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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A D HeraldZeitung O Wednesday October Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 220 i I u n g Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address Is Q U O T A B L If you dont say anything you wont be called on to repeat it Calvin Coolidge 30th president c 1920 D I T O R I A L KUDOS for continued giving Blood drives at First Protestant Church this year brought in 147 donations Sincere thanks is extended to the members and friends of First Protestant Church for their support of the community blood drive held Oct The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center saw 37 willing donors of which 32 were able to donate The Department of Mission and Service of First Protestant Church sponsors five drives throughout the year as one of its mission projects to help meet the increasing blood needs in South Texas Donors were greeted by Rose Marie Zipp and Kathy ONeal members of the department and Charlene Nolte blood drive coordinator Andreas Lavin and Sarah ONeal from the youth group also volunteered to help The members of the department treated the donors to cookies Mitzi Drehers Mother Crockers brownies were a big hit We ate gratefulfor trie many firsttimers mat par ticipated to Michelle Friedeck and Clark Mitchell Also many regular donors participated including Courtney Swander Courtney gave his last donation before he becomes ineligible due to age restriction when he celebrates his next birthday He is commended for his dedication The yearend total for drives held at First Protestant Church is 147 donations On behalf of the church and the community thank you to all the participants for their active support and continued commitment for the community blood program Charlene Nolte Coordinator Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Mailletters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher ext Toney Managing Editor ext Loveday Director of Advertising ext BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Classified Advertising Manager ext Reininger Business Manager ext Lee Hall Circulation Director ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman ext Parnell City Editor ext Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HerakiZeitwig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HerqldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupc counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six mpnths one year Subscribers whp have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitwig Draw er 311328 78I3M328 Voters sound off on state of military Make no mistake about it the federal govern ments duty of providing for the common as the Constitution stipulates is a top priority for a majority of Texans My annual ques tionnaire which your newspaper so graciously published this past summer posed this question to readers Congress has increased defense spending by billion over the Presidents budget this year Do you favor these increases Sixtyfour per cent of you favored that increase and an additional 7 percent favored some increase if not that amount Defense is the most important function of the federal government We must have strong functional armed one reader com mented on his questionnaire Another reader expressed an assumption that I believe most Texans share That the United States should have the most powerful and bestequipped military in the world is a One writer worried The President has tried to cut our defenses to the point where it is unsafe for our country I am very concerned about the down sizing of the military at the same time we have extensive troop deployments But there also was some ambivalence about the immense sums we spend to keep our country secure I support this spending if it is necessary to defend our country But I wonder about buying all those unnecessary one woman wrote I would have increased it but perhaps not by bil said another I approve of this increase but we have to try to cut the waste and make defense acquisitions more efficient at the same one respondent wrote And some are resigned to a certain amount of inefficiency in the system I am a Navy veteran of World War II and I can see no reason to cut defense spending I do hate to see the stupid contracts drawn up by the Pentagon but appar ently there is no help for this problem as it has been going on for well over 50 Texans who answered the questionnaire had specific pri orities for defense spending This money should be spent on training and troop salaries Kay Bailey Hutchison Guest Columnist and needed weapons not on pork Money allocated to the Department of Defense should be identified specifically by purpose All budgets should include adequate medical and den tal support for military retirees and their depen dents as well as active duty another thoughtful reader wrote Several readers raised the question of preparing for missile attacks by rogue nations We spend all this money yet the United States has no defense against a foreign missile threat Our defense needs to be proactive not reactive We shouldnt wait until Iraq North Korea have missiles to try to cope with such a Many many of you have strong opinions about where defense spending should be targeted America should not try to police the whole a reader wrote If we are spending so much on defense can we find better ways to use our military such as fight ing the war on drugs I feel our president is not serious about another respondent wrote expressing a frequent theme Others wrote We should close our borders bring home our troops from abroad and use them to defend our and We have too much criminal drug activity here on our own borders to take care of This what the military is protect Finally several Texans wrote Dont pu our military under UN I was very impressed with the insights so many of you have into this important issue My belief like the large majority of yours is that we have been the worlds greatest superpower because we have been strong and we have been prepared Military readiness is one of the key responsibilities of the federal government We must never allow our country to be weak militarily It is my job to ensure that we are spending our defense dollars efficiently and wisely I will do everything possi ble to achieve peace through strength KayB Hutchison is a senator for Different trial but question same Did do it By MICHAEL FLEEMAN Associated Press Writer SANTA MONICA Calif AP A year and 20 days after a jury acquitted Simpson another jury in another courtroom does the whole thing over again to decide whether it believes he is a killer Opening statements were to begin today with lawyers for three plaintiffs and one defendant spelling out for a mostly white jury just what the evidence will show during the trial expected to last four months Simpson 49 was acquitted last October in the June 1994 slayings of exwife Nicole Brown Simp son and her friend Ronald Goldman Ms Simpsons estate and Goldmans family are suing Simpson for unspecified damages claiming he is the killer Prior to opening statements Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki was to consider some lingering legal issues including a plaintiff request that jurors not be told about former Detective Mark Fuhrmans no contest plea to perjury relating to his use of the word Plaintiffs also want Fuhrmans criminal trial testimony ruled offlimits Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Oct 23rd the 297th day of 1996 There are 69 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on Oct the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time at an auditorium in Flush ing Meadow On this date In 1864 forces led by Union Gen Samuel R Curtis defeated Confederate Gen Stirling Prices army in Missouri In 1910 Blanche S Scott became the first woman to make a solo public airplane flight reaching an altitude of 12 feet in a park in Fort Wayne Ind In 1915 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote In 1942 during World War H Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein In Egypt In 1944 the Battle of Leyte Gulf began After opening statements testimony begins with the plaintiffs Calling a number of people to try to establish that Simpson had enough time to kill two people and get home for a limousine ride to the airport The first witness sources say will be Karen Craw ford the manager at the restaurant where Goldman was working the night he died Crawford placed into an envelope the eyeglasses Goldman took to Ms Simpsons house where he was killed Other early witnesses on the plaintiffs list are Pablo Fenjves whose recollection of a howling dog indicated that the time of the slayings was about and Stewart Tanner a bartender who said Goldman probably left work around sources said If all those names sound vaguely familiar its because they each testified at the criminal trial and they wont be the only ones returning for more Simpson case duty Everyone from Brian Kato Kaelin to DNA expert Robin Cotton are expected back on the stand But there also will be some new faces and some new evidence led by a photograph purporting to show Simpson wearing the same style of rare Italian shoes as those worn by the killer Other differences Simpson must testify Since he cant be tried again on murder charges he enjoys no Fifth Amend ment rights against on No prosecutors This time its lawyers for the relatives of Ms Simpson and Goldman trying to build a case against Simpson If it doesnt fit theres no one to acquit Simp son cant go to jail this time The penalty if he loses is money A heavier burden for the defense Reasonable doubt wont do it this time for Simpson The plaintiffs need only prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence If the jurors think theres a better chance than not that Simpson was the killer he loses Also the verdict doesnt have to be unanimous a 93 mar gin suffices A different jury makeup The old jury had nine blacks the new one has nine whites Also the entire affair has been moved from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica a prosperous mostly white sea side city In 1956 an antiStalinist revolt that was sub sequently crushed by Soviet troops began in Hungary In 1973 President Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Water gate special prosecutor over to Judge John J Sirica In 1978 China and Japan exchanged treaty ratification documents in Tokyo formally ending four decades of hostility In 1980 the resignation of Soviet Premier Alexei N Kosygin was announced In 1983 241 Marines and sailors in Lebanon were killed in a suicide truckbombing at Beirut International Airport A nearsimulta neous attack on French forces killed 58 para troopers Ten years ago The administration declared a ceasefire in its diplomatic dispute with the Soviet Union saying it would not retal iate for the expulsion of five more American diplomats from Moscow In Game 5 of the World Series the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Mets 42 taking a 32 lead in the series Five years ago Cambodias warring fac tions and representatives of 18 other nations a peace treaty in Paris The Atlanta Braves won Game 4 of the World Series beat ing the Minnesota Twins 32 One year ago President Clinton met with Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Hyde Park The leaders agreed that Russian troops would help enforce peace in Bosnia but remained deadlocked on the issue of NATO command A jury in Houston convicted Yolanda Saldivar of murdering Tejano singing star Sele na Todays Birthdays FormerTonight Show host Johnny Carson is 71 Soccer great Pele is 56 Author Michael Crichton is 54 Rhythmand blues singer Barbara Ann Hawkins of the Dixie Cups is 53 Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 40 Parodist Weird Al Yankovic is 37 Singer Pavid Thomas of Take 6 is 30 Thought for Today Next to excellence is the appreciation of Makepeace Thack eray British author   

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