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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A Q HeratdZeltung g Friday August Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 Because this is America you allow me to speak even though you dont like what I may Louis Farrakhan minister Buherde center shows it is for the whole community Bulverde Community Center shines as an example of bringing the old and the young together and cooking up something really good Students at Rahe Primary School have been without a cafe teria and kitchen since school started Monday because those facilities still are under construction Growing enrollment in the west Comal County school forced expansion of the cafe teria seating area So when the lunch bell rings students get in line and walk next door to the community center where there is room for them to eat Were just really appreciative that theyve agreed to let us use that principal Barbara Doeppenschmidt said Our other option was eat in the But according to Bulverde Senior Center vice president Jane Wood there was never any question about letting these kindergarteners first graders and second graders use the facility agreed because our children are our most important Wood said It was never a consideration that we Oftentimes facilities like community centers get used by one particular group whether young or old with little oppor tunity made for individuals of both age groups to share time and space We find it refreshing and inspiring to see these young schol ars get exposed to the generosity and helpfulness exemplified by the Bulverde Community Center Part of the whole school experience is eating lunch and being able to get those young sters away from their desks and letting them participate in lunch outside the classroom is healthy Many of the youngsters gave the whole experience high marks while one youngster noted Its kind of weird because we have to eat over here where the old people If Rahe Primary and Bulverde Community Center keep up the good work it wont seem weird for too much longer Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Margaret Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Her aldZeitung 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 830 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Edmonson Marketing Director Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising 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Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is Making nice doesnt always make good policy Prctoirlant A President Clinton the master of illusion won it all on Aug 5 on the south lawn of the White House He had Speaker Newt Gingrich and his neutered Republican colleagues exactly where he wanted them on his territory and pretty much on his terms In a contest of image over sub stance no one does it better than Bill Clinton The Speaker even praised the president for his leadership when in fact the president in his first term retroactively raised taxes tried to dra matically increase spending remem ber the stimulus and attempted to create national health care which he and Hilary are now doing in stages rather than all at once It appeared to be the celebration of a military triumph as politicians marched around the White House grounds like soldiers on parade But it was all illusion defined as the state or fact of being intellectually deceived or misled perception of something objectively existing in such a way as to cause misinterpreta tion of its actual The real test for Republicans is what happens to the partys approval ratings Pollsters told Republicans that the public doesnt like them because they seem too rigid uncaring Cal Thomas and partisan The Speaker repeat edly used the word biparti san in his remarks So hav ing swallowed hard and accept ed new entitle ment programs that are bound to grow in size and cost just to pro duce a harmo nious photo opportunity with about as much sub stance as a Yasser Arafat handshake with Israeli leaders in the same loca they hope approval ratings will go up But they wont Thats because the fundamental issues have not been settled Is gov ernment our primary keeper or are we Should government be a first resource dispensing goodies to fulfill our every desire or should it encour age us to make good life decisions and remove incentives to laziness that subsidize wrong choices The main flaw in the budget agree ment is that it fails to address what caused the deficit and huge national debt in the first place It wasnt Ronalrffceagans tax cuts as liberal critics like to say In fact the same supplyside economics Democrats once condemned lower taxes and low interest rates increase tax revenue as overall income goes up is now praised as the primary contributor to deficit reduction The cause was the spirit of entitlement that I have a right to other peoples money The nation began with the right to life lib drty and the pursuit of happiness Anyone who suggests the Constitution does not provide such rights is labeled uncaring as ideo logue and a hater of children and the elderly Reagan repeatedly noted that we have a deficit not because citizens are taxed too little but because govern ment spends too much While a few gimmicks are offered the overbur dened taxpayers like the child cred the budget Will balance only if the new entitlement programs are held in check good luck and the economy continues to grow at its pre sent rate Writing in The Wall Street Journal author John Steele Gordon says that fiveyear economic forecasts have as much accuracy as longterm weather The problem notes Gordon is that Congress spends other peoples money If they spent their own money the way they spend ours they would have been bankrupt long ago During a period of peace and prosperity our national debt has risen 11 times what it was when the Budget Control Act became law 23 years ago Where does the party that preached fiscal restraint tax cuts reduced spending and personal responsibility go from here Having lost the battle of the polls and nearly its congressional majority in the last election are Republicans going to play the illusion game through the next election cycle hoping to trade on an era of good feelings among soccer moms After the 1998 election will tradi tional Republican ideas resurface as they search for a presidential candi date with leadership skills and real convictions who is not afraid of being called names by the sustainers of the welfare state The politicians did what they thought the public wanted making nice for the cameras But making nice makes for poor policy Cal Thomas is a syndicated colum excuse me Wieinaioiof pan NOW i Views from Abroad By The Associated Press Here are excerpts from editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad Roswell Daily Record on Bill Gates and Apple The specter of Big Brother Bill Gates smiling down from a video screen at a conference of Macintosh users was more than many could stand and they booed loudly at the sight of him But even though Apple enthusiasts think Gates stole the idea for his megapopular Windows soft ware from the Macintosh desktop Apple desperately needs the billionaire entrepreneur The infusion of million from Microsoft may be Apples last Computer users and government regulators should be concerned that Microsofts move could be the first step toward complete domination of operat ing systems and a death grip on software But Microsoft probably will try to keep Apple alive to stave off antitrust charges from the government Mac users must swallow their pride and look on Gates as their savior not their enemy They shouldnt worry that hell take over Apple Instead like the rest of us they need only worry that hell take over the world The State Columbia on display ing caffeine content in foods There is always some flap over whether con sumers should have ready access to information about what is in the foods they eat An advocacy group called the Center for Science in the Public Interest asked the Food and Drug Administration to require that foods be labeled with their caffeine con tent What Dont we all know what foods contain caf feine Coffee tea and many sodas such as Coke and Pepsi right But there are some surprises including frozen desserts and yogurts candies and even bottled water It seems we dont always know how much caffeine were Consumers can find out how much caffeine a par ticular product contains by calling the manufactur ers 1800 number listed on the product but that information should be more readily available Why not put it on the package The Bellingham Herald on pri vacy for medical records Like bank accounts and tax returns health records should be kept from prying eyes Unfortunately as computer technology expands personal medical information increasingly is at risk of being reviewed and used by unauthorized individ uals companies and agencies Horror stories include cases of health clinic work ers reading notes from therapy sessions medical stu dents copying health records and selling them to malpractice attorneys and insurers perusing hospital records to weed out people at high risk of contracting debilitating diseases To help stem the invasion of privacy Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala has come up with a sensible set of federal guidelines Congress should approve They would prohibit use of personal information for anything but health care and punish those who misuse it require data keepers to secure the informa tion and allow consumers to see whats in their health records and set up a system to change incor rect Shalalas record privacy plan is a reasonable effective and necessary way to curb abuse Congress should sign off on the prescription Omaha WorldHerald on conta minated hamburger patties The recall of million pounds of hamburger pat ties produced at Columbus has caused legiti mate concern about the safety of the nations food if people pay attention to what safety experts are saying about the E coli bacteria strain that led to the recall longterm damage to the beef industry should be minimal Federal authorities ordered the recall to protect consumers from a particularly harmful variety of the E coli Hudson Foods the owner of the Columbus plant had initially recalled pounds of the patties and then another pounds The company acted after 20 people in Colorado became ill with E coli symptom after eating the meat Americans have come to expect the cleanest safest food supply the world has ever known People are troubled when they are told that something in their food could make them sick But as the stories about the Hudson recall have demonstrated there is cause for reassurance Strenuous efforts are being made to make the clean safe food supply even cleaner and safer Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday Aug 22 the 234th day of 1997 There are 131 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Aug 22 1485 Englands King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field ending the War otthe Roses On this date In 1775 Englands King George HI proclaimed the American colonies in a state of open rebellion In 1846 the United States annexed New Mexico In 1851 the schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the Americas Cup In 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt became the first chief executive to ride in an automobile in Hartford Conn In 1911 it was announced in Paris that Leonardo da Vincis Mona Lisa had been stolen from the Louvre Museum the night before The paint ing turned up two years later in In 1956 President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominat ed for second terms in office by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco In 1986 KerrMcGee Corp agreed to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood million set tling a 10yearold nuclear contami nation lawsuit In 1989 Black Panther cofounder Huey P Newton was shot to death in Oakland Calif Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in Ten years ago The supertanker Bridgeton and three other reflagged Kuwaiti tankers left Kuwait under escort and safely cleared Persian Gulf waters where the Bridgeton had VI hit a mine the month before Five years ago President Bush told an evangelical gathering in Dallas that the Democrats had left three simple letters out of their platform Democrat Bill Clinton said Bush was trying to divert attention from the economy NeoNazi violence against foreigners erupted in Rostock Germany
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