The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 9, 1996 · Page 1
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Taking the cake Salinan wins $50 at Kansas State Fair cake contest/C1 Four left League championship series begin today in Atlanta, New York/D1 • AlltO 988: Salina gasoline station turns fully automatic / B1 : Smokers have better chance of going blind / C5 High: 71 Low: 40 Partly cloudy today with northwest wind 10 to 20 mph /B3 WEATHEft Classified / C5 Comics / B4 Deaths / A7 Food/C1 Great Plains / B1 Money / D4 Sports /D1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX , Salina Journal WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T CAMPAIGN '96: BOB DOLE Photos by The Associated Press Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole waves to supporters during a rain-shortened campaign rally Tuesday In Morristown, N.J. < SDH GOP: hopeful plans to get tougher on Clinton as campaign rolls on By The Associated Press LYNDHURST, N.J. — Under stormy skies, Bob Dole sharpened his criticism of President Clinton • on Tuesday and promised to hit harder on the administration's ethical controversies in their next debate. "Bozo's on his way out," Dole said of his rival. Dole targeted Clinton's integrity in two fiery speeches before rains from storm Josephine cut short his New Jersey bus tour and chased the GOP nominee back to his Washington campaign headquarters. "His word's no good. My word is good and I'll keep my promises to the American people," Dole said, telling voters not to believe Clinton's line that the GOP ticket would cut Medicare to pay for tax cuts. "Who is this guy? What does he know about it? What does he know about benefits? What does he know about Medicare?" Dole demanded. One man in the crowd shouted to Dole as he shook hands, "Please get Bozo out of the White House." Dole called back, "Bozo's on his way out!" Dole spokesman Nelson Warfield sought to play down the offhand remark as a "light moment along the ropeline." But it recalled the final weeks of President Bush's 1992 losing campaign when Bush referred to Clinton and Al Gore as "two bozos" who had less foreign policy expertise than a dog. Clinton deputy campaign manager Ann Lewis took note of Sunday's civil debate between the presidential rivals and added, "I guess this means the era of civility lasted a day and a half." White House spokesman Mike McCurry added, "It's not hard to imagine that Senator Dole might be feeling a little desperate at this point." Clinton's campaign released a new television ad knocking Dole for his Senate record on Medicare and education, and labeling him "wrong for our future." Dole's bus tour of this battleground state was designed to build momentum after his first debate with Clinton, in which the self-described underdog declined to question the president's ethical fitness for office. Asked by CBS News on Tuesday Dole checks for rain during a campaign rally Tuesday in Morristown, N.J. whether he thought Clinton was "ethically and morally deserving to be president," Dole replied: "I think I would say that I don't have any comment on that." In an interview with ABC News, Dole was asked if he admired Clinton, who on debate night described Dole and himself as "friends." "No, I don't admire Bill Clinton," Dole said. A new Dole ad on Christian radio stations faults Clinton for a "moral crisis" in America, citing his support for access to certain late-term abortions, condoms in school-based health clinics and gays in the military. And in a radio interview Tuesday, Dole said he regretted not being tougher on Clinton in their first debate by questioning his involvement in the acquisition of FBI files on prominent Republicans by former White House security chief Craig Livingstone. Dole also said he would press Clinton in next Wednesday's San Diego debate to explain his refusal to rule out pardons in the Whitewater case. Former Senate Whitewater counsel Michael Chertoff, who served as U.S. attorney in New Jersey under Bush, warmed up the crowd in Lyndhurst. "President Clinton wants to build a bridge to an anything-goes future where you can get away with it as long as you can talk your way out of it," Chertoff said. Warfield joined in by evoking Clinton's former associate attorney general, Webb Hubbell, who was imprisoned for defrauding clients at his old law firm. "With friends like Webb Hubbell, it looks like a bridge to Rikers," Warfield said, referring to a city prison in New York. T MIDDLE EAST Upbeat Arafat: i We must live as neighbors' Palestinian leader vows to keep his police from firing on Israeli soldiers By The Associated Press CAESAREA, Israel — With Palestinian negotiators back at the negotiating table after walking off in anger, an optimistic Yasser Arafat made his first public visit to Israel on Tuesday and pledged to keep his police from firing again on Israeli soldiers. Sitting in garden chairs on the terrace of President Ezer Weiz- man's villa, Arafat and Weizman traded compliments, shook hands for the cameras and agreed there was no alternative to peace. The cozy exchange capped Arafat's transformation in two years from Israel's arch enemy to its most important peace partner. Tuesday's meeting came less than two weeks after deadly gun battles between Israeli and Palestinian security forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip left 78 people dead. The cordial luncheon and Arafat's promises contrasted sharply with the deep discord evident to the south at Israeli-Palestinian "peace talks on Israel's border with Gaza. On Monday, Palestinian negotiators balked at Israeli demands for improved security arrangements for Jewish settlers in the West Bank town of Hebron, where an Israeli troop pullout is long overdue. Only the intervention of U.S. envoy Dennis Ross brought the Palestinians back to the table Monday night. T PHONE FLAP The Associated Press Israeli President Ezer Weizman (right) greets Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Tuesday in the Israeli coastal town of Caesarea. On Tuesday, Israel's army announced it would ease the complete blockade imposed on the West Bank and Gaza during the fighting and allow 10,000 Gazan workers into the Jewish state beginning this morning. Arafat said he was not discouraged by setbacks. "The most important thing is that we began the meetings," Arafat said in this Mediterranean town, where he was flown by an Israeli air force helicopter from his Gaza City headquarters. "As long as there are meetings, no doubt something that is good for the two peoples will come out of them," Arafat said. "We must live as neighbors and watch out for each other's interests." ; FCC order no worry to Hill City officials City will celebrate its 'Independence Day' with new phone provider By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal HILL CITY — Federal regulators have given officials in Bogue and Hill City 60 days to reconsider their rejection of a telephone company the towns fought for more than two years to dump. Hill City Mayor Rod Radcliffe hasn't lost any sleep over the order. "I'm not really concerned," he said Tuesday. "We have our new $7 million phone system up and running and it's absolutely fantastic. We're probably the smallest community in the United States with such state-of-the-art technol-" ogy." On Thursday, the Lenora-based Rural Telephone Service Co. — the new provider of telephone service in the Graham County towns of Hill City, Bogue and Penokee — will help the towns celebrate "Independence Day." See PHONE, Page A7 Helping the pope The Associated Press A woman recite* the rosary Tuesday In front of the Qemelll Hospital In Rome hours after Pope John Paul II underwent surgery. See Page C4. V GOVERNMENT SPENDING Millions spent at bases being closed Construction continues even after government shuts down military bases By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — ,San Diego's Naval Training Center opened a new $5.1 million chapel just in time to hold graduation for the facility's last recruiting class. The base closes next year. The Army's Fort Sheridan near Chicago officially closed three years ago. Yet, construction on a $3.3 million addition to classroom buildings used by the Navy is scheduled to begin soon, And in Orlando, Fla-, the Navy just spent more than $13 million to build a dining hall and personnel center on a base slated to close in two years. Sailors have never set foot in the mess hall; it was turned over to the U.S. Customs Service. And the city is slated to get the other building. AU across the country, even after File photo This Is the new $5.1 million chapel at San Diego's Naval Training Center, which was completed last year. The base closes In 1997. the government made the tough decisions to close military bases, the Pentagon is spending hundreds of millions of dollars for construction on those very bases. Critics contend many of the expenditures are just wasteful. "They defeat the whole purpose of closing bases, which is to save money," said Sean Paige, spokesman for the group Citizens Against Government Waste. The Pentagon notes that even while it officially terms some bases closed, portions are still used by the service that originally occupied it, by another branch of the military or by another government agency. And the Pentagon's director of installations, Doug Hanse.n, defending the projects, said many were contracted before bases went on the closure list, the work was being done on land being transferred to other agencies or the Pentagon simply did not want to leave buildings half-finished. The Defense Department could not provide an exact figure on construction spending for largely defunct bases, but a Pentagon study last year of some of the projects — slated to cost $471 million — showed nearly $263 million of them were continued. The Pentagon reported last December that some $974 million in Navy construction was canceled or suspended. Hundreds of millions of Army and Air Force projects also were canceled, officials said. Hansen said it sometimes costs more to break contracts than to continue the work. Most of the axed projects had not yet been contracted out.

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