New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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THURSDAY March 31,1983 25 cents
Reagan missile plan gets good reception
LOS ANGEI.ES (AP) — President Reagan’s offer to trim the number of nuclear missiles to be deployed in Europe if the Soviets pare their arsenal of medium-range warheads is being well received by America s European allies.
But the man who negotiated the SALT II treaty for the United States says the Soviets probably will find “there’s nothing in it for them.”
There was no immediate official response from Moscow as Reagan prepared to further explain the U.S. policy shift in a speech today to the Ix>s Angeles World Affairs Council.
But American arms expert Paul War* nke, in Washington, said. “To the extent that it appears to call for equality of warheads between the United States and
the Soviet Union, it would mean that the Soviets — if they made a 50 percent cut — would then be confronted with the entire deployment of American ground-launched cruise missiles and Pershing 2s,“ Warnke said.
Reagan is en route to a four-day holiday weekend at his ranch near Santa Barbara and stopped in Los Angeles to make a speech originally billed as a major arms policy address.
Administration officials had said privately that Reagan would announce in the speech the expected shift from his proposal to ban all U.S. and Soviet missiles aimed at Europe But, when it was learned that most European newspapers would miss the speech because of holiday schedules. Reagan summoned NATO
ambassadors to the White House and announced the essence of his new negotiating position before departing for the West Coast.
The NATO allies, who had been consulted before the proposal was put on the negotiating table in Geneva earlier this week, said in a statement that “it represents a significant step designed to move the i talks) toward conclusion of an equal, fair and verifiable arms control agreement.”
The Kremlin customarily does not respond immediately to major U.S. policy statements, and American officials said Soviet negotiators had been asked not to reject the plan out of hand without giving it
See REAGAN, Page 16
Local elections at-a-glance
Gladys Barbing Bonnie Uhr Denson Christina Zamora Ronald Dalrymple
Rudy Reinter David Cook
Jose Valdemar Espinoza
Erwin Lehmann Selden Becker
Adoption of a one-percent city sales and use tax:
1 Yes 1 < No 1
Bob Kolstad Paul Davis
Neil Craigmile Robert Howey
Robert Harmon Ben White
Election of four council members by geographical districts and three at-large.
Fill vacancies on City Council by a majority vote at a special election 120 days after vacancy occurs.
Authorize City Manager to contract for budgeted items not exceeding $5,000 without further City Council approval.
Delete paragraph in charter providing for fluoridation of city water supply.
Proponents, opponents disagree on health aspects, safeguards
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer
With so many pamphlets, arguments, and letters to the editor floating around town, it’s easy to get confused. But the Texas Department of Health still maintains that fluoridated water is a benefit to the community, and that there's ' never been a clinically substantiated case ' harm to ail yore from drinking optimally V»uoi uiateJ water.”
Health department research has been supported by the Comal County Dental Association, the Comal County Medical Association, and in a Wednesday column by County Extension Agent Connie Worley.
laical chiropractors, just as firmly con
vinced that fluoride is a bad idea, have joined with a vocal group of private citizens in presenting articles and studies which, they believe, show fluoride to be a health hazard
Dr. M L. Lehr of the Lehr Chiropractic Clime said Wednesday that these citizens had been accused of using "scare tactics.” He did not deny this, but added, “From our eqipt cf Jon , t’.i *rhH .1 potent
St ut f.
Each side claims to have all the facts, and they don’t seem to agree on a single point
Some of the anti-fluondatiomsts stress freedom of choice. They don’t think it’s right to “mass-medicate’’ an entire population against the will of some inviduals.
A pamphlet, “Fluoride Facts,” put out by
the American Dental Association, says that fluoride doesn’t qualify as a “medication" because it doesn’t treat or cure tooth decay. It merely prevents it, in much the same way chlorine added to public water supplies prevents bacterial disease.
Still, Linda Crossett of the State Bureau of Dental Health says she can "kind of accept" the freedom-of-choice argument However, ■be says the aoti-fluoridatiomsts’ other claims — tnai fluoridated water tau^es cancer, allergic reactions, and bone deterioration; that it’s a slow poison accumulating in the body over a period of years; that it can actually hurt, rather than help teeth — are groundless.
The only fluoride-related death on record had nothing to do with drinking the water. A
dialysis patient in Annapolis, Md. died when hospital technicians failed to de-ionize the water used in his machine. It’s standard pratice to remove all trace elements from water used in dialysis treatments, and Crossett said the fatal incident was the result of a combination of errors.
That’s one of Dr. lehr’s points: errors do occur, and what might one do to New Braunfels?
We’ve directly bcd one spill here,” he said, referring to an incident last August which delayed the start of fluoridation in New Braunfels. “They were afraid it (the hydroflosiUc acid) was going to leak into the river It didn’t.” But what, he wondered,
See FLUORIDE, Page 16
Fluoride's cost $40,OOO,Sohn says
By DEBBIE OeLOACH Staff writer
Saturday’s election will determine whether fluoride stays in the city’s water system. For Bob Sohn, Utilities manager, the end results could mean $40,476.05 was spent for nothing.
Sohn, who described himself as “the man who either turns off the valve or keeps it open" after Saturday, isn’t bitter over the fluoridation upheaval. And he’s quick to say he’s not in the position to take a stand for or against the issue.
But the practical side of the issue boils down to dollars and cents, and Sohn provided the figures. Fluoridation of the city's water system was approved by a 15-vote margin rn the Aug. 9,1980 election. To set it in motion, including construction, consulting engmeers and chemicals, total
cost was $84,518.05. Utilities received $47,370 from the state in grant funds for a left-over balance of $37,148.05.
Then, in July, acid leaks were located at Well No. 4 (at the base of the Balcones Escarpment off Highway 461 and Well No. 5 tat the edge of the Landa Park Golf Course). Vandalism was strongly suspected, and still remains a possibility. Whether the theory is ever proven or not, the total cost of implementing fluoridation jumped to $40,476.05.
“Theorically, every dollar we spend as a Utilities conies from rates. We have two basic ways of generating revenues — bonds and grants, which are earmarked for specifcs, and rates,” Sohn said. “When we spend that kind of money < $40,000 plus), it’s going to come out of rates.”
For years, the water and sewer departments have been operating in the
red. So Sohn said a rate increase in those areas is forthcoming, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s election.
“I won’t deny that fluoridation is on the list of reasons why rates are going to have to go up, but it’s at the bottom. It is just one part of that deficit, and there are many other reasons,” the manager stated. “We’ve spent the money. If fluoridation is defeated, we have to collect it back. If it passes, we still have to get it back. But at least, if fluoridation passes, we won’t have spent $40,476.05 for nothing.”
What about the $47,370 from the state? If fluoride is removed from the city’s water system, will those funds have to be paid back? “Yes, and no," Sohn said in response. “If the state gives us money and we use it for the stated purpose, we don’t
See SOHN, Page 16
Chemical truck burns; small area evacuated
KILGORE, Texas (AP) - A chemical truck spewed toxic fumes across Interstate 20 early today, forcing evacuations, and then exploded and caught fire as authorities watched, the Department of Public Safety said.
A stretch of the highway between Tyler and Longview in East Texas was closed for several hours and authorities evacuated a two-mile area north of the highway as wind blew the fumes in that direction, said DPS Lt. Bill Cody The driver, Kenneth Newman, 44, and his wife Diana, 40, of Salt Lake City, Utah, were treated and released from Laird Memorial Hospital here after inhaling some of the fumes.
Cody said another truck driver radioed Newman at about 4:30 a.m. to tell him fumes were seeping from the back of his refrigerated rig. Newman pulled into a tavern parking lot, unhooked the rig and pulled away.
The truck was carrying plastic containers of peroxy-dicarbonate, a peroxide that vaporizes when mixed
with air, Cody said.
Authorities watched the truck, closed down the highway and began evacuating residents, Cody said, but reopened the highway at 6:15 a.m. and cancelled the evacuation as wind dissipated the toxic fumes to a safe density.
About 2*'* hours later, Cody said, the truck exploded and caught fire, spewing toxic smoke across the higway and over a wider area of Smith and Gregg counties, he said.
The highway was again closed and an evacuation was commenced again until shortly before IO a.m., when authorities determined the wind had again dissipated the fumes and the danger had passed.
Firefighters just let the fire burn itself out, Cody said. Officers did not know immediately how the fire started.
An undetermined number of residents living in the sparsely populated area, located on the border between Gregg and Smith counties, were evacuated, the DPS said.
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warm today, increasing cloudiness tonight, and mostly cloudy Friday with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will be from the southeast at 10-15 mph today, becoming southerly near 15 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 6:49 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at 6:21 a.m.
NBA Settlement Reached
Just as the Herald Zeitung was going to press, the Associated Press reported that The National Basketball Association and its players’ union agreed on a tentative contract today, just two days before a threatened strike that would have interrupted the final two weeks of the season.
Parks bracing for Easter
As of Thursday morning, The Other Place on the Comal had “about two units” left unreserved for the Easter weekend, said Faye Birkelbaeh at the desk.
Betty Erdman at Camp Warneeke reported that resort to be “about half full,” with most of the guests, expected to arrive Friday.
Guadalupe Outpost had more Saturday reservations. A desk clerk said Thursday morning that six of the 50 rooms were still open for Friday, and only Hire: for the rest of the weekend.
“We have lots of people coming in on Saturday and Sunday and staying for three or four days. I guess around Texas, a lot of schools have their breaks after Easter,” she said.
No matter which way you count it, New Braunfels’ summer tourist industry has just about arrived
Easter weekend is is generally considered to be the official start of the summer season.
There are indications that this one may not start as fast as some others. As Court Thieleman, the city’s Director of Parks and Recreation put it, "It all depends on the weather.” Wintry temperatures dampened the official first day of spring, as well as several other days last week. Although a few adventurous souls have tried the river, water sports may not seem all that attractive just yet. luanda Resort reports “a lot of openings” for this weekend.
Thieleman’s heard there’s a 30 percent chance of
See PARKS, Page llSWAT cover-up
County SWAT team member Jim Payne aplies camouflage make-up to Preston Overstreet prior to a team exercise Wed nesday at the Texas Industries Inc. cement
Staff photo by Cmdy Richardson
plant north of New Braunfels. The exercise was held at an abandoned house which the company owns, and the “suspects'' to be flushed out were holed up there.