The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 1, 1996 · Page 14
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 14

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, November 1, 1996
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HZ FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 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 Sallna, KS 67402 Fax: (913) 827-6363 E-mail: SalJournal © Quote of the day "Die last time I fought 'round the clock for my country was in 1945 in Italy." Bob Dole launching a campaign-ending 15-state tour OPINION DIVINE By GEORGE B. PYLE / The Salina Journal John Divine THE ISSUE The Big 1st District THEARGUMBVT Divine jiist brings more fire to the table J erry Moran is not a slash-and-burn conservative. John Divine is not a tax-and-spend liberal. Reasonable people will differ over Which of these reasonable people should represent Kansas' sprawling 1st District in Congress. The edge, though, belongs to Divine. The Salina Democrat brings to the table an energy, an enthusiasm that should please anyone interviewing job applicants, even when the job they are seeking is a seat in the House of Representatives. Divine, an IBM salesman and Salina city commissioner, really believes he can do some good for the people of Kansas if they give him the chance. He is simply champing at the bit for the chance to reform Social Security, whittle down the budget deficit, address the need for health care security and strengthen our ability to protect our environment. He wants everything — everything — to be on the table when it comes time to trim spending. And he is far too intelli-, gent to swallow this raise-revenue-by- cutting-taxes bilge. Not that Moran is a fool. The attorney and Republican state senator from Hays is a loyal Republican, but of the progressive, pro-business bent that used to characterize the breed in Kansas. Moran avoids making promises that he will regret later. He is even wisely skeptical of Bob Dole's 15 percent tax cut, saying he prefers a more targeted approach of tax changes that will stimulate economic growth. But, though Moran does not offend, he also fails to inspire. His government- is-too-big approach to the campaign seems sincere, but shallow. Moran's faith in business to do the right thing leaves Divine on the right side of two crucial issues for Kansas — protecting water quality and preserving the family farm in an era of growing corporate agriculture. The biggest strike against Moran is something that probably isn't even his fault. It is the message sent by the Republican party that Moran should be elected because it is his turn — because he somehow was anointed the successor to long-time Congressman Pat Roberts, who was anointed the successor to Sen. Nancy Kassebaum. Moran doesn't remember being in the smoke-filled room when that decision was made. There is little reason to worry that Moran would succumb to Potomac Fever and forget the people he came from. But he does give the impression of someone who lacks the fire to give the Capitol the really good boat-rocking it needs. John Divine, on the other hand, is just the man to light a few fires in just the right places in the calcified halls of Congress. Voters should give him the chance to do just that. T CAN SHE SAY THAT? Evolution, birth order and partial-birth LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL P.O. BOX 740, SALINA, KANSAS 67402 Vote for the Democrats This is extreme? I don't remember the last time there was a Democrat majority on the Saline County Commission. We voters have a rare opportunity to elect two very excellent Democrat county commissioners. Maybe it is time for a change and to get something done for once. Vote for Dean Seim and Charles "Chuck" Culley. — BEN J. FRICK Salina Vote for Vidricksen I have know Ben Vidricksen for 40 years. He has been a tireless community worker, served on countless boards, and is a strong supporter of our local charities. Ben is open to all and will listen to your concerns. He has worked hard for th-? 24th District and is highly respected in the Legislature and throughout the state. He represents you, not special interests. Probably the most important legislation he has pushed forward and managed to get funded is the Pan-American Highway, delayed for years but now under construction, which will benefit all Kansans traveling north. The 24th District is proud of Ben Vidricksen. He deserves your support and vote Tuesday. — JAMES E. RODERICK Salina As the election gets closer, my frustration with the candidates grows by the day. The candidate running against Sam Brownback said he was an extremist in Congress. What is wrong with family values, less regulations, smaller government, more control at state and local levels of everyone's lives, reduced taxes so everyone can spend their own money? If all this is the qualification to be called an extremist, then I'm proud to be called an extremist! — DON SMITH Colby Vote for Dean Seim Voters, don't forget when Deane Allen was running in the primary election he and his media consultant were continually saying that he was going to reduce the commissioners' salaries by 25 percent. Then, after he won the primary, he said he just was not going to accept any raises. Now, in Sunday's paper, he says he's going to reduce commissioners' salaries. No where is the 25 percent reduction mentioned. Campaigning one way for the primary, and winning it, then saying something different is a flip-flop. Vote for Dean Seim, who has not done any flip-flops. — BILL NELSON Salina MOLLY IVINS Fan Wort/i Star-Telegram Newt out to destroy the government; mothers may be denied choice S ome cultural notes on our time: • Best Headline of the Week: "Pope acknowledges theory of evolution." • The new book on birth order, "Born to Rebel" by Frank J. Sulloway, is creating such a stir that I'm *• waiting for the first report of a new singles-bar come-on. Instead of "Hey, baby, what's your sign?" somewhere in this great land, a stud is about to say to a babe: "Say, good- lookin', where are you in the birth order?" • According to Richard Darman's book "Who's In Control?" when Rep. Newt Gingrich was elected House speaker two years ago, he declared that "to do what he wanted, government first had to be completely discredited — ethically, programmatically, managerially, philosophically." (Thanks to "The Washington Spectator" for that one.) In the Olden Days, children, anyone with an agenda like that would have been denounced as a commie agent. Can it be that the Republicans will eventually do what the Soviet appa- rat tried unsuccessfully to do for so long — destroy our faith in the American system of government? Just a snack for thought. • There is a television ad running frequently these days on the evils of "partial-birth" or late-term abortions, and, indeed, whenever a late-term abortion is necessary, it is always a tragedy. The ad shows pictures of adorable preemies and says that late-term abortions are just like killing these cute babies. During the Senate debate on banning late- term abortions, I was much struck by a letter read by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who is opposed to abortion. Written by Whitney Coin of Orlando, Fla., and printed in the Congressional Record, it describes a potential case for late- term abortion that has a happy ending. Her developing fetus, to which she and her husband had looked forward with such joy, had an enormous abdominal-wall defect. "My husband was unreachable, so I sat alone, until my mother arrived, as the doctor described my baby as being severely deformed with a gigantic defect and most likely many other defects that he could not detect with their equipment. He went on to explain that babies with this large of a defect are often stillborn, live very shortly or could survive with extensive surgeries and treatments, depending on the presence of additional anomalies and complications after birth. The complications and associated problems that a surgical baby in this condition could suffer include but T UNCOMMON SENSE I've been born again! are not limited to: bladder extrophy, imperforate anus, collapsed lungs, diseased liver, fatal infections, cardiovascular malformations, etc. "I describe my situation in such detail in hopes that you can understand our initial feelings of despair and hopelessness, for it is after this heartbreaking description that the doctor presented us with the choice of a late-term abortion. My fear is that under the emotional strain, many parents do and will continue to choose this option that can be so easily taken as a means of sparing themselves and their child from the pain that lies ahead. Without total faith in the Lord, we chose uncertainty, wanting to give as much life as we possibly could to our baby. "On Oct. 25, 1995, the doctors decided that, although a month early, our baby's chance of survival became greater outside the womb than inside, due to a drop in amniotic fluid. At 7:53 a.m., by Cesarean section, Andrew Hewitt Coin was born. The most wonderful sound I have ever heard was his faint squall of joy for being brought into the world. Two hours after being born, he underwent the first of his three major operations. "For two weeks, Andrew lay still, incoherent from drugs, with his stomach, liver, spleen and small and large intestines exposed. He was given drugs that kept him paralyzed, still able to feel the pain but unable to move. Andrew had IVs in his head, arms and feet. He was kept alive on a respirator for six weeks, unable to breathe on his own. He had tubes in his nose and throat to continually suction his lungs and stomach. Andrew's liver was lacerated and bled. He received eight blood transfusions and suffered a brain hemorrhage. Andrew's heart was pulled to the right side of his body. He contracted a series of blood infections and developed hypothyroidism. Andrew's liver was severely diseased, and he received intrusive biopsies to find the cause. The enormous pressure of the organs being slowly replaced into his body caused chronic lung disease, for which he received extensive oxygen and steroid treatments as he overcame a physical addiction to the numerous pain killers he was given. "The pain and suffering was unbearable to watch, but the courage and strength of our child was a miraculous sight. We were fortunate. The worst-case scenarios painted by the doctors did not come to fruition, and we are thankful that our son was allowed the opportunity to fight. His will to live overcame all obstacles, and now we are blessed by his presence in our lives every minute. Our deepest respect and prayers go to the courageous parents who knew that their baby would not survive and yet chose to love them on Earth as long as God allowed and intended for them to be." A beautiful letter, a wonderful ending. I am so happy that the Coins had a choice. But, as Mrs. Coin says, they were fortunate. Others are not. And they need a choice, too. The evolution of Pope John Paul II Pope stood against communism, but falls before evolutionary scientists P ope John Paul II, who courageously stood against the tyranny of Soviet communism, has succumbed in his declining years to the tyranny of evolutionary scientists who claim we are related to monkeys. However the Catholic Church spins this one, many will be led to believe that science is God and the ultimate determiner of A our origins. Was there a scientist present at the beginning? In a statement, the Pope said "fresh knowledge leads to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than just a hypothesis." He did not say what that fresh knowledge is or why the "old" knowledge, contained in the book of Genesis is not valid. The gist of the Pope's statement is that the human body can no longer be viewed as the unique creation of God but rather the product of a gradual evolutionary process. Why should this remarkable shift be of any more significance than a debate among theologians about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? For the reason that if man is not a unique creation of God, he is of no greater value and has no greater moral standing than an animal or any other living thing. Evolutionary scientists have been anything but humble in their attempt to replace the Jewish and Christian high view of man. Their lower view claims we are material and energy shaped by pure chance in a random universe, with no Creator, no purpose, no destiny and no hope. God asks the ultimate question of Job that ought to be asked of evolutionary science: "Where were you when I laid the Earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! CAL THOMAS Los Angeles Times Syndicate Having surrendered to evolutionary theorists, the Pope cannot credibly defend other doctrinal issues — such as the virgin birth, the deity of Jesus, His bodily resurrection and our salvation — because the same book that says God created the world and everything in it out of nothing also testifies to these other things. Who stretched out a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone — while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" Arrogant science sees "In the beginning" to mean the beginning of everything, as if there was nothing before the Earth was formed. But those who hold to the Creation model see "In the beginning" as a demarcation point between that which has always been, and that which God created in a wholly new and unique time frame that never before existed in eternity. It is the difference between chance backed by some theoretical unmoved mover and a personal God who exists objectively (and who for our benefit has caused it to be recorded in the Bible). Modern theology is slowly accepting an unholy alliance with evolutionists who believe in the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system. As the late philosopher Francis A. Schaeffer noted in his book "Genesis in Space and Time," "If we begin with an impersonal universe, there is no explanation of personality. In a very real sense the question of questions for all generations — but overwhelming- DOONESBURY ly so for modern man — is, 'Who am I?' " An impersonal beginning (evolution and random selection), wrote Schaeffer, "explains neither the form of the universe nor the personality of man. Hence it gives no basis for understanding human relationships, building just societies or engaging in any kind of cultural effort." If God is impersonal, or does not exist, and if man is not made in His image, on what basis do we appeal to a racist who wants to deny blacks equal opportunity? If man is an evolutionary accident, why pressure the Chinese over human-rights abuses? Having surrendered to evolutionary theorists, the Pope cannot credibly defend other doctrinal issues — such as the virgin birth, the deity of Jesus, His bodily resurrection and our salvation — because the same book that says God created the world and everything in it out of nothing also testifies to these other things. Again, Schaeffer saw the problem: "It is either not knowing or denying the createdness of things that is at the root of the blackness of modern man's difficulties. Give up creation as space-time, historic reality, and all that is left is ... uncreatedness. It is not that something does not exist, but that it just stands there, autonomous to itself, without solutions and without answers. Once one removes the created- ness of all things, meaning and categories can only be some sort .of leap, with or without drugs, into an irrational world. Modern man's blackness, therefore, rests primarily upon his losing the reality of the createdness of all things (all things except the personal God who always has been)." Columnist Joseph Sobran, a Catholic, once observed that he would rather belong to a church that is 5,000 years behind the times and sublimely indifferent to change than to a church that is five minutes behind the times, "huffing and puffing to catch up." With his statement about evolution, the Pope has caught up to the times. In doing so, he has accepted a philosophy that stands at the core of communism. Why would he want to accept the heart of a world-view that he spent his life opposing? By G.B. TRUDEAU FOFMZR B&TORtAL WRITER. FOR. TH5 MAU, SWETJOURNAL, CHA5£t$NOWA V&IT1N6F&r iOUAT TH£ HSIMS INSTITUTE FOR ANTEPIUJV1AN f> CHA& TA10OTTIH1$ ON5 OF lift. NATIONS FOREMOST CONSERVATIVE SCHOLARS,,. , PUT IS THAT AWONZ'S

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