New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Horald-Zo/funp, New Braunfels. Texas
Dave Kramer. Editor and Publisher Jim Webre. Managing Editor Thursday, March 12,1987
US immigration questions loom
More and more concern is in evidence as the time approaches for implementation of the new immigration law on undocumented aliens residing and working in the United States.
Concern has been shown in Mexico City on how the new United States immigration law will affect Mexicans residing in the United States.
Not only in Mexico City is the concern expressed. Some have the fear that, having signed the application for amnesty, names and addresses will be used by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to deport illegal aliens.
Whatever the results of the new law may be. it seems there'll be some changes made Since we're on the border and have witnessed the flood of illegal aliens moving through the area, we have an interest in the situation.
Del Rio News Herald
Students might surprise us
Students who hit the Texas beaches over spring break are being asked to clean up the beaches as well as have fun
Now. that might strike some as a waste of effort. Students on spring break don’t have a reputation for neatness. Garry Mauro. the state land commissioner, and Mary Jo Peterman, president of the Texas State Student Association, think otherwise. And you know, they might be right.
Last fall, thousands of students were among the volunteers who picked up trash on the beaches Few groups love the beach as much as college students. A clean beach is more fun than a dirty one
A little peer pressure and the beaches might look better after spring break than before Its worth a try
The Houston Chronicle
Trucking industry regulation needed
To ensure safety and to help the economy, the Legislature should deregulate the trucking industry in Texas and adopt strong safety laws that track the federal law on in terstate trucking Bills to accomplish the latter have been filed and at least one bill partially deregulating the in dustry has been filed Full deregula Hon would be best but steps toward that end are not to be frowned upon and should be enacted The Legislature should pass both the safety and deregulation measures thus increasing the safety of trucks operated on Texas highways and stimulating comped Hon and the ecomony
Austin American Statesman
Saving the bust bowl
We support U S Sen Phil Gramm s courageous contention that the price of oil as with any other commodity should be determined by market conditions rather than political or regional exigencies The senator s stubborn stance con trasts with proposed remedies of fered recently by his Texas col leagues I S Hep Larry (ombest R-Lubbock and I' S Sen Lloy d Bent sen
Combest has introduced into Con gress the Energy Equity Act of 19B6 - a complicated inverted windfall profits tax’* that would levy petroleum sales on a sliding scale of
taxation based on the current price of oil.
Simply put, as the price of oil declines, so would the percentage of tax paid on oil income Bentsen has proposed a bill that would require the president and Con gress to keep abreast of oil market conditions. Under the Democrat’s legislation, the president would submit to Congress annually a three-year estimate of oil import levels.
Should that level exceed 50 percent. certain import restrictions would be imposed We don’t question the sincerity of Combest and Bentsen in trying to rescue the Texas economy. We believe, however, that their legislative proposals would obstruct trade by creating political and bureaucratic tangles
The Odessa American
Alabama judge not learned
Federal District Court Judge Brevard Hand has abused his judicial power, indulged a petty grievance over having a decision overturned, and pursued an illogical, dangerous course by declaring “secular humanism'' a religion and banning some 40 Alabama public school textbooks This preposterous decision will be speedily appealed It should be just as quickly overturned This case began in 1983. when Judge Hand sitting in Mobile upheld the right of Alabama to impose prayer in the schools by decreeing that the Bill of Rights guarantee of the separation of church and state does not apply to Alabama He was overturned by the appellate court and I S Supreme Court in 19K5 It should have ended here but Judge Hand said that if this court is compelled to purge God is great God is good, we thank him for our daily food from the classroom then this court must also purge from the classroom those things that serve to teach that salvation is through one s self rather than through a diets In maintaining that the manner in which a person lives a life is a religion including feminism or vegetarianism Judge Hand has declared an idea a religion and ruled it unconstitutional Granted many textbooks are in complete or poorly drafted Judge Hand is correct to assert that mans textbook publishers have deleted religion from tiooks omitting forex ample, that the Pilgrims were a religious group But the federal court is mil the place to correct the deli ciencies in the textbook industry
Dallas Times Herald
Railroad commission seeks dangerous favor
Austin lawmakers should defeat a bill to allow Texas Railroad t ommi-stoners to discuss some commission business in pm ate The bill introduced by Rep < harles Evans D-Hurst would allow commissioners to discuss pending business among themselves or with others without public notice or in a public forum That clearly violates the current Texas Open Meetings Act it would allow one of the state s most powerful commissions to debate privately issues that could have tremendous economic impact on ail Texans The commission comprises only three members lf two commis sioners discuss an issue over lunch they re violating the law However that inconvenience doesn’t warrant government secrecy
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Reagan excels as half a president
About five years ago I wrote column that began
What this country needs is a king Not a ge nuine king ruling and giving orders We need a figurehead of a king smiling looking attractive and reassuring making stirring speeches b not having any genuine authority
He could appear regularly on the lo o t h* k news telling us what a great country we have and what salt-of the earth folks we are and send us to bed feeling good
He could get on and off airplanes wave at T\ cameras grin chuckie utter a few comfortable cliches and make the nation s little old idle feel that all is well in the land
I he kind of person I have in mind is Prest dent Ronald Reagan In fact the jwrson I have in mind is Ronald Reagan And I went on to suggest that Reagan sh*hi I play that svmtxilic role just as the English royal family does while someone else runs the govern ment
But I ley columnists like to kid around J didn t know that anyone was going to take rm suggestion seriously Now it s clear that this is what -ce ve sa I al along a figurehead of a president with the White House being run by the chief of stat! and or by a committee of aides and th* ret-dent s w de
that what tne To Aer i ommis-, inn re: seems to be saying that the pres lent t a i t* blamed for the Iran contra sc anda ins aa - at dtdn t know what was going at; it doest* t eve sav that he should have known ' us! s »rt af shrugs and says that it s not Reagan sa, , t, know
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I resident Reagan s work for him No wonder fie left in such a huff President Harry Truman us*-d to have a sign on his desk that said Tfie bu* k -'ops fiere Now the sign would have an arrow pointing off to the* side* and it would read The buck stop'- somewhe-rc down the hall
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When James Baker was » hief of staff or co pit leo; the White House -**emed to perk a..>ng Reagan read the speeches that were hand ed to hun waved * fieerfuiiv as he and Nant . and tne mutt got of I tile heucopter from (amp David and Hake*r and Rh* others tousled themselves running the government
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WASHINGTON tow const nu bona! questions in this century have more troubled the Supreme* ('ourt or more often perplexed the* justice* than the* question of the exdu sionary rule (in Fell the court on* e again grappled with the issue iii a * ase* ,n voicing polite* Officers m Baltimore who inadvertently searched th** wrong apartment They were after a guy named Mc W ebb and thev netted a guy named Garrison
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I ti** right of ttie* people to set ore- in the*ir persons houses papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall riot bt* violater! and no warrants shall issue but upon probable • ^unsupported by oath or affirmation particuiarv describing the place to In* searched, and the persons or things lo tie seized On tin* surface it seems clear enough but wha! is a house What are effects’ What is a reasonable search*1 W hat is probable cause
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ment that a warrant must ticulariy describe the place to searched '
In the Baltimore case police ob tamed a valid warrant based upon probable cause to search the third floor apartment of Lawrence Mc Webb on Park Avenue evidence of illegal drug activity cops went around and by accident ran into McWebb He let them into the apartment building Everybody climbed up to the third floor where Mc Webb unlocked a door and the of fleers began their search Sure enough they found a quantity of marijuana, heroin and *7,000 in cash Then it transpired that there were
two third floor apartments no» and Uh* police had searciied the wrong «*iH* Garrison was conv it fed on drug charges anti sentenced to I ■ .eats in prison He contended that die evidence against him had » « ■ unlawfully obtained and should inn* been excluded
The Supreme Court disagree! Speaking through Justice John Paul Stevens Hie court held that the ion smut Iona My of the Mf ic ere ->*-»* t > ti must tie judged in light of informa lion available to them at the tune they acted Given all I tie cli cultistance* th** police resonanty tielieved in good faith that the, a ere executing a valid warrant I he local gas company had led them ti* tielieve Blat only Mc Webb OC cup I* Hi a third floor apartment Some I alltud* must tie allowed said Stevens for honest mistakes that are made by of fleers in tile dangerous and difflc ult process of making arrest and ex adding search warrants ”
Justices Blaekmun Brennan and Marshall, dissenting, said the of fleers should have been more careful
No fewer than eight cases this icrm involve problems arising undei the exclusionary rule In a Colorado case police impounded a truck after arresting the driver for drunk driv mg They searched the truck and in side a closed backpack they found a sealed nylon bag containing cocaine The police said they had a re spun nihility to inventory' the contents of the truck The defense said this w as a mere pretext for an unwarranted
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VI \< ».*»fiia * as* involved tile plain va a exception In Phoenix ii a * , H that was fired from an apart trieni nj ared a Blan in tile apar*.mer l«e low Police came to in vestigau .rn*! rn looking around the apartment where the gun was bred they saw in plain view a stereo set that probably had been stolen The se i ai nun tilers cite* ked out t Hit the Ai Izoi a ourte iet used to admit the evidence should the evidence have lieen thrown out This past Tuesday, the court s ud yes throw it out
A Lexa,, as*- asks whether a bani is a house A ( alifornia case turns on whether a prison psychiatrist had a reasonable expectation of privacy rn his -tate-owned office Another california * as* deals with evidence oi bookmaking that was found in a communal trash bin From Illinois comes a cast involving the unwarranted search of a junkyard for stolen cars What should tie admitted what excluded By tile end of the court’s term rn July in all probability tho law that is now murky will be alas, a little murkier yet