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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                401HefaldZehuna O Wednesday Auaust Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 Language makes culture and we make a rotten culture when we abuse Cynthia Ozick writer 1972 EDITORIAL t 1 Saved from ourselves Saudi Arabia like perfects the fine art of bureaucratic bungling Governments in other countries are not so different from our own As evidence of that know that Saudi Arabia in an effort to make that country a safer place plans to confiscate all bicycles According to Bicycling magazine the Saudi director of patrols has said Bicycles are banned because they are misused for evil purposes and because they endanger the lives of their A former traffic director of the city of Jeddah supports that saying that bicycles undoubtedly cause fatal accidents so all efforts are being made to prevent their use and seize Importing and selling bicycles is still legal however We import bicycles from all countries of the world and sell them with no restrictions said Khaled AlMabrouk a bicycles shop owner in that country But the market is currently experiencing stagnancy because the as soon as fv ri HJ jf This little story offers two different examples of govern mental bureaucratic bumbling 5First of course the Saudi bureaucrats have taken a step so as to be silly to protect people from themselves does this countrys own OSHA come immediately to in that context nd then the Saudis have backed into the problem by the program of confiscation but taking no action to prevent the importation or sale of the offending product gWhy does that conjure pictures of the logic of bureaucracy in jffineral editorial was written by David Sullens editor and of the New Braunfels Trite us Sie New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua iJHpn and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words e publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone iber which are not for publication must be included cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned ierence is given to writers who have not been published in the ious 30 days letters to i to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 Jew Braunfels Texas 781311328 210 6251224 lew Braunfels eraldZeitung and Sullens ral DuVall iging Loveday ftising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery ressroom Brandt issified Cooper Croteag Published on Sunday mornings and weekday roomings Tuesday through Friday by he Coma County 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Broun t HtraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas ftpier denvered in counties three months six months t year Senjpr Citizen Discognts by carrier delivery only six months one year 5 Mail delivery ovbide Coma County in Texas three months six months t JO Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by pjn Tuesday through Friday r by 7 JO am on Sunday may cal 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 ajn i Sunday Posmtfiat Send affctrm cnaaget to inc Atew HenMZfitung PO Draw 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 HZeitung@AOL.com Nothing slows down Bailey My friend Dennis Bailey fell out of an airplane last week It helped he was wearing a parachute which saved him physically Mentally there is prob ably no help available for his type Ive heard that the only reason people like to skydive is for the special thrill they get from feeling the wind blow through the holes in their heads If thats true Dennis certainly qualifies for several holesin one Dennis has lived in New Braunfels for 10 years but he grew up in Almeda same place my husband Clay was raised Their families were more than nodding acquain tances Denniss father Bailey and Clays dad were aspiring race car drivers went on to pro racing Last year he was the first to attempt to qualify for the Brickyard 400 in Indi anapolis Denniss brother Joe Dan worked several years for race car driver Dale Earnhardt and recently joined John Andrettis racing team Dennis has always been into pro racing himself but he doesnt do it for a living Hes been in the auto sal vage business for 22 years Currently hes the man ager of Insurance Auto Salvage in San largest parts yard in the area He works five to seven Allene Blaker days a week but still finds time to have his fun Hes a certified scuba diver and has taken dive trips to Belize the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas While in the Caymans he took a stab at parasailing and liked that too He goes snowskiing almost every winter Among his favorite places are Ski Apache in Ruidoso Brackenridge and Winter Park in Colorado He loves to raft down the Guadalupe But his idea of a good time is to jump out of the raft at the top of each waterfall and swim down it wearing a life Back when Dennis was at the University of Hous ton he was on a swimming team and a basketball team which won plaques at international tourna ments in Toronto Canada and Las This week hes been practicing scrimmage football for an upcoming tournament the Blister which will be held in Santa Barbara in October He hunts Right now hes jointleasing three ranches in Texas Last year he drove up to Wyoming and came back with some nice antelope which he likes to barbecue along with venison and wild hog whenever he can get some friends together Over the years hes placed in some bass fishing tournaments owned a 6wheel allterrain vehicle which he mostly used to go frog gigging owned jet skis gotten in and out of bowhunting and received a city of Dallas Citizens Award and Dallas Police Departments Certificate of Merit for helping to apprehend two armed robbers When I think of Dennis Im reminded of a story One day a calculus professor was illustrating the complexities of the subject On the blackboard he drew an equation that mathematicians had been puz zling over for decades It appeared to be unsolvable Toward the end of the lecture one student came running into class breathless having experienced car trouble In the closing minutes of class he noticed the equation on the board and thinking it was home work copied it down When he came to class two days later he turned in his telling the professor Well that was pretty stayed up two whole nights working on it At first amused and then astonished the professor realized that the student had figured out something no one had been able to for many years Dennis reminds me of that student As long as he doesnt know he cant do something he can do it Next month hell be water skiing at Sea World Its one of the wheelchair sports events set up by the Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center When Dennis was 12 he was thrown from a not completely One of his feet was still caught in a stirrup when the horse took off at a gallop Before Dennis finally got free his back had been bro ken Hes been paralyzed below the waist ever since Hes quite a Im proud to call my friend But hes a hard person to keep up with Especially when like last week hes heading down Allene Blaker is a HeraldZeitung editorial assis tant and Reno and the new virtue of uncertainty By CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON its rare in Washington for someone to stand up and take responsibility when something goes wrong it may be just as rare for some one to say with chin held high I dont Attorney General Janet Reno did both in testimony at the House Waco hearings She was contrite over what obviously went wrong in the 1993 assault open about her inner struggles defi ant to anyone who thought she had it in her hands to make it turn out right All in all she was a tough moving target for Repub licans trying to make hay over the bungled raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco Texas One or two tied themselves in knots trying to trip her up In even tones that hardly varied over some eight hours of questioning Reno worked methodically through the events behind her decision to end a 51day standoff by pumping tear gas into the compound Hours later 81 Branch Davidians died when fire Today In History Analysis destroyed the building By the end of the day she was winning guarded praise or at least a degree of deference from some of her toughest critics It was a close call We are applying 2020 hindsight today a luxury not available to you at the said Rep Howard Coble Reno was thrown immediately into the Waco stand off when she became President Clintons attorney gen eral in March 1993 Her willingness to take the rap for mistakes in the assault was greeted at the time as a brac ing departure from the Washington habit of ducking for cover She still wasnt ducking Tuesday I am account she kept saying What that means however has not been clear In some parliamentary systems the person who makes a decision leading to a terrible outcome quickly steps down Waco could hardly have been more terrible In any other country shed have said Rep Bob Doman who had been watching the proceedings What saved her was taking the blame allowing Clinton to hide behind But even Republicans didnt call for her resignation in the hearings They were more interested in trying to pin responsibility on Clinton Democrats meanwhile fawned over her towering If she was resolute in testimony Reno let it be known she was plagued with doubt in trying to figure out how to deal with David Koresh without hurting the children with him I stayed awake at night trying to figure out what was the right thing to she said What about the chil dren I struggled over this decision I dont what the right answer Not much shook her but the tension rose when Rep John Mica stumbling over his questions began talking about autopsy reports detailing the suf fering of the children from what he believed was the tear gas By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Aug 2 the 214th day of 1995 There are 151 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on Aug 2 1945 President Tru man Soviet leader Josef Stalin and the new British prime minister Clement Attlee concluded the Allied conference at Potsdam On this date In 1776 members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence In 1830 Charles X the last Bourbon king of France abdicated In 1876 frontiersman Wild Bill Hickok was shot from behind and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood In 1921 a jury in Chicago acquitted several former members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team and two others of conspiring to defraud the public in the notorious Black Sox scandal In 1923 the 29th president of the United States Warren G Harding died in San Francisco In 1927 President Coolidge issued a statement to reporters I do not choose to run for President in In 1934 German President Paul von Hindenburg died paving the way for Adolf Hitlers complete takeover In 1939 Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt that urged creation of an atomic weapons research program In 1939 President Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act which prohibited civil service employees from taking an active part in political campaigns In 1943 a Navy patrol torpedo boat PT 109 commanded by Lt John F Kennedy sank after being sheared in two by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands Kennedy was credited with saving members of the In 1964 the Pentagon reported the first of two attacks on destroyers by North Vietnamese tor pedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin In 1980 85 people were killed when a bomb exploded at the train station in Bologna Italy Ten years ago 137 people were killed when a Delta Air Lines jumbo jet crashed as it attempted to land at DallasFort Worth International Airport Five years ago Iraq invaded Kuwait seizing control of the oilrich emirate President Bush con demned the inclusion as an act of naked The Iraqis were later driven out in Operation Desert One year ago Serbia threatened to cut all aid to the Bosnian Serbs if they didnt approve an interna tional peace plan Todays Birthdays Actress Beatrice Straight is 77 Former Sen Paul Laxalt is 73 Actor Carroll OConnor is 71 Actor Peter OToole is 63 Actress Joanna Cassidy is 50 Thought for Today Ideas are powerful things requiring not a studious contemplation but an action even if it is only an inner Midge Decter American writer   

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