The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 24, 1981 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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WORTH WORRYING ABOUT - And you think you have problems! Consider the plight of these residents of a turkey farm at Berlin, Mass., who DPI Photo apparently sense that Thanksgiving Day isn't all it's cracked up to be — for turkeys. Many plan for festive feasts 25 CENTS / t fj SAUNA The Salina Journal 110th YEAR No. 328 SALINA, KANSAS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1981 26 Pages Reagan, Congress in tug-of-war Budget showdown looms The first of the seasonal holidays — Thanksgiving — arrives Thursday and, for most persons, it will be a day of feasting with families. Salina's business community will shut down with some few exceptions — restaurants and motels, for example — and government offices will close. But some, of course, will have to work. Among these are on-duty Salina firemen. Most of these, however, will have families at the festive board. Since the firemen cannot l&ve their posts, the families will join them at the fir chouses; that's an old department tradition. The sanitation workers will take the day off, too. That means Thursday's route will be run Friday, and Friday's pick-ups will be made Saturday. County offices will have a long weekend because Friday will also be a holiday for the county employees. They get the day off because they worked Veterans Day. Even misdoers held in durrance vile will feast. Sheriff Al Nase said the county jail inmates will enjoy a traditional menu: turkey, cranberries, yams, pumpkin pie, the works. The jail population this week is 42 persons. The post office will be closed and mail collections will be made only at the Detached Mail Unit, 450 S. Santa Fe. So, if you're mailing Christmas cards on Thankgsgiving, that's the place to take them. Many Salina churches will have services of Thanksgiving, some of them on the eve of the feast and others on the day appointed. The Salina Journal's holiday edition will go to press early to give employees part of the day with their families. Christmas season kicks off Friday If Salina and area youngsters miss a personal visit with Santa Glaus this season, it won't be the fault of Santa's helpers in the retail business community. The jolly fellow will be much in evidence, both downtown and at shopping centers. The downtown Christmas lights will go on for the first time at 6:55 p.m. Friday to climax a 6:30 p.m. program at Santa Fe and Iron. Santa will join the crowd during the closing carol. On the same day, Santa and his live Reindeer will be at Mid State Mall, the reindeer until 3 p.m. and Santa until 9 p.m. He'll return to the Mall each Saturday and Sunday. He'll also be downtown each Saturday and will make a 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, landing by helicopter at Sunset Plaza Shopping Center. Both the Plaza and the Mall offer free movies for youngsters each Saturday during the season. Starting times at the Plaza are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; at the Mall it's 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Friday evening program at Santa Fe and Iron will feature the Free Spirit Singers from Central High School directed by BUI Anahutz. Kindergarteners through third grade students from Salina schools will assist in the lighting process by reading a poem, "Five Little Reindeer." Mayor Merle Hodges will open the season and the program will close with community caroling. Many special events are planned throughout Salina's retail community. There will be shopping sprees, prizes, universal gift certificates and, of course, the lights and music of Christmas. WASHINGTON (UPI) - The government, having weathered a fiscal crisis that closed such landmarks as the Statue of Liberty and laid off thousands of workers, returned to normal Tuesday — its budget problems only temporarily resolved. Monday's partial shutdown of the government — unprecedented in scope — was caused by a tug-of-war between President Reagan and Congress that can be expected to resume after the Thanksgiving holidays. The dispute, erupting over roughly $2 billion in a $400 billion-plus budget, came to a head when Reagan used his veto power for the first time of his presidency to Ull what he termed a "budget-busting" emergency spending bill. The funding crisis ended less than 12 hours later as he signed a stopgap measure to restore funding for government agencies that ran out of money at 12:01 a.m. EST Saturday. President Reagan Having prevailed over what had been an openly defiant Congress, Reagan signed the bill in the family quarters of the White House and then flew to California for a weeklong Thanksgiving holiday delayed by one day by the budget crisis. But as tempers cooled and Congress eased into its own Thanksgiving recess, a new confrontation loomed. At Reagan's urging, the bill passed by Congress will keep the government running only until Dec. 15 — setting the stage for another showdown on spend-, ing three weeks from now. Presidential counselor Edwin Meese Tuesday warned Reagan might repeat his veto action if the next funding bill is not lean enough — and would be prepared to again shut down the government if necessary. "I think if there another budget-busting continuing resolution, he might have to do the same thing," Meese said in an interview with Cable News Network. "Now the members of Congress... know he is serious," he added. Assistant Senate Republican leader Ted Stevens Tuesday said Congress "learned a lot of lessons" from the confrontation with Reagan and would have fewer problems passing a continuing resolution in December. Democrats assailed Reagan's veto of the $427.9 billion spending bill hammered out by a House-Senate conference committee during the weekend — and the resulting shutdown of "non-essential" government operations — as "theatrics." Some charged the crisis was "manu- (See SHOWDOWN, Page 2) Nation's inflation rate slows WASHINGTON (UP1) - A dramatic drop in housing prices — described by one economist as of 1930s magnitude — helped hold the inflation rate in October to just 4.4 percent annually, the government reported Tuesday. The projected yearly rate for the Consumer Price Index was less than one-third-of September's 14.8 percent CPI figure. The Labor Department said the monthly rate for the government indicator of consumer price inflation rose 0.4 percent, the smallest increase in over a year. The monthly rate in September was 1.2 percent. The average price of a house fell 0.7 percent in October, the department said — a sharp turnaround from a long history of steady increases. Home financing costs also went down 0.1 percent. Housing costs overall, which had risen by more than 1 percent a month for the past five months, showed no change for October. "We have a deflation in prices of homes of a magnitude we have not seen since the 1930s," said Michael Su- michrast, chief economist for the housing industry's major trade group, the National Association of Home Builders. "If I wanted to sell my house I obviously couldn't get as much as a year ago," Sumichrast said, adding that for potential homebuyers with enough cash to negotiate, the next year could provide the best deal they'll ever find. High interest rates, he said, have helped generate the surplus which has driven down prices. The Labor Department's annual projection of the Consumer Price Index figure, at 4.4 percent, was the lowest since July 1980, a period when mortgage interest rate shifts produced a 1 percent annual rate of increase widely regarded as a statistical aberration. Senior Commerce Department economist Theodore Tordq called the October figure deceptively low, saying it was not indicative of the underlying rate of inflation, as measured by the increase in unit labor costs. "That underlying inflation rate, we think, is still in the range of 8 to 9 percent, so that this latest reading on the. Consumer Price Index is probably an aberration on the low side," he said. The Consumer Price Index for October rose to 279.9. Today\ Today is Tuesday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 1981 with 37 to follow. Zachary Taylor, 12th president of the United States, was born Nov. 24, 1784. Irish-born actress Geraldine Fitzgerald was born on this date in 1914. Alao on this date in history: In 1869, women from 21 states met in Cleveland to draw up plans for organization of the American Women Suffrage Association. In 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald, named as the assassin of President John F. Kennedy two days earlier, was fatally shot by Jack Ruby in Dallas. Inside REAGAN'S victory'over funding legislation may return to haunt him. Page 2. "THIS (bus deregulation bill) is the way you're going to keep them (down on the farm). They'll have no way to get out." Editorial, Page 4. MARYMOUNT posts comeback basketball victory over Southwestern, 63-58. Page 9. Area News ... Bombeck Comics Courts Crossword... Deaths Dr. Donohue. Fam. Circus Gossip Col.... ...5 Hospitals 7 ...3 Living 6 .15 Local 7,8 ...7 Markets 7 .12 Opinion 4 ...7 Sports 9,10 ...5 TV-Films 11 .12 Want-Ads...12-15 ...3 Weather 7 Weather Kansas — Partly cloudy and mild through Wednesday. Highs Tuesday and Wednesday in the 60s. Lows Tuesday night in the mid-308 to low 40s. I Committee calls for statewide reappraisal by / 986 By LYNN BYCZYNSKI Kansu Correspondent TOPEKA (HNS) - All real estate and personal property in Kansas would be reappraised by 1986 under legislation approved Monday by a special legislative committee. The legislation orders the first statewide reappraisal since 1967, so dramatic increases in appraisals of real property are virtually ensured. Individual property taxes, however, would be held in check by a no-growth tax lid the bill places on local taxing bodies. And present differences in assessment rates — the subject of several court challenges — would be cemented by a constitutional classification amendment the committee also will recommend. Both classification and reappraisal will spark major battles when the bills are presented to the 1982 Legislature, members of the special committee on assessment and taxation predicted. But legislators are saying they can no longer procrastinate on the controversial issue. They fear that, if they don't do something to correct present Inequities, the Supreme Court will order reappraisal. And that would mean reappraisal according to the Kansas constitution, which requires "a uniform and equal rate of assessment." For homeowners, who are now assessed at an average of 8 percent of fair market value, assessments would have to increase to 30 percent. "Reappraisal is the most important thing we have to do in the next Legislature," said Sen. Paul Burke, R-Leawood. The committee's recommendations tackle the problem from three directions: • Reappraisal would recognize the higher values of real estate, which hasn't been adjusted since 1967, and make it more equitable with the constantly changing values of personal property like farm machinery. And it would erase the big variations in assessments found across the state. • The constitutional amendment would classify property into different tax brackets. Residential property, for example, would be assessed at 8 percent of its value; utility real estate at 30 percent. • The tax lid would limit taxing bodies to the same total amount of taxes the year after reappraisal that they received the year before, thus preventing them from levying the same rates on the higher assessments (See REAPPRAISE, Page 2) Demos want special prosecutor Allen given support from Navy secretary WASHINGTON (UPI) - Navy Secretary John Lehman, in a signed statement, has backed up national security adviser Richard Allen's account of how he handled a $1,000 payment from a Japanese magazine, an aide said Tuesday. In the statement — first reported by The New York Times and confirmed Monday morning by a spokesman for Lehman - the Navy secretary supports Allen's assertion that he planned to turn the money over to the treasury. On Capitol Hill Tuesday, 16 Senate Democrats called on Attorney General William French Smith to turn the Allen probe over to a special prosecutor, rather than pursuing it through the Justice Department. "The Justice Department's investigation into the Allen matter has gone too far already," they said in a letter to Smith. The questions that remain, the senators said, go to "the heart of the responsibilities which Congress intended to be handled by an independent, special prosecutor, not by the attorney Richard Allen general." Smith has not yet received a formal recommendation on whether a special prosecutor is needed, and still has tune to do so. The FBI is investigating Allen's receipt of the $1,000 from the magazine Shufu no Tomo for helping arrange an interview with Nancy Reagan on Jan. 21. Lehman said he prepared the statement for Allen's use. Allen has said he intended to turn the cash over to the treasury, but placed it in a safe and then forgot about it. Presidential counselor Edwin Meese Tuesday defended the propriety of his two phone conversations with Webster as being within his duties as President Reagan's top adviser. James Brady: 'The Bear is back' WASHINGTON (UPI) - The "Bear is back," the White House statement released in his name said, and to prove it, press secretary James Brady walked out of the hospital 238 days after he was carried in with a bullet in his brain. Near death after being shot down in the March 30 attack on President Reagan, the 41-year-old Brady, nicknamed "The Bear," walked, with help, out of George Washington University Hospital Monday afternoon to a specially equipped van that carried him in a wheelchair to his home in nearby Arlington, Va. The statement thanked those who had cared for him and prayed for him in nil eight-month fight for life and recovery and said he and his wife Sarah were he returning home "with a true spirit of optimism for the future." "I am here to say the Bear is back," it concluded. As Brady left the hospital in time to spend Thanksgiving with his family, the silver and blue clad Washington and Lee High School band from Arlington played "When Irish Eyes UPI Pholo James Brady, Hanked by wife Sarah (left) and nurse Cathy Wynne, leaves hospital. Are Smiling" and pom-pon girls, shivering in the 48-degree temperature, danced. Reporters, White House aides and hospital personnel gathered at the covered auto entrance to the hospital to greet Brady when he was released just after 3:30 p.m. EST. Still lacking full use of his left arm and leg, he will return to the hospital daily for therapy, but his doctors think Brady eventually will be able to walk with a cane. He used an aluminum crutch on his right arm and was supported by his wife and a nurse when he left the hospital. Neither the President nor top White House officials were present at the leave-taking as Brady emerged wearing a Kelly green sweater, green and blue plaid trousers and brown boots. His left arm was in a sling. He waved at the band and onlookers and gave several vigorous thumbs-up gestures to the reporters and camera operators. He spoke to a few people, his words lost in the noise, and kissed a woman wearing a hospital coat. He was helped into a wheelchair. Brady, a popular figure in the Reagan entourage during the 1980 campaign and the three-month period when he presided over the White House press room, was with Reagan to the Washington Hilton hotel last spring when a gunman began firing, wounding the president, Brady, a Secret Service agent and a Washington policeman. All except Brady recovered without major complications, but doctors had to fight to keep the press secretary alive, operating four times as problems developed during his long recuperation.

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