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Page 4 Cheney Free Press [] [] Thursday, Septerr, ber 2, 1982 School's open--drive carefully! Safe drnvlng us a year round responsubllty, but " and sidewalks. becomes especially important with children returning to school, reminds the Inland (AAA) Automobile Association during the 1982 "School's Open - Drive Carefully" campaign. "Children up through age seven are statistically over-represented in pedestrian deaths and injuries," said Leisa Zucchetto, AAA's Traffic Safety Supervisor. Approximately three of every four child pedestrian accidents occur at non-intersected locations, explained Zucchetto. Many youngsters become excited about the new school year and seeing old friends again. It is a good idea to review safe walking rules with your children and map out the safest walking route to school. AAA's annual ;'Schoors Open - Drive Carefully" campaign is designed to remind motorists of the presence of young pedestrians back on the city streets Although School Safety Patrols, adult crossing guards and mechanical traffic control devices do much to regulate pedestrian traffic flow, drivers should still exercise caution, particularly in the vicinity of schools. AAA safety officials offer some advice for a safe 1982 school year: -Watch out for children riding bicycles. -Obey the posted speed limit in school zones designated by signs and/or flashing signals. If a child darts into the path of travel, it is easier for drivers to come to a quick, safe stop. An important reminder: Drivers must stop for school buses that have stopped to load or unload children; also drivers are required to remain stopped until the children are safely across the street and the bus is moving again. Fire danger increases in fall The summer forest fire danger has returned to the forest and range lands of the state. The moisture from earlier rainy spells has evaporated so that the forest fuels are again drier than freshly kiln-dried lumber. The moisture in one and a half inch sticks in Western Washington is seven to 11 percent of the oven dry weight of the wood. On the easterly slopes of the Cascade range it is three to nine percent. Lumber comes from a dry kiln at about 15 percent moisture content. A separate problem persists in Eastern Washington. During the last several years, including 1982, moist sprilg and early summer weather produced more grass and weeds than usual. When cured, this produces more fuel than normal so that fire control is more difficult on the forest and range land. So far this year 707 man-caused fires have burned 7.8 square miles in the state. In 1981, to this date, there were 422 man-caused fires burning 4.6 square miles. Those going out into the woods and fields as hunting season begins are reminded to help Keep Washington Green. Olympia Report By Adelle Ferguson Some of the heaviest response I've had in a long time was generated by a column I wrote urging that deadbeat fathers be required to pay child support to their ex-wives. And virtually all of it was on the side of the fathers. Here's a portion of it: "To some degree, I will have to agree with what you stated," writes Jim (?) of Kingston, "but have you stopped to think that out here in this cold, cruel world there are men who would give 'their right arm to have their children with them, and that most women apply for welfare for the money and so they don't have to work? "If you are going to blast-out at the deadbeats, then do it at the courts for not giving the father a chance to have a go at raising his children...l can see no Back When way they are to be classified as deadbeats even if they are not paying child support so some woman can lay on her backside with some other man and be a burden on the taxpayers." "How about a woman who garnishees a man's wages and doesn't allow him to see his child?" demanded a male telephone caller from Selah. "I just lost my daughter after 12 years fighting with the .jurts, and being accused of kidnapping, trespass and assault. I don't know how the state can damn well take my wages and say I can't see my daughter. The laws should be changed so support and visitation are tied together." "I am one of those fathers that didn't support," writes William Jackson of Sunnyside: "I would have been glad to pay for my children's support but I don't think I should have to pay for my ex-wife's boyfriend's support too. "When I complained that I didn't think I should have to support a live-in boyfriend, the state support enforce- ment officer informed me that there was not anything I could do. I think the state would have better collections if this was more equitable."' "Speaking from experience, it is no surpris to me that, as you say, less than half of the divorced fathers pay their support," writes Harvey Lange of Metaline Falls. "My experience with the department of support enforcement is enough to cause anyone to split and the thought has definitely crossed my mind...It seems (to me) the department is trying to make up for the deadbeat fathers at the expense of those who are trying to be responsible citizens." And from a woman who signed herself "A Sadder but Wiser Mother and a Brokenhearted Grandmother-to- be:" "Why do you, the judges and the government only think fathers should be made to pay?...Believe me, it is not always the young female who is taken advantage of. My son, who is 19...I knew this little girl was doing all she could to get pregnant...They were married four weeks and she left him and filed for a divorce. The same day she went on welfare...After he moved into his own apartment, he couldn't meet his second month alimony. "He was accepted by the Air Force when married but rejected after divorce was filed. He has no chance of furthering his education and has only part-time jobs because he hasn't ac- quired experience yet. "He has the judges, laywers, government and her to tell him that he must pay or else go to jail or to court and pay all court costs and then go to jail. "No one cares whether he can further his education and meet his obligations. No one cares that he's only 19. No one cares that he tried to do the right thing by marrying her. No one cares that he will never have the opportunity with his child that she gets. No one cares as he has no rights..." 50 Years Ago in the Cheney Free Press Sept. 2, 1932 Cheney Martin-for-Governor Club is planning a huge homecoming rally for Monday night, Sept. 12, at which time friends and neighbors of Clarence Martin will welcome him back from his strenuous campaign for governor. It is planned to have a varied program of music, short talks and refreshments. Mr. Martin has spent a busy week campaigning. Monday, he visited Southeastern Washington. Tuesday, he spoke over the radio from Spokane, as well as addressing meetings there. Wednesday, he spent all day in Seattle conferring with leaders. Wednesday night, he spoke over a Seattle radio station. The Ritzville, Colville and Newport districts will be visited between now and Sunday, and the closing week before the primaries will be spent in Bellingham, Tacoma and Seattle. "It will be a real pleasure to spend the last evening before the election with hometown folks," said Martin yester- day. "Many of my best boosters have been people from Cheney and the surrounding territory. Because of this loyalty, I have not spent much time campaigning at home, but have concen- trated on other sections. I'll be very pleased to meet the home folks on the final night and to report back to them on conditions I have found over the state." Publication Policy The volume of news the Free Press receives each week for publication makes necessary an organized schedule for receiving and printing stories and photo- graphs. Generally the rule is the earlier items are received, the better the chance for publication. The Free Press requests that contributors observe the following dealines which will be strictly enforced: SPORTS, LATE BREAKING NEWS, OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES- Tuesday, 10 a.m. Checking Cheney Police Officer Rindi Twiss recently showed Cheney Explorer Home Security Surveys. Residents can arrange for an analysis of by phoning the Cheney Police Department at 235.6234, Home security program By Tom Thrun "It's a crime if you're not prepared?" That's the message being given to Cheney residents by the Cheney Ex- plorer Scouts as they begin a new Residential Security survey program through the Cheney Police Department. The Explorer Scouts, outfitted with new uniforms from a contribution from the Cheney Kiwanis Club, are advised by officers Greg Lopes and A1 Brem- ner. Starting immediately, they will be available to the local public to help survey private residences for insecure doors and windows, while also checking other factors both in and around local homes. In particular, the Explorers will look for lighting and any trees or shrubs that may create dark areas near windows and door that may help to hide a burglar. Landscaping, as nice as it may be, may actually help to hide one's house from view of neighbors and other passersby who may be able to help protect the property. Officer Rindi Twiss recently took the Explorers to a private home to give them actual experience in detecting doors and 'windows that may be easily entered by the common burglar. She noted firewood stacked near a house, for example, may be used to help the burglar gain access to a window. Upon inspecting windows inside the home, she told the scouts how they may recommend new locks or how they may explain that there are also several other inexpensive ways to better secure one's doors and windows. In particular, she told the Explorers that they should recommend iron grates for those nar- row windows that often can be found along side the front door. Explorers who participated in the briefing included Pa't Reffalt, Eric Duenow, Lilas Ellis, Kellie Guenzel, Rick Campbell, and Gregorio Munoz III. Home owners wishing to arrange for a Residential Security Survey should call the Cheney Police Department at 235-6234. t Sportsmen need not buy new decal ment, do not have to obtain the special decal," said Dave Gadwa, department spokesman. Last week, some newspapers carried a story about the Conservation License program which deleted this informa- tion, and the Game Department and license dealers were flooded with com- plaints from anglers and hunters who thought they needed to obtain the decals to use Game Department facili- ties: The Conservation License program is an effort to spread the costs of main- taining identified Game Department facilities for use by non-sportsmen. The license is a decal, about the size of a vehicle license tab which fflust be displayed on a motor vehicle operated by any unlicensed use of most Game Department boat ramps and lands throughout the state. The Conservation License costs $5 per year and may be obtained from any authorized Game Department license vendor. POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to Cheney Free Press, P.O. Box 218, Cheney, Washington 99004 Published at 1855 1st Street, Cheney, Washington 99004 The State Game Department reminds persons who have already bought their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for the current year that they do not have to obtain an additional Conserva- tion License decal. "The 1982 season licenses also serve as a Conservation License, and, there- fore, sportsmen who have already purchased their regular licenses, or persons who have complimentary licenses issued by the Game Depart- Second Class Matter entered at the Post Office at Cheney, Washington, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Published every Thursday morning by the Times Pub- lishing Company, Davenport, Washington. CHURCH NEWS, WEDDINGS, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL OTHER SOCIAL NEWS-- Monday, noon GENERAL ADVERTISING- Monday, 5 p.m. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING- Tuesday, noon All letters must be signed, with the writer bearing sole respon- sibility for their contents; libelous letters will not be printed Publisher ............................. Jerome H. Jantz Editor ..................................... Tom Thrun EducationMedical Lake .................. Marl Perrotti Advertising Manager.... .............. Larry Kincheloe I I  il I tl if\\;  /'/ I II L Sliding aluminum doors on homes and apartments are a 1| problem because they can be forced open easily. To preventL can have special locks installed. Or youcan place a broomstick' t in the track and simply slip it out when you want to open inside. Or ou can mount a Charley bar which folds down froL--. same purpose. See sketch above. . ....... 1 It "s not difficult to pry these doors out of their tracks. To prel 4 couple of sheet metal screws through the track into the frame|5' protruding fat" enough so that the door just clears. See sketclll.l P i'i' ......... i!', li I  ! II Y t THIS DOOR OPENS BROOMSTICK OR PIECE OF WOOD Most windows come equipped with locks. The most importa t is: Remember to lock your windows, especially when you are only for a short time. Because man,,, Window locks do not provide ideal security, it supplement them. Special locks are now available to provide e/ various types of windows. In addition, here are two inexpensi --For windows that slide sideways, use the same dowe metl for sliding doors. --For 'traditional. double-hung windows, drill a small I downward angle through the first sash and into but not tbrq (back) sash, as illustrated below. Then slip a large nail into tll o  DRILL   - " HOLE HERE 13]=== -- SIDE WEW CHEN00( Free Pn,00= Rates In Spokane Count , $10 00 per year : Y " - - L state $12.00 per year; outside the state, $10 senor citizens, $8.00 per year; for othe 235-6184 or 747-7395. Name: J Address: ........ . J ashi P