New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Dave Kramer, Edita iii .i d. ’it nil Willinger Susan Haire, Managing tii.n
Rebirth of battleship program is good news
WASHINGTON - When it becomes operational in 1989, the
battleship Wisconsin wtll make its home port in Corpus
That announcement from Navy Secretary John 1-ehman was good news from Galveston to Brownsville, but the pleasant thing about Ionian's rebirth of the battleship is that hie program is good ne* s all around.
The Wisconsin will be the fourth and last of the big ships to be taken from mothballs and returned to duty at sea.
The New Jersey, based in I-ong Beach, Calif., came on line two years ago
The Iowa, which temporarily is in Norfolk, Va., came next.
The Missouri will join the Pacific fleet toward the end of this year and will work out of its home port at Treasure Island. San Francisco
The taxpayers have become so insured to the astrononucal costs of defense that the> should welcome the
story of l>ehman’s broad-beamed babies.
The four battleships will average something rn the neighborhood of WOO million each.
That is less per ship than the cost of a new frigate. It is like getting a low-mileage car with no wear on the tires.
In return for its $400 million, the Navy gets a mighty platform for the kind of sustained bombardment that only a big ship can deliver.
Each of the ships is fitted with the latest state of the art in missiles and electronic equipment. Despite the weight of their 19-mch armor, the battleships can show their sterns to any companion vessel.
They are formidable weapons of war.
Lehman. to put the matter mildly,
is a battleship buff.
He recalls with evident satisfaction the New Jersey’s role off Beirut at the peak of fighting there. Parts of
the city were being sytematically destroyed by artillery' from the lulls to the east.
Tile New Jersey opened fire with her 16-mch guns. Though it was impossible to correct aim through spotters i ground coordinators had to be used), the ship delivered 301 rounds before retiring. Each round weighs 2,250 pounds. Says Lehman ' The artillery stopped."
For such a purpose, nothing beats a battleship. During World War ll, our carrier aircraft repeatedly bombed the Japanese base on Truk,
Great damage was done, but the base stayed operable. By contrast, when seven battleships went to work off Kwajalein on Jan. 31, 1944. their effectiveness could not be doubted By that evening, according to historian Samuel Eliot Monson, the bombardment had killed possibly half the Japanese defenders.
Hardly a tree was left standing on what had been a pretty wooded
Only 372 of 41,000 U S troops committed to the Kwajalein
operation were killed. The Japanese lost 7.870 men out of 8.675
When the Wisconsin joins the Atlantic fleet four years hence, it will just about complete the restoration of our naval presence in the Gulf of Mexico. The city of Corpus Christi will get the Wisconsin, with its ew of 1,500. along with the training carrier Lexington and other ships Other Gulf ports — Pensacola, Mobile. Pascagoula. Galveston. New Orleans and l-ake Charles w ill also have a piece of the home port action
The state of Texas put up $26 million and the taxpayers of Corpus Christi committed themselves to an additional $25 million in bonds
It was by far the most attractive choice,” says l-ehman. We got a bargain.’’ The whole nation will shared.
AP News Analysis
Tom Loeffler tries Reaganesque theme
By MICHAEL HOLMES Associated Press Writer AUSTIN — In entering the Republican .'aberr it .rial game, Tom I-oeffler borrowed a few page-from President Reagan’s campaign play book He immediate!) be/, an running against the capital He sounded an alarm about taxes He branded the incumbent’s policies as • failed.’’
He pushed traditional value*-He promised to Mize public
support if legislator' bai/, a’ makim tough financial decisions And in case anybody nursed the connection, the congressman ii ed the president's name a time r tw o.
"President Ronald Reagan brought a new beginning to
American and changed the - f the
federal government. It is now time to bring a new beginning home to Texas ’ i^oeffler said during a series >f stops statewide Thursday.
What we must do in Texas is follow the model of what President Hi an has done for the American pe po- w a s his answer to a question about the state’s precarious budget situation.
Criticizing state spending and the $4.8 billion school and road tax increase Gov. Mark White pushed through the legislature, Ixieffler said officials in the capital are out of touch with citizens in the state.
If we want to continue Texas as we know it,” he said, “then we have got to learn to live within our means, to be Texans in Austin as we are Texans throughout the rest of the state.”
While no major state official has even suggested a state income tax, l„oeffler, third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, nonetheless warned of the danger of one.
The downfall of our economy and our state ... would be a state corporate or personal income tax,” he said.
While no governor’s budget
proposal ever gets much more than a quick glance from the legislature, leeffler said White has failed to be a budgeting leader.
The incumbent’s best efforts, he said, are little more than ’ tried and failed policies.” But if elected,
I-oeffler said he would stand up "and subnut a budget that the legislature will follow.”
He promised another Reagan
strategy if lawmakers balk: Asking
Andy Rooney'The animals will have to get along without me'
the public to pressure them.
"I will call upon the support of the people ... to help me encourage the legislature to make the tough decisions but to still come up with the programs that are necessary ."
leeffler also tied himself to traditional values.
"As a fourth generation Texan, I have been blessed with the opportunity to grow up with deep roots in the Hill Country ... with a heritage and way of life Texans hold dear."
However, he warned, ‘ We cannot and must not stand by and let Mark White preside over the erosion of the bedrock values and rich traditions of this state...”
I-oeffler, 39, has been readying his bid for governor since April. Aides say he has raised more than $1.2 million.
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This is about the end of my vacation
Next week I’ll be back at work where I can relax and get some rest.
The animals around here will muss me, FII bet.
The mice who creep into the kitchen after the lights are out are going to find it slim pickings with no more crumbs on the floor There’s a chipmunk at work just outside the door of this homemade ‘ office’’ of mine.
He’s doing a better job of making himself a place than I did. I ve been watching him all month and he never stops what he’s doing to go to the store to buy another tool or a piece of hardware.
He keeps on working with what he has
He must have built himself an underground apartment complex for the winter in the side of the small hill outside my door be* ause he- du* a dozen holes for entry and exit and then cleverly concealed each hole by pulling a few stones or some greenery over it I wish I could ask him some questions about his fanuly and his lifestyle but you can t * *t much information out of these animals .As George Bernard Shaw Naid. No matter how loud a dog barks, he can’t tell you that his parents were poor but honest ”
There are gray squirrels around but they’re more nervous about people than chipmtnks are This chippie doesn t seem to mind if I stand five feet away and watch him Occasionally he ll stop and look at me out of the corner of his eye but then he’ll go back to work as though I weren’t there I like animals who trust people I don't mind mice although I don't share Walt Disney’s enthusiasm for them Why do they choose to live in my house'1 Why don’t they build their ow n houses like the chipmmks do’ Squirrels are pretty to watch as they jump through the trees but they seem mean and I have the feeling they aren’t nice to each other Yesterday Bob showed up to do a little job for me Bob knows how to do things — and when lie was finished he asked me to come over to his house rn his truck to see something Naturally, I went without asking what ll was he wanted me to see because that s the way he put it to me.
We drove up behind his house and then w alked up the hill into the w oods behind it Bob started calling, “Lady! I .ady! Come here, lady!”
I began to think that I-ady , whoever she was, would fail to appear but pretty soon the. e was movement in Hie brush and out came a brown and w hite fawn no more than 18 inches tall. This was Bambi in person.
The baby deer came right to Bob and rubbed up against his legs He reached down to pet her then he pointed to me
“Go see him. lady.”
The tiny deer came to me on her spindly little legs I d never had more than a fleeting look at a deer I reached down and rubbed her neck She wasn't unfriendly but sht returned to Bob We started back down to the house with lady following along behind us "This would be illegal if I had her a pen or something.'’ Bob said "I wouldn’t do that She lives alone by herself rn the woods Someone from New York City killed her mother right after lady was born but she lived ” There was no way Bob could have known the deer was killed by someone from "New York City It— a phrase people here use for anyone -who's bad.i Whoe\er killed the mother had left a pail of water and some flay for the infant deer It was a strange gesture ‘rf compassion but Bob snorted at it "lady couldn’t eat anything but milk She would have died I'm leaving the animals now Th* racoons will have to find someone else's garbage pail to Up over The squirrels and the chipmmks can pick up the nuts from our hickory ire es without worrying about the ba< x door slamming The wmKlchucks can have what's left in the garden. The bees can rebuild tile hives I’ve knocked down under eaves I’m sure Bob will take good care of lady until she— obi enough to lake care of herself i’m going back to New York City w here the animals can talk
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