The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on December 31, 1985 · Page 3
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Local/Kansas The Salina Journal Tuesday, December 31,1985 Page 3 Legislators to deal with gambling issues this year Legislative outlook '86 TOPEKA (AP) - Since Kansans ratified their state Constitution in October 1859, lotteries and the sale of lottery tickets have been "forever prohibited" in the state. The Constitution was amended by voters in November 1974 to legalize gambling bingo games that are conducted by non-profit religious, charitable, fraternal, educational and veterans organizations. In November, more than 127 years after the drafters of the Constitution forbade such gambling "forever," Kansas voters might get a chance to decide whether to legalize a state lottery and pari-mutuel wagering on horse and dog racing. The need for additional state revenue and a change in public attitude on how sinful gambling is have combined to give the two propositions more momentum than at any time in state history. Gov. John Carlin supports allowing the people to vote on both issues, and is expected to say so in the legislative message he will deliver to a joint session of the House and Senate on Jan. 14, the second day of the session. House Speaker Mike Hayden, R-Atwood, has promised quick action in the House on the resolution to submit the lottery question to voters, although it remains a close call whether the issue will be approved in that chamber. The Senate approved it in April on a 28-11 vote — one more vote than required for two- thirds endorsement. It rests in the Federal and State Affairs Committee as the new session opens. Rep. Robert Miller, R-Wellington, said he plans to conduct hearings on the lottery resolution before the end of January. It needs only a simple majority vote in that panel to advance to the House floor, where it needs 83 of the 125 votes for two-thirds approval. "A lot depends on the state's financial picture and how people see the lottery fitting into that picture," Miller said. Carlin, Miller, Hayden and others are cautioning legislators and citizens not to count on the lottery doing too much. For one thing, it would be the fiscal year that begins July 1, 1987, before the state would receive any revenue from it. That is because voters won't decide the issue until November 1986, then the 1987 Legislature will have to draft the law to operate the lottery. The earliest anyone expects money to start coming in is late 1987 or early 1988. For another thing, the state's take from a lottery is projected to be anywhere from $30 million to $80 million, depending upon how optimistic a proponent you ask. In a state budget approaching $3.5 billion, that isn't a lot of money. But it isn't paltry, either. "I hope we understand what potential is there, and what isn't," Carlin said. "It isn't an $80 million or $90 million windfall that's going to solve the financial problems of the state. At best it's $30 million or $35 million." Carlin said he doesn't want the lottery to be substituted for his proposal to increase the sales tax as a way to infuse needed new revenue into state coffers. But as long as everyone realizes it is revenue for the future, then he supports allowing people to vote on it. One supporter who has tempered his enthusiasm about the lottery is state Sen. Bill Morris, a Wichita Republican who carried the lottery resolution on the Senate floor three years ago. Morris said he has developed reservations Ed French's All-Radio Cab Co. is offering drinkers a ride home tonight thanks to Jim Gartner of Southwestern Bell. Celebrations planned to welcome in new year By JESSICA CARD Staff Writer There are events for all Salinans who want to celebrate the new year and, for those who party with alcohol and do not want to risk the drive ; home, "Care Cab" is standing by. ; Care Cab, sponsored by Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., will take drinkers home without • cost. : - "They have to specify that they are calling a ; Care Cab," said Ed French, manager of Radio • Cab and Yellow Taxi. "We will only take them • home, not from bar to bar." Jim Gartner, Southwestern Bell's district manager for community relations in Salina, said the goal of the service was "to keep drunk drivers off the road. This is a service that no one was providing this year." - Revelers in Salina have alternatives to tav- ! ems and private parties for ringing in 1986 ; tonight. ! A party for members of Salina's Mexican- American community, as well as others, is to : begin at 9 p.m. at the Labor Temple Building, ; 2055S.Ohio. Organizer Jose Martinez said New Year's parties featuring Mexican food and music, once popular in Salina, almost died. But he decided something should be done this year because Salinans were traveling to celebrate with members of Mexican-American communities in Topeka and Wichita. "For the last two years I've had to go to Topeka for New Year's," Martinez said. "That's 200 miles too many and I thought maybe we could get something going here." A band, Conjunto-Flores of Topeka, will play. It features accordion and saxophone players who perform anything from ranchera and bolero music to polkas, country and rock, Martinez said. Admission is $8. Set-ups and hot tamales and other Mexican foods will be provided. Elks Country Club will celebrate with a buffet dinner, featuring ham, baked steak and fried chicken, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for $7.95 a person. A dance, featuring the Salina-based Uptown Rhythms, will begin at 9 p.m. and will cost $15 a couple. The Veterans of Foreign Wars celebration will begin at 9 p.m. Music will be provided by Wheatland Lectric, a mostly country-western band, said Charlie Witherspoon, quartermaster. The cost is $15 a couple. Witherspoon said transportation would be provided for anybody who needs it. The band Crossfire of Salina will start the American Legion party with a variety of music for members and their guests. The cost is $15 a couple or $7.50 for singles. Included is a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and eggs, which will be served at 1 a.m., said club manager Bob Cossel Sr. Transportation will be available. A party without alcohol is planned at the Bicentennial Center's Heritage Hall. The Society of Sobriety and the Alano Club are sponsoring the event, which will feature dancing and refreshments from 8:30 to "well after midnight," said Gus Wilgus, director of the Salina adult in-patient program at St. John's Chemical Dependency Treatment Center. The Society of Sobriety is the alumni group from the chemical dependency treatment center. New Year's Eve is an especially hard time for recovering alcoholics, Wilgus said, because of the traditional emphasis on alcohol. "We like to have some kind of celebration," he said. "We still enjoy ourselves and dance, but do all of those things without alcohol." The chief purpose is to provide recovering alcoholics with a place to celebrate and have fun, said Gene Bensman, president of the Society for Sobriety. "We serve soda pop and coffee and toot horns like everybody else," Bensman said. "We have a lot of fun. People can have fun and enjoy life without the use of alcohol and drugs.'' Admission is $4 and includes party favors. Music will be provided by disc jockey Ed Harlowe. Bensman expects a crowd of 500. The Salina Recreation Commission is again sponsoring a New Year's Eve Party for senior citizens from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Carver Center, 315 N. Second. Carl Bergman will provide music. The party is free of charge. The Place, a non-alcohol bar that caters to youths and was opened in August, will be open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. for New Year Eve celebrants 14 and under, said owner Nancy Michaelis. Staff Writer Jill Casey contributed to this story. Class will attempt to break down the barriers to creative thinking By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer Resolving to be more creative might not be on everyone's list of New Year's resolutions, but a class to be offered this spring by The Salina Art Center will suggest some ways of reaching that goal. "Creativity starts with a storehouse of knowledge," said Wichita State University Professor Lanny Milbrandt. "That's the grunt „„. .. work of creativity. Milbrandt It doesn't happen with a bolt of lightning." Milbrandt, professor of education, will instruct a course for three hours of graduate and undergraduate credit entitled "Stimulating Creative Behavior." The class is to meet at the Art Center, on the Kansas Wesleyan campus, on Jan. 24 and 25, Feb. 7 and 8, Feb. 21 and 22, March 14 and 15, April 11 and 12 and April 25 and 26. The class will meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m. each Friday during the semester and from 8 a.m. to noon on each Saturday. Creative thinking depends on having enough time to let new ideas develop and removing roadblocks that prevent the formation of ideas, Milbrandt said. Roadblocks, he said, can best be described in phrases such as "We never did it that way before," "Let's discuss it some other tune," "Let someone else try it first" and "It sounds too complicated." Sometimes roadblocks take the form of emotional blocks, including fear of failure or mistakes. There also might be cultural blocks to creativity, such as the idea that fantasy is a waste of time and play is for children only, Milbrandt said. Environmental blocks, such as lack of cooperation and trust among colleagues, often are present, or intellectual blocks, such as having a lack of information or having incorrect information. "When we remove the brakes and have a storehouse of knowledge, the only other thing we need is time to incubate on the problem," Milbrandt said. "You can't put new ideas together unless you have time to consider them." One aid to creativity to be discussed during the course is "remote' association," which Milbrandt said occurs by taking two things that don't relate, such as a pop bottle and a ping-pong ball, and putting them together to serve a purpose. The point is to search for ways of using different materials to solve problems, he said. Students also will practice the technique of brainstorming, by trying to come up with as many solutions to a problem as they can in as short a tune as possible, Milbrandt said. Another activity asks students to use a "creativity kit" containing string, rubber bands, cotton and other objects to form a model of something useful, he said. Although Milbrandt believes creativity can be taught, creative people share certain characteristics, he said. In most cases they are attracted to chaotic situations, are ad- ventureous and determined, keep unusual hours, are willing to take risks, are outwardly bashful and full of curiosity. Although the course is listed as an art education course, it is allowed for general education credit and is offered to everyone. "It's not just something a classroom teacher could use, anyone could use it," Glenn said. More information about the course is available from Glenn at the Salina Art Center, Box 743. The fee for the course is $120 for undergraduate credit and $174 for graduate credit. Salina man, 2 teens arrested for burglary Salina police have arrested two teen-agers and a 25-year-old man in connection with a string of burglaries committed during the past two months, the latest of which occurred Sunday night. Steven Thomas, 304 N. 13th, was jailed Sunday on charges of burglary, felony theft, deprivation of property and two counts of contributing to the misconduct of a child. Two boys, age 13 and 14, to be charged with five counts of burglary and five counts of theft, were referred to the juvenile court and released to their parents. The arrests were in connection with the Nov. 18 theft of $4.60 worth of food from the Rainbo Bakery Discount Store, 301 W. Ash; the Dec. 23 theft of $64 from the Union Station Tavern, 717 Bishop; the Friday theft of $56 .worth of liquor from Joanne's Retail Liquor Store, Fifth and Walnut; The Saturday theft of two bicycles valued at $408 from Burgess Schwinn Cyclery, 155 S. Fifth; and the Sunday theft of $300 from the Union Station Cafe, 719 Bishop. Police recovered $31 worth of liquor taken in the Friday robbery and $120 in cash from the Sunday robbery. Kansas Turnpike tolls increase WICHITA (AP) - Tolls on the Kansas Turnpike increase by 5 percent for passenger cars and by about 10 percent for other vehicles early Tuesday morning, Kansas Turnpike Authority officials said. The toll increase on the 236-mile highway is designed to offset increased maintenance costs, the officials said. The new rates are effec- tive at midnight Monday. A car trip from the Eastern Terminal in Kansas City, Kan., to Wellington — at the southern end of the 30-year-old highway — will cost an additional 25 cents, increasing from $6 to $6.25, according to a KTA statement.'The toll from the East Wichita interchange to Emporia also will be 25 cents more, going from $2.75 to $3. about the lottery because of Colorado's less- than-glowing experience with it. Kansas' western neighbor now spends so much money promoting its lottery that the take is minimal, Morris said. "I don't approve of that," he said. Pari-mutuel betting would generate even less revenue for the state, but many view it as a recreational and economic development issue more than for the money. Nebraska and Colorado each make about $9 million annually from pari-mutuel, and Kansas could not expect to take in any more. But proponents see the potential for increased sales, income and property taxes as tripling that figure because of the anticipated business spinoff. "There isn't a lot of revenue there," Carlin said. "But it does have some legitimate economic development, recreational and image benefits." Adoption brings joy to couple By The Harris News Service HUTCHINSON - Marcia Gitchell now knows about the joy of adoption as both a mother and a daughter. Gitchell was a 5-year-old native of Korea when she was adopted by a rural Moundridge couple, Gilbert and Mourine Galle. On Saturday, she and her husband Bill brought home a 4-month-old Korean baby they are adopting. The Gitchells are using the same adoption service that was used to bring Gitchell to Moundridge in 1959. They have known for more than two months which baby they would receive, but getting the child was delayed because of red tape. While they waited, they had a photo of the baby, James David Gitchell, next to a surrogate baby, a Winnie the Pooh bear. Gitchell said the baby was given up at birth by his mother and placed in a foster home. Gitchell said the adoption agency, Holt International Children's Services, began as an effort to find American homes for children orphaned by the Korean War. She was one of the those children. The agency now has expanded to seven countries. Gitchell said her parents had to lobby Congress for three or four years to allow Korean babies into the United States for adoption. Adoption was a natural step for the Gitchells since her three older brothers also were adopted. She said they looked at an international adoption because there aren't enough American children available for adoption as a result of abortion and birth control. They also wanted a reputable, long-established agency. They knew one drawback was the cost — about $5,000. "It's really no small thing, to be able to trust the people you are working with," Gitchell said. "We have heard a lot of horror stories about children who had not been well cared for." Gitchell said no country is better suited than the United States to assimilate diverse cultures. While some may see that as a weakness, the Gitchells see it as a strength. The couple highlighted the international theme Saturday by wearing matching shirts. The shirts had the phrase "Mankind is One" in 12 languages. "People with international families recognize the oneness of mankind," Gitchell said. "We believe all the things that divide people are superficial and aren't representative of the true nature of man. The true nature of man is to see a baby like that and love him." The Gitchells were called last Monday and told some good news and bad news. Their baby was coming to the Los Angeles airport, but the adoption agency couldn't transport him to Kansas. They left Huchinson early Friday, but they had a long delay in Los Angeles. They also brought back a baby girl for a Kansas City couple. "We had the two of us and two babies," Gitchell said. "We were in the airport for eight hours." "We had received reports that James got along fine — in quiet places," added her husband. "He was a little fussy. That little girl, I think, was made for fast times and big crowds. She just laid on the mat, cooed and kicked her feet.'' They finally returned to Hutchinson at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Their baby was more interested in sleeping Saturday afternoon than looking at his new home. When do you tell a child that he is adopted? "We'll tell him as early as he understands," Gitchell answered. After waiting more than a year to bring little James home, Gitchell said they'll have to wait six more months for the adoption to be finalized.

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