- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 6, 2001

No longer discarding
Saying a clean city "is everyone's job," the D.C. government has sent Luther L. Miller of Garfield Street NW a $70 fine and brusque warning because he's failed to pay an earlier $35 ticket for having his trash "containers out for collection at wrong time or place."
"Our records indicate that you failed to satisfy the charges for the ticket listed below. Failure to pay the amount due may result in a real or personal property-tax lien against your property. This is your final notice."
There's just one problem: Mr. Miller is dead. In fact, he was laid to rest before Jimmy Carter arrived in town.
Writes Mr. Miller's old neighbor, Jesse H. Merrell, to the city government: "Regarding your $70 ticket to Luther L. Miller, pleased be advised: Luther L. Miller is dead, has been since January 1976, or nearly 26 years so it would be a little hard for him to respond, as your records say he has not done."

Marines among us
There's much discussion these days in Washington preceding the dangerous cave and tunnel fighting that will be required to uproot Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network from their hiding places.
But it's not the first time the U.S. military has gone cave-to-cave in search of the enemy.
Politics & Prose ran out of books the other night when many Washington reporters, most retired U.S. Marines, crowded around to hear former Washington Star and Washington Post newspaperman Jim Dickenson describe the heavy casualties suffered by Marines when ousting Japanese soldiers from caves and tunnels on Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 1945.
In his new book, "We Few: The Marine Corps 400 in the War Against Japan" (Naval Institute Press), Mr. Dickenson follows a class of 2nd lieutenants from boot camp to their destinies on the Japanese islands, where they confronted an enemy lodged in caves and tunnels with multiple entries and exits. A total of 10,300 Marines died and 34,000 were wounded rooting the Japanese from the caves.
Among Marines-turned-newsmen in the crowd for the book reading were Jim Lehrer, Mark Shields, Gordon Peterson, Nick Kotz, Pat Furgurson, Ed Fouhy, Jim Perry and Warren Rogers. Kay Evans and Bea Harwood, recent widows of ex-Marines Rowland Evans Jr. and Richard Harwood, were also in attendance, as were past Marines John Culver, the former Iowa Democratic senator, Barry Zorthian and Washington lawyer Stuart Land.
CBS' Bill Plante, ABC's John Cochran, PBS' Paul Duke and Terry Smith of PBS' "The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer" were also on hand for Mr. Dickenson's timely book talk.

Arrogant Americans
"While 500,000 students may receive student visas every year," Ed O'Keefe writes about one of our recent column items, "I think it is terribly unfair of you to assume that they are not showing up to class and are instead off preparing terroristic attacks."
(Inside the Beltway assumed nothing of the sort. We merely pointed out that it is "unknown" to the U.S. government how many foreigners entering the U.S. on student visas actually attend classes or for that matter how many foreign students overstay their visas. It's not surprising, therefore, that following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, called for a six-month moratorium on foreign student visas until such time Uncle Sam gets his act together).
"I attend the American University in Washington, D.C., and live in the international students' dorm, though I am an Upstate New Yorker," Mr. O'Keefe continues. "I have met with many Arabs and other foreigners who completely denounce the actions of September 11 and subsequent anthrax mailings, should they be connected to anyone overseas or here in the U.S.
"To say that foreign students do not attend classes and instead plot evil acts is wrong, uncalled for, rude and only adds to reasons why foreigners have every right to be upset with this country sometimes. We are too arrogant and at times overstep our bounds while not paying attention to worthy causes; however, by all means, we have helped out in so many ways, do not deserve all the criticism and will remain the dominant nation in this world because we practice great freedoms.
"For that reason, we should believe that of the 500,000 foreign students who come to this country for an education and a taste of democratic freedoms, 99.99 percent attend classes, and a few bad apples play hooky and plot evil."

Power women
Oprah Winfrey, not first lady Laura Bush, is the most powerful woman in America or so says the Ladies' Home Journal, which ranks the 30 Most Powerful Women based on cultural clout, financial impact, achievement, visibility, influence, intellect, political know-how and staying power.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton ranks 5th on the list behind Miss Winfrey, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Martha Stewart and Barbara Walters. Mrs. Bush, surprisingly, is way down the list at 26th, behind even the lip-synching Britney Spears, who ranks 9th.


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