The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 20, 1996 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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'Cats daw Kansas State hangs on to down Texas A&Monroad/D1 SPORTS • . Hurricane Uli Bahamas hit by storm before it heads out into Atlantic/A12 INSIDE : Yeltsin hires quiet reformer to replace Lebed / A7 • Sign of the times: Power Ad finds niche with sports teams / C1 INSIDE igh:7i Low: 43 Mostly sunny and breezy today with south winds 15 to 25 mph and gusty / D7 WEATHER Salina Journal Classified / C3 Crossword / B8 Deaths/A11 Great Plains / A3 Life/B1 Money/ C1 Sports / D1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX SUNDAY OCTOBER 20, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS $1.50 Bethany welcomes new point guard Former basketball star inaugurated as college's 11th chief By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal LINDSBORG — In the words of his on-court and off-court friend Bill Bradley, Christopher Thomforde brings to Bethany College as its' llth president, "an exceptional shooting eye and very good elbows rebounding. He's an average passer." Bradley waited for the chuckles to subside at his remark at Thomforde's pre-inauguration news conference. Then he continued. "I think he brings a combination that's quite rare among college presidents anywhere," Bradley said. "And that is a fine intellect, with an understanding of the role of a college president in melding a college community together. And a deep A and rich spiritual life that is a part of every day and will clearly be a part of his life here." Thomforde, 49, was born in Ohio and raised in the New York-Long Island v area. He was named president of the 115- year-old college in April, succeeding Joel McKean. Before coming to Bethany, Thomforde was chaplain at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. He has degrees from Princeton, Yale and has studied and worked at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. He and his wife, Christine, have four children. Through Princeton, Thomforde and Bradley became friends. Thomforde was named to the All- Ivy League Basketball Team in 1967-68 and was an Associated Press/United Press International Honorable All-American in 1967. While Bradley found his calling in the NBA, Thomforde found his in the Lutheran ministry. Thomforde, in his address at his inauguration, spoke of the "first Bethany," the one in ancient Palestine, as he recalled the story of Lazarus in the tomb. Jesus told Lazarus to come forth, Thomforde said. "I can't imagine a more exciting community of faith and creative learning than this one, with that word of God resounding amongst us — come forth. To raise you and me and future generations of men and women, to new life," he said. The means God has given man to speak the words 'Come Forth' is education in the liberal arts, Thomforde said. "That word has been spoken here for more than a century." "I can't imagine a more exciting community of faith and creative learning." Christopher Thomforde Bethany president Photos by DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Bethany College's new president, Christopher Thomforde, Is congratulated by his brother-in-law Al Lyson and his sister Carolyn Lyson, Long Island, N.Y., after his Inauguration ceremony Saturday at Presser Hall. Bradley left Senate, not limelight By DAVID CLOUSTON I7)e Salina Journal LINDSBORG — Did Democrat Bill Bradley give up his visibility, some fame and a chance to be president, by retiring from the U.S. Senate and sliding into obscurity, a la Mario Cuomo? In four years, will he decide he wants the top job, or perhaps be Al Gore's running mate, and will the voters respond? Bradley doesn't know the answers. "I'm leaving the Senate, but I'm not leaving public life. I'm leaving the Senate to do some things that I couldn't do if I was spending 13, 14 hours a day being a conscientious, hard-working U.S. senator," Bradley said in Lindsborg Saturday. "I haven't foreclosed anything in the future, but I think four years is much too far in the future to look right now." Amid a swing through 21 states in 26 days for various Democratic candidates, Bradley stopped by Lindsborg to speak Saturday at the inauguration of his longtime friend Christopher Thomforde. Thomforde became the llth president of Bethany College at a morning ceremony Sen. Bill Bradley applauds Christopher Thomforde, Bradley's old friend and the new Bethany College president. at Presser Hall on the campus. Before the ceremony, Bradley and Thomforde sat down with reporters. Bradley, 53, has long been one of the Democrats' national stars and was rumored more than once to be interested in a presidential bid. The New Jersey representative was first elected to the Senate in 1978. His entry into politics followed a stellar college and pro basketball career that led him to the National Basketball Association Hall of Fame as a member of the New York Knicks. Bradley's desire as a private citizen is to work toward campaign finance reform, and think through the next chapter of the American story — "in relation to the economic transformation we're in the midst of, in relation to racial healing, and in relation to what I sense is happening in millions of Americans' lives, which is the search for something deeper in their lives than the material," he said. The United States needs a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending and limit contributions to individuals, eliminating political action committees, Bradley said. The contributions wouldn't necessarily have to be to individual candidates, but could be made to an election fund, he said. "Say, up to $5,000 a person per year," said Bradley. "And then on Labor Day of election year, that fund would be divided equally among Republicans and Democrats, and or qualified independents. And that would be all the money in politics." At the inauguration, Bradley urged the crowd during his address "to live beyond the private solitude of personal achievement." How we use the Internet and other information-age tools depends on the values Americans live by, he said. Bradley said those tools can be used to spread and reflect positive values, or negative ones. "The Internet cannot read to a child ... or care for a sick invalid. Those needs are met only by another person in someone's life," he said. T NANCY KASSEBAUM Popular senator thinks work is incomplete Farewell address turns into call for Senate to pass more reforms By JOHN MARSHALL Harris News Service WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Oct. 2; Nancy Kassebaum's final speech Qn the floor of the U.S. Senate completed an irony of time and events. It had been 18 years, almost to the day, since she had sat in a small room at the Hutchinson News, depressed and drained by mounting reports that she might well lose her first statewide campaign. By early October 1978, many Kansas polls showed her trailing U.S. Rep. Bill Roy in the contest for the Senate. SENATOR KASSEBAUM Last of two parts • Senator lends backing to House candidate Jerry Moran / Page A3 • Kassebaum earned staff's affection over years / Page A10 And now, nearly four elections later, a Senate clerk was placing on her desk the portable lectern used by members to .address the chamber from their seats on the floor. During this last week of .the 104th Congress, the members' fi- nal speeches were often gentle and reminiscent, congratulatory. Kassebaum chose the moment not to reminisce or congratulate, but to tell her colleagues that much remains to be done. "I want to spend a few moments discussing what I believe are some important initiatives which are not going to make it into the statute books this year," she began. "I am deeply disappointed that the many months — and years — which have gone into these efforts have not borne fruit. I am confident that they have taken enough root that they will rise once again in the 105th Congress." For the next 16 minutes, she spoke of efforts in the Labor Committee, which she heads, to reform the Food and Drug Administra- tion, to reauthorize the National Institute of Health, to reform the Occupational Safety and Health Administration by placing "greater emphasis on improving safety education and less on imposing fines for trivial violations." But perhaps her greatest disappointment, she said, was the Senate's suffocation of the Work Force and Career Development Act, a measure to reform the nation's $5 billion job training program. "I contend that it is a travesty to continue to allow these billions of dollars to be thrown away on programs where good intentions are not sufficient to produce good results. We don't even have the data to know what works and what doesn't work." See NANCY, Page A11 DOLE foreseen TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, who will retire from the Senate this year, campaigned Saturday in Salina. V CAMPAIGN '96 Doubts on Dole growing Prominent Republicans grow discontented with Dole's campaigning By RICHARD L BERKE Ttte New York Times SAN DIEGO — As the presidential campaign enters its final two- week rally, prominent Republicans around the country are increasingly, and more openly, expressing doubts that Bob Dole can gain enough ground to defeat President Clinton. Some in the party are coming forward with stinging post-mortems of the Dole campaign. Many said their overriding concern was assuring that Dole has a respectable enough showing so that Republicans do not sacrifice control of Congress and local offices. In state after state, dozens of Republican office-holders, candidates, strategists and party officials, interviewed after the final presidential debate, said that short of some un- crisis, they were hard- pressed to offer a scenario for a Dole victory. If fact, no one was willing to predict'that Dole would triumph nationally. Even Tom Slade, the state Republican chairman in Florida, long a Republican bastion, said that if Dole carries the state "it will be nothing short of a political miracle." One of the most biting critiques came from Gov. Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, who had often been mentioned as a possible running mate for Dole. Earlier this year, he boasted that he could deliver his state for Dole. Now, he said, that appeared unlikely. "I thought George Bush's campaign was probably the poorest run presidential campaign — and I think this is a close second," Thompson said Friday on the nationally syndicated Don Imus radio program. Describing his strained relations with the Dole campaign, which is not actively competing in Wisconsin, the governor said: "I've told them I've been disappointed, but they've stopped talking to me as of about a week ago. I told them how they could win Wisconsin, and they haven't taken my advice. They have too many people running the campaign in Washington. "They should have got the Republican governors to run this campaign — and not run it from Washington. They would have been much better off. I told them that from day one, and they've never bothered to implement that. And I think it shows." Despite such remarks, many loyal party members insisted that they were still bravely holding out for a Dole triumph. While stopping short of predicting a victory, Gov. David Beasley of South Carolina said: "I think it's doable. But it needs to start happening soon." Scott Reed, Dole's campaign manager, chicled Republicans for doubting his candidate's prospects. "Clinton is a paper tiger," he said, noting that the remainder of the campaign will be devoted to undermining Clinton's ethics. "Our closing theme of this campaign is going to be about trust and telling the truth and Clinton's ethical mishaps. Clinton is on the defensive." Still, the willingness of other influential Republicans in every region of the nation to vocalize their nervousness reflects depths of the gloom in the party. Robert Bennett, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, noted with resignation that Clinton's advantage in his crucial state remains daunting. "I'll be honest with you: Nothing has changed in 75 days," he said. "We're down 7, 8, 9 — nothing's moved. Clinton's support is a millimeter thick and a mile wide."

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