New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Generous father heads up family filii of ingrates
DEAR ABBY: Six years ago, my father buried his sister as he was instructed in her will. Her son (my cousin) now complains to my father that there is no marker on his mother’s grave.
As long as I can remember, my father’s relatives have expected him to be the “godfather” to all of them. He buried his parents with no financial help from his eight brothers and sisters. He also paid for a lovely headstone for his grandparents’ graves. His siblings complained that it wasn’t fancy enough.
My father has paid for new cars, home repairs, etc., for his brother or sister, but the only time they call him is to ask for more money. Most of them earn more than he does, but they blow their money on gambling or drinking.
My mother finally divorced Dad because his generostiy has enabled his dysfunctional family to continue their wasteful ways. Father is in complete denial, but believe me, Mom was right. Dad made his wife and children do without while never questioning his siblings’ constant requests for money.
I say, if my drug-addicted cousin wants the Taj Mahal on his mother’s grave, he should arrange for it and pay for it himself.
Despite my father’s generosity to those who don’t appreciate it, I still love him. I’m just fed up with relatives who have no conscience about spending the nest egg that was meant to take care of him in his retirement. Sign me...
TIRED OF BEING THE GODFATHER’S DAUGHTER
DEAR TIRED: Until your father finds the courage to say no to these moochers, they’ll continue to regard him as a soft touch. I maintain: lf someone takes
advantage of you once shame on him. If he takes advantage of you twice, shame on you.
I sympathize with your feelings, but ifs your father’s money and how he spends it is his decision. You can bet that he gets much gratification out of being the proficer and the symbolic head of the family.
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place to crash. What could have been bad, turned out to be no danger. We got lucky.”
The tank holds fuel for Brauntex Aviation, owned by Bayliss Harriss, who currently is the only fuel provider at the airport. Harriss did not return phone calls Thursday or this morning.
The driver of a red, extended cab truck, which was following the plane, took the two occupants from the scene before emergency personnel arrived at about 3:45 p.m., police said.
Witnesses told police that the occupants went to get a trailer to haul the plane from the scene and that they did not appear to be injured.
Police said they would secure the scene and not allow the plane’s removal until Federal Aviation Administration officials could investigate.
They also said they would not release the names of two suspects pending further discussions with FAA officials today.
Aiipoit Manager Darrell Phillips said the ordeal would be classified as an “incident” and not an “accident,” because the aircraft never left the ground and was not preparing for flight.
FAA officials had planned to meet with the pilot and passenger of the plane this morning, police said, adding that they did not suspect foul play and were planning to file an incident report after they found the occupants.
Phillips said no estimate had been made of the damage but that the
airplane likely would not fly again.
Ben Fowler, a mechanic at Brauntex, was working on an airplane inside the hangar when he and his partner heard the sound of the impact and immediately called 911.
Witnesses told police the plane was on course to hit the Brauntex hangar but then swerved into the adjacent fuel dispenser.
Minutes before the accident, John Soria, a pilot for Rush Enterprises, said he had parked his company plane in the hangar next to Brauntex after completing a flight and was standing outside where he witnessed the crash.
Soria said the pilot was having trouble steering the plane as it traveled about 30 mph on the airport’s taxiway. The other passenger stood on the wing, yelled out something and then jumped from the plane and rolled onto a lawn, he said.
The plane was headed toward the Brauntex hangar when the pilot accelerated to about 45 mph, missing the hangar but hitting a parked truck before spinning into the fuel dispenser, he said.
The pilot jumped out of the cab, ran from the scene and found the passenger and the driver of a truck that was following the plane, he said.
After talking for a minute, they left the scene and indicated they would return with a trailer to haul the plane off, he said.
Soria said he thought that the pilot sped up to try to use the plane’s tail rudder as a steering mechanism because the brakes had failed.
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Bill Cassel, an airplane mechanic at Petro Aviation, a private airport in Seguin, confirmed that he was the driver of the truck that was following the plane and said he was about 200 yards behind the plane when it crashed.
Cassel said he had not worked on the plane but that he was assisting the owner who wanted to test the engine after replacing its battery that day.
“(The owner) hadn’t been in an airplane in a while and it just got away from him. I didn’t want him to move the plane,” Cassel said. “No big deal. Because I’m involved, it got blown out of proportion.”
Cassel said the two occupants had returned home Thursday evening and were planning to talk to FAA officials this morning.
Although police had said the plane could have traveled on one wheel, Cassel said it never left the ground.
Cassel filed a complaint with the FAA last year, claiming that Harriss, the owner of the wrecked fuel dispenser, violated federal regulations that prohibited monopolies for services of federally funded airports.
Harriss holds contracts to sell fuel and avionics equipment exclusively at the airport. The complaint claimed that the city was responsible to resolve the matter to comply with FAA rules.
The FAA dropped Cassel’s complaint earlier this year, city officials said, after indicating plans to build a city-owned, fixed base operation would help satisfy federal requirements.
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