The Richland Alumni SANDBOX 
             Issue #10 ~ November 30, 1998


  The Free and Informed Expression of Opinions and Ideas
of Columbia /Richland High School Alumni, Richland,
Washington, USA

  "He who cheats with an oath acknowledges that he is
afraid of his enemy, but that he thinks little of God."
-Plutarch A.D. c.50-c.

 Members of the Bomber Family Appearing Today: David
Rivers, Ray Wells, Bob Mathews, Arthur Roberts, Kathy
Alder, Irene Smith Goodnight, and Rick Maddy. You have
opinions and ideas too, so let's hear from you soon!
Send your opinions, responses and ideas to: (Al Parker) We're waiting to hear
from you!
Subj: Thanks for Vet's Day Issue
From: (Kathleen Wersen Alder) ~~~

 Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who sent entries
about Veteran's Day. My son and I both had the day off
from school and work and it was helpful to be
remembering the Vets we know. I found reading the
entries to be very meaningful that day, as well as being
reminded about what the honor was that day. 
 Thanks a
Subj: Freedoms
From: (Irene Goodnight)

Right On, Jinnie Stephens! My family knows well how I
have railed against losing my freedoms of choices of
seat belt or no seat belt, I have taken a lot of
flack from friends on the subject. Guess you might say
it's one of my favorite old soapboxes....... In fact,
just before opening my email today, I was on the phone
with my sister, saying I have decided to put money into
expensive repairs on my car (with 132,000 miles on it),
just because the alternative is buying a new car or even
a used one with all the bells and whistles on it that I
don't want, and the highly offensive AIRBAG system for

I don't need someone else to tell me how (and force me,
by law!) to "protect" myself if I have taken the
responsibility to 1) live as impeccably as possible,
accepting events that happen as meaningful for whatever
reason (my job to figure it out) and; 2) care for my
spiritual development to where I KNOW I am already
protected. No need for pesky man-made devices peddled by
brain-washing, consumerism-, greed- and fear-oriented
agents of commerce and government! Of course, on a given
day, when I just have that feeling, I can choose to wear
that seat belt, but that's my choice. Should still be.
We can stop giving up our rights and freedoms any time
we realize hey are insidiously being slipped away from
us. Usually under guise of fear: ".......statistics
show.... more deaths.......not wearing seat belts......"
Which statistics? Whose study? Well, the only serious
carwreck I was ever in, rolled the car, my two daughters
were actually thrown out, car was totaled - long before
seat belts were installed in cars. Guess what? No one
was hurt! That lesson still sticks, and my sure knowing
that it wasn't anyone's time to go just then. Clear
then, clear now.

 Think about it. We must learn to recognize fear, and
identify it when it is being used to get us to give over
our personal power to - ? To whom? Jinnie, I'll re-quote
your quote, because it well shows how we need to learn
to think: quoting Mr. Jacob of the Boston Globe:
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Not because
liberty is easy to shatter. But because it can be
softened and dismantled with the acquiescence of the men
and women from whom it is being stolen."

 I'd better get off the soapbox (oops - er, out of the
Sandbox) now so someone else can get in.....
-Irene Smith Goodnight

Subj: The Case For Presidential Chaperones
From: Ray Wells ('54)

I have to wonder if Bill is going to reach over to pick
up the red phone while he is having sex in the oval
office. I also have to wonder if he might be influenced
by an offer of sexual favors from someone or some
country that is trying to influence his decision in
their favor. People with a background like his are prime
targets for bribes and blackmail. Leaving him in office
unless he is always chaperoned, is risky.

Subj: Some Get Caught / History is History / The Cloud
From: David Rivers (65)
MailTo: (David Rivers)

Gee, guys, what's all the debate? If a guy commits
perjury...and gets caught...there goes the ball
game...if he doesn't get caught... it's the old tree
falling... If there's no one to hear it...When we were
kids we weren't supposed to drink...most of us
did...some got caught, some didn't. The ones that got in Trouble!!! It's kind of the way it goes.
It doesn't make the guy who got caught more
culpable...just makes him the unlucky guy that got
caught...but he doesn't get off because the others
didn't get caught.

At least it's better than when we were kids...I had a
teacher over at Spaulding in 5th grade...she used to hit
us with a rubber hose. Most of the time we didn't do
anything to get hit. A lot of the kids wanted to turn
her in. I was sure one of them. As decent citizens,
Craig Davis and I decided it was our civic duty to save
the rest of the kids from this lady (I assume we were
usually the hittees)... my mom wouldn't help us... she
said for every time we didn't deserve it... there were
probably 10 we got away with that we should have been
hit. So I guess ol' mom would have whacked his pee pee
at the first mention of [related] wrong doing.

 I for one would hate to see the mushroom cloud go. Not
so much for the hideous way it ended the war, but more
for the symbol of what brought us all together in the
first place. For most of us, our folks were only in
Richland for one reason. My dad was the only survivor of
an accident out there that killed the other two in the
room and scarred him for life. They weren't there to
make milkshakes.. they were there to make the
is a fact...not a myth or a folk legend...just a fact
that contributes to history as it was...There are some
things we just can't change absent fahrenheit 451. There
was a civil war. There was a Hitler. There were Indian
wars. At a point in time, the Japanese were our enemies
and the bomb resulted from that war. We can't make that
go away by changing the high school logo. The cloud
symbolizes the underpinnings of the Richland most of us
grew up in. I remember the celebration and the fake bomb
in the vacant lot around where Bromley's place is now
(2bits)...that left a huge crater we used to play in
after the show...that was back in '58 and Keeney still
hangs out there! All part of history. When I came home
from Vietnam, I wanted to put that behind me... I
thought I had till they built that monument in
Washington. I hated that thing...too little, too late
for me...but it wasn't mine to hate or like or anything was for the lost and their families...for Bill
Dowd and Mark Black and all the other kids from all the
classes that didn't come really
did. I was very angry when the Pres opened up Vietnam
for trade...very angry...but that was then...this is
now....I was surprised, however, when the Beaver's mom
went there on Freaking vacation!

 The list goes on and on. I was one of the very few
American Indian kids to grow up in Richland back fact, when my dad first went to Hanford, he
couldn't drink at the community house bar...
really...but the Indians lost and there came a time we
had to get over it and get on. That doesn't mean we
don't celebrate our haritage, but you can't kiss some
boo boos and make them well. They were... we cannot
change that. If we keep rewriting history to accomodate
everyones' feelings, we'll have no history...The whole
country will be like Las Vegas...just tear it all down
every 10 years and build new.

The cloud is where we all came from. Those of us born in
Richland, especially back then, have no reason to be
ashamed of what our folks did there. It was... and we
should be very proud of what they accomplished. 

Never thought I would participate in the Sandbox...
Never say Never! 

David Rivers ('65)  

PS: Rodney... what ever you said to spark people off...
way to go!

From: (Rick Maddy) ('67)
To: Bob Rector
 Just came across this. Thanks Bob.  

 I just want to say that there were a lot of Vietnam
Vets that did not get hit with boobytraps. I think the
word came from the British meaning "fool's trap." So,
basically speaking, I was a fool, foolishly fooled, and
there is not much glory in that.  

 Also, I want you to know that what's left of me is NOT
in a wheelchair. Close, but no cigar.  

RM 67

From: (Rick Maddy) 
To: Patti (Snider) Miller (class of 1965)
Re: anyone remember Roy "Mack" Brand (64)

In the early 70's I had the pleasure of hanging out with
Mack, Godwin (65?), and Gary Nelson (67) for a couple of
days of heavy suds and smoke, just prior to Mack's
spectacular crash in his new car - I believe it was one
of those hemi-powered Dodges or Plymouth's. Mack had
almost finished his tour in Vietnam and going out just
one more time in the field, loses his leg and an arm to
the cause. During these two days I came to realize how
fortunate I was.
Subj: You can't judge a bottle by its label
From: RMat683939 (Bob Mattson) (64)

Well, I still have a bunch of Olympia beer labels with
the four dots on them and have treasured them over the
years. And after a 24 year marriage ended, I showed my
date one and Duh! They used to work, right? Oh, and
Reffer Maddness inspired me to play the piano, I mean
that guy really enjoyed it, and I don't think he ever
took a lesson in his life. Bombed Bob 64
Subject: Seat Belts
From: Arthur Roberts ('49)
To Jinnie Stevens.

If I remember correctly, you said you think seat belts
are a good idea, but you are against mandatory seat belt
laws. I can sympathize with your feelings to a certain
degree. Our freedoms, it seems, are constantly being
eroded in too many ways.  

However, It is my understanding that half of the kids
killed in automobile accidents in the United States last
year were not using seat belts at the time of their
accidents. So, is it a good idea to legally require
adult drivers to be sure that underage occupants are
buckled in? This includes responsible adult parents,
guardians and soccer moms taking others kids, as well as
their own, to and from the game.  

 Also, do you feel insurance companies, whose claim
costs are covered by premiums paid both by you and and
me and all of our complying neighbors should be allowed
to reduce benefits to claimants who have chosen not to
use their seat belts? Should tax payers and medical
service users such like you and I and our more
responsible neighbors be forced to pick up the
difference between what insurance pays and does not pay
for those whose injuries or deaths become greater, or
more frequent because they chose to "exercise their
"inalienable rights" to refrain from "buckling up?  

 Well, I look at it this way. When people hurt, I'll
always want to help in whatever way I can. But I wish
non-belting folks would think of their neighbors, too,
as well as themselves, saving everyone a share of pain
and economic grief.  

 A good friend of mine was stopped at an intersection
one day, waiting for the light to change. No seat belt.
A car hit him from behind. His face and the windshield
essentially tore each other apart. The cost to him and
his family after many plastic and other surgeries to try
to remedy bodily and facial ldamage: inestimable pain
and suffering. Whether the family escaped bankruptcy or
not, and had to go on welfare, after their limited
insurance did it's part, I really don't know. Cost to
the tax payers: Posibly 300 grand or more. (Medical
costs were cheaper, then.) If there had been a seat belt
law then, and he'd obeyed it... Well, I guess I wouldn't
be writing this now.  

 All of us are involved together in an interrelated
community of friends, family and neighbors. Everybody
suffers in one way or another, as an integral part of
the aggregate when accidents happen and seat belts are
not used. When we do choose to use them, we all stay
collectively healthier and the economic strain on our
insurance premiums, our taxes, our family income, our
morbitity and mortality becomes dramatically less as

 I certainly agree that our own personal choices should
not be interfered with as long as no one else is hurt by
the choices we make. But when it comes to whether we use
our seat belts or not, that old familiar saying, "No man
is an island," leaps to the forefront of my mind! For
the kids' sake, for our family's sake, for our
neighbors' sake, for the sake of us all, maybe there
ought to be a law.  

-Arthur Roberts  

PS If anyone is interested in taking a look at a few
studies on the value of seat belts, you might want to
check these out: CTF Selected References: Prevention of
Motor VehichleAccident Injuries
From there you will find links regarding morbidity and
mortality with/without seat belts as well as reports
about accidents involving older drivers and accidents
involving alcohol and other impairments. Below is a
sampling of the links to studies as shown on that site:
 9. Newman RJ: A prospective evaluation of the
protective effect of car seatbelts. J Trauma 1986;
26(6): 561-564
 10. Orsay EM, Turnbull TL, Dunne M, et al: Prospective
study of the effect of safety belts on morbidity and
health care costs in motor vehicle accidents. JAMA 1988;
260: 3598-3603
 11. Viano DC: Limits and challenges of crash
protection. 1988; 20(6): 421-429
 12. Margolis LH, Wagenaar AC, Liu W, et al: The effects
of a mandatory child restraint law on injuries requiring
hospitalization. Am J Dis Child 1988; 142: 1099-1103
 13. Chenier TC, Evans L: Motorcyclist fatalities and
the repeal of mandatory helmet wearing laws.
 14. Kelly RB: Effect of a brief physician intervention
on seat belt use. J Fam Pract 1987; 24: 630-632
 15. Reisinger KS, Williams AF, Wells JK, et al: Effect
of pediatricians' counselling on infant restraint use.
Pediatrics 1981; 67: 201-206
 16. Macknin ML, Gustafson C, Gassman J, et al: Office
education by pediatricians to increase seat belt use. Am
J Dis Child 1987; 141:1305-1307
 ~ In closing, I am tempted to say, "God helps those who
buckle themselves in." But who am I to put words in
God's own mouth? A. R.
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Al Parker ~~