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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4A Tuesday May Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion QUO A B Journalists endure hardships danger give their so that free people may know the truth as best we can find it We owe them so Lows D Boccardi The Associated Press 1993 EDITORIAL Getting good juries New method of picking juries may make it harder on prosecutors but it is fair Prosecutors and judges in Harris County are complaining that a new Texas law that changed the way juries are selected is resulting in more aquittals and lighter sentences The law requires that counties use their lists of licensed drivers to select jury pools instead of using a list of vot ers The prosecutors and judges say putting nonvoters on juries results in getting jurors who are uninformed young poor and unconcerned about their community They say more jurors have criminal records of their own or have family members who have served prison time As a result they say those jurors are more likely to vote not guilty or vote for a light sentence Defense attorneys say the new law simply makes juries more representative of the general population and defendents are finally getting a jury of their peers While everyone is concerned about crime and no one wants to make prosecutorsjobs harder than they already are the new law to make sense Criminal defendents are entitled to a jury of their peers and making the pool of potential jurors more closely resemble the population as a whole does not seem like an undue burden to put upon prosecutors and should result in a better judicial system After all our goal should be to make the system as fair as possible not to put people away for as long as possible whether they deserve it or not Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger Write us The New Braunfels welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfela HeraidZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraidZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger Composition Ann Waide City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HefddZeiiuns USPS 377880 707 Landa or Dniwer311328 New County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by fels HeraldZeiiung in New Braunfels Texas Canier delivered in Coma and Guadalupe counties three months six months one yew Senior Citizen by earner delivay only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one yew Mini outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or 210 6060846 tollfree for Seguin Marion Canyon Lake Bulvente and San Antonio by 7 pm weekdays or by 11 9ju on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraidZeitung Draw er 311328 New Bnwnfels Tx 781311328 When churches work together everyone wins Believe it or not Ive made it into Volume 7 of Will Durants prodigious History of Civi Considering how long it has taken me to get this far Im not sure I will live long enough to make it all the way through Vol ume 10 Last night though as I plugged along through Durants volume on the Age of Reason I was intrigued by Sir Francis Bacons perceptive comments on what he called the reasons for Way back there in the days when the King James Bible was a modernspeech translation back when Shakespeare was as fresh as Andrew Lloyd Webber Bacon posited that atheism rises from two main causes Gene Shelbume People opt for atheism he said because of divi sions in religion and because of scandals involving priests Wow I thought as I read this idea If Bacon is right its a wonder America is not overrun with Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart hardly faded from the headlines when a host of priests small and great were fingered as molesters Lord knows weve had more than enough clergy scandals And religious division During the past decade internal feuds within major fellowships have made the more traditional sparring between denominations look almost tame Waning Baptists in Texas got almost as many headlines as Saddam Hussein It now appears that Presbyterian and Episcopalian skirmishes over whether to ordain homosexuals and women will entertain the pagan world for the foreseeable future Religious division and clergy scandal breed unbe lief In Francis Bacons day In ours With all this on the table can you understand how delighted I was to read the latest reports on postcold war evangelism in Albania In 1967 Albanias paranoid dictator declared the country officially atheist He destroyed Bibles He closed all of the countrys mosques and churches When the Iron Curtain collapsed Christians enter ing the country found no indigenous church no native base to work from Consequently missionar ies from different traditions were forced to do the unthinkable They had to work together If the spirit of cooperation survives and if the evangelists behave themselves morally Albanias atheists may hear a gospel they cant resist Do you suppose we should try this at home Gene Shelburne is a guest columnist for the HeraidZeitung and pastor of a church in Amaril Interest groups bog down Washington By JIM DRINKARD Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP In a few blocks of gleaming new office build ings just across the Potomac River from the capital some see the ruin of America in the making These sterile structures in Alexan dria are the booming home to dozens of associations interest groups a short subway ride from the federal government they lobby Directories in the marble foyers yield a mindnumbing array of names the American Society of Military Comp trollers the Health Industry Distributors Association the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals the Nation al Society of Fund Raising Executives the American Gear Manufacturers Council the National Association of College Admission Counselors According to city development offi cials more than 250 national trade and professional groups now are based in this closein suburb a fivefold increase from just a decade ago A similar pattern has occurred in downtown Washington and in other suburbs A directory of Washington lobbyists estimates that 2200 associations and Analysis unions now have a permanent pres ence in the area advocating special causes from foreign aid to Israel to peanut subsidies That doesnt count lobbyists who represent indi vidual corporations or advo cates on all sides of issues like the environment gun control and abor tion The proliferation of special interests is a natural response to the subsidies tax breaks and favors available to those who lobby argues Jonathan Rauch in a new book Demosclerosis The Silent Killer of American Govern The groups then fight to protect their benefits making themselves essential to their members and locking every government program into permanency Rauch says Subsidies for rural electrification persist nearly 60 years after they were created even though some of the areas they serve have been gobbled up by urban sprawl Wool and mohair regarded as essential for making mili tary uniforms in the 1950s remain subsidized despite the development of Instead of one group the American Medical Association you have 100 subspe cialties of doctors They all have a lobbyist and they all want to see you Rep Mike Kopetski synthetic fabrics Theres nothing more permanent in this town than a temporary pro one lobbyist told Rauch The explosion of groups with an evernarrower focus is apparent every where The foodpackaging industry for example has not one but dozens of trade groups the Can Manufacturers Institute the Flexible Packaging Asso ciation the Paperboard Packaging Council the Styrene Information and Research Center the Glass Packaging Institute the Composite Can and Tube Institute and the list goes on The biggest effect it has is on our said Rep Mike Kopetski an Oregon Democrat who has been blitzed by health care interests as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee Instead of one group the American Medical Association you have 100 subspecialities of doctors They all have a lobbyist and they all want to see you and they all bring somebody from Oregon Instead of 15 minutes going to doctors its three But where Rauch sees democracy running amok Kopetski says the pro liferation of voices can be valuable It does slow the process and could stall it he concedes But it does show you there are individual aspects or a complex issue that pediatricians have different interests than other doc EDITORS covers lobbying for The Associated Press Jonathan Rauchs book Demosclerosis The Silent Killer of American is published by Times Books and sells for Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday May 3 the 123rd day of 1994 There are 242 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On May Washington was incor porated as a city with the mayor appointed by the president and the council elected by property own ers On this date In 1654 a bridge in Rowley was permit ted to charge a toll for animals while people crossed for free In 1916 Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising In 1921 West Virginia imposed the first state sales lax In 1933 Nellie T Ross became the first female director of the Mint In 1937 Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Gone With the In 1944 during World War II rationing of most grades of meats ended In 1948 the Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable In 1971 antiwar protesters calling themselves the Mayday began four days of demonstra tions in Washington aimed at shutting down the nations capital In 1978 Sun Day fell on a Wednesday as thou sands of people extolling the virtues of solar energy held events across the country In 1979 Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was chosen to become Britains first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamentary elections In 1986 in NASAs fust posiChaUenger launch an unmanned Delta rocket lost power in its main engine shortly after liftoff forcing safety officers to destroy it by remote control Ten years ago Pope John Paul II arrived in Seoul South Korea to begin a tour of Asia and the Pacific Five years ago PLO leader Yasser Arafat ending a twoday visit to France said the PLO charter call ing for the destruction of Israel had been super seded by a declaration urging peaceful coexistence of the Jewish state and a Palestinian state One year ago American sailor Terry M Helvey confessed to stomping to death Allen Schindler a homosexual shipmate the previous fall but told his courtmartial in Yokosuka Japan that he was drunk and did not plan the killing Helvey was sentenced tc life in Todays Birthdays Broadway librettist Betty Comden is 75 Folk singer Pete Seeger is 75 Singer James Brown is 61 Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 58 Singer Frankie Valli is 57 Magician Doug Henningis47 Thought for Today Wars on nations change maps War on poverty maps Ali American boxing champion   

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