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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Wednesday April Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion I The general theme of the press Is that all business is But there are a lot of business leaders who are very sensitive and Sidney Topol business executive 1994 D I T O R I A L Operation TriStar Crackdown on illegal immigration shows the size of the problem The justcompleted crackdown on illegal immigration at the TexasMex ico border was a success as Customs and the Border Patrol agents arrested more than illegals But officials also made arrests for other charges namely drug traf ficking More than pounds of marijuana some cocaine and other assort ed illegal drugs were seized in the twoweek sweep of the border between Brownsville and Del Rio Law enforcement agents some coming from as far away as North Dakota also grabbed 10 weapons and 236 vehicles in the crackdown named Operation Twentysix of those vehicles were stolen Operation TriStar is just a temporary measure being paid for in part by provided by the Border Patrol and the Office of National Drug Control Policy Other crackdowns on the TexasMexico border including Hold The Line in El Paso and Gatekeeper south of San Diego are longterm programs involving permanent increases in Border Patrol staff What Operation TriStar revealed to Texas officials is the high inci dence of other crimes being perpetrated on the border It seems the smug glers of undocumented workers have diversified their operations and are moving narcotics by some of the same routes as those taken by illegal immigrants Those sneaking in this country are avoiding Border Patrol check walking miles out of their way instead of trying to sprint past other checkpoints at traditional crossing points As the continues to beef up its presence and resolve on the Mexican border more drugs and guns will surely be confiscated Violence will also increase and its likely casualties on both immi grants and Border Patrol rise This country has truly been a nation of open borders but the burden to our human and financial resources dictates we take stronger measures to stem the flow of illegal immigration We should not ever forget though the real economic misery from which most of the undocumented workers are trying to flee In their shoes many of us would make the same trip to do anything that might improve the well being of our families But unfortunately economic misery can be found right here and the United States can no longer tend to the needs of the world if it ever hopes to address the needs of its own Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday 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 260 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 Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor arid Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Newliraunfeh IleraldZeiiung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Hraunlels Cornal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the NewBraun Jilx HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas airier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one yea Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery ouiiide Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday 01 by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday PosTMASitu Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw ei 311328 New Biaunfeis Tx 78131 1328 White House avoids drug use questions Cal Thomas There was some interesting testimony on Monday March 27 before a Senate appropria tions subcommittee looking into drug testing The director of the White House Office of Admin istration Patsy who with Hillary Rodham Clin ton picked many of the senior people in the admitted under sharp question ing by Sen Richard Shelby R that 11 White House staff members have been enrolled in a special random drugtesting program because of concerns about recent drug She had previously mentioned the figure in a written response to the inquiries of Rep Frank Wolf but this was the first time details were mentioned at a public hearing Thomasson did not elaborate on what she meant by recent drug use And she revealed that volunteers without adequate security clearances have been giv en access to sensitive areas in both the East and West Wings of the White House Who are these volunteers One can only speculate Its safe to say they arent from the traditional values promoting Family Research Council Such access contradicts testimony Thomasson gave to the subcommittee last year At that time she denied that any volunteers had access to the West Wing where the Oval Office is located Under the White Houses colorcoded security system blue passes allow access to both the Presi dents and Vice Presidents offices Now Thomasson has acknowledged that some blue passes had been issued to volunteers Even those with shortterm memories may recall that last December while Newt Gingrich was the Speakerinwaiting he suggested that the reason so many people working in the White House had delayed getting their official access passes was because they had used illegal drugs For such persons to submit to the background checks required of all pass applicants would have meant divulging that drug use possible denial of a security clearance and the passes and bad publicity for the Administra tion So they were given temporary passes instead Gingrich quoted a senior law enforcement offi cial as saying that up to 25 percent of White House staff members had used drugs as recently as within four or five years of joining the Clinton staff The media and the Democrats outbid each other in outrage Editorials spoke of character assassination and worse White House Chief of Staff Leon Panet ta said of Gingrich His charges are absolutely false There is no one in the White House who uses drugs If Newt Gingrich has evidence to the contrary he ought to tell me about it he ought to make it public and Ill fire Does being enrolled in the random drugtesting program because of recent drug use meet Panettas test One eagerly waits to see if heads will roll When Rep Wolf raised questions about the delay in finishing security clearances for all White House staffers the Administration stonewalled Wolfs investigation of some staff members uncovered cas es of past drug use and drug convictions years of unpaid taxes unpaid debts and financial irregularities All of these could have been grounds for denial by the Secret Service of a permanent pass The right pass allows the holder full access to the White House including the President and Vice Pres ident and any papers one might see lying around Such access ought not to be provided to volun teers who have not received the proper clearances Neither should it be granted to people who have not cleared the usual FBI background checks Wolfs office requested a General Accounting Office investigation into the pass matter last year It is ongoing A congressional source who wishes to remain anonymous says the investigation was ham pered because of the slow and painful response of the White Things picked up the source says after the November election and White House compliance is said to have improved How many White House staffers who ought to have permanent passes still dont have them and why not Whats holding up their clearances Have they submitted the required paperwork These and other questions should be answered immediately Cal Thomas is a syndicated Freshmen help move GOP agenda WASHINGTON AP Rep Jon Christensen on the firsl day of the 104th Congress exhorted fellow Republican freshmen to remember that the American people sent us to do Despite some setbacks and divi sions within this loosely knit Class of 94 of 73 firstterm Republican mem bers Christensen1 s challenge was largely heeded by his colleagues These Capitol Hill novices most of whom had signed the OOPs defin ing Contract With America last fall essentially kept their pledge to help bring about fundamental change in the way Congress operates Weve been pushing the leader ship in the right Chris tensen a Nebraskan said in an inter view as the 100day mark was draw ingnear Weve been together Theres power in The firstterm Republicans have proved to be ideal soldiers in House Speaker Newt Gingrichs revolution as a group they have been staunchly conservative adamant in supporting the balancedbudget amendment and term limits and inherently antiWash ington We are the least likely group to have our knees buckle when it comes to reducing the said Rep Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday April 12 the 102nd day of 1995 There are 263 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on April 12 1945 Franklin Delano Roosevelt the 32nd president of the United Stales died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs at age 63 Vice President Harry S Truman became the nations 33rd chief executive Analysis Roger Wicker of Mississippi presi dent of the freshman class And Gingrich awarded his troops by giving them unprecedented influ ence in a system where seniority still counts for a lot He asked freshmen to be floor managers of the bundle of bills passed on the opening day of the session Seven freshmen were given seats on the Appropriations Commit tee and three got seats on the tax writing Ways and Means panel And for the first time in decades firsttermers were named chairmen of subcommittees three of them in fact Some of the senior members were not sure it was a good idea to give us that much said Rep David Mclntosh who heads a regulatory affairs panel of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee Rep Tom Davis a freshman Republican from Virginia was named chairman of a subcommittee on Dis trict of Columbia affairs and Rep Linda Smith of Washington got the helm of a House Small Business tax panel Said Wicker The speaker under stands that we created the majority and we are entitled to a frontrow seat On this dale In 1606 England adopted as its flag the original version of the Union Jack In 1861 the Civil War began as Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina In 1862 Union volunteers led by James J Andrews stole a Confederate train near Marietta but were later caught This episode inspired the Buster Keaton comedy The Gener In 1877 the catchers mask was first from the very But freshman recalcitrance on some issues gave Gingrich major headaches A larger number of firstterm Repub licans for instance demanded that the balancedbudget amendment con tain a provision requiring a threefifths majority to pass tax increases That almost sank the amendment They eventually agreed to support the amendment but only after Gingrich agreed to take up their tax measure next year The legislation that was probably closest to the hearts of the new GOP lawmakers a proposed constitu tional amendment to limit the time lawmakers can serve in Congress went down to defeat partly because of party divisions over how tough the term limits should be Most freshmen thought the leadershipbacked bill which allowed House members to serve 12 years was a copout Two freshmen Greg Ganske of Iowa and Bill Martini of New Jersey led minirebellions against the Repub lican taxcut bill and put its passage in jeopardy when they urged that bene fits for the rich be reduced and that deficit reduction come first If theres anything that unites the Class of 94 Wicker said its a sense of urgency We have a twoyear win used in a baseball game In 1934 the F Scott Fitzgerald nov el Tender Is the Night was first pub lished by Scribners in New York In 1955 the Salk vaccine against polio was declared safe and effective In 1961 Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space orbiting the Earth once before making a safe landing In 1981 the space shuttle Columbia carrying astronauts Robert L Crippen and John W Young blasted off from dow of opportunity to turn this feder al government around If we blow this chance I dont know when Amer ica will ever get another he said Christensen said It would be an understatement to say we are a little disappointed with the speed of the where the balancedbudget amendment went down to defeat and other Housepassed items on the GOP agenda may be months away from consideration Freshmen also know that with the contract behind them and major social issues ahead its going to be harder to maintain the unity of pur pose that has given them such a say If the issues are guns and abor tion its going to depend more on where you are from sometimes than your said Davis And theres always the danger that the men and women who came to Washington determined to revolu tionize the systemwill as time pass es become a part of it The American people know this group is not made out of the same ilk as past firstterm House mem bers Christensen said I love this job Its the greatest honor in the world to serve in this he said Cape Canaveral on its first test flight In 1983 Chicagoans went to the polls to elect Harold Washington the citys first black mayor In 1988 the Patent and Trade mark Office issued a patent to Har vard University for a genetically engi neered mouse the first time a patent was granted for an animal life form Ten years ago Sen Jake Gam of Utah became the first senator to fly in space
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