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   Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - April 18, 1980, Galveston, Texas                                mi WASHINGTON lUPD President Carter Thursday banned travel and money transfers to Iran barred im ports of Iranian products and said if such steps do not free the hostages he foresees some sort of military ac Carter also said he will ask Con gress for power to use the billion in Iranian assets America has in its banks to compensate families of the 50 American hostages and pay other claims against Tehran The statement was the strongest the president himself has made publicly on possible military action against Iran though administration officials have said repeatedly that a blockade and other steps are being considered Carter did not say when he might make a military move But when ask ed whether the United States would be satisfied if Irans Revolutionary Council considers the hostage ques tion in July he replied I would think that would be an excessive time for us to For now Carter told a televised news conference he is prohibiting all financial transfers from anyone in the United States to anyone in Iran except for news organizations In addition he said all imports from Iran will be barred and American travel to Iran again ex cept for journalists will be forbid den The president called on the media to minimize as severely as possible their presence and activities in He said military equipment Iran had ordered will offered for sale to other buyers action If a constructive Iranian response is not forthcoming soon the United States will proceed with other he said including a ban on the little food and medicine now exported to Tehran and cutting off Irans access to international corn See CARTER Page 2A FIRST HUTCHiNGS1 SEALY NATIONAL BANK IN GALVESTON LK I Tf r O a n x uL v D M L A S j T X 7 7 39th Closed Monday Established in 1842 Dedicated To The Growth and Progress of Gatveston and All of Gaiveston County VOL 139 No 8 Member United Press International GALVESTON TEXAS FRIDAY MORNING APRIL Texas Oldest Newspaper 250 Daily 50c Sunday Questions on nuclear waste go unanswered Staff Photos By Betty Tichich James Bowman left and nuclear waste forum a udience By LINDA J WESTERLAGE News Staff Writer FRIENDSWOODRalph Lowe mayor of Friendswood summed up the mood of a nuclear waste forum here Thursday night when he said I dont know if we have a problem or dont and I want to The unknown was not helped by the fact that Tom Maloney president of IsoTex a lowlevel nuclear waste storage company in Friendswood did not appear on a panel as planned Lowe said he had made as many as seven phone calls in the hope Maloney would be present Panelist at the forum attended by approximately 200 people were Dr David Lacker of the radioactive divi sion Texas State Department of Health Dr James Bowman Univer Woman dies in auto accident TEXAS CITYAn auto accident late Thursday morning took the life of a 41yearold woman Patricia Mason Bean of 2214 21st Ave was dead on the scene on Highway 146 Police said the victims car ran off the highway and struck a road grader that was working next to the highway The driver apparently never ap plied the brakes because there were no skid marks on the pavement police said No charges have been fil ed in the case sity of HoustonClear Lake City and John F Frank Doherty citizens antinuclear information team and Mockingbird Alliance Much of the rhetoric included Three Mile Island the Jane Fonda Syndrome and cancer storage The major applause of the evening came for Dr Leo Wade head of en vionmental safety at the University of Texas Medical Branch who took the floor late in the evening offering information about what type of pro duct goes from UTMB to IsoTex He said he didnt plan to speak nor was he defending IsoTex but felt an explanation was needed as to the type of waste from many hospital complexes He said that from UTMB this in cludes small vials gloves and clothing used while handling such low level nuclear waste He also volunteered his services in informing the public Lacker earlier told the audience that no contamination has been found in Friendswood recently although there had been two hot spots left by an earlier company He also said that the problem of such waste was getting the attention of the Texas Legislature with two hearings scheduled soon He also said there are over radioactive waste sites licensed in the state and he has a staff of 33 Bowman said that he was disap pointed IsoTex was not represented as it could clear up many questions GISD urged fail more students focus on discipline By C ANTHONY BROWN News Staff Writer Gaiveston public schools should fail more students during the next five years and concentrate on discipline and other problems school employees said Thursday They expressed these views during a meeting set by the Gaiveston public schools board of trustees aimed at defining the most important goals of the district for the next five years In an earlier session Thursday the board solicited views from the general public on the issue Both sessions were chaired by Haskew of Austin who has been hired by the Gaiveston Independent School District as consultant in their search for a replacement for Superintendent Frank Vollert Vollert resigned earlier this year effectiveJulyl Evelyn Graham president of the Gaiveston Education Association teachers group said a poll of teachers indicated they favor holding students back who are not working to an expected level of achievement She said teachers do realize such action would mean creation of remedial programs but consider it better than just passing deficient students along to the next grade students must be retain ed at some point and not be thrown into some situation where they can not she said Expressing similar results from another teacher poll Ursulee Rahe president of Gaiveston Professional Educators said teachers feel they cannot do a good job teaching until they have discipline in the classroom Jerry Henze president elect of GPE agreed telling the 16 persons attending the meeting that he usually spends the first quarter of every school year teaching his ninth graders how to act in a classroom situation Selfcontained classrooms at the kindergarten first and second grades might help in that respect Rahe said Children at hat age need the stability that one room and one teacher provides she said Requiring summer school for students not working up to potential is another tactic favored by teachers Rahe said This would provide impetus for lazy students and eliminate the sum mertime gap that hurts slow students struggling to keep up she said Other suggestions voiced by Rahe included reducing class size to no more than 20 students and eliminating mainstreaming of special education students not ready for a regular classroom situation Mainstreaming is when special education students such as the men tally handicapped are absorbed into regular classrooms Henze expanded on Rahes view saying such students often take too much of a teachers time causing him or her to neglect the other students If the student cant function in a regular classroom he should be in a classroom where he can Henze said He also suggested the district make the Texas Assessment of Basic Skills TABS test mandatory which would give it the psychological weight it needs to make an impact on parents Additional comments offered by GEAs Graham included a district wide report card system that parents can easily understand and uniform enforcement of discipline policies A reduction in the teacher administrator ratio and an effective See STUDENTS Page 2A Elimination of school staff deadwood favored Man killed By C ANTHONY BROWN News Staff Writer Finding a superintendent who will cut out the deadwood from the school administrative and teaching staff was a major goal expressed during Thursday mornings public Advisement Day set by the public school board of trustees Public input was sought in an effort to help determine the most important goals for the Gaiveston Independent School District during the next five years A separate session later in the day was set to solicit ideas from school district employees Both sessions were chaired by Haskew of Austin who has been hired by the district as consultant in finding a new superintendent of schools Several of the 15 or so persons at tending advocated a strong policy of teacher and administrative evalua tion to determine job performance Dr Jordan Finkelstein of UTMB said teachers and administrators should be required to take written ex ams on a regular basis to determine competency This is a common prac tice in the medical field he said Evaluation is sparse said Eleanor Grant As it now exists excellence as First step to offset deficit Health district study to be made By LEE HERMAN News Staff Writer As a first step to offset a deficit in the countys health district budget a special committee voted Thursday to prepare an inhouse study of district personnel and pro grams The committee organized in November when the United Board of Health realized there would be a budget deficit expects the report will be ready within 30 days The deficit was obvious to County Commissioners when they approved the 1980 budget In that budget a deficit in the public health fund was approved County Judge Ray Holbrpok a member of the special committee to study ways to overcome the deficit said he assumed the deficit would be overcome through either program cuts or increased contributions from cities Another deficit of about in 1979 was offset from contributions by the county Texas City and Gaiveston However City Manager Tom Muehlenbeck also a member of the committee said he doubted the Gaiveston City Council would ap prove a transfer of funds to the district Holbrook and Dr Ross chair man of the United Board of Health and a committee member agreed that the attitude of city represen tatives probably meant a cut in ser vices would be necessary to cut the deficit Holbrook said the cuts would come no later than July 1 He added that he thought the first cuts would have to come from the environmental health department The county judge was disappointed that the committee approved a study rather than take action because the group has already spent three mon ths trying to work out the problem Mayor Emmett Lowry of Texas Ci ty said the study was needed to understand the extent of the pro blem I think we should avoid throwing money at the problem without analyzing it he said Lowry also said it would be dif ficult to justify an infusion of money from the cities before a study of the programs and personnel was made It seems to me a thorough study of the personnel needs to be done It is not our primary function to provide jobs it is to provide services to the citizens he said After the study is presented to the United Board of Health the board will either accept it or ask the com mittee to recommend changes or deletions from the current budget Ross said well as mediocracy goes unnoticed she said Another woman agreed relating an experience she had in which she found her sons math teacher defi cient in the subject Neglect of gifted students was another sore point with the visitors Several said the district should work toward more programs geared specifically for gifted students Weve done a lot in Gaiveston for the lower levels now its time to do something for the upper said Grant Those students with higherthan average ability should also be includ ed in such programs said Susan Eckel She criticized the existing program for gifted students at Ball High School the masters because she believes it discriminates against aboveaverage students who cannot make top grades in the collegelevel masters courses Getting Cs and Ds in the masters program makes these aboveaverage students feel she said Expressing a similar view another woman said the district has done a lot for the disadvantaged student but not for the slightly aboveaverage student In a similar vein several persons spoke in favor of holding students back rather instead of passing them on to the next grade level before they are ready Olivia Meyer League of Women Voters president said she realized the logistical problems such a policy would cause but believed a suident See DEADWOOD Page 2A for citizens He said IsoTex should want to work better with the He added that maybe a citizens com mission would be a good way to deal with the situation Doherty compared Three Mile Island to the Friendswood storage site He said there was no guarantee how long they might stay when they might leave or what they might leave here Lowe indicated he would again at tempt to get information from that company woman hurt in shooting TEXAS CITYA man was killed and a woman wounded in a shooting incident late Wednesday evening Morris Ledell Stone 20 of 608 Vionette was dead on the scene with a gunshot wound in his head Barbra Young Sneed was wounded in the chest and taken to Memorial Hospital of Gaiveston County Police said they were dispatched to Sneeds residence and when officer arrived they saw a woman struggling with a man in the house They said they heard gunshots and when they entered the house both Sneed and Stone were on the floor A 38 caliber pistol was found in Stones hand and two spent shells in the pistols chamber Gaiveston EMS paramedics were called but could not revive Stone Sneed told police that Stone would not leave her residence and she call ed the police She said when police arrived Stone pulled out a pistol She said she lung ed for it and it went off hitting her in the chest Her 11yearold daughter told police she tried to push Stone out of the room and the pistol went off again hitting Stone Investigators believe Stones death to be accidental Police said the pistol probably went off as Stone fell backwards from the push As of late Thursday evening no charges have been filed in the case Weather GALVESTON area 5 Thurs cloudiness generally fair through Saturday High today near 70 Low tonight upper 50s High Saturday low 70s BOATING and recreation winds 10 to 15 mph Bay waters slightly choppy 1 WATER conditionsFair BEACH water ternI degrees Check these CITY COUNCIL denies re quest for additional security at shrimp fleet blessing due to lack of funds Page 3A STOCKS prices fall for the third straight session amid in vestor concern about the reces sion Page 10B Marine People Police Time Out TV Section Want 39B Passing parade Arthur James Carter Jr recently retired from the Postal Service His first project is to spearhead the 1937 Ball High School class reunion He and his committee want to con tact class members Contact him at 7632267 or Elvera Regini at 9353956 Jane Carter is also excited about her class reunion inMayinDenton Macaluso had a fancy 9lst birthday party with his children Mrs Crow Mrs Crow and Mrs Macaluso and all their children and grandchildren coming from all points of Texas Mrs Macaluso prepared homemade ravioli and all the trimmings for the 32 family members present Mary Louise Giamfortone Dolores Beach and Patt Laine will be in College Station this weekend attending the Federa tion of Texas University Mothers Clubs Billy and Gerri Plummber are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Claire Celeste Grandparents are Sarah Plum mer and Mr and Mrs ODonohoe Brother and sisters are Shawn Amy and Careen PVt Harry Pothos son of Mr and Mrs Kyriakos Pothos recently completed basic train ing with the Army at Fort Knox Ky Richard Hargis took in the BB Jamboree at Lake Jackson and came home with the door prize Ruth Smith received an award for her painting of Sacred Heart Church at the Baytown art show Rona Strahilavich added See PASSING Page 2A   

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