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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A M Sunday March Opinion t To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Freedom is a precarious thing a sometime thing a completely unpredictable Saunders Redding historian 1950 T O R 1 A L Affirmative approval Federal government should rescind Affirmative Action regulations Affirmative Action a plan backed by the gov ernment to correct years of racial and gender bias has recently come under attack It seems that a significant consequence discrimination against whites has resulted from years of efforts to hire and train minority and female candidates Any form of discrimination is wrong And while there is still discrimination existing in our society the federal government should not be a part of or be a cause of it The American society with a generous mixture of all types of cultures and races has become more tolerant and cooperative than ever But that is not saying were perfect Therefore why not allow an independent socially and raciallymixed watch dog organization act as a policing agency of sorts reporting wrongdoings involving dis crimination in education and the workplace to a govern mental body or agency While this would stop an effort to hire one race or gen der over another it would give some reassurance that past problems would not grow back into new problems But discrimination should be considered a crime and should be punishable The only way America will leave this dark aspect of its history behind is to make a stand against it once and for all Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon managing editor for 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Ayery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published oo Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Nfw USPS 377880 707 Uwda St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Coma County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by Iraun fels HtreMZfuwg Braunfels Texas Carrie delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year CiUzen Discounts by carrier only one yef1 Mail delivery outside Gomal County in Texas three months six months S52 one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received newspaper by Tuesday through Friday oj by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday Send changes to the New Braunfels HenMZtUung Draw er mm New jjft Opinion i Nothing takes the place of persistence Gal Thomas It seemed like old times for Democrats recently Vice President Al Gore was in Florida promising the AFL CIO convention President Clinton would bar government agencies from doing business with companies that replace striking workers and the new chairman of the NAACP was spouting the same old cliches that stereotype blacks as hope less hapless victims of white racism who cannot make it without affirmative action and other quotas designed exclusively for them Newly elected NAACP chairman Myrlie Evefs Williams vowed to be very vocal on issues that deal with welfare dont cut the dole And also with issues dealing with the real attitudes and attempts to roll back many of the gains that we have made over the larly affirmative the continued hiring of people based not on the content of their character and ability but on the color of their skin These are echoes of a soonrtobeburied philoso phy Politicians including some Democrats real ize mat while the Voting Rights Act open housing laws and school desegregation produced equal opportunity affirmative action produces unequal opportunity dependency and increased tension between die races Politicians are getting this mes sage Its no longer political suicide to stand against affirmative action and to campaign for col orblindness Even Charles Evers brother of EversWilliams late husband Medgar Evers is a Republican It was from the lips of the president of South Africa Nelson Mandela that some profound truth recently came Addressing the second session of the Democratic Parliament in Cape Town on Feb 17 Mandela sent a message to people who thought his election meant government was open for hand outs Mandela said The government has extreme ly limited resources to address the many and urgent needs of our people We are very keen that this real situation should be communicated to the people as a whole AH of us especially the leader ship of political organizations and civil society must rid ourselves of the wrong notion that the government has a big bag full of money The gov ernment does not have such Mandela wasnt through While he spoke favor ably of affirmative action for those who had suf fered the sting of apartheid he said only those who exhibited collective responsibility and account ability would benefit Then in a statement that would get him branded a rightwing reactionary in this country Mandela added It is important that we rid ourselves of the culture of entitlement which leads to the expectation that the government must promptly deliver whatever it is that we demand and results in some people refusing to meet their The past is the NAACP and its total allegiance to the Democratic Party which has dispensed wel fare checks and affirmative action in exchange for the delivering a huge bloc of black votes to the party And the future is hardworking blacks such as Oklahoma Rep Watts Rep Gary Franks of Connecticut and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Growing numbers like them have made it without the assistance of the NAACP and quotas By their lives and words this new generation of blacks is saying that nothing takes the place of sistence The desperation of those who are about to lose power was expressed recently by Rep Charles Rangel of New York who equated opposition to affirmative action to Hitlers policy of exterminat ing Jews He did subsequently apologize for this Perhaps Rangel the NAACP and similar organi zations dislike anyone who declares independence from government because it means people will no longer be dependent on them Some civil rights professionals may have to find productive unwelcome prospect for people who have earned big bucks by playing a lifelong and divisive game of racial politics Nelson Mandela has it right He should return to America and give that parliamentary speech to Congress and the American people Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist with Los Anneles Times What do you think A federal bill now being debated in a House subcomittee would take away welfare benefits to teenage mothers This bill represents one of the issues included in the Repubicans Contract With America Proponents say if the bill becomes law pregnancies among teens will decline Opponents say such a law would punish children for the mistakes of parents who are not ready to be parents What do you think Rll out the coupon drop it by our office at 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax survey to 210 6251224 Copied forms are accepted Deadline for this survey is Friday March t Should there be welfare benefits for teenage mothers Yes or No circle one Name Address City Age Sex I Contract With America enters final 50 days Lamar Smith Last fall citizens contracted with House Republicans for action on a tenitem agenda within the first 100 days of this new Congress Now entering the second SO days citizens already have achieved five of those victories through their representatives 1 Balanced Budget Amendment Passed 300 By holding federal spend ing growth to 3 instead of a projected increase the federal budget will be balanced by the year 2002 2 Line item veto Passed Presi dent given the authority to cut out wasteful spend ing and special interest tax breaks in bills 3 Curb Unfunded Mandates Passed 360 Protects slate and local taxpayers from having to pick up the costs for whatever Congress and federal regulators may think is a good idea but are unwilling to pay for directly 4 Taking Back Our Streets Act Enacted in 6 bills that require criminals to pay full restitution to their victims Passed allows use of evi dence seized without a warrant if authorities acted in good faith Passed authorizes billion for states to build more prisons Passed streamlines the deportation of criminal which I introduced Passed limits endless appeals of death row prisoners Passed and gives local officials maximum flexibility to administer billion for law enforcement programs Passed 5 National Security Revitalization Act Passed Stops the Administration from raiding the defense budget to pay for social wel fare programs prohibits the placement of troops under command cuts the United States share of peacekeeping costs from 32 to and establishes an advisory commis sion to assess the nations military needs All this after delivering on the opening day of this Congress on the promise to change the way the peoples House does business Your House now works under the same laws it imposes on citi zens Committee chairs can only serve three terms the Speaker is limited to four No ghost voting in committee And auditors are taking the first full public accounting of House records Three full and 25 subcommittees have been eliminated A third of committee staff has been cut AH specialinterest service organizations have been killed And when the House acts to spend taxpayer dol lars it must under House rules now have a fifths majority to raise income taxes And it must use honest numbers in its budgets No longer can spending increases be called Change is here Common sense is again found in the halls of Congress Citizens are back in Congress is representative According to a recent Times Mirror poll more than 60 percent of the American people believe Congress will continue to be successful in passing its programs The first 50 days were filled with more work more hearings more debate more votes and yes more bipartisanship than any Congress in decades The second 50 days promise more progress Regu latory reform including private property rights j legislation that I am spearheading is up first Othejf action items include welfare reform legal reforms tax reforms and a vote on term limits When the work of the first 100 days has been completed citizens may anticipate being able to recite the motto of the House with renewed Here the people f Rep LamarSmith RSan Antonio sents District 21 which includes most ofComal r Today in history By the Associated Press Today is Sunday March 5 the 64th day of 1995 There are 301 days left in the year 1995 Todays Highlight in History On March 5 1770 the Boston Massacre took place as British sol diers who had been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire killing five people Two British soldiers were lat er convicted of On this date ID 1766 Spanish official Don Anto nio de Ulloa arrived in New Orleans to take possession of the Louisiana Ter ritory from the French In 1867 an abortive Fenian uprising against English rule took place in Ire land In 1868 the Senate was orga nized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson In 1993 in German parliamentary elections the Nazi Party won 44 per cent of the vote enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag In 1946 former British Prime Min ister Winston Churchill in an address at Westminster College in Fulton spoke of an Iron Curtain stretching from the Baltic to the Adriatic In 1953 Soviet dictator Josef Stal in died at age 73 after 29 years in pow er In 1970 a nuclear nonprolifera tion treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it In 1976 the British pound fell below the equivalent of two dollars for die first time Readers say no9 to baseball in 95 instead of minor league scrubbs From staff reports Approximately 54 readers respond ed to last weeks HeraldZeitung read er survey question which asked Should there be a baseball season with minor league players or no season at all Thirtynine readers said no to baseball in 1995 while 15 readers said play ball Some of the responses included Yes I would like to see a full year played by nothing but minor league players including this years playoffs and World Series It would be fun Yes Minor leaguers will do fine There are still baseball fans everywhere who really love to watcp the game We dont have to watch J overpaid selfserving ed socall pros to enjoy it No Baseball should die for now The game is not a game any4 more It is a business and instead ofj the game being first the almighty J dollar is and that is wrong Basebair can take a seat Hopefully the pro sports will learn from mistakes j No If minor leaguers play someones making money some where As long as the players arc ncjt making money the owners shouldnt either Baseball slinks The fans shoulil do the negotiating for both sides
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