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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas                                New Braunfels HoraldZeitung August 1B nions Dave Editor and General Manager Suaan Managing Editor Mike Royko Sometimes the only way to deal with criminals is to get tough with them Shortly after thenMayor Jane Byrne moved into the infamous CabriniGreen public housing project in where the bullets were flying and the death toll was I was scheduled to give a talk at the University of Illinois campus in When I arrived at the several people at the entrance were passing out handbills that said I was a fascist and a When I began my a bearded black instructor interrupted to wave one of the handbills and berate me for my character It turned out that he and his friends were angered by a column I had written about Byrnes much publicized movein at the I had written that Byrnes actual presence in a wellguarded apart ment didnt mean But the army of cops that came with her made a big The cops were rousting gang thugs on They were going into their apartments and confiscating guns and They were making it almost impossible for the gangs to stick their heads out without being This had led to an almost miraculous outbreak of peace and quiet and safety in the hugh where murders had become a daily Children were playing outside without ducking gang Women were riding elevators without fear of rape or Honest people could walk to the store without being stripped of their valuables or their But not everybody was Some such as the bearded university were shouting that CabriniGreen has been turned into a police They said that some of the cops were ignoring legal such as search warrants for the apartments and genuine reasons for arresting gang And these critics werent entirely the cops were taking shortcuts in the search many of the arrests they were making wouldnt hold up in But it seemed to me that there had to be a choice The cops could be faithful to the letter of the and the killings would go Or they could be hardnosed with the vicious and the killings would until somebody could come up with a better I favored making life miserable for the even if it meant the cops being less formal than Scotland And in the eyes of the in structor and his followers who in cluded sweeties and pals of some gang made me a fascist and a time goes Jane Byrne gave up her Cabrini apartment and was evicted from City Some do gooder lawyers got a court order preventing cops from using a disorderly conduct charge as an excuse to yank homicidal punks off the The control of the project shifted from the police back to the organized And Laketa age is dead because she happened to be in the line of fire when rival savages started Her uncle is barely alive after being flogged with baseball bats because he could finger the suspect And the dead girls family is hiding because theyre afraid that theyll soon be In other life is again normal in And part of this normalcy is that nobody has any other than the same nonanswers weve been hearing for Theres the old cry of tear the whole place as was once done with a highcrime housing project in But thats because 1 the lowincome people in the projects need someplace to live and 2 theres nothing wrong with the buildings and apartments Fill the place with yuppies and youd have another high priced condo The problem is not the real Its the 5 or 10 percent of the residents who are TWO OF ITS OKAY FOR YOU TO GO INTO Mi SWPIONOW I FORGOT ID GOM HNPA 5JXON6OJRK5NTCF CDMM5IM ON SOCIAL HO SOI PONT WANT YOU TO SAY AtoYlHIN6 AT JUST60 ITOLPYOU NOTTOSAY Guest viewpoint Vietnam vets deserve and need continued help By the National American Legion Earlier this year this country observed the tenth anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam That which claimed the lives of servicemen and left a searing scar on this country and many of the veterans who fought in No war in our other than the American Civil so divided this For many veterans of the war in the battles Ten long years after the last American troops pulled out of we still see veterans who are having dif ficulty coming to grips with their For the past two years the American Legion and Columbia University have been conducting a study of Vietnam veterans to see how their military experience affected Legionaires were asked to com plete questionaires to help us determine their general state of how they adjusted after the and their general More than veterans responded to the call for the Of that group approximately 40 percent saw duty in Southeast Much of what we found is not Veterans in the study as with the general with higher educations earned whether combat veterans or Direct measures of general happiness and satisfaction and reports of general health are significantly worse for men who served under heavy combat con Other results are disturbing and When age and education are taken into exposure to intense combat has a major in dependent effect on family Jeanne and Steven the projects estimate that among men born between 1944 and 1949 the age group which ex perienced the highest combat levels the middle annual income of combat veterans appears to be less than for men of that age group who did not experience intense exposure to combat has af fected marital The divorce rate for veterans with intense combat is significantly higher than for other veterans who served either under different conditions in Southeast Asia or served The Stellmans conclude in their first report that there is a clear and consistent adverse social effect of exposure to traumatic situations combat among members of the study Among this group the divorce rate goes up with in creased combat as a family incomes and the levels of general happiness and satisfaction These veterans of intense combat appear to be literally paying a financial as well as an emotional for their combat the report These men clearly bore the brunt of the war and its This study reinforces the view of The American Legion the Americas veterans cannot be The dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial day may have healed some but others are continuing to and that affects us In the months the remaining portions of the study will be Among other topics to be covered will be the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and health problems which might have been caused by exposure to Agent Orange or other Is it time to put the war behind us We do not wish to continue to fight those but we must as we have done after other that the real battle starts when veterans return home and fight to readjust to the society they left to Now is not the time to limit the scope of federal help to these Even after ten years and more for most veterans they are trying to catch up with the rest of They are good solid citizens who want to contribute and earn a part of the American It is up to us to continue to help Mailbag policy The HeraldZeitung welcomes the opinions of its and were happy to publish letters to the While readers opinions on local issues generally are of more in terest to other we welcome letters on any topic national or in ternational 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 Your representatives Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Tom Loeff ler House of Representatives 1212Longworth House Office Bldg 20515   

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