- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2001

Female depression
Anybody who has read a newspaper in recent years knows how difficult life can be for interns in Washington.
Twenty-year-old Kerry K. Doyle, of Marietta, Ga., who is majoring in history and political science at St. Louis University, says she arrived in Washington this summer to intern for the National Organization for Women. Miss Doyle now reveals that she found its "dig-up-the-dirt opposition research so depressing" that she ultimately jumped the left-leaning ship, interning instead with the Independent Women's Forum.

Beers and pretzels
Denim-decked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman and four casually-clad gentlemen were ushered into the first-class section of a Northwest Airlines flight to Minneapolis last Thursday evening five minutes before other passengers, including those in first class, were permitted to board.
Jim Beers, a retired official with the Fish and Wildlife Service, says the boarding was delayed further while Mrs. Whitman's party of six (there was an additional bodyguard) were poured beverages by a flight attendant.
He says matters got worse when the takeoff, already in the acceleration stage, was aborted after an emergency light flashed on. Nobody was injured, and the flight was ultimately canceled.

English in America
Operating on a special consultative status with the United Nations, Global Volunteers, an international development organization, teaches English (among other duties) in 19 countries around the world, including Mexico, China and Vietnam.
Now, in what the organization is calling a "historic first," its volunteers have been called upon to teach English closer to home — within the United States.
The immigrant population in this country has swelled so quickly that 20 percent of U.S. school children now speak a language other than English at home. Even in far north Minnesota, growing immigrant populations have overwhelmed local communities.
In the west-central Minnesota town of Pelican Rapids, for example, an influx of immigrants over the past decade has swollen the population by 26 percent, with one in four elementary students living in homes where English is either not spoken or spoken very little. In nearby Worthington, the minority population grew from 6 percent of the overall population to 23 percent between 1990 and 2000.
Global Volunteers says community leaders in both Minnesota towns requested that the organization's volunteers teach English to the immigrant children.

Four are left
National Right to Work Committee President Reed Larson is calling on President Bush to exercise his "responsibility" to appoint four new members to the five-member National Labor Relations Board in hopes of curtailing compulsory unionism abuses.
Mr. Larson's letter to Mr. Bush was triggered by a controversial NLRB decision of last week — issued by three of President Clinton's holdovers — that forces non-union employees to wear union propaganda material (logos and patches) as a condition of employment.
"During last year's campaign, you repeatedly told the American people that 'help is on the way,'" wrote Mr. Larson. "Unfortunately, for millions of Americans laboring under federally imposed forced unionism, help has yet to arrive."
Mr. Bush can appoint four new members to the five-member NLRB, but has not submitted nominations as yet.

Virtual wall
Anybody who's visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington knows what a moving experience it is to read the 58,226 names on The Wall.
Now, beginning with a Capitol Hill ceremony on Wednesday hosted by Sen. John D. Rockefeller, West Virginia Democrat, and Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will help start a nationwide effort — "Put a Face with a Name" — to collect a photograph for every name on the memorial.
The pictures will be archived on The Virtual Wall (thevirtualwall.org), a commemorative Web site honoring those who were killed or remain missing in Vietnam.

Back in the lobby
Lonnie P. Taylor, one of Washington's most influential black lobbyists — who two months ago threatened a wrongful termination lawsuit against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he had served as senior vice president for congressional affairs — has just landed at the law firm of Powell Goldstein Frazer and Murphy, where he will handle government relations.


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