New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 5, 1994, Page 4

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October 05, 1994

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Wednesday Oct Opinion talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyoh about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 U 0 T A The role of the press is to inform society about problems not to solve Reuven Frank news executive 1971 D I T O R I A Wishful thinking t Candidate for criminal court of appeals lied about birthplace legal experience Well you cant blame him for wanting to have been born here A candidate for the states highest criminal appeals court has misrepresented himself on things ranging all the way from his experience in criminal law to his birth place according to Texas Lawyer a legal weekly and the Austin AmericanStatesman Steve Mansfield according to the legal publication though he has said his experience has been primarily criminal has spent most of his 16year career as an insurance company attorney The candidate for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals also is reported to have said he had never before been a candidate for public office when in fact he twice ran for Congress from New Hampshire losing in the primaries in 1978 and 1980 He told the AmericanStatesman he had forgotten about those campaigns It only cost to file he is quoted as having said and he just did it for the name I didnt really feel that was a genuine run for And Mansfield admits according to the Austin paper having said he was bora in Houston when in point of fact he wasnt He really was born in Brookline Ma It is true that I was born the candidate told the AmericanStatesman but I basically grew up in Houston We moved there when I was 3 or 4 But thats true I said that I was wrong and I shouldnt have done Those of us who really were bom in Texas sometimes fail to appreciate just how lucky we really are Stop and think about it a minute If youd been born somewhere else and then discovered this great state wouldnt you be tempted to lie and say youd been here all along It would be tough to fault a guy for that And the way Congress has been performing lately you and I might be tempted to forget we had ever even thought about trying to be a part of that body too if in fact we had And for the record at least this part of us As for having been a lawyer for an insurance company and thinking you were practicing criminal law on the side of the defense Todays editorial was written by David Sullens editor and publisher of the New Braunfels NewBraunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa cr Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the Afew Broun fels HcraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas three months six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or 210 tollfree for Seguin Marion Garden Ridge Bracken Bulverde and San Antonio by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HcraMZeitung Draw 7813M328 Opinion We know exactly what were doing to ourselves Guess what Americans are I too fat This fact was discov j ered recently by a panel of concerned experts and reported extensively in the news media as though it were a shocking i revelation The truth of course is that we Americans already know I we have a weight problem We notice it every time we get out of the shower and look in the bathroom mirror and see our head sitting on top of what appears to be a towelclad manatee We notice it when were unable to get our wallet out of the back pocket of our relaxedfit jeans without the aid of power tools We notice it every time we tune in to TV talk shows which discuss weight control almost as much as they discuss major national issues by which I mean O J Simpson We notice it whenever we go to a mall and observe our fellow Americans many of whom could not run the 100meter dash in under four days waddling around in logointensive stretch fabric athletic wear as though at any moment theyre going to be called upon to represent the United States in the Big Butt Olympics So we know were too fat But that did not stop a panel of concerned experts from reminding us This was a different panel from the one that announced recently that get ready Mexican food contains a lot of fat The media jumped on this story as if the experts had come up with con clusive proof that Robert F Kennedy was a woman This is also how the media reacted when previous concerned expert panels announced that there was fat in Italian food Chinese food fast food any breakfast food that does not taste like mulch and of course the ultimate Death Food movie popcorn which as I recall from the wildly excited press coverage contains more fat in one kernel than all the lard consumed by allied troops in World War II You got the impression from the media that after a movie ends the ushers have to uSe forklifts to clear the bloated corpses out of the theater What I want to know is do these expert panels honestly believe we dont know what these foods contain Do they believe that when we go to a Mexican restaurant we dont notice that virtually every dish consists of beef fat fried in grease topped with cheese and sour cream and garnished with individual cholesterol molecules the size of squash balls We know perfectly well that were eating fat We just wish you experts would stop REMIND ING us Because the truth is we LIKE fat Fat tastes GOOD to human beings Thats the way we were designed by Mother Nature who herself is a size Thats why we DONT eat what you experts nag us to eat namely 27 individual por tions per day of raw fruits and vegetables We dont want to live like some rabbit nibbling ner vously at a carrot terrified because at any moment it could be eaten by an owl We want to be like the mighty lion which fears nothing and eats Mexican food whenever it chooses Perhaps our diet is not so good for our hearts but consider this Of all the nations in the industrialized world the United States ranks thirdlowest in the number of people eaten each year by owls But we never hear this kind of good news from panels of concerned experts Theyre too busy doing studies to prove yet again that we weigh too much and eat the wrong foods and dont exercise enough and watch too much TV and raise our kids wrong and smoke and drink and secretly pick our noses And they LOVE to remind us that were stupid Coming up with new ways to point out the vto tappen vtaoieoF tittle stupidity of Americans is probably the single most popular activity in the concernedexpert communi ty Just about ever week you read a news story in which experts announce an alarming new study showing that seven out of every 10 Americans dont know how many limbs they have or cannot correctly identify their home planet I want you concerned experts out there to put your ears down next to the page and listen closely to what I am about to say WE KNOW WERE STUPID You dont have to keep reminding us We see the evidence all around us every day For example Virtually everybody who drives in front of me is an idiot I constantly find myself behind drivers who are startled and baffled by virtually everything they encounter as though theyve nev er been outdoors before Theyll see for example a tree and immediately they hit their brakes as if they expect the tree to leap into the middle of the road They also brake for mailboxes buildings and their own rearview mirrors But above all they brake for the most disturbing and mysterious of all earthly phenomena a green traffic light which causes them to come to a virtu al standstill paralyzed until the light turns yellow and then red at which point they accelerate to 275 miles per hour and shoot through the intersection leaving me stuck at the light shouting until spittle covers the dashboard My point concerned experts is that we Ameri cans already know what were like You dont need to keep telling us Your message has pene trated even our fat stupid brains Some days we get so depressed about it that we think about com mitting suicide by deliberately swallowing movie popcorn We would wash it down with diet soda Dave Barry is a syndicated columnist with Tri bune Media Services Raid on militia applauded but danger remains By DAVID BEARD Associated Press Writer Analysis PORTAUPRINCE Haiti AP Prominent supporters of exiled President JeanBertrand Aristide cau tiously applauded raids on pro army militia centers but said the United States must go much further to pave the way for democracy The guys they took today are small the Rev JeanYves Urfie publisher of the proAristide newspaper Libete said Monday after troops raided militia headquar ters in the capital and in the northern townofCapHaitien Its nice to have Urfie said but we are waiting for sharks on the After a week in which the goal of stability was repeatedly shak en by violent outbursts from Aristide foes the Americans cast a dragnet Monday over offices of the hated paramilitary organization FRAPH the Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti Today in history Army soldiers detained 40 people at FRAPH centers in Portau Prince and 75 in Cap Haitien In the northern town the troops swarmed over a FRAPH office dur ing a meeting of the organization according to an Army spokesman Maj Ken Fugett In PortauPrince the raid on the central FRAPH headquarters was followed by a jubilant demonstration by hundreds of Haitians who gleeful ly wrecked the furnishings of the militia building We love you We love you peo ple shouted to the Americans before swarming over the adobe building and smashing its contents to bits Although officials initially characterized the raids as searches for weapons not people Fugett later said they were aimed at least partly at people suspected of responsibility for last weeks violence The Army did not identify the Haitians who were detained But Urfie noted that they did not include several leaders of the antiAristide factions including FRAPH leader Emmanuel Constant Police Chief Michel Francois and army chief Raoul Cedras Urfie and others cheered the FRAPH takeovers and the arrests on Sunday of several paramilitary offi cials including the leader of Cedras private militia They said the crack down was overdue I think that the Haitian people have a greater chance to see their sovereignty will be said the Rev Gerard JeanJuste an official in the Aristide government referring to Haitians overwhelming vote for Aristide in 1990 elections election We are on our way to vindica he added He criticized the plea by Rep Newt Gingrich to pull out American troops before democracy is restored He contrasted Gingrichs under cutting of policy with former President Carters agreement to ensure the departure of the coup leaders Our crucifixion and our salvation both come from JeanJuste said Carter has been criticized by other Arisude supporters for offering the coup leaders a deal that guaranteed amnesty and did not require them to leave the country Last weeks violence in Portau Prince raised questions about the mission and many Haitians complained that the Army was not doing enough to protect them from the police paramilitaries and civilian attaches who have waged a campaign of terror against many Aristide supporters over the past sev eral years After Mondays raids on FRAPH an organization that was central to the brutal image of Haitis ruling elite officials insisted that their mission had not changed course but only continued to develop By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Oct 5 the 278th day of 1994 There are 87 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Oct the World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time with sportswriter Grantland Rice describing the action between the New York Yankees and the New York Giants who won the On this date In 1813 the Battle of the Thames was fought in Upper Canada during the War of 1812 The British troops were soundly defeated and their Indi an ally Tecumseh was killed In 1830 the 21st president of the United States Chester Arthur was In 1892 the Dajton Gang notorious for its train robberies was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffey ville Kan In 1931 Clyde Pangbom and Hugh Herndon completed the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean arriving in Washington state some 41 hours after leaving Japan In 1937 saying The epidemic of world lawlessness is Pres ident Roosevelt called for a quaran tine of aggressor nations ;