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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 24, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 314 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO Sunday July Its fair time GREENTOWN Ind Kirk Wiley unloads equipment Satur day to set up the hog pens at the Howard County 4H Fair which begins today and ends Saturday Wiley will be showing the hogs in Tuesdays 4H swine judging which begins at 9 The 4H Dog Show will kick off fair activities atl although most events begin Monday For a schedule of fair please see Page C2 Tribune photo by Dave Hess Could Kokomo be targeted for abortion clinic Health care plans would require one say foes others disagree Housing project coming to city Affordable rental housing for areas farm workers is objective By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer Farm workers who often live in crowded unsanitary housing con ditions may get a respite when the first affordable rental housing project for them gets under way later this year Any day now a grant from the Department of Agriculture Farmers Home Administration is expected to provide for the con struction of 24 units of rental housing for farm workers a first for Indiana The impetus for the mil lion project which has been two years in the planning is Rural Opportunities Inc from Rochester which has operat ed a Farm Labor Housing Techni cal Assistance Program since 1985 It provides the technical expertise for nonprofit organizations and municipalities This is its first pro ject in Indiana The proposed project is spon sored by Harvest Homes a notforprofit organization made up of individuals and organiza tions from Howard arid adjacent counties including Miami Tipton Cass and Grant Its objective is to build afford able decent housing for farm workers who can ill afford to spend all their hardearned income on rentals The farm work ers are not to be confused with the migrant farm workers who only come to town duringthe farming season and move on said Jim Sieber Rural Opportunities repre sentative based in Indianapolis He also works out of the Transi tion Resources Corp on State Building in Kokomo But they too may benefit over the long run if the project comes into fruition The plan is for Har vest Homes to try and improve the welfare of all farm workers including migrant farm workers Sieber hag been working with local organizations and agencies on the project Surveys within a 25mile radius of Kokomo show a need for such housing To qualify for the funding Harvest Homes had to show that mete was at least three times the existing need for housing Sieber said Because this area is at the center of a large agricultural area of the state Sieber said it was appropri ate to locate the housing project here About 95 percent of the farm workers are of Hispanic origin although any farm worker who is an American citizen or has perma nent residency status may In the fivecounty area there is a total of farm workers although the majority are migrants Sieber said But he esti mated that about 25 families remain in the county all year round and many families snare housing units because of the high cost of rentals The location is acres zoned for business on the northeast side of Kokomo off the west corner of Morgan Street and Apperson Way with frontage on Morgan and Barkdol streets The project will consist of 24 townhouses with a bedroom mix of four onebed room six twobedroom eight threebedroom and six fourbed room units The site layout consists of eight housing units with a oneand twostory configuration A squarefoot community daycare multipurpose facility will include an office laundry maintenance and storage rooms The daycare center will accom modate 92 children and will be open to the housing residents as well as Migrant Head Start man aged by Transition Resources Cor poration The facility will have dividers that will allow the daycare rooms to be transformed into a commu nity center for resident meetings and other activities Harvest Homes will maintain an office there Other farm worker health and education services for resi dents and other incomeeligible farm workers will also be con ducted at the facility The location was chosen because it is within walking or short driving distance of stores as well as hospitals churches and schools The financing for the project will be a 20 percent loan and 80 per cent grant from FmHAs Farm Labor Housing program Transi tion Resources is expected to pay monthly rental of to oper ate its Head Start program Once the grant is formally approved Sieber said construc tion should begin in three to six months ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer and BARBARA SCHEIB Tribune Washington Bureau Could there be an abortion clinic in Kokomos future Abortion opponents are raising that provocative question in a recent newsletter that names the city as onp of 105 communities which would be targeted if abortion becomes a guaranteed benefit under national health care reform Groups that support abortion rights called the argument phony They claim none of the major health bills before Congress would force health plans to set up clinics or recruit doctors willing to perform abortions Our opponents are grasping at said James president of the National Abor tion and Reproductive Rights Action Leagtie James Bigbgno president and chief executive officer at Howard Community Hospital agreed the concept sounds like a scare tactic by the prolife Abortions are not performed in this community They never have been and I dont see that chang ing quite said If abortion coverage is included in the final congressional heal th care package Bigogno said he does nt think it will change Howard Communitys operations much They can force us to make the service available but they cant force physicians to jarticipate in delivering Bigogno said You cant force someone to do something against their con Barbara Maves executive direc tor of the Planned Parenthood dis trict that includes an office in Kokomo said she thinks abortion accessibility everywhere needs to Related stories graphic Clin ton warns of media olitz New Indiana Medicaid plan A2 increase I would like to see all health care options available to women in Kokomo including Maves said I would hope women can carry out their reproductive options in any area where they receive health care just like we dont restrict any areas where peo ple receive prostate But Maves said she doesnt fore see abortions coming to Kokomo surgical ones that is In a cou ple of years use ofRU486 the abortion pill will be available here she radical violent prolife demonstrators who leave most doctors too afraid 1 to perform abortions wont be able to tell whos administering RU486 as eiasily Maves said most Kokomoarea women who turn to the Kokomo office for abortion counseling are directed to clinics in Indianapolis Some are also sent to Merrillville she said But the to Life Committee is adamant saying that health plans in areas where abortions are difficult to arrange would have to improve access to comply with all of the major1 Democratic health bills Most of the bills adopted by congressional committees say ser vices in a standard benefits pack age should be uniformly avail able The bill passed by the Senate Finance Committee is the most explicit saying health plans would be required to have a suf ficient number of providers to assure that avail able and accessible in all parts of statedefined service Please see Could PA8 Inside todays Tribune Local Eastern superintendent says could learn from Germany PageC2 Sports Local players excel for North squad Page Bl Also inside Business Classified Dear Dr Local News of Even dead arent safe In Haiti PORTAUPRINCE Haiti AP A stroll through this capital citys main cemetery is a walk of horror Since an international trade embargo was clamped on Haiti grave robbers have looted corpses and stolen fittings from caskets turning this once beauti ful landmark overlooking PortauPrinces bay into a ghoulish scene with skeletons lying half out of cas kets and grinning skulls tossed about The thieves trying to get at jewelry on the corpses and at the coffins iron and bronze handles have bashed holes into the aboveground tombs pulled out caskets and dumped the bones on the ground This shocks me Jacques Beloni who owns a funeral home adjacent to the cemetery said Satur day When someone dies he is supposed to be in eternal peace Whats being done to the bodies is something Beloni director of the Cemetery of PortauPrince for 25 years until 1986 said the thieves try to sell the casket handles to funeral homes Theyre scarce because quality ones made abroad cant be imported under the embargo The sprawling 227yearold cemetery was once a place where people would stroll paying their respects and admiring the mausoleums Some look like fancy cottages with tiled steps ornate columns and sliding glass doors There has always been some vandalism but it was minor compared to the latest bowt I was proud of Beloni said in an interview in his Voice of God Funeral Home standing next to a row of wooden coffins leaning against a wall It Like much of Haiti the Western hemispheres poorest country and the target of a crippling embar go aimed at ousting its military rulers the cemetery is now a wreck Inside the invaded tombs lie caskets halfpulled out with the lids smashed and lying ajar the ripped silk linings riffling in the breeze A cobweb is stretched across a hole bashed into one tomb Beyond lies a wooden coffin its lid destroyed Leg and hip bones grey and riddled with holes from age are scattered inside Police patrols have been stepped up to curtail the grave robbing which happens at night officials say Preceded by a line of mourners singing hymns men wearing suits in the oppressive heat and the women in dresses a battered hearse With chipped grey paint moves slowly down a gravel road between the mausoleums As the mourners gather in knots the coffin is slid into a tomb Cemetery workers then seal the opening with cinderblocks and cover it with a coating of cement The presiding minister Seneque Rafael said he has seen relatives of people whose tombs have been bro ken into weep upon discovering what has happened As a worker dabbed on the last of the cement with a trowel and the mourners shuffled away Rafael cast a last glance at the newly filled tomb I think he will be allowed to rest in peace But to make sure we will be taking security measures like he smd pointing to iron padlocked covers used to be a clean and nice place People used to families have placed over some tombs to keepthe d t v come and just sit thieves out a embargo W3S Clamped OH Haiti grave robbers desperate for money have corpses and stolen fittings from caskets AP photo ;