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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g HeraldZejtung g Thursday August Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 QUOTABLE Journalists throughout the Middle East face physical economic and legal threats that make journalism a perilous Chris Wells The Freedom Forum D I T O R I A HZ establishes reward fund in Kivlin shooting The brutal shooting of local businessman Michael Kivlin this past weekend has left this community stunned The HeraldZeitung and its staff wish him a speedy recovery and offer our prayers and support to the Kivlin family Crime Stoppers has offered a reward for information to the apprehension and indictment of the man who committed this violent act By law Crime Stoppers cannot offer more than as a reward Thats why the HeraldZeitung in cooperation with Crime Stop pers and Norwest Bank is creating a separate reward fund so the ante can be increased In the past couple of days the HeraldZeitung received calls from businessmen and citizens like John Murphy of J and B Exxon who wanted to donate money to the reward With Crime Stoppers limited in the amount of money it can give the HeraldZeitung management and staff decided to create the fund so The HeraldZeitung and other likeminded businesses and citizens could help the police find arrest and convict the criminal who attacked Mr Kivlin If you would like to donate please send your checks or cash to the HeraldZeitungs Michael Kivlin Reward in care of Norwest Bank or you can bring a check to the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa All proceeds will go toward the reward The reward will be giv en at the discretion of Crime Stoppers and can only be used for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a suspect in the Kivlin shooting If the assailant is not apprehended or if an apprehension is made without a reward being earned businesses or individuals will be able to either have their donations returned or given to Crime Stoppers to assist in the daytoday operation of its office The perpetrator was described as a Hispanic male approximate ly 5foot71 o5foot9 approximately 150 pounds between 25 and 28 years old with dark hair that is short and clean cut Anyone with information about this crime should call 620TIPS or 800 6408422 Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Doug 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 Braitnfels 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 HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 830 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext 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 Bruunfcls 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeralJZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months S37 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 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HtraldZeitung Draw er 3 i 1 328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Opinion OfllllMl To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is Labeling programs is like labeling smokes The television networks except NBC have agreed to more explicit ratings to match their more explicit programs the ratings which will purportedly give parents additional information about language vio lence sexual situations and even fantasy violence in cartoons were reluctantly adopted because of congressional pressure NBC thinks the pressure smacks of censorship and stifles artistic creativity and so its holding out for now Vice President Al Gore claimed that the enhanced ratings along with the Vchip in new TV sets will give living rooms back to parents Along with view ing less mustnt see some think fewer kids will smoke because government pressure has euthanized Joe Camel following a stellar career of addicting a generation of youngsmokers Im all for labels I want to know whats in the things 1 eat I want information about the miles per gallon a car I may want to buy gets Im interested in details of a loan But most television has become like cigarettes The content is so poisonous that labeling the product does nothing to help those who are irre sponsible enough to ingest it Wouldnt this be an interesting debate Which product has caused more longterm damage to the United States tobacco or television Television has reduced our attention span watered down family conversation and separated households Cal Thomas Much of TV programming resembles the planet Mars barren with an unfriendly atmosphere Laugh tracks replace live audiences out of apparent fear that the come dy material is so feeble real peofije would not be amused News programming has also been dumbed down Once the goal of broadcast news was to attract and inform thinking viewers or to stimulate them to ponder important issues Now a network newscast will fre quently lead with tight or frivolous stories rather than ones of greater national or international conse quence The magazine shows resemble neverending tabloids on which hosts further erase infotainment Its the intellectual equivalent to junk food In an interview with the San Diego UnionTri bune Hollywood critic Michael Medved noted that the average American will in a lifetime spend more time watching television than on a and the largest percentage of our waking hours goes to watch ing Many people are spending lots of money for fanci er TVs with bigger screens better sound more options After 2004 if they want to watch TV theyll have to purchase expensivesets with digital for mats And what will they get Five hundred channels of mush that numbs the mind and poisons the soul As Medved notes Its not just the sleaze and the violence its the TV itself and we have to get peo ple to watch less and to give a few extra hours to themselves every week to spend with their children to spend on marriage maybe to read a book to exer cise or just to go out into this beautiful world and enjoy this magnificent reality that the Almighty has given In other words break the TV habit Increasingly I meet people who no longer want to do battle with a tiny elite that thinks alike and whose worldview dominates network television So theyve done what they were told to do a decade ago if they didnt like the programs Theyve turned off the set Some have gone so far as to get rid of their TVs The ratings reflect the decline but network executives are deep into denial about the behavior of their former view ers My prediction is that those who break the TV habit will never go back and will find that like those who quit smoking theyll have a better life Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist He will be speaking at the Civic Center 380 S Seguin on Nov Remove criminal alien threats to communities Editors Note This column written by Rep Lamar Smith appeared in the HeraldZeitung with Texas Attorney General Dan Morales byline We are publishing the column in its entirety to give Smith proper credit We regret any When criminal aliens complete their prison sentences there should be a welcoming committee from the Immi gration and Naturalization Service waiting to escort them out of the coun try But the General Accounting Office has disclosed that Americas first line of defense against criminal aliens gets its man or woman less than a onethird of the time That is the astounding conclusion from a hearing of the House Immi gration Subcommittee that 1 chair The hearing reviewed the performance of a program that sends immigration judges into state and federal prisons The Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Aug 7 the 219th day of 1997 There are 146 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on Aug 7 1947 the balsa wood raft KonTiki which had carried a sixman crew miles across the Pacific Ocean crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago On this date In 1782 George Washington creat ed the Order of the Purple Heart a decoration to recognize merit in ed men and noncommissioned offi cers In 1789 the War Department was established by Congress In 1912 the Progressive Party nonv judges hold hear ings and issue deportation orders for criminal aliens to return them to their homelands and prevent them from being released into our neighborhoods after they leave prison The INS failure to deal with crim inal aliens is a serious threat to public safety In addi tion the failure has led to wasteful government spending An estimated million was spent unnecessarily in 1995 to detain criminal aliens who should have been deported immedi ately after leaving prison Almost 80 percent of noncitizen Lamar Smith inmates in state and federal prisons turn out to be deportable criminal aliens The GAO reported that criminal aliens during a recent six month period were deportable but instead were released into our com munities More than 600 of those released were aggravated felons We have a legitimate fear that many of those individuals will commit addi tional crimes Of the more than 70 percent of deportable criminal aliens who were not removed from the United States the majority had begun the removal process but did not complete it before they had served their time in prison And a substantial number of removable criminal aliens never began the depor tation process at all The GAO report shows the failures are attributable to the INS which refuses to make the process a high priority by diverting resources away from it The only good news from the hear ing was that Texas leads the nation in cooperating with the INS to keep crim inal aliens out of our communities Recent statistics indicate that under a new system Texas is completing such cases at double the national aver age and continues to improve In addi tion the system is designed to ensure that even when criminal alien inmates are not immediately deported at least they are not released into the commu nity I have urged other states to follow Texas lead on handling criminal alien inmates And I want the INS to make removal of criminal aliens a top prior ity because we cannot tolerate crime especially when committed by people who should have been deported Lamar Smith represents the 21st Congressional inated Theodore Roosevelt for presi dent In 1934 the Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling striking down the governments attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce novel In 1942 forces landed at Guadalcanal marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacif ic during World War 11 In 1959 the United States launched Explorer 6 which sent back a picture of the Earth In 1964 Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution giving President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on forces In 1974 French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New Yorks World Trade Center In 1976 scientists in Pasadena announced that the Viking 1 spacecraft had found the strongest indi cations to date of possible life on Mais Ten years ago The presidents of five Central Ameiican nations meeting in Guatemala City signed an 11point agreement designed to bring peace to their region five years ago The 39nation Con ference on Disarmament in Geneva produced the final draft of a treaty to ban chemical weapons ending 24 years of talks Jennifer Capriati won the gold medal in tennis at the Barcelona Olympics beating Steffi Graf The lux ury liner Queen Elizabeth 2 ran aground off Massachusetts One year ago NASA researchers formally presented their case for the existence of life long ago on Mars More than 6 million American Online customer worldwide were left strand ed when the system crashed for almost 19 hours A flash flood at a Pyrenees mountain campsite in Spain claimed at least 86 lives Todays Birthdays Writerproducer Stan Freberg is 71 Bluesman Magic Slim is 60 Actress Verna Bloom is 58 Humorist Garrison Keillor is 55 Singer Thomas is 55 Singer Lana Cantrell is 54 Actor John Glover is 53 Country singer Rodney Crowell is 47 Rock singer Bruce Dickinson for merly of Iron Maiden is 39 Marathon runner Alberto Salazar is 39
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