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Page 4 Garden City Telegram Friday, November 25, 1977 Editorial An Upsetting Surprise The city hall hearing on tax assessments for street and sewer improvements brought some complaints and, inevitably, expressions of surprise. Those special taxes have a way of sneaking up on unsuspecting property owners. Special assessments usually don't get the publicity given the annual ad valorem tax. Anyway, every homeowner is aware of the property tax. Another problem is that it may be two to four years before the financing is put together in a bond issue package and an assessment made against the property. A house in a new addition may change hands a couple of times before anyone is aware that special taxes are due on the property. A new owner comes along and the special tax bill on the property finally catches up. In general, there is much ignorance about special taxes. There shouldn't be. Anytime a residential street is paved or a sanitary sewer is installed, the costs are charged to property owners in the benefit district. State law says you not only share in the costs of the street in front of your house, but the closest side street. Those special taxes are usually on the rolls for 10 years. Purchasers of property in newly developed additions should educate themselves about special taxes. They shouldn't be surprised when the tax bill comes, even though it may take a couple of years. \\\ tl.h. A CARTOON shows a portly gentleman wearing a button which says: "Still for Carter." PEANUTS are no longer so popular among a lot of people who are into wheat. • NOT LONG ago we followed a car with a bumper sticker that suggested "Eat Rice Today" and then parked in a lot filled with vehicles bearing signs of the farmer's strike. On the car radio we heard a report from the nation's nutritionists urging one and all to eat more fish and fowl and less meat, and later we read that that didn't set well with the livestock people. What's a consumer to do? • WITH WINTER coming on and all, a neighbor talked us into making summer sausage. And she gave us the venison and recipe to do it with. Now, we'll see if the family is game enough to eat it. Meanwhile the neighbor is experimenting with antelope sausage, and we may go for some of that too. • THERE IS no time between polishing off the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers and starting on the Christmas feasting rounds. And that seems a shame. • A KIND of terrible disparity exists among a people complaining, simultaneously, about high food prices and the problems of overweight. • A WEIGHT-control group came up with a survey that shows people in the Midwest are most overweight. They have an average of 56.9 pounds to lose. (Westerners have least to lose — 42.7; Southerners are next with 45.8; and Easterners 46.2). • TWO WEEKS ago we couldn't pass up a bargain — a huge Hubbard squash for just 29 cents. We finally got it licked, but certain members of the family say they've eaten so much squash that they squish when they walk. Garden City Telegram Published daily except Sundays and 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 Conservative View For Being Born An American BY JAMES J. KILPATRICK SCRABBLE, VA. - On a •Sunday morning a few weeks ago, my grandson Douglas took me for a walk. He had turned four in September, and four is an advanced and serious age. He wanted to '"spect the fences," and he wanted to "see 'bout the apples." So we set out for the high meadow that overlooks the Sealock property, with the two collies frisking along the fencerows and a fine autumn wind asking the trees to dance. It was a glorious morning for a walk. This has been the most brilliant autumn in years in the Blue Ridge, with the maples and black gums and hickories arrayed like so many massed flags at a pageant. We marched along with a color guard around us. It was a morning of discovery for Douglas, and a morning of reverent thought for me. At four, a young gentleman can discover all kinds of things. We discovered an immense groundhog hole; we discovered a tuft of rabbit fur, a bird's nest, another bird's nest quite different from the first nest, and we found a place where deer had been bedding. There were still a few wildflowers — tiny asters and never-say-die daisies — and these had to be picked to form a bouquet to take back to Honey. We checked the fences and we picked a couple of hard red apples, and with his small hand in mine we finally made it to the highest elevation on the farm. At the bottom of the hill was White Walnut Run, a pale gold ribbon between scarlet sentinels. Off to the southwest, we could see Old Rag Mountain, white-haired this morning from a preseason snow. To the north and west, the land rolled and lifted and pulled the eye to the tapestries of autumn. "Take care of your land," John Randolph's mother used to tell the young Virginia planter, "and your land will lake care of you." This morning, her Homespun thought struck home. Not only in rural America but in the cities also, this is about all that is asked of us: to take care of our land. And what a land it is! I watched Douglas clearing rocks. He put down his bouquet and his apple, and kicked at a rock until it came loose. Then he lugged it to the fencerow and came back for another. I motioned for him to come along. "Grandfavver," he said, with the air of a man who does not want to be disturbed at his work, "I am very busy." Three rocks later he gave up and we walked down to the bridge. I wanted to say some things to this sturdy, tow-headed boy, but the opportunity passed in a gust of autumn wind. Douglas is an inheritor — he and the other 3,137,999 children born in the United States in 1973. They will inherit our land, not in the literal sense, of course, of these few mountain acres, but in the larger sense. They inherit traditions and values and obligations. And for all of these, I wanted to say to Douglas, let us be profoundly thankful. Douglas was throwing his apple core at a fencepost. Listen, I would have said to him, you and your sister Heather and your cousin Alina and all the other children, black and white and brown, ate inheriting a land that is a good land. Yes, America has its faults; none of the seven sins has passed us by. We still have millions of persons who know hunger and poverty and despair. But you are inheriting freedom; you are inheriting a rule of law that dates from Magna Carta; you are inheriting all the cultural legacy that is embraced in the Judeo-Christian tradition. I might have added a defensive thought. Don't ever be ashamed, I would have urged Douglas, don't ever be ashamed of the material wealth of your country. Americans have worked for that wealth, for the products of our factories, the harvests of our farms, and we have shared that wealth more generously than any nation in the history of the world. We ought never to apologize for this bounty; we ought rather to give thanks for good fortune. We walked back home, Douglas a little tired and sleepy, the wildflowers drooping, the collies still going strong. And I thought that, come Thanksgiving Day, I would write about this morning, and I would recall a line from Richard Nixon. The former president used to end his speeches by saying that if he could choose from the whole history of mankind a particular place and a time to be born in, he would choose to be born an American in the twentieth century. For my grandson, Lord, I thank you. Jim Bishop: Reporter "To the World's Greatest Dad' \.. And more radar and fighter planes, some missiles and more transports, some patrol boats... or else, turkey!" Jack Anderson Will Park Submit to Lie Test? Fred Brooks John Frailer Le Roy Allman Editor Managing Editor Ad ind Business Manager TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City, $2.67 plus applicable sales tax. Payable to the carrier in advance. _^___^_^^___^_ By carrier in other cities where service is available $2.18 a month plus applicable sales tax. ^^^^^^^^^^^^ By mall $27.81 a year including postage and applicable sales tax. .Vocal and area college students $15.45. including postage and applicable sales tax for 9-month school year. By motor car delivery per month $3.0* including applicable sales tax. Member of the Associated PVess 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. WASHINGTON — Justice Department attorneys have agreed it will take a lie detector to get the truth out of Korean payoff man Tongsun Park if he accepts the deal to give his testimony in exchange for immunity. Park has made so many conflicting statements, the prosecutors acknowledge, that his testimony would be worthless in court unless it can be bolstered with supporting evidence. They will insist, therefore, that Park submit to a lie detector test as part of the deal. Their hope is that Park, with a polygraph machine monitoring his varacity, will provide enough new information that they will be able to build on it. They will seek corroborating evidence, which they will then use to make more cases against congressmen who have accepted bribes. The prosecutors admit it will be tough to nail many congressmen. The Justice Department has determined, for example, that Park highly exaggerated his influence on Capitol Hill. He boasted to his Korean cohorts that he was close to congressmen whom he had merely met and that he had passed out cash, which he really had diverted to his own use. It looks as if Park was a skilled con man who misled even his own government. On the other hand, the Justice Department has solid evidence contradicting the South Korean government's claim that Park was merely a businessman who acted on his own. His link with the Korean Central Intelligence Agency has been established to the satisfaction of the prosecutors. They are aware, however, that Park didn't flash his KCIA credentials on Capitol Hill and offer "bribes" to congressmen. He told congressmen, on the contrary, that he was a businessman who wanted to contribute to their campaigns. It will be difficult to prove there were any strings attached to the contributions. Not until later would Park drop by and make a pitch on behalf of South Korea. The justice Department, therefore, might have trouble in court differentiating between political contributions and outright bribes. The prosecutors will be able to prove, however, that some congressmen were secretive about their dealings with Park and concealed the cash he gave them. This raises suspicions, at least, that they really didn't regard the money as legitimate campaign contributions. AUTO STATIC: In a move that could squeeze the nation's small radio manufacturers out of business, General Motors is forcing auto dealers to buy some of its 1978 models with built-in GM radios. Car radios have traditionally been optional equipment, and dealers have been free to purchase them from independent firms. But General Motors has decided that its own radio will be standard equipment on every 1978 Buick Riviera, Oldsmobile Toronado and Chevrolet Chevette. The dealer will have no choice. This GM action has raised the hackles of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D.-Mass., who has fired off a confidential letter to the Justice Department's antitrust chief, John Shenefield. The new GM policy, Kennedy complained, has "tremendous potential for inflicting irreparable injury on independent radio manufacturers." The relationship between radio firms and auto dealers could be "disrupted," he wrote, by this "selective intrusion into Iheir market." The Justice Department has launched an investigtion into the matter, which will also focus on other auto parts and accessories. The ambulance was doubleparked. The red eye winked. A few windows wenl up. II was a cheap neighborhood. The old flats leaned weakly against each olher. A sign over a stoop said: Furnished Rooms. Some boys in old mackinaws thought Ihe ambulance was "neat." The intern look Ihe steps Iwo al a lime. On Ihe Ihird floor a sloul woman wrung her hands. She was Ihe landlady. Through an open door, Ihe physician saw everything at once: the old man on the floor, Ihe worn linoleum, a bare table, a rocker with a cotton pad at the head. "How long has he been like this?" He peeled the eyelids back, unbutloned Ihe old swealer and shirt, and crouched lo listen lo Ihe fading foolsleps of Ihe hearl. He refolded the stethoscope, fell the waxen skin and noted the thin, blue lips pulling air against toothless gums. "How long?" The woman shrugged. "I have to chase him once a week for the renl." A policeman joined Ihe group. The doctor cleaned Ihe inside of the elbow wilh a cotton swab and made a puncture. "Cardiac," he said for the cop's nolebook. "Mal- nulrilion, loo." The ambulance attendant wrapped the old man in warm blankets. Wilh Ihe help of Ihe doctor, Ihey negotiated the rickety stairs and Ihe odors of rancid cooking. The policeman could get the identificalion. The bus look off mourning shrilly. The cop queslioned Ihe woman. He didn't like this assignment because Ihere was no crime involved. There was nolhing worlhy of his skills. He ransacked the room like a considerate burglar. There was a bowl wilh caked cereal on Ihe boltom. An iron col had an army blanket folded on top. Behind the door was a towel rack. There was a dresser wilh folded underwear and two shirts. On top stood two photographs. One was a pretty woman smiling. She was young; her long hair swirled loosely to the top of her head. On Ihe back was a curling, yellowed clipping. It was dated September 1932 and announced the death of Mrs. Kenneth Keighly. The other photo depicted two little girls and the old man. The old man looked young and muscular. There was no clipping on the back. The cop found an old tin box. It had once been green. He forced the catch. Inside there were records of Kenneth Keighly. He had worked as a compositor on an Ohio newspaper. Apparently, he had brought the children up alone. A separate note said that, in case of emergency, to please notify Mrs. R. K., former superintendent of nurses; or Mrs. P. Me., a high school principal. The policeman studied the photo of the little girls again. V The old man must have given the children good educations. On a shelf over the iron col, the policeman found a pair of bronzed infanl shoes and a bundle of letters held logelher wilh string. He pulled Ihe siring. A half- dozen snapshots fell lo Ihe floor. These were young family groups. On Ihe back, in a shaky hand, the old man had wrillen Ihe names and birlh- dales of grandchildren. The cop became interested.; >,. He read the letters. They were signed: "Love; Miriam." "Kisses, Jane." All of them had a common lone. Mailers were nol going well. One child had measles. A husband had lo pay for an aulomobile accident. The morlgage paymenls were heavy. "It is useless to come here. With my crazy Indians, you would have no privacy. II is best that you slay in Columbus." "You're nol young anymore, and it would be like having a fiflh child. . . " "Your Social Security should be more than enough." In Ihe hospital, the intern watched Ihe nurses wheel Ihe old man into Ihe emergency room. The big dome light revealed the old man for what he was — nothing. The doctor ordered oxygen. He yanked the blankets down to Ihe Irousers. He used Ihe stethoscope again. The young man listened for a long lime. "Forget it," he said softly. "He's gone." He ran his knowing Jingers over the cooling rib cage. He looked up in outrage. ' 'Who 'the hell starves lo dealh in a big city?" The nurse spoke softly. "Stay a minute, doctor," she said soflly. "I have to search his clothes for effects and I want you to watch." She frisked his trousers and found nothing. The sweater was flopping off the limp wrists. "Something," she said, feeling in a pocket. She pulled il out. II was a tiny wood pedestal wilh a miniature loving cup on top. It said: "To the 'World's Greatesl Dad". . . m Ttnijlrt's Friday Programs November 25 7:00 P.M. — CBS GUNTHER GEBEL-WILLIAMS: THE LORD OF THE RING — Special starring the current greatest performer of "The Greatest Show on Earth," Gunther Gebel-Williams. He is unchallenged as the lop circus animal trainer in history and the leading star ol Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus. 7:00 P.M. — NBC WINNIE THE POOH AND THE HONEY TREE — The whimsical antics of Pooh, "the bear of little brain," are illustrated as he seeks to satisfy his appetite for honey 8:00 P.M. — CBS ROLLING STONE... THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY — The special will reflect the attitudes and culture associated wilh rock and its audiences. Comedy skits, musical performances, interviews and animation provide an entertaining retrospective look at the phenomenal influence of this music as presented over the past decade on the pages of Rolling Stone magazine. 10:30 P.M. - CBS M-A-S-H — When Col. Blake is transferred to Tokyo, things get so desperate under the officious leadership of Maj. Burns that Hawkeye and Trapper John wrangle weekend passes, hoping they can convince Col. Blake to return. 11:00 P.M. — CBS KOJAK — "Kiss It All Goodbye." Alerted to a fur robbery, Crocker accidentally shoots a young woman crippling her for life. His guilt is intensified by the girl's unrelenting bitterness. 11:15 P.M.— ABC BARETTA — "Runway Cowboy." Baretta has gained evidence to bring a ruthless extortionist to trial only to discover that Ihe female judge trying the case — a dear friend of Baretta's — is the blackmailers latest victim who is being forced lo pay oil by ruling for an acquittal. Ch. 6 KTVC (CBS) Cti.UKGLDINBC) Ch. 13KUPKIABC) Public JV (In Ulysses and Johnson. cable-TV customers receive Denver'i public TV station on channel 10.) Friday Cable TV Channel 7 9:30 p.m. WALL STREET WEEK "Real Estate Investment Trusts" Louis Rukeyser welcomes Michael T. Oliver, Senior Real Estate Analyst, Alex, Brown &Sons. 10 p.m. NOVA "Linus Pauling: Crusading Scientist" This is the story of Linus Pauling, the only person ever to receive two unshared Nobel Prizes.