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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4Ag o Thursday May Opinion To talk Managing Editor Margaret Edmwson about the Opiracfii psoe cali 625 9144 Ext220 Q U O T A B U E When power corrupts poetry 952 D IT O R I A L Time to move ahead Closure of hazing incident ushers in new era at CHS The resignation of Athletics Director and Head Football Coach Larry Nowotny Friday gives Comal Independent School District a chance to heal the wounds of controversy and look ahead to brighter days Allegations of hazing by varsity football players at Canyon High School rocked the schools athletics program An Austin attorney conducted a threeweek investigation into the accusa tions which led to the filing of two simple assault charges against five varsity football players Nowotny along with nine of his players were disciplined in April after Comal ISD investigated reports of coat hangers used in hazing rituals by upperclassmen Comal ISD board president Dan Krueger commented I think everyone in the community would like to put some closure to this and move forward Its always preferable to termination Regardless of how you view the situation you have to remember you are talking about a human The resignation gives Comal ISD the chance to rebuild the morale and spirit of the football squad and the entire high school If Nowotny had been allowed to stay for another season the entire football program would have been clouded by doubts questions and suspicion Nowotny who coached for seven years at Comal High School should be given the chance to move on with his life and career as Comal High School should have the opportunity to repair the damage of this turmoil The school district has some decisions to make between now and early August when the football team begins practicing for the next season But those decisions should be positive steps toward eliminating hazing from the athletics program and giving the district a chance to look ahead to the future Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Margaret 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 Fax 210 6251224 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simpfy contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com Religious persecution act disappoints New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Edmonson Marketing Director Ext Borchardt 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 Braunfels HeraklZeirung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer311328 New Bnmnfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels IlertildZeilung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal arid Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months S33 one year Mail delivery outside Cornal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outsideTexas 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 adAess changes to the New Bruunjels IleraldZeimng Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 UK psrseaocHi of Christian arond the world finally got some attention las week a Treedora From Rdi CKTUJ Persecution Act was introduced IT the Sense by Arien Specter Penn syhanis Republican who is Jewish and ib the House by Rep Frank Wolk Virginia is an geBcaJ Christian Tbe man resporsihJe for drafting the legislation Mi iiael Horowitz is also Jewish and a former top Reagan AdmmistraiioT official Columnist A MRosenhal of The York Times is Jewish is a strong supporter I am somewhat bothered by this 40paes bin The legislation creates a director of the Office of Religious Persecution Monitoring in tbe White House The director would issue annual reports assessing whether persecution exists in one of two categories 1 ongoing and widespread persecution that includes rape imprisonmentabduc tion torture enslavement or forced mass resettlement and whether such persecution is done by a government or with a governments support 2 reli gious persecution not carried out with government support but when gov ernment fails to take serious and sus tained efforts to eliminate it Cat Thomas The director ccniki recOTnrnerjd to the president immediate sanc tions to ban all exports to foreign governments and 02 off all foreign aid Fur thesanctions couid be applied after a waiting period Asylum for persecuted religious minori nes could also be granted The blest documentation of Christ ian persecution is contained in two books Their Blood Cries Out by Paul Marshall OVord a senior fellow in political theory at the Institute of Christian Studies in Toronto and The Lions Den by Nina Shea Broadman Herman h a book based on eyewitness accounts of torture and mar tyrdom There is no question of widespread persecution of Christians especially in Sudan whence come numerous reports of people being kidnapped jailed tortured and even murdered for their beliefs How widespread is a mat ter of debate Some have claimed as many as Christians are mur dered for their faith every year Some experts view this figure as misleading because it include deaths from other and unknown causes So they say the actual number who die for their faith is unknown While the current bill is better than an earlier draft it still suffers from a onesizefltsail approach The Islamic governments which persecute Chris tians do so for religious reasons It is unlikely they all will back down in the face of economic sanctions Those with large oil reserves are unlikely to feel much pressure from an America depen dent on their wells China one of the major offenders will escape tariff penalties President Clinton and most of Congress want to continue most favorednation trade status with China The Spector bill provides for no sophisticated stepbystep approach during which pressure would be slow ly increased on the persecutors Its all punishment No country is given incen tives to listen to Americas complaints Though wellintended the asylum provision might have a curious effect Throughout its history the Christian church has grown and pros pered under persecution Consider the loss of popular clout among Ameri can churches which have collectively grown fat and lazy because of their preoccupation with agendas centered on prosperity and politics For Ameri cans persecution occurs when the ser mon runs past noon or a journalist calls Christians names A Sudanese Christ ian might think Americans have it easy when their lashings come by way of the tongue while his come from whip or gun Would the expansion of the Chris tian faith be helped or hindered by allowing fledgling churches to flee per secution and come to America where a prosperity gospel and compromise often eclipses the way of the Cross Paul the Apostle wrote In fact everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse deceiving and being Jesus said If they perse cuted me they will persecute Thats not a justification for gov ernments to do nothing It is a call for Christian people to give more support to their brethren The example of Jew ish peoples unity during their times of persecution might be a good model to follow Cal Thomas is a nationally syndi cated Federal budget brims with problems The Federal budget passed by the House is historic For the first time in 32 years it balances Government will have to live within its means so fami lies can keep more of what they earn That is real progress Family tax relief long a priority of Americans is finally becoming a real ity The budget agreement includes S135 billion in tax relief to allow for a per child tax credit that will go a long way to help parents who are strug gling to raise their children In addition the budget also provides relief from exorbitant capital gains tax es that hinder the economy and reduce estate taxes long the concern of many Americans This budget will preserve Medicare for another 10 years answering the warnings of Medicares own trustees who reported earlier this year that the system would go bankrupt shortly after the rum of the century without Con gressional action Despite this welcome news many in the 21st Congressional District will Today in History The Associated Press Today is Thursday May 29 the 149th day of 1997 There are 216 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May 29 1765 Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Vir ginias House of Burgesses Henry responded to a cry of Treason by saying If this be treason make the most of it On this date In 1790 Rhode Island became the 13th original Colony to ratify the Unit ed States Constitution In 1848 Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union In 1917 the 35th president of the United States John F Kennedy was born in Brookline Mass In 1932 World War 1 veterans conclude as I have that the spending cuts in this docu ment are not deep enough the tax cuts not big enough and spending priorities mixed up In many respects this is a budget only a mother could love How does one explain priorities that during the next 10 years set aside only S3 billion to get ing legal welfare and into jobs but more than billion for additional entitlement benefits for non citizens That billion provides additional benefits for non citizens many of whom are financially selfsufficient most of whom entered the country on the promises of their family sponsors to Lamar Smith provide for their financial needs The mandatory added spending in the next five years for benefits for non whose sponsors average income is a four times greater than that for defense twice that for natural resource and environment programs and six times greater than that for community and regional development Explaining these priorities to over taxed middleincome Americans try ing to bay a house and educate their children Americans who typically use 40 cents of every hardearned dollar to pay local state and federal taxes I supported this budget on the House floor because it balances That will help families But beyond balancing the budget and reducing taxes this budgets priorities are not necessarily those of my cr stituents and other hardworking icricans Lamar Sr represents the 21st District in it Write em State of Texas Gov George W Bush Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 Atty Genera Dan Morales Box 12548 Austin TX 78711 Phone 5124632100 Sen Jeff Wentworth Dist Box 12068 Capitol Station Austin TX 78711 2068 Phone 5124630126 Local Office 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 425 San Antonio TX 78209 Phone 210826 7800 Sen Judith Zaffirini Dist Box 12068 Capitol Station Austin TX 78711 Phone 5124630121 Laredo Office 2107222293 Rep Edmund Kuempel Dist 523 E Donegan No 102 Seguin TX78155 Phone 5124530602 Local began arriving in Washington to demand cash bonuses they werent scheduled to receive for another 13 years In 1943 Norman Rockwells por trait of Rosie the Riveter appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening In 1953 Mount Everest was con quered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit In 1973 Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles defeating incumbent Sam Yorty In 1985 35 people were killed in rioting that erupted between British and Italian spectators at the European Cup soccer final in Brussels Belgium In 1988 President Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union In 1990 Boris N Yeltsin was elect ed president of the Russian republic in the third round of balloting by the Russian parliament Ten years ago A jury in Los Ange les found Twilight Zone movie direc tor John Landis and four associates innocent of involuntary manslaughter in the movieset deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two children Five years ago Undeclared presi dential candidate Ross Perot held a ral ly in Orlando that was carried by twoway television satellite to five other states One year ago Israelis went to the polls for an election that resulted in a narrow victory for opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu over Prime Min ister Shimon Peres Todays Birthdays Comedian Bob Hope is 94 Former Baseball Com missioner Fay Vincent is 59 Race car driver AlUnser Sr is 58 Actor Kevin Conway is 55 Rock singer Gary Brooker Procol Harum is 52 Actor Anthony Geary is 50 Singer Rebbie Jackson is 47 Movie composer Danny Elfman is 44 Singer LaToya Jackson is 41 Actress Annette Bening is 39 Rock musician Mel Gaynor Simple Minds is 38 Singer Melissa Etheridge is 36 Actress Lisa Whelchel is 34 Rock musician Noel Gallagher Oasis is 30 Singer Jayski McGowan Quad City DJs is 30 Rock musician Chan Kinchla Blues Traveler is 28 Singer Melanie Brown Spice Girls is 22 Rapper Playa Poncho is 22 Thought for Today You know youre getting old when the candles cost more than the Bob Hope   

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