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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 Tuesday March Optoion To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call Opinion QUO A B We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with Le Rochefoucauld French writer 1665 EDITORIAL NAFTA effects Trade agreement is already starting to impact regional economy The effects the Northa American Free Trade Agreement vyould have on the Texas economy were hotly debated in the months before Congress voted on the agreement and we heard everything from predictions of a boom to predic tions that we would see no effect at all The general consen sus was that any impact would be gradual and not felt for years Well surprise a local firm Mission Valley Textiles is ready to ink a deal to begin exporting fabrics to Mexico Company officials have a target of million worth of exports before this year is over increasing to million or million within five years In the past countries from the Far East dominated the Mexican textile market in part because low wages in those countries allowed them to produce and sell fabric cheaper than American companies But NAFTA will even the play ing field by drastically cutting tariffs on textiles made in the United States Officials at Mission Valley are excited about the prospects of gaining access to a huge new market And the rest of should be excited too Mission Valley has about 800 employees at its New Braunfels plant and when business booms for the textile plant it sends ripples through the entire area economy So the first news on the effects of NAFTA is quite encourag ing Hopefully there will be more news like it in the months and years to come Todays editorial was written by Roger Croteau city edi tor for the Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Copulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Karen Reininger Composition Ann Waide City Croteau Published on Sunday noonings and weekday roomings Tuesday through Friday by the NwBnirftbHeratdZfitHng USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New BraunfcU Canal County Tx 781311328 Second dass postage jaid by the Wwfirawn in New Braunfels Texas Cajrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year qpeyetr ax months one year Stiiwcziben who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by wa on Sunday call 6259144 or 210 6060846 tcHfiree for Scguui Marion Canyon Lake and Sao weekdays or by 11 ajn on Sunday changes to Draw BaanfcJfe Different denominations should talk more Gene Shelbume In his previous life before he moved to Amarillo my psy chologist friend Dr Tom Can non served for a time as princi pal of an Episcopal school With his eyes twinkling at the memory Tom told me of the time when a Church of Christ family showed up at the school one September morning to enroll their son in first grade At first Tom was dubious Do you realize this is an Epis copal school he asked the par ents Oh yes they assured him Thats not a problem for us We hear you have the best school in town and we want that for our You do realize that all the students here are expected to participate in chapel daily Tom further inquired He wanted to avoid having unhappy parents on his hands a few days later Assured that the schools routines would not offend the family Tom enrolled their child School began and all went well until the third or fourth day in the first week That morning in chapel when the students bowed for prayer the holy hush of the sanctuary was broken by a long wail Ooooooooooooohl All heads popped up Then ducked down again in prayer Oooooooooooohl The unearthly utterance broke forth again Alert teachers soon identified the new Church of Christ student as the source of this strange sound They pointed him out to Tom Not knowing very much about Church of Christ folks Tom assumed that they must engage in ecsta tic Pentecostal worship forms so he dutifully con fronted the lad to tell him that such noises were out of place in staid Episcopal liturgy When he put a hand on the boys shoulder the lit tle fellow looked up redfaced with tears streaming down his cheeks Breathlessly he pointed at his toe which was caught painfully under the unfamiliar kneeler beneath the weight of a pewful of his kneel ing classmates Tom and I laughed together about how he misin terpreted the little guys plight But the fact that so many Christians know so little about one another is not a laughing matter Surely God must weep to see that so many of his children prefer to be strangers Gene Shelburne is a minister He may be con tacted at 2310 Anna Amarillo IX Border closing operation gets mixed reviews EL PASO Texas AP Opera tion Blockade originally was sup posed to be a twoweek experiment That was six months ago and offi cials say it has had such a dramatic effect reducing several categories of border crime that it will continue indef initely and serve as a model for all along the TexasMexico border Since the operation began auto theft has dropped 24 percent and illegal bor der crossings have dropped signifi cantly authorities say In addition officials say countless residents of Juarez Mexico who worked illegally as maids and garden Analysis ers in El Paso have found other jobs Silvestre Reyes chief of Border Patrol operations in El Paso devised the plan which began Sept 19 Its based upon more than 400 agents working around the clock along 20 miles of the border Reyes calls it an overwhelming success of historical He has renamed it Operation Hold the Immigration and Naturalization Ser vice Commissioner Doris Meissner praised the blockade during a visit to El Paso last week Hold the Line was an extraordi narily successful she said My wish is that we maintain it and propagate it in other places throughout the The plan is popular with the public according to pollster Bill Kaigh of El Paso He said polls he took during this months primaries showed 84 percent to 95 percent support for it In the first four months of the pro gram overall crime reported in El Paso dropped nearly 10 percent compared with a year before In the first five months arrests of undocumented immigrants in El Paso dropped 73 percent compared with a year ago officials say Around the city retail sales are reported up But the program does have detrac tors who say the tight watch has brought out undesirable traits in some residents Ive seen bigotry increase because of the rhetoric it was introduced with all the fanfare about crime decreas said Suzan Kern of the Border Rights Coalition School administrators resign after joke marriage causes furor McALLEN Texas AP Ousted McAllen school Superintendent Jose Lopez says its easy now to look back on his January 1993 joke wedding ceremony in Las Vegas to a middle school administrator as an awful mis take The stunt with Barbara Day whom he described as only a friend cost both of them their jobs on Sunday After a lengthy closed session of the school board trustees met in open ses sion to accept the resignations of both Lopez and Mrs Day effective imme diately Lopez made a year The trustees approved payments of to Lopez and to Mrs Day Let me readily admit it the mar riage was a stupid Lopez said Sunday But its been blown total ly out of proportion I did not believe in my wildest dreams that this would hap He stood by previous statements that he and Mrs Day were only friends and that the marriage during an edu cation conference was merely a one neither thought to be legally bind ing at the time They used fake names in the ceremony Letty Ramirez the superintendents wife of eight years said she knew of the ceremony at the time Mrs Days husband Howard Day said he learned of it only days ago The controversial wedding vows were exchanged shortly before Lopez came to the McAllen school district on Feb after serving as assis tant superintendent in the Austin school district Mrs Day a former Austin middle school principal was hired part time in the McAllen school system shortly after Lopez arrived Lopez who on Friday had vowed to fight for his job was shaken as he spoke by phone to the McAllen Mon itor from his home I agreed to resign because I thought it was in the best interests of the school he said declining to say what factors during the closed session changed his mind He said however that he was not forced to resign Lopez said his attorneys would file papers today to have the Las Vegas marriage annulled Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday March 22 the 81st day of 1994 There are 284 days left in the Todays Highlight in History One hundred years ago on March 22 1894 hockeys first Stanley Cup championship game was played The home team Montreal Amateur Athletic Association defeated the Ottawa Capitals 31 On this date In 1765 Britain enacted the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies The act was repealed the following year In 1794 Congress passed a law prohibiting Amer ican vessels from supplying slaves to other countries In 1820 naval hero Stephen Decauir was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barren near Washington In 1882 Congress outlawed polygamy In 1933 during Prohibition President Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to percent alcohol legal In 1941 the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state went into operation In 1972 Congress sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for rat ification It fell short of the twothirds approval needed In 1978 Karl Wallenda the 73yearold patriarch of The Flying Wallendas highwire act fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotels in San Juan Puerto Rico Ten years ago A jury in Fall River con victed two men of aggravated rape and acquitted two others in the case of a woman who was gangraped on a barroom pool table while spectators cheered Two other men were convicted in a separate trial Five years ago National Football League Com missioner Pete Rozelle announced plans to retire Fawn Hall Oliver Norths former secretary began two days of testimony at the IranCentra hearings in Washington One year ago The launch of the space shuttle Columbia was scrubbed with three seconds left in the countdown Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed when the boat they were riding in slammed into a Florida pier pitcher Bob Ojeda was seriously injured Todays Birthdays Actor Karl Maiden is 81 Actor Werner Klemperer is 74 Pantomimist Marcel Marceau is 71 USA Today founder Allen H Neuharth is 70 Composerlyricist Stephen Sondheim is 64 Former Harvard University president Derek Bok is 64 Actor William Shatter is 63 Sen Orrin Hatch RUtah is 60 Singerguitarist George Ben son is 51 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is Sportscaster Bob Costas is 42 Singeractress Stephanie Mills is 37 Thought for Today I do not get my ideas from people on the street If you look at faces on the street what do you see Nothing Just Marcel Marceau
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