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6 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Catholics call for improved service to Indiana The Indiana Catholic Con- ference (ICC), the public policy arm of the Roman Catholic Church in the state, urged that a higher priority be given to providing better assistance to the state&apos;s poor. In a statement sent to Indi- ana Governor Evan Bayh, other top state government of- ficials, and members of the General Assembly, the ICC pointed out that more than a half million Hoosiers -- many i , Ed. L. Lee .,' Mortuary I! ' 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 of them'children -- live in poverty while most other citi- zens of the state live reason- ably well. The average per capita income in Indiana in 1992 was $18,043. The statement was released by Indianapolis Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B., general chairman of the Indi- ana Catholic Conference. The ICC represents the more than 700,000 Catholics in the state. "In our statement," Buech- lein said, "the conference ad- Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 4744 1 dresses what it believes are de- ficiencies in welfare, Medicaid, and especially in the assis- tance given by township trustees. "We are concerned," Buech- lein continued, "that Indiana is one of the lowest of the 50 states in eligibility for assis- tance and in the amount of critical-need assistance. We are concerned that, while some 600,000 persons in our state do not have medical insurance, plans are being formulated to 7"<- L':" cut the Medicaid budget. And we are especially concerned that the township trustee as- sistance system, which dates from the 1700s, is outdated, in- efficient, wasteful and often demeaning and inequitable. We are calling on the state at least to provide standards that will determine eligibility and uniform benefits to the poor who are seeking help under the trustees' General Assis- tance Program. "Our insistence for a higher HAMM'S MUSIC The best in musical instruments and accessories Church Supplies and Christian Literature SERVING SCHOOLS IN SOUTHERN INDIANA Washington, IN 254-0643 7' ,:i ew b ot'00e (--'/F, ,'vJ ." Say" be " t, throug00!.,os00.t the. I I  i ,.,,.i vtl,,#. I I Archabbot Timothy and the monks of Saint Meinrad IIII II I I nllllll ii ii  ................ III II I I I In Montgomery, Ind, will be closed all of January for renovations. Watch for re-opening date. Happy Hofidays I iiiii I Ill I III I II FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association Washington & Loogootee priority for the lein continued, from the Scri Church teachings that we speak have no voice for those who do resources to act! selves." Complete text ! statement will the Message Jan M Fire & Equip. Over 25 years! service in the 570 E. Franklin @ 301 M'AIN ST. FOR ELECTRICAL FISCHER .UlCoCoiee Main RoOFI i "Over [ 36" coy, #1 white from I i 03 . #2 metal ....... $26.95 #3 5V and OVERHEAD [ Over 9 x 7 Insulated ....... ,' Any POST Any Size -- Call fat DAVIESS C0.