New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Kras<r, General Manager
Thursday, January 5,1984 4 ■•bart Johnson, EditorAndy RooneyForgetfulness comes very easy to me
AU four kids came home for the Christmas hoUdays and after they’d departed aU we had left to remember them by was one hat, a pair of running shoes, two sweaters, a nightgown, a raincoat, three socks and a blue jacket.
The only mystery is the blue jacket. We’ve caUed aU of them except Brian and none of them claims the jacket. It wouldn’t fit Brian. The feeling is that it belongs to one of their friends who came over to the house to visit whUe they were home.
Leaving things behind when they're home for a few days is a tradition with the kids in our famUy. Brian often brings a bag of laundry to do and once he even left that in the dryer.
Forgetting things is something the children come by naturally. I’veJack Anderson
taught them everything they know about it. I've left things all over:
— Once I left a camera on the top of Barry Goldwater’s car when we were filming a show with him near the Grand Canyon.
— Several years ago I turned in a rental car at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, and left my suitcase in the trunk. I was halfway to New York before I remembered it.
— The Thursday before Christmas I stopped at the information booth in Grand Central terminal to pick up a timetable. I put down a shopping bag I was carrying while I looked at the train schedule. After seeing what train I could catch, I rushed off, leaving the shopping bag with $200 worth of Christmas presents in it in the middle of one of the busiest places
Mrs. Marcos at odds with ambassador to Philippines
WASHINGTON - A strange and ironic feud has erupted in Manila, between the Philippines first lady and the American ambassador.
The irony lies in the fact that until recently, Ambassador Michael Ar-macost was widely regarded as one of the few friends of ailing President Ferdinand Marcos’ beleaguered regime. The ambitious first lady, Imelda Marcos, continues to play a powerful role in her husband's government. Now she apparently feels that, with friends like Armacost, who needs enemies?
For his part, the ambassador is trying to put some distance between the Reagan Administration and the Marcos dictatorship, which many Filipinos hold responsible for the assassination of opposition leader Benigno Aquino last August. The U.S. aim is to hedge against the day when Marcos dies or is forced out.
In angry retaliation, Mrs. Marcos has engaged in guerrilla warfare against Armacost, inspiring articles in the government-controlled press to the effect that the ambassador is "interfering" in the internal affairs of the Phillipines.
A State Department source told my associate Lucette lagnado about a strange report that Mrs. Marcos accused Armacost of saying that her husband had resigned. This was regarded as an attempt to damage the ambassador's credibility in both Washington and Manila.
Armacost has returned the fire. In a speech to the Rotary Club of Makati, the financial suburb of Manila, Armacost dwelt at length on the "brutal political assassination" of Aquino. He noted pointedly that Aquino had articulated "political beliefs most Americans share — a belief in a free press, in free elections, in due process of law.” As his listeners well knew, Marcos tolerates none of these.
The ambassador also warned that failure to conduct a thorough, honest investigation of Aquino's murder would "inevitably complicate” U.S.-Philippines relations.
In another speech, to the Manila Overseas Press Club, Armacost sarcastically brushed aside suggestions iii the Philippine press that American media criticism of Marcos played an important role in the refusal of international banks to renew credit to the Philippines.
1 "As a group,” Armacost observed, • "bankers do not tend to make their *■ decisions simply on the basis (rf news and media reports.”
Of all the complaints that flood into my office from my citizens' network, probably the most frequent have to do with lawyers.
From Oklahoma City, Earl David Shaffer writes: “A housecleaning of our court system is long overdue. American citizens are victimized by crooked Lawyers who take advantage of their legal training to
on earth. I got to the train, took off my coat and sat down to read the paper before I remembered it. I rushed back and the bag was still sitting where I’d left it, having been passed by several thousand people in the meantime.
— The following day I stopped at a good electrical supply store to buy two dozen extra Christmas tree replcaement light bulbs. After I’d bought and paid for the bulbs, I saw some batteries I needed. I told the clerk I wanted those, too. He put them tai a bag ani rang them up. I paid for them ani waked off, leaving the bulbs I’d come to get in the first place on the counter.
When I take a shower in a hotel room in the morning, I often hang my pajamas on the back of the bathroom door. I get out of the shower, dry off
Leaving things behind when they’re home for a few days is a tradition with the kids hi our family. Brian often brings a bag of laundry to do and once he even left that in the dryer.
and open the door. The pajamas are there hidden from my view and I often pack without them. I suppose I’ve lost half a dozen pairs of pajamas that way. I get very attached to pajamas, too. Some of the ones I lost were real favorites but they’d seen so much
. service and were so well worn that I was too embarrassed to write the hotel and ask that they send them to me.
If I hadn’t been leaving things behind since I was about nine, I’d think I was losing my mind with age. There’s never been a time in my life when I wasn’t forgetting things. During my early days in the Army at Fort Bragg, we used to have to fall out in the company street for a roll call at 6 a.m. We were supposed to be properly dressed and carrying our rifles.
On three mornings over a period of two weeks, I lined up on time but on each occasion I forgot my rifle.
"How do you like that,” Sergeant Fischuk said to the assembled company, point me out as a horrible
example of what an education can do to a man, “Rooney’s got a college education and he don’t even remember to bring his rifle.”
One of the most distressing things I do regularly is forget where I’ve parked my car. In November I drove my car into the city one morning, parked it and went to wrok. At 5:25 p.m. I left the office, hurried to the railroad station for a train I often ride and took it home. I never remembered I’d driven in until I got to my destination and realized I didn’t have a car parked there to drive home in.
Last night I made some notes I was going to use when I wrote this column but I forget what was on them and unfortunately, when I came to work this morning, I’d left the notes on my dresser.
From Seattle, Erie Peterson demands: "Have you ever tried to file a grievance against an attorney? rurget it. The grievance committee will be made up of lawyers, who are more inclined to protect fellow lawyers than wronged diets. So what is left for you to do? File a malpractice suit? Forget it. The judges are also attorneys."
From San Diego, a private detective, who requests that his name be withheld, reports, "California has been hit with an epidemic of lawsuits filed by ambulance-chasing lawyers who solicit business and offer to take their fees out of the judgments. The lawyers have little to lose: just the time it takes them to prepare the paperwork. But the victims are put through the anguish and expense of a costly legal defense. If the lawyers lose the gamble, they can write it off. The cost was nominal. But the victims are out thousands of dollars and many sleepless nights.”
From Long Island, Joel Cohen writes: "There is a new breed of vultures preying upon the American public. They're the attorneys who con their clients into believing they cm get something for nothing by filing claims against doctors, hospitals, corporations, etc. Don’t they know that the cost of defending and settling these lawsuits is passed on to the public? High-premium malpractice insurance has become part of every doctor’s basic overhead. No wonder doctor bills are so iiigh. Just about everyone doing business must retain a stable of lawyers. No wonder prices keep soaring. Litigation is one (rf the principal causes of inflation in this country.”
From a suburb of Atlanta, J.M. Hall contends: "Lawyers and judges will never clean up their own profession. You simply can’t count on lawyers to discipline themselves. It will take legislation, a legal code of conduct, to bring lawyering under control in America.”
Footnote: Citizens across the
country are helping to make democracy work by keeping a watch on waste and wrongdoing. For more information, write me at P.O. Box 2300, Washington, D.C. 20013.
After three months of campaigning, former Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., is still hopeful, in a modest way. "Any man running for the presidency always has at least a hope that he cm win, that lightening cm strike,” he said. McGovern thinks the Iowa caucus will be his lightning rod.
— Democratic National Chairman Charles Mans ti waxed nostalgic at a recent fund-raiser and recalled the last time ha was in the particular hole room: “a gathering of Youth for Johnson and Humphrey in 1N6.” He added: “May we do as well this time as we did Ulm” — evidenUy forgetting that the election was actually in UM.
Reagan's aides optimistic about 1984
By JAMES QER8TENZANG Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Within a one-week period at the end (rf the month, President Reagan will unveil his budget, his view of the State (rf the Union, and his political plans for the election year.
He faces a Congress seeking an independent path on the budget and Lebanon and shows no progress in stemming the tide of slipping support for the deployment of U.S. Marines to Beirut.
Still, the president’s aides, looking at a longer-range political picture, are optimistic about 1964. David R. Gergen, Reagan’s assistant for communications, said “he’s substantially stronger Ulm he was a year ago, helped mostly by the economy.”
White House officials, pointing to economic recovery, say economic matters are less likely to be
significant campaign issues as a result of the progress in stemming inflation, bringing down interest rates and restoring growth. Rather, they say, international affairs are most likely to play a major role in the presidential campaign.
Within hours of his return to the Oval Office on the first business day of the year, Reagan was conferring with three key Republican senators who are stressing what one of them, Sen. Bob Dole af Kansas, said is "the necessity to face up to the deficit.”
Having completed work on the spending side of the federal budget for fiscal 1985, the president is focusing on the key revenue decisions — in other words, how to reduce the budget deficit without cutting spending anymore or raising taxes. The red ink is expected by the administration to reach about $170 billion in the next fiscal year, but other estimates put it higher.
It was only after most of the key budget decisions were made that Reagan brought in the senators on Tuesday. Dole, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, was part of a trio that included Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. of Tennessee and Sen. Pete V. Domeruci of New Mexico, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
Domenici, sounding reluctant to go along with Reagan’s adamant opposition to tax increases, said “there are going to have to be taxes in future years. The question is when do you do those?”
The three emerged from the budget meeting to also make clear their apprehension about Reagan’s use of the U.S. Marines in Lebanon.
Baker, asked whether support for the Marines’ deployment was eroding, replied, “I don’t think there was a lot of support for them to go there to begin with.”
At the White House, the nation is seen to be “passing through a phase now on war and peace,” an official said, using a phrase that refers to concerns about Reagan’s willingness to use military forces as instruments of foreign policy.
The phase was brought on “by events in the Middle East, with the continuing shooting there, and the fact that U.S.-Soviet talks aren’t going on,” said the official, who asked not to be quoted by name.
“There are no questions there are some risks in front of him next year” dealing with the Middle East and “how people look upon the U.S.-Soviet relationship,” Gergen said.
Reagan’s aides are taking pains to portray him as more than willing to negotiate with the Soviets and resume the medium- and long-range missile reduction talks that have stalled in Geneva, Switzerland.
Some newspaper notes about the Goodman release
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Here is a sampling of editorial reaction to Syria’s freeing of Navy Ii. Robert Goodman Jr. after a plea by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a candidate for the Democratic presidential
“Now tbs second-guessing starts. For the present, suffice it that Jackson produced The last American hostages in the Mideast had MB days
to wait before they walked.
‘Too bad Jackson wasn’t involved in that one.” — Sioux City lioweJ Journo/.
“As the saying goes, there is no arguing with success, and the excursion of Democratic presidential hopeful Jesse Jackson to Syria was successful in all of Us objectives: It freed UJ5. Navy LL. Robert Goodman, boosted Jackson’s candidacy, made Syria and its President Hates Assad look reasonable and forthcoming and
President Reagan seem stubbornly against accomodation.”
“The lieutenant’s release is the one accomplishment among those that all Americans can rejoice in, as, additionally, we take pride in the professionalism with which Goodman conducted himstlf in the circus that was roistering around his release.” — Tho Conttitutton, Atlanta, Ga.
“Citizen diplomacy is risky — for governments, tor individuals who try
it and for international negotiation. But in this instance the risks proved worth taking. Welcome home, Robert Goodman.” — MinnoopoHe Saw and
“Does the Goodman release enhance the credibility, hence the standing, of Jesse Jackson? Yss, but it shouldn’t Why? Because B’s a grandstand play designed to please the crowd — designed to win him a lot of ink in the newspapers and a Isl of
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