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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Sunday March ISNT THIS WHAT VOU HAROLD A HOUSE WITH A BACKYARD VIEW OF THE RIVER THE WHITE HOUSE Supreme Court jumps into political thicket O pinions Mailbag policy The Herald Zeiwny 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 ad Content will 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 HoraldZeitung Dave General Manager Robert Editor Washington Today Supreme Court tangles with politics By DONALD ROTHBERG AP Political Writer WASHINGTON By agreeing to decide whether Republicans and Democrats have a constitutional right to protection from each the Supreme Court is taking a potentially controversial plunge into what advocates of judicial restraint call the political Judicial activism run was political scientist Norman Ornsteins reaction to the courts announcement that it would decide whether the Indiana Democratic Party had been un constitutionally discriminated against by the Republican majority in the state But while the case involves a traditional exercise of raw political it also has California Democrats allied with Indiana Republicans and the Republican National Committee quietly hoping that the court sides with the Indiana It also would be ironic if this dominated by appointees of presidents who advocated judicial restraint Richard Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan took the activist role of broadening federal judicial involvement in drawing legislative district Call it gerrymandering or political the case involves the practice of setting legislative district lines to benefit the party thats doing the Following the 1980 lines were redrawn in every In the Republicans controlled the process in it was the Indiana Republicans locked out the Democrats and drew district lines intended to give maximum advantage to GOP can didates in the 1982 The Indiana Democrats sued and the GOP plan was declared unconstitutional by a threejudge federal court The Republicans appealed to the Supreme Court as if to underline the peculiarly political nature of the California Democrats filed a brief in support of the Indiana The reason for the alliance was simple what the Republicans had done to Democrats in the Democrats had done to Republicans in Since the Democrats controlled the reapportionment process in far more states than did the the GOP stands to gain nationally if its Indiana party loses the pending While agreeing to hear arguments in the the court still might ultimately rule that so long as the districts drawn by the Indiana Republicans were roughly equal in population and did not discriminate on the basis of race or they can There would have been little doubt how the court would have ruled before it shattered precedent 23 years ago with its one vote ruling establishing that the districts within any legislative body ought to be equal in For a century before that the court considered legislative apportionment a political matter outside the reach of the EDITORS NOTE Donald Rothberg is the chief political writer of The Associated THE TO PftEVfNT A IS TO PREPARED TO Your representatives Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Tom Loeff ler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station 78711 Lloyd United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 I expecrtp TDTHINK ABOUT AW OF nAT STUFF Remember when 10 years ago With expressed misgivings abated only after lengthy discussions with Assistant District Attorney Bill Police Chief Burney Boeck and City Manager City Council Monday night voted unanimously to support a major crimes task force law en forcemnt concept that will con solidate the resources of city and county agencies with the assistance of the Alamo Area Council of The mood Tuesday of the entire board of Comal ISO during a special called meeting was one of relief that the strongly suspected arson at Canyon Middle School was not any worse than it Fire walls helped limit the damage in the fouralarm which forced city firefighters to use every piece of equipment it The art photography lab and a math office were but school will be able to reopen when students return from spring break They can put just about anything as far as a name as long as they put the which is the im portant said Manuel assistant district manager of customer San Antonio Post said The statement came in answer to a change by the postal service in the name of the StartzvUle Rural Branch to the Canyon Lake Common Street will apparently be extended to connect with Loop but only after an extended vocal disagreement at Monday nights City Council By a 42 the council elected to expend no more than to assist Raymond Baese and Associates with the paving of the Common Street 25 years ago A hearing has been granted local insurance agents by the New Braunfels ISd at Monday at the City Hall Council upon their in regard to the schools placing all school insurance coverage with the Nowotny In surance A decision by the Third Court of Civil Appeals Wednesday that the suit of San Antonio for acre feet of water from Canyon Reservoir must be decided at district court level does not convey any sort of right to San Antonio in any Robert general manager of the GuadalupeBlauco River pointed out to the ZeitungChronicle Why doesnt Comal County have a county court Farm Bureau President John Karbach asked this question of three candidate for Comal County Attorney who spoke at the organizations countywide meeting at Canyon The Ben Frank and Calvin answered questions from the Shefman said that the number of cases was not suf but Sheriff Walter Fellers saying a county court could handle cases now being The New Braunfels High School entry in the district oneact play The House of Ber narda won firstplace honors in competition with six other schools in the district Thursday evening at San Marcos Gerry Knowles and Charlotte Haas were selected for two of the six positions on the allstar 50 years ago Five including those of the present will appear on the New Braunfels ISD ballot for the election The candidates who have announced and whose names will appear on the ballot in clude Herbert Hagler and the latter two having announced this agent of the New Braunfels Textile ac companied a delegation representing Texas cotton mills to Austin Tuesday to appeal for government protection from competition of Japanese tex Work on a new bridge to span Guadalupe River on Highway at the northeast edge of Nev Braunfels has gone forward rapidlj during the past 30 will engineers estimating June 15 to to the approximate date for completioi of the Bailey secretary of th Chamber of this wee called the attention of local citizen to a bill introduced into the House c Representatives of the Stat providing for the right c ingress and egress to and from publi fresh waters by fishermen withoi being guilty of   

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