The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 29, 1997 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, April 29, 1997
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TUESDAY. APRIL 29 1997 THE SALINA JOURNAL George B. Pyle editorial page editor Opinions expressed on this page are those of the identified writers. To join the conversation, write a letter to the Journal at: P.O. Box 740 Salina, KS 67402 Fax: (913) 827-6363 E-mail: SJLetters® Quote of the day "There are 15 million young Americans in need, and we should not be \ satisfied until we have touched the ; life of every one." Gen. Colin Powell at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future, Monday in Philadelphia. DOLE By GEORGE B. PYLE / The Salina Journal Doing the right thing me ISSUE The chemical weapotis treaty THE ARGUMENT Most Kansans had the guts to do the right thing I t is amazing what you can accomplish, Bob Dole used to say, when you don't care who gets the credit. And it is amazing what you can do, Dole might say now, when you are not running for anything. Last week Kansas' former senator, written off as a credit card pitchman and banker to the ethically challenged, performed one more act of statesmanship by throwing his support behind Senate ratification of the international Chemical Weapons Convention. Given the cover of support from their former leader, enough of the Senate's Republicans joined with all of the Democrats to vote the United States into the treaty to control chemical weapons. Dole's support could hardly be seen as enthusiastic. And, this time, that was not just a factor of his taciturn personality. The treaty will not, as President Clinton unfortunately emoted, eliminate the threat of chemical weapons. It will simply make it easier for the U.S. and other civilized nations to pursue a policy against using such horrible weapons and reduce, though not eliminate, the chance that they will be used against us. The world is not all that much a safer place. But it is better off with the treaty — and with the world's major superpower signed on — than it was without it. Dole, his last suck-up behind him, saw that. And had the guts and sense of duty to say so, just as our other former senator, Nancy Kassebaum Baker, had said before. But Kansas' two new senators split. Pat Roberts, secure in a six- year term and unlikely to seek higher office, voted for ratification. He was free to do the right thing. But the new occupant of Dole's seat, Sam Brownback, voted against the treaty, against the interests of the United States and civilization. He voted with Jesse Helms, and the formidable right-wing fund-raising maching. Brownback must face the voters again next year. And he has long given the impression of someone flowing with ambition. Brownback also signed on to a letter from several senators demanding that tax cuts, including tax cuts for the rich, be part of any balanced budget deal. Statesmen know cutting taxes can work against balancing the budget, not for it. Dole knew that. Roberts may, too. But Brownback, apparently, is a prisoner of his ambition, not free to do the right thing. ROBERTS BROWNBACK Ut AMI KMW - Wtsttoftofl, D.C. • SEN. SAM BROWNBACK: 141 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C, 20510; Phone: (202) 224-6521; Fax: (202) 224-8952; E-mail: sam_brownback©brownback, »SEN, PAT ROBERTS: 302 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D,C, 20510; Phone: (202) 224-4774; Fax: (202) 224-3514; E-mail: CORRECTION Editor's note: Due to a Journal [error, this letter to the Journal was ^"published Monday with an incor- [rect signature. The correct letter, [and author, follows: r Just 'Central Students •Who Play Football?' I don't even know where to fcegin with this one. The social Regeneration implied by these Circumstances is mind-numbing. JBut one must begin somewhere, jso... ' Central High School put on a play, "The Diary of Anne Frank," 0 story of compassion and courage jduring a time of vicious racism ymd national paranoia. The students innocently used the Star of )avid in their promotional mater- al. This is an ancient symbol syn- jpnymous with Judaism, the par- jticular group to which Anne jFrank's family belonged, and the race being systematically elimi- pated by the German Nazis. But school authorities decided that the Star of David is a "gang jjymbol" and did not allow it to be used in connection with the play. What were they thinking? Is our culture, through institutions of learning, going to be held hostage to the whims of bureaucrats too spineless to take a stand and say "NO" to organized thuggery? I wonder if school authorities are aware that members of the Hell's Angels wear American flag patches on their "colors." Does this mean we need to stop raising the flag? What about a gang that takes the name of "Mustangs." Will we rename the football team? Maybe we should do it right away just to avoid any future embarrassment brought on by inadvertent political incorrectness. "The Students of Central High Who Play Football" would be a pretty safe name. It is sad and discouraging that a symbol of hope, courage, perseverance and spirituality has again been suppressed by authoritarian fear and ignorance. But it is a sign of moral and intellectual decay that it has occurred in a school. — ROBIN NACHBAR «, Salina IT HIT ME 1 - flORRpu; 8oB DOLE'S FIRM, 7W£/v/ PAV /T J VvJMAT A DILE/vAN\A- HOW TO PAS 1 A POL \TICAL. C.ORRUP770A/ FlM£ WlTUouT U5/K/G MS* OWA/ OR CURREMT CArAPAlGKJ Fc*/D5? I'D LIKE TO MEET SPECIAL AMD eUEMT JWA LITTLE AND TME LOAN CoAAES UJ7TV4 /MTEREST LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL Journal is a black-hearted vein of dirty reporting I am a neighbor to the special couple, Kyle and Chrystine Moore, who were brutally and savagely murdered Feb. 17. We neighbors want nothing more than to see those responsible for this heinous crime brought to justice and quickly punished. When I read your April 18 front page article, "Affidavit claims suspect bragged of murders," first I cried because fellow human beings, thought to be educated, who call themselves news reporters, could be so heartless and inconsiderate! But then since the arrival of George Pyle to this newspaper, the whole staff is cloned with the same black-hearted, odoriferous vein of dirty reporting!! Your newspaper had been sincerely requested by both Judge James Johnson and officials of the Kansas Attorney General's office not to publish information contained in the affidavit (so as to not run the risk of jeopardizing the prosecution's case). But your greediness for shocking news, your inhumane disregard for victims and their families, your tactless and underhanded methods of gathering news, fully discloses you don't possess a single cell of decency. ' You may walk and talk, open and shut your eyes, and work your fingers, but you have no heart or conscience, the lack of which removes you from being an "honorable" member of the human race. If your foolhardy, irresponsible and unconscionable reporting of the contents of the affidavit which the district judge and attorney general requested you not publish does in fact jeopardize this murder case, I pray you may never again have a peaceful night of sleep. If the same should ever happen to your own son or daughter, brother or sister, and they be brutally murdered as they slept, would you still intentionally jeopardize the cases? As cold-hearted as you are, yes, I believe you would, just to have a sensational front page story. What you deserve is a big barrel of hot tar, a huge bag of smelly feathers, and a long barbed wire pole to ride on as you're driven out of town. My sincerest empathy to the relatives and close friends of Kyle and Chrystine Moore. This wonderful couple deserved so much better than the shoddy news reporting they got from the rag called the Salina Journal. — PAULINE WILSON Solomon Shrine Circus should clean up its act if expects our support I attended the Shriners Circus April 12 and was totally appalled. Toward the beginning of the circus the ring master brought out a flashlight sword that was being sold. He said that this would be a great gift for the children, they could go home and pretend to kill each other. That really made me want to go and buy one for my daughter. Later in the circus, a bunch of clowns went in to the center ring. They all sat around a bus stop sign. Another clown came out and handed one of the clowns a paper bag and asked him to hold it while he went to the store. (I understand these were clowns from the local Shriners.) The clowns passed this bag around while tasting and trying to determine what the sub- stance was that was leaking from the bottom of the bag. When the clown came back he told them thank you for holding on to my puppy dog. It does not take a brain to figure out what was suppose to be leaking from the bag. I know my 4- year-old figured it out. Well, this was not the end of the poor jokes for the afternoon. A horse was brought out and ridden by the members of the circus. After riding the horse, a person on the horse played with its hind end while making several rude comments. Then he flung himself into the horse to make it look like his head was stuck in the horse's rear end. I do not think that any of these things were appropriate for young children. I spoke with a wife of a Shriner who told me that many of the Shriners had not even seen the circus because they had been so busy. Maybe they should screen the circus before they sell the tickets to make sure that it is presentable to young children. I understand that the circus is to help take care of needy children in hospitals and that they would like to make as much money as possible for this cause. But I think this may have hurt the Shriners in the future because I know that I will think twice before I purchase tickets for my family to attend the circus. Having a intermission that was almost one hour long did not help either. If it makes more money for the Shriners by selling tickets for train and elephant rides, then I believe that this option should be available after the circus so that those individuals who want to ride elephants or trains will have this opportunity and those who do not want to wait for a hour can go home and enjoy the rest of their day. If you want parents to take their children to the circus then clean up your act. — DEBRA HUMBARGAR Salina Take the time to help small children before age 3 Prominent entertainers, national media experts, leading foundations and early childhood organizations and experts are collaborating on an unprecedented public awareness and engagement campaign to focus on the importance of the first three years of life and on what families and communities can do to promote young children's healthy development and school readiness. This campaign is designed to help and to inform families, to build the capacity of the fields that serve young children and their families, and to bring about change through a powerful mix of public education and community mobilization activities. The intention is to establish an enduring collection of resources to help families nurture their children. The goals of the campaign are to: • raise public awareness about the importance of the first three years of life; • connect families with young children to the information, resources, and services they need; • create connections among national organizations and state and local efforts to improve services for young children and their families; • promote citizen engagement; and • increase the public will to make quality resources and services more widely available to families with young children. This campaign builds on a 1994 report by the Carnegie Corporation of New York that documents the substantial body of literature on P.O. Box 740, Salina, KS 67402 young children's emotional, social, physical, intellectual and brain development. It.con- cludes that -"how children function, from 'the preschool years all the way through adolescence, and even adulthood, hinges in large part on their experiences before the age of three." .„..-> Many of us who work in the early childhood field are excited about this campaign. Locally we want to encourage parents, child cafe providers, school officials, the media, our .city officials to take the time to learn of the importance of the first three years of life of our children. Take the time, I guarantee you'll learn something new. — LEADELL EDIGER Salina • Leadell Ediger is director of the Katies Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. ; Volunteering is good for everyone The list of Sunset School volunteers goes on. A number of individuals give of their time and talents to share with others and better b,ur school. Thanks to each and every one who helps with our youth, families and school neighborhood. Even though Sunset School volunteers are appreciated through the year, this is the time to praise them in exceptional ways. The work of our volunteers is continuous. Every day a volunteer is reaching out to lend a helping hand. They give themselves and their time because they care about the students arid families of Sunset School. Accepting positive values such as caring, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness and citizenship are obviously experienced and demonstrated when one volunteers. So its not surprising that volunteers rank related motivations significantly higher than nonvolunteers. Volunteers are frequently identified as the backbone of any service-oriented organization. Volunteers also benefit from their effprts. Volunteers develop greater self confidence and expand their leadership abilities. Volunteers are provided with opportunities to share skills or knowledge with others. Through these experiences, volunteers often gain satisfaction and experience from working with others. 1: Volunteering as a family is one way to help youth develop values. In a family setting, young people have an opportunity to demonstrate their concern for others and feel personal awards as a result of caring. Youth have.the advantage of seeing adults show respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, carinjg and citizenship. •' Personally seeing someone young admire^ a volunteer is one of the best predictors that }h- dividuals will continue to give and contribute as adults. Sunset PTA salutes the many volunteers that keep our extra school projects and acti^i- ties alive and well. Without their continued dedication and countless hours, Sunset School would not be where it is today. A thank you goes out to each and every Sunset PTA vohyj- teer dedicated to seeing that our pare.nt/ teacher partnership continues to thrive at Sunset School. , , — CANDY LANGL^Y. SaUna • Candy Langley is president of the Sunset School PTA. ',, By G.B. TRUDEAU IF I MAY, I JUST WWIDAPPW ANPW 7H& 9MJICASTON

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