The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 6, 1996 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1996 A3 T KANSAS NATIONAL GUARD •ft IT-. tat* Guards play key role in post Cold War defense Kansas National Guard ranks second in the nation in recruitment and retention By MIKE SHIELDS Harris News Service TOPEKA — What's been happening to the Kansas National Guard since the end of the Cold War probably shouldn't be called a peace dividend. The collapse of the Soviet Union and subsequent cuts in regular warfare forces have placed greater demands on Guard units. Since the 1992 passage of the Army National Guard Combat Readiness Reform Act, many "weekend warriors" are training more than the traditional one week- end a month. That reflects the increasing likelihood they will be called to active duty and the bigger part the Guard now plays in national defense. Post Cold War defense strategy, largely untried except for the Gulf War, calls for Guard units to be more or less interchangeable with regular Army units. Expecting part-time soldiers to perform equally with full-time counterparts on short notice is a big expectation. There is still debate how well the system works. "It's an issue that remains grist for various analysts," said Lt. Col. David Super, a spokesman for the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau. "Based on the lessons we learned from the Gulf War, we're trying to make the relationship (between regular and Guard forces) so solid there won't be this question whether they're ready or not." Although the Department of Defense doesn't rank the performance of one state's Guard against another, the Kansas Guard seems up to the new demands and by some measures, including recruitment and equipment, excels. The biggest tribute to a unit's ability is its use. "You can't send a busted unit," said Super. And Kansas units are being sent. This weekend, for example, 30 Army National guardsmen from a Great Bend unit were scheduled to return from a seven-month peacekeeping stint in Bosnia. In 1991, Guard units from Hays and Topeka went to the Persian Gulf. For most of its history, the Kansas Guard trained for war with hand-me-down equipment from the regular forces. In- creasingly, it is armed with the best the Pentagon can offer. Kansas Air Guard, for example, includes a B-1B bomber squadron. The Army Guard will have high-tech Paladin howitzers next summer. "There's been a lot of changes in the last three years or so," said Maj. Gen. James Rueger, the state's adjutant general. "It's an evolution we've gone through, and it appears to be the wave of the future. We just salute smartly and do what the government requires." Rueger said the Kansas Guard ranks second in the country in recruitment and retention. "Recruitment and strength is our top priority," said Joy Moser, a Kansas Guard spokeswoman. The Guard would like to enlist another 500 people, she said. While overall U.S. military spending has dropped since the Cold War ceased, the federal budget for the Kansas Army National Guard has held steady. It was $65 million in fiscal 1991 and $66 million in fiscal 1996, said Moser. The funding held despite the elimination of one infantry battalion. Federal spending for the Kansas Air Guard also has remained con* stant at about $100 million, Moser said. Kansas Army Guard has 6,170 soldiers and 420 civilian employees. The Alt Guard has 2,075 airmen and 672 civilian employees. The state spends about $3 million annu : ally on the Guard, which includes funds disbursed to communities for local emergency preparedness. Some cities and counties contribute to the cost of maintaining the more than 60 National Guard armories located around the state. BRIEFLY Pyle interviewed for public TV special > George Pyle, editorial page editor of the Salina Journal, is among those interviewed on "The Choice '96," a "Frontline" docu- rtientary airing Tuesday on public television stations. The two-hour biography of presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday on KOOD, channel 9 (channel 2 on Salina cable) and at 9 p.m. on KPTS, channel 8 (channel 8 on Salina cable). Kansas City crew cooks best barbecue KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Redneck Cookers of Kansas City was named Grand Champion in the 17th annual American Royal Barbecue Contest on Saturday. About 320 barbecue teams from around the country competed in various contests during the weekend event. Redneck Cpokers took the top honor in the open contest. In the KG Masterpiece/American Royal International Invitational on Friday, the grand champion was Oklahoma Joe's of Stillwater, Okla. The reserve champion in the invitational was Slaughterhouse Five of Westwood, Kan., which was last year's grand championship team. The best brisket award went to K.C. Cookers of Kansas City, Kan., and the top honor for pork went to Tonganoxie Split, Tonganoxie, Kan. Extension office offers site on Internet WICHITA — Having trouble removing a pesky stain? Need help testing your water quality, or maybe even identifying some bugs? Try the Internet. • Armed with a computer and modem, Kansas residents can turn to the World Wide Web for agriculture, horticulture and other consumer-related resource materials offered by the Sedgwick County Extension Office. Extension officials this week put the final touches on their Web site, becoming only the second county extension office to add a presence on the Internet. The Ellis County office was the first. ;; From the Sedgwick site, computer users can download information about various extension office services. The Sedgwick County Extension Office's World Wide Web site is located at http://www.oznet. County fair in Wichita takes kids back in time WICHITA — For a day, 9-year- qld Ryan Smith figured riding tall in the saddle in the old West would have been the life for him. !• "I'd rather be a cowboy," said the boy, pointing two cool finger guns at passers-by attending the Old Cowtown Museum Friday during Education Day, a part of the Old Sedgwick County Fair. "I liked going through the different stores and seeing the hats." ;; Education Day — an appetizer to the weekend fair festivities — allowed schoolchildren to learn the purpose of old-time county fairs, from competition judging to Betting show animals. The youngsters compared what they learned about Cowtown's fair to present- day fairs. : From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6000 Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Kenneth Faulkner (left) and Robert Gordon relived memories with their yo-yos at Saturday's 60th reunion of the Salina High School Class of 1936 at the Heart of America Inn, 632 Westport. Memories on a String Former yo-yo whiz kids relive memories of their hobby in 1930s By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal I obert Gordon begged his mother, for money. This was in the early 1930s, i not exactly a time of prosperity, so Gordon begged hard. He begged and begged and begged. It worked. His mother handed him 50 cents, and he went down to the Salina dime store and bought his first yo-yo. Gordon needed — no, had to have — the yo-yo to enter an endurance contest with Ken Faulkner, his best friend since the third grade who lived across the street from him in the 1100 block of West State Street. Gordon began yo-yoing. Nothing fancy, of course. Just the simple, efficient up-and- down motion. He kept going and Faulkner kept going. Eleven hours later, Faulkner's string broke, and Gordon won $3. "You just keep doing it," Gordon said. "You just don't get tired." Faulkner liked doing the tricks. Gordon liked the competitiveness of the yo-yo. They both like to relive the memories, and they did just that to songs such as "Tea for Two" at Saturday's 60th reunion of the Salina High School Class of 1936. "He's my one best friend I ever had," Gordon said of Faulkner. Faulkner travels from his Birmingham, Ala., home to visit Gordon at his Weslaco, Texas, residence every January to play him in pool. The yo-yo, though, has been put on a shelf. "We still get pretty competitive with each other," Faulkner said. "But I hadn't done the yo-yo since I was here the last time. This time they wanted to see some tricks so I brought it out." Faulkner and Gordon roamed around Salina in the early '30s, a time when Salina residents would crowd around the Salina Journal to get updates on the World Series. Faulkner and Gordon loved the yo-yo because it was fun but also because it was cheap entertainment. "Now they play all these electronics games and those are expensive," Gordon said. "They don't play marbles, and they don't play hopscotch." Even the yo-yos are juiced up. "They've got batteries and these flashing lights," Gordon said with a sigh. The two enjoyed watching movies and serials such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (the non-Disney version) on Saturdays, but the yo-yo was their favorite — except, maybe, when they were courting girls. "Maybe I'll start to bring the yo-yo out more often," Faulkner said. "You know, get the left arm working again." T CHURCH FAIR <?>' <r> . When you need to know. - Million-dollar smile The Associated Press Rlna Borecky, 37, poses with her trophy and $1 million check after the Hutchlnson woman beat out 50 other competitors at the National Championship of Slots on Saturday at Harrah's In Atlantic City, N.J. V CAMPAIGN '96 Size of Dole's lead in Kansas fuels debate Democrats claim they still have a chance to win Dole's home state By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Nobody seriously expects Bob Dole to lose his home state on Nov. 5, but his margin over Bill Clinton in two independent polls taken in September gave Democrats something to tweak Republicans about. Those polls, conducted for news organizations, both showed Dole with a 12-point lead. Given their margins of error, the lead could be as low as 2 percentage points. "Those numbers are abysmally low for a candidate in his home state," said Democratic State Chairman Dennis Langley. "This is a disastrous showing for your home state. Only Alf Landon (in 1936, also a Republican and a Kansan) lost his home state." Joe Wagner, manager of the Clinton-Gore campaign in Kansas, said the fact Dole got barely 50 percent in the polls "shows we still have a chance to win this state." But GOP National Committeeman Mike Harris countered: "I think Dole's certainly far enough ahead to say it's in the bag as far as Kansas is concerned. "His campaign is making sure it puts its money where it needs to, so you won't see them trying to run up the score, so to speak, in Kansas." Republican State Chairman David Miller predicted Dole would win by more than 12 points. He said he expects Dole to get about 55 percent of the Kansas vote and Clinton 40 percent — "a blowout by anyone's definition." He sees Reform Party candidate Ross Perot getting about 5 percent in Kansas. Mason-Dixon conducted a poll for the Kansas City Star, Lawrence Journal-World and television stations, with 838 registered voters surveyed Sept. 21-23. It had Dole at 51 percent, Clinton 39, Perot 3, and undecided 7, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Churches focus on coexisting Methodists demonstrate^ people of different : cultures can get along nq ; By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal Shortly after the children fin'"" ished dancing "The Macarena';* 0 portrayers of Mahalia Jackso^,.. Mother Teresa, Marie Curie) Mamie Eisenhower and Laura-,, Johns talked about their lives as women who changed history. -; v ~ The women and children, part of the Trinity United Methodist Church's Inclusiveness Fair, were 1 ' brought together to demonstrate'-" that different cultures can — and-; should — be able to exist together/' said one of the event's organizers,, Beverly Cole. ;'»»!;; "I think there are people in tiie"..' community who want to learn to communicate with groups that are., different than they are," said Cole;., a member of the committee that began working on the fair Six months ago. "..^ "This is a nonjudgmental, non?.!:, threatening way to have people '.< with different cultural back- ;> grounds and different religious -I backgrounds get together," she :; said. ;; Activities on the church lawn, ••'. 901 Neal Ave., included the Gala !; Dancers, a children's group spon-; sored by the League of United • Latin American Citizens, a weav- • ing loom and the Women in Histo- ;• ry Group. •; Cora Williams, portraying ; | gospel singer Mahalia Jackson,;' said she can identify with Jack- j! son's enthusiasm for music. Like I Jackson, Williams sings in a! church choir at Quayle United; Methodist Church. • "A lot of people think music has to be note by note by note," Williams said. "Gospel music • and black music is not that regi- '. mented. I really do get into the; music." Salinan Wanda Clark portrayed Laura Johns, a teacher who was • instrumental in changing laws that allowed women to vote on local issues before the 19th Amend-: ment gave women the right to vote in 1920. Ricky Bonilla, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Sacred Heart Grade School, said he likes dancing "The Macarena," but his favorite is the "Mexican Hat Dance." He has been with the Gala Dancers for three years. Like the other boy dancers, he wore a white shirt, colorful vest (blue) and black pants. "It's fun, and you get to do things instead of just hanging around with your friends," said Bonilla, the son of Rod and Vicky Bonilla. The booths at the fair offered information on different groups and backgrounds, including the Jewish, Christian and Hindu religions, homosexuality, African- American culture and people with disabilities. The Special Populations booth sponsored a wheelchair obstacle course to demonstrate the difficulties of maneuvering a wheelchair. Turnout at the six-hour fair was ; "great," Cole said, and the com- ! mittee sponsoring the event is < considering making the fair an an- ( nual event. ! A Salina police officer was on hand during the fair, but every- .' thing "went off without a hitch," ; Cole said. "We felt like it was a good idea. ,' You never know what could hap- , pen, but everything has gone ; well," she said. :• SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (9]3) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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