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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas tt frees a for Christmas ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer The Christmas tree business is Just about as seasonal as a business can It may take a yearround effort to put out the but au the selling is done in the last Thats when the money comes No amount of promotion would induce people to buy Christmas trees in unless they were artifical ones at bargainbasement A good ad campaign might get the real trees moving earlier a few days before But theres nothing a salesman can do about the other end of the buying Thats fixed by the A Christinas tree is no good after It cant be marked down it cant be passed off in the postYuletide white It becomes a piece of So what do merchants do with those leftover Christinas trees Around Comal the problem doesnt come up as often as one might The sellers have the market figured pretty If the trees tend to run out before the customers located in the Courtyard Shopping had 18 trees still waiting for homes at 6 on By midmorning the number was down to Theyll be sold by about five oclock said confident co manager Nieves because were going to mark them down to rockbottom Manard manager of Wuests grocery on San Antonio said he didnt usually have trees left over If he he confessed hed just throw them Theres no great ceremony about they just go on the trash heap like everything he Faced with that merchants tend to get less protective of their trees as Christmas I think theres three out Ivy said last Right were just leaving them out and if somebody takes we dont say too much about The New Braunfels who support their community projects by selling Christ mas trees each have a pragmatic ap They order between and trees each and set them up in the parking lot at Walnut They stay until the trees are all or until the volunteer salesmen get cold feet and whichever comes In the latter they call the See Page 8A New Braunffels Ntw Texas HeraldZcitung TUESDAY December 25 cents 92 257 2 16 Pages USPS 377880 Reagan takes blame for Marine deaths WASHINGTON AP President Reagan today took responsibility for permitting 241 servicemen to become victims of the 23 truck bombing of a Marine Corps headquarters building in At a meeting with reporters shortly before starting a vacation trip to Reagan said local military commanders should not be punished for failing to provide sufficient security because they did not fully understand the threat posed by If there is to be it should rest in this office and with this Reagan I accept this A report issued last week by the House Armed Services investigations subcommittee blamed all levels of the chain of command for permitting the lax It particularly singled put Timothy then commander of the Marine peacekeeping for serious errors in judgment in failing to provide better protection for his without naming Reagan said it was unfair to punish local commanders for not fully comprehending the threat posed by Reagan said a report issued by a Pentagonappointed commission noted that by tradition and military forces have not been prepared to deal with attacks by and I heartily But the president said this should not compel the United states to pull out of the problem of terrorism will not disappear if we run from Under Reagan also said he did not want the loved ones of the servicemen killed in the blast to think that the lives had been given in He also said there were signs that the Marines were laying the foun dations for peace in Lebanon and said the nation is on the verge of national The Reagans left Washington and headed west for their traditional year end holiday in Los Angeles and the desert resort town of Palm The who spent the See Page 8A ty John Seiner What parking Parking in the bed of a pickup truck is a hard thing to in case somebody wanted to try the owner of this truck is ready to stop Citrus growers work to salvage crops Rio Grande Valley Harlingen Brownsville HARLINGEN AP Farm hands labored to harvest frozen oranges that could be salvaged for while hoped enough cold weather would linger to protect the fruit until it could be We dont expect it to get cold enough to damage any more and the fruit is gone said Ray executive vice president of Texas Citrus a growers Prewitt said that once the fruit falls off the trees it begins rotting It usually takes less than a week after a freeze for citrus to begin Cold weather will help protect the fruit from rotting while being picked and Only about 25 percent of the grapefruit crop and 40 percent of the early oranges had been harvested before arctic temperatures swept across the tropical Rio Grande delta at Texas most southern point last All of the crop has been lost as far as fresh fruit is said The loss in fresh fruit is currently estimated at but Prewitt said it will still be a couple of weeks before we can get a handle on tree enough trees were damaged by the freeze to substantially reduce next years citrus he Less than half the Valleys growers had any insurance on trees or Prewitt It is still too early to say if the freeze will put some growers out of But following two years of depressed market he this freeze will have much more serious consequences than those of previous For a lot of this weather will make survival pretty Farmers and hired hands rushed Monday to begin harvesting what remains of this years frozen and hanging on the The fruit will be trucked to one of three Valley juice processing plants where it will be squeezed and converted to Salvaging the orange crop presents growers with a different About 60 percent of the early oranges and 100 percent of the late Valencia oranges will need to be harvested in the next 21 If the wait is too long and the weather too a lot of oranges will rot in the he Many Valley grapefruit growers arent sure salvaging their crop for juice is such a good A similar freeze three years ago in Texas and Florida caused growers to rush grapefruit to juice resulting in a glut on the market that has lasted through the current year and kept market prices Andropov appears to have gained political strength MOSCOW AP New additions to the Politburo suggest that Communist leader Yuri An dropov has strengthened his Kremlin influence despite an illness that has kept him out of public view since was absent Monday when the Communist Party Central Committee added two full members and one alternate to the ruling Politburo and announced an addition to the powerful The former KGB chief came to power 13 months ago through sophisticated maneuvering within the secretive Politburo after the death of Leonid But he has not been seen in public since an 18 meeting in Moscow with a group of He said in a printed speech distributed to the 300 plus member body that temporary causes prevented him from attending the biannual policy setting Itll believed that Andropov suffers kidney and heart and he was briefly hospitalised last The official Kremlin explanation for his unprecedented absence from major public and party gatherings was that he has a and spokesmen maintain he is not seriously It is assumed Andropov alw will miss the Supreme or that convenes on He is chairman of toe presidium of the Supreme Soviet and normally would be expected to His absence from the party and from the Bolshevik Revolution anniversary celebrations last including the 7 Red Square would typically be to the advantage of Politburo AP Analysis But major statements continue to be issued in Andropovs name and his chief Politburo Konstantin has not assumed any new It was not immediately known if Chernenko was at the Central Committee plenary as there was no list of those The two men promoted to full Politburo mem Mikhail and Vitaly are in fact considered to be ad versaries of the Chernenkoled faction of holdovers from the Brezhnev KGB chief Viktor was named alternate member of the and Yegor was named to the llmember similar to a Solomentsev and Vorotnikov could be looked upon as Andropov Apparently now in the minority are those con sidered to lean toward Chernenko Premier Nikolai 78 Moscow party leader Viktor 69 Kazakhstan party leader Dinmunamed and Foreign Minister Andrei The two promotions on the Politburo bring the ruling circle from U the lowest in years due to deaths and retirements that began in January Whether Mondays announcements represent a clear swing of support to Andropov is difficult to but clearly personnel sympathetic to his views have gained entry to the inner Inside Todays Weather Comal County will see warmer temperatures today and but it wont Today was expected to be mostly with winds from the southwest near 10 miles per hour and a high near 50 Tonights low should be near and winds from the west at 1015 Wednesday may see a high in the but a dry cold front will push temperatures back into the mid30s by late Winds will be from the north at 15 20 mph and Sunset today will be at and sunrise Wednesday at Hopes Back Costumes got stranded on the wrong band instruments got and there was a blackout not called for in the but Bope Hope per He brought down the curtain Monday on his 31st tour overseas for troops with one of the most tumultuous shows of his PagelB Cowboys Chilled Before the smallest crowd in recent on the coldest day in recent the Los Angeles Rams handed the Dallas Cowboys a seasonending loss Monday in The loss was Dallas third Page DEAR 2A TV Entex asks industries to curtail gas usage Entex was asking south Texas to go easy on the natural gas hoping to forestall a real shortage in Valeros The south Texas including Comal was placed under curtailment at 8 WestPoint Pepperells textile mills are running on fuel oil stored for just such Conroy has been asked not to use natural gas for and residential customers are being asked to con serve as much as said district manager Robert Were asking our customers to use natural gas for human needs said Its only a request at this but he If we dont get enough volunteer well have to go out and physically curtail He said the curtailment was ex pected to last through and that there was a 50 percent chance of its being It all depends on the Jones This weeks record cold has placed an unusual draw on the natural gas Valero has more gas coming out of their pipeline system than theyre actually able to pump in from their Jones If that went the flow of gas could be in The company chose in stead to curtail hoping this would enable it to keep the lines So it seems to be Jones said the net loss ended at 2 There is no longer more gas going out than there is coming But Its still not at a good operating Jones He said residential customers didnt need to worry about their gas being cut but has asked them not to waste the It wouldnt be a good day to do your he Jones compared the situation to driving a car when the tank is You can keep on the way youre but youre dont want to be And you need to start looking for another gas he From the gas companys stand Christmas was a good time for this record cold wave to Some of the largest naturalgas customers General Portland Coleman and Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos are down for the and wouldnt be using much Coleman closed its plant on FM 306 and doesnt plan to reopen until General Portlands Balcones plant is closed for three because our silos were said plant manager GPI buys its gas directly from Valero as a See Page 8A
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