The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 29, 1997 · Page 8
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TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL They Want You Clinton, predecessors call for army of community service volunteers By RON FOURNIER Tlw Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Like gung-ho military recruiters, President Clinton and three predecessors began drafting a national army of community service volunteers on Monday. One of them, Helen Beattie, sat in the cool drizzle, waiting for more work and fewer words. "There's a hunger out there for doing the work," the school psychologist said at a star-studded rally. "So let's get on with it." That was the mood at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future: Flowery words and presidential paint jobs are fine, but now it's time for action. "Let's go save our children!" summit chairman Colin Powell barked to delegates at the rally, sounding like the Army general he used to be. After cleaning a hardscrabble neighborhood free of graffiti and garbage Sunday, Clinton helped thousands of delegates break into small work groups Monday to organize their community-by-community crusade. Former President Bush addressed the Houston delegation, but otherwise he and former President Ford did not take part in the smaller sessions. Nor did former President Carter, who spoke to the rally by satellite. More than 3,000 people crowded in front of Indepen-. dence Hall, the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence, for a made-for-TV program featuring four presidents, three first ladies and talk show host Oprah Winfrey. In the spirit of a corporate- The Associated Press Talk show host Oprah Winfrey shakes hands Monday with President Clinton as former Presidents George Bush and Gerald Ford watch at a rally during the Summit for America's Future. sponsored event, the crowd wore Mickey Mouse ponchos from Disney and toted freebie umbrellas donated by companies seeking cheap TV time. The high-octane guest list, snazzy video productions and corporate underwriting threatened to reduce the summit to a media sideshow. "Is this just going to be a three-day photo opportunity and feel-good session?" Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell asked rhetorically. No, he said. "This is for real!" the mayor said. "This can rekindle the American spirit like nothing else has done in the last couple of decades." If not, the summit will be a failure, the cast of presidents said. • Ford: "This clearly is a call to national service." • Carter: "The real revolution will take place only if we carry this spirit of Philadelphia back to our neighborhoods." • Bush: "Something's going wrong" in America "but I'm thankful that something right is starting to happen at this summit." In an emotional moment, Nancy Reagan said of her husband, Ronald Reagan: "Ronnie's dream remains that America will be that shining city on the hill." FLOODING Flood's crest slides north into Canada North Dakota says so long to flood but hopes it doesn't hurt By The Associated Press PEMBINA, N.D. — After more than three weeks, the end was in sight. The Red River's flood crest — 30 miles of muddy, greasy water laden with sewage, garbage and farm runoff — had all but passed Monday into Canada. Its departure signaled the end to the worst of what has been called a once-in-500-years flood. "Good riddance," said Susan Fagerholt of Hoople, summing up the sentiments of tens of thousands of people on the northern Plains who were driven from their homes during the Red's 250-mile flood course. There was no jubilation, just relief, in this former fur-trading town, the oldest community in North Dakota. The people of Pembina (pronounced PEM-beh-nuh) fought off the Red by bolstering the dike encircling their community on the Canadian border, keeping it dry for its 200th birthday year. "I wouldn't call it a victory. I wouldn't know what you would call it. We lost some and we won some. The town itself, I think 'we won," said Tim Wilwand, 38, A farmer and store owner who helped save the community that is the hub for 640 people. His farm was under water. "This is something else," said James Moris, 66, a farmer whose family has been in the area since 1879. Indeed, the town was an island in the middle of a lake, its water whipped into white caps by 'the wind. Overseeing things, was'the; Coast Guard, amid the greatest stretch of plains in America. "It's really weird," said Seaman Eddie Terrebonne. "It's something you don't expect to see, in North Dakota." The water was expected to take, weeks to recede, but now the heaviest flow was on its way to its terminus at Lake Winnipeg, about .6,0 miles away. "I just pray to God that what happened to Grand Forks doesn't happen to anybody in Canada," Fagerholt said. The crest was expected to reach the city of Winnipeg this weekend and take maybe two days to pass. The city's floodway was expected to protect Winnipeg's 660,000 people, but 17,000 others have been evacuated from small towns to the south. Deb! Fettle's 341 Center Flowers For All Occasions. Salina ^Tf ',\ II m Shop the \' p. \\ •'-.»/ B DON LOADER 4 INTERIORS Area Rugs (.lifts For All Occasions! AGRICULTURE ;Senators oppose limits to CRP Bipartisan group joins iranks to oppose House iplan to curtail program By The Associated Press | WASHINGTON — A bipartisan igroup of senators vowed Monday jto oppose a House measure that jwould sharply cut the amount of 'farmland set aside this year under la popular conservation program. | In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted IStevens, R-Alaska, the contingent jof mostly farm-state senators ;urged rejection of the House effort ( to lower the Conservation Reserve 'Program limit from 19 million lacres to 14 million acres. i "This acreage limitation would jhave a disproportionately nega- ]tive impact on the quality of agri- 'culture and environment" in more ithan a dozen states, the 19 sena- tors said in their letter. The letter was circulated by Republican Sens. Pat Roberts of Kansas and Kay Bailey Hutchison and Phil Gramm of Texas, who represent states that stand to lose the most under the House plan. Kansas farmers, for example, could see at least 500,000 acres taken out of CRP under the new limit. The main House sponsor, GOP Rep. James Walsh of New York, included the lower limit in supplemental emergency legislation intended mainly to help disaster victims in the upper Midwest. Walsh wants more acres set aside in the East through CRP. Hutchison said including the CRP limit in the flood relief bill was "an abomination," and Roberts said there was no proof it would save money to pay for disaster aid. "The CRP limitation is not a cost-saving issue. But the cost to the environment and the farmer would be great if this measure is enacted," Roberts said. "We're going to keep the pressure on until CRP acreage is properly restored." There will also be an effort on the House floor to remove the CRP measure when the disaster aid bill is debated this week. Under CRP, farmers are paid to keep sensitive land out of production for 10 years. 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