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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 I Thursday Feb Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Truth is the hardest substance in the world to pin down But the one certainly is awesome penalty exacted sooner or later from a society whose reporters stop Flora Lewis journalist 1988 Democrats press waddle in denial D I T O R I A L S Failing the test of truth Possible appointment of Foster clouded by his and Clintons changing story Choosing successful nominees for federal posts is not one of Bill Clintons great strengths In fact choosing successful nominees for fed eral posts may be one of Bill Clintons many great weak nesses and his latest such choice Dr Henry Foster whom Clinton would like to see become the next sur geon general is an excellent example Foster who has come under fire from antiabortion groups and from Republican lawmakers admitted on ABC televisions Nightline that hed performed 39 abortions as a private physician and overseen 55 more as part of a research program That admission came after the White House admitted ly not a very rehable source of information during Clintons occupancy initially had said Foster a gynecol ogist for 38 years had performed only one abortion Foster later corrected that to say he had done fewer than a dozen abortion procedures No matter how you feel about the abortion issue just the fact that Foster cant seem to settle on a story and stick with it should it seems to us disqualify him from holding an important and visible public office Of course if we applied that test to the President him self hed be back in Arkansas looking for work Todays editorial was written by David Sullens editor and publisher of the New Braunfels 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 morning and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the NewBraunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfejs ComaJ County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New liraun fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Cuadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior 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 three months six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call weekdays or by II Sunday Send address changes to the New lirauiifels HeraldZfitunn Draw er 311 328 New BraunJels Tx 78131 1328 Cal Thomas Lets be clear about what is behind the condemnation of House Majority Leader Dick Armey and his slip of the tongue reference to Rep Bar ney Frank as Barney The uproar isnt over offensive speech Its about diverting public attention from the Republican majoritys leg islative mandate that will pro duce a revolution in govern ment and restore power to the people That this was a political ploy not the discovery of masked bigotry was evident in the way things quickly unfolded after Armey mis spoke At first the press which carries around tape recorders like ideological Geiger counters that go into high gear when Republicans speak ignored Armeys slip It was only later that some reporters decided that they had a These are the people who prefer Simpson to the substantive ideas of Newt Gin grich thankfully available unedited on who interview an unsophisticated mother between you and and whose computer spellchecks ensure theyll never be caught writing potato with an Next the usual liberal suspects contacted reporters or was it the reverse to express outrage pain and disappointment Rep Pat Schroeder said Republicans are so enamored of the power of it that they just go too How soon she forgets what it was like when the former Democrat majority fre quently went too far in silencing Republicans Rep John Lewis joined a dozen other Democrats at a news conference to attack Armey The impure politics spewed forth when Rep Steve Gunderson who is homosexual spoke with Armey and then said that the Majority Leader does not have a malicious bone in his here I think it is important that we focus on motive and intent And I guarantee you there are no mali cious motives Frank said that he believed Armey when he said the word fag was not on the tip of his tongue but that this is a sign that it was in the back of his Surely this is the ultimate in thoughtpolicing Perhaps Frank should call for electrodes to be affixed to the heads of every member of Congress to moni tor their thought processes so that when they think thoughts Frank doesnt like a red light will go off and well all be alerted promptly Condemnation of offensive speech and thought is reserved only for certain classes that seem to have been awarded protection by the press I frequently hear members of Congress say Jesus Christ and which many Christians and Jews regard as blasphemous hurtful and offensive No press tri bunal is convened to punish these offending blas phemers Condoms are distributed in schools Evolution is taught as fact Religion itself is viewed as so offenh sive to a small minority that the Supreme Court coni sistently bans religious speech and expression in public places while allowing the American flag to be burned as a First Amendment right These things pass with nary a whimper from the press corps It should not be forgotten that Barney Frank so offended the House by allowing a male prostitute to run his business out of Franks home that it for mally censured Frank for his misconduct If Dick Armey had purposely slurred homosexu als on the House floor or even in an ontherecord interview in which his intention to do so was a case could be made for criticizing him But he didnt and though no offense was intended he apolr ogized convincingly As the Democrats continue to reveal they have run out of ideas and the Republicans set the agenda and direction for the country were going to see more of this pettiness inflamed by the Democrats ideolog ical cohorts in the press This wont help the Democrats Neither will it help the press whose credibility is in disrepair The longer the press and most Democrats remain in denial concerning the message of the November election the more irrelevant they become Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist Los Angeles Times Clinton risk on ending strike not paying off ByTOMRAUM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Usually presidents intervene in labor disputes on grounds of national security or national distress President Clinton risked his prestige on behalf of the national pastime As of late Tuesday night the risk wasnt paying off as an extraordinary White House session among Clinton and representatives of players and own ers failed to make any headway toward settling the strike which is now enter ing its seventh month If it were a steel strike or a rail strike or an airline strike Clinton would have no trouble getting results But he lacks the authority to act directly in this case And there seemed little enthusiasm in Congress for taking on the issue even though in the end Clinton had to choose the least prefer able alternative of sending legislation to Congress to require binding arbitra tion Its not a matter of national sur Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Feb 9 the 40lh day of 1995 There are 325 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Feb the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the south west Pacific ended with a victo ry over Japanese forces who were forced to evacuate On this dale In 1773 the ninth president of the United States William Henry Harri son was born in Charles City Coun ty Virginia In 1825 the House of Representa tives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received Analysis House Speaker Newt Gingrich said earlier Im not sure what the national interest is in having the Congress start to micromanage base Clinton took the extraordinary step of summoning both sides to the White House on Tuesday night after a feder al mediator failed to make any progress in settling the differences between own ers and players I had hoped that tonight I would be coming out to say that baseball was coming back in a drained and dejected Clinton said at a White House briefing The American people are the real Presidents have been intervening in labor disputes for years sometimes with dramatic effect in stark contrast to Clintons disappointing effort President Truman in 1946 ended a rail strike almost overnight by announcing he would draft into the a majority of electoral votes In 1861 the Provisional Congress of the Confederate Stales of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H Stephens vice presi dent In 1870 the Weather Bureau was established In 1893 Giuseppe Verdis last opera was first performed in Milan Italy In 1942 the Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War IJ In 1942 daylightsaving War Time went into effect in the United Suites with clocks turned one hour forward military the striking workers and have the Army run the railroads Truman also seized the nations coal mines in 1945 and the steel mills in 1952 citing national security President Reagan strongarmed an end to an air traffic controllers strike in 198 by summarily firing and replacing the controllers President Nixon ordered dock work ers back to work in 1972 and President Carter ended a soft coal strike in 1978 and a strike on the Rock Island Rail road in 1979 President Bush acted to end a nation wide rail shutdown in 1991 And Clinton used his executive pow ers last August to order striking Soo Line Railroad employees back to work while federal mediators worked at resolving the dispute With the baseball strike Clintons biggest weapon was the bully pulpit of the White House But the dispute that has resisted settlement also seemed to be resisting Clintons powers of per suasion In 1950 in a speech in Wheeling Sen Joseph McCarthy R charged the State Department was riddled with Communists In 1962 an agreement was signed to make Jamaica an independent nation within the British Common wealth later in the year In 1964 The Beatles made their first live American television appear ance on The Ed Sullivan In 1971 the Apollo 14 spacecraft returned to Earth after mans third landing on the moon In 1984 Soviet leader Yuri V Andropov died at age 69 less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev he was succeeded by Konstanlin U Cherncnko Ten years Clinton aides were lamenting the lack of direct authority to act But there is plenty of precedent for presidents jawboning both sides into an agree ment without formal action In fact it worked for Clinton in November 1993 when he managed to end a fiveday strike against Ameri can Airlines by flight attendants by getting both sides to agree to binding arbitration Theres even a precedent for inter vention in a baseball strike In 1981 Reagan directed Labor Sec retary Raymond Donovan and federal mediator Kenneth E Moffett to get involved in that years baseball strike Donovan moved the talks to Wash ington briefly The intervention helped lead to a midseason agreement that ended the walkout after 50 days The big difference this time Clinton got personally involved in the talks while Reagan kept his distance Tom Raum covers the White House for The Associated ago In his Saturday radio address President Reagan accused Congress of thwarting his administrations efforts to run the government more economically Five years ago The Perrier Group of America Inc announced it was voluntarily recalling its inventory of mineral water in the United Slates after tests showed the presence of benzene in a small number of bottles One year ago PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres initialed an agreement on security measures that had been blocking implementation of a peace accord Hours before the ultimatum was issued the Bosnian Serbs agreed to withdraw their artillery 4
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