- The Washington Times - Monday, December 3, 2001

Ghost reader
Actual letter sent to Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams late last week by Jesse H. Merrell of 2610 Garfield St. NW:
"Dear Mayor Luther Miller is still dead!
"Several weeks ago, after your Public Works Department sent him a certified letter here about trash being out too early I wrote you and them that he had been dead since 1976. His status has not changed.
"However, your Department of Motor Vehicles has now sent a certified letter to him at 2610 Garfield St., NW, where he died in January 1976, more than 25 years ago. I do not know if he has any outstanding parking tickets, but I can assure you he is not driving any motor vehicles, nor are any motor vehicles registered in his name.
"If you must insist on continuing to write to Luther Miller, you should direct all future correspondence to him at: Old Stone Church Cemetery, Lewisburg, WV 24901."

History surfaces
Dwight D. Eisenhower's handwritten diaries from 1944 and 1945 have been found, documenting the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, D-Day operations, the Allied breakout from Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and the surrender of Germany in May 1945.
The two volumes were discovered among the personal possessions of Barbara Wyden when she moved recently from her Connecticut home, according to her brother Richard Woodman. Mrs. Wyden long ago was ghostwriter of a memoir by Eisenhower's wartime secretary Kay Summersby.
Winston Churchill, General Bernard Montgomery, General George Patton and King George VI are among the characters who march across the diaries' pages. The 1944 volume is bound in dark blue leather and carries the inscription "Diary" in gold letters, while the 1945 diary is tan leather and has inscribed "Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower" in gold lettering.

Jewish-occupied Hill
The National Jewish Democratic Council isn't satisfied with an explanation of Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Georgia Democrat, regarding statements made against Jewish members of Congress by her congressional aide, Raeed Tayeh.
"I understand that he just resigned this afternoon," David A. Harris, the NJDC's deputy executive editor, told Inside the Beltway late last week. "While we give Representative McKinney credit for doing the right thing here, we would have liked to have seen her specifically address any of the objectionable points he made in his original letter.
"Ms. McKinney's statement seemed to focus more on the logistical fact that the letter was sent without her authorization," he pointed out.
In a letter to the editor of the Nov. 28 edition of the Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill, Mr. Tayeh wrote that Jewish lawmakers seemed "to care more about Israel than human rights and American values."
The aide added: "What is more disturbing to me is that many of these pro-Israeli lawmakers sit on the House International Relations Committee despite the obvious conflict of interest that their emotional attachments to Israel cause. The Israeli occupation of all territories must end, including Congress."
Mr. Harris said either Mr. Tayeh showed "an incredible lack of common sense by signing his letter as a member of a congresswoman's staff, thereby associating her name with such bigoted views, or Congresswoman McKinney has allowed her name to be associated with the cause of small-mindedness and religious bigotry."
It has been an outspoken couple of months for Ms. McKinney.
First, she attacked the U.S. news media for disseminating only "white noise" in its reportage of the war against terrorism in Afghanistan, ignoring "these other voices out there."
Later, she abruptly told a House International Relations subcommittee on human rights: "I don't think anybody is supporting the Taliban, except maybe some elements of the State Department and the CIA" for which she was immediately scolded by the subcommittee's chairman for speaking out of turn.

Help wanted
In response to the new Transportation Security Act, Uncle Sam is seeking 28,000 U.S. citizens with "sufficient dexterity" to screen passengers and bags at airports.
Minimum requirements: high school or comparable degree, no serious criminal record.
Maximum pay: $25,000 annually.
"We expect to have standards and application procedures for these positions developed no later than the end of the year, at which time we will begin accepting applications," the Department of Transportation informs us.
In the meantime, the DOT asks those interested in becoming federal screeners to leave their names and addresses at the following number: 800/525-2878.

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