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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas New Texas December Andy Rooney thinks Reagan is the luckiest person pinions Dave Editor and General Manager Managing Editbr James Kilpatrick Andy Rooney Ronald Reagan sure picked a lucky time to be president One of President Reagans most likable qualities is his ability to be The United States needs a lucky president and weve got one in Ronald Jimmy Carter is a firstclass human being and very bright but as he lacked the knack for being One of the unluckiest things that happened to Carter when he was in addition to Khomeinis abduction of 52 was the sudden shortage of No one knew for sure what caused it but it had us all paying twice as much lo heat our homes and kept us wailing in line for gas for hours at the service station to buy five gallons of Presdidcnt with his is riding a rocketing economy fueled by oil Hows metaphor fans The stock market has doubled in just a few Wall Street analysts are pretending the current prosperi ty is the result of a variety of com plex factors which only they unders The stock market went up because oil is The most expensive thing most com panies pay for is energy and oil is the principal source of Were living in a fools With the exception of the two death and nothing is more certain than that people on Earth will consume all its oil sometime in the next 100 What follows are some statistics I got from the Energy Informa tion in got them from the Geological Ive rounded off There are about 700 billion bar rels of oil we know about somewhere t under the earths Were still looking and will no doubt find some The United States has less than 30 billion barrels under it that we know Geologists estimate there may be 80 billion barrels we havent Were sucking up from under the earths crust about 3 billion barrels of that a uses 5 billion barrels of oil a The whole world is burning 20 billion barrels a so the with 5 percent of the worlds popula uses 25 percent of the worlds The Soviet Union has 63 billon barrels of crude oil reserves and doesnt use half what we Saudi Arabia has the 171 billion Great Britain has a 92 billion barrels and Mexico has 48 We have to be nice to both of China only knows about 19 billion barrels it has but China hasnt been fully explored for If we never found any more oil than the 700 billion barrels we know about and the world continues to use 20 billion barrels a wed run out in 35 The world doesnt seem to plan very far I guess none of us is so unselfish that were willing to devote a lot of time and sacrifice a lot of our own material possessions for generations of our greatgreat grandchildren who havent been born We figure theyll think of Presient Reagan wont have to think of Hes lucking out again because he wont be the presi dent who has to face the Washington today United States encouraged by Philippine elections wWUlBH I NOKES t NOKES AT WASHINGTON There are en couraging signs that President Fer dinand Marcos may be reconciled to permitting a fair election in the Philippines on officials think Marcos is final ly bending to American pressure to hold a valid election as a major step toward the economic and military reforms needed to choke off a growing communistbacked in The pressure is being applied in both in public and in The with administration is making clear to Marcos that it wont send official observers unless it has reasonable assurances the election will be If Congress doesnt send it would be an unmistakable message that Washington had decided the election was A fair election wont guarantee a victory by the opposition headed by Corey Aquino officials say there is a real race going on and its too soon to speculate on the out Nor will it put an end to the growing whose armed fulltime combatants are now estimated by Washington at more than But it will mean that whoever Marcos or will have a man date from voters in a restored democracy a major goal of Reagan administration IT Federal system could use appellate court WASHINGTON The Senate Judiciary Committee is approaching an upordown vote on a bill to create a new appellate court in the federal On this issue the committee is divided the Supreme Court is divided the legal profession is divid ed and I have a few reservations But on Id vote to give the plan a fiveyear Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger has been pushing the idea for the past 10 He is urging Congress to establish an interim court that would be lower than the Supreme Court but higher than the courts of The court would be composed of one judge from each of the 13 Members would sit by designation from the Supreme The new court would handle only those cases delegated to it by the Supreme Its primary function would be to set tle conflicts among the The whole as Burger repeatedly has is to give the Supreme Court some relief from the formidable caseload it now has to In a speech to the American Bar Association in Burger term ed this caseload the most important immediate problem confron ting the judicial branch of the federal The nine justices must pass in some fashion on peti tions a and they must hear arguments and write formal opinions in 140 to This is not an Impossible but it is an impossible job to do In some uniformed a notion is harbored that the nine justices live the life of RHey after it is each of the nine writes only 15 or 16 fullblown opinions during a and everybody gets a threemonth holiday in the The notion is Members of the court work the year and they work under pressures of responsibility that make their working hours seem Burgers intermediate court would not provide all the relief that patently is but it probably would One needs only to look at the first two opinions of the current term to see what the chief justice is talking The first case involved an issue that is something less than monumental May a district judge order federal marshals to transport state prisoners to a federal courthouse It scarcely seems a towering was the might and majesty of the Supreme Court marshaled to hear and decide the matter As Justice Lewis Powell it is because this case presents a recurr ing problem on which the circuits dif The second case was a little more but not much more In It involved William Lloyd who entered Into a plea bargain In Arkansas in 1979 on charges of murder and He understood from his counsel that he would bet eligible for parole after serving one1 third of a 35year Later Hi transpired that because of a prior Hill would have to serve half his sentence before seeking Hill contended that his 6th Amendment right to the assistance of counsel had been violated because of the inaccurate He sought a writ if habeas corpus to a district but the court dismissed his petition without a forj mal Question Was he entitlj ed to an evidentiary hearing Next question Why did the Supreme Court take the case j We granted explain ed Justice William RehnquistJ because of the difference between the result reached in the present cas ahd that reached By the Courtof peals for the 4th Circuit in Strader 2d61 j The Supreme Court takes 35 40 such cases a year one of every four 1 that it decides by formal opinion Most of unlike the Hill in volve statutory It is not so iml portant that the questions be settled one way or another way what is portant Is that the questions be settl The prosoded intermediate courl could do this as well as the Supreme As Burger has the new court would be Unless it would go out of existence after five It would cost virtually because the 13 judges on the panel already are on The intermediate court just might provide significant but we will never know if we dont try find I Mai I bag policy The HenldZeltung welcomes the opinions of its and were happy to publish letters to the 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 Mac Sweeney GuadaJupe County House of Representatives House Office Bldg 20515 UoydBentsen States Semite Room 240 RusseiBldg Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Mark White Governors Office Room 2QO State Capitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711
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