New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 6, 1983, Page 4

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung May 6, 1983

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 6, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 4A    New    Braunfels    Herald    Zvtunq    Friday    May    6.    1983OpinionsHerald-Zeitung Dave Kramer, GY* . w Mmmycr    Robert    Johnson,    EditorAndy RooneyEspionage union—a breakthrough for spies This has been a bad year for spies Every couple of days you read in lh** paper where they’ve caught some of ours or we've caught some of theirs The French, for instant**, just expelled 47 Soviet Km ha people because they said they w,*r»* spying Thai s a lot Of spies ll would he interesting It* know what sec rots all those Ku-slan agents got from the French They ti have to get an awful lot of secrets to make It worthwhile because keeping 47 agents in Farts isn't cheap Kven spies have to eat I ve eaten in Paris and I ve eaten in Moscow and if all 47 of those Russians were really spies they should have been try ing to steal the set ret of French cooking Being <i spy In Paris must bt* one of th** most desirable jobs any spy could have Th** living is good and th** French don’t take spies ail that seriously. You could probably go to a cocktail party In Paris and discuss what you tilt! without anyone being surprised What is your business. Mr Standoffsky. if I may ask'*” I rn in espionage I spy for th** Russian government How Interesting You must meet so many fascinating people w hen you'n* a spy ” True, and most of them are other spies.” I .ant week a Soviet citizen wasWashington Today Reagan not blasting bishops' pastoral letter By WAI It R R MI AHS AP Sp#** oil Correspondent WASHINGTON    Debating theology w ith clergy men is a n»-way to lose. and the .id ministration c extending that guideline in response lo th** denunciation ut nuclear weapon* and rnajoi elements of I S nuclear strategy by Roman ('atholu bishop President Reagan and Secretary of Helens** (a.pal Weinberger avoided discussing details of the long debated pastoral letter adopted on Tuesday by leaders of th** '*1 million American Catholics Instead they kept their com merits broad enough to suggest that the view of the bishops and the policies of th** administration really are not that much at odds That is pretty hroad Reagan said he hadn't read th** lf, non word datement the bishops adopted In Chit ago hut from what hi* d »«*n there w**r** many jHimts with which th** administration would have no <|uar re I Hut it doe oft t take a Un** by line reading to set* some major «11 f ferein es The bishops condemned fit st use of nuclear weapons on any s« ale Th** us** of ta< ti* a1 nu* lear weapons is one of the options reserved bv N \T<> as a pot able response to ars overwhelming conventional attack ort We-derti Run ip* The letter * halleriged th** us.* of nuclear weapons »*\**n iii retaliation to an attack ort Amen* ail cities Retaliatory action w hic h would t it discriminately take many wholly limo, ent lives lives Of people W ho are In no way responsible for th** reckless actions of their government must he condemned ” Reletter says Credible retaliatory power is at the heart of ti*** policy of nuclear deterrence \ Stat** I»•• pa r t rn ** n t spokesman did dispute th** bishop s call for a halt in nuclear weapons production and deploy merit Alan Romberg saving instead th** objective should ta* deep reductions promoting a stable military balance at low **r lev els of arms The bishops called for un mediate, verifiable agreements to halt th** testing production and deployment of nuclear weapons a version of the nuclear fr«*«*/.»* to w hi* h Reagan is firmly op posed The president dido t go into those point* Ile accentuated th** positive They're not saying anything we don't say that God forbid those weapons should ever be used What I rn saying is that I think their purpose is the same as ours Reagan told interviewers They’re looking for a way toward peace and promoting w or 1*1 peace and that's what we re also looking for Wetnhrtger said I*** dido t think tin* bishops intended to undercut I S determent polit y if we w et ** to end deterrence arid erode It by statements that we would ut effect never use ta dismantle all of our strategic systems that I •bink would encourage the Soviets and I don't think that s i .-ally th** thrust of their letter Mailbag Meyer opposes jail bonds 0 The Editor Very few people are concerned hat Un* Interest amounts to hen buying on the installment tethod Tin* County Is going to ty for a $3 w million jail with ands that will tost ap roxirnaleiy Si 3 million in in ■rest at s 5 percent over a 20 par perod We ar** told we hay** > choice fait yet are asked to ate the bonds why bother A » aller on Radio KGNH oniinent program got iii on ti*** cst few minutes and expressed ie opinion that lf the Texas Jail tandards Committee or th** ederal Government wereti t ^Hafted with th** accom<xiat!on.s e have let them build th** jail lite response was that for every oltar going to Washington only fly cents » ame ha* k Tills figure as been around for many years. lr Reagan should hay** Im roved that ratio by now 1 >o ytm think that by refusing to ie Federal funds Comal County III Initiate a new philosophy that 111 sweep the nation'’ If mein *rs of Commissioners Court ncerely believe so and with •ep conviction abide by that illosophy then they should fuse all Revenue Sharing funds no It Is not different — comes apprehended < spies should he "apprehended.” not simply ‘ caught”! while he was in the process of picking up some rolls of film from the trunk of a hollow tree In Maryland It shows that Russian spies don’t know much about this country Everyone knows you pick up your film from th** drugstore We never get any information about what it is spies find out It s always suggested that th** In formation they take back to their country will have grave consequences on o*irs, hut I’d Ilk** some more speciific information I suspect that in th** past 25 years the most serious Information on** country has gotten about another Is a list of their spies. There must be a lot of wasted effort in the spy business Scientists working on new developments dont have any conU*ct with the CIA or the KGB I can imagine a spy working for years to get hold of the plans tor a new aircraft, and by the time he gets them he finds they've already been printed in Popular Mechanics Or a spy might com** running home with what he thinks is a secret formula for a new chemical, only to discover that C S and Soviet scientists had exchanged that information at a meeting in Sweden three years ago Spies are having a tough tim** of it all right, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them organize and form a union Soviet and I' S spies would all belong to the same labor organization Soviet spies would have to honor the picket lines of I' S spies and vice versa Any espionage union would probably make several demands on behalf of its members It would certainly demand the right for them to be double agents Spies Ilk** professional athletes, ought to have th** right to become free agents after a certain length of time, too If th** Russians have a really good spy. he should have th*- right to switch his allegiance if another country offers him more money An espionage union would certainly take up the matter of women's rights Women seem to have been almost completely frozen out of the spy business ever since the unfortunate demise of Mata Hart, but it could have happened to anyone Mata Hart just happened to be a woman I don't have a very high regard for spies I think we should keep track of what’s going on in other countries in a general way. but I don't think we need th** blueprints for their nuclear energy plant or even the formulas for their chemical w arfare w eapons Americans have never been very good spies It s something we can all be proud of from th** same place Then the City will almost have to follow alit Really, I don t visualize us refusing tfu form of Municipal Welfare even though it en * mirages Municipal spending l.o« a1 Control is ti*** ultimate desire of every local politician We have it her** for years tile * J r and Jury inspected the jail and gave it a g<*»d rating All those folk ♦ couldn’t have been wrong but suddenly on** dissident oc * apalit possibly a tourist, brings * lit against uh and prevails With ail th, excellent legal talent we haw* it was di*up[>oiritlng to see I ,o» ai Control kicked In the face Surely we could have enlisted the aid of our conservative friends in Washington The Chamber of Commerce could have pulled one pri son from the latbor i Right to Work committee and im* doubt reversed th** outcome lf J* 2 million plus energy cost of eleven cents per KWH predicted In 1mm<> will provide th** lif** sty le necessary for the social misfits living there then let some one els** pay for it As it is our jail Is better than many of the con ditions (sir Servicemen endured from World War 2 and on Leonard A Meyer NOW THEY TELL WE I NWFS ttPIW IU SOm.- TENCER PA/ WAS 90 MISERABLE, THEY SAY, IT KAN OFF TUE GOOP TEACHERS m LEFT THE THIRD-RATE ONES SO I CAWL OUT OF SO i’W XaNORANT/-PIWT HOLP ME EACH FROW A SCHOOL AFUNCTIONAL SUCCESSFUL CAREER ILLITERATE IN POLITICS •WE \T TLK&5 IGNORANCE V KEEP TH' SALARY UP ON THEW OW TEACHER*- - <£*/*» *rf« Aa* *« At**    *    - Jack Anderson Well-traveled bureaucrat mired in new controversy Like til** lady in the Irving Berlin tune William Heffelfinger keeps coming back like a song hut th** song always seems to have a few sour notes Heffelfinger Is a professional bureaucrat with a miraculous record of survival through Republican and Democratic administrations He ban also survived recurring congressional and other investigation* for alleged misconduct Yet he gi**s serenely on his way from on** high paid jot) to another, denying every charge that'* made against him The charges leveled at tins world class survivor of the bureaucratic wars run til** gamut — from falsifying his job resume lying to government In vest tga tors and shr**< Fling documents improperly to politicizing th** civil service and even offering to procure female companionship in an effort to curry favor with an outside consultant Yet through it all, Heffelfinger kept winning promotions and even an executive bonus Now as director of ad ministration at til*- Department of Energy Heffelfinger is once again in the thick of a con troversy It involves a lucrative operating contract for the agency's Solar Energy Research Institute in fulcra do Congressional and Energy Department sources charge Blat the top rated bidder was euchred out of the contract, and they suspect Heffelfinger had a hand in the maneuver Ever since the research in stitut** s inception in 1M77. the management contract has gone to Midwest Research Institute of Kansas (‘tty Mo But in the government contract game, hope springs eternal, and three other firms hid against MHI for th** 1M*3 I MHM contract, which will handle some Sin million a year In reseachfunds Although MKI s management of th** Solar Institute tuts been * riticiz«*(1.4n the past, ami though its rating wasn't up to the com petition In two out of th** three categories, the company once again got the contract DOE's final selection doucument — the scorecard on the four bidding firms — shows that RDM International Inc was rated highest in the 'management and technical” and ’ ‘ c o s t effectiveness'' categories The only category In which MHI topped MDM was * business* ami transtttlon ” For obvious reasons, there would be no transition costs lf MHI kept the contract But the DOE contract board noted that HDM's proposed transition charges would be minimal In fact th** document acknowledges that MDM offered It* perform til** transition phase in at no cost to th** goy eminent ” So hw did MHI get the con tract** That s what Bi** White House and some members of Congress want to know One reason the finger of suspicion has been (>olnted at Heffelfinger is that ills former deputy at til** Energy Impart merit, William Davis Is now an executive of    MKI Heffelfinger acknowledged knowing Davis but insisted till the contract award had    nothing to do with me ” One source, noting that tile White House had questioned Energy Secretary Donald Hodel about the    matter told my associate Dale Van Atta that this time Heffelfinger may he on the way out” Don't bet the rent money on it Footnote    The General Ar ('(Hinting Office Ls Investigating the contract award following an official protest by MDM Energy Department Insiders say that department officials plan to pressure MDM to withdraw its protest Im hlng Ba, k w ard The federal bureaucracy is often criticized for moving at a snail's pace The Environmental Protection Agency has added a new twist It is moving slowly backward in its years long study of a deadly pesticide The chemical is ethylene dlhromld** or EDR which is used to fumigate fruit against the Medify amt other insects Two chemical plant workers in California died particularly gruesome deaths after exposure to EDR fumes, and it lias caused cancer In laboratory animals In 1W7M a top FRA official assured California authorities that tile federal agency will be acting very soon to take ap proprlate steps to regulate the risks associated with EDR ” The official. Edwin Johnson, now head of ERA'S office of pesticide programs, also rioted Blat the agency shared California's concern over EDR It is. he wrote a demonstrated animal carcinogen, an thus a presumed human carcinogen We want to reduce or elimalnate this chemical in ail food crops as soon as feasible ” Four years later, however. ERA officials have sent the EDR investigation back lo square one The recommendations of a science advisory panel must now be blended with those of an outside consultant before the decision promised in 1M7M can be made Officials said this would take about a month ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: May 6, 1983