New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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James J. KilpatrickNobody knows the gender-gap problem
RooaJd Reagan is aotisng 3* no* penitent For the past year or a as coptrorersy has zrem over the socalled * gander gap the president
bas persisted rn hts carmetta* that 'os problem is t—unitary a prc-bksr. * public rrianora: Nobody tawers
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A fair response lo the presoent cr that score is. yes and so. Or. the mm dearest to their hearts, ferrufiujst leaders know exactly what ti presider: has been dear.* He has been opposing ratification of ire Equal Rights Amendment On that us ae rn their new. there can tie rn. Buddie ground so comprotnue. ne. a* igaou: for the ‘principal or the of the ERA The amendment has become a totem - >t I revere is to blaspheme
The feasant lenders know some
favorable things • They know that Reagan iwoated Sandra Day >Oxnor to the Supreme Coart; they now that he new has three women JLlpatnck. Heckler and Dole) si his ^aanet; they know gnerally that he has appointed several hundred other women to f-B-Hme policy-making post*** Bit the knowledge gives their. no p.easare. They are like Oliver Twist rn the moscal. they warn more.
‘•titian: women know also that the pre sa lent has named only a handfu. of - limeti to the federal bench; that he 'as aep* the repeal of ducriminatcirv laws or toe bai burner; and that he has evidenced some of the oldfashioned chauvinistic attitudes they find ac detestable: Me caveman, you avtlizoig influence.
Soviets try to lure planes into airspace
WASHINGTON - U nee
government files is some tar* information that deep*" tv rr of ili-fated Flight JOT vc. .*> Korean passenger plan* *
blasted out of the ski es bv lr My associates Dale V ar. Atta Michael Bi astern have had a Nail and top-secret <1 to v *. DepartureI and Defer: -»* ; lie Agency material that pi v I-portant information or* ti-Here are the highlights
— The Russians routinely try to lure U.S rrxllitary and tote; i«?*-r'-craft IOU/ Soviet a.rspa'.*-
legally’ shoot them to-done by a jamming tedaraqu* ca. -cl meat cerning which conf,*;- p.,.i trying to foikw radio signal from tnt ground
— The Soviets frequent]) sr* amble the navigation*. x.gn* c.» to borders and several p»a* ■ . *.> - >-* r shot at after wring m-a ' • .
Soviet skies The tee'n. -widely used that pilots Who f near Soviet borders ar. d
navigation*; maps w * a. warnings They are I id to-
cant trust radio a
borders and wou. I o* fired they strayed over Soc et >r * r. .
— Though President hear rn listed from the beginning to. >* Soviets knew they were fir *, civilian airliner Hie stair menl doubted this at first A confidential memo of Sept I .
the State Deepartment •
force was "convinced arere sore they -ere fir American military plane
— The State Department, in a secret cable to Seoul Hue day after :h< tragedy, said it didn t belie * u.« presence of fervently an ti-comm mu t Rep Larry McDonald, D*Ga , n to,, doomed flight had inspired toe snoot down The CIA reported that the Soviets could easily have intercepted telex communications indicating that other tempting targets might habve been on the KAL flight, including Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.
But the State Department cable to Seoul said; We have no repeat no evidence that the presence of Rep McDonald aboard KAL 007 for the planned travel of Sen Helms and others aboard that flight i was a factor rn the Soviet attack on the aircraft
— The Soviets may have had an agent among the crew of the KAL airliner that strayed deep into the U.S-S R. in 1978. It was fired at and forced down near Murmansk Hie Korean co-pilot, S D Cha, explained at the time that toe crew somehow became disoriented while flying Their instruments icheated the) were in a safe flight path outside Soviet airspace A topWret CIA report suggests that a Soviet agent in the crew may have been involved in the disorientation
— An unreported attempt to shoot down without warning an unarmed Japanese P2-V reconnai.-- ..-.nee plane OB April 2, 1976, in the san; where KAL Flight 007 went down “reflects the traditional Soviet determination to protec t their borders
Very wtil My guess, for whatever it may be worth, a that these political activists actually speak for only a very small fraction af the M nail; on American women over the mge af Ii My guess is that a large majority of the 88 miihoc suppoort the idea of "equal rights," bot that a large majority of that majority understand only vaguely what a constitutional amendment is all about I doubt that one in Th cares a fig about women an the bench or rn the Cabinet, and I am certain that not coe in a thousand gives a damn if Section 1413 of Title 48 of the US Code is or is not repealed The law provides for the protection of rights of the widows of discoverers of guano islands ."
Let me summarize the president's case as he outlined it to me last week What we need, he said. is sure un
derstanding Among hi— Rf—i actions as prescient was to ask each of the states to set up a program aimed at repeal of their discnnunatory laws. All M states compiled, bpt some have moved faster than others, "after all, they are sovereign states. We can't order them." Bot we're continuing to press on this."
At the federal keel more has bees done than the feminist leaders wifi acknow led* Twenty-four sexist statutes already have bees corrected. Another 64 statutes will be cured by Sec. Bob Dote s bill SJtl». which should dear the Senate tins month. It is likely that 47 other statutes, identified by computer search, wifi he added to the Dole bill by amendment
So far as the administration is aware, this wifi leave orth 18 laws on
the bonier ***** m»kw gender-baaed dkstmctxxts AU ll (Sscnmmate not against women, but in their favor . The Justice Department has recommended that ll of the It be repealed. Tbxs would leave four laws prohibiting the use of women sobbers in combat and three laws exrlocfcng women from registration for a potential draft Without a thorough debate. Reagan is unwilling to ask that these seven Laws be abolished.
The president wishes there were greater awareness among women ai changes in tax and pension laws that have been made to their benefit in the past two years He speaks of lawsuits brought by the Justice Department against employers charged with discriminating against women. Other actions have been taken agxnst discrimination in educational op
portunities. (Bs administration, he says. has vigorously enforced laws on child support and has sponsored a pfwjing hill to compel states to improve their efforts in this field. His IMI tax bill substantially increased childcare tax credits for working mothers.
In light of all this, why the hostility? The president ruefully cites the importance attached by feminist leaders to the ERA. Beyond that, he doubts that the “gap” is growing ognifirantly larger. He believes that few women who voted for him in 1900 would vote against him if he should run again in 1904. Ever the optimist, he wants only to be understood — a desire that, in relation to women, doubtless is shared by all men in all times
a,: .space against intrusions,
brr re*. or perceived,’' declares .A report t,assifed ‘Secret
.V d cam* as no surprise to the VS.
mUru. ^nce community when the Soy* to sent a missile hurtling at a cis an aironer packed with 269
The Agency for International br eiopment was created to help the poor rn underdeveloped countries to •tip tneons*;vet. But in Egypt, which » * f tole top recipients of AID s -argesse, tole American taxpayers’ mc: - ~ being pent to give U-S and E. -pt.aa officials the iuxuntxis lifestyle of desert potentates.
i. e a - lit by the AID inspector ger-ra dei* some .hocking abuses avocation of U.S -supplied it '.'ti: obiles The investigation riurc r h: i cars purchased tor 36 epa ate AID project* in Egypt at at t la est A J* 4 million Some examples of misuse:
j: one project involving
‘-.■ie lr t i sewage system, the uni that an Egyptian r.l official had com-.d. J* : i an AID sedan for his per /leu us* furthermore, U.S. u. <jr t and their families . Ai:.- ... utilized AlD-financed • t rn ti es for personal use, such as cha Afeared shipping trips during v ; .ors, school, home and •. * personal transportation,” ac
cording to the audit.
— On the Urban Electric Distribution Equipment project, 17
stall /ri wagons were given to senior executives of the Egyptian Electric Authority, who had little to do with the AIIMinanced project The main contractor had nine employees, "each of whom was assigned a project vehicle for his personal use, and retained custody of the vehicle after working hours.”
— As many as 112 cars were completely idle, and had rarely if ever been used. Many damaged vehicles remained unrepaired, rotting away
under Hie desert sunGrizzly details
The federal government is bearish on grizzlies. Since the late 1970s, the big bears have suffered from the fencing off of National Park Service garbage dumps, which had become an important source of food This has forced them to forage in national forests, which often contain ranches and homes — and this human contact has led to a number of attacks.
The bear population in the Yellowstone ecosystem in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho has dropped to an all-time low of beween 187 and 211. Poachers are a continuing problem; so is bureaucratic infighting, as five federal and state agencies compete for jurisdiction over the threatened grizzly bears.
Vacations — a perfect example of too much of a good thing
Well, finally. It’s over I thought it would never end It s been just one damn summer weekend after another. If summer had lasted another month I might have died from all that relaxation.
I can stand a little vacation, but things are getting ridiculous Our vacation penod in America lasts from Memorial Day at the end cif May until the Tuesday after Labor Day in September now.
Don’t tell me you only get three weeks. That's just your real vacation. I’m talking about all the days off and long weekends we all take in addition to our vacation.
It hardly matters anymore which three weeks or months anyone take off You can’t find them at work when they aren’t on vacation in the summer either During June, July and August people don’t get back until late Monday, and they leave early Friday ... if they come in at all Friday The necessity of having fun in the summer is one of the most tiring things of the whole year for me My
idea of a good restful week is to get up at the same time every morning, eat breakfast with the newspaper, got to work, work, come home tired, have dinner, read, watch television and go to bed by ll. That's what I call relaxing
The tiring part of a vacation is planning to go somewhere, getting ready to go there, getting everyone else organized to go there and then getting there. Just as soon as you get there, you have to start planning how to get every one back.
I’U bet I coaid add ten years to my life if I didnt have to Uke all these summer vacations. When I’m on vacation I don’t get enough sleep, I worry because I spend too much money, I do too much driving, I eat too much and drink too much. Sometimes it’s two weeks after I get back from a vacation or a long weekend before I feel rested again
There used to be a game we played when I was a kid called Missionaries and Cannibals I forget the exact rules
but the situation was this;
There are three missionaries or nuns on one side of the river and two cannibals on the other There is only one canoe and you can only carry two people in the canoe at one tune. You have to get the three nuns to one side of the river and the two cannibals to the other without ever having a cannibal and a nun in the canoe together
I’m always reminded of that game by the family logistics of a summer weekend My wife and I go to a country house we have, and often several of our children come. They come from different places at different tunes using different modes of transportation.
The problems are always these:
"What tune can you leave?”
"Do you want to go with us or could Emily wait and pick you up?”
"If they're driving from Boston they can meet you at the railroad station.”
My wife leaves from home in her
car and I leave from the office L mine. The operation is complicated b the fact that our home is an hour fror my office, but my office and our horn are equal distances from the summe house Every weekend we have problem gettting the nuns across th river without being eaten by th cannibals.
There are so many thing about th summer that are tiring Someone’ always suggesting a picnic, fo example You have a nice house wit a table to eat from and chairs to sit o and an ice box to go to, but peopl aren’t satisfied in the summer unles they’re breaking their backs having good time. They want to rough it an go on a picnic. What you do is, you pu all the food except what you forget i a basket and take it somewhere ut comfortable. Then you sit on th ground or perhaps on a hard rock an share lunch with an ant.
It feel great to have vacation ove with. I’ve only been back to work couple of days now but already I’i beginning to feel relaxed and rested
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