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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4AOpinions Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Texas Dave Kramer Editor and fhiblisher Jim Webre. Managing Editor Friday May 15. 1987 Editorial Rollback unwise for an underfunded city \< a Iii    ( tty Council has made what some call the •■hard decision to increase ad valorem property taxes to barely stay within survival levels for municipal services. Tin Aerk’s budget hearing saw only a few people address the council in a negative vein. Council appears to not want to i aise the tax rate as high as first recommended by city staff, but still our elected officials were clear that some services. like pet mini use of police vehicles and some kind of salary increases tor city employees, are appropriate What coom al will w md up authorizing is about a 2t> percent i ne i im «'in (tie tax i de \nd even then our level of municipal •serve e will suite! Still, there will be opponents of this atli nip* t< balance the city’s books and provide for the common wet I are <d oui citizens. Surely the vast majority of prudent Ne . Br nun tellers cannot argue with the logic of adequate city services A tm- • inned md c ity stall line tune the budget for even til,d adoption we should support their decision A rollback rn iv be Mire acned lait it it comes to that there is no reason biti nk it ' ill succeed \nd we should do all we can to ensure that it doesn t I Forum a .hi edit I ellci LE TTER POLICY ’UUU ‘.eleome* correspondence’ All letters should be sign ii* rn telephone mimhei I tie newspaper'reserves the i ii i l»< en. ei imam Yen Hrauntet> Un ahi /rilling. PO lo .nude! I’exas 7HUI I UH. or brought to our offices at HEH staff carinq Til ttie editor In mc ll.i Ie,lim e thei e i. ,o mu' I en ct on.d i * poi tine of cm nip!* hip * I line .ocmI iii ar in * - covcliimental mid teligiote exploit,.ho'    vt tc.idei' are olten . o’ in oil .ma dcprc , ,cri \s inform c *c pan iii* \oilily citj/tiis we riant emu lim* to ev .dutate pro pop,. i h la and tact i ciaciiihcring our lov nip In c plan for mankind will he e .it ted can w*’ .**<• that a • . cr all; lie »'\|ios**d and ult pi cv ail I h«* bright side I ii* I* in ti!! manx more pood p«’opli than ' ad \ pci ti * ope I* IIC*’ this p.1st vtak -Imni oi po Ulirepoi ted* I Ou i. a I II H tm • I became v*” \ ll! My '.'n Iii al history of the P -'I o c > vim h included open In a't trip!* '>\ pa . an pery and * til i ! an* i i i • •* I iv * rn** eire t s loll no toutii I ‘ .a I hi mid p*’i to lh*’ * nil"geinv room imme*1iatel\ I h*' 111 H jiei i nm S ia >ponded * nh Ole efticn ncy and concern o! a fire drill The toed was ieshelved * wen i n employer made me com 'et 'alii* ** * inking p**ilinen! questiou ii atmisteied my mtiogl\**iu (nils >*qu«*ntially ac t rn dam to *h*’ oriel directions I pave helm* hciaiming helpless I he manupei called my doctor xx ho * lins*' to haw 11iv brought directly to the emergency room The employee drove me in my car to lh** hospital I he manaprr follow *•*1 in Ins car The happy ending is I ain alive and reminded that. I was a st ranger and they took me in.” intl < .od mu a ha\*■ been pleased for Ile has said In in much as you have done it unto one til the least of thew you have done it unto in** ” Thanks. HEH I rom a grateful customer Kathryn Hart Woad .Yen Hraunfels Protect Graduation Id the editor Die first IT., seniors to purchase a project pi adnation ticket received a tree project graduation I start The money to pm* base these I shirts was donated hv various New Brnunlels < ’hurdles Many thanks to Boh Baker who drew th*’ design for the stint and -.ilks* reen originals who printed the I sin I t s I tie lurid for project graduation t*»r the three high school parties needs approximately $3,000 yet Anyone wishing lo donate may take tlivii contribution to New Braunfels National Bank c o Pro ]<’ct Graduation or call Margie Katiorn tL’hhJll, Merle Brown. HW Jim. Mary Buck 025 8451 and so meono w ill ai range to pick up the kdonation Many thanks to all who have already donated Susan Hell Yew Hr amit els Police cars Be Personal car policy. N H P I) I think tin* program for the police department tuts been a great sue cess and tee! this program should ti** continued II they do not continue this pro gram, it will be just like the gar bag** trucks, having to replace ail the trucks at one time So what is better*' Spend $57.OOO now or spend twice that amount or more to replace all the cars several years from now Short term plann mg is not die answer The record justifies saving the program Max Wommack New Braunfels Your Representatives Gov Bill Clements Gov* rnor s Office State Capitol Austin texas 7871 1 U.S. Pep. Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives SOV Cannon House Aasnmgton DC. 20515 U S Senator Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 70 i Hart Senate Bldg Washington D C 20510 U S Sen. Phil Gramrri United States Senate J70 Russell Senate Bldg Washington, D C. 20510 State Sen Judith ZaHirim Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 7871 1 U.S. Rep Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Office Bldg. Washington, D C. 20515 State. Sen. William Sims Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin, Texas 7871 1 State Rep Edmund Kuempei Texas House of Representatives P O Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D C. 20500 James Kilpatrick People like Richard Secord protect Reagan WASHINGTON Let us hear th re** cheers and a tiger fur Richard Secord The former ma jot general in the Air Force emerged Bom tom days of battering examination last week as a tough old bird who did his damnedest to support th** polices of his president I admire the gin All this talk is a I tout Secord’s breaking tho law” at the moment is just that talk In one sense these hearings ended at the moment they began when Sen Daniel lnouye presiding judge at this impartial, unprejudiced and bipartisan hanging convicted all th** accused before a word of testimony had been taken lnouye s opening statement was straight from tim trial of th*’ knave of hearts Sentence first, verdict aftei ward The gentleman from Hawaii already had concluded that everybody was guilt\ ut something so off with their heads Sen Howell Heflin o! Alabama, who is old enough and ex pencilled enough to know better rattled on that Secord should lie indicted Hokum' Let us get back to fundamentals When this whole bizarre affair begun, the Beagan adminstration had three goals in mind The first was to put out feelers toward reap proehement with Iran The second was to obtain release of our hostages T he third was to aid the Contras of Nicaragua in their effort to overthrow the communist government there The National Security Council drew Bu llard Secord private citizen, into the pursuit of these objectives As I said, he did his damnedest The goats were sound Yes ttiey led the pres! dent into the hypocritical position of publicly op posing the sale of arms to Iran while privately he was condoning it The president had opposed negotiations w it ti terrorists obsessed with the humanitarian goal of freeing the hostages, he nonetheless authorized negotiations This ad ministration and from time to time the Congress also, has emphatically sided with the Contras in seeking to prevent a Soviet base in Nicaragua Sword felt that ho was carrying out the policies of tils government and Secord was plainly right What is it that Secord supjiosedly is guilty of’’ Sen David Boren. I) Okla felt especially outraged that Secord had conspired to keep Con gross in the dark He had not timely informed tile senator's distinguished colleagues of what was afoot But the senator s distingished col leagues leak like sections of rotten hose To have informed th* Congress would have tx*en to in form The Washington Host within the hour Covert operations, may it please the senator must operate covertly The very Constituion Itself recognizes this truism T he houses of Con gross are to publish their proceedings “exeep ting such jiaits as may in their judgement re quire secrecy ” Now and then the Senate does meet in secret session, but every reporter knows a member who will blab Kl minutes later It is said tliat Sword violated the Boland amendment This piece of legislative folly was in et feet only from Oct 3. DHT. through Dec 19 19H5 Some of the evidence amassed last week antedated the effective period other actions came afterward The amendment stupidly for bade any aid directly or indirectly, through the expenditure of public funds in aid of the Con tras In this whole matter of the Contras and the Sandinistas. Congress has behaved like the legendary railwayman who was in again, gone again. Finnegan During the roughly It months of this dumb amendment ((ingress was out again At present, we ire in again Do not hold your breath until a grand jury indicts a trial jury convicts, and the judge imposes punishment T he law is murky It I were sitting on a jury. I would vote to acquit w ithout leaving the box and I would then propose a medal for (.en Sword laxik at his four days on the stand He never pleaded the F ifth Amendment He sought no im munity from subsequent prosecution He answered questions directly and immediately without evasion of any sort I rider the badgering of Senate Counsel Arthur L Inman he got testy toward the end. but Inman would tiring out testiness in a reverend mother Bead the rword from to bottom there is not a scintilla of evidence to prove that Sword himself •profiteered from his patriotic efforts It is completely understandable in a complex opera turn of this kind that not every penny can be accounted for Sword was not operating under the eye of Brice. Waterhouse He was trying to keep the Contras’ cause alive Congress ought to do likewise This week we hear from Robert McFarlane former national security adviser Much more testimony will be taken before this dumb show ends. If every witness is as candid and as im press!vc as Richard Secord the president has nothing to fear Mike Rovko "    —* %/ -22-—Hart can’t blame press for his indiscretions I don’t know why Gary Hart has become so huffy with the press The fact is. until he made a fool of himself by chasing around w ith a young ex beauty queen, the press has been rather kind It’s been known for a long time that he is a compulsive skirt chaser, but nobody really said anything about it The attitude was if he wanted to mess around, that was his business And it would still be his business if he hadn t been so cureless or arrogant or self destructive as to make it the public’s business. And don’t let his outrage at a snooping press fool you, it was really Hart who dragged the whole thing into the open Sure, reporters from the Miami Herald staked out his house and became aware of the now famous Donna Rice 1 11 let others debate whether that's a proper roll of the press But how did the reporters know to stake out the house in the first place? Obviously, some friend or acquaintance of Miss Rice blabbed to the paper And the only way that jierson would have been in a position to blab would have been if Miss Rice herself blabbed about her relationship with Hart She appears to have been doing just that A photographer who took some skin pictures of her in the past says she recently mentioned to him that she was seeing a political big shot. So Hart has to take the blame for becoming involved with a woman who couldn't be trusted to be discreet But apparently he d«iesn t know the meaning of the word “discreet ” If he did, he wouldn’t have brought Miss Rice to his own home while his wife was out of town His own home, for Pete’s sake Didn t he ever hear of the Fast Stop Motel*' And if he had any sense of discretion, it might have occurred to him that an overnight yacht trip to the island of Bimini with Miss Rice might raise a few eyebrows Who is to know about such a trip ’ Nobody but the entire crew of the yacht, the loose-lipped Miss Rice. and whoever she talked to about it You have to wonder what, if anything, was going through Hart’s mind when he was slipping into this mess Didn t he ask himself the few simple questions that any philandering husband would ask9 W ill anyone see us9 Will I be recognized’’ Can I trust her to keep her mouth shut? Unlike the average philandering husband, though, there were other, unique questions that Hart might have asked himself Such as “I am seeking the job of being the most power ful person on the face of the Earth Is this young woman, neat dish that she is, really worth the risk of losing that chance?” At this point, some readers might tx* saying that this column is tieing written as if I accept as fact that Hart had a sexual affair with Miss Rice, although both of them deny it Yes, I do accept that as fact, despite their denials I think it s idiotic to expect people to believe that he was taking a yacht trip with her. burning up the long distance lines to talk to her having her fly to Washington while his wife was away, all this while running for president, simp ly because he thought she was tun to chat with And it s also unrealistic of Hart to blame the press for problems he created for himself Sure. his priv ate life is his ow n But only if he keeps it private He was about as private as your average flasher That s been the Hart pattern for a long time And that s why he's washed up as a presidential candidate and is back home in Denver He surely knows that what will soon happen is that the next shoe tor nightie1 will drop Before long another female will apjiear and say ‘ Me. too And I can't believe it he told me I was the only one.” Well, as Hart once told a gullible female he was making goo goo eyes at, if he couldn’t be president he would like to sit in an Irish cottage and write novels It s time to buy some tweed jackets and typewriter ribbon ;