New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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White budget cut, aide says
AUSTIN (AP) Gov. Mark White office budget for 1986-87 is being cut lust as much he has asked other state agencies to do, a White aide said.
"Another example of Republicans using mirrors and smoke,” Ann Arnold, White’s press secretary, said after State GOF Chairman George Strake claimed White wanted hefty ncreases for his office and mansion the next two years.
"The record shows that White’s attitude is to cut everyone else’s budget but riot his own,” Strake told a ( apitol news conference Monday.
He said White has requested 43.4 percent more for the mansion and 28.6 per cent more for his office.
Ms. Arnold said the mansion budget does not call for any increase over present operations and the governor's new plane actually is saving taxpayers money.
“The budget request for all the governors office actually is a decrease of 3 percent, or $1 3 million,” she said.
Both Strake and Ms Arnold quoted lifferent figures in discussing the budget White has submitted to the 1985 Legislature Strake said White’s request for the mansion included two stewards and three cooks compared to the one toward and one cook in Republican (iov Bill Clements’ administration.
“There is no increase in the mansion budget or the staff from what was there during the past two
years,” Ms. Arnold said. “There were six people in the Mansion when the Clements were there and there are eight now. Much of the time the Clements were there the mansion was under construction and they did not even live there.”
She said a transfer of $60,000 from the governor’s office on budget and planning to the mansion account was a normal procedure within the funds appropriated to the governor’s office.
Ms. Arnold said White has entertained 76.499 people in the mansion since he became governor. All costs for food and beverages, including that for White and his tarnally, are paid from the governor’s officeholder’s account, she said.
Strake said White planned to spend 55 percent more for his jet plane than he spent in 1984. plus taking another $1.7 million in state funds to pay off the twin-engine Mitsubishi seven-passenger aircraft, which is now under a 10-year lease-purchase agreement.
White’s budget request said the state could save $102,425 in interest payments by paying off the jet. using for a large part of the payment $856,000 from interest earned on federal grants to the state that has accumulated in the governor’s office.
Ms. Arnold said the accumulated interest on federal funds administered by the state dates back to the 1970s.
Happy hour' ban said lacking support
AUSTIN AP) lawmakers who pushed a stiff DW I law through the 1983 Legislature say banning "happy hours’ is not among their top priorities for 1985 Happy hour is indeed a problem,” Hereford Sen Bill Sarpalius said Munday, but he listed a higher drinking age and prohibiting drinking while driving as more pressing needs.
Sarpalius wants the drinking age raised from 19 to 21 Several states have considered happy hour bans under the theory that cheap drinks taverns serve to draw customers immediately after working hours add to the number of drunken drivers Rep Terral Smith. R-Austin and House sponsor of the 1983 driving while intoxicated law, said it would be tough to write an effective law against happy hours.
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Santa cheers injured girl
PALLAS (AP) Santas came out of the woodwork after a Dallas newspaper reported about how a visit from a friendly "Santa Glaus” had ended the blues of a 7-year-old girl depressed over a facial injury
Telephones at The Dallas Morning News rang often Monday after the paper told the story of Shea Tobias, who was depressed because kids called her “Scar-face.”
Friends of an attorney who was killed rn an accident set up a special fund, others with a lot of money offered to pay for facial reconstruction and plastic surgeons offered their expertise, the News reported today.
It all stenuned from a News article which told how a Santa Glaus who had been working at a party was out of cigarettes, went to a convenience store and was asked by Jerry Tobias to cheer up his daughter, who needed 200 stitches to close a gash from her eye to chin suffered in an October injury.
“Hey, Santa Claus,” Jerry Tobias said. “How much would charge me to come by my apartment — I live about five blocks from here — and say ‘Ho, ho ho’ to my little girl and tell her she’s pretty.”
Price of peace
HOUSTON (AP) - Calling freedom and human rights “the most precious possessions of mankind,” former President Jimmy Carter called on Americans to join the fight against worldwide oppression.
Carter, in a speech Monday night to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the United Nation’s Declaration on Human Rights, said the fight for human rights is one of the most ‘‘exciting challenges human beings could ever take.
“With an absence of advocacy from our government, private individuals and organizations have a special responsibility,” Carter said.
Words from a president or secretary of state could be used as “swords,” Carter said, in the battle to bring “caring, sharing and love” to the rest of the w orld.
“The obligation of a political regime to its people is not
other way My gut reaction is I can’t contemplate a bill that would really do any good.” he said.
Smith and Sarpalius spoke at a Monday news conference called to promote “Holidays Ahead,” the Texas Commission on Alcoholism’s campaign to warn Texans about the hazards of holiday drinking.
Ross Newby, the commission’s executive director, said a happy hour ban would help, but it would be difficult to prove its worth
“Nobody could stand up and swear what impact happy hour has on the problem,” he said, adding that a ban "would reduce the problem, but we don’t have the statistics to back it up "
Department of Public Safety Director James Adams said the problem with a happy hour ban is that it gets “into tin* price of the product you are selling ”
Suicide not painless, chaplain tells youth
ARLINGTON (AP) - Police chaplain Harold Elliott, prompted by the apparent suicides of two high school students, is raising money to finance a half-hour docudrama “Suicide Is Not Painless.”
Elliott is used to being the first on the scene of the city’s other crimes — from grisly murders to rapes.
But the deaths of two teen-agers got to him.
“I see what happens the minute a report comes in that we have a body, and I stay with it sometimes until years after the event,” he said
‘‘But this really got to me. It was something about there having been two of them at once,” Elliott said. “It was such a total waste.”
What Elliott found were the bodies of high school students Chris Clower and Neat Risinger. They died of single gunshot wounds to the head, but authorities never determined where the deaths were suicides or slaying-suicide.
Elliott was determined to do something about it and is trying to raise $65,000 by February so production on the film can begin.
necessarily the purview of its military leaders," Carter told an audience of 250 people at the
Carter calls to support
Rothko Chapel at St. Thomas University.
Since 1973, when the 25th anniversary of the U.N. accord was commemorated, Rothko chapel has marked Dec. IO with special events, programs and speakers.
Often, Americans do not realize how oppression is part of the daily lives of people elsewhere in the world. Carter said.
“Nobody ever knocked and the White House door and said ‘I’ve come for Amy,’” Carter said, referring to his daughter. We’re the most powerful nation on earth.
But how do you use that strength?
In a selfish way? God knows I hope not. In a sharing way? I hope so.” When he was president. Garter said, reports of human rights violations reached hun that were "deeply disturbing, sometimes horrifying.”
“If the United States’ voice is silent, the silence resounds throughout the world,” Garter
for U.S. human rights
said. “Silence is what the oppressors want to hear from Washington.”
The challenges are always greater than the possible achievements for those who desire to champion human rights, the former president said
“We perhaps stay silent,” he said. "After all, our rights are not being violated It’s not easy for a small nation to Ik* a champion of human rights because its voice is not heard."
Bishop Desmond Tutu, who was awarded tile Nobel Peace Prize Monday, told Garter in a telegram read aloud in Rothko Chapel that he admired the former president for his work in alleviating human suffering.
“Your example in the field is indeed worthy of the Rothko Chapel’s recognition this evening,” Tutu said in th** telegram from Oslo. Norway
PUC gives up fight to stop lignite plant
AUSTIN (APi- The Public Utility Commission staff has dropped its challenge of Houston Lighting & Power Co.’s plans to build a lignite plant at Malakoff in East Texas.
HI/&P announced last week its lignite supplier has agreed to cut the cost of the fuel to be used at the plant scheduled for completion in 1990. The revised contract should save HL&P customers $40 million a year, according to company officials.
“We have achieved our primary objective, which was to reduce costs to the ratepayers,” PUG Executive Director Jay Stewart said Monday in announcing the staff dec ision.
CIA trained Houstonian for Iran rescue mission
HOUSTON AP) A 38-year-old Houston salesman who hiked across rugged mountains to rescue his brother-in-law and five others from Iran says he did so because it had "become a matter of necessity."
Rick Seymour, who sass he trained with a GIA agent for weeks beforehand, "spent months trying to do it the legal way” before making the dramatic November rescue.
"We just kept running out of options and this became a matter of necessity," Seymour said.
The salesman says his brother-in-law, who is Iranian, and the others were all targeted for execution by the
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Ayatollah Khomeini’s henchmen.
Six months ago Seymour said his wife, who is Iranian, learned that her brother had been ordered executed for his political beliefs. He had fled to an area in western Iran under the control of Kurdish separatists.
The salesman then contacted both the State Department and Turkish diplomats to ask for help.
"I had the hassle of my life with the State Department in Washington.” Seymour told The Houston Post. “Everything ground to a halt when they learned he was Iranian. And it was one Catch-22 after another with the Turks.”
Carbon monoxide leak kills Waco infants
WACO i AP) — After three years of struggling to get their high school diplomas and keep their young family together, a teen-age couple’s dream was destroyed when their two infant children died from carbon monoxide fumes from a leaking gas heater
The bodies of Renaldo Graves, 2, and Robert Graves, I, were carried out of the family’s residence in north Waco on a single stretcher Monday morning. A justice of the peace declared them dead at the scene
Robert Jones, 19, a bus driver fin the Waco school system, and Darla Graves, 18, a senior at Jefferson Moore High School, were in satisfactory condition at Providence Hospital Monday night, officials said
Jones and Ms. Graves moved into the house about a week ago, hi* sister. Rosalind Clanton, told the Waco Tribune-Herald. The\ had been living together for more than three years, and had been staving with a' his parents’ residence, she said
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DRAW THE WEATHER SUBMITTED BY:
Jason Johnson, Third Grade, Seele School
I evans across much of South Tevas awoke today to a dense fog that prompted a traveler* advisory because of poor visibility The fog • a temporary departure from partly cloudy skies and unseasonably mila temperatures in Te*as * was caused by warm moist ae from the Gull o( Mexico creeping back behind a warm front, the National Weather Service said
Trie front cut the state into halve* a* it stretched from Midland to Beaumont Skies were mainly clear north of tire front and a se over the estreme southern tip of the state Winds were light and generally southerly over an but the Panhandle where winds reached IO to 15 mph
Overnight temperatures were in the 50s and 60s to the south of the warm front Atule readings were mostly in the 40s to the north The temperatures at 4 a rn ranged from 43 at El Paso to 63 at McAllen
NORTH TEXAS W'deiy scattered si’ ’wets extreme northwest and extrerne southeast Lows 51 northwest to 64 southeast Wed nesday cloudy with scattered thunderstorms Highs 66 to 72
SC'JTH TEXAS Mostly cloudy tonight and Wednesday with d slight chance of ran or showers north Wednesday Not as coo' tonight High* Wednesday 70s north to >w 80s south Lows tonight mostly in the 60s
WEST TEXAS W defy scattered showers developing tonight and becoming mote numerous Wednesday A little cooler most sections Wednesday Lows tonight near 40 north to upper 408 southeast and extreme south escept mid 30s mountains Highs Wednesday mid f>Os Panhandle and tai west to mid 60s southeast to upper 70s Big Bend valleys
North leva* A chance of shower# Thursday N significant precipitation es pee ted friday or Saturday Highs mainly hi the 50s Thursday and friday warming into trie low to rn J 60s on Saturday ti .vs mostly in the 30s
South leva* Cloudy and colder Theirsday and Friday with a chance of ram or dor ale mainly east Clearing bom the west and a little warmer Saturday Daytime nigh# upper 50s northwes’ to the upper 60s south Thursday and friday arid from the mid 60s northwest to the low 70s extreme south Saturday Overnight lows upper 3Q# to m d 40s north and upper 40s to low 60s s nth
West Texas Cloudy and cool Thursday light -din possible most section# Changing to snow over Panhandle fair with a warming trend Friday and Saturday
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