New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels. TexasThe debate—Carter, Reagan exchange barbs, hit trail where election close
ferences with the president on the uses of American military power “because I don’t know what Mr. Carter s policies are.”
Repeatedly, Reagan said his positions on issues were being distorted by the president.
After the 90-minute debate, the two men shook hands briefly and then joined their wives and supporters in pre-midnight rallies.
Carter said he “felt very good,” but he cautioned supporters that 'we’ve got another week to go. Next Tuesday the decision will be not in the hands of debate judges or the League of Women Voters or the press. The decision will be in the hands of millions of Americans like you.”
At a similar rally a few blocks away, Reagan said, “I seemed to do all right. I’ve examined myself and I can’t find any wounds...It gave me an opportunity to raise some issues about the failures of this administration.”
“We had the offensive; Reagan was on the defensive,” said Gerald Rafshoon, the advertising chief for the Carter campaign. It was a reversal of the usual relationship between incumbent and challenger.
The debate played to tens of millions of television viewers — pre-debate estimates ranged from GO
million to 85 million — and many others who tuned into radio broadcasts. The candidates answered questions from four journalists and had the opportunity for rebuttal and counter-rebuttal.
The moderator was commentator Howard K. Smith, who played the same part in the first televised presidential debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 19G0. The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
Moments after the debate began, Reagan moved to deal with the war and peace issue that has dogged his campaign.
“I believe with all my heart that our first priority must be world peace and that use of force is always and only a last resort when everything else has failed,” said Reagan.
Voter concern that Reagan might get the nation involved in a war played a role in prompting the Republican nominee to change his position and agree to a one-on-one debate with Carter.
Before that shift, Reagan had insisted that independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson have a role in any debate format.
Anderson was out in the cold Tuesday night,
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CLEVELAND I AP) — President Carter and Ronald Reagan emerged upbeat from their dramatic debate and charged into the final six days of the 1980 presidential campaign, concentrating on the big-state prizes. Each claimed the edge from his performance in their head-on confrontation.
Reagan was heading for Texas and Carter for Pennsylvania, two of the major states still judged a tossup in most surveys.
With most public opinion polls saying the presidential race is too close to call, Tuesday night’s debate was viewed as a potentially decisive event, and each candidate played what he believed were his strongest cards An AP poll said most of those who watched the debate leaned toward Reagan even before the debate, and that each candidate gained about ii percentage points after the debate mostly from the ranks of the undecided.
Carter lashed out at his Republican challenger as “dangerous and belligerent” on foreign policy. He described Reagan’s positions on domestic issues “ridiculous” and “heartless.”
Reagan — in quieter, but biting language of Ins own — blamed Carter for inflation and unemployment and said he couldn’t describe his dif
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By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
A preliminary plan for development of the city’s Comal River parks — Lamia, Hillman Island and Prince Solms — was unveiled before a joint City Council-Parks and Recreation Advisory Board workshop Tuesday.
The workshop participants liked many of the plan’s details, but disagreed sharply on some of the major concepts.
Ultimately, the plan calls for closing the parks to through traffic, and linking them by a tram system.
Visitors would pay an entrance fee good for parking and tram service, and leave their cars in two large parking lots, one off the present Fredericksburg Road entrance and the other iii the open area of Prince Solms Park.
An access road to the golf course and the luanda Street entrance to the Wurstfest area would remain open. A “command post,” or kiosk, at the parking lots would handle tickets ($3 per car was suggested), picnic area reservations i with a charge for large groups and pavilions built to accommodate them), information and maps.
“We have found your situation is not peculiar. Nearly all smaller towns with a park as attractive as yours find it suffering from too much use, too many people,” Bob Frazer, vice president of Groves, Fernandez, Barry, Telford and Associates, Inc., said.
The San Antonio firm was hired by the city to develop the plan to deal with park overcrowding and a host of related problems. Frazer stressed the plan was not final, and the recommendations could be approached in stages.
“We want to work with you," he said, but when pressed, he said, “I would really like to see you take the cars out. The smells and sounds of
.. .cut off auto traffic
automobiles are not conducive to a real outdoor experience.”
As discussion followed Frazer’s presentation, big differences arose over the following areas: whether to keep the parks closed to traffic all year or just during the busy tourist season; whether to close all roads through the parks or to leave the Eliza betb-l .anda Street axis open to traffic; and whether to let local citizens iii free or charge them a “season ticket” fee.
There was a rough consensus, however, that California Street should be connected to Fredericksburg Road near the main .springs and a barricade prevent traffic access to the rest of the park from that side.
One question, raised by advisory board member Allene Wofford, had no immediate answer, but the participants agreed it could influence the course and pace of the park’s development as much as any other factor.
“How are we going to pay for this?” she asked.
The plan involves estimated expenditures of $725,(HK) above and
beyond the city’s own fiscal projet tunis. The most expensive single item iii the plan, the parking lots, are estimated to cost $40G,5f>0 The workshop discussed possible use of the city’s contingency fund, revenue from the stab* sales tax, anti federal matching funds from the I Mind and Water Conservation Fund Fi axer suggested a bond program, but council member I .averin* Eberhard was not optimistic about the chances of voter approval.
“This park has been iii the red year after year. It would be facetious to think a profit could suddenly is* made on it. lf we go ahead with a parking fee. we would at least have sonic funds to relieve Hie parks bud) ct, and we can still reinvest it iii further development,” Councilman Joe Rogers said Rogers became the main adv.it ate of keeping the park closed to traffic all year.
“The whole aim is to preserve oui park for generations. To my mind automobile traffic should be permanently closed off. We can’t go about this piecemeal or part time, aud (tie way we’re going now it s going to Ik a disaster,” he said Eberhard, Wofford and advisory board member Sharon Chan disagreed.
“It would be ridiculous to run the tram in the off season. And if there’s no tram, flow do you get from tile parking lots to tile playground oi picnic area?” Chan asked “Try walking,” Rogers suggested.
Walking is good for you, but a lot of mothers with small children who like to use tile park for lunch will avoid going there if they don’t have access. You can’t ask them to hike that far,” Eberhard said.
“How about birthday parties? There’s no way to get in there with all
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A New Braunfels woman in her mid-40s was killed early this morning when she attempted to cross the northbound lane of IH-35, an Emergency Medical Services worker said.
Mary L. Hart, of 795 IH-35, was killed by a northbound car as she attempted to cross the interstate, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jon Lindley said.
“I don’t know if she didn’t see the car or misjudged it (the distance),” he said, explaining that the driver tried to avoid hitting Hart by swerving away from her.
The accident occurred at 6:IG a.m., in the 700 block of the interstate, EMS reported.
Hart was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:25 a.m. by Justice of the
suffered multiple injuries,” he said.
No charges will be filed in the accident, Lindley said.
Hart was employed at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, 821 Highway West.
Services are pending at Doep-penschmidt Funeral Home.