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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas 4 A New Braunfels HeraldZeitung October Opinions HvPBMZtttUM Dave General Manager Robert Editor Andy Rooney Bombing run memories are bittersweet Theres just so much sentimental baggage you can carry through Im not much for Anyone who has reached the age of 60 could easily spend the rest of his days just sitting Im here at this old 8th Air Force Base near because members of the 306th Bomb Group are having a reunion and I flew with them on the first bombing raid on Nazi Germany in February Its sentimental baggage I carry easily and with great Its been 40 years now since these men flew their fourengined Flying Fortresses out of Theyre the kind of Americans like to think are typical but theyre better than Theyre A lot of World War II Air Force men It was a terrible war for although during this reunion theyre managing to recall a lot of the good things about It would be too sad if they It was terrible because so many of them were One evening theyd be sitting around their huts playing cards and writing letters The next if there had been a bombing mission that the bed next to theirs or the one next to that and maybe both might be its former their Perhaps he had gone down in a parachute that caught Who burned Bailey Mac Kinley Kantor Was it you It was a great and terrible war for me as a young reporter for the Army The Stars and I was in a strange I came to this base often when the bombers went and when they returned if they returned I talked to the crews about what had hap Then Id return to London and write my I often felt ashamed of myself for not being one of I was having the time of my life as a newspaperman and they were fighting and Thats how I came to fly with them just that once to It made me feel better about Looking out at the crumbling remains of the old runways at this Im haunted by flashes of Often the bombers came back badly damaged and with crew members dead or In April of was here they came back from a raid deep in Germany and one of the pilots radioed in that he was going to have to make an emergency He had only two engines left and his hydraulic system was He couldnt let the wheels down and there was something even The ball turret gunner was trapped in the plastic bubble that hung beneath the belly of the Later I talked with the crewmen who survived that Their friend in the ball turret had been they They had talked to He knew what they had to He TheB17 slammed down on its belly and on the ball turret John Hess Rachel Carsons worst fears On the 20th anniversary of Silent the Wall Street Journal published a frontpage report on the creeping death of Chesapeake The coincidence was not intentional when has the Wall Street Journal ever shed an editorial tear for the environment but it was a tribute of a Rachel Carsons book is a lyric account of the ravages of and a vision of a silent spring when no birds would it did for pollution what Uncle Toms Cabin did for slavery that it sensitized a whole generation to the The book also stirred up a smoke screen of abuse from industry and its scientific some of whom still berate her as a She died in too soon to see her Yet the battle with much the same We dump more chemicals than ever on the en They are always called and when they turn out to have unfortunate side we are asked to consider the benefits against the But the costs are always far down the line and hard to if anybody cares to measure A striking example is the flap over When the Manville Corporation filed bankruptcy it said its solvency was threatened by damage suits from people who inhaled its products many years Manville said Uncle Sam ought to share the because much of the asbestos was used in war work and because the government stan dards allowed workers to breathe deadly amounts of It proposed that a fund be set up to compensate vic tims at a reasonable Fair Many editorialists thought They overlooked the reason why juries have been handing down punitive In the files of what used to be called plaintiffs found proof that the industry knew the danger as early as the and campaigned successfully for decades to suppress the and keep official safety standards A 1934 memo said It is the policy of JohnsManville to opose any bill that attempted to include asbestos as As late as the the industry was fighting OSHAs proposed standards for allowable asbestos in the air in This is noted here not as outrageous example of corporate wickedness but as reasonably typical of the reaction of any vested be it a minor to any immediate Every safety every effort to protect the may be seen as limiting somebodys potential Thats why some con servatives in please oppose all such When the movie China Syndrome suggested that a utility might risk a disaster by covering up hazards in a nuclear George Will was Nobody could be so he in a column that ap peared two days bi ore the Three Mile Island On the 20th anniversary of Silent last the Wall Street Journal described the assault of sewage and farm chemicals on that magnificent protein the Chesapeake Rachel Carson would have The bottom grass is gone from much of the now turned muddy where it once flowed The authorities debate whether its really all that and what if anything should be done about The Enrivonmental Protection Agency itself is now in the hands of those who see conservation as something that stands in the way of somebody making a fast But nature itself is on Miss Carsons It confirms her warning that we are destroying our It remains for us to Washington Today Reagans anger an effective weapon By WALTER MEARS AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON In the uses of righteous Ronald Reagan bows to no It has helped him win reprimand a balky Congress silence a heckling conservative public anger can be hazardous to political A hair trigger temper was one of the raps against Edmund Muskie when he sought and lost the 1972 Democratic presidential President Reagans anger is displayed which makes it more effective when it Strong language doesnt serve the politicians In his presidential George McGovern with good insulted a harassing woman but in language not fit for Facing down youthful demon strators in in thenVice President Nelson Rockefeller gave them the gesture they were giving and created a controversy about his demeanor rather than When Richard Nixon was he used to get angry a The White House tran scripts are full of his The political adage is that you dont get you get Reagan has mastered the art of doing both at On a hardline con servative Republican heckled him in a White House speech to GOP can Reagan has problems with New Right who say hes not conservative Gary Arnold of Santa broke into the speech to argue We have a Tylenol taxation situation and we have a Reagan mortis setting into the nations body Reagan said Arnold hadnt uttered a truthful then set about defending his tax and foreign Arnold kept Reagan said he had thought the candidates were supposed to be Arnold kept flushed with he told Arnold Shut Hardly a new but coming from a con servative Republican president to a very conservative Republican congressional On the eve of his election to the White Reagan ran into hecklers at a campaign rally in San ignored them for a and then shut His crowd with their comrade trapped inside There are funny tveryone here remembers the ec centric gunner Snuffy Maynard He was an oddball kind of but he did his job well in the The Air Force ioved to give medals and they had good reason in Snuffy Smiths On one Henry then called Secretary of came to and of thinking this would be a good time for publicity for the Air Force and the arranged to give Snuffy Smith the Medal of The whole entourage came to this base with the secretary and a dozen but the hero was nowhere to be It turned out he was in the kitchen washing He was on being disciplined for some minor infraction of the base This reunion is a bittersweet ex Last evening I had a drink at a bar where there was a and a stronglooking weatherbeaten man came over and quietly said hed like to buy me a Hes a Nebraska farmer He had been the tail gunner on the the B 171 flew in over Wed been hit that day and it was a terrifying but it made a good story for We laughed and talked together and he paid for the As we lifted our glasses in a mutual I noticed that two fingers on his right hand were It often happened to crewmen who stuck by their guns while their hands And he was buying me a Reader concerned with suspensions To the Citizens of New Braunfels After reading the account of the school board meeting of Tuesday evening and the remark of the school board president about not wanting to reveal the specific facts of the I think it might be better if the people of the New Braunfels Independent School District knew some of the To begin the girls had not been which can be attested to by the city policeman who was The beer in the car did not belong to the The young man who put the beer in the car voluntarily went before the school board and told them that the beer was his and he put it in the expecting to pick it up If the beer had belonged to the girls and they had intended to consume it I am sure they would have felt guilty about having it in their possession and would have tried to hide As it the beer was in plain sight of anyone who looked in the All of the girls are honor students and not one of them in all the years they have been in school has had a black mark against This is supposed to be a but in this case the girls were judged guilty until proven In our courts of a person who has committed a crime is judged innocent until proven At the question presumably was How do we know the girls didnt intend to drink the beer later in the evening On the other how did they know the girls had any intention of drinking the beer especially since the beer did not even belong to them I realize something needs to be done about the alcohol and drug situation in our schools all over the but I think this was a very poor way to handle this A few days suspension Expulsion In each I think all the facts should be and that everything is not strictly either black or white there are various shades of gray in each If these girls were expelled for what happened to them in a very un fortunate what are they going to do to someone who is actually caught drinking on the school premises or is found drunk there I wonder how many students drive their parents car onto the school property with a sixpack or a can of beer in the car that belongs to the parents I am sure this has happened many and the student could be totally innocent of any I realize rules are rules and are meant to be but rules also need to be tempered with common sense and Lets fit the punishment to the crime in all cir and not give the same punishment to a maybe situation as to a positive I am sure that our board members and school administrators would expect a fair trial if they were picked up for an infraaction of the Why shouldnt our students be given the same consideration Name withheld upon request Groups praised for cleanup work Residents of Comal par ticularly those along the Guadalupe appreciated the 6th Annual Guadalupe River cleanup held Oc tober 3 coordinated by theRiver Recreation Association of They were assisted by the Dallas Downriver Houston Canoe Lone Star Sierra Texas Trails Boy Scouts of Girl Scouts of and many other More than 200 people participated and donations were received from the following Abbots Sales and Alamo Coors San Budweiser New Camp Hueco Canyon Lake Ice Canyon Lake Sanitation Carltons City of New CocaCola Bottling San Comal County Com missioners Dean Word Com Divine Bob Jeans Gilligans Goynes Canoe Livery Gruene Area River Gruene River Property Owners Handy Dans Ice Lone Star New Mission Ice San Mobile Chemical Tim Omas Sausage Pearl Beer New Reddi Ice River and Lakes Action River Crest River Road River Valley Camp SacNPac Schlitz Beer New Seven Up Bottling Texas Canoe White Water and Wuests Breakfast was provided by the Guadalupe Valley and River Gruene Area River Gruene River Property Owners Lake Dunlap Property Coalition of Rivers Environment and Rivers and Lakes Action The evening meal was furnished by the Chamber of Commerce and A special thanks to everyone who We hope next years cleanup job will have continued cooperation from Norris President Guadalupe Valley River Association Your representatives William Clements Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Tower United States Senate Room 142 Russell 20510 State Snelson Texas Senate Box 12068 Texas 78768 Lloyd Bentsen United State Senate Room 240 Russell 20610
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