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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVi Editor and Publisher i Managing Editor Page 4 A New Texas Editorial Lets make ComFund 87 a early success ComFund 87 kicks off Tuesday with a board of directors meeting in Honors Hall next to New Braunfels Civic A brown bag lunch is scheduled for the next day at noon in the Herb Schneider Room at 1000 Services and agencies many of us take for granted and that serve senior the Comal County boy and girl a myriad of good will and wor thwhile things are supported locally by The goal for the upcoming drive is and should be pledged and appropriated before the end of the When ComFund representatives contact our business com munity to set up visual presentations of what our ComFund dollars we would hope they meet with a spirit of cooperation and early success in having Comal Countians pledge whatever they can to this fund Among the agencies ComFund supports here are Comal County Childrens Comal County Senior Citizen Hospice New Teen Comal County Womens Crisis Humane Society of New Comal County Lone Star Girl Scout Boy Scouts of America and ComFund directors and volunteers will begin distributing information and pledge packets If the agencies and the people they serve mean anything to give to volunteer if you can and encourage others to do the ComFund is the best way to provide the most support to the most deservng projects and activities our community has to By supporting the we support And isnt that what giving is all Analysis Bloodbath unlikely despite increase in rate of executions WASHINGTON AP The pace of executions in the United States is quickening but the death of three condemned men on the same day last week does not signal a coming blood death penalty opponents Its a blip in a steadily rising said Henry Schwarzschild of the American Civil Liberties I dont think its the beginn ing of a blood But we will have more and Schwarzschild said he would not be suprised if the number of yearly executions one day duplicates the mid1930s when death row inmates were being killed at a record pace in the There were 199 executions in America in the largest annual total in the nations With the three executions that took place there have been 22 in 1987 and four months remain in the The previous high for any year since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976 was 21 in Some authorities believe the ex ecution of three men in one day may attract public but lately enforcement of the death penalty has become routine and has been relegated to the back pages of the newspapers and brief mention on national news Leigh head of the Na tional Coalition to Abolish the Death says the increasing pace of executions may awaken public con Last Fridays she are not a harbinger of a dramatic rise in Were angry and But three in one day is more a coin cidence than anything she Beauford who stood guard while six people were shot to death in a was electrocuted in Florida Wayne Eugene con victed in the killing of a died in Alabamas electric chair and Pierre Dale convicted in the torture murders of three people during a died from a lethal injection in Helping to trigger the upsurge in executions is a key Supreme Court ruling last April that said death penalty laws can be valid even if statistics indicate they are enforced in racially biased The 54 ruling upheld Georgias death penalty system despite the fact that killers of white people in that state are far more likely to be sentenced to death than killers of Many executions had been delayed pending that There are men and women on death rows nationwide and some 250 more are sentenced to death each Your Representatives Bill Clements Governors Office State Capitol Texas 78711 State Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station Box12068 Texas 78711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate 20510 Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg 20510 William Sims CapitpJ Station Texas 78711 Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 20500 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County United States House of Representatives 1713 Long worth House Office 20515 Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House 20515 State Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Box 2910 Texas CITY HALL 1 u L Mike Royko A lost opportunity and a lousy morning There are some mornings so lousy that you know the rest of the day is going to This one began with nature as the enemy in the form of a flooded Nature is a frustrating enemy because no matter how much you rant and it doesnt Then came the writing of a check to the Inter nal Revenue The IRS Is a dangerous enemy because if you rant and swear you might be audited and have even more to rant and swear And before the morning was half there was an old and hated It took the form of a bridge going then getting stuck and not coming down for 30 trapping thousands of us in our cars with nowhere to By the time the bridge and the traffic crept I was hoplessly late for an inter view with a my teeth were grinding and I was sure the entire world was plotting against At the first I caught a red That got me even water was being sloshed across my At I didnt even know where it was coming Then I saw that a teenager had stepped from the curb with one of those gas station a combination sponge and for cleaning And he got me My windshield was already so why was he cleaning it Who asked him to The light might change and I could lose a few more precious Before he could use the I gave him an angry waved him off and turned on my He stepped back on the shook his head slightly and turned About 16 and very His Tshirt was a grimy gray and his trousers looked like the kind that might have sold for new a long time The light turned green and I drove By the time I got to the next I realized what I had just That wasnt one of my sons on the street cor washing the windshields of strangers hoping some of them would be generous enough to hand him two My sons never had to do anything that demeaning to put a few dollars In their They were fortunate enough to have been born Caucasian with an overpaid And there I in my fatcat with air conditioning stereo playing and enough electronic doodads to do everything but blow my 1 had enough money in my pocket to buy that skinny kid a pay his familys rent for a month and maybe fill up their refrigerator and But I hadnt had the decency to let him squeegee the then touch the button that lowers a window and give him a buck and a I had given him a scowl and a gestures that said he was a And all the do you know what was play ing on my stereo cassette Paul and singing that If they had a theyd hammer out love between their brothers and all over the world thats what was While Im telling some ghetto kid to get Statistics ran through my Whats the teenage black unemployment rate 40 or 50 percent And we wonder why so many are into crime But here was a kid who wasnt grabbing my smashing and mugging or All he was doing was cleaning wind shields and hoping people like me might ap preciate it was a form of But with that sponge and he gave dignity to He was Im trying to Im doing And I tell him to bug So I made a right turn at the next then another I figured Id double back and catch him a second and this time Id give him a By the time I got back to the he was Maybe he moved to another So I went around tried a couple more But I couldnt find So 1 drove to the office and When 1 walked past my she Good morn I told her It was a stinking Then I went into the mens looked in the mirror and saw the biggest reason for it being a stinking Open new laws become effective By KEN HERMAN Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP Drinking alcoholic beverages while a practice that one official calls a deadly Texas becomes illegal Monday under a new state The open container law is among about 750 new ones that go into effect Monday or You are expected to know what is in all of the new statutes dictating what you can you cant what you have to do differently and what you have to pay more to In addition to the drinkingwhiledriving the cantdo list which seems to be longer than the cando list includes prohibitions on late term improper payments to college smoking at public schools and keeping a vicious The vicious dog law includes a canine capital punishment The cando list includes driving golf carts on some public streets and putting more alcohol in The list of things that will cost more to do In cludes buying or renting a motor vehicle and staying in hotels or As of the State tax on buying or renting a vehicle in creases from the cmrent 5 percent to 6 The states tax goes up to 6 perent from 4 This years major tax Creasing the sales tax 19 6 is effective The open container law was jHnpng the more keenly dented issues during the past several won appr oval for it this The law makes it a Class C misdemeanor to get caught drinking an alcoholic beverage while Its a weak said Ross executive director of the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug By allowing the passenger to drink in the it makes it easy for the driver to hand it In a driver can legally carry an alcoholic The law only makes it illegal to drink it and be observed doing so by a police its one of the weaker open container Newby But it is an attempt to help educate the He acknowledged there is something tradi tionally Texan about downing a beer behind the Its a longstanding tradition that has killed a lot of Newby Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike Cox said it could prove difficult to enforce the open container but DPS troopers will We appreciate the laws and we believe the same sort of people who are cons cientious enough of safety to wear seat belts are the same sort of people who will abide by this Cox said The abortion bill also was the product of several years of Mike D Fort woe approval this year for the law that makes it in most to abort a fetys during the final three months of The MiUsjp pm goes into effect It ajows aborUofls at MX W toe pregnancy becomes a severe health threat to the mother or if the fetus has a severe aftd irreversible ab Among the miscellaneous and curious bills was one initially written by Ron D and rewritten by Ron R Thanks to the efforts of Wilson and as of the alcoholic content of candy can be 5 percent by Under the old the maximum was The change was a result of federal action eliminating the 50year ban on the interstate sale of candy with alcoholic content in excess of percent Grant was the author of the bill that allows golfers to drive their carts on some public roads near the links beginning Mon Also effective Monday is the ban on smoking and use of tobacco products on public school a measure sponsored by Jim who thought it was wrong for schools to have designated smoking areas for Starting universities that wind up in trouble with the National Collegiate Athletic Association can sue boosters or other people who committed the acts that got them in John got that bill passed in the wake of football scandals at Southern Methodist University and other The vicious dog sponsored by Keith effective Tuesday Had makes it illegal to keep a dog that togs attacked a unless the owner restrains the dog and carries a f lability policy on the The law also allows a judge to order the death of a dog that commits a second attack on per son or kills a
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