New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitution of government.
Dave Kramer, Editor and General Manager Haire, Managing Editor
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Prison gangs understand force
Once of th»* 'tr .ingest peace treaties of all time has tx ‘*n proposed by leaders of two Hispanic ’ornate gang', as a means of ending <i sometimes blixxi, recruiting war by the (hat has k**pl the st ale
prison system in turmoil for months Even though th proposal tppears to have be«*n taken s**r musty by p**o pie who should kno* better it is still ridiculous The rival gangs. *h<-'<* members have been responsible for a number of prisoner killings in recent months, have demonstrated th* only authority they i ecogni/e is forc e Prison offi< ials ar* fully c apahle of dealing vt itll these gangs Aithout humiliating themselves by discuss mg peace treaties Officials know what must ire done We hope* they < ontlnue doing it
Comet should be fun
The visit by Hailey s c ornet should be a lot of fun Just think of all the I shirt slogans and souvenir junk thai will be pro
duced for our amusement and so meone's profit Just think of the conversational opportunities “Seen Hailey s yet?” Who will be the first in your neighborhood to spot the comet ?
I- inaliy the guy whose hobby has kept him up nights gazing at stars .cill have his day Any and all astronomers will be interviewed
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The big push to raise national education levels has resulted in some I ’I billion state tax money being targe ted for colleges and universities this year This represents a two-year gain of 19 perc ent in money earmarked for education by the states
The only state that did not register a gain was Texas, with figures showing a three* percent drop in money for education Meanwhile. Alabama, a traditionally poor state, increased its spending for education a whopping 53 percent,
Still, there remains the nagging question of why the state, on one hand goes all out with studies and
committees to improve education, and on the other gets downright stingy when the time < omes to dig up the cash
No one wants to pa, more taxes, vet almost everyone wants tatter schools and tx**ter education fbi tb**ir children
“Sickening * is one Anre! to describe the hijacking incident on the island of Malta Hijac ker representing a little-known group called Egypt’s Revolution commandeer an Athens to < airn flight murder one American passenger and shoot two others in the head Im* fore dumping them out of the* plane then they realize* th** Boeing*.7 is teeing stormed by Egyptian commandos They hurl hand grenades at the passengers
Neither, we fear does retaliation But tiow do vu* t><*i after these people with both barrels." as Secretary Of State George* Schulz suggested?
Ifs certainly less It in satisfying,
but we would suggest that getting after these people, effectively, has more to do with prevention than it does with retaliation It involves international cooperation, aggressive intelligence gathering, stepped-up airport security and a commitment to better understand the culture from which these atrocities emanate
San Antonio light
'Bible chair' gets support
Nu matter how much pressure it may get from church leaders, the 1'niversity of Texas should stand by its decision to reform its antiquated Bible chair" system, under which various denominations have paid people to teach religion courses. Although its defenders see it as an amicable arrangement beneficial to both religion and public education, the system actually has blurred the constitutionally mandated lines separating church and state and needs to be eliminated,
The Dallas Times Herald
Congress needs to consider new gun law
Among the freedoms which our forefathers included in the < (MistHutton was the right of ail citizens to keep and bear arms Having won a revolution which was stalled by everyday citizens who had armed themselves again-* a tjrant king the founding fathers wisely enumerated this right in the Second Amendment This basic rigid was eroded however, by passage of tie Gun Con trot Act in l'x>8 Prompted by a large nationwide crime inc re a se < 'ongress in the Gun Control Act restricted ownership and use of firearms In stead of cutting crime, however the Gun Control Act actually bande upped law abiding citizens against the onslaught of violent crime In the four years following passage of the act, handgun homicides actually went up 50 percent and handgun rob
bermes tripled The rights of honest citizens seeking to u-< firearms for sport or pro ted inc have been limited by the Gun Control Act hor example under the act it is not a federal offense to sell a firearm to a convicted felon, but or-dinary citizens w itll no prior criminal record are subject to federal penalties for inadvertent violations of gun laws
I tx- Gun Control Act discriminates * grossly against honest citizens that we need a law to protect their rights. I am cosponsoring legislation in Congress to throw the weight of the law against law breakers not against law abiding citizens HR 2420, the Firearm Owners* Protection Act, would refocus the federal firearms enforcement effort away from the bureaucratic regulation of peaceful
citizens toward the apprehension, speedy prosecution and sure punish ment of ciminals.
The bill prohibits the sale of a firearm to a convicted f* Ion by an unlicensed individual It also pro vides a coordinated consistent definition of those who would la pro hibited from receiving, possessing and transporting firearms, unlike current law.
For law-abiding gun owners, the bill loosens the regulatory noose around their necks. Ii prohibits gun registration, requires criminal intent lie proved before a person can Im* con veicted of firearms violations, allows importation of sprl firearms and transportation of stored, unloaded firearms through ‘ gun control" jurisdictions
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repeal sensible laws which ensure that guns are used properly. It redirects gun controls where they tM*long on Hie criminal, not on the law abiding majority of gun owners.
This (‘ongress marks the third time in five years this legislation has cleared the Senate only to languish
To ensure that this vital legislation receives a fair hearing, I have signed a petition to discharge the Judiciary Committee from considering the bill and send to directly to the House Hour For too long, legitimate owners of firearms have been under the thumb of gun control laW that punishes the innocent nd protects the guilty That is not the way justice should work, it is not what our founding fathers intended, and Congress must act to correct it.
I just glanced through a new book about the late Murray "The Carnel" Humphrey, a prominent Chicago gangster with whom I once had a brief conversation as he was coming out of a courtroom "I said "Murray, can I ask you about the..."
And he said: "Bugoff. punk ”
When I got to the part of the book that described Humphrey as a financial and political wizard and told how his genius led to the successful expansion of the Crime Syndicate, I passed the book on to the literary scrutiny it deserved — the wastebasket That’s the trouble with most of the writing and reporting that s been done about people like Humphrey. Al Capone and the other names In organized crime.
The authors aren t content with ap predating these men for the rare quality that brought them great financial success their willingness to maim, maul and kill Instead, they portrayed them as men who are really not much different than other successful businessmen And they often give them titles like "chairman of the board." "operating director" and soon And they credit them with executive and economic skills beyond those of any Harvard M B A But all you have to do is follow the dying confessions of Roy Williams, the former president of the Teamsters Union who is squealing in order to stay out of prison, and you’ll see that ifs never been executive skills that made the mugs successful Oh. they were involved in payoffs, kickbacks, rigged union votes, huge loans from the Teamsters’ pension funds, and other deals that sounded sophisticated But there s nothing to that Any sharp CPA or lawyer can structure a deal if all the parties are willing It’s persuading everybody to be willing that’s the secret of the mugs' success
And that secret can be described in three little words. "I’ll kill you ”
When you think about it, the willingness to say those words and the sense of purpose to follow them up can give a person one heck of a business advantage.
lf you’re a salesman, you have to depend on your charm, glibness, knowledge* of product, energy, powers of persuasion and sense of timing to close a deal And you still might not make it.
How much simpler to say:
’We got a deal?”
"I don’t think so " i ll kill you.”
"Hey, we got a deal ”
If you’re a businessman, you probably have competition.
To beat your competitors, you might have to improve the product, think of a new and better marketing strategies, research amd develop, in
novate. expand. And even then, they might outdo you.
But the Cerones and Accardos and the others don’t bother with all that.
Somebody wants to compete and they say:
"Find another line of work ”
"But I like this one."
"Iii kill you.”
"Come to think of it. I’m due for a mid life career change "
If you’re in business, you might have to deal with people who don’t pay their bills or fulfill an agreement.
So you have to nag them, deal with collection agencies, or take them to court.
Not these guys They just say:
"Your note is overdue "
"My check is in the mail."
"Iii kill you "
Let’s go to my bank ”
Most of the complex problems that corporate executives must confront are resolved so much easier When there s a corporate takeover attempt, we see proxy fights, lawsuits, buy-outs, buy-backs and all the other strategies But when Jimmy Hoffa decided that he was going to to come out of retirement and try a takeover of the Teamsters, they just said the three little words Then they did it
Disgruntled or unreliable employees are a chronic problem for corporations To cope, the corporations hire personnel experts and psychologists, and pipe in the sound of tropical rain When Allen Dorfman became an unreliable employee, his associates didn’t bother with personnel directors or psycholigists.
They sent in the guys who wear ski masks in summer.
And how else could they he expected to do business? That s the way they learned it Most of them came out of the West Side of Chicago, and as mere lads developed an appreciation for the law of supply and demand If you had a supply of something they wanted, they put a gun to your ribs and demanded it.
Businessmen think in terms of hedges against inflation, hedges against shortages, hedges against inventory.
When these guys speak of hedges, they mean some foliage next to a driveway from which a shotgun can be fired
So don’t be taken in when you read about the business acumen and finanacial wizardry of that crowd Just remember what the Chicago police captain said when he was approached by an economics student who intended to do a deep, scholarly study on how the mob acheived its wealth and power.
He asked the police captain for sug gestions on where to start his research The cop told him: “A gun shop.”
Rep. Tom Loeffler
Sen. Phil Gramm
United States Senate
Washington D C., 20510
1212 Long worth
House Office Bldg Washington, D C. 20515
Gov. Mark White Governor's Office Room 200 State Capitol
Rep. Edmund Kuempel
Austin, Texas 78701
of Representatives P.O.Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769
Sen. JohnTraeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Austin, Texas 78711
Rep. Mac Sweeney
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen
United States Senate
Room 240 Russell Bldg
Washington, D.C., 20515
Washington, D.C. 20610