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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 0 HeraldZeitung O Tuesday March 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 online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeitung@AOL.com The rok of the prc w in developing countries is also to j ide hope By excessive criticis u might be Aristides Katoppo Indonesian editor 1994 EDITORIAL Just blowing smoke Affidavits may prove tobacco industry executives lied during recent testimony The tobacco industry has a lot of explaining to do Recent information obtained through the affidavits of former tobacco industry employees contradict tobacco executives testimony before Con gress that nicotine levels in cigarettes have not been manipulated The affidavits by former cigarette plant managers and research scien tists has led to a Justice Department perjury investigation We think the investigation will reveal much more than perjurious tes timony According to the affidavits of two scientists tobacco giant Philip Mor ris developed and utilized an a machine designed to give smokers exact amounts of nicotine and other chemicals according to an AP story The machine was part of an elaborate study that used a computer and a neurologists input to record just how nicotine interacted with the brain The obvious uses of the machine include the ability to design the per fect cigarette cigarette that best affects and addicts the smoker In light of this information is it any wonder tobacco industry executives kept quiet about this practice during recent Congressional hearings But according to longtime industry critic Rep Henry Waxman D lawmakers had been silenced because of payoffs from the tobac co the AP story said Waxman then rightly stated that a Justice Department investigation would be the best way to clear the smoke ouch that has shrouded the tobacco executives testimony Many will argue that adults should be able to make decisions about how they will live their lives If they choose to smoke that is their right and no investigation into tobacco industry practices will change their minds But recent information obtained from former industry employees has finally stripped away any mask of legitimacy the tobacco interests have tried to maintain According to these former scientists and a plant manager theyve researched ways to better addict smokers to their products They havent just been providing a tobacco product for consumption theyve been ensuring that smokers will be physically dependent on their unhealthy products regardless of the consequences If these affidavits prove correct and tobacco industry executives have been lying about their products they should be held accountable for their actions and the poor health of millions of American smokers 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 HeraldZeituns Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher David General Director Cheryl DuVall Managing Editor Doug Loveday Retail Advertising pirector JackOsteen Accounting Manager Lee Hall Circulation Directqr Carol Ann Avery Production Directqr Billy Parnell Editor Roger Croteau Published on Sunday Imornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZt itung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 31I38 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 S fels HeraldZeitwig in ew Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by canier delivery only six months one year Mull deiive months one year Subscribers who hav Vj j uuuugfl ruuUY or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday y outside Comal County in Texas three months six Mail outside Texas six months one year not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday POSTMASTER Send utf dress changes lo the New Braunfels HeraldZeitune Draw Is Tx 781311328 Some govt programs DO work I was talking politics with a coworker today when she mentioned that she doesnt like Democrats because theyre always looking for a quick I thought about that tax and spend liberals throwing money at problems weve all heard that one Heard it so often in fact that a lot of people accept it as fact But then I started thinking about the respective parties and which one really looks for quick fixes and which one tries to address deeper social issues in a meaningful way First the Reagan years Ronald Reagan the stan dardbearer of the Republican party if the GOP is the longterm thinking party then Ronald Reagan was the president who looked to future generations And in fact we all owe a debt to Ronald Reagan that we can never fully repay Literally When he took office the federal deficit was billion By 1986 the country was running a billion annual deficit But Reagan tried to cut spend ing and the Democratic Congress wouldnt let him right Not quite In fact Congress passed budgets with less spending than Reagan requested billion less and Congress passed budgets with smaller deficits than the budgets Reagan sent to Congress six of his eight years I guess spending billion a year more than you have is not considered a quick fix in Republican cir cles But Ill tell you what let me spend billion a year more than I make and I can fix a few things real fast and maybe event get started on a billion spacebased missile defense system Then came George Bush who scent billion a year more than the federal government made by his fourth year in office Now Bill Clinton in the first two years of his term working with a Democratic Congress cut the deficit to billion I guess thats what my co worker meant by Democrats always looking for a Roger Croteau quick fix Cutting billion from the federal deficit in two years now thats a quick fix But maybe she was talking about our children After all everyone says the children are our future So maybe she wasnt talking about the staggering debt were leaving to future genera tions Maybe she meant the Democrats are always seeking a quick fix by doing things that will make our tax burden a little easier to bear now but will hurt our children who of course are our future And shes correct there Dur ing the last Congress the Democrats pushed draconian cuts in a myriad of programs that are investments in our chil dren Funds for education school lunches Aid For Fami lies with Dependent Children Head Start Ameri corps student loans job Oh wait its the Republicans who pushed those cuts not the Democrats Well maybe she was talking about the environ ment After all weve just got one environment and when its ruined were history So a party that shuns the quick fix and looks at the long term would have a commitment to the environment After all making business a little more profitable for corporations now by killing environmental regulations may help the economy in the short term and keep big campaign contributions rolling in to GOP but it will cost future generations billions of dollars to clean up the mess Talk about shortterm thinking But if she was talking about the environment then I guess she hadnt heard about GOP efforts to cripple the Environmental Protection Agency by slashing its funding by a third and prohibiting it from enforcing many environmental laws Or the fact that the Repub licans invited lobbyists from major polluters to rewrite the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act Then gave those same lobbyists office space just off the House floor where they whipped out answers to Democra tic criticisms of their bills and handed them to Republican congressmen to read verbatim So we not only had lobbyists for polluters writing the bills they were debating them as well Maybe we could help balance the budget by eliminating the position of congressman and just let the lobbyists cast the votes too And I guess she hadnt heard about GOP efforts to gut the Endangered Species Act Or a GOP law that would make it illegal to pass a new environmental reg ulation without doing a costbenefit analysis and find ing that it is the cheapest way to solve the problem So even if the study found the regulation would work well and save lives it would be killed if it couldnt be confirmed that it was the cheapest way to accom plish the goal They defeated an amendment that would put the value of a human life at million for the purposes of costbenefit Sometimes its true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure Some federal programs DO work Things like Head Start and environmental protection may be expensive but they are certainly not quick They are investments that future generations will thank us for because they will make America stronger healthier and more prepared to compete globally It would be a quick fix to stop investing in areas like education and the environ ment in order to give some rich campaign contribu tors a big tax cut Ill have to get back to my coworker and find out exactly what she meant about the Democrats always looking for a quick Send hate mail to That Damn Liberal 707 Landa St New Braunfels TX Roger Croteau is the city editor of the Herald 1997 budget to stir up electionyear debate By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer Analysis WASHINGTON AP After a year of hostile and futile debate with the Republican Congress over how the government should spend its money Pres ident Clinton is trying again sending lawmakers a trillion electionyear budget that is sure to touch off the same Clintons budget for fiscal 1997 would offer Amer icans a modest package of tax relief for families with young children and education expenses while constraining the growth in government programs enough to produce a balanced budget by the year 2002 The president proposed spending trillion in the fiscal year that begins Oct 1 a 4 percent increase from the estimated trillion the government will spend this year according to budget documents obtained by The Associated Press The budget was scheduled to be for mally transmitted to Congress today It provided specific details on how the president would allocate government resources fleshing out a 20page outline that Clinton submitted on Feb 5 That outline and todays detailed budget submis sion were both based on the last offer Clinton made to Republicans in January before marathon White House negotiations over a balanced budget broke down Republicans repeatedly have rejected Clintons spending proposal for not going far enough to trim expensive government benefit programs such as Medicare and providing too little in tax relief Their own budget proposal which Clinton vetoed would have provided twice as much in tax breaks Clintons budget offers billion in tax relief over seven years which when fully phased in would provide a tax credit for each child younger than 13 allow a deduction of up to per fam ily in college expenses and expand the use of Indi vidual Retirement Accounts To partially offset the tax relief the president pro posed billion in loophole closings on corpora tions Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday March 19 the 79th day of 1996 There are 287 days left in the year This is the date the swallows traditionally return to the San Juan Capistrano Mission in California Todays Highlight in History In 1920 the Senate rejected for the second time the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 49 in favor 35 against falling short of the twothirds majority needed for approval On this date In 1687 French explorer Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle the first European to navigate the length of the Mississippi River was murdered by muti neers in presentday Texas In 1859 the opera Faust by Charles Gounod pre miered in Paris In 1917 the Supreme Court upheld the eight hour workday for railroads In 1918 Congress approved daylightsaving time In 1931 Nevada legalized gambling In 1945 about 800 people were killed as kamikaze planes attacked the carrier Franklin off Japan the ship however was saved In 1945 Adolf Hitler issued his socalled Nero Decree ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands In 1976 Buckingham Palace announced the sep aration of Princess Margaret and her husband the Earl of Snowdon after 16 years of marriage In 1979 the House of Representatives began televising its daytoday business In 1985 in a legislative victory for President Rea gan the Senate voted 5545 to authorize production of the MX missile In 1987 televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex and money scandal involving Jessica Hahn a former church secretary Ten years ago Adlai E Stevenson winner of the Democratic nomination for governor in the Illi nois primary dissociated himself from the nomi nees for lieutenant governor and secretary of state both of whom were followers of political extremist Lyndon Larouche Stevenson ended up running as an independent losing to the incumbent Gov James R Five years ago The Labor Department reported that consumer prices benefiting from a big month ly decline in gasoline prices had edged upward only twotenths of a percentage point the previous month One year ago Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Jewish settlers killing two people After a 21month hiatus Michael Jordan returned to professional basketball with his former team the Chicago Bulls
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