- The Washington Times - Monday, January 24, 2000

Once upon a time

Overwhelmed briefly by politics, we ducked into the children's section of Borders bookstore on 18th Street NW to reread "Green Eggs and Ham."
What is America coming to?
In the way of Dr. Seuss was the life story of Bill Bradley, former New Jersey senator and 2000 presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. The small book's print was so large it resembled the type of story parents read to their children at bedtime.
Except in this sleepy-time tale, there's no green ham, Cat in the Hat, Yertle the Turtle, or our Seuss favorite, "You're Only Old Once."

Official position

State Department spokesman James P. Rubin, asked to remark last week about the deadline for the latest round of Israeli and Palestinian peace talks, replied: "It's certainly our view that mid-February is fast approaching."

Greyber's government

Maryland has a rather unusual candidate for the Republican nomination for the Senate.
Howard David Greyber, a U.S. Navy officer in wartime, is a Ph.D. physicist who helped design our thermonuclear weapons at Livermore National Laboratory in the 1950s.
Later, the Potomac resident was involved in space research, and during the 1980s, with the Defense Intelligence Agency specializing on foreign nuclear-weapons research, prepared intelligence briefings for Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger.
Mr. Greyber graduated from a unique science high school, Stuyvesant in New York City, which requires passing an exam to enter. That challenged him, he tells this column, and forever changed his life.
"There are very few such public high schools in this nation of 275 million people," says the physicist, who also worked on the Viking Mars project. "Stuyvesant produced three Nobel Prize winners, and its sister school, Bronx High School of Science, produced five."
Which leads us to Mr. Greyber's political platform, if one can call it that. He proposes the federal government, over the next seven years, fund and build 435 public high schools of science, like Stuyvesant. There would be one in each congressional district "locally controlled," he stresses.
"At a time of budget surpluses, the cost is reasonable," he says. "Building 63 such schools per year, at a cost of $3.8 billion per year, would cost less than $27 billion over seven years, about half the cost of the Apollo Space Project when corrected for inflation."
Mr. Greyber says Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, liked his idea, although the latter expressed concern about possible meddling by federal bureaucrats.
He feels the science schools would "exert a strong positive influence on all public education" as parents in feeder elementary and middle schools demand courses be improved so their children have a reasonable chance to pass the entrance exam.
"Thus, revolutionizing American public school education," the physicist explains. Mr. Greyber's own three children hold M.D., M.B.A. and M.A. academic degrees.
"President John Adams wrote, 'The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of the rich men in the country.'
"For our own national security in the 21st century, the minds of our poor children, of all skin colors, are far too valuable to waste," he says.
He credits President Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration, more than any other in recent years, for boldly passing the far-reaching National Defense Education Act, creating NASA, and establishing the post of presidential science adviser.

All sorts of fellows

The "Judicial Fellows" held their first annual meeting in the Powerscourt of the Phoenix Park Hotel last Friday.
Founded by then-Chief Justice Warren E. Burger in 1973, the program provides fellows an opportunity to study firsthand both the administrative machinery of the federal judiciary and the dynamics of inter-branch relations.
The Judicial Fellows program draws outstanding individuals from diverse professions and academic backgrounds, including law, the social and behavioral sciences, public and business administration, systems research and analysis, communications and the humanities.
C. Boyden Gray, former White House counsel to President Bush, is a Judicial Fellows alumnus.

Beltway, anybody?

Thanks to our readers for the several hundred additional definitions we never requested for "GOP" (explained historically in Friday's column).
"GOP stands for 'Gutless Old Prostitutes,' at least for this current crop in Congress," gripes Gene Burch of Temecula, Calif.
"I thought GOP stood for 'God's Only Party!' " says a far kinder Kerry Burrough.
While Pat Pyfrom of PLP Associates in Santa Monica, Calif., requests: "Now that you have explained 'GOP,' can you explain 'Beltway'? "

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