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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Opinion May Kokomo tribune A9 John Wiles editor Arden Draeger Publishergeneral ttiafiagef Stephen Elkins Advertising direbtdf Richard Sfchfam Circulation difetitw Ruminations on a strange day a twopart look at last weeks With voting turnout low 26 percent in Howard County dur ing last weeks primary funny things can happen Paul William Barrett may very well be an excellent Kokomo Center school board But not right The state statute clearly showed that Barretts candidacy was in He has lived within the district since last The statute states that a candidate must have lived within the district for one full It is sad that a candidate chosen by the people unknowingly the The political football nobodys touching is pushing Barrett out of the seat he has now been elected Do we want a candidate taking an elected spot in a manner that violated the law Technicalities and semantics it is clear that Barrett as qualified and fine a candidate he may be should not take the school board If the state or another interested party does not wish to contest this uninten tionally illegal it would behoove Barrett to step In a time when KokomoCenter is beginning to regain its compo we do not need an ineligible candidate taking a The beat goes on for Indiana communities looking for piein Two of the three Ohio River counties who were voting on legalizing riverboat gambling passed Crawford County passed the measure but nextdoor in Harrison it won with only 51 percent of the In Jef ferson the measure was beaten Howards name was not mentioned much during the past few sessions of the Indiana General And when dealing an electorate that focuses increasingly on his November election may be Howards victory over perennial candidate Millie Bertram by 61 to 39 percent margin could not have been totally Former Libertarian turned Republican Jon Padfield is I Howards opponent for House District Padfield is an intelli thoughtful speaker and may surprise Howard Padfield oes carry the stigmaof being a former a judged by most to be a radical band of Try to ludge him on his current merits and you may be Is the end of former state and Jim Jontzs long polit ical career near Given little chance of defeating incumbent Richard Lugar in Jontzs embarrassing showing lagainst Lyndon LaRouche Democrat John Taylor can only cause glee in GOP Jontz only managed 55 percent Of the vote against a man who had never garnered more than 11 percent two revious u TM woo yw TO 5wrrcn TO KIDNCY stowes OR pwe WMIA Underwear and dirty laundry What kind of undies did Polk and Pierce wear to take up journalism and fight thi good Briefly Underwear has been a theme of my life this An earlier col umn told of my midlife switch from the tightywhitie camp to the world of roomy I got calls from as far away as Washington A congressman spokesman and myself debated on what choices the Indiana dele gation to Capitol Hill might Probably almost all save Jill we Ive always thought underwear was a funny Like others in I remember and my Arin Indianas disingenuousDemocratic Party Chair adopted the tenet of one Brady Taylor had everi less name recognition and entered the race later than Our guess is that Hoosier voters have no interest in exchanging Lugars wisdom for Jontzs chutz pah and a vote for Taylor will be vote for Lugar come Novem Brian a political pollster at Indiana UniyersityPur due University at Its got to be an anti S Like Jontzs Howard County Sheriff John Beattys vic tory in the Democratic Fifth Congressional District primary can only be called Beattys showing inthe county in the Fifth District shouldve been his largest since Howard County is his home and his political Yet he took 65 percent of the vote districtwide in comparison to 57 percent in Howard Expect incumbent Republican Steve Buyer to draw the rest of the districts attention to Beattys woes in Howard including the tumultuous startup of the Howard County His campaign posse Beatty will have a hard time lassoing Buyer in All of the incumbent Congressmen who were challenged inIndiana primaries won rather The throw the rascals out mentality that came with Perot in 1992 seems to have sub Which is not altogether Indianas delegation carries mpre clout and wisdom per capital than most other With a cqmbination of esteemed veterans like Lugar and rising stars like Indiana is luckier than most ence in underwear as she gives a speech to a dour lot of old men and That single show caused thou sands of kids to try this stratagem at school plays and speech To this I try to picture people in the almost alltogether when It just makes me more nervous And So when President Clinton was asked about his choice of under garments on an MTV it struck me as but His choice briefs struck me as but harmless But sure as fraying there was a minirevolt against No some others How he answer that pundits I understand the gripes to a Acaller asked if I could imagine Ronald Reagan answer ing the question on Some of the revolt against Clin ton is a revolt against MTV which airs Beavis and Butthead and Beauty and the Beach is not to be confused with the McLaughlin But is that bad The proportion of thoughtful 20some things is the same as 50some things though the way they express and gather these smarts are To call Clintons appearance on MTV an insult to democracy as one columnist did is What could be more democratic than answering unrehearsed questions from an audience A footnote to those who wish to make this a argument Why is that Clintons appearance on MTV answering questions lowers the dignity of the office yet presidentialwannabe Dan Quayles appearance as a potato chip salesman is deemed a effective ploy My first memory of politics was August Our black andwhite Philcos picture tube was on the but the tinny speaker still played the sad tale of President Richard Nixons I didnt grasp the but I grasped its I went to my room and with a sense of history and wrote Nixon resigns on the appropriate date of my Winnie the Pooh calendar Watergate fostered political malaise and apathy in most Amer but it juiced my As I was eightand I wondered how Ford could par don I liked the idea that Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer but that changed when my dad was laid off in My interest in politics continued through college as I predictably wandered to the left and back during the Dont even get me started about Point is the curiosity about politr ical minutiae that Nixons woes inspired in me continues to this In I might still be flipping pancakes had it not been for Mike Royko nailed it in a column printed early last Nixons resignation was the apex of journalism in this Never again will the media be so high in the public All The Presidents the tale by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein about how they derailed inspired hundreds of kids good figr Problem is that the good in many journalists involves nothing more than attacking politicians with a wanton disre gard for truth or to most are the bad guys and they can do if So just like the average Joe paints all journalists with the same the average Woodwardwannabe typecasts politicians as scheming Negativism is a poor longterm philosophy in politics and Though some journal ists are willing give all sides a fair many in influential posts are more interested in attacking rather than Until reality and fairness replace ambition and our polit ical scene will wallow dn Just another note to encourage ideas or letters regarding my column or any editorials run on this Our phone number is Our address is Kokomo 300 for reading Follick is assistant Opinion page editor at the Kokomo Tri Letters Nick at Nite liberalism in Illinois CHICAGO Dawn Netsch has found her niche in the political She offers Nick at Nite The Nick at Nite cable programming caters to viewers nostalgic for shows from the 1950s and Netsch offers liberal ism for the politically a former Northwest ern law professor and state legis lator who represented Lake Shore currently is state She knows She has never lost an She won the Democratic nomination for governor with a clever com mercial showing her sinking pool her campaigiy is long on Her political pinups include Adlai she is as loquacious as Hubert Humphrey and her program is the essence of old time liberalism redistribution of wealth by gov ernment The northern edge of this stateas north of Cape the southern tip is south of Demo graphically the state resembles the nation and politically it is the nations barometer Only twice in the past 100 years and 1976 has it not voted with the winner in a presidential politi cians nationwide are watching Netsch campaign on her promise income She would raise them bil She would use billion for property tax would use million to make the income tax progressive by instituting a By George Will But by now much research refutes the idea that variations in school expenditures correlate from the caliber of schools to the safety and prosperi ty of depends on Class meets every 5 years I am proud to be a member of the Kokomo High School class of Our class includes college accoun small business own office stock brokers and We have one member who is a golf Others have Deen business leaders and heads Praises teacher Throughout our school it seems that there is usually one teacher who stands out and meant more than just a Mary who taught elementary school at was one of those teachers to me and Im sure she stands out in the minds of many of her other former stu Please join me in making Mary Cedars 85th birthday on May 13 I know how much she bLXluul eAueiiuuuico iv wi ij directly with school a high proportion of of Many have been enjoy receiving a birthday does Netsch have ideas active in their from card and short message from tor progressive personal and would spend billion on taxes are intensely unpopular because they are dis connected from the individuals current ability to pay and they are increased by Affluent homeowners may be net wjnners from Netschs Many such people live in Chicagos home of a huge swing In twice as many votes were cast there as in the Her pro posal to purchase million worth of tax progressivity is an orthodox liberal But the billion for education is a banal way of avoiding real The worldhas turned often since the decades that Nick at Nile since the post1945 baby boom triggered vast spend ing on public Back then the education lobby insisted that increased funding would be reli ably associated with enhanced school And abundant sug gests that private operat ing without the sort of sclerotic bureaucracies that burden Chicagos and other cities and spending less per pupil than public systems often do They do better because parents are ener gized by the opportunity to shop for educational Does Netsch favor expansive school choice programs The former professor of antitrust law launches a strained argument sug gesting this Antitrust interven tion is sometimes required when market failure in the form of inadequate information leaves consumers unable make informed choices among prod And government denial of choice programs protects the chil dren of parents who would be uninformed shoppers for Of course information could be made available by requiring schools to students test scoresand graduation But teachers unions oppose so virtually all Democratic office seekers do The best predictor of school per formance is the nature of the fami lies from which the children come to their The pupilteacher ratio is but not as important as the pupilparent for policies to help dampen the increase of illegitimate births When she merely shows political delicacy by stressing that illegitimacy is a problem among whites as well as Does she approve the New Jersey law deny ing welfare increases to mothers who have additional children while on welfare Republicans have held the Illi nois governorship for 18 The incumbent seeking a second term is Jim a bland down state He has restrained but proposals for priva tization and welfare reform are gathering The conservative National noting the con trast with reforming Republican governors nearby in Wisconsin Tommy Thompson and Michi to Virginia and from Florida to New Min California York and Our class is unique in one respect have held a reunion every five years starting in Most of the credit for this goes to Norma Largent Her unceasing and tireless efforts and her indomitable spirit have been a great inspiration to the rest of our Our Golden Anniversary reunion will be held sometime in June of this Merrill Otterman staff are excellent Many times in our life we miss the opportunity to thank those gan John describes Edgar who as George Bush without the at Kokomo Family Care does an The Chicago Sun excellent job the hun Times says Edgar offers only austerity without But Netsch offers spending as an alternative to serious change fresh funding for failing social If Illinois choice is between Nick at Nite liberalism or George Bush the nations barometer is indicating a stultifying political Will is a networktelevision dreds of phone calls they receive and people they see Jeff Wilsons staff and others working in that suite are absolute ly The life of a new mom can be but they have always helped me by answering ques calling in making appointments and just caring the special way they Carla Dick mer students and Please send Marys cards to Box PRC Penney Shirley Talbert Letter guidelines Letters is your space to com ment on nearly any topic of gener al interest to the The short er the the sooner it can be The best guideline is dou typed The Koko mo Tribune reserves the right to edit all letters for brevi good taste and If you cant type the be sure it is handwritten no poems or All letters must be signed with the full name and address of the author and a daytime telephone number so authorship can be veri Only the name and city of residence will be Address letters to Kokomo Tribune 300 Union Post Office Box You can bring your letter to the 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