- The Washington Times - Monday, July 22, 2002

Soulful Hatch
We've written plenty about Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's musical talents. Now we see that the Republican senator and ranking member of the Select Intelligence Committee has gone Hollywood.
"He does have a song on the 'Stuart Little 2' soundtrack," confirms Peter Carr, spokesman for Mr. Hatch. "The song is titled 'Little Angel of Mine,' and Senator Hatch wrote the lyrics, Madeline Stone wrote the music and the song is performed by a group called 'No Secrets,' an all-girl band that everybody thinks is going to be the next big group."
Music and poetry run in the senator's blood. He started taking piano lessons at age 6 and before long added the violin. From the age of 12 until he left for Brigham Young University, he attended every concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, walking two miles each way to the music hall and back.
Since then Mr. Hatch has penned more than 300 songs, including those for singer-songwriters Janice Kapp Perry and Billy Hinsche of the Beach Boys. He has published numerous ballads for Nashville artists and has with Ms. Stone produced songs for the CD titled "Whispers of My Heart." One song on the CD, titled "Souls Along the Way," is for Sen. Ted Kennedy and his wife, Victoria.
Mr. Hatch also wrote an inspiring song, "The Different Makes the Difference," for his good friend and boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
As for the senator's contribution to the "Stuart Little 2" soundtrack (the movie opened last Friday), "Little Angel Of Mine" goes like this:
Close your eyes go to sleep
Little angel of mine
When you wake I'll be there
Little angel of mine
There's a star in the sky
And it's shining for you
Make a wish tonight
All your dreams can come true
My arms will be around you
Kiss your tears away
I'Il comfort and protect you
Never be afraid
I will watch over you
Little angel of mine

Ware she going?
There's dismay in some AIDS corners over the rumored dumping of Patricia Ware as executive director of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
Mrs. Ware has been one of the Bush administration's "most loyal supporters" and is an "extraordinary" bridge builder who can comfortably discuss touchy subjects such as abstinence education and marriage, insists one colleague.
Now it appears she has been told she has 30 days remaining on the job, and her allies have been advised, "don't try to save her, she's going."
Why would a veteran professional, who as a black woman was especially influential with communities of color, be given the bum's rush?
We're told it's linked to the just-announced exit of openly gay AIDS czar Scott H. Evertz from the Office of National AIDS Policy. He's becoming special adviser on AIDS to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.
Apparently those who were not pleased with Mr. Evertz's transfer to the lower-profile job wanted a payback. The price was Mrs. Ware, our insider suggests, particularly since she took positions "not shared by other Bush administration AIDS officials."

Worms as weapons
California reader Roy W. Mumaw throws a dart at Inside the Beltway for writing "somewhat slightingly toward the use of agricultural bioweapons by terrorists 'and ensuring that the screwworm is not reintroduced, by terrorists, we must now assume' into the United States.
"May I respectfully suggest that you rethink your position," says Mr. Mumaw, forwarding an in-depth study presented nationally by microbiology lecturer Mark Wheelis of the University of California, Davis, on what goals an attack on agriculture would serve terrorists.
The study recalls Germany's use during World War I of "anthrax and glanders against animals" to the most recent "Iraqi program on wheat cover smut."
"For most agents, effective use would require large stockpiles and extensive delivery efforts," Mr. Wheelis notes. "However, there is potential for delivery by secret agent to initiate point-source epidemics of highly contagious agents."
And what might an end-result be for the United States and other countries?
"Disruption of the agricultural sector can cause profound dislocation of societies," he says. "Direct losses of plants or animals could cause food shortages, rises in food prices, and unemployment. All of these could, if severe, have serious destabilizing effects on social and political structures.
"Many developed countries are quite vulnerable to disruption of the agricultural sector, although their social and political institutions are fairly robust," Mr. Wheelis concludes. "Nevertheless, the potential for immense economic damage is high in a well-planned attack, and the consequences for the food supply, export trade, and financial markets could be very serious."

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