The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 6
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Salina, Kansas
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A6 SUNDAY, MAY 31, 1998 WORLD THE SAUNA JOURNAL KSU-Salina - Now Enrolling for Summer Classes , ' The Associated Press Efrem Cancel-Millan (right) gestures as he sits with his father, Walter Cancel, on the porch of their home in Guanica, Puerto Rico. An American flag tacked to the wall behind him, Cancel-Millan says, "I want my beautiful island to become one of the states of the United States of America." Islands / Puerto Ricans say they're ready for statehood FROM PAGE A1 ^ / V ^.Washington's auditors now are investigating whether the present government mishandled millions in federal funds. 'America did not take on its is- laifd "empire" with an easy mind. Tfilp. treaty with Spain that ended tie; \1898 war, turning the United Spates into a colonial power, squeaked through the U.S. Senate by^two votes. ?Bi Puerto Rico, an indepen- detlce movement grew in the ear- 1$ ^decades, and later was sup- pj-essed by governors appointed by" Washington. In the bloodiest incident, the Ponce Massacre of 1$)J£7, police killed 17 unarmed na- tforialist protesters. •p£ temporary compromise was reached in 1952. The island was gi^en limited autonomy and dubbed a "commonwealth,", in wMch Puerto Ricans elect a local government and pay no federal taxes, but have no vote in Con- grQss and pay substantial local ta^es. •', From a desperately poor island pf coffee and sugar plantations, Puerto Rico has evolved into an industrial society, with the help of federal tax breaks for U.S. cor- pbfations. Acres of shantytowns gave way to suburbs, shopping malls and resorts. But almost as many Puerto Ricans have migrated to the U.S. mainland in search of work as remain on the island. Two-thirds of those still here rely on some form of welfare. And their colonial status still grates. One example: After Congress balked at a Reagan administration idea in the 1980s to cut food stamp benefits in the 50 states, it imposed the cuts on Puerto Rico alone. T EARTHQUAKE Afghanistan hit by major make if 1 By.The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A powerful earthquake rocked a mountainous region Saturday in northern Afghanistan. The earthquake triggered landslides and buried entire villages in debris and rubble. The remoteness of the region made it impossible to verify the death toll. Unconfirmed reports said at least 150 people had died in the quake. But an official in Afghanistan said he feared thousands of people were killed in the quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9. ' The United Nations' disaster re- lipf agency in Geneva said its rep- r^sentatives in the region had re- Pprted that 3,000 people might riave been buried by debris and landslides caused by the earthquake. -The quake was centered in a re- rrj,0te, mountainous area of the country. ; Relief agencies were having a difficult time sending supplies to the area. A plane carrying medical supplies to quake victims was Unable to land Saturday, a Red Gross official said. Tfhe hardest hit area in Satur- da^'s quake was Shari Basurkh, a town close to the epicenter. In February, a devastating earthquake in the same region killed 2,300 people and left thousands of people homeless. "I'm not convinced the Congress of the United State would honor that commitment." Rep. George Miller D-Calif. Now even one of the architects of the commonwealth structure, Jose Trias Monge, warns its time may be running out, unless Washington's power over island life is reduced. "Commonwealth status will in all probability soon lose its support," the retired Puerto Rico chief justice writes in an influential new book on the status debate. That debate heated up in 1993 when an aggressive young governor staged an island-wide plebiscite on the question. Gov. Pedro Rossello said the time had come for statehood, to end Puerto Ricans' role as "disenfranchised stepchildren" of the American family. Pro-commonwealth politicians countered that their rival option, "enhanced" commonwealth, could bring both more welfare aid and greater economic flexibility to the island. By just two percentage points, plebiscite voters preferred a stronger commonwealth over statehood. Independence received just 4 percent in the non-binding vote. Rossello, undaunted, now is pushing legislation in Washington to stage a more authoritative, federally sponsored plebiscite that could, if the island's voters and the U.S. Congress agree, lead NEWS TALK Roofing Company Since 1962 1.800-864-4637 • 785-452-9224 to statehood within 10 years. The 1898 takeover "came with a promise of liberty and democracy for Puerto Rico," Rossello said in an interview at La Fortaleza, the grand 16th-century governor's mansion in San Juan. "At the end of that 100-year period, we are finally asking that that promise of full democracy be implemented." He's confident "significant majorities" will develop in Puerto Rico for statehood. But even if he's right, the picture in Washington is less inspiring: After barely ' passing in the House on a 209-208 vote in March, the plebiscite bill is all but stalled in the Senate. Congressional opponents object to even opening the door to the possibility of a Spanish-speaking state. They complain that full social benefits for Puerto Ricans might cost the government $3 billion more a year. They worry that statehood might incite violent resistance by Puerto Rican "inde- pendentistas." Many also are wary for a purely political reason. Six nevy Puerto Rican members pf Congress, almost certainly Democrats, would take House seats away from other states. Surveying the opposition, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., long involved in territorial matters, questions whether even a resounding Puerto Rican vote for statehood would mean much. "I'm not convinced the Congress of the United States would honor that commitment," he said in Washington. DEBBIE NIGRO 10am-11 am Weekdays 91O Need a required course? Expository \ An 8-week cours offered beginning summer! Call 2409 Scanlan Avenue Want to Put Your Own on the Web? .offer an 8-week course language leading to placing a home page on et. Various techniques will be including: links, scanning, 3 photography. Enroll Now!! CMST400-PROBLEMS: BASIC HOME PAGE Call (785) 826-2640 or 1-800-248-5782 The name says it all, EverStart® 60-Month Battery Manufacturer's 1-year free replacement and 5-year limited warranty. 525 cranking amps. Nos. 24-5, 24F-5, 26-5, 26R-5,56-5or75- Some nates may charge a battery disposal fee. Pica* check with ytnir local store for deoits. Was 34.84 With Exchange WAL*MART Prices good May 31- June 6, 1998. WAL-MART'S ADVERTISED MERCHANDISE POLICY - li a our firm intention to have every advertised item in stock. Occasionally, however, an advertised item may nor be available for purchase due to unforeseen difliculrics. If this happens. Wal-Mart will sell you a similar item at a comparable price (or reduction in price if the item is on sale). Or. if you prefer, we will issue you a Rain Check at your request so you may purchase the item (excluding Special Buy items) at the advertised price when it becomes available. We reserve the righr to limit quantities to normal retail purchases. Offer ajid/or limitations void where prohibited by law. ©1998 Wal-Marr Stores, Inc. I'rinted in the USA. Sunday, June 14 Kenwood Park - Salina,Kansas Sponsored by Burgess Cycle Shop and KSAL Burgess Cycle Shop Thanks our co sponsors: Culligan Water, Pepsi, Bike Tek Inc., Salina Police Dept. Saline County Sheriffs Dept, The Salina Journal The Race 8 a.m., Kenwood Park. The Festival Classic is open to all riders. The race course is approximately 25 miles long and covers a challenging route east of Salina. Helmets and shirts required. Headphones prohibited. Fees/Awards: The entry fee for the race is $10 if received before Tuesday, June 9. The late entry fee is $12. The overall male and female winners will receive jerseys silk screened with this year's design. First- second- and third-place male and female winners in each category will receive special awards. All awards will be presented in a ceremony immediately following the race. The age categories are: 12-18, 19-25, 26-35, 36-45,46-55, and 56 and above. Additional awards will be given to the first male and female riders to reach the priems: the first hill on Country Club and the flat stretch just before Kipp and Magnolia. The Tandem Ride 7:20 a.m., Kenwood Park. In this non-competitive event, tandems ride the 25-mile race course. Helmets and shirts required. Fees/Awards: Fees same as the Race. Special awards will be presented. Family Fun Ride 7 a.m., Kenwood Park Bring the entire family out for an easy, four-mile fun ride over a scenic (and flat) course. Children under seven will not be allowed on a separate bicycle. Youngsters are welcome on bicycle seats or in buggies pulled behind bicycles. Helmets are required. Headphones are prohibited. Fees/Awards: The entry fee for the family ride is $8 for those ordering adult size T-shirts and $5 for those ordering youth size T- shirts, if received by Tuesday, June 9. The late entry fees are $10 and $7. Special awards will be presented. Entry Form In consideration x>f your acceptance of my entry into the Festival Classic 25-mile Race/Tandem Ride/4-mile Family Ride, I certify and state as follows: I am in good physical health and capable of riding in this event safely. I take full responsibility for assuring that my bicycle is in good condition and that it will not present any unsafe hazard to myself or others. I will properly wear a safe helmet and a T-shirt or jersey while participating in this event. I understand that I am prohibited from wearing headphones or other devices that may distract me while participating in this event. I will always ride in this event safely and not interfere with others. I am familiar with all safety rules for bicycling and with.all traffic laws, rules and regulations with which I must abide while cycling. I waive and release for myself, my heirs, executors, trustees and administrators against all sponsors, event officials, coordinating groups and other individuals any claims for personal injury or property damage suffered by me while participating in this bicycle event. Signature (A parent or legal guardian must sign for cyclists under the age of 18.) Name Address_ City State -Zip- Phone/Home. D Male .Work D Female Age EVENT (circle one): Family Ride Race SHIRT SIZE (circle one): Adult: 3(34-36) M (38-40) L (42-44) Youth: XS(2-4) S (6-8) M (10-12) Tandem Ride XL (46-48) L (14-16) T-shirts - All participants will receive a 100% cotton T-shirt with an original design. We do not guarantee the availability of T-shirts t he clay of the events for late registrants. If you don't receive your T-slurt the day of Support Vehicles - Individual support veliicles will not be allowed on the course. Burgess Cycle Shop will have support vehicles equipped with medical personnel and water along the route Packet Pickup/Late Registration - Packets that include the rider's T-shirt, race number (for racers), map of the course and other information will be provided to all participants Packet pickup and late registration will be at the Information Booth at the Smoky Hill River Festival, near the suspended bridge entrance, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday June 13 Packet pickup and late registration the day of the events will be from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. Sunday, June 14 at Kenwood Park. Weather - In case of rain,'we ride and race as planned. In the event of severe weather, the race officials reserve the right to move one or both events to the alternate date which is Sunday June ''1 No rpfimrls will be given. In case of inclement weather, listen to KSAL for information. J ' ICIUHU& w m The River Festival - The Smoky Hill River Festival is a three-day arts and entertainment celebration. It includes arts, crafts, music, dance, theater, food and children's activities The Festival Classic is HIP Hr-k nff event for the final day of the festival. ' «K»I«- >=> me IULK-UII A button is required for entry to the festival. Buttons can be purchased in advance at many local businesses or at the entrances to the festival. Participants in The Festival Classic are not renuired to nurrh button unless they plan to attend other festival events. ' " 1 -" Questions? Call Burgess Cycle Shop at 825-4211 or 1-888-825-4211

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