The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 24, 1976 · Page 6
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The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas · Page 6

Hays, Kansas
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Friday, December 24, 1976
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December 24, 1976 PACE 6 HAYS DAILY NEWS Welfare Order Rescinded TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) Gov. Robert Bennett Thursday halted plans by state welfare officials to drop a program which helps low- income Kansans pay medical bills. The program would have closed Jan. 1. The Legal Aid Society of Topeka filed suit Wednesday against the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services asking that the program be continued. Bennett said his decision was prompted by concerns expressed by Kansans about the program during his recent series of town meetings across the state. "They pointed out that termination of the program at this time on such short notice, whatever the costs saving might be, would place a horrendous burden on the nearly 10,000 Kansans now assisted in paying their medical bills under the program," Bennett said. "We cannot ignore these Kansans of unfortunate circumstances, but neither can we ignore the cost of this program to Kansas taxpayers." Bennett said the 5,600 low income families now on this medical assistance program will remain eligible to receive benefits through June 30,1977. "At the same time, however,, I am asking the secretary to begin immediately drawing up new eligibility guidelines to become effective April 1, 1977, for new persons coming into the program after that date, subject to review by me and the legislature," Bennett said. • Standards would be revised, he said, to insure those truly in need could be covered by the program while allowing those who can, to pay their own medical bills over a period of time from their own incomes. He said those persons now in the program should reassess PEACE be your hristmas. ur thanks, A SUBURBAN DRY CLEANERS AND LAUNDERERS I 207 Cedar Hays their own abilities to pay for medical care. "I believe with hard work to develop new standards for the General Assistance, Medical Only, program, we can move to .hold costs in line without destroying the program," Bennett said. Elimination of benefits, designed to save $16.5 million during the next fiscal year, had been announced by SRS Secretary Dr. Robert Harder, who said it was part of a $26 million reduction in the department's requested budget. State Budget Director James Bibb recommended the special funding be eliminated when he reduced the SRS budget request from $208.8 million to $132.2 million. Harder told a budget hearing he would not appeal $26 million of that cut in the medical benefits category. Sheila Reynolds, the Legal Aid attorney who filed suit on behalf of six families receiving benefits, said, "If this is true and Dr. Harder voluntarily rescinds the termination, we won't need to get the temporary injunction. This is, exactly what we wanted." Shawnee County District Judge Michael Barbara had set a hearing for Dec. 31 on a motion to block the aid cutoff. The category includes persons who qualify to receive medical benefits, but are not eligible for general welfare assistance. Legal Aid had contended cutting payments would be improper because it is, in effect, a change in welfare regulations, which requires legal notice and approval by the attorney general. The suit also said the change would leave the state without an approved state welfare plan. Singer Goulet, Wife Divorced LOS ANGELES (UPI) Singers Robert Goulet and Carol Lawrence were divorced Thursday, ending 13 years of marriage over Miss Lawrence's objections. A Superior Court commissioner granted the divorce petition by Goulet, 44, denying a request by Miss Lawrence, 43, for a continuance in hopes of saving the marriage. "We wish you a Merry Christmas." The carolers' refrain expresses our thoughts. Jay Stewart Electric Co. 607 E. 13th Hays, Ks. ea&on {j reeiin iu •9* Anselm Simoneau "The Touch of the Master's Hand" 'Twas battered and scarred and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while To waste much time on the old violin, but he held it up with a smile. "What am I bidden, good folks," he cried, "Who'll start the bidding lor me?" "A dollar, a dollar,''• (hen "Two, only two? Two dollars, and who'll make it three?" "Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three . . ." but, no From the room, far back, a gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow. Then wiping the dust from the old violin and tightening up all of the strings, He played a melody pure and sweet, as sweet as an angel sings. The music ceased, and the auctioneer with a voice that was quiet and low, Said, "What am I bid for the old violin?" He held it up with the bow. ' "A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two? Two thousand and who'll make it three? "Three thousand once, three thousand twice, and going, going, gone," said he. The people cheered but some of them cried, "We do not quite understand What changed its worth." Swift came the reply, "The touch of the master's hand. 1 ' And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and torn with sin Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin. A mess of pottage, a glass of wine, a game, and he travels on He is going once, and going twice. He's going and almost gone. But the Master comes and the foolish crowd never can quite understand The worth of a soul, and the change that's wrought by the touch of the Master's hand." A.D.C. Don Hazlett Donna Bittel faction & Fords Serenaded President Gerald Ford and wife Betty receive a group of Cub Scouts who sang Christmas carols for the Fords late Thursday. The first family is spen- ding a two-week holiday at this ski resort. (UPI Photo) Committee Selected TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) — Three representatives were appointed Thursday by Rep. John Carlin, D-Smolan, House speaker-nominee, to serve on a special subcommittee to draft a bill on use-value assessment of agricultural land. Rep. Alva Lee Powell, D- Paola, was appointed chairman with Reps. Homer Jarchon, D-Wichita, and Kalo Hineman, R-Dighton, as members. Carlin indicated other members may be appointed soon. "There are a number of options available to us this next session regarding this sub-committee," Carlin said. "We might be able to create a joint House-Senate Subcommittee of the standing Assessment and Taxation Committee for the purpose of drafting a use-value assessment bill." Earlier this monjh, Carlin had said he questioned whether the legislature could pass a bill as complicated as the use-value proposal this session. Ford Takes Time t Out For Shopping VAIL, Colo. (UPI) — Forced to the sidelines of the ski slopes by an old football injury, President Ford is doing what he says he does worst — Christmas shopping. The president skipped skiing Thursday for the first time in his Christmas holiday vacation and, instead, limped into Vail Village to do some Christmas shopping. "It's just his old football injury acting up, we go through this when he skis a lot," White House press secretary Ron Nessen told reporters. The president suffered an injury to his right knee playing college football four decades ago and it still bothers him occasionally. Ford tumbled twice while skiing Wednesday, but ; aides said there was no indication the spills caused the slight limp. Ford swam Thursday mor- blessings abound during this holy Christmas season. To you, and yours, we wish them all. Hert Lungren Chevrolet-Olds Inc. 2917 Vine Hays, Ks, your Christmas ^ be filled with laughter, may you be happy, ever after! CAMPUS APARTMENTS 720 W. 12th Hays ning, took a warm whirlpool bath to ease his knee, worked on his tate of the Union, address and, finally, did his long delayed Christmas shopping. "I'm a lousy Christmas shopper," he said winding through four shops. "I always leave things to the last minute." Ford laughed at a jewelry store display window bearing a notice reading, "Carter Gives You Peanuts, but Vail Custom Jewelry Gives You Diamonds." He bought something for Mrs. Ford in the shop: Asked what it was by reporters, the president smiled and said, "If I told you, there wouldn't be any surprise Christmas morning." Ford, touring other shops, purchased three acrylic Christmas tree decorations for friends and commented, "I haven't done too badly shopping, but I still have to get something for Jack and Steve." Ford, like other fathers, felt some frustration trying to figure out what to buy his offspring. "Jack and Steve, they're so uncommunicative," he said. Nessen said a decision on whether Ford would ski Friday depended "basically on how he feels when he gets up in the morning." He added Ford did not ski Thursday because he was "just tired and stiff. It was no big deal." The president's spirits, unlike his knee, were not suffering. He laughingly told an aide to send telegrams to White House reporters who once covered him but were now with Jimmy Carter in Georgia. "Have the telegram read, 'Wish you were here,'" Ford said with a smile. The President and Mrs. Ford were given a Christmas serenade by a group of local Cub Scouts Thursday evening. The Fords promptly joined in the singing outside their vacation home and the President told the youngsters afterward that "we hope to be here every Chirstmas for a long time." Scores Of Teens Are Hospitalized DENVER (UPI) -As many as 200 teen-age church group members who were ending a five-day ski outing have been hospitalized in two states with stomach ailments suffered as they were heading home. Dr. Tom Vernon, state epidemiologist for the Colorado Health Department, Thursday diagnosed the illnesses as "winter vomiting disease." He said it was characterized by vomiting and nausea followed by diarrhea. Officials received reports of young people being hospitalized in Dallas, Memphis and Wichita Falls, Tex., and in Las Animas and Denver, Colo. Others still at the mountain camp also were ill. Some doctors initially diagnosed the illness as food poisoning, but health officials in Colorado ruled against that diagnosis. M % « ay your holidays be merry and marvelous ... festive wishes from Santa and us. SCHUMACHER SHOE'STORE 810 Main Hays

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