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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 0 0 Tuesday November Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion 6259144 ext21 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 QUOTA The president should not be present in the media but when he is his voice should sound like a Leszek Spalinski Polish presidential spokesman 1994 E D I T O R I A Victims get victimized Ruling allows prisoner access to protest letters from victims during parole hearings A federal magistrates ruling designed to reduce the use of protest letters in the states parole process is rightly being challenged by Texas Attorney General Dan Morales The protest letters targeted by the magistrate are from the victims their families and other citizens concerned about the pending parole of prisoners Under the ruling prisoners would be made aware of any letters sent to parole officials made aware of their contents and who wrote them and be allowed to rebut them at their parole hear ing While designed to give prisoners an opportunity to make a good case for themselves in front of board members the ruling stomps on the rights of victims who wish to be heard before parole rulings are made Morales was quoted as saying the ruling would have a chilling effect on victims and involvement in the parole process What in essence the ruling would do if it remains as it is now is discourage citizen involvement in the process through fear fear that the prisoner will hear of their objections and maybe take actionIwuttsi thehVwhen they are paroled or released from prison 1 If stands parole boards will also lose some of the vic tims perspectives on the crimes of the prisoner standing in front of them If board members five 10 and 15 years later interview a pris oner up for parole they may not be able to glean the true nature of a prisoners crimes just from reports given to them by the court A victim however who writes passionately about the crime and their suffering at the hand of a prisoner may rightly persuade a board to rule that a prisoner must serve out his stay in prisoner and not be paroled Putting fear back in the minds and lives of crime victims is just bad policy We should support the attorney general and victims rights advocates who oppose this ruling Todays 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 do the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt City Croteau Published on Sunday roomings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one 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 Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by aon on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday Only light can dispel darkness Cleaning up the cesspool of daytime television talk shows is the latest project of Sen Joseph Lieber man and William Bennett who wrote the book on virtue Lieberman recently noted that the tastes of a seg ment of our society are dictating the culture for everyone The programs that we see on TV do not reflect our as the industry likes to claim but a distorted vision based on the tastes of a relative Conservatives and other cultural critics have become adept at expressing their dislikes They are good at letterwriting campaigns and putting pressure on the networks and sponsors of offensive programs They can engage in boycotts of products advertised on shows they dont like They can even in rare circumstances get rid of their television sets as the ultimate protest None of this is bad but how many of them remember this truth that light dispels dark ness and that good can triumph over evil You dont make it less dark by removing a little darkness You make it less dark by shining a light Two years ago I wrote about my divorce from network primetime television due to irreconcilable differences But one show has brought me back It isnt a remarriage Lets just say were dating The show is Touched by an Angel CBS 9 I first saw it last month though it premiered last and it produced the most emotional and satisfying response I have felt while viewing a television program in many years Starring the veteran singer and actress Delia Reese and Roma Downey who is as charming as the Ireland from which she comes Touched by an Angel carries a simple mes sage that has been obscured in our politicalsecular world God loves you and has a plan for your life As humans hunger for sig nificance what could be more j fulfilling or affirming This isnt a religious show It tells a story But it contains something found on few other television programs It offers hope and a reason for living beyond making money con suming stuff and fighting for political turf and power Reading some of the fan letters which executive producer Martha Williamsons office sent me and Williamson is a tremendously gifted and talented shows how something greater than profit and ratings is involved in this program A man from Wisconsin wrote that he was pre pared to end his life but the show had given him hope and for the first time in nearly three years I have no thought or feelings of committing A Denver woman wrote Touched by an Angel Cal Thomas is emerging as a rose among the tri umph of good over evil is subtle and A woman in Oregon reflected the views of many who sent letters I was pleased that a program of this caliber chose to maintain a value system that is grossly lacking in much of television sus pense and passion were evident while the concept of fulfilling my immediate desires at any and all costs was welcomely A prisoner wrote to say he and his cellmate never miss the program Ratings are solid and CBS has ordered enough new episodes to carry the show through the entire sea son It is highly unusual for a show like this to succeed Despite the best efforts of many of its fans and good ratings Christy was canceled by CBS last spring because not enough young people who are courted by advertisers watched One wishes that the energy expended by many of televisions critics could be directed at least par tially in support of the occasional good show Every one should watch and encourage others to watch Touched by an patronize its sponsors write CBS Entertainment President Les Moonves 12711 Ventura Ste 210 Studio City CA 91604 a supportive letter and start lighting some candles instead of only cursing the darkness Thats what the angels do Cal Thomas is a syndicated THE Government shutdown now unavoidable POSTMASIBR er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 luafci to the New Braunfeh HeraldZeitung Draw By DAVE SKIDMORE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP The budget deadlock between President Clinton and the Republican Con gress pushed the federal government to the brink of a nonessential shutdown today as both sides insisted the other would have to compromise The real question is whether theyre prepared to back off a little said White House staff chief Leon Panetta as hundreds of thousands of federal workers awaited orders to go home The question is how do we get an agreement asked House Speaker Newt Gingrich RGa frankly Im said House Majority Leader Dick Armey RTexas The presi dent has threatened to veto everything weve sent up Following midnight talks at the White House as spending authority for the government ran out the major sticking point appeared to be a provision in an emergency spending bill that would raise Medicare premiums Budget Director Alice Rivlin directed all federal employees to report to work as usual But the expec Analysis tation was that about workers 40 percent of the federal work force would be sent home lat er in the day Other government workers were kept on the job deemed essential for the public health safety or defense The only clear agreement was to keep talking But as negotiators from the White House and Capitol Hill made the rounds of morning talk shows they showed little inclination to compromise Appearing on CBS Armey said the president can not sit removed detached from the whole process and then veto everything that comes up Both sides said they hoped any shutdown wouldnt last more than a day or so You let this thing go beyond a day or two days theres going to be some serious impact Panet ta said I still hope that we can come together very quick ly and be able to tell everybody in the govern ment that this will be a oneday Senate Major ity Leader Bob Dole said shortly after the White House meeting v White House press secretary Mike McCurry said it was virtually certain the government would shut down at least for a brief period no funding authority to keep the Unit ed States government he said And he dismissed any suggestion that Republicans could rush a bill through early in the day to avert a shutdown Only federal employees deemed nonessential were to be sent home that means national museums and monuments and the IRS and Social Security hot lines would be among the federal operations All of us hope it isnt closed for very Rivlin said on ABC It might be one day it might be two or three or Air traffic controllers prison guards and others with crucial jobs would keep working as would mil itary personnel and the Postal Service which is inde pendent of the government Only two hours before the midnight spending dead line expired Clinton Dole Gingrich Senate Minor ity Leader Tom and House Minor ity Leader Dick Gephardt hashed over their differences for an hour and 40 minutes Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Nov 14 the 318th day of 1995 There are 47 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Nov inspired by Jules Veme New York World reporter Nel lie Ely Elizabeth Cochrane set out to travel around the world in fewer than 80 days She succeeded making the trip in 72 days On this date In 1851 Herman Melvilles novel Moby Dick was first published in the United States In 1981 Charles JGuiteau went on trial for assassinating President Garfield Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year In 1922 the British Broadcasting Corporation began its domestic radio service In 1935 President Roosevelt pro claimed the Philippine Islands a free commonwealth In 1940 during World War II Ger man planes destroyed most of the Eng lish town of Coventry In 1943 an American torpedo was mistakenly fired at the battleship Iowa which was carrying President Roosevelt and his joint chiefs to the Tehran conference the torpedo explod ed harmlessly in the Iowas wake In 1944 Tommy Dorsey and Orchestra recorded Opus No 1 for RCA Victor In 1968 Yale University announced it was going coeducational In 1969 Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon from Cape Kennedy In 1972 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the level for the first time ending the day at Ten years ago President Reagan delivered a nationally broadcast speech in which he previewed his upcoming Geneva summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev as a mission for Five years ago President Bush told congressional leaders he had no imme diate plans to go to war in the Persian Gulf British commentator Malcolm Muggeridge died in Sussex England at age 87 Simon and Schuster announced it bad dropped plans to pub lish the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel American One year ago President Clinton in Indonesia held oneonone meet ings with the of China and South Korea winning pledges to keep the pressure on North Korea to freeze its nuclear weapons program experts visited North Koreas main nuclear complex for first time under an accord aimed at opening such sites to outside inspections Heavy rains and flooding from Tropical Storm Gor don swept across Haiti killing several hundred people Todays Birthdays Actor Brian Keith is SecretaryGeneral Boutros BoutrosGhali is 73 Actor McLean Stevenson is 66 Actor Don Stewart is 60 Jordans King Hussein is 60 Britains Prince Charles is 47 Thought for Today Comfort opportunity number and size are not synonymous with Abraham Flexner American educator
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