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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas MM ffraunfeti HeraldZeitung Dave General Manager Robert QOOHIH Does my mailbox look like a garbage can just about given up on my finding a good home for every lonely sent If she really likes back of the photography To whom 10 me just bee I had just about given up on my Itd Been weeks since Id gotten a real a relevant communication directed toward me Just an endless stream of junk aimed at my my political my environmental It upsets my environmental con science to see so much paper wasted pleas that mostly go in the trash When theyre stamped with pictures of clubbed speared whales and starving it kind of upsets me that I throw them But you have to draw a line Any Ive just opens the door to another flood of junk I once got a large brown envelope full of propaganda on an east coast shelter for homeless cats and Supported entirely by volunteer it and dedicated to finding a good home for every lonely The envelope also contained a folder full of sweepstakes Just past them on this it and you might win a a a trip to No need to send money but of every little bit I what the just this t pasted the stamps and sent the suggested minimum I didnt win the but the shelter did send me the promised commemorative coin acknowledging my It was a basrelief of an Irish setter stuffed inside an even larger envelope with more pictures and pleas for more A little card fell out when I first opened Thank you thank you thank you it said in heartfelt What a guilt I could scarcely stand And the Worst of it Ill bet it all cost more than the Jack Anderson Israel military strength made Russia back off The Russians did their usual huffing and puffing over the Israeli invasion of but never went beyond rhetorical My intelligence sources tell me this may have been because Soviet leaders were afraid the Israeli war machine was too strong for the kind of limited intervention that was the Kremlins only real as Marx might have put it that the big bully was confronted by a little bully and didnt want to risk a bloody As soon as Israeli tanks crossed the Lebanese the Soviets put their forces in the Middle East on full This included the Soviets Mediterranean fleet and an airborne division in the Caspian a few hundred miles north of Except for a few State Department and CIA analysts discounted the Soviet alert as a prelude to direct intervention in support of the Sovietsupplies Syrians and They pointed out that this would be Previous Soviet in tervention in Afghanistan and Poland has been confined to countries that are not only contiguous to the Soviet but already within the Kremlins Soviet military meddling as in Angola and has been done by the Russians Cuban and East German The experts complacency was jarred by an ominous Kremlin communique on June 14 The Soviet Union takes the Arabs side not in words but in and presses to get the aggressor out of The presentday Israeli policy makers should not forget that the Middle East is in an area lying in close proximity to the southern borders of the Soviet and that developments there cannot help af fecting the interests of the We warn Israel about The intelligence community began to take a second look at its in formation on the Soviet military They noted that the Soviet Navys squadron in the eastern Mediterranean had been beefed up by the addition of some surface war and that a Soviet airborne division in the Caspian area had been put on special In they the Soviets had already expanded their military forces in areas looking out Russias southern window toward the Persian A recent highly sen sitive Pentagon report seen by my associate Dale Van Atta supplied the figures A large increase has taken place in the Soviet forces located in the nearby Caucasus and Turkestan Military Twentysix ground with men on active are now located in those districts and in The report also noted the presence in this Soviet force of firstcategory airborne divisions most a command and control capability necessary to conduct largescale military It as a State Department analysis put that Soviet in tervention in Lebanon because a distinct likelihood in the event of a serious threat to the Syrian govern So why didnt the Soviets make their move experts offered several One was that the Palestinians themselves would have been unhappy about direct Soviet Another was that the Kremlin lacked a solid pretext for armed But the most interesting ex planation is that the Russians were leery of risking an embarrassing military defeat at the hands of For an airborne invasion would require Soviet control of the But destruction of the Syrians entire surfacetoair missile strength had given Israel total air In a modest police action could be disastrous for the and the Kremlin was not prepared to escalate into a fullscale war with So it settled for bambast in stead of Endangered Shrines In addition to other forms of persecution over the American Indians have suf fered from misunderstanding and intolerance their heathen religion To remedy Congress in 1978 passed a law guaranteeing that the religious customs of native Americans would be The law called for a study to suggest policy changes that would secure the Indians religious The study was completed in and a draft executive order was Not a single recomendation of the study has been acted and the executive order draft is gathering dust in the Bureau of Indian Of particular concern are the estimated sites sacred to In They could be destroyed by development of federal lands where they are A BIA official suggested that Indian leaders prepared a study of the sacred sites a process that would take But because they are sacred Indian rights leaders their locations cannot be Your representatives Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell 205JO John Tower United States Senate Room 142 Russell 205JO sent Then there are the endless mailings from Common the the proabortionists and sometimes even the It was getting so I was almost glad to see a utility At least those people know who I am and what Ive really been up During the period from May 20 to June you used thus andso kilowatt Please remit the You can imagine my joy when I dropped by the house for lunch Wednesday and found two letters from actual Even the junk was better than usual just one cir cular a semipersonalized sub scription offer for a new magazine and a small box of something called the proteinrich food cats Now lhtls a piece of junk mail I can get Or more my can get into If she really likes the back of the box converts into a 10cent coupon toward the purchase of more Those people are out for but I like their They send me something I can then leave it up to me whether I want to go to the store and buy more of But one point worries How do they know I have a cat They must I never got sample boxes of food when I have a My nextdoor neighbor doesnt have a and c didnt get The offer from Vanity htir magazine makes me a little un In an age where television and home video games give easy access to simpleminded en tertainment were looking for people who still enjoy a beautifully written work of Still make the effort to go to the theater and important live art and photography To whom 10 minutes of stimulating conversation means more than 10 hours of game shows and situation National Geoiirapli all try to make you feel as if youre a member of some elite But theyve never been quite so These people sound as if theyve almost got me What else do Americas great computers know about me The whale and wildlife mailings are no Ive belonged to the Sierra Club for seven and the Cousteau Society for It took a but every ecologyfreak organization in the world has my number At some of them print their junk mail on recycled The same goes for the nuke the political activists and the pro choice Or maybe they plague me just because Im a woman with a college The Literary one of those monthly book probably got my name from Writers which Ive been getting for four years or Maybe the Guild also gave my name to the American Film and perhaps even the lnir But how on earth did the catfood company get wind of Jezebel At least I dont get junk from religious and pseudoreligious as some of my neighbors have been doing My now at tending Methodist seminary in would probably say I need more But I guess he has better things to do than put my name on their Youre wondering where my cat got that Biblical name You guessed She belonged to my brother LOOKIVE TOLt EM IK TELL EM ABOUT THIS HA1GBUSINESS UNfiERSBW IM SKi tf TIREP OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ACT1N LIKE THEY OHHW5PIACE Virgina Payette A pox on Phyllis Schlafly and her lies about the ERA the ERA has gone bellyup and Phillis Schlafly has had her I toldyoudo party and may she and all her fellow revelers choke on their victory Or better gain three pounds pigging out on champagne and A on all those socalled supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment who come to the funeral and console the mourners although they failed to make it into the they really did win their Thats just not So theres a woman justice sitting on the Supreme Court Big There are still only 21 women in the Congress out of a total membership of 535 and their tally in state legislatures is a measly 12 Half a dozen women are bigcity mayors in San San Francisco and Honolulu but theres not a single lady currently serving as So Jeane Kirkpatrick is now our ambassador to the United a post that gives her Cabinet She is secretary of state and he lets her know it every tune he can grab a Women now make up 53 percent of the labor up from 44 percent when the ERA ratification battle But only 20 percent of them are on a management Whats even and what ERA was really all they still arent geting equal pay for equal Full time wageearning wonnien make only 66 cents for every a man gets for the same Theyve proved they can do a mans job from mining coal to building skyscrapers to performing brain Some of them have even made it to the executive but only as Female chief executive officers are as scarce as hens There be a woman in the White House some day but nobody expects that to happen any time in the next 50 There are too many Schlaflys out there would drag out that old bit about female glands and how a womans place is in her own not 1600 Pennsylvania In the what makes the death of the ERA a bitter loss is not only the fact that it didnt make it its the way it was And the country can thank Madame Schlafly for She was the mastermind behind the campaign to Stop an ac complishment she reminded everybody as she tossed her are you ready for this Over the Rainbow Celebration to rejoice over and I quote her verbatim The expiration of the Equal Rights Amendment and the commencement of a new era of harmony between women and Phyllis hasnt always been in terested in In the past 10 years she has waged a cat fight of innuendos and half truths to influence the rednecks and divide the homebodies from the working she crisscrossed the speechifying and debating ERA supporters on podiums and talk warning women that ratification would mean their husbands wouldnt have to support them any theyd lose their children in custody theyd be sending their daughters to fight in the thered be a rash of homosexual and theyd even have to share unisex bathrooms with men as if they didnt already on The ERA was not only a threat to their she argued it was Laws protecting women are already on the Never mind that those laws are not uniformly Or that sexual harassment is an everyday nuisance in the Phyllis maintains that men dont make passes at vir tuous that a woman asks for it by the way she walks to the water The irony of the whole thing isthat most people saw through Poll after poll showed that the American including a couple of were for ERA by a con vincing But she got through to a lot of niddering state legislators and in a ratification theyre the ones who well it hasnt been a year for the Just last week we learned that Betsy Ross didnt sew the first American after Turns out she was a businesswoman who outlived three Phyllis probably wouldnt have approved of
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