New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 31, 1995, Page 4

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March 31, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Mi 41 Friday March talk with Interim Managing Editor Roger Croteau about the Opinion page call 625 There are none more critical of their profession than Dave Lindorff editor 1994 EDITOR Immigration debate Clinton needs to follow through on advice garnered from Jordans group Immigration in this nation of immigrants has always been a contro versial issue But it is not an issue that will once more go away with the usual fresh coat of paint over a flimsy patchwork of brokendown poli cies and laws The nation needs comprehensive immigration reform But reforms need to be handled with sensitivity and objectivity This issue has grown ugly Some antiimmigration sentiment borders on racism and paranoia And some proimmigration rhetoric unfairly levels charges of racism at any wellmeaning attempt to curb the current runaway abuses The need for cool heads to handle this hot issue becomes more difficult now that it promises to become a major theme in the coming presidential campaign The Clinton administration could help defuse the immigration issue by initiating reforms now rather than wait until immigration becomes a game of oneupsmanship in an overheated presidential race Clinton already has laid the groundwork for immigration reform He couldnt have done better than his selection in late 1993 of former Rep Barbara Jordan as the chair of his Commission on Immigration Reform Jordan served in Congress and has earned impeccable creden tials as a constitutional scholar ethicist and civil libertarian Jordan pulled off a miracle when she led her bipartisan racially and philosophically diverse 9rnember commission to a set of unanimous i reform recommendations But even Jordan couldnt prevent vigorous opposition from antiimmigration isolationists nocompromise civil lib ertarians and certain organizations that represent Hispanics and other minorities The opposition although expected put a stop to the administrations attempts to carry through with the commissions suggested immigration preforms This was a mistake similar to Clintons failure to follow through on his promised welfare reforms which allowed the issue to become a political football distorted by overblown rhetoric with the inevitable result of overcorrecting legislation Already one Republican presidential candidate has called for the mil itary to be deployed along the border reminiscent of the Berlin Wall or the Korean 38th parallel It took courage for Jordan to head a commission on such a hotbutton issue and then publicly issue difficult recommendations Clinton should act now This editorial was originally published in the Waco 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 Hfew Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Interim Managing Editor Roger Croteau Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa Si or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels ComaJ County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Broun ftb HtraldZeiiung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Coroal and Guadalupe counties three months S19 six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year outside Texas six months one year Subscriber who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeiiung Draw 781311328 Opinion Online contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is Fashion show promises to be a hit Marie Dawson Everything is buzzing around the Coma County Senior Citi zens Center now in preparation for the third annual style show and luncheon Thursday April 6 The show and our models are very entertaining and the lunch is delicious There will be hot chicken salad broccoli salad a vegetable dessert bread and drink Coming from the Cen ters kitchen you know how good it will be Get your tickets right now because they go fast and space is limited Piano music will be provided by Hilde Seiner ling for your dining pleasure Goldie Nowotny will be the Mistress of Ceremonies with commentary throughout the show The extremely energetic chair person of this event is Helen Nolen This year the show is called The Fashion with emphasis on Easter travel play the proper attire for bridge luncheons and a final scene called This past Sunday there was a big fashion show at Trinity University in San Antonio According to their producer and director glitz and glamour are in this year with lots of sparkle such as beads sequins vibrant colors and luxurious materials Among the big designer names were Bill Blass Arnold Scaasi Yves Saint Laurent Louis Feraud Emanuel Ungaro JeanLouis Scherrer Paco Rabanne and Hanae Mori Well we may not have names like that in our show but we have names I like better Our spring fashions are being furnished by Willis Town n Trav el Lisa Bealls Cholletts The Collection at Landmark Square and The Cottage dress shop Door prizes are being given by each of those participants as well as by the Newcomers Club Hobby Lobby and the Senior Center We had hoped to have a mens swimsuit competition but the first man I asked said I havent worn my swimsuit in so many years there are holes in both So I gave up on that one Our esteemed and very elite group of waiters are Jim Cooney Garland Nolen David Hochanadel Howard Schulz Jim Kilkenny John Fahsl Al Bick ham Buzz Mann Jim McFeeley and Paul Ham macker The waiters have more fun than anybody else they are goodnatured and take a lot of kidding from the group The full committee organizing this extravaganza consists of Vema Clements Goldie Nowotny June Grace Nancy Schulz and Shirley Kellerman with acknowledgments to Hobby Lobby American Tourister and Merle Norman Cosmetics If glitz and glamour are in then we have no prob lem The best part with plenty of glamour showing are our lovely models Eleanor Yanaway Shirley Brooks Marty Weicker Sue Luttrell Elda Kieschnick Muriel Mooney Camilla Palmer Jew ell Moore Polly Johnson Sue McFeeley Jean Petersen Normaly Fischbeck and Susan Adams The week of March 1218 1995 had been pro claimed by the President of the United States the National Older Workers Employment The Centers older Americans work all the not for pay Anyway the style show participants have been working all month on getting the performance together including the administration models cooks and waiters Our older Americans do a little bit of everything have fun doing it and for the most part accept no pay I think the whole month of April should be declared National Older Volunteers Month In fact I so proclaim it Lets celebrate Please plan to attend this gala style show event Its always the talk of the town for a while and then we begin again to make the next year even better In this months newsletter I failed to mention in the wish list that the Center needs a kind of lawnmower just so long as it works Please remember that the Thrift Shop will always take the leftovers from garage sales Just call 629 5441 or 6294547 and we will arrange to have your items picked up Marie Dawson writes exclusively about senior citizen issues for the H8W Gingrich vows to keep fighting for term limits WASHINGTON AP House threw itself into the path of a popular grassroots movement and slowed the momentum of the new Republican majority by defeating a constitutional amendment to limit the years members of Congress may serve But 10 hours of politically charged debate and a historic firsttime floor vote did nothing to put the issue lo rest The spectacle of lawmakers agonizing over their own fates and the intentions of the founding fathers promised to recur throughout ihe 104th Congress and infuse the next election cycle Term limits will be voted on as the first item in the new Congress if we are the House Speaker Newt Gingrich vowed Wednesday night I can assure you it will be a major issue in the 96 Republican leaders fell dozens of voles short of the twothirds majority needed to approve a constitutional amendment limiting House and Sen ate careers to 12 years each The most popular of four alternatives that were voted on Wednesday it failed 227204 with Republican Steve Stockman of Texas voting present The vote marked the first House defeat of legislation promised in the GOP Contract With the campaign manifesto guiding the first 100 days of the new Republican majority House The White House said it was pleased with the House vote noting that President Clinton long has been opposed to term limits The president believes the Ameri can people can best decide whether elected officials should be sent back for additional presidential spokeswoman Ginny Terzano said from Tallahassee Fla Gingrich blamed the setback on Democrats and accosted them for ignoring the public mood But it was his own partys Henry Hyde chair man of the Judiciary Committee who implored lawmakers to vote according to their own best judgment rather than opinion polls The polls document public support for term limits in the 7080 percent range assuring continued attempts to corral resistant legislators They may want to wash their hands of it Were not going to let said Bill Pascoe of the American Conser vative Union The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule later this year on whether states have a constitutional right to set term limits for federal officeholders as 22 already have done Gingrich said GOP leaders will decide after the rul ing what kind of legislation if any might be Some termlimits supporters believe theres no need to wait and are promoting bills that authorize states to restrict congressional terms In the Senate the 11 GOP freshmen received assurances from Majority Leader Bob Dole that there would be a vote this year on such a bill which requires only a simple majority to pass The lobbying groups behind the amendment drive also are promoting a bill that halts vesting in congres sional pensions at 12 years Today they were unveiling yet another means to their end legislation to put an advisory referendum on all SO state ballots in 1996 The referendum would seek voter views on term limits a balanced budget amendment and an amend ment requiring a threefifths congres sional majority vote to raise taxes Pascoe said The House floor debate Wednes day was punctuated by sharp bursts of rhetorical gunfire Opponents spoke scornfully of driveby legisla tors dumbeddown democracy and amateur hour A supporter said it was time to expose pious termlimit One member was called on the carpet for accusing another of cynicism and hypocrisy Democrats were in the odd posi tion of opposing term limits but proposing an alternative that unlike any of the GOP options would have imposed retroactive 12 year caps on current members It was intended to fail which it did 297 135 and to embarrass Republicans The three GOP proposals included a threeterm sixyear limit that failed 316114 a sixterm 12year limit that states could make shorter which attracted 164 votes to 265 against and the 12year national limit silent on stale prerogatives that ultimately garnered 227 votes 189 from Republicans only 38 from Democ rats Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Friday March 31 the 90th day of 1995 There are 275 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on March 31 1945 ihe Ten nessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie had its Broadway premiere with Laurette Taylor as Aman da Wingfield Eddie Dowling as Tom Julie Haydon as Laura and Anthony Ross as Jim the Gentleman Caller On this date In King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews from Spanish soil except those willing to convert to Christianity In 1886 Wabash became the first town completely illuminated by electrical lighting In 1889 French engineer Alexandra Guslave Eif fel unfurled the French tricolor atop the Eiffel Tow er officially marking its completion In 1917 the United States took possession of the Virgin Islands which it had purchased from Den mark In 1923 the first dance marathon held in New York City ended with Alma Cummings setting a world record of 27 hours on her feet In 1933 Congress authorized the Civilian Con servation Corps In 1943 the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical play Oklahoma opened on Broadway In 1949 Newfoundland entered confederation as Canadas 10th province In 1968 President Johnson stunned the country by announcing he would not run for another term of office In 1976 the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that coma patient Karen Anne Quinlan could be dis connected from her respirator Quinlan remained comatose but survived until In 1987 the judge in the Baby M case in Hack ensack awarded custody of the girl born under a surrogatemotherhood contract to her father ;