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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfels HeraMZeitung July The rest of the world doesnt agree with Reagan very below O pinions HtraidZtituiif General Manager Robert Editor Washington Today Reagan getting little worldwide backing By GEORGEGEDDA Associated Press WASHINGTON AP The release of the TWA hostages has given President Reagan a boost in But beyond the waters few seem to see things the way he allies On issues ranging from terrorism to deterrence to Reagan has been able to attract scant in ternational support For his leading some to detect the whiff of neutralism in the On one issue after Reagan has ignored his instincts and been forced to His call for a global Doycott of Beirut airport has elicited expressions of support only from Britain and The NATO countries are skeptical of his Strategic Defense Initiative known as Star and most Latin American countries feel the same way about backing for Nicaraguan resistance The economic embargo of imposed 2 Ms months has been criticized almost All of this seems to have had a moderating influence on the His conservative supporters are par ticularly disappointed with his more benign approach to the Soviet Union and wish he would have stuck by his earlier pledge to take swift and effective retribution against Middle East On the EastWest mainstream opinion both here and abroad holds that Reagan should at least make an attempt at improving SovietAmerican relations by meeting facetoface with Soviet leader Mikhail Gor And the sensing this has dropped his previous conditions for a summit and will meet with Gorbachev in In under intense allied Reagan also ignored conservative advice when he decided to continue to abide by SALT II limits on nuclear weapons despite perceived Soviet On the other he has remained firm on going ahead with SDI research for a hightech shield against Soviet missiles attack even though NATO has declined to endorse the On Reagans instincts tell him to strike back but he has been unable to convince himself that would be a wise course in specific Retaliation almost certainly would put the lives of the seven remaining American hostages in Lebanon at risk and there is no guarantee that this would head off even more audacious incidents directed at Americans in the Reagan also is restrained by the knowledge that any military retaliation probably would cost the lives of innocent Andy Rooney 5sided office bedevils amateur builder When I started my vacation in I decided to spend a week or 10 days building a little place out back of our summer house so I could be alone and I am pleased to announce that just a little more than two years and several broken ribs that 10 day job is almost For I still have a 50foot extension cord running to it from my With the exception of World War putting up this building has been the learning experience of my Id always taken buildings for They had win and but it never oc curred to me exactly how one was Like almost everything else Ive ever done in my I started without a definite For some reason that is no longer clear to I decided to build a fivesided a small The length of each side was governed by the fact that I could conveniently get 8foot boards of treated timber for the base of the building in the back of my station Problems began to arise almost I placed five heavy stones on the ground for the timbers to rest on and then started trying to figure the angle at which I should cut the timbers to make them fit together at the There are all kinds of devices that help a carpenter cut a 45 degree but with five all the mitre angles in this building were 36 This is not a right it is a wrong I know now why most buildings have only square corners in Dont ever take a door for granted if it opens and closes My door is made of oak and it swings on two huge old brass iceboxdoor hinges I bought at a junk Everything about it is great except it doesnt fit very well into the frame I made for I dont even know whether you make the door or the frame Whichever is I did it with the construction I went into town to buy some cheap carpet with which to cover the ugly plywood How big an area are you covering the woman behind the desk at the carpet store How many square feet I dont really I None of the feet in this building are square What are the dimensions she Perhaps I can figure it out for Its a little less than 8 feet on a I About 93 but it has five Five sides All the men are out on a Im just an swering the phone I fill in once in a Maybe if you come back tomorow one of them can help I ended up buying a few remnants of green carpet and theyre under my chair but there are a lot of bare When I left the place last there was a lot of work to be but the door was on and I thought the place was When I opened up last there was evidence of animal life I took the cover off my typewriter and there were hickory nuts down between the keys where the chipmunks had stored There was the beginning of a beehive in the corner of one of the triangular windows There were mice droppings on the floor and three kinds of ants parading across my reference a vast assortment of animal life thought Id erected the building as winter headquarters for Theyd all moved My family may laugh at this place but the animals love It rained yesterday and youll probably think highly of me when you hear that the roof only leaks in two small As long as I keep things out from under the drips until I fix they wont bother me hardly at I just hope youll understand if some of my columns are a little damp and have tiny footprints on them for the next CHAIRMAN CHAIRMAN THAT you A WARM ETHIOPIANS AMERICAN MU5IC FOR TW OF OUR m UN James Kilpatrick Collective nouns can give experts a syntax headache A sentence comes to taken from an article in New York magazine about Bill co anchor of the CBS Morning A rash of stories in the Chicago media have reported that Kurtis doesnt like his new Phyllis The question is Whats the proper verb Has Or have My vote is for on the theory that in this instance rash is a collective meaning a great number of in stances in a short and thus should be treated as a plural Having cast my let me add a word or two Collective nouns have a terrible way of tripping us into tangles of How do we handle such words as and family The answer is that we handle them as if we were drying the good We handle them with at least within the same piece of we try to handle them One rule of general application teaches to use the singular unless there is some grounded in to go with the plural It is the numerical meaning thai controls the If we are writing about a court of three but theres nothing wildly objectionable in an overwhelming majority of of all ages and occupations and income evidently believe Where we get into trouble is in such constructions Missouri has lost its allAmerican quarterback for the Nebraska but they will have a promising replacement If we are going to begin with Missouri we have to end with it will The best advice comes from Wilson Follett in Modern American In his admirable discussion of the trouble with he remarked that problems of this order are not to be but It is much easier to write in the plural of team or or than to brood all night over whether a rash has or a rash Odds and ends In their view edition of the Harper Dictionary of Contemporary William and Mary Morris have a sniffy entry on for It is they and is used only facetiously by careful I am willing to accept that judgment for the but 1 wonder if the idiom isnt worming its way into respectable The Miami for one appears to sanction the For free is shorter than the stiff and formal Without and conveys a slightly different meaning Jackson gave his talent for free is a clear and vigorous Jackson received no compensation for his appearance may be but its Fie on the ad agency serving Kodak Fullpage ads depicting a boy with a toy sword and shield carry the caption He just slayed his last Slayed The past tense of by is An ad for Kelloggs bran buds says that everyone needs fiber in If ad writers intend to flee in terror from everyone needs fiber in his they might consider a recasting that woudnt offend grammarians All of us need fiber in our Blooper of the week The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says that at a reception for winners of a golf there will be a selection of cheeses and small dinner In the Washington a company ad vertises for a media director capable of developing a sound report with TV Hays Daily News reports that astronauts soon will be comming to debreifing sessions in where they will spend two days basically being run through the enviroment writer for the Miami Herald warns about three species of imported trees that are so profligate they are crowding out more fragile native a book about the Orioles has a word about Orioles a nonprofi t corpora Membership of the Orioles Ad vocates compromises some 75 men and women drawn from a broad crosssection of the Baltimore Take us out to the ball game Your representatives Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Tom Loeff ler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg
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