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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas                                The basis of oar political system is right of people to make and to alter ttefr eonstfoitton of George Washington created a nation of computer Aixfy betow Manager Managing Editor THSOOB VOU6HW Mike Royko Lloyd Bentsen Its clear the drug smugglers are back in action More than 100 pounds of valued at about was ed by Patroi offir from i 71 year oiJ tairted recnfly i vjjh checkpoint This in ii million the street value of narcotics this yrir m the Horder Patrols MrAllen It IK Clear UKbark in despite decline that resulted nnborder earlier his year follow ing the brutal murder it hniK Kn forcerrienl agent Krirlque fl In letters to the JKA and Customs in I expressed my concern about reports that drug traffickers are increasing their use of Texas on ne Mexican a smug gling route from South America that bounces cocaine through Mexico into the United I asked these agencies to inform rne of the shift in operations that drug smugglers seern to he making from South Florida to and the plans to deal with Customs officials informed rne that cocaine arid heroin smuggling are in deed on the rise in their Southwest which includes Between I979 and cocaine seized in the region jumped from C5 pounds to Thats a 50 fold In the same heroin confiscations went from 13 pounds to 4J pounds Confiscations for as of stood at pounds of co caine and 21 pounds of fn addition to actual Customs estimated that about pounds of cocaine were smuggled in to the United States through the Southwest Region during For that figure is expected to jump to In response to this increase Customs officials have advised me that they intend to commit more anti narcotics resources to But I arn concerned that this effort by Customs riot be especially in light of the fact that the number of field agents assigned to Texas by the Drug Enforcement Ad ministration remained virtually the same between 1979 and During that while the amount of cocaine seizing was increasing 50 DEA added only four agents to its Texas increasing it from 180 in 1979 to 184 in I have written again to DEA Acting Administrator John Lawn asking him this time to assign more agents to Texas and strengthen the federal efforts in our state in the war against drug We are not winning this war and we must get more agents in the field if we expect to turn the situation Andy Roonfcy Weve created a generation of computer junkies Ive known Ralph Iv Wonderful guy vi hard working but hes out of II now Ralph jus iis there all day Me sits thenstaring at the Illlle screen Jn front of him arid hitting fin assortment of on I he dashboard of his computer I hate lo flay HilH about a friend but RalphKii computer jnnkii llfilph works In Idhbriiy of a large private company in York and we often have lunch After lunch hell Hey you wanna see something amazing Come on over lo my office for a I dont want lo hurl Ralphs feel tell him Ill o We go to MB Ralph in of tils computer and I watch over hlH feigning hook at he In rapid a series of keys on the typewriterlike machine In front of The screen lights up and a long serleH of mixed IHIris and appears In luminescent Now were into the Ralph What would you like to Anything you want to know how lo spell or anything How about the polite way In address the queen of Knglarid if you should ever meet her I have software on I sort of meaning Id rather not How about Reagan Ralph The library is into a news Ill get you everything on Without giving rne time to hum at him Ralph hits more keys and more numbers and finally one line ends with the letters That means Ralph says He puts a little moving dot next to pushes more keys and tomes up with a list of 37 news stories with President Reagans name In Which one do you want to read My librarian friend looking up at me with eager Poor Ralph The editors of my newspaper hours sorted through the stories and printed the ones they thought people like rne would want to Ralph used to go to work like the rest of Hed do some read some make some telephone and by the end of the day hed accomplished what his company pays him to I suspect its been some time now since Ralph has done any but his company seems happy with him because hes so good with the Weve created a generation of com puter They cant stay away from They honestly believe that all the answers to all pro blems in the world are in that box somewhere if they can only figure out which keys to Computers create the illusion that youre accomplishing a lot quickly and The fact that its work you didnt have to do which is producing information you dont is in The computers the an end in The storage capacity of computers is creating a monster for the Were storing vast quantities of not because the informa tion is worth keeping but because its so easy to There will never be time enough for one generation to go through the old floppy discs of the Computers are making it easier to do a lot of but most of the things they make it easier to do dont need to be People who used to keep their bank accounts straight with scribbled figures on the backs of old are buying software My friend Ralph has another com puter at His kids love They no longer play baseball or Now they play with the A kid can turn on a press a few and in a matter of minutes tell you that two times two equals And of he can store that informa Im going to see if I cant get Ralph Into Computers NOItWI Ml 10 ANYONE UN YOUKUN I 111 1 IHIM 1HI5 Does anyone really know mood Sometime I really feel sorry for the people who live and work in They seem to be far more sensitive and emotional than the rest of us out Theyre subject to extreme and sudden mood from elation to deep Ive learned this over the years by reading the various pundits who regularly tell us about the mood of There have been times when theyve written that the mood of Washington this week is one of deep This can be brought on by the ar rest of a congressman for public in decency of a loss by the But only a few days you can read that the mood of Washington this week is one of great That can be the result of the bloom ing of the cherry blossoms or the passage of a bipartisan bill to limit the imports of foreign Ive always felt grateful that those in Washinton keep these emotional swings to They dont ex pect the rest of us to join in or even understand the trauma that is brought on by the resignation of an undersecretary of the But now that seems to be Were expected to share in theri emo tional I discovered that this when I woke up feeling pretty good until I went through the papers and read the reports from Most of the stories had similiar The United States has been embarrassed by A highlevel source said that this has caused great embarrassment to the United Several congressmen said that this is very embarrassing They were talking about Vitaly the KGB spy who defected but has now decided to go back to to Soviet or Big Mama Russia as it was called in Old Rus sian It was only a few days ago that the mood of Washington was one of ela tion because he had come over to our But not only Washington but the entire country is embarrassed because he has pulled the old swit as they call it in the in telligence Im as loyal a citizen as the next So as I I could see my face getting redder and redder from I even found myself averting my gaze so as not to make eye contact in the On the way to I stopped at the coffee shop for breakfast and I said to the countergirl I imagine youre feeling emabarrass ed this huh She tugged at her skirt and said Somethin shoving I mean this embarrassing business with Vitaly She gave me a suspicious look and said I have never been out with any guy with that And I went straight home last I am talking about the Russian spy who defected then said hes going It has caused this and all of us in great Are you Im not em I read about and hes the poor sucker whos I hes really got a problem In what way It says in the stories that the real reason he defected was because when he was in this country he used to get it on with some mar ried Russian svoman who was here with her old And Vitaly wanted to get things going with her I read but when he went to see she told him the partys She got kicks from swinging with a But now that he hes just another DP in a baggy the pain of And he cant go nowhere without some CIA guys tagging With all that working against hows he ever gonna go into a singles bar and get lucky It would be But thats not the worst of Now hes going home to his wife and The poor guy is going to walk in and say Im Shes gonna say Where the heck you Vita ly0 Hes gonna say it was terri The Americans drug me to Try to make me tell Then I escape and come home to you as fast as I I dont even stop to have one with the do you think any womans gon na to believe that It is a little Shes gonna say I warned you about chasing Im leavin and taking little Boris and the color TV with Its a story as old as man and But it shows how dumb the Russians really He could have saved himself all that grief if he had done what any American man would have done before he Whats that He should have phoned his old girlfriend And if the old man policy The HeraldZeitung welcomes the opi nions of its and were happy to publish letters to the 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 New Braunfels Drawer New Braunfels Let ters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper Your representatives PhilGramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 79711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Tom Loerrler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 70769 Mac Sweeney QuadaHipe County House of Representatives 2061S   

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