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June 16, 1990
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, albeit 5-4, that flag-burning is not a punishable offense, and one good suggestion is that the issue be put aside at least for now. Thus, would-be camera hogs and headline-makers will lose their chance to get attention with silly, repulsive and unacceptable activities. That won’t happen, of course, because a constitutional amendment is to be considered in Congress, and extremists of all types, ultra-liberals, rednecks, blue-collars, and all the colors of philosophies in between, will try to exploit this to the fullest.
POOR DISPLAY
June 16, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: This letter is prompted by Tuesday night’s theatrics at the city commission meeting. While it is unfortunate that it took longer than two years for Allen Realty to get their demolition permit approved, justice seems to have finally been done in the matter. That, however, is not the topic of this letter.
THE MATTER OF CHOICE
June 16, 1990
One can hear a great deal of debate these days about whether a person has the right to determine when he or she should die. It is interesting, however, to note that much of the oratory about the importance of prolonging life at all costs is emitted by younger people, and that older citizens who have had more reasons and more chances to ponder the dilemma lean the other way. The issue has been brought more forcefully into the spotlight of late because of the case of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who invented a so-called suicide machine which releases a dose of lethal drugs at the press of a button. A woman, Janet Adkins, at her own request, used the Kevorkian device to end her life, feeling that Alzheimer’s Disease and its inroads gave her justification to do so. Simply, she selected death over suffering.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT
June 16, 1990
Dear Editor: For years, a controversy existed in Lawrence because some artists and craftspeople felt they were unjustly omitted from entering the annual “Art in the Park.” Part of their complaint was that there were no alternative arts and crafts shows in the local area that they could enter to show and sell their works of art. Caught up in the hype, I decided to promote the Jayhawk Arts and Crafts Festival. Last August, I coordinated for 296 exhibitors in South Park. Needless to say, the artists and craftspeople that complained the loudest that there were not enough local shows, did not enter their exhibits. Maybe these crafters have complained over the years just because it is part of their general nature.
CITY SHOULD TUNE IN
June 16, 1990
Dear Editor: I suggest that the city commissioners take time to view videotape of a previous Tuesday night meeting such as the June 12 meeting. Surely they would be convinced why very few people look at these lengthy discussions on a single issue.
LABOSKY TAKES JAVELIN CROWN
June 16, 1990
Kansas’ Vince Labosky uncorked a career best throw of 261-3 and won the javelin competition at the Mobil Outdoor track and field championships here Friday. Labosky’s previous best throw was 256-0 at the NCAA Outdoor two weeks ago.
SATURDAY COLUMN
June 16, 1990
The deadline has passed for candidates to file for elective office in Kansas for the upcoming election and now the office seekers will be doing their utmost to encourage voters to support their candidacies in the August primary and November general elections. However, too few of the candidates will be voicing their own sincere thoughts on many matters. The challenge is to get elected, not necessarily shoot straight with the public.
PARK PLAN AT CITY HALL FOR REVIEW
June 16, 1990
A preliminary plan for a city park in southeast Lawrence is available for public review, a city official says. Fred DeVictor, director of the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, said that Landplan Engineering has completed the preliminary plan for a park in the Chaparral Park Subdivision. The plans can be seen during business hours Monday through Friday in the Parks and Recreation Department office on the fourth floor of city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
FLOSSIE E. SPIELMAN
June 16, 1990
Services for Flossie Ethel Spielman, 78, Baldwin, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kirby Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Burlingame Community Cemetery. Mrs. Spielman died Thursday at the home of a son in rural Baldwin.
T REPLACE RIGGINS
June 16, 1990
Whatever happened to … ? “Can it be 4 years now since John Riggins bowed low to the crowd and exited stage door left?” So asks Christine Brennan of the Washington Post. She adds, “Four and a half years and … what? George Rogers, Timmy Smith, Jamie Morris, Gerland Riggs, Earnest Byner, James Wilder. Can it be 4 years, and still no replacement for John Riggins?”
ECONOMIC GROUP HONORS LAWRENCE
June 16, 1990
Lawrence is the winner of the 1990 Community Achievement Award for Economic Development. The award was presented Friday by the Kansas Cavalry, an organization that promotes economic development in the state.
HEALTH CARE COST CALLED NO. 1 ISSUE
June 16, 1990
U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Topeka, and State Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, told members of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce on Friday that the cost of health care is going to be the No. 1 issue of the 1990s. “It isn’t just a health care issue,” Winter said of skyrocketing health insurance rates. “It steals from our abilities to fund other areas.”
S BOTT GAINS POST
June 16, 1990
Lynn Bott, director of Kansas University’s sports medicine program, has been elected public relations director for the Mid-American Athletic Trainers Assn. Bott assumed his duties at the district business meeting at the National Athletic Trainers Assn. meeting this week in Indianapolis.
ANCHOR SAVINGS SALE REPORTED
June 16, 1990
A Kansas City business publication has reported that the Fourth Financial Corp., the state’s largest bank holding company, has emerged as the successful bidder for the $565.8 million Anchor Federal Savings Assn., headquartered in Kansas City, Kan. However, a local Anchor official and Fourth Financial Corp. officials in Wichita, all said this morning that they could not comment on the report, which appeared in the Kansas City Business Journal’s weekly edition that was distributed Friday.
DRUG TEST POLICY TO BE DISCUSSED
June 16, 1990
Some prospective county employees would be required to take a drug test before they’re hired, under a proposed policy Douglas County commissioners will discuss Monday. The policy would require pre-employment drug screening for final applicants for certain positions in the county ambulance service and sheriff’s office in addition to community corrections.
FOR THE RECORD
June 16, 1990
Law enforcement report District court
SLATTERY EXPLAINS HIS OPPOSITION TO AMENDMENT ON FLAG-BURNING
June 16, 1990
Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., says people in other countries have trouble understanding why Americans are willing to fight and die to defend their neighbor’s right to do something, even if they don’t agree with it. Slattery used this idea when he talked of his opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban the burning of the American flag.
RECYCLING EFFORTS
June 16, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: I observed in the Journal-World, sometime during the week of June 3, that curbside pickup of recyclable materials was to resume that week. I gingerly hauled sacks of bottles and cans to the curb with the hope that I was making a small contribution to the conservation of natural resources and helping to reduce the spread of solid waste dumps, but my little collection sat lonesome and forlorn until carried back to the garage on Saturday morning without reaching their destination. I strongly hope that this program can be revived either under the direct efforts of the city or the selection and contracting by the city of a dependable contractor.
OFFICIAL NAME-CALLING
June 16, 1990
To the Editor: In this time of greater awareness for our environment and all people and animals that live within it, I find it truly amazing that the governor and attorney general of our state have resorted to adolescent name-calling against people whose opinions differ from theirs. I refer, of course, to the labeling of puppy mill opponents in California as “bozos from California.”
LACK OF CITY PRIDE
June 16, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: After the city commission’s June 12 meeting, the writing is on the wall. With Bob Schumm no longer mayor and Mike Rundle considering a change, the Lawrence City Commission is fast losing its heart and soul.
PRITCHARD REMAINS IN LIMBO ON DRAFT
June 16, 1990
Kevin Pritchard holds a question-and-answer session with youngsters at the conclusion of each of his summer basketball camp sessions. “By far the one that is most frequent is `Where are you gonna go in the NBA draft?”’ the former Kansas University point guard related. “I tell them `I have no idea.”’
ELVA CURRANT
June 16, 1990
Services for Elva Currant, 79, rural Lawrence, are pending at the Rumsey Funeral Home. Ms. Currant died Friday at an Ottawa hopsital. She was born Dec. 22, 1910.
CANDIDATE PROMOTES EXPERIENCE AS ASSET
June 16, 1990
Years of administrative experience and an established working relationship with government officials across Kansas are assets that Eric Rucker says make him a good candidate for state treasurer. The Republican candidate, originally from Herington but now living in Topeka, came to Lawrence on Friday to “touch base with politicians and business leaders and people in the investment community.”
SHE TRAVELS A LONG WAY TO KU CAMP
June 16, 1990
Blanka Bednarz traveled a long way to participate in this year’s Midwestern Music Camp at Kansas University. Bednarz, a 16-year-old student from Poznan, Poland, joined about 370 students at the camp this week. She’s in Lawrence to attend the high school music session, but because of the distance, she’s staying for the long haul six weeks.
STORMS LEFT MARK AT LAKE
June 16, 1990
Storms that tore through the area Thursday and Friday used Clinton Lake as a target, causing extensive damage at the lake marina. Workers at the Clinton Marina even think a tornado might have struck there, based on the damage the storm left behind.
ABANDONED PETS
June 16, 1990
Dear Editor: I have some thoughts about the person(s) who abandoned a black and white spotted dog on a gravel road outside of town about 6:30 p.m. June 6.