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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 HwaldZeitung Friday 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 Without freedom there is no creation no life no TaharBen Jelloun Moroccan writer 1993 D I t O R I A L Perilous Heights Plan to dismantle Jewish settlements on Golan Heights bad move for Israel The protests have begun in Israel again Burning tires billow black smoke into the air as protesters hold signs and shout at the top of their lungs Clashes with the police are inevitable and television coverage of the event is sure to follow The difference in this protest however is striking The protest signs are written in Hebrew and the protesters are Jew ish settlers of the Golan Heights A protest Thursday began after settlers learned their government had already put together plans to dismantle the settlements on the Golan Heights That action would be taken if Israel does indeed return the captured parcel of highlands to the Syrians in future peace negotiations The Golan Heights are a strategic piece of ground coveted by military leaders of both Israel and Syria To return the land would mean moving out Jewish settlers and mak ing vulnerable once again the northern portion of the Israel nation The present sentiment in the Israeli government is that no peace accord with Syria will occur without the return of the Golan Heights But by giving back that land Israel will become a more inviting tar get for its enemies and there are still very many Since becoming a nation again in 1948 Israel has fought with her neighbors five times not including the war in Lebanon in the Many Arabs still call for the destruction of Israel and return of their land to the Palestinians And Jerusalem the capital of Israel also continues to be a bur densome stone to nations in the Middle East and around the world With that city a part of or The West control of the Israelis many Arabs continue to see war with the Jews as a foregone conclusion The Israelis should not return any land especially a territory as strategically important as the Golan Heights Their very survival depends on it And as Israels closest ally the United States should support decisions that regard Israels security first 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 ihrough Friday by the New liruunfels HeraldZeilung USPS 377880 707 Landu or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Uraun feh HtraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Currier delivered in Comal and Guadalupc 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 Mai 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 PusiMASiuc Send address changes to the New liraunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Volunteers are ehamps to many Spurs Mania Its exciting to be in the playoffs Everybodys talking about it and taking sides in this twoTexas team playoff It is of particular interest to me since my daughter and most of my Houston friends are for the Rockets and when we watch the games together it is sort of a freeforall My daugh ter cant understand my switch of loyalty from the Rockets to the Spurs but after all I have been living in this area for 9 years now and it makes sense to me So you wonder how Spurs basketball fits into the Comal County Senior Citizens business Well its because they are winners and the workers and vol unteers and members of the center are winners too If you could all see how much gets accomplished around here all the time you would see they are definitely Number 1 Speaking of winners and losers in Tuesdays ExpressNews the 1995 Legislation update was printed For those who missed it I thought it might be of considerable interest to find out results of the ses sion As the paper put it During the 1995 session many bills fulfilling promises made on the cam paign trail successfully maneuvered the tortuous leg islative labyrinth to get to the governor Many more died on the way The following is a partial list of win ners and Concealed into law Medicaid governors desk Colonias governors desk Change judicial in House Home in House Opt out of branch into law Abolish state get to decide Edwards died one on governors desk State control of in House Elected city in Senate Elected VIA governors desk Recall of VIA into law Citycounty in House Expanded open governors desk No kids in in House Briefings open to pub in House Nursing home for Edge in House Elected SAWS in House Laredo to in House Medical Residency pro grams in Laredo Valley Corpus Marie Dawson governors desk Valley law came up Drunk at 08 instead of in conference Live Oak sales tax in confer ence Money Tor UTSA downtown gover nors desk Governor Bush succeeded in the four major goals he set out for this legislative session but not with all the details he had wanted Tort Welfare but without cap on fam ily size and with freeze on reapplying for benefits Education without private vouch er program but with home rule districts and less state control Juvenile not as many detention beds as sought but with emphasis on paying set con sequences for crimes Another little bit of information which might be invaluable to some readers is the article on cellular phone fraud There is a fraud called cloning It is the most popular form of cellular fraud and a method as easy for thieves as standing by the road and pressing a button The author of the article remarks that cellular tele phones are a booming industry Once only executive road warriors with expense accounts owned them Now plummeting prices have put cellular phones within the reach of busy moms blue collar workers and security conscious seniors But with that conve nience phone fraud has also flourished It has been estimated that close to billion was lost in 1994 to cellular phone fraud and although companies dont make customers pay for fraudu lent bills customers get losses passed on to them in rate increases It seems that to send calls a cellular phone elec tronically announces its presence to the nearest cel lular tower The phone does so by emitting signals that represent its unique electronic serial number ESN and mobile identification number The phone emits these signals for as long as it is turned on even when the owner is not making a call Thats where cloning enters the picture Cloners use an electronic box to capture the phone signals by standing alongside a road or on a highway overpass and pressing a button whenever a car with a cellular phone goes whizzing by Another small piece of equipment decodes the signals into numbers The cloner then takes an unprogrammed plain cellular phone programs your ESN and MIN into it and then has a phone that the system believes belongs to you Even though the cellular phone industry has been fighting back some critics say the wakeup call took too long They counter by listing some of the diffi culties For example while a bill may seem large to a customer it is cheaper for phone companies to take the loss than to investigate such a bill I dont know exactly what we can do about this problem but I feel that many of you might want to be aware of the situation I know I did not realize it exist ed Perhaps we should all be more aware of what goes on around us and for sure check those phone bills if you have a cellular phone Considering the mixture of good news and bad news in my column today I would like to end on a note of optimism May we all be as speedy and ener getic as the Spurs as crafty and slow as the politi cians and as clever as the telephone for the seniors here at the center lets put it all to good use yd I Ml RIDING Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Friday June 2 the 153rd day of 1995 There are 212 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On June 2 1953 Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey 16 months after the death of her father King George VI On this date In 1851 Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol In 1883 the first nonleague baseball game to be played under electric lights took place in Fort Wayne Ind In 1886 President Cleveland mar ried Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony To date Cleveland is the only president to marry in the executive mansion while in In 1924 Congress granted cit izenship to all American Indians In 1941 baseballs Iron Lou Gchrig died in New York of a degenerative disease amyolrophic lat eral sclerosis In 1946 the Italian monarchy was abolished in favor of a republic In 1966 the space probe Sur veyor 1 landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface In 1975 Vice President Nelson Rockefeller said his commission had found no widespread pattern of ille gal activities at the Central Intelligence Agency In 1979 Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country In 1986 for the first time the public could watch the proceedings of the Senate on television as a sixweek experiment of televised sessions began In 1987 President Reagan announced he was nominating econo mist Alan Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Ten years ago Greek socialists led by Premier Andreas Papandrcou won a decisive victory over conservatives in national elections Five years ago On the third day of their Washington summit President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev held informal talks at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland Actor Sir Rex Harrison died in New York at age 82 One year ago The International Atomic Energy Agency the atomic watchdog reported it could no longer verify the status of North Koreas nuclear program prompting the United States to seek economic sanctions Who To Call Congressmen Rep Lamar Smith 640 San Antonio TX 78209 2108215024 Rep Frank Tejeda 1313 Military Ste 115 San Antonio TX 78214 2109247383 FAX 2109276222 Texas Government Offices Governor George W Bush Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 5124632000 Attorney General Dan Morales Box 12548 Austin TX 78711 5124632100 State Sen Jeff Wentworth 1250 Loop 410 San Antonio TX 78209 2108267800 FAX 2108260571 or Box 12068 Austin TX 787112Q68 5124630326 State Sen Judith Zafflrlnl Box 627 Laredo TX 78042 2107222293 or Box 12068 Austin TX 787112068 5124630125 FAX 5124630326 State Rep Edmund Kuempel Box 911 Seguin TX 781550911 2103798732 FAX 5124630904 or Box 2910 Austin TX 787682910 5124630602 FAX 5124635896 partial County Offices Comal County Courthouse 100 Main Plaza New Braunfels TX 78130 2106205501 FAX 2106205592 County Judge Carter Casteel 2106205501 District Attorney 22nd Bill Relmer New Braunfels 2106205533 County Attorney Nathan Rhelnlander 2106205591
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