New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Dallas , Texp<h 75? ^5Social Security 'bailout' bill passes Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress sent President Reagan a landmark plan today to assure Social Security solvency into the next century by making workers pay more into the system, increasing the retirement age by two years and taxing benefits.
Shortly before midnight Thursday, the House approved the compromise $165 billion package 243-102. Then a 58-14 vote in the Senate early today ended two years of partisan congressional conflict over the explosive issue, and will avert the im
pending collapse of the system which serves 36 million beneficiaries.
The legislation, which Reagan has embraced and is expected to sign soon, follows the blueprint laid out two months ago by the National Commission on Social Security Reform including:
—Higher payroll taxes in 1964, IMS and 1989.
—A six-month delay in July’s cost-of-living increase in benefits.
—A first-ever levy on benefits going to more affluent retirees.
—Mandatory Social Security coverage for new federal workers and employees of non-profit
—An increase in the current retirement age of 65.
Before the final vote, Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr., R-Tenn., pleaded for support.
“This is not a perfect bill... but we are not a perfect body. This is not the last word, but it is the best we can make at this time,” declared Baker.
With action completed on the bill,
Congress has left town for a 16-day Easter recess.
The way was cleared for final congressional action after negotiators bargained for nearly 12 hours Thursday to hammer out a compromise version of the legislation which had previously passed the House and Senate.
Rep. Barber B. Conable Jr., R-N.Y., who served on the reform commission, hailed the package during brief House debate, saying, "It may not be a work of art, but it is artful
work. ... It will do what it was supposed to do: It will save the nation’s basic social insurance system from imminent disaster.”
But in the Senate, legislators grumbled that their neogitators had given up too much to the House, and that the package relies too much on increased taxes.
Sen. Russell B. Long, D-La., one of the conferees, attacked the compromise, saying, “I refuse to vote for fiscal irresponsibility.”
The conferees dropped the Senate’s
“fail-safe” mechanism — devised by Long — which would automatically have reduced cost-of-living increases if the Social Security trust funds ran low.
Loss of that provision meant “you can’t be sure we won’t be back in 1965 and 1986 patching up Social Security again,” warned Sen. William L. Armstrong, R-Colo.
Senate conferees also agreed to drop their plan to raise the retirement
See BAILOUT, Page 9A
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Vol. 92 - No. 60
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Young convicted inMuenich's death
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
After deliberating for two hours Thursday, a jury of of eight women and four men convicted Thomas Henry Young of involuntary manslaughter His fate — penitentiary time or probation — was being decided, as of presstime Friday.
The jury retired at IO: 45 a rn Friday to begin deliberations for the trial’s punitive phase The range of punishment is two to ten years in the Texas Department of Corrections, and up to a $5,000 fine The jury may also recommend probation, because Young has no prior felony convictions
Young. 54. was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter Thursday in connection with the April 19. 1982, death cf 17-year-old Jimnue Muenich
Closing arguments from both sides, befo-e delibereti<«ns hegan at 3 45 p m Thursday, were nothing short of spectacular But before the theatrics. the court s charge was read, giving the jury the option of finding Young guilty of criminally negligent homicide, if any doubt of his intoxication existed.
"By sheer weight of numbers. Tom Young is guilty of involuntary manslaughter," District Attorney Bill
Schroeder opened “Five people, two of which were trained officers with over 20 years combined experience, testified Young was intoxicated. An intoxilyzer machine, checked on April 14, showed he was intoxicated. And the only one who told this jury he wasn't, was Tom Young himself.
“In his own words, he told this jury why he killed James Muenich. He said, I didn’t see him until he was about 35 feet away,’’’ Schroeder added “That was by his own admission. And Jimmie Muenich never knew what hit him.
“Why didnt Young see him?," Schroeder asked. Because he was intoxicated. He didn t say anything about obstacles in the road He doesn't wear glasses. He didn't say his headlights weren't working.”
Then it was the defense’s turn, and attorneys John Chunn and Ken Furler* guvc it their best shot “Leo! at the time sequence...from 6 to 7. Young had two normal drinks The accident happened nearly three hours later, so he was already oxidizing those Chunn argued "Then he has three or four at the Gourmet Inn. On recall, I gave Mr Guider (the man in charge of the intoxilyzer machine here! Young’s weight, number of drinks, other sequence of events, and
he said Young’s alcohol content would be .05 to .07 at 9 30 p.m. He was given the test at 10.30 p.m., and it’s true he’s going up But you wouldn’t come up with 24."
Furlow paid Schroeder a compliment (“he’s one of the best prosecutors I ve ever seen"), then said, “Yes, he’s good, but I’m worred. Because Mr. Schroeder, your elected prosecutor, has you to the point where you may put an innocent man in jail.
"At 60 mph. a car travels 88 feet per second. Mr. Young was coming around that curve, one second, two seconds, and it's all over. We’ve spent four days talking about two seconds,” Furlow said. “One of the hardest questions I ve ever asked in my legal career was to ask that boy's mother if he was prepared to jog at night. Young Muenich wore no distinctive shirts, no reflective stripes
We want the truth, Mr Schroedc: but we also want some compassion," Furlow said, picking up Muemch’s jogging shoes and turning to face Mrs. Muenich in tile audience. “I was the one who removed those shoes from your sight (when she began to cry), and I wasn’t the one who put them there, either."
See TRIAL. Page 9A
Tower preparing for contest
Bv DYANNEFRY Staff writer
U.S. Senator John Tower hasn't officially said he would seek a third term in 1984 But state campaign director Molly Pryor says, "he's got his track shoes on."
Tower will launch his campaign fund-raising with an “unofficial kickoff dinner" in Houston on April 29 The guest list already includes fellow Republican senators Howard Baker (Tennessee) and Barry Coldwater (Arizona). "We’re think we’ll have someone from the White House, too,” Pryor said
She took a quick tour across south Texas Thursday, stopping for lunch at
New Braunfels’ Faust Hotel, where she discussed pending legislation with local Republicans One of the most important pieces is a bill to repeal the provision for a 10-percent withholding tax on savings accounts This passed, largely unnoticed, as part of a 1982 tax package, and will go into effect in June of this year unless the law is changed.
“Would you believe (Tower I has received a quarter of a Mullion pieces of mail on that one issue?" Pryor said. If constituents think the senator's staff has been slow in answering their letters, that s probably why, she added.
As of Thursday, Pryor hadn't heard of any serious competition within
Tower’s own party. But she noted the filing deadline was still a year away.
The Democrats are another story. Former U.S. Ambassador Bob Krueger has made no formal announcement either, but he's appointed his fund-raising committee, and has met with two Comal County groups in the past few weeks.
Pryor has also heard of precampaign activities by state Rep. Kent Hance (D-Lubbock), state Sen. Lloyd Doggett f D-Austin I and former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe.
I think a lot of people are testing the water,” she said "The impression I’ve gotten from the senator (Tower)
See TOWER, Page 9A
Seven candidates outline their views
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The bond issue, drug-detecting dogs, school discipline, curriculum, the district's new superintendent and teacher salaries were the main topics touched upon Thursday by candidates for the New Braunfels school board.
Seven of the eight candidates running April 2 for the New Braunfels Independent School District’s board of trustees appeared at. a "meet the candidates” session, sponsored by the American Association of University Women.
Included rn the seven were incumbent trustees Bob Self, unopposed in place 4, and Rudy Reimer and his opponents — David Cook and Jose Valdemar Espinoza.
Three of the four candidates for place 4 — Gladys Bartling, Bonnie Uhr Denson and Christina Zamora — were present. But Ronald Dalrymple, also running for this position which is being vacated by incumbent trustee William Lee Jr., was unable to attend.
In opening statements, all seven voiced strong support of the district’s proposed $8.5 million bond issue which will be put before the voters May 3. Several candidates noted that the longer the district delayed
See NB1SU, Page 9A
Jose EspinozaInsideToday's Weather
Skies will be cloudy today, with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers and winds from the south at 15 Mules per hour. The chance of storm activity will increase to 30 percent tonight, and winds will shift to the northwest, still blowing at 15 mph. Saturday will be partly cloudy. Sunset today will be at 6 45 p.m., and sunrise Saturday at 6:28 a .rn.Louisville Hogties Arkansas
The liOusiville Cardinals, down by as much as 16 points in the first half, came back to beat Arkansas with a tip-in at the buzzer, 65-63, in the Mideast Regional semifinal of the NCAA tournament. The win sets up the first Louisville-Kentucky game in 24 years. See Page 6A
S ta/t photo by Sandia Jackson
Elvin Munsell — no need for an alarm clock any more
End of the road
Lake ranger retiring after 31 years' service
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
After 31 years of service w ith the Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Ranger Elvin Munsell will be turning in his badge next week.
“But I’m really not going to be retired,” the 55-year-old bachelor said. “I’m just going to quit setting the alarm clock. ’ ’
Munsell, who has been active in community service around Canyon Ixike during the past few years, intends to continue and possibly expand his activities in that area.
He has served as secretary-treasurer of the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department since April, 1979, and also serves as secretary for the Noon Lions Club. “Those two are a full-time job,” Munsell said, smiling. "I try to go to church when I can, and I’m a dues-paying member of the American Legion.”
Born March 7,1928, Munsell has ll living brothers and sisters, including Melvin, his identical twin brother. He is the father of two teenagers — Gregory Howard, 18, and Tricia Ann, 16, who live in San Angelo.
"My major goal right now is to see these two teenagers through high school and college,” Munsell said, proudly. He admits, though, that he hopes to
spend a lot of time fishing and working around his place as well.
Home for the well-known ranger is a 30-acre spread off FM 306 near Cranes Mill Road, adjacent to Whispering Oaks subdivision. He and his brother jointly own most of that property.
Born in a sharecroppers’ cabin near McMahan, in Caldwell County, Munsell worked as a dairy farm laborer from the age of nine until he was 19. At that tune, he enlisted in the Air Force and served four years. His tour of duty took him to Colorado, California, Alaska, Washington and New York.
Upon being discharged at age 23, he joined the Corps of Engineers at North Concho 1-ike, San Angelo, now O C Fischer Lake.
Over the years, he has worked on several projects and has been a ranger at Canyon l-ake twice in his career. He first came here in January, 1968, and worked until June, 1972. During his five-year absence from Comal County, Munsell was on duty at Comanche, the Fort Worth District Office, and in the Big Thicket before returning to Canyon I .ake in May, 1977.
A man who loves his work, Munsell says, “The best thing I’ve seen out of it all is people enjoying the recreational facilities. And the most depressing is
See RANGER, Page 9A