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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 3, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Weekend filled with racing Page B3 Vol 144 No 1 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Saturday Sept 50 cents Beatty gains momentum Buyer writes ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer A letter sent out this week by Rep Steve Buyer asking for campaign contributions concedes his opponent John D Beatty is gathering momentum Both men are campaigning to win Nov 8 the 5th District seat in the House of Representatives The congressional district represents counties in northcentral Indi ana including Howard Miami and Cass counties Buyer is a Republican Beatty is a Demo crat We need to stand strong and united to keep this seat in Buyers letter states Its becoming more and more obvi ous that the Dems know I am vulnerable and will do anything to take it In the letter Buyer goes on to plead for campaign funds at his final political action committee fundraiser Sept 13 He cites Beat tys increased visibility in the media of late As he has before Buyer accuses the Howard County sheriff of being onedimensional in focusing solely on crime Buyers campaign manager Mike Gopher downplayed the letters admittance of Beat tys momentum and Buyers vulnerability Gopher wouldnt admit the campaign has grown more competitive than first antici pated or that Buyer is short on funds But he did say the letter was intended as an eyeopener to past and prospective con tributors in case theyd planned on donating to closer congressional campaigns elsewhere in the state So many people out there think this race is over with Once in a while we have to say Hey listen this race because of the nature of the district is always going to be a target Buyer for the party that is Gopher said According to Federal Election Commis sion reports filed July 1 the fundraising aspect of the campaign indeed isnt over Beatty had mounted a campaign war chest compared with Buyers In July 1992 Buyer had raised about half as much as incumbent Jim Jontz and won an upset More than half of Beattys contributions have come from PACs all but two of which are labor unions The United Auto Workers and Sheet Metal Workers International each gave the maximum allowable by law Gopher said the reference to Beattys momentum in the letter referred to his sizable labor support Youve always got to be concerned about the power of labor unions and the money they can pump into any Gopher said Buyer says hes vul nerable in the letter because hes a firstterm incumbent who won by a narrow margin in 1992 Gopher explained Beatty Jim Bonham Beattys campaign manager admitted the labor sup port is sizable but he said his candidates momentum encompasses more than that has also held 20 town meetings and appeared in radio TV and newspapers Bonham said is doing some things right and people are starring to catch on to his Despite the fact Congress has completed work on its anticrime bill Beatty and Buyer continue to debate which candidate was served better politically by its passage Bon ham said the fact Buyer voted against it pro motes the publics view of him as obstruc while Gopher claimed the bill was unpopular with 5th District voters and was weak in substance Kats drop NCC opener Kokomo High School football coach Willard Rice encourages two of his players during a game Fri day night Kokomo lost its North Central Confer ence opener to Muncie Central 3115 For all of Fri days high school play including Class 3A No 1 Tipton losing to Ind 28rival Elwood and Westerns 4914 MidIndiana Conference victory over Taylor turn to the sports section which begins on Page B1 Tribune photo by Tim Bath Is sewage polluting ground in Hemlock ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Howard County Health Depart ment officials say theyre investi gating whether residents of the small Hemlock community are polluting the ground with their sewage They suspect as is the case in New London that many Hemlock households dont have legal septic systems Instead they may be running raw sewage out of under ground drainage tiles to adjacent fields according to Joe Cross environmental health specialist Its a problem that is not unique to New London or Hemlock It can probably be found in half the small communities in this coun Cross said Back in the 1940s and 50s when many of these homes were built the level of environmental awareness was nowhere near what it is now People didnt give a crap where they discharged They just wanted to get it out of their Cross said The government wasnt con cerned where sewage went Its not that any one individual is at fault it was just the whole big Government is concerned now according to Chip Landman assistant commissioner in the Indiana Department of Environ mental Managements Office of Water Management Some of these smallcommu nity systems are lessthanper fectly designed and thats some thing county health departments need to be looking Landman said The recently established IDEM Revolving Fund is a statesubsi dized loan program that commu nities facing infrastructure improvements can use Landman said As the wheels on New Londons wastewater treatment plant pro ject are finally picking up speed the county health department is beginning to focus on other areas of possible sewage pollution In 1989 pollution was first detected and the state is now reviewing plans for a wastewater treatment plant The health department wanted to investigate communities like Darrough Chapel West Middle ton and Oakford but has lacked the manpower to do so Cross said Weve got four people serving a Howard County population of he said Hemlock is crawling along at less than a snails pace Were doing better than a lot of counties but were still Complaints of foulsmelling standing water and creek beds prompt investigations sometimes Areas where lots are small with no room for septic systems may indi cate a problem Cross said Talks continue More Cubans plucked from sea NEW YORK AP As more homemade rafts loaded with refugees bobbed out to sea from Cuba on Friday and Cuban offi cials discussedl Washingtons offer to expand legal immigration in return for a halt to the exodus The Coast Guard plucked hundreds more boat people from the Florida Straits some carrying children despite Cuba President FidelCastrosorder that minors not be allowed to leave As with those before them the refugees were being taken to the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay Cuba where they will be detained indefi nitely In New York delegation spokesman David Johnson said the two sides had serious but he would not say if they were near agreement Johnson described the talks as professional and busi nesslike but also candid fre quently a diplomatic code word for difficult and fraught with problems Details were not disclosed The talks which recessed Friday night after eight hours of meetings at the Cuban Mission will resume Sun day at 2 at the Mission to the United Nations Cuban officials did not come outside the Mission to talk to reporters Friday Diplomats have indicated the strategy is to propose letting in legal Cuban immigrants annually in exchange for Cubas promise to stop people from taking to the sea More than Cubans have tried to cross to Florida in the past month most on flimsy craft Castro has not tried to stop them hoping to force the United States to reconsider its eco nomic embargo of the island With the horizon full of Coast Guard and Navy boats the refugees in the second wave which began Mon day are reaching safety more quickly A Cuban rafter is rescued by her family and the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Chincoteague AP photo Inside todays Tribune Local Kokomos Wright Beauty College ranks fifth among Indiana colleges on a list of student loan default rates Page A2 Also inside Classified Dr News of ;