The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 2, 1996 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 13

Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL OP-ED SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1996 B3 LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL T UNCOMMON SENSE Vote for your children, vote for Bill Clinton I never considered myself a Democrat or Republican, just a single parent. As a single parent I worry about my child's future. Oct. 6, the first presidential debate aired on television. I listened to Dole say something about a "bridge to the future" and for a minute I imagined a bridge and walking across it was Dole, Newt, Kemp and rich businessmen and women. Left behind were our youth, single mothers, the poor, the elderly and minorities. The "bridge to the future" was a toll bridge. If you could not pay to get across, you get left behind on the other side. I think Dole is for the rich. For example, his proposed 15 percent tax cut across the board for all people is unrealistic. I think that the poor should get the biggest tax cut, then the middle class. Rich people can afford to pay more taxes. So why should they have the same 15 percent tax cut as the poor and middle class? Another thing, if Dole cut out the Education Department and other social programs such as Head Start, school lunch program for low income families, etc., what kind of future do you think our youth will have with more disadvantages and less opportunities to succeed? These programs are the basics for them to succeed. , I am a single working mother who does not get assistance from SRS or anyone. If it wasn't for the low-income school lunch program I could not afford the regular price of those lunches and breakfasts. My child would be hungry and probably would not do as well in school. Dole said himself at the end of his speech that the youth are the future. So, Dole, if that's the truth, you should vote for Clinton. Clinton's not perfect, nobody is, but I am better off now than four years ago. Oh, yeah, stop blaming him for the high drug use among the youth. We all have to take responsibility. — ANNETTE SMITH Salina Consider the company that the Clintons keep Are you concerned about the company your kids or grandkids are keeping? Here are some of our president's friends: • Jim McDougal, Bill Clinton's former Arkansas business partner, convicted of fraud in 1996. ' • Susan McDougal, Clinton's former Arkansas business partner, convicted of fraud in 1996, sentenced to two years in prison. • Vincent Foster, White House lawyer, killed himself in 1993 while dealing with Clinton's Whitewater land deal. • Jim Guy Tucker, Arkansas governor (Clinton's choice to succeed him as governor), resigned in 1996 after being convicted Whitewater felon, is under house arrest. • Webster Hubbell, Clinton's former associate attorney general and business partner, pleaded guilty in 1994 to felony fraud and tax evasion, now serving prison term. .• Stephen Smith, Clinton aide in Arkansas, pleaded guilty in 1995 misdemeanor conspiracy count. . • Craig Livingstone, Clinton's chief of White House personnel security, resigned under fire for illegally gathering FBI files on private citizens. • Dick Morris, President Clinton's top political adviser and mastermind of Clinton's family values agenda, resigned in 1996 when his sex scandal with a prostitute came to light. How many of the above are expecting a presidential pardon for not blowing the whistle on the Clintons in Whitewater and Trayelgate? I believe that character, ethics and honesty do matter in government. The charges made against Bill and Hillary Clinton — indiscretions on the draft, the death of Vince Foster, to Whitewater, to Travelgate, to Gennifer Flowers, to Sally Perdue, to Paula Jones — seem to ring true. Are the Clintons the type of people you want as a role model for your children? They are certainly not mine. Please, think of this when you cast your vote. — LOUELLA NAEGELE Lucas Clinton has extreme views on abortion policy . Recent media coverage of issues in the upcoming presidential election has mostly ignored three very important facts of which all voters should be aware: 1) President Clinton's very first act as president, on the very first day after he took office, was to lift the previous ban on transplants of brain tissue from live aborted third-trimester fetuses. (Unlike tissue from other organs of the body, brain tissue is of no use unless it is taken live — so this means vivisection.) 2) President Clinton's very first instruction to the Food and Drug Administration upon taking office was to order an accelerated approval process for RU-486, "the abortion pill." 3) President Clinton this year vetoed a bill passed by our Congress that would have prohibited partial-birth abortion, a particularly gruesome third-trimester abortion procedure that is so cruel — and so close to outright infanticide — that even the majority of abortion supporters disapprove of it. (Ironically, President Clinton vetoed this bill — a bill that nearly all Americans supported — at the same time that he refused to veto the welfare-reform bill that leaders of his own party begged him to veto!) None of the other candidates for president — not even the candidate from the Communist Party USA — has an abortion agenda as extreme as Bill Clinton's. — KATHY COLLMER Minneapolis A/O, i/wfisww ^_ /fl IT'S LIKE £VERV»BWJ6 EUf Clinton is leading nation down wrong moral path If a lot of what I've heard is correct, most Americans believe that the morals and ethics of our nation's people have dramatically declined in the past several years. So how do we as a country propose to handle this? Some say to re-elect President Clinton. After all, this is a man who stands for family unity and morals, right? Never mind that he has had 30-something members of his own cabinet implicated in anything from fraud to sex scandals. He has had a top aide commit suicide, another die in a "mysterious" plane crash. The president himself is the only American I know who can get his own Paula Jones trial postponed until after the election. Mr. Clinton decided to tackle drugs only after he admitted he didn't inhale! With all of Hillary's legal problems lately she has been keeping a low profile. Some consider her a "loose cannon." Bill vetoed a bill to stop late-term abortions, his resume goes on and on. I think that this says a lot about our country's morals, and where we could be heading with his leadership. President Clinton must have a governmental money-tree in his back yard, the way he has been spending money lately, buying people's votes. The special interest groups sure are supportive of Bill's cabinet. Here is $14 billion to make airlines safer. Oh, and here is another $10 billion to make your school's computers Internet compatible. Here a billion, there a billion, everywhere there's a billion. Mr. President, if you are into buying votes, send a couple billion my way, that might be enough to sway my vote. Well, maybe not, just keep it and maybe Hillary could invest it for you. Bob Dole served our country proudly when called upon to do so. Where were you, Bill Clinton, when your call came? Enough said. — JEFF FARNEY Beloit Why support Clinton? Illegal acts, and a total lack of character and honesty aside, Bill Clinton is a big government, welfare-state socialist who would have an administration with a primary social policy that would take money from people who work and give it to people who won't. Why does the media support a man that would bring this type of government to our country? — R.W. YEAGER Norton Missing something? Maybe I don't see things as the Republicans do but, as I see it, when a man kicks his first wife and child out and marries a young beautiful wealthy woman, one whose money might just help him to the White House, well, I don't see morals or trust here. Am I missing something? — La VAUGHN KUBICK Ellsworth Kansas needs Pat Roberts in the U.S. Senate The real solution to fighting the drop in Kansas' agricultural family farm ownership, increasing sales of Kansas agricultural products at home and abroad and a continued healthy economy in Kansas and the country is not found in falsely attacking the record and integrity of Congressman Pat Roberts. The solution is to elect Pat Roberts to the U.S. Senate. Congressman Roberts is running for U.S. Senate for several reasons. The main reason being his record as a congressman and what he can achieve for our great state by moving up to the Senate. Another major reason is Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, former Sen. Bob Dole, Gov. Bill Graves, and the overwhelming majority of his constituents and friends have urged him to seek higher office. I challenge Congressman Roberts' opponents to look at his record. He has been a strong voice in Congress for Kansas' agricultural community, business community and all Kansans for 16 years. He is honest, and very hard working. It's easy to criticize when you don't know the facts. Kansas needs Pat Roberts' leadership in the U.S. Senate. — RICHARD WILBORN McPherson Jerry Moran is on our side As election time draws near, I'd like to encourage the people of the 1st District to cast their vote for Jerry Moran for U.S. House of Representatives. I support this man because I feel he is a very capable and understanding individual who will have a strong voice for rural Kansas. Jerry grew up in a small town and even as a young man took an avid interest in politics. Even then he was knowledgeable of the issues and was a leader in his school. Today he is respected by his peers, serves as Senate majority leader, and has worked hard to get out to meet the people he will be serving. This man is willing to listen to our concerns, stand strong in his beliefs and will work to develop realistic solutions to some of our problems. He is concerned with family, education and tax relief and I feel he will provide us with strong, honest leadership. A vote for Jerry Moran will be a vote for integrity and commitment. He's a man worth having on our side. — LINDA BOWERSOX Mankato Ben Vidricksen a respected and hard-working senator I'm writing in support of Sen. Ben Vidricksen for re-election to the Kansas Senate. During his 17 years of service, Ben has played a crucial role in bringing many positive developments to our community, such as KSU Salina, the Highway Patrol Training Center and the expanded Kansas National Guard. Ben is honest and hard-working and is one of the most respected members of the Senate. If Ben is re-elected, he will be the senior senator in the Kansas Senate and be in a unique position to represent our district and serve our state. As a member of the majority party, he will serve as a committee chair. For the past eight years, Ben has served effectively as chairman of the Transportation and Utilities Committee. Ben has been a true fiscal conservative during his 17 years in the Kansas Senate and has fought hard in the battle to limit state spending. Ben was a strong supporter of Gov. Bill Graves' successful effort to reduce our personal property taxes. As a result, vehicle taxes will be cut in half over the next seven years. Ben Vidricksen has managed well that difficult task of balancing the needs of our district with those of our state as a whole. As voters, we have an important decision to make. Your vote for Ben Vidricksen will send an effective, experienced and respected legislator to represent the 24th District. — CHARLES WALKER Salina Former congressman backs Jerry Moran It is understandable if there is concern why a retired farmer could be qualified to urge voters to support Jerry Moran for Congress to represent the 1st Kansas District. However, the undersigned retired farmer has an unusual qualification. He had the honor of representing northeast Kansas in the Congress for 10 years. Since there were 435 Members of Congress, I probably knew or knew of approximately 1,000 different members due to the changing membership from one term to another. Consequently, it was interesting to identify the characteristics of the members who became effective and demonstrated leadership ability as compared to those who just went along for the ride. First among those qualities is credibility. Credibility is defined as financial responsibility, but more important than that is that a member's word is his bond. Jerry Moran has proven this quality as having been elected majority leader of the Kansas Senate. Another qualification and advantage of Jerry's candidacy is his experience as a legislator. Obviously the rules for procedure are different in the House of Representatives from the Kansas Senate. However, there is a certain intangible relationship between all legislative assemblies and Jerry's Kansas Senate experience will serve him well in the House of Representatives. Needless to say, Jerry is a fiscal conservative. Even though I have played a small role in his campaign, I was especially impressed with his television commercial. (And it is difficult to be impressed with a television commercial during an election P.O. BOX 740, SALINA, KANSAS 67402 year.) In this one Jerry is pictured with his children and saying he is concerned about their future. Then it immediately switches to a picture with Jerry and his senior citizen parents, and saying "I am also concerned about the future of my parents." That commercial clearly reflects Jerry's concern about the future of Kansas and the nation. Are there really many other basic social or fiscal concerns? Unlike many other letters to the editor during a political campaign, I have not included any negative comments about his opponent. In fact, I haven't read or heard much about such opponent. Jerry Moran will effectively represent our district in Congress in much the same manner as did Pat Roberts. — WILLIAM AVERY Wakefield Horst has proven herself Deena Horst has proven that she can work successfully with members of the Legislature in order to pass legislation which will benefit all of us in Kansas. As a teacher and taxpayer, she is concerned about education funding. She will continue to work for answers to the difficult problems of equitable funding for schools and establishing a school revenue source that is fair to taxpayers. Because she believes in listening to the people in her district, Deena walks door-to- door and asks for opinions and ideas about the issues that are currently being studied in the Legislature. The door to her office is always open. Please join me in voting for Deena Horst to be our state representative in the 69th District. She has a proven record of listening to all sides of an issue and representing us with common sense decision-making. — PHYLLIS D. NICHOLSON Salina Lynch brings proper values to school issues Eloise Lynch is running for the State Board of Education. I feel this is a very important position in the 1996 election. It will elect one candidate whose decisions will directly affect each school in the state and each one of your children or grandchildren. Some children have special problems that need early diagnosis, for example, Attention Deficit Disorder should be diagnosed no later than first grade. I asked both Eloise Lynch and her opponent, Mr. Hill, how they felt about ADD. Eloise's answer was "We need proper and early diagnosis for all learning disability problems. They are very real problems and proper diagnosis early can make a total difference in the life of a person." Mr. Hill's answer was, in effect, that a lot of kids are just discipline problems diagnosed ADD. I know of two boys who have ADD, and both were considered "discipline problems, just lazy, etc." until about eighth grade. Treatment was finally obtained and both boys have improved, although it is very difficult to regain the eight years that were basically lost because they were not diagnosed properly at the first grade level or earlier. Our children are the future. We need-to reinstill Christian values of honesty, respect, caring and attention to constructive education in our schools. I feel Eloise brings these values to the state board and the state board is where our instructions for our local school systems begin. — CAROL L. BROBST Beloit Proud of Sheriff White I remember first hearing of Sheriff Ken White on television when he saved a young girl in the flood, and I thought how nice it was of him to put his life on the line for someone else, far beyond the call of duty. We first met him while filming Tescott Flood Days for TV. He was fingerprinting children for ID cards. We talked to him about the qualifications for dispatcher and were much impressed with what he expected out of his employees. We are proud to live in this community eight months now, where crime is low, you don't have to worry about being murdered in your sleep and you can go to bed at night and not be wakened by rowdy neighbors, loud cars' and drunken parties. We believe Ken has brought much to the ideals, growth and integrity of Minneapolis and proud to have him represent us as we march into the 21st century. — CHARLOTTE and DON STATON Minneapolis Sexton's leadership is needed in the Legislature I am writing to encourage voters to cast their vote for Tommye Sexton Tuesday. There will be a number of significant issues facing our state legislators in the next session, including school financing decisions and the nearly complete restructuring of Social and Rehabilitation Services. These decisions will have profound effects on the lives of Kansas children, and will determine the role that state and community will play in responsibly caring for citizens. These issues require leadership from individuals who understand the concerns of our comnmnities, and who can sensitively reconcile our needs and our resources. Tommye has consistently put her commitment to community in action through her work with a variety of nonprofit organizations and in her job as a school counselor. She is an excellent listener and, perhaps even more important, she is willing to consider a wide range of options on even the most challenging issues. Tommye will bring a unique blend of front-line experience with community needs, seasonsed sensitivity and thoughtful pragmatism to the legislative process. We need Tommye's leadership in the months ahead. — PAULA FRIED Salina CAL THOMAS Im Angeles Times Syndicate The choice we make Future generations will judge us by this year's election T he Neapolitan saying at the bottom of my Italian restaurant menu seemed to sum up the philosophy held by many about Tuesday's election: "It matters not who rules us, as long as we eat and drink well." More than three decades after the Baby Boomers exploded their culture bomb — recreational- drugs, no-fault divorce, alternative lifestyles, a dead God and guilt-free living — the fallout has Each presidential election cycle allows us to hold up a mirror to ourselves. The image we see is not the leader's face but our own. lowered the qualifications we demand in ourselves and our leaders. The result is that a majority of us appear ready to re-elect one of the most corrupt political leaders of our time. Henry Ruth, a former Watergate special prosecutor, wrote a scathing letter to The Wall Street Journal noting that while he is voting for President Clinton out of fear that a Republican victory might mean the end of social programs, "my nonpartisan former prosecutor's voice tells me that (voters) should strongly consider that the Whitewater land deals and their financing, possible obstruction of justice through false testimony and through hidden and missing files, possible misuse of official files, possible illegal foreign contributions, intense criminal investigation of the first lady, a possible civil trial of the president for sexual harassment and perhaps other investigations will hound Mr. Clinton if he's re-elected, divert his attention and cause him additional enormous expenditures of personal funds for legal representation. An impoverished, distracted, worried president meeting the constant blast of executive and legislative investigations, and the concomitant diversions of thousands of hours of staff time coping with these demands, is obviously an unhealthy environment for a world leader." Even The New York Times, while endorsing the president for re-election, acknowledges that Clinton's ethics are his "most significant leadership problem" and offers advice on how he could improve his integrity deficit. The newspaper says he should come clean about Whitewater, the travel-office firings, the mishandling of FBI files and this year's questionable fund-raising activities. The Times also says he should promise not to pardon anyone associated with his administration. Why wasn't the Times as helpful to Richard Nixon? This election isn't really about Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. It is about us. We will decide Tuesday whether those things for which our parents and grandparents fought, and in some cases died, were of little or no consequence. We will be indicating if their sacrifice on behalf of virtue over vice and right over wrong was in vain. Each presidential election cycle allows us to hold up a mirror to ourselves. The image we see is not the leader's face but our own. If the president we elect is corrupt, we are saying we are corrupt, too — or at least don't care, which is nearly the same thing. A vote for Bill Clinton impeaches our national character. Bob Dole may not be exciting, but he has a solid integrity that could stabilize our morally exhausted nation. His character — tested in war — would never dishonor the office of president of the United States. The choice Tuesday is not only between two men but between two standards. Future generations will judge us on the results of this election. MAURE WEIGELl Auto - Home Insurance! Phone 827-2906 I ^l

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