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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday February 23 2000 HBHALDZEITUNG Page 3A Lincoln FDR ranked as best presidents WASHINGTON AP President Clinton rates near the top for managing the economy and pursuing equal justice but dead last when measured for moral according to a ranking of presidents by 58 histo rians Overall among presidents Clinton comes across in the mid dle 21st out of 41 men who have occupied the Oval Office Two other presidents marked by scandal Richard Nixon and Warren Harding came in just above Clinton in the historians view of moral leadership The academics rated Abraham Lincoln Franklin D Roosevelt George Washington Theodore Roosevelt and Harry Truman as the best leaders overall in a survey conducted by the cable public affairs television network C SPAN Historians from across the polit ical spectrum rated the 41 men who have served in the White House on 10 qualities The acade mics were asked to rank presidents using a scale of one to 10 with 10 being very Clinton rates 20th in crisis lead ership 21st in international rela tions 21st in administrative skills 22nd in vision and 21st in perfor mance His high scores are in pursuing equal justice economic management 5th and public per suasion his low scores were in congressional relations 36th and moral authority President Clinton came into office with a threepart strategy for the economy fiscal discipline investing in people and opening markets abroad to benefit American White House spokesman Joel Johnson said Monday Asked specifically about the presidents moral ranking Johnson said time will tell Rated worst overall as leaders were William Henry Harrison Warren G Harding Franklin Pierce Andrew Ranking a leader A recent survey asked historians to rate each president on 10 qualities of leadership Overall President Clinton ranked 21st out of 41 Clinton was dead last however In the moral authority category Heres a look at some of the rankings OVERALL RANKING Best presidents 1 Abraham Lincoln 18611865 2 Franklin D Roosevelt 19331945 3 George Washington 17891797 4 Theodore Roosevelt 19011909 5 Harry S Truman 19451953 Worst presidents 37 William Henry Harrison 1841 38 Warren G Harding 19211923 39 Franklin Pierce 18531857 40 Andrew Johnson 18651869 41 James Buchanan 18571861 MORAL AUTHORITY Best presidents 1 George Washington 17891797 2 Abraham Lincoln 18611865 3 Theodore Roosevelt 19011909 4 Franklin D Roosevelt 19331945 5 Dwight D Eisenhower 19531961 Worst presidents 37 Andrew Johnson 18651869 38 James Buchanan 18571861 39 Warren G Harding 19211923 40 Richard M Nixon 19691974 41 Bill Clinton 1993present More time and money needed to investigate bonfire collapse BY MEGAN K STACK Associated Press Writer COLLEGE STATION Texas AP Texas University must provide more time and money to continue investigating the bonfire stack collapse that killed a dozen young people last year consultants say A monthlong search for a cause in the log stacks fatal undoing already has consumed I million but thats not enough consultants told the bonfire commission Tuesday It was unknown Tuesday how much more money or how many weeks the inquiry will Source CSPAN AP Johnson 40 and James Buchanan Ronald Reagan was ranked 11th overall the highest of presidents of the past 20 years George Bush came in at No 20 Jimmy Carter at 22 and Gerald Ford 23 OBITUARIES SHELTON Cecil Shelton Staff USAF of New Braunfels Texas passed away Monday Feb 21 2000 at Kirkwood Manor in New Braunfels at the age of 86 years Mr Shelton was born to Charlie Shelton and Lizzie Durbin in Union County Kentucky on May 1 1913 He married Mary Bridges Shelton and retired from the United States Air Force as a Squad Leader Mr Shelton was a member of the American Legion Post 35 of New Braunfels and he served in the Air Force during WWII Survivors include his wife Mary Shelton of New Braunfels sons Robert L Rupp and wife Kristi of San Antonio and Donald D Rupp and wife Doris of San Antonio niece Mary Dees of New Braunfels 3 grandsons and 4 greatgrandchildren sister Mary Ann Caudill of Sturgis Kentucky and numerous nieces and nephews Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 Wednesday and from 8 until service time Thursday Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 Thursday Feb at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home with a representative from the American Legion Post 35 of New Braunfels officiating Burial NEW ELS HERALDZEITUNG Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald Zeilung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County TX 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Bmunfels HemldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by car rier 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 6 am Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday can call 830 6259144 POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Bmunfels HemldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 need Well do what we have to do to get it spokeswoman Cynthia Lawson said The massive wooden stack slid to the ground on Nov 18 as students worked to erect it Twelve Aggies were crushed to death 27 more were injured Just days later the university formed an independent commission to examine the log collapse and set aside million for the inves tigation The probe into the revered tradition which takes place each year before the Texas football game was expected to wind down by late March But unforeseen insurance premiums drove the costs steeper than expected and a painstak ing series of witness interviews slowed the inquirys pace consultants said In retrospect its just not going to be said consultant Jon Zagrodzky of McKinsey and Co Inc The university has yet to pay for insurance to protect the investigators in case a lawsuit is filed Zagrodzky explained So far none of the students or families has publicly expressed interest in suing the school will be in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park in Guadalupe County Texas Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home BRIEFS Space Shuttle returns to Earth CAPE CANAVERAL Fla AP Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six returned to Earth on Tuesday with more than a weeks worth of radar images that will be transformed into the finest maps of the planet Commander Kevin Kregel guided the shuttle down through a clear sky moments after sunset Gusty winds at the runway had forced him to make an extra swing around Earth delaying the homecoming by 1 hours During their 11day voyage Endeavours astronauts worked in roundtheclock shifts to keep two large radar antennas running one in the shuttle cargo bay and one on the end of a 197foot mast The method is expected to produce precise 3D maps of Earths peaks and valleys Letterman returns from heart surgery NEW YORK AP An esti mated 12 million people watched David Lettermans return to tele vision Monday night after heart surgery giving the Late Show its best ratings in six years CBS said Tuesday Based on an instant Nielsen Media Research measurement of the top 47 markets CBS Late Show had nearly twice the ratings of its competitor NBCs Tonight Show with Jay Leno Deets daughter pleads for stay AUSTIN AP Weeping the daughter of death row inmate Betty Lou Beets pleaded Tuesday for Gov George W Bush and the state parole board to halt her mothers Thursday execution The State Board of Pardons and Paroles said no Her supporters say Beets who was convicted of shooting her fifth husband deserves a reprieve because she was acting in self defense after years of domestic abuse All my mommas life shes been Faye Lane said Ive seen it with my own eyes And I know that if the jury heard the truth about my momma she 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