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4-A THE BAYTOWN SUN Friday, April 25, 19*6 EDITORIAL He can't say he wasn't warned President Reagan uses nearly all of his public remarks to reiterate a previous pledge months ago that the United States would not remain passive to wanton acts of terrorism across the world. Despite allied pressure, domestic criticism and threats by Middle East nations allied with or friendly to Libya, President Reagan has stood his ground, maintaining he did what had to be done when he ordered the bombing of Libyan targets. His stance is now firmer than ever that stronger military action likely will be taken against Libya if ruler Moammar Khadafy persists in planning and supporting worldwide terrorist acts. Intelligence reports reaching the White House from Libya indicated Khadafy was taken by surprise by the air raids. He must not have believed the U.S. would take such extreme action. Declaring the U.S. tried other approaches to slow or stop terrorism, including diplomacy and sanctions, President Reagan said he decided to force Khadafy and other Libyan government officials to understand there was a price for what they were doing. Commenting on criticism concerning damage and deaths resulting from the bombing raids on Libya, President Reagan said when asked about the killing of Khadafy's daughter and other civilians: . "It is something you regret anytime children or innocent people are wounded or killed. On the other hand, I was equally sorry about the little baby blown out the side of an airplane at 15,000 feet to his death . . . and I also feel badly about an 11-year-old girl shot down in cold blood simply for standing in the Rome airport." He was referring to the explosion aboard a TWA airliner over Greece and the terrorist attack at Rome airport last December that killed an 11-year-old American girl. Khadafy was blamed for these tragedies. Readers' views ToDeeMickelson: Thank you for the great article you wrote in the April 20 issue of The Baytown Sun. I particularly appreciated your emphasis on the economic development portion of my presentation. I look forward to working with you and The Sun in 1986 to promote the Baytown area and Bay East. Scott O.Shaffer 1800 West Loop South Suite 188, Houston To Louise Shaw: I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful coverage of our recent event by The Baytown Sun. Our sixth annual Cystic Fibrosis Bike-A-Thon was a great success. With the front page article, the general public was well aware of our event which made things much easier for the participants to get their pledges. The picture that was in The Sun the day before the event served its purpose as a handy reminder to everyone that the Bike-A-Thon was to be held the very next day. The publicity was terrific and we owe all our thanks to you and The Baytown Sun. This year we were able to sur- Berry's world ©1986 by NEA. Inc. We want to refinance his home mortgage." Bob Wogmon Kemp campaign limps to start pass our last year's total by a good amount. Even though we had fewer riders, we beat out last year's total of $2,400 with a grand total of $2,750. We are very proud of all those who participated for their terrific effort. Ten out of the 20 riders collected more than $100 each. Jayson King, whose younger sister has cystic fibrosis, rode 73 miles to his grand total of $343. For his generous effort he was awarded a new bicycle donated by Sears. Brodie Cooper, age 7, was again our top collector for the Bike-A-Thon. He totaled a grand $484 and rode 20 miles to achieve his goal. Because he was the winner of the top prize bicycle last year, he chose to receive a $25 gift certificate to Bicycle Plus. Clay Jones, Grady Layne, Roy Layne, Stacy McMorrow, Holly Walters and Jayson King each received a free pizza from Dominoes Pizza for their pedal power which allowed each of them to pedal more than 40 miles. Laurie B. Cooper, chairman Cystic Fibrosis Bike-A-Thon 5116Scottwood WASHINGTON — With the first presidential primary nearly two years away, Rep. Jack Kemp's campaign is already in serious trouble. For two years, the New York representative has worked unflaggingly to position himself as the conservative hopeful — the spiritual heir to President Reagan — in the 1988 Republican presidential test. But there are strong indications the stragegy just isn't working. In a Harris Poll of a cross- section of voters, Kemp tied for a distant fifth place among Republican presidential aspirants. Vice President George Bush placed first (29 percent), followed by former Sen. Howard Baker (16 percent). Sen. Bob Dole (15 percent) and former Secretary of State Alexander Haig (8 percent). Kemp tied with former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick (6 percent). Publicly, Kemp and his advisers say the people questioned for the poll simply chose the candidates they knew best, and the Kemp camps openly admits that he isn't well-known among rank- and-file voters. But, they add, delegates to the Republicans National Convention are conservative activists — and, they say. Kemp does very well among conservative activists. Privately, the poll did shake some Kemp backers. They assumed that Kemp would do significantly better than he did last year, when he drew 9 percent in a similar Harris Poll. Kemp's strategy is simple: He's positioning himself as the only true conservative in the race and will go all out to win some early primaries. Then he'll switch to a Gary Hart "new ideas"-type campaign (the Kemp people hate this comparison) to sweep the later primaries and the convention. So far. this strategy isn't working. Kemp's first — and possibly biggest — problem is that many key conservatives aren't supporting him. Kemp has worked hard to woo conservatives, but Bush has worked harder, almost to the point of pandering to conservative interests. Conservatives like the Rev. Jerry Falwell hve already given Bush their support; others, like New York businessman-politician Lew Lehrman, have refused to commit themselves. Lehrman may still make his own run for the nomination. This would be a disaster for Kemp, since he and Lehrman are almost indistinguishable in philosophy, and a Lehrman campaign would fragment Kemp's key supporters. . Kemp hoped the religious right would be a main source of support in 1988. However, Falwell threw his support to Bush, and then the Rev. Pat Robertson announced his probable candidacy — which has virtually shut Kemp out. If there is a "Super Tuesday" — a day early in the campaign on which all Southern states would hold their primaries — that too could spell disaster for Kemp. This massing of early primaries would stress two things: money and organization — and Kemp is hurting on both fronts. The two biggest beneficiaries would be Bush (who has been raising money at a furious clip) and.R.obertson (whose widespread evangelical movement is especially strong in the Super Tuesday states and who doesn't have to worry about money). The only question is whether Robertson can transform this religious organization into a political one. With so many conservatives sitting back and waiting to see what will happen, Kemp's fundraising efforts are lagging. Some early primary victories could unleash a torrent of money for him — but with a Super Tuesday in the offing, he needs that money early or he may have no early victories. In the next few weeks, Kemp will meet with his supporters to map a change in strategy. He's being advised to find some issues that will draw public attention and put a greater philosophical distance between him and Bush. Kemp may choose to spearhead a campaign against the United Nations, since the world body is a growing issue among hardline conservatives. Kemp is also expected to begin spending a lot more time in New Hampshire. Most experts say that rather than detracting from the early New Hampshire primary, Super Tuesday — which would come two weeks later — would make it important to win there. Momentum is everything in primary politics, and the New Hamphire winner will have a huge leg up on Super Tuesday. Bob Wogmon writes for Newspaper Entprise Association. Today in history Leon Brown ................................................. Editor and Publisher Fred Hornberger .......................................... Assistant to Publisher Fred Hartman ................................... Editor and Publisher, 1950-1974 EDITORIAl DEPARTMENT Wanda Orton ................................................. Managing Editor Joan McAnall ..................................................... News Editor ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT Bill Cornwall ............................................... Advertising Director CIRCULATION Gory Dobbs ............................................... Circulation Manager The Boytown Sun (USPS 046 180) is entered as second class matter at the Baytown, Texas Post Office 77522 under the Act of Congress ol March 3, 1879 Published afternoons, Monday through Friday and Sundays at 1301 Memorial Drive in Baytown. Texas 77520, Suggested Subscription Rates: By carrier. S5 25 per month, J63 00 per yeor; tingle copy price, 25 cents Daily. 50 cents Sunday. Mail rotes on request. Represented nationally by Coastal PuWkotions POSTMASTER; Send address changes to THE BAYTOWN SUN, P.O. Box 90, Boytown, Tx. 77522. rw The Associated Press is entitled exclusively la the use for republicotioo to any news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited In this paper and local news of spontaneous origin published herein. Rights of republfcofion of oil other matter herein ore also reserved. The Boytown Sun retoms nationally known syndicates whose writers' byllned stories are used throughout the newspaper. There ore times when these articles do not reflect The Sun's Onty signed letters will be considered for puWicotkxv Names will be withheld upon request for good and sufficient rtaton. PteoM keep letters snort. The Sun reserves the right i o eitcerpt letters By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 1986. There are 250 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On April 25, 1980, day 174 of the Iranian hostage crisis, the White House announced that an attempt to rescue the captives had failed, and that eight U.S. servicemen had died in the fiery collision of two aircraft. President Jimmy Carter told the nation, "The responsibility is fully my own." On this date: In 1792, a highwayman named Nicolas-Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine. In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal. In 1898, the United States declared war on Spain. In 1901, New York became the first state to require automobile Jpck Anderson Surinome drug dealing traced WASHINGTON - We reported last December evidence that the Marxist government of Suriname, the former Dutch colony on the northeast coast of South America, was engaged in drug trafficking. Cocaine processed in a jungle factory guarded by Surinamese troops was being shipped to Amsterdam in diplomatic pouches, according to Dutch intelligence sources. Now the Drug Enforcement Administration has produced dramatic confirmation of our report. On March 24, federal agents arrested three Surinamese citizens in Miami. DEA agents, posing as smugglers, had approached the three suspects who agreed to provide a safe place to refuel drug-carrying aircraft en route from Colombia to the United States. The price was to be $1 million per plane. The case has created an international scandal thanks to the identity of one of those arrested: Etienne Boerenveen, a member of the five-man military junta that has ruled Suriname since Desi Bouterse seized power in a 1980 coup. The Netherlands government is particularly embarrassed because it had just offered secretly to resume aid to Suriname — $25 million worth — in exchange for a pledge to restore democracy in the country of some 400,000. Dutch and American aid was abruptly stopped when Bouterse executed 15 opposition leaders in 1982. Boerenveen, a graduate of the Dutch military academy, bragged to the undercover agent that he was the No. 2 man in the Bouterse regime. He entered the United States on a diplomtic passport and has tried to claim diplomatic immunity. Before his arrest, "Boeren- veen offered protection to ether and cocaine transshipment," court records state. "(He) would provide small boats and trucks to transport ether" from frighters to Surinamese refineries and back. He told the DEA agents that he "controlled the police, the military, the ports and security of all airfields" in Suriname, according to the court records. The Surinamese government is concerned about Boerenveen's arrest. Surinames officials have threatened to break off already tenuous diplomatic ties with the United States if his diplomatic status is not recognized. As we reported, Suriname has become a refuge for Colombian drug lords forced out by President Belisario Betancur in recent years. Sources told our associate Donald Goldberg the Bouterse regime invited the drug bosses into Suriname because of its desperate need for hard currency after the cutoff of Dutch and U.S. aid. Bouterse's situation grew even worse in 1983. His role model and mentor had been Maurice Bishop, .the Marxist leader of Grenada who was deposed and murdered by Cuban-backed rivals, leading to the invasion by U.S. troops. Fearful that Suriname might be next on the Reagan administration's hit list, Bouterse abruptly expelled his Cuban military advisers — and From Sun files welcomed the Colombian cocaine lords into his country. Four days after Boerenveen's arrest, the Surinamese foreign ministry issued a statement accusing the United States of "setting up" Boerenveen because 61 Suriname's increasingly close ties to Libya. And one Dutch source suggested there might be some truth to the charges. Our intelligence sources say Libyan dictator Muammar Khadafy has sent more than 200 advisers to Suriname; in return, he has asked for Surinames passports for his international assassination squads. Boerenveen's arrest may have been a coincidence in timing, or it may have been linked to the Reagan administration's undeclared war on Khadafy. According to Dutch sources, the State Department quietly warned Suriname in late January to cool its ardent embrace of Khadafy. Four weeks later, federal agents made their first contact with the Surinames suspects and set up the sting operation that netted Boeren- veen. LOBBYING DE LUXE: The billboard lobby is totally shameless in its courtship of congressional influence brokers. At the January convention of the Outdoor Advertising Association, the Naegele Co. and Gannett Outdoor put up a 25-foot banner with the picture of the guest of honor, House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill, D-Mass. Other guests were House Majority Leader James Wright, D-Tex., House Minority Leader Robert Michel, R-I1L, Reps. Tony Coelho, D- Calif., and Dan Rostenkowski, D-I1L, and Sen. Gary Hart, D- Colo. The billboard industry's magazine headlined its story of the junket: "The outdoor advertising industry — forever challenged, rarely defeated." ., SUICIDE STALL: The Army has a driver-education course with a difference: Ignore in : structions and you're dead. The Goer, a cargo carrier, "is a unique vehicle," the manual states; adding ominously: "Unless you've been properly trained to drive it and always alert, it can kill you." If the Goer stalls, the driver is warned, the gears won't shift and the steering will stop working. Also, the brakes have only enough reserve power for "about eight full pumps." Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln MINI-EDITORIAL: What's that you say? You sure would like an extra hour of after-work daylight this month to cut the grass or just sit out in the yard and sniff the blossoms? Well,, friends, you'd have been able to' if it weren't for one man: Sen: Wendell Ford, D-Ky. He has succeeded in stalling legislation in the Senate — already passed by the House — that would have started daylight-saving time oh the first Sunday of April instead of the last. Ford blocked what he views as a city slickers' scheme' to change "God's time" to the- detriment of farmers. Dale Van Ana co-authored today's column with Jack Anderson of United Feature Syndicate. Maj. George Gentry Jr. earns Silver Star, 1966 license plates. The fee was $1. In 1945, delegates from 45 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations. In 1945, U.S. and Soviet forces met atTorgau, Germany, on the Elbe River. In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping. Ten years ago: Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, on a two-week tour of African nations, met with Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta and Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere. Five years ago: Labor and government negotiators in Poland held their first solid talks since a threatened general strike was headed off the previous month. One year ago: West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl publicly thanked President Reagan for deciding to go ahead with a planned visit to the German military cemetery at Bitburg. From The Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was; 50 YEARS AGO For the first time in several years two boys at Cedar Bayou High School will take top scholastic honors. Valedictorian will be Chelsey McDonald while salutatorian will be Charles Donnelly. Herbert H. Fayle, 52, of Goose Creek, dies of pneumonia. Survivors are his wife, Cora, and three sons, Percy, Vivian and Foylette Fayle, and two daughters, Alene and Jimmie Lee Fayle. 30 YEARS AGO A Baytown City Council runoff election will be held between H.E. McKee and W.C. "Pop" Swain for the District 4 seat. Delmer Brown's twin brother, Elmer, will serve on the staff of the U.S. Olympic Team. Delmer Brown formerly coached basketball at Robert E. Lee High School. The REL yearbook, the Lee Traveler, is hot off the press. Editor is B III Parrish. "Baytown has a very healthjj relationship between creditors and credit users," says Bill Strickler, manager of the Baytown Credit Bureau. 20 YEARS AGO :'••; The nation's third highest military award, the Silver Star Medal, goes to Marine Maj; George H. Gentry Jr. for heroism in combat against the Viet Cong. ; ^ John Durham Jr., senior 'at Rice, receives a National HonorS Fellowship from Stanford Utti} versity for graduate work. ; 'i Judy DeLoach is in charge joj taking names of entrants for tjiS annual Little Miss Humble Day contest. ', r ,\ ^ »_'/ Bible verse ;•; • »•* And Jesus said unto thertd when ye pray, say Our Father! who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in beav«y so in earth. -£\ Luke 111

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