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In our opinion "...It is the duty of a newspaper to become the attorney for the most defenseless among its subscribers. ' Col Harry M' Ayers, President and Publisher, 1910 1964 H BRANDT AYKHS A SAM.t INKTTI Kdilor and I'ublishor President Page 4 The Anniston Star, Monday April 25, 1994 2fb iStimston Ibtar" Our Nixon Storm-tossed RICHARD NIXON lunged toward history. It kept him going, that confidence his life's work would look better to historians than it did to journalists as his career lurched forward. He was like Alabama in storm season. Thunder and cyclone occupied our thoughts, when more days actually were apt to be sun-struck and creative. SOUTHERNERS endured a particularly savage string of tornadoes in the year before Nixon's 1974 resignation as president. Human lives were matchsticks in the wind, and damage threatened the economies of whole states. In one memorable north Alabama night alone, mothers with babies huddled under mattresses as dark fingers of cyclones hovered all around, dipping down with death indiscriminate. Congressional delegations responded after the series of killer storms with a national recovery proposal for what had virtually been a hurricane on land the entire eastern United States. The Nixon administration was thoroughly battered by the Watergate scandal at that time. Yet the president put his declining prestige behind the Federal Disaster Relief Act. Conservatives would not have passed the bill without Nixon, because it set the pattern of significant spending for the storm-tossed. We saw the aid repeated as recently as this region's infamous Palm Sunday tornado. Nixon's signature on the measure was one of the last creative acts of his administration, ended when he signed another document that made him the first president to resign from office. The scandal called Watergate was actually a matrix of corrupt political acts inspired by Nixon and capped off with a burglary at opposition headquarters. The president's own involvement in dirty tricks, political crimes and obstruction of justice was captured in his own words and replayed for the tribunals of Congress and public opinion. A reporter admitted to the Oval Office for the presidential signing ceremony of the Disaster Relief Act noticed dangling wires where microphones recently had been removed. Tape recordings had exposed Nixon's dark side for the Watergate investigators who brought that president down like a cyclone clasped into a bottle. NO MAN or woman is either all good or all bad. A president is no different. The Richard Nixon of history will not make the utter leap into creative myth he had hoped for. Remembrance of his life will always include the darker stories journalism has written about the man. But any honest assessment at any time has to record the rays of sunlight beaming down around that tempestuous life like the brightness after a destructive storm has just passed by. Prom peace A poetic lesson from Wedowee IT WAS the Sunday headline all of us longed to read: "No incidents at Randolph proms." And if that was too terse to suit the poetry of a dance in springtime, there was the lovely line in a Saturday story by Anniston Star reporter Tom Spencer, anticipating the much awaited event of the weekend: ' 'Tonight, however, belongs to the young in Wedowee." The drama that edited the "however" into Tom's story has been the precipice of race relations facing the administration of the Randolph County High School. Let's not say that feelings had gone off the cliff. Let's just admit that some soul-searching has been going on about the lives of blacks and whites together in public education. Everything seemed to swirl around the question of the dance and who might attend and under what circumstance and even whether it would be held. Threat of prom cancellation played like ballroom counter point in young lives desperately seeking life to go on normally as generations have hoped always. And the potential assault by authority on a culminating celebration of youth seemed to draw as much public attention as the race issue. Maybe the young have taught us something: Let the music play, have a good time and peacefully ignore everyone else's overexcitement. And let the calm prevail in pending Randolph County demonstrations of protest. NOTHING is more normal than prom. It had the power even to overwhelm the controversy at Wedowee. What that says to us all is that feelings can subside, Randolph County can back away from the precipice and other parts of life can go on in the normal way of things. The poet knows all life is a dance for authority to protect, not to cancel, so nights can belong to the young always. Laptop reading SOME INSPIRED news-ie wrote a lead on a' story that the late Dr. Seuss would have loved: "They do not like it, Sam-I-am. They do not like Seuss on RAM. They do not like him on the screen. They do not like him, sight-unseen." The story is about fans of the printed word objecting to plans to put the classic nonsense of Dr. Seuss on CD-ROM next year. If you don't know what CD-ROM is, you may have come too late to the information age. CD-ROMs are small computer discs on which immense amounts of information, including books and their U lustrations, can be stored, ready to be called up on a home computer screen. Opponents of reading-by-CD-ROM argue that absorbing the magic and charm of Dr. Seuss 's wonderful world from a computer screen lacks the benefits of love and contact a child gets from sitting on a parent's lap listening to a story. And, while it is reassuring to know that Dr. Seuss will travel along to the future on the information superhighway with the rest of us, such reactions are understandable. LAPTOP, AS in computer, :an't quite compare with the rewards of being on top of a lap. NATO SENDS M ITS CRACK NgWLLE CHAMBER1AIN PMSION-. i Congress must save Social Security By Hodding Carter III SUPPOSE YOU know that a killer flood, the grand-daddy of all floods, is going to hit the lower Mississippi Valley in 35 years. If you don't do something, everyone in its path will be wiped out and the overall American economy will suffer a devastating blow. Suppose you further know that the longer you postpone dealing with the crisis, Last week, Social Security trustees told Congress that unless it takes action, the Social Security trust fund will run out of money in 2029, seven years earlier than expected. tne more pensive solution become. ex-the will In- mm deed, you have been told that if you put off dealing with the problem until the eleventh hour, the cheapest Carter "solution" then would be the abandonment of the towns and cities along the flood's projected path. Add one more factor. There are steps you can take beginning next year which, while expensive in themselves and disturbing to virtually everyone in the Valley, will be far less costly than either the flood they could prevent or any last-minute emergency program. What do you do? As a question of logic, the question answers itself. You begin to take steps now to avert the looming disaster. As a matter of politics and American psychology, however, the answer is less cut and dried. Until recently we were thoroughly infected with that "manana" (tomorrow) frame of mind, which the old Anglo caricature attributed uniquely to Latin Americans. If it isn't raining today, why bother to fix the roof? FOR SEVERAL years, that has been Washington's approach to the well advertised 21st-century crisis in the Social Security system. The politicians, who understood fully just how horrendous the crack could be, have been reluctant to take unpopular steps to avert it. The people, many of whom actually have a pretty good idea that the future is not bright for Social Security, have shown little inclination to start paying to fix what is presently a cash machine which churns out surpluses each year. Fortunately, last week Congress and the American people got a wake-up call. Social Security trustees told Congress that unless it takes action, the Social Security trust fund will run out of money in 2029, seven years earlier than previously predicted. Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, promptly suggested a package of immediate and intermediate steps which he thinks could keep the federal retirement program on an even keel for 75 years. The system was last "fixed" a decade ago in a memorable compromise fashioned by a Republican president and Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives. It postponed the evil day of reckoning and was widely hailed as a masterpiece of political footwork. But the under- Speak out. . .About animal welfare AS AN active member of the League for Animal Welfare, I received my third "help me" call this week concerning animal abuse . . . and I'm mad as Hades. If a person lives outside the city limits of any of the local municipalities and has an animal abuse or control problem, they have nowhere to turn for help. This county needs someone to act now and take control of a worsening situation. The Animal Shelter is still not provided any funds by the county for an Animal ControlAbuse Officer, although it is mandated by law that the County employ such a person. The excuse of the commissioners is always money. Frankly, this excuse just doesn't get it any longer. Money is always found for all sorts of "feel good" and "look good" projects we spend thousands doing various and sundry things which are not essential or critical. Try explaining this to a woman who lives next door to where five dogs are chained and starving to death. One of those animals is alive, still chained and under a tree that fell during the storms. Try explaining this to the parents of a child who is pulled from his bike and attacked by a pack of wild dogs. Try explaining this to Burned up the travelers who go over our county roads daily and see corralled horses starving to death because the owners are too lazy or too ignorant to care for them properly. The Animal Shelter wants an active County AbuseControl Officer and concerned and caring residents of Calhoun County want one and the animals desperately need one. If the current commissioners cannot quickly provide what is needed, and what by law should already be in place, then remember that this is election year. We can make some changes. If you live in the county and have "animal problems," call the County Commission, 236-3521. Jamie D. Pierson Piedmont THE IDEA of a cigarette ban literally burns my butt. Everywhere we turn we see a cigarette in a circle with a slash thrugh it. Does our government not have anything better to do than tax and restrict smokers from doing something most of us enjoy? Is it really that important to stop free people from smoking? you can't smoke in some restaurants ... but at the same establishment, you an buy mixed drinks and other forms of alcoholic beverages. You can't smoke in line at any checkout counter in the State of Virginia, but you can buy any kind of alcoholic beverages. Now you can't smoke at most major league ballparks. The last time I went to a baseball game or a NASCAR race, they were either selling cold draft beer or people had their coolers stocked. I would personally rather live with the fact that my clothes smell like smoke or my teeth are nicotine-stained than live with the possibility that I'll get loaded at a restaurant and kill some innocent pedestrian. Let's tax beer and alcohol to some outrageous dollar amount and save some real lives, and let me smoke my cigarette in peace. Call your governor, let's get something done. Frank E. Gatlin Anniston Dripping dry IN REFERENCE to all of our water line problems here in the Eulaton community: Our senior citizens are hurt the most. We are all on fixed incomes and are having to pay double or more for our homeowner's insurance because we don't have fire hydrants. We can't get any until we get water meters. It has been like this for 50 years or more. For eight years I have worked hard for this problem to be solved, but to no avail. What do you do when this happens? I think it is time for a new commissioner for the District 3 area. Let's solve the problem so everyone can have good water lines, water meters, and fire hydrants. Eleanor Lloyd Anniston lying problem remained. We have an aging population both because older Americans live longer and because the birth rate has fallen sharply over the past 30 years. That has translated into fewer and fewer productive workers available to pay Social Security taxes so that more and more older folk can enjoy a constant set of retirement benefits. At a given point in time, now estimated to be 2029, the system will inevitably collapse of its own fiscal contradictions. The Rostenkowski suggestions include an immediate adjustment of the benefits base. That involves reducing next year's cost of living increase, an idea widely unpopular with retirees for self-evident reasons. But a relatively small reduction in that increase would have a powerful cumulative impact. A SSUMING THE Social Security system is worth -"preserving, we either sacrifice a little and pay a little today, or cough up a king's ransom in dollars and regret tomorrow. Dan Rostenkowski 's formula may not be precisely the one needed, but his approach is right on target. Carter is a Washington journalist g m 52 0m I 3 i I ! j I y fas 425 ANDY...THESNOW 16 GONE -REALLY! IT'SSPRINS. J For a lot of pluggers, it was a bad winter. Heard WE'VE CREATED mass confusion because we don't have the budgets. State senate president Ryan deGraffenried, on the legislature's last day, joking as state budgets were completed weeks ago instead of at the last minute. THE FIRE is very, very heavy. U.N. spokesman Abdul Kabia, in Rwanda, on the heavy mortar and gunfire exchanges. I DON'T want you to concentrate on the violent action of those people who want to disrupt the process. ANC President Nelson Mandela appealing for calm after a car bomb exploded in downtown Johannesburg &e ftatlp Do i flt. ...ma Annlaton first newspaper, established In 1883. It was merged with The Evening Star In 1912 to form Coneolldated Publishing Co., publishers of... Alabama'! largatt hom ownad nawapapar RALPH W. CALLAHAN, DaaetorandCanauftaM CODY HALL, EdHpr and Consultant JOE DISTELHEIM f Mill: , WADDLE Executive Editor Editorial Paga Editor PAT TAYLOR Marketing Dlractor HERSHEL VICTORY Retell Adu Mort.n., KEN WARREN ClaHlflad Adv. Manager ALMUS J. THORNTON Secratary-Traasurer ROGER SAWYER Buelnees Managar ALBERT HEARD Production Mgr., Qtn. Foreman SUBSCRIPTION RATE ONE MONTH 18.08 THE CONSOLIDATED PUBLISHING CO. Proprietors, publlshlno, svsty sftsrnoon Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday mornings at Wast 10th Straat. Second Class postage paid at Annlalon, Ala. 36201 . '" S i Weather Area forecast . i.Motl cloudy tonight with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the lower 60s. South wind 5; to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Partly cloudy Tuesday with a 20 percent chance of thunder-showers. High in the lower 80s. South wind 10 to IS mph. Farm outlook - Rainfall through 7 p.m. Tuesday less than one-fourth inch. A high drying potential Tuesday with eight to nine hours of sunshine and lowest relative humidity 45 to 50 percent A light dew drying off by 8 a.m. Monday, April 25, 1994 Page 5A Tonight Chance of showers Lo: Near 60 Tuesday Partly cloudy, slight chance of showers Hi: Around 80 Lo: Lower 60s Wednesday Partly cloudy, scattered showers and thunderstorms Hi: 80s Lo: 60s Thursday Partly cloudy, scattered showers and thunderstorms Hi: 80s Lo: 60s Friday s Partly cloudy, scattered showers and thunderstorms Hi: 80s Lo: 60s U s cities, with forecast highs, lows and weather conditions Key to weather conditions: r sunny. pcpartly cloudy, cckudy, shBshowers, renin, t : -thunderstorms, sfcsnow flurries, -snow, Islce. THE STA1I High Sunday. Low Sunday. Low this morning. High a year ago. Low a year ago, Record high. 80 55 57 79 56 87 in 1948 Record low. 34 In 1910 36-hour rainfall...., - none Rainfall for April......... 6.43 Normal rain for April.............. SM Rainfall for the year 24.31 Rainfall to date 1993 20J3 Sunset today- 7:23 p.m. Sunrise Tuesday 6:00 a.m. Alabama zone forecasts Zones 1-29, 31-38: Tonight mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the lower 60s. South wind 5 to it). mph Chance of rain 30 percent. Tuesday partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers. High in the lower 80s. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Zones 30, 39-51, 53-60, 65-69: Tonight partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Light southeast wind. Chance of rain 20 percent. Tuesday partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the lower to mid 80s. South wind around 10 mph. Zones 52, 61-64: Tonight isolated evening thundershowers, then becoming cloudy late. Areas of fog developing. Low in the mid 60s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent. Tuesday partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of a thundershower. High in the lower 80s. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Selected dtlee with high temperaturea and precipitation for 24 houra ending at a.m. today. Low temperatures tor 12 hour prior to 6 am today. T or Tr Indicate trace; M indicates mlaalng. Auburn 78 58 .00 Birmingham 80 57 .00 Centreville 80 58 .00 Dothan 80 65 .00 Gadsden M M .00 Huntsville 81 58 .00 Mobile 81 66 .00 Montgomery 80 59 .00 Muscle Shoals 82 57 .00 Selma 82 57 .00 Tuscaloosa 83 55 .00 ifcrMwlsaV Depths ol Alabama lakes In (eat above aaa level. (Number In parenthesis la depth of lake when full). Smith (510) 510.85 Bankhead (255) 254.97 Holt (187) 186.66 Weiss (564) 563.94 Henry (508) 505.86 Logan Martin (465) 462.73 Lay (396) 396.09 Mitchell (312) 311.51 Jordan (252) 251.75 Harris Dam (793) 790.20 Martin (490) 489.67 Yates (344) 343.03 Thurlow (288) 287.62 The Accu-Weather forecast for noon, Tuesday, April 26. 50s Bands separate high temperature zones for the day. 70s JFJrWit ) JKJ jat FRONTS: COLD WARM STATIONARY 1994 Accu-Weather, Inc Pressure H L EE S3 HU HIGH LOW SHOWERS RAIN T-STORMS FLURRIES SNOW ICE SUNNY PT. 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Neighbors talked in front on their homes as others went about their business. Hie calm was shattered around 5:15 when 20-year-old Anita J. Ballard ran out of her house at 703 Government St., engulfed in flames. She ran across the street where neighbors wrapped her in coats and smothered the fire, Roanoke police Chief Charlie Harris said this morning. Medical workers estimated that 80 percent of her body was burned. n She was in poor condition at the surgical intensive care unit at University Hospitals in Birmingham this morning. ,. , Miss Ballard had been doused in a flammable liquid and set on fire, Harris said. Arrested and charged with attempted murder is the man she lived with, 25-year-old Jimmy L. Foster. Foster was in the Randolph County Jail this morning awaiting a bond hearing. The incident stemmed from an apparent domestic dispute, Harris said. Police aren't sure what the couple argued about or what type of liquid was used to start the blaze. The incident remains under investigation. I tan'.; said this is the first time he could recall that a domestic fight mZkt any kind of argument ended with one person setting another on fire. "Once is enough," Harris said. "She was burned pretty severely. She's in pretty tough shape." Laura Tutor Extradition begun for Talladega suspect ..TALLADEGA Police today began what is expected to be a slow process of returning Larry Donald George from Delaware, where a six-year search for the murder mpect ended Sunday in a "dugout bunker" in the woods. "He has refused to waive extradition so the process will be stowed," Talladega police Chief Mike Hamlin said in a telephone interview this morning. "We're not fMte when he'll be back in Talladega. It could be a matter of weeks." George faces capital murder and attempted murder barges in a Feb. 12, 1988, shooting spree in Talladega that left two people dead and a third paralyzed. George, who has been described as a gun fanatic, was 32 when he allegedly used a 9 mm pistol to kill Janice Morris, 29, and Ralph Swain, 35, in a Brecon apartment. Police say the gun was also used to wound his estranged wife, Geraldine Simmons George, who was left paralyzed from the torso down. George was captured Sunday morning by two New Castle County, Del., undercover police officers acting on an anonymous tip from an informant. The fugitive had set up a riverside camp described by Hamlin as a bunker in a wooded area of Wilmington, police said. George was arrested after he approached the two policemen who were dressed as fishermen, Hamlin said. He was positively identified after his arrest by a fingerprint analysis. Anthony Cook Couple charged with trying to buy baby CRESTVIEW, Fla. A Florida Panhandle couple has been charged with trying to buy a baby for $ 1 ,200 from an undercover police officer. The officer offered to sell them a 3-month-old boy who doesn't exist after a shopper gave police an orange business card saying "We want a baby to adopt," found in a Wal-Mart restroom here. Patrick O'Daniels, 31, and Vera Leanne O'Daniels, 34, were arrested Saturday when they met police Lt. Jerome Worley in the lobby of the Crestview post office and gave him a check for $1,200, said police investigator Don Arnold. The couple, from nearby Mossy Head, were charged with unlawfully advertising for adoption, a sec ond-degree misdemeanor, and con trading for the sale of a baby, a third-degree felony punishable by up to rive years in state prison. "We felt like we weren't doing anything wrong, O Daniels said after he and his wife were released on bonds of $3,500 each. "I can't believe it came to this. O'Daniels said the couple already had registered with an adoption agency but added that could be a lone and heart- wrenching process. Arnold said he was unsure why the couple, who have a 15-year-old daughter, wanted to buy a baby. Robbery suspect shot by wounded deputy COY A sheriffs deputy seeking two men involved in a robbery was shot in the mouth and chest by a teen-ager who he then shot to death inside a pickup truck, officials said. Wilcox County Chief Deputy Earnest Evans was listed in serious but stable condition Sunday at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Mobile. Sheriff Prince Arnold identified the dead man as Donald Demetrius Kennedy, 19, who lived in Coy, a community 10 miles south of Camden. Arnold said Michael Net ties, 35, also of Coy, was being held in the Wilcox County Jail following the shooting. The sheriff said the shooting occurred at 10 p.m. Saturday after Evans opened the driver's door in a pickup stopped by state troopers during a routine traffic check. He said Evans was looking for two men who earlier Saturday had robbed a Coy couple who operate a grocery out of their house. The sheriff said the chief deputy heard the trooper description of the two men stopped on Alabama 41 south of Camden and asked the Hoopers to keep them in custody until he arrived at the scene. When the chief deputy arrived, the sheriff said, troopers had Nettles in their patrol car while Kennedy remained in the truck. The sheriff said the deputy, unable to open the passenger door of the truck, went around to the driver's side and, as soon as he opened the door, Kennedy fired at least two shots. Alabama's largest home-owned newspaper The Daily Hot BlastThe Anniston Star Established Aug. 18, 1883, merged in 1912. Owned and published every Monday through Friday afternoon and Saturday and Sunday mornings by: The Consolidated Publishing Co., 216 W. 10th St., Anniston, Ala. 36201. Second-Class postage paid at Anniston, Ala. 36201 . Postmaster, send address changes to: The Anniston Star, P. O. Box 189, Anniston, Ala. 36202. For assistance, call 236-1558 If you have a rotary dial phone, please stay on the line through the greetings and an operator will come on the line to help you. Delivery of Karen Alexander, circulation business director, extension 251 Local news: Phil Jenkins, metropolitan editor, ext. 372 Sporta: 4 Ken Patterson, sports editor, extension 330 Features and entertainments Darryal Ray, features editor, extension 323 Photography: Ken ! Hums, chief photographer, extension 300 or 301 Editorials, letters to the editor: Chris Waddle, editorial page editor, ext. 357 Advertising; Ken Warren, classified advertising director, extension 243 Hershel Victory, display advertising director, extension 231 Qeneral policy: Joe Distelheim, executive editor, extension 356 H. Brandt Ayers, editor and publisher, extension 201 P.A. Sanguinetti, president, extension 202 Correction policy The Anniston Star always tries to get the facts straight. When we learn that inaccurate or misleading information has been published, it is our policy to publish a correction promptly. To report an error or a need tor clarification, please call: 236-1558 Delivery problems It is our policy to resolve delivery problems as quickly as possible. If you are having problems with your newspaper delivery, PLEASE CALL: 236-1558 Our circulation department is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon and Sunday from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Your newspaper carrier is an independent contractor. The Anniston Star recommends payments made directly to carriers be limited to a maximum of 30 days. Daily single copy rate 50c. Sunday only single copy rate $1, tax included. Mail and foreign subscription rates quoted upon request. Home deliver available for $8 per month, tax included. AIDB commission studies ways to improve school's services By Anthony Cook Star Staff Writer TALLADEGA Personnel at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind are working with members of the school's board of trustees to try to improve services. The institute has formed what it calls a Commission on the Future to study ways the school can improve its services for the deaf and blind. "We're considered the nation's most comprehensive program of services for deaf and blind children and adults, and we want to be the best," AIDB President Joseph Busta said. "To do that, we need to do what we're currently doing better." According to Busta, the Alabama School for the Deaf, the Alabama School for the Blind, Alabama Industries for the Blind, Helen Keller School of Alabama, E.H. Gentry Technical Facility, AIDB Support Services and the Office of Health Evaluation and Outreach will each be studied by a separate committee. Those seven committees will then report to the commission on any improvements that may be made. The commission will use those suggestions to draft an overall report to be submitted to the board of trustees. The board will make the final decision on which suggestions will be used. The 1 6 member commission will be chaired by board chairman Calvin Wooten and Busta will serve as vice chairman. The remainder of the commission will consist of two representatives from the seven committees. Each of the committees will be chaired by a board member with the head of each department serving as vice chairman. Those 14 members are: John Tiffany and Ellis F. Porch of ASD, Ron Garrett and Annas Aytch of ASB, Ray Miller and William D. Latham of the Industries for the Blind, Erminel Trescott and Janet L. Rich Pittman from Helen Keller School, Dan Kearley and Billy Warren from Gentry; Jim Brignati and John Woods of AIDB Support Services, and Terry Graham and Cedric Flowers of the education and outreach office. Busta said the commission was formed because of emerging unmet needs. As an example, he noted that people are living longer. ' This causes an increase in the incidence of blindness and deafness through the normal aging process. There's a growing need to serve these older people," Busta said. Busta said another area to be examined is deaf and blind children attending public schools. These children are not completely deaf or blind as are most of the students at AIDB. "We can play a role in helping those children by helping their teachers improve teaching skills" he said. "For example, we could teach sign language to public school teachers." The commission has been in place for about a month. It is expected to present the board of trustees with a plan this fall. 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