THE SANDBOX ~ Issue #35 ~ April 3, 1999 

       "We'll burn that bridge when we come to it." 

                           --- unknown 

Sharing Your Thoughts With Fellow Richland Alumni 
 Worldwide!   Opinions -- Ideas -- Current Events. 
Sandbox Issues #1 - #34 can now be accessed on 
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(Thank you, Maren) 
This issue of THE SAND BOX also features: 
Continued Assessment of Y2K Compliance and 
Readiness of Critical Services. 


This Issue's Ten Bomber Correspondents Are: 

Ed Borasky (59), Tony Sharpe (63), 
Lee Johnson (54), John Allen (66), 
Ray Wells (54), Arthur Roberts (48), 
Alan Sargent (56), Daniel Henry (68), 
Jim Hamilton (63), John Northover (59) 


From:  M. Edward Borasky (59) 
Subject: The Bomb as Mascot 

Somewhere, if there are back issues of the Sandstorm, 
 check out the April Fool issue that I edited (I think it 
 was 1959). I wrote an article about replacing the bomb 
 as a mascot with an aardvark. Was I ahead of my time 
 or what? 

And no, I don't have a copy of it. 
M. Edward Borasky 

If God had meant carrots to be eaten cooked, He 
 would have given rabbits fire. 


From: Tony Sharpe (63) 
Subject: Religious Conservatives have a right to 
 participate, so get over it 

I  guess that I've heard this complaint about religious 
 conservatives being "right wing hypocrites" and hate 
 mongers once too often. Coming from someone who 
 claims to be from the right side of the aisle, (Andy E.) 
 makes me think that you really belong on the other 
 side of the aisle anyway. I can understand this type of 
 rhetoric coming from a liberal who buys into the 
 journalistic garbage produced by the media, but not 
 someone who claims to be conservative. 

#1 - Re; Separation of Church and State -- The more 
 correct phrase would be "No State Church", It was 
 never intended by our founding fathers that religion 
 and/or religious thought be removed from our 
 Government precesses.   Just read some of our 
 forefathers' writings, and note the foundations of their 
 moral code. 

#2 - When religious conservatives, who had stood on 
 the political sidelines, became tired of our continuing 
 moral decline, and decided to become more involved, 
 they chose the party that most closely matched their 
 conservative moral and fiscal philosophy. The fact that 
 they became a strong voice should be a challenge to 
 the more "moderate" elements of the party to get 
 involved, rather than be "quitters" and get out, as some 
 have chosen to do. 

#3 - A right-wing hypocrite, (political), would be 
 someone who is opposed to abortion, and sends money 
 to Planned Parenthood, and I know of none. Now a 
 religious-hypocrite is someone who claims to be sinless 
 and then calls another Christian who dares to speak 
 out about his/her moral conviction a hate-monger,  and 
 there are obviously many of those. Personally, as a 
 religious and fiscal conservative, I don't hate liberals 
 and their values or ideas, I just consider many to be 
 misguided and their ideas to be morally destructive. 
 And yes, there are liberal hypocrites too. 
 (Billy walks out of Church on Sunday holding Hillary's 
 hand and then calls Monica in for a consultation on 

Tony Sharpe  ' 63 


From: Lee Johnson (54) 
Subj: Check out DOE Openness: Human Radiation 

This may be of interest to yawl... 


From: John M. Allen (66) 
Subject: Again, FOR THE RECORD !! 

To Marc Franco:  Since, as you point out in the last 
 issue of the Sandbox, I am a frequent submitter to this 
 forum, you should have no problem pointing out to all 
 its readers, in which issues I have used the word "hate" 
 to describe my feelings toward Bill Clinton.  Perhaps 
 you could even quote a few of the examples for all to 
 see so they don't have to search through old issues.   In 
 the alternative, you owe me nothing less than a full 
 apology for your VICIOUS, LEFT-WING 
 EXTREMIST LIES.  Your decision to follow the 
 example of that paragon of virtue and truth, William 
 Jefferson Clinton, is COWARDLY and BENEATH 
 CONTEMPT.  Marc, do you even remember what 
 research is and how to do it? 

To Jim Vaché:  Had you noticed the sentence (ending 
 in a preposition) which immediately preceded the 
 ADMONITION about ending a sentence with a 
 preposition, you would have likely drawn the 
 CORRECT conclusion that I was attempting to inject 
 just a little humor into the mini course on effective 
 writing.   As verification that this error was no 
 accident, feel free to inspect my previous submissions 
 to the Sandbox for even one other such example. 
 Consider too, that I AM shining the light on an error 
 which you failed to notice.  You might also have given 
 some lengthier consideration to my expressed 
 sentiment that one first needs to learn the rules 
 BEFORE beginning to break them.  I'm sure that in 
 order to graduate, your law school required you to 
 learn the law as it was at the time, rather than how you 
 might have wished it to be.   As for the use of capital 
 letters, where E-mail is concerned, it is the only way I 
 currently know to give emphasis to any word, phrase 
 or sentence that I submit to this forum.   As Maren 
 explains it to me, italics, emboldening and underlining 
 do not survive the journey from one E-mail program, 
 through Al Parker's machine, and on to other E-mail 
 programs.   I do want to thank you however, for 
 causing me to ask Maren how to add foreign accent 
 marks to individual characters in E-mail. 

To Mike Franco:  Don't feel left out, I'll catch you next 
 issue when I haven't already run on too long. 

John Allen (66) 


From: Ray Wells (From Arthur Roberts (48) 
Subj: End Game:  Stop The Genocide in Five Days! 

By now, the current U.S.- driven NATO strategy of 
 bombing areas of Yugoslavia "in order to force 
 President Milosevic to order a halt to the raping, 
 murdering, village burning, identity destroying ‘ethnic 
 cleansing" rampage by Serbs against Albanians, will 
 have proven only  to have intensified, rather than to 
 have stopped, or slowed, the atrocities.  The Director 
 of President Clinton's own Central Intelligence Agency 
 told Mr. Clinton this would be the result should 
 Clinton choose the course that he has. 

Are we bombing too little, too much, or just putting 
 all of these marvelous munitions in all of the wrong 
 places?  Now that we are into this ghastly ordeal, are 
 we out to win it, or are we just going to keep playing 
 with the fireworks, (with honorable intentions, of 
 course), hoping we don't get our own little fingers too 
 badly burned? 

I am intrigued by "Late Planet Earth" author, Hal 
 Lindsey's comment (3/29 or 3/30 on TBN), when 
 asked what could be done to end the Crisis in 
 Yugoslavia.  He said, (to paraphrase), that 
 the bombing,  the  bloodshed, the  "ethnic cleansing" 
 could all be ended in five days simply by going forward 
 with the following plan:: 

1.  Drop leaflets all over Belgrade, the capitol of 
 Yugoslavia, governed by the Serbs,  announcing: 
 "Get  Out of Town!  At the end of  five days the entire 
 city will be leveled."   That's it.  Simple.  Precise. Not 
 at all ambiguous or mis-interperatable.  Then stand 
 ready to do the follow-through. 

Immediately, the population supporting mass genocide 
 of others,  will begin to feel and understand themselves 
 what it is  like to have to choose between losing their 
 homes, becoming unwanted and hapless refugees, 
 or staying, only to become slaughtered  by a superior 
 power.  The main difference however, between their 
 plight and the plight of the ethnic Albanians is, the 
 Serbs will have a chance to save  themselves. 

Under this mandate, only full retreat by the aggressors 
 and full and immediate compliance with NATO 
 mandated peace accords will  keep Belgrade from 
 completely disappearing from the  face of the earth. 
 That is an "End Game" I think everybody can 
 understand.  In the meantime, there is no end game, 
 and no viable exit for NATO and the U.S. 

Hal Lindsey does not impress me as a person who 
 loves  war..  But he did  indicate, (again, to 
 paraphrase),  "When our leaders decide to risk our 
 young men and  women's lives and our  nation's 
 treasury for a cause,  they'd better know what  that 
 cause is, what the  objectives are, and give the  people 
 assigned to do that  job the full backing and power of 
 the nation to commit to, and complete that task fully, 
 forcefully and decisively.  We used to call that 
 "winning the war." 

-Arthur Roberts (48) 


From: Alan Sargent (56) 
Subj:   Request for help 

Recently I've had some sort of glitch which kept me 
 from receiving E-mail. 

I was lost without my daily dose of "Sandstorm," 
 "Sandbox," offers to call  "800-Hot-Babe" and 
 assorted Spam.  Not being particularly technical, I 
 called my friendly Server and was transferred to a 
 Tech-Rep.  After explaining my problem, this highly 
 trained, advanced degreed, well paid tech told me, "It's 

That's why I'm writing [to] this forum.  While I don't 
 always agree with the content, I am impressed with the 
 thought, passion and use of the English language that 
 is used by my fellow Richland educated peers. 
 Probably the result of a diet of Spudnuts, Cinnamon 
 Rolls and Chili. (By the way has anyone ever had a 
 "Miner's Burger" from "Miner's" in Yakima? To die 

Can anyone out there (in simple English) explain just 
 what "It's broke" means to my computer's future? 

Thank you, Alan Sargent 


Subject: Spudnuts 
From: Daniel Henry (68) 

OK lets put it to rest.  I was just in the Tri-cities this 
 weekend longing for a delicious doughnut.  They just 
 are not what they used to be.  They don't let them raise 
 enough. They've lost that lightness they > once had.  I 
 don't know why they always have to mess with 

Signed, totally bummed. 

[Editor's note: We are sending a secret agent into the 
 Spudnut Shop this morning to ascertain current 
 Spudnut quality.  Should our agent return back safely, 
 and is able to file a report, we will make that 
 information available in the next issue of THE 
 SANDBOX, #36.] 


From: Jim Hamilton (63) 
Subject: Now For Something Entirely Different. 

The always lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and I recently took 
 a weekend trip to Vancouver Island, that I would 
 highly recommend to everyone.  We took the 
 Tswassen ferry to Duke Point (Nanaimo) and then 
 drove to ToFino, just north of Pacific Rim National 
 Park Reserve and about halfway up the west coast of 
 the island.  The road between Port Alberni and 
 Ucluelet is two lanes and not a terrific road, but the 
 drive is worth it. 

We had reserved a room at the Wickaninnish Inn 
 ( and were absolutely floored 
 by the property.  The Inn is only 46 rooms and all are 
 about 450 square feet, or larger.  The first thing you 
 notice is the awe inspiring ocean view revealed by 
 floor to ceiling windows.  Each room has a private 
 balcony, from which you can listen to the waves 
 crashing onto rocks just below.   (We left the sliding 
 door open each night, and the sea overcame the 
 double-espresso.)  The rooms come equipped with 
 everything you can imagine including TV, (I guess it 
 worked, never turned  it on), and CD player (Jerry Jeff 
 Walker, never sounded better) and an incredible gas 
 fireplace. There is an oversized soaking tub in each 
 room, that has a to die for view of the ocean (see the 
 web site). 

We can't say enough about the "Pointe Restaurant", 
 the food is among the best we've experienced, and well 
 balanced with the ambiance and service. 

What did we do?  We saw Grey Whale, Bald Eagle, 
 and Sea Lions. We hiked through the Rain Forest, 
 walked the beach and watched some winter storms. 
 Had we been so inclined, we could have played golf, 
 fished, sea cached or scuba dived.  The town of 
 Tofino is unique and contains a couple of outstanding 
 west coast Indian art galleries.  We experienced a 
 couple of other restaurants in Tofino, where they 
 cooked very well. 

We'd go back faster than you can say, Zip's.  I would 
 go for three nights, as the drive from Seattle (275 
 miles and a 2 hour ferry ride), more or less demands 
 the extra night.  Rates are about $240 Canadian per 
 night and meals were very well priced, and an 
 outstanding value. 

You can also fly into Tofino from Vancouver and 
 Victoria, should you choose to avoid the drive. 

The Wickaninnish Inn is affiliated with Relais & 
 Chateaux, and is well worthy or their high standards. 
 Repeat clientele make reservations a premium, but 
 whatever the wait, it is worth it.  Ask for a corner 
 room on an upper floor. 

— Jim Hamilton 

 Subj:  Y2K Resources (Continued) 
From:   John Norhtover 

(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.) 


5. WATER UTILITIES:  Responses 6 through 10 are 
 taken from survey data.  More information, including a 
 survey of water utility providers, is available on the 
 American Water Works Association web page link at 

Q6.  How could Y2K affect the water utility? 

A6.  A typical water processing plant has flow 
 controllers, chemical pacing controllers, level sensors, 
 chemical monitors with feedback loops, etc. Each of 
 these may be operated by an embedded computer chip 
 that may have a real time processor or clock included. 
 If these systems are not capable of handling the date 1 
 Jan 2000, they could fail - and the failure mode may 
 shut the plant down or require manual intervention to 
 correct. Likewise, the distribution system may be 
 controlled by automatic valves, level or pressure 
 sensors, etc.  All of these systems are potential sources 
 of failure.  Prior testing and remediation are necessary 
 to ensure the public water supply remains safe and 
 dependable.  Federal, state and local governments are 
 working with trade associations and utility providers 
 to ensure Y2K deadlines for critical systems are met. 

Q7.  What could the Y2K problem do to the water 

A7.  Most U.S. water utility providers use computers 
 as part of their supply and distribution operations. 
 That's why most utilities are already executing Y2K 
 compliance plans.  Over half expect to be completely 
 Y2K compliant and most expect to have their mission 
 critical systems Y2K ready. 

Q8.  How are water utility providers preparing for 
A8.  Most providers are using a step by step process. 
 This involves an organizational assessment to identify 
 critical and non-critical systems.  The next step is to 
 determine required material and personnel resources, 
 prioritize systems for remediation and take action as 
 required.  Many utility providers are also planning for 
 contingencies by doing things like having backup 
 power generation and extra purification chemicals 

Q9.  Will water utility companies be Y2K compliant by 

A9.  Most water utilities have comprehensive 
Y2K-compliance programs underway and are working 
 aggressively to prepare their computer systems to 
 become Y2K-compliant or Y2K-ready.  Virtually all 
 water suppliers will at least have all of their mission 
 critical systems (the ones that keep the water flowing) 
 Y2K compliant by dec 1999 so that continuous 
 operations are possible. An industry survey by the 
 American Water Works Association indicates over half 
 of the utilities surveyed expect to be 100 percent Y2K 
 compliant by the end of 1999, meaning every system, 
 both critical and non-critical, will be remediated. 

Q10.  Will there be safe drinking water at the tap on 1 
 Jan 2000, and each day thereafter? 
A10.  The answer is yes, in the United States.  Water 
 purification systems receive high priority as utilities 
 work toward compliance. A water utility's 
 Y2K-compliance program must be designed to ensure 
 safe drinking water is provided to customers.  This 
 important consideration plays heavily into the 
 decision making process as utilities prioritize systems 
 for Y2K remediation. 

Next Y2K Issue: Oil and Gas. (To be continued) 



(Your Opinions, Ideas, OR: What's Happening 
 Currently In Your Life, OR: Comments on World or 
 Local Events.) Your contributions can be, but certainly 
 don't have to be, argumentative or rhetorical!  See Jim 
 Hamilton's entry as good example of variety. 

I eagerly await more interesting contributions 
 from all of you.  Until next time... 

      -Al Parker (53) 

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