Thursday, March 2, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Thursday March Opinion talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion There is something bothersome about The New York Times placing on Page One a cocktail lounge meet ing between two political consultants while the cov erage of a debate on issues between the two candi dates themselves barely makes the same Bill Phillips columnist 1994 D I T O R I A L Voucher politics School voucher bills sound good until they are scrutinized School voucher bills sound like good ideas they are designed to give lowincome parents a choice of schools for their children and promote competition between public and private schools Choice and competition are two things everyone can support But a closer look at the changes a voucher system would cause in education shows some serious potential problems with any voucher system The bills under consideration by the Texas Legislature would allow billions of public tax dollars to go to private parochial and home schools each year That is a lot of mon ey hard for eager entrpreneurs to ignore These bills like House Bill 301 would generate a whole new industry schools set up to tap into the lucrative education voucher mar ket Forprofit businesses extremist organizations and cults will develop to run schools funded with your tax dollars HB 301 does not even establish consequences for private schools whose students perform poorly on standardized tests There would be no state rules regarding curriculum certification or attendance A similar bill failed in the House by one vote last session A voucher system would take billions of dollars from pub lic schools but private schools do not have to accept disabled children who have special educational needs So public schools would be left with the most expensive children to edu cate but with less money to spend Public schools present our best hope for social cohesion spanning racial religious and socioeconomic lines that divide our communities They should be strengthened not drained of resources 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 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 hy the New liniunfels HeralilZeitunn USPS 707 Urela or Drawer 31132K New Braunlcls Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid hy the New liraun felx HeraldZeiiung in New Braunfels Texas Canier delivered in Coma and Guadalupc counties three months six months one year Senior 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 25 Subscribers who have roM received a newspaper hy Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday PoiTOASiut Send address changes to the New liraunfelx HeraldZeitung Draw er 311 328 New Brauniels Tx 131 1328 God should not be used to divide us 7 1 Roger Croteau Having already seen him label liberals Godless and pro fane in an earlier column I was not surprised to see Dennis Gallaher add immoral and stu pid to the list HeraldZeitung page 6A Feb Not surprised but still disap pointed Sorry if this offends you but liberal politics is anything but upright righteous and Gallaher wrote Call and voice your disapproval of even a parttime abortionist becoming the moral teacher of the nation anything less than that is just plain he concludes In other words any one who supports Henry Fosters nomination to the post of Surgeon General is not just wrong but stupid Foster by the way has dedicated his life to reduc ing teenage pregnancies and was even awarded a Point of Light by former President George To hear Gallaher one would think there is only one way to be a Christian as defined by Pat Robertson and who disagree are not just wrong but not really Christians But I know this is a lie There are many fine upstanding Christians whose political beliefs are well to the left of Mr Gallaher And many conservatives whose behavior indicates that they live less than a Godfearing life I have never observed any correlation at all between a per sons political and religious beliefs I suspect many liberals and conservatives alike were moved to their political beliefs by their faith When many liberals support programs to feed the hungry house the poor care for abused children edu cate our children oppose wars or protect the rights of workers they do so precisely because of their faith Peace with justice is a common saying among many Christian liberals Likewise Im sure many conservatives find in their faith the inspiration for their opposition to abor tion opposition to gay rights and support for prayer in public schools Does that make one side holier more righteous and more moral than the other Can people with differ ent views engage in honest debate without name calling After all liberals are not trying to destroy America they just have different ideas than con servatives about how to make this country stronger Once you get past the name calling you often find the goals of liberals and conservatives are the same Addressing Gallahers column he wants to cut down on the spread of AIDS and unwanted preg nancies among teenagers Everyone has the same goal Many liberals feel the best way to attack the problems of teenage AIDS and pregnancy is with education while many conservatives feel teaching teenagers safe sex techniques is the same as encour aging them to have sex Which approach would be more successful I do not know That is not my point My point is that just because liberals disagree with Gallahers political views does not make them evil or as he puts it Godless and In my Bible Jesus implores his followers not to judge their brothers I would not attack the legitimacy of Pastor Gallahers faith I feel that would be self righteous pride But I wish he would stop using his column in the HeraldZeitung as a forum to attack the faith of others I find it deeply disturbing that a pastor a man who provides spiritual guidance to his followers would use the Good News of Jesus not to unite our community in love but to divide us by calling those with differing opinions on political matters immoral and Roger Croteau is the city editor of the Herald Zeitung This column was originally submitted as a letter to the editor and was also signed by Michael Damalt Rose Marie Eash Susan England and Karen Author inspires tough love welfare theory WASHINGTON AP To fight poverty in the 19lh century Ameri cans shipped street children west to work as unpaid farm hands paid peo ple to take indigcnts into their homes and crowded the wretched into poor houses That was better than the way Amer ica treats the poor today says author Marvin Olasky His book inspired House Speaker Newt Gingrichs tough love approach to welfare reform It is one of the great works of our Gingrich said recently about Olaskys The Tragedy of American Olaskys conclusions about early American povertylighting differ stark ly from those of other academics who sludy the same events Olasky a journalism history profes sor al the University of Texas and edi tor of World a Christian news maga researched old newspaper accounts and the journals of early American religious leaders and phil anthropists He praises religiousbased charities thai roused platoons of volunteers to give love and personal guidance to the Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Thursday March 2 the 61st day of 1995 There are 304 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On March 2 1877 Republican Rutherford B Hayes was declared win ner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J Tildcn even though Tilden had won the popular vote and was just one electoral vole shy of victory A special commission awarded 20 disputed electoral voles lo Hayes making him the On this dale In 1793 ihe first president of the Analysis worthy poor those willing to work and accept spiritual salvation Ablebodied men who refused to work for their supper were turned away he said The charities believed giving handouts only encouraged beg ging he said We know how to light Olasky told a congressional committee in January We had a successful anti poverty program a century Other historians paint a bleaker pic ture There is a very strong historical consensus that efforts of charities and local governments failed to reduce the number of people in poverty said David Hammack professor of social policy history at Case Western Reserve University Olasky believes most modern Amer ican antipoverty efforts are misguided and destructive He opposes churches giving soup and sandwiches to the homeless with out requiring work in exchange just as he opposes government welfare pro grams Now we may miss fewer people Republic of Texas Sam Houston was born near Lexington Va In 1836 Texas declared its inde pendence from Mexico In 1917 Puerto Ricuns were grant ed citizenship In 1930 author D H Lawrence died in Vcncc France In 1933 the motion picture King starring Fay Wray hud its world premiere in New York In 1939 Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacclli was elected pope he look the name Pius XII In 1939 the Massachusetts Legis lature voted to ratify the Bill ol Rights 147 years aller ihc first 10 amend materially but we have a system devot ed to sustaining them in Olasky said in an interview Giving food to a homeless alcoholic allows him to spend his change on alcohol and doesnt push him into treat ment or religious salvation Olasky said But there have always been some charities that gave aid to all who came Today religious groups of many faiths run Americas bestknown programs to give emergency food and shelter with out making moral demands We do this because we value every human being and believe they un made in the image of said the Rev Fred Kammer president of Catholic Charities USA The group also offers alcoholism treatment Olasky says other historians have either ignored or smugly rejected pre 20th century moral Some of his unusual interpretations have generally described as filthy degrad ing institutions thai herded together children the elderly the disabled alco holics the mentally ill the shiftless and the destitute Olasky calls them a desperation safety net for the idle whom church volunteers considered unworthy of help Because of their poor reputa he writes no one would be attracted into praises as selfless souls those who took the poor into their homes and received county payments to cov er their expenses But many ruthless people abused the poor to turn a prof it said Peter Dobkin Hall a Yale Uni versity researcher who studies the his tory of nonprofit groups In New England in the 1700s they auctioned oil the town poor to the low est bidder the person willing to take them in for the least Hall said praises the efforts of the New York Childrens Aid Society which found farm homes for more than youngsters between 1853 and 1893 The fanners were supposed to feed house and educate the children in return for their labor But Kathleen McCarthy director of Cily University of New Yorks Center for the Study of Philanthropy called it a very exploitive menls to ihc Constitution hud gone into effect In 1943 ihc World War 11 Battle of the Bismarck Sea begun In 1949 an American B50 Super fortress the Lucky Lady landed at Fort Worth Texas utter completing the first nonstop roundtheworld flight In 1955 the Willium Inge pluy Bus Stop opened ul tlie Music Box Theatre in New York In 1977 the House of Repre sentatives adopicd a strict code of ethics Ten years ago The government approved u screening tesl for AIDS that delected antibodies to the virus allowing possibly contaminated blood to be excluded from the blood supply Five years ago More than drivers went on strike against Grey hound Lines Inc the company luter declaring an impasse in negotiations fired the A grenade ultuck on u discotheque in Punuma claimed the life of u soldier und injured 28 other people One year ago Hie government of Mexico and Indiun rebels reached u tentative accord on must insurgent demands for the ending the rebellion including sweeping political reforms

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