New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 9, 1982

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

September 09, 1982

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas InsideTourism thoughts Tourism in New Braunfels has been the subject of much discussion, both locally and in the state and national media. Today we offer a perspective on that important topic. Opinions, Page 4Today's Weather Comal County forecast calls for sunny and hot today with a slight chance of thundershowers tonight, becoming partly cloudy with an increased chance of thundershowers Friday. Winds will be from the east to southeast at 5-10 mph today, and light and variable tonight. Sunset will be at 7:43 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at 7:13 a.m. Probability of rain is 20 percent tonight, and 30 percent Friday. CLASSIFIED............10-12 COMICS.................13 CROSSWORD............13 DEAR ABBY...............9 DEATHS..................2 KALEIDOSCOPE............9 OPINIONS................4 PUBLIC RECORDS..........2 SCRAPBOOK..............8 SPORTS................5-7 STOCKS.................14 TV LISTINGS.............13 'lie rep ie* , Inc.. Scu543°fle Comp.'Wurst Girl' not Chamber project By DEBBIE TURNER and WANDA LASATER Staff writers News of the “Official Wurst Girl 1982” contest sponsored by the “New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau” reached Tom Purdum, director of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, this morning. His reaction wasn’t good. “It is at the very least an exploitation. The name is very misleading,” Purdum said in his office Thursday. “Boy, this is certainly a new one on me.” A flyer circulating about the contest says the New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau “is looking for photogenic young ladies over the age of 18 to become the Official 1982 Wurst Girl. The young lady selected for the prestigious position will have the opportunity to appear on the official 1982 New Braunfels & Visitors Bureau promotional poster, and will have a chance to travel and work in promotions, public relations and special events.” Applicants are instructed to send a recent photograph and an essay of 25 words or less why she should be selected for the title by Sept. 20. The mailing address on the flyer is P.O. Box 1074, New Braunfels. In a telephone conversation Thursday, a contest organizer said, “New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private company not yet associated with the Chamber of Commerce.” That was a new one on Purdum, too. “I have no idea what he is talking about. I don’t know what their angle is, but the Chamber or the Wurstfest Association are not aware of any of this,” Purdum said in response. “I know of no other incidence where a Con vention & Visitors Bureau is not connected with a chamber of commerce or a city. We have a Convention and Tourism Committee at the Chamber, but usually a visitors bureau is a division, part and parcel, of a chamber or a city government.” Details about the contest are vague. The Wurst Girl contest is not “a talent or a beauty contest,” the organizer said. “We’re looking for a certain kind of person to be an ambassador of the Bureau. The girl selected will represent the company in trade shows, on posters, and perhaps bar promotions.” The flyer lists the name Wurst Girl as a trademark, registered with the federal government. Purdum said that was “interesting.” “I can remember years back when we tried to register Wurstfest,’ and were told no,’” Purdum said. “We did register the Wurstfest Opa, but were told ‘Wurstfest’ couldn’t be registered.” A. New JJ—u- Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeltung Vol. 91 - No. 177    14    Pages THURSDAY September 9,1982 25 cents (USPS 377-880) Israelis nix Arab plan By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A summit meeting of Arab leaders adopted a Mideast peace plan today, but Israel dismissed the proposal as meaningless. At the same time, the Israeli air force launched another raid to destroy four more Syrian missile batteries in Lebanon. The Arab leaders, 2nd graf 1st The Arab leaders, meeting in Fez, Morocco, adopted their first joint peace plan since Israel’s founding in 1948 but avoided any explicit reference to pssible recognition of the Jewish state, delegation sources reported. In Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s spokesman Uri Porat dismissed the plan as meaningless because it failed to spell out recognition of Israel’s right to exist. He said the Fez summit was no different from previous such meetings “and there is no reason to pay attention to it.” He told a reporter “They don’t recognize Israel and they speak of the PIX) as the sole representative of the Palestinian people.” Israel refuses to have any dealings with the Palestine Liberation Organization and invaded lebanon June ti to oust the guerrillas from west Beirut. The last fighters left a week ago, but Israeli and Syrian forces are still confronting each other in eastern Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Israel’s chief of staff, IX. Gen. Raphael Eytan, asked by Israel army radio about Syria’s purported readiness to leave the Bekaa Valley, as expressed at the Fez summit, replied, “I think this readiness is lip service and there is no reality in it. It is a political tactic. In my opinion, the Syrians have made every effort to stay in Lebanon for a long time.” The Tel Aviv command said Israeli jets knocked out four more mobile batteries of Syrian SA-9 missiles in the Bekaa Valley, the second such attack on the sites in two days. “The state of Israel is firm ii: its decision not to permit the Syrians to move ground-to-air missile batteries into the Lebanon area,” the command said. Begin vowed Wednesday that Israel would never agree to President Reagan’s plan for peace in the Middle East. In a fiery speech to Parliament Wednesday, Begin challenged the opposition Labor Party to an early election next year as a referendum on his government’s claim to the occupied Arab territories. Labor has backed the Reagan plan, noting that it does not call for a total Israeli withdrawal from lands won in 1967- Stuff photo by Cindy Richardson Ray Armstrong opposed the panel's plan River Road By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Another summer tourist season has come and gone and Commissioners Court is still perplexed about what to do about traffic congestion on River Road. “Everytime I turn around and think I’ve got an answer (to River Road), I find out I don’t the county attorney says we can’t do it,” a frustrated Comm. O R. Heitkamp said during another River County eyes stopgap remedy Road discussion Wednesday. Rather than looking for a permanent solution to the River Road problems, Heitkamp suggested that the court look for a temporary solution which could be adapted from year to year. The Precinct 4 commissioner noted that the Comal County Grow th and Development Committee, on which he serves, “is currently addressing” the River Road problem. See RIVER ROAD. Page 14'Watchdog' gives networks, Rotarians, food for thought By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer It wasn’t the way one would expect a talk on Accuracy in Media (AIM) to begin, but its founder Reed Irvine was in charge. “I’ve been to a lot of Rotary Club meetings spreading my message, but this is the best meal I’ve ever had,” Irvine said. “You fellas have great food.” That bit of honesty was followed by an attack on dishonesty in the media business — alias AIM. Irvine and a small group of public-spirited citizens in Washington, D.C., started AIM in 1969, to expose error, distortion and bias in the news. AIM has since been recognized as a respected media watchdog, Irvine said, prompting prostatements from even the media it attacks. “We started AIM back in the ’60s, because I just got fed up. And I’ll tell you what my breaking point was,” Irvine said. “In 1968, CBS News produced a documentary called Hunger in America.’ Among other things, it showed a tiny baby it said was dying of starvation “A San Antonio reporter did some investigation, and discovered the segment had been filmed in the premature ward of a San Antonio hospital. True, the baby had died of a number of ailments related to its premature birth, but not of malnutrition. “I asked CBS how could you lie to millions of people?,”’ Irvine said. Despite numerous requests, CBS never offered a correction nor an apology. And Irvine and his supporters took AIM. Irvine gave other brief examples of news misrepresentation, mainly accusing CBS of editing interviews to support a pre-determined conclusion. The CBS is not the only offender of inaccuracy, but in Irvine’s mind, the most guilty and the most obstinate about correcting errors. “I must admit I have a soft spot in my heart for ABC, because it was the first network to make a correction on the air at AIM’s suggestion,” Irvine said. most recent example he gave involved CBS’ documentary on Gen. William C. Westmoreland, “The Uncounted Enemy : A Vietnam Deception.” “The program brought a lot of criticism on CBS’ tactics. But it did nothing until TV Guide's May 29 issue cover article, “Anatomy of A Smear: How CBS Broke the Rules and ‘Got’ Gen. Westmoreland.” CBS refused to comment on the article until it conducted its own investigation, w hich was assigned to Burton Benjamin, senior executive producer of CBS News,” Irvine said. “Benjamin produced an extensive 68-page report, but what did CBS do with it?,” Irvine asked. “That report was stamped SECRET, and not one .sentence of it ever made it to the public. How’s that for openness?” CBS is not the only offender of inaccuracy, but in Irvine’s mind, the most guilty and the most obstinate about correcting errors. “I must admit I have a soft spot in my heart for ABC, because it was the first network to make a correction on the air at AIM’s suggestion,” Irvine said. “Currently, CBS has 51 libel suits outstanding against it, and probably 52 pretty soon with Gen. Westmoreland," Irvine said. “Some of those suits have been on the books for five years. That’s CBS’ secret - outlast them.” One of AIM’s most effective weapons is “bringing pressure to bear,” Irvine said. “For example, several advertisers (a hotel chain and a dog food company) during the Gen. Westmoreland documentary have come out, at our suggestion, and told CBS, ‘We won’t be associated with any more one-sided programs.’ This type of pressure seems more effective than writing to those clowns at CBS.” Pet projects Reagan stumps for budget amendment WASHINGTON (AP) President Reagan, campaigning for Republicans, school prayer and an end to red ink budgets, criticized Democrats in Congress today for bottling up the balanced budget amendment. Reagan used the 95th birthday of the Republicans’ 1936 presidential candidate, Alfred M. london, to press his campaign for the three constitutional amendments that would prohibit abortion, allow’ school prayer and balance the budget. In remarks prepared for the Alfred M. Bandon lecture series at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., Reagan said: “The time has come for this Congress to give a majority of American families what they want for their children: a constitutional amendment that will make it unequivocally clear that children can hold voluntary prayer in their schools. I urge the Congress to work with me in passing an amendment that we can send to the states for ratification.” As for deficit spending, he said the message from the American people has been clear: “No more ifs, ands, buts or maybes. We want an amendment to the United States Constitution making balanced budgets the law of this land, and we want that amendment now.” Excerpts of Reagan’s speech were made available to reporters Wednesday evening in Washington. In his draft, the president also reiterated his strong opposition to abortion. On Wednesday, trying to break an abortion vote loose from a Senate filibuster, Reagan sent a letter to senators pledging his support for anti-abortion measures. Bandon, who ran for the presidency against Franklin I). Roosevelt, suffered the worst presidential election defeat in American history, winning only eight electoral votes to Roosevelt’s 523. He planned to be on hand for the Reagan speech. Kansas was the first stop on the agenda of a two-day presidential trip. After the Manhattan speech, Reagan planned to visit a GDP fundraising reception and luncheon, w hich its sponsors hoped would gross $100,000 for gubernatorial and congressional candidates. Republican Sam Hardage, a Wichita real estate developer, is trying to unseat Democratic Gov. John Carlin. Controls few on county water Most of Comal County’s drinking water, supplied by numerous county public water supply systems, meets state standards. In a few isolated cases, however, the water supply may not be up to par, and unfortunately the County Health Department can’t do much about it. As County Sanitarian Bob Stahl told a disgruntled Commissioners Court Wednesday, the state is still not willing to give Texas counties the power to enforce state regulations. “My office has received numerous J complaints about the quality and quantity of the drinking water supplied by the many public water supply systems in Comal County,” the county sanitarian said. But the Comal County Health Department has no control over that, according to current law, he added Instead, you have to wait for the state to send someone down to investigate the water supply and if something is found to be wrong, state inspectors will advise a course of action, Stahl said. The county does not even have the authority to follow up on these investigated cases to see that the recommended course of action is followed, he said. Stahl told commissioners that he would “be more than glad” to enforce current regulations regarding public water systems in Comal County. But his help is not wanted. The state health department has informed Stahl that it do* s “not want or need the assistance of the Comal County Health Department in bring failing i water) systems into compliance.” See WATER, Page 14 Staff photo by Cindy Richardson Resident Bill Perkins outlines his position ;

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