Johnson displayed his fer- our current income tax system.
vent desire to make Sutton, Massachusetts a Another interest was our individual rights
HON. IKE SKELTON better place. and freedoms as American citizens, including
OF MISSOURI Before being elected to the Board of Select- property rights. Red also made a significant
man, Mr. Johnson served his country for four contribution to several communities in dem-
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
years during World War II. From 1942–1946, onstrating the unconstitutionality of zoning
Wednesday, September 16, 1998 laws.
Mr. Johnson, along with is fellow brave Amer- In 1944, Red moved to Tennessee for its
Mr. SKELTON. Mr. Speaker, I am sure all of ican soldiers, defended the American way of warmer weather and excellent state con-
my colleagues in the House of Representa- life, ensuring us the right to live free. The stitution. The first article in the Tennessee
tives were horrified by the tragic loss of life in strength of character that Mr. Johnson needed State Constitution is its Bill of Rights. He
the bombings of our embassies in Nairobi and to fight in World War II has stayed with him to continued his studies and contacts with
Dar es Salaam. Twelve Americans and nearly this day. other patriots, and was starting to publish a
300 Africans were killed and more than 5,000 In a time when many people in the United series of newsletters entitled ‘‘Truth Bird
people were injured. Reports.’’ Only one report had been pub-
States are trying to expand into every rural
We extend our deepest sympathy and con- lished at the time of his death on July 7,
area, Mr. Johnson has remained steadfast in 1998.
dolences to the families of those who died and his conviction that Sutton retain its old town A memorial library which will contain
to those who were injured. The nation owes character. He demanded that the new Town many of Red’s books and papers will be es-
an enormous debt of gratitude to the men and Hall be placed on the exact site of the old tablished in Altamont, New York, at the
women who serve our interests overseas, and Town Hall and he has recently decried local home of a long time friend.
to their families. We mourn their loss. urbanization efforts which he feels would bring
For the benefit of my colleagues, the follow- hardship to the residents of his town. He be-
ing is a list of the names of the individuals lieves that the old way of doing things is the RECOGNIZING THE MANASSAS EX-
who served in our embassies in Kenya and better way and he has dedicated his career to PRESS SOFTBALL TEAM FOR
Tanzania who died as a result of the blasts. keeping the morals and values of his youth WINNING THE BABE RUTH SOFT-
EMBASSY EMPLOYEES WHO DIED IN THE alive in Sutton. BALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
NAIROBI BOMBING His service, dedication, and strong character
Sgt. Nathan Aliganga, Julian Bartley, Jay have made Wally Johnson an indispensable HON. FRANK R. WOLF
Bartley (dependent), Jean Dalizu, Molly member of his community. I am proud to OF VIRGINIA
Hardy, Ken Hobson, Prabhi Guptara Kavaler, count Wally Johnson as one of my constitu- IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Arlene Kirk, Louise Martin, Ann Michelle
ents and feel honored to represent a person of
O’Connor, Sherry Olds, Tom Shah, Hindu O. Wednesday, September 16, 1998
Idi, Tonny Irung, Joel G. Kamau, Lucy N. his quality in Congress.
Mr. WOLF. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to rec-
Karigi, Tesia Warimu Kionge, Joe Kiongo,
Dominic Kithuva, Geoffrey Kalio, Peter K. ognize the accomplishments of a talented and
Macharia, Francis W. Main, Cecilia A. TRIBUTE TO JOHN W. ‘‘RED’’ dedicated group of young women from Manas-
Mamboleo, Lydiah M. Mayaka, Francis LARSEN BY HIS WIFE sas, Virginia. The Manassas Express 12-and
Mbogo, James Mathenca Migui, Namayi under girls’ softball team represented the
Moses, Catherine Mukeithi, Kimeu N.
Ngamga, Vincent Nyoike, Johnson Kimeo
HON. VAN HILLEARY Commonwealth of Virginia in Houma, Louisi-
OF TENNESSEE ana, last month at the Babe Ruth Softball Na-
Nzioka, Francis O. Ochilo, Obias Ochola, tional Championship and earned the title of
Maurice Okach, Hudson Nyamber Omae, IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Edwin A.O. Omori, Evans Onsongo, Eric Wednesday, September 16, 1998
Onyango, Mungasia (Rachel) Pussy, Farhat
The Express team is formed from the all-
M. Sheikh, Shah Umanlal, Phaedra Mr. HILLEARY. Mr. Speaker, please enter stars of the Greater Manassas Softball Asso-
Vrontamitis, Josephat K. Wachira, Adams into the RECORD today the enclosed material ciation (GMSA) league which is affiliated with
Wamai, and Frederick M. Yafes. written by Mrs. Betty Larsen and sent to me the Babe Ruth organization. The GMSA
EMBASSY EMPLOYEES WHO DIED IN THE DAR by Mrs. June Griffin of Dayton, Tennessee. league has two seasons: Spring, which is
ES SALAAM BOMBING John W. ‘‘Red’’ Larsen was born in Charles- competitive and standings are kept on wins
Abdalla Mohamed, Abbas William Mwila, ton, South Carolina, on September 13, 1927 to and losses; and fall, which is instructional in
Yusuf Shamte Ndange, Bakari Nyumhu, George Oliver and Marguerite Hochslander nature and no wins and losses are counted.
E1734 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — Extensions of Remarks September 16, 1998
The league was established to promote fast- bells hit the charts with its first single, ‘‘I Sold allow him to do both singing and non-singing
pitch softball for girls in the Manassas-Prince My Heart To The Junkman’’ which went gold. roles. Two years ago, the ‘‘Shining Star
William County area. The group recorded a number of songs which Award’’ was given to a constituent of mine,
The members of the team are: Stephanie made the top 40 and played the best R&B Laurie Beechman.
Gaynord, Katie Lee, Laura Hundemer, venues in the Nation including the Apollo The- Another reason I am so proud to stand here
Courtney Bures, Kesha Robinson, Julianne atre in Harlem, the Uptown in Philadelphia and and tell you about these brilliant performers is
Sudduth, Kristin Windle, Lydia Sumner, Kelli the Regal in Chicago. that they are both scheduled to perform in a
Rotter, Alyssa Kemmerer, Alexis In 1970, a dynamic change in image, sound, tribute concert—Let The Memory Live Again!
Hochstrasser, Brittany Alexander-Smith, Jas- costume, management and message gave A Musical Celebration For Laurie Beechman—
mine Davenport, Katie Speaks, and Ashley birth to the renamed trio—Labelle. The group’s on November 30 at the historic Walnut Street
Demaret. They are coached by Mike Windle, sound blended soul, funk, rhythm and blues, Theatre in Philadelphia to raise money for
Mike Bures, and Donald Alsberry; and their gospel, pop and high-intensity rock-and-roll, GILDA’S CLUB®. These two outstanding en-
scorekeeper is Tony Gaynord. while their futuristic costumes and theatrical tertainers are just a couple of the many tal-
Through their hard work, the Manassas Ex- staging made an unforgettable impact. ented artists who will join together to raise
press members have been ambassadors of Labelle’s gold album, Night Birds, yielded the funds to battle ovarian cancer, the disease
sportsmanship for Manassas, Prince William, number-one single of 1975, ‘‘Lady Mar- which took the life of Laurie Beechman in
and all of Virginia. On behalf of the citizens of malade.’’ March after a nine-year struggle against the
the 10th District, we say to them, congratula- On October 6, 1974, Labelle made history disease.
tions. as the first black vocal group to appear at the I am amazed that all these wonderful per-
Metropolitan Opera House where thousands of formers are willing to give what little time off
audience members included Bette Midler and they have to help others. But, it seems to be
HONORING PHILADELPHIA DIVA Jackie Onassis. a Broadway tradition to reach out like this be-
PATTI LABELLE AND BROADWAY Patti LaBelle made her solo debut in 1977 cause Laurie Beechman performed at many
STAR DOUGLAS SILLS when she played to overflow audiences in events of this kind. In fact, just two years ago,
New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and a she and Sam Harris performed at Rainbow
HON. JON D. FOX dozen other cities. Since then, Patti LaBelle and Stars to raise money for the battle against
OF PENNSYLVANIA has gone from triumph to triumph and strength AIDS. Now, Sam will be co-hosting the tribute
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES to strength. Her one-woman Broadway shows to Laurie, a woman he called his ‘‘musical
have shattered box office records, she has soulmate,’’ along with Ms. LaBelle.
Wednesday, September 16, 1998 starred in her own prime-time television spe- Mr. Speaker, I am proud to be associated
Mr. FOX of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I cial and weekly TV series, ‘‘Out All Night.’’ with Patti LaBelle and Douglas Sills who rep-
rise today to honor two outstanding entertain- She starred in the national tour and Broadway resent the heart and soul of the entertainment
ers who are being recognized for their talents revivals of the gospel musical Your Arms Too industry which has dedicated itself to the bat-
and their dedication to charitable causes. Short To Box With God and the role of a tle against these afflictions and have reached
On Thursday evening, September 24, Ms. nightclub singer in the motion picture, A Sol- out a hand to those in need. As a result of the
LaBelle will receive the ‘‘1998 Distinguished dier’s Story, which was created especially for Laurie Beechman Tribute Concert, GILDA’S
Arts Award’’ by Pennsylvania Governor Thom- her. CLUB® will be able to reach out to more peo-
as Ridge as part of the Governor’s Awards for Over the past 21 years, Patti LaBelle has ple with cancer and their families.
the Arts. recorded more than 50 albums and estab- November 30 will be a night of stars at the
Broadway superstar, Douglas Sills, currently lished herself as a major solo recording artist Walnut Street Theatre and none will shine
the Tony Award nominated star of The Scarlet with classics like ‘‘You Are My Friend,’’ and ‘‘If brighter than Douglas Sills and Patti LaBelle.
Pimpernel at the Minskoff Theatre on Broad- Only You Knew.’’ She has garnered 10 But, I’m sure they would be the first to tell you
way is being honored by the Leukemia Society Grammy Award nominations and the 1992 that the real stars that night will be Laurie
of America with the ‘‘Shining Star Award’’ in Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Perform- Beechman and the long struggle against ovar-
recognition of his commitment to charitable ance; seven NAACP Image Awards (including ian cancer she wages even after her death.
causes as well as his enormous talent. Among the coveted ‘‘Entertainer of the Year Award’’), I insert these comments in the RECORD so
his theatre credits are the Los Angeles pro- three Emmy Award nominations, two Amer- all may know of the accomplishments of these
duction of Tim Rice’s Chess, the national tour- ican Music Awards and a Cable Ace Award. In two fine performers in the hopes it will awaken
ing company of Into the Woods, by Stephen 1996, Boston’s Berklee College of Music pre- a similar dedication to humanity in each of us.
Sondheim, the First National Tour of The Se- sented Ms. LaBelle with an honorary doctor-
cret Garden and regional programs throughout ate. Her autobiography, Don’t Block The
the Nation. On television he has had roles on Blessings, was a national best seller and PROMOTION OF A DRUG-FREE
‘‘Coach,’’ ‘‘Empty Nest,’’ ‘‘Models Inc.,’’ ‘‘Party earned the NAACP Image Award for outstand- AMERICA
of Five,’’ ‘‘Sisters,’’ ‘‘Sliders,’’ and ‘‘Women of ing literary work. A cookbook, LaBelle Cuisine:
the House.’’ His film credits include Funny Recipes to Sing About should be released HON. BOB ETHERIDGE
About Love, The Swan Princess II, Escape soon. OF NORTH CAROLINA
from Castle Mountain. Ms. LaBelle is also well known as a humani- IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. Sills holds degrees in theatre from the tarian. She serves as spokeswoman for the
University of Michigan and the American Con- National Medical Association, the Minority Wednesday, September 16, 1998
servatory Theatre. He is a two-time AIDS Council’s ‘‘Live Long Sugar’’ campaign, Mr. ETHERIDGE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today
Dramalogue Award winner and a charter the National Cancer Institute and the Amer- to promote the Drug-Free America Blue Rib-
member of the Antaeus Project at the Mark ican Diabetes Association. The National Can- bon Campaign. As part of a resolution detail-
Taper Forum and Produced Dinah Was in Los cer Institute will receive $90 million in addi- ing how our children are at risk, the U.S.
Angeles. His role of Percy in The Scarlet Pim- tional research funding and $10 million a year House of Representatives has declared Sep-
pernel has brought him numerous honors in- over the next five years for education and out- tember 13–19, 1998, as Blue Ribbon Week.
cluding the 1998 Theatre Award for Best Actor reach programs if The Laurie Beechman Me- This selected week, shortly after most children
and the Drama League Award for Outstanding morial Act, which I was proud to author, be- return to school, allows Americans to join to-
Artists. He was also nominated for the 1998 comes law. gether in waging a strong campaign to win the
Best Actor Tony Award and as Best Actor for Mr. Speaker, these two extraordinary artists War on Drugs by the year 2002. We must pro-
the Outer Critics Circle Award, FANY Award are a clear example of the spirit of the enter- tect our children from drugs and we must sup-
and the Theatre World Award. tainment community when it comes to helping port our law enforcement community in the
Patti LaBelle is a musical sensation, daz- those in need. Patti LaBelle has a long record fight to keep our streets safe.
zling audiences for an incredible 37 years. of working for a variety of causes and has The efforts to reduce the incidence of sub-
Born in Philadelphia, Ms. LaBelle has been been an outstanding member of the Greater stance abuse, including abuse of alcohol and
singing all her life, first as a child in the Beu- Philadelphia community for many years. Doug- illicit, drugs is a major public policy issue in
lah Baptist Church gospel choir and then, as las Sills is a young man with a bright future the United States. An estimated 52 million
a teenager, in the legendary girl group Patti ahead of him. An excellent singer, Douglas Americans experience a mental health or sub-
LaBelle and the Bluebells. In 1961, the Blue- has also shown a keen acting skill which will stance abuse problem every year, with less
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — Extensions of Remarks E1735
than half obtaining treatment. According to the tion Committee located in Sanford, North agree with this observation, and based on re-
state health department, 343,000 residents of Carolina. This group, comprised of concerned cent polls 70% of Americans also disagree
North Carolina are in need of comprehensive citizens, meets on a regular basis to coordi- with drug legalization. According to the
substance abuse treatment. Over the last 30 nate programs and provide information to ONDCP Director General McCaffrey, lacking
years, Congress has initiated a variety of fed- combat the substance abuse problems in Lee the present combined social disapproval, ille-
eral efforts supporting the prevention and County. The group’s goals include involvement gality, and law enforcement efforts against il-
treatment of, and research relating to, sub- of local students to increase community licit drugs, the number of chronic addicts
stance abuse and mental illness. awareness and communications with area leg- would skyrocket from an estimated 4 million or
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health islators to keep us informed of breakdowns in less addicts today to 15 to 20 million. I strong-
Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency the judicial system and sentencing for offend- ly agree with General McCaffrey, and believe
of the Department of Health and Human Serv- ers. that drug legalization would increase drug use
ices, is responsible for supporting mental Earlier this year, I met with staff and toured in the public schools, create higher numbers
health and substance abuse prevention and the Triangle Residential Options of Substance of drug addicts and overdoses, and more
treatment services throughout the country by Abusers (TROSA), located in the Research drug-related crimes.
providing technical assistance, categorical Triangle Park of North Carolina. TROSA is a The House is expected to vote this week on
grants, and block grants to the states. This two year residential self-help initiative serving legislation to promote an agenda of zero toler-
vital agency was created in 1992 and provides drug and alcohol abusers. For some, TROSA ance of drugs. These bills which I strongly
funds to states for alcohol and drug preven- serves as an alternative to incarceration. The support, take necessary steps to win the War
tion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs only program of its type in the Triangle, on Drugs. They are as follows:
and activities. TROSA serves men and women at no cost to H.J. Res 117, Opposing Medicinal Mari-
Providing sufficient funds to states for drug the individual. Residents reside in a highly juana. The measure expresses the opposition
prevention is vital to winning the war on drugs. structured environment for two years. The ini- of Congress to legalizing marijuana for medi-
Without adequate funding, states will not be tiative emphasizes vocational training, edu- cal use.
able to provide the necessary treatment and cation, and interpersonal communication skills. H.R. 4006, Lethal Drug Abuse Prevention
assistance to those in need. The Administra- There are three major rules governing all Act. The measure revokes the right to pre-
tion has requested a proposed funding level of TROSA residents: there is to be no use of scribe drugs for doctors who have dispensed
$17.1 billion next year in National Drug Con- drugs or alcohol; no threats of violence; and drugs for the purpose of assisting a suicide.
trol Funding, a 6.8% increase over the esti- no acts of violence. TROSA is known through- H.R. 4300, Western Hemisphere Drug Elimi-
mated $15.9 billion provided in Fiscal Year out North Carolina for its success rate and nation Act. The bill is expected to strengthen
1998. In addition to increased funding, the Ad- works closely with North Carolina universities international efforts to combat the trafficking of
ministration has also proposed a National to provide valuable educational and self-help illegal drugs into the United States.
Drug strategy. The drug initiatives in the new programs for its residents. H.R. 4550, the Drug Demand Reduction
strategy build on five goals: (1) Motivate youth In July of this year, I joined the Johnston Act. The measure would authorize funds for a
to reject illegal drugs & substance abuse; (2) County Drug Action Coalition (JCDAC) in the national anti-drug media campaign; creates
reduce drug-related crime and violence; (3) re- National Drug Control Policy Town Meeting programs to promote drug-free workplaces,
duce health, welfare, and crime costs resulting Anti-Drug Campaign with the President and prisons and schools, and to reduce drug use
from illegal drug use; (4) shield the U.S. fron- the Director of the Office of the Office of Na- by teenage drivers; provides market incentives
tiers from the drug threat; and (5) break for- tional Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) General for drug companies to develop anti-addiction
eign and domestic drug supply sources. Con- Barry McCaffrey. JCDAC, which is located in medications; and consolidates certain Federal
gress must do its part and support the Admin- Smithfield, North Carolina and is run by Dr. anti-drug programs.
istration’s efforts. Judith Coats Kolcum, joined the Johnston Mr. Speaker, I’d like to close by saying that
Protecting our children from drugs and sup- Community College family, law enforcement we have a tough battle ahead in order to
porting safe streets and communities are top officials, drug groups and students in this na- reach our goal of total eradication of drugs by
priorities for me. I strongly believe we must tional discussion on drugs. JCDAC’s mission the year 2002. We must work with school
not retreat in our battle to save people from includes a comprehensive, long range edu- groups, civic organizations, and anti-drug coa-
the scourge of alcohol and drugs that destroys cational approach addressing not only prob- litions to increase public awareness about
so many precious lives. As the former two- lems but offering solutions. Its their belief that America’s drug crisis and establish a consist-
term Superintendent of North Carolina’s public the use of illegal drugs, the abuse and/or mis- ent ‘‘no-use’’ drug message. I pledge to do my
schools, I know firsthand the importance of use of alcohol affects every citizen of their part in supporting legislation that will further
strong anti-drug abuse programs. I supported County and the state. The ugly results of ad- our goals, and protect our nation from the per-
and worked on the Safe and Drug Free dictions are seen through the loss of health, ils of drugs. I urge my colleagues to join this
Schools Program during my tenure as Super- lost of income, increase in crime, broken effort and show the world that we are commit-
intendent, and I oppose the effort of some Re- homes and quality of life in general. As a solu- ted to work together on a bipartisan basis to
publican Members to terminate Safe and tion, JCDAC offers that the cycle of addiction wipe out drug use in America.
Drug-Free Schools. and drug abuse can be broken, by providing A great number of reliable statistical
As the Representative of the Second District effective prevention policies to assure that ad- studies* show and prove that addiction dis-
of North Carolina, I am committed to continu- diction treatment is available and accessible to ease (alcohol and drug dependency) is our
ing to work to protect our nation from the dan- all who need it. nation’s number one health problem. Approxi-
gers of drug abuse. I am also strongly commit- Also participating in the Town Meeting was mately 18 million Americans are addicted to
ted to assisting the state and grassroots orga- the Day By Day Treatment Center. The Day alcohol. Almost 13 million Americans over 12
nizations in my district who know first hand By Day Center is located in a peaceful rural years old have used illegal drugs within the
how to combat the devastation of drug use. I area of Johnston County, just outside of the last month and another 11 million abuse tran-
believe that it is vitally important to keep an town of Selma, North Carolina. Day By Day is quilizers and other psychotropic medications.
open line of communication with hospitals, a grassroots organization that has been instru- Addiction disease costs every citizen of our
treatment programs, and other grassroots or- mental in delivering treatment services to nation about $1,000 a year for unnecessary
ganizations to gain valuable input into how we those individuals struggling with substance health care, added law-enforcement, auto-
can move forward together in this fight to abuse issues. The Center is a modern facility mobile wrecks, crime, and lost productivity.
erase drugs from our streets. which offers an intensive concentrated pro- The tragedy that the disease inflicts upon the
Since taking office, I have been honored to gram of drug and alcohol addiction recovery emotions and psychological well-being of fami-
visit many groups and organizations in the education, based on the traditional Twelve lies is immeasurable.
Second Congressional District who are dili- Step Programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Public policy toward addressing addiction
gently working to rid their communities of Narcotics Anonymous. At this time, I ask disease is aimed too heavily at cutting supply
drugs. In order for us to claim victory in this unanimous consent to enter into the record a rather than toward prevention, education and
effort, we must break the cycle of drugs and statement prepared by Ed Ward, Executive Di- treatment. Addiction disease continues to be
crime and help state and local governments rector of the Day By Day Treatment Center of
implement drug testing and treatment for drug Johnston County, Inc. *Note that some statistical references were ob-
abusers. In December of last year, I met with Many believe that legalization is the answer tained from: Treatment Addiction/Advancing the
the Sanford Chamber of Commerce Drug Ac- to efforts to control drug use. I strongly dis- Common Good a Join Together publication.
E1736 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — Extensions of Remarks September 16, 1998
viewed with stigma, its victims seen as morally tached for your information the text of the fol- REAR ADMIRAL MIKE SULLIVAN
weak, often criminal or bad rather than sick lowing letter which the entire Washington Del-
people suffering from a chronic biopsycho- egation today sent to The Honorable Donna HON. IKE SKELTON
social illness. Shalala, Representative TOM BLILEY, and Sen- OF MISSOURI
In my own district, I’m brought face to face ator WILLIAM ROTH: IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
with the reality of untreated addiction disease Wednesday, September 16, 1998
and the difficulty of persons getting appro- We are writing to share with you legisla-
tion we introduced today that addresses an Mr. SKELTON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to
priate treatment. I recently conversed with rep-
issue of critical importance to Washington recognize and honor Rear Admiral Mike Sulli-
resentatives from Day By Day Treatment Cen- State and its ability to participate in the
ter located in Selma, North Carolina who in- van, United States Navy, as he retires on Oc-
State Children’s Health Insurance Program tober 1, 1998, upon completion of over 31
formed me that the treatment facility faces tre- (SCHIP).
mendous economic pressure due to cutbacks years of honorable and faithful service to our
Washington State has a strong record of Nation.
in Medicaid funding, managed care denials of ensuring that its low-income kids have ac- Rear Admiral Sullivan, a Supply Corps Offi-
appropriate services, ongoing stigma, and cess to affordable health care. In 1994, Wash- cer, has performed in a consistently outstand-
other adversities. This occurs when there is ington raised its child Medicaid eligibility ing manner under the most challenging of cir-
great need and existent studies pointing to the threshold to 200% of the federal poverty level
cumstances. As the Principal Deputy Assistant
reality that treatment works. (FPL). The SCHIP program was developed
Without appropriate treatment, victims of ad- Secretary of the Navy (Research, Develop-
with this objective in mind by expanding
diction disease are cost shifted to the criminal Medicaid funding to states that extend eligi- ment and Acquisition) he was responsible for
justice system or more expensive medical bility to provide quality health care to addi- advising the Navy’s Acquisition Executive on
care to address other diseases such as cirrho- tional children. business and programmatic matters concern-
sis of the liver which are secondary to un- ing Navy and Marine Corps major weapon
During the negotiations of the 1997 Bal-
treated addiction disease. anced Budget Act (BBA), Congress and the systems programs. He also provided policy
It costs about $6000 to treat a victim of ad- Administration recognized that certain and oversight for the Naval procurement sys-
diction disease as an inpatient at Day By Day states were already undertaking Medicaid tem which encompasses over 900 activities
Treatment Center or about $2500 for an out- expansions up to or above 200 percent of contracting for more than $40 billion in weap-
patient program when appropriate. The trag- FPL, and that they should be allowed to use on systems, supplies and services annually.
the new SCHIP funds. Unfortunately, this Mike, no stranger to anyone in uniform, can
edy is that our health care system cost shifts
provision was limited to those states that reflect on several successful operational tours
to the criminal justice system where the cost enacted expansions on or after March 31, 1997 in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He
is up to $37,000 annually to keep one person and disallowed Washington from accessing came to his current position after being the
in prison who wouldn’t be there in the first the $230 million in SCHIP funds it had been Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ac-
place had addiction disease been addressed allocated through 2002. As a result, Washing- quisition and Business Management. His wide
initially. ton State cannot use its SCHIP allotment to range of experience also included, among oth-
As a nation we must: cover the 90,000 children currently eligible,
ers’, tours at Naval Sea Systems Command,
Treat addiction disease on an equal basis but not covered for health care at or below
Naval Air Systems Command, the Govern-
with treatment of other diseases. 200 percent of FPL. Exacerbating this in-
Provide for a more well educated citizenry in equity is the fact that many states have ment Operations Committee of the House of
addiction disease from layman to professional. begun accessing their SCHIP allotments to Representatives, and Competition Advocate
Provide for more research aimed at better cover kids at poverty levels far below Wash- General of the Navy. And Central Missourians
treatment and more appropriate outcome stud- ington’s current or past eligibility levels. too, know him well: for four consecutive years
Correcting this technicality is the top prior- he traveled to their neighborhood—my con-
ity for our delegation as we near the end of gressional district—to counsel and assist small
Today, so many of our society’s ills can be the 105th Congress and we plan to push for
traced directly to addiction disease. Let us all businesses about the requirements of the fed-
legislative action in the next few weeks to eral contracts.
not only be acutely aware of the tremendous pass this non-controversial measure. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he
amount of work that needs to be done in ad- This bipartisan, bicameral initiative rep- completed his MBA degree at the University of
dressing addiction disease, but also of the resents a thoughtful, carefully-crafted re- North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also at-
enormous opportunity and possibility to en- sponse to the unintended consequences of tended the Industrial College of the Armed
hance all of our lives if we will make the effort. SCHIP and brings much-needed assistance to Forces and Carnegie Mellon University’s Pro-
children currently at-risk. Rather than sim-
gram for Executives. His personal decorations
ply changing the effective date included in
INTRODUCTION OF BIPARTISAN the BBA, our initiative includes strong include the Legion of Merit (three awards), the
LEGISLATION TO ENSURE WASH- maintenance of effort language as well as in- Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint
INGTON STATE USES ITS SHARE centives for our state to find those 90,000 un- Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy
OF THE STATE CHILDREN’S insured kids because we feel strongly that Commendation Medal (two awards). Married
HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM they receive the health coverage for which to the former Pam Ross of Leavenworth, Kan-
FOR COVERAGE OF ADDITIONAL they are eligible. sas, the Sullivan’s have one son, Brian.
CHILDREN UNDER THE MEDICAID We respectfully request that you join our The Department of the Navy, Congress, and
PROGRAM efforts to move it through the legislative the American people have been defended and
process. We look forward to working with well served by this dedicated naval officer for
you during the remaining days of this Con- over 31 years. Rear Admiral Mike Sullivan will
HON. JIM McDERMOTT gress to ensure that Washington’s SCHIP long be remembered for his leadership, serv-
OF WASHINGTON funds are used to increase the health of our ice and dedication. I am proud to call him my
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES children, not wasted due to an unintended friend. Let me wish him, his wife Pam, and
Wednesday, September 16, 1998 technical oversight. their son Brian our very best as they begin a
Thank you for your cooperation in this ef- new chapter in their life together.
Mr. McDERMOTT. Mr. Speaker, the entire
fort and please do not hesitate to contact us
Washington State Delegation today introduced if we can provide you with additional infor-
legislation that would allow our state to partici- mation. A SALUTE TO DR. BILLY TAYLOR,
pate in the State Children’s Health Insurance Sincerely, ONE OF THE GREATEST MUSI-
Program (SCHIP). The legislation we crafted Slade Gorton, U.S. Senator; Jim CIANS OF JAZZ
represents the culmination of more than a McDermott, Member of Congress;
year’s worth of effort to ensure Congressional George Nethercutt, Member of Con-
action on this issue. gress; Patty Murray, U.S. Senator; HON. JOHN CONYERS, JR.
Jack Metcalf, Member of Congress; OF MICHIGAN
I ask that you exercise your leadership of
Norm Dicks, Member of Congress; Rick IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
the Congressional majority to expedite the White, Member of Congress; Linda
passage of this measure in a non-controver- Wednesday, September 16, 1998
Smith, Member of Congress; Adam
sial manner. Smith, Member of Congress; Jennifer Mr. CONYERS. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to
To illustrate the vigor of our Delegation’s Dunn, Member of Congress; Doc honor Dr. Billy Taylor—one of the greatest pia-
commitment to advancing this issue, I have at- Hastings, Member of Congress. nists ever, who has touched the lives of many
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during his fifty years plus in jazz, not only as fellow coaches as Coach of the Year six Wendelin’s ministry that Catholics from all cor-
a pianist, composer, author, activist, teacher, times. Though Carl is acknowledged for his ners on the city answer the call to celebrate at
lecturer, and actor, but also as a radio and tel- coaching ability, his teaching successes have the little church on Columbus Avenue.
evision personality. Though Dr. Billy Taylor is often been overlooked. He made his mark on Cleveland’s strong tradition of Catholic edu-
seventy-seven years old, he’s more than the Calumet High School curriculum by insti- cation continues at Saint Wendelin’s under the
young at heart. His current schedule is chock tuting a Life Management course and influ- direction of Ursuline Sisters with their oper-
full of performances while he also serves on enced nearly every student that attended the ation of Urban Community School. Saint
the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Calumet High School by teaching this class, Wendelin’s facilities serve as a second home
where he received one of fifteen other honor- as well as Health, annually. This legacy, more to the 300 students of Urban Community.
ary doctorates. His series Jazz at the Kennedy than any coaching award, is what will live as Saint Wendelin’s also serves as the head-
Center, an ongoing series of demonstrations- Carl’s greatest achievement. Indeed, his dedi- quarters for Heartbeats, Inc., a ministry oper-
discussions of the history of jazz, is wonderful. cation and caring is represented through his ated by the Sisters of the Humility of Mary,
He hosts intimate sessions of performance four Teacher of the Year Awards, as well as supporting women from third world countries.
and conversation which enables participants to his Inland Steel Teacher of the Year Award. My fellow colleagues, please join me in hon-
gain insight into jazz by hearing the music, Carl was always a dedicated and caring oring the parish community of Saint Wendelin
memories and unique philosophies of some of coach and teacher. Though he spent must Church and its pastor, Rev. Jerome Lajack, as
the greatest musicians jazz has produced. time and effort on his players and students, they celebrate mass with Bishop Anthony Pilla
In 1971, Billy Taylor became the first African this did not diminish his devotion to his wife, in commemoration of 95 years in service to
American to lead a band on a talk show when Margie, and their daughter, Karen. His profes- God. A community bound by its faith, the be-
he fronted an ensemble of all-stars on the sional success was complemented by an even lievers of Saint Wendelin’s are committed to
David Frost Show for four years. I know from more rewarding family life. Now that he has doing justice, both in the church’s surrounding
personal experience, that aside from being a retired, Carl plans to spend much of his time neighborhoods and the world beyond. Let us
stupendous musician, he’s also an incredible with Margie and Karen, who now works for pray that Saint Wendelin parish continues as
human being. He has great respect for other NASA. He also, he continues to serve as a a beacon of Christian charity as we enter into
people, and has a wonderful aura of niceness member of the National Association of Basket- the next millenium.
and gentility. ball Coaches, the Indiana Basketball Coaches
Dr. Taylor founded Jazzmobile, which brings Association, as an instructor and local basket-
free performances to hundreds of thousands ball camps, and as a teacher at Purdue Uni- A TRIBUTE TO JOSEPH M.
of people. His awards include two Peabodys, versity Calumet. GOMES—‘‘MR. SAN PABLO’’
an Emmy, and the first Certificate of Recogni- Mr. Speaker, I ask that you and my other
tion given by the U.S. Congressional Arts distinguished colleagues join me in commend- HON. GEORGE MILLER
Caucus and it is with immense pleasure that ing Carl Traicoff for his lifetime of dedication, OF CALIFORNIA
in this tribute I join the ranks of those saluting service, and leadership to the students and IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
the great Dr. Billy Taylor. faculty of Calumet High School, as well as the
people of Northwest Indiana. Carl’s efforts as Wednesday, September 16, 1998
an educator and a basketball coach blended Mr. MILLER of California. Mr. Speaker, I
TRIBUTE TO CARL TRAICOFF together to help kids make the most of their rise today to invite my colleagues to join me
potential and earn their success in the world. in celebrating the life of a truly remarkable in-
HON. PETER J. VISCLOSKY Northwest Indiana’s community has certainly dividual, Mr. Joseph M. Gomes. I know of no
OF INDIANA been rewarded by the true service and un- other person who has had such an all encom-
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES compromising dedication displayed by Carl passing influence on his community. Joe’s
Traicoff. name is synonymous with the city he rep-
Wednesday, September 16, 1998 resents, and he cannot be denied the moniker,
Mr. VISCLOSKY. Mr. Speaker, it is with the ‘‘Mr. San Pablo’’.
greatest pleasure that I pay tribute to one of IN HONOR OF SAINT WENDELIN Joe has made San Pablo his home for the
the leading citizens of Indiana’s First Congres- PARISH greater part of 70 years. It is where he and his
sional District, Mr. Carl Traicoff, of Highland, lovely wife, Mary, chose to settle and raise
Indiana. After serving as one of Northwest In- HON. DENNIS J. KUCINICH their family. Joe spent 35 years with American
diana’s most distinguished, compassionate, OF OHIO Standard and another 9 years with Phoenix
and dedicated teachers for twenty-seven IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Iron Works, before ending one career to pur-
years, Carl announced his retirement on Sat- sue another. In 1980, Joe was elected to his
urday, August 22, 1998. Wednesday, September 16, 1998 first term on the San Pablo City Council, and
A 1956 graduate of Lew Wallace High Mr. KUCINICH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to a life of public service was born. Over the past
School in Gary, Carl enrolled as a student at extend my best wishes to the parish commu- two decades, Joe’s leadership on the Council
Kansas State University, which he attended nity of Saint Wendelin Church as they cele- has guided San Pablo through a trans-
for one year. In 1958, he transferred to Cul- brate their ninety-fifth year in Cleveland’s Ohio formation from a small, isolated community to
ver-Stockton University where, in 1960, he City neighborhood. For almost a century, Saint a thriving urban city—a city which celebrates
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Wendelin’s has served as a spiritual refuge, its cultural diversity, neighborhood spirit and
Education and Health. Carl continued his edu- opening its doors to any soul in search of livability.
cation at Northeast Missouri, now Truman peace. But Joe is not content to simply fulfill the
State, earning a Master’s degree in Physical Originally serving the Slovak community of role of elected official. His commitment ex-
Education, Health, and Administration. While Cleveland’s near west side, the ministry of tends to active participation in virtually every
attending graduate school, Carl also worked Saint Wendelin’s began in 1903. It was on local club or organization, from the Chamber
as a girls basketball coach, beginning his long May 3rd of that year that the community re- of Commerce, the Exchange Club, the Eagles
and distinguished coaching career. ceived permission to found Saint Wendelin and the Moose Lodge to the Salesian Boys &
From 1960 through 1966, he served as a Parish. A small church was soon erected, and Girls Club and the Brookside Community
basketball coach at the high schools of on December 6, 1903, Father Koudelka cele- Health Clinic. Joe’s work has always been led
Louistown, Clarence, and Centralia. In 1966, brated Saint Wendelin’s first mass. Not long by his heart, his concern and caring for all
he moved back to Indiana’s First Congres- after, the Sisters of Notre Dame established members of his community. Through his self-
sional District and began teaching and coach- Saint Wendelin’s School. The order would less service and tireless involvement, Joe has
ing at Calumet High School, in unincorporated continue to provide quality Catholic education personally touched the life of each and every
Calumet Township, Lake County, Indiana. As for the next seventy years. resident of San Pablo.
Calumet High School’s coach, Carl posted 417 In 1925, the current church and school com- I am personally honored to call Joe Gomes
wins, for a career total of 477 wins. Indeed, plex was dedicated. Non-territorial, Saint a friend and a mentor. On behalf of the United
along with these wins, his teams won four Wendelin’s welcomes all believers to join in States House of Representatives, I would like
Sectional Titles, and he was honored by his worship. It is a testament to the Saint to salute him and his work.
E1738 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — Extensions of Remarks September 16, 1998
50TH BIRTHDAY OF THE VERNON Year’s parties at the old ‘‘Johnny Hynnes This post is deeply involved in civil affairs
HILL AMERICAN LEGION POST Ballroom’’? How many can remember the coupled with the welfare of our own commu-
NO. 435 Past Commanders’ banquets that graduated nity and state. In 1969, an issue of deep con-
from an upstairs loft at Alaries Tower House cern to all our citizens was automobile in-
on the Cherry Valley/Worcester Line, to the surance. Does that have a a familiar ring? In
HON. JAMES P. McGOVERN Towncrest on Lake Avenue, to Jimmy this very room a forum was held to inform
OF MASSACHUSETTS O’Day’s Edgemere Lodge? How many present our members and all our citizens about a
can recall the sumptuous steak dinner ar- new form of auto insurance. One of the pan-
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
ranged by Tim Mara and the late Ed Piliski elists who was proposing the system was a
Wednesday, September 16, 1998 at Thompson’s Lodge in Westboro? Everyone young State Representative from Brookline
present at the banquet marveled at the deal who went on to some degree of fame and no-
Mr. MCGOVERN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today our two chairman had arranged—until they toriety, Michael Dukakis.
in honor of the 50th year that the Vernon Hill got the bill that almost bankrupted our mea- And what American Legion Post in the
American Legion Post has served the commu- ger treasury. world had its own basketball and softball
nity and honored our veterans in Worcester. Who among us can forget the first New leagues where everyone who played had to be
To commemorate this event, I would like to Year’s Eve party held in these quarters be- a member? Shea’s Tavern, Leavitt Drugs,
enter into the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD the his- fore we had tile on the floor? We danced on Old Timers, The Associates, and the
tory of Post No. 435 as recounted by Past the cement floor and had black legs for a Livewires were all winners. Does anyone re-
week. A great time was had by all on that member the classic confrontation in a gym
Commander, John F. O’Connor. This post of
first occasion in our own hall, the first of not far from here between the late Past Com-
the American Legion has a unique history, and many great times in this room. mander Bob Bruso and a young Priest, Fa-
I believe that Mr. O’Connor’s account clearly The state convention in 1948 was held in ther Ed Tinsley, now the Vicar General of
shows that the group of men and women in- Worcester, a rather huge affair at the the Diocese of Worcester?
volved with the Vernon Hill Post are true time . . . World War I veterans joined by Even when we didn’t have much of a treas-
American heroes. World War II veterans just blending into ci- ury, the post sponsored a team in the Gehrig-
The text of his history follows. vilian life. Who can forget the huge parade in Ruth League which continues to this day.
downtown Worcester featuring superlative This late Jim Spaulding and child welfare
In the fall of 1947, a group of young veter- marching bands and handsome Governor, chairman, the late Past Commander Ed Cove
ans were standing in front of Joe’s Spa, Maurice Tobin, in a Panama suit? The new put together the finest charitable program of
across the street from Vernon Hill Park, get- Post Vernon Hill, now about 30 strong, an American Legion Post anywhere. In addi-
ting ready to start a touch football game. marched in the back of the host delegation tion to baseball, our post has an unparalled
There, they were approached to attend a behind a huge banner that read ‘‘Worcester’s record in the area of programs for our youth.
meeting at 9 Ames Street at the home of Baby Post, Vernon Hill American Legion The scholarship program has aided innumer-
long-time legionnaire, James B. Lawless, to #435, watch us grow’’. How prophetic. John able sons and daughters of Post members to
discuss forming an American Legion Post on McDavitt, a navy veteran, now residing in secure education at the colleagiate level.
Vernon Hill. Brookfield, was dressed as an infant, albeit The Boys State Chairman Past Commander
Somewhat reluctantly, the young veterans smoking a cigar and possessing a can of the John F. O’Connor and many members have
gave up their touch football game and beverage of moderation, pushed in a baby participated in the mock trial at the con-
walked to the Lawless home two blocks carriage by his ‘‘father’’, the late Bill Wall, vocation of Boys State.
away, and signed the request to the Worces- and his ‘‘mother’’ Connie Brosnihan, now re- Who could ever forget the ‘‘Minstrel Show’’
ter County Commander, Bill Blanchard, for siding in Enfield, Connecticut. assisted by the late Bob Brady and the spon-
permission to create the Vernon Hill Post In 1966, a bright young navy veteran taneous with of the Past Commander, the
American Legion. He denied the initial re- brought what many older, more experienced, late James Spaulding. These various musical
quest because Worcester already had 16 more mature members thought was a prepos- delights features many talents, now de-
American Legion Posts, more than an ade- terous proposition to construct a hospital in parted, included John ‘‘Blue Eyes’’ Mahoney.
quate number. Commander Blanchard sent Vietnam to honor the boys and girls of In recent years, we were entertained by our
word that if the Vernon Hill Veterans want- Worcester County who lost their lives in this Vernon Hill Legionaries, led by Past Com-
ed to join, there were plenty of nearby posts faraway conflict. In 1967, after much effort mander Howard Harvey. Who can’t reflect on
to accommodate them. In typical Vernon and preparation by the initiator of the the many occasions that our talented, dedi-
Hill fashion, the group of reluctant joiners project, the day arrived when all of the cated choristers, George Handley, Mike
now became determined to have their own ‘‘Doubting Thomases’’ became firm believers Donovan, Pat Carmody and our own little
post. in Past Commander Frank Carroll. We be- girl now grown to a young lady, Kristen
Mr. Lawless, a World War I veteran, with came such believers that if Frank said Pope Carlstrom, enthralled us and the always full-
Edward F. Wall, presented the Post’s case be- John Paul II is expected to attend tonight’s capacity audiences?
fore the Worcester County Council meeting affair, we would keep an eye on the door. Our own St. Patrick Day ‘‘Hooleys’’ were
in Upton. Their persuasiveness and persist- Who could ever forget this fabulous ex- always great affairs. Does anyone here re-
ence paid off, and a charter was granted in travaganza? General Westmoreland, the com- member the Irish Tenor, Tom Riley? The
the Spring of 1948 to the Vernon Hill Post missioner of baseball, General Eckerett, and fabulous corned beef and cabbage meals put
American Legion #435. Under Secretary of State Katzenbach drank out mainly by Chet Mills and and the late
That was the inauspicious debut of what is coffee in the kitchen right in these quarters Dick Mitchell were something?
now the second largest American Legion with Jim Donahue and many other dig- Speaking of food, does anyone remember
Post in Worcester County, numbering almost nitaries. At the bar, the late Gordon McCrea the sumptuous meals of Duffy Caterers and
600 members in the fiftieth year of its exist- told stories about his football days at his Harvard beets? How many can remember
ence. Gaskill Field. Who among us doesn’t have an the wonderful evenings of superb music of
The Post needed quarters, but we also avid memory of the affair at the Memorial Townsmen and the gifted Janie Morin, fresh
needed a treasury to pay the rent. Ed Wall, Auditorium? Present were the celebrities on from her appearance at Fenway Park in 1967?
and another member, the late Chester G. stage with Marilyn Mayes. There was secu- Down through the years we also had some
Trembowicz, the only ones that were work- rity everywhere, and the pride of our mem- superb Italian and Polish nights.
ing at the time, lent the Post the money to bership was unmistakable. This humani- What veteran’s organization holds its own
rent our first quarters in a vacant store at 35 tarian gesture to assist Dr. Turpin of Project Memorial Mass and breakfast honoring its
Granite Street for $35 a month. Finally hav- Concern to construct a hospital in the Cen- deceased members? Recently, the Mass
ing a ‘‘Home’’, the Post started to raise tral Highlands of Vietnam was motivated by breakfast have been held right here in these
funds. A bar was constructed with a can of an American Legion Post in Worcester led by quarters with great success and numbers.
beer selling for 20 cents. A ping-pong table its imaginative, fearless, persistent, young Citizens of Worcester who have made a con-
was installed in the cellar and one of the Commander, Frank Carroll. tribution to the well-being of our community
first television sets in the neighborhood was The vast number of volunteers, plus the or- are honored with an award each year. The
purchased with proceeds from a minstrel ganizational genius called Frank Carroll, award is now highly coveted and respected in
show. A huge safe (still being used today) made the project a huge success. The Vernon this city.
which almost caused the demise of member Hill Post American Legion was brought into The Vernon Hill Post was the first group of
Billy Reynolds, was donated from its old the spotlight and our post became the most any sort to go on record in favor of the con-
home on Lamartine Street to Granite Street. recognizable and envied Veteran’s organiza- struction of the Worcester Civic Center, now
In 1951, the Vernon Hill Post purchased a tion in the entire state. known as the Centrum. Where would Worces-
home at 154 Vernon Street for the sum of This organization is also extremely active ter be if we didn’t have the Centrum now?
$16,500. The Post continued to grow in its in youth and community affairs. The post’s The Vernon Hill Post was also the first to
new home that featured what the late Joe generosity to all who are deprived and unfor- endorse the connecting highway from down-
Fitzgerald called the ‘‘Chinese room.’’ tunate is well known, but its finest hour is town Worcester to the Massachusetts Turn-
As the post grew and prospered, so did its its magnanimous support of the blind chil- pike in Millbury, a vital link to the eco-
social functions. Who can forget the New dren in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. nomic well-being of our city.
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This last December 11th, over 200 senior Colorado farmers have been. Mr. Speaker, the istration to regulate the U.S. Postal Service as
citizens who ordinarily wouldn’t have a joy- Wenger Farm has left a lasting legacy for their it would for any private business. This is wel-
ous Christmas season were our guests here family, and all of their friends and neighbors in come legislation for the over 2,000 postal em-
for the 20th year. Howard Harvey and his
Yuma County. I salute them, and all of the ployees in the State of Vermont, and the hun-
chorus, the chefs, the waitresses and waiters,
the people who contribute their talents, time good people who worked to preserve that leg- dreds of thousands in the country.
and resources, are to be commended for their acy. We all have a lot to gain from preserving This bill is supported by the American Post-
charity and concern. our history and preserving the farming way of al Workers Union, the National Association of
On occasions, the boys at Nazareth Home life. Lettercarriers, the Mailhanders (Laborers Inter-
in Leicester have been the guests of the Post national), and the Rural Lettercarriers Associa-
at the circus, the Red Sox, and the Celtics? tion—every union that represents our postal
Our Honor Guard, especially Bud Hall, has TRIBUTE TO ANGELO CATANI employees. We should listen to our postal
always been present at parades, funerals and
other functions. Our antique fire truck is al-
workers who desire the full protection of
ways at the disposal of children of this re-
HON. CLIFF STEARNS OSHA.
gion. OF FLORIDA Mr. Speaker, OHSA is a vital piece of our
When you mention names, you run the risk IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES social contract. It was passed in response to
of neglecting someone who has made a siz- unsafe working conditions that were found
able contribution to this Post. None the less,
Wednesday, September 16, 1998
throughout the United States, and it has pre-
we would be remiss if we didn’t name some Mr. STEARNS. Mr. Speaker, I wanted to vented countless injuries and fatalities on the
men who have passed on who have made this take this opportunity to say a few words about job. Now, 27 years after the passage of the
a great Post. They must be looking down Angelo Catani, a fellow Floridian, who will be
from their heavenly perch with pride; the
Occupational Health and Safety Act, we
retiring next month. should continue our commitment that every
founder, James B. Lawless, Past Command-
ers, John C. Wall, Chester C. Trembowitz,
Angelo distinguished himself in a variety of worker in America has the right to a safe
Raymond Jermyn, Robert Bruso, Albert positions throughout his 30 plus years of serv- workplace.
Spring, James Spaulding, George Naum, Ed ice, including his initial employment with the What we have before us today is legislation
Cove, Bob Coakley, Ed Bulleus, and Red American Machine & Foundry, where he was that says to many of the federal government’s
Cochran. We have come a long way in the responsible for installation of the hydraulic lift most valued employees—those who process
last five decades from that initial gathering system on the Titan missile program. and deliver the mail and keep our country on
on Ames Street! He followed up that position by joining Gen-
We are now the second largest in member-
the move: We honor your work and we will
eral Electric Co. where for the next 12 years protect you from workplace hazards.
ship of any American Legion Post in Worces-
ter County. However, by all standards and
he was involved in engineering programs such Mr. Speaker, every American deserves the
criteria, the Vernon Hill Post is universally as the update of the Possidon fired control full benefits of an OSHA compliant workplace.
recognized and acclaimed as the finest, most systems, Launch Complex-34 propellant trans- I urge strong support for our nation’s hard
active contributing veteran’s organization fer system at Kennedy Space Center and the working postal employees. Pass this legisla-
anywhere. One of our own Past Commanders, Saturn V, S–IVB stage support equipment. tion for them, for the people who love them,
Byron McCluskey, was a Department Past Following a successful career at General and for the country that employs them.
Commander, bringing great honor to this Electric, Mr. Catani joined Aerojet Ordnance
post. Company as Vice President, Ammunition and
This night should serve as a tribute to a RECOGNIZING THE ACHIEVEMENTS
great many men who have worked together
was responsible for the development of
to make this occasion possible. The coopera- Aerojet’s 25mm ammunition programs. In OF THE MISSISSIPPI BAND OF
tion that has made this evening a success 1983, he joined Olin as Vice President and CHOCTAW INDIANS
has been the hallmark of this group over the General Manager of its Defense Production
years. operation. Subsequently, in 1987 he was also HON. JOHN T. DOOLITTLE
In the Preamble to the American Legion appointed President of the Ordnance Division; OF CALIFORNIA
Constitution, it says ‘‘that we must con- then in 1993 was elected to the position of
secrate and sanctify our comradeship by our IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Corporate Vice President, of the Olin Corpora-
devotion to mutual helpfulness’’. May we al- Wednesday, September 16, 1998
ways continue to look after our fellow
tion; and, finally, in 1997 he was elected Vice
human beings with care, concern and com- President of PRIMEX Technologies, Inc. Mr. DOOLITTLE. Mr. Speaker, as a member
passion. Among his many other accomplishments, of the House Resources Committee, I have
‘‘Happy Fiftieth Birthday, Vernon Hill Mr. Catani was an active member of the Asso- worked to advance and strengthen tribal self-
Post #435.’’ ciation of the United States Army (AUSA), and governments and promote private enterprise
the National Defense Industrial Association on our Nation’s reservations. One tribe that
(INDIA). In 1997, Mr. Catani was inducted into has been a national leader in exercising its
TRIBUTE TO THE LEGACY OF the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame. self-determination to build a strong tribal gov-
WENGER FARM Mr. Catani also serves with distinction on ernment and reservation-based economy is
the Board of Trustees at the University of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
HON. BOB SCHAFFER Tampa, and is Chairman of the Tampa Bay Through the vision of Chief Phillip Martin,
OF COLORADO Watch Foundation. I wish Angelo and his wife, the Tribe used its sovereignty to develop a
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Paige, all the best as they look forward to their tribal economy to foster a highly responsive
years of retirement, in which they will split approach to providing traditional government
Wednesday, September 16, 1998 their time between Florida and their home in services on the reservation. When Chief Mar-
Mr. BOB SCHAFFER of Colorado. Mr. Durango, Colorado. tin became leader of the Tribe, he knew that
Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge the his- the tribal government had to assume respon-
tory and legacy of one of Colorado’s oldest sibility of government functions rather than
historic farms, the Wenger Farm, and to pay POSTAL EMPLOYEES SAFETY they rely on the Bureau of Indian Affairs to
tribute to all of those that worked to create, ENHANCEMENT ACT take care of its members.
operate and protect it. Patented in 1894, the Dramatic gains have occurred during the
land has been in the family ever since. At the past 20 years on the Choctaw Reservation.
Colorado State Fair, the Wenger family re- HON. BERNARD SANDERS The average educational level of adult tribal
ceived the Centennial Farm Award in recogni- OF VERMONT members has jumped from sixth grade in the
tion of their history with the land. Located near IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1970s to twelfth grade today. Life expectancy
Yuma, Colorado the farm was homesteaded has also increased by nearly twenty years,
by Fred Wenger. Bob Wenger and his wife Monday, September 14, 1998 and infant mortality has declined substantially.
Kathryn took over the farm after Bob served Mr. SANDERS. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong Through the efforts of the Choctaw Housing
an illustrious duty to his country in the Marine support of the Postal Employees Safety En- Authority, housing for tribal members has risen
Corps in World War II. Now their son Dick hancement Act and in support of safe work- above substantial levels.
continues to operate the farm where he raises places across our nation. The tribal members of the Choctaw Tribe
cattle and grows corn. The Wengers are fine This important legislation extends the ability have worked extremely hard to achieve their
examples of what good stewards of the land of the Occupational Safety and Health Admin- vastly improved living standard. The innovative
E1740 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — Extensions of Remarks September 16, 1998
approach to eradicating poverty on the res- tion reauthorizes the Low Income Home En- provisions of the Low Income Home Energy
ervation by reaching out to private businesses ergy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through Assistance Act regarding the release of contin-
to invest in the tribe has been very successful fiscal year 2001, and authorizes $1.1 billion in gency funds, since the Act does not define
for the Choctaws. funding for fiscal year 2000. The legislation ‘‘natural disaster’’ or ‘‘emergency.’’ The bill de-
I commend Chief Martin for believing in his also extends the authorization for the Presi- fines these terms in order to expedite the fu-
tribe and taking the risk to develop the enter- dent to release contingency funds to meet the ture release of contingency funds.
prises on the Choctaw Reservation. The res- additional home energy assistance needs of
The Committee on Commerce has jurisdic-
toration of the Choctaw Indian tribe is a great one or more States arising from a natural dis-
tion over the Low Income Home Energy As-
American success story of self-reliance and aster or other emergency. The LIHEAP pro-
sistance Act of 1981. As indicated in the ex-
sheer determination that we all can be proud. gram is a State block grant program that pro-
change of correspondence in the report filed
vides assistance to 4.3 million low income
by the Committee on Education and the Work-
households to help families pay their heating
HUMAN SERVICES force, the Committee on Commerce waived
and cooling bills. It is a sound program and
REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 1998 referral of the legislation reported by the Com-
should be reauthorized.
mittee on Education and the Workforce, H.R.
On the whole, the legislation does not make
SPEECH OF 4271, the Community Services Block Grant
significant changes to the LIHEAP program.
Amendments of 1998, in order to expedite
HON. TOM BLILEY However, the bill does make one improvement
floor consideration. However, that does not
OF VIRGINIA to the program, by clarifying the circumstances
constitute a waiver of jurisdication. The ex-
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
under which the President can release contin-
gency funds to meet the additional needs aris- change of letters also commemorates that the
Monday, September 14, 1998 ing from a natural disaster or emergency. Committee on Education and the Workforce
Mr. BLILEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support There have been problems releasing emer- will support a request by the Committee on
of S. 2206, the ‘‘Community Opportunities, Ac- gency LIHEAP funds in the past. For example, Commerce for conferees in the event there is
countability, and Training and Educational after ice storms in New England earlier this a conference.
Services Act of 1998.’’ Title III of the legisla- year the President was constrained by the I urge my colleagues to support S. 2206.
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — Extensions of Remarks E1741
SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS 9:30 a.m. velopment and trade promotion for Na-
Commerce, Science, and Transportation tive Americans.
Title IV of Senate Resolution 4, Business meeting, to consider pending SR–485
agreed to by the Senate on February 4, calendar business.
1977, calls for establishment of a sys- SR–253 SEPTEMBER 25
Energy and Natural Resources 9:30 a.m.
tem for a computerized schedule of all
Business meeting, to consider pending Governmental Affairs
meetings and hearings of Senate com- calendar business. Permanent Subcommittee on Investiga-
mittees, subcommittees, joint commit- SD–366 tions
tees, and committees of conference. Environment and Public Works To continue hearings to examine the
This title requires all such committees Business meeting, to consider pending safety of food imports, focusing on leg-
to notify the Office of the Senate Daily calendar business. islative, administrative and regulatory
Digest—designated by the Rules Com-
Labor and Human Resources SD–342
mittee—of the time, place, and purpose Business meeting, to consider pending
of the meetings, when scheduled, and calendar business. SEPTEMBER 29
any cancellations or changes in the SD–430 10:00 a.m.
meetings as they occur. 10:00 a.m. Armed Services
Governmental Affairs To hold hearings to examine the status
As an additional procedure along International Security, Proliferation and of United States military forces and
with the computerization of this infor- Federal Services Subcommittee their ability to successfully execute
mation, the Office of the Senate Daily To resume hearings on information secu- the National Military Strategy.
Digest will prepare this information for rity issues. SH–216
printing in the Extensions of Remarks SD–342
section of the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD 10:30 a.m. SEPTEMBER 30
Foreign Relations 9:30 a.m.
on Monday and Wednesday of each
To hold hearings on the nominations of Indian Affairs
week. Richard Henry Jones, of Nebraska, to Business meeting, to mark up S. 1870, to
Meetings scheduled for Thursday, be Ambassador to the Republic of provide the National Indian Gaming
September 17, 1998, may be found in the Kazakhstan, and Robert Patrick John Commission with resources to monitor
Finn, of New York, to be Ambassador and regulate certain Indian gaming op-
Daily Digest of today’s RECORD.
to the Republic of Tajikistan. erations, H.R. 1805, to establish restric-
SD–419 tions related to gaming on and use of
MEETINGS SCHEDULED 2:00 p.m. land held in trust for the United Au-
Commerce, Science, and Transportation burn Indian Community of the Auburn
SEPTEMBER 22 Science, Technology, and Space Sub- Rancheria of California, and H.R. 1833,
committee to provide for further self-governance
To hold hearings to examine United by Indian tribes; to be followed by
Environment and Public Works
States commercial space launch indus- hearings on S. 2010, to provide for busi-
To hold hearings on S. 2470, to direct the
try activities. ness development and trade promotion
Secretary of the Interior to make tech-
SR–253 for Native Americans.
nical corrections to a map relating to
2:30 p.m. SR–485
the Coastal Barrier Resources System.
SD–406 Environment and Public Works
Transportation and Infrastructure Sub- OCTOBER 1
Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee 2:30 p.m.
To hold hearings on the nominations of To hold hearings on the proposed consoli- Energy and Natural Resources
Sylvia De Leon, of Texas, Linwood Hol- dation of the Patent and Trademark Forests and Public Land Management Sub-
ton, of Virginia, and Amy M. Rosen, of Office. committee
New Jersey, each to be a Member of the SD–406 To hold oversight hearings on the Forest
Reform Board (AMTRAK). Service cabin fees.
SR–253 SEPTEMBER 24 SD–366
Veterans’ Affairs 9:30 a.m.
To hold hearings to examine the quality Governmental Affairs OCTOBER 6
of care in the VA health care system. Permanent Subcommittee on Investiga- 9:30 a.m.
SR–418 tions Veterans’ Affairs
2:00 p.m. To resume hearings to examine the safe- To hold joint hearings with the House
Judiciary ty of food imports, focusing on legisla- Committee on Veterans Affairs on the
Antitrust, Business Rights, and Competi- tive, administrative and regulatory legislative recommendations of the
tion Subcommittee remedies. American Legion.
To hold hearings to examine issues with SD–342 345 Cannon Building
regard to the BP/Amoco merger. 10:00 a.m.
SD–226 Energy and Natural Resources
To hold oversight hearings to examine CANCELLATIONS
SEPTEMBER 23 recent Midwest electricity price spikes.
9:00 a.m. SD–366 SEPTEMBER 24
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
To hold hearings to examine public and Indian Affairs Energy and Natural Resources
private forestry issues. To hold hearings on H.R. 1805, to amend National Parks, Historic Preservation, and
SR–328A the Auburn Indian Restoration act to Recreation Subcommittee
Indian Affairs establish restrictions related to gam- To hold hearings on S. 1372, to provide
To hold hearings on H.R. 1833, to provide ing on and use of land held in trust for for the protection of farmland at the
for further self-governance by Indian the United Auburn Indian Community Point Reyes National Seashore in Cali-
tribes. of the Auburn Rancheria of California, fornia.
SD–562 and S. 2010, to provide for business de- SD–366