The SANDBOX 
              Issue #62   May 7, 2000
        Ideas - Opinion - Personal Experience
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            "Friendship should be more than 
                    biting Time can sever."

                          - T.S. Elliot
                         (1888 - 1965)

Look Who's Talking Here Today:

         "I continue to watch our maverick from
 Arizona and his references to his three step
 program to recover from his lost bid for the
 nomination..."
                     - Steve Carson `58

      "Richland was not just a place of the
 Cunningham's,  [Happy Days TV family].
 Richland is also a place where some very
 serious decisions were made that will affect 
 many generations to come."
                - Verla Farrens Gardner `61

      "....how good Social Security could be, if
 only one change were made, and that change is
 to jerk the Golden Fleece retirement out from
 under the Senators and Congressmen, and put
 them in Social Security, with the rest of us..."
                      - Maren Smyth `64

     "...If this is a goal to which some of you 
 would care to aspire..." (A Challenge)
                        - John Allen `66

     "To put away one's past, is to put away part
 of one's self.  All of our experiences, for good 
 or ill, are what makes us who we are, TODAY.
                - Michael West Rivers `68

     "What a shameful scene it was that Saturday
 morning!  America, we must wake up."
                    - Ramona Miller `54

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         The SANDBOX, Issue #62 Salutes:
          The Columbia/RHS Class of 1962

To get to their website, go to ALL Bomber Alumni Links:
   http://www.bigfoot.com/~RichlandBombers
            And click on 1962. You will find:
 Class Roster, E-mail List, Graduation Portraits, 
   Pre-RHS Pictures of 62 Grads, "Help Identify
 Mystery Bombers," 1962 Memorial page, Photo
                  Gallery, 1962 In History. 

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Here's More of What We're Talking About Today:

Subj: McCain
From:  Steve Carson 58
SteveNitro@aol.com

I continue to watch our maverick from Arizona
 and his references to his three step program to
 recover from his lost bid for the nomination.  If I
 recall correctly the first step was denial, the
 second anger and the third acceptance.  His tone
 on the Sunday morning programs was more
 statesman like than anything he said during his
 rocket ride in the campaign.  I don't doubt his
 sincerity and believe he is a good man.  Perhaps
 the May 9th meeting with the Gov. Bush will
 bring him the peace he needs to get back on the
 team and control his temperament.

                      - Steve Carson 58 -

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Subj: The Nuclear Age: Our Heritage?
From: Verla Farrens Gardner '61
Verla@bctonline.com

Yes, I agree Jay, [Siegel-61] the desert does cool
 off in the evening Growing up on the desert I
 used to take a sweater with me in the evenings
 during the summer on the East coast - but not
 for long.

I have lived on the East coast, (Washington,
 DC) and traveled to South Carolina many times
 (my first husband's home) and lived in the
 Midwest (Kansas City, MO).  The weather is
 considered a noncontroversial item to discuss
 with people - but maybe not.

There has only been one snide remark to arrive at
 my home address by someone who did not really
 want to identify themselves - I love the people
 but not the product.  My parents were sheep
 ranchers, I was born in Hermiston. My parents
 worked hard to make a living off the land until
 they were 45. Finally they came to Richland to
 make a living from a product they did not believe
 was justified.  Oh, I have heard the high ground
 and the low ground of nuclear.  I have been
 ripped a good one by many when asked where I
 graduated from high school. It was like I 
 personally dropped a bomb on Japan.

My point is that Richland was not just a place of
 the Cunningham's.  (Happy Days TV family)
 Richland is also a place where some very
 serious decisions were made that will affect many
 generations to come.  Too often, I feel,
 Richlandites gloss over the fact that the
 mushroom cloud began in our back yard. Like
 Mr. Rogers says, "You build one missile and I
 build two." and on and on - any Richland graduate
 is capable of doing the math.  I have traveled in
 Japan and also loved the people.  

What part of our heritage is entwined in the grave
 decision made to enter the world in the use of
 nuclear weapons and power? Are nuclear
 power and weapons good for the world today?
 
It is like, growing up in Richland, we do not talk
 about the "stuff" in the back yard.  Richland is
 like many a place - there is murder, hatred,
 incest, domestic violence, child abuse and, yes,
 there are MANY MANY good people.  Maybe I
 am one of a few with sorrow in my heart that the
 nuclear age is here. Does no one have remorse
 for being part of letting the seepage begin...
 
It would be fitting in my mind to say, on entering
 Richland -  "and forgive us, Holy Father, for the
 sins committed here.....
 
              - Verla Farrens Gardner '61

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Subj:   Put Congress on Social Security
From:   Maren Smyth `64
vegas68@cheerful.com

So that any who don't, may know...

Our Senators and Congressmen don't pay in to
 Social Security, and, of course, they don't collect
 from it.  The reason is that they have a special
 retirement plan that they voted for themselves
 many years ago. For all practical purposes, it
 works like this.  When they retire, they continue
 to draw their same pay, until they die, except
 that it may be increased from time to time, by
 cost of living adjustments. For instance, former
 Senator Bradley, and his wife, may be expected
 to draw $7,900,000, with Mrs. Bradley drawing
 $275,000 during the last year of her life. This is
 calculated on an average life span for each. This
 would be well and good, except that they paid
 nothing in on any kind of retirement, and neither
 does any other Senator or Congressman.

This fine retirement comes right out of the
 General Fund: our tax money.  While we who
 pay for it all, draw an average of $1000/month
 from Social Security.  Imagine for a moment if
 you can structure a retirement plan so desirable
 that people have extra deducted so that they may
 increase their own personal retirement income. 
 A retirement plan that works so well, that
 Railroad employees, Postal Workers, and others
 who aren't in it, are clamoring to get in it.

That is how good Social Security could be, if
 only one change were made, and that change is
 to jerk the Golden Fleece retirement out from
 under the Senators and Congressmen, and put
 them in Social Security, with the rest of us, and
 watch how fast they fix it. If enough people
 receive this, maybe one or some of them along
 the way, might be able to help.  How many can
 YOU send it to?
                     - Maren Smyth `64 

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Subj: What Has Passed Is Still a Part of Us
From: Michael West Rivers `68
mwestr@lasvegas.net  

Michael West Rivers wrote:

To Verla Farrens Gardner, ( but HEY, everyone
 can READ it.) :o) I for one am sorry you feel
 that way.  To put away one's past, is to put away
 part of one's self. All of our experiences, for
 good or ill, are what makes us who we are,
 TODAY.  Though I admit, I have been surprised
 to find so many of my old friends, who have
 done just that.  Parts of their lives they have just
 decided to "forget" and their friends with it. "Out
 of sight, out of mind." For what ever reason.
 That's OK.  Some things are best not to drag
 -up, though it never stops "being" in the little
 space allotted it in our mind. Some just had
 periods of their lives, that for them, were
 all-round "bad." Another has good memories of
 those same times, but is cut out, because of the
 "time period" it covers.  They do not cease to be
 MY dear and cherished friends, for I will always
 have the good memory of their friendship and
 companionship, in what, for me, was a "good"
 time. So, they will stay in my mind and heart, my
 friend.

As for Richland being a "hot and barren land," it
 may perhaps be.  Though it is not NEARLY so
 HOT and BARREN as Las Vegas and it's
 people are "real."  Their reality deals with
 reality. 

On to what seems to be the crux of the matter:   
 It would seem that you are "hang'n" with
 people who would have you deny your very
 existence. And it doesn't take a history buff,
 (which I am), to stop and say, "I've heard THAT
 song before."

Surrounded by those who do not approve, of this
 or that, who "take a stand," and you also want
 to take a stand, but CAN'T, or you think you
 can't, without denial. I believe those you wish to
 deny, would refer to this as "plausible denial,"
 A "prepared statement," to the affect that you
 had no "choice" in the matter. Your parents
 were\ there, so you were, in effect, "forced" to
 be born there, and should not be held
 accountable for your parents actions. (This
 statement, only to be used, if someone discovers,
 your "secret.") I would agree with you about tax
 payer's money being spent in large quantities
 there, and a lot of OTHER places. And I might
 add, a lot of the money the Government spends,
 IS wasted.  Who needs a "toilet seat" that costs
 $2,700.00 (heard that somewhere) and isn't even
 GOLD, doesn't work any better than a "cheaper
 model" and probably didn't come in a "designer"
 color. I won't even go into a hammer's cost and
 maintenance. But, that is NOT the point. The
 point IS, that without the spending (and the
 waste that goes with it), we would not be able to
 have the opportunity to have this exchange, via
 e-mail. We would not be able heat our TV
 dinner in the micro wave. (Hey, I'm still single)
 None of us, would be able to get our daily dose
 of nostalgia, while reading the Alumni 
 Sandstorm. (Heaven forbid, not THAT.)  We
 would not have MOST of the "good" things we
 have (along with the accompanying "bad" things)
 and use every day. And many of these are, "bi-
 products" of inventions and innovations hit upon
 while spending (and perhaps wasting some)
 taxpayer money.  

As you have seen these pages, I suspect that there
 is "something" there, deep down inside, hidden
 away, that makes you "want to remember" the
 "good things." It may be that in your denial, you
 have your commuter disguised as something
 else, and you are "secretly" viewing this site,
 from the privacy of your bathroom or even a
 "hidden room" in your basement, lest any
 discover your, "awful and shameful past". :o) As
 for me, I am PROUD to have been born in
 Richland. In fact, if it hadn't been for Richland
 and the reason it was built, I and many who
 were born there would not have been born at all;
 for my parents and many others, met in Richland. 

With all the good and bad, ups and downs in my
 life, that make up my being; I wouldn't trade or
 deny my birth place and it's accompanying
 memories for ANYTHING!  

OK, guess I'm finished there. For those of you
 who have heard- (I don't know from whom, or
 perhaps I do...) or just "ASSUMED."  My
 brother is NOT, an only child! On that "WB"
 thing: Now I always figured it stood for "woulda
 been," but I've seen a "wanna be" in there and
 that makes me feel so "LOW," "CHEAP" and
 all-round "COMMON." So, how's 'bout we just
 think of it as "WARNER BROTHERS," COOL
 cartoons them. Now, I'm finished here, except to
 say, Maren, "the checks in the mail." 

                - Michael West Rivers `68 
                  (WARNER BROTHERS)

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Subj: Let's Focus On The Issues  
From:   John Allen ‘66
Reply-to: miles2go@cheerful.com

I was somewhat discouraged to see that in the
 most recent issue of the Sandbox, my challenge
 to write only about issues and leave the names of
 other Sandbox contributors aside, was unable to
 be met.  However, I am willing to concede that
 perhaps not everyone read that pledge/challenge
 in Issue 56, Part II.  If this is a goal to which
 some of you would care to aspire, but you are
 not quite certain how to accomplish it, I
 encourage you read those articles which I may
 submit in the future to see exactly how it's done. 
 It should be relatively simple for any graduate of
 RHS.
                   ---John Allen ('66)

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From:   Ramona Miller `54
CADESNANA1@aol.com

Thank you, John Allen, for saying it all much
 better than I could have regarding Elian.  What a
 shameful scene it was that Saturday morning! 
 America, we must wake up.
                 - Ramona Miller 1954

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