New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Loeffler: repeal new IRS guidelines
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MITCH WOMBLE P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS* TX 75245
U.S. Hep. Tom Loeffler Wednesday introduced legislation to immediately repeal new record-keeping requirements imposed by the Internal Revenue Service.
The bill, which was co-sponsored by 13 other members of the Texas Delegation, would halt the extensive record-keepingthat must by done by all taxpayers who use personal property for business purposes.
The new requirements went into effect Jan. I.
“These idiotic requirements are the trivial pursuits by the Internal Revenue Service of the most minute details into the daily lives of millions of honest, hard-working, tax-paying American business men and women,” said I/oeffler.
‘‘Such requirements represent nothing less than punitive harrassment.”
In the past, business taxpayers could claim business deductions by reasonably re-constructing their expenses. Under the new guidelines, the business taxpayer is required to keep a record each time the property is used.
‘‘Taxpayers using motor vehicles in their businesses are now required to keep exact odometer readings each time the vehicle is used for a business purpose,” Loeffler said, calling the new rule a “needless act and a waste of time.
“We are trying to reduce govem-
See LOEFFLER, Page 8A
Of Meese and men
Biden: nominee hasn't met 'higher standard'
WASHINGTON (AP) - The ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee says Edwin Meese III is lawful and ethical, but unwilling to rise to the “higher standard” expected of an attorney general.
In an emotional expression of doubt about Meese’s nomination, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. said that if the White House counselor were genuinely contrite about past questionable practices, he would give up his commission as an Army Reserve colonel and renounce some of his other actions.
Biden told Meese his concern “relates to a higher standard that you have demonstrated to me in your responses you are not willing to step up to, even though you’re ethical, and even though you have not violated any law — inadvertently or advertently.”
The harsh questioning of Meese’s fitness to serve came as the committee prepared to hear testimony today from David H. Martin, director of the Office of Government Ethics. Martin has acknowledged that while Meese violated no ethics rules, he “created the appearances” of
conflict of interest.
Meese, confronted with Biden’s doubts toward the end of a second day of grueling confirmation hearings Wednesday, responded that if confirmed, he would devote “every ounce of my energy and every moment of my time” to setting a high ethical standard in the Cabinet post.
But that assertion failed to convince Biden, D-Del., or Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, D-Ohio, who accused the presidential counselor of having “a chronic recall ' problem concerning many questions about past events.
“I don’t know if it would have changed my vote, but it would have made me think a lot more,” if Meese had shown a greater willingness to admit past mistakes, Metzenbaum said.
Meese said he had encountered “hundreds of people each week in his White House job and said ”... I think by and large, the ability to recall has been pretty good.”
See MEESE, Page SA
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 23
January 31,1985 25 Cents
16 Pages —2 Sections
Storm chills county, stateCounty set for third snow of season
By DANA STELL Staff writer
The winter of 1984-1985 is on its way to becoming a record-breaker with a third snow expected in South Texas tonight or Friday.
It would be the first time in recorded history that snow fell here three times in one winter.
An arctic cold front that reached the area Wednesday night dropped temperatures 30 degrees and gusty winds pushed the the chill factor to about 5 degrees this morning.
Temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s today, dropping to about 22 tonight, with a 40 percent chance of freezing rain or snow. Winds will gust from the north at 20 to 30 mph
There’s a 60 percent chance of snow Friday with a high around the 30s and a low in the mid-20s. Wet and freezing conditions, with a slim chance of snow, are expected to linger through the weekend.
New Braunfels ISI) superin-
See WEATHER, Page SAPanhandle blanketed by snow, ice
Snow, sleet and freezing drizzle blanketed most of Texas today, and weather forecasters said the newest winter storm to hit the state would stay around for days.
“It doesn’t look like there’s going to be a break in this until Sunday or Monday,” said James Ott, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “It could be the longest cold spell that we’ve had this year."
Virtually the entire state was under a winter storm watch, and chill factors under zero were common because of northerly winds that gusted up to 20 and 30 mph.
Roads were reported extremely slick and hazardous this morning in many areas this morning where only light precipitation had occurred 550 far. Freezing drizzle and sleet overnight glazed a number of highways and overpasses with a thin coating of ice. Light snow that followed, added to the already treacherous driving conditions.
See TEXAS, Page 8A
The last time it snowed, Leo and Una Maxwell of 130 Meadow Lane, lost their front porch, thanks to the wind and the weight of the foot of snow that fell
locally. Mike Mills (below), Phillip Cobb and Clifford Maxwell, along with several members of New Braunfels Christian
Church, rebuilt the porch this week. The project may get the acid test Friday, as snow is again in the forecast.
IA/a ter Watch
Work on Canyon’s new baseball field is progressing, although the cold weather isnt helping. Thursday Special, Page 6A.
Com.ti Riv**« 246 cl* (same)
Canyon inflow 369 cts (up 9)
Canyon Dam outflow BOO cts Isamel
Edwatds Aquifer 623 89 (up Oil
Canyon Lake towel 903 32 (down 08*
Today 's Weather
A winter storm warning is in effect through Friday with a 20 percent chance of freezing drizzle today, turning to a 40 percent
chance of freezing rain or snow tonight. There's a 60 percent
chance of snow Friday. The high today will reach 25 and drop to 22 tonight. Yesterday’s high was 72 and this morning’s low was 28. Sunset today will be at 8:08 p.m. and sunrise tomorrow will be at 7:21 am.
Highs, lows and precipitation for th# 24 hours anding at 7 a m
Hr Lo Ppn Abilene 65 ll 0 03
Amarillo 32 0 0 36
Austin ............ 71 29 OOI
SrowneviMe . ..... 81 87 0 OO
Childress............. 38 6 OOO
Corpus Christi ...... 76 52 0 OO
Dalhart ...............29 3 002
Dallas ...............61 19 OOO
Fort Worth........ 81 17 OOO
Houston ., ..........70 44 0 OO
Lubbock , . ......... 54 4 0 07
Midland Odessa ... 66 14 OOO
San Angelo ....... /. . 72 19 0 OO
San Antonio ......... 72 33 0 OO
Wichita Falls...........46 IO 010
Wink................68 15 OOO
Sattler is growing, but it’s water supply isn’t. And that has Canyon lake Fire Department officials worries. See Page 3B
Man charged in Saturday stabbing incident
A 30-year-old Seguin man was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault in connection with the Saturday night stabbing of a New Braunfels man.
Juan Manuel Moreno of Route 4, Box 548. Seguin, has been released from Comal County Jail on $10,000 bond.
He was arrested by Sgt David Wilson and Patrolman Russell Bell late Tuesday afternoon while working at at Conroy Industries, Inc.
New Braunfels Police allege that Moreno stabbed Jose L. Garcia once in the back as he stood in the men’s room at MC’s lounge, 1306 W San Antonio.
Fn another item, police are searching for the persons who burglarized three homes here Wednesday
Det. Juan Gusme said he has no suspects in the burglaries, which all occurred during the daylight hours. He does not believe the three burglaries, on Pahmeyer Road, Overlook Circle and I,akeview Terrace, are related
Taken in the heists were substantial amounts of household items, such as stereo equipment,
television sets, jewelry, and silverware, Gusme said He does not yet have a dollar figure on the stolen items.
Following these burglaries, Gusme is asking residents of New Braunfels to In* observant of their neighborhood happenings.
‘I ask people the people to keep a special eye on their neighbors," he said “We’re not getting as much response about suspicious things.”
Gusme pointed out that someone watering a garden at this time of year is even considered suspicious and police want to know about it
Schroeder has videotaping concerns over redrawn Courthouse annex plans
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
When the architect working on plans for a new Courthouse Annex’s plans redrew the district attorney’s office, it provoked a reaction from District Attorney Bill Schroeder.
The most recent plans, which are still subject to change, put the grand jury room across the hallway from Schroeder's office, rather than as a room inside his office.
“I had asked for the grand jury room to be a part of my offices because we now use videotaped testimony in enough cases that we need to have a way to get the equipment in there and secure it," Schroeder said in a telephone interview.
In child sexual abuse and driving while intoxicated cases, videotaping is allowed as evidence.
In the former, a law written in 1983 allows three different ways videotaping of a child’s testimony to take place, one of which would he prepared during the course of investigation and could be used with the grand jury.
Videotaping of a child victim of sexual abuse in Comal County has been used for the past six months by the Department of Human Resources in cooperation with law enforcement agencies to record the child’s testimony for criminal and civil proceedings.
The equipmenteingelongs to County Attorney Bill Renner’s office, and at this point the victims are
brought to the Courthouse for the taping.
This same equipment is then moved to the second floor of the courthouse now when the testimony needs to he shown to the grand jur\
In DW I cases, the person charged is videotapedthe jail while performing a physical sobriety test The sheriff’s department has its own videotape equipment and room.
When the new Annex is built, videotaping equipment needed for the presentation of a case to the grand jury will be kept in one spot, not moved around This may mean Schroeder's office will have to have its own videotaping.
“The taped evidence needs to he
See SCHROEDER, Page SA
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