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What happened by Adele Ferguson Remember that scene in "The Sand Pebbles" where Navy Machinist's Mate Steve McQueen is dropped by a bullet as he tries to cover the escape to safety of Candice Bergen from theChinese mission which is under attack? His last words as he sprawls there, are, "What the hell happened?" I thought of that scene and I thought of House Speaker Clyde Ballard as the initial results from the election came in, showing the House going from a 57-41 Republican majority to a possible 47-51 minority, if the close races stay the way they are through completion of the count Nov. 18. Loss of the Senate, where the GOP controlled, 26-23, was no surprise. Keeping control there had been iffy, at best. But a complete Democratic takeover of the Legislature was a stunning blow. So, I asked Ballard, "what the hell happened?" "I got run over by a steam roller," he said. "Certainly, the congressional thing with the president had something to do with it. The timing was bad. It got to the place I wouldn't even watch the news so I knew people were as tired of it as I was. But, mostly, the unions got very well organized." Republicans did well in Southwest Washington and Eastern Washington, said Ballard, "but in the (Puget Sound) corridor and around Seattle, the unions were just very highly organized." Again, no surprise to me that labor would be a major player in this election, which was won, not by the Democratic party, but by the unions getting out the Democratic vote, their primary goal being to ensure the passage of the minimum wage initiative. Political guru C. Montgomery "Gummie" Johnson said it years ago. "Don't waste your time trying to change the minds of people who aren't inclined to vote for you. Find out where your voters are and get them to the polls." Labor hired hundreds of people to make calls to locate people who weren't registered and get them registered. I'm sure union membership rolls were handy. New voters were encouraged to apply for absentee ballots, the easiest way to vole, and telephoners made regular checks to learn whether they had been returned. But the success of their effort will be a huge problem to Gov. Gary Locke, says Ballard, because he now owes the unions big time for all the promises he has made, while blaming the Republican majority for lack of fulfillment. Remember Locke's speech to the 1996 state labor convention in which he said, "I will gladly use my veto pen to strike out any legislation that is anti-labor...I expect you to tell me what sections to veto, and I will." "My question to Gov. Locke and the Democrats," said Ballard, "is you made promises to all your friends, are you going to keep them? How are you going to produce? There's a whole list of things, raises, increases, lower class sizes, more health care funding, more w, ork fare. Were those only political promises, because you knew you couldn't get them through (the Republican majority) or were you really serious about it? Are you going to give the teachers and the unions all these things, because to do it, you'll have to have more money than we have now? If you don't have us to blame, who are you going to blame when you can't give them everything?" OK, I said, what do you expect? "Tax increases and spending," said the Speaker. "That's what happened in 1993 when they took over from us. They raised the business and occupation tax 67 percent. They said they cut government, but all they cut was the requests of the departments. But whatever comes, our folks are ready for whatever position we find ourselves in." Wouldn't it be a hoot if it turned out 49-49 in the House, as it was 20 years ago When they had to have co-Speakers and co-chairs of the committees? It's a very slim possibility, but 1 can dream, can't I? (Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, Wa., 98340.) l The following articles are not necessarily the views of the Quad City Herald or its employees. We are all role models by Don C. Brunell, President Association of Washington Business As I read through a report recently issued by the Washington State Youth Safety Summit, I felt something was missing, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Then I read about former Sonics player and coach Lenny Wilkens- and the answer was obvious. The report followed a seriesofstatewide meetings involving GovemorGary Locke and Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson. Their goal is to find the root causes of youth violence in our schools and on our streets. While the report touched on the importance of role models, Wilkens' comments went to the heart of the matter. In the November issue of Columbia magazine, Wilkens said: "I talk to players a lot about that [role models], especially guys like Charles Barkley [Phoenix Suns star] who says he isn't a model. Parents are the primary ones, but everyone is a role model to someone." People can be either good role models or bad role models. If you say nothing when a clerk gives you too much change, your children notice. If you ask them to lie and tell callers you're not home, they remember. If you angrily swear and call people names when you drive, your children will probably grow up to be just like you. Youngsters pay much more attention to what we do than what we say. Whether celebrities like it or not, they are role models - they are in the public eye and youngsters emulate their values and behavior. My role model was Harry "Swede" Dahlberg, a legendary coach at our high school in Butte, Montana. He was a celebrity around our town and while many folks remember him for his long list of championship teams, many more remember that he taught them to be better people. Swede simply believed that people should put more into life than they take from it. "Mr. Dahlberg," as everyone called him, had strong values, cared about youn g people and led by example. As my classmates and I went different directions in life, we all took a little of Harry"Swede" Dahlberg with us. Swede Dahlberg led by example and, in doing so, made us better people. Parents, celebrities, athletes - all of us - can do the same. SUPERINTENDENT'S CORNER by Jim Kelly_, Brewster superintendent Schools--An island of safety There has been so much written about violence in schools that it is difficult to sort fact from fiction. In the past couple of years, we have been shaken by incidents of mass shooting in several schools. The senselessness of these dramatic events has led all of us to reassess where we are in preventing violence on campus. Even from incidents arising within our own community, we know it is difficult for children to learn in an environment where they feel at risk. It is hard to keep staffon task when they Unbelievable. I don't know how else to explain it. I'm not sure if I have the right words or there are any words to describe last Saturday's events in Dayton. I don't know if I have ever seen a more exciting football contest and the events that occured after the game gave me chills or at least a lot of pdde to say I'm from Brewster. First, the game. Those of you that traveled the three and half or so hours to Dayton (and there were a lot of you) know what i'm about to say. After battling back and forth for three and a half quarters of intense football, the athletes on both sides of the ball were spent. After each play the players could barely push themselves up off the turf only to give everything they had on the following play. I saw players from both sides, as well as officials, helping each other up off the ground. These kids gave every ounce of physical ability they had to offer, both teams. I was Impressed with the Brewster players. They could have easily given up after Dayton scored to go ahead with 50 seconds left in the game, but they didn't. I heard several players, especially senior Brice Boesel yelling to his teammates, 'q'his isn't over, this isn't over, we get the ball backl" So many players 'stepped up' for the Bears. Johnny Gebbers, Mike McGee, the Boesel brothers, Brice and Dustin, Clint 'the house' Pasley, Rayce Joseph, I could go on and on. And of course the most popular player in Brewster this week, Abel Escobedo, whose 38 yard field goal with only one tick left on the clock kept the Bears' season alive. Second, post game. It is not an uncommon Site to "see players gather at mid-field after the game to listen to their coaches final thoughts orgive thanks. It is uncommon though, to see a whole community, so far from home, surround those players. Itwas amazing to see such alarge crowd of supporters gather in a circle around the Bear players. Normally, a crowd of substantial size is rather loud, but in this case you could have heard a pin drop as the entire group stood silently listening first to Bear coach Gregg McMillJan applaud his players and then bow their heads in respect of players giving thanks. Brewster not only drove away from Dayton with a win, the community and athletes of Brewster came away with a lot of class and pride. One last thought. I've decided that the motto for this year's Brewster Bears football team should be 'It's not over untill WE say it's over!' fear for their own safety. This has led to even tighter vigilance on the part of our school. While heightened vigilance is certainly important, accepting our responsibility of protecting kids in unavoidable. Parents have every right to expect that their children will be kept safe when they come to school. Shortly after the tragedy in Springfield, Oregon, Governor Gary Locke and State Superintendent Terry Bergeson announced plans forasummit on Youth Safety. The Washington State Youth Safety Summit was held in August. Locally, we assembled an advisory committee to review student behavior and discipline in our own school. It continues to be important that we do everything in our power to see to it that order is maintained and discipline observed. Since June, I have received an untold n umber of reports directed at theconcem for student safety and violence in schools. Local, state, and national focus on improving sludent safety have brought forth many recommendations. There is much we can and must do to address the issues of student violence, but we must also take responsibility for setting the record straight. While some may refuse to recognize the reality of violence in schools, others are frozen with a fear that something may happen. I believe both condilions are equally dangerous because they result in a lack of a preventive stance oreffective response. A fear of violence in schools also reduces confidence in our collective ability to provide for the safety of our students. While adults report to many different locations for working the during the day, all of our youth are usually gathered in one central location in our communityschool. Despite the dramatic events of lasl year, a variety of research and statistics show that schools are the safest places kids can be. Considering how much time students spend together, conflicts and violence at schools are low, and violent deaths at school are extremely rare. While our state population continues to increase,juvenile arrests for violent crimes are decreasing. Statistics gathered from within ourown school system reveal that violent behavior and gang related incidents in schools is actually on the decline. con't on page 4 Quad City Herald Estab[Ished 1901 Ike Vallance Editor & Publisher Doris Vallance Office Manager Win. E. Vallance Associate Editor Cheryl Schweizer Staff Writer John Cleveland II Sports Barb Gibb Subscriptions 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 USPS 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, i cards of thanks, resolutions of condo- lence or notices intended to promote private business of any kind must be paid for at regular rates. QUAD CITY HERALD J LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The following Letters to the Editor are not necessarily the views of the Quad City Herald or its employees. Never too late to honor Veterans Dear Ike, Today is Veteran's Day, and I Wish I had written you sooner, but I don't, think it's ever too late to recall the young men who gave their lives for our country. Hence, l'd like to let you know about the Remembrance Wall that now graces downtown Seattle. I took in an Open House held at the new Benaroya Hall September 20th. After I had listened to the Seatlle Youth Symphony and admired the Chihuly chandeliers, I wandered out to survey the Remembrance Wall. It runs along 2nd Avenue, just across the street from the SeattleArt Museum, and two blocks south of the Public Market. The wall is set in a lovely garden complete with a waterfall. Names of men from Washington State who have died in various wars are engraved on it. I walked up to survey those lost in Viet Nam, and immediately noted "Larry Wayne Butler." I didn't know that young man, but ifI recall correctly, he was from Pateros, and the lust to be lost from The Towns. Next came "Marvin Earl Galbraith." I knew that family, and will never forget how shaken they all were. Then came "John Timothy Lane." Tim's parents were and still are good friends of mine, and I still remember putting his picture in the old "Herald Reporter" before he shipped out. I'm ashamed to say that I can't recall the name of the boy from Bridgeport, but I will never forget his mother's telling me that she had lost her eldest son in World Warr II, and now her youngest son had been taken in Viet Nam. As our plans take off now for the Mediterranean, I certainly hope you don't have the unpleasant duty of writing obituaries for more fine young men from that area. While I'm reminiscing, I noted recently that one of the young Pariseaus had suggested naming some area of Brewsterafter 'MarthaGambleGebbers. I thought that was a wonderful idea, long over-due. But, I haven't read any more about it, and sit here hoping it hasn't been tabled. I moved to Brewster in 1955, and was very impressed by Martha. In those days itinerant laborers rode the rails into town each fall to pick the fruit. Martha had a place where they could camp, commonly referred to as "the Jungle". If they arrived a little too soon to begin the harvest, Martha sent her son, Dan, and his friend, Ed Pariseau, out to hunt mountain goats. The goats provided the men with meat. And, I know that she made sure they never lacked for apples. Martha was busy running I heGamble Mill in those days, and there was still a log-rolling contest in the mill pond each year. To a New York woman who even now still regards Manhattan Island with the same reverence as a Moslem does the Black Stone at Mecca, such sights were very interesting. I still have a mental image, of Martha's nephew, Howard Gamble, rolling a log! Martha wasn't one to throw down on the old folks, either. She had both her mother and mother-in-law living at her home for a long time. I recall hearing some mill hand or merchant muttering periodically because Martha was late getting wages or bills paid. Someone else invariably laughed, and said the fellow would probably have to wait a little longer, for he'd seen Marlha at a store in Omak recently buying everything from shoes to overcoats for five children to be sure they'd be able to go to school. Tula Warner was another unforgettable character as far as I'm concerned. I couldn't find a Christmas tree in any of the local stores, and was frantic to get hold of one for my five year old son. I finally saw some stuck in a snow bank in front of a home, found out the Ray Warners lived there, and phoned. When I told Tula my problem, she said, "'Why, just take one! My husband brought them in from the woods so people could help themselves!"When I told other people what the Warners had done. I learned that she was the daughter of U.E. Fries, author of "From Copenhagen to Okanogan." Frieda Waggoner was one of my favorite people, for she always had such interesting stories to lell and such a wonderful laugh to go with them. If I recall correctly, her father had grown up in Portland, and been sent back to Eastern Canada to attend college. He'd made the trip back and forth across the Plains in earlp-day trains. From Frieda I learned that the trains would stop when a particularly large shrub appeared. The men would then rush to one side of the bush, the ladieslo the olherlorelieve themselves. Frieda had a great story about Doctor McKinley, too. Day and night the doctor rode through snow and sleet on his horse to reach the sick. When Frieda had phoned him that she was about to give birth, he had ridden out, taken one look at her and announced, "Hell, you're not ready yet. Shove over!" He had theu jumped in bed with her and gone right to sleep. Theearly day doctors could probably have a remembrance wall all their own. I recall Mrs. Stout's telling me that when Dr. Harold was called to see a sick man on Dyer Hill - a Mr. Alexander? - he wasn't able to get through the snow, so made his way to the Priest ranch. Bill Priest got out a tractor, Dr. Stout climbed on, too, and they were able to push their way through. I could goon, forl was so fascinated by the pioneer stories thai I went out on the Douglas County census to meet the people. I also pul out a Progress Edition for the old"Herald-Reporter." Perhaps that would be a good thing for you to do, Ike. Put out a Progress Edition to honor the rugged settlers who developed that equally rugged country. It might inspire Brewster to' honor their memory. Well, off to address Christmas cards. Hope you and yours are thriving. As usual, Ruth Priest Bellevue, WA The Desk Behind the Editor By Doffs Vallance I I ! earned at least four attaboys this past weekend. First and foremost I stayed home, that deserves at least two. It was not my absolute choice, but circumstances beyond my control, like no bazaars, short of driving to Wenatchee or Spokane. Second, i painted a big patched spot in the ceiling and a couple of baseboards hammered into place a ),eat" or so ago. I have no valid excuse for not painting these repaired spots long before now, just didn't. Not completely convinced painting was the thing I wanted to do, I skipped (that's a joke right there) down the stairs to the fruitroom to examine the numerous left over, half used cans of paint. Not one can of paint had a name on it. No heavenly blue,forest green, apple red, or baby pink, all out" cans read mixing blend, t Some had distinguishable numbers written on the lid, some had enough slopped on the sides to tell the color, and others, it was attybody's guess as to color. Can opener attd stirring stick in hand, the first can ! opened looked just right, a few heft), stirs and the paint brush was flying. 1 mentioned these repairs had been made a ),ear or two ago. It was no big, major task to paint these repairs, a little over two hours, done, cleaned up and put away. Why I procrastinated for two years on such a little, piddle), paint job such as this I know not. Thirdly, almost as dumb as the second, I put new contact paper on the shelf under the sink in the bathroom. Again for more months than 1 hate to tell, ! have made excuses for not doing this simple task. In less than two hours ! had removed everything on the shelf, cleaned the shelf and placed the contact paper on the shelf. Terribly difficult, wouldn't you say? Making like Mrs. neat and clean 1 also patiently drained almost empty shampoo, bubble bath and body lotion bottles into already started new bottles of same. A job I absolutely hate to do, but I'm too darn scotch not to do it. t Besides i gained some much needed space on my prett), clean shelf Attaboys in my pocket, jobs well done, I'm out of here, in search of funner things to be done come this weekend.