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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HfiRALOZBlTUNG Thursday May OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS NEW 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 OTHER VIEWS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Globe and Mail of Toronto on Dr Laura Laura Schlessinger Dr Laura based on her in physi ology has been taken to task by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council for characterizing homosexuality on her radio show as abnormal and biologically an What is most astounding about Dr Lauras proposition is that she clearly missed taking a course in evolutionary biology Biology is all about deviance Species arise because variant traits are selected for by the environment Because you never can tell which traits are going to be selected for as a general principle biology favors significant genet ic variance in populations Homosexuality seems to be among the variations favored by nature in humans We say this because as far as we can tell it is found in all cultures and throughout human history not to mention in other species It is not average but neither is being seven feet tall or having red hair or being Einstein Thus Dr Lauras central intellectual failure is not that she gives offense to homosexuals but that she gives offense to biology as it proudly proclaims Variancy is part of normalcy Back to school Ms Schlessinger The Guardian of London on Mideast peace This weeks explosion of violence in the West Bank and Gaza which so far has left three dead hundreds wounded and brought direct exchanges of fire between Israeli troops and Palestinian police is not difficult to explain though much harder to justify Promised that the new millenniums opening year would finally bring a lasting settlement Palestinians have watched with growing frustration as fasttrack talks have reverted to the old familiar stopgo twostep While the outside world focuses on the more salient drama of a Lebanon Withdrawal under the grim harvest of Syrias displea sure and on a vengeful Hizbullahs vow to pursue its war beyond the pale the dream of Palestine reborn is again obscured TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Thursday May 18 the 139th day of 2000 There are 227 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May 18 1980 the Mount St Helens volcano in Washington state exploded leaving 57 people dead or missing On this date In 1642 the Canadian city of Montreal was founded In 1804 the French Senate pro claimed Napoleon Bonaparte emperor In 1896 the Supreme Court endorsed separate but equal racial segregation with its Plessy vs Ferguson decision a ruling that was overturned 58 years later In 1897 a public reading of Bram Stokers new novel Dracula or The was staged in London In 1926 evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice Calif she reappeared a month later claiming to have been kidnapped In 1933 the Tennessee Valley Authority was created In 1951 the United Nations moved out of its temporary head quarters in Lake Success to its permanent home in Manhattan In 1953 Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a North American F86 Canadair over Rogers Dry Lake Calif In 1969 astronauts Eugene A Cernan Thomas P Stafford and John W Young blasted off aboard Apollo 10 State economy depends on water Water conservation must be the wave of the future if Texas is to continue its phe nomenal economic growth Clean abundant water is the building block of Texas land economy and its healthy population A healthy human body is comprised of approximately 55 percent water If that amount were suddenly reduced by 50 percent the body would suf fer immeasurably Texas also will suffer if its water supply is reduced by 50 percent That is the amount of reduction projected for some areas in the next few years unless we increase water planning and conservation To focus on the need to plan and con serve our states most precious natural resource Governor George W Bush recent ly proclaimed a Water Month in Texas Water is Life2000 is the theme of the campaign of water conservation awareness which is sponsored by the Texas Water Foundation To ensure an abundant water supply Texans must address two major issues recurring droughts and population growth that is expected to reach million by 2050 Droughts have always been a part of Texas natural weather pattern In 1822 JEFF WENTWORTH Stephen F Austin lost his first crop to a Texas drought A Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission study indicates that droughts that last six months can be expected every 16 months and droughts of one or more years are likely to occur every three years Currently mild to severe drought conditions exist across the state with 75 counties hav ing been declared drought disaster areas Except for weather modification pro grams or cloud seeding little can be done to alleviate the drought but we can mini mize the damage through planning conser vation and awareness In 1997 the 75th Texas Legislature passed a historic water management plan which included establish ing regional water planning districts Water conservation and management dis tricts however need the help of dedicated waterconserving citizens The near dou bling of the states population by 2050 demands a more efficient use of water resources Texans can help ensure our states future water supply by following a few simple steps around the home such as the installa tion of lowflow faucets showerheads and fixtures Lowflow showerheads for exam ple use 30 percent to 70 percent less water while lowflow faucet aerators on bathroom and kitchen sinks use about half as much water Toilet water use can be cut up to 20 percent by placing a halfgallon plastic jug of water in the tank Other watersaving tips from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission include using cutoff nozzles adjusting water levels to meet washing machine loads repairing all plumbing leaks and watering lawns weekly before 10 and after 8 By following these and a few other water saving steps a family of four can save up to gallons of water annually and to on the familys water bill Water conservation makes economic sense for Texas families and for Texas JeffWentworth represents District 25 in the Texas GOT SOMETHING TO SAY The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung encourages letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punc tuation and known factual errors Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included for confirmation pur poses 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 TX 78131 1328 email Message to Giuliani Save your marriage Critics of Bill Clinton have a problem After denouncing the marital infidelities of the president of the United States some are now trying to draw a distinc tion between his actions and those of New York City Mayer Rudolph Giuliani who is alleged by his wife to have had a relationship with a former top aide and who has been seen in public with another woman he describes as a very good Giuliani defenders explain that Clinton lied under oath about his infi delity with Monica Lewinsky while the mayor was upfront about his marital dif ficulties and his pending legal separation from his wife of 16 years Donna Hajaover Conclusion Clintons behavior is worse than Giulianis Defenders of President Clinton also have a problem After supporting the president through impeachment ami Senate trial during whwh they mid nis misdeeds were only about sex and CAL THOMAS president protected him against removal from office they will have a difficult time criticizing Giuliani who has by everyones acknowledgment turned New York City into a fun and safe place to visit once again there is something far more serious than politics taking place and the come will have greater and longeivlasting effect than who wins the New York Senate contest It is the trivializing of public people treat their marriage vows which include forsaking all others until death parts them most also include unconditional love and commitment through thick and The media including Hollywood have moved beyond a moralequivalency treatment of couples who keep their vows and those who dont to favoring those who dont over those who do If you stay married and dont stray many consider you weird while the person who cheats and divorces his or her spouse becomes part of the emotional public processing that passes for thoughtful decisionmaking It is impossible to get inside someone elses marriage or head but the public statement made by Giuliani in annoonc ing his intention to separate from his wife deserves some comment Im hopeful that well be able to formalize mis separation in an agreement that protects our children gives them all the security and protection they deserve and Excuse me but what would protect their 14and 10yewold children lad give them security would be for the mayor and his wife to announce they are entering counseling with the specific objective of saving and strengthening their marriage Such a decision would encourage others with similar problems to do the same Too many children who never asked to be born experience the conditional love of their parents suffer emotional trauma and often repeat the same mistakes in their own married lives Sociologists and common sense tell us that children need both of their parents and when they dont have them they often turn to selfdestructive and antisocial behavior At the extreme they might act out their anger by killing oth ers No Million Mom March can put locks on broken hearts Some blame President Clinton for the corroding of our culture He has played a part but he could not have done it with out the DuhUcs acquiescence aj it fixates en making money and ignores the ndjter things Clinton and Giuliani can have a positive or a negative influence not only on public policy but on private morals by the way they conduct them selves Clinton and Giuliani can continue to show up for work and do their but isnt a successful life more than excelling in ones career It was said that Jimmy Carters attendance at church encouraged many others to follow his example Think of how much more good Giuliani and Donna Hanover could do if they put their separation on bold and focused not only on beating the mayors prostate cancer but on conquering the disease that is killing their marriage and hurting their children The alternative is for Giuliani to join Clinton in helping to make the world increasingly safe for adultery Col Thomas is q syndicated colwn
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