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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas                                Opinions DAVID Editor and Publisher JANINE Managing Editor Page 4 New Texas February 1991 HvraldZtitung Published Thursday and Friday afternoons by New Braunfels 707 Landa or Drawer New Texas Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels HeraldZeitung at New DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN LONE BEASLEY Managing Editor Advertising Director CHERYL DuVALL Business Manager KAREN REININGER Classified Manager CAROL ANN AVERY Circulation Manager GUS ELBEL Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivery in Blanco and Kendall counties three six one Senior Citizens Discount carrier delivery six Mail delivery outside in Texas three six one Mail outside Texas six one If you have not receivedyour newspaper by Tuesday through or by call 6259144 or 6581900 by 7 and 11 Postmaster Send address changes to Drawer New Texas Janine Green Forum Letter policy The HeraldZeitung welcomes correspondence concerning topics of gen eral All letters must be signed and include an address and telephone number for verification purposes only the name and community of resi dence will accompany the letter in No anonymous letters will be Length is limited to 300 words and letterwriters to acceptance for publication only once per The newspaper reserves the right to refuse any letter as well as edit all The letters become the property of the Letters should be sent to New Braunfels Drawer New Texas or brought to our offices at 707 Compliment the changes Editor I wish to compliment the changes that have become evident in New Braunfels These changes include the more attractive front page fewer stories with jumps to successive a new let ter a more readable opinion quality photographs on the front page many times of and area Your editorial in Sun days paper wellwritten and diverse a personal accolades to a public official and an opinion on the world I would like to respond to one of Sundays letters stating the Educa tion page is just public relations for the schools it doesnt provide any Please continue filling the newspaper with public relations of our young people whether it be about National Merit Scholar final DAR Citizenship and DECA or athletic and literary Continue to spotlight Continue printing stories about the multitude of community business parents and retired citizens who volunteer their time in partnership with the schools helping students experience academic suc These people realize that the children using one of your photo our our our Arent student accomplishments newsworthy for their grand parents and teachers who daily guide them in being our leaders and contri butors to society Please dont the minority of law violators among the youth or whats wrong with our schools dominate the HeraldZeitung We get bombarded with these things daily in the nationalnews and thus often lose A visit to our schools will demonstrate that the Education page only features a small portion of what could be very newsworthy I look forward to your continued support of the school systems in Com al Linda Schlather New Braunfels Thanks for the flag Thank you for the twopage flag display in the 10 While walking in my I have seen so many copies in the windows Helgas Ice Haus of as well as posted on tiie walls at my work A very thoughtful not only as a tribute to our but a lovely gift to your Very nice Virginia Pinnell New Braunfels Unwitting foreign agents Editor In our haste to demonstrate our pat riotism we are fast becoming what can best be described as unwitting intelli gence of the enemy TheHer ald recently has featured stories about departing servicepersons and pen pal Apparently this activity is spreading across the country and is one that should be causing some con cern to the intelligence Many who have served in the armed forces have been trained in bas ic methodologies of gathering intelli gence about an On the face of such low level intelligence may seem harmless to the casual But it is As Social Security military dates of birth and marital statuses of our military personnel are gathered and placed on everexpanding the basis of hard intelligence begins to More can be gleaned from such lists than the untrained per son would care to It is devastat ing to the prisoner of war who has steadfastly revealed only DOB and SSAN to have his captors discuss the names and locations of family members and details of their when deployment is made family members remain ing behind can be put at risk due to the vulnerability of being alone while tending the home During World War there was a phrase that conveyed the warning about open discussion of troop move ments Loose lips sink An updated version is Hot Dont talk about the deploy ment of a loved Please understand that supporting our troops with letters and packages keeps their morale Write them in care of Any Service Person using the New York APO If the person receiving your letter writes keep military information about them confidential retired New Braunfels Birthdays art always good news Wed like to wish you a happy But we at the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung wont be able to do that without a little help from Well be accepting submissions for a Happy Birthday listing in our daily Stammtisch col umn so call and tell us it is your or that of someone you care One thing about birthdays despite protesta tions from they are always good In this day and we can use as much good news as we can When making friends and building one of the first bits of information we exchange is when we were An acknowledgement of our natal day is an affirmation of our a celeb ration of our presence on Birthdays are good conversation My first day in the Herald office just happened to be one of those milestone I had cele brated with friends in Midland a bit the even ing before the moving van arrived to carry my household goods to New A few sent cards or gifts to be opened on the special I opened half at breakfast and left the others among the bags and boxes of my new an incentive to have a good I was trying to ignore the event and get on with the New jobs involve lots of and the Heralds office manager noticed the todays date and date of birth lines on the forms I was filing had several numbers in Her cheerful and unexpected Happy Birthday was a nice way to start the But she didnt let it rest By there was a vase of flowers on my desk and a card signed by all my new office Their signatures and cheerful greetings smiled out at giving me my first glimpse of the people and personalities who would be inhabiting a significant portion of my everyday Each had taken the time to make me a pan of their their working Let us help you build on the sense of community that already shines so strongly in New Call let us share in the birthday greetings you give and in those you If the response is as good as we well be including in a good light the name of each and every New Braunfels resident in our news col umns at least once a Call our reception desk to have a birthday placed in the next days Well try to group Sunday and Monday birthdays in Sundays and Fri day and Saturday birthday on Happy birthdaf Were glad youre a part of the Herald Jtnlnc Green In managing editor of the Ntw Braunfelj Htrald THISOQllATtRAL DAMA6EYYASONLV FOUR YEARS OLD Mike Royko Television bringing real war into American homes It took a but American TV viewers finally got a look at what real war looks Not briefing generals calmly recit ing sortie sleek fighter planes roaring into the wild blue yon golden rockets lighting up the night sky like a fireworks film of bridges that suddenly turn into something like inb This lime it was the real stuff dead bodies of women and charred beyond recognition and laid out on pavement the faces of family members contorted with grief young men in hospital burnt skin peel ing from their It was a tragic our military and I dont doubt We have nothing to gain by intentionally kill ing In its bad public relations because much of the world will sec it and say that were the bad On the other the rest of the world will probably be less shocked that most Thats because just about every major and many of the small know firs thand about the misery of Theyve had it in their own back Any Ger Italian or Pole who is SO years old or older knows what it is like to huddle in a basement when bombs are They know how it feels when enemy tanks roll into their cities when their homes arc turned to rubble when the bodies of their aunts or their own children arc dragged from the Iranians So do Cambo dians and Theyve all experienced at each others or at our They know that despite whatever the prevailing international rules of war may children are going to Little old men and and those in Bombs and missile dont And high tech or low theres really no such thing as a surgical Its more like whacking a butchers But as were Since the Civil weve led shel tered Bombs havent fallen on our Ships havent shelled our We dont know what its like to crawl into our basements and pray that the next one wont land on many veterans know what thats But they represent a small slice of our And even among the majority werent on the front lines and most never heard a loud Maybe thats why so many Ameri cans are quick to talk about kicking getting the job done or showing them whos Sports bar Eurpoeans dont talk that Asians They know that there is going to be what we nicely call colla teral Or in simpler dead dead women and dead They know that bold talk about kicking ass isnt appropriate when a sobbing man is holding the body of his wife or baby in his Those who have been through it are less inclined to thump their chests and spout mindless They realize that its not a TV a football game or a Sylvester Stallone Its mans most terrible endea vor and should be viewed not like a pep rally or sales Maybe its because weve been spared wars immediacy that this man called me and said Why do they keep showing that stuff about those dead people in Iraq over and over again Who cares If it was up to thered be of them I have to assume that hes in the I hope he If hes them maybe we are the bad Mike Roykoi column ii syndicated by Tribune Media Lamar Smith More state control in budget plan s That is what everyone Con trol over what happens to Con trol over how they live their With President George Bushs proposed states would gain more control over the programs they administer to The federal government is not just handing over But it is willing to transfer funding so the states can cany through with those The administrations budget calls for sending billion in federal programs fully funded back to the states for This idea has garnered bipartisan support from governors across the It is important that program admi nistration be closer to the people who will be receiving the This Will cut down on the overhead costs that cat up so much of the money set aside for programs from education to With federal government overhead nearly public programs will have more funds available for the people who need It also is important that the decisionmaking process be brought closer to the This would make the programs more responsive to the needs of those For today there is a wel fare industry in this If all of the money that was allocated to prog rams for the poor went directly to the a family of four would receive a instead of the current a year in The bureaucracy gobbles up three quarters of the welfare It is time all governments local and together to make sure taxpayer dollars are used The presidents budget has kept government spending to less than the inflation His trillion budget is only percent higher than last years In keeping with the idea that gov ernment needs to focus more on how it spends taxpayer I plan to introduce this month a resolution to cut government overhead spending by 10 or billion in the first By holding that part of the budget to the rate of inflation for another four we can cut billion from our deficit in that fiveyear With the administrations budget on he the next step is to see how Congress will Smith in RepfeicnUlive Tor Con grciiioiul DiMria which include New HERES YtfUf NOW wise SPENDING ARE VERY IMPORTANT WHEN WILL I ENOUGH TO Other voices Jordans poor posture Americans viewed with both sor row and anger comments last week by King Hussein of Jordan that slipped him from a position of neutrality tow ard a proIraqi Within a few the United States had announced it is reviewing providing million in aid to as the long one of the most proWestern stabilizing influences in the Arab as turned gradually away from his West ern he has become more popular The position of Jordan illustrated graphically what could happen in a number of Arab nations as heads of government try to steer a middle course while their Arab populations become increasingly Both government officials and average people must have a better understanding of the Arab world and the forces at work Saddam Hussein badly judged this nation and its In preparing to deal with a postwar Middle we must not make the same   

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