New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
New U.S. envoy takes first tour
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Astros 4, Giants 2 Rangers 6, Indians 1
Gutierrez keeps lead _ sports, in city golf play Page saCommunication workers go on strike
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Communications Workers of America, the largest union in the Bell System, went on strike late Saturday against American Telephone & Telegraph Co.
“I regret to advise you that our committee has just informed management that it is obvious we cannot reach an agreement by midnight Eastern Daylight Time," said the president, Glenn E. Watts.
He said the union's executive
committee “voted unanimously that we should go on strike as planned ... for the hundreds of thousands of people who had hoped we would not have to go on strike to obtain justice in this day and age."
AT&T spokesman Pie Wagner said of Watts’ comment: "If that holds up, we're very sorry that we were unable to reach an acceptable agreement. We made a very good offer and if the union does strike then we expect we will be in there talking as quickly as
possible in an attempt to resolve the walkout just as quickly as we can."
The three unions representing AT&T workers had rejected the company's latest wage proposal earlier Saturday.
In lengthy, separate bargaining sessions with representatives of the three unions, management offered to give experienced workers a 3.5 percent a year pay raise for each of the next three years.
But all three unions — the CW A, the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Telecommunications International Union had turned down the offer by midmorning
Company representatives and union negotiators recessed early Saturday and caucused among themselves.
A union bargainer, who asked not to be identified, said CWA’s leadership believed management will have to double the 3.5 percent-a-year pay raise proposal before a new contract
would be accepted by the union's negotiating committee Among CW A employee, a top-scale assistant technician makes $565 50 per week A top-st ale operator makes 1389
Company spokesman have said telephone customers would be largely unaffected, initially, by a strike AT&T spokesman Charles Dynes said supervisory personnel “would be called off their desks ’ to operate switchboards He also indicated that
with the Bell System largely automated, “people might not even notice there's a strike ... unless they try to place an operator-assisted call Then there probably would be some delays "
The CWA, the largest of AT&T’s unions, which represents the bulk of the company’s 675,000 telephone operators and technicians, has said it would strike if no settlement were
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City wants to hear verdict on election from Justice
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
City Attorney John Chunn expects some word from the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday morning. Unless the word is “no," the city’s new district election plan will go into effect this Saturday.
Washington, D C. informed Chunn Friday that the plan was now on the desk of the Assistant Attorney General m Charge of Civil Hights, “which is the final step.” Chunn said He was told the assistant would telephone him late Friday or early Monday. He had heard nothing as of 5 p m Friday.
At 4:20 p.m., City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi already had 39 absentee ballots for the Aug 13 City Council election Ballots will be accepted until 5 p m. Tuesday at City Hall But the justice department can •till stop the election if it decides the new plan doesn't give all sectors of the community a fair shot at representation If the department okays the plan, or
even if it postpones making a decision for another 60 days, City Manager E N. Delashmutt has indicated the election will proceed as scheduled At 7 a m. Saturday, voters in newly-created districts I and 2 will go to the polls to elect their City Council representatives for the next three years.
The contenders in District I are Norman Kraft and Jose Valdemar Espinoza. This district takes in the West End. and all portions of Solms that lie within the city limits.
District 2 candidates are incumbent Mayor Pro Tem Gerald (Jerry! Schaefer and Betty lx>u Rushing. This district includes most of the territory east of IU ii and north of the Guadaljpe River, as well as the downtown area
Because of the new district lines, many New Braunfels residents will be voting in a different place than they have in the past.
For District I, a new voting box has been set up at Lone Star Elementary
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West End fire guts home
West End Avenue was the hottest spot in town Friday afternoon, as four firefighting units battled a house fire in the 200 block.
No injuries were reported at Walter Mulkey Jr '# residence at 206 West End But flames caused heavy damage to one bedroom, with smoke and water damage extending into other parts of the house The Ma?** is believed to have been caused by a discarded cigarette that didn t quite go out
The New Braunfels Fire Department was called to the scene at 2 45 pm Mulkey, a Parker Brothers employee, was apparently at work, and Mrs Muisey had reportedly left the house some 45 minutes before the fire was reported
Firefighters had the flames under control w ithin half an hour but did not leave the scene until after 4pm
Neighborhood volunteers help New Braunfels firefighters feed hose into the houseChad asks France for help; U.S. plans to send aid
N’DJAMENA, Iliad (APi - President Hissene Habre on Saturday pleaded for the French air force to intervene iii Chad's civil war and repel libyan-backed insurgents who reportedly have surrounded government troops in the strategic northern city of Faya Largeau
In Washington, the State Department announced that two U.S. AWACS surveillance planes and supporting jet fighters would be sent to monitor the situation.
Habre said, “Libya intends to totally destroy Faya-liirgeau What is happening there looks like something out of a film — it's a veritable act of genocide. Direct French air
intervention is needed to counter the libyan aggression'*
There was no immediate response by French officials, but Foreign Minister Charles Hernu and his top aides were meeting in an urgent session in Paris to review the situation Hernu said he was in constant touch with President Francois Mitterrand One government source in Paris said France “cannot remain indifferent to the aggravation of the military situation in Chad.” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Anita Stockman said, “After consultation with other concerned governments, including the French, we have moved some of our aircraft
to where they could be most useful to help in monitoring the situation in Chad. '* libyan radio said Friday that libyan leader Col. Muammar Khadafy expects a joint US.* French aggression’’ against his country because of the Chad fighting The broad*, ast, referring to two U S. AW ACS in Egypt to uke part in military maneuvers and French amis supplies to the Habre government said they were a ' cover for the plot to attack Liby an territories."
Miss Stockman said the U S aircraft were not intended for combat.
The United States accuses Khadaf) of backing the Chad insusrgents to extend his
influence in Africa The French gov ernment sourc e in Paris said increased French military aid to Chad was under consideration. He also reported that the rebels had ringed Faya-lurgeau. 500 miles north of N'Djamena, with Soviet-built tanks and were attacking the city of 10.000 people France has rejected repealed requests for troops since rebel forces loyal to Chad s former president, Goukoum Oueddi, began an offensive in late June French officials maintain that a 1976 military cooperation agreement with its former colony provides only for F rench logistic support.
Habre flew to N’Djamena from Faya*
Largeau Friday afternoon Informed sources in Pans said he left shortly before a column of rebel tanks surrounded the oasis
In Washington, Slate Department spokesman John Hughes said the Reagan adminstration also believed reports that the insurgents had retaken the strategic towns of Gum Cha Iou ba and Kalat. 200 miles southeast of Faya-Iurgeau Ha br e s government denies it
It was impossible to confirm the battle accounts independently because the Habre government has banned journalists from the
Geronimo incorporation raises citizens' questions
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Dick Cloud finds a different way to get to the golf course Saturday. Ha straps his bag over his shoulder, hops on his moped and just toodles along
The questions came thick and fast when KWED Radio in Seguin opened a disc ussion on Geronimo's upc oming incorporation election Saturday morning Most of the people asking seemed to think that John Duncan and his steering committee haven't offered enough answers to questions like, “Why incorporate? Will it cost more than it’» worth?" and “Why does the proposed city map look so cr—y Residents of the proposed City of Geronimo, as outlined in a formal petition to the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court on June I, will decide on Aug 13 whether they want the city to become a reality or not The polls will be open from 7 a rn to 7 p m at Navarro Highschool Duncan, chairman of the incorporation steering committee, agreed to Saturday’s radio discussion in hopes of clearing up some of the confusion surrounding the issue Robert Mueller Jr. was there too, speaking for those opposed to incorporation But Duncan did more talking, because most of the phoned-in questions were directed st him.
The chief sdvantage of incorporation, as the steering committee sees it, is "to have an organization that could stand for the people out here," said Duncan A city government could direct the growth of industry rn the sres, bargain on an equal plane with other governments, and "preserve the identity of the community" against encroachment by Seguin or New Braunfels Opponents worry that the new city would have to levy new taxes to pay for services now provided by
Guadalupe County They doubt there s any real danger of being annexed by anothei city any tune soon Some are angry because- the proposed city limit line takes in hunks of their property, but leaves their houses outside making them ineligible to vote on Saturday
There’# no way you can ever draw a line without leaving somebody out," Duncan noted “It would have been very easy. if we had had the intention, to leave out many more houses ”
No (Vie denies that the map accompanying the petition is a cunous-looking thing — not even the people who drew it The proposed city is a mass of “fingers along state and county roads The central which takes in “downtown Geronimo on U S 123, is 1,500 feet across at the widest point; and extends from Wiiliman Road north to FM 758 A side leg follows Frieden s Church Road, taking a 500-foot strip along the right-of-way, then runs north on Barbero#* Road to the bowling alley Another heads west on Link Road, turns twice and takes rn Cordova Heights Subdivision There’s also a 500-foot strip out Glenewinkie Road.
"I really don't think the boundaries are realistic," said Mueller, a local attorney who works for the Internal Revenue Service in Austin "They don’t constitute a town per se "
Duncan said the steering committee had made an effort to include all residents who had shown an
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Today s Weather
Comal County resident# can expect a partly
sunny Sunday , with a W percent chance af thunderstorms rn the afternoon Winds will be from the northeast at 5-10 miles per hour Tonight and Monday will be partly cloudy, with a slight chance of more thundershowers in the afternoon and evening Sunrise today will be al 8:54 a m
New Braunfels had some Saturday evening The measured at .27.
Saturday marted the nth anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb an Huxohuna In Japan thousands paid a solemn memorial lo the dead In the United States, prat—tars reminded lawmakers of the horror af that attacks## Papas SA. IZA
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