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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunf els HwaMZeitung July Opinions HsraldZrlturts Manager Robert Edit or James Kilpatrick EPA hearings hunt prey like wild coyotes WASHINGTON A story is developing on Capitol Hill that might be amusing if it didnt conain so many disturbing It involves skulduggery within the staff of one or more cubcommittees of the and if you havent heard of the story youre not Let me go over the and then let us talk about values in the This is what happened On July 21 and five subcommittees from three different House committees got together for hearings on the En vironmental Protection The hearings were known as EPA Oversight A OneYear They were not friendly A principal witness for the ad ministration was EPA Administrator Anne Opposition wit nesses included members of state officials and the leaders of major environmental groups who were to put it with the agencys per In years at least a nominal spirit of bipartisanship had been in evidence at EPA This as Joseph Davis reported in Congressional Democrats came to the hearings smelling blood They saw the EPAs record as a choice target for cam paign trail attacks prior to the November The Democrats chose their wit nesses The minority Republicans complained bitterly that the majority had scheduled the hearings as a witch They said they were not given adequate but such Democratic leaders as Toby Moffett of Connecticut and James Jack Anderson Conflict of interest overwhelms record of senator WASHINGTON Not long after I reported on the legislative favors Malcolm had done for oil companies that appeared in his personal stock he resigned as chairman of the Senate Ethics Wallop says his departure from the Ethics Committee had nothing to do with the apparent conflicts of interest He adamantly refused to concede that there had been any conflict at But now that hes no longer bur dened with the chore of being the Senates ethical the Yaleeducated rancher seems to have redoubled his efforts on behalf of Big Oils interests his Wallops 1982 financial disclosure form shows he has between and invested in Standard Oil of California and Standard of He received in oil royalties from a Getty bringing his total income from that company since 1978 to nearly Big Oil also contributed to Wallops successful reelection campaign last My associate Jock Hatfield checked the senators recent legislative record and turned up some flagrant exam ples of Wallops penchant for giving the oil industry a helping hand As chairman of a Finance sub Wallop introduced legislation that would give strip mining companies an estimated million tax break next year and million more in The bill would allow strip miners to write off the future coat of land reclamation before the improvements are actually Standard Oil of California and Standard of Indiana all have extensive stripmining operations and stand to reap a wind fall if their senatorial stockholders bill Wallops Wyoming Wilderness passed by the Senate in April and now pending in the would open up acres of proposed wilderness including the pristine Gros Ventre area near Jackson Hole to oil and gas Getty has been battling in court for the right to develop an estimated billion worth of gas and oil reserves in the Groi Ventre Wallops bill would hand them the drilling righto on At chairman of an Energy and Natural Wallop introduced a bill that would have given the interior secretary blanket authority to sell off land administered by the National Park Service including coal and oil acreage coveted by the senators preferred oil companies Wallop denied having triad to alip one by whea the of a the bill vert pointed out by other committee Wallop agreed to amend Wallop lad the auccauaful floor fight against a proposal to ban coal leasing on certain federal The ban covered more than 1 billion tons of coal that Wallops four favorite oil companies has shown an interest in leasing the rights to over the next two Their hopes are still thanks to Wallops Footnote Wallop has refused to comment on these apparent conflicts of interest between his financial holdings and his legislative A real bummer Amnesty the human rights organization that tries to smooth over bitter political hatreds by asppealing to mankinds better may have gone a bit too far in a recent issue of its Included in a graphic collage of the important things in Georgias history to mark Amnesty Internationals annual meeting in Atlanta was a picture of the most hated damyankee of them all William Techumseh more There was Uncle Billys grizzled mug staring out in such distinguished company as King George for whom Georgia was the state bird brown flower Cherokee fruit Georgia peach of a suggestion of the Con federate Stars and We needed a graphic in a and the artist wanted a photo of someone who had had a hisotrical impact upon a chagrined editor Marcia Schwen told my reporter Kathy The artist tried to find a picture of civil rights leader and Atlanta Mayor Andrew but for some reason So they settled in haste on whose impact on Georgia consisted of laying waste to the state from Atlanta to the sea in the words of the old Union veterans Student gap Its not only in Central America and the Cribbean that the Soviets are outpointing the United States in studentexchange programs that could enhance the Kremlins long term A secret CIA study cited Soviet efforts in Tunisia and Jordan as symptomatic of a worldwide The doubled the number of Tunisian students receiving training in the USSR during and again more than doubled that figure And in where ex changes are diminishing the Soviets amd East Europeans are dramaticaly increasing their ex change One Soviet Jordanian exchange agreement provided for an increase of 171 scholarships offered to Jordanian during the last two Scheuer of New York brushed the objection The went In accordance with congressional the testimony taken down by shorthand who then typed up a transcript of what had been After the tran script went to the and in April 1983 the official hearing record was Last month Republican Judd Gregg of New Hampshire happened to thumb though the printed He was At the hearing on July his colleague Robert Walker of Penn sylvania had as the official reporter had transcribed it Many members of the other party know that I am willing to take part in reasonable The printed version read Many of the other party know that I am not willing to take part in reasonable John Hiler of Indiana had said a great disservice to the to have very few people on the majority who called this particular The official record read very few people on the minority side in even though At some point between the typewritten transcript and the a long and defensive paragraph by Moffet had been in serted words that he had never spoken at During the Gregg had marveled at the number of staff members on the majority side who were The word majority had been changed to i 1 Time after the printed record had been Some of the changes might be explained in terms of mere but when changed to skulduggery is Websters defines skulduggery as un unfair and unscrupulous behavior or It was all of the matter is judges and editors rely absolutely upon the printed records of congressional The EPA record was What else has been Next question Who cares about this criminal act One might have sup posed that the speaker of the having been apprised of criminal conduct on a subcommittee staff would have thundered for someones The speaker has thundered Have we heard cries of outrage from the three subcommittee chairmen They have been very The TV networks and The New York what of them They are silent as King Tuts The House voted unanimously on June 30 to authorize closed hearings on the matter in what is laughingly known as the Ethics Republicans had no choice their plea for a select committee was rejected by the Democratic If the Ethics Committee identifies the dirty hands behind this and makes a definitive report by the end of the it will amaze everyone and ft particularly will amaze the Ethics Remembering Jacqueline Smith A popular songwriter named Jackson Browne once wrote of the strange feelings one gets when trying to deal with Written after the death of a For A Dancer explains life in a musical We all hear different Browne and we create patterns or dances to fit lifes These patterns are as unique to the in dividual as his since no two people hear the same Theyre also difficult for anyone other than the individual to com When tragedy the only person who could have explained or tried to explain his pattern is The survivors are left with fleeting memories of the but they have no idea how that person interpreted Browne explains his confusion as he tries to understand his friends life and death I dont know what happens when people Cant seem to grasp as hard as I Its like a song I can hear Playing right in my ear And I cant But I cant help We at the HwMZutung have had to deal with these confusing emotions since the death of staff writer Jacqueline Smith Monday Jackie had her own complex patterns she and those who knew her were all the richer because of Jackie was a private so even her coworkers rarely got a peek at her music But we saw the patterns she and we liked what we We dont know why she was almost always even when she had to crank out three complicated stories before deadline or cram too many interviews and phone calls into toofew We dont know where she got her sense of but our offices were a little more pleasant as a We dont know what made her such a patient but she and it was a good Jackie carried a heavy workload for and when you mix that with our computer which sometimes hide n seek with your your patience is stretched thin on an almost daily There are of other adjectives which apply to her hard working and to name a Well manage to fill the void in our news coverage that her death has left but thats the least of our concerns right We have lost a special Her melody cannot be We will try to hang onto it as best we I ROBERT JOHNSON i Journalists are drilled often about objectivity in Some grasp the others But the best writers are those who learn to set personal feelings report the and let the readers form their own Jacqueline Jackie to her learned her lessons In her three years as a HtttMZtitung staff she was and hardworking on and off the Jackie was killed in a cartrain collision Monday night on her way to a Garden Ridge City Council She was 24 i As an editorial we work in such close quarters that we get to know each even if we dont want It was impossible to dislike She was too She always had a smile on her and a giggle tucked inside If she couldnt say anything she just didnt and when she got upset or mad about something if she ever did shed just get It sounds almost but I doubt she ever uttered a negative word about I know I never heard one about The professional contacts she had admired trusted and she never let them Her private life she kept She didnt talk much about personal but she made others feel close to her without She touched many people with her written Her face brightened the Comal County Commissioners Court and NBISD board of trustees In the day Pete Hendricks she felt like she was losing a She loved and would always jump at those The last story she wrote was published July about Edmund Kuempel and a sketch of his first year in the Texas She wrote about how his colleagues accepted him through their how he accepted criticism as part af the and about how he wanted to keep his position as long as he felt he could do the best possible job for District Those same words tell the story of Jackie will be missed as a and as a DEBBIE DeLOACH Your representatives Edmund Kuompol TOMM Houao of Ropraaontativoa ToKMTSTSt Uoya Bontaon ftoomttOftuaaoMI Mark GJovornoraOfftoa Room 200 StataCaphol 71701 John Traogor Taxaa Sonata Caphol Station AuetkvTaaae 71711
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