The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 18, 1996 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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'••• ••••••" ' •'•'''•'•"'' > '^'^" : ' kt Lf ' vkJ ''- '" :r -"' 1 -''''-- l - v ^^ Taxing plan Republicans want to change U.S. tax system/C3 Salina tourney Salina South upsets ,^ top-seeded Clay Tournament Cent e r /D1 • DiStPiCt jUtfge: Finalists named for Saline-Ottawa County position / A2 l! Winter allergies may be worse than the flu / Ci High: 19 Low:-2 Northwest wind of 25 to 35 mph with wind chills of 25 to 35 below/B3 Classified/C4 Coffil6s/B4J _ Deaths/AS.-?; Great Plains/B1 Health/C1 Money / C2 Sports/D1 .Viewpoints / B2 Salina Journal JANUARY 18, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T CAMPAIGN '96 Roberts aims new course at Senate seat Congressman early front-runner to replace retiring Kassebaum By CURT ANDERSON The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In an abrupt turnabout, Rep. Pat Roberts of Kansas has changed his mind and will enter the Republican Senate race, his top aide said Wednesday. "He's going to run. He's made that decision," said Leroy Towns, the congressman's administrative assistant. ; The change of heart by Roberts, the House Agriculture Committee chairman, was almost as much of a surprise as his November an• nouncement that he would not seek to replace retiring Sen. Nan- cy Kassebaum. Towns said a groundswell of GOP support for a Roberts candidacy — including a very public appeal by Gov. Bill Graves last week — coupled with the decision by other potential candidates to stay on the sidelines and the progress made on the farm bill all led Roberts to change course. "He was very touched at the outpouring of people who wanted him to run," Towns said. Roberts, who would hot confirm his intention to run at a session with reporters ea'rlier Wednesday, did acknowledge that Kassebaum "(Roberts) was very touched at the outpouring of people who wanted him to run." Leroy Towns Roberts' administrative assistant ROBERTS had urged him to "keep an open mind" about the race when he made his November statement. "Since that time, we've had the Kansas congressional delegation, members of the state Legislature, the governor and lieutenant governor, and many farm groups in Kansas, and a lot of my friends, urging me to reconsider," Roberts said. "All of a sudden an open mind became reconsideration." Roberts said he planned a definitive statement on Friday and would then make a more formal announcement Jan. 27 at the annual Kansas Days event in Topeka. Roberts, an eight-term congressman from the vast 1st District, would become the instant frontrunner in the race. The only other declared Republican candidate is former state Sen. Eric Yost of Wichita. Towns said Roberts was surprised that so few Republican candidates had joined the race. "If you'd thought there would be an opportunity to get back in the race, you'd have been laughed out of the state," Towns said. First-term Rep. Sam Brownback, who has been strongly considering a Senate bid, has repeatedly urged Roberts to reconsider and said he won't run against Roberts. Now, Brownback is expected to announce his plans to seek re-election to his 2nd District House seat. On the Democratic side, state Treasurer Sally Thompson has indicated she will run, but that was before Roberts re-entered the picture. Difficulties in passing the new farm bill were Roberts' main rea- T BARBARA JORDAN 1936-1996 'She had a presence as few people do' Ex-Congresswoman played role in Nixon impeachment hearings By PEGGY FIKAC The Associated Press ' AUSTIN, Texas — Former Rep.' Barbara Jordan, whose ringing, Jehovah-like oratory made her literally the voice of moral authority during the Watergate impeachment hearings, died Wednesday at age 59. Jordan — one of the first two blacks elected to Congress from the South since Reconstruction — died of pneumonia believed to be a complication of leukemia, said George Christian, a Democratic insider and former press secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson. "When Barbara spoke with that deep, booming voice, it was as though she was speaking from tablets of stone," former Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen said. "She had a presence as few people do." Jordan also had been ill for several years with multiple sclerosis, and used a wheelchair and walker. She nearly drowned in 1988 when she lost consciousness in her backyard swimming pool. Her life was a series of firsts: In 1966, Jordan, a Democrat, was elected to the state Senate, the first black member since 1883 "Texas has lost a powerful voice of conscience and integrity." ' George W. Bush , Texas governor and the first black woman ever elected to the Texas Legislature. In 1972, she became the first black woman elected to Congress from the South. Andrew Young of Georgia also won office that year; they were the first blacks sent to Congress from the South since the aftermath of the Civil War. Once considered a possible vice presidential candidate, Jordan left politics after three terms in the House, choosing to teach at the University of Texas. Shunning the limelight, she devoted her energies to her students, who fondly called her "B.J." Always, there was her voice — formal, deep, powerful and carefully enunciated, befitting the daughter of a Baptist minister. "I thought I heard God speaking, and it turned out to be Barbara Jordan," said Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro, re : calling her from his days as a Senate clerk. She won a national reputation ••, ;'.'.'! File photo Barbara Jordan, a three-term congresswoman from Texas, spoke last August at the United We Stand Conference in Dallas. during the committee's 1974 hearings on whether to impeach President Nixon. "My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total," she declared before a national television audience, "and I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution." One person in the audience said it sounded "as if the gates of heaven had opened." 'Gov. George W. Bush said: "Texas has lost a powerful voice of conscience and integrity. Barbara Jordan was a champion of our freedom, Constitution and laws." President Clinton said: "Barbara's words flowed with heartfelt conviction and her actions rang of indefatigable determination as she challenged us as a nation to confront our weaknesses and live peacefully together as equals." At the time of her death, Jor- dan was chairwoman of the independent U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. Her legislative achievements included co-sponsoring the state's first minimum-wage bill, sponsoring a workers' compensation bill and leading opposition to a bill intended to disenfranchise blacks and Hispanics by tightening voter registration requirements. She is survived by her mother, Arlyne Jordan, and two sisters. sons for initially bypassing the Senate race. Towns said even though President Clinton vetoed the budget bill containing the farm provisions, "there is some light at the end of the tunnel." "The landscape is completely different now," Towns said. Kassebaum has often said Roberts would make an ideal successor. Her spokesman, Mike Horak, said Wednesday that Kassebaum believes Roberts "will be an outstanding candidate" and is "glad to hear of his entry into the race." Last week, Graves said Kansas needed someone with Roberts' experience to succeed Kassebaum, particularly if Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole resigns — either before or after the November presidential election. V WEATHER 'It's going to hurt to breathe' Cold wind expected to drop wind chill to 50 to 60 below zero today By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal A fast-moving winter storm struck the Salina area with a . vengeance Wednesday night. In Salina, the temperature plunged from 63 degrees at 5:30 p.m. to 19 degrees at 7:30. In Russell, the temperature went from 45 degrees to 15 degrees in a half- hour. The bitter-cold winds, plunging temperatures and snow are expected to continue today, making the blowing wind as harmful as toxic waste to exposed skin. Eric Schminke, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita, said to expect the temperature to reach zero degrees in the morning, with winds blowing 40 to 50 miles an hour. That translates into a wind chill of 50 to 60 degrees below zero, which is far beyond the danger level for exposed skin. "I'm not an expert in the medical field, but at those temperatures it can take only a few minutes for exposed skin to freeze," Schminke said. "I do know it's going to hurt to breathe." Snow also is expected in the area, and flakes mixed with the high winds could bring blizzard- like conditions, but Schminke said to expect only two inches of accumulation. The storm should move out of the area by this afternoon, Schminke, and the winds should die down to 10 to 15 mph tonight. V ARCHER-DANIELS-MIDLAND CO. Vanier gives OK to reorganization But Brookville man may lose seat on board of directors By ALAN STOLFUS The Salina Journal The reorganization of the Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. board of directors could cost Jack Vanier his seat on the board, but Vanier said he is "very comfortable" with the reorganization proposal. The company, under federal investigation into alleged price-fixing agreements with competitors, has been criticized for its board makeup. Most board members, including Vanier, who has been on the board since 1979 and heads an ADM division, have close ties to the company. The plan would give majority control of the ADM board to a group of outside directors, meaning several on the current board would not be able to stand for reelection at the company's annual meeting this fall. "I'm very comfortable with it, sure," Vanier, 67, said Wednesday. Vanier, a Brookville resident, is chief executive officer of Western Star Ag Resources, an ADM division. ADM has several operations in Salina, including the Western Star elevator, offices and flour mill downtown. Will the changes force him off the board? "It's possible. I just can't comment on it," he said. The majority of ADM's 17-member board are ADM executives or former executives. They include H.D. Hale, chairman of ADM Milling Co., formerly of Salina. See ADM, Page A2 ¥ BUDGET TALKS GOP cancels session with Clinton Republican leaders seek 'firm budget offer' from president By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republican congressional leaders abruptly canceled a budget-bargaining session with President Clinton Wednesday, saying there was no reason to meet until the administration presents a serious new offer. The decision followed a 40- minute telephone conversation among Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and House Majority Leader Richard Armey. Afterward, the GOP leaders issued a statement, saying they would meet the president "once he proposes a firm budget offer that moves in the direction" of the plan Republicans offered last week. But Wednesday's session was also called off at a time that several GOP congressional strategists describe as one of confusion for the party. They say many Republicans fear halting the sessions would let the president blame them for walking away from the negotiations, which could alienate voters and roil financial markets. As they did when the talks were suspended last week, White House officials insisted that a bipartisan compromise remained possible. But they couldn't resist blaming the GOP for slowing progress. "It's a recess," said White House spokesman Mike McCurry. "The bell has rung, and the Democrats are back in class. We don't know where the Republicans are." The Associated Press Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and House Speaker Newt Gin* grlch were on Capitol Hill on Wednesday but not for budget talks.

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