The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 7, 2001 · Page 2
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Salina, Kansas
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Monday, May 7, 2001
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A2 MONDAY, MAY 7, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead Proposals / Some blame Sebelius 7 Monday • EVENT: Carson and Barnes Circus. 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., East Crawford Recreation Area. Tickets available at area Dillons Stores, $10 for adults and S5 for children. . PARENTING CLASS: "Positive Discipline." 6-8 p.m.. First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Eighth. Free. 825-4493. • PROGRAM: "The ABCs of Credit Facts." 11 a.m.-noon, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, 1201 W. Walnut. $5 per family. For reservations, call 827-6731. 8 Tuesday • DEADLINE: Registration deadline for Start-up and operation of Business Workshop. May 15, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Development Center,. 120 W. Ash. $15. 827-9301. • DEADLINE: Registration deadline for "Nurturing the Brain: Importance of Early Relationships" by Dr. Betty Rintoul. May 10, 5;30-7 p.m.. Holiday Inn Holidome, 1616 W. Cravi/ford. 8271312. • FUND-RAISER: Casino Night. 7-9 p.m.. Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. $5. 309-5765. • PROGRAM: "Now What Do We Do — and What Do I Do? The Next Steps for Lindsborg Toward Sustainability" by Jimmy Sjoblom. 7 p.m., Bur­ nett Center, Bethany College. (785) 227-3311, Ext. 8121. • PROGRAM: "Cooking Lite: South of the Border." Noon-1:30 p.m., Salina Regional Health Center, Penn Campus Conference Rooms 1 and 2. $5.4527834. • PUBLIC MEETING: Saline County Commission. 11 a.m.. Room 107, City- County Building. 309-5825. • PUBLIC MEETING: BCAAB. 4 p.m.. Room 107, City-County Building. • PUBLIC MEETING: Business Improvement District 1 board. 3:30 p.m., 114AS. Seventh. 825-0535. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Human Relations Commission. 7:30 p.m., Room 107B, City-County Building. 3095745. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina School Board. 5 p.m., district office, 1511 Gypsum. • PUBLIC MEETING: Ell-Saline School Board. 7 p.m., 1757 N. Halstead. 827-1121. • HILLSBORO: Prairie View Food For Thought program 'The Power to Communicate." 6:30-8, Wohlgemuth Music Education Center, tabor College. $12.50.1-800-362-0180, Ext. 6412. Listing Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to include name, address and telephone number. FROM PAGE A1 In 1999, legislators raised motor fuels taxes to help finance a 10-year, $13.9 billion transportation plan. A penny-on-the- gallon increase was set to take effect in July 2003. Under the bill, that same increase would take effect July 1, raising $16.5 million in fiscal 2002. "It's an acceleration of a tax we put in place for the highway plan," Kerr explained. "The plan just moves it up, sooner." The insurance biU rewrites a 1997 law that ended the state's practice of levying higher premium taxes on out-of-state insurance companies than on Kansas companies. The premium tax is paid by a company on the value of the policies it writes in Kansas, and the cost typically gets passed on to consumers. Under the 1997 law, the state gives companies a credit against the tax equal to 30 per- "All 10 Democrats were unhappy that we met our obligations and didn't raise taxes in some grand stroke." Dave Kerr Senate president cent of their Kansas payrolls. In setting the value of the credit, legislators relied on estimates from the Insurance Department. Many Republicans blame the department — led by elected Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat — for underestimating how much the credit would eat into revenue. Kerr, for one, says the department's estimates were "grossly incorrect." But not even all Republicans see it that way Sen. Sandy Praeger of Lawrence, chairwoman of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, said Sebelius' department had not collected payroll data in the past because it wasn't needed. Whatever the explanation, supporters of the bill to cut the payroll credit to 15 percent call it a "revenue correction." It raises about $10 million. "It's not a tax increase," Praeger insisted. "We're trying to recapture an unanticipated loss in revenue." Such explanations didn't wash with Senate Democrats, none of whom voted for either bill. They gleefully derided the "tax and spend Republicans." But Democrats also complained the budget plan spent too little for public schools, uni- versifies and aid to local gpvr ernments. They also complained it would delay a paj ^vi raise for state eniployees apr"^' proved earlier this year. ;; All of those things would^; have added to the bottom line*^! and, of course, increase;d the"' need to raise taxes to balance?* the budget. "All 10 Democrats were un-' happy that we met our obligations and didn't raise taxes in some grand stroke," Kerr said.; But Republican senators did' vote to raise taxes, at least by; the measure many of their coni. stituents are likely to use to; evaluate such proposals. "Well, they cost people more money — period," Huelskamp said. Editor's note: John Hanna' has covered state government' and budget issues since 1986. Students / Not all support group the Salina Journal Comiectins coinmmMes with informmfon (USPS 478-060) Published seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, P.O. Box 740, Salina, KS 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. Periodical postage paid at Salina, KS Postmaster, send changes of address to; The Salina Journal, RO. Box 740, Salina KS 67402-0740 TOM BELL, editors, publisher, • ADVERTISING: KIM NORWOOD director, • BUSINESS: JACKI RYBA, manager, • CIRCULATION: DAVID GRAHAM direclor, graham @ 823-6363 Salina DEPARTMENTS • NEWS: ScoTT SEIREFI executive editor, • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON manager, 1-800-827-6363 Kansas SUBSCRiPTIONS E-mail: • NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. weekends and holidays, call the number above. In Salina, if you call by 11 a.m., your paper will be delivered Itiat day Out-of-town subscribers will receive missed papers the following day • CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT HOURS: Open at 5:30 a.m. daily Closes at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. on weekends, 11 a.m. on holidays. • CARRIER RATES: $15.00 plus tax for one month, $42.19 plus tax for three months. • RATES BY MOTOR ROUTE: $15.94 plus tax for one month, $47.82 plus tax for three months. • RATES BY MAIL (three months): In Kansas, $45.58 plus tax for daily paper, $37.12 plus tax for Monday through Saturday, $36.06 plus tax for (t/londay through Friday and $20.21 plus tax for Sunday Outside Kansas, $54.75 for dally pa- , per, $44.25 for Monday through Saturday, $49.50 for Monday through Friday and $25.95 for Sunday FROM PAGE A1 Martin arranges for speakers or activities to highlight topics and focus their discussions. Beverly Cole, a Salinan and author of "Cleaning Closets," a book about her son's homosexuality and how she dealt with it — has been a guest speaker. "This type of event should be supported," said Matthew Hoppock, 19, a KSU-Salina student and Salina Central graduate, after a recent Gay-Straight Alliance meeting. Hoppock said he wished it was started long ago. "They are very strong people to do this," he said. In the March 15 issue of Central's student newspaper, The Pylon, Schorn and Martin wrote an editorial to armounce the mission of the protolerance group. In the same issue, another student wrote in a column that it wasn't appropriate for the group to meet on school grounds, The alliance has seemed to bring out the kind of intolerance the group works to fight. At the same time, the controversy promoted curiosity, and quite a few people have teen attending meetings — anywhere between 15 and 50, depending to Journal staff members winning recognition in tlie annual Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence competition. George B,Pyle First place for column writing First place for personal column Marc Hall First place for news photo spread TomDorsey Second & Third places for news photography Tom Bell Honorable Mention for persona] column writing GaryDemuth Honorable Mention for feature writing The Journal news stajfalso won a first-place award for in-depth writing, and third-place awards for general excellence, design and layout and front page design. The sports staff won an honorable mention for sports pages. Congratulations to all! *^ Salina Journal Connecting communities with information upon the activity. Not a place for clubs Spencer Klein, 17, a Central junior, said "I'm not offended by the subject of the Gay- Straight Alliance. But school is an educational environment. It is not a place for clubs and organizations." Others say they just don't understand the need for a Gay- Straight Alliance. "There is not a straight-guys group," said Central senior Rick Davis, 18. "Do we need to have a Black-White Alliance?" But Schorn says these students miss the point. No complaints Central Principal Steve Williams said other than the vandalized posters, few problems have come up concerning the alliance. He said he hasn't heard any complaints from students or parents about the group meeting on school grounds. It's not a school group, he said. "(The school) merely permits the students to meet on school grounds under the equal access law. It is not funded, initiated or sponsored by the school," Williams said. Salina South High School Principal Myron Graber said' he hasn't been approached byi anyone interested in starting a group such as the Alliance, but'' said it would probably be allowed if organizers complied with school rules. • Reporter Tana Thomson can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 173, or by e-mail at sjtthom #ii Pool School YlfA May 8th, X>^^ 6:30 p.m. Pools Plus of Salina 823-POOL (823-7665) At approximately 8:45 P.M., May 2,2001 a man walked into Zales Jewelers, 2259 S. 9th and asked the salesperson if he could look at some rings. As the man was looking at tlie rings, he requested to tiy on two rings tliat were over 1 carat, Tlie man put tlie rings on his little fingers and tlien ran from tl\e store. The man is described as a dark-skinned Black male, 32-35 years old, S'Q", thin build with short curly hair, moustache and goatee, dri\ing a red Pontiac Sunbird convertible with a black soft top, gold rims and unknown Oklahoma tags. Total loss is estimated at $16,940. If you have any information concerning who committed this crime, call Crimestoppers at 825-TiPS. You may receive a cash reward of up to $1,000, and you are not required to give your name. Sponsored by: Salina Journal nurses... Touching lives with care. Salina Regional Health Center honors its nursing staff as we celebrate National Nursing Week, May 6-12. We appreciate allyou do!

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