Local/Kansas The Salina Journal Saturday, January 25,1986 Page 3 Carlin backs lottery because of public desire, state need TOPEKA (AP) - Gov. John Carlin "confessed.Friday he's never been "a gung-ho" supporter of a state- operated lottery, but now supports the idea because the public wants it and the state needs the money. "I'm not a gung-ho, deep down supporter of the lottery but the public is interested in it and will support it," Carlin said at his weekly news conference. ; "I've always supported the people's right to vote on the issue. I've always been for initiative and referendum. But, if revenues weren't a .problem ... the lottery wouldn't be a part of my program." However, Carlin said he's convinced the time is right for a proposal to amend the Kansas Constitution to legalize gambling on a lottery to be Dole pushes highway safetyplan HUTCHINSON (HNS) —U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole outlined Friday three steps being taken to attack the problem of highway safety. Speaking to an audience of 1,300 at the Dillon Lecture Series, Dole said the nation's roads and bridges first must be rehabilitated. Improving the "infrastructure is badly, badly needed in this country," she said. She also cited the challenge of trying to change the behavior of drivers, and congratulated Kansas for moving toward a minimum drinking age of 21. "People are no longer willing to tolerate lax laws and enforcement," she said. ; She also mentioned car design as .another step toward safety. Referring to brake lights in the rear windows of new cars, she said they have become known "as the Elizabeth Dole light and that pleases me." : She said studies indicate the elevated brake lights ultimately can prevent 900,000 accidents and 4,000 injuries a year in the United States. ; Dole was introduced to the crowd :;by her husband, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., who was the keynote speaker Thursday night at the Greater Hutchinson Chamber !of Commerce banquet. Elizabeth Dole outlined plans for phasing in passive restraints in cars .and said that if everyone would use : seat belts, 10,000 lives could be saved annually. "I cannot tell you what a good thing you can do for yourself if you'll put on your seat belt when you leave this auditorium today," she said. And if drunken drivers could be eliminated, she said, another 25,000 presented to voters in the November general election. "On balance, I have the case and , it's right," he said. "I'm comfortable supporting the lottery, given the times." He said slumping tax revenues combined with the need to finance economic development, education, highways, the state water plan and other projects, have sent lawmakers looking for new sources of revenue. The expected $35 million a lottery would produce for state tax coffers is very attractive. "It's an extra resource that we can use and it would be very valuable at a time when we need to compete with other states," Carlin said. "You take that money and focus it on one area, such as economic development, and "It's an extra resource that we can use and it would be very valuable at a time when we need to compete with other states." — John Carlin you can get some results." Carlin said every issue has a "down side," but the negative aspects of a lottery do not outweigh the benefits a lottery offers. "You may have people buying tickets who shouldn't be. I've looked at all the arguments and I've never said to opponents of any issue that their arguments don't have any merit. But I'm comfortable supporting the lottery, at this time." On Thursday, a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize gambling on a lottery won endorsement in a House committee and was forwarded to the floor for debate and action. The resolution cleared the Senate last year in slightly different form. Carlin said he believes the lottery resolution eventually will win the 84 votes needed for two-thirds approval in the 125-member House. Any proposal to amend the constitution requires two-thirds approval in the Legislature before Kansans are allowed to vote on it. Currently, gambling in Kansas is only allowed on bingo. The governor also dismissed criticism leveled at him by House Speaker Mike Hayden earlier in Friday for his proposal to abolish the state meat and poultry inspection department. Carlin said the federal government already takes responsibility for the bulk of all meat inspection in the nation and Kansas is needlessly duplicating those efforts. He said Kansas is one of the few remaining states with its own inspection agency. Hayden's suggestion that the Legislature look at a gasoline tax increase as a means of raising money for a highway construction program caught the Democratic governor's attention, also. Carlin said it would take an increase of 5 cents to 8 cents to fund the interest-free loan program he's proposed. Carlin said cities and counties that want specific highway projects should be asked to carry more of the burden because of the special benefits the area would derive. "We're talking about projects that are not general highway construction," he said. "They directly relate to creating jobs and investment in a community." Little experience keeps teacher salaries low, superintendent says Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole lives could be saved each year. Dole defended the nation's air traffic control system, and the safety of airline travel in general. "The number of air tragedies worldwide last year was 2,000." She said investigations into those tragedies revealed no common thread. Ninety-two percent of all fatalities in this country annually occur on our highways, she said, with the total running between 42,000 and 43,000. Air travel is safe, she said, considering that 1 million people travel by air every day in the United States. "We can be very proud of our FAA and what they're doing." Still, she said, more will be done to make air travel even safer. She said 500 inspectors and 1,000 air traffic controllers will be added over the next two years and security everywhere will be increased. By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer LENORA — Teachers at Lenora have the dubious distinction of earning an average salary that is lower than any other district in Kansas. Their average income, $14,960 for the 198445 school year, was 29 percent less than the statewide average of $21,121, the Legislative Division of Post Audit revealed Wednesday. Teacher and administrative salaries statewide were compared for the past three school years in a study released Wednesday by the post audit division. The news that the West Solomon Valley School District, located in southern Norton County, pays its teachers the lowest salaries of any of the state's 304 districts is not news to its superintendent, Donald E. Skipton. Skipton is being paid $40,000 this year, a figure above the average paid to superintendents at similar-sized districts. But he has other jobs that keep him busy. Skipton is the high school, junior- high and elementary school principal. And in his spare time, he's a school bus mechanic. "I'm everything," Skipton said with a chuckle. In the 104 districts with less than 400 students, the audit showed that teachers earned an average $19,134 last year while superintendents earned $36,451. Principals of those districts earned $30,258 on the average. Lenora's teacher salaries are low, Skipton said, because the district has few experienced teachers. "When you keep hiring new beginning teachers it keeps the average low — you don't have a chance to build it," Skipton said. McPherson interchange plan may be dead By BRENT BATES Staff Writer McPHERSON — A plan to use more than $1 million in grant money from the Kansas Department of Transportation to build another Interstate 135 interchange just north of the city may have hit a dead end. Facing a Monday deadline, city, county and McPherson Township officials met Friday in a last-ditch effort to decide whether to kick in their share of the project—$840,000. Although an official decision won't be made until Monday's McPherson County Commission meeting, commission Chairman John Magnuson said it appears the pro ject will die. "Unless there's some rallying.force between now and Monday, I suspect it will fade into the night," Magnuson said after the Friday meeting. "The consensus — the way it's appearing — is the interchange project won't take place." He said the project did not receive enough support from residents to warrant spending funds from the county, which applied for the grant in 1984. He said although McPherson city officials were in favor of the interchange, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce and the McPherson Industrial Development Corporation did not seem enthused. "If those three groups can't agree that it's a good project for the city, it's difficult for two of the three commissioners to sell the rest of their constituents that it's a good project." The proposal called for nearly $2 million to be used to build a four-ramp, diamond interchange north of the Manville Corporation plant, and pave a road leading to that interchange. There are two McPherson interchanges on the highway. About a dozen people, most of them businessmen, attended the morning meeting and several expressed concern that the interchange would serve as a bypass around the city, allowing traffic to avoid service, hotel and food establishments in town, according to Kirk Baughan, executive vice president of- the chamber of commerce and the development corporation. He said although the interchange could be an asset to the community, it has become more of a tax issue. People are reluctant to do anything that would raise taxes, he said. McPherson Township officals also have been opposed to the interchange. Township trustee Wilbert Martinson said he didn't want to have to raise taxes for the interchange. McPherson Mayor Delbert Crabb said the project would spur industrial development in the city — including its 210-acre industrial park that is near the proposed interchange. Such development would attract jobs, broaden the tax base, increase spending and sales tax collections and increase assessed property valuations, he said. "The growth would help the city, county, township, school district and the state," Crabb said. City officials went on record favoring the project, providing the city's commitment could be pared to $200,000. To cut the city's cost, city officials suggested a two-lane overpass over the interstate not be widened and proposed that the township and the county fund the paving of the township road leading to the interchange. However, Magnuson said the county engineer determined that the bridge would have to be widened to accommodate truck traffic. Canton faces Mullinville in a battle of the bulge MULLINVILLE (AP) — Two small Kansas towns are squaring off in a friendly battle of the bulge. More than half the residents of Mullinville, a southwest Kansas community of about 300 people, launched a community-wide effort Wednesday to lose a ton of weight. In announcing the "Mullinville Ton-Off," town representatives challenged other towns to diet with them. More than 150 miles to the northeast, residents of Canton accepted the challenge. "I thought, 'We can do that,' " said Jean Anderson of Canton. "I asked around, and a lot of us agreed to do it. I think we can make it." A weigh-in is scheduled Tuesday for Canton residents who will take part in the weight-loss contest. There is special incentive for Anderson because her sister- in-law lives in Mullinville. Because Canton is about three times the size of Mullinville, the winner will be determined by dividing the amount of weight lost in each town by the number of dieters who participate. The final weigh-in for each town will be May?. The idea in Mullinville originated with Paul Hayse, a fanner who decided several weeks ago he should shed about 20 of his 238 pounds. Salina to get new TV station/ but opening date is uncertain A new television station is to be developed at Salina. But when it will go on the air is still up in the air, the station's general manager said Friday. Les White said the type of transmitter and several other key decisions have not yet been made, so he is not sure when the station will begin broadcasting. White will be in Salina on Wednesday to announce more details about KHCT, Channel 34. The independent UHF station will offer syndicated programming, sports, local news and some national news, White said. It will broadcast as far as Lindsborg and Abilene. Studios will be at 1050 E. Pacific. White is a consultant and television engineering expert from Orlando, Fla., who has helped begin and develop several television stations Salina educators paid above state average Salina public teachers and administrators earned more in 1984-85 than their counterparts in the rest of the state, according to figures released by the Legislative Division of Post Audit. Salina teachers in the past school year earned an average of $22,537, which is 6.7 percent more that the statewide average of $21,121, said David Benson, director of personnel for the Salina School District. The figures do not include fringe benefits. The average salary that school year year for the state's five largest school districts, which includes Salina, was $22,387. ' Superintendent Terry Terril earned $55,200, which compares to the statewide average for superintendents of $41,839. Superintendents in the five largest districts earned an average of $68,837 during the past school year. During 1984-85, Salina high school principals earned an average of $47,665. Middle school principals earned an average of $40,600 and elementary principals averaged $33,350, Benson said. The average salary earned by school principals statewide was $33,596. The average for the five largest districts was $37,608. Overall, salaries of school superintendents, principals and teachers have increased about 25 percent over the past three years, the state audit said. Consumer prices rose 12-14 percent over the same period, giving teachers increased purchasing power, according to the report. Dale Dennis, director of school finance for the state Department of Education, said the salary increases help make up for a large reduction in purchasing power that teachers experienced during the 1970s. "There was a decline in the nigh- inflation years, no doubt about it," Dennis said. Fewer than 10 of the teachers employed by the district have been there more than 10 years, he said. The average length of employment is about three years. "When you hire new people they stay awhile, then they get married and move someplace else," he said. With the majority of Lenora's teachers being so new, their salaries hover around the base salary level of $14,200, Skipton said, which does not include fringe benefits. The district spends about 65 percent of its total budget for salaries. Another reason why Lenora sala- ries are low, he said, is the district cannot afford to levy the taxes it would need to raise teachers' pay. The district's property tax levy stands now at 62 mills ($62 per $1,000 assessed valuation). Last year, school board members decided not to increase'the general fund budget to the maximum allowed by the state, which would have pushed property taxes even higher. The district has a general fund budget of $726,846 and a per-pupil cost of $5,300. "Every year we get budget authority we don't use because we can't afford it," Skipton said. similar to that planned for Salina. "The only difference is that we'll be using our own money this time," said White, whose parents own Salina Channel 34 Inc. Other sites, including Colby and other areas in the Midwest, were considered. But Salina's broadcasting market was one of the better prospects, he said. The only other local television station, Salina Channel 6, will not provide competition because it is available only'to cable subscribers. Rick Comfort, general manager of Salina Cable Television, which operates Channel 6, agreed that Channel 34 would not be in direct competition with his station. He said they also will offer different types of programming. "We're not going to be head-to- head competitors," Comfort said. Fire strikes house in Phillipsburg PfflLLIPSBURG — Firefighters from the Phillipsburg Rural and City Fire Department were expected to spend most of the night battling a house fire in Phillipsburg. A dispatcher with the Phillips County Sheriff's Department said firefighters were called to the house fire about 9:30 p.m. There was no one home at the time of the fire. The family was notified of the fire, the dispatcher said. 'Nutrition-Dentistry' seminar set A seminar, "Nutrition and Dentistry," will be presented Tuesday by Kansas Wesleyan and the Salina chapter of M-2. Robert B. Henson will discuss the relationship between nutrition and stress in dental health. Emphasis will be on prevention, how different foods affect the body chemistry and dental health, the relationship of nutrition to gum and periodontal diseases, the effect of plaque and bacteria upon dental health, and problems of the temporomandibular joint and how nutrition may be a factor. The seminar begins at 7:30 p.m. in room 201 of Peters Science Hall. There is no admission charge. farm Facts' book available TOPEKA — The newest edition of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture's 115-year-old publication, the "Annual Report and Farm Facts," is available. The report of Kansas agriculture has been published on a yearly or biennial basis since the Board of Agriculture's founding in 1872. The latest edition contains statistical and informative data from the . calendar year 1984. Copies are available at no charge from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 109 SW Ninth, Topeka, Kan. 66612-1280. Group honors native Kansans TOPEKA (AP) — Two native Kansans, one who left the state to find his fame and the other who worked his way up through the state's political establishment, were honored Friday night as the Kansan of the Year and the Distinguished Kansan of the Year. Gordon Parks, the composer, author and internationally acclaimed photographer, was recognized as Kansan of the Year and U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Rogers of Topeka was cited as Distinguished Kansan of the Year at the annual dinner of the Natives Sons and Daughters of Kansas. At a news conference before the dinner, Parks, a native of Fort Scott who left Kansas when he was 16 and moved first to Minnesota, said being named Kansan of the Year "means that, in some way or other, I lived up to the faith my mother and father had in me." "What I did, more or less, was to reach into myself and draw on my strengths ..." Parks said of his gaining fame despite facing racial discrimination. i- ' •*-• ** *- -*-- ' -"" -^ -*• ' *^' -^" —' •*- - *-*- -*" *•.*.-. - _ , .-.
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