New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Pave Kramer. Editor and Puhlishor Jim Webre. Managing Editor
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Herald Zeitung New Braunfels Texas
Sunday May 24.198/
USS Stark a reminder off Memorial Day purpose
Tomorrow, Monday. May 25. is the day we observe Memorial Day.
In the wake of an Iraqi attac k on the guided missle frigate I SS Stark in the Persian Gulf, we are reminded of the risks our Armed Forces run The tendency may be to think of the lottos as peacetime We are officially at war with one. but yet we will have buried more than >o of our warriors before this Memorial Day observance draw s to a close Many of us w ill go to the lake. out of town to see friends and relatives or just stay home and work in the yard this official day of observance Hut somehow , some w ay we should pause long enough to remember the families of these most recent casualties of undeclared conflict The United States has an obligation to protect its own energy supplies as well as those of our allies And our respon sibility as a world power ensures that we will he targets until we relinquish our position of world leadership, which we can not afford and would not want to do Our Armed Forces are the means by which we secure this democratic republic, and until all of mankind chooses to acknowledge the need for peace, there will always be Memorial Days and the reasons we observe them
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letters should l>e sent to Forum. .Yew Braunfels Herald Zeitung IM) Drawer IU im New Braunfels. Texas THI O im. or brought to our offices at 707 bandaState budget myths
To the Kditor.
There is a lot of controversy going on these days about the state budget It comes from all directions. much of it from educators and others who want to spend more money Not enough people read to try to determine the facts hut for those who do. I d like to offer a little food for thought Some legislators and their special interest allies would like you to believe the governor's budget cut state spending They say Texas can I afford to cut spending $5 8 billion Most of us agree no one is sa>ing cut $5 8 billion He is certainly not
The truth is his budget increases spending $766 million from its current level of $86 I billion That s the 7 percent This is a battle between fiscal conservatives on one side and budget busters who want to greatly expand the size role and cost of state government on the other side Four years ago. when the governor left office, the state budget for the 1982-88 biennium was $26 6 billion His budget recommendation for the 1988 89 biennium years starting September 1987 is $86 9 billion That is up SIO 8 billion in four years, a 89 percent increase In that same period education spending went from $14 I billion to $18 8 billion, up $4 7 billion or 88 percent In the same period inflation is only up 12 I percent, up only 15 percent from last year, and Texas population w as up only 7 7 percent The budget recommended by many leaders is at least a 16 percent increase over current spending It s clear Texas' state government spending and taxes increased three times faster than inflation and five and one half times as much as our population These are the facts (Gov Clements) is not proposing we cut the budget; the budget he proposes is up. not down It's just not increasing as fast as it used to There are some myths being bandied around by certain legislative leaders The governor wants to dispel these myths and get us all talking about the facts First, there is no such thing as a $5 8 billion deficit Our only deficit is $1 billion this fiscal year Anything more than that simply represents what someone wants Texas taxpayers to pay The second myth is that the governor is proposing cuts that would deprive Texans of needed human services, that is not true The health and human services budget Is up. not down.
The third myth has to do with education; again, the current level of spending is maintained, no cuts.
The last and greatist myth is that taxpayers want more taxes; have you ever heard anyone say they want their taxes raised'’
Let me translate what the big spenders are really saying when they talk about $5 8 billion more in taxes. The big spenders are saying they want the largest tax bill in the history of the state The big
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spenders are saying they want a 16 percent increase alane current state spending That s more than in nation or population growth justifies and more than we can afford Many of us know our state and federal agencies, boards and com missions are not above scrutiny We know there is an unacceptable amount of waste. fat. inefficient programs and misguided priorities There are many people like myself that have worked for and with bureaucrats and high ranking military officers We have seen a great many of these people spend everything given them in one budget, then ask for more in the next budget to t>e sure they get at least as much as they did last year I hope most folks will give this some sober thought and contact their legislators to work with the governor and I should even extend that on to the president There simply must come a time when we stop the legislators from deciding what is best for us once they are elected to office and hand our money out as people come to them and say they need it Of course they cannot examine and know what is justified in the massive proposals sent to them but we would hope they look at w hat is going on around them and say. This is unrealistic cut out the waste "
Thomas E Schoolcraft SeguinOn later bar hours
He Late hours for taverns and other drinking establishments We realize there can be problems but also there are benefits After all. we are a tourist town A lot of tourists come in on Friday night from Houston. Dallas, etc They usually leave after work Friday, arriving in New Braunfels four or five hours later They go to their hotel, unpack and decide they would like a few drinks to relax We are looking at about ll 30 or so — everything is closing
People in town on vacation are here for fun and to relax They are not ready to go to bed at ll p m because they are on vacation Residents of New Braunfels who have jobs in the area and get off work at ll p m would like to stop and have a drink to relax before going home But they hardly walk into the bar before it is time to close.
These are just a few of the reasons we believe that drinking establishments should be able to stay open later After all. we are a tourist town and encourage tourists to come here
Mr and Mrs C. W Dinklage Jr.
On behalf of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. I want to extend our sincere thanks for the Her ald-Zeitung" s support of RS VP in publishing RSVP’s recent articles on the Senior Citizens Dance and need for volunteers.
Everyone who attended the dance
SM FORUM, Pa«« 7A
The ludicrousness of giving money to RTL
\ wist* man once observed that, in our society, there are more horses rear ends than there are horses And in the next few weeks we will find out if he was right
The yardstick will Im* whether the PTI. Club. now that it has apparently been United by Jimmy and Tammy will Mirv ive
Those who are now running it say that unless millions in fresh contributions jxnir in the PTI. ministry yahoo amusement park and all w ill go under So they are hoping enough dippy old ladies and guvs whose hairlines begin at their eyebrows are willing to part with another S2n or so And while this is going on. my elderly friend Pops Pan/cko sits in prison I mention Pops at this point because I recently received a note from him in prison, where he is doing a four year stretch for burglary Here is a man who. while he is a crook, has always lM*cn an honest crook Anytime you asked him what his profession was he would say I am a teef
And if you asked him why he was a thief, he’d give you a frank answer * Being a teef is what I know how to do "
He never once said that the devil made him do it. that dark and evil forces overwhelmed his tatter judgment He would just shrug and say it wasn't nailed down so I grabbed it ”
And a judge gave Pops four years, without even one day off for openness and candor Meanwhile, baby faced Jim and his porky w ifeJames Kilpatrick
sit in their luxurious Palm Springs home while accountants try to figure out what happened to about 992 million iii church funds We can guess where some of it went As Tam my would put it as she prepared to buy out another Inuitique Oh my shoppin demons are
And when the Bakkers shopping demons got to hoppin it could result in anything from an $8*hi Gucci briefcase ty a $600.000 Florida condo gold plated toilet plumbing or an antique Rolls Royce chartered U*ar jets and an office Jacuz /.i. silk underwear, full length minks, diamond earrings gold Rolexes If it sparkled, they bought it
All iii the name of Jesus By conservative estimates. Pops has been ar rested more than l.ooo times for stealing, suspi cion of stealing or just having a gleam in his eye when a jewelry salesman drove by But not once did Pops ever say "l h. I popped the trunk on the salesman s car because the U>rd wanted me to go to Harry the tailor and buy a couple of new suits "
So he's in prison, but Tammy and Jim are riding around their California oasis in a chauffer-driven Lincoln Now the PTl.'s new hucksters, while admit ting that they can't find $92 million in missing contributions, are asking those who gave them the $92 million to cough up another $20 million to tide them over Even Pops didn t have that kind of gall He
never called a jeweler and said “I'm the guv who cleaned you out last month Could you tell me when you re going to gel a new inventory and would you leave the kev under the mat ’
But without looking embarrassed, the PTI. s new Bible thumpers are putting tin* arm on those gullible enough to think that they can buy eter rial salvation with a check or money order They're telling the bumpkins that tin* Lord wants them to send money so the work of the PTI. can go on
What work * The last time they sent money Tammy used some of it to have her breasts in (lated with silicone because she wanted to look like Dolly Parton It that wh.it the Lord wanted for Iwith of Tammy s cups to runneth over '
No, I think that the Lord s will is becoming pretty clear He wants the Internal Revenue Ser vice to investigate whether Jim and Tammy should have been paying taxes on all the money they shoved into their pockets and purses And if they should, the tax men should stick them with a bill
And all of you little old ladies should switch TV channels and put away your checkbooks The PTI. doesn't need any more of your pension lf anything, the PTI. ought to start selling off its assets and giving refunds I’m not sure what they could do at>out Tam my’s silicone Maybe they could just sell her to a computer company
Ed Meese, how could you ever allow this?
WASHINGTON — Some incredible things hap pen in the world of politics and law, but you would have to search from here to Honolulu to find something much more incredible than the brief just filed by the Justice Department in what is known as the Beck case Attorney General Ed Meese, to put the matter bluntly, has taken an elemental principle of individual liberty and tossed it into the w inds
That principle, embedded in the Constitution, says that the power of government may not be employed to force the people to support par ticular causes against their will. The case at hand challenges the power of a labor union, operating under the authority of of the National Labor Relations Act. to take the “agency fees" of non-union workers and to expand their money for purposes unrelated to collective bargaining,
The case began back in 1976, when Harry Beck and 17 other telephone workers in Maryland filed suit against the Communications Workers of America. They did not want to become members of the union, but unavoidably they had to become members of the bargaining unit As such they were compelled to pay “agency fees’’ to the union They had to pay the fees or give up their jobs
The purpose of such fees is defensible: If nonunion workers did not pay a fee. they would amount to free riders; they would get the benefits of a union-negotiated contract without contributing toward its negotiation Even so, nothing in the system of agency fees permits a union to spend the coerced dollars it wrings the
dissenters on anything it pleases The money taken under compulsion from non conforming workers may be spent only for the expenses of ii) collective bargaining. i2> contract administration and 13) grievance procedures In the Beck case, the U S District Court appointed a special master to go over the union s books in meticulous detail After prolonged review. the master found that a shocking 81 percent of the union’s expenditures were for purposes that had nothing to do with the three permitted purposes Money went for lobbying, for entertainment, for publications, for contributions — for all kinds of things District Judge James R Miller Jr cut the 81 percent to a still appalling 79 percent, and ordered proportionate refunds of fees to the 18 plaintiffs The case went to the 4th Circuit There were the non-union workers, with the help of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, won again Sitting en banc, the court ruled 6-4 in their favor The union again appealed A few days ago, astoundingly, the I S solicitor general filed the government’s brief as friend of the court — and came down on the side of the union.
It baffles understanding it is not as if Beck s position is legally bizarre: Seven of the ll judges who have ruled in the case have ruled in favor of the plaintiffs In matters of pure law, divorced from political philosophy, the attorney general’s people cannot fairly be criticized for doing as their intellects tell them But when it comes to the rights of free men in a free society, political philosophy is deeply involved Surely the
philosophy of this administration, presumably supported by Meese. is that individual liberty matters lf that is not so. we have elected the wrong administration and now have the wrong attorney general
The department's position is that neither the National labor Relations Act nor the Constitution prohibits the union from taking Beck s money and using it to support causes he opposes This is nonsense Back in 1944, in the case of Bester William Steele v. the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, the Supreme Court laid down the law with great clarity. The union had attempted to discriminate against black firemen A unanimous court refused to permit it
In such matters, said the high court, a union “is clothed with power not unlike that of a legislature which is subject to constitutional limitations on its power to deny, restrict, destroy or discriminate against the rights of those for whom it legislates ” Congress did not intend to confer “plenary power upon the union to sacrifice, for the benefit of its members, rights of the minority of the craft ”
This is exactly what is involved in the Beck case The union s only powers are derived from federal law. These powers cannot be exercised unconstitutionally. No agency of government could take HOO from Harry Beck and spend $79 of it in support of political causes No labor union should be permitted to do it either Ed Meese knows this He should have killed the brief before it ever was filed