The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 1, 1996 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, November 1, 1996
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AB FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1996 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL T MILITARY Cigarettes on base to cost more Soldiers will have to get out of the habit of paying less for smokes By JENNIFER BROWN Tile Amsnrintnl I'rrss "I won't be able to smoke as much — can't afford it." Eva Hamilton smoker at Boiling Air Force Base, Calif. DOLLING AIR FORCE BASE — Call it the war on tobacco: Beginning today, the Pentagon will hike the price of cigarettes at on- base supermarkets by $4 a carton to discourage soldiers from smoking. "I think it will work, too," smoker Eva Hamilton said Thursday as she stocked up on cigarettes at the commissary in Washington. "1 won't be able to smoke as much — can't afford it." The cartons of brand-name cigarettes, rising almost 35 percent from $11.50 to about $15.50, will still be cheaper than the $17.50 common at private grocery stores. The Defense Department is imposing the increase despite opposition from a congressional panel, which contends the Pentagon doesn't have the power to make such a change without its approval. Base exchanges — military- run department stores — will have the same higher cigarette prices even though they are separate from the commissaries, which sell only food, tobacco products and magazines. Base exchange prices generally are similar to those of private stores except that there is no tax. Both systems, financed largely by the federal government, are part of the compensation package for millions of military personnel and their families. But tobacco products are the only items deemed health hazards by the surgeon general that are sold at reduced commissary prices, said Pentagon spokeswoman Deborah Bosick. "In a roundabout way, we're asking taxpayers to subsidize tobacco products and pay for the health problems that occur from smoking or other kinds of tobacco use," Bosick said. "It's kind of hitting the public with a double whamtny." She acknowledged that the $4 a carton increase — which works out to 40 cents per pack — may not prompt many smokers to quit. However, she said, the Pentagon does not want to abet the smoking habit with the extra incentive of cheap cigarettes. This marks a change in policy for the Pentagon. For about a century ending in the early 1970s, the military had included a "tobacco ration" in package meals soldiers received in the field, said commissary historian Pete Skirbunt. Now such soldiers can buy cigarettes at temporary markets the military sets up. The Defense Department pursued the price increase even after members of the powerful House National Security Committee requested a delay so it could be reviewed by a subcommittee on military morale, welfare and recreation. A Sept. 27 letter signed by all 12 subcommittee members — Republicans and Democrats — contended the increase violated federal pricing rules — because commissaries must sell products at the "lowest practical price" — and could lead to higher costs for other commissary products. Seven of those lawmakers are from tobacco-growing states. But members of the tobacco industry and the subcommittee said the issue is not tobacco but rules. "What they're doing is illegal," said Walker Merryman, spokesman for the Tobacco Institute, an industry lobbying group in Washington. The subcommittee plans to consider possible action when it reconvenes after the election. T AUCTION Trunk believed to be Earhart's up for sale Woman says aviator left luggage behind two years before vanishing By The Associated Press SAPULPA. Okla. — A woman told an auctioneer she wanted more than $20 for a trunk that had been in the family since the 1930s. When he asked her why, she pointed to the name inside — Amelia Earhart. The trunk is believed to have been left behind by the famous Kansas aviator when she visited a nearby farm in 1935, said auctioneer Jeff Schwickerath. "An auctioneer always dreams of coming across something like this," he said. "There's no telling what it's worth." Schwickerath tried Thursday to reach historians and other experts who might be able to confirm whether the trunk belonged to Earhart. He said he is not certain if the pilot may have endorsed a line of luggage during the 1930s. The trunk goes on the auction block Saturday, along with about 400 other items belonging to Lela Witwer. The family of Witwer's husband, Louis, was close friends with Dorothy McBirney, a member of a women's flying group Earhart founded in 1929. The Witwer family, which operated a 160-acre dairy farm north of Sapulpa, entertained McBirney and Earhart for several weeks in' 1935. Earhart reportedly left the trunk behind, saying she would pick it up later, Schwickerath said. Two years later, the pilot vanished while trying to fly around the world. "From everything we have found out, it's authentic," the auctioneer said. Schwickerath said he spotted the trunk while going through the Witwer property. Lela Witwer,' whose husband died in 1989, told 1 the auctioneer she considered giving it to a museum but didn't want just $20 for it. "' "When she opened the closet and I saw it sitting there, she said,. 'I don't know if I want to. sell this or not. That's Amelia Earhart'3' trunk,' " he said. T MURDER TRIAL Talk show host testifies at trial Jenny Jones denies her show was 'ambush TV that led to murder By JUSTIN HYDE The Associated Press PONTIAC, Mich. — Jenny Jones denied knowing Thursday whether one of her talk show guests had been deceived about appearing on a show about gay crushes, but noted, "The premise of the show was that it was a surprise." Jones .testified in the murder trial of former guest Jonathan Schmitz, who claims he was driven to kill after Scott Amedure confronted him on the "The Jenny Jones" show with "whipped cream and champagne" fantasies of gay sex. "This was ambush television wasn't it?" defense attorney Fred Gibson asked. "No," Jones said in a soft voice. Later, when asked if she had ever objected to a topic on her show, she gave a familiar answer: "I don't recall." Jones also said she sometimes doesn't know the topic of each day's show until she receives a folder of background, a script and T CAMPAIGN '96 The Associated Press Defense attorney Fred Gibson (left) shows talk show host Jenny Jones a document while she was on the stand Thursday. other information the night before. She said she has no knowledge of any conversations her producers have with guests before shows. Defense lawyers don't deny Schmitz, 26, shot Amedure, 32, three days after the March 1995 taping. But they say he has a history of mental problems, and the humiliation of the show pushed him over the edge and kept him from forming the intent necessary to commit first-degree murder. The defense claims the show led Schmitz, a heterosexual, to believe he would meet a female admirer. Under grilling from Gibson, Jones acknowledged that a show participation form Schmitz signed before his appearance made no reference to the topic — "Same- Sex Crushes." The show never aired, but about two weeks after it was taped, Jones read a statement on the air saying she wanted to set the record straight "about a show involving secret admirers." Simpson trial hangs over LA district attorney race By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Gil Garcetti, the district attorney who can't win the big cases, is waiting for another verdict — from the voters. Based on campaign money and organization, his re-election Tuesday looks like a shoo-in. But to some, so did the conviction of O.J. Simpson. "I was originally one of those persons who thought Garcetti was completely toast because this was a referendum on the O.J. case," said Dick Rosengarten, editor of the newsletter California Political Week. Now he considers Garcetti's campaign against John Lynch, a little-known deputy DA, too close to call. "Is the public still angry at Garcetti for the way the prosecution blew the case? I don't know, but I suspect they are and will take it out on him," Rosengarten said. "On the other hand, Garcetti has such a commanding lead in terms of money that this could just blow Lynch away." Garcetti was forced into a November runoff against a fellow Democrat after failing to win 50 percent of the vote in March's open primary. Garcetti received 38 percent of the vote and Lynch 21 "percent in a six-way race. 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