- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Worthy of approval
Patriotic hats off to Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, and his proposed "Freedom to Be a Patriot Act" (H.R. 3201), which would prohibit taxpayers' dollars from going to persons and organizations that ban the patriotic display of the American flag.
"Unfortunately, there are some in this country who believe both individually and institutionally that our Star-Spangled Banner represents something less than freedom, liberty and defiance in the face of our enemies," Mr. Tancredo says.
He's referring to U.S. citizens who, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, have claimed that displaying the American flag is "culturally offensive" or "compromises objectivity."
"Such excuses are an offense to the very nation where these people live their daily lives," reacts Mr. Tancredo, fingering Berkeley, Calif., and Boca Raton, Fla., as just two places where American flags have been lowered or outright banned.
The congressman's own state of Colorado is no exception the public library system of Boulder refuses to hang an American flag at its main branch.

'SAFTE' sake
In the wake of the September 11 terrorist atrocities, Rep. Dave Weldon, Florida Republican, is gaining support for his proposed "Securing America From Terrorist Entries," or "SAFTE," Act.
The legislation would impose a temporary moratorium on persons entering the United States from countries known to harbor terrorists.

Tough to kill
Decontamination specialists working in the Hart Senate Office Building under the supervision of the Environmental Protection Agency are exempt from federal pesticide law and are applying unregistered materials to try to kill anthrax.
So reports the Bureau of National Affairs, which adds that the EPA isn't even certain whether anthrax can be totally eliminated from contaminated areas surrounding the U.S. Capitol and elsewhere.
Responders to the Senate anthrax contamination are working under emergency authority of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, says the BNA, and as a result, antimicrobial pesticides not registered by the EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act are being applied and tested on Capitol Hill.
The bureau quotes Michele E. Wingfield, chief of the Product Science Branch of the EPA Antimicrobials Division, as saying there are no pesticide products registered by the EPA that are specifically approved as effective against the anthrax bacteria.
Stephen Johnson, EPA assistant administrator of prevention, pesticides and toxic substances, says the "anthrax cleanup is a 'difficult business' and there are many questions on how products will work on computers, artwork, and pipes, what it will mean for people who work in the buildings, and whether the treatments will kill all the spores," according to the BNA.

Terror and romance
"Have you considered adding Thomas Jefferson to your list of presidents who took a stand against terrorism?" asks Inside the Beltway reader Tim Kauffman of Madison, Ala., who had read our pair of items yesterday on Theodore Roosevelt's and Ronald Reagan's anti-terrorism policies.
"And, since we're talking about it, wouldn't this be a good time to say, once again, that Bill Jefferson Clinton was no Thomas Jefferson?"
As Mr. Kauffman observes, the original Jefferson more than once cautioned against the United States supporting terrorism and piracy around the world. Still, on some terrorism issues, the nation's third president, an experienced diplomat, was often ignored and even overruled by Congress.
Speaking of Jefferson, it so happens that this evening at 7:30, in the Central Public Library in Arlington, retired White House correspondent and historian Frank van der Linden will discuss a new edition of his book classic, "The Turning Point: Jefferson's Battle for the Presidency."
The book combines the narrative of the Jefferson-Burr duel for the presidency, which deadlocked the House of Representatives in early 1801, with the author's newly discovered love story of two attractive young people caught up in the conflict.
Margaret Bayard, a pioneer feminist writer, defied her Federalist family and gave her heart to Samuel Harrison Smith, a pro-Jefferson newspaper editor. Her cousin, Delaware Congressman James A. Bayard, cast the deciding vote that gave Jefferson his victory.
Mr. van der Linden himself discovered the love letters of Margaret and Samuel in the Library of Congress. The author then made them the basis of the narrative.


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