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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas AnalysisCan Ronald Reagan restore trust? An AP Nows Analysis By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — He’s taken his knocks, says he's learned his lesson and now is ready to move on (rom the Iran-Contra affair. You can hardly blame President Reagan for wanting to go forward after three months of turmoil, but the surprise may be Congress' inclination to go along Many Democrats joined Republicans in saying Reagan's speech Wednesday night was a good start on the road back and helped undo some of the damage he's suffered Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd, D-W.Va , said. "It went part way" while Sen. Howell Heflin, D-Ala a member of the Senate committee investigating the Iran-Contra affair, said the speech represented 'a transfusion" for Reagan But even GOP lawmakers said Reagan must do more "Let's face it. the Iran affair is not yet over," cautioned Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole. R-Kan And Byrd said Congress will be looking for action, not just words Emboldened by Reagan's political weakness. House Speaker Jim Wright, D-Texas. is prodding Reagan to reverse course and endorse tax increases Other Democrats are pressing for compromises on the budget and trade and with the Russians on arms control Dole bluntly warned the White House that it better carefully pick its veto targets lest an easy override make the president appear even weaker A hint of compromise was there between the lines of Reagan s speech He said there were things he canted to accomplish in his final two years in office and offered praise for his new chief of staff Howard Baker a skilled bargainer and pragmatist and far less of an ideological conservative than hts boss I m hopeful that his experience as minority and majority leader of the Senate can help us forge a new partnership with the Congress, especially on foreign and national security policies." Reagan said. He did not apologize for his Iranian initiative, as some had suggested he should Three times he used the word "mistake" but he never connected it to the pronoun "I," such as in a sentence saying, "I made a mistake." Nevertheless, his speech was taken as an admission he erred. "A man is never more credible than when he admits to a mistake, and this the president has very manfully done tonight," said former Sen John Tower. R-Texas. a GOP ally who was chairman of the Tower commission that criticized Reagan's performance in the Iran-Contra dealings Contradicting his previous statements. Reagan acknowledged for the first time he had traded arms for hostages But he couched his admission in words that still suggested he really didn't believe that was the case Recalling his earlier disavowal of a swap. Reagan said, "My heart and my best intentions still tell me that is true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not " He was a victim, he said of his own compassion for hostages held in Lebanon "I let my personal concern for the hostages spill over into the geopolitical strategy of reaching out to Iran I asked so many questions about the hostages welfare that I didn t ask enough about the specifics of the total Iran plan " By his own description, he was unaware of w-hat was going on around him and confused about whether he approved an arms shipment to Iran in 1985 He seemed to blame his lapse of memory on the failure of others to keep records ‘ Rest assured there s plenty of record keeping now going on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue *' he saidGuest Column Will the SMU football scandal have political repercussions? By MICHAEL HOLMES AtWKKltO Pr*ii Writer Al STI N AP    Gov    Hill I tements predicts there won t he any political fallout from his acknowtedg cd involvement in the 'southern Methodist I niversity football scan dal t*uf some others aren t so sure It s hard to see how it would enhance things The only question is how much damage said Dr Richard Murrav    a pollster and political sc ientist at the I niversity of Houston lr. a state where the governor has restively wean torn.a. powers his publn standing i* important Mur rav said Wednesdav He does have to get along with legislators and so forth lf you lose credibility you suf fer " Clements testily denied VAednes lay that his administration would feel any effect No I rn not Clements replied * hen asked J he was worried about possible political effects of the SMI affair Before taking office in January Clements served as chairman of the sMl Board of Governors On Tues tav he told a news conference that fie and other university officials ie* Hied to continue payments lo Senate panel okays opened container bill VI MTN AP A hill that would make it a minor crime to drink while lriv mg has cleared a senate commit tee again with sponsor Bill Sarpalius hoping the third time is a charm Ha* state Affairs Committee sent the measure to tile senate on an Md v«>te Wednesday sarpalius D Amarillo said a similar full had i»een approved bv senate committee in two previous egtslative sessions and once was i >h ii bv the full Senate Representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Students Against Drunk Driving Texas PTA I ex as Medical Asvaiation Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and law enforcement organizations were among a dozen witnesses sup pitting Sarpalius hill No nm* testified against the pro posal which provides a fine of up to Urn for the offense of drinking while driving This state will never get serious afxKjt drunk driving until we make it against the law to drink and drive." Sarpalius said He added that there are very few countries in the world that allow drinking arui driving and in some the penalty is life in prison but in Texas it s legal to drink arid drive so long as your seat belt son Director Jim Adams of the Itepart ment of Public Safety said Texas traffic deaths reached an all time high of 4.71M rn 1981. and a task force was appointed to bring that figure down By 1985 after stronger DW1 laws were enacted, the number of traffic deaths dropped to 3.682. and a further reduction perhaps 3 per cent is expected for 1986 Adams said passage of the "open container" bill is the only piece of major legislation recommended by the task force that has not been pass ed by the Legislature some football players after the pro gram was slapped with NCAA penalties rn 1985 I think what he s done is really call into question more vividly than ever his judgment his feel for what is and isnt proper said Dr Charles Elliott an East Texas State I niv erst tv political scientist who admits to being no fan of the state s only Jith century Republican governor The governor s defenders however noted that A tements ordered the plaver payments phas ed out They say he was part of the solution not part of the problem Hindsight gives you a thousand opportunete-' to say you should have 'Vine it better you should have done it differently He could have grand standed but I think the underlying main factor is that he started the cleanup said George Strake Texas Republican Party chairman lf you analyze the deal it looks to me that when the governor went into that job as SMI chairman he smelled something fishy and said the program ts going to be phased out Strake said Clements has refused to say much more about the SMI affair I am not going to talk SMI to day he said Wednesday I ve done all the talking about SMI I rn going to do The SMI crisis is the latest in a series of difficulties Clements has faced since being sworn in on Jan JU after defeating Democratic Gov Mark White the man who had ousted him from the governor s mansion in 1982 Among them (Tements sharply criticized White for * early release of prison inmates then approved the early transfer of IHb inmates from prisons to halfway houses as a method to ease prison overcrowding Clements said they will remain under supers I sion longer this way White callet! it early release Some legislative critics say Clements broke a campaign promise to avoid further tax increases by en dorsing a bill to continue for two years a 62 9 billion hike in sales ami motor fuel taxes that White pushed through a spec ial legislative session last (all to help balance an oil ravaged state budget His campaign pledge to sell the 6.1 I million Mitsubishi jet that White purchased ha>n t materialized Clements, own appointee to the State Aircraft Pooling Board said last week the jet could bring only Stfm IM) if a buyer could be found (Tements said during the cam paign he would quickly persuade lawmakers to let him deal with the t>udget crisis by giv mg him in* reased power to transfer fundv fietween state agencies so-called budget ex ecution authority That plan flopped when the Senate voted against even lebattng the question some Democrats were quick to say that ( sentients SMI problems will affect his job since the office s powers are so limited bv the Con stitution that persuasion generally is considered a key factor in job per formance Of course this will affect his credibility with the Legislature said Sen Ted Lyon l>Rockwall A great deal of the force a gover nor has in politics is moral assuasion I think this erodes your powers with the legislature and the people said Bob Slagle Texas Democratic Party chairman White said Clements SMI problem raises more questions Did he have a deep moral committment to finish making these payments or was it hush money ’ White asked Some including Lt Gov Bill Hob bv and House Speaker Gib l^ewis both Democrats said the SMI pro Diem wasn t related to government That s t aft ween him and SMI That d«**sn t hav e any thing to do w uh state business I don t think it has any effect on his credibility at all said lewis 11 Port Worth Republicans said the criticism was nothing more than partisan politics GDP national committeeman Ernest .Angelo said Clements simply was telling the facts atniut the SMI situation of two years ago It s in the past he* said Strake the GDP chairman said he didn t blame Democ rats for jump mg up on the soapbox and they re go mg to try to milk it for all the political mileage they can I don t think it has any (tearing on his ability as governor Bill Clements has had a lifetime reputation as a doei aik! an achiever and an honest man I don I see any of that chang mg he said WANTED WW I AND WW ll WAR SOUVENIRS CASH PAID FOR: Daggers A Swords up to $3 OOO Bayonets    $5    to $50 Medals A Badges    SS to 1300 Helmets & Hats    $15 to 6300 Nazi Flags    $15    to    $1,000 Nazi Uniforms    $25 to SI OOO Nazi Cloth InsiQna $2to$i00 teach) U S Leather Flight Jackets $25 to $260 Antique or Military Guns $25 to $1,000 German Military Steins Plisse Onng anything you think may Pe of interest to us Qualified Japanese sword appraiser will Pe present ONE DAY ONLY Sunday March 8 1987 10 a m to 6 p m Holiday Inn 1051 1-35 A St. Hwy. 46 ^Jew^Braunfe^Jexa^ Violence shelter needs support By NADINE MARDOCK On March 14, the Comal County Family Violence Shelter. Inc., will sponsor its first fund-raising event A spring fashion show will be held at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church at 373 Howard St., between ll a rn and 2 p.m. Registration will be at the door and is SIO If you are unable to attend, but would like to mail in a donation, see the address below Proceeds and donations raised will go to purchase a house for the victims of family violence in Comal County. Many local merchants will be featuring their spring collections Beverages and snacks will be provided by local merchants as well A brief summary of the goals of the organization will be presented at intermission The CCFVS was incorporated in July of 1986 and received tax-exempt status in December To date approximately $12,000 has been raised to purchase a house for the shelter In the first six months of 1986 the New Braunfels Police Department and the Comal County Sheriffs Department received more than 500 calls of family disturbance These figures do not include assault calls The Hays and Guadalupe county shelters served 32 persons from Comal County in 1985 and many victims must be turned away due to lack of space at those shelters, not to mention those who cannot get to a shelter due to lack of transportation, funds or the inability to coordinate removing the children from school here and relocating in Seguin or San Marcos until they can find an alter native to returning to a violent home environment Our goal is to open a shelter here in New Braunfels Once a shelter is established a hotline for the victims will be operational 24 hours every day. as well as emergency transportation and medical services Counseling for the children of victims will also be provided as well as to the husband and wife The shelter will utilize existing social service agencies in New Braunfels for a good portion of their needs and will not be duplicating any services already available Your support and donations are greatly needed and appreciated Providing a shelter locally will not only assist the victims of family violence, it will help improve the quality of life for all residents in this county through the education of the public on this issue and intervention to the repercussions such an environment has on the community as a whole For further infomration call 625-6909 or 620-5533 or write to 150 North St Suite 307, New Braunfels 78130 Mattox thoughtful after execution HUNTSVILLE Texas AP After witnessing the execution of convicted killer Eliseo Moreno Attorney General Jim Mattox said he wished there were other ways to deal with violent criminals "I have strong reservations about taking people s lives but I think society has a right to exact its punishments." Mattox said early Wednesday following Moreno s ex ecut ion Mattox who has witnessed all but three of the 22 executions the state has carried out since 1982 has said previously that at least one inmate should not have been executed and at least three deserve to be off death row He has not identified those in mates however Hut Mattox added he was sorry in mates such as Moreno executed by injection for killing a state trooper in 1983 during a reign of terror in which six people died wound up facing such a process and found himself praying while watching Moreno die I was uttering a prayer " he said I frequently do and that s what was taking place Asked the purpose of the prayer he replied For strength in dealing with the process and understanding of what staking place Mattox said he wished society would he able to cure the problems of violent crimes I regret very much that society must be in a position to exact this kind of punishment because it is a verv severe one Mattox said I think for most of us involved in this process it is a painful process in that we wish that we did not live in such a v lolent society On death row inmates Wednesday greeted Mattox s comments with mixed emotions “If he really believes what he says then he should quit." Jim Vanderbilt a death row inmate, said "He has no power " added Billy Hughes another death row inmate "He s got to follow the law "I think he s always had reserva tions prisoner Lester Bower said Bower however said it was one thing to express questions about capital punishment and another to have something done about it Mattox said Moreno had commit ted the most egregious set of crimes of any individual whom I have had the responsibility of being involved with And yet at the same time it s very obvious to me that he was ex tremetv sorry and repentant for what was laking place Mattox con tmued But that does not mean it should not be taking place BAU Mini-Blinds V* *, 8. MOS 60% OH 7 Best Colors Rhoads Interiors 943 N. Walnut New Braunfels M Tm W F 1:30 S JO Thurs UM 7:00 SM 10 00 4 00 Call 625-3477 Attention Teenagers Win a Trip to Washington, D.C. 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