The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 18, 1986 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, January 18, 1986
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Opinion The Salina Journal Saturday, January 18,1986 Paeel THe Journal Founded in 1871 HARRIS RAYL, Editor and Publisher KAY BERENSON, Executive Editor SCOTT SEIRER, News Editor LARRY MATHEWS, Assistant News Editor LORI BRACK, Weekend Editor JIMHAAG, Night Editor MARY JO PROCHAZKA, Assoc/ate Editor Running for governor The Kansas Legislature convened Monday, and already the election- year mischief has begun. House Speaker Mike Hayden, an announced candidate for governor, opposes Gov. John Carlin's proposal to increase the state's sales tax from 3 percent to 4 percent. To kill Democrat Carlin's plan, Republican Hayden wants the House to vote on it soon — a move many observers say would defeat the measure. Don't be fooled by Hayden's opposition. He knows as well as anyone that additional revenue is needed and has publicly said so. He opposes Carlin's plan only because he wants the Legislature to adopt his own budget and tax plan (as yet un- announced). Conventional wisdom says pushing for higher taxes (Hayden probably will prefer a term like "revenue enhancement") is the best way for a politician to lose his job. But that rule seems to have been suspended temporarily because of the state's obvious fiscal crisis. More revenue is so clearly needed today that the only question left seems to be who will lead the charge to save the state. Hayden apparently seeks that role to show he's governor material. It's too bad lawmakers play these games. But it is encouraging that Hayden so far has been unable to find enough support within his own party to put to work his strategy to kill Carlin's well-crafted plan. Congratulations Salina is fortunate to have many active and committed residents who help make the community a better place to live. Two of those were honored this week at the annual banquet of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. Karen Graves received the YMCA's outstanding service award. The YWCA presented its award to Marion Klema. Both are familiar names in Salina. Graves has served the community in many volunteer positions. As a former city commissioner and mayor she contributed her voice to the governing process. She was a member of the Bicentennial Commission, the Salina Area Vocational-Technical School advisory board, library board and Salina Arts Commission. Most recently she was active in helping make the community Christmas celebration a success. Klema was a positive influence on countless students at Roosevelt- Lincoln Junior High during her 36- year teaching career. For her accomplishments, she was named a Kansas Master Teacher. She's served on the Human Relations Commission and delivered Meals on Wheels to elderly and handicapped residents and steered the Bicentennial Oral History committee. The awards this week came as no surprise to those who know the recipients. They are the sort of active, informed and involved citizens anyone is proud to know and a community is pleased to honor. Why MIA frustration drags on I A rash of recent headlines and TV news ; bulletins sounded as if there were new evidence of live American "Missing in Action" servicemen in Vietnam. Closer examination reveals less than meets the eye or ear. It's just more of the ongoing MIA hoax from which many suffer and a few ) ghouls profit. J What happened last week was the return * from Vietnam of a Pentagon delegation with •; the need of something to report, meeting reporters with a need of something to make a headline. The result sounded as if there are 95 living American captives still in Indochina ' and that efforts were continuing to rescue them. What was actually said was that of 806 . reports of firsthand sightings of living Amer! icans since the fall of Saigon in 1975, all but 95 ; have either definitely been proven to be fabrications, or have been referred to Americans who later returned toihe United States. ; The remaining 95 are "all very valid until j they are fully investigated," the report said. > One official stressed that "we have abso- ", lutely no evidence of any live Americans, but : we cannot definitely rule out the possibility." ', That's a perfectly valid statement, like say; ing "we have absolutely no evidence the • world will end tomorrow, but we cannot i definitely rule out the possibility.'' So, with the promise of increased support '. from the Vietnamese government, in,' vestigation will continue into the remaining ; 95 reports. Let them know... John J McCormally HARRIS NEWS SERVICE SEN. BOB DOLE, SH141 Hart Building, Washington, D.C. 20510. Phone: 202-224-6521. SEN. NANCY KASSEBAUM, 302 Russell Building, Washington, D.C, 20510. Phone: 202-224^774. REP. PAT ROBERTS, 1519 Longworth Building, Washington. D.C. 20515. Phone: 202-225-2715. REP. JIM SLATTERY, 1729 Longworth Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: 202-225-6601. REP. BOB WHITTAKER, 332 Cannon Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: 202-225-3911. REP. DAN GLJCKMAN, 2435 Rayburn Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: 202-225-6216. REP. JAN MEYERS, 1407 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515. Phone: 202-225-2865. The persistent agony of the Vietnam MIAs is another of the painful legacies of that tragic war, like Agent Orange and unappreciated veterans. Like so much else regarding Vietnam, it is a unique experience for Americans. In any traditional sense, and considering the conditions in which that war was fought, the accounting for Americans, with only 2,441 still listed as missing, has been remarkable. By contrast, 8,177 Americans are still listed as missing in action in the Korean War which ended in 1953. In addition, 389 Americans taken prisoner were "presumed alive," but have never returned. There has never been the persistent emotional and political uproar over this that there has been about the Vietnam MIAs. Apparently that is partly due to the accepted belief that we "won" the Korean War, even though it ended in a stalemate approximately on the line where it began. So we feel better about it. The Vietnam issue has been kept alive by those most bitter about the way it ended. Hanoi is to blame, too, for its tardiness in identifying and returning remains. But it has been a paragon of cooperation compared to the implacably hostile North Koreans. Ironically, the Reagan administration has been far more vigorous on the MIA issue than its predecessors, and has caught more heat for it. That's because of the free-lancers, the soldiers-of-fortune out for money and glory with their own rescue operations for the supposed live captives. You might expect the president, a professed Rambo fan, to relish this free enterprise, but officials say it hurts legitimate efforts by destroying evidence and cruelly raising families' hopes. Crudest cut of all — a couple of these would-be Rambos have even sued Reagan for not doing enough. What we have, sadly, is frustration and delusion of Americans who, having never experienced the devastation of war at home, imagine wars can be all tidied up, nice and neat, at the end. It should be no surprise that everyone who fell in the jungles of Indochina can't be accounted for. More than half the soldiers killed in the Newfoundland plane crash last month are still unidentified. Partly that's because someone stupidly sent their medical records on the same plane. And this isn't even officially wartime. SHIP BuTO OF People AT CQURe of WRPQRTS - DiTTNews America Syndicate In tight times, can we afford to lose libraries? We'll get to the subject of libraries in Kansas by way of Ted Wilson, who once ran a country dairy, and U.S. News and World Report, which says "service industries" in this country are where it's at. The magazine predicts industries in the "service markets" will be in clover and money. We must read between the lines for a notion of "service" these days. In the business world, service is an executive exercise, a white-collar practice: Bond peddlers, malpractice lawyers, consultants, merger managers and others in business to fiddle with and for fortunes. Some service. It once meant something different, such as providing people with something they needed. * * * On to Ted Wilson. Every other morning in Lincoln well before sunrise, Ted went all over town in his white cube of a truck and delivered milk and cream, bottled at the family business downtown, the Sanitary Dairy. He exchanged the empty bottles that had been left on the porches or by the doors, for those filled with the fresh nectar of his Holstein herd. Others provided service, too. Paul Flaherty was a grand carpenter when he wasn't coaching the American Legion baseball team to another winning season; George Doll could fix anything that had to do with plumbing; gas pumps came with people who knew about cars and trucks; Harold Smith and Herb Songer were doctors who made house calls. That was some time ago, when service was help, assistance, usefulness of value. It did John Marshall HARRIS NEWS SERVICE not mean growth industry, or making an easy million by manipulation — legally or otherwise. * * * Which brings us to libraries, likely the single greatest example of true service left today. And to think our government still has much to do with them. The people at libraries are still in business to help. In too many states, librarians are classified in "support" positions, like file clerks. That adds no luster to any institution of learning, or books. Worse is the notion that the librarian is a support position that can be scrubbed when times are tough, when budgets are strict and costs must be cut. How many local libraries have saved term papers, settled arguments? How many have added to the joys of learning through new and exciting information, story hours for children, the addition of visual arts as well as the expansion of reservoirs of knowledge in print and on record? In Kansas, value seems preserved. Gov. Carlin proposes another boost in state aid. In addition to a $600,000 allocation for the state's inter-library loan program, the governor proposes another $600,000 for 1987 and double that if his half-cent state sales tax is approved. The money is part of a state library enhancement program to erode a two million volume shortfall in the state's inventory of library materials. It would be divided among 22 regional library systems across Kansas. * * * Good news from government, and in the name of service. It is recognition that a library is a basic tool of education, from kindergarten through graduate school and beyond. Libraries are institutions by which communities enrich themselves; their well-being speaks volumes for the value of education, the fun in learning, the riches in discovery. Through them we add to our basic understanding of man, of our communities, of the worlds around us. It's a fright that in some communities, discussion by local officials suggests that the libraries and librarians are dispensable. They aren't. The governor's budget is evidence of a commitment to continued enrichment of community library systems across Kansas. Without them, students will suffer, teachers will be frustrated, schools and community reputations would diminish. Without them, towns begin to erode. It's pleasant to know that in the chilly world of cost-consciousness and perverted sense of service, a Kansas commitment to true sec- vice remains. Libraries are information,. They are a resource by which towns become more liveable. When we're studying budgets, can we really afford to be without them? '87: Picture a Senate evenly split on party lines WASHINGTON — An interesting political possibility is beginning to take shape. If the Democrats can emerge from next November's elections with a net gain of three seats in the Senate, the 100th Congress will see the Senate divided 50-50. Good morning, Vice President Bush. You could have a busy two years. The only duty assigned to the vice president by the Constitution is that he "shall be president of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided." At present the Senate numbers 53 Republicans, 47 Democrats. The Grand Old Party looks apprehensively toward November, when the raw numbers spell trouble: Of the 34 seats in contest, 22 are now held by Republicans, only 12 by Democrats. Consider those 12 Democratic seats. At least half of them are solidly locked in. No Republican is going to beat Bumpers in Arkansas, Dodd in Connecticut, Inouye in Hawaii, Ford in Kentucky, Glenn in Ohio or Rollings in South Carolina. In Illinois, three Republicans are vying for a chance to run against Democrat Alan Dixon, but they seem not to be vying very hard. Vermont will be a little tougher for the Democrats to hold. Incumbent Patrick Leahy barely squeaked to re-election in 1980. This November he faces a popular former governor, Richard Snelling, but Vermont has a tradition that only death or resignation may end a senator's career. George Aiken, you may recall, came to the Senate in 1940 and stayed until he stepped down 34 years later. If Vermont's tradition holds, Leahy will be tough. The other four seats now held by Democrats are from California, Colorado, Louisi- Doonesbury James Kilpatrick UNIVERSAL PRESS ana and Missouri. Alan Cranston is vulnerable in California, but the Republicans have a whole swarm of prospective candidates who could cut themselves up between now and November. Cranston will be 72 in June. His age might be a factor, but he is a spry old bird whose campaign chest already has a million dollars in cash on hand. With Gary Hart's retirement, the Colorado seat is up for grabs. Louisiana and Missouri also will be open contests, owing to the retirement of Democrats Russell Long and Tom Eagleton. The highly respected Cook Polltical Report lists the races as toss-ups. In sum, the Democrats will have 35 holdovers; they can count on six certainties in November. They will pick up the Maryland seat being vacated by Republican Charles Mathias. They have good prospects in Illinois and Vermont. To get to 50 seats they would need victories in only six of the remaining 25 races. It could happen. By Cook's estimate, only seven of the 22 Republican seats are shoo-ins: Dole in Kansas, Garn in Utah, Grassley in Iowa, Murkowski in Alaska, Quayle in Indiana, Packwood in Oregon and Rudman in New Hampshire. My own scorecard adds D'Amato in New York and Nickles in Ok- lahoma to the winners' column. ' '•' The remaining 13 Republican seats are ,in varying degrees of trouble. Maryland un|- versaUy is regarded as lost. In Florida, Republican Paula Hawkins has an uphill road against Gov. Bob Graham. Mack Mattingiy will have problems winning re-election in traditionally Democratic Georgia. Othe"r Republican incumbents have tough battles ahead — Kasten in Wisconsin, Symms ih Idaho, Specter in Pennsylvania, Denton jp Alabama. The GOP seats in North and South Dakota can be held, but there had better be n,o fumbles. Slade Gorton in Washington has a fight on his hands against Brock Adams, former secretary of transportation. -;» In addition to the Maryland seat, Republican seats will be vacated in Nevadi, Arizona and North Carolina. Terry Sanford/si former Democratic governor, just jumped into the North Carolina race last week; in>& primary field of four or five candidates, he might pull a surprise. Arizona looks pretty good for the Republicans. Nevada is a tossup. T It's much too early to begin proclaiming winners in most of the Senate contests. Politics is like football in one respect: The ball can take some funny bounces. Little things — Gov. Snelling's beard, for one example — cfcn divert attention from large issues. The ?7 incumbents seeking re-election will have \o cast a dozen tough yea-or-nay votes between now and November. Anything can happen. The Senate could divide 51-49 either way, or wind up 50-50 with Bush in the chair on party- line votes. As my grandchildren say, it pro- raises to be a fun time. HIHAT?HMM., 1-16 HBY.FLAMERI (WTTOGO IN-IAIVSAKT > OKNIN6? 605H.. SU&! I'PBG HONO&P! UOULPYOUBe UH..5U&. MIUN610U5A& I&J&S KXJR.N8VSWOR SO. /

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