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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A January Opinions V General Manager HeraldZeltunf Editor Civil rights panel torn by internal strife By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press WASHINGTON The first meeting of the new Commission on Civil Rights spotlighted bitterness and showed that the panel that searches out discrimination in America differs from its predecessor in both style and For two days the commission bickered over the civil rights agenda of the Its members not only but became The commission forged new policies that looked at affirmative action quotas as not and viewed Reagan administration budget cuts as policy not civil rights And when the meeting ended the AnAP News Analysis commission held an noholdsbarred news conference during which several members took turns assailing each The commission met at a motel in Hunt for what was once scheduled as a quiet retreat at which the 1984 program would be But commission members realized they could not escape the public glare once the makeup of the new panel became the focus of a rancorous battle between President Reagan on the one and civil rights groups and congressional liberals on the The eightmember with the majority favoring White House contains four mem bers appointed by the president and four by The former six member which expired last year after its congressional authorization ran had six presidential For years the old panel was har monious and united in giving itself the broadest possible authority to aid women and minorities who suffered Perhaps nothing demonstrates the change from the old to the new more than two members who served on both commissions Mary Frances Berry and Clarence the current chairman who also headed the former panel in its final Berry went from a majority member of the old commission to an outspoken but outvoted com missioner on the new She told a news conference that the new commission has in effect been taken over by people who came to the commission with views already set in concrete who pretend to have open but in fact have closed who was a dissenting minority voice on the old now rules the new He told the news conference that the new majority took over only after a bitter fight during which I got beat he the fight was one that we Now were The new majority is and in two days at Hunt Valley it set in motion a program that the old com mission would hardly The commission decided that use of quotas to hire and promote victims of past discrimination constitute another form of unjustified discrimination and should be The old in a 1981 supported the concept of quotas in a report Af firmative Action in the 1980s Dismantling the Process of The new panel decided that budget rnrtv cuts in social programs a question of social not i of The new commission also canceled a study approved by its predecessor that would have studied the effects of reductions in student aid on predominantly minority On the other the newMpanel voted to undertake a broad study of discrimination in Americetiuttwould rethink many of underlying assumptions and priorities of the The study would examine the status of minorities against backdrop of declining discrimination in the United States and look into the proposition that differences between groups can exist when neither racism nor discrimination are the sole or predominant Jack Anderson Timber industry lobbied hard to get unneeded bailout In an apparent attempt to harvest votes in the Pacific President Reagan approved an in dustry bailout that will benefit some of the nations richest timber com panies at an estimated cost to the taxpayers of Unlike the billion Chrysler loan guarantee which eventually earned the Treasury million from the sale of stock warrants that were part of the deal timber barons bailout twill represent an unrecoverable loss to the companies will be given a fiveyear extension on con tracts to buy government timber on which they without having to pay interest that would normally be required for such contract And unlike which was on the verge of bankruptcy when it ap pealed for government the big timber corporations earned profits as high as million in the first nine months of In Wall Street analysts are predicting industry profits of nearly billion for Thats a 93 percent increase over when the timber companies first began whining for permission to welsh on their con What makes the bailout par ticularly galling is that it was the timber companies own reckless greed that put them in the predicament from which Reagan has now rescued Wrongly expecting high inflation and the housing boom to continue indefinitely and hoping to freeze out smaller competitors the big timber companies went on a bidding binge in the late of fering prices Tor government timber that were as high as 400 percent of its appraised Then the recession sent housing demand and lumber prices skidding down like logs on a The industry demanded to be let out of its contracts and allowed to buy the timber at the lower current The timber barons found a sym pathetic ear in John assistant agriculture secretary for natural Before he joined the Crowed was general counsel for Ixwisiana which will gain an estimated million share of the contract It was Croweil who raised the political My associate Michael Binstein obtained an internal memor from Croweil that said If extensions with interest are the most that the government we can expect continued political agitation for doing something A recent poll in Oregon showed 53 percent of the persons queried to be in favor of allowing logging companies to satisfy their contract obligations by paying the lower current Croweil claimed he had no conflict el interest because he and his amity had divested all their timber The political point was also driven by Oregons Republican Atiyfb Iff to with timber industry officials last Reagan carried Oregon by a slim margin in During several stormy Cabinet the bailout was opposed by the presidents Council of Economic Treasury Secretary Donald Budget Director David Stockman and the Justice Depart One of the principal objections was that bailout would set a precedent for other industries that are in trouble or that claim to The decision was made to hold the timber firms to the prices they bid for the but to allow them an extra five years to purchase In the they will pay no interest on the money owed the Footnote For years Louisiana Pacific has been urging the Forest Service to require larger down payments at bidding piously proclaiming that this would reduce But Forest Service of ficials believe that this would squeeze many smaller timber companies out of business and lead to even greater control of the industry by the big Boondoggle of the week Pentagon officials insist on using commercial rental cards on outof town travel instead of cheaper ones available from the General Services the Defense Departments inspector general Seventyseven percent of the paid travel vouchers we examined showed that DOD travelers elected to use commercial rental vehicles in lieu of GSA contract rental an internal IG report The result was that 33 percent of the car rental costs could have been Reasons given for not using GSA cars are revealing of Pentagon at titudes town nl economy Travelers felt that it was a waste of time and an added in convenience to wait for and ride a courtesy van to pick up a GSA Many professed to believe the commercial rates were though they admitted they hadnt made any actual Some claimed theyd had bad experiences with the GSA service but none had bothered to file com Fritz blitz Recognizing his underdog status in the Democratic presidental Ernest Fritz recently described himself as the Cabbage Patch He hopes or the kind of overnight fame that the homely little dolls and has even offered to let the voters adopt Boilings has offered his own tongue incheek solution to the Lebanon problem Replace the Marines withjdiptemats from the stalled arms control nsgntjidoin in thus getting the Marines out providing constructive work far the l WARNEP Andy Rooney Tales of sometimes crooks do get what they deserve Wouldnt it be a wonderful world if all criminals got exactly what was coming to them So often they get too much or too You read oneway of someone in Alabama who gets 25 years for stealing a can of beans and the next day you see where a man in Chicago with a record of 11 previous arrests is getting off with a suspended Recently in San Dan the man who killed the mayor and a city was released from prison after serving only five Whites lawyer got him off on the lesser charge of aggravated manslaughter instead of murder because he claimed White was mentally incompetent as a result of eating too much junk There have been some other stories that give you confidence that sometimes a criminal does get whats coming to In a young white man was convicted of intentionally and fatally running into a little 7year old black boy riding a The judge sentenced Gerald Gerlock the to a maximum of 25 years in prison without A passenger in Gerlocks car testified that Gerlock told him he had a point system or knocking off niggers and The heinous crime was committed in a depraved the judge in sentencing The victim was dragged a considerable distance under the Then the defendant got removed the license plate and ran Gerlock said he was afraid to be locked up because half the jails after Reading it takes all a normal person can do to keep from wishing theyd throw him in the jail and let the others have Some time in the South a man beat and robbed a woman and ran to the roof of a nearby chased by He got up the stairway to the roof first and in stead of running and jumping to nearby roofs in an effort to he climbed into the top of an open He got his head down below eye hoping the police would miss seeing him and go on to the next The chimney opening was wider than hed He slipped and dropped four floors down the chimney to a combination incinerator compactor in the The compactor was activated automatically when anything was dropped into Ad hoc The muggers body has not been iden In people were waiting outside the locked Darien railroad station on the Monday evening after Christinas for a train that never It was freezing out and windy and after waiting for more than an hour many of including some elderly were seriously The passengers could look in and see the steam coming out of the radiators in the heated Finally a man named Viktoras a stagehand from New York who had been visiting his family for broke a small window of the crawled through and let other grateful passengers into the warm waiting Not all passengers were One called the police and within minutes six police cars screeched into the The police arrested and handcuffed the kindhearted culprit and took him The out in the cold were One named Colleen Creamer called police headquarters and learned that Vaituzis was being held on bail which he didnt Colleen passed the hat and quickly raised the She rushed to the police station and Vaituzis was released before the train Last week a judge dismissed breaking and entering charges against The police gave the back to Colleen Now Colleens trying to locate the people who gave her the money so she can return it to Thats the kind of crime the world could use more Your Representatives John Tower United States Senate Room 142 Russell Building 20510 Mark White Governors Office hj Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Afc Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78768 Lloyd Bentaen United Statae Senate Room 240 RutMll Building 20610   

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