THE SANDBOX ~ Issue #35 ~ April 3, 1999
"We'll burn that bridge when we come to it."
Sharing Your Thoughts With Fellow Richland Alumni
Worldwide! Opinions -- Ideas -- Current Events.
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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
And no, I don't have a copy of it.
M. Edward Borasky email@example.com
If God had meant carrots to be eaten cooked, He
would have given rabbits fire.
From: Tony Sharpe (63) firstname.lastname@example.org
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
#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) email@example.com
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
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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
From: Daniel Henry (68) email@example.com
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
From: Jim Hamilton (63) firstname.lastname@example.org
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
(http://www.wickinn.com) 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
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
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.)
GUIDANCE ON YEAR 2000 (Y2K) RELATED
ISSUES-UTILITY SERVICES --Continued.
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)
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