Sulphur Springs News-Telegram (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 113, No. 261, Ed. 1 Monday, November 4, 1991 Page: 2 of 14
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2—THE NEWS-TELEGRAM, Sulphur 8prirtQA Ttf**, Monday, Novambar 4,1991
An 'honest' bigot
not nearly enough
It’s frightening enough when youngsters tell pollsters that
their “heroes” are some of the rock music stars of today with
questionable backgrounds, or athletes who make a lot of
money but don’t often contribute much else of merit to society.
But then how can we tocus too sharply on the apparent frail-
ties of perception among our children when there are so many
adults who seem to be enchanted, or at least intrigued, by some
such as David Duke, the alleged former Ku Klux Klansman?
Duke is, of course, the Louisiana gubernatorial candidate
for the Republicans who emphasizes a “white-rights” theme.
Surprisingly, his candidacy has been endorsed by James
Meredith, a noted civil rights activist who integrated
Mississippi University. Meredith says he likes Duke because
at least he is honest about his past. How faint is that praise?
News-Telegram columnist Jack Anderson takes a reverse
view: “A man who admits to a history of bigotry is only one
step better than a bigot. He’s an honest bigot. That’s no reason
to vote for him.” .
But the evidence is that a terribly high number of
Louisianans will cast ballots in favor of Duke just two weeks
from now. Somehow that reality lessens the concern about
what hinds of heroes and heroines so many of our youngsters
The opinion page
Looking beyond election day
■ This fall’s most important
election doesn’t come up
until Nov. 16, in Louisiana.
By Robert J. Wagman
WASHINGTON (NEA) — From the
national perspective, this fall’s most
important political election will not take
place until 11 days after the rest of the
country votes on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Voters in Louisiana won’t decide
until Nov. 16 whether they are going to
elect a former wizard of the Ku Klux
Klan as their governor.
The Louisiana gubernatorial run-off
has become a nightmare for the national
Republican Party. It comes as the GOP
— just one year before a presidential
election — was planning a major effort
among Southern blacks to capitalize on
the nomination of Clarence Thomas to
the Supreme Court
Now, along comes state Rep. David
Duke to demonstrate that Southern
Republicans don’t appear in any mood
to be moderate. Nevertheless, the ex-
Klansman has been officially renounced
by the White House and the GOP.
The GOP had convinced incumbent
Democratic Louisiana Gov. Buddy
Rocmer to switch parties. They saw the
Harvard-educated, politically moderate
Roemcr as a symbol of the Republican
of the future in the new South. The only
Confessions confirm obvious
■ Simpson, Kennedy Mea Culpas rate
merely a footnote.
By WALTER R. MKARS
AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the annals of political con-
fessions, the latest entries by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy,
admitting personal■ shortcomings, and Sen. Alan K.
Simpson, conceding cocky arrogance, rate as no more than
All they did was confirm the obvious and say, as both
have said before, that they’ll do better.
Nothing there to rank with the repentance of a congres-
sional alcoholic promising abstinence; a House power- .. camn.11L,n cn
hou.se involved with a.striptcascr saying he drank loo much, ncrceni nr ,hr vole Sinus
and would stop; or the former senator who offered to lake
the pledge on condition that he be confirmed to a top
Nor was there eloquence to match Jesse Jackson's plea
for Democratic forgiveness after a divisive 1984 cam-
paign: “I am not a perfect servant... Be patient. God is
not finished with me yet.”
The stakes, personal or political, didn’t match those
involved when Kennedy himself told Massachusetts voters
22 years ago that he had behaved indefensibly at
Chappaquiddick, and asked their advice on whether he
ought to quit the Senate. Five days later he said he’d stay.
But the 1969 accident in which Mary Jo Kopechnc
drowned in Kennedy’s car, an accident he did not report
until the following morning, raised questions of character
that have persisted ever since.
The episode effectively barred the way to die White
House — Kennedy finally sought nomination in 1980 and
failed — but he has won successive landslides at home,
and says he has every intention of running for a seventh
time in 1994.
A midsummer poll in Massachusetts reported that a
majority of voters thought Kennedy should retire or be
replaced, but soundings about an election more than two
years away don’t mean a lot.
Still, the glare that will go with the trial of his nephew
in Palm Beach, accused of rape after a late-night bar stop
with Kennedy and his son, will heighten the character
issue. It is getting under way now, Kennedy will be a wit-
ness, and this case is being conducted in full televised
The legal side of Chappaquiddick was handled in brief
court appearances, a suspended sentence and a suspended
license, and a private inquest.
While Kennedy’s problem involves what he has done,
Simpson’s stems from what he says. His reputation as a
Senate wit has been overtaken by adverse ratings as a sav-
age political infighter. He attacks and often atones, some-
times in successive sentences.
His style as on televised display at the Clarence Thomas
hearings, with Simpson a tough point man challenging
Anita Hill’s credibility and character, along with her sexual
harassment accusation. That stirred an argument with
women to go with his longstanding feud with the press,
which stretches from Cheyenne to Baghdad.
Visiting Iraq with a Senate delegation in April 1990,
Simpson told Saddam Hussein that "your problems lie
with the Western media and not with the U.S. govern-
ment," a remark he later insisted was taken out of context
I^st February, he called CNN’s Peter Arnett “a sym-
pathizer” with Iraq for his reporting from Baghdad during
the U.S. air war. He also said that Arnett's Pulitzer Prize-
winning reporting in Vietnam was biased in favor of the
Viet Cong. Simpson later apologized, in his fashion, saying
he regretted the Vietnam accusation, and wished he’d
called Arnett an Iraqi dupe instead of a sympathizer.
A week ago in Cheyenne, Simpson told about 300 peo-
ple at a Republicanwund-raising dinner that the reaction
to his Thomas role had been very painful, and that he was
undertaking “a little honest reassessment....”
“I have been riding high, a bit ux)cocky, arrogant,” he
said. Simpson said he didn’t blame his critics, the media
or women’s rights activists, for his problem. “The respon-
sibility is mine,and I shall handle itand handle it well.”
It wasn’t a campaign conversion. Re-elected with 64
ison doesn't have to run again
ilics could be a factor; at 60, he’s
the No. 2 Republican leader and the better his image, the
belter his chances when there’s an opening for No. 1.
Kennedy’s problem is more immediate. His reputation
undercut him as a Thomas opponent and a Hill defender
in the sexual harassment hearings; at one point a
Republican senator seemed to taunt his silence. Now
there’s the Palm Beach trial to withstand.
, At Harvard University , at the school of government
named for John F. Kennedy, the senator said he was
painfully aware that he had disappointed friends ami many
others who “rely on me to fight the good fight” for liberal
"To them I say: I recognize my own shortcomings —
the faults in the conduct of my private life.
“I realize that I alone am responsible for them, and I
am the one who must confront them," said Kennedy, now
That’s hardly a breakthrough, just ordinary, everyday
wisdom for the average man.
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possible interpretation of Roemer’*
third-place finish in the primary voting
on Oct. 19 is that Republican voters
backed Duke’s insurgent campaign.
This poses a dilemma of epic propor-
tions for the GOP. If Duke is elected
governor as a Republican, it will just
about eliminate the Southern black vote
from the GOP’s column for the foresee-
able future. But the GOP can’t simply
sit on the sidelines either, hoping that
the Democratic candidate, former Gov.
Edwin Edwards, can somehow hold
back Duke’s exploding popularity.
It well may be that the GOP in
Louisiana is going to end up working
for the election of a Democrat they have
There are really few contests of
national importance on Election Day,
Nov. 5. Much of Washington’s attention
is focused on key races in Pennsylvania:
two special elections — for Senate and
House seats — and a mayoral contest
The greatest interest is in the election
to fill the unexpired U.S. Senate term of
the late Republican John Heinz. The
contest pits Democrat Harris Wofford,
who has been serving in the office on
a temporary basis, against GOP candi-
date Dick Thornburgh, who resigned as
President Bush's attorney general to run
for the seaL
Thornburgh, a former governor, is
immensely popular in Penmylvania. He
jumped to a huge early lead in the polls
the moment he announced. But the
GOP is taking no chances, spending
millions on a massive TV ad campaign
in m effort to make sure Wofford does
not make up too much ground. The bet-
ting in Washington is that Thornburgh
will win, but the question is by how
much. A landslide could propel him into
the future GOP presidential picture.
The second race in Pennsylvania is
the off-agtin, on-again contest to fill the
2nd District House seat of former
Democratic Majority Whip William Republican Joseph M. Egan.
Gray, who was one of the most power- Besides Louisiana, two other guber-
ful black politicuns in Washington, tutorial contests are on the November
Gray left his Philadelphia district to ballot, but neither is generating much
and campaign for Gray’s House seat. In
the almost all-black and Democratic
district, the Democratic candidate,
Blackwell, is expected to win easily —
even though several others are running
The other Pennsylvania contest gen-
erating national interest is the always
ugly mayoral race in Philadelphia.
At one point Blackwell was consid-
ered a potential successor to retiring
Mayor Wilson Goode. But Gray was
instrumental in denying him the nom-
ination. Now former two-term
Democratic District Attorney Ed
Rendell is the odds-on favorite to defeat
Gray left his Philadelphia district
become the head of the United Negro
Democratic Gov. Robert Casey was
unsure at first when to schedule the con-
test, because Pennsylvania law requires
that candidates have 60 days in which
to file. Gray purposely had waited until
Sept 11 to resign, in the hopes that the
governor could not cadi a November
election. It was a bid to allow other
challengers to emerge to face the
favorite: former City Councilman
Lucien Blackwell, a longtime Gray
f scheduled the elec
i he moved it to
Casey originally sche
lion for January. Then I
The governor’s decision allowed can-
didates only 33 days to try to qualify
ballot but neither is generating much
interest outside the two states:
In Kentucky, Republicans are hoping
to end 20 years of Democratic control
of the governor’s mansion. Kentucky’s
last GOP governor was Louie B. Nunn,
who was elected in 1967. Republicans
believe they have their strongest candi-
date in years in seven-term Rep. Larry
But Democratic D. Gov. Brereton
Jones has established and held a clear
lead in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race.
Hopkins has been getting considerable
help from President Bush, the White
House and the national party. Some
GOP polls show he has narrowed the
gap; but be is still a long shot.
In Mississippi, Democratic Gov. Ray
Mabus is considered a favorite to
become the state's first governor to win
a second term.
(01991 NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.
To those who have been concerned
about non-city residents having any
say in how the city spends its money
on the square: The deeds to the court
house and square properties belong to
the county and both should be super-
vised, should be, by the county com-
missioners to the satisfaction of the
city and county residents.
On the topic of the tottery. The gov-
ernor and elected officials say it will
generate more money for education.
This type of, “don’t do what I do, but
do what I say," mentality has got us
to the place where we are. If intellec-
tuals of this state approve of Such
hypocrisy they prove themselves to be
not worthy of bang die leaders and
educators we need. The education
problems in convincing lawmakers,
parents, teachers and students that
each action has a long term reaction.
And we won’t like the long term
effects of this decision. You don’t
solve your financial problems by the
For weeks I h*ve been receiving let-
ters from certain readers who are con-
cerned about the romantic company
I’ve been keeping. ,
It all seems to stem from a column I
wrote after playing the Croaby Golf
Tournament in Winston-Salem.
I mentioned in the column I had
taken a lady with me who was interest-
ed m seeing some of the celebn ties who
play in the tournament -
The problem was. she was too young
to remember any of the edebnbes who
played in the tournament
I pointeo out Dale Robertson. He
played in “Tales of Wells Fargo,” I said.
“Never heard of him." she replied.
She did remember her mother men-
tioning something about Pat Boone
once, but George B lands could have
been Red Grange and die would never
have known the difference.
A man from North Carolina wroie to
say. “Anybody who doesn't remember
Dak Robertson i
Why I prefer young women
and the woman I used to see before her
was even younger, but please don’t pity
is way too young for
A woman from Link Rock wrote, “I
not onlvtmember who Dak Robenaon
is. but I also remember Pall Mall
cigarettes sponsored 'Tales of Weils
Fargo 'Get a life. Get an older woman
Don't you know we make better
And this from another woman in
Tampa, The saddest Aung ui the world
is to aee a nuddk aged man trying to
atay young by going out wato a woman
young enough to be tns dmghaer. I fed
sorry for you."
With all due respect, you ah can kiai
the gold ditm I wear out at night >t an-
gles bars. I do happen to be seeing a
woman younger than me at this time.
1 tried going out with women my age.
but it just didn’i workout. I have noth-
ing against women inmy age range, the
ones who know Paul McCartney used
to be a member of a group and Ted
Kennedy had two brothers, but we just
don't get along too well.
• Firm women my age already have
heard all my stones and are not that
impressed when I take them, say, to a
Their ex-husbands, who’ve made
more money than I do, already took
them to Maxim’s in Pam. they always
mention, and then they say thirst like,
"I hope the service has improved-)race
the last time L was here." Young
women. eqieciaUy those who haven’ t
been married before, and are drawing
no alimony, say. "This is. like, really
really neat Do you dunk I could take
a menu homer'
Also, most women my age know by
now that all men really are ikezebags.
Young women kill think they are going
to find a man who ian’t a sloezebag
They think I might be that guy.
Instead of saying things to me like,
“You’re a skezebag, you know that?"
young women say, “I’ve never met any-
body like you. Gosh, you, like, know
Young women eventually figure out
what sleezebags all men really are, but
until they da they are sweet and forgiv-
ing and easily impressed.
They have a tendency to coat you a
lot of money, but as tong as they can
cling to their, innocence and you can
continue to stay awake with them when
you go out at night, they're worth it
The lady I look to the Crosby, by the
way, still likes me and we’ve been
going out far over a year.
By the first time I got married, she
was already a mature S. I guess that’s
what has made the difference.
• 1*1 kr C.rtilj il ■■■. tot
roll of the dice. As for the state bud-
get, I’ve been taught by the hard way,
that you live within your means.
Whether its two dollars a day or two
billion dollars a day. I think maybe its
lime for our lawmakers to go to the
I recently read in your newspaper
that the Hopkins County judge and
commissioners were needing more
space for rapidly expanding county
offices. I understand that they have
been looking at the First American
Bank building on Jefferson Street.
Also, to be maybe more economical
they’re considering building new
office buildings on presently owned
county property. And who knows
what else they’re considering? If the
judge and commissioners waqt to be
economical about additional office
space, 1 would like to offer a sugges-
tion. The county owned Civic Center
has a lot of existing space that is
scarcely used. Let’s convert some of
the seldom used space into badly
needed office space far county offices
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speak on approximately two weeks I
called in to The Public Speaks and
gave my opinion and it was not pub-
lished. Also I want to say that in a
comment on The Public Speaks is not
supposed to be sorted out on what you
want to hear or what the community
wants to hear, its what you think.
I would like to make a request to
A.R., Sulphur Springs, who made a
comment in Thursday’s paper. I per-
sonally think if you have a problem
with the band playing the same rou-
tine and songs you should join the
band and work hard for five days a
week and learn a routine. The band
works very hard and let’s just give
them some respect and praise.
(Name garbled), Sulphur Springs
This is to all the people who criti-
cize the band. Do you know how long
it takes in m a song played right good
enough to be heard in the stands and
good enough for you all? Lots and
lots of practice. Not only that but flag
corps and twirlcrs have to get a rou-
tine too. When you go to school, wc
don’t have enough time. I mean wc
practice in the morning, 1 mean we
don’t have tots and lots of time. So
please just quit griping and just enjoy.
K.W., Sulphur Springs
1 would like to say that the Sulphur
Springs hand, the kids in the band
work very hard at what they do. And
I think they do it well. And I think you
should give them some credit for it.
I think that The Public Speaks col-
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on the number of printings from any
one particular person in a given
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