New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Grant refusal causes Community Service Center problems
U.S. Polish concern rises
WASHINGTON (AP) - While key officials say there is no evidence the Kremlin has decided to launch a military strike, President Carter and his top aides are calling the Soviet troop buildup along the Polish border unprecedented and encouraging Moscow to imagine the worst if it decides to invade.
In a written statement Wednesday, Carter said, “The United States is watching with growing concern the unprecedented buildup of Soviet forces along the Polish border and the closing of certain frontier regions along the border.
“I want all countries to know that the attitude and future policies of the United States toward the Soviet Union would be directly and very adversely affected by any Soviet use of force in Poland.”
Noting Soviet references to “antisocialist forces” alleged to be operating within Poland’s trade unions, which are openly challenging the Communist Party’s domination of that nation, the president said: “We know from postwar history that such allegations have sometimes preceded military intervention.”
In Moscow, the Soviet foreign Ministry responded by saying that “as is known, many statements are being made in the West that are clearly aimed at exacerbating the situation in the Polish People’s Republic. As for
the statement made by the president of the United States, it fully and completely is on his own conscience.” The Soviets did not directly deny Carter’s claim relating to the buildup along the Polish border.
Meanwhile, the scope and purpose of the Soviet buildup were uncertain.
Some administration sources who have been monitoring the situation closely said that the president might be overstating the case somewhat by calling the Soviet buildup “unprecedented.” These specialists said there has been no overall pattern of reinforcement of the 21 Soviet divisions in Western Russia, from which strategists believe any attack on Poland would be most likely to come.
Intelligence sources, meanwhile, said that despite Carter’s reference to border closings, traffic between East Germany and Poland has been moving freely. They said the Soviets have barred only Western military observers from a “temporary restricted zone” in preparation for an ar. air defense exercise within the next few days.
Nevertheless, Secretary of State Edmund S. Muskie said, “the fact is that military preparations have proceeded and are proceeding.”
One Carter aide, who asked not to be identified, told reporters “there has been indication of growing Soviet readiness to engage” in military intervention.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland’s divided leadership, faced with a Soviet troop buildup along the nation’s borders, appealed to the restive independent labor movement for restraint and discipline to save the country from “moral and economic destruction.”
“The fate of the nation hangs in the balance,” said the Communist Party’s Central Committee as President Carter and other Western leaders warned the Kremlin against a repeat of its invasion of Czechoslovakia 12 years ago.
The statement was issued after a two-day meeting that purged four Politburo members. But the committee’s failure to announce other immediate, concrete measures reflected deep disagreement over how to end the deepening political and economic crisis, officially described as the worst since 1944.
The committee’s statement coupled a promise to adhere fully to the agreements recognizing the in
dependent labor union movement with a plea for “not one hour more of destructive strikes” and for the public to “oppose further escalation of unrest.”
“The development of people’s rule and guarantees of independence can be consolidated only within the framework of a socialist state,” the statement warned the labor movement. “It is indispensable for the working class and all working people to ensure the socialist trend of newly emerging forms of democratic self-government. They cannot be used against their own socialist state or its policy foundations.”
Meanwhile, President Carter said in a statement that the United States was watching “with growing concern the unprecedented buildup of Soviet forces along the Polish border and the closing of certain frontier regions.” But U.S. intelligence analysts and other officials in Washington suggested that Carter might be overstating the buildup.
Community Service Center's building, right, is not in working order and operations are handled out of the small trailer adjoining it
The Community Service Center of New Braunfels seems to have hit a brick wall.
The community-funded center was given a building on Walnut Avenue last year, then relocated, building included, to South Street in .June, at a $14,000 cost.
The center moved its headquarters to a 10-by-32-foot building on its new lot, expecting to be moved into its building within a month. Six months later, the center is still operating out of the smaller building.
Three weeks ago, the center was refused a $32,(KM) grant from the Moody Foundation in Galveston. I .ast week, the center’s truck was stolen.
“I feel frustrated,” CSC Administrative Director Liz Urban said. “Like my hands are tied behind my back.”
Not having the building in working order has halted all of the services offered by the center, except referrals, Urban said. Fifteen thousand dollars would make the building serviceable, she said.
“We’re frustrated, it’s just totally frustrating,” Urban said, working in a area which is crammed with clothes, three desks and files. “We’ve just got to get over there so we can get going,” she said.
The center is designed to help people “who fall into cracks” which keep them from getting other types of aids and benefits, Urban said. CSC provides transportation and care for the sick, elderly and handicapped, and offers classes ranging from cooking and sewing to motivation and self-awareness.
“We work with battered wives, we’ve found homes for throwaway teenagers,” Urban said.
The center is not just a place for an easy handout, Urban said.
“You can’t just give a handout — you have to get down to basics,” she said. “One thing I have against food stamps is that they I the program I don’t teach people how to use them,” she said.
community,” she said. “It’s just tapping it, knowing where it is.
“When you’re totally community supported, it’s hard to get money for an extra project,” she said “That’s what this (fixing the CSC building! is.” The center’s board of directors refuses to go into its general operating budget to fix the CSC building, Urban said, because “why do that (fix the building) if we can’t go on with our work after ifs fixed.'
“I would love to see this house with a red ribbon and bow around it, fixed up for Christmas,” she said. “All we can do now is wait for a miracle.”
Inside the trailer, a worker sorts clothing
Students in the center’s motivation and self-awareness classes range from the poor to the rich. “Just because you’re rich doesn’t mean you like yourself,” she explained.
Although the center could use the extra money, Urban strongly disapproves of the idea of federal funding.
“Once you go federal, your hands are tied,” she said. “You can’t help the people who need immediate help too much red tape. Any thing we can get donated, we’re proud of it.”
Urban doesn’t romanticize her job. CSC is understaffed, with a two full
time employee work-foree and several volunteers.
“Ifs hard finding people who are willing to do this,” she said. “We don’t try to do it up in any way. There’s a lot happening here. It’s a busy place.”
Because the center has not been able to establish itself in the house on South Street, and because the trailer is too crowded, Urban does much of her work out of her home. Although she feels she loses contact with the center’s clients this way, until the CSC building is made serviceable, she has no other choice.
“I know there’s money in the
Decision due tomorrow on election allegationsHelping others instead
The Texas Secretary of State’s election division will decide tomorrow whether allegations of election law violations by county officials here are sufficient to turn over to the district attorney.
Shad Jeffries, a special investigator for the election division who questioned courthouse officials on allegations raised by defeated sheriff’s candidate John Mullins, said Wednesday his findings would be reviewed Friday.
Mullins withdrew his request for a recount of the sheriff’s race Nov. 19, saying his request should have prevented the Commissioners Court from tabulating the votes Nov. IO.
The court did not finally certify the election results, however, until Nov. 20. On the same day, Jeffries interviewed County Judge Max Wommack, 207th District Judge Robert Pfeuffer, County Clerk Irene Nuhn and deputy county clerks.
He contacted Mullins at a later date, he said.
“Everybody was very cooperative, really helpful,” Jeffries said. “We should have reached a decision on this sooner, but I’ve had a lot of other cases and been out of town a lot.
“I’m going to write up my findings today and we should have something by early afternoon Friday,” he said.
Appeal made for donations to MHMR in lieu of Yule cards
The Comal County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center is asking county citizens not to send Christmas cards to local friends and neighbors this year, extension agent Connie Worley said Tuesday.
Instead, the money saved on cards and postage can be contributed to the center, and a community Christmas card with the names of all contributors will be posted in the Herald Zeituny one week before Dec. 25.
“The week before Christmas an ad will be placed in the Herald listing the names of all those who have chosen this way to wish their friends holiday
greetings and to show their concern for the needs of others,” Worley said.
The names will also be read Christmas week on radio station KGNB-KNBT.
Worley is a member of the MHMR center’s advisory board.
“I’m doing this as a citizen, not as the county extension agent. This is a close-knit community, and money spent on cards for people you might see in person the next day would be much better spent on helping out the center,” she said.
The center furnishes services to any Comal County resident. A professional
staff of 12 is compensated by the state, but the $29,000 operating budget has to be raised locally.
On an average day, the center supplies counseling to about 185 persons, Worley said.
An additional 23 mentally retarded adult clients receive vocational and life-skill training at the center’s Developmental Training Center.
A similar public Christmas card project in San Marcos raised $6,000 last year from about 120 citizens, Worley said.
Donations can be sent to the center at 158 W. Austin St., New Braunfels,