The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 25, 1996 · Page 1
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Road warriors Yankees win 3rd straight in Atlanta to take 3-2 Series lead /C1 At ease What do Bob Dole and Bill Clinton do on their days off? / C7 CAMPAIGN'96 ' StOPy: Community theater play looks at mental retardation / D1 • liHie West! TV westerns inspired today's collectibles / A8 INSIDE -^ High: 63 Low; 45 Mostly sunny and windy today, and mostly clear and windy tonight / B3 WEATHER Classified/C8 Comics / B4 Deaths/A11 Encore! / D1 Great Plains / B Money / C5 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 Salina Journal FRIDAY OCTOBER 25, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents what's t h e_ deal? Did Bob Dole's gamble to woo Ross Perot fail again to change the campaign? By R.W. APPLE Jr. The New York Times Analysis WASHINGTON — Since early summer, the season of promise when political hopes bloom along with the roses, Bob Dole has been trying to do something — anything — to alter the shape of a presidential campaign whose basic configuration has not changed since the end of the primary elections. Shaking off his innate caution I^and conservatism, he resigned from %the Senate, his political home and ^ power base, to no visible effect. He ^embraced supply-side economics, ^ which he had always disdained, to no visible effect, and added Jack Kemp, .the supply-side guru, as a running - mate. He all but abandoned his campaign , in the Middle Atlantic and the indus- , trial Midwest, the traditional battlegrounds, in favor of a new effort in California, to no visible effect. Now, like a man with his hands stuck in taffy, he has made yet another abrupt effort to wrench himself free from impending defeat: an appeal, quickly rebuffed, to Ross Perot The Associated Press Seven-year-old Jeanne Capella (right) shares the stage with Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole (far left). Dole spoke during a campaign rally Thursday in New Orleans. to abandon his candidacy on the Reform ticket. It appears to have hurt more than it helped, as have some of Dole's earlier gambits. Political professionals readily concede that he faced a tough fight in any event, confronted as he was with an notably malleable Democratic president who adopted many policies fashioned by Republicans. But they think Dole's attempt to refashion his political persona has. made it even tougher. "He was doomed from the minute he decided that he had to run as someone other than Bob Dole of Kansas, the Senate majority leader," said Peter Hart, the Democratic pollster and strategist, and few insiders disagree. With little more than 10 days of campaigning left, it is not surprising that Dole has reached the point where urgent if not desperate measures suggest themselves. He trails Bill Clinton by 22 percentage points, 55-33, in the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, published Tuesday. In California, target of his latest do-or-die effort, a Los Angeles Times poll shows Clinton's job approval rating at 60 percent, the highest since he took office. And every single member of a panel of political consultants assembled See DOLE, Page A11 Advance voting popular in area counties By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal The votes are still coming in, but it's apparent that advance voting is popular in area counties. "The people coming in to vote :, think it's great," said Sandy Emig, .-"Dickinson County Clerk. "They ;' might be in the courthouse already for some other reason, and can just . come in and vote." Although advance voting went into effect in July 1995, more people are •V '" taking advantage of the new rules be"*" cause of the upcoming presidential election. Unlike absentee balloting, advance voting lets people vote before hand at the courthouse or through the - mail, without a special reason. "You could never just go in and ". '• vote," said Susan Henson Meng, McPherson County clerk. "You had , ' to have a reason — you'd be out of town, or sick or disabled. Walk-in voting seems to be less popular than requesting a ballot through the mail, which makes more work for county employees. When voting through the mail, people must obtain a ballot request form, sign it, and then send it back to the county clerk, who then mails a ballot back. Since Oct. 16, McPherson County has had 133 walk-in voters and 594 ballots sent through the mail. In that same time, Dickinson County has had 517 people who have already cast Votes, Ottawa County has had 151 and Ellsworth has had 104. More than 1,000 ballots have been received and sent out in Saline County. "We don't have as many walk-in advance voters as we'd like, but we have quite a bit who are asking for the ballots over the phone or through the mail," said Henson Meng. Counties In Kansas began advanced voting Oct. 16, Advanced voting numbers as of Oct. 24*: MCPHERSON COUNTY: 727 DICKINSON COUNTY: 517 OTTAWA COUNTY: 151 ELLSWORTH COUNTY 204 'Saline County had more than 1,000 advance votes as of Oct. 23. Like other county Clerks, Henson Meng said the higher number of mail ballots can be attributed to a statewide mailing from the Kansas Republican Party. The party sent voters an advance voting ballot request form. Bruce Harlan, assistant to the director of Bob Dole's state campaign team, said the party might continue to mail the advance ballot requests in the future. Ellsworth County Clerk Jan Andrews said the advance voting process is popular with people who want to avoid lines on Nov. 5, among other reasons. "A lot of advance voters are people who are older and don't get to the polls as easy, and some say they're going to be out of town on that day," Andrews said. "Some aren't sure what the weather will be like that day." Even with the added work during an already busy time for county clerks, the process seems popular. "I'm all for it," Andrews said. "The more people that vote, the better." V ISRAEL Rabin honored one year after death Thousands light candles and pray for assassinated Israeli leader who brought peace within reach By DIANNA CAHN Ttie Associated Press JERUSALEM — Mourning the leader who had brought peace within reach, Israelis wept and prayed Thursday for Yitzhak Rabin, marking a year since his assassination by a Jewish extremist "We are still swimming in a sea of confusion ... looking for a way out," Rabin's grandson said. "Our world has changed. We are no longer the same family, the same people." In the Tel Aviv square where Rabin was gunned down, thousands lit memorial candles and placed flowers on the pavement. Some embraced. Others hummed "To cry for The Associated Press you, a ballad that An |srae| , b ho|ds fl torch them ofS hope es-" as he leans over a poster of pecSuy ?or yoSger Yitzhak Rabin on Thursday Israelis. In Tel Aviv. "Friend, we miss you," read a banner headline in the Yediot Ahronot newspaper. The prime minister's assassination occurred Nov. 4, but according to the Hebrew calendar, the anniversary fell on Thursday. The sorrow briefly covered up the poisonous divisions in Israel that have deepened since the assassination. But even Thursday's somber ceremonies were not entirely without rancor. Pointing an accusing finger, Rabin's son Yuval said hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin Ne- tanyahu must accept some of the blame for creating the hate-filled political climate that led to Rabin's murder. Assassin Yigal Amir says he shot Rabin to prevent . him from trading land God promised the Jews for j; peace with the Arabs. . :^ V Netanyahu remained silent during the graveside memorial at the request of the Rabin family. In a speech to parliament, he did not address accusations that he bears some responsibility for inciting the assassination. Two opposition legislators walked out when Netanyahu began to speak. Rabin's grandchild, Yonathan Ben-Artzi, eulogized the military man who late in life had embarked on the risky path of peace. "I want to ask for your forgiveness, grandfather," Ben-Artzi said in a memorial ceremony at Mount Herzl Cemetery. "Forgive us for not protecting you like we should have." T HALLOWEEN school turns Halloween parade red, white and boo The Associated Press Barbara Labe (left), mother of four children at Smithsburg Elementary School In Smithsburg, Md., had already spent $60 on Halloween costumes for her children before she was notified that the school was having a red, 'white and blue patriotic theme costume parade Instead of the traditional fall festival parade with Halloween colors. Some residents thjnk it's a shame that kids can't have their fun By The Associated Press SMITHSBURG, Md. — An elementary school has stirred up a cauldron of trouble by changing its Halloween colors to red, white and blue. Smithsburg Elementary School officials had hoped to promote voting and apparently avoid controversy over Halloween's occult aspects by declaring a patriotic theme for next Tuesday's costume parade through town. Instead, the decision has angered parents and others in the rural village of 1,600. "I feel like once again the minority is having their way against the majority," said Barbara Labe, mother of a second-grader and triplets in kindergarten. She said she had spent $60 on costumes to dress her children as "I think the pendulum has swung too far on this. It's certainly far removed from worshipping Satan or anything. It's kids'fun." Mildred Myers mayor of Smithsburg, Md. a bat, a ghost, a jack o'lantern and Sleeping Beauty. "I was thinking maybe I would let them wear their costumes and carry an American flag," Labe said. That would be OK, according to a follow-up letter from the school. But in the future, the letter said, the parade might not be held in the fall at all, "depending on the theme selected by the faculty." The letter referred to "religious connotations which have become associated with the season in recent years." Shifting the parade to another season would end a tradition of at least 20 years in Smithsburg, set amid dairy farms and apple orchards in the Appalachian foothills. "My personal opinion is that I think the pendulum has swung too far on this," said Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers. "It's something that's been long-going, and it's certainly far removed from worshiping Satan or anything. It's kids' fun." Principal Bill Fagar wouldn't comment. William Ford, assistant superintendent for instruction at the Washington County Board of Education, said Smithsburg chose the patriotic theme to reinforce election-awareness lessons being taught in the county's schools this fall. Ford said the school board, like others across the country, urges administrators to be sensitive to religious, cultural and philosophical differences and encourages them to consider alternatives to traditional Halloween activities. Most Washington County schools have replaced Halloween parties with "fall festivals" or "harvest celebrations," he said. Nationally, school Halloween controversies have cooled after peaking earlier in this decade, National School Boards Association spokesman Jay Butler said. For some in Smithsburg, the annual Halloween parade represented the small-town values that drew or kept them there. "I think it's a shame," said Marge Gyurisin, president of the school's Parent-Teacher Association. "For kids, it's always just been about dressing up in a costume and seeing how much candy, you can get. And now someone has decided it's something else."

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