The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on September 15, 1971 · Page 3
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Kansas Meat Inspection a 'Success^ JSoiv Small-Town Cafes Used to Worry Him By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor TOPEKA - "When I came to Kansas I didn't much look forward to eating in the restaurants in some of the small towns. It doesn't bother me now." So said Dr. Earl E. Huffman, assistant director of the meat and poultry inspection department of the State Board of Agriculture. He was explaining why he calls the Kansas' meat mspection program a success. Huffman, a federal employe on contract loan to Kansas for two years, ends his job with the state Wednesday, He says the state ranks in tlie top 10, "possibly the top five" in mspection programs in the nation. Kansas has a full staff, in- cludtng 86 field inspectors and eight supervisors, and is run- ing on a budget of $1 .3 rail- lion per year. The inspectors are finding that about one per cent of all the cattle slaughtered in the state must be condemned. On a parts basis (liver, heads, and so on), the inspectors are having to condemn about three per cent of the total, Huffman said. "There is no way to compare this with what was being sold before. We figure the condemnation has to be slightly higher. There were a few livers and things like thai that some people didn't object to before tliat I certainly wouldn't want to eat now," Huffman said. Not Pimitive • He said that some unmspect- ed meat still is being used fro(m time to time in "nursing homes and other institutions m rural areas" in Kansas, but that the inspection division is not being punitive in correctmg such inci dents. "It usually is a matter of people not being educated to what the law is. When they are told they can 't use uninspected meat, they comply," Huffman said. But much of the public Is educated as to what meat inspection means. Huffman said that while the federal rules on inspection were liberalized for plant owners starting July 1, most plant owners are continuing with regular inspection. Custom plants were allowed leeway in inspection under the new rules, and so were larger processing plants on a spot basis. "The inspection is voluntary Justice Bept, Idea Split Jury Decisions? WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department endorsed legislation Tuesday to allow juries to convict defendants without a unanimous vote. It was proposed along with plans to restrict defendants' legal maneuverings — suggestions aimed at recent Supreme Court rulings. Another major suggestion was a measure aimed at ban- ni.ig appeals based on constitutional questions having no bearing on the defendant's guilt or innocence. Asst. Atty. Gen. William H. Rehnquist. appearing before the Senate subcoihmittee on constitutional rights, suggested that a jiu7 vote of 10 to 2 or 9 to 3 be considered enough for conviction. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Oct. 19 on the use of nonunanimous votes in state criminal trials. Rehnquist proposed also mod- Ruling Hits At Policy On Security !C) IWI Washington Star WASHINGTON ~ George W. Grimm has a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University and, until a few years ago, worked as a missile expert for Ford Institute in New York. For tlie last year he has been living on welfare. Wlien the government discovered that Grimm, 52, was a homosexual, it lifted his .security clearance. Homosexuals are vulnerable to blackmail, the government said. Grimm took his ease to court, contending that he always ha.s ofjenly admitted being a homosexual so there is nothing he am be blackmailed about. 'Monday, b2 and two other homosexuals won al least a partial victory in U. S, District Court here. • Judge John A. Pratt ordered the government either to prove that there is some connection between Grimm 's homosexuality and his secur. ily status or restore bis clearance. Earlier, Pratt ordered reinstatement foi' two other homosexuals whose clearances were lifted because they "refused to answer pertinent que-stions," ac- corduig to the govemnient. The two,: Otto H. lArich Jr. and Richard Gayer, had said that they were homosexuals, but declined to ans;ver a .series of questiop-s about their sexual activities. 1 ^12 government contended that it was necessaiy to investigate further to delennine the extent of any .security risk. ifying all or part of the rule which now prevents the use against a criminal defendant of evidence which is found to have been obtained in violation of liis constitutional rights. He said the rules on habeas corpus should be changed to prevent appeals "which not only have nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of the defendant but nothing to do with the underlying fairness of the factfinding process by which he was found guilty." He said the number of habeas coi-pus petitions filed annually had jumped from 50O only 20 years ago to almost 11,000 last year. Rehnquist said the department's proposed legislation would permit defendants to apical on grounds that their confession was forced by police, that jiu'ies were under mob domination, and that tliey were not allowed counsel. to some of the custom places under the change, but apparently they like it like it is. People in iawn apparently like it because the inspection is going as it was," Huffman said. The clean Meat Act passed Congress m 1967. States were given a year to comply. After an extension of tlie deadline, Kansas started its own program m December of 1969. Before that time, the state inspection of meat was carried out by local veterinarians (who were paid by the processors, not the state), who usually were only contacted to "go over and look at the animals if something cropped up," Huffman said When..the program started, there were about 320 meat processing outlets in Kansas. Tliis figure included retail s t o res. some of which decided to go out of the slaughter business wlten full inspection arrived, Huffman said. Major Part Tlie number of outlets being inspected today is 267, but the retail stores were a major part of the drop, Huffman said. "Probably not more than a dozen or so plants were actually closed by the prc^am," Huffman said. He said the plants that close usually are in such a stage of deteiioration that it isn't financially feasible fo r tlie owners to get them up to the sanitary standards set by the state. Some $650,000 in direct state taxpayer money could be saved if the federal government took over the Kansas inspection program, as it has in other state?. The $1.3 million bemg spent here is split 50-50 between state and federal funds. And some consumer groups say a federal inspection program would foe less susceptible to meat industry pressure. "That could be a question for tlie futiu-e. States have to be a little more diplomatic in handling these things, but I don't tliink you have to worry about it in Kansas," Huffman said. "If at all po.ssible I tliink a state should maintain its own progi-am. If people want to operate it as a matter of state's rights 1 think they should hang onto it, and I do here," 'Huffman said. A bill making its way through Congress would put the federal funding at 80 per cent and tlie state funding at 20 per cent, but would leave the control of inspection programs up io the states.- Page 3 • * " The Hutchinson News Wednesday, September 15, 1971 THE PRELIMINARY SITE PLAN for the proposed Kendall Lake on the Arkansas River west of Kendall has been released by the Corps of Engineers. The site plan, while it is subject to revision, provides citizens in that area with their first detailed look at the section by section maxlnnim flood pool elevation and tlie spillway crest elevations. The map also shows the proposed relocation of US50 and the Santa Fe Railroad. The proposed flood protection levee for Syracuse is also shown. Two Women Badly Hurt HAYS— Two oiit-of-state women wei-e injured seriously Tuesday afternoon when the car in wliich they were riding collided with a State Highway Conmiis- sion tinick three miles west ol' Hays on I;70. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooi^er said Joan Whitacre, 26, New York, N.Y., the driver of a sedan, and Gail Raffel, 26, Del Mar, Calif., a passenger, were admitted to Hadley Regional Medical Center. Joseph Schmidt, Hays, driver of the truck, was treated and released from the hospital. According to tlie trooper, both vehicles were westbomid. When Miss Whitacre lost control of her car, it went mto a ditch, struck three posts and returned to the roadway, striking tlie rear of the state-owned truck. The sedan spun around and wound up in the median strip. Tlie truck rolled over once, coming to rest on its wheels in a ditch. Marines to Rescue Verii to Speak at Cunningham Sept. 2 J CUNNINGHUM ~ Kajisas Attorney General Vern Miller will speak here at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Sacred Heart Parisli Council's monthly adult education meeting. Angry Viet Mob Traps McGovern lliiiiiiiiiiiippii|p^ ^"'lillllliiiii iiliiliiiiiiiji! if,'",'!» ippiSiiPpil i ni!i!i!iPipi:i!ppipil!ii!!lii|pl;PpH!^| SAIGON (AP) - South Vietnamese demonstrators hurling stones and firebombs ti-ajiped visiting Sen. George McCH)veni for half an hour Tuesday night ui a church where he was meeting with antigovernment dissidents. American soldiers dispatched by U.S. Ambassador Ellswortli Bunker escorted McGovern and four aides to safety—shaken but uninjured—after they telephoned the embassy for help. The 49-year-old aspirant for the Democratic presidential nomhiation and critic of the Vietnam war was driven back to his hotel under an armed U.S. military police guard, lie said he had no idea why the meeting was attacked by tlie band of shouting Vietnamese. 22 in Group An official U.S. militaiy police report said the key demonstrators included "two Buddhist monks and 20 anti-American demonstrators." Tlie military police said the crowds swelled to about 150 persons and at fir.st blocked American MPs and embassy Marine guards from rescuing McGovern and his party. ITie U.S. MPs called for assistance from the Vietnamese nolicc, who helped Mock the demon- ."^.(rntors while McGovern and his aides were .sped back to their downtown hotel. "Tliis is one time I didn't go to sleep in church," the Soiilh Dakota Democrat' quipped. McGovern arrived in Saigon 0- Monday for a three-day visit. He had moved about without visible guards, but U.S. author­ ities assigned a military ixilice detail to pi-otect him after the stone,and firebomb-throwing incident. The attack on the cliurch closed a day of anti-American demonstrations and violence in Saigon and in the old imperial capital of Hue in northeni South Vietnam. The war itself settled into near-calm. Tlic group McGovcni met with is known as tlie ComniitU?e for the Improvement of Prison Regime in South Vietnam,i an antigovernment group which seeks release of political prisoners and pri.son reforms. Judge Presides In a Barnyard I^'RANKLIN, Wis. (API ~ Saddled with the chore of settling a dispute over ownership of a 10-year-old buckskin mare and a pair of electric lior.sc ciipj>ers, Milwaukee County Court JiKlge Robert .1. Miech decided iic had to take his court to the horse. " So he, his court reporter, a bailiff and two attorncy.s traveled to this rural town and set up court in a barnyard Monday. After a walk through a stable and clo.sc in.spection of the animal, Miech called the court into .sc.s.sion and presided at a bench made of two empty rabbit liutclies. In minutes, he ruled the horse Monged to Carole Evaii- gehsti. 27, Milwaukee, but ordered licr to pay .$487.50 board for the 13 months the horse had .sixint at the fann. Sues for Properly Wm Evangelisti had .sued Charles Ilorvatli for the honse and clippers, ciniming she had re<,'cived tlicm in a property settlement when she was divorced a lew years ago. She said he had swld two foals to HorvaUi but that ho al.so had retained {x >.SB ««sion of the maro and daiined to own her. She claimed flic mare wa.s simply being Iwardcd at Ilorvatli'."? farm. Vorthern Natural Gas Gail Appeal WICTIITA. Kan. (AP) ~ Attorneys of more than ,'10 central Kansas counties were notified Tuesday tJiat the Northern Natural Gas Co. has been granted 20 days in which to appeal a pit>|x>rty tax case niling by the U. S. District Court here. The three-judge court last Tliursday di.smi.ssed an action by Northern to prohibit the counties from attaching Northem's property ui lie u of de- Ihiquent, last-half 1970 property taxes. Judges Delmas Hill, Wesley Brown and Frank Theis ruled Northern had not exhausted remedies available to it in ."jtale courts and therefore, Ihe fedei-al court has no jurLsdic- lion. Nodcc of tiic 20-dny apiicnl provision was sent fo the comities by Charles W. Ca- liill, clerk of (he court. Northern paid its 1969 and firsi-haif 1970 proiierty taxes under i)rote .'5t, along vrith S (»v- oral other private utilities. The conipniiy, however, did not pay its last-half 1970 taxes by the July 20 deadline and did not protest the tax by that date. Several county aitomeys had phuined to attach Northern's ra(rilitics in lieu of taxes, but Iho filing of the federal action by Northern prevented that. Some $l.fl million is involved in the litigation in counties stretching from the Ilugoton ga;s field through central Kan- sa.s to the Nebra,ska border. News Briefs Defense Keeps Busy FT. MCPHERSON, Ga. (AP) — Lawyers for Capt. Ernest L. Medina took advantage of a half-day trial recess Tueday to interview prospective witnesses. Among defense witnesse.1 standing by was Capt. Eugene Kotouc, Humboldt, Neb., who ' was acquitted earlier this year of maiming a Viet Cong suspect after the My 1.^1 assault. He had been charged with chopping off part of a finger durmg an interrogation, but won a directed verdict of acquittal. • • • Terrorist Dies NEW YORK (AP) - Samuel Joseph Melville, 35, an anti -est a b I i s h m e n t terrorist who 1 pleaded guilty fo bombing eight I buildings in Manhattan in 1969, was one of 28 inmates killed in fighting at Attica State Prison, sources in U.S. District Couxi. at Foley Square confirmed Tuesday. -f • > Tuekcr Collapses TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Actor Forrest Tuckei- was flown to his Hollywood, Calif., home Tuesday after collapsing here Monday night before a per- fonnance at the Mid-America Fair. Physicians said Tucker had undergone surgeiy a short time ago for an abdominal ailment and that his trenuous performance at the fair had caused some internal bleeding. • t • • MEMORIAL DAMAGED—A driver who lost control of his ear recently ended up doing battle with an antique cannon at the war memorial at 1st and Walnut — and the cannon lost. (News Photo by Linda Shiploy) Impact of the car hitting the old field piece t^rc the barrel from its carriage and a metal rim from one of the wooden wheels. Carol Faelber, 14 North Plum, a pas.serby, surveys damage. Food Stamp Abuse Report Toned Down HAYS - A recent report blasting food stamp abu.sc by Fort Ha.ys f>)llege stud(!nts has been toned down. John llerrm.'in. director of .so(;ial welfare for Ellis County, ,says the problem is not as .sori- ou.s as some people believe. "We have not really had that great an influx of college students requesting food s(amps," Herrman said. Nick Ruder, county commissioner who questioned the legality, of out-of-county .studenLs ob- tjjinirig forxi .stamps here, said, "We found out there is nothing we can do about the food .stamp program. U doesn't cost the county any money anyway. It JL .st adds to tho.welfare department's paperv/otk." Listed Very (iritieal GALVA - Paul R. Koehn, .10, who live„s one mile south of here, was ILsted in "extremely critical" condition at MePherson ftjunty ftospital Tue.s<lay night after he apparently .shot him.self. according to McPhens^))! County Sheriff's officers. Koehn's wife found him in the cab of a pickup with a ,22 caliber bullet wound in his forehead. Questions New Sewage Unit Ardiitecl Norman Mann .sriid Tues<lay he feels the county's decision to purchase a new sewage e.jec'tion station at Broadacrcis was unncces-sary. Mann, who designed tho new adult care facility at Brtwid- acres, the county's home for the aged, said tho probknn with the existing station is that it has not bean properly maintained. Without maintenance, the county system for the station miilfunctionR, and this allows sewage to pile up in the lines, Mann said. County commis-sioners announced Monday they would purchase a new ejection station. Co.<ft vrill be $5,427, plus $7f)0 to $800 for Installation and hookup. The coinmiKsiojvrs contond- Lxl that the existing .station, which handles sewage from both the new facility and the old Broadacr<i« building, Is in working order. But the line which brings s<;wage from the new facility comes into the .^tion too low, creating an inadequate roservo area. Built Too I-ow? Chairman John Sutloji suggested that the problem was due to the new facility being built at too low an elevation. If Iho facility had been on a higlier elevation, the line could have had pro (K ;r fall and .still onlered (he station higher, he said. Mann explained that the line actually enters a vortical j>i1 alongside the .station. In a diagram supplied by the mnpmy' which manufa{?t.ured tho station, Smith and liOvelcss of Lcncxci, the "influent line comos In right at the bottom." .said Mann. "And that's the way we did it," The architect siiid he did not bcUeve the State Pepart- ment of Health would approve n design which had the "Influent line" coming in higher. He explained that the city has perhaps a dozen sewage ejection systems which arc given regidar maintenance. One .station at the Big M Truck Stop is .similar to the one at Brofldcre.'!, except that the 'influent linfl' 'comes dire<lly nto the gtation and not into a pit. Jim Yeager, city .sewage plant .superintendent, .said the Big M .station needs maintenance about every week, or it would develop ihe same problems as the one at Broadacres, Mann .said. He said a representative of the county CfiRincor 's office wa.s on hand on one occasion when Ycagcr pointed' out the problem after the station malfunctioned. Learned From Media Ho knew of no further problems until he learned through tho news media thai the county r -ommi .ss 'ion had dwided to purchase a new station. Sutton s ;rKl Monday the new station "will be .set (lcep <'r in the /.froiind arul will have a different action than thi' orifjin .'il pumi^ "II. will hi} able to intake and discharge sc^wagc al the s .amo time, which makes it much moro efficient." The new station will IK ; In- .s-tallod immediately south of the old one, which will be used as a reserve. It's Big Enoufih Mann .said there is no qucs*- tion that the existing ."jfatlon, which was designed by engineer Jack Hefling of South Hutchinson, Is big enough to handle the sewage from the two build- "Tlie city has a lot sanallcr ones that are handling a lot more .sewage," he siiid, llie ancliitcet disputed Sutton's contention that the elevation of the new facility is wrong. We started with tlie sewer sy.stem and developed from there," .said Mann. Find Pot Caehe KANSAS CITY (AP) - Police found more than 200 ]-)ou,nds of marijuana in a rented truck in Swope Park Tuesday and arrested five persons. • • • Roeky Plans Panel NEW YORK ~ Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller annoimced tliat a "distinguished panel of impartial visitors" will be named to sec that the Constitutional Rights of Prisoners are prol«ct- cd during "this transitional jjer- \od at the Attica Correctional li'acilit.y." Designing Planes TEL AVIV - The Israelis arc designing and putting together three prototypes of their own jel>fjghter-bombor, according to well-placed sources here. Freeze Not A Factor for Tliem--Yet TOPEKA - Kansas university and college faculty members aren't worried about President Nixon's wage-price freeze yet. 'Ilio 1971 Ugislature didn 't give any of them a pay raise, anyway. "That's one concern we obviously haven't h a d yet," said Max BIckford, executive officer of the Kan.sas Board of Regents. "Tlie liCgislaturc gave u.s absolutely no money fw rai.sc.s." Some .snnall raises were granted with federal grant program money, Bickford .said, but all that money was allocated before tho freeze. College and university faculty niemlxjrs in other states liav(! scon some contract confusion. In Iowa, for example, about three out of every four state univfTsity employes will receive 1971-72 pay raises on schedule. Kan.s-a.s college and university .staffs were sclicduled to get a pay raise at the 1971 session but the legLslattire overrode its leadership and defeated pay bill .s. Tlie boanl of regents has asked for increases at all the in.stitutioius at flio 1972 session. But tlic outcome may hinge on President Nixon's decision oh further economic controls, and it rests with the .same lawmakers who voted down the hikes last year. Tlie regents are asking an 8 ]»r cent raise for faculty members at the University, of Kansas mid Kansas State Univ «T»- ty. A 10 per cent raise has been asked for Wichita State University, Foi-t Hays State College, Kansas State Teachers College of JSmporia and Kansas State College of Pittsburg.

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