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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas                                Texas VfaiAlAsr November f ROACH T WHAM THUD TMAUK pinions Mailbag policy the HeraidZtitung welcomes the opi nions of its and were happy to publish letters to the 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 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 Braunfels Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at HvraldZeltung Dave Editor and Genera Manager Sum Managing Editor Washington today What are Reagan and Gorbachev really saying WASHINGTON AP In the final or playing to the world flurry of presummit it can be hard to tell whether Ronald Take the case of Star No issue confronting the two super many confusing and conflicting statements and From the White House come in u i i riuin me wniie nouse come n But the Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev are power leaders when they meet on dications Reagan is ready for a deal Kremlin are sendmg genuine signais to each other Tuesday has been the subject of so on the Strategic Defense ing his plan for a spacebased missile defense But the latest signs from the Gorbachev is say of jettisoning Star AMP HOW WN6 WERE Wtl KPIAPflEMNP PRU66EP THE CIA W IT BMK 7D Guest viewpoint BMV MAUMO Land Commissioner The Texas Legislature has taken a commonsense step towards efficient management of all the states public land with passage of Senate Bill 43 creating the Asset Management Divi sion of the Texas General Land Of Since the General Land Office cur rently maintains an automated in ventory of all Permanent School Fund lands and those held by the State Board of Lease this is the next logical step in managing all of Texas state especially those Texas Legislature is taking steps toward efficient management not being put to their best and highest The Texas Department of Correc tions is one of those agencies whose lands have fallen under the General Land Office asset management um brella and serves as a prime example of the intent of the new The federal courts have ordered the TDC to build new prison units to meet federally mandated prison standards during these fiscally tough the TDC cannot afford to finance these new TDC owns a great deal of land near Houston acres mostly being used as farm This large block of land lies directly in the path of development to the southwest of Houston near Sugar Land and could be better used for residential and industrial This will be the first test of the General Land Offices new ability to assess other state properties for the concept we at the Land Office call the highest and best use of This property is to be sold at sealed bid about acres this year and the remainder next to raise money to purchase land and build new prison units to meet the federal court The General Land Office expects to raise at least million this year for new prison units from land that is lying fallow or just being used for agricultural pur poses some of which is worth more than per squate By applying business techniques to inventory state land the General Land Offices new Asset Manage ment Division can serve a partial solution to the states current fiscal By better utilization of the states we can keep Texas among the lowest percapita in taxa QNeSOKICHANPFA l SCMEOF UHQMARZ When all this talk it was Reagan who was saying no deal on He called it too important to the world for the United States to be willing to make a deal on research and v The Soviets sounded equally firm in their insistence that Star Wars had to last Gorbachev told Time Magazine that SDI research might be acceptable to the Soviet He made the same assertion on to a delegation of senators who met with him in In the magazine Gor bachev also complained that it ap pears that even the slightest head way depends almost exclusively upon concessions by the Soviet The White House response was a suggestion that the American presi dent ought to have an equal op portunity to express his views in the Soviet That opportunity came two months later and Reagan startled some observers by telling Soviet jour nalists that he wouldnt deploy SDI until we do away with our nuclear That comment stirred fevered speculation that Reagan was sug gesting that Star Wars never would be that he was willing to give the Soviets a veto over his pro Would you forgive me if I hell Reagan said when asked a week later if he intended to give the Soviets that kind of If there were no agreement on of fensive Reagan the United States would feel free to go ahead and deploy But the suspicion lingered that the presidents statement to the Soviet journalists was a signal of some sort beyond just an attempt to take a pro paganda initiative in the presummit public relations Given Gorbachevs signal that he was willing to accept some SDI research and Reagans hint there might be ways to put off there seemed reason to hope that a compromise was possible on what observers on both sides kept describ ing as the toughest issue facing the two Then Secretary of State George Shultz met Gorbachev in Moscow and was surprised to find the Soviet leader unwilling to talk about SDI They acted like it almost never a senior administration official told reporters at the White House on He was referring to the magazine Conducting a briefing on the condi tion he not be the official said the Soviets were demanding a complete ban on everything having to do with spacebased systems as they define including a ban on research directed toward such Now that the Kremlin is taking a tough line on the White House is sounding positively eager to strike a deal on the system Reagan once said was too important to be negotiated I think there is some real poten tial to cut a deal if they say they can live with laboratory said the a specialist on arms con trol the president gave another this time with West European television and he I am not as pessimistic as I had been about the Your representatives Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 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 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510   

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