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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas the more journalism I read and do the more convinced I am that only ideas have large and lasting consequences and that books are the primary carriers of ideas including books of poetry and George 1 columnist author j 1905 Fire threat from fireworks County should enact ban on sale of fireworks to individuals if drought persists drought conditions persist Comal County commissioners should look to join a group of other Texas county leaders in enacting a ban on fireworks during the duration of Panhandle counties that have already banned the sale of fire works to individuals include Randall Deaf Smith arid Gray considering a ban or placing restrictions on sales such af banning the sale of aerial fireworks include Roberts Hartley and Potterjcounties Whats unique about this effort to guard against brush fires caused by fireworks is mat it is supported in large measure by the veiy manufacturers of the fireworks The Texas Pyrotechnic Association told an AP reporter that me group supportsrestrictions on sales because fires caused by fire works would be bad publicity for their industry as well as a threat to life and property in the state Theyre protecting their business interests And thats OK The governor has said he would not enact any statewide or regional ban on fireworks but when asked by a countys com nassiipners for a ban he would do so at the local level riot Jf in th levels of our rivers but al health of our lawns and pastures Several burn bans have been enacted in Comal County only to be lifted after brief respites from the drought Firefighters are especially alert to blazes caused by fireworks aroundthe Fourth of July and this year will be no exception 9f the rains weve enjoyed during the past few days continue we may be in better shape than other counties in the Panhandle that have enacted bans on fireworks sales But if the overall dry conditions continue the county should ban the sale and use of fireworks here Too much can go wrong Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Love on any public iaauelTiieeditor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tibp anjilmown factual errors should be kept to 250 words We publish only anginal mail addreeaed to the Mew Braunfels Herald which are for 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 to to the Editor the New Braunfels HeratdZeitung Drawer 311328 Braunfels Texas 781311328 1 f Betels Zeitung Editor and Managing Director of I AdvertisingManager Loveday BantaScott Osteen Mary Lee Hall Carol Ann Avery Prww 311328 Nev 1328 mwinf onr ym 11 am leaders at a fundraiset May 16 Allfia iraynK ranw men WBKC ran n not oocn TOT Bob Doles announcement the day before thM he quitting the Senate and had it not been for the honoree Elizabeth Dote Mrs Dote worked the crowd Using a wireless microphone calling people by name as she passed their tables and delivering a flawless speech without notes and without the security of a podium to stand behind Her rhetorical triumph brought hope to a crowd dm was worried about the Republican Partys prospects after reading one too many polls showing Dote far behind President Clinton This election is about the character of Ameri said Mrs Dote She didnt say it was about the character of me candidates but of me country It is an important distinction A Wall Street cent to 26 percent voters say a presidential candidates positions on issues are more important man person al character and experience So if duty honor country have faded away along with Gen Douglas MacArthur we will find out in November Meanwhile its time for Bob Dote to follow up his class act with act two He should begin by stressing economic issues because mese are the great unifiers of the party and desperately needs to be unified He would begin a conversation with the public about the rote of government Why should we be focusing more on growth than me deficit and why will an acrMstfcboard cut produce gPMlet revenue for gov ernment by stimulating busmen and creating new jobs Elizabeth Dote says her hus band carries of a copy of the 10th Amendment with him as a reminder that powers not specif ically delegated to the federal government or forbidden to the states are reserved for die states and the people What that means and how government has vio lated mat amendment should be Bob Doles message Mrs Dote summarized the unfairness of the current tax code in one easytounderstand sentence The average worker pays more in taxes than for food shelter and clothing Is it fair that tax freedom for most came on May 7 this year meaning the average American doesnt get to keep what he earns until more than onethird of the year has expired And Dole should remind us who will be in charge of government if be and congressional Republicans and David Obey of Wisconsm The 1994 etection supposed to be about change The 1996 election ought not to be about returning power to the very peo pte who caused the voterswrath Someone suggested at the OOP dinner that Qiza bem Dote inouM debate wont happen but Bob Dole can begirt debating Bill din ton how He can do it with OOPfinanced commer elate featuring Clinton debating hfamelf The president can be cast M a promisebreaker unreliable lacking in conviction and as superficial as floor Wax all gloss and no depth Rather man attack Clinton dinict ly let him be shown as a snakeoil salesman who tells his listeners exactly what they want to hear about cures for their pain which he claims to After a campaign of Clinton vs Clinton the focus should men be on the character of the voters whether they believe character counts or nothing And then Bob Dote can promote his agenda Accord ing to his wife its strict constructionist judges with no legislating from the bench no more hollow mil itary we have many other enemies than the evili empire and the tax problem Bob Dole should repeat his wifes speech It brought down the house in Los Angeles and it could bring down President Clinton Cal Thomas is a syndicated chief YOU eant sue Japanese mistakenly shoot down plane Accident occurs during joint military exercises off Hawaii ByBENDIPIETRO Associated Press Writer HONOLULU Japanese destroyer acci dentally shot down a attack bomber during joint military exercises off Hawaii Its two American crew members ejected safely and were rescued in good condition Japan quickly apologized for the accident which happened at HST Monday EOT today as the Navys A6E Intruder was lowing a gunnery target miles west of Hawaii The Japanese vessel Yuugiri fired at the target but hit the plane and it crashed in the Pacific The pilot and bombardier whose names were not immediately released were rescued within minutes by the Yuugiri and were able to walk on their own power Japanese officials said one crew member had a minor cut to the abdomen the other only bruises The men were taken by helicopter to their home Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday June 4 the day of There are 210 days left in the year Todayi highlight In history 1 fa the early hours of June Henry Ford made test run with his horseless carriage called through the streets of Detroit I J 1 1 In 1647 the English seized King Charles 1 as In 1112 the Louisiana Territory was renamed their MiisoujriTerritory In turned Cyprus over to the British Its a unique and unfortu nate accident butt not a tragedy because we recov ered both crew members in good Capt Steve Clawson Pacific Fleet spokesman ship the aircraft carrier USS Independence and were expected to arrive back in Honolulu by Satur day Its a unique and unfortunate accident but its not a tragedy because we recovered both crew members in good Capt Steve Clawson spokesman for the Pacific Fleet The Japanese Defense Agency apologized to the military and decided to halt shooting practice using live ammunition said spokesman Tomonide Matsumura The 450foot Yuugiri which carries a crew of about 200 was using a 22 mm weapons system capable of firing bursts of rounds per minute said Tensuke Kobayashi a Japanese navy official Kobayashi said mechanical trouble in the weapons system may have caused the accident Apparently the missiles were launched when In 1944 the 5th Army entered Rome begin ning the liberation of the Italian capital during World Warll In 1947 the House of Representatives over whelmingly approved the TaftHartley Act In 1954 French Premier Joseph Laniel and Viet narnese Premier Buu Loc initialed treaties in Paris according complete independency to Vietnam In 1985 the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling striking down ah Alabama tow providing for a daily minute of sjlenee in public schools for meditation or voluntary prayer In 1989 hundreds possibly thousands pf In 1940 the Allied military evacuation from In 1942 the Battle of Midway began during WoricJ WarU to crush the prodemocracy movement In 1989 a gas explosion in the Soviet Union engulfed two passing trains killing 645 Ten yews ago Jonathan Jay Pollard a former Navy intelligence analyst pleaded guilty in Wash ington to spying for Israel He is serving a lift prison Fivf yean ago President Bush tapped former K they werent meant to he said Cmdr Keith Arteburn of Pacific Fleet said he couldnt confirm whether a mechanical malfunc tion was at fault Pentagon spokesman George Lennon in Waste ington said the Japanese reported the downing imme diately back through the various chains of com1 mand Japan Defense Agency official Tsutomu ma said eight Japanese escort vessels a supply ship flying corps eight submarine chasers and one sub marine were participating in the monthlong exer1 cises which began May 22 The annual maneuvers called RIMPAC for 1 Rim of the Pacific were launched by Australia New Zealand the United States and Canada in 1971 New Zealand later withdrew from the group Japan has been participating since 1980 This is the first such accident involving Japan i since it began participating in the RIMPAC exer cises Kobayashi said In the exercise the participants are divided into teams that conduct mock warfare j One team stages a mock defense of Hawaii while the other tries to capture it From the Japanese side naval personnel and 160 air force members are participating Democratic national chairman Robert S Strauss to be the new US ambassador to the Soviet Union government of China announced the death of Jiang Qing the 77yearold widow of Mao Tsetung say ing she had committed suicide on May 14 i i One year ago At the Tony Awards Sunset Boulevard won best Broadway musical while Love Valour Compassion by Terrence McNali ly was chosen best play v Todays Birthdays Sen Howard Metzenbaum DOhio is 79 Opera singer Robert Merrill is 77i Actor Dennis Weaver is 72 Actor Bruce Dem is 60 Singer Freddie Fender is 59 Singer Gordon Waller is 51 Rock musician Danny Brown is 45 Actor PanVer Stevenson is 44 SingeTmusician El DeBarge player Andrea Jaeger is 3 1 for Today Conventionality is no morality Selfrighteouswss is not religion To attack the first is not to assail the Charlotte Bronte 1 English novelist 1
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