New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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“We appreciate the wall between church and state, but that doesn’t mean we are ready to abandon ethical behavior and morality in order to maintain that wail.”
William Raspberry columnist, 1993
Survivalist literature troubling to read but protected by Constitution
It’s amazing what you can receive if you get on the wrong mailing list.
One Herald-Zeitung reader dropped by the office recently and left a catalog he had received in the mail from Delta Press LTD., out of El Dorado, Adc.
Offered within the pages were books and videos that would appeal to various gun enthusiasts and military buffs.
There was also a lot of information in the way of pamphlets and books for sur-vivalists, including two books entitled Modem Weapons Caching — A Down-to-Earth Approach to Beating the Government Gun Grab and The Ultimate Survival Shelters.
Not exactly light reading for most folks, but to each his own.
What did catch the eye of the Herald-Zeitung reader and this editor was some of the other “informative” publications offered in the Delta Press LTD. catalog:
■ The Anarchist Cookbook — This publication is described in the catalog as “perhaps the most notorious ’how to’ manual on the market...and has chapters on home preparation of weapons, electronics, drugs and explosives.”
■ Homemade C-4, A Recipe for Survival, by Ragnar Benson.
■ Home-Built Claymore Mines, also by Ragnar Benson — This book states, “Ragnar Benson does for the Claymore mine what he did for C-4. Once inaccessible to the general population, the technology for home-manufacturing claymore-type directional mines is presented here in simple terms the layman can understand.”
■ Field Expedient Hand Grenades — The ad for this nifty little book states that it is a “comprehensive guide to design and construction of both fragmentation and incendiary grenades.”
■ Homemade Semtex, C-4 ‘s Ugly Sister
■ The Anarchist Arsenal — In the pages of this book the reader will find “detailed instructions, diagrams and formulas on construction and use of improvised explosives."
lf catalogs like this one did not exist, the knowledge needed to put together home arsenals and build explosive weapons would still be available to the public through weapons specialists and others.
But these publications place this information is everyone’s lap — including the people who are unstable and may pose a threat to society. That’s a part of being a truly democratic society, however — allowing the free flow of information among the people, regardless of how much we may disagree with it.
We can’t begin banning books and censoring segments of society in the wake of terrorism hysteria. As the Congress mulls President Clinton’s antiterrorism package, which was put together following the Oklahoma City bombing, members should move cautiously to preserve freedoms while acting to protect lives.
(Today 's editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday)
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PosTMASTHt: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311 328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328.Retired vets members of CCSCF
Most of the male members and some of the female members of the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation are veterans of one or more wars in which the U.S. was involved. In fact, many of die members are retired military officers.
Even though Memorial Day is to remember and honor the dead, perhaps it would
not be too amiss to voice appreciation to the living retired military who served in those wars. In our membership, a good many of them served during World War ll, and the country still owes a debt of gratitude to all those soldiers who fought and helped keep that war on foreign soil. We still have a lot to be thankful for in this country.
Memorial Day in the U.S. is celebrated on the last Monday in May. It was first observed shortly after the Civil War. Its original purpose was to honor the war dead of both the South and the North, thereby healing the split and helping to make the nation whole again.
There are a variety of claims as to where, how and by whom Memorial Day was introduced. Traditionally, the credit is given to the village of Waterloo in the Fingers Lake region of New York and to Henry C. Welles, a local pharmacist. In 1866, he suggested to a veterans’ organization that the graves be decorated with flowers. The first celebration was in Waterloo on May 5. The occasion was marked by the flying of flags at half-mast, a veteran’s parade, and processions to the three cemeteries of the village. Flowers were placed on the graves and the village was decorated with foliage intertwined with black ribbons. Thus, Memorial Day is also known as Decoration Day.
The Grand Army of the Republic, the Union vets principle support group, picked up on the Waterloo celebrations and spread the idea throughout the country. Beginning with New York state in 1873, an increasing number of states made it a legal holiday until today it is a de facto national celebration.
As Americans subsequently had to .fight in many other conflicts after the first Civil War celebration, the scope of Memorial Day was expanded to pay tribute to all American servicemen and servicewomen.
Enjoy your Memorial Day holiday and weekend, but during that time try
to remember the purpose and give a little time to celebrate as a tribute to all those brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.
God, I am traveling out to death’s sea,
I, who exulted in sunshine and laughter,
Thought not of dying—death is such waste of me!
Grant me one comfort: leave not the hereafter
Of mankind to war, as though I had died not—
I, who in battle, my comrade’s arm linking,
Shouted and sang—life in my pulses hot,
Throbbing and dancing ! Let not my sinking
In dark be for naught, my death a vain thing!
God, let me know it the end of man’s fever!
Make my last breath a bugle call, carrying
Peace o’er the valleys and cold hills, for ever!
Continuing the celebration of Older Americans Month, and of extreme importance to most seniors, Hortense Hernandez, elected delegate to the
White House Conference on Aging in ! Washington, D.C., has made a report of! resolutions voted on by the delegates to j receive attention by Congress. The ten ; resolutions receiving the most votes I are: ;
1. Keeping Social Security sound \ for now and for the future
2. Preserving the integrity of the j Older Americans Act
3. Preserving the nature of Medicaid
4. Re-authorization of the Older Americans Act
5. Increase funding for Alzheimer’s I research \
6. Preserving advocacy functions) under the Older Americans Act
7. Ensuring the availability of a* broad spectrum of services J
8. Financing and providing longterm care and services
9. Acknowledging the contribution of older volunteers
10. Assuming personal responsibility for the state of one’s health
The community appreciates Hortense’ s involvement in this important conference. President Clinton and Vice President Gore addressed the delegation and Hillary Clinton led a forum on Medicare and mammography and prostate screening. Hortense will be giving more detailed reports to various organizations in the community.
I’D UKE TO GET ALL THE RAMOS I GOULD FINI
Stevens most liberal Supreme Court jurist
WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly 20 years Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens marched to his own drummer, but now the jurist long known as the high court’s wild card could earn a new label: power broker.
For someone who willfully forfeited the leadership role a jurist of his keen intellect might have seized, Stevens now may be paying closer attention to how many of his eight colleagues are in step with him.
The concluding five weeks of the court’s 1994-95 term will put Stevens’ role in sharper perspective. But this week’s 5-4 decision in a constitutional show down over congressional term limits is the session’s most significant work so far.
And it was Stevens who authored the term-limits decision.
Justice Harry A. Blackmun’s retirement last year and the court’s changing dynamics have made the largely apolitical Stevens, appointed by Gerald Ford in 1975, its most liberal member.
More importantly, Blackmun’s departure gave Stevens the seniority privilege of choosing who writes for the court in any case in which Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is in dissent.
Those close to him say Stevens, best known for his
polite but penetrating questions from the bench and his fondness for bow ties, is enjoying his promotion in the seniority ranks.
By high-court standards, he’s barely out of middle age at 75. Three of the last four justices to retire were in their 80s when they left.
So far in the 1994-95 term, Rehnquist has been a dissenter in IO of the 53 signed decisions announced — including the ruling that barred states and Congress from imposing term limits on members of Congress without changing the Constitution.
Stevens hasn’t been shy about calling his own number when it’s his time to assign an opinion-writing task for the majority. He also wrote for a 5-4 majority when the court made it easier for state prison inmates to get federal court hearings on their claims of innocence.
And Stevens wrote for the court in one of two key free-speech decisions in which he controlled the opinion-writing assignments.
. "We may be seeing a change,” says Daniel Farber, a University of Minnesota law professor who worked
as a law cleric for Stevens in the 1976-77 term. "The justice appears to be more responsive to the views of those whose votes are needed to obtain a majority of five.”
In both 5-4 decisions he wrote, Stevens’ opinion was joined by Justices David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Brayer.
In the term-limits decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy provided the crucial fifth vote. In the inmate-appeals case, the fifth vote belonged to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
In each case, the court's conservative bloc — Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas — dissented, joined by either O’Connor or Kennedy.
One barometer of Stevens’ influence may be the court’s decisions, expected in the next five weeks, in a pair of voting-rights cases from Georgia and Louisiana. The court is being asked in each to clarify what role race can play in drawing election districts.
Just two years ago, a 5-4 court led by O’Connor likened congressional districts designed to benefit racial minorities to “political apartheid.” The court stunned and enraged the civil rights community by saying such districts might violate white voters’ rights.
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Fnday, May 26, the 146th day of 1995. There are 219 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 26, 1868, the Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal as the Senate fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction.
On this date:
In 1521, Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.
In 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned king of Italy.
In 1865, arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.
In 1913, Actors’ Equity Association was organized.
In 1940, the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, during World War ll began.
In 1960, UN Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accused the Soviets of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that had been presented to the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
In 1969, the Apollo IO astronauts
returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.
In 1977, George H. Willig scaled the outside of the South Tower of New York’s World Trade Center; he was arrested at the top of the 110-story building.
In 1978, the first legal casino in the eastern U.S. opened in Atlantic City, NJ.
In 1981,14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.
In 1991, a Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashed in Thailand, killing all 223
Ten years ago: Danny Sullivan won the Indianapolis 500,
Five years ago: Soviet maverick politician Boris N. Yeltsin failed in a second round of voting to win the presidency of the Russian Federation (however, he succeeded in a third round of balloting three days later).
One year ago: President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced his administration would no longer link China’s trade status with its human rights record. Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominicar Republic.