THE SANDBOX  ~ Issue #34 ~ March 22, 1999 

"One isn't born one's self. One is born with a mass of
expectations, a mass of other people's ideas--and you
have to work through it all."

    --- V.S. Naipaul, quoted by Mel Gussow in 
             New York Times Book Review. 


Sharing Your Thoughts With Fellow Richland Alumni
Worldwide!   Opinions -- Ideas -- Current Events. 
This Issue of THE SANDBOX Also Features: 
Continued Assesment of Y2K Compliance and 
Readiness of Critical Services. 

This Issue's SANDBOX Correspondents: 

Bronyn Bennett Mosman (71), Ray Wells (54), 
MikeTumlinson (64), John M. Allen (66), 
Gene Trosper (84), Jenny Page (87), 
Patty de la Bretonne (65), Patti Snider Miller (65), 
John M. Allen (66), John Northover (59) 


From: Bronyn Bennett Mosman (71) 
Subject: Spudnuts 

After all the talk about spudnuts, I couldn't take it
any more, so I picked some up on the way to work
Wednesday. As expected, they were a big hit and didn't
last long. Believe it or not, there are actually a few
unfortunate people in the Tri-Cities who have never
experienced them. A new addition to our office has been

My older (10 months) sister, Ells Ann Bennett Riehle
(70) is wondering if anyone has started working on their
30 year class reunion?  She's looking forward to it
being in the year 2000?  I told her I'd ask.  She'd be
more then happy to help mail information out, if needed.
She hasn't joined the internet crowd yet, but will be in
the future. 

   Bronyn Bennett Mosman (71) 

From: Ray Wells (54) 
Subject: High Flight 

In order to establish that I am more than a political
activist, I thought I'd introduce a subject that is dear
to my heart, that causes many of your hearts to race,
flying a small airplane.  The Parade magazine in
Sunday's Tri-City Herald, features "Ask Marilyn," and on
Sunday (Feb. 28, 1999), Marilyn included her favorite
poem (and mine), "High Flight." It brings tears to my
eyes every time I read it.  You can read it on this web

My wife and I are both pilots, and we own a small plane.
We have been piloting for 11 years.  Our longest trip so
far was from Kennewick to Albany, NY.  In spite of the
fact that we have been downhill skiing all over the west
and northwest during the past 25 years, flying is and
continues to be the most exciting, most enjoyable, and
most rewarding thing we have ever done.  Only 1/2 of 1%
of the U.S. population have a pilot's license.  This
leads me to the question, why are so many of you afraid
to try it?  You may not realize it, but as long as you
check your gas tanks before you take off, and avoid
flying into "known bad weather," flying a small plane is
as safe as driving. 

We were at the Walla Airport, General Aviation area and
saw the following posted on the front door: 



-  Ray Wells 

>From MikeTumlinson (64) 
Subj: Living In Canada 

To my Fellow Bombers, 

It has been fun to read some of your running comments in
the Sandbox although I have to admit that I deleted a
big swack of it by mistake. 

I have been living in Canada now for 28 years and for
all of you who are probably wondering, but were too
polite to ask:  No, I wasn't a draft dodger.  I failed
my draft physical after graduating from university and I
have to admit that I was happy not to have to go and
participate in a war that I did not support . 

After graduating, someone offered me a job in Canada and
since the Canadian government's policy was opposed to
America's involvement in Viet Nam, immigration laws of
the day were basically a red carpet for Americans.  (It
certainly isn't like that now.) 

I have been a citizen of Canada now for 19 years. Being
in Canada, I think, offers a real advantage in terms of
one's perspective on world events . With more open ties
to Europe and many other parts of the world, I think
that you are exposed to a broader perspective on world
events and issues.  Canada of course has its problems
but hey, its not a perfect world.  Certainly Canada has
sustained good neighborly relations with the United
States, although occasionally there are differences in
opinion.  That is to be expected . 

It is hard to describe how strange an experience it is
when I visit places that I used to live in the United
States as a citizen of another country.  Even though it
is sometimes initially awkward, I have always been
overwhelmed by the goodwill and fellowship of the people
I meet . 

I feel so lucky to have been able to live in Richland
and go to Col Hi (and also attend Spaulding for 3rd, 4th
and part of 5th grade).  Since dad worked for the
government it seemed like we were always moving every 2
 years or so, allowing me to spend time in places like
Tokyo and Washington DC in my growing up years.  I
attended Kennedy's Inauguration and lived through the
Cuban missile crisis while living in DC.  In Tokyo we
lived next door to a family with four daughters who
lived very simply and inconspicuously. The youngest
daughter is now Emperor Akihito's sister-in-law
(Princess Hanako).  We never dreamed that this was one
of Japan's wealthiest families. 

My years at Col Hi though were some of my happiest times
though, and it was a chance to 'touch the earth' in a
way that I hadn't been able to in some of the other
crazy places I had lived.  Part of it too, in retrospect
at least, is to have taken part in a bit of history:
the seldom verbalized recognition of how our mothers and
fathers participated in one of the best-kept secrets of
World War II and the strategic importance they played in
bringing the war to an end .  I was struck by the
political overtones of so much of the dialogue that I
was reading in the Sandbox and quite frankly I hope that
I can steer clear of political commentary particularly
since I am now a citizen of another country.  I
initially thought that as my contribution to this
collective dialogue I might offer a short, thumbnail
sketch of the political arena here in Canada as there is
a common criticism of US citizens when they visit here
that they know little about the Canadian political
scene.  As I started to do an outline I realized that
even the briefest sketch would probably be the longest
note the Sandbox had ever received.  Let it suffice to
say that politics in Canada is very different than it is
in the US and there is a colorful cast of characters,
some of whom are quite brilliant, others you wonder how
they could ever have been elected to a public office....
The system is different too and just describing the
difference of the structure of government would require
a lot of space.  There are all sorts of great stories
about political aberrations.  For example in recent
political history, did you know that Canada's one and
only female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell after a very
brief term was removed from office when she lost her
seat in parliament to an unknown Jamaican immigrant
(Hedy Fry) who ran for the seat on an opposition party's
platform.   Hedy now holds a cabinet position in Prime
Minister Chretien's government! 

Let it suffice to offer my assistance if any of you
would like to write with questions about Canadian
politics and I will do my best to give you my best, and
hopefully non-partisan view as a response. 

Canadians in general are very proud of their identity as
citizens of this country but it is not the nationalistic
pride as you might see in the United States.  Canada has
an amazing history and draws its pride from the
colorfulness of its past and cultural diversity .
Vancouver, where I have lived for 23 years, is a
kaleidoscope of ethnic diversity as well as being a very
beautiful city . 

I'm not sure if I will be able to get down to Richland
for the '64 35th Reunion, but I will try.  If any old
friends might be coming up to Vancouver, B . C., let me
know and I will buy you a beer!  My phone number
(unlisted) is (604) 683-1624 or use this e-mail address. 

By the way, I noticed that the class of '64 is trying to
find, (among other people) Mary Massey.  I don't know
where she is but here is a hint at least of how she
might be found:  I know that her mother, when she moved
from Richland moved to Vancouver, Washington and
attended the Church of Christ there. Perhaps the
minister might be able to give you some clues as to how
she could be found. 

Wish you all the best. 

MikeTumlinson (64) 

From: John M. Allen (66) 
Subject: Praise Where It's Due 

To Margaret Hartnett ('72): 

Along with a fellow named Pat, who moonlights on his
Administrative Law Judge job as a barman at my local
watering hole, you have my admiration and my amazement
for at least two reasons.  The first is for the utter
honesty and even pride with which you admit to being
either Socialists or Communists.   Not many people would
have the nerve to admit such a thing even this many
years after the literal and well deserved political
death of Joe McCarthy.  The second reason is your "never
say die" loyalty to an economic philosophy that has been
so thoroughly proven, over such a long period of time,
to be entirely without socially redeeming value or
practical merit.   I know, I know; "It WOULD work, if
ONLY someone would do it right."   And of course you,
with your self-described velvet hammers, are just the
ones to do it.   But what would happen after you're
gone?   Who would be the first pig from the Animal Farm
to replace youz. Margaret, almost all of Europe is
Socialist, and the French had a 12% unemployment rate
when last I was there a year and a half ago.  I don't
think THIS crummy capitalist country has seen a number
like that since the Great Depression.  The only way
capitalism will destroy us is if we continue to tolerate
(and even defend) high government officials like Bill
Clinton who are perfectly willing to sell their souls
ALONG WITH our national security to the highest bidder
in order to be President.   In the coming weeks and
months, remember where you heard that. 

---John Allen ('66) 

From: Gene Trosper (84) 
Doesn't Anyone Care About Tax Cheats? 

(In reference to comments in an earlier Sandbox from
Mike Franco (70) where Mike said, in part- 

"...but how about all of us, is cheating on our taxes ok
??? do you mind picking up the tab on all the deadbeat
taxpayers out there ? Is it ok, even good policy that
wage earners pay taxes at a higher rate than stock or
land investors ? (and wage earners contribute no less to
our economy than buyers/sellers of land & stocks) Any
opinions out there ????  Oh yeah, I saw Jesse (Ventura,
not Jackson !) on C- Span.....Libs and Repubs should
listen !" 

Good subject, considering it's now tax season once again

First, let me qualify what I'm about to say by stating
that I am NOT encouraging or condoning specific behavior
or choices. That  being said, here goes... 

I do not believe in the term "tax cheats" simply because
the money we earn hrough our labor is OURS, not anyone
else's. So, how can anyone "cheat" on taxes when it's
forcibly taken from them each year? 

Whether one chooses to pay taxes (some or none), is a
moral decision and I refuse to judge someone harshly for
that choice. All they are doing is protecting their
money, plain and simple. 

Yes, it may create a greater tax burden upon myself in
the short term, but in the long haul, I sincerely
believe the current tax code will be wiped away
completely and replaced with a much better alternative.
I completely understand the motivation behind such
choices and it's not greed, it's the protection of an
individual's or family's economic freedom. 

I pay my taxes...I have to pay over $800 this year (my
wife just wrote the check yesterday) and believe me, I
sure could use that money!  Instead, the money is going
to be used to pay for Clinton's legal bills, corporate
welfare, social welfare, Teddy Kennedy's limo driver,
Political party get the point. 

To me, the politicians and bureaucrats are the real tax
cheats, they spend our hard earned money on absolutely
silly, stupid, crazy, outrageous and downright
frightening things, instead of sticking to funding
constitutional and essential government functions. 

That's the real rub in the tax debate. 

--Gene Trosper 

PS: Oh yeah...I'm a Libertarian (I'm chairman of my
county Libertarian central committee..  I'm aware of Gov Ventura.
Makes me wish he were Gov. of California!!!
Incidentally, he came close to running as a Libertarian
last year. 

From: Jenny Smart Page (87) 
Subject: Dam Breeching 

The problem with tearing down the dams is that "they"
are trying to solve a serious problem with the most
drastic solution first!  Before we go blowing these
puppies out of the water, lets first try a reduction in
fishing/netting, in both the river and the ocean, by
everyone, including the native Americans and commercial
fishermen.  Breeching the dams will have a profound and
destructive effect that will ripple throughout the world
(i.e. higher fruit/produce/wheat costs) and will destroy
God-knows- what when the river floods.  Isn't it ironic
that there is talk about reducing the levee heights
along the very same stretches of the Columbia River that
fall below the same dams they want to breech?  Won't
that make downtown Richland pretty each spring during
the snowmelt run-off....the new amphitheater, so-called
"arts district" and soon-to-be new senior center will be
simply lovely under three feet of water. 

Saving the salmon is important.  But lets first try some
things that aren't so drastic. We can always go back and
easily restore "fishing rights", its not so easy to
restore a handful of dams. 

Jenny (Smart) Page (87) 


From:  Patty de la Bretonne (65) 
Subject: De la Trivia 

Big Bad John, Blueberry Hill, Wherever you are,
Goodnight David, Goodnight David, (*you asked it twice),
You're on Candid Camera, Who put the ram in the ram lama
ding dong?  Thank you. 

[*You've a keen eye, Patty] 

From: Patti (Snider) Miller (65) 

Trivia  #22   Big John 
Trivia  #23   On Blueberry Hill 
Trivia  #24   Wherever You Are 
Trivia  #25   Good Night David 
Trivia  #25   Repeated 
Trivia  #27   You're On Candid Camera 
Trivia  #28   She 

From: John M. ALLEN (66) 
Subj: Trivia 
26.  ......pants on fire! 


Subj:    Regarding Clinton Haters" 
From:   ray@transc" (Ray Wells) 
In response to Marc Franco's (
comments in Sandbox Issue  #33: 

I believe that there is a terrible dislike for Bill
Clinton, but if there are any true Clinton haters out
there then why have there been no assassination
attempts?  We know that they took out Kennedy and tried
to take out Reagan and Ford, so why is Bill Clinton
still walking around? 

Twenty years ago when Clinton allegedly raped Juanita
Broaddrick, most rape charges against men were
dismissed, and the raped women were ridiculed and
ostracized for making the charges -- the prevailing
attitude was that "they were asking for it."  What
chance did Ms. Broaddrick have 20 years ago, especially
against a prominent politician?  And, assuming the
charge is true (and I personally think it is), Clinton's
standard operation has been to threaten his accusers
into silence. 

This week I heard the following comments about Bill

"I'll say this for Clinton, when he gets bought, the
sonofabitch (sic) stays bought," G. Gordon Liddy
referring the Red Chinese campaign contributions to the
democrats and the soon to happen visit of Red Chinese
engineers to look at more of our military secrets. 

My Richland High School Class of '54 are ready for the
Red Chinese.  We were trained in how to "duck and cover"
during the cold war.  Thanks to Clinton, we may see the
necessity of doing this.  But what the hey, the economy
is good. 

"I can't stand to be in the same room with him, much
less the same bed, " Hillary. 

"...that lying, cheating, [*, *], horrible father,"

Words to the effect that you can never trust Clinton to
mean exactly what he says -- George Stephanopolis. 

"A liar's liar," Tony Snow, et. al (many et. als!) 

"His followers are leaving him because they find have
found out the loyalty they gave him is seldom if ever
returned," Democrat strategist on Fox News. 

"I predict that this president will go down as the most
dishonorable, most treasonist  U.S. president in
history,"  A caller to the Hannity and Combs News Show. 

[Editor's note: Two words attributed to Roseanne were
deleted here.  I believe I heard those two words during
one of Roseanne's monologues myself, but the
implications are so terrible that I would have to hear
her repeat them again before passing the attribution
along. Suffice it to say that Roseanne Barr is very
willing to share with the world her highest disgust,
disdain and distrust for Mr. Clinton in his roles as a
president, a husband, a father and a man. --AP] 

Subj:   Y2K Resources (Continued) 
From:   John Norhtover (59) 

(This continues a series of Y2K questions and answers as
forwarded by John Northover, based on U.S. Navy
advisories to its personnel early in 1999.  This info is
applicable to the civilian population as well.) 


3.  The following information is drawn from a variety of
private sector and official sources including news media
products and trade association surveys.  It should be
considered to be reliable, but not necessarily
authoritative, as no one can predict future events with
complete certainty. 

4.  Responses 1 through 5 below are drawn from an 11 Jan
1999 status report and work plan prepared by the North
American Electric Reliability Council for the Department
of Energy. 

Q1.  What is the electric utilities industry goal for

A1.  The goals of the electrical industry's Y2K program
are twofold: To provide electricity supply and delivery
to customers that are uninterrupted by aY2K condition or
failure, and to provide continuous operation of all
essential functions and services such as customer
response, business operations, supplies, and emergency
repair capability. 

Q2.  How will Y2K impact the electrical power
distribution system? 

A2.  No one is completely certain what the effect of Y2K
will be. The risk that Y2K could pose to electric
systems operations is real.  However, most experts do
not predict widespread outages but agree that some
sporadic short-term outages are possible, just like the
possibility that earthquakes or severe weather could
cause electrical outages even before the millennium
arrives. In the case of Y2K, we have time to prepare. A
workforce of competent people understand and are working
hard to solve the problem. 

Q3.  Are electrical distribution systems Y2K compliant? 

A3.  Based on NERC North American Electrical Reliability
Council) 4th quarter 1998 statistics, 82 percent of all
domestic utility companies have completed the Y2K
assessment phase and 44 percent have completed
remediation. A general consensus is that nearly all
electrical systems necessary to operate the electrical
power grid into the year 2000 will have been tested,
remediated, and declared Y2K ready by 30 Jun 1999.
Nuclear generating facilities are expected to be
available and all safety systems are expected to be Y2K
ready.  NERC anticipates the country will have
sufficient electrical generating capacity on 1 Jan 2000
and beyond. Transmission outages should be minimal. 

Q4.  Some reports predict widespread power outages 

 at the beginning of the year 2000. Is this true? A4.
These predictions are not based on facts or rational
analysis of information from the industry. Sporadic spot
outages in some areas is a far more likely scenario.
Prepare for this possibility as you would for an outage
caused by a winter storm.  Have a flashlight with fresh
batteries available and plenty of warm clothing if you
live in a cold area.  Most experts predict only short-
term power outages. 

Q5.  What can we, the customer, do to prepare for the
impact of Y2K on electric power? 

A5.  Check the Y2K information provided by your local
electricity provider on the internet or through
literature included with billing statements.  If you are
not satisfied with the Y2K program of your electricity
provider, let them know.  The web site
 contains Y2K compliance
status on electric utilities in many areas of the u.s. 

~~~To Be Continued-  Next: Water Utility Readiness 


2:45 p.m.  25.Feb.99.PST 
1.  The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday
said even though Internet traffic is "largely interstate
in nature," dial-up connections to the Net should still
be billed as local calls. 


Moderator's Notes: Yes, I realize there was a little
more "distance" time-wise between Sandbox #33 and #34
than usual.   I want to thank all those who sent
flowers, thinking I might be dead. Usually there will be
four to six issues per month, but that isn't guaranteed.
Publication frequency depends both on the number of
contributions you send, and other things my own schedule
requires me to take care of.  (Or, should I say, "things
of which I am required to take care.") It is very
satisfying and enjoyable to continue to see such truly
informative, insiteful, somtimes inciteful, often
humorous contributions, hundreds of them,  made by so
many of you great Richland Bomber alumnuses and friends!
May they forever continue! 

With best Bomber regards, 
I remain, Your Friend and Mine, 
Al Parker, Thought Collector 

Here are some ideas you may wish to express your
feelings and opinions about in The Sandbox: 

1.  Should there be a National Identity Card issued for
every citizen of the United States?  (Don't think that
idea isn't being discussed in higher echelons of

2.  How about a "Drinker's License?"  A license, similar
to, or part of, your Driver's License that has to be
"scanned" on a terminal at the cash register which will
put a message on the screen that says "Sale Denied"  if
you have been convicted of Drunk Driving or other
violations that make you inelligible to buy alchohol? 

3.  What would you like to tell your mother on Mother's
Day. (Or any day)   (If she is alive or if she were