New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Chances of extension uncertain
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects for an extension of the federal revenue sharing program for local governments are unclear as an unpredictable lame-duck Congress moves toward adjournment.
The House and Senate have passed similar versions of a three-year extension of the revenue sharing program for local governments, but a dispute over the no-strings grants to
state governments is holding up final congressional action. The next move is up to the Senate.
Both houses have approved a bill that would extend $4.6 billion in annual aid to local governments through fiscal year 1983. The bill also authorizes, subject to appropriations, $2.3 billion a year for state governments in fiscal 1982 and 1983.
However, the House included a provision that would prohibit states
from receiving revenue-sharing money without giving up an equal amount of money from other “targeted” federal programs which are intended for specific purposes.
The Senate voted Tuesday to delete that House provision and replace it with a one-year pilot program to study the plan. The House refused Wednesday to accept that move, sending the extension legislation back to the Senate.
hicofiim Center Comb. *'• u, Box 1+51+36 -ballas 7—lexa-:> 75235--Texas A&M students to present ideas for Landa Park changes
Texas A&M University architectural landscape students who visited New Braunfels on a field trip early in October will be back Friday, this time to present their finished class projects: “design studies” of a section of the Comal River in I,anda Park.
City Council and Parks Advisory Board members have been invited to the public presentation at 7 p.m. at Dittlinger Memorial Library.
The design studies are long-range plans for physical development of the park with an eye toward solving the
problems of overcrowding, erosion and traffic
Dr. H.C. landphair, landscape architecture department chairman at the university, has said the plans will be idealistic and welcomed the students’ exposure to “the politics of park planning.”
The presentation comes in the wake of City Council’s decision Monday to table a plan worked out by the parks board and the San Antonio consulting engineering firm of Groves, Fernandez and Associates.
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Have a hairy Christmas
Mary Huff believes in the unusual. What started as a joke became a full fledged recycled hair wreath. The beauty shop employee glued the hair cut from
customers and added hairdressing items as finishing touches. All it takes is an unfinished wreath, some spray glue, hair from 10 people, 20 minutes, and a lot of imagination.
Reagan announces first Cabinet picks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ronald Reagan prepared to unveil the first half of his Cabinet choices today, but in a break with recent tradition the president-elect had decided not to introduce his selections in person.
Spokesman James Brady said Reagan will not be present to announce his nominees because “he feels it is their day and he doesn’t want to do anything to take away from their announcement.”
The nominees were to appear together at a I p.m. CST news conference at a downtown Washington hotel, Brady said.
Republican sources said the Reagan transition office planned to announce at least eight of the 15 Cabinet-level choices, including Wall Street leader Donald T. Regan for the administration’s top economic post.Inside
Regan, chairman of Merrill Lynch general, Caspar Weinberger for
and Co., was to be tapped as treasury defense secretary, William Casey for
secretary. CIA director, retiring Sen. Richard
Other key economic posts were Schweiker for secretary of health and
expected to go to Repubican Rep. human services, and Republican Party
David Stockman of Michigan, who deputy chairman Drew l^ewis for
would become budget director, and transportation secretary.
Connecticut industrialist Malcolm A mystery shrouded Reagan’s choice
Baldrige, in line to be commerce for secretary of state, the only top
secretary, the sources said. Cabinet post that might go unfilled
Transition aides have been urging today, the sources said.
Reagan to make his key economic Retired Gen. Alexander M. Haig Jr.,
appointments early so they could begin the last White House chief of staff
immediately to map strategy for under Richard M. Nixon, re-emerged
confronting high inflation, rising in- as the leading candidate. Some sources
terest rates, high unemployment and said they believed he eventually would
the threat of a new recession. be named, although there apparently
Reagan planned to announce other had been no decision.
Cabinet jobs for several close political One transition source said today that associates and veteran Nixon ad- Haig still was in line for secretary of
ministration officials. They include: state, but an announcement had to be
William French Smith for attorney postponed because a review of his
_ personal financial assets had not been
completed on time.
The source said Haig and two or more other Cabinet choices probably would be announced Saturday, when Reagan is scheduled to return to lx)s
PUBLIC RECORDS...........7A Angeles, or possibly next Monday.
RELIGIOUS FOCUS...........2B js potentially the most con-
SCRAPBOOK...............3B troversial Cabinet candidate. His
SPORTS...................6A chances dimmed last weekend amid
STOCKS..................14A questions from Senate Democrats
TV LISTINGS...............8A about his involvement in the Watergate
U.S. urges tough NATO reprisals if Soviet Union intervenes in Poland
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - NATO foreign ministers opened their winter meeting today with the United States urging concerted, tough political and economic retaliation if the Soviet army intervenes in Poland.
U.S. Secretary of State Edmund S. Muskie joined his 14 European and Canadian counterparts in a secret session attempting to agree on responses in the event of a Soviet thrust into Poland.
Muskie arrived in Brussels Wednesday and spent the day conferring with several of his European counterparts in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, including a dinner session with the foreign ministers of
Britain, France and West Germany that focused on East-West problems.
Muskie was said to have brought a package of proposed reprisals if the Russians crack down on the independent labor movement in Poland, but U.S. officials insisted Muskie had come to confer with the European allies and not to impose Washington’s views upon them.
Among retaliatory measures being discussed were a cutoff of various East-West negotiations, cancellation of some crucial economic, financial and technological agreements, and a buildup of allied military power.
But the governments of Britain, West Germany, France and other European
allies reportedly balked at any attempt to impose full-scale sanctions against the Soviets. They contended they could not be made to work, sources said.
The NATO defense ministers concluded their part of the winter meeting Wednesday with a communique which said they expressed “deep concern with the situation relating to Poland and agreed that any (Soviet) military intervention would pose a serious threat to security and stability with profound implications for all facets of the East-West relationship.”
U.S. Defense Secretary Harold Brown said NATO would increase its military capability in response to any intervention in Poland by the Soviet
Union or its allies. He told reporters the alliance has authorized some military precautions, such as stockpiling arms and bringing mobilization plans up to date. But he said these were not out of the ordinary.
In addition, the United States is sending four AWACS surveillance aircraft to West Germany to monitor Soviet bloc troop movements, and Western military officials cancelled Christmas leave for a six-ship NATO flotilla.
But all the NATO allies have emphasized that responses to Soviet in-tevention in Poland would be political and economic, ruling out any direct NATO military moves.
Breakfast Lions back center for juveniles
The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club voted Tuesday to donate $3,000 for a proposed juvenile center, Bill Renner, county attorney-elect, said.
The club also promised to dedicate $1,500 a year to the project if other organizations support the center, a combination detention-placement facility plus shelter for runaways, abandoned or abused children and “alternative school” for chronic truants and high school dropouts.
“They are the first to put cash up front,” Renner said. “It will go for organizational purposes. The Lions donated $3,000 now, with a promise
for more when they’ve seen a budget prepared. They want to see some facts and figures.”
The center, which, if built, will be the first of its kind in Texas, is off to a “real good start,” Renner said. Offers of help and expertise from business and professional people have continued to come in, he added.
Architect Mike Stenberg confirmed Thursday he had volunteered his advice.
“I kind of liked the idea. I told him (court administrator Martin Allen, also involved with the project) I’d like to help in whatever way I could,” Stenberg said.Polish union embarks on detentions probe
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland’s biggest independent union defied the communist regime by launching an investigation of political detentions but rejected charges that it is spreading chaos and anarchy.
Solidarity, which claims to represent IO million of Poland’s 18 million workers, also offered a moratorium on wage demands.
Union leaders met in the Baltic port of Gdansk Wednesday, accused the government of breaking an agreement
to end repression, demanded the release of IO jailed dissidents and set up a group to investigate all political detentions.
This appeared certain to bring new charges from Moscow and its allies in East Germany and Czechoslovakia that Solidarity was meddling in political matters that were not the business of unions.
The jailed dissidents are members of the Confederation of Independent Poland. Its leader, I>eszek Moczulski,
has been accused of opposition to the government and was detained several weeks ago.
Solidarity spokesman Tadeusz Mazowiecki said the union was “not endorsing Moczulski’s line or his organization” but wanted to defend anyone arrested because of political beliefs.
“This may seem a political action but it is much rather a social endeavor,” he said.
Solidarity and Poland’s other in
dependent unions were formed after a nationwide strike wave last summer forced the Communist Party to agree to the formation of independent trade unions and the right to strike for the first time in a communist country.
The government also agreed in principle to free all political prisoners but has continued rounding them up since the accord was signed in Gdansk Aug. 31. And although the party’s leaders have repeatedly pledged to honor the Gdansk agreement, they
have insisted that the unions must stay out of the political sphere.
leaders of Solidarity also issued a statement Wednesday rejecting accusations from the union that it was encouraging chaos and anarchy.
“It is not Solidarity that brings about chaos and anarchy; we have to stress that our union is the force trying to overcome them,” it said.
The statement stressed that the union favored negotiations, not strikes, to settle worker disputes.
Poland’s army newspaper, Zolnierz Wolnosci, in its third day of attacks or the independent labor movement implied that it was cooperating in Western plans to disrupt Soviet transport and communication lines across Poland to East Germany.
In Moscow, Soviet Defense Ministei Dmitri F. Ustinov accused Western “imperialists” of trying to “to darna* the positions of the socialist countries specifically socialist Poland, of developing countries .”