The SANDBOX
                     Issue 74 July 29, 2000
         Ideas - Opinion - Personal Experience

               The SANDBOX@bigfoot.com
       http://www.bigfoot.com/~The_Sandbox


  "Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you
 want, but the realization of how much you already
 have."  -anon


SOME OF US HAVE BEEN WONDERING-

Bob Carlson is wondering if Carter was the only
 president to escape a scandal.  "But, then I
 suppose," he continues, "there were some people
 in the Carter administration who got caught with
 their hands in the cookie jar, just  like Willie, and
 George and Ronnie, and Dick, and Jack, and Ike
 and Harry and Franklin and Herbert  and...well,
 you get the idea."

Dave Henderson is wondering,, "Did the artist
 goof in painting the B-17 bomber 'Pay Day,' or I
 wonder if the artist meant to paint the propellers
 backward on purpose.  If the latter is the case,
 maybe the artist is trying to tell us that the new
 RHS new mascot, ('Pay Day') was a step
 backward."

Mary (Ray) Henslee wonders, "...what is stifling
 students' desire to read nowadays?  It could be
 one thing or a combination of things.....our school
 system's approach, lack of time, or the   
 unprecedented availability of other forms of more
 enticing entertainment,,,"

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   Issue Number 74 of The SANDBOX Salutes:

                      The CLASS of '74

You may visit the 1974 Home Page by going to 
 Http://www.bigfoot.com/~RichlandBombers
 and clicking on the year, 1974.  There you will
 find: '74 E-mail addresses, '74 Roster as of the
 20th Reunion, and '74 grade school pictures.

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Here's More of What We've Been Wondering
 About:  (Or should we say, "...of which we've
 been wondering.)


Subj: CLINTON BASHING AND OTHER THINGS
From:   Bob Carlson (aka "Mike Clowes") '54
karylc@juno.com

In a way it amuses me to read, and hear and see on
 TV all sorts of people going on about how bad
 William J. "Slick Willie" Clinton is.  So, he has
 poor taste in women, since when is that a crime? 
 So he indulges in a favorite male fantasy in the
 Oval Office with an intern and a cigar; doesn't he
 know that tobacco is harmful to one's health?  And
 this is a crime?  So he lied about it?  Yes, lying
 under oath is a crime regardless of extenuating
 circumstances.

At least he did not encourage and abet the breaking
 and entering of the offices of the opposition party;
 and the snooping into the private files of a
 psychiatrist (which by the way, are supposed to be
 protected from this sort of thing.)  And that
 particular President also lied about it. "I am not 
 crook."

All right, Clinton was impeached by the House; so
 was Andrew Johnson.  And both of them were
 acquitted by the Senate.  Now why were both of
 these sitting Presidents impeached; basically
 partisan politics.  It is doubtful that the "silent
 majority" cared one way or the other about why
 Johnson and Clinton were subjected to the ordeal. 
 The fascinating thing to remember is that  the
 nation was not quite one  hundred years old when
 extremist members of his own party impeached 
 Johnson.  Another hundred years were to pass
 before a president resigned before he could be
 impeached.  And only twenty years after that mess 
 another president was impeached; only this time by
 members of the opposition.

Even Milhouse might have gotten away with it,
 except for the rascally press.  If you remember, not
 too many people were interested  in the Watergate
 thing, even the majority party at the time didn't
 want anything to do with it.

And, why is reducing military expenses bad?  In
 order to have some of the toys the Pentagon Gang
 wants, something has to go.  Now there are those
 who claim that under Ronnie Raygun, that the
 military increased.  Yeah, right.  The Navy, for
 instance, had ships it couldn't man because they
 couldn't get enough people to join.  Why, do you
 ask, didn't people  want to serve their country? 
 Well, did a lot of  you?  Particularly since the draft
 was no longer in action.  I know, long hours and
 low pay, and  time away from the family and many
 other reasons.  Despite these odds, Ronnie and his
 flunky George, went ahead and damn near spent
 the country into the poor house.

No, they were not like those nasty "tax  and spend"
 Democrats.  They just spent and didn't care where
 the money came from.  Funny though, the only
 good thing that came of all the spending on
 military toys; the Russians, in order to keep up, did
 spend their government into the poor house.  How
 lucky can you be?

But it seems that, as a nation, we have a propensity
 to dwell on the superfluous things.  The O.J. trial,
 Elian, Clinton's sexual proclivities, Jackie Kennedy
 remarrying, JFK, Jr.'s plane crash.  I think people
 should invest their money  in "talking heads"
 instead of .com's. Although at present the two are
 running a dead heat.

But remember this, Clinton is not the first 
 president to be swayed by the trappings of  power,
 and even to be seduced by it.  Nor is he  the first to
 have scandals during his administration.  I 
 sometimes think Carter was the only president to
 escape a scandal.  The Iran hostage situation was
 not a scandal, it was a  national tragedy.  But, then
 I suppose there were some people in the Carter
 administration who got caught with their hands in
 the cookie jar, just  like Willie, and George and
 Ronnie, and Dick,  and Jack, and Ike and Harry
 and Franklin and Herbert and...well, you get the
 idea.

The simple solution is "vote the ******'s out of
 office" and put new ones in.  And if you haven't
 voted: Shut the **** up!  Them that doesn't vote,
 doesn't have a say in how the government screws
 up.

If you have voted, and are offended by this,
 remember this is only my opinion and I'm
 welcome to it.

        - Bob Carlson (aka "Mike Clowes") '54

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Subj: THE NEW RHS MASCOT
From: David Henderson 
hdavid@pacbell.net

While I was up in Richland, during the R2K event,
 I had the opportunity to hold a discussion with a
 number of people about the new RHS mascot; the
 B-17 bomber, "Pay Day."

The impression I got from these discussions was
 that some people in power at RHS wanted a more
 politically correct mascot.  However, the powers-
 that-be did not want to change the schools name,
 "Bombers."  So the powers-that-be selected a
 Boeing B-17 bomber, "Pay Day" as the school's
 new mascot.

While looking at the painting of the B-17 bomber
 "Pay Day", on the wall of the gym, I noticed
 something was not quite right, about the painting
 of the bomber "Pay Day".   After I got back to San
 Jose, CA,  I got my hands on a copy of  a B-17
 pilot's manual, and some old W.W.II motion
 pictures of B-17 bombers in action.

I discovered that the artist had painted the propellor
 blades, and their rotation (on the B-17 bomber
 "Pay Day") backwards.   The pilots manual
 states that the P&W engines, on a B-17  bomber
 rotate clockwise as seen from the cockpit.  That
 means if a person was standing in front of a
 "Pay Day" they would see the propellers rotating
 Counter Clock Wise and the leading edge of the
 propellers would be opposite what they are now.

I also noticed that the rotation of the propellers, on
 the other B-17 bombers, in the painting  appear to
 be installed correctly and rotating in the proper
 direction.

Did the artist goof in painting the B-17 bomber
 "Pay Day", or I wonder  if the artist meant to paint
 the propellers backward on purpose.  If  the
 latter is the case, maybe the artist is trying to tell us
 that the new RHS mascot, ("Pay Day") was a step
 backward.

I would be curious to hear from anybody who
 knows about the painting on the gym wall.

              - Dave Henderson Class of 60)

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Subject: REVAMPING OUR SCHOOL'S
 CURRICULUM (Or should we say, "...our
 schools' curricula?" 
From:  Mary (Ray) Henslee (61)
mah@satx.net

The Running Start Program sounds like it definitely
 has some merit and certainly offers food for
 thought.  I think that it is an excellent concept, but
 I think that it should be implemented for the
 betterment of all students and not just a select few. 
 It could be offered right in the high schools and
 does not have to replace two years of high school
 by farming students out to universities and an
 environment that they may not be mature enough
 to handle.  A program that would offer those who
 are not planning to go to college the opportunity
 to prepare for a career and those who do plan to
 go to college a head start on their major course of
 study would be ideal in my opinion.

No one can instill self-esteem in another
 person.....self-esteem must come from within
 through personal accomplishments that make us
 feel good about ourselves.  Schools should offer
 the opportunity for each student to choose their
 course of study at some point so that they can
 discover the extent of their talents and gain
 self-esteem through the development of their
 talents.  If emphasized and taught correctly, 10
 years of being taught reading, writing, and
 arithmetic should be sufficient and the other two
 years or at least the last year of high school could
 consist solely of electives in ones desired course of
 study.  Students would have an incentive to stay in
 school and learn if they were being prepared to
 step into a career after graduation.  

Undoubtedly changes need to be made in our
 school systems, but the question will probably
 remain for many years to come as to what those
 changes should be.  There are those who may
 argue that Johnny can't read and write so the basics
 must continue to remain in place all through high
 school.  Johnny can read, but he can't write
 because writing skills are mainly obtained through
 reading and he doesn't have the desire to read
 much these days.  I think that it is evident by the
 many prolific writers in this forum as well as in the
 Sandstorm that at one time Johnny did read and
 learn how to write.  Therefore what is stifling
 students' desire to read nowadays?  It could be
 one  thing or a combination of things.....our school
 system's approach, lack of time, or the   
 unprecedented availability of other forms of more
 enticing entertainment?  The Harry Potter
 phenomena should tell us all something. 
 Youngsters being sparked to read a 700-page book
 without prodding proves that Johnny will choose
 to read when enticed.  Hopefully after the Harry
 Potter books are put back on the shelf, Johnny will
 decide reading can be as much fun as a video
 game.

A lot of the mandatory curriculum in high school as
 well as in college is not conducive to succeeding in
 life personally or in a career and probably needs to
 be revamped so that minds are not overloaded with
 unnecessary information.  We can only retain so
 much and most students probably aren't selective in
 what they try to retain.  Right now they are
 legislating more mandatory higher math in high
 school.  I foresee a lot of frustrated students who
 may possibly not graduate as a result.  Higher math
 such as Calculus is not for everyone and should be
 an elective.  

I am convinced after reading this forum for one
 year now that Richland's alumni could move
 mountains or at least a few politicians with a pen
 and a piece of paper.  Thanks, Al, for giving us the
 opportunity to vent.  It is very therapeutic when
 issues are beyond our control.

                 - Mary (Ray) Henslee (61)

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Thanks, John, Bob, David and Mary, for your
 comments today.  Come on, everyone, join us in
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