New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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TUESDAY August 31,1982
25* centsNew Braunfels. Texas Vol. 91 — No. 170 16 Pages (USPS 377-880)
Election in doubt?
Lois Duggan outlines her case
Defeated candidate questions River Gardens votes
November’s Mineral election.
Addressing herself as a “concerned citizen.’’ Duggan appeared before commissioners Monday asking that they consider calling for an investigation of those absentee votes cast last April at River Cardens.
Duggan said members of the Comal County Republican Party suggested she appear before the court.
She questioned whether River Gardens residents could legally vote absentee since, she said, election codes don’t specifically outline voting rules for mentally deficient citizens.
“Why weren’t they at the polls?" Duggan asked commissioners. “I think ifs very likely that somebody told them (at River Gardens) that they could probably vote these people absentee and someone from the deputy clerk’s office would assist them.
“They (residents) are not physically disabled or sick," said Duggan. “They could have voted at the polls."
In a telephone interview Tuesday, George, a self-employed contractor, said he and his wife Bea are limited partners in River Gardens, meaning that they have invested money for the operating expenses of the facility.
In response to Duggan’s statements, George said “it was cleared all the way from the executive committee of the Republican party to the state level" on the legalities concerning the voting rights of River Gardens residents.
“We know there was no wrongdoing," said George. “We were cleared and the procedures were followed. All the people registered (from River Gardens) are high level individuals, capable of understanding and thinking for themselves.’’
Noting his strong feelings concerning River Gardens’ residents “right to vote," George said, “She < Duggan) continues to infer that there was hanky-panky going on. But the rules were followed to the letter," he added.
During her court appearance Monday, Duggan also questioned the legality of one “agent" assisting all River Gardens residents in their absentee voting.
“The election code provides for assistance at the polls," said Duggan. “But the person giving assistance to those voters (at River Gardens) did not even reside in the precinct or the county.
“My concern is that this one person has never voted in the county." Duggan added. “And she
set up the meet the candates rally (held at River Gardens last April) which is something that I doubt has ever been done before in a mental institution.’’
The person which assisted River Garden residents in their absentee voting, also “witnessed all their registrations," Duggan noted.
“I'm seeking an opinion," she told the court, on whether or not “that one person did willfully act as agent (to River Garden residents) without written authority."
George denied there was any w rong-doing by the person assisting River Gardens residents in their absentee voting.
County Attorney Bill Renner told commissioners that they could request that the Secretary of State's office conduct an investigation. However, he added, the court could let Duggan initiate the investigation herself.
But quite frankly I don't know if the Secretary of State will do anything at this point," he added, since the primary was held almost four months ago.
Comm. Monroe Wetz questioned if the county should get involved in the possible investigation since he said, “it s still a party election it happened in their party.
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By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The May Rep u bi can primary may not be over yet - at least, not in the race for Commissioner Precinct 4 Commissioners Court is considering calling for an investigation from the Texas Secretary of State’s office concerning 4.4 absentee votes cast in the GOF primary Those ballots could affect the outcome of that race.
Being short-handed, the court postponed calling for such an investigation Monday, although commissioners spoke strongly in favor of requesting that one be conducted at a later date.
Democratic Comm O.R. Heitkamp, who is running for re election in the precinct in question, was legally unable to participate in any action the court might take in this situation and County Judge Max Wommack was absent due to illness.
The 43 votes in question were absentee ballots cast from residents of River Gardens, a local facility for the mentally handicapped, in the Precinct 4 GOP race.
W.N. “Bill" George won that race by 19 votes over his opponent Bois Duggan, a Canyon Lake business owner. As the vote stands now, George is set to run against in-Staff photo by Cindy Richardson cumbent commissioner Heitkamp in
That's what lots of folks did Tuesday morning at two New Braunfels locations they picked up surplus cheese, free of charge, courtesy of the federal government. Persons ages 60 and over lined up
Staff photo by Dr Bill Snead
outside the Senior Citizens Center on Comal Avenue, while those under 60 went to the Neighbor flood Service Center, 1015 W. San Antonio.
Arafat leaves West Beirut as evacuation nears end
BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) - PLO chief Yasser Arafat was en route to Athens today after an emotional departure from west Beirut, and the remaining PLO guerrillas were scheduled to leave within the next 24 hours.
“I am leaving to continue the struggle so that we can win the war," Arafat told reporters Monday before boarding the converted Greek car ferry Atlantis.
Wearing his black and white checked kaffiyeh headdress, Arafat vowed revenge against Israel and the Arab nations who refused to aid his Palestine Liberation Organization fighters while they were trapped in west Beirut by Israel’s invasion army.
"The snows of Mount Hermon were warmer than the hearts of some of the Arab regimes,” he said. " The earth under Arab regimes will soon be shaken by Beirut’s erupting volcano."
Arab governments have lent vocal support to the idea of a Palestinian state sought by the PLO, yet only Syria joined the battle against the Israeli invaders and then backed out early in the 10-week fight. And nearly all of the Arab states have clashed with the various groups tliat make up the PIX) at one time or another.
The U.S.-organized evacuation leaves about 7,500 guerrillas scattered around the Arab world and presents the PLO with an uncertain future.
Arafat regarded the PLO’s two-month standoff against the Israelis as a major victory. Israeli leaders said U.S. pressure and the desire to forestall casualties prevented them from carrying out their threat to invade the PLO stronghold.
In Athens, a spokesman for the Socialist government said the PLO chief was scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning, meet with Premier Andreas Papandreou and depart the same day or early Thursday.
The spokesman, Dimitri Maroudas, said that for security reasons, the Atlantis might land in a small port in Attica where Arafat would stay in a country hotel.
Arafat’s decision to make Greece, a non-Arab country, his first stop outside Lebanon underscored his anger with the Arab world. He was expected to travel next to the Tunisian capital of Tunis and set up a new base.
As the 53-year-old guerrilla chief sailed from the harbor escorted by a U.S. 6th Fleet frigate and a French warship, war-
torn west Beirut struggled to return to normalcy.
leftist militias watched silently as the Christian-led lebanese army deployed in strategic points, such as the PLO’s Henry t’hehab and Fakhreddin military barracks, and left the streets to police patrols.
Employees of shops, groceries and cafes began cleaning up the devastation of war and repairing the damage Banks and government offices that had been closed for nearly IU weeks, reopened.
The PLO estimated there were 7,100-7,500 guerrillas in Beirut IO days ago w hen the evacuation started, and said 7,285 already have left along with about 3,100 Palestine Liberation Army members. Israel has said there were about 8,600 guerrillas originally in Beirut.
The departees have been dispersed in Syria, Tunisia, Sudan, South Yemen,
Iraq, Jordan and Algeria. The PIX) plans to regroup its fighters in Syria as soon as possible, though the Damascus government is likely to restrict them to avoid a confrontation with Israel.
The remaining PLO guerrillas and 3,000 Syrian troops still in Beirut were to be withdrawn Wednesday.
Thousands march on Solidarity's birthday
WARSAW, Poland (AP) Thousands of demonstrators defied martial law an i marched through Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Nowa Huta today to mark the second anniversary of Solidarity. Police fired tear gas, water cannon and what appeared to be concussion grenades at the protesters, witnesses said.
Police called through bullhorns demanding that a crowd marching on Warsaw University disperse, then fired tear gas when they refused. Witnesses said the marchers, who chanted Solidarity slogans, dispersed and then regrouped al several points and resumed marching through a blue haze of tear gas.
Solidarity leaders who went underground with imposition of martial law Dec. 13 called for the demonstrations as a key test of w hether the Communist martial law regime has managed to snuff out the independent union and prevent protests. The country’s military leaders warned that demonstrations on the anniversary would not be tolerated.
Witnesses said police firing tear gas grenades dispersed about 5,000 people in Wroclaw but that the crowd regathered and began marching through the city 190 miles southwest of Warsaw . They said the crowd was .swelled by the addition of onlookers.
There was no information on the size of the crowd in Nowa Huta, near Krakow in southern Poland.
Meanwhile, witnesses in Gdan* V the Baltic port where Solidarity was born, said police using what appear to be concussion grenades dispersed about 2,000 people who marched to the central railway station and chanted “Freedom!" and Return Lech!" Lech Walesa is the interned leader of Solidarity.
The witnesses said the demonstrators raised a Solidarity banner and flashed victory signs .it the station before they were routed. They chanted “Lift martial law!" “Free internees." “Soldiers go back to your barracks," “Zomo (riot policei go back to work," “and “We shall win."
They also chanted, “We want the pope, We want the pope," referring to Polish-born Pope John Paul ll, who has put off a visit originally scheduled for Aug. 26 to mark the 600th anniversary of Our I .ady of Czestochowa. Poland’s holiest icon.
The witnesses in Gdansk said about 4,000 to 5.000 people had marched from the Lenin Shipyards but the crowd diminished to about 2.000 by tile tune it got to the station. They said police did not use tear gas because of winds blowing in their direction, and that the crowd dispersed after police set off concussion devices w hich made a loud noise like firecrackers.
At the Ursus tractor factory outside Warsaw, the
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By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Burglars hit Chemical Express
A local trucking company lost at least $6,000 worth of equipment in a shop burglary this weekend.
Chemical Express, located at 3095 111 35, reported the break-in Monday. Missing items included a 10-horsepower air compressor, valued at $3,000, and ll truck tires stamped with the company name.
Also taken were miscellaneous truck parts and a red battery charger.
Numbers were smaller, but losses were still substantial at Margaret Coronado’s private business at 641 Krueger I .ane.
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Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, with a 20 percent chance of late afternoon thundershowers today and Wednesday. Skies will be cloudy late tonight and early Wednesday morning. Winds will be from the southeast at IO mph today and tonight. Sunset will be at 7:54 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:08 a m.
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