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Page 2 Garden City Telegram Wednesday, November 16, 1977 Editorial Help for Pensioners The two houses of Congress are working out compromise legislation that will result in sweeping Social Security changes. One change for the better that has little opposition is the proposal to increase the cash limit retired persons may earn without penalty. Now those on Social Security lose $1 in benefits for every $2 they earn in retirement over $3,000 annually. Under the Senate bill, maximum annual earnings without loss of benefits would climb to $4,500 in 1978 and to $6,000 in 1979. The ceiling would be eliminated in 1982 for persons 70 or older. Under the House bill, maximum annual earnings would go to $5,500 in 1981 and be eliminated in 1982. The proposals recognize that inflation hits retired people as it does everyone else. Indeed, it hits them more cruelly than most because their resources are limited. If any criticism is in order, it would be that the new limits proposed are too modest. But this needed change should breeze through, not only because it is fair but also because it has the support of all shades of conservative and liberal, from Ronald Reagan to George McGovern. / //<?7 itaff — )ide •Jim Bishop: Reporter; Alcohol In Your Engine The austere James Schlesinger has warned, again and again, that the world is short of oil. So far, as Secretary of Energy, he has offered no solution except to mention the sulphurous substitute, coal. The American Petroleum Institute constituents pay stickup prices to the Arabs. The "Seven Sisters" drill for additional oil in the seas. President Carter says, "hold your car down to 55 miles per hour." What do we do when the final drop is reduced to a dark stain on a desert? Last year over 9 million new cars and trucks competed for road space with older heaps. America, a great producing nation, imports more than 50 percent of its oil. Coal, as an inexhaustible fuel in automobiles, is unstable and dirty. Cars run by batteries are slow and weak. Donald E. Carr, who writes for "Country Journal," has a solution of sorts. Mr. Carr has made a study of alcohol. There are two major types — methanol and ethyl. The oil institute, if pressed, will push methanol. This is because it can be made from coal and natural gas, and they had the foresight to buy the mines and wells. Ethyl, on the other hand, is the kind people drink to forget the oil crisis. Distilleries ferment sugars and starches; the result is potable grain alcohol. Ethyl mixes well with water; methanol does not. Ethyl has a high octane without lead. Automotive engineers can design engines with higher compressions and achieve greater mileage with alcohol. Under combustion, grain alcohol is non-pollutant. Chrysler of Brazil has ex- perimentered with two blends, one of 20 percent alcohol and the other of 80 percent alchol. Chrysler found that car mileage was improved and that their vehicles could pass California's rigid standards of polluntants without a catalytic converter. In Brazil, gasoline cost $1.50 a gallon Ethyl alcohol is $1. The government ran three cars on pure ethyl alcohol — a Dodge Polara, a Volkswagen 1300 and a Jeep. The cars ran 66,000 miles. The three average 30 miles per gallon on dirt roads; 38 miles per gallon on paved roads. This year, the city of Sao Paulo tested 300 automobiles on pure alcohol. Where's the catch? Brazil needs 50 times as much alcohol as it can now manufacture. Its chief source is sugar cane, a six-month crop. Once cut, it must be distilled at once. Agriculturists have discovered that a root plant called manioc yields about 30 percent fermentable starch. Brazil, next year, will operate the only alcohol plant in the world based on manioc. As Donald Carr states, let us take a look at the U.S. Four years ago, we consumed 100 billion gallons of gasoline. Nebraska, looking ahead, has already sanctioned "gasahol" — a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline. If the 50 slates followed that precept, we would require 10 billion gallons of grain alcohol each year. Our entire wheat crop would yield only six billion gallons. We need another source, a cheap source. A couple of biochemists were working at an army laboratory in Natick, Mass. They were trying to preserve cotton cartridge belts from a virulent fungus called Trichoderma viride. TV literally ate the belts. By accident, the chemists discovered that a mutant of the fungus converts cellulose almost instantly into glucose, a sugar which can be easily converted into ethyl alcohol. The scientists were so excited they almost forgot the problem of saving cotton belts. It required no imagination to understand that if the mutant could make sugar, then America can make glucose out of garbage, trash, weeds, manure, corn husks. Unlike oil, we would have an inexhaustible supply of automotive fuel at a cost of, roughly, 40 cents a gallon. Carr smiles when he points out that we collect 800 million tons of manure, a year, 640 million tons of which is pure cellulose. This alone would give America 200 million gallons of ethyl per day, two- thirds of the 300 million gallons of gasoline we used in 1973. The nation could easily refine its collection of garbage and wastes and convert it to one billion, 600 million gallons of pure ethyl every day of the year. The catch? There is always a catch. Americans would have to invest $100 billion for conversion plants. Our bill to the Arabs is running close to $40 billion. It isn't a matter of money. It's slavery vs. freedom. I5\ (I. h. THE GREAT American Smokeout is tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 17. • THE American Cancer Society has named it as "a day to stop smoking." • THE anti-smoking forces have abandoned their former soft-sell, subtle approaches. The "Thank You for Not Smoking" signs are still around, but along with them there are some that hit harder. They say things like, "Smoking Stinks" or "One Cancer You Can Give Yourself," on posters picturing lighted cigarettes. • A MORE positive note is sounded on a poster that shows a hand putting out a cigarette. "Nobody likes a quitter . . . but we do!" is the message. • FOR THE G.A.S. (Great American Smokeout), the American Cancer Society has incorporated a humorous vein also. Buttons, posters, and stickers picture a bright green frog with red lips puckered. "Kiss Me, I Don't Smoke," it invites. • TO COUNTER that light-hearted come- on is a sticker that goes "Kissing a Smoker is Like Licking an Ashtray." • THE A.S.C. also has stickers and buttons with a red star marked "HERO". Beneath it is written, "I Stopped Smoking." • APPROXIMATELY 30 million Americans have quit smoking cigarettes since the anti-smoking campaign began about 10 years ago, the A.C.S. reports. Then 42 per cent of American adults smoked, compared to about 34 per cent today. • THE BAD news is that while fewer adult Americans are smoking, there is a steep rise of smoking by teenage girls. A half million more teenage girls are smoking now than in 1969, according to a poll taken recently. The survey indicated that there has been practically no change in the percentage of teenage boys' smoking. Where to Write Sen. James B. Pearson 5313 Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 * * Sen. Robert Dole 4213 Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 * * Rep. Keith G. Sebelius 1211 Longworth, House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Garden City Telegram Published daily except Sundays anil New Year's day. Memorial day, Independence day. Thanksgiving day. Labor day and Christmas. Yearly by The Telegram Publishing Company 275-7105 310 North 7th Street Garden City, Kansas 67846 Second class postage has been paid in Garden City, Kan. Publication Identification Number 213600 Jack Anderson Judging The Judge WASHINGTON — Utah's vexatious Judge Willis W. Ritler, who has become a pain in the federal judiciary, may be in difficulty over his payroll practices. The Justice Dept. was all set to lay the payroll charges before a grand jury last August but held off at the last minute. The department's Public Integrity Section, meanwhile, is keeping the controversial judge under "active investigation." The 78-year-old Kilter is a roly-poly, white-haired gentleman with a round, red face. Blinking through glasses, he has the look of a beardless St. Nicholas who, however, is not at all jolly. On the bench, he scowls and perspires, dabbing his face with Kleenex. He bullies attorneys, jails innocent bystanders and frees convicts at the drop of a Kleenex. Once he locked up a reporter briefly, without explanation, for picking his nose in court, so the bailiff later explained. Another time, Hitter cited two dozen postal workers for contempt because their mail-sorting machinery disturbed his courtroom. He has been under constant fire for his judicial idiosyn- cracies. But the U.S. Attorney's office in Utah zeroed in on specific allegations thai he had granted wrongful favors to his personal secretary and that he had also favored lawyers who represented him in private litigation. Sources familiar with the payroll case say Kilter allegedly authorized his secretary, Vickie Jolley, to continue drawing pay for four months in 1974 and another two months in 1975 when she did no work. According to confidential Justice Dept. papers, the FBI "scheduled simultaneous interviews of (several) persons for the evening of Public Piilse I Reviews Welcome, Says Director I had promised myself that I would not get involved in the controversy over the South Pacific review, but your comments in the "G C Scene" have prompted me to reverse my initial judgement. To set the record straight and to answer everyone's questions concerning my feelings about the review, let me state the following: I felt Ms. Zubeck's review of my show was articulate and journalistically well-written. I felt her approach to the production was honest and her tone was negative. I also feel Ms. Zubeck should research her play, and each particular production she reviews. I think we did a fine job with South Pacific, considering we are a fledgling group with no money, no technical stock lo draw from (scenery, costumes, etc.) and considering that our cast and crew does not get paid. In fact, my cast and crew took money from their pockets and time from their jobs in order to do this show. I agree with the readers who criticized her lack of attention to the American musical theatre genre, and I disagree with the reader who felt she had no right lo openly criticize local, hard-working, well-meaning folks. Ms. Zubeck was hired by the Telegram to review a community theatre produc- tion. She paid her money and she took her chance and she came away with Ihe feelings later staled in her critique. That the show was a success cannot be disputed. Any show that sells out all performances within 12 hours of opening, adds an extra performance, and receives the congratulatory commenls of so many audience members is, in my opinion, a whopping success. I guage the success of my shows from the reaction of general audience members who came, enjoyed Ihe show, and went home discussing a live theatre performance and asking for more shows in the future. After years of depending on occasional touring companies and community concerts to provide theatrical and musical entertainment in this area, local residents finally have a chance to build a community theatre organization in Garden City. With South Pacific, we have whetted the appetite of the theatre-going public, as well as the many talented performers in the area. The Garden City Arts Program is hopeful thai a broad base of supporters who enjoy Ihe performing arls will conlinue to attend community theatre productions, as well as the many excellent offerings of local educalional theatre departments. I am pleased to announce that the Kansas Arts Commission has inquired into the possibility of helping the Garden City Arts Program establish a Southwest Kansas Arts Council, lo be based in Garden City and to serve the smaller surrounding communities by offering arts programs, performances, and guest artists lo the residents of Southwest Kansas. Similar arls councils already exist in Dodge City and Liberal, and I personally feel thai an arls council in Garden Cily would be an assel lo our community. In order to establish an arts council, we must continue lo presenl our very besl in thealre, music, dance and Ihe graphic arls. I feel we must continue the democralic process of constructive criticism, if we are to advance and grow. To discontinue or "waler down" reviews in order lo keep Ihe public happy and complacenl is a form of censorship that I find dangerous to accept. Several of my casl members and coworkers have voiced Ihis same concern. However, I would like lo make one request. When it comes to reviewing my Children's Thealre Workshop and Teen Workshop annual productions, I would like to hold an option on the review issue. In Ihose programs I am in the business of building egos and pride in individual and group accomplishments. Although we work lo accepl constructive criticism in Ihe classroom, I am afraid a harsh review (however honest) might be laken personally and prove lo be disastrous lo our program goals. We can do wilhout a review on those one- performance productions. The audience reaction lo Ihe kids and Iheir efforls is review enough. But as for community theatre—bring on your critic, Mr. Brooks! We are a lough bunch, and I can lake any well-aimed barbs lhal come my way. And now I hope Ihe air has cleared and everyone can settle back and relax. South Pacific is over, and I have another show lo slarl working on. — DORAL MANCINI, Director, Garden Cily Arts Program, 702 N. Main. P.S. If any of your readers are interested in- the arts council idea, I hope they will contacl me al the Civic Center. We need community inpul and ideas for Ihis project Monday, August 22, 1977." Among olher things, the agents were supposed lo seek "Ihe whereabouts and contents of Jolley's leave and payroll records" and "Jolley's relationship with Judge Kilter." The Justice Depl. was prepared even lo subpoena Ihe judge's chambers." A con- fidenlial documenl, daled August 10, mentioned "the possibility lhat fraud may have occurred" in the payroll case. Unaccountably, Ihe Justice Depl. canceled Ihe grand jury but went ahead with some of the interviews. We have obtained the secret list of wil- nesses and queslioned mosl of (hem. They told us lhal Vickie Jolley "is gone mosl of Ihe lime" and thai she does "extracurricular Ihings for the judge." Added one court employee: "The judge is a mean man, betler lo Ihe criminals lhan lo Ihe people who work here." The judge's secrelary lold us she was unaware of any invesligation into payroll abuses. When we tried to pin her down, she said, "I have no comment" and hung up Ihe phone. Judge Killer refused lo return our calls. In Ihe pasl, he has boasled: "I am an old hand at lelling Ihe press where to go." He has also complained lhal he is a viclim of "malicious Mormonism," allhough il was a Mormon, Ihe late Sen. Elberl Thomas, D.-Utah, who recommended him for the federal bench in 1949. Another Mormon, Sen. Jake Gam, R.- Utah, is now leading Ihe fighl to remove him from the bench. Not long ago, the cantankerous Killer slrode inlo a Sail Lake Cily shop and spoiled Garn's piclure on Ihe wall. Slernly,.Ihe judge ordered Ihe proprielor to remove the picture. Tonics Story Irresponsible Watching And fraying • Fred Brooks John Frailer Le Roy Allman Editor Managing Editor Ad «nd Builneai Manager Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for reproduction of all local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP news and dispatches. All rights of publication or special dispatches are also reserved. By motor car delivery per month KM Including applicable sales tax. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City. $2.67 plus applicable sales tax. Payable to the carrier in advance. Talk about irresponsible journalism. Your front page article on the case of the mutilated cattle is full of half- truths and distorted reporting. I was the person who found the dead cow while hunting last Saturday afternoon. In observing it, I saw where the right front leg had been neatly skinned out and removed. Also, the teats were cut off and rectum removed. There was absolutely no sign that it had been shot and no sign of any mutilation by animals. In talking to Sheriff Craig, he said he told your reporter that he didn't know the cause of the animal's death or the reason for the human mutilation yet you report in your paper that he stated the animal was shot by hunters. Hunters have a bad reputation with some people and irresponsible articles which you choose to print don't help relations any. I feel you owe an apology to alf hunters and the next time something like this happens, first get your facts straight and then report only the truth.—BILL KOWALSKI, 201 W/Holmes. (Craig told The Telegram the animals had probably been shot, but added he didn't know the cause of death for sure. Also, the use of the term "hunters" was unfortunate. Everyone who carries a rifle is not a sportsman.—Ed) To the Women of Garden Cily: Well, Friday • morning, David Hartman of "Good Morning America" will be in Houslon, Texas lo witness the beginning of, and report on the happenings of a new thing in our wonderful America—that is, a three-way-civil-war! Women against women against Government control. The Government in this case does not consist of the people. II is made up of a few people who are asking women of our country to give them the power to enforce rules "to ensure 'Human' and 'Civil' and 'Social' Rights. And this is under the guise of International Women's Year National Conference: I hope you have been reading the articles in the last three months' issues of the little homemakers magazines on the newsstands. I hope you know what our God in Heaven has to say about the family being the place to make important decisions for our men, our women, our children. I pray that you are concerned about where to place the guilt when our children are not protected. I'll be watching and praying for the outcome in our land because of this weekend in Houston. Some of women from Garden City will be there. I hope you too will be concerned enough to hear and become aware of who you are after it is over.-BEAULAH F. ASHBURN, 117 W. Hazel. November 16 3:30 P.M. - ABC ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL — "My Mom's Having a Baby." A friendly pediatrician helps Petey Evans, 9, whose mother is pregnant, and his two playmates to understand the lads ol human reproduction 7:00 P.M. — NBC LAST HURRAH — Carroll O'Connor stars as Mayor Frank Skeffington, the aging, ailing head ol an old-line, big-city political machine, who surprises everyone by announcing that he will seek reelection to a fourth term but almost immediately details ol his private life become public and threaten to undermine his campaiqn 7:00 P.M. — ABC EIGHT IS ENOUGH — "I Quit." Tom Bradford "resigns" as father when his children accuse him ol beina a dictator. 8:00 P.M. — CBS CBS WEDNESDAY MOVIE - "From Noon Till Three." 8:00 P.M. — ABC CHARLIE'S ANGELS - "The Baby Sellers." The Angels are out to crack a big-time black market baby ring, so Kelly poses as an expectant unwed mother, Kris as a professional source ol blond, blue-eyed babies and Sabrina and Bosley as a rich, arrogant couple in search of a perfect child. 9:00 P.M. — NBC BIG HAWAII — "You Can't Lose Them All." In high hopes ol making a bundle, Ihe devious sidekick of an ailing rodep champion persuades Milch Fears to enter the competition against the champ — then bels aoainst Milch. 9:00 P.M. — ABC BARETTA — "Buddy." Tony Baretta risks his career by hiding out his friend, Buddy, a retarded 19-year-old sought in the sjaying of his mother. Ch.6KTVC(CBS) Ch. 11 KGLD(NBC) Ch. 13KUPKIABC) Public TV (In Ulysses and Johnson, cable-TV customers receive Denver 1 ! public TV station on channel 10.) Wednesday Cable TV Channel 7 10 p.m . GREAT PERFORMANCES "The Arcate Promise" This contemporary play by David Mercer features Anthony Hopkins in a tour-de- force role as an actor bent on self- destruction. 11:30 ME AND STELLA Composer musician Taj Mahal present a personal and historic portrait of Elizabeth Cotten's importance to the blues. Ms. Cotton is the author of "Freight Train". :;:§:: II

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