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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A New Braunfels HmaldZeitung November Opinions V General Manager Andy Rooney Being broke makes us break codes Has everyone been desperately broke Maybe I always assume that there are very few experiences or emotions that arent Ive been really broke in my Its a feeling you never and although its been 26 years since I didnt know which way to turn for I never see anyone out of a job and without a dollar in their pockets without knowing how they There are still times when I think about being At night when I empty the change out of my pocket and put it on top of my I often in those terrible old adding up my change to see if I had There are chronically poor people who would laugh at what I went through became it wouldnt seem very bad to My wife and I were never My father was retired but he had made a comfortable living even during the Depression and my wifes father was a They wouldnt have let us get to the point where we were out on the street and without but you know how that Theres an unwritten There are people you dont ask for and my father and my wifes father were two of I dont know who makes those rules but we all know Certainly if Id either would have given me Maybe that was Theyd Jack Anderson Danger keeps man in hiding WASHINGTON When Walter Mungovan his wife ever knows where he is and she never Mungovan is in not because hes a but because the Justice Department believes his life is in Unlike others in the federal witness protection Mungovan must be seperated from his wife and their 12yearold She has filed suit against the people the Mungovans hold responsible for the familys So she has to be available for court appearances and fundraising efforts to finance their lonely Mungovan has not been permitted to talk with reporters since he entered the witness protecton but he relayed a message to my associates Dan Van Atta an Indy My associates have been investigating the case for three I am in the position of being cut off from my whom I dearly through no fault of my Mungovan I cant justify what has happened to me when all I did was work hard and try to make an honest How did this happen o Mungovan A memorandum filed in federal court last July by Attorney Daniel Bent lays the blame squarely on of ficials of the carpenters union in were the driving forces behind the destruction of a a a business and an the prosecutor They transformed Walter a combat a carpenter and a successful con into a man whose business and family life were virtually and into a man who feared for the safety of himself and his They bullied they threatened they shut him down and they willfully and maliciously perjured They deserve to be severely In two union officials have been convicted of purjury and two others are facing But it is the Mungovans who have been punished After 13 years as a carpenter and union Mungovan went into business for himnself in Within a his construction company had 20 Picket lines went up at the companys work charging that Mungovan was paying substandard But the who were ac tually paid at or above union voted unanimously not to join the That should have ended the In federal court last Mungovan testified that union of ficials indicated the pickets would remain until he signed At one Mungovan a union official told him that another con tractors work site would be ched jf he didnt unionize a remark Mungovan interpreted as a threat against his own company as The months of picketing were slowly wrecking Mungovans fledgling firmBut the decorated First Air Cavalry veteran decided to fight He gave the FBI affidavits and secretlytaped conversations with union Thats when the Justice Depart ment decided Mungovan must go into His business is now and he is more than in His Britishborn came to Washington to speak to members of and hopes to be able to make a personal appeal to the president for She wrote to the White I am here alone trying to fight for what is Im the wife of an innocent man who cannot but need your I am the mother of a son who said to me on the why dont you ask President Reagan Maybe he Footnote The Drew Pearson Box will accept contributions to help people like the Watch on the Kremlin Although the Soviets insist everything is hunkydory with the Vietnamese laborers pressed into service on the Siberian letters smuggled oiit tell a different The who thought they were signing up for a few weeks instruction in Russian and maybe some simple mechanical are now stuck for five or six years in a bitterly cold rejected by their Soviet and East European neighbors and working for starvation Onethird of their pay is kept by the Soviets to repay Vietnams military and another third is grabbed by the Hanoi How times In when the Israelis shot down a Libyan passenger the Soveit delegate to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights asserted tha his delegation was convinced that the destruction of innocent in cluding women and had no legal or moral Headlines and footnotes Federal Trade Commissioner Michael often in the minority on FTC put this cigarettstyle disclaimer on the painted version of a speech he made recently on the dangers of smoking The views expressed in these comments are mine and most likely do not reflect the views of the Federal Trade Congress is trying to decide whether the government or private industry should take responsibility for victims of asbestosrelated Used as a fireproofing agent for decades in the construction asbestos has been linked to many including a debilitating lung disease and two forms of A report to be published soon by the House subcommittee on labor stan dards warns that only 34 percent of workers exposed to asbestos materials for more than 90 years can expecfto live a normal life have given it to not loaned it to They would have been disap pointed that I felt I had to My fathers brother was a saltof theearth lawyer in a small town in New York fighting petty political corrupttion and providing free legal services to people who couldnt afford to pay He and my aunt never had children and I was the closest thing to a son he When he came to visit he would often slip me a bill as he was You dont forget an uncle like In desperaton I went to him and asked for One of the terrible memories of my life is that I never repaid He died three years later without ever having been able to take pleasure from thinking that his favorite nephew was a responsbile He didnt need the money but he must have looked for some token payment from me and I made I always meant to but I never About 15 years ago we were doing better but we needed to help pay for one of the kids college and my wife went to the bank for a Banks are a better place to go for a loan than an uncle By this time I was making enough money so we werent in desperate need of the as the joke we didnt have any trouble getting The interest was probably 7 A year or so later I asked my wife if we were going to pay off the loan in a lump or just continue paying the 7 percent interest each Being in no way a business I had the feeling we should pay it She does all our bookkeeping and and she didnt think we She was Im not sure to this day if we ever paid the loan Margie is probably spending some of that in terest this or Id ask of I appreciate that its the only good joke we ever played on a We won because interest rates If we have the and its maybe in the same banks money market and we get 9 percent we are beating the bank for 2 percent on It is not at all like failing to pay back my This all occurred to me today because yesterday and old friend asked me to loan him Of course Ill loan it to him but I wish he hadnt It breaks the unwritten It changes our dont want to think about it every time I see him and I dont want him feeling uneasy about it when he sees but thats what will Being broke is a terrible but its probably an experience everyone ought to have once in a If youve never been really you cant possibly understand how nice it is to have a little money in the OF CQUKSE TWSHESHT WYPOVOUASK Washington Today Reagan could have reasons against running for reelection By MIKE FEINSILBER Associated Press WASHINGTON If you were Ronald would you want to be president again Consider It is not as much fun the second time On the campaign candidates see issues in blacks and and with total clarity in as Reagan can issues turn into an array of difficult blobs of Reagan came to Washington as a sworn ideological opponent of com and there were high moments of eyebaUing the evil as he once called the But talking down international communism isnt the same as dealing with fanatics and mystical fac tionalism in the Middle Reagan could leave head declaring Mission ac Not of course He promised to balance the budget and the deficits are at levels that no one would have expected a few years But he promised to cut down the size of government and it has been He promised an enormous tax cut and taxes have been cut He promised a huge increase in defense spending and defense spending has been increased Thats a record one coiUd rest He would leave looking His wife may want him to No one denies the influence Nancy Reagan wields on the especially on so intimate a question as how and where they will spend their next years Her husbands presidency has not been unmitigated joy for She went through a devilish time when he was shot on March A year she I remember everything about the day and I guess its something you dont I thought it would fade a little but it On Reagan again experienced the trauma of having aides tell her that her husband was under protection because someone had crashed the golf course he was The situation turned out to be but it must have reopened raw Second terms are always more After four or five or six years in presidents are less per and Reagan didnt get elected in order to see his ideas overridden by an opposition The Republicans stand a good chance of losing control of the Senate in even with Reagan at the head of the With the House already in Democratic a reelected Reagan might confront a solidly Democratic eager to work its not Reagan has to consider this too If he he could He loves but no one loves And Reagans opponents stand to gain from high growing black the gender gap and the disenchantment of other None of this means that Reagan wont It means that if he hell have his Your representatives Tom Loeffler Houft of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Building 20615 Uoyd Bsntsen United States Senate Room 240 Rumll Building 20610 John Towor United States Senate Room 142 Russell Building 20610 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Mark White Govarnors Office Room 200 State Gapitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Sanata Capitol Station Taxas 78711   

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