New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 7, 1995, Page 4

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September 07, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas ^^^terajd^Zeitungp Thursday, September 7,1995 Opinion B To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 t u n g “[The HJS. education system] is always being blasted by the media.... Tty as we may, it’s very hard to get a story on what’s going right” — Madeleine Kunin U.S. cabinet official, 1994 EDITORIAL Continuing saga City continues to miss on target dates for completion of rest room at Landa Park As tedious as it is to revisit the same story again and again, here we go for the third time. In April we ran an editorial wondering why it should take six months to build a new bathroom at the playground at Landa Park. Six months for such a small and simple construction job seemed unreasonable. We suggested the city make the project a priority, since the bathrooms serve the largest and most popular playground in the city. After the city missed its target date of Memorial Day to ftnish the project, we again noted that more than six months seemed like a long wait to build a bathroom. We noted that in the summer heat, the four plastic portable toilets provided at the playground reeked, and many parents were observed not allowing the children to even use them. We suggested the city set a goal of July 4 or Labor Day to finish the project. Labor Day has now come and gone and - surprise - still no bathroom at the playground. The portable toilets sitting in the sweltering heat still reek, and the sight of workers at the site is a rare one. The city could have just hired a contractor to do the job, but bids were higher than expected. So, in an effort to save money, the city tried to handle the job itself, and hire contractors to do individual jobs, such as laying the foundation and building the roof. The city may have saved a few bucks, (or maybe not, since it is paying fees for rental and cleaning of the portable toilets for close to a year), but the small savings may not be worth the inconvenience. Well, maybe the city could make completion of the bathroom a 19% New Year’s resolution, or maybe the groundbreaking can be part of the city’s bicentennial celebration. (Today’s editorial was written by City Editor Roger Croteau.) Write us The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the nght to correct spelling, style, punctuation 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 writer's 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 do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung 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..........................................................Kim    Weitzel City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by (he New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St. or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 -1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $19; six months, $34; oik year, $60. Senior Citizen Discounts by canner delivery only: six months. $30; one year, $56 Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas, three months, $28.80; six months, $52; one year, $97.30. Mail outside Texas: six months, $75; one year, $112.25 Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a m on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p m weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday. POSTMASTfc*: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131-1328 Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is [email protected]_Conference agenda is sinister The Communist Chinese government has established its credentials as among the leading practitioners of deceitful behavior in the world. Now, President Clinton seems to have been infected with the same virus as he preaches the liberal party line about the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women, which began Sept. 4 in Beijing. From his vacation retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyo., the president dismissed as demagogues those who have criticized the conference as being anti-family and anti-female. In his speech, the president said: “All these issues seem to be tom like Silly Putty into extremes, so now there is this huge effort in America to try to convince the American people that this conference is somehow anti-family, and that we’re sending some sort of radical delegation there. Why? Not because it’s true, but because it favors the almost addictive, almost narcotic drive among some elements in our society to take every single issue and use it as a cause for division among our people when we need to be united.’’ Why is unity to be only on Clinton’s terms, with Cal Thomas those who disagree with those terms labeled divisive? This is the arrogance of so many liberals who believe they hold the franchise on truth. Like Jimmy Carter, who held a White House conference on “families,” this president is supporting a delegation and a conference that seeks to redefine “family” as we’ve known it. After reading the draft proposal, the conservative Family Research Council (FRC) summarized the main points, which used the cover of human rights for women to advance a radical agenda. The word “mother” has been bracketed throughout the entire platform, notes FRC, so that it might be changed to the word “caretaker.” “Family” has also been bracketed so that “household” could be substituted. Bracketed words and phrases indicate delegates could not agree in advance on the text. Paragraph 198 of the platform devalues the hus-band-wife relationship by making it into a power game: “Inequality in the public arena can often start within the family when power relations between men and women are unbalanced with discriminatory attitudes and practices within the family. The unequal division of labour (cq) and responsibilities within households based on unequal power relations also limits women’s potential.” So, marriage is no longer to be considered a cooperative partnership, but a competitive entanglement in which rivals battle for supremacy in the home. The words “wife” and “husband” are omitted from the document. The word “gender” is left open to interpretation, with as many as five under consideration. The idea that there are only two—male and female—is apparently passd, said to result from “socially constructed roles which society assigns to men and women.” The platform repeatedly states that governments should “emphasize reproductive behavior through the provision of appropriate services and counseling.” It refuses to recognize parental authority regarding their own children’s reproductive health. And, of course, the U.N. gathering will promote abortion and contraceptives as human rights on a par with Harry Wu’s freedom. Does it sound as if the Beijing women’s conference is going to be “true blue to families,” as the president claims? Not to any families most Americans live in or know. This is the most radical attempt yet to use the power of government to enforce an outrageous social order on a world that is already suffering the consequences of a bogus and wrong-headed philosophy planted by the flower children of the ‘60s. It’s appropriate the gathering is held in Beijing, where aging Chinese despots already believe and practice some of the worst elements of what the Western radicals want to impose on the rest of us. Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) AHY MENDON Cf TOON, ^ HCN0M£>.UPmCf DiaSLPEKIS), COUWERFEinHQ 600R5 OR /TOHER HOUSH!* ANPW WAIDE) WILL ft _ SENT CN AMMIE. ID WI WAN J! Tile Premier says ^Lcotriet) Grthfl and tie (jtoirioiB uh. Ymd&nfeienoeonWn.1 / Write ‘em U.S. GOVERNMENT 300 E. 8th St. P.O. Box 12548 210-379-8732 OFFICES: Austin, TX 78703 Austin, TX 78711 FAX: 512-463-0904 512-482-5834 512-463-2100 or P.O. Box 2910 President of the U.S. Austin, TX 78768-2910 Bill Clinton U.S. Congressmen: State Senator Jeff Wentworth 512-463-0602 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 1250 N.E. Loop 410 FAX: 512-463-5896 Washington, D.C. 20500 Lamar Smith San Antonio, TX 78209 202-456-1414 I IOO N.E. Loop 410, Ste. 640 210-826-7800 COMAL COUNTY GOVERN San Antonio, TX 78209 FAX: 210-826-0571 MENT OFFICES: Vice President of the U.S. 210-821-5024 or P.O. Box 12068 Al Gore Austin, TX 78711-2068 Comal County Courthouse Old Executive Office Bldg. Frank Tejeda 512-463-0326 IOO Main Plaza 17th St. and Pennsylvania NW 1313 S.E. Military Dr., Ste. 115 New Braunfels, TX 78130 Washington, D.C. 20501 San Antonio, TX 78214 State Senator Judith Zaffirini 210-620-5501 202-456-2326 210-924-7383 P.O. Box 627 FAX: 210-620-5592 FAX: 210-927-6222 Laredo, TX 78042 U.S. Senators for the state of 210-722-2293 or County Judge, Carter Casteel Texas: TEXAS GOVERNMENT P.O. Box 12068 210-620-5501 OFFICES: Austin, TX 78711-2068 Phil Gramm 512-463-0125 District Attorney, 22nd Dist., 402 E. Ramsey Rd. Governor George W. Bush FAX: 512-463-0326 Bill Reinter (New Braunfels) San Antonio, TX 78216 P.O. Box 12428 210-620-5533 512-366-9494 Austin, TX 78711 State Representative Edmund 512-463-2000 Kuempel County Attorney, Nathan Rhein- Kay Bailey Hutchison P.O. Box 911 lander 961 Federal Bldg. Attorney General Dan Morales Seguin, TX 78155-0911 210-620-5591 Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 1995. There are 115 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 7, 1892, James J. Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan to win the world heavyweight crown in New Orleans in the first major prize fight conducted under the Marquis of Queensberry rules. On this date: In 1533, England’s Queen Elizabeth I was bom in Greenwich. In 1822, Brazil declared its independence from Portugal. In 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Rev olution, bade farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House. In 1901, the Peace of Beijing ended the Boxer Rebellion in China. In 1936, rock legend Buddy Holly was bom Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas. In 1940, Nazi Germany began its initial blitz on London during World War II. In 1963, the National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio. In 1969, Senate Republican leader Everett M. Dtrksen died in Washington. In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the United States to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington. In 1977, convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy was released from prison after more than four years. In 1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network — ESPN — made its cable TV debut. In 1986, Desmond Tutu was installed as the first black to lead the Anglican Church in southern Afnca. Ten years ago: President Reagan threatened to retaliate against Japan and the European Common Market for unfair trading practices. Hana Mand-likova upset Martina Navratilova to win the women’s title of the U.S. Open. Five years ago: President Bush left for his one-day Finland summit with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Kimberly Bergall of Fort Pierce, Fla., came forward to identify herself as the young woman who had been infected with AIDS, apparently by her late dentist. Bergalis died the following year. One year ago: After a brief meeting, the United States and Cuba temporarily suspended talks on stemming the Cuban refugee exodus. U.S. Marines assigned to a potential Haiti invasion force began training on a Puerto Rican island amid talk in Washington of a U.S.-led intervention. Today’s Birthdays: Heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey is 87. Producer-director Elia Kazan is 86. Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, is 71. Actoi John Philip Law is 58. Actress Julie Kavner is 44. Thought for Today: “A hero is ne braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American peel and essayist (1803-1882). A ;

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