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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 4A October Opinions MflfMfff BieSjeH eTeeMeeajy tMIOf James Kilpatrick Im tired of clauses dangling in the night Like so many other occupational the world of writing is divided into professionals and non We have a right to expect higher standards from the pros than from the but from time to time our expectations get This has happened several times On United Press In ternational sent out a secondday story on the funeral of New Yorks Cardinal Terence This was the eighth paragraph As the coffin was lifted and carried to the more than mourners sung the hymn 0 God Our Health and Age Has Yipes Never mind that the preferred past tense of sing is How could any wire service editor have so mangled the name of one of the most familiar of all hymns On I find that UPI caught its blunder 30 minutes after the story had gone on the but the correction somehow missed the Greenville where it ran as first UPIs explanation is that it was one of those things that happen through Shame on everybody Note in passing I was brought up to write of Terence Cardinal but Im now told that this for while is considered UPI fumbled again a few days in moving the text of President Reagans letter accepting the resignation of Interior Secretary James Reagan said that Watt had completed the principal ob jectives they had agreed but UPI spelled it At least a dozen readers have sent me clippings from dozens of newspapers in which the error went blissfully Doesnt anybody edit copy nowadays Even The Wall Street Journal has it This is from a story about a new home computer from IBM Details about two models of the machine are being bandied about among industry observers and consulting some of which have had a peak at the Apeak at them In another this one having to do with the Journal treated us to a verb that was new to me to While the ability to predict the course of hurricanes has said the the population growth along coastal areas Websters Newe Collegiate says that as a has been around since meaning to reach a condition of but I never saw it before and would as soon not see it Its enough that cam paigns peak or Id let them reach a In any my point is that these things ought not to happen at the level of UPI and The Wall Street Because Ive blundered a few thousand times I know that errors in grammer and usage are easily As professionals we ought to try harder not to make such This weeks mangled sentence comes from a piece in the Los Angeles Times about the signing of an accord at the Madrid conference on security in Europe Although it is deeply the United States is joining Canada and 33 European nations in signing the While we are trying to do let us do better with clauses that go dangledingle Jack Anderson New defense against juveniles pretty shaky WASHINGTON Earlier this I uncovered a startling Justice Department proposal to identify future criminals by studying thousands of 9to12yearold The inquisitors would watch for such ominous signs as oddly shaped ears and failure to sweat when given electric My disclosure of the proposed study blew up a storm of protest and Justice Department officials are backtracking I have been assured by sources within the department and on Capitol Hill that the initial funding request doesnt stand a The project is now But now my associate Indy Badhwahas obtained a copy of another Justice Department proposal along the same lines and it has already been funded with a down The threestage study would be conducted by the prestigious Rand It is intended to develop intervention strategies that will stop the careers of serious juvenile offenders before they become fully The Justice Department official responsible for both projects is Alfred director of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency I had my reporter Kevin Ellis do a little checking on Regnery to see if perchance he exhibited any of the telltale signs his scientists were going to look According to a number of Regnery is not lefthanded nor do his ears appear to be My sources could not determine whether Regnerys palms remain dry when hes given an electric jolt nor could they find out whether his second toe was longer than his middle toe another bad sign for the voodoo But he was described by three sources as having shifty eyes and he never looks at the person he is talking a sign of suspicious motives to silentmovie directors if not to medicoscientific And he has greasy hunches over his desk and appears These physical traits are of The point is they are just as valid measurements of potential criminal tendencies as the characteristics Regnery does not show but which he evidently thinks were worth observing in young Theories of biological litmus tests for criminals have long since been diacrtditted as quackery on a par with phrenology and palm The theories enjoyed their peak of popularity among the demonatrably criminal leaders of Nazi Germany with sickening results that were documented at the Nuremburg the propaaal far Early Identification of the Chronic Offender haa that are reminiscent of Nazi It will the ftorpMal U characteristics racial can be evaluated in terms of ethnic and racial and heterogeneity In this heterogeneity is simply a sevensyllable word for that old bugaboo of the Third Reich race Like the the studys proponents apparently fear that young boys can be corrupted simply by associating with kids of different ethnic or racial a former official of the conservative Young Americans for drew considerable op position at his Senate confirmation hearing because of this outspoken views in favor of harsh punishment for jevenile At one point he suggested maybe sending a juvenile to Wales for a week as a sort of shock And during his confirmation his car bore a bumper sticker that asked Have You Slugged Your Kid Today Blunder of the week In the paperwork maelstrom of even a high official can simply The Senate Foreign Relations Committee misplaced an ambassador the other The nomination of Gerald Thomas to be ambassador to Kenya was scheduled for confirmation by the committee along with 22 other presidential To avoid the timeconsuming process of taking a formal vote on each the committee decided to confirm the whole bunch en masse with a voice But later after the committee had adjourned aides discovered that Thomass name had been left off the he hadnt been So a discreet telephone poll of committee members was con ducted and Thomass appointment was belatedly Headlines and footnotes Next month Congress will announce the annual Congressional Excalibur Award for outstanding public Id like to second the nomination of two unsung Labor Department racket special agents Wesley Walker and Fred They were the key players in an investigation that broke organized crimes long stranglehold on the Fulton Fish Market in lower Their efforts led to 48 indictments and 44 many of them top members of the Vito Genovese crime For tvo Washington State Carew Paprtti and cnjajej nations cartnaaWi Ttey Irittf ftey Ml mmA raetu T tw wMBj Washington Today Reagans address offers no hope for world peace By DONALD ROTHBERG Associated Press WASHINGTON AP President Reagan has offered Americans a bleak picture of a world under siege by Sovietencouraged with little encouragement that the danger will soon In his nationally broadcast speech Thursday the president seemed unable even to take much comfort from the quick success of the military action in And there could be little optimism in the wake of the terrorist bombing in Beirut that killed more than 220 Marines and Navy Let me ask those who say we should get out of Lebanon If we were to leave Lebanon what message would that send to those who foment instability and terrorism the president The tone of the speech reflected his apparent conviction that the Soviet Union supported network of surrogates and terrorists is likely to strike again and Americans must remain ever The world has he our national security can be threatened in far away It is up to all of us to be aware of the strategic importance of such places and to be able to identify His speech also reminded Americans of the nightmare any president must live with since the day a little more than four years ago when the Embassy in Tehran was overrun and its staff taken In describing his decision to send military forces into Reagan said a major concern was the safety of the Americans on the The safety of the Americans on the island was not the only objective of the Grenada Their evacuation possibly could have been accomplished with forces in not much more than 24 Another objective was to remove the Cuban and Soviet influence that both the United States and Grenadas island neighbors see as a Reagan described Grenada as a SovietCuban colony being readied as a major military bastion to export terror and undermine We got there just in The two the bombing in Beirut and the leftist coup in were both unpredictable and beyond the control of the United There is little argument about the importance of the Middle East to the United but that wont dampen debate over the wisdom of keeping the Marines in The debate over Grenada is likely to center on whether an invasion was the way to deal with that Reagan offered no quick resolution to either Your representatives John Tower United States Senate Room 142 Russell Building 20510 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Building 20610 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 THIS YEAR I WANT VOU TO PROMISE YOU WILL AND TALK TO INSTEAD OF OUST STARIKJC3 AT MYRON FLOREN AND MIS ACCORDION AND NOT MAKE A R30L OT youPSeTL BV PLAYING ACCORDION TO THE MUSIC NO AIR ACCORDION
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