New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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In the next few days, New Braunfels will temporarily become a political headquarters for several national and state governmental and political leaders.
Liberal, conservative, Democratic and Republican leaders will descend upon the town Thursday night when the 17th annual legislative Conference gets underway with a reception for Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, (D-Houston).
The actual conference, cosponsored by the Texas State Chamber and New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, will begin Friday.
The reception for Bentsen, this
year’s “Texan of the Year,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center. A brief ceremony will surround the award presentation made to Bentsen by Ben Love, president of Texas Commerce Banc-shares in Houston. Love is also chairman of the this year’s conference advisory committee.
Attendance at this year’s conference is expected to be high — although not quite as high as last year when Vice President George Bush was “Texan of the Year.”
In comparison to the 1981 conference. however, Tom Purdum, Chamber executive vice president, is
pleased with this year’s ticket sales and sponsorships.
“We’re ahead on our sponsorships,” he noted in a telephone interview. “And we expect close to 500 in attendance.”
This year there are 53 associate business and professional sponsors, much higher than the 31 sponsors in 1981, Purdum said.
Sponsors include state and local companies and businesses, and most are repeating, he said. The fact that they are repeating sponsors is important, he said, since it shows the conference is gaining an “established good reputation.”
As usual, this year’s conference will consist of two panels and a noon luncheon.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Friday. At 8:45 a.m., Chamber president Donnie Seay will open the conference, followed by a welcome from Mayor O.A. “Skip” Stratemann Jr.
Bentsen, introduced by former Congressman Joe Kilgore, will give the opening address.
The national issues panel, presided over by Love, will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. Speakers will include Charles W. Duncan Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Energy and
Ray Marshall, former U.S. Secretary of Labor.
U.S. Congressman Tom lx>effler was also scheduled to be on this panel, but he will be unable to attend since his wife is expecting a baby any day, Purdum noted.
The second morning panel (state issues) will begin at 10:45 a m., lead by Kilgore. Other speakers will include Carol Barger, executive director of the Consumers Union; Wilhelmina Delco, state representative and chairman of the Committee on Higher Education; State Senator Ike Harris, chairman of the Economic Development Committee; and George
Pierce, state representative who serves as chairman of the Committee on Urban Affairs.
Doyle Krueger, chairman of the local arrangements committee, will preside at the luncheon, scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m.
A special presentation will be made in memory of former special prosecutor I^eon Jaworski, who died last year. For several years, Jaworski helped organize the legislative conference and was also named “Texan of the Year.”
Lt. Governor Bill Hobby will be the luncheon speaker. He will be introduced by Wade I>orenz, president of the State Chamber.
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William Murray born again Christian
Murray hopes mother will see the light
By CINDY RICHARDSON Staff writer
Former atheist Bill Murray, son of atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, believes his mother will find salvation before she dies. “I’m convinced of that victory,” he said. “I pray for her salvation ona daily basis
“Jesus Christ is always available He can forgive anyone for anything," Murray said. if He can forgive Bill Murray, he can forgive anyone.”
Murray was in town Tuesday night to speak at the Civic Center. Hundreds of people attended the event, sponsored by the Christian Women's Club.
He and his mother were instrumental in having prayer and Bible reading removed from public schools, and Murray recounted the events leading up to the Supreme Court decision. His mother, believing that the U.S. was nothing more than a "slave labor camp” tried to defect to Russia, taking hun and his stepbrother with her. Officials at the Soviet embassy in Paris were not sure what to do because “it was the first time they had ever had anybody in their embassy that was trying to get into their country.”
After waiting almost a month, the family was rejected, and returned to the U.S. O’Hair went with Murray to enroll him in school in Baltimore. While passing a classroom, they heard
students repeating the Pledge of Allegiance. “My mother turned a shade of red. " They walked a little further down and in another classroom a student was reading from the Bible. “My mother turned another shade of red.”
In another classroom the students were standing and saying the lord’s Pra>er. “My mom turned purple — I thought w e w ere going to lose her."
O'Hair complained about the presence of prayer and Bible reading rn the school and the counselor told her, "There were prayers and Bible readings in the schools of this city before there was a United States of America. If our forefathers would have wanted us to discontinued the practice, surely they would have told us so when they formed the government, but they didn’t.”
After writing an ineffective letter to the superintendent of schools, O’Hair wrote a letter to the Baltimore Sun outlining her cause. This sparked a story in that paper and in turn other stories, and the family gained national media attention.
A petition was filed in the Superior Court of Baltimore to outlaw Bible reading and prayer in the schools. It was thrown out, but three years and two appeals later, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled that prayer and Bible reading in public schools was un-
See MURRAY, Page 10A
Police nab Florida man after high-speed chase
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The New Braunfels Police Department applied the Canadian Mounties' motto Tuesday afternoon, chased a car at speeds over IOO mph until it ran out of gas. and got a Mariana. Fla., man wanted for grand theft.
Andre Reginald Barr, 25, is in custody in the Comal County Jail today, under $20,000 bond for the local charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle He is awaiting extradition back to Florida on the grand theft charge.
Police got a “suspicious persons” call from a local
pawn shop, when Barr tried to sell a radio out of his car. A license check of the vehicle came back as a Buick, Detective Juan Gusme said, but the car was a Chevrolet.
Gusme and patrolman David Wilson tried to stop Barr’s car, but he refused to pull over. Once the fugitive reached Interstate 35, the chase continued at speeds over IOO mph — until the fugitive’s car ran out of gas. The chase stopped at the Cibolo Creek exit near Selma, and involved between seven to nine law enforcement officers.
"I slammed into the grass median, going about 90 mph," Gusme said, “and I said a little prayer ”
A passenger in the fleeing car was not charged in
the incident, but Immigration and Naturalization authorities were contacted, and are expected to transport him back to Mexico.
In other police news, William Brannon reported his 1976 Fiat Spider convertible stolen outside his residence, 241 Seville No. K8. sometime between 9.30 p in Monday and 7:45 a m. Tuesday. The car is valued at $2,500.
Hoyle Plumbing Co., 960 Highway 81 West, reported a burglary of a company van, parked in the driveway of 325 Napolean between 4:55 p.m. Monday and 8 a m. Tuesday. Equipment valued at $1,336 was listed as missing, and the report stated latent prints had been lifted from the van to aid the investigation.
The future and Bob Krueger
Hispanic support sought in '84 Wedding bells in near future?
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
He may not have officially announced his candidacy yet, but former Congressman Bob Krueger is making no bones about his intentions to run against Sen. John Tower in 1984.
“I see a goal and I want to fulfill it," he said in an interview Tuesday
Krueger gratefully accepted an introduction as "hopefully our next senator" at a local Mexican American Democratic meeting Tuesday night The New Braunfels native also took the chance to campaign for himself and the Democratic party.
“No other group has a greater opportunity for influence” in this state than the Mexican American population, Krueger told the mostly-
Hispanic group gathered al El Dorado Cafe on the city’s West End.
Urging them to support the Democratic Party, Krueger asked: “Which party was it that guaranteed that your children will never have to face the indignities you’ve had to face?"
Several times the former congressman noted that he was “deeply proud that New Braunfels has established a Mexican American Democratic chapter.”
The Democratic Party needs to be “reminded that it’s not complete or full until it is certaui that it is hearing the voice of the Mexican American in this state “You’ve got to be sure your voice is heard," he emphasized.
Krueger pointed out that in the
See KRUEGER, Page 10A
W’lthm the next couple of weeks. Bob Krueger will be making two announcements.
One of them — as everyone is expecting — will concern his political intentions. The other, however, will concern his intentions toward Kathleen Tobin of San Antonio.
At a New Braunfels Mexican American Democrats meeting Tuesday night. Krueger revealed not only his political ambitions for the U.S. Senate, but also his plans to soon announce his engagement to Tobin, originally from Bandera.
News concerning his yet-to-be formally announced engagement appeared recently in a Houston newspaper, slightly before Krueger said he was ready to announce his engagement plans.
The former congressman and
ambassador-at-large to Mexico joked Tuesday about wanting to be the first to tell Tobin’s mother about the engagement.
Krueger, considered by some to be one of the state’s most eligible bachelor’s, plans to officially announce his candidacy plans for the U S. Senate within two weeks.
He will once again be running against incumbent Sen John Tower, a Republican, who has indicated that he will seek re-election in the 1984 general elections. It also looks like former Gov. Dolph Briscoe, a Democrat, will be running for this same spot.
Krueger ran on the Democratic ticket in 1978 against Tower and came close to defeating him. The New Braunfels native lost that race by less than I percent of the total statewide vote.
GUATEMALA CITY (API - Pope John Paul II ends his Central America trip today, having pledged that the Roman Catholic Church will work for social justice and human rights in an effort to free the region from a scourge of hatred and killing After a brief stop in Belize, he takes his message to the bishops of all l,atin America meeting in the Caribbean nation of Haiti.
He is scheduled to spend IO hours in that poorest nation in the hemisphere and then return to Rome on an overnight flight.
The pontiff’s eight-day trip through Central America included pleasant, flower-strewn welcomes in Costa Rica and Panama, and confrontations with Nicaragua’s Marxist leaders and the Protestant president of Guatemala, an unbending rightist army general.
Haiti next stop before return
Greeted by crowds of hundreds of thousands in each country. John Paul consistently spoke for a need to help the poor and the downtrodden. He called for reconciliation and brotherhood to replace violence now raging between right and left, rich and poor, white and Indian.
On Tuesday, during a two-stop visit in impoverished Honduras, he urged the betterment of the poor and the neediest” and called for an end to violence and injustice.
Honduran President Roberto Suazo Cordova, a country doctor who heads a new democratic government, told the pope his nation has neither “jails for people’s ideas nor prisons for their thoughts.”
Golf board backs higher fees
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
A couple of “snow birds’’ came with ruffled feathers to Tuesday’s meeting of the Golf Course Advisory Board. They calmed down when board members told them City Council had already rejected the idea of charging visitors $20 extra to play golf in luanda Park.
Now, the board has decided to ask for a $15 increase in the annual greens fee for all players. That would bring the price up to $155 for an adult player. An annual pass for a couple will cost $225, rather than $200. And the annual trail fee for players using privately-owned carts will go from $60 to $70.
The vote was unanimous, though board member Clifford Benne indicated he sure didn’t like it
It was Henne’s idea, last month, to set up different fee schedules for residents and non-residents. Two board members were against it, but the motion passed and was forwarded, along with other fee-change recommendations, to City Council on Feb. 28.
Council members agreed to a 50-cent increase on daily green fees < which will make it $4 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. I They agreed to assess a $5 trail fee for anyone who borrows a golf cart for a day, rather than renting one from the course clubhouse. They decided to add a 10-percent charge to annual fees paid in two installments, rather than all at once.
But golf board chairman Fritz Scheffel Jr. said reported there was “no sympathy on the council” for
See GOLF, Page 10A
Comal County forecast calls for mostly cloudy today, clearing and cooler tonight, and sunny and mild Thursday. Winds will be from the north at 10-15 mph today. There is a 30 percent i hance of showers today. Sunset will be at 6:35 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 6:47 a.rn.
New at Canyon Lake
Visitors who’ve lost their way at Canyon Lake now have a place they can go to find out about what they’re looking for. The Corps of Engineers is opening a new Visitors’ Center — a project which was three years in the making. Page 2A
Canyon Whips Rangers
lA*d by Troy Burch’s double, three singles and two Rills, the Canyon Cougars rolled over the Smithson Valley Rangers Tuesday night 7-2. The loss drops SV to 0-2 while the Cougars go to 4-1 See Page 7A
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