The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 23, 1986 · Page 4
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Baytown, Texas
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Wednesday, April 23, 1986
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4-A THE BAYTOWN SUN Wednesday, April 23, 1986 ^EDITORIAL See the terror of their ways As expected in the wake of the second, most destructive U.S. air attack on Libya, a wave of terrorist vengeance swept across Europe and the Middle East. Some of the attacks, which included, murders, kidnapping, explosions, bomb threats and evacuations, were attributed to pleas for retribution by Libyan ruler Moammar Khadafy to avenge U.S. air attacks on Libyan targets. Other attacks and threats were blamed on dissident elements in the Middle East whose leaders used Libyan bomb raids as an excuse to mount terrorists onslaughts. The question uppermost in the minds of many Americans and others across the world about President Reagan's decision to fight back at terrorism by attacking its origin in Libya is how far the United States will go, or must go, in carrying out is pledge. Reagan has promised more bombs will fall on Libya unless Khadafy brifles his henchmen of terrorism. That is to say also that terrorists in other places may feel the sting of U.S. attacks if it can be proven they are following Khadafy's orders. 'The Libyan people, held in subjugation by a ruthless dictator, now have their best opportunity to overthrow Khadafy before he causes more devastation to their country. Other Arab nations, some of whom have pledged to stand by Khadafy against the U.S., should be guided by what they have seen happen to Libya and use their influence to stop Khadafy while there is still time. The fact that a wave of terrorism followed U.S. attacks on Libya is proof enough that Khadafy is the chief architect of such tactics. Berry's .World -S © 1986 OyNEA. Inc. "I've licked the 'yo-yo syndrome' by going from one new fad diet to another." Today in history By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 1986. There are 252 days left in the year. This is Secretaries' Day. April 23, 1564, is generally regarded as the birthdate of the English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare. He died on the same date 52 years later. On this dale: In 1789. President-elect George Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New York. In 1791, James Buchanan, 15th president of the United States, was born in Franklin County Pa. In 1896, the Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated at a music hall in New York City. In 1940, about 200 people died in a dance hall fire in Natchez, Miss. In 1968, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in a ceremony in Dallas to form the United Methodist Church. In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for the assassination of New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment. Ten years ago: Tens of thousands of people marched through the heart of Boston in a "procession against violence" to try to ease the city's racial tensions. Five years ago: The federal government gave the go-ahead to adjustable-rate mortgages; and the Labor Department reported consumer prices rose six-tenths of 1 percent in March 1981. One year ago: The Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing the secret flavor formula for Coke, the world's best-selling soft drink. Following months of protest from old-Coke lovers, the company resumed selling the original formula, along with the new version. Bible verse When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, "They that are well have no need of the physician, but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." March 2:17 Leon Brown Editor and Publisher .red Hornberger Assistant to Publisher FredHortmon Editor and Publisher, 1950-1974 EDtTMIAL DfPARTMENT Wonda Orion Managing Editor Joan McAnall News Edi)or ADVEtTISMG MfAftTMMT BlllComwell Advertising Director cmcuunoM Gary Dobbs Circulation Manager The Boytowri Sun (USPS 046-180) i> entered as second clois matter ol the Boytawn. Tenoi Poll Oflice 77522 ondrr ff* Act of Cooo/eis <* Morcn 3, '879. Published ofternooni, Monday through Friday and Sundoyl ot 1301 M«moriat Driv» in Boyfown, T««ot 77520. Suoonted SUncriprion Rote*: By carter, $5 25 fmt month 163 00 per V*or; lingk copy price, 25 centt Doity, SO c«nt» Sunday. Moil rotej on requeii. Represented nwkxwlly by Contol Publlcatiom POSTMASTER- Send odoVe« chbno« to THE BAYTOWN SUN. PO Bo»90 Boytown T* 77522 GETTING HIS EUROPEAN DUCKS IN A ROW... Jock Anderson Reagan administration cools relationship with Morocco WASHINGTON - The Reagan administration's once-ardent support of Morocco's King Hassan has cooled like the desert sands. In fact, we have learned, State. Department officials had at least three secret talks last years with the leftist Polisario rebels, who have been battling Morocco for 10 years over the mineral-rich Western Sahara once owned by Spain. The cause of this startling reversal of administration policy is one man: Moammar Khadafy, the "flaky" dictator of Libya. Though he once supported the Polisario with weapons and money, he astonished the White House in 1984 by announcing a "union" with Morocco. Khadafy's betrayal of the Polisario rebels left Algeria as their only effective supporter. It was the Moroccan-Libyan solidarity treaty — which the Reagan administration learned of in the newspaper despite years of courting King Hassan — that led the president's policy makers to consider the bizarre tilt from Morocco to Algeria. Conservative Morocco had been regarded as the bulwark of U.S. hopes for influence in North Africa, while Algeria was considered dangerously leftist. Even President Carter viewed the Polisario rebels as puppets of Algeria, Libya — and the Soviet Union. Hassan played on these fears to gain increased U.S. military and economic support. Although still officially supporting Morocco in the inconclusive desert war, the White House has come to the conclusion that it can't really trust Hassan, and that Algeria would be a more reliable anti-Khadafy ally. Disillusion with Morocco — and high hopes for Algeria — led to the secret meetings with the Polisario last year. They were at a suitably low level, but they were the first such meeting since 1980, when Carter emissaries conferred with the rebels without visible effect. The new White House friendship with Algeria was made easier by the decision of President Chadli Benjedid to cultivate friendlier ties with the United States. Algeria not only showed a willingness to buy arms from U.S. and Western European suppliers instead of just from the Soviet bloc, but to stand up to its Libyan neighbor as well. Evidently the Algerians looked on Khadafy's love affair with Hassan as a prelude to his oft- expressed dream of a Pan-Arab union — which would swallow Algeria under Khadafy's rule. As one congressional expert said, the Algerians "have specifically sought to repair relations with the West." Algeria's reward has been favorable loan offers from the Export-Import Bank, a U.S. government agency, and a warm welcome for President Benjedid when he visited Washington last year. In an interview with our associate Lucette Lagnado, the Polisario Front's representative at the United Nations acknowledged that the rebels' relations with the United States have improved, though he would not confirm the reports of direct U.S.-Polisario meetings. He complained that the Reagan administration has not gone as far as he would have liked, but he said, "There is a change of mood." Congress, he added, has been much more supportive lately. The administration's new interest in Algeria and the Polisario is not necessarily a crass betrayal of its longtime ally, Hassan. It's no secret that Morocco is in bad economic shape, with high unemployment and food shortages. Spilling his country's limited resources into the endless desert, war doesn't help Hassan or Morocco. In that light, the Reagan administration would be doing its old, uncertain ally a favor by nudging him toward the negotiating table to end the war. Footnote: Morocco's Washington lobbyists have argued ardently that King Hassan's solidarity treaty with Khadafy is little more than a pro forma piece of paper and that the United States is still the foremost object of Hassan's affection. CRIME WATCH: There are ethnic criminal gangs that even Capt. Frank Furillo ot "Hill Street Blues" never imagined, according to federal organized crime investigators. Would you believe the "Potato Bag Gang"? No, it's not Irish, it's Russian, made up of Soviet immigrants the Kremlin let out of its clutches. The Feds say the Russian gang numbers about 500, and is engaged in fraud, extortion and drug trafficking in New York. Meanwhile, down in Miami, the Mafia has reportedly been muscled out by a Cuban outfit that calls itself The Corporation. CANDY IS DANDY . . .: But liquor is quicker. An amendment tacked onto legislation regulating snuff and chewing tobacco will allow interstate sales of liquor-spiked candy for the first time since pre- Prohibition days. An enthusiastic backer of the amendment was Sen. Wendell Ford, D- Ky., whose Capitol Hill office is said to be the principal source outside Kentucky for a delicacy called bourbon balls. Dale Van Ana assisted Untied Feature Syndicate's Jack Anderson in writing loday'ssiory. From Sun files ;':'•; ' '":''.' Houston'siiSon suffers f rorti influenza, '36 From t.he Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was: _ 50 YEARS AGO Andrew Jackson Houston, 84, of La Porte, recovers from an attack of flu which had plagued him since shortly after giving the Independence Day address at the San Jacinto battleground March 2. Because of the illness, he was unable to attend San Jacinlo Day ceremonies: His physician, Dr. D.R. Aves of La Porte, says he is regaining his strength now. (Houston ,is the last surviving son of. Sam Houston.) Fannie Stevenson leaves for Grant Parish in Louisiana'to attend the funeral of her nephew, Sheriff W.L. Nugent. The sheriff and his deputy, D.L. Br.unson, were slain in Colfax, La., while attempting to enforce the cattle- dipping law. David L. Blair, 59, oil field worker, dies of an apparent heart attack in the Goose Creek oil field on the day he expected to receive a $10,000 check for.settle- ment in a car wreck. Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Coe and daughter Carolyn Ann escape serious injuries in a car wreck on the Humble Road en route home from Lubbock. The car landed top side up in a dilch after flipping over twice. S.W. Dobson serves as general chairman of the combined Centennial and Memorial Day festival to be held here May 30. 40 YEARS AGO Betty Jo Kemp of Mont Belvieu is being treated at Goose Creek Hospital for injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. David Y. Arnett, professional photographer, gets an aerial photo assignment covering four states. Dimple Hamilton is home for the Easter holidays from the University of Texas. 30 YEARS AGO Coach Roy Hutchins' Carver Panthers grab the District 8AA track championship at Memorial Stadium. Odena Childers takes office as president of the Pilot Clubr Mrs. Roy Donnelly presents a devotional to the Julia Lottie Circle at Cedar Bayou Methodist Church. REL is still king in the mile relay. Gander quartet Carl Young, Buddy May, Anton Sma- jstrla and Jerry Capps^run a record 3:20:9 for an upset over the Lamar Redskins. Doug Bashrum and Paul .Como win Regional 5-AA doubles championship in tennis. The REL juniors won the state championship last year. 'Another Gander, Bill Dixon, wins singles championship in the tennis regional playoff. Larry and Terry Anderson, the Crosby twins, win Class B championship in tennis doubles. 20 YEARS AGO Dub Sanders, manager! of the Liberty Chamber of Commerce, spoke yesterday at the ;B"aytown Chamber of Commerce. Liberty's trade area extends into four counties, he said. Readers-views The Anocioted Preis it entitled «cli»iv*ly 10 *e uw lor reoutolicotion to ony newi diipaichei credited to it ot not ortutwin credited in rhii paper ood tocot newt of tpontooeom origin published herein Righit of repuWicotlon o< 0*1 other matt*, henrin an oho r»er«d The Boyfown Son retail nationally know syndicates who*e wrlreri' bylined »t«ie« ore u»*d rtrouj^oul the oowlpoper. There ore time* when the*. orticl« do not reflect The Sun't viewpoint, uimmta Only tigneri M*,f wit) b< conikJered for (xAlicotion, Nom« will be withheld i*on requeit (or oood ond urfflcient ri>iuii,Pleo««lM«pton*nfnwT. Th* Sun rvMrvMftw right fa e»c«<ptlen«n ^^ To The Sun: I take this means to question council's handling of the awarding of the ambulance contract. It is my understanding that Jess Navarre chose NOT to bid on the contract; and yet, was awarded a continuation of his current arrangement with us. While I normally favor the local businessman, 1 question the wisdom of council's action: If it is true that the city attorney and the committee, formed by the council, recommended acceptance of the low bid ... and if that bid asked a subsidy of only $33,000 for six months, compared to the $96,000 paid annually to Navarre . . . and if the low bidder has several years of proven service in Pasadena and was found, by the committee, to be financially secure . . . and if the low bidder offered us advanced life support service, 24 hours per day . . . and if we have, and all of the companies vying for the contract (except one) have, undergone the expenses involved with the bidding, twice, then why should the current provider be allowed to wait until he could know the bids of the other companies; and by merely producing a few character witnesses to council, be awarded the extension? I do not question the legality of the extension. But, more importantly, is it morally proper to conduct our business in such a manner? Hooray for local boys makes good but no cheers for "Good-ol- boy" politics when it comes to spending our money and awarding a contract for such a vital service! I suggest that council reconsider again and give the proper consideration to the low bidder. B. R. Delcoure 203 Kelly Lane To The Sun: The Kiwanis Club's Board of Directors and [ would like to thank you and your staff for their excellent coverage of our 40th anniversary in Baytown. The supplement is a fine example of your staff's dedication to their profession, and we sincerely appreciate the amount of time and effort that went into producing this supplement. The Baytown Sun has always shown a willingness to provide coverage for an event that we are participating in, and has always gone that "extra mile" for the Kiwanis Club. You are to be commended for your staff's dedication and we sincerely appreciate the work that they do in Baytown. EdShackelford Kiwanis Club of Baytown To The Sun: Coming from a family of Robert E. Lee graduates, I've always backed them until my children were sent to Sterling — no fault of theirs. I want the fans and families of both teams to remember we all live in the same town and all our children have played ball on the same teams at one time or another. Many fans, families of the Sterling JV team and I were very upset when our boys and Lee's boys played March 25. When one of our boys got hurt the Lee coach and fans were more concerned about the count than if the boy was hurt. This is very unsportsman of them. Come on Baytown, this is not war, just a game of baseball! Mrs. Ernie (Jackie) Hanks 6211 SjolanderRoad To The Sun: This is just a note of thanks to express our appreciation for your letting Kris Isaacson work with us on the problem we are having with the AMAX Petroleum Facility located next to our houses. She has written very good articles for us. I would appreciate if you would put a few lines of thanks in the paper for us. We would like to thank-ail of the people from the different offices that have helped uS- and have been concerned. ; Kenneth and Marilyn Bartkowiak anfl^ons 5517 Cedar Point Road To The Sun: Baytown's 15th annual .'mass casualty exercise was held on April 12. The main purpose of the drill was to train organizations in working together during an emergency in order to minimize confusion and operate with maximum efficiency. Failure to accomplish this in a real disaster would result in much suffering and perhaps loss of lives. With the help of Exxon and Chevron Chemical companies and the Texas Department of Health, this year's drill was more complicated than usual. Because of the tremendous cooperation we received, we were able to train scores of persons in emergency procedures. Hfease express our sincere appreciation to the nearly 100 persons who acted as victims and the nearly 500 others from some 60 organizations who gave generously of their time and effort in making us all better prepared to meet emergencies. EmmettO. Hutto, Mayor Fritz Lanham, City Manager J.F. Hickerson, EM Coordinator

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