New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 24, 1985, Page 4

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung October 24, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HeraldZeituny, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, October 24, 1985Lloyd Bentsen Anti-terrorist funding is needed in U.S. International terrorism poses a serious and increasing threat to the safety of Americans, abroad more than at home up to now. More than 40 percent of the world’s terrorist incidents are directed at Americans and their property overseas or at U.S. government facilities in other countries. We are fortunate that terrorists' activities in this country have not risen correspondingly. In fact, the number of such incidents in the United States has decreased in recent years. But we cannot assume this trend will continue since the number of incidents prevented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation has increased significantly. This is hardly the time to relax and let down our guard. Take, for example, the case against ll members of a neo-Nazi group called “The Order” charged with 67 crimes aimed at overthrowing the U.S. government and establishing a white supremacist society. Also it has only been weeks since the FBI arrested 111 members of the Puerto Rican terrorist group “Los Maeheteros,” which had claimed responsibility for an attack on a U.S. Navy bus in Puerto Rico that killed two sailors. They were arrested for a $7 million armored car robbery. Their presence here is disturbing, as are reports that agents of the Ayatollah Khomeini are in hiding here already to wreak havoc on orders from Iran, and that pro-Qaddafi Libyans are plotting to assassinate dissidents in the United States. We should take serious the threat all this represents — and we should not ignore the warning brought back by Reverend Ben Weir, the Presbyterian minister held captive lf) months in Lebanon bv Moslem extremists, that more kidnappings and executions of Americans are threatened worldwide. Nor should we forget the terrorist bomb that exploded in the U.S. Capitol not so long ago, striking at the very heart of our government. The concrete flower pots, garbage trucks, x-rav machines and metal detectors visitors now see in Washington D C., are hardly there for decoration. Our first defense against terrorism within our own borders is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and it has been doing a good job. But as the threat of domestic terrorism increases, so must our efforts to stop it. Unfortunately, the FBI’s request for more funds for fiscal year 1985 was rejected, and the 1986 budget was frozen at the 1985 level. The Senate has just approved my proposal to add $20 million to the FBI’s budget for counter-terrorism, beginning this month. This critically needed funding is a reasonable and wise investment against the growing danger of terrorism within our own borders. Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it. Abraham Lincoln What newspapers from around the state are saying, see Editorial Rap, below ■monsMailbag policy The HeraldZeitung welcomes the opinions of its readers, and we’re happy to publish letters to the editor. While readers’ opinions on local issues generally are of more interest to other readers, we welcome letters on any topic — local, state, national or international — that the writer chooses to address. Content will not prevent publication unless the letter is judged to be potentially libelous. All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable by telephone. Anonymous letters will not be published. Send your letter to: Mailbag, New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels Texas, 78131. Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 S. Casten. H«rald-Zfitun$ Dave Kramer, Editor mid General Manger Susan Haire, Managing Edito Ellen GoodmanHurricane Gloria leaves mixed emotions behind BOSTON When the moment of enlightenment finally came, we were sitting around a kitchen table with candles, looking for all tile world like believers at a seance. The first sign Here is a sampling of editorial opinion from around the state America not home for all No doubt all the members ut the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on refugee policy are good-hearted souls, committed to brotherhood and filled with compassion for the suffering. Their intentions are beyond reproach. But a piece of legislation they have just approved is totally divorced from rationality. The bill in question would bar the Immigration and Naturalization Service from detaining or deporting any Salvadorans who have found their way into this country. It would endorse the aims of the Sanctuary (sic) movement, and enshrine in law of life in our technological universe was not, however, a supernatural knock on the table. It was the reassuring hum of the refrigerator. Somewhere in the house a radio the principle that anyone in danger from stray bullets is entitled to a home in the United States. T hat may Ik- a laudable ann. But it is totally unaeeceptable, unworkable  and off the wall. The United States is a caring, humane nation. But the United States cannot present itself as a sanctuary for people in the line of fire anywhere in the world, or for those who simply find opportunity limited at home. Corpus Christi Caller Times Prison    woes:    Deport aliens “In its attempts to reduce crowding in Texas prisons, the system has come up with an idea that bears pursuing; deportation of inmates w ho are illegal aliens. was heard, then the light switches sprang back in action, arid soon the neighborhood was out on the street, singing the praises of Thomas Edison and his entire crew. After two days iii “Prison board chairman Alfred Hughes said an estimated BOO inmates are from other nations and at least 5(H) of them are in the country illegally. Hughes said the department and the prison board will press for assignment of a federal judge to preside over deportation cases. “There is an international treaty arrangement whereby non-citizens could be transferred if they arc deported. The only caveat to the proposal would be Blat the prison system should make as certain as it can that those deported will be imprisoned in their home countries for the duration of their sentences and not be allowed to turn right around and pursue criminal careers in Texas.” Austin American Statesman the dark, Hurricane Gloria was officially over on this block. We stood around for a few minutes sharing reports of damage to a fence here, a tree there, branches U.S. and the Achilles Lauro Before the release of the hostages, the United States, according to news accounts, was assembling a strike force to seize the ship. Aside from the danger this might have posed to the hostages, a show of force — of counterrorism, if you will — might have been the best way of handling things. It is well to bring terrorists to justice; it may be even better to terrorize them in their turn. Yet, at the end of the day, the outcome of the Achille l^iuro piracy leaves the United States looking better, vis-a-vis the terrorists, than it’s ever looked before. The important thing is to everywhere. We lingered longer over the details of food that had been defrosted and bodies that hadn't been washed. And there was the strangest aura in the air; some of us were feeling just the oddest bit gy|>ed. It was as if, having been prepared to truly suffer the worst, the worst hadn’t been bad enough to really satisfy us. There we were, hatches battened down, mettle ready to tx* tested, ardrenalin pumping away, a contender in the ring. But three rounds into the main event, somebody called off the fight. In New England, at least, Gloria was impressive enough, but not the advertised killer hurricane of the century. The reaction in the sunny calm after the storm was of relief tinged, weirdly, with regret. Expecting a moment of glory, some ended up with a modest case of post-Gloria depression. What a very curious event in the annals of human meteorology. How do you figure the touch of disappointment at having been spared any disaster? The flood that doesn’t crest after we’ve sandbagged the city. The typhoon that doesn’t arrive after we’ve evacuated to the gym. Many, I suppose, feel anticlimax to the high of preparation. In the day before Gloria's arrival, anyway, people geared up for survival with the purposeful pleasure totally lacking from our dealings with the man-made disasters of civilization. This was not gridlock, it was wind and water. The line outside the liquor store matched the line at the hardware store. One day people rounded up the lawn furniture, stockpiled flashlight batteries and put masking tape on the plate-glass windows. But the next day the window looked a bit silly: all dressed up with no place to go. One day people were filling tubs with remember that this thing isn’t over by a long shot. Other challenges, other threats to American lives and property, can be expected. At least we know now we can meet those challenges. The Reagan administration, whose anti-terrorist record has been a poor one up to now, deserves all the congratulations it’s getting. The Dallas Morning News Sesquicentennial spirit Texas’ centennial, 50 years ago, was the occasion for an immense statewide celebration. It was also a tune for an upsurge of interest in Texas history and of projects in cities and hamlets to recognize local points of history. It went further. Committees in these communities in counties and the state recognized that great numbers of citizens would be an emotional binge. They would have an aroused pride, an interest in local and state culture. Along with things historical, groups promoted things that would improve. Citywide cleaups, civic improvements — ail this was done in the name of the Centennial. We would wish that the sesquicentennial spirit did as much for our state and city as the ’36 event. The Brazosport Facts water. But the next day most were emptying them. If Hie home-owners suffered from Preparation II (for hurricane), the newscasters behaved as if they had stock in Gloria and the market was falling faster than the wind velocity. The more the forecast brigtened, the gloomier the forecasters. Their problem is that they take it all personally; any storm that doesn’t follow the path of their prodictions is spiteful. This time, they were looking forward to devastation, and all they got were chimneys and roofs, a w hole lot of trees and half-a-million New Englanders in need of a hot shower. Golly gee. What this post-Gloria depression, or any other, comes down to is the Three Little Pigs T heory of Life. We all grew' up assuming that the hero of the fairy tale was the pig who built the brick house. In fact he was probably a prig of a pig, a regular delayed-gratification, workaholic cleft-footed bore. But he was ready for trouble. Frankly, I can imagine this pig sitting in his house for months, maybe years, just waiting for the wolf to show up. But what if the wolf had never come? What if the wolf hadn’t blown in the other two houses' What if his huff and his puff hadn’t been up to snuff? Well, somewhere in the middle of Gloria’s race up the East Coast, her blow let up a bit and the operative fairy tale switched from the Three I attle Pigs to Chicken Little. She left a mess in her wake, and she also left some of the natives feeling just a bit let down. It’s an odd one, I suppose. I, for one, wtuld always rather be safe than sorry. Until this week, it never occurred to me that you could be both. Your representatives Sun Phil Gramm United Sidle!, Senate Washington O C 20610 Gov Mark White Governor s Office Moon, 200 State Capitol Austin. Texas 78701 Sen JohnTraeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Austin. Texas 78711 Sen Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg Washington. D C 20610 Rep Tom loather U S House of Representatives 1212 longworth House Office Bldg Washington, D C 20616 Rep Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives PO Box 2910 Austin. Texas 78769 Rep Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) U S House of Representatives Washington. D C . 20616 u 3 afi V c 8 SAL, HAVB iOUCm SlPERW IHE CHURCH    NO Ab A Mi OE COMINO    Mi, i TOTEMS UHM SOME    COPE1 OF YOUR PROBLEMS*    / % I JUST CAN7GET INTO 5OME MACHO OOO MTH HIS (JWN PPJ -VATE SENSE OF JUSTICE THA T PERMITS HIM T0SLAU6HTER THE EVIL AHO INNOCENT ALIRE I UST Me SA9 MS ABOUT WAT,,. imu? caul. him out, but irwouu> Be WRONG WATS FOR sure,,, Tm we responsibility bvt NOT we BLAME! Nim TF AIL ON TAPE. I AM NOT A CROOK. TAM TRE UMPIRE,... Editorial Rap THE COP THINE DOESNT MARE IT FOR Mi, OFAY* LOOR AT LUMA! Rtlt&ONS GIVEN US -INQUISITIONS, PERSECUTIONS, "HOLT" WARS, AND NOU) TERRORISM' TOU MARE HIM I JUST THI NR SOUND URE    HE SHOULD URTY HARRY    LICHTEN UH I    Y'RNOW* ;

  • Alfred Hughes
  • Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Ben Weir
  • Phil Gramm
  • Russell Bldg
  • S. Casten
  • Thomas Edison

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: October 24, 1985

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