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TlSalina T 1 1 he Journal Home Edition — 25 Cents Salina, Kansas FRIDAY April 5,1985 114th year — No. 95—20 Pages Craig Chandler Jackie Lanoue (left), Joyce Jeffrey and Royalyn Voss rehearse for the Passion play at St. John's Lutheran Church. Wesleyan Chorale will perform "Passion' Members of the Kansas Wesleyan Chorale will perform the "Passion according to St. Matthew" at 12:10 p.m. today in St. John's Lutheran Church. The performance will mark the 400th anniversary of composer Heinrich Schutz's birth. It will replace the regular Good Friday observance at most Salina churches. The performance is sponsored by the Salina Ministerial Alliance. "Rather than each church hav- ing individual services, we wanted something that all the people in Salina could share," said chorale director James F. Rodde. The chorale specializes in madrigals. But it also performs a variety of sacred and secular works by master composers. "This is kind of an offshoot for us because it is a major work," Rodde said. "Passion according to Matthew" is one of four passions Schutz wrote near the end of his life. "Schutz was the leading church composer of baroque music during his time," Rodde said. "He wrote in a variety of different styles. "At first he was writing quite large works, but after the Thirty Years War he was writing for smaller choral groups." "Passion according to St. Matthew" is excerpted from the New Testament. Rodde said it was taken from the book of Matthew and ends at the entombment of Jesus. The performance will last about 40 minutes. Members of the Salina Community Theatre will speak the parts of Jesus, Judas, Peter, Pilate and others in the passion. Chorale members will sing the crowd's reply. Carlin vetoes death penalty Marquette considers leaving school district By BRENT BATES Staff Writer MARQUETTE — They have sustained blow after blow in their fight to keep a high school, but several residents of Marquette said Thursday they are not down for the count. Between 200 and 300 townspeople crowded into the high school gymnasium, Wednesday night to consider ways to retain a high school in this McPherson County town of about 600 residents. Steve Piper, a spokesman for the group, said Marquette residents generally agreed their only option was to get out of the Smoky Valley School District. He said several Marquette property owners plan to submit a letter to the'Smoky Valley board asking that area property be transferred to an adjoining district, either Ell-Saline or Little River. If their request is denied, the group plans to file a petition with the county election officer asking that the Smoky Valley district be disorganized, he said. "We unanimously decided to continue the fight and save our school and ultimately save our town," Piper said. "The people were discouraged, upset, angry, but the main mood was determination. "We'll continue to try to get our school back, but we don't see any chance of getting our high school back by staying in the district," he said. Dale Dennis, assistant commissioner of education for the Kansas Board of Education, said both the Smoky Valley district and the school district that would receive the Marquette area property would have to agree to the move. If the boards could not agree, the Ell-Saline or Little River districts could petition the state board of education for the transfer of property. After a public hearing, the board would decide whether to grant the transfer, he said. Scott Johnson, Marquette, said he is confident that if residents sucess- fully withdraw from the Smoky Valley District, a new school could be built in Marquette. Marquette lost its combined grade and high school last summer when the 66-year-old structure was condemned by the state fire marshal. . • Johnson said he hoped a district's gain in property tax revenue from additional property would offset the cost of building a new school. Both Kenneth Berndt, president of the Ell-Saline School Board, and Ed Case, president of the Little,River School Board, declined to speculate whether their boards would be interested in accepting the Marquette area into their districts. Disorganization of a school district by petition is rare, Dennis said, adding he could not recall such an instance. To disorganize a district, patrons must present a petition with the signatures of at least 20 percent of the voters casting ballots in the last election. If the petition is declared valid, an election would be conducted to vote on the disorganization, he said. "There have been votes, but they never pass," Dennis said. In January, a bond issue that was to fund construction of a new high school was rejected by Smoky Valley School District voters. The board then agreed to establish a district-wide high school at Lindsborg and ask voters to approve a new grade school at Marquette. Voters approved that construction plan Tuesday by 100 votes. In Marquette, where many residents were holding out for a high school, the bond issue was rejected, 494-28. Marquette residents in February initiated a movement to recall three school board members who voted for the district-wide school. But on Tuesday, the recall petitions were ruled invalid by a Harvey County judge. Piper said residents still are considering appealing that decision. "I would say we are in a fighting mood," said Johnson, vice president of the Marquette Farmers State Bank. "The high school has been a part of our lives. We feel like our kids are getting an education here that is a quality education. "We're not trying to be vicious. We're just fighting for what we believe in," he said. School board president Walden Peterson, Lindsborg, said he was hopeful that any hard feelings between the two communities can be overcome and that the board can concentrate on educating students. "I am optimistic that things eventually will work out," said Peterson, who grew up in Marquette. "These communities have to have time to heal and be brought together... It's going to take time." However, Johnson said the gap between the two communities might already be too wide. Today Today is Friday, April 5, the 95th day of 1985. There are 270 days left in the year. This is Good Friday. 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 11-13 Weather 9 Weather KANSAS - Partly cloudy west today, with a chance of morning showers east and cooler with the highs in the 50s. Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday with lows tonight in the 30s and highs Saturday in the mid-50s to mid-60s. Reagan won't back down contra aid WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan has changed his strategy for getting aid for anti-government guerrillas in Nicaragua, but the hard-line message for the Sandinista government is still the same: "Say Uncle." He hopes to create a situation where the Sandinista government has 60 days to give in to American demands, or face new American funding for the guerrillas known as "contras." Some $14 million is at stake. Since Congress resisted voting the funds directly, it is hard to imagine the lawmakers succumbing to the new strategy unless lawmakers were already looking for an excuse to approve the funds. But in a remark that could prove highly significant — and controversial — Reagan made clear that even if Congress rejects his plan, he expects to find some way to continue helping the contras, which are largely a creation of his administration and the CIA. "We are not going to quit and walk away from them no matter Analysis what happens," he said Thursday. While Reagan said the United States must give the same support for democracy in Nicaragua as it did in El Salvador, the strategy applies a different logic to Nicaragua. Until recently, the administration resisted demands for talks between the government and rebels in El Salvador, insisting the rebels shouldn't be allowed to "shoot their way" into power. But it takes the position that the rebels in Nicaragua should be rewarded with a place at the negotiating table. Reagan's strong-arm public demands for change in Nicaragua also involves different logic than he has used on other occasions, such as in justifying his administration's quiet diplomatic approach toward South Africa. Although .Congress had approved $80 million for the contras since 1981, it cut off funding last year. The majority of the representatives concluded the United States had no business trying to topple an internationally recognized government just because the administration didn't like it. Reagan had lobbied hard for the $14 million in the new session, insisting the contras were freedom fighters and that the United States was morally obligated to support them. But he was told on Wednesday by the House Republican leader, Rep. Robert H. Michel of Illinois, that the House wouldn't go along. His new strategy is to convince Congress to approve the $14 million for humanitarian purposes for the guerrillas, for food, clothing and the like, but with the proviso that all restrictions would be lifted if the Sandinistas and the contras didn't negotiate a peace formula in 60 days. Lifting of restrictions, of course, means the money could — and surely would — be spent on arms aid. TOPEKA (AP) - For the fourth time since taking office in 1979, Gov. John Carlin Thursday vetoed a bill to reinstate the death penalty in Kansas. The governor! said he remains I "convinced that capital punishment is not the answer to averting violent] crime." Speaker Mike Carlin Hayden said the House, which originated the measure and passed it 7846 on Feb. 14, would vote Monday on a motion to override the veto. However, the speaker said he did not think the effort would succeed. He estimated there are 80 votes to override, and it takes 84 for the required two-thirds majority. Sen. Edward F. Reilly Jr., R-Leavenworth, a leading advocate in the Senate for reinstatement of capital punishment, said he thought he might garner the 27 votes needed to override in the Senate if the House can override. However, it passed the Senate by just a 24-16 margin last Monday. The bill's primary sponsor, Rep. Clyde Graeber, R-Leavenworth, said he felt House supporters owed it to the people who want the death penalty returned in Kansas to try to override. He declined to speculate whether the veto could be overridden. Kansas had the death penalty — by hanging — until a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down all state capital punishment laws. The last executions in this state were in 1965. The state dismantled its gallows at the Lansing penitentiary in 1971. The bill Carlin vetoed would have imposed death by lethal injection in cases of premeditated murders and deaths that occurred in kidnappings and rapes. Aggravating circumstances spelled out in the bill that might warrant imposition of the death penalty would include having a prior murder conviction, creating great risk of death to more than one person, killing someone for money or hiring someone to kill another person or killing someone during aggravated sodomy. Carlin acknowledged in his veto message that a majority of the public in Kansas wants the death penalty. "I am well aware of the public support for capital punishment," Carlin wrote. "I would, however, respectfully suggest that a considerable amount of that support would wane if the public were personally involved in the decision to end another's life. "I simply cannot support a measure, that is far from perfect, to take another's life." The Democratic governor said the concept of capital punishment is imperfect because it's irreversible and there are no guarantees it will be applied with accuracy. "Mistakes have been made. Mistakes can be made again. Our judicial system is not error-free. The innocent have been convicted. If we mistakenly execute an individual, we cannot restore that life. "Is that person any less an innocent victim of a violent act than those who die at the hands of murderers? Are we any less guilty of violence, as a society, than are those who commit premeditated murder? "Until we can escape our human fallibility and guarantee equitable and error-free application of this form of punishment, we cannot even consider authorizing its use." Nobody was surprised by Carlin's veto, because he had vetoed similar bills in 1979, 1980 and 1981 - his first three years in office. His second four-year term will end in January 1987. "All indications were he would veto the bill," said Graeber. "But I am disappointed, because polls have showed that 84 percent of the citizens of the nation and 70 percent of the citizens of our state suppprt reinstatement. Former Senate President Ross Doyen, R-Concordia, another strong death penalty advocate, said, "I can't wait until January '87 gets here." However, others who agree with Carlin were pleased. Budget package would cut spending by $300 billion By The New York Times WASHINGTON - Senate Republican leaders and the Reagan administration reached an agreement Thursday on a budget package that would reduce projected spending by $52 billion in the next fiscal year and by almost $300 billion over three years. The package,! which President! Reagan approved! Thursday morn-1 ing, would reduce! the projected $227 billion deficit to $175 billion in| 1986. It includes significant compromises by both the ministration and the Dole Reagan ad- Senate Republican leadership. Basically, the president agreed to halve his requested increase for the Pentagon and to drop his opposition to any limit or freeze in Social Security increases. In exchange, the senators agreed to eliminate many domestic programs and restructure others that the Senate Budget Committee had sought to save. The package still has "a long way to go," Bob Dole, the Senate majority leader, said Thursday afternoon. He plans to bring the package, which he called a "starting point," to the Senate floor the week of April •22. As the agreement was announced, some senators said that they would offer amendments for even smaller increases in the military budget, block some of the domestic spending cuts and defeat the proposed Social Security cut. Major elements in the package include these: • A 3 percent increase in the mili- tary budget on top of an increase to make up for inflation in 1986, 1987 and 1988. • A 2 percent cost-of-living increase for Social Security and other benefit and pension programs in 1986, 1987 and 1988, even if inflation is higher. However, recipients would get an additional increase to match the amount of inflation over 4 percent if the inflation rate rose . that high. The saving is $2.8 billion in 1986 and $20.8 billion over three years. • Termination, either immediate or gradual, of 17 domestic programs. Those include Amtrak, rural housing, operating subsidies for mass transit, revenue sharing for cities, the Job Corps, Urban Development Action Grants, the postal subsidy, the Small Business Administration, community services and direct loans from the Export-Import Bank. The saving is $7.4 billion in 1986 and $40.9 billion over three years. • Reductions in Medicare, the health care program for the elderly, including an increase in the premium recipients pay for doctor care and a freeze on reimbursements to physicians and hospitals. The projected Medicare saving is $4 billion in 1986 and $18.4 billion over three years. The Medicaid saving is $750 million in 1986 and $4.8 billion over three years. • Cuts, which are not detailed, in farm price support and credit programs. They total about $3 billion in 1986 and $14.9 billion over three years. • Proposed reductions in student loan programs fall between the $500 million in savings proposed by the administration and the $200 million saving proposed by the Senate Budget Committee.

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