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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A Q HeraldZeitung g Friday December Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 Opinion Online contact 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 QUOTABLE There must be no secrecy around government decisions or acts which can be made public without injury to the national interest Tom Johnson television executive D I T O R I Thanks to those who gave to United Way United Way of Comal County reached a milestone this week as donations to its annual fund drive surpassed the ambitious goal of We felt like with this generous community we could make United Way director Joe Rogers said this week Thanks to employes of such businesses as HEB Wal Mart Chekcs in the Mail Mission Valley Textiles and Comal and New Braunfels school districts United Way drive chairman was able to put the overthetop insignia on the United Way thermometer on the Main Plaza this week Comal County deserves a huge pat on the back for giving so generously to such a worthy cause Ninetyeight percent of the money raised will help 30 local organizations serve those in need in our community With United Way dona tions touch so many lives in so many ways Thanks goes to all who gave and those who helped This week volunteers throughout the county opened their hearts and gave their time so others could have a happy holi day season These volunteers donated wrapped and delivered toys through the Comal County Sheriffs Office Green Santa program the New Braunfels Police Department Blue Santa program and the New Braunfels Jaycees Toys for Tots pro gram Volunteers also gave their time to serve nearly peo ple at the Harvest from the Heart dinner Monday night at the New Braunfels Civic Center In so many ways this holiday season and this year this communitys spirit of sharing was evident and shines as an example of what makes this community great Todays editorials were 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 punctuation and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 260 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext 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 BnnttifeLs HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Conial County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal anil tiuadalupe 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 am on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfcls Tx 781311328 The homeless make a comeback in We havent heard much about the homeless since the Clinton Administration took office nearly five years ago Until then homeless ness was said to be the result of Republican insensitivity and the eco nomic policies of the Reagan and Bush administrations Vice President Al Gore thrust the homeless back into the spotlight just before Christmas when he rounded up a group of children from a Washington homeless shelter and brought them to the Department of Housing and Urban Development where they served as props for an administration announcement to spend million to help the home less find homes and Displaying his theological igno rance matched only by his environ mental the vice president said that Mary and Joseph were homeless In fact they had left home to pay taxes in another town They found a no vacancy sign at an inn and had to camp in a stable While traveling I have been turned away from motels because they were booked to capaci ty but in seeking other accommoda tions I never viewed myself as home less Cal Thomas A HUD spokesperson said the home less children were briefed before the event Jessica Christie said the kids were shown a picture of Gore before he showed up and were given background information so they would know why he is That would be instructive for the rest of us The vice president then showed up to what must have been wonder ing eyes He read them a Christmas story but not THE Christmas When the event concluded the homeless kids having served his purpose were shuttled back to their shelter where they could ponder the important company they had briefly kept Gore told them not to worry because some of Americas publish ers were going to donate hundreds of thousands of books to them and other homeless kids Former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder now head of the Association of American Publishers said Every American needs to know that reading out loud to children is as important as fastening their seat Things are looking up for the homeless no thanks to government Since government benefits have declined 20 percent of the homeless have checked into rescue missions according to the International Union of Gospel Missions Instead of a gov ernment check rescue missions seek to change lives from the insideout IUGM Executive Director Rev Stephen E Burger says Those who lost benefits tend to be alcohol and drugaddicted men and women in their 40s and 50s who previously received Social Security Disability and SSI benefits The government has finally done away with their drunk While rescue missions cannot force people to change they can lead them to confront the responsibility they have to deal with their problems and can empower them in ways that secular government cannot How cynical of the vice president to use homeless children as props and then immediately thrust them back into their alltooreal world In the story of the Good Samaritan the one who tells the injured man by the side of the road to have a nice day is condemned while the man who picks up the injured traveler and instructs the innkeeper to care for him at his benefactors expense is praised Real compassion isnt a govern ment check and it isnt using the wretched unfortunates as backdrops for ones political aspirations Why didnt the vice president ask the kids to spend the night or give them sleeping bags or some other substan tive gift that might have eased their misery Ask yourself If you were homeless would you prefer a meal and a home to a book No child should have a life where theres no address for Santa Claus to come on Christmas Gore said in his most compassionate voice Thanks to Gores quick eviction of the homeless kids they were there for 90 minutes which included the Santa could see all of them together in a homeless shelter Mrs Bushs story time was better than this Cal Thomas is a syndicated Other views By The Associated Press Here are excerpts from editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad Journal Star Peoria on troops in Bosnia The best case to be made for extending the stay of troops in Bosnia is that the peace has been kept The peace keepers have done their job Granted that peace has been accompanied by very little goodwill to men But the mass murders of men women and children have ceased So too the rapes and the starva tion camps and the bombings and the street fighting and the brutal ousters of citizens from their homes in the process of religious and ethnic cleansing This is the case President Clinton made when he aban doned a June deadline for bringing home American peacekeepers Nearly that many soldiers will stay until benchmarks of reconstruction and reconciliation are met he said With those benchmarks yet to be set we may be looking at a semipermanent peacekeeping force here There is precedent United States soldiers have helped keep the Korean peace since 1953 The United Nations has had peacekeeping forces in Cyprus since Congress may yet have something to say about President Clintons intentions That is OK Foreign commitments do best when they have the support of the American people We would ask only that grandstanding be kept to a mini mum This is an issue unworthy of partisan politicking Aftonbladet Stockholm Sweden on President Clintons visit to Bosnia President Clintons lightning visit to Bosnia could easily be dismissed as a media spectacle for home consumption But it was not entirely worthless Clinton made it clear that American soldiers at least some of them will remain in Bosnia even after June of next year In order to gather the support of skeptical Republicans in Congress there were several congressmen in the delegation Especially good was that Clinton now wants to avoid setting a new time limit for involvement in Bosnia The reasoning is that progress in internal Bosnian cooperation not the date will determine when a withdrawal can begin Letter to the Editor Phillips clarifies involvement on road issue Dear Editor I am writing in response to Fridays Dec 19 story regarding the traffic issue in Gruene John Paine owner of a business and property in Gruene Texas stated that I brought the issue to the Transportation and Advisory Board When Mr Paine discussed the matter with me I sim ply put Mr Paine in touch with his City Council Representative Jan Kotylo Her response was immedi ate That was the extent of my involvement While I greatly enjoy Gruene and applaud its success I have no financial investment there nor reason to become involved in this issue Susan Phillips New Braunfels Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday Dec 26 the 360th day of 1997 There are five days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec 26 1944 in the World War II Battle of the Bulge the embattled 101st Airborne Division was relieved by units of the 4th Armored Division On this date In 1776 the British suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War In 1799 the late George Washington was eulogized by Col Henry Lee as first in war first in peace and first in the hearts of his In 1865 James H Nason of Franklin received a patent for a coffee percolator In 1917 during World War I the government took over operation of the nations railroads In 1941 Winston Churchill became the first British prime minis ter to address a joint meeting of the Congress In 1944 Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie was first performed publicly at the Civic Theatre in Chicago In 1947 heavy snow blanketed the Northeast burying New York City under inches of snow in 16 hours the severe weather was blamed for some 80 deaths In 1972 the 33rd president of the United States Harry S Truman died in Kansas City Mo Ten years ago A bomb exploded at a USO bar in Barcelona Spain killing one sailor and injuring nine others a littleknown group called the Red Army of Catalonian Liberation claimed responsibility Five years ago Milan Panic con ceded defeat to Slobodan Milosevic almost a week after Yugoslavias presidential election Time magazine announced it had chosen President elect Bill Clinton its 1992 Man of the One year ago Sixyearold beau ty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her familys home in Boulder Colo To date the slaying remains Todays Birthdays Actor Richard Widmark is 83 Comedian composer and author Steve Allen is 76 Comedian Alan King is 70 Actor Donald Moffat and Present is 67 Rhythmandblues singer Abdul Duke Fakir The Four Tops is 62 Record producer Phil Spector is 57 Americas Most Wanted host John Walsh is 52 Retired baseball player Carlton Fisk is 50 Baseball coach Chris Chambliss is 49 Country musician Brian Westrum Sons of the Desert is 35 Rock musician Lars Ulrich Metallica is 34 Rock musician J White Zombie is 30 Country singer Audrey Wiggins is 30 Rock musi cian Peter Klett Candlebox is 28
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