The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on September 15, 1971 · Page 61
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 61

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Wednesday, September 15, 1971
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Kansas Meat Inspection a 'Success' Note 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 inspection 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 the top 10, "possibly the top five" in inspection programs in the. nation. Kansas has a full staff, including 86 field inspectors and eight supervisors, and is riming on a budget of $1.3 million pier year. The inspectors are finding that about one per cent of al the cattle slaughtered in the state must be condemned. On a parts basis (liver, heads, and so on), the inspectors are hav ing to condemn about three per cent of, Huffman said. "There is no way to compare this with what was being sold before. We figure the condemnation has to be slightly u'gher. There were a few livers and things like thai that some >eople didn't object to before hat I certainly wouldn't want to eat now," Huffman said. Not Punitive He said that some uninspect- ed meat still is being used from time to tune in "nursing homes and other institutions hi rural areas" in Kansas, but that the inspection division is not being punitive in correcting such incidents. "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. of the public is "to what meat in- But much educated as spection 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 Dept. 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- niag appeals based on constitutional questions having no bearing on the defendant's guilt ifying all or part of the rule which now prevents the u s e against a criminal defendant of evidence which is found to have been obtained in violation of his 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." Gen. William H. appearing before subcommittee on or innocence. Asst. Atty. Rehnquist, the Senate constitutional rights, suggested that a jury 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 He said the number of habeas .corpus petitions filed annually had jumped from 500 only 20 years ago to almost 11,000 last to some of the custom places under the change, but apparently they lake it like it Is. People m town apparently like it because the inspection is going as it was," Huffman said. The Clean Meat Act passed Congress hi 1967. States were given a year to comply. After an extension of the deadline, Kansas started its own program in 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 saidl When..the program started, there were about 320 meat processing outlets in Kansas. This figure included retail s t o res, some of which decided to go out of the slaughter business when full inspection arrived, Huffman said. Major Part The 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 program," Huffman said. He said the plants that close usually are in such a stage of deterioration that it isn't financially feasible fo r the 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 states. The $1.3 million being spent here is split 50-50 between state and federal funds. And some consumer groups say a federal inspection program would be less susceptible to meat industry p r e s- sure. "That could be a question for the future. States have^to be a little more diplomatic in handling these things, but I don't think you have to worry about it in Kansas," Huffman said. "If at all possible I think a state should maintain its own Page 3 " •• *^ The Hutchinsoti Newt Vednesday, 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 maximum 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. year. Rehnquist said the depart- ronunanimous votes criminal trials. in state Rehnquist proposed also mod- ment's proposed legislation would permit defendants to appeal on grounds that their confession was forced by police, that juries were under mob domination, and that they were not allowed counsel. program. If people want to operate it as a matter of state's rights I 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 the state funding at 20 per cent, but would leave the control of inspection programs up to the I states. Two Women Badly Hurt HAYS— Two out-of-state women were injured seriously Tuesday afternoon when the car in which they were riding collided with a State Highway Commission truck three miles west of Hays on I : 70. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper 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 the trooper, both vehicles were westbound. When Miss Whitacre lost control of her car, it went into a ditch, struck three posts and returned to the roadway, striking the rear o the state-owned truck. The sedan spun around and wound up in the median strip. The truck rolled over once, coming to rest on its wheels in a ditch Vern to Speak at Marines to Rescue Angry Viet Mob Traps MeGovern SAIGON (AP) - South Vietnamese demonstrators hurling stones and firebombs trapped visiting Sen. George McGovern for half an hour Tuesday night where he was antigovernment Cunningham Sept. 22 CUNNINGHUM — Kansas Attorney General Vein Miller will speak' here at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Sacred Heart Parish Council's monthly adult education meeting. in a church meeting with dissidents. American soldiers dispatched by U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth 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 nomination and critic of the Vietnam war was driven back to his hotel under an armed U.S. military police guard. He said he had no idea why the meeting was attacked by the >and of shouting Vietnamese. 22 in Group An official U.S. military pa- ice report said the key demonstrators included monks and 20 demonstrators." Ruling Hits At Policy On Security 1C) 1971 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 the last year he has been living on welfare. When 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 case lo court, contending that he always has openly admitted being a homosexual so there is nothing he can be blackmailed about.'Monday, hs and two other homosexuals won at 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 Ms security status or restore his cleaf- ancc. Earlier, Pratt ordered reinstatement for two other horno^ sexuals whose clearances were lifted because they "refused to answer pertinent questions," according to the government. The two, Otto H. Ulrich Jr. and Richard Gayer, had said that they were homosexuals, but declined to answer a series of questions about their sexual activities. • The government contended that it was necessary to investigate further to determine the extent of any security risk. 'two Buddhist anti-American The military police .said the crowds swelled to about 15( persons and at first blocked American MPs and embassy Marine guards from rescuing McGovern and his party. The U.S. MPs called for assistance From the Vietnamese police who helped block the demon strators while McGovern am his aides were sped back to their downtown hotel. "This Is one lime I didn't go to sleep in church," the SoutJ Dakota Democrat' quipped. McGovern arrived in Saigon o- Monday for a three-day vis it. He had moved about wtthou visible guards, but U.S. author MEMORIAL DAMAGED—A driver who lost control of his car 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 Shipley) Impact of the car hitting the old field piece tpre the barrel from its carriage and a metal rim from one of the wooden wheels. Carol Faelber, 14 North Plum, a passerby, surveys damage. Food Stamp Abuse Report Toned Down HAYS — A recent report blast ing food stamp abuse by Fort Hays College students has been toned down. John Herrman. director o social welfare for Ellis County says the problem is nol as scri ous as some people believe. "Wo have not really had th great an influx of college stu dents requesting food stamps, Hen-man said. Nick Ruder, county commissioner who questioned Ihe lega ily. of oul-of-counly students ob laining food stamps here, said We found out there is nothin we can do about the food stam program. It doesn't cost th counly any money anyway. ; just adds to the. we I fare depart ment's paperwork.' Listed Very Critical GALVA — Paul R. Koehn, 3£ who lives ono mile soulh of her was listed in "extremely crit cal" condition at McPherson County Hospital Tuesday nigh after he apparently shot himsel according to McPherson Count Sheriff's officers. Koehn's wife found him in tl cab of a pickup with a .22 cal ber bullet wound in his forehead es assigned a mililary police! etail to protect him after the one,and firebomb-throwing indent. The attack on the church osed a day of anti-American imonstrations arid violence in aigon and in the old imperial apital of Hue in northern South Vietnam. The war itself settled into near-calm. The group McGovern me with is known as the Committee for the Improvement of Prison Regime in South Vietnam; an antigovernment. group whicl seeks release of political pris oners and prison reforms. Judge Presides In a Barnyard FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) — Saddled with the chore of settling a dispute over ownership of a J 0-year-old buckskin mare and a pair of electric horse clippers, Milwaukee County Court Judge Robert J. Miech decided lie had to take his court to tlie horse. x So he, his court reporter, a bailiff and two attorneys traveled to this rural town and set up court in a barnyard Monday. \ • After a walk through a stable and close inspection of the animal. Miech called the court into session and presided at a bench made of two empty rabbit hutches. In minutes, he ruled the horse belonged to Carole Evangelist!, 27, Milwaukee, but ordered her to pay $487.50 board for the 13 months the horse had spent at the farm. Sues for Property Miss Evangelist! had sued Charles Horvath for the horse and clippers, claiming she had received them in a property settlement when she was divorced a lew years ago. She said he had sold two foals to Horvath but that he also had retained possession of the mare and claimed to own her. She claimed the mare was simply being boarded at Horvath's farm. WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - At- cmieys of more than 30 central Cansas counties were notified Tuesday that the Northern Natural Gas Co. has been grant- d 20 days in which to appeal i property tax case ruling by ho U. S. District Court here. The three-judge court last Thursday dismissed an action by Northern to prohibit the counties from attaching Northern's property in lieu of de- inquent, last-half 1S70 property axes. Judges Delmas Hill, Wesley Brown and Frank Theis ruled Northern Natural Gas Can Appeal News Briefs Defense Keeps Busy FT. MCPHERSON, Ga. (AP) — Lawyers for Capt. Ernest L. ,1edina took advantage of a half-day trial recess Tueday to n t e r v i e w prospective witnesses. Among defense witnesses standing by was Capt. Eugene Kotouc, Humboldt, Neb., who was acquitted earlier this year of maiming a Viet Cong suspect after the My Lai assault.'He lad been charged with chopping off part of a finger during an interrogation, but won a di- . reeled verdict of acquittal. 4- 4- 4- Terrorist Dies NEW YORK' (AP) — Samuel Joseph Melville, 35, an anti-establishment terrorist who pleaded guilty to bombing eight buildings in Manhattan in 1969, was one of 28 inmates killed in 1 fighting at Attica State Prison^ sources in U.S. District Court at Foley Square confirmed Tuesday. 4- 4- + Tucker Collapses TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Actor Forrest Tucker was flown to his Hollywood, Calif., home Tuesday after collapsing here Monday night before a performance at the Mid-America Fair. Physicians said Tucker had undergone surgery a short time ago for an abdominal ailment and that his trenuous performance at the fair had caused some internal bleeding. Northern remedies had not available exhausted to it in state courts and therefore, Hie federal lion. court bus no jurlsdic- Notlfc of the 20-day appeal provision was sent to the counties by Charles W. Cn- hill, clerk of Ihc conrt. Northern paid its 1969 and first-half 1970 property taxes under protest, along with several other private utilities. The company, however, did not pay its last-half 1970 taxes by the July 20 deadline and did not protest the tax by that dale. Several county attorneys had planned to attach Northern's facilities in lieu of taxes, but (.ho filing of the federal action by Northern prevented that. Some $1.8 million is involved in the litigation in counties .stretching from the Hugoton gas field through central Kansas to the Nebraska border. Questions New Sewage Unit Architect Norman Mann said Tuesday h« feels the county's decision to purchase a new sewage ejection station at Jroadacres was unnecessary. Mann, who designed the now adult care facility at Broadacres, the county's home f o r he aged, said the problem wilh he existing station is that it has nol bean properly main- ained. Without maintenance, the county system for the station malfunctions, and this allows sewage to pile up In the lines, Mann said. County commissioners announced Monday they would purchase a new ejection station. Cost will be $5,427, plus $700 to $800 for Installation and hookup. The commissioners contended that the existing station, which handles sewage from both the new facility and the old Broadacr«j building, la in working order. But the line which brings sewage from the new facility comes into the station too low, creating an inadequate reserve area. BuiH Too Low? Chairman John Button suggested that the problem was due to the new facility being built at too low an elevation. If the facility had been on a :iigher elevation, the line could lavo had proper fall and still entered the station higher, he said. Mann explained that the linn idually enters a vortical pit alongside the station. In a diagram supplied by the company which manufactured the slation, Smith and loveless of Ixrncxa, Ihe "influent lino comes in right, at the bottom," said Mann. "And that's the way we did it." ' The architect snid he did not believe the State Department of Health would approve a design which had the "Influent line" coming in higher. He explained that the city has perhaps a do/en sowage ejection systems which are given regular maintenance. One station at the Big M Truck Stop is similar to the one at Broadcres, except that the "influent Una' 'comog directly into the station 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 the same problems as the one at Broadacres, Mann said. He said a representative of the county engineer's office was on hand on one occasion when Yeager pointed' out the Droblorn after the station malfunctioned. Learned From Media lie know of no further problems until he learned through (ho news media that tho county commission had decided to purchase a now station. Sutton said Monday the new station "will ho sot deeper in Iho ground and will have a different action than the original pump. "It will be able lo intake and discharge sewage at the same time, which makes it much more efficient." The new station will be installed immediately south of the old one, which will bo used as a reserve. It's Big Enough Mann said then; is no question that the existing station, which was designed by engineer Jack Hefling of Soulh Hutehin- son, is big enough to handle tlic sewage from the two buildings. "The city has a lot smaller ones that are handling a lot more sewage," he said. The architect disputed Sutton's contention that the elevation of the new facility Is wrong. "We started with the sewer Find Pot Cache KANSAS CITY (AP) - Police found more than 200 pounds of marijuana in a ren1> cd truck in Swope Park Tuesday and arrested five persons. 4*4 Rocky Plans Panel NEW YORK - Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller announced that a "distinguished panel of impartial visitors" will be named to sec that the Constitutional Rights of Prisoners are protected during "this transitional period at the Attica Correctional Facility." 444 Designing Planes TEL AVIV — The Israelis are designing and putting together three prototypes of their own jet-fighter-bomber, according to well-placed sources here. Freeze Not A Factor for Them-Yet TOPEKA — Kansas university and college facully members aren't worried about President Nixon's wage-price freeze yet. The 1971 legislature didn't give any of them a pay raise, anyway. "That's one concern we obviously haven't had yet," said Max Bickford, executive officer of the Kansas Board of Re- system and developed there," said Mann. gents. "Tlie legislature gave us absolutely no money for raises." Some small raises were granted with federal grant program money, Bickford said, but all thai money was allocated before the freeze. College and university faculty members in other states iive seen some contract confusion. In Iowa, for example, about three out of every four stale university employes will receive 1971-72 pay raises on schedule. Kansas college and university staffs were scheduled to get a pay raise at tlie 1971 session but the legislature overrode Its leadership and defeated pay bills. The board of regents has asked for increases at all the institutions at the 1972 session. But the outcome may Wage on President Nixon's decision on further economic controls, and it rests with the same lawmakers who voted down the hikes last year. ' '' Tlie regents are asking an 8 per cent raise for faculty members at the University, of Kansas and Kansas State University. A 10 per cent raise has been asked for Wichita State University, Fort Hays State College, Kansas State Teachers from I College of JBmporia and Kansas (State College of Pittsburg.

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