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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Bfaunf els Herald2efunfir 1985 DONTKWE THOSE IM Kierr TO Sbu we NOW HAVE CHICKEN Mailbag policy Hie HeraldZeltung welcomes the opinions of its and were happy to publish letters to the Letters are published on the Opinions page as soon as they are unless delayed by space While readers opinions on local issues generally are of more interest to other we welcome letters on any topic national or international that the writer chooses to Content will not prevent publication unless the letter is judged to be potentially Send your letter to New Braunfels Drawer New Braunfels Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 THE WHITE HOUSE Reagan needs to check on troubled see below O HvraldZeitung pinions General Manager Robert Editor James Kilpatrick Are judges ruling on reapportionment Back on a threejudge federal court in Indiana plunged deep into the political thickets of reap the courts opinion drew little attention in the nations political capital until The Washington Post picked up the story last Now speculation is Is the ancient and dishonorable practice of gerrymandering soon to succumb to the decrees of federal judges It could be At the Republican National word of the Indiana decision brought cries of Especially in but in Illinois and other states as Republicans have been the victims of wickedly partisan redistricting on the part of Democratic state The ironical thing is that in it was the Republican Party that was found guilty of gross The Republicans had drawn lines for state legislative seats with such partisan eyes that the Democrats were crying The Democrats sued and worn their The losing Republicans will take their appeal of right to the Supreme The high court also will be asked to order trial of a longpending case in California in which the Republicans charged that they were victims of Democratic skulduggery as indeed they The consequences of all this litigation could be politically In the 1984 congressional Republican and Democratic voters divided almost evenly across the country as a Republican candidates got votes Democratic candidates got But congressional district lines had been so expertly jiggered by Democratic legislatures that the Republicans wound up with only 182 seats in the the Democrats with The three federal judges in Indiana by a 21 vote held that such partisan fund and games violate the Con stitutions command of equal protection of the Their ruling goes beyond anything yet commanded in the history of reapportionment but the Indiana court had almost an engraved invitation from the Supreme Court to do what it That invitation was concealed in the Supreme Courts 54 decision of June in what is known as the New Jersey Following the census of the New Jersey then controlled by drew new boundaries for congressional The new districts were marvelously close in but they had been so ingeniously drawn that outraged Republicans brought Speaking for the Supreme Justice Brennan threw out the New Jersey not because the population variation among the districts were too but because these superficially beautiful figures had not been arrived at in good In a concurring Justice Stevens went to the key element of good Gerrymandering may be ac he but only up to a certain Too much jiggerypokery may violate the Equal Protection The dilution of the voting strength of a political said may be just as unconstitutional as the dilution of the strength of a racial Stevens hinted strongly given an he would look with disfavor on any redistricting plan that has a significant adverse effect on an identifiable political A finding that the majority deliberately sought to make it difficult for a minority group to elect representatives may provide a sufficient basis for holding that an objectivity neutral electoral plan is un In a separate Justice Powell echoed these I believe that the injuries that result from gerrymandering may rise to constitutional Powell There are six reasonably predictable votes on the high court to put an end to the kind of indefensible chicanery in which both parties have indulged in the My own concern goes to giving federal judges even more supervisory powers over essentially state political This is not a happy but its not easy to find anything good to say of the unfair rules by which the game is played right THINSS WERE ONTO VEX tWHOR HIT we WITH Arai miM POOAR Your representatives Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station 78711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 i Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Washington Today Reagan overlooking weak links in alliances By GREGORY NOKES AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON When President Reagan said in his State of Union address that our alliances are stronger than ever he was overlooking the breakdown in the SHOCKING CHILPHOOP UBfcTHIS MHO J IIO V 41 o f defense pact with Australia and New Zealand and the nearly ignored 1947 Rio There also are problems in the nations most important military although it is generally regarded as being in better shape than when Reagan took Reagan doesnt always like to admit things are not going just as he didnt mention Lebanon in his address Wednesday after giving it prominence a year he also chose to ignore the unraveling of the ANZUS pact with Australia and New Zealand in the past WSUPPOS5ALL MFRiftiPSARZ THINKING Reagan persisted telling Our ANZUS alliance is very sound and very But a senior State Department official conceded to reporters later that New Zealand could hardly be said now to have the status of a good Its an unfortunate imbroglio because New Zealand has long had a successful democracy and has been among Americas closest The falling out has come over the attitude of New Zealands new government toward nuclear It doesnt like And although it continues to express friendship for the United it decided last week to bar an American warship that might be carrying nuclear Washington was dealt another setback by the third ANZUS which this week canceled an earlier offer to provide support facilities for American MX missile Although they are nothing so serious as to what is happening in there are also strains in thennation NATO Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger this week accused the socialist government of a NATO member since of stirring up very damaging antiAmerican feeling that he suggested may have couraged the terrorist bombing at an Athens bar That blast injured 69 American servicemen and their The third regional defense the 1947 Rio Treaty for the Western generally has been bypassed in the current Central American even though one of its purposes was to formulate peaceful resolutions of The other major postWorld War n SEATO and are all but for Southeast Asia Treaty was dissolved in 1977 after the Vietnam conflict for the Middle was disbanded in
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