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GOLF COURSE RESPONSE TO THE EDITOR:
August 3, 1991
I would like to offer a few comments in response to your editorial concerning the efforts to build a new municipal golf course in Lawrence. First of all, you seem to question the need for a new course as we already have “a fine facility.” One cannot argue that Lawrence is fortunate to have that facility, however, in the 10 years I have lived and golfed in Lawrence, the number of players has increased dramatically as has the need for an additional facility. One just has to visit our current public course on any day of the week to see that it is at a saturation level.
SOME NCAA RULES PLACE ATHLETES IN FINANCIAL MESS
August 3, 1991
Isn’t the NCAA sometimes a little too puritan for its own good? More important, for the good of the student athletes the agency is supposed to serve? Unless you’ve been on a gun-toting, bank-robbing, cliff-diving binge with Thelma and Louise, you know the answer. But let’s explore it a bit. Suppose a Kansas basketball player being redshirted works out with the squad a couple days before Christmas but isn’t due to make the trip with the Jayhawks over the holidays because Roy Williams has a 12-man active roster.
FOURTH FINANCIAL PLANS TO REDUCE WORKFORCE
August 3, 1991
Fourth Financial Corp., the holding company that owns the Bank IV banks across Kansas, has announced plans to reduce its workforce by 11 percent, or 250 full-time employees, over the next six months. The staffing reduction will be accomplished through the combination of an early retirement plan, attrition and job eliminations from the consolidation of operations, according to a statement released Friday.
COMMISSIONER URGES BURNING CAUTION
August 3, 1991
Douglas County is so dry that conditions are ripe for accidental fires, Douglas County Commissioner Louie McElhaney said today. He said a ban on burning might be necessary.
SOME NCAA RULES PLACE ATHLETES IN FINANCIAL MESS
August 3, 1991
Isn’t the NCAA sometimes a little too puritan for its own good? More important, for the good of the student athletes the agency is supposed to serve? Unless you’ve been on a gun-toting, bank-robbing, cliff-diving binge with Thelma and Louise, you know the answer. But let’s explore it a bit. Suppose a Kansas basketball player being redshirted works out with the squad a couple days before Christmas but isn’t due to make the trip with the Jayhawks over the holidays because Roy Williams has a 12-man active roster.
FOURTH FINANCIAL PLANS TO REDUCE WORKFORCE
August 3, 1991
Fourth Financial Corp., the holding company that owns the Bank IV banks across Kansas, has announced plans to reduce its workforce by 11 percent, or 250 full-time employees, over the next six months. The staffing reduction will be accomplished through the combination of an early retirement plan, attrition and job eliminations from the consolidation of operations, according to a statement released Friday.
ACADEMICS AND SECURITY
August 3, 1991
How sad that trends in our society demand so much time, effort and money be devoted to security on a campus like Kansas University’s rather than channeling such funds and energies into more productive veins. The KU student body vice president, Alan Lowden, says campus safety has become a big part of his “personal agenda.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get back, or ahead, to a time when other projects could command his attention, and that of others who are just as concerned about crime and violence in and around Mount Oread?
GOLF COURSE RESPONSE TO THE EDITOR:
August 3, 1991
I would like to offer a few comments in response to your editorial concerning the efforts to build a new municipal golf course in Lawrence. First of all, you seem to question the need for a new course as we already have “a fine facility.” One cannot argue that Lawrence is fortunate to have that facility, however, in the 10 years I have lived and golfed in Lawrence, the number of players has increased dramatically as has the need for an additional facility. One just has to visit our current public course on any day of the week to see that it is at a saturation level.
VANCE
August 3, 1991
(Kansas University sports information director Doug Vance is working at the Pan American Games as a press officer. Here are excerpts from a letter he sent home after spending four days in Havana): This has been a wild experience. I have somehow survived the heat and intense humidity, the total lack of air conditioning, the lack of hot water for shaving and showering, the dirt and large bugs and, worst of all, the lack of toilet seats. We have none in the village.
ATHLETES OFF AND RUNNING
August 3, 1991
Kansas University basketball legend Danny Manning starred at the opening ceremonies of the Sunflower State Games here Friday night. “The jagged edge of competition will bring out the best in you,” Manning told a crowd of about 600 at South Park.
CITY READY FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET
August 3, 1991
The Lawrence City Commission can make final cuts to its 1992 budget during its meeting next week, but most commissioners expect few changes to a document that proposes a 1-percent increase in spending and a 2-mill increase in the property tax rate. The commission will meet at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday in its meeting room, city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts. A public hearing on the budget will begin at about 7:30 p.m.
JACK W. BULLOCK
August 3, 1991
A Mass of Christian burial for Jack “John” William Bullock, 66, Ozawkie, will be said at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Bullock died Friday, Aug. 2, 1991, at a Topeka hospital.
TEACHERS, BOARD SETTLE SALARY IMPASSE
August 3, 1991
It took nearly nine hours of non-stop negotiating and the help of a mediator, but Lawrence school board and teacher representatives on Friday reached a tentative agreement on 1991-92 teacher salaries. Negotiators agreed to a 4.3 percent total increase over last year’s salary package. Specifically, the agreement calls for a 1.9 increase to reward longevity and professional development and a 2.4 percent increase in the base salary.
MAUPINTOUR ROLLS AT NBC
August 3, 1991
With nine RBIs coming from their seventh- and eighth-place hitters, Lawrence’s Maupintour Travellers crushed the St. Louis O.B. Clarks, 17-3, Friday in the first round of the National Baseball Congress World Series. Shortstop David Soult had a grand slam, a triple, two singles and five RBI and catcher Garry Schmidt drove in four more runs with a home run, a triple and a single.
SUNFLOWER STATE GAMES UNDER WAY
August 3, 1991
Bill and Travis Stallard didn’t need to shoot a 62. A 92 would have been just fine. The father and son team from Wamego, in fact, would have won their division in Sunflower State Games golf just by showing up.
JESS W. EMERY
August 3, 1991
Services for Jess William Emery, 73, Tonganoxie, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Petersen officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Parsons. Mr. Emery died Friday, Aug. 2, 1991, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
SATURDAY COLUMN
August 3, 1991
Several news reports the past several weeks should help local residents and loyal Kansas University friends realize just how well KU is doing and what the school means to the betterment and future of Kansas. Earlier this week, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, written by Edward Fiske, education editor for the New York Times, rated KU as a “four-star” academic institution. KU was the only Big Eight Conference school receiving this rating. Only six state universities received a higher, “five-star” rating.
HEALTH CARE REFORM IS TOP AARP PRIORITY
August 3, 1991
A local man active in the American Association of Retired Persons supports that group’s drive for comprehensive health care reform in the United States. Larry Heeb, state coordinator for AARP’s citizen representation program, recently attended a four-day seminar about the need for health care reform and problems with the U.S. health care system.
HEALTH CARE REFORM IS TOP AARP PRIORITY
August 3, 1991
A local man active in the American Association of Retired Persons supports that group’s drive for comprehensive health care reform in the United States. Larry Heeb, state coordinator for AARP’s citizen representation program, recently attended a four-day seminar about the need for health care reform and problems with the U.S. health care system.
COMMISSIONER URGES BURNING CAUTION
August 3, 1991
Douglas County is so dry that conditions are ripe for accidental fires, Douglas County Commissioner Louie McElhaney said today. He said a ban on burning might be necessary.
CITY READY FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET
August 3, 1991
The Lawrence City Commission can make final cuts to its 1992 budget during its meeting next week, but most commissioners expect few changes to a document that proposes a 1-percent increase in spending and a 2-mill increase in the property tax rate. The commission will meet at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday in its meeting room, city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts. A public hearing on the budget will begin at about 7:30 p.m.
OUR FLOOD OF LAWYERS
August 3, 1991
Vice President Dan Quayle speaks for many Americans when he says, as he did just recently in Atlanta, that there is a need for sweeping changes in the nation’s legal system, including strict limits on money awarded in personal injury lawsuits. Understandably, Quayle was met by a less-than-sympathetic audience at the American Bar Assn.’s national convention, and ABA President John J. Curtin Jr. delivered an immediate rebuttal.
DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS
August 3, 1991
Two new studies point out that death rates among heart bypass patients vary depending on the surgeon, the hospital and the number of cardiac procedures done by the hospital. Why is this finding a jolt to anyone? Heart bypass surgery has become one of the more faddish developments of our era. There is considerable evidence that a lot of people who are getting bypasses don’t really need them, and that doctors are doing bypasses because they are so popular, and can be very lucrative. But even more significant and dangerous is that so many doctors and hospitals are getting into the field without the proper training and background.
STEAM POWERS MCLOUTH FESTIVAL
August 3, 1991
Pulling off a tarp, Doug “Clutch” McQuitty unveils one of his most prized possessions, an 80-year-old hand-made model of a steam-powered tractor and threshing machine. “It was a model built in 1911 by Cliff Steffey, of Nortonville, Kansas,” says McQuitty, who tells onlookers the model actually works.
RESERVE BAND TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS
August 3, 1991
U.S. troops arriving home from the Persian Gulf war have been greeted by parades, celebrations and patriotic music. And on several of those emotional occasions, Paul Gray and his Army Reserve Band have been there to help provide the welcome home, including an eventful one last spring.
BENGTSON MAKES FINAL
August 3, 1991
Andy Bengtson has treasured the gold medal he won in the inaugural edition of the Sunflower State Games. On Friday at the Allen Fieldhouse courts, he put himself in position to win another one in the Games’ sophomore season. Bengtson, a Lawrence High sophomore-to-be, earned a berth in today’s gold-medal round in the 16-and-under tennis competition.
RESERVE BAND TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS
August 3, 1991
U.S. troops arriving home from the Persian Gulf war have been greeted by parades, celebrations and patriotic music. And on several of those emotional occasions, Paul Gray and his Army Reserve Band have been there to help provide the welcome home, including an eventful one last spring.
HOSPITAL REPORT
August 3, 1991
DISMISSALS Wilma Vaughn, Lawrence.