Wednesday, June 28, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday June 28 1995 HeraldZeltung 4 Opinion I To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion Dage call 6259144 axt 21 Q U O T A Take a look at the national publishers of electronic newspapers and tell me if you see the names of great newspaper compa nies in their major ownership No youll see IBM Sears Bell South Bell Atlantic Time Warner Motorola Macintosh all of whom have about as much obligation to press responsibility as General Ralph Lowenstein Journalism educator 1994 EDITORIAL Getting it right Enola Gay exhibt at Smithsonian tries to avoid comment on right and wrong The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum finally will open an exhibit featuring the Enola Gay the B29 that dropped the first atom ic bomb on Hiroshima 50 years ago literally wiping that city from the face of the earth and breaking the resolve of the Japanese Appropriately the exhibit as it is to open today differs signifi cantly from the exhibit as it was originally proposed As originally proposed the exhibit portrayed the Japanese as vic tims and cast doubt on the stated reason for the use of the bomb to end the war in the Pacific That original proposal drew strong protests from Congress and from veterans groups as well it should have The furor eventually led to the resignation of Smithsonial Dkec tor Martin Harwitt The exhibit as it will appear includes a sixminute video of the Enola Gays surviving crew members None of them express any regret over having been a part of the mission that did in fact bring an end to the war in the Pacific a war begun by the infamous Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor Smithsonian Secretary Michael Heyman said the exhibit as it opens today doesnt take a position It simply reports what hap Thats good Thats what it should have done from the beginning Paul Tibbets the commander of the mission who named the plane after his mother told Heyman The presentation brought back a lot of memories good ones proud ones I am pleased and proud of the Thats good enough for us We only wish he d been able to say that 18 months ago when the exhibit was first proposed Todays editorial was written by David Sullens editor and publisher of the New Braunfels 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 Brauxrfels 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 Laura Cooper City Editor Roger Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 3 1 1328 New Braunfels Cbmal County Tx 78 1 3 1 1 328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeratdZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Currier delivered in Coma and Guadalupe 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 1 1 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 HeraldZeitunOa address is Hillary raises adoption alternative Hillary Rodham Clinton committed a gracious and prolife act last week when she appeared with Moth er Teresa at the dedication of a Washington home for unwed mothers and their babies awaiting adoption It was gracious because at last years National Prayer Breakfast Mrs Clinton and the President along with an audi ence of listened to a speech by Mother Teresa about the evils of abortion The pro choice Mrs Clinton could have treated the incident as an affront and stiffed the Nobel Peace Prize winner Instead following the breakfast she asked Mother Teresa what could be done to provide more help to women with unplanned pregnancies Mrs Clintons press secretary Lisa Caputo tells me the First Lady assigned two lawyers to the task of cutting red tape so that a home might be established in Wash ington Such homes once were common when abor tion was illegal but most went out of business fol lowing Roe vs Wade in 1973 If you know there is child who is unwanted and unloved please bring it to said Mother Teresa echoing words she spoke at the prayer breakfast last year Caputo says Mrs Clintons resolve to help establish the home in Washington was deepened when she visited the Sisters of Charity home in New Delhi in March Cal Thomas At the dedication ceremonies Mrs Clinton said The work being done by the Missionaries of Char ity reminds us all that each society is judged by the way it treats its weakest Indeed Thats why abortion falls into a special cat egory of evil and why adoption can be a middle ground on which prolife and prochoice people ought to be able to meet Tragically abortion has become so type of right of passage for some most are denied access to information about adoption as a positive choice In addition to the censorship about the nature and form of unborn life the abortion industry refuses to actively promote adoption because it denies them a fee for their and because abor tionists want to promote the idea that ridding oneself of an unwanted baby is best for the child and the woman If only the woman with an unplanned pregnancy could see the unrestrained joy Ive seen on the faces of adoptive parents who have waited for years to have a child to complete their lives To them biolo gy is secondary to the love they want to share Ask journalist Connie Chung and her husband Maury Povich who tried high tech and several failed adop tion attempts over several years before finally adopt ing a baby boy Nearly 2 million wouldbe parents want to adopt babies million women will abort this year Why cant we get these unwanted babies and their reluc tant mothers together with these eagertoadopt cou ples If the debate is about why cant adoption at least get equal billing with abortion Is it ignorance or selfishness that leads some women to reject adoption fearing as Ive heard some say I would always wonder where my baby was and what kind of care it was The answer to that is a lot better care than the child gets at the abortion clinic So desperate are American couples to adopt that many go overseas or pay large sums to unscrupulous lawyers who take their money but often fail to deliv er on their promises Many adoptive couples will take handicapped babies or babies of a different race It is a lie that only the healthy and white babies can find a home I asked Mrs Clinton whether her appearance at Mother Teresas home in Washington was a onetime deal or whether she might take the lead in promoting adoption as an alternative to abortion She respond ed through Caputo Even if prochoice and prolife advocates can never agree philosophically on the question of abortion we can agree on adoption I have long been a proponent of adoption and will continue to support it Both prochoice and prolife advocates can and should come together to promote adoption Too many children desperately need families and Some cynics will say Mrs Clinton is trying to shore up the Catholic vote But I think shes serious about this She should be taken at her word and encouraged to raise the adoption alternative as often as she can Cal Thomas is a syndicated Babbitts office target of budget axe x Send address changes to the New Braunfeli HeratdZeitung Draw er 31 Braunfels Tx 781311328 WASHINGTON AP To Inte rior Secretary Bruce Babbitt science is at the heart of deciding how best to protect species and manage Ameri cas biological resources But critics in Congress increasingly see it as anoth er big hand of government So on Tuesday House Republicans using the power of the budget took the first steps to cut the Interior Depart ments science programs particularly as they relate to protecting endangered species The House Appropriations Com mittee voted to slash the departments science budget by a third and direct that the fledgling National Biological Service created to consolidate research under one agency be disbanded The committees legislation would put the agencys remaining programs Analysis under the Geological Survey and restrict research activities Were tightening up the way infor mation is said Rep Ralph Regula ROhio chairman of the inte rior subcommittee which crafted the spending bill It goes next to the full House probably within a few weeks Separately the panel reversed an earlier decision to scrap a 13year moratorium on oil drilling along most of the nations coastline The drilling ban has been in effect since 1982 and now covers most coastal waters outside the western Gulf of Mexico the major offshore drilling area Overall the bill would cut to billion the Interior Departments bud get for fiscal 1996 a 13 percent decrease The National Biological Service has been targeted by conservatives since Babbitt created it in 1993 Property rights advocates have viewed it as another way for the gov ernment to find new endangered species and place restrictions on their But Babbitt argues that such an agency separated from regulators is essential to analyze fairly the science behind species protection and other conservation decisions He has said the congressional attack on the departments science programs is akin to book The spending bill which was approved by voice vote prohibits Inte rior scientists from conducting research on private land even if a landowner gives permission and prohibits the use of volunteers for gathering survey data Such restrictions could impede major Interior research efforts includ ing a 30year study of breeding birds and efforts to assess Great Lakes fish stocks argued Rep David Obey D the committees ranking Demo crat Where is the public service here he asked Regula replied that the aim was to get researchers to take into greater account the sensitivities of landown The spending bill also would bar the department from listing any new species as endangered during fiscal 1996 while reducing its research funds from million to million Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday June 28 the 179th day of 1995 There are 186 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On June 28 1914 Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife Sofia were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist the event that triggered World War I On this date In 1778 Molly Pitcher Mary Ludwig Hays carried water to American soldiers at the Revo lutionary War Battle of Monmouth In 1836 the fourth president of the United States James Madison died in Montpelier Va In 1894 Labor Day was established as a hol iday for federal employees on the first Monday of September In 1919 the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France ending the First World War In 1919 Harry S Truman married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace in Independence Mo In 1934 President Roosevelt signed into law the National Housing Act which established the Federal Housing Administration In 1950 North Korean forces captured Seoul South Korea In 1951 a TV version of the radio program Amos N1 Andy began a twoyear run on CBS Although criticized for racial stereotyping it was also the first network TV series to feature an allblack In 1978 the Supreme Court ordered the Uni versity of California Medical College at Davis to admit Allan Bakke a white man who argued hed been a victim of reverse racial discrimination Ten years ago With the TWA hostage drama nearing an end most of the captives were treat ed to dinner at a Beirut luxury hotel and given roses by their captors Five years ago Jurors in the drug and perjury trial of Washington Mayor Marion S Bar ry Jr viewed a videotape showing Barry smoking crack cocaine during an FBI hotelroom sting operation One year ago North and South Korea set July 2527 as the dates for a historic summit between the leaders of both countries the summit was derailed by the death of North Korean President Kim II Sung the following President Clinton became the first chief executive in history to set up a personal legal defense fund and ask Americans to contribute to it Todays Birthdays Comedianmovie director Mel Brooks is 69 Senator Carl Levin is 61 White House chief of staff Leon Panetta is 57 The head of the National Economic Council Laura DAndrea Tyson is 48 Actress Kathy Bates is 47 Football player John Elway is 35 Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 29 Actor John Cusack is 29 Actress Danielle Brisebois is 26 Thought for Today The glory of each gen eration is to make its own Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood American social reformer