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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 Tuesday May 16 1995 Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 U O T A The media represent a tremendous opportunity for unpaid Roland Rust marketing professor 1994 D I T O R I A L Waco allegations Texas congressman out of line with baseless charges of mass execution Much has been said in recent weeks about the extreme harshness that has marked political debate Many hoped that everyone from talk radio hosts to members of Congress would tone down their rhetoric and agree to disagree without being disagreeable Now a Texas congressman Steve Stockman RFriendswood has weighed in with accusations so baseless and inflammatory they would make Jesse Helms blush Writing in the new issue of Guns and Ammo magazine Stockman claims the Clinton Administration executed the more than 80 people including women and children who died in the fire at the Branch Davidian compound at Mount Carmel in 1993 Further he claims that Clinton did this extraordinari ly evil act for political gain because he wanted to drum up sup port for a ban on assault weapons If that were not enough he adds that Attorney General Janet Reno should have faced pre meditated murder charges for her role in the raid Waco was supposed to be a way for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Clinton Administration to prove the need for a ban on socalled assault he wrote The President and his assistants murdering innocent babies simply to get a piece of legislation passed what kind of amoral monster did we elect But is it true Never mind that the raid was being planned before Bill Clinton took office or that the standoff had already developed before Janet Reno became attorney general Lets look at the evidence Evidence Who needs evidence Apparently not Steve Stockman because he offers none to back up his theory Sharp accusations of murder and execution are enough for him It makes very interesting reading but a Congressman is not elected to provide Guns and Ammo with good copy or editorial writers with their daily fodder for that matter It is one thing for a talk radio host to throw around baseless allegations with no evidence But a United States congressman is a different story The title congressman lends credibility to his statements For Stockman to claim an evil conspiracy by the government with nothing but his own imagination to back up the allegation just fuels and legitimizes the paranoia that exists in the country today That is not a proper role for a United States congressman Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger Write us The New Braunfels PleraldZeitung 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher David Sullens General Manager Cheryl DuVall Managing Editor Doug Loveday Advertising Director Tracy Stevens Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Douglas Brandt Classified Manager Karen Reininger City Editor Roger Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New brautifelx HeraldZeitung 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 fels HeraUlZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadolupe 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 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 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 Vietnam questions still lingering Cal Thomas West Point The recrimi nations about the Vietnam War and whether we ought to have been there and whether we did all we could to win it are lin gering Probably the most significant question is whether it was worth the loss of Ameri can lives Is there consolation for those who died and for those who continue to grieve There is His name is Francis Q Hoang and next month he will grad uate near the top of his class from the Military Academy at West Point Hoangs family moved from North to South Vietnam in the 1960s because of religious persecution under the Communists His father was drafted into the South Vietnamese Army His mother worked for the American Navy attache in Saigon On April three days before Saigon fell Hoangs mother himself and sister given one hour to grab their belongings and board an American plane for San Diego When they arrived in the states they were told they could live anywhere they wished Hoangs father chose Washington state because he had heard fruit trees grow there and he wanted to start a business A sponsoring Ameri can family in Tumwater south of Olympia took them in and helped them start their new life When Hoang was in the 8th grade his class traveled to Washington where he visited the Vietnam Memo rial and the Wall with the names of the American dead As I looked at the names stretching on either side of he says I suddenly felt a deep deep sense of sadness and grief That was followed by a sense of a debt that I had to Hoang kept this vow to himself telling neither his teachers nor his par ents because he says he didnt know how he could repay so great a sacrifice All I knew was that I had been given something and I had to give it In his senior year in high school a retired threestar general visited his school and took an interest in him He advised Hoang to apply to West Point He did and despite his late application was nominated and accepted On a subsequent trip to the capital Hoang paid another visit to the Wall wondering whether he was wise to seek an Army career It was late at he recalls and I remember distinctly walking down that path and hearing murmurs as I passed people and standing there in that spot where I had made my vow and feeling that I had done the right What does he think about the con troversy over former Secretary of defense Robert McNamaras book What he says is that American soldiers came to Vietnam fought in a country far from home spilled their blood and in some cases gave their lives out of a sense of duty out of a sense of honor and out of a desire to serve their country It made it possible for people like me to have another life I would have died if I had stayed there or become an orphan because my parents would have been killed and I would have been forced to live in the streets like a dog and even tually die Instead I got to come to the have a wonderful education and an opportunity to serve this Hoang who says he believes Viet nam will someday be free was in Washington on April 27 the 20th anniversary of his familys escape from Vietnam He went to the Wall leaving some of his brigade ribbons along with a letter of thanks to those who gave their lives for him Hoang personifies West Points Honor the more because this is not his native land The died for more than one but if there are more Francis Hoangs and if Vietnam is someday free the debt will have been paid For Hoang graduation day at West Point and his commission in the Army will mark a significant down payment In a recent column Cal Thomas wrote that Sen and Mrs Bob Dole were members of Foundry Methodist Church in Washington To clarify Bob Dole maintains his membership at Trinity United Methodist Church in Russell and while Mrs Dole is still a member of Foundry she says the churchs lib eral theology has caused them to search for another church home in the Washington area which more accu rately reflects their traditional Christ ian NEW YORK a 7 T Democrats scramble for budget strategy t Send address changes to the New tiruunfels HeraUiZeiiung Draw er 31 1328 New Braunfels Tx 781 31 1328 WASHINGTON AP Democrats are invoking everything from the bombing in Oklahoma City to the deadly Ebola outbreak in Zaire in futile attempts to cushion Republican budget blows Gloom and doom is not the final says Rep Bob Wise But as Republicans march determinedly toward balancing the federal budget it is the interim strategy And its making Democrats look like apologists for the status quo The official party stance right now is to let the Republicans have center stage highlight the hard ships their budgets would impose champion Medicare insist the GOP abandon its tax cut for the and wait for the political fallout Any other approach would mean entering the debate on Republican terms that is the federal budget must be balanced by 2002 Furthermore Democrats say they did their part by passing a 1993 deficitreduction plan without so much as one Republican vote Weve got nothing to be ashamed said Rep Vic Fazio DCalif But the wailing game carries risks How long does it last Democrats are deeply divid ed The White House is under the most pressure to produce the House is under the most pressure to define ideological differences And what impression are Democrats projecting Analysis during the wait In House and Senate work sessions last week GOP leaders were coming across as com mitted serious longterm thinkers while frustrat ed democrats were trying piecemeal with no overall plan of their own to save various individual pro grams from death or decimation Sen Barbara Boxer brought up the Ebo la outbreak while attempting to restore money to the National Institutes of Health This country is one plane ride away from a virus that could wipe out a lot of our she said What a time to walk away from health Sen Paul Sarbanes fretted about a proposed change in the way federal pensions are calculated He cited the Oklahoma City bombing to highlight the contributions and nobility of federal employees I dont think its fair to such people to change the rules on them right at the end of their he said The Senate Budget Committee chairman Pete Domenici presided patiently until Democ rats demanded that a billion dividend possible if interest rates fall with passage of the GOP budget plan be used to restore cuts in social and medical pro grams Domenici is reserving the money for an eventual tax cut Democrats shouldnt try to dictate how to spend a dividend that they didnt help he snapped You want to prioritize then be part of the If and when Democrats get into the game it wont be with official budget alternatives In the House the judgment has been made not to do said Rep Martin Olav Sabo the senior Democrat on the House Budget Committee He left the distinct impression it wasnt his judgment Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle said Democrats may offer floor amendments to make the Senate GOP budget more acceptable and didnt rule out support for a compromise version Unofficial Democratic budgets are in the works including a liberal blueprint from the Congressional Black Caucus a Senate plan that is easier on agri culture and a conservative House plan that resembles the Domenici budget but make less radical cuts in areas like agriculture Medicare Medicaid and edu said Rep Bill Orton DUtah one of the authors But the official party strategy laid out emphat ically Friday by Vice President Al Gore and Demo cratic congressional leaders is nonengagement until the GOP abandons its taxcut plans Republicans are fractured over the tax cut and may also have to deal with skittishness among members standing for reelection next year Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday May 16 the 136th day of 1995 There are 229 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May 16 1868 the Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it look its first bal lot on one of 11 articles of impeach ment against him On this date In 1763 the English lexicographer author and wit Samuel Johnson first met his future biographer James Boswell In 1770 Marie Antoinette age 14 married the future King Louis the XVI of France who was 15 In 1866 Congress authorized miming of the fivecent piece In 1920 Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome In 1929 the first Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel The movie Wings won best Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor were named best actor and best actress In 1946 the musical Annie Get Your featuring songs by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman opened on Broadway In 1948 the body of CBS News cor respondent George Polk was found in Solonika Bay in Greece a week after hed disappeared Greek leftists and rightists blamed each other for the killing In 1955 American author and critic James Agee died in New York In I960 a Big Four summit confer ence in Paris collapsed on its opening day as the Soviet Union leveled spy charges against the in the wake of the U2 incident In 1965 the musical play The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the by Leslie Bricusse and Antho ny Newley opened on Broadway In 1975 Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest Ten years ago The president of El Salvador Jose Napoleon Duarte visit ed President Reagan at the White House to talk about attempts to negotiate peace with leftist rebels

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