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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 O HeraldZeitung O Tuesday October Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 220 Online ooiitflot submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is QUOTA BL Evil communications corrupt good manners I hope to live to hear that good communications correct bad Benjamin Banneker astronomer mathematician 1800 T O R I A L Recycling program New lottery another incentive for local residents to participate in city recycling Cash for Trash Its the newest incentive for New Braunfels residents to participate in the citys curbside recycling program Instead of sitting back and enjoying the 50 percent partici pation rate on recycling a high percentage in any communi recycling officials are trying to see just how many more people they can get on board to begin utilizing the program Cash for Trash is a quarterly lottery in which is awarded to a person who has their bin of recyclables on the curbside when their address is drawn If a property is drawn and the homeowner does not utilize his recycling bin that day the money rolls over to the next quarter where the lucky environmentallyconscious citizen can win Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager said a few other communities including Austin have held lotteries to try and boost participation and interest in recycling endeav ors Tlie New Braunfels Cash fprTrash program has the sup port of HEB and BFI with each Business the quarterly lottery drawing Residents should make sure they recycle this week to be eligible for the first drawing While other communities are still debating or resisting the idea of implementing a recycling program ours is finding new ways to get the public excited about the existing pro gram Instead of resting on success New Braunfels is hoping to build on success Whether it be Cash for Trash or another program the initiative taken to improve an already success ful system is commendable Thats forward thinking Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug 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 Mail letters 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 Osteen Classified Advertising Manager ext Reininger Business Manager ext Lee Hall Circulation Director ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman ext Parnell City Editor ext Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Afew Brmmfels HeraktZeitimg USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 3 J1328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeiiung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe 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 months one yew Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Media bias seen in Roper survey One of the reasons there are others Bob EXle con tinues to lag behind Bill Clinton is the negative slant given by big media to the Dole campaign and the largely positive spin given the Clinton campaign Beginning in the early 80s several credible pref erence surveys of journalists editors network anchors and producers revealed an enormous tilt toward lib eral Democrats When confronted with the undeniable data the reaction was that well yes were liberal but it doesnt affect the way we cover the news Were professionals and can put aside our personal beliefs to present fair and balanced coverage Now comes a new survey in the OctoberNovem ber issue of The Public a Roper Cen ter Review of Public Opinion and Polling which reveals that the media have not been telling it to the public straight While noting that reporters and news paper editors are far more likely to identify with the Democratic Party than the Republican The data from our survey of reporters suggests that the jour nalistic goal of objectivity is more of an ideal than a practice Evidence from our survey shows that the lib eral and Democratic leanings of Washington reporters may consciously or unconsciously influence cov erage of The Roper survey asked reporters to assess their coverage of the 1994 Contract with America and 59 percent said they treated this topic only as an election year campaign ploy compared to 3 percent who treated it as a serious reform proposal That 6 in 10 reporters did not even in part consider the Contract story as a policy proposal in covering issue suggests that the political orientations of journalists orien tations which we know to lean in the direction of the Democratic Party and the liberal point of view may have influenced their When journalists were asked how often their opinions affect their work a shocking 78 per cent said at least some of the time including 16 percent who said often Journalism certainly has changed from the days when news was reported objec tively According to the Roper survey 62 percent of reporters and 79 percent of newspaper editors feel that they should be suggesting potential solutions to social That man date used to be reserved for commentary But todays thin ly disguised editorializing is frequently done on the front page and in statements by network anchors and morningshow hosts that are designed to stroke the ones they support and confront those they oppose Concludes the Roper survey These findings fur ther suggest that the political orientations of those in the journalistic community may in fact result in bias in the Some network executives and editors are in total denial about this though their story selection approach to coverage and choice of analysts prove the point beyond all doubt Coverage of the presi dential debates reflected a sameness no matter what Cal Thomas Syndicated Columnist channel one watched Viewers who have complained for years about slanted coverage are ignored Many have gone to C Span or simply turn off the TV In the survey two thirds of voters disagree 41 percent strongly and 24 percent mildly that news media stories about the campaign provide unbiased accounts of what is hap pening in the While majorities of all major partisan and ideological subgroups feel a media bias is apparent Republicans 75 percent and conservatives 70 percent are most critical of a general rrtedia bias When confronted with such high levels of customer dissatisfaction most industries would seek to address the grievances But it appears the big media would rather close shop than present fairly and accurately a point of view that differs from their own This hurts the jour nalism profession and our democracy since it pre vents a full and complete airing of ideas issues character and candidates record of promisekeeping Ronald Reagan was able to go over the heads of the big media because of his unique communication skills Bob Dole must run the gantlet and have his ideas mangled by the media buzz saw Bill Clinton has the big media just where he wants them as a wholly owned subsidiary of this reelection cam paign As for the top executives at the networks by refus ing to present balanced coverage and ignoring the interests of a large segment of their audience they are sowing the seeds of their own destruction Dole still stumping for votes in California By SANDRA SOBIERAJ Associated Press Writer NEWPORT BEACH Calif A Where next After 3 days of scouring California for votes Bob Doles campaign is making daybyday decisions about which states to target in this final week The Republican presidential challenger planned another California appearance today with a morning address in Irvine to the World Affairs Council of Orange County Just 16 hours before his plane was to take off from southern California today Dole announced he would travel to Denver before briefly touching base back in Washington From there his itinerary was undecided Were going to be working every Dole told reporters Monday even as he acknowledged his own predicament at an Anaheim rally with run ning mate Jack Kemp Anything worth having you Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Oct 29 the 303rd day of 1996 There are 63 days left In the year Todays Highlight in History On Oct 29 1929 Black Tuesday descended upon the New York Stock Exchange Prices col lapsed amid panic selling and thousands of inyestors were wiped out as the Great Depression began On this date In 1618 Sir Walter Raleigh the English courtier military adventurer and poet was exe cuted in London In 1682 the founder of Pennsylvania William Penn landed at what is now Chester Penn In 1901 President William McKinleys assas sin Leon Czolgosz was electrocuted In 1911 American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died in Charleston In 1929 the Republic of Turkey was pro claimed In 1940 Secretary of War Henry L Stimson drew the first number 158 in Americas first work hard for and you come from behind some Dole said Capping an extended tour of California which Dole has targeted for its topprize 54 electoral votes Dole said his campaigns private polls put Presi dent Clintons lead in the state down in the single dig its Most public California surveys have Clinton 10 20 points ahead Looking good Got new numbers today in our sur Dole said It can be With polls putting Dole behind Clinton by double digit margins in most regions of the country aides joked that picking targets for the candidates travel through Election Day next Tuesday was like throw ing darts Among the states on their maybe list Florida Kentucky Missouri New Mexico and New Jersey The decisions went straight to the top with Dole call ing the lastminute shots Clearly preoccupied with California he was planning an electioneve swing peacetime military draft In 1947 former first lady Frances Cleveland Preston died in Baltimore at age 83 In 1956 40 years ago during the Suez Canal crisis Israel launched an invasion of Egypts Sinai Peninsula In 19S6 The HuntleyBrinkley Report pre miered as NBCs nightly television newscast replacing The Camel News In 1966 30 years ago the National Organization for Women was founded In 1967 the counterculture musical Hair opened offBroadway In 1979 on the anniversary of the great stock market crash antinuclear protesters tried but failed to shut down the New York Stock Exchange In 1994 a gunman fired more than twodozen shots at the White House Francisco Martin Duran was later convicted of trying to assassi nate President Clinton and was sentenced to 40 years in prison Ttn years ago Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani Saudi Arabias oil minister since 1962 and one of the besHsnown figures of OPEC was dismissed Five years ago On the eve of a historic back through the state next week Clinton campaigning today in Ohio planned to hit more than 10 states before Nov 5 including Cali fomia Arizona Nevada Pennsylvania Michigan Colorado Texas Louisiana New Mexico and Flori da Mostly ignoring Doles attacks on his character and on his running of the White House the president has been using the power of incumbency instead to announce initiatives that appeal to working fami lies Today for example he was highlighting a short list of recommendations to states on how to improve edu cation including school by school report cards that will help parents choose where their children learn Reform Party candidate Ross Perot meanwhile was using his last week of the campaign to question Clintons ability to lead Middle East peace conference in Spain President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev met at the Soviet Embassy in Madrid Spain and expressed hope for a positive out come President Bush imposed trade sanctions against Haiti to pressure its new leaders to restore ousted President JeanBertrand Aristide to power One year ago Palestinians burned American and Israeli flags and swore revenge for the assassination of Dr Fathi Shakaki the leader of the radical Islamic Jihad and a top architect of terror attacks against Israel Shakaki was gunned down three days earlier in Malta report edly by Israeli intelligence Todays Birthdays Singer Melba Moore is 51 Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 49 Actress Kate Jackson is 48 Senator Dirk Kempthorne R Idaho Is 45 Singer Randy Jackson is 35 Rock musician Peter Timmins Cowboy Junkies is 31 Actress Winona Ryder is 25 Thought for Today Good taste is the worst vice ever Dame Edith Sitwell English poet   

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