New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 8, 1995, Page 4

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June 08, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4WHeraldZflttuhg Thursday June Opinion 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 simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is com QUO A B There are some that close a con versation like an iron Alexandre Dumas 1844 D I T O R I A L Heroic deed Rescue of downed pilot an example of American knowhow bravery For six days Capt Scott F OGrady evaded capture in the woods of Bosnia after his F16 was shot down by a Serbian sur facetoairmissile With both Serbian gunners and American rescue personnel searching for his whereabouts OGrady was able to maintain his composure outwit the enemy and successfully make radio con tact with his rescuers Britain and France and several other countries presently have members of their forces now serving with the United Nations being held as hostages by the Serbians Americans are ailtoo familiar with hostage taking and the real feelings of helplessness and anger associated with that cowardly act Although we sympathize with those troops being held by the Ser bians Americans should rejoice about the rescue of one American pilot After weeks months and years of dreary news from the bat tlefields of Bosnia OGradys rescue is welcomed news indeed OGradys own bravery of which were sure to hear more about is commendable enough but so is the work of the large team sent in to retrieve him Marines flying two CH53 helicopters landed just 50 yards from where OGrady was hiding A Marine rescue team took part as did Cobra helicopters Harrier jets AWACS radar planes and other support aircraft according to Adm Leighton Smith OGrady didnt need much help on the ground however as he made the dash from his safe hiding spot to the helicopters Our military should be commended for using so many resources for the rescue of one downed pilot We should also be thankful we have the resources available and the personnel trained to use them to pull off an operation like this The next time budget cutters take a stab at military expenditures they would be wise to remetnber the rescue of Capt Scott F OGrady Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Love day Write us The flew 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 do 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 Cooper City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New liruunfelx HeraldZeiiung USPS 377880 707 Lamia Si or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Coma County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by Ihe New Braun fels HeratdZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Coma and Cuudalupc 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 311 328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Rape victims9 rights get boost In Sisters in author Freda Adler noted that rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the Incredibly victims of sexual assault too often are compelled to submit to polygraph testing Although the test results are inadmissible as evidence in Texas courts officers sometimes decline to press charges when victims refuse to take lie detector tests Beginning Sept however rape victims no longer will be required to add the trauma of taking a lie detector test to the trauma caused by the crime per petrated against them Senate Bill 222 by Zaffirini and Rep Debra Danburg prohibits a peace officer from requiring a polygraph examination of an alleged victim of sexual assault aggravated sexual assault incest or indecency with a child SB 222 allows an attorney for the state to request a polygraph examination if the attorney informs the victim that the test is not required and that the case cannot be dropped solely because of the results of the test or the victims refusal to take it Gov George W Bush signed the bill after senators and representatives passed it unanimously This was my 5th attempt to pass this bill that I first sponsored in 1989 at the request of Rep Juan Hinojosa Although similar legislation passed both houses in 1989 Gov Bill Clements vetoed the firini bill because of an amendment that prohibited administering polygraphs to police officers The Senate later passed Zaffirinis bill during a spe cial session but it died in a House committee The Senate passed similar bills by Zaffirini during the Judith Zaffirini 72nd and 73rd legislatures but again they died in House committees Six years after Rep Hinojosa asked me to sponsor his House bill Texas law finally will ensure that victims of violent sexual crimes most of them women and children no longer have to fear that their rights will violated to protect their attackers It has been a long battle to get this legislation passed We worked tirelessly every year to convince legislators of itffl impor said Georgie Rasco pub lic policy specialist for the Texas Council on Family Violence Law officers rarely ask victims of other crimes such as burglary and simple assault to submit to poly graph tests before processing their complaints Requesting that victims take polygraph tests per petuates the gross misconception that complaintants of sexual assault probably are lying Statistics from the FBI do not support that belief The number of false allegations in sexual assault crimes are comparable to false reports in other crimes approximately 2 percent according to the FBI A rape victim is asking herself How did Met this happen and then is asked to take a polygraph test to prove she is telling the truth The request adds to the trauma of the crime committed against said Rasco A polygraph test measures a persons heart and breathing rates and skin responses to questioning by a licensed examiner The highly emotional and traumatic state of an assault victim can produce the types of physiological reactions that result in negative indicators in a poly graph exam This knowledge motivated the Texas Police Chiefs Association and the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas to support SB 222 Currently law officers can drop charges when victims do not pass exams Frequently the ordeal of a polygraph test discourages victims from pro ceeding with complaints Requiring a polygraph examination also may seri ously impede the healing process of a sexual assault survivor particularly a child Being believed and supported is important in the healing process accord ing to Lacy Sloan state organizer for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Connecticut Illinois New York and Pennsylvania banned the use of polygraph examinations in sexual assault cases It is high time that Texas halts the practice of revictimizing victims We will be monitoring the law to ensure it is applied in the manner the legislature said Sloan There is nothing more critical in criminal law than protecting the rights of victims particularly victims of sexual assault Once again the concern and perseverance of dedicated people have paid off in passing this said Lt Gov Bob Bullock Judith Zaffirini is a Texas state Antiterrorism bill finds bipartisan support WASHINGTON AP After weeks of sniping President Clinton and Republicans now are claiming vic tory in the Senates passage of major new antiterrorism legislation and press ing the House to follow suit quickly The measure inspired by the April 19 Oklahoma City bombing passed Wednesday by a 918 vote The bil lion package includes provisions sought by Clinton to enlarge federal law enforcement agencies and the govern ments wiretapping authority and allow use of the military in emergencies involving chemical or biological weapons In addition the bill would stringent ly appeals by deathrow inmates a change long pushed by Republicans At the White House Clinton hailed the Senates bipartisan vote 52 Republicans and 39 Democrats sup ported the bill and expressed the hope that the legislation would fore stall another attack like the one that killed 168 people at the federal building Today In History Analysis in downtown Oklahoma City This legislation will give law enforcement the tools it needs to do everything possible to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening the president said It will also help us prosecute and punish terrorists more Clinton sent a billion antiter rorism measure to Congress a week after the bombing In his statement Wednesday Clinton urged the House where a comparable bill is pend ing to do its part and get a bill on my desk without The same sentiment was expressed on Capitol Hill I hope the House will act swiftly to join the Senate in sending a clear message to terrorists that atroc ities like the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building will not be toler said Sen Don Nickles ROkla The bipartisan concord contrasted with the recent weeks of political snip ing between Clinton and Senate Major ity Leader Bob Dole who blamed each other for delaying the leg islation Dole who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination wrote the bill with Sen Orrin Hatch RUtah By Wednesday Dole was thanking Clinton for his efforts in discouraging Democratic amendments to the bill No doubt about it the presidents involvement has helped speed up the process here in the Dole said In addition to some liberal Democ rats civil libertarians and several ethnic groups have objected to the Senate and House bills The Center for Constitutional Rights called the measures tough not on ter rorism but on civil Donald Haines legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union said We remain most concerned that we do not out of a heightened fear of the threat of terrorism throw out the civil liberties and constitutional rights that have defined us as a land of free Before Wednesdays vote the Senate rejected four Democratic amendments aimed at tempering the bills limits on prisoners appeals which include a oneyear limit for deathrow inmates to appeal their sentences Republicans say the limits are need ed to stem what they say is frivolous repetitive litigation by deathrow pris oners that delays their executions for years and frustrates victims families Talk about an abusive Hatch said Is there no finality to the just decisions of the court Clinton supports some tightening of such habeas corpus death row appeals but initially didnt want it in the antiterrorism bill He reversed that position Monday night and accepted its inclusion in the legislation On Tuesday flight Democrats dropped most of the guncontrol amendments they had wanted in the bill clearing the way for its passage By The Associated Press Today is Thursday June 8 the 159th day of 1995 There are 206 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On June 8 632 the prophet Mohammed died Mohammeds teachings recorded in the Koran forged a new religion Islam On this date In 1845 150 years ago Andrew Jackson the seventh president of the United States died in Nashville Tenn In 1861 Tennessee seceded from the Union In 1876 author George Sand died in Nohant France In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt offered to act as a mediator in the RussoJapanese War In 1915 Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement over handling of the sinking of the Lusilania In 1942 Bing Crosby recorded Adeste Fideles and Silent Night in Los Angeles for Decca Records In 1953 the Supreme Court ruled that restau rants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks In 1966 a merger was announced between the National and American Football leagues to take effect in 1970 In 1967 34 servicemen were killed when Israeli forces raided the Liberty a Navy ship sta tioned in the Mediterranean Israel called the attack a tragic mistake In 1968 authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr In 1978 a jury in Clark County ruled the socalled Mormon purportedly written by the late billionaire Howard Hughes was a forgery In 1982 President Reagan became the first Amer ican chief executive to address a joint session of the British Parliament Ten years ago Creme Fraiche won the 117th running of the Belmont Stakes the first gelding to win the race Five years ago Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir announced he had succeeded in forming a new rightwing coalition government ending a 3 monthold political crisis ;

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