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Page 4 Massena, N.Y. Observer, Thursday, April £7, 1989 A -°->. y Editorial/Viewpoint Massena Enters New Era Of News Coverage An era is coming to a close for-reader/s of the MaSsena Ob- server, but a new one is just around the corner. This is the last edition of the Observer as we know it. Next week, Massenans will have a new daily newspaper to greet them first thing each morning, Tuesday, through Saturday. After more than QTyears of publication, the Massena Observer will not be the same/Aside from the obvious differences^name and appearance, the paper will serve f a more vital role keeping people up to date on what is happening in local towns, St. La- wrence County, the nation and the world. \ There will be no delays. Coming out five days a week will en- able us to present news and sports coverage as soon as it hap- pens. In this manner, we will provide our readers with more com- /prehensive, timely news. , IslvTassena losing its hometown newspaper? Not at all. -We —iv-fll .continue to^cover aft-localreventsv'We wiltstiU'pabliSh'the community calendar, weddings, college and military news,,, public - service announcements and club news. In fact, we feel Massena will actually be gaining\ a newspaper. . Many people feel a local daily is long overdue in Massena and Potsdam. • • ' * ? We couldn't agree more. „ , ., <. - <- The people of our community will be seeing a well-rounded small town, daily newspaper with a fresh appearance. We will not lose our hometown approach or our sensitivity. The Massena Observer nas served the community well for the ' last century.-The paper has grown by leaps and bounds as our hometown has changed over the last 100 years. We think Mr. Leslie Sutton had a great idea when he started the Northern Observer some 98 years ago. He stuck with a diffi- cult endeavor and made it prosper. He was also providing a valu- able service to the Massena community. Mr. -Sutton made another smart, progressive move when he hired Mr. Leonard Prince in 1928. Mr. Prince WAS the Massena Observer for nearly 50 years. He set the standard and his name has become synonymous with quality local news coverage and as- tute observations about local goings on. Little escaped Leonard's eye, or his pen. Likewise, little of what was happening in Massena has es- caped the Observer's rjageg^Yoiir Iqcalpaner chronided-the-arri-- VaT of Alcoa ancTtne immigrants who came to Massena to build its power canal and later built the Massena Operations into what it is today. \ ...,_ . During two.World Wars and the Korean Conflict, the Observer brought news, joyful and tragic, about Massena boys who were serving their country. _ _Th_e. Objej^exjro^ideiLe.xte^ •oftne St. Lawrence Seaway, New York Power Authority Project, Reynolds Metals, and General Motors.. The paper also told people about visits by famous people and dignitaries, including several presidents and the Queen of\ -England: •• y More.recently, the Observer told'of the phast'down of Central • Foundry, the plan's to build a multi-million dollars freshwater \ aquarium and a $55 million, 85-store mall. \ And throughout the years, the Observer has not just concerned . itself with major events. AH aspects of local news were covered — school hoard, town board, elections -p whether glamorous, tedi- ous or tragic. \ — ' ^-\Most importantly, the Observer hasalways stayed community oriented. This paper is part of your community and will continue to be—\except'now it will appear on a more regular basis. We hope people will embrace their new community newspaper with open arms. And by all indications, that is definitely going to happen. People are excited about their new paper and so are we. We are excited about Continuing with the long tradition of community-oriented news coverage, that Leslie Sutton began nearly a century ago. We are very excited about coming into your homes every morn- ing and we look forward to serving our community and its resi- dents as we have in the past. No, Massena is not losing a newspaper. Massena is gaining a- newspaper that will help take our community into the next century. The Massena Observer encourages the community to .express their opinion on issues of concern or interesting to area readers. Letters must be clearly written or typed, and less than 150 words. The paper reserves the right to reject any letter. All letters must be signed arid have the author's address and phone number for,verification. Names-WILL JNOT be withheld, and unsigned letters WELL NOT.be printed. If you have questions ab- out this policy, contact the\ Observer at. 769-2453 during business, htmrs. helpful mfoi of Child Abuse Bo* 2866E Chicago. IL 60690 \ Campout Planned TO THE EDITOR: Dear Friends: — .- Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and once again this year, the Massena Youth Program is sponsoring a Memorial weekend campout as a drug-free living alternative to both junior and senior high school youth of Massena. This year's camp out is scheduled for May 27-29 at the 4-H Camp Overlook at Owl's Head near Malone. We are offering this opportunity to approximately 140 particip- ants; to include 20 chaperones'. This site is equipped with cabins, dining and shower facil- ities. There will be structured recreational ac- tivities such as volleyball, board games, camp fires., and sing aldhgs. ( We ask you as parents, friends and neigh- bors of these youth to help support pur efforts by making, monetary, food or recreational ac- tivities donations to help offset the cost of this weekend activity. We are also looking for adult chaperones. • ' / ~~, • Thank you for your continued support of our programs^ Without the support we receive from our community, our programs would not be able to continue. We look forward to hear' ! ing from you soon. Sincerely, Pam Wallenhorst rogram Assistant ^ PLO Gaining Sympathy? Article Disgusting- BY JACK ANDERSON and DALE VAN ATTA The hundreds of Palestinians who have died in the bloody Intifada\ chose martyrdom, according to Yasir Arafat. For them, it is bet- ter to die with stones-in their hands in a land they call home than to be massacred in a fore- ign refugee camp. In Arafat's mind, the intifada, or uprising, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, did not start 16 months ago, as it is po- pularly reckoned. According to Arafat, it started in 1986 when Palestmian^j^ponded_ ixrhis\ canfor~denion^rationsTo protesFre- peated attacks on Palestinians in refugee camps in Lebanon. The demonstrations were hardly Worth a spot oh the evening news. But now the intifada makes continuous headlines and the Palestinians are no longer dismissed as troublemakers. Suddenly, they look like martyrs. ; .-. ^Arafat gives no indication that their rock- throwing protest will end until Israeli troops are withdrawn. We interview the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization fecentjy^jandgrjtight security. It was 2:30 a.mf inTunis, and Arafat was wrapping up his business day. i Since December 1987, the world has forced on the uprising in the occupiedjerritories, but Arafat's memory goes back to massacres of ^Palestinians in Beirut refugee camps begin- ning in 1982 when the PLO was trying to maintain a stronghold in Lebanon. \Unbeliev- able,\ he said. \It is\ a tragedy,-So we-are-fed up being treated £ts rats, only good for sniping.\ The PLO rallied its supporters to demons- trate against those attacks. The demonstra- tions, which Arafat said <©Bt 39 Palestinian lives in the first part of 1987, went generally unnoticed until the wide scale rock throwing •began on the West Bank in December 11987. Israeli soldiers responded with bullets and beatings. -~ — - Arafat says the press has only picked up on \this last wave\ of demonstrations because \it is the longest^-the most organized and im volves the whole of the occupied territories.\ Just as the date the intifada began is dis- puted by Arafat ,so is the list of the dead. Is- rael has acknowledged a little more than 400 _kilLeipn„ the. Palestinian.side. Arafat says he £as.„the. names, of 671 dead. The Israelis may not have reported, those deaths because the Palestinians themselves kept the names secret. If a Palestinian dies in a hospital, the death is reported. If he or she limps home and dies, Palestinian families hide the truth. They fear reprisals from Israe- lis who have been known- to bulldoze the homes of suspected protesters. - Arafat's figures are also inflated with <the names of elderly Palestinians who die f not of a - bullet^, but of a heart attack brought on by a protest. For the Palestinians, those are martyrs. Arafat also keeps the names of 32,000 who he says have been injured during the intifada — an estimated 5,500 of them suffering disab- . ling injuries suchas loss of limbs. Atop the pile of papers Arafat was reading before we -^arrived was-an-applieation sent-to the-Pfc©-t» help fund a factory in Bethlehem to make arti- ficial arms and legs. TheJPLO leader was also sorting through a stack of letters from Palestinian sympathizers around the world. He talked about one letter. It included a check from an African contrac- tor, \telling me to use it to buy a- bulldozer for my people so they can crush ^stones; \to~\uw more rocks to continue oiir struggle.\ Arafat knows the intifada has stirred American sympathies too^ including those of some AmericafLjJews normally devoted to Is- rael .''\\ThlTSmepcan people need to under- stand why our masses —our children and our women — are continuing these 16 months in this last wave ofthe intifada. They are in need of freedom, to be free and not be slave in their . own land,\ he\said. \We are-not slaves. We are . human beings. VALDEZ ;FALLOUT_=- The Alaskan oil spills has forced congressional, leaders to think about ways to avoid^an^tiTCTdjs'as^er^- but all the^optioTTs^^areTIrTpalatableT Even in the face of environmental ruin, Congress is not disposed to shut down Alaskan oil opera- tions. Tterfe-^ould force the United States to import more oil. The country\ already imports 45 percent of its supply, contributing to the enormous trade imbalance. Congress is even less inclined to rely on unpopular nuclear power, and no one wants to go back to coal. With limited Options, members of Congress will make a big fuss over increasing safety procedures, and the Alaskan shippers'will go back to business as usual. MINI-EDITORIAL — America does not cre- ate refugeeSjit embraces them. At least that has always Ipen the credo. But too many refu- gees, from ^ntral America are-storming our borders. The Immigration and Naturalization Service as solved the problem by dismissing claims of persecution and turning refugees away. Ordinary people with -poignant stories to tell are-sent home to brutal reprisals. And who gets the right to enter the country? Peo- ple who can afford lawyers. Environmentalists Err The Massena Observer USPS 333480 \\' A PARK NEWSPAPER ESTABLISHED DEC. 2, 1891 Massena's Oldest Industry Published Every Tuesday and Thursday OBSERVER BUILDING, Next to Town Hall - P.O. Box 300 Massena, New York 13662 The Massena Observer Published by the Park Newspapers^of St. Lawrence Inc. Roy H. Park, Chairman and President - JOSEPH D. GRAY, Editor Subscription Rates: Home delivery, carrier and motor route 70 cents jper week. By mail St. Lawrence County $22.00 per year; 6 months $12.00; 3 months $7.00. By mail elsewhere in the United States: $24.00 per yearj 6 months $14.00; 3 months $8.00. I n Ca- nada $31.00 per year'; Mail rates not applicable where Observer Carrier Service is available. Second-class postage paid at the Post Office at Massena, New York 136621 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE MASSEjNA OBSERVER, P.O. Box 300, Massena, N.Y. 13662. BY WILLIAM A. RUSHER , Most reasonable people are, I think, glad that environmentalism has become a public issue in most of the world's major industrial nations. In retrospect, the problem, of dispos- ing of wastes of all sorts was bound to become serious sooner or later, and^ the 'growing im- pact of a fast-expanding human population on the globe's ecosystem must also be recognized and provided for. But, even more than most issues, environ- mentalism runs the danger of deteriorating into sheer crackpottery. For one thing, the -amateur eiiviruiim^nt^ist~ea8ily\identifies~ himself with all the small, furry animals in - .the world, and bravely undertakes to defend them against (what else?) huge, Boullegs cor- porations. In his mind's eye, he iB defending a pristine Arcadia against greedy loggers, ivory poachers and oil tankers. In addition, as Peter Shaw points out in a stimulating article in the April issue of Com- mentary, the free-floating anxiety that is a permanent fixture of the psyche of modern , man finds \the environment\ a superb roost T when more immediate matters are going dis- • tressingly well. When a major war is raging, or a global de- pression is in full flower, people will sensibly choose to worry about that. But what about times like today, when unemployment is down, longevity is up and even the Russians are too busy holding elections to bother any- body else? In the past 20 years, Paul Eh.rli.ch has, warned us of the population bomb.lihff Club \ de Rome has forecast imminent shortages of . many minerals, Carl Sagan has gloomed over the prospect of \nuclear winter,\ everybody . else has discovered the \greenhouse effect,\ and now holes are reportedly appearing in the ozone layer. These fire the sbpni^cated en- vironmental anxieties of-people who are undersupplied with real things to worry about. - ^ But, even at a more serious level, many en- vironmentalists are not waging their battle intelligently. How sensible is it, for.example, to set oneself resolutely against any rational solution to the perfectly legitimate demand of the earth's growing human population for a correspondingly growing supply of energy? Who,- in the long run, is bound to win that battle? • **'' And yet many environmentalists are appa-.. Tently determined to eliminate, or afleast re^ strict, every practical source of energy known to man. Oil is out—look at what the Exxon Valdex did to Prince William Sound. The whole North Slope of Alaska should be closed to oH prospectors anyway; pipelines interfere with the annual migrations ©f the caribou. As for nuclear power, forget about it. Re- member Three. Mile Island? (And Chernobyl?) The governors of New York and Massa- chusetts have managed to close down brand- new nuclear power plants, by refusing even to participate, in the preparation of emergecny evacuation plans. ; OK, then—how about hydroelectric power? No way; a new dam proposed by Tennessee Valley Authority was delayed for years by the charge (false, as it turned Out) that .building it would destroy the last known habitat of the snail darter and the furbish lousewort. . What's left? Well, there's always coal-fired electic power—a strange recourse for environ- mentalists, one would think. Among other things, such plants are the primary source of \acid rain.\ Always leave your enemy a line of relreat, goes one of the oldest rules of strategy.: The environmentalists have forgotten that little detail, and in doing so have ma\de their own task infinitely harder. -•> TO THE EDITOR: I have offered my sympathy to Mardie LeP- age and her family in person, now may I do so publicly for the' untimely death of her' son Jnson. I read with anger and disgust the front page article ofthe April 20 edition of the Mas- sena Observer. From reading.that article, it is very obvious' that nothing has been determined in the case. Why then, did you find it necessary to pub- lish this questionable account of the circum- stances surrounding Ithe* death? I^h^-Ma.ssejia^iybseryer_ti^_desperate^to fill its pages? I am not alone in jny feelings as many peo- pfe have commented how distasteful the arti- cle was. 7 ', . .!_ I would hope that in the' future you will have a little compassion for the family and consider the hell these people are enduring. • . Sincerely^ .. t- CharleTieTIazelton \ Arts Calendar April 26-28 — Madama Butterfly, Na- tional Arts Centre, Ottawa. Franco Mannino, \ conductor. April 28, 29 — Dinner Theater, A Little Quickie, 6 p.m., Gran View Restaurant, Og- densburg. $17 for dinner and show. Call 393-4550. ,- ^EXHIBITS —May j 2Jiune'^=„Hig4-SelWLArtrSliow,— \Gibson Gallery, Potsdam College. • EVENTS May 8 — Boy Meets Girl, 8:15 p.m.,OFA George Hall Auditorium, Ogdensburg. Call 393-4470 or 393-2933. Ijfoy 24 — Haydn: Missa in Tempore Belli, and Halley: Lovesongs for Spring- time,i5:30 p.m., St. Joseph's Church (corner of Cumberland and Wilbrod), Ottawa. Tickets $12-. Ottawa Choral Society. Call 613-592-2531/ June 29-July 1, and July 3-8 — Music- Theatre North presents Something's Afoot, call <265-3070. July 13-15,17-22 — Music Theatre North presents Shenandoah. July 27-29, July -31-Aug. 5— Music Theatre North presents Brigadoon. .August 10-12, Aug. 14-19 — Music Theatre North Presents Annie Get Your U °' NORWOOD WKE GREEN CONCERTrSERffiS NOTE: All events are at the Norwood Vil- lage Green, More listihgs will follow in future editions. May 28 — Flor de Cana and Ronnie harl and the Broadcasters, 5 p.m. Gala Opening. June 1 _ SLCMEA Stage Band-Pop Choral Festival, 3-9 p.m. June 8 — Norwood Elementary Music, 7 p.m. June 15 — Wally Siebel All Star Big Band, 7p.m.,;... June 22 — Double Axel, 7 p.m. Poetry Corner COLLECTOR'S CHOICE JHoHectora-of-unusuaL+MngV A saver of items from a one-day fling •A saver of more than you need s A tattered old book; Someday, you might read. A cracked china cup Twill hold no more tea. T'would make a nice vase, To hold flowers you see. A special-friend once again gave it to me I will save this forever Tis grand company. . A stack of.old papers . - ' Somebay I might need 111 save them in case... -I could use them someplace. A birthday card, a get well-card, A valentine, from someone held dear 111 save them all- Just one more year! An old yellow sweater A hole in one sleeve Unraveled* on the collar . * Sure hates to* leave. No reason for saving, • Taking up space... Now one rainy day, They must go away 8 - . . - , - -, Memories of long ago , Old things that stiH hold a glow! By Tish Henry «a

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