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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4 g HeraldZeitung g Tuesday Ogtober Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 i t u n g QUOTABLE The problem of freedom in America is that of maintaining a competition of ideas and you do not achieve that by silencing one brand of Max Lerner author columnist EDITORIAL No excuses Fasten your seat Look both ways before you cross the Wash your Those are the sorts of warnings that people of all ages have heard time and time again and those are the sorts of warnings people ignore Add to the list of oftenunheeded advice Get your flu shot before its too Flu season doesnt start until about December according to Comal County public health nurse Shel McWilliams but the best time to get a flu shot is right now and the time to get the vaceine and ensure its effectiveness ends midNovember Flu symptoms can create varying degrees of temporary mis ery but for certain highrisk groups such as the elderly a bad case of flu can lead to lifethreatening consequences such as pneumonia High risk groups include people age 65 or older nursing home residents people with chronic conditions such as asthma children or teens receiving longterm aspirin therapy and health professionals Some people skip flu vaccinations because they contract influenza or a cold after getting the shot and think the vaccine caused it That is a fallacy according to Jim Schuermann public health technician in the Texas Department of Health Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Division The Comal County Health Department has made getting flu shots so easy there are no excuses not to avail oneself of the opportunity Seniors age 60 and older can get flu shots free at two clinics Oct 31 at the Senior Center and Nov 7 at the Canyon Lake Action Center Hours for both clinics are 9 to and 1 to 4 The health department walkin clinic has flu shots available for from 8 to 11 and from 1 to Tuesdays and Thursdays Appointments may be scheduled Monday and Wednesday mornings For information call the health depart ment at 6205595 The time to pay attention to warnings like Get your flu shot is now not after the consequences have occurred and all that can be said is ifonly I had Todays editorial was written by News Editor Susan Hynt Write us The New Bmunfels 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 rxen published in the pre vious 30 days Muil letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels Drawer 31 1328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 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 ttuough Friday by the New tiniunfela HaaUZeining USJS 377880 707 Land or Drawer 311328 New I3rauntels Comal County TX 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the AVvv Oruunfels HeralJZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and counties three months six months one year S66 Senior 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 Post MAS i IK Send address changes to the New Brauufvls Draw er 311 328 New Braunfels TV 78131 1328 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guesi columns electronically by vyay of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is NBH2eitung@AOL.com Reno right not to politicize investigation AUSTIN Texas How silly can this get Republicans are now threatening to impeach Attorney General Janet Reno because she has so far not named a special prosecutor to look into whether President Clinton broke a law written in 1883 which was intended to prevent another problem entirely by making fundraising phone calls from one room in the White House instead of another that might be legal if the calls raised soft money but not hard money Is all that perfectly House Speaker Newt Gingrich made the aston ishing suggestion that Reno resign because she looks like a If everyone in Washington had to resign when he or she looked like a fool the vacancy rate would be astronomical and Gingrich would be long gone The only people who looked like fools last week were the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee trying to bully and stampede Reno What a hopeless endeavor that was Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott sneeringly referred to her as and she did indeed stand like a stone wall However you define judicial Reno has it not to mention integrity out the wazoo She was both cool and implacable through hours of verbal bully ing by Republicans who apparently still believe that if you are mean to girls they will break down and cry I have considerably more faith in Renos integri ty than in that of the Republicans who were trying to reincarnate Sen Joseph McCarthy last week And more faith in her integrity than in President Clintons I might add And Let me suggest why Reno might be reluctant to appoint a special prosecutor in this case quite aside from the nit picking interpretation of an antiquated law Reno has already appointed four special prose cutors who have spent close to S40 million and the grand sum total of their efforts thus far is to accuse former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy of having accepted worth of gifts most Molly Ivins notably tickets to a Super Bowl game That was very wrong of him and if he is found guilty he will doubtless have to pay a fine Also still under investigation are the love life of former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros no public money involved and the business dealings of for mer Commerce Secretary Ron Brown who has been serious ly dead for quite some time I But the real prize in the bunch is the Whitewater investigation now in its fourth year and more than million This inves tigation of a 1978 land deal in Arkansas is edging up on the records set by the IranContra investiga tion for both length and expense IranContra you will recall was about our governments having illegally sold arms to an enemy in order to use the profits to support one side of a civil war in Central America which our government lied about being involved in Constitutional violations were the issue Reno originally appointed Robert Fiske a Republican with 24carat credentials to investi gate Whitewater But Fiske offended the Republican redhots by finding that poor Vince Foster had indeed offed himself So the redhots put pressure on Judge David Sentelle head of a threejudge panel that then dismissed Fiske and appointed Kenneth Starr on the grounds that Renos appointment of Fiske created the appear ance of a conflict of Sentelle himself is so careless about the appearance of a conflict of interest that he saw nothing wrong in lunching with Sens Jesse Helms and Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina just before appointing the rankly partisan Starr Starr a rightwing Republican activist who vol unteered to help Paula Jones gratis in her lawsuit against Clinton has since demonstrated his regard for the appearance of a conflict of interest by contributing to Republican ing to represent tobacco companies and defense contractors and preparing to decamp entirely to the deanship of a law school And then theres his conduct of the investigation itself which has become an antiClinton rumor factory If Starr is interested in becoming a good prose cutor he should study Renos consistent refusal to discuss the details of an ongoing investigation Starrs most notable contribution to jurisprudence so far has been the imprisonment of Susan McDougal for more than a year now for refusing to talk to him In sum what we have here is the politicization of the specialprosecutor process which was itself introduced to depoliticize the investigatory process No wonder Reno is wary I realize that Republicans at least some of whom suffer from a fixation about payback and titfortat believe the IranContra investigation was political in nature but at least it was about something more serious than which room the phone calls were made from Now is there a big fat stinking mess of corrup tion in Washington Yes there is it is the form of legalized bribery by which our politicians finance their campaigns But the stench from that cesspool is in danger of being outstunk by Republican hypocrisy Sen Mitch McConnell of Kentucky leader of the antireform faction on campaign finance now threatens to impeach Reno for not acting on Clintons phone calls And this is the same McConnell who according to some media reports urged the Senate Ethics Committee not to pursue Sen Phil Gramm for having made fundraising calls from SET ITAL his END ITAL office on the grounds that so many other senators were prob ably guilty of the same thing Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth Legal immigration reform unfinished business In passing the 1996 immigration reform law that I authored Congress spoke for a broad crosssection of Americans Eighty percent of them have told pollsters they favor immi gration reform including reduced lev els of legal immigration Immigration reform remains an issue for Congress because needed changes in our legal immigration sys tem remain unfinished business Con gress must continue to speak for Americans immigrant and native bom or we will surrender to the siren song of narrowminded special interests who want unlimited immi gration Immigration reformers have the facts on their side The Commission on Immi gration Reform recently affirmed in its final report to Congress and the Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Oct 21 the 294th day of 1997 There are 71 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Oct 21 1797 the Navy frigate Constitution also known as Old Ironsides was launched in Bostons harbor On this date In 1805 a British fleet commanded by Adm Horatio Nelson defeated a FrenchSpanish tleet in the Battle of Trafalgar Nelson however was killed Lamar Smith President that the biggest problem facing immigrants is our hapless immigration system itself The Commis sion recom mended that we reduce overall immigration below its current historically high levels to reduce the backlogs for family members and to focus limited immigration benefits green cards spouses and minor children Legal residents currently wait four to 10 years to unite their families in the We are overdue to reaffirm In 1879 Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his labora tory in Menlo Park In 1944 during World War II troops captured the German city of Aachen In 1959 the Guggenheim Museum opened to the public in New York In 1960 Democrat John F Kennedy and Republican Richard M Nixon clashed in their fourth and final presidential debate In 1966 more than 140 people mostly children were killed when a coal waste landslide engulfed a school and several houses in south our commitments to policy that ensures quick family unification for immigrants A report by the National Academy of Sciences warned that current immi gration policies have created losers including less skilled domestic work ers ho compete with The NAS also reported The gap between native and immigrant levels of education and income is increasing wh h means we are in danger of creating i new underclass of lowskilled Another sti dy of immigration by the Rand Corporation in California our most populous state also includ ed recommendations for reducing legal immigration and giving prefer ence to immediate family members and immigrants with higher skill and education levels Today those of us who stand for immigration reform are crassly labeled antiimmigrant by the advocates of unlimited immigration But it is just as unfair to call immigration reform ers antiimmigrant as it would be for the reformers to call the other side antiAmerican Let the others be judged by their rhetoric and let Congress be judged by actions that represent the needs and wishes of most Americans The great majority of Americans myself included favor generous lev els of immigration because immi grants are good for America But immigration policies that set no priorities on serving American interests make no sense Lamar Smith represents the 21st District in the House of Repre Wales In 1967 tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington In 1971 President Nixon nominat ed Lewis F Powell and William H Rehnquist to the Supreme Court In 1986 proIranian kidnappers in Lebanon claimed to have abducted American Edward Tracy he was released in August In 1991 American hostage Jesse Turner was freed by his kidnappers in Lebanon after nearly five years in captivity Ten years ago Sometimesacri monious debate began in the Senate on the nomination of Judge Robert H Bork to the Supreme Court Two days later the Senate voted 58 42 to reject the Five years ago A report prepared for the Los Angeles police commis sion found that the city was unpre pared to handle the rioting that broke out the previous spring and had responded inadequately The Toronto Blue Jays won game four of the World Series defeating the Atlanta Braves 21 Singer Madonnas book Sex was released
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