GOOD advice, from that old standby, Anonymous:Don't get...

Salmagundi

October 27, 1994

GOOD advice, from that old standby, Anonymous:

Don't get annoyed if your neighbor plays his hi-fi at 2 a.m. Call him at 4 and tell him how much you enjoyed it.

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FROM an editorial in the Journal American in Bellevue, Wash.:

Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, who is retiring at the end of this year, agrees the public has a right to be impatient with Congress.

"There never was a time in American history when the legislature was a beloved or revered institution. Americans have always been skeptical about government," said the 61-year-old Maine Democrat at a National Press Club luncheon.

"What is new, I think," he added later, "is that skepticism has become cynicism and the intensity of mistrust has reached unprecedented levels."

Little wonder, Senator, with example after example of Congress failing to clean up its own act. [In the weeks before its recess], the Senate let campaign finance reform die ... [and] allowed a blizzard of faxes to derail passage of the lobbyist reform bill.

The lobbying bill would have imposed strict new reporting requirements on paid professional lobbyists and at the same time a virtual ban on gifts to members of Congress from lobbyists and non-lobbyists alike.

But opposition from special-interest groups scared enough senators into opposing the bill at the last minute.

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