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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 0 Sunday July 9 iaas Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest j columns electronically by way of online services of Internet or to f simply contact staff members the HeraldZeltungs address Is I think if you tilt a little bit too for in covering minority in context its not going to be too far because theres so far to Mark Trahant editor 1994 T O R I A L Donor shortage Study reveals most families will not allow donation of loved oiies organs Two widely held beliefs in the medical community are being challenged in the wake of an internal medicine study that health care workers do not regularly ask families to donate the organs of loved ones who are on the verge of dying and that most Amer ican families are willing to donate The new study found that indeed most relatives are not just reluctant to donate but totally unwilling The reasons for their unwillingness are many Theres an act of letting go that accompanies a decision to allow for organ dona tions People face the truth of the condition of their loved one when they agree to help other patients through donation and many people are not ready or able to make that decision But while grievous for many to make the decision to donate can bring joy and life into the world for others As medicine continues to find new and innovative ways to save lives will become more routine The need for donor organs however will become more critical Those needing transplants often spend months and even years on waiting lists Only the sickest those in the most need are placed at the top of the waiting lists Some have argued that the famous or rich most recently Micky Mantle receive special consideration as organ recipients But the hard reality is that there are not enough organs available for anyone The recent study also claims that medical personnel are mak ing the difficult decision to approach relatives about organ dona tions Their inquiries are not meant to cause distress or disrespect to grieving relatives They are just meant to save lives We should remember that Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Love 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Cooper City Croteau r Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the NewBmunfels Heral42eitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Broun felt HeraUZfitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Coma and Ouadajupc counties three months six months one yey Senior Citizen Discounts by earner 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 POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 PLO promises havent been kept Was it just a coincidence that the assassination attempt on the life of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak occurred the day before talks opened in Washington for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Golan Heights Mubarak is blaming Sudans president but the long arm of Islamic extremism is not limited to borders or leaders The government of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is about the business of disman tling what little security Israel has and the is helping the process with million in aid to Palestine Liberation Organi zation PLO leader Yasser Arafat apparently without any expectation that he will live up to his promises or that we will hold him accountable for his failure to do so A fullpage ad in the New York Times by the National Council of Young Israel lists some of Arafats broken promises In exchange for the mon ey million of which has already been Arafat pledged to nullify the PLO Charter calling for the eradication of Israel He hasnt He promised to disarm the five terror organizations operating freely in areas of the West Bank and Gaza under his control He hasnt He repeatedly calls for or holy war against Israel And with one exception he has Cal Thomas failed to condemn acts of terror in which 187 Israelis have been murdered and more than 500 injured double the rate before the Oslo peace accord Sen Al DAmato has introduced a bill to require Arafat to comply with the peace agreement and demonstrate accountability before getting any more American aid The legislation also requires the PLO to arrest its own members who have mur dered 16 Americans It is a reasonable request and the measure should be passed The Clinton Administration is pressuring the army chiefs of Israel and Syria at their meeting out of public gaze at Ft McNair to reach a quick agreement on Israeli troop withdrawal from the Golan in less than a year Among the topics being dis cussed are what security arrangements will replace Israeli occupation Most talk has centered on a presence in the region American forces posted there would make an inviting target for terrorists as they did in the bombing of the American barracks in Beirut in 1983 which killed 241 American soldiers How can Arafat continue to violate agreements and yet maintain the stature to attract American dollars and negotiators handing him more political victories Is there a than the Treasury and the World would continue giving money to someone who regularly defaulted on his word And what could possibly be going through the mind of Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres who said recently Anyone who wants peace and security will get Has Prime Minister Rabin become fatalistic when he says There was terror before without the Israel has delayed full withdrawal from West Bank cities set for July 1 because of concerns about Arafats noncompliance with the peace And now the wants to pressure Israel to with draw from the Golan Heights without any firm guar antees as to what Syrian President Hafez Assad will do Arafat has always been twofaced The face he turns toward the West is different from the one he shows in his neighborhood To the West he seems reasonable and a full diplomatic player To his peo ple he remains a revolutionary committed to the destruction of Israel by any means In January Arafat addressed the PLOs annual celebration of Eruption the anniversary of the start of its war with Israel 30 years ago The meeting was in Gaza and he incited his followers to die for Allah We are all projects of he said And I say to the martyrs who died in the name of the martyrs who are still living We stand by our oath and hold to our rev That is the only promise Arafat can be counted ort to keep For doesnt need our money or the trust of the Israelis Neither will peace be enhanced by a withdrawal from the Golan Heights without ironclad assurances from Assad that there will be no more war Cal Thomas is a syndicated What do think A local man was arrested a little more than atoeek ago at the county courthouse Strapped to his bicycle which was parked outside the a loaded AR15 assault rifle While no one was injured in the incident other Texas county court houses have not been so lucky Distraught and disturbed men and women have made the civil courtrooms and hallways of a few court houses their pwn shootinggalleries In the wake of the recent arrest here we want to know if you believe security should be Comal Fill out the coupon rightydroplt by our office af707 Lancia SCNevrv Braunfels TX 78130 or fax survey to 210 6251224 Copied forms are accepted Deadline for this survey is Saturday July Do you believe the county should beef up security at the courthouse Yes or No circle one Name Address City Age Sex Bill would monitor TV violence It is bad enough that television seems to have changed the American child from an irresistible force into an immovable object But the level of vio lence in American TV programming makes this attachment to the TV set even more destructive The average American child wit nesses acts of violence and murders on television before leaving elementary school It is an indisputable fact that this kind of pro gramming not only monopolizes chil drens attention but has made Ameri can oui society as a cynical prone to vio lence and desensitized to its reallife horror Study after study has shown this to be the case I believe Americans are fed up with the violence in their streets schools and on TV So I have introduced a bill that would provide parents with the kind of information they need to guide their childrens TV viewing habits away from violent programming and toward shows that can entertain kids without corrupting them This legislation is simple and involves no government censorship What it would do is fund the prepara tion and distribution of a report card on TV violence using current research data which is generated by a variety of Today In History universities and private research foun dations as well as the industry itself It would be even better if this could be accomplished in the private sector I hope introducing this bill will spur the private sector to make such information available But bottom line parents need help They could use the informa tion to determine what program ming they think is appropriate for their children Exercising such Kay Bailey suidance isfirst Hutchison oppose direct government interference with televi sion programming decisions as do many of my colleagues in Congress I believe we have as little constitutional authority to tell television program mers what to broadcast as we have to tell newspapers what to publish But I feel strongly that it is appro priate for government to find ways to help parents use available information effectively so they can make informed programming choices for their chil dren The bill I have proposed meets that need in the least intrusive way We hope the effect of making this information available will be reduced viewership of violent programming thereby influencing programming con tent without mandating changes My bill would authorize the Secre tary of Commerce to award a grant to a university or other notforprofit orga nization to gather and analyze research into television programming content and publish its findings in an easyto read and easytoaccess format four times a year These TV violence report cards would be publicized and made widely available to the public To the fullest extent possible parents and consumers should be empowered to choose which television programs they consider appropriate for their chil to turn off the set when pro gramming they consider too violent is aired With such information parents could select programs with themes and ideas which reinforce their fami lys values Given the proper tools parents can make informed decisions that allow them to take charge of their TV sets And given the proper tools I believe they will Kay Bailey Hutchison is a sen ator from By The Associated Press Today is Sunday July 9 the 190th day of 1995 There are 175 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On July the 12th president of the United States Zachary Taylor died at the White House having served only one year and four months of his term Tests performed on Taylors exhumed remains in 1991 showed he had died of natural causes and not poison as a writer had speculated On this date In 1540 Englands King Henry VIII had his 6monthold marriage to his fourth wife Anne of Cleves annulled In 1755 British Gen Edward Brad dock was mortally wounded as his troops suffered a massive defeat near presentday Pittsburgh during the French and Indian War One survivor was an aide to Braddock Col George Washington In 1776 the Declaration of Inde pendence was read aloud to Washing tons troops in New York In 1816 Argentina declared inde pendence from Spain In 1819 sewingmachine inventor Elias Howe was born iii Spencer Mass In people were killed as an inbound local train collided with an outbound express in Nashville Tenn In 1944 during World War II American forces secured Saipan as the last Japanese defenses fell In 1947 the engagement of Britains Princess Elizabeth to Lt Philip Mount batten was announced In 1951 President Truman asked Congress to formally end the state of war between the United States and Germany In 1982 a Pan Am Boeing 727 crashed in Kenner killing all 146 people aboard and eight people on the ground In 1986 the Attorney Generals Commission on Pornography released the final draft of its report which linked hardcore porn to sex crimes Ten years ago President Reagans budget director David A Stockman announced his resignation Write em CONGRESSMEN Lamar Smith Loop 410 San Antonio TX 78209 2108215024 Frank Tejeda 1313 Military Ste 115 San Antonio TX 78214 2109247383 FAX 2109276222 TEXAS GOVERNMENT OFFICES Gov 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 787112068 5124630326 State Sen Judith Zaffirini Box 627 Laredo TX 78042 2107222293 or Box 12068 Austin TX 787112068 5124630125 FAX 5124630326 State Rep Edmund Kuempel Box 911 781550911 2103798732 FAX 5124630904 or Box 2910 Austin TX 787682910 5124630602 FAX 5124635896 COMALCOUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES Comal County Courthouse 100 Main Plaza New Braunfels TX 78130 2106205501
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