Savannah News-Press • Sunday, November 3, 1991 -SB
Letters to the Editor PHROGG
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Local Israel Basher
Should State Facts speak up.
In response to Robert Morgan's The last paragraph of his letter is
Oct. 4 letter, there are no "loan even more vehement and vindictive
guarantees to Israel for settling of and contains the kind of innuendo
Soviet1 Jews in the occupied West which is reminiscent of many propa-
Bank. ' In the very beginning, Israel ganda pieces written during World
agreed that none of the money from War II. There is no evidence whatso-
the loans would be used in any occu- ever that any citizen of a foreign
pied territory but would be used country has ever been given political
within Israel proper on the lands asylum in Israel for committing
recognized by all democratic coun- crimes which are recognized by the
tries as being a part of Israel. Of international community as being _* •
course, Mr. Morgan may consider crimes. He cites no source for the al-
all of Israel as occupied territory. legation that Israel intended to give
Second, American taxpayers are
not subsidizing anything. What is in-
volved is a loan guarantee, and Isra-
el has never defaulted on a loan.
political asylum to any such person.
He totally forgets Israel is a democ-
The Big Eclipse: Year- round Schools
Therefore, no tax money would be Citizens of Israel have most of The Grinch may be about O-for-25 yoked to the "agrarian calendar," daily in the South, where air condi-
expended whatsoever. the same rights we enjoy in the Unit- when it comes to snatching Christ- so the causes of decline must lie tioning would have to be run almost
Third, Mr. Morgan totally ig- ed States, and Israel has shown it- mas, but now, in alliance with as- elsewhere.) Bright students are non-stop in summer classrooms.
nores the fact that most of this mon- self to be a loyal friend, voting with sorted spoilsports, killjoys, and wet sometimes described as "smart as a Parents with children on different
ey will be spent in the United States the United States more times in the blankets in state governments and whip." Summer breaks may be the "tracks" would have a hard time
and will come back to help the hous- United Nations than any other of the school divisions, he has set his sights slack needed to give the whip the planning vacations. Custody agree-
ing and building-supply industries, so-called allies. Israel has provided on a softer target: children's sum- crack. ments between divorced parents, es-
which are greatly depressed at this intelligence information to the Unit- mers. I do not claim that Ballinger and pecially if they lived far apart,
time. ed States beyond that of any other Already, 21 states have passed his cohorts are evil (although it would be complicated, as would ac-
Fourth, he totally ignores the ally. Israel has cooperated in carry- legislation permitting the "all-year wouldn't surprise me if they knew tivities like summer camp and fami-
people that are benefiting from ing out U.S. foreign policy in the school year," which would replace words that could make a cow go ly reunions
these funds, refugees from the Sovi- Middle East consistently since its school kids' traditional 2^-month dry) or conceal some hidden agen- But the main thing to consider is
et Union whom all of us fought to get formation. summer break with, typically, three spent summers helping their dad- da. But the year-round idea appeals that summer is the children's terri-
out. Israel-bashing seems to be Mr shorter periods spaced throughout dies bring in the crop. Poor to some people for non-academic tory. It is the time to ride the rubber
The problem with someone trying Morgan's favorite hobby; and while the calendar year. Applications of hayseeds of yore! All they had were reasons. "It's expensive, but so is off the Schwinn, ,to grow strong and
to state an objective opinion on your Israel is not perfect, neither is any this idea are spreading faster than their McGuffey's Reader and uni- drug rehab and law enforcement," brown at the swimming pool, to tie i-
editorial page is that one of your other democracy which we claim as poison-ivy blisters in a Turkish bath. versal literacy. said one Virginia mother. Not only tin can to a dog's tail and feed hin.
regular letter writers, Mr, Morgan, an ally. Even in the "occupied terri- To date, the darkness has fallen Common sense refutes the idea does this malign young people, most pilfered ground chuck in penance, to
is quick to jump on any negative tories/' people have more rights over 1,666 schools and 1,389,000 pu- that it takes Anne Sullivan, Helen of whom will not spend their Julys in listen for the jingle of the Good Hu-
comments and try to twist them to than in any Arab country. In com- pils, according to Charles Ballinger, Keller's teacher, to instruct students an opium den or sign up with The mor Man and race the melting ice
his own ends. When facts are simply parison to its neighbors by any stan- executive director of the National rendered cretinous by a summer va- Sharks and The Jets; it also sug- cream down the cone, to kick up a
assumed that are no correct, when dard, Israel stands a thousand times Association for Year-Round Educa- cation. In fact, young children retain gests that educators should be ward- yellow-jacket nest and spend the
quotes are made without any attri- taller. tion (now that the Soviet Union is knowledge enviably well, all the ers. Just this heaping of extraneous evening smarting in bleach and bath
bution, I think someones needs to BARNARD M. PORTMAN blooey, something had to take the more so if involved in, say, a sum- duties on teachers is a big reason water, to wade the gutters after a
place of Smersh). In the last six mer reading program. Then, too, why U.S. education falters. cloudburst, to read the comic books
days, Virginia Gov, Doug Wilder has Reshuffling the school year also and kick the stones, to make ^b v
Punish Child Abusers proposed putting all schools in the
Old Dominion on the schedule, while
many subjects are discretely
taught: Eighth-grade geography has constitutes cosmetic reform of pub- yo "walk th< kit ' to pia v •
no natural ninth-grade sequel. lic education when more basic E and wea» ^ntning-bug ruy; .
Editor: good example of how very unfair we,
Regarding increasing reports of as a nation, have been to the chil- Georgia Education Superintendent Where continuums exist, a furrowed changes are needed, Jut-t one exam- suck weeds ^nd lie on your back ar;
child abuse in our country and the dren of our country. This woman Werner Rogers has gushed about the brow and a little pencil-chewing are ple: German kids go to school 210 watch the clouds . . . to do nothing"
puny punishments for this horrid abused her child for the past four notion on Peach State Public Badio usually enough to coax forth dusty days a year; Japanese, 243; Ameri- To live.
crime: years by starving her, beating her The prairie-fire enthusiasm for skills. Eighty days of unbroken lei- can, about 180. Perhaps U.S. chil- This isn't just blocks on a calen-
Unfortunately, there are people with a hammer, scalding her and continuous-loop schooling is no sure are simply not a head wound. dren should spend a few more days dar or some characterless and inter-
who do not not value the health, then scrubbing the burned skin, etc. doubt in part ascribable to the bu- Nor are human beings supposed in school (without becoming a nation changeable tile of time. This is sum-
safety, and well-being of their chil- This woman was once in prison for reaucrat's infinite capacity for dis- to be computers, storing every da- of wonks on the Japanese model), mer. You can't even say the word
dren. People who are negligent or abusing someone else's child. Now, covering policy fool's gold. The chief tum indefinitely. Summer breaks but of the 1,666 schools that have any way but languidly It won't be
abusive should not have children, after four years of abusing her own overt justification is something give kids the opportunity to purge gone all-year, just 10 — 70 — have rushed.
but they do. So what makes people child she is charged with attempted called "summer learning loss," inert information, to cultivate in added-days. The ye' rr^nd system Soon enough, will come growing
think they can abuse children and murder and negligence. Attempted which allegedly requires heroic re- their own fashion what most inter allows valcif'. T • ' .sf^ms to up, the ';h»y - full days, the despot!
cause them physical pain, psycho- murder? I would venture to say she training of amnesiac youngster; for ests them, and to learn in m a hide bt- - . ; • • • . • " ' .;.. ;••-ve- industry u; < ..ponsibility.
logical disorders, anoVor death? I has already "murdered" this poor, a month or so after each new school schoolhouse ways. (Doesn't foreign ment There is only one summer to a
will tell you why. Because the judici- innocent child. The child is scarred year begins. Year-round proponents competition mandate tougher educa- Several nuts-and-bolts arguments customer, wrote Rod Serling. Alas,
al system does not yet provide harsh for life mentally and physically and denounce the outdated "agrarian tional standards? Yes. But America militate against the full-year sched- none of us can have any more. But
calendar," under which farm boys outperformed the world for decades ule. Expense is a large one, espe- none of us deserves any less.
enough penalties for these offenders. does not know the love of a mother.
The most sickening part is that if the
Granted, most abusers were woman receives a lengthy sentence
abused as children, but this is no ex- .she will only serve a small portion of
cuse. Knowing how terrified they it.
were as children, they should know Children were meant to be loved
better and seek counseling if they and disciplined lovingly. They are,
Crises Oyered and Terminered Here
are abusive. Counseling is not neces- after all,our future. How have we What else was there to discuss at heaval among the Las Vegas book- last. It also went on record as believ-
sarily for the wealthy. Taxpayers become so very callous? It is time the 1-2-3 Club's weekly session at an ies. The widest spread was 53 to 47 ing that the Braves had a more at-
fund a variety of governmental ser- our courts recognize the damage be- affordable downtown saloon but poli- percent in favor of the incumbent. tractive and friendlier team than the
vices that give aid to the less fortu- ing done and give child abusers the tics, baseball and the possible shoe One member declined to predict Twins, who were roughly conceded
nate. attention and punishment they de- size of a young lady seated alone a on that mathematical basis, explain- to be "scoundrels, misfits, cheats
few tables away? ing that he was "not so hot with and Basque terrorist sympathizers."
A recent abuse case in New York serve.
by a mother to her daughter is a TERESA WILSON The discussions were carried out Archie higher forms of arithmetic" but that
he had fared well at the track and
Club member Rogers then gave a
briefing on the status of the Basque
before and after Allison, a young
lady from England, took our orders, Whitfield was ready to bet anyone 5 to 4 the in- movement, explaining that the issu
Where Was Extinguishes? in English. Jennings and I had the
barbecue sandwich, Rogers the
cumbent would stay put.
The club then adopted a resolu-
of clean well water was at the cor
of their grievances.
Editor: tioned the vehicle occupants away grilled chicken salad, Coffey the of an ad. tion whereas-ing and now therefore- Asked whether the Basques we
On my way home from work the from the burning car, then backed pork maws, Brooks the hamburger, The contributions were returned ing that ^ iier powerful organiza- for or against clean well water, Rot
afternoon of Oct. 20,1 witnessed an the police cruiser further away. All Bayens the breast of Cardinal, Ro- to the membership. Bayens com- tions such as it step forward with ers said he would check that out and
automobile fire that could've and the while, this once beautiful Ameri- senblum the Army Surplus Special. plained he had been short-changed their predictions on the mayoral report back.
should've been contained to the en- can luxury car was burning steadily Calhoun was absent, a courier on the refund but Rogers pointed run. the discussion of the shoe size of
gine compartment of that vehicle. and the woman occupant of the vehi- having brought the news he was out, respectfully, he had watched the "I welcome opinions to the con- the young woman seated alone a few
The fire occurred on Lathrop Ave- cle was sobbing, watching her car down and out since getting the word plate closely and that Bayens had in trary," said a member, "but I re- tables away ended with each mem-
nue where the vehicle, a Continental burn, because no one in the area had that Clemson had not won the World fact placed only three pennies there- serve the right to call anyone who ber guessing a size, along with the
Town Car, in the right-turn lane to a fire extinguisher. Series. Shearouse was on business upon, a sum rightfully returned to disagrees an old fool." names of the teams that will meet in
Bay Street, was already stopped. related to the celebration of All Hal- him. The club noted that its "no the Super Bowl next January.
The occupants were trying in vain to Since a police cruiser is an emer- lows, according to the club's horo- Whereupon the club broke up into broads" membership policy, estab- A member was selected to .ap-
smother the small fire with some gency vehicle, I want to know why scope reading for the day. small discussion groups to seek a lished "for the protection and gener- proach the young woman and in-
kind of cloth or car mat. A Savannah this cruiser was not equipped with We focused our political discus- consensus on the topic: "Who's al welfare of wimmin and other fe- quire about the length and breadth
Police officer, parked about 25 feet some type of fire extinguisher? sion — if you're not focused these Gonna Win the Election?" males," did not necessarily reach as of her feet. It was agreed that, to
behind the burning vehicle, got out Boats longer than 16 feet are re- days, you're missing a nice "in" Two members declined to make far as the mayoral race. It also soften what she might consider an
and hurriedly looked in the trunk of quired by federal law to carry an on- word — on the Savannah mayoral predictions, fearing that in the event noted that the incumbent had been affront, the member would offerner
his cruiser for the almost certain board fire extinguisher "readily ac- contest, a major point of discussion they were wrong, other club mem- rejected for 1-2-3 Club membership a little chansonnette. Unless, of
fire extinguisher. cessible" in case of a fire emergen- being whether the 1-2-3 Club should bers would poke fun at them and at the same time memberships were course, she already had one.
I saw no fire extinguisher in his cy. I do not believe our city police purchase a political ad stating its make obspene phone calls to their denied to Mother Teresa and Clint Meanwhile, this is being tran-
hands as he shut the trunk lid and vehicles should be patrolling our position. mothersrin-law. Eastwood. Why not be fair. scribed shortly before another
tried to determine what to do next. streets and be less equipped. A paper plate was passed around v Those expressing an opinion saw In its baseball discussions, the scheduled television debate between
As the fire grew and grew he mo-* CHRIS SATHER the table to raise money to pay for the incumbent as the winner in club took official note of the fact that the mayoral candidates.
an ad, but when the circuit was com- Tuesday's election but chose not to the Atlanta Braves had finished sec- In the event of gun play during
ond in the World Series while the the face-off, crime is certain to be-
Tongues Were Tied pleted the treasurer reported that
$1.23 fell somewhat short of the cost
make their views immediately pub-
lic so as to prevent any major up- Minnesota Club had finished next to come a new political issue.
Editor: population tests HIV positive or has
The Georgia House budget com-
ittee has threatened Georgia Pub-
Television (GPTV) with loss of
AIDS, we don't need any more edu-
cation on that on GPTV. Less than 10
percent of the population uses hard
drugs; we don't need any more edu-
No 'Georgie Bear' Appears Probable Office of Management and Budget
funding if it airs any more films cation there, either. Washington high gear and helped form the Black
such as "Tongues Tied," a film So, GPTV should not waste any In 1902, President Theodore Roo- Bear Conservation Committee to and the White House's Council on
about gay blacks. Has the ostrich more money educating the Georgia sevelt showed mercy to a Louisiana work up a local alternative to the Competitiveness chaired by Vice
syndrome hit the budget commit- public about anything that affects black bear captured by his hunting federal sanctions of the Endangered President Dan Quayle. OMB worries
tee? Since only 10 percent of the less than 10 percent of the popula- party — a gesture that inspired the Species Act. The act allows a state about the cost of environmental ism,
population is homosexual, perhaps, tion. By so doing, perhaps those mi- Teddy Bear. to come up with its own means of and the council worries about its ef-
if we ignore it, it will go away.
GPTV used to be called educa-
nor afflictions will just go away.
Because the budget committee is
George Bush has not been as ac-
Jack protecting a threatened species.
That appeals to the Bush adminis-
fect on competitive industries, but
neither is paid to worry about the
tional TV, but because the American made up of less than 10 percent of The Louisiana black bear is now Anderson tration, because, under the guise of
local autonomy, any number of envi-
public is deathly afraid of the world the House, let's ignore and maybe it estimated to number less than 300, Uoyd acknowledged that there
education, the name was changed in will go away. possibly as few as 70, but the "kind- ronmental problems can be ignored were some on his committee who
hopes of gaining a larger audience. HOWARD 0. STURGIS JR. er, gentler" Bush administration is or blamed on someone else. are using it to keep the bear of? the
Since less than 10 percent of the Waycross balking at putting the bear under the Arkansas. In 1900 there were an esti- Fish and Wildlife let the June 21 "threatened" list, but he said the
protection of the Endangered Spe- mated 1,600 Louisiana black bears. deadline pass, giving the excuse that committee is earnest in its desire to
I '911' Brought tife-savers cies Act.
In a rerun of the spotted owl fias-
The bears' habitat has been de-
stroyed by development and logging.
Louisiana outlawed bear hunting in
it wanted to do yet another scientific
study on the bear, but the delay buys
six months for the Black Bear Con-
protect the bear. "Everybody's rep-
utation is on the line here," Uoyd
IsWtor: Occurrences in one's life like co in the Pacific Northwest, the US. told us
Fish and Wildlife Service is finding 1989, but that has not stopped the servation Committee to work out lo- ^
On Oct. 171 used Emergency 911 these are very frightening and con- The Endangered Species Act
the first time. My father had col- fusing. It helped knowing that my every excuse in the book to avoid poachers. cal options for handling the problem.
federal protection for the bear.Sci- Fish and Wildlife first began to On the surface, the committee comes up for reauthorixation next
and was found tying on the father was being treated by people sounds like a good idea — a coalition year, and friends of the timber in-
by one of our employees. At who were dedicated and concerned. entists within the Pish and Wildlife worry about the Louisiana black
Service think the bear deserves to be bear in 1912, But when nothing had of private landowners, state agen- dustry in Washington are eager, to
time of the accident I had no I don't think my father could cies and timber industry and envi- gut it. If the Black Bear Conserve
what happened My tamer have received better care anywhere. listed as "threatened." But their been done by 1987, two Louisiana
bosses answer to Interior Secretary members of the Sierra Club started ronmental groups. But Ron Nowak, two Committee has evan minor sac-
not speak wefl enough to be I would like to send my deepest grat- a bear expert for Fish and Wildlife, cess with protecting the bear, w£h-
ft was as if itt'd aad a itude to the emerfency Manuel Lujan, and he answer* to an a petition to force Fish and Wildlife
"environmental president" who to mate up Its rated. toW our reporter Nick Budntck that out using the federal law, then the
*diatelyl<ttaitdfnand White House wffl make the case (bat
five minutes MED8TAR ar- tants wte took care of my lather, doesn't know the definition of the In June of 1910, Fish and Wildlife the committee was a''tool of lumber
announced it was ready to list the interests." tiie protection of species shouM.be
rtvad and took chart* of tat situa- Joe Dratidy, during tais traumatic tain. left to local groups,
tion. The atnhuian™ drove my fa- time. Special thanks to s man in the Ooe Fish and Wtkflife fleW Woto- bear as "threatened," and invited Murray Uoyd, the organizer of
ctor to Memorial Medical Center s sraaBBa IBM* namsQ asarai^ WDD BVODQ
A_^_^___ .MH • I ^ • fj Vf^^b tM^A «i • II il gist told us, "It's pressure from the public comment, the deadline for the committee, is both a member of
Trams Untt I was alfewa* to go by my Mtar aod 4M * mgattowt timber industry, pUta and stmpfe." the decision was June tt, mi. Buta the Sierra Club and the Trfmtsiana paymf attention in the first pttce,
At onetime, the bear ranged over tot can sad did happen in a ytar. Forestry Association. He toW us that these animals would not haw* teen
!*• Texas, Mississippi and The timber industry shifted into he met to My with staffers from the
ANN BRADDY COSNAHAN