The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 1, 1971 · Page 8
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 8

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Friday, October 1, 1971
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Dodge City Priest Returns Draft Card By EVELYN STEIMEL DODGE CITY - Fr. Cletus j G. Stein, 30, associate pastor of . Sacred Heart Cathedral here, returned his draft card to the Meade County Selective Service board Thursday. He called unon all other ministers to do the same. Fr. Stein said he did it because he believes the Vietnam War is immoral and that "no minister can truly call himself Christian if he does not have to deal with the draft as do his other fellow Christians and citizens. The card carried the 4-D qualification granted to ministers and divinity students which exempts them from military service. Stein indicated his willingness to face whatever consequences his act causes, but acknowledged there are likely to be none. "I know that in other parts of (he country there have been other ministers and priests who have turned in their cards, and nothing has happened." he said. "But here in the Midwest we have taken no stand and I think it is time." A spokesman for the Dodge City draft board said as long as a priest continues his practice, he still has the deferment, whether or not he has a draft card. Nevertheless, the move was one that, Fr. Stein, who is called Jerry by his family and friends, has contemplated seriously for the past six months, following much study of the war, and letters on his thoughts regarding the Vietnam conflict to congressmen, government officials and the public. The letters relayed his opinion that silent acceptance of the Vietnam situation was in conflict willi his conscience as a priest, and continued accept-: Fr. Cletus G. Stein ance would mean that "I am responsible before God for all this killing and destruction and suppression." The letter stated that in the past eight years this nation has done "a great amount of harm" to people here and abroad, while pronouncing it good. Fr. Stein referred to substantial material gifts to many foreign countries in the form of military equipment, while providing only token rights" here. He also said he believed Vietnamization was a clever deception, in that while American causalities are reduced while greater numbers of Vietnamese are dying by ground fire and bombing raids. "Finally, our nation, contrary to its own traditions and principles, not to mention those of Christ, has become thoroughly militaristic," he wrote. "I love my country and its people very much, and it is for that very reason that I have suffered through such an important decision. . ." The thin-faced young cleric, who wears his hair slightly longer now than in his ordination picture, was ordained in Rome in 1966. He was reared in Ashland, where his mother and two sisters still live. "I guess I have wanted to be a priest most of my life," he says. "I went to a Catholic high school in Oklahoma, and I guess that was the beginning of the broadening of my education. At Denver in the seminary I met many young men from all over the country, and the four years at the Gregorian University in Rome was an education in that one met people from every country in the world. Father Stein, upon returning to his own country, was i m- pressed at the attitude of his brothers, both of whom have won classification as conscientious objectors. "My brothers had a very difficult time, both in wrestling with their consciences, and in taking a brave stand and in winning the classification. It made me see how simple it was for me to ignore the war. I could see how unfair it was," he said. Counseling other young men, visiting with several who had felt they had to go AWOL, strengthened his feelings about the injustices of the war and of the draft system. He joined the Catholic Peace Fellowship, subscribed to its points, and in April he went to Washington to be a part of the large demonstration that i n- cluded 400,000 people from all over the country, including government workers and servicemen. (This was not the later May Day disruption that resulted in mass arrests at the Capital.) "Before mailing the draft card to Meade, I checked with my superiors," said Stein, "and generally they were pretty sympathetic. They were willing for me to make my own decision." Total Withdrawal in Six Monthi Sues Dodge ? ortua, I Senate Backs Mansfield WICHITA — A Dodge City funeral home is being sued by a California man for alleged beating and detainment against his will after paying respects to the relative of a friend. In a suit filed this week in U. S. district court here. Gene Marin, Bakersfield, Calif., seeks $35,000 in damages from the Barber - Dunsford Funeral Home. Mr. and Mrs. James Barber, funeral home proprietors, are listed as defendants. Marin alleges he was assaulted, beaten, strangled, bruised and cut "without cause or provocation" March 8 during an alleged argument which developed over release of personal property of the deceased relative. Marin said the defendants "unlawfully, forcibly and maliciously imprisoned and restrained" him in the funeral home against his will by "locking or pretending to lock the front door" of the funeral home. Don Smith, Dodge City, attorney for the defendants, said the defendants "categorically deny anything like lhat happened. There's no question about it." Work Toward New School Aid Plan TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Agreement has been reached by a special legislative committee that efforts will be made to develop a new plan for state school aid. Members of the Legislative Committee on School Finance indicated Thursday the plan will differ from the present program both in the formula for distributing the money and the amount of money involved. Two committee members submitted their own plans. Estimates were the proposals by Rep. John Bower. R-McLouth and Sen. Robert Bennett, R- Prairie Village, could mean up to an additional $50 million or more in state aid. WASHINGTON (AP) - Heeding Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield's plea to "stop the slaughter" and "bring an end to this horrible war," the Senate has called for total U.S. withdrawal from Indochina within six months. Ths vote was 57 to 38, but the chance of House agreement is doubtful. A similar amendment to the draft-extension bill won 61-38 Senate approval last June but failed in the House. A watered- down version was approved by both houses. Rep. Charles W. Whaien Jr., R-Ohio, who sought House approval of the Mansfield amendment in June, said he is considering trying again. "I wouldn't predict victory but I don't think we'll lose any," he said, adding that "some members would like to be on record" for one of the antiwar amendments before having to run for re-election in 1972. Mansfield's amendment was attached Thursday to the $21- billion military procurement authorization"- bill, and Senate leaders.set next Wednesday for final passage of the measure. Still to be acted on are amendments seeking to restore military pay raises dropped Coroner's Jury Finds Pair Caused Fatal Blows to Boy SALINA — A coroner's jury ruled here Thursday afternoon that a former South Hutchinson woman 's son died from blows to Hie head "caused feloniously by Kevin Hall or Joy Boardman, or both." Saline County Attorney Bill Crews said he would file charges of negligent homicide against both Friday morning. Mrs. Boardrnan moved with her two-year-old son, Edward M. Bianucci Jr., to South Hutchinson in June from California. The child was pronounced dead on arrival at a Salina hospital at midnight Saturday. Hall, 18, who lives with Mrs. Boardman in a Salina apartment, was taking care of the boy while Mrs. Boardrnan was working. Thursday's inquest featured 5' hours of testimony and a walkout by the court reporter, John Apt, who repeatedly warned Hall several times to talk more slowly on the stand. Finally Apt got up and walked out, saying he couldn't take any more. After a brief recess the inquest resumed and Hall slowed down. Hall testified he left the boy in the bathtub while he was in the living room reading. He said he had just taken Mrs. Boardrnan to work. He said that when he went to check on Edward about five minutes later, he found the boy slumped with his face partway in the water. Was 'Hysterical' He said he was "hysterical" but gave the boy mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before calling an ambulance. Pathologist C. J. Weber, Salina, testified that there was little fluid in Edward's lungs, ruling out drowning. Weber said the boy had numerous bruises on top of his head which he estimated occurred less than six hours before death. Weber said a blow on the head stopped the respiratory center of Edward's brain. Hall admitted on the stand that he had been charged with felonious child beating of Ed­ ward last April 20 in San Francisco. The charges were filed by Edward's grandmother, Mrs. Mary Boardrnan, San Francisco, who later dropped them. He also admitted that h i s mother, Mrs. Frances Hall, 214 North Main, South Hutchinson, had complained of his t r e a t- inent of the boy to Reno County Welfare authorities. Mrs. Hall testified that while Edward was visiting her home Sept. 21 he suffered a fainting spell, and that while he was visiting her home the day, of his death, he was struck on the head with an electric guitar held by Hall. Edward's mother contended in her testimony that Edward had suffered several bruises on his head in the past week due to accidents, among them a fall in the bathtub and a mishap in which he hit his head on a car dashboard. Page 9 The Hutchinson News Friday, October 1,1971 from the draft bill and to set a $200-million limit on U.S. spending to support the so-called "se cret war" in Laos. In other votes Thursday, the Senate rejected 51 to 42 an amendment by Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton, D-Mo., to delete $35.3 million added by the Senate Armed Services Committee for the new Main Battle Tank. Approved, 45 to 43, was an amendment by Sen. J.W. Fulbright, D-Ark., to curb the bill's provision to break the United Nations trade embargo with Rhodesia and permitting imports of strategically valuable chrome ore. Starting in low key, with both sides expecting Mansfield's amendment to win approval again, the debate nevertheless ended with sharp exchanges between Republicans and Democrats. "Many of those who voted for a declaration of war now want to vote for a declaration of peace," Republican National Chairman Robert Dole of Kansas declared. "I take objection to that," Mansfield shot back, saying that no one considered the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution, later cited by the Johnson administration as authority for sending U.S. troops to Vietnam, as a declaration of war. Republican Senate leaders have pronounced the withdrawal legislation meaningless, saying Congress can't end a war unless it is ready to cut off funds. Mansfield acknowledged his amendment, which would declare the withdrawal deadline to be U.S. policy, would not be binding. To Veto Gay Liberation Fund at KU LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A $600 allocation to the Lawrence Gay Liberation Front will be vetoed by Chancellor E. Laurence Chalmers Jr., says a University of Kansas spokesman. The KU Student Senate voted Wednesday night to recognize the front as a legitimate campus organization and to give it $600 from the activity fee fund. The front had asked for the $600 to finance a court test of a university ruling against recognition. A senate committee, rejecting the request, said it would be "inadvisable" to "sponsor court action against the University of Kansas and its chancellor . . ." The senate voted 45 to 23 against the committee and in favor of recognizing the front. The allocation then was made. Chalmers, in an earlier public session, said the front was advocating policies that are forbidden by the university code. Nab Young Carson CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) Navy PO 3.C. Richard W. Carson, 19, son of television entertainer Johnny Carson, has pleaded innocent to a charge of illegal possession of marijuana.. State Narcotics Inspector Wellington Ray said Carson and a companion, Gary Golden, 21, were arrested Thursday near downtown Providence on Interstate 95. • STAFFORD Black Grain Brown Grain Leather Sole $21. SHOES FOR MEN Quality at a Reasonable Price Traditional Styling with A Touch of Today's New Look \ wide range of style and color in Oxfords and Straps. Wig Liquidation! 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