New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
THE WHITE MOUSE
Is Reagan creating new policies before he takes his second oath?See below.
Dave Kraaaer, General Manager Robert Jokaeoa, Edito
James KilpatrickI love verbs, verbs and more verbs
Let me return, if I may, to a matter we were talking about a few weeks ago: verbs, and how to handle them. Today’s text is taken from a recent sentence in Time magazine. It wasn’t a poor sentence. It had to do with the consequence of nuclear war:
“As ground temperatures plummet by as much as 40 degrees F and the sun is obscured, crops in Iowa, Nebraska and the Ukraine in the Soviet Union perish.”
My thought is that generally it is a good idea to keep subjects and verbs within shouting distance of each other. In this instance, I would have suggested a simple recasting: “As ground temperatures plummet by as much as 40 degrees F and smoke obscures the sun, crops perish in Iowa, Nebraska and th** Ukraine.” In this revision, all three verbs march neatly together in the active voice; we have eliminated the passive “is ob
scured,” by mainly we have put the subject “crops” arm in arm with its predicate “perish.” As langniappe, we have won a nice iong-vowel, accented syllable to end the sentence.
This is writing tight, as opposed to writing loose. Not long ago a church bulletin came my way: “Members of the vestry, thinking it better to acquire the property now than to wait for several years, when the price may have risen considerably, have decided to go ahead ...” The sentence ached to be carved into two sentences: “Members of the vestry have decided to go ahead at once with the purchase of the Magruder property. Our thought is that it is better ...” and so forth. There are times when intervening words and phrases can’t conveniently be put anywhere else; they have to fit between subject and verb.
But it is a sound rule to snuggle them, when you can, as close as two spoons.
Department of Hold the line: The English word “cohort" goes back a long way. At one time its meaning was precise. It identified a company of 300 to 600 infantrymen who formed one-tenth of a Roman legion. Later the meaning was expanded to embrace cavalry. In our time the meaning has been further expanded to embrace any company of persons united in a common cause. More particularly, a cohort in statistics is a group of individuals sharing a common characteristic. Voters between the ages of 18 and 55 constitute a cohort.
Not long ago a writer for The Miami Herald reported on activist Suzette Rowe, who “along with cohort Lynn Gillespie pulled off the release of a jar of cockroaches in
the White House. I know that Webster’s New Nintl sanctions the use of cohort in the sense of “companion' or “colleague," but all of us who were weaned oi Ceasar’s Gallic Wars will have trouble with the image o a singular cohort. In my book a cohort is a whole group o people. It’s too neat a word to abandon without a fight.
New word to me: pungled. It cropped up a few month ago in a story in the Portland Oregonian about taxpayer in Clackamas County. “They pungled up $169,580,000 ii 1983-84.” I had never before met “pungled," but Web ster’s New Ninth says it has been around since 1851. I means to make a payment or contribution. Because o my standing objection to out-of-town words, I would hav» to caution against its use. After all, why should we makt our readers stumble? But isn’t it a lovely verb!
'How far is it to Geneva?'
By DONALD ROTHBERG AP Political Writer
WASHINGTON — A week before President Reagan delivers his inaugural address from the steps of the Capitol, the outlines of his second term are emerging and it may require a scorecard to identify the players and keep track of the shifting administration game plan.
Wholesale changes in the White House staff and three new Cabinet secretaries have been announced and more are certain to follow. All this coming only two months after the president said he’d be pleased to keep the same team through his second four years.
More tantalizing than the personnel shifts are the hin tow the president will try to deal with the two /ir issues of the day — the economy and East-West relations.
Consider the gamesmanship going on between the White House and Congress over who will bite the politically loaded Social Security bullet.
During his first presidential debate with Democrat Walter F. Mondo Ie last October,
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Reagan said, “A president should never say never, but I’m going to violate that rule and say never. I will never stand for a reduction of the Social Security benefits to the people that are now getting them.”
At his news conference last week, Reagan’s recollection was of a position a shade less firm.
He recalled saying he would “resist” any reduction in benefits, a position somewhat short of “will never stand for a reduction.”
And if Congress bit the bullet and adopted by “an overwhelming majority” a one-year freeze on Social Security cost of living increases, Reagan said he would have to look at it. Just to make certain Congress understood where the onus would be for such a step, the White House said the next day that the president was thinking in terms of a majority of at least two-thirds, the margin needed to override a veto.
Senate Republicans are leading the move to freeze the cost of living adjustment, often referred to by the acronym, COLA.
Reagan also was asked how firm was his opposition to increasing taxes and scaling back his budget request for the Pentagon.
He was adamant on those two areas. A tax increase would derail the economic recovery, he told reporters. As for the Pentagon, it already had cut back its request.
If the president’s first term is any guide to his second, a way might be found for some “revenue enhancement” which the administration will insist is not a tax increase and the Congress will take the initiative to cut back on the request for defense.
The recent movement toward resumption of arms negotiations created a far different mood than the days when Reagan was referring to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.”
But perhaps the most most interest!, cement ’ absolute verification is impossible.” In the past, conservative opposition to arms control agreements such as the SALT II treaty was based in part on lack of ironclad verification.
Was this an indication that in his second term, his chance to establish his place in history, Reagan is willing to soften that stand?
EDITORS NOTE: Donald M. Rothberg is the chief political writer of The Associated Press.
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Reagan making changes before term
CAPTION: First 1975 Baby -Angle Bae Ybarra was born at 5:11 a.rn. on Jan. I at McKenna Memorial Hospital, making her the first baby of 1975 for Comal County. Obviously the 7 lb., 8 oz. miss wanted the honor badly; she was expected to make her arrival on Dec. IO. Parents of Angie are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ybarra. 413 E. Dittlinger. The couple have one other daughter, two-year-old Christina.
Several months ago the Comal Independent School District board came up with what it considered an excellent idea for the vocational agriculture program of the new Smithson Valley High School. The district wanted to use the old Sherwood School, two miles from the site, to house the program, but two state officials who visited the site and objected, pointing out the logistical problems involved.
Without debate and by unanimous decision, county commissioners voted to remove all strings from $25,000 which comprises the county’s portion of expenses for construction of the new Emergency Operations Center. Monday’s decision removed a rider from the allocation which would have forced the city to accept responsibility for a five-year term to update the juvenile holding facilities, a part of the new police-EOC building.
Representatives of the Nev Braunfels Utilities were to mee yesterday (Wednesday) with of ficials of the Ixiwer Colorado Rive Authority to register objections ti portions of a 100-page amendmen which would grant more power to th< producer of wholesale electricity.
“There art things in the amend ment which did not sit well with th< board," Richard Sledge, Utilitie: manager, said.
Last month the Comal Independen School District began looking into the possibility of selling 25 acres whiff the district owns in Fischer. Th* property includes a cemetery, an ole school house and a teacherage Tuesday, several persons fron; Fischer convinced trustees to keep the land, pointing out the property would bring very little money to the district at present.
In one of the more exciting games this season, the New Braunfels Unicorns rallied from a 12-point deficit early in the game to slip past the Austin Crockett Cougars, 65-51 im Unicorn gym Tuesday. Trailing 23-11 in the second quarter, the Unicorns cut the margin to five at the half and took the lead at the end of the third quarter, 43-41 Bubba Garcia led the Unicorns with 13 points, followed by Mike Wood (12) and Steve Wilson (IO).25 years ago
The simmering political pot in Comal County showed signs of coming to a boil this week as the first of several lawyers expected to file for the county attorney’s post announced his candidacy. W. Frank Suhr, 28-year-old attorney, announced Wednesday that he is a candidate for the post now held by Hilmar Triesch, subject to the May 7 primary.
Comal County’s First Baby of 1960, Armando Kscobeda, born January 4 in New Braunfels Hospital, makes it three January birthdays for the children of Mr. and Mrs. Pedro Escobedo The Escobedos now have seven children, three of whom were born in January.
Poll tax sales began booming at County Tax Assessor-Collector Walter Triesch’s office this week as the January 31 deadline loomed less than four weeks away.
The first meeting of the Edwards Underground Water District for 1960 has been called for Jan. 12 by Board President Paul Jahn. Jahn, Rochette Coreth and Julius Schwandt are Comal County’s board members.
State Rep. Raymond Bartram, who
will be running for re-election this year, may be a candidate for Texas Speaker of the House in 1963, according to a Dallas newspaper political columnist. “I have aspirations,” Bartram confirmed the prediction here Wednesday.
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LANDA PARK IS CLOSED: Hearing many rumors to the effect that luanda Park, most beautiful natural creation in the state, would not be operated in 1935, and that it would be entirely closed to the public, the Herald sought direct and definite information from the present owners, Trinity Universal Insurance Company of Dallas. The reply from Mr. E.T. Harrison, president, is conclusive, direct, brief and to the point. His letter follows:
“Answering your letter of December 31st regarding our plans for luanda Park during the year 1935, our company has definitely decided that we are going to close the park to the public...Ever since our company came into possession of the park, it has operated at a loss.
“Its chief beneficiaries (the city and citizens of New Braunfels) have been permitted to use the privileges
without any cost, but at the san time the city has levied taxes again the property which amount to ov» $100 a month.” luanda Park has been operated i the amusement center of southwe Texas for approximately 40 years, was first developed under ti ownership of Mr. Harry I .aud whose efficient management ar promotion policies brought it to i highest peak when trainload aft* trainload of excursionists wei brought in for daily or week-er amusements.
Ownership was acquired by JJ Jarrell of San Antonio when ti Lauda Industries Inc., a stcx company, purchased Mr. Lands interests in the park in 1925. Tit passed to the present owners in 193 Erwin Scholl of this city has be* Park Manager for the past 25 yea under the successiveownerships.
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