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MdDw AlbaDiintt lit? What is your definition of a "local?" P ONynMnpcDDimtl; Lrr Wrl I Sherry Thompson Someone who is thinking about moving out of town. ! ' Pe A2 Thursday, March 4, 1982 flMiittwiiall Region 1 1 principals should think before they act to restrict radio Last Thursday morning, KPCW General Manager Blair Feulner heard a rumor that the radio station was going to be charged $200 for every game it planned to broadcast in the upcoming Region 11 basketball tournament in Coalville. The station was planning to cover six games. So the bill would have come to $1,200. Feulner, understandably, hit the ceiling of KPCW's broadcast bunker. It turns out that the decision to impose the broadcast fee had come at a meeting of the Region 11 principals held Feb. 16. So it took nine days to filter down to Feulner, whose nose for news is as good as any in Park City. The tournament is due to start this afternoon. Feulner heard it from Gary Avise, who had planned to be a member of the KPCW broadcast crew until he got wind of the decision through a member of the Park City High School coaching staff. The original source of the story, presumably, was High School Principal Jack Dozier, who participated in the Feb. 16 decision. Confused? So was Feulner. But, after talking to Dozier, School Superintendent Richard Goodworth, and several other area school officials, he managed to come up with the following information: Certain Region 11 principals, specifically those in Rich and Summit Counties, have become concerned that radio broadcasts are hurting the attendance (and, therefore, the receipts) at sporting events. After a 30-minute discussion at the Feb. 16 meeting, the principals voted unanimously to impose a $200 fee for every event broadcast, effective the start of the 1982-83 school year. This vote was taken in spite of the fact that no facts or figures were presented to indicate that the broadcasts were hurting attendance. North Summit High School Principal Sheldon Richins, under the mistaken impression that the fees were to be applied ap-plied immediately, began plans to impose them on the broadcasts of the upcoming Region 11 tournament. After checking the minutes of the meeting, Feulner has managed to get the fees lifted for this weekend's tournament. tour-nament. And Dozier has agreed to reopen the topic for discussion at the next meeting of the Region 11 principals. But the ruling remains in effect for the upcoming school year. This whole peculiar episode has brought up a number of questions in our minds: How could 13 or 14 men come to a unanimous decision on such an issue, without any evidence, in half an hour? Why are they making decisions like this, anyway? Shouldn't this be the function of the local school boards? Why weren't the affected radio stations consulted before the decision was made? Why wasn't anyone notified after the decision was. made? We can't even suggest an answer to the first question. Dozier has admitted that he may have been afflicted with "tunnel vision" at the time. But what about the other dozen principals. Maybe tunnel vision is contageous. As an answer to the second question, Goodworth has indicated in-dicated that the local boards ceded some of their powers to the Utah High School Activities Association several years ago. We don't know the rationale behind that move. It could well have been necessary. But if the principals can't manage to handle that responsibility with a little more respect for the people they represent, perhaps it's time to return that power to the local boards. If it can be proved that the attendance is being hurt by the broadcasts, then the principals may have some grounds to act. But, at this point, no such evidence exists. As a matter of fact, the two local basketball games with the smallest crowds this year were not broadcast. So maybe the reverse is true. We believe the principals' action was arbitrary and premature, and urge them to reverse their decision as the earliest possible tim e. DH by Jack Anderson ar Italian police haven't heard the last of Red Brigades Washington It's been over a month since General James Dozier was rescued from his Red Brigades captors in Italy. The Italian police did an incredible in-credible job tracking down Dozier's kidnappers and springing him unharmed. un-harmed. Since then, Italian authorities have kept up their momentum against the terrorists. Our sources say that the Italian police believe they've dealt a major blow to the Red Brigades terrorists. But the Italians aren't fooling themselves. them-selves. They don't think they've wiped out the Red Brigades threat once and for all. One reason the Italian authorities are guarded in their optimism is what they've discovered in their crackdown since General Dozier was rescued huge arsenals of weapons that obviously came from foreign sources. The Italian police to say nothing of tneir Western intelligence colleagueshave col-leagueshave suspected for years that the Red Brigades have been getting get-ting supplies from outside Italy. The spoils from the recent raids amounted to crystal clear confirmation. The weapons that have been found are of Soviet and Czechoslovakian origin. But mterestingly, the Italians don't think the Russians or Czechs were directly involved. The Italian police suspect that the Red Brigades' weapons came from radical Palestinian groups based in Lebanon. Our sources have even named the man they think is responsible: respon-sible: George Habash, the leader of a fanatic group called the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Italian and American authorities, meanwhile, don't think they've heard the last of the terrorist gang. In fact, our sources warn that what's left of the Red Brigades may try to pull off some spectacular act of terrorism, just to show they are still a force to be reckoned with. It only took half a dozen people to kidnap General Dozier. It take only one dedicated terrorist to assassinate someone. Deadly Election Day?: El Salvador's terrorized citizens are scheduled to go to the polls on March 28. Theoretically, they will vote for a democratic legislature that will write a constitution and lead the war-torn country back to civilian rule and a presidential election. But secret intelligence reports from the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador warn that leftist guerrillas are planning plan-ning hit-and-run raids on outlying polling places. What's more, the intelligence in-telligence reports suggest that the guerrillas are strong enough to make a shambles of the election process. As a result of these intelligence warnings, cables have gone out to American embassies warning that the United States can't guarantee the safety of foreign officials who may show up in El Salvador to supervise the elections this month. The cables also warn that the Salvadoran government can't guarantee the safety of foreign observers either. Secretary of State Alexander Haig has lent his voice to the chorus of pessimists who fear for the safety of the foreign observers. A recent cable signed by Haig warns that the Salvadoran government wants to protect the foreign visitors, but can't. The cable states in part: "It should be pointed out that no participant in (the) Salvadoran political process has any guarantee of safety." In fact, the cable notes, the ruling Salvadoran political party has had more than 40 of its own members killed in the last two years. The confidential cable adds that Salvadoran President Jose Napoleon Duarte and other members of the junta have "put their lives on the line in support sup-port of a reform government pledged to make democracy work." Haig also states that Salvadoran political leaders now in exile should put their lives on the line too, and return to El Salvador to take part in the election campaign. But the cable warns that exile leaders who do come back would be targets not only for left-wing left-wing guerrillas, but for the right-wing extremists as well. Headlines and Footnotes: Here's hoping that the Soviet Union's fighter planes and tanks are as miserably manufactured as the simpler things that are peddled to Russian consumers. con-sumers. Their pencils are so bad, for example, that Soviet SALT negotiators used to steal the ones brought along by their American counterparts. A Russian factory turned out 13,000 pairs of sunglasses that were so dark they were practically useless. And the same factory manufactured 3,000 plastic soccer balls that burst like balloons as soon as they were kicked. John Griffin, a 73-year-old retired railroad worker now living in Florida, recently received a surprise from the White House. He had sent a letter to President Reagan complaining about cuts in his retirement benefits. A week later, he got his reply a White House envelope containing two cents. A White House spokesman said the smartaleck culprit hasn't been located. Federal auditors say that three-fourths three-fourths of the nation's half-million bridges are over 40 years old and 40 percent of all bridges are unsafe. Copyright, 1982 United Feature Syndicate, Inc. Honda Woods A transient settled for the summer. JJ r?mz&P "y - iff" Ed Johnson Somebody who got burned because somebody else wanted to make a little money. Bridget Matthews Someone who feels more like they do now than they did when they got here. 1 I llll.MI.il U ' l " f." - .! r ' x Scott Miller . Someone who is tired of the wear and tear of big-city life. Lorraine Sorensen Someone who's lived in Park City all their life. v' ' A 4 - ''?- - y M by Stanley Karnow (BldDltoaill View Vietnam has left Americans with a healthy skepticism Washington Disastrous though it was, the U.S. experience in Vietnam may not have been entirely negative. For it apparently ingrained in Americans Ameri-cans a healthy skepticism that is emerging in their distrustful reaction to the Reagan administration's approach ap-proach to El Salvador. This is not to suggest that the two conflicts are similar. Central America is not Southeast Asia. The Salvadoran insurgents are not the Vietcong. And, among other distinctions, Ronald Reagan is not Lyndon Johnson. But if the growing suspicion that El Salvador could become "another Vietnam" is a gross oversimplification, oversimplifica-tion, it is nonetheless gratifying to me to observe that numbers of Americans are at least raising doubts about the issue before the U.S. involvement deepens rather than waiting until it is too late. Having covered the Vietnam War almost from start to finish, I vividly recall the extent to which both the Congress and the American public originally swallowed without flinching the official thesis that U.S. intervention interven-tion was imperative to save the world from Communism. Consider, for instance, the Tonkin Gulf Resolution of August 1964, in which all but two courageous members of Congress handed President Johnson a blank check to intervene in Southeast Asia as he saw fit. Subsequent research indicates that the naval incident that provided MewspapeiT: Johnson with the pretext to request the resolution probably never occurred. At the time, however, the overwhelming majority of Congressmen lacked the guts to seek the facts. I could cite other cases of such timid conformity, and not only from congressmen. con-gressmen. The U.S. media, now being accused of having lost the war, also toed the line until rather late in the game. . Opinion surveys show as well that most Americans refrained from questioning ques-tioning the conflict until the middle of 1967, when U.S. casualties in Vietnam began to mount to alarming proportions. propor-tions. The rhetoric of Vietnam is again resonating across the country in respect to El Salvador. The "domino theory" has been resurrected, along with the need to "win hearts and minds." But Americans, fortunately, have discarded their past innocence. . A major constraint on administration administra-tion policy toward El Salvador today, for example, is coming from one group that in other times would have been expected to display firm anti-Communist sentiments. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has close ties to the Catholic clergy, throughout Latin America, strongly opposes the administration's admin-istration's efforts to increase military aid to El Salvador on the grounds that guns are not the answer. Taking their cue from the Vatican, which has been promoting social justice and human rights, the Ameri can bishops contend that arming autocratic regimes in Latin America only increases repression, and they favor negotiations between the Salvadoran Salva-doran government and the rebels. By comparison, church opposition to the Vietnam War did not surface until as late as 1971, with a call for the total withdrawal of American troops. But .now, as Bishop John E. McCarthy of Houston told the New York Times the other day, "The Southeast Asian experience is in the back of everybody's every-body's mind." On Capitol Hill, meanwhile, Congressmen Con-gressmen are demonstrating the kind of concern about El Salvador that was rare during the early stages of the Vietnam conflict. Underlying this concern, perhaps, is a sense of guilt at having allowed the nation to be drawn into Southeast Asia nearly two decades ago. Thus, while history may not repeat itself, it certainly holds lessons for the present. But if Americans have learned something from the Vietnam tragedy, President Reagan seems to have a muddled memory. His recent news conference recitation recita-tion of the background to the U.S. commitment to Vietnam was a series of misstatements that evoked howls of derision again proving that, as he heads toward El Salvador, he faces an American public that is no longer gullible. (c) 1982 The Register and Tribune Syndicate Inc. Subscription Rates, $6 a year in Summit County. $12 a year outside Summit County Published by Ink, Inc. 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