The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 9
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SUNDAY MAY 6, 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Great Plains A LOOK AHEAD / B2 DEATHS / B3 BRIEFLY Part of Salina loses electricity Electricity to an area of central Salina was out Saturday morning for more than two hours, a spokesman for KPL in Salina said. The outage, reported at 5 a.m., affected 607 customers in the area between Ash and Mulberry streets and Second Strefet and Santa Fe Avenue, said Tom Sydow, operations director for KPL. The outage was caused by a cracked electrical line insulator on a main power line on a utility pole at Iron and Penn streets, Sydow said. Some customers had their power restored after about an hour; the remaining customers had power restored after about two and a half hours. County to consider comprehensive plan Saline County's proposed 20- year comprehensive plan for growth and development is scheduled to be considered for approval by county commis- sioiiers during their weekly" Tuesday meeting. The plan was approved by the county's planning and zoning commission and has been reviewed by county commissioners. Also Tuesday, commissioners will: • Consider a contract of $70,031 for emergency federal relief assistance through the Kansas Department of Transportation for rebuilding a portion of Magnolia Road east of Kipp Road and removing debris from a bridge on the Smoky Hill River. • Consider bids for a bridge replacement on Pleasant Hill Road. • Hear from Annie Grevas, director of Saline County Community Corrections, about the agency's comprehensive service plan. No new services are proposed in the plan, which must be approved by commissioners before the agency receives its 2002 budget allocation from the state Department of Corrections. Ten Commandments finds college home MANHATTAN — A display of the Ten Commandments that had been the center of a two-year controversy has a new home at Manhattan Christian College. About 200 people gathered Friday for the college's dedication of its new Heritage Court entrance, which will have the Ten Commandments monolith as its centerpiece. The tablet had been in front of City Hall since the 1950s but a controversy erupted in 1998, when the Ten Commandments were g'iven a more prominent place in the front of City Hall after a renovation project. Two lawsuits were filed while officials debated what to do with the tablet. The City Commission eventually voted to remove the tablet and return it to the Eagles Lodge. From Staff and Wire Reports Salina's lowest gasoline price found yesterday by the Journal. Call us at 823-6363, Ext. 150, if you find a lower fuel price in town. • STATE BUDGET Price from Casey's General Store, 500 N. Ohio CORRECTIONS ••••• The Journal wants to set the record straight. Advise us of errors by calling the Journal at (785) 823-6363. or toll free at 1-800827-6363. Corrections will run In this space as soon as possible. A House divided Senate-approved budget shot down in Kansas House By JOHN HANNA Tlie Associaled Press The Associated Press Several Kansas House of Representatives members, including Rep. Patricia Liglitner, R-Overiand Park, sported buttons at the Statehouse in Topeka Friday to show their stand against raising taxes. TOPEKA — Republican senators did their part to push a compromise budget plan toward passage, but it stalled in the House. Two bills providing for modest tax increases were defeated in the House Saturday They were necessary for the budget plan, and their failure meant more budget negotiations were likely. GOP leaders used their 30-10 majority to muscle three tax bills needed to complete the package through the Senate Friday night. The year's last budget legislation followed those bills to Senate approval. The budget measure would close the $206 million gap between expected revenues and spending already approved for the state's 2002 fiscal year, which starts July 1. The first three bills would increase insurance taxes, raise gasoline and diesel fuel taxes by 1 cent per gallon on July 1 and speed up the collection of taxes on oil and natural-gas production. The vote on the appropriations bill was 24-16, and senators approved the fuels tax bill 21-19. The insurance tax bill passed 22-18. All three went to the House. The Senate voted 23-17 for the oil and gas bill, sending it to Gov. Bill Graves. The House had approved it earlier. Senators had added the insurance and motor fuels tax proposals to unrelated House bills. House members could have sent them to Graves by voting to accept the Senate amendments. But many House members have said they oppose efforts to increase taxes. The House voted 67-57 to reject the motor fuels tax bill and 70-52 to reject the insurance tax bill. Joint conference committees were appointed, in theory to work out final versions. But the lead House negotiator. Taxation Chairman John Edmonds, doesn't intend to bring forth any proposal for a tax increase. "I am dead set against a tax increase," Edmonds, R-Great Bend, told his colleagues. "My motivation is to not raise taxes a dime in. any form." Saturday was the 11th day since legislators returned from their annual spring break and the 96th calendar day of the 2001 session. Only the "wrap-up session" in 1991 was longer, at 12 days. On Friday night, the Senate's 10 Democrats voted against all three tax bills. GOP support for them dismayed conservative Sen. Kay O'Connor, R-Olathe, who noted that President Bush and Republicans in Congress are pushing cuts in federal taxes. "What are we Republicans doing?" she asked. "We're raising taxes in Kansas. We're going to make national news. I don't think I'm going to be proud of it." But Senate President Dave Kerr, R- Hutchinson, wasn't bothered by Democrats' actions. "I think we acted responsibly," he said. "Fixing budgets is serious business, not platitudes." House and Senate negotiators bargained five days before agreeing on the budget plan, which would raise about $49 million through the tax changes and an increase in traffic fines. Graves had proposed $117.6 million in tax increases to help close the hole in the budget and raise extra money for education. Flamenco with flair T KSU-SALINA GRADUATION Speaker preaches purple passion JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Norma Pacheco O'Neil does a flamenco dance during the fourth annual Ethnic Festival at Central IMali Saturday afternoon. Jurich says skills are iinportant, but there's more to the equation By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal Without passion for doing a job well, knowledge by itself is a means, but not an end, Kansas State University-Salina's commencement speaker told graduates Saturday. "Skills and knowledge make things possible. Passion makes them come alive," said Tony Jurich, professor of family studies and human services at KSU in Manhattan. Saturday morning's ceremonies at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Center auditorium on East Iron culminated the academic careers of 98 students receiving degrees in aviation and aeronautics, civil engineering technology, computer engineering technology, computer information systems, computer science technology, electronic engineering technology, environmental engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, surveying technology and technology management. The former Kansas College of Technology in Salina and Kansas State University merged 10 years ago. By merging, administrators chose a bold path that in hindsight was proper, Michael Higley, president of KSU-Salina's student body said, in an address preceding Jurich's. Since the merger, Salina's branch of K-State has become more of a traditional-looking campus with acquisition of new land along with new facilities, new roads and a new entrance. Curriculum changes have matched facility changes, giving students daily practical applications of "theories, equations and theorems," Higley said. "If we only have taught you skills without a passion for work, we have taught you nothing." Tony Jurich commencement speaker at KSU-Salina graduation "Isn't that what the face of technology is all about — change?" he said. "Who knows, the person on your left or right, he might be the next Bill Gates," Higley, a sophomore said, referring to the founder of Microsoft. "If success comes to you early, say in the next two years ... I'U get you my resume," he said with a grin. Jurich, an expert in family and marriage therapy, said pas: sion, though maybe not as notable as academic achievement, is no less important to a successful career Professors merely help complete the task students' parents started by keeping alive the passion to achieve and learn. "On the Kansas State campus there is passion in the classroom, passion in the labs and passion on a snowy night when the clock ticks down, and we realize we've finally beaten the mighty Nebraska," Jurich, a Wildcat football fan, said, his eyes twinkling as he smiled at the audience. "If we only have taught you skills without a passion for work, we have taught you nothing," Jurich said. • Reporter David Clouston can be reached at 823-6464. Ext. 131, or by e-mail at sjdclouston @saljournal.corn CHEAPTHERAPY Often our computer chips turn to cow chips Those who say ! should do more computing haven't seen Capt. Virus Slayer Our home computer recently fell ill. It wasn't a serious sickness. There was no.need for invasive surgery, or worse, a call to Hospice of Microsoft. The ailment was in human terms an upper-respiratory infection that stuck like computerized phlegm to outgoing e-mail messages. E-mail recipients would open their electronic doors and be greeted by the cyber version of a wet, hacking cough. The disease was diagnosed as an Active X virus, which sounds more like a comic-book villain than a pesky computer malady We bought a top-selling virus-detection program we'll call Captain Virus Slayer. We unleashed this popular software superhero into our machine. and as advertised on the box, our guy found his arch-nemesis Active X and beat the holy silicon out of him. Active X, we are told, has been excised. I'd like to report that our PC now has the health and stamina of an Olympic decathlete, that it-can run all sorts of programs, vault over the nastiest of system bugs and hurl weighty correspondence great distances. I could say that, but you computer users would know it to be a lie. Capt. Virus Slayer, apparently weak from loss of blood battling Active X, met his match in a more ominous beast called Hybris. Its full name was made up of numbers, letters, slashes and GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The SaWia Joiinml dots. This was the only intelligible part. Our good captain has the ability to delete bad bugs, clean them to ineffectiveness, or as a last resort, quarantine them, sort of like sending an unruly child to time-out. This tantrum thrower, however, is standing his ground. He refuses to be deleted, cleaned or quarantined. He won't even go stand in the corner. As a result, documents that once opened with a gentle click of the mouse refuse to acknowledge even the most vigorous rodent poundings. Also, strange warnings and windows I've never seen now pop up at random on my screen telling me 1 can't do this or that because this or that does not exist, or is disabled, or needs an extension, when I know both this and that are in there, and in order to make them reappear, 1 may just need to deploy a bigger hammer. Lest people get the wrong idea, I'm not a computer Luddite. I like technology that works. I don't like technology that promises to work but does not. For this and other reasons, my home PC is seriously under-used. It gets me to the Internet and back and sends a few pieces of mail and does little else. I dislike computer games. Give me a bowling alley pinball machine. I've never entered a chat room. 1 don't talk enough to the people I know, so why should I waste time chatting all night with some faceless stranger named Euripides. And I don't download music, partly because that awful Hybris creature won't let me, but mainly because I don't need Internet tunes. I own a perfectly good Victrola.' •Columnist Gordon D. Fiedler Jr. can be reached at 785-823-6464, or by e-mail a t sjgfied ler(wsaljournal. com. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearing@saljournal.com

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