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Vol. 89-No. 84 16 pages—1 section (USPS 377-880)
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Carter offers incentives for release of hostages
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Carter is offering Iran billions of dollars’ worth of incentives for the release of the American hostages, an issue the Iranian parliament reportedly is moving closer to resolving.
With the presidential election and the first anniversary of the taking of the 52 Americans both two weeks away today, Carter made this offer Monday while campaigning in Youngstown, Ohio:
“If Iran should release the hostages, then I would unfreeze their assets, which are several billions of dollars...I would drop the embargo on trade with Iran and work toward a resumption of normal commerce with Iran in the future.”
The president said it is to the advantage of the United States “to have a strong Iran.
Ifs to our advantage to have a united Iran.” Even before Carter spoke, the speaker of
the 270-seat Iranian parliament, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that a decision on the conditions for release of the hostages would be made “in the next two or three days.”
He said the conditions probably would be the same as those listed by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini last month. Those include return of the late shah’s wealth, cancellation of U.S. financial claims against Iran, release of Iranian funds in the United States and guarantees of non-interference in Iranian affairs.
Only a month ago Rafsanjani insisted that Iran had not dropped an earlier demand — that the United States apologize to Iran. But he made no mention of that demand Monday.
Carter last month criticized his
Republican opponent, Ronald Reagan, for saying publicly that he would accept Iran’s demands that the frozen assets bt? freed, that financial claims against Iran should be withdrawn and that the United States should pledge not to interfere in Iran’s internal affairs. He said at the time that Reagan shouldn’t negotiate through the news media.
Reagan, campaigning in Louisville, Ky., made passing reference to the hostage situation Monday, saying only that, “I don’t understand why 52 Americans have been held hostage for almost a year now.’’
In another development Monday, Defense Secretary Harold Brown said the United States will not withhold ann> shipments to Jordan, despite Iranian complaints that such shipments represent an obstacle to the release of the hostages.
Board seeking location for central office
It's a wonder county tax office employees aren't constantly humming, “Raindrops keep falling on my head..." They do, which explains the missing ceiling panels, which were removed to prevent further damage by rain seeping through a leaky Courthouse Annex roof. The office, which was closed for cleanup Monday morning after recent rains, appears back to normal in this photo, except for the missing panels. However, it wouldn't have been had several employees not covered their desks with dropcloths last weekend.
Debate date, place uncertain
WASHINGTON (AP) - Although Ronald Reagan and President Carter have agreed to a debate, the how, when and where still eluded negotiators today.
James Baker, chief of the Reagan bargaining team, said he would discuss arrangements for the debate later in the day — either in person or by telephone — with his counterpart, Carter campaign chairman Robert Strauss.
Baker said that 4‘a hours of talks Monday had left the two sides short of agreement on a format, date and place for the debate.
Earlier, Baker had indicated that there was substantial accord on the format Baker and Strauss both had said a few telephone calls could resolve disagreements on other aspects of the debate.
Although their handlers were arguing details, the two candidates themselves seemed ready to work out a schedule.
“Whatever they arrange is all right with me,” Reagan told reporters in louisville, Ky., Monday as his representatives were meeting with Carter
aides in Washington. Carter previously had said he would debate his Republican challenger any time, any place.
“We had hoped we might be able to clean it up tonight,” Baker said late Monday. But he added: “We are very optimistic. I’m sure they are. We made good progress today and I think we’ll have an agreement tomorrow.”
The city of Cleveland appeared so confident the debate will be held there that Mayor George W. Voinovich asked 60 large corporations to contribute $5,000 to $10,000 each to help pay the costs. While the Carter side apparently has no objection to Cleveland, the Reagan camp was believed to prefer Washington.
“Everything hinges on everything else,” said White House press secretary Jody Powell, in explaining the intricacies of the working out the debate.
Powell, who joined Carter in New York after taking part in the talks, said the two sides had agreed not to try to score points through making public what was going on in the negotiations.
Neither he nor Baker would spell out the sticking
The debate could prove decisive in the closing days of the election campaign. Polls indicate that Carter and his Republican challenger are running close in key industrial states, where elections usually are won or lost, with a major bloc of undecided voters.
Baker wanted the debate to be on Nov. 3, election eve, but Powell said that date is out.
An election-eve debate, Powell said, would leave “no time for anybody to be called for misstatements, contradictions and inaccuracies. You really need time for when somebody intentionally or unintentionally misrepresents a situation.”
Baker said the Reagan side was willing to have the debate anytime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 3, but that the Carter people preferred Oct.
The league of Women Voters, the probable sponsor of the debate, had tentatively scheduled See DEBATE, Page ICA
Clennan said the district would be able to get a six-month lease effective Nov. I for the three apartments at approximately $300 a month, which she said would be a “super location” for the office, since the apartments are less than a block away from the Courthouse, City Hall and her office.
And although board members generally seemed to agree that the apartments would require some repairs to make them into a suitable office set-up, Clennan said, “if you consider what you’d pay to rent an office location downtown with parking, you can
afford to spend a little to fix it up.”
The other main topic was a bid by Tobin Research Inc. to prepare an aerial ownership map for Comal County.
Once again board members seemed to generally agree that Tobin’s bid complied with everything they had asked for in addition to meeting state requirements.
“We’ll be able to pick up a lot of property that’s not on the tax role. We’re liable to find some nice houses out in the ‘boonies’ that we haven’t been able to locate,”
Clennan told the group.
See APPRAISAL, Page 16A
Tax office trauma
Slait photo bv John Santa/
Autumn is falling
Juan Rodriguez, groundskeeper for the Comal County Courthouse, sweeps up the leaves that have fallen on the Courthouse lawn and sidewalks
Chamber of Commerce board directors were optimistic at their meeting Monday about industries moving to New Braunfels.
“We need to get the recession over with and we might see them probing in here again,” Robert Orr, Industrial Council chairman said.
Orr and Chamber of Commerce executive vice president Tom Purdum visited firms in California which have been looking at the New Braunfels area for some time, Orr said. The companies are highly technical manufacturing operations in electronics or precision metal fabrication, he added.
Approximately six weeks ago Ventura Manufacturing Company of San Antonio expressed interest in building a permanent facility
at the New Braunfels Airport, On said. The company, which aquired a short-term lease in 1976 to use space at the airport, modifies C-130 Hercules from cargo planes to passenger and cargo planes.
“We are drawing up a lease for the council to review and approve,” Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo said, explaining that the issue had not been brought before the council. “Then ifs all systems go,” he said.
In other business, the Heritage Exhibit, which opens Oct. 30, will emphasize life in New Braunfels from 1890 to 1905, Jean Pfeuffer, Heritage Exhibit chairwoman, said. Col. Paul Carter of New Braunfels presented a series of paintings of what will be exibited as full-scale
Honors Hall chairman Tom Burrus announced $96,174 in pledeges to the hall.
“It’s been extremely heartening to have this kind of response from the community,” Burrus said.
R C. Schumann, Partnership Committee chairman, said the German ambassador to the United States will arrive in New Braunfels tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the city’s airport and will be honored with a luncheon.
High school students in the area will be lectured on ll topics concerning free enterprise during the year, Free Enterprise chairman Jack Wise said. A speaker has already visited one group of students, Wise said.
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Bit by bit the board of directors of Comal County Appraisal District is getting closer to the establishment of a countywide central appraisal office.
During their Monday night at the County Courthouse, board members decided to authorize Gloria Clennan, chief appraiser of Comal County, to look into the possibility of renting three apartments located behind the old R and H Service Station on East Mill Street on what she called the “O.A. Doep-
Chamber of Commerce directors optimistic about business growth