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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVi Editor and Publisher JIM Managing Editor New Texas August Other Views A Heros Reward Prisons need longterm help If you thought the Legislature resolved the states prison over crowding problems in its recent ses youre the legislators did include funds for some additional But because of a lastminute rider add ed to the bill by Wichita Falls Ray the number of beds was chopped from to A prison financing and con struction report by Bill Clements office estimates that Texas will need prison beds in the next four fiscal years just to keep up with additional depopula tion orders and the expected in crease in is in desperate need of a longterm prison plan that takes in to account the needs for more more educational and rehabilitation and more ex pensive parole and probation The governor needs to examine the full spectrum of correctional set achievable goals for the state and call the Legislature back for a special session next year to address prison Dallas Morning News The sword syndrome The public display of fumbling in the White as elicited by the SenateHouse committee in vestigating the IranContra appeared to end The final witnesses were Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and fired White House ChiefofStaff Donald They continued the pattern set by Secretary of State George Shultz when they found they tried to convince President Reagan to do he didnt know until too late Rear John Poindexter is the bad guv Theres plenty of litter to go around and obviously Poindexter knew his fate when he so completely fell upon his sword while a But questions The committee may release more of the private testimony in its final Then it will be time for the special prosecutors the public has had a fascinating lesson in government with intimate views of the inside workings at the very top of the ex ecutive yes criminal probably El Paso Times Kathys cakewalk Mayor Kathy Whitmires run for a fourth twoyear term looks like a A dull city election looms Whitmire is winding up her 10th year at Houstons City Hall four years as the first female city controller followed by six more as a reformminded Her style has been that of a pencilpushing ac countant with rather than a gladhanding good ol girl without She is perceived to be scandalfree and She has proven to be ready and able to handle revenue and recently there have been many con troversial ones in An argument can be made that having a major opponent in a mayoral race makes the incumbent a better mayor in the long This situation in 1983 and 1985 made Whitmire a better more in with the We hope hav ing no major opposition doesnt move the incumbent simply to work inside with the without go Ing out among her constituents to keep track of their most vita con The Houston Post Protect rescue workers Picture this scene Rescue workers pull a profusely unconscious man from a wrecked The bloodsoaked rescuers rush the victim to a where the doctors who treat him learn that he has Should the doctors tell the rescue workers that they may have been infected A hospital worker in Prince Georges where this scenario actually took place correctly decided that the answer was But by acting on that decision she broke a state Maryland allows doctors to let firemen and emergency medical technicians know when they have been exposed to contagious diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS is not on that It should Compassion for AIDS victims should not lead us to withhold safeguards from potential Those who put their lives on the line for the rest of us deserve informa training and the authority to use protective devices such as gloves and We owe them the best protection we can Valley Morning Star Koops candor on AIDS Surgeon Genera Everett Koop continues to impress with his in sistence on facing the realities of life in the fight against the spread of Rather than take some nar rowly ideological Koop talks like the doctor he giving advice on avoiding a deadly The other Koop held a round table discussion with four high school students ranging in age from 15 to and ABCTVs Good Morn ing America aired a tape of the Theres only one absolutely cer tain way to avoid and that is to be sexually Now 1 think for for many young peo thats a very viable way to but for adults it isnt But then you have the nice alter native of the mutually monogamous There will always be people who will continue to perhaps go through a series of sexual increasing their risk of getting any sexually transmitted and to them 1 say you must protect yourself and your and the only way to offer now is a Koop practical advice about this deadly disease and how to avoid it is always or should and is beneficial in pointing out what AIDS is a not a moral A uslin A mericanStatcsman Dash out and plant a tree Scientists told a congressional subcommittee that global temperatures are rising dangerous ly because of chemical changes in the Blame is put on an increasing amount of carbon diox which is created when fossil fuels are Plants remove carbon dioxide from the but forests are being destroyed at an increas ing News like that creates an urge to dash out and plant a Come to think about thats always a good Houston Chronicle Your Representatives Bill Clements Governors Office State Capitol Texas 78711 Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House 20515 State idmund Kuempel Texas House Representatives BQX 2910 Texas 78769 State Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station Box 12P68 Texas 78711 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County United States House of Representatives l7l3Uongwprth House Office 20515 William Sims Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 Phil United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg 20510 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate i New Braunfels Police Chief Burney Boeck presented Canyon High School junior Eric Nichols with the departments Humanitarian Award in a ceremony Tues day morning at the police who plays football for CHS and works during the summer at Rockin R River Rides in Gruene where the near Andy Rooney tragedy was hailed for his heroics in rescuing a woman and one of her two daughters from the Guadalupe River July 28 when the three were swept from the Gruene Road Boeck told a roomful of media of Nichols unselfish courage and competence to enter the dangerous river currents with life one which he was able to give the mother who was on the verge of drown ing and was unable to Nichols then grabbed one of the girls and brought her to The young mans and Marvin attended the Staff The job of selling glasnost sincere Last after getting a start will i long lad 1 climbed to the top of a tall pine tree out back of my woodworking attached an aerial and hooked it up to a very good nuiltiband radio in the shop So Ive been able to saw wood and listen to the radio at the same time without losing any fingers The aerial enables me to pick up all kinds of ham radio conversa tions and foreign shortwave broadcasts Im not a person who listens to much music on the radio this when the Iran contra hearings werent on and Id had all the news 1 could I fished on the dial for something Often Id listen to five or 10 minutes 01 Radio the Englishlanguage broadcast from the Propaganda is one o the things the are worst By our the wa the Rus sians go about selling a product or an idea to including to the Russian people is laughably crude Then heavy handed propaganda often sounds like a joke to but the one thing you can be certain of is youre hearing what the Kremlin wants you to What the Kremlin has been promoting is the idea that the S R is being It gets hooked on words and phrases like restructure and uses them until n drivevuu Western imperialists and capitalist landowners are favorites In pite ol all the silly its hard to like what the Kremlin wants us to believe It wants us lo believe Russia is changing It wants us to think it is becoming more open and that dissent is more acceptable It wants us to know that Mikhail iorbaehex honestly wants arms reductions Yesterdav Radio Moscow had manonthe streel interviews with people in the tkraine You might compare it with interviews a Chicago or Los Angeles radio si at ion would have with farmers in a small Midwestern town Restructuring is guing very well in the big cities like Moscow and one Ukrai nian farmer said in his question but there is no progress here in I he smaller towns We do not see more openness and there is still no private enterprise Why1 1 couldnt believe what I was hearing This was Russian propaganda designed to convince Americans that there is now enough glasnost or openness in the Soviet to permit critical comments about the government by Un people one announcer in answer to a said that openness and democracy are growing everywhere in the Soviet Union This admission that it did not have openness and democracy before is amazing stuff to be hearing from Russia While it seems almost too good to be true Im ready to believe it We cant forever assume that everything the Russians propose is evil Ive spent enough unhappy time in the Soviet Union to be very suspicious but this time the Russians seem genuinely interested in a reduction in arms and there is unquestionabh more openness in the Soviet Union last Monday there was a daylong demonstration out side the Kremlin in Red Square by a group of people from Crimea who have some beef with the Soviet government A few years ago theyd never have been allowed to demonstrate over it At the end of his testimony before the congres sional committee Secretary of Slate ieorge made a ad five minute slate men that bears on this new Soviet movement in the direction of What he said was that the rest of the world is just beginning lo understand that idea of freedom They all want what we already have it turns is the in thing anil were way ahead of most other countries If the Russian people want freedom and their new government under Mikhail Gorbachev wants to give it lo theres some hope for the world The only thing that worries me now is that lightning will hit that pine tree out there Mike Royko What Ollie did and didnt accomplish My conservative friend Grump had a bounce to his step and I was sure of the reason why comsymp he 1 suppose youve seen the latest polls Oh they show that most Americans prefer sex to athletes foot Dont be so he said You know what Im talking Whats that The soaring popularity of Col Oliver North great American Ive The public does seem to be smitten by And 1 have to all ol the acclaim is well Grump gave me a suspicious look and said Wait a You think North is a hero Of Hes a man who can get things despite the and Ive always admired that someone who gets Im glad to see that for once you arent suffering from fuzzy Thank Of hed probably be an even bigger hero if the goal of trading arms for hostages had I wonder if the hostages will ever be poor Only time will But the point is that he And one must admire the concept of selling weapons to Iran in order to forge ties with moderates in How After we live in a real world and we must be And if we can establish ties with Iranian that is a worthwhile ot course Its just bad luck that he wasnt able to find any of those moderate Iranians By the way do you think such creatures actually ex or are they like the unicorn1 1 dont know Hut at least he looked for Yes thats what counts What a pity that he couldnt make contact with even one moderate Iranian He could have taken H to a taxidermist and had it mounted Are you being flippant again Forgive me Its a bad let us return to Col North and why 1 admire 1 was dazzl ed by the Creative idea of using the profits from the sale of weapons to Iran to help the 1 prefer to call them freedom as the colonel does that was a brilliant idea and Im glad to see that you acknowledge Of course I It was as the colonel But its unfortunate that when all that money was finally shuffled shuffled ex penses were the freedom fighters wound up with just about But I guess thats the way high finance As they you have to spend money to lose Youre being flippant It just we should look at the pluses in that After the Iranian middleman who is widely hailed as a twofaced got his share of the And if you cant be fair to a twofaced what kind of a national hero are you I think this conversation is talcing a distasteful Forgive me But to gel back to Col Norths heroic accomplishments the hostages werent no moderate Iranians ever ap and the contras got hardly am money for their but we should look at Col Norths positive achievements For he has made it possible for the nation to witness a open debate on some important issues You mean aid lo the freedom fighters1 but much more Weve now had the rare opportunity to hear a Republican secretary of state say that a couple of presidential aides such as North says that Casey of the CIA knew just about while the Republican attorney general says that Casey didnt know anything in other weve heard many of the people who are supposed to be running this country call ing each other liars Thats about as open a debate as 1 can 1 have an appointment goodbye one other thing to consider Those missiles we sent to Iran for the hostages we didnt get and the moderates we never and the aid to the contras that didnt get there What happens if Iran uses those missiles to shoot at our ships in the Persian Gulf What do we do then You know the answer as well as 1 do we 1 thought we might throw a ticker tape parade for the colonel for at least getting that much
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