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04 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1996 KANSAS LEGISLATURE THE SALINA JOURNAL T OPENING PRAYER ignites Republican's guest led prayer that was offensive to some members By MIKE SHIELDS Harris News Service TOPEKA — Pastor Joe's brand of bible thumping brought three Kansas House members out of their seats and to the microphone in protest Tuesday. "I have never heard in 10 years as divisive, sanctimonious, self- serving, self-righteous and overbearing a prayer as I have heard this morning," Rep. Delbert Gross, a Hays Democrat, told fellow members. "The man of the cloth who spoke this morning did this body a disservice." Reps. David Haley, Kansas City, and Sabrina Standifer, Wichita, both also Democrats,.followed Gross at the microphone. "I took umbrage at the prayer we had to suffer through this morning," Haley told the House. That pastor, "can do that in his own church, where maybe they worship snakes," but it wasn't appropriate in the Kansas House. "It was blasphemous and it was ignorant." The House begins business each day with a short prayer. Tuesday it was delivered by guest chaplain Joe Wright, pastor of Wichita's Central Christian Church. Members of the church, including State Rep. Tony Powell, a Wichita Republican, call the preacher, "Pastor Joe." The preacher led the body in prayer as Powell's invited guest. He started out asking God's forgiveness for our collective evils and then proceeded to catalog them: "We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-cultur- ism," the preacher prayed. "We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle ... We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice." Gross and Haley said they were upset that the prayer equated laziness with welfare and suggested that tolerance of other creeds and cultures was the same as worshipping false gods. The,prayer was immediately characterized in political rather than religious terms, a question of liberals and moderates versus the conservatives. But none of the conservatives went to the microphone to respond to the comments by Gross, Haley and Standifer, which now become a part of the House's public record, instead, conservative members grumbled to one another. "I'm glad to see our liberal friends advocate censoring prayer as the answer to our problems," said Rep: Powell. "Sometimes free speech offends other people. But no one has a right to tell others how to pray." Rep.-Greg Packer, a conservative Topeka Republican, said that the Democrats were protesting simply as part of a political ploy to embarrass Powell, a freshman, in hopes of making him vulnerable in the coming election. "There's a freshman representative who's a Christian," Packer said, "and they (Democrats) want to beat him because they're liberals. Don't we live in a wonderful country?" The Associated Press Rep. Delbert Gross, D-Hays, speaks to the House assembly In opposition to the opening prayer Tuesday. Text of prayer "Heavenly father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your word says, 'Woe to those who call evil, good," but that's exactly what we've done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values. c "We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your word and called it moral pluralism. "We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-culturalism. "We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle. "We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. "We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation. "We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. "We have killed our unborn and called it choice. "We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. "We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building esteem. "We have abused power and called it political savvy. "We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. "We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. "We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. "Search us, O God, and know our hearts today. Try us and see if there be some wicked way in us. Cleanse us from every sin and set us free. "Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas, and who have been ordained by You to govern this great state. Grant them Your wisdom to rule, and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your will. I ask it in the name of Your son, the living saviour, Jesus Christ. "Amen." From The Associated Press V GAMING Foe bets gambling activists beat odds Rev. Grey says time is ripe to stop casinos from spreading in state By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Citizens across the nation are starting to take the offensive against the expansion of gambling, a national casino foe said Tuesday. Rev. Tom Grey, director of the newly formed National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, told a group of about 100 people, including about 30 legislators, the time' is ripe to stop the proliferation of casinos. A coalition of anti-gambling groups brought him to Topeka. "I have not encountered any grassroots support for gambling in the United States," said Grey, 55, a United Methodist minister. "I have not run into any populist support for this." He said only people who have a VSUPERFUND GREY direct interest in casinos — either through real estate or because of jobs — support further gambling. Grey has been described by one gambling consultant as "the most dangerous man in America." He also has been accused of being a religious zealot. But Grey said he sees the fight against casinos as a civic revival, with more citizens taking a greater interest in the common good. "I don't want you to believe that this is a religious revival," Grey said. "Everyone has a different definition for religion. This is a civic revival." Grey became involved in the fight against casinos in 1991 when a riverboat casino was proposed for Galena, HI., where he headed a church. That riverboat eventually opened, but closed its doors in December. The Kansas Legislature is expected to consider a proposed constitutional amendment that would permit eight locations to offer slot machines. Gov. Bill Graves said he "wants Kansans to vote on the issue. The state's three major race tracks — One of which has filed for bankruptcy — want to at least set up slot machines. KDHE earns praise for cleaunup efforts State agency has kept Kansas cities off of federal cleanup list By The Associated Press TOPEKA — GoV. Bill Graves and Senate President Bud Burke paid tribute Tuesday to a state-initiated "Superfund" environmental cleanup program that has been recognized by the Council of State Governments. Burke presented to Graves on behalf of the CSG a trophy honoring the Department of Health and Environment for its Deferral Program which helps cities in Kansas clean up contamination sites and keep them off the federal Superfund list. The Superfund was created by * Congress to help finance cleaning up large contamination sites in the U.S. Under the Deferral Program, KDHE negotiates a consent agreement with cities and responsible parties to complete the necessary cleanup activities, avoiding the lengthy and costly Superfund "process which typically costs three times more, KDHE officials said. The cities or responsible parties become the lead partner in the cleanup effort, assuming financial responsibility and local oversight for the work. Wichita was the first to use the concept.lt also has been used in Hutchinson and Salina, and Hays presently is negotiating an agreement with KDHE. T WEIGHTS AND MEASURES Auditors can't account for responsibility But ag secretary offers solution to scale back weighty problems By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Legislators said Tuesday they want to know who was responsible for a breakdown in the division of weights and measures that could have cheated consumers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars at grocery stores and gasoline pumps. State auditors said they could not pinpoint one person. U.S. Rep. Sam Brownback was state agriculture secretary from 1986 to 1993 and Phillip Fishburn in 1993 and 1994, but senior state auditor Sharon Patnode said an audit of the division in the Agriculture Department did not try to determine who was responsible. Rather, it examined a process that was not working, she said. Patnode said auditors did not interview Brownback, nor did they determine what, if any, role he might have played in the breakdown of the weights and measures program. She didn't mention Fishburn. Brownback, elected to Congress from the 2nd District in 1994, was hired as secretary by the old state Board of Agriculture, now disbanded because of a court ruling. Fishburn was appointed to the post by former Gov. Joan Finney. "Somewhere the process broke down, but we don't have any names," Patnode said after a joint meeting of the House Agriculture and Governmental Organization committees during which the audit was reviewed. An investigation directed by Attorney General Carla Stovall's office found no evidence of criminal acts in the operation of weights and measures. The state audit released last week concluded that one hi four small scales, one in six electronic store scanners and one in 10 gas pumps could be inaccurate. « "It really concerns me why we have let this come about," said Rep. Ray Luthi, D-Lamont, who asked during the hearing for a list of those hi charge of the department in the last several years. The lawmakers welcomed a statement from Agriculture Secretary Allie Devine that she had a possible solution to the problems in the weights and measures division. Devine said she did not know how much it would cost to improve testing, but is talking with Gov. Bill Graves about.amending the division's $700,000 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, to increase funding. No new staff would be added to the division's 15 employees, she said. But the overhaul would require a new computer system and more training for service companies the state contracts with to test the pumps and scales. Among the proposed changes, Devine said she plans to remove conflicts of interest by having state inspectors enforce measures against devices that are not in compliance. Currently, the agency contracts the work out to companies that do both the annual testing and enforcement. The Associated Press State auditor Sharon Patnode speaks Wednesday at a joint meeting of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Governmental Organization and Elections Committee. Salina Journal LEGALS (Bret Published In The Salina Journal January 24,1996) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SALINE COUNTY, KANSAS In The Matter Of The Adoption Of. BABY BOY CRYER, a minor child NOTICE OF HEARING Case No. 95 A 38 THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: Vbu are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed in the above Court by Craig Mattlion and Rene* Mattlson, husband and wife, praying for a Decree of Adoption of Baby Boy Cryer, a minor, tor the change of the name of said minor, and that the Court ,has ordered that the final hearing 'on said adoption be held on the 4th day of March, 1996. NOW, THEREFORE, you are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 4th day of March, 1996, at 9:00 a.m. of said day In said Court In the District Courtroom In the City of Salina, in said county and state, at which time and place said cause will be heard. Should you fall therein, Judgment and decree will be entered In due course upon said Petition. Craig Mattlson, Petitioner Renee Mattlson, Petitioner Submitted by: Jerome P. Hellmer, S.C. 08423 HELLMER ft THOMPSON, CHTD. LEGALS 104 E. Iron, P.O. Box 2237 Salina, Kansas 67402-2237 (913)827-1300 Attorney for Petitioner (Step) LEGALS (First Published In The Salina Journal January 17,1996) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SALINE COUNTY, KANSAS In the Interest of B.V. D.V. Children'in Need of Care NOTICE OF HEARING CaseNo.94CRJ413B 94CRJ414B To: Marilyn Vader Catherine Craft, the Guardian ad Litem, has filed a Motion to Terminate the Parental Rights of Marilyn Vader, natural mother to D.V., born August 21, 1990, and B.V. born November 21, 1991. The case will be heard on the 23rd day of February, 1996, at 9:00 a.m. in the District Court of Saline County, Kansas, Courtroom #308, 300 West Ash, Salina, Kansas. Your failure to appear will not prevent judgment by default being entered. . Catherine Craft #15645 Attorney at Law 2035 E. Iron, Suite 230 P.O. Box 3631 Salina, Kansas 67402-3631 Guardian ad Utem (3tap) (First Published In The Salina Journal January 17,1996) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SALINE COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JEFFREY REDEKER NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FINAL SETTLEMENT Case No. 94 CVP 82 THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed on January 10, 1996, in this Court by Burnett Redeker, administrator of the es late of Jeffrey Redeker, deceased praying for a final settlement of the estate, approval of his acts, proceedings and accounts as administrator, allowance for attorneys fees and expenses, determination of the heirs, devisees and leg atees entitled to the estate and as slgnment to them. You are hereby required to file your written defens es thereto on or before March 4 1996, at 9:00 o'clock a.m., on such day, in such Court, in the City of Salina, In Saline County, at which time and place such cause will be heard. Should you fall therein, judgment and decree will be entered In due course upon sale petition. Burnett Redeker, Petitioner Submitted by: LEGALS Jerome P. Hellmer, S.C. 08423 HELLMER & THOMPSON, CHTD. 104 E. Iron, P.O. Box 2237 Salina, Kansas 67402-2237 (913)827-1300 Attorney for Petitioner (3tsp) (First Published In The Salina Journal January 24,1996) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SALINE COUNTY, KANSAS In the Matter of the Estate of JEAN KENNEDY DENNARD, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Case No. 96 P 6 THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a Petition was filed In said court by Michael Gregory Dennard, an heir of Jean Kennedy Dennard, deceased, requesting that Letters ol Administration be granted In said estate to him as Administrator. You are hereby required to file your written defenses to such peti tlon on or before February 5, 1996, at 9:00,A.M., In said court, Saline County Courthouse, Salina, Kansas, at which time and place said cause will be heard. Should you fall therein, judgment and decree will be entered In due course upon said petition. All creditors are notified to exhibit their demands against the estate within four months from the date of the first publication of this LEGALS notice, as provided by law, and it their demands are not thus exhibited, they shall be forever barred. Michael Gregory Dennard Petitioner Martln.Thompson, and Sexton, PJV. 406 Northwest Third Street Abilene, Kansas 67410-0157 (913)263-1124 Attorneys for Petitioner (3tsp) (Published In The Salina Journal January 24,1996) KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND HOUSING SEDQWlCK COUNTY, KANSAS NOTICE OF IBM MORTGAGE CREDIT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM Sedgwlck County, Kansas, In cooperation with the Kansas De partment of Commerce and Housing and other political subdivisions of the State of Kansas, announces the 1996 Kansas Mortgage Credit Certificate Program. Section 25 of the Internal Revenue Code ol 1986, as amended authorizes Issuers of qualified mortgage bonds, such as Sedgwtak County, to eleci to Issue Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCCs) In lieu of qualified mortgage bonds. MCCs entitle qualifying Individuals to a credit against the Individual's Federal Income tax. The amount of the credit Is determined by multiplying the certificate credit rate by the amount of interest paid or accrued LEGALS during each taxpayer's taxable LEGALS - .. . • - , , . s Issued. This three-year, first ISS^S'JSSSEff^Sil^f <""* homebuyer requirement does taxpayer's "Principal Residence*. In order for an Individual to claim the credit provided by Section 25(a), the MCC must be a "qualified mortgage credit certificate* issued pursuant a "qualified mortgage credit certificate.* The following criteria/requirements must be met: Principal Residence Requirement The homebuyer(s) must use the residence as his or her Principal Residence within a reasonable time [sixty (60) days] after the MCC Is Issued. The MCC holder must notify the Issuer of the MCC If the residence ceases to be his or her Principal Residence. New Mortgage Requirement* An MCC cannot be Issued in conjunction with the acquisition, replacement or refinancing of an existing mortgage. However, a certificate can be used In conjunction with the replacement of construction period loans, bridge loans, or other temporary initial financing with a term of twenty-tour (24 months or less. Three-Year No Prior Hormow- rwnhlp Requirement The homebuyer(s) cannot had any present ownership Interest In a Principal Residence at any time during the preceding three years ending on the date the MCC not have to be met If the residence or which a mortgage loan appllca- ._ lion is being made Is located In a ^"f: federally designated targeted area. A targeted area is a partlcu- ar area in the State determined or approved by the Federal government that will receive special con sideratlon to provide an added sti mulus to housing In that area. Purchase Price Requirements There are maximum allowabL -. -..- ... principal purcna8e prices for residences as- ed area. •"" sisted by MCCs which may vary er incorr based upon location, whether the NON-TARGETED AREAS residence being purchased Is new or existing and whether the home Is In a targeted area. The maximum purchase are: NEW HOMES Target allowable er the home Is located In a target 3 as- ed area. The maximum homebuy- vary er income limits at this time are: Non-Target EXISTING HOMES Non-Target Targal Wichita MSA (Sedgwlck, Butler & Harvey) $101,620 $124,210 $85,700 $104,750 Kansas City MSA (Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson & Miami) 126,020 $154,030 92,070 , 112,530 have Lawrence MSA (Douglas). 118,010 ' 144,240 78,570 96,030 Topeka (MSA) (Shawnee) 118,010 84,700 105,530 All Other Areas 118,010 144,240 62,910 76,890 All purchase price limits are subject to change In accordance with Federal guidelines. Homebuyer Income Limits The homebuyer must have family Income at or below the Income limit tar the area at which the residence being purchased Is located, considering family size and wheth- 1-2 parsons 3+ persons TARGETED AREAS 1-2 persons 3+ persons prices at this time Kansas City MSA (Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson & Miami) $44,600 $51,290 $53,520 $62,440 Topeka MSA (Shawnee) •" 42,800 51,360 59,920 Wichita MSA (Sedgwlck, Butler & Harvey) 42,400 48,760 •50,880 59,360 Lawrence MSA (Douglas) 41,500 49,800 58,1 OC All Other Areas 38,600 46,320 Persons or families with family not in excess of 75% 47,725 Ms 44,390 or Call Classified 913 823-6363 In Kansas 1-800-827-6363 Fax 913-823-3207 LEGALS le above Income llmltswTFire- celve a higher certificate credit rate. All Income limits are subject to change In accordance with Federal guidelines. Method* by Which Certificates AnlMued Prior to the mortgage loan closing, an Application and supporting affidavits and documents must be submitted to Ranson Housing Compliance, L.L.C., as Compliance Agent for Sedgwlck County. The Compliance Agent will review these documents and either reject or accept the application. At the mortgage loan closing a Closing Affidavit Is prepared and sent with supporting documents to the Compliance Agent and If all documents are acceptable a Mortgage Credit Certificate Is Issued, by Sedgwlck County which will allow homebuyers to claim the credit. Sedgwlck County will begin accepting applications for MCCs after March 1, 1996. In order to comply with federal requirements, Mortgage Credit Certificates may not be issued prior to the date which Is at least 90 days after the date of publication of this Notice. For further Information contact a. Taml Novotny, Ranson Housing Compliance, L.L.C., Compliance Agent, at (316) 269-2231, " Louanna Burress, Sedgwlck 144,240 Incomes 64,040 County (316) 383-B270. SEDQWlCK COUNTY, KANSAS (1|)

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