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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 0 HeraldZeitung p Tuesday December Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 QUO A B To be a bestseller is not necessarily a measure of quality but it is a measure of Barbara Tuchman 1966 EDITORIAL Politics as usual Sniping in Republican ranks over budget negotiations expected before primaries Americans are all too familiar with attacks politicians heap on one another in Washington More often than not the opposing sides in the attacks are members of opposing parties Recently when reports were circulated that House Speaker Newt Gingrich had complained about his treatment at the hands of President Clinton while aboard Air Force One the press and Congressional Democrats blasted the Speaker and blamed him for the shutdown of parts of the fed eral government The Democrats and especially the Clinton Administration have not been without their own mistakes however and Republicans have had a field day One Clinton cabinet member thenSurgeon General Joycelyn Elders seemed to be the target of Republican attacks on almost a weekly basis for some of her outrageous ideas and comments She was finally forced from her position after even the Administration became unable to justify her continued service in that post But now as presidential primaries approach new attacks are being made in Washington And these are being launched by Republicans at Republicans Senators Bob Dole and Phil Gramm are the two frontrunners for the Republican nomination and as competitors are going after one another in the political ring Whats troubling to Republicans however is that the Senate Majority and Gramm a highranking senator himself must work together as Republicans battle the White House over a balanced budget bill But when Dole said Saturday that a repeat of last months partial gov ernment shutdown was not going to Gramm lashed out at his fel low Republican saying his comments amounted to a retreat and were a tactical By telling the president that he wont hold out for a balanced budget because of the holidays Sen Dole has made it clear that Bill Clinton doesnt need to get serious until sometime next Gramm said Dole never said he wouldnt hold out for a balanced budget but then Gramms statement was pure politics and accuracy has never gotten in the way of that process But by playing for votes during critical debate over the budget during a time when the Republicans need cohesion Gramm may be hurting his own partys agenda And the Republican Party may remember that at their convention 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 the New RmimMfs Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 Jtew Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Osteen Accounting Lee Hall 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 Lancia or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 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 am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 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 or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeitung@AOL.com Republicans whining budget fight The settlement of the dispute between the White House and congressional Republicans reminds me of the end of the baseball strike earlier this year Every body started playing ball again though nothing was resolved Republicans claim to have persuaded Pres ident Clinton to accept a plan they say will balance the budget in seven years But the President says the sevenyear formula is not firm and a lot of con ditions he has set must first be met including the preservation of Medicare there is only worth of difference between the Medicare premi um plans of the Republicans and the White hardly enough to cause the elderly to be evicted from nursing the environment education and working as if that doesnt include vir tually everyone While both sides can claim a political victory Clinton appears to have developed a previously absent backbone and Republicans can crow about refusing to knuckle under in face of a government Republicans appear to have emerged the clear winners They got the President to agree to use figures from the nonpartisan Congressional Bud get Office CBO in determining which plan will best balance the budget Previously the President wanted to cite more optimistic figures coming from his own Office of Management and Budget That he acquiesced to the CBO while also saying he would include estimates from outside is classic Clinton fencestraddling Still hes committed to using the CBO as the final authority and if he waf fles Republicans can nail him There are plenty of ifs in this agreement and both sides can use it for their own purposes The President says all of his conditions must be met for him to agree to bal ance the budget Hes treating the agreement like a contin gency contract one might sign on a house The President doesnt buy unless hes first sold on the congressional plan To get the President to sign on to their balancedbudget pro posal will Republicans forgo the tax cuts that have been part of their vetoed budget propos als If they do Democrats will have won the major victory and further diminished Republican claims to be the party of low taxes and reduced spending For the Republicans to maintain their momen tum they should take a dramatic step toward reduc ing dependency on government social programs by recruiting certain citizens to reclaim their primary responsibility to help the poor and needy How about Sen Bob Dole and House Speaker Newt Gingrich convening a summit meeting of prominent religious leaders They might even ask a few Democrats such as Rep Tony Hall of Ohio to join them Cal Thomas Churches synagogues and other religious institu tions receive tax breaks from government They should be reminded that their scriptures commis sion them to be the first in line of defense for the poor Government should be the last Perhaps additional tax incentives could be given to those for whom the blessings of God are insufficient incentives At this summit computerized printouts of people on public assistance could be distributed and broken down according to region city and town Individuals and institutional leaders could be urged to visit these people assess their needs and provide help Gov ernment could remain for those who cant be aided by the religious bodies A side benefit to the material assistance might be a spiritual revival which in the past has solved difficult moral and social problems out of the reach of government Meanwhile back in the material world Republi cans and Democrats concur that the agreement is a victory for all Americans Well see After all these are politicians and you cant always trust even those you may like after the TV lights have been turned off Both sides are again playing at least through Dec 15 when the President will decide whether the budget plan meets his requirements for funding spending bills for all of fiscal 1996 Republicans have circled 2002 as the magic date when supposedly we will see politicians acting like average Americans not spending what they dont have Cal Thomas is a syndicated did agreeura tati tajreeonanflm BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS Troops prepare for arrival of peace enforcers By SAMIR KRILIC Associated Press Writer SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegovina AP Troops have begun landing in the Balkans to prepare for NATO forces who are to enforce peace in a land riven by 3 years of bloodshed It is a dangerous said Brig Gen Stan Cherrie the first general to reach the dreary frontline town of Kiselak 13 miles northwest of Sarajevo Mines bad roads and disgruntled Balkan soldiers are among the hazards that await the NATO troops In a nearfreezing drizzle three camouflaged British C130 Hercules transport planes touched down Monday in Sarajevo carrying 28 NATO sol diers from France Britain Belgium and the United States In Croatia 56 British communications experts arrived in Split from Brueggen Germany Some will stay at Split a key transit point for Bosnia Oth ers will head for Sarajevo and the northern Bosnian city of Tuzla where the main base for American troops is expected to be set up Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Dec 5 the 339th day of 1995 There are 26 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec national Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution repealing the 18th Amendment On this date In 1776 the first scholastic fraternity in America Phi Beta Kappa was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Va In 1782 the first native president Martin Van Buren was born in Kinderhook In 1791 composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna Ausfria at age 35 In 1792 George Washington was reelected pres ident of the United States John Adams was reelect ed vice president In 1831 former President John Quincy Adams Analysis soldiers and civilians loaded equipment onto flatbed cars at a base near Mannheim Germany on Monday preparing to travel by train to a staging post at Kaposvar Hungary Four planes carrying about 120 British soldiers were scheduled to arrive in Split and Sarajevo today The soldiers are among advance troops moving into Bosnia and Croatia to set up communi cations plan transportation and arrange supplies in the 10 days before the signing of the agreement to end 3 years of war in the former Yugoslavia After Balkan leaders sign their accord Dec 14 in Paris NATO will start dispatching the bulk of its peacekeeping troops of them onethird of the force will be Americans The advance force includes 735 American sol diers being sent to Bosnia and 730 headed for Croa tia according to Pentagon figures Defense Secretary William Perry said Monday in Washington that the entire vanguard force would be in Bosnia or on its way by the end of the week But Sgt Matthew Chipman of Beardstown took his seat as a member of the House of Rep resentatives In 1848 President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of 49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California In 1901 movie producer Walt Disney was bom in Chicago In 1932 German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa making it possible for him to travel to the United States In years ago the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFLCIO under its first president George Meany In 1978 the American space probe Pioneer Venus 1 orbiting Venus began beaming back its first infor mation and picture of the planet to scientists in Mountain View Calif In 1989 East Germanys former leaders including ousted Communist Party chief Erich Honecker were placed under house arrest Ten years ago On Wall Street the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above for the first said it wasnt clear when the rest of the advance troops would arrive Everybody is hoping as soon as the sergeant said He said he left his base in Augsburg Germany so quickly he didnt have a chance to say goodbye to his parents American ground troops are making their way to Bosnia for the first time since the country was plunged into civil war years ago and some lawmakers have reservations about sending them in Members of Congress who visited Sarajevo over the weekend said both the Bosnian government and Serbian leadership had promised them soldiers will be safe but that Bosnian Serb objections to the peace plan still worried them We realize it is a difficult mission but I think we are as well trained now as any force could Cher rie said Monday adding that soldiers were happy to be able to help the longsuffering Bosnians I am I would say overjoyed Im glad that we are finally Cherrie said Its something that has to be done We cant blow time waiting We must get in and get it done Well just get on with time then fell back to end the day at Five years ago President Bush on a visit to Argentina said he was not optimistic that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein would withdraw from Kuwait without a fight One year ago Jubilant Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades President Clinton on a whirlwind vis it to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Budapest Hungary urged European leaders to pre vent future Todays Birthdays Senate President Pro Tempore Strom Thurmond is 93 Singer Little Richard is 63 Author Joan Didion is 61 Author Calvin Trillin is 60 Actress Morgan Brittany is 44 Thought for Today Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius Love love love that is the of Attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   

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