Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 15, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Monday, May 15, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 116
Art Of Karate
A Quick Read
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By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Three Aiken County House members expect a flurry of legislative activity if the U.S. Supreme Court modifies the controversial Roe vs. Wade abortion decision of 1973, but are uncertain what kinds of bills could arise in the General Assembly.
Roe vs. Wade, which says women have a constitutional right to seek abortion without fear of government intervention, has been under attack by fundamentalist religious groups and others since the high court handed down the opinion.
Now, it is back before the court in a
Missouri case formulated on precepts that states can forbid using public funds to finance abortions and can require doctors to determine if a fetus is a viable human being before abortion can be done.
The Supreme Court is expected to hand down a ruling on the Missouri petition sometime this summer.
Aiken House members agree that any change in Roe vs. Wade — from outright rejection of the 1973 ruling to the slightest modification — is likely to unleash a barrage of legislation because the abortion issue is one of the most sensitive to hit the General Assembly in years.
Aiken Rep. Irene K. Rudnick, D-81,
said regardless of what the court does she is opposed to calling a special session of the legislature since “it would cost the taxpayers more than $100,000.”
At least one House member has suggested a special session after the court ruling comes down. But Rep. Rudnick said that kind of expense cannot be justified no matter how quickly legislators want to get to the issue.
Concerning the possibility of a special session, Rep. Charles R. Sharpe, R-86, of Wagener, said, “I cannot say exactly wliat is going to happen.” But like Rep. Rudnick, he indicated the matter could be handled in the 1990 session and there’s no need for haste.
Rep. James Roland Smith, EMM, of Langley, said he dreads the thought of a long battle over abortion.
“It would be law after law, amendment after amendment, speech after speech, and there would be a lot of things, important matters that need to be dealt with, set aside or delayed,” said Rep. Smith.
A minister, Rep. Smith said, “I think it is wrong to kill babies.” But, he conceded, he is in no position to tell any other individual how to conduct their lives. He said he can only carry a message that the Bible prohibits the taking of another person’s fife.
(See BARRAGE, Page TOA)
Student Protests Disrupt Summit
By The Associated Preen
BEIJING — On the first day of a historic summit disrupted by student protests, Mikhail S. Gorbachev said today that the Soviet Union must share the blame for a cold war that divided the two countries for three decades.
“Very probably we are also responsible for that period to a certain extent,” the Soviet leader told China’s President Yang Shangkun.
China’s leaders moved the welcoming ceremony to the airport from a central Beijing square to avoid a confrontation with tens of thousands of rebellious students camped out on the plaza for a third day.
In remarks broadcast on Chinese television, Gorbachev expressed “sorrow and regret” for the bad blood of the past and said “this period has come to an end.”
Gorbachev, 58, arrived today for the first Sino-Soviet summit since Nikita Khrushchev met Mao Tse-tung in 1959 in acrimonious talks that contributed to rapidly deteriorating relations.
The two nations nearly went to war after border fighting broke out in 1969, and have since been at odds over the Sov iet intervention in Afghanistan, Moscow’s backing of Vietnam’s involvement in Cambodia and what China has called Soviet “hegemonism.”
Both sides agree that Gorbachev’s meeting Tuesday with 84-year-old senior leader Deng Xiaoping will normalize government and party ties and help spur economic, cultural and academic contacts.
(See STUDENT, Page 10A)
Church Leaders Denounce Fraud
By The Associated Press
PANAMA CITY, Panama — People chanted “Justice, Justice” in churches across the nation as clergymen read a letter from Panama’s Roman Catholic leaders denouncing electoral fraud and attacks on opposition candidates.
The pastoral letter, which urged Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega’s Defense Forces not to use arms against “a defenseless people,” was also read during a Mass broadcast on state-run television.
At churches across the capital and in other Panamanian cities, worshipers waved white handerkerchiefs, paper, and Panamanian flags and opposition supporters handed out leaflets calling for a general strike on Wednesday.
Also Sunday, an opposition leader rejected any proposals for sharing power with supporters of Noriega, saying the opposition won the May 7 presidential election and that it alone should govern.
The Noriega-controlled government nullified the election on Wednesday, the same day Noriega supporters beat opposition presidential candidate Guillermo Endara and his two running mates with pipes and baseball bats.
Exit polls by the Catholic Church and surveys by opposition poll-watchers put Endara ahead 3-1 over Carlos Duque when the count was stopped. Noriega has not appeared in public since before the
(See CHURCH, Page 10A)
Former Panama Canal Workers Say Use Of Military Not Needed
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Former Panama Canal Zone residents living in the Aiken community believe the U.S. should avoid any military action in strife-torn Panama outside of protecting American citizens living and working in the Latin nation.
And they also agree that it should be left up to the people of Panama, not outside forces, to oust dictator Gen. Manuel Noriega, head of that nation’s military force, in favor of a Democratic government.
James O. (Jim) Catron, Arthur L. Blystone Sr. and Iris Schmidt Waggoner, all residents of Crosland Park, have been living in retirement here after spending most of their lives in Panama.
Mrs. Waggoner was bom, raised ami educated in the Canal Zone and has close emotional ties to the country.
Catron, Blystone and Mrs. Waggoner are among about 30 families who began coming to Aiken in the late 1950s to retire. By association and word of mouth, the community slowly grew over the years.
Catron, 77, is one of the oldest residents, in point of Canal Zone service, now living in Aiken.
He went to the CZ in 1934 as a U.S. soldier, then began working in canal security during World War II. He spent 32 years there, as a policeman and prison guard, before retiring in 1966 and moving to Aiken.
Catron and the others note that Panama and other Latin countries have a long history of internal disputes and arguments that often result in gunplay and generally end up in military dictatorships. Democracy, they note, is hard to come by in many of the nations.
(bee FORMER, Page 10A)
Mother Celebrates Holiday In Elevator
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who spent much of Mother’s Day trapped alone in an elevator said she knew help was on the way when she heard her 15-year-old son’s voice.
“I’m laying down in the elevator, crying and crying, and I hear this little voice saying, ‘Mommy, mommy, mommy.’ When you hear a kid’s voice, ‘Mommy,’ on Mother’s Day, you thank God,” Debby Metz said from her hospital bed.
Ms. Metz, 39, was rescued Sunday from the elevator where she had been trapped for 21 hours after going out Saturday with her twin sister, Gerry, who always treats her to a pre-Mother’s Day dinner.
At the restaurant, Ms. Metz developed a headache and stepped out to get an aspirin from her office a block away.
When the elevator door in die office building closed, the light shut off and the lift failed to move.
Ms. Metz said she bloodied her knuckles pushing the emergency bell and broke her watchband banging on the door.
“I’m going up in the elevator to get an aspirin because I have a headache and then I have to listen to this alarm for 20 hours,” she said.
She cried, exercised, prayed, tried to contact her sister with ESP and finally “used up about 50 business cards writing out my will” because she had no paper.
“Then I started to go back to crying,” she said.
Barrage Of Abortion Legislation Likely
REVIEWING THE TROOPS: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev (center) and China President Yang Shangkun (left) review troops at Beijing’s Capital Airport Monday.
L.A. Teachers Strike; Chaos Expected
cent pay hike over two years and more control over classrooms. Although district administrators said schools would remain open with substitute teachers, union President Wayne Johnson called that “a joke, at best.”
The first picket lines formed at about 2 a.m. today when about 30 teachers marched in front of district warehouses in an attempt to block Teamsters union drivers from delivering food later this morning.
“For too long teachers and students have been at the end of the
pecking line instead of at the front where they should be,” said one of the pickets, Leo Hildebrand, a fifth grade teacher at Garvanza Elementary School.
Last-minute talks failed to resolve longstanding differences. More talks were scheduled today, but Johnson sounded pessimistic about the prospects for a quick settlement.
“We are talking back and forth all the time and proposing ‘what if, what if,’” Johnson said. “I think
(SeeL.A., Page 5A)
By The Associated Press
VINNING FORM: Virgil Kimmey, an inductee in ie Martial Arts Hall of Hame, displays his winnir irm at his home in North Augusta. Kimmey he aught the art of karate to over 40,000 persor . iroughout the world. Please see story on Page 1B.
LOS ANGELES — Teachers in the nation’s second-largest school district went on strike today for the first time in 19 years, threatening to create chaos for nearly 600,000 students in the final weeks of school.
“The education process will come to a complete halt,” warned Don Schrack, spokesman for the teachers union, United Teachers-Los Angeles.
The union, representing 22,000 teachers, is demanding a 21 per-