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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 gHejaldZeltuhga Tuesday February Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 U O T A B Words are of course the most powerful drug used by Rudyard Kipling English 1923 EDITORIAL Changing attitudes Percentage of American teenagers who disapprove of marijuana use declining A report from the New York Times News Service has con cluded that not only is marijuana use on the rise among the nations young people it is also becoming a more socially accept able activity among that group of Americans The report said a profound reversal in adolescent drug trends is And while the glamorization of drugs in the media and entertainment is being blamed in part for the increase in drug use the report also placed blame on a lack of national and community leadership in the fight against drug use The report showed a decline in the use of marijuana and an increase in the number of teenagers who disapprove of drug use throughout the Reagan Administration The decline in marijuana use hit its lowest point in 1992 at 22 percent in the waning months of the Bush Administration Since then it has been increasing at an alarming rate and in 1995 the number of teenagers who used marijuana in the past year was aj 35 percent At the same time drug use was at its lowest point the percent age of teenagers who disapproved of drugs had reached 70 per cent That figure in 1995 had fallen to 56 percent reflecting the changing attitudes of todays young people Some segments of society will always glamorize drug use never showing the public the other darker side of addiction Parents and teenagers alike should resist those messages with all of their efforts But government leaders should recognize that by deemphasizing the dangers of drug use over the past few years a resurgence of marijuana use has occurred among our young people If we dont want to lose another generation we should act now to support existing and successful drug awareness programs and urge that other measures be implemented to curb the use of drugs and the approval of drug use 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sultens 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 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 or by ajn on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 am oo Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeiiung 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 H2eitung@AOL.com Clinton to be ruthlessly defined While much of the public and all of the press are focused on who the Republicans will eventually pick to run against Bill Clinton the Speaker of the House is spending 10 days in Tampa with a small group of strategists drawing up plans for a GOP victory in November Seated next to me for two hours on a plane ride from Washington to Atlanta last week Newt Gingrich took out three sheets of paper and outlined a strategy that he said will be refined and then implemented beginning in late March or early April Bill Clinton is the most enthusiastically dishonest politician ever to occupy the White House and no Republican who is harnessed to the burden of truth can verbally match noted Gingrich So the Speaker believes Clinton must be ruthlessly defined by a Republican team that will draw on polls show ing a new values majority and paint the president as the chief opponent of those values Since 1968 this values majority has split with roughly 30 percent going to the liberal candidate and 70 percent to the conservative candidate In addition he said there is an emerging dissatisfied customer which is reflected in a February Readers Digest survey that found 68 percent believ ing they are overtaxed And according to a USA Today poll 71 percent of baby boomers and 70 per cent of Generation Xers believe they will receive little or no Social Security This opens an opportunity for Republicans said Gingrich to paint the Clinton liberals as a unionized bureaucratic Washington government that doesnt The chart Gingrich drew for me has the Clinton liberals appropriately on the left and the rest of us on the right The Clinton liberals are centralized in Washington The rest of us believe in a compas sionate society filled with good people Our models are Alexis de Tocqueville and Marvin says Gingrich We are going to redefine compassion and take it The Clinton liberals he con tinued desire to maintain pro grams that mire people in pover ty ignorance addiction alco holism and entitlements The rest of us want to liberate people from these things to self reliance responsibility pro ductivity achievement and the pursuit of happiness The Clinton liberals believe in a secular multicultual situationethics who are we to multilingual just say maybe to drugs society The rest of us believe in a Creator truth American civilization character and just saying no to drugs Finally Gingrich said the Clinton liberals believe in higher taxes to pay off the union political agenda and federal bureaucracy on the taxpayers credit Cal Thomas card The rest of us want lower taxes lower interest rates more takehome pay more profitable savings more jobs and a leaner decentralized government Gingrich said a major GOP theme this fall will be Clintons 3 Cs cronies corruption and Gingrich said if the Republican presidential nom inee tries to battle Clinton oneonone we But he believes if a team of Republicans blankets the country with these themes noting the distinctions between the president and the Republican team and said Gingrich Republicans must run as a we win Isnt he worried that telling me of his plan will allow the Clinton team to mount a defense against it Not really Its like the old Green Bay Packer says the Speaker You knew it was coming it happens real slow but if your team designs it right the other team loses Following the Tampa meeting Gingrich will out line the strategy for state GOP chairmen along with Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour Gingrich is looking for a label that works as well in this campaign as Contract With America worked in 1994 Tentatively hes settled on The Great to emphasize what he believes defines the most impor tant election in 62 If Gingrich wins with this strategy Im framing the charts he drew for me Cal Thomas is a syndicated VWCHIHG VIOLENCE ON TV NOT CAUSE VIOLENT Life is great for Fed chairman Greenspan By DAVE SKIDMORE Associated Press Writer Life couldnt get much better for Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan The economy continues to grow albeit slowly under his tight rein and he is on the verge of renom ination to a third fouryear term President Clinton despite some offthecuff criti cism aimed at the Fed last week is considering no other candidate to head the central bank The GOP controlled Congress is eager to confirm the 69year old Republican economist And in contrast to some previous years Greenspans semiannual report today to the House Banking monetary policy subcommittee should con tain mostly good news The economy he has tended since 1987 is doing well by Federal Reserve stan dards if not by the standards of politicians on the campaign stump Today In History Analysis Although a bit frayed the recovery from the 1990 91 recession should soon enter its sixth year with unemployment holding below 6 percent for the third year in a row Inflation the Feds major worry is expected to hold at or under 3 percent for the sixth consecutive year The stock market is booming and the banking system on the brink of disaster as the decade began is sound They Federal Reserve officials have every rea son to be satisfied with what they have said economist Norman Robertson an adjunct professor at CarnegieMellon University Economic growth is a little subnormal at the moment but theres no cause for The gross domestic product after bubbling along at a robust annual rate of percent in 1994 slowed to around percent last year and economists pre diet only a modest improvement to about 2 percent this year The Fed has responded to that softness by cut ting shortterm interest rates three times since mid summer most recently on Jan 31 Thats brought the benchmark federal funds rate the rate charged among banks on overnight loans to percent down from 6 percent Economists expect Fed policy makers to shave rates at least twice more this spring another quar terpoint after their next meeting on March 26 and the same again perhaps in May And Greenspan they said stands ready to do more if necessary to avoid a recession His basic message will be the economy isnt sinking and he is very much in the crows nest watching very very carefully to see if there are any icebergs coming along and he will take evasive action if said economist Robert Dederick of Northern Trust Co in Chicago By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Feb 20 the 51st day of 1996 There are 315 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Feb astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth after blasting off aboard the Friendship VJJ Mercury capsule On this date In 1790 Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II died In 1792 President Washington signed an act creating the Post Office In 1809 the Supreme Court ruled that the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state In 1839 Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia In 1895 Frederick Douglass an escaped slave who became one of Americas most prominent abolitionists died in Washington In 1933 the House of Representatives complet ed congressional action on an amendment to repeal Prohibition In 1938 Anthony Eden resigned as British for eign secretary in a dispute with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain In 1944 during World War II bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing cen ters in a series of attacks that became known as Big In 1965 the Ranger VJJI spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface In 1971 the National Emergency Warning Center in Colorado erroneously ordered radio and TV stations across the United States to go off the air some stations heeded the alert which was not lifted for about 40 minutes Ten years ago President Reagan visited Grenada scene of the 1983 invasion that toppled the Caribbean islands Marxist govern ment Five years ago In the Persian Gulf War Baghdad radio said President Saddam Hussein would be sending Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz hack to Moscow with a reply to a Soviet peace plan Quincy Jones Back on the Block was named album of the year at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards One year ago A Marine Sgt Justin A Harris died in a helicopter crash during the evacu ation of United Nations forces from Somalia Todays Birthdays Actor Sidney Poitier is 72 Fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt is 72 Movie director Robert Altaian is 71 Jazzsoul singer Nancy Wilson is 59 Singersongwriter Buffy SainteMarie is 55 Hockey HallofFamer Phil Esposito is 54 Actress Sandy Duncan is 50 Rock guitarist J Geils is 50 Actor Peter Strauss is 49 Actress Jennifer ONeill is 47 Actor Edward Albert is 45 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is 42 Basketball player Charles Barkley is 33 Model Cindy Crawford is 30 Thought tor Today Life begets life Energy creates energy It is by spending oneself that one becomes Sarah Berahardt French actress   

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