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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4    Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday, December 31,1985 Andy Rooney thinks Reagan is the luckiest person Herald-Ztitung Dave Kramer, Editor and General Manager Sm9mm Hair*, Managing Editor Andy Rooney Ronald Reagan sure picked a lucky time to be president One of President Reagan’s most likable qualities is his ability to he lucky The United States needs a lucky president and we’ve got one in Ronald Reagan Jimmy ( arter is a first class human tieing and very bright but as president, he lacked tin* knack for tieing lucky. One of the unluckiest things that happened to Carter when he was president, in addition to Khomeini's abduction of 52 Americans, was the sudden shortage of oil No one knew for sun* what caused it tint it had us all paying twice as much to heat our homes and kept us waiting iii line for gas for hours at tin* service station to buy five gallons of gas Presdident Reagan, with his luck, is riding a rocketing economy fueled by oil glut Mow s that, metaphor fans? i The stock market has doubled in just a few years Wall Street analysts are pretending the current prosperity is the result of a variety of complex factors which only they unders land. Baloney The stock market went up because oil is cheap The most expensive thing most com panics pay for is energy and oil is the principal source of that We’re living in a fool's paradise, though VV it Ii the exception of the two classics, death and taxes, nothing is more certain than that people on Karth will consume all its oil sometime in the next IOO years What follows are some statistics I got from the U S Energy Information Administration, which, in turn, got them from the U S. Geological Survey I’ve rounded them, off: There are about 700 billion bar rels of oil we know alxmt somewhere under the earth’s surface. We’re still looking and will no doubt find some more The United States has less than :tn billion barrels under it that we know about. Geologists estimate there may be Ho billion barrels we haven’t found. We're sucking up from under the earth’s crust about J billion barrels of that a year U S uses 5 billion barrels of oil a year The whole world is burning 20 billion barrels a year, so the U.S., with 5 percent of the world's population, uses 25 percent of the world’s oil. The Soviet Union has till billon barrels of crude oil reserves and doesn’t use half what we do. Saudi Arabia has the most, 171 billion barrels Great Britain has a lot, 92 billion barrels and Mexico has 48 billion We have to tie nice to both of them China only knows alx>ut 19 billion barrels it has but China hasn’t been fully explored for oil lf we never found any more oil than the 700 billion barrels we know about now. and the world continues to use 20 billion barrels a year, we d run out in 35 years The world doesn't seem to plan very far ahead I guess none of us is so unselfish that we’re willing to devote a lot of time and sacrifice a lot of our own material possessions for generations of our great greatgrandchildren who haven’t been born yet. We figure they’ll think of something Presient Reagan won’t have to think of anything He's lucking out again because he won t be the president who has to face the problem. Washington today United States encouraged by Philippine elections •yR.DRESORV NOKES IP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON I'here are encouraging signs that President Ferdinand Marcos may be reconciled to permitting a fair election in the Philippines on Feb 7 U S officials think Marcos is final ly bending to American pressure to hold a valid election as a major step toward tin* political, economic and military reforms needed to choke off a growing communist backed in surgency The pressure is tieing applied intensely. Ix>th in public and in private The Congress, with administration backing, is making clear to Marcos that it won t send official observers unless it has reasonable assurances the election will In* fair If Congress doesn’t send observers, it would be an unmistakable message that Washington had decided the election was rigged A fair election won t guarantee a victory by the opposition headed by Corey Aquino; U S. officials say there is “a real race going on" and it s too soon to speculate on the out come Nor will it put an end to the growing insurgency, whose armed full-time combatants are now estimated by Washington at more than 16,500 But it w ill mean that whoever wins, Marcos or Aquino, will have a man date from voters in a restored democracy — a major goal of Reagan administration policy. h. 3 S c 0 0 Q TfVmnjf MIKE, I'VE 6/YEN IT SOME HARP THOUGHT AMP PEC I PLP YOU'RE RICHT ITS 7HME TD GJT THE CORP \ THE COOP COON rirv    or my amt ATTA BOY. FEHR ENDICOTT, (AMAT TURNED JEU MIKE INHAT YOU AROUND* YOU TOLD ME AU I SAID SIR, HAS THAT YOU CAN NEVER OO HOME, im YOU (ANTLOOK BACK, THAT TOMORROW IS ANOTHER OAT, UVE AND IST UVE, TIME LUTU mi, AND LIFE COES ON. I PONT THATS LIFE PAY TOH teTLA ' ENOUGH, yis ENDICOTT U 3 JO tti V G § James Kilpatrick Federal system could use appellate court WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee is approaching an up-or-down vote on a bill to create a new appellate court in the federal system. On this issue the committee is divided; the Supreme Court is divided; the legal profession is divided; and I have a few reservations myself. But on balance, I’d vote to give the plan a five-year try. Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger has been pushing the idea for the past IO years. He is urging Congress to establish an interim court that would be lower than the Supreme Court but higher than the courts of appeal. The court would be composed of one judge from each of the 13 circuits. Members would sit by designation from the Supreme Court. The new court would handle only those cases delegated to it by the Supreme Court. Its primary function would be to settle conflicts among the circuits. The whole idea, as Burger repeatedly has explained, is to give the Supreme Court some relief from the formidable caseload it now has to face. In a speech to the American Bar Association in 1983. Burger termed this caseload “the most important single, immediate problem” confronting the judicial branch of the federal government. The nine justices must pass in some fashion on 5,000 petitions a year, and they must hear arguments and write formal opinions in 140 to ISO cases. This Is not an impossible job, but It is an impossible job to do well. In some uniformed quarters, a notion is harbored that the nine justices live the life of Riley; after all, it is said, each of the nine writes only 15 or 16 full-blown opinions during a term, and everybody gets a “three-month holiday” in the summer. The notion is hokum Members of the court work the year around, and they work under pressures of responsibility that make their working hours seem longer. Burger's intermediate court would not provide all the relief that patently is required, but it probably would help One needs only to look at the first two opinions of the current term to see what the chief justice is talking about. The first case involved an Issue that is something less than monumental; May a US. district judge order federal marshals to transport state prisoners to a federal courthouse? It scarcely seems a towering question. Why, then, was the might and majesty of the U.S. Supreme Court marshaled to hear and decide the matter? As Justice Lewis Powell explained, it is “because this case presents a recurring problem on which the circuits differ.” The second case was a little more interesting, but not much more interesting. It involved William Lloyd Hill, who entered into a plea bargain in Arkansas in 1979 on charges of murder and theft. He understood from his counsel that he would be eligible for parole after serving one-third of a 35-year sentence. Later It| transpired that because of a priori conviction, Hill would have to serve! half his sentence before seeking * parole. Hill contended that his 6th Amendment right to the “assistance of counsel” had been violated because of the inaccurate advice. He | sought a writ if habeas corpus to a jj U.S. district court, but the court j dismissed his petition without a for- ] mal hearing Question; Was he entitl-1 ed to an evidentiary hearing? Next I question: Why did the Supreme Court I take the case? “We granted certiorari,” explain-1 ed Justice William Rehnquist, J “because of the difference between ^ the result reached in the present case; and that reached by the Court of Ap* peals for the 4th Circuit in Strader v.i Garrison,611 F. 2d61 (1979).” The Supreme Court takes 35 to 40 such cases a year — one of every four that it decides by formal opinion. Most of them, unlike the Hill case, involve statutory law. It is not so important that the questions be settled one way or another way; what is important is that the questions be settled. The prosoded intermediate court could do this as well as the Supreme Court. As Burger has emphasized, the new court would be experimental. Unless reauthorized, it would go out of existence after five years. It would cost virtually nothing, because the 13 judges on the panel already are on salary. The intermediate court just might provide significant relief, but we will never know if we don’t try find out. Mailbag policy The Herald-Zeltung welcomes the opinions of its readers, and we’re happy to publish letters to the editor. All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable bv telephone. Anonymous letters will not be published. Send your letter to; Mailbag, New Braunfels Herald-Zeltung, P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels Texas, 78131. Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 S. Casten. Your representatives Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P.O.Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) U.S. House of Representatives WashingtdM^ D.C., 20516 Rep. Tom Loeffler U.S. House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515 Sen. Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg Washington, D.C. 20510 Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington D.C., 20510 Gov. 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