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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A O HeraldZeitung CJ Friday November Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmorison about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 Z e i t u n g 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.c6m QUOTAS The term hmedia now engenders such con tempt hi some quarters that to apply it to all our joumalistc institutions is like calling all hotels Robert MacNeil journalist D I T O R I A L Shop New Braunfels for Christmas The holiday shopping season got off to a riproaring start today as stores opened as early at 6 to entice shoppers to spend money on their wares Advertising inserts packed Thursdays newspapers as merchants whetted readers appetites for the bargains awaiting them today As you head out the door to do your Christmas shopping this year remember the best way to get more bang for your buck is to shop locally New Braunfels and Comal County retailers offer reasonable prices and a unique selection of gift items sure to impress your most discriminating friend or relative All that glitters does not lie in San Antonio or Austin from downtown shops to stores throughout the county exciting gift opportunities await The lure of the big city somtimes leads shoppers down the road where they can spend their money with outoftowners Shopping locally not only keeps you away from the big city traffic and the big city crime it also gives you a chance to help your friends and neighbors who run businesses in your commu nity And while you are spending tedly are going to spend anyway remember the best way for that money to come back to you is through the local stores The sales tax you pay on holiday gifts comes back to this community where it is used for the citys infrastructure and operations County government relies on sales tax for its operations as well Some of that tax money also is used to boost our communitys economic development efforts so we can work to keep our economy as healthy as it is Happy shopping this holiday season Christmas is a time for sharing and for giving gifts Give yourself and your community a big gift this year and do your holiday shop ping at home Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Margaret Should a Middle East government be toppled Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung 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 Toney Managing Editor Ext Edmonson Marketing Director Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Bruunjvls HvrakiZvitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Canier 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 7 JO on Sunday may call 830 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraUZeitung Draw er311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 While a debate rages over whether Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein should be toppled it appears that the Clinton administration is doing all it can to oust the elected leader of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Amid reports that President Clinton is frustrated by the lack of progress toward a peace settlement the admin istration has reverted to a familiar sce nario blame the Israelis or at least those Israelis who dont speak the words our diplomats write for them or adopt the policies the White House thinks they should Having failed in its barely disguised efforts to elect Shimon Peres as the successor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin the Clinton administration seems to be in overdrive in hopes of undermining the Likud government and forcing Netanyahu from power Last week during a meeting with Leah Rabin the widow of the assassi nated prime minister and Peres at the White House an Israeli source was widely quoted as saying that President Clinton had sharply criticized Netanyahu Israeli Television reporter Ehud Yaari said that source was Peres Yaari reported that Clinton had told Peres that the prime minister broke his promise to stop building Cal Thomas houses in the Yesha communi ties of Israel Halting construc tion on land that Israel continues to claim as its own is not part of the Oslo peace accords though Secretary of State Madeleine Albright contin ues to insist that it Far from undermining Netanyahu is attempting to do what he was elected to do By their votes for him a major ity of Israelis demonstrated that the previous Labor government had seri ously erred in its dealings with Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat which included arming of Palestinian policemen and in effect establishing sanctuaries for terrorists When those policies result ed in new violence against Israelis Netanyahu unfairly was blamed by the Israeli left and the State Department that mistakenly believes peace can be won only by Israels actions While Netanyahus government has lived up to the Oslo accords even though as candidate he opposed them the Palestinian Authority has not The PA has failed tq extradite ter rorists known to have murdered Israelis It has failed to disarm all of the illegal militias such as Hamas andlt has not stopped funding terror ist organizations that now operate openly and vow to continue their lethal activities Netanyahu has proposed that the second troop withdrawal required by Oslo transfer between 6 percent and 8 percent of the West Bank to the PA But he wants to make it contingent on the cessation of terrorism and not relinquish any additional land until the conclusion of final status talks and a genuine Palestinian crackdown instead of unkept promises on ter rorism How can anyone oppose reci procity Why should Israel and Israel alone be expected to give and give but never get when the getting is about securing the future of its peo ple Last January the State Departments Middle East negotiator Dennis Ross endorsed a Note for the Record in which he required imme diate Palestinian action not only to fight terror but also to amend the Palestinian Charter calling for Israels size of the PAs armed forces anS remove illegal PA institutions andactivities from Israeli areas including Jerusalem None of this has been done Still the Clinton administration pressures Israel and accepts empty promises from the PA Frustrated by its display of weak ness in dealing with Saddam Hussein the administration appears to be undermining the only democratically elected government in the Middle East This is an outrage Israel cannot and should not be moved by suph pressure In view of the pressure on his enemy why should Arafat give in on anything In an opinion column for the Jerusalem Post Chaim Seiden direc tor of the Center for Political Policy writes It takes unusual courage to withstand a neverending assault by the media by the opposition and even by some of his colleagues as Netanyahu has The prime minister of Israel has demonstrated far more of this character trait than the president of the United States Cat Thomas is a syndicated colum Views from abroad How will the United States con front all die challenges in the Middle East which is so vital to its interests hi die past years the United States had separately dealt with the various problems This approach has been given up as the events are connected more than ever For the United States is now the moment of big decisions whether to attack Iraq if the readmitted inspectors are not allowed to do their work And how to further pressure the Benjamin Netanyahu government to reinitiate the peace process Netanyahu has only been offering halfconcessions so far as he wants to keep his alliance with the nationalist and religious elements in his govem mental Would it be possible that the United States sacrifices its longlasting Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday Nov 28 the 332nd day of 1997 There are 33 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Nov 28 1520 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after pass ing through the South American strait that now bears his name On this date In 1895 the first automobile race took place between Chicago and Waukegan 111 The winner James Franklin Duryea col lected In 1925 the Grand Oie Opry Nashvilles famed hume of country alliance with Israel if Netanyahu does not comply in favor for better rela tions with the moderate Arab regimes And is United States ready for such a change Corriere Delia Sera on the Middle East Financial institutions must now face harsh reality in which even a major securities company will never be forgiven for illegal acts and will eventually be weeded out Japan can no longer expect the highpace growth seen decades ago Brokerage commission fees a main source of revenue for securities firms will be tully liberalized in two years as part of the Big Bang financial reform In this connection the out standing success of many foreign securities companies in the Tokyo music made its radio debut on sta tion WSM In 1942 nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston In 1943 President Roosevelt British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin met in Tehran during World War II In 1958 the African nation of Chad became an autonomous repub lic within the French community In 1964 the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars In 1975 President Ford nominated Federal Judge John Paul Stevens to market is making competition more intense It is expected Uiat financial institu tions will forge tieups with others in different financial service sectors pushing ahead the reorganization of the financial industry The ability of corporate managers will be severely tested The fundamental cause of the slug gish securities market is anxiety about the financial system which is riddled with massive nonperforming loans and other problems This is leading to an economic vicious circle in which the bearish market leads to fears of a recession Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo We welcome the suggestion that the nation should turn Kensington Palace into a museum and a memorial the Supreme Court seat vacated by William O Douglas In 1990 Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain during an audience with Queen Elizabeth II who conferred the pre miership on John Major In 1994 serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate Ten years ago A South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean with the loss of 159 people Five years ago In Bosnia Herzegovina a breakthrough in the relief effort came with the delivery of 137 tons of food and supplies to the to Princess Diana For both constitu tional and ceremonial reasons it is right that Britain retains its monarchy But doing so does not entail housing so many of the Queens relations in a royal palace at public expense Rehousing the minor royals is a sig nificant step in the modernization of the monarchy as is placing the royal art collection in Kensington Palace The collection is a national treasure which must be made available to the nation as a whole But above all Kensington Palace is associated with Princess Diana It was her home She loved its garden It is fitting that the affection she kindled and will continue to stimulate should have a permanent setting surround by beautiful objects Daily Express London on palace as memorial to Princess Diana isolated town of Srebrenica In King Williams Town South Africa four people were killed about 20 injured when black militant gunmen attacked a country club One year ago Defense Secretary William Perry joined soldiers in the mud and freezing rain of Bosnia Herzegovina to deliver a Thanksgiving message of discipline and patience for their stillunfinished peacekeeping mission A stuck hatch on the space shuttle Columbia pre vented two astronauts from going on a spacewalk A second planned spacer walk had to be canceled engineers later discovered a loose screw htd jammed the hatch mechanism
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