The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 23, 1981 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Monday, November 23, 1981
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BUDGET BUSTING: House votes to avert crisis over spending bill as solons give in to Reagan WASHINGTON (UPI)' - In a surprise move, the House voted 221-176 Monday to give President Reagan his requested extension of 1981 spending powers to Dec. 15, with the margin of victory being provided by 43 Democratic defectors. The bill was likely to be pawed by the Senate and signed by the President before Monday evening, allowing federal agencies to resume full operations. Earlier, Reagan vetoed a $4X7.9 billion emergency spending bill he denounced as "budget basting" and forced a partial shutdown of the federal government in a higbHakas standoff with Congress. As agencies moved to close down all but "essential" functions and furlough an estimated 400,000 workers, Democrats accused Reagan of "theatrics" and congressional leaders looked for a way to get the government moving again. The House — deciding against attempting a veto override — cam* up with a proposal by Democratic leaders to carry over 1981 spending levels to Feb. 3. It included a big cut in defense spending. House Speaker Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill said the Democrats were offering Reagan an additional $2.5 billion in savings by Feb. 3, but the White House and Senate Republican leader Howard Baker said an extension of such duration was "totally unacceptable." House Republicans then offered a proposal with a cutoff date of Dec. 15. The plan was approved with a large number of Democrats crossing over to vote for it and no GOP defectors. "We have to find some way out of this dilemma," Baker told reporters. "I'm simply not going to allow the Senate to recess for Thanksgiving while we are furloughing government workers." Even as federal workers began leaving their offices on indefinite furlough, Reagan took the hardline position that he had made his bottom- line offer and was not interested in further negotiations. That placed Congress and the White House at loggerheads — each side refusing to budge and hundreds of thousands of federal workers caught in the middle. Sharp attack It prompted the sharpest attack to date by O'Neill, who charged Reagan "knows less about the budget than any other president in my lifetime. He can't even carry on a conversation about the budget." Senate Democratic leader Robert Byrd said "this whole thing was a manufactured shootout at the OK Corral," designed to "divert attention from the huge deficits and the cause" — the Reagan tax cut. Byrd said the confrontation 'erupted over $1.2 billion in spending — one-fourth of 1 percent of the overall budget. The federal bureaucracy was thrown into a partial state of paralysis, as agency heads strived to carry out orders to curtail all "nonessential" operations until resolution of the budget crisis. Reagan opened an emergency Cabinet meeting by declaring "there's no cash to meet the payroll." The president, who like other employees has been working without pay since midnight Friday, said "the bulk" of the bureaucracy would shut down. The veto — the first of Reagan's presidency — came nearly 12 hours after the bill, hammered out by a House-Senate conference committee during the weekend, received final passage by the Senate. EARLY BIRDS — Children at a Salina nursery school celebrated Thanksgiving early with turkey and all the trimmings Monday. Jeanine Barry (left), 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Barry, Salina Rt. 5, samples some of the food while Joy Page (center) 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Page, 2363 Leslie, helps adjust Jeanine's bonnet. Todd Journal Photoi by Tom DorMy Russell (right), 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Russell, 852 Sherian, seems unaware of the girls across the table from him as he prepares to bite into a drumstick. The Salina SALINA SALINA, KANSAS, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23,1981 110th YEAR No. 327 20 Pages Ellsworth home is hit by fire Bob Ott picked for House seat (See picture, Page 2) By LINDA MOWERY Great Plains Editor ELLSWORTH - An occasional tear trickled down Tim Null's cheek. Behind him stood the remains of his 90-year-old home — a home be has owned since last July. Miscellaneous furniture and household goods were scattered across the yard like abandoned rag dolls. "I've made it before, I'll make it again," Null said as the Rev. Donald L. Ray handed him a handkerchief. Early Monday morning, Null was jarred from a sound sleep by the beep Tim Null of his smoke detector. His three-story frame and limestone house was on fire. Jumped to safety "I came out that third-story window and Jumped off the edge of the roof," Null said. "I couldn't get down the As firefighters prepared to leave, stairs. There was too much smoke." When Ellsworth firefighters arrived about 7:30 a.m., the smoke stopped them from entering. The home is on the town's east side. Fire Chief Melvin Armbrust said his men had to climb on top of the house and chop a hole in the roof so they could see where the fire was located. It apparently started outside the chimney on the main floor. Armbrust said it was too soon to know what triggered the blaze that took more than two hours to extinguish. The inside of the home was gutted. Null's neighbors carried boxes of his belongings away from the house. It wasn't the first time the residents of Ellsworth had come to his rescue. Last summer, Null was seriously ill and spent several weeks in the hospital. He had only returned to his job at Northern Natural Gas Company a month ago. • While Null was in the hospital, Mr. Ray asked for volunteers to help get his new house in order. "I put the word out one Sunday and the town responded," Mr. Ray said. "All the churches, the whole town (See FIRE, Page 2) (Related story, Page 2) By DALE GOTER Staff Writer Bob Ott waited until the last minute to announce his candidacy for the vacant 71st District state legislative seat, but wasted no time in winning a first-ballot victory Sunday. Ott, 44, 205 Greenway, was the last of six candidates to declare an interest in filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Jerry Simpson. In a strong first-ballot showing, Ott collected 15 out of a possible 22 votes at the Republican district convention Sunday afternoon in the First National Handi- Bank at the Mid State Mall. Others receiving votes were Don Bob Ott Tasker Sr., 4; Elizabeth Duckers, 2, and Randall Duncan, 1. According to the convention rules, the winner had to win 13 of the 22 delegate votes to be successful. President of Ott Oil Company, the successful candidate has been a Salkw resident since 1966. He is past-presi- (See OTT, Page X) Today\ Today id Monday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 1981 with 38 to follow. Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States, was born Nov. 23,1804. Also on this date in history: In 1945, World War H rationing ended in the United States on all foods except sugar. Inside COMPUTERS will be used, if okayed by Congress, in the fight against illegal aliens. Page 2. BREZHNEV, SCHMIDT open talks in Bonn. Page 2. "SURELY we could get a qualified (county) manager for about the same 140,000 we're paying the (Saline) county commission." Editorial comment, Page 4. KU accepts bid to appear in Hall of Fame Bowl. Page 9. Area News- Comics Courtf Crossword.... Deaths Dr. Donahue. Fara. Circus. Hospitals .13 Living 6 .19 Local 7,8 ..7 Markets 7 ..& Opinion 4 ..7 Sports 9-11 ..5 TV-Films 12 ..5 Want-Ads.,.16-19 ..7 Weather 7 Weather Kansas. - Clear to partly cloudy and mild through Tuesday. Highs Monday in tht 90s to mid 80s. Lows Monday night In tbt 30s. Highs Tuesday upper so* to mid 60s. T German leader eyes U.S., Soviet summit BONN, West Germany (UPI) West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt called Monday for a summit meeeting between President Leonid Brezhnev and President Reagan and urged the Soviet leader to accept Reagan's proposal to rid Europe of intermediate-range nuclear missiles. In a speech Monday during a dinner given for Brezhnev, Schmidt welcomed the fact that "the dialogue between the Soviet Union and the United States has clearly gained in substance and intensity again." Earlier, a Soviet spokesman repeat- ad Brabnev's view that such a meet- tag would be useful if properly prepared. Schmidt said, "It would be especially significant if you, Mr. general-secretary, were to meet with the president of the United States. Such a meeting could set a clear sign of hope and trust." Schmidt said he was convinced "President Reagan is entering the negotiations in Geneva with the serious will to reduce the nuclear threat by means of arms limitation." Earlier, in a more than three-hour review of the international situation, Schmidt urged the visitiing Brezhnev to accept Reagan's missile plan. Schmidt told Brezhnev, according to a spokesman, "I can understand that you consider American missiles a strategic threat to the Soviet Union, but we consider your missiles to be a strategic threat to us. ^, "If you do not want U.S. missiles in Europe, then you must withdraw all your medium-range missiles." Brezhnev, 74, was received with military honors at the chancellor's residence on the banks of the Rhine river. Crime too hard to swallow HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (UPI) — Police asked a man to cough up two diamond rings he was accused of stealing and swallowing. He did just that. A police spokesman said Robert Engel, 22, of Mastic Beach, "coughed the larger ring up Saturday. 'He spit up the second one Sunday," the spokesman said. Engel was arraigned on grand larceny charges in First District Court in Hauppauge on charges of stealing the two rings, valued at $10,500, from Rose Jewelers on Main Street, Patchogue. Police said Engel entered the store about 11:30 a.m. Saturday and asked to see a 1.2-carat diamond ring. When the clerk obliged, Engel then asked for a second larger ring estimated to be 2.2S carats, police said. The spokesman said Engel then fled down Main Street where he was tackled by Police Officer Raymond Elliot. Police said that before Elliot could handcuff Engle, the suspect swallowed the rings. * • 1 Neighbors... War's wounds shaped his life Journal Photo by J«H Irltegam Jim Deister: Fate dealt a big blow. BECCY TANNER Features Editor His story could have been different. It could have been about a young, athletic journalist striving for fame and fortune. Or, he admits, it could have been about being an English teacher... somewhere. But it's not. Fate dealt him a Wow. He went to Vietnam, and once the shrapnel and the bullet ripped through him, he could have been a vegetable. But that's still not his story. Jim Deister, 2760 Linda Lane, a Vocational Rehabilitation Center counselor, just never let "those things" happen. That's why, wbsn bs finally doss toll his story, it's one of strength, courage and mountain- out hope. "I went to Vietnam in 1987. In fact, it's bean 14 years now. Nov. 18th, that was my anniversary. You see, I've always had this habit of volunteering. And... I volunteered. "I was in my junior year at Emporia State University, majoring in English. I bad hoped, when I got out, to work for a newspaper somewhere. Either that or bs an English teacher. And I figured, once Vietnam came up, that I'd have to go. So I figured I might as wall get it over with." He was a demolition* specialist with the 9th Infantry Division, stationed in the Mekong Delta. It was the third weak of November, 1967. "It started on my ttod birthday," bs said. "We were in a hot landing sons. And the Viet Cong were infiltrating our camp. It was around 11:15 to 11:46 at night when thty (See WOUNDS, Pat* I) : t T

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