Welcome To: THE SANDBOX Issue Number 13 ~ December 15, 1998 ============================================= Col-Hi / RHS alumni or spouses Participating in The SANDBOX today: John Allen, Glenna Hammer Moulthrop, Jinnie Eckert Stephens, David Rivers, Tony Tellier, Kelly Weil Austin, Cheryl Simpson Whitaker, Dick Pierard. Classes Represented: 1966, 1958, 1965, 1957, 1981, 1957, 1966, 1964, 1952. ============================================= Subj: Replace the Mushroom Cloud? From: Ghammerm@aol.com (Glenna Hammer Moulthrop (66)) Replace the mushroom cloud? You've got to be kidding! It is plain ignorance that leads people to think it should be dropped. We aren't using it to celebrate lives lost due to bombings and any real Bomber knows this. It's a symbol, strictly a symbol. What shall we replace it with? A Brave? A Lion? A Dog? Gee, those are original! The mushroom cloud distinguishes us from all other High Schools, let's face it, just like the mushroom cloud we Bomber Alumni ARE different from all other kids from other High Schools! We are the RICHLAND BOMBERS!!!! And proud of it! -Glenna Hammer Moulthrop ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Subj: Dick Epler (52)-Sandbox #12 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jinnie Eckert Stephens) (58) Thank you for your very insightful words. I personally think you said it all and very well I might add. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Subj: Seatbelts and Murder From: Nevertowed@aol.com (David Rivers) Here I go again, sticking my two cents worth in the Sandbox. In '63, my folks were coming back from the Elks club in whatever town it was in (Kenn. or Pasco)...anyway, as they took one of the ramps, something rolled in front of their car. It was one of those yellow concrete poles that divided the ramp from the highway. Naturally they hit it and it did some front end damage to their car.. more importantly was the car on its side at the bottom of the ramp with the door open and the man (Johnny Goggins) lying beside the car. He had been ejected into the pavement head first so all my dad could do was cover him. Goggins did not have seatbelts. They weren't standard in his year car. When I got home later that night, I was met by my dad. (Oh crap...what Have I done now!). He slapped down $20.00 and told me to go someplace (he named the place) I think it was near Tasty Freeze and get seatbelts installed in my car. It had to be serious...my dad was giving me more money than he'd ever given me in my life! He was a believer and I am a believer, having survived a few rollovers back in my drinking days. That was a personal choice by my dad to wear them and the local authority telling me to wear them. So far so good. I don't know if I used them or not back then. However, seat belts somehow appeared in cars...not as an option, but as a mandated cost to the consumer. How did that happen? Who made that decision? Not the consumer. So you say the "Gubment done it"...but how did the gubment decide for me that I had to have this device in my car.. I can choose most of the extra stuff in my car...Later, for a while at least, the gubment would tell me that my seatbelt would have to lash out at me and grab me whether I wanted it to or not...it would tell me I had to drive with my lights on without doing a thing...it would tell me lots of stuff. It would tell my State what to mandate on its highways, as well....but how did the gubment do that? A law? Congress shall pass no law that abridges my right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness...so it couldn't be a law...the Commerce Clause allows congress to pass such a law? Pshaaww...Okay, I guess we can live with that....You say The feds are now prosecuting murder? But murder is a local offense.. You say the feds are saying no prayer in the classrooms? But Education is a local decision left to the various states to determine! You say that I can't see that movie because some people don't want to see it? You say my kids can't make a book report on that book because some people don't want their kids to read that book? You say you want a chip in my TV because Mrs. Jones has to work and can't keep her kids from watching that show without it? You say the lady living in the Apartment complex whose little girl was snatched wants to sue because she thought "someone" else would be watching out the windows of their apartments to make sure her kid was safe? You say the people in the HUD housing lost their home because they were "mislead" into believing they could afford to live there by the low move-in cost...you say they didn't realize it wasn't an "entitlement" to live in a house ...they didn't understand about mortgages? You say it isn't the war department...its the department of defense... you say the mushroom cloud offended someone and it just disappeared? You say the Bombers are now the Pixies... There was a delicate balance to be maintained between the feds, the states, the counties, the towns and the individuals occupying those towns. I am responsible to my neighbor to refrain from imposing my "freedoms" upon his. I do not dictate my morals to him. The town is to maintain order among the folks...the county among the towns and the state among the counties and the feds among the states and with other countries. Somewhere...most say during the depression, there appeared to some, a temporary national need...then it wasn't temporary...then it wasn't a need ... it just was and is. Its not about seatbelts. Its about the balance of power between local and national. It's all out of balance. There are no lines. Kidnapping became a federal offense over a single child...it was awful but a local crime...until one incident tipped another side of the scale. We have all learned the hard lesson that the gubment do lie to the people. My favorite line from the movie Armageddon is: "They'd like to know who really killed Kennedy." Wouldn't we all. We can't tell the difference between national security and some guys sex life. National security is what "they" say it is. And you want "them" to tell you to wear a seatbelt? David J. Rivers ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From: Tony_Tellier@compuserve.com (Anthony Tellier) Re: comments by Dick Epler in Sandbox #7 "I suspect that both the Internet and School Choice will be the primary agents of change in this process, as both empower people to make self-directed choices based on what they intuitively know is right." Dick: Your discussion (of which I have pasted a portion so that we can tell of which I refer) was very well thought out and presented. I wish that I had the wherewithal to have made those thoughts come across so well on (electronic) paper. Tony Tellier ('57) ~ Yuma, AZ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Subj: Seat Belts From: email@example.com (Kelly Weil Austin) (81) In reference to Chuck Monasmith's entry in the 12/13/98 Sandbox regarding seat belts, I, too, agree with you. My husband also is an avid race car driver. He has not "hit the wall" going 100+ mph, but he has spun his car on Laguna Seca raceway, as well as driven very safely on Portland International Raceway. I thank God for seat belts, in race cars, and in our personal vehicles. If I may interject an interesting note.... Since my husband is an avid car enthusiast, he has subscribed to Autoweek magazine. In one past issue (I'm not sure which one), there was an article about seat belts, specifically for cars built in Europe and importing into the U.S. The article stated that in high performance European cars, 5- and 6-point harnesses are standard equipment. When those automakers import their cars to this country, our "seat-belt" laws/regulations require them to replace these more secure seatbelts with the type of seat belts that we, as Americans, are typically used to, the lap/shoulder belts, which may save lives, but not as securely as the 5 or 6-point harnesses. God forbid you ask a woman in a business suit or dress to strap herself into a car using a 5-point harness -how unlady-like! Which would you rather be? Fashionable and lady-like or DEAD? I'm in favor of restraint systems that hold us securely in place. Even my son's car seat holds him more safely in our car than the seat belts that secure my husband and me. I feel that until we, as responsible individuals, decide to take our survival seriously, there will always be those who would choose to have the government make those decisions for us. Our forefathers didn't come to this country to have government choose for them. They came to establish a country where they could escape the tyranny of those who would choose unwisely, and allow their decisions to adversely affect entire nations. They came to establish a country where we would have the freedom to pursue life, liberty, happiness, and to worship as each individual sees fit. You cannot pursue these things if you leave it up to the government to choose for you. I choose personal responsibility! Kelly Weil-Austin (Class of '81) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Subj: "Got a $10.00 Head? From: Tony_Tellier@compuserve.com (57) Responding to Chuck Monasmith in Issue #12 who said: "I race sports cars because it's fun and a good way to keep from having any money in the bank. We drivers espouse several witticisms. Wear a helmet that reflects how much you value your head. My helmet is a carbon fiber/kevlar composite. Very expensive. Next saying: Do away with air bags and lap belts, all vehicle occupants should wear a five point harness." Chuck: 10-4 on that. Remember the Bell Helmets ad? "Got a $10 head? Then wear a $10 helmet." I race off-road cars and have been upside and everyside down. No harm, no foul .. just 5-points. The auto industry does not want scare people into thinking that an accident is even possible. Same with the commercial airlines ... I'd rather be inside a steel cocoon when we are tumbling and smashing and crashing. If others do not wish to use belts, hey, OK. That's freedom. Just don't tell me that belts are not best. Tony Tellier ('57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Subj: THREE QUESTIONS (Just to Stir the Pot a Little More) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John M. Allen) (66) Dear SANDBOX, 1. If people are so concerned about what happens to Bubba's backside, where are all the hippie protesters and their placards on the eve of his possible impeachment? Of course, by the time you read this, I guess we'll know if he has been extended membership in the very exclusive Andrew Johnson Club. 2. If Clinton mouthpieces and defenders are correct in claiming that where he did or didn't touch Monica is no better than a "he said/she said" argument, how is it that Bubba didn't perjure himself when he testified that he was never alone with the little homewrecker? Just so you libs don't have to stretch your powers of logic too far; only if there WERE witnesses to the "improper activity" he has almost admitted to, could he truthfully claim he was never alone with her. 3. By the time this appears, will Bubba have told us yet again that he is really, really, seriously, no foolin', honest to God (?), cross his cheatin' heart, SORRY??? Will the Holy Land have given him a character transplant? ---John Allen ('66) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Subj: Petition for Censure From: email@example.com (Cheryl Simpson Whitaker (64)) Cheryl Simpson Whitaker relayed the following: Countdown to the impeachment vote From: "Browning, Jane"
Dear MoveOn Petitioners, I know you're furious -- and maybe a little sad for our country. I am. The only cure for this feeling is action. Over this weekend, email may be the best way to reach Congress. As outlined on our webpage, an email version of your petition has been automatically sent to your representative. But you can do more. We've set up a special group email address to make it easy to forward a note to swing votes. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org If you send a letter to this address, we will automatically bounce it to three dozen Members of Congress on our swing list -- the ones who have email. You can see our swing member list at http://www.moveon.org/swingvotes.htm Compose an email and send it to "email@example.com" -- there is a sample letter at the bottom of this message. You will feel better, and it could make a real difference. We have one week left before a House vote on impeachment. We can turn this around. The three day call-a-thon we promoted this last Wednesday through Friday delivered 94,659 anti-impeachment calls through the 1-877-TO-MOVEON number. This isn't counting tens of thousands of direct calls made by our members. The phones on Capitol Hill are ringing off the hook. The Capitol Hill switchboard has been incredibly busy. And swing members are listening. A staff member from Speaker Elect Bob Livingston's office told me they've been swamped with pro-censure calls in the last three days - - that's us, folks. And as censure becomes the key issue in impeachment discussions, our efforts and message have received great media attention, both local and national. Because of the overwhelming success of the toll-free campaign, another organization, People For the American Way, has agreed to fund the toll-free line until the House convenes. THE 1-877-TO-MOVEON NUMBER WILL REMAIN LIVE THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY. [12/16] The call campaign will begin again on Monday. [12/14] ... You can find instructions at http://www.moveon.org/actions.htm And as we begin the final countdown to the House vote, moveon.org has posted a live simulcast of all the comments entered in the petition drive -- all 150,000. Giving four seconds per comment, this simulcast will take an entire week to play all the comments -- from now until the House vote. If you have a Java enabled browser you can view the simulcast at: http://www.moveon.org/thepeople.htm These comments are great. They speak volumes on the diversity of our backgrounds, yet unity of our message and purpose. -Wes. SAMPLE EMAIL TO ALL SWING VOTES -- REMEMBER: Short personal messages are best To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Don't impeach -- censure and move on As a leading member of the House, I ask you to show leadership and openly support the option of censure over impeachment. I am deeply concerned that a trial in the Senate will continue to divide our country. At a time of global economic uncertainly and international challenges, we must unite. We have better work to do as a nation. It's time for healing. It's time for true statesmen to lead the way. Sincerely, Wes Boyd. http://www.moveon.org/swingvotes.htm ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Subj: Brother Wants to Get Plugged In From: email@example.com (Dick Pierard) (52) Howdy, My brother Burt Pierard ('59) would like to get plugged into this empire of Bomber chat lists. Could one of you industrious guys/gals take care of this? His address is BPierard98@aol.com Many thanks for your maintenance of an amazing enterprise. --- Dick Pierard '52 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Editorial Note: How many of you Bomber guys and gals out there still have brothers and sisters, or other kinfolk, and other Bomber friends, who are not yet "plugged in" to the online Bomber Scene? How many previously not on line will, in just a couple of weeks, be plugging in new computers, perhaps for the first time in their lives? Help them know the great fun of communicating with Bomber brethren worldwide, sharing memories, voicing opinions and ideas, visiting the Websites, reacquainting with old friends and gaining new ones, and in general, just KEEPING THAT LEGENDARY BOMBER SPIRIT ALIVE! Start asking around. LET YOUR PEOPLE KNOW! Tell every Bomber you know, every bomber you talk to on the telephone, send a card to, meet on the street, send a letter or an e-mail to, about this "amazing enterprise," as Dick Pierard refers to it. "If you tell them, they will come!" -ap ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ That's it for this issue of The Sandbox, folks Share your opinions, your feelings, your ideas with all of us! -13-