Tuesday, August 23, 1994

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 Tuesday Aug Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Television has played an important role in the disintegration of the American Mario Wlnn researcher writer 1977 EDITORIAL The right vs the deal Texas Senator seeks to bypass publics right to know in favor of the big deal Republican state senator Florence Shapiro of Piano has said that Texas needs to find more ways to improve economic development Shes right However Shapiro couldnt be more wrong if she con tinues with plans to introduce legislation that will allow cities to negotiate deals in secrecy with private compa nies Shapiro is considering a bill that would not require cities to reveal the incentive packages they are offering to prospective companies until the proposals are placed on an agenda for council approval She is suggesting a 30day waiting period which is not much time for citi zens to review plans and determine whether they are worthy of support The open records and open meetings law was created in Texas for the specific purpose of letting the public know how its tax money is being spent Time and time again we have been shown that deci sions hashed out in the light of day gain acceptance far more quickly than those reached behind closed doors There is no evidence indicating significant or wide spread loss of business opportunities that would justify allowing closeddoor discussions The publics right to know is still far more important than an individual governments desire to score a big deal Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon manag ing editor 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Itfew Braunfels Texas 781311328 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sultens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the NewBraurifeliHeraUZcUung USPS Lands Si Draw311328 New Bnuinfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by totNewBram felt HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier deBvend in Carnal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only ax months one year Mail delivery oulsde Comd County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5 JO Tuesday through Friday ox by am on Sunday call 210 6259144 or 210 6060846 for Seguin Marion Canyon Lake Bulverde and Saa Antonio by 7 weekdays or by 11 ajn on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfcis HcraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Bnumfds Tx 781311328 This has no socially redeeming value Warning THIS COLUMN IS CLASSIFIED AS SUM MER READING This means no ideas socially redeeming features or selfimprovement tips will be found here The past winter when one is allowed to I was con templating the number of physicians who have become famous writers Keats Chrichton Cook Cronin Doyle Maugham William Carlos Williams the patron saint of American poets also wrote plays essays and fiction while sustaining a lifelong pediatric practice Dont get me wrong because I know Im not in their league Never will be Not enough talent as those with courage to continue will soon discover The thought of these writing doctors stirred my creative juices however and I couldnt help myself Against my will a parody on Heming ways A Clean WellLighted Maupas sants The and Williams The Use of Force came gushing from my funfilled summer mind Here it is then a short short short story John Walker that recks of insignificance She was a new patient All I had was the name Mamie Ideas Please come out right away We think she is losing her mind When I arrived I was met by the head waiter He was a tired looking older man who spoke ingly in a low voice as if he had no confidence He looked like he had trouble sleeping A younger waiter was polishing the counter close against the wall near the door of the cafe He seemed eager to finish with his cleaning so that he could go home to bed He had done a good job The linoleum floor was spotless the red and white oil tablecloths had been wiped clean the straight woodenback chairs were neatly pushed under the tables The sign over the counter suggested that short orders were the specialty of the house hash stews combination plates Nothing of any substance Nothing that would as they say stick to your There was a slight smell of warmedover corn coming from the kitchen The clock showed All the other patrons had left except my patient who sat in the middle of the room directly under an unshaded light bulb Her eyes were down cast and she babbled What seems to be the problem Host the How I was thinking about the difference between Hemingway Maupassant and Williams Nothing unusual Just common everyday winter thoughts How Hemingway uses talk to make the story more dramatic and Maupassant uses narrative to setup the surprise ending I was thinking of rewriting Williams story The Use of Force using a com bination of their styles and the strain must have caused my necklace to slip Where did you lose it Outside in the dark I Why are you looking for it here Because this is a clean welllighted place I can see in here I cant see I took out my pen and began to fill out the com mitment papers Using a joke that old made her dangerous to society Outside gentle rain began falling settling the summer dust The sounds of the drops were com forting to me It would be cooler tomorrow I thought Maybe the change in the weather would get her mind off that thought provoking literature John Walker is a syndicated columnist who lives in New Crime bill faces another fight in the Senate WASHINGTON Clintons anticrime bill is advancing to the Senate where Democrats must find the same kind of help from moderate Republicans that rescued the bil lion compromise in the House The bill cleared the House 235195 in a rare Sunday session after key Democrats and moderate Republicans bargained until dawn and 3 the two previous nights Sen Joseph R Biden chair man of the Judiciary Committee said debate should begin today on the bill designed to help hire new police officers build new prisons and much to the consternation of the pow erful National Rifle Association ban militarystyle assault weapons With the outcome uncertain for hours a crucial preliminary vote Sun day flashed the results of deals that cut billion from the earlier bill most ly from crime prevention programs Fortytwo Republicans supported the motion to allow consideration by the full House compared with 11 when a similar move failed 10 days ago The Aug 11 vote sent shocked Democrat ic leaders and Clinton into a tailspin Today in history Analysis forcing them to negotiate with the GOP causing a potential ly devastating delay in the timetable for health care reform legislation In the past few days we on our side have had to reach out to moderate Republicans It was said Rep Charles E Schumer chair man of the House Judiciary subcom mittee on crime Many of us had to give in ways we havent had to give before But it will produce a bill and it is the way we should go in the Democrats will have to go that way in the Senate Majority Democrats have 56 senators some of whom are likely to defect while 60 are needed to hurdle procedural obstacles that Republicans threaten to erect GOP senators like the Republicans who opposed the House compromise believe the Housepassed bill still spends far too much on prevention instead of punishment This fight is far from over in the Senate Clinton said after the vote He lauded the bipartisan House coopera tion saying This is the way Wash ington should work and I hope it works this way in the But Sen Orrin G Hatch of Utah senior Republican on the Senate Judi ciary Committee warned It still may Hatch vowed to fight soft fluffy language that will not do any thing against Hatch said the House bill falls short of the money needed to build more prisons reach the goal of hiring new police officers and com bat gang violence He also wants faster deportation procedures for illegal aliens who commit crimes and harsher mandatory minimum sentences when firearms are used in criminal acts The anticrime legislation would be paid for with savings from reduction of the federal workforce The House compromise was backed by 188 Democrats 46 Republicans and one independent Voting against it were 131 Republicans and 64 Democ rats The assault weapons ban which originally passed the Senate by a 5643 vote also could be troublesome as Many of us had to give in ways we havent had to give before But It will produce a bill and it Is the way we should go in the Charles E Schumer DNY Biden searches the Senate for 60 votes The National Rifle Association which failed to eliminate the language in the House bill is ready to work even harder in the Senate The NRAs chief lobbyist Tanya Metaksa called the House bill a defeat for the American Rep John Dingells decision to sup port the bill even with the weapons ban that he termed obnoxious and prompted him to resign from the NRA board The bill as a whole the Michigan Democrat said was a smart and a tough By Associated Press Today is Tuesday Aug 23 the 235th day of 1994 There are 130 days left in the year Todays highlight in history On Aug Italianbom anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a 1920 payroll robbery In 1977 Sacco and Vanzetti were vindicated by Massachusetts Gov Michael S Dukakis On this date la 1754 Frances King Louis XVI was born at Versailles In 1785 naval hero Oliver Hazard Peny was born in South Kingstown IB 1838 one of the first colleges for women Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley graduated its fust students In 1914 Japan declared war on Germany in World A War I In 1926 silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at age 31 In 1939 Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a nonaggression treaty In years ago Romanian prime minister Ion Antonescu was dismissed by King Michael paving the way for Romania to abandon the Axis in favor of the Allies In 1960 Broadway librettist Oscar Hammerstein II died in Doylestown Perm In 1972 the Republican national convention meeting in Miami Beach nominated Vice Pres ident Spiro T Agnew for a second term In 1982 Lebanons parliament elected Christian militia leader Bashir Gemayel president Gemayel was assassinated three weeks later In 1991 in the wake of a failed hardliners coup Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev and Russian President Boris N Yeltsin acted to strip the Com munist Party of its power Ten years ago President Reagan accepted the nomination of the Republican national convention in Dallas declaring the Democrats were openly com mitted to increasing your tax Five years ago In a case that inflamed racial ten sions in New York Yusuf Hawkins a 16yearold black youth was shot dead after he and his friends were confronted by white youths in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn One year Detroit police officers Lar ry Nevers and Walter Budzyn were convicted of seconddegree murder in the fatal beating of black motorist Malice Green both received prison terms Los Angeles police confirmed that pop star Michael Jackson was the subject of a criminal investigation Todays birthdays Actordancer Gene Kelly is 82 Actress Vera Miles is 64 Political satirist Mark Russell is 62 California Gov Pete Wilson is 61 Actress Barbara Eden is 60

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