The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 1, 1971 · Page 82
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The Hutchinson News tOOth Year No. 90 28 Pages Friday Morning, October 1,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 8 Price lOe Lyons Said 'Dead' as a Waste Site The Drug You Drink-6 Drys Leader Gets Tough By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor Rev. Richard Taylor Jr., new head of the Kansas United Dry Forces, has taken the gloves off in his fight against "the drug that, causes more human misery than all other drugs combined—alcohol." Not, used to hearing themselves described as "pushers", members of the alcoholic beverage industry and proponents of liberalized liquor laws have been stunned by the frontal assault waged by the soft-spoken Taylor. He openly classifies alcohol as much more of a menace in the United States than heroin, and says youngsters who question the hysteria over marijuana, while "an even bigger drug problem is all but ignored," are right. "It has to be put into perspective . . . and I don't feel this is any more of a religious thing than the American Cancel- Society is a religious thing," Taylor said. "It. was Thomas Edison who said that alcohol in the human brain is like sand in the bearings of an engine — is that religious? The pushers have said everybody's got to drink to get along in the world. Why can't we say you don't have to drink to have a wonderful life?" Taylor said. Prohibitionist Tinge Since most alcoholism rehabilitation experts say it is not alcohol that makes an alcoholic, they are somewhat embarrassed by the prohibitionist tinge in their argument that alcohol is the number one drug problem in the nation. They admit that their own position is confused by the fact that they are not anti-alcohol, but anti-alcoholism. "You can't tell all people that drinking is bad because we all know that drinking can be fun. It can be relaxing if it is used properly. It is getting drunk, or being a drunk, that is bad. And that, kind of double talk confuses everyone," said Dr. James E. Home of Topeka, a psychiatrist who works with alcoholic patients. The picture is going to get more blurred by Taylor's militancy, but he says he can't agree with the rchabilita- toinists that the nation should try to separate alcohol and alcoholism. As a matter of fact, Taylor has leaped headlong into a fight against the -appointment of Dr. Morris Chafetz as acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He accuses Chafetz of being too casual about the problem, and too much of a tout for the liquor industry. Chafetz has written a book, "Liquor, the Servant of Man," in which he lays down guidelines for "safer drinking." "We took cigaret ads off television, and alcohol is far worse than cigarets. The relationship between alcohol and alcoholism is so clear, how can we miss it?" Taylor says. Preventive Medicine "It is perfectly all right to call an alcoholic a diseased person, but it is one disease people evidently choose to catch. A person can't, be an alcoholic unless he drinks alcohol. I'm all for rehabilitation. But I still think we should practice pre- ven'ive medicine too," Taylor said. "What I'm trying to say is that we ou°ht to help to rehabilitate the alcoholic, but if we k^cp tryiiv? to say I hat alcohol has nothing to do with alcoholism it appears to me we aren't being truthful," Taylor said. Privately. Taylor and his Drys arc accused of an unrealistic attitude toward booze. Rehabilitation experts, who try to remain neutral on wet-dry issues, say the Drys nnoear to be more interested in fighting Demon Rum than they arc in salvaging the lives of the infected. And the attitude harms the cause, they say. "They have a point. We don't stress rehabilitation so much because so many good people and good groups arc doing that. Our main efforts are three-fold and preventive." Taylor said. He said the Drys want to educate the public about the dangers alcohol can do to the human body "just as we are educating them to the dangers of hashish, heroin and marijuana." A second goal, he said, is to try to convince as many Kansans as possible that they don't have to drink to be an "in" person. The third goal is to watch the state legislature to "keep the availability down." Rehabilitation of the alcoholic is also a Dry goal, he said, although it isn't stressed as much as the other three. In the wake of the upset of liquor by the drink at the polls last November, Taylor has been extremely effective as a lobbyist at the Statehouse. He is aware that most lawmakers and the governor are drinkers. "You can be a user without being a pusher. There are some users who are pushers and some non-users who are pushers. All we ask of anybody is not to be a pusher, and we are going to fight that every time we see it," Taylor said. (Tomorrow: The Skeptical Public). Weather KANSAS — A turn to cooler and northerly winds spreading Into northwest Friday and on Into south-central and northeast Saturday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms north- central and west Friday, spreading into eastern sections by Saturday.. Highs Friday 70s northwest to 90 southeast. Low Friday night 40s northwest to 60s southeast. High Saturday 70 northwest to 80s southeast. Hutchinson Weather Thursday's high 81 from 1:28 p.m. to 7:22 p.m.; low 71 from 7:06 a.m. to 8:48 a.m. Record high 98 in 1939; record low 30 in 1912. Winds: 24-28 mph. • Barometer: 28.35, falling. Sunset Friday: 7:15 p.m. Sunrise Saturday: 7:28 a.m. War Limit Fixed TOI'KKA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Skubitz announced from Washington Thursday night that the Atomic Energy Commission will abandon the Lyons Salt beds as a site for its proposed nuclear waste repository. WASHINGTON Senate renewed (AP) - The Thursday its call for tola I U.S. withdrawal from Indochina, selling a six- month deadline after Domo- Skubilz, of Pittsburg, Kan., made public through The Associated Press a letter the AEC presented to the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy of Congress. The AEC said in I he letter It has already commissioned the Kansas Geological Survey to begin a search for other "more desirable" salt bed sites in Kansas. October, 1971 SUM MOM Toe FP.I SAT it U 12. 13 14 15 \<o n 16 19 20 U Z2 2? 28 ?i Farm Prices Off 2 Pet. Lyons Civic Heads Remain Undaunted Delinquent Tax List Is in Today's News A list of Reno County properties on which (axes have been delinquent six to nine years appears on page 16 of today's News, and will be run again Oct. 8 and 15. The list runs more than seven columns of small type. The properties will be sold at a tax sale in December unless the owners redeem them before the sale. Today's List is not be he confused with a much longer list that was published in August. That list was of properties on which property taxes had been delinquent only about a year. LYONS — Lyons civic leaders; remain undaunted by the report that that Atomic Energy Commission apparently has ditched site." plans to use an abandoned Carey salt mine on the outskirts of Lyons as an atomic waste dump. "We think maybe there are some other sites in Rice County that could be utilized," Walter Pile, manager of the Lyons Chamber of Commerce, - said Thursday night. "Wherever they move it they're going to have to dig new shafts. We think that can be done in Rice County." Pile said civic leaders here have been aware that a search has been launched for alternative sites for the repository in Kansas. "They're doing a literature search," Pile said. "They're looking for alternate sites in geological books." Asked if Lyons officials had received any indication that the AEC had abandoned plans for using the Lyons mine, Pile said, "I wouldn't want to make any comment. "We're not as well informed as Mr. (U.S. Rep. Joe) Skubitz. He's up in Washington. I don't think anything would please him more than abandon it. I don't think they're going to abandon the concept of burying it in salt. There's salt all over. There's 10,000 square miles of salt in Kansas." Lyons C of C president John Johannes said a telephone call informing him of the abandonment was not enough to warrant him making a statement. He said he was "not going to jump to conclusions." Lyons mayor Robert Briscoe, who has staunchly backed the not available for thing had to end this way. I lay much of the blame on the scare tactics of those oppo5ing the Said Floyd L. King, a local contractor, "I don't think the planners were thoroughly con scions of what they were doing We have a lot of salt mines ii this area, and we store propane and butane in some of them." "If we put nuclear wastes in one of the mines, which are connected to the same vein a.« the other mines, we could al go up in one big puff of blu smoke." WASHINGTON (AP) ' Prices farmers receive for raw products, exempt from the Nix- o n administration freeze, dropped 2 per cent in September compared with August and averaged only 1 per cent more nan a year ago, the Agricul- ure Department announced Tiursday. It was the first change in the inonthly farm index since May, when raw products prices ad- sumed anced 2 per cent. They held steady steady gust. The monthly period ended Sept. 15 the first 30 days of the wage price freeze. Biggest Contributors The Crop Reporting Board | said lower prices for hogs, corn, soybeans, oranges and tomatoes contributed most to the decline. 2 per cent. They held in June, July and Au- report covered the All beef cattle also were reported down, averaging $2!). 10 )er hundredweight compared vith $29.20 last moijth and I2(i.80 a year ago. Corn Down Corn was $1.1.1 per bushel compared with $1.19 in August and $1.38 a year earlier. Soybeans averaged $2.95 per bushel compared with $3,09 in August and $2.36 a year earlier. Meantime, farm expenses re- cratic leader Mike Mansfield appealed for action to "bring this horrible war to an end." "Why not try?" Mansfield appealed. "What have we got to lose? You've got a lot to gain." The vote was 57 to 3R in favor of Mansfield's amendment to set a six-month deadline— which would not. be binding on President Nixon—contingent on release of American prisoners. Can't Stop H "You can't slop the war by an act. of Congress of this kind," Republican leader Hugh Scott, said, expressing the Nixon administration's contention the Mansfield amendment is a waste of time—and potentially harmful. Scott's plea was echoed by Chairman John C. Stennis, D- Miss., of the Armed Services Committee. "Every time we pass this amendment in this way we put obstacles in our path, and lend fMicmiragomenl to the enemy," Stennis said. Noting that Mansfield's amendment, to the $21 billion mulitary procurement authorization bill, like one with 'Serious Questions' letter advised the committee that the AEC "serious questions" about geological integrity of the joint, has the old rising, after for several holding months, gaining 1 per cent during the month. The expense index also was 1 per cent more than for September last year. nine-month deadline passed last June, faces House opposition and a possible conference stalemate, Slcnnis said it would be better to pass it as separate legislation. Thursday's vole was closer tlv-in the 61-38 margin last June when nine-month withdrawal amendment was attached to the draft, extension bill. The touchy issue of the American prisoners swirled through the debate. When Scott said the amendment would give up a valuable U.S. bargaining card, Mansfield shot back: "What is that card-the POWs?" Goes to ' Says Gov. Docking TOPEKA (AP) - Gov. Robert, Docking said the apparent decision by the Atomic Energy Commission to abandon the sail beds at Lyons as a possible nuclear repository site "goes to show we were correct in o u r questioning of the Lyons site." The governor had no official word from Washington that the AEC was abandoning the Lyons site, but said: "I would assume, if they arc abandoning it, that it is because of tho wells in the area a n d the water disappearance." He referred to the problem of capping or plugging o i 1 and gas wells in the a r e u through which water might penetrate the repository and the disappearance of a large quantity of water from an adjacent mine during a recent test. Docking said he had suspected the AEC might turn elsewhere "when they started looking for other sites." The governor said he was aware the AEC had commissioned the Kansas Geological Survey to look for alternative sites. But he also said, "We had assumed they had narrowed the site down to Lyons," at one time. Jarey Salt Co. mine workings at Lyons. "Although the AEC is understandably reluctant to admit that the Lyons site is finally unacceptable," said Skubitz, Kansas' 5th District congressman, "1 have good reason to believe that the Lyons site will indeed be completely abandoned. 'Dead as a Dodo' "I am reliably informed on the very bust authority that the Lyons site is as dead as a dodo for waste burial." Skubitz, who has been at the forefront, for more than a year in the fight by some Kansans against locating the waste repository at Lyons, said: "The AEC decision to look elsewhere vindicates our long fight to uphold Ihe position of I ho Kansas scientific community that the Lyons salt, beds arc unsafe for the burial of deadly radioactive atomic wastes." Two Factors Skubitz said the AEC was motivated to look elsewhere for Seasonally higher prices for milk only partially offset the drop for other commodities. Hogs prices averaged $17.90 per hundredweight compared with $18.60 in August and $19.70 a year earlier. Gusts Widespread in Stale Wind Pops'Bubble' Over Hesston Pool project, was comment. Two Emotions A random sampling of opinion from Lyons residents reflected both •^appointment. relief and dis- I felt like a majority of the people wanted to make sure 'hat proper testing was made before anything was moved in here," said Dr. Stanley L.-Bel- tin, a dentist. "It's' too bad the Hesston's bubble burst Thursday afternoon. With strong winds battering this Harvey County community —and the rest of Southwest Kansas, for that matter, the inflatable dome covering the city's community swimming pool was ripped. The pool was not in use at the time. . The pool, completed in early September, was a joint venture of the cily and the school district. It's located adjacent to the high school on park property. City Administrator Wallace Stovall figures the constant beat ing of 40 mile an hour winds was loo much. But officials who installed the bubble originally said it could withstand winds uo to 110" mph.' Later they're- vised that downward to 80 mph. Exact amount of the damage was not immediately known. HesSton officials plan to meet with representatives of the Salina firm that manufactures the dome Friday morning. Stovall said the firm was scheduled to make its final inspection of th'3 project Friday morning. "As far as we're concerned, it's still the contractor's," Stovall said. The bubble weighs two tons. The dome and air handling equipment cost $18,000. Stovall believes the bubble is salvageable but thinks it would take a major repair effort. At most locales, strongest winds were reported in the late afternoon hours wiih the blast subsiding at sundown. Leads List Russell's airport led the list with a recording of gusts up to 60 mph. Other peak winds were 42 at Hutchinson, 46 at Wichita, 38 at Dodge City and 55 at Hays. More of the same is expected Friday with no relief in sight until Friday night when a cold front is expected to enter the state. Cooler air and the chance of showers may accompany the new front as it moves into Southwest Kansas by Saturday morning. (Mows Pholo by Jim Morrii) THE BUBBLE, when inflated, was about as tall us building at right. a site by two factors, and said these two factors were spelled out in the letter to the joint committee. One factor is the problem of plugging numerous deep oil and gas wells in the Lyons area, Skubitz said. The other is data from the American Salt Co., whose nearby mining operations "proved that large water flows were taking place through the salt." It was learned that one of the problems confronting the AEC in using the Lyons site was the disappearance of some 175,000 gallons of water in an adjacent mine operated by the American Salt Co., in a test. Scientists never did find the water In any structures below the salt beds of the American Salt Co. mine, and have theorized that the water drained off laterally. Could 'Poison' Basin This led to fears the Lyons site could "poison" the entire Arkansas River Basin if nuclear material buried in the Lyons mine were to become waterborne by accident. This is one reason the AEC is believed to have instructed the Kansas Geological Survey to seek sites without wells and with as little water around them as possible. ' "The AEC learned this latter fact early last spring," Skubitz said, "but apparently decided to press for additional funds in an effort to carry forward its Lyons project." Skubitz said an evaluation of five other sites in Kansas is currently under way, with a preliminary report due Nov. t from the Kansas Geological Survey and a more definite evaluation scheduled for Dec. 1. Preliminary information points to an area in Lincoln and Osbornc counties north of Interstate 70 between Salina and Hays, Skubitz said, as potential | alternative sites in Kansas. Crash Kills Ellis Woman ELLIS - A 50-year-old Ellis voman was killed Thursday norning in a two-car crash at county road intersection three miles north and two west of icre, The Kansas Highway Patrol dentified the victim as Rosie M. Berens. She collided with a car driven )y Alfred R. Dreiling, 57, Ellis. Dreiling was in intensive care Thursday night at St. Anthony Hospital. Intercepted Letter LEE S'HNSON Weatherman Dodge City Dear Ixse, Perhaps if wo all inhaled at once ... Yours, • Hutch i

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