New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, April 14, 1983, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

April 14, 1983

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfels April HwaMZriiwf Manager Robert Rflfor Jack Anderson Thai pirates still prey on refugees Nearly two years I reported the pitiful story of Vietnamese refugees who are being brutally robbed and murdered as they try to flee their communist homeland in rickety boats across the Gulf of Their cruel tormentors are Thai scourge of the southern who carry on their pillage under the nose of the indifferent Royal Thai The story caught the eye of President Touched by the plight of the boat he instructed a top White House aide to direct the Navy to protect the helpless Despite the compassionate order from the the worlds mightiest navy has done nothing to stop the depradations of the Thai So the carnage goes Outraged State Department sources describe the assault as an against that sup posedly went out with Attila the A typical attack includes the wanton slaughter of ablebodied gang rapes of the women and theft of anything of value even the clothes off the refugees In some babies are tossed overboard to apparently for the pirates Many refugee boats are attacked several times before the halfdead survivors finally reach safety in Malaysia or Confidential State Department cables examined by my associate Lucette Lagnado indicate that including Ambassador John Gunther have complained forcefully to the Thai government about its failure to crack down on the Las Dean and the ambassadors of other concerned governments Britain and Australia discussed the situation with Thai officials in The suffering of the refugees at the hands of the pirates must be Dean told John Hess Loads of paperwork and other tax gripes Mutterings of a taxpayer thats But did I get it right What did those instructions mean I cant even un derstand the first paragraph Paperwork Reduction Act We ask for this information to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the United Paperwork reduction Compared to what Section Depreciation of recovery Column Two factors determine the class of property whether the property is section 1245 or section 1250 class property and what midpoint class life if ary would have applied to it on January if the asset depreciation range ADR system had been If thats been no wonder Harold Washington neglected to The fastest rate of depreciation is allowed among other a race horse more than 2 years old when you place it in or any horse that is more than 12 years old when you place it in Why do they call a race horse recovery property Is the IRS promoting the sport of kings Not if theyre paying off on 12yearold And what are the odds on a yearling A colt They dont All this paperasserie is the gift of an administration that promised to take the government off my it sure took the government off General Electrics Reagan used to race GEs remember Thats one investment of theirs you could call recovery The Wall Street Journal says GE paid million for leaving it a net income of Thats less than 1 I guess GE is better at figuring taxes than I The paper said GE did even better on taxes in 1982 than in because the law that closed one loophole opened another still It has to do with tax which I suppose GE and the IRS I suppose the experts also un derstand why banks pay only 2 per cent or so on They tell me it has something to do with their deducting the interest they pay out on money they to buy tax exempt But if theyre so why did they raise a fuss over withholding taxes on interest due to depositors If the banks dont pay and GE doesnt pay somebody has Especially if Reagan insists on shooting the works on Star We either pay for it out of taxes or we borrow more we borrow more That raises or it raises interest or Check whichever is Reagan wouldnt stand for raising But isnt that a sneaky little tax to grab the depositers in terest as it is earned And why are they raising the Social Security while cutting the tax on race horses who said taxes were supposed to be fair Id settle for them being lets Have I filled in everything this Do my spouse and I want to contribute a buck apiece to the presidential campaign Are you kidding Your representatives Edmund Kuempel Teicai ol Representative Box 2810 Texas 78769 Mark Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Tana 71701 JohnTraeger Texas Senile Capitol Station Texas 7i711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Seriate Room 240 Russell Building Tom Loeff ler House of Representatives 1213 Longworth House Office Building 20616 John Tower United States Senate Room 142 Russell Building 20610 TheVrtath the According to one the am bassador stressed to the Thai naval authorities that concrete results were and added that if the pirate attacks were not the image of Thailand as a country which followed humane policies would be The Thais Dean warned could have a detrimental impact on a wide range of Dean characterized the Thais effort to date as When the Thai officials asked for more money to fight the Dean pointed out that the current million program being financed by foreign governments was already a substantial No one minimizes the difficulties There are as many as vessels plying the Gulf of Many of them are legally registered fishing boats that make up an im portant part of the Thai The sheer number of vessels and the size of the gulf make policing the area a staggering The antipiracy program depends on airplanes to spot apparent pirate attacks and pinpoint the location for Thai But in the entire month of November according to the State only five such sightings were and in most cases the patrol boats either arrived too late or went to the wrong place because of faulty The Navy has accomplished even less though it has the planes and helicopters needed to patrol the Footnote The refugee season is about to Stephen has pushed for a million Appropriation to help the Thai government in its currently inef fective war on the Looking It Up As the armed ser vices weapons have grown more the maintenance manuals have more than kept Many are unintelligible to the mechanics who must use For example The repair manual for the Navys Cougar plane in 1950 ran to By the F14 required a To fix one particular radar malfunction on a C141 the technician must flip through 165 pages in eight separate and look in 41 different The time it takes personnel to search through technical manuals costs the Air Force million a As one study noted Once the information is there is no guarantee that the technician will find it For all its services there are aviation maintenance running to nearly 13 million The Army alone could save billion a year if manuals were im proved to make them more White House Pipeline Despite a severe officials of the United Way reported a six percent increase in funds raised last They attributed it in part to President Reagans personal appeal last Reagan told them he was amazed that disaster areas like Detroit and Cleveland contributed more than their Good Friday was quiet time at the White BUdget Director David Stockman and congressional liaison chief Kenneth Duberstein had lunch together in the White House mess and for the first time they could neither one was sum moned from lunch to take a phone Everyones a When six yearold Christopher the Muscular Dystrophy poster exchanged jars of jellybeans with President Reagan at the White the President regaled Christopher and his parents with a few My reporter later asked Christopher what the Reagan stories were all They were all about the he answered BUT THEYll NEVER GET OUR DEFENSE Btfm Andy Rooney Taxes arent the its how the money is spent For the past week Ive been looking through drawers and going through pockets looking for receipts I might possibly use as tax I have pitifully few honest deductions and Im too nervous to take dishonest It seems to be that if I write a column and use everything that goes on in my life as my life ought to be deductible on my tax the accountant who helps me with my says the IRS wouldnt feel that way about And Marty knows more about how the IRS feels than I You have to play the IRS For the most part I write in this very comfortable work area here in my home in My wife does all our bookkeeping and she has turned one of the kids rooms into an office for She a builtin desk and works on hr typewriter and little computer We both do a lot of work in those offices in our But we dont mention it to the Marty says that deducting any part of your home as an office causes the IRS auditing machines to flash Its an honest deduction we dont take because we dont want to make Its the most dishonest think I ever did with my The best thing that ever happened to me with taxes was the result of a charitable contribution I made years It was during the height of the civil rights argument and I was working for one of the early morning television news We had Roy Wilkins on the show as a guest one He was then head of the National Association for the Ad vancement of Colored After the broadcast we had breakfast together and talked for almost an I was impressed with what a honest person Wilkins At home that night I made out a small check and mailed it to the NAACP a Whey I made out my tax form some months I added that cancelled check to my other charitable con tributions and put it in a Later that year we got the dreaded notice that our taxes were being I put everything together in a brief case and went to the IRS auditing office in New York Moat of the accountants doing the auditing were bright young Jewish boys who had just graduated as CPAs and were doing the work to get a start in the When I was ushered into a cubicle where my auditor I was mildly surprised to see that he was We started going through all my numbers and arguing about things that were missing and settling on some other Halfway through the audit this nice young black accountant started thumbing through my charitable I saw him pause imperceptibly when he ww my ftt check to the He hastily finished looking at the rest of the put an elastic band around closed up my folder and Everything here looks in pretty good It was the best charitable organization I ever He wasnt He just liked me and knew a man of my character who wouldnt cheat the There is just one law Id like to see passed in relation to taxes in the United It would involve some extra bookkeeping but would be worth Id like to make it mandatory for the government to file an income tax form and send it to each one of informing every American as to exactly how his tax money was I dont care how little tax you pay you ought to have a right to know what the government did with If I knew my tax helped pay a librarians salary at the National Institute of Id be If I found that any of it went for a Congressmans boon doggling trip to the South of Id be damned dont object to paying They oject to the way their money ao often ;

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