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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfetejexas December THAT DREADFUL1 HR1STMAS UILT VOU TffS TO 6WORE BUT IT KEEPS COMING BACK I LIKE WHEW CHRISTMAS END ING UP BUVIN6 STUFF FOR 6NIKI6 AW MONEY TO THE SALVATfON BECAUSE VOU OKILV HAVE TO LAST THE TWO WEEKS 1 A CHRISTMAS CARP FROM VOUR WHILE PROBABLE WOMT BE GETTING A JANJUARV MORTGAGE VOU j A Mailbag policy The HetaldZeltNiifl 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 Interna tional that the writer chooses to Content will not prevent publication unless the letter Is judged to be potentially Send your letter to New Braunfels Drawer New Braunfels Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 Today Texas is now finding itself vulnerable o see Lloyd Bentsen below nions tMraldZtltung Editor and General Manager Managing Editor James Kilpatrick It all depends on whose ox is gored WASHINGTON All kinds of peo ple are having conniption fits these days at President Reagans shap ing or revolutionizing the federal If Walter Mondale had been elected I might be having connip tion fits So goes the ball At the last Reagan had nam ed 223 judges to the district and cir cuit Eightyfive slots are Before he goes out of office in Reagan will have nominated more than half of the 761 judges now In recent years only Franklin Roosevelt and Dwlght Eisenhower have passed the 50 per No question about Reagan has POLISH SA OflEANIP sought to select nominees who qualify as Over whelmingly his choices are Republican and welltodo and in the judgment of the American Bar most of them are highly He deliberately has reached for young We want them around after were says White House counsel Fred Among the at the time of their appointment Richard 7th 43 Frank 7th 36 Harvie 4th 39 Edith 5th The con troversial Alex who just won his confirmation to the 9th Cir is That prospect of longevity gives me great comfort it gives Norman Lear great Lear has found something called People for the American the better to oppose judicial nominees who do not think the American who do not think the way Norman Lear Theres tolerance for Other critics are Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz says Reagans judicial agenda is to set back civil Professor Pete Rowland of the University of Kansas says the fix is on these guys are The liberals who run the Alliance for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union are filled with gloom and Alas for Common Cause Let us be honest about these things Most presidents name justices they will vote the way they would Justice William Douglas once That is what I would do if 1 were I Reagan is following precisely the same course pursued in other years and other administrations by George Woodrow Franklin Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Look at the In his first Reagan named 68 district judges of whom percent were Carters 202 judges were percent Jonhsons 122 choices were per cent The percentages are not significantly Carter picked such reliable liberals as Abner Mikva and Patricia Wald for the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Reagan has chosen such staunch conservatives as Robert Bork and Antonin This is the way the system is sup posed to In greater or lesser every president has sought to influence the ideological tilt of the federal Some presidents have gravely disappointed Eisenhower named Earl Warren and William Brennan to the Supreme and lived to rue his nominations as the dumbest thing he ever Richard Nixon chose Harry and Blackmun wrote for the high court in the great proabortion case on You cant winem Guest viewpoint Permanent Fund a boon IflMRTMMM TMM Land When the authors of the Texas Con Lloyd Bentsen Texas has found itself increasingly vulnerable to losses The quintessential Sunbelt seemingly indifferent to the surges and whirlpools of world economics and This largerthanlife image of Texas invincibility has inspired en trepreneurs and writers at least since oil was found at But as the nature of world com merce has changed from free trade to managed Texas had found itself increasingly vulnerable to loss of purchasing power and state In the past four years or our im age has taken some hard particularly in the export sensitive areas of agriculture and high Texas has lost industrial jobs since April which has reduced the purchasing power of all Texans by according to a study two economists at Southern Methodist University did for a Con gressional Purchasing power has been diminished by close to n billion more because of farm export The SMU which I recently as vicechairman of the Joint Economic Subcommittee on Economic documents how declining oil an overvalued dollar and unfair foreign trade practices are taking their toll on the Texas For the sharp drop in oil prices in just as new countries were climbing onto the oilproduction has a severe impact on The world oil glut in the years since has slammed the brakes on drilling The demand for Texas oil field equipment has Some jobs have disappeared in our oil country tubular goods in dustry And as exports have im ports have Foreign pipe had some 10 percent of the market in but today some 70 percent of the drilling pipe used in the is Between 1980 and 23 Texas refineries closed as Imports of cheaper foreign gasoline In high Texas semicon ductor producers have suffered from the overvalued dollar and the predatory pricing tactics of Japanese competitors to the point in the Dallas area semicon ductor workers have been laid off since the first of this The unfair trade practices of I IS MOVING SINCZ HOPIH6 1QFWUPANPJ3INUS foreign governments and the deficit bloated dollar has affected farm ex port prices so greatly that between 1981 and 1983 there was a plunge in the real value of Texas farm exports of 48 percent for 32 percent for wheat and 45 percent for feed These blows to three major Texas industries have not only reduced our individual purchasing power but they also have cut into our states Estimates are that for every drop in the price of for Texas loses million in severance and sales But Texans are tough competitors to the world and have been for decades IP I agree with authors of this study that we can overcome these pro blems of we are allowed to compete on a level playing That is wby I have introduced and worked hard for several measures to bring down unfair foreign trade bar and to relieve pressure on the dollar by reducing the federal budget The United States must establish 10 effective trade a good energy policy and a workable farm stitution turned to the issue of public Texas was a moneypoor but landrich So to pay for the schoolchildrens certain lands were to be set aside to provide a trust fund for Texas schoolchildren the Permanent School Thanks to the foresight of the foun ding fathers of Texas the state distributed million last year among Texas school or per pupil for basic education As a result of legislation in Con public education in Texas will once again be enriched by nearly a billion In 1978 returned to Texas an interest in gulf lands by granting Texas a fair and equitable share of the revenues from Outer Continental Shelf Under legislation approved by Texas would receive a lump sum award of million Texas share of those Of that would go into the Permanent School fund to swell the endowment fund for Texas schoolchildren to The manent School Fund currently stands at About million would go to the Available School Fund during the 198687 state That means that there will be an additional million available to run state In this the General Land Office is Looking after Its tionaj duty ol overseeing the growth of the Permanent School providing wiutlwn to states current ilscaj
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