Issue #60  April 15, 2000
       Ideas - Opinion - Personal Experience

Look Who Was Talking Yesterday:

  "About things on which the public thinks long 
         it commonly attains to think right."

                      - Samuel Johnson
                         (1709 - 1784)

Look Who's Talking Today:

       "If you like the $2 a gallon gas prices, you're
 going to love the price of food and electricity
 with the dams gone."

                     - Patrick Goble `71

      "Leaders are not always pretty.  Not always
 nice, don't all believe in God. I am sure though,
 every great politician was also a great poker

                     - Patty Stordahl `72

       "I think growing up at Ground Zero did have
 an impact on how I view being alive- it is a gift,
 it is a gas and it can be gone in a flash."

                      - Peggy Hartnett `72                             

                  "Stand Proud, America!"

                       -Tom Hemphill `62

         "The Salmon issue almost feels like
    motherhood and the flag to those of us 
    raised in the shadow of the Dams on the 

                    - Helen Cross Kirk `62

  "If we aren't talking about what you want to             
    talk about, who are you going to blame?"

                         - Al Parker `53


SANDBOX # 60 Salutes The Class of 1960!
When you go to:
You will find: Class Roster, E-mail Addresses,
40th Class Reunion Info, In Memoriam, Album 
of Grade School Class Pictures, Notes, Comments, 
Other good stuff:  Webwright: Richard Anderson

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Here is More of What You're Saying Today:
 From: Patrick Goble `71
 Subj: Get Rid of The Factory Ships
To save the salmon, try getting rid of the factory
 ships off the mouth of the Columbia River run by
 the Japanese and other countries. Then if the
 Indians want to fish as a right of their heritage,
 have them fish as their ancestors did, not
 with modern methods. If you like the $2 a gallon
 gas prices your going to love the price of food
 and electricity with the dams gone.

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Subj:   Keep Us Strong and Prosperous
From:   Patty Stordahl ‘72

Regarding McCain and personal preferences.
 And to the comment that I only read one line—
 No need to get ugly.  I must admit though, I'm
 now 46 and finding my arms don't seem to be as
 long as they used to be.  I tend to read articles in
 their entirety through what my children now call
 the slits in my face. For you who are not visually
 challenged this means squinting, or getting my
 magnifying glass out.  I also read the negative
 articles and research them as well. 

I really have never been one to take any one at
 face value.  This may be sad to some who are a
 bit more naive or had a more protected life but I
 have prospered in my later years by being very
 thorough in my studies of the people I come in
 contact with or need to rely on.  Steve, you
 could not have put it in better words.  McCain
 does not have the control a true politician needs,
 regardless of Passion or Morals.

I would challenge any American out there who
 can find one great leader in our country's history
 that does not have serious skeletons and
 indiscretions in their lives or in their families lives
 as a matter of fact in our own personal lives.  
 So moral behavior is not a factor with me in
 running for office. Some of our most beloved
 and revered politicians have been nothing less
 than deviant.  But they get the job done.

Time to get off the poor McCain wagon I think. 
 The American People listened and watched all
 the incumbents and the American people voted.
 POW's all sacrificed and stood tall.  I am so
 proud of all our vets, Especially the Viet Nam
 men and women.  That is the battle that I grew
 up around and I wore many copper bracelets.
 That was the war, (it was a war to me), maybe
 not labeled one, but hell nonetheless. That truly
 touched my life.

 Passion maybe, ego definitely, pretty family, you
 bet.  Leaders are not always pretty.  Not always
 nice, don't all believe in God. I am sure though,
 every great politician was also a great poker

Run the country and keep us strong and
 prosperous that is what I want.

                   - Patty Stordahl (72)

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From: Peggy Hartnett (72) 
(A modern hotel in a timeless town)

Re: Salmon and the dams
and: McCain
and: Tobacco
and: Aliens

I am so tired of hearing "Indian" fishing as a real
 threat to salmon.  I cannot believe that the ones
 they are harvesting for their own consumption
 or for sale is a real problem. We have known the
 fish were going since they first studied the effect
 of really hot water releases from the reactors,
 since McNary went up, and since we allowed
 commercial fishing at the mouth of the 
 Columbia. I am not sure it is possible to undo
 what we have done but that doesn't mean we
 shouldn't try whatever we can.  And everyone
 acts like there will be power rationing if we take
 down some dams.  Well, that might not be such a
 bad idea in and of itself.  We all need to step
 away from the TV a little, but it might also
 generate interest in alternative power. I live in a
 primarily rural county in southern Arizona and
 the amount of solar and wind generated power
 for personal consumption is something we are
 pretty proud of. The technology is here, it is
 affordable, yes it takes a little more care from the
 consumer than flipping a switch, but you know
 what, we weren't nearly as concerned about Y2K
 as lots of folks.

Re: McCain

Has anyone noticed that we Bombers who live in
 Arizona have been pretty quiet on this subject?

Re: Tobacco

We as a community of people consume all kinds
 of products that we know are harmful, I
 personally believe that the cigarette companies
 not only knew their product was harmful but did
 their best to hide the facts and mislead the public,
 however we have still known the dangers and
 still choose to smoke, and drink and take drugs
 and drive while drinking and skydive and
 rockclimb and ski and scuba dive and hang glide
 and get on airplanes and go into post offices. The
 two points I am trying to make are: We make
 our own choices and in most cases there is a
 great deal of information available to us to make
 intelligent choices, the other one is, we are all
 going to die and placing blame doesn't alter the
 fact. I think growing up at Ground Zero did have
 an impact on how I view being alive-it is a gift, it
 is a gas and it can be gone in a flash.

Re: Aliens

Does the border between Washington and
 Canada look like martial law has been declared?
 It does here. I am curious to know what folks off
 the border have to think and who you all think is
 crossing and why is a 6 yr. old from Cuba a
 refuge and a 6 yr. old from Guatemala a

                    - Peggy Hartnett `72

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Note: Usually, we favor items written by
 Richland Bomber graduates in The SANDBOX. 
 We make an exception in this case by sharing an
 editorial by a Canadian television commentator
 about America, as published in The
 Congressional Record. 

Subj:      America
Sent by: Tom Hemphill ‘62


Widespread but only partial news coverage was
 given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast
 from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian
 television commentator. What follows is the full
 text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the
 Congressional Record:

"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for
 the Americans as the most generous and possibly
 the least appreciated people on all the earth.

Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain
 and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by
 the Americans who poured in billions of dollars
 and forgave other billions in debts. None of these
 countries is today paying even the interest on its
 remaining debts to the United States.

When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956,
 it was the Americans who propped it up, and
 their reward was to be insulted and swindled on
 the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.

When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the
 United States that hurries in to help. This spring,
 59 American communities were flattened by
 tornadoes. Nobody helped.

The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy
 pumped billions of dollars into discouraged
 countries. Now newspapers in those countries
 are writing about the decadent, warmongering

I'd like to see just one of those countries that
 is gloating over the erosion of the United States
 dollar build its own airplane. Does any other
 country in the world have a plane to equal the
 Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the
 Douglas DC10?  If so, why don't they fly them?
 Why do all the International lines except Russia
 fly American Planes?

Why does no other land on earth even consider
 putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk
 about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios.
You talk about German technocracy, and you get

You talk about American technocracy, and you
 find men on the moon - not once, but several
 times - and safely home again.

You talk about scandals, and the Americans put
 theirs right in the store window for everybody to
 look at.  Even their draft-dodgers are not
 pursued and hounded. They are here on our
 streets, and most of them, unless they are
 breaking Canadian laws, are getting American
 dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.

When the railways of France, Germany and India
 were breaking down through age, it was the
 Americans who rebuilt them. When the
 Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central
 went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. 
 Both are still broke.

I can name you 5000 times when the Americans
 raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can
 you name me even one time when someone else
 raced to the Americans in trouble?  I don't think
 there was outside help even during the San
 Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one

Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them
 get kicked around. They will come out of this
 thing with their flag high. And when they do,
 they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands
 that are gloating over their present troubles. I
 hope Canada is not one of those."

Stand proud, America!

End of Editorial
This is one of the best editorials that I have ever
 read regarding the United States. It is nice that
 one man realizes it. I only wish that the rest of
 the world would realize it. We are always blamed
 for everything, and never even get a thank you
 for the things we do.

I would hope that each of you would send this to
 as many people as you can and emphasize that
 they should send it to as many of their friends
 until this letter is sent to every person on the
 web. I am just a single American who has read
 READ IT SOON.  Stand proud, America!

                  - Tom Hemphill `62
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Subj:   Not Just Political Rhetoric Here
From:  Al Parker `53

Moderator's Note: Some people like more salt, 
 some people like more pepper.  Some like equal
 amounts of both.  Keeping the two items in
 separate containers allows the user to select the
 proportions most satisfying to him or her.

That's the basic reasoning behind the two
 separate publications, The Alumni
 SANDSTORM is designed to work best with
 memories about growing up in Richland. The
 SANDBOX works best for current Ideas,
 Opinions and Personal Experience.  Once in a
 while the interests of one may overlap the other.

You can subscribe to and participate in one or the
 other or both.  Just as you do with salt and pepper
 at meal time, you may select the exact proportion
 of each that satisfies you most. The following
 item is reflective of discussions involving the

But, before we get to that, let me emphasize
 strongly also, one more point: And please
 remember this!  The SANDBOX has always 
 welcomed personal expression about things we
 can do to improve the quality of life for all of us,
 but is in no way limited to "political rhetoric."
 The value of both publications depends on your
 personal participation.  So- If we aren't talking
 about what you want to talk about, who are you
 going to blame?

"Good company.  Good discourse." Izaak Walton
 would like it here.  

                    -Al Parker 
                    Your SANDBOX Moderator 

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Subj: Clarification Appreciated
From:  Helen Cross Kirk (62)
To: Maren Smyth ‘64 
      (Sandstorm Editorial Staff)

Dear Maren,

Thank you for clarifying that we will not need to
 listen to political rhetoric in the Sandstorm.  The
 Salmon issue almost feels like motherhood and
 the flag to those of us raised in the shadow of the
 Dams on the Columbia, so I felt that was why
 you had made the exception.  But I am not up to
 every and all political issues which we all have
 and feel are so very important.

The reply you published was very well thought
 out in my opinion.

                -  Helen Cross Kirk (62)

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