Barstow Desert Dispatch (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Barstow, California
J- DESERT DISPATCH, Barstow, CA.-Sal., May31,lW8
ABE SANCHEZ, Genaal Manager: JULIE MERRELL. Editor: CAM WHEATON. Advertising Manager: BILL BOKHOIT, Circulation Manager
In Our Opinion
Judge Rufus Yent Gets Our Vote
We endorse incumbent Judge Rufus Yent’s bid for election to the Superior Court Judgeship, Office 11.
Yent’s experience serves him well in making judgments. He has served in the Barstow office of the San Bernardino Superior Court since the judgeship was created in April 1985. He was appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian. Previously he had served as Municipal Court Judge in Barstow from January 1982 to April 1985.
His legal background includes time spent as deputy district attorney and chief deputy distrcit attorney of San Bernardino County.
Yent also is active in several community organizations and
We see no reason that he should be unseated.
Whatever your choice, we urge you to vote Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please take a few minutes and make your voice heard.
(DiStC PORT WORTH —
Students Do Care
“The trouble is — It doesn’t seem to have any defects. I was looking for something with more liability potential." _
® * By Jack Anderson
It is frequently said of today’s college students that they have no interest in public issues.
In contrast with the politically involved 1960s collegians, the current crop is thought to be so caught up in the lust for high-paying jobs after graduation — or for admission to prestigious professional schools — that they have no time for, or interest in, public concerns.
I disagree, at least in part, with this view of today’s college students.
True, college students are no longer flocking to huge protest parades or demonstrations. Nor is there any current issue that arouses the passions stirred by the Vietnam War.
But certain facts need to be kept in mind about the 1960s protest move^ ment ai lethargy.
ment and about today’s alleged
As one who helped stir the campuses in the 1960s and early ’70s, I was always aware that the students actually involved were a minority. Even at the height of the anti-war movement, the students playing an active role politically never became a majority.
Also, 1972 marked the first presidential election year in which 18-year-olds were allowed to vote. Virtually the entire college student enrollment was offered an opportunity to vote at a time when the Viet-nam War was supposedly dominating campus concerns across America.
Sad to relate, despite the fact that the Vietnam issue was sharply drawn by President Richard Nixon and by me as his Democratic opponent, only a small percentage of the college students went to the trouble of registering and voting in that fateful election.
Another pertinent observation about this period is that once Presi
dent Nixon achieved an end to the draft, much of the steam in the anti-war movement evaporated. As one who literaUy loathed that miserable war, I was shocked to see the decline in youthful repu^nce to the war once young Americans were assured that the killing and dying would be done only by volunteers — many of them poor blacks who saw no other attractive alternatives for employment.
I do not think that today’s college students are much better or much worse than those of 20 years ago, or for that matter, those of 40 years ago when I was in collie.
On the positive side, today’s collegians include a serious, intelligent, committed minority who have real concerns about the nuclear arms race, the deterioration of the glotol environment, the painful official racism of South Africa, the enormous damage caused by the criminal drug culture and the ^tionship of the unresolved Palestinian tragedy to terrorism.
Since leaving the U.S. Senate in 1981,1 have been heavily in demand as a visiting lecturer on college campuses in the United States and in Europe. 1 have probably spoken on a thousand or more campuses in the last six years in addition to serving as a guest professor for a term or more at eight majw universities.
In all of these appearances, I have confronted large, keenly interested crowds eager to listen to me, and question me, on the issues of our time as long as my energy would permit. I have spoken to packed auditoriums, arenas and field houses across this country from my earliest days in the U.S. Senate in 1963 untU my most recent weekly tour, which took me to Colgate, Cornell and the University of Colorado.
Today In History
Today is Saturday, May 31, the 151st day of 1986. There are 214 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On May 31, 1889, a massive flood claimed the lives of more than 2,00 people as the city of Johnstown, Pa., was inundated after a dam break.
On this date:
In 1819, the poet Walt Whitman W3S lk)orn.
In 1910, the Union of South Africa was founded.
In 1913, the 17th amendment to the Constitution, which provides for the popular election of U.S. senators, was declared in effect.
In 1916, British and German fleets fought the Battle of Jutland off Denmark.
In 1%1, South Africa became an independent republic.
In 1962, World War II Gestapo
chief Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel.
In 1970, tens of thousands of people in Peru died in an earthquake.
Ten years ago: Martha Mitchell, the estranged wife of former Attorney General J(rfm N. Mitchell, died in New York of cancer at age 57.
Five years ago: More than ^,000 mourners gathered in Victory ¡^uare in Warsaw, Poland, fwr the funeral of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyn-ski, who had died three days earlier.
One year ago: Tornados claimed several dozen Uves and injured hundreds of people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Canada.
Today’s birthdays: Author-minister Norman Vincent Peale is 88. Actor Don Ameche is 78. Prince Rainier of Monaco is 63. Clint Eastwood, mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., is 56.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Jack Broote, D-Texas, the cigar-chomping World War II Marine veteran who heads the House Government Operations Committee, rarely takes no for an answer — especially when he’s dealing with the brass hats at the Pentagon.
While some colleagues go for the easy headlines with horror stories of overpriced coffee pots and toilet lids — and then drop the crusade when the press loses interest — Brooks pursues the less glamorous examples of Pentagon waste. And with a unique combination of stubbornness and wry humor, he perseveres until he gets satisfaction.
Birxdcs explains his outrage at the Reagan administration’s spending priorities in one succinct sentence: “They’re wasting tax dollars while they’re cutting our school lunches.” Brock’s most recent target is a little-publicized Pentagon satrapy called the Defense Security Assistance Agency. Typically, Brooks translate the higMalutin title into “the world’s biggest arms dealer.’’ It’s this agency that arranges sales to foreign countries of such military hardware as Stinger missiles and automatic rifles.
In an average year, these sales total nearly $13 billion. But Brooks’s committee investigators have dug into the agency’s activities and concluded that hundreds of millions of dollars are thrown away each year — perhaps as much as $1.7 billion just since 1981. They shared their findings with our associate Donald Goldberg. Some examples:
— Federal law requires buyers of major weapons to pay at least a fair share of their cost. But congressional and Pentagon audits show^ that the Pentagon gives the weapohs away mwe often than not. Fw instance, research costs of $94 million on Harpoon, Maverick D and TOW 2 missUes were never charged to the buyers.
— In a survey of $2.4 billion in missile sales, the Pentagon inspector general found that the arms had first been imderpriced by $4.6 million — and tiien underbilled by an additional $10 million.
— Undercharges totaling $90.3 million for one kind of jet were uncovered, and of $41.3 for anotiier model.
Another recent target of Brooks’s bird dogs is the Pentagon’s costly habit of letting defense contractors keep government equipment furnished to them for arms production. For example, a New Hampshire company was found to have more than $47 million worth of government-owned electrwiic gw in its warehouse, some of it having been there for 15 years. The company was charging the Pentagon storage fees -$79,000 in 1985.
“Just how much government money is wasted every year in the Defense Department’s chronic mismanagement .,. may never be fully known,” Brooks said, explaining: “Government auditors can only review small samples of the total.” One thing that irritates Brooks like an East Texas chigger is Pentagon officials’ willingness to “rubber-sUmp” the defense contractors’
no reason to subsidize defense contractors in this fashion,” he said. “A 1985 Navy study of profits at 22 major contractors showed that over the last few years they
— Besides sloppy bodckeeping and inadequate control mechanisms that allow careless waste, Brooks discovered that the Pentagon has frequently granted waivers on costs for selectedforeignbuyers. Between 1977 and 1984, more than $1.7 billion in weapons costs were deliberately waived for Egypt, South Korea and five NATO countries.
have made more than twice as m
profit on defense work as on their commercial endeavors.
GETTING OUT THE VOTE: In a sharp reversal of past trends, five of the biggest non-profit groups now carrying on voter-registration efforts are conservative or ultraconservative. "Hiey are the American Coalition for Traditional Values, Christian Voice, American Defense Foundation, Americans for Responsible Government and the Liberty Federation (formerly Moral Majori-ty). , „
A study by the Center for Responsive Politics says the five organizations “focused their registration activity on conservative church congregations, military personnel, businesspersons and others who share similar values.”
Unlike women’s and civil rights groups, the conservatives their voter-r^istration drives with little money from public foundations, using instead contributions from their own members.
One result of the combined registration drives by state and local governments, political parties and non-profit groups was that voter turnout actually increased in 1984 (to 92.7 mUlion) over 1980 (86.5 mülion) - the first increase in 28 years. That was still only 53.3 percent of those apparently eligible; but when “dradwood” (those actuaUy dead or those who moved but were still on the rolls) was subtracted, the vast majority of eligible voters may actually have cast their ballots. AUTHOR! AUTHOR?: Rep. Tom
Lantos, D-Calif., was in New York with his wife recently, shoppi^ — for a publisher. Lantos thinks his life story would be an inspiration and possibly a best-seller, and he could be right. The 58-year-old congressman from the posh southern suburbs of San Francisco was bom in Budapest, Hungary, fought in the anti-Nazi underground as a teenager, was saved from deportation to the death camps by Raoul Wallenberg and came to this country as a penniless refugee at the age of
19* , r,.
TEA FOR WHO?: Jean-Pierre Hoke, the U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees, visité the Capitol the other day to see the American democratic process in action. But he was obviously unaware of the old congressional maxim: “If this is Monday, I must be home.” House staffers couldn’t find a single appropriate member to have tea with the VIP, so they just made do with the most distinguished-looking aides ttey could collar.
FOLLOW THAT DIP!: FBI agents were recently issued new pocket‘iize cards with revised license-tag codes
identifying foreign diplomats’ cars. (The Soviet embassy was changed from D-SX to D-FC, for example.) The distinctive red-white-and-blue plates, issued by the State Department, tell the G-men whether the car is assigned to a Washington embassy or the United Nations. In light of recent revelations that Libyan diplomats have been involved in terrorist activities, you’d do well not to get too close to cars with D-FM tags; leave it to the guys in dark glasses who’ll
following at a discreet distance.
UNDER THE DOME: The Reagan administration’s crackdown on government employees who leak classified information to the press has spread to Capitol Hill. Staffers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee — which has long been one of the more open sources of information in Washington, report that mysterious strangers are visiting their offices each evening. The plainclothes visitors ask if the file cabinets containing classified material have been locked up for the evening, and then ask the staffers to make sure. TTie staffers don’t know if the men are security guards or spooks.
MINI-EDITORIAL: In a little-noticed case that deserved wider attention, a federal judge in Maryland threw out an indictment against a corporate defendant because, he found, the prosecutor and two Internal Revenue Service agents had altered documents to make the government’s case stronger, and then lied about it in court.
In Your Opinion
Letters to the Editor
BCCBoardDid Right Thing
At the Barstow College board meeting on May 20, the ^ard members made a dwision, al^ough not unanimous, which showed real character. They decided, in a 3-2 vote, not to accept the recommendation of President J.W. Edwin Sp^r to reassign Dean of Instruction William Krueger.
Before the board meeting ever convened on the 20th there was much excitement on the college campus, and it wasn’t just limited to the ad-, ministration building. Teachers were , talking with teachers, students were talking with students, and even
teachers talking with students.
The one issue that was talked about by all was that Dr. Spear had asked for Dean Krueger’s resignation or reassignment.
Teachers were very unhappy, students were appalled and even D^n Krueger was dumbfounded by this action of Dr. Spear.
As a student at Barstow Corn-munity College, I was caught right iq the middle of it, and reaUy felt as if I' were being threatened. But when the board made the decision all of those in support of Dean Krueger were elateo.
But what about Dr. Spear? Was he just in bringing about this radical action that most felt threatened by? If the decision on Dean Krueger’» reassignment were opened up to the public, wmild Dr. Spear have enough support to succeed in reassigning Dean Krueger?
Many other questions are also asked by others and many different answers are being given.
There is only one real problem at hand, and that is - Dr. Sp^r and Dean Krueger are involved in a so-called “power struggle” and both are acting like two spoiled children who throw temper tantrums because they can’t have things their own way.
Barstow College is not one man’s possession but rather the combined efforts of the administrators, teachers, students, city members, ^rd members, and whoever else is involved. TTiere must be some “give and Uke” in all things and if Dr. Spear and Dean Krueger can’t handle it by themselves then they need to open the issues up to the teachers and students because they are the ones who are going to be affected by the final decision, whatever it may be.
It doesn’t matter who is, or was, at
The White House
fault, the board did the right thing bv stepping in and telling both administrators that if thev don’t clehr up their differences by the next board meeting then both men will be dealt with in a way that the board feels necessary, so that we can get on with our continued and higher education here at Barstow College.
Gary L. Dillard
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By MICHAELPUTZEL AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - Presidential spokesman Larry Speakes likes to boast that he knows 10,000 ways to say “no comment” and has used 9,999 of them.
But he bristled this week at a suggestion that he couldn’t comment if he wanted to without someone else putting the words in his mouth.
Among the deputy press secretary’s most often used outs when he has no cmnment is to say the matter is under study, under review or being analyzed by some nameless administration experts somewhere and that the White House won’t have anything to say about it until that analysis is complete.
But when asked at one of his regular news briefings this week for the U.S. view of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s latest arms proposal, Speakes began by reading a statement prepared for him on a weekend summit meeting of Central American leaders.
“The Nicaraguans continue tc block progress toward achieving a treaty by demanding tjhat the verification provisions and other military provisions of the treaty be negotiated only after the signing,” Speakes said. “This, of course, is not acceptable to the (other) Central American countries.”
As to Ortega’s arms plan, he said, “I have not had an opportunity to study his inrqposal... in any detail, and I’ll save my cmnment till then.” “Wen, you’re not the one who’s doing the studying, surely, on whether this is acceptable or not,” his questioner said. “Has anyone from the White House done it?”
“Not that I know of yet,” Speakes said. Then, rising to what he took as the reporter’s conclusion he couldn’t think for himseli, the spokesman added: “Once again, I have not had an oi^portunity to review it myself. I would expect. If 1 reviewed It myself, that I could conunent on behalf of the United States government and the president of the United States
and it would be an adequate representation of our viewpoint, based on my own reading of it.
“Once in a while, you will understand that out here I do occasionally have an original thought. It’s difficult for you to understand, but it does happen.”
“1 don’t say you don’t have an original thought,” the reporter responded. “I just wonder if you can do policy off the top of your head.”
“If I had an opportunity to read what he’d done, I think I probably Could,” Speakes said. “I don’t have any fear of not being able to do so.” The spokesman’s sensitivity on this subject dates from a time not long ago when he was kept out of the White House innor circle and told (hi-ly those things his seniors wanted idm to say. In the last year, since Donald T. Regan took charge of the White House staff, Speakes has gained the power that goes with being on the inside, and he doesn’t hesitate to let people know it.
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