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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVE KRAMER, Editor and Publisher WANDA LASATER, Acting Managing Editor Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels. Texas_ Friday    December    25^98- Mike Royko CEW    . Other views By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Here is a sampling of editorial opinion from around the state Capitol carols not a violation A new Christmas tradition has emerged It has nothing to due with the standard trappings of the season This one has to do with the courtroom Every year in cities, across the country groups seek to prevent states from observing Christmas traditions This week in Waco a group called the Society of Separa tionists sought an injunction against a Christmas program in the state Capitol wherein religious Christmas carols would tie sung I' S District Judge Walter S Smith refused to place an injunction on the annual program The complainants, headed by atheist agitator Madalyn Murray OHair. claim such a program amounts to government promotion of religion That argument doesn t wash Christmas is a national holiday not because* the government has deemed the day to tie significant but because it is so widely observed Indeed the holiday is so ingrained into the American lifestyle that it is observed by believers and non believers alike The program in question was organized bv the Texas Public Employees Assoc I a lion and not by Hie state itself As such, the program is no more a violation of church state separation than is Hie exchange of Christmas greetings among state employees rn the halls of the Capitol W JCO Tribune Herald Nuclear site decision is good news, bad news Those who have fought the possibility of a nuclear waste -ate s tieing developed in the Panhandle s Deaf Smith County near Hereford have won the battle Congress has agreed to limit the Department of Energy’s nut lear waste site selection studies to Yucca Mountain. Nev eliminating alternate locations in Texas and Washington While that s good news for op poneqts of the Texas site. Ifs bad news for those who had seen more pluses than minuses in the nuclear repository The site studies alone would have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the Panhan die economy The elimination of the Texas site will cut about Ut) jobs in Hereford, and foreclose plans to add more This will have a devastating effect on the economy there ac cording to Mayor VS es Fisher so maybe there will t>e a few more angry people than Congress might have thought Lubbock Avalanche Journal Ducks vs. fish; only in Austin City Council candidates should be prepared to field questions regur ding their stands on the duck issue now that Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials have suspended indefinitely any further stockings of rainbow trout into Bar ton Creek because of complaints from two women who feed the ducks In the meantime current City Council members need to quickly put together a plan to resolve this latest “only in Austin contretemps fine day after state parks officials released 2.lino trout into Barton Creek and announced plans to add another 8,000 fish by February they pulled the plug on the program after the two women complained that the anglers fish hooks endangered the ducks Parks officials have fielded hundreds of calls from angry anglers eager to catch their limit of five trout for the price of their $5 trout stamp This is the first dispute over ducks that parks officials could recall No doubt Austin American Statesman Herald-Zeitung PublisheJ Sunday morn,ny, / sday, Wed* ain moons bu St u Hmm,), Is Ii* mid Z* ,tun y JIUJH. Sea Hrn,inuit. I* rut Thi i} I Un Seen Braunfels HeraldZeitungat Seu Braunfels. It j DA VIIt KHA MKH Kditor and Publish* r WASHA LASA TKR Acting Managing E ditor DK HORAH LA WR KS CE Off let Manager SASHI HI ITT KR Re lait Adi t fitting Manager alay. Thursday and L I.anda St ar I* 11 I frau ('las* fins tag* fund by A* CHERYL Du VAL I. ( lot m/itd Manag* r CAROL A VK RY ( i re alai tun Manager MA (idIE LOMBARDO Composition Raftman ars Kl HUI Pressroom Foreman he Carrier debit ry in Comal. Guadalupe, Hays. Blanco and Kendall counties three months, $10 25; nix months. SI? 90; on* y*ar $32 Senior Citizen* Discount harrier debt try onlyI Hts months. Sly 90. on* j* ar, $27 IM) Mail ii* beery outside Comal County, in Texas three months. 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Sew Braunfels, Texas 781J1 1328 U S Sen Lloyd Benison United States Senate 703 Hart Senate Bldg Washington DC 20510 U S Sen Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg Washington DC 20510 State Sen Judith Zattmni Capitol Station P O Bo* 12068 Austin Texas 78711 State Sen William Sims Capitol Station P 0 Bo* 12068 Austin Texas 7871 1 Gov Blit Clements Governor s Office State Capitol Austin Texas 78711 State Rep Edmund Kuempei Texas House of Representatives PO Bo* 2910 Austin Texas 78769 Bloc-heads put Hart in front Deaver's conviction adds to seedy record Former White House insider Michael Deaver’s conviction last week on three counts of perjury wa*. of course a major setback for Deaver himself who faces at least the possibility of doing some prison time for his actions The significance of the Deaver trial and its outcome however goes well beyond the immediate future of the defendant lf is as th** indepen dent counsel who served as pro secutor pointed out vet another in dictment of the Reagan udministra tion and its curiously permissive at titude toward ethics in government The record of this admtmstra Hon as regards ethics in govern ment is distinctly seedy one Keo gun appointee after another has run afoul of either the law or ac cepted standards of official conduct The president too often allows per sonai loyalty to his subordinates to override considerations of proprie tv the result has f**en a serums tar nishmg of his administration s record ( orpu* < hristt ( aller Time* Never too old to commit crime W hen an elderly Houstonian recently went before the judge for sentencing on attempted murder charges he wasn t worried And his expectation for leniency wasn t ill founded The courts will often take a criminal s advanced years into consideration and forgo a prison sentence That s assuming he doesn t ask for trouble I should have killed her this particular fellow said about his in tended victim “I could have shot IO people he bragged W hat would they do to a 7T> year old man 1 Sentence him to eight years in prison that A what The official charge was attempted murder but the old l oot s also guilty of ar roganee in Hie first degree Th*- lh rn* too Post Your Reps Slats Grobnik looked up from his newspaper and said “I set* that Gary Hart is already leading the other Democrat mopes in most of the polls with about Jo per cent ” Surprising isn t it” No I think that s about right In (act I thought it would In* a little bit more ” How do you figure that0 It s easy You just got to understand the different voter blocs I study that a lot when I m not looking at the scratch sheet And what do your studies of blocs show 0 First of all there s the Idadunnitoo bloc which has got to t>e good for at least 5 percent0’ “Idadunnitoo These* are thousands of guy s and I know lots of em They looked at all the pictures ot IHm na Rice in her bikini or in her tight jeans and they said Boy I d uh dunmt too Come on be honest what did you say when you saw her0’’ I don I have to answer that since I am not a candiate for president But I must concede that Miss Rice was more pleasing to the eye than the average bag lady “Right And then there s the Eyeheendare bloc That’s another 5 percent A ou ll have to explain that one Those are a lot of guys and women too who maybe made one little mistake or maybe a dozen in their married life They forgot to throw away the matchbook (rom the motel, or got careless and used a credit c ard and they wound up in big trouble at home So they look at Hart and say Hey I been there Ifs kind of a sym path) vote ” That makes a certain amount of sense But that s on Iv lo percent Well with Democrats you always got to figure in the C amelot bloc ’ What s that' Doing a really good Kennedy imitation You know the hand in the coat pocket the haircut the slouch and even a little bit of that New England accent Everybody knows that Hart does the Kennedy bit better than anybody else lf he could do a Kirk Douglas and Marlon Brando he d be right up there with F rank Gorshm so the I amelot block is always good for about ll percent That much” Oh sure That s why Bider, was doing prettv wed He gave real good Kennedy I still think if Biden had enough hair for a real Kenney haircut he d still ta* in there It would have made up for what he didn t have under the hair And look at Teddy Kennedy Atter all his WOOfV I .ililTS ha* s Kill Oil? ISSI ills. .4    *    .■    .f    I    .*1    « his goofy a aper doesnt do Teddy Kennedy After g political heat An t I t*c good a Kennedy imitation as iiary That brings you to 20 percent "Okay, then Hart picks up another lo percent with the Hoozat bloc' ” Hoozat bloc” Wha/at” It s what people in your business call name recogni Hon The way these polls work is somebody's sitting in front of the T\ watching wrestling The phone rings and a guy on the phone says that he s taking a poll asks which of the following people do you approve of for president He says Gore You say hoozat” Then he says Gephardt You say hoozat”' Then he says Paul Simon And you say ‘Oh yeah know him but I liked him better when he sang with Garfunkle And he says Jackson and depending on your racial j*ersuasion you either say something nice or you start swearing So where does that leave you ’ He says Hart And finally you don t have to say hoozat A ou ve seen Hart on TY in your supermarket new spaper and People magazine Except for Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous they prov Hie HH percent of this country > in formation So it s like a quiz you finally got one name right and you tell the pollster it's Hart So there you got the 30 percent It s«*«*ms to me you re leaving out the most essential factors issues and idea s Forget issues Every iVmocrat is for peace and prosperity Aou ever hear one come out in favor of war and poverty They re all for a tilter economy and educ ation A ou heard any of them promise to bring us a depression and Illiteracy They all have compassion for the poor and downtrodden You ever hear one cav he s going to help the rich and greedy” That s why we have Republicans Ar. Interesting analysis But he ll need more than the k' percent to be successful Sure And there s another bloc that I going to he.p him It § the nosnooptr, bloc I m not familiar with it sure you are These are the people who picked up the paper seven month* ago and read every word how Gary got caught spending the night with Donna And they watched everything about it or, TA And they read every word about how he went to Bimini with her Then they bought the magazines and read what Donna had to say and looked at her cheesecake pictures Then they looked at the pictures of Gary bouncing her or his knee And after they read st all and saw it a.l and they talked to their neighbors and the people at work about It thev 'aid I sn t it terrible they way (be media blow something like th!' up Rev is 'here anything more about it in today s paper Lamar Smith Lower domestic oil prices reveal policy shortcomings B I LAMAR SMITH District 21 Representative I Tm* IWW' of rapid oil price drops over the past few week' is disheartening to everyone in the domestic oil industry especially the independent producer With the price of West Texas intermediate now about Ii* per (carrel the pumpjat ks in Texas oil fields are idle But Americans in ail parts of the country should ta- concerned for thi' situation has hr oad implications for the economic future of our country and for our ability to remain a world power By allowing ourselves to txecome dependent on foreign sources for more than At percent of our oil we now have given OPE* a weapon that is equal to any in our military arsenal How could the I nited Mates get into suc h a me" especially having lived through two previous oil crise*-Bec a us*- we have not learned from the past and we have failed miserably at what should have tieen a top priority the establishment of a national energy policy < Hue Hie gas lines of the early 197os disappeared and th** economy got back on trac k the sense of urgenc y disappeared and national policy makers ignored the problem citing ail oil glut that supposedly v>|\ed u»r problem Hut what they did not realize was that alow Iv but surely OPK* was putting this nation over a barre, bv unde re ut ting our domestic oil industry and getting American consumers hooked un cheap oil I'he early I1****' times of plentiful oil and low price' should have beer. the pertest opportunity for the cader ship in W as2,.r.g'on to develop1 a *ong tern. strategy for prole* ting this nation against another oil shoe k But they did not And now the Western world is heavily dependent on oil from nations that are often hosti.e to our interests and have historically used their oil as a weapon It is past time to develop a pean that va * ll insure our ability to produce oil in sufficient quantities to run our economy and control our future We must find ways lo reduce oil imports make domestic exploration and production profitable and en sure the availability of future supplies We need to repeal the Windfall Profits tax restore the oil depletion allowance develop enhanced oil recovery techniques and open up public lands for ex pupation To do this we must tiegin to build a base of understanding and support for the needed changes in policy only by taking Hie initiative and enacting responsible policies will we avoid repeating the mistakes of the past * ;