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July 27, 2001

In keeping with our new Friday tradition, we offer once again, in best Paul Harvey style, the rest of the story - sequels to columns previously published in this space.

LaVerkin's Last Stand

Remember LaVerkin, the Utah town that declared its independence from the United Nations by banning the use of the UN emblem, blocking municipal funding for UN activities, and requiring global loyalists to display "UN Work Conducted Here" yard signs? After the state attorney general threatened a lawsuit, the city council reconsidered. Under their revised resolution, the yardsigns are out, but the remaining provisions of the LaVerkin declaration still stand.

Rethinking Reparations

The U.S. is having second thoughts about sending a delegation to the UN's World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa next month. Sticking points for the Bush Administration: reparations for slavery and a dispute over a 1975 resolution, since repealed, that equated Zionism with racism. "The United States will stand on the side of making certain that a variety of Third World nations do not hijack a conference that should be aimed at combating racism," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer. We can think of far more effective ways of combating racism than convening a conference of global bureaucrats.

Klamath Falls Is 'Fed' Up

The 1,400 endangered farmers in Klamath Falls, Oregon -- on the skids since a protected bottom-feeder called the suckerfish cut off the water supply to their land -- aren't feeling too friendly toward Washington enforcers. After farmers forced open restricted headgates while local authorities looked on, the feds moved in to stop the release of more water. Now the sheriff of the struggling town is asking the federal officers to pack their bags. Spokesmen at the Department of the Interior say Secretary Gale Norton has yet to settle the Farmers v. Fish dispute, but in a letter to her, Sheriff Tim Evinger warned, "I'm not going to be party to enforcing a federal law on federal property that is destructive to the entire community I represent."

North Carolina Goes Back to The Book

In recent years, the Supreme Court has, in the words of its Chief Justice, "bristle[d] with hostility toward all things religious." But even though the high court expelled the Ten Commandments from America's public schools in 1980, the North Carolina legislature says the code is welcome in their state. By a vote of 94-18, the General Assembly affirmed a bill already passed by the state senate that allows the display of "documents and other historical objects that have formed and influenced the American government and legal system." The Commandments qualify, and Gov. Michael Easley has promised to sign the bill.

Trucking on to the Senate

Last month, the House resoundingly rejected an Administration initiative to open American highways to 4.5 million uninspected Mexican trucks carting NAFTA cargo. Now that the bill has landed on the Senate side, Republican supporters are fighting dirty. Sen. Pete Domenici said that opposition amounts to "borderline discrimination," and Trent Lott blamed "anti-Mexican" attitudes. Wrong, Mr. Minority Leader. It's called pro-Americanism, and there's nothing racist about making your own country priority one.

Amnesty for Everyone

Non-Mexican immigrants aren't keen on President Bush's amnesty proposal - with good cause. Those who have legally waited in line for years aren't thrilled about giving cuts to illegals, and gathered in Washington this week to say so. The President answered, not by admitting the error of legalizing lawlessness, but by suggesting he's willing to play come-one-come-all. "We'll consider all folks here," Bush said. Wonder if that means he'll consider the interests of American folks as well?

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