1999-09-04 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

It's been a fun news week! From the Waco fiasco and Attorney General Janet Reno's role in it, what she knew and when she knew it, to Vice President Al Gore's knowledge of Russian money laundering, to the potential amnesty of FALN members. Mon Dieu! It seems accountability for anything has gone out the window. According to outspoken Newsday columnist Jimmy Breslin, the American people are tired of Clinton and company; and after the layer of soot that they spread all over this country, we just want them to go already. As for a senate candidacy for Hillary Clinton, since when does association to power by marriage qualify one for an elected role in politics?! Unlike Elizabeth Dole, Mrs. Clinton has never been appointed or elected to anything; nor has she the executive experience of running a company like the Red Cross. But despite this, there are those of us, including me, who happen to like Mrs. Clinton. In this country, we like underdogs, we feel it’s her deserved turn to get her due. After all she has publicly endured, we feel that this alone should qualify her to represent New York in the senate; but since when is pain, and the ability to even wear it well, a job requirement for elected office.

***According to former Mayor Ed Koch, if President Clinton goes ahead with the pardon and release of the FALN prisioners, it will undoubtedly sink his wife's candidacy. It seems that everything is suspect to having the ulterior motive of political gain. How frightening it would be if the powers that be can bend and manipulate the law for political advancement. If Hillary needed to be in good stead with the Arab community, could we then expect the release of the World Trade Center bombing terrorists.

***The Gateway Republican Club has been distributing flyers for the solicitation of funding for the WWII Memorial. The memorial, which will be erected on nearly 71/2 acres of the National Mall in Washington D.C., and be situated between the Lincoln and Washington monuments, honors veterans who bravely fought to defend freedom, those on the home front who contributed to the war effort, and to the high moral purpose that motivated the nation's call to arms. Never before, or since, has our country shared such a common bond of purpose and determination. Primary funding for the $100 million dollar memorial must be raised from private contributions. According to Gateway Republican President, Owen Baxter, "We can make history in Rockaway by being recognized as contributers to this worthwhile cause that honors those who fought to protect the freedom we live now." The WWII Monument committee is chaired by former Senator Bob Dole and actor, Tom Hanks. If you'd like to contribute, you may do so by mailing contributions to: American Battle Monuments Commission-P.O. Box 96766-Washington, D.C. 20090-6766; or you may contact the Gateway Republican Club att: 114-24 Rockaway Beach boulevard. Flyers may also be obtained from many of our local stores.

***It was so nice to see little Regina Lena McManus who entertained those who dined after the Kennedy Mass. She is certainly a cutie and sure future step-dancer!!

***I met local actress Ruth Graves recently; and after a year long hiatus

from the theater, she will be back on stage with the Rockaway Theater company in their fall production of Sorry Wrong Number. Ms. Graves will star in the role created by Barbara Stanwick. The play will be part of a three part mystery series. I look forward to seeing it.

***Congratulations to James Conway Sullivan on his enrollment in the fall semester at Empire State College. James is pursuing his advanced degree and hopes to teach in the future. Slainte!, James.

***Thank you to my fellow columnists Howie Schwach and Lew Simon for their kind and complimentary words about me in their recent columns.

***Let us share the late Robert F. Kennedy's vision and apply it to Rockaway: "There are those who see things as they are and ask, Why? I dream things that never were and say, ""Why not!".

See you On The Beach.....


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