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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 Sunday 1995 Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion 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 HZeitung@AOL.com Certainly television contributes at least to opening up the world for sit there you zap and you have the world at your Matty Chiva 1992 E D I T O R I A Sacrifice Remembered Fiftieth anniversary of end of war in Europe a chance to study history If its true that history will repeat we dont learn from its we should have real reason for alarm As time passes and memories fade the great events of history become less clear and the lessons from those events become subject to debate Probably the greatest and most tragic event of this War is being remembered in special ceremonies this year as nations veterans and others mark the 50th anniversary of the wars end Veterans from that war are still numerous in this country and abroad but their numbers dwindle each year And with their passing goes their stories their experience and their wisdom Also gone are their warnings Many veterans argue and correctly that todays younger generation is not aware of the sacrifices made by the generation that fought Hitlers forces and Imperial Japan Thats a tragedy And its dangerous If ever a study in tyranny and the triumph of free people could be made its subject would be World War II And if ever an argument for the existence of evil need be made one would just have to point to the murder of six million Jews in the concentration camps of Europe There were also many other examples of atrocities committed in that war that demand our attention and our time Historys lessons cannot be learned until we realize that the same failings and shortcomings of past leaders and dictators are present today embodied in the people and leaders of today And human beings seem no less inclined toward war today than they did pri or to World War II Taking into consideration all of the horrors associated with that war and the many other wars and conflicts since then youd think wed finally tire of butchering one another But a quick glance at the killing fields in Bosnia and Rwanda as well as a look at the terrorism still plaguing the world and now the following the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City its obvious that force and violence are still perceived by many as legitimate means by which nations and organizations can attain their goals Ceremonies in England and elsewhere this weekend marking the end of war in Europe 50 years ago should be required viewing and reading around the world During those ceremonies the stories of war are told and the horrors asso ciated with it remembered If we turn away or forget we take part in future cer emonies marking this generations own world war And there may not be many remaining to take part in that ceremony Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug 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 HeraUZeiiung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeitutij in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months 19 six months one year 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 POSIMASIEK Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeruldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 First Amendment takes beating Cal Thomas So its come to this Speech causes violence After Bill Clinton distinguished himself with appropriate and compelling remarks at the memo rial service for the Oklahoma City bombing victims the polit icallywounded President emerged the following day in the presidential primary state of Iowa slickly suggesting that unnamed but we all know to whom he is referring dont we conservative talk show hosts were partly to blame The script is already being written for the resusci tation of big government Mondays Wall Street Journal provided the rough draft The headline read Some Citizens Disavow Extreme RightWing Views in Wake of Bombing Have Angry White Men Gone Too Far The story said At a minimum the horrific pic tures of destruction in Americas heartland seem likely to reduce public tolerance for advocates of antigovernment philosophies Heartbreaking news reports present vivid images of government employ ees not as faceless bureaucrats but as sympathetic human victims with Equating opposition to big government to oppo sition to people who are in it is a nice tactic if youve lost the ideological debate But the contention that words and images even the harsh variety cause violent behavior is something many liberals have always denied Remember Ted Bundy He said he became a ser ial killer because of pornography Experts were interviewed who denied there is a connection The networks frequently defend themselves against contentions by some groups that gratuitous sex violence and profanity on TV cause some peo ple to copy the behavior they see depicted there Why should we believe that one form of expression has no effect ever mindful that commercials cause people to buy products while another type of expres is critical of to terrorism And why are lunatics and anarchists consistently labeled far Why was the man who stabbed a cultist in Japan a What then was the far rightwinger It seems much of the press and likeminded liberals label everything they dont like rightwing in order to denigrate it When was the last time you saw the leftwing label applied to people or events Look for a full court press on this The left sees dis crediting the right as its last best hope of clinging to power The rhetorical firepower is going to increase Liberal politicians and their friends in the big media have had some nasty things to say about conserva tives Columnist Carl Rowan said The harsher rhetoric of the Gingriches and a cli mate of violence in If harsh rhetoric creates violence consider this Bob Herbert of the New York Times wrote of a Repub lican jihad against the poor the young and the help Herbert said Republican budget cuts were loathsome and that the majority is stomping on the last dying embers of idealism and compassion in Or how about this from NBCs Bryant Gumbel in a question to House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt You called Gingrich and his ilk your words trickledown terrorists who base their agenda on division exclusion and Do you think middleclass Americans are in need of pro tection from that group Critic John Leonard on CBS Sunday Morning Jan 8 compared the new Congress to the Khmer Rouge And lets not forget the moderate words of The Washington Posts Tom Shales who wrote on Jan 25 about crackpots in Congress who want to exterminate public broadcasting One persons extremist language is another per sons free speech whether it comes from the right wing or the left It will be interesting to see how many of the First Amendment purists come to the defense of talk radio in response to President Clintons verbal assaults Initial comments from the ACLU and people like the writer Nat Hentoff who believe free speech ought to remain free are encour aging What do you think Homeowners have recently received their from the Appraisal District Because the amount of property tax home by the valuation of their home and the pro ent taxing receiving their appraisa We want to know if youre satisfied with yoi Fill out the coupon drop it by our off Braunfels TX 781 30 or fax survey to 21 0 are accepted Deadline for this survey is Saturday you believe home appraisal was correct or incorrect Yes or No circle one home appraisal owners pay Is determin Derty tax rate of the difft I can be a stressful time jr appraisal ce at 707 Landa Ne 6251 224 Copied forn ns Name Aae Sex j Lawyers seek to improve their image WASHINGTON AP Roberta Cooper Ramo wont become the American Bar Associations first female president until August but she already has begun working to improve the battered image of the traditionally male legal profession Ramo believes Americans misunderstand attor neys almost as much as they underestimate the val ue of politicians and dont appreciate lawyers role in protecting the nations cherished freedoms The American people have forgotten or maybe generations of Americans dont understand the bril liance of the Constitution and the Bill of she said in a recent interview Im trying to remind people why this country has been so successful and explain how lawyers have played a big role in bringing about that In a speech in DCS Moincs Iowa Ramo was more blunt We have become a nation of constitutional illit erates easily swayed by slogans assailed by half truths in what seems to be an endless stream of vitu perative language anger and hate poured over the air waves into our cars and she said Ramo also believes most Americans also dont appreciate the jobs done by their political leaders You cant give someone enough power to make up for what they lose family life she said Theres a lot of talk about a leadership problem but theres a followership problem too Were all armchair quarterbacks she said All of us lawyers and nonlawyers have to help bring about Analysis The associations presidentselect usually are such lowprofile figures they approach invisibility But Ramo already has been the most traveled ambas sador of the Chicagobased ABA Were all armchair quar terbacks today All of us lawyers and non lawyers have to help bring about Ramo Ramo a real estate lawyer from Albuquerque this month carries the ABA flag to Cincinnati Kansas City Denver Cleveland Houston Washington Orlando and New Haven Conn They want me to talk to she said If you want to make things better you have to go out and talk to In Houston later this month Ramo will be talking about youth violence and the role of the family in pro viding a solution For all our talk about family val ues we are not a very familyfriendly she said Theres a parenting problem Some dont take the time some dont have a she said adding that youth violence often is a byproduct of dysfunction al homes Theres a need for societal parenting for those who dont have It appears another favorite theme of Ramos year as ABA president will be the need to save the Legal Services Corporation from efforts in Congress to kill or greatly reduce the federal agency that provides legal help to the poor The ABAs defense of Legal Services against past attempts to cut its funding has led some to suggest that the nations lawyers want the government to represent the poor so they wont be obligated to donate their services The legal profession calls this kind of free service pro bono publico for the public good Its not Ramo said The amount of pro bono work has gone up exponentially since Legal Services was created by Congress in 1974 Lawyers unlike doctors dont have emergency rooms and people dont think they can walk into a fancy law firm office and say Im in a legal emer gency and I need But they know they can turn to Legal Ramo said She noted that percent of the agencys budget goes to coordinating the pro bono efforts of private lawyers Ramo 52 served notice when elected last year that her presidency would be different Its no longer fair to say the ABA is a bunch of white she said Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday May 7 the 127th day of 1995 There are 238 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on May 7 1945 Germany signed an unconditional sur render at Allied headquarters in Rheims France to take effect the fol lowing day ending the European con flict of World War II On this date In 1789 the first inaugural ball was held in New York in honor of President and Mrs George Washington In 1812 poet Robert Browning was born in London In 1825 Italian composer Antonio Salieri died in Vienna Austria In 1833 composer Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg Ger many In 1840 composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in the Ural region of Russia In 1847 the American Medical Association was founded in Philadel phia In 1915 nearly people died when a German torpedo sank the British liner Lusitania off the Irish coast In 1939 Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance known as the RomeBerlin Axis In 1945 the 1944 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded winners included John Hersey for his novel A Bell for Mary Chase for her play and Associated Press pho tographer Joe Rosenthal for his pic ture of the Iwo Jima flagraising In 1954 the 55day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended with Viet namese insurgents overrunning French forces In 1963 the United States launched the Telstar II communications satel lite In 1975 President Ford formally declared an end to the Vietnam era In Ho Chi Minh City formerly Saigon the Viet Cong staged a rally to cel ebrate their takeover In 1984 a million outofcourt settlement was announced in the Agent Orange classaction suit brought by Vietnam veterans who charged they had suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant Ten years ago Baseball Commis sioner Peter Ueberroth announced The Survey Growth blasted by some readers Seven readers responded to last weeks survey question Do you believe growth is good for New Braunfels The responses were over whelmingly against growth While the one reader who sup ported growth pointed to the eco nomic vitality of growing com munities the others denounced it for various reasons Our taxes continue to rise The Chamber of Commerce has done a good job of destroying the dear little town that retirees chose to move to The roads in New Braunfels will not take anymore traffic   

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