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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 n HeraldZeitung O Friday February Opinion ft To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Online contact To submit lettef s and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address HZeitung@AOL.cdm We have no judicial system left in this country What we have in its place is the Adrienne A Simidian Carmel 1994 EDITORIAL Vchip technology Legislation requiring program blocker in new televisions a victory for parents Buried within the sweeping new telecommunications legislation passed Thursday by Congress is a law requiring socalled Vchip tech nology to be installed in all new television sets The Vchip allows parents to control their childrens access to sexu al violent or other unwanted programming by blocking those channels and not allowing their signal to come through The legislation which also ends regulatory barriers between compa nies and opens the telecommunications market to more businesses is expected to be signed into law by President Clinton Those opposed to the Vchip measure are concerned about government intervention in the television industry both the manufacturing indus try and the entertainment business In a nonscientific survey conducted by the online service America On Line one opponent of the measure said We already have a Vchip It is called the on and off switch Learn to use it in regard to your children The industry should not be responsible for the raising of our However that opinion was in the minority in the survey Many pro ponents of the bill lamented the increasing sexual and violent nature of programming on todays television and cable stations and supported any move to give parents a chance to screen programs without actually sit ting in front of the TV set with their kids One survey participant said As a mother of four small children try ing to raise them with a strong sense of personal responsibility in an age of demorialization I wholeheartedly support the idea of the mandato ry Vchip It is difficult enough to train children in this era and Im afraid many of todays TV programs make it even more Many stores refuse to carry explicit magazines and other pornography on their shelves for fear that children might leaf through the pages when unattended Some convenience stores that do offer adult reading materials place the magazines in plastic bags that hide the publica tions cover Today however television programs that are just as explicit are being sent out over the airwaves but parents dont have any tools to block their airing if they are unwanted in their home We support the Vchip technology as a support for parents trying to bring some control back to their families and their households 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 Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall 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 BraunfeLi HemldZeitwig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 J 328 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 hree 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 on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASIHI Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Kadafi and Farrakhan two of a kind Some of Louis Farrakhans defenders had to swal low hard in the face of his condemnation of Jews whites and the American system of government and way of life Now that Farrakhan has gone the extra mile and visited with the Libyan dictator and innkeep er to terrorists and murderers Moammar Kadafi maybe theyll choke The Justice Department wants to know if the Nation of Islam leader has become an agent of Kadafi in the If so Farrakhan may have to register as a foreign agent I suggest he register as the agent anthrax because he is a disease not only to blacks but to all of us Libyas official news agency JANA reports that Farrakhan and Kadafi have discussed ways to increase the influence of America minorities in this falls elec tions JANA said the two agreed to mobilize the oppressed especially blacks Arabs Mus lims and American Indians to play a significant role in American political An indication of how much influence Kadafi would like to have in under mining our political life may be seen in his statement following the meeting Our confrontation with Amer ica used to be like confronting a fortress from outside Today we have found a loophole to enter the fortress and to confront it from What Kadafi has said comes very close to foment ing sedition which is defined as incitement of resis tance to or insurrection against lawful And Farrakhan is his coconspirator Farrakhan was quoted by JANA as praising Kadafi for working for the liberation of oppressed people including black Americans in the Most observers will find it curi ous thatj Farrakhan has inducted Kadafi as an honorary member of the civil rights movement How can one who oppresses and hates others Jews in particu lar be considered a liberator of anyone But then the mutual hatred of Jews by Farrakhan and Kadafi make them soul brothers Unfortunately for them their kind of soul kindles fires of hatred What a terrible way to begin the observance of Black History Month I have met my brother Col Moammar said Farrakhan in a statement He said the purpose of their meeting was to unify Arabs Muslims blacks and oppressed communities in America to play a strong significant role not only in the American elections but in American foreign Cal Thomas This wasnt the first meeting betweenthe two In 1985 Kadafi loaned Farrakhan million for var ious business projects associated with the Nation of Islam The same year Kadafi told Nation of Islam fol lowers by satellite that he wanted to blacks overthrow oppression through armed struggle At that time Farrakhan politely rejected the offer of arms Sixty years ago when defenders of Adolf Hitler praised him they were roundly condemned in Amer ican intellectual circles Will there be similar con demnation even ostracism of Farrakhan now that he is seeking a liaison with a contemporary dictator Whatever good Farrakhan may have done at his Mil lion Man March last year could be quickly wiped out by his palling around with Kadafi It could also break the final link in an already weakened chain between American blacks and Jews The Justice Department should do more than require Farrakhan to register as a foreign agent It should monitor his activities with Kadafi or anyone else who is the enemy of the government and our way of life If Farrakhan thinks American blacks are so oppressed that they need the help of a man likej Kadafi he should take those who feel as he does and see if liberated Libya is more to their liking Cal Thomas is a syndicated States rethinking restrictive rules on jurors By LAURIE ASSEO Associated Press Writer Analysis WASHINGTON AP The judges warning to jurors is a standard part of courtroom dramas both real and fictional Do not discuss the case with anyone while evidence is being presented But not in Arizona Jurors in civil cases there are being told just the opposite Go ahead and talk about the evidence among yourselves Its one of many changes enacted in an effort to improve Arizonas jurytrial system Arizona jurors are allowed to submit questions Judges give legal instructions in plain English If jurors become deadlocked the judge can allow lawyers to offer additional arguments or even present more evidence I put a lot of importance in getting as much infor mation to the jury as said Judge B Michael Dann of the Maricopa County Superior Court who helped work out the changes Judges and lawyers should take the lead to improve the jury trial for everyones The American justice system may not be broken despite complaints of people unhappy with Simpsons murder acquittal but Dann and others think at least some room exists for improvement The task of a juror is awesome but somehow they manage to get through trial lawyer Fred R Joseph of Greenbelt said at a recent panel discussion sponsored by the Annenberg Washington Program and the Courtroom Television Network The Simp son case is an Picking an impartial jury is difficult Many courts use questionnaires to learn jurors views on a variety of topics but Valerie P Hans director of the Uni versity of Delawares Jegal studies program said some of the questions are useless The best predictors pf impartiality are very spe cific questions about the case not general she said Several legal experts were skeptical of proposals to reduce the use of peremptory challenges in which lawyers can eliminate prospective jurors without having to explain why The peremptory challenge offers protection to AfricanAmerican said Paul D Butler associate law professor at George Washington Uni Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Friday February 2 the 33rd day of 1996 There are 333 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Feb 2 1943 the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II On this date In 1536 the Argentine city of Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain In 1653 New Amsterdam now New York City was incorporated In 1848 the Treaty of Guadelupe Hidajgo end ing the Mexican War was signed In 1870 the Cardiff supposedly the pet rified remains of a human discovered on a farm in Cardiff was revealed to be nothing more than carved gypsum In 1876 the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was formed in New York In 1945 during War II President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill departed Malfa for the summit in Yalta with Soviet leader Josef Stalin In 1961 the 600 pasifengers of a hijacked Portuguese ocean Santa Maria were allowed to disembark Brazil In 1971 Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda following a coup that ousted President Milton Obote In 1980 reports surfaced that the FBI had con ducted a sting operation targeting members of Congress using phony Arab businessmen in what became known as a code name protested by ArabAmericans In 1987 the White House announced the resigna tion of CIA director William Casey who was hospi talized and had undergone brain surgery In 1990 in a dramatic concession to South Africas black majority President de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelsc n Mandela Ten yewrs ago The seven crew members of the versity Racism is still very real in this And only rarely should jurors be sequestered pani elists said Kelli L Sager a Los Angeles lawyer who sents news media questioned the idea that you have to keep the jurors ignorant of everything that is going on Jurors in communities in historical times knew a Courts in states besides Arizona have tried innoT vations Some states including California Delaware and New Hampshire have named committees to study possible changes in their jury systems j Arizonas changes approved by the state Supreme Court are the most comprehensive The idea is to make jurors more knowledgeable and active instead of nodding off in their chairs In civil cases Arizona jurors are allowed to talk about the evidence among themselves during the trial before deliberations begin Some lawyers fear this may lead jurors to make premature judgments before they hear all the eviT dence Discussion of evidence by jurors in criminal cas es is not allowed before deliberations because of constitutional concerns about depriving a defendant of an impartial jury space shuttle Challenger were remembered at Sunday services across the country Five years ago In the Gulf War Iraq fired Scud missiles at Israel and Saudi Arabia no serious dam age was reported Sports commentator Pete Axthelm died in Pittsburgh at age 47 One year ago President Clinton nominated Henry Foster Junior to succeed fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders however Fosters nom ination was later defeated in the Senate The leaders of Egypt Israel Jordan and the Palestinians held an unprecedented summit in Cairo to try to revive the Mideast peace process Todays Birthdays Composer Burton Lane is 84 Actor Robert Mpdan is 64 Comedian Tom Smothers is 59 Singerguitarist Graham Nash is 54 i Actor Hopkins is 54 Farrah Faweett is 49 Thought for Today Truth has no special time of its own Its hour is now Albert Schweitzer Germanbom missionary and Nobel laureate
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