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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfels HerdklZeitung July o pinions Dave Editor and GeneralManager Susan Managing Editor BURGERS Ellen Goodman Andy Rooney Ballet is an interesting experience When they announced that Darci Kistler would be replaced by someone else and people in the audience muttered their strong I knew I didnt I was the person in the audience at the New York City Ballet performance at the Saratoga Per forming Arts Center the other night and I didnt disapprove of Darcis failure to appear because Id never heard of The who love the ballet make the people who love the Chicago Cubs or bull fighting seem pale by All of us tend to dislike things we dont Every on our annual cultural trip to I am uneasy about not understanding the ballet not liking it very The event in Saratoga takes place in a open shed which you get to by walking down a sloping On the lawn above the roof people spread blankets and beach These are the cheap seats of are not seats at all and not very cheap but the people sitting on the lawn seem sublimely happy and at peace with the If you had to pick a crowd of people most different from the rioting Liverpudlian soccer youd pick this group of ballet Even the people at the ticket gates are cor teous and As I stood by the gatej a man came up to the ticket taker and said he was part of a group that had come by bus from a nearby They were to have dinner in restaurant on the grounds and then to go to the This man had been separated from his group and didnt have his The employee at the gate went into the picked up the telephone and was trying to help this ballet fan when I Try that at a baseball park or rock When I watch a football game on I often turn down the sound to eliminate hearing the an nouncers tell me things I can see and understand for At the I feel the need to have a balletomane equivalent of Frank Gifford sitting next to rue to explain the I am impressed with the great athleticism of many of the men and women on stage but I do not understand what it is theyre trying to Ballet is the most muscular of the performing The performer build some of the same muscles as Because of the the whirling moves and the contortions the dancers bodies have to ballet produces many almost perfect The men seem to make out better than the woman in this Heavy thigh and calf muscles do more for the appearance of the men than for the Its interesting that anything so physical has such an intellectual appeal for so many smart Fans wouldnt admit I dont but its a very sexy The bodies of both men and women are clearly revealed and the men are always taking hold of the women in socially unacceptable turning them upside down and generally handling them a It strike me as that it is the men in formfitting tights and not the women in tutus who enhance their parts the most with padded Some of the women may wear padded brassieres but all the male dancers wear what athletes like hockey goalies call a which fits into the pouch of a jock In the ballet the plastic cup produces a protuberance in the area of the crotch for a man who knows whats really down is 1 dont know whether this is a cause or a result of the fact that the audience ratio was fourto one You wont find me laughing much at It isnt my dish but in a world of terrorism and there is something reassuring about a group of people getting together to have a good time watching the animated movements to music of skilled and handsome performers on a beautiful stage on a pleasant summer Guest viewpoint Star Wars may be our best defense ByTOMLOEFFLER Repesentative The Strategic Defense or Star Wars is this nations best hope for a solution to the worldwide nuclear In terms of defending our nation in the nuclear it is only common sense to develop a strategic defense system designed to save rather than Adhere to policies of the past which seek to deter war by holding the worlds population hostage to the nuclear In his now historic Star Wars speech of President Reagan outlined a broad and aggressive research and develop ment program aimed at production of a system to defend our nation against nuclear As the President said in unveiling the Strategic Defense The human spirit must be capable of rising above dealing with other nations and human beings by threatening their Opponents of Star Wars claim that such a defensive shield or system is impossible to devise or Even ardent supporters of the Strategic Defense Initiative agree that it encompasses technologies which must be explored and Yet to suggest that we should not pursue the Strategic Defense Initiative simply because we do not possess the technology and expertise today is akin to turning back the clock to when critics claimed man would never go to the moon because the technology was recognized but Experts say that the United States has base technology on the shelf today which could be used in a strategic defense One system now under consideration by the Department of Defense would utilize a twotier The first layer would utilize existing satellite surveillance technology and non nuclear projectiles to knock out enemy missiles shortly after the missiles are launched out of the The second for which the technology is not would be designed to detect and destract missiles that have escaped the first phase and are about to reenter the atmosphere above our The simple reality of the situation is that it is far too early to determine what form the strategic defense system will it is clear that the world has for too long lived under the constant threat of nuclear In the last we approved initial funding of billion for much needed research on the Strategic Defense The President has requested billion for research and development in FY We must continue to pursue this defensive strategy with vigor and for it represents our very best hope for the total elimination of nuclear weapons and nuclear SOUWUftSTHE BUTOF l THE OF PI5A5TPOUS IJUSTCAUCP IT QUITS Reagans cancer has had positive effect BOSTON I dont know which moment was the most Was it the sudden break from the network news discussion of colon cancer and diet to the commercial for highfiber breakfast cereal Or was it the moment when the doctor took out the colonscope in all its glory and showed a television audience precisely how his colleagues looked around inside the President Or was it during the press con ference when another doctor told the media and the entire nation that the Presidents bladder catheter has been removed and hes successfully returned that function to The choices There were all sorts of strange highlights in the coverage of presidential By any there was no privacy left to the Occasionally it sounded as if someone had done a good tasteectomy on the entire I started to be grateful for small At least there was no videotape of the operation I dont At least the colonscope being brandished about on the tube was not the same one used on the Perhaps they are saving that for the Reagan By the time the man from the cancer society told ABCs Timothy Johnson how grand it was that we could now use the words blood and stool on the I was ready to But to my J think I With allowances for this excess ardor on the part of the media and a bit of obtuseness on the part of medical profession doctors tend to use phrases such as the viilous adenoma confined to the cecum of the bowel this increasing frankness about disease has been part of a healthy The rotating star the diseaseofthemonth may not be the educational ideal of the public health But it does offer a crash course to an interested When Betty Ford had a breast cancer made every news magazine Its fair to say that she promoted more checkups than a cancer society She saved In the same the number of people who knew about colon cancer second only to lung cancer has risen expotentially in seven people who couldnt even point to the colon on an anatomy may know a Dukes A from a Dukes More they may seek x This is not to suggest that Reagans illness is a great a national Cancer is hardly a social But dealing with directly and Reagans doctors opened the press conference Monday with the matter offact The President has Fifty years 25 years doctors might not have even told the patient They would only have told the country if the leader were about to die or to We are not all that far removed from the era when people could barely say the word they had to whisper There was some primal fear that the mysterious disease could be transmitted from mouth to Cancer was the c word which was equated with the But what is most notable is that this the did not elicit mass The stock market didnt it People didnt huddle into corners talking about President George Chalk it up to public relations if you Chalk it up to bulletins about the Presidents spectacular post operative course or his muchtouted or to his Or chalk it in to growing honesty and understanding about the The information about cancer has made it easier for us to speak frankly about it and the frankness in turn has reduced the We seem to have that cancer isnt one illness and universally fatal one at Its many with even more varied In this most prominent the doctors gave good odds to the President and the media gave them in and therefore Having his inards discussed in public is a fair enough price for public With the President like most cancer go back to The change in our attitudes toward cancer will make that a lot His own attitude is sure to make it easier for the next person with the same As for his is likely to After the Presidents surgeon has a Hes an amateur accomplished at pulling things out of a Your representatives Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg Washington 20515 Was Sweeney Guadajupe County House 0f Representatives
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