THE SALINA JOURNAL OP-ED SATURD) V REVIEW T LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL FRAZIER MOORE The Associated I'ress A little dust small price to pay for our food 'Seinfeld': No laughs for you! Much-anticipated series finale was a real stinker fi £ ^% einfeld" suffered from ^^an episode of arrested ^J humor with its much- a^yaited finale. Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine weren't thrown in the slammer for being unfunny, but they might as well have been. After five months for fans to potider their own endings for the NBC sitcom, Thursday's secret "sein-off" perhaps could never have measured up. It certainly didn't measure up to a legacy of nine years and 168 prior brushes with TV's most prickly heroes. It was a brilliant, wildly successful run that Jerry Seinfeld called a halt to at Christmas with his announcement that this season would be the series' last. The furiously hyped conclusion, which a projected 80 million viewers saw for themselves, had Jerry and his pals getting arrested in a small New England town for refusing to assist a helpless man robbed at gunpoint. Found guilty, they were sen- tejnced to a year in jail. Presumably, there they will atone for nine seasons of just being themselves. ,.~')Your callous indifference and , utter disregard for everything ; th,at is good and decent has rocked the very foundation upon which •our, society is built," the judge '.declared,Then, as the final credits rolled, Jerry, ever the stand-up , comic, was seen in prison garb doing his schtick. .This resolution seemed to say that life will go on pretty much as normal for the cloistered four- .some. After all, these chums had . hung together in a prison of their .own making on Manhattan's Upper West Side, analyzing the minutiae of life and butting heads with others. , /The courtroom scene thus be, came a plot device to resurrect .characters from favorite past -episodes, called to testify against the defendants. There they were, witnesses passing before the eyes of Jerry and his friends like a bad dream (or a series finale): the Soup Nazi, the Bubble Boy, the old lady from whom Jerry stole the loaf of marble rye. Newman, Jerry's hateful neighbor, gleefully watched from the gallery eating popcorn. Geraldo Rivera was seen spoofing his own CNBC legal show. ;. ,But little about the finale's idea or,;execution was funny. Nor did the creaky setup do justice to a typical air-tight "Seinfeld" script, : wh,ich braids several stories ..through a compact half-hour. . • •. Instead, this episode, bloated at : on.e hour and 15 minutes, began .with NBC deciding to revive the .sitcom Jerry and George unsuc- . cessfully tried to launch five years ago. This led, implausibly, to a : Paris flight with the foursome aboard. But then the plane was forged to land in Latham, Mass. • ; > At last came the verdict, with its added sting for Jerry and George: With them stuck in jail, their series would go bust once again. Even loyal viewers had spent the past two seasons carping that "Seinfeld" missed the acerbic wit •of co-creator Larry David, who left after the 1995-96 season. Now, presumably rested and ready, he returned to put his poison pen to paper for "Seinfeld's" final act. He was credited as the sole writer. But this time, he was ,guilty of malpractice. I am writing in regards to the article on the front page of the May 12 Tuesday Salina Journal, about the farmer by Assaria who wanted to work his farm ground, but didn't dare to do it for fear of the dust upsetting the townspeople. Preparing that ground is that farmer's livelihood. It's got to be worked when the conditions are right, and to make a good seed bed for whatever crop is to be planted in the piece of ground. After all, he might have (or most likely was) planting some type of seed that would eventually end up as food on one's table. I would like for you residents of Assaria to stop for a moment and think (real hard). What if it were you? Yes, what if it were you having to get out there to work up a seed bed for planting of seeds that would eventually be your paycheck for one's labor? I just read in the book "Sod & Stubble," by John Isemanger, how Kansas was put into production by some of your Kansans forefathers. These pioneers put up with dust, wind, grasshoppers, cinch bugs and drought. They really did not have much to keep the dust out of what living quarters they erected. This book tells about children not having shoes to wear in the winter time, and how they froze their feet. This book goes back to the 1870s. Now this farmer has to worry about some people being afraid of a little dust mixing with the air. I'd sooner breath a little of that dust than the exhaust fumes put out by your automobile. I guess maybe we peasants in South Dakota should have found some way back in the Dirty Thirties to have gotten on Oklahoma for the red dust that was coming from there darkening the skies, and when the wind settled down all this red dust accumulated on everything. Yes, it got in our house, too. I grew up in that era, and wasn't too easy to go without crops for income. So what I'm trying to say is that when that farmer is out there trying to prepare a seed bed that is his only source of income, some of it is our daily bread. Some of you moved from town to the rural area. The farmer was there first, and hopefully you understand what might be ahead. — ROBERT JAMTGAARD Abilene Salina needs a drive-in theater There is a great disappointment that both teens and adults have had to deal with in the city of Salina. The town is growing larger, but there are very few things to do in the evenings. We keep creating fast-food restaurants, although there is still nothing new to pass the time away with. People of Salina need a drive-in movie theater or some other form of entertainment. Salina used to have a drive-in but unfortunately years ago it shut down. Now all I hear is how people wish it would return. This is not just to have another place to make out (after all, that is what they use Indian Rock for), but instead to keep people in Salina. A drive-in wouldn't only benefit teens, it would benefit all. People would have a place to hang out to avoid the smoke-filled bars and dance clubs. Here you would be able to regulate the consumption of alcohol or cigarettes if needed. The city itself would draw in more money, more consumers, and happier townsmen. No longer would the public have to be forced out of Salina to try something different. As years go on, there are more people coming into Salina and even more going somewhere else to spend their nights. So why doesn't Salina create some entertainment and get a drive-in? — LORI McMURRAY Salina homecoming they deserved. '. Everyone who has fought, or has friends or loved ones who have fought in a war has thoir own issues from their experience* Everyone has something, be it trf? welcome home, the good-bye- to buddies lost, the ability to finally help the young boys we watched every night on TV, or just trying to make up for coming home alive. Once you have participated in Run For The Wall you find that whatever you've been missing can be found in the Run For The Wall family. You can finally start settling issues that have been put away — some for over 20 years'. Come by and let the riders krjow you care and appreciate what tjiey are trying to accomplish. Say hello, and maybe meet an old friend. Everyone is welcome to come qp out to Thomas Park and visit. ,>J' — BILL and BECKI REEGK Manhattan • -ill ~t»>( • Bill and Becki Reece are Kansas Coordinators for Run For The Wall. Who really pays the taxes in America The May 11 issue of your paper carried a piece by Molly Ivins. One paragraph says that "The Republicans want to eliminate the estate tax, which applies only to the richest 1 percent of Americans, and Gingrich is sponsoring a bill to cut the maximum capital gains tax to 15 percent from 20 percent. Just last summer, the R's forced Clinton to accept a capital gains tax cut from 28 percent to 20 percent as the price of his education tax credits. Just what we need: more tax cuts for the rich." I'm not sure who the "rich" are, but I am sure that most all of us have experienced the "penalty for thrift syndrome, capital gains tax." It is most evident when parents, who have lived a full but frugal life and have saved for that rainy day, pass on. I am taking issue with Ivins' pronouncement of "Just what we need: more tax cuts for the rich." I quote from the Kiplinger Washington Letter dated April 24, 1998. "As for who pays what share of taxes: The top 1 percent of taxpayers. . . adjusted gross incomes of $209,400 and up. . . pay 30 percent of federal income taxes. The top 5 percent... incomes of $96,200 and more.. . pay 49 percent of the taxes received. And the top 25 percent incomes of $44,200 and higher, account for 80 percent of taxes. Looking at it another way, the bottom 75 percent of filers pay 20 percent of the taxes. Keep that in mind the next time you hear about 'tax breaks for the rich'." I rest my case. — DEAN C. BANKER Russell Babies don't deserve to be aborted Many times I have wanted to write to the Journal and put my two cents in on a particular topic. It wasn't until a recent article that Dan England wrote, "Abortions are safe when they are legal" (May 6), that I felt sick enough to put words to paper. Dan, there will come a time in your life when you will realize that just because somebody doesn't agree with your views doesn't mean they are from the "conservative right." You like to use that phrase for every issue from legislators to capital punishment to big tobacco issues. Did it ever cross your extremely narrow mind that maybe someone doesn't agree with your view simply because they have a strong belief otherwise, without any ties to any "groups"? When two people, married or not, engage in sexual intercourse they take the chance of creating a new life as a result of their actions. This is true no matter where you are at in life, financially secure or not, married or not. Almost 28 years ago, a pregnant woman was in a situation that was much more than "she didn't think she was ready to raise a child" frame of mind. She faced a very tough decision about her pregnancy. She gave this embryo, this child, the most ultimate gift. She loved this child so much, she gave it the gift of life, and I thank her for it every Mother's Day. Abortion is wrong. I say this not from any group, but as a living survivor. Abortion is used too many times as a responsibility cop-out. The vast majority of abortions are not done as a result of rape or the mother's health needs. They are done because a living child inside the womb becomes an "inconvenience." Is that the child's fault? No. Let's go a step further. A woman, or a couple, goes to the doctor and after several tests they find that there is something wrong with their baby. Maybe the tests reveal that the baby will be born with some mental defects, or physical handicaps. Are these problems the fault of the child? No. It would just be another "inconvenience." I know this may sound heartless, but I have no feelings of sorrow for the woman in this article who had such a painful abortion. Maybe she was too young, and didn't want to get married, and didn't think she was ready to raise a child. But there are many, many couples who can't conceive and would have been overjoyed to take this child to raise into an adult. It's odd that capital punishment is shunned on this page, while abortion is supported as choice. What hideous crime did these babies commit to deserve their death penalty? Those who support abortion as choice are murderers with blood on their hands. (Sound familiar?) There are pro-life and pro- choice views. 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Ride to help veterans cope with the past Sunday at about 5 p.m., Run For The Wall will be arriving at Thomas Park, Salina. Run For The Wall is a cross-country motorcycle trip whose sole purpose is to bring awareness to the POW/MIA issue. We started in Long Beach, Calif., this year and will travel across the heartland of America talking to local radio, TV and newspapers, reminding everyone of the thousands of men and women who are still not accounted for. Our destination is Washington, D.C., and there we go to the Vietnam Veterans Wall and meet up with Rolling Thunder the following Sunday. Last year there were in excess of 17,500 motorcycles in the parade. This will be the 10th year that we have spent the night in Salina. Beside the main issue of awareness, there is also another important reason for the trip each year, and that is to start the healing process for the thousands of Vietnam veterans who came home to a hostile country and never got the What about the concert? I attended the Statler Brothers concert on May 9 and 1 really enjoyed it. But I can't understand why there was nothing in the paper regarding the concert afterwards. Unlike the wrestling program — there was almost three pages about that. I realize the wrestling was a sellout, but as far as the concert, 1 believe it was a fantastic program and surely it deserved more than the "Etc." you put in the paper. Seems like that was about what they got when they appeared here before. I am sure other people feel the same way. I would think the concerts would appreciate some- praise also. — EMILY HOYT Salina Letters to the Journal should include a daytime phone number for confirmation. moky Hill River Festival Kristi Copas Broker/Owner BROKERS Thousands of festival-goers will eagerly snap up the 1998 guide to The Smoky Hill River Festival. This handy guide will feature pertinent information that festival goers will find useful. Your ad should be included in this high-interest section that will reach over 87,000 potential attendees. " : ^?s\, Reserve your space in the section that • w will be read and used by your potential customers over and over. For more information, please contact your Salina Journal marketing consultant at 823-6363 or 1-800-827-6363. Deadline: Thursday, May 21 Publishes: Sunday, June 7th Salina Journal 333 S. 4th • Salina, Kansas • 67401 Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. - Henry James, quoted in Edith Wharton's A Backward Glance Do you have fond memories of a summer past? We are looking for summer memories to publish in our Senior Lifestyles Edition. If you would like to share a summer memory, 1 please send it to the Salina Journal, attention Laura Robertson, PO Box 740, Salina, KS 67401 or e-mail your memory to email@example.com If your memory is selected it will be published in Senior Lifestyles on June 21,1998. Please have your memories submitted by May 26,1998. Please enclose your name and address and note whether you want your summer memory returned.
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