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4-A THE BAYTOWN SUN . Atifiut 27, 1997 Jack Anderson More flaws may show up Prevention best cure in the Gulf President Reagan's main objective in helping to keep shipping lanes open in the Persian Gulf is to prevent the Soviet Union from expanding its influence in the Gulf region and the remainder of the Middle East. Despite speculation to the contrary, that is the conclusion of a newly-released congressional report that holds promise of stirring more controversy over U.S. policies in that part of the world. As an illustration of how controversial the report is, it was released by the Democratic-controlled House Armed Services Committee over strong objections by the 17 Republican members. Minority panel members contend the report is too critical of President Reagan's gulf policy. It reviewed events leading up to Reagan's decision last March to put the American flag on 11 Kuwaiti tankers and protect them from Iranian attack in the Persian Gulf. One of the main reasons Republicans, including those not on the House committee oppose the report, is because it recommended sweeping changes in Reagan administration policy in that area. Although the policy has been under almost constant attack by congressional Democrats who nope to use it as a presidential election issue during the next two years, President Reagan has steadfastly refused to change his plans. It is reasonable to assume that if the U.S. had not seized the initiative in the Persian Gulf region when it did. the Soviet Union would have. WASHINGTON — The B-i bomber is the most expensive airplane ever produced. Each one costs $283 million. Unfortunately, the B-i's humongous price tag has been no guarantee against mechanical problems; its critics have dubbed it the "Flying Edsel." Now we've learned of yet another problem with the problem-prone B-l: Its manufacturer, Rockwell International, has violated its own quality-control standards for vital electrical wiring on the controversial bomber. A Rockwell spokesman admitted that certain procedures "may have been omitted." In fact, Rockwell's own investigators found that senior maintenance mechanics at the company's B-l assembly plant in Palmdale, Calif., regularly failed to conduct one of two tests designed to ensure the quality of electrical wiring for the bomber. According to Rockwell, the supposed lapses occurred between November 1983 and April 1984. According to an earlier Rockwell "quality engineering report" the automated machines that crimp the B-l's wiring are supposed to be calibrated regularly by mechanics, using "go/no-go gauges." But Rockwell's mechanics apparently ignored instructions and didn't use the gauges during the five-month period. A senior Rockwell maintenance mechanic, Robert Semans. discovered the lack of quality control on the B-l's wiring — which is critical to the bomber's performance. On April 11, 1984, Semans submitted an employee suggestion that gauges be used to calibrate the automated machines. Incredibly this reasonable suggestion was rejected a month later — after Rockwell said the lapses had ended. Semans then took his suggestion to the Air Force and to congressional investigators. His whistleblowing resulted in two investigations. , : : i ' : : : • ; ! j, : ' ' : The congressional investigators concluded that Rockwell had indeed violated its own quality-control standards. One investigator also criticized Rockwell for using harsh!tactics in its own internal investigation of the matter. The Air Force investigators said that the B-ls' electrical wiring had hot been compromised. A laboratory analysis of B-l wiring samples conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, stated that "all crimped contacts examined were found to be acceptable." Semans doesn't buy the Air Force investigators' conclusion. "The investigation was unbelievable," he told our reporter Mike Rosenfelt. "They only tested a few wires, and even those had been substituted by Rockwell." Semans wasn't exactly clapped on the back when he brought his quality-control complaint to his supervisors' attention. Instead, he was trasferred out of Rockwell's B- 1 bomber assembly area. In fact, since his first disclosure of the company's acknowledged failures, Rockwell has tried on four occasions to fire Semans on charges like tardiness and excessive absenteeism. Each time, when his supervisors fired him, Semans was reinstated after he made telephone calls to corporate headquarters. Meanwhile, the B-l program has drawn criticism from the General Accounting Office on other grounds. A recently released audit report noted the following inadequacies: — A serious shortage of spare parts. At Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, for example, from six to 14 of the B-l bombers are grounded at any given time due to the lack of parts. '—. Poor maintenance capability. Lack of repair manuals and support equipment has delayed needed maintenance on B-ls. ^ Lack of readiness. As of last April, the Strategic Air Command had only one B-l on alert and 13 mission-ready crews available for its 30 B-ls. SAC's own criteria call for nine B-ls to be on alert in case of an emergency. SOVIET-ISRAELI UPDATE - The CIA keeps getting signals that the resumption of diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Israel is imminent, 20 years after Moscow broke them because of the Six-Day War that devastated its Arab clients. A Soviet official confided that he had been told he would be posted to Tel Aviv upon resumption of relations, and "he implied this would come sooner than later," according to a top- secret CIA report. "From time to time other Soyiet officials have said that the U.S.S.R. has marked personnel for service in Tel Aviv and it is quite possible (that) contingency assignments" have been made, the report adds. Note the diplomats' destination: Tel Aviv. This indicates that the Soviet Union, like the United States, does not intend to offend the Arabs by recognizing Israel's insistence that Jerusalem is its capital. .IT'S NEVER TOO late for enlightment. Former Chief Justice Warren Burger solemnly averred the other day that if it is proper for the Senate to judge a Supreme Court nominee's ideology and its impact on the balance of the court, "then they shouldn't have confirmed me." You're getting the picture. Mr. Chief Justice; Joe Biden couldn't have put it better. taif.rd ty Dvir V*n A 11* in Till* i lodtv 's story. , in ive-riisseDMY CONNecTlNG FLIGHT Wanda Orton Making of the city charter recalled by Fay Hollaway Today in history By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Thursday. Aug. 27. the 239th day of 1987. There are 126 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 27. 1883. the island volcano Krakatoa blew up. Tidal waves resulting from the cataclysmic explosions in Indonesia's Sunda Strait claimed some 36.000 lives in Java and Sumatra. Onthisdate: In 1 770 . Ih e G erm an philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart. In 1859. Col. Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful oil well in the United States near Titusville. Pa. In 1908. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, was born near Stonewall, Texas. In 1928. the Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes. In 1945. : American troops began landing in Japan at the end of World War II. In 1962. the United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe. which flew past Venus the following December. In 1967. Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, found dead in his London from ; an apparently accidental overdose of sleeping pills. In 1975. Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia's 3,000- year-old monarchy, died in Addis Ababa at the age of 83 almost a year after his overthrow in a military coup. In 1979. British war hero Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed in the was flat Leon Brown .......................... ..................... Editor and Publisher Fred Hornberger . . ........ ... ............. ................. Assistant to Publisher Fred Horrmon ............................... .... Editor and Publisher. 1950-1974 [MTOtlAl MPMlTMtMT Wando Onon ..................................... ........ ..... Managing Editor Ramona Merrill ......... ......... , .................. 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TV 775JJ The Associated Press <s entitled evc'uS'vf <v TO rbe use 'or repubi-carion to anv news dispatches credited to 't o* net ottwrwis* credited in this pacer and local r>e>« of soontoneous origin oubi.shed hew R.ghts o' reoublication of oJI ott*r motw het*n ore also reserved The Bovoten Sun retains nationally known syndicates «*ose writers' stories ore used TtVouohou* the newspaper There o** times wtSen these article* do not peftect The Si^'s ' Only siojwl 'ewers w,n •*• cons«deferf for »ue>li<at'ort No^es will t* «;tnheiBuoon reauesr for oood and uHic . Pl*a*fce«j letter* short The Sun reserves ft>r»ghTto«»c*rWteTrerv a boat explosion off the Irish coast claimed by the Irish Republican Army. In 1984. President Reagan announced a schoolteacher would be the first "citizen astronaut" to fly aboard the space shuttle. Christa iMcAuliffe of New Hampshire, who was eventually chosen, died in the Challenger disaster in January 1986. Ten years ago: Secretary of State Cyrus Vance returned home from a trip to the far East, during which he conferred with Chinese officials in Beijing on establishing full diplomatic relations. Five years ago: Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A's stole his 119th base of the season in a game against the Brewers in Milwaukee, eclipsing Lou Brock's record of 118 steals in one season. Henderson stole three more bases the same game but the A's lost, 5-4. One year ago: The California Legislature approved a plan to withdraw Sll billion in stale funds from companies doing business with racially- segregated South Africa. Today's Birthdays: Nobel Peace Laureate Mother Teresa is 77. Actress-comedian Martha Raye is 71. Actor Tommy Sands is 50. Musician Daryl Dragon is 45. Actress Tuesday Weld is 44. Thought for Today: "The mystery of our time is the inability of decent people to get angry. At present, anger and daring have become the monopoly of a band of mindless juvenile terrorists." — Eric Hoffer. American author-, philosopher (1902-1983), Although Baytown was settled back in the 1820s when Texas was still part of Mexico, this city's official age is only 39. We're getting older, though. The Big Four-O is coming up early next year. Forty years ago, on Jan, 24. 1948. voters approved the city charter which gave the consolidated Tri-Cities the official name of Baytown and spelled out the various provisions of our city manager-council form of government. I told Fay Hollaway that when the anniversary rolls around, we want to take a picture of her holding the city charter. As secretary to City Manager Bill Taylor. Fay typed the first draft of the charter. She was only 22 when she started to work at City Mall in 1947. A native Baytonian, she had formerly worked for the Humble mow Exxon) Baytown Refinery Weldon Williams, then a city councilman and refinery official, called her abbut taking the job as secretary to the manager. "He knew my work and knew it was something I would enjoy." Fay recalls. She says that Taylor was known throughout the state as an expert in city government. Their biggest task at hand was the preparation of the city From Sun files charter to present to the voters. "We wrote letters all over the state of Texas, getting comments from mayors and city managers. such leaders as Eddie Cleveland, the mayor, and Edna Oliver, city secretary. "And Red Grantham. public works director, is one of the '7 worked for the city the entire time that Bill Taylor was city manager . . . He was so smart, he had a retentive-type memory. Mr. Taylor also was good with people. He never put anybody down." -Fay Brady Hollaway "Mr. Taylor compiled all this information and presented it in part to the city council for their approval and finally the charter was submitted to the voters." After consolidation of the Tri- Cities in 1947. the new municipality operated as the old city of Pelly. pending approval of a charter. Pelly had the upper hand because its population was the biggest. Prior to consolidation, it had annexed its unincorporated neighbor, Baytown, making it bigger then than its other neighbor. Goose Creek. Headquarters for the newly consolidated city was the Pelly City Hall on West Main. "Everybody at City Hall worked very closely,'' Fay continued, reeling off the highest praise for kindest, most knowledgeable people 1 ever worked with." she added, "I worked for the city the entire time that Bill Taylor was city manager ..... lie was so smart, he had a retentive-type memory. "Mr. Taylor also was good He never put with people, anybody down. "He always let you know if you did anything extra, He made you feel like you'd gone an extra mile for him. "Bill Taylor certainly was the guiding force of the new city," Fay concluded. "Everyone got caught up in the spirit of the thing," Mrton ^ rn^ rdttvr o/ 77w- Hawks win state championship in 1967 •From The Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was: 55 YEARS AGO The price of cotton skyrockets in Harris County. The price in the Tri-Cities goes up to S45 a bale, according to Theo Wilburn of Wilburn Brothers gin. Joe Lawrence, Warren Spivey and David Arnett will leave soon for the University of Texas, 50 YEARS AGO Fred Langham is in the Baytown Hospital being treated for injuries received when he was struck by a car. Officers are searching for a car which left the scene after hitting Langham at Pruett and West Humble. St. Joseph's Catholic Church sponsors a student dance at the Community House. A.J. Chauvin is chairman of arrangements assisted by T.D. McKenna and JoeKubica. John A. King opens a piano studio at 117 Illinois. A graduate of the European School of Music in Fort Wayne, Ind., he has played with some of the best- known dance bands in the country, including Bob Crosby's Band and all NBC artists. 40 YEARS AGO Jack Albert Hendrickson. 44. of Wooster dies of injuries received when he was knocked down by a car as he attempted to cross Market Street Road near Yellow Jacket Inn. Seven Robert E. Lee students return from a choral clinic at Sam Houston State College. They are Patsy Cater. Joe Ann Hopper, Joanne Thaman. Virginia Webber, Louise Van Meldert, Sally Arnold and Lura Virginia Hebel. Minnie Alice Robertson returns from Greeley, Colo., where she attended Colorado State College of Education. »YEARSAGO Mrs. Gordon Farned's mother, Julia Johnson, dies in Louisville. Kingston Adams is named assistant coach at Baytown Junior High. Head coach is Kevin Lounsberry, former Gander star who had an undefeated season last year with the Red Goslins. Corporation Court Judge Jim Fonteno says there is no excuse for improper parking on downtown Texas Avenue since the spaces have been marked with white lines. 20 YEARS AGO Alan Acosta, George Rincon and Jamie Acosta are pictured on the front page with the state championship trophy won by the Baytown Hawks Softball team. Two new instructors at Lee College are Robert W Spencer and William EJ Farley. Spencer will teach courses in mid- management and Farley will be a data processing instructor. Bible verse And, M Mottr jifmi !» tlw in tnc wtMtrncM, even the Son of man be lifted bdtereth In :14-15

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