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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVE KRAMER/ Editor and Publisher jim WEBRE, Managing EditorEditorial Let’s make ComFund ’87 a grand, early success ComFund '87 kicks off Tuesday with a board of directors meeting in Honors Hall next to New Braunfels Civic Center. A brown bag lunch is scheduled for the next day at noon in the Herb Schneider Room at 1000 N. Walnut. Services and agencies many of us take for granted and that serve children, senior citizens, the handicapped. Comal County boy and girl scouts, a myriad of good will and worthwhile things are supported locally by ComFund. The goal for the upcoming drive is $150,000 and should be pledged and appropriated before the end of the year. When ComFund representatives contact our business community to set up visual presentations of what our ComFund dollars buy. we would hope they meet with a spirit of cooperation and early success in having Comal Countians pledge whatever they can to this fund drive Among the agencies ComFund supports here are Comal County Children's Shelter. Comal County Senior Citizen Center, Hospice New Braunfels. Teen Connection. Comal County Women’s Shelter, Crisis Line, Humane Societv of New Braunfels. Comal County 4-H, Lone Star Girl Scout Council. Boy Scouts of America and others. ComFund directors and volunteers will begin distributing information and pledge packets soon. If the agencies and the people they serve mean anything to you. give to ComFund, volunteer if you can and encourage others to do the same. ComFund is the best way to provide the most support to the most deservng projects and activities our community has to offer. By supporting the drive, we support ourselves And isn’t that what giving is all about. Analysis Bloodbath unlikely despite increase in rate of executions WASHINGTON AP - The pace of executions in the United States is quickening gradually, but the death of three condemned men on the same day last week does not signal a coming oiood bath, death penalty opponents say It’s a blip in a steadily rising curve.” said Henry Schwarzschild of the American Civil Liberties Union “I don t think it s the beginning of a blood bath But we will ha\e more and more Schwarzschild said he would not be suprtsed if the number of yearly executions one day duplicates the mid-19J0s when death row inmates were being killed at a record pace in the nation There were 199 executions in America in 19:15. the largest annual total in the nation s history With the three executions that took place Friday, there have been 22 in 1987 and four months remain in the year The previous high for anc >ear since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in I *76 w as 21 in 1984 "erne authorities believe the ex ecution of three men in one day may attract public attention, but lately enforcement of the death penalty has become routine and has beer. relegated to the back pages of the newspapers and brief mention on national news broadcasts l>eigh Dtngerson. head of the Na tionai Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty says the increasing pace of executions may awaken public concern Last Friday s events she added are not a harbinger of a sudden dramatic rise in executions We’re angry and outraged But three in one day is more a coincidence than anything else.' she said Beauford White who stood guard while six people were shot to death in a robbery, was electrocuted in Florida Wayne Kugene Hitter con Meted in the killing of a pawnbroker, died in Alabama's electric chair and Pierre Dale Selby convicted in the torture murder* of three people during a robbery died from a lethal injection in Utah Helping to trigger the upsurge in executions is a key Supreme Court ruling last April that said death penalty laws can be valid even if statistics indicate they are enforced in racially biased ways The 5*4 ruling upheld Georgia s death penalty system despite the fact that killers of white people in that state are far more likely to be sentenced to death than killers of blacks Many executions had been delayed pending that decision There are l,9uo men and women on death rows nationwide and some 250 more are sentenced to death each vearYour Representatives Gov Bill Clements Ronald Reagan Governor s Office President of the United States State Capitol The White House Austin, Texas 78711 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D C 20500 State Sen Judith Zafftrim Capitol Station U S Rep Mac Sweeney PO Box 12068 • Guadalupe County) Austin, Texas 7871 1 United States House of Representatives U S Sen Lloyd Bentsen 1713 Long worth United States Senate House Office Bldg 703 Hart Senate Bldg Washington, D C 20515 Washington, D C 20510 U S Rep Lamar Smith U S Sen Phil Gramm United States House of United States Senate Representatives 370 Russell Senate Bldg 509 Cannon House Washington, D C 20510 Washington, D C 20515 State Sen. William Sims State Rep Edmund Kuempel Capitol Station Texas House of Representatives PO Box 12068 PO Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78711 Austin, Texas /8769 There are some mornings so lousy that you know the rest of the day is going to stink This one began with nature as the enemy in the form of a flooded basement Nature is a frustrating enemy because no matter how much you rant and swear it doesn t listen Then came the writing of a check to the Inter nal Revenue Service The IHS is a dangerous enemy because* if you rant and swear you might be audited and have even more to rant and swear about And before the morning was half over there was technology an old and hated foe It took the form ot a bridge going up then getting stuck and not coming down for to minutes trapping thousands ot us in our cars with nowhere to go By the time the bridge lowered and the traffic crept forward I was helplessly late for an inter view with a source my teeth were grinding and I was sure the entire world was plotting against me At the first opportunity I caught a red light That got me even angrier Suddenly water was t>eing sloshed across my windshield At first I didn t even know where it was coming from Then I saw that a teen ager had stepped from the curb with one of those gas station tools a combination sponge and squeegee tor cleaning windshields And he got me mad too My windshield was already spotless so why was he cleaning it? Who asked him to The light might change and I could lose a few more precious seconds Before he could use the squeegee I ga\e him an angry glare waved him off and turned on my wipers He stepped back on the sidewalk shrugged shook his head slightly and turned away About 16 and very skinny His T shirt was a grimy gray and his trousers looked like the kind that might have sold for $8 new a long time ago The light turned green and I drove ahead By the time I got to the next corner I realized what I had just done That wasn t one of my sons on the street cur ner washing the windshields of strangers cars hoping some of them would be generous enough to hand him two bits My Mins never had to do anything that demeaning to put a few dollars in their pot kets They were fortunate enough to have t>een born < aucasian Americans with an overpaid father And there I sat in my big black fat i at car with air conditioning blasting stereo playing and enough electronic doodad* to do everything but blow my nose I had enough money in my pocket to buy that skinny kid a suit pay his family s rent for a month and maybe fill up their refrigerator and pantry But I hadn t had the decency to let him squeegee the windshield then touch the button that lowers a window arid give him a buck and a smile I had given hun a mow I and a waveoff gestures that said he was a nothing And all the while do you know what was play mg on my stereo cassette Peter Paul and Marv singing that tf they had a hammer they d hammer out love between their brothers and bisters all over the world that s what was playing While I rn telling some ghetto Kid to get lost .statistics ran through my mind What s the teen age black unemployment rate 4* or 5c percent And we wonder why so many are into crime But here was a kid who wasn t grabbing my hubcaps smashing and grabbing mugging or heisting All he was doing wa* cleaning wind shields and hoping people Uke me might ap predate it sure it was a form of panhandling But with that sponge and M^uoegee lie gave dignity to it He was saying lx»ok I rn try mg to work I'm doing something And I tell him to t>ug off so I made a right turn at the next comer Bien another one I figured I d double back and catch him a second time and this tune I d give him a five spot By the time I got back to the corner lie wa* gone May Im* he moved to another comer so I went around again, tried a couple more str«*et* But I couldn t find him So I drove to Bm* office and park«-d When I walked past my assistant she said Good mom mg * I told tier it was a lousy stinking morning Then I went into the men * room look»*d in the mirror and saw the biggest reason for it tieing a lousy stinking morningOpen container, new laws become effective By KEN HERMAN Associated Press Writer Al S I IN AP Drinking alcoholic beverages while driving, a practice that one official calls a deadly I ex as tradition becomes illegal Monday under a new state law The ‘-open container” law is among about 750 new one* that go into effect Monday or Tuesday You are expected to know what is in all of the new statutes dictating what you can do. what you can't do. what you have to do differently and what you have to pay more to do In addition to the drinking while driving ban the can't do list which seems to Im* longer than the can do list includes prohibitions on late term abortions improper payments to college athletes, smoking at public schools and keeping a vicious dog The vicious dog law includes a canine capital punishment provision The can do list includes driving golf carts on some public streets and putting more alcohol in candy The list of things that w ill cost more to do in eludes buying or renting a motor vehicle and staying in hotels or motels As of Tuesday, the state tax on buying or renting a vehicle in creases from the current 5 percent to 6 percent The state’s hotel motel tax goes up to 6 perent from 4 percent This year s major tax change, increasing the sales tax to b percent, is effective Oft I The open container law was among the more keenly debated issues during the past several legislative sessions Sen Bill Sarpalius, D Amarillo won approval for it this year The law makes it a Class C misdemeanor to get caught drinking an alcoholic beverage while driving Usa weak bui.” said Boss Newby executive director of the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse * By allowing the passenger to drink in the car. it makes it easy for the driver to hand it over ” In fact, a driver can legally carry an alcoholic beverage The law only makes it illegal to drink it and be observed doing so by a police officer "It s one of the weaker open container laws Newby said But it is an attempt to help educate the public ” He acknowledged there is something trade Bonally Texan about downing a beer behind the wheel "It’s a long standing tradition that has killed a lot of us,” Newby said Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike Cox said it could prove difficult to enforce the open container law, but DPS troopers will try "We appreciate the law s intent and we believe tile same sort of people who are cons Cientious enough of safety to wear seat belts are the same sort of people who w ill abide by this law,” Cox said The abortion bill also was the product of several years of debate Hep Mike Millsap I) Fort Worth won approval this year for the law that makes it illegal, in most cases, to abort a fetus during the final three months of pregnancy The Millsap bill goes into effect Tuesday It allows abortions at any time if the pregnancy becomes a severe health threat to the mother or if the fetus has a severe and irreversible ab normality ” Among Bm* miscellaneous and curious bills wa* one initially written by Hep Hon Wilson I> Houston and rewritten bv Hep Hon Givens It Lubbock Thanks to tin* efforts of Wilson and (livens as of Monday til** alcoholic content of c andy can be > percent bv volume I ncier Bm* old law the maximum was 0 5 percent The change was a result of federal action eliminating Bm* 5a> year ban on the interstate sale of candy with alcoholic content in excess of u 5 percent sen Grant Jones l> temple was the author of the bill that allows golfers to drive their carts on some public roads near Die links tieginning Mon day Also effective Monday is the ban on smoking and us** of tobacco pntduc ts on public school campuses a measure sponsored by Hep Jim McWilliams l> Hallsville who thought it was wrong for schools to have designated smoking areas for students Starting Tuesday, universities that wind up in trouble with the National Collegiate Athletic Assoc iation can sue txKisters or other people who committed the acts that got them in trouble Sen John Montford D Lubf>ock got that bill passed in the wake of football scandals at Southern Methodist University and other sc hools The vicious dog law sponsored by Hep Keith Valigura. K C onroe*, is effective Tuesday and makes it illegal to keep a dog that has attacked a person unless the owner restrains the dog and carries a UUU.UU) liability policy on the animal The law also allows a judge to order the death of a dog that commits a second attack on a per son or kills a person Mike Rovko__ A lost opportunity and a lousy morning ;