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Page 8 The Salina Journal - Monday, November 23,1961 Local-State The Salina Journal *j America continually amazes Bolivian girl visiting Salina By DEBBIE RHEIN Staff Writer "Is it snowing yet?" the pretty, petite, 19 year-old asks as she runs to the window. Kansas winter weather is a new experience for Veronica Pantejo of Bolivia. It is one of many differences she has discovered between life in Bolivia and in Salina while staying with the Milton Roth family, 729 Carl. Veronica, whose year-long visit is sponsored by the International Christian Youth Exchange, came to Salina to learn about American life. "I wanted to come to the United States because I wanted to learn English and get to understand the American culture. I wanted to see what life was like in a superpower," she explained. Amazed by technology Bolivia is a poor country, she said, and wealth in the U.S. is greater than she imagined. U.S. technology is a source of continuous amazement. Her home in Bolivia's capital of La Paz, for instance, doesn't have hot running water. "Things here are very advanced, very organized," she said. "At home we don't have the machines you have here." But for people who can afford them, hot running water and washing machines are available. There are compensations. Veronica's family has maids to take care of the housework. "I think it (technological development in the U.S) is because people work so much," she said. The differences she finds in American life go deeper than technology, however. "I like the American people, but sometimes I think they aren't as friendly or as sharing as Bolivians. People here don't have time, they seem more preoccupied with their own lives," she said. Journal Photo Veronica Pantejo Veronica enjoys her classes at South High School. "At home, the education is more basic. You are assigned to your classes. Here, you can take electives and get a more rounded education. But school here is much easier than in Bolivia." That changes at the college level, she said. Once in college, she believes American schools are better. "I would like to return to the U.S. to attend a university. The educational opportunities are much better than in Bolivia." Wonts to be doctor Veronica, who wants to be a doctor, hopes to become involved in charitable work while in Salina. She has enjoyed volunteer work with children in a Bolivian hospital. Mrs. Roth wants Veronica to adjust first to her American family and school before taking on other activities. "I know that just going to school isn't enough for her. She can see American family life by living with us, but she needs to see how other Americans live. She needs to be socially involved in the community to see the American way of life and feel the pulse of the community," Mrs. Roth said. When Veronica arrived in the U.S. in July, she lived for several months with a couple in Oakley. She joined the Roth family on Oct. 18. "I am very happy here. This family is very nice, very close — very much like my own family," Veronica said. "She (Mrs. Roth) is very sweet, very sensitive. She has helped me a lot. I talk to her about my feelings for my boyfriend (in Bolivia) and she has explained that we are going through different things now." Veronica, while happy in Salina, still is homesick. She and her family are in telephone contact regularly. "I think she gets more phone calls than we do," Mrs. Roth laughed. Since she calls her family often, Veronica has learned a lot about dealing with telephone operators. She says many Americans, including telephone operators, don't know much about Bolivia. "One time the operator connected me with Brazil instead of Bolivia. I heard somebody talking to me in Portuguese; I couldn't believe it. "I find many people here who don't even know what continent Bolivia is in," she said. Mrs. Roth said she has learned a great deal about Bolivia from Veronica. "When she first came here, I didn't even know where Bolivia was. I knew it was in South America, but I didn't know any more," she said. "Having Veronica here is very educational for all of us." Veronica will take four weeks at the end of her visit to see the United States. "I want to see New York, Washington, D.C., and California," she said, "and, of course, Disneyland." KAC platform prepared County officials want tax flexibility The Kansas Association of Counties will send a strong message to the 1982 Kansas Legislature: Local government wants greater leverage in taxing matters, additional revenue from the motor fuels tax and greater autonomy in any statewide reappraisal scheme. These and other concerns formed the proposed 1982 platform hammered out in Wichita recently. Saline County Commissioner Roy Allen, who attended the conference with other county officials, said the KAC favors an adjustment in the tax lid limitation so it would be indexed to the cost of living. "We were at our limit this year," Allen said of the 1982 budget preparations. "We couldn't have raised any more even if we had to." Under the proposal, if the cost of living were to go up — say seven percent, Allen said — then the tax limit also would rise seven percent in order to meet projected expenses. As an alternative, the KAC suggests leaving the tax lid approach unchanged. That gives the elected board the power to adjust the state-imposed tax lid according to local conditions, subject however to voter petition for a referendum. The intention is to signal the Legislature to leave the existing system alone if it can't increase the flexibility of local governments in tax lid matters. The KAC supported an indexing concept of state motor fuels taxes to raise an estimated $60 million annually. It would be allocated to the special city and county highway funds for road and bridge work. How much of that $60 million would trickle down to Saline County is unknown. However, officials agree it won't be enough. Saline County Engineer Wes Moore estimates that up to $25 million would be necessary just to replace or repair deficient bridges in the county. The KAC also supported a proposal that would remove the bridge fund from the aggregate tax lid. The KAC opposed a state-directed and administered statewide reappraisal, and urged counties to continue efforts to maintain property values at an equalized level with state-assessed property. Five perish in mishap near Junction City 10 die in weekend traffic accidents By United Press International Ten people were killed in traffic accidents on Kansas roads during the weekend, including a Fort Riley soldier who was among five people who died as the result of just one of the accidents, the Highway Patrol said Monday. Dwight White, a 28-year-old Fort Riley soldier from Athens, Tenn., was a passenger in a truck that reportedly crossed into the wrong lane and hit a vehicle carrying five Nebraska residents late Friday. White died early Sunday. Four of the Nebraska residents — all related — were dead at the scene. That accident occurred on Interstate 70, seven miles east of Junction City. The highway patrol said Mary E. Willis, 36, Curtis, Neb., was driving in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70 shortly before 11 p-m. Friday when she apparently swerved to avoid a head-on collision with a truck that had moved into her lane. That truck was driven by Jackie R. Jenkins, 27, Fort Riley. The Willis car slid sideways and was •truck by the pickup on the passenger side, officers Mid. The only survivor in the WUIto car WM 14-year-old Robin Calderwood, who WM in rtable condition at the Geary County Community Hospital in Junction City. She was the dftugbter of MM. Willis from a previous marriage. Dead are Mrs. Willis, her husband, Robert, 47, their daugther Laura, 13, and Mrs. Willis' daughter Rose Calderwood, 18, all from Curtis. Jenkins was hospitalized. A Jetmore woman, 75-year-old Bertha M. Randall, was killed Sunday in a two-vehicle accident about four miles east of Dodge City on U.S. 50. The woman failed to stop at a stop sign, and pulled in front of a truck, which hit her broadside, the Highway Patrol said. The truck driver was not injured. Four people were killed in a two-car accident early Saturday on the Kansas Turnpike just east of the Bonner Springs toll exchange, the patrol said. That section of road is also part of In- terstate 70. A car driven by Douglas D. Wagner, 28, Leavenworth, slammed into the rear of a car driven by David P. Ellerbrake, 21, Lebanon, 111., at 4:35 a.m. Saturday. Ellerbrake's car was parked on the right side of the road, partially on the roadway, a Highway Patrol dispatcher said. Ellerbrake and three passengers — Joseph M. Paul, 21, Cincinnati, Ohio, Daniel J. Levis, 20, Allison Park, Pa., and James Laurew Petroske, 21, Portland, Ore. — were all dead at the scene. The victims, all students at St. Louis University, were headed for Colorado to go camping. Wagner suffered injuries and was taken to a Leavenworth hospital. KCC opens hearing on SWB's record-setting rate request TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) - Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., which has filed for the largest rate increase in Kansas history, needs to hike rates to help meet operating costs and make up for low earnings, a company official said. John Hayes, vice president of Bell's Kansas operations, said in profiled testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission that Bell needed the $80.5 million increase because of high oper- ating costs and a low level of earnings. KCC hearings, scheduled to get underway Monday, are expected to pit the commission's staff and Bell attorneys against each other on whether the telephone company should be granted its requested rate hike. If Bell receives the entire rate hike, customers could expect to pay $3.70 nun in basic monthly ratoi. Bell is asking for an 11.42 percent rate of return. Cuff stuff John Palan, 2814 Linda Lane, had some guests fly in for Thanksgiving. The visit wasn't totally unexpected — the same crew (or their relatives) dropped in last year. The guests are about 25 geese who found refuge in a large pond near the Palan's South Salina home. "They circled about three times and flew right in," Falan said. Last year's flock stayed about two to three weeks before heading south, he said. £ £ * Danny Hlttner, 2306 Kensington, will be in the spotlight Wednesday morning when he appears on NBC-TV's Today Show with the MacDonald's Ail-American Band. The show airs from 7 to 9 a.m. on the network. The Salina student plays baritone horn and is a member of the band which will march in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Danny's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Tony Hittner. Building authority okays purchase of amplifier, speakers The Salina-Saline County Building Authority Monday approved the purchase of a new amplifier and two speakers for Room 300 of Government Center. The cavernous room on the third floor is frequently rented for large meetings and there have been numerous complaints about the acoustics. At first, the authority considered renovating the room by dropping the ceiling, moving the ductwork and installing additional lights at an estimated cost of over $11,000. The authority learned that an improved sound system would overcome the acoustical problem. The board agreed to buy the equipment for $700. In other matters, the authority accepted the bid of $3,487 from General Air Conditioning and Electrical Co. Inc., 224 S. 4th, for an air conditioner compressor. Finally, board members viewed the recent alteration in the county commission office. Residence hall on KU campus gutted by fire LAWRENCE, Kan. (UPI) - A weekend fire that caused $50,000 damage to an elevator in one of the Jayhawker Towers apartment buildings was second this month in a privately owned residence on the University of Kansas campus. The Douglas County arson squad was investigating the blaze, and was to issue a statement Monday about its preliminary findings. The fire began shortly before noon Sunday in an elevator in Tower B of the four-building complex, just west of KU's new law school building. City firefighters were able to contain the fire within the elevator on the second floor within 30 minutes, but smoke prompted dozens of residents to evacuate the six-story building. Food stamps victim of the funding crisis WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Agriculture Department Monday said the federal funding crisis will prevent it from issuing any more food stamps except in emergency situations. Department officials said food stamps already issued will be honored in grocery stores, but they huddled in meetings with the Office of Management and Budget to work out complicated details of stopping issuance of new stamps while maintaining benefits for emergency situations. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Richard Lyng issued a list of "essential" services that will continue, including meat and poultry Inspection, grading and inspection of commodities for which user fees are paid and fighting Ores and peat outbreaks in national forests. Agriculture Secretary John Block was vacationing for a week in Winter Haven, Fla. Other "essential" services that continued included collection of outstanding Farmers Home Administration and Rural Electrification Administration loans, management support including computers and finance and some Office of Inspector General criminal investigations and building security. Care and maintenance of research materials, agricultural quarantines, administration of engineering and construction for Soil Conservation Service and Forest Service projects and monitoring of movement of Food for Peace shipments also would continue, the department said. Other officials prepared to shut down the department's massive periodic reporting apparatus and ongoing farm programs. In some offices, 60 percent of personnel were sent home without pay. "Employees may not volunteer to work beyond noon today or at any time on subsequent days until the department reopens for normal business," said Acting Assistant Secretary Claude Gifford. Edward Hews of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service said officials were prepared to stop programs like milk price supports. "We would not be purchasing milk during the shutdown," he said. Grain reserve and price support loan programs also would stop working, he said. 5 dead in weekend fires NEW YORK (UPI) - Two little girls who started a fire while playing with matches in a Brooklyn apartment managed to warn their relatives but were left behind during the panic and died. They were among five people killed and 14 injured in weekend fires. New York City fire officials said Tracey Haynes, 2, and her cousin, Cindy Jones, 6, started the fire in a four- story Brooklyn building late Saturday while playing in a first-floor apartment. They were killed along with a neighbor who jumped, while two other people were injured. Division fire chief Charles Hoyler said the girls, who were being watched by their great grandmother, Odessa Dowd, told her they had set the fire and she ran out of the apartment in a panic without taking the children. The girls then went upstairs and told Cindy's mother, Marva Jones, about the fire. Hoyler said she ignored the warning until smoke began billowing into her second-floor apartment. She finally fled the building, apparently unaware that her frightened daughter and niece had hidden in a bathroom. The two girls were later found dead in the bathroom by firefighters. The third victim of the blaze, Gloria Marshall, 38, was killed in a desperate jump from a top-floor window. She died Sunday at St. John's Hospital. Cassandra Ashby, 5 months old, was rescued by firefighters from the burning building and was reported in serious condition. Albert Matthews, 48, was treated for smoke inhalation and possible internal injuries from jumping. Sunday services sans church EVANSVILLE, Ind. (UPI) - No one attended services at Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church Sunday because the building no longer exists. It was wiped out by a speeding car. The church was knocked off its foundations by a speeding car that smashed into the wood-frame one- story building, scattering pews all over the area. Police were question- Ing Tinea Gilmore, 16, of Evansville in the crash. The teenager was apparently speeding down an inner city street Friday night when she ran a stop sign and crashed into the front of the church. The car ran through the chapel and out the side, barely missing a furnace. The car then hit an old firehouse, but did not damage it, officials said. Miss Gilmore, a junior at Evansville Bosse High School, was in satisfactory condition this weekend at Wellborn Baptist Hospital. The church's minister, Rev. Andrew Johnson, said he hoped a fund drive would raise money to build a new church for the small congregation. Sunday's church services were held at a house owned by the church about two blocks from the destroyed building. Detectives investigating the accident say Miss Gilmore may have had an argument with a friend be- 1 fore the crash. UPI ROYAL TOIL -A new theatrical comedy, "Her Queen Elizabeth, Prince Andrew, Princess Diana, Royal Highness," opening in the Palace Theatre in Prince Charles and Diana'i moto London Tuesday, is based on the royal wedding of veteran English acton. This photo was Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The cast, ing Thursday's final dress rehearsal which includes (from left) the Queen Mother, «WPIWWWI.