New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Wednesday, August 21,1985 3AReagan claims testing will not ignite race
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Reagan administration contends that testing an anti-satellite weapon in space will not ignite a new arms race, but will instead prove an incentive for the Soviets to agree to a ban on such weapons.
But critics fear President Reagan’s decision — announced Tuesday — to conduct the first three tests of an anti-satellite, or ASAT, system will only push the Soviet Union into a new contest in the heavens and endanger any hope for a permanent arms control treaty. It also would hurt chances for progress in the November summit between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the opponents say.
However, White House spokesman Larry Speakes said the decision to inform Congress that the administration
would go ahead with testing was made because “the Soviets are well ahead of us in testing” a similar system and their plans might allow them to put their ground-based laser system in space by the 1990s.
“The United States is basically trying to play catch-up ball here,” National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane told CBS News on Tuesday. “The Soviet Union had a system for anti-satellite use for a long, long time. We don’t.”
Speakes, who made the announcement in Santa Barbara before the president left the seclusion of his nearby mountaintop ranch for a three-day visit to Ix>s Angeles, said the move was vital to the security of the United States and its allies and that it was “essential to restore
the military balance.”
But he also said the United States “pledges ... to continue our discussions with the Soviet Union.... We’ll keep talking.”
The spokesman acknowledged the testing might “set into motion a leapfrogging process” between the Soviets and the United States “but it also sets into motion incentive for them to negotiate.”
He said history has proved “ ... that when we commit to a program and commit to testing and commit to development, then and only then do the Soviets want to talk about it.”
Speakes asserted “there is no reason why this test would have any impact” on the upcoming session with Gorbachev.
He discounted Soviet offers of a moratorium on such testing, saying it would perpetuate a state in which they would retain a “monopoly” on such weapons.
He also accused the Soviets of being “disingenuous” by accusing the United States of militarizing space, since the Soviets have such a system of their own.
John Rhinelander, a former U.S. arms control negotiator, said in Washington the tests would not violate the 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty, but he saw a danger that a successful test would demonstrate to the Soviet Union the United States had achieved technological superiority in the field. That, he feared, would set off a new round of Soviet-American competition to develop anti-satellite weapons.
Veteran benefits will not be cut, says congressman
DALLAS (AP i — The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs committee told Veterans of Foreign Wars that his panel continues to meet opposition as members try to protect veteran's benefits and also balance the budget.
“We will do all we can to bring government spending under control and reduce the deficit,” said US. Rep. GV. “Sonny" Montgomery . I)-Mississippi. “But we will not stand by and allow essential veterans' benefits to be cut.”
However. Montgomery told conventioneers that the 1986 federal budget “treats veterans fairly.”
“The House continues to send a strong message to the spalled budget experts who want to take a whack at veterans' benefits.” he said Tuesday during a briefing on recent legislation.
About 25,000 members of the VFW. the Indies Auxiliary and their guests are in Dallas attending the 86th National Convention of the nation's oldest veterans organization. The group began its convention Monday and claims a 2.1 million membership with 10.000 VFW posts nationwide and three overseas
An eligibility requirement
proposed by the Reagan administration and approved in the Senate — one that limits health care to veterans whose income is not more than twice their military retirement pay — would have forced veterans to a poverty level before they were able to use a VA hospital. Montgomery said.
The proposal also would have been costly to administer, especially at a time when the Congress has told the Veterans' Affairs Committee to cut spending by $300 nu Ilion in 1986 and $400 million in 1987
Montgomery told the group of about 1,500 convention delegates he is proposing changes that will
enhance health care programs for veterans.”
“We want to make sure that any
veteran who needs medical care from the VA gets it Period.' Montgomery said.
The Jackson, Miss., representative said the eligibility level for medical care should be raised to $25,000 and automatically adjusted to the consumer price index.
Veterans with higher incomes would bt' admitted to VA hospitals on a space available basis and pay a portion of his or her medical
Code of ethics
State bar warns lawyers against soliciting Delta victims
AUSTIN (AP) — Complaints about lawyers soliciting business from victims of the Delta Air Lines Flight 191 crash will be fully investigated, the president of the State Bar of Texas promises.
“It is unethical for a lawyer to solicit business such as the representation of survivors or the families of the victims of this tragedy," bar president Charles L. Smith said “In Texas, we don't intend to turn our heads when people are coming in here soliciting clients ... We’re not going to sit around and do nothing when the code of ethics is violated, Smith added.
News reports following the Aug. 2 crash, which killed 134 people at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, noted that
some lawyers had traveled to Dallas and talked with potential clients. At least two lawyers stayed at the same hotel that housed families of crash victims.
In a letter to several Texas and Florida newspapers and some national news outlets, Smith said the State Bar will take all appropriate action against Texas lawyers or those from out of state who violate rules of conduct.
"If any citizens feel they have been wrongfully solicited by an attorney or have been badgered into entering an unwanted lawsuit, they should contact the general counsel’s office of the State Bar of Texas. This matter will be immediately investigated.” he wrote.
Smith, in a telephone interview
Tuesday from his San Antonio office, said he wrote the letter after seeing the news reports, adding that bar officials know “certain things are
“We have statements from the public as to some things that may have happened there. We are looking into anything that may have occurred there." he said.
Bar association rules prohibit officials from discussing specific complaints or investigations.
Texas has a law prohibiting barratry, which includes the practice of soliciting clients. The State Bar’s code of professional responsibility also prohibits initiating contacts.
Smith’s letter said that if an investigation uncovers evidence that a Texas-licensed lawyer has violated
the code of professional responsibility, “a complaint will be filed with the proper grievance committee for action deemed appropriate under the circumstances.”
Although the state bar doesn’t license lawyers from other states, Smith said action could be taken against them, too.
“One. we can send the evidence to that state I and its bar association). If it’s a lawyer from California or Florida or wherever, we can send it to those states,” he said.
“Two, if they file suits in this state, they subject themselves to the jurisdiction of our courts and we can take action. If we can prove misconduct or a violation of our code of ethics, they could be barred from participating in those cases.”
Man charged in death of invalid mother
AUSTIN AP i An Air Force staff sergeant has been charged with murder after authorities found his invalid mother starved to death and lying in human waste in his apartment's kitchen Staff Sgt. Joe Victor Dixon, 26. stationed at Bergstrom .Air Force Base, was being held in city jail late Tuesdav night in lieu of $40,000 bond. said jail clerk Sebastian Sarate.
Police Sgt. Dusty Hesskew said Dixon had called for an ambulance Tuesday because his mother, 68-year-old Vera Inez Dixon, “wasn't
moving or breathing."
When I got there, she was lying on the floor in the kitchen near a cabinet. All she had on was a vacuum cleaner bag wrapped around her buttocks and an old ratty shirt,” Hesskew said.
I asked what she was doing on the kitchen floor, and he iDixon) said sometimes she curled up there to go to sleep."
Police said there was no food in the apartment except two containers of ice cream in the refrigerator and a jar of peanut butter on a top cabinet
shelf, police said.
Autopsy results determined that the woman had been dead about 12 hours when Dixon called for an ambulance at ll a.m. Tuesday.
Dixon told police he returned home about ll p.m. Monday and “saw her lying there on the floor and he went to bed,” Hesskew said.
Dr. Robert Bayardo, Travis County medical examiner, said the woman died of dehydration and malnutrition. She was 5-foot-6. but weighed only 93 pounds.
She should have weighed at least
140 pounds," he said.
Bayardo said the woman had starved over several months. He said the woman had suffered three strokes, was diabetic and partially blind. She also could not communicate and was not able to walk or feed herself. Bayardo said.
Air Force officials, who said they are also investigating the incident, declined to comment and would give no information about Dixons military career or occupation.
Dixon and his mother shared a one-bedroom apartment.
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