Burlington Hawk Eye, May 20, 1988

Burlington Hawk Eye

May 20, 1988

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Burlington Hawk Eye (Newspaper) - May 20, 1988, Burlington, Iowa I Gorbachev now a friend 2AKiowa preps top Soviets IB Friday May 20, 1988 The Hawk Eye Forecast Partly cloudy. Low, 58; Saturday high, 83. Page I OB Iowa’s Oldest Newspaper 151st year — No. 267Burlington, Iowa 52601 36 pages — 35 cents.Parched Drought worries area farmers By Steve Delaney with AP reports Although the National Weather Service says there is a slight chance for showers on Sunday it will take more than a few showers to achieve normal precipitation levels normal for May. Rainfall in Des Moines County is 78 percent below normal for the month, and the area’s farmers are extremely concerned. About IOO Wapello County farmers and townspeople gathered at the fairgrounds in Eldon Thursday night to pray for rain. About six preachers and lay ministers led the crowd in choruses of “Amazing Grace” and pleas for holy intervention in the weather forecast. The prayer session also become somewhat of a media event as television cameras and still photographers crowded into the service. “We need the rain and we need to demonstrate to people our source is God,” said Bill Albert, who farms 670 acres west of Eldon. Those attending the service said they didn’t expect immediate results, though that’s what they got from a similar effort a year ago. Choir director Dick Langford said only true believers were in attendance. “You wouldn’t be here unless you believe God is greater than our circumstances,” he said. Des Moines County’s Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation county committee is seeking help from a not-so-high a source, the federal government. The committee on Monday asked state officials to request permission from the federal government to allow farmers to use their set-aside acres for harvesting hay and grazing. Don Fry, ASCS director, said IO states have already been denied a release on the set-aside acres, putting Iowa’s application in doubt. Below-normal precipitation and above-average temperatures between March I and May 12 have damaged county hay and pasture fields, according to the committee. Craig Williams, Iowa State University extension a g-riculturalist, said a rainfall average of an inch per per week would return the growing season to normal. He said fields he has observed have not yet been damaged by the lack of moisture. However, he said the situation is nearing desperation. Planted crops cannot survive much longer without rain. “A good soaker is what’s needed,” said Fry. “It’s getting to the point of a lot of concern,” Williams said. “If we get some rain here pretty soon, we’ll be in good shape.” It’s at this point in the season, when some crops are struggling to emerge, at in mid-summer during pollination, when precipitation is needed most, Williams said. Williams said he has not observed any crop loss and has not heard any reports from within the county concerning crop loss. “The crops look surprisingly well for the lack of moisture,” Williams said. According to statistics provided by official weather observers at KBUR radio, rainfall for the year is 64 percent below normal. Through today, 4.15 inches of rain has been recorded in the county. Normal rainfall is 11.5 inches. Only 0.52 inch of rain has been recorded this month, 1.82 inch below normal. Inside Classified ads 6B Comics 9B Crossword 9B Dear Abby 7A Deaths 5B For the Record 5B Happenings 9A Living 6A Opinions 4A Sports 1B lf you do not receive your >me-delivered copy of The awk Eye by 5:30 p.m., please ill 754*8461 before 7 p.m. Hawk Eye photo/Mark Fageol Susan Liggett, Burlington Public Library student aide, papers the dinosaur. Stalking better readers The winning grade school in the Burlington Public Library’s summer reading program will receive more than a trophy. An 8-foot, papier-mache dinosaur, now on display in the children’s library, will be the prize. In addition, students who participate are bound to maintain — and even increase — their reading skills over the summer vacation, according to Linda Fowler, director of the children’s library. “Dinosaur Days” is the theme of reading program, which runs from June 6 to July 30. The program features five activities designed to reinforce reading skills, according to Fowler. “If they read a book a day, they can advance a reading level,” she said, noting that students’ reading skills can decrease over the summer break if reading isn’t a regular activity. Last summer students were eager to read, Fowler said. Students checked out nearly 42,000 books from the children’s library over a two-month period last summer. Participants earn individual prizes for themselves and points for their schools during the summer reading program. North Hill Elementary School won first place last summer. Special events planned this summer include the library’s 90th birthday celebration June 29, and a book party July 26 for David Collins, author of “Ride a Red Dinosaur.” Parents may register their children for story reading, winch begins June 23. Movies will be shown each Thursday at 2 p.m. from June 9 to July 28. Schedules for the movies may be picked up at the library after May 27. Taxes dominate electionBy Ron Parker The Hawk Eye Gov. Terry Branstad and the Iowa Legislature used small tax increases and a dose of fiscal magic this year to solve the state’s budget crisis. They may not get off as easy in 1989. House Speaker Don Avenson predicted earlier this year that it is inevitable that the Legislature will increase the state’s sales tax, but not until after the 1988 election. “I think the next increase in taxes will be a sales tax increase,” Avenson, a Democrat, said at the beginning of thisState senate year’s legislative session. “I think it will be accepted by the people of the state. I think it will be passed by Republicans or Democrats and I think it will be used to fund the basic infrastructure of state government to fill the gap of the deficit that we’re looking at right now.” Avenson’s blunt forecast will be among the top issues that will face the next Senator from District 30 when he takes office in 1989. The hopefuls are Democrats Clyde Norrgard and Bob Summers and Republicans Mark Hagerla and Bill Ruther. The winner of the race also faces an agenda that includes several controversial items, including a proposed amendment to the Iowa Constitution that is designed to strictly limit spending. Bill Ruther, a Burlington attorney, describes himself as “a fiscal conservative.” “My basic reaction to increased taxes is negative,” he said. Ruther said he favors the concept of a “Taxpayers’ RightsTaxes—Please turn to page 10A Price climb fuels inflation fears WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in April as clothing costs gained for the second straight month and grocery prices climbed at their fastest pace in 20 months, the government said today. Energy prices were up sharply as well, reflecting the steepest rise in gasoline prices since August. The overall gain, only marginally better than March’s 0.5 percent gain, meant that for the first four months of 1988 retail prices were up at an annual rate of 4.5 percent. While this was little changed from the 4.4 percent for all of 1987, economists were concerned because much of the inflationary pressure has shown up in the last two months. Analysts noted that the March rise had been the most severe since January 1987. Last month’s 0.4 percent overall gain was equivalent to an annual inflation rate of 5.3 percent.    _ Grocery store prices rose 0.8 percent in April, the biggest advance since August 1986. Leading the way were sharply higher prices for beef (up 2.3 percent), fish (up 2.9 percent), and fruits and vegetables (up 1.4 percent). Fears of inflation have stirred up financial markets in recent days and economists. Stocks barely broke a two-day losing streak Thursday after worries about inflation and rising interest rates pushed the Dow Jones industrial average down sharply Tuesday and Wednesday. Drug task force recommendedBy Dena Bennett The Hawk Eye In the early 1970s, several Fort Madison teen-agers were killed in an alcohol-related, after-prom car crash. Soon after, the mayor activated a drug task force that still battles Fort Madison drug problems. Will it take a similar tragedy for Burlington to create a drug task force? David Mark, 405 S. Central Ave., said that may be the case if parents, schools and law enforcement ignore the local drug problem. Mark’s son, Jason, began drinking alcohol in seventh grade and has since completed chemical dependency treatment. “Everybody does have to take responsibility for it,” Mark said. “Maybe when six or seven of them get killed, then maybe we’ll do something about it.” Mark and his wife, Margie, four local drug counselors, and a West Point couple whose son is being treated for a drug problem partic ipated in a drug forum Thursday at Southeastern Community College. Councilwoman Marcia Walker asked what the city could do about the drug situation. The counselors agreed that formation of a drug task force would help. Diane Fulknier, Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services prevention specialist, said parents, schools and law enforcement must work together. “We can make this community what we want,” Fulknier said. “It takes interest at local and community levels.” Julie Worden, Woodlands assistant coordinator, said one group pointing fingers at another will accomplish little. “People must feel responsibility at every level,” she said. “Of course it isn’t just store owners. Of course it isn’t just parents. OfStudy— Please turn to page 10A \ Would the real Banana Republic please stand upBy George Gedda The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Just a few weeks ago, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega seemed to be another hapless dictator teetering on the brink, about to suffer the same fate as Haiti’s Jean Claude Duv-alier and the Philippines’ Ferdinand Marcos. But not only has the Panamanian strongman survived, he also has been an unsettling presence on the U.S. political scene, causing George Bush to break with established policy and producing a degree of interagency turmoil which is unusual even by this administration’s contentious standards. At times, administration bureaucrats seem angrier with each other than with Noriega. Ideas aired within the administration and the Congress on how to deal with Noriega have gone from one extreme to the other: Why not kidnap him? How about a trade embargo against Panama? Let Noriega think the United States will invade; maybe that will scare him into exile. Since Noriega is not inclined to listen to the United States, perhaps other Latin American governments can talk him into step-Analysis ping down. Almost nothing has gone right. The State Department, after being accused of winking at Noriega’s alleged drug smuggling activities for years, found itself on the defensive when its efforts to remove him came up short. Noriega even has Bush turning on the administration these days. Bush said Wednesday that, if elected, he would not “bargain with drug dealers ... whether they are on U.S. or foreign soil” — an implied criticism of government attempts to use dismissal of drug smuggling indictments to get Noriega out of power. Bush seems intent on not allowing the Democrats to outflank him on the drug issue. His comment followed polls showing him trailing Democratic front-runner Michael Dukakis and a Senate vote that reflected strong opposition to lettin indicted drug smugglers off the hook. Meanwhile, State DepartmentBanana—Please turn to page 10ATainted medicine found here Area residents taking the cholesterol-lowering drug Questran should check the lot numbers on the cans and packets. Contaminated batches of the drug have surfaced in Burlington, according to Dr. Garrett Ridgely, president of the Des Moines County Medical Society. Earlier this week Bristol Laboratories voluntarily began replacing potentially contaminated batches of the drug. The action was taken after the company learned that one of the ingredients in the drug — supplied by an Italian manufacturer — may have been contaminated by agricultural chemicals made by the same manufacturer. Ridgely said people taking Questran should be aware that the contaminated batches have surfaced in Burlington. Lot numbers on containers of the drug should be checked to determine if the contents are contaminated. The recalled cans and packets bear an expiration date of between August 1988 and October 1991: from “USE BY 8 88” through “EXP I OCT 91,” or have the following batch codes: MKH81, MKH82, MLH46, and MLH47. The contaminated medicine surfaced from two Burlington sources, Ridgley said. Some had been distributed as samples by a physician, and one local pharmacy reported having one of the affected batch numbers in stock. Bristol’s action is listed by the Food and Drug Administration as a “Class II” recall, a category in which the risk of serious adverse health consequences is considered remote. ;