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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfels April Opinions General Manager Robert Joh Editor Guest viewpoint freezesends wrong message ByTOMLOEFFLER 21 As the American people have become more aware of the awesome destructive power of nuclear they have vigorously pressed their government to find the means of reducing the threat of nuclear In the House will rightly and properly continue to focus on this important issue as we once again consider a resolution calling for an immediate freeze on nuclear weapons and a substitute which calls for mutually negotiated arms reductions followed by a Certainly it is imperative that as a nation we explore all avenues in an effort to avoid nuclear It is equally incumbent upon the United the Soviet and any other nation which possesses or has access to nuclear weapons that we achieve a reduction not only in nuclear strategic forces but hopefully in some conventional forces as The upcoming debate is not whether one is for or against arms the resolutions before us offer a clear choice between two arms control In my a Washington Today Democratsnew rules have unplanned effect By DONALD ROTHBERG AP Political Writer WASHINGTON It looks like the Democrats are going to need another revision of party rules after the 1984 presidential Party leaders thought last spring they had come up with a balanced rewrite the fourth revision since 1970 that accomplished the goals of shortening the nominating process and encouraging elected and party officials to play a greater role in selecting presidential James Hunt of North who headed the commission responsible for the latest I think weve got the pendulum back in the middle He added that he hoped it would be the last major rules revision for some We certainly hope added party chairman Charles the rules have been in place for a the presidentiabcampaign is well under and it now is clear things are happening that never were anticipated by people who applauded the Hunt Commission the rules have magnified the impnrtance of money at a time when most candidates are decrying its in attempting to shorten the the Democrats succeeded in lengthening It seemed like a wonderful idea to shorten the season and that was done by creating a 13week period in which states could hold caucuses or primaries and forcing Iowa and New Hampshire to move within 15 days of that A background memorandum written by the Hunt Commission staff warned that the plan had potential It noted that some observers believe that any attempt to com press the or strictly enforce a will encourage front loading which will substantially impair the ability of relatively unrecognized candidates to Those observers were absolutely Having an equally strong impact on lesser known candidates was the decision to move the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary closer to the Dale Bumpers of Arkansas told how that worked in his announcement this week that he was abandoning his plan for a longshot run at the We have had a situation develop in the Democratic nominating process that weighs heavily against the less wellknown said In 1976 and 1980 we had three to four weeks between the New Hampshire primary and the next Previously unknown candidates such as Jimmy who did well in Iowa and New gained national recognition in plenty of time to raise money before the next The first day states other than Iowa or New Hampshire caan hold caucuses or primaries under the new Democratic rules is March and at least 10 will do so on that Several more will begin selecting convention delegates on the following Legislature ataglance AUSTIN AP Here are highlights of floor action in the Legislature on Thursday HOUSE revising state textbook selection approved sent to authorizing county com missioners to establish neigh borhood dispute approved sent to HB1174W authorizing central depository for adoption approved on voice sent to establishing emergency surtax on unemployment taxes paid by approved sent to Adjourned until 2 SENATE setting up a procedure for filling a vacancy in the office of lieutenant approved sent to requiring covers when trucks carry certain type approved on voice sent to repealing a state law that prohibits any fat or oil other than milk fat to be added to ap proved sent to requiring notaries public applicants to take a written approved on voice sent to increasing the size of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Com mission from six to tentatively approved authorizing additional banking approved sent to allowing a magistrate to require that a defendant participate in an alcohol or drug abuse treat ment program as a condition of personal approved sent to authorizing the state to lease space in new state office buildings to private ap proved sent to outlining the extent to which state employees may par ticipate in political ap proved sent to authorizing political subdivisions to require private propety owners to provide parking spaces for the approved on voice sent to allowing sheriffs to put thirddegree felons on work release approved sent to authorizing reports on pharmacists who have alcohol or drug abuse approved sent to authorizing protective services for disabled ap proved sent to authorizing the Parks and Wildlife Department to dispose of abandoned motorboats and outboard approved sent to authorizing reports on professional nurses who nave alcohol or drug abuse approved sent to Adjourned until 11 policy of mutually negotiated followed by a freeze offers the best and most positive arms control An immediate freeze implies that if one side reduces the other will History does not bear this In recent years our country chose not to modernize and update strategic in the hope that by setting a peaceful the Soviet Union would follow the Soviet Union increased armaments at the same time that we were reducing our arms an immediate freeze would have an extremely detrimental impact on the now muchneeded modernization of our strategic With a strategic moder nization would be we would be locked into a position of significant and our overall position would deteriorate even further with the passage of As it 77 percent of the Soviet strategic forces are only five years of Because of the current under an immediate the strongest incentives for the Soviet Union to negotiate concessions in strategic weapons will no longer exist the history of arms negotiations proves that the Soviet Union accepts genuine agreements only when en ticed by strong Recent events in the world demand that the United States be in a position of strength to ensure the military and diplomatic respect that will provide the strongest incentives for the Soviet Union to remain at the negotiating Let us not forget the ex pansionist aims of the Soviet Union characterized most recently in and in Central where guerillas are being supplied with Sovietmade Winston Churchill made this ob servation about the Soviet Union during a major foreign policy address following the end of World War D From what I have seen of our Russian friends and allies during the I am convinced that there is nothing they admire so much as and nothing from which they have less respect than especially military In my Churchill is on the Until the Soviets show that they are willing to curb such aggressive behavior out of respect for the national boundaries of others and the cause of world a vote for an immediate freeze seems to me to send the wrong message at the wrong time to our PIP you mw WALTER m GOVERNMENT mi tW OUR HOUSE AT PR6PIOXIN Jack Anderson Social Security expertspurge mentallyimpaired recipients Government investigators have given the Senate shocking con firmation that for nearly two years the Social Security Administration has been haphazardly purging thousands of mentally impaired persons from the disability The General Accounting Office has told the Select Committee on chaired by John that a big part of the problem is that many of the bureaucrats who decide whether a claimant is mentally disabled are untrained in psychiatric they rely on lists of symptoms that are frequently the GAO My associate Tony Capaccio has examined many of the unpublished cases in GAO files that illustrate the crazy logic behind the bureaucratic denial of The cases were initially developed by the National Association of Private Residential Facilities for the Mentally Though the facts were the individuals were notified that they would no longer get disability A 58yearold woman diagnosed as schizophrenic in 1968 had been committed to psychiatric hospitals 16 including three times in 1981 She was institutionalized by court order as a danger to herself and others after she was found dancing in Yet the benefit cutoff notice said Though you may be nervous at your records show that you are able to communicate and act in your own on the medical you could do un skilled A 22yearold woman was diagnosed as schizophrenic at 14 and had spent almost all her life since then confined in state mental Very notes her psychiatric adding One of goals is to make eye contact during five minutes of each group therapy But the government ruled she was able to support The medical evidence in file does indicate that she has had a significant history of mental the cutoff notice at the present she has no hallucinations or delusions and is oriented to place and It is felt that she can do unskilled although she has no job history in the A 28yearold diagnosed as schizophrenic in 1974 and hospitalized six was termed actively psychotic and unable to make selfprotective such as whether to She was in a state mental hospital and pregnant when her cutoff notice arrived last Although acknowledging that in the past she had been hospitalized when you have not taken your and that she could not take the medication while the notice said You can return to your medication for psychiatric help when your baby is So the bureaucrats ruled that her disability benefits would be discontinued three months after the babys Battle Stations Tolstoy its but theres War at the Peace The director wants to get rid of her and the deputy has been sniping at the directors executive using the executive assistants questionable behavior as The miniwar appears to have its roots in the longstanding hostility between the conservative and moderate wings of the Republican The Loret is regarded by conservatives as an arch liberal masquerading in a Republican cloth They note her frequent contact with Democratic Peace Corps founder Sargent who once called her the kind of Republican we tried to recruit into management when we first started Her Ed on the other is considered the loyal Reaganite in the agencys upper The target of most of the flak in the internecine struggle is David Ruppes executive Here are some of the incidents that have in vited attack by his critics Last when Ruppe went to Michigan for the unsuccessful re election campaign of her moderate Republican Philip Scotton went along at tax payer A Peace Corps spokesman said Scotton was acting as a central reference point to maintain liaison with the Scotton said he was working on Peace Corps speeches for When the director flew to Africa in November for a twoweek tour with Vice President and Scotton followed behind Air Force Two in a commercial at a cost of almost Deputy Curran accused Scotton in writing of abusing his office by using an official car for personal As Curran cited his discovery in the car of a purse belonging to a friend of Scottons Scotton felt it was much ado about and said he had only used the car about five Scottons personnel file reveals that he falsified his academic credentials on his government job claiming to have a masters degree in business ad ministration from George Washington Scotton admitted he never got the degree because he failed to write the required But he said he completed all the course When the lie was a notation was made on Scottons ap plication next to the claimed Studies no But 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