New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 3, 1995, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

May 03, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 A HeraldZeitung Wednesday May 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 [email protected] Q U A B All of us are free as long as no one tramples on Tess Onwueme playwright 1988 EDITORIAL Speechless I About Food bill would make it unlawful to criticize the states farm products Stewed okra sure is disgusting I cant believe people can actually hold that garbage down In fact Iwouldnt feed it to a pig Its a good thing I got that off my chest now because in a few weeks I could be sued or jailed for saying it if a bill passed by the Texas Legislature is signed into law by Gov George Bush The law gives a special protected status to fruits and veg etables grown in the Lone Star State Under the law agricul tural producers could sue people who disparage their products Do you have concerns about food additives such as cattle growth hormones Better keep them to yourself Do you wor ry about the safety of Nutrasweet Better watch what you say Do you hate broccoli like a certain former president did Unless you want to risk a lawsuit from Texas broccoli grow ers dont talk about it Your father President Bush could be subject to jail time under this statute if he were to speak disparagingly about broccoli Mary Nash Stoddard founder of the Aspar tame Consumer Safety Network wrote to the governor this week urging him to veto the bill i The bill almost sounds like a joke Jail people for criticizing food products This is the kind of bill that makes people think it would be i better if the Texas Legislature met for two days every 150 years iinstead of 150 days every two years It sounds like a joke but the effect of this bill would be no iijoke Freedom of speech is a Constitutional right not to be tri with lightly This bill would have a chilling effect on jspeech intimidating people into silence on issues of public jjhealth and the safety of our food supply It should be vetoed and not just because it could get the gov dad in trouble f Today v editorial was written by City Editor Roger IWrite us New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public rissue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone Dumber which are not for publication must be included cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned reference is given to writers who have not been published in the revious 30 days fail letters to etters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 w Braunfels Texas 781311328 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher David Sullens General Manager Cheryl DuVall Editor Doug Loveday Director Tracy Stevens Director Carol Ann Avery Foreman Douglas Brandt Manager Karen Reininger Icily Editor Roger Croteau J Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by ihe New liraunfeLi HeraldZeilunx USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 3 1 1 328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78 1 3 1 1 328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year 360 Senior Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months i one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday by on Sunday may call or by 7 weekdays or by 1 1 on Sunday Affirmative action leads to division The government should not mandate equal outcorries there fore we oppose quotas that create racial gender or ethnic prefer Believe it or not that statement was offered by the Democratic Leadership Council in 1991 when Gov Bill Clinton was its chairman President Clinton however has taken a very different posi tion As one observer has noted Mr Clintons pledge of a Cabi net that looked like America turned into a slot system with jobs earmarked by race ethnicity and While President Clinton can change his mind and seems to do so with alarming frequency he cannot change his record If by their fruits ye shall know this Administration has cultivated a very large lemon tree Consider the following Over 160 federal regulations currently require that race gender or ethnicity be considered as factors in federal employment or the granting of federal con Kay Bailey Hutchison tracts When a minority group is underrepresented on the staff of a vocational education program the Office of Civil Rights presumes that the numerical difference results from unlawful discrimination The Pentagon has served notice that special preferences will be required for the promotion of all white men without The Clinton Justice Department filed suit against the Chevy Chase Bank not because it failed to loan money to qualified black applicants but because the banks branches were located in areas where a majority of the residents are not black This amounts to quotabased new form of bank rob bery Affirmative action laws have been in force for over 30 years beginning with Lyndon Johnsons Great Society programs The goal of affirmative action was to be the great equalizer to create a col orblind society where all could compete with equal bargaining power Today affirmative action has become a euphemism for quotas and setasides based on membership in racial groups The system now encourages employ ers contractors and school administrators to focus solely and exclusively on the color of a persons a way of achieving a colorblind society Discrimination should remain illegal and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law As Ameri cans however we should emphasize our common bonds rather than group differences The Ameri can ethic has always held that individual effort and achievement are valued and rewarded Affirmative this ethic by attempting to elim inate discrimination by sanctioning encouraging and in many cases requiring discrimination Affirmative action programs are expediting the balkanization of America under the banner of mul ticulturalism What kind of America do we want A society that divides groups based on race and eth nicity Or a society that rewards people on their individual merits In attempting an impossible mandate equal affirmative action programs have nudged us in the direction of a divided America To change course we must set our sights on a different opportunity for all Kay Bailey Hutchison is a senator from Consequences of words taking their toll K Send address changes to the New Bruunfeh HeratdZeitung Draw er 3 1 1328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 WASHINGTON AP President Clinton tells audiences Words do have Thats been dri ven home in recent days as incautious words have returned to spite those who uttered them Conservative talkshow host G Gordon Liddy and the National Rifle Association are high on the list of Clintons favored if unspoken targets But his admonition cuts across par ty and ideological lines And Clinton himself has been a victim of his own choice of words more than once His campaign against loud and angry voices in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing seems to have strucfc a chord with the public Polls show most Americans approve of his handling of the crisis Clintons central claim is that words of hatred on and off the nations airwaves have nurtured a climate in which unbalanced people can be dri ven to violence Already language by the NRA pro duced a backlash that could help assure that repeal of last years assault Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday May 3 the 123rd day of 1995 There are 242 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On May 3 1802 Washington was incorporated as a city with the mayor appointed by the president and the council elected by property owners On this date In 1654 a bridge in Rowley was permitted to charge a toll for ani mals while people crossed for free In 1916 Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising In 1921 West Virginia imposed the first state sales lax Analysis weapons ban an NRA priority will not take place in 1995 An NRA ad refers to federal agents as armed ter rorists clad in ninja black and a fundraising letter talks of jackboot ed government by Liddy that lis teners shoot federal firearms agents in the head or groin though only in self defense got the former Water gate burglar dropped as guest of hon or at a GOP fundraiser The events chairman Sen Alfonse DAmato found Liddys words despicable outrageous and according to DAmato spokesman John Heubusch Its only been a few weeks since DAmato himself had to apologize for impolitic talkshow remarks that mocked the JapaneseAmerican her itage of Lance Ito the judge presiding over the Simpson murder trial When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean nothing more nothing Humpty Dumpty tells Alice in Lewis Carrolls book In 1933 Nellie T Ross became the first female director of the Mint In 1937 Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Gone With the In years ago during World War II Japanese forces on Okinawa launched their only major counter offensive but failed to break the Amer ican lines In 1945 Indian forces captured Ran goon Burma from the Japanese In 1948 the Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable In 1971 antiwar prolesters calling themselves the Mayday began four days of demonstrations in Wash ington aimed at shutting down the nations capital In 1978 Sun Day fell on a Through the The question responds Alice whether you can make words mean so many different Clinton has sometimes been accused of making words mean too many different things He has been by turns conciliatory toward Republi cans and hostile toward their propos als And he has issued conflicting words on many of his administrations policies In a speech on April 24 in Min neapolis Clinton denounced pur veyors of hatred and division for things that are said regularly over the But White House aides were quick to claim that Clinton didnt really mean radio broadcasts even though hed said But thats appar ently exactly what he did mean Despite the disclaimers Clinton aides said privately that the president was livid about conservative talk show hosts in general and Liddy in particu lar especially Liddys talk about using drawings of the president and Hillary Rodham Clinton for target practice But the airwaves comments Wednesday as thousands of people extolling the virtues of solar energy held events across the country In 1979 Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was chosen to become Britains first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in par liamentary elections In 1986 in NASAs first postChal lenger launch an unmanned Delta rocket lost power in its main engine shortly after liftoff forcing safety offi cers to destroy it by remote control 10 years ago In Bonn West Ger many leaders of the worlds seven biggest industrial democracies praised the Reagan administrations approach in nuclear arms control talks with the Soviet Union Five years ago The federal gov ernment formally approved the use of seemed unpresidential and gave talk show hosts like Liddy and Rush Lim baugh new ammunition Clinton later broadened his target to include all angry talk House Speaker Newt Gingrich chose the word grotesque to dis miss any suggested link between Republicanled moves to scale back federal government and militias that arm themselves against that govern ment Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has found that some of hismore acer bic comments like suggesting Clinton was not a real have back fired Hes still trying to live down a two decadesold remark that all the mili tary conflicts of the 20th century were Democrat Political leaders might want to con sider the advice of pop singer and Clinton supporter Jimmy Buffett Say what you mean and mean what you Or to follow former Senate Repub lican Leader Howard Bakers sage advice Dont speak more clearly than you the drug AZT to treat children infected with the AIDS virus One year ago President Clinton presided over a televised forum from Atlanta during which he denied sug gestions hed vacillated on foreign pol icy but said global problems were more difficult than hed imagined Todays Birthdays Broadway librettist Betty Comden is 76 Folk singer Pete Seeger is 76 Singer James Brown is 62 Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 59 Singer Frankie Valli is 58 Magician Doug Henning is 48 Thought for Today If you want anything said ask a man if you want anything done ask a Mar garet Thatcher former British prime minister ;

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