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Winchester Star (Newspaper) - May 7, 1981, Winchester, Virginia The Winchester Star 84th Year No. 259 36 PAGES/2 SECTIONS WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA 22601, THURSDAY, MAY 7, 1981 667-3200 15 CENTS House Nearing OK of Reagan Budget Program WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan's budget-slashing blueprint arrived at the point of passage in the House today, with Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. conceding that "only the Lord himself could save this one" for opposition Democrats. The stage for today's showdown was set Wednesday when the House swept aside two attempts to boost spending on social programs. That left a choice of the Democratic leadership's plan or a modified Reagan program that would outline deep cuts in social programs, accelerated defense spending and a three-year, 30 percent tax reduction. By nightfall, the Democrats' alternative was likely to be gone, too, putting Reagan within reach of getting the first Syrian Units Cross 'Line' BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Syria moved some 4,000 troops in two armored brigades past Israel's "red-line" in Lebanon today, Lebanese government sources reported. They said the Syrian troops and tanks were taking up positions in Sehmor and Yehmor in the western flank of Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and in Kfar Tibnit, just eight miles north of Israel's northernmost town of Metulla. There was no immediate comment from Syria or Israel or any independent confirmation of the report, which, if accurate, would put Syria's most forward positions in southern and eastern Lebanon 12 miles beyond the "red line" Israel drew for Syrian military activity in Lebanon five years ago. The sources said the Syrian troops in tanks and armored car were deploying in the three towns south of the 25-mile-long Zaharani River "red line." phase of his economic program through Congress. The Senate was beginning debate today on a spending plan drafted by its own Budget Committee and endorsed by Reagan, and that version was expected to have little trouble winning approval in a chamber ruled by Republicans. In the House, where most counts showed defecting Democrats giving the Reagan plan at least a 13-vote cushion, O'Neill was left to question not what the result would be, but the wisdom of it. "The Republicans may be unlucky enough to win this one," the Massachusetts Democrat said. HE CHARGED that Reagan's economic program could send inflation "through the roof" and push interest rates "into the high 20s." The Reagan-backed plan, crafted by Reps. Delbert L. Latta, R-Ohio, and Phil Gramm, D-Texas, would spend $688.8 billion and leave a deficit of $31 billion next year while, on paper at least, meeting the president's goal of a balanced budget in 1984. Reagan used his first public appearance since the March 30 attempt on his life to tell a joint session of Congress last week that he embraced the Latta-Gramm measure, slightly more austere than even his own original package. "It moves us toward economic vitality," Reagan aid. But O'Neill pleaded with Democratic colleagues at a party caucus earlier in the week to scuttle the Reagan-backed plan. "As I analyze the president's budget, reason and concern for people's needs have been suspended," O'Neill said. "They are dramatically changing the structure of this government. They are cutting off the services for health, education and senior citizens." See House Page 2 Sands' Body Moved to Church Assocloted Press Led by an Irish piper and escorted by a guard of honor composed of IRA men wearing masks, combat jackets and black berets, the body of hunger striker Bobby Sands is moved from his parents house to a Belfast church for funeral services. A makeshift memorial is in the background. Priest Urges Restraint Thousands Attend Sands Funeral BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -Under gray leaden skies, a hearse bearing the coffin of Bobby Sands made a slow funeral procession today through the riot-torn streets of Belfast, packed with tens of thousands of mourners for the IRA hunger striker. Hundreds of women carrying yellow and white wreaths followed the coffin at the head of the march. Sands' parish priest issued a call for restraint "in these critical days" during the Requiem Mass, one of the biggest funerals in Northern Ireland since sectarian violence erupted HVi years ago Air Force Crews Seek Last Of 21 Plane Crash Victims WALKERSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Air Force crews were searching a remote barley field today for the last of 21 people who died when a missile-tracking jet on a training flight blew up and crashed, scattering documents and debris. The area was cordoned off and state police were scooping up the papers amid conflicting accounts about whether they were classified. All those aboard the $50 million advanced range instrumentation aircraft were killed in the Wednesday morning crash, which occurred about a mile from this western Maryland community of 8,000, said Air Force Maj. William Campbella. Twenty bodies, many dismembered, were found before the search was called off for the night, officials said. Associated Press The cause of the crash was not determined immediately. The Pentagon said the aircraft was based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where it was assigned to the 4950 Test Wing. The flight was to have been a "routine training flight" that ended back in Ohio, said Air Force Lt. Thomas Larock. The EC-135 four-engine jet, the military version of the Boeing 707, is used to track missiles and unmanned satellite flights. A PENTAGON source said the plane was carrying classified documents when it went down, but Wright-Patterson spokesman Maj. Edward Robertson denied that report. Papers from the plane were strewn over the area, and state police worked to retrieve the documents, which were sodden from a light rain which fell throughout the day. Local radio stations were asked to broadcast state police requests that residents who found documents turn them in, said Jane English of WZYQ-FM in Frederick. Newspaper photographers at the crash site reported having their film confiscated by authorities. But the film later was returned. Area residents who saw the accident said the plane was a mass of flame before it struck the ground. 1 28 Highway Department Workers to Be Laid Off RICHMOND (AP) - Notices saying they would be laid off July 1 have been mailed to 126 employees of the State Department of Highways and Transportation. The job terminations come as no surprise since department officials said last fall that the financial woes that have beset the agency for more than a year would force a reduction in employees. Of the 126, 27 are in the department's Richmond headquarters. The remaining 99 are in district offices around the state. All of the layoffs involve employees assigned to preconstruction and construction divisions. They include draftsmen, right-of-way appraisers, survey party workers, inspectors and clerical workers. and in which nearly 2,100 people have died. More than 1,000 people, many wearing black arm bands, crammed into St. Luke's Church in the West Belfast Catholic district for the Mass. After the service, the light oak coffin, closed and with a single candle on top, was carried outside where some 20,000 mourners waited in the streets of the Catholic Twinbrook municipal housing estate and the surrounding hillside. Six hooded Irish Republican Army men, wearing combat jackets and black berets, formed a guard of honor and draped the coffin in the green, white and orange flag of the Irish Republic. A BRITISH army helicopter - symbol of the tight security clamped on the city - hovered overhead as Sands' coffin, carried initially by four pall bearers and then placed in a hearse, began the slow, 3&-mile procession to Milltown Cemetery on the edge of another Catholic housing estate, Ander-sonstown. During the church service, hundreds of mourners took Holy Communion. The vessels for the sacrament were first handed to the priest by Sands' son, Gerard, 7. The small boy, who was dry-eyed, was assisted by Sands' sister, Marcella Kelly, and brother, Sean. Sands' wife Geraldine, from whom he separated five years ago, was not attending the funeral. Businesses in the city's Catholic districts were reported responding "100 percent" to orders they close as a mark of respect for Sands. Protestants were gathering for a memorial service for Irish Republican Army victims, scheduled to be held at Belfast's city hall five miles away from the cemetery where Sands was to be buried. The 600 British troops airlifted in over- night to strengthen the shield between Northern Ireland's Protestant majority and Catholic minority were on standby as fears rose of escalating violence following Sands' burial with full IRA military honors in a part of the Milltown Cemetery reserved for IRA men and women. After Sands died, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher told the House of Commons the government would continue to treat jailed guerrillas as corn-criminals no matter how many mon hunger strikers there were, and starvation deaths would not change her position. 9.6% Hike in City Taxes On Real Estate Proposed By WAYDE BYARD Star Staff Writer The Winchester City Council unanimously approved a 9.6 percent increase in real estate taxes at Wednesday night's public hearing. Real estate taxes will increase from $1.05 per $100 of assessed value to $1.15. Based on the $369 million in assessed property in Winchester, the increase in the tax will give the city $369,000 in additional revenue and will add $177,000 in unappropriated surplus. Taxpayers can determine the approximated story, Page 19) imate increase in their real estate taxes by adding 9.6 percent to their last tax bill. Only two citizens attended the hearing on the real estate tax hike. Glen E. Michael of 433 Imperial St. said he objected to the increase, citing the sharp increase in real estate taxes during his 12 years of residence in Winchester. He said he conducted a survey to find the average real estate taxes paid by a resident of Imperial Street and found that the average homeowner paid $258.57 in 1971 and $395.08 in 1975. While he had no average figure for this year, Michael said his own real estate tax had increased to $491.40. "I would like to ask the council members to follow the lead of the federal government and balance the budget and hold taxes to a minimum," said Michael.. John Lamb of 124 Shirley St. said he thought other city taxes should be increased instead of the real estate tax. Mason McCoy, president of the Winchester Citizens Association, wrote a letter to the council asking that the proposed 10 cent hike per $100 of assessed value be reduced to a 5 cent hike. COUNCILMAN Charles Pine made a motion that the increase be held to 5 cents, but the motion died for lack of a second. The council then passed the proposed tax increase unanimously. While real estate taxes will be 9.6 per-See City Taxes Page 2 Missing Priest Returns Safely Remains of Aircraft A portion of the militar/ C-135 transport plane that crashed near Frederick, Md, yesterday continues to burn about half an hour after the crash. The largest chunk of wreckage from the plane is in the foreground. All merchandise 50% off price. Barn. Open 11 -6. Closed Sundays. Glass Today's Special: Turkey and Dressing, T-Bone Steak. Golden Kitchen. SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) - An American priest, missing in El Salvador for 10 days and feared dead, has turned up safe at the U.S. Embassy here and issued a statement criticizing U.S. support for the embattled junta. Embassy spokesman Howard Lane said the Rev. Roy Bourgeois, 42, entered the embassy alone Wednesday afternoon and appeared in good health. He was to fly to the United States today, the spokesman said. (Photo, Page 24) Bourgeois "went off on his own free will into the (countryside) and came back the same way," Lane told a news conference Wednesday night. Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest based in Chicago, vanished April 26 after he left the Camino Real hotel here, reportedly to buy medicine. A letter from Bourgeois delivered to The Associated Press office here at the time of his reappearance implied he had spent several days with the leftist guerrillas who are fighting to overthrow the ruling civilian-military junta. But Lane said the priest would not comment on his disappearance until he had returned to the United States. "IT HURTS me deeply to know that my country, the United States, is supplying military advisers and arms to a repressive dictatorship at war with its own people," the letter said. "After much reflection and prayer I have decided to join the poor of El Salvador in their struggle for justice and peace. "While I recognized that the armed struggle of the Salvadoran people is justified I personally cannot and will not bear arms." Lane confirmed Bourgeois had written the statement and said "he had intended that the letter be delivered several days earlier to explain his mysterious disapperance, but for some reason it wasn't." Last Thursday, a body believed to be that of Bourgeois was found in a ravine near here. However, fingerprints flown in from the United States determined the body to be a still unidentified victim of the political struggle that has claimed an estimated 22,000 lives in this Central American country in the past year and a half. Bourgeois was in El Salvador as an interpreter and ''field contact source" for a Chicago television station. His visit was unrelated to his duties as a Maryknoll priest. A NATIVE of Lutcher, La., Bourgeois was assigned to Bolivia from 1972 to 1977 following ordination. The Bolivian government once arrested him for his human rights work with that country's political prisoners and their families. Two nuns of the Maryknoll order were among four American women missionaries slain in El Salvador last December. Bourgeois was deeply distressed by the murders and isolated himself for days afterward. Inside Today's Star Oil and Gas.........Page 19 The Frederick County Planning Commission recommends an ordinance that allows exploration of oil and natural gas in the county's agricultural land. You're Out!.........Page 21 Maury Wills was famous for base stealing as a player but Wednesday it was the Seattle Mariners' management, not a National League catcher, who gave Wills the heave-ho. Alberti Makes Good . Page 12 Homer Alberti, a Handley High School graduate, has received an award for his excellence as a teacher. Index Area News.......19 Bridge...........28 Clarke Compass.. 26 Classified......30-35 Comics...........28 Crossword Puzzle. 23 DearAbby.......16 Editorials.........4 Living.........14-17 National News.....6 Obituaries.........2 People In News.... 8 Spectator.........28 Sports.........20-23 TV Programs.....28 Virginia News.....5 Weather...........2 World News......24