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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                JAti Q ThursdaV Aoril Id OnllM contact submit tetters and goest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address Poetry b a subconscious conversation it has much the woik of those ifho mderstand it as those who understand it as those who make it Sonia Sanchez poet 1984 Keep infected animals out Monkeys other animals imported for lab uses should be screened for illnesses Officials at a primate center in Jim Wells County destroyed anoth er monkey Wednesday after it was suspected of being a carrier of the Ebola virus TWo other animals at the Alice Texas facility have already been put to death as officials at the center scramble to contain any spread of die virus which has decimated several African villages and struck fear throughout the world The President has even been forced to comment on the situation dur ing his overseas visit with Asian leaders The virus identified at the Alice facility is believed to be the Ebola Reston strain which may not be dangerous to humans Thats little comfort however to the residents of Alice and Jim Wells County and especially the eight handlers who came into contact with the monkeys South America in the name of development humans will be coming facetoface with new and deadly diseases that have slumbered in the dense jungles undisturbed until now And as the contacts are inevitable so are that can easily become epidemics jumping from country to country and maybe from continent to continent thanks to air travel But when a disease such as Ebola is actually shipped into this coun try via an animal slated for laboratory uses the government needs to take action and now v Workers at the Alice facility are already screened for various diseases including monkey herpes that can stricken and kill humans in a mat ter of days These are not clean animals and coming into contact with an unhealthy one can be a deadly encounter Our universities and medical laboratories will continue to use mon keys in their research of new drugs and the treatments of diseases that afflict human beings But unless those same researchers want an epidemic on their hands in this country they should work with government and animal exporters to make sure infected animals are screened out in their native countries and not shipped to pur shores All it might take is one scratch or one bite to begin a nightmarish episode here Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any pubkc 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 Sjatong 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher David Sultens Mannginfl Doug Lovecjay Advertising JackOsteen Accounting Manager Mary Ue Hall Pressroom Foreman Billy Parnell 5 City Editor M Roger Croteau iOMflfcb Cenwl County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid ty the New Draun Braunfels Texas outiMe Convjl County in Texas moota m we 5ft Mai outside Texas six months one year SttNeotaf who taw not recej a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday by ttip on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 am Great Awakening on the horizon Jesus b mating comeback not to be confused with a Second He made the cover of Time Newsweek and News and World journalistic Normally such notice would get the subject an invitation to appear on the Sunday talk stews bat the guest broken dont know how to get in touch with Him The cover stories raised the usual questions from scholars concerning the reality of Jesus claims about Himself as they have done since the First and diereiwere the predictable suggestions that those who dont worship at cultures temporal temple but believe in a higher authority are less educated and bold beliefs less compelling than those who do Why tliis sudden fascination with Jesus especial ly by a nation that has found no room for Him or His teachings the past 30 years Could it be that there is a growing awareness of the inability of man to solve his most basic problem That problem used to be called sin before we absolved ourselves of any fallen nature preferring the more clinically sounding dysfunctional to explain everything from person al moral failures to mass murder The March Atlantic Monthly magazine tells of the increasing number of people discontented with their lives and lists methods tried to improve them alternative lifestyles open marriage easy divorce drugs and alcohol materialism selfimprovement yoga health food big government and Eastern reli gions Theyve tried getting in touch with their inner selves only to discover darkness in their souK Now they are exploring angels a return chureK God and even Jesus ver words of the late Tiffany A Co Chairman Wal ter Hoving Try A new book Hitters Willing Executioners Ordinary Germans and the by Daniel Jonah GoHhagen has prompted some consideration on the nature of man Is he basically good and when he does wrong things needs only to be corrected from without Or is he basically bad and in need of redemption from within Goldhagen writes that Hitler didnt propel himself to power but his elevation was made pos sible by millions of Germans who were either antiSemitic or coldly indifferent to what was going on around them How in the name of elemental humanity could they do such things Easily enough if elemental humanity is depraved Consider a 60 Minutes interview some years ago with Holocaust survivor Yehiel Dinur who tes tified at the 1960 trial of Adolf Eichmann When Dinur confronted Eichmann in an Israeli courtroom he began to shout and sob collapsing to floor Dinur explained his reaction was not ffr as he Eichmann was the pertonifica tion of evil ft was because he realized that sin and evil are the natural human condition I was afraid about Dinur said I saw that I am capable to do exactly like Mike Wallace then addressed die camera asking Was Eichmann a monster a madman or something even more terrifying was he normal The idea of redemption from such a normal state as opposed to reformation is as old as Hebrew Scripture Animal sacrifices indicated two things First mans need for expiation from sin and his inability to do it by his own power And second the need for a redeemer to cleanse mans indelible stain The essence of the Resurrection observed al Easter is the triumph of good over evil light over darkness and Jesus over sin and death In a political year when there is literally nothing new under the sun when everything thatcould be tried has been tried and false messiahs are pretend ing they have the power to improve our byes the hope of Easter is a rebuke to the faith of man in himself as well as to the idea of mans basic goodness If man is basically good Jesus died for nothing Jesus on the cover of these three national maga zines Maybe Billy Graham is right when he says we are on the verge of a Great Awakening Cat Thomas is a syndicated Japanese urged to play greater role around globe By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer TOKYO Clinton appealed to the Japanese today to forge a partnership for leadership with America to battle against terrorism nuclear proliferation and other postCold War dangers Clinton the first president in 13 years to address Japans parliament urged Americas World War II foe to join forces for a larger role in glob al affairs nation can solve these problems he told the Diet in a speech that climaxed the last day of Clintons threeday visit He later left for St Peters burg Russia the next leg of his trip With a mixture of security and economic themes Clintons speech was a call for Japan to resist iso lationism and accept its responsibilities abroad The question of how far Tokyo should go in relax ing military restraints imposed by American con querors five decades ago is sensitive in Japan and other Asian nations China in particular is concerned about a more active security alliance Clinton referred to a broad 21 st century partner ship not only in defense but also in trade and eco Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday April 18 the 109th day of 1996 TTwre are 257 days left in roe year 1 Todayi Highlight in HJitory Fifty years ago on April the league of Nations went out of business Ill Paul Revere began his famous ride from to Lexington warning American colonists that the British were coining In 19W a devastating earthquake struck San cisco followed by raging firesAbout 700 people IB 19311 Junior Achievement created to encourage business skills in young people was incorporated In 1942 an air squadron from the USS Hornet led by M Col James H DooHttle raidedTokyo and other Japanese dries In 194 the first Worid War 1J edition of Strand Stripes was published weekly newspaper for nomics the environment and space science and technology He made no proposals for specific new forms of security cooperation with Japan but cited several key threats the two nations can work together to combat organized crime the spread of weapons of mass destruction drug trafficking terrorism and environmental decay These are examples he said of how problems that start beyond our borders can quickly penetrate our Working together and leading the United States and Japan as Pacific powers can bring the blessings of peace and progress to other people all around the Clinton said to occasional bursts of polite applause In 1983 Ronald Reagan became the first president to address the Diet Clinton fleshed out the alliance theme at a lun cheon with Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto The United States and Japan must forge a part nership for leadership in the 21st he said Later the president visited a Chrysler dealership in Tokyo to underscore his administrations efforts to help American carmakers gain a stronger foothold in the tough Japanese market Ducking his head beneath the hood of a Neon the president exclaimed This is a Wonderful But trade issues took a back seat to security mat ters during Clintons visit He and Hashimoto signed a joint security decla ration Wednesday saying the United States would keep about troops in the AsiaPacific including the current in Japan Tokyo would for the first time consider ways its limited defense forces might operate outside national bor ders i In Russia Clinton planned a day of sightseeing in St Petersburg before attending an eightnation con ference on nuclear security He was meeting with President Boris Yeltsin on Sunday then heading home to Washington Mrs Clinton who kept a low profile in Tokyo was headed home today In his speech today Clinton apologized on behalf of America for the rape last September of a 12 yearold Okinawan girl by three servicemen who were convicted and sentenced to prison last month Our hearts go out to her to her family and her loved ones and to the entire Okinawan Clin ton said We are gratified that justice has been troops in Northern Ireland In 1945 famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle 44 was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacif ic island of JeShima off Okinawa In 1949 the Irish republic was proclaimed In 1955 physicist Albert Einstein died in Prince ton In 1956 actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony A church wedding took place the next In people including 17 Americans were killed at the Embassy in Beirut Lebanon by a suicide bomber In 1994 former President Nixon suffered a stroke at his home in Park Ridge he died four days tat Ten years ago A Titan rocket carrying a secret military payload exploded seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California yeari ago President Bushwnveiled ica 20JX education strategy which included a vol untary nationwide exam system and aid pegged to academic results The Census its 1990 census had failed to count up to million peo ple Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev ended his summit in Japan without winning the major aid pack age hed been hoping for One year ago President Clinton held a prime time news conference in which he said he was sat isfied that he remained relevant in aRepublican dominated capital and challenged Congress to send him an acceptable welfare bill by July 4 Quarterback Joe Montana retired from profession al football The Houston Post more than a century Todays Birthdays Actress Barbara Hale is 74 Actor Clive Revill is 66 Actor Robert Hooks is 59 Actress Hayley Mills is 50 Actor James Woods is 49 Actor Rick Moranis is 42 Actor Eric Roberts is 40 Talk show host Conan OBrien is 33 Actress Jane Leeves is Thought for Today Its what you learn after you know it all that Earl Weaver baseball manager   

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