The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 11, 1971 · Page 28
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Monday, October 11, 1971
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Editorial Missouri's No to the Nags 'Promoters of doggy bingo, horse track betting and legalized slot machines should look across the border. Missouri through its history has been in a constant state of sin, and now even has opened its bars to the Sunday trade. But Missouri last week turned thumbs down on a proposal for pari- mutuel betting at the horse tracks. The result came in a familiar pattern. The big counties said o.k., but the rural counties said no, and the country boys won again. Some of the "no" votes undoubtedly reflected recent scandals involving track betting and operations in neighboring Illinois. Nonetheless, if Missouri wants no truck with this form of gambling, it hardly seems likely that Kansas will embrace it. Bingo, maybe. Horses and dogs, no. Scales of Justice In a year's time, Kansas has slipped from 39th to 41st in the rankings of how well a state pays its Supreme Court justices. - District court judge salary scales saw a slip from 35th to 38th in that time. The chief justice of the state high court is paid $24,500 a year by taxpayers. The associate justices are paid $23,500. A minimum of $35,000 is suggested. District court judges in Kansas make $19,500 a year. They should be paid ?30,000. Cost to the taxpayer for such sal­ ary.increases would be about $1 million a year. It is a bargain. The en­ tire 'judicial system of Kansas costs only about $3.5 million out of a yearly $1 billion budget,' meaning it is less than 1 per cent. That doesn't show much priority. Late last year it was revealed that more district judges than not have substantial business interests that might affect their rulings. The same is true of the high court justices. The problem, as outlined at an annual district court judges meeting in Hutchinson, is that Kansans do not pay enough to put their judges above the business pack. On the scales of justice this makes the taxpayer penny wise and pound foolish. Degrees and Money Two stories concerning jobs and education hit The News on successive days last week. They are worth comparison: 1. The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education reports that college graduates make more money and are happier in their jobs and marriages than non-graduteas. 2. The College Placement Council reports that 26 per cent fewer seniors and graduate students found jobs in 1971 than in 1970, and 1970 was an off-year. At the same- time, federal employment officials say jobs requiring, technical skills — welding, machine work, health' [ services and other "blue-collar" posts — are going begging. The message may be that what Carnegie learned about college graduates of past years may not be true of college graduates tomorrow. That's a doubtful conclusion. The the view from here fact is, being content and happy and fulfilled—or whatever adjective you want—does not center completely around a job, even a profitable job. Higher education still is the path toward a better American life. It need not necessarily end in a degree, or in the accumulation of credit hours. It can be achieved in conjunction with technical and vocational training. We don't want to lose sight of the emotional rewards in going as far as one can with education. In view of the ever-growing need for technicians, the. signal in these two reports is that community colleges and adult education programs will be a much larger force in developing youth as adults than they are now. A second lesson is that dignity, security and happiness are not guaranteed by a college degree, nor reserved for those who have one! by s.a. Not So World Serious If you asked, the Girl at the Next Desk would tell you with reasonable assurance that Yogi Berra lives in Jellostone National Park, and that the Orioles are a singing group, starring Shirley Jones. Baseball to her is something with Tony Kubek (he's cute). It is aso a TV show that pre-empts the afternoon soap opera, "Days of Our Lives." Yet, annually when the cricket calls and the voice of Gillette Blades is heard in the land, she gets a big piece of cardboard, fills it with squares, and goes around to collect cash for the World Series Pool. After, of course, someone tells her which teams are playing. And, I should add, in defiance of Vera Miller and the publisher of this journal, both of whom believe that if God had intended Kansans to gamble, He would have written their laws differently. WHY THIS should be, I leave to B. F. Skinner to answer. - (Come to it, Prof. Skinner, the behaviorist featured in Time magazine recently, has done just that. He says people are conditioned to gamble, andi they follow the schedule' - .which is built into all gambling devices and games, like pigeons pecking when they hear a bell ring, secretaries make World Series pools when the office TV is turned on to a baseball field.) Haying established that many people concerned'about the outcome of the games :have no idea what is going on, this department offers its annual hints of Things To Expect: • * • 1. Roberto Clemente will catch a fly ball as he is half-turned, running back. This will prompt the commentator to recall the great over>the-shoulder catch by Willie Mays in the 1954 SerieSj, -.., vf. Pittsburgh .^layers will complain in interviews that tliBifood in Baltimore is terrible, andBaltimore'players will say even s.a. worse things about the hotel rooms in Pittsburgh. 3. It will be revealed that Dave McNally played Little League baseball in Montana, and that few major league players come from Montana. 4. Only two batters will bunt successfully, although nine will try. Despite this dismal showing at a basic, simple play, one manager will call a bunt in the ninth to try to get a runner to second, so that the following batter (who has a season average of .223) can strike out. • • • 5. At least one pitcher will h a v e a no- hitter going in the sixth, which will bring reminiscence of how Cookie Lavagetto spoiled a perfect game in the 1947 Series. Or of how Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in 1956, and was rewarded by Yogi wrenching his back in a Berra hug. 6. The odds will be figured by some pallid pool player in Las Vegas, who hasn't seen a baseball game since Babe Ruth hit that center-field homer in 1932. 7. In Baltimore, a great cry of "B-o-o-g!" will swell the stands when Powell comes to bat, and the announcer will hastily explain that they are just calling the name of the Orioles' first baseman. In Pittsburgh, it could have a different meaning. 8. At least one .pitcher, probably Bob Moose of the Pirates, will be accused of smearing greasy kid stuff on the ball. • • • ; 9.' And finally, if the Series goes to seven .games as Tony Kubek confidently predicts it will, we will be assured several times in the .final innings that ^there's no tomorrow." (Kiibek, incidentally, will spend the remainder of this week trying to explain how he arrived at a forecast of Pirate victory in seven games.) It has happened thus since the days of Mel Allen — but who's old enough to remember him? I really hope That Girl wins her pool, and can assure her there is no house take. Hutchinson News Monday, Oct. 11, 1971 Page 4 Western Front WT m m. WAY TO miFmm'mwP^ Merry-Go'Round GIs Encounter Catch 22 In Army Appeals Court By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has censored a brilliant young lawyer-colonel for writing that v the Military Appeals Court is rigged to favor the generals over the GIs. So badgered by his superiors was the Army lawyer, Lt. Col. Charles Schiesser, that he finally removed his name from the law review article so his co-author, Dan Benson, a reserve major, could publish it free of Pentagon pressure. What the two men found was that the court — sometimes called the "GIs' Supreme Court" — was more often a rubber stamp for the brass than a safeguard for the GIs. Generals and admirals get automatic appeals while enlisted men receive second-class justice. The slam-bang article, to be published in the Texas Tech Law Review, praises a few aspects of the court, but paraphrases St. Matthew, changing the court "has strained at gnats and swallowed camels" in its support of the brass. The court "to a significant degree," they wrote,! "h a s become unduly! aligned with the military! establishment that it wasl created to police." In- Anderson stead of protecting the GIs, it has shown more concern "with the attitudes of the leaders of the various armed services." Getting any injunctive relief — such as bail, habeus corpus hearings and change of venue—has been a "Catch 22" proposition, they said. Only four enlisted defendants got such breaks in 20 years. Despite such sizzling command, the Army Judge Advocate General's office at first approved the article. It was bucked to Defense Secretary Mel Laird's security At Wit's End and review office with an Army "recommendation for public release." But at this level, according to a memo from Schiesser to the Army, "an objection was voiced." The Army quickly backed down on its approval and ordered two major changes. One stated objection concerned a sentence in which Schiesser and Benson said "William H. Darden was appointed to the court at the request of Senator Richard Russell, a well-known partisan of the armed, forces. . ." Another objection was raised to a sentence that only Judge Homer Ferguson of all the court's jurists "has consistently demonstrated. . . healthy skepticism toward the military." To get the article approved, Schiesser agreed to remove any reference to Russell's "fix" and to soften the statement on Ferguson's isolation. But that wasn't good enough. A few days later, the Army's Assistant Judge Advocate General, Brig. Gen. Larry Williams, suggested a complete rewrite in order not to "cast improper aspersions on members of the court, living or dead." We have a "Dear Chuck" memo to Schiesser signed by Williams, telling of the conversation. Three days later, Schiesser wrote the Texas Tech Law Review saying that if the Defense Department failed to "clear the article. . . within your allotted time limit, please remove my name as an author." Footnote: The Pentagon claims that Schiesser simply did not have time to revise the article and therefore had his name pulled. Although this is false, Schiesser has gone along to keep from endangering his career. When we talked with him, he declined all comment. The Pick-Up, I and II By ERMA BOMBECK Due to a conflict of views, the following column will be told in two segments. The first is written by me, whom you all know as a responsible reporter, dedicated mother, and buyer of VFW poppies on Veterans Day. The second segment is re- ss ported by my husband who!" 1 is biased and never forgave his mother for forgetting his confirmation name. The Pick-Up: I Being sheltered, I have al- w a y s associated pick-upl with a farm truck. It had J never occurred to me how jj unsafe the streets are to : walk on at night until a few weeks ago. I was out walking with my husband when I rounded a corner a few minutes before him. (He tires easily anymore). While standing in the bright, blinding lights cast by a store wndow, an extremely, young, handsome man leered close to me and said, "What are you doing tonight?" Shocked and dazed by his brazenness, I summoned my husband who laughed and said, "I think she is going to wash her hair and watch "Ironside.' "The masher was undaunted. He then proceeded to ask my husband for the time and they got to talking and laughing together Bombeck and were as civilized as a Noel Coward play- Outraged and hurt by the tawdriness of it all, I shouted at the young man, "I, sir, am old enough to be your mother!" He went off into the night, I trust a better man for his experience. The Pick-Up: II Everytime we go for a. walk, my wife is like some darned gazelle. She forges ahead of me in and out of shops like Dorothy sprinting down the yellow brick walk in the "Wizard of Oz." t Anyway, the other night while we were out walking she turned the corner and by the time I caught up with her she was staring at this young kid in the dark. You really couldn't blame him for his mistake. It was so dark Totie Fields would have looked like Annette Funicello. The poor guy asked me the time and as we talked I discovered had mistaken my wife for his mother who was to meet him when he got off work at the pizza parlor. I looked at my wife and frankly the pitch had taken ten years off her life. She was giddy and flushed and was shouting hysterically, "My husband, sir, is old enough to be your father!" The kid and I exchanged glances and he went off into the darkness. My wife? Every night since the incident she insists we walk the unsafe streets together. I have to admit. She's making them safer. Yes, Kansas Could Lose In reply to your recent editorial "Kansas Could Lose", you couldn't have picked a better title for the subject but your reasoning behind it couldn't be further from the truth. I fail to understand what you have against the Kansas meat industry, one of the leading industries in the state. Since the dollar sign is your approach this time, let me tell you how Kansas can lose many dollars under total federal meat inspection. There are presently 260 plus state inspected meat., plants. Figuring very con- servativeyiy that these 260 plus plants have an average net sales of $75,000 each annually, this alone figures a return of almost $600,000 in sales tax at 3%. Now to mention property, payroll and other taxes paid by these plants, nor the sales tax generated by purchases of supplies and equipment. All in all, these 260 plus plants generate far more tax revenue than expense. You mention several neighboring states who are in trouble and are likely to go under total federal inspection. Mainly because those states wouldn't accept their responsibilities and have opened the door to further federal control.. What you failed to mention, and I suspect purposely, was the exDsriencss of those three states currenttly under total federal inspection. Thoee three are North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota. Let's take North Dakota for instance. The first state to go under total federal inspection, over a year ago, North Dakota had 77 state meat plants before federal take over. Today only about 30 are able to operate as federally inspected plants. The balance of these plants that are still in operation are classed as custom plants. Meaning the only services they can offer is the processing of the customer's own beef. The average annual net sales of a custom plant is about $25,000. And with an average of three to five less employes per plant The future of the purely custom plant is similar to the neighborhood grocery in the 1940's. I was in attendance at the National Locker Convention in Minneapolis, Minn., in early August and those operators in Minnesota and Montana had similar tales of woe. Let's assume that Kansas goes under total federal meat inspection tomorrow. Within only a few months, based on North Dakota's experience there would only be about 120 state meat plants able to operate at full operational capacity. Those remaining plants would be reduced to custom operations only, and dying a slow death. Why will only half survive federal take over? Because federal does not have sufficient trained personnel available to do the job and will be forced to lighten its load by reducing the number of plants requiring inspection. This is easily done by making requirements, already existing, financially unbearable for many of the plants. The big loser is the smaller rural communities whose locker plant is one of the most important local businesses. These communities are hard pressed now with shrinking tax bases, loss of employment, etc. The state would lose far more tax revenue than money it would save by eliminating a $600,000 so called expense. Each and every state taxpayer would lose too. Merely shifting the $600,000 inspection cost from state to federal doesn't save you or me tax monies because we pay the federal tax too or have you forgotten? Not to mention the fact that federal meat inspection costs are more than 25 per cent higher than the same job done at the state level. So what is gained by leaving $600,000 in the right pocket and taking $750,000 plus out of the left pocket? Most people would consider that alone a losing proposition. Finally I would like to point out that state meat inspection will not effect our large state packers who are federal now. What will cause Kansas to lose any future big packers is a hostile attitude towards the meat industry on the part of Kansans. An attitude that is fostered by an uninformed local news media that should have better sense.-JAKE HARTMETZ, 230 South Crest- way, Wichita. Welfare Cuts 'Unfair Concerning the cut in welfare checks, I have an article 1 clipped from The Kansas City Kansan newspaper, dated July 18, 1971. The heading is "Speer Says Cuts, Unfair". I quote the article: "The social welfare cuts announced by . Dr. Robert Harder, Kansas Director of the program, are unfair, Dr. Leland N. Speer, Republican Representative 33rd, Dist., said Saturday. "Dr. Harder is making such cuts in a manner to place pressure on the Legislature for more money," Speer charged. Harder has said the^ cuts are economically necessary because the State Legislature failed to increase welfare funds above the last fiscal year level, according to the United Press International. "The Legislature wants to fund the needed sum, asserted Speer, we received no cooperation from Dr. Harder. He passed but with teeth out, Speer continued. That bill of which I was one sponsor, provides for a county investigator to check elegibil- ity of applicants for social welfare. Dr. Harder said counties could not use welfare funds, federal, state and county to pay for an investigator. The cost he ruled must be paid from regular county funds. "No one can blame a county which refuses to use its tax money instead of using the federal, county welfare fund to check on welfare recipients. Speer said it is regrettable in the extreme that many persons who are worthy of as much assistance as can be provided will suffer under the cuts ordered. Those deserving assistance should be given as adequate a sum as possible." There is more to this clipping; anyone may read it who so desires. If the government would take over all deserving recipients and have a program to care for their needs, the money used for Dr. Harder's salary plus all other people's salary that are in their many offices, and use the thousand upon thousands of dollars that go for their salaries there would be no need to make the aged, disability and others made suffer by cutting their checks which already were hard to live on with the high and higher cost of living—MRS. LENA DAVIS, 507 East 5th. Meet God on His Terms Much has been said and written regarding the troublesome condition our nation is in today and how things may be remedied, or what may be a solution to our problems. However, two much of this has little Biblical support. President Nixon, his advisors and those who propagate the war and also other matters are receiving undue criticism as to how they are handling the situation. Instead of criticizing the rulers of the land the Bible teaches us to pray for them that they might have wisdom to rightly guide the affairs of the state, Jesus has told us, who profess to be Christians, that we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. But if the salt has lost its savar it is good for nothing but to be cast out and be trodden under the foot of men. Christians are to be a salt that has a preserving power by which a nation is upheld and when they cease to be that, it is good for nothing. When there is enough genuine Christianity in the land, their righteous influence subdues evil. Otherwise, wickedness is on the increase .... In the days of Isaish, the prophet, when the daughters of Zion were walking in pride and vanity by adorning their bodies the prophet told them that as a punishment their young men would fall by the sword, and when one sees how the young women and older ones too, are just as guilty as the daughters of Zion, we have reasons to believe that our young men today are dying in Vietnam and elsewhere because of their undress and ungodly attire. I would challenge all those who call themselves Christians and also the unbelievers, if we desire that our country's condition come back to normal and that peace be restored we need to repent and meet God on His terms. Unless we do we will fare no better than the cities of Sodom and Gommarah where there were no more than ten righteous people and the cities were destroyed with fire and brimstone. Again, I say that the greatest responsibility lies with those who profess to be Christians..— JOHN M. JOST, Box 69, Hillsboro. She Commends Management For Articles on Alcohol The articles about alcohol now appearing in.The News are an excellent public service and the management is to be commended for publishing them. Many times I have been disappointed when the editorials seemed to favor the wets and I'm sincerely pleased whether a new management is indicated or a change of heart-MRS. M. HINCKLEY, U.S.D. 371 Librarian, Montezuma. Looking Backward Ten Years Ago in 1961 The sweatshirt craze by boys was the latest worry for school officials and their dress codes. Cuba changed the U.S. was planning an invasion. This was denied. The state's wheat crop totaled 768 million bushels. Twenty-five Years Ago in 1946 * A city wide campaign for $600,000 for improvements to Grace Hospital was announced. It called for a 174 bed expansion. Henry Pegues was chairman of the Reno County Hospital Assn. Methodist conference leaders meeting here were Drs.. Russell Throckmorton, Dodge City; W. W. Avery, Concordia; Nelson Gardner, Colby; Bishop William C. Martin; O. F. Volkland, Salina; A. E. Henry, Wichita; a C. Brown, Winfield; and W. D. Mulvaney, Hutchinson. . First snow fell at Goodland. • • • Fifty Years Ago in 1921 Sam Stoughton. suffered minor cuts when his car and a farm wagon pulled by mules collided on the Medora road. A drive was on for all houses to have numbers. Rev. John Brown, evangelist,. opened • campaign at Convention Hall, saying Hutchinson residents needed more prayer.

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