The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 2, 2001 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 2, 2001
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THE SAUlNA JOURNAL WEDNESDAY. MAY 2. 2001 .'M> Bombing / Welch on a mission FROM PAGE A1 "They all essentially say the same thing — that it didn't do for them what they thought it would," Welch said. "It doesn't give closure. It does just the opposite. >, "It v(ron't make a normal human being feel any better. They mightifeeil good at the time, but itvvpn't help in the long run." People iare hearing message Welch believes his speeches and interviews detailing his opposition to capital punishment have had an effect on debate about the issue. Two years ago, he said, a New Mexico bill to abolish capital punishment received only 11 votes. A week after Welch testified before a joint judiciary committee this year, tl;ie bill failed again, but it received 20 votes. In Montana, a bill to abolish capital punishment gained 23 votes after Welch testified. "In th£! United States, support for the death penalty was 78 percent three years ago, and it's 62 percent now," Welch said. "That's a 16-point change in three years. If it does the same in the next three years, support for the death penalty wUl be at 46 percent." • Welch plans to do all he can to make sure that trend continues. On May 16, Welch wiU be in Terre Haute, Ind., where McVeigh wUl be killed, but he won't be carrying demonstration signs or lighting candles. He. will be in a church. "I must respect those who think that what we're doing there is correct, support the people here in Oklahoma City," Welch said. "I don't agree with it, but it would be inappropriate for me to do any demonstration." After the execution, he'll return to his Oklahoma City home. And on May 19, he'll leave for a six-day speaking tour to Portland, Ore.— carrying his daughter's little white flag. • Reporter Sharon Montague can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 129, or by e-mail at sjsmon 9^ Chinese Restauraiij!^ New Ownership •New Flavor ^ Buffet Free on Your Birthday , With Paying Guests 'I.D. ProofKcqiiiiod' Open May 1, 2001 Hours: Mon.-Thura. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. • Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. • Sun. 11 a.m.- 9 p -nt' 640 Westport Blvd.« SaUna, KS 67401» 785-827-6400 Q&A Journal. Store / Goodwill to build FROM PAGE A1 Mareda/said it could he another IVa years — a year after the store is up and running — before a court decision is made on the appeal. Diederich concurred. ; "If they want to take the risk of building before the coiu't of appeals renders a decision, that's their prerogative," Diederich said. "If we are successful in our appeal they will have to sell the building to someone who can use the building for purposes that are allowed,'' he said. Diederich also said, as he has since controversy was stirred, that the hotel's objections are not rooted in the idea Goodwill's reputation of catering to low-income people would detract from the hotel. Rather, he said the appeal is partly based on the argument that Goodwill's acceptance and wholesale selling of donated- yet-unusable clothing for use as industrial rags violates a city code. Rags are considered "junk" in city codes. 'According' to city code, "It shall be vmlawful to store junk at any location in the city other than one licensed..." City code also makes it illegal to sell junk wholesale in some arteas of the city. "Goodwill has admitted that part of their business is collecting and selling rags," Diederich said. "We're confident we'll win the case," he said. Diederich in the past has argued against the store on several fronts not included in the a;p- peal, including that the store Camllewood-Goodwin batUe Timeline of the Candiewood-Goodwill battle: • July 1999: The Salina Planning Commission hears attorney Dan Diederich s argument that the Goodwill store would violate zoning in the proposed site and would create an unsightly mess of donated items. • July 1999: Dunng a second meeting, the planning commission turns down plans for the new store Former Planning Commissioner William ' Umphrey said during the meeting that the store would not be suitable for the area because, "It is among the lower echelon on the economic scale" Former Commissioner Abner Perney. who voted in favor of the store said, "It's all a smokescreen. They Just don't want a big blue Goodwill sign next to their allegedly fancy hotel." • August 1999 Goodwill appeals the decision to the Salina City Commission, which overturns the planners' decision • September1999 The hotel ana Office Max, 2620 Planet, asks for a court review of the city commission decision • June 2000 Saline County District Court Judge Dan Hebert upholds the city commission decision • October 2000: The hotel appeals Hebert's decision • May 2001 Goodwill decides to build the store despite an ongoing appeal. When \iiu dnn 'tknon Khtrp TO turn we n there to hi Ip Hotiine Number: 1-800-550-4900 1045 The Midway, Salina. KS « 785-823-3113 At Salina Presbyterian Manor New beginnings and feel like a kid again at our Sky's the Limit celebration. SpecialThanks to the Sky's the Limit Sponsors: Salina Journal EBC. Inc. Waddles Heating and Cooling, Inc. Cabinets, Etc. Ryan Mortuary, Inc. L & C Flooring Outlet Walmart Midwest Security Warta Buick Subaru Achterberg and Neustrom Robert and Linda Henson Town & Country Animal Hospital Uniglobe Knowles Travel Coldwell Banker Antrim-Piper Wenger Realtors B & W Electrical Contractors, Inc. Suburban TV & Appliance Center, Inc. Presbyterian Manoi^of Mid-America A The way you want to live" 1/ Salina Presbyterian Manor 2601 E. Crawford, Salina (785)825-1366 Do you suffer from the signs of an anxiety disorder? building would be unappealing, create a traffic problem, cause an unsightly pile of donated items and violate zoning regulations by providing job training. Goodwill eventually dropped structured job-training in classrooms as a service at the facility Although Diederich says his legal strategy did not include frustrating Goodwill with a protracted legal battle in the hopes the organization would throw up its hands,-Mareda is not so sure. "We've never had the impression their side would win," she said. "I'm not sure what their reasons for drawing this out have been." A Goodwill store was proposed for Garden City at the same time the Salina store was proposed. Goodwill officials initially thought the Salina store would be built first, according to Mareda. The Garden City store was finished in late 1999. PATIO Furniture MADE IN USA iWER 823-1'512 1125E.CrawlOfd| If you or someone you know suffers from any of these symptoms, there Is free help available. Come to National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day on It/lay 3, where you can take an anxiety disorders screening test, view a video, have a confidential meeting with a doctor or mental health professional and receive informative educational materials about anxiety disorders. 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