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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 O HeraldZeitung o Tuesday December Opinion To talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 221 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 DLoveday@AOL.com QUOTAS It is the irresistible course of events that all men who have been deprived of their liberty shall recover this precious portion of their indefeasible John Browne Russwurm newspaper publisher 1826 O R I A L Allow the EAA to get started Give the elected board a chance to work The Edwards Aquifer Authoritys board the real board that was elected to succeed a group of political appointees fol lowing a lengthy court challenge has made only one decision so far naming Mike Beldon as its chairman the same position he held on the appointed board Its already catching flak from the same old sources of the past sources that dont appear interested in solving problems as much as appearing in the media to pursue some other purpose in the future Beldon s selection by his elected comrades on the board drew charges of a fixed vote through special interest groups by Kay Turner the San Antonio water activist and quite the special interest in her own right What is Turner saying about the board members What is she saying about the people who elected them Rita Banda who was elected in November to represent Comal County on the board said she chose to support Beldon because someone who is already working should guide the many new people on the Thats sound reasoning especially when the board is dealing with something so vital to South Texas environment and econ Ron Lewis DMauriceyille said week that trie regions water problems will require cooperation from sometime adversaries If Im sitting on the Legislature Appro priations Committee Id say you guys need to prove to us that youre willing to work together and put down your territorial ideas to find a regional Lewis point is no ones going to help us until we help our selves The EAA board doesnt need somebody undercutting it when its just getting oif the ground Just prior to the vote for Beldon at the Dec 10 meeting Turn er said Im sorry for what Im about to Well Kay were sorry to hear it any of it Todays editorial was written by Interim Managing Editor Jim Write us The New Bmunfels 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 Bmunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Director of Advertising Ext BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Ext Osteen Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Interim Managing Editor Ext Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 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 Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year 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 HeralciZeiiung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Perry is a good man who did a difficult job Now that William Perry is leaving as secretary of defense the secret known to but a few can be revealed We are neighbors His wife Lee and I serve on a condominium subcommittee policing our neighbors to make sure none violates the covenants I can sec across a courtyard through his windows when the shades are up Often the fluo rescent light in the upstairs office burns late into the night when he is home that is Many nights he has been on the road dealing with the defense 60 nations Instead of spending holidays with his family he was often with the troops in inhospitable places like Bosnia Living close to the Perrys and seeing them socially not to mention occasionally meeting Mrs Perry in the trash room gives me a fre quent critic of this administrations domestic and undefined foreign policy some special insights Perry told reporters a major reason he is leaving the Cabinet is the constant strain he felt from send ing American military personnel on missions that are or could be a threat to their lives That stance is consistent with what Ive seen of him Some might think such a statement from the secretary of defense sounds wimpish but it is characteristic of Bill Perry a man who loves his country and per sonifies a quality some say doesnt matter much these days character Not many leaders would accept sole responsibility for the terrorist attack on a building housing American troops in Saudi Ara bia Perry did Not everyone would share the credit for poli cies the administration believes have succeeded Per ry has When he mentioned the strain of sending young men and women into harms way I recalled a comment by the late Sen Harold Hughes who withdrew from the presidential campaign in 1972 because he said he could not push the nuclear button even in retalia tion for a first strike No one ever accused Hughes a burly former truck being weak The families of those in the military ought to be grateful we have leaders who anguish over the morality of war and the responsibility they have for the lives of others Bill and Lee Perry met in a dance band in the 40s He was a musician she was the bands singer Last year before ceremonies in Hawaii Cal Thomas Syndicated Columnist commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II I learned how much the Perrys still love the music from that period I gave them an audiocassette set of VDiscs containing popular tunes recorded by the stars of that era for the troops overseas Perry told me he stayed up half the night listening to them and played the songs on the plane going to Honolulu The people who work with him at the Pentagon speak about him in admiring tones usually reserved for beloved family members or friends It is easy to understand why He exudes gentleness and kind ness qualities not usually associated with someone who can head the worlds largest warmaking or peacekeeping machine Party labels and persuasions aside Bill Perry is an American first He has served his country with dignity and distinction His mistakes came with the territory of heavy responsibilities Ill miss him as a neighbor when he moves to California Though I disagreed with policy deci sions regarding Bosnia and women and gays in the military issues mostly driven by the president Bill Perry represented his country well Youve got to love a guy who loves Glenn Miller and whose wife doesnt think it beneath her dignity to take out the trash left aeejaniLY hour vfewnq Clinton defense fund quietly returns donation By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The Asian money contro versy is spilling over into the Clintons Whitewater defense fund with a belated postelection disclo sure that some in questionable donations were returned beginning in March some of them tied to a Buddhist religious organization Clinton is an old friend of the businessman who delivered the money appointing Charles Yah Lin Trie to a presidential commission on Asian trade several weeks after Trie brought some to the funds executive director attorney Michael Cardozo Trie delivered the money on March 21 and Car dozo informed first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and thendeputy chief of staff Harold Ickes about the questionable donations April 4 On April 15 Trie was appointed to the trade commission The idea that there was a cause and effect between the money and the appointment is Lan ny Davis special counsel to the president said Mon day The appointment would have been in the works long before the contributions he added Cardozo revealing the quietly returned donations said some of the signatures on the donation checks had identical handwriting and some of the dona tions were in sequentially numbered money orders but from people in different cities Trie has been a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee has operated Chinese restaurants in Little Rock and is an international busi nessman with an exportimport company Cardozo said some of the donations were affiliat ed with a Buddhist religious organization Ching Hai It was different from a Buddhist group in Cali fornia embroiled in a fundraising controversy involv ing Vice President Al Gore Ching Hai came under scrutiny in Taiwan last summer in investigations of Buddhist sects that were defrauding followers using land illegally or had other questionable financial dealings When Trie brought Cardozo more than in checks and money orders March 21 in two large manila envelopes Cardozo said he culled out about with obvious problems such as hav ing no address on the check or being a corporate donation Letter to the Editor An offering of thanks to guardian angels Editor Contrary to what people may think the world is not such a bad place While on vacation on Nov 24 my daughter and I had an accident on Inter state 10 between San Antonio and Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Dec 17 the 352nd day of 1996 There are 14 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec Orville and Wilbur Wright went on the first successful manned poweredairplane flights near Kitty Hawk On this date In 1777 France recognized American indepen dence In 1830 South American patriot Simon Bolivar died in Colombia In 1892 the dress rehearsal for The Nutcrack er Suite by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky was staged in Petersburg Russia However the ballet was poorly received when it officially premiered the following In 1928 Col William Billy Mitchell was convicted at his courtmartial of insubordination In 1939 the German pocket battleship Graf Spee was scuttled by its crew ending the World Junction Even though the weather was icy and terribly cold several people stopped to help One of those was a res ident of your town Beverly Welch and her two daughters Misty and Christy For nearly three hours while we waited for the wrecker to come Mrs Welch and her daughters remained with us Even though they also were traveling they stayed and made sure we were OK The Welches ended up spending the night at a motel with us in Junction avoiding the icy roads We cant help but think that they were our guardian angels on that trip and by their stop ping to help they also avoided a dan gerous interstate It just goes to show you that there are still good people in the world who will help out a stranger in need God bless you Beverly Misty and Christy Beverly McCowen Plainview Texas War II Battle of the River Plate off Uruguay In 1944 the Army announced it was ending its policy of excluding JapaneseAmericans from the West Coast In 1989 the Air Force closed its Project Blue Book by concluding there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings In 1989 an estimated 50 million TV viewers watched singer Tiny Tim marry his fiancee Miss Vicky on NBCs Tonight In 197S Lynette Fromme was sentenced in fed eral court in Sacramento to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford on September 5 1975 In 1981 members of the Red Brigades kid napped Brigadier Gen James L Dozier the highest ranking Army official in southern Europe from his home in Verona Italy Dozier was rescued 42 days Tan years ago Eugene Hasenfus the American convicted by Nicaragua for his part in running guns to the Contras was pardoned then released Five years ago In an aboulface the White House used the word recession to characterize the state of the economy although spokesman Mar lin Fitzwater said the administration did not believe there was a recession in a technical sense Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev agreed to dissolve the Soviet Union by the new year One year ago Angry voters handed Russian President Boris Yeltsin a stinging rebuff as Commu nists and rightwing nationalists scored big wins in parliamentary elections on a platform of rolling back democratic reforms Todays Birthdays Newspaper columnist William Safire is 67 Magazine publisher Robert Guc cione is 66 Singeractor Tommy Steele is 60 Rock singermusician Art Neville is 59 Comedianactor Eugene Levy is 50 Rhythmandblues singer Wanda Hutchinson The Ernotions is 45 Actor Bill Pullman is 43 Pop singer Sarah Dallin Bananarama is 35 Thought for Today Intellect alone is a dry and rattling Ilka Chase American author actress humorist   

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