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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfels April 1985 BV HIE y I THINK OUR SCENIC ROADSIDE 1 IS IN FOR SOME V WHAT TUE HECK IS REZOWINQf J WHAT THE tt M STAND FOR I BUILDINGS WHAT DOE1S WC STAND COLORFUL METAL BUILD1MGS 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 topic national or international that the writer chooses to ad Content will 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 Anonymous letters will not be Send your letter to New Braunfels Drawer New Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 The White House Superpowers still chilly toward each below O pinions HvraldZritung General Manager Editor Washington Today By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON never very appear to be entering another rough period as the 40th anniversary of the powerful alliance that crushed the Nazis and saved Europe The rise of Mikhail Gorbachev as paramount Soviet leader on March 11 was greeted by Secretary of State George Shultz as a moment of opportunity for an acrosstheboard improvement in But after nearly seven what diplomats refer to as the atmospherics are as cloudy as An ap parent agreement to prevent further harm to reconaissance officers in East Germany seems to have President Reagans Larry has threatened the Soviets with unspecified adverse con sequences if they do not deal responsibly with demands for an apology and compensation for the slaying of Arthur Nicholson Amid the the first round of talks to limit nuclear weapons ended this week in Swit Wi with no sign of progress which means the arms race goes Gorbachev accused the United States of reneging on an agreement to negotiate the Star Wars program in tandem with offensive nuclear Distrust appears to be on the Shultz said in an interview recently that the Soviets had not even responded to proposals to reduce longand intermediaterange But the Soviets may be holding back until U S negotiator Max Kampelman signals that the spacebased defense program would be part of a The other addressing a private arms control organization Brent Scowcroft assessed the prospects of an agreement as fairly Former President Fords national security adviser said the problem was the Soviets want the United States to give up the Strategic Defense Initiative without paying anything for while the negotiators dont want to put it on the table at Scowcroft suggested several possible approaches including a halt to Star Wars in exchange for the elimination of and Soviet missiles with multiple His audience seemed but its unlikely the two governments right now and for the foreseeable Several top officials have concluded that Gor bachev is not really all that different from his three in valid even at he represents a new The conventional wisdom within the administration is that he will need many months to consolidate power in the Kremlin and will not launch new foreign policy initiatives in the the new Soviet leader appears to be moving On in he introduced two new national party secretaries with reputations for efficiency and combating Jonathan the assistant director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia described Nikolai as an up from the factory floor official bent on In an interview Sanders said the same applies to the other new secretary Yegor I believe we are going to see a retirement and review Sanders The retirement of old people and review of corrupt The import for the Reagan the scholar is that when the Soviets begin to solve some of their economic and organizational problems they are going to be an even more formidable Sanders said he thinks the Soviets are serious about arms control We have a wonderful op We have a window of But progress on arms control probably requires a better overall relationship than exists at this After officials rejected as a propaganda ploy Gorbachevs Easter Sunday proposals for arms control the Soviet leader told a visiting congressional delegation headed by House Speaker Thomas ONeill that a kind of ice age is being observed in relations between the and the United There seemed to be a little thaw when the top and Soviet military commanders met in Potsdam East on April The State Department announced four days later the Soviets had agreed not to permit use of force or weapons against American military liaison THIS IS n IF THISHAP BEEN AN ACTUAL KEN TAKEN MR BV WTOWER jack Anderson Your representatives Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 JohnTraeger Texas Senate Capitol Station 78711 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Tom Loeff ler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 WASHINGTON Like a steward rearranging deck chairs on the sinking the manager of the federal govern ments cropinsurance program is eagerly Federal crop insurance agency quickly loses ground making changes that havent a prayer of saving the bankrupt In some critics believe the changes propelled the agency into the financial iceberg in the first In a past we recounted the series of fiscal crises that have forced the Federal Crop Insurance to seek one bailout G 0 O Q ANP FLIPTOPS 86 JU5TS6FORB THING PK6CIOUS T n pONrmva GKumt YOUR5HOKT5 UNTIL AFTER after another from other federal After more than 40 years of blackink the FCIC has run itself million into the red over the last five FCIC manager Merritt Sprague pins the blame for the agencys plight on Mother Nature years of bad weather that have ruined many of the 32 crops the FCIC in But some critics charge that the main reason for the FCICs financial catastrophe is the practice of reinsurance through private companies a practice that has mushroomed at the agency since They note that the rush to reinsurance coincides with the FCICs period of major and they suspect theres a Like bookmakers laying off potentially ruinous the insurance companies get reinsurance coverage from the FCIC on the riskier The annually revised rein surance agreements have enhanced the companies profit potential while limiting the amount of losses they can Its a good deal for the insurance but a bad deal for the Recognizing a good thing when they see the private insurers have rushed to sign up new customers and protected themselves with FCIC From 1981 until the amount of reinsurance coverage has grown from 3 percent of the FCIC operation to nearly 80 Noting that this is precisely when the agency suffered its biggest in vestigators for the General Accounting Office urged the FCIC to moderate further expansion of the reinsurance program until the current programs operation can be evaluated to assure that it is costeffective for both the government and the insurance
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