European Stars And Stripes, July 7, 1989

European Stars And Stripes

July 07, 1989

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - July 7, 1989, Darmstadt, HesseNavrofj/ova, Graf reach finals at Wimbledon — Sports Page 21 The STARS andVSTRIPES AUTHORIZED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATION FOR THE US ARMED FORCES Vol. 48, No. 81 Friday. July 7. 1989 ** 2» DM, .* a«a, D 8693 A Gorbachev offers more cuts Says NATO would hove to OK nuclear folks STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Sovi-et Prcsidenl Mikhail S. Gorbachev Thursday offered additional and rapid cuts in his country's nuclear arsenal if NATO accepts negotiations on tacticalnuclear weapons. Gorbachev's proposal, contained in a speech to the Council of Europe's assem- bly in this eastern French city, appeared designed to increase pressure on theUnited States to agree to the talks, an issue that caused a deep rift in the West- ern alliance that was patched over last month. (Set related ".ton, Page 4). "If it became clear that NATO coun- tries arc ready to join us in negotiations on tactical nuclear weapons, we could. naturally, after consulting our allies, carry out without delay further unilateral reductions in our tactical nuclear mis-siles in Europe," Gorbachev told the as- sembly, which contains parliamentarians from 23 West European democracies. Gorbachev did not say how many mis- siles the Soviets would cut. In Washington, presidential press sec- retary Marlin Fitzwaler said the Gorba-chev statement had been anticipated. "We welcome any unilateral reduc-tions" in the Soviet's nuclear arsenal, See CUTS on back page Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and MX wife, Kaisa. wate K««)t' Thursday in Paris before living to Strasbourg, France. Gl payment plan would ease overseas moves By CHUCK VINCH Washington bureau WASHINGTON — Servicemembcrs would get lump-sum, up-front payments to cover the initial costs of moving into overseas housing under a provision approved by the House Armed Services Committeelast week. That initiative, which would take effect Sept. 1,1990, is one of several in the committee's fiscal 1990 defense authorization bill aimed at casing some of the hassles of military moves. The bill also would direct the Pentagon to signifi- cantly expand its relocation assistance efforts and do more to publicize a rental security deposit guaranteeprogram that has been on the books for two years but apparently is not widely used. Before the bill can take effect, it must be approvedby the House and Senate and signed by President Bush. The Senate Armed Services Committee will begin work on its own version of the defense authori-zation bill next week. Faced with a light budget climate this year, lawmak- ers were unable to launch major new compensationprograms or substantially increase existing allowances, a committee staffer said. "Most of the changes are along the lines of these relocation provisions — relatively minor adjustments that may not be all that flashy on their own, but, whentaken together, add up to a pretty good package." the staffer said. After the committee approved a 3.6 percent pay raise and higher bonuses for doctors and pilots — two chronically short military skills — "there wasn't a lot left over" for other programs, the staffer said. Concern over the initial costs that usually must be paid by serviccmembers when moving into overseasoff-base housing arose from several recent field visits by committee staffers.The report accompanying the committee bill said lawmakers feel the current system of allowances is in- adequate to cover those initial costs.Many items that arc taken for granted in stateside housing, such as lighting fixtures and kitchen cabinets or sinks, often arc not part of the deal in foreign rentalagreements. "As a result, serviccmembers arc faced with substan- tial up-front cash outlays just to make housing facili- ties livable," the report said. The current overseas housing allowance is meant to See PLAN on back page Tip-off ads had S&S Pen Pals standing in the isles ByGARYPOMEROYStaff writer II didn't take long for the Letters to the Editor section at The Stars and Stripes to notice somethingwas up. Way up. Up was the level of mall seeking pen pals. Nearly 400 pen pal letters poured into the office during one week alone in June. Before the tide was over, almost 600 letters from the British Isles flooded the office. The Pen Pals column, which began in 1975, con- sists of letters from people all over the world who want their addresses published in the newspaper in the hope of making friends through the mail. "We've never had this kind of response," said Kathy Chlpman Wicker, who heads the Letters to the Editor section. During an average week, 10 pen pat letters are received, Wicker said. The most mall received on a single topic in recent memory was 50 letters in Jan- uary and February when Congress wanted to give It- self a 51 percent raise. But why would so many pen pal requests suddenlyshow up? All from England? The answer provided potentially staggering news. Several of the letters referred to an ad In the May 29 Dally Mirror, a nationwide British tabloid. The ad In the "White-Hot Club" pop-showbiz column invited people to write to American servicemembers stationedin Europe and offered The Stars and Stripes address as a way to reach pen pals. The Air Force Times received more than 300 letters following a similar ad in the Daily Mirror, even though the Times doesn't have a pen pals sen Ice. A phone call to the Daily Mirror by The Stars and Stripes confirmed that the ad had been published, but yielded no clues as to why It ran or where it originated.The other news learned from the call was frightening: daily circulation at the Mirror is 3.9 million. But the staff dutifully sorted through the letters andwill publish about 200 of the names and addresses on the center two advertising pages tomorrow. Letter writers covered a wide span of ages and emo- tions. Some were lonely, divorced or had recently ex-perienced deaths In their families. One man was wheelchairbound. Others were hearty party people wanting to make new friends via the mail. Many of the letters were laced with dry British wit.One woman described herself as having "a wacky sense of humour," which she said is understandable since she lives near Liverpool. Another sought "nice American chaps" as pen pals.She added, "Anyone connected with the States (where you have faucets and diapers instead of taps and nap-pies!) fascinates me." One woman boasted of being a Son Diego Chargers See PALS on back page ;

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