New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 4, 1987, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

March 04, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Dave Kramer. Editor and Publisher Jim Webre. Managing Editor rnQG 4A Heraid-Zedunp New Braunfels. Texas Wednesday March 4.1967 Forum LETTER POLICY Hr ierjid Zeitung welcomes correspondence All letters should be signe 'id icicle an ,ui :-e^ or tlephone number The newspaer reserves the right lo edit Lepers should tx? sent to Forum Sew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, PO >ra wet I l h Ne* Braunfels. Texas 78131 1328 or brought to our offices at %S Casted olice need more tact To the editor In reference to the letter titled Police harass teens in the Thurs lay let 2t> 1^87 paper This policy >f the Nev. Braunfels Police Depart nent has been going on for years My on is 23 years old and he still gets bopped It is usually after being ollowed for a very long time. very close to home It is strange that I was thinking of in incident that occurred last Friday light when I read the article in Thursday s paper My son. his future wife. my 3-year-old great niece and x-r father had eaten downtown They tad pizza and the adults had shared a pitcher of beer As my on and future wife were eaving the\ were followed by a New Braunfels police officer all the way to Preiss Heights from downtown My son was becoming very curious as to why he was not tieing pulled over He slowed, turned around and was then stopped The officer accused my son of be mg intoxicated He never asked for his driver s license or insurance card He was only accused and harassed I work for a very well known law firm in san Antonio I have always tried to teach my children to be truthful and to respect authority and to cooperate with any authority I have now adv tsed them to ask for the name of the police officer for his badge numtx?r and number of his police car You would tze amazed at the numfier of calls my firm receives each day for police harassment and brutality This is a crime and is a civil rights c olation I truly believe ua acier to protect our youth from thfs type f treatment, we as parents must de.»l a th the New Braunfels Pole e Departmeni and find out why this is their policy I heard something this morning that is vei > relev ant to this subject A judge said that as citizens we have th* right to be eft alone This is true for our children I know there are t»*en age tv who give the good ones a oad .'.arrie The good teens far out nam!**- trie bad I !♦-*-! they should be given the tx*ne! t of the doubt After all the. are teens not grown ups atame Ort en New Braunfels Reagan is to blame iv He me’ and lx*ro> Woodson jr ^ a artx-r of teeing on the '■I• ’Xii board How about g someone a chance There be vime psychological need to mi fe« inject I read recently Zeitung a letter by ,**d Nowotny that we ‘resident Reagan in he did He s probably ■ie Aho backed Nixon ie he was nearly im ah is just as crooked roo a Nixon if not ching arms to the •.’in murdered 241 allness American e el his motives he was going against stated policies of Congress lf that isn t treason, what else can it be0 Reagan should be impeached The president keeps telling us that he wants to get to the bottom of this scandal and yet he says he won t question Marine Col Oliver) North or 'Adm John' Poindexter out of respect for their Fifth Amendment rights What a laugh’ During the McCarthy witch hunt for communists, it was this same Reagan who berated fellow members of the film industry for invoking the Fifth Amendment Reagan said anyone who invoked the Fifth Amendment surely had something to hide Is he afraid of what North and Poindexter will say0 And where is all that money which disappeared into the Swiss banks0 Former I S Sen John Tower, in his commission s report states that Reagan was ill advised and ill served That may be but in the final analysis it was Reagan who gave the go ahead Personally I think Tower is full of bologna What he s try ing to do is extricate his fellow Republican as much u> possible All Reagan does when asked serious questions is give flip one liners or just say. "Oh gosh Gee whiz.” Oh heck " ot "Son of a gun So much for the Great Communicator now you know what he s really like Claude Mendez New Braunfels Sohn's judgement sound Ref remarks of Bob Sohn in the Feb 27 edition He wiiIbe criticized for the remark leave the street lamps out in the West F.nd (and oilier areas until neighborhood groupN take a stand against the con tmual shooting out of the lights) ” This is only because the people are entitled to light protection in ■spite of who why lights are ex tmguished However I don t know anyone who w ill not totally endorse his action in this case The miscreants are destroying lights to the extent we cannot afford the replacement cost and labor Point in there may tx* a more or just a- legal action We should in vestigale charging extra expense to the appropriate neighborhood That s a sure way to get neighborhoods excited and produce action against the vandals Advise Ramon < hapa he should tell them they ii ta- charged for this extra ex pens*- as pro rata on their coming power bills from NHC Another point in favor cf calling polite :f you N**e someone with a gun on streets of this city then that should tx- probable cause for the police to apprehend them for possession and jail them before they hoot out the lights It is illegal to fire a gun within the city limits VSe need to investigate these so called vandals perhaps for worse crimes Some may tx* deportable lad investigate E L Green New Braunfels Your Representatives Gov. Bill Clements Governor's Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 7871 1 State Senator Judith Zaffinm Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin Texas 7871 1 U S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240, Russell Bldg. Washington, D C. 20510 U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington, D C. 20510 U.S. Rep Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington, D C. 20515 U.S. Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 State. Senator William Sims Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711 The President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 State Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 James Kilpatrick Tobacco cd ben flies in freedom’s face WASHINGTON Like the old Indian chiefs of his native Oklahoma. Congressman Mike Synar is back on the warpath again He has his tomahawk poised against cigarette advertising and he has reintroduced a bill to scalp the tobacco industry In the process he would do violence to the principle of a free press Cigarettes historically have been a favorite target of reformers busybodies dogooders heath nuts and Puritans These are people who find their most gratifying pleasure in suppressing other people s pleasure and lately their anti nicotine crusade has taken on an almost virulent passion Beverly Hills, by way of example has adopted an ordinance to ban smoking in restaurants even in segregated sections of restaurants, and the federal government has exil ed employees who smoke to basement dungeons My own position for the record is decisively ambivalent One has to agree with Rep Jim C ooper of Tennessee when he says that to many people "tobacco smoke is obnoxious it s like body odor " Mike Pertshuk. a former firebrand at the Federal Trade Commission is quite right on observing that there are people who care pas sionately about having smoke blown in their faces ” All the same there is something to be said in behalf of the smoker who wants to smoke under circumstances that give minimal offense or no offense at ail. to others And to return to Synar s warpath cigarettes are a legal product of American agriculture and industry They are as legal as com cow s milk and the casinos of Nevada Synar s bill would prohibit all newspaper and magazine advertisements billboards posters signs decals matchbook advertising and all ether written ot other material used for promoting the sale or consumption of tobacco products to customers He would make it unlawful fix the A irginia Slims people to sponsor a tennis Iou rn a menl Free samples would be forbidden He a-ems to have overlooked skywriting but perhaps a timely amendment will cure that omission I have never understood how newspapers ami magazines constitutionally can tie forbidden to ai cep* advertising for legal products The supreme Court s occasional promouncements to this effect are remarkably unconvincing The Constitution says flatly that Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of the press The language makes no distinction between commercial ami non commercial material Nevertheless in Justice Howell peered into the penumbra of the First Amendment and there he found a four part test for restrictions on adver Using A majority of the court held that govern ment may prohibit advertising that is misleading or fraudulent or promotes an unlawful activity Advertising may be restricted only if the govern ment s interest is substantial The restrictions must directly advance the government s interest Finally, restrictions must be no more extensive than necessary to serve that interest Synar s proposed ban fails the test Yes an tm aginative argument i-uuld hr cooked up thai ctgirettes are bad for one * hraith the fiat loc a interest demands that our armed (ones be healthy therefore Congress may ban cigarette advertising under Us power to raise armies ami t> maintain a navy That kind of s**phistry is ut worthy of a student in first vear law Suppose Synar s bill is passed «»iveo the moun ting pressure it may imired pass Ar then a , have congressional precedent for banning adver tisements of other legal products Alcohol v aux-' terrible damage to health V4hy not ban ad vert Is mg of whiskey wine and t«x*r iHesity leads ti. heart attacks Wh\ riot ban th*- advertisement ot fattening foods Manv persons regard gambling as a greater curse than nicotine It would make sens** umier Synar s solicitous reas. mg to fix bul advertising of legal casino* ami pan mutintr ac ks The Puritanical streak runs a tong way t ack n American law A tenlury ag*, umier (tx* goading of Anthony i omstock i ongress a<k«ptnd a sheaf of postal regulations on thr mailing of .lbs*nr matter many of these law* are still on the tx*** You cannot lawfuly mail a Uktle of scutch to a friend The friend might fiml some pleasure in it Postal regulations prohibit tx-wspaj**' advertising of tlx* most innocent bingo ganx*s al a parish hall Sometxidy up there in t ongress or in Un-American Medical Assot tat urn tx in Kalpr Nailer s exit fits alway s is aching yearning dm mg silvering lo enact laws that wilt make us good Why won t they leave us alixx* to tx* our pH tv little selves Mike RoykoArizona bureaucracy jazzed up over plato For those who share my fascination with the bureaucratic brain, here is another example of the way that strange organ works Not long ago. an Arizona man named Jeffery Haskell received an offical letter about his license plate from that state’s Department of Transportation It said "The Motor Vehicle Division. Special Plate Unit, received a complaint about your per sonalized plate JAZZ MF "The law. as noted on the personalized plate application, states Any combination of letters and/or numbers that may carry a connotation offensive to good taste and decency, or which could be misleading' is unacceptable "Since a complaint was filed with this office. I must recall the plates "I will gladly accept your application for another personalized plate at no charge or re fund your $25 fee “Please surrender the plates by March 2. 1987 ” Signed: “Kay Jackson. Supervisor. Special Plate Unit ” Haskell, who does indeed have license plates that say “JAZZ ME.” pondered the official let ter Then he sat down and wrote a letter of reply It said: “At first blush, your letter was humorous On second reading, it s a bit disturbing and even somewhat dangerous “As a Jazz historian, I am involved with the preservation and promotion of the music and its attendant language on a dally basis As a jazz paimst and leader I ve toured in temationaily playing jazz most recently on a tour co-sponsored by the United States Informa tion Agency and the Arizona Commission on the Arts As a composer my 'Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra will premier May i featur mg the Tucson Symphony with a six piece jazz band This preamble is meant in no other way but lo show you that this music is my life my vuca lion, as well as my avocation and that the word ‘jazz’ fits as easily into my vocabulary as it does my license plates "The phrase Jazz Me reflec ts my devotion to the music as well as a simple but direct remem brance of the Jazz Me Blues an historic jazz composition “ Haskell went on to ask why, if his plates were in bad taste, they had been issued to him for four years And he asked "Please tell me exactly what you find offensive about the term Jazz Me Haskell, who is an associate professor of music at the University of Arizona and is director of the jazz studies program at that school has not yet received Bn answer to his question to his question. So I decided to call the lady who sent the letter and asked her what the words “Jazz Me” mean to her "I don't like to give that information over the telephone, " she said Why not7 “I Just don’t like to talk about these things over the phone." Dues it concern sex ’ VA Uh obvious reluc tance ami in a barely am: ble voice she read from a dictionary of Amene an slang    Jazz Me an act of copula lion ' Dx* dictionary says that0 Yes. it does “ That came as a jazzing shock to me I Uxxjgj I kix*w every jazzing way lo tics* ritx* that act Miss Jackson went on to explain that her department has to very careful and and check personalized license plates for anything that might offerxl good taste arn! decency "We have to read the plate letters upside down hold them up to mirrors lo see if there k any hidden meaning "For example write down the letters TIHZi Turn the page around to the otlxr side and re* the letters holding it up to the light I did as she said and saw it A hidden mean mg Had someone applied for thai plate0 "Yes," she said What a crazy jazzing thing to do The guy w lid that must have been all jazzed up Anyway. Miss Jackson said that Haskell s U ter is considered an appeal, so the withdrawal his plates is being reconsidered And Haskell says that be s prepared to plea' his case further, if need be He says he will gc the Transportation Department with a Dix leis Band "We will ail wear black armbands and play •Jazz Me Blues That should be a wild. Jazzing sight ;

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