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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas rOouglovwfcy erf Opinion be to speak vpoa politics ntess he is Chartes Russell member ofParBamenl 1880 Politics online You can use your computer to keep up to date on the coming presidential election Hie 1996 presidential campaign marks the beginning of the age when computers become a powerful communications tool in politics All the major candidates several news organizations and independent groups have gone online with Home Pages on the World Wide Web and getting indepth information dates and issues has become as easy as clicking a mcmse The result is that people with a computer want to get informed and stay informed about the coniagcaBBa paign have a powerful new tooL CmevahiaHe site on the Web is Project Vote Smart an inde pendent political organization based in Oregon that participation in flic political process by collecting and dissemi nating candidate information online Voters can use the service i pomtjffiw on issues important to them to The address is org A few other Web addresses to get you started are President Bfll Clintons Home Page can be found at Buchanan For President is at Dole for President is at The League of Women Voters page is at Washington Post Newsweek and ABC News share a site at American Political Journal Politics USA AilPolrtks is CSPAN Campaign can be found at Congressional Quarterlys American Voter 96 is at One tip be careful out there several parodies of official can didate Home Pages have popped up which poke fun at the can didates They have similar addresses and look official but con tain misinformation Tbdayseditiorial was written by City Editor Roger Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor the right to correct spelling style punctua tkn and known factual enofc should be kept to 260 words We pubtiah only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are oofc for publication must be included Please ate the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference given to writers who have not been published in the preview 30 to the Editor etc The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfelj Texas 701311328 New Braunfels i C Editor and Sullens Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Osteen AoqcMnting Lee Hall GfreutatJon Ann Avery Pressroom Parnell City Croteau DWW3I1328 New Pwfcto Comil pottty paid by the Broun tlf r TtxW tbrw tjx wte tew w 11 Affirmative action discriminates contradict the Off OQmi OXt American eftSc las ahrays hdd dut mem effottand achievement are valued and waded Racial quotes under jlhKeshicbySHernptingto eliminate discrimination by more discnmma boa Our sense of community requires thai emphasize the 5BHIH thai unites us not cuff diffiarM backgrounds Honesty and trust man dates thai Americans treat one another with respect and dignity The recent University of Texas Law School case however serves as a good example of how racial quotas undermine these virtues In that case an applicant was rejected in favor of minority applicants with fewer qualifications The school justified its actions by stating that it needed racial quotas to maintain a diverse student body The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected this nCkmfiafbon The court said flat using nee as a fac tor in higher education admissions contradicts the goal of equal protection by treating minorities as a group and not as individuals In other words die school cannot use one type of racial discrimination as a means of justifying another type of racial discrim ination Racial quotas hurt the very people they are designed to help An excellent editorial by Veroni ca Vargas associate editor of die UT student news paper explains Lowering standards for racial groups implies mat members of that group simply cannot competeSuch practices diminish if not deny legitimate achievement by blacks and Mexican Instead of focusing on racial differences we must have faith that Americans do not need propping up unless they themselves have suffered from past discrimination While restoring equal opportunity requires ending racial quotas we must reach out to ensure that all disadvantaged Americans have an opportunity to climb the economic ladder it Giving a hand up to individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds would help many of the people who are now stigmatized by racial quotas To quote the Washington Post A willing university can achieve genuine diversity without either the elaborate machinery or the demeaning double standard the University of Texas law school We must also redouble our efforts to improve schools particularly in lower income areas so that equality of opportunity really does become a reality Most importantly of all we must eliminate discrim ination in our own hearts In achieving this goal we should avoid the temp tation to fight one form of discrimination with anoth er As General Colin Powell wrote in his autobiog raphy discrimination for one group means inevitably discrimination against I It is time to return to the original spirit of civil rights laws by reaffirming the principle of equal opportu nity for all Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio rep resents the 21st Congressional JOllBci B 26 Japan and agreement strengthens military ties TOKYO AP The United States and Japan signed an agreement today that for the first time enables the Japanese military to provide trans portation and other logistical support for forces in peacekeeping or training operations The deal represents a modest step toward closer peacetime defense cooperation at a time of increasing strains on the overall rela tionship Defense Secretary William J Perry also disclosed new details of an agree ment announced last Friday to return a key Marine Corps air station and parts of other facilities on Oki nawa to the control of the islanders President Clinton at a refueling stop in Alaska said today he would reaffirm Americas partnership with Japan when he arrives in Tokyo for a threeday state visit beginning Tues day He also said the situation on the Korean peninsula is much better than it was three years ago despite recent tensions Were working on ways not only to keep the nuclear problem under control and eventually eliminate it but also to try to do what we can to promote an ultimate reconciliation and an end to the Clinton said If that could happen then the Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday April 17 the 1080i day of 1996 There are 258 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On April about CJAtrajijed Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow he government pf Fidel Castro On this date In 1492 a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a repre sentative of Spajns King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia In JIH Giovanni da Verrazano dis covered Ntw YorR Harbor to 17SO African statesman Ben jamin Franiairi died in Philadelphia at Analysis world would be a much safer place the whole In addition to closing Futenma Marine Corps Air Station over the next five to seven years the forces will give up more than half of a major Marine training range return land used for two military communi cations stations and accelerate plans to return to Okinawa use of a port facility in Naha the capital In all the United States will give back to Okinawa 20 percent of the land it uses for training and other operations marking the biggest return of land since the United States relin quished control of the southern Japan ese island in 1972 The changes will result in the with drawal of only a few hundred of the troops on Okinawa officials said Perry said there was no firm esti mate of the cost of these consolida tions but other officials said private ly it would run into the billions of dollars Closing Futenma air station by itself is expected to cost about billion the officials said Japan is to bear all the costs except for moving certain aircraft units Perry said Air Force Lt Gen Richard Myers commander of all forces in Japan told reporters that the changes will make life easier and better for troops on Okinawa in part because it will mean new housing for some Perry said the decisions were linked directly to public outrage at the rape last September of a 12year old Oki nawan girl by three servicemen who were sentenced to prison in Japan last month Perhaps some good came out of the tragedy the Perry told a news conference before leaving Tokyo It was a wakeup call with a happy he said Japanese officials indicated they expected the measures to satisfy the Okinawans This will substan tially reduce the burdens that have been placed on the people of Oki said Foreign Minister Yuki hiko Ikeda The deal announced today on Japanese logistical support for the military is similar to arrange ments the United States has with 23 other countries including South Korea where about troops are based Direct Japanese support for military operations even during peacetime is a sensitive subject because Japans pacifist constitution prohibits its military from operating outside Japans national territory At a news conference Perry said the Clinton administration was not pressuring Japan to change its con stitution to permit a greater military role but that formal guidelines on military cooperation written in 1978 are long overdue for a thorough review Perry later flew to ChejuDo a resort island off the southern coast of South Korea for talks wiuVdefense officials Perry also was due to par ticipate Tuesday in talks there between Clinton and President Kim Youngsam Perry came to Tokyo on Sunday to put the finishing touches on agree ments to clear the way for Clintons state visit to Japan starting Tiiesday Perry said Clinton and Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto will issue a joint security declaration on Wednesday reaffirming the defense alliance and explicitly supporting the continued stationing in Japan of troops Clinton left Washington Sunday night on the first leg of his trip a vis it to South Korea He will travel from there to Japan and then to Moscow for a summit meeting with Russian Pres ident Boris Yeltsin age84 In 1861 the Virginia State Conven tion voted to secede from the Union In 1895 the Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the first SinoJapanese War In 1941 Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany in World War II In 1964 Ford Motor Co unveiled its Mustang model In 1964 Jerrie Mock of Columbus Ohio became the first woman to com plete a solo airplane flight around the world In 1969 a jury in Los Angeles con victed Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy In 1969 Czechoslpyak Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek was deposed In 1970 the astronauts of Apollo 3 splashed down safely in the Pacific four days after n ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft In 1975 Phnom Penh fell to Com munist insurgents ending Cambodias fiveyear war Ten years ago The bodies of Amer ican librarian Peter Kilburn and two Britons were found near Beirut the three hostages had been slain in appar ent retaliation for the raid on Libya At Londons Heathrow Airport a bomb was discovered in a bag carried by an Irish woman about to board an El Al jetliner she had been tricked into carrying the bomb by her Jordanian boyfriend Five years ago Congress voted to put a quick end to a dayold nationwide strike by rail workers Presi dent Bush signed the legislation early the next The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the first time ending the day at One year ago An Air Force jet exploded and crashed in a wooded area in eastern Alabama killing eight peo ple including an assistant Air Force secretary and a twostar Pres ident Clinton signed an executive order stripping the classified label from most national security documents at least 25 years old Todays Birthdays er Don Kjrshner is 62 Cpjrnjposer musician Jan Hammer is v Thought for Today A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past he is one who is prema turely disappointed in the Sydney J Harris American journalist
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