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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion ■ To tak with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 o i t ii iv q Opinion OftNn* contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor’s address is    * “When I stop [working), the rest of the day is postfawDOUs. I'm only really alive when Fat writing.” —Tennessee Williams playwright 19G0 D TOR Republic of Texas Anti-government group grabs attention of Texas Attorney General Dan Morales Most of us are proud to be Americans. To many, America is a leader of the free world, a place of prosperity and justice, a home we would never dream of trading. But to some Texans, America is Big Brother. America is a conspiracy to strip them of their rights and freedoms and leave them enslaved. And they are fighting back. The members of the anti-government Republic of Texas do not want to be Americans. They have formed their own “government” and “courts” They make a dubious argument that Texas was never legally made a state. One of their favorite tactics is to file liens with county and district clerics against government officials and private citizens. The hundreds or thousands of liens are clogging the state’s property records systems and can cause financial and legal difficulties for the property owners when they try to sell those properties or list them as assets, because they do not have clear title to the property. One such lien was filed against every parcel of land the state owns. Texas Attorney General Dan Morales alleges members of the Republic of Texas have engaged in illegal restraint of trade, intim-idaftiQi), retaliation and falsifying government records. "They arc filing false liens... and they are using this tactic to harass and intimidate public officials who might consider official action against them,” Morales said. Morales has obtained a court order prohibiting the Republic of Ifexas and 25 of its members from filing improper liens or otherwise violating state law. Morales is correct when he says no one can be above the law. The Republic of Texas members do not recognize the authority of the state or its courts. But maybe they’ll recognize it when they end up in prison. Their shenanigans would be humorous if they were not costing other Texans thousands of dollars in court costs. Morales was right to step up and send a firm message to these anti-government zealots that they have the right to protest our government and work to change it, but not by violating its laws. (Today’s editorial was written by City Editor Roger Croteau.) Write us • • • The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcome* letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctua-tion and known factual errors. Letter* ahmild be kept to MO word*. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zesting bearing the writer's signature. Aho, an address end a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. ie givin to writers who have not been published in the previous SO days. Mail letters toe Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311828 New Braunfels, Texes 78131-1328 Fax:(210)628-1224 Post Office proves its efficiency New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher...........................................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Director of Advertising.................................................Debbie    Banta-Scott Retail Advertising Manager...............................................Jack    Osteen Business Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman...........................................................BWy    Parnell City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau MriWkBdoa Seeder mriap tad waddly mornings Tuesday through Priddy by Ak New Bnaijtit Ht*aid-Zemms CUSPS 377-880) 707 Lands St. or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, TX. 71131-1328. Second dees postage paid by (he New Bmm-ftls Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels. Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months. SZO JO; six month*. S37; one yaw, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by canter deiivsy only: Ox monte, 133; one year. $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County tai Texas: three months, $30.30; six months. $35; one year, $103 JO. Mail outside Texas: six months, $71; one year, $11S.23. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 pm Tuesday through friday or by 7:30 us. on Sunday may cai! (210) 625-9144 ar by 7 pjn. weekdays or by ll aet on Sunday. Pominwu fault Mfe— dup* to** New Braunfels HenddZeismg.TO. Bum-ar 311328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131 1328. You don’t bear people say many nice things about the U.S. Bostal Service very often. Most of the time when the post office is in the news it’s because one of the employees went psycho with a gun or there is aasesy story abort the Christmas card delivered 40 years after it was mailed. People gripe about die lines, the bureaucratic service, the cost. There is even a national watchdog group out there that seems to do little except send newspapers faxes (not letters) about how screwed up the Postal Service is. I’ve got my own story about the post office. I once lost $5 in the samp machine in a post offioe lobby late at night I left a note taped to the door to the work area in back with my name and address, saying I lost money in the stamp machine, and I would stop back the next day to pick up my $5. The next day I was too busy so I didn’t go get my money, and I didn’t go the day after that It was only $5, and soon I just forgot about it Then about two weeks later I opened my mail, and there was my SS in an envelope from the post office. That’s not die kind of service people think about when they think about the post office. Bul it’s not that rare. Consider these examples, (from die Book of Lists, ’90s Edition). ■ Actor James Cagney received a package from a foreign fan who knew only that Cagney lived on “An Island Off of Massachusetts, USA.” The post office delivered it to him at his Martha’s Vineyard home. ■ A letter addressed simply “Grandpa and Grandma, RL I, Jonesboro, TX,” and post-marked Norfolk, NE,” was correctly delivered in January 1990. The postmaster called a guy he’d only seen once or twice and asked him whether he had a grand-child in Nebraska. ■A substitute carrier in Austin successfully delivered a letter addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ford (in the Roger Croteau stone house with yellow trim near the end of Mansfield Drive out by the Dam.” ■ A postcard mailed from Munich, Germany, traveled 4 JKX) miles and was property delivered to the J Harold Pipkom family in five working days. The I address was simply given as “Somewhere near Mil-1 Waukee, FreistadL WL USA.” ■ Mrs. Nancy Feldman of Spencerville, Md., J received a letter mailed from Great Britain, even * though the sender addressed it to the wrong town and J could only describe Mrs. Feldman’s general location:J ’Loge old house—historic—behind the water tow- j cr—horse fence surrounding.” On the envelope, the ] writer drew a little map to help the post office along.; So, the cost of a stamp goes up once in a while. ! It’s still pretty remarkable to consider it costs just] 32 cents to send a letter anywhere in the U.S., and; you can be pretty certain it will get where it’s sup-; posed to go, even if you don’t know where it’s sup-! posed to go. (Roger Croteau is the Herald-Zeitung city edi-\ tor.)     I JI j jftntji* hv 9memm GOP should take lead on abortion debate ABC News and the (Hint press tried to make a big deal out of a remark by Bob Dole about abortion. In an interview with Peter Jennings recently. Dole restated his support for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion except in cases of rape, incest or health threat to the woman’s life. Dole also said he wanted to include in the platform language in a declaration of tolerance for those with different views so they would feel welcome in the Republican Party. While some pro-lifers would prefer a declaration welcoming the unborn to the human family, Dole’s expression of tolerance is probably a rhetorical compromise pro-lifers can make if it is enough for the pro-choicers. Of course, no one is talking about accommodating Republicans with different views on big govem-menL higher taxes, more spending or racism. But why be picky? There is a way for Dole and his party not to be trapped by the abortion mines even now being planted by the press and so-called party “moderates” to explode in August in San Diego. Dole and his fellow pro-life Republicans should stop taking the bait from the pro-choice press. Instead, when asked about their political approach, they should say something like this: “You know, (Peter, Dan, Tom), there is insufficient support for a constitutional amendment banning most abortions at this time, so what my administration will be about, in cooperation with pro-life Democrats md independents (and even pro-choicers who believe there are too many abortions), is to stop as many abortions as possible while working and waiting for attitudes and the law to change. “We intend to increase the number of crisis pregnancy centers in America and help them become full-scale medical clinics so that no woman will be without access to one. We also - ,    .    —    would    like to see sonogram 4k\ I machines available in every clinic so pregnant women can see what is growing inside them. “Those who say offering such information insults the intelligence of women should be reminded that it is no more insulting to give a pregnant woman facts about her unborn child than it is to give her facts about the contents of food containers at the supermarket. “We Republicans, and ocher pro-lifers, also intend to launch a national advertising campaign that will not condemn anyone, but will show pictures of babies inside the womb at various stages of development. We will offer a toll-free number for any woman with an unplanned pregnancy to call for help. That help will be free of charge and will include assistance in finding a place to live, if needed, counseling and financial aid, clothing for the Cal Thomas Dot* and Ms follow pro-life Republicans should stop taking the bait from the pro-choice press. baby and other necessities, before and after the child’s birth." Such an approach by Bob Dole and his party would blunt much of the negative criticism and reluctance to discuss abortion by some Republicans. And it would return attention to where it should remain focused: on the unborn child and on helping the woman. It is a positive response, not a negative one. It would empower women and children and give Republicans an edge in the compassion wars which liberals and Democrats have claimed largely for themselves. Anyone who opposes this proposal favors censorship, preventing women from receiving information they need to make an informed choice. This plan would pay political dividends and — more importantly — reduce the number of abortions which many pro-choicers agree is too high. It is also a way to restore some civility to the debate over human life, which has moved on from the unborn and now threatens the unwanted elderly, the sick and the handicapped. (Cal Thomas is syndicated columnist) Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, June 27, the 179th day of 19%. Thine are 187 days left in the year. Today*! Highlight la History: On June 27, 1950, President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into die Korean conflict following a call from the United Nations Security Council for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North. On this date: In 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, QI. la 1847, New York and Boston wera linked by telegraph wifes. In 1880, author-lecturer Helen Keller, Mio lived mod of her life nib-out right or hearing, was born in Tus cumbia, Ala. In 1893, the New York stock market crashed. In 1942, the FBI announced the capture of eight Nazi saboteurs who had been put ashore from a submarine on New York’s Long Island. In 1944, during World War II, American forces completed their capture of the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans. In 1957, more than 500 people were killed when Hurricane Audrey slammed through coastal Louisiana and Texas. In 1969, patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, clashed with police in an incident considered the birth of the homosexual rights movement. In 1973, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an “enemies list” kept by the Nixon White House. In 1980, President Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration. In 1985, the legendary Route 66, which originally stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., passed into history as officials decertified the road. Ten years ago: The International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled that the United States had broken international law and violated the sovereignty of Nicaragua by aiding the contras. Five yean ago: Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black to sit on the nation’s highest court, announced his retirement. The Supreme Court ruled that juries considering life or death for convicted murderers may take into account the victim’s character and the suffering of relatives. One year ago: The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a historic flight to link up with Russia's space station Mir and bring home American astronaut Norman Thagard. The San Francisco Chronicle received a threat from the Unabomber to blow up a plane by the July 4th weekend, prompting tight security measures (the Unabomber later called the threat a prank). Today's Birthdays: Captain Kangaroo, Bob Keeshan, is 69. Business executive Ross Perot is 66. Opera singer Anna Moffo is 62. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is 58. Singer-musician Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) is 52. Actress Julia Duffy is 45. Country singer Lome Morgan is 37. Thought for Today: “Genius is eternal patience.” — Michelangelo, Italian artist (1475-1564). ;