The Navy earlier this year said it was willing to allow the Missouri to be moored at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor for only a year, not the five years proposed by the USS Missouri Memorial Association. It stipulated further that visitors would have to reach it by boat, not by the Ford Island causeway being constructed. The plans now call for visitors to reach the Missouri at its temporary site via the causeway, due for completion in May 1998. Once it is moored at the permanent site, shuttle boats would be required to bring visitors aboard.
A permanent site will be prepared along Ford Island adjacent to the USS Arizona. The memorial association, which raised $7.5 million to cover the cost of towing the Missouri to Hawaii from Bremerton, Wash., hopes to raise up to $25 million to prepare the permanent site.
The National Park Service objected to the Missouri being moored near the Arizona Memorial, which the Park Service operates, but the proximity makes sense. While the Arizona symbolizes the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, the end of World War II is symbolized by the Missouri, where the Japanese surrender ceremony was conducted in 1945.
Secretary of the Navy John Dalton announced the Navy's about face from its earlier position, but congressional approval is needed. Congress should not hesitate in approving the permanent mooring of "Mighty Mo" alongside the Arizona.
Both Yeltsin and security chief Alexander Lebed are believed to favor a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Chechnya. It is up to Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin to step in and coordinate government policy in the absence of a forceful presence by Boris Yeltsin.
Clearly, regulation of the industry is warranted along with continued efforts to discourage young people to acquire what is universally accepted outside the industry as a fatal addiction.
Rupert E. Phillips, CEO
John M. Flanagan, Editor & Publisher
David Shapiro, Managing Editor
Diane Yukihiro Chang, Senior Editor & Editorial Page Editor
Frank Bridgewater & Michael Rovner, Assistant Managing Editors
A.A. Smyser, Contributing Editor