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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Ttesday April Opinion To talk with Ihterim Managing Edit Dr Roger Droteau about the Opinion page call 625 9144 ext 21 ion Our freedoms bought with blood by the first Americans and protected with the lives of thousands of others since are for ever mortgaged Mortgaged to the will of the American Jean Otto editor 1991 D I T O R I Not much of a reason Elevating director of the CIA to Cabinet level is not justified It is President Clintons prerogative to elevate the direc tor of the Central Intelligence Agency to Cabinet level as he has said he will do for his latest nominee to head the agency Deputy Defense Secretary John M Deutch But the wisdom of that decision is questionable The agency has been out of control for a long time and since the end of the Cold War the need for the CIA has been seriously questioned Director James Woolsey who came in to clean house in the wake of the Aldrich Ames scandal was instead swept out in less than two years unable to rescue the agencys tattered reputation let alone provide evidence that there is a reason to retain the agency as a separate intelligence entity In some ways the CIA has become a joke The agency evidently has so little to do that it was recently reported that its agents were spending their time trying to get the French to import more Walt Disney movies In other ways the CIA is not a joke but an anachronistic embarrassment to the nation Last week The Associated Press reported a member of the House Intelligence Committee claimed that the CIA used as a paid informant a Guatemalan colonel who ordered the murders of an American hotel operator and a Guatemalan guerrilla leader married to a Given the tatterdemalion image of the spook agency Clinton should have a better reason to elevate the CIA director to Cabinet status than that Deutch insisted But he doegnt other than to give the director access to the president that Woolsey lacked While placing Deutch in the Cabinet might accomplish that it also sets up a con flict between the directors role as analyst and his Cabinet role as policy maker and it guarantees nothing This editorial first appeared in the Austin American Not everything is black and white Write us The Nifw Braunfels HeraldZeltung 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 Pleaseicite 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 Letterp to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeltung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editof and Sullens General DuVall Interirn Managing 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 I raunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa Si or Drawer 311328 New Braur fels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New tiraun fels HeraldZeiiung in New Braunfels Texas Carier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one y sar 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 six months one year Subscribers 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 POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Nancy Logan In the past several weeks I ve been sharing some ideas about how the way we talk to our selves affects our moods in par ticular related to depression This area is so important to understanding and alleviating the many types of emotional distress that I will continue to address it Typical depressed thinking also includes black or or all or none thinking This style of thinking where some thing is judged to either be good or bad is an excel lent recipe for distress Furthermore this thinking is inaccurate for most everything is actually shades of Let me give an example Suppose you hear that a coworker is upset with you for making an error at work Someone skilled in blackorwhite thinking could easily interpret this to be a horrible situation One way to be sure its as bad as it can get is to allow yourself to think you are totally incompetent and should never have a job because you always mess up Furthermore you can think that the situation is hope less and there is nothing you can do about awful and you are bad This way you can be really mad at yourself and support your selfloathing thoughts Another selfdefeating way of thinking about this situation which supports depression is to just discard the information and be mad that someone is saying something bad about you This way you can be real ly mad at someone else and support your other loathing thoughts which make you feel unsafe and alone Additionally although we all know and have painfully experienced the distortion of a message as it passes through a number of people you would avoid asking the person directly yet respectfully if she or he had a problem with your work You would believe the rumor as a truth without confirmation or explanation Then you could be mad at work or oth er coworkers too and loathe your job In contrast if you could allow yourself to be imperfect and allow pthers to be imperfect also without being you could address the situation differently You could pause and reflect about the feedback recognize what parts may be true and then plan to improve You could be doing a good but imperfect job gray not black or We can all assume that we will make mistakes every day although hopefully not the big mistakes We are imperfect but striving people as a whole Sometimes we do better than others but most of the time there are people who could do it better and people who would not do it as well Instead of being mad at the person who supposedly spread the rumor or gave you the negative feedback about your work performance perhaps you could dis cuss with them what their concerns are Most other people are not but imperfect striving people like ourselves Your personalities may clash and you may never be really close friends but you can treat others with respect and care for yourself at the same time Others are usually not good or bad but shades of gray Finally anything that comes in the form of a rumor has questionable accuracy Perhaps meeting with the person who supposedly made the comment would help clarify if in fact there is a problem and what it is if there is one Problems at work are fre quently a difference of the way people think things should be done and if these can be discussed as a dif ference in ideas rather than who is right and who is wrong solutions come far more easily If the job doesnt match our interests or skills maybe another job would be better That doesnt mean you are a failure it means you could perhaps have done better work or maybe demands of the job dont match your skills well Shades of gray People who are depressed tend to evaluate others and themselves in all or good or bad think ing This contributes to selfloathing when we label ourselves as alienation from others when we label others as and inability to solve problems when we label the situation as bad and unalter Conversely when we evaluate ourselves and others with shades of gray rather than the extremes of good or we are better able to make appro priate changes in our lives behavior better able to remain respectful of ourselves and others and better able to resolve problems Optimism hope and closeness with others and healthy love of self are the payoffs Nancy Logan is a Psychologist who lives in New Democrats flex muscle in risky strategy WASHINGTON AP Democ rats voted in droves against termlim it and balancedbudget amendments to the Constitution the two most pop ular items on the Republican agenda They have proven theyre capable of thwarting the GOP majority but at what price HouseJSpeaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole vow that it will be a high one Both have made raw political threats aimed at Democrats they blame for the two fail ures Gingrich has even sug gested Democrats have a political death wish At first glance its hard to fathom a political rationale for lining up en masse against constitutional amend ments that have 70 percentplus sup port in public opinion polls But Republicans were rewarded ralher than penalized in the last election after killing off legislation They blocked health care reform and sev eral other major initiatives late last fall And Democrats are banking on the same kind of success Theyre saying no no said Republican pollster Bill Mclnturff Analysis They are systematically imitating what they perceive to be the Republi can behavior of The objective is to suggest that Republicans are incapable of delivering the changes they promised The risk is that Democrats could be viewed as the reason why That didnt stop 80 percent of them from voting against limiting their own terms Gingrich chalked up the massive Democratic opposition to cynical self interest while insisting that dozens of GOP opponents acted on high princi ple In fact both parties made the same arguments against the proposition essentially that it was antidemocratic and unnecessary If they voters want to get rid of any of us they can And I might add they are doing a pretty good job of quipped House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt DMo Until this year he was the majority leader Gephardt contends term limits wont be nearly as important to voters as jobs wages education health care and crime He should quit meeting with Democratic Gingrich retorted on hearing this One of those consultants pollster Mark Mellman said term limits dont even rate an asterisk when people are asked to name the most important problems facing the country Im not convinced theyre going to be deci sive in the next election he said The balancedbudget amendment to the Constitution got its requisite two thirds majority in the House only to be stopped dead in the Senate by a one vote margin Opponents included a sole Republican Mark Hatfield of Oregon and six Democrats who had previously supported the amend ment Few Democrats argued against it on constitutional grounds Instead many withheld their votes after Republicans refused to put the Social Security trust fund explicitly offlimits to budget cutters There is satisfaction in the realiza tion that were protecting something that the American people feel very strongly said Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle I think Republicans are just as vulnerable politically as any Democrat who may have voted against it as long as theyre unwilling to take Social Security out of the Public support for a balancedbudget amendment drops sharply when people are asked if Social Security Medicare and other entitlements should be cut in order to erase the federal deficit The findings lead even some Republican strategists to conclude that Democrats may fend off campaign attacks on the issue A nonpartisan researcher polling director Andy Kohut of the Times Mir ror Center for the People arid the Press agreed with Democrats that people generally are more concerned about issues like crime and wages than polit ical reforms such as term limits and a balanced budget amendment On the other hand Kohut said those reforms are extremely important to the independentminded voters who sup ported Ross Perot in the last presiden tial election And as he pointed out both parties need Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday April 4 the 94th day of 1995 There are 271 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On April civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr was shot to death in Memphis Tenn He was 39 On this date In 1818 Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union In 1841 President William Henry Harrison suc cumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugur al becoming the first chief executive to die in office In 1850 the city of Los Angeles was incorporat ed In 1887 Susanna Medora Sailer became the first woman elected mayor of an American community Argonia Kan In 1902 British financier Cecil Rhodes left million in his will to provide scholarships for Amer icans at Oxford University In 1945 50 years ago forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany In 1945 troops on Okinawa encountered the first significant resistance from Japanese forces In nations including the United States signed the North Atlantic Treaty In 1974 Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruths homerun record by hitting his roundtripper in Cincinnati In 1975 more than 130 people most of them children were killed when a Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashed short ly after takeoff from Saigon In 1979 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto the deposed prime minister of Pakistan was hanged after he was con victed of conspiring to murder a political opponent Five years ago Secretary of State James Baker began three days of talks in Washington with his Soviet counterpart Eduard Shevardnadze to dis cuss the Lithuanian crisis and arms control issues
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