Wednesday, March 29, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A1 Wednesday March 29 1995 1 To talk with Interim Managing Editor fioger Croteau about the Opinion paget call 625 A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and Henrik Ibsen playwright 1882 T O R I A L On the right track Half the citys families recycle whats stopping the other half The latest figures on the recycling program from and the City of New Braunfels are encourag jng Fortyeight percent of city households are taking advantage of the program the city is mak ing more than a month as its share of the profits from selling the recyclables the city is diverting a lot of trash from the landfill which saves valuable landfill space and reduces the fees charged to the city for dumping trash there and the number of complaints has dropped Of course if the other half of the households started recycling the program would come much closer to paying for itself More trash would be diverted from the landfill and more profits would come back to the city from selling the recyclables If you are not recycling consider trying it for just a week You will probably be surprised how simple it is It probably will not even take five minutes of extra work for the entire week Remember the more people recycle the more cost effective the program becomes And you might be surprised that you feel good yourself when you realize your family has produced one or two garbage bags less waste than you did last week We were all taught that waste is sinful and that is what recycling is all about not squandering our resources If that bottle can milk bottle or newspaper can be reused it should be reused It is something your parents most likely taught you and it still holds true Todays editorial was written by Interim Managing Editor Roger 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Publisher David Sullens General Manager Cheryl DuVall Interim Managing Editor Roger Croteau Advertising Director Paul Davis Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Douglas Brandt Classified Manager Karen Reininger City Editor Roger Croteau Published oo Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the NewBmunfds HemldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 31 1328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781 3 J1 328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HerddZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties thre months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mai delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months out year Mail outside Texas six months one year 1 1 Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by pjn Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by II ajn t Send address changes to the New Braunftls HeraUZeiiung Draw er 31 1338 New iwinfels Tx 7813 J1328 Opinion Republicans remember your religion Cal Thomas twm Just as Republicans are trying Jto hold together their economic land religious wings through the 1996 elections there appears to Jbe severe turbulence on the reli Igious side I At a conference in Fort Laud lerdale Fla last weekend called for Repub State Sen Tim Philpot of Kentucky told the 700 attendees there is a danger of selfishness if it appears we care only for In a conversation with me Philpot said Republi cans are making a mistake by speaking only of tax cuts and saying nothing about the poor and helpless It sounds as if we want to spend the money we save on taxes on ourselves All Phil Gramm and Bob Dole seem to talk about is money In effect theyre saying its the economy just like the Clinton people in the 1992 There is more cause for Republican concern Psy chologist and Focus on the Family President James Dobson has threatened Republican National Com mittee Chairman Haley Barbour with a walkout by conservative Christians if a strong prolife plank is not approved by the GOP convention next summer Dobson urged his large radio audience not to support any politician who favors abortion The danger for what the press derisively calls the Religious Right is that they are making the same mistakes the religious left made To solve the moral problems of the nation they are looking to govern ment rather than the Author of their faith and His strategies In The Screwtape Lewis describes the strategy of the devil for corrupting a Christian Let him begin by treating part of his religion Then let him under the influence of parti san spirit come to regard it as the most important part Then quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely a part of the in which Christianity is valued chiefly because of the excellent arguments it can pro you have made the world an end and faith a means you have almost won your man and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is It seems we have arrived at such a point Too many members of the Church if one may speak of something so fragmented as a monolith are seek ing a shortcut to righteousness preferring the way of government to the way of its Savior Question Why should a majority accept something they have not seen fully lived out by those who profess to believe Americas most dangerous diseases have devel oped an immunity to politics We suffer not from a failure of political organization or power but a fail ure of love Our most pressing problem isnt the federal deficit but a deficit of time and attention that parents give their children and each other In vio lent streets and broken homes the cry of anguished souls is not for more laws but for more conscience and character The way to transform a nation is not by politics alone It is not enough to support a welfare reform bill We must also mentor the children of poverty who live without fathers and without hope It is not enough to fight the gay rights lobby We must comfort AIDS patients preparing for a lonely death It is not enough to support a constitutional amendment banning abor tion We must in greater numbers provide young women in trouble with a home and sympathetic ear A century ago the abortion rate was about the same as it is today It was reduced initially not by laws but by compassionate people and societies who met the needs of women A Roman official described the early Christian church to the Emperor Hadrian They love one another they never fail to help widows they save orphans from those who would hurt them If they have something they give it freely to the man who has nothing If they see a stranger they take him home and are happy as though he were a real broth There is power in that real power Why would anyone want to settle for less The Church has the power to transform our nation into what most of us would like it to be But it will not do so if it joins another religious crowd which said years ago We have no king but Cal Thomas is a syndicated Y Uncle Sam is watching what we eat WASHINGTON AP Govern ment researchers are developing a pro file of the American diet sending out scores of interviewers to talk to about people young old and ages in between about what they eat Its part of the Agriculture Depart ments continuing What We Eat in America program used to monitor eating habits This year the second year of the 199496 survey interviewers are knocking on the doors of households in 28 states and the District of Columbia to find people who represent the entire population We need everyones cooperation to ensure that we get an accurate pic Today in history Analysis lure of what foods Americans are eat ing and how much as well as what they know about the relationship of diet to said nutritionist Alanna Moshfegh head of the survey group in USDAs Agricultural Research Ser vice In the last threeyear survey con ducted from 198991 researchers found that Americans were getting ai average 34 percent of their total calo ries from fat down from 36 percent in 198788 and 40 percent in 197778 Nutritionists recommend diets in which no more than 30 percent of calo ries come from fat The last survey also found that about half of Americans ate fruit or drank fruit juice on any given day The rec ommendation is two to four servings daily The interviews take about 30 min utes and are being conducted by the Rockville research firm Westat Inc Interviewers have been trained by the firm and carry photo identification badges Also no government agencies including USDA will have access to information that identifies respon said Judith Meader survey field director with Westat USDA says the information will help policymakers target nutrition edu cation programs to those who need them most predict the demand for agricultural products and monitor the adequacy of American diets The data also will help USDA deter mine whether Americans are using and understanding nutrition labels on the foods they eat and to determine whether and how diets change when someone participates in a food assis tance program By the end of 1996 the department will have collected information on the eating habits of about Ameri cans in this latest threeyear survey By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday March 29 the 88th day of 1995 There are 277 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On March the last Unit ed States troops left South Viet nam ending Americas direct mil itary involvement in the Vietnam War That same day President Nixon announced that all of our American POWs are on their way On this date In 1638 Swedish colonists set tled in presentday Delaware In 1790 the I Oth president of the United States John Tyler was bom in Charles City County Va In 1867 the British Parliament passed the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada In 1882 the Knights of Colum bus was chartered in Connecticut In 1932 a vaudeville comedian made his radio debut with the words Ladies and gentlemen this is Jack Benny talking There will be a slight pause while you say Who cares In 1943 World War II meat but ter and cheese rationing began In 1951 Julius and Ethel Rosen berg were convicted of espionage charges They were executed in June In 1962 Jack Paar hosted NBCs Tonight show for the final time In 1971 Army Lt William L Galley Jr was convicted of mur dering at least 22 Vietnamese civil ians in the My Lai massacre Cal ley ended up spending three years under house In 1974 eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shoot ing deaths of four students at Kent State University The guardsmen were Ten years ago The body of Army Maj Arthur D Nicholson whod been slain by a Soviet sentry in East Germany on March 24 arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington for burial at Arlington National Cemetery Five years ago President Bush addressing the National Leadership Coalition on AIDS declared his administration on a wartime foot ing against the disease and called for compassion not discrimination toward those infected with the virus One year ago Mexicos ruling party picked Ernesto Zedillo to be its new presidential candidate replacing the assassinated Luis Donaldo Cbiosio Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson resigned capping a longstanding feud with team owner Jerry Jones Todays Birthdays Former Sen Eugene McCarthy is 79 Actress Eileen Heckart is 76 Sen Larry Pressler is 53 British Prime Minister John Major is 5 Comedian Eric Idle is 52 Singer Bobby Kimball is 48 Actor Bud Cort is 44 Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas is 39 Tennis player Jen nifer Capriati is 19 Thought for Today News is what a chap who doesnt care much about anything wants to read And its only news until hes read it After that its Evelyn Waugh English author 1903