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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 HeraldZeitung Thursday May bpinion Ik To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to J simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address Is QUO A B Journalists usually have a different per spective on the Most journalists never had a real James Gentry journalism dean 1994 EDITORIAL Spaced Out NASA budget cutters keep finding new ways to trim excess funding The Johnson Space Center is Houstons pride and joy Located on the southeast side of town in the Clear Lake area near Galveston Bay JSC is a tourist attraction for the community as well as the major employer in that region If folks in Clear Lake dont work for NASA theyre probably employed by one of the hundreds of contractors that are located all jaround the sprawling JSC site Besides the economic good fortune associated with the center it has also brought a prestige to the city on the bayou that had been lacking before i But in these days of budget cutting NASA has found itself on the chopping block more than its fair share of the time Or so I thought 1 NASA has just announced it has stopped construction of a facto ry in Mississippi that would have produced rocketmotor nozzles I This would not have raised much attention until it was mentioned that the factory would duplicate a capability we already have in Utah and would increase our costs a NASA official said Many Texans agonize with NASA as more and more funding is from the proposed space station Its easy to wonder how effective and safe a space station can be if the final product is a mere shadow of what was originally envi But budget cutters in Congress that many have labeled as anti NASA are proving to be right on the mark That factory NASA has one that would have dupli cated a capability they already save the agency and you and me between million and million i While agency officials are hailing their move as another Her iculean effort to save money and save the space station it should make Congress delve even deeper to see what else may be duplicated at NASA The space program has brought untold benefits to the over the past 30 years Much of the technology we enjoy today can be attrib uted to space research But NASA can no longer be the spoiled child of federal agencies It cant get what it wants when it wants it without proving the worth of the request Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug 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 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 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfeb HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa Si or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside 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 or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeiiung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 An enemy around every corner Roger Croteau Welcome to the world of para noid delusions where Bill and Hillary Clinton are communist conspirators where rogue gov ernment agents are just waiting for an excuse to kick in your door and murder your family where a huge network of conspirators is plotting to form one World Socialist Government In short welcome to the world of the Comal County Constitu tional Militia I visited it for a couple of hours Tuesday night and I dont want to go back They live in a scary world full of enemies plotting the destruc tion of society As I sat among dozens of militia members I found myself agreeing with much of what they said I agreed when they decried erosion of fourth amendment rights against illegal search and seizure and an Admin istration proposal to allow warrantless searches of public housing I nodded when they criticized asset forfeiture laws that allow the government to confiscate your home cash and property without ever charging you with a criminal offense I nodded when they noted with horror a secret plot to rewrite the Con stitution wait a where they lost me The most interesting and enlightening comments about the militia members came not in the discussion during the meeting but in conversations before and after the meeting Us angry white males are taking Clinton is so full of he I heard on WOAI that the FBI knew about the bomb ing five days in advance but no one else will report Of course they would suspect this kind of column from me since I read in their newsletter that com munists have plotted to take over the editorial writing function at newspapers across the United States I also read that David Rockefeller has developed a plan to form one world government Apparently he is cooperating with a worldwide network of socialists who have infiltrated all segments of society Well comrades I mean neighbors I really doubt it Also in the April newsletter is the shocking reve lation that the collapse of the Soviet Union was all a sham designed to lull the West into disarming Now that we have cut our military spending the Russians are ready to spring the trap and conquer the world The list of conspiracies goes on and on One pam phlet designed for distribution to law enforcement per sonnel states that the government is making prepa rations for a general warrantless search of every site in the United States using military and law enforce ment personnel to confiscate all firearms and shoot anyone who The United States Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is a favorite target called armed ter or jackbooted government One pamphlet describes police officers as the governments hired thugs bullies with badges who use the omnipotence of the state as their ticket to brutality and Your views are now one speaker told the militia members Tuesday night Reality check folks Most Texans do not believe that David Rocke feller is trying to take over the world that a secret group is rewriting the Constitution or that this edito rial is being written by one of the tens or hundreds of thousands of Russian spies that have infiltrated the United States The same speaker reiterate allegations that the gov ernment may have set off the bomb in Oklahoma City to justify repression of the militia movement A member said that he read such a comment made by another militia leader but he found it pretty far fetched I wish I could say it was pretty far the speaker said He said that the militia movement is pressing for justice in the wake of the fire that killed the Branch Davidians at Mount Carmel and that as a result of that pressure several high government offi cials could be charged with treason So it would make sense that the government would bomb that building and blame it on the militia movement he said I hope and pray these speculations are not fact because if they are we face a far scarier situation than any of us he said Scarier than hundreds of thousands of communist conspirators in our country planting the seeds of our destruction My my that is scary That is what struck me most the fear and cynicism the militia members felt I always considered myself cynical and mistrusting of government but I was way out of my league with these folks And the fear They are genuinely scared that the government is their mortal enemy and will surely kill or enslave them if they let their guard down Ann Utterback commander of the local militia may have made the most intelligent statement of the night when she was discussing the need for the mili tia to form a sister group that cant be demonized by the She said This spiral of paranoia keeps growing and growing and growing And it is all based on Roger Croteau is the HeraldZeitungs city editor Special instructions to communist infiltrators Circle the third letter of every other sentence read back wards and decode using standard procedure to receive your next leTmeintreqane I A i Majority want stronger terrorism measures NEW YORK AP A majority of Americans want the government to try to prevent more Oklahoma City style terrorism even if it means intrud ing on sBme peoples rights and pri vacy according to an Associated Press poll Fiftyfour percent put public secu rity ahead of peoples civil liberties Among the rest of respondents there is a split between 21 percent who say treading on rights and privacy is unac ceptable and 19 percent who say it is fruitless because the government cant stop determined terrorists Many surveys have found Ameri cans skeptical of the federal govern ments effectiveness and resentful of its reach But the adults polled Friday through Tuesday give wide Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday May 4 the 124th day of 1995 There are 241 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Twentyfive years ago on May 4 1970 Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on a crowd of antiwar protesters at Kent State University killing four students and wounding nine others On this date In 1626 Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on presentday Man hattan Island In 1776 Rhode Island declared its Analysis spread support to broader government powers for domestic security investi gations 58 percent support government power to quickly expel any foreigner suspected of planning terrorism even a person who committed no crime This proposal by President Clinton has bipartisan support in Congress but civil rights groups such as the AmericanArab AntiDiscrimination Committee say immigrants who are falsely accused could be unjustly deported 63 percent favor FBI power to infiltrate and spy on organizations in this country that the government freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Indepen dence was adopted In 1886 at Haymarket Square in Chicago a labor demonstration for an eighthour work day turned into a riot when a bomb exploded In 1916 responding to a demand from President Wilson Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare thereby averting a diplomatic break with Washington In 1927 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was found ed In 1932 mobster Al Capone con victed of incometax evasion entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta In 1942 the Battle of the Coral Sea thinks might be planning terrorism even if the groups has not committed any crimes Attorney General Janet Reno sup ports current guidelines allowing undercover operations only when there is strong evidence a crime is about to be committed Looser restric tions on surveillance could give the FBI a better chance to head off bomb ings Civil libertarians fear a return to the days when FBI files were kept on the political views and personal habits of thousands of people 65 percent support the power to search for and seize weapons from groups that might be planning terror ism even if the groups have not com mitted any crimes Support rises to 72 percent among two categories women and Democrats The Second Amendment right to bear arms and the Fourth Amendment prohibition of search and seizure with out probable cause guarantee that any broadening of these government pow ers will be hard fought The telephone poll was conducted by ICR Survey Research Group of Media part of AUS Consultants Results have a margin of error of plus or miaus 3 percentage points Sixtyone percent think the year ahead holds more terror like the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City while 30 percent dont expect a repeat Nine percent dont know or wont say the first naval clash fought entirely with carrier aircraft began during World War II In years ago during World War II German forces in the Nether lands Denmark and northwest Ger many agreed to surrender In 1946 a twoday riot at Alcatraz prisdn in San Francisco Bay ended the violence having claimed the lives of five people In 1961 a group of Freedom Rid ers left Washington for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation in inter state buses and bus terminals In 1980 Marshal Josip Broz Tito president of Yugoslavia died three days before his 88th birthday In 1989 fired White House aide Oliver North was convicted of shred ding documents and two other crimes and acquitted of nine other charges stemming from the IranContra affair However the three convictions were overturned on Ten years ago Western leaders wrapped up a summit in Bonn by urg ing a substantial reduction in barri ers to free trade Spend a Buck won the 115th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Five years ago The South African government and the African National Congress concluded historic talks in Cape Town with a joint statement agreeing on a common commitment toward the resolution of the existing climate of   

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