New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of frustration and disappointment, Carter administration officials believe a turning point may finally have been reached toward resolution of the Iran hostage crisis.
These officials, who asked not to be identified, do not believe an end to the
crisis is at hand and they recall the numerous occasions in the past when hopes were raised only to be deflated.
But the feeling here is that the list of four demands issued Friday by Iran’s revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, could lay the basis for the beginning of a settlement.end to
What encourages these officials are several significant omissions from Khomeini’s list, as well as the overall tone of his statement.
For example, they noted that, in contrast to past statements by Khomeini, there was no reference to “satanic America.” There was noIranian
mention of hostage trials nor of separating the hostages into “spy” and “non-spy” categories.
Most significant, the officials said, was the exclusion of any demand for an American apology. This contradicted Iran’s new prime minister, Mohammed Ali Rajai, who only a few
days earlier had specifically demanded American “repentance” as the price for release of the 52 Americans.
Subsequent to Rajai’s statement, the State Department specifically ruled out an American apology. Two days later, Khomeini dropped the demand.
The officials said although the signs
are encouraging, any exultation by the Carter administration would be premature because Iran has contradicted itself before about conditions the U.S. must meet.
They also note that even Khomeini’s pared-down list of demands would pose extraordinary difficulties.
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Vol. 89 - No. 59 62 Pages — 4 Sections (USPS 377-880)
New Braunfels, Texas
Motorists cautioned to observe bus laws
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff Writer
Ifs that time of year again. With the begining of the fall season comes cool weather, golden colored leaves and caravans of ranting, raving and cheering school buses bulging with students who can hardly wait to get to that big football game.
Unfortunately, students sometimes get so caught up in the rivalry of football spirit, they endanger their own, as well as the bus driver’s safety.
For this reason, other drivers need to be especially careful when around
these group of buses, because the bus drivers do not need any trouble from traffic while keeping control of the bus and passengers, warns the Texas Medical Association.
Drivers of buses in these caravans allow spaces in between the buses so that cars can pass them and get in the inside lane, said Joe Armstrong, director of special services of the NBISD. Because these buses cannot exceed a 50 mph speed limit, instead of 55 mph, they can become a traffic hazzard if they don’t allow people to pass, he added.
If there is any mischief on the
highway on route to one of the football games, for example, students from the rival bus trying to stop the bus, Armstrong said the driver of the bus has the authority and will report the “mischief makers” to the police or highway patrol.
Parents should be aware that the driver of the bus has limited authority to punish children which cause disturbances or mischief on school buses. “In a case where the child does not cooperate with the driver, the driver can arrange seating, or suspend
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Staff photo by John San tar
Up a tree
Scout Gordon Barding puts some muscle behind Scout Troop 133 hut located at the corner of Coll
his saw as he cuts a branch off a tree at the Boy and Market Avenue.
Two years tater, auditor sees no improvement
WASHINGTON (AP) - The drumbeat of publicity has ended. The flood of indictments has slowed to a trickle. The scandal that rocked the General Services Administration appears to be fading into history.
But some investigators, from both Congress and the GSA itself, are wondering whether any real lessons were learned.
The scandal exploded into public view in 1978 with published reports about contractors being paid to paint government wall space that did not exist and federal stockpiles being pilfered.
The disclosures made the letters “GSA” almost synonymous with government corruption, and President Carter pledged a thorough investigation into problems involving his
and other administrations.
But two recent reports by Congress’ watchdog arm, the General Accounting Office, found continued mismanagement of two of the most abused areas of GSA activities: the self-service stores and so-called “multiple awards schedule” that allows officials to shop by catalog for millions of different items, ranging from typewriters to party favors.
“I personally don’t see any significant improvement in GSA,” said Howard Davia, GSA’s top auditor.
“The same opportunity is there, the same players are there.”
Davia said GSA’s new leadership has shown little determination to punish officials who waste money and has not significantly reformed abused GSA programs.
“There is just not the inclination to get tough,” he said.
More than two years after the scandal surfaced, some of those most deeply involved in the investigation question whether it ever got close to the bottom of corruption at the government’s multibillion-dollar building and supply agency.
The investigation has led, by GSA count, to the convictions of 143 low-and middle-level federal employees and government contractors. No highranking government official was indicted.
Officials currently directing the probe say they have pursued the evidence aggressively. However, two former top GSA officials said they
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Several folks interested in the city's park system take a look at the tube chute in Price Solms Park Friday. That's new mayor Max Winkler doing the pointing. The group heard a proposal from
several Texas A and M faculty members, who said students in a class at the school would like to make studying the Comal River and springs a class project.
Students to study river, Landa Park
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff Writer
Architectural landscape students at Texas A4tM University will devote three weeks to a design study of the Comal Springs and River, including two days “in the field” studying I^inda Park.
A design study? What’s a design study?
“It’s taking a look at what you have and seeing what you can do with it,” Dr. H.C. Ixindphair, a professor at A&M, said.
In a short presentation to city officials and interested citizens Friday, I.andphair and his colleagues John Motloch and Ronnie Denburg explained the project and asked for cooperation.
“There are 48 students in the class, and this is their project for the semester. We want to try to get them out in the real world, into a situation where they’re responsible to a client,” I^mdphair began.
The end result will be a study document, presenting a number of alternatives for
long-range park development.
“luanda Park doesn’t exist in a vacuum. They would have to know how the people here feel about the park, what New Braunfels is, what it wants, where ifs going.
“We want them to experience not just the fun things, but to get them introduced to the politics of a situation,” he said. “They’ll be looking and asking some pointed questions.” “My hope is that the finished work can be exhibited someplace. For obvious reasons, we want to get the students’ feet wet. We know some people won’t like the end result. That’s all to the good,” he said.
But the city would also gain from the project, he said: mostly in the realm of new ideas and the fresh perspectives that can be brought to bear by outsiders.
Mayor Max Winkler and Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Tieken liked the idea and accompanied the professors on a whirlwind tour of the park area. Engineer Ed Ford acted as guide.
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