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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Sunday April Opinion To talk with Interim Managing Editor Roger Crpteau about the Opinion page call 625 9144 ext 21 The First Amendment is freedoms gravity it holds together all our individual Jerry W Friedheim The Freedom Forum 1994 E D I T O R I A Safer families Justice Department requirement that states track sex offenders is welcome The Justice Department gave the states three years Friday to set up programs requiring convicted sex offenders to register with local police The federal requirement is a part of the Clinton adminis tration crime bill enacted last year Any sex offender who fails to register would face criminal charges Once criminals have completed their sentences they have paid their debt to society and are entitled to a fresh start Forcing them to register with local police and providing that information to neighbors may seem unfair to some But sex offenders are a strange breed of criminal Most will tell you that they just cant help themselves and sex offenders are six times more likely to repeat their crime than other violent criminals Imagine yourself a parent of young children and a new neighbor moves in next door Imagine that new neighbor is a newly released sex offender who has preyed upon children in his neighborhood before Now imagine that no one ever tells you about your neighbors unseemly past That is exactly what is happening in communities around the country right now But in three years that will be a thing of the past that is if it stands up to court challenges A similar state law in New Jersey is being challenged by a sex offender on the basis that notifying the community that he is moving in will jeopardize his relations with his employer and his neigh bors This law may make life after prison harder for convicted sex offenders but that is of little concern After all they are some of the lowest characters around We should be more concerned with the safety of our chil dren than we are about possible discrimination against those with a history of preying upon children Children will be safer and the number of repeat offenses will be decreased This is common sense legislation that deserves the support in our courts that it has received in Congress Todays editorial was written by Roger Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 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 Jreference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters tc f hfi Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitune Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 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Opinion Pope points to moral fault line Cal Thomas Pope John Paul II ignited another firestorm of criticism in his latest encyclical in which he condemns in the strongest terms yet abortion and euthanasia He said they are crimes which no human law can claim to legit The Pope added that there is a profound crisis of culture caused by an exaltation of the freedom of individuals at the expense of their personal responsibilities which he said has created a veritable struc ture of The response especially from some Catholic politi cians was predictable and unfortunate Both Sens Edward Kennedy and John Kerry Mass issued statements affirming their belief in churchstate separation ignoring the Popes argu ments Yet it was Kennedy who in a 1993 speech to the American Bar Association supporting the ABAs litigation program on civil rights appealed to the same standard the Pope used Speaking favorably of Martin Luther King reference to the Declaration of Independence and its theological view that all of us are created Kennedy noted And Con gress responded to King with those two great land mark bills on equal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of Why does it not violate churchstate separation when a Baptist minister invokes a higher power to advance civil rights for blacks but the Constitution is jeopardized when the Pope says that in abortion and euthanasia the original inalienable right to life is questioned or denied on the basis of a parliamentary vote or the will of one part of the people Churchstate separation is good when properly understood in its historical context but not as it is defined by modernists as an irreconcilable divorce But we have erected a spiritual Berlin Wall not between church and state but between God and us It once was thought reasonable to worship God Now we worship only ourselves and believe no out side wisdom is worthy of consideration A magazine ad from the Nike shoe company attests to our idola try We are hedonists and we want what feels good We are all basically hedonists Thats what makes us it feels good then just do The Pope gets to the heart of the matter when he writes about the responsibility of governments espe cially one such as ours that was established on a foundation of moral principles and selfevident truths In the document cited by the Pope the purpose of government is to secure rights the Creator endowed A government uninformed uncontrolled and unanswerable to any authority other than itself can easily become totalitarian In an April 3 cover story on the Holocaust News World Report recalls an editorial by Chris tian Century magazine 50 years ago About the atroc ities the editorial said they showed the horror of humanity itself when it has surrendered to its capac ity and the other concentration camps spell doom But it is not simply the doom of the Nazis it is the doom of man unless he can be brought to worship at the feet of the living Continues the News writer Even for secular intellectuals the Holocaust supplied the most pow erful brief yet for the existence of original sin Two centuries earlier thinkers were asserting the per fectibility of man Now they were debating whether Germans were human The answer tragically was There is a rich history of respect for spiritual ideas in the The Founding Fathers were not arrogant enough to believe they could create a nation unin formed and uncontrolled by ideas rooted in such wisdom Were all of them ignorant of the principle of churchstate separation The Pope was right and Americas contemporary leaders are wrong no matter what a majority might think at the moment Speaking of ideas informed by biblical wisdom Andrew Jackson observed That Book sir is the rock on which the Republic That the Republic rests none too well these days is due in part to its slipping off the rock The Popes encyclical is an attempt to call our attention to thfe foundational fault line We ignore it at our peril Cal Thomas is a syndicated What do you think This weekend marks the official opening of the Selma just a few miles south of New Braunfels We imagine some residents are glad to see the provide an economic boost and provide enterta We also imagine some residents are unhappy t because they are opposed to legalized gamblin How do you feel Fill out the coupon drop it by our office al Braunfels TX 78130 Deadline to submit your c Copied forms are Are vou alad or unhaoov that Retama Park racetrack has opened near New Braunfels Glad Unhappy a l Park racetrack in on Interstate 35 track open because it COL nment for local residents D see the horse track oper 3707 Landa New oupon is Saturday Name Aae Sex j j r Supreme Court clerks not just legal nerds WASHINGTON AP For young lawyers theres no better cre dential than having served as a Supreme Court law clerk Major law firms and law schools annually swoop in to recruit as prac titioners or professors the 34 men and women who typically spend a year working for one of the nine justices Some eager law firms even sweeten bigsalary offers with signing bonus es true superstar treatment Supreme Court spokeswoman Toni House says some former clerks have likened their time at the high court to being struck by lightning They are working with the nations top judges deciding the most important cases in the she said Each justice has three or four law Today in history Analysis clerks to help with reviewing cases researching and writing opinions The hours are long the workload heavy and the pay far less than what many of their former classmates are earning But besides the obvious prestige there are certain fringe benefits the regular Thursday tennis match with Chief Justice William Rehnquist an occasional basketball game with Justice Clarence Thomas and an insiders view of the evolution of American law to name a few It almost goes without saying that there also is the prospect of a very bright professional future Former high court law clerks include three current high court members Rehnquist Stephen Breyer and John Paul Stevens The competition to land such a job is fierce You probably need not apply if you did not finish at the top of your law class preferably at one of the nations most prestigious law schools or dis tinguish yourself as a writer or editor on a law school journal Most often a years apprenticeship as a law clerk for some lower court is required too But increasingly justices say they are looking for wellrounded individ uals who are more than brilliant and bookish David Kravitz now clerking for Jus tice Sandra Day OConnor appears to fit that description He earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Swarthmore College and his mas ters in music from the New England Conservatory before heading for the University of Michigan law school But he also is one heck of a baritone who performed as a soloist in Bostort area operas and recitals while clerk ing for thenJudge Breyer on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals Kravitz was a standout performer at a recent musical gathering sponsored by the court The program also fea tured Margo Schlanger a Yale grad whos clerking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and playing the viola in the Washington Symphony Orchestra By The Associated Press Today is Palm Sunday April 9 the 99th day of 1995 There are 266 days left in the year Todays Highlight in Histo ry On April 9 1865 with the Civil War at a virtual end Con federate General Robert E Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S Grant at Appomattox Court House in Vir ginia On this date In 1682 the French explorer Robert La Salle reached the Mis sissippi River In 1833 the first taxsupport ed public library was founded in Peterborough In 1939 singer Marian Ander son performed a concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washing ton after she was denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Rev olution In 1940 Germany invaded Denmark and Norway In 1942 during World War II American and Philippine defenders on Balaan capitulated to Japanese forces the surren der was followed by the notori ous Bataan Death which claimed nearly lives In 1959 NASA announced the selection of Americas first seven astronauts Scott Carpen ter Gordon Cooper John Glenn Gus Grissom Wally Schirra Alan Shepard and Donald Slay ton In 1963 British statesman Winston Churchill was made an honorary United States citizen In 1965 the newly built Hous ton Astrodome featured its first baseball game an exhibition between the Astros and the New York Yankees The Astros won In 1983 the space shuttle Challenger ended its first mis sion with a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in Cal ifornia Ten years ago Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Naka sone called on his countrymen to help reduce overseas trade friction by buying more foreign made goods Five years ago The baseball season opened a week late because of a labor dispute Humorist John Henry Faulk whod challenged 1950s black listing in the entertainment indus try died in Austin Texas at age 76 One year ago SecretaryGen eral Boutros BoutrosGhali ordered UN troops to use all available means to roll back Serb military gains in the Mus lim enclave of Gorazde The space shuttle Endeavour blasted off on an 11day mission that included mapping the Earths surface in three dimensions Todays Birthdays Former Sen Abraham A Ribicoff is 85 Playboy maga zine founder Hugh Hefner is 69 Satirist Tom Lehrer is 67 Singer songwriter Carl Perkins is 63 Actor JeanPaul Belmondo is 62 Comedian A very Schreiber is 60 Actress Michael Learned is 56 Actor Dennis Quaid is 41 Golfer Severiano Ballesteros is 38 Actressmodel Paulina Porizkova is 30 Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is 16 Thought for Today There is no such thing as conversation It is an illusion There are inter secting monologues that is Dame Rebecca West Irish bom author and journalist 1892 The Survey says Responses split on Haiti question Four readers responded to last weeks survey ques tion Did President Bill Clinton handle the Haiti situation well Two thought the president handled it well and two thought he botched it A sampling of the responses President Clinton did a very fine job He is the first president in 30 years to put a stop to boat peo ple arriving illegally into Florida from Haiti and Cuba These people are put on SSIMedicaid and welfare and continue on it for life It should be stopped nationwide At first I was quite nervous about sending troops into Haiti but none of our boys were killed We restored order and restored the president the people had elected democratically Our country used to think democracy was worth fighting for I still do When in Haiti over 20 years ago on a painting trip Haiti was unstable The is not threatened by Haiti It is not our province to correct on internal longstanding internal affairs of another country I have no favorable opinion toward Bill Clinton because of his personal actions during the Vietnam War He does not deserve to be the commander in chief of our armed forces period This week the HeraldZeitung is asking readers how they feel about Retama Park racetrack opening in Selma Take a minute to fill out the coupon above and return it by Saturday to be part of next weeks article
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