The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 8, 1996 · Page 1
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Hidden art Tiny Kansas town has a Picasso in its art museum/A3 GREAT PUAIN9 Chiefs lose Kansas City fall 17-7 in Monday battle with Steelers / B1 SPORTS : Florida braces as Josephine approaches / A5 : One man's collection could make towns envious / A10 Eft Low: 45 Mostly cloudy early, then sunny with light and variable winds /B7 WEATHER Salina Journal Ann Landers / B7_ Classified / B4 __ Comics / B8 __ Crossword/B8jl Deaths / A9 _ Great Plains / A3_ Sports / B1 L Viewpoints / A4 ,, TUE§BAY OCTOBERS, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents CAMPAIGN '96: PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE Dole, Clinton may have boggled minds To average voter, debate comments could take lots of study to be understood By CALVIN WOODWARD - Tfie Associated Press WASHINGTON — Just who is Rene Preval and why should anyone give a hoot? Bob Dole dropped the name in the presidential debate as someone who, unlike Americans, might be better off than he was four years ago. Preval's identity as Haiti's leader went unexplained. So did much else Sunday night. The debate may not have lacked substance. But the fog of statistics, arcane legislative history and Did So-Did Not ac- cusations obscured the meaning behind some of the candidates' positions. "It'll take somebody days if not weeks to figure out the bills they referred to," said Northeastern University political scientist William Mayer. Such as when President Clinton accused Dole of not going to bat for the McCain-Feingold bill. Huh? "I felt strongly that we ought to talk about the issues and he sounded like a legislative clerk," Dole said Monday on Rush Limbaugh's radio program. But Dole, whether talking about the "Kennedy-Kassebaum — Kassebaum- Kennedy bill" on health cpverage or his mystifying theme of presidential pardons, also lapsed into Washington's wonkish shorthand. The Republican nominee also told par- 4 Candidates' pets to square off in Oct. 17 debate/Page A9 ents he wanted to help them choose better schools but did not explain his plan to do so. At the Center for Education Reform, Tim Sullivan welcomed the extended discussion of school choice sparked by Dole. But he added: "Whether anyone knew what he was talking about, I don't know." It's not that Dole's plan lacks specifics: He is proposing $1,000 elementary and $1,500 high school scholarships to students of low and middle income to help them attend private, religious or public schools of their choice. The pilot program, costing $2.5 billion, would involve up to 15 states and require matching state money. Clinton, who is critical of such voucher programs, set education reformers abuzz Monday after appearing to endorse trial voucher programs as long as they do not involve federal money. With a lot of issues vying for attention in the first 90-minute debate, insider talk sometimes won out. So did one of the most popular and misleading campaign devices — blaming politicians for voting against things they are actually for. "Senator Dole, you voted against the crime bill that had the death penalty for drug kingpins in it," Clinton said. Dole favors the death penalty for drug kingpins but opposed the anti-crime package because of other aspects he did not support. Practically every member of Congress has voted against popular steps because they were linked with controversial ones in a single bill. Presidents oppose legislation for the same reason. Still, there were some victories for clarity. Under fire for resisting curbs on legal awards, Clinton said he wanted to stop frivolous lawsuits but cited an Oval Office employee who lost a child in a school bus accident as an example of why change must be cautious. Under Republican legislation, that parent could never have received justice, he said. "I thought that was wrong." Dole told viewers: "The president wants to increase spending 20 percent over the next six years. I want to increase spending 14 percent. "That's how simple it is. ... We're talking about 6 percentage points over six years, and with that money, you give it back to the working people." T FARM SAFETY Farmers face deadly season Busy fall harvest brings long hours and days, makes accidents likely By The Associated Press FREMONT, Neb. — The fall hardest is in full swing for Midwest farmers, which means long hours, ; hard days and the most likely time Hpf the year for" accidents. ' !«'i "The next two months are al- !$vays the critical months," said *k)odge County extension educator Russ Lang. "It is the most danger' bus time of the year." Harvest time combines busy people who are working long hours with large equipment and an increase in traffic on rural roads. ; ; J 'For our farmers and ranchers, -this is their really .super-busy "Jime of year," said Dodge County Sheriff Dan Weddle. "These guys are really working hard now and •they've got a lot of things to do and ~C.ibt on their minds." Weddle said it is important for 'both agricultural workers and other drivers to be aware of the ^special challenges of harvest time, 'including large numbers of grain • trucks, tractors and combines on the rural roads and highways. "You don't argue with a combine when it takes the whole road," Weddle said. "Everybody's got to be a little patient when equipment is in the way. It may impede you for a little bit, but just show a little common courtesy." Hospitals see the result of increased outdoor activities at har- -- v vest time. " "I would say (fall) is probably our prime time," said Linda Cihacek, a physicians assistant at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point. " "We have in the past had some very serious injuries with chain saws and large farming equip- ,ment...," she said, but smaller injuries are more common, including foreign matter in eyes or back injuries from falls. Cihacek said the hospital also Deceives a number of visits from 'farmers who have asthma' or bronchitis. The increased exposure to 1 'grain dust that can occur during harvest can cause bad attacks. She said people with those conditions -should wear face masks to protect themselves. ..Power lines also can be killers. ' "They need to be aware of where they're positioning themselves in relation to overhead lines," said Cecil Woodka, general manager for Cuming County Public Power. Implements such as combines, '.augers and elevators are tall enough that they can hit wires near fields and around farm buildings. "Some of the equipment they're unloading with, the boxes get quite high," Woodka said. He said equipment operators also should watch for guy wires on power poles. Although most farmers know where the wires are on their own fields, he said contract Corkers or temporary help may not be aware of them. Finding the balance DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Darren Slppel, 510 Saturn Ave., does a balancing act to work on the fuel line of his four-wheel-drive Dodge truck along Jupiter Avenue on Monday afternoon. KANSAS PRODUCTS Graves under fire in pushini Kansas goods| Marketing switch from ag department'!; angers some involved in 'From the -3 Land'Of Kansas' marketing program ~ By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal CONCORDIA — Gary Reynolds has a few questions for Kansas Gov. Bill Graves when the state's top official appears in Concordia tonight at a soup supper. The questions all have to do with one topic: the shift early this year of the state's "From the Land of Kansas" promotion from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Commerce and Housing. "The people in Kansas are getting screwed," said Reynolds, owner of Concordia's Rainbow Honey Farm. "The idea was to save money, but it all depends on how you look at it. What about the millions of dollars being generated by the (Department of Agriculture's) marketing division? I am very, very upset with this whole thing. "I guarantee you I plan to ask the governor about this." Graves' proposal to move most of the marketing functions from the Department of Agriculture met with op- •* position at the legislative committee level, but the plan was approved by the Legislature. Agriculture Secretary Allie Devine told lawmakers the marketing division was the only portion of her department that had not been cut to the bone. She said transferring its functions — and the division's eight staff members — would allow her to trim more than $500,000 from the agency's budget. Graves supported the plan for its efficiency. "We have all this expertise under one roof and you can make the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars to promote Kansas services and products in an agency that has a solid track record," Mike Matson, spokesman for the governor, said Monday. Reynolds and others who participate in the "From the Land of Kansas" program are not appeased. "We had a good program going and it basically has been done away with by our own Legislature and the governor — unless they can show me differently," Reynolds said, ~~ See PRODUCTS, Page AS "We had a good program going and it basically has been done away with by our own Legislature." Gary Reynolds owner, Rainbow Honey Farm V U.S. SUPREME COURTS Justices exempt themselves from some taxes Failure to act on appeal means federal judges get special treatment By RICHARD CARELLI The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, saying its hands were tied by potential conflicts of interest, shielded some federal judges Monday from having to pay certain taxes imposed on most Americans. Four justices who might have a financial stake disqualified themselves from considering the case. Their action kept the court from gaining a quorum of six jurists to take the case, and thereby sealed the V outcome in a way that could benefit them financially. Monday's action had the effect of upholding a lower court's ruling that said it was illegal to begin requiring federal judges to pay Medicare and Social Security taxes in 1983 and 1984. The order, one of more than 1,500 issued as the court began its 1996-97 term, was extraordinary. Officials could not find the last time the justices had been so stymied. *• The result is a victory for 16 federal judges who sued the government in 1989 over tax-law amendments. Those amendments for the first time extended Social Security and Medicare taxation to the president, vice president, members of Con- gress and the president's Cabinet, federal judges and all new employees of the federal government's executive and legislative branches. The 16 federal judges, all already appointed to their lifetime jobs when tax laws were changed in 1983, contended that new taxes unlawfully diminished their salaries and thereby threatened judicial independence. The Constitution says judges' "compensation ... shall not be diminished during their continuance in office." The effect of Monday's order may not be limited to those 16 judges. Justice Department lawyers argued the lower court's rationale might bar Congress "from applying any increase in the rate of any tax, including the income tax, to sitting judges' salaries." The sun rises over the Supreme Court Monday In Washington as visitors wait for the opening session of the new term, • •

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