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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 4, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVE Editor and Publisher j IM WE BR Managing Editor 4 September Editorial Theyre still insecure and not able to laugh The trial of 19yearold West German pilot Mathias Rust clearly shows that the Soviet while perhaps more adept at shaping public opinion than in past is a reflec tion of the fear that is pervasive among Russian Why a country so powerful should be so insecure is hard for people not acquainted with their system of government to It has been forty years since World War yet the Soviet Union continues to behave as if foreign troops were poised on their borders ready to In this latest a young man apparently seeking publicity got more than he bargained He might have been shot down by Soviet fighter but he so the Soviet system has to do something to show that the nation is still Soviet prosecutors sought and received a four year sentence in a labor camp for Attempting to land a plane on the lawn of the White House might have resulted in the planes true but all things being the same the likely result would have been a hef ty fine and some kind of probation for the revocation of his pilots license and a cover story in People Perhaps the best thing the Soviets have going for them is they do what they say they will do in international Perhaps Rust would have made a greater impact if he had used a bigger plane and dropped crates of Levi Cuervo Gold and autographed pictures of Madonna with paper flyers saying With love from the boys at Billy Bobs in Fort Glasnost may be the in thing in but clearly the open doors indicated by Soviet rhetoric can be slammed shut over simple Nuclear weaponry and diplomatic discussion the Russians have a long way to go before they learn what all world leaders should know how to laugh at Other Views The boxcar tragedy The Mexican consulate in El Paso has recommended an law firm represent the families of 18 undocumented Mex ican workers who suffocated in July in a locked boxcar at Sierra Blanca in lawsuits against the Union Pacific Railroad and the Border Representatives of the firm have been interviewing family members in Ojo where most of those who died came That the workers perished in such a fashion is most They had been locked inside a 40by10 foot steelsided boxcar in which temperatures were believed to have reached at least 130 They must have suffered and it is remarkable that one member of the group But to hold the railroad or the Border Patrol somehow responsible for the tragedy is to defy and to try to place a price tag on the workers lives the most frequent ly heard figure for the proposed suits is million is reprehensi The horrible circumstances sur rounding the deaths cant alter the fact that the 18 victims were in this country illegally and were stowaways aboard the boxcar that became their death If any of these cases ever make it to they should be summari ly thrown out for lack of And for general Fort Worth StarTelegram A chance to try it Chief Justice John Hill surprised everyone outside his immediate family with his resignation from the Texas Supreme Hill is right in calling for non partisan judicial The chief a called on the man who defeated him for governor a couple of terms Bill to name a 15member blueribbon panel to submit the names of three or more qualified candidates from whom the governor would select Hills This would set a pattern for merit selection of judges that Hill hopes would spread to our entire who has indicated past support for merit selection of some should consider serious ly taking an approach similar to the one recommended by the man he defeated in his first gubernatorial Kerrville Daily Times Demise of the speed traps Speed traps have become an in tegral part of the folklore of life on the American highway and Texas is certainly no exception to the rule Let us celebrate the cheerful ka ching of the cash registers of Let us sing of the sirens of but what have we here What we have is a new Texas law which is going to make life considerably more difficult for little pennyante towns which up to now have made a comfortable living off of mostly unintentional By the terms of House Bill 581 municipal courts will be permitted to keep on ly S2 for each mile per hour by which a ticketed driver exceeds the speed Anything above that goes into the state It is easy to understand these communities apprehensions but its difficult to work up much sym pathy for For speed trap towns in Texas have survived as pouncing on unwitting motorists for speed law infractions which in other jurisdictions would in all likelihood go Christi CallerTimes Textbook selections While textbook companies spend time in Texas awaiting adoption decisions and scouring the state seeking important educa tional as well as economic are at Critics claim textbooks have become watered down in recent years so students who receive fewer academic challenges experience While allegations range from valid social concerns to extreme they illustrate the nature of the dilemma facing those developing and marketing tex Most important citizens can send the message to par ticularly those making that they want textbooks to promote rigorous instruction and to serve as aids to teachers who will put their best effort into classroom instruc San Antonio Light The shadow remains After the death of unrepentant Nazi Rudolf Hess in West Berlins Spandau there was a spate of neoNazi demonstrations that in dicate Germany unfortunately is not completely rid of the scourge of The family had to conduct burial services for Hess secretly to thwart a giant neoNazi rally at the The Allies have announc ed the old prison will be completely dismantled so it cannot become a neoNazi and the West Berlin mayor said he wants the work completed as rapidly as possi There are some people in this world who need to be educated about exactly what Nazism did to the Germany of the 1930s and the It was a costly mistake for Germany it is sicken ing to think remnants of that philosophy are still Houston Chronicle PRONStS you sAift THJS WOULD POV SAi6 GO euy Ml Of TNESl COUPS WILL THIS AS 4 t CAM FUL AM5 WHAT ABOUT OLD NOT BIT Of HELP FQOM MOT LAUGHING 6000 lOtA tf y OLD To WITH 50 PAIRS OF Analysis Reagan wants impact reviews for welfare By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON AP President ap plying a new yardstick for evaluating housing and education says federal policies must be judged in terms of how they will affect families and parents supervision of their at his vacation home in signed an executive order Thursday that will re quire a review of existing and proposed regula tions and policies in terms of their impact on If we would have had this in place a number of years we could have stopped the unintended consequences of some of these well meaning efforts to help poor Gary the presidents assistant for policy said in an interview in It was the latest in a series of steps intended to help promote the agenda of The new order empowers Bauers office to assess the way in which policies strengthen or erode the stability of the family particular the marital Bauer said that if a policy is judged harmful from a family the order gives me new grounds to stop things a leader of conservative forces in the White said the order was the equivalent of the environmental Impact statements required of federal building It will apply chiefly to education and housing programs but actually covers all Bauer Discussing the potential Bauer said there are a lot of welfare programs that were put in the 60s and 70s thai clearly at this point most experts will say have hurt the poor family or the minority family If they had been examined a little more closely at the they might have been modified in order to avoid For he unmarried teen age girls who have children now get benefits under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children and also might qualify for subsidized He said research shows that an unmarried girl who remains at home after having a child is unlikely to have while girls who set up their own households end up having a second and a third out of wedlock Bauer said that using the family yardstick the government would not give AFlx to unutv teenage mothers unless they agrixd to liuat home Hauer said the yardstick would courage the poor to buy their own of living in federal housing In he said there is evidence that many of the educational programs adopted in the last 2u years dont provide in mean ingful way for parental participation A recent Keagan directive bans tinUM of federal funds for abortion counseling aiui refer ral He also has announced formation of an in teragency task force to promote adoption as an alternative for pregnant women who na considering abortion Also Keagan named a commission to find ways to divest the government of pro grains and functions that tinadministration believes can be provided more efficiently the private sector Mike Royko Cuomo should anto up and run for president The Democratic scramble for the presidential nomination is about as exciting as a pennyante poker I bet my 4 percent showing in the And I call your 4 percent showing in the and raise my 5 percent name I call your 5 percent name and raise my 3 percent approval rating I call your approval rating and raise my new surge of support in which consists of two farmers and their Two farmers and their You must be The candidates have had so little impact that a survey by a liberal magazine showed that if Gary Hart reentered the hed again be the The magazine thought this was But if they took another theyd probably find that Vanna Fridge Perry or PeeWee Herman could be frontrunners And its unlikely that any of the candidates will be able to do or say anything that will send their popularity rocketing from 5 percent in the polls a dazzling 20 Joe Biden had decided he can become a household name by boldy challenging the Bork nomination for the Supreme The only pro blem is that the vast majority of Americans dont know who Bork and they dont care what hes nominated Biden would get more attention if hed arm wrestle Bork on a cable sports Right Jesse Jackson has the most sup which is contorting for his But unless he can slip something in the water supply that turns 80 percent of Americans his support has already And while the political Journalists might find something significant about Paul Simon being greeted eotfcusiasticaJly by 30 rustics at a church pancake breakfast in its not driving the nations Democrats into a frenzy of Simonmania Im afraid this crop of Democratic can didates while theyre capable people seem to be chronic unknowns You ask somebody on the street who or what a Dukakis and the respponse might be that its something a Greek parent says while potty train ing an So this should be a metier of serious concern for those who believe in the importance of a strong twoparty It should be of even more concern for those who consider themselves Democrats Do you want to face a future with George Bush guiding the ship of state while wearing starched white yachting togs and sipping gin and Or as Slats Grobnik said I had a dream about Bush being the He was over in the Persian Gulf lobbing tennis balls at the its time for the democrats to recognize that what they need is a political heavyhitter And to persuade their one heavyhitter that its time for him to quit goofing around and to get in to Im of about Mario the governor of New He has been the logical candidate since the moment he finished his elec trifying keynote speech at the last democratic Hes still the most logical candidate for a number of reasons the most important being he can months ago he said he didnt want to run and didnt intend to But he said it early enough so that most people forgot by the next major sports when Cuomo it wasnt wide ly known that Gary Hart was the fastest zipper in the Since Harts the Democrats have been without a leading candidate What they have is a bunch of guys who could finish in a seven way tie for last So now Cuomo has a perfect excuse fur chang ing his mind He need only say that as a loyal it is his duly to provide pull the party together and save us from four more years of not knowing svhat guys like Poindvxter are up to 1 dont know why Cuomo said he wouldnt run Maybe he was shrewd enough to know that if in hed avoid the indignity of trudging around Iowa trying to impressa few hundred Maybe he genuinely didnt want to gel involved in the primary rat the free worlds dumbest way of choosing a leader Or because hes more sensitive than most he knows there are a few louts who think that anyone with a name like Mario has to be a cousin of Vito and he doesnt want to put up with their bigoted guff Whatever the reasons theyre no longer If the Democrats hope to win Cuomo has to be their He has the compelling the brilliant and in a world uf politics by the oratorical gifts Hes the right and has the common sense not to let the extremists at either end of his partv push into dumb positions Hes shown that he can do what most people want from a president articulate his vision of what our society should rockribbed Republicans and conservatives wont like but they wont vote for him anyway But my hunch is that his message will be welcomed by Democrats and the vast middle that doesnt place much importance on partv So its time for the democrats to end the pennyante One push by a high roller and its all over
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