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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 New Texas September James Kilpatrlck believes that Congressmen sometimes take foreign junkets too see below Let us have faith that right makes and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it Abraham Lincoln inions Editor and General Mantger H James Kilpatrick Sometimes members of Congress take junkets a bit far rori iii cc Rfvond much of this elected public officials anytfr All 535 members are back in the WASHINGTON of the Congress capital And some of them ought to be ashamed of Todays to put the matter is authorized congressional foreign To put the matter the topic is According to News 3 World 31 Senators and 160 representatives have visited 65 nations since the first of this Much of that travel occurred in the August Ellen Goodman New movie is a family fantasy BOSTON I must have been 16 or 17 before I wondered about my I mean I wondered about them as separate people with their own past and I had heard stories of her childhoods before of But it took a greater leap of imagination than I could manage to see them as they had been at to truly believe that they had once been my own awkward age of 13 or Only toward the end of the lengthy transition from my childhood to adulthood did I begin to know them in their own in terms of their own as people who had lives before and beyond my I am the parent of a teenager and I find it equally awkward to trasmit whole the younger image of I thought about this when I spent a muggy night last week going Back to the For once a movie was as ad a film for the whole Or maybe a fantasy for whole This time science fiction was the tool of The story touched whim on some of the dramatic chords of family The son in this drives a car back into the He finds himself a peer of his He faces them as they really not as they remembered or The plot is out of Psych I or Greek What more primal fantasy for a boy than to discover that his father was a kicksandinhisface wimp and that his beautiful and prefers But Marty is in a position more awkward than that of Having interrupted the flow of history by his timemachine he must be the matchmaker for his parents to assure his own The rest is a midsummer nights wacky and But 1 was most touched by the final Marty returns to his own 1985 home to discover a family transformed by his tinkering with their His parents sterile marriage is now a loving one their thwarted am bitions and emotions And maybe this is the greatest fantasy of For every teenager who would use one wish to satisfy his to see his mother and father as they were in an old there must be two who would use that wish to fix The fantasy that somehow you could straighten out your family if you could only go back and find the that you could make it all work out right this belongs to every child of an unhappy To a certain the fantasy is a power trip unlike the one that fueled this movies son back to children are routinely portrayed as smarter and more worldly than their In the 1955 media television was black and and the father knew In the colors are more vibrant and the roles are I cant name a film or a television family with the exception of Bill where the parents take their rightful The burden of that premature power must be as exhausting in real lie as it is in the But its striking that this movie son uses his power to rewrite the script of his parents and give them all a happy It symbolizes the moment in a childs life when he realizes his own vested interest in the happiness of these people who are his I have seen that as most of us among legions of children who havebeen through divorce and wish for I have seen among children whose like Martys have stayed miserably locked Even as many carry the cost of parental selfsacrifice and the burden of their elders We know or most of us But in the last hazardous tunnel to when teenage kids tug and pull their way to its easy to forget what this movie remembers Our children wish us Beyond much of travel was entirely It would take a real yahoo to condemn all congressional trips Members who are involved in foreign affairs can learn from facetoface meetings more than can be learned in months of correspon For a specific Bob Dole may have accomplished more in terms of trade relations by his trip to Tokyo last month than he could have accomplished with 50 speeches on the For another Jake Garn went to Hong Kong and Taipei last fall as chairman of the banking He wanted reciprocal treatment He met the Chinese bankers eyeball to and when they blinked he had his But when the propriety and usefulness of much foreign travel has been a great deal remains to be It is equally beyond question that travel privileges are that members combine official business with private and that the taxpayers are getting royally ripped we have seen nothing this year that approaches the brazen conduct of Adam Clayton Powell 20 years The Harlem congressman tapped funds of the House Education and Labor Committee to finance regular summer vacations in He was forever flying down to his beach house on Bimini Island in the He turned up in Geneva with the title of Congressional advisor to the delegation to the International Labor Organization and after a pleasant sojourn in that expensive he went on to the nightspots of The let it be was a cool Powells constituents were in different to his After the House refused to seat the voters reelected him anyhow with an 84 percent Other constituencies may not be so As a voters will tolerate almost anything from their elected public officials anythin that but living it up at payers My guess is that Alexander will have some plaining to do back in the Fir District of He commandeered a 42passengd Air Force jet to take him six associates and bth factotums to Brazil for six days studying alcohol fuel It cost taxpayers forjtha Alexander could have flow first class on Pan Am Washington to Rio and back agaih fo The Alexander incident exl ceptional but in some ways Members customarily take theitj wives or children In time the Air Force bills members for the cost of air transportation and reiml bursement is but many other expenses fall through the The State Department picks the cost of entertaining junketing members at our embassies around the It is fiendishly difficult to findjoutl what all this In the Better Government Association United and I United Press International went to invoked the Freedom of formation Act and struggled mightily to get at the After months of dogged they put together a figure of million for foreign travel in If Oklahomas Don Nickles has his at least this difficulty would be He has introduced a bill that would compel full disclosure of all hidden and of congressional travel All vouchers would have to be filed in one place and made available for public if a House delegation went to a parliamentary conference in but somehow made in termediate stops in Tel Aviv and the taxpayers might better be able to How come The Nickles it will not surprise you to has picked up no visible support at Mailbag policy The HeratdZeitung 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 HeraldZeitungfr Drawer New Letters may also hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 I Q MIKE THIS IPON7FITIN JMTMY Jgjg ITS MY MOM A YOU UP I JUST PPOPPEDiOU OFF TO MOP OUT LETS 60 TALK THIS OUT OKAY HOI COM 6UY5AWOKW MOKB PAY HEZ5 Your representatives Tom Loeff ler House of Representatives 1212Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives
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