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December 12, 19761'AOE 4 HAYS DAILY NEWS The Hays Daily News « Rules and sanity Government, goes the prevailing wisdom, tampers in our lives needlessly, thoughtlessly. We need fewer rules, more freedom, and so on. That may be true. But an incredible sequence of events at Bayport, Texas, in the past several years assures we won't get that freedom as long as it includes callous disregard for human life. Consider the case of the Velsicol Corporation and its deadly commodity, Phosvel. Despite strong evidence the chemical caused some troubling maladies among its employes, the company continued to produce the pesticide. Health precautions were nonexistent. Employes who worked with the chemical experienced loss of coordination and unexplained lapses of memory. Some lost feeling in various parts of their bodies. One who had been exposed didn't feel it when, on the job, he accidentally impaled his leg on a sharp metal flange. Another's condition was so serious that his doctors diagnosed his ailment as multiple sclerosis. At 33, he has been reduced to a life of misery. Severe problems with the chemical appeared in 1973, two years after Velsicol started Phosvel production. Warnings were ignored. Production continued. A supervisor resigned, protesting the lack of safety precautions and the company's incredibly lax attitude toward the health of his subordinates. Production went on. Finally, a hired health consultant recommended a halt. That was in July of 1975. Production continued into January of this year. Processing a back-logged inventory continued into the Spring. So much for Velsicol's interest in policing itself. Is it any wonder that a sane society demands some controls? At the front For rational discussion of a sensitive public issue, don't count on the Hays City Commission — at least when it comes to salary hikes for the City Manager. That episode Thursday was in keeping with the commission's combative nature. In a surprise thrust at the city's soft underbelly, the mayor pops a seven per cent pay raise. Regrouping around his strong flank, Commissioner Dan Rupp zeroes in on an opening, asking whether it is proper to raise the issue without benefit of an agenda item and public forewarning. Leaning foreward in the foxhole, the mayor says of coarse, the city manager is out of town. Besides, he says, there was this private communique', circulated among the brass. > Hand to hand. The action thick and heavy, now. Rupp njientions morale inside the city's ranks. In percentage terms, the raise is higher than others received. And the hiring of an assistant city manager should have lightened the city manager's load. Blitzkrieg. What about your own salary, Commissioner Whitey Wasinger asks Rupp, referring to Rupp's state-paid professorial stipend. Sigh. However compelling the issues Rupp raised, the other commissioners, it appears, weren't interested. And Wasinger's comment was, well, it was Wasinger's and he should have a chance someday to explain what possible relevance it had to the matter at hand. What may be harder for the mayor and the other commissioners to explain is why Rupp continues to lose the r battles and win the war. , .^fn-ii; • •<Perhaps it. has something to do with being on the public's side of the front line. A comedian? For high comedic quotient, you can't do much better than Rep. Joe Skubitz, who represents the southeast part of Kansas in the U.S. House. Skubitz was all over the Occupational Safety and Health Administration this week, saying OSHA had misinterpreted a law he sponsored exempting farmers with ten or fewer employes from the agency's regulations. After studying the Skubitz amendment, which went into effect in October, OSHA's wizards decided the exemption applied to farmers who had not employed more than ten em- ployes during the previous twelve months. Skubitz was furious. Congress had something else in mind, he says. The exemption was intended to apply to the level of employment at the time of • the OSHA inspection. If, during harvest, a farmer hired ten. or more persons, he should have been exempt if he had fewer than ten employes when the inspector showed up four or five weeks later. Because the exemption was temporary, a Skubitz aide says, the Congressman will let the issue slide until it comes time to write permanent legislation. In the meantime, Skubitz ought not scream so loudly. If anything, the episode shows a sloppy hand at work when the exemption was written. And Skubitz, after all, lent his name to the thing. KOREA, A SMALL TtiNAIPN "P AID Yfl) IN The Hays Daily News Published By The News Publishing Co. 507 Main StreeCHay!, Ks. 87601 Published Five Days A Week And Sundays Except Memorial & Labor Day Second Class Postage Paid at Mays, Kansas 67601 Rate of Subscription: (Includes Kansas Sales Tax, where applicable). By Carrier: x Convenient monthly rates: Hays and Suburbs $2.75 per month Trade Zone Carriers... 12.75 per month • By Mall:(Where carrier service is nol available).' In Kansas $21.63 per year Out of State $26.00 per year All mall subscriptions must be paid In advance in accordance with Postal Regulations. Carriers also collect for a month In advance. John Lee Editor and Publisher Glen Wlndholz Gilbert N. Kuhn. Donald Haas — Gene Rohr Thomas J. Drees .Managing Editor .... Business Manager Advertising Manager Mechanical Supt. Circulation Mgr. State legislative philosophy nearly unchanged By DEAN HINNEN TOPEKA (HNS) — The party labels are different, but there will be little change in legislative philosophy when Democrats take control of the House in January. Moderate-to-conservative Democrats have been designated to replace moderate-to-conservative Republicans as committee chairmen when the new session begins. Speaker-elect John Carlin, D-Smolan, told newsmen this week that the selection of committee chairman was not a conscious effort on his part to reflect his philosophy, but conceded "in terms of some committee assignments, background and philosophy have to be considered." "There are certain committees where it is good to stay close to the middle," Carlin added. THERE ALSO ARE certain committees where chairmen also stay close to the special interest groups with which they deal. For example, Carlin appointed Rep. Capitol Comment Charles Laird, D-Topeka, chairman of the insurance committee. Laird is an insurance agent who has served on the committee all four years he has been in the House. But Rep. Roy Garrett, D-Wichita, a tool engineer, is the ranking Democrat on the Insurance Committee.- He also is an outspoken critic of the industry. Carlin acknowledged that "some Democrats had criticized the GOP in past years for appointing committee chairmen with close ties to the groups the committees had to work with. But lie countered by saying that some committees — including insurance — require expertise that comes only from those close ties. HE ALSO POINTED out that Garrett will be vice chairman of the committee, "and serve as a balance" to the pro- industry view of the committee chairman. Carlin also denied the chairmanship of the Labor and Industry Committee to Rep. Norman Justice, D-Kansas City, a ranking Democrat on that important committee — primarily because of Justice's strong pro-labor views which could antagonize business leaders. REP. GENE GASTL, D-Shawnee, the only Democratic House member from Johnson County, got the nod as chairman of Labor and Industry, even though he never had served on that committee. Justice was given the chairmanship of the Election Committee and becomes one of two black committee chairmen named by Carlin. The other is Rep. Clarence Love, D-Kansas City, who was named chairman of the Local Government Committee. Carlin also named Rep. Ruth Wilkin, D-Topeka, chairman of the powerful Assessment and Taxation Committee — the first woman committee chairman in the House in a decade. THE SPEAKER-ELECT also went with an industry-insider as chairman of the Commercial and Financial Institutions Committee. Rep. Jim Holderman, D-Wichita, considers himself "a consumer advocate." He also is coordinator of community affairs for Affiliated Credit Bureaus. The committee he will head handles most legislation relating 'to banks, consumer credit companies and related businesses — including credit bureaus. The Carlin appointments also point out the increasing shift of power to the heavily populated northeast part of the state— a trend that worries some rural lawmakers. . I Of the 20 committee chairmanships,; 13 went to persons in the Topeka-; Kansas City area. That trend may also show up in the selection of Senate committee chairmen, but won't be as pronounced because of the loss of two. powerful Senate Republicans from Topeka and Johnson County. It matters what comes from which direction Over at The Salina Journal the other day a friend was up at the top of the editorial column with a blurb about air bags. To fill you in on the gist: air bags are like a lead balloon. They didn't go over with the public. Therefore, air bags are bad. Simple, isn't it? To be fair, there's more than that in The Journal's groupie-drool response to Transportation Secretary William Coleman's decision not to force the auto makers to install the bags. For example: "an air bag may be great... in a head-on collision, but it's not apt to protect you if your car rolls over, if it is hit from the side, or if it is hit from behind." What that's supposed to prove is, and forever will remain, a puzzle. I HAD A STINGY neighbor once who was given to similar forms of logic. If he bought band-aids against the possibility of nicking his finger with a pocket knife, he would kick the household cat and curse the day he instead of an oint- Wary glances across the world By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON •— As Jimmy Carter ascends the pinnacle of power, Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev is watching intensely every step he takes. The president-elect, in turn, is taking Brezhnev's measure with equal care. The two leaders are studying detailed intelligence reports on one another. Carter has even had access to excerpts from Brezhnev's private conversations. The Kremlin leader has supplemented his intelligence reports by soliciting information about Carter from American visitors. He literally cross-examined Treasury Secretary William Simon, for example, about the incoming president. Brezhnev seemed troubled about Carter's 1 campaign statements that he would be tough with Russia. Simon shrugged off the election campaign as America's "silly season" and assured the premier that Carter was unlikely to damage the detente with Moscow. BREZHNEV RESPONDED by asking Simon to deliver a personal message to Carter. Contrary to reports that the Kremlin would aggressively test the mettle of the new administration, Brezhnev sent word that he had no intention of testing or embarrassing Carter. The president-elect has received conflicting reports, meanwhile, about the Soviet Union's capacity to make trouble. The Central Intelligence Agency has reported that the Soviets are spending 6 per cent of their Gross National Product on armaments. The Defense Intelligence Agency has insisted the precentage is more than double the CIA figure. Indeed, some analysts believe Soviet defense expenditures exceed 20 per cent. In the summer of 1972, according to a top-secret report, Brezhnev discussed the huge Soviet military outlay with Kremlin colleagues. He was quoted in the intelligence report as confiding: "I fear for the Soviet people to know that one out of every three rubles goes for defense." Certainly, the growing military power of the Soviet Union will be a major problem for Jimmy Carter after he moves into the White House. He will discover from his transition papers that the U.S. intelligence community is divided over the Soviet menace. ONE FACTION LOOKS upon the Soviets as antagonistic and dangerous. But another faction believes the Soviets are willing to work for a peaceful, live-and-let-live world. Our own sources say the reality lies between the two extremes. Meanwhile, neither faction has been able to dominate U.S. policy. Carter's intelligence analysts will advise him that the Soviet Union, though born in revolution, is losing its revolutionary zeal. The government is still militant, and its leaders hope to dominate the world. But as one high intelligence official told us: "They don't have a master calendar with a date out there in the future that's circled in red." The Soviets, Carter will be told, are motivated by one major fear: invasion. For centuries, the Soviet land mass has been pillaged by one invader after another, ranging from the Tartars and Mongols to the Turks and Nazis. The last invasion left the deepest scars. In many ways, World War II is still being fought by the Soviets, Kremlin leaders, capitalizing on the dread of invasion, have used this fear to justify heavy military expenditures. They are moving, nevertheless, into a critical, new era of Soviet-American relations. This could lead to new confrontations or a cautious peace. "The situation," one intelligence official told us, "is dangerous as hell." APPARENTLY, THE Kremlin strategists still feel threatened by both East and West. After Mao Tse-tung died, they sought a reconciliation with their former Chinese comrades, but the advances were rebuffed. The best estimate is that the Soviets will continue to work behind the scenes for a reapproachment .with the Chinese. But in the meantime, the 40 Soviet divisions aren't likely to be withdrawn from the tense Chinese-Russian border. Although a quarter of the Soviet army is now camped on the border, the size of the force may not be as significant as it seems. Intelligence bought band-aids ment for burns. That, of course, was when he needed unguent — in a hurry. The cat, whose misfortune it was to nurse the ribs that suffered such abuse, never knew the-difference. And neither, I imagine, does The Journal. So it is to be expected, perhaps, that some necessary distinctions would be left undistincted. TO THE JOURNAL, head-on collisions and side-swipery bend the same fenders and s maim the same bodies. That, apparently, is all that's necessary to those for whom it doesn't matter just what comes from which direction. The pity is that there are so many who could have been asked whether it does make a difference. But they are very dead, you see, and if the dead can't tell lies, well, they can't tell truths either. With The Journal's knack at skimming, it isn't difficult to believe the central point of the editorial — which offers less a reason than a rationale. Most persons don't use the safety devices we already have, the rationale goes, so why bother with air bags? Let's let that one go. That air bags are essential precisely because some persons don't use other devices is a fact likely to be of a load sufficient to blow Leeword By JOHN LEE The Journal's main cerebral fuse. ' But another one can't be overlooked. Invoked as "an often-proved truth" it goes like this: "You can't devise legislation which will protect a fool against his own folly." CRIPES! WHAT UNBUTTONED thoughtlessness. If a drunk swerves into our lane and hits us head-on, let us hope we have at least a split second and the presence of mind to scream at each other, "you can't devise legislation which will protect us fools against our folly!" If our brakes go out on a hill and across the highway at the bottom sits a freight train, perhaps we can console 'ourselves in those .last fleeting moments by punching the dial and tuning to our favorite from the radio Top 40, "You Can't Devise Legislation . Which Will Protect Us Fools Against Our Folly." If in an ice storm we find ourselves careening toward 50 tons of immovable concrete bridge pillar, it would compound our tragedy if one of our number doesn't remember and remind, "you can't devise legislation which will protect us fools against our folly." IN OTHER WORDS, Journal, there are times when even the most recalcitrant fool becomes something else, usually precisely at that moment before the consequences of his foolishness begin to haunt him. Beyond that, however, it is a bit foolish — permit me the hyperbole — to drag out a tattered, thread-bare cliche to explain to us non-fools why we won't have the protection we want. And that, after all, is what we're after — even though there is a risk we'll be called rats and closet socialists, among other things. Why do I go on so? Wouldn't this rap beipinned better on Secretary Coleman than on The Journal? Yes and no, mostly no. SECRETARY COLEMAN, you see, knows better. The Journal, apparently, doesn't. That the Secretary knows better and still made this decision proves he is a fool, and we have The Journal's cliche upon which to fall back for explanation. Even at this late date, however, The Journal is educable and, as a rule, susceptible to reason — a hope expressed in the full knowledge, to borrow the newspaper's penchant for cliches, that there is an exception to every rule. reports claim that Russia's best troops are in Europe, not Asia. Carter must give immediate attention to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, which have been dragging on for seven years. Our intelligence sources say that the Soviets are puzzled and disappointed by the U.S. approach to the SALT negotiations. Dr. Thosteson's column can be found on Page 11 of today's Daily News. Word Of God And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13. Nowhere does the Bible say that God is faith or that God is hope, but it does say that God is love. Therefore, loye must be the greatest! Television Log TV STATION KAYS Channel 7 — Program Log. Sunday, December 12 8:30 Mr. Gospel Guitar 9:00 Day of Discovery 9:30 Jerry Falwell Show 10:30 Face The Nation 11:00 Insight 11:30 Youth For Chrisl 12:00 NFL Football Doubleheader St. Louis vs. NY Giants Washington vs. Dallas 6:00 Sixty Minutes 7:00 Sonny & Cher Show 8:00 Kojak 9:00 Delvecchio 10:00 Final Report News, Weather. Sports 10:30 LateShow: "R.P.M." Sign Oft News. Weather. Sports Monday, December 13 6:42 Sign On 6:45 Kansas Today 7:00 Today Show 7:25 Take Ken- 7:30 Today Show 8:25 KSN News & Weather 8:30 Today Show 9:00 Sanford & Son 9:30 Hollywood Squares 10:00 Wheel of Fortune 10:30 Stumpers 11:00 50 Grand Slam 12:00 KSN Noon News 12:15 Elmer Childress Show 12:30 Days of Our Lives 1:30 The Doctors 2:00 Another World 3:110 Sumersel 3:30 Fli/islones 4:00 Bewitched 4:30 Emergency 5:30 NBC Nightly News 6:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 6:30 Adam 12 "Easy Hap" 7:00 Little Drummer Boy II 7:30 Bob Hope Christmas Show 9:00 Perry Como's Christmas in Austria 10:00 KSN News. Weather, Sports 10:30 Tonight Show 12:00 Tomorrow 1:00 KSN Late News TV STATION KCKT Chonn«l 2 — Pragram Log Sunday, December 12 6:58 Sign On 7:00 Amaiing Grace Bible Class 7:30 Defenders 8:00 James Robeson Presents 8:30 Revival Fires 9:00 Herald of Truth 8:30 Oral Roberts Presents 8:30 Revival Fires 9:00 Oral Roberts Presents 10:00 Rex Humbard 11:00 First Bible Baptist Church Hr. 12:00 NFL Football "Teams TAB" 3:00 Meet the Press 3:30 The FBI 4:30 NFL Game of the Week 5:00 Garner Ted Armstrong 5:30 News Center 3-Access 6:00 The Tiny Tree 6:30 The Dig Event "Peter Pan" 8:30 The Big Event "Money Changers PI III, 10:00 KSN News. Weather. Sports 10:30 Mary Harlman, Mary Hartman (2:00 KSN Late News • Monday, December 13 7:00 CBS Morning News 8:00 Captain Kangaroo 9:00 The Price is Right 10:00 Joyce Livingston Show 10:30 Love of Life 10:55 CBS Midday News 11:00 The Young and Restless 11:30 Search for Tomorrow 12:00 Midday 12:30 As the World Turns 1:30 Guiding Light 2:00 All In the Family 2:30 Match Game 3:00 Tattletales 3:30 Gambit 4:00 Christmas Concerts (attached) 4:30 Mike Douglas 5:30 CBS Evening News With Cronkite 6:00 Evening News, Weather, Sports 6:30 Wild Kingdom 7:00 Hesston Rodeo Special 10:00 Final Report News. Weather, Sports 10:30 CBS Late Movie: TBA Sign Oil News, Weather, Sports

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