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THURSDAY 8 MARCH 2001
to the editors
PRESIDENT BUSH in his address to Congress the other night
looked rather amused as he stated, “Some think my budget too big,
some think my budget too small. / think it 'a just rightF Clearly he must
have had the Goldilocks story in mind which ended when Goldilocks
had to jump from a window and run as fast as her legs would carry her
to avoid the three bears. However, I think reality is more near some-
thing of a Little Red Riding Hood tale in which he’s off to Grandma's
house with a basket full of goodies, kind of something for everyone.
Only Senator Robert Byrd, the wise old fox, has already let it be
known that he’s not about to let it happen.
Before Alan Greenspan, and the powerful Senate Budget commit-
tee, and just a few days prior to Bush’s address. Senator Byrd deliv-
ered a lecture so carefully prepared it seemed more a sermon of logic.
Yes, so powerful it almost moved me to tears! After which he stayed
and waited, till all questions had been answered, to shake Mr.
Greenspan’s hand as an old friend might.
Many such as our Senator “Cracker” [Phil Gramm) took about five
minutes to tell us about all they knew, then quickly departed as if they
were about to steal a hot stove in the dead of winter, and didn’t want to
be seen. I was deeply upset at his total lack of manners.
I would urge the estate tax be abolished along with the marriage
penalty, as both are so very dishonest and uqjust. After which, I would
join with Senator Byrd to urge we use the balance to pay down the na-
Senator Byrd noted that the easiest task in government is to cut
taxes, but the hardest thing thereafter is to come along later and have
to raise them again, as they had to do after President Reagan ran up
such a huge debt that the elder President Bush soon had to eat his
pledge of “no new taxes!” Senator Byrd allowed as he had been down
that road before hut wasn’t about to travel down it again. Senator Byrd
is clearly a very wise man.
However, if I were in the Senate I would be in a fight to the bitter
end to reform this system which I view as both onerous and odious!
JOHN D. SEAMAN, Perryton, TX 79070
Woman of the Year
IT IS VERY SELDOM THAT I am caught speechless, but Friday
night, I was totally caught off guard. It will be hard to follow in the foot-
steps of Barbara Northcott, she is truly a Woman of the Year. Congrat-
ulations to George Briant, Canadian's Man of the Year.
I would like to take this opportunity to THANK the Chamber of
Commerce Board, Remelle and Jessica for a lovely banquet and all you
do for our community throughout the year.
I want to thank everyone in Canadian for your support Thank you
to Hank and all my family, my church family and BP family, to all those
for making the evening just perfect Most of all, I contribute my life to
my #1 running mate, my Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one that allows
me to contribute what I do. I am so grateful to live in our community. I
challenge all those in our community to become involved. The rewards
you reap are ten fold of what you give. It is with honor I am so proud to
serve as Woman of the Year!
Thank you and God bless you all!
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Bullying can trigger deadly rage
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WEARS AFTER I’VE FORGOTTEN much else
I that went on when I was in grade school and junior
high, I still remember the name-calling. The taunts
were bad enough, but they were not as mean as the
ones that regularly harassed freshman Charles An-
drew “Andy” Williams, 15, at Santana High School in
“He was picked on all the time,” schoolmate Jessica
Moore told The Associated Press. "He was picked on
because he was one of the scrawniest guys. People
caUed him freak, dork, nerd, stuff like that”
Williams is “a skinny, awkward boy who was often
picked on by other students, friends said. He’s recently
had two skateboards stolen,” the San Diego Un-
I’m not sure that, even now, I understand why I
never responded violently to the taunting I experi-
enced during those years. Doing so would have been
such a small step from the anger and humiliation I
Unfortunately, name-calling, taunts, insults and
other kinds of humiliation and bullying are routine in
our schools. Last September, Colorado Attorney Gen-
eral Ken Salazar told a national seminar on school cri-
ses that “5 percent of the nation's high school students
stay home each day because they fear being bullied at
school,” The Denver Post reported.
The incidence of on-campus bullying at all grade
levels is actually higher than that statistic indicates.
“According to the National Association of School Psy-
chologists, one in seven students is either a victim or a
bully,” the San Diego newspaper reported in January.
According to Ron Stephens, the executive director
of the nonprofit, California-based National School
Safety Center, “bullying was a warning sign of a po-
tential problem in some recent school shootings, mak-
ing it critical for schools to be more aware of student
behavior,” the Union-Tribune added.
Bullying takes many forms. Most commonly, it con-
sists of verbal taunts and name-calling—as Williams
reportedly experienced at Santana High School. Sticks
and stones are not the only weapons children and teens
use to beat up each other. Words are potent weapons,
too. Even nonviolent bullying—however mindless it
may be, however harmless its intent—ultimately ex-
acts a price. It lowers a young person’s self-esteem,
makes him feel defenseless and stokes his anger and
desire for revenge.
Taunts, name-calling and other forms of verbal hu-
miliation can inflict severe psychological damage that
children and teens lack the strength, positive
self-image and maturity to deal with in healthy ways.
Children and teens who taunt their schoolmates for
somehow being different, whether real or perceived,
often are imitating adult role models who teach them
that this is acceptable behavior or do not speak out
when others act this way.
So it is no wonder—although it is certainly no ex-
cuse—that children and teens who are taunted by
their peers sometimes erupt in rage, with deadly re-
sults. They may well believe they have no other way to
confront their tormentors, defend themselves or re-
claim their lives.
And a society that too often holds violence to be the
first resort for settling disputes, rather than modeling
and honoring peaceful conflict resolution, teaches chil-
dren and teens this lesson, too. They are paying atten-
tion and learning it all too well
Perhaps this begins to explain why Williams alleg-
edly opened fire with a revolver Monday morning, kill-
ing two schoolmates—Bryan Zuckor, 14, and Randy
Gordon, 17—and wounding 13 other people.
At a White House photo op Monday afternoon,
President Bush called the Santana High School shoot-
ing “a disgraceful act of cowardice.”
The president demonstrated an amazing gift for
stating the obvious—while missing the point entirely.
No one can defend what Williams allegedly did. But
it is critically important to understand what might
have motivated him if we are to identify and confront
risk factors that could contribute or lead to additional
The president had the opportunity—-as much as a
photo op affords, anyway—to call on parents, teachers,
school administrators, clergy, community leaders,
mental health and medical professionals, neighbors
and other adults across the nation to search for that in-
sight The best Bush could manage was to urge “adults
in society” to “teach children right from wrong” and
“explain...that life is precious."
Pious, indeed vacuous platitudes do little to ad-
dress, let alone begin to solve the ever-deadlier nation-
wide epidemic that tragically claimed two more
precious young lives Monday morning.
In our too-confrontational, too-violent society that
too often tolerates, even rewards bullying, children
and teens have so much to lose if we as a nation cannot
do better than the president did during his photo-op
• I*EARN Canada, an affiliate of the International
Education and Resource Network: www.bully-
• National Campaign to End School Violence:
• Safe at School: wwwycdc.gov/safeusa/school/
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