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Editorial Page 4 Garden City Telegram Wednesday, Sept 8,1976 We Could Learn From the Italians We could learn from the Italians. About passenger rail service, that is. Despite generous government subsidies, U.S. passenger trains under Amtrak have gone steadily downhill. Service is poor to non-existent. The food is bland.,The equipment is faulty. The air conditioning works only part of the time. There is little effort made for passenger comfort. Part of the problem may be that the trains are undermanned. Whatever, a train ride these days can be a frustrating experience. Contrast our deteriorating passenger service with European trains, which have never stopped competing with the airlines. Italian trains are the most advanced. One reason for their excellence, reports Town & Country, is that the cars have been designed and built by Fiat, a firm that has specialized in railway equipment since 1918. The passenger coaches are marvels of comfort and lift the spirit with their interior decor and bright, shining exteriors. Doors between cars open automatically on the passengers' approach. Plush contemporary chairs swivel away to make room for the folding doors of hidden closets. The air conditioning is four-season sensitive. There are even pay phones in the corridors. The compartment cars are cozy, dining cars dish up enjoyable meals, the lounges serve agreeable aperitifs. Vendors come by bringing salami sandwiches and carafes of wine in wicker baskets. Best of all, the trains are fast and quiet, reaching speeds of 125 mph. •• Ah, yes, the Italians know how to run a railroad. But while they are been pouring money into such mundane earthly problems, we have thrilled the American masses with space exploits unsurpassed. Have the Italians ever put a man on the moon or landed space vehicles' on Mars? Bouquet from Garfield I wish to personally thank the staff and management of the Garden City Telegram for all the excellent reporting and good taste used during the past long year in regard to Garfield School. As a former member, of your staff, I am quite proud of the Telegram's excellent coverage of the Garfield situation, beginning on the night of February 24,1975.1 feel you, more than any other media or method, have informed the public of the many decisions that have been made, and have been a most willing partner in our efforts to serve the children of Garden City to the best of our ability. We at Garfield School have learned to count upon you to wisely judge the true situation and to be conservative in your reporting. There was never a time—even during the most traumatic period immediately following the fire that destroyed the building—that we at Garfield ever found you lacking in your representation of the true scene. Readers obtained the unvarnished truth without pathos, pity or tears. Although reporters were present during the infancy of many important planning sessions, we never found it necessary to caution the Telegram in delaying publications until these plans, became firm. I am truly proud that Garden City has such fine journalists, and I must confess that I readily admit that I once was a Telegram reporter, myself. Keep up the good work!—DOUG TEDROW, Principal, Garfield School Where to Write Sen. James B. Pearson 5313 Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 * * Sen. Robert Dole . 4213 Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 * * Rep. Keith G. Sebelius 1211 Longworth, House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 * * Western Kansas Governor's Office Betty Jo Roberts 402 N. 7th Garden City, Kan. .Ph. 276-3423 By d. h. THINGS COME and go. Skateboards are back from about 10 years ago. In Wichita there's an establishment devoted to the sport: The Skateboard Store. The new model boards are greatly refined over those of yesteryear, and the prices reflect it. They range from a $10 beginner's model to the $100 competition skateboard. * * * REMEMBER PAPER dresses? We aren't predicting a comeback for this wear-it-and trash-it trend, but we do know that a local, well-groomed matron smoothed the creases out of her paper gown of a few year's back and wore it to a morning social. She did it for fun, but she received compliments instead of laughs. * * * WHATEVER happened to patty mix, the ersatz hamburger stuff? Or to the un- weiner weiner? Or the meatless meatball? * * * Crossword By Eugene Sheffer A STORY from Philadelphia, in v case you trust anything from Philadelphia, says that a number of society types are renting tuxedos for parties. Women, that is. And the things is beginning to catch on with high school girls. So far black tuxedos have been popular, but white jacket and pant outfits are in the offing as well as tuxes in satins and crepes and all colors. At a Philadelphia wedding two bridesmaids wore baby blue tuxedos. * * * IN ATLANTIC City, while Miss America is being selected, a strip joint on the Boardwalk will stage a nude beauty pageant to bestow the title of Ms. International Nude. * * * ' \ LATE IN the day last week we shopped at a local supermarket. The sack girl said to us as she wheeled the cart away, "Have a nice night!" ACROSS 1 Spill the beans 5 Dog or cat 8 Bridge approach 12 Insects 13 Army mail drop 14 Son of Adam 15 Russian city 16 Edge 17 Pianist Peter 18 Actress Brigitte 20 Outstripped 22 Arabic letter 24 Artificial language 25 Smile broadly 28 Disaster 33 Philippine Negrito 34 Norwegian statesman 35 Intelligence org. 36 Surrenders 39 Soothing unguent ' 40 Chemical s umbel 41 River to the North Sea 43 Freshets 47 Click beetle 51 Kind of sandwich 52 Picked up the marbles 54 Sheltered inlet 55 Algerian seaport 56 Fruit drink 57 Ireland 58 Tokay, for ome 59 Cushion 60 Word with 1 marsh or pork DOWN 1 Formless mass 2 Spend it in Venice 3 Maple genus 4 A virago 5 Morsel 6 Finial 7 A grave 8 Redeem Avg. solution time: 26 min. ami Answer to yesterday's puzzle. 9 Egg on , 10 Simple 11 Walk heavily 19 Chemical suffix 21 An age 23 A fay 25 Wicked 26 A season in Cannes 27 Trouble 29 Abated 30 City in Peru 31 Sesame 32 Sweet potato 37 Chant 38 Compete 39 Supports 42 Overhead railway 43 Display 44 Persian fairy 45 Islands in Galway Bay 46 Exchange 48Hartebeest 49 Wicked 50 Monthly item 53 Harem room Election Year Benefits Almost Routine Grain Price Props Due for Increase (Editor's note: This begins a special series of articles analyzing farm economics in a presidential election year.) By STUART AWBREY For Harris Newspapers It may be that by the time this is in print, farmers will be told of significant increases in federal price supports on their commodities. Increases in the loan rates for wheat, corn and soybeans were under study at the White House last week. Several farm organizations, including Kansas wheat growers, have been urging this hike for weeks. Even the American Farm Bureau Federation, which makes a virtue out of disdain for federal farm programs, has joined the lobbyists. President Ford has called them inflationary. So has Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz, who also says any increase in rates would hurt the "free niarket" farm system he has been promoting. (I put the phrase "free market" in quotes, because anyone who still believes we have anything approaching a free market in today's economic world hasn't been paying attention.) President Ford vetoed a congressional effort to raise these support levels in 1975. We were not in a presidential campaign then. One official of the wheat growers commented that "If they don't come up with something before the election, we sure as hell won't get anything after the election." The rates are ridiculous. You can get a government loan on wheat at $1.50 a bushel, while the current truck wheat price is just under $3 a bushel and the cost of production is estimated in the neighborhood of $3.50. The soybean support rate is $2.50 a bushel, and corn is $1.25 — both far below current markets. The corn break-even point is approximately $2 a bushel. Soybeans are selling for more than $6.50 a bushel. With such useless rates, the government has only eight million bushels of wheat under loan. This compares with a 1975 wheat crop of two billion bushels. Wheat growers .who 1 met with the President, last, week asked for a support price of $3 a bushel. USD A sources said a $2.75 a bushel rate has been recommended. This would be an increase of $1.25 a bushel, about 20 cents under current market prices. However, Ford's Office of Management and Budget is Jack Anderson raising holy horror about this increase. The OMB has more clout with the President than does the USDA. It is probable the new rates will be scaled down, and certainly will not be the $3 a bushel asked by wheat growers. The commodity loan system was set up so that farmers could put their goods under government loan, particularly in times of low market prices. If the market goes up, the farmer can redeem his-loan and sell the wheat at a price more to his liking. If not, he can default the loan and the government takes over the wheat. Would an increase in the loan rate have any effect? If it were set at $2.75 a bushel for wheat (which means $2.25 to $2.40 for corn) we could expect considerable wheat to move out of market channels. We could also expect a troublesome problem in storage, 'already an v iffy proposition with the new corn crop coming on. Some benefits for farmers just before election are almost routine. Even Secretary Butz promised in 1972 he would spend money like a drunken sailor to help farmers, and secure the re-election of Richard Nixon. It happens every four years. One question for discussion in this series of articles is, why must it take a 'presidential election to get a realistic'view of the farmer's wallet? The Republicans, of course, are not alone. The same week that saw wheat growers in the White House also produced a promise from Jimmy Carter for a support rate that would equal the cost of production. For wheat today/ this would mean approximately $3.50 a bushel. Carter also said he favors a new program to establish a 60-day reserve for farm commodities, with at least half of this reserve to be stored by farmers. I mention the support'plan at some length because, to me, it is the key to treatment of farmers by the government. We have had so much hoopla about export embargoes that we have all but lostJtrack.of, the''near-critical' situation" iff' the domestic market. We also have ignored, until now, the political pressures that could help farmers stabilize their prices and incomes. .J* (Tomorrow: is there a difference between the Democratic and Republican approaches to the farm?) Wheeler-Dealer in Jam WASHINGTON—International wheeler-dealer Adnan Khashoggi may soon face criminal charges unless he reveals what he knows about millions of dollars in foreign payoffs by American firms. The dashing Khashoggi, a close friend of the Saudi Arabian royal family, is the target of an intensive investigation by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange . Commission. Government prosecutors will soon decide whether to charge him criminally or to file 'Civil contempt charges against him to force him to testify. There is a remote possibility, of course, that they will simply drop the case. As an intimate of princes and generals, Khashoggi was in a position to recommend that Saudi contracts worth hundreds of millions be awarded to U.S. firms. He commanded huge fees for his middleman role. What has been publicly revealed so far about Khashoggi's involvement with American contractors, officials and politicians, according to sources close to the investigation, only scratches the surface. These disclosures, nevertheless, have rocked the business world. Lockheed admitted it paid him $106 million. Northrop and General Tire also reportedly passed him fat commissions. Khashoggi once told the Washington Post how he blocked a $250,000 Northrop bribe intended for a Saudi general. "I stopped the bribe," he crowed. "I put it in my pocket." Lately, he has been more discreet. And now, he appears to be dodging a U.S. subpoena for his records and testimony. The investigators are presently considering whether to charge him with noncompliance with the subpoena. Such a charge would make it risky for Khashoggi to return to the United States. If he does, he could be put in jail for up to a year, unless he produces the documents. Footnote: Khashoggi could not be reached for comment. In the past, he has claimed all payments to hinr' were legitimate. WHITE COLLAR RIOT: Prison riots usually afflict only maximum security penitentiaries such as Attica in New York. But last month at the minimum security Allenwood prison farm in Pennsylvania, the white collar criminals came close to revolt when food labeled "Not Fit For Human Consumption" was delivered to the prison kitchen. The food was purchased from a nearby Army base that was closing down. Inmates told us that the kitchen ordered "food waste" from the Army as a cost-cutting measure and intended it for use as prison fare. But the marked bags of waste were spotted by the inmates on delivery and sparked talk of protest demonstrations. Warden Eldon Jensen told us it was all a bureaucratic snafu., He said the prison thought it was buying surplus food plus some bags of waste food suitable for animals. But instead, it was all marked "waste," so the Warden had all $9,000 worth destroyed. Some of the inmates still suspect, however, that prison officials planned to serve the adulterated food. One bag was' actually discovered in the kitchen food storage room. Warden Jensen has filed a report on the incident with the Bureau of Prisons. But all of the paperwork from the food buying transaction has' now mysteriously disappeared from Allenwood. The inmates suspect an official coverup and want the Bureau of Prisons to investigate. APPLACHIA NIGHTMARE: Strip miners are literally blasting the impoverished residents of Appalachia out of their homes. Walls have been cracked, windows shattered and a child hit by flying rock. The Federal Bureau of Mines, which is supposed to give some protection to the strip miners' neighbors, has devoted less than one per cent of its budget to this problem. A study by the Center of Science in the Public Interest charges that the blasting caused "over $200 million damage in 1975 to 10,000 private citizens." Over the past ten years, 75,000 people have been affected and the damage has exceeded $1.5 billion. The blasting has used almost as much explosive power as was expended per square mile in the Vietnam war. Terrain has been torn up. In some localities, wells have caved in and the water table is falling. The explosions have also produced serious human problems. A child playing a yard was hit by flying stone. A woman lost two houses from the erratic vibrations. And it is the victims, not the mine owners, who pay for repairs. The Bureau of Mines has the power to end some of the devastation by issuing new guidelines for state enforcement agencies. But they _ plan to wait almost two years before taking action. Footnote: Mines Bureau Chief Thomas Falkie told our reporter Chris Wright that further study is needed before new regulations can be issued. He said the Center's facts are not well-documented. 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 275-7105 310 North 7th Street Garden City. Kansas 67846 Fred Brooka John Fraxler Le Roy Allman' Editor Managing Editor Ad and BualneM Manager TERMSOF SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City $2.43 plus applicable sales tax. Payable to the carrier in advance. Jl.\ rn'rior in other cities where service is available $1.94 a month plua applica'.ilt sales tax. Hy mail $24.72 a year Including postage and applicable aales tax. Local and area college atudents $13.91. including postage and applicable sales tax tor 9-month school year. By motor car delivery per month $2.75 including applicable sales tai. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for reproduction of all local news printed in th'ia newspaper as well aa all AP news and diapalchea. All rights of publication of special dispatches are also reserved. 25 26 36 STI sa 44 22 37 38 Z8 34 46 52 59 41 S3 2O 29 m 54 60 30 35 4& 49 CRYPTOQUIP <l-8 , MSTWJ VXQJ QBPOWTPV XOBPW. TUSLM XEEVS LWUPQSV Yesterday's Cryptoquip — IRATE FOOTBALL FAN BERATES TEAM FOR MISSING GAME. (©1976 Kins Futures Syndicate. Inc.) Today's Cryptoquip clue: Uequals R The Cryptoquip is a simple substitution cipher in which each ' letter used stands for another. If you think that X equals 0, it will equal 0 throughout the puzzle. 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