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Sunday, October 25, 1987
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EDITOR: JAN LEACH, 369-1003 THH C INCINNATI KMIMKKK SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1987 SECTION B MO Black Catholics mcctB-Wilkinson columnB-Winton Lake project gets grantB- Blood center gets new chiefB-6 State newsB-9 ObituaricsB-9 ft Camilla Warrick The hunters get captured by the 'game' The evidence lies neatly packed in Pete Fenboque's freezer. Most of the 60 pounds has been filleted and is ready for the grill. You could call it venison and be done with it. Hut Fenboque is a stickler for accuracy, so he tosses in the clincher: Road kill. That's right. The buck did in somebody's front end, maybe even injured the driver, then died. Fenboque felt sorry about all that. But he would have felt worse if the fresh meat had been ignored. So he dropped what he was doing, as he's done twice before, raced out of his Milford home and field dressed 125 pounds of deer. "Helluva lot cheaper than hamburger," he says. Fenboque is playing neither for laughs nor gasps. Truth is, he can't stand to see anything valuable go to waste. But to understand Fenboque and why a guy on his way to work would almost wreck his car to nab a discarded baby buggy (good as new, by the way), you've got to meet his friend Vern Murrer, also of rural Milford. This guy saves the stems from the inner tubes of old tires just because they're solid brass. Murrer is a mechanic. He often works on bus tires, and their inner-tube stems are about 4 inches long. Toss 'em in a box and pretty soon you've got something worth cash. You think Vern is stingy, you ought to meet his wife, Cheryl. She's been putting up vegetables from their garden for years. But she's never bought a canning jar and never will. Who needs to when you've got empty mayonnaise and peanut butter jars? By the way, she makes terrific crab apple jelly. But the Murrers don't own a crab apple tree. They get all their fruit from the front yard of a Springdale bank. Otherwise it would just rot. No struggle to survive Speaking of tossing things out, what do you think Cheryl does with a jack-o'-lantern the day after Halloween? She bakes it, then freezes the pulp. How about clothes beyond repair? She cuts the buttons off and saves them for a sewing project. How about old jeans? Great for denim quilts. Neither the Murrers nor the Fenbo-ques are struggling to survive. In fact, they are so solidly, comfortably middle-class that people have a difficult time believing them. You pick what? Trash? Hah, try again. Then Vern tells them about 1973 and 74, when he was laid off from his job at a car transport company. Yes, they had unemployment for a while and food stamps and Cheryl's coupons, which worked magic on the grocery bills. But things would have been pretty grim if not for garbage. "I'm going pilfering," Murrer would joke to his wife and kids. Then he'd climb in his dad's old Chevy pickup and make the rounds of the city on trash night. Surprisingly, he never got much in Indian Hill. But Forest Park was a gold mine. Murrer found any number of fans, dehumidifiers, vaporizers, hair dryers, record players, TVs and tons of lawn furniture. He'd get the equipment working again, put new webbing on the lawn furniture, then have garage sales and watch people fight for the stuff. The best loot, of course, stayed home. That included lamps, an antique mirror, an oak cabinet and a Kirby vacuum cleaner (worth $800 after adding $80 in parts). Friends were dazzled by Murrer's hauls and asked to accompany him. So did Fenboque. Go ahead, laugh It didn't take much to convert him. And when Pete came home one day with a six-piece patio set, needing only fresh paint, his wife, Karen, was hooked too. Sure, people laugh at them. They laugh at themselves. But then Pete mentions one of his latest finds, a $600 Toro lawn mower, needing only a new set of rings probably because of a lack of basic maintenance. Nobody's smiling any more. Vern describes similar items, recovered from every community in the area. A trend seems clear. Americans have not only accepted the notion of "built-in obsolescence," they're contributing to it. They buy and cast aside. They forget to repair. They squander useable goods in deference to fashion. Then when they ask themselves why the nation's spending habits have created a $2 trillion debt, they forget to look at their own curbs. But not the Murrers and Fenboques. They know the answer just might be hiding in the garbage. Camilla Warrick is a columnist for The Enquirer. Money talks In Ciecieeati races BY HOWARD WILKINSON The Cincinnati Enquirer Most people who watch Cincinnati politics agree this has been the most quiet campaign season in years. All that could be heard was the sound of pens scratching out checks to candidates' campaign funds. Money hundreds of thousands of dollars, possibly a million will be the story of the 1987 campaign when all is said and done; all of it spent to elect candidates to Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County Municipal Court bench. The series This is the fourth in a series of Sunday articles examining where Cincinnati City Council candidates stand on issues that will confront the next council. Because of the money, the decibel level on the 1987 campaign will increase in the next nine days, as TV viewers and radio listeners are bombarded with an unprecedented amount of candidate advertising. As of Oct. 15, the Hamilton County Republican Party alone had bought $166,500 worth of television air time, mainly to benefit their incumbents and those challengers their polls show have a chance of breaking through. The Republicans, with almost $300,000 spent in the election so far, have outspent the Democratic party by 2-1 and the Charter-ites by 3-1. In campaign finance reports filed last week with the Hamilton County Board of Elections, Republican incumbents such as John Mirlisena and Steve Chabot show relatively modest amounts of money raised on their own so far ($31,290 and $32,402 respectively), but both councilmen members of council's majority coalition are likely to receive massive support from the Republican Party in TV advertising. They could well reach $100,000 each in total campaign spending, something never before done in a Cincinnati City Council race. The stacks of documents on campaign finances filed last week reveal much about other candidates and campaign organizations as well. For example: James Cissell: The incumbent Democrat reported contributions of $54,225, about $10,000 of which was donated by developers who have been before council's urban development committee, which Cissell chairs. Developers gave money to many incumbents and non-incumbents in the council race, but Cissell led the list in money from developers. The Chavez family of Chavez properties, recently involved in a flap over the proposed construction of a new jail in Millvale, gave Cissell $2,000 and had a fundraiser in his behalf. Invitations have gone out for a fund-raiser later this week to be given by (Please see MONEY, Page B-8) 1 j?"Vlr, ' I A White tt:K k?1 V V 1 1 1 I C . -SJ United RflhJ H::.l) 1 -- i&r fctf. MlM . 1 ' 0 V The Cincinnati EnquireriGaty Landers Unified Skinheads display an American flag and exchange taunts with people who oppose the neo-Nazis in Corryville Saturday. Demonstrators, neo-Nazis face off University of Cincinnati student Omo Oba, top, challenges the neo-Nazis, while Isaac Heintz and Mark Allen display a sign urging unity. BY PEG LOFTUS The Cincinnati Enquirer They stood on opposite sides of the street, a half dozen Unified Skinheads holding an American flag, outnumbered by the almost 100 persons who came to rally against racism Saturday in Corryville. "I think the most exciting thing about the demonstration were the young people that came out. You hear they are apathetic and don't care. But young people are against racism and don't want Nazis at their clubs. It's exciting for an old person like me to see this," said 37-year-old Celia Petty, a speaker and member of the Inter national Socialist Organization, which organized the rally. Holding a sign that read "Smash Nazism Fight Racism," 18-year-old Peter Hamrick said he and his friends have been threatened by the neo-Nazi groups. The Nazis "are trying to put ideas forth in a subversive way. They are not intelligent and claim to be non-violent but they've shown themselves to be violent," said Hamrick. University of Cincinnati freshman Kir-sten Roberts, 18, a rally organizer, said she has been threatened by the groups she protested. She thought the rally showed that positive action can be taken. "You can't just disregard them as young kids. They're talking about vicious horrible ideas," Roberts said. Art Slater, 44, a speaker and member of the Rainbow Coalition, echoed the warning against viewing them as just misguided youth. "The public can never let their guard down against racist ideology. Hitler youth grew up to be SS leaders," Slater said. "We're protesting the protest against us," said 16-year-old Shawn Kelly, holding an American flag. His group is Unified (Please see RALLY, Page B-8) West Chester man does his part to fight deficit BY JIM ROHRER The Cincinnati Enquirer We're all one big family, says Keith LaBorde, and if the family is in debt, we all should pitch in and help. If someone in your family was $2.1 trillion in the hole, you'd at least toss in one day's wages say a dozen or so billion to ease the crunch, right? a. ' XL LaBorde LaBorde, 30, of West Ches ter, has done just that. Last week's panic fluctuations in the stock market, and never-ending talk of the national debt, aggravated him so much that he mailed in one day's pay $55 to the U.S. Treasury, attached to a cover letter to President Reagan. "The United States is just one big family," he said Saturday. "It's time for all the kids to help out. Hey, what's a day's pay? "As long as this huge national debt is over our head, things like the stock market crash will keep happening. Get the debt solved, and everything else would twist around. "We should all kick in, be cause the debt is the fault of the American people. We elect our government." In his letter to the president, LaBorde said he wanted to be "the first to contribute a day's salary to be deposited in the treasury of the United States to offset this ridiculous deficit." He recommended that a program called "Concerned Americans for the U.S." be organized to help each working American contribute one day's pay "to help correct the mistakes we have made over the past century." "I haven't heard from the president, and I don't expect to," LaBorde said. "I just hope the money helps." A spokesman in the White House press office said Saturday that LaBorde's letter and check had probably been referred to the Treasury. LaBorde's program, if implemented, would not actually solve the debt problem, however. With the nation's current per capita income of $13,451, which translates to an average daily pay of $52, and a current population just over 244 million, maximum participation would net something under $13 billion. Uncle Sam needs $2.1 trillion. Maybe we're in the wrong family. V V Springfield Rd fading RdJ M J jf Completed - - V- - Planned -V- jConstr- j Complete-H The Cincinnati EnauirerElmer Wetenkamp The Cross County Highway was conceived in 1955, but over the years, the project was slowed by opposition from some residents being displaced, quarrels over routing and lack of state money. The road still not taken After 32 years, Cross County Highway only half-completed BY STEVE KEMME The Cincinnati Enquirer When Cross County Highway was conceived, teen-agers were dancing to Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," a four-bedroom house in Mount Washington cost $16,000, the U.S. government had begun giving financial aid to South Vietnam, and Pete Rose was learning the rudiments of baseball on west-side sandlots. That was 1955. Thirty-two years later, "Rock Around the Clock" is a golden oldie, $16,000 four-bedroom houses are as extinct as dinosaurs, the Vietnam War is history, and Pete Rose appears to have retired his bat and glove for good. Yet one thing remains the same: Cross County Highway still isn't finished. More than eight miles of the 16-mile highway still exists only on blueprints. "It seems like it's been forever since I first heard about plans to build the Cross County Highway," says Edna Koehler, a 75-year-old Springfield Township resident who lives near the highway's intended route. "We always said, 'We'll believe it when we see it.' " Now she believes. She stands on her front porch watching huge yellow trucks lumber down a dirt road only one door away. They're going to a nearby site where a 2.3-mile section from Galbraith Road, near Reading Road, to just west of Vine Street is being built. The state began working on this section last year, after a 13-year lapse in construction on the highway. Despite the project's countless delays and controversies, state and county officials say the highway will indeed be completed. But no one knows exactly when. "Conceivably, the whole thing could be completed by the mid-1990s if funding is available," Hamilton County Engineer Donald Schramm says. "The state has a lot of federal funds, but it also has a lot of obligations." The completion of the highway depends partly on gasoline prices, says Earl Francis, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation's district office in Lebanon. "If the price of. gasoline suddenly escalates," he says, "the state's gasoline sales tax revenue will (Please see HIGHWAY, Page B-8)

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