New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Self-help groups give ray of hope
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 - No. 161
SUNDAY August 14, 1983 50 cents
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.inoza, Rushing win
Candidates carry new districts by wide margins
in the 63-percent Hispanic District I. Until this year, campaign, Rushing stressed the importance of
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
West End residents rushed the ballot box Saturday and put the first Mexican-American on the City Council since Alvaro Garza was unseated in 1976.
Jose Valdernar Espinoza collected 433 votes to Norman Kraft’s 160, winning the right to represent District I on the City Council until April 1986. In District 2. Betty lx>u Rushing unseated Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Schaefer, 300 to 187.
Each race represented an upset of sorts. But the biggest surprise, perhaps, was the 590-voter turnout
in the 63-percent Hispanic District I. Until this year, the city hadn’t even found it necessary to put a ballot box in the West End.
By contrast, only 488 citizens cast ballots in District 2.
Saturday night found both winning candidates celebrating with their supporters — Rushing at her own Guada Coma residence, and Espinoza's group atEikel Park.
“I feel great,” said Rushing, a 56-year-old retired schoolteacher, i’m particularly honored by the people of the district who read the issues ... and feel that we need to re-order our priorities.” During her
campaign. Rushing stressed the importance of preserving New Braunfels’ natural resources, and talked of tax relief for local citizens.
“I will be available to serve the people of District 2 as well as the citizens of New Braunfels I hope that people will call me, because I’ll be available,” Rushing added Schaefer had served on the City Council for six years, and has been Mayor Pro Tem for the past two. He could not be reached for comment.
Espinoza s wife Margie, who served as his cam-
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Jose Valdernar Espinoza
Geronimo voters bury incorporation
Results of Saturday's election would seem to indicate the incorporation of Geronimo is a dead issue Residents buried the idea with a 104-24 vote at Navarro High School Election Judge Wanda Thompson said it took approximately 20 minutes to count the ballots John Duncan, chairman of the steering committee that drew the petition for incorporation, was pleased with the turnout, but disappointed w ith the results “I didn’t realize it was going to be such a margin.” he said in a telephone interview after the tally wain.
He had stated before the election that the steering committee’s main purpose was educating the community on the choices involved Now. Durn an says he and the other eight members will try to find out the reasons for the strong opposition.
We've got to find out what happened, and see where we failed ’em." he said. "If we're satisfied that they had a1! the facts straight (and still voted ‘no’ I. then probably nothing else will come of it "
If the committee can find some specific gripes, be indicated it might try to work around some of those ma future election.
"I understand that a big part of the prob.em was the Barbarosa leg Even the people in Geronimo that wanted a city apparently didn t want Barbarosa in it," he said The farthest-reaching leg" of the oc-topus-like map went north along Barbarosa Road to take in the Barbarosa community Thompson, who said she had nothing to do with drawing the petition, had the idea that most of the opposed voters were afraid a city government would eventually mean more taxes Dune ail's group tiad denied this many titties in the past few wecKs. but some residents apparently weren't convinced Duncan did say that 128 ballot- represented an "overall good turnout ' However no one not even the election judge could say how many registered voters actually lived within the proposed city boundaries
All we had was the map.” Thompson said. adding that she did turn away six cir eight' residents whose homes didnt lie w ithin the prev ribed boundaries
"Some of them were property owners who don’t even live in this area." she said
Betty Lou Rushing
Garbage litters the railroad tracks in the wake of Friday's crashTwo hurt in wreck
District 1 District 2
Stoff photo br John V Smnln
Train-truck crash sends garbage flying on FM 306
A train and a garbage truck collided on EM 106 shortly before 2 pm. Friday, sending two Canyon I .ake men to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
A hospital spokesman said Saturday that Ricky Wooten, 25, had a face laceration, and Michael A Hasta si, 28, suffered an
injury to his left shoulder. Both were treated and released.
Tin* light blue garbage truck was eastbound on EM 306. when it met a southbound Missouri-Pacific tram near the Coleman plant The collision tore the truck into three major pieces, and derailed
the tram engine, which was able to stop about an eighth of a mile south of the ac cident.
Garbage was scattered all over the railroad tracks and vicinity, and a device that operates tile flashing lights near the tracks was also destroyed.
Jose V Espinoza Norman Kraft
433 Gerald Scil deter 160 Betty Loo Rushing
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Central American policy 'distorted/ Reagan charges
President courts Hispanic vote in separate address
EL PASO (AP) — President Reagan complained Saturday that most Americans are confused about his policies rn Central America, and he said the United States is trying to combat the installation there of "ruthless, communist dictators such as we see in Cuba ”
In a radio address to the nation, Reagan lamented that "there have been such distortions about U.S. policy in Central America that the great majority of Americans don’t know which side we are on ...
"Well, it is time to get away from fairy tales and get back to reality," Reagan said The president said the United States is "on the side of peaceful democratic change rn Central America and our actions prove it daily."
While acknowledging human rights abuses by the U.S.-backed regime iii El Salvador, Reagan asked, "Can anyone really believe that the situation would improve if our influence for moderation were removed?”
In a separate speech, Reagan also courted Hispanic voters with a plan to aid economically depressed communities on the Texas-Mexican border. He saluted the growing political power of Spanish-speaking Americans.
Announcement of the aid package brought cries of disappointment from local officials who said it was inadequate
Texas Gov. Mark White, a Democrat, said, "President Reagan’! prescription for the economy
along the border with Mexico is like the emperors of Rome handing out aspirin to the Christians after they’ve been mauled by the lions "
White, who gave the Democratic response to Reagan’s radio address, said, "President Reagan came to El Paso and talked about the confusion of the American people about Centrl America "I agree we need to get away from fairy tales and get back to reality — but the president ignores the reality of the massive economic devastation in this very city," said White.
Specifically, the aid plan calls for Vice President George Bush to oversee establishment of an "interagency action group" to implement recommendations of a group examining economic problems of U.S. communities bordering Mexico Craig Fuller, an assistant to the president, said the interagency group’s goal is to Help stimulate job creation and economic diversification in border regions. Businesses in those regions have been hurt by a sharp devaluation of the peso Fuller said the group will study the idea of giving the region priority for economic development grants and job dislocation programs In his speech to the American GI Forum, an Hispanic veterans group. Reagan portrayed himself as an alternative to "special interest politicians" whom he blamed for the nation s economic troubles,
See REAGAN, Page 14AInsideToday's Weather
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Death toll now 24 in Chile protests
SANTIAGO, Chile <AP» — Funeral ceremonies for three of the 24 people killed during anti-government demonstrations erupted rn violence Saturday with hundreds of mourners throwing rocks at police and shouting ‘ Assassins "
Earlier, the military government's interior minister met with a Roman Catholic archbishop and promised to investigate reports of "unnecessary violence'" by soldiers and police during the protests Thursday and Friday
Hundreds of peopple in Hie funeral processions shouted insults at police, who kept their distance until crowds began throwing rocks at them at two cemeteries They then fired tear-gas grenades, but no gunshots were heard.
At the Metropolitan Cemetery in southwestern Santiago a police helicopter hovered above and three armored cars circled outside during a ceremony for two of the siam protesters Some 606 people attended the service, and near the end sc ores of youths threw rocks over the picket fence at helmeted not police who responded with tear gas
Skirmishes continued in scattered parts of the surrounding slum area as
the mourners, weeping from tin gas fumes, left Hie cemetery Many shouted. Assassins, Assassins'" and then ran from pursuing police Reporters saw 15 people lined up against lite fence and searched, and six then were put on a police bus In an announcement before the latest disturbances, Alfonso Marquez de la Plata, secretary-general of the government, said seven people were killed Friday night in poor districts of Santiago where bands of youths set up street barricades and threw roc'ks at not police who fired automatic weapons
He told a news conference ' professional provocateurs * were responsible for the disorders but lie did not describe the circumstanc es of the victims’ death He said IO buses were damaged and four police vehicles were fired on
The demonstrations were smaller than Thursday's massive "Day of National Protest," which Pinochet tried to supress with a curfew enforced rn Santiago by 18,000 police and soldiers Seventeen people died of gunshot wounds Thursday night - 14
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