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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A February i TUE YOUR ye DIVERTING YOUR BILLBOARDS AMD ABOUT THOSE BRIGHT COLORS JAMES KILPATRICK Mailbag policy welcomes the opinions of its and we re happy to publish letters to the Utters are published on the Opinions page as soon as they are unless delayed by space oplnlons ort local i8SUes generally of more interest to other we welcome letters on any topic national or international that the writer chooses to ad not prevent Publication unless the letter is Judged to be potentially All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable by Anonymous letters will not be Send your letter to New Braunfels m New Braunfels Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 Columnist wonders about the validity of safety see below o pinions HeraldZtitung General Manager Robert Editor James Kilpatrick Safety Three states New New Jersey and Illinois already have adopted mandatory seatbelt Thirty other states are actively considering such Highway safety is a good but it cannot justify bad and that is what were drifting into This sudden surge of legislative activity is not the consequence of spontaneous combustion in the several It is the direct consequence of a federal regulation handed down by the secretary of tran sportation in July of last The regulation amounts to a form of This is how it works Commencing in September all cars sold in the United States must be equipped either with air bags or with automatic seat belts This is the Cars must be equipped unless states that together con tained twothirds of the population enact mandatory seatbelt laws by If enough states fall in the airbag requirement will be What we have here is a choice of Would you rather be compelled to buckle under threat of fine or imprisonment Or would you rather be compelled to pay several hundred dollars for an air bag Let us make If we accept the evidence compiled by authorities on highway safety and I know of no reason to challenge these seat belts do indeed save State troopers and other officials have keot records on corpses as the bodies are dragged from wrecked In perhaps 4 percent of the fatalities the occupants were in fact buckled but these crashes were of such severity that no one would have survived In the overwhelming majority of suitable the dead are found The govern ment estimates that if even 70 percent of occupants fastened their seat lives could be saved every These and other data make a compelling case in favor of buclding They do not make a compelling case Jn m buckle diSc inese laws propose one more wellintended en croachment upon the right of free citizens to make own choices about their own lives IW There is another objection The governments proposition amounts to heads we and tails we win It is one more manifestation of the discredited theory that Uncle knows Our union was founded on the federalist principle of leaving wide areas of respon sibility to the The idea was to encourage variety in political To the extent that federal programs deny such opportunities to the we weaken one of the foundation stones of our The and the must be permitted wide If people fail or refuse to buckle they may die because of their disregard for their own safety But carry the argument a step Let us suppose that some nonaddictive drug were discovered that would affect us in all kinds of good ways One tablet before driving would sober the arouse the sleepy heighten our reactions to traffic hazzards im prove our eyesight and enhance our judgement ofroad Then suppose that laws were to be proposed that would require all drivers to take such a tablet twice a We would hear the same plausible argument Such laws would save lives every year But it is un thinkable that state legislatures would enact K fa arguments to ab but the rhetorical device has its uses noneUielessThe question always must be Where is the Une to be drawn between freedom and compulsion Historically we have drawn the line in terms of the danger that one person causes to We do not have laws that compel people to take but we have laws of quarantine against contagious In historic PAVIP STOCKMAN HOW TO SURVIVE A NUCLEAR ATTACK A VJT When we get into this business of air bags and seat we are talking about preserving our Uves Ftae But we ought also to be talking about Please the Jack Anderson Your representatives Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 John Traeger Phil Gramm Texas Senate United States Senate Capitol Station Washington 20510 78711 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 WASHINGTON The United States has had little success enlisting the governments j of narcoticsproducing countries in the fight against the international dope These j countries are terrified their economies might i collapse if the drug dealers are Now theres a faint glimmer of hope that one of the worst offenders in this hemisphere beginning to realize that the I economic benefits of the dope trade may not be worth the political This change of attitude is reported in I confidential State Department cables seen by my associate Donald Colombia is the source of a large share of into this W U UI cocaine that is smuggled into this For the United States has been trying to get the Colombian government to crack down on processors and who have been operating with virtual impunity to As recently as last the Colombians were clearly not enthusiastic about the anti drug Drug Enforcement Ad ministration officials privately told several members of Congress that DEAs offices in Bogota were actually being bugged by the But the ugly turn of events in the past year has apparently been an eyeopener for the government of President Belisario Betancur Not only have diplomats and drug agents been causing the State Department to recall some for their own but Colombians themselves have been targets of assassins believed to be paid by the drug Betancurs minister of justice was one of the O 1 was dope to Colombia because of its external one cable reports on a conversation with Most of the drug he does not come to but remains in the Only operating funds are returned to Colombia by the The clincher for apparently was the discovery of close ties between drug dealers and leftwing guerrilla groups temper A management seminar the Office of Personnel Management will conduct for the Defense Mapping Agency has caused grumbling among the 20 midlevel officials who will What has riled is a Temperament Sur vey the 0PM experts have instructed the dealers and leftwing guerrilla groups vey OPM have Though solid proof is difficult to the new seminarians to fill out before the Colombian justice Enrique Parejo Tbe 8urvey questions intended to cave thin reveal the respondents temperament by ITS TOU6H IT o tuiiuuwu to ac cording to a cable from the embassy He said there appeared to be two schools of thought in the narcotraficantes drug dealers One group held that money and arms should be supplied to insurgents in order to evaluating such provocative statements as these daydream a great You take the lead In putting life into a dull ana arms should be supplied to insurgents in auu order to forces from their people are antidrug Another group allegedly of perspiration disgust held that the government of Pninmhio After answering the the nffir cUlcKculy held that the government of Colombia would After answering the the officials eventually lessen the intensity of its anti UsCH33 tbeir responses with 8 drug struggle in any and nothing need Defense officials said that any identifying be done to encourage the information will be and insisted Parejo said the first theory was Owt questtonnaire is strictly but dismissed the second theory But a ccver Aiemo accompanying the survey W wishful says quite You must complete and Bfitnr has asked the Reagan ad statement mat might have given a
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