New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Gramm—More Democrats will switch parties
AUSTIN (AP) — Sen. Phil Gramm, poking fun at Gov. Mark White’s failure to keep three Dallas County Democratic judges from becoming Republicans, predicts that more Texas Democrats soon will defect.
Calling the sweeping Republican victories in 1984 “a political earthquake,” Gramm on Tuesday said conservative Democrats no longer feel comfortable in that party.
“I intend to work to encourage conservative Democrats who share our values — and who are in a party that does not share theirs — to come over and join our party and to help us become the new majority party in Texas,” Gramm said.
Speaking to the Travis County GOP, Gramm noted that White called the three Dallas judges to his office the day before they switched parties last week.
“Our governor, hearing of their possible
change, summoned the judges to Austin to tell them they ought to stay in the Democratic Party because he was going to be at the head of the ticket in 1986. They joined the ranks of the largest and fastest-growing element of the Texas Democratic Party — former Democrats,” Gramm said.
“Those three judges are the tip of the iceberg. We’re going to see many elected officials that currently hold office in the Democratic Party come over to the Republican side.”
Two years to the day after he switched parties and first won election as a Republican, Gramm said the GOP now stands closer to the average Texan than does his old party.
“Our victory (in 1984) occurred because we gave a positive program to the people of Texas, because we gave them candidates who shared their philosophy and their valules,” he said. Gramm said a key reason for the new
Republican popularity is President Reagan’s economic program. The combination of tax cuts and limits on government spending increases is exactly what voters wanted, he said.
He said the Reagan policies have overhauled the nation’s political dialogue, and he noted that House Majority Leader Jim Wright, D-Texas, on Monday traveled to Austin to propose his own spending freeze and deficit reduction plans.
“We now have the ideas. We now have a vision for America’s future ... They have no alternatives,” Gramm said.
“What a paradox it is that poor old Jim Wright had to come to Austin to talk about cutting spending and talk about deficits. If that’s not dominating the agenda of the nation, if that is not defining the debate ... then I don’t know what it is.”Body search
Police to use heat-sensitive camera in murder investigation
FORT WORTH (AP) - Police searching for the body of a fifth woman who disappeared from Fort Worth’s southwest side planned to use a heat-sensitive television camera in the area today, officials said.
Two Department of Public Safety helicopter pilots from Austin were joining local investigators in the search for Angela Ewert, the only
one of five women who has not been found since their disappearance.
The bodies of the other four women have been found abandoned in creeks and fields.
The heat-sensitive camera was developed during the Vietnam War to detect enemy troop movements and can detect heat from a decomposing body, DPS chief pilot Ray Swetnam said.
The camera has been used twice by DPS without success in an attempt to locate bodies, officials said.
“It may do some good in Fort Worth and it may not,” Swetnam told the Dallas Morning News, explaining the previous two cases involved victims missing about a year and believed to be buried.
The camera will be used to scan a large undeveloped area in southwest
Fort Worth near Hulen Mall which Fort Worth police said is too vast to search by foot.
Miss Ewert, 21, disappeared Dec. IO after buying gasoline at a convenience store. Her car was found the next day a few miles away on Ivoop 820 with a changed flat tire.
A special police task is investigating the disappearances and murders, which have occurred over the past five months.
IRS confused about tax laws
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service admit* to having made mistake* in some of the 53 million taxpayer questions it answered last year but puts part of the blame on a complex tax system*
“If ever a law cried out for reform, this is it,” IRS Assistant Commissioner Stanley Goldberg told reporters Tuesday. “I don’t think either man or beast can master this,” he added, pointing to a 10-inch-high stack of volumes required to explain the changes Congress made only in 1964.
Meantime, he conceded, some of the 3,000 part-time and full-time employees who answer questions by telephone or at IRS walk-in offices are going to make mistakes.
“They are doing a very difficult job,” Goldberg said. “Unfortunately, it is impossible to do it perfectly.”
A taxpayer who relies on erroneous IRS advice in filling out a tax return is subject to the same interest and penalties as if the wrong answer had been provided by a private accountant.
Goldberg admitted to being defensive about a Wall Street Journal survey that asked fairly routine questions of IRS offices and received some incorrect answers. Seventeen offices and four questions were involved in the survey, and the Journal said no single question was answered
correctly by all five offices to which it was put. On two questions, four of five responses ware correct.
The IRS is “dismayed and not a little embarrassed” with such results, Goldberg said. “We don’t like to see it but we know it happens.”
One of the Journal questions asked five IRS offices about a credit for owners of diesel cars, which was enacted in 1984. The one-time credit is available for owners of certain diesel-powered cars and light trucks of 1979 or later vintage.
The newspaper said agents in Richmond, Denver, Indianapolis and Milwaukee had the right answer. The Boston office said incorrectly that the credit was available only for business vehicles.
“We try to hire the brightest people we can find” to answer the telephones during the peak tax season, Goldberg said, adding that the part-time people receive the same training as do full-time employees.
“We particularly train them that, 'when you don’t know the answer, for Lord’s sake ... please don’t guess. Refer it to a more qualified person,’” Goldberg added. He said employees are told “you get no demerits for saying, 'I’ll have to find out.’”Philippine hotel fire kills 24, including some Americans
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Fire raced through a luxury bayside hotel today, killing at least 24 people including a cook who leaped from the seventh floor, a U.S. Internal Revenue Service agent and two other Americans, authorities said.
Some of the 300 guests ran screaming from the 11-story Regent of Manila hotel in suburban Pasay when the fire began shortly after midnight, witnesses said.
It was the sixth hotel fire in the Philippines in four months. Police blamed three of the previous fires, which killed a total of 40 people, on arsonists, possibly Communist
DALLAS (AP) — A teen-age boy is in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of his 16-year-old girlfriend at a house described by neighbors as an unsupervised hangout for teen-agers.
The Dallas County medical
More than 14 hours after the blaze began, fire burned in some parts of the building. Firemen, arriving in more than two dozen trucks, pumped water from the hotel swimming pool to help fight the flames.
Elevator shafts and air conditioning ducts sucked up the smoke like chimneys and spewed it into hallways and rooms, forcing firemen to retreat again and again in their struggle to recover bodies and search for survivors.
Later, firemen leaned out of windows on the upper stories, lowering bodies as crowds gathered
One youth told police the house was a favorite meeting place for a group of teen-agers who “just come and go as they want,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
Neither Miss Weston nor her boyfriend lived in the house, but both had been staying there with several other youths for more than a week without adult supervision, neighbors said.
Police said the couple was alone in the house at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday
Many of the dead were foreigners, including at least three Americans, authorities said.
Policeman Enrico Palomar said one of the victims carried a Filipino drivers’ license with the name Lewis Carrol Rowney, 62, with an address at the U.S. Subic Navy Base.
A group of guests who work for the IRS said one of their party had been killed and identified him as Edward Carroll, an agent based in Tokyo.
The U.S. Embassy declined to identify any American dead until relatives had been notified.
“I was screaming. I tried to block
when a single blast from a 22-caliber pistol struck Miss Weston in the left temple. She was pronounced dead four hours later after emergency surgery.
Miss Weston also was involved in an earlier shooting at the house on Feb. 2, police said. She and her boyfriend were alone when shotgun blasts struck a wall inches from her head and shattered two windows, police said.
the smoke with wet towels and then went running down the hall,” said Ann Douglas of Washington and one of 14 IRS officials attending a weeklong meeting at the hotel.
“It was the smoke that was most deadly,” said Col. Rolando Siquijor, area police chief.
Fire officials said it could take several days to determine the cause of the Regent fire.
“I heard people yelling in the hallway, bqt after a while there was no more sound,” said Arthur Allegan 45, who lay sprawled on an overhang for two hours after smashing through his window to escape the thick
Firemen finally poked a ladder through the smoke after hearing the screams of women on an nearby building who had spotted Allegar.
The body of one victim hung from a seventh floor window for several hours. Smoke poured out of nearly every window as late as dawn and cast a haze over much of the city.
Guests estimated three-fourths of the hotel's 464 rooms were occupied.
E.A. Gilbert, 56, of Boston, said his wife woke him up after smelling smoke. He said there was no alarm, no telephone and no light when the couple stumbled out into the hallway
where a guest with a flashlight guided them to the stairwell.
One of the survivors was Paul Quinn Judge, a Christian Science Monitor correspondent who escaped the fire barefoot with only a bag full of notebooks.
A suspect with alleged ties to Communist rebels escaped last week from police who were holding him for trial in an October fire that killed 23 people, including eight Americans, at the Pines Hotel in the mountain' resort city of Baguio.
Some of the dead in the Pines fire were U.S. veterans of World War II and their wives who had come to the Philippines for a reunion.
Teen held in girlfriend's murder
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examiner ruled that Anna Weston’s death Sunday was a homicide. Her boyfriend was being held in the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.
“We’ll send it to juvenile court and let the Judge decide,” said homicide Lt. Ron Waldrop.
The boy, who is also 16, told police the gun went off as he was “playing with it” during an argument in the bedroom of the house.
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