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Legislature grapples with prison healthcare
■ One proposal would eliminate red
tape surrounding medical records;
another would improve healthcare.
State law says if patients request to
see their medical records, the records
must be made available.
But if an inmate wants to do the
same thing, he faces a barrage of
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha
hopes to clear things up with LB 15,
which would provide access to medical
records by inmates and public counsel.
The law on the books is unclear on
what rights inmates have to access their
For prison inmates, state law says
inmate files "shall not be subject to
public inspection except by court order
for good cause shown and shall not be
accessible to any person committed to
Because state law doesn't specify
whether or not medical records should
be included in an inmate's file, the
Department of Corrections turned in
1995 to Attorney General Don Stenberg
for his opinion.
The attorney general said medical
records must be included in an inmate’s
Because the attorney general said
medical records are a part of an
inmate’s file, an inmate cannot see his
or her medical records.
After the hearing, the bill was held in
the Judiciary Committee on
Chambers said in his statement of
intent: “No valid state interest is being
served by denying inmates access to
their medical records.”
Chambers said it was disappointing
to have to introduce such a law.
“It should not be necessary to make
a statutory change to fill a gap created
by the absence of common sense and
human decency,” Chambers said.
In April, an opinion by the attorney
general’s office said even though
inmates do not have access to their
files, the state ombudsman’s office can
not have access to medical records
without the inmate’s written consent.
The attorney general’s office said
without the written consent of the
inmate, the ombudsman’s access to
these records could be seen as an inva
sion of private property.
Before, the ombudsman's office was
allowed to access these records without
the inmate's written consent
"I just want the committee to
restore the status quo that existed
before the attorney general released the
opinion in April,” State Ombudsman
Marshall Lux said.
Lux said many inmates contact the
office in writing asking it to look into a
Lux argues the inmate's written con
sent only slows down the investigative
“When someone asks us to look at
something, it should defer that we can
look at their medical records,” Lux said.
Lux, along with a governor’s task
force, has been investigating Nebraska
prisons and the health care inmates
receive in prison since last year, when
the task force was created.
LB 154, also introduced by
Chambers, implements the major rec
ommendations of the task force.
The bill focuses on creating a stan
dard of decent medical care in
Nebraska prisons, Chambers said.
While introducing the bill,
Chambers made several amendments
One amendment consisted of put
ting into statute that the health care
service will seek to obtain accredita
This accreditation will force into law
certain standards for the prison health
Lux said the problems in prisons,
which are filled to 161 percent of capac
ity, have been systemwide and only a
systemic solution will help.
"The result of this situation has
been disastrous, including the loss of a
life,” Lux said.
Anthony Lato Jr. knows exactly what
Lux is talking about.
In his testimony supporting the bill,
Lato described his problems with the
system while he was held in prison.
Lato, who was released in July 2000,
had a dental bridge knocked out of his
mouth and wanted to get it replaced.
He first inquired about seeing a
dentist in May 1998, and though he
received various responses, none
offered him definite medical help.
“There are definite violations of
7t should not be necessary
to make a statutory change
to fill a gap created by the
absence of common sense
and human decency.”
Nebraska state senator
medical authority going on down
there,” Lato said, “and even bigger vio
lations of civil rights.”
No one testified against the bill, but
Harold Clark, director of the
Department of Corrections, offered
Clark said the corrections depart
ment has not been perfect and will
strive to be better.
“We want to be the best system in
the country we can, including our med
ical facilities,” Clark said.
Lato reiterated the need for action.
“The legislators and the governor's
office needs to act on this issue now,”
Lato said, as he speculated about the
potential of a riot. “There can’t be any
more waiting around.”
Brain Drain:Teachers talk salaries
■The Legislature is considering more
than 100 bills dealing with education;50
of them would increase teacher pay.
BY GEORGE GREEN
Rob McEntarffer, a psychology teacher at
Lincoln Southeast High School, watched his
meager pay fall this year because of increas
ing health care costs.
For the first time in his career,
McEntarffer said, he thought about throwing
in the toweL
And he is not alone.
“There is a big morale problem,” he said.
Poor teacher pay is the primary culprit
for dwindling teacher morale, he said.
But McEntarffer said he found solace in
the Legislature’s roster of bills, which con
tains 180 bills dealing with education.
Of those bills, 50 focus specifically on
"The numbers show the Legislature rec
ognizes this as a problem,” he said.
Sen. Ron Raikes of Lincoln, chairman of
the Education Committee, said the
Legislature will use a priority process to filter
through all of the bills.
The priority process grants each senator
a bill he or she can designate a “priority,”
which means the bill can be forced into die
Bills that aren’t stamped with priority
status may or may not hit the floor for
debate, he said.
Duane Obennier, executive director of
the Nebraska State Education Association,
said the sheer number of bills indicates the
Legislature is ready to tackle lagging teacher
Nebraska ranks 44th in teacher salaries.
But Obermier cautioned some bills are
better for teachers than others.
Obermier spotlighted LB305 as the bill
with the most potential to bail out desperate
LB305, introduced by the Education
Committee, includes all of the recommen
dations a teacher task force made last year.
The Legislature formed a teacher salary
task force last year and charged the group
with studying teacher pay in Nebraska.
A year later, the group returned armed
with nine suggestions to bolster teacher pay.
Obermier said the centerpiece of the rec
ommendations is a provision that funnels
state money directly to teachers in the form
of salary stipends.
“NSEA solidly supports LB305,” he said.
A $78 million price tag in the first year
alone and a promise from Gov. Mike Johanns
to veto any tax increases provide some major
road blocks for the bill, he said.
Fortunately, Obermier said, senators
have proposed several different ways to fund
all or some of the recommendations.
Raikes said the Legislature has three
options to fund teacher salaries: The cash
has to come from property, sales tax or
income taxes or some combination of them
all, he said.
“Hopefully, the 49 senators will find a
creative way to do it," Obermier said.
McEntarffer, though, said the
Legislature's slew of bills geared toward
funding salary increases reflects the sena
tors' underlying sentiment that teachers
aren't that important
If senators were genuinely concerned, he
said, they would tackle the issue head-on by
agreeing to give state aid directly to schools.
Jule Kirchhoff, a fourth-grade teacher at
Hawthorne Elementary, said teachers were
particularly disappointed by the governor's
State of the State address where he promised
not to raise taxes.
“He put education on the back burner,"
She said Johanns’ remarks exposed his
lack of concern for education and took
teacher morale down another notch.
If morale continues to plummet, she
said, the quality of Nebraska’s educational
system will fall as masses of teachers hit the
road for other states.
But Obermier said he wasn't ready to write
off Nebraska's educational system as doomed.
“I’m optimistic that something positive
will happen,” he said.
Law & Order
Police arrest man for burglary in theft of VCR, Ramen noodles
Lincoln police arrested Michael Mabry, 36, on suspicion of bur
glary and assault Tuesday.
Police say Judy Soundsleeper, 44, returned to her home, 3720
Adams St., at 9:30 p.m. and found her mobile home unlocked and the
screen on the door cut away.
She discovered her RCA VCR, her Motorola cellular phone and her
8 mm camera were all missing. Also gone were two round steaks,
packs of Ramen noodles and 11 cans of tuna fish. The total value of
the stolen goods was $714, and an additional $25 was assessed for the
damage to the door.
Police talked to Soundsleeper’s ex-boyfriend Mabry, a transient
who resided with another man in the same mobile home park. Upon
searching the mobile home where Mabry lived, police found the
stolen electronics and food hidden in a closet, which led to his arrest
Compiled by Charlie Kauffman
Perlman to speak in forum at union
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Students can munch on snacks and chat with Interim Chancellor
Harvey Perlman tonight at the Nebraska Union.
Any student question relating to the university is fair game for
Perlman, who will meet students at 6 p.m. in the Georgian Suite.
He is expected to address questions relating to university goals,
services available to non-traditional students and how the university
accommodates non-traditional students.
The Independent Student Association, which provides a forum
for non-traditional students to discuss their concerns, is sponsoring
the event. The event is open to all students.
FAX: (402) 472-1761
$3.50/15 words (students)
$0.15 each additional word
$0.75 billing charge
Deadline: 4 p.m. weekday prior
220 Furniture For Sale
Couch and love seat set good condition $50.
Futon $50. Walnut desk and credenza $300 obo.
240 Misc. For Sale
Save big and go large. Snow boards and snow
board accessories on sale at 720 Snowboard
Shop. Products from Burton, North wave, Vans.
25-50% off. 720 Snow board shop located at
Cycle works at 27 Vine. Close to Campus
Scooters, camoflauge, airsoft pistols, jeans and
much more. 3241 South 13th. 420-5151.
Women's 1/3 carat princess cut engagement
and wedding ring set, $800. Men's two-tone
wedding ring, $200 or both for $1000. Two 12
Inch Rockford Fosgate subwoofers, $200. Sher
wood 2 by 50 ampler, $100. (402)525-4337.
290 Vehicle^ For Sale
‘95 Prism 4 door, auto, $4850. ‘94 Centra, 4
door, auto, $3250. '89 626, 4 door/5 speed,
$1650. '88 Accord LXI 4 door, auto, $2650.
Baer* Auto 1647 South 3rd, 477-6442.
350 Health and Fitness
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352 Income Tax
Experienced tax preparer with college student
special! Fast, reliable service. Cal Valerie tor de
365 Legal Services
Auto Accidents & DWI
Other criminal matters, call Sanford Pollack,
Birthright is a confidential helping hand. Please
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483-2609. Check out our website
Female non-smoker roommate wanted ASAP.
Very nice, washer/dryer in unit, no lease. Call
Female roommate needed for large 3 bedroom
home. 5 minutes from UNL, W/D. $400/month
(covers aH). 435-3215, leave message.
Female roommate wanted for 1/15 or 2/1.
Non-smoker, no pets. Washer/dryer, dishwasher
plus all utilities paid. Located in quiet neighbor
hood. $400/month. Leave message at 438-3434
Female, share 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 27th and Old
Cheney. N/S. $290 plus utilities. Call 423-6362.
Looking for female roommate for 3 bedroom
apartment. $250/month + utilities. Close to UNL.
Male to share newer home in southeast Lincoln.
Many extras. 421 -0977 leave message.
Roomate needed male or female by February
1st. $190 rent and 1/4 phone and cable. Close
to campus. 477-6160.
Roommate needed for huge apartment 5 min
utes from campus, off-street parking, other
perks. $250/month 477-6665.
420 Rooms For Rent
Furnished home to share, private bedroom, 2
bath, intercultural household, cable TV, central
heat/AC, washer/dryer, fireplace, deck, large
yard, off-street parking, 1 block from #3 bus,
20th & South, utilities included. $275/month.
Room for rent in 3BR house, Includes phone,
cable, laundry, utilities. Five minutes from cam
pus, $300/month. 476-5580. Leave message.
430 Houses For Rent
4 bedroom, 2 bath, garage. 3443 T Street. $750.
Available now. 450-5*74 or 430-3073.
2521 Sumner 5+1 Bedroom House for Rent,
$1200/month. Huge w/Tireplace. Must come see,
560-4732 or leave message 475-0750.
Large 5 bedroom house. 2822 R street. 2 bath ,
central air, off-street parking, washer/dryer,
dishwasher. $950 + deposit. 560-9330.
440 Duplexes For Rent
4 bedroom, 2 bath, Garage. Washer/dryer hook
up. New duplex. 1758 N. 27th. $1000 per
month. Available now. 450-5674 or 430-3073.
200 Hartley. 5 min. campus, 3 bedroom, 2.5
baths, finished basement, double garage,
W/D/DW/Frig. $950+deposit, available 3/1/01.
Minutes From Campus
4BR, 3 full baths, garage, deck, 2 family rooms,
washer/dryer, available. $1250.476-4905.
Walk to campus. Large remodeled 2 bedroom.
Central Air. Washer/drier. Off-street parking.
2410 Vine. $525.432-6476.
450 Apartments For Rent
501 North 29th....iBd.$395
306 North 32nd.....2 Bd.$425
1502 David Dr_J3 Bd.$650
450 Apartments For Rent
***Close to City Campus***
1 & 2 bedroom, electric-entry, 20/G Street, $349
to $479.475-7262. _
3 bedroom, 2+ garage, 1 bathroom and laundry
room only $750.2501 E Street 432-6476.
1 623 S. 19th Available - clean, affordable
1&2 bedroom apartments. Dishwasher, dis
posals, laundry facilities, off street parking.
Leasing specials now being offered. No
pets. ZIMMER APTS 402-423-4634.
3010 Center. Brand New. 4 bedroom, 2 bath, ail
appliances, fireplace, double garage. $1075.
Available February, 2BR, $420, near haymarket.
A/C, D/W, pet ok, references. 474-4054, leave
1 or 2 bedrooms, all electric, FREE CABLE, no
pets/no smoking. $360 & $460.1900 Knox.
Clean 2 & 3 bedroom apartments. Newly re
modeled kitchen and bath. Rent $345 and $415
plus electric. For more information, call Pat or
Melody, (402)434-2610 or hearing im
Furnished one bedroom near capital, 819 South
12th. Security building, washer/dryer, $260.
★1 BR Near Campus*
Appliances, dishwasher, mini-blinds, coin-op
laundry, off street parking, gas/heat/water trash
paid, cats ok, 3 or 6 month leases, super dean.
2504 Vine St., 3 closets, $375
1109 N. 28th, outdoor pool, $375
1121 N. 28th, outdoor pool, $385
Cherry Hill Co. 402-489-4857
Newer, 3 bedroom, 240 S. 26th, double-slide
door balcony, built in microwave, off-street
parking. Leave message. 483-2357. $625.
Nice basement suite, 1 BR, Available now.
$330/month, plus 1/3 utilities. Close to East
Studio and 1 BR
Vintage-studio and 1 BR close to both campus
es, $300-$350. 432-2288.
The Willows, 1800 Knox St., 1 & 2 bedroom,
available. Call 437-8322 for more detalils.
Two bedroom, close to UNL, fireplace. Available
November 15. For details contact 438-0777 or
♦ One Bedroom 2000 J St Parking $310.
♦ One Bedroom 1507 S 19th. Roomy $335.
♦ 3 BR 5232 Cooper, w/d hookup, fire-place,
MB $730. No Smokers/Pets 440-3000.
• 1,2 and 3 bedrooms
• Apt, Duplexes and Houses
• 24 Hour Maintenance call 438-0946
450 Apartments For Rent
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500 Help Wanted
$9-$12 Per Hour for
Domino’s Pizza is now hiring for day and eve
ning shifts for delivery drivers and limited eve
ning inside help. No experience necessary. All
you need to start is a good driving record, relia
ble personal vehicle, liability insurance, and a
good attitude. Apply at any of the Domino’s lo
63rd & Havelock
Fun job at great store! Minimum age 18, week
end availability required. We are an tOE offering
401k, profit snaring, Health/Dental ins., tuition
reimbursement, direct deposit, and much more
Stop in and apply today, or contact Dave at
484-5804 for details.
A Great Way to Earn $30
Donate your blood plasma
to help save kids’ lives.
Earn $30 Cash
(for approximately 2 hours)
Call or stop by: Nabi Biomedical Center, 300 S.
17th Street, Lincoln. 402-474-2335. Fees and
donation time may vary, www.nabi.com.
Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Students
Would you like to learn about your college and
help your fellow students in a fast-paced work
environment? The Arts & Sciences Advising
Center is looking for friendly, outgoing students
to be Advising Assistants. Applications available
in the A&S Advising Center, 107 Oldfather.
Deadline is Monday, January 29,2001.
Attentionl Growing international company
$500-$5,000 PT/FT. Serious opportunity.
Join a progressive, growth-oriented ENR Top
500 consulting engineering firm. We are seeking
individuals interested in water resources, trans
portation and municipal engineering. Responsi
bilities include assisting with design, project
management, surveying and field observation.
Experience with AutoCAD and Softdesk helpful.
Professional environment with an excellent com
pensation and benefits package. Please send
cover letter and resume to: Olsson Associates,
1111 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE 68508. EOE.
500 Help Wanted
Hardt Communications, a leading CellularONE
Dealer, is looking for sales reps for multiple lo
cations. We need some daytime availability of
12:00 noon and also weekend availability.
Above average earnings. Talk to any of our sales
reps about how they like their jobs. Great
part-time job. Apply at our Nebraska Bookstore
location downtown at 13th & Q Street.
Cornhusker Place Detox
Seeking individuals to work on-call as Addiction
Service Workers. Must be a team player and
have an interest in the human services field.
Must possess a current driver’s license, have
excellent communication skills and the ability to
work with a diverse population. Apply in person
all Patti or Pam at 477-3951.
at 721 K Street or call I
Ci Direct provides high-tech inbound customer
relationship management services to the insur
ance industry, and we need you as we grow!
You must have a desire to help others, good
Windows PC skills, be able to type 25 WPM,
and have a great smile over the phone!
• $50.00 Hiring Bonus
• $7.5Q/hr after training
• FT, PT, days, evenings, weekends
• Extensive benefit program
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• See www.cidirect.com for more info.
Apply in person between 8am and 5pm or send
or fax resume to:
5001 Central Park Drive
(One block south of 50th & R)
Lincoln, Nebraska 68504
FAX (402) 466-2171
Lincoln Electric System is looking for a junior or
senior majoring in Electrical Engineering with
power system emphasis. This position would be
part-time during the school year (approximately
20 hours a week that can be worked around
your class schedule) and 40 hours a week dur
ing the summer months. You would be working
with Engineers in our System Protection Depart
ment, gathering and recording data on electrical
failures, protective relaying databases, load
flows, and communication systems. Apply at
LINCOLN ELECTRIC SYSTEM
HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
1040 ‘O’ STREET
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Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Join a growing, Top 500 consulting engineering
firm located in downtown Lincoln. Positions in
clude: Student Technician to work with a group
involved in land development, utilities and pav
ing projects. Knowledge of AutoCAD helpful but
not required. Student Technician to work with a
group involved in designing flood control struc
tures, drainage structures, and storm sewer sys
tems. Responsibilities include computer-aided
drafting/design, construction observation and
surveying. Knowledge of AutoCAD or other
drafting software desired. Professional environ
ment, retirement plan and paid holidays. Please
send cover letter and resume to: Olsson Associ
ates, 1111 Lincoln Mali, Lincoln, NE 68508. EOE
500 Help Wanted
Part-time cook ana cocktail waitress needed.
Experience preferred. Good pay, flexible hours.
Call 477-3513 or stop by at 11 & K.
Excellent Staff Needed!
Flatwatwr Grill restaurant and Top of the Rock
banquets are taking on a new adventure and ex
panding our business! We need Day and Night
Servers (prefer Day) and line cooks (2 yrs. min.
experience) for Flatwater Grill, which was recent
ly named one of the best restaurants in Lincoln
by the Ground Zero. We also need Banquet
Staff for night and weekend hours; and
Full-Time/Part-Time Housemen for banquet
set-ups. Excellent pay and fun work environ
ment! Ptease stop in to Flatwater Grill at 14th
and P Streets to fill out an application TODAY)
Baseball Umpires Needed
Spring/Summer leagues, experience preferred,
great pay, flexible schedule. Free clinics start
next week. Call Jim at 325-9560 for info. Call
Today, spots limited.
Successful, progressive engineering firm has
Cart-time openings available in our downtown
incoln office. Positions include: Accounting
Assistant responsible for data entry and filing
for AP/AR, general financial administration ana
other administrative duties. Experience with
word processing and spreadsheets helpful.
Marketing Assistant responsible for design and
layout of presentation materials, preparation of
marketing materials and company newsletter,
errands and other clerical duties. Graphic design
experience and scanning software helpful.These
positions are part-time during the school year
(15-25 hours a week) and full-time during the
summer optional. Professional environment,
flexible hours available, retirement plan and paid
holidays. Please send cover letter and resume
to: Olsson Associates, 1111 Lincoln Mall, Lin
coln, NE 68508. EOE.
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