Open house Southeast of Saline shows off its technology laboratory/A3 AFC tilt Title hopefuls clash on Monday Night Football/B1 SPORTS • Get With It: This week could be your week to get organized / A2 • Fighting back: Mississippi mom takes custody battle to high court / A8 INSIDE High: 67 Low: 45 A 30 percent chance of rain with decreasing cloudiness /A6 WEATHER Salina Journal Ann Landers / A6 Classified/B6 Comics/BB Crossword / B8 Deaths/AT Great Plains/A3 Sports/B1 Viewpoints/A4 INDEX MONtW OCTOBER 7, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE Clinton, Dole clash over taxes Candidates repeatedly challenge each other on variety of issues, including Medicare, education By JOHN KING The Associated Press The Associated Press Bob Dole and President Clinton greet the audience Sunday night in Hartford, Conn., before the first of two presidential debates this year. HARTFORD, Conn. — President Clinton and Bob Dole clashed over tax cuts, Medicare, education and the economy Sunday night in a prime-time debate over who should be trusted to lead America into the 21st century. "I think the best thing going for Bob Dole is that Bob Dole keeps his word," the Republican challenger said in a 90-minute debate critical to his hopes of launching an October comeback. Clinton, in making his case for a second term, said: "It is not midnight in America, senator: We are better off than we were four years ago." The Democratic incumbent and his Republi- 4 Candidates play it safe in first presidential debate / Page A7 can challenger challenged each other again and again in a showdown that ushered in the final month of the White House campaign. Clinton took credit for an economy that had created more than 10 million jobs, for cutting the deficit by 60 percent and for vetoing Dole- backed Republican budgets he asserted would have cut $270 billion from Medicare and another $30 billion from education. Looking ahead, Clinton said his $100 billion in tax credits targeted to making college more affordable were far more responsible than Dole's "$550 billion tax scheme." Dole disagreed and accused Clinton of running a campaign designed to scare elderly v Americans. "I am trying to save your Medicare, just as I rescued Social Security," Dole said. The former Kansas senator told the viewing audience, "If I could not cut taxes and balance the budget at the same time I would not look you in the eye tonight." Entering the debate, Clinton was ahead by a dozen points or more in most national polls and in surveys from the major Electoral College battleground states. The two candidates will meet again in 10 days, in another one-on- one encounter because of the controversial decision to exclude Ross Perot. Dole was the aggressor throughout the night, asserting time and again that Clinton's conservative election-year rhetoric about curfews, school uniforms and welfare reform was at odds with a liberal record of giant tax increases and a giant government takeover of, health care. See DEBATE, Page A7 T DEBATE REACTION Experts in debate call it a tossup But Dole might have made gains simply by performing better than he was expected to By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal Call it a tossup. There was no ground lost by President Bill Clinton or Bob Dole in the first presidential debate," and Dole may have made v .gains by doing better than many predicted. Two speech and debate instructors shared that conclusion after the debate Sunday night. "It was a better debate than I expected it to be," said John Burtis, director of forensics in the department of speech, communication, theater and dance at Kansas State University in Manhattan. "It was a very fine performance by both people." Burtis said Dole did better than some observers expected him to and scored points for empathy by talking about signing welfare checks for his grandparents and about knowing poverty in the Depression. Dole failed to make the kind of gains he could have, Burtis said, by not attacking Clinton more strongly on Whitewater. The issue ,came up in a Dole quip and was limited to ••somewhat cryptic comments shared about the hearings by the two men. • Dole finds himself in a Catch-22 on White* water because of the Kansan's reputation as a mean-spirited "hatchet-man," Burtis said. "He can't go as far as he could because that will look like he's mean-spirited," Burtis said. Dole's vague reference to Clinton's record on drugs also did little to illuminate the mat, ter for undecided voters, Burtis said. "For the people who have already decided on that issue, he reminded them," Burtis said. "But by the same token, they're probably already voting for Dole." Visually, .Clinton made better eye contact with the TV audience than did Dole, Burtis said. "Clinton is more aware that the audience is to be spoken to through the camera," Burtis said. "If we were coaching (Dole) we would tell him to pay attention to the audience more," Gary Harmon, who coaches debate and teaches English at Salina Central High School, said Clin•ton was more impersonal and not as passionate . as usual. Dole, after starting out stiff, was smooth and delivered a clear message, Harmon said. Dole's wit, Harmon said, defused the age issue, making the 73-year-old candidate seem to have more vitality. "I think Clinton came off without any mis- •'takes," Harmon said. "Dole may have picked 'up some ground. There were no glaring errors on either side." Lit echain protest ABOVE: Dave Hlckerson, 818 E. Cloud, kneels In prayer, Sunday afternoon along Crawford as he helps form a chain of anti-abortion protesters. About 215 people participated in,,V Lifechain, the hourlong vigil organized by Salinans for Life. LEFT: Sarah Shaw, 250 S. 12th, reads Chapter 10 from the book of Judges of the King James Bible while taking part in the protest along Crawford and Ninth. Photos by KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal From the Saline County Journal October 12,1871 : • • W-H. Johnson and M.D. Sampson, editors Through the medium of your columns I wish to ask the responsible parties, how long It is designed to allow the bridge over Dry Creek, located about a half mile west of Salina, to remain in its present unsafe, rickety condition. It is growing worse every day. Does the pounty desire to pay damages to the tune of ten thousand dollars, for the loss of life and property that Is bound to be caused some of these days, unless a new bridge shortly replaces the worn-out, shaky concern? If not, then by all means give MS a new bridge, Justice to the large amount of travel which daily passes over it demands a change. — A FARMER. Salina was founded in 1858 SaUna population in 187Q: 918 First Saline County Journal: Feb. 16,1871 t A WfeWy (ooK at the Journal's first year •T^ 1 ^ •-„,.••' T ENVIRONMENT Monitoring of corporate hog farms blasted By The Associated Press WICHITA — The state is not properly monitoring large, corporate hog operations, risking contamination of the only source of drinking water in western Kansas, an environmental group's report said. The Kansas Sierra Club hired independent consultant Spectrum Technologies of Kansas City, Kan., to review state records of the Seaboard Corp.'s 37 waste lagoons in four southwest Kansas counties. The Merriam-based Seaboard operates several dozen hog farms, each with about 4,000 animals. The hogs are kept in confined feeding areas, and their waste is washed into a lagoon. The Sierra Club report, which is to be released today, noted that livestock waste lagoons are supposed to have a seepage rate of less than a fourth inch a day. But the report alleges that Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports show three Seaboard facilities exceed that limit. Seaboard officials could not be reached for comment. The report said that it does not appear that KDHE has granted final approval to any facility oper- ated by Seaboard, even though livestock waste lagoons are supposed to receive final approval after construction is complete. The report also said four Seaboard facilities received post- construction certification after operations had begun, even though state law requires certification be given before operations begin. KDHE spokesman Greg Crawford said the department would investigate each allegation. He also said it had given Kansas State University a $100,000 grant to study the design of waste water lagoons in southwest Kansas.
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