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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels March Opinions tteraUdZtituiig Dave General Manager Robert Editor Jack Andersort Thurmond bribe case to go before grand jury A federal grand jury has heard sworn testimony from a witness who stated that Strom R received at least in bribes from a middleman acting for exCIA agent Edwin Paul now a convicted I first broke this startling charge which Thurmond has vehemently denied in columns last month quoting the same who asked that his identity be At the the Justice Department confirmed that it was looking into the but described the case as an inquiry and a routine Soon the department hurried its investigation partly because of pressure from whose Judiciary Committee oversees the Justice Now the routine inquiry has come before a grand sources other connections between Thurmond and Wilson have The for is investigating the em ployment of a Thurmond ad ministrative Dan who reportedly went to work for A lowerlevel Thurmond aide also went to work for the senators was employed by a high Republicanconnected public relations firm headed by Robert Keith who was for several years a board member of Wilsons principal Con sultants An associate of Grays said Gray was an elevator acquaintance of Wilsons and did not know he was board member of Wilsons But the key to the case is obviously the witness who swears that he per sonally saw Thurmond take two bribes from a onetime Thurmond fundraiser acting as middleman for The witness appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago and was questioned by Assistant Attorney Lawrence Barcella Washington Today New controversies come with spring By JAMES GERSTENZANG Associated Press WASHINGTON Seemingly in tandem with the crocuses that are signaling the arrival of a new season in the nations controversy is springing back to life around the Reagan White House after a fairly quiet President Reagan and aides tackle problems at the Environmental Protection Agency and in El just as the early signs of recovery are allowing them to relax their attention at least momentarily from the Throughout the the ad ministrations leaders were preoc cupied with budget less controversial this year than in winters past because the direction of Reagans program was well But with the budget and Congress still gearing up for certain Reagan has been able to shift his albeit not to subjects necessarily of his The White House staff has been unable to control the direction of the EPA controversy and Reagans intense focus on El Salvador has been dictated to some extent by developments in the Central American where government troops have had increasing difficulty in stopping the leftist While Reagan headed west last week for a few days at his California ranch and a visit with touring Queen Elizabeth he was given little In public appearances he was asked about the EPA and El In private he met with senior advisers for strategy con ferences and to be updated on both But one possible thorn was with thanks to the voters in West Germany who kept Chancellor Helmut Kohl in removing the risk that Reagan would come under increasing pressure from a key ally to modify his nuclear arms proposal at talks with the Soviets in The storm swirling around the Environmental Protection Agency has been growing for too and involves such a variety of that it is unlikey to dissipate quickly despite the resignation of the agencys Anne McGill After saying little for the past several months about El Reagan and his advisers are anxious about progress made by the in surgents there and the Salvadoran governments difficulties in con taining The presidents interest in boosting military aid by million to fight the guerrillas is renewing attention paid to the administrations policies in Central The more the president talks about El the more he raises questions about the role of soldiers And the more the debate focuses on that the hotter it Twice in nine Reagan has summoned Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate for consultations on El Salvador in on his plan to increase military The meetings are apparently in tended to seek the widest possible consensus for his aid effort before he proceeds with Knowledgeable sources gave my associate Dale Van Atta details of the witness Under penalty of the witness told the grand jury essentially what I had reported with a few new Heres what he said in his 15minute appearance As a Wilson the witness was ordered to spy on Wilsons associates to make sure they werent cheating One man he was told to keep under surveillance was the who had claimed to have Thurmonds On many the middleman showed up at the offices of Delex International a Wilson company occuping Suite 710 at 1111 North 19th On three he picked up a manila envelope stuffed with The witness said he watched a Delex employee count out bills aloud on a card and put at least in an envelope each The middleman then with the witness on his The first the witness lost the middleman in But the second he followed the gobetween to the Capitol Hill Club a Republican sanctuary on the House side of the The witness testified that he watched the middleman meet who was and hand over the manila On the third the witness again followed the middleman to the Capitol Hill Thurmond wasnt The middleman made a phone and Thurmond showed up a few minutes later and took the manila The middleman then returned to Delex and went out for drinks at a nearby restaurant with the witness and two other One of them was Thomas an old CIA buddy of The witness has said he telephoned Wilson to report the successful referring to Thurmond only as the same The Justice Department is in the process of finding corroboration for the witness Last the FBI agents showed him three dozen lookalike and the witness picked out Footnote Wilson and the mid dleman have both denied any attempt to bribe The middleman said Thurmond is the last person I would even think of approaching presumably because of his known ties to the But this doesnt square with a letter he wrote to Thurmond last asking him to help Wilson in his continuing legal GloryHunting GMen In Senate the FBI tried to claim credit for a landmark racketeering case that was actually the work of Labor Department Bureau official Oliver Revell told Sam that the Philadelphia and Baltimore divisions of the FBI obtained a significant conviction in the case of Delaware labor figures Francis Sheerhan and Eugene They were convicted in a nationwide leasing scam involving payoffs to Nunn was Only the day he had been told that the case had been developed by Labors organizedcrime and racketeering He in Whos on first The bureau hasnt reported back but a check of the cases records shows that Labor Department people delivered the initial prepared the prosecution reports and were on hand when the prosecutors announced the indictments to the Four of the six investigators in the Labor Departments Philadelphia office worked fulltime on the case for three According to former government the FBIs only part in the case was to provide one of 50 wit nesses at the to testify against The Gmen were responsible for another indictment of on murder and racketeering But he was A THREE BEDROOM HOUSE TWO HUNPRED BUCKS OR ONLY CATCH Mailbag Dont blame Dear Sir According to articles in the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung and a recent San Antonio TV news it would appear that the elderly homeowners in the New Braunfels school district are being accused of defeating the school bond issue because they did not understand that their property taxes were frozen when they reached age This assumption stigmatizes the elderly as a monolithic group intent on preserving the status quo at the expense of the and ignores the fact that throughout their lifetime and including the the elderly have paid and are still paying taxes that make public education The idea that these people do not know their taxes are frozen is There may be a few who are unin but very It is very possible that there are a number of nonelderly property owners in the district who feel they cannot afford the additional however good the and rely on the secrecy of the ballot box to shield them from public Perhaps some of those whose children would benefit most by passage of the bonds are stretched too thin financially to pay more The 30 percent in crease in property taxes mentioned on the TV coupled with the increase in could work a hardship on many families struggling with mortgage The low percentage of eligible voters who voted in the bond election would suggest that a large majority of the elderly did not vote because they believe only those who will have to pay the additional taxes should be the ones to decide whether or not to impose Yours Rose Krafts criticize hotelmotel vote To The Editor As lifelong residents of New property owners and and who have chosen to spend their income in New we feel qualified to ask the Chamber of Commerce and the businesses of New Braunfels if they appreciate our loyal financial support to the com The City of New Braunfels from its birth has always been a prosperous business community because in good times and people took pride in their relationships between business owners and their Now the Chamber of Commerce and business representatives say the local residents do not provide sufficient business trade and we must accept the tourists with a smile for the good of the When you have been made to feel like a secondclass citizen by the manager of a store you have shopped at from the time they first opened you may well decide that your loyalties to New Braunfels are not very important and go to San where you are also a dollar but prices are more Is this what our business community really wants We wholeheartedly agree with Velva Jean Marlena Betty Lou Rushing and Ann that we do not need any more tourists littering our beautiful park and filling our rivers and streams with beer cans and Our tax dollars are used to clean up the tourists The tourists leave many but they also leave hot empty boxes in the merchandise is in their unpaid but were to keep right on The local residents also enjoy the discourteous drivers and over crowded recreational The local people cant even have a picnic in the park anymore theres no Streets are closed off because of extra We who live raise our children here and support our com munity in all would like to tell go home and let us enjoy our We would like to know why the Chamber of Commerce was given this large sum of money from the hotel motel For more advertising This money could be put to better use by placing it in a general fund to be used by the City of New Braunfels to try and restore the abused and defaced properties left behind by the We who are old enough to remember how beautiful our park used to the bubbling springs now full of people laying in it and the natural beauty of the park before it was but were supposed to keep on We feel a lot more like seeing how our park has been The Chamber of like a work began with a good pur to make things But this Chambers administration has become too disregarding the loyal residents and taking advantage of any moneymaking situation that comes along for personal regardless of how the residents The purpose of the Chamber of Commerce should be for the good of everyone but it seems that somewhere along the way they have lost sight of the values for which the Chamber was Its time for our business com munity to remember what made New Braunfels its very own the residents of New the Its time for us to stand up for our Norman and Agnes Kraft Torres dislikes annual conference To The Editor Once again I find it more and more irritating to see the local news media fall line and sinker for this Legislative Conference charade by the Chamber of Commerce and then giving it free publicity to keep them I dont be the editor is working to get a Blue Coat from the Let me explain the The Chamber uses the Civic which was built with my taxes uses our which I support with my and then to top it the Chamber wants to charge me to get in and hear my Now after paying all these I cant attend afford to If you work for the Textile the rock plants or the new if you take the day off to you are docked the days But a public official like a City court official or anyone on the public they will be there and I probably end up paying their as an official expense on top of the days work which they didnt By the Roxolin U that the free enterprise system you advocate teaching to our school kids why should I pay to hear all that hot air Why should I pay to ask some of those clowns from Austin I want some relief from my electric and gas The whole thing Esequiel Cheque
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