The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 4, 1971 · Page 13
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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The Hutchinson News 100th Year No. 93 12 Pages Monday Morning, October 4,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 B Price 10c The Drug You Drink-9 Drunk Tanks Don't Help By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor About a third of all persons arrested, and about half of all those in jail in the U.S., have committed no crime other than being drunk in public view. "It is safe to say that 80 per cent all the police trouble !n Kansas is directly traceable to alcohol. Some say it is much ^higher than that, but 80 per cent is a safe figure," said Fred Goodgion, who manages a new program for the Services lor Alcohol Related Problems i n Topeka. It has been well-publicized that a hard-hooked heroin addict has to steal about $25,000 in cash or $100,000 in goods a year to maintain his habit. But Goodgion thinks taxpayers should take a long look at what it costs the U.S. in crime to maintain an alcohol habit. "Think of all the robberies, rapes, murders and you-name- it that have been done under the influence of alcohol. What kind of effect docs that have on a country's economy?," Goodgion said. _ The cost of crime created by alcohol has not been publicized, Goodgion said, and "maybe it's because it is so staggering." $6 '/2 Billion Annually Some spokesmen say alcoholism and social drinking combined may cost industry as much as $6 '/2 billion a year. "Stop to think how much it costs us in delinquency, in broken homes, in accidents — it could go on and on." said Goodgion, who does not believe prohibition is the answer. The answer, he feels, is education. His job is to work with the entire judicial and law enforcement system in Shawnee County to seek aid for the drinking defendant. "Our effort is to see if we can get the alcoholic offender out of jail. Jails don't help the alcoholic, and they don 't seem to be helping society help the alcoholic," Goodgion said. Tt is his hope that the Topeka program will spread to other communities around the state, and that alcoholism specialists will become a part of the courts' answers to alcoholism, acting as parole and probation adviser. And education law enforcement to take "a more realistic view" of alcohol. Early studies show Goodgion's effort has cut recidivism for alcohol related crimes by 50 per cent, he says. "Preferential treatment is one of our greatest mistakes. The law is the law, and letting one man off because he is who he is will destroy him," Goodgion said. "Throwing the poor or the middle class drunk into jail usually makes matters worse. Jail time and fines are totally ineffectual. The drinker will just figure out a way to stay out of jail next time. Education is the key, and they can't get an education in a jailhouse," Goodgion said. Drinking Welfare Clients Goodgion believes that many welfare clients have earned their reputation as drinkers, and much of that reputation has come from policemen who have arrested them. "We don't stop to think that it was perhaps alcohol that got them on welfare in the first place — that they drink not because they are on welfare, but that they got on welfare be cause they drink," he said. R. H., a successful businessman and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, is violenly opposed to jail time for alcoholics. He was prepared to take his own life if he went to jail. "I mentally got ready, and I'm sure I would have done it," he says. R. H. didn't suffer from delirium tremens, the hallucination phenomenon that is a part of alcoholism. But many alcoholics suffer the DTs and it has been known to cause death. If the chronic is in jail his chances of survival are slim. This is especially true in a stage of withdrawal convulsions, which can match hard drugs for scenes of horror, according to alcoholism rehabilitation specialists. The DTs started the American joke of the pink elephant. But dinosaurs replace elephants in the fevered eyes of alcoholics these days. They also see rats crawling out of their stomach, hear voices and music. One Kansas alcoholic sees his mother being ripped apart before his eyes daily. Another sees his hand being stuck in a fan. Yet another sees a man with a rifle tracking him down. Frequent Jailing "Senseless" Jim, an alcoholic, disagrees with R. H. about jail time. He thinks one jailing "might sober a guy up." But he views Jailing more than once as senseless. "It ruins not only his life but his family's," he says. Doyle McQuoy, counselor at Osawatomie State Hospital, said the hospital has had to send some of its alcoholic patients off to jail. "Sometimes they absolutely do not want to stop. We've had to send them to jail from here. I have mixed emotions about it," McQuoy said. Other alcoholism treatment specialists have mixed emotions about the effectiveness of court-forced treatment for the alcoholic. "It usually has a rough time here.. The guy who is forced comes in like a man who was forced in. We have a liquor store a block away from here. And if they start drinking, out they go—usually to jail," said Don Richardson, a counselor at Topska State Hospital. "Law enforcement varies. In some areas the drinkers are "those damn drunks" and in others they are "sick people " Naturally we shouldn't jail the alcohouic. That doesn 't do anybody any good," said Ward Rogers, chairman of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Alcoholism. Only last month, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws suggested to all states that "alcoholics and intoxicated persons" should not be subjected to criminal prosecution because of their consumption of alcoholic beverages "but rather should be afforded a continuum of treatment in order that they may lead normal lives as productive members of society." The act the commissioners would like to see law in all 50 states would not apply, however, to drunk driving cases, About 30 per cent of the 600 to 650 alcoholism patients a year at Valley Hope at Norton are there as the result of medical or professional urging. A "smaller percentage comes from court referral, according to Dr. John Leipold, who heads the program. The majority of patients come from out -patient referral. "The courts are beginning to give great cooperation. Most of them are very humane and are trying to do the best they can within the limits they have—and there are limits," Leipold said. (Tomorrow: The Menace of the Drinking Driver.) Miller Raids Barton Clubs Protest S. Viet Election DA NANG, Vietnam (AP) — Gunfire rattled in the streets of South Vietnam's second largest city Sunday and armored cars rumbled in to quell the bloodiest antigovernment demonstration on election day. Hundreds of monks in saffron robes, high school students, disabled veterans, Vietnamese Boy Scouts and teen-age girls in ao dais clashed repeatedly I with police and army troops in savage street fighting. By day's end, local hospitals reported treatening at least 57 wounded, three of them by gunshot and 26 by shrapnel from hand grenades. All but nine were .civilians. Claim Two Killed Monks at the Tinh Hoi Pagoda claimed two persons were killed, a 17-year-old student demonstrator and 42-year-old man they described as an onlooker. They said they were hiding the bodies to prevent authorities from taking them away and later disclaiming any knowledge of fatalities. The disturbances erupted early in the morning as columns of demonstrators led by monks tried to block roads leading to nine polling places in downtown Da Nang. They were met by barbed wire barricades and combat police with M16 rifles. When the monks removed some of the barricades, the police began firing tear gas canisters. The demonstrators retaliated with rocks and Molotov cocktails, screaming "down with the election." At mid-morning, armored cars and personnel carriers appeared in the city, and police began firing their rifles over the heads of demonstrators. As the fighting intensified, | they shot lower and lower. Pay Vote Monday (Hutchinson NowsUPI Tolephoto) CASTS BALLOT — With his wife, Anh, looking on, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thicu casts his ballot in the nation's one-man presidential election early Sunday. A tight wall of security surrounded Thieu in the wake of pre-dawn Communist rocket attacks on the capital and other major cities. 'Confidence' Vote for Thieu Biggest Haul In the State By MARY KAY KNIEF GREAT BEND — Attorney General Vern Miller and his agents swept over Barton County Saturday night and came away with two truckloads filled with gambling equipment. Miller called Great Bend "a little Las Vegas." Miller said in raids on approximately ten private clubs he and his men made one of the biggest hauls of gambling equipment ever confiscated in the state. Approximately 130 men accompanied Miller on the raid. They included Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director Fred Howard, KBI agents, special agents from Miller's office and Sedgwick County Sheriff Johnny Da IT and some of his men. Investigations by his office have shown most of the main gambling activity in Kansas centered at Great Bend, according to the attorney general. Although the agents brought,! SAIGON (AP) - President Nguyen Van Thieu was assured Monday of an overwhelming "vote of confidence" far in excess of what he had asked in his unopposed but violence- marred bid for re-election. With final results tabulated in 45 of South Vietnam's 56 voting constituencies, au6thorities said Thieu had won an average of 95.55 per cent of the ballots cast, with 4.45 per cent against him. Election officials claimed that nationwide, a record 87.7 per cent of the more than seven In Israel Approve Aid for Hospitals, Schools WASHINGTON (AP) - In a party-line fight, both House Republicans and Democrats mar­ shalled forces Sunday for a Monday vote on President Nixon's postponement of government workers' pay raises. Leaders of both parties sent out telegrams over the weekend urging members to be present Monday for the vote on a resolution to veto the President's postponement. Usually, attendance in Congress is down Mondays because many members take long weekends. Last Minute Appeal In a last-minute appeal Saturday, Nixon conceded Congress is under "political pressure" to veto the 6-month delay—from Jan. 1 to July 1—of the pay raises for more than four million federal workers, including the military. The President, in a statement issued from the Florida White House, said that if Congress were to "cave under that pressure, the inflationary consequences ... would be rapid, extensive and severe." Weather KANSAS — Generally fair through Tuesday; warmer extreme west Monday, highs in the 70s; lows Monday night northwest in mid to upper 30s, cooler southeast with lows in upper 40s; fair and a little warmer most of state Tuesday with highs in mid to upper 70s. Hutchinson Weather Sunday's high 72 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.; low 48 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:47 a.m.; at 10 p.m. 65. Record high 96 in 1919; record low 39 in 1943. Winds: 10 m.p.h Barometer: 28.50, steady. Sunset Monday: 7:11 p.m. Sunrise Tuesday: 7:31 a.m. (C) 1971 Kl .Y. Times News Service WASHINGTON — The House has included $10,750,000 in the Foreign Aid Authorization Bill for schools and hospitals in Israel, and the total seems likely to be increased by the Senate. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is presently drafting the foreign aid bill, has before it requests from individual Senators to add $9 million for five other schools and hospitals in Israel not included in the House bill. The growing practice of using the foreign aid bill as a vehicle for providing funds to foreign schools and hospitals, particu larly in Israel, is beginning to cause concern among some members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, especially Sen. J. W. Fulbright, the committee chairman. For more than 10 years, the basic foreign aid law has contained authority to provide funds to foreign schools or hospitals "founded or sponsored by U.S. citizens." Until recently, however, the money has been provided as a general grant to the aid agency, without the projects being specified by Congressional committees. In the past two years, however, the practice has developed within the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House and Senate Appropriations Committee of specifying the projects, with schools and hospitals in Israel being the principal beneficiaries. Considerable Lobbying This, in turn, acocrding to Fulbright, has lead to considerable lobbying, with members of congress recommending projects for inclusion in the foreign aid bill "to cultivate the favor of some of their constituents." In this year's bill, the administration requested $10,175,000 for 10 foreign schools and hospitals. Three weer in Greece, three in the United Arab Republic, two in Turkey and one each in Honduras and Lebanon. The principal beneficiaries would be the American Univer­ sity in Beirut with $5,785,000 and Robert College in Istanbul with $1,900,000. As the bill came out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was approved by the House, $28,760,000 was provided for 30 foreign schools and hospitals, of which 12 were in Israel.. Added by the House committee were $2 million for Beth Yaachev Avat Girls School in Ramat Gan, $3.7 million for Feinberg Graduate School of Weizmann Institute, $400,000 for Educational Center of Galilee, $250,000 for Bayit Lepletet Girls School, $250,000 for Belt Ulphaah Teachers Colege, $150,000 for Laniadd Hospital in Kiryat Sanz, million registered voters cast their ballots. Thieu, the only presidential candidate, had specified 50 per cent one-man elections. He had said he would resign if he did not get many voices. South Vietnamese could vote against him by multihiingg or defacing their ballots or by putting an empty envelope in the ballot box. Sadec province in the Mekong Delta had the highest pro-Thieu vote, with 99.8 per cent and Thieu's province of Ninh Thuan reported 98.6 per cent of its ballots for the president. The lowest figure recorded qas 64.3 per cent in Hue City, long a center of antigovernment feeling. The election was marred by enemy shellings, terrorism, and bloody street rioting which left more than 21 persons dead and across more than KM) wounded the country. In Da Nang, South Vietnam's second-largest city, at least 57 persons were wounded in anti- Thicu street disorders. The day-long clashes between protesters and police tapered off by late afternoon and Da Nang was reported quiet overnight. Strike End Near? Syracuse Man Is Burned SYRACUSE - A Syracuse man was in Hamilton County Hospital here Sunday night as the result of burns received while he was working on a car Sunday morning. Orin Florence, owner of the Conoco station, and Ronnie $7 "millfon"fo^ , 16 - ***** of Syracuse, r were working on a car at the station in preparation for a demolition derby next Saturday. Florence reportedly was priming the carburetor when it backfired and caught his clothes on fire. He went to get a fire extinguisher but Alvin Zahnter, 15, Ronnie's brother, started rolling him on the ground to put out the flames. Another station employe then wrapped both Florence and Alvin Zahnter in $500,000 for Beth Zeireth Niz rachi Schools, $400,000 for Kelel Shomre Rachomes (home and hospital for the aged), $250,000 for Shaarel Zedek Hospital, $250,000 for Ade Schemed Vocational School and $1 million for the Teachers Training Institute in Kiryat Yearim. Six Killed in Crash Near Quinter By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Six persons were killed Sunday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident in a highway construction area on Interstate 70 about one mile east of Quinter, Kan., the highway patrol said. Names of the victims were withheld until next of kin could be notified. A patrol dispatcher said traf? fic was flowing in single lines in the area, while the westbound half,of the highway was closed for highway work. The accident occurred, the dispatcher said, when a westbound car crossed the center line, sideswiping one eastbound vehicle and then colliding head on with another. The mishap pushed the weekend traffic toll in Kaasas to 11. Earlier Sunday, a Lawrence, Kan., man died in a one-car mishap on U.S. 24 a few miles northwest of his home town tarp, putting out the flames. Florence was reported in satisfactory condition with first and second degree burns to his hands, arms, face and chest Sunday night. Great Bend Man Wins Bar Award TOPEKA - George R. Donley, assistant news director for Radio Station KVGB, Great Bend, has been named winner of the 1971 Bar-News Media Award given annually by the Kansas Bar Association. Philip H, Lewis, Topeka attorney, president of the Kansas Bar Association, announced Donley will receive a $250 cash award and Radio Station KVGB will receive a plaque from the KBA, a statewide association of 2,600 lawyers and judges. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The dock strike that closed ports from Canada to Mexico enters its 96th day on Monday, making it the longest in West Coast history, and mediators said Sunday the negotiators were making some progress. Negotiations in the East Coast dock strike—that started Friday and produced the first coast-to-coast longshoremen's walkout—were scheduled to resume Monday. Union negotiators in the mine workers' walkout were to report to their members Monday. J. Curtis Counts, the chief federal mediator who yas been meeting with both sides in the West Coast strike, said Sunday in San Francisco, "We are nearer a settlement than we were before and we're still trying." Until now, the longest dock strike in Pacific coast history was a walkout 23 years ago that was settled on Christmas Eve after 95 days. Shut 24 Ports The work stoppage by 15,000 longshoremen has shut down 24 ports from Canada to Mexico since July 1, causing financial losses estimated at more than $1.5 billion in California alone. After a meeting with both sides in Oregon Sept. 25, Presi. dent Nixon announced that negotiators promised tot ry for a settlement by the weekend. Counts said Nixon has made no further pleas with cither side since then. Negotiators met until 9:30 p.m. Saturday and planned to resume Sunday afternoon. At issue is a dispute over loading certain container cargo, plus the longshoremen's demands for a 34.7 per cent wage hike, a guaranteed 40-hour work week and more fringe benefits. Involved in the East Coast walkout are 45,000 members of the AFL-CIO International Longshoremen's Association large van-type truck with them, they had to rent a second truck in Great Bend in order to carry all the equipment back to Topeka. Barton County Sheriff Marion Weese said the second truck was filled half to three- quarters full just at one club. Weesc and local police were not called until Miller's- agents were already in the clubs. They then accompanied Miller and Howard to the various clubs to observe the agents at work. The raids began about 11:30 p.m. Saturday and continued into the early hours Sunday. In; Great Bend, agents raided the Eagles Club, the Knights of Columbus, Elks Club, Petroleum Club, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Punch Boards Clubs in Hoisington yielded a few punch boards but nothing was found at a club in Ellinwood and a club at Claflin was closed. Miller said he had had reports of gambling at both Ellinwood and Claflin. Estimates are that 40 to 60 slot machines, thousands of punch boards, chuck-a-luck equipment, blackjack tables, chips and dice were seized. Miller said an exact inventory of what was confiscated will not be available until early this week. Weese said Sunday, "Some time back when his (Miller's) office received some complaints, he called and asked me to take care of it — I did notify them that gambling would not be tolerated." Weese believes that the clubs he contacted — and others to which the word spread — ceased operations for a time but then resumed their activities. "No complaints had been made to my office and I don't frequent them (the private clubs) to know," the sheriff said. "I received complete cooperation from the sheriff and the public once we got there," Miller said. "They apparently need assistance in enforcing the law.' City Attorney Ed Moses was in the Petroleum Club at the time agents raided it, according to Miller. Miller said Moses left the club, vent to the police judge and drew up warrants charging those carrying out the raid with disturbing the peace. When he came back to the club, he ran into me and after some conversation, decided not to serve the warrants," Miller said Sunday night. No Arrests Made No arrests were made during the raids because, Miller said, "that is impossible when so many people are involved. His men were busy compiling reports on Sunday and his attorneys were to meet with Barton County Attorney Jack Russell Monday in Great Bend concerning charges to be filed against club managers, officers and gambling participants. Miller said the most frequently heard comment from those involved in the gambling, was, "My goodness, we knew this couldn't go on." Weese said one of his men observed one individual, "apparently unhappy about the raids," breaking an antenna off one of the attorney general 's investigators' cars. No charges have been filed as a result of the incident. "I'm satisfied with the handling of the raids," Weese said. "They were good enough to give us warning before and the clubs knew the consequences before the raids. I have no qualms with the handling. "I am satisfied they got everything . . . I'm sorry there was as much as there was to be seized," he added. Miller said, "We've been conducting an investigation there all along. Gambling complaints have been growing up there and we've watched it materialize . . . we'll do likewise across the state and we'll certainly enforce the law. "We plan to keep a sharp eye out for gambling of this type in Kansas," he said. An appeal has been filed in the Kansas Supreme Court as the result of a raid in Iola by the attorney general's office. A judge at Iola ruled the machine gambling was similar to bingo and could be played by nonprofit organizations. "Other judges have told me they felt differently about the law — they disagreed with the Iola decision," Miller said. He does not believe the Iola case vill have bearing on cases arising at Great Bend. Says Prisons Outmoded WASHINGTON (AP)-Jerris Leonard, head of the government's agency to help fight crime, says fortress prisons where prisoners are "locked away and forgotten" are outmoded. He added that requests for federal funds to build such institutions have been rejected. Leonard said he is convinced that in a relatively short period of time "there will be an entirely new approach to eorrec- tioas in this country." He added that the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration is going to see to it that there is a new approach. Leonard gave his views in a copyright interview in the magazine U .S. News & World Report. Leonard is head of the LEAA which has some $700 million to distribute this year around the country to help fight crime. Russian Officials Head for Leningrad LONDON (AP) - A boatload of Soviet Embassy and trade mission officials expelled from Britain for spying sailed for Leningrad Sunday night with all the luggage they could squeeze aboard, from cars to Coca Cola. Intercepted Letter VERN MILLER Attorney General Topeka Dear Vern: BINGO! Yours, Hutch

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