New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Friday, January 4, 1985
California attorney to audit M
HURST (AP) - The California attorney general’s office is auditing the finances of Mothers Against Drunk Driving to see if it is spending most of its money on things like salaries and fundraising instead of programs.
“We’re going to conduct a desk audit to determine if there are ny excessive administration expenses, such as high salaries,” said Yeoryios Apallas, a deputy attorney general in San Francisco.
The audit was prompted by a Better Business Bureau report that said the non-profit group's national headquarters in Hurst spent 70 percent of its $1.9 million budget on administration and fund-raising.
The BBB concluded that MADD did not “spend a reasonable percentage of total income on programs and activities related to their purposes,’’ said Jeannette Kopko, of the Dallas BBB. “In other words, they are spending too
much on management and fundraising.”
MADD officials say their own accounting methods produced far different results from the findings of the BBB. They say their group spent 75 percent of its income on programs and only 25 percent on administration and fund-raising.
The national council of Better Business Bureaus said in September that MADD’s accounting procedures did not meet BBB standards.
Knpko cited a MADD direct-mail campaign as an example of the varying interpretations.
“It’s simply a difference of philosophy,” said Candy Lightener, who is paid at least $75,000 a year as MADD’s president. “It’s nothing unusual, it’s nothing uncommon. Ifs nothing we feel is extremely serious. It’s something we’re working with the BBB on.”
Reagan eager to initiate 'Star Wars' research
WASHINGTON (AP) — With important new arms control talks just days away, the Reagan administration says it must proceed with “Star Wars” anti-missile research so that Americans won’t someday be forced to choose between “surrender and suicide.”
Administration officials defended the “Star Wars” initiative Thursday as Secretary of State George P. Shultz made final preparations for talks next week with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko in Geneva, Switzerland.
One senior U.S. official, briefing reporters, said the space-based, anti-missile program “is not a bargaining chip” in any arms talks with the Soviets.
The statement came as the administration, offering a new defense of the controversial program, contended that the Soviet Union is also
engaged in research and development of an antimissile system that could give Moscow an ominous advantage.
Shultz was to receive final instructions today from President Reagan, and leave for Geneva Saturday evening. The purpose of the talks next Monday and Tuesday is to establish a framework for comprehensive arms control negotiations.
The Soviet Union has signaled that one of its key objectives will be to pressure the Reagan administration to curb the “Star Wars” research, which is aimed at developing the capability to destroy Soviet missiles before they strike.
The administration said the Soviets are at Work on radar systems that are “of particular concern." Officials said the radar systems, especially one under construction at Krasnoyarsk in central Siberia, might be in violation of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and will be discussed with
the Soviets in Geneva.
An administration report on the U.S. and Soviet defense programs said Moscow may be far enough along in its research to have the capability of deploying a nationwide anti-missile defense system in the next IO years.
“Were they to do so, as they could, deterrence would collapse, and we would have no choices between surrender and suicide,” said the report, which was distributed to reporters at the White House.
It described the administration’s own $26 billion, five-year research program, known officially as the Strategic Defense Initiative, as “a prudent response” to the Soviet effort.
Reagan said in an introduction to the report, “Our only purpose is to search for ways to reduce the danger of nuclear war.”
AUSTIN (AP) — There’s no reason for Texas farmworkers not to be covered by the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act, says a prominent labor leader and former state official.
Joe Gunn, secretary-treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO and former Texas Employment Commission member, testified Thursday in a lawsuit challenging state law that bars most farmworkers from drawing unemployment benefits.
The trial continued today.
* “There is no reason at all for agriculture workers not to be covered by the law," said Gunn. “It was just a question of who lobbied best when the law was passed.”
; The suit contends the Texas
• Unemployment Compensation Act is unconstitutional because it discriminates against most agriculture workers by not allowing them to draw unemployment benefits when without jobs.
“It’s not rational at all,” Gunn said. "A farmer can have a yardman who is covered by the act and can draw unemployment compensation but just across the fence he has a bunch of farmworkers who are not covered.’
Gunn maintained that unemployment benefits, which amount to about half a worker’s regular pay,
; “give stability to the area and dignity to the person.”
Earlier, Rebecca Harrington, director of the United Farm Workers in Texas, testified that farmworkers, mostly Mexican-Americans, frequently choose to take illegal low pay rather than no pay.
She said union surveys showed that citrus workers in the Rio Grande Valley make about $2.35 an hour and vegetable workers $2.95 an hour.
“Everybody in South Texas knows they should get $3.35 an hour and everybody knows they don’t get $3.35 an hour," she said. “It’s not enforced.”
On cross examination, Ms. Harrington told Assistant Attorney General Bob Barbisch that the UFW aim was to have workers draw pay when they work and draw unemployment compensation when they don’t work.
Officers punished after beating of inmate
HUNTSVILliC (AP) — One prison officer was fired and another demoted for allegedly beating a Texas Department of Corrections inmate last month, a prison spokesman said.
U. Mark us Hackney, 26, was fired and U. Lloyd Seal, 35, was suspended 30 days without pay, put on one year probation and demoted to the lowest rank for a prison officer, TDC spokesman Phil Guthrie said lliursday.
Guthrie said the two officers handcuffed Darrington Unit inmate Tommy Boone, 28, serving 60 years for a Harris County burglary conviction, after he reportedly punched Hackney last month.
The lieutenants took the inmate to an office, where Hackney hit Boone twice with his hands, once with a flashlight and kicked him twice, Guthrie said. Seal pulled Boone’s hair and threatened him, the spokesman said.
Guthrie said Seal reported the beating after an official report that failed to mention the incident was filed.
Four guards who witnessed the beating and did not report it were reprimanded, Guthrie said.
Guthrie said Boone was trait-i starred to the TDC Retrieve Unit.
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