The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 3, 1996 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 3, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1996 A9 T CHRISTIAN COALITION Coalition plans final push Maryland lawmaker reports phone threats By The Associated Press Leader believes group will have big impact on Tuesday's elections By The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed said Saturday that a massive grassroots effort by his organization this weekend will help Republicans retain control of Congress and make the race for the White House close. Critics, meanwhile, charged that the effort will be based on false and misleading guides distributed to voters. The group today will mount the greatest political effort in its history, distributing 45 million voter guides in 125,000 churches and contacting three million to five million voters in person or by telephone. "Believe me, when you've got 100,000 volunteers and 125,000 churches and 45 million copies of anything, you've got a lot of activity going on," Reed said before meeting with about 100 Christian Coalition volunteers at a downtown Cincinnati hotel. "There are meetings just like this happening in all 50 states today." The Christian Coalition's mightiest lobbying effort ever comes amid renewed criticism that the group's voter guides are deceptive and biased in favor of conservative candidates. "The bottom line is that the Coalition's guides distort the issues, misrepresent the candidates' positions and even deceive voters FREDERICK. Md. — The FBI said Saturday it is investigating threatening phone calls made against Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. Bartlett said his wife, Ellen, received a threatening call Tuesday. Bartlett said that call was followed by one to his campaign headquarters when a man asked if the congressman was going to attend a Halloween parade and if he would be riding in was a convertible. C-wtth this Ad) On Carpet, Furniture, Drapery and Air Duct Cleaning. Steamatics Quality Service Extends the Life of your Furnishings for a home. The Total Cleaning and Restoration Experts For a Free Estimate call 913-826-9X29 or 1-888-513-2538 STEAMATW* total cleaning & restoration 137 S. 5TH, SALINA The Associated Press Ralph Reed, executive director of the Christian Coalition, holds up the coalition voter guide during a meeting Saturday in Cincinnati. about whether candidates replied to the Coalition's questionnaire," said People For The American Way President Carole Freeman, whose group conducted a survey of the voter guides. "All told, the guides are a fraud, perpetuated by a plainly partisan group." As an example, the People For The American Way study noted that while candidates were asked whether they favored repealing the semi-automatic weapons ban, the voter guide response substituted "firearms" for "semi-automatic weapons." The Rev. David Key, chairman of the Georgia interfaith Alliance warned that the guides "are not the nonpartisan, educational materials the Christian Coalition claims them to be,"warnings clear in a letter mailed to 10,000 religious leaders across his state The Christian Coalition intends to distribute 1.7 million guides in Georgia. Reed said he was confident that the Republicans will stay in power in the House and Senate. , "Newt Gingrich will still be speaker of the house on Jan. 5, 1997," Reed said. "I think the Republicans not only are going to retain control of the U.S. Senate, I think they are likely to pick up seats." Reed said that religious conservatives will help GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole. Voter guides available in area \ Glen Kocli an o Republic an for Staeari •30 years of progressive experience with the Salina Police Department. •Sponsor a volunteer citizen task force made up of members from Law Enforcement, Schools, Courts, Parents, and the young people themselves, to develop ideas on how to deal with juvenile crime and expand our drug education programs. •Implement TRIAD program to work with senior citizens. TRIAD is Law Enforcement and Seniors working together to reduce criminal victimization of Seniors. •Increase D.A.R.E. training in our schools Pai adv. f aid for by Kochanouaklfor Sheriff Committee, Roialie N. Leek, Treasurer Some churches refuse to give out controversial guides to elections By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Voter guides listing candidates' views on several issues will be distributed at at least a few area churches this weekend. , But some churches refuse to distribute the literature, and one business that had the guides on display has pulled them because of customer complaints. The Christian Coalition surveyed state legislative candidates on four issues — reduction of spending by cutting taxes, prohibition of abortion on demand, teaching of abstinence versus safe sex and banning same-sex marriages. The coalition also surveyed four candidates for the Kansas State Board of Education on the same issues. For federal candidates, including presidential contenders Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, the issues included the balanced-budget amendment, a 15 percent federal income tax cut, banning of partial birth abortions, taxpayer funding of abortions, voluntary school prayer, public and private school choice, T FBI FILES homosexuals in the military, repeal of the federal firearm ban and taxpayer funding of obscene art. Virgil Eubanks, pastor of First Christian Church in Abilene, said he would make the guides available to parishioners on a table in the back of the church because he considered the guides helpful. "We're providing information that can help people make a decision on which candidates to support," Eubanks said. The guides will be handed out after services at Salina's Sacred Heart Cathedral, 118 N. Ninth, said Rev. Alvin Werth, pastor. Werth said a group of parishioners originally wanted the guides to be included in the church bulletin, but he declined. "I didn't feel it would be appropriate," Werth said. "On the issues pertaining to family life, I go along with what it says, but I don't want to give an incomplete picture. Not all of the issues are covered." The voter guides were available for two days this week at Abilene's Short Stop convenience store but were removed after customers complained, a worker said. The worker said one man who visits weekly said he wouldn't be back as long as the guides were on the counter. "I didn't think anything of them," the worker said. "But we didn't want to lose a customer." The worker said most of the stack already had been distributed. "We only got rid of about 15 of them," she said. The Rev. Mary Kay Bond, vicar of Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 639 Max in Salina, said the guides wouldn't be distributed at her church. "Our congregation is not a very conservative congregation," she said. "They (the Christian Coalition) are not on our wavelength, nor are we on theirs." Bond said she tries not to be political in the pulpit. "I try to be very careful from the pulpit not to talk about my opinions," she said. The voter guides won't be distributed at First Christian Church, 2727 E. Crawford, said co- pastor Kim Blakley Rea. Rea said she had received the guides, but there was no room in the church's bulletin to insert them. "It wasn't necessarily a philosophical decision," she said. "There was a lot of stuff going on." A spokesperson at the Christian Church in Downs said the voter guides would not be distributed in church bulletins. The woman declined to discuss the matter further. County Commissioner Second District I Will • Support Preventive Drug Programming WorkWith City Commission on City- County Issues • Be Responsive to Citizens' Concerns Political Advertisement paid for by Seim for Commissioner. Richard Dean, Treasurer. First lady's fingerprints not on files By The New York Times WASHINGTON — A fingerprint analysis, requested by Senate Republicans, of personnel files improperly obtained by the White House turned up no evidence that Hillary Rodham Clinton or top presidential aides had handled the records, law-enforcement officials said Saturday. The FBI's laboratory compared known fingerprints of Hillary Clinton and Clinton aides with fingerprints found on the documents in the FBI personnel files obtained by the White House, the officials said. The analysis had been requested last month by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republicans on the panel contended that the White House might have obtained the files to compile dossiers on potential political adversaries. The analysis found that the files had been handled by Craig Livingstone, the former personnel security chief, and others who conducted the files search. But the analysis did not find the fingerprints of senior White House officials. Baldwin Bros. Stock Reduction Sale starts Monday, Nov. 4 at 9:30 am OTTAWA COUNTY CITIZENS Vote for X Scott F. Torres and we all Benefit. The Citizens of Ottawa County will receive more services with no increased tax burden: A Sheriff who will Patrol the County. The citizens will see their taxes at work. A Reserve police program. This program will be made up of Citizens, interested in volunteering as Police Officers when needed. An Early Education program for the youth. There are drug and stranger awareness programs that are needed in Ottawa County. A program for the teens. Explorer type programs (We have learned in the past that good relations with the teens, helps prevent problems in the future.) True 24 hour patrol. A patrol unit is out 24 hours a day. At this time and for the last 9 years, there has not been any Sheriff's patrol on holidays, Sundays and some nights. No More: Unmarked police cars. We need these police cars patrolling, for more visibility. Expensive drug dog. This money can be spent on needed programs. If we need a dog there will be some close by at no cost. Broken promises. The jail (no frills?) and 24 hour patrol. Iii the past nine years, the cases worked by the Sheriff's office has increased each year. Some people like to think that Ottawa County has no crime. That would be wonderful wouldn't it? Scott has the intention of being your Sheriff for the next 4 years and not retire, leaving you someone you didn't vote for. Paid for by the committee to elect SCOTT TORRES Sheriff, Dun King treasurer. AH La-Z-Boy® Rocker Recliners Reduced MOO to $ 180 All Simmons Beautyrest Bedding Now Sale Priced Tell City Oak Dining Room Furniture Sale Priced Reg.$849 5 PC. Glass Dinette by Daystrom Now $549 1-Group Fine Sofas Reduced up to $ 300 1-Group La-Z-Boy® Recliners Reg.$599 Now $399 Sofa Sleepers by La-Z-Boy® Reduced up to $250 1-Group Occasional Tables Drastically Reduced Reg.$849 French Prov. Floral Loveseat Now $424 "Special" Simmons Maxipedic Queen Size Set Now $399 All Curios, Bedding, Rockers and Sofa Sleepers ON SALE! Convenient Credit Terms Baldwin Bros. Furniture 141 S. Santa Fe Downtown Salina 827-5584

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