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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Dallast Texas #75 ?•flierop Lex, Inc. -tt: Hitch boucle i *. J. box ^5 ^3 c Dalles, iVx«>s 75?^5 Comp. 'Policy' matters Inspection can lower insurance, but. By DYANNE FRY Staff writer A once-over by a qualified crime-prevention inspector can get a homeowner a discount on theft insurance. But New Braunfels has no such inspectors, and probably won’t have them any tittie soon. An amendment to the Texas insurance code, passed by the 1981 legislature, established a program for certifying inspectors through the Texas Crime Prevention Institute. The course is offered at Southwest Texas State University, a convenient 20 miles from here. The rub: to qualify, an inspector must be a city or county employee. The training course takes time, and so would the actual inspections. And the way City Manager E.N. Delashmutt understands it, he’s not allowed to charge a fee for the inspector’s services. “I quite frankly think that on this point the state legislature fumbled the ball a little bit,” said City Attorney John Chunn. He’s studied the law in question, and said he couldn’t personally find language that would pre-empt a fee. ‘‘But that’s certainly their (the crime prevention institute’s) interpretation of it,” he told the City Council Monday night. Delashmutt said he just didn’t have the manpower to set up an uncompensated inspection program. He couldn’t speak for the County Commissioners Court, but the word from Mike Miller at the San Marcos institute is that there are no qualified inspectors in the county, either. Chunn isn’t sure there’s a real need. ‘‘Apparently, they haven’t exactly been deluged by inquiries from Comal County,” he said. Miller has answered four since the legislation went into effect in June 1981. See INSURANCE, Page 16A Cheer Fund ti 1 t h.    >1    :T Judging from the response so far to our ‘‘Cheer Fund," a lot of needy families will have a brighter Christmas this year. The fund, which is designed to provide a Christmas dinner to local folks who might not have one otherwise, topped the $1,000 mark yesterday. Needless to say, we are delighted with the response. Here are our most recent contributors: Old balance...................... 91.003.70 New contributors Detox Corporation .....................950 Dr. and Mrs John Landry................925 Anonymous...........................926 Mr. and Mrs Ford Grace canned food and 95 Bruce and Harold Boettcher...............95 Myrtle and Hiram Cox .............groceries New balance....................91,113.70 If you would like to contribute, you can mail a check to “NB Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund,” PO Drawer 361, New Braunfels, Tx., 78130. You can also drop it by our offices at 186 South Castell. If you have non-perishable food items to donate, you can bring those by our Circulation Department, or contact circulation manager Don Avery at 625-9144 if you would like us to pick them up. Again, we appreciate your help. >AV I Ll I IMS ■Sh I apl La New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeituno I QI NI/-. 0/10    aq    „    c    o_____ WEDNESDAY December 15,1982 25 cents Vol. 91-No. 243 48 Pages —5 Sections (USPS 377-880* WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill increasing congressional salaries by $9,138 is on its way to the Senate after the House approved it over objections from lawmakers who said a raise is inappropriate during a nationwide recession. The House voted Tuesday to raise by 15 percent the current legal ceiling on the $60,662 now paid annually to members of the House and Senate. It was the first time in four years that the House has passed such a pay hike. The measure also covers pay increases of up to $8,700 a year for some 32,000 senior federal employees and Cabinet officers, including the vice president. In the Senate, the proposal is expected to encounter heavy resistance in the final days of the lame-duck session of Congress. Opposing arguments are expected to be similar to those encountered in the House, where some members objected to a pay increase when the national unemployment rate is 10 8 percent and thousands are out of w ork. Rep. Sam B. Hall Jr., D-Texas, said he could not face jobless oil workers in his district and say, “It is time for a congressional pay raise.” And several opponents contended they were trapped by parliamentary maneuvers into voting for the pay raise, which passed 303-109. Rep. Vie Fazio, D-Calif., sponsor of the 15 per cent increase, noted that the 435 House and Senate members have had only one 5.5 per cent pay hike since 1977. Workers in other professional and nonprofessional jobs have had regular cost of living increases, he said. We have lost far more than any group in our society,” he said. And Rep. Clair W Burgener, R-Calif., said, “Good pay is essential for good government. Bad pay is leading to bad government.” The way was paved for the pay vote when the House Appropriations Committee last week agreed to eliminate the existing $60,662 salary cap from the stopgap spending. Unless Congress acts by Friday, the cap w ill be lifted and congressional salaries will shoot up to $77,300. Two amendments on the pay issue came to the House floor Tuesday. Fazio’s amendment wasLoeffler—'no' to pay hike Congressman Tom Loeffler does not think now is the right time for Congress to give itself a pay raise. Ix>efBer iR-Hunti voted against a bill in the U S. House of Representatives Tuesday that called for congressional salaries to be raised by j more than $9,000. That bill, which passed in the House 303 *o 109, 1 is now up for consideration by the U.S. Senate. Iffier, who represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Comal County, “feels that Congress is asking many .sectors (of the country I to make sacrifies right now,” said Alan I Kranowitz Loeffler’s chief of staff in Washington “He feels that it s incumbent on members of Congress to set an example for the rest of the country,” Kranowitz said in a telephone interview And that now is the wrong time for Congress to give itself a pay raise.” The bill passed by the House Tuesday would give House and Senate members a 15 percent raise in the current legal salary limit of $60,662 they are now paid annually. It was the first time iii four years that the House has passed such a pay hike. followed by a second vote on a proposal from Rep. Bob Ti ax lei . D-Mich. Traxler’s measure, which would have retained the cap on salaries for congressmen and top federal officials, was defeated in a 208-208 tie vote The Fazio and Traxler amendments were attached to the stopgap spending bill, which also includes a $5 4 billion Democratically-sponsored jobs bill Rep Carroll Hubbard, D-Ky , said he voted for the la per cent increase because the alternative was to See FAY RAISE, Rage ISA CISD board—no action on SearightReindeer on the run Students at Goodwin Primary School grew horns for their Christmas play this morning. At top, some of tfie reindeer dance for joy. Another student, at bottom left, sings along with the chorus while, at House members pass pay raise the board caille back in open session, apl roved the hiring of a custodian,a teacher, and the resignation of a Canyon Middle School teacher, then quickly adjourned After the meeting, CIS!) Supt. Edgar Willhelm said Ik- liad reassigned Searight on Nov 17 to a “semi-administrative position in the I HS principal’s office, and a physical education teacher took over as drill team instructor. “An outside consultant was brought in on this matter. Some of the allegations made were confirmed, and others were denied,” the superintendent said. “But the board made it my decision, and I do not see the reassignment as temporary, unless I change my nund " The former drill team instructor at Canyon High School was a discussion topic during the two-hour Comal Independent School District trustees’ executive session Tuesday night, but no action was taken in open session. Stat/photos by Clinty Richa/c/son bottom right, one of reindeer looks through tile classified ads for a jot) after Santa buys a snowmobile. Carol Searight, former drill team instructor and cheerleader sponsor, became the object of heated allegations by parents and students, rn a public hearing Nov. 16. Complaints against Searight ranged from lack of supervision at practices to overall negative and demeaning attitudes against cheerleaders and drill team members. At least 20 audience members, including Searight, waited out Tuesday night’s executive session. But Comfund goes down to the wireInside By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer It’s now or never for the Comal County Community Fund, which stands at $79,070.84 and hours away from the end of pledge solicitation toward this year’s $85,000 goal. Comfund president John Turman has set today, Dec. 15, as the cutoff date for the 1982 drive, and he’s determined to make it stick. But he said Tuesday “I am real confident we’re going to make it, even with the Dec. 15 cutoff.” Well, today is “it,” and the goal is still $5,924.16 away from reality. The $85,000 goal is set to be distributed among 19 local county agencies. That figure represents a $10,000 drop from last year’s goal, which was not met. Comfund board members dialed on telephones again Tuesday night, contacting those persons who had contributed in years past. “I.ast night was a little slower than Monday night,” said Comfund secretary Suzanne Herbelin. Approximately $1,200 in pledges was taken in Monday night, and about half that Tuesday night. Board members doing telephone duty Tuesday night were Fred Matthews, B J. Mallard, John Chunn, Roxolin Krueger, WX Ellis, Joe Shields, and Vladimir Pospisil. Other telephone workers included Pospisil’s daughter Karen, and Canyon I .ake Volunteer Action Center volunteers Anita and Bill Ohienbuseh and Nace Clifford. Even though today is the cutoff for pledge solicitation, “we will still accept money after today,” Herbelin promised. And there is a Comfund run set for this Saturday, sponsored by the New Braunfels High School Student Council, that is sure to give the pledge total a boast. Quite a few pledges came in Tuesday’s mail, Herbelin said, and she’s hoping for more of the same today. “We’re pleased with the way things have been going, and I think we’re going to make it,” she added.Today's Weather Expect sunny skies and mild temperatures over the next few days in Comal County. Today ’s high will reach the upper 60s with winds out of the northwest 10-15 mph Tonight will be clear and cool with a low in the low to mid-30s with light winds. Thursday will continue to be sunny and mild with a high near 70. CLASSIFIED ...................8    10B COMICS.........................11B CROSSWORD....................11B DEAR ABBY.......................2B DEATHS........................16A ENTERTAINMENT..................4B HOROSCOPE......................6C KALEIDOSCOPE.................1-12B OPINIONS........................4A SPORTS........................6    7A STOCKS.........................5A WEATHER....................... 2A Clark faces long odds after surgery to repair valve in artificial heart SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Barney Clark, in critical but stable condition today after surgery to replace the left side of his mechanical heart, has pneumonia and faces ‘awfully tough slugging” to recover from his third operation in two weeks, doctors say “He was in critical before and he’s more critical now,” said Dr. Chase Peterson, University of Utah vice president for health sciences, following an emergency operation Tuesday after a valve broke in Clark s polyurethane heart. Two hours after surgery was finished, Clark, the first human to receive a permanent mechanical heart, was fully conscious and responding to doctors’ questions by nodding his head, university Medical Center spokesman John l)wan said. The 61-year-old retired dentist from Hie Seattle area was resting quietly today, a hospital spokeswoman said A social worker, Margaret Miller, said late Tuesday that she had visited the intensive care unit and found Clark’s wife, Una 1/oy, “very en- See HEART, Page ISA ;