Sunday, February 11, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 A 0 HeraidZeitung O Sunday 1 1 1996 Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 62591 44 ext 21 QUOTA A journalist who has the personal agenda to change the world cannot write fairly Her emotions and biases will manifest themselves hi her Lea Goldman high school EDITORIAL War criminals Arrest of Serb officers by Muslim officials may lead to renewed unrest in the Balkans You cant enforce peace if warring parties are not willing to cease hostilities And your cant erase from peoples minds the horrors inflicted upon them by others during times of conflict Yet American troops today find themselves in a region of the world in BosniaHerzegovina where ethnic hatreds and blood lust still rages The latest threat to peace in the Balkan region and therefore the latest threat to American soldiers on patrol there is the arrest of several Bosnian Serb officers who mistakenly strayed into Muslim held Sarejevo and were detained by authorities Officials with the Bosnian government have stated the men are sus pected war criminafs andthe war crimes tribunal in The Hague Netherlands has supported the arrests until an investigation is com pleted Whats troubling aboutthe arrests is that they are in violation of the Dayton peace accords which was to allow free movement of officers and officials from the warring parties It may be that those arrested are war criminals but the action has now given Serbs long believed to be the bad guys in the disaster known as the Balkans War a reason to break with the peace accords themselves If the Muslims can do their own thing so can we the Serbs are saying A major flaw in the entire peace agreement has centered around the issue of war crimes Because the Bosnian government rightly demanded that the issue of war crimes be addressed and those responsible punished a confrontation with the Serbs was inevitable Following World War II the West and the were in a posi tion of total control in Europe There was no argument or opposition from Nazi officials that could have stopped the Allies from carrying out their war crimes trials Yet this Balkan conflict has no real victor No side wields the total control needed to take the others leaders to trial And any attempt to do so is likely to trigger more hostilities That leaves the Americans and other NATO troops in a very dan gerous and perhaps desperate situation 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 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 City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa Si 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 nut received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 pjn 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 Prepaid tuition program started Lyrics from a song featured in the musical Annie reflect the attitude of Texans eager to participate in the Texas Tomorrow Fund Like Annie they realize that tomorrow is only a day and flood the State Comptrollers office with requests for infor mation about the program that locks in tomorrows college tuition at todays prices Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Program contracts went on sale Jan 2 The response has been overwhelming according to Texas Tomorrow Fund Administrator Wardaleen Belvin We received inquiries even before the contracts were offered for she said Now we receive about phone calls a day ThaPnumber is expected to increase since television ads about the program began Feb This update is a followup to my September col umn about the Prepaid Tuition Program State Comp troller John Sharp ceremonially opened the fiinds ini tialenrollment period at a Jan 5 public drawing for the states first prepaid tuition contract He drew Catherine Alysee Lees name from those of nearly 300 babies born in Texas on Jan 1 The Texas Bankers Association and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas joined Comptroller Sharp in funding the contract Rep Ted Kamel RTyler attended the drawing He and Sen Gonzalo Barrientos DAustin cospon sored House Bill 1214 The 74th Legislature passed the bill that created a program designed to help mid dleclass families afford college costs Firstperiod enrollment ends March 31 and the first payment under the contract is due by May 1 Month ly payments must be completed by Aug 1 following the students high school graduation Contracts can be purchased with lumpsum payments in monthly installments for 5year or 10year periods or until beneficiaries are graduated from high school Parents grandparents guardians or interested per sons can purchase 1to 4year contracts for any Texas resident younger than 18 years at the time the contract is purchased Participants may change benefi ciaries if they are younger than 18 years and are siblings stepsi blings or halfsiblings of origi nal beneficiaries A childs age school grade at time of purchase deter mines contract costs For exam ple full senior college contracts for statesupported institutions of higher learning begin at for children born after Sept 1 1995 but for high school seniors Monthly payments are until graduation for a contract purchased for a newborn A purchaser receives a refund if a student decides not to attend col lege becomes disabled or receives a scholar ship If a beneficiary enrolls in an outofstate college or university benefits may be transferred No one is required to name a specific school at the time of enrollment in the Comptroller Sharp said If a student decides to enroll in a different type of school the Tomorrow Fund will apply the money Judith Zaffirini to the new The program offers four plans The Junior College Plan pays for up to 64 credit hours of tuition and required fees at any public junior or com munity college in the state The Senior College Plan provides for up to 120 credit hours at any of the states senior colleges or universities The JuniorSenior College Plan pays for up to 64 credit hours at a public community college plus up to 60 credit hours at any public senior college or university The Private College Plan pays the average cost for 120 hours of tuition and required fees at any of the states private colleges or universities and costs Students will make up any difference between the contracts value and the actual price of a private college A twoyear college con tracts purchase price is for newborns and for high school seniors Oneyear communi ty college contracts cost for newborns and for senior high school students Texas Tomorrow Fund applications and brochures are available at participating financial institutions and comptroller field offices or via 1800445GRAD The prepaid higher education tuition fund will pro vide an opportunity for thousands of Texans to attend Texas colleges and said Lt Gov Bob Bullock I cannot think of any other bill the 74th Legislature passed that can have a greater influence on the future of this Judith Zqffirini is a Texas state senator for New What do you think The TXI cement plant in Hunter will begin using shredded tires as a fuel supply later this month A cement plan in Buda that also bums tires as fuel has received protests from angry residents there concerned about possible pollu tion from the tireburning practice The TXI plant has received the proper permits tranche Texas Natural Resource and Conservation Commission TNRCC io begin the tire burning in Hunter We want to know if your are concerned about the practice and believe it will adversely affect the environment Fill out the coupon drop it by our office at 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax survey to 210 6251224 Copied forms are acceptable Deadline for this survey is Saturday Feb Are you concerned that tire burning at cement plants will cause air pollution Yes No Comments Name Address City Age Sex Write em GOVERNMENT OFFICES President of the Bill Clinton 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 2024561414 Vice President of the Al Gore Old Executive Office Bldg 17th St and Pennsylvania NW Washington 20501 2024562326 Senators for the state of Texas Phil Gramm 402 E Ramsey Rd San Antonio TX 78216 2103669494 Kay Bailey Hutchison 961 Federal Bldg 300 E 8th St Austin TX 78703 5124825834 The Survey Nine readers responded to last weeks survey question Would you favor a flat tax system in place of our current tax system Six were in favor of such a system and three were opposed Their responses follow Yes 100 percent but not the Forbes flat tax as presented In lieu of the Forbes I recommend Richard Armey RTexas and Sen Shelby who recently introduced a plan to replace our burdensome tax code Yes but only if a maximum percentage of one taxable income not just federal but all taxes Yes The Internal Revenue Service is getting too much power and the expenses to oper ate it is getting way out of line A flat sales tax only would be even better Yes our tax system needs to be revised in favor of the low income people Our present tax system is a disaster All other taxes are flat sales county city licenses so why not income taxes gains are now taxed twice once at the origin and again to the recipient I want a flat tax with no deductions A graduated flat tax would be better than a proposed fixed rate of 17 percent No tax under 15 percent on to percent increase above Also Not just no but hell no All this would do is make the few working people we have pay more or most of the tax There is no way that our selfserving Congress with special interests lining their pockets will permit a true flat tax on the full income of all Any politician uttering the words reform or fairness is plotting deceit they are not about to let the right thing happen Real tax justice is needed As a middle income person already burdened with city county and school taxes on home and business plus state professional license fees I certainly am not in favor of increasing my federal income tax while the rich pay even less Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Feb 11 the 42nd day of 1996 There are 324 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Feb Massachusetts Gov Elbridge Gerry signed into law a redistricting law that favored his party giving rise to the term gerry On this date In 1847 inventor Thomas Alva Edison was bom in Milan Ohio In 1858 a French girl Bernadette Soubirous claimed for the fust time to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes In 1861 Presidentelect Abraham Lincoln departed Springfield for Washington In 1929 the Lateran Treaty was signed with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereign ty of Vatican City In 1937 a sitdown strike against General Motors ended with the company agreeing to rec ognize the United Automobile Workers Union In 1945 President Roosevelt British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement during World War II In 1972 McGrawHill Publishing Co and Life magazine canceled plans to publish what had turned out to be a fake autobiography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes In 1979 followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran nine days after the religious leader returned to his home country fol lowing IS years of exile In 1989 the Rev Barbara C Harris became the first woman consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church In 1990 South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity walking through the gate of Victor Verster prison outside Cape Town Ten years ago Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky was released by the Soviet Union after nine years of captivity as pan of an EastWest pris oner exchange Five years ago President Bush met with Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin L Powell who had just returned from the Gulf region Afterward Bush said he would hold off on a ground war against Iraq for the time being saying allied air strikes had been very very One year ago The space shuttle Discovery landed at Cape Canaveral ending a historic rendezvous mission with Russias Mir space sta tion President Clinton in his weekly radio address threatened to veto any attempt by Republicans to scrap plans to put addi tional police officers on the streets Todays Birthdays Author Sidney Sheldon is 79 Former Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen is 75 Missouri Gov Mel Camahan is 62 Actor Burt Reynolds is 60 Musician Sergio Mendes is 55 Utah Governor Mike Leavitt is 45 Thought for Today We had better live as we think otherwise we shall end up by thinking as we have Bourget French author