The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1998 · Page 6
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AB TUESDAY. MAY 19, 1998 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL I TCOURTS Kansans back judicial system Judicial Survey KANSAS PUNI; Key results from a survey of 1,226 Kansans who were called by the Center for Survey Research of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs between Feb. 23 and March 20; the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent: I Criminal defendants are treated fairly: 72 percent yes. I Criminals receive appropriate punishment: 62 percent no. I Crime victims' concerns are addressed: 60 percent yes. I Juries render fair verdicts: 82.5 percent yes. I Judges are fair: 77.5 percent yes. I Judges need more flexibility than guidelines permit: 56.5 percent yes. I Minorities are treated fairly: 64 percent of whites yes; 54 percent of minorities yes. I Too much plea bargaining: 82.5 percent yes. I People with money have an advantage: 69 percent yes. I Attorneys' fees are appropriate: 74 percent no. I Most working people can afford divorce fees: 64 percent no. I Mediation should be required in divorce and child custody cases: 82 percent yes. I Mediation in most civil cases: 82.5 percent yes. I Local trial judges should be elected: 65 percent yes. I Appellate judges should be elected: 54 percent yes. I At least one judge or magistrate in each county: even split. I Support more funding for judges and staff: 52.5 percent no. I Judges should be paid same as attorneys with equal experience: 71 percent yes. But they don't want to spend any more money on their courts By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press TOPEKA — A survey of more than 1,200 Kansans shows they believe their judicial system is just and criminal defendants get a fair shake, but a majority is reluctant to spend any more money on it. Results released Monday also showed a striking difference between the public and members of the judiciary over whether judges should be elected. The sampling by the Center for Survey Research of the Docking Institute of Public affairs at Fort Hays State University showed Kansans know a lot about their courts. "People have a much better grasp of what goes on in the system than we give them credit for," said Joseph Aistrup, assistant director of the institute. "I think people have a fairly decent feel for the justice system, and they have opinions about it." "The general perception by a large majority of the respondents is that attorneys charge too much for their services, and that wealthy litigants have a legal advantage," the report said. Minorities were more likely to distrust the court system, with 69 percent of blacks and 30 percent of Hispanics saying minorities are not treated fairly. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed opposed increased funding for the judicial system, while 43 percent support more spending on the courts. The survey also questioned judges and lawyers, with the biggest disagreement between them and the public over whether judges should be 'elected or appointed. Sixty-five percent thought local judges should be elected and 54 percent thought state appellate judges should be elected rather than appointed by the governor as now. However, 72 percent of judges and 67 percent of attorneys surveyed said district court judges should be appointed. Siding Warehousfe FREE WINDOW COVERINGS "' .- IwtaMttMtie OF T/MBEfl OAK S/o/wo All Labor Included In Qoot^ All Major Brands , 100% Financing * , ' We WlllNQI be undersold fyee>LeafBlow& <; ;i on similar BRANDI ,. -Wi *$&*** >< ^ "• ' f..\ Call Today!, ;#*,•'> 1-800-480-2336 V ART CONTEST Salina pupil wins with soybean-crayon art By CHAD HAYWORTH The Salina Journal A Salina sixth-grader topped more than 500 other entrants to win first place in an art contest sponsored by the Kansas Soybean Commission. Lisa Nguyen, 12, a student at Coronado Elementary School, won both her age division and the contest's overall title. For her efforts, she will receive $100 and four one-day passes to Worlds Of Fun in Kansas City. Nguyen was one of four Corona- V HEALTH do students to place in the contest, which was designed to promote the use of soybean-based crayons. Using only the four crayons provided (red, blue, yellow and green) and a pencil, entrants were asked to depict rural life. Nguyen's entry shows a farm family working near sunset on an autumn day. Dennis Morrice, executive director of the soybean commission, said the panel of judges chose Nguyen's work because she "pushed beyond the boundaries" of the four colors, showing "an amaz- ing amount of detail in her work." Her drawing will be featured in a future issue of Kansas Farmer magazine and will be displayed at the Kansas State Fair in September. The group is talking to fair officials about displaying all the entries. Other Salina winners include sixth-grader Kristi Roe, 12, second in the 8- to 12-year-old division; third-grader Kaitlin Arpin, 9, third in the 8- to 12-year-old division; and second-grader Danielle Kieffer, 7, third place in the 4- to 7- year-old division. Roe will receive $35 and two passes to Worlds Of Fun, and Arpin and Kieffer both get $25. Chris Nay, who teaches Nguyen and Roe, said she heard about the contest from an uncle who is on the Soybean Commission. "I'm very excited for all of our winners," she said. "This is something that, for the most part, they did on their own time away from school." Two Beloit women, Kathleen Eilert and Nadine Karlin, won first and second in the adult division. Welcoming Your Framing Matters • Custom Frames • Ready Made Frames • Creative Matting • Needlepoint and Cross-stitch Framing • Nations most popular artist prints available Experience, QuaKhj, wed Setecfaw Frcut<M<f> /M 121 S. Santa Fe (785)827-9200 Salina Rubella outbreak brings rash alert Disease reported in southwest Kansas, and Salina hopes to avoid it By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal An outbreak of rubella in southwest Kansas prompted Salina health officials Monday to warn that anyone with a rash should see a doctor. But be discreet. Enter the clinic through a back door to avoid the possibility of exposing others to the disease. Del Meier, health educator for the Salina-Saline County Health Department, said eight cases of rubella, also known as the German measles or three-day measles, have been confirmed in southwest Kansas. No rubella has been reported in Saline County. But the reports of rubella come at ia time when several cases of fifth .disease, which also involves a rash, have been reported at schools. Fifth disease is a contagious viral illness with similar symptoms, including a rash, mild fever, headache, STUDENT ACHIEVERS South High newspaper staff wins honor The Salina South High School newspaper, the Tripodium, won the feature story of the month contest in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association. For its special edition about the school's school-to-career program, students were praised by the judge, who said the issue was a "clear winner" for its extensive coverage. The issue was edited by senior Shelly Laubhan. fatigue and cold-like symptoms. The rubella cases involve workers at a meat packing plant in Dodge City, Meier said. Outbreaks also have occurred in other states and in Mexico. "We are concerned because of the recent influx we've had of people from Mexico," Meier said. Meier fears a repeat of an outbreak that occurred several years ago in Salina. "It almost seems like deja vu," Meier said. "With the measles, the reports had been up in other states and Mexico, too. So you wonder if it isn't coming your way." That's why officials want to work fast to head off any problem through vaccinations. Most people born before 1956 were exposed to rubella in childhood, and those born since 1957 have been vaccinated. But some may still be at risk. Families should check immunization records. Rubella is most serious for pregnant women because it can cause serious birth defects. Meier suggests that anyone considering pregnancy should take a blood test to determine their immunity and whether a vaccination is warranted. Usually rubella is mild, characterized by rash, mild fever, swollen neck glands, headache and a runny nose. The sunburn- like rash typically starts on the face and progresses from head to foot, lasting about three days. The health department offers free mumps, measles and rubella vaccine to children from birth through high school age. U.S. citizenship is not required. Out-of- county children are charged $5. The usual schedule is one dose at age 12-15 months, and a second dose at age 4-6 years. Adults pay a $32 fee for the vaccine unless they qualify for a reduced price. The vaccine cannot be given to pregnant women, or those who are planning to become pregnant within three months. Some health care providers and countries, including Mexico, give a single-antigen vaccine for measles only, which means the shot does not protect from rubella. Hours for the health department, 125 W. Elm, are Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The department will be closed Memorial Day. BILLS ^•1 JPWt NMP HnM CONSOLIDATE $ 10,000-$110/mo $50,000 - $550/mo WO EQUITY REQUIRED Homeowners Only NATION \\IDK LENDING CORPORATION 1-800-819-7010 Or Visit Our Website! www.natlonwldelending.com Now Available... Glucosamine Sulfate The supplemental glucosamlne your joints need. Glucosamine Sulfate from PhytoPharmica is the ultimate glucosamine supplement. It's 98 percent absorbable, so more glucosamine gets to your joint structures. Phyto armica B&K PRESCRIPTION SHOP People Helping People 601 E. Iron • Salina • 785-827-4455 Deadlines Retail & Bordered Classified Ads Publication Date Deadline Monday, 5/25 Tuesday, 5/26 Wednesday, 5/27 Thursday, 5/21 @ 4:00 Friday, 5/22 @ 11:00 Friday, 5/22 @ 1:00 Classified Line Ads (No Borders or Artwork) Friday, 5/22 Saturday, 5/23 Sunday, 5/24 Monday, 5/25 Tuesday, 5/26 Thursday, 5/21 @ 10:00 Thursday, 5/21 @ 1:30 Friday, 5/22 @ 10:00 Friday, 5/22 @ 3:00 Friday, 5/22 @ 5:00 The Salina Journal business office will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Salina Journal DEMAND DOUG'S OPTICAL CERTIFIED OPTICIANS. Doug Kelsey, Owner RoseAnne Halsey Today, regardless of the condition, we will give up to the maximum trade-in on your old furniture toward a replacement purchase of a similar item or items. For instance, trade-in your old sofa or sleeper and we apply the credit toward the purchase of the new sofa or sleeper...but hurry, this is a once- a-year event and they who hesitate will have to wait until next year. Give us your old, your broken and your unloved... Norris Furniture BIG ONCE-A-YEAR TRADE-IN SALE * 480 Trade on Sofas $120 minimum trade 450 Trade On Loveseat $1 00 minimum trade S 250 Trade on chairs, rockers, sleepers & recllners. $50-$150 minimum trades WE'LL DELIVER YOUR NEW & PICK-UP YOUR OLD FURNITURE I One trade-in per purchased item. Trade-in does not apply to advertised specials. I < 90 Days Interest Free Dpen Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 Weekdays 9:00 to 5:30 Saturday 9:00 to 5:00 1930 SOUTH NINTH SALINA, KS 823-3971

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