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April 24, 1986

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 4

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4-A THE BAYTOWN SUN Thunday, April 24, 19* Libya provoked attack by U.S. High Soviet officials have been dropping hints during the past several weeks that they would like to abandon plans for a second summit between President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. They have already called off pre-summit talks between Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, claiming that U.S. raids on Libya caused cancellation. Original plans were for the summit to be held in June, but it now appears if it is held at all, it won't be in June. President Reagan and Gorbachev tentatively agreed during their first summit they would hold more such meetings, the second of which would be in the U.S. Since the U.S. has begun to retaliate against Libya for terrorist acts perpetrated against the U.S., diplomatic rhetoric between Washington and the Kremlin has become more caustic, particularly that coming out of Moscow. The U.S. has indirectly blamed the Soviet Union for Libyan terrorist actions and accused it of wasting six months of planning for the second summit meeting. The strongly-worded U.S. statement was delivered after the Soviets protested U.S. air attacks on Libya. Despite heated diplomatic exchanges, the U.S. still has hope the Soviets will agree to the summit so that talks on nuclear disarmament can resume. On the one hand, the Soviet Union condemns the U.S. raids on Libya, while on the other its troops continue to slaughter Afghans resisting the Soviet occupation of their country. It should also be pointed out that the invasion of Afghanistan was unprovoked. U.S. attacks on Libya were the result of terrorist attacks against the U.S. State of economy Just about everyone in Texas is concerned about the economy, even those who have steady jobs. With continuing deterioration of the state's oil-based economy, there is no way to predict the eventual outcome. Unemployment may go even higher than it is now before recovery begins. According to the most recent polls, a large majority of Texas voters is worried about state government finances, even to the point of saying they would not oppose a tax increase and a reduction in some programs. There may be a change in attitude, but the way it stands now, most Texas legislators hope other means of raising more revenue can be found to offset the need for a tax hike. Many Texas voters are so concerned about economic conditions they would vote for a change in state leadership. It is unlikely such action would materially affect the economy since the governor and other state leaders are not responsible for what is happening. l Plummeting oil prices, caused by a worldwide market glut, is to blame for the economic crunch Texas and other oil-producing states are experiencing. No one person can be blamed for that. The latest poll indicates that 65 percent of Texas voters would approve of the Legislature dealing with the fiscal crisis by cutting state-funded programs and raising taxes. Meanwhile, State Comptroller Bob Bullock reported that state spending in March rose 3 percent over the average expenditures during the preceding six months. It is indeed difficult to reduce budgeted expenses, but Gov. Mark White is trying his best to do so. Berry's World "/ may just send a thank you note to Ortega. " Cfje Uaptoton Leon Brown Editor ond Publisher Fred Hornberger Assistant to Publisher FredHortman Editor ond Publisher, 1950-1974 EMTOtUU DIPAtTMMT Wonda Orton Managing Editor JoonMcAnall News Editor ADVitmMC Off AtTMMT Sill Cornwall Advertising Director OtOHATtON Gory Dobbs Circulotion Morwoer Th» Boytown Son (USK O46-HO) i« omorod ot tocond ck>M monor « tto Boyiown, T««o« Ron O**ic« 77532 undoritM Act of Congnn of March 3. IC79. PuMMMd ofMmoont, Monday throuoh FrMoy and Sundoyi of l»l Mwnanaf Drt« In aayKMn, Town 77520. ^iiflojilij SUwrripMon Mato>: «y confer. »3.2S <Mr monffi, W3.00 por VMT; ttnata copy pric*. 25 conn Ooity. W cwm Sundoy. MaM raw* on IIKIIII. Ho^mimr) nathmoNy by CooMol PlMiconon*. POSTMASTER: Sond adaXw cnonon to TM£ iAYTO*** SON. P.O. ton «0, toyiown. Tx. 77527. crodiMdlo M or Auociotod PMM If lo *<• u*. for rapiANcttion «o any nm of aN utm manor h*«in on otto i*ttn*a Tho >o><o>»n Sun uMd Inrau^ieM rtw Nnw* nrfttn *•«• wtictM da net raHKt Th* Sun THERE'S A PROftoSAi- TO RENAME TWS THe *TO*AN NATIONAL TOKKT" »F WE'RE GOIN<5 TO NAME AFTEK HIM, IT SHOUtP BE TO Y^CH HE'S fv\APE A SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTION >NHP SA1P TRCCS OH..."WEN HOW ABOUT THe NATIONAL PEST"? Anderson Military wastes money and time just writing 'specs 7 WASHINGTON — One reason the military often pays outlandish prices for coffee pots and ballpeen hammers is the rigid insistence on detailed specifications for every item purchased. Most of the voluminously described specifications, or 'spe< are safeguards against shady contractors who might cut corners to save money. But some, in page after page of barely decipherable jargon, simply hamstring procurement officers who might otherwise use their common sense to find better buys on the open market. Our associate Stewart Harris has reviewed several reams of military specs on everyday items used by the military. Here are the highlights of "A Day in the Well-Specified Life of GI Joe": At breakfast, Joe can be confident that his doughnut, when "cut vertically or horizontally with a sharp knife, shall not be greasy over one-eighth inch in depth at any place on the cut surface," according to specs in force since 1962. Why Joe would want to slice his doughnut horizontally, like a bagel, or have to use a sharp knife to cut it vertically before dunking, the specs don't explain. They do add that frosted doughnuts must retain their glaze when "subjected to ordinary shocks of transportation." Joe might decide to do his stomach lining a favor and choose hot chocolate instead of coffee. A safe choice: 20 pages of specifications set the standard for GI cocoa. Its "pH" — a measure of acidity/alkalinity familiar to gardeners — must register within one point of the middle on a 14-point scale. At least 14 percent of the cocoa powder must be butter fat, and it can't have big chunks of cocoa bean: "When washed with petroleum ether, not less than 98 percent by weight shall pass through a U.S. Standard No. 200 sieve." This may explain what the Army cooks were doing in those mysterious pre-dawn hours before we showed up for KP: sniffing ether-washed cocoa. This being the New Army, Joe may decide to have a mar-- shmallow or two in his hot choc. Nine pages of specs cover the size and ingredients. If the marshmallows are colored, they must be a pastel shade; otherwise, military marshmallows will be white. During the day, Joe may decide to relieve the tension with some GI chewing gum. It's a favorite of urchins around the world, and no wonder: 17 pages of specs require, among other things, that the gum "impart a pleasing characteristic taste sensation" and retain at least a "residual characteristic flavor" after 20 minutes' chewing. GI gum comes in stick or candy-coated tablet form, in peppermint, spearmint or fruit flavor. It's rated by a tasters' . panel on a "hedonic scale" of one to nine. (The Hedonic philosophers in ancient Greece placed paramount importance on pleasure and gratification of natural desires — roughly the exact opposite of the soldierly Spartans. > Joe may head for the playing field during the day. Thanks to 22 pages of specifications, he can be confident that his athletic supporter has proven capable of withstanding two hours of baking at 300 degrees without losing itsstretchability. If Joe takes a date to the club on the base, he might buy her a martini or two, secure in the knowledge that 17 pages of specs have governed the olives, grading them in 10 official sizes from small to "special super colossal." And finally, if Joe plans some extra-military activities, he knows that his prophylactic device — whether red, blue, green, pink, black, yellow or clear — has been manufac- turered under 12 pages of Pentagon specifications and sample- tested for reliability. FOIA FOLLIES: Food and Drug Administration officials complain that the time spent on filling Freedom of Information Act requests has quadrupled in the last three years — and it's not information for the public that's to blame. Nearly 75 percent of all requests to the FDA are from businesses hoping for commercial profit. Half of those are from "firms seeking a competitive a'd- vantage over each other," the FDA reports, while the other half are from companies that sell the information they get from the agency. THE OMBUDSMAN: Two years ago we reported the personal misfortune of Don and Pat King of Chase, Kan., who tried to adopt a baby from Mexico and instead were cheated out of thousands of dollars. The adoption ring leaders are now behind bars and the Kings' hometown policeman, John Grubb, is being honored by an award from the National Committee for Adoption this week. On his own, Grubb investigated the phony adoption swindle and found dozens of other couples who had paid large sums to adopt children they never received. Grubb isn't resting on his laurels. He told us he is now tracking three other suspected adoption swindlers, FLEECING VETERANS: Conscienceless con artists in the West and Midwest are preying on hard-up veterans, some of them terminally ill, who find they can't meet the monthly payments on their government- insured mortgages. Some vets have wound up thousands of dollars deeper in debt and at least one lost his home as a result of the swindle. According to Robert Hincken, assistant inspector general at the Veterans Administration, the con men check newspaper want ads for veterans trying to sell their homes. They then offer to take over the mortgage payments if the vet moves out to accommodate renters. In some cases, the con men even offer to share the rental profits with the veteran. The swindler collects the rent but never makes the mortgage payments. By the time the bank forecloses, the crook has skipped out. The scam, known as equity skimming, first surfaced in the Los Angeles area, and has spread to Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Houston and Minneapolis. The Justice Department expects its first indictment in a couple of months. Meanwhile, Hincken urges veterans to contact their nearest VA office before signing any "quick fix" financial agreements involving their homes. MINI-EDITORIAL: We should have suspected something when National Public Radio reported the execution of Vitaly Yur- chenko, the KGB double defector, and added the marvelous detail that his family had been billed for the firing squad's bullets. Isn't the KGB's execution method of choice a single pistol bullet in the back of the head? Sure enough, a German television crew chanced across Yurchenko alive and well on a Moscow street. What we wonder is who planted the phony story of his execution. If it was the CIA, we strongly urge that it drop the Yurchenko matter before its face gets even redder. Date Van A Ha assisted Jack Anderson. United feature Syndicate columnist, in writing today's story. (or good on*MMtO*M To The Sun: The Texas oil and gas industry is the major contributor of revenue to Texas' economy. The Railroad Commission is the state agency which regulates and determines policy for oil and gas. The Commission is elected, yet voters in past years have not paid enough attention to its importance. State Rep. Ed Emmett is a very qualified candidate for Railroad Commissioner. Currently he is Chairman of the House Committee on Energy. Mr. Emmett understands complex energy issues. He will work for the benefit of the state's consumers in adopting policy at the Commission. Ed Emmett has a good record in the Legislature. Voters should take note of the importance of the Railroad Commission to the economy of Texas and support Emmett in the May 3 Republican primary. David C. McGowan, Jr. 1514 Country Club Dr. Crosby To The Sun: We recently had the opportunity to accompany 145 students comprised of the Ross S. Sterling High School Band and Orchestra to the Alamo Tournament of Bands in San Antonio. In their respective divisions, the orchestra was ranked first; concert band, third; and symphonic band, second. Their performance and behavior reflected the fine leadership of their directors, Dennis fiichler and Jay Elkins. Despite three days of tight schedules, deadlines and curfews, these young people were prompt, cooperative and a delight to be around. Their parents, school and community should be proud of these "goodwill ambassadors" from Baytown to the Alamo City. Roxanne Murray Representing the parent chaperones Ross S. Sterling Band and Orchestra From Sun files J.R. Barber school board '^ president, '36 From the Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was: 50 YEARS AGO J.R, Barber will again head the Barbers Hill School Board as president. Other officers are J.C. Battle, vice president; T.C. Fitzgerald, secretary-treasurer. Other trustees are W.M. Green, H.L. Gilbert, L.B. Traverse and V.L. Smith. The school district leases space in the McKinstry Building in Goose Creek for offices of the superintendent, business manager and tax collector. 40 YEARS AGO Homer P. Rainey, former president of the University of Texas, speaks at a meeting at Baytown Junior High. Deputy Sheriffs George Scott and Cammie Williams investigate thefts at a construction site near Crystal Bay. "Stage Door," senior play at Robert E. Lee, stars Betty Bemel, Terry Randall, George Crawford, Keith Burgess, Gene Cragg and David Kingsley. 30 YEARS AGO DeMolay Chapter plans a burger dinner to raise money to send delegates to the tri-area and state conclaves, reports Bill Laughlin, master councilor. Robert G. Feinberg, Civil Defense director, speaks to the History Club at REL. Mrs. J.H. Anderson is hostess to the Dabney-Goodwin Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy. 20 YEARS AGO First Baptist Church celebrates its 40th anniversary with dinner on the grounds. Of the 63 charter members 19 are still active members. They are Mrs. J.E. New, Mrs. W.J. Frazier, Mrs. L.B. McBride, Mrs. Paul Morrison, Mrs. O.C. Thompson, Mrs. W.B. Dumas, Virginia Whitesides, Mrs. R.R. Gates, Mrs. M.J. Lyons, Mrs. B.T. McKinney, Mrs. P. Frazier, Mrs. E. Woodruff, W.F. Frazier, A.L. Kennedy, J.H. Mayhan, E. Woodruff, Mrs. C.A. Bolster, Henry Bolster and Wesley Frazier. Today In history By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 1986. There are 251 days left in the year. The Jewish festival of Passover begins today. Today's highlight in history: On April 24, 1800, Congress approved a bill establishing the i Library of Congress in, Washington, D.C., appropriating $5,000 "for the purchase of such books as may be necessary." ; On this date: In 1704, the first American' newspaper printed on a regular basis, the Boston News Letter, published for the first time. In 1792, the French national , anthem "La Marseillaise" was composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle. | In 1877, federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North's post-Civil War rule in the South. In 1898, Spain declared war on -: the United States after rejecting . America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba. In 1915, Turkey began the brutal mass deportation of Armenians during World War I. Hundreds of thousands of Arme^ nians are believed to have died en route. '" In 1916, Irish nationalists in.: Dublin launched the Easter Ris^:.' ing, which was put down by •> British forces several days later,-. Ten years ago: After stalling for two weeks, Lebanese President Suleiman Franjieh signed a constitutional amendment that permitted Parliament to select a : new head of state. Five years ago: On his first"' day back in the Oval Office since he was shot, President Reagan." lifted a 16-month-old grain em- ' bargo against the Soviet Union., : Bible verse '•" Then said Jesus, 'Put up agaia. •. thy sword into its place; for all they that take the sword thall perish with the sword. Thinkest" tnou that I cannot now pray to • my Father, and He shall- presently give me more than , twelve legions of angels? Matthew »:«,sa; (i

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