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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 6, 1993, Aiken, South Carolina                                OPINIONS PUBLISHER Scott B Hunter MANAGING EDITOR Jeffrey B Wallace ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Debra Z Price PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Sue S Brown BUSINESS OFFICE MANAGER Ellen C Priest CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Daniel S Holland Page 4A Aiken SC Thursday May 6 1993 Unfocused Bill Passes His 100th Day OUR VIEW Hitchcock Woods Comes To Life In Musical Work Aikens own arboreal treasure Hitchcock Woods what gentle mu sic to the ears You read correctly Hitchcock Woods is sweet music to our ears While most of us think of the woods as a visual splendor it has now been turned into a musical work thanks to the insight of composer Benjamin Boone a resident of Aiken Boone turned the colorful images of Hitchcock Woods into a piece of mu sic that is as wondrous as the woods themselves The debut of the piece was per formed by Aikens professional or chestra during the Etherredge Center Orchestras concert last Saturday night Under the direction of Harry Ja cobs the sights and sounds of Hitch cock Woods filled the auditorium at the Etherredge Center and the audi ence responded with a spontaneous standing ovation Aiken is indeed a fortunate city The foresight of Mr and Mrs Thom as Hitchcock gave the city a wooded treasure that will be with us always Through the inspiration of Mr Boone we have been provided another trea sure a piece of music that de scribes one of the most beautiful and peaceful aspects of our city We applaud the composer the di rector and the Etherredge Center Or chestra for bringing this special piece of music to life We hope that other musical organizations in the commu nity will be able to offer this unique piece for their members This is a special work of art that truly belongs to our community Serbs Stand Alone Against The World For months from conference to conference the Serbs made the inter national community look ridiculous a community that always wanted to believe in lastchance meetings This time the break is complete The Serbs in Bosnia find themselves alone against the world This clarified situ ation doesnt seem to upset them any The war in Bosnia is over The fight ing can certainly last another 15 years but the territorial conquests sought by the Serbs are practically achieved They control 70 percent of the country For a year nobody tried to stop them Le Parisien Paris Had Enough Resonating Then Segue Into Wonkery It is time for one of our periodic reports on fashionable words Writers who are truly au courant as we say or otherwise on the ball should know that dysfunc tional has had its day My dears dys functional is gone simply gone What has arrived in its place You will never guess This spring the word is resonate US News World Report says the presidents call for shared sacrifice reso nates among the voters USA Weekend says that one of Presi dent Clintons favorite lines resonates deep within us In the Rocky Mountain News columnist Jon Talton says that Clintonomics may resonate well with people who want gov ernment to play Mommy In The New York Times feature writer Alison Cook has kind words for Gov Ann Richards of Texas She has battled alco holism and weathered a painful divorce victories that resonate with the times In Double Deuce Robert Parkers latest Spenser novel a TV anchorwoman had an oncamera persona that resonated with compassion Newsweek magazine took an uncertain look at the 1980s The battle over the meaning of that especially resonant de cade is just getting going Newsweek also looked at AIDS As a cultural meta phor AIDS brings up life death class sex in a way that makes it resonate for everybody The Miami Herald headlined a story in its Sunday travel section Diversity res onates in Clinton country A book re viewer for the Herald had praise for Ro byn Davidsons new book about her trek across Australia Her very persona sto ry resonates forcefully Had enough Playboy magazine says Tony Bennetts records still resonate with listeners Rolling Stone says the thought of driving influence peddlers from democ racys temple resonates with Americans like an old Frank Capra movie In the Chicago SunTimes Hitler Parable Res onates as Fascism Reemerges In the winter Bulletin of the American Society of Newspaper Editors those of us in the news business are made aware of our shortcomings Old criticisms of the media resonate in recent postriot evaluations It will take six to nine months for the last echoes of resonate to subside but fear not Other fad words are nipping at its heels Leading the pack is segue Websters dates segue segway as a WRITERS ART By JAMES J KILPATRICK Universal Press Syndicate verb from 1854 As a direction in music it means to proceed to what follows with out pause It wasnt until 1961 that Web sters admitted the noun to polite society Thats a nice segue Dan Now segue is in vogue The Congress will segue from taxes to health care The country last month segued from basket ball to baseball Newsweek speaks of a radio interviewer who segued effortless ly from the feminist revival to a com mercial break Newsweeks Rich Thomas says the Clinton campaign motto Its the economy stupid is segueing into a catch phrase for governance USA Today commends talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael for a smooth segue USA Weekend likes Mark DeCarlo His smooth talk and sexy segues make his sophomoric Sfadswatchable Right behind segue is wonk A wonk for those who live in climes more civilized than those of Washington BC is an excessively studious person one who knows more than anyone needs to know about whatever it is that engrosses the wonk Health care Grazing fees The val ueadded tax A Washington correspondent for KnightRidder Newspapers recently dubbed wonk the buzzword of the year for political writers A computer search found that The Washington Post had used wonk only twice in 1992 but had used the word 24 times already in 1993 The New York Times perhaps a bit wonkier made five references in 1992 to wonk 27 in 1993 A derivative noun appeared in News week in December One wonders what Bill Clinton was really thinking when Elaine Kamarck dragged his economic conference from the rarefied mesas of high wonkery to the funky swamplands of political reality Warning Have care with wonk wonk ing and wonkery In British slang it car ries a meaning that goes back to Genesis All things considered its arguably time for me to bid a fond farewell to dys functional to applaud the demise of pa rameters and quantum leap and segue back to resonance My nominee for 1994 fungible Or maybe proactive Cita tions will be welcome WASHINGTON We havent got ten used to the idea of Bill Clinton as president and the evidence suggests he hasnt either Neither Clinton nor his presidency has shifted into focus as he passes the popu lar Washington abstraction known as the first 100 days People who like Clinton some of those who voted for him suddenly fear hes a hapless throwback to Jimmy Car ter while those who buy the Slick Wil lie label smirk at his recent failings Unfortunately for him the new presi dent lives in a world where hes graded every morning in the papers and every night on television That said Bill Clinton isnt feared loved or respected enough to make a suc cess of his presidency At this moment about half the popula tion approves of the way he is handling his job and about half arent much impressed That statistic is worse than it sounds it means that three months into his tenure Clintons jobapproval rating is about the same as Gerald Fords just after he par doned Richard Nixon A low level of public enthusiasm might not hinder a rookie president devoted to maintaining the status quo But Clinton ran as a change agent and he faces a daunting agenda of his own making healthcare and welfare reform Russian aid defense conversion a North Ameri can freetrade agreement and cam paignfinance reform According to the polls the public thinks hes working hard and is prepared to give him some time But there are questions the same ques tions that have dogged Clinton since he became the nations youngest governor in 1979 What is at the core of the man Why does he seem to have so much trou ble with the whole truth and nothing but Why are campaign promises middle class tax relief conies to mind so expendable Why does he so often seem both callow and cynical letting Attorney General Ja net Reno drift a little too long after the Branch Davidian fiasco cutting deals with Western ranchers while promising no sacred cows in dealing with deficit reduction Finally what element of Clintons vi sion is he prepared not to trade for a shortterm political gain The 100days ledger reflects Clintons fundamental problem in the early going Despite the highenergy smartestkidin class performance hes done nothing STEVE DALEY KnightRidder Service that looks or feels like fundamental change The headlines may wonder if Clinton is trying to do top much top soon but the public sees legislative gridlock the rou tine ascension of millionaire lobbyists and the facile dumping of campaign pledges At this moment Clintons economic plan is up on blocks in the Senate crip pled by a show of Republican unity and Democratic defections Knowing better Clinton allowed his billion jobs bill to be defined as oldtimey Democratic pork His healthcare package due this month is an obsessively guarded secret and there is a palpable sense that at least one room in the White House is solely devoted to the development of new taxes to pay for new programs Beyond that Clinton has spent an inor dinate amount of time talking about is sues of marginal concern to most Ameri cans Gays in the military falls into that category as does the administrations damaging obsession with diversity in government Part of the problem for Clinton and his smug cadre of political advisers is that they no longer have a dithering George Bush and his recession to exploit Bush is gone but Ross Perot isnt In the fall campaign Perot treated Clinton as an afterthought which was embarrassing to the Democratic nomi nee but disastrous for Bush Now the tes ty Texan is nipping at Clinton on a full time basis and there isnt much the new president can do about it From moment to moment Clinton demonstrates the political skills that helped him survive a roughandtumble Democratic primary campaign and a threeway race against an incumbent president Around Washington Clinton has gener ated good pictures and good will slurping decaffeinated coffee in a local McDon alds though not lately and jogging in his Suburban Dad outfit But the political missteps and the insti tutional arrogance continue How else do you explain the adminis trations floating of a valueadded tax on the day 40 million Americans were lick ing envelopes to the IRS How else do you explain Lloyd Bentsen the Texas senator whom Clinton made head of the Treasury Department to help shepherd his economic plan through the Senate As an administrator Clinton seems to have surrounded himself with arrogant kids and termpaper intellectuals who keep clotting into Task Forces endlessly weighing options Clinton needs to show us who he is and what he most wants to do Otherwise hes playing a game he cant win Steve Daley is a Washington correspon dent for the Chicago Tribune Test Early And Often For Parents So OK its a free country and it would never work But wouldnt it be great if licensing were mandatory for all wouldbe parents No license no child No kidding Look at it as an alternative to Home Alone Not the Movie Four and 9 home alone in Chicago while mom and dad vacation in Mexico Six years old home alone in Florida while dad a divorced wildlife officer goes off to catch a poacher Home alone after school at night ev ery weekend at all ages all over the coun try for a mindand spiritnumbing diet of televised sleaze and violence Or not home alone Instead beaten and brutalized by the cretinous boyfriends of drugsaturated mothers who had the IQ of a doorknob in the first place On the street at 11 in juvenile court by 13 no hope and no future by 15 Time to pro duce a child and begin another dreary round How could my plan be worse Here it is Exceptions abound but we know what works best so applications will be ac cepted from heterosexual couples legal ly married 25 years of age or older Race religion and country of origin will not be factors and neither will wealth but the couple will have to have a track record of supporting themselves and they will be required to describe their plans for spreading their income to ROBIN BRANCH KnightRidder Service cover their offspring For those applicants who pass the fi nancial responsibility screening a drug test and a background check for violence there will be a 100hour parenting course spread over six weeks to include class room instruction in early childhood de velopment nutrition and first aid as well as handson experience at child care cen ters hospitals and schools Many applicants will be too busy for this thereby proving the value of the course without even taking it Happily for them and their hypothetical offspring they will learn before its too late that they dont have time to be parents These couples can withdraw their ap plications without prejudice get on with whatever it is that keeps them busy and reapply later when a child would be less of an inconvenience Graduation from the parenting course will depend on successfully passing a fi nal exam on the basics as they apply to children of various ages such as Question Its 3 am and your 2month old baby furious and redfaced has been howling inexplicably for an hour You should A Sit in a rocking chair and hold him until he dozes off or B Punch him in the face Question Even though you have pre pared a delicious and nutritionally bal anced dinner that contains 98 percent of her average daily requirement of vita mins and minerals your 5yearold stub bornly refuses to taste it You should A Put it away and give her French toast cut in the shape of Mickey Mouse or B Throw her against the wall Question Your 13yearold daughter has decided to go to the mall dressed like a streetwalker to hang out chase boys and smoke cigarettes You should say A Be home by pm or B No you may not go And so on Each parenting license will be handed out at graduation in exchange for a notarized copy of the momtobes schedule of prepaid prenatal care I know what youre thinking Youre thinking Wow This is a great plan for alleviating the sad and sorry condition of Americas beleaguered children But where will we ever find someone with the wisdom of Solomon to decide who gets a license and who doesnt Forget Solomon All it takes is someone with common sense Ill do it myself And while the result may not be perfect I can assure you that it will be a vast improve ment over whats going on right now Robin Branch is a columnist for the SunSentinel of Fort Lauderdale Fla Salvation Comes To Road To Ruin Somebody spilled his whiskey on the deck of cards again Across the ta blea range hunter with caked blood in his beard put his sidegun on the table This was the Road to Ruin Saloon in 1893 in what was to become Phoenix Ariz There and then when fights tended to end at distances where the flaming wad ding from one mans pistol would set the other mans coat on fire The tumbleweed whod spilled his shot is rubbin tobacco juice into his eyes to stay awake Peel the bark off him youd likely find some 80 rings But hes gonna draw When into the Road to Ruin Saloon strode a weteared young dude wearin no guns That was the setting or one like it the day William Mclntyre caked with al kali dust from a long stage ride ar rived in town This soldier without a gun was so good at what he did that hed made divisional commander by the age of 19 And what he did was to travel the un PAUL HARVEY Los Angeles Times Syndicate tamed Southwest a hundred years ago and tame it organizing outposts for the Salvation Army wherever they were needed most Within days of William Mclntyres ar rival he was attracting crowds of un churched to his outdoor meetings at Washington and Center streets And within months the inchdeep lega cy of dirt and tobacco juice on the floor of the Road to Ruin Saloon had been scrubbed away And the place was renamed the Road to Heaven Saloon And the infamous Red Corner of Phoe nix was never the same again Now its a new generation Adding to its many rescue and family services and its day camp and senior housing Now the Salvation Army of Phoenix has converted a onetime motel on Van Buren Street with eight buildings on 12 acres to temporary housing and reha bilitation for a rotating population of a hundred homeless For in the VERY beginning Gen Wil liam Booth had commissioned his sol diers with these words Take ANYONE who comes to us and put an arm around him and if hes hungry give him food and if hes homeless shelter him Unlike federal agencies Gen Booth confronted by a need chose first to do something then figure out the logistics You can give to many charities and less than will find its target Nine dollars and in some charities all are spent on administrative sal aries and office expenses and on raising more money You let the Salvation Army dispense your charity dollars and of the will go to help somebody who is homeless hungry or hurting The Salvation Army of Phoenix is re sponding to a critical need and I am proud to say of my adopted city Phoeni cians are generously supportive   

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