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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 n HeraldZeituna a Tuesday March Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 O U O T A B I Journalists as n ell as novelists have less In common with diplomats and soothsayers than they do with vagabond Lewis H Lapham editor 1996 D I T O R I A L Keep them working Using county jail inmates as laborers makes sense The Comal County Jails pilot program that puts inmates to work will come to a close at the end of the month The goal of the program is to save the county money An evaluation will be made and grant money will be sought from the Texas Department of Corrections if the trial proves effective Heres hoping that it does Using inmates instead of hiring workers makes sense The county saves money not only on salaries but also benefits Those in the criminal justice system are there beHlse they owe a debt to society How better to I T repaythat debt than by performing some honest labor that benefits the community The inmates who participate in the program receive twoforone credit on their sentences and extra rations and privileges so the program is not just a oneway street Here we have an idea that benefits both the resi dents of Comal County and those incarcerated in the jail Lets hope the number crunchers can find a way to make it work Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Micah Write us The New Braunfela 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to the New Braunfela Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Moil letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfela HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfela Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Boyd Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Brmitfels HmiktZetomg USPS 707 St or Drawr 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Periodical postage paid by the NewBratufils HeraldZelning in New Braunfels Texts Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupc counties three months nix months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six monttui one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who haw not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by weekdays or by II on Sunday POSTMASTER Send changes to the Now Brawiftls HeraUZeltung Draw er 311338 New 781311328 Opinion submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address Is Teflon coating may be wearing thin If forced to choose between the fed eral Bureau of Investigation with all of its recent flaws and the Clinton White Mouse which is nothing but fiajvcd who would you be more inclined o believe in a dispute involving who is telling the truth The president claims he was never told about alleged attempts by the Chi nese government to penetrate the American electoral system and that the FBI instructed the National Security Council staff during a briefing not to tell him But the FBI issued a state ment denying the presidents account and insisting it had placed no restric tions whatsoever on the dissemination up the chain of command at the NSC or any information provided to the NSC senior Ill go with the FBI on this one Besides the president repeatedly assures us that neither he nor his cam paign did anything illegal so why the fuss if he really is telling the truth The excuses whining and attempts to spread the guilt to Republican fund raising tactics is beginning to fail as a strategy The opinion polls the only standard the president apparently cares about are finally beginning to reflect the publics concern that while all politicians may be suspect this presi Gal Thomas dent is more sus pect than others The public may not like the way funds are raised for political cam paigns but it dis likes in the extreme the pros tituting of Ameri cas good name to Chinese whose brothcrsinarms slaughter and oth crwise oppress their own people The Clinton White House isnt yet in a panic but its getting close The once impenetrable wall of confidence which reflected the attitude that nothing can touch this president is beginning to reveal a large crack The president has survived reports of alleged extramar ital affairs draftdodging sexual harassment doubletalking and dou blcmindedness on a range of issues including events collectively known as Whitewater Now he faces a scandal that could eclipse the rest and which the public can easily comprehend It may prove to be the biggest electoral heist in political history involving sleazy tac tics in the selling of access The arrogance of this bunch is aston ishing Statements from current and former administration officials includ ing former chief of staff Leon Panetta indicate that the administration believed virtually anything was justified to defeat Republicans because the OOP would starve the elderly and ruin the country So the ClintonGore reelec tion team believing it had the any thing goes green light from the pres ident and the first lady may have even sold seats on the presidents Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board Two men who contributed more than to the Democratic National Committee between June 1995 and May 1996 now have blanket access to files contain ing secret intelligence The cynicism of the fundraisers was unlimited The Washington Post report ed that the CheyenneArapaho Indi ans of Oklahoma contributed to the ClintonGore reelection effort They hoped the money would buy favorable administration action on the return of their tribal lands What it got them was a solicitation for more mon ey and an offer from a Gore fundrais er to lobby the administration in exchange for a retainer a percentage of all royalties from mineral rights on the land and a per month fee And they say Republicans are the party of the rich Mrs Clinton has helped move White House explanations from the ludicrous to the laughable Asked whether she made any fundraising calls from the White House she invoked her White water defense I dont recall making Mrs Clinton also offered this explanation for why the president allowed nearly people many of them donors to spend the night at the White House Anyone who knows my husband knows he enjoys He counts thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people among his Most people would be happy to call one or two individuals friend The Clin ton definition of friendship is appar ently rather superficial It was once reported erroneously that former Nixon aide Charles Colson would run over his own grandmother to reelect that president The Clinton people apparently were prepared to allow the Chinese communist govern ment to run over their own country in pursuit of a second Clinton term Cat Thomas is a nationally syndi cated Attorney generals office provides free child support services As the child support agency for the state of Texas we often receive inquiries from single parents trying to get on their feet financially while supporting one or more children They are sometimes unsure whether they qualify to receive our child support services Any single parent who applies for public assistance is automatically referred to us by the Department of Human Services But a person who has managed to get by without wel fare may not be aware that a states federally mandated child support agency in Texas the Office of the Attorney General provides free child support services to anyone who needs them Establishing paternity Most of the single parents who have a case with the Attorney Generals office have never been married A child born to u woman who is not married does not have a legal father Before child support can be ordered and Today in History The Associated Press Today is Tuesday March 25 the 84th day of 1997 There are 281 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On March the Rev Martin Luther King Jr led marchers to the state capital in Montgomery to protest the denial of voting lights to blacks On this date In 1634 Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Loixi Baltimore in 1865 during the Civil War Con federate forces captured Fort Stedman in Virginia In 1894 Jacob S Coxey began lead ing an army of unemployed from Messillon Ohio to Washington Iccted the babys father must be identified and rec ognized as the father by a court of law The legal process is called paternity estab lishment The process can be more or less complicated depending on the circumstances For example it is more complicated to establish pater nity if the man named by the babys mother denies that he is the babys biological father However a paternity dispute can usually be resolved easily A judge can order a blood test which will show with great accuracy whether a man is a Babys biological father Refusing to take the paternity test is not a wise decision If an alleged Dan Morales father refuses to take the blood test a judge can declare him the babys legal father by default and order child sup port Schools and hospitals help Texas has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the nation To address this issue the Office of the Attorney General developed the Par ents and Paternity PAPA program This preventive program is designed to teach teenagers about the financial and legal responsibilities including paternity establishment of becoming a parent This program was developed into a curriculum and is available to all junior high schools and high schools in the state PAPA presentations by child sup port staff are also available to civic and social groups Through a partnership with Texas hospitals and the Bureau of Vital Sta tistics the child support program devel oped the Volunteers in Paternity VIP program to demand help from the federal gov ernment In 1911 146 immigrant workers were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York In 1918 French composer Claude Debussy died in Paris In 1947 a coal mine explosion in Centralia claimed 111 lives In 1957 the Treaty of Rome estab lished the European Economic Com munity In 1990 87 people most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants were killed when fire raced through an illegal social club in New York City fen ago The Supreme Court ruled employ ere may sometimes favor women and members of minority groups over men and whites in hiring and promoting in order to achieve ter balance in the work force Five yean ago Libyan leader Col Moammar Gadhafi backed away from an offer to mm over two suspects in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 to the Arab League Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev whod spent 10 months aboard the orbiting Mir space station thereby missing the upheaval in his homeland finally returned to Earth One year ago First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton accompanied by her daughter Chelsea visited troops in Bosnia Braveheart won Academy Awards for best picture and best direc tor Mel Gibson Nicolas Cage won best actor for Leaving Las Susan Sarainlon best actress for Dead Man The redesigned bill went into circulation Todays Modeling agency head Eileen Ford is 75 Former astronaut Jim Lovell is 69 Feminist author Gloria Steinem is 63 Singer actor Hoyt Axton is 59 Singer Anita Bryant is 57 Singer Aretha Franklin is 55 Actor Paul Michael Glaser is 54 Singer Elton John is 50 Actress Bon nie Bedelia is 49 Singer Nick Lowe is 48 Actresscomedian Mary Gross is 44 Actor James McDaniel is 39 Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 32 Olympic bronze medal figure skater Debi Thomas is 30 Thought for Today In every per son even in such as appear most reck less there is an inherent desire to attain Wassermann Ger man author This program takes a flexible approach to make it easy for a father to accept the responsibility of parenthood The VIP program enlists the help of hospitals throughout Texas to obtain the fathers acknowledgment on the birth certificate or on an Acknowl edgment of Paternity form when a child is bom to unwed parents The signing of this form does not affirm the man as the legal father in the eyes of the law but gives the pre sumption of paternity which is rebut table through scientific blood testing v For more information For more information about paternity establishment or our child support ser vices please call 800 2528014 or visit our home page on the Internet at If your civic or social group would like to request a PAPA presentation please call 512 4606124 Dan Morales is the attorney gener al of   

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