The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 4, 1985 · Page 1
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Tt Salina T 1 1 he Journal Home Edition — 25 Cents Salina, Kansas THURSDAY April 4,1985 114th year — No. 94 — 20 Pages House might end rebel aid to Nicaragua By The New York Times WASHINGTON - The House Republican leader told President Reagan Wednesday that the administration's proposal for $14 million in aid to anti-government rebels in Nicaragua was "dead in the water" without changes in policy. The House leader, Robert Michel of Illinois, said that he had conveyed the negative message at a White House meeting between Reagan and the Republican congressional leadership and that it reflected his view of the legislative prospects in the House. The warning came as administration officials, apparently in an acknowledgement that the proposal could be in jeopardy, said they were drafting options for Reagan that they hope could overcome congressional recalcitrance. Meanwhile, the Senate majority leader, Bob Dole, R-Kan., said it would be difficult for the Senate to consider a request for aid to the rebels in the next three weeks because he wanted the chamber to spend the time on budget deliberations. Reagan has made winning con- gressional approval of the $14 million in covert assistance a top administration priority. In arguing for the money, he has called the rebels freedom fighters and said that providing the assistance was in the national security interest of the United States. Reagan, discussing Nicaragua, said Saturday that the Soviet Union seeks to turn Central America "into a beachhead for subversion" Many critics of Reagan's policy concede that Nicaragua has aided the Salvadoran rebels and has Marxist-Leninists in the government. But Democrats in Congress and some officials in the administration say they think that the administration has overstated its case in portraying the Sandinista government in Nicaragua as a threat to its neighbors. Some have argued that support for the rebels has actually strengthened the Sandinistas. Congress last year cut off covert financing, but members said it could be restored if Reagan made a report that justified the spending. Once the report is submitted, Congress would have 15 days to approve the request. STUCK UP — Glen Smith, Salina, investigates an unusual sight Wednesday while taking his morning walk. The car had been driv- Tom Dors«y en onto a pole in a non-injury accident in a convenience store parking lot. Budget negotiators fail to agree to spending cuts WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget negotiators for the White House and Senate Republican leaders remained at loggerheads Wednesday about education and other major issues, despite a show of optimism that agreement was close on spending cuts. "We hope to conclude preliminary work today (Wednesday)," Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., said after meeting with President Reagan at the White House. White House spokesman Larry Speakes said any deficit-reduction plan would be brought to Reagan for his review, but added, "I would anticipate that the president would give a nod very quickly." He said there was a "good chance" that could take place before Reagan's scheduled departure for a California vacation Friday. But after reaching tentative agreement Tuesday on a $14 billion, three-year package of farm program cuts, negotiators at a preliminary morning session quickly ran into difficulty when some senators objected to Reagan's call for sharp reductions in education programs, including student loans. Dole also said the two sides have not discussed defense spending and Social Security, two major areas of differences between the Republican president and the GOP Senate leaders. Nor has there been any word on the fate of Reagan's proposals to eliminate politically popular programs such as the federal Amtrak subsidy, the Small Business Administration and mass transit grants. Even if the two sides agree at the bargaining tabe, Dole said that might not automatically guarantee 51 votes on the Senate floor when the plan was brought to a vote later in the month. Summer-like sunshine warms Salina By DAVID SEVENS Staff Writer Summer-like weather Wednesday proved irresistible for many Salinans who found excuses to skip college classes and reschedule their work to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. The high temperature was 78 degrees, and the sky was clear. "I've blown a whole week of classes," said Kansas Wesleyan student Mary Beth Diedrick. "I decided to do it again." She and a school friend, Janice Foley, closed the books on school, rubbed olive oil over their bodies and spent the afternoon sunbathing in Sunset Park. Spokesmen at Kansas Wesleyan and Marymount College said ab- senses because of the balmy weather haven't been a problem. But Marymount's Dean of Students Todd Reynolds said he did notice "a lot of people trying to get some tans." The tennis court at the school was used for sunbathing rather than tennis, he said. "They're out taking in a few rays," Reynolds said. Tennis courts in Oakdale Park were busy throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The Scott William* Kansas Wesleyan students Mary Beth Diedrick (left) and Janice Foley take advantage of Wednesday's balmy weather. temperature at 9 p.m. still stood at 57 degrees, and the overnight low was expected to drop only to , the low to mid-40s. Local parks were especially busy Wednesday because spring break has given school children a holiday. In Oakdale Park, about a dozen children stood around the park fountain splashing themselves and each other. Kenny Smutz, 1703 Lewis, who was playing Frisbee with a friend in the park, said he had resche- duled his job at a retail store so that he could enjoy the sunshine. He'll make up for lost work time Saturday, figuring there's a chance the weather might take a turn for the worse by the weekend. "It's nice to get the day off," he said. Wednesday also was a day for picnicking. "We've just had ourselves a good old time," said Ellen James. She and a friend, Pat Trepoy, brought lunch from a hamburger restaurant to the park. Both James, a native of Scotland, and Trepoy, a native of Pennsylvania, said they enjoy the spring and fall seasons in Kansas. James said she prefers the mountain climate when the temperature reaches the century mark in Kansas. Dennis Sperling, owner of Bogey's sandwich and ice cream shop, said the warm weather was great for business. "We are just a drive-in business," he said. "So whenever the weather breaks it helps us." Sperling also said that business has been exceptionally good lately because of the school district spring break. "It seemed like it broke at the right time," he said. The day was right for riding bicycles, washing cars and running. Bob Shrader, president of the Tri Rivers Running Club, said runners enjoy not having to wear sweat pants and shirts. "It's nice when you can get back to wearing shorts and a T- shirt," he said. , The warm weather drove many young people to South Santa Fe, where traffic was heavy with "cruisers." Today Today is Thursday, April 4, the 94th day of 1985. There are 271 days left in the year. This is Maundy Thursday. On this date: In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated. In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th round-tripper in Cincinnati. Inside Classified 15-18 Entertainment 20 Fun 19 Living Today 6,7 . Local/Kansas 3,14 : Markets 8 : Nation/World 5 On the Record 9 Opinion.. 4 Sports 1M3 .Weather 9 Weather KANSAS - Partly cloudy today with highs in the mid- 608 to mid-70s. Mostly cloudy tonight with a chance of thunderstorms central and east with lows in the low to mid- 303 northwest to the mid-40s southeast. Partly cloudy west Friday and cloudy with a chance of rain and thunderstorms east and cooler with highs in the 50s north to around 60 south. Taylor joins forces with retail liquor lobbyists ByDALEGOTER Kansas Correspondent TOPEKA (HNS) — The Rev.. Richard Taylor sits in the Capitol rotunda, expounding at length about the latest developments in his annual legislative crusade to cut down liquor consumption in Kansas. His barrage of facts, figures and opinion are interrupted briefly when a young man stops by to discuss a move to legalize Sunday package beer sales. "We'll have to kill it on the floor, won't we?" the young man asks. "That's right," Taylor answers, "You're going to help us on it, won't you?" "You bet," he responds, patting the reverend on the back as he moves along. Two anti-liquor allies plotting strategy? Not quite. The young man's lobbyist name tag identifies him as Carl Ratner, representing the Kansas Retail Liquor Association. Wait a minute. Isn't this the famous Rev. Taylor, who uses the term "drug pushers" to describe those who deal in alcoholic beverages? Is he actually joining hands with the state's retail liquor store owners? A strange alliance, but one that actually makes sense during this legislative session dominated by liquor issues. Liquor stores don't want Sunday beer sales in grocery stores, convenience shops or filling stations, because it cuts into their business. Legislative liquor talks stalled TOPEKA (AP) — Negotiations on a liquor-by-the- drink constitutional amendment and companion liquor control legislation bogged down Wednesday. One lawmaker fed up with the stall vowed to force a Senate vote on the House-passed resolution today. Ater meeting briefly, House and Senate leaders trying to resolve differences on liquor issues walked out of a conference committee, agreeing only that neither side would budge. The negotiations glitch, which often has repeated itself, prompted Sen. Frank Gaines, D-Augusta, to announce he would bring the House-passed measure up for debate today. The manuever might light a fire under the conference committee, he said. Gaines said he would have forced a vote Wednes-, day on the proposed constitutional amendment to allow voters to decide whether to bring liquor by the drink to Kansas, but he did not have 27 votes, or the two-thirds approval, required for passage. The House has approved the resolution, but a majority of senators do not like a provision that requires bars to do at least 30 percent of their business in food sales in order to be able to serve drinks. The conference committee had not scheduled another meeting. "Call us when you're ready to meet again," Sen. Edward Reilly Jr., R-Leavenworth, said to the three House members on the panel as he left the meeting. "Don't stand by the phone," House Speaker Mike Hayden, R-Atwood, shot back. Lawmakers left the bargaining table Wednesday when the committee's three senators scoffed at the House's offer to allow voters in counties that vote "dry" on the liquor-by-the-drink resolution to also have a chance to vote on shutting down private clubs in those counties. The Senate thinks the state's private club law should stay intact if the Legislature approves a resolution allowing voters to decide whether to amend the state Constitution to allow liquor by the drink. The House, however, thinks the state should start with a clean slate on its liquor laws. After the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Bud Burke, R-Leawood, said he thinks the conference committee will reach a compromise eventually. Taylor doesn't want Sunday sales because he says it will result in more carnage on the state's highways and at its recreational lakes. The two might differ over most other liquor-related issues, but both see a definite advantage in joining hands to fight their common foe. Although he often appears as an anti-liquor zealot, Taylor also is a political pragmatist who has no qualms about the pact with the liq- uor store owners. Moreover, he is perfectly willing to help the liquor store's fight to retain the current system of state-regulated liquor prices. "We can be on the same side for totally different reasons," he said. "I support a high retail price because it reduces consumption; liquor stores support it because it is good for their business." The Retail Liquor Association doesn't set out to recruit the Rev. Taylor to fight its battles, Ratner said, but it doesn't deny that he is a formidable ally. "He's got a lot of power," Ratner said, agreeing with Taylor that the two sides need to work together to offset the influence of the better-financed beer wholesaler lobby. Taylor downplays the significance of his consorting with liquor interests to reach his goals, saying it is nothing more than an acknowledgement of the political realities of the liquor debate. "People say I'm anti-liquor," Taylor said. "I am anti-liquor-related suffering. If every drinker would stop with two drinks in 24 hours, and wait one hour per drink before driving, I could go home. You could get rid of all the laws on the books." Joining with the liquor stores to fight the Sunday beer sales is a matter of priorities, Taylor said. Compared to other states, Kansas ranks near the bottom in consumption of wine and hard liquor. But its beer consumption is 90 percent of the national average, and Sunday sales would put it at the national average, he said. Therefore, fighting liberalized beer sale laws is more urgent than trying to cut back on Kansans' consumption of hard liquor, he said. Taylor also is quick to point out that his alliance with the liquor store dealers is only as lasting as the immediate need. Ideally, all retail liquor stores should be state-owned, Taylor said, and the current private owners could find something else to do for a living. Considering the current political climate, that's not likely to happen, he said. "A more realistic goal is to allow sales of all alcoholic beverages in liquor stores only," he suggested. "It would help with age enforcement, there would be no more cold beer sales in filling stations.

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