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B2 -:o The Arlington Times/The Marysvilte Globe OPINION MARYS THE VILLE GLOBE NGTON lIMES To INFORM, EDUCATE, EOIFY ILLUMINATE & ENLIGHTEN OPiNioNS exPRESSeO ARE THOSE OF TXe AUTHOR ANO O0 NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE POSITION OF THE GLOBe OR TlUES EDITOR ANO PUBLISHER KRISTOPHER R. PASSEY MANAGING EDITORS NEVONNE MCDANIELS SCOTT FRANK SARAH ARN~ COPY EDITOR CATHERINE PASSEY REPORTERS SCOTT MORRIS KAY BROOKS BRIAN KINGSBERRY EDITORIAL ASSISTANT PAUL ERSKINE ADVERTISING MANAGER SUE STEVENSON AOVEn'nsIHG SALES CONNIE MCKINSEY DIANE LUNDBERG SUSAN BONASERA CLASSIFIED MANAGER BARBARA BLAIR CLASSIREO SALES SHERRY WEST PEGGY DONOHUE ANITA FAIR TELEPHONEJFAYJEMAIL THE M~vs~qu~ GLOBe 1.360.659.1300 1.360.658.0350FAX Tm ~TOH TINES 1.360.435.5757 1.360.435.0999FAX HOuRs: Mon.-Fd.,, LErm~ WA 98223 Subscriptions Please indicate which paper (the Times or Globe) you prefer to receive. Both are published weekly on Wednesday Snohomish County $34 - $72 26 weeks - $40 6 weeks - $19 State WA 98270 Coaches and correspondents should turn in material before 9 a.m. the Saturday prior to publication date. Special arrangemeT~ts may be made by calling the switchboard number. Times- 360.435.5757 : : ........ 4 i | Summer's green pastime:The religion and scatology of Tighter Focus Kris Passey Editor and Publisher We often experience more regret over the part we have left, than pleasure over the part we have preferred. JOSEPH ROUX Meditations of a Parish Priest (1886) Glf'Those who do it have a love- hate relationship with the game like few other sports engender. All sporting activity is at center about the mind's ability to control the body. The training to become good in the sport usual- ly involves movements of the body executed over and over again in precisely the same way. Eventually the mind submerges itself and the body repeats the movements with "muscle memory." Most sports involve a high degree of hand to eye coordination, the hands being the usual extension of the rest of the body to the various t t)ols of sport>rackets, bats, poles, balls, etc. In other sports it may be foot to eye coordination. In all sports that I can think of as ] write this. however, the eye is the t irst portal of input for incoming data. The eye receives the light, that data is decoded and sent to the brain for interpre- tation, messages are sent To other muscles to respond accordingly. Thinking more about it, competitive swimming may be different, and perhaps a few other sports rely less on the eye. In golf, as in other sports, hand to eye coordination is only the start. Musculature- skeletal-nervous-cardiovascular-mental to eye coordination is a more accurate hyphen- ation but still incomplete. Extending away from the hand, both hands actually, is the grip-encased shaft, terminating--way out there in the farthest orbit--in the club head. In a separate but parallel universe is the dimpled ball, in this case white with black lettering. Golf is a game, in the words of the fic- tional Bagger Vance, that you can't win. But golf is not a game al all. Golf is purgatory. Golf is physics. Golf is the perfect marriage between purgatory and physics. Get the physics wrong, keep repeating the wrong physics, keep paying for your wrongs. Golf religion is a legalistic system. When you commit a sin against physics, the punishment is swift and sure. There is no forgiveness although final outcomes can be changed by chance placements of trees, golf carts, cart paths, and occasionally other golf penitents. But unintended ugly luck has no redeeming power of self-caused repetition. There are, if you will pardon the expression, holy days in golf. In the High church these are the professional tourna- ment days, where devout practitioners clos- er to redemption gather at the most awe- inspiring green cathedrals built by the hand of men who know the difference between humility and humiliation. These artisans have been followed by a priesthood of course caretakers and greens keepers skilled in preserving the values and ritual acts of contrition cultivated by the original creators. The low church performs the same ablutions with less of the blather. Practitioners here are not professionally devout in the sense of being fed, lavishly housed, although they share the iconic clothing of the high church, the difference being that in the low church it is part of the tithe, whereas in the high church it becomes the vestments provided. The low church holy days are most often nested w~thin the walls of good weather. On a local parish level these holy days provide much of the economic engine of non-profits. They sponsor tournament after tournament with 400 percent increase over the regular tithe and the inducement of award dinners with substandard fare and prizes designed to keep sinners coming back to church. Okay, that analogy is pretty well used up. The first hole in tournament golf is the worst one. It is here, usually in front of peo- ple you rarely team with and a wider assort- ment of onlookers than is normal, that your first drive reveals the darkest side of your disrespect for physics. Hit a sky ball, hit a fade, hit a hook, duff it, hit it thin, hit it fat--the alternatives to hitting it well are a hundred to one and likelihood of ly proportional watching you tee off. Golf, again like tal game once a down. If you hit your tee you are much more ting the ball well. The guaranteed. Hit the tee and you will throughout the the ball well from the likelihood of true, like flipping a stroke, or the excruciating Knowing all courses try hard to this human travail as In many cases the es truly spectacular: Vistas unfold that take familiar with the of golf, a dogleg is varying degrees where along of shorter grass avoids, but where with Both terms are us deeply mired in purgatory, there is fairway. As to doglegS, as the dog's paw, Mealybugs and other pests I II Community Voice Bob Graef Columnist I've been accused of leaning toward exaggerating a bit now and then. Maybe so. After all, if something is worth stating, might not it be worth overstating? Especially if overstatement is the tool needed to get the point across. Especially if the point to be made is so close to us that we can't see the forest for the trees. And speaking of trees: We have a Ficus, an ornamental fig tree in our living room. Since we lost our first Ficus to mealybugs, we fight for this one's health. The mealybugs, tiny insects that cover themselves with a waxy coating, attach at the base of leaves where they suck the vigor out of plants. And that waxy coat- ing makes them tough to kill. Like my Ficus, our society has para- sites, too. Attractive when first put to use, they multiplied bad weeds until they became as much a problem as an advan- tage. Odd how society overuses good ideas, seeing thal they nmltiply until they all but choke the life from the society that creates them. Two that come to mind are cars and television sets. l try to keep my mouth shut about this issue because I've found it to be a conversa- tion stopper. When cars or television are brought up, my hands start waving, I come out of my chair raving and pretty soon no one's left to listen to my harangue. Then I ran across a hit of information about the car issue that got me upset all over again. Back in 1998 the American Petroleum Institute published the amount our nation paid out each day for imported oil. $132 million each day. I've been raving ever since. At the same time we're shelling out all that cash, we claim we can't afford to build state-of-the-art people movers. Strange that the richest country can't build them when cities in other nations around the globe have funded mass transit schemes. Strange that we can't afford one when Vancouver B.C. is finishing theirs. Strange that like a drug addict, our nation antes up another $132 million each day to satisfy its craving and gives no serious thought to kicking the habit. Since the AP1 report was dated back in 1998, maybe we ought to bump the $132 million up to $140 or $150 million today. That's some price to pay for funding a growing problem. What problem? For starters, some of the obvious effects of that hemorrhage of wealth are; debt growth, air pollution, and giving ever more precious land over to roads and parking lots. Some of the not-so-obvious effects include wasted time in gridlock, road rage, shoving solu- tions into the distant future, and wasting a ............. dwindling petroleum, reserve that should be reserved for big, her and better uses. The next time you watch endless rivers of headlights and taillights snaking across our landscape, consider that they are parasites eating away the vitality and growth potential of our society, and with that, our quality of life. Our lives have become geared to the rhythm of our roads rather than the fellowship of our families. No thanks to cars, we've become hooked on going and doing, rather than staying and being. A chicken-and-egg question: Is subur- ban sprawl due to our having so many cars, or do we have so many cars because our cities are so spread out? Another question: How might our patterns of settlement be different if we had no rural mail delivery and no school bus routes to the bunnies? These things are conveniences, but conve- niences that help mess up our patterns of settlement are mixed blessings. How's that for radical? What's happened over time is that we've joined together in pushing another freedom too far. It's not the first time -- we've had plenty of practice abusing the First and Second Amendments. Funny thing about freedoms. Like food and drink, they're great when taken in acceptable amounts dom runs ramPaxjt ( someone gets riot. Like we in our " point where it is The result another parasite of life. The muting is otherwise. Not have proved that more to to change. When parking, traffic and the rest of not to change. Speaking Wars cient mass city? Opting billion. A If we private vehicle some of the money. #dad when efficient public t onto a portion we're doling reduced we're there. Think abotxt l invited to weaken nation going feed the that being the world doesn't nq smartest. Comments on items making the news Capital Gains: Adele in Olympia ITEM: It wasn't until the trial last month of ex-Ku Klux Klansman Thomas Blanton Jr, in ~ Birmingham, Ala, for the 1963 church Political bombing that killed Columnist four black girls, that it was learned the FBI had kept secret for 35 years tape recordings that could convict Blanton of the crime. On tapes made secretly in Blanton's kitchen in 1964 by an FBI informant, Blanton is heard discussing the planting of the bomb. Former Alabama Atty. Gen. John Yung called it a "stunning revelation" and "shocking that someone sat on that evi- dence all those years." COMMENT: It's no surprise to me. I lis- tened to two FBI agents testify in the GamSeam trial in 1980 in Seattle that then- Sen. Gordon Walgren of Bremerton agreed on three separate occasions to a deal whereby he, House Speaker John Bagnariol and lobbyist Pat Gallagher would use their political influence to promote gambling, only they had no proof because their tape recorders malfunctioned. The jury believed them. After the trio served two year sen- tences for racketeering, Walgren found in a Freedom of Information search of FBI files, telexes and memos from the agents report- ing to U.S. Atty. John Merkel that no agree- ment with Walgren had been reached in the three meetings, papers that were never released to Walgren's lawyer prior to the trial as the law required. Also kept from Walgren's lawyer was an FB1 account of how the agents told Merkel they had the other two cold but could get nothing on Walgren, and asking to drop him from the case. Merkel, also from Bremerton and a lifelong political foe of Walgren, said get something. What the agents produced was their oral report of the three meetings they lied about at the trial. ITEM: Mark Andrew Acaley, 2 5, a Yale University graduate and Minnesota stock- broker, was shot to death in Seattle while riding through the International District with his team mates who were in town for a martial arts competition. Police surmise it may have been an attempt to shoot some- one else, who was hiding behind the other side of the car which was stopped at a red light. COMMENT: When it isn't even safe to drive through Seattle at night for fear of being caught in the crossfire, it is long past time that Seattle got its act in order. The city would be better off known as a place with over-zealous cops when it comes to cracking down on suspicious persons and gatherings, than a place where it's too dan- gerous to be on the streets at night. ITEM: A task force has been named to lo0k into the deaths from injuries of six horses in the first two weeks of the Emerald Downs racing season. Between 11 and 17 horses have to be put down each year, according to the state veterinarian. Seventeen died or were destroyed last year. COMMENT: And they call horse racing a sport? Horses are literally and deliberately being ridden to death to get the most out of them for the purse. They're no safer at Emerald DownS horses that Suicide stampede" the horse versiOia begun., School is criticized for by the school's picked look into reports abuse over many expose by the Department itself when it larities, clean bill with the Services, which dent sexual woman husband's years to DSHS' definition' 4, Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, WA