The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 27, 1986 · Page 9
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 9

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Sunday, April 27, 1986
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Fence around Capitol urged THE BAYTOWN SUN WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional leaders are hoping a fence around the U.S. Capitol, extra police and other measures would maintain a balance between public access and protection against terrorists. An ad hoc panel on security is recommending the heightened security measures, including the fence around the Capitol grounds that would electronically detect intruders, like the fence around the White House. The list of suggestions was drawn up by a committee appointed in early 1985 as terrorism increased worldwide. The panel includes the majority and minority whips and sergeants at arms of the House and Senate. The concept of the proposals. according to a Republican aide who spoke on condition of anonymity, is "making the Capitol grounds as secure as possible. But once people pass through that initial security, there would be relative flexibility so you would not be limiting the tourist's view to the Capitol." "They've agreed on things that they think would be advisable to do," said Murray Flander, press secretary to Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., the Senate minority whip. However, he said, the proposals are still open to debate and would need approval by Congress. "It's premature to say they've reached a decision," said Mary Kay Hill, a spokeswoman for Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., the majority whip. "They've reached the point where they're discussing some of their thoughts with other members." Flander said cost would no doubt be key with Congress' current budget-conscious mindset. Another Senate aide who spoke on condition of anonymity said If all the measures suggested were implemented the cost would run about $13 million. Flander said the committee this week drew up a two-page summary that included 15 or 20 suggestions, including a fence, more police and police dogs, more metal detectors and prohibitions on vehicles in the parking lots on the Capitol grounds. In addition, Flander said, the panel considered restricting delivery trucks. Packwood awaits reaction to plan WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Friday he is still waiting to see whether his latest tax plan — no itemized deductions and a top rate of 25 percent — is the magic formula that will spur the panel to overhaul the income-tax system. Chairman Bob Packwood, R- Ore., also said he has abandoned his earlier goal of completing committee action on taxes in early May. "I don't have any set timetables," he told reporters. Although most members of the committee favor lower tax rates, Packwood said, he is not sure they like them enough to pay for them by eliminating deductions and exemptions. "The longer I'm at this, the less I am able to predict," he said. Twenty-four hours after unveiling the new proposal to a closed meeting of his committee. Packwood said the plan is not something he necessarily favors, but is just a series of options designed to refbcus members' attention on the tax- reform goal. "I decided we should go back to square one and see if there was any enthusiasm for this," he added. Packwood suspended efforts to write a tax bill on April 18 after the Finance Committee repeatedly voted to expand, rather than scale back or eliminate, various special tax breaks. The stalemate developed after the panel had spent a month revising the tax plan proposed by Packwood, which, in turn, was modeled after President Reagan's. In an effort to revive the process, Packwood took the com- mitee behind closed doors Thursday, asked what it would take to get a bill, and then presented the broad outlines of the new plan — the most radical one yet considered by this Congress. In addition to repealing all individual itemized deductions, the new plan would cut the 50 percent maximum tax rate in half, deny any tax break to Individual Retirement Accounts, and repeal the preferential tax treatment of individual capital gains. David Brockway, staff director of the Joint Committee on Taxation, which wrote the new draft, called it "an educational process" designed to show senators how a bill could reduce individual income taxes by S95 billion over five years while raising taxes on corporations by $70 billion. 800 demonstrators rally at UT AUSTIN (AP) — A rally in which about 800 anti-apartheid demonstrators chanted and listened to speeches at the University of Texas violated UT rules on the time and place of public meetings, campus officials said. But UT police made no arrests in the I'/a-hour rally Friday outside the Main Building. Officials said 228 people were arrested in three other unauthorized rallies this month at West Mall. Ronald Brown, vice president for student affairs, said disciplinary proceedings will begin early next week for students who have been iden- tified as leaders of the rally. They include some who were arrested in the earlier demonstrations and are already facing disciplinary penalties, he said. Brown said the decision not to make arrests was not a concession that the previous arrests were ill-advised and did not mean that the university no longer intended to enforce its meeting rules. He said it would be "reasonable to assume" that the penalties will be more severe for students who have repeatedly broken the rules. Disciplinary penalties outlined in the UT catalog range from a warning letter to expulsion. Brown said the university's change in tactics resulted from meetings this week involving administrators, police. UT attorneys and others. "There was a consensus that although the arrests were appropriate the first three times — and if things got out of hand, they would have been appropriate here — if the purpose was to test our rules, there is now ample evidence to do that," he said. "We also are keeping in reserve the possibility of further arrests, both today and in the future," said Bro%vn. Federal policies blamed for woes From Page 1 state where we live." Breaux, whose family lives in Beaumont, said raising taxes would not solve Texas's problems from declining crude oil prices. He said higher taxes discourage businesses from investing, expanding and growing. The Reagan administration, in austerity moves in government, created nine million new jobs since 1982, he said. He said the prime rate, through efforts of Reaganomics, might reach 6 or 7 percent by the end of the year. "I'm here to tell you the best Baytown board to consider bids From Page 1 lion report. In other business, the board is expected to approve the district's summer recreation program budget. The tennis, basketball, swimming and .weight training programs are a 'cooperative effort between the school system and the city. Trustees are also expected to: + Approve the football equipment bids for the 1985-86 school year. + Approve the placement of five teachers on level two of the career ladder. + Accept eight resignations. + Approve the appointment of a delegate and alternate to the Texas Association of School Boards convention Sept. 27 in San Antonio. -f Confirm the appointment of Mary Margaret Armstrong as a member of the Money Purchase Pension Plan. 4-Approve resolutions honor. ing the Ross S. Sterling High jSchool boys' swim team and the '' HEL girls' swim team and honor - student swimmers named to the Coaches' All-District First Team. thing that can happen to your dollar is for it to stay right here in Amarillo," the Lamar University graduate said, "and let you decide how you want to spend it." Breaux said eyes should not turn to Washington, D.C. during troubled times. "You don't need a tax increase," he said, criticizing some state officials who believe otherwise. "What the (federal government) needs to learn is to live within its means. If we run our business properly and correctly, we're not going to need more tax money." "Don't turn to Washington to save you," he said. "It can't even save itself, so how can it save Texas?" Breaux, speaking to a group of 200 people at the chamber's convention, said he was concerned by speculation he heard throughout the two-day event that a tax increase would help turn the economy in Texas around. "I think a very good starting point in Austin, Texas, would be for us to go en masse to the Legislature and say that we not only don't want a tax increase, but we want a tax cut," he said. "Economically, it would be the best thing ever done." Breaux, who was a Gulf Oil Co. industrial relations executive, said Texans shouldn't be surprised their dependence on oil is waning. "I would pray that some point in time we begin to learn our lessons in history," he said. "When the economic base that we have begins to erode out from under us, we've got enough sense to say 'OK, it's beginning to slip away from us. What are we going to do next?" Officials dispute common beliefs about deadly force From Page 1 regardless of their age. It's not that I don't value human life but I also value the rules. "The death penalty is a deterrent when it is administered by citizens and (or) due process of law." Holmes pointed out that the result of a person's conduct with a weapon will be weighed by what people believe that law to say. . "The law says you must reasonably believe the deadly force is immediately necessary. "This reasonable belief is always determined from your point of view, but the reasonableness must be obvious enough for a jury to see as well." Although it is legal to shoot a person in such instances, Holmes explained, it is illegal to carry a firearm in one's vehicle. "If a person gets stopped for a traffic violation and he has a weapon in his vehicle, he will be charged with breaking the law." Also, if a person is no-billed for shooting someone in self-defense, the grand jury probably won't indict that person for carrying a weapon. Holmes said. He emphasized, however, that he does not advocate citizens toting pistols. "This is not in the public interest. The carrying of handguns is illegal and will be enforced as long as 1 am district attorney." Holmes said his office has published a handbook, called "Texas Weapons Laws and Self-defeiue." It is available at Sterling Municipal Library. DAIR Y JUDGING CONTEST THIRD-PLACE WINNERS in the Area III FFA Judging Contest from the Robert E. Lee High School Future Farmers of America chapter are members of the dairy judging team, from left, Stacy Smith, Jason Chavers, Jody Nelson and Shawn Johnson. (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) Abilene practice drill helpful AB1LENP: <AP> - Emergency workers in a neighboring city to a West Texas community, where tornadoes plowed through a trailer home park and subdivision, held a drill to evaluate their ability to handle a similar storm More than 150 Abilene city, hospital, community and private workers proved Friday they could handle a major tornado that might strike the city. A pair of twisters one week ago struck the southern edge of Sweetwater, 47 miles west of here, causing an estimated $20 million in damages, killing one person and injuring more than 90. In Abilene, emergency personnel participated in a two-hour emergency exercise. The statistics after the mock storm were 12 "fatalities" and 25 to :H) other "injuries," officials said. "We got good marks, but we also learned a few things we could do to improve our ability to respond, and that's the whole idea," said Ron Pollard, risk manager for the city, told the Abilene Reporter-News. Robert Stout, an exercise- training officer with the Division of Emergency Management. Texas Department of Public- Safety, said the city's drill was "excellent." But he said municipal officials missed the first tornado "warning" in the drill "We lost 15 minutes of warning time when the first < tornado > spotter message came in early, and it never got relayed." said Stout. "That's the real world That happens." The drill site was a swath including Madison Middle School. Jackson Elementary and the High Meadows area Emergency workers established treatment centers Hospital, ambulance. Dyess Air Force, police and fire department personnel identified "victims." Lt. Carl Collum. fire department public information officer, said the first leains ui the site began putting cards on victims that give, at a glance, the degree of injury, vital statistics, lime of injury and any identification. "In a true situation, the fire department probably would be in charge." said Collum. because of their emergency, fire and disaster control training "Also, in Abilene, the fire department spotters are goinf> to be the first to identify tornadoes and sound the warnings " He said information from the Sweetwater twisters and other storms were incorporated into the disaster plan. 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