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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                Opinion I To talk with Managing Hditor Mark Lyon about he Opinion page caB 5259144 ext 21 Opinion The media protray people as evil Blacks are evil Latins are evil Whites are evil But were all human Melanie PasleyThomas social worker 1994 Arab culture unfolds during trip EDITORIAL Spay and neuter pets More than animals were destroyed in New Braunfels in 94 Anyone who owns a dog or a cat knows how special these ani mals can be They are loyal and dependable friends who bring love and companionship into their owners lives every day But along with the benefits of pet ownership come responsi bilities Responsibilities that too many New Braunfels pet own ers are ignoring In dogs were brought to the Human Society ani mal shelter Of those 214 found new homes and 203 were reclaimed by their owners That leaves 938 dogs that were euth anized Cats brought to the shelter fared even worse cats were brought into the shelter One hundred and seven were adopted 20 were reclaimed by owners and were destroyed Ask yourself right now if all of your pets are spayed or neutered If they are not then you are part of this totally pre ventable problem The procedure is safe and relatively inex pensive And it is part of responsible pet ownership So is keep ing your animal fenced or on a leash Many people think that if they bring a litter of kittens or pup pies into the shelter they will be adopted Sadly that is often not the case Worse others simply abandon litters of animals along the side of the road They often end up with a worse fate starv ing to death being hit by a car or shot by a rancher protecting his flock It would be wonderful if the animal shelter did not have to put a single animal to sleep in 1995 That wont happen but if peo ple would simply spay or neuter their pets those figures of destroyed animals would begin to drop For all the joy animals bring into our lives it is a shame to repay them the way we do Roger Croteau is city editor of the Write us 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Byron Augustin Each day we are becoming more and more absorbed by the culture of the peopte we are vis iting in the United Arab Emi rates It is such a polite sevkly and so gracious We are even able to use effectively a few Arabic phrases like hello Salaamalaikum which literal ly means peace be upon thank you shookran and youre welcome Ahlan wa Suhlan Many aspects of the society continue to impress everyone in our delegation High on the list is their respect for the aged their devotion to their children and their commitment to the same God that Jews and Christians worship The Ministry of Health administers a program that would be the envy of President Clinton and the Congress Every citizen of the United Arab Emi rates has free health care Texas has a strong con nection to their health care program as several Emi ratis have studied at Baylor and Anderson Hospital in Houston One professor in our group asked whether AIDS was a health problem We were told candidly that a few cases of AIDS existed Most were the result of contaminated blood from transfusions All AIDS patients are given the best treatment possible to make their lives comfortable Psychological and physical treatment is provided When asked to comment about an AIDS preven tion program the Minister stated that their native pop ulation did not include a significant number of high risk individuals He added that any individual who was coming to the for more than 48 hours automatically is required to take an HIV test If the results are positive the individual is sent home We do not leave the door open for he said At lunch we are instructed to change into com fortable clothes and get ready for an early afternoon surprise The van then ferries us to the airport where a Lockheed C130 transport plane piloted by Emirate Air Force officers is whirring its engines while wait ing for us on the tarmac For most of the delegation an unbelievable event lies ahead As we walk up the cargo ramp and enter the bow els of this military workhorse we are more than a lit tle jittery Everywhere we look there are hoses straps gauges knobs and strangelooking machinery 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 liruunfela Htralcl2eilunS USPS 377880 707 Landa Si or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Corqal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Bruun fels HeraldZtiUtag in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Corral and Guatlalupe counties three months S19 six months S34 oae year Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by UJB on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday ftusiMAiiix Send address changes to the New liraunjeh HeraldZeitung Draw er 3 H328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 When the pikx cranks up the engine the old bird begins K shudder and shake as we taxi down the run way Scon Abu Dhabi is stretching out like a giant map below us As we bank to the right the cobalt Hue waters of the Arabian Gulf unfold below us Off shore oil platforms and tanker loading facilities appear out of nowhere and just as quickly disap pear One half of the immense oil reserves are located offshore Our destination is the island of Sir Ban Yas in the southwestern comer of the Gulf Here we have the opportunity to view Shaikh Zayeds commit ment to wildlife As we tour the island we spot emus llamas onyx giraffes several different kinds of gazelles and a wide selection of birds The entire island is a wildlife sanctuary and the international wildlife community gives the project high marks On the flight back to Abu Dhabi the captain allows three of us at a time into the cockpit to take pictures As the plane descends into Abu Dhabi the pilot makes a pass over the city The sun is low on the horizon casting a soft light over a building architects paradise that has a magical appearance below us The one phrase that pops into my mind is It doesnt get much better than this boys Friday morning finds us one hundred miles up the coastline in the city of Dubai On the streets and main banks and commercial establishments is the economic heartbeat of the booming pri vate sector Energy pumps through its streets like a major power surge Practically everywhere one looks construction is evident Singapore Hong Kong Rotterdam get out of the way here comes Dubai No one challenges Dubai as the major commercial center in the Gulf Ships trade has been humming along for as long as anyone can remember As in days old the dhow sailboats sail out of Dubai bound for markets in Iran Pakistan India and East Africa We visit a place called The where the dhows are still an active part of the trade picture The dhow harbor is crammed with ships carrying every possible type of freight imaginable A small boat carries its passengers to the harbor side where a cornucopia of culture unfolds The passen gers faces are like snowflakes no two are alike We see black faces from Africa white faces from the Islamic republics of the former Soviet Union the tan faces of Pakistanis Indians Egyptians Filipinos Syrians and many more Bartering is going on everywhere There is constant motion A cacophony of voices fill the air shouting How much for Too and Sold congratulations all at the same time in several different languages Women with solid gold teeth sell blankets from Uzbekistan Somali sailors tell stories of the hardships in their homeland Indian Sikhs with turbans return our gaze and I am asked if I want to sell my camera This place is alive The next day we visit the Jebel All Free Zone The Dubai government gambled on a big bet They drew to an inside straight and won What they did was nothing short of phenomenal They built the largest manmade port in the world Along with the Great Wall of China the port is one of the two manmade objects which can be seen from space with the naked eye This was no small task First sand had to be dredged They moved enough sand to build a wall 3 feet wide by 5 feet high that would circle the globe When they finished it was and still is possible to turn an aircraft carrier around in the basin without changing gears Today more than 750 companies operate in the Free Zone including Coleman one of New Braunfels top industries Our last day in the United Arab Emirates takes us to the east coast and the shores of the Gulf of Oman in the Emirate of Fujairah Fujairah provides the with a deep water port that eliminates the necessity of passing through the Strait of Hormuz Upon visiting the Fujairah Museum an unexpect ed treat occurs A busload of second grade boys arrives at the museum with their teacher The children are absolutely beautiful with sparkling dark eyes and infectious grins Already they are studying Eng lish and are eager to try out their new language I ask them How are you and a resounding chorus of We are fine echoes back After showing them photos of my family they disappear into the muse um I miss my family We have now been in the United Arab Emirates for nine days Tomorrow we leave for Oman Many of our stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims have been erased a thousand new ideas are bouncing around in our brains Yet the consensus of the group is unani mous We have come to love the people and the country of the United Arab Emirates This concludes the fourpart series on the In two days I will begin to share my observations from Oman This is the fourth in a series of articles written by Southwesl Texas State University Professor Byron Augustin on a recent Middle Ease C i fi I w Clintons Mexico move reflects new strategy WASHINGTON AP Facing eroding support in Congress for his proposed billion Mexican loan guarantee plan President Clinton decided to cut his losses and go it alone with a plan not requiring congression al action For a president long tormented by criticism for being unfocused and inde cisive it was a step the White House could hold up as a sign of action and which leaders of Congress of both par ties could greet with a sigh of relief His move bypassing Congress completely was the first example of an emerging White House strategy under which the president intends to make wider use of his executive authority in deadend confrontations with Congress Clinton crafted the Mexican aid package from a combination of exec utive orders and by persuading the International Monetary Fund and oth er international lenders to up their stakes And while the action provoked con gressional criticism some accused him of panicking olhers complained he was misusing a fund designed to defend the dollar his critics had no Analysis immediate vehicle for stopping the presidents plan For the most part congressional leaders seemed to be filled with grati tude that Clinton had taken the pressure off them to act And Clinton was able to avoid what would have been a bruising battle par ticularly with members of his own par ty who overwhelmingly opposed the Mexican rescue plan It raises the question of why didnt he do it earlier But it also shows lead ership which was badly needed The president was able to force political said Lawrence Chimerine an economic consultant who follows trade issues Chimerine and some other econo mists raised concerns that the new Clinton package puts more tax dollars at risk than would have the original loanguarantee package But Clinton showed he was able to move even at a time when his clout on Capitol Hill has never been lower His decision to act decisively was a good tonic for a White House itill numbed by the November Republican landslide and overshadowed by the energy and the activity of the newly empowered Republican majority on the Hill Clinton went through all the prop er steps of trying to involve the con gressional said Sen Christopher Dodd the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee We in my view dropped the ball in not responding to that This time Clinton was able to pick up the ball and run with it Even so there are limits to how often he can govern through executive fiat and how much he can accomplish And the steps he took carried some risk and controversy especially that of encumbering the Exchange Stabilization Fund by up to bil lion to help Mexico Thais the 60 yearold fund used by Treasury to defend the dollar at limes of cur rency instability Never before has it been used to shore up a foreign cur rency And the move did nothing to keep Clintons harshest critics from keeping up their attack Theres no doubt that Clintons going to look bold But so did Jesse said conservative commenta tor Pal Buchanan a 1992 GOP presi dential contender calling the action a backdoor raid on the American tax But his move won the support of two Republican leaders House Speak er Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole both of whom had previously accused Clinton of a lack of leadership on the issue We believe that the risks of inaction vastly exceed any risks associated with this Gingrich Dole House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle said in a rare joint statement late Tues day We fully support this effort and we will work lo ensure thai its pur poses are And that enabled Secretary of Slate Warren Christopher to crow This is one of those inujncnis of executive So the president did what presidents often have to do take the responsibility for protecting American   

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