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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfels March Mailbag New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Box 361 New Texas 78131 o pinions HeraldZritung Dave General Manager Robert Editor Andy Rooney I have Forty years ago I borrowed something and never returned I promised I would but I Ive always felt terrible about It was not just any day in my I was standing on the west bank of the Rhine River looking at the Ludendorff Bridge on the day the 9th Armored Division captured March Everyone calls it the Remagen Bridge but Remagen is the name of the town The bridge is named after a German It was a reporters One of the great stories of the war had fallen into my As I scribbled pencil marks in my wondering how to describe an event of such a young lieutenant in the Engineer Corps came along with a He said hes taken lots of pictures of the They were still in his camera as exposed It was too good to be I had not only a story but pictures to go with I pleaded with the promised crossmyheartand hopetodie Id have his pictures developed and returned to He let me take the pictures and The Stars and Stripes printed two of them the following young lieutenants name was Eric I have thought of him many times in 40 When I go to a strange I often look to see if his name is in the telephone I never found Eric Hoffman again never returned his I still have Eric where are you If you wonder why all the fuss is being made about a bridge this let me tell There were five great days for the Allied Armies in Europe in World War 1 the invasion on June 2 The Breakthrough at June the and British forces had been bottled up on the beaches at Until that it was not absolutely certain we wouldnt be pushed back into the English The beachhead was so narrow that German artillery could still shell our troops along the photos to return Ships were dumping tons of food and several thousand men into France but until the breakthrough at they couldnt get off the 3 The taking of Paris on It was more a symbolic victory than the others but it was some We knew we were on our 4 Taking the bridge over the Rhine at Then Germans had confidence even if they were pushed back to their own side of the that great with its bridges would provide a barrier that would give them months of protection while they regrouped and rebuilt their decimated When Americans raced across the Mailbag Abortion choice shows lack of responsibility Dear Editor Two readers have recently sub mitted letters to the Mailbag en couraging support for the Pro Choice argument in the abortion Though I may not agree with the I support the right of a woman to choose what she does with HER body And unless forcibly raped or a victim of a woman can virtually exercise that choice right up to and even adoption are all part of the choices already available to which do not deny a baby the right to Drug companies spend millions of dollar marketing contraceptives thus encouraging women to exercise their choice to become pregnant or the proliferation of contraceptives and sex education has had an alarmingly small affect on unwanted a growing human fetus is often aborted merely because it was a mistake or an murdered because of the irresponsible and selfish actions of a or Though abortion has become an all too convenient way it remains a and social tragedy Is it too late in this debate to back up and ask where the voices are that once and encouraged against premarital extramarital and irresponsible reproduction Perhaps if those voices had not become so we wouldnt now be shouting over Reverence for all human life is being casually and deceptively eroded as five people become the tragic victims in each abotion act the the the the the person who grants to a mother the freedom to kill her Pat Nichols it was the beginning of the It was only a few days later that we came on the first concentration camps at Tekla and In any the best fortifications are not It doesnt take many defenders with guns to keep a whole army from crossing a river when theres no The intact bridge across the Rhine was all the good news Eisenhower The first reporter over the bridge that day was Howard Cowan of The Associated still a towering hulk of a now owns a weekly newspaper in Boothbay He has the good taste and editorial judgement to run this column in his Last week we sat in a restaurant in New York and talked of those on such an occasion and at such a distance from our first meeting in does not seem short at Howard had the fried I the eggs Howard 5 The real end of German resistance came when we met the Russians on the banks of the Elbe River at Torgau on April They had been driving west as we drove Had we not captured the Luden dorff Bridge the Russians might have met us at the Rhine in stead of the Elbe and there would have been very little West Germany at Jack Anderson Reagan shows penchant for secret documents The Reagan administration is using the rubber stamp of secrecy with reckless disregard for the American publics right to Ive sounded this theme but this time Im going to let you in on a little secret about many of these classified documents Quite they are often classified not so much for what is in as for what for A Central In telligence Agency report I saw classified higher than Top Secret on Unidentified Research and Development Facility This confessed that all the CIAs satellites and all the CIAs men hadnt been able to solve the puzzle of a building located at a Soviet nuclear test Its purpose remained unknown for nearly a even though it had been under construction for almost that The same is true of several top secret CIA briefings for President Reagan on Soviet leaders they must have been classified to hide our The CIA had no idea whether Yuri Andropov had a wife if he whether she was his first or Her prescence at his funeral finally enabled the CIAs dogged agents to solve this Konstantin Cher nenkos wife was also kind enough to show up for the same settling another intelligence Hiding the limitations of in telligence may be justifiable at the Top Secret but there is no excuse at the lower Secret If the Soviets snatched a secret document and found out the CIA hadnt learned about an X missile or the peccadillos of a Y Politburo member or the cost of a new Z agricultural they would reckon the information was simply held under tighter So ignorance classified at the Secret level is more likely in tended to protect the intelligence analysts who wrote the report and dont want to advertise their lack of special My associates Donald Goldberg and Dale Van Atta have come across a classic example of this in a 1982 Air Force Commissioned by former Air Force Chief of Staff Lew the study called Air Force 2000 apparently was sup posed to determine the operational environment which will confront the Air Force at the turn of the The executive summary my associates obtained is classified SecretNo By legal Secret means that the disclosure of this documents woudl cause serious damage to our national No Forn is short of No Foreign meaning the document may not be shared with a foreign not even those such as Great Britain with whom we routinely share WNINTEL stands for Warning Notice Sensitive Intelligence Sources and Methods All that classified embroidery points to the idea that this is one hot So my associates dutifully compared the secret version against the public one to find out just what the classification stamp was used Their conclusion is that the secret document is simply crystalball gazing and has no business being other than to hide the absence of omniscience evidenced by the Air Forces top Page 5 of this secret summary features a separately classified of 11 possible nations which will join the sixnation nuclear club by the year Never mind that I reported these 11 publicly three years before the Air Force reportin ATTENTIONGETTER A length of 2byl is the recommended method for catching a mules Clarence tried a subtler method to pique his colleagues interest in a subject dear to his constituents but probably of faint interest He was hoping to win support for federal aid to the longsuffering ferroalloy Millers solution to this potential eyeglazer was to write a Dear Colleague letter in the form of a What is a ferroalloy he and supplied five possible answers Something your mother told you never to mention in The latest sports car model to come out of A new starlet on the Dallas A fear of Dear Colleague None of the House members whose curiosity was aroused presumably consulted their dictionaries and learned that ferroalloys are the various com binations of iron and other metals that can be used to make COMING iff1 ON I GOT 4t HBXTI Mailbag policy The HeraldZeitung 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 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 Drawer New Braunfels Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186
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