New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Kissinger panel wants big bucks for Central America
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Kissinger Commission on Central America is expected to recommend that the United States spend $1 billion in economic and military aid over the next several years to help resolve development and security problems in the region, U.S. officials say.
The officials, who asked not to be identified, said the recommendation will be included in a report the commission will submit to President Reagan next week.
They said the panel, known formally as the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America, is not expected to call for significant departures from the present administration policy toward the region.
The commission, which has a Jan. IO deadline for completing the report, will suggest that the bulk of the suggested aid package be earmarked for economic assistance, consistent with current policy.
Alluding to the $1 billion aid recommendation, one official said that figure is comparable to what the United States has spent in the region over the past several years.
Headed by former Secretary of State Henry
U.S. officials said that at the insistence of its more liberal members, the panel will urge that continued military aid to El Salvador be linked to improved human rights performance.
A. Kiss 12-member commission encompasses a wide range of political opinion. Its members include the former Republican governor of Texas, William P. Clements; San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, a Democrat; former Democratic National Committee chairman Robert Strauss; and AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland.
In gathering information for the report, the panel made two trips to the region and heard testimony from dozens of expert witnesses, including all former presidents and secretaries of state still living.
U.S. officials said that at the insistence of its more liberal members, the panel will urge that continued military aid to El Salvador be linked to improved human rights performance. It will call for maximum U.S. pressure on Salvadoran authorities to end politically-motivated killings.
At the same time, the panel also is expected to recommend an increase in military aid to El Salvador on grounds that the Salvadoran Army cannot win the four-year old civil war there if current assistance levels are maintained, the officials said.
On Wednesday, State Department
spokesman John Hughes described the present aid level of $65.8 million as insufficient and asserted that the Salvadoran government recently has demonstrated a clear determination to take action against human rights violators.
The commission also will recommend that Nicaragua not take part in American economic assistance programs, the officials said, unless it holds free elections and respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of its neighbors.
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
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tj[Phone-y business hits pharmacy
A sign on the old Comal comer Southwestern Bell Office says “Closed” in big letters. The small print underneath designates luanda Pharmacy as a “Limited Service Center.”
The word “limited” is there for a reason. People can't pay their phoned bills at luanda Pharmacy and people can’t shop for various phone models like at Phone Centers in some San Antonio malls.
So what can people do at luanda Pharmacy? “We are a drop-out, pick-up center,” said pharmacy employee Cheryl Eaton.
“If people want to turn in their old phones they once leased from Southwestern Bell, they can do that here. If they’ve ordered a new phone from AT&T, they can pick it up here,” she added. “We have nothing to do with billing and we don’t carry phones for people to look at.”
Putting a simple local explanation to a complicated process wasn’t easy, but Eaton tried. If people want to turn in their old phones "because they got one as a gift or they went out and bought one, they come here, fill out a memo form and turn in their phone,” she said.
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Vol. 93 —No. 4 14 Pages
Marines' return may be hastened
by Saudi plans
Paul Lenz of the Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department battles a grass fire which flared along Potash Road in Guadalupe County Wednesday. Two units from the New
Braunfels Fire Department assisted Lake Dunlap, and the fire was snuffed out in about 30 minutes The caus was listed as unknown.
WASHINGTON (API - Reagan administration officials say they are optimistic that a plan to expand the authority of President Amin Gemayel’s government in lebanon will eventually mean U.S. Marines stationed there will be removed They hope the government and rival lebanese factions can agree by the weekend on the plan, which is being promoted by Saudi Arabia and was discussed with Gemayel on his recent visit to Washington.
The plan would extend authority of the Gemayel government over much of the 40 percent of lebanon that is not under Syrian or Israeli control. However, it wouldn't lead to what the Reagan administration has said is Us main goal in lebanon, the withdrawal of Syrian and Israeli armies An agreement for the withdrawal of those armies would be left to follow-up negotiations.
John Hughes, the State Department spokesman, said Wednesday the withdrawal of all foreign forces remains the goal of U S policy in lebanon. But he said the security plan, as it is being called, would be a welcome development.”
Although President Reagan and
The plan would extend authority of the Gemayel government over much of the 40 percent of Lebanon that is not under Syrian or Israeli control.
Secretary of State George P Shultz have previously said the Marines would remain in lebanon until foreign arnues leave, the adnunistralion has stopped emphasizing this point While Israel has indicated it would cooperate with the new security plan, Syria's attitude remains in doubt One feature of the agreement to extend Lebanese government authority into areas Beirut now controls by private militias might be the designation of the Beirut airport as a neutral zone, said one official, who insisted on anonymity.
Most of the 1.600 U S. Marines in lebanon as part of the multinational peacekeeping force are based at the airport where they have sustained heavy casualties.
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
The Christmas cold spell froze pipes at City Hall and Paul Davis Park. The Bracken Emergency Medical Service got on the road Dec. 21, and Police Chief John Boynton started peace officers’ school Wednesday.
Even with all this news, the Garden Ridge City Council found only 29 minutes’ worth of business to conduct at Wednesday’s meeting.
“It’s been a slow month,” said Mayor Paul Davis.
He knew of at least three families that had broken pipes in their homes during December’s record cold snap. A number of residents reported freeze damage in outbuildings. At City Hall, where the water
Record lows had effect on Garden Ridge pipesInside
system is rarely used, the pipes have yet to be repaired.
Citizen Gary Catted asked whether the city building code requires pipes to be wrapped. If not, he thought it might be a good idea
“I don’t think there’d be much problem if they’d put the insulation between the pipe and the (outside) wall, instead of putting the insulation on the other side of the pipe,” said Councilmeinber Keith Richter. However, he added, some contractors don't.
“I think something may come out of that,” Davis told Catted. “But on the other hand, who ever thought it would get that cold?”
The lights in the city park are also being fixed this month. Councilmember Bobbie l<andruin took credit for breaking the
switch un the night of the Christmas caroling expedition.
“... sponsored by the Bracken Methodist Church on the coldest night of the year,” I Landrum said. The group met in the park, where the mayor had built a good bonfire. Landrum went to turn on the lights, and the switch broke off in her hand.
“It was frozen, I guess,” she said. Despite that, she thought the caroling was a success.
STAR Cable has told Councilmember David Hencshel that stranding will almost certainly begin in the next two weeks Company officers are looking at a turnon date “on or about March I,” said Hencshel.
“I told ’em we were getting very impatient down here,” he said.
See GARDEN RIDGE, Page 14
'Engineered slabs'get chilly reception
Garden Ridge building codes specify, in detail, how foundation slabs should be conatructed. The City Council seems inclined to keep it that way.
Some cities have an alternative provision for “engineered slabs,” designed for the individual building site by a professional engineer, who then takes responsibly for the performance of the slab.
Councilmember Neil Craigmiie has been approached on the adding such a provision to the Garden Ridge codes. He brought the idea for discussion in council Wednesday
night, adding that he wouldn’t, personally, recommend it.
Mayor Paul Davis agreed. “I’ve been through this before,” he said.
Councilmember Keith Richter, himself an engineer, said that engineered slabs work all right if complete soil tests are done. But that kind of testing is expensive. Given Garden Ridge’s unpredicterty owner more than just putting in a standard slab, as per city ordinance, Richter said.
He and Craigmiie suspected that most owners would settle for short cuts, and end up with a foundation that wouldn’t hold up.
“It would in most cases result in a lesser slab than what we now require,” Craigmiie told the council.
In the case of an engineered slab, the city is not supposed to be held liable for flaws in design or construction. The designer puts his official seal on the plans, which go on record at City Hall, and ifs technically his problem if the foundation cracks up. Garden Ridge council members aren’t sure it would work that way in practice.
See SLABS, Page 14
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and mild today and Friday, becoming fair and cool tonight. Winds will be from the northwest near IO mph today, diminishing to light and variable tonight. Sunset will be at 5:46 p.m., and sunrise Friday will beat7:27 a.m.
Arkansas and Texas Tech, two of the teams picked to finish high in the Southwest Conference basketball race, opened SWC play with victories Wednesday. Houston and SMU, the favorites, square off tonight Sports, Page 6
Opponents of U S Rep Kent Hance, vying for the Democratic candidacy for the senate seat from Texas, say they have agreed to a debate with their rival Sa* Papa 8
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WEATHER...........................2Air conditioning on schedule, official saysBy DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Although sununer's heat doesn’t seem right around the corner, installation of air conditioning in New Braunfels ISI) schools ii continuing at a brisk pace
Assistant Superintendent Lonrue Curtis toki NBISD trustees Tuesday night, “Everything is an schedule
“We had an awful lot of work done” over the holidays, Curtis said. “Just about everything was accomplished during Christmas that was expected.”
He said the most of the holiday work was done at l-nne Star School and New Braunfels Middle School, where holes were drilled in walls and floors and pipes were fitted into place.
Some installation work also was done at Schurz, Seele and I amar schools
Curtis said the contractor, Guarantee Plumbing and Airconditioning of San Antonio, currently is working on pipe fitting
He said classes were not being disrupted since most of the noisy work was done over tbs holidays. Curtis added current work ii being done late in the day and during weekends Ie avoid distracting students.
The air conditioning project was part of an IM million bond issue approved by voters in May The coot of air conditioning the schools Ie $1422,000.The airconditioning thmihf be installed bp t
Hosing it down
Stiff photo bv John Sin!ii