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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Editorial Tornado preparedness a worthwhile practice Tornado season is upon us and while Texas Hill Country is not the victim of twisters as often as other parts of the spring thunderstorms likely will roll across our region with increasing frequency over the next few That severe thunderstorm warningand tornado watch issued for parts of Central Texas in late February didnt keep people from most like the But in any place the threat of a tornado is j something to be concerned i f Many tornados occur on days that begin with clear j weather Witness the precedents of Wichita Falls I arid Others The freight train sound of the churning debris and 20Q mph swirling wind is terrifying and unless we are there is not a lot we can do or time in which to Preparation and forethought are our If a tornado there will be mass dangerous utility limited communications and immediate impact on our hospital and governmental Now is the time to think about God we wont be But if we and there always is the threat in the Texas we will have done all we can if we are Mother Nature gives us a lot of time to almost none to Andy Rooney The good stuff we may not be getting Were getting a lot of inside stuff from Washington these days but theres a lot of good stuff were missing For there are private conversations that must have taken the substance of which we can only White House staff people have for that President Reagan really liked Donald but Regan and Nancy Reagan didnt get along and it was Nancy who got him Ronald Reagan and Donald Regan Prez Come Always glad to see another There j arent many of us Don Damn whats with wife anyway Everything I do Prez You think its easy for me Don Will you please expalin what shes trying to do to I dont understand Prez I got the weight of the world on my I got this Irancontra The presidency is falling Dont ask me to try to explain Don Did she say anything about me to you Prez Nancy was saying something last night when I fell I dont even remember what she Did you hang up on her or something Don She was telling me how to do my I hung up on Prez I get it all the I go upstairs for I get I go up to take a little I get Dont ever work at Don Shes gonna get me Prez Not a Not while Im in charge around Conversation between Oliver North and his the day pictures of his Fawn ap peared in the papers North Oliver Oliver North did I hear you when you hired her that your secretary was dumpy and plain as a mud Oliver Coughs I that is I dont recall using exactly those North Fawn is dumpy and plain as a mud fence Oliver Ive been so busy selling arms to our enemies 1 and bringing down foreign govern ments that I dont approve that I never even noticed what she looked North You never noticed Fawn Hall you may get away with that stuff in front of a Congressional committee but not with me you Oliver you know I used to see her around the office and North Can she type Oliver She doesnt have to She North I I saw that picture of her in the bathing Oliver I She shreads a beautiful North Does she call you Ollie or Oliver On advice of I refuse to answer anymore questions on grounds that I may tend to in criminate Conversation between Howard Baker and his Joy Howard Theres something I want to tell Baker You only call me Joy when its bad Howard Its good news and its bad The good news well be leaving The bad news well be moving to Baker Youve decided to run for the presidency Howard The president has asked me to replace Donald Regan as his Baker What good Youve just been made president and you dont even have to Its too bad we couldnt have been in on all the conversations that have teaken place in Washington these last few Your Representatives Sweeney QMaflfivpeeoyniy House 30515 Ronald Reagan The President gt the United States The white Pennsylvania 20500 gdiriMOd Kyempe Texas House of Representatives Smith Ays Texas iMltftt f f t t James Kilpatrick A tailormade opinion for the Deep South WASHINGTON Bad it is make bad The Supreme Court demonstrated the truth of that maxim a few days ago in its decision upholding a courtordered plan for promotion of state troopers in Hailed as a major victory by advocates of af firmative the decision was actually much the case of United States Paradise could prove to be more Pyrrhic than The facts in this case were about as bad as facts could Alabama created its state police patrol in Thirtyseven years not a single black trooper had been Blacks brought suit to remedy the and the case went to trial before District Judge Frank The trial court agreed with the plaintiffs The pattern of racial disrimination was too plain to be In 1972 Judge Johnson ordered the state to hire one black trooper for each white trooper hired until blacks constituted ap propximately 25 percent of the Whereupon Alabama dragged its ignored the order and hoped the decree would go Seven years Judge Johnson entered another order to end the Alabama found reasons why nothing significant could be Two more years Still no In the judge blew Almost 12 years had gone and the effects of Alabamas racial discrimination remained percasive and conspicuous at all ranks above the entrylevel Said Johnson Of the six there is still not one Of the 25 there is still not one Of the 35 there is still not one Of the 65 there is still not one Of the 66 only four are black The preceding scenario is intolerable and must not The exasperated judge then the particular order that became the crux of last weeks Supreme Court He ordered that for a period of at least 50 percent of the promotions to corporal must be awarded to black troopers if qualified black candidates were In February the state at last complied It promoted eight blacks and eight whites to that The decree raised questions under the 14th Granted that the state in the past had denied equal protection of the law to was the state now denying equal protection to whites Were the racial quotas constitutionally permissible The Supreme Court split 54 in upholding the oneforone The in my was bad It benefits individuals who were not themselves victims of and as the dissenters it tramples upon the rights of unoffending But the opinion cannot be classed with the watershed decision that ended school Speaking through Justice William the majority found that Judge Johnsons order was fashioned only to remedy an intolerable The slates conduct had been per indeed But time after time in his 34page Justice Brennan emphasized the conditions under which so draconian a decree might be The requirement could be waived if no qualified black candidates were The order applies only when the department needs to make promotions the order does not require gratuitous Most said the one forone rcquirment is ephemeral the term of its application is contingent upon the departments own The requirement endures only untif the department comes up with a procedure that does not have a impact on something the department was enjoined to do in 1972 and expressly promised to do by In the majoritys the oneforone requirement did not impose an unacceptable burden on innocent third The tem porary and extremely limited nature of the requirement substantially limits any potential burden on white applicants for promotion Because the oneforone requirement is so limited in scope and it only postpones the promotions of qualified Alabama asked to be hit over the head with a and Alabama got what if asked But the 5t division within the coupled with the singularly blatant facts in this suggest that something less than a landmark has been erected in the law of racial The court gave no sweeping blessing to It laid down no new principles or This opinion was tailormade for this regrettable Mike Royko Reagans mist akes contagious Even at a I could tell that my conservative friend Grump was in a chipper There was a bounce to his and when a frail panhandler asked him for a few Grump gave him a hearty whack across the shins with his walking Seeing he shouted a greeting you media what do you think of our president now I told him that J had to admit that the Reagan speech had been both an artistic and critical You can bet your commie card it Grump Hes already rebounding in the The Gipper is on the move I didnt think he could pull it Nothing to He just admitted that he made a Anyone with a sense of fairness can derstand that we can all make a he admitted to having made at least four I dont recall very honestly conceded that Ms ha4 done wrong because he ted keen too You roust admit that it takes a big man to that he had been too 01 Afl4 tie admitted that while ttakjng afeoyt the welfare of the hostages theii1 he my been IPS Tim AJWI it taJSS a big majj to a4ffijt that n guBy of Jig ajsjj csnjcedjjql that had bjeefl sJgtesmajpM waiting to diplomatic bridges tP te Wf fflWrate ejeme nts m Iran power WteJt a wewteg Jtog it flwst bj for pmd mm siaad before toe confess to having been loo But it is yet another measure of his statesmanship that he would admit to having been too But what was his fourth mistake Im surprised you overlooked He in that during his many years in his managerial style had been almost too Of course How could I have overlooked His style has always worked to near perfection in the and because it has been so amazingly he was lulled into a false sense of This then led him into the mistake of being too What an amazing How How courageous he was to go before the American before the entire TVwatching and make a clean breast of his When was the last time a president did something like that Thats exactly what I have been asking I have asked them if any American president has gone before the people and admitted that he had been too too too statesmanlike and that his managerial style had been too And what did the historians say They said it wajs a that no president ever fessed up to so many character flaws although Jimmy Gaiter once said that hj ha4 lug But that was wlwle he was a so it djaesat J shjwjjkj hppe the Wtlfi So yojij moyeql I by the As spoke I So did But as you Im allergic to my so that could have been a contributing factor Im pleased that even someone such as a vicious media shark who circles in the bloody water of a wounded could be moved by so sincere and honest a I especially when he said You by the time you reach my youve made plenty of mistakes if youve lived your life That really touched a responsive chord because it made me think of my late Your father In what regard when he was in his sold weapons to Your father did Uke the president when you get on in thats the kind of mistake a codger can make Its very My Uncle on his 80th flew over to give the ayaloUah a box of a Boy Seoul manual and offered to sell him three boatloads of M80 Your Uncle Stanley Yes As a mailer of Im no kid myself and lately Im gelling these strange What A planeload or two of shotgun shells for Ihe I guess it comes with Ihe aging 1 am starting to doubt the sin cerity of your feelings See Thats exactly the problem with this Whats the Too many cynics like vif
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