New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Reagan heads for ranch
LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Reagan has used his first major appearance since cancer surgery to bounce back into partisan form, decrying the Democratic party as one that “just keeps going in circles.”
Before retreating again to his mountaintop ranch to finish his three-week vacation, Reagan gave an upbeat speech Thursday night to about 1,000 supporters of the California Republican Party at a $l,000-a-plate fundraiser.
“I am feeling fine and when we get back to Washington ifs going to de full steam ahead,” the president told the crowd.
It was the president’s only major public appearance of his California stay, and the first time he has addressed such a large group outside the White House since physicians removed a two-foot section of his colon on July 13.
Reagan said the Republican Party has brought about a change in America’s political landscape.
“Realignment is real,” Reagan said. “What the American people see is that the other party just keeps going in circles. Of course, that’s what happens if every time there is a decision to make, you keep leaning to the left.”
Reagan also made a pitch for his Strategic Defense Initiative of space-based missile defense systems, known as “Star Wars.” saying the proposal would “permit us to shift our focus to saving lives, rather than avenging them."
“We seek an anti-nuclear shield, using technology to make us safer," the president said. “Our success will be
measured by the number of people we can save, not destroy.”
Reagan said that “some self-declared experts and some of those blame-America-first crowd” have charged that his proposal is unfeasible and a waste of money. But he drew applause from the crowd by asking, “Well, if that’s true, why are the Soviets so upset about it? As a matter of fact, why are they investing so many rubles of their own in the same technologies?”
Guests at the head table in the Century Plaza Hotel included such show business notables as “Rambo” star Sylvester Stallone; Roy Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans; and Fred MacMurray and his wife, June Haver.
In the speech, Reagan made a plea to Republicans in his home state to send a GOP senator to Washington next year and end the career of Senate Democratic Whip Alan Cranston.
The president took note that several Republicans have expressed interest in the seat, and reminded them of his own so-called “lith Commandment” — “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.”
“Have a spirited primary, but don’t campaign against each other,” the president said. ‘ Campaign against the incumbent but stand united behind our party's choice.” The president’s remarks were his first political appeal since his old friend, Sen. Paul I^axalt. R-Nev., announced that he will not seek re-election. GOP officials have conceded that I^axalt’s announcement tightens the race for control of the Senate, in which Republicans already faced an uphill battle to retain their 53-47 margin over the Democrats.
...so who's in charge?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Your government is alive and well, but not necessarily present and accounted for.
Ifs on the beach. Or the mountains. Or abroad. Anywhere but Washington. It’s August, you know.
President Reagan is on his mountain ranch in California, leaving the running of government to others.
Vice President Bush is in Kennebunkport, Maine, leaving the running of government to others.
White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan is taking time off, leaving the running of government to underlings, who are rotating the job so others can take time off.
The secretary of state, George Shultz, is somewhere in California.
The whereabouts of CIA Director William Casey are a state secret.
To get a decision from the secretary of defense, Caspar Weinberger, you’d have to go to Bar Harbor, Maine, or settle for No. 2, deputy secretary William Howard Taft IV, who is at his desk at the Pentagon.
Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III is visiting his mother in Houston. If you wanted to convince him of the need, say, to keep the deduction on your vacation house, you’d have to see Richard Darman, the deputy secretary.
Government checks are going out by the millions, uninterrupted, even though Treasurer Catherine
Ortega is vacationing in Canada. At the same time, the Canadian ambassador to the United States, Allan Gotlieb, is vacationing in Europe.
Everybody’s got to be somewhere. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Mark Fowler, is interrupting his vacation in South Carolina to make a speech in Anchorage. Three of his top-level associates are on the job, but out of town, in Switzerland, at the Sugar Loaf Resort in Cedar, Mich., and in Rockport, Maine.
The Office of Management and Budget is being run by acting director Joseph Wright while the director-to-be, James C. Miller III, is on vacation.
Not everybody in government has fled Washington. It only seems like it.
There is a widely held view that people who work in Washington flee the city in August because of the oppressive heat. If that’s the case, they fled for
Except for two dreadful days, Washington’s August temperatures so far have averaged five degrees below normal, mostly under dry, cool, Canadian air. It’s beautiful in Lafayette Park and by the monuments and at the zoo. Daytime readings are in the upper 70s and the nights are 60s in the city and 50s in the suburbs.
Come home, government.Delta crash controllers point no fingers at themselves
FORT WORTH (AP) - Two air traffic controllers who handled the Delta Air lanes jet that crashed, killing 134 people, on final approach to the Dallas airport, said in a report published today there was nothing they could have done to prevent the disaster.
The controllers, in their first public remarks since the crash, said they also had no idea how severe the weather was at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport until IOO mph winds were clocked there minutes after the lx>ekheed L-1011 went down “That night going home. I felt like there was nothing I could have done or should have done that would have changed anything.” said a 46-year-old Garland man who controlled the flight until six minutes before the crash
“I don t think any information was withheld from the pilot that he would have made a different decision than he did" to fly into the rain, he said Two of the three controllers monitoring Delta Flight 191 on Aug 2
were interviewed by a Fort Worth newspaper reporter and spoke on condition they not be identified byname.
“It’s just a feeling of helplessness.'' said a controller from Irving, who had given the pilot clearance to land, then futilely commanded, "Go around.”
You’re standing there looking at an airplane explode and you know that people are dying. You don't have any idea how many,” he said • There's not a .. thing you can do for them Zero.”
National Transportation Safet> Board investigators have not determined the cause of the crash, but wind shear — a sudden shift in wind speed and direction spawned by severe thunderstorms — is a prime suspect.
But the first thought for each controller, veterans of 24 years or more, was whether he had done something wrong
When they said it was an airliner that crashed. I thought I hoped it
Boy crawls to help while clutching his severed leg
OXNARD. Calif AP) - A 6-year-
old boy playing on railroad tracks lost a leg when he slipped beneath the wheels of a freight tram, then crawled IOO feet to seek help while clutching the severed limb. officials say.
The boy, .Andreas Antonio Magana. was reported in satisfactory condition today Doctors were unable to reattach the boy's nght leg. said Jean Franek, associate director of nursing at Ventura County Medical Center
.Andreas and a group of friends
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wasn't serious," said the Garland
contr- lier. who could not see the
crash from his station in a darkened radar room. “I hoped we didn t do
playing near the railroad tracks Wednesday evening began climbing on the ladder of a box car moving at 9 mph, police Id. Gordon Hubbard said
The boy slipped and fell on the tracks and the eastbound train s wheels severed his leg between his knee and ankle.
Andreas, carrying his leg. managed to crawl about IOO feet to a home across the street where residents called an ambulance. Hubbard said.
Officers find body on charred briquettes
THREE RIVERS (AP) - An autops) has been ordered on the body of an unidentified man found lying on a bed of flaming barbecue briquettes. Texas authorities said.
A motorist on the way to work noticed the flames early Thursday and called the lave Oak County sheriffs office
When authorities arrived at the
Three controllers at the tower and radar complex supervised Flight 191 's approach to the north end of the airport. Two were in the windowless radar room and one in the control tower. One of the radar controllers declined to be interviewed.
By the time the controller issued his “go around” order to abort the landing, the plane had touched down in a field 1,777 feet north of the runway, lifted and smacked into a car on Texas Highway 114. killing the driver.
The controller from Irving said that when he saw the plane break through the rain, he had no idea that weather was responsible for its low altitude. He said he ordered the abort believing the pilot could pull back into the sky.
"Instinct — after years and years and years of watching airplanes landing, it appeared to me he was at an improper attitude to land,” he said. “It was just instinct to say, Delta go around.”*
As soon as he said that, he noticed a fire in the plane’s left wing area.
“It was just seconds afterwards he made a hard left turn, nose down, wing down, hit the ground, then bounced into the (water) tanks and exploded.”
He called down to the arrival controller to say, “Nobody is to land at the airport. We’ve had a crash. Everyone go around.”
“(My voice) didn’t sound so calm to me. It wasn’t hysterical. It was more or less the type of voice that there s no choice. Dio it now.
“After the crash it was just real quiet in the tower. I told everyone not to move anything on that half of the airport.”
He directed two planes back into the sky and told a trainee to stop all ground traffic.
“I was reaching for the crash phone but the other supervisor* already had it. Even with the feeling of helpless there’s things you’ve got to do to get organized.”
scene eight miles north of Three Rivers, they tried to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher and then with water.
“He was laying on the briquettes like a pillow” in a bar ditch. Sheriff Ioirn Busby said.
The victim “had been placed in a bar ditch and his head, neck and shoulders had been laid on briquettes. He had been doused with some kind of flammable liquid and set on fire," Busby said.
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