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Corbin Times Tribune (Newspaper) - April 21, 1998, Corbin, Kentucky
Times newsroom 528-2464 or 1 times Tribune the Tri county a Community newspaper since 1892 Rochelle Stidham publisher John Whitlock managing editor Kellee Edwards City editor Les Dixon sports editor Glenn Hensley press Foreman Esther peace accountant Lisa Harrison advertising manager a for i say unto you i will not drink of the fruit of the Vine until the kingdom of god shall come Luke 22 18 letters to the editor vow members urged to vote for new officers an open letter to All members of Post 1410 veterans of foreign wars and All eligible veterans. There will be an annual election of officers on tuesday april 21st at 7 . I urge everyone to put your pet peeves away and be there. For the first time since we received our charter the Post being run the Way a Veteran of foreign wars Post is supposed to run. With your attendance and support we can have a great organization. Yours in comradeship Claude p. 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Please help us by having your payment made on time. Thank you times Tribune carriers Judy Hensley sol Smith Ruby Collins Ginger Watson Leonard Hensley Gary Campbell and Janice Smith today in history today is tuesday april 21, the 111th Day of 1998. There Are 254 Days left in the year. Today a highlight in history on april 21, 1918, Baron Manfred von Richthofen the German Ace known As the a red Baron a a was killed in action during world War i. On this Date in 1649, the Maryland toleration act which provided for Freedom of worship for All christians was passed by the Maryland Assembly. In 1789, John Adams was sworn in As the first vice president of the United states. In 1836, an army of texans led by Sam Houston Defeated the mexicans at san Jacinto assuring Texas Independence. In 1910, author Samuel Langhorne Clemens better known As Mark train died in Redding Conn. In 1940, the quiz show that asked the �?o64-Dollar question a a take it or leave it a premiered on lbs radio. In i960, Brazil inaugurated its new capital Brasilia transferring the seat of National government from Rio de Janeiro. In 1972, Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the Moon. In 1975, South vietnamese president Nguyen Van Thieu resigned after 10 policy the times Tribune wants to know what you think about events in the Community and stories in the news. Letters to the editor must be typed or neatly printed and include the writers name address and daytime Telephone number so we can confirm that you wrote the letter. Illegible letters form letters Anonymous letters or those without Telephone numbers will not be printed. Letters will be edited for space spelling and libel. Please mail letters to times Tribune letters to the editor to. Box 516, Corbin by. 40702 or drop them by our office at 201 n. Kentucky St. In Corbin. You also can fax them to us at 606 528-9850. Frankfort by. Apr this was Joe Clarkes last regular session As a member of the general Assembly. His first was in 1970. He has seen the legislature during some of its Best times and worst. It will be a poorer place without him. A the gentleman from Boyle a As he is known in the traditional method House members use to refer to each other was a Beacon of integrity thoughtfulness and conscientiousness in an institution that needs All it can get. He spent two decades As chairman of the appropriations and Revenue committee shepherding the state through Good times and bad. The House turned to him in 1993 in one of its darkest moments in the Wake of the operation Bop Trot corruption scandal and made him speaker. Two years later he was discarded As speaker. Last week he left with a warning or two about the dangers of political timidity and self indulgence and a plea to his colleagues to do better than the merely expedient. A a in a afraid that As a general Assembly perhaps not Only in the minds of the Public but also in the Way we operate we be declined some a Clarke said. The legislature is better equipped technically to Cope with issues and Deal with constituents. But Clarke said both cases have led to Pitfalls. Mark Chellgren a so now we get you know wats line messages by the ton a Clarke said. A we get email on the internet. And what i perceive is happening there is that Well organized minorities Are basically terrorizing us. A i think to some extent some of us have gotten afraid of this impression of some great majority out there. But you really can to be afraid to do what a right. And you can to worry about doing something that a going to make somebody mad. But i think that a happened to us to some extent. I think we be made a turn in a direction that a made us less objective than we were. I find that kind of scary a Clarke said. Equally disturbing is the Pace of work and the notion that each Issue somehow deserves a full Public airing As if the legislature were some enlarged town meeting instead of a representative body. A a in be always been frustrated in this place because i think half the time we done to know what we re voting on. That san awful admission to make in Public. But you All know that some of these Bills Are two and three Hundred pages Long some of them Are very Complex some of them very technical. Most of the time we done to know what we re doing. We do a remarkable Job Given the circumstances we operate under. We be got to change that a Clarke said. A there Are Way too Many Bills for us to understand what we re doing a he continued. A your leadership needs to worry about making us better then Clarke referred both to a prostitution and gambling probe involving a former legislative aide and the the 1992 Bop Trot sting that snared More than a dozen current and former lawmakers. A i think its important that you elect Strong leadership that is committed to making the general Assembly Strong. That a committed to making sure that we done to have another Bop Trot. That we done to have another investigation like we be had. That fact that we re Back up there being investigated again is a terrible thing for the general Assembly. It looks like we re not Good people and we Are. Some of Best people in be Ever known serve in this general Assembly. But our impression to the Public is not Good. And we need to Correct that a Clarke said. Clarke said individual legislators must not sell their support to leaders based on some Promise of position in return. A we need Strong committee chairmen who will make sure that bad Bills done to get to the floor. This theory that every Bill ought to come to the floor is a lot of baloney. That a what you be got committees for. They ought to be killing bad Bills a Clarke said. Clarke said a decade or so ago the Kentucky general Assembly was among the Best Legislatures in the nation. A i really believe that we can again be one of the Best Legislatures in the country. I done to think we Are now a Clarke said. Rep. Marshall Long a Shelbyville who is also leaving the House but to pursue a state Senate seat put his Finger on the essence of Joe Clarkes position in the House a a when i first came Here they explained to me what you did when you voted was you watched certain members to see How they voted if you wanted to get re elected and if you wanted to do the right thing you watched How the gentleman from Boyle Mark r. Chellgren is the Frankfort correspondent for the associated press. Watch out Here they come up until now i had assumed that the health police were determined to prevent smokers from smoking anywhere except in their own residences or in gods great outdoors. Now i realize that i had seriously underestimated them. There comes to hand a communication from or. Brooks Alexander of Berkeley calif., who lives in an apartment. Last fall he received a letter from is. Marcia Brown Machen program director of the tobacco prevention and control program of the health promotion division of the health and human services department of the City of Berkeley. It deserves to be quoted in full a this letter is in response to a complaint we have received about secondhand smoke in your apartment Complex. According to the complainant the smoke is originating from your apartment. While you Are probably aware of the health risks from smoking you May not know that the environmental Protection Agency estimates secondhand smoke to be 50 times More dangerous than All the other regulated carcinogens. In addition secondhand smoke kills 53,000 nonsmokers each year. Additionally Many people Are allergic to smoke and suffer irritating to severe repercussions. A was the program director for the tobacco prevention and control program i would like to encourage you to prevent your neighbors from being exposed to secondhand smoke that May be coming from your apartment. You May consider buying a hepa air filter for your apartment. Price Costco in Richmond is Selling a mid size filter for $99. Additionally you May be Able to determine the route that your smoke follows into the other apartments and take measures to Block this route. If the ventilation system is connected to the other apartments perhaps you could Block your vent while smoking. Perhaps you would consider smoking outdoors away from other residences. I Trust that you will be Able to create a workable solution to what could become a serious health problem for your neighbors. Please Call me if you have any questions or would like to discuss this matter. I look Forward to speaking with i doubt she is looking Forward to it any More. Herewith Are selected excerpts from or. Alexanders reply a was someone who chooses to smoke i recognize that others do not make that Choice and i am More than willing to go out of my Way to accommodate their interests. As someone who believes very strongly in being a Good neighbor i will do William rusher whatever i reasonably can to reduce my Impact on those who live around me. I thank you for your numerous helpful suggestions on How to modify my behaviour and alter my lifestyle but i have already bought and installed a ventilating unit that moves the air directly from my apartment into the outdoor atmosphere. My opening to the buildings heating system has also been closed. That should be the end of the matter for everyone. A More importantly the matter should not even have had a beginning As far As your Agency is concerned. A secondhand smoke is plainly the trigger term that is presumed to justify bureaucratic involvement in this situation. But there is no a secondhand smoke Issue Here and to use the term is a first rate smoke screen. You must know though the complainant probably does no to know that the much publicized studies on secondhand smoke concern people who passively occupy an enclosed space with Active smokers. The complainant is not being subjected to second hand smoke in any medically significant sense. He May indeed have gotten some tobacco odor through the ventilation system. He May indeed regard the odor itself As offensive a and i do not dismiss that sensitivity As unimportant. A but i do dismiss the notion that it creates a health threat i requiring the attention of anyone other than the parties themselves. It is not the prop her function of your office to Micro manage individual citizens As they work out the frictions of their diverse lifestyles. A therefore i thank you in Advance for your future inattention to this matter and i look Forward to hearing nothing further from you about so far Berkeley has obliged. But As or. Alexander observed in his letter to me a at this Point my posture is still defensive in be simply told them where to get off. But if they done to get off in a ready to get aggressive and haul their unconstitutional rear ends into court. Enough is enough. This kind of tyra noid ambition needs to be publicly amen brother William a. Rusher it a distinguished fellow of the Claremont Institute for the study of statesmanship and political leaves Hole legislature Tribune -800-739-8878 tuesday april 21,1998 Page 4 email fax 528-9850
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