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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfate October Opinions HvraldZeitung Central Manatir Andy Rooney Word transmission is a real problem for me It la often more difficult to and mail a letter than it Is to write This column is sometimes more difficult to transmit then it is to My problem is to get it quickly to the Tribune Company Syndicate of fices on 4tad Street in New York City from my home in Connecticut or from my When I spent the month of May transversing the country in a I had a new problem and I was talked into taking with me a magic new machine called a Teleram Portabubble word Ita basically an electronic typewriter that doesnt produce anything on Its all on a little screen in front of The good part of it is that by pressing a few buttons and putting the telephone in the cradle provided on top of you can send what youve written anywhere in the world in a very few The Teleram is unique in that it stores what youve written on a memory that doesnt involve any disc or moving Its weighing only 18 pounds and can be plugged in I had no natural aptitude for the word processor but after four Im thoroughly familiar with Ive written five books and hundreds of radio and television broadcasts on my Underwood circa and I continue to use it as my Jack Anderson Justice officials keep trying to hide ABSCAM evidence WASHINGTON New evidence keeps bubbling to the surface of the ABSCAM and Justice Department officials keep trying to submerge The story needs to be told from the beginning It started in 1978 with the employment of Mel a convicted con to lure some sleazy politicians into an FBI While he was on the FBI he continued his misbegotten ways and engaged in chicaneries of un believable magnitude and The FBI agents who were supposed to control Weinberg were drawn into his They found it ex pedient to cover up for Then the FBI covered up for its and the Justice Department laid a web of concealment over the whole ABSCAM But two federal prosecutors assigned u the Edward Plaza and Robert refused to join in the They reported to their superiors in 1960 that Weinberg was out of FBI that he had per jured himself before grand juries and that he may even have siphoned off some of the bribe money intended for ABSCAM By this the unhappy superiors had ventured so far out on a limb with Weinberg that they couldnt saw it off without risking their own So instead of cracking down on the in corrigible they retaliated against the two I publicized what had happened to Plaza and who were then summoned before a House Judiciary subcommittee in June They not only repeated their allegations under but Plaza challenged Congress to cite him for perjury if he had The Justice Departments internal ethics the Office of Professional conducted its own independent The conclusion was that Plaza and Weir were right and had been unjustly Uter the chief of the ethics Michael was questioned by Houae A staff sum reviewed by my associate Indy reports when Shaheen told them After the two prosecutors complained of Weinbergs criminal Deputy Attorney General Charles Renfrew fired off a blunt memo to the ethics The memo an absolute and categorical finding of misconduct against the whistleblowers and asked the unit to recommend But Shaheen characterized the Renfrew memo as alarmingly weak and found his conslusions unac Never before had the ethics unit received such a com plaint coupled with an absolute fin ding of said He refused to be intimidated by the deputy attorney rejected Renfrews preconceived finding and went ahead with an objective in still another Irvin then deputy assistant attorney authored his own memo attacking the two prosecutors and sent copies to the courts and defense Almost simultaneously the Nathan memo was leaked to the Plaza and Weir were subjected to a barrage of press calls concerning the Nathan memo they had never seen and knew nothing Shaheen characterized the Nathan memo as libelous and slanderous in its attacks on the two whistleblowers and not an accurate Shaheen concluded it was our finding that Plaza and Weir were not guilty of any improper Shaheen concluded that the Justice Departments position was a twisted adding tersely Plaza and Weir obviously felt they had been given the shaft and we agree with The Shaheen told House was that the Justice Department had consistently failed to see to it that persons without a conflict of interest investigated complaint about FBI and Justice misconduct during This is not the end of the The Justice Department refused to released the Shaheen report to the House Judiciary though it has been commissioned by Congress to investigate the depart ments handling of the ABSCAM Then a reference to the briefing that Shaheen gave House summarized was mysteriously deleted from the public Subcommittee chairman Don Ed explained that the briefing was confidential and that an agreement had been made with the Justice Department not to make it He blamed a former sub commitee staff JNPRftlHBf W5M6ERS HE KM basic writing It was given to me by my uncle who was a He had used it for 20 years before In the past 36 years I spent on it once to have it oiled and Although Im embarrassed to tell its important to the story to say that I paid for my word I got a letter from Arline Sales Ad the Teleram Cor The letter informed me that my warranty was almost up and asked if I wanted to sign up for their annual flatfee service I have written the following letter Dear Miss Walpole I have some questions regarding the letter you sent informing me that the fee for the annual service contact for my Teleram Portabubble81 is Do I understand that is the Teleram Corporations best estimate of what it will cost to keep one of their machnes in operating condition for one year Could you please advise me what type failure I can expect within a year of my purchase of the word processor I had a demonstration model belonging to your salesman for abut five weeks and some kind of logjam occurred that made it necessary for me to erase and lose everything in the memory to make it operative Is this common I now have the Teleram with the character What is the likelihood that I can complete the storage of that amount of material without another breakdown in your machine that would necessitate total erasure According to your your charge for straight onsite field repair is an Your only repair depots are in and None of these is in my Travel time for your repair men is an plus Weekday over time is an hour and Sunday and holiday onsite double time is an I estimate that if one of your repairmen works a 40hour week plus four hours overtime and four hours he could make a week or a In the event one of your repairmen worked a straight 40hour week at your factory at per hour with no travel and no he would only make a Do you have any openings I have enjoyed owning my if it ceases to I will simply abandon it and conclude that word processors have not reached the state where they are reliable enough to be economically feasible for me to I do not want the service contract you offer for a Prices subject to change without Sincerely Andrew Rooney IFVJECANHrXVEVOUR SHOXPVOSECAEM HI OWGBH PROCEDURES YOULL BE SlUCK SOGOCfctUCKAND Guest viewpoint Political climate kills hopes of natural gas price decontrol JOHN TOWER United States Senate During the past natural gas consumers and producers alike have experienced problems caused by too much gas being produced at too high a Now Congress is grappling with this issue to determine But before we decide upon a we must understand the causes of the During the severe shortages of natural gas resulted from years of federal price controls which kept the price of gas so low that there were no in centives to find and produce adequate In response to this Congress passed the Natural Gas Policy Act in It was advertised as a decontrol but ac tually it created an incredibly com plicated regulatory system with dozens of price Its purpose was to phase out price controls for moat gas by January with the price at that time to be roughly equal to the predicted cost of other particularly Moat people believed that oil prices would remain at the high levels of the late This assumption and memories of earlier shortages led producers and purchasers to agree to longterm contracts for highpriced When the price of crude oil dropped drastically last and the recession caused a sudden decreased demand for natural havoc There was too much high priced gas tied to contracts that would not allow prices to follow the drop in oil In federal regulations caused shortages which hurt consumers in the and then forced prices to remain artificially again hur ting consumers during the The message in my is that the beat long term solution is phased decontrol of natural gas This would assure that there would be enough gas supplies to meet the needs of industrial and individual consumers and that prices would reflect actual demand for the As a practical the price of gas could be expected to stabilize at a lower level than most consumers are paying achieving this goal this year in the current political climate is virtually the Senate Energy and Natural Gas Resources Committee recently reported legislation on the This bills in is to bring all gas prices to market level over a period of That which currently is above that level would be reduced in and gas which currently is less expensive would rise in The bill also in cludes provisions which would limit enforcement of take or pay con tracts which require purchasers to take more natural gas than they This legislation deserves serious but it does raise two Could the private sector do a better job of evening out the market dislocations without government interference would enacting another sat of gevenunent regulations and extending the time for most controls create more problems than it would solve pipelines and purchasers are developing creative approaches to handling the problems of oversupply and Many ob servers believe that the private en terprise system will be successful in bringing prices into line within a fairly short period of If this is the I would have serious questions about whether we should create still more federal regulations to deal with a problem which already is being Perhaps we should consider simply allowing most price controls to expire in 1985 as and then ad dressing the questions arising from the remaining I might note that the committee which reported the legislation currently before the Senate did so without endorsing the product of its This is an issue which will require much careful study in order to determine the approach which will best assure adequate supplies of natural gas at fair Your representatives Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Building 20610 John Tower United States Senate Room 142 Russell Building 20610 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Building 20616 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 71701 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711
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