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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas                                i t 5 Mteaffif Managing mid Editorials Our f undraising is f UH New Braunfels Lions Clubs May 16 will sponsor their an njial Broom and Mop an event that raises money for various Lions projects in support of the The sale is 9 to 5 at Courtyard Shopping Center between Pen foods and Polar Bear and offers morethan the finest m Americanmade brooms and it is a hefty fund raiser for the civic clubs that have made a tradition of jeets to help those who have lost or never had the sense of On the same The Conservation Society and our law en forcement and business communities will sponsor their own The societys annual May Fest Celebration begins that morning and the 2nd Annual Cops and Robbers Softball this year benefiting the drive to establish an emergency childrens that same day fills Comal Park with athletic helicopter flyins and games and Later next month senior citizens organizations across the state will actively promote Senior Citizens Month and their attempt to make more selfsupporting programs previously funded through state and federal block grants and en Nonprofit activities of all kinds need the support of their local communities to work and Its nice the think that when New Braunfels and Comal County turn out to help we can be so positive and so much fun at the same Grant us the wisdom to know when not to shoot A bill that would allow citizens to carry handguns in public is an interesting Most of us learned the wild west meant men were wise to remain a silent as the Peacemaker on the other guys hip lest the first go off half cocked and the second fully As society became more secure and Americans got away from the notion that God didnt make all people Samuel Colt We started leaving our weapons at home because we didnt need them with organized police protection and the belief that mutual disarmament was more pleasant and safer than gun barrel Conservative law enforcement officials view the bill with something like They believe what will happen if the general citizenry can legally go about their social and profes sional dealings with guns is that there will be an increase in deaths and injury because people who otherwise would reconsider going home and getting their pistol would have the lethal last word at their It is now legal to carry a shotgun or rifle in your Responsible shootists pursue their hobbies with silhouettes and nonliving targets while others rest and relax by These avocations are and should be allowed because they are no more or less than sailing or other recreation ex cept the tools of the activity also happen to be things designed to penetrate things with a highspeed metal Should the bill that would allow carrying of handguns by the general public become a wise amendment to the bill would be an appropriation to augment programs for teaching the proper use and care of If as many of us begin packing iron as once we will have to regain the skills and wisdom of men and women who knew firsthand what carry ing a gun Your Representatives Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 20500 Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Rgssell Senate Bldg Senator Uoyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate 20510 Mac Sweeney Guadalype County United States House of Representatives House Offiqe 20515 Governors Office State Capitol Texas 78711 State SenTwTiTi irns i m s Caeitoi station Box 12068 Texas 78711 State Judith Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 Rep Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon Howst State idmund Texas House of Representatives Texas TO TtWONAl VWJKf FCC censorship of radio broadcasts is okay WASHINGTON Sixts vears haw passed since Congress wrote a wholesome provision into the Radio Act of 1927 No person within the jurisdiction of the United Slates shall utter an indecent or profane language means of radio That provision is still in the law as Title Section 1464 of the Code Last week the Federal Communications Commission announc ed that it is instituting a new policy lor enforcing The action is expected to result in sharp restrictions on what has become know as raunch radio I find nothing wrong or nothing in violation of the principle of free in what the commission is do As usual in such we are hearing irom the Henny Pennies who suppose the sk i all The American Civil Liberties Imon is m ing before anyone is hurt Barrs the ACLUs legislative uept thai the revised regulation could have a chilling effect on broadcasters who treat sexual He said the FCC is functioning as one more national 1 have written enough about the excesses of federal regulation to have credentials in order National nannies are an abomination Hut the FCC is quite right in its basic position It has an obligation to enforce the luw until ougress amends or repeals the law or until the Supreme Court finds the law unconstitutional Nothing suggests that the commission is to charge off in some wild exercise in t omstockers There will be time enough for conniption fits if the FCC reprimands a broadcaster for quoting from Chaucer or Shakespeare The tough problem in this field is a problem of defining terms What is What is The U S Supreme Court has strug gled or years with the task Justice William Rrennan called it the vexing Justice John Marshall Harlan called it the Intractable problem Former Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote of the somewhat tortured history of obsenity and Justice William 0 Douglas called the law on obscenity a hodgepodge In 1978 the high court tackled Section 1464 in what is known as the Case of the Seven Dirty Words The case arose at 2 oclock on the after noon of Oct when a New York radio sta tion broadcast a 12minute monologue by come dian tleorge Carlin The theme of the monologue was that dirty by incessant cease to have sexual or scatological and become mere The FCC concluded that the broadcast was which it certainly and warned the owner that the radio station might suffer administrative sanctions as a The case went to the Supreme where the justices rode off m all directions Justice John Paul Stevens wrote a waffling opinon for the court Only Burger and Justice William Rehn quist joined him in Justices Lewis and Iuwell and Harry Blackmun agreed that the FCC had not violated the First The other four Justices dissented It was not the courts finest but at least some conclusions emerged from the judicial af fray Five members of the court agreed that the FCC has power to impose sanctions on licensees who engage in indecent broadcasting The word Indecent carries a meaning separate from the word The Carlin monologue was not only it was also shocking and patently offensive In the context of a 2 p m the seven dirty words were not entitl ed to constitutional protection under the First The FCCs action last week was taken partly as a warning to Howard Stern for broadcasts in New York and Philadelphia Without using the seven dirty words as Stern dwells in early mornmg hours upon sexual and excretory mat ters in a way the commission found patent of fensive Sterns response that an offended listener can always turn off the radio In his 1978 opinion in the Carlin Justice Stevens dealt with that facile defense To that one may avoid further offense by turning off the radio when he hears indecent language is like saying that the remedy for an assault to run away after the first blow Radio Is different from print It comes into our homes and automobiles as a pervasive presence Especially during hours when children may be tuning broadcasters have an obligation to clean up their act If the s crackdown has that fine with me Free speech won t suf fer a fatal or even a damaging blow Andy Rooney President Reagan well suited to be first man There is no end to the number oi firsts available for mankind to celebrate In my lifetime weve had the First Man to fl solo across the AUanic the First Man to run a mile in less than four the F n si Man in space and the first test tube bal At cuima long and the time is going to when the United States has its first uomun uresi The country is ready for a woman There would be some mostl women vuiu u vote against a woman candidate just She was a but those voles Uoff set by the mostly whod vote for the woman just because she was a woman Why hasnt anyone suggested Nancy Keagan for president Is there any law prohibiting the Wife a president from running for the Plesideacy Tm jjoj saymg Id vote tor her but u sterns t9 that Nancy Reagan is a likely can The Republicans dont know who they 33 their eaadWate and here they have a is luowteteaeJe about tbe of the experienced in to mt 63 say theyd vote jysj The great drawback to having a woman as president of the United States is that we would have no first lady The other problem Is what to do with the presidents if she has one i we call him first man9 What would his duties tk The husband of the first woman president pro bably would be a successful businessman or l can imagine such a person demanding as first he be paid A great deal is expected of a first lady and would be expected of a first mmWould the first man be willing to spend his doing Uje pipp ing jobs that traditionally hjye time oi our first ladies Would he be hippy as 3 host of teas for the of visiting djgnjiiries How would he get stag with Use vice How WOAJW a f jjst mjfl handle the tae charge that to hjs whs was dwromating wife mi twmtos tee The idjaj f jisjt igaa mm stay QJ eyejj gojjjgdJan oi his own from toe olfjse ol look great walking his dog across the White House Uwn The story in Washington always has been that Nancy Reagan has assumed a position of unusual importance for a first lady When people want to be they call her our first uneleeted president we would expect the Washington corps to reverse itself and start saySg tot yip presidents te first mm actually was making the totwiint tie very likely 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