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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g HeraldZettung O Friday September Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 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 Q U O T A B L Television is such a staple of modern society that for most voters its not real unless if s on the Ed Rollins political consultant limii EDITORIAL SOS Food Bank deserves support An agency that helps feed New Braunfels hungry now needs the communitys help to continue its work SOS Food Bank which began serving New Braunfels on June 1 1988 helps a variety of people who have trouble buying food It distributes food to those who have been laid off whose food stamps do not last the month whose fixed incomes do not cover all their bills and who have unexpected medical expenses that take away from the food budget Even though the food bank received pounds of food last month more than pounds were distributed because of the increasing demand Food bank officials say changes in the Texas food stamp law might be partly to blame for the increased demand for food SOS Food Bank is a worthy project that provides this community a great service feeding those who have trouble feeding themselves At any juncture of our lives any of us could fall victim to misfortune and might be faced with the decision of paying the electric bill or buying groceries Medical emergencies temporary or permanent layoffs and other situations could put many of us m dire financial straits It is comforting to know that if we get that those levels we will not have to go hungry because there is SOS Food Bank Inc We encourage local businesses and individuals to help SOS Food Bank during this crunch it is experiencing To make donations to the SOS Food Bank call 629 3663 or bring them to 248 Merriweather St The food bank needs canned milk canned meats vegetables fruit peanut butter soups cereals laundry items sham poo and bath items We owe it to SOS Food Bank and those it serves because one day we might need the same kind of help ourselves Today s 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 Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Brauntels Comal County Tx 781311328 Periodical postage paid by the Brautrfds HeralUZeitung in New Brauntels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal 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 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunjels HeraUZeiiuMg Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 The newspapers of Texas took an unusual step this summer For the first time we sued the state of Texas and a number of cities including Galveston We sought an injunction to prevent enforcement of Section 13 of SB 1069 passed during the 75th session of the Texas Legislature That law would severely limit access by the media and by all Texans to official reports of motor vehicle accidents Up to now those records generally have been open for unrestricted pub lic inspection It is a part of every police reporters routine to scan the records daily However even in a city as small as Galveston we dont attempt to report every fenderbender Instead our reporters look for sto ries of broader public significance To name a few examples that occurred in Galveston County A top county law officer wrecks his car after spending the evening drinking in a topless bar The county charges the officer later only after publicity with driving under the influence Three people die in separate acci dents on a dangerous curve on Farm toMarket 1764 Because of press coverage the state and county per Dolph Tillotson form needed work on shoul ders of the road to make it safer and prevent such accidents A truck carry ing diesel fuel runs off the road and spills fuel directly into Galveston Bay The accident demonstrates that traffic acci dents are not just a matter of road safety they can affect the environ ment in a number of important ways If SB 1069 becomes law its likely readers in Galveston County and the rest of Texas will not see such stories in the future State Rep Toby Goodman R Arlington introduced the original bill HB He said it would prevent unwanted commercial contact with accident victims by chiropractors plaintiffs lawyers and many similar ly bad people It is significant to note the bill also had the support of the politically powerful Texas Trial Lawyers Association which typically repre sents the defense side in lawsuits They are the other side of the legal coin from plaintiffs attorneys who often represent victims in lawsuits stemming from auto accidents Indeed at a in Austin last week attorney Richard HUe past president of the trial lawyers group was right there at the defendants table at the right hand of attorneys representing the office of Texas Attorney General Dan Morales Though not an employee of the Morales office Hile played a key policymaking role suggesting the 60day temporary injunction the par ties agreed to that day That gave newspapers what we wanted at least temporarily and it gave the state more times to prepare its case or one hopes to decide to abandon Yes its true Richly financed lob byists do influence public policy in Texas often at the expense of all the rest of us Make no mistake about it that is what is happening in the case of SB 1069 Many editors including me dis agree with arbitrary restrictions on free speech even commercial speech by chiropractors and plaintiffs lawyers However if the state must impose such restrictions there are ways to do it without trampling key provisions of the Texas and United States constitutions For example the same Legislature that passed SB 1069 also strength ened the states barratry statutes that restrict such commercial contract with accident victims The mystery here is why Attorney General Morales is willing to put the force of his office and his good name behind such a measure More than 500 newspapers across Texas are lined up to oppose the new law Newspapers generally dont con tribute to political campaigns as trial lawyers do but we play a role in shaping what Texans think about government and those who govern We do that by working hard to tell the truth The truth is SB 1069 is very bad law The truth is those who support it are more interested in their own financial interests than in the rights of accident victims Dolph Tillotson is editor and pub lisher of The Calves ton County Daily News which like the HeraldZeitung is owned by Southern Newspapers He also serves as cochairman of the legislative advisory committee for members of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and the Texas Press Letters to the Editor Dumped dogs did not deserve fate Editor To the person that dumped two dogs on my street Your dogs are dead One ran for 24 hours frightened and confused until it was snared and taken to the shelter by the animal warden to be euthanized The other did not understand why it was hunt ed down and shot What had it done so wrong except exist in an uncaring household that raised throwaway dogs These are not the first dogs dumped in our neighborhood and Im sure not the last It is an inhumane act for mans best friend It would be much more humane to take them to a vet and put them into a gentle deep sleep with no fear and confusion Think carefully when getting that cute cuddly puppy it will depend on you for about 15 Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday Sept S the 248th day of 1997 There are 117 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Sept terror stmck the Munich Olympic games in West Germany as Arab guerrillas attacked the Israeli delegation Eleven Israelis five guerrillas and a police officer were killed in the siege On this date In 1698 Russias Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards In 1774 the first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia In 1836 Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas years and with care and love give that love tenfold Neuter and spay to keep these throw away dogs from suffering this fate Judy Rogers New Braunfels Watch where pooch does his business Editor Attention pet owners Do your neighbors let their dogs use your front lawn as a bathroom Mine do Dont get me wrong 1 love animals In fact I have two beautiful dogs 1 also have a 4 yearold who loves to play in our front yard So please the next time you take your dog for a walk have some consideration for the bare feet in your neigh borhood and take along a plastic baggie Rita Free New Braunfels Neutralize control Editor Are you aware that the United Nations controls 68 percent of our national parks and national historical sites including Yellowstone Glacier Everglades Great Smoky Mountains Statue of Liberty Grand Canyon Yosemite and even Independence Hall This is due to executive orders from President Clinton Now Clinton is trying to gain control of the Rio Grande and other rivers for the in the name of environmental concerns Wake up people Please write and call your Congress members and tell them to support the American Land and Sovereignty Protection Act It would neutral ize existing control Jeanne B Helm Cartvon Lake Write em Gov George W Bush Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 Phone 512463 2000 Atty General Dan Morales Box 12548 Austin TX 78711 Phone 512 4632100 Sen Jeff Wentworth Dist Box 12068 Capitol Station Austin TX 787112068 Phone 5124630126 Local Office 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 425 San Antonio TX 78209 Phone 2108267800 Sen Judith Zaffirini Dist Box 12068 Capitol Station Austin TX 78711 Phone 5124630121 Laredo Office 2107222293 Rep Edmund Kuempel Dist 523 E Donegan No 102 Seguin TX 78155 Phone 5124630602 Local Office 210 37989732 In first Labor Day in New York In 1905 thVTteaty of Portsmouth ending the RussoJapanese War was signed in New Hampshire In 1914 the First Battle of the Marne began during World War I In 1939 the United States pro claimed its neutrality in World War II In 1957 On the Road by author Jack Kerouac was first pub lished In 1975 President Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette Squeaky Fromrne a disciple of Charles Manson in Sacramento Calif In 1977 West German industrial ist HannsMartin Sehleyer was kid napped in Cologne by members of the BaaderMeinhof gang Sehleyer was later killed by his captors In 1977 the United States launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft two weeks after launching its twin Voyager 2 Ten years ago Some fourdozen people were killed in an Israeli air raid on targets near the southern Lebanese port town of Sidon In his weekly radio address President Reagan urged American workers to shun protectionist legislation and meet the competition Five years ago A strike that had idled nearly General Motors Corp workers ended as members of a United Auto Workers local in Lordstown Ohio approved a new agreement One year ago Russian President Boris Yeltsin acknowledged he had serious health problems and would undergo heart surgery Hurricane Fran slammed into the Carolinas Todays Birthdays The president of the Motion Picture Association of America Jack Valenti is 76 Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul A Volcker is 70 Comedianactor Bob Newhart is 68 Actor William Devane is 58 Singer John Stewart is 58 Actress Raquel Welch is 57 Singer Al Stewart is 52 Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 51 Dtammer Buddy Miles is 51
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