Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on November 21, 1977 · Page 11
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 11

Garden City, Kansas
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Monday, November 21, 1977
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Page 12 Garden C.ily Trlrpram Monday, Novi-mbcr 21, 1977 Ag Strike: If It Hits, Politicos May See Home front Squeeze (This is the last of three articles presenting the Washington view on the proposed farm strike.) By JEAN CHRISTENSEN Congress will be out of session during the farmers strike, scheduled for Dec. 14, and will have to come back for a special session if it is needed to end the strike, says Rep. Keith Sebelius, R-Norton. Apparently that's what striker organizers want. They apparently would want congressmen to be at home in their districts during the strike — when they will see the empty grocery stores and will be a little hungry along with their constitutents. Farmers hope Congressmen will be home where the voters can call them and protest, and perhaps a special session of Congress will be called to take emergency measures. Sebelius has pointed out that several programs in the House-passed farm bill were lost in conference with the Senate because of administration pressure. But, he said, farmers don't want the loan rate raised as high as parity, because the government would own the grain. "They have done a good job in getting the message across to the nation. People have read of their plight," he said. Sebelius has written to Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland and asked him to change some of his policies, with little success so far. Sen. Bob Dole, R-Russell, senior Agriculture Committee Republican, also believes there is nothing Congress can do now to raise prices, a spokeswoman said. He believes the effectiveness of the strike will depend on its size, but "looking back at the struggle for prices in the farm bill, its only realistic" to recognize that Congress can't raise prices, she said. Rep. Joe Skubitz, R- Pittsburg, who represents Southeast Kansas but is not an Agriculture Committee member, believes that despite the apparent inability of Congress to act, farmers are forced to try the strike. "Wheat farmers are reacting to an economic crisis and their reaction is a natural one. . . The farmer is simply demanding that he be given the opportunity to make a living by receiving a price for his goods at least at the level it costs to produce those goods. . . " Skubilz noted that while the WHEN A LITTLE EXTRA MONEY WOULD MAKE THE HOLIDAYS A LOT MERRIER... COME ON IN. At Household Finance, we've been helping people have happier Holidays for almost one hundred years. So come on in when you could use a little extra money to take care of everyone on your gift list. During the Holiday Season or any season, come on in to HFC. Where people use our money to get the most out of life. LOANS ABOVE $10.000 ARE SECURED BY REAL ESTATE HOUSEHOLD FINANCE Corporation and Subsidiary Companies AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY LENDER GARDEN CITY 110 E. Chestnut—PHONE: 275-9635 Call us for our special Holiday hours. price of wheat is less than half what it was in 1975, the price of bread has risen. "It's high time the government quit piddling around with the farm economy — using farm crops to try and shape the internal affairs of other countries." He blamed the government and the middleman for "getting the lion's share of the consumer dollar." He didn't suggest any solutions. Tom Sand, Bergland's press secretary, explained that "in the farm bill we attempted to provide aid to keep them in business but not guarantee a profit. The government can't do that." Bergland considers parity an outdated concept that should be replaced by the cost of production formula in the farm bill, Sand said. "Parity means nothing any more." The new formula would cover out of pocket expenses and a three percent return on land value. Farmers who don't like it want a five to 15 percent return on land, Sand said. Such a large guaranteed return, USDA contends, would spur inflation in land costs and encourage speculators and large operators to buy up farm land. "The argument is that increased land costs included in the cost of production will cause inflation and ruin business," Sand said. He said the USDA doesn't know how effective a strike will be, but added, "we have our doubts because of recent history. They expect 500,000 farmers to strike. At least 500,000 will not." In the past, Sand said, many farmers have agreed to participate in a strike or reduce production and when the date arrives, support goes down the drain and everyone leaves it to his neighbor to carry the load. Since farmers aren't buying much farm equipment now, their threat to Changes Plea To Insanity HAYS, Kan. (AP) - A 35- year-old man accused in the death of a Fort Hays State coed has changed his plea of innocent to innocent by reason of insanity. The attorney for Harlan Helzer filed the change late Thursday afternoon with officials of the Ellis County District Court. Helzer is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his next door neighbor, Marilyn McConnell, 20, of Salina, last summer. He is also accused of aggravated bucglary and attempted rape in the case. Defense lawyer Simon Roth Jr., also asked the court for a psychiatric examination for Helzer in connection with the insanity plea. stop buying doesn't mean numbers it is difficult to he knows of groups in 15 Still, officials here are could have an impact," Sand much," Sands said. estimate their strength. states, but "we don't know if it watching the strike despite said. ....hnri..* t.v Since organizers are not Although they claim to have is two or 500,000 people," he their doubts. ( ™ ,„„, N "" 1 " c' r !,i", listing names or counting groups in 48 states, Sand said said. 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