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Opinion The Salina Journal Sunday, March 31,1985 Page 4 THferUournal TRSD VAM>BGRIFT. ftesjffenf sad PabSsber HARRIS RAVL. Editor KAY BERENSON. ErecsZrt £&&• SCOTT SEIREFl. .Vp LAXKY MATErwS. Assisasr .Vpws EiJor UORI 3HACX. Weekaad Editor JIM HAAG. Algtt £<£tar Classify Reappraisal and classification have been political footballs for too ior.g. Gov. Cariin has insisted be won't play 'Dali -Kith the Legislature on the long-overdue reappraisal of homes. land and other real property for tax purposes until the lawmakers OK a vote on a constitutional amendment to allow classification of property. The amendment would remove the requirement for "uniform and equal" rates of taxation and allow homes and agricultural land, for example, to be assessed at a lower percentage of market value than business real estate. In past years, the Legislature has refused to endorse classification. Cariin has refused to approve reappraisal without it. That stalemate must end. The House last week approved a classification amendment. But the Senate rejected a similar amendment a few weeks ago. It's shaping up as another season of no-win foot- ball on reappraisal. The losers if the game goes on much longer are apt to be ai taxpayers. If the Legislature continues to stall, the courts are apt to force reappraisal. Court-ordered reappraisal could bring major, sudden and unpredictable shifts in the burden of taxes. It's time to end the stalemate. The shifts in the tax burden that would occur make reappraisal without classification — to restore the "uniform and equal" ideal of the state constitution — politically impossible. The state's large number of farmers and elderly homeowners on fixed incomes would never support reappraisal without the protection from sudden tax increases offered by classification. The stalling has gone on too long. Let's get the business of reappraisal over with — with a classification amendment. The Legislature has other business to take care of. Federally assured Privately insured or federally insured: How many Americans gave much thought to that question before the recent Ohio savings-and- ioan crisis? Most people figured one S&L or bank was pretty much like any other before a major privately insured Cincinnati thrift failed, leaving its depositors wondering whether they'd ever get their money back. To protect depositors. Congress should require all S&Ls and banks to have federal deposit insurance. People put money in savings accounts for safe keeping, not to gamble. They assume the nation's depository institutions uniformly provide this security. Federal deposit insurance, through such agencies as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Federal Savings and Loan Insur- ance Corp., is the surest way to safeguard deposits. Most depository institutions today are already federally insured. All Kansas S&Ls and banks are. While federal insurance doesn't technically mean deposits are backed by the U.S. Treasury, in practice they probably are U.S.- backed because the government isn't about to stand aside and allow a banking crisis to run its course. No federally insured depositor has ever lost money because of a bank or S&L failure." Congress should go to work on legislation to require federal deposit insurance. Failing that, lawmakers should at least write tough new rules regulating private insurance funds. The nation's savers need the protection. tetters to the Editor Smoking vs. candidates . The Salina Journal has blasted away the steel-like door that locks most of us in a mind-set that says, "What can I do to affect the status quo? 1 ' The fresh air of courage and conviction has been blown through rusty doors and apathetic thinking by The Sa- tma Journal's refusal of the advertising dollars from the opulent coffers of the tobacco industry! The colors have been struck against the source of the number one killing Diseases. ^This vibrant and clear statement by The Salina Journal for health and fresh air, should be our clarion to rise up and be an active part of change! What we can now do ta this end is to carefully consider the slate Of candidates for the USD 305 Board of Edu- Jjation. What profile for decision-making do J£ey offer? Based on their platform statements and historical action related to special smoking areas in our schools, one cannot support Ascher, D'Albini (write-in candidate i, or Hardy! To put them in office would join them with a group now on the fcoard who believe that the taxpayers want set-aside smoking areas for our youth! Ascher and D'Albini have voted against closing the smoking zones for the past 4 years! TAey have doggedly clung to this repulsive stand even in the face of local research last summer that found that Salinans favor a ban on school smoking! Candidates Ascher, D'Albini and Hardy do not support the direction of their survey or the recommendations of The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association or representatives of the Salina physicians and other health providers! Every visiting national expert on youth Letters The Journal welcomes letters to the editor but does not promise to print them. The briefer they are the better chance they have. All are subject to condensation and editing. Writer's name must be signed with full address for publication. Letters become the property of The Journal. Aid cuts to slam college door on poor students and alcohol/drug problems has told our community that there is no place for provided smoking areas in cities that care for their youth and substance abuse. So how can the two incumbents, Ascher and D'Albini, hope to provide for our youth while turning their backs on this level of advice? Do you want elected representatives serving our education system who support hypocrisy and addictive health patterns? Do you want citizens to serve education who do not have the guts to let go of yesterday's bad decisions and create new environments? Look over the candidates for our Board of Education. Vote for those who support closing special smoking areas. Bring on the qualified "new blood". -VERNONE. OSBORN 643 South Ohio Support Soderberg Sydney Soderberg has been an active, integral member of our community from the time that she and her family moved here. She has become very knowledgeable about our community by listening carefully to what its citizens have to say and by asking thoughtful and thought-provoking questions. She values every individual's contribution to a discussion or to an activity, and gives each individual, each commitment, and each decision as much time and consideration as possible. She arrives at conclusions and decisions only after considering carefully any information she has gained through working with people and groups, listening to them, asking questions, and studying whatever resources are available. This is a time when we need someone who listens, asks, studies, and decides carefully, because so many issues vital to our community's growth and success are being raised. These issues must be considered by someone who has worked hard for this community, who has listened to the concerns of the citizens and groups, and who has already studied many of the current important issues. Sydney will continue to work with and for us. She is well prepared to be a city commissioner. - LLONA STEELE 912 S. Santa Fe WASHINGTON — While the nation's basketball fans were watching Georgetown University try for a second straight NCAA title, the eyes of Georgetown's president, the Rev. Timothy S. Healy, were focused on a less glamorous sight When I saw him in his office recently, be was poring over a report from a university vice-president on the impact of President Reagan's proposed reductions in student aid. It was a lot less pretty than a slam- dunk by Patrick Ewing. I had gone to Georgetown because, under Father Healy, it has made a special effort to recruit not just basketball players, but academically gifted students from the ghettos, who can benefit from its first-class education. I had already heard the views of Healy's friend, Joseph S. Murphy, the chancellor of the City University of New York. CUNY has the largest black and Hispanic student body in the world, and 85 percent of its students come from families in which neither parent graduated from college. Murphy, who minces no words, said the administration aid cutbacks are — in his view — part of a strategy to "rigidify the class structure of America," by closing down the main channel to middle-class jobs for poor youths and forcing them to compete for available low-wage jobs with little future. That is one view. But with Georgetown on the country's mind, I wanted to know how the administration proposals would affect Healy's college. This is what I found out: Half of Georgetown's degree candidates — 5,599 of 11,187 — this year received financial aid. That aid totaled $52 million. If the Reagan cuts had been in effect the university thinks 4,337 of the aid students — 77 percent — would have lost $14.2 million, an average of $3,274 each. Some of the loss might be made up by unsubsidized loans. But a first-vear under- David Broder WASHNGTON POST VriSTBS GftCXP graduate or graduate student who borrowed from the bank to make up for the loss of the government-guaranteed loan would — if accepted as a good credit risk — pay back 68 percent more over ten years than under the old program. I asked Healy if it was not true, as the administration maintains, that Georgetown and other well-endowed institutions could do more to help its own. "In 1975," be said, "financial aid was 7 percent of our budget; in 1380. it was 12 percent; this year, it's 15 percent. It's doubled in a decade. This year, we raised tuition $800 and 27 percent of that increase is earmarked for student assistance. But there is no way we can fill a $22 million gap." I asked Healy for his best judgment on the effect the Reagan proposals would have on Georgetown. "Georgetown would not go out of business." he said, "but you would destroy a mis that's profoundly healthy for this Republic.... We would still be able to handle some poor kids — if they applied — but there would be a huge gap between them and the rich kids whose family paid their way. If you cut £22 million out of the grants and loans that are available, you would just liquidate the middle-class kid who's bright enough to come to Georgetown, but who needs massive help." Could they make it by working? Healy said too many of his students were already earning too much of an outside work load. A survey in 1983 found half the underclassmen and even more of the juniors and seniors were spending from 10 to 30 hours a week in jobs. It is not realistic to think they can earn enough to make up the average loss of $3,200 — and still have time or energy for education. Then Healy said: "This administration forgets that the element of choice for poor kids is a guarantor of the reality of education for all the rich ones. It's part of the education of the rich that they go to school with kids who aren't as rich as they are. "That didn't happen when I was a kid. (He is 62.) But American colleges learned that lesson. And now more black fads are getting into more selective colleges, and we're launching a black middle class. There's been real progress there. "But look what they are proposing to do. They would limit the assistance to any kid — no matter how poor — to $4,000. They tell them to borrow the rest. The cab driver in this city isn't going to do that.... That's half his take-home pay. That's crazy. "I'll tell you what will happen; it's already happened. Seven years ago, 32 percent of the cohort of black kids went to college. It's down to 27 percent this year. And all of this publicity about student-aid cuts will lower it further. "Kids get the idea, particularly when they're not well guided, that the adminis-. tration has already decided this, and it's- done already — that where there was finaux cial aid available, there isn't going to be, any. So they don't apply." And then he said: "If we lose this battle, to educate black kids, then we are setting: up for your grandchildren a permanent IUK derclass of uneducated incompetents who; cannot cope with the 20th century. We're building a real Orwellian horror." ^ That is why the president of Georgetown; had his mind on something other than a- basketball game. Maybe we should, too. Can 'civilization 1 include British punk rockers? Austin This is the last of five travel reports by the former editor of The Journal. By WHTTLEY AUSTIN LONDON — "Welcome to civilization," said the reception clerk at The Connaught, our favorite small hotel, the sort of place where money is never mentioned until you are presented the final bill. We had just come from Egypt. But as I looked at the! punk rock outfits worn by the nubile young in Lon-l don, I wondered: "Civili-l zation"? The first astonished! look is at the hair, often! multi-colored, often worn in spikes up to six inches long, occasionally with a Mohawk Indian cut. Their clothing, beyond description, seems sploched to match their pimples; and their glory is in their stockings, lace patterned, figure patterned, cross-hatched, what have you. One teenager was apparently so taken with her fancy socks she wore a skirt so short it barely covered her tiny rump. Undoubtedly, they will grow up to be matronly mothers, but in the meantime? One may see these characters anywhere but no place better than the Royal Academy of Arts, off Piccadilly. We visited it for the definitive exhibition of the paintings of Marc Chagall, the Russian Jew who was neither a Cubist nor an Impressionist but came close until he developed a style I only can describe as cartooning — with lavish color. I realize I am gauche in discussing the master in funny paper terms but I see what I see, including his fixation with bosoms, Moses and Crucifixion, not necessarily in that order. Chagall would have made a good partner for P.T. Barnum. We made our usual window shopping tour of Old and New Bond Street but skipped Harrod's, the enormous and exciting de- partment store, its ownership now controlled by an Egyptian family that made its fortune in cotton. They also own the Ritz in Paris. Prices in London by and large are on the expensive side despite the growing value of the U.S. dollar against the pound sterling. The value added tax, or VAT, a super sales tax, does not make for economical purchases, although a foreigner may get it back through a hocus-pocus at the customs office. Even pub prices are up. The best saloon sandwiches continue to be made at Audley's, on the corner of Audley and Mount streets. However, we had a reasorf- able dinner at the Dorchester Hotel grill on Park Lane, also owned by Arabs. A three- course dinner with the house Bordeaux came to $25 a head, including tax and service. One can spend much more in Kansas City. The Dorchester staff seemed anxious to please, amid all the glitter of a world famous hotel. A better luncheon we enjoyed at The Connaught, which reputedly has the best hotel kitchen in town. What it cost I won't know until I check out. We had a starter of shrimp and crab, shredded and mixed, then a fillet of sole, one fish each, superbly cooked, hot, with a great sauce and with side dishes of new potatoes in butter and a The small society green salad. We washed it down with a 1983 Muscadet, the latest that wine should be; drunk. Mary had raspberries and cream for a sweet; I was content with a cappuccino. ; (If I go into detail on food, it is because I; was reared in the trade by William Allen White who said it was more important to tell what was served at a dinner than what the speeches were about.) ; We concluded our London pit stop at Covent Garden where the Royal Ballet Company presented a lavishly mounted version of "The Firebird" plus two lesser known ballets. The Royal Opera House is vast and ornate, with six tiers of boxes rising above the stalls, where we sat at an extravagant price. We were lucky to get in. It was a bitter cold night, with a rising wind, but we ventured to our pub for a pint and a snack, then to our hotel to pack, always the worst chore confronting the traveler, even when homeward bound. Quotation ; You loan a hunt-covered book to a friend- and when he doesn 't return it you get mad at him. It makes you mean and petty, But twenty-five cent books arv different. '• —John Steinbeck :

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