Thursday, December 23, 1982

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Texas flier op New Braunfels New Texas HoraldZeituno 249 14 Pages THURSDAY December 29 cents 249 USPS 377880 Senate breaks passes gas tax WASHINGTON AP The Senate voted today to increase the federal gasoline tax by a finally en ding its ordeal over the and the 97th After an 815 vote choking off the latest in a string of conservativeled filibusters more than the GO af firmative votes necessary the Senate passed the measure 5433 and sent it to President who has pushed for the The action cleared the way for the Senate to nearly two days after the House left White House spokesman Peter Roussel said Reagan would not sign the bill today because it probably would not arrive therein Howard D asked whether the gasoline tax vote would complete the Senates business for the verily I say without reser Majority Leader Howard Baker responded en Vice President George acting in his role as presiding officer of the was on hand for todays Senate aides said today that at least 10 senators had returned to Washington some via military transportation to Included among the group was Barry who had been recuperating from heart who tried throughout the lameduck session of Congress to enact the has been bedeviled by conservative members of his party who argue the tax hike is bad The latest problem cropped up Tuesday night after the House passed a compromise version of the legislation and Senators thought they also would be able to vote and go But Jesse mounted a lastminute standing at his desk and objecting to requests that would allow a quick Helms and Baker eventually agreed to the showdown votes While Baker and Helms were at odds over the gasoline they and other senators agreed that the post election session Reagan requested to get action on money bills was not a good It was silly as a 10cent Helms The lameduck session never ought to have been it was a tragic mistake and I felt that way when it was I was not for I recommended against this Baker Theres very little credit for anybody to take fromths lameduck said Donald Riegle had no apologies for his stalling I think that a senator has the duty to do whatever is necessary when he is sufficiently convinced that a piece of legislation is Helms said Supporters of the tax measure say it will raise billion annually to finance jobs for bridge and mass transit They also claim another jobs would be created in related The administration estimates the tax hike would cost the average motorist a Helms and other op ponents said the measure would cost not create by raising taxes during a Others oppose the bill because of heavy excise taxes it would impose on the biggest trucks on the The conservatives also argued that the gas tax compromised Republican I just simply say that the Republican Partys got no future if it doesnt give the people a Helms The worst way to sur let alone is to campaign on specific issues and principles and then see them watered down or washed a Senators from both parties said the Helms and his fellow North Carolina GOP John went too far in blocking the tax Helms not only organized a but for two weeks he and a small group of conservatives used every twist and turn within the Senate rules to delay or block the inevitable at a time when exhausted senators and House members were eager to get home for was just as determined to crush the challenge to his I suppose I have more frustration on this than almost anybody in the Senate because its my job to try to move the business of the Senate and were being Baker said But were going to make were going to Under the the gasoline See GAS Page 14 Fraud suspects autopsy was cyanide present By DYANNE FRY Stiiff writer No official causeofdeath report lias been issued for Peter Watts whose body was found Tuesday in the back of a Chevrolet Blazer parked off Smithsons Valley An autopsy was completed Wed nesday of the Peace Blanchard has been in contact with the Travis County Medical Examiners and ap parently received some preliminary Sheriff Walter Fellers told a media representative Wednesday that Deans body had contained traces of There were also con centrations of carbon but probably not enough to kill a Fellers A hose was hooked to the exhaust pipe of the Blazer in which the 35 yearold Brownsville attorneys body was The other end of the hose fed into the interior of the but the rear window was The death was discovered at midday Tuesday by Mike a San Antonio rancher who keeps cattle on the property where Dean was The property is owned by Deans Paul also of San Since Deans body was the Conial County Sheriffs office has received calls from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and news media in different parts of Central Texas a company partially owned by is said to have been involved in the collapse of the Ranchland National Bank in He has also been named defendant in a lawsuit filed by Sunset Broadcasting See Page 14 Cheer Fund Tomorrow is Christmas and that means we will begin distributing our Cheer Fund baskets of food to ill needy local Thanks to your these baskets will be chock full of goodies enough to provide several meals for each not just one Christinas as we had originally Here are our most recent contributors Old New contributors Renates Grooming Anonymous and Hurley of candy canes and Bruno goods Anonymous canned goods New a note about the it reflects only the monetary In addition to that bot tom we also have a large stockpile of canned goods and miscellaneous Since it would be difficult to calculate a dollar value on these they are not included in the Its too late to mail a check but if you would still like to you can make that contribution cash or nonperishable food items at our offices at 18G South Or you can contact circulation manager Don Avery at 6259144 if you have a donation of canned goods and would like us to pick them we appreciate your Withdrawal due soon Dead trees from Landa Park Stall photo by Cindy Richardson Lebanon to begin negotiations on removal of troops JERUSALEM API Israel and Lebanon will open negotiations early next week aimed at withdrawing Israels invasion army from Lebanon and normalizing relations between the two Middle East the Israeli government said Prime Minister Menachem Begins spokesman Uri Porat said the talks would be held alternately in the Beirut suburb of Khalde and Kiryat on Israels northern He did not say which day the talks would or in which country the first session would be Unofficial reports Wednesday had said the first session might be held as early as Friday at south of the Lebanese The negotiations oir normalization of security arrangements and the withdrawal of foreign forces from Lebanon will open at the beginning of next Porat The Israeli announcement again emphasized that normal relations will be on the agenda though Lebanese officials say Lebanon does not want to go beyond the rest of the Arab world in building normal ties with the Jewish state before there is an overall settlement of the ArabIsraeli con Defense Minister Ariel Sharon said Wednesday that normalization was a central issue along with security arrangements that would ensure that Israel never be threatened by terrorist attackers from Porat said the Israeli delegation would be headed by David directorgeneral of the Foreign Other members would be Avraham head of the armys planning Eliyahu the Foreign Ministrys legal Yitzhak the Foreign Ministrys representative in and two brigadier Uri Saguy and Amos See Page 14 Loeffler voted against gasoline tax increase By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer The fivecent increase in the federal gasoline tax passed by the Senate Thursday will not benefit Texans specifically those living in the 21st Congressional according to Congressman Tom Loefflers Loeffler whose 21st District includes Comal County and more than 30 other counties which stretch from New Braunfels to West voted against the tax increase when it was before the House earlier this The Senate followed the Houses lead and passed the com promise jobscreating gasoline tax which will now be sent on to President Reagan for his con Its expected Reagan will approve the hike since he has pushed for the The present federal gasoline tax will increase from 4 to 9 ac cording to the proposed Of the nickel four cents would go toward national highway con The remaining one cent would be used for mass Loeffler had several objections to the proposed increase in the federal gasoline according to his Washington Tom felt it was the wrong time for adding new taxes when were trying to revitalize the said Betsy his Washington press Loeffler did not feel the increased tax would benefit Texas and the 21st Congressional which is why he voted against Tyson noted in a telephone interview The proposed tax would specifically hurt Loefflers constituents because in the 21st District which stretches from New Braunfels to West Texas everyone has to drive so far for necessities such as commuiiting to Tyson reflecting Loefflers objections to the The Congressman also objected to the tax since and felt it would have a negative impact on Texas since proceeds from the tax would go toward subsidizing other parts of the country and not she money from the tax will be used for mass transit systems in the Tyson There wont be an equal dollar return on the Inside Todays Weather The rest of today will be partly becoming cloudier tonight and Winds today will be out of the south at 15 diminishing slightly Friday will bring a 30 percent change of thun Expect cooler weather Christmas with a chance of Sunset tonight will be at and sunrise Friday at No Garbage Pickup Christmas Eve and New Years Eve are holidays for the City Public Works which means garbage trucks wont be coming by this Friday or Pickups scheduled for other days this week will take place as Holiday Presents All over the people are reaching out this Christmas and giving millions of unemployed and poor Americans something they really need See Page Patriots rebel The New England Patriots are ready to go to war against new coach Ron Forced to pay numerous unjustified the team is ready to walk See Page Dead trees cut down in Landa If youre strolling through Landa Park and someone shouts Tim berrrr look But dont Parks Director Court Thieleman says hes just clearing out the dead Two goodsized a hackberry and an eastern cottonwood measuring nearly four feet in have come down in the gazebo Several other trees in that area are slated for extensive but the ones they removed completely are all Thieleman A private Schwab is doing the Five more trees are to be removed from the various city recreational and quite a few need to be cut Thieleman admitted he had put a rush on the gazebo area because of the scheduled dredging of Landa Lake in The cleared space will make it easier for heavy equipment to get into the Schwab was the only guy we knew that could get in there and get the work done by Thieleman Hell be asking local firms to submit price quotes on other treecare projects during the next few the contractor is asked to do the cutting and chop trunks and limbs into chunks small enough to fit inside a city dump Its the citys job to haul them Weve got a pretty goodsized pecan tree that needs to be removed in Landa said the parks The tree trunk is embedded in the retaining wall on the river not far from the Olympic A crane may be needed to See Page 14 I M6T FINISHED MY CHRISTMAS WITH ONLY 1 PAV TO Herald Holiday Hours The HeraldZeitung office will close at 1 Friday so that our em ployees can spend the remainder of Christmas Eve with their For the same circulation telephone lines will shut down at 5 instead of 7 The office will be closed Christmas DEAR TV