New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Federal budget based on assumptions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration will base its next budget on an optimistic economic forecast showing moderate growth, lower inflation and unemployment holding steady, administration sources say.
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Environmentalists criticize plastic
WASHINGTON (AP) — The label “degradable” is surfacing on plastic products from trash bags to diapers, but environmentalists call it a marketing ploy that should be rejected.
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SV & Canyon boys only local winners
Tuesday night was not a good one for four of the six local high school baksetball teams. Only Canyon, which pummeled Kennedy, and Smithson Valley, which squeaked past Cole, were triumphant in their non-district games.
Vol. 138, No. 23
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144JnesdayDecember 13, 1989 25 Cents
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Judge makes ruling for city
Federal Judge Emilio Garza ruled this morning in favor of the City of New Braunfels and former City Manager Joe Michie in a lawsuit filed by a former city employee.
The judge in a directed verdict ruled that the evidence did not support allegations of conspiracy and violation of civil rights brought by former Public Works Department Manager Fred Rydcn.
Ryden filed a lawsuit in U.S. Western District court in San Antonio against the city, Michie and Mayor Pro-Tern Raymond Chapa alleging the three conspired against Rydcn to have him removed from his post in 1987.
Ryden’s attouney James Kosub said he and Ryden will “likely appeal” the ruling after looking over the paperwork in 30 days.
The city’s attorney Ronald Schmidt said, “We are obviously happy the judge ruled in our favor. He took it as a matter of law and the claims were not good enough to go to the jury.”
Attorneys for both sides had requested a directed ruling from the federal judge following yesterday’s testimony that almost brought the suit to a halt.
Former KGNB Radio News Director Don Ferguson refused to testify Tuesday in the suit, citing First ammendment privilege, and was
threatened with a contempt of court citation.
This morning, Ryden’s attorney asked that Ferguson be dropped as a witness because he was not prepared for a First Amendment court battle.
Ferguson said he would not discuss any information or sources having to do with the investigation he was conducting on the Public Works Department for KGNB when he served as news director.
“I will only testify to what was broadcast over the radio, and if you want the tapes of that you are welcome to them. I will not testify to anything having to do with the information in my notes or remarks made on
the side. That is priv-ilaged, and protected by the First ammendment,” Ferguson said.
Ryden alleged that Ferguson was a co-conspirator with Chapa and Michie in having Ryden removed from his post in 1987.
After Ferguson refused to answer any questions concerning what hp was investigating Rydcn’s attouney made a motion to have Ferguson held in contempt of court.
“It is relevent that he (Ferguson) testify,” Garza said. “Because he is part of an alleged conspiracy. It is important to see if Chapa and Michie
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Election proponents claim
District to aid local volunteers
This morning's low temperature in the 20s provided a frosty morning for youngsters on their way to school. Fourth-grader Andrea Deimel makes her way across the street this morning after her mom dropped her off at school. The weather will warm up this afternoon but will turn cold again Friday morning when an arctic front moves through the area (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
Voters in paris of County Commissioner Prccints I and 4 will decide Saturday if an emergency services district will be established.
The emergency services district election includes only one area of the county. That area includes parts of Precincts I and 4 as indicated on the map. The FMS district will provide for equal funding from residents within the district instead of donations, memberships, or fundraising events. It guarantees all residents within that district will be protected by the services.
Comal County Commissioner Neil
Craigmilc said while all volunteer fire and ambulance services within the county receive funding from county taxes, that funding does not cover all of the costs incurred by those volunteer organizations.
To cover the difference between what the county funds and what is needed to operate those volunteer organizations, the organizations must rely on donations, fundraising events and memberships.
County Judge Fred Clark clarified the proposal saying, “We anticipate
See ELECTION, Page 2A
Clements signs workers’ comp reform Good Day
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AUS TIN (AP) — After 11 months of often acrimonious debate, the Texas Legislature adopted a workers’ compensation reform plan that backers said was needed to resolve a $3 billion per year problem that shortchanged workers and soaked businesses with high insurance premiums.
Gov. Bill Clements signed it into law today, saying that “the black eye on our business environment" had been healed.
But opponents of die business-supported measure passed Tuesday say the bill ambushes workers seeking benefits for on-the-job injuries and both sides agree it will have no imme
diate impact on premiums that have increased 149 percent over the last four years.
Both sides also agree the legislative battle was the most intense ever fought at the Capitol and set precedents in pressure lobby ing.
“It will leave some scars that will not quickly heal. And, I ain cursed with a long memory,” said Sen. Carl Parker, D-Port Arthur, w ho sponsored a bill supported by organized labor and trial lawyers who represent injured workers.
Business interests and trial lawyers poured more than $4 million into legislative campaign funds in the two
For a look at the major provisions of the workers' compensation reform plan as well as a chronology of the 11-month struggle, see Page 3A.
years before the 1988 elections. An ethics controversy erupted before one key Senate vote last summer when East Texas chicken magnate Bo Pilgrim passed around S IO,(XX) checks to
several senators after discussing his rising insurance costs with them.
But the political threats of retribution in the closing days before an agreement was reached “made Bo Pilgrim look like Chicken Little,” Sen. John Whiunirc, D-Houston, said.
“Never in 16 years have I encountered a move divisive, difficult issue." said Ll. Gov. Bill Hobby, who has presided over the Senate longer than anyone and has announced he will not seek re-election. “There have been too many harsh words in this debate; too many charges and counter charges."
Hobby became the target of the opposition for siding with House
leaders and writing a bill that will restrict juries in disputed comp claims and tie benefits for permanent injuries to a specific schedule.
The so-called Hobby plan was defeated in the Senate three limes by a 17-14 vote.
Angered by the Senate action. Speaker Gib Lewis last week adjourned the House for the session.
But amid increased lobbying pressure, three senators agreed to switch their votes in return for seven amendments they said would make the bill stronger for injured workers.
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Today will be sunny and cool with the high reaching 52 degrees but tonight will be another hard freeze with the temperature dropping to 28 degrees. Thursday will be a little warmer with the high of 56 degrees and a low of 35 degrees. But an arctic front is expected late Thursday which will drop the temperatures back to 41 for the high and in the 20s for the low on Friday.
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Cheer Fund seeks X community support
Christmas will be here soon and the eighth annual New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund is shifting into high gear.
The fund’s goal is lo raise $5,000 to fill baskets with Christmas dinner for 200 area families selected by the Community Service Center.
The administrative costs arc paid by the newspaper and volunteers including members of the New Braunfels Fire Fighters Association and Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department as well as newspaper staff members provide the labor to package and deliver the Christmas baskets each year.
Each year since 1982, the newspaper has sponsored the drive to provide a Christmas dinner to the less fortunate in the area who might not otherwise enjoy a holiday meal. That first year, the drive netted $1,807.70 and spent $1,260 to provide baskets to 60 families.
The drive has grown and now provides baskets to 200 families in the area. This year, a goal of $5,0(X) has been set to buy die goodies to fill those baskets.
All of the lax-deductiblc contributions are used to purchase the food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by die Herald-Ae nun# and community volunteers.
In die past, contributions have exceeded the goal and provided a beginning balance to start the drive each year. This year, a balance of $1,033.67 kicked off the annual
The llerald-Zeitung will publish the names of contributors to the Cheer Fund each day. Donations are tax deductible and may be made at die newspaper office at 707 Landa. For more information or to arrange for pickup of donations, call Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
The fund total today is $4,489.89 with donations from;
Robert and Ruth Alford $25
Hubert and Elaine Henries $10
Comal Bowl and employees.... $75
Jane and Macon Smith $20
La Mujer Tejana......................$25
Trade gap shrinks to five-year low
WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade shrank to $22.69 billion in the July-September quarter, giving the country its lowest trade imbalance since early 1984, the government reported today.
The Commerce Department said the current account deficit dropped a dramatic 29 percent from a second-quarter deficit of $32.08 billion as the category covering income on U.S. investments aboard surged upward.
The current account, also known as the balance of payments, is the most important trade statistic because it measures not only trade in merchandise but trade in services. The latter category includes the income Americans earn on their overseas investments and the income foreigners earn on their investments in the United Stales.
For the third quarter, the services category registered a surplus of $8.72 billion, reflecting a decline in the value of the dollar during the period. A weaker dollar means dial the profits
U.S. companies earn in foreign currencies arc worth more when they are translated back into dollars.
A rising dollar during the April-June quarter was blamed for depressing investment earnings in the second quarter, when the country registered a $1.66 billion deficit in the services category. That was the first services deficit in 30 years.
Private economists, however, cautioned that the big swing of the services category back into surplus was likely to be only temporary. Many analysts forecast dial the services category will be in deficit throughout the 1990s, reflecting the fact that the United States is now the world’s largest debtor nation.
Simply put, dial means that foreigners now own more in U.S. assets than Americans own overseas. America’s net debtor position stood at $532.5 billion at the end of last year and is expected to worsen by an additional $ IOO billion this year.
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12 shopping days to Christmas
lhere’s still time to make sure you have plenty of goodies for the holiday season. Anyone wishing to purchse German cookies baked by Comal County Aggie Moms should contact Walhe Haas at 625-2832. Proceeds from the sale will be used toward scholarships....
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