Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on June 15, 1976 · Page 1
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m with trad brooks Taxes and Manure || Two bumper stickers observed on jjjjjjj pickups: . ijjjjj: ;, "If you are going to complain about jjjjjj: the farmer,-don't talk with your mouth i-i-S' full." :j§ And . . '."Crime doesn't pay,' but jjjjjjj neither does farming." (Distaff Side may jjjjijj have beat me to that one, but maybe you ij-jij- missed it.) . $$ * * * • || , Our business; manager nearly suf- jjjjjij fered cardiac arrest when a stern letter jjjjjj: arrived from the Internal 'Revenue -jijiji, Service, ordering a Telegram jjjjjj; representative to a hearing in Wichita to jjjjjjj discuss payment of taxes. jjjjjjj "I have scheduled a meeting with you - jjjjjjj for the purpose shown below," the letter |jjjjj started but bluntly. "The date, time and jjjjjjj place of appointment are shown : jjjjjjj above. . .to discuss payment of tax jijijij liability indicated above." jijijij The error is with the IRS for ijjjijj assuming The Telegram didn't pay its jjjjjjj taxes on time. The final payment of our jjjjjjj 1975 taxes was deposited with our bank on jjjjjjj March 15, as required by law. Our bank jjjjjij was just as upset as we were because its jjjjjij records show full remittance was made jjjjjj! to a federal reserve bank. Anyway, the . •:§:• foulup happened after the money left jjjjjjj Garden City. jjjjjjj . What is upsetting about the incident j-jij-j is that the taxpayer is never given the jjjjjjj benefit of doubt. It matters not that the jjjjijj error happened elsewhere, you are still ijijij: assumed to be guilty until all records are jjjjjjj produced. jjjjjjj Granted, IRS has to start with the jijjj-j taxpayer when there is no record of ;jjjjjjj payment received. II / But couldn't it be a little less harsh jijijij: and recognize that errors can be made by. |jjjj computers and that the mail sometimes -jijijij doesn't go through and that the taxpayer |jjj:j might — just might — be entirely in- ijjjjjji nocent? $1 Why couldn't the IRS be more jjjjjjjj flexible in such cases and simply notify jjjjjjjj the taxpayer that its records show jjjjjjjj payment was not received, and ask for ij-jij-j proof of payment before clobbering poor jjjjjjjj TP with a letter ordering him to ap- jijjjjjj pear in a distance city? that would be a jjjjjjjj reasonable approach, and it might im- ijijijij j prove the IRS' public relations. But who ijijijij j expects the government to be jjjjjjj: ! reasonable? ?$ I ' * -* * ' ' l| j Perhaps we wouldn't feel so offended gijj j if we knew pur tax dollars were, being :jjjijjj i wisely spent, but we know they are not jjjjjjjj • and when you read about such things as jijijiji j Rep. Hagedorn's disclosure you don't jjjjjjjj j know whether to laugh or cry. The'Wall jjjjjjjj j Street Journal says the Minnesota -jijijjj j congressman complained that job-safety jjjjjjjj j officials have spent $466,700 to inform jijjjjj! j farmers that floors coated with manure jjjjiji; j tend to be slippery. Next thing you know jjjjjjjj !j the government will be warning mothers ijij-jji |j that they shouldn't let their young jjjjjjj: j: children play with sharp instruments, jjjjjjj: jj There's no end to the possibilities of jij-jjj :j bureacratic waste. ijijiji I * * * || •j If that doesn't make you grind your jjjjijj jj teeth nothing will. But I'd hate .to. leave ijij-ji jj , you that way, so laugh a little with this jjjjijj jj one swiped from the Kansas Transporter jijijj jj A farmer bought his first television jjjjjij ji set, took it home, installed it, but in a few jijijij | days returned to the seller in an irate jjjjjj: ij mood. -jijij | "I can't get anything but politicians jjj| | no matter what channel I try, or what jjjjjj ij: time," he complained to the salesman, jjjjjj jj: The salesman went to the farm to see jjjjjj | if he could find the trouble. He checked jijijj jjj the set and found nothing wrong, so he ji|j ijj went outside to check the antenna. In a jjjjjj jij few minutes he returned, all smiles. ijjjij | "Found your problem," he reported, jjijij | "It was fhe ground wires. One was |ji ijij hooked to the windmill and the other to jijiij the manure spreader." $• Weather Sum-lie 6:21 Sunset 9:07 Clear to partly cloudy through Wednesday, Lows tonight In mid 50s. Warmer Wednesday with hlghi In the mid to upper Ms. Free. .71 Dodge City Emporia GARDEN CITY Goodland Hilt City Russell Salina Topeka Wichita Mat. 79 86 82 75 79 80 80 88 90 Mln. 55 57 54 49 55 55 54 62 58 Vol.47 Garden City GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 1976 24 Pages -No.-191 15c • Copy Telegram Stage Brings $44,000 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When all the bids were in, the price tag was $44,000 and Sam Gordon went home the owner of a stagecoach. He also bought a surrey, a bunch of metal signs from Old West express companies, and various other items of memorabilia Monday at an auction of things left over from Wells Fargo & Co. Overland Express and other firms. He spent more than $60,000 on items to put in his Sam's Town Americana Museum at Shingle Springs, Calif. "I know I went overboard, but Uncle Sam's a partner of mine and I paid him a lot of taxes last year," said Gordon, celebrating after the auction. Half a dozen bidders competed for the stagecoach, including Wells Fargo Bank", which has no connection with the express company. "I can't believe it — I outbid the Wells Fargo," Gordon exulted. Most of the artifacts now in his 11-acre museum and amusement park were purchased from movie studios. A COMMON SIGHT around Garden City is that of the construction of new homes. With the increasing population of the city causing a need for more and more of the new dwellings, crews can be seen throughout the city working on houses in various David Wllll.mi stages of completion — from a mere hole in the ground to putting on the finishing touches. Holcomb Gains 176 Residents City's Cou nt J u m ps to 18,826 Garden City population figures for 1976 show an increase of 799 over last year. The figures, released Monday by Finney County Assessor Bob Thompson, show Garden City with a population of 18,826 as compared with 18,027 for last year. The figures, are based-on county- numeration figures as of January 1 eachi year. An increase of 1,883 in population for the entire county was shown by the county figures.which will^be sent to the state for use in dispursing state liquor, cigarette and sales tax money to the counties. According to the figures, Holcomb's population jumped from 566 to 742 — an increase of 176. A year ago; similar growth figures showed a lesser increase in the county's population. A comparison of the 1974 and 1975 population showed a larger increase. Those figures are simply estimates, Thompson said. "That 19,674 (K-State's population figure for Garden City) is nothing but a statistical estimate figured on sales, construction and evaluation figures," Thomp' growing from 17,862 to 18,027 for an increase of 165. Holcomb's population was up only 36 -i- from 530 to 566,. while the entire county's population climbed 201 — from 22,958 to 23,323. Earlier Garden City population figures, released by Kansas State University, "They (the university statisticians) will tell you not to put too much weight on their figures," he said. The county's numeration figures, the assessor said, are figured by getting the "city scandal sheet" of water and electrical hook-ups and ad- dress changes, as well as a new method of head-counting started by the county last fall. In September of 1975, the county hired Mrs. Jesse Guillen to work on the county numeration by interviewing everyone who came into the .courthouse to .buy an automobile license plate and updating the county's files on those people. • Many of the people interviewed, Thompson said, ' had three or four more children in their family than the assessor's records showed. Before Mrs. Guillen was hired and the new method of head-counting was started, the county hired up to 40 part- time employes to canvass the county door-to-door and update the population figures. Thompson said Finney County is the first to try the new method of updating the numerations figures and others may soon go to the same procedure. "We've got several counties that are watching us pretty closely to see how this works out for us," the assessor said. "Some of them are already talking about putting an additional person in their for assessor's staff budget next year," he said. Besides Mrs. Guillen's, screening of all license plate buyers, the assessors office still checks with all the hotels, trailer parks and nursing homes in the county to make the numeration as accurate to possible, Thompson said.;'" "We still miss some people," he said, "but how else can we do it? '••*••. "With this gal sitting |out there in the hall talking to everybody before they ?pan buy tags, we're getting aflot more accurate than any other way I've ever seen.' Would Delay Ford Food Stamp Regs WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal court is being asked to delay indefinitely the new Ford administration regulations that eventually would take foods tamp benefits from an estimated 1.66 million families. The regulations were delayed last month by another judge but his order expires today and 22 states, 73 families, the U.S. Conference 1 of Mayors and 108 private organizations were asking U.S. District Judge John Lewis Smith Jr., for a preliminary injunction against the rules. In addition to those who would be eliminated from the rolls, some 1.7 million families would have their benefits cut under the new rules. About half the remaining households would have improved benefits. Generally, the regulations would limit stamps to those families with monthly in- Primary Assured As Oyler Files Garden Sass i For sure, Gus Garden says, money doesn't grow on sprees. S8 A primary race for the Republican nomination for .3rd district county commissioner was assured yesterday with the filing by Raymond Oyler, 63, farmer-rancher from Northeast Finney County. Oyler is a former county commissioner, serving two terms, from 1960 to 1964 and 1968 to 1972. Martin Huschka, Imperial Route, filed last March for the Republican nomination. Incumbent 3rd district Commissioner Larry Goss has not yet announced his intentions for the next term. The filing deadline for the August primary is June 21 at noon. Oyler, a lifetime resident of Finney County, lives southeast of Theoni School. He was on the Theoni School board 21 years. He said he has been persuaded by friends belonging to both parties to make the race. "I want county government to be operated as economically as possible, but still have the best," said Olyer. "But many persons don't understand that some expenditures are beyond the control of commissioners because they are mandated by comes no more than $100 above the official" poverty lines. That's $383 plus $100 for a three-person household. That monthly income would be calculated by averaging the actual earnings of the previous three months. The present system is based on anticipated income for the month ahead. Ronald Pollack, director of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and chief attorney for the coalition, told the court in asking for the injunction that the Agriculture Department has "autocratically assumed the function of the legislative branch." The regulations, ordered by President Ford on Feb. 19, were to go into effect June 1. But on May 28, Judge Howard Corcoran granted the coalition's petition for a temporary restraining order against the new rules. That order was granted because Corcoran was convinced that "irreparable harm" would be done to recipients if the rules were implemented before it was ruled whether the coalition's pbjections were valid. To secure a preliminary injunction, the plaintiffs must persuade Smith that they have a high probability of winning when the legal and constitutional issues are fully argued at yet a third hearing. Both sides are ready to appeal decisions they lose. So the status quo for the program, which now grants benefits to some 5.8 million families, is expected to be maintained for months. The program now costs taxpayers about $5.7 billion a year. More Men Than Women Puff Less ATLANTA (AP) — Five times more men than women have stopped smoking cigarettes in the past decade as the percentage of adult Americans who light up continues to decline, according to a national report released today. In addition, many Americans who do smoke are switching to low-tar, low nicotine cigarettes, the report said. It added that attitudes against public smoking have gotten stronger — even among smokers. The figures are the result of a survey conducted by the National Clearinghouse for Smoking and Health, a component of the Center for Disease Control. The proportion of male smokers aged 21 or older declined to 39.3 per cent in 1975 from 42.2 per cent in 197fl and 52.8 per cent in 1964, the report said. The percentages for women 21 or over were 28.9 per cent in 1975, compared with 30.5 per cent in 1970 and 31.5 in 1964. Ford 'in Trouble' with West Kansas Farmers Oyler. . .candidate federal and state governments." Oyler said he is still an advocate of good farm-to- market roads. He has been a precinct committeeman 8 years. He is vice-president of the Finney County Historical Society, and past president of the Southwest Kansas Commissioners and Engineers Association. He and his wife, Mildred, have eight children, five married, three at home and 14 grandchildren. TOPEKA.Kan. (AP)-U.S. Rep. Keith G. Sebelius, R- Kan., said Monday that President Ford is in trouble with western Kansas farmers. In Topeka to file for GOP re- nomination to his fifth term in the House, Sebelius told newsmen that "farmers have never forgotten the grain embargo (of 1975)," in explaining the antiFord feeling. "Many of the reasons for imposing it were valid," the 1st District congressman said. "I can understand his reasons, but the farmer can't. They felt it was a step backward to do it." Sebelius said he has main- 4 tained a neutral stance in the battle between Ford and Ronald Reagan for the Republican presidential nomination, but said he would lean toward Ford. Sebelius said he has preached a free international grain market to the Ford Administration, and said he didn't agree with the grain embargo. Asked what effect the farmers' animosity toward the administration might have on his own re-election hopes, Sebelius replied: "I suppose it will have some minor, minimal drag effect. But I've maintained a biparti- san stance in the district. Many Democrats support me—not as a Democrat but as a friend of agriculture." Sebelius, ranking Republican on the House livestock and grain subcommittee, said he doesn't think the Ford-Reagan scrap has split the Republican Party in western Kansas. "We had a good (district convention) and I avoided it in my keynote speech," he said. "I didn't take any sides in it. "If I can keep him (Ford) straight on agricultural, I think he'll make a good president." Concannon. . .files , Concannon Seeks Dem Nomination James M. Concannon, Jr., 909 Center, filed today for the Democratic nomination for 3rd district county commissioner. He is the first Democrat to file. Two have filed for the Republican nomination. Concannon, 58, is a native of Garden City and has farming interests 18 miles northeast of town. He served on the Garden City Community College board for six years. He has had 25 years service with the federal government, the major portion in management and administration. He is a member of the Elks, American Legion, VFW and Legion. Concannon said he is interested in the administration of county affairs. • "I feel that all avenues of consolidation should be explored. Close work with the city is needed, I believe, to come up with an efficient operation for both." Why not give Dad a copy uf "Castle un the Prairie" for Father's Day Bunk's. Etc . NW Grant Ave. — Adv "Nina Kicci" only al Hoovers.— Adv

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