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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                11 f ril jyt jtfatgjradAfrfrfrfragL tl m Loveday contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address Huuui rights ait Brtnl and reciprocal and tf you lake my liberty and life you forfeit your own liberty and Wesley Loguen runaway slave religious leader 1860 Religious terrorism Recent attacks against churches undermine religious freedom of all Americans Each one of us should be outraged by any assault on a person or group because of their religious beliefs The founders of this country were very clear on the need for religious tol erance Many of our ancestors came to this country to avoid reli gious persecution Religion is a very personal right For many of us religion is an intimate crucial element to our existence To attack ones religion or place of worship is a very personal meanspirited assault Thats one of the reasons mat the burning of AfricanAmer ican churches is so appalling The other reason of course is because its racism at its most evil More than 30 churches have been destroyed or damaged by suspected arson in the past 18 months So far only seven arrests involving five of the arsons have been made Two of the seven suspects according to one federal official have known ties to the Ku KluxKlan President Clintons recent decision to ask Attorney Gener al Janet Reno and the FBI to investigate is a good one albeit a little late If these hideous acts of religious terrorism go unpunished then the religious freedoms of all Americans are diminished With the most recent church burning in Greenville Texas local and state authorities must act quickly and throw as many investigators as they can onto the case Texas and Texans must demonstrate to the rest of the coun try and to the world that religious terrorism will not be toler ated in this state Todays editorial was written by Editor and Publisher Doug Write The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and be to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 r Editor and Toney iOirector of BantaScott Advertising Osteen Let Had peculation Ann Avery Parnell Croteau 78131J slijr In fomat iftrf countict thret montht kix nuvuht iff i VJ 9fvt Conn in Uw mowm w MUlJJf I 1 I Education could be Doles issue When California instituted the wholelanguage approach to reading Marty a decade ago it abandoned a tested and proven favor of one Hut has children guessing at words and inventing their own spelling and grammar Whole language quickly spread to virtually every public school Attempts to restore phonics were rebuffed by the teachers union and educational who claimed die new way was better Ihe results of this new approach are now in Stan dardized tests in California placed that states public school children in a tie for last with Louisiana as me worst readers among 39 states tested Now Cal ifornia public schools are beating a hasty retreat from the wholelanguage approach word recog ratkmtaugh by assoHattng words and pictures and reembracing phonics which teaches children to string consonant and vowel sounds together Because California set the national wholelan guage trend and is now abandoning it other states and cities are following suit UK Houston Independent School District seventh largest in the nation issued a report by scholars and citizens under the leadership of honorary chairman former first lady Barbara Bush dial demanded a return to systematic phonics Citing a study funded by tile National Institutes of Health researcher Barbara Foorman head of the HISD Reading Committee said What was found was dial die more explicit the instruction in phonics the greater die growth and outcomes in reading Specifically even though children started the school year at the same low levels of phonological and word reading skills by the end of die year the children receiving direct instruction with phonics were at the 42nd percentile on a standardized test of reading whereas children receiving an embedded incidental phonics approach were at the 23rd percentile if the teachers were trained by the researchers or at the 21st Cal Thomas percentile if the teachers were trained by the Jack Pikulski presidentelect of the International Reading Association and a professor of education at the University of Delaware believes phonics is a necessary part of a balanced reading program There is plen ty of evidence dial phonics can get children off to a good start Theres also plenty of evi dence mat teaching children to read earlier and better is only part of die solution to failing public schools Columnist William Raspberry wrote The schools are dreadful because teachers are illtrained or afraid to exert dis cipline or because the schools are cheerless under funded and I would take issue only with his assertion that schools are underfunded The Opportunities Com mittee of die House of Representatives reports there are 720 federal programs identified as funding education at an annual cost of billion The total cost of education in America exceeds bil lion Public noted Raspberry are becoming the educational counterfeit of public hospitals sup ported by taxpayers who will use diem only as a last desperate Last week GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole said Instead of instilling hope and discipline too often our schools breed resentment despair and mediocrity Our schools are teaching recycling and AIDS prevention but our kids cant add and top often arent allowed to Education reform is one issue Dole can make his own President Clinton is beholden to die National Education Association though he sends his daughter to a private school For starters Dole should recruit the first ladies of several states such as Mary Lord Beaskty of South Carolina Susan Allen of Virginia and Laura Bush of Texas to help him endorse a return to systematic phonics in every state Dole should also press Clinton on school choice If parents could direct where they want their children educated in government or in private schools such competition would lift all educational boats Now schools function as the phone company used to as a monopoly that benefits the education lobby and allows schools to exert political influence They have failed Americas children and their tax paying parents Improving die reading skills of children will help diem do better in every subject Granting personal choice will improve their minds and spirits The NBA is for choice on abortion Why isnt it for choice for those fortunate enough to have been born and for their parents It is because the NBA wishes to reproduce its own world view and the only way it can do this is to keep most children trapped in a sys tem even die moderately liberal William Raspberry calls Cal Thomas is a syndicated Kevorkian attends death of New Jersey woman ByJIMIRWIN Associated Press Writer DETROIT AP Less dian a month after His lat est court victory Dr Jack Kevorkian attended the i death of a New Jersey woman a lawyer for the assisted suicide advocate said today Ruth Neuman 69 who reportedly died from car bon monoxide poisoning was the 29th person to die in Kevorkians presence since 1990 Neuman of Columbus was brought to the North Oakland Medical Center in Pontiac at about Doctors tried unsuccessfully to revive the woman hospital spokeswoman Choli Natavio said Neumans body was brought to the hospital by her son Jeff Neuman who was joined several minutes later by Kevorkians lawyer Geoffrey Fieger Natavio Fieger reached at his home by The Associated Press confirmed die dead womans identity and said she died in Kevorkians presence Fieger would not say how or where she died WWJAM reported that Fieger said she died of car bon monoxide poisoning Kevorkian also reached at his home referred questions to his lawyer An autopsy on Ms Neuman could be performed later today said a spokeswoman at the Oakland County Medical Examiners office who refused to give her name If shes a suspicious death shes automatically a medical examiners case If theyre saying Dr Jacks involved that would be a suspicious the spokeswoman said The 68yearold retired pathologist has maintained that as a doctor he has a moral duty to help patients end their suffering even if the only way is to end their lives It was not immediately clear what Ms Neuman suffered from Kevorkian has said nothing short of being burned at the stake would halt his campaign to provide fatal relief to patients suffering from unending pain The death comes less than a month after Kevorkian was acquitted in two assisted suicides Over the last two years he has been acquitted of assisted suicide charges in three trials covering five deaths Oakland County Prosecutor Richard Thompson has said even after the highprofile court failures he wouldnt back down from possibly trying Kevorkian again After his latest court victory May 14 Kevorkian said I now consider this a legitimate medical ser vice Ive never been so convinced of being right in my The last death involving Kevorkian was that of Austin Bastable S3 a multiple sclerosis patient from South Windsor Ontario The May 6 death came during Kevorkians last trial In his first two trials Kevorkian was charged under a temporary law the Legislature targeted at him But in die last case die charges were based on a 1994 Michigan Supreme Court ruling that said assist ed suicide was a felony under the common law die traditions and legal precedents dating to old England Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday June 11 the 163rd day of 1996 There are 203 days left in the year Todays Highlights in History On June U 1776 the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Inde pendence from Britain On this date In 1909 Englands King Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon In 1770 Captain James Cook cominander of the British ship Endeavour discovered the Great Barri er Reef off Australia by running onto it In Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes becoming horse racings first Triple Crown winner In 1943 the United States and the Soviet Union signed a lewNease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in WPrtd Warn In 1947 sugar rationing ended in the United States In 19JI Buddhist monk Quang Due immolated himself on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem In 1970 the United States presence in Libya came to an end as die last detachment left Wheelus Air Base In 1977 Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes capturing the Triple Crown In 1977 a 20day hostage drama in the Nether lands ended as Dutch marines stormed a train and a school heId by South Moluccan extremists Six gun men and two hostages on the train were killed In 1978 Jpseph Freeman Jr became the first black priest ordained in the Church of Jesus Christ of Lat terday Saints In 1979 actor John Wayne died at age 72 In 1985 Karen Ann Quintan the comatose patient whose case prompted a historic court decision died Plains at age 31 Ten years ago By a 54 vote the Supreme Court struck down a Pennsylvania abortion law while reaffirming its 1973 decision establishing a con stitutional right to abortion Five years igo President Bwsh authorized billion in agricultural credit guarantees for the Sovi et Union Actress Julia Roberts and actor Kiefer Sutherland called off their wedding three days before it was to have taken place One year ago In an unprecedented joint appear ance President Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich sparred politely over Medicare and other issues before an audience of senior citizens in Clare Todays Birthdays Marine biologist Jacques Cousteau is 86 Opera singer Rise Stevens is 83 Author William Styron is 71 Actor Gene Wilder is 61 Actor Chad Everett is 60 Comedian Johnny Brown is 59 Former auto racer Jackie Stewart is 57 Singer Joey Pee is 56 Actress Adrienne Barbeau is 51 lousing Secretary Henry Cisneros is 49 Rock musician Frank Beard is 47 Football player Joe Montana is 40 Thought for Today Forgetfulness is a form of Khali Gibran American poet and artist   

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