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Ashtabula Star Beacon (Newspaper) - October 13, 2000, Ashtabula, Ohio
A4 Star Beacon a a opinion Friday october 13, 2000 Star Beacon de Looman publisher Neil Frieder editor the founding fathers of this Republic insisted that a vigilant courageous press is essential to a free society. To Honor this historic contract we need to know what you think about the issues that shape our lives. A civil second debate we suggest the same mistakes were not made twice if the Bush Campaign has not exactly been calling Al Gore a liar it has been suggesting that if he Ever bumped into truth telling he would run for his life. And if the Gore Campaign has not exactly been calling George w. Bush stupid it has been suggesting that on a variety of issues this elevator stops Well Short of the top floor. In the wednesday night debate then Gore needed to prove himself honest and Bush needed to show he is intelligently conversant with difficult issues mainly on foreign policy. Gores was an impossible task not because his character inevitably leads him to falsehood but because an hour and a half a Worth of sticking to facts does not prove you stick to them any other time. He did avoid lies and also avoided the sighing and overwrought aggressiveness that had bothered Many viewers in the first debate. Gore was indeed so civil a so polite Nice and agreeable a that you almost expected him to hand Bush a bouquet of roses at the debates end. Was this difficult for him Only Gore himself could answer that for sure but it sometimes looked As if he were tugging at a self attached Leash As if he were having a difficult time with the Placid Demeanour he had assumed for the evening. As for Bush his task was More nearly possible and he carried it off with aplomb. He spoke knowledgeably and analytically of foreign policy issues and gave persuasive evidence he could make Independent judgments when top advisers conflicted in their recommendations. He seemed no better on this score than Gore but no worse and it was critical for his electoral chances that he not fail. The Mideast violence on thursday underlined How important it is for a president to have a grasp of International affairs. The two men found few matters on which to disagree and even when they did disagree their qualifications of their positions usually kept the distance Between them relatively Small. There Are real differences Between them however and those who contend they Are actually ideological twins need to think again. Debates do not reveal everything which is Why it would be a mistake for voters to let their decisions be Overly swayed by these encounters. Some lessons have been Learned from the debates but they Are not the whole Story. How to reach Public officials a president Bill Clinton White House 1600 Pennsylvania ave., n.w., Washington 20006 or Call his comment line 202 456-1111 or 202 456-6797. A . Sen. George Voinovich Republican b-34 Dirksen Senate office building Washington . 20150. Phone 202 224-3353 or 216 522-7095. Email senator Voinovich Voinovich. . A . Rep. Steve Latourette r-19, 1508 Longworth House office building Washington . 20515 202 225-5731. Home office i Victoria place room 320. Painesville 44077, 1-800-447-0529 or 216 352-3939. A state sen. Robert Gardner r-18, statehouse room 034, ground floor Columbus 43215 1-614-644-7718. A state rep. George Distel d-5, statehouse Columbus 43215 14 466-1405. Home address 495 Middle Road Conneaut 44030 599-8540. A state rep. Diane v. Grendell d-68, statehouse Columbus 43215 614 644-5088. Home address 7413 Tattersall drive Chesterland. Doonesbury Gary Trudeau pop Al a what pu7b people Opp about Pope 19 that he a bump but poly Phi von by Pouti Cal conc Bop. Even Hio Bio Kipp with hip mph at tub con but of pub map Compi Bobiy i Dunno i la pop it. Bobino a Kipp makb9 people feel Pap Pupp and Bapp Upp when i pee you k/p9>. Kipp. Middle East events just repeat and repeat the reporting of events in the Middle East is like a stuck Needle on a phonograph a it just repeats and repeats and repeats. The song the american press is stuck on is the All scenes of violence Between israelis and palestinians Are seen through this prism brutal Well armed israeli police and military abuse of poor Stone throwing palestinian youths. Yasser Arafat was depending upon that reflexive response when he started the violence that threatens to engulf the whole Region. In addition to the Intifada the world press is also always ready to denounce Ariel Sharon for his Pugna City. Its True that Sharon is provocative he did no to stroll around the Temple mount for exercise but if this was provocation it was of the gentlest kind. If it is provocative for an israeli Leader to walk around the Temple mount then what in the world May an israeli do in his own country besides the violence began before Sharon stepped foot on the Temple mount. And Sharon did not shoot or Stone anyone. He did not so much As insult a palestinian. His presence merely underscored a reality that palestinians reject that jews have a right to their ancient holy Sites in Jerusalem. Mona Charen yet that walk supposedly incited Arab youths to Pelt worshippers at the Western Wall with stones. Elsewhere Molotov cocktails flew at civilians and a jewish religious site was burned and destroyed while palestinian a a police looked on. Well say the critics it is Sharon himself who is so unacceptable. Hanan Ishwari a palestinian spokesperson argued that he has blood on his hands. Perhaps so. An israeli tribunal investigated events at the Sabra and shatilla Camps during the lebanese War and found that while the killings were the work of the Christian militia not the israelis Sharon bore some responsibility for not trying to Stop it. When has any Arab tri Bunal so found regarding one of its own Ishwari meanwhile has no problem serving a Man Arafat who bears direct responsibility for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. It Isnit just the american press that is stuck in a rut. The Security Council so practice at denouncing Israel swung into a familiar Mode last week by condemning Israel for a excessive Force in responding to palestinian violence. That the United states abstained was an act of cowardice and bad Faith. What was the cause of this renewed palestinian violence As columnist Charles Krauthammer has noted 99 percent of palestinians live under palestinian Rule. Ehud Barak has offered them virtually the entire West Bank and has even offered a to the dismay of Many israelis and in contravention of a decades old certitude of israeli policy a to Divide Jerusalem. That is what Barak did at Camp David. He offered to give East Jerusalem to the palestinians provided Only that the holy places which everyone agrees have been justly administered by Israel since 1967 be supervised by the . Security Council. This was pretty much everything that Arafat had Ever demanded in negotiations with the israelis and the americans. Yet he walked out on Camp David saying that no moslem would Ever accept anything less than All of Jerusalem. Weak minded reporting on the failed Summit never conveyed the intransigence of the Arab Side. Few recognized what Arafat was throwing away and even fewer asked the logical next question if diplomatic recognition by Israel and the rest of the world for a state containing nearly All of the West Bank and Gaza plus half of Jerusalem to Call his capital is not enough for Arafat then what has the a peace process really been All about the situation is spiralling downward fast. The palestinians marinated in hatred for Israel and led to believe that they will soon have All of Palestine Are easily aroused to violence. They note with pleasure that moslem extremists in Lebanon were Able to Wear Israel Down and succeed in the end and think they can do the same. And so Dies one of the great self delusions indulged by the United states and Israel that the palestinians truly want peace. They want Israel a and always have. Chreti is a columnist for creates Syndicate inc. Prosecutors decide it does no to qualify As murder Columbus a it appeared to be if not an open and shut Case at least one in which prosecutors would have absolutely no trouble proving How the victim was killed and who the killers were. As we have been reporting . Bourgeois 3, had been found dead in the Mobile Home on the South Side of Columbus where he had lived with his father Patrick Bourgeois and the fathers Girlfriend Tracy Lynn Bratton. The Franklin county coroners office had determined that the child had been beaten had been bitten then had been tied up and unable to move had swallowed his own blood and had choked to death a had drowned on the blood. The boys father had admitted striking the boy and biting him the Girlfriend had admitted biting the boy and helping tape his Ankles together and his wrists behind his Back. So How could this have gone so wrong in court How could before they even became eligible for a parole Board hearing Bourgeois and Bratton be free and out on the streets As they Are this morning two key decisions a each made by the Franklin county prosecuting attorneys office a made possible what would happen later the freeing of Bourgeois and Bratton by Franklin county common pleas court judge Nodine Miller who saying that what Bourgeois and Bratton did in killing the boy was a fraught with ignorance immaturity and inexperience More than malevolence a ordered them released from Bob Greene prison. The first decision came when prosecutors had to determine what crimes with which to charge the suspects. Bourgeois and Bratton could have been charged with aggravated murder the most serious charge they could have been charged with murder next most serious with voluntary manslaughter one More step Down or with involuntary manslaughter the least serious of the four. They were each charged Vith involuntary manslaughter. Franklin county prosecuting atty. Ron of Brien who was not in office at the time of the crime said the decision was made because of language in Ohio Law that said a a intent had to be proven in cases of murder. There were Only three witnesses to the killing of . Bourgeois and one was dead. In order to prove Bourgeois and Bratton intended to kill the child of Brien said they would have to testify against each other. And there was no indication they would do that. So involuntary manslaughter it was. De Morgan head of the criminal division in the prosecutors office was confident he could make involuntary manslaughter stick in court. And there were additional charges felonious assault endangering a child kidnapping because of the restraint of . Kirk Mcvay Patrick Bourgeois defense attorney told us a you could have been talking about a Century or More in prison had they been convicted of everything they were charged with a although he conceded that such a lengthy sentence would have been highly unlikely the prosecutors were confident that even with the relatively Low involuntary manslaughter charge they decided upon they could put Bourgeois and Bratton in prison for a significant number of years a Long enough to be appropriate for what the two had done to that 3-year-old boy. A proving that they intended to kill . Might have been very difficult a of Brien told us. A they did what they did. We know that. But was it their intention for him to die a in Light of what has happened of Brien said he has asked himself whether he wishes prosecutors had taken their chances with a murder charge in front of a jury. A i done to know a he told us. A i have thought about it quite a bit and the answer is i done to the second key decision by prosecutors would come during negotiations with defense attorneys. The defense attorneys a saying Bourgeois and Bratton were willing to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter a asked one thing from the prosecutors they asked the prosecutors to agree not to take a position on something called a super Shock probation after Bourgeois and Bratton had been in prison for one year. A a the defense attorneys said a give us begin italics something a a end italics assistant prosecutor Morgan told us. A a in a certain that i thought no judge would Ever Grant those two super Shock probation so at the time it did no to seem to mean a lot agreeing not to it meant More than a lot. We will explain in our next column. Greene is a columnist for Tribune Media services inc. C 2000 by Nea. Inc. Quot Point it i tug use of profanity for. Surtoc value Doest work and wore. Quot
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