Truth will come

Are we to believe that a reasonable and responsible man such as Roy E. Neuman (Letters, March 19) is afraid America is in danger of becoming a fascist state?

It sounds as though some members of the NRA have been made a tad bit uneasy by their recent loss of support on Capitol Hill.

This pro-Davidian anti-government stance is surprising to me. Especially since a few years ago many in this area praised to high heaven those two efficient government agents and constitutional molesters, Ronald Reagan and Lt. Col. Oliver North.

I guess it’s how you read the document. Did they interpret the Constitution like Koresh interpreted his Bible? Perhaps

Most of us adults have at one time or another sworn to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We did not say to preserve, protect, defend and circumvent, or re-interpret to fit personal circumstances.

Maybe it’s the mixture of religion, “revenooers” and rifles that have many confused. There is no need to be, though. Nor is there a reason to choose sides nor castigate well-meaning government agencies. We can all keep our own private rifles and religious views. And a kind of truth will come out eventually. Perhaps it will even be rapturous.

David L. Dobbs


History’s lesson

Rowland Nethaway in his March 6 column attacking gun “nuts” and their basic distrust of central government, asked, “What am I missing here?”

What you are missing, sir, is an understanding of history’s lessons. Our forefathers grew up in a culture built on solid democratic principles and rights, only to see them eliminated through “democratic process” by a central government.

We face the same situation today. Unfortunately, many in America are so far removed from their roots that they no longer understand the reason for basic provisions of the Constitution, and its distrust of governmental power.

The reason for the right to bear arms was to empower the citizenry to rise up and resist their government if it gets too out of hand. England tried to disarm our citizens, remember? Every communist or dictatorial government must first disarm its citizens before it has absolute power.

Many today want this protection overthrown in their race to surrender their rights and responsibilities to central government.

If they win, then our children may be forced to fight another war to relearn what our Founding Fathers had to fight to learn; that absolute power corrupts absolutely

Bradley Hargove


Soothing music

In phone conversations from Boston to L.A., people were asking, “What in the world is going on in Whack-O?”

Last Thursday evening (March 4), as the tragedy of Mount Carmel continued on, the gorgeous melodic lines of Smetana, Mendelssohn and Brahms successfully diverted our attention away from our sad headlines.

This past week we had house guests who were lavish in their praise of our orchestra, our city, our weather and our friends. I felt great pride for the accomplishments of the Waco Symphony Orchestra.

Through the years I’ve heard many lovely programs, but none affected me as completely as last Thursday’s. Music is a very powerful art form — it can lead men to war, it can also calm and soothe. I needed the soothing that the WSO provided last week

Kurt Kaiser


Of more interest

I have to agree with the people who are writing to you saying that the Tribune-Herald is irresponsible in the reporting of what is going on at Mount Carmel. The thousands upon thousands of words written about someone that a lot of people do not really care about could have been better spent on local investigative reporting.

The Tribune-Herald could have been reporting on local issues that affect the people of Waco and surrounding communities. Articles that people are interested in reading about.

The Tribune-Herald could run an entire week of investigative reporting on the impact the proposed Lost River Planned Urban Development will have on the people of Woodway and other communities.

Your reporters could investigate and report the impact upon the school system, the police and fire departments. How many more building inspectors, sewer maintenance personnel, water personnel? What sewer trunk and collector lines have to be built to support a development this size?

How much will it cost and who is going to pay? What about the roads? I have just mentioned a week’s worth of articles that can be reported and published that will have a local interest. Sensationalizing the news does not have to be the Tribune-Herald’s style. Let’s report the items that are of an interest to this community.

Fred Ouellette


Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part 2 appeared in print, the ATF raided the group's compound.

Read the Tribune-Herald’s account of the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993. Four ATF agents and six in the compound were killed in the gunfight.

Read the daily news accounts of the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Elk, which began Feb. 28 and lasted until April.

April 19 and beyond: FBI agents began inserting canisters of tear gas into the Branch Davidian compound in the early morning hours. By noon, it was on fire.

Federal officials left the compound site in late May 1993. As identifications of bodies continued, questions about the survivors, the compound and the cult itself began to emerge.

As the world began to take a critical look back at the events and legal proceedings continue, the ATF's bombshell report forces a shakeup at the top after the raid gone "tragically wrong."

In 1994, the surviving Davidians went on trial in San Antonio. Over six weeks, more than 140 witnesses testified, with the verdict coming just two days prior to the anniversary of the ATF raid.

The Rodenville shootout and the 1988 trial, the end of the world in 1959 and more stories from deep in the Trib archives.