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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 fl Herald2eitung fl Wednesday January Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of onlino services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeiiung@AOL.com Q U TAB Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers having had their hell on earth escape punishment Jessamyn West author 1956 EDITORIAL Border battles Gun play along Rio Grande signals bolder drug traffickers success of border patrols Less than a month ago a border patrol agent was shot and killed in a guri battle with suspected drug traffickers Early Tuesday morning another agent found himself between the cross hairs of a smugglers gun but escaped injury in a brief Shootout near the International Bridge at Eagle Pass officials are secretly worried the stepped up violence along the border may be a new tactic drug traffickers are using to intim idate and bully anyone that may try to stop their activities Others suspect increased patrols in other border states have pushed smugglersdownto Texas as they search for safe passage for their cargo across the border But in other areas along the border the problem is not drug traffickers but roving gangs In several instances these Mexican gangs have crossed the bor der and hijacked vehicles and trucks at gun point stealing their car go and beating drivers and passengers before escaping back across the Mexican border Often theyll stop a vehicle by firing at it These raids are still infrequent enough to make officials believe theyre not a trend not the norm However as the violence increases here and also in other border states the border patrol in Nogales Ariz came under fire for the second time in a week according to a San Antonio newspaper the federal government should move quickly to reinforce agents already on the front lines of defense there As the increases its fight against illegal immigration the more violent of those crossing the border the drug traffickers are fighting back with deadly force Lets not ask our Border Patrol to wage a fight without the prop er equipment and manpower necessary to win We wouldnt ask our military forces to do without the best we have Somalia so lets not leave our patrols on the border to fight drug traffickers without our full backing Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Love 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 General DuVall Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Production City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Lancia St or Drawer 3 J1328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by As New Braun fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months 19 six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier deli very only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months 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 pjn weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeaung P O Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Railroad crossing deaths increase Texas holds bragging rights to more miles of rail road and more miles of highways than any other state But the downside of our impressive railroad infrastructure is that we have more fatalities at our highway railroad crossings than any other state as well Even more tragically for Texans these kinds of accidents are the most avoidable I first became aware of the need to highlight this safety issue when I was Acting Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board in 1978 Although the numbers of highwayrail crossing col lisions and injuries have gone down nationally since then over the last several years the sad fact is that in Texas those numbers have risen In Texans lost their lives in this senseless way We Texans have a dangerous tendency to disregard those flashing warning lights and crossing gates A poll taken by Operation Lifesaver last year showed that 45 percent of Texans are willing to cross railroad tracks in the face of flashing warning lights 30 percent of Texans said going around a lowered crossing gate can be justified and 20 percent said it is more acceptable to go through a gated railroad crossing than to run a red light We Texans cant keep on rac ing with death Last week in conjunction with the Association of Ameri can Railroads I helped to launch an information campaign to remind Texans of the potential for tragedy at every railroad crossing The Highways or Dieways public information program is a hardhitting attempt to raise the level of public aware ness of this safety to save some Tex ans lives We want Texans and ether Americans to know that its smart to act responsibly at railroad crossings And we want to make Texans more aware of their miles of railroads and nearly rail crossings Nine out of every 1C railrelated fatalities result from vehicletrain collisions or involve illegal tres passing on railway privite property By reminding people of the very avoidable dangers inherent in ignoring railroad crossing warnings I hope we can change th 5 highrisk behavior Texans Kay Bailey Hutchison have been indulging i want to make them more cautious the next ime they approach a railway crossing Whether youre a risktaker or not remember Always expect a train Kay Bailey Hutchison is a senator for Wyden calls win a wakeup fcjr GOP By BRAD CAIN Associated Press Writer Analysis PORTLAND Ore AP In an election billed as an early barometer for the national political season Rep Ron Wyden won a close race to become Ore gons first Democratic senator in 30 years replacing Bob Packwood Wyden who survived a dismal performance on a pop quiz and attacks labeling him a taxandspend lib eral says his victory sends a message to the GOP controlled Congress This race does have national implications Ore gonians are saying that this Congress is too extreme on a number of key Wyden said after winning Tuesdays special Senate race In the nations first votebymail congressional election turned back a strong wellfinanced campaign by Gordon Smith a conservative GOP businessman and legislator With 99 percent of precincts reporting Wyden had votes or 48 percent Smith had or 47 percent and four other candidates divided the remainder About half of those responding to a telephone poll said they viewed the Senate race as a referendum on the GOP congressional agenda or President Clin tons policies But voters in the poll blamed Republicans in Con gress more than Clinton for the budget crisis and had more confidence in Clinton to fix it The telephone poll of voters was conducted Thursday through Monday for Voter News Service a cooperative of the four major TV networks and The Associated Press Wydens victory was an auspicious kickoff to the season for Democrats and a blow to Republicans who currently have a 5346 majority in the Senate It also continued a trend begun last November as Democrats held off GOP efforts to take over Virginia and Maine legislatures and the Kentucky governor It certainly ought to be a wakeup call to Republicans on issues such as the environment a womans right to choose and putting some balance in the balanced Rep Ron Wyden new Oregon senator ship Despite the narrow margin of victory Wyden said the results show that people believe House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his Republican colleagues have taken things too far li certainly ought to be a wakeup call to Repub licans on issues such as the environment a womans right to choose and putting some balance in the bal anced said Wyden who has served in the House for 15 years Wyden will serve the nearly four years remaining in the term of Packwbod who resigned in disgrace last fall after being accused of sexual misconduct It was not immediately clear when he would be sworn in Smith never publicly conceded the race although he did call Wyden tp offer his congratulations A Smith spokesman Lavey later said that the Republican has no pljins to run later this year for the seat being vacated by GOP Sen Mark Hatfield Voting began threp weeks ago and hours before the 8 more than 60 percent of the voters had already their ballots More than 160 drop sites were available around the state for voters who waited too late to mail in their ballots or who simply preferred to Elections official ote on Election estimate the mailin balloting saved the state m llion in the primary and gener al elections Wyden and Smithjspent millions hammering each other over the airwaves and in other forums Smith owner ol tributed more than paign spent Wyden a frozen food company con lialf the million his cam pent almost million includ ing about tie lent his campaign Smith elected to president of that cha newcomer in contr state Senate in 1992 and now mber cast himself as a political Today In History By The Associated Press st to the veteran Wyden He called Wyden a taxandspend Democrat who has been in Washing on so long he has lost touch with everyday life in Oregon Wyden portrayed ist and rich polluter of dollars in federal mith as an antiabortion extrem whogot hundreds of thousands nd state aid to bring his company into compliance wilh environmental regulations Today is Wednesday Jan 31 the 31st day of 1996 There are 335 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Jan 31 1958 the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit Explorer 1 On this date In 1606 Guy Fawkes convicted for his part in the Gunpowder Plot against the English Parliament and King James I was executed In 1797 composer Franz Schubert was born in Vienna Austria In 1865 General Robert E Lee was named General inChief of all the Confederate armies In 1917 Germany served notice that it was begin ning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare In 1944 during World War II forces began invading Kwajalein Atoll and other pa u of the Japan eseheld Marshall Islands In 1945 during World War II Private Eddie Slovik became the only American soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion He was shot by an American firing squad in France In 1949 the first TV daytime soap opera These Are My was broadcast from the NBC sta tion in Chicago In 1950 President Truman announced he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb In 1971 astronauts Alan B Shepard Edgar D Mitchell and Stuart A Roosa blasted off aboard Apol lo 14 the first moon flight since the illfated mission of Apollo 13 In 1990 McDonalds Corp opened its first fastfood restaurant in Moscow Ten years ago President Reagan eulogized the seven crew members of the space shuttle Challenger during a memorial service at the Johnson Space Cen ter in Houston telling the astronauts families that the sacrifice of your loved ones has stirred the soul of our Five years ago and Army Spc Da forces near the Kuw uti tually released All Iraqi attackers at Kit One year ago Pr lion rescue plan for rmy Spc Melissa RathbunNealy d Lockett were captured by Iraqi utiSaudi border both were even xl forces claimed victory against afji Saudi Arabia sident Clinton scrapped a bil Mexico announcing instead that he would act unilaterally to provide Mexico with billion from a dollar Legendary B Abbott died fund normally used to defend the oadway producerdirector George in Miami Beach at age 107 Todays Birthdays 73 Author Normal mons is 67 Basebal Actress Suzanne sica Walter is 52 Singer Phil Collins Thought for Today ence overtaJ Actress Carol Channing is Mailer is 73 Actress Jean Sim HallofFamer Ernie Banks is 65 eshette is 59 House Minority Leader Richard A Gephardt is 55 Actress Jes B aseball pitcher Nolan Ryan is 49 s45 Mystics always hope that sci Booth Tarkington   

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