New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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AUSTIN (AP) — Comptroller Bob Bullock says Texas legislators probably will be asked to add three cents per gallon to the state gasoline tax when they meet in January.
Texans now pay five cents a gallon tax, the lowest in the nation. Revenue from that tax has dropped as cars have become more efficient.
“I look for the legislature to attempt to increase the gasoline tax. How much it will be, whether it will be one cent, two cents, or three cents, I don’t know. But as a general rule Texas is about three cents lower than any other state in
the country,” Bullock said on State Capitol Dateline, a production of the Wendell Mayes Radio Stations.
He said a request for a three-cent hike seems likely.
Other state revenues have also dropped in recent months, but Bullock said Texas is still faring well.
“If you gauge the economy of Texas by the amount of tax money bring brought in, you find that Texas is in better shape than any other state in the country,” Bullock said.
“Sales tax is a pretty good barometer of our economy. It has not taken a large dip as it has in other states. The last two months were 20 percent above what it was a year ago,” he said.
Drops have been noticed in motor vehicle sales tax. with 49 new car dealers folding in the state this year. About one-third of the cars now sold in Texas are foreign-made, probably costing less than domestic cars and therefore bringing in less tax, according to the comptroller.
Utility tax income has also dropped as homes become more efficient.
“Ifs less tax money to the state yet it's to the good of the state,” he said.
Bullock said the latest estimate shows the legislature will have a $500 million state surplus to allocate when it meets in January, but that money might not go a long way.
“State employees have received the blessings of the governor on their pay increase. That’s over $100 million right there. And teachers are very definitely going to get some pay raise. Then the governor says he wants to give back to the people a billion dollars in taxes. When you put
your pencil to it, it just doesn’t all add up,” he
Bullock said he plans to expand his department’s efforts to collect taxes from out-of-state companies that do business in Texas. The comptroller’s office will open branches in Ix>s Angeles, New York and Chicago in the coming months.
We hope over next the four years we will audit every company in Texas and every company out of Texas does business in Texas if they gross $300,000 or more a year. I think that is going to bring in quite a sum of money,” he said.
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New Braunfels, Texas
Military panel finds hostage rescue flaws
WASHINGTON (AP) — A high- functioning chain of command up and
ranking Pentagon military panel down the line.
reported Saturday that some key In fact, significant portions of the
planning flaws and other weaknesses, report suggest that Defense Secretary
including assignment of too few Harold Brown may have been overhelicopters, helped doom the Iran stating the situation on May 8 when he
hostage rescue mission. called it “a well-planned mission.”
Especially significant was the group’s In two major recommendations for
contention that planners should have the future, the panel argued that
increased the number of helicopters "counter-terrorist forces” of all U.S.
from eight to at least IO as insurance. military services should be brought
Commanders cancelled the mission in under a single command and that the
the Iranian desert last April 25 because Joint Chiefs of Staff should create a
three helicopters dropped out with senior body of officers to review plans
mechanical problems. That left the and operations in this field. Pentaton
force one short of the minimum six spokesman Thomas Ross said these
choppers considered necessary to carry actions are being taken "with high
out rescue of 53 American hostages from priority.”
Tehran. While listing criticisms, the in-
Among other things, the Pentagon vestigative panel, created by the Joint
panel of six senior retired and active Chiefs last May, also concluded that the
officers criticized command and control rescue mission’s concept was valid, that
arrangements below the top echelons. It the operation was feasible, and that it
spoke of some confusion at “Desert "offered the best chance of getting the
One,” the refueling stop where the hostages out alive (with) the least
mission was aborted. danger of starting a war with Iran.”
“When the Desert One on-scene On the other hand, the five generals
commander’s name (Air Force Col. and one admiral called the aborted
James Kyle) surfaced during post- rescue attempt by U.S. commandos "a
mission interviews with helicopter high-risk operation” and said "there
pilots, they stated that, in some cases, was little margin to compensate for
they did not know or recognize the mistakes or plain bad luck.”
authority of those giving orders at Admiral James L. Holloway III,
Desert One,” the report said. retired chief of naval operations,
This differs from senior Pentagon presented the 78-page report, a heavily
officials’ portrayal, shortly after the censored version of a much bulkier
mission was cancelled, of a smoothly classified document turned in to the
Joint Chiefs following a three-month
_ investigation. As chairman, Holloway
said the panel was unanimous.
Summing up the mission, Holloway said in a statement that "it was risky and we knew it, but it had a good chance of success.”
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Knifing victim dies; suspect jailed
A New Braunfels man is being held in Comal County Jail after being charged with the murder of a co-worker yesterday at a local bakery.
Mario Delton, 33, was charged yesterday afternoon with the death of Mario Esquivel, 34, of 1447 Cross St.
Esquivel died at McKenna Memorial Hospital an hour after losing control of his car and crashing into the side of a tire store at San Antonio and Academy streets.
DeLeon was transferred from police custody to the county jail yesterday before being arrainged at approximately 4:30 p.m. before Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger. He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond.
New Braunfels Police Lt. Felix Roque said Saturday the stabbing was the result of a "personal argument” between the men at Naegelin’s Bakery, 129 S. Seguin Ave., where they were employed.
Esquivel was .stabbed with a large knife inside the bakery, Roque said. The wounded man left the scene rn his car, lost control and struck the Goodyear Tire Co. Service Store.
Although Esquivel’s auto shattered a storefront window and knocked a hole in a brick wall, Emergency Medical Service and hospital reports did not list any other injury besides the stab wound.
He was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital shortly after midnight and died
at 1:01 a.in. Saturday, a hospital report
lieroy Eichmann, manager of the Goodyear store, said Saturday he did not yet have a damage estimate.
“We haven’t had a chance to look at everything. Besides the window and the wall, there’s a lot of wall fixtures and appliances destroyed. Bent lawnmowers and bicycles and that sort of thing,” Eichmann said.
Canyon Lake businessman accidentally killed
Jack B. Sutton, 42, of Sattler Villa at Canyon I^ake, died Friday after a mishap at Little Ponderosa Subdivision on River Road.
Justice of the Peace Carroll R. Matheny said Sutton was trimming a tree from a ladder approximately 50 feet
from the ground and near a high tension electric line.
“Evidently the ladder shifted, and when Sutton reached out to catch himself he touched the wire,” Matheny said.
Matheny indicated that the aluminum
ladder made a perfect ground for electricity flow and even caused the grass beneath to catch on fire. He said Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives told him the line carried more than 7,000 volts of electricity.
“We don’t know exactly what hap
pened,” Matheny explained. Two people witnessed the accident, he added, one standing approximately 50 feet away.
Sutton was Hie owner of Sattler Construction Co.
Funeral services are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home.Prayer + politics = revival at ballot box
DALLAS (AP) — Fundamentalist preachers, using time-tested religious rhetoric, urged thousands of evangelicals Saturday to return home to form the nucleus of a Christian revival at the ballot box.
Organizers of the National Affairs Briefing called on the electronic church, Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan and a host of other political conservatives to encourage Christians to take an active role in the electoral process.
President Carter and independent candidate John Anderson were invited to attend but declined.
A poll recently noted that 70 percent of the nation’s estimated 50 million “born-again” Christians did not vote in 1976, said the Rev. James Robison, television evangelist.
1976, said the Rev. James Robison, television evangelist and co-chairman of the briefing that concluded Friday.
“This one meeting alone could get an additional 5, perhaps IO, million Christians to the polls this fall,” Robison said, admitting, however, that the final impact of the gathering will not be known until the November elections.
He told 16,000 foot-stomping, flag-waving Christians packed into Reunion Arena Friday night to align themselves with God rather than candidates or parties.
And the fiery preacher from Hurst demanded they insist politicians take a “Christian stand” on moral issues such as abortion, homosexuality, the Equal Rights Amendment and national defense.
“Christians should be committed to principles — not
politics, not party platforms and not parties,” he said. “We are holding up a standard and trusting that the whole nation will adhere to it — that our politicians will follow the standard of God rather than the ways of the world.”
The conference was billed as a non-partisan meeting to map stragety to get Christians to the polls in November.
“We’re here not to endorse candidates, but to endorse principles, God’s principles,” said the Rev. Jerry Falwell, of Lynchburg, Va. “We need to create a climate that will make it easier for politicians to do what is morally right.”
Reagan, who reaffirmed Friday he is a born-again Christian, linked himself with what he called the awakening religious movement in the United States.
“I understand this is a non-partisan conference and you
can’t give me your endorsement, so I give you mine,” the former California governor said, to an enthusiastic ovation.
Other church leaders voiced misgivings about iiuxmg politics and religion.
“Jesus cannot be captured in any political or economic point of view,” said the Rev. Buckner Farming, of San Antonio.
Falwell said critics had valid concerns, but disagreed with the notion that the purpose of the meeting conflicted with the doctrine of separation of church and state.
“A lot of church people — especially those on the liberal side of the theological and political spectrum — are criticizing us now,” the host of the syndicated program “Old Time Gospel Hour” said.
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Mario Esquivel crashed through a wall at a tire company store early Saturday. Esquivel had been stabbed