The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 22, 1996 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 22, 1996
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A4 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL George B. Pyle editorial page editor Opinions expressed on this page are those of the identified writers. To join the conversation, write a letter to the Journal at: P.O. Box 740 Sallna, KS 67402 Fax: (913) 827-6363 E-mail: SalJournal © Quote of the day r "If you give the . Braves an eight. run lead, you're in trouble." ~ Derek Jeter . New York Yankees • shortstop, on his "team's 12-1 loss 'in Game 1 of the ,; World Series. T COMMENT By SCOTT SEIRER / The Salina Journal Raising the bar THE ISSUE Admission to Kansas colleges THE ARGUMENT Raising standards helps everyone K ansas soon will be requiring something new of students hoping to enroll in a state college or university: evidence that they learned enough in high school to succeed as a college student. That something so basic has long been lacking is ridiculous, but the times are changing. The Kansas Board of Regents last week approved a minimum curriculum students will have to meet in 2001 in order to enroll in one of the six state schools. The key to admission to a state college: a solid grounding of high school courses in English, math, science, social science and computer science. The regents' curriculum requirement is the final piece of a qualified admissions plan dictated last spring by the Legislature. The Legislature set the targets for grade point average, class rank and achievement test scores. At present, anyone with a high school diploma, easily obtained and hardly a mark of educational distinction, is free to enroll in a state-supported college or university. The consequence of this is disastrous. The avenues of learning at state colleges are clogged with remedial courses for students who failed to learn what they should in high school. Not surprisingly, the failure rate among students is high. This matters not only because their sojourn into college is, to a large degree, on the state's nickel, but also because their presence on campus saps resources sorely needed to serve more serious students. Further, it matters because the failure of a student to make the grade in college hurts all of us. Kansas needs an educated population to meet the increasing complexities of a technology-driven, information-rich global economy. Other states long have recognized this. Kansas is the last state in the nation to launch qualified admissions to state colleges. We came to this sea change in education with much angst. Some naysayers fear that qualified admissions will bar late bloomers from finding their place in the sun. (They could, of course, enroll in junior colleges or private colleges.) Others fear that high school students might realize too late the importance of taking seriously their high school work. Such concerns are valid, and they illustrate that the first step in improving the state's higher education is education. Students in the eighth grade this year, who will be the first to face qualified admissions after they graduate from high school, must be schooled that the education bar has been raised. They must know that more will be expected of them. And therein is the true beauty of this change. In adopting qualified admissions, we are raising our expectations for young people. They are up to the challenge, and we'do them no favor setting expectations that are too low, or nonexistent. Hand cream and kids SHARON RANDALL Scripps Howard News Service We're all in this business of bringing up our children together W hen it comes to shopping, I'm a lookyloo. It's not that I am cheap. But after years of raising three kids on a teacher's salary, it's Hard to spend money on anything we can't eat. I do have a few favorite shops where I can browse. I seldom leave without a token purchase — greeting cards, mostly. One such place I've grown fond of is filled with all sorts of interest- ihg stuff — decorative fountains and Ijve birds, blooming plants and cut flowers, porcelain animals and antiques and lace ... and yes, greeting cards for- me. It also stocks hand cream in f&ncy jars that make cheap but luxurious gifts. That's why I went there recently, to buy hand cream for a friend's birthday. " "Are you closed?" I asked the young man at the counter. In his late teens or early 20s, he was nice looking and pleasant. He reminded me of my boys. "Take your time," he said. "My name's Devon." I rummaged around a sale table a while before I remembered the hand cream. "Sorry," Devon said, "we don't stock it here anymore. But we still Smoking his legal defenses right down to the filter. LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL have it at our Carmel store. You need to go over there anyhow and see the display my mom did." "So it's your mom who puts all this stuff together?" "Isn't she amazing?" he said, beaming. "People can't believe how talented she is. I just started working for her and I love it. I hope to learn as much from her as I can." I made a vow to meet Devon's mother. Next day, I drove to Carmel. It was just as he described it. So was his mom. "I'm a mother, too," I explained, and she smiled. "I wanted to tell you in person all that he said about you. How his face lit up. How proud he was. And how impressed I was with you both." Her eyes welled up and she hugged me. Then we talked for a while, as mothers will do, about our children, our lives, our hopes and fears. We're all in the business of bringing up children together — mothers, fathers, educators and politicians, shopkeepers and newspaper columnists. If there's any encouraging word to be said, we need to pass it on. Devon's mother wouldn't let me pay for the hand cream. "I can't take this," I told her. "It's store policy," she said, laughing. "I give something away every day." Now I have to go back to buy hand cream for my friend. Because this jar is all mine. Check out the facts about Murphy Family Farms I would like to publicly thank our three Osborne County commissioners, Jack Applegate, Bill Cady and Don Kiper, and others who took the opportunity to visit Murphy Family Farms in Missouri. Like my husband and me, these individuals invested their time into looking into a potential investment in our community., As for myself, and many others, I was impressed and excited. Murphy Family Farms originated more than 35 years ago and is one of the largest producers of hogs in the United States. Murphy's would contract small farmers like ourselves to operate a nursery unit on our own land with their years of experience to back us. Murphy's would guarantee a good (approximately $20,000 net annual) diversified income for the small farm family and create new jobs for the community. • I am strongly concerned for the environment and appreciate the concern of others towards this. Murphy has exceeded regulations in Missouri and is devoted to research and control of odor and pollution. I would appreciate if other areas of pollution were looked into, such as the chemicals we put directly on our land and spray in our air to promote better crops and lawns. I am for all regulations and laws to keep our environment clean for future generations. Our community now has the power to send Murphy Family Farms a message. I hope we can look toward our future, consider the facts the commissioners and others have presented, to make a decision our children can benefit from. I enjoy living in Osborne County and have always, considered the people who live here to have good intentions, good morals and most having the will to work together for the benefit of our community. I am excited that we have this opportunity to work with Murphy Family Farms. My sincere appreciation for all those concerned enough to take the time to be informed. — LINDA J. HENKE Osborne Take a good look at the Republicans' voting record I am sure that we are all tired of the mud slinging and lies told in political TV ads. Let us look at the facts. Newt Gingrich in his Contract with America aimed at nothing more nor less than reducing or abolishing all the social legislation beginning with the New Deal, but also going back to the graduated Income Tax of 1916 and forest reserves and "Trust busting" legislation in the time of Teddy Roosevelt. The American people were gradually realizing how hideous Gingrich's plan was, so those who arranged the Republican convention in San Diego were careful to not let him speak in prime time. But now consider this, Sam Brownback, Todd Tiahrt, Pat Roberts and Bob Dole voted with Newt Gingrich more than 90 percent of the time. Bob Dole has openly said more than orice that under a Republican administration the IRS as we know it would be abolished. Why is he so against the IRS? Because it keeps track of all taxpayers, rich and poor, and makes sure that they not cheat but pay their fair share of the taxes they owe. The only good thing I can say for Bob Dole is that he was "less bad" than Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes, who were also competing for the Republican nomination. Forbes, with all his money, actually did purchase a couple of states in the Republican primaries. He spent $20 million, about as much as the two main national parties spent. But he had $443 million, so he could easily afford it. But now Bob Dole is running on a platform that reduces Mr. Forbes' income tax by 15 percent! The Brownbacks and Tiahrts have had beautiful ads showing their lovely wives and children. We agree that they look good. But let us rather look at their voting record, which would ruin all the social advances we have made in the last century. — EUGENE K. NELSON Lindsborg Keep our tax money at home As I read of the federal block grants that are now coming down just before elections, I am sorting out my negative feelings. I should be glad for those receiving the moneys and for all the good things that will be accomplished. Instead, I feel a bit jealous that somebody in my county didn't write an award- winning grant application. I am also wondering what kind of government specifications came with the grants and how appropriate those specifications might be for their locality. I am remembering that these projects are paid for by our tax money that was paid to the federal government as our civic duty. I wonder what percent of the money budgeted to go for such projects actually made it back to any state. How much 6f it paid for the office space and salaries of those administering the project? What percentage came to Kansas compared with other states? It seems to me that I would have felt better had we paid the same dollars to our county to repair bridges in our county that are unsafe and even to improve wiring, insulation and plumbing in low-income owned homes in our county? This gives me some understanding of where the much-maligned Republican freshman congressmen are coming from when they suggest cutting the number of things the federal government is administrating. — MARY LOU ANDERSON Jamestown Moran pays attention to the people, keeps us informed I am writing in support of our good friend, Jerry Moran of Hays, who has been such a good state senator for the 37th District and is running for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 1st District of Kansas. I've been receiving letters from Jerry since 1993 that I have kept and filed. These letters are three or four pages long, with in-depth explanation of issues and ideas that are of interest to most voters. I have not received letters like this from any other public servant. And this is the way Jerry views his responsibility — as a public servant. Jerry has visited in Ness City many times. He always answers everyone's questions with kindness and consideration. Everyone in this area should support Jerry Moran because we know him better than folks over in the eastern part of the 1st District. Jerry has been a highly respected state senator and one hears only good things about him. We should certainly support Jerry in his bid for U.S. congressman from Kansas' 1st District, and I hope you will do exactly that on election day. — MARGERY FRUSHER Ness City P.O. BOX 740, SALINA, KANSAS 67402 Moran a man of integrity and a champion of small business The 1st Congressional District has been fortunate to have had outstanding representation in Congress over the years. We should contuT- ue that tradition by electing Jerry Moran. Jerry has served central and western Kansas in the Kansas Senate since 1989. He has proven to be a person of integrity, an effective leader and a champion of agriculture and small business. Jerry has consistently fought for those things that matter most to Kansans — fiscal restraint, personal responsibility and limited government. Jerry Moran has earned our trust and will be a strong voice for the 1st District. I will vote for him on Nov. 5, and I hope that you will do the same. — ILA FRITZLER Ness City Livengood right about World War II leadership A friend of mine sent me the contributing editor's column "Many vets offended by Dole hero hype" by Roy Livengood. All Roy stated about World War II combat was true, as I served with the 82nd Airborne in" Africa, Sicily and Italy earning a Silver Star,' Bronze Stars and Purple Heart. I could have' taken several more Purple Hearts for light wounds but refused as our medics patched me up. When leading an attack in Anzio, Italy, a machine gun tore my shoulder bones apart. "; Roy was right. Few wounded vets in any' VFW posts ever wore the Purple Heart lapel pin, if any. I've never seen one worn. One jerk in a hospital in Africa, where all had wounds and were given Purple Hearts, actually wore' his Purple Heart medal on his bath robe. We were all amused. World War II was-mostly a sergeant's war,.' for we led, not the officers. The British soldiers; had a great respect Tor their junior officers,; who always led. Perhaps not too wise, but they did inspire their men. — EDMOOREHEAD Combes, Texas Let us elect ladies and gentlemen to the House Let's elect ladies and gentlemen, specifically to the U.S. House of Representatives. C-SPAN on TV shows us actual behavior of members of the House. Something the printed media cannot do. ; It's disgusting to see and hear elected mem-; bers, on the floor of the House, scream and belittle each other. Some do this in lieu of arguing a point of law under consideration. Too, some often interrupt a proponent by shouting "Point of order." Others knowingly tell falsehoods claiming "as a matter of fact." Often when a representative has the floor other members will carry on a loud conversa-, tion at the rear of the chamber and the speak-; er pro tern cannot get them to be quiet. The proceedings of the House come to a standstill. These members that are so discourteous should never be re-elected. It is of interest to note that members of the Senate, by contrast, behave like dedicated ladies and gentlemen. As Kansans, historically we should be proud that our elected U.S. representative are ladles and gentlemen. — W. KEITH WELTMER Salina III •SBURY By G.B. TRUDE.AU MIU&, TO LAUGH, BUT! THOUGHT I JU&THSARP yOU SAY THAT YOUUSeMARJJUANA! NAUSSA FROM MYCH&W- TH&MPY. ANP MYAPfZT/TZ- - T,tN6UI<eA StifiMOW. - WYOU0W AN&GH00R- \ IT? ACUI&? 7H&K/&HT SOKT? BKEAKTHP I V

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