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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page4A Wednesday Jan Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 U O T A B L Magazines too frequently lead to books and should be regarded by the prudent as the heavy petting of Fran Lebowitz humorist writer 1974 EDITORIALS Topsy turvey city politics Effort to recall mayor is latest in series of creative political moves An effort to recall the mayor of New Braunfels is well underway with the city council having accepted a petition for a recall election Saturday Whatever the reasons may be worthy or unworthy one cannot help but take a short look back at the past two years and immediately connect this movement with simi lar ones past Starting with the election of council member James Goodbread to his fourth term while at the same time a term limits referendum was passed Goodbread waited in a courtroom for months for the outcome but more impor tantly the councils normal flow of doing their business was interrupted Next a petition to recall council member Dan Bremer is circulated signed presented to council and accepted Some time later he was successfully recalled Still later one person Mary Serold instrumental in that movement is elected to replace him Next a member of the council Paul Eraser who wins reelection by a slim margin is sued by opponent Gary Kahlig because of the way the election was conducted with accusations of wrongdoing by election officials translating into a lawsuit against someone who was not an official All this in less than two years time Sound a little like a madeforTV script Perhaps Some say this is democracy at work Others call it a threering circus Sometimes it appears to be a little of both 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned r Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the i previous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 J General DuVall J Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger Croteau Published on Sunday roomings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by he NewBrnuttfelsHemldZeittatg USPS 377880 707 Landa St er PjO Drawer 311328 New J Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by VxNtwBraun ifclj HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas CaBJerdeliveredtaComal and GuadaJupe counties three monihs six months one year Senior Ciuzea Discounts by earner dehveiy only six monfos one year MaU deti very outside Comal County in Texas three mate six months Jooe year Mail outskte Texas three months six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday J or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 by 7 pan weekdays or by 11 oo Sunday Send address changes to Draw 311328 New 781311328 Opinion Stuck in the midst of a lukewarm winter Mark Lyon I have a complaint It is one that is directed toward a specific profession but also one that will get no results even in light of this complaint I dont like this years win ter The weathermen or meteo rologists can do nothing about it All they can do is give the same lukewarm forecast right in to March In fact Im wondering where winter is I thought for a few days two weeks ago that we might have one after all We were chillin in the 30s as I recall and central heating systems everywhere began to crank up Mine too In fact it was not until that time that I turned the heater on at all Whats more Ive actually used the air conditioner throughout October and November this year Somethings wrong with that We should be bundling up defending ourselves against a cold Arctic wind that tries to cut right through you Instead shorts tshirts and even tank tops are everywhere This weekend my family and I went to Landa Park We donned our jeans and tshirts and had a wonderful time in 70degree weather with clear skies Three years ago I spent a lofty sum and pur chased a black leather jacket one that I had want ed for a long time and finally convinced myself to splurge on I enjoy wearing that jacket all three days each year Last week we went through a pretty impressive thunderstorm the type you see in the spring We were also under a tornado watch that day This is crazy I really dont have anything against spring sum mer or the warm fall we have here But to really appreciate each of those seasons we simply must have a winter Winters like this keep me reflecting back on the dog days of summer suspecting that we will see an extralong summer season after such a luke warm winter The visions of summer are still fresh such as when I would go to my car at around 3 on practically any day in July open the door and get hit by a wave of heat with the impact of a hammer Its nothing short of grueling I also picture myself staring at the millions upon millions of mosquitoes hovering around my porch light at night wondering if I had been spotted and being considered for dinner I had a bad experience with mosquitoes last summer while in Houston You see in Houston they grow so big theyll carry you away if youre not careful Somehow I walked into a growth of weeds just a few yards off of a fairway on a golf course there and apparently dis rupted a colony of them They sent a greeting party my way and I spent ten minutes running from some of the biggest meanest most horrifying creatures Id ever seen And I must have looked like a filet mignon to them Luckily I ran by a pair of fellow golfers possessing a handy can of Off Wheeeeew Mild winters create these kinds of problems A couple of good freezes each year makes it bearable for all of us I dont think having a three or four weeks of real winter each year is asking for much Im native Texan and faced the fact that I will see very few white Christmases during my lifetime I dont mind if its cold its the season and that is what matters most With my luck well get four inches of snow dumped on us tomorrow just because I filed this complaint in ink with my name and picture beside it Fate has a way of trying to embarrass us some times But this time that would be just fine with me Mark Lyon is managing editor for the Herald Gingrich speeches add to his reading list By NITA LELYVELD Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Maybe its the hardtoshed habit of a former history professor Maybe its just enthusiasm Or maybe Newt Gin grich thinks if he can get people to read all the books he reads he can get them to think like him too Whatever the reason every time the new House Speaker gives a speech these days he suggests books for his listeners to read Day by day the Gingrich reading list is growing and becoming more eclectic For the lover of history theres James Flexners biography of George Washington Washington The Indispensable Worried about welfare reform Try Marvin Olaskys The Tragedy of American For those who want to follow the new speaker into the future he talks about with such relish theres the quickread version of futurist Alvin Tofflers The Third Called Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Jan 18 the 18th day of 1995 There are 347 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Jan English explor er Robert F Scott and his expedition reached the South Pole only to dis cover that Roald Amundsen had got ten there fust Scott and his party died during the return On this dale In 1778 English navigator Capt lames Cook discovered the Hawai ian Islands which be dubbed the Sandwich In 1788 the first English settlers Analysis Creating A New Civilization The Politics of the Third its writ ten by Toffler and his wife Heidi with an introduction by Gingrich Gingrich often peppers rambling speeches about political life and the cyberspace future with the titles of books hes reading or has read He has plugged Olasky repeatedly for instance most notably on the House floor in his acceptance speech after being elected speaker Sometimes Gingrich makes it clear he is virtually assigning the books to lawmakers and those on congressional staffs who wish to suc ceed under his rule Thats what happened three days after the election when he gave his first speech as speakertobe before the Washington Research Group Describing himself as a conserva tive he mentioned two books by Toffler The Third Wave and Future In just about the next breath he referred to the Federalist papers as I believe the most powerful single doctrine for the leadership of human beings and for their opportunity to pursue He also threw in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution And then he began listing a host of other books that he would recom mend to all the congressional staffs including management guru Peter Druckers The Effective Execu the thinking of qualitycontrol expert W Edwards Doming and the abbreviated Toffler book A few weeks later when the House Republicans chose him as their candidate for speaker at a party caucus he thanked them by officially assigning the books he had men tioned previously and more Now because I am a college teacher let me say to you that in addition to your two handouts there are eight documents I want to refer you to during the Christmas he began He was serious The Federalist papers for example were handed out to all freshman House members along with a book version of the Contract with America during an orientation luncheon The reading list is so well known in Washington that Trover bookstore a few blocks from the Capitol has a Newts Reading List sign on the counter with piles of the books he keeps mentioning behind it Among them are both an abridged onevolume Democracy in Ameri and an unabridged twovolume set Lobbyists and congressional staffers have been steadily buying the titles workers say For an author getting a place on the reading list can be great for the career especially if the book is technical a little dry or otherwise not a great candidate for a popular hit Nita Lelyveld covers Congress for The Associated arrived in Australias Botany Bay to establish a penal colony In 1862 the 10th president of the United States John Tyler died in Richmond Virginia at age 71 In 1892 comedian Oliver Hardy was born in Harlem Ga In the first landing of an air craft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B Ely brought his plane in for a safe landing on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor In 1919 the World War I Peace Congress opened in Versailles France In 1943 during World War U the Soviets announced theyd broken the long Nazi siege of Leningrad In 1943 a wartime ban on the sale of presliced bread in the aimed at reducing demand for metal replacement parts at bakeries went into effect In Albert DeSalvo who claimed to be the Boston was convicted in Cambridge of armed robbery assault and sex offenses Sentenced to life DeSalvo was killed by a fellow inmate in In 1975 the situation comedy The a spinoff from All in the premiered on CBS Ten years ago The State Depart ment announced it would boycott future deliberations of the World Court on Nicaraguas complaint that the United States was an aggressor nation Five years ago A jury in Los Angeles acquitted former preschool operators Raymond Buckey and his mother Peggy McMartin Buckey of 52 child molestation charges Wash ington Mayor Marion Barry was arrested in an FBI sting on drugpos session charges he was later con victed of a One year ago Retired Adm Bob by Inman withdrew his nomination to be defense secretary denouncing what he described as attacks on his character and reputation IranContra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh released his final report in which he said for mer President Reagan had acqui esced in a coverup of the scandal an accusation Reagan called   

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