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April 30, 1980     Cloverdale Reveille
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Page 2 - Wednesday, April 30, 1980 Clovefdale l00veille Established 1879 usPs 1,, 00 Published every Wednesday Geyserville PRESS Established 1934 USOS 718 200 112 West First Street Cloverdale, California 95425 (707) 894-3339 Gary L. Fawson ....... Publisher Tim Tanner .......... General Manager Janice Corey .......... Editor Yearly Subscription Rates Sonoma Lake and Mendicino Counties 9.00 Elsewhere in the United States 9.50 Editorial Whats wrong with English? Apparently plenty, according to the social planners at the Federal Election Commission in Washington D.C. For several years now many counties around the country have been forced to deal with the so-called bilingual ballot - another bureacratic boondoggle from big government. Here in Sonoma County the ballot is required to be presented in Spanish and English. In San Francisco County it comes out in Chinese, Spanish and English. The English portion appears as almost an afterthought. Federal officials say the ballot must be representative of the minority population in each county. That leads to speculation that some day we might have Cam- bodian'or Vietnamese on the election ballot since there has been such a great influx of these groups to the United States in recent ears. But what's wrong with English? Is it too much to ask that those who migrate to this country learn to speak our language? As for the long time American citizens who speak no English such as residents of San Francisco's Chinatown it has been found that they don't generally participate in our political process anyhow. Two items point out that the bilingual ballot is almost useless. 1. In San Luis Obispo County election officials spent an extra $30,000 having the ballot printed in Spanish in addition to English. Four people turned out to use the Spanish portion. 2. In Santa Clara County the U.S. Office of Education offers an English learning program free of charge. No one is showing up to take ad- vantage of it. The experts say that's because the program is given in local schools which ap- parently are too intimidating for the non-English speaking population. They are re-applying for their federal grant to take the program into in- dividual homes. Just how far does the issue have to be forced? The current law requiring the bilingual ballot expires in 1982. But we might be able to get rid of it before then and save taxpayers millions of dollars. Congressman Don Edwards of San Jose is in charge of the congressional committee overseeing the bilingual ballot program. Up to now Edwards has been unwilling to discuss eliminating the program before 1982. But he has just agreed to hold hearings on the issue this August after the June Primaries. If there's enough support against this ballot boondogggle we could get rid of if before 1982. Practically every county clerk who has to deal with if is reportedly against the bilingual ballot. Let Congressman Edwards know how you feel.* What's wrong with English anyhow? Guest editorial by Chris Cutter Letters to the editor No on 9 Editor: I appreciate some of the recent local newspaper ar- Ucles and editorials which point out the dangers of Proposition 9. I have received a letter and questionnaire from our volunteer fire department's board of directors. They explained that the projections of the Sonoma County Ad- ministrator's Office for the 1980-81 fiscal year indicates a substantial shortage of funds. This is due to Proposition 13: Proposition 9 was not con- sidered as yet. One question on the questionnaire is, "Will you provide necessary funds to maintain the present level of fire protection?" Ours is an excellent fire department, andl want it to stay that way. We are a family with a lower middle class income. We paid approximately $1200 state income tax. Glancing at the benefits (?) of Proposition 9 could lead us to believe that we might save $600 per year. In reality, [ find that after the federal government takes its, ad- ditional share of our state tax "savings", there will he less than $400 left. If my fire district needs more money to protect me, I certainly should help. The sheriff's department may be hard hit. Will I need to provide additional financial support there? I am aware that Proposition 13 has left a shortage of funds for mosquito and rodent control, flood and other disaster relief, special education programs, libraries, public and mental health programs, etc. If Proposition 9 passes, how much more of that $600 will be needed for con- tributions? I realize the $600 I saw briefly pass before my eyes will be gone. That so called savings will probably cost me a lot more in the long run; and, at the same time, we will lose a lot of needed services. I am voting NO on Proposition 9, and I hope a majority of Californians do the same. Martin Gerber Entitled to be proud Editor: I too am outraged about the Grand Jury's charges of Conflict of Interest in Cioverdale. I'm outraged because I believe they're true. I'm outraged that Bud Groom and Mayor Domeniehelli profess astonishment about a situation that's existed for years. Any third grader on the street could give you the scoop - how is it the people in city government were the only ones in the dark? I'm outraged that the City never adopted the code that would have brought this dismal business to a halt. The Grand Jury wasn't unfair in citing Cloverdale; the Cloverdale City Council was unfair in permitting these abuses to persist. Mrs. Vandagriff says this kind of thing is probably going on in every city in the county. Most likely that's sadly true. But does that make it right? Why blame the Grand Jury and the press when the mess is in our own hackyard? The people of Cloy Frdale have complained about this for years, and with the ex- ception of Steve Congdon, the Council has turned a deaf ear. Now's the time to get at the truth; to prove the charges right or wrong. Will the Council investigate the matter or bury it, as they've buried it in. the past? Life is seldom fair. For once we have a. chance to make it that way. Govern- ment works: when it's by the people and for the people - not just for the people in government. Cloverdale's a fine town. We're raising our family here. My son is entitled to he proud of his home town. So am I. C.D. Grank Enemies of society Editor: I want to quote to you from a book and then ask your readers to write Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. State Capitol, Sacramento, Ca. 95814. "Enemies of Society", by Paul Johnson (page 191). "The sort of wage-inflation Britain was forced to undergo in the mid-1970's inflicts the kind of damage which it takes a generation to repair. It makes social planning almost impossible. It means more overcrowded schools, un- derpaid teachers, under- equipped and understaffed hospitals, rebellious nurses, bankrupt universities, lec- turers who cannot afford to study or buy books, students without textbooks, slum public housing, despairing social workers, dismal hells for the mentally sick and miserably inadequate pen- sions and welfare benefits of every kind." "It means libraries without money to buy books; and so fewer books; and fewer writers. It spells disaster for the theatre, music and the arts. Indeed, hyperinflation is a mortal enemy of civilized living in any form." As noted above, our libraries are suffering and it's my personal feeling that books and libraries are essential to our freedom as a Introducing LISA REESE Lisa has joined Patte Ciraulo at Styles Unlimited and specializes in Haircutting & Perming for Both Men and Women. Patte & Lisa are both experienced in "Long Hair Graphics" Call Today for an Appointment Styles Unlimited 5 Tarman Dr. - 894-3340 people and to our way of life in the United States. Therefore, I ask your readers to write to the Governor and ask him to sign Senate Bill 958, to provide state financial aid for our public libraries. Sincerely Eugene L. Box Deep appreciation Editor: On behalf of the Spaghetti and Ravioli Feed benefit for the CHS Band, held at the Citrus Fair Building, our deepest appreciation to the Merchants of Cloverdale, especially Shop and Save, for heir very generous con- lribulions and support which helped make the project a very successful affair. We also thank the people of Cloverdale for their con- tinued suppo H for the Band. Thank you Winnie and Gabby Angelo Scalese, newly elected Cloverdale City Councilman. took his chair, after being sworn in. among the other council members, Steve Congdon, Mayor Jack Domenichelli, reelected councilwoman Marie Vanda for the second haft of the Tuesday. April 2g, i Sharing = letter Editor: A copy of the following letter was given to me by a mutual friend who thought it should be shared with the community. I certainly agree: Vivian Weer, Sec. Mgr.. Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce of baasic value in our American life. Surely at no time in the last three decades have we more sorely needed reminders of the latent strengths which have made our country great and will keep it so. May I present you with a shining, heartwarming example of these strengths which I feel worthy of your consideration. Mr. Charles "On The Road" Kuralt. Columbia Broadcasting System, New York City, Dear Mr. Kuralt:. In recent years your television reports on in- teresting personalities and places have brought much enjoyment into our homes, and have aroused increasing appreciation of your per- ception of what is unique and To set the scene - as a recently retired physician I and my wife relocated three months ago in the little town of Cloverdale, population 3600 up in the wine country two hours drive north of San Francisco, near the Russian river away from urban smog and sprawl. It is not only dependent on agriculture and lumbering, both hard hit by recession, but has suffered the loss of many jobs from a recent fire which destroyed a local lumber mill. But means of despite this, wonderful to cake relate, we have found here, ravioli overriding all other concerns, church the determination of its tributions, people to raise a fund of gifts, $75,000 to enable the local together High School band to accept an sevent invitation to appear in the needed for International Music Festival and is in Vienna in July - an in- bringing vitation extended to a dozen of hands in the United States, 'and accepfed by only two. SO here, Pride in this band is well and your deserved, a superb per- for the forming group organized and directed by a dedicated, reminiscent charismatic leader who has captured the spirit of the of our community in its resolve to we may "send the kids to Vienna". hopefully So. here a small rural few years community, with an old thi fashioned self-reliance Ihopeto typical of the pioneer spirit of days gone by, not asking for state or federal aid, has, by Wine festival slated for May 17th With 22 wineries slated to pour samples of their special and premium wines, the ninth annual Russian River Wine Festival is expected to draw large crowds to Healdsburg's picturesque Plaza. The event which is sponsored by the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce with the cooperation of the Russian River Wine Road will be held from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. May 17. souvenir wine glass and three tasting tickets for $2.50. Additional tasting tickets will be three for $1. Each tasting will be two ounces. Winemakers and winery personnel will be at each wine booth Ao answer questions about their wines and vineyards, and to do what people like to do at wine festivals...talk about wine! Participating wineries are: Alexander Valley Vineyards, Cambiaso Winery and Vineyards, Dry Creek, Field Stone Winery, Foppinao Vineyards, E&J Gailo, Geyser Peak, Hop Kiln Winery. Johnson's Alexander Valley Wines, Korbel, Landmark Vineyards, Mark West Vineyards, Pastori, Pedroncelli. Simi, Sonoma Vineyards, Souverain, In addition to spaces for each winery, the Festival will have booths featuring food as well as the work of local artists and craftsmen. Live entertainment will be provided Ihroughout the afternoon by Elmo & Patsy, Dunav Folk Ensemble, Selections, and Fauitline. Tasters will purchase a AND JOIN OUR FAMILYI Your Family History Is Part of Our Community! 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