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Page 4 Cheney Free Press [] [] Thursday, June 3, 1982 Letters need signatures Last week, the Free Press received a letter from an "irate citizen". There was no other signature, so we cannot print the letter. In short, the person was unhappy with his or her treatment at the local Post Office and indicated that he or she was leaving Cheney to live in another state. As noted in the Editorial Policy printed at the bottom of this page, all letters to the editor must be signed. If a person, however, wants his or her name withheld on a certain letter, that is another matter. In such a case, the writer must give cause for such an action to both the editor and publisher of this paper. Generally, we do not encourage this policy. We remind our readers that they are welcome to submit letters on any issues they wish, so long as letters are not libelous. Letters should be kept brief and to the point. Our "Letters" column is your forum. )eeb Hall of Vermont passed through Cheney on his walk against nuclear build.up, Hall..walk for disarmament "Atom bombs have established the futility of war and paved the way for nonviolence." So says a Vermont man walking through Cheney last Thursday during his trek across America in support of nuclear disarmament Seeb Hall, 29, of East Charleston, Vt., began his walk April 17 at the Trident nuclear sub- marine base at Bangor, WA, 20 miles west of Seattle. He will have covered about 2,300 miles of his route when he reaches Nebraska. Hall considers a "mutual, verifiable superpower freeze on the nuclear arms race" as his walk&apos;s most immediate and tangible political focus. In a larger sense, he adds, "the hope of a more peaceable world guides me." "Ultimately," he continues, "we must begin to think smaller. Our government, like the Soviet govern- ment, is big, ,<Jugh not to care. I can't see my horny ,'own in Vermont launch- ing a nuclear attack on a similar small town in Russia, or vice versa -- but on a national level, the human scale seems to have gotten overwhelmed. I'm walk- ing because I want to be more than a blip in a nuclear-war strategist's com- puterized 'worst-possible case' scena- rio." Hall carries all his gear in a back- pack and accepts no rides along his route. His pack includes a slide show about the bombing of Hiroshima. Walk- ing from town to town, he shows the slides, relates his experiences and discusses the peace issues with "any- one who'll lend an ear," as he puts it. Carrying no funds of his own, Hall is supported entirely by charity from sup- porters enroute. During his one day stop in Cheney, he was put up over- night by Jeremy and Janet Anderson. At the Women's Center on the East- ern Washington University campus here in Cheney, Hall said he met with many other disarmament supporters and "shared" ideas on how to spread the disarmament movement. Ideas shared, he said, included education, tax resistance, civil disobedience, voting and letter campaigns. "I'm supportive of people who have done either," he said, speaking speci- fically of tax resistance and civil disobedience. Generally, Hall said he has met with greater "positive" support in his walk so far this year than he did a year ago in a similar 3,300-mile walk to Washing- ton, D.C. Once, though, he was fined $35 for obstruction of traffic while leaflet- ting on the side of a road near the Great Lakes Naval Training Center near Chicago. "That was after military police push- ed me across the road," he said. However, at another base, he met with more sympathetic ears and even had one recruit help distribute leaflets. On Friday, Hall stepped out toward Rosalia, down the Cheney/Spangle Road. By the time this paper reaches homes today in the Cbeney area, he will be as far as Pullman and Moscow, Idaho. From there, the road will take him into Montana, Wyoming and be- yond. "Allow the vision of a less violent world to guide you at all times. Consider the teaching "thou shalt not kill'," writes Hall, concluding his leaf- let. "Peace begins with you. Peace be with you--Seeb Hall." Faster ships ,may not mean better So it's back to steel superstructures for the U.S. Navy and goodbye to aluminum. ;It took nearly 30 years for the Navy to learn that speed doesn't count much if your vessel gets knocked out when it reaches its destination, because it can't take the enemy's firepower. The Navy went to aluminum from steel in the 1950s, to produce a ship that Could go faster and be built at a cheaper price. Of course, they didn't have the anti- ship missiles then that they do now. We didn't and the enemy didn't. The first successful use of an anti- ship missile that got the attention of ,military strategists the world over was in 1967 when the Egyptians sank an sraeli destroyer with the Soviet-made Iilissile Styx. '. But it was the sinking of the British / J " As soccer coaches, players and par- dnts, we'd like to express our gratitude to Don Wall. His contributions to the um: f sccer have brug ht numerus . of pleasure and enjoyment to the ung people of Cheney. "Don began by coaching a handful of players about nine years ago. Today we have 14 team nd over 200 youngsters rticipating. He has spent, and con- tues to spend, many hours of dedi- ted service registering players, se- l:ting teams, lining up coaches, re- fereeing games, holding clinics for cches and referees and frequently cching more than one team in a sason. He shares his knowledge of the gme and his philosophy of partici- ltion, skills, and good sportsman- by Adelle Ferguson destroyer Sheffield off the Falklands that really shook up the experts. At first, it was reported that the Sheffield burned and sank so quickly because it had an aluminum super- structure. That turned out to be wrong. The Sheffield had a steel deckhouse. But some of the other ships sunk there had aluminum topsides and the Navy now has decided, after pondering the matter for a few years, that aluminum is all to vulnerable. It melts at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, while it takes 2,800 degrees to melt steel. So destroyers and amphibious craft are to have steel superstructures in the future to improve their "survivability" against anti-ship missiles. That's one reason too, why the decision to reactivate the battleships New Jersey and Missouri is called "absolutely sound" by the likes of U.S. Sen. Henry M. Jackson. These all-steel battlewagons can take anything, and they can dish it out too. It takes submerged platforms to launch the Cruise missile, and a battle- ship can accommodate over 100 Cruise missiles. ship, not on "winning at all costs." His rapport with players of all ages, his ability to recognize talents, and to teach skills are admirable. Cheney is fortunate to have this knowledgeable man who is willing to give so much of his time, talent and expertise in serving the youth of our community. Keep up the good work, Don. We really appreciate you and the positive attitude you bring to soccer in Cheney. Phil, Doreen, Mark and Kirsten Maake- stad John, Sally, Eric, Andy and Chris Duenow Dick, Mariann and Chris Donley Bill, Linda and Steve Donley Ken, Maggie and Mike Dolan Kurt, Joan, Eric and Thane Hisaw Bob, Tim and Steve Harris Larry, Linda and Allison Hodge Niel, Judy and Kurt Zimmerman Loren, Gloria, Nell, Lance and Jay Jordan Dorothy and Ike Salter Bill, Phyllis and Wayne Wilkerson Tom, Bonnie and Marty Presnell George, Mary and David Fredricksen Jim, Susan, Bill and Jeff Hanegan John, Dixie, Craig and Chad Massen- gale Degan and Matty Duvall Mike, Judy, and Katie McKeehan Bob, Lynette and Steve Rich' The list is endless. That, says U.S. Sen. Henry M. Jackson, virtually turns them into aircraft carriers. "Battleships are darn tough ships," he said. "They can play a strategic role. They can also fire conventional missiles. And they can fire 50 miles or 3,000 miles." A battlewagon like the New Jersey could absorb a missile hit that would sink a lesser vessel, like the Sheffield. It was the sinking of the Sheffield, however, that set off the current controversy over the surface navy. There are those in Congress who don't want to spend billions on addition- al Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, which they consider too vulnerable to attack, and prefer more emphasis on submar- ines. But there is a need for carriers as well as subs, says U.S. Rep. Norman Dicks, D-Bremerton, whose 6th district serves both types of vessels. "A carrier battle group can keep other ships and submarines at an adequate distance with its air cover," said Dicks. "The Sheffield had no air cover. "Also, our capital ships are equipped with Phalanx guns that can shoot down Cruise missiles. And we would still need a surafce navy to resupply Europe and get into the Persian Gulf." The question, said Dicks, "is how you defend it (the surfacenavy). What mix of ships there should be. We may need to get to 15 carrier battle groups, then start emphasizing more submarines with Cruise missiles." The issue, however, of the future of surface navy, is going to be hotly debated for a long time to come, he said. all, mare rREf; m00SS . . IIBV "/our window to the worK]. Ceremony % :, .. Lillard Corbit, left, and Jess Villars conduct a short Memorial Day service at Fairview Cemetery. Rememberin the war dead Except for the light through the grass and quiet and peaceful Sunday Fairview Cemetery on the Cheney. Birds were singing, voices of a small gathering could be heard near the entry ! and overgrown lot. Flags, wreaths were ceremoniously and in time the short and morial Day service in war dead was begun. Corbit had been responsible grading the dirt ruts smooth hillside. In the bright morning could smell the good smell and lilacs. Rose bushes, of water and proper care, el= what they could to the sorry for the roses and for and leaning stones. One felt not more than a dozen munity of more than 7,000 attend. It is a sorry society when few adults to teach their children those who served their country War is not glorious, but sometln have to fight--so that their hopefully will not have to. A silence on a quiet hillside in their memory is not too --photos and text the ._anta char Publication.00 Pc0000,cy ;he volume of news the Free ;'ss receives each week for # , , ,bhcatlon makes necessary an oanized schedule for receiving aqd printing stories and photo- gphs. Generally the rule is the eorlier items are received, the bStter the chance for publication. 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