New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
President outlines 'second revolution'
WASHINGTON (AP) Prom tho Stat* of
the Union address President Reagan delivered to Congress Wednesday night TAXES
The president called for a tax simplification bill to help unleash "the tremendous pent up power of our economy " He said he was directing his Treasury secretary to begin working with Congress to write bipartisan legislation based on principles of "fairness, simplicity and growth "
There would be no "tax increase in disguise," he said In particular he would not "jeopardize the mortgage interest deduction" for family homes ARMS CONTROL He warned that while the United States remains determined to defend its interests We are poised as never before to create a safer freer, more peaceful world But he added We cannot play innocents abroad to a world that is not innocent Nor can we be passive when freedom is under siege "
He called anew for funding of the MX missile despite congressional skepticism about the IO warhead nuclear weapon CENTRAL AMERICA
"It is essential that the Congress continue all facets of our assistance to Central America I want to work with you to support the democratic forces whose struggle is tied to our own security '
FARMERS Free market principles must apply to American farmers, many of whom are in great financial distress ” he said
We need an orderly transition to a
market oriented farm economy," Reagan said 'We can help farmers best not by expanding federal payments, but by making
fundamental reforms keeping interest rates I down and knocking down foreign trade barriers to American farm exports ”
Ho pledged that th# social safety net for the elderly, needy disabled and unemployed will be left intact but said Medicare and Medicaid growth ’ will be slowed.”
' Spending for defense is investing in things that ate priceless peace and freedom
The president refed for a new round of negotiations with America's trading partners within the next yea* "to expand ttade and competition MINIMUM WAGE
He called for a sub minimum wage for teenagers seeking summer lobs FOREIGN AIO
Ho reaffirmed American support for rebel movemeots in Afghanistan and Neat agua
Bi t' ks and other minorities will not have full and equal power until they have tuff economic power SCHOOL PRAYER
He railed 'or a const it ut tonal amendment to peimit organized (Haver rn public schools and legislation to outlaw jhortioo
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan’s appeal for tax simplification, the only new initiative in a State of the Union litany of revived first-term proposals, is drawing hesitant support from a Congress preoccupied with deficit-reduction.
In the first congressional address of his second term, Reagan Wednesday night proclaimed a “Second American Revolution” that would include “historic reform” of the nation's tax code.
Reagan indicated that his proposal would be a modification of a flat-rate plan advanced by the Treasury Department, but that it would allow homeowners to continue deducting home mortgage interest payments It should not be “a tax increase in disguise,” the president said in his nationally broadcast address.
Many House and Senate members suggested that tax revision would have to be put on a back burner while Congress wrestles with ways to reduce deficits soaring above $200 billion.
“I prefer one at a time,” said Senate Majority leader Robert Dole, R-Kan, suggesting that deficit-reduction had the highest priority. However, he said Reagan could probably win approval for the tax plan if he “gets behind it” in a major lobbying effort
Reagan did not endorse the Treasury Department plan as such, but said he was directing newly sworn-in Treasury Secretary James T. Baker to begin working with congressional sponsors of a flat-rate
tax plan so “together we can pass, this year, a tax bill for fairness, simplicity and growth.”
He said his plan would lower tax rates “as low as possible by removing many tax preference” and would propose a top rate “of no more than 25 percent.”
The president’s fourth State of the
Union speech restated such familiar Reagan themes as smaller government and family values, and he gave lawamkers a pitch for major* elements of his new budget — with its call for a $30 billion increase in defense spending and $29 billion in
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By DANA STELL Staff writer
Two men rammed a local business with their car, stole hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise, then led local police on a high-speed chase which ended in San Marcos early this morning.
About 3 this morning, two black men who give Austin addresses, drove their late-model Oldsmobile into the front of Radio Shack in Walnut Square Shopping Center.
The crash destroyed a plate glass window and the aluminum frame holding the window in the building’s shell.
“Then, they loaded up the merchandise and drove off,” said New Braunfels Detective Juan Gusme. They took a television set, turntable, stereo receiver, and portable AM-FM stereo cassette player.
On his way to the store after police received a description of the car, patrolman Basel Boatright III spotted the men leaving the area and tried to stop them.
“They fled onto the interstate,” said Gusme, adding that a tire was blown when the car jumped the curb to get on to the highway.
The chase, involving four New Braunfels police cars and a San Marcos unit, went into San Marcos at speeds of more than 90 mph, Gusme said. The Oldsmobile finally stopped after police shot out a tire.
The men, in their early 20s. went
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Tire marks show how suspects created a drive in entrance
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NMT Braunfels. TMM Vol. 94 - No. 28
Loeffler gives Reagan's speech high marks
Krueger likes tax reform plan, but not budget deficitBy ROBERT JOHNSON Editor
He has problems with the defense budget, but Rep. Tom I/oeffler liked most of what he heard from President Reagan Wednesday night
Former ambassador Robert Krueger of New Braunfels liked the talk of tax reform, but didn't like the lack of proposals to cut the federal deficit.
And Aguinaldo (Nayo) Zamora expressed concern about cuts in social programs outlined in Reagan’s 1986 budget.
Ix>effler (R-Hunt), whose district includes Comal County, says it is still unclear how much of what Reagan proposed in his State of the Union address can get through the Democrat-controlled House.
“The President’s speech struck a responsive chord in me,” IiOeffler said in a telephone interview this morning. “As a result of his leadership, all of us can feel like real heroes because we are prouder, stronger and better ”
In his 1986 budget, which was released Monday, Reagan has called for an increase in defense spending He made a pitch for that Wednesday night.
But Ix)effler. a self-described “hawk,” says the President’s defense budget is “negotiable.”
With inflation figured in, the budget calls for a 5 9 percent increase in defense spending, which Daffier says “is a little too high.”
“I think we can probably split the difference and still maintain national security,” he said. He felt 3 percent was a more realistic figure.
I/ieffler said the strategic programs, which include Reagan’s “Star Wars” defense system, the B-l bomber and the Trident program, should not be cut. He described those programs as “crucial in our negotiations with the Soviets.”
The 21st District Congressman praised Reagan for his “smooth and easy’’ delivery and for his talking with. rather than to, the American people.
“He made us all feel like heroes," Ixzeffler said.
Polish officers get jail terms
TORUN, Poland (AP) — A panel of judges today convicted four secret police officers in connection with the murder a pro-Solidarity Roman Catholic priest and sentenced them to prison terms of 14 to 25 years.
The five judges rejected the prosecution’s demand for the death penalty against Capt, Grzegorz Piotrowski, accused of being the ringleader in the kidnap-murder of the Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko. Piotrowski, 33, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, the most severe sentence in Poland next to death.
Piotrowski’s superior, Col. Adam Pietruszka, 47, was found guilty of aiding and abetting the killing last October and given a 25-year sentence. Ll. Leszek Pekala, 32, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and IX, Waldemar Chmielewski, 29, was •given 14 years in prison for participation in the murder.
During the trial the two lieutenants had testified that Piotrowski led them in the kidnapping and killing of Popieluszko.
Piotrowski and Pietruszka also will ba denied all civil rights IO years after they get out of prtaon, meaning they will Iota military rank and honors, the right to vote and to hold office.
As the verdicts were announced, tears rolled down Piotrowski’s face and he lowered his head in his arms, drying his eyes with a handkerchief. Pekala sobbed openly ana Ch-mielewski trembled, much of his body hidden from view behind the defendants’ dock.
Pietruszka, who had maintained his innocence throughout the trial, was expressionless.
Observers in the 100-seat courtroom stood as the verdicts were announced.
Police vans blocked streets leading to the snow-covered courthouse in the old quarter of this northern Polish city Security was even tighter than any time during the unprecedented six-week trial.
The chief government prosecutor, ' Leszek Pietrasinski, had demanded the death penalty for Piotrowski, vhom he accused of kidnapping and murdering Popieluszko with “ruthlessness and cruelty.” He had asked for 25-year Jail terms for the three other officers.
The killing of Popieluszko, which was condemned by dissidents and Communist government leaders alike, led to a shake-up in the Interior
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Since the Senate has a Republican majority, the House may well hold the key to how much of Bengals programs become reality, Izoeffler indicated Referring to the coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats who helped pass Reagan s budget and tax cut package in 1981, l/ieffler said, We are IO votes short of the bipartisan coalition (which passed those measures)."
But he hoped that Reagan’s 49-state triumph over Democrat Walter Mondale last November would narrow or erase that gap.
Krueger, who served as ambassador-at-large to Mexico under former President Jimmy Carter, said this morning, “Ifs always the responsibility of a leader to inspire and encourage, and the President does that He does that well.”
But he felt Reagan should also have called for some sacrifices from everyone in cutting the monstrous federal deficit “The nation has to address that together,” he said “It’s not a Democratic problem or a Republican
across the hoard cuts
problem ifs an American problem ”
Although he said Reagan was following, not leading.
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County jail inmates tie the knot
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
When the bells rang at the courthouse at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, only a few people were aware that these were the wedding bells for two Comal County Jail inmates.
Toma.si to Rodriguez Corona of 383 McGaugh, convicted of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and Guadalupe Carasco Contreras of the same address,
serving a 30-day jail sentence for welfare fraud, were married by Jusice of the Peace Harold Krueger of Precinct I in the administrative area of the jail Standing in jail garb. Corona removed a ring from his finger and placed it on his bride’s hand, since no wedding band was available. Sylvia Gallegos, a vocational office education student from Canyon High School who works in the jail and was a witness, said
• I guess th** only thing special was they allowed them to spend about 30 minutes together after the ceremony there.” Gallegos said Besides the couple, the judge and Gallegos, jailer Al Alvarez also attended the ceremony Corona will be sent to the Texas Department of Corrections later this week to serve a seven-year sentence, and Contreras has five years of probation to serve after completing, her 30 days in jail
McQueeney-Seguin dispute still in court
A lawsuit filed by the city of Seguin against McQueeney incorporation workers will continue despite the failed Jan. 19 election in that community.
However, only one of the five points remains in the suit, said Seguin city attorney Keith Browne “When the incorporation failed, it made moot four of the five questions the city had asked the court to decide,” Browne said.
The remaining point asks what the shape of Seguin’* extra-territorial
jurisdiction is now that McQueeney s incorporation election failed
McQueeney’s proposed city limits. Browne’s original petition states, would have extended into the Seguin ETJ.
McQueeney defendants must file an answer to the suit this month. Browne said.
“There will be a full-blown hearing with briefs and everything and the court will make certain findings based on the law,” Browne explained
The suit falls under the Texas Declaratory Judgment Act, which decides how the law applies to a particular action.
In January, Browne explained that the state statute governing ETJ is relatively new “Going to a law library will not tell you what to do, the statute doesn’t answer questions,” he said.
“So you need a judge in the middle