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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A a HeraldZeitungO Thursday June d Z e i t u n g Opinion talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 QUOTABLE Certain things have seemed to me to be here as I heard the tongues of those who had speech and listened to the lips of the Zora Neale Hurston author EDITORIAL Kudos Thank you New Braunfels for attending our wonderful Memor ial Day ceremonies On behalf of all the veterans organizations in New Braunfels we would like to thank you for attending our services at our four ceremonies on Peace Avenue I would like to thank each and every one who participated in our ser vice and most of all all the dignitaries who were there on this spe cial day Our sincere thanks to Mayor Jan Kennady for her wonderful spe cial message to us and the wonderful words she said on behalf of our men and women who bravely give their lives for our country The following participants I would like to thank the Catholic churches for having their parishioners donate the flag poles the installation of the poles and the flags also the CEVIA organization for donating the American flags and especially the American Legion Col or Guard and the New Braunfels High School ROTC Color Guard for their special presentation the Fort Sam Houston Band for taping the music program our good friend Don Ferguson for emceeing our pro gram the radio station KGNB 1420AM Fred Stockwell and all the members of the radio staff both school districts and Sts Peter and Paul School for participating in the radio and hookup I received a lot of calls from students thanking us veterans for a won derful program and for what they had learned on Memorial Day I am very proud to have received a packet of letters from Mountain Valley School along with a letter from their teacher Darcy Matchek Thank you for those wonderful letters that I will cherish the rest of my life I would like to thank chaplain Mike Clark for his wonderful word that make each and every one of us proud to be Americans Now I would like to thank the rifle squad for being our honoring squad to fire me three volleys i ttflj vjqcfi Although air of us had reached1 our golden years fwe hope to par ticipate in more Memorial Days such as this Finally I would like to thank all the veterans organizations com manders and all the veterans for participating in this very special day Manuel Camareno Army Master Sergeant Retired Kudos is a regular feature of the HeraldZeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of individuals and organizations community Send your Kudos to Herald Zeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax them to 210 Write us The New Braunfels 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext 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 llemlclZeitimg 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 Coma 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 clianges to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com How soon we forget past partisanship In promising to veto an emergency spending bill that included disaster relief money for flood victims because of several amendments the administration says it cannot swallow President Clinton accused Republicans of choosing the path of partisanship and The White House wants a bill free of amendments Republicans attached one amendment that would avoid a future government shutdown during haggling over the budget and another to prevent the Cen sus Bureau from using an estimated sampling method in inner cities rather than a direct count in the 2000 cen sus They fear such a method would unfairly boost the number of likely Democratic voters and give Democ rats an unfair advantage in redistricting A Washington Post editorial sug gested that legislative purity ought to prevail and that disaster relief would be voted on without any encumbering amendments It said such amendments should be debated and voted on separately Because television and the Internet have reduced our attention span to the level of small children the public should Cal Thomas be reminded that the purity of Democrats and their supporters now demand of legislation coming out of Republican Congress and a Republican sat in the White House Remember the Boland amend ments which were attached five times appropria tions bills approved by either the House or Senate in the 1980s They sought to outlaw military aid to the Nicaraguans I dont recall those now crying for pure legislation worrying about taint ed appropriations bills in the 80s because Boland amendments were attached to them Some Democrats and editorial writ ers now complaining about GOP pork in the disaster relief bill expressed few concerns when the pork was bred by Democrats In his book Adventures in Pork Brian Kelly writes about non germane amendments to legislation written by the king of pork himself Sen Robert Byrd According to Kelly What Byrd got for West Virginia in the 1991 budget was an awesome display of pork power hit ting that would surely rank as one of the best seasons in history It totaled more than million worth of spe cial projects above and beyond the nor mal federal spending for the While Rep Boland was trying to reduce spending for the Nicaraguan contras Byrd sought to increase spend ing for West Virginia adding an amendment to an emergency supple mental budget bill for aid to Panama and Nicaragua The bill notes Kelly had started out seeking a modest million to preserve democracy in Cen tral America but by the time it went to the floor of Congress it was packed with so many special projects it had become a billion sow belly with the mission of preserving Democrats and a few Republicans throughout America Byrds piece was the since it included moving the FBIs fingerprint lab from downtown Washington to Clarksburg at a cost of million Later in 1991 Byrd snatched one third of the highway appropriations bill for the entire country by channeling million in special granjts to improve West Virginia roads Other Byrd pork included 100 million for a kind of Disney World with aquariums wildlife habitats and a gym and indoor pool for trainees Cost million Harpers Ferry also got an grant notes Kelly for its local police department for apparent purpose Some will also recall an attempt by Sen Quentin Burdick to set aside to memorialize the boy hood home of Lawrence Welk in Stras burg The measure was inserted into a severalhundredpage lion agriculture appropriations bill There are scores of other examples Its not that Republicans are neces sarily purer than Democrats when it comes to attaching irrelevant amend ments including those of the pork vari ety Its just that they dont plead their virtue as much or as hypocritically as the Democrats Cal Thomas is a nationally syndi cated v o 11 Early years make all the developmental difference By ROB REINER Special to the HeraldZetiung Imagine a biological virus that caused children a year to be impulsive aggressive anxious and to fail at school What would be the response There would be a national outcry Every elected official corporate leader and parent would join forces to ensure that everything possible was being done to prevent the virus We would all work together to find a cure In many ways that virus exists It exists in the inability of many of our childrens brains to develop ftilly and it is caused by our inability to provide these children with the nurturing stim ulating and safe care they need in the crit ical first years of life But fortunately we have a way to deal with the virus Indeed we know that if we work together and fake the steps necessary to protect chil dren from the virus we can actually raise happier healthier kids who are better equipped to succeed in school and better able to reach their full poten tial Heres the tell us that the experiences that fill a babys first days months and years have a deci sive impact on the architecture of his or her brain this in turn can affect every aspect of a childs life through adult hood including how well he or she does in school in relationships and at work The fact is that 90 percent of brain growth occurs during the first three years of life millions of pathways or net works are the ground work for future learning thinking and coping skills What we do during this critical time shapes our childrens brains in ways that will affect them for a lifetime If we nur ture support and interact with our chil dren if we keep them healthy and respond to their cues we will enhance their learning skills speech capacity and their ability to develop strong personal relationships On the other hand scientists tell us that when a child is abandoned or emo tionally neglected early in life critical abilities such as the capacity to form trusting relationships with adults to make friends with other children and to develop selfcontrol can be impaired This can result in behavioral and emo tional problems that last a lifetime Everyone who cares for young chil dren parents family friends teach ers and child care providers has an enormous impact on how a child devel ops A mother feeding her child A father talking to his newborn A care giver singing to a child These every day moments provide essential nour ishment and develop essential brain connections Every parent needs to understand that there are simple things they can do from the prenatal period through age 3 to protect their children from the virus and help their babies brains grow And every policy maker pediatrician nurse educator child care worker and human resources manager must under stand that they have an important role to play in reaching out to parents and par entstobe with information and sup port Indeed investments made around early childhood development will not only help us raise stronger and healthi er children they can also help us avoid many costlier problems later on includ ing crime teen pregnancy drug abuse child abuse and welfare dependency This is the message of I Am Your a campaign I chair that is devot ed to uniting and expanding the work being done across the country to pro mote family and community involve ment in childrens healthy development I Am Your Child is dedicated to bringing people and organizations together to make young children a pri ority and we are off to a great start The White House recently held a major conference on the subject the National Governors Association has formed a bipartisan task force that will study ways to help families with young children and hundreds of national state and local organizations are part of our coalition Babies born this year will be 3 years old in the year 2000 they are the first generation of the next millennium Lets dedicate ourselves as a nation to doing everything in our power to help these children develop into happy healthy adults ready to lead productive lives Because the first years truly last forev er Rob Reiner is the chairman of the I Am Your Child Campaign and an award winning producer director and actor For more information about I Am Your Child visit the web site or call the cam paign s tollfree number 888 447 Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday June 19 the 170th day of 1997 There are 195 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On June 19 1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg convicted of conspiring to pass atomic secrets to the Sovi et Union were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining On this date In 1586 English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island after fail ing to establish Englands first perma nent settlement in America In 1862 slavery was outlawed in territories In 1910 Fathers Day was celebrat ed for the first time in Spokane Wash In 1934 the Federal Communica tions Commission was created In 1945 millions of New Yorkers turned out to cheer Gen Dwight D Eisenhower who was honored with a parade In 1961 the Supreme Court struck down a provision in Marylands con stitution requiring state officeholders to profess a belief in God In 1964 the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83day filibuster in the Senate In 1977 Pope Paul VI proclaimed a 19thcentury Philadelphia bishop John Neumann the first male saint In 1982 in a case that galvanized AsianAmericans Vincent Chin a Chi neseAmerican was beaten to death outside a nightclub in Highland Park by autoworker Ronald Ebens In 1986 artificial heart recipient Murray P Haydon died in Louisville after 16 months on the manmade pump Ten years ago The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to teach creationism sci ence as well Five years ago Results in Ireland showed voters overwhelmingly approving the Maastricht Treaty on a European union Russian President Boris Yeltsin addressed the Canadian Parliament saying his country had abandoned totalitarianism for democ racy One year ago Chief executives from seven states police state attor neys general and members of Con gress met with President Clinton at the White House to discuss ways of stop ping the recent torching of black churches New York City police announced that a shooting suspect in custody had been linked to the Zodi ac shootings that terrorized New Yorkers in the early 1990s Todays Birthdays Former Sen Alan Cranston is 83 Movie critic Pauline Kael is 78 Actor Louis Jourdan is 76 Actress Nancy Marc hand is 69 Actress Gena Rowlands is 61 Singer AI Wilson is 58 Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is 52 Actress Phylicia Rashad is 49 Rock singer Ann Wilson Heart is 46 Actress Kathleen Turner is 43 Country singer Doug Stone is 41 Thought for Today Free thinkers are generally those who never think at Laurence Sterne English author   

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