New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
4A New Braunfels Hera\d-Zeitung Thursday, July 25, 1985
Dave Kramer, Editor and General Manager Susan Haire, Managing Edit,,
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Intimidation is not the way funds should be raised
The Republicans have a welldeserved reputation for being masters at raising money through the mails.
The party’s numerous fund-raising arms have developed the computerized letters and mass mailings to an art form.
They know just wiiat buzzwords to use to raise the frightful specter of liberals and other peacemongers rising up and seizing the White House, the Senate, the House and the local sheriff’s office and giving it all away to the Russians.
As I’ve written in the past, they can be so persuasive that they ocassionally stampede people into contributing more than they can afford.
There was, as an example, the senile old guy in California who managed to land on just about every Republican computer list in the country, causing him to be bombarded with pleas and demands for more and more money.
He gave and gave until he wiped out his savings and was down to writing bad checks and foraging in garbage cans before his family found out what happened.
After the case was publicized, a few of the Republican groups refunded his money, but some just said they didn t trust his relatives to spend it as wisel> as they w ould.
Now, we have the case of an old lady being almost frightened out of her wits by the threat of her name being turned over to President Reagan himself if she failed to send ma contribution.
The letter was from the Republican Presidential Task Force, which is a formal sounding name for political hustlers who raise money for Senate races.
Not long ago, tins elderly lady who lives in a nursing home and once contributed to the fund, received her most recent letter And it had her in a dither.
The letter, signed by Rodney A. Smith, treasurer, said:
“In exactly 30 days I have been instructed to submit a Membership Status Report to President Reagan on the Presidential Task Force.
“And unless I hear from you immediately I will be forced to place your name on the Delinquent Member ledger that I send to the
“President Reagan and the leadership of the Republican Party are extremely concerned about the Task Force. They know that IOO percent active membership is absolutely essential if we are to maintain our razor-thin Senate majority.
“I’ve had our Comptroller enclose a statement showing our recent attempts to renew your membership.
I want you to know that an updated copy of this statement will have to be reflected in my report to the President.”
It went on to tell her that if she sent SIO immediately, she could avoid being tattled on to the Prez.
Before the old lady could go into shock at being on a Delinquent Member ledger that would be seen by the President himself, one of her relatives calmed her down.
But the relative sent the letter on to me with a few angry comments:
“This letter is absolutely inexcusable ... I'm sure my 85-year-old mother-in-law expected to be rushed off to jail if she did not immediately send money...Even the most sophisticated and intelligent seniors
Reader objects to editorial cartoons
To the Editor:
Re: Coach Baker’s cartoon of July 18. Perhaps it is time he return to drawing X’s and O’s on some lockerroom chalkboard. His cartoons are consistently unimaginative and replete with innuendoes and half-truths.
Perhaps it would be better for the Herald to employ a “pseudointellectual cartoonist” rather than an anti-intellectual cartoonist.
Foolishness has its own reward
To the Editor:
Why all the recent (and surely vain) hullabaloo about the cliff-jumping fools? They cannot, in any case, be deterred by whatever means as they pursue their stupidities, The Fool Killer serves a useful function; he lies in wait, intently tracking fools in their folly until the supreme folly occurs —then, Zap!
Their loss is no detriment to our society; the foolish genes cannot then be passed on and thus the breed shall be improved.
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Chalk anothe one up for ou
can be absolutely terrified b> the government So, we called the Republican Presidential Task Force office rn Washington and asked them wh> they were scaring little old ladies Or at least this particular little old lady
"That was an attempt,” a spokesperson said, to get former members who had not renewed to renew right away We wanted to indicate the urgency of their donation.”
But it sounded so intimidating “I admit the* wording is rather strong. But it's purpose is to emphasize the urgency It s not meant to imply that we’re going to penalize them.”
Who wrote the letter, the guy who signed it and said he was going to turn the old doll's name over to President Reagan if she didn t send ma ten-spot?
"No. we have direct-mail people who write these things.”
Ah, so it is basically a fraud Instead of a "Task Force,” what we have is some hired wordsmith, sitting at a computer terminal, composing sneaky-mean letters
WASHINGTON Early in the morning of May 28. iy84, members of the Animal Uberation Front broke into the Head Injury Clinical Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. They stole more than 60 hours of video tapes of animal experiments and launched campaign to halt further federal grants to the center. I -ast w eek the) could claim a well-won victory
The story of the laboratory breakin created a small flurry last summer Clinic officials and university spokesmen stoutly defended the research. Dr James Wyngaarden, director of the National Institutes of Health, was quoted in Science magazine in June 1084 The center, lit said. "is considered one of the best laboratories in the world ” I .ast week he appeared to have suspended that judgment
The animal lovers who stole the videotapes edited Hie 60 hours down to a 30-inmule shocker. Under the auspices of PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals»’ the 30-mmute film was selectively circulated I watched it a few days ago. and though I am no antivivisectionist. I found it appalling. Half a dozen members of Congress viewed it They wrote to Margaret Heckler, secretary of liealth and human services, demanding that the experiments tx* halted. The government at long last began to pay attention.
Tin- story goes flack about 13 years. to the time that medical d<xtors at the University of Pennsylvania got their first federal grant for head-injury research One series of ex-periments involved enclosing a test animal’s head in a hard plastic helmet, positioning tile head rn a machine that delivers a piston blow of up to loon g s. and then chipping off the helmet with hammer and screwdriver The brain-damaged primate is then subjected to various experiments, some of them involving recent memory, and finally the animal is killed and its brain tissues and fluids analyzed
It Hie research were done carefully and humanely, perhaps a case could be made for it Whiplash injuries are serious injuries. Brain concussion is no trivial matter. But PETA spokesmen charge that the research was not being ethically done. They contended, for one thing, that the anesthetic used in the experiments, S e r n a Iy n (phencyclidine hydrochloride, or PCP), was inadequate to prevent the animals from suffering serious pain. They charged that the lab assistants were
violating rules having to do w sterile procedures Hie hanoi! blows to remove the protct helmets, they said, af feel whatever findings that might disclosed by later disection The stolen film shows animal v, various levels of brain da ma ct depicts researchers as bavin; really fun time One lab assist. flops a dazed ba bi Min around a to! He waves to rag-doll armband about the trainer "who taught t flow to do those tricks Ho, I, Over in a corner is a babion B who gazes at the camera in im < "As you can see. B-10 is watehiru , hoping for a good result I mockery provokes a big laugh OI. researchers try to make an anil shake hands This is hilarious says, You're going to rest ta ii from this. aren’t you’
Well, it was high time for soiia to rescue these baboons from ' hands of their tormentors End pressure from PETA and t shocked congressman W\ngaari who originally fuel stonewalled t project a month mime: committee to investigate I-Wednesday the committei tilt preliminary report There had t-< "material failure to comply w public health policy for the c are use of laboratory animals I committee was especially critical anesthetic procedures There ! been inadquate "supervision a: training" of lab personnel Secretary Heckler did lift w. upon a final report She telepfa iK Wyngaarden Thursday moulin, say she was suspending the t»-d< -grants at once If the out! aged ll .« members have anything to say atilt and they do the funding will halted for go*h1 Fine with me After 13 years .* $13 million, what s to tx- . allied bashing iii the brains of lie baboons According to PEI published papers have been mosth mild academic interest, though ' researchers' analysts of brain Oui may have proved useful in treati some human head injuries I whole unhappy business smack grantmanship at its most avarice Get the grant, and never mind t poor baboons Heckler’s suspension ord provides a belated victory for t cause of humane research, but ta-! late than never As the baboons through pain-filled eyes .it these J-lab assistants, animal lovers may find the satisfaction iii a rhetors question Who's got the last la-n o w ?
Rep Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769
Sen. John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Austin, Texas 78711
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. Mark White Governor's Office Room 200 State Capitol Austin, Texas 78701
Rep. Tom Loeffler U.S. House of Representatives 1212 Long worth House Office Bldg
Washington, D.C. 20515
Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C., 20515
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