New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Boerne to be site of Endangered Species hearing
Congressman Lamar Smith has announced that the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will hold a Congressional Field Hearing on Monday, March 20 in Boerne to solicit testimony in preparation for rewriting the federal Endangered Species Act.
The hearing will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne.
“I’m delighted that the committee accepted my invitation to conduct its fact-finding in the 21 st Congressional
District,” Smith said. “This way, the members can hear directly from private property owners whose livelihood and way of life have been jeopardized by an out-of-balance environmental agenda.
“The members of this committee need to meet and hear from Texans who have been targeted by Washington bureaucrats more intent on carrying out a personal environmental agenda that on administering a fair and balanced environmental program,” Smith said. “My goal is to help produce a
strong Endangered Species Act that protects not only our natural resources, but also the human species and our nation’s economic well-being.” Congressman Smith, while not a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, will participate in the hearing. Smith has been instrumental in the property rights push in Congress. A founder of the bipartisan Congressional Property Rights Coalition, Smith co-sponsored two property rights initiatives that passed the House
earlier this year.
One places a moratorium on the designation of any additional endangered species or critical habitat pending reauthorization by Congress of the Endangered Species Act. The other requires that federal agencies compensate private property owners for the devaluation of their land brought about by regulatory action. Both measures are now pending in the Senate.
The Congressional hearing is open to the public.
VFW leader to visit areaPreserving Our Past, Paving ipur Future
Carroll Hoffmann (R) and Tobin Hoffmann, officers of Hoffmann Financial Services, present Joyce Hendricks with a $1200 check as part of their efforts in the fruition of the Prince Carl of zu-Solms-Braunfels Court of Honor.
^Carroll Hoffmann, President, and Tobin Hoffmann, Vice President of Ttoffmann Financial Services, presented a $1200 check to Joyce ^Hendricks, Main Street Paver Program Chair. A granite tablet engraved lo reflect the original drawing of the Official Seal for the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas is displayed. This society was formed in Germany as the immigrants gathered prior to sailing for North ;America, specifically to Texas.
•This outstanding seal will be placed in the SE quadrant of the Main Plaza above the 3-foot wide Honors List. Kudos to the Hoffmanns for doing their share in PRESERVING OUR PAST, PAVING OUR FUTURE.
"|f you need a personalized paver purchase coupon, please call Joyce Hendricks, 625-4975. Be on the Honors List in the Prince Carl of zu-Solms-Braunfels Court of Honor. Deadline for paver purchase at $25 each is April 30,1995.
On Wednesday, March 22, 1995, National Commandcr-in-Chicf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Allen F. “Gunner” Kent, Texas State VFW Commander Chuck E. Sinclair, and other state VFW officers will visit Startzville VFW Post SHOO from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
VFW members, guests, and local citizens are invited to attend and listen to the message the Commandcr-in-Chief of the oldest veteran’s organization has to bring.
Since its beginning in 1899, the VFW has continued to speak out for veterans and veterans’ issues.
As Commander-in-Chief, Gunner Kent leads an organization with 2.2 million members nationally. During his service to this organization as National Officer, Commandcr-in-Chief Kent has traveled extensively, visit
ing with veterans and discussing issues. He has made trips overseas to such places as Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and other locations to meet with those veterans now serving and discuss issues such as a full accounting of the POWs and MI As.
The VFW continues to be the leader among the veterans’ organizations, speaking out for veterans’ entitlements.
As new proposals in Washington attack veterans’ programs, it is essential that the veterans of this country stand together.
Commander-in-Chief Kent has met on many occasions with leaders of Congress, the President, and others who deal with veterans’ issues. The veterans, widows and dependents of this country will not be forgotten by the VFW; and as its leader. Kent will continue to speak out on their behalf.
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Lucas Ivins stay just hours before execution
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Henry Lee Lucas, Who once claimed that he killed hundreds of people in at least 22 states but later recanted, has won a stay of execution.
Less than 10 hours before he was to have been put to death by injection, the one-eyed drifter got a reprieve Tuesday from the Texas Court of Cnminal Appeals.
'•The court said the prosecution had suppressed evidence in the 1985 tnal in which Lucas was convicted and sentenced to die. A new tnal might be ordered.
* ]The victim was a woman, never identified, who was known as "Orange Socks" because that was the
only clothing she wore when her body was found in 1979 in a culvert near Georgetown, about 25 miles north of Austin.
When Lucas was first arrested, he generated enormous publicity by confessing to nearly 600 murders in at least 22 states. He finally recanted all of them, including that of his mother in I960 in Michigan, the one slaying he consistently had acknowledged.
Lucas, now 58. has been convicted of 12 other murders in Texas and Florida.
Among the slayings he confessed to was "Orange Socks," a woman he said he picked up while she was hitchhiking on Interstate 35. However, he later con
tended he was in Florida on Halloween night of 1979 and could not have killed her.
"The prosecution suppressed evidence of another suspect in the case that they were pursuing at the time Mr. Lucas confessed,” according to Richard Wetzel, executive administrator of the Texas Court of Cnminal Appeals.
"Despite a request by defense counsel, they never told the defense about the other suspect,” Wetzel said.
The appeals court granted the stay Tuesday in order to send the case back to trial court in Williamson County for a review. That court could order a new trial.
Xk-Governor to Logo: No Foss, No Play Works
AUSTIN (AP) — Former Gov. Mark White, w ho signed the no pass. no play rule into law, says the rule is doing what it was designed for ;keeping kids in class.
"The dropout theory was — ‘Oh. if •you do this, more kids will drop out.’ Well, we’ve been doing it for IO years, and fewer kids are dropping out than before we had the rule," he said.
• ‘ White, a Democrat whose one term ended in 1987, was governor when the Legislature passed the sweeping
^school reform measure called House Bill 72. One of its many provisions “was the rule barring students from ; extracurricular activities for six weeks if they fail any class.
The rule has been in effect for a I decade, but some law enforcement officers now blame it for increased I membership in urban gangs. Law-
* makers are looking at proposals to 'shorten the suspension or repeal the rule.
White told House Public Education Committee members Tuesday that they should ask for facts.
Smatt Delays Concealed Handgun Legislation
AUSTIN (AP) — Senators confronted with last-minute changes to a hill that would allow Texans to carry concealed handguns have put off debate on the emotional issue.
"I believe the Senate deserves the time to examine each (proposed amendment) and read it,” said Sen. John Montford, l)-Lubbock
He asked for the debate to be delayed until today after sometimes .heated discussion Tuesday concentring amendments offered by Sen. Jerry •Patterson, sponsor of the bill
"I for one want something respectable to pass the Texas Senate, not a hodgepodge of Band-A ids on the floor,” Montford said He later told reporters it was “slipshod” to give law-,‘(rakers the proposed amendments just ;^a few minutes before the session .”
‘‘ Montford said he supports the bill as , approved earlier by a Senate committee. Lawmakers heard testimony from ; those who fear the measure would
* endanger their lives and others who say they’d feel safer with a concealed
; Judge Declares New ; Religious Freedom Law Unconstitutional
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A federal judge has declared unconstitutional
the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. which limits government intrusion in religious practices.
U.S. District Judge Lucius D. Bunton III issued the ruling Monday in Midland in a case pitting San Antonio Archbishop Patnck Flores against the city of Boerne.
Boerne is trying to use a historical preservation ord’nance to prevent the tearing down of part of the old St. Peter’s Catholic Church building in the city, located 25 miles north of San Antonio.
However, Flores claims the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, known as RERA, should allow the church to avoid the city restnctions.
The city of Boerne challenged the constitutionality of the law, which states in part that "government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.”
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