Thursday, January 11, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas rj Thursday January Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 is one little candle with a lot of wind trying to blow it out Lillyanne PierrePaul Haitian radio executive 1995 EDITORIAL Blessed are the peacemakers Catholic churches should heed suggestion of archdiocese and post weaponsban signs Local Catholic churches like businesses throughout Texas are grappling with the new concealed weapons law in Texas The San Antonio Archdiocese which includes Comal County has adopt j cd a policy of banning guns in church However the policy is just a suggestion to local churches and not a mandate according to the archdiocese office in San Antonio Local Catholic churches have been provided with signs that read in Spanish and English Blessed are the peacemakers Please no guns per mitted on these premises Property of the Archdiocese of San But it is not clear whether the three New Braunfels Catholic churches will the signs At one church the priest declined to comment on the issue At Mother the priest said he expects to post the signs in the church hall but not church he may put a notice on the bulletin board Businesses may also adopt a no but it does not have force of law Businesses can ask a guntoting patron to leave the store and if the person refuses he can be charged with trespassing But it is hard to imagine a Catholic church charging a parishioner with trespassing Of course it is also hard to imagine a parishioner packing heat at mass After all the church is a place of sanctuary and a weapon would be out of But although it may not seem necessary the gun ban in churches is a good idea Even if no parishioners would bring weapons to church the signs will serve as a reminder of how pervasive violence has become in society The signs are a part of an overall antiviolence outreach effort the archdiocese has launched through its churches and the signs are just the most visible pah of that outreach The antiviolence campaign is a worthy cause and one our local church es should do all they can to promote and that includes posting the gun ban signs prominently Our town and county are no stranger to senseless violence Last year there were shootings police believe were gang related in town and just this week a disturbing and senseless animal mutilation occurred in our county These signs or these posters will proclaim our belief that our security rests hiGod and not in said Archbishop Patrick Flores Were trying to take a position that is based on our teachings on our moral teachings that violence is not the said Rev Michael DeGerolami director of the archdioceses office of social concerns The whole thing is bigger than simply the gun control Guns have no place in church The signs do no harm and the three local Catholic churches should heed the advice of their archbishop and post them Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger 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 i 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 i Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVali Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Osteen Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Production Joyner City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Biamifels HemldZiitung USPS 377880 707 Landa 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 briby on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 bri Sunday POSTMASIER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw u 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78J3M328 Opinion Online contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services 6r Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeitung@AOL.com call As a good portion of the world prepared to observe the virgin birth of Jesus Christ Republicans were again arguing over abortion The Weekly Standard magazine subsidized by Ruper Murdochs money and William KristoPs intel lect had a cover story recently that tried again to offer a compromise it thinks ought to be acceptable to the party Get rid of the call for a human life amendment in the platform and replace it with a pledge to reduce abortions through aggressive though voluntary and noncoercive Writer Noemie Emery believes Republicans should state We intend to address abortion not as one issue only but as a symp tom and cause of a social disorder a sign of a frayed and decaying cultural context in which the value of life is at Emery is right about that Yet abor tion like drugs and crime didnt cause our decadence It Still there is no other area in which we seek to manage a great evil Do we say that the mur der of the already born is a reflection of social dis order and so rather than attempting to stop it by either incarcerating or executing those who commit we seek only to discourage it This latest attempt to dilute a principle comes at a time when the number of abortions has leveled off and in some states is declining And it comes when prolife candidates are winning elections The real rea son behind this push is that some political leaders are uncomfortable with abortion It hurts their social batting average to be identified with religious fanat ics and those deemed less educated by the intellec tual elites Why must there be a proce dural choice Why not continue to press for a human life amend ment no matter how long it takes and work all the harder to reduce the number of abor tions through the aggressive means called for by Emery Will women have fewer abor tions because they know prolif ers are no longer calling for a constitutional amendment It is a silly argument Most women have abortions because they have not been fully informed of the procedure or alternatives to it Many have abor tions because husbands or boyfriends or parents pressure them often against their will Those who would compromise a principle must know that once youve lost it you can never get it back Besides why seek to limit the number of abor tions if what is being destroyed is not human life No one is appealing for fewer appendectomies What is needed is an aggressive campaign to provide more Cal Thomas information to the public and to women with unplanned pregnancies about what happens during an abortion and about the loving and free alternatives to the financially and emotionally expensive proce dure Why not a campaign to tell the truth instead of a retreat to supposedly safe and more accept able territory The angel Gabriel told Mary Fear And Mary had a lot to fear She lived in an era in which Jewish law allowed a woman found pregnant out of wedlock to be stoned to death And her betrothed Joseph would have been justified before the law not to marry her and to cast the first stone But the same angel told Joseph he also had nothing to fear because the childs Father was God Himself As people of great faith they accepted what they had been told and the result of their faith turned the world upside down Thats the kind of faith and strength needed now When Americas social fabric is eventually repaired those who held fast to principle will be the ones honored for standing firm The compromisers if they are remembered will be reviled Consider those we honor in marble and bronze in our national and state capitals Are they compro misers No they are those who refused to be intim idated and who believed that leadership meant lead ing people where they ought to go not taking polls wtie Gaernrriervr Congress goes home but still no budget By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer Analysis WASHINGTON AP With chances waning for a balanced budget agreement this year House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he may try to pass a series of shortterm spending bills that would keep the government operating at reduced levels until the November election With new negotiations likely before the middle of next week Congress finally took a break Wednes day after its leaders and President Clinton fajled to come to terms on a sevenyear budgetbalancing plan that would resolve the threat of another gov ernment shutdown Jan 27 Stock and bond markets tumbled Wednesday shortly after Gingrich speaking in Casper predicted The odds are better than even as of today that there will be no Talking with reporters later in Seattle Gingrich R said Republicans were looking at the possibili ty of approving socalled continuing resolutions temporary spending bills that would keep the gov Today In History ernment in business The current shortterm spending bill expires Jan 26 What wed like to do is to have an occasional con tinuing resolution for say 30 days at 75 percent then 30 days at 70 he said And for the gener al bureaucracy of the government gradually shrink it over the course of the When Clinton and congressional Republicans sus pended budget talks Tuesday big differences remained on Medicare and Medicaid spending and the size of a tax cut Our attitude should be positive in the next week said Senate Republican leader Bob Dole of Kansas But can we reach an agreement I do not know Is it doubtful Probably Is it possible Dole said fundamental differences remain Republicans are pushing for basic changes in the way government operates Democrats insist they will not accept major cutbacks in health education and environmental programs Doles comment came as he formally adjourned the Senate until Jan 22 the day before Clintons stateof theunion address That gives lawmakers a long awaited vacation after spending much of the holiday season wrangling over the budget and two separate government shutdowns The House adjourned Tues day Pessimism over whether the talks are salvageable increased chances that how to balance the budget would be left to voters in Novembers election Such a course could result in more government shutdowns and havoc as Congress tries to work out budgets for both 1996 and 1997 It may just be that we need one more election to get a balancedbudget plan into law Gingrich said Lawmakers on both sides were pointing fingers of blame over the possible demise of the budget talks Republicans said House Majority Whip Tom DeLay of Texas have made goodfaith efforts to craft commonsense proposals The president has stonewalled these efforts at every he said I hope they will ultimately come to their senses but I will not hold my By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Jan 10 the tenth day of 1996 There are 356 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Jan 10 1776 Thomas Paine published his influential pamphlet Common In his call for American independence from England Paine wrote Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for On this date In 1861 Florida seceded from the Union In 1863 Londons Metropolitan the worlds first underground passenger railway opened to the pub lic In 1870 John D Rockefeller incorporated Stan dard Oil In 1920 the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect In 1928 the Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky In years ago the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London In 1946 the first manmade contact with the moon was made as radar signals were bounced off the lunar surface In 1947 the musical fantasy Finians with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by Har burg opened on Broadway In 1957 Harold Macrnillan became prime minis ter of Britain following the resignation of Anthony Eden In 1967 Massachusetts Republican Edward W Brooke the first black elected to the Senate by popular vote took his seat In 1978 the Soviet Union launched two cosmo nauts aboard a Soyuz capsule for a rendezvous with the Salyut Six space laboratory In 1980 former AFLCIO President George Meany died in Washington at age 85 In 1984 the United States and the Vatican estab lished full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century In 1990 Chinese Premier Li Peng lifted Beijings sevenmonthold martial law and said that by crush ing prodemocracy protests the army had saved Chi na from the abyss of Ten years ago Heavy rain at Cape Canaveral forced a seventh delay in the flight of the space shuttle Columbia Five years ago Five days before the dead line for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait peace efforts intensified with SecretaryGeneral Javier Perez de Cuellar setting off on a mission aimed at averting war One year ago Russia announced a 48hour truce in breakaway Chechnya but the ceasefire fell apart after only a few hours President Clinton declared floodstricken areas of California major disaster areas Todays Birthdays Singer Gisele MacKenzie is 69 Opera singer Shenill Milnes is 61 Baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey is 58 Singer Frank Sina tra Jr is 52 Singer Rod Stewart is 51 Singer Pat Benatar is 43 Thought for Today People generally quarrel because they cannot Chesterton British wnur

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