New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Phone rate proposal would up bill $2.70
From staff and wire reports
The Public Utility Commission staff has recommended a $201.4 million total increase in local residential and business rates for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
Broken down, that means residents and businessmen in New Braunfels would be paying approximately 35 percent more for local service.
The local exchange rates would produce the largest portion of the $307.3 million rate increase recommended by the PUC staff earlier.
Bell has asked for a $471.5 million rate hike.
With the wide variety of phone services offered today, it’s difficult to
estimate an ‘‘average” bill. But basic monthly exchange rates can give customers a picture of the increases proposed by Bell, as well as those recommended by PUC.
The commission pared nearly $2 off Bell’s $12.00 proposed rate for local service, arriving at a figure of $10.10 per month for a single connection. The residential rate now is $7.40.
On business rates, PUC came closer to meeting Bell’s request: $23.75 per month rather than $24.00. The current rate is $17.55
The PUC staff on Tuesday also recommended increases in service connection charges and a reduction in the number of free directory assistance calls.
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91 -No. 178
FRIDAY September 10,1982
Marines end Beirut duty
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Marching beneath a banner declaring “mission accomplished,” the U.S. Marines left war-torn Beirut today after helping police the PLO withdrawal from the Lebanese capital. But in eastern Lebanon, Syrian-Israeli tensions heightened after two straight days of Israeli air raids on Syrian missile batteries.
The last of the 800 Marines who had guarded the port of Beirut as part of an tri-national peacekeeping force left on the troopship Manitowoc, which pulled from the dock at 8 a.m. (2 a.m. EDT), exactly on schedule.
Troops from France and Italy, the other two nations involved in the peacekeeping opertion, took over the port. The 800 French and 530 Italian soldiers were expected to leave by Sept. 16, but Lebanon’s state radio announced today that the government has asked France to keep its forces in Beirut for a week beyond that date.
Both U.S. Ambassador Robert Dillon and Col. James M. Mead, the Marine commander, said they were “very proud” of the job the Marines had done.
The pullout came nine days after the completion of the U.S.-sponsored evacuation of Palestine Liberation Organization guerrillas from their west Beirut stronghold. The guerrillas withdrew and scattered to eight Arab countries in the face of a threatened Israeli invasion.
In a related development, Arab leaders meeting in Fez, Morocco Thursday issued the first collective Arab proposal for a Middle East peace since creation of Israel in 1948. The plan was promptly denounced by Israel.
In a statement issued today, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said the plan was “useless” and could not be taken seriously. It said the plan threatens Israel’s existence and suggested a better idea would be for the Arab nations to negotiate peace treaties individually with Israel.
Ex-wife 'antes up' for husband's kitty
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A judge has signed an uncontested divorce decree that awards a man $5 a month from his ex-wife for cat support.
Attorney J. I^wton Stone, who represents the husband, said he thought Judge Pat Priest ‘‘was going to fall out of his chair” when Priest saw the cat-support provision of the divorce settlement.
John Ross Nolan, 22, will receive the voluntary payment from his ex-wife, Karen L. Nolan, 23, Stone said.
“The history of it is, he is going to keep the cats and she wanted to contribute to the support of the cats,” Stone said. “I think it’s a rather sweet gesture.”
Priest signed the order Wednesday making the divorce final for the San Antonio couple, who married on Jan. IO, 1980.
Stone said the couple decided it was best for Nolan to keep the two pet cats, Rebel and Dixie, because Nolan’s condominum is “probably a better pace to take care of them.”
Raymond Hajek sights down some boards to be used on the historic Lindheimer Home on Comal Avenue. Built in 1852, the structure requires some masonry and
Staff photo by John Senter
carpentry work. The historic structure was the home of Ferdinand Lindheimer, known as the “Father of Texas Botany."
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Comal County forecast calls for sunny and hot today, and partly cloudy tonight. There is a 20 percent chance for showers Saturday. Winds will be
from the east at 5-10 mph, shifting to southeasterly WASHINGTON (AP) — President at 5-10 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 7:43 p.m., and Reagan, disappointed that the House
sunrise Saturday will be at 7:13 a.m. An extended overrode his veto of a $14.2 billion
outlook for Sunday through Tuesday calls for cloudy spending bill, is vowing to stand firm
to partly cloudy skies, and warm and humid with a against any congressional “attempt to
chance of scattered thundershowers. bust the budget.”
“Iupromised to curb spending and Busy weekend maintain the national defense and I’m
Sports fans ought to have their fill tonight and going to keep my promises,” Reagan
Saturday. All three local high school football teams said Thursday after the House handed
are in action tonight, as New Braunfels hosts Seguin, him his first majo reversal on an
Canyon hosts Antonian, and Smithson Valley travels economic measure.
to Pflugerville. In addition, all three volleyball The Senate was voting today on
teams are in action at the Fraulein Volleyvest, whether to override the veto. If two-
which concludes Saturday evening. Details in thirds reject the veto, the money bill will
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a hotel room Thursday night: “He said, Orrin, I’d really appreciate it if you’d go back,’ and I said ITI be glad to,” Hatch said.
Following the 301-117 House tally Thursday — 22 more than the necessary two-thirds - a surprised Senate Majority leader Howard H. Baker Jr., R-Tenn., said the outcome in his chamber was “uncertain.”
At least four Senate Republicans — including GGP Whip Ted Stevens of Alaska and Appropriations Committee Chairman Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon — have said they would support an override attempt if such a move passed the House.
However, it was unclear whether enough of the Senate’s 54 Republicans would join with Democrats to form the two-thirds majority necessary for Congress to reject Reagan’s veto.
In the House, 81 Republicans joined 220 Democrats in voting to override the veto, which House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., I)-Mass., called a “dastardly political move by a man with a stone heart.”
“I’m hopeful with regard to the Senate tomorrow. However, I’m going to keep on doing what I said I would do, to veto
anytime there is an attempt to bust the budget,” Reagan said after the House vote.
“The big spenders won,” he added.
House Republicans and Democrats alike saw it differently.
“You just don’t have 435 robots up here that are going to be in lock step,” said Rep. Silvio O. Conte, R-Mass., the top GOP member of the House Appropriations Committee and a leader of the override drive.
“I^ess than a month ago, I joined with the president in support of a tax bill,” O’Neill told the House in a speech from the well of the chamber. “Today, I rise in opposition to the president because he has chosen to break that spirit of cooperation over the Congress’ decision to fund jobs for the elderly, loans for students and education for the poor.”
Majority leader Jim Wright, D-Texas, challenged the 130 Republicans who originally voted for the bill to stick with their earlier position.
“How many of you are going to let the White House lead you around with a ring in your nose like a prize bull at the county fair,” Wright asked.
Income increases over last year
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Economically speaking, this summer’s tourist season was a fairly good one, Tom Purdum, executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday.
“All the reports aren’t in, but of the few that have dribbled in,” he said, “it looks like this will turn out to be a very good tourist season.”
Room tax reports (which go through June of this year) show New Braunfels experiencing a 14 percent increase during the first and second quarter of 1982 over the same period last year, Purdum noted. Third quarter reports aren't yet available.
This year’s increase, however, is considerably lower than previous years.
During the first two quarters of 1981, Purdum said room tax reports showed a 23 percent increase over the year before. That year’s increase was still lower than the 41 percent increase experienced in 1980 lover 1979 figures), he said.
“This is the fourth time that ifs dropped below a 20 percent increase since the 11972) flood,” he observed while looking through reports in his office.
“But that’s still not bad because we’ve been running ahead of state increases,” said Purdum. “There were some offsetting trade-offs.
“It (the percentage) reflects inflation,” he noted. Also because the level of the Guadalupe River was down this summer, some tourists may have been discouraged from coming here, he added.
But unlike previous years when the increase in room tax percentages reflected the construction of
See CHAMBER, Page 16
Purdum sketches tourism perspective
If the New Braunfels’ community expects to maintain a healthy economy, it’s going to have to expect growth, said Tom Purdum, executive vice president of tile Chamber of Commerce.
“Unfortunately there’s no more free lur.jh and there’s a price for everything,” he said Thursday. “With growth comes problems.
In comparison with the millions of dollars which tourism brings into the community, however, Purdum thinks the problems associated with this growth become insignificant.
Any kind of growth brings problems, he said,
“but we need to attack the problem and not the source of our funds.
“Just because we spend a few thousand dollars...to hire extra (law enforcement) people and people to pick extra trash during the summertime — I don’t think we should want to throw a multi-million dollar industry out the window.
“The problems — such as traffic congestion, trash and the need for more law enforcement — need to be attacked,” he said. “Not the total tourist industry.”
Tourism is a universal problem, Purdum said, leaning back in his office chair. “Any area that has any kind of appeal is going to have problems.
“And every state or country in the world is going after attracting tourists to support their economy,” Purdum continued. “The profit to their taxpayers is much higher.”
Making general observations about recent criticism concerning tourism, Purdum noted, “whatever group it is that’s criticizing tourism, they ought to get together to try to define the problems — and not lash out with generalizations.
“I think they’ll find a lot of agreement on what the problems are and that there’s a strong desire to solve the problems,” he added.
“The only way to attack them (the problems) successfully is when everybody works toward the same thing.”
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See TOURISM, Page ll
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New Braunfels police are still looking for two Latin males who held a store clerk at knife point while raiding his cash registers last weekend.
The robbers, both figured to be 20 years of age, took $250 in assorted bills from the Circle K store at 1289 W. San Antonio St. They forced the clerk to walk them to the door, warned him not to call the police and left the scene on foot at approximately 2:30 a.m.
“We’d like to find them. (That store) has been hit a lot of times,” said a police spokesman.
The clerk on duty reported that the two men had walked into the store, gone directly to the rear cooler and then proceeded to the check-
See POLICE, Page 16