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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfels Friday Kilpatrick remembers Sam see below JAMES KILPATRICK O pinions HftraldZtituitg Dave General Manager Robert Editor James Kilpatrick Senator Sam was quite a man Sam Ervin died at 88 last Those of us who loved him are left poorer by his death but richer by his He was the last of the founding Over the past 50 years the South has sent some remarkable figures to the Some were colorful Huey Long of Lee ODaniel of Some were quiet men who wore their power lightly Byrd of Hussell of We had a fine storyteller in Barkley of Kentucky and a great constitutionalist in Black of Senator Sam shared these but he remained in a class by He came up from the small town of in the summer of a senator by appointment after the death of Clyde Twenty years at the peak of his career in the with all the allurements of Washington open to he packed his bags and went He wanted to live out his days as a country The nation remembers him chiefly as the folksy chairman of the Senates six man Select Committee on Presidential Campaign This was the Watergate It was a tribute to the respect and affection in which Ervin was held that he was the Senates unanimous choice to head the His The Whole Truth The Watergate remains the best work on that bitter chapter in American No obituary tribute to Senator Sam could tell more of the man than he himself revealed in his final statement on These are excerpts Unlike the men who were responsible for Teapot the presidential aides who perpetrated Watergate were not seduced by the love of which is sometimes thought to be the root of all On the they were instigated by a lust for political which is at least as corruptive as political power They believed the presidents reelection to be a must worthy and suc cumbed to an ageold They resorted to evil means to promote what they conceived to be a good Their lust for political power bbnded them to ethical considerations and legal to Aristotles aphorism that the good of man must be the end of They had if they ever that the Constitution is designed to be a law for rulers and people alike at all times and under all circumstances and that no doc trine involving more pernicious con sequences to the commonweal has ever been invented by the wit of man than the notion that any of its provisions can be suspended by the president for any reason I reject this doctrine of the constitutional omnipotence of the As long as I have a mind to a tongue to and a heart to love my I shall deny that the Constitution confers any autocratic power on the or authorizes him to convert George Washingtons America into Gaius Caesars Its hard to imagine any present member of the Senate quoting the Cicero and Kipling in the course of a valedictory but Senator Sam quoted them Early on he had memorized the whole of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United He was a fervent strict and by his own lights a staunch defender of civil rights He believed in the same civil rights for I last heard from Senator Sam last sum when he was finishing his Later he sent me a copy of the and I thumbed through it reflecting on the fullness of his Ervin served with distinction in World War I Purple Silver Distinguished Service He served off and on in the North Carolina General He was a trial judge and for six years a member of the North Carolina Supreme He became a national figure as a Yet he never lost sight of his smalltown Sam had two great loves in his He loved the law and he loved his childhood Margaret Bruce whom he married in He stayed wedded to both of them to the NAEWCW LET EM GET NW WTO Your representatives Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Jack Anderson 1979 nuclear explosion in ocean still puzzling XT Ttn t WASHINGTON When a spy satellite reported an apparent nuclear explosion in the ocean off South Africa in September President Carter appointed a panel of distinguished scientists to determine exactly what had triggered the satellites After studying the matter for several months including evidence from the CIA and the Pentagon the panel of scientists concluded that certain discrepancies in the satellites signal were probably not caused as an earth such as a nuclear blast but by a space possibly a collision with a small How did the scientists reach this surprising which con tradicted evidence that the satellite in accurately reported a nuclear test John and the Washington Office on a publicinterest think the White House panel may have been in fluenced by political at any is the view ex pressed in a draft report prepared by researchers for Conyers and the Washington Office on The report certainly raises interesting Conyers told our associate Vicki But I cannot secondguess the Carter White House on what exactly the political considerations The case for political meddling goes something like this A presidential election year was coming Israel was suspected as South Africas partner in develop ment of a nuclear weapon if they had indeed exploded a by law military aid to Israel would have to That would have been political Carter did not want to offend the South Africans to the point that they would have scuttled his efforts to bring about a sort of southern Africa Camp David which would have been a foreign policy triumph for the Such an agreement might not have canceled the Tehran hostage crisis which erupted while the panel was still deliberating but it would have Frank who was Carters science discounts the suggestion of political I dont remember any political con siderations at the he The ConyersWashington Office on Africa draft report makes much of the fact that a Navy Research Laboratory which was done at the time and concluded that there had been a nuclear was suppressed by the White House and apparently disregarded by the scientific The details of the Navy study have been kept under wraps until Press said the White House panel had been briefed by the Navy but received only preliminary As for the ConyersWashington Office on Africa draft reports criticism of a lengthy delay in the release of the White House panels Press said that the information was under review for several the White House panels conclusion was judiciously am What it said was Although we cannot rule out the possibility that this satellite signal was of nuclear the panel considers it more likely that the signal was of one of the zoo events unexplained anomalous signals obtained from Vela possibly a consequence of the impact of a small meteoroid on the Footnote Several members of the White House panel said they still believe the was non nuclear and that nothing was Banks in trouble Banks in the Farm Belt are failing at an alarming but its not just because of the hard times that have hit farmers in recent According to a Federal Deposit Insurance not one of the farm bank collapses in the 13month period beginning could be attributed solely to adverse economic Although the depressed farral economy may have accelerated the failure the principal cause of the collapse was bad management and insider according to FDI0 In hopes of forestalling more of these preventable which can be tragic for smalltown stockholders and are always unj settling to the FDIC has increased the number and frequency of examinations and visits it to banks in the 16state Farm Bell Farmoriented banks make uri 53 percent of the problem banks in that 16statq But FDIC sources are not About 61 percent of failed banks this year were agricultural compared with only 21 per cent three years IN BMTEP STKCH6 fl HOUMUCH IS THAT 11 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 W Braunfels Drawer New Braunfels Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at US
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