The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 1997 · Page 10
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 10

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 3, 1997
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AID SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL A MONUMENTAL Memorial to Franklin Roosevelt dedicated Crowds walk through the newly opened Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial following its dedication ceremony Friday in Washington, D.C. By HARRY F. ROSENTHAL The Associated Press ASHINGTON — A new national memorial took its place Friday beside those for Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. In word and sculpture, it honors Franklin D. Roosevelt, who calmed a shaken nation, led it to victory in war and set in place a social system that still endures. "We honor the greatest president of this great American century," said President Clinton, born after Roosevelt's death in 1945. The memorial spreads over a 7.5-acre site between the Potomac River and the rim of the Tidal Basin with its cherry blossom walk. Its four open "rooms" depict Roosevelt's four terms in office — and the upheaval in the nation along with the toll it took on his health. Roosevelt was the Democrat, the liberal, who set the standard for Democrats and liberals to follow. He was also the president who set conservatives' teeth on edge at the very mention of his name: To them he was "that man in the White House." America still lives the Roo- sevelt legacy: Every time an elderly person cashes a Social Security check, each time a bank is rescued from failure, each time the Federal Reserve Board tinkers with the economy. Under his direction, the government began its regulation of the airways, it provided unemployment insurance, set rules for labor-management disputes, established housing assistance. In Roosevelt's time dozens of agencies, known by their alphabetical names, came into existence. Republicans called it socialism, but it stayed to bedevil them. "He electrified the farms and hollows, but even more important, he electrified the nation, instilling confidence with every tilt of his head and boom of his laugh," Clinton said. "It was that faith in his own extraordinary potential that enabled him to guide his country from a wheelchair, and from that wheelchair he lifted a great people back to their feet and set America to march again toward its destiny." For 52 years since FDR's death, the only monument to him in the capital was a stone block — the size of his desk — that stood in front of the National Archives. Honoring FDR The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial will sit on the shores of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. The memorial will be dedicated May 2. M E M o R , **% m sm w m mm wm AP/T. Durand Photos by The Associated Press Lillian Gechter of New Haven, Conn., reaches out to touch the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt after the dedication ceremony Friday for the new monument. Gechter said the late first lady was her idol. TINSURANCE State Farm fires agents for gift scheme 54 agents fired when one asked them to give to his alma mater By The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — When a fellow State Farm insurance agent called him with a request last fall, Paul Julian was glad to help out. On the phone was Don Soukup, who explained that he wanted to make a donation of his money to his alma mater, Wayne State College, and wanted Julian's help. It was easy, Soukup said: He would send Julian a $1,000 check, and all Julian had to do was send the money on to the small Nebraska college as a donation under his own name. Their employer would then match the donation with another $1,000, the maximum available under State Farm's matchmg- contribution program. The idea blew up in the faces of Julian, Soukup and 52 other State Farm agents around the country who played a role in Soukup's plan to double the approximately $50,000 he wanted to give to Wayne State. The company accused them of trying to defraud State Farm of about $50,000 by circumventing the $1,000 limit. It fired all 54 agents. "It was a three-minute phone conversation that changed my life," Julian, 63, said this week as he prepared to leave behind forever the insurance business he built over 35 years in Palm Desert, Calif. State Farm reinstated 29 of the agents this week but upheld the firings of 24 others, including Julian. Soukup, a 25-year State Farm agent, had been fired in February, lost an appeal and opened an independent agency. "Trust is needed between State Farm and its agents," State Farm spokesman Steve Vogel said. "Our agents have to trust us, and our policyholders have to trust our agents. It is so important." Soukup, a native of Morse Bluff, Neb., who now lives in Santa Clara, Calif., said he wanted to help his old school build a studio arts center. He said he acted in good faith, and he felt sick about what happened. "You've just ruined ... people's lives," Soukup, 53, said. "You want to go out in back and shoot your brains out. What can you say? The whole responsibility falls on my shoulders. It's something I will live with for the rest of my life." Wayne State, with enrollment just under 4,000, returned $50,000 in matching money to State Farm but kept the $50,000 in donations. It has raised $1.3 million for its studio arts building. MAURE WEIGEL Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron V TEXAS STANDOFF Officers move up on trailer* •iC«3 As authorities creep :•: closer, Republic leader;;" sends out 'Mayday' call- ; By KATIE FAIRBANK The Associated Press FORT DAVIS, Texas — State po-<., lice Friday night closed in on the--: mountain hideout of Republic-'bf Texas leader Richard McLaren*: and six followers who vowed not'' to come out peacefully. •,:</ Officers who had camped twt>>> miles from McLaren's headquarters trailer crept within a quarter '. mile "to better assess the terrain ' in that area and conditions around the ... property." •• McLaren issued a frantic plba<- via shortwave radio when Ms group saw police moving in. •"••!' "Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! 1 " Hostiles are invading the Rep'nbi't. lie of Texas embassy," McLafeiVi* said. "We have hostiles in •the.- woods. This is a mayday call f6r any nation in the world ... We at?d''- being invaded!" ' '<>••''• Department of Public Safety', spokesman Mike Cox said the ma"!' neuver didn't mean police were about to storm the headquarters! 1 ,'; No shots were fired. .^ -. +v , Officers intercepted radio trap-fie in which Republic members were heard issuing shoot-to-klll'' • directives aimed at troopers and"' their vehicles, Cox said. ' -.r'" Police also said that homes 1 'hi" the Davis Mountains Resort development near the hideout had been :> burglarized, and the secessionists > had been using neighbors' tele-'i phones. ' '-'-^ Asked if negotiations were still on with McLaren, Cox said "there- • have been discussions, but there'" have also been a lot of reversals.' 1 !''' "We continue to use means feasible to resolve this ation," Cox said. • ^ In his shortwave plea, McLaren^ taunted authorities, saying, '"I 1 'guess you boys didn't learn any-i- thing from Waco or Ruby Ridge ... and you fools are going to coiBip.* here and kill me, huh, and OV§TV,, run this mission. *'"•" '" "Well, be prepared to take the' fall because the people who have~~> the documents are going to 'fry-i: your a--. You're the dead meat. 1 '* 1 ^" Earlier Friday, a group membei>: r who was sprung from jail to join''' his holed-up comrades in th6'*i mountains left them behind and~ surrendered on the sixth day of the secessionists' standoff. -."•>::: "I had to get out of there. I could- h n't stand it anymore," Robert' Scheldt, the group's "captain -of '•• the embassy guard," was quoted 1 '! by a state trooper as saying. ' ^ > v S1DI7 I Usomc Per Month Some Qualifications Apply 913-825-1581 1911 S. Ohio, Salina, KS Have You Heard? 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