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    Wednesday, July 29,1992
Plans continue CPAs campaign to simplify tax return
for Bush library
By Christi R. Ray
The Battalion
By Chris Carroll
The Battalion
Fund-raising efforts for the
George Bush Presidential Library
and Museum will continue as
planned regardless of the outcome
of the presidential election this
fall, library officials said Tuesday.
The fund-raising campaign for
the library, which began in late
March, has raised $600,000. Li
brary director Dr. Perry Atkinson
hopes to raise $10 million by the
end of this year.
Most of the contributions so far
have been small donations from
former students, Atkinson said.
"We started by asking in the
April issue of the Texas Aggie
Magazine for former students to
contribute $1000 over the next
four years," Atkinson said.
After the November election,
the focus will shift to national and
international donors. Whether
Bush wins or loses will not influ
ence these plans, Dennis Prescott,
acting director of development for
the library, said.
"I really can't speculate about
the future, but I do know that the
basic principles of our campaign
will remain the same," Prescott
said. "The basic principles of the
campaign are that we use volun
teer workers and focus on major
There have been three contri
butions in the $50,000 range, one
of which was a $50,000 gift pre
sented last week by the Class of
'92. A large foundation has
promised $1 million.
The campaign must raise $42
million by 1995 to begin construc
tion of the library and museum fa
cilities. Another $45 million is to
be raised for the academic pro
grams that will be part of the li
These programs, in the College
of Liberal Arts, are the Center for
Presidential Studies, the Bush
School of Government and Public
Service and the Institute for Public
Leadership Studies.
The Brazos Valley Chapter of
the Texas Society of Certified Pub
lic Accountants is joining other
CPAs in Texas to support Texans
for Tax Simplification.
"The ultimate goal is obviously
tax simplification," Dianne Way-
land, executive vice-president of
Better Idea Development Compa
ny Inc., said Tuesday. "CPAs,
along with taxpayers, feel it (filing
income taxes) has become so diffi
cult that people who used to at
tempt to do their own taxes don't
It seems strange that CPAs are
supporting a cause that would de
crease the amount of taxpayers
seeking professional assistance in
tax filing, but CPAs have to spend
so much time researching the laws
and their clients do not see the
benefits, Wayland said.
"Frankly, they would rather
spend less time on compliance
and spend more time on services
that are beneficial to their clients,"
she said.
The American Institute of
CPAs is also promoting a national
campaign, but Texans wanted to
do their own campaign with the
Republican Convention being
held in Texas this year.
Postcards have been distrib
uted across the state for signatures
to communicate to President
Bush that tax laws need to be sim
plified. The postcards will be pre
sented at a Houston press confer
ence on August 16 during the con
vention. After the presentation,
the postcards will be bundled up
and dropped on the president's
desk, Wayland said.
"The overall state-wide goal is
to receive at least 50,000 signed
postcards," she said. "The goal
for our community is at least 1,000
to 1,250 postcards, and so far we
have had a really good response."
Individuals currently spend an
estimated $20 billion to $40 billion
a year in completing tax retur
including the value of times;*
by taxpayers and the cost of f:
fessional help. There are irt
than 400 types of tax filing foi
and the Internal Revenue Sen
Code has doubled in size sift
"The local CPAs are visit
with clients and issuing thep#
cards, and we have had a numl
of presentations madetocii
clubs," Wayland said. "Welii
received a lot of support from
er groups."
"I don't know where Congi;
is as far as doing a tax’
maybe this will at least get ft
attention," she said.
Overnight service benefits Texas
Former student's company offers regionalized delivery at reduced costs
By Erin Bradley
The Battalion
In the July 27 issue of The
Battalion, it was reported
incorrectly that the Higher
Education Coordinating Board
recommendations had been
passed and would go into effect
August 1.
There will be a 1 percent
increase on August 1, but that
increase is linked to the
appropriation provisions of the
1992-1993 budget. The
recommended 1 percent increase
in the Texas A&M faculty
salaries budget has not been
voted on as yet by the Texas
Legislature. The Battalion
regrets any confusion the
incorrect information may have
In March 1991, Gary Gunter, Class of '81,
and his partner founded Lone Star Overnight,
a Texas-only delivery service which has the
highest reliability rate in the industry, and
offers prices that are approximately half those
of the national delivery firms.
Lone Star Overnight, located in Austin, is
currently operating between 22 Texas regions,
but should be expanding to Laredo, San
Angelo and Victoria this fall.
"We were originally going to serve only the
20 largest metropolitan areas in the state,"
Gunter said. "That is, until I discovered that
Bryan-College Station is the 22nd largest."
Gunter and his partner Jack Long
discovered during their former banking
careers that they had a common desire to
manage a company which would provide
reliable service at a low cost.
While doing research, they found that
approximately one-third of packages delivered
in Texas had been sent out from another
location in Texas, yet the cost was the same as
sending the package out-of-state.
So, Lone Star Overnight did for delivery
service what Southwest Airlines did for air
travel. It regionalized the service and met the
objectives Gunter and Long had set.
Lone Star Overnight began with 29
investors from around Texas, and after eight
months of fund-raising, was able to hire
people with backgrounds in national delivery
service as managers.
With 151 employees and 18 offices around
the state, Lone Star Overnight delivers 35,000
packages each month, using its own
transportation fleet: three aircraft
ground vehicles. The company also has
than 200 drop boxes around the sta:
uniformed carriers in all areas, an
and a standard drop-off time of 10:30 a.m.
company can also make an 8:30 a.m
for $10 more, and is the only delivery sen;
to offer the earlier time. They will pick
packages anytime in the afternoon.
"We pick up later, deliver earlier and
costs down," Gunter said. "Our m;
objective is to continue to gain market shi
while continuing to benefit those compaii
who use us."
Lone Star Overnight predominantly ser
law firms, title companies, printing compa:
and real estate property management firms
"I like to brag about the fact that we're
to save Texas companies $9500 per
Gunter said.
Seminar costs
vex disability
rights activists
Help Wanted
Subjects with a history of
tension headaches needed to
participate in a short research
study with a single dose of
a marketed medication.
Eligible volunteers will
be compensated.
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AUSTIN (AP) - A $206,000
seminar funded by the Texas
Department of Mental Health and
Mental Retardation is drawing
criticism from disability rights
advocates who say the money
should be spent on improving
services to the disabled.
MHMR officials, however, have
defended the four-day
management training seminar that
started Tuesday, saying it would
improve the workings of the
mammoth agency. The seminar
features a videotaped program by
W. Edwards Deming, a quality
improvement expert whose
methods are often used in private
industry. MHMR Commissioner
Denny Jones said, "With the
governor's leadership in total
quality management, this is the
time to rethink and retool our
fundamental approaches to
management and leadership."
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Business students
earn scholarships
By Julie Chelkowski
The Battalion
The College of Business
Administration continues to raise
interest in international business
by awarding $1000 scholarships
to 16 Texas A&M business
The Mitsui Scholarship
Award, organized by the Center
for International Business
Studies, was established in 1989
and has awarded scholarships
every year since then.
Karen Burke, associate
director at the Center for
International Business Studies,
said the scholarships assist
students who are focusing on
international business.
"The goal of the scholarships
is to recognize people who have
an interest in international
business for a career," she said.
The interest for international
business at A&M is growing with
the help of a new international
business certification program
and more specialized classes,
said Dr. S. Kerry Cooper, director
for the center. There has been
strong student response to
classes with an international
focus and about 50 students are
participating in the six-month-
old program. Cooper said.
An important and beneficial
factor to students who want to
work internationally is
involvement in A&M's study
abroad program. The
scholarships help recipients
finance their trip, Burke said.
"The scholarship is an
additional incentive for more
people to study abroad," she
Fifty students applied for the
scholarship and the 16 recipients,
Burke said, were selected on a
"broad list of factors" such as
academic standing, the number
of international business courses
or language classes taken,
overseas experience and an
There are several reasons for
the increasing attention on
international business. Dr. Julian
Caspar, director of research at
the center, said. Events in Latin
America and Europe, such as the
break up of the Soviet Union and
the emergence of the
Commonwealth of Independent
States, stimulate students'
"Countries are becoming
increasingly interdependent, and
everything they (foreign
countries) do will affect the
United States," he said. "There is
a combination of interest in the
international environment, and
we want to emphasize the
importance of this globalization."
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Americans' wages and salt
failed to keep up with inflate
in the year ended in June, pts
ing the smallest increase in
least a decade, the gov
reported Tuesday.
"It's part of the reason for
funk that people feel they'reit
said economist Robert G. Dec
ick of the Northern Trust Co.
Chicago. The "funk" apparen;
continued into July, whei
widely followed survey for
Americans expected little!
provement in the economy in:
months ahead.
The Labor Department sa;
wages and salaries edged
2.9 percent in the 12 months ff
ed June 30, less than the 3.1 p
cent inflation rate for the vear,
measured by the department |
Consumer Price Index. Thelf
percent advance was downfc
a 4 percent gain a year earlii
and was the smallest increai
since the department bep
keeping track of earnings injt£ -sCjC^^I-Z
1982, near the end of the 198h ill(uC Li J
Overall, the department'sE' As a new m
ployment Cost Index rose: tommunity I a
percent when benefits weret itrange and ui
eluded. Still, that was downluestion is: wl
a 4.6 percent overall gain inf 1 -ver publish a le
year ended in June 1991 and") ormed as th
the smallest gain since a simfc 7/22/92).
advance in December 1987. Mr. Snyder
"Total compensation excee \IDS in the 90's
ed inflation, but what a perst ate 70's when
walks home with didn't," Dedf )eled GRID (Ga
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compensation was the ever-ii ler spiritual si:
creasing health care costs. Wh eive. Not the £
company-supplied health cai >asketball playe
benefits don't show up inwoii he wife whos<
ers' paychecks, increased costs 1 ransfusion. We
companies providing such betf ion of the popu
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ment's analysis. >lewere being "
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wages and salaries adversely^ hat the gove
fects household budgets, it"i Monies that it di
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attract buyers in a sluggishhllion dollars
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percent in June, the highest: Texas's Super Cc
eight years, and provided eJ 1 Finally, Mr.
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seek pay increases. Benefit" AIDS) would pi
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collar and for service workers.