The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, October 12, 1983, Page 2, Image 2

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Watt ’ s resignation overdue
By Shelley Ball
News Editor
Interior Secretary James
Watt has ruffled many a
feather in Washington lately.
But his eyebrow-raising tactics
are over, as of Sunday, Oct. 9,
when he made a public state­
ment announcing his decision
to resign from the office of in­
terior secretary.
Earlier that day, Watt
phoned the White House to in­
form President Reagan of his
resignation, which reportedly
was accepted, but with reluc­
Yes, Mr. Watt really put
his foot in his mouth this time.
His ill-fated remark, in which
he described the members of
an advisory panel on coal leas­
ing as “a black ... a woman,
two Jews and a cripple,” was
made weeks ago, yet Watt has
been appearing frequently in
the news ever since.
Although Reagan has
stated Watt’s remark was not
worthy of his resignation, the
Republican-controlled Senate
thought differently, so much
that they were willing to vote
on a resolution that would call
for Watt’s dismissal.
Apparently the Senate
succeeded in scaring Watt into
resigning. Watt evidently
thought it less embarrassing to
resign, rather than face a vote
of no confidence from the
It’s amazing how one
remark has wreaked so much
havoc upon James Watt. Or is
it? Was Watt forced to resign
solely because of that one
statement, or did it just serve
as a scapegoat for previous
discrepancies in Watt’s career?
Actually, it is hard to
believe one comment alone
was responsible for so much
animosity toward Watt. For
the past 2!6 years, Watt’s
adversaries have accused him
of ‘raping and ruining’
America’s parks, wildlife
refuges, wilderness areas and
seacoasts.” Likewise, Watt
has compared his foes to “a
left-wing cult dedicated to br­
inging down the type of
government I believe in.”
And as for Watt’s
remark, there is no doubt it
was made in the thoughtless,
poor taste of a boob—yet only
part of that statement was
really distasteful. After all,
what’s wrong with referring to
a black as a “black,” and a
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THE PRINT. Clackamas Community College, 19600 S.
Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045.
Office: Trailer B; telephone: 657-8400, ext. 309, 310
Editor In Chief: Doug Vaughan
News Editor: Shelley Ball
Arts Editor: J. Dana Haynes
Sports Editor: Rob Conner
Photo Editor: Joel Miller
Cartoonist: Ward Moore
Staff Writers: DeAnn Dietrich, Charlene Jensen, Renee Rickard, Kristen
Tonole, Heather Wright
Staff Photographers: Kim McAbee, Russ McMillen, Jim Skates,
Jason Webb, Dan Youngquist
Business Manager: Shelley Stone
Typesetter: Terri Hannaford
Advisor: Sara Wichman
Are you mad? excited?
overwhelmed? under­
whelmed? depressed?
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woman as a “woman?”
In any case, the future
looks bleak for Mr. Watt. He
has resigned in the hopes of
saving what little face he has
left. However, Watt should
not have been forced to end
his government career in that
manner. He should have been
ousted long before this mess,
for the primary reason—his
previous actions that drew
heated remarks from those
who saw him as making grave
Since it appears that
many people saw Watt as not
having done a good job
overall, why wasn’t he
dismissed earlier, at the first
sign of trouble?
A lot of time, trouble and
remarks like "... two Jews
and a cripple” would have
been avoided, had action for
Watt’s dismissal, not resigna­
tion, been initiated much
Oh well, I guess it’s just
the end result that counts.
Calendar of events
“The Vertiefe Environment,”
Community Center Mall, 7
Wednesday, Oct. 12
“Understanding the Soviets,”
The Soviet Military Establish­
ment, McLoughlin Theatre,
7:30 p.m. Free.
Thursday, Oct. 13
“Single Parenthood,” Small
Dining Room, 7-10 p.m. $3.
Friday, Oct. 14
Instructional Improvement
Day: “Recycling in School,”
Environmental Learning
Center. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15
Traditional Amercian Rug
Hooking, CC101. 9 a.m.-3
p.m., $10.
“Goats: Dairyland and
Wool,” Clairmont Hall, room
133, 9 a.m.-l p.m., $5.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Movie: “M”f part of film
series “World of Crime,”
McLoughlin Theatre, 2:30 and
6:30 p.m., Free.
Tie/sock hanger phenomenon
leaves questions unanswered
By Doug Vaughan
Editor in Chief
Why do they put socks on sock hangers
when everyone puts them in a drawer?
In this world of high technology wouldn’t
you think somebody would have a logical
answer for a very stupid question like this.
That is not the only thing that amazes me.
Did you ever notice when you go into a store
ties are on nice plastic hangers, kind of conve­
nient. Why is it then, when you buy the tie they
dispose of the hanger and fold the tie and throw
it in a sack?
The underpriviledged individual, like
yours truly, who does not have a tie rack, is
forced to throw them in the drawer with our
socks. Or should we use our vacant sock
hangers for our ties?
What would life be like without these
mysterious questions? Or better yet who cares?
The constant run-around of life needs these lit­
tle breaks.
ere is another. Did you ever realize when
you went to get your driver’s license it would be
the last time you ever drove that way? Come on
DMV, let’s revise the test.
First of all, all smokers should be required
to strike a match, with a cigarette in their
mouth while traveling in mid-dày traffic. After
that is accomplished, they must light the
cigarette (looking cool at all times) and execute
precisely by throwing the match out the crack
of the window.
Also, when was the last time that you saw a
woman taking her driving test as the same time
she is putting on her make-up and letting her
nails dry?
Men are no exception either. In fact, their
test might be the hardest of the trio. A brief
obstacle of weaving in and out of traffic (in­
tersection or not) while we try adjusting the
stereo with our right hand, and at the same time
hold a beer with our left below the window.
sn’t school the place where you go to get
smart? Then why are so many dumb things
associated with education?
Try this one on. You go to school to get
smart, right? Then how come when you get
smart with a teacher you get in trouble? Isn’t
that dumb.
The thing that bothered me most in school
was spelling. When the years got tougher so did
the teachers. Time and time again I would hear
the phrase “look it up in the dictionary.” How
are you supposed to find it if you don’t know
how to spell it?
Sound it out, right? Good solution—for
maybe 50 percent of the words in the English
language. Try sounding out hors d’oeuvres.
To make it simple, everything in life is not
suppose to make sense, just confuse people like
me who waste time thinking about them. Can I
borrow a few sock hangers?
Clackamas Community College