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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 u o T A B L Freedom of speech is a human yearning insistent persisten and Rodney A Smolla law professor 1991 D I T O R I A Be A Part of the Solution Local residents should step up and play a part in city government The city of New Braunfels is currently accepting applications for membership of three different advisory boards Those boards include the His toric Landmark Commission partial New Braunfels Airport Advisory Board and the New Braunfels Airport Advisory Board two full term This is the perfect opportunity for residents to become involved with city government Often times some residents complain that government and governing bodies are ineffective or criticize decisions made by those individuals Though it is not wrong to com plain or criticize it is wrong if the one doing the complain ing has an opportunity to doing something about but does not 11n most cases positions such as advisory boards do not pay anything The reward is simple and comes from striv ing for and accomplishing things which will better this community and benefit those who live here It takes a certain kind of individual to do that One that fcares who is sincere patient and determined That description might fit you I If so pick up an application at the city secretarys office located at 424 S Castell but return it by Wednesday Feb Appointments will be considered at the Feb 27 city council meeting i Go ahead Get involved Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon managing editor for the I Write New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua ttion 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 rMail letters to to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 few Braunfels Texas 781311328 ax 210 6251224 lewBraurifels jHeraldZeitung jfeditor and Sullens DuVall jJManaging Lyon fjAdvertising Davis Ann Avery JPressroom Brandt Reininger Croteau I 377880 707 New toe months six months six months one year in New BraunfeJs Texas iSft delivery Canal Texas fjwecmowhs six monte WHO MaU outside Tews three six months one year SUwaiUn who have not recdvcd a oewipaiw by Friday by am Sunday may call 210 6259144 by 7 pjn weekdays or by on Opinion Barney will survive without federal dollars Cal Thomas The Public Broadcasting System is battling to remain on taxpayer life support It has flooded its own airwaves with selfpromoting montages of its best programming that con clude with the rhetorical ques tion If PBS doesnt do it who will None of the spots shows excerpts from any of PBS most controversial programs including some that have pro moted leftwing and onesided views on domestic and foreign policy issues PBS wants us to think that pulling the taxrevenue plug will cause the immediate death of Barney and Big thats the tragic image they are trying to sell When PBS parent the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was established in 1967 television was a vast wasteland with little programming that could be said to benefit culture or intellect One could argue that it has gotten worse in the ensuing 28 years But the point about PBS and its federal funding is not its content onesidedly lib eral and offensive as it sometimes The point is whether one television network should receive fed eral subsidies especially with the proliferation of commercial cable networks that offer cultural and childrens programming at least as good or better than PBS Cable channels now outspend PBS on program ming that PBS says is essential to its mission The Disney Channel spends million a year on childrens programming compared to million at PBS CNN spends million on news and public affairs PBS spends million Other pri vate cable as the Discovery Chan nel the Learning Channel Nickelodeon Bravo American Movie Classics and Arts Entertain childrens programming documen taries classical music even opera There would be no cultural wasteland if PBS went off the air tomorrow PBS programs make a bundle of money for those selling licensed merchandise only a small percentage of which flows back to PBS Shouldnt the people cleaning up on the sale of Big Bird and Barney toys tshirts and sheets be required to share more of that money with PBS before the tax payer has to pony up A new PBS policy requires that the network receive a share of profits made from selling merchandise related to a program though this does not apply to the Childrens Tele vision Workshop which produces Sesame because CTW predates PBS CTW has gross revenues of more than million per year PBS also generates millions of dollars of income through privately sponsored programs and com mercial sales Bill Moyers production company has raised more than million some of which comes from sales of his videos through PBS Video which pays a 30 percent royalty to Moyers and his partners The Heritage Foundations Laurence Jarvik who has studied PBS funding and programming says PBS is a money machine that doesnt need federal dollars to More than 70 major public television stations now sell national commercial spot advertising which earns the stations more than million annually The president of Public Broadcast Mar keting which sells the advertising told the show business trade newspaper Variety that PBS stations could sell million of advertising annually within five years While PBS has always denied it allows advertising on the network there is little difference between a 15second under writing credit and a 15second commercial Jarvik recommends replacing the federal sub sidy for PBS which is estimated to grow to bil lion by next year if Congress fails to with a publicly held stock corporation that would allow commercial advertising That way if programmers wanted to produce material trashing traditional values and promoting the supposed joys of a Socialist society they would be subject to the same market forces required of all other commer cial programming If government funds cannot promote religion why should they be used to promote a mostly one dimensional point of view on PBS Whether those ideas are good or bad is not the point PBS can easily survive even prosper fol lowing a cutoff of federal funding The network has served its Congress should acknowledge that give it an award and close the purse strings Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist with Los Angeles Times Should the send billions to rescue the Mexican peso Yes or No circle one GOODBYE FOR Now To A BEST FRIEND Les once publisher and now publisher emeritus of the Galve ston County Daily News recently lost his wife Faye The column which fol lows a tribute to her is one of the most moving things I have ever read and I wanted to share it with you David Sullens publisher Dear Readers Please forgive this breach of pro fessional standards as I pay final trib ute to my recently deceased wife Faye my best friend and faithful partner for 42 years This remem brance will not be a sad one as she was a positive and upbeat person Faye was a deeply religious woman who believed totally that her God was real and that every word of Scripture was to be taken literally I once said to her that maybe some parts of the Bible were symbolic and were not meant to be taken literally She blasted me with both barrels Never again did I question her interpretation of the Bible I knew better because I realized it was a battle I couldnt win In the final days of her life I saw the results of a faith in God that nev er wavered even as she endured pain so severe that I lack the words to describe it Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Jan 22 the 22nd day of 1995 There are 343 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Jan President Wil son pleaded for an end to war in Europe calling for peace without By April however Amer ica also was at On this date In 1901 Britains Queen Victoria died at age 82 In 1905 thousands of demonstrat ing Russian workers were fired on by Imperial army troops in St Guest column She dearly loved our two sons Les Jr and Charles She adored our six grandchildren Faye was a gentle lady but when anyone criticized a family member including me that gentleness gave way to tenacity not unlike that which protects a bear cub when the mother bear fears that one of her cubs is threatened Thank you Faye for 42 wonderful years together Faye believed completely that one day we would be together again Who am I to doubt her I also want to speak to my sons Les Jr and wife Laurie and Charles and wife Shari I will never forget your love care and attention to my Faye in her final days How inspiring to see my two grown sons dote on their mother in the same way she responded to them when they were little boys and were in pain Thank you Faye for teaching me the true meaning of pure love Thank you too for Les Jr and Charles Petersburg on what became known as Red Sunday or Bloody Sun In 1938 Thornton Wilders play Our Town was performed publicly for the first time in Princeton In 1944 during World War D Allied forces began landing at Anzio Italy In 1953 The a drama by Arthur Miller opened on Broad way In 1961 a Portuguese ocean liner the Santa Maria was hijacked in the Caribbean with some 600 passengers aboard the drama ended 11 days lat er when the ship docked in Brazil Faye you did yourself real proud I also wish to tell my sons just how I met and married their mother It was the early 1950s Faye and I were both students at MasseyBraughan Business College in Montgomery Alabama The first day I met Faye was the result of a dead battery in her Chevrolet She was trying unsuccess fully to start her car when I offered to help I have absolutely no mechanical ability I dont know a spark plug from a fuel pump but I told her I would see what the trouble was I asked her to release the hood latch so I could check the engine She popped the hood release I opened the hood and began fiddling with wires and parts I knew absolute ly nothing about Cockily I told her to try to crank the car Through some miracle I had pulled on the right wire and the car started Faye thought I was Gods gift to engineering I milked the situation for all it was worth She offered to pay me I told her the only charge was that she go with me to the movie that night She said OK We went to the drivein theater I knew instantly that she was meant for me I asked her to marry me and she said yes In a few months we were married That first meeting began a 42year love affair that hasnt ended even in death As I was driving her back to her apartment I turned on the car radio We both agreed that the first tune would be our song The first song played was a popu lar one of the 1950s The song was I dont remember all the lyrics but I do remember these Ill be loving you always with a love thats true On a visit to the hospital on what was to be her final day on Earth I asked her if she remembered our song hi a voice so weak it was barely audible she began singing Emotion overcame me and I began to cry She hugged me tightly and asked me not to cry She said to me We will be together I believe her completely Readers say information should be given to women considering abortion From staff reports Approximately 37 readers respond ed to last weeks HeraldZeitung read er survey question which asked Should government pass legislation mandating information on abortions All 37 readers responded in favor of such legislations Some of the answers were Yes Ideally the government should make abortion illegal but since its not any and all information avail able should be given to women con sidering abortion How can education be intimidation Yes Women should be informed that this is an actual baby not a mass of tissue Psalm For you created my inmost being you knit me togeth er in my mothers God know and forms the baby It is wrong to destroy the life he has Yes Proabortion activists should have no problem with infor mation What are they trying to hide The truth
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