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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeitung O Wednesday March Opinion f To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 Books may be burned and cities sacked but truth like the yearning for freedom lives in the hearts of humble men and Franklin Delano Roosevelt president 1938 EDITORIAL Watch the media Time after time the media has failed to cover campaigns adequately In 1960 John F Kennedy asserted there was a missile gap between the United States and Soviet Union to the Soviet advantage It was not true but that was never report ed by the media and the claim helped get Kennedy elected In 1964 Lyndon Johnson campaigned as the peace candi date in Vietnam He was secretly planning an escalation of the war Again the press failed to report it In 1972 Richard Nixon permitted his national security advisor Henry Kissinger to announce that peace is at hand in Vietnam after negotiations had broken off The press did not do its job again In 1980 Ronald Reagan promised to cut income taxes increase defense spending and balance the federal budget all at the same time It sounded impossible and it was but the pressnever explained that simple fact which was obvi ous to economists In 1988 George Bush managed to make convicted murder er Willie Horton a household name in an effort to depict Michael Dukakis as soft on crime It was a phony issue The law that allowed Horton to go free was actually passed by Dukakis Republican predecessor and had already been repealed by Dukakis when the infamous Willie Horton TV ads were aired But the press did not expose this sham issue In 1992 Bill Clinton made the economy the centerpiece of his drive blaming Bush for its poor performance But Clinton never produced a detailed economic plan of his own a point almost totally overlooked by the press This time around argues James McCartney a Georgetown University professor and Washington journalist the press should do three things to make sure it does not get hood winked again One Candidates must be given the air time on television to present their views in depth And it is not enough to just let them talk They must be subjected to intense questioning before a national audience by seasoned informed reporters Two The press must do a far better job in examining the character of candidates The major failures of the last 36 years involved Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972 Evidence of their character weaknesses was abundant but unreported Three The press must pay far more attention to the public record of candidates McCartney argues that all this tem porizing the compromising All these traits were obvious in Arkansas when Bill Clinton was governor Instead of lift ing the sheets to look for a Gennifer Flowers the press should have been examining his If the nations media learn their lessons from past failures in covering campaigns the 1996 campaign could be differ ent and voters could make their choices based on solid infor mation instead of misinformation spread by campaign spin Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung City Editor Roger Croteau who borrowed liberally from the arti cle Hoodwinked by James McCartney in the March 1996 issue of American Journalism New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General Cheryl DuVall Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Osteen Accounting Mary Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Parnell City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeratiZeittuig USPS 377880 707 Landa 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 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 POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 H li Opinion Americans reject high taxes If theres one thing that all Americans understand its tax es From the patriots who rebelled against King Georges Stamp Act to todays families and small businesses fed up with the high taxes from Washing ton Americans have understood that high taxes threaten free4 dom destroy prosperity and deny opportunity Thats why a recent poll commissioned by Readers Digest about taxes should come as no surprise Americans are ready for another tea party A record 68 percent of Americans believe that their taxes are too They understand that big government takes more from families than ever before and that Americans must work longer and harder to pay Uncle Sam Americans will not be duped by rhetoric about the end of the era of big government from liberals trying to hide the largest Lamar Smith tax increase in history in reject their philos ophy which I call taxism a belief that higher taxes are the answer to all questions The Digest found that Americans across the board from every education level income polit ical affiliation and religion believe that the max imum taxes that anyone should pay regardless of income is 25 percent of earnings That includes all local state and federal taxes C Everett Ladd the researcher who conducted the poll told the America is probably the only country in the world where there are no significant differences by party or class in the ideal fair This broad consensus should cut through the class warfare smoke screen many biggovernment liberals use to pit taxpayer against taxpayer and permit government to pick more pockets Ladd also said that its clear people have thought about this issue and their responses indicate an opin ion that is rock solid and national This consensus is the single most extraordinary finding in the history of domesticpolicy polling in the United Ladd said Many taxists seem completely mystified by Americans views on taxes The same folks who passed the largest tax increase in history often cite European nations with far higher tax rates to argue that our taxes are too low Taxism runs contrary to the change the American people have demanded in recent elections It also ignores who Americans rebelled against and why As he watched the election returns on 1994 ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings explained the results by saying that the American people were throwing a temper whether in the media or in government fail to understand the message that Americans have been sending consistently to gov ernment for more than two centuries Dont Tread on Me and lay off my wallet Republican Congressman Lamar Smith repre sents the 21st District in cocaine use stabilizing but heroin is cheap plentiful WASHINGTON AP Use of powdered and crack cocaine appears to be stabilizing in this country but more young people are turning to heroin as a strain pure enough to inhale is becoming readily available a White House study suggests Barry R McCaffrey the Clinton administrations new director of drug control policy said Friday the number of cocaine users appears to have dropped by about 30 percent over the past three years although the amount used in this country remains near 300 tons a year The message is getting through that this is a threat to your the retired Army general told his first news conference since being sworn in last week I think theres room for McCaffrey said citing some recent favorable trends and significant long term developments since the 1970s Releasing a quarterly study of drug use McCaffrey said overall drug abuse remains too high and is dam aging the quality of American life The quarterly pulse check1 study based on interviews with drug researchers law officers and drug Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday March 20 the 80th day of 1996 There are 286 days left in the year Spring arrives at EST Todays Highlight in History On March Marines landed in Nicaragua to protect citizens in the wake of a revolution On this date In 1413 Englands King Henry IV died he was succeeded by Henry V In 1727 physicist mathematician and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died in London In 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris beginning his Hundred Days rule In 1816 the Supreme Court in its Martin v Hunters Lessee ruling Analysis treatment workers said The use of both powdered cocaine and crack has stabilized in most But it added that in some areas of the West cocaine users are switching to methamphetamines With most methamphetamine being smuggled in by Mexican drug gangs administration officials said Friday that the Defense Department is nego tiating with Mexico on details of a plan to train Mexican soldiers for anti drug missions And the White House announced it is setting up a highlevel group to plan coordinated and urgent action with Mexico against drug traffickers The group headed by McCaf frey will travel to Mexico City on March 26 for a twoday meeting Lt Col Arne Owens a Pentagon spokesman confirmed a Mexican newspaper report that discussions on antidrug cooperation are under way Owens said details of how the and Mexican armies would work together are yet to be worked out But another defense official speak ing on condition of anonymity said the Pentagon wants to train a few hun dred Mexican soldiers in the United States At his news conference McCaf frey cited some bad news on drug use Were finding that heroin is com ing he said Part of it is because the purity and availability of heroin have The number of heroin users is not yet alarming he added but the availability of the drug is The emergence of highly pure hero in that can be inhaled instead of inject ed has boosted the drugs popularity among the young the survey found While most heroin users are over age 30 the study said more than two thirds of the areas checked reported a rise in younger users because the ability to inhale the drug has made it more attractive and its use more acceptable than in the past when injection was the only route of admin The survey also found that mari juana use remains prevalent and the supply plentiful From a longterm perspective McCaffrey found some encouraging trends Ninety million Americans tried drugs in the 1970s but the over whelming majority stopped on their own because they found them dan Weve gone since 1979 from 22 million regular drug users to around 12 million Weve dropped cocaine use enormously in that period We have largely stopped glamorizing alcohol abuse drunk driving and drug abuse in our McCaffrey said On the other hand he said The problem is we still have 3 million or more chronic addicts and they are threatening the quality of life in a large part of America They are caus ing enormous amounts of crime They are using more drugs than ever over 300 tons a year of cocaine in this McCaffrey added that weve got a drug problem among young people at increasingly younger ages Down through fourth fifthand sixth graders we see a slippage in their understanding of the threat that drugs affirmed its right to review state court decisions In 1828 Norwegian poetdramatist Henrik Ibsen was born In 1833 the United States and Siam now Thailand concluded a commer cial treaty in Bangkok In 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowes influential novel about slavery Uncle Toms was first published In 1956 union workers ended a 156 day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp In 1969 John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar In 1976 newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed rob bery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup In 1981 former girls school head mistress Jean Harris was sentenced in White Plains to 15 years to life in prison for slaying Scarsdale Diet author Dr Herman Tarnower Harris ended up serving almost 12 Ten years ago The House of Representatives narrowly defeated President Reagans plan to send million in aid to the Nicaraguan Con tras Jacques Chirac became premier of France The New York City Council approved a gay rights bill Five years ago A jet fighter shot down an Iraqi warplane in the first air attack since the Gulf War ceasefire April Glaspie the ambassador to Iraq told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Saddam Hussein had lied to her by denying he would invade Kuwait One year ago In Tokyo 12 people were killed more than others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leaked on five separate subway trains Commentator Pat Buchanan formally launched his presidential campaign in New Hamp shire Todays Birthdays Producerdirec torcomedian Carl Reiner is 74 Actor Jack Kruschen is 74 Former Nixon White House aide John Ehrlichman is 71 Childrens TV host Fred Rogers is 68 Actor Hal Linden is 65 Singer Jerry Reed is 59 The former prime minister of Canada Brian Mulroney is 57 Hockey HallofFamer Bobby Orr is 48 Actor William Hurt is 46 Movie director Spike Lee is 39 Actress Holly Hunter is 38 Thought for Today In the repub lic of mediocrity genius is danger Robert G IngersoU American lawyer and politician   

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