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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas OnlkM eontaet submit totters and guest columns etectrootcalty by way of online services or Internet or simply contact staff member tne managing editors address isOLovedavOAOLcdm Managing Loveday Sander Vanocur flRst 1994 Dont be a statistic Conversion of fontageroadisystem here meant to save lives attention New Braunfels drivers have been waiting for this road project for years And now its finally arrived The Texas Department of Transportation will begin convert ing the 135 frontage roads into a oneway system next week By doing so the frontage system will be simplified and especially made safer While most area residents soon adapt to me twoway frontage roads which require motorists to yield for vehicles entering and exiting the highway visitors to this community are not as com fortable with the mechanics of driving here The results can be and have been tragic Drivers for example traveling northbound on the frontage road adjacent the southbound lanes of 135 must yield for cars wish ing to speed onto entry ramps If they are not paying attention dont slow down at the yield sign or if the vehicle wishing to enter the highway fails to use a turn signal a headon collision canqccur a Converting to a oneway frontage system wilt solve ihbse r Jv v ni biu Nowhere conies the tricky part All of us who are so accustomed to twoway traffic on frontage roads in town must now change our thinking I suggest that drivers be patient and start preparing to drive the frontage roads as a oneway so that they will get used to TxDOT Area Engineer David Kopp advised recently eled routes familiar they can cause complacency in our dri ving As we face this change in our road system next week make sure to be aware of new road signs This conversion is meant to save lives r Dont be another statistic Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Write The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right io correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald Zeiiung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung DougToney ing Editor Doug Loveday Retail Jack Osteen Lee Hall iP Carol Arm Avery BillyParnell Roger Croteau oufeide Comri Canny in Owe nwnttw 11 im Is Dole campaign facing Bush2 FOOT yean ago opinion polls showed George Bons popularity heading soirth Many in the Bush canp refused to panic or take collective They believed the president would pufl out of his nose dne nd head back direction of his recordhigh roval ratings that followed the Gulf War What some believe could be a Bush2 the facing a sim itar challenge A Los Angeles Times survey reveals dot a majority of Americans have already become faenchamedwith the Republican Congress and have little enthi in for Dole The survey shows President Clinton beating Dole even with thirdparty candidates Ross Perot and Ralph Nader in the race In a twoman contest according to the survey Clinton beats Dole 55 to 37 percent In a fourway race Clinton wins with 45 per cent to Doles 32 percent Perot gets 13 percent and Nader 6 percent What to do Washington Post columnist Stephen Rosenfeld offers a formula After hearing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speak at William and Mary College recently Rosenfeld wrote What struck memost from her speech and a chat was the unity of public statement and personal belief This is a rare quality in a realm otherwise bulging with political hustlers consensus politicians and pol icy wonks It is one of the core mysteries of leader This is the only way Bob Dole can beat Bill Clin ton without help from Whitewater independent coun sel Kenneth Starr Dole must articulate firm beliefs and principles not general ones or he risks being overwhelmed by the slickest campaigner promise breaker and feiKXstraddlerm the hisloiy of modern politics Doles speech to the American Society of News paper Editors April 19 about the liberal judiciary was a good start but he will have trouble with that issue because he has voted to confirm 182 of Clintons 185 nominees to the federal bench Dole says he did this out of deference to a presidents con stitutional a state ment that glosses over the issue of principle If most of the pres idents nominees were liberals why didnt Dole oppose them on philosophical grounds as many liberal Democrats have done with Republican nominees remember Robert Thatchers unity of public statement and personal belief is a summons to the only person who may be able to rescue the Dole campaign Newt Gingrich Gingrich must emerge from his reclusiveness and no matter what the cost personally speak truth to the nation The Republican theme ought to be and should have been not a rev olution but a second war of independence from the monarchy of big government from victimization and dependence on government to individual free dom accountability and prosperity In such wars combatants are sometimes wounded even killed including generals like Gingrich But wars of inde pendence are bigger than individuals and personali ties As The Weekly Standard put it It is time for Gingrkh to come oiit from hidiitg and do what he has always done best rally the faithful articulate the agenda for his movement and his party and help frame the national political conversation in a way that will clarify the stark choice facing the United Stalls in November Gingrich isnt just Speaker of the House He is is the magazine put it The national political figure most associated with the ideas of the revolution of 1994 and the governing agenda that has yet to be implemented and its going to take a far longer time than he may originally have thought at the height of the enthusiasm in early If Gingrich bums out if the press and his opponents scorch him beyond recognition so be it Others will rise up to take his place Besides isnt a comet a dying star And when the comet streaks across the sky isnt our attention diverted from Earth to the heavens Dont we marvel Gingrich should go for it almost as if he were running for president He should articulate an intel lectual and policy agenda about what a government united under Republican leadership would allow us to do for ourselves and our families If Gingrich leads and Dole loses the yearning for independence will remain If Gingrich doesnt lei and Dole loses and if the House reverts to Democ ratic control he and his ideas may never rise to such heights again Of course if Dole but can lie without Gingrich and his independence manifesto alongside him Six months before the election it doesnt appear so Cal Thomas is a syndicated POLITICS Boordas suicide came amid questions on awards By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer WASHINGTON before he apparently killed himself Adm Jeremy M Boorda the Navys top officer abruptly left his Pentagon office troubled by questions he was to face that day about the legit imacy of one of his Vietnam combat decorations Boorda 57 the widely admired chief of naval operations since April 1994 died Thursday of what police preliminarily were treating as a selfinflicted gunshot wound to the chest Initial forensic evidence indicates this case will be classified as a a Metropolitan Police Depart ment statement said Boordas body was found about in a side yard next to his quarters at the Washington Navy Yard People nearby heard the gunshot and rushed to his aid He was pronounced dead at General Hospital a few minutes later Police said a 38 caliber Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Friday May 17 the 138th day of 1996 There are 228 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May the Supreme Court issued Its landmark Brown vs Board of Education ruling that declared that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal On date In 1792 the New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree located on what is now Wall Street In 1814 Norways constitution was signed pro viding for a limited monarchy In the first Kentucky Derby was run at Churchill Downs in Louisville The winner was Arts tides In 1998 the radio quiz show Information Please made its debut on the NBC Blue Network In Congress passed the Vinson Naval Act providing rwds fpr s twoscejn handgun and a suicide note were recovered near the body Two suicide notes were found officials said although the notes were sealed by police and the con tents were not disclosed The Washington Post reported in todays editions that the notes one of which was written to Boordas wife expressed concern about the disgrace resulting from an impending disclosure questioning whether he had earned two Vietnamera decorations he had once worn The New York Times said the notes suggested Boorda had been driven to take his life by fear that the reputation of the Navy already battered by a series of scandals would be further harmed by the disclo sures about his medals Boorda was to have met about the time of the shooting with the Washington bureau chief of Newsweek magazine which was working on a sto ry concerning his medals In 1940 the Nazis occupied Brussels Belgium during World War II In 1946 SO years ago President Truman seized control of the nations railroads delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen In 1948 the Soviet Union recognized the new state of Israel In 1973 the Senate opened its hearings into the Watergate scandal In 1980 rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miamis Liberty City neighborhood after an aljk white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie In American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf Iraq and the United States charac terized the attack as a mistake Ten ago Friends and relatives gathered in Oregon for the funerals of two of nine climbers who died during a school outing on Mount Hood ago The Commerce Department reported the deficit had narrQweil sharply Administration officials speaking on condition of anonymity said there was no evidence the shpog ing was accidental and no suspicion of foul play Boordas top deputy Adm Jay L Johnson over as acting Navy chief after the shooting Colleagues and lawmakers who had spoken wiUJ Boorda in recent days expressed shock and dismay At the White House President Clinton praistd Boorda the first enlisted sailor in the history of the Navy to rise to its top position as a man of ordinary energy dedication and good Navy Secretary John Dalton the services civilian chief said he had met with Boorda a day earlier rib was in great Dalton told a news conferenci The questions about the legitimacy of Boordas combat V award came at a time when the Navy an institution has come under fire from critics fat moral lapses starting with the 1991 Tailhook sexur al assault scandal and more recently focusing tin drug use at the Naval Academy and sexual in March 1991 to billion the lowest levelfti nearly eight years jjjp One year ago The Senate Ethics Committee COJT eluded that Sen Bob Packwood had to facie a fullscale Senate investigation of charges tHit included making improper advances toward womM Jacques Chirac was sworn in as president of ending the 14year tenure of Socialist Francois MJfc terrand Todays Birthdays Actress Maureen OSullivan is 85 Former Watergate special prosecutor Cox is 84 Opera singer Birgit Nilsson is 78 director Dennis Hopper is 60 Energy Secretary Hazel QLeary is 59 Nebraska Qovemor Ben Nelspri is 55 Singer Taj Mahal is 54 Actress Debra Wingf r is 41 Actor Bill Paxton is 41 Boxer Sugar Leonard is 4Q Actorcomedian Bob Saget is Singer Trent Reznor is 31 Thought for Today HTte you come isnt as important as the family youre going T Ring Lardner American humorist 181
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