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n HWynot native honoredpage A4 EPawnee leave empty-handedpage A5 Area The Sioux City Journal Saturday, Sept. 22, 1990page A3 0 5 i Percy Ross auk says he'll win on pay raise is By Dave Dreeszen Journal staff writer returning his extra pay to the treasury. In an interview in Sioux City, GOP Senate candidate Tom Tauke Tauke said the flareup occured vowed Friday to "clean his clock" if because one of his staff member Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin con- mistakenly said the money was a tinues to make congressional pay cost-of-living increase, raises an issue in the campaign. Tauke sai1 about m of his pay Harkin's campaign responded raise has been given to charity, and that Tauke has given at least three the remainder of the $7,100 in extra stories of what he did with his pay pay would donated by the end of the Dear Mr. Ross: I am not asking yon or anyone else for any money. I am a widow on a fixed income. With careful budgeting, I am able to have the things I really need and a few of life's comforts. My only wish Is to make some comments about your column. To put it bluntly, you are a shameful man. You are exploiting the public to stroke your ego. Regarding the man to whom you gave a penile implant although the cosmetic look may improve his attitude, he will always know that he is not perfect Besides, he could avoid embarrassment if he would Just choose to take advantage of the dark. - And the woman with all the kids to ..whom you gave a washing machine she needs counseling and instruction in birth control. What is she doing while the machines are doing her work? Spending too much time ' in bed on welfare! If you really want to help people, you should give your money to worthy causes like building nursing homes or hospitals for the many : children born with birth defects. All I want is to see your column eliminated from my newspaper. ' Anonymous, Jefferson City, Mo. Dear Anonymous: May I suggest that, tomorrow when you get out of : bed, you don't mount the same high horse you're riding today. Try walking in the shoes of a man with inadequacies or a woman who is struggling to make ends meet. You'll soon realize that maintaining a self-righteous attitude is more of a burden than an attribute. . Dear Mr. Ross: I have always been very independent, working since I was 14 years old. I raised three children on my own. We didn't have a lot, but my kids never went without a meal or shoes on their feet. At SI, however, I've met a crisis in my life. Over a year ago, I was put on medication for stomach ulcers. Six months ago, I stopped taking the medication, because I felt good. Three months ago, the transmission on my car went out. If my son tows it in, I could possibly get it done for $150. I have been saving up the $150, but then three weeks ago, I started having pains in my stomach. The doctor put me back on medication. My landlady is very understanding, but I've become a nervous wreck over paying rent. Also I've become so dependent on everyone to get around without the use of my car. My doctor insists I take some time off work. I'm eligible to receive short-term disability and will receive my first check in a month. If you see fit to help (I could really use $300), I'll pay back every nickel, so you can help someone else. Ms. M.L.S Gastonla, N.C. , Dear Ms. S.: Your sense of independence comes through loud and clear. I'm sure it was difficult to write me for help. I don't want to loan you $300 I want to give it to you. But how can I do that and still preserve your dignity? - Would you believe your request is the one-thousandth letter I've received this year for a faulty transmission? Lucky you you're the winner of $300! Congratulations and stay on your ulcer medication this time until your doctor advises you differently. Dear Mr. Ross: Last year I wrote you for any amount of money you could send me. I was poor and trying to save for college. I explained that I was an A student, that my mother stole whatever I saved and that my father was a drunk. I wasn't totally truthful. My mother doesn't steal, and my father isn't an alcoholic. - Because I assumed (incorrectly) you couldn't be familiar wun reai poverty, I lied for dramatic effect. After mailing that letter, I felt extremely guilty and prayed you wouldn't honor my request. You didn't, and I offer you my sincerest thanks. , I am now 17 and have since learned that honesty works wonders. By truthfully reporting my family's financial poverty, I received a full scholarship to one of the country's top 10 (and most expensive) universities! I don't know how you do it, Mr. Ross, but you always seem to do the greatest good. Please tell your readers that the best ends are achieved by honest means. L.R., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dear L.R.: You're not the only n who has jazzed up their letter with "dramatic" effect to add emphasis to their request However, you're One of the few who has taken the time to write back and admit it. ! Honesty really does pay, because I'm now sending you a modest check. I might suggest you turn it ever to your parents, who could probably use it, if not to mend their wicked ways, to at least make ends tneet this month. I You may write to Percy Ross, P.O. $px 35000, Minneapolis, Minn. 55435. raise and "two of those stories are lies." The exchange Friday was the latest in a series of exchanges between the two candidates since a newspaper reported last week that Tauke accepted a congressional pay raise after campaigning against it Harkin has reportedly been year. Wnen otner contriDutions are included, Tauke said his charitable giving this year totals about $7,000. . Since being elected to Congress, Tauke said he's consistently voted against pay raises, supported efforts to repeal pay increases, and refused to accept fees for speeches. "If Tom Harkin wants to make this an issue, I'll clean his clock on it," he said. - Tauke accused Harkin of skipping a vote on a pay hike in 1977 and voting against repealing a 1987 raise. "Tom Harkin has had an election year conversion," Tauke said. "He has not voted consistently against pay raises." But Harkin spokesman Phil Roeder said Tauke's campaign initially defended the pay raise, then said he planned to give it to charity and then said he had already done so. "One of those stories might be the truth," Roeder said Friday. "At least two of those stories have to be a lie. South Sioux woman seeks clues to solve 1910 mystery By Dorene Taylor Journal correspondent SOUTH SIOUX CITY - Geneva Fuchser has spent the last seven years searching for her missing grandmother. Leads have led her to an unmarked grave near Nevada, Mo., in the extinct town of Ellis. The woman buried in that grave was found dead with a bullet through her heart and was buried near the railroad tracks where she was found. Fuchser's grandmother was last seen in 1910 boarding a train that passed through Brookfield, Wis. She told her four children she was going to the dentist (or the doctor) and promised her youngest daughter a new doll when she returned. The grandmother, Conradina Wilhelmina Heidtman Olson, was never seen again. Friday, Fuchser met with the producer and director of the NBC television series "Unsolved Mysteries" at the site of the unmarked grave. Sunday and Monday, "Unsolved Mysteries" will tape interviews and recreate the story for airing. Interviews will be done in South Sioux City with Fuchser and psychic Suzanna Stickney of Sioux City, known locally as just Suzanna. "I think 'Unsolved Mysteries' could help me because I feel somebody knows what happened to her," Fuchser says. Fuchser credits Suzanna with giving her important leads in locating her grandmother. She says Suzanna came into the store she and her husband operate (Gifts from Mexico, in South Sioux City) in September 1985 and they struck up a conversation. "I told her I had often thought of contacting a psychic about a person in my life. She immediately said, without hesitating, that I was thinking about my grandmother," Fuchser says. After showing Suzanna a picture of her grandmother and grandfather, Fuchser says, Suzanna said, "I see a train." "She added that the train took her against her will," says Fuchser. A year later, Fuchser contacted Suzanna again and was told where she would find her grandmother. "She said, 'I'm picking up a name, with the beginning of an E. The name is Ellis.'" In the summer of 1987, Bill Carpenter of Fort Scott, Kan., who had read the story of the disappearance in Cappers Weekly, sent Geneva Fuchser of South Sioux City looks at a photo of her grandfather and grandmother. Her grandmother disappeared in 1910, and the NBC television program "Unsolved Mysteries" will air a story on the disappearance. (Photo by Dorene Taylor) her a newspaper article about an unmarked grave in Ellis. Fuchser and her husband, Paul, then visited the unmarked grave. "I'm about 50 percent sure that it's my grandmother. In my heart I'm sure, but until I know ..." Fuchser says, her voice trailing off. "We don't know who did it Actually we don't know if it's her grave. But this is something I'm trying to find out" She found the wooded area near the railroad tracks cleared and mowed and flowers on the grave. There is no tombstone or marker, only flowers. "Everybody down there knows where it's at. It's always got flowers on it People are always decorating it" she says. Fuchser laid pictures of the unmarked grave across the table. "What is weird - this is the first picture my husband took of me at the grave and there's an apparition on it," she says. "They say that when a person dies as violently as this person did this woman that the spirit stays with the body until it's claimed. "They say that is her spirit" Fuchser says as she points to an area of light above the grave. Upon seeing the photo, Suzanna also said the light was Fuchser's grandmother. Fuchser says she is trying to find her grandmother for the sake of her father, the late Edwin V. Olson of Dakota City. She says it always bothered her father that he never knew what happened to his mother. He was 14 when he last saw his mother at the train station. Although her father didn't talk about it much, Fuchser says, "He was a very lonesome type of man and I'm sure he suffered. "Like I was telling Keva (with 'Unsolved Mysteries'), 'My Dad and my Mom are right here. If I know and find out, my Dad's going to know. This is mainly who I'm doing it for.'" on l it;.':.. : ' I f 'i" '"iSt" - ' - V.s A' n ; "i - M y - 4 i Morningside mishap Police examine a jeep involved in a two-car crash at Lakeport Street and Glenn Avenue Fri day night. Neither driver reported any serious injuries. (Staff photo by .Sherry Leesley) SIS "Tom Tauke's got to be straight on this issue before he can go around bragging." Roeder said Tauke should offer proof that the money has been donated to charity. Tauke questioned whether Harkin is returning his entire $8,900 pay raise. Harkin is writing a $381 check each month to the federal treasury, but that only accounts for $4,572, he said. 'The question is where is the rest of the money?" Tauke asked. Roeder said that was the amount the Senate Sergeant at Arms office suggested when Harkin asked to return the extra pay. Some of the pay was retained to cover taxes and other deductions, he said. m '';:. i Rep. Tom Tauke Candidates raise i stink over garbage By Dave Dreeszen Journal staff writer Iowa's U.S. Senate candidates raised a stink Friday over proposed federal legislation that would allow states to ban the importation garbage. A Sioux City postal worker who was bitten by a dog while working is suing the dog's owners for damages. In the Woodbury County District Court suit filed this week, postal carrier Robin Buryanek is suing Rockford and Cami Nagel of 1510 W. Sixth St Buryanek claims in the suit that while delivering mail June 5 to the Nagels' residence, she was bitten on Tauke said Harkin voted against it and that is not in Iowa's best interests. Tauke said Harkin's vote damages Iowa, and is not in Iowa's best interest. Tauke said Iowa has dona a of good job of providing landfills. That makes it an attractive disposal site Republican challenger Tom for states, such as Illinois and Ohio, Tauke accused incumbent Demo- "at need to export their garbage, cratic Sen. Tom Harkin of making Iowa "a trash can for other states" by voting against a bill that would allow states to ban the importata- tion of solid waste. said Tauke, who represents. northeast Iowa's 2nd District '; "We have a number of states at or near capacity for landfills," Tauke said. "I don't think Iowa should be a A Harkin aide responded that trasn can for other states." Tauke "didn't do his homework" Tauke said Iowa should decide because the measure would have whether to accept the out-of-state prohibited many Iowa communities waste and at what price, from disposing of their wastes in "0ur taxpayers have invested In neighboring states. landfills so we have more capacity "I guess we've heard garbage tnan other states do," he said. "But from Tom Tauke on other issues," f we are going to permit them to Harkin spokesman Phil Roeder e that capacity we ought to be said. "And now we're hearing gar- able to set the rules." 1 bage about garbage from him." Roeder said prohibiting the Im- The latest exchange between the portation of solid waste would force candidates involves a bill rejected several Iowa communities to find this week by the Senate that's local "sPsal sites, rather than designed to allow states to ban im- send garbage out-of-state, ported garbage or charge higher That creates the potential for use feesforit of landfills that are not en- Most rural senators voted for the vironmentally safe, Roeder said. . bill, including Sen. Charles "Waste sent to other states is sent Grassley, R-Iowa, Tauke said in an to disposal sites that are en-interview Friday in Sioux City, vironmentally sound," he said. Latino Center moves out furniture The Latino Center, with an impending deadline to be out of its current home at 401 11th St., has apparently been mothballed. The center's furniture had been placed in storage as of Friday as Blue Diamond Realty, new owner of the building, prepared to move in Monday. Latino Center Director Elba Cera has spent the last month looking for another site, but has been limited because the center ran out of finances three weeks ago. She said a week ago she was looking into the possibility of relocating for free with an already existing agency. Cera was reached by telephone Friday morning, but said she did not have time to talk and would call back later in the day. She did not. A phone call to her home Friday night also went unreturned. Murder suspects held without bond OMAHA Judge James Prochaska has ordered two young Omaha men held without bond in the shooting death of a South Sioux City man Tuesday night John L. Ray, 17, and Raymond L. Martin, 18, were ordered to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Oct. 2, Police Sgt Max Fricke said Friday. Matthew Mallory, 21, of South Sioux City, was shot twice in the chest and twice in the leg, and died en route to a hospital, police said. His companion, Valentine Marrofo, 21, now said to be from South Sioux City, was wounded in the leg. He was treated and released from a hospital, and he left Omaha after leaving addresses in Sioux City and South Sioux City. Morrell asks review of Job Service ruling John Morrell & Co. has filed a petition in Woodbury County District Court for judicial review of decisions by the Iowa Division of Job Service and the Employment Appeal Board. The decisions favored payment of job insurance benefits to 433 former Morrell workers. The appeal board Aug. 24 sup- statement of the law and incorrect in basing the determination of the "voluntary quit without good cause attributable to the employer" March 9, 1987, rather than Oct. 3, 1987." The petition says the claimants' failure to report to work was. to. honor picket lines of their own union. That, the petition contends, Postal worker sues over dog bite the right leg by their dog and sus- animal. TSSSiiL Buryanek is asking for a court pWjPJSSTteW: Unsafe" SSFff 'meEd ries. The suit states that, among ?rt"ned ta other things, the dog was not ade- StiXtSM& quately or properly supervised and n ltnm?l torJ?i defenlVaTgfnth'ey exhibited , that there was a problem with the Ajurytrialhas been demanded. ported an administrative law establishes that the claimants vol judge's ruling that 275 employees untarily quit their employment left with good cause because of without good cause attributable to' changes in their contract, the peti- the employer, tion states. Harry Smith, attorney who has: The administrative law judge also represented members of United held that Morrell made no suitable Food & Commercial Workers Local offers of work and that the claim- 1142, has stated that even if the ants were entitled to receive job in- court rules in favor of the company surance benefits as of Oct. 3, 1987, the workers themselves will not be the date work resumed. required to return the job in- Morrell contends the appeals surance money paid because they board decisions are contrary to have had two favorable decisions' legislative intent, incorrect in from Job Service and the IEB. Briar Cliff hits enrollment highs unar uiff college officials have attended Briar Cliff one year ago ' announced the 1990-91 academic "Not only have we had an in-year has produced the largest in- crease in enrollment but weVe also crease in continuing education seen an increase in the quality of enrollment in the 60-year history of our students," Willens said. "We're the college. oleased with the results of nnr x t rv n ... - ur. jeurey d. wmens, academic dean and executive vice president, reported the number of new students over the age of 23 increased by 25 percent compared to 1989-90 figures. After experiencing a record summer school enrollment Briar Cliffs total enrollment is 1,131 this fall, compared to 1,120 students who recruitment efforts, the mix and the academic strength of our student population." ; Preliminary figures show an increase in the ACT scores of this year's freshman class, Willens stated, and 64 percent of the students who competed recently for academic excellence scholarships at Briar Cliff chose to attend.

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