New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Who’ll net the keys to the governor’s mansion?
What will statewide voter turn-out be like? And locally how many of Comal County’s 19,000 registered voters will make it to the polls today?
It’s all depends on who you listen to — as was proved in separate interviews with local Democratic and Republican Party chairmen.
(Jov. Bill Clements will be re-elected today, according to Comal County Republican Party chairman Dr. Charles Berger.
“He’ll win bigger than he did four years ago," Dr. Berger predicted. “But it won't be a landslide."
Tom Bluntzer, chairman of the County
Democratic Party, is not so certain that will be the case.
“Ifs a horse race — too close to call," Bluntzer said. “Ifs definitely an interesting race...and if I could tell you who was going to win it...I wouldn't be practicing law,” quipped a smiling Bluntzer, a local attorney.
Local turnout will range from 8,000 to
12,000 of the county’s approximate 19,100 registered voters, according to various estimates.
The County Clerk’s office has predicted that approximately 10,000 county voters will cast ballots in the same range as Bluntzer’s prediction. The Democratic chairman estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 county ballots would be cast.
The COP chairman, however, was more optimistic. “Taking a stab in the dark,” Berger predicted as many as
10,000 to 12,000 of the county’s voters to make it to the polls.
All their predictions were based on absentee voting so far and the fact that there are six locally contested races on this year’s ballot.
At the close of Friday’s absentee deadline, the County Clerk’s office had recorded 727 votes. But there are still more than 80 “mail-in” absentee ballots still out and these ballots will continue to be accepted (through the mail) until tonight.
Neither Berger nor Bluntzer gave specific figures as to what statewide voter turnout might be.
Berger did mention, however, that through telephone campaign efforts, the state Repubican party had been able to
See LOCAL RACES, Page ll
There's still time to vote
Here are the polling places for today’s Precinct ll:
general election. Polls close at 7 p.m., so you Union,
still have time to vote. Precinct 12:
Precinct I: Dittlinger Memorial Library. entrance.
Precinct 2: Cross Lutheran Church. Precinct 13:
Precinct 3: Fire Station No. 2, Loop 337. Precinct 14:
Precinct 4: Comal Elementary School. Precinct 15:
Precinct 5: Bracken Fire Station. Precinct 16:
Precinct 6: Wesley Hall-First United Precinct 17:
Methodist Church. Precinct 18:
Precinct?: Lone Star School. Precinct 19:
Precinct 8 : Fire Station No. 4. Kerlick I .ane. Precinct 20
Precinct 9: Mission Valley Community Precinct 21:
Center. Precinct 22:
Precinct IO: Bulverde Community Center Precinct 23:
Old Fire Station No. 3, North New Braunfels High School, east
Smithson Valley High School. Eagles Hall.
Canyon Middle School.
Faith United Church of Christ. Canyon City Fire Station. Fischer Bowling Club.
Canyon High School gym.
Spring Branch Lodge Hall.
Seele School, loden Home.
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91 No. 213
TUESDAY November 2, 1982 25 cents
Family wiped out in wreck; soldier charged
Bv DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Involuntary manslaughter charges against William Dale Savage of Fort Sam Houston are hanging in the balance over blood test results. But the deaths of four New Braunfels family members have stirred some harsh words over driving w hile intoxicated arrests and the Wurst-fest connection in the meantime.
Ruben Sauceda Sr . his expectant wife Ortencia, their 23 month-old daughter Victoria and ll month-old son Ruben were walking to the Y Cafe Saturday night, when all four were struck from behind by Savage s vehicle on U S Highway 81 West. The father was dead at the scene, the two children died at McKenna Memorial Hospital, and Mrs. Sauceda died ♦ I ann Sn Onaqui Brook*-Army Medical I enter
Savage was treated at McKenna for a minor head mjur>, charged w ith driving
w hile intoxicated, and released into the custody of Fort Sam Houston authorities Had Savage been to Wurstfest prior to the fatal accident-’ And if Wurstfest didn’t exist, would the Ruben Saueeda family still be alive?
No one would confirm that Savage had attended Wurstfest prior to tin accident, but District Attorney Rill Schroeder said Tuesday, "there were four plastic cups from Wurstfest in the front seat of Savage’s ear.”
The latter question is the heavaer of tin two, ami the answer depends on who’s talking. Take Tom Purdum, executive secretary el the Wurstfest Association.
“I'm angry with the bad rap some people are trying to slick on W ji stfest, because of these four deaths,” Purdum said. “To say these killings were Wurst-leslV lauras ridiculous." • 1
Purdum also stressed steps Wurstfest organizers hayi taken over the last few years to downplay the significance of
beer at tin festival. These efforts birlie led limiting tile size of l>eer containers sold al \\urslfest to 16 ounces, estalishing a dress code. assessing an entrance tee onto the grounds, and outlawing kiss me' buttons Department of Public Safety troopers ire doing their best to minimize the problem as well.There were 60 DWI arrests this weekend by the DPS in a com cut! ated patrolling effort of roughly a -mile stretch of Interstate 35 to and from New Braunfels.
That compares to 47 DWI arrests over the cutin Wurstfest festival last year.” id’s Set Bob Holder said Tuesday And between Hays and Comal Counties, there were 1*0 plus DWI arrests this weekend amrit*
Ut ’. >ear, we univ had the 14 troopers leu working Ila* Interstate during
Wurstfest This year, we have extra
See TR ACEDY. Page 14
Wurstfest, wreck attract S.A. media
By OYANNE FRY Staff writer
Four New Braunfels people were killed iii ii traffic accident Saturday night, and Saturday was the second da\ of Wurstfest.
Those facts, arid the possible connection between them, have caught the attention of the San Antonio media
A story in Tuesday morning’s Sud Amania Light said there was some concern that the annual event had become "a deadly 10-day beer bust.” And Channel 12, KSAT-TV, dropped into Cit) Manager E N Delashmutt's office Monday to ask whether the City Council might do anything about it.
“They wert* evidently doing a following story on the accident,” Delashinutt said Tuesday Their questions were in the area of Do I intend to make a report to the City Council?’ and Will the council take action on this?’
He didn’t think he was iii a position to make a report.
“I think the press has covered it pretty well, and the accident is still under investigation by our city police," be said, i got the impression he 1 Channel 12's interviewer) thought Wurstfest was the cause. I’ve no reason to necessarily assume that this accident was a direct result of Wurstfest or any tiling else Accidents happen all year round ”
The TV interviewer mentioned that there were four deaths during the first weekend of last year’s Wurstfest, too "I told him as far as I knew, there were two "iii'hie the city oil River Road, and those people were headed to Wurstfest,’’ Delashinutt said.
Debra A. Patrick of Pasadena received us pc ml cd probation after her out-ofcontrol car left the road and ran over a pitched tent, killing two of its occupants.
\ breath tost indicated alcohol in lier astern, but as Delashinutt said, she and the other occupants of the ear hadn't been to W urstfest yet.
See MEDIA. Page 14
Time to vote
'Reaganomics' nation's key issue; Clements-White tops state ballotInside
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON AID Bombarded for months bv appeals to tlieir hopes and tears, Americans went to Hie polls today to shape a new Congress and signal whether they are willing to slay the course with President Reagan’s economic program
Polls opened at dawn iii many Eastern states and there were varying estimates of whether tile turnout for this election would reverse the downward trend of the past two decades.
Conflicting economic signs rising unemployment, declining interest rates and soaring stoc k prices — prompted Richard Wirthlin, the W hite House pollster, to call the election a referendum on whether people are going to vote their present fears ... or whether they are going lo vote their hopes as to how the 1 Reagan 1 program will work.”
The campaign closed w ith Democrats contending the Republican administration has a secret plan to try to cut Social Security benefits and the president replying Blat “there’s no truth in what they’re saying.”
The economy — particularly, the 10.1 percent unemployment rate — and Social Security were the national issues. But many contests could be decided by local concerns and voter reaction to the personalities of the candidates.
At stake were 425 House seats and 33 in the Senate Louisiana's eight House seats have already been decided and selection of two of Georgia’s seats has been delayed by court challenges Voters in 36 states will choose governors and in 46 will select legislators.
In addition, nine states are holding statewide referendums on the nuclear freeze. Other ballot issues include handgun control, gambling and a
hotly contested proposal to move the state capital of Alaska 580 miles from Juneau to Willow, about 70 miles from Anchorage
’Hie outcome of the House and Senate contests could determine whether President Reagan can forge ahead with his economic program or will be forced to cut back his goal of trimming the size and impact of the federal government
In a pre-election interview , a White House official, who requested anonymity, talked about the pool of patience" and speculated voters wert* willing to give the president’s program more tune, a decision Blat would gain support for Republican candidates.
Most estimates were that the Democrats would gam between 12 and 24 House seats. Since World War ll, the norm for the president’s party rn the first midterm contests after his election is a loss of 19 House seats.
Of the 33 Senate seats being decided this year, 19 arg held by Democrats, 13 by Republicans and one independent.
Democratic challengers were threatening several Republican senators, including Harrison Schmitt of New Mexico and John Danforth of Missouri, and businessman Frank I,autenberg was rn a tossup race against Republican Rep. Milieent Fenwick for a GGP seat in New Jersey.
The most threatened Democratic senators were Howard Cannon of Nevada and John Melcher of Montana. The race in Virginia for tile seat now held by Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr., an independent who sides with the Democrats for determining party alignment, was a tossup between Republican Rep. Paul Tnble and Ii. Gov Richard Davis.
The Democrats must pick up five Senate seats to regain the majority they lost in 1980, a prospect party chairman Charles T. Manatt concedes is “remote.”
Texas-heavy turnout predicted
Secretary of State David Dean predicted about 2.5 million Texans would vote today iii elections for governor, U S. Senate, nine other statewide exec utive and judicial spots, 27 congressional seats and 181 legislative seats.
Dean said Monday he expected about a 42 percent turnout of voters, based upon a spot check of absentee voting in 38 counties, where 59 percent of the registered voters live.
At the top of the ticket were races for governor and the Senate.
Gov. Bill Clements, the stale’s first Republican chief executive since Reconstruction, faced a challenge from Democratic Attorney General Mark White, who won the nomination without a majority last May.
W hite led a field of four Democratic candidates and received the nomination when Railroad Commissioner Buddy Temple dropped out of a runoff battle.
U S Sen. Lloyd Bentsen. a Democrat seeking his third term, was challenged for re-election by U.S. Rep. Jim Collins of Dallas.
Collins, iii a campaign that reminded some observers of Bentsen’s successful fight against then-U.S. Sen Ralph Yarborough in 1970, has criticized Bentsen for his "liberal” and “un-Texan" voting stances.
Bentsen has labeled Collins an "extremist” w ho has not passed any of his own legislation during 14 years in Congress.
Clements and White continued their head* knocking campaigns Monday with quick visits to the largest groups of voters in the state.
“We’ll knock off the door of the governor’s mansion and open it to the people of Texas," White promised a noon rally in downtown Houston.Today's Weather
It will tx* a warm afternoon, with a iii) percent chance of thundershowers and south w iuds at 10-1J mph. Tonight will Iw cloud), turning much colder with winds shilling to the north, 15-25 mph and gusty. There is an 80 percent chance of storms tonight, and 60 percent on Wednesday. I-ake wind advisories will be in effect through Wednesday, and locally heavy rams are possible.Bye bye, Bowie
Seventy percent of the owners of major league baseball clubs voted Monday to keep Bowie Kulm as their commissioner. Unfortunate!), that wasn’t enough The National longue owners voted 7-5 to keep Kuhn, aud that wasn't a big enough margin according to league rules. See Page 6
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WEATHER............... 2County values may be out today — Brucks
On tlx* morning of Nov. 2. the count) tax roil was still iii the Comal ( "linty Appraisal District office. But ti lief Appraiser Glenn Brucks said he hoped to have filial values to the county lax office before closing lune.
We had hoped to have them over there yesterday,” lit admitted, referring obliquely to the Nov. I deadline lie gave the Commissioners Court. The paperwork is sitting here We didn t get it until late yesterday, and it came up short one figure."
Comal County, the City of Garden Ridge i which collects its taxes through the county office) and Hit Coma! Independent School District need to set 1982-83 tax rates as soon us possible. To do that. Brocks said, they need several figures: not just the total taxable value of properties, but tile amount of money "lost" to various exemptions.
The final printout left off the county s regular homestead exemption value, he said
“The computer will do ttuit for us Actual!), I think ifs been done. The Dallas office just didn t send that particular item of information down lo us,” Brucks said
When that number is added, county values can be forwarded to Hie Commissioners Court, which can then plug them into Hie budget and come up with a tax rate Brucks said
See TAX, Page 14
Election day preparations
Comal County Republican Chairman Charles Berger (left) and Democratic Chairman Tom Bluntzer review results of a “logic and dccurary test" performed Monday to make
Staff photo by John Senfet
sure ttie county's vote tabulating equipment is operating correctly It passed that test, but faces a stiffer one tonight, when returns
from the county's 23 precincts flow in.