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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 Tuesday May Opinion talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Q U T A B Writers and travelers are mesmerized alike by knowing of their Eudora Welty Author 1984 Smith sets an example At first glance Rep Lamar Smiths office spend ing seems high but look behind the headlines Republican Representative Lamar Smith who repre sents the lions share of Comal County has a strong reputation as a fiscal conservative When presented with a choice of more or less spending he consistently picks the lower spending option His efforts to cut 10 percent from the federal governments overhead is so seri ous it is almost a crusade He is the darling of taxpayers watchdog groups So it was shocking to see the new Associated Press report that Smith recorded one of the largest jumps of any member of the Texas delegation in spending for his offices and office staff Smiths spending jumped from to between 1992 to 1993 an percent increase For Smith to preach the gospel of fiscal conservatism while his budget for tilings such as payroll for his office staff mail and general office expenses mushroomed would smack of hypocrisy But knowing Smith it is not surprising that there are some legitimate reasons for those numbers First of all they may not be entirely accurate Smiths office says its records show his spending went from to an eight percent jump Smith also replaced an outdated computer system for his office His district also grew to take in large new areas such as residents of Williamson County north of Austin when redistricting went into effect last year As a result he decided to open a new district office in Round Rock a considerable expense but one that gives provides valuable service to residents of that area Smith has proven to be a conservative steward of our tax dollars and this new report does nothing to change that fact Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger Write The New Braunfela HeroldZeitung 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to The New Braunfela Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sultens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Editor Roger Croteau Publiihed oo Sunday moraingi and weekday nunupTueiday through Friday by the USPS 377Wty 707 Landa St to fettHeraUZeitwg in New BnujafcU WHI I Tvy year sUnicothi n J J SVuuBtaiaH tOrft nJK one yew WOX Md outwit fix nwatu cue yev who received a newspaper by trough Friday or by 7JO tm oo Swxfcy my call 210 6259144 or 210 6060846 fix on Sunday PonMAFTO to the NfwBrairftbHtralAZtUuns Dnw New 781311328 Opinion Uncovering the framers Original Intent Ernest Dledsole When a person sets out to study a subject he hopes to learn enough to enlighten himself about that subject When we step back or away from die study we sometimes find that our newly acquired knowledge or information has altered the way we once viewed the sub ject Sometimes when we take stock of the new approach it comes as a mild shock to us as we evaluate the new knowledge Such was the case with this writer when I realized that the Constitution of the United States IS NOT the supreme law of the land In fact the Constitution is no law at all The framers of the Constitution did not set about writing a law to govern this new nation What they did write and what they intended to write and what we have in the Constitution today are certain great principles upon which a government could be and was built It is these great principles by which laws and policies are tested Laws made by a representa tive government In all things the framers were interested in repre sentative government They wanted above all things to preserve representative bodies which are the guardians of the freedom we enjoy today with our precious liberties On November Presi dent Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address ded icating the National Cemetery at Gettysburg Penn sylvania The first sentence in that address is proba bly the most profound endorsement of the great prin ciples laid down by the framers of the Constitution Mr Lincoln said Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men ate created and There is a key phrase that we simply read over without men are created free and All is the key word for it means every person Every citizen of every state of this Republic to which we belong and in which we are honored to live Lincoln spoke these words even as the civil war raged around him He concluded with a dedication to the great principles laid down by the constitutional framers of Nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that the government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the The men who framed the Constitution had a deep abiding fear of the majority rule for they saw the pos sible oppression for the minority among the major ity It may surprise you to read perhaps for the first time that the first eight amendments to the Consti tution which we commonly accept as the Bill of Rights were included to protect the greatest minori ty in the world the Further the checks and balances written into the Constitution where the powers of the executive the legislative and the judicial are limited by the very checks and balances between the different branches of government These work to the good of the gov erned A classic example is handed to you by Presi dent Roosevelt when he attempted to stack the Supreme Court in his favor in the 30s He wanted handpicked appointees who in all likelihood would rule in his favor over the third branch Congress On August in a address to the 148th Ohio Regiment Lincoln said But this government must be preserved in spite of the acts of any man or set of President Lincoln was very aware of the necessity of representative government On August in an address to the 166th Ohio Regiment he stated as follows It is not merely for today but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our childrens children that great and free government which we have enjoyed all our One fact impresses itself upon me constantly as I move deeper and deeper into this study The fact is Individual Responsibility of Every American Citi We must act responsibly to insure the freedoms which are our birthright The only way to insure that freedom is 1 be an enlightened individual which sadly we often are not enlightened as most infor mation fed to our brains comes from the utter garbage given to us via television radio and Point 2 our constant ongoing demand for represen tative government These things will secure our free doms In no case in no instance can a president pass a law It is impossible under the separation of powers devised by the framers of the Constitution He can suggest a bill and at times Congress will actually ask him to do exactly that There are times when Con gress writes the bill in a way that the President can claim credit for it Regardless the President did not pass the law In this article I have tried to lead you through the intent of the framers of the Constitution This is their I view of the principles that would allow laws to be I passed to insure the welfare of the citizens through representative government but not at the expense of the minority of those governed God bless you one and all and representative government keep and preserve our freedom f 1 1 I III 11 w awed Despite slings and arrows Hillary loves her job WASHINGTON AP Shrug ging off bad hair days and political enemies Hillary Rodham Clinton mused about the large and small annoyances that come with life in the White House and told a live TV audi ence Its worth iL In an hourlong appearance Thurs day on CNNs Larry King the first saitf snes trying to tbflbw her husbands example to take criti cism seriously but not personally and to try to learn something from Mrs Clinton chatting with King before taking questions from callers around the country said she loves all the progress thats been made in the last 15 months but chafes at the new lim its on her freedom Its hard being so confined feel ing that you cant just walk out the door and go to the she said Joking about another of the chal lenges she faces Mrs Clinton told King that her hair is something Ive Today in history Analysis struggled with all my life Im hoping somebodys going to form a Hair Anonymous that I can The weightier challenges of her first 15 months as Mist lady were evident as Mrs Clinton calmly deflected a range of questions from King and viewers response to the latest sub poena for White House documents from Whitewater special prosecutor Robert Fiske Im sure hes conduct ing a very thorough investigation and we will of course fully of an Arkansas womans claims Clinton made unwanted sexual advances toward her when he was gov ernor I have nothing to add to whats already been said by the White The White House says the allegations are she agree to a GOP request that she allow the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to release more records on her lucrative commodities trades in the 1970s Ill sure consider did she feel about rumors about her personal relationship with Vince Foster who killed himself last summer Profoundly Its so sad that when something tragic happens that try to cre ate conspiracies and act paranoid and all Mrs Clinton said But some of it is not explainable except for peo ple who just want to cause It was after a string of such questions that King asked Mrs Clinton if it was all worth it With all youve gone do you want eight years of this he asked Oh its worth it Larry it really she said with a laugh Then speak ing more seriously she pointed to Thursdays House passage of an assaultweapons ban as an example of the rewards Asked to assess the intense criticism that she attracts from some circles Mrs Clinton speculated one cause is fear and insecurity at the changes the president is pushing and part of it is resistance to her role as a new kind of first lady Interspersed with the personal reflec tions Mrs Clinton fielded a variety of questions about health care reform the cause she has championed since her husband took office She was direct in responding to a 21 yearold college student who said he was uninsured by choice and then questioned the burden to my genera tion in order to support your genera tions social health care Mrs Clinton told the young man he might feel but that it was only fair that all groups help pay for insuring all Americans since anyone could get sick and put a burden on the health care system You should be paying your fair share she told him By Associated Press Today is Tuesday May 10 the 130th day of 1994 There are 235 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May a golden spike was driven at Promontory Utah marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States On this date Io 1774 Louis XVI ascended the throne of Ranee Io 1775 Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured the Britishheld fortress at Ticon In 1818 American patriot Paul Revere died in Boston In 1865 Union forces captured Confederate Pres ident Jefferson Davis in Irwinville Ga In 1908 the fust Mothers Day observance took place during church services in Grafton and Philadelphia In 1924 J Edgar Hoover was given the job of FBI director In 1939 the Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany In 1940 British Prime Minister Neville Cham berlain resigned and Winston Churchill formed a new government In 1941 Adolf Hitlers deputy Rudolf Hess para chuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission Hess ended up serving a life sentence at Spandau prison until 1987 when he apparently committed In 1968 preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris ID 1978 Britains Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon announced they were divorcing after 18 years of marriage Ten years ago A federal judge in Salt Lake City ruled the government was negligent in its 1950s openair nuclear weapons testing and ordered it to pay million in ten cancer cases however the award was later The International Court of Justice said the should halt any actions to blockade Nicaraguas ports the had already said it would not recognize World Court jurisdiction on this Five years ago In Panama the government of General Manuel Antonio Noriega announced it had nullified the countrys elections which independent observers said the opposition had won by a 31 mar gin
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