Tuesday, January 17, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion 1 To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about Opinion page call 6259144 act 21 Opinion x We all have the right to call each other names Rudeness is a deeply held constitutional Barney Frank Congressman 1994 EDITORIALS Take no chances Outbreak of rabies in South Texas is reason for caution An outbreak of rabies in South Texas has prompted the Texas Board of Health to declare all Texas counties under a rabies quarantine One official with the board said the situation is dangerous adding it was one which can spread rabies beyond the point of our ability to control An outbreak of canine rabies in South Texas coyotes caused Gov Ann Richards to declare a health emergency and consequently the quarantine as well The quarantine bans transport of many types of wild ani mals and unvaccinated dogs or cats over three months in age Residents should be careful of unknown animals animals which appear mad or drool or foam at the mouth and report any such sightings to law enforcement and animal control officials Also residents should be wise in getting their own pets vaccinated for the disease Animals to watch for include coyotes skunks bats foxes and raccoons According to current law the quarantine cannot be lifted until the region is completely free of rabies for 180 days As of today more than 530 cases have been reported in South Texas since 1988 Also some humans were exposed and underwent treatment Two people have died Rabies is nothing to take lightly Immunize your pet and steer clear of animals even if you think they are not rabid Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon managing editor for the Write 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Fax 210 6251224 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 and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraidZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa SL or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels ComaJ County Tx 78 J 31 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraMZeiiung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Coma and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Maii delivery outside Coma 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 by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 3J1328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Visions of the Gulf War CNN broadcasts Bryon Augustin The sun rises softly over the Buraimi oasis at AlAin on the eastern border of the United Arab Emirates We have now been on the Arabian peninsula for one full day Even though the hours of sleep are short everyones adrenaline is pump ing so rapidly that the energy level is skyhigh The buffet breakfast at the hotel is delightful Fresh straw berries cantaloupe watermel on and pineapple remind me of the advantages of being only a few miles from the Tropic of Cancer strawberries now grace the tables of many European countries illustrating the phenomenal development of the countrys agriculture over the past twenty years As I select a nice slab of lean bacon I notice a sim ple brass plate beside the platter identifying this item as a pork product Interesting isnt it that of the three great Middle Eastern religions only Christians eat pork Both Jews and Muslims shun pork and favor lamb Our first official stop of the day is a visit to the Al Oho palm tissue culture lab The tissue lab is a reminder of how rapidly technology is changing the face of a young nation At the lab technicians in white jackets hover over test tubes as they nurture new palm sprouts into young trees Initially young fiveyear old palm trees are sliced open and tissue is removed and taken to the labora tory The tissue under tightly controlled environ mental conditions begins its life in a media of agar mineral and nutrients as well as sugar It takes from seven months to a year for the tissue to multiply elongate and produce roots Then the plant is transferred to a pot with a typical soil environment and begins to grow rapidly The young tree matures quickly and produces dates within three years The tree may produce dates for up to 100 years On the plantations the trees are planted at 30to 35foot intervals and watered every four days by drip irrigation to conserve water Dur ing each fourday application the tree will receive about four gallons of water This year the laboratory produced approximately new trees The goal for next year is one million trees This program is part of an intensive effort to check the expansion of the desert and one of the reasons why the is referred as a Garden in the While other countries lose valuable agricultural land to the relentless expansion of the migrating dunes the has confronted the desert and is pushing it back into the interior Later in the morning we are guests of Dr Hadef AlDhahiri Vice Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University AlDhahiri holds degrees from Harvard and Cambridge and is one of the bright young Emiratis who is helping shape the education al policy in his nation The university is young having been in existence only 17 years However it is maturing rapidly Today it has a student enrollment of nearly students and a teaching faculty of 800 The biggest difference from American universities is that the campus is divided into a womens campus and a mens campus This is a part of the cultural heritage of the country and although the policy seems unusu al to us we are learning that all societies have their own sets of traditions and that it is essential for us to respect these traditions Lunch was hosted by AlDhahiri and the main course was a salute to the Arabian Gulf seafood that was almost beyond description broiled lobster tails baked grouper a spicy flavored shrimp casserole deep fried shrimp and seafood bisque We are in a race to determine if our expansion of knowledge can keep up with our expanding waistlines The evening was reserved for consultations with university professors from our academic disciplines I find my colleagues in the geography department interested in many of the same issues that concern me We discuss the problems of adjusting curriculum to meet the needs of a changing society We worry about the rapidly increasing size of our classes and we discuss requirements for tenure and promotion We agree to exchange teaching materials think about the possibility of joint research and plan on possible faculty exchanges between our institutions The rewards for a visit such as ours seem endless A new day dawns and you can feel the electrici ty of anticipation as our group boards the bus Today we visit the desert Our trip will take us to the very edge of the Rub Empty Quarter This is one of the driest locations in the world seldom receiving more than one inch of rain each year Some locations in the interior experience tenyear spans when not one drop of rain falls After driving for almost two hours a blotch of green appears on the landscape As we enter the complex a sign reads Nahshala Nahshala is an experimental farm which is growing and devel oping plants with a high tolerance for salt The plants need to be salttolerant because they are being irri gated with water from the sea We are met at the entrance by an engaging young North Carolinian who oversees the project for the President Shaikh Zayed The research at this facility is cuttingedge technology They are developing plants that are capable of excreting the salt through their leaves The potential is exciting as the farm has already produced two grasses that are suit able for livestock and one plant that can be eaten by humans that tastes a bit like spinach As I glance back at the farm on our departure I reflect on how many stereotypes of the Arab world are being erased So many Americans perceive the Arab world as a society of Bedouin camel herders with primitive underdeveloped economies If they could observe what I have the past few days they would have to construct an entire new set of con ceptualizations about Arab development Tonight the bus is carrying us through the desert as we leave AlAin headed for the capital city of Abu Dhabi It is an opportunity to engage in discourse with our colleagues We all seem to come to the same con clusion Information is coming in so rapidly we feel that we are in a time warp Only after we return home will we be able to slowly digest everything that is happening to us Abu Dhabi is one of those far away places with strange sounding names As I stand on the ninth floor balcony of our hotel gazing out over the waters of the Arabian Gulf it all seems like a dream Images of CNN broadcasts of the Gulf War flood across my mind as I try to put this geographical place into perspective Today I will get some assistance Byron Augustin is a New Braunfels resident and MidEast consultant with Southwest Texas State University on assignment in the With eye on 996 election Clinton heads west By RON FOURNIER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP With an eye on the 1996 election President Clinton is picking up his travel schedule in hopes of persuading vot ers that he not resurgent Republi cans can slice them a piece of the American The president fresh from a Mid west stop Friday was marking Mar tin Luther King Day in Denver Mon day before heading to California a state holding the key to his reelec tion prospects Coming into the new year aides said the president would travel in advance of this months State of the Union address trying to define his troubled presidency in the wake of the midterm election embarrassment More than people were expected to hear his case today at a downtown park amphitheatre in Den ver Organizers say Denvers King Day Analysis observance is the secondlargest in the nation after Atlanta where King made his home King who was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 would have turned 66 on Sunday Monday was a nation al holiday in his honor Local officials were guarding against any trouble The 1991 King Day celebration in Denver ended in a riot as antiKlan protesters squared off against police at a Ku Klux Klan rally In California the president planned a second King Day address tonight before reflecting on the Jan 17 1994 Northridge earthquake and assessing damage from last weeks disastrous floods The president planned to return to Washington ear ly Wednesday morning Storms battering California for almost two weeks created floods and mudslides that killed at least 11 r o ple and caused an estimated million in damage Eager to show his sympathy Clinton produced special radio and television addresses for California last week Democrats are worried Clinton who won the voterich state in 1992 may have trouble holding on to it in 1996 Despite his help in the Novem ber campaign Democratic guberna torial nominee Kathleen Brown failed to unseat Gov Pete Wilson A Los Angeles Times Poll taken in October showed Clinton with a 49 percent jobapproval rating better than in many states but still lower than he hoped to be The trip on the heels of Fridays visit to Cleveland came just four days after he named Sen Christopher Dodd to chair the Democratic Party his first major personnel move preparing for the reelection cam paign Clinton previewed his King speech during Saturdays radio address in which he tried to link the civil rights leaders legacy to middleclass opportunism One of Martin Luther Kings greatest lessons was that every American deserves a piece of the American dream the chance to pull ourselves up and work our way into the middle Clinton said The president is promoting his Middle Class Bill of which would provide modest tax breaks for college tuition tax credits for fami lies with children expanded Individ ual Retirement Accounts and grants for worker training With Congress in Republican con trol the White House is already talk ing compromise but Clinton says he will draw the line on any program that adds to the federal deficit or damages programs that help middle class Americans In the new Congress my test will be Does an idea expand middle class incomes and oppi rtuniues Clinton said in the radio address D Disagree Bravo Thanks Hogwash Share your feelings through letters to ibe editor published every Wednesday and Sunday in the New Braunfels HeraUZeitung

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