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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - January 14, 1987, Galveston, Texas AN OPEN LETTER SPORTS 5 MILLION BOND CHAMBER TAKES STAND ON ELECTIONS DITAILS PAGE 4B INDIANS RUN PAST BUCS 7365 DIT AILS PAGE IB STREET REPAIR ON COUNCIL AGENDA DETAILS PACE 2A See First Financiol Center in our Lobby to purchase your IRA or Call 7636561 for details InterFirst MUmbcrOIC BOB PAGAN FORD MAZDA TOYOTA ISUZU NO acTm OCAL ANYWHERE Galveslon Newspapers Inc VOL 144 No 279 Member Associated Press WEDNESDAY MORNING JANUARY Texas Oldest Newspaper Daily 250 Sunday 75 Legislature opens Pilot aca W By MICHAELHOLMES Associated Press Writer AUSTIN Lowhanging rain clouds and the states money woes offered a gloomy counterpoint to the typically colorful ceremonies marking Tuesdays opening of the Texas Legislature Convening just after noon members of the House and Senate quickly were reminded that during their 140day ses sion they must balance a state budget that Comptroller Bob Bullock says is billion in the red largely because of the collapse of oil and gas prices In the best of times and in the worst of times difficult choices must be Sec retary of State Myra McDaniel told the House after gaveling that chamber into session Your mission in the next 139 days is to operate as a rather large Ways and Means Committee for the state of Texas It is never easy to determine the course of gov ernment which will best serve all the people of the Ms McDaniel said The secretary of state wields the gavel on opening day until the House elects a speaker As expected Speaker Gib Lewis DFort Worth was easily re elected to a third term in that job AP Laserphoto Gift Lewis was reelected as Speaker of House Scholes proposed By BETSY WEBBER News Business Editor GALVESTON Saying he was not here to bury the Fletcher Harris Jr presented a concept to directors of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce Tuesday that he said would be worth at least S320 million to the island city over 20 years The concept is the establishment of a National Civilian Pilot Train ing Academy here funded through a S9 billion Federal Aviation Trust Fund Harris proposed that a commit tee be appointed by the chamber board of directors to study the feasibility of establishing such an academy at Scholes Field He urged chamber directors to study materials he provided and let him come back to answer questions at their next meeting Harris cited the great Ameri can pilot shortage that was equated in the November 1986 issue of Air Space to the next national deficit the United States will be forced to face He said that major airlines in the United States will soon be fac ed with the fact that they are los ing pilots at a faster rate than they are being replaced This is partially because competition among the airlines prevents their financing any training program and since the nation has been free of war for several years and the advantages of staying in the mili tary are great no commercial pilots are coming from military training It took ten years to train Harris said and only five years to lose old He said airlines have begun to reduce entry standards for expe rience education and fitness to fill the need for pilots It is the Federal Aviation Ad ministration that sets the ratings that determine which pilot is qual ified to fly a given airplane ac cording to Air Space The rat ings determine that a student pilot given sufficient motivation tuition money and health can aspire to become an airline cap tain by progressing via training and accumulated experience through a private certificate commercial rating and finally the airlinepilot For years the supply of com mercial airline pilots has been in fused with military pilots but now the number of student pilots start ing civil flight training has de clined further and faster than the decline of the pilot population as a whole and more of the military aviators are staying in the mili tary themagazineslates The declining number of profes sional pilots has been considered a national threat by the leaders of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Harris said and they have proposed to Congress and the Reagan administration that some aspects of wartime training be ac tivated in a plan they call the Na tional Pilot Training program The program would be ad ministered as a series of flight training scholarships to students already enrolled at twoand fouryear institutions in the United States an AOPA white paper notes Object of their training would be to take them from a nonpilot status through qualification as commercial pilots with instrument ratings The AOPA suggests that the money for the program come from the huge surplus in the Avia tion Trust Fund up for renewal next year The Trust Fund comes from taxes on airfares and fuel sales and is intended for air transportation system improve ments Cost per student is estimated at and AOPAs management believes that Trust Fund money can be used to cover that cost Their argument is that if more See PI LOT Page 13 A City officials take antigambling stand By BETSY WEBBER News Business Editor GALVESTON To make perfectly clear their stand against casino gambling for Galveston as the Saturday referendum date ap proaches five city officials made their declarations Tuesday All five agreed that the primary issue is the adverse effect they believe casino gambling would have on the citys quality of life Councilman John Sullivan said he felt that Galvestonians lifestyles would be affected to the extent that they would no long en joy living here In the past he said gambling had not been bad for Galveston but today the people who run ca sino gambling have melted into a faceless It would be difficult to impossible he said lo find anyone in the corporation to talk to if problems developed or to find anyone who cared what happened to Galveston Island I feel that will lose control of Galveston if casino gambling Councilman Barbara Crews said that those trying to convince us that casino gambling is good for our city are attempting to per suade us with a promise of a quick and easv solution to our economic problems Galveston and many other cit ies today face some tough finan cial times but casino gambling is not the alternative It will certain ly as it has elsewhere change the familyoriented character of our town and adversely affect our quality of life here Those who have thoroughly studied the issue tell us that small businesses fail because they cant compete with casinos that crime flourishes that land values sky rocket and taxes rise that city services like police and fire are See CITY Page K1A Man scared into shooting ByTERlCROOK News Staff Writer GALVESTON D wight Woolridge scared a Texas City man into shooting him to death according to the mans statement to police Woolridge 26 of Texas City died of a 38caliber gunshot wound to his back on Aug James Gregory Ducrest is charged with murder in connec tion with the shooting and is standing trial in 212th District Court before a jury of three women and nine men All I can say is that the guy scared me into doing what I The defendant told police he shot the victim with a gun he had bought one day earlier for S107 at a pawn shop Did you see any weapon on the man you shot Texas City police Detective Leo Rodriguez had asked Ducrest No I Ducrest had re See SHOOTING Page Formation of MUD approved ByARLENEBATTISTA News Staff Writer HITCHCOCK City commis sioners have approved the forma tion of Galveston County Municipal Utility District No 20 thereby removing one of two ma jor hurdles blocking a million housing project Formation of MUD No 20 must now be approved by the La Marque City Council since the 218acre housing project includes land in both cities said project director Ray Drake Both cities must approve the MUD formation before it may be formed he said adding that La Marque officials are slated to discuss the issue on iii The landowner No 1 plans to develop the area near Delaney Road and Prairie Street said Drakes attorney Tim Green Blueprints call for a total of 807 lots about 310 of which are in the Hitchcock city limits Development of the entire acreage is projected as a 5to 7 year project Drake said The de velopers will take at least one year for infrastructure install ments including water lines sewer lines curbs and roads then lots will be sold to housing build ers Formation of MUD No 20 allows the developers to sell bonds so the basic land improvements may be completed Developers are not planning to have a separate sewerage treat ment plant Green said The sewage will be piped to the treat ment plant of the city where the Sec MUD Page ISA Weather AREA FORECAST Cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain today high in upper 50s Mostly cloudy with rain ending tonight low in low 50s Mostly cloudy Thursday high near 60 GALVESTON BAY Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots through tonight Bay waters slightly choppy to choppy BEACH WATER 57 degrees More Index Bulletin Dear Marine Money Police Texas TV World Passing Parade Happy Anniversary Ralph and Linda White and Rev and Speedy Recovery to James Kearney retired circulation district manager for The News James is recuperating from surgery at St Marys Birthday Wishes to Harry James Kathy Fagan Sharon D Morgan Yvonne Ashton Crystal Doreen Sellers Daniel Perez Willie Mae Payton Tiffany Renee Mays See PASSING Page 13A Poll shows switch to opposition of trolley GALVESTON An informal poll reveals a switch to opposition of the trolley project with con tinued opposition to a garbage contract and additional support for casino gambling The first poll taken in December showed support among registered voters for the trolley and opposition to both gambling and the garbage contract A second poll taken last week showed a switch to support for casinos while maintaining sup port for the trolley and opposition to the garbage contract The poll taken this week by The Galveston Daily News asked 150 registered voters in Galveston for their opinion on the trolley pro ject casino gambling and the proposed garbage contract The respondents were asked if they favored or opposed the par ticular issues and were not read the referendum or proposed charter changes as they appear on the ballot Respondents were evenly divid ed among the six residential phone prefixes in the city See POLL Page 13A ELECTION POLL For Against Xo Jz 14 J2 i Ja 4 Jan Jan Tan 14 8 80 60 50 40 30 20 i T Gambling
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