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					The LEADER                                                                               OBITUARIES | NEWS                                                            MONDAY | OCTOBER 5 | 2009 | 5A

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                                  imity to an elementary
                                  school, a community sports                                                                                                               Mullen,
                                  complex, homes, day care
from which to provide serv-
                                  centers, aquifers, and wet-
                                  lands which feed into the
                                                                                                                                                                           author of
ices to the region’s natural
gas drilling industry. A
large fleet of trucks will be
                                  Chemung River, Catherine
                                  Creek and Seneca Lake.                                                                                                                   “Unfriendly
                                    The primary concerns are
based there, and the com-
pany will store and distrib-      water and air pollution,
                                  and the potential for acci-
                                                                                                                                                                           Fire,” dies
ute hazardous materials,
including the chemicals           dents.                                                                                                                                   THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
used in hydraulic fracturing        Others support the proj-
fluids.                           ect because it will likely                                                                                                                  LA PORTE CITY, IOWA |
   Many area residents are        boost the local economy,                                                                                                                 Peg Mullen, an author and
concerned about the facili-       providing up to 400 jobs                                                                                                                 former Iowa farm wife who
ty because of its close prox-     and tax revenues.                                                                                                                        hounded the U.S. military
                                                                                                                                                                           to find the truth about her
                                                                                                                                                                           son’s death in Vietnam, has
MASSA                             Representatives.
                                     “It does not meet the cri-
                                                                                                                                                                           died. She was 92.
                                                                                                                                                                              Mullen’s daughter-in-law
Continued from 2A                 teria the president laid out                                                                                                             Jeanne Mullen said Sunday
                                  before the joint session of                                                                                                              that Mullen passed away
health care. This is a step in    Congress,” Massa said.                                                                                                                   Friday at a nursing home in
the right direction away          “Nor does it meet my crite-                                                                                                              La Porte City.
from the congressman’s            ria for reforming the                                                                                                                       Peg Mullen wrote the
proposal.”                        inequalities and inefficien-                                                                                                             1995 book “Unfriendly Fire:
   In the past, Massa has                                                                                                                                                  A Mother’s Memoir” after
                                  cies in our health care sys-
expressed support for a sin-                                                                                                                                               her son Michael died at age
                                  tem today. I will not go
gle-payer health care sys-                                                                                                                                                 25 when a U.S. artillery
                                  boldly in the wrong direc-
tem, in which the govern-                                                                                                                                                  shell fell short and killed
                                  tion and I believe at this
ment pays for care deliv-                                                                                                                                                  him on Feb. 18, 1970, near
                                  point, that’s what this legis-
ered in the private sector.                                                                                                                                                the South Vietnamese vil-
   Under a single-payer sys-      lation does.”
                                     Massa also said he would                                                                                                              lage of Tu Chanh.
tem, doctors are paid by the                                                                                                                                                  “This is the first book
government on a fee-for-          not support H.R. 3200 if it
                                  adds to the national deficit.                                                                                                            you’ve got from the family
service basis, but the gov-                                                                                                                                                side of a Vietnam story,”
ernment does not own or              “We are waiting for the
                                  Congressional         Budget                                                                                                             Mullen told The Associated
manage medical practices                                                                                                                       THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                                                                                                                                                           Press in a 1995 interview
and hospitals.                    Office to score this bill and       Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed talks with a reporter at his
                                  officially tell us how much                                                                                                              before the book was
   Medicare is an example                                             hotel room Sunday in St Paul, Minn. Ahmed is meeting with members of                                 released.
of a single-payer system.         it’s going to cost,” Massa          Minnesota’s Somali community to build support for a stable government
                                  said. “All previous esti-                                                                                                                   “All you’ve read every-
   Massa was one of the co-                                           in his country. After Minnesota, he’ll head to Chicago and Columbus,                                 where is the blood and the
sponsors of H.R. 676, the         mates show this legislation         Ohio.
                                  added to deficit. The presi-                                                                                                             guts,” she said. “But you
Expanded and Improved                                                                                                                                                      haven’t had anything com-
                                  dent and I both agree, I will
Medicare for All Act.
   While Massa has said in
the past he still supports a
                                  not sign a bill that will add
                                  to the federal deficit. Right
                                                                      Somalia president condemns                                                                           ing out of what went on as
                                                                                                                                                                           far as the family, as far as
                                                                                                                                                                           brothers and sisters and
single-payer system, he also
knows it does not have
enough       support        in
                                  now it’s not deficit-neu-
                                  tral.”
                                     Reed called for Congress
                                                                      terror recruiting in Minn.                                                                           mothers and dads.”
                                                                                                                                                                              Almost from the day
                                                                                                                                                                           Mullen and her husband,
Congress to pass.                 to stop arguing and act to          BY AMY FORLITI                                                                                       Gene, who died in 1986,
                                                                                                        Ahmed was in the              the young men who left
   He’s said he’d rather          bring down health insur-            Associated Press Writer        Minneapolis area – home          the area “were stolen and            learned that Michael had
focus his effort on propos-       ance costs.                                                        of the largest Somali popu-      taken without the knowl-             been killed, she tried to get
als that have a chance of            “I think ultimately what            ST. PAUL, MINN. | The       lation in the U.S. – to build    edge of their parents and            more information about
becoming law. He did              we need to start doing is           president of Somalia on        support as his government        imams.” He said he met               their son’s death from the
express regret the Senate         move forward with the               Sunday denounced the           tries to bring peace to the      with imams from area                 U.S. military.
Finance Committee reject-         areas we can agree on, lia-         recruiting of young men        Horn of Africa country           mosques and “we agreed                  Her full-page ad in The
ed attempts to create a pub-      bility reform, torte reform,        from Minnesota’s huge          that has been plagued by         that they were really sorry          Des Moines Register protest-
lic option.                       getting rid of the restriction      Somali community for ter-      violence for decades. The        with what happened,                  ing the war and her march-
   The lack of a public           on state-to-state provision         rorist activity in his war-    nation of 7 million people       which tarnished their                es in anti-war demonstra-
option, Massa said, was one       of health insurance. That,          ravaged homeland, and          has not had a functioning        image and that of our reli-          tions put her on par with
of the reasons he does not        to me, will open up compe-          said he plans to work with     government since 1991,           gion.”                               more notable protesters of
support H.R. 3200, the            tition and drive down               the U.S. government to         when clan-based warlords            He said the Somali gov-           the day.
health care reform bill cur-      costs, and that is the ulti-        bring those still alive back   overthrew a dictator and         ernment agrees to work                  Mullen received many
rently in the House of            mate goal.”                         home.                          then turned on each              with state and federal gov-          letters, phone calls and
                                                                         President Sheik Sharif      other.                           ernments, as well as                 notes from other parents
                                                                      Sheik Ahmed spoke with            Ahmed was elected by          imams and parents, to pre-           who had lost sons and com-
READ                              stories by Erdrich and
                                  Joseph Bruchac.
                                                                      The Associated Press while
                                                                      visiting the Minneapolis
                                                                                                     Somalia’s parliament in          vent more recruiting.                bat veterans who told her
Continued from 2A                                                                                    January, but his govern-            When asked what the               they knew and had served
                                    Students will also be able        area, where authorities                                                                              with her son.
                                                                                                     ment has little control. A       Somali government could
                                  to sample Native American           believe as many as 20                                                                                   The book includes 40 let-
classroom.                                                                                           group called al-Shabab,          do to help, he said “we
                                                                      young Somali men – possi-                                                                            ters from her son, along
                                  cuisine on their school                                            which the U.S. says has          hope to reach out to these
   Middle school students                                             bly recruited by a vision of                                                                         with an account of her con-
                                  lunch menus and view the                                           ties to al-Qaida, has taken      young men and explain to
will see a performance by                                             jihad to fight – returned to                                                                         versation one night in 1989
                                  1998 film “Smoke Signals.”                                         over most of Somalia and         them how wrong what
the Red Hawk Native                                                   the impoverished nation
                                                                                                     boosted its numbers with         they are doing is, and that          with the man who told her
                                    Residents can receive a           over the last two years.
American Dance Group,                                                                                foreign fighters. There are      they should return to the            he had fired the fatal shell.
                                  free copy of the book at the           At least three have died
high school students will                                                                            near-daily      battles    in    safety of their families.”           It also lambasts Norman
                                                                      in Somalia, including one
listen to an hourlong pres-       Southeast Steuben County                                           Mogadishu, the country’s            Ahmed met Sunday                  Schwarzkopf, the Persian
                                                                      who authorities believe
entation by author Joseph         Library while supplies last.                                       capital, and tens of thou-       afternoon with relatives of          Gulf War general who was
                                                                      was the first American sui-
                                  Corning Meals on Wheels                                            sands of civilians have          some of the young men                Michael’s battalion com-
Bruchac, and elementary                                               cide bomber. Three others
                                                                      have pleaded guilty in the     died.                            who died. They told him              mander in Vietnam.
students will enjoy a visit       will distribute copies of the
                                                                      U.S. to terror-related            Many of the country’s         about their sons and what               The autobiography was a
by the Southeast Steuben          book to interested clients                                         former leaders, scholars         had happened to them.                follow up to “Friendly Fire,”
                                                                      charges.
County Library’s Mad              Oct. 27.                                                           and other dignitaries relo-         “He gave us very hearty           a book by C.D.B. Bryan and
                                                                         “We believe this is a
Hatters Storytelling Troupe,        For details on the pro-           wrong action, that these       cated to the Minneapolis         condolences,” said Abdir-            a television movie of the
who will share children’s         gram, call 936-3713.                young men were wronged,        and St. Paul areas. Many         izak Bihi, a community               same name that starred
                                                                      they were robbed out of        were educated and started        leader and uncle of one of           Carol Burnett and Ned
                                                                      their life. Their parents      successful businesses in         the boys. “We feel much              Beaty.
INMATES                           mentally ill inmates has
                                  improved but still needs
                                                                      were wronged,” Ahmed           the region and send mil-         better.”                                According      to      the
                                                                                                                                                                           University of Iowa library’s
Continued from 3A                                                     told the AP through an         lions of dollars back to            Ahmed told Bihi that he
                                  work, Beck said. He said the        interpreter. “The laws of      Somalia.                         thinks      about      Bihi’s        Iowa Women’s Archives,
                                  Fishkill     program      had       the United States were vio-       The Somali community          nephew, 18-year-old Burh-            Mullen was born in 1917 in
other inmates to gauge the
                                  encouraging potential.              lated. The security of         in Minnesota numbered            an Hassan, every day and             Pocahontas, about 140
program’s effects. It’s the
                                     “This population, more           Somalia was violated. So       35,000 in 2007, according        is reminded of the tragedy           miles northwest of Des
first study of its kind in the
                                  than others, needs that             we condemn (them) with-        to the Census.                   of young lives lost to ter-          Moines. She was inducted
United States.                                                                                                                                                             into the Iowa Women’s Hall
                                  sense of how they can take          out reservation.”                 Ahmed told the AP that        rorism, Bihi said.
   About 15 percent of New                                                                                                                                                 of Fame in 1997.
York’s prison population –        responsibility for their
representing about 8,000          lives,” he said.
inmates – is being treated           But he said the prison         Choir to begin                    Corning. Dr. Herb                  Environment of Change and          banjo. The event is free and
for some kind of mental ill-      system’s culture needs to                                           MacDonell will present “60         Adversity,” Wednesday at           open to the public. For
ness, state officials said.       shift to make sure whatever       rehearsals                        Years of Forensic Investig-        the college. The event is          details, visit www.myspace
   New York’s prison system       gains inmates make aren’t                                           ation,” a program high-            open to all leaders,               .com/dormannlibrary.
                                                                    CAMPBELL | The                    lighting some of the high-         managers, HR professionals,
has shifted its approach to       negated in day-to-day life.       Campbell Community Choir          profile cases he has worked        and management and                 Museum to offer
inmates with mental illness          For the program to have        will begin rehearsals for its     on in his career. Tickets are      human resources students.
in recent years, following        real impact, “it has to be        annual Christmas Cantata,         $30 and may be purchased           Registration is $125 for           lecture Thurs.
the settlement of a lawsuit,      supported” in the prison          “Hope Has Hands,” at              at the hospital gift shop or       HRATT and SHRM members             ELMIRA | The Chemung
said Howard Holanchock,           staff’s dealings with men-        7:30 p.m. Wednesday and           Brown’s Cigar Store. Proc-         and $150 for nonmembers.           Valley History Museum will
assistant mental health           tally ill inmates, Beck said.     Thursday at the Campbell          eeds from the event will           For details, visit www.hratt.      offer a lecture on Elmira
commissioner for the state                                          United Methodist Church.          benefit the hospital. For          org or call 562-7103.              College at 7 p.m. Thursday.
                                     “You can’t do it in the
Department of Correctional                                          The choir is directed by          details, call 937-7455.                                               Elmira College Archivist
Services.
                                  classroom, then when they         Pamela DeWolf. Everyone is                                           Library to                         Mark Woodhouse will
                                  get out of the classroom,         welcome to attend.HRATT to hold                                                                         discuss the history of the
   “Before, maybe we were         disempower them every                                                                                  host musician                      college, founded in 1855,
more about care, custody          other way,” he said.              Auxiliary to hold conference                                         BATH | The Dormann                 and explain why it is known
and control,” he said, but
                                                                    luncheon          CORNING | The Human                                Library Chapters Cafe will         as “the mother of women’s
now, “it’s understood that                                                            Resource Association of the                        host singer-songwriter Bob         colleges.” The program,
we’re trying to have an           On the Net:                       CORNING | The Corning             Twin Tiers and the Corning         Demonstoy at 6:30 p.m.             part of the museum’s fall
impact on the population                                            Hospital Auxiliary will hold a    Community College Human            Thursday. Demonstoy                lecture series, is free and
who      come      into     our   Center for Urban                  CSI: Corning Luncheon             Resources Department will          performs a wide variety of         open to the pubic. For
system.”                          Community Services:               from 12-2 p.m. Wednesday          hold their annual fall             original and cover tunes on        details, call 734-4167.
   The state’s treatment of       http://www.cucs.org/              at the Radisson Hotel             conference, “Leading in an         guitar, bass guitar and            ■ Staff reports


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KEVIN M. WAIGHT                   Alfred State College where         Preceding him in death             The family will receive
                                  he     studied    Electrical     were his father, Danny            friends     on     Tuesday,
  Kevin M. Waight, 26, of         Technology. He lived and         Waight on Oct. 1, 2000, his       October 6, from 5-8 PM at           OBITUARY & DEATH NOTICE POLICY
1990 St. Rte. 36, Jasper,         worked in North Carolina         maternal      grandfather,        the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc.          ■ The Leader publishes death notices free of charge.
died    Friday    evening,        for 3 years where he was a       Ernest Harvey and his             Funeral Home, 1607 Main             Obituaries are paid advertisements.
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October 2, at St. James                                                                              St. Woodhull. Funeral serv-
                                  pipeline inspector for           Dale & Velma Waight.                                                  They may be faxed to 936-9939. Death notices will only
Hospital in Hornell as the                                                                           ices will follow there at
                                  Quality            Services        Surviving are his mother,                                           be accepted from funeral directors.
result of a motor vehicle                                                                            8:00 PM.
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accident in the Town of                                                                                 Burial will be in Jasper
                                  moved back to Jasper and         his brothers, Todd Waight
Troupsburg.                                                                                          Cemetery.                           Weekdays | Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday
                                  was employed as a contrac-       (Ashley Smith) of Wayland,                                            through Friday, by calling 936-4651.
  Born in Hornell on              tor for the Natgun Corp., a      NY, Eric Waight of Jasper,
                                                                                                                                         Weekends and holidays | Between 9 a.m. and noon
March 10, 1983, he was the
son of Danny P. and Sandra
                                  water storage tank refur-
                                  bisher.
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                                                                   and Jason Sims of Jasper,
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