Sunday, November 6, 1994

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 6, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Sunday Nov Opinion Td talk Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page can 6269144 ext 21 QUOTA What society requires from is that it function as an early naming Elizabeth Janeway author feminist 1974 EDITORIALS Perots agenda Endorsement of Gov Richards creates more questions than it answers ormer independent presidential candidate H Ross Perot stepped forward last week and offered one of the most flattering endorsements jver given to any candidate for public office to incum bent 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 states 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 selfproclaimed nononsense 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 thenincumbent President George Bush Election experts noted after the votes were counted that Perots votes significantly swayed voters who would have otherwise cast their ballots for Bush This could explain why Perot seemed the least both ered 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 billionaires personal agenda Perots 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 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 theyve and then what their conscience tells them Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon manag ing editor of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings aid weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the NewBraurtfelsHeratdZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawor311328 New Braunfels Carnal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeilung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months lone year Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months year Mail outside Texas three months six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or 210 6060846 tollfree for SeguiB Marion Garden Ridge Bracken Bulverde and San Antonio by 7 pm weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraidZtitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion Myth of change exposed by new book Cal Thomas Nearly two years after the election of Bill Clinton as j 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 inexperi enced and as liberal as George McGovem Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis The book is On the Edge The Clinton Presidency by Elizabeth Drew Drews painstaking and detailed interviews with highranking Administration peo ple some of whom spoke on the record takes up where Bob Woodwards bestselling The Agen da left off On the matter of credibility neither Woodward nor Drew is identified with Republican or conservative From the start says a senior White House offi cial We just werent ready emotionally intel lectually organizationally or They still arent Drew writes Astonishingly there was no real plan for what the new Adminis tration would do after it got to Well there was one plan to populate the Administra tion 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 higherups 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 paruier with her husband She is as both he and she Suggested during the campaign coPresident She makes and shapes policies far beyond her imprint on the failed health care program And woe to anyone who crosses her Shes the only person around here people are afraid said an associate who understandably didnt want to be quoted Unlike the President who would blow up often curse and get over it Mrs Clinton remem writes Drew Diversity more than experience or competence became the Holy Grail of the Administration The continuing insistence on writes Drew led to a certain amount of tokenism of putting people in jobs they werent ready the White House the criteria for jobs became referred to as EGG ethnicity gender With a crew litmustested according to political correctness rather than experience and compe tence is it any wonder so many mistakes and mis judgments have been made The portrait of the President that emerges in the book is of a raging codependent adult child of an alcoholic who must constantly be bucked up by staff people who tell him hes doing a great job Otherwise writes Drew he gets depressed and goes into a funk The words Drew chooses to describe the Presi dent and characterize his personality are supported by numerous sources Here are a few that set the lone Clinton looked pale and uncertain he conveyed no sense of he has a tendency to lay the blame on he regularly risked the dignity and majesty of the Clintons selfdefinition as a new kind of Democrat was designed among other things to camouflage h is big government Clinton talks too looseness with the hap 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 says Drew And revealing the President for what he is as distinct from the craft ed campaign image she quotes a senior aide as saying about his taxandspend proposals The problem is that with all these proposals were mak ing hes in danger of being seen as another big taxing bigspending biggovernment Democrat which he Drew writes of systemic failure in the White House and of unprecedented power by pollster Stan Greenberg whose data regularly shapes poli cy decisions a reversal of what leadership used to mean Elizabeth Drews book chronicles a feelgood Presidency therapy for a man who desperately needs another kind Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist for Los Angeles Times What do you think The state of Californias voters will go to the polls of Proposition 178 which would deny statefunde grants The plan has divided the state including I ernor there Would you approve such a plan if yo Texas What do you think Fill out the coupon drop it by our office at and well report the results in next Sundays editic names will be published Deadline to submit your Copied forms are Ban illegal immigrants from statefunded education Please indicate your vote circle one Yes or No and decide the fa d education for illegal imm he two candidates for govu were voting on the issue Q7 Landa in New Braunfel n One vote per person N opinion is Friday Nov Name Age Sex J Power of prayer convincing in case of Bennie Bock David Sullens Former legislator attorney rancher and auto dealer Ben nie Bock will tell you that he is living testimony to the pow er of prayer Bock told the mens break fast group at St Johns Epis copal Church that Wednesday morning He began humorously Ive got good news and bad he said Ive got good news for my friends and bad news for my enemies The good news for my friends is that Im healthier than they ever thought Id be The bad news for my enemies is that Im healthier than they ever thought Id Bock told the group of which he has been a pan for many years that over the past few weeks Ive been going blind in the morning and in the evening every He said hes been subject to migraine headaches for many years and that the problems he was expe riencing with his vision seemed related to the headaches so he delayed seeking medical atten tion 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 Today in history tor ordered an MRI magnetic resonance imaging examination That high tech test Bock said revealed that he was suffering a halfinch 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 Bocks 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 Bocks recovery Bock surrendered himself to the hospital He was admitted and prepared for an arteri ogram 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 prob lem The arteriograms results were not what the doc tors expected however The arteriogram revealed that the aneurysm that had threatened Bocks 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 a smiling Bock told the Wednesday breakfast group making light of something everyone present knew really wasnt No one will ever convince Bennie Bock that anything but the prayers of those who cared about him took him from trying to prepare himself for the possibility of death to a whole new apprecia uon 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 pic Perhaps But on the other hand perhaps what Bennie Bock thinks happened in fact happened Perhaps Bennie Bocks friends sincerely caring about him and sincerely believing in the power eft prayer indeed brought about the intercession of the supreme being at the time Bock was most in need Bock a very successful very conservative busi nessman attorney and former politician a man not given to fantasy and fancy believes And that prayer group a group made up of doc tors businessmen retired military men and the like believes David Sullens is editor and publisher of the New Braunfels By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Nov 6 the 310th day of 1994 There are 55 days left in the year Todays highlight in history On Nov 6 1893 composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St Peters burg Russia at age 53 after contract ing cholera On this date In 1854 the king of American march music John Philip Sousa was born in Washington In 1860 former Illinois congress man Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency of the United States In 1861 Jefferson Davis was elect ed to a sixyear term as president of the Confederacy In 1869 the first official intercolle giate football game was played in New Brunswick N J Rutgers beat Prince ton six goals to four In 1888 Benjamin Harrison of Indi ana won the presidential election defeating incumbent Grover Cleve land by gaining the required number of electoral votes even though Cleve land led in the popular vote In 1900 President McKinley was reelected beating Democratic chal lenger 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 HeraldZeitung readers say HEB is best place for new Dittlinger From staff reports Readers responded unanimously to last weeks HeraldZeitung reader sur vey question Which would be the better location of the Dittlinger Library HEB building or Plaza Bank build ing Fiftytwo readers responded favor ably toward the HEB building being the location of the library No readers respondjicj 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 park ing 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 HI think the city should take advan tage of acquiring the HEB if not for the librdryfor 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