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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 10, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 331 Kokomo Ind Wednesday Aug Weapons are drawn Senate battle begins over health reform COUNTDOWN TO WASHINGTON AP The battle lines over health reform are being drawn in the Senate with Democrats saying every American deserves guaranteed care and Republicans warning of damage to the worlds best health system Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell opened the debate Tues day evening with a litany of horror sto ries about the prob lems of Americas 39 million unin sured and others struggling with soaring medical costs Why is our soci ety willing to allow people to experi ence the degrada tion of begging for care after a lifetime of work and per sonal responsibili ty Mitchell demanded There are people in great need in rejoined Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole but the problem is figuring out how to help those people without damaging the greatest health care system in the Borrowing a line from Ross Perot Dole said Were going to kick the tires and look under the hood to discover whether or not this is really a new plan or if if s the Clinton plan with a new coat of paint and rolled back odome Dole threw his own 619page bill in the legislative hopper It would outlaw many current insurance practices ana offer sub sidies to people up to 150 percent of the poverty line but avoid new taxes or any requirement for busi nesses to pay for insurance Doles fellow Kansas Republican Sen Nancy Kasse baum voiced alarm at the byzantine new government regulations in Mitchells health plan including a cumbersome system for states to decide who qualifies for the subsidies Caution is in she said We might do well to hold off enacting sweeping reforms we do not yet under stand long enough to see what kind of health care system emerges from the current market But Sen Edward Kennedy E said Americans have wait ed long enough for guaranteed health insurance We rtjMre put it off for too many years he said Kennedy warned that the pow erful vested interests will stop at nothing to scare the American people into rejecting any real Greg Hoppes a local Habitat for Humanity volunteer uses materials donated by KokomoHoward County Sesqui centennial Celebration Inc to buHd a roofat7tl S Purdum St Tuesday Tribune photo by Tim Bath Celebration raises the roof The actual dollar value of lumber donated to local Habitat for Humanity by the group which recently staged a sesquicentennial his torical pageant here is roughly But one volunteer for Habitat a group which builds and renovates lowincome the lumbers worth is actually doubled This completely eliminated our outof pocket expense for a whole half of a said Greg Hoppes a Habitat for Humanity volunteer When you look at it in the proper perspective ifs actually doubled in value because we dont have to spend the money on mat project So we can use it for another Materials which once formed the backdrop of thvhistorical pageant On the Banks of the Wildcat during last months Kokomo Howard County sesquicentennial celebration are now being used to build roofs on Habitat for Humanity homes The underneath side of a roof in one home currently under construc tion at 711 S Purdum Street shows die red white and blue of the pageant stage But once you put drywall oh the ceiling you wont be able to see The lumber was donated by Kokomo Howard County Sesquicentenrual Celebra tion Inc as a way to keep the celebration in the community said Kelly Thompson co chair of the event Nothing went to waste thaf s the great thing about this she said J Can labor deliver the votes to Jontz Lugar has more money in bank ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer and The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS Democrat Jim Jontz has the big names in organized labor the AFLCIO the auto workers the Teamsters in his camp in his bid to unseat Sen Richard Lugar But winning over the rankand file whose leadership issues politi cal endorsements has proven tougher for Democratic candi dates At least six labor political action committees including machin ists teachers auto workers and sheetmetal workers already have given the Jontz campaignthe yearly maximum of according to finance reports on file at the State Election Board National labor organizations have political treasuries wealthy enough to offer considerable sup port for incumbents who vote their way on key issues or for challengers who promise to They do a pretty good job of delivering funds in support through James Dworkm a Purdue University labor relations expert said Tuesday And labor represents votes if it can deliver State AFLCIO president Chuck Deppert says the labor organiza tion represents members in affiliated unions Other unions represent more Indiana workers he said We owe Richard Lugar from a long time Deppert said after categorizing a long list of anti labor votes the Republican senator has cast in his 18year Senate career United Auto Workers Local 292 which represents hourly workers and retirees at Delco Electronics came out in support of Jontz about three months ago Local 292 President Coy Riley said while theres no way to be sure every member will vote with the unions candidate Lugars probig labor voting record is no secret members Thats how many Id like to see support who can say Riley said Lugars been in there for all these years and had all this time to try and do things at least once in a while for labor and it hasnt Although Jontz is considered a longshot at this point Riley said the union will not give up and give in to politically befriending Lugar I dont see mat were beat Riley said Despite labors financial clout Jontz still has only a fraction of Lugars money in the bank at the end of June the most uptodate report available Deppert nized labor was willing to spend on Jontzs campaign could not supply a figure He estimated the AFLCIO would spend about in Indiana on getout thevote efforts for all endorsed candidates in addition to contri butions to individual campaigns Jontz who struggled in the pri mary election against an unknown follower of political extremist Lyndon LaRouche and lost a string of counties in heavily Democratic southern Indiana needs the votes Delivering labors votes though has proven harder than delivering dollars In Lugars 1988 campaign for a third term despite Depperts charge of longstanding antilabor bias challenger Jack Wickes fared as badly in areas with strong labor representation as he did else where Lugar captured a 21 mar gin statewide Patrick McGeever a political scientist at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapo lis says labor union members are such a mix of political views that blocvoting is unlikely Ifs just never been the case that labor has been able to deliver its own membership he said Organized labor now represents about 15 percent of the countrys workforce down from around 35 percent 50 years ago Dworkin said Union members account for about 10 percent of the votingage population of Indiana Jontz has acknowledged Lugars popularity among voters and said Weve got a long way yet to But Jontz said voters who are alienated by Lugars opposition to family leave and universal health care coverage among other issues will turn to him They know Im not just the underdog Im on the side of the he said Smokey joins AARP WASHINGTON AP The newest member of the American Association of Retired Persons cant bear the thought of quitting his job At least children and their parents helped Smokey Bear celebrate his 50th birthday Tuesday with a huge bash at the Ellipse the grassy park just south of theVVhite House Smokey was presented with a golden shovel a giant cake and an honorary membership in the AARP saia Lynn PisanoPedigo the Forest Service spokes woman in charge of the nation wide commemoration of Smokeys 50th anniversary IV calibration began about a year ago with Smokey appear ances at events across the coun try including the Tournament of Roses Parade and updated Smokey commercials on radio and television Smokey Bear is guest of honor at a celebration Tuesday In Washington AP photo Motorists asked to fill boot Kokomo firefighters will take their fundraising efforts for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to the beginning Thursday rear each of the fire stations Members of Kokomo Firefighters Local 396 are attempting to exceed the they raised last year for MDA Over me past 22 years the citizens of Kokomo and Howard County have donated a rand total of Firefighters will be asking motorists to fill the boot between 9 n and 5 panThursday through Saturday according to John Ash aunv the unions MDA firefighters men present the check from the proceeds during the MDA Telethon on Labor Day weekend Inside todays Tribune Local Democratic 5th District candi date John Bearty names a new campaign manager ftp A4 Spout A of high stkul vanity coaching resignations occurs in Howard County ftp AB daaained News of Styto learn more about gritting 11 Sports Stale Style World JiU
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