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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 Jtrfy JAMES KILPATRICK o pinions HeraldZfitun Dave Etfifor and Central Manager Sttsan Managing Editor Andy Rooney Beleaguered relatives should form union Relatives have to organize and form a labor It became obvious during the recent hostage situation that relatives of anyone are a valuable commodity in the news marketplace and have to be protected from unfair labor During the days the TWA passengers were held reporters conducted at least interviews with the hostages In some network representatives tried to get ex clusivity by putting the families of hostages up in hotels I have no direct evidence of but usually reliable namely my daughter and my son who are in the television news reported that a few bucks may have ex changed hands in return for the promise that a particular relative wouldnt give his or her story to anyone The network morning news shows are the tabloid journalism of the broadcast Producers for one network which had sewed up the family of one of the hostages with favors or were reported to have said to represen tatives of another Those are our If you want to talk to go get your own Each network has what they call a news feed that comes to them via satellite from Europe each In some stations were inviting relatives of the hostages to come to their station to watch the unedited satellite feed from Viewing the satellite feed and watching the unedited interviews could take several During that time the relative wasnt available for an in terview by one of the other TV It was a hard job to cover the terrorist takeover of the TWA But the networks handled it Im not one of the people whos com plaining that they did too couldnt get enough of but I was almost always irritated by the questions asked of the To protect relatives in situations like this in the I propose a union for The union would be called The American Federation of Here are a few of the clauses that would be written into the AFOR contract normal working day for relatives answering questions would be from 9 until 5 Any questions asked by reporters outside those days and hours would call for Phone calls or knocks on the door between midnight and 6 would call for triple Your representatives Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 JohnTraeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Reporters camping on the lawn or in the driveway of relatives would pay a special parking Television trucks would pay The price paid to relatives for questions would depend on the Category for which relatives would be paid the would be the wimp These would include such question as these What has been the worst part of this ordeal for you Can you tell us exactly how you felt when you realized you might never see your or son again Whats the first thing youre going to do when youre reunited Did you ever give up hope Also in this wimp category would be any question including the Payments to relatives would be on a sliding depending on their relationship to the person theyre talking A mother or wife would get top If the couple were recently married or had been on a honeymoon when the event the wife would get a The father and the children of the principle would be next on the pay followed by brothers and close friends or Anytime theres a labor union there will always be the possibility of a In the event of a strike over pay scale or working conditions by the the American Federation of it could very well close down all three networks if it happened during a major news Its a price well have to pay for relative James Kilpatrick Church wins round in court WASHINGTON it escaped widespread reporting in the but a court decision last month in Ohio provided some good news In the continuing conflict between church and the church now then manages to win an occasional The case arose six years ago in when Linda a teacher at the Dayton Christian informed the schools prin cipal that she was The principal subsequently wrote her that the school believes mothers should stay home with preschool children her contract therefore would not be renewed for the next Hoskinson then made the mistake in the schools view of consulting a lawyer with a view toward bringing legal action on charges of sex That did For failure to follow the Biblical Chain of she was summarily Hoskinson took her grievance against the school to the Ohio Civil Rights The states civil rights adopted in makes it unlawful for any employer to discriminate in the tenure of em ployment by reason of The commission proceeded to fall upon the school like a hawk on a chip The school fled into District Court with a petition for an Several years passed while the matter hung in but in January the district court dismissed the schools The school and last month the 8th Circuit Ohios Civil Rights Commission will have to leave the Dayton Christian School The evidence overwhelmingly supports the circuit courts That the school is a pervasively religious institution could not be Teachers are required to be bornagain As a condition of teachers must sign a statement of beginning with a declaration the I believe the Bible to be the inspired and the only in fallible authoritative Word of Teachers are required to infuse Christian tenets into every aspect of their Deviation from a religious way of life may be grounds for The Ohio Civil Rights Commission was not the least impressed by these In response to Hoskinsons complaint you may now draw a long breath the commission demanded from the school employment employee handbooks and rules and regulations written policies on disciplinary employee employee performance contract renewal and grievance procedures job detailed in formation regarding all employees who were pregnant from January to date of similar in formation regarding all employees who were discharged and minutes of specific board meetings and complete files for 14 The commission demanded rein back pay and a public Last speaking through Judge Leroy Contie the 6th Circuit found that the commissions assault violated the First Amend ment in wholesale The parents of schoolchildren were denied their right freely to exercise their the states formidable intrusion into the policies of a Christian school amounted to excessive entanglement by the state with an establishment of The appellate courts decision represented one more significant victory for William Ball of Over the past 15 and especially since his 1972 victory for the Amish in the land mark case of Wisconsin Ball has built a solid reputation as the nations most successful defender of religious This was a big win for Mike Royko Lebanon should be responsible Some time I wrote about a criminally inclined young man who went into the hired thug Among his clients was a gang of drug They hired him and another man to kidnap somebody who had filched a load of their dope and to hold that person for Unfortunately for the undercover cops arrived with the There was a Shootout in the streets and the kidnapper ended up badly wounded and was later im While in he came up with an unusual idea He was a victim He decided that the cops had used unnecessary force in shooting at him after he shot at from his prison he filed a lawsuit against the claiming that by shooting they had violated his constitutional injured him caused him terrible grief and and asking that they pay him substantial A judge heard the case and showed admirable restraint by not laughing out loud when he threw out the At the I thought the hired kidnapper if nothing shown more chutzpah or gall than anyone I had ever heard But that was before I became aware of Nabih the Lebanese justice minister and the leader of the Shiite gunslingers in that screwball A few days Berri angrily threatened to sue the United States before the International Court of Justice in The the He considers it an outrage that President Reagan is trying to retaliate against Lebanese terrorism by organizing an international boycott of air travel to the Beirut If he Berri he will not only ask that the be condemned and told to stop the but he will also ask that we pay damages to At the same Lebanons minister of Salim declared that our efforts to boycott the airport are a to say the A to say the Those people do have a strange way of looking at It was only a few weeks ago that a plane full of American minding their own was hijacked by Shiite wackies and taken to the Beirut Berns gunslingers took They became the captors of the American And Berri gave them their From that point it was Berri who made the demands and said what he would or would not accept in return for the safe release of the Even after the Americans were Berri ignored his role as dispenser of justice in Lebanon by doing nothing about the original who were running around loose in the Lebanese justice under Bern does not view the brutal murder of an American sailor as being a Even seven other American citizens are being held prisoner somewhere in And the Shiites are implying that they might be killed if we dont mind our man After all Berri is indignant I do share one of Berris sentiments that the Beirut airport should not be I think we should tell Berri that if the seven Americans arent we wont bother with a we will just turn his airport into a miniversion of the Grand Then he can go to the International Court and sue us for If that doesnt shake the seven prisoners we should also tell him that we will blow away just about anything of value still standing in including Berris and favorite lunch And he can file another We might also tell Berri that if any harm comes to those seven we will hold him and the other Lebanese leaders personally responsible and do to them exactly what they do to the As for Berris status as a legal alien of the United States using his green card to visit his exwife and children in Michigan if somebody in the Justice Department doesnt yank that priviledge maybe Ill sue our I X I 0 Q UXXSHEAUW I THINK THE EKmKRNOT LITTLE GUYS HAVING AHY GONHAMAKE HES BCEH MAW MOTHERS PO THIS JO OTHER FKM SOTHAT HE MIGHT SfWe THEREMAINt THe FEZPYOUAW MAKE III Uefe HAVING WUSUALTKOJ I THBSOVIET i 1 NOT ENOUGH THAT THE STARVING THESe UOH PEOPLE OUT OF IN THE POWNMASSACHUSETTS POPULATION TO GOOD THING AGAINST PQKfP   

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