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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG Thursday March OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS NEW NPBLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson Managing Editor Rayanne Carmines News Editor OTHER VIEWS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS La Vanguardia of Barcelona Spain on the cloning of five piglets Imitation of life in the laboratory has not stopped progressing since the beginning of the 1970s when it was found that genes could be modi fied And the latest advance has been the announcement by the British firm that it has cloned five piglets with a view towards fabricating pigs whose organs and cells might be used in human transplants The cloning does not resolve the moral questions raised But it adds a new factor that may help resolve a serious problem for humanity This would constitute a hopefilled step forward in eliminating suffer ing The technical obstacles looked to have been overcome But this does not obviate the necessity for extreme control to be taken and transparen cy of scientific developments ensured otherwise human suffering would not be eliminated but rather multiplied Frankfurter Rundschau of Germany on Secretary of Defense William Cohens visit to Vietnam William Cohens visit in Vietnam had from the first day the predicate Twentyfive years after the end of the war the Secretary of Defense is the first member of a Washington government to visit the former war opponent From the standpoint of the timing there is even talk of a partnership but this word is not in relation to big policy It has to do with the search for missing soldiers humanitari an aid tropical medicine cooperation and perhaps a future military cooperation in these areas For a first contact after a quarter of a century one can also not expect more Certainly the Vietnamese leadership secretly hoped for a word of apology in that during this war in addition to soldiers 3 fnillion Vietnamese lost their lives in that the chemical warfare defolia tion of the jungle with Agent Orange broad stretches of landscape were poisoned in that after the French primarily the Americans Indochina war continues to burden the living conditions of the 80 mil lion Vietnamese Vietnams government will ask about reparations for the aftereffects Of the use of Agent Orange They will not yet get an answer Even when five years ago a predecessor of Cohen Robert S McNamara formulat ed a written apology the United States is struggling with itself to overcome a land war in Asia that it began and in the end lost TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Thursday March 16 the 76th day of 2000 There are 290 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On March 16 1850 The Scarlet Nathaniel Hawthornes novel about adultery revenge and redemption in Puritan Massachusetts was first published On this date In 1751 James Madison fourth president of the United States was born in Port Conway Va In 1802 Congress authorized the establishment of the Military Academy at West Point In 1836 the Republic of Texas approved a constitution In 1894 the opera com posed by Jules Massenet pre miered in Paris In 1915 the Federal Trade Commission was organized In 1935 Adolf Hitler scrapped the Treaty of Versailles In 1945 during World War II the Pacific island of Iwo Jima was declared secured by the Allies In 1968 during the Vietnam War the My Lai Massacre was carried out by troops under the command of Lt William L Calley Jr In 1978 Italian politician Aide Moro was kidnapped by leftwing urban guerrillas who later mur dered him row RACE flRtCWCT TOW 2004 Trying to slow states rush to the front BY WALTER R MEARS AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON AP While Al Gore and George W Bush campaign for the White House the Democratic and Republican parties both are looking at changes in the presidential primary system to keep future nominations from being set tled so swiftly that voters lose interest Indeed keeping them interested is the challenge now facing the vice president and the Texas governor after both beat chal lengers in coasttocoast primaries last week before capturing on Tuesday night the dele gate majorities that will make them the nominees Bush said voters may go into a period of political hibernation in the months ahead but he and Gore cant afford a campaign standstill in the longest headon contest for the White House The frontloaded primary and caucus schedule which got that way as states moved up their primaries in order to gain influence in the campaign enabled the 2000 nominees to clinch delegate victories earlier than previous candidates except unopposed presidents seeking renomination Six states voted in the nocontest cam paign Tuesday bringing to 28 the number of states awarding delegates in one party or both in just eight days since the Democrats resumed voting Until the first Tuesday in March only Iowa and New Hampshire were allowed to start selecting Democratic delegates Florida Louisiana Mississippi Tennessee Texas and Oklahoma helped Bush and Gore clinch the nominations Tuesday night in voting that reflected an attempt dating from 1988 to have the South vote on the same day so as to strengthen its regional hand Three of the states that were part of that combina tion have since moved up a week and WALTER MEARS Florida party leaders already are talking about doing so in 2004 so that their primary wont be as one said irrelevant Gore swept the March 7 primaries ending Bill Bradleys challenge Bush won the major Republican contests that day and John McCain dropped his campaign So a week later was too late to do any thing but ratify the outcomes Before this campaign started the Republican and Democratic national com mittees began weighing the nomination process for the next one with panels consid ering whether to seek a more measured pace for the 2004 primary calendar and beyond Even if they decide to try history and politi cal reality put the odds against them Theres been talk of change for more than 20 years perhaps to a system of regional primaries which is one of the options now But the obstacles that always have blocked changes in the primary process are still there Both parties would have to sign off on the same plan to make it work Or Congress would have to step in where it has been wary of treading and enact a law creating a presidential primary framework over the certain protests of the states Both parties have tried before and the Democrats did set rules on when a state can vote with penalties to enforce them They let Iowa and New Hampshire go first and require that the rest of their delegates be awarded between the first Tuesday in March and the second Tuesday in June Republicans tried to discourage primary leapfrogging by offering a 10 percent dele gate bonus to reward states that would wait That didnt work because extra delegates are no lure when they wont be chosen until the contest is over So to change the system the Republicans would have to tell their state parties what to do which goes against their grain Thats a big philosophical hurdle in our said Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson But he added that it should be confronted I think change is badly Nicholson said in an interview If we dont change it were headed inexorably to a national primary day and I think that would be Without change he said smaller and later states will have neither influence nor an incentive to turn out voters Its just going to continue to get worse until we do some Nicholson said The goal has got to be voter participa said Democratic National Committee Chairman Joe Andrew Not just a rigid sys tem that tries to spread things Andrew said timing isnt the only issue He said the Democrats took a major step to open the process by barring winnertakeall primaries and awarding delegates in propor tion to the popular vote Had the Republicans done so he said McCain would still be competing Nicholson said the GOP committee study ing the primary system is looking at that question But ending winnertakeall rules is another matter In New York where Bush won the primary last week Gov George Pataki is now proposing to change to a win nertakeall GOP primary in 2004 EDITORS NOTE Walter R Mears has reported on Washington and national poli tics for The Associated Press for more than 35 Illegal campaign fundraising old news to Clinton legacy For once I agree with President Clintons defenders From career Clinton apologist Lanny Davis to White House spokesman Joe Lockhart they are right in calling old news the latest revela tions that Al Gore was deeply involved in possibly illegal fundraising activities during the 1996 reelection campaign It is old news Its the same old trail of sleaze that has characterized the most ethical administration in history Clintons words from the beginning The New York Times editorial page is starting to resemble rightwing radio and the derided among liberals Wall Street Journal The Journal has cataloged and critiqued this administrations multi plied legal and moral lapses which now encompass several volumes of pur chasable material Consider the language from the New York Times lead editorial this past Saturday as it commented on several memos by Charles LaBella Attorney General Janet Renos personal choice to CAL THOMAS head the departments investigation into campaign finance abuses by Clinton Gore The memos are not small potatoes but said the Times arid suggest the lengths to which Janet Reno and her top aides went to protect Vice President Al Gore and of her dedi cation to protecting the Democratic Party interests from start to What a statement from a newspaper that twice editorially endorsed Clinton Gore and regularly attacked Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr for his efforts to get to the bottom of epi demic wrongdoing and lawbreaking in this administration But theres more Given her record it is unlikely that these revelations will now shame her into appointing another strong prosecutor to reinvigorate her depart ments languishing campaign finance What kind of record might that be It is clear from reading excerpts of the edit ed memos obtained and published by the Los Angeles Times that what appears to have been a widespread conspiracy and coverup among top administration offi cials warranted an investigation to deter mine whether criminal activity had occurred One former taskforce attorney wrote of the unprecedented hostility directed at the task force by senior Justice officials LaBella charged that Renos top advisors engaged in intellec tually dishonest double standards by first endorsing independent counsels to investigate Cabinetlevel officials but then opposing them for similar or stronger cases involving senior White House figures Defenders of Clinton Gore use the same double standard when they defend Reno citing the number of independent counsels she did name which they say proves her integrity against charges of malfeasance in refus ing to name independent counsels to investigate ClintonGore when evidence showed they may have violated the law LaBella accused senior Justice offi cials of engaging in gamesmanship and legal contortions to avoid an inquiry of the highestups Dont forget that FBI Director Louis Freeh agreed with LaBella and told Reno that the law legally obligated her to name an independent counsel to investigate ClintonGore Gores main asset has been his ability to remain above the fray acknowledging mistakes from which hes learned but denying he played dialing for dollars inside the White House The memos say there might be pictures that allegedly show him not playing the piano in mis whore White House but upstairs where the real action was gping on We already know many of the solicitations were ille gal because millions of dollars were returned to the donors when the source of the tainted campaign cash became known But it was after the election when the purpose for which the money had been raised had been achieved Besides the public didnt seem to care It was raking in money from the stock mar ket and an improved economy Congress will investigate but it is unclear whether it will be able to over come the stonewalling the flight of wit nesses and the selective amnesia of those who do appear It will be faced with an experienced collection of serial liars coverup artists and political flirnflam mers who have kept this most unethical of administrations in office with the help of some of the very same press that now wants us to believe they knew these guys were crooks all along Cat Thomas is a syndicated colum   

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