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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 40 HerakjZeitung O Wednesday October Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 The media play follow the leader The media pile on The media focus on the con troversial at the expense of the substantive often without doing much real Chris Peck editor 1994 EDITORIAL Victims grieve verdict Gains made in awareness of domestic violence may be lost following OJ trial Regardless of how we feel about the jurys Not Guilty decision in the OJ Simpson trial we should all hope it does not set back the advances made by those fighting domestic violence To some the Simpson trial was a clear cut case of murder To others it was about a man wrongfully accused by racist cops with a sinister agen da But another segment of society viewed the O J trial as an issue of spousal abuse taken to its tragic extreme Early in the case when the history of Simpsons violence toward his exwife was revealed the issue of domestic violence was thrust into the news Advocates of battered spouses directors of womens shelters and oth ers were asked about the cycle of violence that permeates so many American households Real gains were made in awareness during the early part of the trial But now with the acquittal of Simpson many believe women who are locked into abusive relationships will lose hope If a batterer and murderer according to many can go free how can domestic violence victims expect to receive any help from the system Our judicial system is flawed and at times fails members of society But it is still the best in the world and for OJ Simpson it worked A jury of his peers found reasonable doubt about his guilt and set him free But for the Brown and Goldman families and for abuse victims world the Not Guilty verdict was a horrible decision They viewed the murder as just an escalation in the cycle of vio lence an escalation that will go unpunished by criminal law Tflday editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Coma County Tx 78131J328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Canier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by canier 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 pan Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 ajn on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion Online Contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet of tq simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeitung@AOL.com attitudes about fire troubling By SCOTT Special to the HeraldZeitung A man downs a sixpack of beer gets in his car and while drivirig home swerves into an oncoming vehicle killing he passengers The man is arrested and charged with negligent homicide The same man allows his home wiring circuits to overload and the batteries in his smoke detectors to wear out A fire burns his house down killing his children He is flooded with neighborly kindness and no legal action is taken against him How different are these two cases In both an individual is grossly negligent When negligence on the road leads to deaths a person is arrested When the same thing happens at home one receives an outpouring of sympathy Something is wrong with American attitudes about fire And its costing us dearly Annually an esti mated people die in fires another are injured The total cost to the American public is estimated at billion figure which includes loss of income personal property damage and health care cost Even though our nations fire departments with stateoftheart equipment are among the worlds fastest our fire death rate is worse than in western Europe and Asia Indeed with a population twice the size of Japans we have 40 times as many fires So whats the problem The answer can be summed up in one word EDU CATION We may be doing a decent job of teaching our children how to prevent fires but we havent got ten the message to the adult population where it counts the most Despite popular belief children playing with matches account for only nine percent of all fire deaths Societys apathy toward fire safety may be about to lose ground at least if the United States Fire Administration USFA and fire safety professionals around the country have anything to say about it They have launched HOME FIRE SAFETY ACT ON IT a nationwide campaign to get the message out about how we can safeguard our homes against fires and how if fire strikes we can get our families out alive ACT ON IT It means precisely what it says Fife safety is a life and death matter and its something people need to act on If youve been meaning to get fresh batteries for your smoke detector do it today If youve been wondering about your aging electri cal circuitry call an electrician and have it checked out If youre still smoking in bed the odds are that one day youll fall asleep while doing so The New Braunfels Fire Department is now offer ing the Home Fire Safety Program This is a free pub lic service to the community Firefighters form the New Braunfels Fire Department come to your home and conduct a survey to help make your home a safer place to live For more information call the New Braunfels Fire Department at 6082120 They will be glad to come out and survey your your life or the lives of others are at stake its a crime to just do nothing Remember you are in charge HOME FIRE SAFETY ACT ON IT TODAY Scott W Koehler is a firefighter with the New Braunfels Fire Clinton spending veto reveals his plan ByTOMRAUM Associated Press Writer Analysis WASHINGTON AP With the third veto of his presidency President Clinton demonstrated what is evolving as an endofsession veto strategy talk tough deal with the Senate where possible and try to avoid gridlock Buoyed by recent public opinion polls showing growing disenchantment with the GOP agenda Clin ton is trying to use his veto in a way that takes advan tage of Republican divisions and pits the House against the Senate His veto Tuesday of a bill appropriating money for the operations of Congress was a shot across the congressional bow as he and his advisers weigh which of his more than two dozen veto threats to pur sue and which to drop or negotiate Clinton is making the most veto noise where GOP positions are the shakiest his own views the strongest cuts in education in environmental protection in crime prevention An evolving Senate veto strategy entails work ing behind the scenes mostly with Senate members to find ways of avoiding vetoes in areas where Clin ton wants to show flexibility Clinton strategists said He doesnt have a core of people in the House he can work said one adviser who spoke on the condition of anonymity Hes threatening vetoes on things he really cares about Then hell try to work a compromise with the Senate where the Sen ate will take the lead in coming out with a more moderate positipn out of the conference commit Clinton on Tuesday vetoed the first of 13 spending bills needed to fund the government for the fiscal year that began Sunday A temporary spending bill is keeping the government running for now The measure appropriating money for running Congress was an easy target I dont think Congress should take care of its own business before it takes care of the peoples Clinton said in his veto message He trod lightly on the fact that the measure cut million from Congress current budget A more combative stance is being urged by many aides led by Deputy White House Chief of Staff Harold Ickes a scrappy Democratic infighter who is also coordinating reelection efforts within the White House But too many vetoes could lead to gridlock and backfire generating sympathy for the GOP majori ty put in power less than a year ago Other advisers led by political consultant Dick Morris are urging Clinton to be more conciliatory so he wont be seen as an agent of more gridlock It would seem that Clinton is being pulled in two different directions by advisers be tougher and cut more deals But White House aides suggest such a view is simplistic Tom Mann an analyst at the Brookings Institution said The two strategies go hand in hand In order to participate in the bargaining he has to demonstrate a Today In History willingness to veto some Clinton also has worked to coopt some of the more popular parts of the House OOPs Contract With coming up with his own lessambi tious balanced budget proposal and taxcut plan for instance Of the 13 spending bills needed to fund govern ment Clinton vetoed one and signed one a military construction bill that he signed Tuesday Of the remaining 11 in various stages of congres sional completion veto threats have been issued on seven Among them spending bills that would kill the direct college loan program dismantle Clintons prized AmeriCorps youthservice program and undermine last years commitment for more police officers In addition Clinton has threatened vetoes on 18 other pieces of legislation ranging from a telecom munications bill to legislation opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to development The president himself holds out the promise of agreement down the road There may be some vetoes first but I think in the end well reach he said recently One example of the strategy of negotiating where possible with the Senate Clintons decision to back a Senate welfare reform bill sponsored by Majority Leader Bob Dole RKan The White House hopes something close to the Dole version can prevail in a HouseSenate confer ence panel that is reconciling it with a more restric tive House version thus avoiding a veto By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Oct 4 the 277th day of 1995 There are 88 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History One hundred years ago on Oct 4 1895 silent film comedian Buster Keaton known as The Great Stone Face for his deadpan delivery was born in Piqua Kan On this date In 1777 George Washingtons troops launched an assault on the British at Germantown resulting in heavy American casualties In 1822 the 19th president of the United States Rutherford B Hayes was born in Delaware Ohio In years ago the first Open golf tournament was held at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island In 1931 the comic strip Dick Tra created by Chester Gould made its debut In 1940 Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini conferred at Brenner Pass in the Alps where the Nazi leader sought Italys help in fighting the British In 1957 the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik the first manmade satellite into orbit In 195JJ the first transAtlantic pas senger jetliner service was begun by British Overseas Airways Corporation with flights between Lon don and New York In 1965 Pope Paul VI became the first reigning pontiff to visit the Western Hemisphere as addressed the UJM Gen eral Assembly In 1970 25 years ago rock singer Jams Joplin 27 was found dead in her Hollywood hotel room In 1978 funeral services were held at the Vatican for Pope John Paul I Ten years ago The Shiite Muslim group Islamic Jihad issued a statement saying it had killed American hostage William Buckley in retaliation for Israels raid on PLO headquarters in Tunisia However fellow hostage David Jacobsen later said he believed Buckley had died of torture injuries four months earlier than Islamic Jihad claimed Five years ago For the first time in nearly six decades German lawmak ers met in the Reichstag for the first meeting of reunified Germanys par liament One year ago Exiled Haitian Presi dent JeanBertrand Aristide vowed in an address to the General Assembly to return to Haiti in 11 days President Clinton welcomed South African Pres ident Nelson Mandela to the White House An undersea earthquake off the Japanese island of Hokkaido killed at least eight people and injured 300 Todays Birthdays Critic Brendan Gill is 81 Comedian Jan Murray is 78 Actor Charlton Heston is 72 Former Louisiana Gov Buddy Roemer is 52 Actor Clifton Davis is 50 Actress Susan Sarandon is 49 Actor Armand Assante is 46 Thought for Today Liberty is nqt a means to a higher political end It is itself the highest political Loid Acton English historian
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