The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, May 18, 1983, Image 2

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Idle Hands
J. Dana Haynes
Editor In Chief
Last year, the voters of Oregon were presented with a
novel bill, called Measure 3.
The bill was designed to drastically cut back the amount
of property taxes paid in this state. It was a long, hard battle
but in the end the voters nixed the measure.
Ballot Measure 3 was the brainchild of Ray Phillips, who
is now chairperson of the Oregon Taxpayer’s Union (whose
motto is “Fightin’ Mad! Fightin’ Back!”). And the natural
enemy of the OTU was the Oregon Education Association,
since a great deal of school fundings come from property
All right. You know all that already. But what many
people do not know is that the fight is still going on hot and
heavy. The taxpayer’s union has a newsletter, called Oregon
Vox Populi, and they use it to attack their favorite target, the
education association.
In truth, Oregon’s system of taxation is unfair, and
definitely needs to change. But Ballot Measure 3 was not the
way to accomplish this, and the next bill, which OTU calls
Son of 3, may not be any better. The problem lies not so much
with the government or with the shcools, but with the OTU
itself, and their mentor Phillips.
Ray Phillips is the voice of the OTU and he has chosen to
vent his anger at the Oregon Education Association, not the
State Legislature. His newsletter is laced with all sorts of
wonderful diatribes, referring to the OEA as “The Many
Eyes at 6900 Haines Road,” which is the headquarters of the
teacher’s union.
The newsletter further goes on to say that 6900 Haines
Road is where the education association “plots its devious
moves.” He calls OEA President John Danielson the “Boss of
bosses,” and makes comments about Danielson’s nebulous
“underlords” who areallegedly “busy fighting election law
reform and keeping their lackeys in the Legislature in line,”
as well as “hoarding a good part of their million to do battle,
with (OTU) again in ’84.”
This is paranoid ramblings. Sure the teacher’s union is
tough, and they are probably responsible for some of the
unfairness of the tax system. But they are not Baron von Evil
and his Minions of Doom. Phillips’ literature sounds like a
Marvel comic book, or the script from a 30’s adventure
serial. “The Teacher’s Union is fighting against our noble
cause...Meanwhile, Vic Charisma and the lovely Sarah Sue
Simpson are trapped in the Maze of Death. ”
The Oregon Taxpayer’s Union must learn a very difficult
lesson soon. That lesson is learning to pick your fights. The
OTU currently suffers from the same malady that crippled
the National Organization for Women, and which buried the
Equal Rights Amendment. The NOW always had trouble
picking their fights, and consequently presented a jumbled,
militant and chaotic image to the voters.
Image may seem like a trifle thing to worry about when
one is trying to right the wrongs of a society. However, ours is
a nation of image-makers and image-watchers. It seems
funny to think the ERA was defeated (temporarily) last year,
since most every American believes in freedom and equality.
Yet defeated it was, because the opponents were better
organized than the proponents.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) is an unpopular organization. Amazing! NASA is not
only the most farsighted arm of our truly myopic govern­
ment, but it is one of the few departments that actually pays
for itself. Yet, once again, no clear-cut image has ever been
presented to the voters, and nearly every year the funding for
NASA is cut.
I am not sure I’m in favor of a Measure 3-type bill, but I
agree that something must be done. I think the vast majority
of Oregon voters agree. However, as long as Ray Phillips and
his Oregon Taxpayer’s Union is leading the fight, I’m sure
they will be able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
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malfunction arose in the computers and time to allow us to
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newspaper in Oregon City Jon White for their help.
Editorial by
Shelley Ball
toa comedy classic
by combining real-life issues with laughter,
sometimes even tears.
The Bunker household was the battleground for
many an argument between Archie and son-in-law
Mike, politics and racism being two popular sub­
jects. Women’s Lib, transvestitism and rape were a
few of the countless subjects the Bunker family
dealt with during prime time every week.
Archie’s unique usage of vocabulary is another
element that is sure to be missed by “All in the
Family” fans. Who else but Archie could come up
with such sayings as “stifle yourself,” “meathead,”
and my favorite, “crappola.”
Another element of the series that made for
good viewing was watching the characters them­
selves develop over the years. Archie the bigot grew
into a sensitive, caring man, who despite his many
prejudices and talent for muddling facts, became
quite lovable.
Edith, labeled “dingbat” for years by husband
Archie, proved she was more intelligent than people
gave her credit for. Gloria, once a crybaby, gave
birth to son Joey, and matured into a self-
supporting woman. And as for Mike, my last
recollection is that he learned to live without Gloria,
and went off to join a commune.
The initial cancellation of
“All in the Family” really began
when actors Sally Struthers and
Rob Reiner left the show. Things
weren’t the same without Archie
and Mike arguing anymore.
To make up for Struthers and
Reiner’s absence, a variety of
characters were brought in to
interact with Archie and Edith,
and the show was titled “Archie
Bunker’s Place.” It was hardly
what you could call a good
replacement, and when Jean
Stapleton bade farewell, it was
made clear that the last rem­
nants of “All in the Family” had
been swept away.
A new decade has befallen us
since “All in the Family” first
aired, and along with it new
discussion topics. I can almost
hear Archie and Mike going at it
again, only this time they would
be arguing about El Salvador,
THE PRINT, a member of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers
Reaganomics or test tube babies-
Association, alms to be a fair and Impartial Journalistic medium
-the list goes on and on.
covering the campus community as thoroughly as possible. Opi­
If anything should be said at
nions expressed in THE PRINT do not necessarily reflect those of
all about “All in the Family,” it’s
the College administration, faculty, Associated Student Govern­
that O’Connor, Stapleton,
ment or other members of THE PRINT. Clackamas Community
Struthers and Reiner work best
College, 19600 S. Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, OR 97045.
when they work together. It’s
been awhile since Stapleton and
Office: Trailer B; telephone: 657-8400, ext. 309, 310
Editor in Chief: J. Dana Haynes
Reiner have appeared in
News Editor: Doug Vaughan
anything for television. Struthers
Arts Editor: Brett Bigham
tried to make it on her own with
Sports Editor: Rob Conner
last year’s “Gloria,” but it has
Photo Editor: Duane Hlersche
also been canceled by CBS.
Copy Editor: Shelley Ball
In any case, reruns of “All in
Staff Writers: Shelley Ball, Tracey Herrle, Buck Jennings, Tracy M.
the Family” have been played on
cable. For the moment, they
Staff Photographers: Russ McMillen, Tracey Herrle, Buck Jenn­
ings, Troy Maben, Joel Miller, Rick Obritschkewltsch, Jenni
appear to be an Archie Bunker
fan’s only compensation for the
Business Manager: Joan Seely
end of a once-pioneering, well-
Typesetters: Penney Jones, Terri Hannaford
rounded comedy show.
It has been 12 years since the television comedy
show ‘Archie Bunker’s Place,’ previously known as
‘All in the Family,’ first aired on CBS. Just last
week, the network gave the show its walking
papers. That’s right, after 12 seasons “Archie
Bunker’s Place-All in the Family” has been of-
ficially canceled.
Although character Archie Bunker will be
missed by many, the cancellation of “Archie
Bunker's Place” came as a tearful surprise to none,
including myself. The series won’t be missed,
because to me the show had already been canceled
several years earlier, when two, and eventually
three of the four original actors took their bows and
said goodbye.
What have been missed for a long time were the
earlier years of the show, when it was initially titled
“All In The Family.” Back in January of 1971,
television viewers were introduced to creator
Norman Lear’s original four-person comedy team
of bigot Archie Bunker (played by Carroll O’Con­
nor), his “dingbat” wife Edith Bunker (Jean
Stapleton), daughter Gloria Stivic (Sally Struthers)
and Polish “meathead” son-in-law Michael Stivic
Under the direction of Norman Lear, these four
actors broke the mold for television comedy shows,
Advisor: Dana Spielmann
Clackamas Community College