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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Dave Kramer. Editor find PubUHttr Jim Webra. Marutgint EditorHer«ld-Z«/fuop New Braunfels. Texas    Tuesday.    March    10.1W7 Editorial_ Tornado preparedness a worthwhile practice Tornado season is upon us and while Texas’ Hill Country is not the victim of twisters as often as other parts of the state, spring thunderstorms likely will roll across our region with increasing frequency over the next few months. That severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch issued for parts of Central Texas in late February didn’t keep people from most activities, like the Maskenball. But in Texas, any place in Texas, the threat of a tornado is something to be concerned about. Many major tornados occur on days that begin with clear weather. Witness the precedents of Lubbock, Wichita Falls and others locations. The freight train sound of the churning debris and 200 mph swirling wind is terrifying and unless we are prepared, there is not a lot we can do or time in which to doit. Preparation and forethought are our allies. If a tornado strikes, there will be mass confusion, dangerous utility disruptions, limited communications and immediate impact on our hospital and governmental entities. Now is the time to think about that. God willing, we won’t be victims. But if we are, and there always is the threat in the Texas spring, we will have done all we can if we are ready. Mother Nature gives us a lot of time to plan, almost none to react. Andy Rooney The good stuff we may not be getting We’re getting a lot of inside stuff from Washington these days but there’s a lot of good stuff we’re missing too. For instance, there are private conversations that must have taken place, the substance of which we can only guess. White House staff people have said. for instance, that President Reagan really liked Donald Regan, man-to-man. but Regan and Nancy Reagan didn t get along and it was Nancy who got him fired. Ronald Reagan and Donald Regan Prez. Come in. Don. Always glad to see another Irishman. There aren’t many of us left Don: Damn it. Ron. what s with your wife anyway? Everything I do is wrong. Prez: You think it s easy for me' Don: Will you please expalin what she's trying to do to me I don't understand her Prez: Listen. I got the weight of the world on my shoulders I got this Iran-contra thing The presidency is falling apart Don't ask me to try to explain women Don Did she say any thing about me to you0 Prez Nancy was say ing something last night when I fell asleep I don’t even remember what she said Did you hang up on her or something? Don She was telling me how to do my job. Yes, I hung up on her Prez: I get it all the time I go upstairs for lunch. I get it. I go up to take a little nap. I get it Don’t ever work at home. Don Don: She’s gonna get me fired Prez Not a chance. Don Not while I'm in charge around here Conversation between Oliver North and his wife. Betsy, the day pictures of his secretary. Fawn Hall, appeared in the papers Mrs North Oliver° Oliver: Yes, dear Mrs. North Oliver, did I hear you say when you hired her that your secretary was short, dumpy and plain as a mud fence.” Oliver: (Coughsi Well, I that is I don’t recall using exactly those words, dear. Mrs. North Fawn is ’ short, dumpy and plain as a mud fence?” Oliver: Gosh, honey. I ve been so busy selling arms to our enemies and bringing down foreign governments that I don’t approve of. that I never even noticed what she looked like. Mrs North You never noticed Fawn Hall ’ Hey. you may get away with that stuff in front of a Congressional committee but not with me you don't Oliver I ... you know ... I used to see her around the office and I Mrs North Can she type0 Oliver She doesn’t have to type She shreads. Mrs North: I know I saw that picture of her in the bathing suit Oliver: ‘ Shreds.” I said She shreads a beautiful memo. Mrs North Does she call you “Ollie” or “Colonel”” Oliver: On advice of counsel, I refuse to answer anymore questions on grounds that I may tend Ut incriminate myself Conversation between Howard Baker and his wife. Joy Howard There's something I want to tell you. Joy Mrs. Baker You only call me Joy” when it's bad news Howard It s good news and it s bad news. The good news is, we’ll tx* leaving Tennessee. The bad news is. we’ll be moving to Washington Mrs Baker You’ve decided to run for the presidency ” Howard No. The president has asked me to replace Donald Regan as his chief-of-staff Mrs Baker: Oh. Howard What good news You’ve just been made president and you don't even have to run It s too bad we couldn't have been in on all the conversations that have teaken place in Washington these last few months. Your Representatives U S Rep Mac Sheeney (Guadalupe County; United States House or Representatives 1/13 Longyvortn House Office Bldg Washington D C 20515 Ronald Reagan The President ot the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington D C 20500 State Rep Edmund Kuempel Teras House of Representatives P O Bo* 2910 Austin Texas 71/69 ta San Judith Zattmni Moi Station I Box 12064 ►tm Taxes 71711 U S Rap Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives SO* Cannon House Washington O C 20515 U S Sen Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate Bldg Washington. O C 20510 L. gaucho (YfckK VV**- vpUs/SoC ■J) GDUCA'flON IN ALABAMA; FUNDAMENTALISM (OI James KilpatrickA tailor-made opinion for the Deep South WASHINGTON - Bad cases, it is said. make bad law The Supreme Court demonstrated the truth of that maxim a few days ago in its decision upholding a court-ordered plan for promotion of state troopers in Alabama Hailed as a “major victory" by advocates of affirmative action, the decision was actually much less. Indeed, the case of United States v Paradise could prove to be more Pyrrhic than major. The facts in this case were about as bad as facts could be Alabama created its state poller patrol in 1935 Thirty-seven years later, not a single black trooper had been employed Blacks brought suit to remedy the situation, and Unease went to trial before U S District Judge Frank Johnson The trial court agreed with the plaintiffs Th* pattern of racial disnmination was ton plain I be derued In 1972 Judge Johnson ordered Un state to hire one black trooper for each white trooper hired until blacks constituted ap propximately 25 percent of the force Whereupm Alabama stalled, dragged its feet, ignored Un-order and hoped the decree would go away Seven years passed Judge Johnson entered another order to end the discrimination Again. Alabama found reasons why nothing significant could be done Two more years passed Still nu action. In 1984, the judge blew up Almost 12 years had gone by. and the effects of Alabama's racial discrirninaUon remained “percasive and conspicuous at all ranks above the entry-level position ” Said Johnson “Of the six majors, there is still not one black CX the 25 captains, there is still not one black (M the 35 lieutenants, there is still not one black Of the hj sergeants, there is still not one black Of tho corporals, only four are black The preceding scenario is intolerable and must not continue ” The exasperated judge then entered Un* particular order that became the crux of last week s Supreme Court decision He ordered that for a fx-riixl of tune. at least ad percent of th*-promotions tit corporal must be awarded to black troopers if qualified black candidates were available In February 19H4. the state at last complied It promoted eight blacks and eight w hiles to that rank The decree raised questions under the 14th .Amendment Granted that the suite in the past fuid denied “equal protection of Un- law “ to blacks, was the state now tensing equal protection to whites Were the racial quotas constitutionally ix*rnussible The Supreme Court split u-4 in upholding the one-for-one promotions The decision, in my view was bad law It benefits individuals who were riot themselves victims of discrimination, and as the dissenters said. it tramples ujnm Uprights of unoffending whites But the opinion i.iniiut tx- classed with Uh- watershed decision Uiat ended school segregation Speakini through Justice William Brennan, the majority found Unit Judge Johnson's order was fashioned only to remedy an intolerable situation I'he state's conduct had been {>er-vasive, egregious, indefensible, indeed ‘shameful ” But time after time in his 34-page opinion. Justice Brennan emphasized the conditions under which s., drat ur.ian a (lev rec might tx* justified The requirement could tx- waived if no qualified black candidates were available Teenier applies dilly w fieri the department needs to make promotions the order dt*-s not require gratuitous promotions Most Mt.ntf: antly said Brennan, the one-for-one requirment is ephemeral; the term of its application is < untmgent ujx»n the department s own conduct The requirement endures only until the detriment comes up with a prix edure that does not have .» discriminatory unpaid on blacks something the department was enjoined to do in 1972 arui expresslv pronused to do bv 19»f “ In the majority s view. Ox* one-fur-one requirement did not impose an unacceptable burden on mm* ent third parties The teiii-porarv and extremely muted nature <f the requirement subshmtialiv omits any potential burden on white applu anta for promotion Because tin* one-for-one requirement is sc limited in s. .{X* and duration, it only postpones the promotions of qualified whites Alabama asked ti 'n flit over Uh- hea l with a 2 by-4, and Alatxama gut what if asked for But th** 5-4 div islet wilful, the e '-art. coupled with the singularly blatant facts in bus case suggest that something less than a landmark has brim erected in the law of racial dis< rmunation The court gave no sweeping blessing to quotas It laid down no new principles or guidelines Thu opinion was tailor-made for this regrettable Mike Royko Reagan's mist akes contagious Gov BOI Clements Governors Ohce State Capitol Austin Texes 71711 State Sen William Sims Capitol Station P O Box 12064 Austin, Taxes 74711 U S San. Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg Washington, DC 20510 Even at a distance, I could tell that my conservative friend Grump was in a chipper mood There won a bounce to his step, and when a frail panhandler asked him for a few coins, Grump gave him a hearty whack across the shins with his walking stick Seeing me. he shouted a greeting ‘ Ah, there, you media jackal, what do you Hunk of our president now I told him that I had to admit that the Reagan speech had been both an artistic and critical success “You can bet your commie card it was,” Grump said He’s already rebounding in the polls The Gipper is on the move again ” I didn’t think he could pull it off “Nothing to it He just admitted that he made a mistake. Anyone with a sense of fairness can understand that we can all make a mistake.” No, he admitted to having made at least four mistakes “I don’t recall that.” Yes. He very honestly conceded that his aides had done wrong because he had been too trusting "You must admit that it takes a big man to admit that he had been too trusting." CX course. And he admitted that while thinking about the welfare of the hostages and their families, he may have been too compassionate “True. And it takes a big man to admit that he had been guilty of being overly compassionate.” Let’s see, he also conceded that he had been too statesmanlike in wanting to build diplomatic bridges to the the more moderate elements in the Iran power structure. “What a wrenching thing it must be for a proud man to stand before the nation and confess to having fH*(-ii bm statesmanlike But it is yet another measure of his statesmanship that he would admit to having been tim statesmanlike But what was Ins fourth mistake”” I’m surprised you overlooked it He admitted, in »*ffe< t, that during his many years in government, his managerial style had been almost too perfect Of course’ How could I have overlooked that His style furs always worked to near perfection in the past Yes, and because it has fx*«*n so amazingly successful, he was lulled into a false sense of security I his then led finn into the mistake of being too trusting What an amazing man, How forthright How courageous fit* was to go before the American people, nay. before tile entire TV-watching world, and make a clean breast of his mistakes When was the last time a president did something like that”” That’s exactly what I have been asking historians I have asked them if any American president has gone before the people and admitted that he had been too trusting, too compassionate, too statesmanlike and dial his managerial style had been too perfect “And what did the historians say?” They said it was a first, that no president ever fessed up to so many character flaws before, although Jiminy (’arter once said tliat he had lust in his heart. But that was while he was a candidate, so it doesn’t count “I should hop** not. the little twit So you were obviously as moved as I was by the speech As he spoke I wept ” So did I But as you know Tm allergic to my cats. so blat could have been a contributing factor Nevertheless. I'm pleased that even someone >u«h as you. a vie I" < media shark who circles in bx* bloody water of a wounded presidency , could tx* moved by sc sincere and honest a revelation Oh, I was, esjx'Cially when he said You know, by the time you real h my age. you've mad** plenty of mistakes if you’ve lived vout lift properly ” That really touched .» responsive chord because it made me bunk of my late father Your fabler” In wfiat regard Well, when he was in his 70s. he. too. .sold weapons to Iran Your fathei did”” Sure Uke bx* president said, when you get on in years, that's Un kind ->t mistake .« codger can mak It .rrv collution Mv t nt Ie •Stanley h his Hath btrthilav flew ivi-r to give bx* ayatollah a box of I winkles, a Boy Si out manual arx ‘bel cd to sell him three tx ».* Hoads •it M Ho brei rockers Your I tic I*- Stanley * Ye \ ,i matter of fact. I iii rn k I my i lf and lately I'm getting th* e stl auge urges What kind ” \ planeload or two of sftolguu shells t r the ayatollah I guess it comes with the aging process I am shirting to doubt the since rity of y our feelings " See That s exactly the profiler witfi bus society W fiat s bx* problem l oo manx i v rues like vou IT *gAU* &U0n<£ TG MB REA6AN — I M JUST A ^uS$C6A7Y ;