New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Dave Kramer. Editor and Publisher Jim Webre. Managing Editor
Page 4A _ Herald-Ze/fung. New Braunfels, Texas Thursday. April 23.1987
Editorial_No 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 preservation 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 competition.Other Views
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 1981, when Houston elected Kathy Whitmire Texans are proving it doesn t take a man s man to run a city govern ment an uptown more pro gressive state of affairs than ever before The next frontier * Who knows, it may be Fort Worth
The Houston Host
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 multi million 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 liability in
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 78711
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 Zaffirini 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 Edmond Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P.O. 80X2910 Austin, Texas 78769
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'NOT A HEAVYWEIGHT IN TUB gOiNT1'
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, dei ted jury members by our registered vote, w ill lose another freedom Also lost will tx* our right to go to court
I believe this issue gix*s beyond money and emotions There are other alternatives that could and should be used Tort reform w ill not reduce the cost of insurance nor will it straighten up the legal system
Those of us who live in big cities tend to think that small town life is all tranquilil> 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 atniut because l*eople magazine and the scandal mongering supermarket tabloids seldom get out into the boonies One such story recently trickled out of the rural community of Allegan Mich where thee don't txither to roll up the sidewalks at sunset because not everybody has a sidewalk This story concerned sex promiscuity and rumored threats of death And it became the talk of little Allegan It twgan one night when Rasetus stayed out all night and came home at dawn Uxtkmg pleased with himself Rasetus is the name of a large g<x*d naturist Labrador retrieser owned by Kurt and Lisa Bale
The Bales suspected what Rasetus had been doing that night VS hat they didn t know was with whom he had been doing it They later found out Nearby lives Eugene Sally who splices telephone cables for a living Mr Sally owns a female dog named Missy of which he is very proud anil protective T hat s because Missy is a purebred registered American water spaniel which is quite a rare breed They are prized by bold hunters who shoot birds from the sky and send a dog to fetch the feathered creatures carcasses
Every so often when Missy is feeling amorous Mr Sally introduces her to worthy male water spaniel The result of tiles.-ecounters usually results in a litter of tiny water spaniels which Mi Sails sells foi as much as Satineach
That s why Mr Sally is protective of Missy He k»*eps a wire fence around lier txn ause he doesn t want Missy making the acquaintance of would tie suitors who are so it* speak from die wrong side of the genetic tracks But apparently the fence wasn t tail enough Sot for a determined young fellow like Rasetus The night lie wanderer! he leaped the fence V p«»>r Mr Sally was sin* Mil when Missy later delivered Up ll puppies They were cute and frisky And by Mr Sally s calculations they should have t#*en worth rn* less than $2 3*c had they a respectable father But Ins ause Rasetus is either a pure Labrador if you tielieve his owner era mongrel if you tielieve the angry Mr Sally they weren t worth tin* price of a case of dog food
so Mr Sally t<»ok the unusual legal step of asking the County of Allegan to compensate him for his and Mtssv s loss He asker I to tx* paid from a fund that has iieett set up to compensate owners of livestock harmed by stray dogs The county commissioners pondered his re quest then denied it T hey reasoned that Missy as valuable as she is is not livestock Ami they said she had not t«een harmed lf anything she had been a willing participant in the ill faust romp with the dashing Rasetus
When a reporter asked lie said That male dt»g
Mr Sally disagree! him attorn the incident just broke in there
\re you maying that Missy was raped Basti ally yes IIM' Bales of course disagree and say Hie fault is as mui ti Missy > as Rasetus that six* probably flirted and encouraged him
He ha" normal male instincts you know said Mrs Bale Mw also "aid Sails called ami said lf Rasetus ever went near Missy again Im* would sin nit hun
lf:, was arigi by denied by Mr Sally especially when a Uh ai paper printed Hie story and got Hie whole town bm zing I never threatened to shoot any (xxiv and I will sue for slander if anytiody say" I did tie "aid
Mi tiut \ou bait said that Rasetus was no bet let than a rapist whuh i> a rattier serious ac cusatioii in if s**l(
Well it wasn t Missy s (au,t she couidri I get out of bel pen
Bul don t you Hunk she consented she tiati pups dido t she furious about this sort of thing I asked a dog e\|M*rt to tell me at*HJt the chal acier 1st It s of Hie fwtt breeds
i if Missy s breed he said thai tM*Mdes their retrieving talents tfx*v are enthusiastic and eager to pleas**
And RasetU" I hey get along with just about unyttodv And they are v»*r\ active
liespite what Mr Nails says it sounds Uke a matt ti made in beaten
Democrat field promises lively campaign
WASHINGTON We are about 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 I9HH pro misos lo tie a lulu This past week saw formal an nouncements from Gary Hart of (Colorado and Haul Simon of Illinois .Albert Gore of Tennessee bas either announced or announced that he would announce Dick Gephardt of Missouri and Bruce Babbitt of Arizona announced some time ago
We are waiting to hear from Jim* Biden of Delaware Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts and Bill (Tinton of Arkansas Sam Nunn of Georgia may yet come to life Charles Rob!) til \ irgima and BUI Bradley of Sew Jersey have their names on the possible list Jesse L Jackson runs all the tune What a field'
Fifteen years have passed since we saw such a scramble The tug fight in 1972 was between George McGovern and Hubert Humphery, but the field was crowded Ed Muskie. Henry Jackson and George Wf’alluce ran respectable campaigns Sam Yorty. Wilbur Mills, Vance Hartke, John Lindsay Shirley Chisholm. Fatty Mink and Terry Sanford also ran Fifteen can didates, all told, got pieces of the primary vote
The conventional wisdom is that Gary Hart will tie helped by the pro Iteration, and the conventional wisdom is probably right Hart clearly is the front-runner now, and front runners generally stay that way
But 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 lf is far from certain that Hart can hold onto hts lead this time around We can expect a ganging up
for ABH Anybody But Hart Assume for the moment that Hart conies in first in the Iowa camases next January Someone will have to Im* second Haul Simon the jut hoi senator from Illinois made it clear last wi*ek thai in thi" event he iii tends to Im* So 2 Whoever is So J iii Iowa In* believes will have a good chance at txxoming So I in Sew Hampshire a month later VV itll his picture on the covers of Tune and Newsweek the breakaway can didate would head for "Super Tues day” in March with a tremendous wave of publicity Simon just might tx* the one to break out of the field At a breakfast last week with senior cor respondents, he was asked atxuit his political liabilities “The name of Baul Simon,” he said, "is not exact Iv a household word ” Then he adit ed a bit ruefully, and I don't ex act I v look 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 llltnios before winning his Senate seat in 1986 In the House he established a literal record with scarcely a con servativc blemish In the 98th (’on gress he voted only once against a position favored by the American Civil Liberties Union He was loo percent with the civil rights outfits, zero with the right dodders Six labor unions gave him perfec t scores in the 99th Congress On the other hand he rated zero in 198.1 with the American Conservative
I mon only lh w ith the I .s » hamtwr of ( urn mer ce only 13 with Amene an security Council I Im* Sa tarnal taxpayers I mon classed hun as a Rig spender
Simon himself refuses classifies lion He sa\s he is a lttx*ral on social issues a conservative on Its. al issues That s what Hwy all say Ile regal tis Hie federal deficit as Uh* country s So I problem As president he would work toward a balanced budget over a four year period partly by restraining outgo and partly by increasing taxes He would start with an increase of lo cents a pack in the (ax on cigaret (es a measure calculated to deter teen age smoking and to bring iii $2 J billion a year in new revenues
His principal plank will deal with welfare reform He would create something akin to the old WEA (Workers I‘regress Administration) of the 1910s. by which a job would tx* guaranteed to any person) after five weeks of unemployment Such jobs would pay $464 a month with lit loss of Medicaid benefits He reckons the cost at $8 billion a year. ne.
Simon doest) t have to worry alxiut 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 $8 million, and he's on his way