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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - December 1, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Kokomo Ind KOKOMO MI Thursday Dec 50 cents The snowy look Rick Newton a member of the Kokomo YMCA Ys Men sprays flock on a Christmas tree Wednesday at a farm at 200 N Road 500 East Flocking is a fireretardant frosting applica tion sprayed on trees to give a snowcovered look The Ys men charge per tree and say they flock about eight to 10 trees a day The Ys men have trees on sale at the Seashore Pool 804 W Park Ave Tribune photo by Tim Bath Senate leans toward GATT Bentsen Momentum swinging our way WASHINGTON AP Under a furious lobbying barrage from the Clinton administration and a small army of corporate execu tives the Senate appears ready to ratify a sweeping expansion of global free trade in a climactic vote tonight Senior administration officials were guarding their vote counts late Wednesday but Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen declared momentum is swinging our way and a smiling Trade Representative Mickey Kantor assured reporters Were in very good The House endorsed the accord negotiated under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade by a 288146 vote on Tuesday Thirtythree other countries already have ratified the 124 nation accord and according to Bentsen and the other countries are poised to act before Jan 1 if the Senate follows the House For that to happen 60 senators must vote to override a parlia mentary objection lodged by Sen Related story Sen Dan Coats supports GATT Page A2 Robert Byrd According to an Associated Press survey GATT proponents appeared to have achieved that number when counting those who were leaning in favor but not firmly committed President Clinton was hoping to widen the stillthin victory margin at a breakfast meeting today with 20 lawmakers including some of the uncommitted and a late and crucial supporter Senate Republi can leader Bob Dole Opponents only hope was to change enough senators minds to muster 41 votes in favor of the procedural hurdle imposed by Byrd Under Senate rules the implementing bill must offset all of the projected billion in lost tariff revenues over the first decade of the accord To make up for the lost tariffs the administration is cutting agri culture subsidies and implement ing a grab bag of revenueraisers including changing the minimum rate on savings bonds reducing the liability of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp and auctioning licenses for a new generation of wireless broadcast services Byrd said the bill falls bil lion short and some senators while declaring themselves in favor of free trade said they would not vote to bust the budget We cannot seriously talk about fiscal responsibility and pass another budgetstraining piece of said Sen Richard Shelby RAla Shelby who was a Democrat until he switched his party affiliation after the GOP election sweep was making his first floor speech as a Republican The administration counters that the tariff cuts averaging 38 percent globally will so stimulate economic growth that federal rev enues will rise not fall We will receive to for every dollar in tariffs Kan tor said GATT winners A consumers guide to duty cuts under the proposed world trade agreement Product US duties Rates Old New Refrigerators Dishwashers Cassette tape recorders Bentwood furniture 500700 cc motorcycles Silk pantyhose Sparkling Whole frozen chicken 220 Garlic 0 0 0 0 Beef 50 Whiskey 0 Inseason oranges 40 32 European duties Beer Potato chips Inseason apples per litre per kilogram 24 0 22 14 9 AP Graphic Judge rules in favor of sheriff Wrongful discharge case is dismissed ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer A judge on Wednesday dis missed a wrongful discharge case against Howard County Sheriff John D Beatty before it ever got to the jury The judge ruled the employees criticism of depart mental policy was not protected speech under the Constitution Howard Superior Court 1 Judge Dennis Parry granted a motion made by Beattys attorney Thomas Trauring citing prior Supreme Court rulings The rul ings have held employees of pub lic entities to a higher burden of proof in claiming protection under the First Amendments free speech clause The plaintiff former sheriffs department Emergency 911 dis patcher Duane Peck claimed he was fired by Beatty last December because he complained to County Commissioner Dave Griffey about two personnel policies in the department Pecks suit held that the First Amendment gave him the right to voice his concerns to Griffey an elected official The conversation with Griffey was the sole basis for his firing Peck said Once Pecks speech was ruled unprotected by the Constitution there were no grounds on which to sue for wrongful discharge Parry said relieving the jury of its duty Sheriff department employ ees are hired and fired which means they can be dis missed without reason or explana tion Peck called Griffey last Novem ber complaining about an upcom ing department reassignment and job shift that was going to transfer jailers to 911 dispatching and send dispatchers to work parttime as jailers a move intended to save overtime wages Peck testified he was concerned that placing inexperienced and improperly trained jailers into the 911 dispatch center would jeopar dize the safety of police officers and the public But Trauring claimed Pecks pri mary purpose for calling Griffey was personal that he disliked the parttime jail duty the reas signment required of him Griffey testified that Peck did raise the public and police safety issue in their conversation But Griffey also a defendant in the case because the county commissioners were named as codefendants had a different impression He contends the main thrust behind Pecks call was that he loved dis patching and didnt want to be a jailer This proved to be a critical ele ment in Judge Parrys decision He cited a prior Supreme Court ruling that found a public employees speech is not necessar ily protected under the First Amendment if its overriding rea son is related to a personal not public concern Pecks second policy complaint that only jail matrons who must be female can be promoted to jail supervisors is discriminatory and opens the county up to lawsuits was also ruled unprotected Parry said this was a departmental pro motion policy not a public con cern and its public discussion could harm Beattys right to run an efficient operation Beatty said after the judgment he felt He never took the stand because Parrys rul ing came in recess after the plain tiff rested his case but before the defense presented its side Peck lambasted Parry for the ruling afterward criticizing him for refusing to let the jury decide the case If this is supposed to be a legal system by the people why dont the people get a chance to rule on the evidence Peck said his cry ing wife by his side Peck is now employed as a dispatcher with tliL Indiana State Police where ht makes about a year less than he did at the sheriffs depart ment He was suing for unspeci fied damages Pecks attorney Bolinger said hes uncertain whether Peck will appeal He noted that verdicts based on law by a judge rather than on fact by a jury generally fare better in appeals to higher courts Zimmermans give Hope to We Care By JULIE McCLURE Tribune local area editor Hope returned to the WWKI We Care office Wednesday morn ing as Junior and Carolyn Zim merman quietly placed her in the arms of We condition We took care of the Zimmermans said and added that they will be there when she is offered for bidding at the end of the We Care telethon just before 5 Sunday Shes just like one of the Junior said Talking Care Crop tor Jan to Zimmerman Was hard how to watch and bid for that it bring We Care telethon this be diffi to not asked to watch Telecable the suc Calls bid lie to listen this Weve to bid Call 4561100 12 as her for on duty or 800 444WWKI year Friday to 5 to fit benefits Kokomo Rescue my wifes enjoyed Salvation Army and Junior cou has i 1 hope to get her Zimmerman and his family bid a record a year ago to pur chase the doll who is the center piece of the We Care effort The doll alone has raised since 1986 when she was first sold Hope has been kept in a display case at Bullseye Boats Guns for the past year and is in immaculate however to use only one phone when bidding this year on We Care items Last year much to the amusement of We Care volun teers Junior was bidding on a Glenna Pleasant Hope Doll paint ing on one of the familys tele phones and Carolyn was bidding on the same item on a different phone They bid it up several hun Junior Zimmerman left and Carolyn Zimmerman right returned We Cares Hope Doll to the charity and Jan Buechler center on Wednesday Tribune photo by Clint Keller dred dollars before realizing that they were bidding against each other Shes told me that using two phones is outlawed this Junior said The Zimmermans have announced they are donating two complete garages this year as con tinuous bid items on the We Care telethon Z H Construction owned by the family will construct the garages with donated lumber from the Armstrong Landon and Kokomo Lumber and donated concrete and electrical work The garages will have vinyl siding and asphalt shingle roofs One year of tree insurance for the structure will be provided by Miles and Finch Insurance A lot of good people are donat ing to help with Zimmer man said They will be top quali ty real nice he said Estimated value for each is between and Related story Phi Delta Kappa fraternity is autho rized to collect at two inter sections Page A3 Inside today Business Classiaed Dear Local Vol 144 No 89 D2 s ;