The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 2, 1998 · Page 4
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A4 THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 1998 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL The Associated Press President Clinton, escorted by Senegal's President Abdou Diouf, is saluted Wednesday by U.S. troops at Thies Military Base. The American troops are training with the Sengalese forces in preparation for joint peacekeeping and other operations. Promoting Peace Clinton touts role of peacekeepers during visit to stable democracy By TERENCE HUNT The Associated Press THIES MILITARY BASE, Senegal — Flying in to watch troops in a training exercise, President Clinton praised the role of African peacekeeping forces Wednesday and said aggressors must learn that "the peacemakers are getting stronger." Clinton said Senegal, a West African democracy that has avoided the coups that have troubled the rest of the continent, is respected around the world for its peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts. Its peacekeepers have served from Haiti to Bosnia, Africa to the Middle East. One day before returning home from a 12-day African tour, Clinton's helicopter ar- rived in a cloud of dust at this desolate base where he watched maneuvers of the African Crisis Response Initiative. Under that program, the United States spends $20 million a year on peacekeeping instruction and nonlethal equipment for nations committed to democratic progress and civilian rule on the continent. Six nations have signed up for training: Senegal, Uganda, Malawi, Mali, Ghana and Ethiopia. Others, including South Africa, the economic and military power on the continent, have stayed on the sidelines. At a mock border checkpoint, Clinton saw a demonstration of how a Senegalese soldier would inspect a suspicious vehicle and frisk its driver. "Our purpose is not to domi- nate security matters in Africa or to abandon America's role in Africa's security, but instead to build on existing efforts," Clinton said at a speech at a nearby parade ground. He emphasized that peacekeeping efforts would be led by African commanders. The administration said Clinton will be followed to Africa within a year by Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater and Commerce Secretary Richard Daley for follow-up talks. Clinton announced a $1.2 million program to improve safety at African airports. Clinton flew to Thies from a rousing reception in Dakar, Senegal's capital city cooled by Atlantic breezes. Many thousands of people lined the streets to cheer. People jumped, clapped, wave, sang and played drums. A man wobbled on tall stilts. Children pushed close to Clinton's motorcade to touch his armored limousine. En route to the presidential palace, Clinton passed beaches where fishermen keep banana- shaped boats. There was rubble and trash on the streets. In this predominantly Islamic country, markets are filled with goats to be slaughtered in Muslim homes next week in a religious holiday. White House officials said Clinton was jubilant about his trip, the longest foreign journey of his presidency. Sandy Berger, the national security adviser, said the tour, had sent "a powerful statement of our interest here and, I think, will have lasting benefits for us." T HIGHWAY SPENDING T INSURANCE Study: Most can't afford buying into Medicare Under Clinton's proposed plan, the near elderly would spend a fourth of income on premiums By LEE BOWMAN Scripps Howard News Service WASHINGTON — Most uninsured near elderly persons would have problems affording coverage under President Clinton's Medicare buy-in plan, particularly those in the poorest health, according to a study released Wednesday. Analysts at the Center for Studying Health TMAIL Postal Service unveils first electronic stamps Stamps will be printed from a computer in the future, postmaster says System Change found that the average uninsured person in the 55-64 age bracket would have to spend up to 25 percent of income on Medicare premiums, while those in poor or fair health would have to spend between a third and half of their incomes for health insurance. According to the study, the uninsured near elderly tend to be the poorest and sickest of all uninsured persons, and have average annual incomes of less than $10,000, while overall the near elderly have average incomes of about $46,000 a year. "Because poor health often goes hand in hand with low income, targeting the medically neediest, especially the near elderly, will prob- ably not be feasible without some significant additional commitment of public funds," the study said. "This clearly demonstrates that a significant gap exists between the cost of coverage and the ability to pay of the uninsured near elderly," said Robert Reischauer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former head of the Congressional Budget Office. "The findings also suggest that 65 and 66 year olds would face even greater difficulty if the eligibility age for Medicare was raised." The report is based on a telephone survey of 33,000 households between July 1996 and July 1997. By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mouse mail may be in your future, now that the post office has approved the first test of postage generated by a personal computer. "This is the future," Postmaster General Marvin Runyon said. Well, not quite yet. But before long all that licking and sticking could be replaced by clicking. "The most significant new form of postage payment in three-quarters of a century" was how Runyon described the development at ceremonies at the National Postal Museum. He then clicked a mouse to generate the first computer-generated stamp. The move toward electronic postage comes 78 years after approval of postage meters and 151 years after the United States issued its first postage stamps. The system approved for testing was developed by E-Stamp Corp. of Palo Alto, Calif., but other companies are working on similar products, postal officials said. E-Stamp calls its product Smart- Stamp, while the Postal Service's official name for the system is "information-based indicia." The SmartStamp prints out on a regular computer printer as it puts the address on an envelope. Customers will pay a transaction fee to download postage but the amount has not been determined. BILLS BILLS BILLS CONSOLIDATE $10,000- $110/mo. to $50,000 • $550/mo. 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The bill would create hundreds of thousands of high-paying construction jobs. "This is a bill that is good for all America for all time," said Rep. James Oberstar of Minnesota, ranking Democrat on the Transportation Committee. But the bill also exceeds by $26 billion the sum last year's balanced budget deal set aside for transportation projects, prompting concern that, on the verge of the first balanced budget in three decades, Congress was already slipping back into its old spending ways. "I simply do not feel we have the money," said Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee. He said it was "spectacularly irresponsible" that neither the Senate, which approved a $214 billion bill a month ago, nor the House had specified how it would pay for the extra spending. The White House has expressed concern about the spending level. The House bill calls for spending some $180 billion on highway building, $36 billion on mass transit and $1.6 billion on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Transportation Committee Chairman Bud Shuster, R-Pa., a longtime champion of highway spending, insisted that all the project money would come from the tax Americans pay at the gas "I think it's doubtful that well over 1,400 projects are deserving of federal attention" Rep. Porter Goss Florida Republican pump. "The cold hard fact remains we are simply spending the revenue coming in. This is honesty in budgeting." . The problem is that the highway trust fund is calculated as part of the general budget, reducing the deficit. Taking it off-budget, as the Shuster bill calls for, would require finding additional savings to keep the budget in balance. Fiscal conservatives have also criticized Shuster for setting aside 5 percent of the money, more than $9 billion, for some 1,500 projects that individual lawmakers requested for their districts. Republicans were given 55 percent of the money and Democrats 45 percent, and the complaint, strongly denied by Shuster, was that pork barrel politicking decided who got what. "I think it's doubtful that well over 1,400 projects are deserving of federal attention," said Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla., noting that the last six-year program enacted in 1991 had only 539 such projects. The proposed projects include a $100,000 rail-highway feasibility study in Muncie, Ind., a $4.5 million pedestrian and bicycle path in New London, Conn., and a $97 million widening of the 1-40 crosstown bridge in Oklahoma City. The House rejected, by 337-79, an amendment proposed by Rep. 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