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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions dave K RAME R, Editor and Publisher WANDA LASATER, Acting Managing Editor Page 4A Herald-ZettunQ New Braunfels Texas Friday November 13 198 Other views Here is a sampling of editorial opinion from around the state: Ginsburg scars teflon President Reagan, stung by the impending rejection of his then-Supreme Court nominee. Robert Berk. promised to find a replacement the Senate liberals would dislike just as much as Bork Ironically, he found a replacement who had trouble with the conservative senators, not the liberals Douglas H Ginsburg. the new nominee, revealed that he has smoked marijuana The president found himself in the position of defending someone who admits using an illegal drug, and Nancy Reagan w as in the position of having to give a forced smile about a nominee who didn't take her program s advice ‘ Just Say No." It was too much, and on Saturday. Ginsburg withdrew his name from consideration It is a pretty sad commentary on the competence of the president and his administration The Teflon is wearing off this president and his staff and it is not a pretty sight It can only be hoped that now that the Ginsburg nomina tion has gone the way of the Bork nomination at least Ginsburg avoided the full embarrassment of Senate rejection that the White House will make an actual effort at looking into the background of the next nominee before sending his name over to the Senate Austin Amencan-Statesman Reform Texas judiciary The Texas Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling on the internationally infamous case of Texaco vs Pennzoil And it did so w ithout hearing oral arguments from Texaco The Texas Supreme Court would have done itself and the state a favor had it at least listened to the arguments Clearly, the astonishing size of the punitive damages awarded Pennzoil were seemingly out of proportion And the fact that both sides have made large contributions to judges involved, including those presently sitting on the Supreme Court, makes the Texas judicial system look like it is for hire Maybe the Texas courts have properly applied New York law But with judges vacuuming up money from the lawyers appearing before them no one can be sure It is time for Texans to think long and hard about the quality of their judiciary and the wisdom of forcing their judges to run for office like common politicians If Texas is lo offer a standard of judicial ex eellence a new system of selecting judges must be adopted Dallas Morning News Performances Iustify hoopla With all the attention given to the opening of Houston s new Wortham Theater Center it seemed that the reality could not conceivably live up to the advanced billing Guess again The theater itself has been con troversial Professional critics and audiences have expressed opinions that tended toward the extremes of love or hate However, there can be little doubt about the building s permanent tenants — Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Both companies have attracted critics and patrons from around die world with per formances that have been well-attended — sometimes sold out — and very well received Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet's performances so far this season justify all the hoopla, effort and expense Houston Chronicle Japan's leader's first steps Noburo Takeshita isn t the leader C S leaders would have picked for Japan But if the new Japanese prime minister s friendly overtures so far are any indication, the United States may look toward satisfactory relationships with that country He was confirmed as prime minister Friday Takeshita. former Finance Minister of Japan, doesn't have much international experience But he has wisely put some of that strength in his government For example, the appointment of Shintaro Abe as Liberal Democratic Party president not only brings Abe's experience as two-term foreign minister but also helps en sure party unity Takeshita also has announced he intends to visit W ashington in January He will discuss promoting economic growth in Japan and opening Japanese markets, both of which the United States encourages Gone are the days of the first name basis President Reagan and Nakasone enjoyed when working out differences between the two coun tries But with a firm alliance of party factions and the new prime minister’s seeming w lllingness to work for economic reform. U S Japanese relations could continue to improve Kl Paso Times Puzzling syndrome Just what is it with the Republican Party presidential con tenders and the United Auto Workers anyway*’ You really have to wonder Last month. Vice President George Bush brought the wrath of the I AW down upon his head when during a swing through Europe he tossed off a remark to the effect that a few skill ed Soviet tank mechanics might be just the ticket for helping Introit out of its doldrums The L AW reacted apoplectically Bush issued a fervent apology and that you might have thought, would have been that But no Last week another GDP hopeful former televangelist Pat Robertson suggested in the course of a campaign trip to Michigan that one in four auto assembly line workers is a drug user Robertson subsequently said that he wasn t singling out auto workers for criticism but was instead address mg the problem of drugs in society generally If nothing else all of this would seem to suggest that the Democrats aren t the only ones capable of pull mg pratfalls on the campaign trail Corpus Christi Caller Time* The Bakker's farewell Jim and Tammy Bakker s "Farewell — For Now" tour has been postponed and all concerned should rejoice The Bakkers said the decision was made so as not to distract from new management at PTI. The fact that only a few tickets were sold might also have played a role They were sc heduled to appear at The Summit Nov 27 Ticket sales there were "in the low hundreds " a spokesman said That reflects positively on our city The Bakkers are an embarrassment to evangelism The less seen of them the better Hvrald-Zeitung Published Sunday morning. Tuesday, Wednesday. Thursday and Enday att* moons by Wen Braunfels Herald Ze Hung, 707 I.anda St or P (J limner it 13’id, St u Braunfels, texas 78131 IS28 Secoud Class postage fund by .Vt u Braun)* Is Herald Zt Hung at Seu Braunfels, Texas UA Vin KRAMER Editor and Publishe r WASHA LASA TEH Acting Managing Editor DEBORAH LA WRES CE Office Manager SASH! HUTTER Retail Advt rtismg Manager CHERYL DUVALL Classified Manager ( ARUI. A VERY Circulation Managt r MAI UHE LOMBARDO C(imposition Eon man (it'S ELBEL pressroom Eure man f arrier delivery in Comal, (iuadalupe, Hays. Blanco and Kendall counties three months, $10 25, six months, $17 90; an* gear, $32. Senior ('linens Discount learner delivery onlyI six months, $14 90, one year, $27 00, Mail delivery outsuie Comal County. i« Texas three months $18 00; six months, $32. one year $60 Mail outside Texas six months. $42. 'me year. $70 ti you have not received your newspaper by 5 30 p m Tuesday through Erulay, or by 7 30 am Sunday, call 625 91*4 or 658 1900 by 7 pm ami ll am respectively Postmaster Send address changes to PO Drau er 311328, \eu Braunfels. Texas 78131 1328 VIL’LL MT mi To SIL IF WL CAM QiDL IT OUT. TWI PREAS IS feOlMCj TO LOVE. THIS OML. CA v ^    xx    t'oui). IT WAS A MISTAKE., AM    IN JUDGMENT I CAN SEE THAT NOW... But I HUO!) it WAS K    * ITX OttC Mike Royko Ginsburg got it from both sides My conservative friend Grump gave me ms most menacing scowl as I took the nex’ bar stool Not one word about it he '■aid I wan you I'm capable of violence What in the world do you mean "’i ou know exactly what I'm talking »t*>ut you low life pinko I know what your mentions are Your hope to provoke me Honest I thought we might talk about Sun day s football games Nonsense* It s obvious that you to gloat about the defeat of Douglas Ginsburg Oh that A tragic event It s preposterous that a man s career his life s work should In* judged by a few moments of youthful folly I mean vou go to a party somebody passes you a roach are you going to tie a party pooper Set* I knew you would try to provoke me You are taking the words right out of my mouth But you are insincere Not at all I mean what I say \ few puffs of marijuana in years past shouldn't have dis qualified him Just about everyone from his generation tried it lf we applied the pot smoking standard to all Americans younger than 45 few could practice law or medicine hold p obi ii of flee write columns or preach from the pulpit For that frisky unwashed generation it was the* illegal substance of choice "Exactly But if that is true which it is why was Ginsburg deprived of Hr* opportunity of tie mg judged on the basis of his intellect and his grasp of the Constitution'’ Why did you liberal jackals drag him down (or having engaged in a leisure time activity that was common among his peers Blat got him rn sen ativ e our great I' if law and The answer ti the literals who did it 5 ou com so admirably faithful to your rn views you did him in t s What are you talking at • tfiserva’ ves sn- ? .I' F    : M«*« nominated t**v a us** he s    a true    i a wishy washy imitation \nd a dent said he is a true advocate order Ah but It was the lst<erals who detended itw* impulsiveness of inhaling a bit of brain addling smoke Kememtier Joe    Bitten    Hr*    literal senator was one o( the first to    sjR*ak    rn Ginsburg % tR-huii Vnd Bidets even used his ow? words in saying th** pot issue was irrelevant Hall Naturally Buien would say that He s just a shallow youth He probably smoked '.he foul weed at one time or another hin.seif Vnd he s always cuddling up to th** viRjth vote That may tie so But consider that some members of the AULL not a favorite cooser v alive organization a1 so defended Iitnsbufg so did many other Literal politicians and or ga rn. a lions Naturally They were just trying lo make Ginsburg look (tail tty giving him Hair support y OU mean It was a Literal plot Of course I could -rh* it developing The mo men! the marijuana business came out all Ha* liberals leaped to his defense I tR*y knew that would make him look bad to Hr* conserv alives Ah very devious of them Bv defending him they were trying to destroy him ’ Sure Hr* liberal plot was obvious to every or with any brains Hut it was Hr* conservatives who pulled the pressured him ti withdraw vare but that was only after Hie ht*-r* exposed his use cif marijuana Hut the press couidn tg have expo**-: * J aa na Us*- lf tie ha In t a* *ua v .s*-* * t.iruburg did admit it some -af f * * ** . v afd law sc heal! pals even said he f r,*ug*' stuff to parties Wed why iou lr t th*- \ tv- * a.. mouths shut at ■nit it He a us*- if they hudn t reveals! **« \alives wouidn t have sn* ar that ** « v a* wittingly nominating as * - thr sup Court who used to smoke tag Who cares if ta* did I* a,*- * trivia n Hight that s what Jo* H.vlen sa I Hulett is an idiot But lf Boleti is all Idiot Why did Hr valives pressure u mshurg lo withdraw lk*i aas* we ft- against p\a    *    . Ism t you listen to anything Na??< > say-motto is Say net I ft that case vin should ta* pleased that pot smoking w as ex jms*st sjuee a Na! ta illegal and wrong Don t ta* silly Vs we agreed ear *-r big deal tas aux* almost evervt»*lv w..v • in those days Did you of course rail I never smoked that a r trash in my life It is illegal ated immoral kind of liberal weakling Jo vou think I an I apologer Would you like alioth* ma Ves Arui make* it a double with two ti I rn getting hungrv W fiat The Houston 1*091 Supreme Court nomination Kennedy clears first hurdles to confirmation WASHINGTON AP» Anthony M Kennedy s Supreme Court nomination is clearing early obstacles to Senate confirmation, with a conner vative Republican dropping potential opposition and a leading Democrat declaring ‘‘his prospec ts are good” Kennedy's nomination was in even tietter shape Thursday than when it began the day before as a new spmt of cooperation pervaded the White House and Congress after two earlier nominees failed In a great relief to Kennedy and the White House prominent conservative Sen Jess** Helms. R N!’., declared after meeting with nominee, "I think he ll make a fine memlR*r of the Supreme Court ” Helms, who two weeks ago left the impression he could filibuster against the federal appellate judge said he wouldn’t make a final decision un til the Senate Judiciary’ Committee completed confirmation hearings But Helms said he felt "very comfortable after meeting the 51 yearned jurist from Sacramento Calif "He's a very impressive gentleman." Helms said "I was pleased with what I heard President Reagan also met with Helms to reassure him about Hr* nomination Reagan also chatted amiably with Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph R Biden Jr D Del who led the successful fight to defeat Hr* first nominee for Hr* court vacancy. Robert H Bork Reagan s second nominee appellate judge Douglas Ii Ginsburg asked Hr* president to withdraw his name last Saturday atter Ginsburg s admission of past marijuana us** Biden said Reagan requested early confirma Hon hearings anti the senator told reporters In* would try to comply "I know of no one who wants lo move this slowly." he said And Biden added that "his prospects are good based on what we’ve read and heard so far" from judges students taught by Kennedy in law school and attorneys But he cautioiR*d UR*re is much still unknown about his more than 4uu writ ten opinions anti pointed out an American Bar Association rev lew and comphrensive KHI checks are weeks from completion Biden said he and the comm!tee'I ranking Republican. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, would meet with Hr* Senate leadership on a hearing timetable ami then sit down ‘‘sometime .hie! of sUif| next week with VV tut** House Howard ll Baker Jr Thurmond who met with Reagan along auh Biden predicted that conservatives in general would support Kennedy even though Ihur mond said two weeks ago that some conder valives were uneasy with Kennedy s record as a conservative judge Kennedy was busy Thursday making courtesy calls on ( apiin! Hill During a meeting aith Senate Republican I Rader Bob Dole of Kansas ami otlR*r GOP leaders KeniRHly said I like this It s been wonderful " Ihurmond said he was not awareot anything in Kennedy s background that would surprise senators bul tie added "You iR*ver can tell Dole said The Senate s ready to move ahead I don t see any partisanship " KeniRHly also met with Senate Majority leader Robert C Byrd D VA Va Kennedy told Reagan ami FBI investigators there was nothing lurking in his past White House Spokesman Marlin Fit/water said Among other things FBI agents luoked into kennedy s one lime position as a lobbyist for a liquor distiller, a record company and opticians * ;