Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on September 15, 1976 · Page 4
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Garden City, Kansas
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Wednesday, September 15, 1976
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Public Pulse Page 4 Garden City Telegram Wednesday, Sept. 15,1976 A Truer Picture The item on "Finney Farm Product Sales at $119 Million" deserves some comment. The Kansas State Board of Agriculture reports that the value of the field crops produced in Finney County in 1974 was $74.8 million, and the value of livestock and poultry produced was $24.4 million. We may have sold $77.6 million of livestock and poultry, but we only produced $24.4 in 1974. The value of the field crops produced in Finney County in 1975 was $64,071,900 (1st in the state). The value of livestock and poultry produced was $16,150,140 (12th in the state). In 1975 Finney County not only led the state in value of field crops produced, but also ranked 1st in the state in tons of alfalfa produced and tons of corn silage produced. Finney County also ranked 3rd in the production of corn for grain, 5th in the production of wheat, and 9th in the production of sorghum grain. Finney County is the only county in the state to rank in the first 15 in the above categories. The "value of production" should give a much truer picture of the agriculture of Finney County than "sales".--DALE EDELBLUTE, Area Extension Agronomist, Garden City Tiresome Medley Mr. Jack Anderson in his repetitive column of August 26 once again subjects his forbearing readers to his familiar and tiresome medley of allegations against the President of Nicaragua. In criticizing United States aid to my country, Mr. Anderson has never once made reference to the policies and vj>rograms of the Somoza Government which have brought about fundamental changes in the national life, especially in the areas of health, education and social well-being. Nor is the mention ever made of the fact that programs involving United States aid are carried out with the complete cooperation and approval of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The American people deserve to receive a more balanced view of the generous aid of their country to Nicaragua which, in addition, would permit them to understand better one of their most steadfast friends among the nations of the *world. For those who feel they can write on the subject it calls for a modicum of international economic and political literacy. — Guillermo Sevilla Sacasa Ambassador of Nicaragua Washington, D.C. Comes Down to Money At long last, we finally found out why some people want to close our big swimming pool. It is because it is free! Behind all that talk about waste of water, filtering, bath house, sidewalks, life guards etc., doesn't it really come down to money? If the city builds a new pool or pools, will they charge admission? Our big pool hasn't changed it's size. It is just as big for 8 or 10 thousand as it is now for 20,000 or even 30,000 people. In reality, it would be a bargain, not a luxury. Let us continue to have a free swim pool. — A Freebie Lifetime Swimmer. — MRS. DAVE CRABB, 1111 N. 8th Crossword By Eugene Sheffer ACROSS 1 Musical group 5 Hippie haven 8 Classify 12 Indian 13 Narrow inlet 14 Entreaty 15 U.S. flag 17 River to the Baltic sea 18 Rows 19 Frowns 21 Greenland settlement 24 Cuckoo 25 Wild" plum 28 Portion 30 Solemn promise 33 Conger 34 Sheltered inlets 35 Epoch 36 Old weight for wool 37 Paradise 38 Employed 39 One of the Caesars 41 Midday 43 One making knotted lace 46 Quotes 50 Curved molding 51 A common sea duck 54 Tenure 55 Yellow, for one 56 Forearm bone 57 Soap-frame bar 58 Famous "Uncle" 59 Lenient DOWN 1 High-cut shoe 2 Gudrun's husband 3 Knotty swelling 4 Relative rank 5 Con's companion 6 Melody 7 Time periods 8 Golf club 9 Trigger- fishes 10 Lively dance 11 Sailors Avg. solution time: 26 min. eataia HHH niiMfl HUH HUGH t§H@ HHH HHE1 IGlRIAINIDIrVMAINIA I •Mil bll HAmAIBIAILI s onus IMlOll-TE^BEOjO^BOlNlAlh^] OHHH HHH la Answer to yesterday's puzzle, 16 Military vessel (abbr.) 20 Lions find tigers 22 Footless animal 23 A shelter 25 Harden 26 Papal name 27 Elderly persons 29 City in Bevada 31 Crude metal 32 A small mass 34 Yield 38 Matchless 40 Details 42 Military training school (abbr.) 43 Toddlers 44 Baseball's Tommie 45 Betsy — 47 — metal; an alloy 48 Yeans (dial.) 49 Oscillate 52 Meadow 53 Female parent "In order lo give you a fair deal on my new deal, we must press on with vigor lo the new frontier and establish a great society ... y'all!" Jim Bishop: Reporter Fate of Ex-Presidents Most ex-presidents write memoirs. This resilvers the mirror of history and the bank account. It is legal, logical and moral. For a million dollars, he will revise what he did for. neared the nation at $200,000 a year. $100,000. Until five years ago, when the Presidential Retirement Bill was passed, the citizens had little interest in what happened to ex-presidents. The gentlemen could lecture or teach or farm or practice law. The new bill gives retired chief executives $60,000 a year for life, $65,000 a year for office assistants, free mailing privileges and government- leased office space. George Washington served eight years. He returned to Mount Vernon to find that being president "has not only despoiled my buildings but also deranged my private affairs." He was forced to sell some of the land" to pay for repairs on the remainder. The people did not care. They had finished with him. At times, the American electorate becomes apolitical. It does not want to know or remember. Thomas Jefferson, a proud and noble man, was forced to secretly borrow almost $10,000 before he left the presidency. He was broke. The worst blow to this intellectual occurred after he left office. He had to sell his library. Marie B. Hecht, in her book "Beyond the Presidency," points out Jefferson sold his books at a flat price of $3.50 per volume to the Congress of the United States for $23,950. The 22-volume "Dictionary of American Biography" states that Jefferson, who authored the priceless Declaration of Independence, his death owing President Madison wrote that he had no money, no assets except "in the earth I cultivate." In " 1825, ex- President James Madison humbled himself by asking the Bank of the United States for a loan of $6,000 at low interest rates for an indeterminate period. The bank responded that a rule forbade advancing money on land for ''indeterminate periods." His widow, Dolley, was dispossessed when the Madison estate, Montpelier, was sold for debts.' James Monroe, author .of the inter- American Monroe Doctrine, left the White House owing $75,000. He was forced to beg the Congress publicly to repay him for expenses incurred on a government mission to England in 1794. Orleans. In his late years he could not travel there because the city had fined him $1,000 for imposing martial law. The Kennedy family lost their man to an assassin. They were certain that American would subscribe $10,000,000 to build a library to his memory. The people were interested, it developed, not in that Kennedy had given his life, but in spending millions in reading how it happened. Millard Fillmore had a bitter mouth for American citizens. It was a national disgrace, he said, that presidents of the United States should be cast adrift. He lived in Buffalo, New York, accepting $10,000 a yfar for managing his wife's estate. Ulysses S. Grant was a poor president. His cronies swindled the country; his son invested his father's savings in Wall Street. When the dust settled, the Grants had a few hundred dollars. He also had Editorial The Parsons Tragedy Residents of Parsons are up in arms over the lack of security at Parsons State Hospital. They have a right to be. - Last week a 19-year-old mentally retarded patient with a history of violence walked away after being left unattended for about 5 minutes, Three blocks from the hospital he allegedly picked up a 5-year-old girl, walking to school alone for the first time, and dashed her to the ground. She was killed. It is a tragedy that shouldn't have happened. It can't be undone, but steps can be taken to prevent a repetition. Parsons residents want tighter security, a fence around the institution, removal of potentially violent patients and creation of a committee to screen admissions. Gov. Bennett has ordered a full investigation. While there is an obvious need for better control of patients with a history of violence, it is hoped the public outcry will not lead to broad and unnecessary restrictions affecting other patients. This could damage progress being made at Parsons and other state mental institutions. The purpose of our state hospitals is to rehabilitate, to salvage lives.Most patients are not violent. With proper treatment, many can be returned to useful lives. God forbid a return to the cages of the '40s when, our state hospitals were "warehouses of humanity." That was a dark chapter in Kansas' history. It is a fact of life, and it probably will never change, that our state hospitals are out of sight, out of mind. Most citizens really don't care what goes on inside the institutions as long as it doesn't affect them. The only time public attention is focused on the hospitals is when something bad occurs. The many successes get very little attention. It is a matter of record that the institutions are understaffed. Administrators practically have to beg for funds, with little public support. Occasionally, the news media will take a look at the institutions, but the impact is transitory. All this does nothing to lessen the tragedy at Parsons. The hospital made a human error and a life was lost. The public needs to be assured that measures are taken to prevent it happening again. But the public also needs to be made aware that our state hospitals are salvaging lives, often at great odds, and with a minimum of recognition. terminal cancer of the throat. Grant wrote his battle memoirs. He smoked cigars, wrote in longhand on a freezing porch, and coughed in enervating spasms. The ex- president traveled to his doctor by streetcar, alone, unrecognized. 25 33 56 54 57 26 He wrote when he could no longer eat or swallow. The intense pain robbed him of J R C J concentration. "I will not commit suicide," he told his wife. 21 27 59 40 22 26 45 SB 23 41 ii 52 53 46 56 59 30 48 32 49 CRYPTOQUIP JUIISFS FCDIM LCII As a people, we appear to be either apathetic or sentimental. Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency in disgrace. His successor asked the congress for $850,000 for Nixon's '"transitional needs." He received $350,000 for signing a book contract — and, of course, a presidential pension. Had he been impeached, he would have received no public money. It's a strange, strange country. . . SMJRSL UBB JUIUDM Yesterday's Cryptoquip - OUR CHILDREN RETURN TO THEIR OLD SCHOOLS. (© 1976 King Features Syndicate. Inc.) Today's Cryptoquip clue: R equals H [The Cryptoquip is a simple substitution cipher in which each letter used stands,for another. If you think that X equals O, it wiQ 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. BEEF FOR ALL OCCASIONS 424 N. MAIN GARDEN CITY MEATS 275-6541 The proud were humbled one by one. John Quincy Adams found Monroe in New York "dying at the age of 72 in wretchedness and. beggary." Presidents make momentary friends and everlasting enemies. When they retire from office, one group retires into the shadows as the other emerges laughing. The noble warrior, Andrew' Jackson, left his estate, The Hermitage, with $5,000. When he left Washington, he had $90. Once had conquered New Ihd.h. ALONG WITH a clutter of names and phone numbers and notes on a scrap of paper by the telephone, we find in bold script (ours): "Geo. & Martha Washington." * * * DID THEY call? Are we to call them? Is it a brand name? A door-to-door product? The name of a book? Should we call back, contribute* endorse, sleep on it awhile, or salute? * * * ' ANOTHER NAME on the paper is "Dr. Del Zhiri." Dr. Zhiri was on the staff of the local Community Junior College for several years, and he and his family were popular, active citizens here. He now is back serving in the department of education of his native land, Morrocco. The Zhiris were in town last week visiting old friends. When they return to Morrocco, they'll be leaving their two eldest daughters' in school in the United States. * * * DON CONCANNON OF Hugpton, a Garden City home-towner, who "retired" from the political scene during the summer, (he ran for the Republican nomination for governor two years ago and was Ronald Reagan's Kansas chairman) told a Wichita Eagle reporter that he'll spend the month of October in Hawaii "looking after cattle and other business interests there." Probably just get back in time to vote. * * * IF YOUR,fern died, don't feel bad. At least, don't feel alone. A plant food company reports, that 14.8 million house plants died last year. (How did they find out?) Most of the plant failures, the report went on, occurred in high income (more than $20,000 a year) homes. Folks over 60 had more luck with plants. They lost only half as many as home-and-plant owners under 60. Just moved in? I can help you out. Don't worry and wonder about learning your way around town. Or what to see and do. Or whom to ask. As your WELCOME WAGON Hostess, I can simplify the business of getting settled. Help you begin to enjoy your new town... good shopping, local attractions, community opportunities. • And my basket is full of useful gifts to please your family. Take a break from unpacking and call me. 275-5644 would You Believe Newest

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