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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 HeraldZeitung Tuesday June Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Online contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address Is HZeltung@AOL.com Never let anyone keep you contained and never let anyone keep your voice Adam Clayton Powell Jr congressman 1971 E D I T O R I A Setting an example Outoftowners on the river not the only ones clogging county drunk tank The Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for New Braun fels police but not all of the calls made involved outoftown ers In fact nearly half of those arrested and charged with crimes from May 27 to June 10 were from New Braunfels Of the 77 people put behind bars 36 were New Braunfels res idents 38 were from outside the city and three were transients Not surprisingly police spent a good deal of their time han dling public intoxication cases as well as 11 marijuana cas es and other alcohol violations some of those arrested were charged with more than one There were also three DWI arrests made which seems like relatively few considering the traffic experienced here on week ends and the drinking that occurs with riverrelated activities And considering the thousands of people who pour no pun intended into New Braunfels during the summer it is still a shock to see just how much work local law enforcement has to do when handling local incidents or crime Many residents complain about bad elements coming into the city to use the river as a floating bar And horror stories abound especially for homeowners along the Guadalupe of tubers from across the state descending on New Braunfels and Comal County for a weekend of decadent fun But it seems we have our bad element here as well New Braunfels residents who are not unaware of the dangers and tragedies associated with alcoholrelated accidents should be the first to set the right example and drink responsibly here in town Our police need a break lets give it to them and be responsible out there The alternative is jail or worse Todays editorial wax 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 i Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery 1 Pressroom Brandt I Classified Cooper City Croteau Published oi Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New liraiuifelx HeraUZeiiunK USPS 377880 707 Landa Si or Drawer 311328 New Biaunlels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by Ihe New Braun HeraldXtitung in New Braunfels Texas delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Ciliien 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 POSMMAS Send address changes to the New liraunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Orwells thought police on patrol The First Amendment got a thorough thrashing recently when District Judge J Thomas Greene issued a restraining order against West High School students in Salt Lake City His ruling was in response to a lawsuit by a student and her parents demanding that the schools a cappella choir not sing two traditional songs because they contained the words Lord and The student 16yearold Rachel Bauchman and her par ents who are Jewish claimed in their lawsuit that the names Lord and God refer to the Christian God and therefore the song constitutes a prayer which violates the First Amendment At graduation ceremonies last week the choir complied with the court order by singing an approved song Con secrate the Place and Perhaps school admin istrators should have looked up the definition of the word consecrate before allowing the choir to sing this dangerous song Consecrate means to induct a person into a permanent office with a religious rite especially to ordain to the office of bishop to make or declare sacred especially to devote irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn Undeterred by the courts contempt for religion graduating senior William Badger got up on stage and Cal Thomas invited the choir and audience to sing one of the songs that had been banned by the court The lyrics include Friends are friends forever if the Lords the Lord of The other banned song contained the lyric The Lord bless you and keep a verse from the Old Testament Itis hard to believe that a court would consider a reference to God and Lord a Christian reference when the Jewish prophets including Moses repeatedly referred to God by these names What happened next is astounding West High School principal Bill Boston tried to silence the crowd Badger was physically removed from the stage by a staff member and not allowed to receive his diploma during the ceremony Outraged parents castigated the school from the audience and in the newspapers Sally Brinton the mother of a 16yearold student said her family had just returned from Beijing and she was stunned to learn this was happening in the We say the Pledge of Allegiance to the she said noting that it includes one nation under which she said is pro tected by the First She called the court ban on the graduation songs blatant If the courts believe references to God and Lord are unconstitutional no public school student will be able to perform most of the choral works of Handel Bach and Beethoven Taken further they wont be able to study many of the greatest paintings in history that have religious themes But they will of course be able to read books assigned to them which speak of God in blasphemous terms When students and parents complain they are being forcefed anti religious sentiments they are met with the mantra of the pagan left that this is the price we must pay for a healthy First Amendment This wont be the end of the matter at West High The administration is going to study videotape of the ceremony to determine which of the students sang the forbidden words They cant do anything about grad uating seniors but underclassmen will be interro gated and could be subject to punishment including forced community service George Orwells thought police havent been defeated Theyve migrated from the Soviet Union to America As the secularization of our culture continues one wonders why people with religious sensibilities con tinue to put up with it If they separated themselves from the system that is trying to gut what remains of the foundational principles on which the country was built including free exercise of and put their children in private schools or taught them at home not only would the students be better off it would force the government schools to shape up or shut down Perhaps next years graduating class at West High should sing George Harrisons song in which he refers to his drug of choice as my sweet Wouldnt that throw the courts into a tizzy Cal Thomas is a syndicated OKAY MS SMITH JERRY ISNT PRAYING HES SLEEPING Mayors want straight talk on federal aid MIAMI AP After hearing mixed messages from a pair of Repub lican presidential contendei s mayors arc hoping President Clinton will make clear how urban aid will fare in the deficitreduction climate that grips Washington Clintons current budgetcutting pro posal docs not satisfy mayors because it does not specifically address ihe Community Development Block Grant program The billion fund which Congress1 targeted for as much as a 50 percent cut is used by cities for a vas i ety of purposes GOP candidates havent satisfied mayors either Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and former Edu cation Secretary Lamar Alexander fell flat at the Conference of Mayors annual meeting when they suggested they might eliminate federal housing school welfare and urban develop ment programs that cities depend on They proposed giving block grants to cities with scant details on the fate of Today In History Analysis community development money Clinton was scheduled to address the meeting by satellite hookup during its closing session today Alexander President Bushs educa tion secretary didnt target a specific agency for elimination but suggested that a number of federal functions should go If we want to see more Americans assert greater Wash ington must gel out of the he said That prompted Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to ask Why is it when people leave Washington they come to us and tell us what they are going to change Why dont they change it while theyre there Dole told the mayors on Saturday that he was sticking to GOP welfare reform proposals that turn over con trol to the states The Kansas Republican also pro posed abolishing the departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development replacing them with direct housing grants and school vouch ers Shortly after Dole spoke the mayors approved a resolution supporting reor ganization not elimination of HUD saying cities would face a number of difficulties if the department ceased to exist A third presidential contender Cal ifornia Gov Pete Wilson canceled his Sunday speech because of throat prob lems Instead he opted for a brief air port news conference miffing may ors who felt he should at least have made an appearance mayors said Monday they were hoping for but didnt get clear statements from the candidates on housing education welfare reform and development of neglected inner cities Instead they got criticism from Alexander that Dole was being duplic itous to condemn the entertainment industry as a promoter of morally empty values without blaming feder al government too Many mayors are leery of the GOP candidates talk of block grants for law enforcement and welfare that the may ors believe will be controlled by gov ernors I have a big concern about said Cliff Aucoin mayor of New Iberia La The rubber meets the road at the local level It doesnt meet it at the state As far as block grants go Alexander got a warmer reception He called for sending education money and decisionmaking to cities as well as most of law enforcement all of job training and public hous ing He made a good point He came a lot closer than Senator Dole Aucoin said When asked whether he liked Doles suggestions Aucoin replied Not at By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday lune 20 the 171st day of 1995 There arc 194 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On June 20 1782 Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States On this date In 1756 in India a group of British soldiers was imprisoned in a suffocating cell that gained notoriety as the Black Hole of Most of them died In 1791 King Louis XVI of France attempted to flee the country in ihe socalled Flight to but was caught In 1837 Queen Victoria ascended the British throne following the death of her uncle King William IV In 1863 West Virginia became the 35th state In 1893 a jury in New Bedford found Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother In 1943 racerelated rioting erupted in Detroit federal troops were sent in two days later to quell the violence that resulted in more than 30 deaths In 1947 Benjamin Bugsy Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills mansion of his girlfriend Virginia Hill In 1947 President Truman vetoed the TaftHartley Act but had his veto overriden by Congress In 1948 the variety series Toast of the with host Ed Sullivan premiered on CBS television In 1963 the United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a hot line communications link between the two superpowers Ten years ago Day seven of the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 Five hostages appeared at a chaot ic news conference in Beirut Lebanon pleading with President Reagan not to launch a rescue attempt Five years ago South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie arrived in New York City for a tickertape parade in their hon or as they began an 11day eightcity tour One year ago Simpson pleaded innocent in Los Angeles to the killings of his exwife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman Former airman Dean Allen Mellberg went on a shooting rampage at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane killing four people and wounding 22 others before being shot and killed by a military police sharpshooter Todays Birthdays Guitarist Chet Atkins is 71 Actress Olympia Dukakis is 64 Actor Danny Aicllo is 62 Singersongwriter Brian Wilson is 53 Singer Anne Murray is 50 Actress Candy Clark is 48 Actor John Goodman is 43 Singer Cyndi Lauper is 42 Rock musician John Taylor is 35 Thought for Today The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid Alfred North Whitchead English philosopher and mathematician   

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