Thursday, November 28, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A Q HeraldZeitung g Thursday November Opinion talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 221 O T A B L F We have dared to be free let us dare to be so by ourselves and for Jean Jacques Dessalines Haitian emperor 1804 Let us give thanks There have been some difficult times but we should take time to note our blessings Whether you are at home today for a Thanksgiving with fam ily or friends or on the road or alone take some time today to literally count your blessings We here in Comal and Guadalupe counties have much to appreciate We live in one of the most wonderful spots in the world We have an imperfect yet remarkable history of which we all can be proud Our collective future looks bright and if history is an indica tor our communities will adjust and adopt to our changing needs Our children might be about a third of our population but they constitute 100 percent of our future The recent problems in some of our schools though emotional and highly debated are indeed only temporary With time and patience and goodwill peace will be found and in the end these problems will be worked out and our schools and our childrens education will continue to improve If you are fortunate enough to be with family or friends today encourage fellowship intent to thoughts about those people or situations in your life that you appreciate and for which you are thankful If you cannot comfortably express your feelings for a friend then give a hug Show them that you appreciate them Being kind considerate and thoughtful costs absolutely noth ing yet the dividends are enormous We here at the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung are thankful that you allow us to be part of your day We all wish each of you the happiest of Thanksgivings Todays editorial was written by Publisher Doug Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre vious 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Director of Advertising Ext BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Ext Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Interim Managing Editor Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by he New Braunfels HmMZeitwig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 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 Coma County in Texas three months six months oneyear Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 Vi Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraMZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion OINNM contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to sirjnply contact staff members the managing editors address is Easy sailing on the Good Ship Republican XBOARD THE VEENDAM IN THE CARIBBEAN You might think that a post election cruise for conservatives sponsored by National Review would resemble a wake mourn ing the White House loss Far from it The success in maintaining a Republican majority in Congress has given conservatives a confidence they have mostly lacked in the postReagan years Conservatives believe they have won the intel lectual arguments about the excessive size and cost of government and ate winning the battle over tax es welfare illegal immigration and the general cliltural rot Still left to conquer are the issues of entitlements racial and gender quotas and the role of America in the world The Christian Coalitions Ralph Reed made the most intriguing remark when he told me that we are going to have to invent a presidential candidate for the year By that he meant finding a per son who already subscribes to what most conserv atives believe rather than attempting to squeeze a moderatetoliberal Republican into an illuming ideological suit Perhaps this person would resemble former Wyoming Republican Sen Malcolm Wallop who presented a speech on the cruise that he had deliv ered the previous week to the economically con servative Cato Institute Wallop said that conservatives must not see themselves locked in a shotgun marriage to the Republican Parry He indicted the GOP leadership for tacitly accepting the liberals premise that the voters disapprove of the conservative vision of American society In their view piety propriety responsibility stand ing for the rights of citizens and families against bureaucratic encroachment are the hallmarks of and so the Republican leadership pressed upon candidates nationwide an agenda best characterized as Rockefeller Republicanism fiscal astringency combined with claims of superior com petence in management and guilty protestations of moderation Basically the Michael Dukakis campaign Meanwhile President Clinton and the Democrats baldly cast themselves as the defenders of families religion indeed our values against dark forces threatening According to exit polls about 25 percent of selfdescribed con servatives and a large majority of moderates most of whom share conservative cultural views voted to reelect the pres ident Wallop listed specifically how and why conservatives should extricate themselves from a par ty mentality There are too many to recount here but the first step is to stop viewing the party as the exclusive property of Rockefeller Republicans who have by default been setting the partys agenda Those Repub licans have lost the White House twice in the past two national elections compared to the threeinarow vic tories delivered by two Reagan administrations and one Bush administration Republican moderates have suckered the media and too many conservatives into believing conserv atives cant win without moderates and that conser Cal Thomas Syndicated Columnist vative views are political death The last 16 years prove the opposite Victories were delivered to con servative ideas not Rockefeller Republican ideas The Rockefeller bunch should be expected to follow the lead of conservatives which is the future of their par ty and to submit to that leadership As conservatives dominate the intellectual and political high seas Wallop had a word of caution My concern is with the character of American con servatism In Europe conservatives long ago gave up the principled battle against the welfare state became just another set of claimants and have taken up the antiimmigration cause not without racism If you want to see a conservatism more niggardly and with less of a future than Nixons Doles Pete Wil sons or Christine Whitmans just go to Europe The American conservative tradition which began with Washington and Adams is founded on a con cern for character No phrase came from Washington more often than we have a national character to Wallop correctly asserted that America with each passing year resembles less what the Founders intended and more like the countries our immigrant forefathers fled This is happening in large he said because the people who run our government our universities our media the entertainment indus try the arts and so forth have used the enormous powers of the government to make it Conservatism has many obstacles to overcome not the least of which is the stereotype of meanspirit edness and But like big ships great social movements take time to turn around Conservatives are on the right course The question is should they be on the Republican boat or abandon ship idontfneaniD Letter to the Editor Guadalupo is now getting Its break from summer Editor The Guadalupe River is still here and enjoying the fall splendor deco rating its banks Almost every day I go down to sit by the riverside to enjoy its beauty of the season Right now the river is flowing gently with very little trash that I hope to get to remove next week The flotilla rafting down the riv er is not of the boisterous littering cussing drunken type this time of year In contrast to the armada of sum mer rowdies there is now a tranquil fleet of fall foliage from bank to bank flowing with the river current going somewhere downstream If for some reason these leaves get caught along the way they will become compost and food for the majestic bald cypress Today in History By Tht Associated Press Today is Thursday Nov 28 the 333rd day of 1996 There are 33 days left in the year This is Thanksgiving Day Highlight In History Ori Nov 28th 1520 Portuguese navigator Ferdi nand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after pass ing through the South American strait that now bears his name Or this datt In 1895 the first automobile race took place between Chicago and Waukegan III In 1928 the Grand Ole Opry Nashvilles famed home of country music made its radio debut on sta tion WSM In 1942 nearly people died in a fire that destroyed the Coconut Grove nightclub in Boston In 1943 President Roosevelt British Prime Minis ter Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin met in Tehran during World War II lining the river That again is in contrast with all the shoes shirts plastic bags sun shades cigarette lighters balloons and worst of all glass bottles and alu minum cans that still line the bottom and sides of parts of this grand old Guadalupe River Last summer was such a great time to do a thorough cleaning of the river When the river was bare of water the bottom trash was exposed and should have been taken away I did manage to clean a lot of it and hoped the river would stay bare till after Friends for Rivers could clean The much needed rain came in August to cover the river before the September cleanup and so the trash that is not seen now is still there In October we had about 17 true snow birds visit a week or so on the Guadalupe Every day we put grain out for the flock of ducks that rested on this part of the Guadalupe It was great fun to watch them fly in and out during the day and to dip and to dive in the river I did often wonder what the ducks could see and if they always avoided the broken glass and other trash as they went under water in search of food In the morning all is peaceful and beautiful on the Guadalupe and Im inspired to tell you about the deer coming down to drink about our resident blue heron standing guard at his favorite fishing hole and about Mr and Mrs Wood Duck criss crossing the river The floating leaves continue on perhaps to the Rio Grande and the trash is out of sight for now Fonda Wetsel New Braunfels Senate Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison 283 Russell Senate Office Washington 20510 Phone 202224 5922 FAX 2022240776 Local Office 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Anto nio TX 78230 Phone 210 3402885 Sen Phil Gramm 370 Rus sell Senate Office Washington Phone 2022242934 FAX 202228 2856 Local Office 404 E Ramsey Suite 200 San Antonio TX 78216 Phone 2103669494 FAX 210366 2016 In 1958 the African nation of Chad became an autonomous republic within the French community In 1994 the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars In 1975 President Ford nominated Federal Judge John Paul Stevens to the Supreme Court seat vacated by William 0 Douglas In 1985 the Irish Senate approved the AngloIrish accord concerning Northern Ireland In 1990 Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain during an audience with Queen Eliz abeth II who conferred the premiership on John Major In 1994 serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was killed in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate Ten years ago The United States violated ceilings in the unratified SALT II nuclear arms treaty as anoth er Air Force B52 bomber capable of carrying atom ictipped cruise missiles became operational Five years ago Soviet President Mikhail S Gor bachev expressed unhappiness over reports that the Ignited States might move toward diplomatic recog nition of Ukraine after the republics upcoming inde pendence referendum Ons year ago President Clinton continued to press his case for sending ground troops to Bosnia President Clinton signed a billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit Todays Birthdays Recording executive Berry Gordy Jr Is 67 Actress Hope Lange is 65 Former Sen Gary Hart Is 60 Singer Randy New man is 53 CBS News correspondent Susan Spencer is 50 Late Show orchestra leader Paul Shaffer is 47 Actor Ed Harris is 46 Actor Judd Nelson is 37 Rock musician Matt Cameron Soundgarden is 34 Rhythmandblues singer Dawn Robinson En Vogue is 28 Thought for Today Twas founded be th Puritans to give thanks fr bein preserved frrn th Indyans we keep it to give thanks we are preserved frrn th Thoughts on Thanksgiving by Mr created by American humorist Fintey Peter Dunne