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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas jj 0 Tuesday September Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 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 I know its just a job journalists have to do but sometimes I do wish they wouldnt Princess Diana British royal 1981 EDITORIAL Bowing to pressure Decision by newspapers to publish the Unabombers manifesto sets bad precedent Because The Washington Post and The New York Times have decided to publish the word manifesto of the terrorist known as the Unabomber newspapers may become the new targets of blackmail by criminals with a message Both publishers for the East Coast newspapers said their decision was not a journalistic one but was made at the request of law enforcement officials After meeting with FBI Director Louis Freeh and Attorney General Janet Reno the publishers were convinced that publishing the long manuscript should be done for public safety reasons Some law enforcement officials have stated that discovering the identity of the Unabomber will be accomplished from a tip received from the public maybe a friend or relative of the terrorist and publishing the manuscripts may be the best way to provide clues to people who may know who he is That may be true but the repercussions of printing the manu script may far outweigh any tips law enforcement officials receive Arthur O Sulzberger publisher of the New York Times said Its awfully hard to put too much faith in the words of someone with the record of violence that the Unabomber But you print it and he doesnt kill anyone else thats a pretty good deal You print it and he continues to kill people what have you lost The cost of newsprint We think youve lost a lot more than that Sulzberger is right to note that the Unabomber is not exactly the kind of person to place trust in but he fails to realize that others may be encouraged to stage similar threats and extortions For a country that at least publicly is the first to stand up to ter rorism and pledge not to negotiate with its perpetrators the decision by the Attorney General and the FBI to push for publication of this manuscript is confusing and troubling Reno and company must surely have information about the Unabomber they havent revealed to the public that makes publica tion of his writings imperative to their investigations but we wonder if theyve considered the consequences How many other Unabombers are out there Todays editorial was written byManaging Editor Doug Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public ifisue 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 Braunfels JPMPB CF Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 3II328 New Braunfels Coma County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraklZeiiung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Coma and Guadalupe counties three months 19 six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Coma County in Texas three months six months ope 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 0259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HtraldZeiUing Draw er 311328 New 781311328 Position on abortion hypocritical There is much to praise in Hillary Rodham Clin tons blunt remarks to the womens confer ence in Beijing Her gutsy defense of human rights was a proper and welcome affirmation of the core val ues of the United States To have been more diplo matic and less forceful would have appeared to Chi nas dictatorial government as weakness It would have sent a message that America is indeed the paper tiger Mao used to call us Mrs Clinton said It is time for us to say here in Beijing and the world to hear that it is no longer acceptable to discuss womens rights as separate from human Although she didnt mention China specifically she criticized onechildpercou ple policies and singled out the forced abortions many women are subjected to when they become pregnant with a second or third child She is correct but the greater question is should the state be determining which lives are worthy to be lived and which are not It is a very short step between abortionondemand to forced abortion to Dr Kevorkian If all human life is not valuable then no human life has value This is the overarching politi cal biological and philosophical issue that must be addressed We cannot do it when one category is devalued all life suffers But when one argues a moral point one must be the point is lost in a sea of hypocrisy And on abortion Mrs Clinton speaks with no moral capital because she is She thinks it wrong for the American gov ernment to prevent women from having abortions if they dont want the child they are carrying But in Beijing she said gov ernments should not force women to have abortions against their wishes It is too bad that we dont study logic and philosophy in our schools as much as we used to because Mrs Clinton has made assertions that are mutu ally exclusive In the one instance government should not prevent a woman from abort ing her fetus or product of In the oth er government should not force a woman to abort her child or If as prochoicers and our Supreme Court assert the fetus or baby is not yet a person why should anyone care if this barely connected tissue is done away with Prochoicers argue that it is the matter of the womans wishes Whatever she decides should be paramount But this begs the question If the American government doesnt care enough Cal Thomas about 20 million potential members of the next gen eration thats the number legally aborted in this country since why should we care what the Chinese government does to millions of its potential citizens If unborn life is of no value or at least is deter mined to be of insufficient value so that the state has no vital interest in protecting it then there is little moral difference between the Chinese government forcing women to go along with its onechild policy and the American government telling women they can have a nochild policy if they wish In China it is the to keep the population matters more than the baby and more than the woman and the father In Ameri ca it is also the mat ters and not the unborn life or the wishes of the father And women in America dont matter that much either otherwise there would be a requirement that they are fully informed about the nature of life with in them and alternatives to abortion Even canned and packaged food has mandated fulldisclosure labels So while Mrs Clinton is certainly right to criticize the forced abortion policy of the Chinese government her credibility is questionable because of her incon sistent and illogical stand Cal Thomas is a syndicated Bosnian Croat leaders to discuss gains ByAIDACERKEZ Associated Press Writer SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegovina AP With help from Croatia Bosnian government forces have made swift gains against rebel Serbs Now Bosnias leaders have to make sure their ally doesnt become an adversary Large advances by the allies in western Bosnia have left the Serbs with only about half of Bosnia compared to the twothirds they held just weeks ago But the progress is straining the federation of Croats and the Muslimled Bosnian government which has always been shaky Croatian President Franjo Tudjman and Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic are to meet today in Zagreb Croatia at the end of another shuttle mission by Assistant Secretary of State Richard Hol brooke Tudjman seems in a strong position to lay claim to large pieces of western Bosnia Bosnian Croat troops backed by soldiers from Croatia proper have secured many of the past weeks gains They have hung only the Croatian flag not the Bosnian one in recaptured towns Bosnias Croats also insist the recaptured central town of Jajce symbolically and economically impor tant to the government is Croat territory Croats and Muslims started the Bosnian war as Analysis allies against the Serbs But the alliance broke down with fighting in central Bosnia in 1993 It was patched in 1994 by the United States and the two sides are cooperating militarily But they still often view each other with suspicion The United States also is cautioning the two sides to ease up on the Bosnian Serbs fearing that if the losses grow too big Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic will send the Yugoslav army to their rescue Instead of wrapping up the 3 war that would ignite a new broader conflict So far the talks are proceeding And so far Bel grade has not intervened thank God in both National Security Adviser Anthony Lake said in Washington Observers fear Milosevic might feel he has to com mit the Yugoslav army if the Croats and Muslims push toward the northern Bosnian Serb stronghold of Ban ja Luka Their front lines are about 25 miles away Some Croatian and government leaders are buoy antly talking of attacking Banja Luka and ignoring Holbrookes plans for a 51 percent49 percent split of Bosnia with the Serbs The Serbs have stated plainly that they will defend Banja Luka which is jammed with refugees Our only strategic goal is to defend the Banja Luka said Jovan Zametica spokesman for Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic All our industrial resources are concentrated The Bosnian Serbs have acknowledged heavy loss es but they claimed Monday that they have stabilized defense lines Bosnian TV reported Monday night that govern ment forces had taken 36 square miles on another front Mount Ozren in central Bosnia A Bosnian army source said the offensive was likely to halt soon Hospital officials in Serbheld Prijedor charged that Croatian artillery firing from across the border in Croatia hit Serb refugee camps to the north of Prije dor early Monday killing seven people and wound ing 22 The Serbs also were weakened by two weeks of NATO bombing that damaged their communications and hampered military coordination The airstrikes were halted for 72 hours last Thursday to allow the Serbs to comply with NATO and demands to withdraw their heavy guns around Sarajevo The rebels complied in part and late Sunday won anoth er 72 hours to finish the job UN officials reported no more weaponry removed on Monday but said the Serbs around Sarajevo appeared to be grouping the guns to be withdrawn on Tuesday Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Sept 19 the 262nd day of 1995 There are 103 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Sept President Wash ingtons farewell address was pub lished In it Americas first chief exec utive advised Observe good faith and justice toward all nations Cultivate peace and harmony with On this date lit 1777 during the Revolutionary War American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga over the British In 1881 the 20th president of the United States James A Garfield died of wounds inflicted by an assassin 11 weeks earlier In 1934 Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnapmurder of the Lindbergh infant In 1945 50 years ago Nazi propa gandist William Joyce known as Lord was sentenced to death by a British court In 1955 President Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt by the army and navy In 1957 the United States conduct ed its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert in 1959 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev reacted angrily during a visit to Los Angeles upon being told that for security reasons he would not be allowed to visit Disneyland In I960 Cuban leader Fidel Cas tro in New York to visit the United Nations angrily checked out of the Shelbume Hotel in a dispute with the management In 1970 25 years ago The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuted on CBS TV In 1984 Britain and China com pleted a draft agreement on transferring Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule by 1997 Ten years ago The Mexico City area was struck by an earthquake mea sured at a magnitude of the first of two devastating quakes that claimed some lives Five years ago Iraq began confis cating foreign assets from countries that were imposing sanctions against the Baghdad government One year ago troops peace fully entered Haiti to enforce the return of exiled President JeanBertrand Aris tide President Clinton expressed sat isfaction with the 1 Ithhour accord that prevented a invasion call ing it a good Todays Birthdays Retired Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell is 88 Former New York Times manag ing editor Clifton Daniel is 83 Author Roger Angell is 75 Former secretary of defense Harold Brown is 68 Actress Rosemary Harris is 65 Newspaper columnist Mike Royko is 63 Actor David McCallum is 62 Singersong writer Paul Williams is 55 Golfer Jane Blalock is 50 Actor Jeremy Irons is 47 Actress Twiggy Lawson is 46 TV per sonality Joan Lunden is 45 Actor Kevin Hooks is 37
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