The SANDBOX 
                  Issue #63 May 13, 2000
        Ideas - Opinion - Personal Experience
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        "To see what is in front of one's 
                    nose is a constant struggle."
                       -George Orwell    
                         (1903-1950)

Look Who's Talking Today:

    "His motto has always been,
         `the buck stops ANYWHERE but here."
              - Barbara Barron Doyle `50

     "Isolation is one of the worrisome issues of
           people in today's society."
              -Verla Farrens Gardner '61

     "You speak of Human Rights in regard to
 Cuba??  What about Children's Rights here in the
 USA??"
             - Sherry Nugent Dupuy `62

      "I really don't know what to think of
 my nation at times, especially when issues 
 like Elian Gonzalez come to the forefront."
                  - Gene Trosper `85

     "Is someone sniffing the poppies on the way
 to The Emerald City?!
               - Michael J. Crowley `66

     "Bill Clinton is and has been the very best
 president in your life time."
                  - Andrew Eckert `54


     "Clearly, after reading a conservative based
 letter in The Sandbox the liberals on any given
 issue see the light and undergo an immediate
 conversion to the conservative point of view and
 the conservative upon reading a pro Liberal
 piece disavow all their past baggage and endorse
 the Gore ticket in order allow this great nation to
 continue with the Bill and Hillary legacy of big
 government."
                      - Paul Webster `56

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         The SANDBOX, Issue #63, Salutes:
          The Columbia/RHS Class of 1963

To get to the website, go to All-Bomber-Links:
   http://www.bigfoot.com/~RichlandBombers
   and click on 1963

There you will find: Class Roster, E-mail 
 Addresses, Grade School Pictures, 35th 
 Reunion Picture, and lots of other good stuff,
 including sports scores for the year.

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

Subj:    Other Than Monica?
From:    Barbara Barron Doyle (50)
Elyodmij@aol.com

Concerning Mr. Franco's comment that, "Other
 than Monica," he hasn't done anything other
 Presidents haven't done.  Lying under oath and
 being caught at it, depleting the military to the
 point that we can't defend our shores but can
 send out personnel, for indefinite time periods to
 the countries involved in every military mistake
 he has made the last eight years, lying to his
 Cabinet and friends so they will defend him on
 television (to their later embarrassment), and
 hanging poor old Reno out to dry while hiding
 behind her skirts.  His motto has always been,
 "the buck stops ANYWHERE but here."  

If Gore and Mrs. Clinton are elected to office,
 this country deserves everything it will get and
 they will get four more years of Bubba.

Barbara Barron Doyle (50)

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Subj: Sorry To Hear of Loss
From:   Verla Farrens Gardner `61
kengardner@bctonline.com

Katie, I was sorry to hear of the loss of your
 family's pet in such a gruesome manner.  One of
 the Couch's in the Portland had a similar
 experience recently.

Having lived on a ranch for my early years,
 animals are like people to me, each with their
 own personality.  I can only wonder why
 someone would even want to do such an act. 
 Losing a family pet can be just a traumatic as
 losing a family member and the grieving process
 has the same route.

I watch my niece & her husband raising their
 children 6 and 4 and watch with admiration. 
 They make it a priority to be with and there for
 the children.  Isolation is one of the worrisome
 issues of people in today's society.

Best regards,  Verla Farrens Gardner '61

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Subj: What About Our Own American Children's Future?
From:   Sherry Nugent Dupuy (62)
Granshery@aol.com

Let me say first that Elian is a dear child.  Many
 have taken him to heart.  Some have taken the
 Cuban-American cause to heart. Now let me say
 to you who go on and on about Elian's future -
 What about our own American children's future? 
 Why do I not see a wordy piece about these
 children who are falling through the cracks of
 American society?  These children who will be
 the ruling generation while we are in our
 dotage.....these children who do not have
 ANYone who loves them, (unlike Elian who has
 people fighting over who loves him best), six
 year olds who are murdering each other and
 plotting to murder each other, helpless abused
 children who are returned by the courts or
 agencies to the abusive family to be tortured
 further or finally killed, abandoned newborns in
 dumpsters, children being shot while visiting the
 National Zoo,......shall I go on?  Let us clean up
 our own backyard before trying to impose our
 hypocritical ideas on another nation - even Cuba. 
 It CAN be done with one child at a time.  The
 money/attention/time spent by the media and
 politicians (read taxpayers) on this one child
 while we ignore our own.  Sad.  Time to come
 out of that cocoon that makes you think the
 American way is still the right and only way
 cause something is wrong here with this picture. 
 Time for the fatcats in DC to hold
 hearings/investigations into SOME Child
 Protection Services and find out why they are
 above the law, why they are not held accountable
 when an abused child is returned to parents who
 begin the abusing again or eventually kill
 him/her.  Time to find out why the courts often
 just give these most horrendous of murderers a
 short prison term tantamount to a slap on the
 wrist.  If you don't recognize this as something
 far more urgent than our relations with Cuba, I
 challenge you to go to:

http://grandma.simplenet.com/LittlestAngels.htm

 and read as much as you can stand.  These are
 case histories of murdered children in this great
 country.

You speak of Human Rights in regard to Cuba?? 
 What about Children's Rights here in the USA??

Thank you for your time and attention.

                Sherry Nugent Dupuy (62)

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Subj:   Elian and Communism
From:   Gene Trosper
Reply-to: gtrosper@ez2.net

I really don't know what to think of
 my nation at times, especially when issues like
 Elian Gonzalez come to the forefront.

I don't know about many of you, but my family
 fought against the evils of communism...in fact
 our nation was joined together in fighting
 communism.  Today, I can't say for certain if our
 nation has the same resolve to fight tyranny and
 oppression.

After the "taking" of Elian on Saturday, April 22,
 opinion was split even about whether the INS
 should have used the force it displayed. The
 numbers became a bit more skewed when the
 question of whether Elian should be with his
 father. 65-70% of Americans polled said yes, he
 SHOULD be with his father. The unfortunate
 matter of this however, is that many of those
 who support a father/son reunion took on a
 knee-jerk reaction by supporting Cuba and Fidel
 Castro, as if they were inseparable elements for a
 reunion.

V. I . Lenin used to have an interesting phrase to
 describe well-intentioned people who parroted
 the party line out of ignorance. He (and the
 Communist Party leadership) called them "useful
 idiots." In defending the reunion of Elian and
 Juan Miguel Gonzalez, people are defending
 Fidel Castro and Cuba's communist system,
 stating that people aren't as oppressed as we
 think or that just because Cuba has free health
 care, it's a better place to raise children. Of
 course all of this is said in reaction to those
 (including myself) who merely point out that
 Elian has no hope for a good future in
 Cuba under it's current dictatorial regime.
 Somehow, they think that arguments against
 Castro and communism are synonymous with
 keeping Elian here against the will of his father.
Therefore, the rationale goes, to allow Juan
 Miguel his "rights" as a father (there are no
 parental rights in Cuba), there must be a
 vigorous defense of Cuba and it's leadership. To
 do so will show the "commie-haters" as morally
 bankrupt, greedy and intolerant. Unbeknownst to
 them, however, they are only exposing
 themselves as ignorant of the facts and as willing
 pawns in a political chess match between Cuba
 and the United States.

The fact that many people are engaging in such
 willful defense of something they have no
 knowledge of makes me wonder aloud as to the
 future course of our nation. Would such an
 outpouring of support for the Cuban way of life
 been seen as little as 20 years ago? I sincerely
 doubt it would have on such a massive scale. All
 it takes is a trip to the CNN Cuba chat board to
 realize the nature of what I say. People are going
 so far as to proclaim Cuba as a nation much
 more hospitable to human rights than the United
 States!

If anyone is tempted to fall into this trap, do
 yourself a favor first and research the
 background of Cuba and it's leadership. Do not
 immediately ignore with contempt the claims
 made by Cuban exiles. Do not immediately
 scorn facts such as the law which makes children
 property of the state. Do not ridicule the
 suffering people deal with day after day in this
 communist "paradise." Don't be a useful idiot.

                    -Gene Trosper `85

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Subj: Poppies! Poppies!
From: Michael Crowley `66
Reply-to: mdacrow@enteract.com

Oak Park, IL, 26 April 2000

Regarding John Allen's latest
 tirade-masked-as-commentary ("A NATION
 TURNING INTO TIN MEN," #61), let me see if
 I get this right:

I have a daughter, Amy, whom I take to Cannon
 Beach.  One day while swimming together I
 drown, but she, hapless child, clings to a
 floatable device, and is washed down the coast
 to Manzanita.  Luckily, John is there, rescues
 her, learns her identity, and takes her away to his
 home in Portland.

News of this dramatic rescue reaches my
 erstwhile wife Debora, ('64) back in Chicago. 
 When she demands her daughter back, John
 refuses, citing Debora's residence in Chicago, an
 obvious hotbed of un-American sentiment, as
 witness its subservience to and oppression by a
 Democratic mayor.  No, he will provide my
 daughter with Truth, Justice and The Republican
 Way, values far superior to the (obviously poor,
 by virtue of their venue) family values which
 Debora claims to want to continue to provide.

The battle between Illinois and Oregon escalates
 to the federal courts, who, in their wisdom (well
 OK, John, their unfettered power), says that
 Amy must remain in Oregon until the interstate
 custody battle between the evil Illinois and the
 beneficent Oregon is settled.  Debora flies to
 Portland, produces documentation of her
 parenthood, and wins an amazing Oregon state
 court order (based on foolishly inadequate laws)
 to regain custody.  In carrying out its lawful
 order, the Multnomah County Sheriff arms its
 deputies against former Ranger John's
 proclaimed duty to rid America of "bad" people,
 and, in a three minute pre-dawn raid, rescues Amy
 and returns her to Debora.  Only John's
 pride is hurt.  

Debora and Amy retire to a cabin above
 Multnomah Falls to await the legal denouement,
 where Debora uses a digital camera and
 Microsoft Photo Editor to create doctored
 "photos" of Amy ostensibly happy to be back
 with her Mom.  John sees this as confirmation of
 his previously undocumented claims of poor
 parenting, proclaiming no decent parent would
 use a Microsoft product in the company of
 minors.

All these weeks the Oregonian keeps the story on
 the front page, but the public is tiring.  Is this
 because they have no HEART, or because they
 do, and are merely siding with the parent over
 the rescuer?  

Is someone sniffing the poppies on the way to
 The Emerald City?!

        - Michael J. Crowley  
    Bomber-might-of-been - '66
 
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Subj:   The Best President In Your Life Time
From:   Andrew Eckert (54)
ECKERT1108@aol.com
 
Nowadays, as I find I never seem to have any
 time to respond to the rantings and the hate
 writings of the extreme right, or more
 appropriately called, vicious right.  I'm always
 heartened to read what most reflects my
 sentiments, written by Mr. Marc Franco.  We
 apparently think somewhat alike and obviously
 both are very intolerant of the writings from one
 of the kings of sleazy, hate filled, writings. That
 would be the rantings and ravings of one John
 Allen.  This man epitomizes the group who have
 such hatred and envy of the Clinton's that no
 matter what happens in this world, they will find
 a way to blame the Clinton's.

Thank you. Marc. for taking the time to rebut his
 hatred, showing me as well as everyone that
 there are still people with some sense of decency
 and with some rational clarity of thought.  Bill
 Clinton is and has been the very best president in
 your life time, John Allen. Choke on that.  

                    - Andrew Eckert (54)

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Subj:   Fair and Balanced and 100% Correct? 
From:   Paul Webster `56
BabLen@aol.com

I have not had the opportunity to read the
 Sandbox as often as my wife so I was quite
 interested in the format.  The thing I find most
 fascinating is how fair and balanced the letters
 are.  I am amazed at how blessed we were in
 Richland to be endowed with the intellectual
 honesty to be 100% correct on any subject we
 decide to write about.  Clearly, after reading a
 conservative based letter in the Sandbox the
 liberals on any given issue see the light and under
 go an immediate conversion to the conservative
 point of view and the conservative upon reading
 a pro Liberal piece disavow all their past
 baggage and endorse the Gore ticket in order
 allow this great nation to continue with the Bill
 and Hillary legacy of big government.  Since I
 have been away from Eastern Washington for
 such a long period I find myself suffering from
 intellectual doubt on some issues, albeit very
 few.  Is it possible that Fish or Power, Elian's fate
 in the United States, or any of the special interest
 presentations I have read may have more than
 one correct answer?  God forbid.  Would I be a
 communism because I believe the Cuban boy
 should be with his surviving parent?  Or should
 we require the Pro Power group to spawn with
 the salmon to better understand their plight? 
 Having said all of this it reminds me of a quote I
 keep over my desk that I am forced to look at
 when I believe I have all the answers to very
 devise issues.

      ("Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes 
your time and annoys the pig.")        
                     
                    - Paul Webster (56)
     
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