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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas V V 1 i A 14 I 5 I I i t V l t i J ce proves its Onffcw submit tetters and guest columns electronically by way of J onlte services or Internet or to sknpty contact staff members the managing editors fe posthoKMB Tm onlyreally attic when Williams playwright 1960 1 V Republic of Texas Antigovernment group grabs attention of Texas Attorney General Dan Morales Most of us are proud to be Americans To many America is a leader of the free world a place of prosperity and justice a home we would never dream of trading But to some Texans America is Big Brother America is a con spiracy to strip them of their rights and freedoms and leave them enslaved And they are fighting back The members of the antigovernment Republic of Texas do not want to be Americans They have formed their own and They make a dubious argument that Texas was nev er legally made a state One of their favorite tactics is to file liens with county and district clerks against government officials and private citizens The hundreds or thousands of liens are clogging the states property records sys tems and can cause financial and legal difficulties for the property owners when they try to sell those properties or list them as assets because they do not have clear title to the property One such lien was filed against every parcel of land die state owns Texas Attorney General Dan Morales alleges members of the in illegal restraint of tirade intim A fThexiare riling false liens are using this tactic to harass and intimidate public officials who might cdrisider official action against Morales said has obtained a court order prohibiting the Republic of Texas and 25 of its members from filing improper liens or otherwise violating state law Morales is correct when he says no one can be above the law The Republic of Texas members do not recognize the authority of the state or its courts But maybe theyll recognize it when they end up in prison Their shenanigans would be humorous if they were not costing oth er Texans thousands of dollars in court costs Morales was right to step up and send a firm message to these antigovernment zealots mat they have the right to protest our government and work to change it but not by violating its laws Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger Write The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on jany public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors should be kept to 260 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature address and a 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 ta Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 4 1 I New Braunfels HeraldZeitung v 7 v Editor and Managing Director of Retail Advertising Osteen Business Haf Circulation Anp my 11 You dont hear people say many nice things about the US Postal Service voy often Most of the time when the post offke is in the news its because one of the employees went psycho with a gun or there is a cutesy story about the Christinas card delivered 40 years after it was mailed People gripe about the lines the bureaucratic ser vice die cost There is even a national watchdog groupout mere that seems to do little except send newspapers faxes not letters about how screwed up the Postal Service is Ive got my own story about the post office I once lost in the stamp machine inia post office lob by late at night I left a note taped to the door to the work area in back with my name and address saying I tost money in the stamp machine and I would stop back the next day to pick up my The next day I was too busy so I didnt go get my money and I didnt go the day after that It was only and soon I just forgot about it Then about two weeks later I opened my mail and mere was my in an envelope from the post office Thats not the kind of service people think about when they think about the post office But its hot that rare Con sider these examples from the Book of Lists 90s Actor James Cagney received a package from a for eign fan who knew only that Cagney lived on An Island Off of Massachusetts The post office delivered it to him at his Marthas Vineyard home A letter addressed simply Grandpa and Grandma Rt 1 Jonesboro and post marked Norfolk was cor rectly delivered in January 1990 The postmaster called a guy hed only seen once or and asked him whether he had a grand child in Nebraska A substitute carrier in Austin successfully deliv ered a letter addressed to Mr and Mrs Ed Ford in the Roger Croteau i stone house with yellow trim near the end of Mans field Drive out by the A postcard mailed from Munich Germany traveled miles arid was properly delivered to the Harold Pipkom family in five working days The address was simply given as Somewhere near Mil waukee Freistadt WI Mrs Nancy Feldman of Spencerville received a letter mailed from Great Britain though the sender addressed it to the wrong town and could only describe Mrs Fekbnans general location large old die water tow er fence On the envelope the writer drew a little map to help the post office So the cost of a stamp goes up once in a while J Its still pretty remarkable to consider it costs just 32 cents to send a letter anywhere in the and you can be pretty certain it will get where its sup posed to go even if you dont know where its sup posed to go Roger Croteau is the HeraldZeitung city edi GOP should take lead on abortion debate i ABC News and the print press tried to make a big deal out of a remark by Bob Dole about abor tion In an interview with Peter Jennings recently Dole restated his support for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion except in cases of rape incest or health threat to the womans life Dole also said he wanted to include in the platform language in a declaration of tolerance for those with different views so they would feel welcome in the Republican Party While some prolifers would prefer a declaration welcoming the unborn to the human family Doles expression of tolerance is probably a rhetorical com promise prolifers can make if it is enough for the prochoicers Of course no one is talking about accommodating Republicans with different views on big govern ment higher taxes more spending or racism But why be picky There is a way for Dole and his party not to be trapped by the abortion mines even now being plant ed by the press and socalled party moderates to explode in August in San DiegO Dole and his fellow prolife Republicans should stop taking the bait from the prochoice press Instead when asked about theirpolitical approach they should say something like this You know Peter Dan there is insuffi cient support for a constitutional amendment ban ning most abortions at this time so what my admin istratiori will be about in cooperation with prolife Democrats and independents and even prochoicers who believe there are too many is to stop as many abortions as possible while working and waiting for attitudes and the law to change We intend to increase the number of crisis pregnancy cen ters in America and help them become fullscale medical clin ics so that no woman will be without access to one We also would like to see sonogram machines available in every clinic so pregnant women can see what is growing inside them Those who say offering such information insults the intelligence of women should be reminded that it is no more insulting to give a pregnant woman facts about her unborn child than it is to give her facts about the contents of food containers at the super market We Republicans and other prolifers also intend to launch a national advertising campaign that will not condemn anyone but will show pictures of babies inside the womb at various stages of devel opment We will offer a tollfree number for any woman with an unplanned pregnancy to call for help That help will be free of charge and will include assistance in finding a place to live if need ed counseling and financial aid clothing for the Cal Thomas Dole and his fellow prolife Republicans should stop taking the bait from the prochoice press baby and other necessities before and after the childs Such an approach by Bob Dole and his party would blunt much of the negative criticism and reluctance to discuss abortion by some Republi cans And it would return attention to where it should remain focused on the unborn child and on helping the woman It is a positive response not a negative one It would empower women and children and give Republicans an edge in the compassion wars which liberals and Democrats have claimed largely for themselves Anyone who opposes this proposal favors cen sorship preventing women from receiving infor mation they need to make an informed choice This plan would pay political dividends and more the number of abortions which many prochoicers agree is too high It is also a way to restore some civility to the debate over human life which has moved on from the unborn and now threatens the unwanted elderly the sick and the handicapped Cal Thomas is syndicated columnist Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday June 27 the 179th day of 1996 There are 187 days left in the year 1 Highlight in History On June President Tru man ordered the Air Force and Navy intq the Korean conflict following a call from the United Nations Security Council for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North In Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were cumbia Ala In 1893 the New York stock market crashed In 1942 the FBI announced the cap ture of eight Nazi saboteurs who had been put ashore from a submarine on New Yorks Long Island In 1944 during World War II American forces completed their cap ture of the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans In 1957 more than 500 peopje were killed when Hurricane Audrey slammed through coastal Louisiana and Texas i Ip Stonewall Inn a gay bar in NewYork Citys Greenwich Village clashed with police an incident Considered the birth of i ill John W Pean told the Senate Wattage Committee about an ene miej list kept by the Nixon White House In 1980 President Carter signed leg islation reviving draft registration In 1985 the legendary Route 66 which originally stretched from Chica go to Santa Monica passed into history as officials decertified the road Ten ago The International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled that the United States had broken inter national law and violated the sover eignty of Nicaragua by aiding the con tras Five yean ago Supreme Court Jus tice Thurgood Marshall the first black to sit on the nations highest court announced his retirement The Supreme Court ruled that juries con sidering life or death for convicted murderers may take into account the victims character and the suffering of relatives One year ago The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a historic flight to link up with Russias space station Mir and bring home American astro naut Norman Thagard The San Fran cisco Chronicle received a threat from the Unabomber to blow up a plane by the July 4th weekend prompting tight security measures the Unabomber later called the threat a Todays Birthdays Captain Kan garoo Bob Keeshan is 69 Business executive Ross Perot is 66 Opera singer Anna Moffo is 62 Interior retary Bruce Babbitt is 58 Singer musician Bruce Johnston The Beach Boys is 52 Actress Julia Duffy is 45 Country singer Lome Morgan is Thought for Today Genius if eternal Michelangelo Italian artist
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