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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas                                trawrftle HerakhZvtow January Opinions General Manager tteraldZritimg Editor Andy Rooney If its not one thing its something else It snowed last I would have the sidewalk before I came to work this morning if I didnt have so much to do at the The trash collector was coming but I couldnt put the garbage out because the sidewalk wasnt For one the lace broke on my boots and I didnt want to go out there with my regular shoes on and get my feet It wouldnt have hurt if Id worn my warm coat but I forgot to pick it up at the cleaners last I must have been watching a The car was low on gas this morning but I probably have enough to make it back Id have bought gas but I only had on I hate to buy half a I meant to go to the bank and get some cash yesterday but the lines are always so long I knew I wouldnt have Theres some change in some of these desk Ive probably got three or four dollars in dimes and quarters in I ought to clean out this desk I was going to do it yesterday before I left but I didnt want to be late for It would be a good idea if I answered some mail today but I dont have any stamps Maybe at lunchtime Ill walk over to the post office and get a book of Do they still sell Jack Anderson Weinberger plans his own strategy for oil nations WASHINGTON Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger has secretly earmarked several billion dollars to secure bases for the Rapid Deployment Force throughout the Middle He has sought not always successfully to work out solid agreements with the countries the Pentagon is pouring money in hopes of guaranteeing access to the naval and air Weinberger rates the Persian Gulf area as the United States 3 defense after North America and the NATO From inside sources and several secret and top secret my associates Dale Van Atta and Donald Goldberg have uncovered the details of Weinbergers quiet preparations for the defense of the oilrich region Egypt Negotiations for a three year construction program already underway at a secret air base collapsed last spring when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to go along with the The base is Ras Banas on the Red and the United States had planned to spend more than million upgrading even though forces could not be stationed Jordan As I first Weinberger planned to help the Jordanians form their own rapid deployment force to police the After the Congress refused to put up the Kenya forces will be allowed access to the air and naval facilities at Mombassa on the Indian In Weinberger noted in one secret we have agreed to upgrade the airfield to support operations by maritime patrol and fleet support and to dredge the harbor channel to provide access for our aircraft He authorized million through 1985 for this Pakistan President Zia ulHaq has promised to allow planes to use airfield in Pakistan should Soviet bombers threaten the Persian Gulf from He has also agreed to let American weapons be sent to Afghan rebels through Zias special In the United States is already giving Pakistan billion in aid over five providing special intelligence information to Zia and training pesidential Bahrain This tiny island in the Persian Gulf has agreed to conduct minesweeping operations in return for aid in developing it s air defenses including million worth of surfacetoair Diego Garcia This Britishowned flyipeck in the Indian Ocean is the principal naval base for forces in the and Weinberger hu allotted million for rent and construction in cluding airfield expansion and facUltiM for mooring Marine and ammunition Oman Weinberger to spend noro tittit 1300 million to upgrade military baaea forcw may in aa oBMrfleocy OnunJ would be vital fornaval in the Arabian Sea and for landbased planes and minelayers to protect the Strait of Saudi Arabia In addition to the AWACS planes operated by the United States has its own supply depots at Saudi More than billion is being spent to stock enough equipment and ammunition to sustain American forces for 90 days of Somalia Weinberger needs million for which has agreed to give forces access to air and naval bases on the Indian Ocean and near the southern entrance to the Red United Arab Emirates Weinberger is giving and selling this strategically placed Persian Gulf federation sur facetoair missiles and more than billion in sophisticated intelligence gathering equipment and electronic Portugal Weinberger was willing to pay million in military aid to improve Lajes air base in the a vital refueling waystation for forces en route to the Middle Money manipulation Dooley observed that the Supreme Court reads the elction does the Federal Reserve Although the Fed vehemently denies any political a chart kept by administration economists shows that the growth of the money which is controlled by the undergoes an uncanny increase in election These spurts in money supply encourage economic and in an election year this can be a plus for the party in Another manipulative advantage enjoyed by an incumbent ad ministration is the timing of the budgeted Mlures to stimulate economic These political maneuvers are documented by tracing gross national In election the GNP impressive and not just from all the money spent on political Synfuels sybarite The accountants at the Syn thetic Fuels are used to some pretty outlandish expense but the balked at one submitted by Howard a Synfuels for a trip to Washington in Scrawled on his expense claim are two testy questions First class air Dinner includes a date and is over a person The taxpayerfunded corporation knocked out for Wilkins dates but let the firstclass air travel On another Wilkins stayed at perhaps Washingtons plushest the Four But because other were thia wat the only thing the corporation paid the bill for a wngle nights alay books I havent seen one in quite a On second all I have is that so I have to go to the bank If I dont get to the Ill borrow from Let me Did I ever pay Ralph back the he loaned me a couple of weeks ago Ill ask If I Ill go to the bank and then the post office and then Ill pay Ralph back Ms One of the first people I ought to write when I get the stamps is Aunt Shes been Maybe shed like it better if I sent flowers or Thats what Ill Ill just as soon as I get some of this stuff cleared off my Id go see her but I dont look very good to be visiting my aunt in the Ive got to get my hair I really ought to have my hair cut today at lunch when I go to the I could do that instead of getting the hardware for the bathroom I wish you could just drop into the barber the way you used Now you have to make an appointment the day before or they wont take Come to think of I couldnt get a haircut today even if I wanted to because I didnt call My hair looks better a little long Maybe Ill wait until next week to have it Aunt Anne isnt really very sick anyway and then Ill go see here when she gets I ought to take some of this stuff home that I have in the Theres more Heres a box that could a minute I brought this in from home last week because I thought I had more room in the Right now I cantworry about any of these problems because if I Im not going to get anything done at all What Ill do Ill make a list of all these miscellaneous jobs I do and then put aside some time to do all of them Ill have more time Friday after I get some of these problems out of the Probably by Friday I wont have any problems left at If Friday is as free for me as it looks maybe Ill take off and go home a little It might be better anyway if I came in fresh Monday morning and did these odd jobs I keep putting One of the things I want to do is get ahead a little on my Im working too close to the I should write a couple of extras that are That if I get sick or dont feel like writing Ill have a column ready to I would have written an extra column today but I didnt have I had to write the one that was due this WT FUN Washington Today Convoluted reports on hunger distort importance of the issue MSILBER grown the task force government ought something he wont propose another By MIKE FEINSILBER Associated Press WASHINGTON Last President Reagan confessed to being perplexed by reports that people are hungry in this great and wealthy He appointed a task force to find out if that was His task force has now Its answer And it there are hungry people it hunger is not Yes We find hunger to be a real and significant problem throughout our said chairman Clayburn But No For the vast majority of lowincome the private and public parts of the income main tenance and food assistance efforts are available and sufficient for those who take advantage of said the panels is the problem worse Is hunger more widespread than before said the Presidents Task Force on Food and It dealt with that crucial question in a single sentence that didnt answer it Both need and availability have grown the task force This was the only acknowledgement that the country has an increased hunger We cannot report on any indicator that will tell us where and by how much hunger has gone up in recent the task force And so the crucial question of whether more Americans are hungry goes But unless the government decides that substantial hunger remains despite substantial efforts to feed the it will not increase those Bill the CBS News com found some grounds for encouragement in the Not so many years Moyers there would have been no debate over whether hunger is a big The fact that hunger is not so visible is proof that government programs can he it may be that there is no longer much of a debate over whether hunger is any business of the If there is one person in this country that is one too Reagan said in appointing the task The implication was that the government ought something about Reagan didnt say that the gover nment ought to help only those who cant help He applied no means But critics are dismayed by the task forces overall conclusion that government efforts are Civil rights an tipoverty church some Democrats in Congress and some people who run soup kitchens think the task force has missed the dimensions of the hunger Robert who ran the Federal Food and Nutrition Service in the Carter says the panel ignored the impact of Reagans cuts in government food programs and overlooked entirely the effects of cuts in other basic family When the government increased the rent of occupants of subsidized he it reduced the amount those families had to spend for As recently as a week the Reagan administration was floating a document calling for another billion cut in food programs over the next five Greenstein Thats remarkable to If the president believes what he that we shouldnt have a hungry person in he wont propose another The commissions chief recom mendation called for offering states the option of taking federal money to run their own food assistance programs and to drop out of the food stamp That idea was rejected forcefully by speaking for the nations mayors and county In the debate over whether hunger is those groups are in Their answer is an unambiguous For a study in June by the Conference of Mayors found a recent and significant increase in the demand for emergency food assistance in cities across the Mayor Ernest Mortal of New Orleans said of all problems facing American hunger is probably the most prevalent and the most in President Reagan can read his task forces report and still remain perplexed about the extent and the reasons for hunger in The report doesnt To that its not much help to him or to the Your Representatives John Tower United Senate Room 142 RiMMH Building 20610 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texaa 78768 Lloyd Bentten United States Senate Room 240 Ruaaell Building 20610   

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