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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions OAVI KM Editor and JtiMipfttr JIM Mwaglng Editor New Tarn Editori Daneing with the one who did not bring you Democratic Party survives through the it won t be because Republicans and conservatives didnt do their utmost to kill Comal County District Attorney Bill Schroeder and County Attorney Bill Reimer changed their political party affilia tions Both men said words to the effect that the GOP better represented their beliefs than the Democratic Party to which they belonged when they began their political Congratulations to both of them on their No one can fault a man or woman for making such a John for reached a point when he finally in effect told By the next time you try to politically damage youll have a And he promp tly joined the Republican Party If it takes joining the Republican Party to get elected in Comal County or any place then as a practical matter thats the right thing to do call yourself whatever sells on election But when all is said and Americans and Texans may look back one day and think Ronald Reagan wasnt such a great communicator after all he just knew how to pick peo ple who were even if they werent completely When that day comes and a Democrat or a Libertarian or someone who is not Republican per se earns the nations will those people who changed parties for political ex pediency try to rejoin the Democratic Party and cast away their GOP coats Its true that the Democratic Party hasnt fielded the most attractive slate of candidates but that could And the next time we have a popular Democrat in the White we should all remember that political philosophy can sometimes change with the Maybe we should more fre quently ask our politicians where they stand on the After a day will have passed since they took a Other views Taking the heat Harry Truman said it best If you cant stand the get out of the kit if Republican presiden tial hopeful Pat Robertson objects to close press scrutiny of his theres one sure way to stop it drop The plain fact is Robertson and all the other candidates of both parties are going to be subjected to microscopic examination because they should They want to be elevated to the most important job in the and the people deserve to know just what sort of person they are being asked to put in that posi Robertsons whining about the revelation that he and his wife were legally married just 10 weeks before their first child was and more important about inac curacies in his personal just doesnt deserve much He or should have that when he put himself forward as a moral a man of then as a great moral political he was asking to be put to the test Austin AmericanStatesman ftobartsans revelations At the rate presidential candidates are shooting themselves in the we may be lucky to end up with one surviving Democrat and Republican by the time the national nominating conventions roll Like his rightwing positions or you had to figure Pat Robertson was a squeakyclean kind of Surely this teievangelist who has been hectoring the faithful about sex ual sins was himself a Seems this arbiter of national morality has been fudging the date of his marriage to conceal a shotgun Ten weeks after he ex changed his son was While Robertson is hardly the first man to start his family prior to it does make his pom pous posturing on moral issues seem Robertsons flock may forgive him his He after born and apparently he has been a responsible husband and But we wonder if any of the presidential candidates can emerge unscathed from this season of the character Dallas Times Herald Takt Jackson seriously The pros dont give the Jesse Jackson much chance of becoming the 4lst president of the United but they have been wrong Jesse Jackson is a bona fide candidate and should be treated as He was not in when his campaign was not subjected to the critical attention given other can It should be different this time and indications are that it will It was reported last for that Jackson signed a personal contract to work as a spokesman for a na tional chain of vocational Jackson discounted rumors that stories were imminent that would portray him as a A Jackson Mayor Gary Hat cher of warned sup porters that The winds of controver sy wili swirl around the head of our We must not let anyone tell us who Jesse Jackson We know who he But does the country Christi Caller Times ttoraldZtltung Published Sunday Thursday and Friday 707 Landa or Drawer 3113V New Texas Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels HeraldZeitung at New DAVID KRAMER Editor and Publisher JIM WEBRE Managing Editor DEBORAH LA WHENCE CHERYL McCAMPBELL Classified Manager CAROL A VERY Circulation Manager MAGGIE LOMBARDO Composition Foreman SANDIHUTTER GUSELBKL Retail Advertising Manager Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivery Comai Blanco and Kendall three six one Senior Citizens Discount delivery six ttnil delivery outside Comal in Texts three six me Mail outside Texts six Ml one If you have not received your newsfnftr by Tuesdty through or by oatf or UtyimV by and 11 Postmaster Send address to Drmwer New witurn Man in the Street VJHttlFA CAHDlOATt HAS BliN AlTHFUL 0 rurw 00 VOU REAUZl THAT IF W TAKE FAR Will 60 IMTO POLITICS YOU CATCHING Mike Royko A real good oxamplo off bureaucratic SNAFU Most people would break into a sweat and start Thats the effect the Internal Revenue Service can have when they send so meone a grim computerized tetter that begins This is your final And theyd be in a panic when they got to the parts that say A notice of federal tax lien may be filed your property or rights to proper tymay be This includes bank ac commissions or other Real estate and persona property such as automobiles may also be seized and sold to pay your But when Allen who runs an engineering consultant firm in got such a let he didnt do to much as bat an Despite the ominous he didnt run to a call an accountant or stick his head in the kitchen oven and turn on the He sat down and wrote a letter to the IRS say in effect Go right Seize my property and make public idiots of Then he added one more notation to a diary hes been keeping for the past 20 months of the contacts hes had with bureaucrats at the The final threat brought the number of con tacts by phone or mail to And they all had the same purpose To per suade Fehr to pay the IRS money he has already paid Plus interest and Fehrs case is one of the best examples of bureaucratic computerized bungling that Ive seen in a long It began in 1965 when the IRS audited a real estate partnership that Fehr was involved in and ruled that the partnership owed back This wasnt The tax rules for real estate partnerships were constantly being revis ed and The IRS decided that Fehr still owed in taxes for a fouryear So he signed the pro per wrote the check and sent it to The IRS received the money and the canceled check came back with Fehrs next bank About three months he got a letter from the IRS telling him that he owed the and asking him when he would He phoned someone at the IRS and told him that the check had been sent and The tax man said he would look Into But I got another letter from him a month saying that the tax was still due and the interest was I phoned him and told him the same and again he said hed follow through A few weeks a computer spit out another menacing letter saying that he owed the money and that hed better pay But the letter had someone elses name on It So he called this other tax man and explained the He told me that hed need a copy of the canceled check and the consent forms I had sign ed showing that the IRS and 1 had agreed on the So 1 sent copies of the canceled check and the consent You would think that would be the end of it But it He called me There was some pro bloem on his end locating the check and the original consent forms because the check was now in Kansas City and he was in 1 told him that was his since 1 had sent He said he wanted me to make out new I told him there was no way 1 was going to do I had already given them the original So he got Here Ive paid them what they followed their and theyre getting A few weeks the IRS guy called again and said that he had finally located the but he couldnt find the consent forms and wanted me to send some new 1 told him that if their system couldnt cope with that was their So he hed take care of But the next month he got another letter demanding payment and telling him what the latest interest was And again he sent a copy of the canceled check And It went on and on Back would come another letter saying that the check couldnt be found and asking him to send another one He would send a copy of the check Then hed get a letter demanding payment and telling him what the interest By the beginning of this he not only owed the that he already but he owed In terest of That comes to an extra Even Chicago loan sharks dont charge that kind of juice And most recently came the warning that the IRS was going to seize everything he owned So he wrote what he says his final letter to the chief of the Taxpayer Assistance Section of the in Kansas City After the beginning of the letter Dear he reviewed the bureaucratic madness In great the nended It by We are lawabiding Americans we are quite frankly very tired of spending time and money In an effort to prove that you received and cashed our check After thoughtful we have con eluded that it is now up to you to prove that you did not receive and cash our We now will not quit until a complete apology is Issued from somebody other than a computer and we are compensated for our very frustrating So now it Is up to the IRS Will the computer attack again Will the computer send agents to seize car and everything else Fehr and leave him and his wife huddling In the cold Or will a human finally Intercede But maybe there are no humans left in that of Maybe the computer ate them all Well wait and Analysis Reagans memory lapses show up in public PV MCLSOM nf I 0V Preu Writer WASHINGTON AP Like many particularly as they get President Reagan sometimes has trouble remembering what he wants to Some say its getting worse and that the presi is increasingly showing his He doas grope more tor says Stephen professor of political science at George Washington University and a of tht American there has us president as there has pi of othtr This is older than the others tat oUast previous prai was just a tow months over whan he left alanaM said la a recent iaiarviaw at mm dsapsraU aacaust at couMat Om Ms ajaahaif la Nav Jamy ah aaafsa attf Ukl his ajBtaliatililllMillnMMitoialatM nmmmmivmmmmf wmmmm Wan Irtp la Naw Jaraty this Hal of Howard one of a trio of senators he had described as principal leaders of the lynch mob attacking his Supreme Court Robert Reagan was making the point that the same three also had opposed Chitf Justice William Rthnquist when he was up for confirmation last If you look back at the leaders in tht opposi those against were three saton Saaator Senator Kennedy and why dost tht third name slip my mind the prasidsat Following as awkward ht Im JM sMtiag here dtapsrate because I misiad the third Mstfsapauai tht third senator SpsakJag to eneloysta at tht Samsntt Tsraanlngiaf plant in on Tuts iaafaa atvtr did C4ant up with tht word ht was laokiag although at did find a a hot day in inexceasot NO atdatcrikad it as liapan asd about m parcaat BMaKurtistatau in a speech to the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce at a Somerset Reagan said ht wanted Congress to raise instead of the othtr way although he quickly corrected Reagans Martin disBussad tht saying he himself has trou ble from time to time remembering what he wants to Presidential scholar said In an It stems to me to bt a sign of ag We saw some of this with Eisenhower had thrst major Ulntsias during his presidency and ht was a much less energetic man at tat sad of his 1 think Carter lost a little of his spirit by so some of this is a natural ag iag in a in a tough Lila associate dimtor of tht divisias of geriatric madiciat at GWU kladkal said thai while any probisai with memory In someone who la older should at in such lapaw can occur far a lot of different reasons that art not aacastarUy la other if you target M doatat atcauarily mean yauia i EDITORS NOTE DtJt af
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