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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 A HeraldZeitung Sunday May Opinion ft To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 QUOTA Ideological differences are no excuse for Miss Manners Judith Martin 1956 D I T O R I A Preventing Terror Closure of Pennsylvania Ave latest Action by government to curb terror t Not many cities in the can boast of traffic snarls like our Rations capital And on an average day there more than cars whiz past the House on Pennsylvania Ave j But now traffic planners in Washington municipal building pave a new headache to contend with on Saturday Pennsylvania for two blocks in front of the Presidents residence closed to Vehicular traffic permanently Its about time The Secret Service and about every other law enforcement agency in this country you can think of has issued warnings in the past about ihe vulnerability of the White House to a terrorist attack f The Clintons are very familiar with their own vulnerability at the Stately old mansion I In the Presidents first two and half years in office hes had a small Aircraft crash on the White House grounds Most recently a man pulled an automatic rifle from under his over poat and began spraying the side of the presidents home with bul ets Closing Pennsylvania Ave to motorists will not deter anyone on bot who has a mind to pull out a gun and begin blasting away at the White House but it will make it next to impossible for a terrorist with i car bomb to get near enough the White House to destroy the jbuilding One glimpse at the damage at the ninestory federal building in Oklahoma City should indicate what devastation would be inflict ed on the much smaller White House in the event of such an attack The move to close the historic avenue in Washington is dismaying to many but its something that probably should have been done years ago When terror groups blew up our Marine barracks and embassy in Beirut counterterrorism specialists began to study the vulnera bility of targets in this country Finally weve made it at least more difficult for terrorists to strike at our countrys most famous house 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 i 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 Publisher David Sullens jGeneral Manager Cheryl DuVall Svlanaging Editor Doug Loveday Advertising Director Tracy Stevens Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Douglas Brandt Classified Manager Karen Reininger City Editor Roger Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New lirawfek HeratdZeiiung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 3 1 1 328 New bruunfels Comal County Tx 78 1 3 1 1 328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeratdZeitunx in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months 19 six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by earner 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 1 1 Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259 144 or by weekdays or by 1 1 on Sunday Send address changes to the New liraunfels HemldZeiiung Draw er 3 1 1 328 New Braunfels Tx 78 1 3 1 1 328 Opinion contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is Cost of regulations staggering Cal Thomas At Michigan State University on May 5 Presi dent Clinton said that you cannot pretend to love your country while hating your govern ment No but you can love your country while hating what your gov ernment in the hands of overzealous and powerhun gry regulatory zealots is doing to you In a new publication from The Her itage Foundation entitled Red Tape in there is enough material to make anyone except such zealots angry The purpose of this writes House Majority Whip Tom DeLay in the foreword is to illustrate how the burden of excessive government regu lation affects the average Ameri book contains reallife hor ror stories of individuals who have lost their property or had their businesses harmed because of overzealous gov ernment Here youll read bout John Thorpe whose plans to build on his own prop erty were thwarted by the Fish and Wildlife Service which demanded to know what steps he had take to pre serve the salt marsh harvest mouse Though Thorpe wanted only to devel op mostly on the dry upland portion of his property an agency of the government theorized that when glob al warming melts the polar icecaps the Pacific will rise and inundate the habitat of the salt marsh harvest mouse on his lowlands forcing it to seek refuge on his highlands For this sci ence fiction theory Thorpe was denied permission to develop his land In another section you can read about an Equal Employment Opportu nity Commission attorney who on being asked about an employers oblig ation under the Americans with Dis abilities Act commented Whether or not a personal assistant would be required for toileting ard eating is going to have to be determined on a casebycase Also there is a regulation that treats childrens teeth as toxic waste with accompanying regulations for their dis posal Does this mean the tooth fairy is required to wear the proper govern mentregulated gloves and mask when exchanging a tooth for money under a childs federally approved pillow There are stories of overzealous IRS agents breaking into peoples homes handcuffing them and seizing proper ty without a warrant and in not a few cases mistakenly There are stories about intolerable delays and outrageous bureaucratic requirements by the Food and Drug Administration before a drug can be approved Reading the section on the FDA will help you understand one reason why drug prices are so high The FDA also conducts raids closing down businesses and practices it deems violate its regulations My favorite horror story concerns a decision to ban bear repellent in the form of cayenne pepper spray In Alas ka people swear that a shot of this bear repellent in the snout stops a 700 pound bear but the EPA ruled that cayenne pepper spray could not be advertised as a bear repellent because it had not been registered as a pesticide or tested for effectiveness EPA Region 10 worker Lyn Frandsen said there was no scientific proof that the pepper spray stopped charging bears We need efficacy he said talking like a bureaucrat who had never been in the woods Sen Frank Murkowski said The EPA admits that the spray is probably safe to eat if not smell It seems like you can use it on a dead bear you can use it on bear stew but you cannot use it on a live bear if the bear is after The cost of outofcontrol regula tion is astounding The EPA alone now has staff members and an oper ating budget of billion quadruple its original size in 1970 Its inflation adjusted spending has gone up 10 times All citizens pay the regulatory bill Thomas Hopkins an economics pro fessor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and former Office of Man agement and Budget administrator estimates regulation is costing roughly billion a year or about per household Other estimates are even higher On Meet the Press on May 7 Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said There is a much deeper fear of Washington than people in Washington The regulatory book from Heritage shows why that fear and some of the anger that goes with it is justified What do you think The National Rifle Association has come under serious national scrutiny in the past several weeks after a fundraising letter distrib uted by a group leader described federal agents as jackbooted gov ernment Former President George Bush resigned his mem bership from the organization following the letter But the real attack has come from the present Administration and NRA members are incensed because many believe that some in government are trying to link the bombing with the NRA We want to know if you feel the NRA has been unfairly treated In the wake of the bombing and subsequent media fallout Fill out the coupon drop it by our office at 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax survey to 210 6251224 Copied forms are accepted Deadline for this survey is Saturday May Do you believe the NRA has been unfairly treated in recent weeks Yes or No circle one Name Address City Age Sex Death squads reappear in El Salvador SAN SALVADOR El Salvador AP With names like Black Shadow and White a new kind of death squad is creeping back out onto the streets of El Salvador They use the same tactics employed in the killing of thousands of leftists in the 1980s but this time they target suspected common criminals and many citizens are applauding them A deathsquad group calling itself Black Shadow hasclaimed responsibility for the May 9 killings of four youths all reputed gang members Squad mem bers travelling in a van with smoky windows stopped the four on a darkened street in a poor San Salvador suburb forced them to lie face down in the street and shot each one once in the head At least two other groups calling themselves White Hand and the Transitory Executive Anti Delinquent in recent months have vowed in communiques distributed to news organizations to wage war on common criminals particularly youth gangs There arc no firm government statistics on the number of people killed by the new death squads but police estimate at least 25 murders by the squads over the past six months Analysis In communiques and anonymous calls to radio stations spokesmen for the squads have said they kill suspected criminals to help control the crime wave plaguing this Central American country Government statistics show there were homi cides gunshot wounds rapes and robberies in El Salvador last year the types of crimes that are the hallmark the nations gangs The vice minister of Public Security Hugo Barrera blamed the inability to control the death squads and the gangs on the previous government and on the former guerrillas He said both failed to prevent the lack of security that the country faces in the post war Similar death squads have sprung up over the past year in Honduras where political death squads also operated during the 1980s Despite their experience with death squad hor rors of the 1980s ordinary Salvadorans fed up with growing crime are voicing their support for the vig ilante attacks on radio shows and in media inter views 5 it Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday May 21 the 141 si day of 1995 There are 224 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May 21 1927 Charles A Lind bergh landed his Spirit of St Louis near Paris completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean On this date In 1542 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River In 1832 the first Democratic National Convention got under way in Baltimore In 1840 New Zealand was declared a British colony In 1881 Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross In 1892 the opera 1 by Ruggiero Leoncavallo was first per formed in Milan Italy In 1924 14yearold Bobby Franks was murdered in a thrill killing com mitted by Nathan Leopold Jr and Richard Loeb two students at the University of Chicago In 1941 a German Uboat sank the American freighter SS Robin Moore in the South Atlantic In 1956 the United Stales exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific In 1959 the musical inspired by the life of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee opened on Broadway In 1968 ihc nuclearpowered sub marine Scorpion with 99 men aboard was last heard from The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the In 1979 former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk In 1980 Ensign Jean Marie Butler became the first woman to graduate from a service academy as she accepted her degree and commission from the Coast Guard Academy in New London Conn 9m mm The Survey says Respondents to question divided on support for local militias in our nation Eight readers responded to last weeks survey question Do you think local militias are good for the with four supporting the groups and four coming out against them Some of the responses supporting the militia movement included The federal government ATF killing kids in Waco was kids in Oklahoma City was wrong We need a non violent government and militia Our militia meetings open with prayer the Pledge of Allegiance and close with a plea to write call visit local legislators about pend ing bills Its an ongoing history lesson for young and old They alert us that something is not right in our country I would not mind joining one myself if it was integrated all races Some of the responses opposed to the movement included This group is generally counterproductive to the good order of society Militia members are paranoid nuts who should go to Pluto so their bodies can be with their minds in outer space They strive only for change not solutions fabricating untruths to sup port their positions just like politicians and the government Especially disturbing is the connection between militias and the white supremacist movement People who would never support a racist organization are being used to promote the goals of white supremacists They say that the police have done too little to fight the gangs that threaten them and their families their homes and businesses And because the squads say they target only crim inals most average citizens dont fear that they them selves would be targets Its good someone is fighting the criminals and gang said one housewife Maria Gra ciela Cuellar 28 But on the other hand these could end up as extermination squads singling out oppo sition Human rights activists fear that the government may somehow be involved in the groups and share the concern that the attacks could turn political They note that death squads already have made what appear to be political threats against judges labor unions teachers associations and former guer rilla fighters The Catholic Churchs legal office last week charged that the squads include members of the Central American countrys defunct security forces members of paramilitary groups and even current members of the National Civilian Police force The new squads could produce a new wave of political violence against the it warned
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