New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Postmaster halts garden for slain carrier
HOUSTON (AP) — Mail carriers stopped work on memorial garden for a slain co-worker after they were told the site for the garden had not been approved by postal officials.
“We are not surprised, but we are angered,” said Vernon Wade, president of the local letter carriers’ union, after the memorial for De bora Sue Schatz was halted.
Miss Schatz, 23, disappeared June 7 while delivering mail in a fashionable west Houston neighborhood. Her body, with three bullet wounds in the head, was found two days later in a remote wooded area northwest of Houston.
David Port, 18, was convicted last month of Miss Schatz’s murder and was sentenced to 75 years in prison.
The case attracted media attention nationwide after Port’s parents were jailed for refusing to testify against their son before a grand jury. Port’s trial was moved from Houston to New Braunfels because of the publicity.
Postal workers began working last week on the 15-by-15-foot garden at the Westheimer Station
where Ms. Schatz worked. The employees hoped to plant rose bushes and other plants in time for the anniversary of the slain woman’s death.
But the gardening stopped Thursday after Postmaster Sam Green said the project had not officially been approved, a postal service spokeswoman said.
“The postmaster said there’s not going to be a memorial,” spokeswoman Ellen Stover said Friday. “We can’t approve something without a written request being made.”
Carriers said management at the station had approved the garden.
However, Ms. Stover said a written request for the memorial must be approved by the national postal officials.
“We’re real restricted about the things we can do on postal property,” she said. “Anything we do takes national approval. We didn’t even get a written request.”
Wade said he thinks the postmaster handled the situation poorly.
Reagan uses Soviet threat to get aid for contras
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguing for more U.S. aid to Nicaraguan rebels, President Reagan said Saturday that “Russian military personnel” are in battle zones where the Sandinista government is fighting “democratic resistance.”
In his weekly radio address from the weekend presidential retreat at Camp David, Md., Reagan also said Nicaragua’s leftist regime “may put forth an llth-hour so-called peace proposal aimed at blocking aid to the democratic resistance.” Reagan appealed to his listeners to contact their representatives in Congress on behalf of his program so as not to “let the Sandinista communists and their sympathizers be the only voices heard.”
Reagan repeated previous assertions that followers of Libyan President Moammar Khadafy and Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini “are in Nicaragua — about two hours by air from United States borders.”
“And just this week,” he added, “we confirmed the presence of Russian military personnel in the battle zones of northern Nicaragua.”
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Thousands protest Reagan's policies
WASHINGTON I AP I - Thousands of protesters marched outside the White House on Saturday to start three days of demonstrations against President Reagan’s military buildup and policies on South Africa and Central America.
Protesters massed on the Ellipse, the park outside the White House grounds, then swung up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol for a rally.
As they passed the White House, the Rev. Jesse Jackson dropped to the pavement and uttered a prayer that referred to Reagan's planned visit next month to a military cemetery in Bitburg. West Germany.
“Touch our president in some special way.” the kneeling civil rights leader said. “Some place between Bitburg and Johannesburg, let him choose another way."
The demonstration, marking the 10th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. was echoed on the West Coast, where 4.000 protesters marched in dow ntown I ais Angeles and others rained in Seattle.
“What brings us here is the need to reverse the policies of the Reagan administration — the inhumane treatment of the U.S. public, especially the poor, and of people in Third World countries such as El Salvador," said Joel Koplitz, 25, a protester in I .os Angeles.
U.S. Park Police estimated the size of the crowd in Washington at 26.000 March organizers claimed 100.000
District of Columbia police Lt. William White III said at late afternoon there were no arrests and termed it "a very peaceful demonstration.”
About IOO counter-demonstrators assembled for an American Conservative Union rally near the Washington Monument and sang “.America the Beautiful.”
Busloads of anti-Reagan demonstrators from around the nation waved banners and watched mimes and “street theater" at a “Festival of Resistance’’ on the Ellipse that opened the “April Actions for Peace. Jobs and Justice.”
Eighty groups were listed by protesters as supporting the demonstration, including civil rights, labor, religious, antiwar, environmental. veterans and minority organizations
The protesters urged a halt to U.S. intervention in Central America. Congress votes this week on $14 million ui aid sought by the administration for Contra rebels fighting the Nicaraguan government.
'Hie demonstrators also blasted what they called U.S. government and business support for South Africa’s white minority government and its racial policies. They called for a freeze on nuclear weapons and a shift in domestic priorities away from military spending and toward social and jobs programs.
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at stake in Nicaragua,” he said. “That’s why, in the seven months since Congress cut off aid to the democratic resistance, they’ve been pouring in weapons and personnel to their communist allies hoping to wipe out the democratic forces while they’re most vulnerable.”
The president also charged that some in Congress are playing politics with the issue and said that even before his latest proposal was announced, House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill, D-Mass., called it “a dirty trick.”
“That’s not true,” said Christopher Matthews, a top O’Neill aide. Matthews said O’Neill blasted the plan after Reagan unveiled it April 4.
O’Neill was “responding to what he saw was the fraudulent use of the term ‘humanitarian’ aid to describe logistical support for the Contras,” Matthews said.
The president is calling for limiting the aid to non-lethal supplies such as food, medicine and uniforms while peace talks are sought. But he rejected in his speech a Democratic counterproposal ruling out military aid, saying this plan “would only provide assistance to the
democratic forces if they abandon their struggle to liberate Nicaragua.”
“Any proposal that abandons over 15,000 members of a democratic resistance to communists is not a compromise; it’s a shameful surrender,” Reagan declared.
Reagan said the Sandinistas “are lobbying your senators and representatives.”
He noted that his proposal called for a cease-fire and church-mediated negotiations leading to free and honest elections.
“Negotiations would be our best and possibly last opportunity to steer the Sandinista communists away from their present brutal course and back toward the democratic and peaceful promises of their revolution,” the president said.
“The responsibility now rests squarely on the shoulders of Congress.”
The Senate and House are to vote Tuesday on what kind of assistance the United States should provide to influence the outcome of the Nicaraguan civil war.
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