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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                Wednesday December inion 1 To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 I dont think despite the common impression out there that reporters are terribly But theyre great gossips They have opinions on every subject Frank Aukofer journalist 1994 EDITORIAL The golden years Lawmakers dont have to worry about doing without during their retirement Have you wondered why so many senators and representatives are bailing out of Congress announcing they wont be seeking reelection For some the reason is simple retirement so they tell Others are leaving because of the sacrifices they must endure as lawmakers in Washington spending time away from their homes and families Others though they wont admit it are probably feeling the heat of the budget debate and are not willing to be in office when the diffi cult decisions are made to cut federal spending a move that will bring howls of protest from many sectors of this But one thing these lawmakers wont reveal as a reason for retir ing is the healthy pensions theyll soon collect after leaving the capital First year pensions for some of our departing leaders include for Mark Hatfield for Bennett Johnston D and get this for Bob Packwood who resigned from office recently following sexual harassment charges by former staffers A former representative whos facing criminal charges soon Dan Rostenkowski is drawing a year in pension dollars and will continue to do so even if convicted While yearly figures like those above are hard to swallow for many of us just look at one of the expected lifetime pension amount one Congressional retiree will collect until she passes on to the big capitol building in the sky Pat Schroeder whos retiring at the age of 55 will be eli gible for million in lifetime benefits And the list goes on and Besides the inflated pension amounts received by retired law makers whats really troubling is that convicted lawmakers and those wholeft office under a cloud of wrongdoing or ethics violations Continue to collect money from taxpayers Congress should pass legislation banning retirement benefits to law convicted of crimes and they should rein in benefits to more resemble those received by their constituents If they dont well continue paying lawmakers like Jim Wright D Texas a year 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 pumber 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 HeraldZeitune Drawer 311328 JJew Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Loveday Retail Advertising Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeituHg USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New 3raunfeJs Coma 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 pr am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 pjn weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Opinion Online contact submit letters arid guest columns electronically by way of onlirte services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeitung@AOL.com Flat tax supported by Americans Several weeks ago I included a list of questions in this column asking readers opinions about issues currently before Congress I want to thank the news papers which publish this column for allowing me to communicate with you this way My staff and I reviewed every answer we received and I thought you would enjoy hearing what Texan think about matters these questions addressed Please keep in mind that the results of this ques tionnaire are what statisticians refer to as a self selected poll In other words this is not a scientific sample but rather answers submitted by people who are highly motivated and have definite opinions on the issues at hand Since not everyone who returned the questionnaire voted on all the issues what follows is a summary rather than a vote count Heres how you voted 1 Many more of you indicated that you support reforming the federal tax system by implementing a flat tax on income than voted for a national sales tax to provide federal revenues or who voted for a tax on consumption Winner flat tax 2 The second question dealt with ways of bal ancing the federal budget Your preference was to do this by slowing the growth of Medicaid although there was a surprising support for achieving a bal anced budget by slowing the growth of Social Secu rity and to a lesser degree slowing the growth of Medicare Winner Slow growth of Medicaid 3 When it comes to agricul tural policy an overwhelming number of you indicated you believe Congress should impose a cap on agricultural subsidies and almost as many think that Congress should set up a means test for those who receive such subsidies Winner Subsidy caps and means testing 4 Twice as many of you indicated that you believe defense spending is adequate versus the number who said they believe it is too high But it was almost a tossup between those of you who believe defense spending is adequate and those who believe it is too low Winner Defense spending is Kay Bailey Hutchison adequate 5 Of those who voted slightly more of you said there is no need for a national commitment to encour age American culture through the arts than believe there is such a need There was a similar neartie between those who support federal funding for the arts if such funds were to go only to legitimate arts groups but slightly more of you voted against this dedication of funds than voted for it Winner No need for government to encourage arts no to federal sub sidies for the arts 6 And I am sad to report that slightly more of you believe Congress is NOT taking significant steps toward making itself more accountable to the Amer ican people than think that it is becoming more accountable There is no winner here I sincerely hope that the next time I send out such a question naire the answer to this question is a different one Thanks to all who participated Meanwhile please continue to write my office on matters of particular interest to you so that my staff and I can stay informed about your thoughts on issues that affect all ofus Kay Bailey Hutchison is a senator for Clinton in balancing act on two fronts ByTOMRAUM Associated Press Writer Analysis WASHINGTON AP President Clinton is find ing as President Bush did before him that sending troops into combat is one of the most timeconsuming and exacting endeavors a president can undertake For a leader who once demonstrated little interest in foreign policy Clinton is seeing more and more of his time consumed with details of his plan to send troops to Bosnia Its a difficult balancing act dividing time between a foreign crisis and a domestic one He was leaving tonight for Paris for Thursdays signing of the Bosnia peace treaty that his adminis tration helped orchestrate Then he turns around and flies right back to be in town Friday for the latest negotiating deadline for a budget deal Yet despite his keen interest in domestic issues Clinton is spending more and more time on the Bosnia peacekeeping mission and less on the budget I think when a president sends Americans to war with any possibility of dying that becomes the dom inant factor in his said Marlin Fitzwater who was press secretary to both Presidents Bush and Reagan The White House continues to operate Staff peo ple who have specific responsibilities continue to work on the budget environmental laws whatever But the presidents mind never gets very far from the boys and girls the men and women hes sending into Today In History harms Fitzwater added In his new book Call the Fitzwater described Bushs timeconsuming sessions on both the Panama invasion and the Persian Gulf War models of decisionmaking in most Bushs activist view of Americas role in world affairs stands in stark contrast to Clintons earlier more indirect approach he wrote But in an interview Fitzwater gave Clinton high marks for his recent performance I think hes doing pretty well It seems his message has been clear his appearances have been planned and have direction I would judge last month to be the best of his Fitzwater said Clinton whose fascination and immersion in bud get details once drove senior staff members to dis traction is putting some of the same attention to detail into Bosnia his chief spokesman Mike McCurry said Hes focused on the forces overseas He asks very specific questions on McCurry said Clinton has delegated most of the budget negotia tions with the GOPled Congress to his chief of staff Leon Panetta suitably positioned by virtue of having been chairman of the House Budget Committee By contrast Bush chief of staff John Sununu had lit tle experience in negotiating with Congress and wound up alienating congressional budget writers of both parties Clinton begins most days with a briefing from his national security adviser Anthony Lake Hes rearranged his time to leave afternoons free from appointments or public appearances and now spends most afternoons on the phone 75 percent to 85 percent devoted to McCurry said He also has regular meetings with Panetta and Lake and makes time available to talk to Secretary of State Warren Christopher as I think his mind is concentrated very heavily on the fact that he is sending people into harms way The budget follies look less the spokesman said Bush whom Clinton criticized in the campaign for spending too much time on international policy could empathize with that Fitzwater suggested Its the most personal bond between a president and the people of his country Mothers and fathers entrust the lives of their sons and daughters to the and he feels Bushs former spokesman said Clintons decision is not without political danger Even though hes won the support of Senate Majori ty Leader Bob Dole and former Presidents Bush and Carter Americans remain deeply skeptical Conservative GOP candidates Phil Gramm and Pat Buchanan are daily beating up on both Clinton and Dole for the move By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Dec 13 the 347th day of 1995 There are 18 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec 13 1944 during World War II the cruiser Nashville the flagship of an invasion fleet headed for Mindoro Island in the Philippines was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack which claimed 138 lives On this date In 1577 Sir Francis Drake of England set out with five ships on a nearly threeyear journey that would take him around the world In 1642 Dutch navigator Abel Tasman arrived in presentday New Zealand In 1769 Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter In 1835 Phillips Brooks the American Episcopal bishop who wrote the words to O Little Town of was bom in Boston In 1862 Union forces suffered a major defeat at the hands of the Confederates at the Battle of Freder icksburg In 1918 President Wilson arrived in France becoming the first chief executive to visit a European country while in office In 1928 George Gershwins musical work An American in Paris had its premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York In 1964 in El Paso Texas President Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion that diverted the Rio Grande reshaping the border and ending a centuryold dis pute In 1978 the Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B AnJhony dollar which went into circulation the following July In 1980 Christian Democrat Jose Napoleon Duarte was named the president of El Salvadors new gov ernment In 1981 authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity labor move ment Major provisions of the decree were lifted a year later martial law formally ended in Ten years ago Investigators were probing the crash of an Arrow Air DC8 charter in Gander New foundland that had claimed the lives of 248 ser vicemen and eight American crew members the day before Five years ago A final evacuation flight from Iraq arrived in Germany carrying the ambas sador to Kuwait and his staff who had endured a 110 day Iraqi siege of their embassy One year ago An American Eagle commuter plane carrying 20 people crashed short of Raleigh Durham International Airport in North Carolina killing 15 Todays Birthdays Former Secretary of State George P Shultz is 75 Actorcomedian Dick Van Dyke is 70 Actor Christopher Plummer is 68 Singer John Davidson is 54 Singer Ted Nugent is 47 Thought for Today Good judgment comes from experience and experience well that comes from bad Anonymous   

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