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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                Thursday Opinion To talk wfth Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 exL21 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 If I loosened the reins on the press I would not stay in power three Napoleon French emperor c 799 EDITORIAL Preserving Texas Clean Texas 2000 just one program that encourages public emdronmental efforts Tsxas is 2 state Tsiih natural beauty from the lash piney of Ess Texas to fbe coastal barrier islands to the rolling Hill Cranny and tte Wesr Texas moontains Bm wMa iacrsiSTn pDpnlaaon and industrial growth Texas frag 3e earrironiiisffi faces a irsribsr of threats Texas ranks second in the nason in SEffisaons foar Texas cities do not meet federal clean air laadnB specs is dwindling and many waterways are pol hasd To faab aaswsr Jiese challenges and preserve the natural heritage of the stats Jbe Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission runs the Gsan Texas 2000 program which lets every Texan take part in helping tie savironraenL Tbs program has five goals to reduce hazardous waste and toxic emissions by 50 percent reduce landfill solid waste by 50 percent reduce wattr pollution reduce air pollution and educate all Texans abool what they can do to preserve and protect our environment The program will only work if millions of Texans take up the chal lenge and become involved Stan by participating in the city recycling programBat dont end there The Friends For Rivers annual river cleanup is coming Consider taking part in it You can also become a Clean Texas 2000 Environmental Fanner You can participate in the second annual Texas Recycles Day on Nov 15 If you or someone you know is involved in an environmen tal project you can apply for the 1996 Governors Awards for Envi ronmental Excellence You can enroll your business in the new Clean Texas Star program and find out how easy it is to reduce waste recy cle buy recycled products and save money You can become a Clean Texas 2000 Sponsor and help fund environmental education and waterway cleanups To find out about any of those five programs call the Texas Nat ural Resource Commission at 512 2390010 or write to Clean Texas MC 1 1 3 PO Box 1 3087 Austin TX 787 1 1 3087 Get involved in preserving Texas natural beauty You will feel good about your efforts and so will future generations of Texans Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger 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 anyarticle 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 Sultens General DuVall Managing Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by ihc New Bntuiiffls USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by ihc NewBraun fds HeraldZeiiung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Cuadalupe counties three months six months cue 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 MajJ outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday at by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday 1 Send address changes lo the New Braunfds Draw er 311328 New Braunfds Tx 781311328 NEA not focused on education Pohlk education is increasingly regarded as so beyond repair thai the of Minnesota and Wisconsin are proposing to empower parents so ibey not the stale might decide their children should be educated Minnesota Gov Arne Carlson is asking his legis lature to pass a schoolchoice measure by next year Wis consins legislature thanks to the persistence of Gov Tom my Thompson has already passed such a measure The Wisconsin Supreme Court wiD soon decide the constitution ality of using state funds for private schools including reli gious ones While both governors acknowledge that schools are not the only solution to improv ing the lot of young people especially in urban areas they believe wtei goes on in the classroom can make a sig nificant contribution Thompson cites the pathetic record of Milwaukee schools as an example Nearly half of M3waukee students dont graduate from high school and those who do have a Dminus average Thompson believes that poor parents should have the Cal Thomas same opportunities to educate their children as those financially better off Both governors believe there is constitutional precedent for allowing tax money to go to private schools It already goes to private religious preschools and daycare centers through daycare grants and to private religious colleges and univer sities via Pell grants the GI Bill and student loans It is only at the K12 level that such funds have been prohibited But the debate isnt about education In Milwaukee the Center for Education Reform showed that 33 percent of the citys public schoolteachers send their own children to private schools It is about controlling the minds and hearts of the next generation and forc ing children to accept a worldview held by those who draft the curriculum and write the textbooks That this is frequently a worldview not shared by the childrens parents is dismissed and complaining parents are branded censors or bigots or anti Over the July 4 weekend the National Education Association NEA held its annual convention in Minneapolis According to the publication Education Reporter dozens of resolutions were approved that had nothing to do with the intellectual development of children At least five resolutions indicate the NEAs antagonism toward parents who make private or homeschool choices At least 15 resolutions were passed that deal with the sexual orientation issue These were crafted by the NEAs Gay and Lesbian The NEA adopted the feminist agenda the environmental rights agenda and even passed reso lutions calling for District of Columbia statehood lax payer benefits to illegal aliens a national holiday honoring Cesar Chavez ratification of the treaty on the rights of the child and a change in the purpose of Thanksgiving to replace giving thanks to God with a celebration of In a recent speech Gov Thompson said Public schools must no longer be governmentrun schools They will be schools that serve the public School choice is more than a program It is a philosophy It is the belief that parents know best when it comes to their Thompson has hired Whitewater Special Counsel Kenneth Starr to argue the constitutionality of his pro posal before Wisconsins Supreme Court Mean while the verdict is already in on the state of gov ernmentrun education If Minnesota and Wisconsin can win court approval the government schools as weve known them for a century will be transformed They will reflect the will of the people and the needs of the nation and its children and not that of a tiny elite who think they and only they know what is best Cal Thomas is a syndicated SAT Bosnian Serbs defiant as airstrikes continue ByMISHASAVIC Associated Press Writer Analysis PALE BosniaHerzegovina AP NATO war planes trolled the skies of Bosnia early today assess ing damage and sizing up new bombing targets in a highstakes standoff with rebel Serbs still sticking to their guns The search was also on for two French pilots whose plane was shot down near Pale NATO is directing every possible effort toward the rescue of the French Adm Leighton Smith NATOs commander in Naples Italy said today in a news conference I hope it will mirror the successes of the Scott OGrady operation in Smith said OGrady a pilot was shot down over Bosnia but in a daring mission was rescued days later from a hilltop and flown to safety The airstrikes backed by ground attacks by the rapid reaction force mark an apparent turning point in the Bosnian conflict that has sorely tested and NATO credibility and left an estimated people dead or missing Despite a day of airstrikes by allied forces in the largest military action in the history of NATO there were indications of progress toward a Balkans peace deal It is time to talk about peace even after this dread ful Bosnian Serb military leader Gen Ratko Mladic said late Wednesday although he refused a demand to pull back the heavy weapons that have terrorized the Bosnian capital Sarajevo throughout the 40monthold war In Belgrade Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke said he had held important and productive talks with Serbia President Slobodan Milosevic the regional powerbroker vital to any suc cessful peace deal Milosevic said a initiative which Holbrooke discussed in several hours of talks has all elements that could guarantee peace and the protection of inter ests of all the warring Holbrooke was due in Zagreb today to brief Croa tian and Bosnian government officials on the results of his meeting with Milosevic Sarajevo shook under the deafening roar of NATO jets and support planes flying overhead throughout the early hours today but no explosions could be heard Since NATO launched airstrikes on Bosnian Serb positions early Wednesday in retaliation for a Serb attack Monday that left 37 people dead there have been few moments of silence in the Bosnian capital The last known bombing runs occurred over Pale the Bosnian Serb stronghold east of Sarajevo short ly after 5 11 EDT Wednesday when a French Mirage jet was shot down by Bosnian Serb gunners Its two crewmen were seen ejecting from the bum ing jet but their fate was unknown There were unconfirmed reports that Bosnian Serbs had captured them France said they were assumed to have sunived The news conference in Naples was shown videos of a number of laserbomb hits on ammunition load ing depots artillery pieces and other sites among the 90 military targets hit in over 300 sorties Smith NATOs southern commander said we have certainly enjoyed some successes but admitted the pilots obviously missed some He said the raids had been effective in suppressing radar and surfaceair missiles and likely continue until the Bosnian Serbs determine when the operai tions should NATO SecretaryGeneral Willy Claes called the strikes a necessary stimulating element for the peace commanders told the Bosnian Serbs the air attacks would last as long as there wore Serb heavy Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Aug 31 the 243rd day of 1995 There are 122 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Aug 31 1886 an earthquake rocked Charleston killing up to 110 people On this date IQ 1688 preacher and novelist John Bunyan author of The Pil grims died in London in 1887 inventor Thomas A Edi son received a patent for his Kineto scope a device which produced mov ing pictures In 1935 President Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting the export of arms to belligerents In 1941 the radio program The Great a spinoff of Fibber McGee and made its debut on NBC In 1954 Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern United Slates resulting in nearly 70 deaths and millions of dollars in damage In 1962 the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago became inde pendent within the British Common wealth In 19C5 the House of Repre sentatives joined the Senate in voting to establish the Department of Hous ing and Urban Development In 1969 boxer Rocky Marciano died in the crash of a small airplane in Iowa one day short of his 46th birthday In 1980 Polands Solidarity labor movement was born with an agree ment signed in Gdansk that ended a 17dayold strike In 1986 82 people were killed when an Aeromcxico jetliner and a small private plane collided over Cer ritos Calif In 1986 the Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collided with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea causing both vessels to sink Up to 448 people reportedly died Ten years ago Richard Ramirez who was later convicted in the so called Nightstalkcr killings that had terrorized Califomians was captured by residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood Five years ago Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar met twice with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz in Amman Jordan trying to negotiate a solution to the Persian Gulf crisis One year ago The Irish Republi can Army declared a ceasefire after 25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland Russia officially ended its military presence in the former Eas Germany and the Baltics after half a century Todays Birthdays Broadcast journalist Daniel Schorr is Come dian Buddy Huckctt is 71 Actor James Cobum is 67 Baseball Hall of Famer Frank is 00 Vio linist Itzhak Perlmun is 50 Singer Van Morrison is 50 Singercompos er Debbie Gibson is 25 Thought for Today Real sto ries in distinction from those we invent have no author Although his tory owes its existence to men it is not made by Hannah Arendt Germanborn author philosopher and historian 1906   

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