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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Page 4 Dave EcMtor and Publisher Jim Managing Editor New Texas January 201987 Editorial Rap Here is a sampling of editorial opinion from around the state Advice for Clements Tongues tuckedonly partially in our we can offer Bill Clements some broad advice for his second stint in we think Clements should study closely how outgoing Mark White went Texans have never been long on liking to be fibbed and while White may not have known beforehand that he would deviate from many of his campaign the days of wholesale forgiveness in Texas appear to be Clements knows all too well what Whites tactics Clements even bor rowed one or two of Whites techniques in his rerun for the governors For Clements disappearing trick with a muchtouted plan of his pull Texas out of the depth of an oilpricing pit conies to Its never too late for but the earlier the Odessa American Build Temporary Prisons It is not enough for the Texas Department of Corrections simply to refuse to accept any new prisoners in order to obey a federal judges order to eliminate Prison officials also need to put some temporary state facilities into service for miniumrisk inmates with the courts permission in order to a void overwhelming the jails operated by county The state is bulding new but the TDCs plan to use old military barracks for a temporary prison was rejected last year by Judge William Wayne It would be worthwhile for the TDC to try again to get perm mission to remodel the facilities to make them available for lowrisk Closing the gates at Texas prisons will quickly overcrowd county jails in Dallas and other urban is not fair for the TDC to pass its problem to local Dallas Times Herald Contempt Order Ridiculous Federal Judge William Wayne Justice has again smacked the state of Texas with his gavel of finding them in contempt of court for fail ing to comply with his courtordered prison He has given the state until March 31 to clear up numerous or face the possibity of fines totaling over per beginning April It is appropriate that the fines are set to begin on that since the amount of the fine certainly resembles an April Fools Fining the state what amounts to million per month is absolutely and to expect them to pay such a fine is TheLufkin Daily News Contain Containers State Lena Guerreros prefiling of House Bill which would re quire a minimum 5cent deposit on soft drink and certain other beverage is a step in the right The container deposit cosponsored by and Terral is designed to provide a monetary incen tive for returning beverage containers to grocery stores or recycling would also include a minimum 5cent deposit on plastic and metal soft drink It would ban detachable pulltabs on and non biodegradable sixpack Nine states have adopted container deposit laws and have achieved major reductions in Its high time Texas adopted container The Houston Post the Bad News Do you know those jokes that Ive got some good news and some bad heres one for the Texas but it should be Ive got some bad news and some even worse The bad news is that when the Texas Legislature convened its 70th the states deficit was estimated at Thats pretty but at least Texans had known for some time that this fiscal crisis awaited legislators get the even worse news in the form of a report from State Comptroller Bob Bullock which forecasted the states first decrease in revenue collections in 30 a drop of about At this no one knows how the state can even up its revenues and ex but this latest twist in the budget crisis makes it even less likely that Bill Clements will be able to keep his campaign promise of no tax Port Arthur News Your Representatives Bill Clements Governors Off ice State Capital Texas 78711 Lamar Smith United states House of Representatives 509 Cannon House 20515 Senator Uoyd Bentsen United States Senate Room Russell 20510 PhilGramm United States Senate 20510 William Sims Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 State Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Off ice 20515 State Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue DC 20500 Highways Need Money State road programs are beginning to suffer because the 99th Congress couldnt produce a clean highway funding The new 100th Congress should do it A billion authorization measure died last year when some members of Congress saddled it with extraneous the most controversial of which was an amendment to repeal the national 55 mileperhour speed The bills demise left the states with no new highway money for fiscal which began Unless Congress approves a funding bill this month or billions of dollars worth of construction will have to be postponed and tens of thousands of jobs could be San Antonio ExpressNews JUSHNTAE NICK 0 TIME SNAPPY ONELINER WILL HE K7PLY T61UIS SITUATION p James Kilpatrick Pol ice of fleers memorial fund worthwhile WASHINGTON To the best of my recollec I have used this column only once in the past 22 years to urge support of a public fund raising was for the Vietnam Veterans Let me break a rule once The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund deserves your We tend to take our like our armed ser pretty much for Except when we see a state trooper on patrol or a cop directing officers are largely out of sight and out of Few of us ever have met an agent of the FBI or the Drug Enforcement Administra We tend to forget that law enforcement is a dangerous and that it demands a devo tion to public service beyond anything ever ask ed of most Just as we honor those who have died in military so we should honor those who have died in law Toward this Congress in 1984 unanimously authorized a memorial to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of Like the Vietman this memorial would be erected on public property but it must be privately financ Work must begin by A fund of million will be Over the past 10 more than a thousand law enforcement officers have given their lives for our Last year the toll numbered Sixty died of gunshot 21 from traffic Eleven died In plane two from a One and one died of a heart attack brought on by pursuit of a fleeing We ought to honor John Frisco of the Windcrest Texas Police He died in December 1985 in attempting to arrest a sneak thief who sped from the scene of the crime in a pickup Frisco was hurled from the truck and killed by another We ought to honor Trooper Oren Hindman of South He was fatally stabbed in May 1985 as he sought to arrest a man and woman for drunken We ought to honor Trooper Bruce Smalls of South One morning in September 1985 he received a report that a motor home was be ing driven in an erratic As he pulled the vehicle to the side of the he was shot in the face and upper torso with a Magnum We ought to honor Benjamin Gorgan and Gerald special agents of the They died in April 1986 in a gun battle with bank rob bers in a Miami We ought to honor Officer John Martinez of the California Highway As he was clearing accident debris from the San Bernardino Freeway in he was shot and killed by a heroin addict who happened to pass in a We ought to honor Trooper Robert Coggins of North In September attempting to question the driver of a stolen pickup he was overpowered and slain with his own ser vice We ought to honor Carlos a New Jersey State In May 1984 he was shot to death in a coldblooded ambush staged by a member of the Black Liberation Negron had approached an apparently disabled van to see if he could help the We ought to honor the women officers who have served as bravely as their male com Alma Waters of the Police Department was slain in December 1985 as she attempted to handle a family In San Patrolwoman Maureen Murphy met the same We ought to honor many Officer Baron Haynes of New York City testified against a criminal defendant in July of last year he was shot fatally in Probation Officer Harold Gray of Tallahassee was killed by one of his pro In a drug runner shot and killed Agent Glenn In Officer Kevin Welsh drown as he sought to save a womans The prospective memorial is laregely the in spiration of New Yorks Mario a former police officer who 10 times was wounded in the line of He will serve as chairman of the Craig his legislative will serve as executive The fund for tunately has secured Jan who made such a spectacular success of the Vietnam Veterans to serve as project All contributions are tax and the fund of course will publicly The address is 1575 I Suit 20005 As we respect the rule of let us honor those who enforce Mike Royko Slats knuckle cracking a special talent The first time Slats Grobnik cracked one of his knuckles dogs all over the neighborhood began and a squad car came by to see who had been Slats knew then that he had a special He could get two resounding cracks out of each one from the knuckle and one from the middle And he could get one out of each of his That made 18 of and when he did It it was like a string of Zebra It worried his mother for a She thought there might be something wrong with so she took him to the doctor who had an office upstairs over the drugstore to have him examin The doctor told her that Slats had real loud knuckles and charged her As they walked home Slats said l would have told you that for a The sound bothered some In school hi cracked them during tests because he liked to see the teacher She finally made him wear heavy fleecelined gloves to muffle the It was more but by the time everybody else was reading at the seventhgrade Slats wajs siul trying to get his first book Re liked cracking his Jwumes to the movies especially during the When Charles Boyer was Wsstog Bstte Slats would clasp WshaMteajad race al 18 The audieoce UwugW Belt Davis1 teeth were Who knows What tjtey would think during romantic scenes in todays As he got his knuckles grew even Every summer Slats was given the job as starter at the aldermans neighborhood For a while the alderman had used a regular starter who fired a blank but instead of running the most of the neighborhood youths put their hands in the air or emptied their So they let Slats crack his big knuckle which was louder During the when the Softball season was Slats was sponsored by Crazy Ais Tavern to crack his knuckles in competition with representatives of other He lost only one match our of And that was to Ruby an elderly widow who lived above the war surplus store and represented Brunos Peak had a left knee that cracked like a rifle shotit took her almost four hours of steady cracking to beat Slats that one but alter that Peak walked People who couldnt their nuckles or at were always asking slats bjw he did Wke nwst great be was modest about bis Hed say things Ufce I guess up there likes to hear my Or I could never have dope it ray mother and who both got big He wee appeared on tag Morris Sachs Radio Ajnateur cracking bis kJaucktes to m w finishing in the judging behind a boy who clicked his teeth Lady of Spain I Adore You and a girl who toedanced while playine Lady of Spain I Adore You on her accordion Somebody once asked Slats why his knuckles or anybody elses knuckles for that matter made a cracking who could be said What else are they good His answer satisfied and it satisfied me Some things should not be explored too deeply or the mystery is Look what has happen ed to But now who cant leave anything claim to have found the reason for the cracking sound that knuckles Some British researchers did it by using special knucklecracking xrays and other measuring devices on a team of They have found this answer There is fluid in toe knucWe When people stretch these tiny gas bubbles form In the When you bend you fingers the gas maJtesa Then the gas goes back into the fluid and if you wait you can Big NOW that they have figured that out theyll probably start working on the why some people can wiggle their ears others Slats really Wiggle For a even Bought he had But thats another
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