New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Dave Kramer. Editor and Publisher ' Jim Webre. Managing Editor .
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Hecaki-ZettunQ, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, January 4,1987
EditorialOne more squabble
It’s a new year and the government entities have found one more thing to squabble about concerning the proposed Canyon Doti hydroelectric project.
Thirty years ago, when the dam was built, this county and most of the state was going through the harshest drought in recent history. When the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided to build the dam, they had one thing in mind and that was to make sure that this area had water stored in case of drought — water, that is, to be used by people.
Now, the U.S. Pish and Wildlife Department is getting in on the act and suggesting that releases from the dam should be used to enhance the environment for fish below the dam. A nice idea, but will it work? GBRA says no and the Texas Water Commission says “Mind your own business."
While the government types are arguing over who’s in charge, the price of fossil fuel is on its way up again. It should be evident to everyone involved that the fossil fuel now used to generate our electricity is limited and expensive. Now is the time to plan for future energy sources.
Hydroelectric power is a clean, cheap alternative energy source. It seems pretty logical to tap all that energy coming out of the dam everyday to keep New Braunfels’ light lit. And it seems like a good idea to keep those little fish happy, too. And for the $12.5 million that this project is estimated to cost, it also seems like somebody could figure out a way to do both.
Most New Braunfels residents probably don’t know what the hydro project is and the rest are skeptical of the whole thing. City government and New Braunfels Utilities have wasted a lot of time and money with the project. Folks can argue all day about the project (and have) but one way or another, whether it becomes a reality or gets canned, it’s time to get on with it.New York and racism: obsession's mixed bag
By RICK HAMPSON Associated Press Writer
NKW YOUK (AP> - This city, the original melting pat. is also a place where race is an obsession. where black progress as well as black failure seems to increase racial tension, where racial violence periodically rends the social fabric and sullies the civic image “New York is one of the most sophisticated and international of cities, but it is peopled from enclaves that are far more tribal than many small towns," says Jacqueline Wexler. president of the National Conference of Christians and Jews
The enclaves are while and black. Despite the* presence of dozens of racial and ethnic groups, “racism" in New York still suggests one overriding prejudice: that of whites against blacks.
Hie underside of the nation's pluralist showcase was manifest wlien three blacks were attacked by a gang of whites on Dec 20 as they walked through the largely white Queens neighborhood of Howard Heath
Hut last week there were signs that New York, which stayed relatively cool when other cities burned in the lottos. still knows how to cope with racial tension.
Asked what is unique about racism in New York, Eleanor Holmes Norton, former director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, responds: “Scale."
New York has more whites and blacks than any other U.S. city, and an environment more likely to exacerbate their mutual suspicions.
According to the 1980 census, about 52 percent of New York's population of 7 million was white, with 24 percent black and 20 percent Hispanic.
Since then, some demographers say. the white population probably has slipped below 50 percent for the first time.
lf there is anything special about race in New York it is the size of one part of the black population — the black underclass.
Underclass New Yorkers, says Mrs. Norton, "are probably the most desperately poor black people in the United States." unemployed, uneducated, unorganized and unruly, clustered in ghettos in Manhattan. the Bronx and Brooklyn.
Although fair housing laws helped many blacks escape ghettos like those in central Harlem over the past two decades, the plight of many of those left behind has worsened Pathetic yet threatening, the black underclass is the catalyst of much white racism, according to Andrew Hacker, a Queens College political aciantiet and author of "The New Yorkers."
Much of New York's white racism seems to spring from the middle and lower-middle class semisuburban neighborhoods that ring the city, such as Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, where a black transit
worker was beaten to death by whites four years ago.
Black leaders attribute a siege mentality to many residents of such neighborhoods, who see demographic change all around them and are determined not to be ousted.
Some whites say their racial attitudes are the product of experience. “My kids don’t like black kids, because the ones they meet in school are disorderly and disruptive." says one white liberal who raised a family on the upper West Side of Manhattan.
New York's racism, to a large extent. is the result of real tensions between rival socioeconomic groups who happen to be colored differently. They differ in everything from religious belief to musical taste, and compete for the same jobs, sometimes under different standards.
Affirmative action programs, says state Human Rights Commissioner Douglas White, have “ticked off a lot (rf whites."
Most New Yorkers, like most Americans, overcome or suppress racist assumptions most of the time. Howard Beach residents, for instance. stress how well they get along with the few blacks who live there.
But when push comes to shove — on a subway car. in a traffic jam or at a sales counter — racism often surfaces, if only for an instant. And in crowded, busy New York, push comes to shove constantly.
In addition to having more than twice as many residents as any other U.S. city. New York is also Ute most densely populated. With 23.500 people per square mile, It ranks far ahead of the second densest city. San Francisco, which has only 14,780 per square mile.
White and black New Yorkers encounter each other in the most stressful urban environment in the nation. New York has the largest and most troubled subway system, the most crowded sidewalks, the slowest traffic.
Accordingly, the city casts an incomparably wide demographic net for racist incidents.
Still, despite pockets of bigotry, "New York has a kind of liberal style," says Hacker. "It's unsophisticated to be openly racist. There are not even that many (racial) code words."
"New York has commissions and commissioners, committees and subcommittees, and the mayor gets involved" says Mildred Bond Roxborough. director of development tor the NAACP. "It has more mechanisms brough which people can seek redress," including federal, state and city offices that investigate human rifgrfs law violations, and a police anti-bias unit.
New York's reaction to racism Ie crucial because of the aecial danger blae (fease to the metropolis, according to Mrs. Norton.
"In a multi-ethnic city like New York ifs awfully dangerous today to fool around with ethnic or racial language," she said. "It’s so polarized."
Chicago Bear fever and the killer instinct
As the warden led me into the prisoner’s visiting room, I still couldn’t believe something so terrible could have happened.
But there he sat. shackled to his chair: Slats Grobnik. my boyhood friend, accused of being one of the most notorious serial killers in Chicago’s history.
Facing him through a wire-mesh screen, I asked: Slats, why did you do it? How did it start?"
He was silent for several seconds, then said: "It was in a bar. I had just finished a long day's work. I was tired. I just wanted to have a quiet beer.
"There were these two guys next to me. They were both wearing those wooly Chicago Bear hats. They were arguing. One said: ‘I think Flutie can do it.’ The other one said: ‘You’re crazy, Flutie can’t do it. but Fuller can do it.' And the other one said : ’Oh. yeah? Well, if Flutie can’t do it, Fuller can’t do it either, but Tomczak can do it.’"
I felt my head start aching. Then they turned to me and said: "Hey. what think? You think next season McMahon ought to be traded and that Flutie can do it or can Fuller do it, huh. what you think?’"
"I must have blacked out. I don’t remember what happened next. When I came to, my head wasn’t aching anymore, and both of them were on the floor. I guess you read how it happened?"
Yes. Their bodies were found with their wooly Bear hats stuffed down their throats. Ghastly.
"I just turned and walked out of the place. Nobody noticed what happened because everybody in the place was busy arguing whether Flutie could do it."
And that’s how your deadly rampage began.James Kilpatrick
"Yeah. but I didn’t mean it to be a rampage. I
walked the streets for awhile, then I went in another bar just to get out of the cold. I didn’t notice until I got inside that it was The Super
Jock Sjjorts Bar and Grill
“They were broadcasting a sports radio show live from the bar. Some Bear players were on a little stage answering questions from the customers And every time they’d answer, the customers would yell: 'We're Number One!’ and bark like junk yard dogs.
"My head started aching from the noise. Then this one guy sitting near me got up and yelled: ‘I wanna know if Flutie can’t do it, you think that Fuller can do it. and are our comerbacks good enough to cover man on man. and if Fuller can’t do it, will Tomczak do it. and why can’t McMahon keep his mouth shut to the media about why Flutie can’t do it, huh?’
"I blacked out again. When I came to, the guy was sitting there real still. He looked normal except that he had turned blue. My head had Mopped hurting. I just got up and walked out."
Yes, and the medical examiner found the man's wooly Bear scarf stuffed down his throat.
"It was like a bad dream I walked some more and wandered into a place that turned out to be Mike Ditka’s Bar and Restaurant. There were 50 TV screens going, showing reruns of games and the Super Bowl Shuffle video, and everybody was barking and yelling.
"I ordered a drink and a guy next to me said: 'Well. what’ya think?’ I asked him about what? He said: Are we better off playing the Rams or Frisco, and what about the home field advantage. and is the Fridge too fat. huh. and
remember, those turnovers can kill us. but if we get that far can they take the Giants, and you think Flutie can do it, huh0’ My head started hurting again.
"Yeah. When I came out of it. he was still sitting there. But his eyes were bulging and his stomach seemed to be a lot bigger. So I felt."
That one really shocked the medical examiner, finding the man’s entire Bear jacket stuffed down his throat.
"I don’t think I could have done it if the jacket had buttons instead of a zipper. Anyway, right after that, something must have snapped in my head. I walked by this novelty store and saw all that Bear stuff in the window and thought: ‘Why not?’”
That’s when you went in the store and bought that big box of wooly Bear hats?
"He gave me a good price by the dozen "
Four dozen of those hats. And each of them used the same way.
“Yeah. Somebody’d say: ‘Whad’ya think, can the defense handle Montana?’ Whap, a wooly hat down the gullet. Somebody d say: So if they run the ball, and Flutie can make sump’n happen, whad’ya think, huh?’ Whap, another wooly hat for the tonsils.”
Until the cops traced you through the store that sold you the hats.
“Didn’t matter. I only had one left."
Now you must pay the penalty.
"Yeah, my lawyer was just here. He says I can get off with 30 days if I plead guilty ."
The federal deficit and the old ball game
WASHINGTON - James C. Miller, director of the Office of Management and Budget, is a beefy man much given to pounding tables. One day last week, talking with reporters, he was pounding hard.
This was because an impertinent scribe had noted that the fireplace in Miller’s office was only for ornament, and there wasn't a single mirror In sight. Without blue smoke and mirrors, how did Miller expect to submit a budget that would meet the requirements of the Gramm-
Whack! Whack! "No smoke,” he said, "and no mirrors." the budget for fiscal 'SB, he assured the skeptical press, is "realistic." It is "doable." It precisely accords with the law. "This is not a phony budget."
There are the key figures for '88, subject to leat minute revision: outlays 11,022 4 billion; income 18144 billion; deficit $107 J bUlion. In the current fiscal year, which ends next September, Miller expects outlays of $1,011 bUlion and income of $840 billion, for a deficit of $171 bUlion. The deficit In fiscal'8$ was $221 bUlion.
Obviously, says Miller, thumping the table, lf the deficit can be cut In three years from $221 billion, to $171 billion, and now to $10$ bUlion. "tremendou progress" wUl have been made in curbing the government's UIS. He concedes that ‘ It won't be easy.
And of course it won’t be easy In order to meet the target of Gramm-Rudman-Rollings, Miller had to come up with $50 bUlion in combined savings and revenue The ’88 budget will
recommend $30 bUlion in what are known as "programmatic’’ savings and $20 bUlion bi new revenues.
The savings would be achieved in this fashion: Outlays for major medical programs would be held to $120 billion, an increase of 4.3 percent. Outlays for other entitlement programs would be cut 2.9 percent to a total of $130 bUlion. Other domestic programs would be reduced by ll percent, for a total of 180 bUlion dollars.
It is under the heading of "other domestic programs" that Miller anticipates the greatest opposition. Once again the administration wUl ask Congress to put an end to roughly 40 program that collectively represent $10 bUlion in annual expenditures. The hit list has become familiar. The president wants to phase out such agencies as the Smali Business Administration and the Interstate Commerce Commission. He would end subsidized loans to the Rural Electrification Administration.
Congress steadfastly has spumed these earns proposals in the past. Isn't it an exercise in futUity, MUler was asked, to persist In airing that the program be terminated? No, he said.
"if ifs a bad program we ought to Imp saying it’s a bad program." EventuaUy, he hopes, Congress wUl go along.
On the revenue side, MUler hopes to pick up $2D bUlion bi all lands of ways. The president will ask for substantial increases In staff for the Internal Revenue Service, with a view toward enhancing revenue from the income tax. He will propose $5 billion in new money from the sale (rf
government property, including the profitable Northeast routes of Amtrak. He will renew his requests for a variety of user fees. The budget wUl urge the sale to the private sector of many direct government loans.
The budget for ’88 will recommend a "real bi crease," after inflation, of 3 percent for nation! defense. This would fix defense outlays at roughly $309 bUlion, compared with $292 bUlion in the current fiscal year, nothing constructive would be done about the $25 bUlion a year required to support agricultural subsides, but MUler believes Congress will have to grapple with the problem in the following year. Such outlays "are not politically sustainable " Besides, the present program chiefly benefits t great agricultural corporation "It doesn’t do much for the family farm.’’
While most programs will be frozen or reduc ed, the budget wUl call for some increases. There wUl be more money, Miller said, for abr traffic control, for the space prgram, for drug control and AIDS research Sufficient fundswt be requested for administration of the new immigration act.
WUl this budget fly? MUler anticipates that4 few loudmouths and smariy-pants" bi Coner* wUl greet the budget next weaker deedonai rival. He hopes that most members will Lake time to study the proposals seriously, if the Gramm-Ruddman-Hollings target is breached, that is, if a deficit is authorized beyond $108 billion for fiscal ’88, there goes the old ball game