The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 26, 1996 · Page 12
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B2 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL George B. Pyle editorial page editor Opinions expressed on this page are those of the identified writers. To join the i, conversation, >:_' write a letter to -/ the Journal at: '' P.O. Box 740 . Sallna, KS 3 , 67402 -'•• Fax: ^ (913) 827-6363 E-mail:« ,, SalJoumal •'?• ©aol.com f Quote of the day "With those •„,' administrative - offices, once you 're >•.; there, it's almost ?':'• Hkeyou're there ""' for life unless there is something '.--. terribly wrong '.','." within the office." Randy Duncan Saline County Republican Party chairman on the lack of opposition ; for some county offices. By SCOTT SEIRER / The Salina Journal A good place for lunch THE ISSUE Quality of school lunches THE ARGUMHUT High-fat days are over A good place for lunch is — surprise! — the Salina public schools. School lunches are tasty, as measured by what is not thrown away from students' plates. And they're a bargain, with prices starting at $1.25. But more importantly, they're healthy fare. Lunches served in school cafeterias are nutritionally balanced, have the appropriate amount of calories and, most remarkable, have a fat content of only about 30 percent. It's likely that for many children the lunch they eat at school is their most nutritious meal of the day. Getting to this point has been a five- year project, funded in the first two years by grant money that drew the eyes of school districts statewide to Salina's school kitchens. Through the pilot project, recipes were analyzed and modified. Cooking methods were changed. Portion sizes were fine tuned. There was experiment after experiment. Much was learned. For instance, plop pineapple chunks on a child's plate and you'll see many of them later in the trash. But allow children to dish up their own pineapple chunks, if they so choose, and you'll find yourself opening 90 cans of the fruit before lunch. Cooking and serving a healthy meal proved to be the easy part. The challenge is to do it within budget while meeting the demands of a quite fickle clientele. Kids — where do they learn this stuff — tend to like high-fat foods. Fat-rich pizza is one of their favorites. They like chicken nuggets, french fries, hamburgers and chicken fried steaks, too. You'll find all these foods on the menu at local schools, but with a twist. They're baked. Kim Hoelting, food service director, has no deep-fat fryers in her kitchens. Indeed, she buys no oils. If a recipe, say for brownies, calls for oil, she substitutes applesauce. Since the healthy-meal project began, Hoelting has recorded growing participation in the school lunch program, which now serves about 6,800 lunches a day. Also, food waste is down. Those are marks of success. Curiously, the biggest competitor to school lunches is not the meal Mom packs in a sack, it's the commercially prepared box lunch. There the allure is not the food, although some of the lunches contain candy bars. The attraction is the packaging, providing yet another example of the power of marketing directed to children. The Salina district has turned to marketing of a different sort. New this year is the publication of nutritional analysis with the daily menus that are provided to parents of students. That information enables parents to judge the healthfulness of the meals served. On a broader sense, the publication of nutritional analysis, including total calories, percent fat and even the level of calcium and vitamins C and A, is a signal that the school lunch program, once a high-fat, nutritional wasteland, can be turned on its ear. In Salina, school cooks have proven that school lunches can truly be fit to eat. LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL P.O. BOX 740, SALINA, KANSAS 67402 Seim will represent more than Salinans Let's all get the whole district represented, not just the Salina resi- 1 dents. We have had four years of just ' Salina residents as commissioners. Dean Seim has been a hard-working citizen of southeast Saline County for many years. To my 'knowledge, he has never had his integrity questioned in any way. Get out and vote Dean Seim on Nov. 5. — DONALD F. DARLING SR. • Salina Are candidates proud of their parties? •*•• Are you proud to be a member "',flf the Democratic, Reform, Republican, Libertarian or other political party, an independent voter or 3 a person just not interested in your government? ",„" If you are a Democrat, you gent erally believe in larger government, higher taxes and more -.spending. If a Republican, more "state and local government and lower taxes. If Reform, a balanced budget and more strict campaign financing. If an independent voter, belief in what the candidate says and does, regardless of party affiliation. And if you're not a vot- ,11 , er, disdain of all government. What one finds interesting are candidates who intentionally refrain from identifying themselves as Democrats, Republicans or another political party. For example, a Democrat now running for national office does not use the word Democrat in any newspaper ads or TV commercials. The candidate obviously is not proud to be a Democrat and wants votes of opponents' party members. Says, if elected, will vote as an independent. Such type person will be wishy- washy on public issues and should not be elected. — W. KEITH WELTMER Salina LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL P.O. BOX 740, SALINA, KANSAS 67402 Lynch qualified and deserves our support This letter is written to ask for citizens' support and votes for Eloise Lynch, an extremely well- qualified candidate for a position on the State Board of Education. As a farm wife and mother, Eloise reared three sons who attended public schools in Hedville and Salina, and continued their education to graduate from Kansas University. During that time, she was elected one of the first woman elders of her church, a position she has been re-elected to even now. While teaching Sunday school for many years, she still found time to be a volunteer at the hospital to run the camera to televise their Sunday chapel into the patients' rooms. She now has seven grandchildren who attend Kansas public schools. Eloise continued her own education after marriage, driving into Salina to earn her bachelor's degree at Kansas Wesleyan University. She then began to teach in Salina public schools in junior and then senior high schools. The family moved into Salina, and as a teacher of American history, constitution and democracy, in two different years she was named Kansas History Teacher of the Year by the statewide organizations of Colonial Dames and the D.A.R. Nominated by her teaching peers, she was selected as one of seven Kansas Master Teachers in 1987. She also was the Salina South High School girls tennis and swimming coach. During her summers, Eloise commuted to Manhattan and received her Masters in Education from Kansas State, then spent later summers in Lawrence to earn a Ph.D. in curri- culim and instruction. All of this enhanced her understanding of education. Toward the end of her teaching career, and then after retiring, she was three times elected as representative of the 71st District to the Kansas House, serving there for six years. She also was served as an unpaid volunteer for the State Board of Education on the evaluation committee of teacher preparation colleges for 12 years. At the request of Gbv. Bill Graves, she now serves on the Kansas Guardianship Board. The three main functions of the State Board of Education are to oversee curriculum, teacher certification and to have governance of the Vo-Tech and community colleges. Eloise Lynch has the experience and educational qualifications to understand and work well in these areas. A vote for Eloise Lynch will benefit the children of Kansas. — EVELYN AMEND Salina Influenza is a killer; flu shots really work The television news media has recently run short news items on the need for influenza vaccination. We would like to applaud the willingness of the media to pre. sent this information and their obvious concern for the well being of their listening audience. Unfortunately some of this coverage may have left doubt in the minds of some senior citizens about the effectiveness of the vaccine. The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care is currently leading a statewide coalition of more than 20 health-related organizations attempting to improve the rate of influenza vaccination and pneumonia vaccination among the elderly and all of those in contact with the elderly. We are concerned that some elderly people may have received a somewhat mistaken impression from these broadcasts' that influenza vaccinations are not very effective, and perhaps not very beneficial in the elderly population. We want all of our senior citizens to clearly understand that influenza is a major killer in the over 65 age group and that the influenza vaccination is a proven, effective strategy for significantly reducing the risk of serious disease and death resulting from influenza infection. There is virtually no risk from the influenza vaccination, allergic reactions are rare and influenza vaccine cannot cause the flu. We urge all people over the age of 65 to receive their annual flu shot. Anyone who might be concerned about any personal risk from this vaccine can direct questions to their physician or the county health department. — GARY H. SPIVEY, MD, MPH principal clinical coordinator The Kansas Foundation For Medical Care Inc. Photographs captured the essence of protest Photographer Kelly Presnell's pictures of Lifechain participants on the front page of the Salina Journal, Oct. 7, captured the essence of the event. Choice of the word "protest" in the headline and description was especially appropriate! According to Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, "protest" comes from the Latin work protestari, which means "to be a witness." And being "witnesses" is exactly what these pro-life people were doing. They were expressing in a quiet way, the theme of this year's Lifechain — Pray for America '96. In a humble spirit, following a Lifechain "Code of Conduct," reserved, not socializing, but in silent prayer and solidarity, women, men, toddlers, teens, infants in their mothers arms, and great- grandmothers in lawn chairs, all spent an hour in. public witness. They held signs which said, "Adoption The Loving Option," "Jesus Forgives and Heals," "Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation." People from more than 20 churches in the Saline area spent the hour asking God's forgiveness for their own failure to stand against abortion and failure to aid its victims, for protection of unborn children and their moms, for greater efforts toward adoption, for God's grace and healing on families and mothers who have had abortions, for crisis pregnancy centers and other pro-life healing ministries, for Godly wisdom in our government and courts, and for love and unity among all. It certainly was a beautiful protest! — MARLENE BONILLA Salina Support Lynch and lie schools publi One decision that you will have to make at the ballot box on Nov. 5 is the State Board of Education race for District 6. Eloise Lynch is the most qualified candidate in this race. I'm concerned that the importance of this position is much underrated. The State Board of Education decides such issues as curriculum standards, content of materials, certification requirements for teachers, which schools receive waivers to specific regulations, graduation requirements, etc. In short the State Board of Education greatly influences and controls Kansas education. One of the issues that especially concerns me is vouchers. Vouchers would allow the use of public monies for private and home schooling. It seems to me that the monitoring of these tax dollars would be a bureaucratic nightmare. If I were a drug addict and had six children or just having financial difficulty — I could decide to home school to "pad" my income for "other" expenses. While all of us support individuals' right to choose public, private, or home schooling, public monies should only be used for public education. Public education has provided the vehicle for our society to have class mobility. Through class mobility we have avoided a caste system where only the wealthy can be educated. The issuing of vouchers would undermine and erode public education. Weakening public education would not benefit any member or segment of society as we prepare young minds to enter the technological explosion. Eloise Lynch's platform states it is not appropriate for your tax dollars to be used to finance home or private schooling. As someone interested in children and public education, I strongly urge you to support Eloise Lynch to prevent the lynching of public education. — BETTY FITZGERALD Glen Elder Docking a forthright, independent woman Sam Brownback's senatorial campaign has imported two Texas politicians into our state within the last month. r On Oct. 2, candidate Brownback invited Texas Gov. George. W. Bush into Kansas. When the press asked the Texas governor it his appearance would help Brqvun- back get votes, he replied candidly, "Not really. I'm here to raise money for him." Brownie's pe6ple are high rollers with deep pockets. ,"Z On Oct. 10, Brownback had Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchispn to Wichita. ,..:, The senator's text to a high-dollar crowd was. "We cannot afford not to have two Republican senators from Kansas." Whoopee and hooray! The Texas senator must have a partisan interpretation of divine rights where positions stay within the royal family'-forever. ";'; Apparently, the lady senator from Texas thinks that Kansas has to be like Texas and have^iivo Republicans only. Or maybe the Texas lady feels that Jill Docking might be unwanted female competition in the U. S. Senate, where women are scarce commodities. .;,;;; Whatever the case, the Texas senator forgets that Kansas -has had a woman senator for 18 ye'#rs — and that woman, Nancy Kassebaum — has been a profile of independence and forthrightness. ^ , Sam Brownback's campaign is having a hard time coping iwith Jill Docking's forthrightness and independence. About the only thing ithat Brownback can find fault Ityith on Jill's campaign is his own scare tactic of partisan association. Notice Brownback's sj^le of television advertisements. First, his ad makes general'.'^!fling charges about Jill; following that, Brownback's ad blathers and gabbles about the Jv^d "liberal." ;' Jill Docking is no liberal..S.heis in the best tradition of her father- in-law, the late Goy. Bob Docking. He was independent and v >beholden to no one outside influence — that is Jill's hallmark, alsQ.;; n She knows where she starts^md where she stops. She is likeidthe traditional Kansas mother who looked to the future and di<J;the necessary. Candidate Jill Dooming does not find it necessary tq'jjm- port Texas fund raisers, Texas ladies, or use trifling television advertisements with warnings^of partisanship. She is like an intransitive verb, she stands ajpne and needs no object for completion. • vl To paraphrase the poet, ,"&11 Docking will pick up the flag that Nancy Kassebaum laid down.' 5 — HOMER KRUCKENBERG Great $&nd DOONESBURY By G.B. TRUDl/VU ACTUALS, DEAR, PROPZG HASAIQTOF5UPPOKTFWM OUR. AMBITIOUS ATWN& >K \ TALK TOH& MOTH5R. IU.P&PI&10 HoosemM WNANPLAU

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