The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 18, 1981 · Page 1
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Former CIA agent predicts Doomsday looms in woke of arms race Peter James (Related story, Page 20) By BOB KELLY Staff Writer CONCORDIA — Peter James admits he doesn't have all the answers — especially when the question is how to stop a nuclear war. But James does have a lot of opinions on the subject. James isn't exactly your normal doomsday prophet. The well-dressed, 41-year-old former rocket engineer, has been on the hot seat as both a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent and an Air Force intelligence analyst. "I'm convinced if the current trends continue we're heading for a nuclear war," said James, who stopped Tuesday at Cloud County Community College as part of a nationwide tour. "The question is what can we as a nation do to avert what I feel will be a major catastrophe... What can we do to assure our national security?" James, who fits the James Bond-type image well, explained his ideas to some 300 to 400 people, including high school students from several area schools. "The Reagan administration has acknowledged there is a Russian threat," said James. "Basically, their approach is to match the Russians weapon-for-weapon. "If we follow that current trend, we are going to, in my opinion, bankrupt the nation and destabilize what security we already have." James is convinced the B-l bomber, currently approved by Reagan, won't be able to penetrate Soviet airspace during the 1990s. And, James predicts, the existing land-based missile systems will be obsolete within 10 years. "Over the next 10 years, by not building these systems, we are going to save ourselves several hundred billion dollars," James said. "We must recognize our national security depends not only on the number of weapons but also on the economic stability of the country. "We ought to shift over a 10-year period the American nuclear arsenal from the continental United States, which does make us a very inviting target, to the five oceans of the world." James says a bigger fleet of U.S. missile-carrying submarines, deployed throughout the world, would provide the U.S. a chance to gain the advantage of a "mutually assured destruction" with the Soviets, who James claims now have a "first- strike capability." "One of our subs could destroy every Soviet city with a population in excess of 150,000 people," said James who started working for the CIA in 1965 at the age of 25. James, who lost his Job after he decided to make some of his findings as an agent available to the public, would pour part of the money saved "into the economy and create the world's No. 1 industrial-agricultural economic giant." That goes along with a change to a "more realistic human rights policy" toward America's dealings with other countries. "Right now, the Soviet Union is more vulnerable than they've ever been," James added. He cited the Russians' poor agricultural production, high military spending costs and over-extension in Afghanistan and other countries. "I do not have all the answers. I certainly wish I did." 25 CENTS The SALINA alina ournal 110th YEAR No. 322 SALINA, KANSAS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1981 52 Pages Blue Cross, Shield win biggest rate hike ever TOPEKA, KuT(UPI) - A $41.4- million rate hike that applies to more than a third of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas subscribers was needed to keep the organizations from financial impairment, Insurance Commissioner Fletcher Bell says. Bell announced Tuesday that his office had approved the rate increases — largest in Blue Cross history — which lake effect next year. : Ball's office granted the entire rate increase — which runs from about 26 percent to 74 percent for various coverage categories but averages 32.2 percent for affected categories — sought by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Weighing heavily in the rate approval was a 1980 Kansas Supreme Court decision that set out what Bell could or could not question in the rate case, Bell said. ' Blue Cross and Blue Shield had a ."severe reduction" in reserves in 1981, leaving less than one month of claims and operating expenses in reserve, Bell said. "This situation demands an increase in subscriber charges if Blue Cross and Blue Shield are to continue to provide the kind of service people want and are accustomed to having, and it results from the simple fact that health care costs are escalating so rapidly that insurance premiums can hardly keep pace." ; Health care costs have increased more than 210 percent since 1973, he said, which was the first year the company was subject to regulation. The rate increases apply to 37 percent of Blue Cross and Blue Shield subscribers, or about 319,000 people. The increases primarily apply to subscribers in the Plan 65 and Plan "D" programs, Community Group and Non- Group, Bell said. Richard Huncker, accident and health supervisor for the insurance agency, said there were increases for numerous categories, including a 74- percent hike for a major medical, local first-dollar-deductible plan in community groups. News of the rate hike could prove especially bitter for some elderly subscribers, who fought the proposed increases during public hearings in September. The Plan 65 and Plan "D" programs are sold as supplemental to Medicare. Not only will the Blue Cross-Blue Shield rates for those programs go up, but the federal government is cutting into Medicare benefits by increasing deductibles carried on the program, Bell said. Plan 65 and Plan D rates will climb 37.7 percent under the newly-approved Blue Cross-Blue Shield rates, BeU said. That increase breaks down to 43 percent on the Blue Cross side of the program and 33 percent on the Blue Shield said. The rate hike takes hold January 1 and affects 154,900 subscribers. In the community-rated contracts, (See BLUES, Page 2) BALANCING ACT - Oakdale Park's brightly- painted outdoor skating rink provides an ideal setting for instruction in the fine art of roller akat- Journal Photo by Evelyn Burger ing. The teacher providing some welcome support for Jenny, 9, is her mother, Mrs. Betty Davis, 415 Charles. Reagan unveils four-point plan for arms reduction in Europe -.WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Reagan, in a speech broadcast around the world, Wednesday challenged the Soviet Union to join the United States in "a giant step for mankind" — a sweeping mutual reduction of arms, starting with nuclear weapons in Europe. The president outlined a four-point plan for comprehensive arms talks to cut both strategic and tactical nuclear arsenals, to pare conventional military forces in Europe and to curb the risk of an accidental atomic holocaust. ' Reagan said he had just sent Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev a "simple, straight-forward, yet historic message: The United States proposes the mutual reduction of conventional, intermediate range nuclear and strategic forces," Reagan said. .: "But we cannot reduce arms unilaterally," Reagan said. ^"Success can only come if the Soviet Union will share our commitment. He said if agreement can be reached on arms reductions, the achievement would be like "the first footstep on the moon... a giant step for mankind." Reagan's across-the-board proposal amounted to a call for mutual disarmament covering all forms of warfare — conventional, tactical and limited nuclear war in Europe and the ultimate, strategic nuclear warfare involving intercontinental ballistic missiles. Each of these topics have been mentioned previously in presidential state-of-the world messages to Congress, but one administration official said "I think it's the first time" the whole array of weaponry has been placed before Moscow at one time as topics for negotiation. The president's plan drew quick praise on Capitol Hill. Sen. S.I. Hayakawa, R-Calif., called the initiative "a tremendous step forward in disarmament." Senate Republican leader Howard Baker called the speech "historic," And his Democratic counterpart, Robert Byrd, said Reagan had placed the United States in a strong opening position when negotiations with the Soviet Union open. "This is an opportunity for the Soviets to put up or shut up," said Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah. Quick approval also came from two of America's leading allies, West Germany and Britain. Chancellor Helmut Schmidt said the president's proposal shows "Ronald Reagan is a man who deep in his heart is searching for peace and is willing to negotiate, negotiate, negotiate" to get it. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was visiting Schmidt in Bonn, welcomed Reagan's initiative "to seek massive nuclear disarmament in Europe." But Tass, the official Soviet news agency, published an article Wednesday saying Reagan's proposal cannot lead to an agreement. Reagan began his National Press Club speech, broadcast by satellite to every continent except Australia, by saying he wanted to speak to "the people of the world about America's program for peace and the coming negotiations which begin Nov. 30 in Geneva, Switzerland" on reduction of medium-range nuclear weapons in Europe. The president, wearing a dark suit and standing before a blue velvet backdrop, said there has been a tendency to make the problem of arms control "overly complex. I want to be clear and concise." "Today I have outlined the kinds of bold, equitable proposals which the world expects of us," Reagan said. Reagan's speech was seen as an effort both to ease concerns of allies in Europe — where plans to deploy new U.S. missiles have sparked massive anti-nuclear demonstrations — and to place the burden on Moscow to explain why nuclear arsenals cannot be slashed. The address began at 9 a.m. CST so it would reach Europe for maximum display on television evening news (See REAGAN, Page 2) Jo day Today is Wednesday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 1981 with 43 to follow. Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. American astronaut Alan Shepard was born Nov. 18,1923. Atao on this data in history: In 1883, the United States adopted Standard Time and set up four zones — Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific. Weather KANSAS - Slight chance of showers northeast Wednesday night, otherwise mostly cloudy and colder statewide. Lows in the mid 20s northwest and mid to upper 30s southeast. Mostly cloudy and colder Thursday. Highs around 40 northwest to around SO southeast. Inside ACTOR William Holden died from deep wound to the forehead, autopsy reveals. Page 2. "SHED no tears for these folks." Editorial comment, Page 4. FIGHTS disrupt Marymounts victory over FHSU. Page 10. KINGS smash Knicks in NBA play. Page 10. SCHMIDT repeats as National League's MVP. Page 10. DRASTIC changes needed in beef production? Page 23. Area News.22,23 Comics 27 Courts 13 Crossword 6 Deaths 13 Dr. Donohue ..28 Fam. Circus ..19 Hospitals 13 Living 15-17 Local 14,20 Markets 13 Opinion 4 Sports 10-12 TV-Films 24 Want-Ada...25-27 Weather 13 Choir of cops tuning up for bod bet's public payoff By BEN WEARING Staff Writer The commissioner wins his bet, the police chief is grumbling, and Salina will be treated — or subjected — to something far removed from Yule music when the Christmas lights are turned on Nov. 27. There will be the usual brass band, singing and other whoopla beginning at 6:30 that Friday evening, leading up to the actual lighting at 6:55 followed by the traditional arrival of Santa Claus. But the ceremony also will feature the golden throats of Police Chief John Woody, Assistant Police Chitf Darrell Wilson and Detective Gary Hindman harmonizing on that well-known and beloved classic, "Rose Ann of Charing Cross." RON who of what? That's what a disbelieving Woody has to be asking himself. What began as a bet between the chief and City Commissioner Keith Duckera over a cup of coffe* several Simpson Choir Director Duckera Vindicated Woody Disbeliever months ago has turned into a bit of embarrassment for Woody — who is somewhat reluctant to discuss the matter. The vindicated Duckers, however, is fairly bubbling over. During a conversation with Woody and Wilson last summer, Duckers asked if anyone remembered a song called "Row Ann of Charing Cross," which he said was a popular jukebox tune during World War II. A skeptical Woody allegedly answered, "Duckers, you are really good at making these things up." When Duckers insisted there indeed was such a song, he said Woody challenged him with: "I'll tell you what. If you can produce the words and music, I'll organize a choir and sing the song at the corner of Santa Fe and Iron. You get the music and I'll put the choir together." About that time, the story goes, for- mer State Senator Jerry Simpson of Salina, now Regional Administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, passed by. He, too, doubted Duckers' story and volunteered to direct the choir if the music could be produced. This week, Duckers said, he mailed a copy of the sheet music to "choir director" Simpson with instructions to "get the choir together." Wilson and Hindman apparently became reluctant choir recruits. Through "great detective work and research," Duckers said, he was able to produce the music from a publishing house in New York. The song is about a Red Cross nurse, Rose Ann, who helps a wounded soldier during the war. Charing Cross is a railroad crossing in London, England, Duckers said. The song first was introduced in 1943 by singer Kate Smith. Dear Sal: Sounds like Woody plans to sing bear-itone.

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