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vv- Page 2 April I O0 The following articles are not neeeaurily the views ot the Quad City Harsld or it= employee,. 30 1998 Ouad City_ .Hrald A choice of words by Adele Fergusoa Them i s no such thing as being pro-choice, writes Captain Action of Seattle, who rises to the surface occasionally as a self-appointed vigilante on behalf of appropriate language in newspapers. You are either pro-abortion or you are anti-abortion, states the captain, and I should cease and desist using the meaningless pro-choice. Well, there is fertile ground for a battle over semantics in the whole abortion area. It is generally accepted that if you say you are pro-life, you are unalterably opposed to abortion, and if you say you are pro-choice, you are for it, but that's not really the case at all. Personally, I regard myself as pro-life (really, aren't we all in favor of life over death?), but I believe in the right of every female to decide whether she is able and/ or willing to grow a baby for nine months and then be responsible for its upbringing for 18 years. The entire burden of child-beating and, often, rearing, falls on the mother, not the father, who can accomplish his part of its conception in a matter of minutes, if not seconds and be on his way. After he's smoked a cigarette, of course. Maybe he would think twice about whether to use birth control if society required the newborn to be handed over to him for the next stage of its life. After all, the mother has already done the hard part. Anyway, many men and women who are pro-choice are not pro-abortion--try labling a pro-choice candidate pro-abortion sometime, as I once did, and the angry squawks are immediate. Pro-ahortion rights might be a more fitting description but pro-choice fits better in headlines. Now, a candidate's stand on abortion shoulda't playanypart in voting decisions. His or her character, qualifications, record of accomplishments and plans for the office should be the primary issues. But, unfortunately, much of society has picked sides, and insists that its candidates pick sides too. Hard core pro-lifers want officials who will work to return the ban on abortion. Hard core pro-choicers demand unequivocal supportofthe fight to abortion, fearing the growing distaste with the procedure known as partial birth abortion is the first step toward a total ban. I think partial birth abortion is, for the most part, the murder of a viable fetus for the convenience of a reluctant mother-to-be for whatever reason. Ninety percent of these late abortions (after 20 weeks when the baby is fully formed but perhaps not fully developed) are non-medical, that is, not to save the life of the mother or destroy a deformed fetus, according to a U.S. News & World Report poll of abortion clinics in January. Most involved young teens living at home who made late decisions after equally late family consensus. How does a doctor tell a teen age girl she should have had better sense months before when the boyfriend was assuring her he would die in agony if she didn't let him do it?QL> But I blame the acceptance of partial birth abortions as morally OK for the growing instances of girls giving birth and tossing the baby in a dumpster. They see no difference between disposing of a baby they don't want and a baby delivered all but its head and then having its brains sucked out by a doctor, after which it winds up in the medical garbage can. Pouisbo physician Robert Bethel has filed Initiative 694 in Olympia to ban partial birth abortions, but I doubt he'll get the necessary !79,248 valid signatures to get it on the ballot (no organization to gather signatures or money to pay for the job), nor am I sure that's the way to go. Some PBAs are necessary, though very few. I think the right to an abortion is here to stay. As for the cost to the taxpayers, maybe I should resurrect my old zipper tax. Put a heavy tax on all zippered pants for men and boys and let the perps pay for what they've done or are about to do. (Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, Wa., 98340.) The Difference between a tragedy and blessing by Don C. Brunell when there was a community project or enhancing native salmon runs, but to President Association of Washington Business When my mother, 78,diedofanextended and debilitating illness, it was a blessing. When Martin Wistisen, 59, was killed in an auto accident near Gmndview, it was a tragedy. My morn lived a full life and her body simply couldn't go on. But Martin Wistisen, president of AgriNorthwest in Pasco, was a state business leader, community activist and family man in the prime of his life. As one of our Board members from the TriCities put it, "We just assumed that issueimpacting our economy, Martin would let us know and be our leader. Now there is a tremendous vacuum." Among the state and regional issues in which Martin was involved was the draw downs of the lower Snake and Columbia River reservoirs. He firmly believed there was a way to protect the integrity of the reservoirs behind the dams, provide sufficient water for agriculture, barging and recreation, and enhance salmon runs. Martin Wistisen helped form the Columbia River Alliance, not to oppose find solutions which worked for everyone. Whether you agreed with his position, you couldn't argue with his good intentions. He was an educated man who believed in family and community. Like so many fathers, Martin was active in the Boy Scouts of America and his family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Blue Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts. As my morn would have fondly said if she had know Martin, he was a good scout. [ QUAD CITY HERAL; . k [LETTERS TO THE EDITOR I ''' Support appreciated Friends, Our son,Aaron Habermehl, passed away last week bringing much sorrow to our family. As many of you know, he struggled with cancer for one a0d a half years. During that time, he was extremely strong and courageous and he gained much of that strength from the support he received from this community. We know you included him in your prayers and in your daily thoughts. We thank all of you so much for that support. Aaron loved the Brewster area and the people who lived here. he had many close relationships that gave him lots of happiness. You were his friends. We appreciate all the love and concern that helped Aaron and us. He wasn't able to spend as much time here as he would of like. Appreciate life as Aaron did and know that he remains fondly in our memory and hearts. Thanks again to all of you who supported Aaron either directly in indirectly through his difficult battle. Very Sincerely, Jim, Cathy, and Tara Habermehl and Kellie Rieb Quad City Herald POLICE BEAT Douglas County Sheriff's Office April 16: David Purrington of Bridgeport reported that a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Washington license No. BLEW92, was stolen from his residence. April 17: Stephen Covington, 25, Maiott, was arrested on two Chelan County warrants, one for driving while under the influence of intoxicants and one for second degree driving with a suspended license. Emesto Zamora, Bridgeport Bar, reported that someone stole a gold chain necklace, sunglasses and a football jersey from his residence on Sage Street. April 19: Marie Rodriquez, 23, Brewster, was cited for third degree theft after allegedly stealing several pairs of cowboy boots from the La Azteca Bakery in Bridgeport. April 21: Curtis Allen, 34, Bridgeport, was arrested for second degree possession of stolen property. April 24: Deputies received a report of a one-vehicle minor injury accident at milepost 7.5 on Road F NE near Jameson Lake. A Chevrolet Lumina failed to negotiate a left turn, left the road and hit a power pole. The driver left the scene. David Freshwater, 30, Yakima, was cited for second degree negligent driving after being located at the Jameson Lake resort. April 25: Dan Bradley of Bridgeport reported a tackle box and a jack were stolen from a travel pull trailer parked at his residence. Robert Troutman, 44, Bridgeport, was arrested for driving while under the influence of intoxicants and driving with a suspended license. April 26: A 14 year old Bridgeport boy was issued juvenile intakes for third degree theft, shoplifting and being a minor in possession and/or consuming alcohol after he allegedly took a 16-ounce can of beer from Molkjer's Food City in Bridgeport. Lawn care business keeps Debbie K00.00lley outside Debbie Kelley worked at a large facility for senior citizens, with a nice green lawn outside. The owners of the facility hired a company to keep that lawn nice and green. Kelley's husband Les operated a lawn care business in the summer, during school vacations. She knew what it took to keep a lawn lush and green, she knew she could do a better job for tess than the company was paying, she said. She put in a bid and got the contract. Kelley left the office and started working on the lawn; it was so much fun, she said, that she never wanted to go back to the office. In fact, she went out looking for more customers. Her lawn care business-- "it's called The Cutting Edge"--was born. Kelley mows lawns, rakes and thatches them, does edging, trimming, pruning and fertilizing. "We (Les and Debbie) really love yard work," she said. She discovered she had a chronic disease about the same time she got her first contract. "It has turned out to be physical therapy Debble Kelley for me," she said. 'Spiritual therapy, mental therapy--it gives you a lot of time to think." Kelley'scustomerskeptherbusyiu is the time to treat the lawn for Lewiston and Clarkston, where the crabgrass, the Fourth of July and Kelleys lived before moving to LaborDayaregoodtimesforsummer Brewster. (Les Kelley is in his first year as principal of the Brewster Seventh DayAdventist School.) She said she will accept residential as well as commercial customers. She "'We really love yard work" - will mow, edge and rake Debbie Kelley lawns for short term as well as season long customers. It is, she said, a more satisfying career than office work. It is fun to work on a yard,"to transform it, (then) to look back and see what you've done." She said she likes working outdoors. (Besides, "it's a great way to work on a tan without really stretching out on the beach.") She is assisted, during school vacation, by her husband and her son. "During the summer, they become my employees." Kelley said there is a schedule to good lawn care; "I kind of do it on a holiday basis." Spring vacation Dr Jim Larson joins Family Health Center staff Cheryl Schwoizer photo Dr. Jim ie the newest member of the staff at the Family Health Center clinic .in Breweter. people make changes and choices in their lives according to their own schedule and their own needs.Adoctor can suggest courses of treatment and methods of prevention, but patients are responsible for putting them into practice. He said the practice of medicine is changing--at one time people consulted the doctor, followed his or her directions and didn't ask questions. Now patients are more involved in their own care; they ask questions and research medicines and'possible courses of treatment. Larsen said he likes that change. It is better for doctors, patients and society in general when doctors are there to"consult, rather than just prescribe." He said he likes working in eon't on page 7 Family practice physician Jim l.,al'sen has joined the staff of the Family Health Centers clinic in Brewster. Larsen said he was always interested in a career in medicine; he started college intending to become a psychologist. But anatomy and physiology classes changed his mind. He "always had an interest in a broad range of topics in medicine," he said, and decided he would be "somewhat limited in psychology." The family practice specialty is not limiting; in fact, faro ily practice doctors probably are consulted by more patients on a broader range of questions than any other specialty, Larsen said. He said that about 95 percent of the patients whoconsult him can be treated without referral to more specialized doctors. Like most family practice doctors in rural areas. Larsen cares for obstetric patients. He has signed a three-year contract with the clinic. 'Larsen is trained as a osteopathic doctor. Osteopaths have extra training in addition to medical school, Larsen said; they place special emphasis on the relationship between the muscles and skeleton and the otherbody systems. They consider the interreactions between the various parts of the body when determining treatment, and emphasize what Larsen called "the body's inherent ability to heal itself." Patients who are interested and involved intheirowntreatmentaregood medicine for themselves; "You have enormous capability of getting better." He said h'e has come to realize that and fall fertilizing. During May, the lawn should be thatched and aerated, as well as treated for weeds. Kelley's experience comes from helping her husband in his business and from taking care of her own lawn. When the Kelleys were newlyweds they moved to a house with no lawn at all. Debbie Kelley planted, landscaped and cultivated a new lawn. Their Brewster house is surrounded by one and three-quarter acres of rich,greenlawn. It is both advertisement and laboratory. "I experiment on my own lawn," with new ideas and products. Kelley will take customers in the Brewster and Pateros areas. People who want moreinftmnation can contact her at 689-5065. ii;i;iii!ii;iii!iNiiiii;iII;iiii!;ii;;i;;i;iiIMi;iiMii!i!IMiiiNNN 00iiiii!00ii41,!;iiiS00000000i!'ilii!iJ ii00i!!Nt0000!iilNt#!!iiiiiiii i ! Bridgeport schedules alley cleanup The city of Bridgeport will be cleaning alleys this spring. All debris not belonging in the alleys will be removed and disposed of. If residents have things that they wish to save they must remove it or boldly and highly visibly mark the item so the crew will be aware that the item needs to be saved. Trees growing in the alleys may be pruned or removed. The following schedule will be followed: Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5: alleys of Raymond Avenue, Douglas Avenue, FiskAvenue, MonroeAvenue and Tacoma Avenue. Monday and Tuesday, May 11 and 12: alleys of Foster Creek Avenue, Foster Avenue, Columbia Avenue, Fairview Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Columbia Blvd. and Conklin Avenue. Please call Bridgeport City Hall if you have any questions. Quad City Herald Established 1901 Ike VaUance Editor & Publisher Doris Vallance Office Manager Wm. E. Vallance Associate Editor Cheryl Schweizer Staff Writer John Cleveland II Sports Barb Gibb Subseriptions Teri Chase Ad Design Fred Hanke Ads/Printer Published every week on Thursday at Brewster, Washington. Entered as periodocals matter at the Post Office, Box 37 in Brewster, Okanogan County, Washington 98812. Telephone (509)689-2507. Periodicals postage paid at Brewster, Washington LISPS 241-920. Postmaster, please send change of address to Quad City Herald, Box 37, Brewster, Wasington 98812. 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION Okanogan $18.00 Washington State ' $22.00 Out of State $27.00 Out of Country 32.00 Single Copy .50 Subscriptions must be paid in advance Notice of Church entertainments where an admission fee Is charged, cards of thanks, resolutions of condo- lence or notices intended to promote private business of any kind must be paid for at regular rates. The Desk Behind the Editor By Doris VaUance I, well we, well mostly me, hired some help for the yard work a week ago Saturday. Two fine young fellows that tried to work me to death/I tried to stay outside most of the time.l chose the easierflower beds to concentrate my efforts on. The ones I could get down on my hands and knees andpull little weeds, no shovel work. I did the small, narrow bed across the front of the house, they did all the rest out front. I did a small bed by the deck steps, they did all the rest. They departed just as hippy-skippy, gung he as they had arrived many hours before and I drug my bone tired body up the steps into the house. Flower beds readyfor planting, but still a might on the chilly side, with orchardfans still roaring in the night, I decided to stave off the planting urge for a few more days and stayed in the house. The plan was, winter away, summer out. Actually it was try on, too fat, dispose of in boxes. One to throw, one to give away, and one for possible sell. Breaks my heart all the clothes I can't get into anymore. I used to think, I'll lose all this excess. I tried, six weeks, seven pounds lost, one Easter weekend, four pounds back/But enough crying, I am what l am, to heck with it, at my age I should be able to enjoy this extra fat. I was distracted by a movement on the wall, the biggest, the blackest spider I've seen in a long time. I rushed to the kitchen for the fly swatter, hurried back, stood on a chair, and with a might swing missed the spider by a mile It immediately dropped down behind my sewing machine. I pushed boxes out of the way, also a basket of yarn and the chair, I jerked the sewing cabinet away from the wall. Of course the spider was nowhere to be found. Relating this hairy tale to lke, he searched out the Raid, and sprayed, not a little bit, a whole lot. I don't know about the spider but I didn't Stay in the room for very long for quite some time, fumes too much for me.