- The Washington Times - Friday, January 14, 2000

Then sign …

In a second-floor window of an office building at 1455 F St. NW, overlooking the atrium of Metropolitan Square and almost directly above the Old Ebbitt Grill Express, is an unusual presidential campaign sign that reads "Reagan '00."
Dave Warner has obviously changed jobs.
"My 'Reagan '00' sign and, prior to 1996, my 'Reagan '96' sign and I used to peer out of a third-floor window of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce onto Connecticut Avenue," the former chamber official reminds us, as if anybody in that neighborhood surrounding the White House could forget.
"Having left the employ of the chamber in September, after more than 11 years, my signs and I have taken up residence … in the Washington office of the Coastal Conservation Association, where I serve as communications director," he says.
And what is the CCA?
"The CCA is a nonprofit organization of 70,000 recreational saltwater anglers dedicated to conserving marine fishery resources fishermen who want to ensure that there are fish to fish," Mr. Warner explains.
And the CCA doesn't mind you bringing Ronald Reagan along for the fishing trip?
"Hopefully, one of the men now vying for the presidency will emerge as the strong moral and political leader that Reagan was and Bill Clinton decidedly is not," he says. "Then maybe I can retire my sign."

. . . and NOW sign

We've always ignored rumors that the National Organization for Women was in the midst of a financial crisis due to declining membership.
What did we know?
Just take a look at the facade of NOW headquarters on K Street NW, between 16th and 17th streets, where to passersby it appears the ladies have taken to reading palms at $5 per visit.
Or at least the positioning of the NOW and psychic reading signs would have one believe.
Rumors that a "Hooters" restaurant is next to open at the address are unfounded, for now.

One-world order

Veteran newsman and former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite wrote two years ago that he did his best to report on the issues of the day in as objective a manner as possible, and "when I had my own strong opinions, as I often did, I tried not to communicate them to my audience."
But then the circumstances were different, he noted, and Mr. Cronkite found himself "in a position to speak my mind."
It so happened that among his first tasks was to nail the Christian Coalition to the cross.
"With the Christian Coalition, I have a real problem," Mr. Cronkite wrote in 1998, labeling the 2-million-member coalition a well-funded "genuinely radical movement" that possesses a "militant ideology."
Now in this year 2000, Mr. Cronkite has taken up the cause of "world governance," desiring that the United Nations do the governing.
"The United Nations, formed in 1945 to deal with global problems, has had many successes," he writes on behalf of the World Federalist Association's Campaign for Global Change. Still, he says, it can do much more.
"If you're thinking you are already involved in enough causes, think about this. Until we have effective international law to forge genuine, enforceable international solutions, many of the most vexing problems we face will continue to defy remedy."
Mr. Cronkite says among other demands, the campaign is seeking "full repayment by the United States of its $1.3 billion owed to the United Nations."

Heard it before

After first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton informed this column this week that she "never received" a personal letter sent to her by Marisleysis Gonzalez, cousin to 6-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez begging her, as a mother, to use her influence to help keep Elian in the United States Marc Bressler, postmaster of Stuart, Fla., wrote to us:
"As a postmaster, it is my duty to point out, however delicately, that the 'lost in the mail' excuse is one of the most common prevarications used when someone doesn't want to own up to their own failure to respond or react to a letter."

What's up, Doc?

Speaking of letters lost in the mail, yet another group is expressing its opposition to the one-cent postage increase proposed by the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors.
Citizens Against Government Waste, America's largest taxpayer watchdog group, cites the Postal Service's $363 million profit in 1999, along with unaccountability and waste throughout the agency.
"During the past five years, the Postal Service has made more than $5 billion in profit," says CAGW President Thomas Schatz. "Why do they need the extra money, to print more Bugs Bunny T-shirts?"

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