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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A New exas f December Guest viewpoint If the Of MtftOE WASHINGTON Americans are no Scrooges when it comes to This year we will spend an extra billion on decorations and other expenses to celebrate the holi nearly billion more than last This comes to an average of for every woman and child in the It also means an afterChristman I financial hangover of for a Americans are no Scrooges when it comes to Christmas traditional family of four or for the average household that now has about We will buy 32 million live Christmas trees for ac cording to the National Christmas Tree and Will spend million on artificial trees and million on lights and ac cording to The National Ornament and Electric Light Association NOEL a total of nearly About onethird of American households will have fresh cut another onethird will have artificial trees and onethird will be And once we have our trees well spend another billion or so on things to put under The largest part of that percent will beSpent in general mer chandise and department percent will be spent in fOod stores on the Christmas turkey and fixings and percent will go to the local purveyor of spirits for that eggnog that well be These estimates are based on last years extra spending that occurred during the holiday season plus what the chamber of Commerce sees as an increase of about 13 percent this Of this is not the total amount that people will spend this but just the extra amount spent because of the holiday For people buy food all the but a family of four will pro bably spend an extra of such holiday treats as fruitcake and plum plum There is a flip side to this holiday MM that li the extra workers Stores wilt need to help spend your By time buying season is some workers will have been hired by American average seasonal worker wilt take home about this Christmas to help with his shopp lit addition to any discounts he May get from his This will add more million to this holiday seasons Spen ding Mailbag policy the Heraldkltling Welcomes the opinions of its and were happy to publish letters to the While readers opinions on local Issues generally are of more in terest to other we welcome letters on any topic national or Interna tional 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 I I Washington Power struggles are a way of life in see Washington below inions ttoraldZfttung Dave Editor and General Manager Managing Editor Tom Loeffler America has been hit by a plague of espionage America has been hit by a plague of spying and a federal judge sentenced another convicted spy to In week before five years in the FBI arrested 15 persons have been ar rested in the past year alone on charges of spying against the United By only 30 persons were apprehended and prosecuted in the last ten years on such The recent surge in spy arrest In dicates a massive increase in es CHI6R W CAU6HT AN07H0 FDRgNI m we ARE KM M KW Ml Washington today Power struggles are a way of life in WASHINGTON AP President Reagan just cant seem to make peo ple understand that his administra tion is one happy The president tried to get his point across when he appeared in the White House briefing room earlier this week to announce that Robert was resigning as national security Reagan looked a little exasperated as he faced reporters who had been writing that McFarlane was depar ting because he lost a power struggle with White House Chief of Staff Donald McFarlane looked a little You have all been misinformed about the president said of the news reports about an administra tion power Only two months Reagan stood in the same briefing room and looked just as At his looking was Margaret the secretary of health and human She was on her way being in a manner of to the post of ambassador to there had been those that she had been forced Another power another I dont know where this was com ing the president said of the reports that the White House was displeased with the way his secretary was handling her It was It was It was life at the top in The power struggles go though the style might vary from one ad ministration to Like so many of his Reagan prizes He is a com passionate He would not stand up and say he thought new leadership was needed at the Department of Health and Human he said Heckler had done a fine Then he As a matter of if she hadnt done such a good I wouldnt have been so eager to seek her out to be ambassador to No one needed a degree in political science to know that her new job was a step down from the But this wasnt a case where ac curacy In Reagan pionage activity against Its no secret that the Soviet Union is conducting a systematic campaign to siphon off valuable technology for Its war machine using its own eastern bloc sources and western collaborators such as those arrested two weeks The must plug the leakage os sensitive military secrets before the leaks becomes a flood which Imperils the safety and security of all The Pentagon has already acted to tighten but it could use a lot more help from Congress In stopping these acts of Last Congress finally passed the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 after years of stalling and obstruction by the liberal faction which controls the House and its Judiciary The Act toughened the penalties for and it gave the FBI ex panded missions to go after spies and domestic when It came time for Congress to provide funds for this ad ded authority last liberals blocked the By the time funds are finally ap proved for these added FBI agents and programs in fiscal a full year will have been lost in implemen ting the Crime Control Acts es pionage and terrorism Congress has a constitutional man date to protect the United States and its citizens from both domestic and and the latest rash of espionage and terrorism demands swifter and more effective On the very day that Navy counterintelligence analyst Jonathon Pollard was arrested two weeks ago in Washington for selling military secrets to the the Pentagon released a report was once something he understands better than most politicians the art of do ing what most people would call the decent Mayor Ed Koch of New York is an often abrasive but he touched upon this trait in his new Koch wrote about the white When you are getting rid of so meone who is wrote the mayor I believe it is acceptable to tell them anything you wailt about how competent they And if you are asked to talk about that person I believe it is perfectly ac ceptable to make up laudatory statements and speak them straight faced into the THIS SR MAKEUP WUXE MISSING ALLWE5X mendations for combatting the es pionage This report was the work of a special committee headed by retired General Richard Stillwell in the wake of the Walker family spy scandal this The Stillwell Commissions recom mendations include more restrictive secrecy classifications and expanded use of He detector tests for military The Pentagon has already begun revoking 10 percent of its security clearances to restrict access to sen sitive Other such as tougher penalties for defense contractors and government workers who mishandle secret would require Congress I support these and I am cosponsoring legislation which mandates a life sentence and allows imposition of the death penal ty for those convicted of To help stem the flow of valuable technology to the Soviet Union through trade with other I also voted to give the President greater control over the export of sensitive equipment and Blunting the Soviet spy operation is a complex and difficult job made even harder by the open nature of our the laxity of our legal system and the lack of understanding in Con gress for the need to protect American if we tighten government security procedures and stiffen the penalties for espionage while pro viding the FBI with the resources to uncover and apprehend we can begin to attack the t Congress must recognize and live up to its respon sibility to protect and de fend the government of the United Your representatives Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212Longworth i House Off ice Bldg 20515 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Mac Sweeney Guadatupe County House 20615 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 240 Russell Bldg 20510   

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