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\ Our Comment A Thankful Day The election is over, the sky rockets celebrating the Statue of Liberty have winked out, and the final truly national holiday — Thanksgiving — is just ahead. It is a time that Americans have given to the world...a moment when hearts share gratitude, a moment when we can inspire others to be grateful for what we have and not covet that which has not come to us. We do indeed live in a land of peace, it only needs more people to believe that. Our nation has a vast reservoir of talent which we only need a better use for. Giving thanks, either with friends, loved ones, or simply by ourselves, should make us think about the greater good which we can accomplish if only we set that as a goal. Quote For The Week / have no yesterday, Time took them away; Tomorrow may not be - But I have Today Pearl Yeadon McGinnis Intruding Technology While President Reagan has enjoyed great popu­ larity as a result of his television image, he has now become a victim of 20th century technology. What­ ever the ultimate goal of his foreign policy and the maneuvers to free the hostages, the instant access that television delivers to the watching world has made negotiations impossible. The aggressive reporting that is now in style has made the press the un-elected and unappointed fourth branch of the government in the country. Every process and action of legitimate government officials is examined in the brightest light. Every governmental action is not only fully reported, but the motives are probed and speculation is added to whatever facts are available until reality becomes obscured This then is delivered to our own nation with the speed of light and spread throughout the world at the same time. Thus all levels of government are placed in a posi­ tion undreamed of by our founding fathers. Those men believed negotiation was so important that the men writing the constitution pledged each other to secrecy until the job was finished lest public con­ troversy over the issues thwart their main purpose. Unfortunately, today our nation seems to lack the unity of purpose that united our forefathers. The '11 Minute A Year ? War Notes Off The Cuff Once again we are printing a day early because of a holiday in order to give everyone connected with the newspaper a chance to get ready for turkey day Just remember that this year we will also be publishing a day early on the Christmas and New Year's weeks because those holidays are also on Thursday this year Three members of the DeWitt Rotary have had perfect atten­ dance for 30 or more years They are John Clearo, 32 years, John Holmes, 31 years, and Art Gaebel, 30 years Congratula­ tions to them and those who are working up to it Camp Tellman, 27 years. Hank Kalette, 28 years, and Bruce Quilter, 29 years That's dedication' Wonder what ever happened to all those sought afterCabbage Patch dolls that were so impor­ tant to own the Christmas of 1983' Although covered with snow, some of the campaign signs are still in evidence Shouldn't those responsible for putting them up also be responsible for taking them down? This newspaper welcomes your comments and opinions for use in our letters to the editor section. However, such letters must be signed by a sender. We will not publish your name^ if desired, but all letters we print must be signed. Please include a phone number at which you can be reached for verification purposes. By Reed Irvine The UPI recently quoted a young Afghan girl as saying: \Seven years of fighting, and people in America don't know where Afghanistan is located. It really hurts. All the people who are dying there and nobody knows about it.\ The reason so many Americans aren't really nware of the suffering of the Afghan people is because the media on which they depend so heav­ ily for news of the world are not telling them very much about the cruel treatment being inflicted upon them by the Soviets. Our television networks have shamefully neglected the Afghan \Var. A study of coverage of the war on the evening news programs of ABC, CBS and NBC, done by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress for Senator Gordon Humphrey, R-N.H., covers the first six years of the war, 1980 through 1985. It found that on the average each of the networks devoted less than one hour a year to stories that focused on Afghanistan. Two thirds of the time logged was in the first year of the war, 1980. During the following five years, the coverage by the network evening news shows averaged a mere 17 minutes a year for each network. That is about the same amount of time that ABC's \World News Tonight\ devoted to a single telephone interview with Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa last July. The study found that CBS News had devoted more time to Afghanistan than its two rivals. In the first two years of the war, the difference was not great, but in 1985, CBS spent more time on stories that focused on Afghanistan than did ABC and NBC combined. The reasoftvisa't that CBS did such a good job — it spent only 30 minutes on Afghanistan during the entire year — however, ABC and NBC were so bad that they made CBS look good by comparison. They devoted only 11 minutes each to stories on Afghanistan. In 10 of the months in 1985, ABC did not air a single story focusing on the Afghan conflict. It didn't even do a story in December to mark the sixth anniversary of the Soviet invasion Over half of the 11 minutes that ABC devoted to Afghanis­ tan in 1985 was taken up by a single special report. They showed film footage of the battles for Khost and Kandahar and footage of Soviet television coverage of the war. The usual network excuses for devoting so little time to Afghanistan revolve around the difficulty of getting reporters into Afghanistan. The Soviets don't permit Western reporters to cover the fight­ ing. The Afghan freedom fighters do occasionally escort reporters into the country to observe and film their activities. Those willing to undertake these dangerous missions have generally been freelancers. They have not always found the net­ works rushing to buy their footage, and the net­ works have rarely assigned their own personnel to make these dangerous trips. The fact is that it is not necessary to have repor­ ters inside Afghanistan to report what is taking place there. Recently both the United Nations and Amnesty International have released reports on the human rights abuses in Afghanistan. The Un­ ited Nations reported that there are now five mill­ ion refugees from Afghanistan living in the neighboring countries of Pakistan and Iran. That represents a third of the population of Afghanis­ tan at the time the Soviets moved in. The report said that the Soviets are trying to stem the flow of refugees by bombing those who are fleeing and by taking brutal reprisals against villagers along the way who help therti. It also said that the Soviets are now carrying out a massive forced resettlement of Afghans living in the pro­ vinces bordering on Iran and Pakistan. They want to depopulate the area, to make it more difficult for the freedom fighters to operate. Those who recall other forced resettlement op­ erations carried out by the Communists—the Uk­ rainian peasants in the early 1930s, the Crimean Tatars during World War Two, the Cambodians under Pol Pot's murderous rule — know that this means mass misery and death. But our networks have said nothing about this U.N. report. Those 5,000,000 Afghan refugees can tell graphic stories about what is happening in their country. The media don't seem to be much interested in what they have to say Reed Irvine, the author of this commentary is chairman of the board of Accuracy In Media, a news-monitoring organization based in Washington, D C. From Our Mailbox Completing The Story To the Editor I would very much like to complete the story you started in the November 19 issue of the Eagle Bulletin \Question Op­ eration \ To tell the truth, you seem to have a better source of information than I have been able to establish 1 was notified on September 11, 1986 that I was in violation of the Fayetteville zoning code concerning the conduct on a home occupation in a residential district I had been under the impression from my attorney that a funeral home is not a \home occupation,\ rather a \business\ and indeed the Fayetteville zoning code re­ quires a new funeral home to be built in a \B-l\ district (a con­ trolled business district, Article IV, section E, paragraph 2c). As zoning was established in Fayet­ teville in 1962 and Mr. Eaton relocated his funeral business to his residence (the current ad­ dress) in 1950, the use of this structure for a business in a re­ sidential zone thus would be \grandfathered \ In our initial discussions for the purchase on the business during the fall of 1985, Mr. Tubbs and I concluded it would probably be easiest and indeed the most cost efficient for me to live in the rear of the funeral home. In the meantime how­ ever, personal family considera­ tions and my \roots\ (six genera­ tions in Minoa) made the ques­ tion of moving rather more deli­ cate. It is very hard indeed to choose between two very fine communities such as Minoa and Fayetteville where best to live your personal and family life; yet, I view that decision as com- (Continued on Page 5) ALL ABOUT TOWN Eagle Bulletin (USPS 1636-600) T. Elmer Bogardus George C. Wortley, 111 Publishers and Editors Barbara S. 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