Hutchinson News Sunday, Oct. 3, 1971 Page 3 House Loan Program Ignored by Most Welfare Directors By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor TOPEKA—County welfare directors across Kansas may be wasting thousands of tax dollars while depriving low-income families of home ownership and upkeep by ignoring a Farmers Home Administration loan program. This came to light this week in the wake of a legislative hearing in Kansas City into the problems of migrants and other low-income workers in the state. H. Morgan Williams of Topeka, Farmers Home director for Kansas, testified that he had mailed a letter last spring to welfare directors in all 105 counties and that few of them responded. "There does seem to be a reluctance on the part of some people to have these 'low-income and welfare, people own their own homes, or fix up the homes they own through this program," Williams told The News. He said loans of as low as 1 per cent interest to the poor and working poor can be made by Farmers Home in towns of less than 10,000 population. These loans can be made to repair or buy an existing home, and even to build a new one. In the repair and remodeling, the loans can be made up to $3,500 if they include plumbing. This part of the program apparently was designed to help homeowners who can't afford indoor toilets. "Instead, we are finding, these people often go pay 12 to 18 per cent interest (sometimes 36 per cent) for repair and that money has to come from somewhere and it is usually out of a skimpy check because they usually are on fixed incomes," Williams said. The repair and remodeling loans are available at from Vk per cent down to 1 per cent, depending on the individual 's income status. Home ownership loans are available at the same rate. As an example, Williams noted that a new $12,000 home could be purchased under the Farmers Home loan program for about $35 a month. Many welfare recipients are paying from taxpayer funds, rent to the tune of $50 and $60 a month for housing that State Sen. Jack Janssen, D-Lyons, has referred to as "a step above a shed." Rep. Bert Chaney, D-Hutchinson, a member of the migrant and low-income study committee, said he feels lawmakers should probe to see if this rent money, often paid to wealthy property owners, couldn't be better—and cheaper—spent going into home ownership for the welfare recipient. Long Term Loans The Farmers Home loans for repair and remodeling can be spread out over a 10-year contract. The home ownership loans can be made for more than 30 years. "Some people think in terms of $12,000 new homes, but think how the payments could be reduced if a low-income family could find an $8,000 home to buy," said Williams. "We actually feel that if this family could get its own home, could know home ownership, it would build up their pride. It could help them tremendously," he added. Williams said there also has boen some reluctance on the part of the private sector- real estate dealers, builders, lumber dealers, city commissioners, etc.—to enter into the program. He noted, however, that the moment a family's income grows to the point w h e r e it can afford to, the remodeling and home ownership loans must be re-negotiated with the private sector. "Farmers Home is trying to reach a new constituency. We used to be known as strictly a farmer's program but we aren't any more. We are to the rural areas what HUD is to the urban areas. We are trying to reach the working poor and the poor with our help — these are people who simply cannot afford to go to the private sector for financial help," Williams said. Few Directors Interested' He said that while no hard figures are available, probably less than 26 county welfare directors have shown any interest at all in the loan program. When the program started in 1969, Williams said, it had only $5 million available. This yaar, $15.5 million has been allocated. "Other states have really gone into this thing. The private sector really dug into it. The reluctance here may be just another indication of how Kansas really does not want to use federal programs, I don 't know. What I do know is that other states are using it much more effectively than we are here," Williams said. He said Farmers Home still is trying to encourage welfare directors and caseworkers to look into the program for possible rent savings, and for home ownership and repair for the low income. Spy Battle Bitter LONDON (AP) - The battle of British and Soviet spymas- ters hit peaks of bitterness Saturday with each side firing off new charges and indications of reprisals against the other. At the same time, Prime Minister Edward Heath's government braced to meet a developing backlash to its expulsion of 105 suspected Soviet spies eight days ago. This shaped up in the form of swelling criticism of the action from inside and outside Britain, with suggestions that political, more than security, factors set off the unprecedented assault on Russia's presence here. Deny Arrest Reports Scotland yard's Special Branch denied Saturday newspaper reports that detectives had already arrested a number of spies whose cover was apparently blown by KGB defec- ter Oleg Lyalin, The Special Branch deals with Britain's internal security. But the British Press Association, which has close contacts with both Scotland Yard and the government, reported: "It is clear that the Special Branch and police forces in several parts of Britain have been investigating contacts for months between British subjects and the banned Russians. Four Killed In Traffic Accidents By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Four persons lost their lives in Kansas traffic accidents midway through the weekend. A Kansas City, Mo., man, Jerry Powell, 24, was killed in a high speed chase with Kansas City, Kan., police officers early Saturday morning. The patrolmen said they began chasing Powell after witnessing him strike a pedestrian and speed away. Powell was killed when his car struck an underpass abutment. The pedestrian was treated at a hospital and listed in fair condition. A Garden City, Kan., man was killed Friday night on a county road three miles south of Sterling. He was identified as Virgil Hambleton, 58, alone in a car which hit a pole and overturned, officers said. A woman and a 19-year-old youth were killed Friday night on State Line Road at 67th street in Kansas City, Kan. They were Christopher Van Horn, 19, and Mrs. Edith Freid'ebach, 77, both of Kansas City, Mo. Police said a collision between Van Horn's motorcycle and Mrs. Freidebach's car occurred on the Kansas side of State Line. The car then struck a tree 100 feet inside Missouri. Both deaths were listed as Kansas fatalities. Supreme Court Woman As Justice? WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon is in a political and philosophical dilemma over the question of appointing a woman to the Supreme Court. A wide variety of influenctial women's organizations have indicated the question will be an important political issue in the upcoming election year and Nixon can't afford to alienate women, 53 per cent of the nation's ballot power. Yet the President has said he ews (News Photos by Stan Thlessen) GERMAN LOOK — Mark Winters, Buhler, who teaches German at Buhler High School, wore his German lederhosen to Buhler's Frolic Day parade Saturday. Briefs Devices Dangerous WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army ordered its commands today limit use of a number of night vision devices after learning that thorium glass emits low level radiation which could harm soldiers' eyes. The army said it has directed that the devices be modified to eliminate the radiation hazard, and to protect the lenses of the devices from abrasion, a problem encountered in their field use. The use of thorium glass in future night vision eye pieces has been prohibited, the Army said. Art Exhibit WASHINGTON (AP) - An exhibit of more than 130 student paintings, selected from among entires by 2,933,000 children in 15,000 schools all over the country, will go on display Nov. 1 at the John F. Kennedy Center. The techniques range from the free and wildly colorful paintings of 6-and 7-year-olds to sophisticated drawings, paint ings and collages by high school students. • • • Sees Suez Opening As Peace Hope UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) - Secretary of State William P. Rogers- believes the diplomatic consensus here favors an accord on reopening the Suez Canal as the only practical approach now available toward an over-all Mideast settlement. In concluding this from private talks with other leaders attending the U.N. General Assembly, however, Rogers is shunning any flat prediction that a Suez solution will be reached this fall. For instance, he is authoritatively reported to have spo- Drinking 'Fun 9 (Continued from Page 1) "They're going to have to come out of the closet. You know, I'd like to get together twelve prominent people who I know, who are recovered alcoholics, and say to the world, 'Look, we're all alcoholics. Look at us, see us. We have had this problem. We learned to face it, live with it, overcome it. And you can do the same thing.' I think you'd see a real awakening in America, if that could happen." "It's okay for him, I suppose, because he is high enough. He can't be touched. We all admire him very much for what he has dons and is doing. But out here, it's difficult, very difficult, to publicly give your name. I hope it changes, but right now it hasn't," said Jim. (Tomorrow: To Jail Or Not To Jail). ken only in terms of "a chance, a possibility" for a Suez deal when asked about the prospects by a friendly Western foreign minister Friday. Rogers and his top Mideast expert, Asst. Secretary of State Joseph Sisco, are putting forward a six-point Suez settlement plan as a high priority item in their backstage meetings here. They have concluded from separate sessions with other foreign ministers of the Big Four—Britain, France and the Soviet Union—that the big powers do not see a joint role for themselves in the current phase of Mideast talks. Soviet Foreign Minister An drei A. Gromyko was said to have backed the Arab position—but to have indicated the Kremlin would not try to disrupt the U.S. peace-seeking effort. Egypt is said to have advised that it would not bring up the Mideast issue in the General Assembly before mid-November. U.N. envoy Gunnar V. Jarring, it was reported, is not ready to resume his move for an over-all settlement. His mission bogged down over Arab-Israeli differences early this year. Census Danger WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Census Director Richard Scammon says the government is moving onto dangerous ground by using the Census Bureau to take a public-opinion poll on the wage-price freeze. Census officials disagree. "I think that inevitably people will feel, rightly or wrongly, that this kind of political polling on what amounts to one of the leading political issues of the day could lead to all sorts of abuses and damage the fundamental research mechanism," Scammon said in an interview. • • wants to fill the two current vacancies on the high court with persons who follow his strict constructionist views. Justices following this line generally take a limited view of their prerogatives and those of the court and are reluctant to upset state and federal laws or disturb criminal convictions. Most Too Liberal But most of the dozen or so women mentioned so far for the high court seem to be of a more liberal and activist bent. In the two weeks or so since Justice Hugo L. Black's resignation opened up the first of the court vacancies, the White House has been under mounting pressure from politically powerful groups urging Nixon to score an historic first by putting a woman on the high court. The groups include the new bipartisan National Women's Political Caucus, which is spearheading the effort; the 2 0 0,00 0-member Common Cause, the national councils of Catholic and Negro women, the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs and the Black Caucus and 12 women in Congress. Heavy Mail The lobbying adds up to what inside sources say is "fairly heavy" mail coming to the White House. In an unusual show of unanimity, the congresswomen, nine Democrats and three Republicans, urged Nixon last week "to take a major step forward in implementing the nation's high ideal of equality for all" by naming a woman. All backers claim there is an ample supply of women with the required judicial qualifications. Antique Show Popular Heavy Raids SAIGON (AP) - U.S. and South Vietnamese fighter-bombers unleashed 150 strikes along the Cambodian border Saturday in an effort to wreck the North Vietnamese week-old offensive. The raids were among the heaviest there since the allied incursion into Cambodia 18 months ago. Jail Youth on Heroin Charge LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) An 18-year-old Lecompton, Kan., youth was placed in the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond Saturday on two charges of selling heroin. Robert Randy Coykendall, who was arrested earlier in the day on a farm west of Lecompton, had been sought by local and state authorities since being named in a warrant July 8. Atomic Site Reactions Are Mixed Officials in Lincoln and Osborne counties have had mixed reactions to the announcement that a proposed atomic waste depository might be located in their backyards. "I'm on the fence right now," said Kenneth Morrow, Lincoln druggist and president of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. I'd like to know the location and see the scientific studies before committing myself. I just don't know whether I'll be for or against it." Wilson Marshall, Lincoln County commission chairman, was also cautious. "There's not much we can say until we know where it's going to be and how the project will be handled," he said. "I wouldn't speak for anyone else, but, personally, I d o n't see that there is anything wrong with it." The Osborne County commission chairman conceded that an atomic waste facility "would be good for the economy," but he added that he "wasn't very enthusiastic about it." "My understanding is that this disposal would be a long-term project," said Fred Stambach. "If it starts leaking in 50 to 75 years, will the government just say, "That's too bad?'" Stambach said he recognized that atomic wastes have to be disposed, but be hopes not in Osborne county. "I don't want it here, but then I wouldn't want to put something like this over on Wichita, either. He said his guess would be that most Osborne countians would s/hare his opinion. "Even while recognizing that this has to be done somewhere, we're very concerned about the future." By VIKI STONE An old Shirley Temple doll, a 19th century Kodak camera and a first edition Grandma Moses, are among the hundreds of relics from the American past and art objects on display this weskend at the National Guard Armory. The International Antique Show and Sale at the Armory has attracted scores of antique buffs and browsers since its opening Friday. Jack Lawton Webb, show manager from Joplin, Mo., says that although most of the items are not dated earlier than the 17th and 18th century, total value of the antiques is about $3 million. "Everything is for sale," Webb says, "and the ancient articles would fall flat here." Cnt Glass Bowl The top sale made by 5 p.m. Saturday was a cut glass punch bowl. It went to an out-of-state cattle rancher who bought the bowl for $1875. A flirty-eyed Shirley Temple Doll was offered for $75 by a Wichita dealer. Florence Looney, owner of the "Just Things," antique shop in Wichita, says the doll is about 40 years old and is rare because of its size. The doll, whose eyes roll when she is picked up, stands 27 inches tall. The W i c h i t a dealer also displayed a first- edition collector's plate featuring a painting by Grandma Moses. A Hutchinson dealer, Mrs. Robert Webb, 608 West 14th, displayed hand-painted china, pressed glass, lamps, and a china clock which she described as a "Spanish Cathedral." Mrs. Webb is owner of the Antique Jewel Shop, 1829 East 4th. Hard-to-find silverware, "o f 1847 vintage," was exhibited by Mrs. Ray Binford Jr., operator of the "This 'N' That" shop in Liberal. Her display ranged in diversity from kitchen items such as crockery to antique jewelry. Other articles in the aisles of displays were collections o f carnival glass, period furniture, old stamps, a cuckoo clock with a chime, a pocket camera, patented by Kodak in 1898, and a collection of 18th-20th century dolls. Show hours Sunday will be 1 pi.m. to 6 p.m. (News Photos by Stan Thlessen) PRAIRIE DRESS — Sherry Franz, 3, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Franz, Buhler, wore her prairie dress to the Buhler Frolic Day parade Saturday. Rare Stamp Find Worth Thousands OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Stamp experts in Oklahoma were agog Saturday over the discovery by an El Reno, Okla., woman of a sheet of 50 new stamps riddled with unprecedented mistakes that may make the stamps worth $100,000 or more. And, say the experts, there apparently are 150 more like them—somewhere. "Its the only mistake of its Joe Crosby, Oklahoma City at- Schedule Drafting Contest in March GREAT BEND—The drafting technology department at Barton County Community College has announced plans for the Second Annual Drafting Contest and Exhibit. Don Welch, professor of drafting, said letters have been sent to area high school drafting instructors inviting their students to enter the contest and exhibit slated for March 3, 1972. Prizes will be awarded in four categories—architectural drawings, mechanical drawings, general drafting examination and illustrative drawings. The exhibits will be o p e n to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Applied Science Building. Youth Hurt When Car Backs Up STERLING — Dick Robbins, a Sterling College student from Union City, Ind., was run over by a car early Saturday morn' ing while attempting to retrieve a friend's hat. He was reported in satisfactory condition Saturday night at South Hospital in Hutchinson. Robbins and four other Sterling students were riding on a Rice County Road Ws miles south of Lyons when the accident happened. Rice County sheriff's officers were told that the driver, John New, stopped the car when one of the youth's hats blew out the window. Robbins and one other student rode along outside on the back of the car in an attempt to find the hat. Robbins spotted the hat and jumped off the moving vehicle to retrieve it. He was run over when New backed up. Robbins was taken to Sterling Hospital and later transferred to South Hospital. torney and president of the Oklahoma Philatelic Society. "Its the only mistake o fits type I've been able to find in the entire history of the U. S. Bureau of Printing and Engraving." Mrs. Corliss B. Allen of El Reno, 30 miles west of Oklahoma City, said she bought the sheet of stamps almost by accident on Aug. 17. On Sale Aug. 2 The stamps are eight-cent U.j S. space achievement commemoratives that went on sale to the public Aug. 2. They are twin stamps, each side-by-side pair showing a single scene of the Apollo 15 mission on the moon's surface. Crosby said the federal printing presses "misregistered," causing the colors and printing to shift a full 5 '/2 millimeters. As a result, some of Mrs. Allen's stamps are completely without the words across the bottom, "United State in Space . . . A Decade of Achievement." Others of the stamps have the words in the wrong posi tion. Striking Mistake The most striking mistake is a large "eclipse" across the top of the stamps—an area where the printing is off-center, leaving a wide, faded area and ghost-like images. Never before in stamp history, Crosby said, has a U. S. stamp been found with such a pronounced eclipse. Mrs. Allen's stamps, he said, may add the term "eclipse" as a formal term in stamp collecting. Hugh Randall, 85-year-old Oklahoma City stamp collector and a three-time former president of the state philatelic society, estimated the stamps could be worth $100,000, possibly more. Crosby said their value is impossible to ascertain, because it depends on the demand for them, which he said he expects to be considerable. Senate Debate Prisoner Issue Tops WASHINGTON (AP) — The emotional, complex and volatile issue of the 1,605 Americans listed as prisoners or missing in Southeast Asia is becoming a dominant theme in Senate debate over U.S. policy in Indochina. And the dispute over this sensitive question seems certain to be echoed loudly in the 1972 political campaigning. Nearly seven months ago, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D- Mass., sent a letter to Hanoi about the plight of American prisoners of war. He awaits a reply. Sen. George McGovern, D- S.D., reports he has private, oral assurances from the chief Communist negotiator in Paris that withdrawal of all U.S. forces from South Vietnam would bring the release of the POWs. Sen. Vance Hartke, D-Ind., says he got word from North Vietnamese negotiators a month ago that if the United States agrees to a withdrawal deadline, the Communists will agree to release the prisoners. "Sucker talk," retorts Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania. He said if the Communists were sincere about letting the prisoners go in exchange for withdrawal, they would make their offer on the record, at the negotiating table, and not to Democratic senators. Scott and Sen. Robert J. Dole of Kansas, the Republican national chairman, said the Communists give one version when they talk with critical Democrats, and quite another when they face the official U.S. negotiating team. "They have misled prominent and sincere Americans," said Dole, "with hints that they would be flexible on the prisoner-of-war issue, and would compromise on their seven points for the settlement of the Vietnam war, a document which not only called for the United States to capitulate, but to grovel before the enemy." He said McGovern is among the misled. Aiken Issues Warning on Withdrawal WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. George D. Aiken predicted Saturday "there is going to be hell to pay" for President Nixon in the 1972 presidential campaign unless virtually all U.S. troopa are out of Vietnam by July 1. And the Vermont senator and senior Senate Republican said his party will suffer politically along with the President if the withdrawal lags. Aiken said in an interview that if the completion of U.S. withdrawal is delayed beyond July 1, "the President will be accused of using the issue for political purposes." Asked to estimate Nixon's reelection chances, Aiken said "If we are still involved in Indochina, the election can be rather bleak for the party in power. "If we are out," (of Indochina) he added, "if there has been some economic arrangement among the major economic countries of the world, it will be very good for the President's re-election."
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