The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 25, 1986 · Page 4
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imon The Sallna Journal Saturday, January 25,1986 Page 4 T»1 QfsMzfa T ' 1 1 ne Journal Founded in 1871 HARRIS RAYL, Editor and Publisher KAY BERENSON, Executive Editor SCOTT SEIRER, News Editor LARRY MATHEWS, Assistant News Editor LORI BRACK, Weekend Editor JTNLHAAG, Night Editor MARY JO PROCHAZKA, Associate Editor A bow to Norton The Norton State Hospital has set an example on smoking that deserves praise. On Jan. 1 a new rule took effect banning smoking in Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services facilities like the Norton mental hospital. But the department rule made an exception: Adult clients in state hospitals can smoke. Superintendent Mike Davis and other officials at the Norton hospital didn't like the exception, so they've scuttled it at their facility (with Topeka's blessing). Nobody can smoke inside their hospital. Giving up cigarettes is tough. Tobacco is physically and psychologically addictive. So it's good the hos- pital eased the transition for clients by allowing them to withdraw from cigarettes over a period of five to eight weeks before the total ban took effect. The institution also offers smoking cessation clinics to help clients and staff members quit. Other hospitals of all kinds, public and private, should follow the Norton example. They are, after all, institutions dedicated to good health. Is there anything more bizarre than a hospital patient smoking cigarettes as doctors and nurses work to make him well? The Norton hospital has done the right thing. Though the hospital's focus is on mental problems, it recognizes that good health involves both mental and physical well-being. Wise aid Children, visitors and school employees will benefit from a decision made Wednesday by the Salina School Board. The board approved a program under which employees at elementary schools will learn to administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Although the goal of the Red Cross class is to teach one employee at each school how to handle medical emergencies, all employees should be en- couraged to take the class. The board's action also should serve to remind other employers and employees hi Salina of the importance of learning first aid. In some cases, the few minutes before an ambulance and professional medical help arrive can mean the difference between life and death. Let the school board's action spur others to fight for life by enrolling in emergency medical aid classes. WWKt N^N* "FlMCE? Tutu's warning, Philippines hold U.S. lessons The small society it's King F«iur«» Sv«<J'C»i* inc Nationwide observances of the first official Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday were impressive, touching and, as they recalled the years of racial turmoil, timely and chilling. This very first observance confirmed the wisdom of the holiday — of having a special time to reflect, at the same time, on our social sins and our greatness. Nothing so honored the day, or underscored the need for it, as did the presence in Atlanta of Bishop Desmond Tutu. The leader of the struggle against South Africa's apartheid stood there in King's old church, a kind of global reincarnation of King himself. "We shall be free," he said of South African blacks, echoing the certainty of King's own dream. "And when we are free," he continued in a small, clipped, rhythmic tone, "we shall remember those who helped us become free." You could feel the chill momentarily filling the sanctuary as that soft and gentle voice conveyed that certain and terrible threat. "We shall remember...." Vice President Bush sat glumly behind Tutu as the unforgiving promise was made and then responded with a defense of the administration's continuing cautious support of South Africa's government. Asked later in an interview whether he considered Tutu's words a threat, Bush avoided an answer. When Tutu was asked if Bush's reassurances Letters Planned cuts worrisome Upon reading and hearing the plans of the new Marymount College president, I decided to voice some feelings on the subject. As a professional working here in the Salina community, I have seen and benefited first hand from Marymount College. Marymount has awarded me with two degrees — bachelor of science degree in social work and bachelor of arts degree in speech and drama. . It concerns me that some of the cutback plans entail reductions in the fine arts division. I feel strongly that Marymount College has one of the finest speech/drama and music departments here in the Midwest. The facilities and expertise of the personnel rank among the best. Not surprisingly, the caliber of students who have participated and contributed to these programs has been outstanding. Knowing and experiencing this, I find it difficult to understand why any institution of higher learning would want cutbacks in such exciting and successful programs offered by a fine arts division such as Marymount College has. Even though I long ago graduated, I still am interested in the growth and talent that Marymount College fine arts presents to the Salina Community. I still enjoy the thrills of opening night and the ensemble of voices/ instruments at a concert. It saddens me that this enjoyment may be curtailed somewhat by cutbacks. I sincerely hope the "rich tradition" of the fine arts department will continue to excel and not become "mediocre." I have come to realize that I owe the speech and drama department at Marymount much credit for the knowledge and discipline I gained and rely on daily. —EILEEN R. HOULTBERG 1908Hageman Marymount basketball Because of the furor over the controversial dismantling of the Marymount basketball program, I feel inclined to address your editorial page. I am very disappointed at the prospect of the loss of this valuable community asset. I fully understand that a small college, such as Marymount, cannot be expected to bear the cost of funding such a program. Basketball, played at the skill level to which Marymount John McCormally HARRIS NEWS SERVICE satisfied him, he answered bluntly, "No." "We shall remember...." Cory Aquino remembers. The widow of the slain Philippine opposition leader — a kind of Asian Tutu — promises to put President Marcos on trial if she defeats him in the upcoming election — to hold him responsible for his robbery and maltreatment? of his people. She threatens—more subtly than Tutu, but just as clearly — to put the United States on trial, too. She says she'll honor existing agreements that give us our big Philippine military bases, but then she wants us out. The United States is trying to figure out how to dump Marcos, who has become an embarrassment and a danger. While professing neutrality, thefedministration hopes Aquino will win the election — as the best hope of forestalling a worst fate for our interests—a bloody communist takeover. But we're a little late, as Tutu is warning us we may soon be in South Africa. The world knew — certainly the Filipinos did — what kind of a tyrant Marcos was, five years ago when Vice President Bush went to Manila to hail him as a champion of democracy and great friend of the United States. Later, when he and wife Imelda came here to inspect their lucrative American investments, they were feted at the White House. Just now, stories are being printed, and read with shock, about how while Philippine poverty was growing deeper and more desperate, the Marcoses were converting billions of public funds to "secret" private investments here and elsewhere. It has been an open secret for years. When we were in the Philippines six years ago, from the American embassy, to the university classrooms, to country newspaper offices, talk always turned to tales of Marcos tyranny and corruption. A favorite was about how Imelda had returned from Cannes determined to stage a world class Philippine film festival. Funds were diverted from the mean barrios and starving villages to fancy festival structures on Manila Bay. A big challenge was the black volcanic sand, but Imelda was up to that. She was importing white sand from the Mediterranean to make the beaches more appealing to the film and jet set. Bishop Tutu is warning us not to wait too long in South Africa, as we may have done in the Philippines. French, British distrust will stay, despite tunnel has aspired, is a costly sport. I am in full sympathy with President Dan Johnson in his attempt to balance his budget. Rather, I am disappointed with the community of Salina for having lost another opportunity. We seem to have in this community a special talent for the negative view. The new mall won't work, remodeling the downtown is a waste of time, the BiCenter is a white elephant, and that new bridge on East Crawford is the dumbest thing we have ever seen. These are just a few of the negative opinions that have been heard in recent years. Had Coach Cochran, Larry Muff and Sister Evangeline been so negatively inclined, the Marymount basketball program would never have received serious discussion, let alone have come into being. It is a remarkable program and worth preserving because it is an excellent testimony to the value of positive thinking and hard work. Athletics at Marymount is not big business. It involves 100 people, give or take a few. But it will be 100 people who won't have cause to come to Salina; 100 people who won't grab a sandwich at a fast food establishment, buy gas for their cars, purchase a pair of basketball shoes or a Christmas gift for their mother in Salina. That will be 100 people who won't invite their Mom and Dad to fly in from California or Detroit or wherever to attend the big game against Fort Hays. It will be an opportunity lost. The sad part is not that the opportunity has been lost. We lose opportunities every day, and there are always new ones which rise up and take their place. The sad part is that we fail to recognize the opportunity for what it is. Two dollars per household would go a long way toward keeping basketball at Marymount. Five dollars per household would certainly help more. If you are in business in' Salina, or if you are employed by someone who is in business in Salina, I don't believe that you can afford to reject this opportunity. -FERNM.TAGUE Rt.l,Box605 Column was appreciated Basic and with heart was columnist John McCormally's "Death took Grandmother; we kept memories," in the January 15 Journal. - BETTY ROWLAND , Formoso PARIS — They've been talking about it for nearly 200 years, and now they say they're really going to do it. Work on the "chunnel," a tunnel under the English Channel, is supposed to start next year, and sometime in 1993 people should be able to go by land between London and Paris in three-and-a-half hours. The idea has always been wrapped in high symbolism, the solid attachment of defiantly insular England, with its once-global preoccupations, to the continent. But they were more immediate and mundane concerns that pushed Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President Francois Mitterrand to their agreement on the tunnel Monday. Both are deeply concerned with the stubborn persistence of high unemployment even as the recession ebbs. Building the tunnel is expected to create 30,000 jobs between France and Britain. Mitterrand's party remains the underdog in legislative elections due in March, and Thatcher will probably face elections in the fall of 1987, when work is expected to start. Further, the project is to be financed privately, in anticipation of earnings on future tolls, so it doesn't provoke national budget headaches. It does evoke the aura of grandiose enterprise, like the Suez Canal in the 19th century, when Europe was the source of great engineering projects that changed the look and the ways of the world. There have been hints that somehow a land link will reinvigorate the Common Market and make Britain more willingly and more cooperatively "European." But that is recognized as part of the obligatory fanfare, not a serious prediction at this stage. For the curious fact is that the French and the British still see each other as the 18th- and 19th-century archrivals they were, not as the close partners of a late 20th-century effort to revive Europe's vitality that they ought to be. In the British press the French are still "frogs," a disdainful reference to French willingness to eat frogs' legs. To the French, the British are still "rosbifs" (the phonetic Gallic spelling of roast beef), which is somewhat kinder but nonetheless implies Flora Lewis NEW YORK TIMES traditional English incapacity to appreciate the art of cuisine. The Germans aren't called "krauts" or "bodies" any longer. The Franco-German relation is seen as the central axis of West European order, security and prosperity. Nobody in any part of the French political spectrum thinks of challenging the accepted need for getting along very well with West Germany in every imaginable field. The former enemy is now the first and foremost ally. And Britain and France, intimate allies in two world wars, still grate on each other, Britain arousing suspicion in France, France hostile contempt in England. The reflex has nothing to do with politics among the leaders. Thatcher and Chancellor Helmut Kohl of West Germany are both conservatives, and both get on rather better with Mitterrand, a Socialist, than they do with each other. But ordinary people see things differently. Nor does much remain of the GauUist suspicion that Britain represents America's "Trojan horse" in Europe. All the Europeans cultivate their own direct relations with the United States, and there is little worry that Britain's once-vaunted "special relationship" earns it American favoritism and preferential treatment. Napoleon was the first to propose a tunnel, in 1803 before he became emperor. The British refused then lest the passage serve as a surprise invasion route. Now the security concern about the "chunnel" is how to protect it from possible terrorist attacks, a measure of the change in perceived menace. Over the centuries the idea was renewed and rejected 26 times, including two abortive starts at digging in 1875 and 1975. The holes are still there. The new plan is for a two-bore railway with terminals at Folkestone and Calais, though the underwater segment will be a straight 30-mile line between Dover and the town of Sangatte, near Calais. Britain's preference for a roadway has been set aside for now, with a promise of looking at the possibility again after the rail tunnel is built. Projections of traffic, profitability and economic impact on surrounding areas as well as on trade between Britain and the Continent are uncertain. In 1980, boats carried 18 million passengers and 15.9 million tons of freight across the channel, and both figures are expected to double. But there is no longer much likelihood that realization of the historic dream will affect the way the French and British think about each other. The world changes dramatically. Old prejudice and attitudes linger. ; Let them know SEN. BOB DOLE, SH141 Hart Building, Washington, D.C. 20510. Phone: 202-224-6521. SEN. NANCY KASSEBAUM, 302 Russell Building, Washington, D.C. 20510. Phone: 202-2244774. REP. PAT ROBERTS, 1519 Longworth Building, Washington. D.C. : 20515. Phone: 202-225-2715. REP. JIM SLATTERY, 1729 Longworth Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: 202-225-6601. ' REP. BOB WHTTTAKER, 332 Cannon Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. ,Phone:202-225-3911. REP. DAN GLICKMAN, 2435 Ray- • burn Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: 202-225-«216. REP. JAN MEYERS, 1407 Long- . worth House Office Building, Washing- ; ton, D.C., 20515. Phone: 202-225-2865. Doonesbury DEAN HONP/? nu iHAUie \CONW*S ° H ' m ^ OFFICE. yw'fg H&&! HB&5AOW OFMY&POKT PUK£. I YOUHAV&fT &AMINEP HIM YET! 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