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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Dave Kramer, Editor and Publisher Jim Wabrc. Managing Editor Page 4A Herald-Ze/tung, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, April 23,1987 EditorialNo pass, no play works No pass, no play has worked. The funny things is there is absolutely no proof that athletes aren’t smart, but for those whose interest in academics is grossly less than making the team, Texas’ rather unique if stringent method of encouraging a good education over a good running back was and remains a good idea. The level of competition in grade school is one thing. It gets stiffer in junior high school, stiffer still in grades IO through 12. College these days is virtually semi pro and you will have left your school days far behind if you’re good enough to even get into the Cowboys’, Astros’ or Spurs' training camps. There the no pass, no play rule is enforced in a different way No pass, throw or tackle well, no play and further more no pay. Critics have yet to show logical arguements against preser vation of the rule that some state politicians view as precarious as talk of a state income tax, perhaps more so But the rule has worked, and our schools and competitive edge is all the better for it. Not everyone will play pro football or develops into an NBA-quality talent. There just shouldn't be poor students on the playing field in interscholastic com petition.Other Views Ladies champions The newspaper headlines say that Dallas has entered a new era : Voters there elected the first woman mayor to serve Texas’ second largest city On the Texas coast. Corpus Christi also opted for a woman mayor Annette Strauss of Dallas and Betty Turner of Corpus Christi will take their places in history alongside other women who have served or currently serve the larger Texas cities as chief executives Austin and San Antonio elected women in these capacities before 15*81 when Houston elected Kathy Whitmire Texans are proving it doesn t take a man s man to run a city government - an uptow n, more pro gressive state of affairs than ever before The next frontier’' Who knows, it may be Fort Worth The Houston Host Forum Tort reform To the editor: I would like to comment on your editorial concerning the Tort Reform Bills’ ’ I agree that the commercial presented by ’ Texans Against Tort’’ is stilted The play on emotions is evident Yes. something needs to be done about the complex question of multimillion dollar lawsuits Every service to the public, from family doc tors to local swimming pools, have raised their rates in accordance with the cost of their liabilitv in- Your Representatives Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D C 20500 U S Sen Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg Washington, D C. 20510 U S Senator Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate Bldg. Washington. D C 20510 Gov. Bill Clements Governor s Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 70711 State Sen. William Sims Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711 U.S. Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Office Bldg Washington, D C 20515 State Sen. Judith Zaff irini Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin. Texas 7871 1 U S Rep Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington, D C 20515 State Rep Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 NfSTO IWW * COMEAU 'NOT A HEAVYWEiGmT iNTVtc siOiKiT1' Mike Royko Was it rape or was it instinct in Allegan? surance It affects us all The answer however, is not in limiting our system of civil justice lf the “Tort Reform Bills pass we the citizens, elected jury members by our registered vote will lose another freedom Also lost will be our right to go to court I believe this issue goes beyond money and emotions There are other alternatives that could and should be used Tort reform will not reduce the cost of insurance nor will it straighten up the legal system A/arga ref Smith Those of us who live in big cities tend to think that small town life is all tranquility, neighborliness, legion Hall dances and church pancake breakfasts But spicy things happen in those little dots on the map strange stories we don t hear about because Heople magazine arni the scandal mongering supermarket tabloids seldom get out into the t)oonies One such story recently trickled out of the rural community of Allegan Mich where they don t bother to roll up the sidewalks at sunset because not everytiody has a sidewalk This story concerned sex promiscuity and rumored threats of death And it became th** talk of little Allegan It began one night when Rasetus stayed out all night and came home at dawn looking pleased with himself Rasetus is the name of a large go*n1 natured Labrador retriever owned by hurt and Lisa Bale The Bales suspected what Rasetus had iieen doing that night VS hat they didn t know was with whom he had tx*en doing it They later found out Nearby lives Eugene Nails who splices telephone cables for a living Mr Nally owns a female dog named Missy of which he is very proud and protective That s because Missy is a purebred registered American water spaniel which is quite a rare breed They are prized tis field hunters who shoot birds from the sky and send a dog to fetch the feathered creatures carcasses James Kilpatrick Every so often when Missy is feeling amorous Mr Nally introduces her to worthy male water spaniel The result of these ecounters usually results in a litter of tiny water spaniels which Mr Nally sells fur as much as $.*») each That s why Mr Nally is protec live of Missv He keeps a wire fence around tier Ih*c aune he doesn t want Missy making Hie acquaintance of would be suitors who are so to speak from the wrong side of the genetic tracks But apparently the fence wasn t tail enough Not for a determined young fellow like K.ise-tus The night he* wandered he le.qn-d the fence A poor Mr Nails was shes kent when Mis>y later delivered up ll puppies Hies were cute and frisky And by Mr Nails s calculations thcs should have been worth no less than $2 •!**' had they a respectable father But because Rasetus is either a pure Labrador if you tielieve ins owner or a mongrel if you tidiese the angry Mr Nails Hies weren I worth the price of a case of dog food No Mr Nails took Ute unusual legal step of asking the* Founts of Allegan to compensate him for his and Mtsss s loss He asked to tie paid from a fund that has been set up to compensate owners of livestoc k harmed tty stray dogs The county commissioners pondered his re quest then denied it They reasoned that Missy as valuable as she is is not livestoc k And they said she tiad intl t**en harmed lf anything she had fteen a willing participant in the ill lated romp with the dashing Rasetus When a reporter asked Im* sail! I hat male dog >s was raped Mr Nails disagreed him atiout the incident just broke in there \te you mg that Mu Basically yes The Bales of course disagri*e arni say the fault is as muc h Missy > ,js Rasetus that die probably flirbsl and encouraged him He tuts normal male instincts you know said Mrs Bale sin* also s,ud Nails called arni said lf Rasetus ever went near Missy again fie atmid him lr .* was anguis Jelled bs Mr Nails esjxt tally wheil a Uh al paper printed tile story and got tire wttole town bu.'/mg I never threatened to shtetl arist tody and I will sue tor slander if anybody says I did fie said \fi but st>u hase said that Rasetus was no bet tel than a rapist ahull is rattle! serious ac ion in it self Well It wash t Missy s laUlt Mw* couidn I get out of tier Jien But don t y»*u think she consented Mw had pups dido t sh* c urious .itHiu! tills sort of thing I asked a dog expert to tell me atiout the charac teristics of tire tao breeds of Missy s breed he said tfiat besides their retrieving talents Hwy are enthusiastic and eager to please \lld Rasetus I ties get along aith just about anyttody And they an* vers active Despite aflat Mr Nally says it sounds like a mate h made in heaven Democrat field promises lively campaign WASHINGTON We are a I iou I to have more fun political fun that is than we’ve had since 1972 By we ’’ I mean to embrace all those* who love the gaudy game of presidential politics The campaign of 1988 pro rinses to fie a lulu This past week saw formal an nouncements from Gary Hart of Colorado and Paul Simon of Illinois Albert Gore of Tennessee has either announced, or announced that he would announce Dick Gephardt of Missouri and Bruce Babbitt of Arizona announced some tune* ago We are waiting to hear from .Ic*** Biden of Delaware Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts and Bill Clinton of Arkansas Sam Nunn of Georgia may set come to life Charles Robb of Virginia and Bill Bradley of New Jersey have their names on Hie possible list Jesse L Jackson runs all the time What a field’ Fifteen years have passed since we saw such a scramble The fug fight in 1972 was between George McGovern and Hubert Humphery but the field was crowded Fd Muskie. Henry Jackson and George Wallace ran respectable campaigns Sam Yorty, Wilbur Mills. Vance Hartke. John Lindsay Shirley Chisholm. Patsy Mink and Jerry Sanford also ran Fifteen can didates, ail told, got pieces of the primary vote The conventional wisdom is that Gary Hart will be helped by Hie pro Iteration, and the conventional wisdom is probably right Hart clearly is the front runner now, and front runners generally stay that way Bul not always Robert Taft out-polled Dwight Eisenhower in 1952, but Eisenhower got the Republican nomination in that same year. Estes Kefauver was clearly the Democratic front runner, Adlai Stevenson won the nod In 1968, Eugene McCarthy led the pack. Hubert Humphrey walked off with the prize It is far from certain that Hart can hold onto his lead this time around. We can expect a ganging up for ABH Ans Univ Bul Hart Assume for the moment that Hart comes in first in Ha* Iowa eau* as* s next January Someone will have to la* s**cond Paul Simon Ha* junior senator from Illinois made it clear last week thai in this even! ta* in tends to la* No 2 Whoever is No J iii Iowa ta* believes wilt have a graal chance at ta*coimng No I in New Hampshire a month later W itti his picture on Ha* covers of Time and New saeek tile breakaway can didate would head for “Sutler Tues day in March with a tremendous wave of publicity Simon just might ta* the one to break out of the field At a breakfast last week with senior cor respondents, ta* was asked at»out Ins political liabilities "The name of Paul Simon. * he said. “is not exact l> a household word ” Then he add ed a hit ruefully, “and I don’t ex actly balk a president ” It was a fair assessment on both counts Simon served for lo years in the House of Representatives from a downstate district of Illinios before w inning his Senate seat in 1986 In the House he established a liberal record with scarcely a con sedative blemish In the 98th Con gress he voted only once against a position favored by the American Civil Liberties Union He was IOO percent with the civil rights outfits, zero with the right tootlers Six labor unions gave him perfect scores in the 99th Congress On the other hand he rated zero in 198J with the American Conservative I mon only 18 with the I N » handier of i o iii merci* only Ll with American Security Council Die Na tarnal taxpayers I mon classed him as a Big Sjiender simon himself ictuses classiftca lion He says tie is a liberal un social issues a conservative on fis* al issues Dial s what Hwy all say He regards Ha* federal deficit as the country s No I problem As president he would work toward a balanced budget over a lour year period partly by restraining outgo and partly by increasing taxes Ile would start with an increase of lo cents a pack iii Hie tax on cigaret tes a measure calculated to deter teen age smoking and to tiring in $2 J billion a year in new revenues His principal plank will deal with welfare reform He would create something akin to Hie old WPA i Workers Progress Administration) of Hie lo jus. by which a job would be guaranteed to any persom after five weeks of unemployment Such jobs would pay *464 a month with rn loss of Medicaid benefits He reckons the cost at *8 billion a year, ne Simon doesn’t have to worry afiouf his looks He is a bit on the owlish side, but except for Hart, who looks more like the Marlboro Man than the Marlboro Man. none of the Democratic hopefuls could be classed as a handsome dawg At this remove, nine months from Iowa his chances look middling good All he needs is 88 million, and he s on his way. ;