New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, November 6, 1987, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

November 06, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 6, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVE KRAMER, Editor and Publisher jim WEBRE, Managing Editor Page 4 A Friday November b 1987 Herald-Zeitung Publish*d Sunday mom • y, Tu< sday, ll’* In, >«/<j , Thursday anti F'ldau att, moons by St u Braunfels lh raidZeitung. ''I amla St <>r 1*0 Oran* < Si 1.12$, St u Braunfels. T> as ''ISI I S’* St 'id Class /'.-.'toy* pud b . \, Braunfels Ht rah! Z*Hung at S, « Braunfels. T* .rat UA MO KH I MFB Editor and Publish* r JIM WK BRF Managing Editor Pf'BOB A ti I I WRES CF Off let Manti ger SASHIMI HFB Bt tail Ii lit rasing \! anagt r CH FR VI DuVAH Clos stilt d Manage r CARO! [VFH) Circulation Managt r MAGGIE LOMBARDO Composition Fort man GFS FI HFI Pr* ss rot on Foreman Carrier delivery in Comal, Guadalup. Hays. Blancti ,md Ktndall counties th ret months, Sh #A sis months. SI'9    >•.,    /♦    ,r»    < J s** tor I t s Discount •cam, r thin try only six *»<•• tbs, SDM. • * oar, SLT Ma delivery outs.d, ('tonal County, rn Tt nj* 4hr,, •• ■ ‘F <. *    *    x    ■■    'h- SSJ. ant oa- >'** M<: Foetid, Texas - * *• * tbs, Ski - o-r < ' It you hint not received your nett spapr bu 5 Av /> rn Jut sda , thro,, gh Frailty , u. •* Sunday, call MS    •    **    •*;.-• r* .*/>* < fi, , , P.-stools4, • St ad addr, ss chang* » ' Po />»i . cr    ,V*    W-    . r. x.j, .**/ f/ Editorial Let’s hope Amendment 14 proves worth the risk Texans statewide supported Amendment 14 on the ballot last Tuesday lf prosecutors don t get a conviction the first time. they can try again Supporters of Amendment 14 say the decision to allow the state a right of appeal in criminal cases will go a long wa\ in protecting the rights of victims Across the Lone Star state voters decided the issue by a 2-1 margin. 4 I in Comal Count) w here crime is not rampant but ts well publicized when it does occur Protection from criminals is clearly a worthwhile goal and is the reason we have formed such things as “safe city” com missions, crime watch and “Crime Stoppers” programs Fighting crime is a very salable idea Should more deserving criminals w ind up behind bars for longer periods of time. and should crime rates show a decrease after a year or two under this new amendment to our state s constitution, the risk of double jeopardy may well be worth it But voters acting in their zeal to do something anything about crime have just given the state a right to tr> us not just once but twice or more often if the state isn t successful the first time Think about that One of the basic rights under the federal constitution is protection against double jeopard) our forefathers clearly wanted to prevent powerful rulers from having the ability to prosecute whimsically for alleged crimes lf the state, with all its resources and expertise can not prove an offense before going to trial the first time then they will have run out of chances The effect, then has been to force prosecutors to do their homework and investigations well before ever going to trial at all In our war against crime, the consensus of our citizens for now, is to bend basic protections in favor of a stronger pro secutorial ability Let s hope it works for all of us Forum LETTER POLICY The Herald Zen un# welcomes correspondenc e All <etter> -.houid be sign ed and include an addrest or telephone number The new spaper reserv e> the right to edit Letters should be sent to Forum New Braunfels Herald Zen un# P o Drawer ll 1328 New Braunleis Texas 78131 I GS or brought to our offices at 707 Land a Commissioners erred when they denied violence center To the editor Whenever we elect an official we trust that he she will serv e in the best interests of the community that elected him her A couple of weeks ago our county commissioners court flagrantly violated that trust when they refused to recognize the need for funding of the Family Violence Center The court $ public statement for their refusal was that Comal County does not have a fami ly violence problem How naive If they had taken the time to research the subject they would have discovered that we indeed do have a problem, a large problem and it is not going away no matter how much they deny it How many of you reading this ar tide are a victim of family violence or know someone who is a victim The statistics from our own law en foremen! agenc ies are revealing enough but even these figures do not reveal the magnitude of the problem Only a fraction of spouse or child abuse cases are ever reported Fear of reprisal the inability to provide for themselves and their children force many women to en dure the physical, emotional and sexual abuse for years A couple of years ago your district attorney and his staff put together a plan to establish the Uomal County Faintly Violence Mike Royko Ginsburg’s stock ownership strong liability Center To them the need was ap^ parent No longer would we have our own citizens who had been pa> mg taxes for years to go to Hays or Guadalupe counties for help Now we would be able to care for our own A program was developed and through the assistance of many con cerned citizens funding to open the center was obtained It seems strange that our churches and civic organizations had more insight into the problem than our county com mi ss loners with their resources A dedicated group of volunteers were trained and are present!) operating the center Finally an abused woman was able to say * I have had enough I don t have to tolerate this abuse any longer I will not have my dignity as a human being destroyed by anvone I now have a support system and there is someone who cares There w as no request to the com miss loners court for permanent fun ding There was only a request for start up money so the center could qualify for a grant The commis stoners refused I sincerely hope that the voters of Comal County will remember at the next election whose needs were be mg met when they refused to fund this vital program Did the needs of our community take second place to the political needs of our commis stoners? Frank C Tarry Bulverde President Reagan tetter art out his tatting! list of conservative lawyers again It took* lifer Ikmgias Ginsburg ssn t likely to make it to the Supreme Court Despite his reputation for brilliance Ginsburg did something one might expect of a Chic agit alderman but not a former Marx ard law pm lessor While he was working for the Justice I bepart ment a few sears ago Ginsburg personally handled a supreme Court case that expanded the rights and the profit potentia of the cable television industry He was quite proud of this achievement In fact when he was nominated for the I S Court of \ppeals where he now sits he listed the cable television case as one of the lo most important that he s handled while the top anti trust lawyer at the Justice I bepart ment But now it has come out that at the same time he helped win this victory for the cable telex isior. industry he owned a sizable chunk of stock in a cable television company And even though his company wasr. t the one involved rn the v ase what he did is considered a definite no no X Justice I bepart ment lawyer or ans other federal official Is required to avoid even the slightest appearance of conflict of interest lf there is even a hint of something being less than proper it is supposed to be (meted upstairs lo the department > ethics office for a decision Guest column But according to the Xvsociated Pre broke this dor* Gtnsi*urg iidn t ment doc X A l f ’    ;    ?    * mg on the propnetv of hi** (wing in vol v the cable caw Be* ause the compar v .r a (..rh ti* v wash t the company n\ nixed in the st, Court raw iiinsburg didn t dire lh v conflict of interest laws But bec ause the supreme i our* s ru benefited the industry in general it u presumed that it benefits Ginsburg s j. a stockholder in a i abir company \ spokesman for Ginsburg said that decided UU his ow It that 'tare* Aas ne’! proper in what he did Hut when those start taking their sh*<i> bin. he *> g< t< ■ time 4 a ill, .r.'ce - *!..(' l l persuasive than that I rn sure the) ll ask Judge Ginsburg your doc » ? that companv is worth how much Xfout t fend vou ve teen getting as mu* h as } year in dividends Then tell me judge didr. v it cm ui that the reason the * at ,r industry *a* bv the lase you he'ped them win was ?> the victory would make ttieir industry n (liable \nd didn t it oc cur to you that as tht of a handsome piece of do* X vou could benefiting fromthis legal troiumph of v That your stock could the fease sn value ng your dividend could ge* bigger That s mpiv stated it w mid put more cash sr v< ai **« Set* I mean you re a bright young mar. judge w <3uln t you learn .»!■ >u' avoiding the apt<eaiAfkc ever the slightest hint conflict of int eros* ahi « you were studving taw ch w h * vou we? * teaching law or bv reading the rui*-> afd reg,,.a lions of the Justice Department* Maybe *»inst*urg will come uf with answers that will sat isfv tfie senators tm! I Ic«Ut t It lf they couid knot k out Judge K«*t»*rt Bora * r >m t asu reason his cunservalive views what a they do to someone who has tbr same views ark? this sic* k deal in his background It was difficult for anv one t»ut a legal v begar to understand much of what the R»*fX flax was about Bu* * >w*s: * take a eg** the k.ndest thing that c an ta t alae s MC wa j ,, » X ownership ll that It fuel a S. g' tor lei ightrd et ause note pro That I I It) 0 4d bac* few cm sis tut ymg ti N '*uf c. it; the tov I Hit of the c c n t (afer the country out Of the bur g w. »' bom and rear nl tin ( wr ha vt r a long history ■ >f (av a1 deal i ngs by (Hir pitiiti Klans suppose •wr i an now sax '•Vol t of I hi lls buM ■ aga (Hit you Ca ness instincts Ii I (ak R» >} A > Is j ssndh ate,! ct Mum for the ( hit ago Tri hunt- n Pipeline inspectors do it at a low altitude B« At CLEAVE Foul or five mornings each week year in and year out a small blue and while Cessna takes off from New Braunfels airport At first glance it would appear to be just another of the many routine training or pleasure flights that lake place every day However these particular flights are of a slightly more unique and serious nature This is a pipeline patrol airplane whose mission is to protect both population and environment against the possibility of pollution or dangerous situa lions arising in connection with underground pipelines It flies low level inspections on some ** UUU miles of oil and gas lines in south Texas every year This plus deadhead between lines adds up to I 3Lk> flying hours and ISO uuo miles annually A sign on the fuselage identifies this aircraft as being part of the fleet owned bv Barr Air Patrol. Inc , "Oldest and largest pipeline patrol company in the USA " Barr s home office and maintenance facility are located in the small town of Kennedy Their planes are liberally scat ie red across the state at bases ranging from Fast Texas and the Gulf toast westward to New Mexico with routes extending as far as Wyom mg and Gall forma A large percentage of the main electric power lines in Vkest t entrai and south lexa> are also flown by Barr In addition to the patrol upria Hon they own lo other diversified businesses throughout the state and one rn Jamaica The New Braunfels branch rev en ti y completed its eleventh year of operation at New Braunfels Municipal Airport iXinng this time it con tnbuted some 116 (JOU to the ec onomy in the form of hanger rent and purchased fuel in excess of 57.000 gallons This division has been run during the entire period by myself Ai cleave local pilot of 33o Wood Road I have flown for 41 years as a com mere I ai pilot On weekends I work as a free lance aviation writer for several magazines and as an assoc late editor for Ag Pilot International a worldwide agricultural aviation publication While flying herd on the pipelines he is check mg for many things other than just leaks Any sort of encroachment can be a potential threat houses or septic systems being built on the lines new road construction crossing them or any type of earth moving equipment rn the vicinity backhoes bulldozers posthole diggers roc k saws etc ) that could possibly dig into the pipe Anything that could even remotely spell I roo ble either at the present time or rn the future is reported by the line-flier" and promptly in vestigated by ground personnel The aerial inspection is all done visually from an altitude of mo to hundred fred with an ^ AA waiver allowing *»! feet over populated areas rather than the standard I feet I Ha* to this lower altitude a few airted factors come in lo play that are not generally encounieicd in normal flying ll is necessary for the pilot to observe the rightxd way closely while at the same tim** avoid hazards such as radio antennas tall power lines other low flying airc raft of which there are surprisingly many iuds kites and last (Hit not least the overly abundant and everpresent buzzards The work is extremely repetitk*us with pa Hence a requisite for tieing in the business The boredom IS relieved somewhat by the fact that one is constantly alert and always watching tor anything *>ut of place on the ground below The expectation of a possible problem tieing just behind the next clump of trees or beyond the next betid rn the line keeps the mind occupied and helps make the tune pass Fven so after six or eight hours of sitting in a cramped uncomfortable cockpit, the sound of tires touching down on the home field runway lo signal the end of another long day ui always a most welcome sound to the pilot s ears Then he gets to go out next morning and do the whole thing ail over again 4 ;

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