New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, November 6, 1994, Page 4

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 6, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A ■ Sunday, Nov. 6, 1994 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 i t u n gOpinion QUOTABLE “What society requires from art... is that it function as an early warning system.” - Elizabeth Janeway author, feminist, 1974 EDITORIALS Perot’s agenda Endorsement of Gov. Richards creates more questions than it answers Former independent presidential candidate H. Ross Perot stepped forward last week and offered one of the most flattering endorsements ever given to any candidate for public office to incumbent governor Ann Richards. However, instead of swaying voters to Gov. Ann Richards which is what Perot intended to do, he more effectively opened the gates to a barrage of questions which he undoubtedly will not answer. For instance, how can he call Gov. Richards to best governor in this state's history and claim to see eye to eye with her when he vehemently opposed the presidential candidate Richards so quickly and eagerly endorsed? Perot has begun his own radio talk show featuring a nightly bashing of the Clinton administration, which Gov. Richards worked very hard to support during the presidential election and now continues to do so. The self-proclaimed "no-nonsense" Perot makes no sense at all with his endorsement. Insiders offer one explanation, which does make sense, in that Perot ran for the presidency in part because he wanted to oust then-incumbent President George Bush. Election experts noted after the votes were counted that Perot’s votes significantly swayed voters who would have otherwise cast their ballots for Bush. This could explain why Perot seemed the least bothered by his defeat during that election. Today, Perot seems to be targeting Richards' opponent because his last name is Bush. And that is not Kosher. Candidates should be judged, elected or defeated based on their ideas, plans, perspectives and opinions - not because of a billionaire's personal agenda. Perot’s power and wealth should not be allowed to influence this or any election when his only intent is to settle a score with a family. Hopefully, Texas voters were able to see through Perot's attempt at manipulating what could be the most important race on Nov. 8. Texas voters should cast their ballots based on what they know, what they've heard,... and then what their conscience tells them. (Today's editorial was written by Mark Lyon, manage ing editor of the Herald-Zeitung.) New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David    Sullens General Manager............................................................Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor..................................................................Mark    Lyon Advertising Director............................................................Paul    Davis Circulation Director....................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman...................................................Douglas Brandt Classified Manager....................................................Karen Reininger City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday morning* and weekday morning* Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Lamia St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by toe New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $19; six months, $34; one year, $60. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $30, one year, $56. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $28.80, six months, $52; one year, $97.50. Mail outside Texas: three months. $40, six months, $75; one year, $112.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 pm Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 am on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or (210) 606-0846 (toll-free for Seguin, Marion, Garden Ridge, Bracken, Bulverde and San Antonio) by 7 pm weekdays or by ll am on Sunday. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131 132S. Myth of ‘change’ exposed by new book Cal Thomas Nearly two years after the election of Bill Clinton as President by just 43 percent of the people comes a new book that explodes the myth of “change” promoted by Clinton and his wife. It shows his Administration to be deceitful, incompetent, naive, inexperienced and as liberal as George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis. The book is “On the Edge: The Clinton Presidency” by Elizabeth Drew. Drew’s painstaking and detailed interviews with high-ranking Administration people, some of whom spoke on the record, takes up where Bob Woodward’s best-selling “The Agenda” left off. (On the matter of credibility, neither Woodward nor Drew is identified with Republican or conservative politics.) From the start, says a senior White House official, “We just weren’t ready — emotionally, intellectually, organizationally or substantively.” They still aren’t Drew writes, “Astonishingly, there was no real plan for what the new Administration would do after it got to Washington.” Well, there was one plan — to populate the Administration with as many doctrinaire liberals as possible. New York lawyer and friend of Hillary Susan Tomases made sure of that. She and Mrs. Clinton picked most of the higher-ups at the Justice Department, according to Drew, as well as much of the senior White House staff. Mrs. Clinton is portrayed as more than an “equal paroler” with her husband. She is, as both he and she suggested during the campaign, co-President. She makes and shapes policies far beyond her imprint on the failed health care program. And woe; to anyone who crosses her. “She’s the only person around here people are afraid of,” said an associate who understandably didn’t want to be quoted. Unlike the President, who would blow up, often curse and get over it, Mrs. Clinton “remembered,” writes Drew. Diversity, more than experience or competence became the Holy Grail of the Administration. “The continuing insistence on diversity,” writes Drew, “led to a certain amount of tokenism, of putting people in jobs they weren’t ready for.• Around the White House, the criteria for jobs became referred to as EGG — ethnicity, gender, geography.” With a crew litmus-tested according to political correctness, rather than experience and competence, is it any wonder so many mistakes and misjudgments have been made? The portrait of the President that emerges in the book is of a raging co-dependent, adult child of an alcoholic who must constandy be “bucked up” by staff people who tell him he’s doing a great job. Otherwise, writes Drew, he gets depressed and goes into a funk. The words Drew chooses to describe the President and characterize his personality are supported by numerous sources. Here arc a few that set the tone: “Clinton looked pale and uncertain — he conveyed no sense of command”; “capitulation”; “he has a tendency to lay the blame on others”; he regularly risked “the dignity and majesty of the office”; “Clinton’s self-definition as a ‘new kind of Democrat’ was designed, among other things, to camouflage h is big government tendencies”; “feckless”; “Clinton talks too much”; “ineptitude”; “ill-considered”; “looseness with the truth”; haphazard.” Drew uses scores of such words and phrases to describe a President in over his head. Failed or unwise policies might be expected to flow from incompetence and weak character — and in this case they do. “Clinton had a seemingly unshakable tendency to walk away from responsibility for things that had gone wrong,” says Drew. And, revealing the President for what he is, as distinct from the crafted campaign image, she quotes a senior aide as saying about his tax-and-spend proposals, “The problem is that with all these proposals we’re making, he’s in danger of being seen as another big-taxing, big-spending, big-govemment Democrat — which he is.” Drew writes of “systemic failure” in the White House and of unprecedented power by pollster Stan Greenberg, whose data regularly shapes policy decisions, a reversal of what leadership used to mean. Elizabeth Drew’s book chronicles a feel-good Presidency — therapy for a man who desperately needs another kind. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist for Los Angeles Times Syndicate.) What do you think? The state of California's voters will go to the polls Tuesday and decide the fate of Proposition 178, which would deny state-funded education for illegal immigrants. The plan has divided the state, including the two candidates for governor there Would you approve such a plan, if you were voting on the issue in Texas? What do you think? Fill out the coupon (right), drop it by our office at 707 Landa in New Braunfels and we'll report the results in next Sunday s edition. One vote per person. No names will be published Deadline to submit your opinion is Friday. Nov. 9. Copied forms are accepted. Ban illegal immigrants from state-funded education? Please indicate your vote (circle one) Yes or No Comments/Explanations_ T I I I I I I I I Name_ Address. Phone#. City_ Age. Sex. Power of prayer convincing in case of Bennie Bock David Sullens Former legislator, attorney, rancher and auto dealer Bennie Bock will tell you that he is living testimony lo the power of prayer. Bock told the men’s breakfast group at St. John’s Episcopal Church that Wednesday morning. He began humorously. “I’ve got good news and bad news,” he said. “I’ve got good news for my friends and bad news for my enemies. ‘The good news for my friends is that I’m healthier than they ever thought I’d be. ‘The bad news for my enemies is that I’m healthier than they ever thought I’d be.” Bock told the group, of which he has been a part for many years, that over the past few weeks, “I’ve been going blind in the morning and in the evening every day.” He said he’s been subject to migraine headaches for many years and that the problems he was experiencing with his vision seemed related to the headaches, so he delayed seeking medical attention. Finally, a little more than a week ago, he went to a doctor and described his problem. After an initial examination, Bock said, the doc tor ordered an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) examination. That high tech test. Bock said, revealed that he was suffering a half-inch aneurysm on the right side of his skull. Surgery was indicated, the doctor told Bock, and that surgery was not something that could safely be delayed. The situation was serious and Bock’s family and friends were concerned. Among those friends were the men who meet each week for breakfast at the Episcopal Church. That group prayed, individually and together, for Bennie Bock’s recovery. Bock surrendered himself to the hospital. He was admitted and prepared for an arteriogram which would give doctors an exact location of the aneurysm. That arteriogram, itself not an inconsequential undertaking, involved the insertion of a catheter and, through it, the admission of dye that would facilitate the mapping of the location of the problem. The arteriogram’s results were not what the doctors expected, however. The arteriogram revealed that the aneurysm that had threatened Bock’s vision and perhaps his life was gone. “They were prepared to shave my head and cut my skull open and answer once and for all the question of whether or not I had any brains,” a smiling Bock told the Wednesday breakfast group, making light of something everyone present knew really wasn’t No one will ever convince Bennie Bock that anything bul the prayers of those who cared about him took him from trying to prepare himself for the possibility of death to a whole new appreciation of life and health. Perhaps the MRI examination was simply in error, some will say. Or perhaps the doctors and technicians simply misinterpreted the MRI “pictures.” Perhaps. Bul on the other hand, perhaps what Bennie Bock thinks happened in fact happened. Perhaps Bennie Bock’s friends, sincerely caring about him and sincerely believing in the power of prayer, indeed brought about the intercession of the supreme being at the time Bock was most in need. Bock, a very successful, very conservative businessman, attorney and former politician, a man not given to fantasy and fancy, believes. And that prayer group, a group made up of doctors, businessmen, retired military men and the like, believes. (David Sullens is editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.) Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 1994. There are 55 days left in the year. Today’s highlight in history: On Nov. 6, 1893, composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St Petersburg, Russia, at age 53 after contracting cholera. On this date: In 1854, the “king” of American march music, John Philip Sousa, was bom in Washington D.C. In 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency of the United Slates. In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy. In 1869, the first official intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick, NJ. Rutgers beat Princeton, six goals to four. In 1888, Benjamin Harrison of Indiana won the presidential election, defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland by gaining the required number of electoral votes, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote. In 1900, President McKinley was re-elected, beating Democratic challenger William Jennings Bryan. In 1906, Republican Charles Evans Hughes was elected governor of New York, defeating newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. In 1913, Mohandas K. Gandhi was arrested as he led a march of Indian miners in South Africa. Herald-Zeitung readers say HEB is best place for new Dittlinger From staff reports Readers responded unanimously to last week's Herald-Zeitung reader survey question "Which would be the better location of the Dittlinger Library - HEB building or Plaza Bank building?" Fifty-two readers responded favorably toward the HEB building being the location of the library. No readers responded favorably for the Plaza Bank location. Comments included: ■ HEB is by far the best choice because of plenty of street parking and good lighting. HEB may even donate the property to the city. Downtown site is too dangerous, not enough parking space. ■ Its not as fancy as the bank but has more potential to do it right and ample parking for a library. ■ More square footage in building, more parking. ■ Great location, plenty of parking. ■ I think the city should take advantage of acquiring the HEB, if not for the library - for some other use such as a new police facility or city council building. Traffic flow for this better than downtown and no new construction would be necessary. ;

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