New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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THURSDAY November 3,1983 25 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 219
20 Pages—2 Sections
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POINT SAIJNES, Grenada (AP) — US. officials have declared that the fighting in Grenada is over. They plan to fly expelled Soviet, Cuban and Libyan diplomats from the island today and withdraw 2,000 American troops by Friday.
An estimated 600 Cubans remain in captivity on Grenada, but 57 wounded Cuban prisoners were flown home Wednesday to a personal welcome from their commander-in-chief. President Fidel Castro.
In Grenada, however, a Cuban diplomat said the 37 Cubans confined in their embassy and surrounded by U.S. paratroopers would refuse to leave the island until after the evacuation of the rest of their countrymen captured in the U.S-led invasion. No date has been announced for the captives’ return home.
The U N. General Assembly, meanwhile, adopted a resolution calling for withdrawal of foreign troops from Grenada The United States, one of only nine countries to oppose the resolution Wednesday, said the number of American troops on the tiny Caribbean island would be reduced from 5.000 to 3.000 by Friday.
In Washington. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger informed President Reagan that all hostilities have ceased" in Grenada, which was invaded Get 25. and a State Department official said seized documents revealed that Grenada's Marxist government had commitments for nearly $38 million in military aid from the Soviet Union. Cuba and North Korea
Air Force Capt Hick Mayer said a U S. military plane was scheduled to fly the expelled diplomats out of Grenada today. but would not say w here
Air Force Brigadier Gen. Bob Patterson said Aeroflot, the Soviet airline, had requested permission to land at the U.S. headquarters in Grenada to pick up the diplomats, but the request had been denied.
Sir Paul Scoon, the British-appointed governor general who is trying to set up an interim government, ordered the expulsion of the diplomats.
But Gaston Diaz, first secretary of the Cuban Embassy in the capital of St. George’s, vowed: “Only by force will the Cubans in this embassy leave before the rest of our countrymen are permitted to depart.”
Diaz was interviewed through a gate of the fenced compound. Nodding at U.S. soldiers lounging under nearby trees, he said the 37 Cubans, along with two Grenadians also in the embassy, were not being allowed to leave or receive visitors.
The Cubans alleged that the United States was behind the expulsion order. A U S official denied it.
"No way," spokesman Guy Farmer said from the State Department’s headquarters in the Ross Point Inn in St. George’s. “Paul Scoon is the only remaining constitutional authority on the island. It’s obvious he needs help, and we are at his service.”
“We are taking our instructions from Sir Paul Scoon We don’t want to tell him what to do. The Grenadians must put their own island together, and they need all the friends they can get.” Farmer said.
U S officials said the Cuban prisoners on the island will be repatriated soon. Most had been
See GRENADA. Page UAStars of the ‘Chemical People' programincluded (clockwise from top left) Nancy Reagan. Michael Landon, Rita Moreno and Bill Bixby
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Teenagers received a lot of parental attention Wednesday night at New Braunfels Middle School. But that attention was focused on solving the problem, not complaining at the teenagers.
The problem was teenage drug and alcohol abuse and over 50 concerned citizens — parents and teenagers alike — gathered in the school’s cafeteria to watch PBS’s telecast of “The Chemical People” and then to discuss the problem with a panel of experts..
Before the airing of the program. Un Rose, the Uon’s Coordinator of the Texans’ War on Drugs, explained how the idea for “The Chemical People” was formulated and what the program's purpose was.
“The only way to help their children is to know more about this than they do.” Rose said.
The hour-long program, hosted by First Lady Nancy Reagan, dealt with “The Chemical Society."
“I don't think we can afford to lose a generation of our young to chemicals,’’ the First I .ady told the TV audience. "Chemical abuse is everyone's problem ”
In a guest spot, actor Bill Bixby quoted the statistics from a nine-year study:
— 93 percent of the nation's high
school seniors try drinking before their senior year. Most tried it 4-5 years before their senior year. One-half of the population of high school seniors have been drunk in the last two weeks. There are an estimated 3 million problem drinkers under 17.
— 60 percent (1.7 million) of the nation’s high school seniors have smoked marijuana by their senior year. Many tried it in the 8th or 9th grade. Approximately 189.000 seniors smoke it every day.
— Almost a third of the nation's senior class has experimented with stimulants.
— 15 percent of the nation's seniors have tried sedatives.
17 percent of the nation’s seniors hve tried cocaine.
15 percent of the nation's seniors have tried hallucinogens.
Although the numbers came from a national survey , the panel of experts warned of the problems in Comal County.
County Court-at-I^aw Judge Ron Zipp said, “I usually see the end result of whatever happens in chemical
Noting the Comal County situation us not highly visible. Zipp warned the parents to be concerned citizens
If you don't see the problem. there s no semblence of a solution,” Zipp said
See CHEMICAL. Page 12ALocal Greyhound terminal handling freight only in wake of strike
SVHS has drug problem,teacher says
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
One out of seven students comes to Smithson Valley High School drunk or stoned, a SVHS teacher said Thursday.
Those hard-hitting words from Charlie Rose Thursday earned more of a punch than the Chemical People” town meeting there the night before.
“Based on my observations, one out of seven students here come to school under the
influence of drugs or alcohol,” Rose said “I also feel one out of seven students are never dry, never completely free of the effects of marijuana
Rose is a marketing ana distributive education teacher-coordinator at SVHS. His principal. David Summers, was unavailable for comment, as of presstune Thursday.
Only three sets of parents, one grandmother and about eight students showed up for the town meeting. Rose said. held in conjunction with the Public Broadcasting
System’s “Chemical People' program Hosted by First Lady Nancy Reagan, the television show documented drug and alcohol abuse by this nation's young people.
“I’d like to think those three sets of parent are the only ones with problems, but I know better." Rose said "It’s either parent apathy or parent ignorance, and in either case, it's going to destroy our families, our community and our future "
Panel members who fielded questions after the television broadcast were Comal
County Sheriff’s Sgt Brian John. Peace Justice Fred Stewart, pharmacist Bon Armer. Dr. Peter Robinson and SVHS Student Council President Butch Itmann.
* The discussion was excellent, but we were set up for about 150 patrons,” Rose said. “I hope I sound as negative as possible. I’m upset and disturbed, and I want to go on record ”
The second part of 'Chemical People" on community action will air Wednesday on PBS
Peer pressure explored Garden Ridge
Downtown New Braunfels received a trace of rain Wednesday, and there were reports of heavy showers in some areas. A total of .04 inch was recorded at Canyon Dam. Skies will remian mostly cloudy through Friday, with a 40 percent chance of rain this afternoon and Friday and a 20 percent chance tonight. Temperatures will be slightly cooler, dropping into the mid-50s tonight Winds today and Friday will be from the southeast at 10-15 miles per hour, dinurushing to 5-10 mph tonight Sunset today will be at 5:43 p.m., and sunrise Friday at 6 46 a.m.
A special spirit has guided the Canyon beys’ and New Braunfels girls' cross country teams this season — the spirit of teamwork Both teams are getting ready for this weekend's regional track meet at Fort Sam Houston Sports. Papa 7A
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By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Garden Ridge s Forest Waters Subdivision was rezoned “residential" by the City Council Wednesday night, and 333 acres annexed by the city last fall were zoned “realdcntial-agricu,tural.”
The public hearing on both areas lasted less than 15 minutes. Council members had a few questions for Bob Kolstad. chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission that recommended the above zoning* Commission member Maynard Hamilton also clarified some points for the council, and every one else just listened.
On the annexed territory, council voted unanimously, but not without discussion. The biggest question was. why did Kolstads commission want R-A zoning for this area, when it already contains several businesses and a suburban-type residential neighborhood'
Kolstad said the commission saw the R A zoning as an interim move It would be simpler, fie said. to zone the whole area with one action R A zoning doesn't fit all the uses, but ifs better than no zoning at all The annexed territory lias been in the city for 13 months, and was never zoned until this week “This would not preclude pioperty owners from coming in later and asking for the zoning on their property to be changed ’ said Kolstad For example, the council will probably want to establish a business district in tile FM 2252-FM 3009 area With the property already protected by R-A zoning, members will have tune to consider tuber GAUDEN RIDGE, Page I LA
at Canyon conference
The message of a chemical society comes up every day. Feel bad, take a pill Feel good, take a drink And peer pressure carries the same message to students at Canyon High School
"It (peer pressure) is enormous — not so much for the emotionally mature kids, but for the ones who have to feel accepted,” senior Matt Kyle said. “Ifs usually alcohol, and I’Ll say there are more willing to go along than to abstain "
“Chemical People,” a television show hosted by First Lasdy Nancy
Reagan, dealt openly with drug and alcohol abuse among young people today The 30 people at the CHS town meeting and panel members selected to field their questions were even more honest As part of the nationwide broadcast, a man identified as Magic Bill” was shown selling drugs and alcohol from the trunk of his car. He had a captive audience of teenagers "We’ve got our own Magic Bills,”’ Police Chief Burney Boeck said.
See CANYON, Page 12A
M ALD EF, city to settle
have called a press conference to announce the settlement at IO a m. Monday. The civil rights organization also expects to settle suits against the City of Port Lavaca and the Calhoun County 1SD.
In the New Braunfels suit, MALDEF charged that the city’s four district, three at-large election plan discriminates against minority voters. City Attorney John Chunn filed an answer to the suit on Oct. 24, rn U S. District Court rn San Antonio.
One of three federal lawsuits now pending against the City of New Braunfels is apparently nearing a settlement
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Jamal Amadon may have never heard of Frank Sinatra, but he has a definite liking tor Blue Eyes - who happens to be his Siamese kitten Amadon, 8. and kitten work on a curbside dam made of mud and grass on Gruene Road.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, which filed a suit challenging the city’s election system on Sept 23, has announced an intention to settle on Monday.
MALDEF attorneys Judith San-ders-Castro and Jose Robert Juarez, and local plaintiff Aguinaldo Zamora,
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor
The nationwide strike by Greyhound lines, Inc. union employees left the terminal on South Seguin Avenue quiet this morning
Dorothy Albrecht, agent for the terminal, said the it would remain open on a limited basis during the strike. On Fndsy, the terminal will be open from I a.m. to noon.
The strike has limited the activities
(rf the local office, she said.
“We can’t sell tickets, there’s nothing to put passengers on,” she said.
However, Albrecht said, the office will be used as a pickup and dropoff station for freight. Northbound and southbound trucks will ship parcels twice a day, she said.
The strike began at I a.m. today, after union workers failed to agree to a 9.5 percent pay cut.
Drivers average $27,427 per year,See related stories, Page HA
with $8,307 in benefits; mechanics and service personnel average $21,576 per year, with 6,534 in benefits; terminal employees average $20,429 per year, with $6,185 in benefits, and office workers average $16,947 per year, with $5,132 in benefits According to Greyhound, its labor
costs are anywhere from 30.7 percent to 50.6 percent higher than other intercity carriers.
The labor problem began before there was a problem, Greyhound reports. Before there was competition from other earners and airlines, Greyhound was able to share its profits with its workers. But, in the last few years, Greyhound has found it harder to keep its employees' salaries up and keep operating and travel costs down. As a result, it has
been losing in the travel price war between airlines and other carriers Greyhound has priced itself out of the competition,” Albrecht said She explained that the line could not keep up its employees’ salaries and offer competitive prices at the same tune.
Albrecht said a school was started in Dallas Monday to train new drivers. About five or six bus drivers who are on strike live in New Braunfels, Albrecht said Meanwhile, Amtrak and Trailway
Bus Lines have announced they will honor Greyhound tickets. Albrecht said any one who bought a ticket at the ternuna! in New Braunfels would be refunded liiuuediately. If persons bought their ticket in another town, the ticket would be mailed away for a refund, she said lf anyone needs to ship freight that would ordinarily be going through the local terminal, they should call 629-6900 for shipping information, Albrecht said