New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
By ROBERT JOHNSON News editor
Here’s a partial list of the diseases drinking fluoridated water allegedly causes: cancer (in humans and animals), heart disease, cholera, birth defects, genetic malfunctions and allergic reactions.
Here’s a complete list of the diseases which reputable scientific studies have linked to drinking fluoridated water:
There aren’t any. “There is no health controversy about fluoridation,” Linda Crossett, administrator with the Texas Department of Health, said.
“The simple truth is that there’s no scientific controversy over the safety of fluoridation,” according to an article which appeared in Consumer Reports in 1978.
Terming the practice of artificially fluoridating water supplies to reduce dental decay as “safe, economical and beneficial.”
the article termed the survival of the controversy concerning fluoridation as “one of the major triumphs of quackery over science in our generation.”
According to several reports, the two most common charges leveled against fluoridation link it to an increase in cancer-related deaths and an increase in the overall death rate.
The principal ammunition used to support the cancer claim, according to Consumer Reports, is a study by biochemists Dean Burk (formerly
with the National Cancer Institute) and John Yiamouyiannis. Released in 1975, the study claims at least 25,000 excess cancer deaths per year occur in American cities which fluoridate their water.
“Fluoridation is a form of public mass murder," Burk concluded.
However, the cancer institute (NCI) reviewed the study and concluded Burk and Yiamouyiannis had failed to take into account widely recognized risk factors which have a
bearing on cancer death rates.
As an example, the study overlooked the fact that the cities with fluoridated water had been industrialized for a much tonger time than the nonfluoridated cities.
“Environmental pollutants associated with industrialization are known to have carcinogenic effects which undoubtedly contribute to the higher cancer mortality rates in those
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Saga of Billy
President's brother has become great embarrassment
By HARRY F. ROSENTHAL Associated Press Writer
He was just Billy the kid brother, the beer-guzzling, wise-acre, redneck who nobody took very seriously until he became an agent for Libya. He called the Libyans his best friends. They gave him $220,000.
Thus began the mess that set the White House atremble, gave gleeful heart to Democrats who want to dump Jimmy Carter and to Republicans who want to install Ronald Reagan, and triggered investigations by the Justice Department and the Congress.
Almost overnight, Billy no longer was an occasional embarrassment but was a genuine threat to his brother, Jimmy, the president.
There were angry charges on Capitol Hill that the 42-year-old first brother had been shown secret diplomatic cables — evidence, critics said, that Billy was using his contacts in high
places. In Congress, the president was accused of improperly disclosing information.
For a day, the White House took it on the chin, then with delight took the wraps off that cable traffic to show the messages amounted to a routine assessment of Billy’s first dip into diplomacy.
The problem has been persistently confusing statements from both Billy and the White House about the matter. It turned out that the president had indeed presented his brother with some of those cables, apparently as a memento. One had a note telling Billy he had done “a good job under the ‘dry’ circumstances” of his 1978 trip to libya, where alcohol is forbidden.
The saga of Billy Carter began two years earlier, while his brother was running for president. Billy, it seemed, was running for the job of national clown.
He held court in country corner gas
station and around the Best Western Motel bar, a beer always at hand, spouting compone wit.
After the election, Billy went on the celebrity circuit, reportedly making $300,000 a year judging beauty contests, speaking at rodeos, having a beer named after him.
Billy ran a losing campaign for mayor of Plains on a platform of keeping its small town flavor and later had to sell his house and move 25 miles away to escape the crowds. He got out of the peanut warehousing business he had run for Jimmy.
The laughing stopped when Billy went to a hospital in California to dry out. And when he made some anti-Semitic remarks. And when he was reported to have urinated in public. And when he had to clicker to prevent foreclosure on his new house.
Always, the White House line and President Carter’s, was: Jinuny Carter is not his brother’s keeper.
In September 1978, Billy and his friend Henry (Randy) Coleman were among eight Georgians visiting Libya, which the U.S. views as a notorious supporters of international terrorism. The State Department officially kept its distance from the trip but gave Billy some background briefings.
Officials were worried about what the loose-mouthed brother might do and say and the U.S. charge d’affaires, William Eagleton, kept the department informed via official cable.
And at the end of the trip, he reported: “As far as we can see, there has been no negative fallout from Billy Carter’s visit to Tripoli. In fact, on the local scene, we would rate it a very positive event which has opened some doors for this embassy and raised the morale of the American community."
The libyans gave Billy gifts and $3,900 in expenses.
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misconduct charges out
Former New Braunfels Utitilies employee Howard Batey probably drew a deep breath of relief this week, while fellow former employee Richard Sledge may have just given a small sigh.
Official misconduct charges against the pair were dropped tins week in separate actions by 22nd District Judge Terry Jacks and 207th District Robert T. Pfeuffer.
S)e<t*»<\ who had been manager of the Utilities for six years, still faces felony indictments of aggravated perjury before a grand jury and for theft in connection with $23,000 in missing Utilities funds,
He also has been named in a civil suit by the Utilities which is attempting to recover the $23,000 from Sledge and Canyon I .ake Bank. The Utilities attorney contends that the bank allowed Sledge to misuse Utilities funds for his own gain.
Two official misconduct indictments were returned against Batey, former electrical department superintendent, March 2b by a special grand jury. The incidents—allegedly purchasing utility poles through the public corporation to escape paying sales tax and using a public employee for Batey’s private use-occurred in February 1977.
tine official misconduct indictment was returned against Sledge by the March panel and the other three indictments (for official misconduct, theft and perjury) were returned by a special grand jury on April 15.
Attorney for the two men, Fred Clark, filed motions of exception challenging the legality of the indictments with the two district judges on May 5. Clark contended that the statute of limitations for tile supposed offenses of three years had already passed by the time the indictments were returned.
Pfeuffer and Jacks signed orders sustaining those motions to dismiss the indictments against Batey and Sledge (respectively) on July 22.
If the state could appeal the decision, District Attorney Bill Schroeder said he would have appealed it. Unfortunately, the state has no right to appeal, he added.
When the issue first came up. there was no case to use as a point of reference concerning how the statute of limitations relates to official uusconduct charges, Schroeder said. “There’s so few official miscounduct cases in Texas,” he explained.
As a result, he contacted the Attorney General’s office on the matter.
A staff member in that office suggested they proceed with their attempts to secure indictments, Schroeder recalled.
Both men resigned from the Utilities Dec. 14 after a lengthily executive session by the board of trustees. It was indicated then that certain of Sledge’s business activities were in conflict of interest with his position at the Utilities. No reason was given for Batey’s resignation.
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Comal County totals 35,000
Population of Comal County increased by almost one-half in the past decade, preliminary 1980 census figures show.
According to the Census Bureau, the total population of the county for 1980 is 35,204. Ten years ago, the count was 24,165 Thus, the county registered a 45.7 percent population increase.
The total number of housing units showed an even greater change. In 1970, that figure was 9,454. By 1980 it had jumped to 15,419, an increase of 63.1 percent.
Tim Darilek, assistant to County Judge Max Wommack, said the population count was a “good figure.’
“We’ie not disputing it. However, we are questioning the number of vacancies. I don t think the county will enter a formal protest, but we’re still checking
into the accuracy of it and that could change,” he said.
The preliminary figures allow local governments to challenge Census Bureau data if their evidence shows any discrepancy.
The 1980 figures show 2,541 vacant housing units in the county, resulting in a “vacancy rate” of 16.8 percent.
Darilek said the final census report nught show an upward revision of the total population count.
The population-per-household average in Comal County was 3.11 IO years ago. Despite the increase rn population and the yet-to-be-finalized number of vacant housing units, enough new housing was constructed during the 1970s to reduce the population-per-housing figure to 2.77.
Here's your new daily package
By GEORGE RUNGE Editor
Born today: A healthy offspring of the longtime weekly publication, the HeraldZextung,
The new baby’s final section of its first issue came rolling off the presses early Sunday morning. It culminated three days of hard labor.
This is the first of five daily newspapers every week. It is a sign of progress and a realization that New Braunfels and Comal County growth have made the change necessary.
Wliat originally was expected to be a two-section Sunday edition grew rapidly. As advertising began rolling in, it became obvious Thursday that five sections would be necessary That is quite a first Sunday package for a community accustomed to only a one-lime-a-week publication, albeit the largest weekly community newspaper in this big state.
Credit is due a lot of people. First, there are the
merchants who have demonstrated faith and support for this undertaking Without advertising this would not be possible.
Community leaders have offered encouragement. They know that a thriving community is best served by good communication. While the Herald 'lextuny employees have worked diligently through the years to provide a high-quality product, it is a fact that as a weakly we could not serve the communication needs of the area as well as we would like.
We shall try hard to live up to their expectations with issues every Sunday morning and every Tuesday through Friday afternoon.
New Braunfels is widely known as one of tile most progressive communities in the state. It has attracted numerous new industries in recent years which provide a strong economic base for continued orderly growth. These industries would not have chosen New Braunfels if they had not been
convinced that quality of life and a strong work ethic have made this one of the most desirable places to live and raise a family.
Important to any publication’s success are the readers. Without the IO,OOO subscribers, merchants would riot buy nearly as much advertising space, the staff would not be as large and the coriununity would not fiave an interest in how well this venture succeeds. We hope the editorial product receives the support it has gained as a weekly.
As significant as these ingredients are rn this undertaking, there is a group without whom none of it would be possible. They are the many faithful employees, old and new, who worked many extra hours last week They all have a right to feel proud of what has been accomplished.
What you have before you was put together iii three days This contrasts with the full week’s tune it took rn the past to prepare about the same number of pages as a weekly.
That’s progress, any way you measure it.