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EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1991 PAGE A-7 TC V -v J"V Mil itoJi f"11" "1 '""'"I """ f u""""iu 'i r 11 1 1 ui HOS uAu E County seeks back taxes for Fernald Law allows local government to ask for restitution; target is $29.6 million BY HOWARD WILKINSON The Cincinnati Enquirer There was a time in the 1940s and '50s, when atomic science was new, that local government officials would bend over backward to get a federal nuclear project in their back yards. tion," Goering said. "We'll see what we can get." Under a little-used section of the 1946 Atomic Energy Act, local governments can ask for "payment in lieu of taxes" on land acquired by the federal government. For 40 years, almost 1,000 acres of land at the Fernald site in Crosby Township have been off the county's tax rolls because the federal government is exempt from local taxes. Now with the Fernald uranium en Robert Goering. "It's time the bill came due." Goering and county officials from other communities around the country with nuclear facilities are banding together to collect "payment in lieu of taxes" from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Hamilton County has filed a claim for $29.6 million in compensation, although Goering said he realized the county may have to settle for less. "It's going to be a process of negotia richment program shut down and a massive environmental cleanup of the land under way the county should take advantage of the federal law, Goering said. Last week, Goering and county fiscal officers from seven other communities with federal nuclear facilities met in Denver to discuss strategies for collecting money from the DOE. Other local governments such as Benton County in Washington state (Please see TAXES, Page A-9) the early 1950s for the Fernald Uranium Enrichment Plant, no one complained. But now, after decades of environmental problems at Fernald and other federal nuclear installations, local governments including Hamilton County are looking to be paid back for the loss of tax dollars for the land that was taken off the tax rolls and for the environmental damage done. "The taxpayers are owed something for having these facilities in their communities," said Hamilton County Treasurer It meant jobs, prestige, a piece of the action. Hamilton County was no different. When the federal government took over almost 1,000 acres of Crosby Township in One step at a time Texts divide town Help for teen-age mothers School offers path off welfare, to jobs BY ALLEN HOWARD and MIKE TURMELL The Cincinnati Enquirer Three years ago, Chevella Bonner thought dropping out of school was better than being stuck in an overcrowded classroom. "I wasn't learning anything. I just didn't Fairy tales open can of bookworms THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WILLARD, Ohio A fight over textbooks has disrupted business, sent students home or out of state and made witchcraft a heated topic in this north central Ohio town, a newspaper reported Sunday. For about a year, fundamentalist Christians have been fighting Wil-lard educators over what they con Y Y - Y -! . V 4' Y YY . I ' ;fvH ?s ! i u-'r'4v sider demonic fairy tales in Im pressions, a series of ; primary-school reading textbooks. Eleven children in the 2,400- t student system have been with-' drawn from classes this year to be like it, and they wouldn t let me transfer," she said. She took what she thought was the easiest way out when she dropped out of Hughes High School. Now, she is a teen-age parent on welfare with two children. But she has a chance at a bright future because she is taking advantage of an f ...... J " Wrta'-1- l!S taught at home. School board member Billy Inmon transferred his son to a Kentucky high school. '. "I don't want to burn books," Inmon told the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. "We should give the par ! ents who don't like these textbooks TFT ; some kind of alternative." 4 ; Fighting with money Disgruntled parents are launch' ; ing a campaign to repeal part of the district's tax base in what may be the nation's first attempt to fight a textbook battle through finances, b' 1 ; said Peggy Hodges, a lawyer with the American Family Association . Law Center in Tupelo, Miss. Hodges represented 10 families in a suit against Willard schools last year to have the books withdrawn. She said the suit was dropped for '! fix L innovative program de- Chevella Bonner signed to get teen mothers off welfare. The program is called LEAP and stands for "Learning, Earning and Parenting." It is one of the first large-scale programs in the country aimed at reducing long-term welfare dependence through a preventive approach. Bonner, 19, is a student at Peter Clark Academy and expects to graduate in 1992. She is in a class of 22 pupils. "Teachers seem to be more helpful here. They act like they care about you. It's like a family. I don't think I would have gone back to school if I hadn't come here," she said. Bonnie Beckman, Bonner's teacher, is confident Bonner will graduate and go on to college where she hopes to study computer science or business management. "She has shown a little more ability to stick with it than most students," Beckman said. "She dropped out last year when she had a second child, but I called her every day to urge her to come back." Cynthia Smith, LEAP coordinator, said Bonner would enter the Department of Human Services JOBS program upon graduation. JOBS stands for "Jobs, Opportunities and Basic Skills" "JOBS is part of the Family Support Act of (Please see LEAP, Page A-9) ABOVE: A worker with Duncan Machinery Movers, of Lexington, Ky., keeps an eye on an overhanging traffic light as a crew hauls a 187,000-pound, 22-foot-long "Yankee Dryer" through the intersection of Pippin and Struble roads in Colerain Township on Sunday. The dryer had been transferred from an Ohio River barge and was on its way to Middletown. It is part of a $24 million paper-making machine on its last lap from Germany to the Bay West company in Middletown, which is opening a $70 million plant to manufacture paper towels and tissues. RIGHT: The equipment, 17 feet high and 1 6 feet wide, seen here negotiating a street in Pleasant Run, is expected to be in operation in mid-December. The device moved 2-3 mph through about 30 streets and highways to pass over bridges that can handle the load. The Cincinnati EnquirerJoanne Rim the repeal campaign. : The parents are seeking a refer iBu'- . ., ...... "endum Nov. 5, which targets about .10 of the school's taxes. The district says the books will stay and is fighting to save the $640,000 in property taxes. s 3 : -: . if: Superintendent David Hirschy wonders if a successful repeal effort would be a rallying point for . textbook foes in other cities. i'Start of national battle?' V( I -J i . "Is this the start of a nationa : battle?" Hirschv said. "Is this the first battleground where Deoole trv Condo agent frowns on flag Priest assaulted in friary burglary Owner won't remove it from window to shut ott the money it they don t like a book?" The two sides see different things in the 822 selections of literature by such authors as Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Seuss. Inmon and others fear their children's minds are being saturated with references to witchcraft, Halloween and magical chants. Educators say they see none of that. Barry Fall, Willard's curriculum director, said the 15 books were chosen because they integrate language, reading and writing through the use of literature. Holt, Rinehart & Winston Ltd. of Canada originated the series and has defended it in written statements. The company has denied any of its readers promote witchcraft, satanism and the occult. The publishing company has said only 22 selections mention ghosts or witches and such topics are traditional in folklore. But luanita Hamons, who took Carol Taylor of the management association said it was not that the organization did not allow flags or was unpatriotic. "We allowed anything when the gulf crisis was going on," she said. Earlier this year, management told all residents to take items out of their windows, Taylor said. "You can't pick and choose in a condominium association. You have to treat everyone the same," she said. Taylor said residents could have outdoor flags on flagpoles. The fact that an American flag is the issue is probably irrelevant, said James O'Brien, an attorney with Matre, Cuni & Orner Inc., a Cincinnati firm specializing in condominium association law. Although not familiar with Fedor-chuk's situation, O'Brien said the exterior of a condominium was common property. "Anything that shows up on the outside is under the association's control," O'Brien said. Associations restrict exterior details, from signs to the color of paint on a door., Fedorchuk is not moved. "They can take me to court," she said. BY IRENE WRIGHT The Cincinnati Enquirer A 75-year-old condominium owner in Granby Station, West Chester, vows to go to court before taking down a 12-inch by 18-inch American flag from her front window. "I've had the flag out since the (gulf) war. They didn't stop me. Now why should they, all of a sudden?" Katherine Fedorchuk of Granby Way said recently. She received a letter from the condominium's agent, Association Management Corp. in Cincinnati, stating she would be fined $10 a day if the flag was not removed by Aug. 7. She has not paid. "I am aware of various rules applying to our condos, but this is inside my unit, not outside, and doesn't distract from anything," she said. Fedorchuk, a widow who moved to this area 14 years ago from Michigan to be near a daughter, claims she is being discriminated against because neighbors have similar window flags and have not been told to remove them. She has lived at Granby Station two years. "His throat was a little sore, but that's all," Father Clyde said Sunday. "He wasn't shak-en. The robber also took a wall clock on his way out, Father Clyde said. It was the fifth time that someone had broken a window one was stained glass to get into the friary, in the 1600 block of Vine Street, since the first burglary on Ascension Thursday, May 9. Other burglaries were on Aug. 17, 24 and 27. Money and two microwave ovens have been stolen. The window entered Saturday had just been partly covered with security bars. "Everybody is warned to lock their door and not answer it if they don't know who's there," Father Clyde said. The suspect in Saturday's robbery is described by police as a black man, 25 years old, 5 foot 9, 165 pounds and wearing dark clothes. BY MIKE TURMELL The Cincinnati Enquirer Priests and brothers at St. Francis Friary in Over-the-Rhine, which has been the target of five burglaries since May, are paying even more attention to security after a priest was assaulted during a break-in early Saturday. The Rev. Clyde Young, guardian of the friary, said the priest, who is in his 70s, was roused from sleep about 12:15 a.m. Saturday when he heard a knock on the door to his third-floor room. When the priest, whom Father Clyde and Cincinnati Police declined to identify, answered the door, a man armed with a knife grabbed him around the neck with one arm and pulled him around the room while he searched for money. After getting $220, the assailant dragged the priest down the corridor, shoved him into a bathroom and told him to stay there. her four children home to teach, said she believes their spiritual well-being is at stake. "My kids can't pray at school, but yet they can learn stuff that to me is witchcraft," Hamons said. Another mother sees no demonic messages but thinks the schools should buy new readers anyway. "Why are the schools taking a chance?" asked Tina Branham, who has two children in elementary school. "They should get new books and avoid the hassle." L 1L The Cincinnati EnqulrerErnest Coleman Katherine Fedorchuk is proud to display the flag in her window.