New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 89 - No. 55 22 Pages — 2 Sections (USPS 377-880)
New Braunfels, TexasUnemployment down; wholesale prices rise
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation’s unemployment rate edged down to 7.6 percent in August, signaling a slowing of the recession, but wholesale food prices surged upward for a second straight month to forewarn sharply higher supermarket costs, the government reported today.
In companion reports, the Labor Department said significant improvements in manufacturing for the first time this year helped lower the jobless rate from July’s 7.8 percent rate.
Department analysts interpreted the unemployment dip as a positive sign that economic activity is improving following a sharp drop in output earlier this year.
At the same time, however, the department said wholesale, or producer, food prices at the finished-goods level spurted 4.4 percent last month, the steepest increase in seven years. That jump followed a 3.8 percent rise in July. Government analysts attributed the large increase to the unusually hot and dry weather that has devastated crops and livestock throughout much of the country.
Overall, wholesale prices jumped 1.5 percent in August, following a 1.7 percent increase in July. Last month’s increase, if compounded over 12 months, would equal an annual rate of 20.2 percent. That compares with an actual increase of 14.6 percent increase in wholesale prices for
the past year.
Department analysts said the higher food prices would be passed on to consumers at the retail level quite soon.
And further increases may be coming later this year, the department said, because wholesale food prices at an intermediate level of production jumped 9.7 percent in August, the largest rise in nearly six years. That increase will take longer to work its way up to the consumer level.
If there were a good sign in the producer price report, it would be that prices for non-food items continued to moderate, suggesting an easing of inflation outside of the food sector.
Producer prices for non-food goods rose 0.7 percent in August, compared with a 1.1 percent increase in July.
The number of unemployed people in the country dropped by nearly 200,000 in August to 8 million, while non-farm employment as reported by businesses rose by 200,000, the first increase since February.
The jobless rate among workers in manufacturing industries, which were hit hardest by the economic slump, fell a full percentage point to 9.3 percent after rising steadily throughout the year.
In another sign of economic improvement, the government said the average work week in the
manufacturing sector rose by 30 minutes, the first increase since January. “As best as we can tell, this is some kind of an indication that things seem to be looking up,” said Deborah Klein, a I^ibor Department employment analyst.
The improvement did not seem to extend across the entire economy, however.
In the construction industry, also in a severe slump, the unemployment rate rose 2.2 percentage points in August to 18.3 percent.
Overall, 97 million people held jobs in August, unchanged from a year ago. The number of unemployed people, however, was up 1.9 million from August 1979, when the jobless rate was 5.9 percent.
Tom See explains new digital switching equipment
Bulverde telephone customers first in four exchanges to get new service
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Bulverde customers of the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-op are enjoying new services that will soon be available to other areas served by the GVTC.
Staff Assistant Tom See said these customers are the first of four groups to receive the service, made possible by new, digital switching equipment.
“Hopefully, we will have the Cranes Mill, Balcones and Sattler exchanges on the digital equipment just after the first of the year,” See said.
Four new digital central offices have been installed to receive the equipment, which is manufactured by Stromberg Carlson. “The main advantage to the customer is faster call completion,” See explained. “As soon as you dial the last number, the phone you are calling starts to ring.”
It is essentially a small computer and provides four new custom calling features — call-forwarding, speed
calling, call-waiting and three-way calling.
Call-forwarding allows a customer to dial a series of numbers on his phone, the last of which are the digits of the phone number to which he wants his call transferred. When a call is received by his telephone, it is automatically forwarded to that number.
“The customer himself activates and deactivates this feature,” See said.
Speed-calling is used to present into a customer’s phone telephone numbers he calls frequently. He is then able to call those numbers by dialing a single digit.
Call-waiting allows a customer to know when he has received another call while he is talking on his phone. He can hear a tone and has the option of putting the first caller on hold and talking to the second caller.
Three-way calling allows a customer to talk with two other people at the same time. This is often called a conference call.
All of the features are available at anInside
extra charge for phones that are already on digital switching. However, there is no extra charge for the digital equipment, as this is part of GVTC’s ongoing program of upgrading its equipment.
In addition to the four new central offices, five remote buildings have been installed — three in the Cranes Mill area and two in the Balcones area — which house equipment that relays calls from their immediate area to the central office they now serve.
In the old system, a telephone representative had to physically go to the central office and wire a new phone or change a phone number. With the digital equipment it is possible to perform these services from the GVTC main office.
The whole operation can be monitored from the home office by use of teletype machines. The digital switches monitor themselves and print out on a computer at the main office any malfunctions. A separate teletype has been installed for each central office, but one person can monitor all teletypes.
Other changes caused by the new equipment are a slightly different dial tone, See said, and the necessity of dialing all seven digits of a telephone number within an exchange. It also gives the GVTC more lines to allow for future growth in the area. As each exchange is switched over to the new system, customers will be informed.
Carter to host summit?
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Authoritative Egyptian sources say President Carter will bring President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin together in Washington for a summit meeting beginning Nov. 20, but there was no confirmation from the White House.
The sources, who declined to be identified, said the United States
proposed they meet 16 days after the U.S. presidential election for the toplevel attempt to conclude the deadlocked negotiations on a plan for autonomy for the 1.2 million Palestinians in territories Israel captured in the 1967 war. Begin and Sadat agreed to the date, the sources said.
Begin is planning a separate visit to Carter the week after the election during a private visit he is to make to
Buchanan autopsy ready; inquest due
Although Travis County Medical Examiners have completed an autopsy on the body of a man who was found hanged in the New Braunfels Police Department lockup facility, a formal inquest into the death will not begin until next week, Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger said.
“We’re hoping it will be Thursday or Friday,” Krueger said, adding that although the autopsy has been completed, he is waiting for completion of lab reports.
“I have to wait until I speak to the coroner’s office,” he said. “They’re ‘^speeding things up for us.”
New Braunfels police said an on-duty
officer discovered Harold “Jeb” Stewart Buchanan, 22, hanged in his jail cell shortly before 5 a.in. yesterday. Buchanan was pronounced dead by Krueger at 5:37 a.m.
Police arrested Buchanan at a motel on IH 35 shortly after 2 a.m. He was placed in the station’s jail within 30 minutes and was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest, police said.
Buchanan, who was the son of Comal County Court-at-l^aw Judge D.H. Buchanan and Marcia Janette (nee Vetters) Buchanan of New Braunfels, was born Oct. 17,1967 in Fort Worth and was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
He was most recently employed at the New Braunfels Herald-Zviting as a part-time inserter, and had been previously employed in Houston for a contracting company and as a clerk for the Senate Capitol Building in Austin.
Survivors include his parents; his wife, Linda (nee Farias); two daughters, Sonja and Britney Lynn Buchanan, and two brothers, William Byron Buchanan of Mesquite and James Andrew Buchanan of New Braunfels.
Services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church Saturday at IO a.m., with burial in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery with Rev. Warrm Fry of Houston and Rev. Thomas Keith of New Braunfels officiating.
the United States. A presidential spokesman said Carter learned of the trip during a telephone conversation with the Israeli leader Thursday and invited him to the White House.
Carter told a meeting of labor leaders in Washington that Begin telephoned to congratulate him on the success of his Mideast envoy, Sol Linowitz, in getting Egypt’s agreement to resume the autonomy negotiations.
Educators concerned about ruling on aliens
HOUSTON (AP) — State educators voiced concern, disappointment and apprehension over a Supreme Court justice’s ruling that Texas must provide free public education to illegal alien children, but all agreed to comply with the order.
“This is really going to put us in a bind as far as teachers and space are concerned,” Brownsville School Supt. Raul Besteiro said of Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.’s ruling.
“I have mixed emotions about this. I don’t want to hurt the kids, but I don’t want to hurt my educational system components either,” Besteiro said.
In July, U.S. District Judge Woodrow Seals struck down a Texas law prohibiting the use of state funds to educate illegal alien children.
I^ast month, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Seals’ order but Powell’s ruling Thursday set aside the stay and left the original order intact.
Los Angeles attorney Peter Schay, who challenged the Texas law, said the decision “was received by our clients with joy and tears.”
“Our long battle in federal court to establish that undocumented children are persons under our Constitution and are entitled to some level of protection ... has finally found acceptance,” he said.
Seals’ ruling July 21 found a 1975 state law, unique to Texas, violated the equal protection rights of illegal aliens.
The law let them attend public schools if they paid tuition, but the trial court found that the tuitions were too expensive for illegal alien families.
Ruben Bonilla, national president of the League of United I^atin American Citizens, praised the ruling as “brilliant, the only just result.”
“It is time for the State of Texas to stop this utter nonsense of denying children an education and we again call on the state legislature to repeal the statue that allows the imposition of outlandish tuition fees on undocumented workers,” Bonilla, a Corpus Christi attorney, said.
Texas authorities estimate 120,000 illegal alien children live in the state.
Local officials see no problem enrolling illegal alien children
Little impact is expected locally from the Supreme Court ruling which allows illegal alien children to enroll tuition-free in Texas public schools.
Supt. O.E. Hendricks of New Braunfels Independent School District said one or two families presented their children for enrollment in New Braunfels schools last week.
Hendricks said he told the families, whose children amounted to probably half a dozen, that unless they had their papers from immigration, they could not be ad-nutted. However, after the court ruling, Hendricks said ii the families come back to re-apply for enrollment he would enroll the children.
Hendricks said he has no way of knowing whether more illegal alien children will want to enter New Braunfels schools, adding,“I didn’t expect these.”
Presently, NBISD has the facilities to handle additional students. “However, if there is a IO to 20 percent increase, the schools would be overcrowded,” Hendricks said.
He also said that he doesn’t see the illegal alien children as posing any major problems to the students
already attending New Braunfels schools. Hendricks said he felt that the students ‘probably won’t even know the difference.”
Arlen Tieken, assistant superintendent for community relations for the Comal Independent School District, said that as far as he knew, no illegal alien children requested enrollment in C1SD schools.
However, if illegal alien students did want to enter Comal schools, Tieken said that they must have immunization and residency records.
He also does not see any major problems with overcrowding if a few illegal alien students were to enroll. But, if 50 or 60 students all try to enroll at one school only, there would be overcrowding.
Teiken said he felt the illegal alien children would be accepted by the Comal school students. “A lot of people have the misconception about these (illegal alien) students, as to them coming in from Mexico below the level of our students. This is not always true; they aren’t always dumb. They just speak another language,” he said.