New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 20, 1991, Page 4

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN, Managing Editor Page 4Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, February 20, 1991Harald-teitung Published Sunday morning, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons by New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131 1328. Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels Herald Zeitung at New Braunfels, Texas. 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 Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Blanco and Kendall counties: three months, ti 0.25; six months, $17.90; one year, $32. Senior Citizens Discount (carrier delivery only): six months, $14.90; one year, $27.00. Mail delivery outside Comal County, in Texas: three months, $18.00; six months, $32; one year, $60. Mail outside Texas: six months, $42; one year, $70. If you have not received your newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by 7:30 a.m. Sunday, call 625-9144 or 658-1900 by 7 p.m. and ll a.m., respectively. Postmaster: Send address changes to P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131 1328. Janine Gr©©n Forum Letter policy The Herald-Zeitung welcomes correspondence concerning topics of general interest. All letters must be signed and include an address and telephone number for verification purposes — only the name and community of residence will accompany the letter in print. No anonymous letters will be accepted. Length is limited to 300 words and letter-writers to acceptance for publication only once per month. The newspaper reserves the right to refuse any letter as well as edit all letters. The letters become the property of the Herald-Zeitung. Letters should be sent to Forum, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328, or brought to our offices at 707 Landa. Compliment the changes Editor: I wish to compliment the changes that have become evident in New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. These changes include the more attractive front page layout, fewer stories with jumps to successive pages, a new letter policy, a more readable opinion page, quality photographs on the front page (many times of children), and “area briefs.” Your editorial in Sunday’s paper were well-written and diverse — a personal experience, accolades to a public official and an opinion on the world situation. I would like to respond to one of Sunday's letters stating ”... the Education page is just public relations for the schools — it doesn’t provide any 'news.' ” Please continue filling the newspaper with “public relations” of our young people — whether it be about National Merit Scholar finalists, DAR Citizenship and DEGA Awards, or music, athletic and literary competitions. Continue to spotlight teachers. Continue printing stories about the multitude of community business people, parents and retired citizens who volunteer their time in partnership with the schools helping students experience academic success. These people realize that the children are, using one of your photo captions, “our dreams, our goals, our futures." Aren't student accomplishments newsworthy for their parents, grandparents and teachers who daily guide [hem in being our leaders and contributors to society? Please don't allow the minority of law violators among the youth or what’s wrong with our schools dominate the Herald-Zeitung news. We get bombarded with these things daily in the national news and thus often lose perspective. 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 Comal County. Linda Schlather New Braunfels Thanks for the flag Editor: Thank you for the two-page flag display in the Feb. IO issue. While walking in my neighborhood, I have seen so many copies in the windows Helga’s Ice Haus Birthdays are always good news We’d like to wish you a happy birthday. But we at the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung won’t be able to do that without a little help from you. We'U be accepting submissions for a "Happy Birthday to... ” listing in our daily Stammtisch column — so call and tell us it is your birthday, or that of someone you care about. One thing about birthdays is, despite protestations from some, they are always good news. In this day and age, we can use as much good news as we can get. When making friends and building relationships, one of the first bits of information we exchange is when we were bom. An acknowledgement of our natal day is an affirmation of our existence, a celebration of our presence on earth. Birthdays are good conversation starters. My first day in the Herald office just happened to be (me of those “milestone” birthdays. I had celebrated with friends in Midland a bit early, the evening before the moving van arrived to carry my household goods to New Braunfels. A few sent cards or gifts to be opened on the “special day.” I opened half at breakfast and left the others among the bags and boxes of my new home, an incentive to have a good day. Otherwise, I was trying to ignore the event and get on with the training. New jobs involve lots of paperwork, and the Heralds office manager noticed the “today’s date” and “date of birth” lines on the forms I was filing had several numbers in common. Her cheerful and unexpected “Happy Birthday” was a nice way to start the day. But she didn’t let it rest there. By mid-afternoon, there was a vase of flowers on my desk and a card signed by all my new office mates. Their signatures and cheerful greetings smiled out at me, giving me of homes, as well as posted on me walls at my work place. A very thoughtful idea, not only as a tribute to our troops, but a lovely gift to your readers. Very nice! Virginia Pinned New Braunfels Unwitting foreign agents Editor: In our haste to demonstrate our patriotism we are fast becoming what can best be described as unwitting intelligence agents of the enemy! The Herald recently has featured stories about departing servicepersons and “pen pal" drives. Apparently this activity is spreading across the country and is one that should be causing some concern to the intelligence community. Many who have served in the armed forces have been trained in basic methodologies of gathering intelligence about an enemy. On the face of it, such “low level” intelligence may seem harmless to the casual observer. But it is not. As names, ranks, Social Security numbers, military addresses, dates of binh and marital statuses of our military personnel are gathered and placed on ever-expanding lists, the basis of “hard” intelligence begins to grow. More can be gleaned from such lists than the average, untrained person would care to know. It is devastating to the prisoner of war who has steadfastly revealed only name, rank, DOB and SSAN to have his captors discuss the names and locations of family members and details of their lives. Further, when deployment is made public, family members remaining behind can be put “at risk” due to the vulnerability of being alone while tending the home front. During World War II, there was a phrase that conveyed the warning about open discussion of troop movements: “Loose lips sink ships.” An updated version is “Hot scoops kill troops." Don’t talk about the deployment of a loved one. Please understand that supporting our troops with letters and packages keeps their morale high. Write them in care of “Any Service Person” using the New York APO address. If the person receiving your letter writes back, keep military information about them confidential! Paul E. Fraser Jr. LtCoi, USMC (retired) New Braunfels Mike Royko Television bringing (realy war into American homes It took a month, but American TV viewers finally got a look at what real war looks like. Not briefing generals calmly reciting sortie statistics, sleek fighter planes roaring into the wild blue yonder, golden rockets lighting up the night sky like a fireworks display, film of bridges that suddenly turn into something like inb blots. This time it was the real stuff: dead bodies of men, women and children, charred beyond recognition aid laid out on pavement; the faces of family members contorted with grief; young men in hospital beds, burnt skin peeling from their arms. It was a tragic mistake, our military says, and I don’t doubt it. We have nothing to gain by intentionally killing civilians. In anything, it's bad public relations because much of the world will sec it and say that we're the bad guys. On the other hand, the rest of the world will probably be less shocked that most Americans. That's because just about every major country, and many of the small ones, know firsthand about the misery of war. They’ve had it in their own back yards. Any Englishman, Russian, German, Frenchman, Japanese, Chinese, HERE'S YtfUff ALLOWANCE, StJNJ... MOW REMEMBER, SAVING, INVESTING, AWD WISE SPENDING ARE VERY IMPORTANT J vio*V^e<!tL6 \ Italian or Pole who is 50 years old or older knows what it is like to huddle in a basement when bombs are falling. They know how it feels when enemy tanks roll into their cities; when their homes arc turned to rubble; when the bodies of their fathers, mothers, brothers, uncles, aunts or their own children arc dragged from the rubble. Iranians know. So do Israelis, Cambodians and Vietnamese. They’ve all experienced it, at each other’s hands, or at our hands. They know that despite whatever the prevailing international rules of war may say, children are going to die. Little children, old men and women, and those in between. Bombs and missile don’t discriminate. And high tech or low tech, there’s really no such thing as a surgical strike. It’s more like whacking a butcher’s block. But as Americans, we’re fortunate. Since the Civil War, we’ve led sheltered lives. Bombs haven’t fallen on our cities. Ships haven't shelled our shores. We don’t know what it’s like to crawl into our basements and pray that the next one won’t land on us. Yes, many veterans know what that’s like. But they represent a snail slice of our population. And even among veterans, the majority weren’t on the front lines and most never HEV, pad!...WHEN WILL I BE OLP ENOUGH TO BIN lottery tickets? heard a loud noise. Maybe that’s why so many Americans are quick to talk about kicking ass, getting the job done or showing them who’s boss. Sports bar jabber. Eurpoeans don't talk that way. Asians don't, either. They know that there is going to be what we nicely call “collateral damage.” Or in simpler terms, dead children, dead women and dead men. They know that bold talk about kicking ass isn’t appropriate when a sobbing man is holding the body of his wife or baby in his arms. Those who have been through it are less inclined to bluster, thump their chests and spout mindless slogans. They realize that it’s not a TV show, a football game or a Sylvester Stallone movie. It’s man's most terrible endeavor and should be viewed solemnly, not like a pep rally or sales meeting. Maybe it’s because we’ve been spared war’s 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 me, there’d be 10,000 of them dead.” I have to assume that he’s in the minority. I hope he is. lf he’s not, them maybe we are the bad guys. Mike Royku’t column is syndicated by Tribune Media Services. my first glimpse of the people and personalities who would be inhabiting a significant portion of my everyday life. Each had taken the time to make me a part of their community, their working family. Let us help you build on the sense of community that already shines so strongly in New Braunfels. Call us, let us share in the birthday greetings you give and in those you receive. If the response is as good as we hope, we'll be including — in a good light — the name of each and every New Braunfels resident in our news columns at least once a year. Call our reception desk to have a birthday placed in the next day's edition. We’ll try to group Sunday and Monday birthdays in Sunday's edition, and friday and Saturday birthday on Friday. Happy birthday We're glad you're a part of the Herald family. J Ani im Greco In managing editor of Ute New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Lamar Smith More state control in budget plan Control. That is what everyone wants. Control over what happens to them. Control over how they live their lives. With President George Bush’s proposed budget, states would gain more control over the programs they administer to residents. The federal government is not just handing over responsibilities. But it is willing to transfer funding so the states can carry through with those responsibilities. The administration’s budget calls for sending $21 billion in federal programs — hilly funded — back to the states for distribution. This idea has garnered bi-partisan support from governors across the country. It is important that program administration be closer to the people who will be receiving the benefits. This will cut down on the overhead costs that cat up so much of the money set aside for programs from education to highways. With federal government overhead nearly eliminated, public programs will have more funds available for the people who need them. It also is important that the decision-making process be brought closer to the people. This would make the programs more responsive to the needs of those people. For instance, today there is a welfare industry in this country. If all of the money that was allocated to programs for the poor went directly to the families, a family of four would receive $34,000 a year, instead of the current $8,000 a year in benefits. The bureaucracy gobbles up threequarters of the welfare funds. It is time all governments — local and national — work together to make sure taxpayer dollars are used efficiently. The president's budget has kept government spending to less than the inflation rate. His $1.45 trillion budget is only 2.6 percent higher than last year’s budget. In keeping with the idea that government needs to focus more on how it spends taxpayer money, I plan to introduce this month a resolution to cut government overhead spending by IO percent, or $27 billion in the first year. By holding that part of the budget to thic rate of inflation for another four years, we can cut $143 billion from our deficit in that five-year period. With the administration's budget on the table, the next step is to see how Congress will respond. I-Amar Smith rn UJ. Representative for Con frtMional District 21, which include* New Braunfels Other voices Jordan's poor posture Americans viewed with both sorrow and anger comments last week by King Hussein of Jordan that slipped him from a position of neutrality toward a pro-Iraqi posture. Within a few days, the United States had announced it is reviewing providing $55 million in aid to Jordan. Ironically, as the king, long one of the most pro-Western stabilizing influences in the Arab world, as turned gradually away from his Western friends, he has become more popular domestically.... The position of Jordan illustrates 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 militant.... Both U.S. government officials and average people must have a betta understanding of the Arab world and the forces at work there. Saddam Hussein badly judged this nation and its character. In preparing to deal with a post-war Middle East, we must not make the same misjudgments. —Sen Amorite light ;

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