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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                APRIL 1993 HERALDZE1TUNO 5A Opinion Will a big Russian aid package sell in a time of austerity By Tom Raum Associated Press WASHINGTON President Clinton a good but even he may have trouble building support for a plan to help economically and politically distressed No one underestimates the difficulty of the job who came to office on a plat form of domestic economic ing to persuade the nation that new tax es and belttightening are necessary the whittle away at the Analysis as he prepares for this weekends summit in western Canada with embat tled Russian President Boris hes asking Congress to dig even deeper into taxpayers pockets for an expensive new aid program for Clinton is expected to unveil a package of about billion in additional direct aid to Moscow at the summit Thomas director of govern mental studies at Brookings said Clinton should be able to make a compelling argument for Russian Clinton has already started pointing out that the United States gives a lot more money than we give to Russia to smaller Israel is the largest recipient of foreign billion in econom ic and military by which gets Even before the package is announced at this weekends summit in British it was met with some skepticism on Capitol Foreign aid is not the most popular Patrick chair man of the Senate Appropriations sub committee that oversees foreign But Leahy wound up voicing support for the administrations saying despite the unpopularity foreign nothing is more important for security than the success of economic reform in Other Democratic leaders are expected to fall in So the public seems cool to the A Gallup poll of 755 adults con ducted by telephone March 2526 for Newsweek magazine said 15 percent favored a complete cutoff of aid to while 24 percent favored keeping the aid Fiftyfour percent conditioned aid on Russia continuing to move toward capi talism and The polls margin of error was 4 per centage The administration has said it wants to increase aid to the former Soviet republics to more than million in fis cal up from million this That is a small part of the overall foreign aid budget of about Letters to the Editor Readers Walker abused position of power in column on homosexuality Editor In reference to John Ingram Walkers columns in which he expressed his opinion regarding homosexuality which has not been an acceptable diag nosis of mental illness in the psy chiatric community for a number of it alarms us very much that a man in his position in this small community would be so puritanical and This is an abuse of his position of power as a trusted We would appreciate this news paper printing articles which express more balanced and fac tuallybased information regard ing Franci Booth Tammy Erlanson Kate Holy Cherylun Mclntosh Dolores Rogers Gayle Schleicher New Braunfels Nations decay blamed on intolerance Editor My letter is in response to John Ingram Walkers column in the March 7 edition of the Herald Walker states in his column that our nation is decay He then proceeds to prove his point with the narrowminded judgmental rhetoric that exem plifies what is wrong with ouix He states that even though homosexuality has a genetic we should still condemn these Statements like these are commonly voiced by the neoNazis and other hate If his theory holds then he would also have us believe that blacks and hispanics should hot be tolerated due to their differ ent genetic I am not a but I have empathy for those who I have empathy for those who bear Walkers blame when the real reason for the decay of our nation lies in bigotry and intolerance Steve Spivey New Braunfels Coverage of civic club wins kudos for paper Editor You are Triffic Thanks for the outstanding coverage recently afforded our New Braunfels Evening Thanks received many favorable comments on your coverage of our clubs SueHasert New Braunfels Story misses the mark on speechs main focus Editor In one and a half columns of Tuesdays Editor and David Sullens reviewed the recent riveting presentation made by American history author and Peter Sullens reported tho power and depth of both the style and the content of Marshalls but seems that the central focus of what Marshall had to say largely the attention of the edi Sullena twice refers to our nation having lost its way and v left its source of and things that made us Telephone executive responds to editorial sincerely hope the Heralds editorial policy hasnt become When in distort the thats exactly what you did in a recent editorial regarding the Texas Telephone Associations effort to update regulation in the Its important that your readers know what And the Herald can help in setting the record straight you can tell readers what your real interests are in opposing the Only when your true concerns are placed in can your readers make a wellinformed The editorial stated that telephone companies in Texas are pushing for Not The Texas Telephone of which 58 companies including mine are does not support We do support legislation that would bring Texas regulatory policies up to while con tinuing the role of regulators in keeping basic local telephone rates affordable to all the policies directing telephone regu lation written years before there was any competition in the telephone Next comes the nonsense about all the high powered lobbyists on the telephone company As one of those socalled high powered I feel qualified to set the record straight As Southwestern Bells manager for the New Braunfels I have the pleasure of vis iting with a number of from customers to business owners to elected And under the new Texas ethics if I visit with any official regarding legislation even once then I should register as a If thats so be it Would newspaper publishers rather I didnt fol low the law the same who would use innuendo to advocate legislative positions in their are exempt from having to register as as I understand it So whats the real intent of the Heralds editor ial It has nothing to do with telephone deregu The fact no one supports total deregu including the It isnt about phone The fact local telephone rates are already lowj and must remain the Texas newspaper publishers are waging a massive lobbying effort to keep tele phone companies from entering the electronic I information The fact that the TTA has made it clear it would not oppose legislation restricting telephone company entry into the clas sified advertising business doesnt seem to Rather than the publishers would rather lobby and editorialize to keep a lock on their bank If they their profits will be more but it could come at Texas Tim district manager Southwestern Bell But then he leaves the reader wandering around in limbo and trying to figure out for himself what the source I was in the audience that morning and it came through with all of the clarity of an airhorn on a Mac truck that Peter Marshall was pointing to the Lord and Savior of the founders of this nation as the Source not and the One not the Who made us Though the deep commit ment and incredible selfsacrifice of those early Americans were eloquently painted by Peter Mar he more forcefully argued that these in were not and are not sufficient to insure the possession of liberty by this He stressed the fact that only by Gods direct and sometimes indirect miraculous intervention in the course of history has this nation obtained and retained the freedoms that we should treasure as gifts from Monday morn Marshall had time enough to present the evidence for only one or two such historical occur rences which even then only scratch the surface of recorded evidence of the hand of Provi dence in the history of the United At least Sullens vaguely alludes to the kind of faith that was planted in the men who suf fered through the dark night of the Valley Forge But he stops short of the significant truth that their faith was in a deliverer whom they trusted to save corpo rately as well as personalty the only Savior and now Jesus Christ our William Brockmeier New Braunfels Reader asks Whats in a NAME for a club Editor We havent had any official meetings yet but still we are hap py to announce the formation of Look out SAFE and well be grabbing the headlines soon even if no one is interested in our Why Because our group NAME is the most origi nal and creative What is ACRONYMS It is the Anonymous Club for Recording Obsessive Noisily Yabbering Maniac CARE TO JOIN Allan Porter New Braunfels Attack on prolifers deemed untrue Editor I am responding to a letter to the editor published in a recent edition of the HeraldZeitung Written by Ernest Erd the letter implied that all or most prolife supporters are from the loony He said they are and abusers of young doctors and their He compared them to citing behavior such as driveby shootings and I think Erdmanns letter was For when he says pro life advocates harass and intimi date young I assume he is speaking of young women who are walking the distance from their car to the abortion clinic Often there are prolifers standing on one side of the side walk pleading with the women to reconsider their Just as there are pro in as great of numbers and as forward about their beliefs as the prolife standing on the other side of the sidewalk urging the women Erdmann did not even mention the prochoice advo I disagree with the entire mes sage that Erdmann was try ing to get across about prolife that they are loony terrorists who will do anything to support their This is stereotypical and there are some people who support the prolife stance in that But implying that that is the stance of all prolife supporters is like saying all Christians support and believe the teachings of David This is simply not The peo ple I know who support the pro life cause do not believe in vio lence they are upstanding mem bers of the community who often contribute and resources to nonviolent prolife such as the Crisis Preg nancy Miguel Garza III Canyon Lake Editorial cartoon was reader says I was disgusted and repelled when I opened the Herald on March 17 and saw your editorial Not only was the cartoon repugnant to but it was com pletely The man who murdered the abortion clinic doctor was in no way connected with any of the prolife organizations and accord ing to his wifes description was a mentally sick person as evidenced by his behavior toward her and their children in the No matter which side of the issue your readers agree I cannot help but believe that many found this cartoon revolt Patricia Hutchinson New Braunfels Cartoon defamotry to righttolife advocates Editor I was deeply offended by the cartoon on the editorial page in todays March 17 edition of the If I did not want to know what is going on in my community and my I would cancel my Instead I am expressing my displeasure that you would run such a It was in despi cable taste and was defamatory to people who are legitimately concerned about the right to life The vast majority of pcople who adopt a prolife position are stable and contributing members of We happen to believe that it is wrong to take the life of an inno cent child for the sake of conve nience or to try to correct one wrong by committing another For the doctors we believe that it is wrong to exploit women in difficult circumstances for the sake of big And that is what is being The vast majority of prolife supporters are As a matter of in most prolife you must agree to be As with any other people on the fringe are and when one of them acts on his it attracts a great deal of media The same attention is not accorded to the proabortion side when one of them crosses the no matter how large the I am by no means defending the actions of the man who mur dered the abortionist I am hor rified by his actions which took a when we are committed to the sanctity of all To attribute such an action to Gods Master Plan is blasphe mous and offensive to The letter to the editor in last Sundays paper on this subject was in error also to equate such actions with To make such a sweeping gen eralization is ludicrous in the That statement is as accurate as saying pickles cause cancer because the majority of cancer patients have eaten pickles at some time in their The fact that the subject of the cartoon is male is another myth that the media puts In every article on this issue the spokesperson for the proabor tion side is always a female and the spokesperson for the prolife side is almost always a This promotes the myth that abortion is an issue of male con trol over Many women are opposed to including women who are still in their childbearing Your paper has shown a great lack of sensitivity to many of its as well as poor editorial This cartoon was not worth the paper it was printed on and should not have been I hope you will use better judge ment in the Karen Owens New Braunfels Kindermaskenball book authors express thanks Editor We wish to thank the good cit izens of the New Braunfels area and elsewhere for the over whelming response to our Kindermaskenball Past and Present The signing at the Seele Parish House on March 20 was attended by well over 200 We wish especially to thank those persons who shared their treasured photographs with for the book 525 We only regret that we could not collect every picture available of the but space made this not So many people helped with this book that it is impossible to name them Those who shared their memo ries provide the real heart of the not only the ones in the sto but also those hundiods with whom we They were our main source of information since so little had been written about We thank also the media that helped us promote the mainly Radio Station KGNB and the New Braunfels Her aldZeitung and Radio Station KWED in we thank local Heritage the Her itage Conservation Soci ety and Sophienburg Museum and Archives for their We are certain our community joins us in thanking the New Braunfels Independent School Beta Sigma Comal Independent School Par ent Teacher devot ed parents and all those who kept the Kindermaskenball going through the years and keep it going This child centered family event is the longest ongoing tra dition in our providing quite a distinction for our com munity and How appro priate that it is now under the care of the Museums And we thank all of the people who encouraged us in our first book writing There will be more to but we are delighted that our initial book told of an event we both hold so And for the many who have the book is avail able We look forward to seeing everyone at the Kindermasken ball parade and celebration after ward at the Folkfest on Satur day May Rosemarie Gregory and Myra Lee Goff New Braunfels Support needed to restore plaza fountain Editor Now that the main plaza and the fountain are well Lighted and look really The big ingre dient is missing the fountain isnt working That fountain is very It was erected in 1896 and pur chased for about from the uf New These funds were left over from the 50year Founders celebra There are probably only 35 40 fountains left in the United A fountain expert states that our fountain would rank in the top 10 percent in terms of histor ical significance and The fountain is a cast iron struc ture and is so badly corroded that it cannot be Esti mates on the cost to restore the fountain run about Why cant well pitch in and contribute or and up to restore the fountain In San Marcos the people not onnly raised to build a city but also did the actual work to build Surely we can raise to restore our main plaza We as organi zations and businesses can raise the Perhaps the school children could compete to see which school can raise the most Lets get the fountain working in time for New Braunfels big Sesquicentennial Celebration Make your checks to New Braun feis Historic Museums Associa New Braunfels 200 Seguin New Texas Allene Wofford New Braunfels   

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