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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                V Editor Doug Loveday about tne Opinion page caH 6259144 Freedom is a hardbought Paul Robeson 1958 n i T o R i A An historic r vote Action by Palestine National Council can only boost peace process in Middle East Israel has heard for years that peace with the the only come about if die Palestinians were given a homeland in what is now Israel The present country of Israel was created remember by mandate in 1948 And never mind that Israel is only a sliver of a country less than 100 miles wide in many places along the Mediterranean Sea The Arab world however includes nations and land extending from the Atlantic Ocean across North Africa throughout the Middle East to Asia No offers from the Arab League to create a Palestinian home land were made following the mandate in 1948 Instead threats and wars against Israel have been a constant for nearly 50 years And the Palestine Liberation Organization which has represented the Palestinians globally for decades has kept up the heat on Israel through armed resistance and rhetoric for years Part of their 32yearold charter had called for the destruction of the Jewish state through armed struggle But now after an historic vote Wednesday the Palestine National Council the PLOs Parliment inexile voted to remove those offending clauses from their charter For Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat it was a vote of confidence his fellow Palestinians for Arafats peace r undertaken with the Israelis And fbriewsi die vote is viewed with real jby A longtime foe ith with whom they still have many many issues and differences to resolve has at least formally renounced its intention to destroy the Israeli But while the action is historic and a boost for peace the greater ArabIsraeli conflict will not soon go away Muslim militants bent on the destruction of the Jewish state will not stop their threats and terrorist actions against Israel despite what the Palestinians may do And the Israelis are likely to continue to strike against those forces and nations they believe are planning strikes against them That could include Hezbollah Syria Iraq or Iran We applaud the action taken by the Palestine National Council Wednesday If only the other combatants could also be persuaded to give up their fiery intentions Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Write The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tionand known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitungbearing 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 do the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher David Sullens Managing Editor Doug Loveday Retail Advertising Director JackOsteen Accounting Manager Mary Lee Hall Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Billy Parnell Pwwfrfe Cwiny pptiap paid ty the Carrier fclivwd in puna and r delivery outride Cowl County in three months six wwitw one year Mail outeWe Twits six roomhs pne or Sunday may saU 210 r by 7 pan wwkdayi or by 11 am Prw W 311328 New eontaot To submit letters arid guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is Tax relief gives power to families Millions of American families recently filed heir annual income tax returns Like the opening day of major league baseball daylight savings time and splashes of bluebonnets across Texas tax day has become a rite of spring Taxes seize a growing portion of the hardearned incomes of American families The typical American family paid out of every to the federal gov ernment in 1950 Today its out of every And many families pay as much as 40 cents out of every dollar they earn in federal state and local tax es Thats too much And the American people know it According to a recent comprehensive survey by Readers Digest 68 percent of Americans believe their taxes are too high Americans from every income ethnic regional and racial background believe they are overtaxed Despite the national drum beat for lower taxes politicians in Washington still dont get it Candidate Clinton promised middleclass tax relief But Presi dent Clinton and the Democratcontrolled Congress passed the largest tax increase in history Just a few months ago the President vetoed the middleclass tax relief passed by Congress The new Congress is on the taxpayers side Recently we considered a Con stitutional Amendment to require a twothirds vote or superma of Congress to approve any tax increases Currently a simple majority is sufficient Earlier this year the House amended its own rules to require a twothirds vote for tax hikes The Constitutional Amendment would have strengthened this common sense taxpayer pro tection by writing it into the Constitution The proposed Amendment to limit taxes was supported by a majority in the House Unfortunately we came up short of the twothirds needed to pass a Constitutional Amendment Despite the overwhelming majority of Republicans who sup ported the Amendment 87 percent of Democrats Lamar Smith opposed it and it failed Limiting tax increases is not enough We must reduce taxes for all Americans Last year Congress passed a tax cut for working families and small busi nesses Capital gains taxes were cut in half Families were also provided with a per child tax credit cutting taxes in half for millions of working families Unfortunately President Clinton vetoed both bills We must continue to support tax relief because American families not the government know best how to raise their children Entrepreneurs and small businesses create jobs not government officials American enterprise and ingenuity generate growth not rules and regulations With more hard work next spring can be different The bluebonnets will certainly beautify the Texas countryside A President will throw out baseballs first pitch And daylight will be longer But April 15 should no longer strike fear into the hearts of work ing Americans Lamar Smith is a representative for New Hes been laidoffj 9010910 end Both sides declare victory on 96 budget By DAVE SKIDMORE AssociatedPress Writer WASHINGTON AP Clinton adminis tration andRepublican leaders each are declaring victory as they prepare to finally end the messy 19 budget war by enacting a huge bill financing dozens of federal departments and agencies Finishing nearly a year of bruising partisan strife that twice shut down much of the government White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and senior House and Senate lawmakers stood shouldertoshoulder Wednesday evening to announce they had resolved environmental and other disputes holding up pas sage of the billion measure for the five months left in the fiscal year The House was scheduled to take up the bill today then the Senate White House press secretary Mike McCurry said President Clinton would sign it as soon as it reached his desk The administration is satisfied that the presidents priorities have been addressed as well as they can be McCurry said Republicans focused on what they said was bil lion in savings they had wrung from the budget com pared with fiscal 1995 It was a great achievement We were able to save a tremendous amount of money for the American House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Its a significant step toward a balanced bud Today In History But Democrats concentrated on their success in blunting provisions they said harmed the environment and restoring nearly billion in House cuts to edu cation job training and other domestic priorities The extra money would come from savings else where including funds to cope with natural disasters Public opinion was on our said Rep David Obey of Wisconsin senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee The public wants strong support of education They dont want politicians to interfere with environmental protection They do want cops on the street I think weve delivered on all Obey said a significant number of Democrats would vote for the bill House Appropriations Com mittee Chairman Bob Livingston predicted a significant majority of Republicans would too In the Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole who is likely to cite the billion in savings as he runs for president this fall said he believed nearly everybody on both sides of the aisle would support the bill As the two sides searched for a truce in their 1996 spending war Clinton and Dole continued their elec tionyear budget maneuvering A day after publicly inviting Dole to revive a failed effort to balance the budget by 2002 Clinton spoke with the Kansan for about five minutes at a White House ceremony for the signing of an antiter rorism bill Panetta said Dole said he would discuss the idea with Gin grich and get back to Clinton pretty accord ing to Panetta For Clinton a deal with Republicans eliminating federal deficits would be a political coup that would erase the matter as an issue in his reelection cam paign But such a pact also could reinforce Doles reputation as a person who can make things hap pen Some House conservativesand freshmen werent happy about the 1996 budget accord They called for deeper cuts and complained of federal education programs they said would give Washington bureau crats too much control over local education Rep David Mclntosh RInd predicted 30 fustter mers would defy Gingrich and vote against the bill Its bad for the American public and we shouldnt go along to get he said Money for agencies covered by the bill was due to run out at midnight Wednesday To head off a third federal shutdown since autumn the House voted 40014 to keep programs running through today and the Senate by voice vote shipped it to Clinton who signed it at One of the final impediments to a 1996 budget was cleared Wednesday when bargainers solved a dispute over logging in the Tongass National Forest in Alas ka Republicans wanted to permit more logging than the administration wanted By The Associated Press Today is Thursday April 25 the 116th day of 1996 TTiere are 250 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On April delegates from some 50 coun tries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations In a telephone address from the White President Truman called on the diplomats to create a world body that would prevent the out break of another world war On date In J7W a highwayman named Nicplas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine n 1159 ground was broken for the Sue Canal In 1174 radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was bom in Bplpgna Italy In the United States formally declared war on gpajn n 1908 broadcast journalist Edward R Murrow was born in Pole Creek In 1915 during World War I Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Turkish Empire out of the war In 1945 during World War II and Soviet forces linked up near Torgau Germany on the Elbe River a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germanys defenses In 1959 the St Lawrence Seaway opened to ship ping In 1983 Soviet leader Yuri V Andropov invited Sarnantha Smith to visit his country after receiving a letter in which the Manchester Maine schoolgirl expressed fears about nuclear war In 1983 the Pioneer 10 spacecraft crossed Plutos orbit speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky Way In 1990 Vipleta Barrios de Chamorro was inau gurated as president pf Nicaragua ending 11 years of leftist Ssndinista rule In 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the space shuttle Discovery Ten years ago President Reagan left Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on the first leg of a 13day journey to the Far East that included an inter national economic summit in Tokyo Five years ago The White House threatened to take whatever steps are necessary should Iraq fail to meet a deadline for withdrawing its security forces from the refugee zone in northern Iraq Soviet Pres ident Mikhail S Gorbachev facing harsh criticism during a closeddoor meeting of the Communist Par tys Central Committee offered to resign as party leader an offer that was rejected One year ago Show business legend Ginger Rogers died in Rancho Mirage at age 83 Todays Birthdays Former Supreme Court Jus tice William Brennan is 90 Jazz singer Ella Fitzger ald is 78 Movie directorwriter Paul Mazursky is 66 Former Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon is 64 Actpr Al Pacino is 56 Actress Talia Shire is 50 Thought for Today Prophecy is the wit of a Vladimir Nabokov Russianbom author   

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