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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 13, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVE t Editor and Publisher Managing Editor Other views A video solution BUI Clements made the right decision last week in signing into law a measure that will reinstate the use of Videotaped interviews in physical and sexual abuse trials that involve children as the This measure is intended to replace a similar law declared un conititutional last The bill addresses the defendants constitu tional right to face an accuser by requiring an additional cross examination tape of the child being questioned by a defense attorney or child abuse Most the measure will shield abuse victims under 12 from the trauma of testifying in open The Houston Post The drug traffic problem The General Accounting Office now tells us what South Texas nar cotics authorities have known for a long time The amount of drugs entering the United States from Mexico has The GAO found despite in creased spending on drug enforce ment and eradication the amount of Mexican heroin entering the United States has increased since 1980 by at least 200 and the flow of marijuana is up by 600 Some say increased vigilance along the Florida drug routes has shifted trafficking to the Southwest But members of a House narcotics committee blame the White the State Department and their counterparts in Mexico We would like to see both governments at their highest levels meaning Presidents Reagan and de la Madrid address this serious flaw in San Antonio ExpressNews Reagans jest a warning President Reagan speaks about his nose in which is typical of The president speaks with a definite purpose in A skin cancer was removed from his nose and doctors say he is doing The president ap peared this week with a bandage on the tip of his He told visitors I know youre all admiring my can look like Just sit in the sun as long as I The presidents warning is impor Protect Houston Chronicle Promoting peace The peace plan for Nicaragua which President Reagan floated last week may never attain full realiza but already it has achieved something of It almost cer tainly nudged the five Central American presidents meeting in Guatemala City to agree on a regional peace The socalled Arias nam ed after Costa Rican President Oscar Arias diverges from the Reagan plan in a number of particularly in that it in cludes no requirement for the San dinista government in Nicaragua to negotiate with the contra as Guatemalan President Vinicio Cerezo it does repre sent an act of an act of con fidence in our capacity to build The Arias Plan could serve as the point of departure for negotiation which could lead to a gradual scalingdown of the violence in Corpus Christ CallerTimes Pursuing peace the new American proposal to bring peace or at least mean ingful negotiation to Central America is open to The Reagan administrations historic lack of enthusiasm for a negotiated settlement guarantees But the proposal should be pur sued it offers an alter native to the continuing argument about the contras and a chance to refocus American Interna it provides a test of San dinista willingness to behave responsibly and return to the pro mises of the Nicaraguan Speaker Jim Wright deserves rather than the kneejerk cynicism of liberal for sticking his neck out to give negotia tion a real Fort Worth StarTelegram Kudos to Maynard It took three but the com mittee selecting inductees for the National Football League Hall of Fame finally got it El Pasoan Don Maynard was one of seven in ducted Saturday in ceremonies in The prominent El Paso businessman was a state champion hurdler in high school in Colorado City when he was recruited to play for Texas Western college now the University of Texas at El His outstanding performance here led him to the New York a year in the Canadian Football to the New York Titans renamed the New York Jets and to complete his the Louis During his 15year career as a pass especially those years with the Maynard set many professional returning to El has been an outstanding supporter of athletics and role model for young He honors this and El Paso honors El Paso Times Your Representatives Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg 20510 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County United States House of Representatives 1713Lonflwprth House Office 20515 William Sims Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate 20510 State Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station 80x12068 Texas 78711 State Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Bill Clements Governors Office State Capitol Texas 78711 Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House 20515 Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 20500 New August 600rY James Kilpatrick Military doctors should be able to be sued WASHINGTON Forty years more or bad things happened to Rudolph Ar thur Jefferson and Dudley all of them were in the Feres died in a barracks fire at Pine Jefferson went through an abdominal operation flawed by serious malprac Griggs died for want of proper treatment by Army All three figured in lawsuits brought at the time against the Untied States The suits sought damages above and beyond the con pensation given them under federal The question was whether the Federal Tort Claims Act of 1946 FTCA permitted servicemen to sue the Speaking for a unanimous Supreme Court in Justice Robert Jackson ruled that military personnel may not bring suit for injuries that arise out of or are in the course of activity incident to This is the Feres With few the Supreme Court has adhered to Jacksons reasoning ever Now the Feres doctrine is under double It barely survived this past term of the Supreme Court dissenting in a 54 case in Justice Antonin Scalia termed the Feres rule clearly And in the House of Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts has introduced a bill to permit men and women in the armed forces to sue for malpractice by service The Justice Department opposes Franks but the measure strikes me a altogether The armed services have attracted some first rate physicians the level of medical on the is regarded as reasonably But the armed services also have attracted some second rate doctors who couldnt hack it In civilian There is no valid at least none that I can why a soldier or sailor who suf fers from botched surgery should not be able to sue as civilians can Justice Jackson himself seemed a little uncer tain in his 1950 He found no legislative record to guide the court in construing the If we misinterpret the he remark at least Congress possesses a ready The ambiguous language of the FTCA sought to make the government liable in the same manner and to the same extent as a private individual under like Jackson reasoned that no private individual could be legally analogous to a soldier in the Ar for no one has power to mobilize a private said the law makes no sense if it results in suits brought by military subject to frequent under the applicable tort law of the state in which the injury he the govern ment maintains a system of conpensation that is fair and Military discipline would suf fer if troops could sue their officers for wrongful To Justice Brennan and Mar this reasoning is They are ready to junk the Feres doctrine or at least to poke holes in the rule that would give men and women in service a better That is Franks Go back to the case of Arthur Eight months after his operation at an Army hospital in Jefferson had to have a second To their surprise and found in his stomach a towel 30 Inches long by 18 inches marked Medical Depart Jefferson received lumpsum compensation of at the The court estimated given his life he would receive in stallments totaling before his It wasnt Franks bill would let malpractice plaintiffs go to court under Franks bill would not address the indefensible damage Inflicted by the Army upon Master James He was one of a thousand you may who in 1958 were gulled into without their to deter mine the effect of LSD on Neither would it help the widow of Horton Winfield a Coast Guard helicopter pilot who it is when Federal Aviation Administration controllers erred in supervising a rescue flight in The Supreme Court ap plied the Feres doctrine to both cases this past Something is sorely wrong The original Feres plaintiffs of 1950 suffered damages that had little to do with the peculiar circumstances of military A defective furnace led to Feres Incompetent surgery figured in two other The Congressional Budget Of fice estimates that Franks bill would cost the taxpayers no more than million in FTCA damages a It would be money fairly Analysis Theres cautious optimism in the oil patch By CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer Besides the metronomic pulse of that noise coming from oilfields around the country is the clink of tools being picked up again by the beat of helicopters heading off Its the sound of optimism even if its still The drilling is picking Landmen are going back to Its looking pretty says Tom who arranges leases in Mon Were cautiously allows John who directs hiring for an Oklahoma oilfield service Our production will continue to but at a slower predicts Jim Bob chief executive of an gas and mineral con cern based in New Right chimes in Ed an economic analyst in the Alaska Labor Depart there just seems to be an air of op Prices of crude oil futures have fluctuated recently but stayed above 20 a and that has accelerated oilfield activity that had picked up earlier in the Depressed petroleum prices began a slow recovery a few months industry officials even some officials in businesses secon darily affected by the ups and downs of oil are voicing modest Jim president of First Citizens Bank of and president of the Montana Bankers Theres a lot of dif ference in a few dollars in the price of he could be losing money at breaking even at and making money at Delinquent loans to oil producers will turn around with an upswing in prices and produc but beyond he even loans made to motels and shopping centers in better times will gradually be repaid as the oil patch economy Optimism breeds a sense of which prompts people to spend money and changes the direction of the said For the first time since last the delinquency rate on home loans made through the Alaska Housing Finance held steady in June at said spokeswoman Margaret And Alaska legislators cited the stabilization of oil when they refused to go along with Steve Cowpers plans for reinstating an Income a motor fuels tax and many state fee in At the University of where enroll ment in petroleum engineering courses has been off Roy head of the geology echoed others when he said he just hopes the price rise holds I think more than high prices we need predic table 1 hope it doesnt go too high too Knapp When youre you do things he noting that companies have learned from their losses in recent To jump back in with both feet its a marvelous place to lose their In Birdsongs Halliburton Ser vices is taking a cautious We are beginning to see a few bright spots in the but were moving very he We have reemployed some of the ones we have laid and some have turned us Theyre not sure if its going to be a sustained In drill pipe manufacturer Lone Star Technologies has upped its production capacity 5 percent from a year ago and quietly hired back 300 workers in recent officials The company had laid off about twothirds of its workforce of last Temporary workers and contract labor will be used for the time being in the Kern projects of Chevron said the com panys division manager for Bob The company is still cautious about oil prices and our caution is reflected in our hiring prac he production in Kern the largest oilproducing county in the is increasing with about wells operating in March compared to at the low point last when prices tumbled below 10 a according to BUI senior engineer for the California Division of Oil and Gas in Were seeing some exploratory drilling and a lot of deyelopjnent wells being observed Ed Welge of the divisions Bateersfieid Weve seen this upjturn the first of this Far from the fields producing thick Kern River those that give up Louisiana Sweet are also growing more In 145 rigs were running in Ixnii 61 of them at the same time last 103 rigs were in 44 The exploration push has set off a scramble for oilfield equipment in the Drilling companies report shortages and a quick jump in prices of drill tools and diesel power units as well as trained talent to run and maintain welders and helicopter many of whom left the state last year in search of are in hot demand In Alaskas Prudhoe oil companies plan to drill 17 new wells this after virtually halting North Slope oil exploration in Oil analysts attribute this years price climb to greater cooperation among members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting The recent price hike is linked to heightened ten sions in the Persian Gulf to a lesser increased gasoline demand from Americans on summer analysts say Besides affecting local economies in the oil the rising price of oil raises tax revenues in producer In officials counted on prices Ralph state budget said the 198788 budget is based on severance bonus and royalty revenues of million and oil priced at a Oil traders and petroleum economists have said they expect the price of Louisiana Sweet crude to stay in the range for the rest of the barring any upheaval in In New every dollar above state budgetmakers per barrel estimate of oil prices means an extra million in revenue to the The biggest impact will be in terms of some unexpected increases in the states general fund that comes from oil and gas said Brian director of the University of New Mexicos Bureau of Business and Economic Beyond oil and gas severance taxes pro vide the buJfc of funding for state capital projects through severance tax revenue he With oW prices coming back to those kind pi the state should have bonding capacity tor
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