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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 A HeraldZeitung Wednesday April Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address Is i No one wants anarchy in the name of religion but do we really want more and more government regulation of religion Pretty soon well have to practice our faith in the Marj Carpenter news director 1991 D I T O R I A L The Bottom Line Two networks refuse to air Clintons news conference in place of shows Home Improvement and Frasier have been consistently drawing the largest viewership in prime time this year for the ABC and NBC net works Tuesdays lineup is packed with sitcoms newsmagazines and other challengers in the ratings war But how does a live prime time presidential news conference stack up against those programs According to NBC and ABC not very well Both networks refused to air President Clintons White House news conference Tuesday night only his fourth news conference in 27 months in office They cited the lack of news expected to come from the event leaving the coverage to CBS CNN and CSPAN Clinton was stung by the disinterest of the networks and forcefully argued that his Presidency still has granted by the Constitution With the Republicans apparently setting the agenda in Washington these days the news conference was an opportunity to take back the momentum lost over the last 100 days to Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole a challenger for the Republican nomination for President in 1996 That didnt happen Tuesday Scoring political points is definitely a part of news conferences at the White House but they also offer the American Republicans and chance to hear from their chief executive Democrats should be dismayed that the networks would snub their man Millions of Americans who may have bcnefitted from a ses sion between reporters and the President instead were served up more of the same television fare Republicans should be equally upset They remember all too well the criticism their last two presidents received for the small number of news conferences they held Now when President Clinton stands in front of the feisty Washington press corps yawns and sighs can be heard across the country These appearances before the American people and the press are important if only to keep the President accountable and cognizant of the fact that America is watching But once the networks begin to determine what they believe is news worthy when in fact their real concern is ratings and it will become easier and easier to keep the President off the air The real losers will be the American public and voters especially Today editorial wax written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday 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 Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New lirawijek HtraUZeiiwt USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Uiaunlels Cornal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun HcruldZeiiuni in New Braunfels Texas Currier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe 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 Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 2IOJ 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday HOVIMAS n J Send address changes to the New Oraunfels HeraldZeitwg Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Anyone can be a Lamp Post Harry Vj Roger Croteau Lamp Post Harry is scary and disgusting Lamp Post Harry is also the most poorly planned and executed public service campaign Ive ever seen In fact I think this program introduced by the New Braunfels Safe City Commission may have done more harm than good so far But there is hope for Harry More on that later Youve probably seen Lamp Post Harry in public service advertisements on TCI Cable or on the Crime Watch page in this newspaper On TV Lamp Post Harry lurks around the play ground at Hinman Island Park eyeing children with evil intent or trying to get a little girl to get into his car or trying to give drugs to teenagers Harry is a big scary Hispaniclooking guy with long hair dark glasses a fedora and a trench coat Harry is disgusting hes someone you dont want to see your kids said Cheryl Scott Safe City Commission chairperson The intent is to teach children to be wary of strangers and to make parents aware of the bad characters out there So why do I think this program is so bad Kids would already be scared of Harry He is about the scuzziestlooking guy you could imagine Ask your child what a stranger looks like Chances are good that he or she will describe a person like Lamp Post Harry To most children stranger equals scary If the person is not scary he is not a straneer at least to children I saw a television news magazine segment not too long ago that made this point in dramatic fashion With parents permission they filmed as a nice looking young man with a dog leash approached children at a park Have you seen my he would ask the kid Within 30 seconds he had the kid walking with him out of the park to help find the lost puppy Time after time it worked The parents watched horrified But I always tell him not to trust they told the camera But to the kids Randy wasnt a stranger because he was not scary The Safe City Commissions Lamp Post Harry Campaign just drives home the dangerously mis taken perception that you can pick out a child abuser by the way he looks Instead of reinforcing the mistaken idea that a stranger is big scary longhaired Mexican the Safe City Commission should be teaching kids that a stranger is anyone your child does not know be it the nice lady with the dog or the kindly old man in the park They could teach parents to establish a code word known only by the parents the child and any adult authorized to escort or care for the child If the stranger does not know the magic word the child is not to go anyplace with that person I talked about these issues with Frank Miller senior sergeant with the Child Abuse Unit of the Austin Police Department He agreed that it is a bad idea to use somebody obviously scary in these types of advertisements Most of our child abusers are family members or people known to the he said Only very rarelv do we have a who done it case where the vic tim does not know the But when the assailant is a stranger it usually is not somebody who looks like Lamp Post Harry he A stranger can be anybody they dont know have kids abducted by people dressed as police cers We have had cases involving real police clergy teachers doctors Child abusers and child sexual abusers are not isolated to the poor Thcy often get into positions where they have access children like Boy Scout leaders youth tions Little League coaches Weve worked cases all those people They work to gain the trust of dren arid their y Even if it is a stranger trying to prey on children in a park like Harry theyd be out there playing the kids They would go out of their way to look threatening They would not wear a trench coat dark glasses They would look just like anybody else in the Miller said While the movies make it easy to tell the good guys from the bad real life unfortunately is not so You cant spot child molesters by the way they because they dont lurk in the shadows trench coats and dark glasses But you couldn t tell that by the Lamp Post Harry campaign I said before that there is hope for Harry Scott me that the next batch of Lamp Post Harry mercials will show Harry go behind a tree and pear as different characters a contractor ready tor take advantage of an old person or a juvenile ready to steal a car The new commercials will make the point that anybody can be a Lamp Post Harry no matter what they look like Thats more like it Thats how the campaign should have started Roger Croteau is the HeraldZeitung city edi beginning President flipflops on affirmative action WASHINGTON AP President Clintons knottiest issue is affirmative action No matter which way he turns he threatens to anger an important con stituency group And thats why he cant seem to make up his mind For months Clinton has been bob bing and weaving on the emotionally charged subject one day defending the proud Democratic history of support for minority preference programs the next day appealing to party liberals to be more sensitive to angry white One day he seems headed toward giving the entire matter over to a blue ribbon panel The next day not One day he suggests hes ready to jettison programs that are no longer effective and that encourage reverse discrimination The next day aides sug gest hes only talking about nibbling around the edges and that its unlikely hell cut any of the more than 100 spe cific programs Clinton is trying to preempt a fierce GOP attack on setasides and other affirmative action programs But the path for him is filled with political risk He cant afford to alienate women and minorities who have benefited the most from these programs and who make up a major part of the Democra tic core But as he seeks to regain his mantle as a moderateconservative New he wants to avoid offending conservatives who are stoking the back lash against affirmative action includ ing those angry white Where he finally comes down on the subject will have a major bearing on 1996 election politics Clinton said during a primetime news conference Tuesday night that the wrapup of the review he ordered wont be But he once again displayed his apparent ambivalence on the subject The earnings of male workers including white male workers have been declining when measured against inflation for years he said On affirmative action your princi ple should be were all better off if everybodys got an even chance if there is no discrimination if people have the opportunity to live up to the fullest of their ability But the govern ment should never give someone who is unqualified anything over someone who is Public opinion polls show definite support for programs that seek to elim inate present discrimination in the workplace in education and housing and in obtaining government contracts But theres less support for programs that seek to redress examples of past discrimination Affirmative action wasnt even an issue in the 1994 midterm congres sional elections nor was it part of the House OOPs Contract With But it was stirred up by Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole right now the frontrunner among those seeking the GOP presidential nomination called for outright eliminatior of many affirmative action programs r putting the issue squarely on the list of 1996 presidential campaign issues He was joined later in the call by House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen Phil Gramm RTexas Even so Democratic pollster Giw Molyneux said that as of now our polling suggests it ranks pretty low down the list of behind health care the deficit taxes and wel fare reform In the end Republicans are proba bly a little closer to the center of public opinion on this than Democrats are he said Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday April 19 the 109th day of 1995 There are 256 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On April 19 1775 the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord On this date In 1782 the Netherlands recog nized American independence In 1892 the prototype of the first commercially successful American automobile was completed in Spring field by Charles E Duryea and his brother Frank In 1893 the Oscar Wilde play A Woman of No Importance opened at the Haymarket Theatre in London In 1933 the United Stales went off the gold standard In 1943 during World War II tens of thousands of Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto began waging a valiant but futile battle against Nazi forces In 1945 50 years ago the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical featuring the song Youll Never Walk opened on Broadway with Jan Clayton as Julie Jordan and John Raitt as Billy Bigelow In 1951 Gen Douglas MacArthur relieved of his command by Presi dent Truman bade farewell to Con gress quoting a line from a ballad Old soldiers never die they just fade In 1975 20 years ago India announced it its first satellite from the Soviet Union atop a Soviet rocket In 1989 47 sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa In 1993 the 51day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco Texas ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in dozens of people including David Koresh were killed Ten years ago The space shuttle Discovery landed at Cape Canaveral after a mission that was marred by a deployed satellite that failed to operate properly   

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