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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas fcrf n Opinions Dave Mtoffrtil Managing Editor New Texas Other Views JUS immigration questions loom More and more concern is in 6vtdence as the time approaches for Implementation of the new immigra tion law on undocumented aliens and working in theUnited poncern has been shown In Mexico on how the new United States Immigration law will affect Mex residing in the United in Mexico City is the con cern Some have the fear having signed the application for names and addresses will be used by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to deport illegal Whatever the results of the new law may it seems therell be some changes Since were on the border and have witnessed the flood of illegal aliens moving through the area we have an interest in the situa Del Rio NewsHerald Students might surprise us who hit the Texas beaches over spring break are being asked to clean up the beaches as well as have that might strike some as a waste of Students on spring break dont have a reputation for Garry the state land and Mary Jo president of the Texas State Student think And you they might be Last thousands of students were among the volunteers who pick ed up trash on the Few groups love the beach as much as col lege A clean beach is more fun than a dirty peer pressure and the beaches might ing break than Its worth a The Houston Chronicle Trucking industry regulation needed To ensure safety and to help the the Legislature should deregulate the trucking industry in Texas and adopt strong safety laws that track the federal law on in terstate Bills to accomplish the latter have been filed and at least one bill partially deregulating the in dustry has been Full deregula tion would be but steps toward that end are not to be frowned upon and should be The Legislature should pass both the safety and deregulation thus increasing the safety 9f trucks operated on Texas highways and stimulating competi tion and the t I Austin AmericanStatesman Saving the bust bowl We support Phil Qramms courageous contention that the price of as with any other should be determined by market conditions rather than political or regional exigencies The senators stubborn stance con trasts with proposed remedies of fered recently by his Texas col Larry and Lloyd Combest has introduced into Con gress the Energy Equity Act of 1986 a complicated inverted windfall profits tax that would levy petroleum sales on a sliding scale of taxation based on the current pride of Simply as the price of so Would the percentage of tax paid on oil Berttsen has proposed a bill that would require the president and Cofr gress to keep abreast of oil market Under the Democrats the president would sub mit to Congress annually a three year estimate of oil Import Should that level exceed 50 per certain import restrictions would be We dont question the sincerity of Combest and Bentsen in trying to rescue the Texas We that their legislative proposals would obstruct trade by creating political and bureaucratic The Odessa American Alabama judge not learned Federal District Court Judge Brevard Hand has abused his judicial indulged a petty grievance over having a decision and pursued an dangerous course by declaring secular humanism a religion and banning some 40 Alabama public school This preposterous decision will be speedily It should be just as quickly This case began in when Judge sitting in upheld the right of Alabama to impose prayer in the schools by decreeing that the Bill of Rights guarantee of the separation of church and state does not apply to He was overturned by the appellate court and Supreme Court in It should have ended but Judge Hand said that if this court is compelled to purge God is God is we thank him for our daily food from the then Vthis court must also purge from the classroom those things that serve to teach that salvation is through ones self rather than through a diety In maintaining that the manner in which a person lives a life is a religion including feminism or vegetarianism Judge Hand has declared an idea a religion and ruled it many textbooks are in complete or poorly Judge Hand is correct to assert that many textbook publishers have deleted religion from for ex that the Pilgrims were a religious But the federal court is not the place to correct the defi ciencies in the textbook industry Dallas Times Herald Railroad commission seeks dangerous favor Austin lawmakers should defeat a bill to allow Texas Railroad Commis sioners to discuss some commission business in The introduced by Rep Charles would allow commissioners to discuss pending business among themselves or with others without public notice or in a public forum That clearly violates the current Texas Open Meetings It would allow one of the states most powerful commissions to debate privately issues that could have tremendous economic impact on all Texans The commission comprises only three If two commis sioners discuss an issue over theyre violating the that inconvenience doesnt warrant government Beaumont Enterprise MW You A CELEBRITY DEMONSTRATING THE PUSHT OF THE ibU JUST ANOTHER BUM ON A STEAM 6RATE Mike Royko Reagan excels as half a president About five years I wrote column that began What this country needs is a Not a ge nuine ruling and giving We need a figurehead of a looking attractive and making stirring but not having any genuine authority He could appear regularly on the 10 oclock telling us what a great country we have and what saltoftheearth folks we are and send us to bed feeling He could get on and off wave at TV utter a few comfortable cliches and make the nations little old ladies feel that all is well in the The kind of person I have in mind is Presi dent Ronald In the person I have in mind is Ronald And I went on to suggest that Reagan should play that symbolic just as the English royal family while someone else runs the govern columnists like to kid around I didnt know that anyone was going to take my suggestion seriously Now its clear that this is what weve had all a figurehead of a with the White House being run by the chief of staff by a committee of aides and the presi dents That what the Tower Commission report seems to be that the president cant be blamed for the Irancontra scandal because he didnt know what was going on It doesnt even say that he should have known It just sort of shrugs and says that its not Keagans style to Who say ignorance Isnt bliss At the same the report banged Don Regan on the head for failing to properly do President Reagans work for No wonder he left in such a President Harry Truman used to have a sign on his desk that said The buck stops here Now the sign would have an arrow pointing off to the side and it would read The buck stops somewhere down the All things Id say that the twopresident system worked reasonably well much of the time When James Baker was chief of or co the White House seemed to perk along Reagan read the speeches that were hand ed to waved cheerfully as he and Nancy and the mutt got off the helicopter from Camp and Baker and the others busied themselves running the government This probably explains why Reagan looks so fresh and healthy compared Jimmy Carter By the time Carter finished four years as he looked older than his mother Thats because Carter tried to do it running the government while being the presidential figurehead Its a wonder he had time to go to the mens much less lake a nappynap When Carter wearily left historians and thinktankers were questioning whether the modern presidency had become too much work for one man But Reagan proved that isnt the not if you eliminate the work The reality of the new copresident system shows in the giddiness and relief that swept Washington when former Sen Howard Baker was named chief of staff Consider what the politicians and pundits have been saying about Baker He is politically understands Congress and has Its possesses a keen knowledge of the Inner workings of the federal has a brilliant grasp of foreign economics and domestic and is admired by the Washington political governmental journalistic establishment Those are the kinds of skills and qualities that you expect to bo attributed to the the commander inchief they say of the President hes a nice people still like he still has the capacity to make us feel good So the situation isnt all that bad For the next two well have Baker running the govern ment and Reagan saying things to make us feel good But 1 think 1 was mistaken five years ago when 1 said we needed a royal figurehead More the role is like that of the cor porate iLsualls a well known profes sional actor You see them in the commercials One actor tells us the giant brokerage house earns money the oldfashioned way Another actor tells us that a beer is brewed the American way Still another tells us his car is made the patriotic way II theyre convincing well buy the even we know that they are just actors reading a script And at lasi we know thai President Spokesman is just an actor reading a script But well buy his product anyway Whal choice do wi James so it was the wrong apartment WASHINGTON Few constitu tional questions in this century have more troubled the Supreme or more often perplexed the than the question of the exclu sionary rule On the court once again grappled with the issue in a case in volving police officers in Baltimore who inadvertently searched the wrong They were after a guy named and they netted a guy named The exclusionary sensibly ap is an excellent rule for protec ting the liberties of the people The rule says that if evidence of a crime has been illegally the evidence must be excluded at the defendants trial Behind the giving it constitutional stature is the Fourth Amendment The right of the people to be secure in their papers and effects against unreasonable searches and shall not be and no warrants shall issue but upon probable supported by oath or particulary describing the place to be and the persons or things to be seized On the surface it seems clear but what is a house What are effects9 What is a reasonable search What is probable cause And what is the meaning of the require ment that a warrant must par ticularly describe the place to be searched In the Baltimore police ob tained a valid based upon probable to search the third flqpr apartmjeAt ol Lawrence Me Webb on Park Avenge for evidence of illegal drug activity The cops went by ajccidjent ran into McWebb He let them into the apartment budding Everybody climbed up to tne third where McWebb a djqpr and the of ficers began their Sure tfiey touAd a quantity ol neroin md m cash Then it that there were two thirdfloor apartments not one and the police had searched the wrong one Garrison was convicted on drug charges and sentenced to 15 years in prison He contended that the evidence against him had been unlawfully obtained and should have been The Supreme Court disagreed Speaking through Justice John Paul the court held that the con stilutionality of the officers search must be judged in light of infonna lion available to them at the time they Given all the cir the police resgnably in good that they were executing a valid warrant The local gas company had led them to believe that only McWebb occupied a thirdfloor apartment Some latitude must be said honest mistakes tbjt are made by of ficers in the dangerous and difficult process of making arrest and ex ecuting search Justices Brennan and said the of ficers should have been more No lewer loan eight cases this term involye problems arising uAder the exclusionary In a Colorado police impounded truck alter arresting the driver lor drwk driv ing They searched foe and in side closed backpack they found a staled nylon bag coAtainJng The nojjee sjifj bad a respon sibility to inveAtory the contents ol the truck The defense said this was a mere search Should the evidence have been ex eluded The pretextual defense also figures m a Missouri case involving a woman suspected of who was arrested on an outstanding war rant for violating parking regula tion She was adn the fingerprints led to the arrest and con viction on the murder charge Was the evidence obtained unlawfully under a pretext An Aruoma case involved the plain view exception In PhoenU m a bullet that was fired from an apartment injured a man in the apartment below Police came to In aAd in looking around the apartment where the gun was they saw in plain view a stereo set that probably had been stolen The serial numbers checked but the Amoma courts refused to admit the evidence Should the evidence have been thrown out This past Tuesday the court throw it out A Texas case asks whether a bam is a house A California case lujrns on whether a prison psychiatrist had a reasonable expectation ol privacy in his stateowned Another California case deals with evidence of hopkmaking that Was foyAd to a conamunal trash bin From JlJinpJi comes a case involving the unwar ranted search of a junkyard ojr stolen cars What should be eluded By the end oj jig term in in all probabllMy IAt law that is now mujky will i
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