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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 'Ditch the discharge system' Military mentality overreaches Insights Rapids Gazette: Wed., Aug. 7, 1974 By Tom Tiede I.TUN When Kvcieii ilV 4t HiisUhe I nforluiiutclv. he vvas in tlie I S anm i it tin- lime What he did. ,m ision-, was leave hi- mm tu i'n In the aid uf a IMIVIKIIH ;'irl friend ble murder rape, assaull hal I he majnrilv did vvas less nfleiisue innirrigihilily. hviieractivitv, ills MtieilielMe And what -mm. did i.ardh luuiiiiM'Mialilv ur iiiuiia'.untv "i p'T-unalitv il-vialion "Hens.-., ur alleged nifen-e-. sei-nilll ch.imv There is denying M-niius nature ill HobcrK iifiVnsi- ,s liiikpm iif an elfeclivc militarv [urn', ihc allllV VVt.uld III' If II nililll hni i-illllMil llic whcreahiiiH-, nf it, mi'inl.erv Yi't. live vears after Ihc fail, ipme iiipirenl In thuse wliu know Huberts Ihal Ills Ins crime' A liriL'hl, aiuhiiiuiis suri served ai, iinhli'inishi'il year'-: comliai duty in Vietnam (v. here he um: ihr Purple he is i.....etheless inehgi- hlr fur (il ln'iirfhs, ha- no! heeii able in gel a [iir 11 ere are iiKTcaMiig uuiiibei's ui others with social eniiseieiiee asking the same (iiiestiim. Tliere are mure Hum L1 niillinn veterans in Ameriea with less than hnniirable discharges, al- mo-t from the Vietnam era. What a few nf them did was and intolera- Way with words By Theodore M. Bernstein THAT POOR clergyman. A few weeks hack this space mentioned the word for a clergyman who has violated the canons nf his occupation he is unfrocked Now comes along a reader with another word for the same situation (which, she hastens to add. is not the clergyman is unsuited. Confinuol, continuous. Although in a general sense of going on and on con- tinual and continuous mean approxi- matcly the same thing, in a specific "ense, a distinction exists between them. Confinuol means over and over again or occurring in swift succession. Example: Theodore M. Bernstein I'lli' -econd chance, hnvvevi-r. I- ilis- lri--ingly diffieiili in ubiain for must Tlioiigli congress lias established a IcLjal procedure In upgrade bad discharges. imhiar.v lias administered H -.vilh ;i icliiclar.i-e Ihal Imrders on veriLieaiK e service- believe, as did tlie Huns no doubt, that the threat of bad discharge keeps Ihe irnous dressed riL'lit Thus the army, in particular, lias -carcelv been liberal in US furgnent'ss. In fiscal as example, Ihe annv upgraded onlv -17S of 4.-174 bad discharge cases reviewed Naturally the military denies intent. It says much of the reason for the low rate of discharge upgrading is that relatively lew veterans will) bad discharges apply for review. "If more applied more would succeed." Hut such rationale ignores Ihe military mandated difficulties of application. Kaeh service has a discharge review board, but only in Washington. Veterans may apply for review by mail using Red "The couple indulged in continual ar- guments for most of their married lives." Whal that means is that the couple argued time after time, but not that they kept il up without even taking time out for sleep. Continuous means uninterrupted, unbroken: "The patient had a continuous pulse rate of 72." or "Iowa com country is a continuous expanse of rich land." "A good way to remember the distinc- tion, which is offered here at no extra charge, is to note that confinuous ends in ous which may be thought of as standing for one uninterrupted sequence. Word oddities. The word traipse means to walk in a slovenly manner or wander about. II is a dialectal word and ap- parently has been so since the Ifith Cen- tury. Ron Shoup of The Xewark (Ohio) Ad- vocate inquires about the source of it and that is a difficult question to answer. Some authorities say Ihe origin is un- known. Others relate it to the Middle Dutch troppen, meaning to tread. Con- sidering that there is an affinity between Dutch and German and that in modern German there is a word mean- ing to patter or trample, the Dutch derivation seems quite possible. anywhere- is o tfrreot fo jushce everywhere Martin tutliei Kini) So a fellow who is serious ;ibolil upgrading In- di-charge must iravcl in Washiii-'iiiii, lure a lawyer ami forfeit davs or even weeks of lime Tins mav In- fine for a dnPoni bin lew veteran- can afford the reqiiiremenls. wants congress to establish discharge review hoards ihroiiglion; the nation He also wishes !o compensate hardship veterans for review expenses. A inible try. but a deficient one. Making it easier for a vet to appear before a still veiurefid military review would be naught but a hoax. Instead, the idea should be to remove the military mentality entirely from a veteran's civilian life. To Ihis goal, liep. I.es Aspin echoing Ihe voices of many, is now calling for ail end In the service practice of discharging men ac- cording to deportment (honorable, general, undesirable, bad conduct, The wish is In have a single discharge designation for all. good record or otherwise. This single discharge stains would not wipe a dirty record clean. A man's of- fenses would continue to be in his file. But the present practice of life-long blanket sligmatizatinn would end. It seems only fair. The American way is to accept a man like Everett Roberts for what he is now. not for what he was or was alleged In have been at some other time. Ne-.vscooer Enir isc Opinion Page Views Ideas Insights Judgments Comments Profile of a senate maverick ite for By James J. Kilpatrick WASHINGTON For the past [our months, the gentleman has been regularly on his feet in the senate, delivering a series nf cheerful speeches nn "what is gnod about the federal government." Both the senator and his speeches merit a word of praise. If you search the Congressional Direc- tory for biographical information upon the gentleman, you will be brought up short by a singli line. It says of the senator this much .ind nothing more: "William ProMiiire. Wisconsin." The entry holds the brevity record. The congressional biography of Senator Percy of Illinois runs on for 45 lines, the biography of Senator Thurmond of South Carolina for -14. Congressman Pepper of Florida holds the title with a garrulous lines. But Ihe gentleman from Wisconsin covers himself in one. As an exercise in modesty, the sena- tor's official biography stands in remarkable contrast to the senator's transplanted hair, un exercise in uinity. The biography and the hair are equally in character. Proxmire provides a nice study in contrasts. He is today Wisconsin's most popular political figure in his last race in 1970 he swept all 72 counties and claimed 71 percent of the vote but he was earlier a three-lime loser in guber- natorial campaigns. He is known as one of the senate's most persistent "aginners." He has fought against the Alaskan pipeline, against the supersonic transport plane, and against defense contracts. He is heard most frequently in stinging assaull upon bankers, bureaucrats and Pentagon bosses. Yet he went out of his way in his "what's good" series to praise the competition of bankers, the productivity of bureaucrats, and the competence of the Pentagon leaders. Most of the time Proxmire is the liberals' liberal: He ranks high on the scorecards of labor: he has made 400 speeches in support of the (ieuocirie Convention; he has voted for gun control, consumer protection, and easy voter registration. Vet he has steadfastly opposed racial-balance bus- Governmenf by geriatrics ing, and in his skinflint attacks upon wasteful spending he is the most persis- tent economizer since Harry Flood Byrrl. Proxmire is. in brief, a maverick: a Democrat who will not stay with the Democratic herd. He can be as irritating as the late Wayne Morse and as affable as old Sam Krvin. He is years old. a fact one gleans from a few laconic lines in Who's Who. and in terms of presidential polities he is going nowhere. Within Ihe senate. Proxmire is headed [or the chairmanship of the banking committee, a prospect that bankers class with bad loans and the bubonic plague. The senator launched his "what's good" speeches on March 2li. out of Un- natural perversity of his nature: Everyone else was talking about uliat is bad. Agreeing that many aspects of American life are indeed unpleasant and inadequate, lie nevertheless turned stub- bornly to a brighter side. Since then. Proxmire has taken up 21 topics. He and his slaff have pulled together facts and figures on educaton. civil rights, women's rights, and en- vironmental improvements. They have found much Ihal is good ill American medical care. Looking back to 1IIS7. when lie1 first came to the senate. Proxmire is genuinely to find so much for- ward motion. He even has soinelhing pleasant to say alioul Ihe press: II lias registered "some remarkable achievements in the last few years." Tlie senior senator from Wisconsin is not likely ever to rank among a conser- vative's favorite senators, bill there is llus In be said about Proxmire: He is not likely to remain any group's favorite senator lor long. Irascible, impatient, insistently right- eous, the senator can be a royal pain in Ihe neck. Hill if one were looking for "what's good" about the senate today, one would have In look fairly often in Ihe direction of William Proxmire. Wiscon- sin. No more excuses. You can. paint easily with Wards sale priced latex. 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