Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on June 12, 1976 · Page 4
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Public Pulse Page 4 Garden City Telegram Saturday, June 12, 1976 A Pedestrian's View About a month or so ago the chief of police was under fire for putting too much emphasis on traffic control. Now it seems they have slacked off to the extent that a person can't even walk across the street at a marked and lighted pedestrian crossing. Granted the lights at the crosswalk on Main between Chestnut and Laurel are hard to see by drivers, but most of the traffic lights on Main are hard to see by a pedestrian. Many an out-of-town pedestrian has crossed against a red light because he is not accustomed to looking kitty cornered to see the traffic signals. Many a crosswalk on Main is hazardous. The crossing from Sears to Stevens Park needs a pedestrian right-of-way sign in the middle of the street. In California, a pedestrian has the right of way in all crosswalks. This is not a bad law and probably could save a few lives here in Kansas if enacted. As for Mrs. Purnell worrying about George being hit by a truck, she and the chief of police should be more worried about hot rod young punks instead of trying to make the professional trucker a scapegoat. — RICHARD A. McCULLOUGH, 609 N. 12th. Skydiver Sends Thanks We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Garden City Hot Air Balloon Club for the terrific time we were given over the Beef Empire Days weekend. It is a pleasure to be associated with such .happy people . whose camaraderie is so graciously snared with outsiders like ourselves. We are certainly planning on coming back next year, for your small community in Western Kansas has, indeed, left a good impression on us. In the meantime, we.will „ enjoy the memories of our weekend in Garden City. By the way, I am the "unidentified skydiver" mentioned in the ' Garden City Telegram on Monday, June 7.1 will remember that experience along with everything else. Again, pur thanks.— PARKER and CAT ANA VAN HECKE, 5400 E. 21st, Wichita. High Praise from Dodge , I wanted to tell you and the', citizens of Garden City how impressed. I was with your Beef Empire Days and the parade. I suppose I had a good vantage point having been given the opportunity to serve as the Parade Marshall and ride in the parade with my wife. ,1 not only appreciated the opportunity to represent my profession, but also Dodge City. The spirit of cooperation as well as the friendly competition existing between our two cities has kept them strong and will continue to contribute to the strength of the mortar that binds our sister cities together in the advancement of Southwest Kansas. I was gratified to see that as usual, members of our profession are called upon to assist in an endeavor such as Beef Empire Days. The coordinating efforts of Attorney Van Smith and other attorneys who assisted in the effort were obvious. Your entire community is to be congratulated on producing an epic for the enjoyment of all citizens of Southwest Kansas. — JACK E. DALTON, President, Kansas Bar Association, Dodge City. Any '06 Grads Left? Seventy years ago my father, Alden Duckworth, son of Parson A. and Mary Frances Roach Duckworth, was a 1906 graduate of Garden City High School. At the \ time the family lived on a homestead, 6 miles north and 6 east of town. He is very interested to know if any of his classmates still live in the area, or if any are still living, for that matter. Dad is a retired farmer. He and mother moved to Kingman in 1952. They still live in their own home and take care of the house and yard. Quite an accomplishment for two people in their 80's. — MRS. LETHA MITCHELL, Box 139, Kingman. Garden City Telegram Published daily except Sundays and New Year's day. Memorial day. Independence day, Thanksgiving day. Labor day and Christmas. Yearly by The Telegram Publishing Company 276-3232 ; 310 North 7lh Street Garden City, Kansas B7846 Pnd Brooki John Frailer U« Roy Allaan Editor Managing Editor Ad and Busineaa Manager By d. h. A FUNNY thing happened when \fre sat down to type on a recent morning. Three millers flew out of the typewriter. We nailed one with a typographical error. * * * FIRST WEEK of June in the downtown stores and outlying shopping malls of Oklahoma City. . . all of the spring and most of the summer merchandise w,as bunched on clearance tables and racks. The big feature was back-to-school stuff. * * * * OF COURSE, a mother feels for her children and hurts when they hurt. But sometimes these natural bonds of sympathy are strained a bit. Like in cases of mortal fatigue, caused by slumber parties; heal blisters brought on by wearing new shoes beyond endurance; and excruciating sunburns earned by lying, not laboring, in the sun forjiours. You feel for their foolishness and its resulting anguish, but it takes a little trying. * ,* * THAT NIGHT-time comedy soap opera Art Buchwald Writes: Crossword By EugeruSbeffer which cannot be seen in this area is seeping into the consciousness of many anyway. Our going-on-three-year-old skipped through the house the other day chanting, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." * * * IT'S TRUE. Hollywood is planning a sequel to "Gone With the Wind," so those of you who have been writing your own happy endings to the Rhett and Scarlett romance may yet see them on the screen. * *, * WE KNOW a mother who can't clean her oven this summer even though it is in sore need of cleaning. The problem is a couple of her older children are home and she doesn't dare use the, aerosol spray cleaner she dotes on. * * * A KID whose parents have taken to golfing at the new municipal course in the sandhills south of town tells those, who inquire about the whereabouts of his Mom and Dad, "They're'down in the dunes." ACROSS 1 — on it! 5 Ibsen heroine 9 Miner's chisel 12 Sandarac tree 13 Wild goat , of the Alps 14 Indian 15 Mona — 16 Displace 17 Roguish 18 Culmination 19 Female ruff 20 Pronoun 21 — Jima 23 Type of cuckoo 25 Destroyed by fire 28 Madness 32 Fabled monster 33 Norse god of thunder 34 Elizabeth's husband 37 Puffs up 39 Outside: comb, form 40 Row 41 Headgear 44 Which one 46 Equal (obs.) 50 River (Sp.) 51 Quick sharp blow 52 Acting award 53 Chemical suffix 54 One's native land 55 Lug 56 Eccentric part 57 Overpowered 58 Single units DOWN 1 Spanish room 2 Stumble , 3 Facility 4 Great Athenian sculptor 5 Mighty hunter 6 Woodwind instrument 7 Divulge 8 Chopping tool 9 Spout,* 10 King of the Huns 11 Pashas in Tunis 20 Venetian painter Avg. solution time: 21 min. Answer to yesterday's puzzle. 22 Pronoun 24 Greek letter 25 Republican party 26 Exclamation of distaste 27 — - state area 29 Word of surprise 30 Small bed 31- Time periods (abbY.) 35 Roman numeral 36 Conference (colloq.) 37 Kicke'd 38 Southern state(abbr.) 41 Lamp condensing ring 1 42 BeloVed by Radames 43 Verse 45 Harness part 47 Thug 48 Poker stake 49 Leaching solutions 51 Indian wild sheep Making High School Tough WASHINGTON - The Board of Education of the State of Virginia has issued an edict that in order for a student to <•> receive a high school diploma he will have to be able to prove he can read, write and perform basic arithmetic computations. If other states follow suit this radical step could eventually affect every high school student in the country. Although the Virginia board won't put the rule into effect until 1978, many students are already claiming that the decision violates the Constitution as cruel and unusual punishment. "Like," a Virginia high school student told me, "I think that's an awful lot to expect of someone going to school. I mean they're asking us to prove we can read and write and also figure out decimals. How do they expect any of us to finish high school if they're going to make it that tough?" "It does seem rather harsh," I admitted, "particularly since for 10 years high school graduates have not been required to prove they could do any of these things." "It's not that we can't do any of them," he said. "Like in my class some kids can read, and 1 know some can write and others can add and subtract. But there's only about six that can do all three, ya'know?" "I guess this will put more pressure on the teachers," 1 said. "Yeh, they'll probably ruin the best years of our lives. I think a lot of kids will drop out of school if they're going to be expected to read and write and multiply and divide to get a diploma." ;• ': "Why do you think the board got so tough at this time?" "They probably don't like kids. They're jealous of us because we have so much fun in high school. They're trying to turn us into robots." "Perhaps," I said,, "the Jack Anderson colleges and universities have been putting pressure on them. I've heard that most universities are complaining that they have to spend so much time teaching high school graduates the fundamentals of reading and writing that they don't have time to devote to higher education subjects." "What do they expect of us anyway?" he said. "After all, we're only kids. I'm not saying reading and writing don't help you in some situations, but I think it should be optional until you get to college. A lot of kids don't want to go on to universities, so why should they be required to learn skills if they're never going to use them?",.... "„ •;;,:/." : "I don't have the answer," I said frankly. "Perhaps there are some taxpayers who feel that for all the money they spend on high schools in this country they would like to see the students come out of them with just three basic skills." "Like maybe they feel that way, but a high school shouldn't be a prison where they tell you that you have to do this and you have to do that. It's a place where you should be able to expand your mind, ya' know. You're not going to learn about life out of books. A high school is a place where you make friends and learn how to drive a car, and go to Concerts and stuff. A high school is where you root for the football team and the basketball team and have school spirit. That's what it's all about. Now they're going to load us up with homework and make us read books and write compositions and do math problems, and we're not going to have time for any of the things that really count." I said, "The only thing I can say in the board of education's defense is that they have the decency to give you until 1978 to learn to read and write." "They fyad to," he replied. "The Class of 1977 > never would have been able to do it." 25. 12 SO 53 56 42 43 39 W. 3.5 51 44 W 38 m 52 CRYPTOQUIP 6-12 W Q H • D Y fl J D T J W D P W F J Q B W D T / " • ' • PWFRQB .YIIYBJHRB? Yesterday's Cryptoquip - NEAR ARE THE MONSOON MONTHS. (© 1976 King Features; Syndicate, Inc.) "'' Today's Cryptoquip clue: H equals T The Cryptoquip is a simple substitution cipher in which each letter used stands for another. If you think that X equals O, it will equal 0 throughout the puzzle. Single letters, short words, and words using an apostrophe can give you clues to locating vowels. Solution is accomplished by trial and error. AGED STEAKS-NOW AVAILABLE CUT TO YOUR SPECIFICATIONS PLEASE ORDER IN ADVANCE FOR BEST SATISFACTION . 424 N. Main GARDEN CITY MEATS 2756541 The African Problem WASHINGTON - The question of how to counter Soviet gains in Africa came up the other day behind closed White House doors. Speaker Carl Albert, back from a tour of the Middle East, reported that our friends were worried that the U.S. had lost its backbone. "I talked to chiefs of state in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait," said the Speaker, "and they all want to know whether they can count on our acting like a great power. They're worried about what the Communists can do to them." Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, citing his efforts in Africa, said: "We have a good chance to stop this slide toward outside intervention." Elaborating, President Ford said Kissinger had gone to Africa to proclaim a new U.S. policy: "majority rule, a guarantee of minority rights and opposition to. outside intervention." House Democratic leader Thomas "Tip" O'Neill broke in with a question: "Have we never had an African policy before?" "These 46 countries have been evolving from colonialism," explained the President, "and it has been difficult to have an overall policy for these nations heretofore." House Foreign Affairs Chairman Thomas "Doc" Morgan, according to" the confidential "minutes, was most concerned about TERMSOF SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City $2.43 plus applicable sales tax. Payable to the carrier in advance. By carrier in other citiea where service is available $1.94, a month plus applicable sales tan By mall t'24.12 a year including postage and applicable sales tax. Local and area college students (13.91, including postage and applicable aalea tax tor 9-month school year. By motor car delivery per month $2.76 including applicable sales tax. Member of the Aasociated Press The Associated Press ia entitled exclusively to the use for reproduction of all local news printed iirthis newspaper as well as all AP news and dispatches. All . rights of publication of special dispatches are alao reserved. "Induliitulil). >ir! Tlun. joined. «<• i-un rnlrr tin- vvnlur\ v<illi runfidVncp!" Nigeria, which supplies the U.S. with a crucial 750,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The situation in Nigeria, acknowledged Kissinger, "has been deteriorating in movement toward radical leadership" since the coup a year ago. "Soviet influence and Libyan influence," he added, "is quite considerable." Yet he pointed out that Nigeria "is probably about the most advanced country .in Africa." If "our development programs take hold," he said hopefully, "we may see Nigeria edging back toward the West." SLOW BUS: Better buses, which could accommodate the handicapped and the elderly, have been six years on the way. But they still haven't arrived. •> Back in 1970, Congress directed the Urban Mass Transportation Administration to provide for the transportation needs of the millions of handicapped and elderly Americans. It has taken six years for UMTA to put together a few simple regulations requiring, among other things, that bus manufacturers install lower stairs. Wheelchair access would be optional. But the regulations have left blank the dates when these features will become mandatory. The blanks are supposed to be filled in before June 14 by UMTA's Administrator Robert Patricelli. In an earlier column, we reported that the White House and General Motors had joined forces to block the development of the "Trans- bus," which was to have wide doors and other special features for the handicapped. According to a federal report, General Motors feared this "bus of the future" would cause more people to ride the bus and, therefore, would reduce the sale of private automobiles. The White House came to General Motors' rescue by holding back funding for the "Transbus." Meanwhile, an UMTA staff report, intended for official eyes only, contends that opening up mass transportation to the handicapped not only will pay for itself but will reduce the operating deficits by roughly 4 to 10 per cent. In cold cash, this could save up to $70 million. The report, dated March 4, evaluates the inflationary, impact of the regulations that took UMTA six years to draft. The annual cost of providing better transportation accommodations for the handicapped and the elderly, according to the report, would range between $42 million and $385 million. But the cost would be offset, contends the report, by annual benefits between $300 million and $500 million. By implementing the regulation, for example, an estimated 95,000 unemployed handicapped persons will be able to go to work. The regulations will also provide transportation for 1,408,000 to 1,525,000 persons who will use public transit for the first time. This will create about 5,000 jobs for bus drivers. Even more important than the financial benefits, states the report, would be the social and psychological 'benefits. Footnote: A spokesman said UMTA didn't place much confidence in its own March 4 report. "It is not a study adopted by UMTA or issued by UMTA as our stand on the cost," he told us. THE MINI CLUB Presents The Oklahoma Sunshine Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., & Sat. June 15 thru 19 ._____«_. and •—«•«•—•— Penny DeHaven to be backed by The Oklahoma Sunshine Fri., June 18 & Sat., June 19 Tickets For Friday & Saturday Now On Sale At The Mini Club Fri. »5 00 Sat. *6 00 Members & Guests Community Mexican Fiesta Association Application For Queen Contestant NAME.... AGE ADDRESS . TELEPHONE Mail To Rual Perez 210 S. 1st Garden City. Ks. 67846 Or Call Collect 316-276-8562 Deadline Midnight Thurs. June 17

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