The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 25, 1986 · Page 1
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IKth-l<>SI> MORE THAN 70,000 READERS EVERY DAY Volume 64, No. 150 Telephone Number: 422-1302 Friday, April 25, 1906 Reagan embarks on trip to Far East WASHINGTON (AP) ^president Reagan embarked to^fy on the longest trip of his presidency, a 22,300-mile journey to the Far East that will climax in Tokyo with a seven-nation summit meeting set up to discuss economics but likely to be dominated by the specter of terrorism. Reagan, in brief remarks as he left from Andrews Air Force Base just outside Washington, said he is going to Asia "to reaffirm and renew our economic, strategic and political ties." "It is a journey we are very excited about," Reagan said, mentioning talks he will have in Indonesia and Japan but making no reference to terrorism, whose importance on the agenda was evident from a new sign at the base gate. "Terrorist Condition," it said. "Threatcon Alpha. Actual." The sign, which went up following the U.S. bombing raid against Libya early last week, indicates actual counter- terrorism measures are in effect and that they are not part of a test but that the level of alert — Alpha — is relatively low. Reiterating the theme the White House has sought to set for the trip, Reagan repeated its "Winds of Freedom" slogan, saying, "They are brisk and bracing winds, sweeping out the old and, I believe, ushering in a new era of freedom, an era in which democracy is once again recognized as the new idea." Asked whether he had any concern about possible terrorist attacks directed against him or Mrs. Reagan, he said, "I'm superstitious. I won't even mention it." As he left the White House for the helicopter ride to Andrews, hundreds of White House employees gathered on the South Lawn to wave and cheer. With a schedule designed to give the 75-year-old president time to adjust to the 13-hour time difference, Reagan will take a week to reach Tokyo with rest stops in Hawaii and the Indonesian island of Bali. He returns to the United States via Anchorage, Alaska, on May 7 at the end of the 12-day journey. At the start of his third presidential trip to Asia, Reagan goes first to Los Angeles, where he will rendezvous with his wife, Nancy, who stopped in Phoenix to visit her aged mother. After a private overnight stop, they fly to Honolulu, where they will stay (See REAGAN, Page ll-A) Pearce Street Journal - The killing field We wish the world would become so tranquil that the only display of terrorism would be the summer cry "Kill the umpire." --FH AROUND TOWN CURLY STRAWN wished a quick release from San Jacinto Methodist Hospital . . . Dorian Japalucci is a windsurfing widow . . . Gary Lopez is rear- ended at a meeting . . . Jim Schaefer is held to a vacation promise. Glen Walker thinks it is awfully hot in South Texas . . . Graham Painter is part of a class act ... Dee Adcox Wllcox mourns the passing of her youth. Maggie Sala/ar wants a little puppy . . . Scott Bush interviews a reporter. RECENTLY-ELECTED members of the Lee College Board of Regents, from left, Claudia Smith, Wayne Gray and Oswall Harman, take the oath of office from LC legal adviser Rick Peebles. In th« foreground, Regent Mike Bargainer, left, and LC vice president and dean of Instruction Jerry Alston watch. (Sun staff photo by Carrie Pryor) LC accepts insurance plan Regents vote for new one-year liability package By DAVID MOHLMAN Lee College Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously voted to accept an insurance proposal from Baytown's The First Agency. See related story, Page 9-A The one-year policy will take effect when LC's Texas Multi- Peril policy with St. Paul Insurance Co. expires April 30. According to a memorandum from Bettie Bennett, LC dean of administrative services, to Robert Larsson, LC interim president, the proposal is contingent upon The First Agency's request that the company receives 80 percent of the commission on the policy and that Jim Bond, LC insurance agent of record, receives 20 percent. According to LC Board policy, the agent of record receives 60 percent of the commission from insurance policies. Bond was unable to attend Thursday's meeting. He verbally has agreed to accept the 20 percent commission, according to Mrs. Bennett. In addition to providing-:Jor needs now covered by the Texas Multi-Peril policy, The First Agency's proposal covers all LC vehicles. The administration will cancel one-year policies with National Indemnity of Omaha, for $28,976, on eight LC vans, and with St. Paul, for $11,838, on the remainder of LC vehicles. The col- lege will receive refunds on premiums paid. For SU.523, The First Agency will cover all LC vehicles with the same liability insurance provided l>> the canceled policies The entire insurance package costs $i:!7,116. Using information supplied by the !.C administration. The First Agency appraised LC buildings and contents through its own process before quoting a price for that portion of the insurance package, said Mrs, Bennett. St. Paul representatives insisted upon a professional appraisal, which would have cost approximately $10,000. as a prerequisite for renewing the Texas Multi-Peril policy. Senate studies new tax overhaul WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee, which has shown little support for any tax overhaul that reduces deductions, is considering a new plan — one that would repeal all itemized deductions, including interest on a home mortgage. The new proposal, presented Thursday by Chairman Bob Packwood, R-Ore., would have a maximum individual tax rate of 25 percent, half the present top rate. But it would end the preferential treatment for Individual Retirement Accounts and capital gains. The plan was presented to the Finance Committee at a closed Talk-time limits OK'd by council Despite some protests, Baytown City Council Thursday unanimously approved time limits for citizens speaking at council meetings. "You are stepping on the constitutional right to freedom of speech," charged Arthur Morgan, a citizen. "1 still have a problem in limiting our citizens who have guts enough to come and talk with us," said City Councilman Jimmy Johnson. The new rules set a five- minute time for citizens speaking to council. However, this time limit can be extended by a majority vote pf the council. In addition, citizens requesting time to speak to the council will have to file a form with the city clerk prior to the (See COUNCIL, Page ll-A) session that was called to breathe some life into the foundering tax-overhaul issue, which President Reagan says is the top domestic initiative of his second term. Sources familiar with the meeting said Packwood did not seek committee support for the new plan but simply put it on the table for consideration as one option. "It was received politely," said one member who attended. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, said the earlier Packwood plan "appears to be headed down a dead-end street. I'm willing to explore the possibilities of the chairman's new proposal." Sen. George Mitchell, D- Maine, offered a similar assessment. 'I'm for anything that will produce tax reform," he said. Packwood talked to reporters only in passing, saying the closed-door discussion had produced an interesting reaction. "It certainly is worth pursuing more," he said. Several members left the meeting expressing optimism that the panel will be able to agree on a tax bill this year. "My sense is that people want to proceed," said Sen. Bill Bradley, D- N.J. Nevertheless, there was no indication that the closed session (See SEN ATE, Page ll-A) 77520 25 C«nt* Per Copy Extension of Baytown ambulance contract nixed By BRUCEGUYNN In a surprise move. Baytown City Council voted •)-:t Thursday to reject a yo-day extension of a contract with Baytown Ambulance Service for emergency medical service Voting against the extension were Councilman Fred Philips. Jimmy Johnson. Ron Kmbry ami Hoy Fuller Mayor F.mmeit Hutto iiiul Councilman IVrry Simmons and Holland Prunt voted for the extension After rejecting the contract IJ V J *» Ji o i j) «» { ' I » y t ' .L ^ ,,*>,! unanimously voted !o hold a special meeting at A p m Monday to consider other options One option lo be considered will be awarding a contract for interim ambulance service to one of six companies submitting bids At its April ! 1 meeting, council voted 4-:i to n-ject the lowest of these bids, submitted by Medic I of Pasadena Huttn Simmons, Fuller and Pruett voted to reject the bid while Philip- Johnson and Krn bry-vote<! \ ,.<. ..rd the contract toMedic-l The consensus of the majority of the council at that tune was that the contract with Baytown Ambulance Service, set lo expire April 30. should be temporarily extended But in the interval, Fuller changed his mind and a majority of the council now appears to favor awarding a six-month, interim contract for emergency medical service. Fuller explained after the meeting he has decided the city should switch to another contract that provides a higher level of emergency medical service as soon as possible. In case councilmen can't agree on awarding an interim contract Monday, they will reconsider extending Baytown Ambulance Service's contract the same option they rejected Thursday Thursday's vote marks the latest twist in the increasingly complex tale of the City Council's attempts to upgrade the quality of emergency medical service. A special committee prepared a proposed contract providing tor upgraded service anJ advertised for bids Hut when bids for a permanent service proved to be loo high, council rejected them <m March 27 ami agreed to solicit a tern porary contractor until the specifications lor emergency medical service could be revised On April 11. however, council rejected the low bid of Medic-1 for interim i-mernency medical .service after (juc-stioris were raised about lht> company's ability to provide ihjs st'rvk 1 *? yt Die rate it ijuoted The company offf-red 10 provide the service In; MX months for a city supplement of $:::!,ttOO. Robert Whither, comptroller for Meriic ! >uid Thursday his company ^ offer stil! it.iruls. Whitaker said at the last council meeting that his company can provide emergency medical service at this rate because its overhead is less than other firms '.'ruler !S;r proposed contract extension with [lavtown Ambulance, the company would receive a S'Jl.iHHi city supplement lor providing thrw months of service Johnson said he didn't beJieve it was in the taxpayers' interest lo award a $24,000 contract for three months' service "when we could have spent 533,000 for six months " Simmons argued that there were too many risks in rejecting the contract extension "We are just opening a Pandora's Box," he said, Jess Navarre, operator of Baylown Ambulance Service, said he will abide by the council's decision. "I stand here bloodied but not bowed." said Navarre Baytown Ambulance has provided emergency medical service for (he city for 19 years. The company, however, did not submit bids for the permanent or interim services Navarre said after Thursday's meeting he probably wouldn't submit a bid for the revised contract. But Navarre said, "I'm not getting out of the ambulance business. We're simply not going 10 be the city contractor. (But) we u ill respond to house calls." ufi., mal Classified 8-11-B Comics 6-A Crossword Puzzle 6-A Dimension 7-A Entertainment 6-7-B Editorial 4-A Markets 9-A Movie Theaters 5-B Obituaries 9-A People 10-A Police Beat 2-A Sports l-3-B Television Log 4-B Weather 9-A WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY and mild with a low in the low 60s is forecast for Baytown Friday night. Saturday's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and warmer temperatures with a high in the mid-aos. Imported oil fee suggested Congressional report lauds proposal WASHINGTON (AP) — A levy on imported oil would reduce fuel imports, help the domestic petroleum industry and add billions of dollars annually to federal coffers, a congressional report said. The Congressional Budget Office paper, released Thursday, became potent ammunition for congressional supporters of Imposing a fee on imported oil. "By raising the price of oil imports, an oil import tariff would encourage all activities that could substitute for oil Imports: domestic oil production, production of substitutes for oil, conservation of oil and substitution of other fuels for oil," the report said. "It would therefore lead to the greatest possible reduction in oil Imports ... and provide the most assistance to domestic producers," It said. The report also said that with oil prices at $13 per barrel, the various tax options could reduce the projected budget deficit in the nexl fiscal year from $8.9 billion for an import fee to $25.-1 billion for an excise tax. At a price of $23 per barrel, the deficit reductions would range from $8.i billion to $22.1 billion. "We cannot overlook the opportunity offered by the rapidly falling oil prices,"said Sen. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. "This may be a once-ln-a- century chance to simultaneously improve our fiscal condition, put part of the burden of the tax on foreigners and alleviate positively our energy predicament and our dependence." The non-partisan CBO report was ordered by Domenici and Sen. Lawton Chiles, D-Fla., the senior Democrat on the Budget Committee. The congressional economists estimated that at roughly the current oil price of S13 per barrel, "Imports would decline by 900,000 barrels per day under a tariff, by 500,000 barrels per day under an excise tax, by 100,000 barrels per day under a motor fuels tax. by 300.000 barrels per day under an energy tax and by less than 100.000 barrels per day under a combination import tariff-motor fuels tax." "At oil prices of $23 per barrel," the report said, "1987 U.S. oil imports would decline by roughly 400,000 barrels per day under an oil import tariff, by around 300.000 barrels per day under an oil excise tax, by perhaps 100,000 barrels per day under a motor fuels tax, by 100,000 barrels per day under an energy tax and by 100,000 barrels per day under a combination of an Import tariff and a (Set REPORT, Page ll-A)

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