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Thursday, October 16,1975



an independent student newspaper I


Collins says third man
with Stephens, Bishop

(Editor’s note: this article was written
by: Bruce Winges, editor-in-chief;
(tinny Edwards, managing editor: Walter
llixson. assistant managing editor; Dick
(iahriel, assistant sports editor; and Ron
Mitchell. staff writer.)

© Lopyright, Kentucky Kernel. 1975

An unidentified man, accompanied by
two men charged with the Saturday night
kidna ping d Luron Eugene Taylor, visited
UK football running-back Alfred ”Sonny“
Collins within 90 minutes after the in

Collins said Wednesday the unidentified
man was black, tall, slim and sported a
goatee. The man may have used the name
"Rob", according to Collins, and wore
“hippie-like clothes” such as “ragged,
patched-up jeans."

The unidentified man visited Collins
around 1 am. Sunday along with former
UK football player Elmore Stephens and
former team manager John Bishop.
Stephens and Bishop have been arrested in
connection with Taylor‘s kidnaping.
Taylor is still missing.

Collins said the three visited his dorm
room Saturday night and remained there
for approximately 15 minutes. They
stopped by to talk about the Auburn
football game. according to Collins.

Taylor, 24, was abducted from his home
at 11:30 pm. Saturday, according to Joe
Catt, Metro Police media liasion. Also

arrested with Bishop and Stephens in
connection with the kidnaping was 22-year-
old Robert Channels, 1508 Yates Cresent.
An unidentified fourth kidnaper is being
sought in connection with the incident,
Catt said.

In the course of interrogating Stephens
and Bishop, according to Catt, Collins'
name was mentioned. “You know, like
‘Where were you'," Catt said,“‘Hey man.

I was with Sonny Collins,‘ that type or.


Collins was interrogated Sunday and
Monday by police, Catt said. Collins said
he was questioned by police about the
character of Bishop and Stephens.

“It is a Metro police investigation," said
Assistant Dean of Students T. Lynn
Williamson. who accompanied Collins to
the police interrogations. “As far as I
know, he (Collins) was questioned for
character references.“

Acting Dean of Students Joe Burch said
his office was “playing a protective role”
in accompanying Collins to the police
interrogations. “Our role is not dealing
with police cases," he said. “We ac-
companied and assisted Collins as we have
done in past cases for many students."

At the time he was kidnaped, Taylor
was being sought by Metro police for

Continued on page 12


Numerous interviews have been held
in connection with the kidnaping of
Luron Eugene Taylor and some ”rele-
vant information has been obtained,"
according to Lexington Metro Police
Asst. Chief Frank Fryman.

In a press statement released early
this morning, Fryman said a “celebrity
list of suspects will not be released to
the press."

The release stated that a bureau
meeting was held Wednesday evening


Metro police step-up
kidnap investigation

to re-emphasize the priority of the
Taylor case.

At Fryman‘s direction, leave days for
all night detectives have been cancelled
until further notice and detectives will
continue to work 12-hour shifts. Fry—
man said.

Despite the additional information,
Fryman noted that “the question still
remains: Where is‘ Luron 'I‘aylor""
Fryman said the Taylor case has
major priority as a major investiga-
tion. '



Judged on poise, personality
Homecoming Committee excludes males

Kernel Staff Writer

Both male candidates for homecoming
queen were not included in the list of 16
finalists released Wednesday.

“We worked very hard to change" the
criteria for selection to ensure judging
would be “totally unbiased.“ said
homecoming committee chairwoman
Betsy lloltman.

“The candidates were judged on poise,
personality. goal directedness, and ap
pearance,” Iloltman said. The males “just
didn‘t get as many points as the 16
finalists." she said.

Included on instructions to judges was
the question: ”Would you like to see her as
homecoming queen?"

Judges were told before interviews With
coiiwstants began that the "her” in this
question was an error and they should


More than Ttisttidents voted in the
two—day special election that
determined ‘who would fill four
\acant Student Senate seats.

Margie l’eek was the only student
chosen from the four announced
candidates in the graduate school
toll Mellow. a write-in candidate
w on the second open graduate school

There were no announced can.
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77 students vote
in special election

Library Science. and Dentistry.
Write-in campaigns resulted in the
election of Paul l‘raysure in den-
tistry college and Patsy Lannon in
library science, said Dennis George,
senator in charge of the election.

Student Government president
.lim llarralson said the turnout of 77
"was more than I expected."

Results ofthe election w ill become
official in ll\‘(‘ rims. if the} are not
(Seorge said.



consider males also, said John llerbst,
Student» Center program director and
advisor to the homecoming committee.

Daryl Driver, who was nominated by the
Phi Alpha Delta fraternity, said the
judging was biased, and he is “considering
instituting some action against the ap—
propriate body,

"I didn‘t think it was biased while they
were interviewing me, but obviously they
considered being a female a qualification"
lor being selected queen, he said.

Scott Appell, the Free University can-
didate. was not sure the contest was
biased. “I can't tell, they (the judges)
treated me well. They were friendly and

At no time during the interview was
Appell‘s membership in the Gay Student
Coalition mentioned, he said.

“If there was any bias in the interviews I
didn‘t notice it,“ said Bernie Vanderhide.
of University Information Services ([118)
and one of the three judges.

”I personally attempted not to be biased,
and it did not appear that any of the people
on the committee were biased, said Ann
Reynolds. College of Medicine alumni
affairs coordinator, and contest judge.

I)avrd llolt. of ITIS and the third contest
judge, said. “It seemed fair enough to

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University of Kentucky


—$tewan Bowman


Lexington, Kentucky


Ummmm good

Eliza heth (Braves .5. hugs her Norwich
Terrier named Lolly Pop.

“I'm rather disturbed they didn't take
my candidacy for what I meant," Driver
said. “I entered just for fun. I‘m sorry I
won‘t have more fun than I did."

Appell has mixed emotions about his

“I‘m really disappointed that I won't be
in the contest, but I think some of the
hassles will stop,“ he said.

Appell has received harassing phone
calls and threatening unsigned letters,
several of which threatened his life, since
he entered the homecoming queen contest.

As a result of the threats, Appell‘s
dormitory phone number has been
changed and is no longer listed.

Appell said the last threat he received
was at about 10 am. Wednesday. It was a
repeat call from a man who had identified
himself as “Bill, a member of the Ku Klux
Klan," Appell said.

The caller told Appell‘s roommate. Bill
White, to tell Appell “He has one more

In a previous conversation, Bill said he
“would kill Scott if he showed up “at the
homecoming queen interview, Appell said.

One note said “Scott. why risk your life
for such a silly cause? Signed a friend!,”
White said.

"I expected a little trouble. but not to

his (tegiee ' Appell said
Continued on page 7



Lettas and Spectrumarticla should be missed to the aimrid Page Editor,
Room in Journalism milding. They shouldbe typed, Mespaced aid sigied.
Lettas smuld not exceed 7.!) m and Spectrum article 7!) urds.

Editorials do not represent the opinions of the University.

Bruce Winges

Ginny Edwards
Managing Editor

Susan Jones
Editorial Page Editor

Jack Koeneman
Associate Editor



Finalist selection
might be biased

It appears Gay Students’ Coalition
(GSC) member Scott Appell — Free
University’s homecoming queen
candidate — put up with threatening
phone calls, heckling, nasty notes and
firecrackers for nothing — he was not
chosen to be among the l6
homecoming queen finalists.

Neither was Phi Alpha Delta-
sponsored Daryl Driver, the only
other male candidate for queen. And
although Driver suffered no
harassment, he does feel there was a
bias operating in the judges’ choices
and is ”considering instituting action
against the appropriate group.”

Appell said: ”I couldn’t tell if there
was any bias, but I was treated well
when I was interviewed. They were
friendly and nice."

Bias is always difficult to prove
concretely. And when the candidates
are officially weeded out on the basis
of their goal directedness, poise,
personality, character and general
appearance, any bias would be almost
impossible to detect. (What on earth
is goal directedness, anyway?)

In this particular situation,
however, thereare a couple of factors
which introduce a bit of suspicion
concerning the choice of the finalists.

To beg in with , the three judges, who
chose the l6 finalists, are all con»
nected in some way with University
public relations departments. David

Holt and Bernie Vanderhide work in
University Information Services
(UK PR). And the third judge, Ann
Reynolds, is in charge of a newsletter
for medical school alumni.

The job of any UK public relations
department is to make the University
look good in the eyes of the com-
munity. lt’s doubtful any of those
judges forgot that fact when faced
with the choice of a potential male or
gay (or both) homecoming queen.
And even though the judges might not
feel the community would be upset at
the prospects of a male UK
homecoming queen, they know
everyone would be up in arms at the
prospects of a gay UK homecoming
queen. University administrators
would obviously be upset — they
won’t even allow gays to gain student
organizational status. Judging from
the threats on Appell’s life and the
heckling he received in his dorm and
on campus, it’s obvious how students
feel. And it’s probably best not to even
think about community and alumni

in addition to being potentially
biased because of their jobs, it’s also
necessary to point out that two men
and one woman did the judging.
Depending upon their orientation.
that could have affected the outcome
of the finalist selection, especially



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when the judges considered such we||~
defined categories as general ap~

Finally, as outlined by the
Homecoming Committee, the last
question the judges were Supposed to
consider was: "And would you like to
see her as homecoming queen?” The
point may be picky, and Homecoming
Committee Chairwoman Betsy
Holtman did say she pointed out the
mistake to the judges before the
judging, but after all, the committee
could have easily taken the time to


correct such an obvious prejudice.

If there wasan anti—gay and-or anti-
male bias at work within the selection
of homecoming queen finalists, the
blame partially rests with the
Homecoming Committee. Their
choice of judges wasn’t the best in the
world and there’s no reason for not
taking the time to draw up a suitable
list of questions for the judges. And
when considering the often violent
prejudice floating around in Appell’s
case, there’s no excuse for even a hint
of bias in the official judging.


I’m in the mood for vengeance. Damn
right, vengeance is the noblest of
emotions, pure as spring water,
straight from the gut of our humanity,
as old and revered as Cain and Abel.
Law and order, that’s the ticket: smash
the brutes, rip their teeth out, conduct
terminal medical experiments on
them...amputate, castrate...


’j oovton




Ah, the bloody indignity. I who have
defended and promoted Kentucky as
the sanest and safest place in the union
to live; I who passed up the chance to
live in Caracas, Venezuala, in total
luxury, all expenses paid, in exchange
for providing "services and con—
siderations” for a twisted cocaine-
dealer friend of mine,- I who turned
down a job with Ring Magazine because
Ididn‘t want to relocate —l who passed
all that up for the safe, bucolic sim


plicity of Life in the Bluegrass, came
home this past evil Friday and found
that my apartment had been
grotesquely burglarized, apparently by
a marauding band of junkies intent on
making Gen. Sherman look like a

Shit. I still getall cranked-up thinking
about it. Imagine coming home from a
hard day’s boxing promoting and
finding the door to your apartment
hanging limply by one hinge. Every
drawer open, and dumped on the floor.
Clothes strewn everywhere. A finely
aged Harmony Sovereign stomped into
rubble, its broken strings twisted like
spaghetti. A $400 stereo gone, priceless
old records from the 605 pilfered. Two-
hundred dollars in cash, ear-marked
for pressing gambling debts, all gone.
Jesus. They even took the life-size
portrait of Patty Hearst from the
bathroom...and the two cannisters of
pure Sandoz ether I had hidden in the

Well, what can you expect?
Lexington isn’t really bucolic anymore,
and those of us who choose to stay here
instead of fleeing to the countryside ~
or to smaller nearby towns like Ver-
sailles or Georgetown Hwill just have
to get used to all the hideous daily

I’m in the mood for vengeance

bullshit that goes with living in ”an
expanding metropolitan area.“ (Like
mammoth and incomprehensibly
stupid traffic jams. While I’m bitching,
let me lay my loudest bitch on you:
Lexington has, absolutely and without
any exceptions, the worst traffic
system in this quadrant of the galaxy.
Have you ever tried to drive across
town during rush hour? Absolutely
impossible. Ever wondered why the
traffic lights on Versailles Road and
Nicholasville road are demonically
synchronized sothatyou have to stopat
every red light? l’ll tell you, I‘m only
halfsure it was junkies who broke into
my apartment, but I’m 100 per cent
certain that Lexington’s traffic system
was designed by blind junkies on lend-
lease from the old Narco.)

No, it just ain’t safe here in old Lex
anymore. And the Metro Police aren’t
much help. The officer who answered
my distress call was more interested in
getting the spreads on Saturday’s
football games (all my sheets were
lying around, uncovered) than he was
in Solving the Crime ——hell, he was
trying to get me to put a bet down for
him: $200 on Harvard and one point,
can you believe that? No?

The lD specialist, who showed up
three hours later, half-smashed on
Quaaludes and Olympia beer, spread
his filthy black fingerprint powder all
over my apartment, picking up a print
here and there —and the next night my
demented roommate, who has an arrest
record as long as his arm, was nailedat
the Chevy Store while picking up his
third bottle of Wild lrish Rose for the
evening...and languished in jail for
seven hours, under charges of breaking
and entering, until I finally got up the
nerve to go down and verify that, yes,
indeed, he did live with me..f.‘“

Enough, enough. The torture never
ends. This culture has just about beaten
me down. All that's left, it seems, is to
sit inside my triple-locked apartment,
polishing my .357 Magnum...waiting for
the jackboot at the d00r.


Scott Payton graduated from UK in
1973. He is a former contributor'to
Rolling Stone magazine and is now
working as a free lance boxing
promoter in Frankfort. His Column,
”Ten Years On,” appears weekly in the





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A sea
of hate

at UK



By The Central Kentucky
Gay Artists and Writers


Saddened and alarmed does not
nearly describe our feelings after
reading the Spectrum article by Chuck
Turner (“Being Gay is immoral,
illegal,” Oct. 10, Kernel). Turner’s
political beliefs seem to center around
the idea that what the majority at UK
feel is right, good, moral and humane.
We have seen the sad results of this
attitude all throughout history and
know it does not always work. Being

* part of an oppressed minority gives one

the opportunity to know the devastating
reality of this cattle-herd decision

ln opposing the Gay Students’
Coalition (GSC) as an organization, he
opposes the individual right of gay
students to organize, a basic right
granted all US. citizens.

The illegality of homosexuality in
certain large sections of this country is
clearly based on morality, Christian
morality that is. What goes on sexually
between adults is of no business to
churches of which the people are not
affiliated or to the police. This country
was faunded on a basis of ”separation
ofchurch and state” and a morality law
concerning homosexuality violates that
principal. This is the only way one can
interpret a morality law concerning

homosexuality. The reasoning that
homosexuals are sick has already been
ruled out. Thank you American
Psychological Association. Freedom of
religion is one thing and religious-
sanctioned oppression another.

if the only thing homosexuality, rape
and theft have in common is their
illegality, laws stand on the books that
forbid sex between unmarried people,
sex between married people in un-
conventional positions, interacial
marriage and the right for a woman to
determine her own future. And many
other laws oppress people who may not
even know they are breaking a law. We
have to understand the position of
victim less crimes and laws that seek to
enforce and regulate one’s ”morality”
—that goes for all religion ——affiliated
morality. l’m sure as a Christian you
would meet with many different at-
titudes from other denominations on all
levels of conviction.

Turner’s personal reasoning makes
for less sense —he thinks it is wrong
and he considers all aspects of
homosexual life morally wrong. Many,
many people have many, many con-
cepts of what they consider right and
wrong. The advantage to living in a free
country governed by the constitution
and the bill of rights is that one cannot
force his personal beliefs on one
another or deprive him of his rights,
just because his beliefs are different.

You encourage other students to do
likewise, support student senators who
also advocate these ideas. then become

outraged when someone cries fascist.
You leave a clear picture for those
unaware of thegay struggle to see what
is happening in the free world.

Some people’s beliefs are weighted so
deeply in society’s morality and
madness that they can destroy, op-
press, kill and imprison people who
oppose them —and where is fascism?

The Bible, aside from condemning
homosexuality, imposes strict punish-
ment —even to the point of death —to
enforce laws concerning premarital
sex, adultery, the way food is prepared,
the way hair is worn, nakedness, what
clothes are made of and also says
women should be oppressed because
that is ”the law." How can one soundly
survey a situation as grim as y0ur
morality, a morality that oppresses
people on the basis of thousands of
years of old scripture, reputed to be the
inspired word of god. It is a threat to a
free society. We are not saying that all
Christianity is a threat. There are some
sects and individuals of the Christian
affiliation who do seek freedom and
justice in their spiritual aspirations and
reject the vengeful god of the Old

To deny gays the right to meet and
hold dances violates their rights of
freedom of speech and assembly and
the ”flood” of gay propaganda is their
freedom of press. it you think the
members of the UK community can
make up their own minds on the subject
of homosexual rights with their own
resources and deny GSC to print and
distribute their position because you
don’t think it is morally right, where is


fascism? if you resent being termed a
fascist you do little to dispel the rumors
to that effect. in short, you propose,
becauseyou think itto be morally right,
to deny gays their rights to free speech,

assembly, press, separation of church

and state, life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness and, most of all, freedom of
love and expression. You propose all
this because you do not think it to be
morally right.

Your article makes us wonder what
your world is made of. What kind of
society do you wish to manifest? What
kind of responsibility can you bear for
humanity? These are serious questions
that need answers. lt would be nice to
believe that persons like yourself are
clean-cut, wholesome Americans —a
credit to their family, school, race,
religion and country -—but things just
are not that way. When clear-minded
people judge the words of your god and
the deeds of his followers, be they
morally right or brutal and fascist, we
will be a much larger and stronger
movement and we will still be here.
Thousands of people —doctors,
lawyers, theologians, politicians, ar-

fists and writers are members of and or .

supporters of the gay movement. We
are much stronger than ”-40 students
in a sea of hate at UK. Day by day,
change will come in cur life time. We
won’t stop now not after hundreds of
years of oppression.


The Central Kentucky Gay Artists and
Writers Collective





as.” Wan—me


4—'I‘HE KENTUCKY KERNEL, Thursday, October 16. 1975




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School attendance down

news brie“

LUUSVILLI‘Z, (AP) —A boycott of Jefferson County classrooms
to protest court-ordered busing for desegregation cut attendance
slightly Wed nesday, even at high schools where a previous boycott
had virtually emptied some classrooms.

Absenteeism was highest at high schools in southern Jefferson
County, where anti-busing sentiment has been strongest, but
overall attendance wasdown only about 10 per cent, school officials

()ut of 47,692 enrolled in Jefferson County high schools, 8,461
students were absent.

A boycott Oct. 1-3 cut attendance to 40 per cent, and closed down
three major plants in the city.

Officials at Southern High School reported about 20 per cent
absentee'sm Wednesday _,477 students out of an enrollment of
2,375. Valley High School reported about the same, with 404 ab-
sentees out of a total enrollment of 1.961.

These two schools were hard hit by an anti-busing boycott of
classes ()ct. 1—3, when attendance was cut in half. They were also
the scene of the most violent anti-busing demonstrations when
school opened last month.

Cancer study is released

BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana is far more effective than any other
drug in relieving the vomiting and nausea plaguing thousands of
cancer patients undergoing chemical therapy, researchers say,
and should be considered as a treatment for such side effects.

In a report published Thursday in the New England Journal of
Medicine, Harvard Medical School researchers at the Sidney
Father Cancer Center say they tested the effectiveness of the
marijuana drug against a dummy drug in 22 patients with a variety
of cancers.

For patients who completed the study, 12 of 15 cases involving
marijuana drug treatments resulted in at least a 50 per cent
reduction in vomiting and nausea after therapy. And in five of these
treatments, the patients suffered no nausea at all, the report added.

There was no decrease in nausea or vomiting in 14 cases in which
placebo. or dummy, t; :atment was used, the researchers said. In
the “double-blind” experiment, neither patients nor doctors knew
in advance who got the real or dummy drugs.

Dr. Stephen E. Salan said inan interview that about 74 per cent of
the thousands of patients getting chemotherapy for cancer suffer
moderate to extreme nausea and vomiting. And of this group, 90
per cent get no relief from conventional antina usea drugs.

Carroll supports transit funding

FORT MITCHELL (AP) ~ Gov. Julian Carroll said Wednesday
thatstate help could be on the way for urban areas running short of
mats transit funds.

While campaigning in Northern Kentucky, the Democratic
governor met with county officials from Kenton and Campbell
counties to hear about their problems.

Kenton (‘ounty JudgeJames Dressman told Carroll that Kenton,
Campbell and Boone counties are hard put to come up with local
funds needed to get federal assistance for the area's bus system,
the Transit Authority of Northern Kentuckv.

The governor said he wants to expand the Municipal Aid Fund —
now used for road building v~ and use it to help with the cost of
operating transit equipment.

In urban areas such as Jefferson and Fayette counties, he said,
grants could be made to existing transit authorities He said the
state could actually buy buses for communities in rural areas.

$2 bills staging a comeback

WASHINGTON (AP) —The $2 bill, which disappeared almost a
decade ago because of public disinterest, is staging a comeback in
time for the Bicentennial, a congressman says.

Rep. Benjamin S. Rosenthal, D—N.Y., said today that he has
learned that the Treasury Department plans to issue 400 million $2
bills annually.

Although the letter to Rosenthal indicated a final decision on
reissuing the bill had been made, a Treasury spokesman said the
decision was not yet final. The Treasury scheduled a public hearing
later today to get views of consumers on whether they thought the
bill would be well-received by Americans.

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Strip mines

More inspectors needed
to oversee procedures

FRANKFORT (AP) — More inspectors are needed to oversee
procedures aimed at reclaiming land scarred by strip mining
operations, an official of a Breathitt County coal company told the
state Environmental Quality Commission Wednesday.

Roy Mullins, reclamation supervisor for the Falcon Coal Co.,
said current state laws governing reclamation of lands are strong
enough, but that they are not adequately enforced.

“I think it is ridiculous, with the emphasis being placed on
reclamation, with all the money, that the state can’t afford to hire
competent people to go out there and do thejob," Mullins said.

He said most large strip mine firms already reclaim stripped
land adequately, but that small coaloperators either are unable to
do so or make little effort to restore original landscapes near

“Someone is going to have to help the small operators," he said.
“It‘s the small operator who goes in to make a quick buck" who
fails to sufficiently reclaim stripped lands.

Mullins showed slides which demonstrated how his firm has
reclaimed land near strip mine sites.

()ne showed a vineyard that had been planted three years ago on
surface materials from a strip mine location.

“Early this spring we harvested 2,600 pounds of grapes," he said,
“and next year we hope to have more."

He said stripped lands also have been converted into
pastureland. forests and orchards.

“The man who is going to be using the land in the future should
make the determination as to the future use of the land,” Mullins

Willis Vogel, an official of the US. Forest Service, told the
commission that reforestation of stripped areas is “the best goal if
there are no other land use plans.”

He too showed slides demonstrating methods of reclaiming land
but said the most important factor in the process must be to
“quickly establish vegetation to prevent erosion."

Mullins said his major objection to current reclamation laws was'

that “the people who own surface land do not have an input into
what they want the future of that land to be.

“I would like to see eventually the mine operator himself. in
conjunction with surface owners and division of reclamation of-
ficials, sit down and work out a plan for future land use," Mullins

“Putting spoil back to the original contour is absolutely
ridiculous." he added.

Gable proposes turning
mines info housing plots

FRANKFOR'I‘ (AP) — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Robert
Gable said Wednesday that abandoned strip mine pits in eastern
Kentucky should be developed into “well planned housing

In remarks prepared for an appearance at Corbin and released
by his headquarters, Gable described the “orphan" sites as
“eyesores as they sit vacant and abandoned — a waste of our
resou rces. “

Gable said modern, moderately priced housing is in short supply
in the state and that developing the strip mine sites could help solve
that problem.

“With imagination, some money. hard work and the cooperation
of state government and the private sector, these orphaned areas
could become the sites for modern, well planned housing
developments," Gable said.

The GOP nominee, who is trying to unseat Gov. Julian Carroll in
the Nov. 4 election. criticized the governor for “failing to plan for
usage of the mine pits.”

He said “The Frankfort bureaucrats have refused to make the
commitment to the type of planning and action that will result in
more opportunity and better standard of living for all Ken-

Gable said Carroll spends “his time and energies accusing
everyone ebe of causing” strip mine pits.

“It‘s high time Julian Ieamed that nothing ever gets ac-
complished if someone isn't willing to take a stand," Gable said.
“Instead of the bold, courageous leadership that such a project
demands the governor appoints study commissions because he‘s
afraid he might offend someone and lose a vote.”

Gable also said Carroll lacks the political courage to give Ken~
tuckians his real views on issues.

He cited in remarks prepared for an appearance in Barbourville,
what he called contradictions in his opponent‘s stands.

He said Carroll has said he would veto a bill authorizing collec-
tive bargaining for public employes “but three times in the past he
has worked for and supported such a bill.

“He says he’s opposed to forced busing, yet he hired the attorney
who instigated the suit." Gable said.


THE KENTUCKY KERNEL. Thursday, chber 16, 1975—5




Tuesday, October2l, l975