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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A n HeraldZeituna O Sunday February Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 Its not hard to slip from cyperspacc to Louis D Boccardi news executive 1996 T O R I A L Kudos Kudos is a regular feature of the Herald Zeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of individuals and organiza tions in the community Send your Kudos to HeraldZeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax them to 210 On the ninth of February at about 10 oclock in the morning my wife saw smoke coming out of our neighbors house She immediately called 911 and in record time our wonderful New Braunfels Fire Department came It was a blessing to see these professionals at work We citizens of New Braunfels can be very proud of our wonderful fire department rr1 a ft i i Vi U M earft f God bless them Mr and Mrs Roy Schneider New Braunfels Kudos to the dedicated AARP volunteers who figure our income taxes Your services are indeed appreciated Mrs John P Kerulis New Braunfels Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation and known fnctunl errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitttng bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre vious 30 days Mail letters to to the Editor the New Bmunfela HeroldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Boyd Retail Advertising Manager Ext Osteen Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New IlvmttlZtinmg USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Hraunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New ffrtiwifels in New Uruunfels Texas Currier delivered in Comal and Guudalupc counties thiee 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 moulds 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 POSTMASIIKR Send address changes to the New Sraunfyls Hvmli4eitung Draw er 311328 New Bjminfcls Tx 78131 1328 Opinion OitHiM contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the newspapers address is Some criminals deserve to die for their acts The American Bar Association which claims to have lawyer members recently endorsed a resolu tion for a moratorium on the death penalty The groups House of Delegates whatever that is voted 280119 to urge Congress and the president to put an end at least temporarily to the death penalty The group says that the death penalty as it is administered is sys tematically The ABA said the deathpenalty system lacked the ABAs standards of impartiality No wonder our judicial system seems out of wack What this sage group of lawyers really is saying is that despite all their efforts as the professionals who par ticipate and operate our judicial system they cannot seem to get it to work in such a way that they trust the outcome So rather than resolve to fix the system they want to throw their hands up and say we should abolish appro priate punishment for hideous crimes because we do not trust the validity of the system we oper ate Whats unfair about their resolution is that the criminals and thugs who deserve to die for their crimes will not be put to death Now Ive said it F stand politically incorrect once again Some criminals do not deserve to live They do not deserve to be rehabil itated They do not deserve special care They deserve to die With the average inmate on death row for more than 10 years and with 16 levels of postconviction reviews what else is supposed to be done Heres a statistic from Justice for Doug Toney All a group founded in Houston Of those executed since percent have been white and 38 percent have been black Yet blacks committed 47 percent of the murders whites 38 per cent In fact white murderers have been more likely to be executed than black murderers since If that statistic is accurate doesnt it undermine the argument that the sys tem is racially biased Lets not call for a moratorium on the death penalty unless criminals agree to a moratorium on crimes punishable by death What the ABA should have con sidered was how to limit the use of a defense of insanity My client was distressed and would not have killed if he had been My client cannot tell right from wrong He didnt know killing this child was a Can anyone really say they believe either one of these defenses is a legiti mate excuse It would be difficult to argue Lets take a person who sexually molests and then kills a child fe No one in their right mind would commit such a terrible act right Wouldnt you agree then that anyone who would commit such an act had to be off their rocker Of course they are insane No sane person would commit such a despica ble act So whats the point This defense is simply invalid They did it they should die It really does seem that simple I do not know whether the death penalty deters crime Thats not really the point What the death penalty does do though is proclaim that we as a society find some acts so despicable that the person who commits such crimes against another human being does not deserve to live Its the only civilized position to take Doug Toney is publisher and editor of the Tejeda left a lasting legacy for Texas America On January 30 Texas lost a great leader whose legendary courage and patriotism inspired admirers of all ages Congressman Frank Tejeda served his country and his state in war and peace with valor and distinction The news of his passing saddens me and everyone who loved this gener ous and strong man Our thoughts and prayers are with his family Frank Tejeda was a patriot and a hero who believed deeply in this nation and fought to preserve its freedoms He enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 17 performing so well that he became the youngest Marine corporal and lat er the youngest staff sergeant In battle his bravery and leadership of fellow soldiers were recognized when he received the Silver Star and Bronze Star for heroism and gallantry under fire and the Purple Heart for wounds sustained while fighting The courage integrity and patrio tism that made Tejeda a leader of his fellow Marines remained the hallmarks of his character throughout his life He rose to the rank of major in the Marine Corps Reserve and fought for national defense and veterans rights and benefits throughout his distin guished public service career When he and I entered the Texas Senate together in January 1987 he Today in History Judith Zafffirini already had served in the House of Repre sentatives for 10 years In the House he waged a difficult fight to expose corruption in the Texas Supreme Court and he authored the Texas Crime Victims Bill of Rights and the Texas Veterans Housing Assistance Program Despite his many accomplishments Rep Tejeda was a quiet man who nev er sought publicity He left an indelible mark on this state not only because he led the fight against highcourt cor ruption but also because his legislative victories benefited the poor the elder ly and the downtrodden and focused on the needs of veterans and victims As a legislator he willingly addressed complex issues such as improving railroad safety preserving Texas historic sites and providing access to water for constituents in colo niQs Additionally he worked to improve health care delivery creating the Texas trauma system Because he loved children and was concerned about their future he fought for higher funding for the schools in his district He also helped fund many sports and other recreational activities for children in the community As a result of the experiences of two adolescent constituents in Bexar Coun ty in 1991 he uncovered the abuse of patients in Texas psychiatric hospitals and we strategized to correct the prob lems Together we laid the foundation for legislation that I sponsored that will keep these abuses from recurring In 1992 Sen Tejeda was elected to the Congress without major par ty opposition and he continued his efforts to work with communities throughout the district he represented We continued our cooperative efforts as we shared responsibilities for rep resenting 12 counties namely Atas cosa Bexar Comal Duval Frio Guadalupe Jim Hogg LaSalle McMullen Starr Wilson and Zapata On Feb 3 the Texas Senate paid tribute to Frank Tejeda by adopting Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 by myself and other Bexar County sena tors The resolution honors his contri butions his dedication and ability to get things done all of which won him the respect and admiration of his con In Congress Frank Tejeda remained dedicated to the communities he served whether he was working to secure drought relief for South Texas casting the deciding vote to save the peanut program or fighting to save Kelly Air Force Base Frank often quoted his favorite poem which was found in a sentry box in Gibraltar God and soldier all men adore In time of danger and no more When danger is passed and all things righted Cod is forgotten and soldiers ed That poem inspired him to work tirelessly for veterans and for his com munity his state and nation His achievements his courage his com mitment and his patriotism will be an example for future generations Frank Tejeda was a who will not be forgotten He will be remembered whenever we gather to honor great men Although we will miss him deeply we take comfort in knowing that as Lt Gov Bob Bul lock observed His legacy will serve as a source of inspiration for all Texans and Judith Zajfirini represents New Braunfels in the Texas The Associated Press Today is Sunday Feb 23 the 54th day of 1997 There are 311 days left in the year Todays Hiyhlight in History On Feb 23 1945 during World War II Marines on two Jima captured Mount Suribachi where they raised the American flag On tliis date In 1685 composer George Frideric Handel was bom in Germany In 1822 Boston was granted a charter to incorpo rate as a city In 1836 the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio In 1847 ISO years ago troops under Gen Zachary Taylor defeated Mexican Gen Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico In 1848 the sixth president of the United States John Quincy Adams diedofa stroke age 80 In Presjiderrtelfct secretly in Washington to take office an assassination plot hav ing been foiled in Baltimore In 1870 Mississippi was readmitted to the Union In 1905 the Rotary Club was founded In 1927 President Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission In 1942 the first shelling of the mainland dur ing World War II occurred as a Japanese subma rine fired on an oil refinery in EllwoixJ Calif In 1954 the first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pitts burgh In 1981 ah attempted coup began in Spain as 200 members of the Civil Guard invaded the Parlia ment taking lawmakers hostage The attempt col lapsed 18 hours later Ten years ago Missouri congressman Richard A Gephardt announced his candidacy for the Democ ratic presidential nomination ago Winter Olympic Games evd ed in AJNsritville frjnce In Moscow thousands of procommunist demonstrators some shouting Down with the Russian government clashed with police Paul Tsongas won a narrow victory over Jer ry Brown in the Maine Democratic caucuses One year ago The Iraqi News Agency reported that Lt Gen Hussein Kamel alMajid and his broth er Saddam Kamel alMajid a pair of defectors who were also the sonsinlaw of Saddam Hussein were killed by clan members after returning to their land Dutch tourist Tosca Dieperink 39 was killed by a gunman at a Miami service station Todayi Actor Peter Fonda is 58 Singermusician Johnny Winter is 53 Somh African antiapartheid activist Allan Boesak is 52 Actress Patricia Richardson is 46 Rock musician Brad Whitford Aerosmith is 45 Singer Howard Jones is 42 Actress Kristin Davis is 32 Tennis player Helena Suko va is 32 Actor Marc Price is 29 Thought for Todiy A good man can be stupid and still be good But a bad man must have Maxim Gorky Russian writer   

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