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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas                                Opinions Page 4A Dave Editor and Publisher Jim Managing Editor New Texas January Editorial And the race is on Candidates are coming out early for the upcoming election to decide three atlarge seats on New Braunfels City Thats Early filings and announcements give voters more of a chance to find out the positions of candidates on crucial issues facing our Issues such as drainage im city sign growth and plan city service levels in general are important things to property owners and rental property occupants as Candidates to date have been vague about some of these which is to be The urge to run for elected office often is sparked by civic concern in general rather than specific desires for To the extent that candidates state their desire to represent all the the people should make their desire to be represented known as When the obligatory public forums occur later in the let us hope as broad a cross section as possible of New Braunfelsers show up or at least are A high a voter turnout will show where support for or against specific positions taken by candidates came That the three seats to be decided are atlarge offers us even more of an opportunity to interpret this election in demographic and ethnic In we stand to learn something about our city if more people show up at the polls in the aftermath of sign control and budget If early announcements are any we may see a crowded The more the James Kilpatrick Its the governments right to test for drugs WASHINGTON Getting back to this business of testing certain federal employees for the use of illegal Iruns A couple of opinions have come along of considerable One of them condemns the pending program mil of The other suggests a sensible way to preserve Tlie presidents which has yet to HO into would require the mandatory testing by urinalysis of federal employees in sensitive For these an allclear test would be a condition of The program would apply particularly to the State the Department of the several law enforcement agencies and to air traffic but no agency would be entirely before the White House floated its proposal last several federal agencies land quite a number of states and municipalitiesi and had begun programs of their many of these have been challenged in In a court nullified the surprise testing of In a court last June forbade the random testing of persons in the county sheriffs department without a showinn of reasonable But in the testing of the police narcotics squad passed The most recent ruling that I know of came last Novemeber from the District Court in New The case involved a challenge to the Customs Service for demanding a positive urinalysis of customs employees seeking promotion to covered District Judge Robert Collins nut only threw out the services program he put on combat boot and trampled all over In Judge Collins the bureaus drug testing plan con stitutes a fullblown search within the meaning of the Fourth Amen For government to test bodily wastes is even more in trusive than a search of a The bureaus dragnet made without probable cause or even reasonable would violate the workers legitimate expectation of The plan also would violate the employees Fifth Amendment protection against The whole procedure so detracts from human dignity and selfrespect that it shocks the conscience and of fends this courts sense of the process is fraught with the danger of mishaps and false positive The plan is utterly repugnant to the Con The court had no choice but to order it In the judge didnt like Judge Collins did make one He acknowledged that the government has a legitimate interest in a drugfree work place and work This was nice of Of course the government has such an interest It is to borrow one of the judges favorite to suppose that the government cannot protect itself from drug addicts in the the Secret the CIA and the code rooms of our The problem is to find a constitutional way to test workers in these sen sitive Writing recently in the National Law John Banzhaf III advanced a proposal that might satisfy everyones Ban is professor of administrative law at the National Law Center of George Washington He makes the point that the law recognizes a clear distinction bet ween criminal searches and facilitative Judge in the New Orleans clearly was thinking only in terms of criminal When a criminal search or seizure is un the object is to produce evidence of a But this is not the object of the pending federal A f aeilitaUve search has an entirely different When a fire marshal inspects a building for fire his object is not to make an arrest but to serve the public interest by making the building Banzhaf believes that govern mental testing can be even if the urinalyses are and even if the absence of reasonable if certain conditions are The government must satisfy a magistrate that a reasonable need exists for non discriminatory One criterion might involve the sen sitivity of the Technological safeguards must be provided to prevent In the event of positive a due process hearing must be This approach makes good Governmental workers in sensitive positions certainly have rights of privacy that the government cannot capriciously What civil libertarians too often ignore is that the government has rights as feb LON6PO YOU ifliNK HELL KKP US IN THIS WAltfM6 ROOM Washington Today Kennedy practical in Democrat Senate An AP News Analysis By ROTHBERG AP Political Writer WASHINGTON AP In his Ed ward Kennedy remains a but he is a practical politician with a sense of the times in which he is shaping an agenda that seekspro gress with minimal impact on the federal Its been a long six years in the minority for Kennedy and other Senate Ronald Reagans landslide victory swept the Republicans to power in the Senate in Nowhere was that shift better demonstrated than when Republican Strom Thurmond of South Carolina replaced Kennedy as chairman of the Senate Judiciary But the Democrats came roaring back in and now they control the Senate again by a margin of 55 to Once Kennedy is a committee chair this time choosing to head the panel on Labor and Human Moving quickly to establish his he has held hearings on a range of including education and the federal minimum During an interview in his he talked about all those as well as about how the Senate has His office walls are filled with pictures that re mind a visitor of other times when Democrats talked of a New Frontier and days when there were no problems so great they could not be attacked with the unlimited resources of the federal There were pictures of brothers John and Robert and of the youngest in the famous who presumed to run for the Senate at age which prompted an opponent to If your name were Edward Moore instead of Edward Moore Kennedy your candidacy would be a But the voters of Massachusetts knew the name and sent him to the Senate to work with his the That was nearly 25 years ago and Kennedy now is a Senate a committee chairman who ranks seventh in seniority among the 100 members of the Often viewed as the last liberal in the age of Kennedy stunned many of his sup porters by voting for the GrammRudman deficit reduction As the Senates strongest advocate of national health Kennedy opposed for many years legislation that would provide a program of coverage for catastrophic Kennedy reasoned that enactment of catastrophic coverage would ease the pressure for a far broader Now he supports catastrophic Im still for national he I feel strongly about But I think youre going to have to try and do what you can The tone was similar when he talked about in troducing legislation to increase the federal minimum which has been at an hour since January He thinks it ought to go up at least an hour and quickly It would have no budgetary Kennedy also sits on the Armed Services Com mittee and like most members of the Democrats and he wont buy the administrations proposal for a billion in crease in the defense He has taken himself out of the 1988 presiden tial but he had a prediction about the Democrats who make the I think when you sit down in Iowa a year from now and those Democratic candidates are asked do they support two aircraft 1 think the answer of all the Democratic can didates will be he He gave no sign he feels any yearning to join those candidates in He was eager to talk about the Senate and what the Democrats could do with their new I think theres a real he that having worked together as the party out of it behooves us to work together when were back in If there is any silver lining in the fact that we were it is that element of which should have been selfevident but was Mike Royko Beating the winter doldrums Weve entered the most depressing time of the year in People suffer from the postholiday The miserable weather keeps us Election excitement is Football is winding down and baseball hasnt Wallets have been tapped out by Christmas spending and Social Security So the question we face is how tu glide through February and March as painlessly as possible how to find a way to brighten our spirits and keep busy and make the time fly by until spring Ive talked to several experts in the fields of social work and recreational and theyve helped me put together a list of things to do that will help you through these gray months until the sun and the muggers come out Here are some of their ideas Drinking Getting roaring drunk has always been a remedy for the especially in parts of the world that have cold In for so many people use this means of fighting off the blahs that the govern ment provides free hangover stations to ad minister oxygen and massive vitamin So you might consider throwing a log on the fire and becoming absolutely Every so throw on another bite the top off another jug and before you know April will be all the loudmouthed birds will be chirping and you can take a shave off your threemonth growing throw all the empties out in the stagger outside for a breath of fresh and walk down to the neighborhood saloon for a Brooding Brooding is so often overlooked as an absolutely great way to pass And its something you can do any time by Just pick put aJi ths things thajt you hate about yourself or think back to all the terrible mistakes youve made with your things that make you feel guilt and Or think about all the cruel and thoughtless ways your coworkers and neighbors have ever hurt your Then sit in front of the fire or a dimly lit room and dwell on them at Go over them time after reliving each awful and shameful The hours will just fly You can combine your brooding with drinking and have one heck of a Change lifestyles By that I you say to your wife or husband and kids I have cabin Ive got to get out of the house for a Then clean out your bank move into a highrise join a racquetball hang out in urban cowboy take a loveboat run amok with your credit and carry on with some attractive but shallow and emptyheaded young And in the return home looking dazed and tell your loved give me Volume A of the Ive got to look up amnesia Winter sports Crosscountry skiing has become very and downhill skiing is still There are also winter camping and ice But I dont recommend any of They can give you a heart frost bite or broken The best winter sport is shooting poolYou meet really fascinating people in pool halls or bars that have pool You gamble and swear and get into fights and buy and sell stolen And even if youre not a good pool dont You can play the pinbaU machines or just hang Something is bound to Correspondence People dont write letters and they Its a wonderful form of human And its an inexpensive but constrwctiye way to fjUl empty especially by writing hate So make a list of the 10 or 20 people you hate most and write them totally honest letters telling them why you hate them in vivid They dont have to be famous although thats always coworkers and old flames wU doIf you have Illegible handwriting and you dont then consider cassettesWith a you can weep and say any obscene old thing that pops into your Novels You might consider writing an ob scene Make yourself the hero or You might be surprised at how well you write and the colorful ideas you can come up Your book could even be And even if it later in the year you can give it to a a loved one or a stranger lo whom you are as a birthday or Christmas Binoculars Powerful binoculars are great fun for highrise dwellers whose windows look out at other highrise If the binoculars are strong youre bound to find someone whose drapes are You can watch other people talking to each having murdering each other and all kinds of other Or you and a friend can open your drapes and pretend to murder each and if the police show youll know somebody was Holding someone hostage husbands take their wives and kids although boyfriends occasionally seize their girl Whatever the its a lively wintertime ac Just fling a chair or lamp through the front scream some crazy threats and in no time the police will have your place surrounded and will show so after an hour or or even longer you can surrender to a TV You might wind up spending a couple of weeks in a which could be a sur prisingly interesting way to get through the winter And when its youll have you very own videotape of the police dragging an hysterical you to the paddy Those are just a few of the things the experts Jf you have any pet ways of fighting off the winter just send them in and ID be glad to share them with the other dont suggest the old reliable send out for a its loaded with cholesterol and I dont like to recommend anything   

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