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25 years ago: Sen. Dole goes to bat for displaced Lawrence resident

July 11, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 11, 1987:

  • Concern about the plight of Michael Fargo, soon to be evicted from his federally-subsidized Lawrence apartment because he had been doing freelance computer work at home, had reached the federal level. In a letter to HUD Secretary Samuel Pierce Jr., U.S. Sen. Bob Dole insisted on being given a full explanation of why Fargo was being evicted, saying that he had been unable to get a satisfactory answer from HUD's regional office in Kansas City. Dole questioned whether the eviction was "in keeping with the stated administration goals to encourage severely disabled individuals like Mr. Fargo to work and hopefully move off of the Social Security rolls."
  • U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery today told reporters that it would be a "tough sale" to get federal legislation passed which would acquire more funds for Haskell Indian Junior College. However, in spite of the belt-tightening going on in Washington, Slattery said it was likely that the institution would be getting financial relief soon. Under a Slattery bill, Haskell was in line to receive about $1.2 million in 1988 to repair campus buildings. The bill also would prohibit the $850 annual tuition charge proposed earlier this year by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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