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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 14, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Bethlehem hands Altoona first loss / Cl BIZ: Tense times mean more overseas security / El £ fa & Altoona mirror © Copyright 2001 OCTOBER 14, 2001 $1.50 newsstand Burn barrels in city go cold By William Kibler Staff Writer The flame is guttering and about to go oik Altoona residents, who burn trash in barrels in their back yards, can’t do it legally after Saturday. That date marks a year since the city issued its last burning permits after passing an ordinance-revision prohibiting _ _ „—“—:— outdoor trash Ares ■ Patton bu ming for    of    clean- legal / Page A9 er ^ ^ safety. The city fire marshal’s office, with the help of code officers, will enforce the ordinance heavily after the cutoff date. They’ll be on the lookout for smoke and will respond to complaints, warning first offenders and citing repeaters. The fines are between $50 and $1,000, largely at the discretion of district justices. Offenders can be liable for fines each day they’re in violation. There were less than 1,000 outstanding permits at the cutoff of sales last year, fire marshal Randy Isenberg said. About three-quarters of those are valid because many people renewed their permits at the last minute, so they could bum for as long as possible. The ban benefits the city, Isenberg said. Some who’ve burned did it right, but too many others allowed fires in barrels to smolder, sometimes with materials such as garbage and dog feces, which the total ban will end, Isenberg said. The failure of the city to control the abuse of the burning privilege led to the total ban, said Dalton Dobbins, who’s still upset a year after trying to persuade the council not to impose the ban. Abusers gave burning a bad reputation, not those like himself who did it carefully and properly, he said. It's a hardship, especially for those like an elderly neighbor, who has to lug more trash out each week for the hauler, Dobbins said. “The whole thing is a joke,” he said. Joseph Cote argued in favor of the ban and is grateful. He’s hypersensitive to smoke. Already, he’s seen and smelled far less of it in recent months. “I feel the people are really better off this way," Cote said. Isenberg has taken action against those; whose permits have expired but whose practice of burning has not He hasn’t encountered much defiance, however, and he doesn’t expect to encounter it after the final cutoff, he said. Please see Burn/Page A7 Is this war winnable? MORE WAR ON TERRORISM COVERAGE ► PAGES A11, Bf B6 The Associated Press A U.S. Navy Aviation Machinist Mate aboard the USS Enterprise watches a CH-46 “Sea Knight” fly past after delivering supplies during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) mission on USS Enterprise. The ship and its carrier battle group are conducting flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Veterans speak out about realities a war brings Kennedy Ofiesh Martinez Bennett Cupp You search, kill and destroy. You go do the job and get out. 99 ll They would hide We would hide. You just try to outsmart the enemy. 99 Ifs just too bad we lost so many people [on Sept. 11], 99 ll Ifs about human suffering. Ifs unfortunate that the world has to suffer wars. 99 He says ifs his duty to go, even to defend his country with his life. I’m very apprehensive. 99 By Mark Leberfinger Staff Writer Harry Bennett of Tyrone knows any war isn’t romantic. “It isn’t about pretty uniforms, marching bands and pretty girls,” the Korean War veteran said. “Ifs about human suffering. Ifs unfortunate that the world has to suffer wars.” The past commander of the Anderson-Denny Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Bennett was part of the lith Infantry Division that saw combat during the Korean War. He remembers when bullets started flying around him. “It’s a scary feeling,” he said. “I was really scared. You hope to have help all around you. The fact you’re not there by yourself helps you survive.” The latest war calling America to arms is no exception. The war against terrorism may be unlike any the United States has fought. The Taliban may be one target of America’s wrath, but the United States has warned that other countries may be the site of other self-defense attacks. Please see Veterans/Page AIQ Experts: Success possible, ‘victory’ may be elusive By Todd S. Purdum New York Times News Service WASHINGTON — It already has become a commonplace, if not a cliche: America’s war on terrorism will be the longest, toughest and shadiest battle in the country’s experience. President Bush said again last week that, although it may take years, he would pursue terrorists “until there is no place to run or hide or rest.” Still, no American official has yet suggested this war will not end — eventually — or that the end will not be "victory.” But is victory, in the usual sense, possible in such an unusual war? And how will the nation know it has won? "When you and I and our children get up and walk out the door and don’t worry that an airplane is going to come down and hit us or a truck bomb is going to drive into a building or the World Trade Center is going to fall down,” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld crisply told Dan Rather of CBS News last week. In the world after Sept. ll, that suddenly seems a very high bar. Thursday, two days after Rumsfeld spoke, the FBI issued a stark warning that there could be new attacks on American targets at home or abroad in the coming days, and by week’s end, a new case of anthrax was confirmed in New York. “It depends how you define the war,” said Joseph S. Nye, dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a former assistant secretary of defense in the Clinton administration. "If you define it as getting rid of Osama bin Laden or disrupting al-Qaida, you can have measures of success. But that’s not victory in the war on terrorism, that’s victory against a particular objective.” The Allied victory in World War II was total and unconditional. The West’s eventual triumph in the Cold War was similarly decisive because market capitalism prevailed even in closed sa i-eties. But terrorism, unlike a fascist or communist state, cannot be "ended” in the same way So there will be an enduring tension between the government’s pledge to win a war on terrorism and the daily levels of threat, accommodation and anxiety with which the nation will have to live. And nothing might be riskier, or politically more humiliating, than to declare victory, only to have a new wave of attacks. Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., the ranking member of the intelligence committee, said simply: "I think we shouldn’t declare victory too soon.” Terrorism is as old as poverty or pestilence, and experts note that no modem society has succeeded in eradicating it completely. Please see Success/Page AIQ Ballpark plays catch with idea to host events Photo by Paul Jenkins, Erie Times Jerry Uht Park, Erie, hosts the 98 Degrees concert Sept. 20,1999. By Michael Emery Staff Writer Ninety-eight degrees at the Blair County Ballpark means only one thing: It’s going to be a scorcher out at the old ball game. It can mean the same thing at Jerry Uht Park, where the Eastern League’s Erie Seawolves play their home games. Or it can mean something entirely different. Ninety-eight Degrees at Jerry Uht Park also can mean a popular boy band will be perform a concert. In fact, 98 Degrees is one of many bands that have performed at minor league ballparks nationwide. Blair County Ballpark, however, isn’t one of them. Since it was built in 1999, Blair County Ballpark has been used almost exclusively for the Altoona Curve’s 71 home games each year. There have been a few college, high school and All-American Amateur Baseball Association baseball games played at Blair County Ballpark. The Curve host an annual Thanksgiving food drive at the park. But most days, the $14 million ballpark sits empty. By comparison, the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority “entertains any opportunity to have Oldsmobile Park in use,” said Linda Frederickson, Lansing Entertainment vice president of sales and marketing. Oldsmobile Park is home to the Lansing Lugnuts, the Midwest League’s Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Oldsmobile Park also is used occasionally by the Michigan State University baseball team and high school teams. In addition, Oldsmobile Park is home to other entertainment events throughout the year, including pop, country, gospel, tejano and Christian music concerts; symphonies; the “Park After Dark” feature film series; cultural and ethnic festivals; charity organization benefits; special social and family events such as “Play Catch With A Kid” in which parents and guardians can take youth onto the field to play catch; an annual haunted house for Halloween; and an ice skating rink. 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