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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A Q HeraldZeltung g Thursday July Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 QUOTABLE As a kid I did a lot of squirrel hunting The trick was not to look for squirrels but to look for movement hi the trees or hi the bushes Thats what I do as a reporter I watch for whats different Roger Charles journalist D I T O R I A L Kudos Re Independence Day Veterans Parade and Program I want to thank all who participated and attended espe cially the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard for their float and posting of colors and this was done in full uniform with the heat and humidity Thank you Cmdr Dick Robinett Your unit was outstanding A Big Kudo to the Honorable Mayor Jan Kennady for the welcoming speech and to the American Legion National Executive Committeeman John Richter for being our key speaker Thanks also are in order for all the veterans organizations that participated in the ceremony Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11050 Cmdr Joe Medina and Auxiliary President Tina Medina for leading the parade VFW 5th Dist Chaplain Mike Clark for the invocation and benediction American Legion 14th District Cmdr Leon Helmke and Auxiliary President Joan Helmke who led us in God Bless Ameri American Legion Ray Robinson and his Color Guard for raising the flag and the Prestwood Ceremo ny at the Memorial John Graham who represented the Mil itary Order of the Cooties Pup Tent 14 Cmdr Jesse Perez and Auxiliary President Amanda Perez and Forum 1014 Cmdr Marvin Brown Thank you commanders and auxiliary presidents for posting your colors American Legion Post 35 Glen Morris and Brenda Helmke VFW Post 7110 Ski Haneiwich and Marie Heaton American Legion Post 179 Joe Guzman and Betty Kruetler Disabled American Veterans Chapter 163 Cmdr Norman Tschoepe A big thank you to American Legion 14th District Finance Officer Cecil Konkel and his crew for dispaying the flags on the Plaza San Antonio Street and Seguin Avenue and also Vice Cmdr Frank Jones and Auxiliary Arms Sharon Rogers for posting 14th District colors Special appreciation to Leif Calberg of Radio Station KGNBKNBT and David DeKunder of the HeraldZeitung for all their help and publicity God bless you all and God bless America Chuck Burgess VFW Post 11050 Jr Vice Commander Write us The NewBraunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation and known factu al errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the NewBraunfels HeraldZeitung 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 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels 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by 11 on Sunday Pus i MAS itu Send address changes to the New Hrautijvh HeraldZeiiung P O Draw er 311328 New Urauntels Tx 781311328 Opinion President should not impose morality Onlliw contact submit Utters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeltungs address is 4 When President Clinton starts talking about what is moral as he did when recommending a national law banning human cloning its time for us to lock up our daughters Commenting on a report by the National Bioethics Advisory Commission the president said such a law is needed to protect the miracle of life from the accelerating rush of science Of course Clinton opposes any law that would slow down or stop abortion even the partialbirth variety which has been accelerated by this rush of science uncon strained by moral law For this president the mira cle of life is negotiable depending on what science wants to do and what opinion polls allow The presidents position against some cloning is not rooted in any immutable ethic Rather Clinton wants to ban the procedure for only five years allowing time to continue the national dialogue on cloning which means checking the public temper ature Congress would have to determine whether the ban should be continued Do we want to grant such lifeanddeath power to a Congress that struggles to manage less consequential affairs Clinton would allow the cloning of embryos and their use for but he would ban their implantation in the womb but why Since the pres ident and the courts dont believe life begins until after birth why not experiment until the baby has completely exited the birth canal Why not harvest the organs of the cloned unborn Why not restrict any experiments or procedures If we are here by accident with no God to guide us why shouldnt science be our god You cant Cal Thomas have it both ways as the presi dent regularly tries to do He cant speak of the moral hor ror that would come from madetoorder humans and simultaneously favor the con tinuation of abortions Why is one horrible and the other tol erable even desirable And by what standard does he judge such things The presidents morality is in constant motion Just four weeks ago in a White House address to victims of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment the president said Science and technology are rapidly changing our lives with the promise of making us much healthier much more productive and more prosperous But with these changes we must work harder to see that as we advance we dont leave behind our con science No ground is gained and indeed much is lost if we lose our moral bearings in the name of Moral bearings should not be rooted in conscience because conscience can be reprogrammed and is more individual than corporate The presidents Bioethics Commission took a utilitarian approach to cloning which effectively says that people can be used to advance science instead of science helping people It is a dangerous swap that can quickly as we saw with Nazi Germany and Tuskegee to the rapid dehumanizing of humanity Even The Wash ington Post wants the line drawn at human embryo experiments calling such efforts The descent of man from his onceexalted position as a unique being created in the image of God to an accident in an impersonal universe has been extra ordinarily fast When moral absolutes are sucked out of society nothing is left to keep medical technolo gy from cutting probing experimenting even killing except a vague and sentimental disgust The late Walker Percy looked at the implications of a soulless technology in one of his last books The Thanatos The time is the mid 1990s AIDS patients have been quarantined Suicide is the top killer of teenagers Technology has pro gressed but the world remains the same What Percy calls qualitarian life centers have sprung up across the country like fastfood fran chises since the landmark case of Doe v which decreed with solid scientific evidence that the human infant does not achieve personhood until 18 months At these centers you can quickly and con veniently dispose of young and old alike if they become unwanted Farfetched Not anymore The failure of this president to impose morality in one category of life weakens his ability to impose it any other Any embryo given the right circum stances has the potential to develop into a fully formed baby By allowing experiments on the youngest members of the human family we remove another section of the protective ring around all of us diminishing all of us Cal Thomas is a syndicated Good reads for your summer vacation Liberty cannot be preserved with out genera knowledge among the peo wrote John Adams in 1765 Let us cherish therefore the means of knowledge Let us dare to read think speak and write Let every sluice of knowledge be opened and set aflow Americas founding fathers believed that an informed electorate was essen tial to a successful democracy As we contemplate summer vacations few activities are more relaxing or more inspiring than reading a good book All interns working in the 21st Con gressional District office in Washing ton receive the following list of books on their first day and are asked to read at least two as a part of their intern ships 1 recommend these books to everyone who has free time this sum mer Values Captive War riors written by Texas Con gressman and for mer POW Sam Johnson it defines the mean ing of sacrifice and courage Everyday Ethics pro posed solutions to reallife dilem mas by Joshua Halberstam In Defense of Elitism an articu late defense of standards and achieve ment by William A Henry HI and an effective debunking of egalitarianism the myth that no one and no culture is better than another Lamar Smith Integrity Stephen L Carters explanation of meanings and uses of a crucial value Slouching Towards Gomorrah an incisive look at changing cultural values and their threat to America written by Judge Robert Bork People and Politics The Art of War battlefield strategy can apply to politics as this year old classic by Sun Tzu shows The Case Against Immigration trenchant commentary written by Roy Beck on an increasingly important issue Cosmos wonderful apprecia tion of the universe and our place in it by Carl Sagan First Among Equals a sus penseful read as four men battle to become British Prime Minister though author Jeffrey Archers political intrigue is equally applicable to Amer ican politics How to Argue and Win Every Time inspiring suggestions by Ger ry Spence not only on how to speak and win arguments but also on how to live life How to Win Friends and Influ ence People by Dale Carnegie is the most wellread book of its kind The Prince Nicolo Machiavellis classic study of gaining and keeping political power is still relevant after 500 years There are obviously scores of addi tional books that would serve Ameri cans well But this list should provide ample enlightenment during your time off this summer Lamar Smith represents the 21st Congressional Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday July 10 the 191st day of 1997 There are 174 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On July 10 1940 during World War II the 114day Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air By late Octo ber Britain managed to repel the Luft waffe which suffered heavy losses On this date In 1832 President Andrew Jackson vetoed legislation to recharter the Sec ond Bank of the United States In 1850 Vice President Millard Fill more assumed the presidency follow ing the death of President Taylor In 1890 Wyoming became the 44th state In 1919 President Wilson person ally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate and urged its ratification In 1925 the official news agency of the Soviet Union TASS was estab lished In 1943 during World War U and British forces invaded Sicily In 1951 armistice talks aimed at end ing the Korean conflict began at Kaesong In 1962 the Telstar communications satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Fla In 1973 the Bahamas became inde pendent after three centuries of British colonial rule In 1991 Boris N Yeltsin took the of office as the ejected presi dent of the Russian republic In 1991 President Bush lifted eco nomic sanctions against South Africa citing its profound transformation toward racial equality Ten years ago Lt Col Oliver North told the IranContra committees that the late CIA director William J Casey had embraced a fund created by arms sales to Iran because it could be used for secret operations other than supplying the Contras years ago A federal judge in Miami sentenced former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega convicted of drug and racketeering charges to 40 yeajs in prison A NewYojfc jury Pan Am responsible for allowing a ter rorist homb to destroy Flight 103 in killing 270 people One year ago In a tough speech to Congress laying out conditions for Mideast negotiations Israeli Prime Min ister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that Syria and the Palestinians stop ter rorists from attacking Israel Ross Per ot said on CNN he would make a sec ond run for president if nominated by the Reform Party putting him in con tention with former Colorado Gov Richard Lamm whod announced his candidacy the day before Todays Birthdays ABC News cor respondent David Brinkley is 77 Eunice Kennedy Shriver is 76 Former boxer Jake UMotta is76 Former New York City Mayor David N Dinkins is 7C Broadway composer Jerry Herman is 64 Tennis playw Virginia Wade is 52 Actor Ron Glass is 52
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