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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVE JIM W6 Bft Managing Editor New Juhg Forum LETTER POLICY The HefaldZeitung welcomes All letters should be sign ed and include an address of telephone The newspaper reserves the to Letters should be sent to New Braunfels Drawer New Texas or brought to our offices at Comments not justified Dear The charge that lack of planning by past councils and city staff is the cause of the present funding problems is not This has been said most recently by council members Chapa and Either these two are trying to undermine confidence in our city staff and to disparage past councils good efforts or they dont know what they are talking Politics should not play a part in the problem which the economy has placed on our It is lower sales tax revenues and higher costs that are the reason for New Braunfels These have hit every city in our When you look at your tax please note how much you pay in city taxes compared to school Which is the best bargain Edna Voigt Washington Today There aint no smoking gun President Reagan By DALE NELSON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP When President Reagan says there is no smoking gun in the IranCentra he is echoing a phrase from a Sherlock Holmes yarn that haunted Richard Nixon during his last days in the White In Watergate days the words used were usually smoking the same phrase employed in the Sherlock Holmes Reagan said smoking a variation that was also used at times in the Watergate Either way it means the same If you find somebody with a smoking weapon in his it looks like hes the Watergate investigators were looking for the culprit in a White House coverup of administration involvement in the 1972 burglary at the offices of the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Com IranContra investigators are trying to among other what Reagan knew about the diversion of funds from secret Iranian arms sales to aid rebels in Reagan says he didnt know anything about There aint no smoking he told an inquiring reporter Tuesday as he walked down a hallway in the Capitol before having lunch with Republican According to the Oxford English the phrase Reagan was echoing was first by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Sherlock Holmes in The exact words were The chaplain stood with a smoking pistol in his Nobody seems to iemember who first applied the phrase to j remember what it says Howard then an aide to Howard Biker a membe r of the Watergate rnjttee and now White House chief of Use of the phrase became com mon as evidence from Watergate reached ever closer to on in response to a court the White House released tape recordings of Oval Office conversations by Nixon and his In a conversation on June six days after the Watergate break Nixon and his chief of had agreed to order the FBI not to go any further into this The revelation contradicted Nixons previous statements that he did not know of White House in volvement in the Watergate coverup until White House counsel John Dean told him of it on March Here was the smoking pistol the investigators had been looking for the undeniable evidence that from the very beginning Nixon had been in had had condoned and sup ported the attempt to bury the Watergate mess out of sight of the the the Congress and the District Judge John Sirica wrote in his On four days after release of the Nixon In the IranContra no such dramatic evidence has Much of the investigation has on an undated memorandum that fired National Security Council aide Oliver North has said he It in cluded a proposal to divert 112 million from the arms sales to aid the The memo called for a presidential but Reagan says he never saw kee chairman of the House committee investigating the was asked what would happen if the committee found that Reagan had approved the He If that occurred and let us emphasise the if that if it you would have a demand for impeachment Your Representatives State l st 79711 Andy Rooney The splendor of our nations capital Everyone should come to every few years just to see what theyre doing with our I was invited to speak at a reception for a large group of congressmen while I dislike it seemed like an in vitation one doesnt turn I am back home now after fewer than 24 hours in the nations Herewith some notes The scene of the event was the caucus room of the Cannon Office There are eight such three for five for They are all They were built from huge slabs and blocks of They have even though no one uses them and the high ceilinged halls are interrupted by heavy and beautiful doors leading to the congressmens The buildings cost a but they are onetime expenses and our capital should have great Congressman Allan Swift introduced him he Im Allan Swift from Washington I and we shook Does that bother you I I having to say state all the time Drives me he And then Ill be James Kilpatrick listening to the radio and theyll Three people were murdered early this morning in Northeast You thats where I come from and Im but then I realize where I am and that theyre talking about not my The bestlooking woman I saw was the wife of Alan Simpson of Ann She could play the part of a distinguishedlooking wife a senator in a Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts is a friend Id met through my daughter and son inlaw in Hes an immensely attractive and ambitious He says hes in a lot of trouble with the news divisions of the networks over the hearings he called looking into their He had expressed for over the effect General Electrics ownership of NBC might have on the NBC News coverage of Defense Department activities because General Electric is also one of the major Defense Department Even people in the news business who are worried about it objected to the suggestion the hearing gave of government Markeys a good He must suspect he may have been but he doesnt admit Congressmen Im always impressed with how well politicians get along with other congressmen even though they may have fought with them all day on the floor of the Its a lesson in civility for the rest of If my speech had been graded by a Id have I had good material but my delivery was halting and uneven The acoustics were the lights were in my eyes and there was a lot of movement in and out the door facing I felt badly about failing in front of so distinguished an There was plenty of good food and drink at the but Im always too nervous to eat if Im going to speak and by the time Ive finished theyve taken it the used be called just the telephone company in much of the but it changed to that hightech I talked with the chairman who is known simply as Bud Youd expect the top executives of big corporations to be stiff and formal but theyre always charming and easy to talk You can see why they got where they were A lot of the congressmen didnt stay They made an appearance and There were other I but it isnt clear to me why they come at I enjoy but I wouldnt walk for let alone run for A promise of better things through Du Pont Pierre Samuel du Pont Pete to his turned up in this village the other His campaign had just the million mark he hopes to raise another big chunk from Ms friends in the hunt He will need every dime he can In pursuing the Republican presidential du Pont if upon the toughs ft steeplechase ojf his political Hf gf t PiSt i of hurdles George has to overcome the gjndjcap Qf a name Owl ji familiar with who break recordj or break owe or the The Far dr it AZIff Pu Pont looks at farm subsidies amounting to 126 billion and year and This has to Lots of people say the program has to The cost is monstrous and the results are Pu Pont to phase out the payments over a fiveyear The corn grower who gets a subsidy of this year would get only neit the following year and m forth Where is he trying to sell this plan In thats He looks at PWbUc Over the past 10 ai saM ta bu announcement tbf pffjeM syitera An pswrtdI3W mm tate grants fa fjmJUei with dependent buf today more of our citizens live m poverty 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