The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 8, 1997 · Page 17
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Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, May 8, 1997
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THE SALINA JOURNAL WASHINGTON THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1997 C5 T NAZI GOLD U.S. accuses Swiss of aiding Nazis Report also criticizes U.S. for not helping Holocaust survivors By LAURA MYERS Hie Associated Press WASHINGTON — Declaring "neutrality collided with morality," the Clinton administration condemned Switzerland on Wednesday for helping Nazi Germany fuel its reign of terror across Europe with gold plundered from banks and Holocaust victims. The sweeping report said there was conclusive evidence that Germany stole jewelry, dental fillings and other personal items from Jews, Gypsies and other concentration camp prisoners — dead and alive — and resmelted the booty into gold bars that likely were traded abroad. But the 211-page report found no evidence that neutral countries such as Switzerland knowingly ac. cepted such tainted gold bars. • Stating what Undersecretary of Commerce Stuart Eizenstat called "the unvarnished truth," the report also harshly criticizes The Associated Press Thomas Borer, head of a Swiss task force on Nazi gold, holds a map of Nazi Germany while responding to a U.S. report at Wednesday's news conference in Washington. U.S. officials for not pressing worth $5.6 billion today. That in- Switzerland and other neutral eludes half the $400 million in nations after the war to return gold the Germans sent through $580 million in looted gold — secretive Swiss banks. Switzer- land returned only $58 million, in 1946. "Neither the U.S. nor the allies pressed ... hard enough to fulfill their moral obligations to help Holocaust survivors," said Eizenstat, who led the 11-agency study. In Bern, Swiss Foreign Minister Flavio Cotti said the revelation that gold from Jewish victims was mixed with looted bars was "shocking." But he said the American study lacked "a measured recognition" of Switzerland's extremely difficult position as a tiny country encircled and threatened by the Nazis and fascists. Switzerland had no choice but to trade with the Axis powers, he said. The report acknowledges that many neutral countries dealt with the Nazis out of fear they would be overrun. But it nonetheless condemns the Swiss and other nonaligned countries for conducting "business as usual' despite "repeated Allied entreaties to end their dealings with Nazi Germany." The report examined 15 million pages of documents, including up to 1 million that had been declassified. T ETHANOL Ethanol tax break may be sacrificed in budget deal V HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Congressmen to help construct D.C. townhomes By Congressional Quarterly WASHINGTON — Rep. Jerry LeWis, R-Calif., who came up with the idea, is calling it "the house that Congress built." That may be a bit premature, but the foundation has been laid in a bipartisan commitment to Habitat for Humanity. Lewis, chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee responsible for federal housing programs, is rounding up colleagues from both parties to help build two houses in the low-income Anacostia neighborhood of the nation's capital. "There isn't any political party relative to housing poor people," Lewis said. To build the two townhouses, Habitat plans to raise $130,000. Construction will take place June 5-7 as a kick-off to National Home Ownership Week, which is June 714. The week is part of the Clinton administration effort to increase home ownership by the year 2000. ADM is top beneficiary of the tax break for the corn-based alcohol fuel By Scrlpps Howard News Service WASHINGTON — The new budget deal sets up a bitter fight over one of the most controversial special benefits in the tax code — the subsidy for ethanol. The fight pits one of the nation's corporate giants, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), its powerful former chairman, Dwayne Andreas, and their political allies against key lawmakers, the oil and gas industry, and critics of "corporate welfare." ADM, owner of 50 percent of the nation's ethanol production capacity, is the biggest individual beneficiary of the tax break for the corn-based alcohol fuel. The budget agreement between the White House and congressional Republicans calls for Congress to come up with $50 billion in tax increases and loophole closings to partially offset $135 billion in tax cuts, but it does not detail what those increases will be. Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, has vowed that repeal of the ethanol tax subsidy will be part of the deal. "Were going to raise as much money as we can without putting in place bad tax policy," Archer said. "There is one thing that fs certain to be in my mark (bill) and that is the elimination of the subsidy on ethanol." • Eliminating the tax break for ethanol would give the government an estimated $2 billion in revenue, according to Ways and Means estimates. « Stephen Moore, fiscal policy director of the libertarian Cato Institute, said, "This is the least justified tax loophole in the entire Internal Revenue Code." Archer tried and failed last year to eliminate the ethanol subsidy. It has been protected by a powerful agribusiness coalition that liars showered millions of dollars in campaign contributions on friendly lawmakers. < In the past, ethanol's most powerful defender was former Senate Republican leader Bob Dole of Kansas. Andreas, 79, known for his financial nurturing of politicians of both parties, was one of Dole's top all-time campaign contributors. This year, Dole is gone and ADM has been tarnished by a price-fixing scandal. Andreas' son, Michael, 49, still faces criminal charges. "Senator Ethanol is gone, their patron saint in the Senate i$ gone," Moore said. "If I were to pick any individual item in the tax code that's vulnerable, I would say right now it's ethanol." Postal board OKs fee hike, tracking system -' WASHINGTON — People renting post office boxes, sending certified mail or buying postal insurance will find new services and changed rates starting June 8. ;. The Postal Service's board of governors approved the changes Tuesday. It also decided to set up a system to provide confirmation of delivery for several types of mail. Delivery confirmation will be launched this fall in 10 metropolitan areas and is expected to expand across the country next year. It will provide records of the delivery of Priority Mail, parcels, international shipments, certified and registered mail, as well as the current Express Mail. Rate changes to take effect in ; June will raise the cost of a certified letter from $1.10 to $1.35. The Postal Service will increase the amount of insurance available to $5,000 from the current maximum of $600. Congressman critical of AT&T 900 number - WASHINGTON — A New York congressman says the State Department is off base in making Americans pay $1.05 a minute to get information on passports from the an AT&T 900 line. State Department spokesman John Dinger disagrees. He says the seven-month-old arrangement frees workers in the 15 passport offices around the country to do other work. It saves money and is more efficient to have people seeking information dial an AT&T line, Dinger said Wednesday. A test trial costs 35 cents for the initial recording and $2.20 to hold the line before an operator came on to take questions. "We pay taxes every April 15th for basic services like that," said Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y. "We expect our trash to be picked up. We deserve protection from our police and fire departments, but we do not expect government officials and agencies to charge us $1.05 a minute for basic information." From Wire Service Reports REALLY GOOD Alignments Crawford & Broadway, Salina / 827-3681 XlUUUESTUIIE T* re $ to n c Give Mom the gift that will bloom forever. x Teleflora's Rose Garden Teapot Bouquet &^~ : features beautiful fresh flowers in a distinctive teapot keepsake. Crafted of hand-painted white ceramic, this functional teapot features sculpted roses and a stem-like handle. Teleflora's beautiful Everlasting Rose Bouquet features fresh flowers presented in an elegant keepsake vase. Crafted of fine French glass, a motif of lightly frosted roses surrounds the vase. It's perfect for floral arrangements all year long! 421 N. Spruce, Abilene, KS 263-2828 OleleHoia Connection • No Setup Fee! • Toll Free Customer Service Available 7 Days Per Week! • Security Expertise... Web Development... Software...Dedicated Access...Education! 1-800-316-4581 www [ NHTSPACK INTERMIT ttHVICf» Come inneavolis^ "where Everything Old Is New Again.' 9 Saturday, May 10th A Day of Fun for the Whole Family! lorn grit. CHEVROLET-OLDSMOBIIE-BUICK "Cars and trucks you can depend on. A dealership you can trust." We welcome you to enjoy M-Day with us. 101 South Concordia 913-392-2118 800-750-8262 •^ •» i ^ 'ii T BRUSHFM 9-12 Admission $5.00 705 E. Laurel • Minneapolis Celebrate B-Day the Old Fashioned Way at the Blue Store Emporium your neighborhood antique store 307 W. 2nd* 913-392-3491 Serving Lunch Salad Sandwich Bar Ol« F«»hl>n«d Soda Fountain The Diaries of Adam A Ere FH. A Sat. 1 p.m. Sing-a-long Piano Bar in the Coffee Shop on Sat. Evening following the performance M-Day Lunch Specials Open 10:00 - 4:00 Picaditty 313 W. 2nd Minneapolis • 913-392-3410 At the Fashion Palette it's Denim Daze !! Sidewalk sale May 8, 9 & 10 Buy Any Denim Item and purchase 2nd of equal or lesser value at 1/2 Price! 215 West 2nd • (913) 392-3035 Annual "M" Day & "Mother's Day' at C.P.'S Next Door Thurs., Fri. & Sat. May 8-10 Event 25' OiF JRcato-PripedGMtBans cfir^ flower bunches *$u» ]£ price floral garland Register for our drawing for "Camille" Bear and SAMPLE our new dip line "Autumn Harvest" Saturday. May 10 Only ^--> s ^'~-^-*^^^-- > — s~ —x-^^^ oooooooooooooooooooooooo at City Pharmacy, Inc. Coupon Sale in progress 25% off reg. priced * Jewelry * Watches * Russell Stover Boxed Candy 1/2 price Sunglasses M-DAY ENTRAINMENT 10:00 Announce Winners of Rock to Rock Run 10:15 Recognition Ceremony for EMT'S 10:30 Prochaska Family Singers 11:00 Diaper Derby, like Tri-Athalon, Junior Talent Show 12:30 Music and Fun with Robert Dempster 1:30 Music by Sidewinder 2:30 Salina Area Motorcycle Enthusiasts 3:00 Music by Mike Barbo and Lori Campbell 4:00 Music by Zafaja M-Day Evening Entertainment 5:00 Barbecue with eating entertainment by Sidewinder 7:00 Readers Theater at John Henry Center 8:00 Youth Dance sponsored by the Sophomore Class 9:00 Dance to Brushfire at Rockin' C's Sponsored by the Ottawa County Bank 1997 MCty Activities May 10 Minneapolis, Kansas Rock to Rock Run - Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Big Kids Classic Car Show - Registration 8:00 a.m. Poker Run - Registration 8:30 a.m. Silent Auction - 9:00 a.m. Volleyball - 9:00 a.m. (Time subject to change) Three-man Basketball Tournament -10:00 a.m. Ident-a-Kid- Available to preschool age and younger -10:00 -1:00 Sponsored by Minneapolis Police Dept. and State Farm Ins. Children Crafts, Face Painting, Sidewalk Art -10:00-2:00 Sand Box for Children Funcycles Carnival Rides Food and Craft Booths Otta Recycle Center Open House 10:00 - 4:00 This ad sponsored by: United Branch of the Bennington State Bank

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