- The Washington Times - Monday, April 23, 2001

Confederate people
The Southern Legal Resource Center is making final preparations for a federal hearing in Alexandria this Friday "on whether or not Confederate Southern-Americans should be considered a 'people for national origin purposes."

Other people
The Agriculture Department needs a "Hispanic Male and Male Person with Disabilities" to report to duty no later than June 8.
So says a memo to department deputy chiefs, requesting candidates of such shade or disability to serve a three-year term (all travel costs covered) on the agencys National Civil Rights Committee, which is composed of men and women of the following categories: American Indian or Alaska native; Asian and native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; black; Hispanic or Latino; white, and persons with disabilities.

Republicans counted down the days (2,920) until Bill Clinton left the White House. Now its the Democratic National Committee thats peddling a similar Bush calendar for $17.95, "A year full of laughs. Each day a new Bush-ism."

Gore legacy
In response to "rampant violations" of voting rights, the Democratic National Committee at its 2001 Winter Meeting acted on a proposal submitted by Al Gores former presidential campaign manager, Donna Brazile, and created the DNC Voting Rights Institute.
Miss Braziles institute has the strong support of DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe and National Development Chairman Maynard Jackson, who together issued the statement: "We will not accept a repeat of voter disenfranchisement that stained Election 2000."
Early last month, the DNC requested each state party chairman provide documentation of any voting irregularities that occurred in the state, and since then, were told, the DNC legal department has been compiling "documented abuses" and other instances in which "democracy has been denied."
The DNC will announce the findings at a news conference on National Law Day, May 1. After all, as the DNC continues to insist, "when all the ballots are cast and every vote is counted, Democrats win."

Coach to Congress
Greatest winning percentage of any congressman now serving on Capitol Hill: .836.
Percentage, that is, of college football victories held by freshman Rep. Tom Osborne, Nebraska Republican better known as the University of Nebraskas head football coach from 1973 to 1997, when he compiled an incredible 255 wins and only 49 losses.
Nebraska voters elected Mr. Osborne by a landslide, as well, giving him 80 percent of the vote. Besides being "one of the greatest football coaches of all time," as House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert notes, voters like the fact that the coach-turned-congressman refused to accept more than a $300 campaign donation from any individual.

Astute at 9
Letter to President Bush, from 9-year-old Kejana deGeyter of Sacramento, Calif.: "Dear President, I like the rules you are going to change for our country. Im glad you are happy about being president. Change the rules that Clinton made. But only change some of them."

Scary stats
Heres an eye-opener: Classroom teachers make up only 52 percent of the public education work force in the United States and 12 states have more non-teachers than teachers, according to the Education Intelligence Agency.
The 30-page report, "Tribute for a Light: Public Education Spending and Staffing," compiles the latest education information from the Education Department, the Census Bureau, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.

Policy drill
James F. McAvoy is one of several readers to welcome todays Summit on U.S. Energy Policy, sponsored by the American Association Of Petroleum Geologists at Farragut Square.
"Ive been involved in international energy policy matters for the past 20-plus years and have repeatedly sounded the alarm that we are not paying enough attention to where we are going to get our needed supplies of petroleum and natural gas," he writes. "The last time I saw any figures like this was three years ago before I retired and at that time it was estimated that in the U.S. we had about 26 years supply of oil and 50 years supply of gas.
"This forthcoming symposium needs to be watched carefully to see if and how they address this matter and the conclusions. It could serve as a much-needed wakeup call for us all. Many years ago, during the first term of President Reagan, then-Secretary of Energy Donald Paul Hodel remarked that 'what people usually mean when they say that we dont have a national energy policy is that we dont have one that they like. That may still be the truth today."

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