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Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan · Page 9

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THE DAILY GLOBE. Ironwood, Ml — Wednesday, Sept. 2,1998 Angry veterans ask questions Page 2 BySCOTT BAUER Associated Press Writer LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — World War II veteran John Swanda wants some answers. The 72-year-old who suffers from prostate cancer can't understand why the Lincoln Veterans Affairs Medical Center is closing its inpaticnt services unit. "I think it stinks," Swanda said. "I think they're giving the veterans a raw deal." He is not alone. Dozens of angry- veterans have packed town hall , meetings called by the VA since it announced last month that the Lincoln center will close its inpatient, services by the end of the year. The center will continue to operate as a clinic, able to treat patients not needing overnight stays. -*-/ The center in Lincoln, built in 1930, has 43,000 veterans in its service area — 15 counties in southeast Nebraska and four in northern Kansas. In fiscal year 1997. it served 7,221 veterans. Like the Grand Island (Neb.) VA Medical Center, the Lincoln center will contract for veterans' care with local hospitals. The VA center in Omaha will be the only one in Nebraska offering inpatient care. Contracting with private hospitals to provide inpatient services will become more common across the nation where it can improve care and save money, said Ken Kizer, Department of Veterans Affairs' undersecretary for health in Washington. In the past two years, five veterans' hospitals have gone through the process — including the two in Nebraska. The first was in Indianapolis, where one of two hospitals was closed and leased to the state for use as a psychiatric hospital. The other two were in Mile City, Mont., and Fort Lyon, Colo. In places like Grand Island where the change -already has taken place, veterans have said the new arrangement is actually better than before, according to Kizer. (Se®—VETERANS, Page 9) Iron County seniors invited to picnic All Iron County seniors are invited to a picnic Tuesday at the Iron County Aging Unit of Iron County. The picnic will be held outside, weather permitting, from 11 a.m. to. noon. The menu includes hamburgers, Polish sausage, salads, beverages and desserts for a suggested donation of $2. The Aging Unit is located at 308 Third Ave., Hurley. Transportation is available. Call 561-2108 for more information or to make reservations. Reservations are required and must be made by Friday. 'Guglie' still finds time to cut hair (Continued from Page 1) After entering some of his skiing accomplishments in "50-Plus Magazine, he received a new pair of skis, a ski pack sack and a tote bag. He also got himself on the cover of the national "NASTAR" magazine along with Certano. In 1994, the headaches came, his balanced was affected and he had to give up skiing. He has still been active, though. In addition to his exercising, he still cuts hair. "L used to cut hair at the Gogebic County jail. I would give 12 to 13 haircuts a night, but they cut that out, so now I cut hair at the Medical Care Facility in Wakefield and also go to shut-ins that can't make it to the barbershop. I still do that." 1 also fill in at Larry's (Rowoldt) Barbershop when h« goes on vacation," he added. RITA ADAMS Hurleygrad finds old photo Don Johnson, Jekyll Island, Ga., a graduate of Hurley High School, Class of .1947, wa^Jook- ing through an old copy (March 6, 1951) of the "Quonset Scout," a publication of the United States Naval Air- Station and came across a photo he thought would interest our readers. The March 6,1951, issue shows a photo of then Rita Adams and announces her engagement to William W. Brown who was attached to the USS Shenandoah. Adams, of the NAS Dispensary, was a native of Bessemer. Her future husband was from Macon, Ga. The late afternoon wedding was scheduled for March 20. The "Quonset Scout" was published by the Naval Air Station at Quonset Point, R.I. where Johnson was stationed ' at the time. He found the photo was gathering information for a reunion of his "old Navy squadron." Johnson said he never knew Adams. WHTA INSURANCE AGENCY The Name You 've Always Known and Trusted For All Your Insurance Needs (House - Auto - Health - Business) Offices at 400 Silver Street, Hurley, WI (Located as always on the corner of Silver Street and 4th Avenue) Ask for John Wiita (Bob} (715) 56!-4487 or Toll Free at (800) 236-2266 also located at Wiita and Stevens Insurance Agency Ask for Sue Stevens Hwy. 51, Minocqua, WI 715-358-2550 Retired couple serve as legislative interns By AMY UGNtTZ Associated Press Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — After they've traveled around the world, where's a retired Kansas couple to go next? For Orville and La Verne Cole, the answer was the state Capitol. In committee rooms and marble hallways, in the Statehouse library and the cramped office of Sen. Robert Tyson, the Coles are serving as interns, wearing pink badges usually worn by college students. Cole, 70, a retired attorney, helps Tyson translate the legal ese contained in the bill* that cross his desk. Mrs. Cole, 67, a former teacher, attends committee meetings, pores over newspaper clippings, proofreads and runs errands. They help Tyson sort through issues and prepare a draft of his newsletter. "I feel that at my age, with the legal experience I've had, if there was anything I can do up here, I have an obligation to do it," Cole said. After Cole retired, the couple campaigned for Tyson, and then became involved in rails-to-trails and other local issues. They share Tyson's conservative philosophy. Tyson thought he could ,use their help in Topeka, the state capital. "I said, 'If you can help, with your experience in reading and interpreting law, it would be invaluable up here to me,"* Tyson- said. The Coles, who had just re- turned from a trip to Vietnam' last fall, had no winter travel plans. And gardening wouldn't start for months. So they agreed to assist Tyson. The Coles live in a rented apartment. They rise at 6 a.m. and stay up working until 10 or llp.m. "The work they have up here is overwhelming," Cole said. "Lobbyists buttonholing them every time they turn around, piles of paperwork." "I was a critic until I got up here and saw what was going on," Cole said. "It's a sacrifice for these people to be here. You take three months off from your job, then work like a dbg for 15 hours a day. You have to really want to be here to put up with that." The Coles also learned that legislative progress comes through compromise. That's the biggest difficulty for ua, because we're so' opinionated," Mrs. Cole said. "You don't get everything you want. But something gets through, somewhere along the way, hopefully." After reading and interpreting Kansas statutes for decades, Cole is also seeing the other aide of the lawmaking process. And he doesn't like what he sees. "Our laws are too complicated," Cole said. "Most are incomprehensible to lawyers, let alone the laymen who are in the legislature." (S«e—RETIRED, Page 8) Daily Globe comic strips are fun! Care by People Who Care. Our Dedicated Team Of Health Care Professionals Are Committed To Those We Serve. Come Visit Us. Health & Rehabilitation Center _.. (71 5)r 561-3200 aHba

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