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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A O HeraldZeitung p Thursday July 1l To talk with Managing Editor Margaret fpidmonson about the pOpinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 Opinion Onlfiw oontaot To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is Q U O T A B L Who we are influences what we see which in turn affects how we report the Helen Zia journalist E D I T O R I Kudos The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung has a few kudos of its own to To Lorine Startz for leaving her indelible mark on Comal Coun ty Startz who often worked 12 to 14 hours a day at her Startz Cafe was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8800 and the Eagles Lodge and was a past president of Hermann Sons Spring Branch Lodge No 127 Her presence will be greatly missed To Pamela M Hodges Catherine R Kay McHaney and Fred erick S Fritz Schlather who recently were installed as directors of the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority To Ken Robinson who recently came to New Braunfels as postmaster Robinson brings many years of experience to the job and looks forward to a long tenure in our community To Canyon High School graduate Anne Sablatura who launched her English teaching career in the Ukraine this summer This Peace Corps volunteer graduated this year from the University of Texas with a degree in linguistics and a minor in Russian To the South Texas Purple Haze softball team for the Top 20 rank ing it brought home from the Junior Olympic Fastpitch state tourna ment To Jeremy Fisher 15 of New Braunfels for finishing fourth in the Junior Division of Shepherd Centers Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race on July 4 To Dan Treanor and Peter Bums who received the New Braun fels Junior Golf Association Higher Education Scholarship Award recently Their awards were based on community service grades col lege entrance exam scores academic honors extracurricular activi ties golf participation and a 300to 500word essay To the New Braunfels Red baseball team which eliminated College Station in the sectional tournament and stands a chance of par ticipating in the state tournament Kudos is a regular feature of the HeraldZeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of indi viduals and organizations in the community Send your Kudos to HeraldZeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax them to 830 Write us The New Braunfels 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 New Braunfels 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 HeraldZeituns Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 830 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Edmonson Director of Marketing 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 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfets HerulJZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Semor Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside ComaJ 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 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Bruunfeh HeraldZeUting P O Draw er 311328 New Brauniels Tx 78131 1328 Campaign finance hearings need Baker The curtain is rising on another one of those scan dal shows Sen Fred Thompsons long anticipated hearings into alleged illegal campaign activities by the reelection team pre dictably will resemble a summer rerun and get nowhere slowly This is being written before Thompsons ham stringed hearings open but weve seen the pre views during advance posturing by White House and Democratic Party flacks There is no reason to believe Democrats wont succeed in stonewalling and covering up for while accusing Republicans of unfair behavior Theyll invoke the doctrine of moral equivalency claiming Republicans have behaved just as badly as Democrats Theyll say what we really need is campaignfinance reform And lets not forget the role of the big media especially the nightly television news which will do all it can to uncritically trumpet the line and match every revelation about illegal Democra tic activity with a similar story about Republicans This collective and coordinated effort will persuade the uniformed that Republicans are being unfair to the president and vice president who are just trying to do their jobs for the benefit of soccer moms and their children Democrats who have run out of even bad ideas have honed their scandal skills instead These have been their only route to power since Watergate Republicans focusing on idea played most ly defense against Democrat attacks largely unable to over come the prevailing negative image of being meanspirit ed politicians who dont care about the environment the elderly your children minori ties the arts or education They care only about rich white pregnant people but not their babies after Starting with so large a deficit is like playing the Chicago Bulls in a bestof seven series and losing the first three games Republicans may have lost this fight before it begins They agreed to a limited budget said to be equivalent to that for the Watergate hearings Even inflation to say nothing of the Clinton administra tions successes in delaying denying and deceiving should have mandated a larger budget Then Thompson agreed to an endofthisyear deadline meaning that apologists could run out the clock and claim vindication on New Years Eve if no smoking gun has been produced What this committee needs is a Howard Baker figure who will transcend politics to get at the truth It was Baker who led the Senate Watergate Com mittees Republicans including thencounsel Fred Thompson in their questioning of President Nixons men Some thought Sen John Glenn DOhio would play that role in this investigation There are few in the Senate more highly regarded in the public mind than Glenn because of his astronaut hero status But Glenn has allowed his lower polit ical nature to obscure his greater responsibility to fairly investigate the charges against and he has joined all of this presidents men and women in a cheap political charade to derail the investigation It is behavior unworthy of an other wise decent man In the weeks leading up to the hearing Clin disinformation specialists have been prac ticing their lines dismissing the campaignfinance investigations politics and implying that they were noble in returning most of the tainted money they claim to have unknowingly raised In their minds they were implementing the Hard Rock Cafe slogan to save the planet by keeping Republicans out of the White House I could be wrong Perhaps Republicans have found a way to surgically reverse the procedure that has emasculated most of their team But given their performance on a lot of other issues leading up to these hearings it will take a miracle to expose Clin Cat Thomas is a syndicated Letters to the Editor Pave paradise put up a parking lot Editor Re Fred Willards letter on the Albertsons lot clearance July 4 p You got to be kidding me Whats a couple of 200yearold oak trees when were talking progress here Never mind that the citizens meeting was told otherwise We were also told that a new shopping center would cause no increased traffic at Wal Has anyone noticed Wal Knox lately Also when asked the obvious why doesnt Albertsons build nearer to the Loop 337 intersection The developers insisted it was quite impossible envi ronmentally sensitive recharge zone terribly sorry Wonder how the new bank senior care facility gas stations Oh well greater minds than mine are pondering these questions on the growth of New Braunfels But we can all ask ourselves what we want to be the future of this lovely spot What do we value How important are some very nice protected turn lanes Poor developers they cant help it Theyre from California And they did promise an upscale supermarket just like Austin Oh boy It will take a lot of brie and espresso to make me for get those magnificent oaks and the manner of their destruction Maybe its not too late for others How does the song go Pave par adise put up a parking lot And we dont know what weve got til its Jan Baertl New Braunfels Reader will look for blue light special Editor Seven dollars just to see Christmas lights Ill wait for a blue light spe cial Bah Humbug Eddie Ortiz New Braunfels We cannot hear victims side Editor 1 am writing this letter on behalf of my grandchildren Thomas Garza III age 8 and Candice Ann Marie Garza age 6 Their dad Thomas Garza died in the collision which was pub lished in the HeraldZeitung on July 9 It was very upsetting for the children to see this very sad tragedy in the newspaper on TV but what gets us upset is the fact that the conductor would say that Thomas was trying to beat the Theres always two sides to every story we cannot hear Thomas side because hes not here to defend him self I do know that after visiting the accident scene the weeds and brush on both sides of the tracks are as tall as a house There are no warning lights or signals He had a truck full of dirt and he wasnt speeding I know that Thomas would not risk his life in this manner he loved his children dearly his children were his world Olga Martinez New Braunfels Can we send tourists to Mars Dear Editor What a shame that some residents of this town must inform a policeman of where they live in order to get home I know its too late to take back our town from the tourists but I bet you Im not the only one that wishes the whole Schlitterbahn operation and the toobin enterprises were right up there with Sojoumer JudyAkers New Braunfels Dont forget to sign Letters to the Editor and include your address and phone number Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday July 24 the 205th day of 1997 There are 160 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History One hundred and fifty years ago on July 24 1847 Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in presentday Utah On this date In 1783 Latin American revolu tionary Simon Bolivar was born in Caracas Venezuela In 1862 the eighth president of the United States Martin Van Buren died in Kinderhook In 1866 Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War In 1923 the Treaty of Lausanne which settled the boundaries of modem Turkey was concluded in Switzerland In 1929 President Hoover pro claimed the KelloggBriand Pact which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy In 1937 the state of Alabama dropped charges against five black men accused of raping two white women in the socalled Scottsboro case In 1959 during a visit to the Soviet Union Vice President Richard M Nixon got into a kitchen debate with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev at a exhibition In 1969 the Apollo 11 astronauts two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon splashed down safely in the Pacific In 1974 the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor Ten years ago The reflagged Kuwaiti supertanker Bridgeton was damaged after hitting a mine in the Persian Gulf Hulda Crooks a 91year old mountaineer from California became the oldest woman to conquer Mount Fuji Japans highest peak Five years ago Members of POW M1A families disrupted a speech by President Bush prompting Bush to snap Would you please shut up and sit down One year ago Two bombs blamed on Tamil separatists ripped through a commuter train near Colombo Sri Lan ka killing 64 civilians and wounding more than 400 Todays Birthdays Broadway pro ducer Alexander H Cohen is 77 For mer Rep Bella Abzug is 77 Movie director Peter Yates is 68 Actress Jacqueline Brookes is 67 Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant is 62 Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 61 Actor Dan Hedaya is 57 Actor Chris Saran don is 55 Actor Robert Hays is 50 Montana Gov Marc Racicot is 49 Actor Michael Richards is 48 Actress Lynda Carter is 46 Movie director Gus Van Sant Die is 45 Country singer Tillis is 40 Actor Kadeem Hardison is 32 Actress Jennifer Lopez is 27
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