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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Herald-Ze/fum^New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, November 14,1985 @'oy?nsp<zop2e "THUD you I mFIEWD I Williams I <58$ GdTCHAl Mailbag policy The Herald-Zeitung welcomes the opinions of its readers, and we’re happy to publish letters to the editor. While readers’ opinions on local issues generally are of more Interest to other readers, we welcome letters on any topic — local, state, national or international — that the writer chooses to address. Content will not prevent publication unless the letter is judged to be potentially libelous. All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable by telephone. Anonymous letters will not be published. Send your letter to: Mailbag, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels Texas, 78131. Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 S. Casten. pinionsHvrald-Zeitung Dave Kramer, Editor and General Manager Susan Haire, Managing EditorWashington todayWhat are Reagan and Gorbachev really saying? WASHINGTON < Apt — In the final or playing to the world gallery, flurry of pre summit rhetoric, it can    Take the case of “Star Wars.” be hard to tell whether Ronald    No issue confronting the two super- Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev are power leaders when they meet on sending genuine signals to each other Tuesday has been the subject of so many confusing and conflicting statements and clarifications From the White House come in dications Reagan is ready for a deal on the Strategic Defense Initiative, his plan for a space-based missile defense system Rut the latest signs from the Kremlin are that Gorbachev is saying no deal short of jettisoning Star Guest viewpoint Texas Legislature is taking steps toward efficient management •f IMT MAURO Tull Laud Ctmmimontr The Texas Legislature has taken a common sens** step towards efficient management of all the state's public land with passage of Senate Hill 43 creating the Asset Management Division of the Texas General Land Office Since the General Land Office currently maintains an automated inventory of all Permanent School Fund lands and those held by the State Board of Incase agencies, this is the next logical step in managing all of Texas state lands, especially those not tieing put to their best and highest use. The Texas Department of Corrections is one ot those agencies whose lands have fallen under the General Land Office asset management umbrella and serves as a prime example of the intent of the new law The federal courts have ordered the TDC to build new prison units to meet federally mandated prison standards but. during these fiscally tough times, the TDC cannot afford to finance these new units However. TIX' owns a great ileal of land near Houston li.ikto acres — andtheseare the ONLY DRESSES YOU OWN, WTS REAGAN?FORSOME 0N£ SO RICH AND FAMOUS, THATS SIMPLY ASTOUNDING1 UUU Rom, THERE JUST HASH'] BUN A MUMIN! JO SHOP t YIP SINCE I DISCOVERED PRUE ABUSE / SPEAKJNb OF MJH KH\ 7    THIS ROOM HAM SPECIAL MEW INO HJR YOU, jK^3Jy mostly being used as farm land This large bloc k of land lies directly in the path of development to the southwest of Houston near Sugar Land and could In* better used for residential and industrial development This will be the first “test” of the General Land Office’s new ability to assess other state properties for the concept we at the Land Office call the highest and best use of assets This property is to be sold at sealed bid auction, about 3,IMM) acres this year and the remainder next year, to raise* money to purchase land and build new prison units to met*! the yes, rr does, robin THIS IS WHERE I COME TO CHAJ WITH FORMER PRU6 ABUSE VCT IMS / federal court mandate The General Land Office expects to raise at least $125 million this year for new prison units from land that is lying fallow or just being used for agricultural purposes some of which is worth more than $3 per aquate foot By applying business techniques lo inventory state land use. the General Land Office’s new Asset Manage ment Division can serve qs a partial solution to the state’s current fiscal crisis By better utilization of the state’s assets, we can keep Texas among the lowest per capita in taxa lion Wars. When all this talk began, it was Reagan who was saying “no deal” on SDL He called it “too important to the world” for the United States to be willing to make a deal on research and testing The Soviets sounded equally firm in their insistence that Star Wars had togo. Then, last summer. Gorbachev told Time Magazine that SDI research might be acceptable to the Soviet Union He made the same assertion on Sept 3, to a delegation of senators who met with him in Moscow. In the magazine interview, Gorbachev also complained that “it appears that even the slightest headway depends almost exclusively upon concessions by the Soviet Union ” The White House response was a suggestion that the American president ought to have an equal opportunity to express his views in the Soviet media That opportunity came two months later and Reagan startled some observers by telling Soviet journalists that he wouldn’t deploy SDI “until we do away with our nuclear missiles.” That comment stirred fevered speculation that Reagan was sug gosling that Star Wars’ never would be deployed, that he was willing to give the Soviets a veto over his program "Would you forgive me if I say, hell no,” Reagan said when asked a week later if he intended to give the Soviets that kind of veto. If there were no agreement on offensive weapons. Reagan said, the United States would feel free to go ahead and deploy SDI But the suspicion lingered that the president’s statement to the Soviet journalists was a signal of some sort beyond just an attempt to take a propaganda initiative in the pre-summit public relations battle Given Gorbachev’s signal that he was willing to accept some SDI research and Reagan’s hint there might be ways to put off deployment, there seemed reason to hope that a compromise was possible on what observers on both sides kept describ ing as the toughest issue facing the two leaders. Then Secretary of State George P Shultz met Gorbachev in Moscow and was surprised to find the Soviet leader unwilling to talk about SDI research. “They acted like R almost never happened.” a senior administration official told reporters at the White House on Tuesday He was referring to the magazine interview Conducting a briefing on the condi tion he not be identified, the official said the Soviets were demanding “a complete ban on everything having to do with space-based systems as they define them, including a ban on research directed toward such systems ” Now that the Kremlin is taking a tough line on SDI, the White House is sounding positively eager to strike a deal on the system Reagan once said was too important to be negotiated away. “I think there is some real potential to cut a deal if they say they can live with laboratory research,” said the official, a specialist on arms control issues. Meanwhile, the president gave another interview, this time with West European television reporters, and he said, “I am not as pessimistic as I had been” about the summit. Your representatives Gov. Mark White Sen. John Traeger Governor s Office Texas Senate Room 200 State Capitol Capitol Station Austin, Texas 78701 Austin, Texas 78711 Sen. Lloyd Bentsen Rep. Tom Loeffler United States Senate U.S. House Room 240 Russell Bldg of Representatives Washington, D C. 20510 1212 Long worth House Office Bldg Washington, D C. 20515 Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) U.S. House Sen. Phil Gramm of Representatives United States Senate Washington, D C., 20515 Washington D C., 20510 SOME OF WHOM ARE Ajo THIS HYRE EVEN AS WE SPEAK1 sTM f ;

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