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At airport security, signs point to confusion about driver’s licenses

In my recent travels through Las Vegas and Long Beach airports, I have seen a Transportation Security Administration[1] notification that prompts my question. It mentions that in 2018, driver s licenses and state identification cards must comply with federal government standards in order to be used to board an airplane. I am curious if I will have problems for future flights. I recently received my renewed California driver s license. Paul Perez

Whittier

Answer: The signs Perez writes about have to do with Real ID, an effort to make driver s licenses comply with federal standards. Signs that went up toward the end of 2016, when Obama was still president, said, Starting Jan. 22, 2018, you will need an alternate ID to fly if you have a driver s license or ID issued by any of the following states: Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington.

In small print below, the signs explain that the Real ID act establishes the minimum security standards for state-issued driver s licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like the TSA, from accepting licenses and identification cards for certain official purposes, including boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft from states that do not meet these standards. Another sign directs you to TSA s website[2] for more information. You can find that information at www.lat.ms/tsandrealid. How did we get to this point and what does it mean to you? It has been a long and winding road and could change again with the new administration.

The 9/11 Commission, convened after the attacks, addressed perceived weaknesses in identification. Congress in 2005 OK d a law that toughened requirements for driver s licenses. Simple math tells you it has been easier to make the law than to put it in place. Slow forward to 2016 when a series of deadlines (2016, 2018 and 2020) were set up for driver s license compliance.

To see which states are OK, check out the Department of Homeland Security map[3] at www.lat.ms/dhscompliancemap, a sort of naughty/nice list that shows which states licenses are OK (23 states and the District of Columbia) and which are not. But click on Missouri, for instance, and it gives you a big red bar that says Not compliant. Then it explains that as of January 2016 (the first Real ID deadline), Missouri licenses could be used for identification to get on a plane but not for entrance to nuclear power plants and federal facilities. By Jan. 22, 2018 (the second deadline), Missouri license holders will need an alternative identification to fly in the U.S. and access federal facilities, the site says.

Which brings us to California, which is painted yellow on the site and has a lot of company, including Oregon, Idaho and Texas. When you click on California, it tells you that our state has an extension and that Californians can continue to use your license to fly in the U.S. and access federal facilities and nuclear power plants. But the Oct. 1, 2020, (third) deadline? Unclear at this point whether California licenses will be OK.

I asked the California Department of Motor Vehicles for an update on where we are. Here is the official statement that was sent:

The DMV strongly supports the goal of ensuring there is one license, one record and one identity for each Californian. We will continue to implement practices to comply with the intent of the law while ensuring privacy protections and minimizing impacts to the over 30 million Californians who already have a driver license or identification card. Uh huh. That s helpful. On the other hand, given some of the uncertainty about implementation under a new set of administrators, the state can t say for sure because it doesn t know what s going to happen. What is certain: Californians are fine for now. We may be fine by the 2020 deadline . We don t know yet and probably won’t be for a while.

I believe in built-in redundancies, as anyone knows who has asked me for a pen and is offered one of a dozen from my purse. I now carry my Global Entry card when I travel. It is among the acceptable forms of ID for airport checkpoints.(You can see the list at www.lat.ms/acceptableid.) And by 2020, it just may be the key to boarding a plane. Have a travel dilemma? Write to travel@latimes.com. We regret we cannot answer every inquiry.

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References

  1. ^ Transportation Security Administration (www.latimes.com)
  2. ^ TSA s website (lat.ms)
  3. ^ Department of Homeland Security map (www.lat.ms)

Confederate flag adds to SC Confederate Relic Room’s woes

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room Director Allen Roberson would like to talk about his museum’s exhibits. But in the past 18 months, his days have been dominated by the unrequested responsibility of displaying the last Confederate flag to fly at the Statehouse. The museum’s budget is about $825,000 about $100,000 less than 10 years ago. The controversy over lawmakers requiring the museum to display the last flag before the banner was permanently taken down after nine people were killed in a racially motivated shooting at a Charleston church has cost the museum at least one $50,000 donation and cut into his fundraising time, Roberson said.

“All I want to talk about is our exhibits,” Roberson told The State newspaper (http://bit.ly/2la5biN) as he supervised the hanging of 47 maritime Civil War drawings and paintings that will go on display on Friday. The museum’s name betrays its scope. The Confederate Relic Room was founded in 1896 and is the state’s oldest military museum. Its mission is to educate about the role South Carolina has played in all of the nation’s wars.

In December, the museum will open a major exhibit on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and another exhibit on the Army Reserve 360th Civil Affairs Brigade in World War II, where the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond served.

“The name gives the impression it’s just about the Confederacy, but it goes far beyond that. It goes to the impact South Carolinians have had in these major global events. There are very important stories there,” said state Rep. James Smith, D-Columbia, who has given items from the time he spent in 2007 and 2008 in Afghanistan serving in the South Carolina National Guard. But displaying that last Confederate flag looms over the museum. Roberson and museum officials suggested a $3.6 million project to cover the Legislature’s requirement that the flag be displayed and the 20,000 soldiers from South Carolina killed in the Civil War be honored. It was not well received. The flag sits in storage as lawmakers have not given any money to the project. The museum received criticism over being pro-Confederacy even with Roberson and others carefully trying to make sure all displays give both sides of an issue.

Roberson thinks the Confederate flag debate caused attendance at the Relic Room to drop from 24,800 in 2015 to about 19,800 in 2016.

“And before that we had five straight years of increasing attendance,” Roberson said. “Last year was the lowest attendance in 10 years.”

The flag has also added some other expenses to the museum’s proposed budget. Roberson is asking for $25,000 to hire a security guard and add security features to the Relic Room.

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This story has corrected a reference to the museum director to Roberson.

The yin-yang of Oregon Asian Celebration is fun and informative …

The Oregon Asian Celebration at the fairgrounds through this weekend is as silly as a noodle slurping contest and as sober as remembering how families were once rounded up and placed in American concentration camps. The yin-yang, light-dark, play-reflection continues at the 32-year-old celebration of all things Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Philippine, Taiwanese, Indian and Hawaiian through 6 p.m. Sunday.

Yes it s a little bit dark, said event Director David Tam, but it s important to remember the past so we don t make the same mistakes in the future. This is part of our culture. This is part of the Asian-American experience. But first the noodles: In the food booth hall where the kimchi, samosas and bubble tea flow, couples sat knees to knees, ready to win the Couples Canoodle Noodle Eating Contest.

One in each pair got a big bowl of ramen noodles and a pair of foot-long chopsticks, while the other partner cleared their throats, opened their mouths and readied themselves to receive big wads from a big bowl of noodles. A gift certificate for a free meal at 168 Thai Kitchen in Springfield hung in the balance. A once dignified, white haired Howard Schuman took off his sweater, donned a red apron, sat across from his wife, Marvy, and prepared to eat.

Marist students Viola Watts and Zoe Notenboom decided to settle who would eat by means of rock paper scissors. Watts apparently lost. Rafael Eating Machine Arroyo warmed up with an ear of corn while his neon pink-haired partner pondered her chopsticks technique. Hmm, she said, maybe spin it around a little bit like on a fork with pasta. Contest MC Maria Clark-Warren called the contestants to order.

You know noodle is a symbol of long life. A lot of noodle and long life in your belly today, alright? she said, then: 1-2-3-Go.

Some contestants tried to bite and chew the noodles, some others slurped them up. Arroyo s mouth soon got dry, the noodles stuck and he hiccupped a little bit. After 2 minutes and 30 seconds, both Schuman and Arroyo were slurping the remaining broth and noodle bits in the bottom of their bowls, when Marvy threw up her arms in victory. Schuman, it seems, is a consultant for foreign banks, whose years in Southeast Asia, including in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, provided plenty of practice eating steaming bowls of street noodles.

Arroyo and his wife, Robyn, were defeated but undaunted. In round two, he shoved and she ate. Learning from their earlier trial, she sipped water between the dry bites and when she got to the broth in the bottom, she poured it into her mouth, down her cheeks and neck and into her bra, but she emerged the round two champion. Even while the contestants ate, the masses downed mochi, Tai Chi students showed their flowing movements, the Iron Mango Orchestra strummed ukes, festivalgoers were taking in Uprooted, the story what happened to Oregon s Japanese-Americans, when President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. Roosevelt signed that order 75 years ago on Sunday.

Oregon has a bleak record when it comes to human rights. When the state started in 1859, the citizens wrote a clause into its first Constitution that excluded black people from living anywhere within its borders. In 1901, Ping Yang school in Mohawk was finally destroyed in the blast of a third middle-of-the-night bombing, according to newspaper clippings from the era. The school had been helping Japanese men who were brought in to work on the railroad learn English.

They were trying to run out and keep out the Japanese immigrants, said Stephen Williamson, a member of the Cottage Grove Historical Society who researched the incidents. In 1925, a white mob of 50 men and 200 women and children lead by the sheriff s wife ran millworkers, including 27 Japanese people, four Filipino people and one Korean person out of Toledo, according to the Oregon Encyclopedia.

Dexter resident Gary Smith sat reading a book about the so-called Toledo Incident at the festival Saturday. He was born in Toledo, he said, a town 12 miles east of Newport. Growing up, he d heard about the mob because his mother was working at the Lincoln County Leader newspaper then and kept a clipping. Why d they do it then? Smith was asked.

Why do they do it now? Smith said. Same thing. Different people. This time it will be the Muslims. Steve Morozumi stood nearby gazing at the story boards that told how Oregon residents of Japanese ancestry were rounded up in the months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and taken to live in tar paper shacks surrounded by wire fence and guard towers in Minidoka, Idaho, and Tule Lake, Calif.

Morozumi grandparents lived in San Francisco then, and his father was in high school, when the authorities ordered them to report for transport to Topaz, Utah, internment camp. His grandparents spend four years in the camp. His father got a work pass, moved north to Wisconsin and eventually attended law school. After the war, the family returned to San Francisco and Morozumi father opened a law practice in Oakland.

My dad was pretty angry about it and very outspoken about it unlike most (second-generation immigrant) parents, who suppressed the story from their kids, Morozumi said. Knowing was better, he said, but he still inherited the familial anger about the unjust treatment of those years.

Lately, the Morozumi, he s heard some shocking political talk.

They were mentioning the Japanese-American camp experience as a quote legal precedent for rounding up Muslims as a possibility. It s not like history is completely done with, he said. Last week, the Associated Press published a government memo that suggested activating as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to help arrest illegal immigrants in 11 states, including Oregon; the Trump Administration quickly said that wasn t their plan. On Friday, the Trump Administration s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders resigned en mass in protest of the administration s refugee and immigration policies.

On Saturday, the Washington Post reported on sweeping new guidelines adopted by the Department of Homeland Security to speed up deportation with the help of local law enforcement officers who are deputized as a force-multiplier to help make immigration arrests. After the November presidential election, Mimi Nolledo, a school district human resources employee, picked up a camera and began making portraits of immigrants who live in Lane County. They re from all over the place, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Burundi, Brazil, Ireland, Japan and Mexico.

We ve got to get people to understand we re not that different from each other, she said. Her photos, gathered as Our Stories: Immigrants of America, drew a steady stream of viewers at the Asian Celebration.

Cottage Grove resident Paulette Koontz perused the photographs and read accompanying stories. She said she d recently been to a legal seminar that compared Trump s executive order with Roosevelt s.

At that time, there wasn t any evidence (of sabotage), but there was so much fear, she said. This time, there s more scrutiny of the presidential orders.

The court says, Well, we re going to have to put a hold on this. We have to study this more closely because you need more evidence. …

We re not there yet, but we re learning. Also, there s just a tremendous amount of support from white people understanding and supporting the rights of other humans. In that way we have learned, she said. Follow Diane on Twitter @diane_dietz[1] . Email .

learn more

The executive order that interned 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans was signed 75 years ago today. Here s where to learn more:

Lane County Historical Museum is displaying Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II. The museum is open through 6 p.m. Today, admission is free. See: www.uprootedexhibit.com/farm-labor-camps/[3]

Oregon Asian Festival is displaying Our Stories: Immigrants of America. See: immigrantsofamerica.com/[4]

Valley River Center 15 is showing Allegiance, George Takei s Broadway play at 12:55 p.m. www.fathomevents.com/events/allegiance[5]

More Eugene[6] articles

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lane Events Center, 796 W. 13th Ave.

Selected events: Japanese Taiko drumming at 10 a.m., Cooking of Singapore demonstration at noon, Chinese fan dance at 12:40 p.m., Aikido demonstration at 1:30 p.m. and Asian Fusion Dance at 2 p.m.

References

  1. ^ @diane_dietz (twitter.com)
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