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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New BfdtiHfelS February Tom Loeff ler praises Reagans choice of negotiators THE WHITE HOUSE O pinions Guest viewpoint Reagan chooses strong team ByTOMLOEFFLER President Reagan believes that there is no more important goal to be achieved during his second term than to reduce and ultimately eliminate nuclear To the importance he places on this the president chose to meet early on the first of ficial working day of his second term with the three Americans he has charged with pursuing the goal of true arms The negotiating whih begins discussions with the Soviet Union in Geneva oh March is composed of individuals who bring a unique blend of substantive diplomatic and political acumen to the bargaining It is a bipartisan team which offers the skills necessary to achieve Heading the team is Max Kam noted lawyer and seasoned who will lead discussions on space Senior Foreign Service Officer Maynard Glitman will lead the talks on reducing in termediate range leading negotiations on the reduction of strategic weapons is the former senior senator from our own state of John who chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee until his retirement in As one who first came to Washington to Work for Senator Tower and who considers him both a mentor and close friend I know personally of the unique and ex ceptional strength he brings to the John Towers intimate knowledge of weapon his firm deter mination to protect our nations military strength and his much recognized military honed over 24 years in the will prove invaluable assets in the months More than any other John Towers name sends a clear signal to the Soviet Union and to the world that the United while seeking genuine reductions in will grant no concessions that might jeopardize our nations as a realistic skeptic on arms control agreements of the John Towers support of any final agreement would be a clear indication that the Presidents goals are As we it must be with the clear understanding that the negotiating process will be Due to todays increasingly sophisticated weapons the problem confronting the negotiators is how to accurately verify that both sides are in com pliance with agreedupon I do not believe that it is in our nations best interests to even consider unilaterally abandoning such systems as the MX or our research into the Strategic Defense Initiative as some These weapons advances are what brought the Soviets to the bargaining To abandon them now would give the Soviets what they want and would give us nothing in Only by negotiating from a position of strength can be ensure that it is in the Soviets best interests to reduce and eventually eliminate their nuclear WON OK POOR Hfc PIP HOT HIS FAULT HE GUHNEP DOWH BUT WHT Your representatives John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station 78711 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Jack Anderson Powers want youth to lead them WASHINGTON In a move that could lead to better SovietAmerican President Reagan and Chairman Konstantin Chernenko have approved the idea of establishing ties between Americas Young Astronauts and Russias Young This raises new hope that by exchanging visits and sharing Young Astronauts and Young Cosmonauts might lead the way to peaceful cooperation in In behalf of the Young Astronaut I wrote a letter to Chernenko proposing af I pleaded that we are passengers together on a great spaceship called which cannot be broken into with the Soviet Union and the United States assigned separate The letter was handcarried to Moscow last month by my daughter Two weeks the Soviet Embassy called to report that Chernenko had read the letter and that his response was Then the Soviet diplomat inquired Did Tanya enjoy her visit to the Soviet Union I said she had a glorious time and had come home favorably Too bad she doesnt write the retorted the with a What are the next steps I have invited the Young with White House to send a delegation to watch a space launching and tour our space From this small I I look forward to the day that our astronauts and your cosmonauts will explore the vast cosmos We are merely scratching the surface of knowledge so so so beyond our present un derstanding that we should waste no time nor energy on petty each Young Astronaut will be encouraged to write a letter to a Young explaining why they should become friends and what they might hope to accomplish together in Those who write the best letters wiU be selected for future all expenses Other exciting prizes will be the International Aeronautical Federation has adopted the Young Astronaut program as the best way to achieve peace through Under the federations the Young Astronaut program will be offered to other nations and ties will be sought between Young Astronauts and Young Cosmonauts around the Every if it is to fulfill needs a dream to inspire an adventure to ennoble Seldom have young people had the incentive that space now For a half a the spirit of maximum adventure has awaited new Columbuses and for our it is at hand and on a scale far more Footnote The Young Astronaut Council is recruiting 6to16yearolds for future space All who sign up will be eligible to participate in the Letter to a Young Cosmonaut For write to the Young 1015 16th Suite If the Young Cosmonauts accept our in vitation to attend a space their host will be one of the sponsors of the Young Astronaut Another Disney will invite the Young Cosmonauts to its Florida Arming the contras Since the congressional cutoff of military aid to the Nicaraguan contra the antiSandinista forces have been getting weapons from surrogate CIAs countries friendly to the United States that are willing to keep the arms and ammunition flowing as a way of ingratiating themselves with the Reagan One ironic result of this arms traffic is that the anticommunist Nicaraguan guerrillas are being supplied with Sovietbloc The three biggest arms sources for the contras now that the CIAs arsenal has been put off limits are Egypt and South Each country has been sending the contras Sovietmade arms captured from various guerrilla groups in the case of provided orglnally by the The Israelis captured huge quantities of weapons from the Palestine Liberation Organization in The South Africans captured Soviet weapons in occupied Namibia and during sorties into Both countries stoutly deny sending any arms to the but a crytic press communique in Israel last year disclosed that auditors had discovered the disap pearance of more than million worth of arms from military warehouses in the past three In the jungles of Nicaragua not long my reporter Jon Lee Anderson saw Egyptian army submachine guns of Soviet design in the hands of contra Egypt has been getting its arms from the West in recent and apparently is unloading some of its huge stock of Soviet acquired in the 1960s and 1970s when the Kremlin had hopes of making Egypt a Soviet Like Israel and South Egypt denies sending arms to the In addition to the Big the contras have been getting aid from other countries on an unofficial The suppliers include South Venezuela and And contra sources say that since lut when the CIA aid pipeline finally ran they have been successfully soliciting private aid in the United They have been most they with individuals who used to work in the government and now are employed by defense THAT YOU MI6W IWSBWUSIWKK 7HANKW Mailbag policy The HeraldZeitung welcomes the opinions of its and were happy to publish letters to the Letters are published on the Opinions page as soon as they are unless delayed by space While readers opinions on local issues generally are of more interest to other we welcome letters on any tojp Rational or inte the writer chooses to not prevent publication unless the letter is judged to be potentially All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable by telephoneAnonymous letters will not be Send your letter to New Braunfels Drawer New Braunfels Letters may also he hand delivered to the newspaper
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