The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 29, 1997 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Rural religion Warren Sickel's family is among Jews settling in small towns/A3 the Fourth win Chiefs defeat Seattle to win fourth straight game / B1 • MCllOlS' tUTO! Jury selection starts in Terry Nichols' trial / A2 • RhtlOfl divided: Israelis can't agree on 50th birthday bash / A6 -:•'"%-, INSIDE :•' '.^ Salina Journal Oarwinn l^artoae* otn/tA H Q7"1 ^^"^^ Serving Kansas since 1871 Ugh: 84 Low: 54 Mostly sunny today with northwest winds blowing 10to20mph /B7 Ann Landers / B7 Classified / B4 Comics / B8 Crossword / B8 Deaths/AS Great Plains / A3 Sports/B1 Viewpoints / A4 Si SEPTEMBER 29, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents TIRS IRS overhaul seen; some suspended New board could be set up to oversee tax-collecting agency after litany of abuses heard By JIM ABRAMS The Associated Press y , . The Associated Press House Majority Leader Dick Armey appears on Fox TV Sunday and promises IRS reform. WASHINGTON — The House will pass legislation this year to rein in abuses by the IRS, Majority Leader Dick Armey promised. He suggested an overhaul is needed to counter such excesses as IRS targeting of conservative groups unfriendly toward the administration. Also Sunday, Newsweek magazine reported the Internal Revenue Service responded to searing criticism in a Senate hearing of its treatment of taxpayers by suspending several district-level managers. Newsweek said in its edition on newsstands Monday that it had a memo signed by a suspended manager, Arkansas-Oklahoma district collection chief Ronald James. The document details how the IRS, in apparent defiance of law, evaluates agents by the seizures and levies they make, the newsmagazine said. IRS spokesman Frank Keith said he couldn't comment on specific cases because of privacy laws, but he noted that agency's acting commissioner, Michael Dolan, promised the Senate Finance Committee to act immediately against abuses. That could entail suspensions of employees, Keith said. Armey, R-Texas, told "Fox News Sunday" a bill is being put together to reform the IRS. He said it would be based on recommendations of a congressional commission headed by Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb,, that the responsibility for watching over IRS activities be moved from the Treasury Department to a new board of directors. "We'll pass that before this year is over. I expect the president will sign it," Armey said. Senate action on an IRS bill this year is less certain, but Kerrey, appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," said he thinks his colleagues will pass legislation as well. "There is an urgency to do so," Kerrey said. In the hearings last week, taxpayers and IRS employees recited a litany of examples of IRS harassment and abuse, including targeting for audits lower-income citizens who lack resources to fight claims. Armey carried that a step further. He said he "would not be surprised" if it were proven that the administration has used the IRS to attack anti-Clinton groups and individuals. "It's very hard to ignore the possibility that there may be a conscious singling out of people that are seen as not friendly to this administration," Armey said. He said two groups he was affiliated with faced audits for the first time after he became mtl- jority leader. White House spokesman Barry Toiv, ifl Arkansas with President Clinton, denied White House involvement in IRS activities, Several weeks ago, friends of Paula Jones suggested she was being audited in retaliation for a sexual harassment lawsuit she has Filed against President Clinton. White House press secretary Mike McCurry responded: "We have done some dumb things from time to tune, but we're not certifiably insane." i ",. Lawmakers appearing on Sunday's news shows stressed that any IRS bill enacted this'year would be only a first step toward more fundamental changes in the way the government collects taxes. Some want a national sales tax. Armey and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes favor a flat tax in which everybody above a certain in? come level would pay the same tax rate. , ^ Right-to-work battle •*!' * ' i' Bird City town marshall fights to stay in law enforcement By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal BIRD CITY — BUI Lee won't be alone when he comes to Salina next month to fight for his professional life. Residents of this small community in extreme northwest Kansas have threatened to charter buses to support the man who has served as their town marshal for more than a decade. "If we allow this to happen to Bill, are we opening the gate and allowing this to happen to anyone? When they do this to BUI, will they decide they have the right to do this to anybody?" asked Bird City Mayor Ted Partch. "You walk into any place in Bird City and you won't find anyone who doesn't like BiU. I just don't understand what's going on." The mayor is not alone. In August, about 150 residents in this Cheyenne County town of fewer than 500 showed up at a meeting between city officials and Assistant Attorney General John Cassidy. Cassidy was in Bird City to talk about his agency's role in an administrative hearing Oct. 21-22 at Salina's Kansas Highway Patrol Academy before the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission, a 12- member panel that oversees law enforcement certification. The purpose of the hearing: To 4etermine whether the 32- year-old Lee is fit to continue DAVIS TURNER /The Salina Journal Bird City Marshall Bill Lee, standing outside Bird City's City Hall, Is fighting to keep certification as a law enforcement officer. as a law officer. Attorneys on both sides of the issue say this is the first case of its kind in Kansas. In the past, the commission has focused on "paperwork" cases, such as those involving officers who failed to keep up their edu- cational hours. "This started out like a little snowball and it just kept rolling and rolling," said Lee's wife, Cheryl. "It's past the point of whether he's guilty or not. It's down to people doing anything to save face." The case against Lee In 1994, Lee was charged with, but not convicted of, having sex with a minor. According to a petition filed with the commission by the attorney general's office, the al- leged incidents of misconduct with a girl, now 19, took place between 1986 and 1990. A sodomy charge was dismissed foUowing a preliminary hearing in Rawlins County District Court. See OFFICER, Page AS T MILITARY V FORBES RICHEST LIST llates doubles his fortune to keep wealth ranking Adding $400 million a made him richest jjrson in the world 3ferh» Associate Press NEW YORK — Ted Turner's going to have to get busy on his quest to dun other wealthy people into giving some of their bucks to charity—not only are the rich getting richer, there's more of them. Forbes magazine said Sunday its annual list of the United State's 400 richest people has 170 billionaires this year, up from 135 last year. In 1982, the first year of the Forbes 400, only 13 of them were billionaires. Microsoft Corp. Chairman BiU Gates tops the list for the fourth consecutive year, again followed by savvy investor Warren Buffett. Gates' net worth more than doubled to $39.8 billion last year — a rate of $400 million per week — while Buffett gained $6 billion to climb to $21 billion, Forbes said in its Oct. 13 issue. Turner, who believes the highly publicized list deters'people on it from donating their money, ranks 28th at $3.5 billion. The cable TV and CNN pioneer who is vice chairman of Time Warner on Sept. 18 pledged $1 billion to create a new foundation to benefit U.N. causes. He said then that he plans to pass the hat among his peers to raise more money for his foundation. GATES Turner has complained that Gates and Buffett hoard their money. High-tech industry captains hold most of the list's top spots. Of the first five, only Buffett did not make his fortune in a computer-related field. FoUowing Gates and Buffett are Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen at $17 biUion; Oracle Corp. Chairman Larry Ellison, $9.2 bUlion; and Intel Corp. Chairman Gordon Moore, $8.8 billion. Microsoft and Oracle are the world's top two software makers, and Intel is the BUFFETT ALLEN top producer of computer chips. Other high-tech bUlionaires on the list include 32-year-old Dell Computer Corp. Chairman Michael Dell, $5.5 billion, and Hewlett-Packard Co. founder WUliam Hewlett, with $4.1 billion. Low-tech fields also are represented, with entrants including hog farmer Wendell Murphy, $1 V billion, (whose Murphy Family Farm wants to start large-scale hog production in Kansas). Donald Trump returned to the bUlionaires' club at $1.4 billion. Oprah Winfrey moved up to 349th at $550 million. She is the only black person on the list. Forbes said Gates, 41, also ranks as the world's richest individual. The magazine does not include royalty in its world's-richest rankings, but it estimates the Sultan of Brunei is the richest royal, at $38 biUion. Kansans on the list are Charles De Ganahl Koch, 61, Wichita, $2.2 biUion, in the oil services field; and Donald Joyce Hall, 69, Mission HUls, $1.4 biUion, of the Hallmark fortune. Duty calls both dad and mom Couple never thought-^ they'd be ordered > overseas at same time By The Associated Press MANHATTAN — It waa hard enough explaining to 6-year-old Lyndah Anderson that Daddy was going with the Army Reserves to a faraway land called Bosnia. Having to tell Lyndah several months later that Mommy had been called up, too, was agony. "She just kept asking, 'Why?' " Pfc. Darnell Anderson said. He and his wife, fellow specialist Irma Anderson, are among the 59 members of the Manhattan- based 450th Transportation Battalion. Members began leaving Sunday for 270-dayrotations coordinating the movement of people and equipment in support of the peacekeeping effort in Bosnia. The Andersons got word in April that Darnell would be sent to Bosnia. A month ago, scheduling problems prompted them to take Lyndah and her 10-month-old sister, Kennedy, to live with Irma's sister in El Paso, Texas. "Leaving them is the hardest part," Darnell Anderson said. "The rest of this would have been a cakewalk upside-down." : Trying to explain to Lyndah why they had to leave was wrenching. "We gave her a map of where we were going to go and showed her where she was, but it didn't seem to help," Darnell Anderson said. "She just kept asking, 'Why?' " Since the pair are in the reserves and only wear their uniforms on weekends, Irma Anderson said she doesn't think Lyndah understands that the two are in the Army. "I think she thought it was more play," she said. Just as difficult was the decision to transfer legal guardianship to Irma's sister, Konni, and the sister's husband. And it doesn't help that baby Kennedy spoke her first words while living in Texas; the Andersons know she will take her first steps while they are out of the country. The Andersons met in Germany six years ago and both served in Operation Desert Storm. They have been married two years. Even though the two are in the same reserve battalion, they say they did not expect to get called up together. "We have definitely learned from this mistake," Darnell Anderson said. "We could have been two cowards and tried to get out of it, like a lot of other people, but we think this is the right thing to do." Irma Anderson was to leave Sunday with 27 other soldiers. Darnell Anderson and the rest of the detachment leaves Oct. 19. . Like many reservists, Darnell Anderson has a full-time job. He'is a heavy equipment operator for Raytheon Aerospace and has been assured he would have a job when . he gets back.

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