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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfels HetaldZeitung March Reagans administration will be shaped by see below THE WHITE HOUSE O pinions HffraldZtitiiiig Dave General Manager Robert Editor Robert Johnson Port trial brings lots of attention Having a bigtime murder trial in town is a mixed and the David Port trial is a case in On the plus a media event like the Port road show brings publicity and dollars into New The minus side involves the type of publicity the city can get as a Our city doesnt get too many murder That may have something to do with the fact that we dont have many Much of the our murder cases are your gardenvariety stuff one guy shoots another in a or But this is big and its pretty in Ports accused of shooting a female letter carrier female mailman is too I guess he didnt even and his parents did time because they wouldnt talk to the grand jury about And the trial coverage has really livened things up around Main Were not used to hordes of reporters and television cameras surrounding the Courthouse day in and day Its fun to watch them jockey for position as the principals come and Since the trial is going to be with us for a a sizable contingent from Houston has made New Braunfels its temporary One reporter I talked to has rented a condo for a A few extra dollars in town doesnt hurt especially in the wake of last summers As for the down sometimes a town can get a few bruises when it hosts a trial like New Braunfels got one in 1971 courtesy of famed defense attorney Richard Racehorse who successfully defended two Houston policemen accused of beating a black suspect to A Texas Monthly article of a few years ago which delved into police violence in Houston mentioned the 1971 which was tried It also mentioned this alleged Haynes quote I knew I had the case won when the last bigot was seated on the The way the Port trial I was afraid we might be in for a The Houston media needed something to fill space or air time while jury selection was dragging and someone posed a question which suggested this angle could a Jewish boy get a fair trial in a German town I winced when I heard Thats all we need is for everyone in Harris County to think that the second Holocaust was about to happen in New I could imagine a lead like this if Port was convicted A Comal County jury handed down its own Final Solution today for David Port guilty as I dont think most locals knew Port was or that the slain letter Debora Sue was of German I sure this stuff seems to have died down now that the trial is under Lets hope it stays that These media theyre like unwanted company after a you wish theyd I dont mind having one every now and on the this one hasnt been too But Im not anxious for another one any time Abortion Clinic MillioN 118H The American Jack Anderson OAS has budget for extravagance Extravagance in the furnishing of Washingtons diplomatic residences is of no concern to American tax payers except when the diplomat involved is the secretarygeneral of the Organization of American The government pays 67 cents of every dollar in the OAS which is currently running at million a At a time when the OAS spokesman admitted that we are facing serious problems with the the organization has spent nearly to spruce up the secretary generals residence in a highrent district of the The casual OAS attitude toward money surfaced last year when it was revealed that the former Argentine millionaire Alejandro was still drawing his salary from the OAS months after he went to work for a publicrelations The official residence was refurbished for his Jose Baena Scares of There is no doubt that the valued at required some serious repair Floors were windows and doors had to be plaster was crumbling and a new retaining wall was But some of the other expenditures seem to be for things a diplomat might be expected to provide for himself instead of charging to the OAS documents obtained by my associate Donald Goldberg list some of the little luxuries bought for the Baena Soares home one one fullsize and two twin mattress andbox spring at a total cost of series of mirrored glass doors and wall pieces A 19inch color TV worth of placemats and and upholstering ex penses of The OAS spokesman said the refurbishing project had been ap proved before Baena Scares election as secretarygeneral last If the elegant touching up continued after Baena Soares moved One detailed document for refurbishing at residence of Ambassador and Baena Soares was dated It gives a roombyroom run down on drapes and The total bill for the drapes and reupholstery work done in the fall came to more than The OAS spokesman said the organizations Permanent Council had approved all the costs of refurbishing the secretarygenerals but my sources are HELP ON THE WAY Better late than I Congress finally seems to be taking an interest in the confusion caused by the Justice Departments breakup of If a bill introduced by Donald is Ma Bells orphans will get some help from the Federal Trade The bill would plug a loophole by giving the FTC authority to keep tabs on the various long distance services being offered to the public with a maximum of com petitive hustle and a minimum of The bill would do for telephone users what the truthin lending laws do for consumer the fueleconomy charts do for car buyers and the food labeling laws do for grocery shop pers provide Washington Today Events change Reagans second administration course By DONALD ROTHBERG AP Political Writer WASHINGTON The leadership change in Moscow and the distress in Americas rural heartland dropped on President Reagans desk within days of each dramatic examples of how quickly the euphoria of a landslide reelection can be swept aside by difficult Reagan took office seven weeks able to claim a mandate by pointing to his historic victory over Walter I dont believe you reelected us in 1984 to reverse Reagan said in his inaugural The message was clear the president would press confident he had the backing of the But like so many of his Reagan quickly was confronted by events that promised to shape his second term more decisively than any claimed man All of them were predictable but not The death of Soviet leader Kon stantin Chernenko was if not this month then the next or the one His failing health had been obvious for some Now Reagan is confronted in the Kremlin by Mikhail 20 years his junior and the represen tative of a new generation of Soviet a man who might prove far more imaginative and and as a more formidable than his Gorbachevs first task will be consolidating his power within the After his impact is likely to be felt in the arms negotiations in Geneva and in the capitals of where the Soviets are certain to press vigorously their campaign to con vince allies that Reagans Star Wars missile defense plan is dangerously The economic plight of American farmers was an issue in the 1984 presidential and the returns showed that despite their rural voters were over whelmingly in Reagans But now the issue is defined dif ferently than a choice between Reagan and Congress sent the president legislation last week to provide loan guarantees to struggling and Reagan vetoed the bill the day it reached his I asked Congress to demonstrate hold the line and match rhetoric with the president said as he signed the veto He called the measure a massive new bailout that would add billions to the deficit without really helping With farm families across the nation losing their homes and the presidents determination to let them go under as victims of a free market could present a far sterner test of their political loyalty than did Mondales All in recent news from Capitol Hill and overseas could be enough to make Reagan wonder if he wouldnt have a better time back at his California ranch watching President Mondale try to cope with the v O 0 ON THE ITS AN AFRICAN EXPRESS NOT OPIANSTOSIW UIUEMOMJOO ITS SAY ABOUT WR Your representatives Mark White John Traeger Tom Loeffler Governors Office Texas Senate House of Representatives Room 200 State Capitol Capitol Station 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg Texas 78701 78711 20515 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Lloyd Bentsen Edmund Kuempel United States Senate Texas House Room 240 Russell Bldg of Representatives 20510 Box 2910 Texas 78769 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510
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