The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 29, 1996 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 29, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1996 A3 CAMPAIGN '96 What to do about taxes dominates forum Pollution, highways also are talked about by legislative candidates By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Whether it was eliminating sales tax exemptions, relying on economic growth or shifting to a reliance on income taxes, Saline County candidates for the Kansas Legislature offered suggestions Monday to find revenue sources to fund education. "There are sales tax exemptions on.the books that we could take a look at that would not hurt competition with other states," said Sen. , Ben Vidricksen, the Republican . '.candidate for the 24th District. But his Democratic opponent disagreed. "That's not going to be an option," said Allan White, 112 W. Neal Court. Sales tax exemptions are bitterly fought battles, and changes . would affect the state's ability to BRIEFLY Weekend vandals shoot out car windows 1 • .Salina police had no suspects •Mtonday in weekend BB gun van- vdalism to cars throughout the city. " Lt. Mike Sweeney said the windows of 47 cars were shot with ;BBs Friday night or Saturday ; morning. Total damage amounted > to several thousand dollars. ; A window also was shot out at j the Bennington State Bank, 2130 i S. Ohio, causing $100 worth of * damage. ; Sweeney said the shootings, which authorities think were qonlmitted by the same person or group of people, occurred throughout the city. 2 children held in rooftop house fires "• Two junior-high-school-aged youth were placed in the Saline County Juvenile Detention Center after several fires were set on the roof of a house at 9:24 a.m. Saturday. :::.'The fires at 435 Washington caused about $200 damage, according to a police report. Ken Giersch, a division chief : for the Salina Fire Department, said most of the roof damage was caused by a burning cigarette "tossed out a second-story window into dried leaves that had settled on the roof. Other fires on the roof were set by spraying deodorant from an .^aerosol can and igniting it. The suspects are a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl. Be-cause of their ages, their names were not released. Salina woman reports rape in her home Salina police are investigating ....ithe Sunday rape of a 22-year-old Salina woman. The woman reported that she - was raped between 3 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday in her central Salina t home. No arrests have been made. The woman told police that she had been out with friends Saturday night, according to Lt. Mike ! Sweeney of the Salina Police Department. A girlfriend, accompanied by a male, took the woman to her home at about 3 a.m. Sunday, Sweeney said. The woman said the man, whom she could not name, raped her sometime during .the early morning hours. Insurer convicted of defrauding seniors - ,,WICHITA — Michael Trammell, ^42, was convicted Friday of defrauding senior citizens who were *'clients of his insurance and annu- " "ify business in Andover, U.S. Attorney Jackie Williams said. Trammell was found guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. . He was the principal shareholder in Senior Insurance Strategies, an insurance and annuity company in Andover. He was accused of soliciting applications for insurance fox- other companies and using payments for his personal benefit. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) VIDRICKSEN WHITE compete with surrounding states, White said. White and Vidricksen were among the candidates Monday who spoke at a forum sponsored by the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce and the Salina League of Women Voters. The candidates each responded to questions written by audience members. About 30 people attended. Besides White and Vidricksen, the forum included these candidates: • Rep. Joe Kejr, 37, rural Brookville, a Republican incumbent, and Larry Mathews, 62, 512 E. Shipton. They seek election to the 67th District seat. • Incumbent Deena Horst, 52, HORST SWARTZENDRUBER BEGGS SEXTON KEJR MATHEWS 920 S. Ninth, a Republican, and Gary Swartzendruber, 53, 536 W. Claflin. They are vying for the 69th District seat. • Republican incumbent Carol Beggs, 69, 125 Overhill, and Tommye Sexton, 48, 2116 Fairdale Court. They are seeking the 71st District seat. Kejr said he favored eliminating property taxes, and that projections for the state's revenue growth would be adequate to fund schools. "I believe the state should get out of the property tax business," he said. Mathews disagreed, saying the plan to eliminate the property tax allowed for only a 1.4 percent increase for schools over seven years. "How can public education survive under that sort of system," Mathews said. "I am for reducing the property tax, but we have to have a fair and equitable funding base for education." Horst said she advocates property tax reform. "But we have to proceed cautiously to make sure what we do does not impact us negatively in the future," Horst said. Her opponent, Swartzendruber said he would favor a flat income tax or a larger sales tax to make up for property tax funds. Sexton said the propex-ty tax is unfair and inequitable, "but I am concerned about dropping it entirely." Beggs, her opponent, said sales, income and property taxes need to be balanced in a way that is "acceptable to as many people as possible. "The only way to increase revenues is to expand the economic capacity in the state," Beggs said. "We have to earn more. We can't spend it if we don't earn it." In response to a question about the environment and cleaning up toxic wastes, Sexton said agriculture is a big source of pollution. She said polluters could be encouraged to work with environmentalists by being exempt from penalties if they report proble'ms. Beggs agreed that agriculture is the source of many of the problems, and that crop fertilization has created a "monster." Mathews took a different approach, saying, "I'll be honest, I'm not in the Legislature so I do not have the foggiest idea." His opponent had strong views. "I think the first thing we need to do is stop pointing fingers for the situation we're involved in," said Kejr, a farmer. "There are plenty of problems in a lot of areas. We need a common-sense approach." Vidricksen, 69, said Kansas was doing a good job of dealing with toxic cleanup, referring to state, federal and local efforts to clean up oil tanks at the former Schilling Air Force Base. But White described the state's performance as only fair. "One of the problems is that Kansas doesn't have a lot of water to waste," White, 46, said. "I know everyone hates the 'R' word, but regulations do need to exist." The candidates all talked of the importance of the state's highways, but different suggestions were made on how to fund road improvements, including a user tax and making truckers pay more. THE COURTSHIP OF RYUN'S DAUGHTER Views on dating take candidate into area of disagreement By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — If a young man wants to date 26-year-old Heather Ryun, it's not as simple as calling her on the phone. First, he must talk to her father. The two men pray and decide if the suitor is ready for marriage. If the answer is yes, then — and only then — can the couple begin dating. Normally, this would be nobody else's business. But Heather Ryun's father is Jim Ryun, the former Olympic runner and world record holder for the mile and Republican candidate for Congress. So an article Jim and Anne Ryun wrote about "courtship" for a conservative magazine — encouraging parents to consider the idea and pray for guidance — is being circulated by Democrats. It does not seem to have a become an issue in the campaign. But people — ranging from the state's Catholic bishops to psychologist Ruth Westheimer — are talking. Some say courtship merely harks back to an earlier time, when families seemed closer; others liken it to arranged marriages. "Courtship enables a young couple to look,beyond physical attraction to focusing on things that are truly important," the Ryuns wrote. Their essay, "Courtship Makes a Comeback," was published in Focus on the Family, a monthly magazine put out by the group of the same name. The Ryuns wrote that courtship ensures premarital sexual abstinence, protects children from the pain of bad relationships and prepax*es them for a lasting marriage. Their four children are willing participants. Heather, 26, and twins Ned and Drew, 23, are students at the University of Kansas. Catharine, 21, an emergency medical technician, is quoted in the article as saying courtship helps guide her t6ward "becoming like Christ." The Associated Press Jim Ryun talks at his campaign headquarters after winning the Republican primary election in August in the 2nd Congressional District. Men who wish to date his daughters first must pray with him and convince him they are ready for marriage. Flanking Ryun and his wife, Anne, are their daughters, Catharine (left) and Heather. In courtship, when the suitors and their parents have agreed that the suitors are ready emotionally — and financially — for marriage, the young man spends a great deal of time with the young woman's family. "Courtship activities may include a family missions trip, prison ministry or similar service-oriented endeavors.... Other activities — from family games to neighborhood walks — can shape and reveal a person's character, responsibility and thoughtfulness," the Ryuns said. Ryun declined to be interviewed, explaining that he wanted all family members to be present and could not work out the conflicts in their busy schedules. His staff expressed concern that his ideas could be misinterpreted by opponents, especially late "in the campaign. When he announced his can- didacy in June, Ryun said he would run "with the American family in mind," and would press for "a renaissance of traditional morality." But mostly, his campaign has stressed economic issues: cutting taxes, decreasing the size of government and balancing the federal budget. And his Democratic opponent, John Frieden, has not made any public comment on Ryun's ideas about courtship, though he says Ryun's views are "out of the mainstream." Others have been more critical. Dennis Dailey, a University of Kansas professor of social welfare who lectures on sexuality and relationships, called courtship "extremely controlling" and "very patriarchal," with an implicit assumption that "men are more valuable than women." "I was really struck by the notion of emotional abstinence," he added. "You can't avoid emotional pain. The issue is to learn maturely how to cope." Westheimer, the celebrated "Dr. Ruth," said such a system could work if a family raised its children in a strict religious setting, one in which the believers are isolated from the modern world — for example, the Amish, ultra-Orthodox Jews or strict Mormons. "I actually think it's cruel to send a young person to a regular college with these kinds of interdictions," she said. The state's Catholic bishops reviewed the article and found it perhaps too idealistic but still "something they wish could be true," said Robert Runnels, spokesman for the Kansas Catholic Conference. "It takes them back a great number of years, the way things used to be," he said. But state Rep. Jan Pauls, a Hutchinson Democrat and former juvenile court judge, said she sees the Ryun proposal only as an attempt to bring parents closer to their children and to help them find stable relationships. "It's an unusual idea to most people, but I know a lot of parents who are really desperate to come up with solutions," she said. "A lot of tragedies occur when children are more influenced by their peers than by their parents." And while State Sen. Mike Harris, a conservative Wichita Republican, acknowledged that some voters may see Ryun as living an "Ozzie and Harriet lifestyle," he said Ryun is a special case. "Jim Ryun has never led a normal life," he said, "and that's what makes him an American hero." V LEANING ELEVATOR V HOUSE FIRE Grain loads make elevator tipsy Fire's cause still unknown •*• •/ Ow CUADflM MDMTAftllF tornnrm caiH Via urnnlri ha aVila tr, By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal GAYLORD — A 160-foot concrete grain elevator in Gaylord was her ing emptied Monday afternoon because the elevator was leaning about 20 inches to the south. "It's not the leaning tower of Pisa," said Stan Horning, manager of the Frieling Grain Co. "But we want to play it cautious and be careful." The elevator shift was noticed Monday morning. "It's not moving anymore," Horning said Monday afternoon. Railcars were arriving to unload the grain, a process that will A grain elevator is leaning to the south. continue today. The elevator wasn't accepting any grain Monday because of the problem, and Horning wasn't sure when that would change. "We have to see what's going on," Hox-ning said. "Safety has to come first." Farmers have been harvesting milo and corn in Smith County. Horning said there was still some corn to be cut. "I'm not sure what we will do," Horning said. "We might unload trucks right in to the (X'ail) cars." Such shifts of buildings that hold grain aren't uncommon. "Thex-e are a lot of elevators that move," Horning said. "But we've never had this situation befox-e." The elevator foundation will be inspected to see if the problem can be repaired. The building could shift upright once the grain is removed, he said. By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal As owner Phil Coleman salvaged what he could from a house that was extensively damaged by fire Sunday afternoon, fire investigators tried to pinpoint the case of the blaze. The cause was undetermined Monday for the fire at 528 Russell. The house was rented by Patty Kiltz and her son, Eric. Eric was the only one home when the fire broke out in a bedroom about 2:15 p.m. Fire Chief Tom Girard said the fire didn't seem to be of suspicious origin. Coleman, who was boarding up a garage at the house Monday af- ternoon, said he would be able to restore the house but that it would take time and money. He was working with insurance adjusters to determine the loss. A couch, chairs, a table and some other pieces of furniture wex-e salvaged from the house, Coleman said, with the hopes of freeing them of a strong smoke'odor. Coleman said he and others were trying to find another rental house for the Kiltzes. The Salina chapter of the American Red Cross put the Kiltzes up in a motel for a second night Monday, a spokesperson said. Ah-eady, a stove has been donated to the family, and a bed and linens also are needed, the spokesperson said. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 •- '-•• •*•"••' — •-*-

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