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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 A Sunday April 30 1995 Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion bage call 6259144 fext 21 One of the obligations of the writer is to say or sing all that he or she can to deal with as much of the world as hi Denise Levertov 1973 E D I T O R I A Legislating Life Texas Legislature ready to shoot down helmet repeal whats next Helmets are required head gear for Texas motorcyclists but a bill has recent ly passed the state senate that would make helmets optional for riders over the age of 21 Unfortunately for the supporters of the legislation the bill appears to be dead in this session meaning bikers will have to continue to strap on the not a pleasant thing to do in the middle of a Texas summer Helmets are restrictive uncomfortable and reduce the riders field of vision making mishaps more likely they argue To others its strictly a matter of choice Many riders dont want to the wear the helmets and they dont think the government or anyone else should be telling them what to do Those in favor of helmet laws support that position for the obvious reasons helmets are the only thing standing between a rider and a head injury if an accident or mishap should occur They argue that the medical costs associated with motorcyclerelated trauma is passed on to the general public and therefore the public has every right to demand riders wear helmets Most Texans seem to agree A recent Texas Poll found that 83 percent of the population supports a state law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets while 73 percent even want a law requiring bicyclists to wear protective head gear The logical question is Whats next While those pushing for stricter safetyrelated laws seem genuinely con cerned they may not realize their causing some real pain by stepping on our rights as free functioning people A mountain of legislation would have to be written to try and safeguard the public from every possible clanger out there in the world and sometimes it seems like our leaders are trying to build that mountain If as is argued the public has a right to demand helmets be worn because of medical costs will not legislation be passed some day outlawing fast food chains that serve meals high in fat Millions of Americans are not eating healthy diets and the result is many are dying of heart attacks or theyre undergoing terribly expensive surgery to repair damaged hearts and arteries Thoses costs are passed on too You get the point When it comes to matters of national crisis the government should its power for the good of society When its a question about whether someone should wear a helmet while bicycling around the neighborhood government should slay out Allow us a little room for common sense and parental guidance Americans have gotten by for more than years without that kind of meddling Todaya editorial was written hy Managing Editor Doug Loveday Write us The New Bruunfels 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Second class postage paid by fan New liraun in New Hraunlels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalujx counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas throe months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscnbeis who have not leceived a by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may tall or by weekdays or by 11 an Sunday Send addiess changes to the New HeruldZeiiunft Uraw 311328 New Hiaunlels Tx 7X1311328 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of 4 online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeitung@AOL.com Bombing is proof evil still exists Cal Thomas President Clinton accurately condemned those who killed innocent men women and chil dren in the bombing of the Okla homa City Federal Building as evil In doing so he invoked a has suffered in recent years from lack of use When Ronald Reagan applied the word to the Soviet evil he called sophisticated commentators were shocked that a word they regard ed as crude was employed by a national leader But what other explanation satisfactorily describes such a despicable act or souldestroying government that causes men and women to sob in grief and others to declare their lives drained of meaning and joy Great writers have grappled with the concept of the evil that men do lives after them the good is often interred with their and popular culture explains it with such notions as Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts and minds of men and such movie symbols as Darth Vader Acknowledging the existence of just evil people but evil a prerequisite to under standing and controlling it Denying that evil exists and that it is a proper metaphor for the worst kind of behavior ensures that evil will prosper The dictionary is of some help It defines evil as morally reprehensible sinful wicked arising from actual or imputed bad character or This pre sumes a standard of good conduct against which evil may be measured It also indicates that evil begins in a heart and works outward and is not cre ated by ones circumstances or environment Such a notion contradicts most modem teaching and phi losophy Evil is as old older really as the second chapter of Genesis where God instructs Adam You are free to eat from any tree in the garden but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil for when you eat of it you will surely If evil exist ed at the time of Creation this suggests that evil and its author came before Is this what New York Times columnist Bob Herbert was getting at when he wrote of the Oklahoma City tragedy From what universe beyond the one that most of us inhabit does this kind of evil arise Will this horror teach us anything or will we allow the shock to subside and eventually be able to look back on it with detached and emotionless hind sight Those who would do such evil things show the capacity of humanity uncontrolled by the restraining influences of an inner power and a culture that believes evil must not only be resisted but opposed While we have always had with us those who would kill the innocent rarely have we thrown a party and celebrated the killers and the profit potential of their acts Even now there must be lawyers jockeying for the position of defense counsel and thinking about exclusive rights to books and movies The Simp son trial has shown us how easily we can forget about the innocent dead and focus instead on the side issues and nonissues as we pay homage to the cult of celebrity Once God defined the norms of our society but we decided we could do a better job To speak of evil requires a knowledge of its opposite good and goods Author Otherwise evil is simply a label we apply to actions a majority likes the least at a given moment This floating standard is not permanent but for the moment only and it can be changed or shaded when public opinion requires something new A nation that rejects a universal standard eventually experiences an Oklahoma City tragedy If hate groups are proliferating if evil seems evermore the norm and not the exception perhaps it is time to reexamine the old values and seek the One who defines good What do you think In 1993 more than million in new construction was begun in New Braunfels In 1994 that figure skyrocketed to million With new businesses moving to town and their employees moving with them New Braunfels is in the midst of a real growth spurt With the larger tax base that accompanies the new commercial and residential properties come some of the headaches of larger cities We want to find out how you feel about the growth now being experi enced by all of us Fill 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 Saturday May Do you believe growth Is good for New Braunfels Yes or No circle one Name Address City Age Sex Telescope to offer glimpse back in time FORT DAVIS Texas AP The spiraling galaxies and radiant stars that gleam down on Mt Lockes summit from seemingly infinite distances wont appear as far away before very long Scientists already privy to the amaz ing celestial vistas accessible from the West Texas peak that hosts McDonald Observatory are awaiting a telescope that will be 10 times stronger than the largest cur rently available here Astronomers are chomping at the bit to use this said Larry Ramsey a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Pcnn State Uni versity Simply put the HobbyEberly Tele scope under construction at the obser vatory will allow astronomers to probe deeper into space collect fresh data on existing objects and possibly even uncover entirely new phenomena Well be able to study objects that were previously too faint to work said observatory director Frank N Bash For scientists this new power may ultimately supply the means to answer some fundamental questions about the origins of our universe added Ramsey Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday April 30 the 120th day of 1995 There are 245 days left in the Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on April 30 1945 as Russian troops approached his Berlin bunker Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day Eva Braun One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally ending Hitlers Third Reich On this date In 1789 George Washington took office in New York as the first presi dent of the United Slates In 1803 the United States pur chased the Louisiana Territory from France In 1812 Louisiana became the 18th Analysis You can think of a telescope as a time machine The further you look in distance youre actually looking back in said Ramsey By look ing at large distances well be able to see how the universe was I billion 2 billion 3 billion years ago or The quest for new celestial discov eries will begin in July 1996 when the HobbyEberly Telescope or HET becomes operational at the observa tory which is located in the Davis Mountains some 170 miles southeast of El Paso The following year will be dedi cated primarily to fine tuning Astronomers from the five univer sities developing the HET which include Penn State and the University of Texas should be able to conduct allout research in 1997 Then it will become said observatory superintendent Mark Adams who already oversees four telescopes Those existing instruments range in size from meters to meters The sizes refer to the diameter of the telescopes primary mirror which col lects the light from the image being state of the Union In 1900 Hawaii was organized as a territory In 1900 engineer John Luther Casey Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad was killed in a wreck near Vaughan after staying at the controls in an effort to save the pas sengers In 1939 the New York Worlds Fair billed as a look at the world of officially opened In 1945 Arthur Godfrey Time made its debut on the CBS radio net work In 1947 President Truman signed a measure officially changing the name of Boulder Dam to Hoover Dam In 1948 the Organization of Amer ican States held its first meeting in Bogota Colombia In 1970 25 years ago President Nixon announced the was send At 11 meters the HET will have the largest astronomical mirror in the world Yet because it wont use the entire mirror surface at one time it techni cally cant be called the worlds largest telescope That distinction belongs to Hawaiis Keck Telescope which has a 10meter mirror surface that can be used entire ly at one time The HET does have exceptional qualities of its own however includ ing the incorporation of new designs intended to cut costs on what would otherwise be an extremely expensive project The telescope named after its two principal benefactors former Texas Lt Gov William P Hobby and Robert E Eberly of Pennsylvania wont turn to track its moving sub jects as most existing telescopes do to compensate for the rotation of the Earth which can quickly take a star out of range Instead the hexagonal mirror actu ally composed of 91 smaller hexa gons will remain stationary in the bottom of the telescope dome A tracking device mounted high above the mirror array will track the ing troops into Cambodia an action that sparked widespread protest In 1973 President Nixon announced the resignations of his aides Haldeman and John Ehrlichman along with Attorney General Richard G Kleindienst and White House coun sel John Dean In 1975 20 years ago the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces as President Duong Van Minn announced an unconditional surrender In 1991 an estimated peo ple died as a cyclone struck the South Asian country of Bangladesh Ten years ago President Reagan set out on a trip to Europe and an eco nomic summit which was already overshadowed by his planned visit to a German military cemetery where Nazi SS troops were buried light of the target object as it moves across the surface of the mirror taking readings as it goes This design which is unique among optical telescopes spared the HETs developers the cost of constructing a mechanism to move the entire instru ment as was the case with McDon alds telescope said Bash Besides Texas which owns more than 50 percent of the HET and Penn State the developers include Stanford and two German universities Using several mirrors was another cost cuttingmeasure The only affordable way to make a mirror this size is to make it in said Bash So far the moneyconscious designs seem likely to ensure the pro ject will come in at the expected price of roughly million said Bash By comparison the Keck telescope cost about million he said Thats something Im proud Bash said Its really hard to esti mate the costs and keep the project on schedule when youre building some thing that nobody has ever built Despite the enthusiasm project offi cials still admit candidly there is a downside to the efforts to save money The Survey Bombing doesnt cast fear locally Four readers responded to last weeks survey question Do you feel safe in New Braunfels fol lowing the Oklahoma City bomb ing Each of the four respondents said they still feel safe in our com munity despite the terroristic act in Oklahoma More than 100 people were killed and 400 more injured in a car bombing at a federal building in Oklahoma City One of the respondents said Problems bring out the best in if we let someone else lake care of it We need back bone not federal intru sion
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