The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 28, 1996 · Page 6
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Salina, Kansas
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A6 _MONDAY. OCTOBER 28, 1996 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL T CAMPAIGN '96 In the hearts of Russell, Bob Dole will always remain a winner By ADAM NAGOURNEY The New York Times RUSSELL, Kan. — To find the heart of Bob Dole's hometown in these last unsettled days of his campaign, do not go to Dole headquarters on Main Street. Or to the afternoon coffee-and-pie gatherings of the town elders at Meridy's. Or even to the VFW hall with the plaque honoring Dole outside and old war friends inside. Go no further then the cozy cocoon of sunflower prints, silk floral arrangements, cuckoo clocks and Bob Dole photographs that is the living room of Dole's eldest sister, Gloria Nelson, on West Fifth Street. "The wrong man," Nelson said, her bright yellow sunflower earrings bouncing as she rocked energetically in her easy chair, "is getting chomped." There are more than a few people here distraught over the troubles that have befallen the man celebrated in a Main Street banner as "Our Hometown Hero." And they are concerned about the disfavor a defeat of Dole might bring to the reputation and economy of this proud, tiny town, whose fortunes have been tied to his for almost 40 years. But there is probably no one who expresses that more plainly and plaintively then Dole's 75-year-old sister. Nelson is Bob Dole unvarnished, defending her home and her little brother against what she sees as an assault by the news media and the Democrats. Nelson speaks for Russell when she declares: "We just don't deserve this. This town is a close-knit family. We don't want Bob to get hurt. We just don't deserve this." Nelson recited the questions that have been raised about Clinton's character, like philandering and marijuana experimentation, and the tales of scandals she hears on the Rush Limbaugh show each day. "Why don't they write about The Associated Press Republican presidential candidate and Russell native Bob Dole is greeted Sunday at a campaign rally In Sacremento, Calif. those things?" she demanded. "Why don't they leave Bob Dole alone? He hasn't done anything wrong." "Why are they putting Bob in this bad light?" continued Nelson, her voice quivering with indignation, her five rings and Bob Dole wristwatch glinting in the sun. "To just start kicking him — kicking him when he's down. They're just kicking him because, in their estimation, he's not going to win this." The sentiments shared here by Nelson — "I'm his big sister; you've got to stand up for him" — offer a glimpse at the anxiety of this central Kansas town of 4,800. Like Dole, Russell holds its emotions close. But it is clear the people here are suffering with Dole in these last, difficult days of his candidacy, almost as if Russell itself were running for president. In the streets and stores and homes and restaurants of Russell, there is some talk of Harry S. Truman in 1948 and much denunciation of polls. But there is mostly scorn for Clinton and the news media, contempt for voters who don't see Dole the way his friends and neighbors do and anguish for Dole himself. "They're just like me," said G.B. "Bub" Dawson, 79, whose father owned the drugstore where Dole worked as a boy, speaking of the people of Russell. "They can't understand the polls. They can't understand why Whitewater and sexual harassment and all that stuff— all that should have annihilated the man. Nothing seems to stick to him." Until these past few weeks, this year has been a thrilling one for Russell, with the regular spectacles of presidential campaign visits, a welcome stream of tourists off Interstate 70 and the attention paid by reporters from all over the world. "Everybody's been on television," Dawson said. Now, though, there is an ele- gaic feeling all this attention might be about to end. "This idea that he's going to go down in disgrace and be a nobody," Nelson said with exasperation. "He'll go down as an elder statesman. "Bob Dole will take this right on the chin and go on. I'd like to be a winner's sister. I don't think I'll be, but whatever I'll be, I'll be his sister." T CAMPAIGN '96 Mystery TV ad becomes an issue in race Commercial criticizing Docking is being paid for by elusive group By The Associated Press TOPEKA — A new television ad against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jill Docking was not made by her Republican opponent, Sam Brownback, who says he doesn't know where the ad came from. "Jill Docking. Liberal Democrat," the ad says. It goes on to describe Brownback as a tax fighter and says Docking won't tell her position on the balanced-budget amendment — a claim that isn't true. "Liberal, Docking. Conservative, Brownback," the ad concludes. A group called Citizens for the Republic Education Fund has bought an estimated $200,000 worth of television ad time in Kansas. But, who's behind the ad in question, and where the money for it is from, no one seems to know. Despite a maze of campaign laws, it's possible no one ever will know. The Citizens for the Republic Education Fund is not registered with the Federal Election Commission. Because the ads do not directly advocate the election of a candidate, the ad could slip through federal election laws that typically require the disclosure of campaign contributions and spending, according to Docking's communications director, Scott Swenson. Swenson estimated the cost of the ad campaign at $200,000. He said Docking had never refused to give her position on the balanced-budget amendment, as the ad states. She supports the concept of a balanced-budget amendment but doesn't favor the amendment that has been discussed in Congress because it RA1PH WEIGH Bonds - Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron "It's a way in which we've taken the First Amendment and we've figured out sort of a clever way to use it in an almost unaccountable way." Bill Graves Kansas governor lacks flexibility, he said. Political ads sponsored by independent groups have turned up in other states this year. Gov. Bill Graves said he finds the trend troubling. "I'm disappointed, and I'm very concerned about it," said Graves, a Republican. "It's a way in which we've taken the First Amendment and we've figured out sort of a clever way to use it in an almost unaccountable way, as a tool to further political agendas." Docking last week called pn , Brownback to put a halt to the advertising campaign. "Stop dragging this race into the gutter," she said. The deputy campaign manager for Brownback, David Kensinger, said the television spots are an independent expenditure undertaken legally without knowledge ,of the candidate. Nor does the candidate have any power to halt the spots, he said. Asked if he's not curious about the source of the money, Kensinger replied, "Never look a gift horse in the mouth." Brownback said he had no information about the ads. "I don't know who that group is," he said. "I don't know how it's financed." THEATRES For MOVIE Selections ond SHOWTIMES Coll: 825-9105 We've gone world wide web! V ATCHISON COUNTY Courthouse quietly awaits birthday party jn a busy election year, officials forget about centennial celebration 'By The Associated Press ATCHISON — The Atchison County Courthouse has quietly turned 100 years old with no fanfare, but officials assure everyone •the grand old building has not been forgotten. "(The birthday) just got away from me with elections and other business," says County Clerk Pauline Lee, whom commissioners named to head the celebration. "We might have to postpone anything big until next year, when we have more time." Construction of the courthouse began in May 1896, but it was not completed until September of the following year, Lee said. Debate continues about whether next year is the building's real centennial. The current building actually was the second county courthouse built in Atchison, according to a master's degree thesis about the courthouse written by Atchison native Jane Price Byram. The first was a small, two-story building that sat on the same site from 1857 until it was torn down for the new building's construction. The courthouse was always removed from the central business district and, unlike most Kansas towns, never served as centerpiece to a town square. The town boomed rapidly before founders had a real chance to lay it out. A look at plans of architect ^Personalization /i An ^ /Monograms For Christmas! SVi// // II ilii I lui'tid' 252-8 S. Santa F« 815-4055 300-2S240S5 George P. Washburn, who designed 13 eastern Kansas courthouses during his career, shows how parts of the Atchison County Courthouse have changed over the years. Quirky areas called the fresh air room and phone room have long since been converted to offices. Even before the building was completed, commissioners revamped plans so the clock tower would be tall enough to see from Fifth and Commercial streets. Recent renovations have included sandblasting, sealing and painting the outside to preserve the stone and wood, which County Commissioner Tom Lykins pointed out cost more than the courthouse did to build — between $83,000 and $85,000 in 1896. Workers also remodeled the second-floor courtroom in the early 1980s, making it smaller, to expand offices and build a secondary courtroom. Most of the day-to-day cleaning and repairs keep custodial supervisor Floyd Fitzgerald busy. "We do whatever we can for her," he said, hoping the county will spring for a party. "(The county) should do something. I'd say it's one of the only pieces of property and history the county has to show real pride in." HAULOWEFN TIPS FROM G A R F I E L P It is safest to wear bright or retro- reflective costumes. Why do so many trust State Farm for life insurance? 9 SECURITY Stale Farm has the highest financial strength ratings from A.M. BMI-A+* MOODY'S-Aaa Standard and IWs-AAA Weiss Reseatch-A* 9 PRODUCTS Affordable, sensible life insurance lo fit your needs. (Sf SERVICE For life insurance backed by good neighbor service, see your nearby Stale Farm agent today. MARSHA HOFFHINES 827-1707 221 S. Santa Fe Salina ;eFaimSellsLifeInsuiance. STATE FARM LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Home Ofliw; Bloominglon, Illinois Events of the Day the Salina Journal Overnight Developing! Drop them by our store (In by 10 am, back the next day) Developing by Fast Focus Mon.-Fri, 8 am-6 pm Sat. 9 am-5 pm SUPERIOR SCHOOL & OFFICE A Division of Superior School Supplies/ Inc. 214 S. SANTA FE • SAUNA, KS 67401 913-825-1641 CITY OF SALINA FINANCIAL STATEMENT January 1, 1996 to September 30, 1996 FUND CASH CASH BALANCE RECEIPTS January 1 TO DATE FUNDS BUDGETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE STATUTES: GENERAL 5,729,411.29 EMPLOYEE BENEFIT 1,200,725.55 UTILITY 401,045.12 SPECIAL LIABILITY 78,469.99 BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT 15,489.42 TOURISM AND CONVENTION 0.00 SPECIAL PARKS 84,824.95 . SPECIAL ALCOHOL 0.00 SPECIAL GAS TAX • 603,199.64 BICENTENNIAL CENTER 349,555.58 BOND AND INTEREST 1,024,019.64 RISK MANAGEMENT 427,685.41 WORKER'S COMP. RESERVE 814,453.34 CENTRAL GARAGE 47,137.22 INFORMATION SERVICES 126,107.87 SANITATION 622,698.34 SOLID WASTE 1,043,456.06 GOLF COURSE 111,168.02 WATER AND SEWER 8,029,045.92 $13,075,228.53 $3,030,293.83 $797,293.76 $379,899.11 $59,240.65 $406,808.76 $62,062.06 $62,062.05 $1,003,149.93 $820,165.99 $2,372,553.20 $230,653.00 $62,326.31 $647,237.06 $346,966.47 $906,710.86 $1,445,155.77 $632,773.42 $8,248,856.15 CASH EXPENDITURES $13,613,511.24 $1,961,270.90 $600,697.30 $208,078.62 $71,654.61 $344,202.56 $56,190.33 $41,056.55 $1,028,794.18 $818,376.64 $1,565,647.25 $266,309.21 $234,083.35 $595,036.83 $302,065.90 $852,328.92 $1,904,311.50 $606,081.07 $8,960,424.59 CASH BALANCE 9/30/96 $5,191,128.58 $ 2,269,748.48 $ 597,641.58 $ 250,290.48 $• 3,075.46 $ 62,606.20 $ 90,696.68 $ 21,005.50 $ 577,555.39 $ 351,344.93 $ 1,830,925.59 $ 392,029.20 $ 642,696.30 $ 99,337.45 $ 171,008.44 $ 677,080.28 $ 584,300.33 $ 137,860.37 $ 7,317,477.48 $ ACCOUNTS UNENCUMBERED PAYABLE AND CASH ENCUMBRANCES BALANCE 744,559.89 136,964.14 372,045.37 19,046.66 1,641.20 215,649.81 12,883.37 10,068.79 22,788.82 102,613.79 19,576.50 3,014,782.20 $4,446,568.69 2,132,784.34 ' 597,641.58 250,290.48 3,075.46 62,606.20 90,696.68 21,005.50 205,510.02 332,298.27 1,830,925.59 390,388.00 427,046.49 86,454.08 160,939.65 . 654,291.46 481,686.54 118,283.87 4,302,695.28 ' TOTAL OF ALL BUDGETED FUNDS $20,708,493.36 $34,589,436.91 $34,030,121.55 $21,267,808.72 $4,672,620.54 $16,595,188.18 FUNDS NOT REQUIRED TO BE BUDGETED: BICENTENNIAL CENTER EVENT 127,836.86 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (5,786.31) COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 1,453.38 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT REV. 79,492.05 HERITAGE COMMISSION 491.77 FAIR HOUSING 23,784.36 SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT 38,831.28 POLICE GRANTS 0.00 TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANT (37,525.24) CITIZENSHIP TRUST 15,240.99 CEMETERY ENDOWMENT 146,342.62 MAUSOLEUM ENDOWMENT 19,821.25 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT ESCROW 221,387.32 TRICENTENNIAL COMMISSION 3,086.53 TRAFFIC SIGNAL ESCROW 0.00 PEG ACCESS SUPPORT 0.00 WAR MEMORIAL TRUST FUND 32,571.84 FIRE INSURANCE PROCEEDS 14,470.88 • SOLID WASTE CONSTRUCTION 342,553.22 WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS 10,835.21 WATER PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST 630,437.52 WATER BOND RESERVES 3,602,858.20 SEWER PUMP STATIONS 0.00 INTERCEPTOR SEWER CONSTRUCTION (177) SEWER PLANT CONSTRUCTION 711,480.06 WASTEWATER FILTER PRESS 209,333.42 •CONSTRUCTION 460,607.93 MAGNOLIA/1-135 CONSTRUCTION 0.00 PAYROLL CLEARING _ 235,890.65 " TOTAL OF ALL UNBUDGETED FUNDS TOTALS FOR ALL FUNDS $91,142.21 $60,023.51 $751.70 $3,172.83 $1,076.65 $23,078.00 $1,165.27 $82,990.01 $141,487.59 $0.00 $617.64 $38,375.23 $170.36 $5,150.00 $89,193.25 $4,270.56 $6,505.45 $18,969.10 $17,136.25 $1,982,277.03 $20,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,370.93 $16,164.00 $3,325,649.56 $5,131,712.25 $14,266,522.30 $108,013.87 $191,854.23 . $612.90 $51.37 $14.00 $13,582.41 $2,899.48 $225,904.84 $139,833.75 $1,500.00 $35.00 $0.00 $85,241.68 $0.00 $0.00 $89,193.25 $135.43 $12,121.16 $217,225.18 $0.00 $2,483,765.40 $20,000.00 $20,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $45,685.00 $3,327,636.36 $3,412,969.31 $14,342,193.14 $110,965.20 $ (137,617.03) $ 1,592.18 $ 82,613.51 $ 1,554.42 $ 33,279.95 $ 37,097.07 $ (142,914.83) $ (35,871.40) $ 13,740.99 $ 155,426.60 $ 20,438.89 $ 174,520.87 $ 3,256.89 $ 5,150.00 $ 0.00 $ 36,706.97 $ 8,855.17 $ 144.297.14 $ 27,971.46 $ 128.949.15 $ 3,602,858.20 $ (20,000.00) 883.65 6,099.75 5,028.91 (177) 716,850.99 179,812.42 458,621.13 1,718,742.94 160,219.71 2,590.92 15,703.87 96,381,93 72,435.80 65,674.83 817,712.90 $110,965.20 (138,500.68) 1,592.18 82,613.51 1,554.42 33,279.95 37,097.07 (149,014.58) (40,900.31) 13,740.99 155,426.60 20,438.89 174,520.87 3,256.89 5,150.00 0.00 36,706.97 8,855.17 141,706.22 12,267.59 128,949.15 3,602,858,20 (96,558.93) 644,415.19 114,137.59'(359,091.77) 1,718,742.94 160,219.71 $6,885,318.69 $25,342,090.66 $24,740,467.76 $7,486,941.59 $1,082,612.66 $6.424,429.03 $27,693,812.05 $59,931,527.57 $58,770,589.31 $28,754,750.31 $5,755,133.10 $23,019,617.21 CASH ACCOUNTS: COMBINED CHECKING COMBINED INVESTMENTS WATER AND SEWER PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST MAGNOLIA CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT BICENTENNIAL CENTER EVENT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PETTY CASH FUNDS TOTAL CHECKING AND INVESTMENTS OUTSTANDING BOND OBLIGATIONS: 9/3096 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS $12,962,000.00 REVENUE BONDS . 35,845,000.00 TEMPORARY NOTES 7,795,000.00 ($2,772,695.37) $29,548,493.39 $128,949.15 $1,718,742.94 $110,465.20 $0.00 $20,795.00 $28,754,760.31 TOTAL OUTSTANDING BOND OBLIGATIONS $56,602,000.00 The Construction and Solid Waste Construction funds will be reimbursed by General Obligation bonds, temporary notes and payments from other sources. " Revenues and expenditures Includes the following transfers: Unbudgeted funds Total Interfund transfers I hereby certify that the above statement Is correct. Rodney Franz Revenues Expenditures $425,005.05 $2,283,162.92 2,747,322.41 889,164.54 $3,172,327.46 $3,172,327.46

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