The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 30, 1996 · Page 10
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 10

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 30, 1996
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B2 WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 30, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL George B. Pyle editorial page editor Opinions expressed on - this page are - those of the identified writers. To join the - conversation, write a letter to the Journal at: P.O. Box 740 Salina, KS 67402 Fax: (913) 827-6363 E-maii: . Sal Journal © , Quote of : the day "Clinton's coming on Halloween. Is he trying to scare seniors about Medicare again?" Dale Neugebauer spokesman for the Dole-Kemp campaign in California By GEORGE B. PYLE / The Salina Journal Allan White THE ISSUE The Kansas Senate—the 24th District THE ARGUMENT ' It is time for a change T here is not a person alive who has a better understanding of the way things get done in the Kansas Legislature than Sen. Ben Vidricksen. And that is why the voters of the 24th District should vote for someone else Tuesday. They should elect Allan White. Vidricksen is probably the hardest- working member of the Senate. But, as a wise man once said, an elected representative owes his constituents his judgment, not just his industry. And Vidricksen's judgment, in recent years, has raised many causes for concern. Vidricksen, a 69-year-old former restaurateur, has no enemies. He never met a stranger. All anyone has to do to get a bill introduced or an amendment offered is call Senator Ben. Anyone, that is, who has the time and knowledge to take advantage of Vidricksen's agreeable .., un . e nature. WHITE As a result, the four-term senator has been carrying the water of some of the most questionable groups trying to get their way in Topeka. He does the bidding of the gambling industry. He gets suckered into pushing legislation for the tobacco lobbyists. He takes a totally unrelated bill and changes it into one limiting a woman's right to choose. And, back home, he makes questionable use of his good name by pushing for a permit for a new sand pit. Vidricksen is stunningly open about his method of operation. He honestly feels that it is his job, as an elected representative, to carry into the halls of power the desires of nearly anyone who makes a phone call or writes a letter. What Vidricksen fails to realize is that the practical effect of his approach is to empower the special interests, the paid lobbyists and the other politically savvy people over the average citizen who lacks the smarts or the guts to express their thoughts to him. White would do better. The 46-year-old school audiologist has only one term in the Kansas House under his political belt, but he knows enough to examine every prqposal for the impact it would have on the average working people of Kansas. The people of the 24th District deserve a senator who will carefully sift through the sand, not just blindly shovel it. The people of the 24th District should vote for Allan White. LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL P.O. BOX 740, SALINA, KANSAS 67402 Thompson wrong about Roberts, water I just saw a political advertisement on television paid for by Sally Thompson and the Democratic Party. I have never seen such a blatant misuse of advertisement in'my life. Candidates that are running for a -seat in government should get all of the facts, and get them straight before putting out false advertisement. The ad stated that Congressman Pat Roberts was trying to sell off our lakes and National Wildlife Refuges to a small group. That's false. In reality there was a bill that was introduced in Congress to provide relief to irrigation districts from bureaucratic mismanagement by the Department of Interior. There was confusion surrounding the proposed legislation, much of it generated by an uninformed media, and Congressman Roberts saw that the bill was removed from consideration. If Ms. Thompson cannot get the facts straight, how could she be a good representative of the people, by the people and for the people of Kansas? The Friends of Kirwin Lake is an organization that is keeping a close eye on what is going on with the Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge. The Friends of Kirwin Lake support the wildlife and recreational aspects of the lake, along with the irrigation and business needs of the community. Water is a scarce resource that we all must conserve and treat with respect. Congressman Roberts knows that and has done more to help fight for the people of Kansas' rights than any other candidate. I have great respect for someone like Pat Roberts who tells it like it is instead of sugar coating or outright lying about important issues. — DEE BLUBAUGH Phillipsburg • Dee Blubaugh is president of Friends of Kirwin Lake. Moran long devoted to public service About 25 years ago, a youngster in our neighborhood took enough interest in government that he personally organized a group of his school classmates in a sincere "get out the vote" campaign. I was quite impressed by his youthful leadership then, as I am today, as this person, Jerry Moran, continues his interest in good government as he seeks the very responsible position of U.S. congressman of the Big 1st District of Kansas. He has strong family values and a distinguished record of public service and civic involvement. Health care in rural communities, crime and welfare reform and being a strong voice for agriculture and small business are priorities. Working toward a fair and reasonable balanced budget is a goal. As state Senate majority leader, Jerry earned the respect of Democratic legislators as well as his fellow Republicans because of his understanding of the issues and his fair approach in helping to structure effective legislation. He is knowledgeable of the government's role in providing services to the people, yet he stresses fiscal responsibility, and will continue to lead efforts in more efficient use of tax dollars. Most of all, Jerry Moran is very personable and takes time to listen to your concerns. I urge you to cast your vote for him. His knowledge and leadership will provide outstanding representation for us in the U.S. Congress. — HARLAN LILL Plainville * \ COULP VOTE PbR^lbU, VtoTE R>R ME... 10/24/96 LIBERTIES Dole is Nixon's California, not Reagan's In California, Reagan brought the party to life; Dole takes the life out of the party L OS ANGELES — Talk about your grapes of wrath.' The Republican scold, who has been blaming voters, the liberal media and even the conservative media for his own A anemic performance, is continuing his improbable quest to win the sunshine state. Though he shares a philosophy with valley girls — "whatever" — Bob Dole is too coiled to be a California guy. Nonetheless, he is making his last stand here, spending $4 million and several days to woo the original Reagan Democrats. He went to Northern California on Saturday for a bus tour — : —$ of farming towns in the San Joaquin Valley, towns with names like Visalia and Selma and Merced and Modesto, where they harvest grapes and raisins and almonds. The farmers believe the government meddles too much, coddling endangered species like the kangaroo rats burrowing in the soil and the fairy shrimp floating in puddles. "Talking to a wheat farmer in Kansas is not so different than talking to a grape grower in Fresno," says Steven Merksamer, a Sacramento lawyer close to Jack Kemp who pressed for the Dole ticket to fight here. T SPEAKING ENGLISH MAUREEN DOWD The New York Times At first, the idea of jumping in so late to contest California seemed absurd. Then again, Dole's endgame does offer a fearful symmetry. This is the place where Ronald Reagan brought the Republican Party back to life. And this is the place where Bob Dole will take the life out of the party. Both men exhibited amazing instincts in their campaigns. Reagan instinctively did everything right/Dole instinctively did everything wrong. Republicans agree with Lyn Nofziger, Dole's sometime adviser, who says that "Bob Dole has done the best he knows how to do." His best, unfortunately, has been governed by the law of unintended consequences. After doing Bill Clinton the favor of keeping Ross Perot out of the debates, Dole dispatched campaign mismanager Scott Reed to beg Perot to drop out of the race, thus giving the weird, inconsequential Texan a chance to label someone else weird and inconsequential. (It would have been a smarter tactical move to try to persuade Clinton to drop out.) It was, like, Way stupid. While Dole was out telling Americans to "wake up," a gleeful Ross Perot was back <jn Washington, delivering what should have been Dole's campaign speech — a scalding, comprehensible attack on the ethics of the Clinton White House. After Nixon's fall, Reagan gave Republicans the blueprint for electoral success: Lower taxes, less government, the rhetoric of tolerance and inclusivity (camouflaging the policies of intolerance and exclusivity). But where the former governor of California offered a shining city on a, hill, the former senator from Kansas offers a surly city in a valley. He warns we risk "going to hell in a handbasket." He represents hot Reagan's California but Nixon's, not Pacific Palisades but San Clemente. He rants against nattering nabobs and voters who soon won't have him to kick around anymore. He rails against affirmative action and illegal immigration, the kind of dark wedge issues Nixon and his protege, Gov. Pete Wilson, deftly employed. "Affirmative action and illegal immigration — Ronald Reagan wouldn't have touched either of those issues," said one top Republican. "He preached inclusivity." Nofziger, who worked for Reagan in Califor-. nia and Washington, thinks the franchise is lost. "Ronald Reagan spoiled us," he says. "He handled being a candidate with such flair." Clinton has worked hard to emulate the Reagan flair: his walk, his salute, his warmth, his anecdotes. "Clinton has taken the essence of Ronald Reagan, a man without guile, and turned it into an art form," complains Merk- samer, a Reagan delegate at three conventions. "It's simply perverse." Because President Reagan was detached, his staff tended to read things into his nods and winks. But his ideas were fixed. Because Dole is detached, with no fixed ideas, his staff fills up the vacuum with infighting and finger- pointing. After the election, the GOP itself will fall into infighting and fingerpointing. Bob Dole, who never stirred any emotion as a candidate,. will leave behind a surfeit of emotion, as Republicans scratch and struggle to revive themselves, again. '. A terrifying tale for Halloween season How to deal with the- frightening gremlins of apathy and cynicism T his is a cliche, but that's all right. For it was a dark and stormy night. The children had locked their windows with care ° And they hoped ghosts and goblins wouldn't be there. I walked through the streets, shivering with fright At the horrible, awful, downright scary sights. Headquarters were abandoned; the fax machines stripped, the phones were all taken, the signs were all ripped. The booths were covered in dust and cobwebs, And a black widow hung from a solitary thread. I walked, heavy-hearted, my mind in a daze When I happened upon the $ liberals cave. Inside three witches, all filled with glee. One of them cackled, then two, then all three. "Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble! It appears that Bob Dole is in really big trouble! The election is over! It's done! It's all spent! Tuesday I'll sit down and watch 'Home Improvement'!" I pulled out my weapon in my back pocket. They screeched, screamed, hollered and flew DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal away like a rocket. A whine pierced the night; I turned around to see The Radical Right weeping willow trees. They sobbed as they whined; their limbs shook with sadness They knew they couldn't end what they called "Clinton's madness." "Gays will run rampant! Their virus will spread! ' My son will want to play with Barbie instead!" I pulled out my weapon in my back pocket. They screeched, screamed, hollered and flew away like a rocket. (The right never gives up, or so it seems But this is my poem, so we always can dream.) I walked down the streets, the air thick with fog, When the silence was shattered with the bark of a dog. Or a dog, I thought, until I heard "Why bother?" "Politicians are crooked, just like my father Said to us all when we were little And he was as right as our bones are white, cracked and brittle!" Brittle bones? A sorry attitude? You'll hear that when You listen to a pack of cynical skeletons. These guys are ancient; they think they know all But they choose to say "Oh, the hell with it, Paul!" So I pulled out my weapon in my back pocket. They screeched, screamed, hollered and flew away like a rocket. I stroll to the graveyard and see zombies galore. They crawled out of easy chairs or got up from the floor. They were covered in liquid, some unknown gloss Then I sniffed and discovered nacho cheese sauce. Their stares were vacant, their eyes were bare. Too much "Jerry Springer:. Women With Chest Hair!" Daytime TV had hypnotized these folks. It's a drug much worse than pot, heroin or coke. These apathetic citizens don't read Newsweek or Time. They think that a newspaper is for wrapping fish grime. They get their information from TV and Rush Limbaugh. Perhaps these folk are the scariest of all. Jason? Freddy? A wolf with silver eyes? I'm the most terrified of the apathy guys. So I pulled out my weapon in my back pocket. . They screeched, screamed, hollered and flew away like a rocket. The streets grew bright, the cobwebs disappeared And I knew that my work was all done here. The overconfident, the whiners, the apathetic and the cynics Were all erased with the flash of a back- pocket finish! The weapon I had was no special thing. No chalice. No cross. No golden ring. You can fight the same way, and it's easy to tote. Just make sure you exercise your precious right to vote. By Q.B. TRUDEAU HIGHLY SUSPECT HMM». *4S2,OOOffiOMAN V&tY INDONeSIAHCOUPte! INT5R- SHOCKePTHATAPOUTI- INYOUKAVPh ***'

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