New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Sanctuary worker arrives at halfway house
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Sanctuary movement worker Jack Elder has begun serving a 150-day sentence in a halfway house for helping Salvadoran aliens relocate in the United States.
Elder, 41, turned himself in early Monday at the Halfway House of San Antonio.
He was greeted by about 50 supporters at a bus station when he arrived in the city earlier in the morning.
‘T thought it was going to be a half dozen
close friends,” Elder said. “It turned into a major gathering. It was kind of nice.”
Elder went to a local Catholic church for breakfast, then reported to the halfway house.
He has been director of Casa Oscar Romero, a shelter for Central Americans in San Benito.
He was convicted of conspiring to help two Salvadorans enter the United States, helping them enter the country and transporting
them from the shelter to a bus station in McAllen.
U.S. District Judge Filemon Vela of Brownsville first sentenced Elder to six concurrent one-year terms after Elder refused two years’ probation that would have limited his activities in the sanctuary movement.
Vela later reconsidered the sentence and assessed the 150-day halfway house term.
Elder spent several hours at the halfway
house before he was formally accepted into the facility, said director Caille Hardin.
She said workers had to determine if Elder would abide by halfway house rules before he was accepted.
Elder will work on the maintenance crew for the five halfway houses connected with the Halfway House of San Antonio, she said.
Mrs. Hardin said Elder agreed to talk to the news media only with staff approval.
Asked if Elder agreed to refrain from
sanctuary movement acitivites while he s in the facility, Mrs. Hardin said, “It is m-derstood that he can't do that while he’s I re. He can express his opinions but he < n’t participate in this while he’s here. He a prisoner here.”
Elder’s wife Diane has said she and their children will remain in die Rio Grande Valley, where she will continue her work with the sanctuary movement.
A T&T increases rate request from $ 123 million to $ 139 million
AUSTIN (AP) — AT&T Communications’ $123.4 million rate hike request has grown to $139 million. The revised package omits a previously offered cut of 3.2 percent in the cost of basic long distance service.
Public Utility Counsel Jim Boyle says the new request filed Monday might include the bane of all telephone users — wrong numbers.
“It’s just hard to know what their situation is, given the game of numbers du jour which they tend to put forward,” he said of AT&T’s latest request.
The company filed its $123.4 million rate hike request in January. That package sought large increases in services used mostly by businesses. It also included a 3.2 percent cut in the tolls for basic, intrastate long distance calls.
The Public Utility Commission postponed the case until AT&T could come up with a full year's
data to support the request. The updated information was filed Monday. The 3.2 percent cut was left out.
“The increased financial losses have made it impossible for AT&T to achieve its intended intrastate long distance rate reduction with this filing,” said Tom Jones, AT&T vice president for external affairs in Texas.
Included in the revised request are higher charges for short-haul calls, intrastate long distance directory assistance, some operator-assisted calls and WATS services.
AT&T claims Texas losses of more than $300,000 a day, most of it because of “access” payments to Southwestern Bell and other local telephone companies. The long distance companies pay for use of the local phone network.
“We will continue to work with the commission to lower the cost of access charges in Texas and
affect a future intrastate long distance rate reduction,” said Jones.
Company spokesman Phil Bode said the updated data — which includes the 12-month information required by the commission — shows “significantly more losses than we anticipated.”
That means a request for slightly higher long distance costs. For example, a five-minute call during the day from Houston to Dallas would go up from the current $2.10 to $2.14.
The largest increases would come from WATS customers ($39.5 million) and some private line services ($22.8 million).
Included in the AT&T package is a request for $123.3 million in “emergency interim” increases.
Boyle, the state lawyer who represents residential and small business ratepayers, said he doubts the accuracy of “any of the numbers AT&T is filing.”
White ready to inspect troops in Honduras
Soviets redefine Oxford English dictionary
MOSCOW (AP) - When is propaganda simply information and capitalism a system “based on the exploitation of man by man?” Answer: When Soviet editors redefine words in two products by the guardians of the English language — the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary’
Selected Moscow bookstores are selling special editions of two English dictionaries by the Oxford University Press, smaller cousins to the company’s mammoth central work. The Oxford English Dictionary.
The Soviet editions are the two-volume Oxford Learners Dictionary of Current English, and the one-volume Oxford Student’s Dictionary of Current English.
In the $6 single volume or the $15.10 two-volume work. Muscovites can learn the Kremlin-sanctioned
English definitions of imperialism, Bolshevism, Marxism, Maoism, Socialism and other words.
In both books the terms have been changed to fit the dictates of Soviet Communism, leaving the English publishers slightly red-faced.
"I think it’s rather unfortunate that it’s turned out this way,” George Richardson, chief executive of the Oxford University Press, told the British Broadcasting Corp. in London Monday. “I think that its political overtones should have been thought more carefully about.”
He said he had not been involved in agreeing to the Soviet request to change some entries. Richardson said the Soviet alterations were sanctioned several years ago in a general publishing agreement.
“I suppose those justifying what we've done here would say, well,
we’ve aligned, at Russian request, these words to the usage of that country.’ I think that we should have said in the dictionary something to the effect that, in Marxist doctrine. Capitalism means such and such, or Socialism means such and such,’ and not done it quite so badly.”
The dictionaries are in English. The only Russian is a title page note saying the dictionary is sanctioned for use in the Soviet Union.
The Soviets’ Oxford Student’s Dictionary of Current English defines Marxism as “teaching on the main laws of development of nature and society.”
In contrast, the Shorter Oxford Dictionary used in England defines Marxism as “pertaining to, or characteristic of ... the doctrines of Karl Marx.”
Maoism, ideologically suspect
here, is defined in the Soviet edition as the “opportunist ideology and policy of the ruling circles in China, named after Mao Tse-tung.”
Bolshevism is defined as "the revolutionary Marxist trend of political thought ... in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century” and imperialism “the highest and last stage of capitalism."
In the original version, a Bolshevik is a Russian Communist who supported Vladimir I. Lenin after 1903. Imperialism is the rule of an emperor.
Probably only Soviet students would accept a first definition of propaganda as “information, doctrines, opnions and official statements.” In the original Oxford Dictionary, propaganda is “Imeans of, methods for the) spreading of information, doctrines, ideas, etc.”
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) - Gov. Mark White today was scheduled to tour military base camps where Texas National Guard troops are conducting war maneuvers with other American and Honduran soldiers three miles from the Nicaraguan border.
White planned to deliver 400 pounds of barbecued beef to Texas troops taking part in Big Pine HI exercises.
The governor also was to carry 500 pounds of tortillas, IOO pounds of pinto beans, barbecue sauce and an undetermined number of jalapeno peppers to the troops.
The Texas troops arrived in Honduras a week ago to participate in war maneuvers that White said would “demonstrate we are an effective fighting force should we be called to the defense of our nation.”
White arrived in the Honduran capitol Monday aboard an Air Force C-130 Hercules loaded with reporters to observe the Texas troops in action.
He was expected to return to the Honduran capital this afternoon [ before flying to Panama where he was to visit the U.S. military I command headquarters. He was scheduled to return to Texas late I Wednesday.
On his arrival in the Honduran | capital, White was greeted by U.S. ambassador to Honduras John Negroponte and a mob of reporters. He was immediately whisked to a military base near Tegucigalpa, where he was briefed
on the war games by U.S. military officials.
White emerged from the briefing, saying he was satisfied that all possible precautions were being taken to ensure the safety of the Texas troops.
“I’m impressed that they not only did what they told us, they’ve gone further than that,” he said.
White was invited to Central America by the Department of Defense after giving his permission for the Texas guardsmen to participate in the war games.
The guard’s involvement has been highly publicized because of the proximity of their base camp, which they call “the Alamo,” to the Nicaraguan border and the possibility of a confrontation with Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista troops.
Other than a small public affairs contingent from Connecticut, Texas is the only state with guard troops in Big Pine III. The Texas troops will be playing the role o< the aggressor in the games, staging a mock attack on Honduras from near Nicaragua.
The governor said his three-day trip was designed to show support for the troops and “let them know the seriousness of the mission.”
“I don’t think anyone would confuse this with a pleasure trip,” the governor said.
White had kind words for President Reagan’s Central American policies upon his arrival in Central America.Catholic priest gets probation in weapons smuggling case
BROWNSVILLE (AP > - A Roman Catholic priest, given two years probation in a weapons smuggling case, wants to get his life back rn order, his attorney says.
The Rev. Salomon Sandoval, 34. pastor of San Martin de Porras Catholic Church in Alton, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, was fined $525 and agreed to testify against another man.
Sandoval’s attorney, Sheldon Weisfeld, told U.S. Magistrate Fidencio Garza Monday that the priest was respected in the community, was hurt by the publicity and wanted to “pay for his offense and be able to continue in his life.”
TIm attorney and the priest declined to speak with reporters after the hearing.
Two other men, Alfredo Cumpian and Salvador Vela, also pleaded guilty to misdemanor charges and were assessed the same punishment as Sandoval — two years probation and a $525 fine.
The priest was accused of being the middleman between Vela and Cumpian and two Mexican nationals who wanted to buy weapons in the United States. Federal prosecutors alleged that Cumpian and Vela, after meeting with Sandoval, purchased four Uzi semiautomatic weapons last July for Jorge Wong and Luis Davalos and tried to ship the weapons into Mexico as helicopter parts.
Federal authorities, acting on a tip, however, stopped the shipment.
The priest was indicted on conspiracy to give false statements and four counts of giving false statements. Although he didn’t purchase any of the weapons, federal prosecutors allege he gave Vela and Cumpian the money to purchase the weapns
Davaloa is scheduled to go on trial today. Wong remains at large.
Sandoval, Cumpian and Vela appeared before UJ5. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa Monday morning. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert laid the government had
Vela is a former city commissioner in Alton and Cumpian, 21, is a business major at Pan American University in Edinburg.
“A person’s occupation does not work against them, but it doesn t work in their favor,” Hinojosa told Guerra.
Later in the morning, the priest and Cumpian appeared before Garza, who assessed the punishment, noting the two were first-time offenders.
“What has happened to them or what they have experienced or what they will carry with them the rest of their lives is adequate punishment,” the magistrate said.
Vela appeared before the magistrate Monday afternoon.
Cumpian was accused of conspiracy and three counts of making false statements. Vela was accused of conspiracy and one count of making a false statement.
Prosecutors said the two were not purchasing the weapons for themselves as they said in their purchase applications.
Davalos and Wong were accused of conspiracy and four counts of making false statements.
All faced five years imprisonment on each count plus fines ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 if convicted, Guerra said.
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light ram and thundershowers mere err peeled to keep most ol South Texas damp today and forecasters said the shower activity would likely spread into southern sections of North Texas and West Texas
The ram, triggered by the combination of a low pressure system in the western Gulf of Mexico and a weak upper air trough over South Texas, was reported early today from Cotulla and Uvalde southeastward along tha Rio Grande to Brownsville in the Lower Ro Grande Valley Low clouds covered most of the cista at dawn
Forecasts called for cloudy skies over most of the state today
Highs ware to ba mostly in the 50s and SO* over North Texas and in the 70s over the southern halt of tha stats Lows tonight will be mostly rn tha 40« and
SOs, ranging upward to near BO rn South Texas Highs Wednesday will be mostly in tha 60s and 70s, ranging to the lower 80s rn the Big Bend area of Southwest Texas Early morning temperatures were mostly rn tha 40s and 50$ Extremes ranged from 43 et Amarillo to 66 at Brownsville Other early morning readings around tha state mcluded 48 et Wichita Falls, 52 st Dellas-Fort Worth. 50 at Waco. 57 at Austin 49 at Lufkin. 52 at Houston, 56 at San Antonio, 56 at Corpus Christi, 51 at San Angelo. 49 at Lubbock, 48 at Midland and 44 at El Paso
North Taxaa- Mostly cloudy south and south wast tonight and Wednesday Partly cloudy elsewhere. Warm day*, mild at night Low tonight 62 to 66. High Wednesday 73 to 76.
Wast Taxes Partly cloudy and warmer
through Wednesday Widely scattered showers southeast Wednesday Lows tonight 40s except mid 50s southwestern valleys Highs Wednesday 70s asst of tha mountains to mid 80s Big Band
South Texas- Mostly cloudy and cool through Wednesday with scattered showers and thundershowers, more numerous west and south Highs 60s north to low 70a south Lows from 60s north to near 60 south
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Wast Taxes. Partly cloudy Wednesday through Friday. A chance for thunderstorms mainly north Friday. Warmer Wednesday and Thursday.
Panhandle highs rn the mid-7Qs Lows rn the rn id-40s Wednesday warming to near 50 Friday South Plains highs rn the mid 70s Wednesday end near SO Thursday end Friday Lows in the mid-40$ Wednesday warming to low 60s Friday Permian Basin and Concho Valley highs upper 70s Wednesday end low 80s Thursday end Friday Lows mid to upper 40s Wednesday warming to upper 60s Friday
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