New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 24, 1983, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

February 24, 1983

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 4 New Braunfels HetaldZeitung February Opinions HBTBldZrltum Dave General Manager Robert Editor Jack Anderson Freespending bureaucrat raises some eyebrows For Americans were amused by the television antics of the scheming Army topkick created by comedian Phil meet Administrator Bibko of the Environmental Protection rugged looking Peter Bibko bears no physical resemblance to the overweight but he seems to have the sergeants knack for bending government regulations to his own Bibko is the EPA regional boss for West Virginia and the District of But his behavior is more like that of a Byzantine satrap than of a mere Tipped off by a written complaint from a Bibko the EPAs inspector general investigated the officials high The IGs still secret obtained by my assoicates Tony Capaccio and Lucette confirms the The report recommends that Bibko be admonished for the use of poor judgment in not following EPA regulations and for inefficient use of government Under this sugar the report lays out this bitter pill of particulars Bibko advanced himself some sick leave to make a threeday weekend visit to Florida last During his first year in Bibko was driven miles by his government who racked up 220 hours of overtime and in perdiem This included 89 trips between home and an apparent violation of rules restricting such service to Cabinet secretaries and a handful of other top Yet the IG report said no evidence was obtained to show that Bibko used the government car or driver purely for personal Bibko chose to be driven to Washington Today heading push for more regulations By WALTER AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON While President Reagan prunes away at federal regulations he says have fettered the American his ambassador to the United Nations is warning of a world regulatory push that has become a veritable Jeane Kirkpatrick says the regulation drive is a struggle in which the and particularly the United seem destined to Its not the kind of loss that would be binding the rules are not like those imposed Jomestically by agencies like the Environmental Protection the Federal Trade Com mission and the But it does have the makings of an international political These regulatory initiatives extend quite literally from the depths of the oceans to the from the Law of the Sea Convention to an agreement and this is a formal title an Agreement Covering the Ac tivities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Kirkpatrick writes in a journal on regulation published by the American Enterprise Nor are the more mundane economic activities in between The United States balked at signing the Law of the Sea which requires that mining companies and other undersea ventures be licensed by a new international pay what would amount to royalties and be bound by its decisions on production and the Not that Kirkpatrick sees all international regulation as bad she says some of it necessary to smooth operation of world markets and to economic But she says the big push within the United Nations stems from a sort of poor nations with regulation a weapon for the redistribution of she the consequence is a hodgepodge of bureaucratic and national practices and theories that frequently distorts the regulatory process in the context beyond anything dreamed of in the national regulatory As a she proposed agreements that are supposed to benefit all nations often turn out to above instruments for global redistribution of wealth and a new global She doesnt suggest a way She suggests only that as consumers have a valid need for protection against unscrupulous so all of us need protection against the arrogance of the internaional new Washington from Philadelphia on 19 occasions instead of taking a train or Evidently his choice was based largely on the superiority of his cars reading lamps over those provided by cheaper public The government vehicle is equipped with reading the IG report and Bibko stated that he ac complishes much work while being thus resulting in value to the agency in excess of the cost to the The IG auditors documented 176 personal phone calls Bibko charged to his government credit card Bibko admitted having made more than 300 such including 25 from his home He told the auditors he intended to reimburse the govern ment when he got the Because his family was still living in Bibko wrote a memo stating that he would schedule no trips there on Mondays and to avoid the appearance of personal Yet six of his 15 trips to Pittsburgh during that first year were on either a Monday or a Bibko took a fiveday trip to New Orleans last April at government expense to give a single speech to the environmental law section of the Louisiana Bar Though he was entitled by regulations to only 106 hours of annual leave and an equal amount of sick Bibkos records showed that he actually used 117 hours of annual leave and 140 hours of sick leave as of last The auditors found no evidence that Bibko had tampered with his records or ordered them to be Assistant Attorney Gerald Egan declined to prosecute Bibko due to lack of evidence of criminal Egan noted sympathetically that after years of working in the private not have recognized the impropriety of his So the inspector general recom mended the Bibko be admonished and ordered to make restitution for all the personal telephone Footnote Through his public af fairs Bibko declined to com WINTER IN WONDERLAND Its no secret that Washington was a disaster area on the day of the citys thirdbiggest snowfall in living and that the disaster was caused largely by the decision to call the capitals thousands of federal employees in to work that What is still a is what led Donald director of the Office of Personnel and Craig an assistant to the to make the decisions against the earnest advice of the Weather Service and District of Columbia transportation One guess is that theWhite House was still smarting over criticism of the decision a week earlier to give the citys federal workers two hours off fora Washington Redskins At any the poor federal em ployees fought their way in through the only to be told those of them who made it to the office that they were being sent back home because of the developed as cars skidded into each ran out of gas or into snowbanks and were Public transportation came to virtual The cost of towing away abandoned cars in the district alone came to some The cost of retrieving buses was even The total cost of the fiasco is But at least no one can say the administration was coddling federal Reagan emphasizing foreign policy By JAMES GERSTENZANG Associated Press WASHINGTON President Reagan is in the midst of a series of steps that are turning a spotlight on his foreign During his first two years in Reagans focus was clearly on the while he also made quick foreign trips and occasional speeches on arms Central and the relationship with the European In recent there has been a surge in public diplomatic marked by foreign travel by Reagans advisers and speeches by the Reagan devoted one of the longest speeches of his with the exception of his State of the Union to foreign policy And he is likely to turn to the same subject next week when he addresses the Commonwealth Club in San Foreign policy Some people have said we dont have the president as he took the delegates to the American Legion annual conference on a roundtheworld tour of trouble The president focused on the travels of his arms ties with China Taiwan and Central America and his promise to not allow Marxist terrorism and subversion to prevail he came to the Middle This administration is prepared to take all necessary measures to guarantee the security of Israels northern borders in the aftermath of the complete withdrawal of the Israeli the president In Reagan guaranteed something else that his spokesmen would have a busy The address that was intended to clear up questions but raised questions The bottom line was this Reagan was offering a guarantee of secure northern but that did not mean troops were being As Larry the chief deputy White House press put the president was underscoring the continued concern for Israeli security in the context of the ways to achieve the withdrawal of foreign forces from Does that mean the United States is prepared to intervene militarily I wouldnt say said Lyndon another deputy press The use of troops is an option and would not be used unless there was a specific request from Speakes He said it would also have to be decided that troops were an essential element in an overall agreement on the withdrawal of Syrian and Palestine Liberation Organization troops from Andy Rooney On lowering ones standards for the first I noticed Ive been using two tissues or paper handkerchiefs instead of I think Ive been using two more often than one for some time but I never thought about it until Its a sign of the Will we ever reverse the present trend in which everything gets of less quality and more expensive Is there a company in America that has improved its product and given us more for our money this year than it did last year There are of but theyre far outnumbered by the ones giving us less for Each of us has his or her own scale on which the past economy is measured against the We have our own personal equivalents of the governments gross national product and economic It may be the price of a cup of a bus ride or a pair of I hate to tell you but 35 cents for a movie is one of my Thats what we used to pay when we went to a cowboys and Indians double feature at the Madison when I was a I can understand having to raise the price of a product when the cost of labor and materials goes but how do they explain the deterioration in the quality of the product That shouldnt have anything to do with And why is it that when the economy is good and everyones prices go but when the economys bad and people are out of prices still go up When a wellknown watch company first started making something other than the oldfashioned spring I bought They had obviously put a lot of research and technique into It was the first watch I ever had that operated on a tiny battery and it was just It kept nearperfect time and the quality of the workmanship was I retired my trusty old Hamilton railroad watch with a few tears and gave way to The new watch gave me 10 years of good service before I finally left it in a locker by mistake and lost From loyalty to the company and because I wanted another good I went back to the they dont make that model The jeweler conceded their new equivalent isnt as You cant tell me razor blades last as long as they did 10 or 20 years How in the world does a company make razor blades that arent as good That must take real technical The gasoline we buy for our cars isnt as powerful as it used to Forget about the increase in Maybe they had to raise the price from the ridiculously low 33 cents a gallon we were paying not so long but did they also have to lower the octane rating so that one gallon of gas wont push a car as far A lot of gas now is sold at 87 octane and the highest you can buy is An octane rating in the 90s used to be regular gas and high test could be 99 For the past 10 years Ive had a popular brandname Its been the best suitcase I ever even for a it looked like everyone elses Its been all over the world and so last month I decided to retire I was going to stay at an expensive hotel and I didnt want to embarrass the bellboy who would have had to carry my battered bag to the so I went to a luggage store to buy another like Three They dont make it any The one they do make to replace it is shoddy by Every time a big company over a smaller one in this irj order to promise its bigger return on their product They raise the price and make it Im not a7 Im a but Id settle for a little more quality as a consumer and a smaller dividend as an Your representatives Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Building 20510 John Tower United States Senate Room 142 Russell Building 20510 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1213 Longworth House Office Building 20515 JohnTraeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 ;

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