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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HBRALDZB1TUNO Saturday November 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 Edmonton Managing Editor Michael Gary News Editor KUDOS Coverage and community support for the New Braunfels Unicom State 4A Volleyball Champions has been really awesome In das New Braunfels ist das leben schon Thank you for all the support throughout the season Thank You Kate Kennedy Connie and Wayne Kennedy New Braunfels To Carlton Foods Mrs Bairds Thrift Store and New Braunfels Candy Thank you for your recent donation to help us celebrate a successful middle school football season Our function was very suc cessful in promoting unity among the players and parents of the sev enth and eighth grade participants We appreciate your support and look forward to patronizing your businesses in the future We feel it is important to include community in our activities and to in turn support our community businesses LeAnne Wehe Margaret Salinas CMS Athletics Students and Parents TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Saturday Nov 25 the 330th day of 2000 There are 36 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Nov 25 1963 the body of President Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Onthisdate Y In 1758 in the French and Indian War the British captured Fort Duquesne in presentday Pittsburgh In 1783 the British evacuated New York their last military posi tion in the United States during the Revolutionary War In 1835 American industrialist Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline Scotland In 1920 radio station WTAW of College Station Texas broadcast the first playbyplay description of a football game between the University of Texas and Texas In 1957 President Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke In 1973 Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup In 1974 former UN Secretary General U Thant died in New York at age 65 tIn 1980 Sugar Ray Leonard regained the World Boxing Council welterweight championship when Roberto Duran abruptly quit in the eighth round at the Louisiana Superdome In 1986 the IranContra affair erupted as President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealedthat profits from secret arms sales to ban had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels In 1987 Harold Washington the Tirst Mack mayor of Chicago died in office at age 65 Ten years ago Poland held its first popular presidential election Solidarity founder Lech Walesa who received a plurality of votes won a runoff the following Five years ago In his weekly radio address President Clinton appealed to Americas values and interests as he pleaded for support for the Bosnia peace agreement Serbs in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo took to the streets by the thousands to protest the peace plan vowing to fight to the death One year ago Fiveyearold Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida Elian was one of three survivors from a boat carrying 14 Cubans that had sunk two days ear lier in the Atlantic Ocean his res cue set off an international custody battle between relatives in Miami and Elians father in Cuba Todays Birthdays Former Chilean dictator Gen Augusto Pinochet is 85 Ricardb Montalban is 80 Jazz singer Etta Jones is 72 VB demand mac OTHER VIEWS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 7he Jordan Times Amman Jordan on Mideast crisis Palestinians and Arabs in general have good reasons to be disap pointed by the declaration on the Middle East crisis adopted by the fourth EuroMediterranean meeting of foreign ministers that closed in Marseilles on Friday True the ministers spoke of the establishment in the near future and preferably through negotiations of a democratic viable and peaceful sovereign Palestinian The conference failed to openly blame the excessively brutal Israeli reaction to Palestinian frustration and resentment which was so far largely limited to stonethrowing Europe also fell short of throwing its full weight behind President Yasser Arafats request for a deployment of UN security forces in Palestine Also while devoting much of the Marseilles talkaito the situation in the Middle East the EU did not show much determination to take any practical initiative independently from the or to assume a more frontline role in the peace process Neue Luzemer Zeitung Lucerne Switzerland on the Mideast crisis The cycle of violence is being kept in motion by both sides Last weekends relative calm was deceptive With the reining in of the stonethrowers and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafats order for a ceasefire in the autonomous areas the Palestinians fight for their own state is by no means over Because negotiations are for now a distant prospect the radicals are targeting the visible and provocative enemy the Jewish settlers whose stubborn policy has significantly contributed to the fact that Palestinians have only the prospect of a barely viable rag rug of a state And as expected Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has answered violence with more violence The exgeneral appears to see only military force as a means to fight the uprising die failure of which to produce results is playing into the hands of Financial Times London on Asian economic policy From Japan to the Philippines from Taiwan to Indonesia a clutch of Asian countries is facing leadership upheaval Each of these com motions has a special national cause but they perhaps reflect a com mon regional conclusion Asias longterm recovery depends on a marked improvement in governance Such an improvement has yet to happen and achieving it will be bumpy for Asias democracies On the face of it the five countries most affected by Asias devastat ing financial crash of 1997 Japan South Korea Malaysia the Philippines and Thailand have been rebounding strongly However this economic recovery is already ebbing because of the effect of high oil prices and it remains worryingly vulnerable to any dete rioration of the economy In the absence of robust economic growth Asias voters are certain to be far more demanding of their leaders than in the past And in spite of the risk of shortterm politi cal volatility that is surely to be welcomed Le Figaro Paris on dealing problems To govern is becoming a test of humility at the hour of global France is currently experiencing it particularly in manag ing mad cow disease and global warming Whether dealing with health or ecology effective politics can no longer be conceived only within national borders Proud sovereignty is no longer the privilege of France should be more modest The state can no longer hope to rule from its balcony over health and ecological interests that clear ly know no borders More generally the harmonization of rules organizing society and its economy has become imperative to the European plan if not globally Even justice doesnt really have the means to apply law in its own land Sydney Australia Morning Herald The chaotic history of Latin America has thrown up extraordinary figures none more improbable than Perus President Alberto Fujimori The son of poor Japanese immigrants he chose the land of his parents birth to stage the last act of his tumultuous decade in power A pathetic act it was too particularly for a man who only a few months ago boasted that he had never been paralyzed by or yielded to events With his administration utterly discredited Mr Fujimori last week slipped out of Lima and flew off to Brunei to attend briefly the AsiaPacific trade summit From there he went unexpectedly to Tokyo and checked into a luxury hotel ostensibly to iron out details of an international loan On Sunday he said he would resign the presidency within 48 hours Whether or not he returns to Peru his sister and his son live in Japan and he could apply for residency because his parents were bom there his abrupt move has two effects On the positive side it hastens by seven months the end of his corrupt and increasingly untenable presidency Beset by scandal he had announced in September that he would call fresh elections in April and stand down in July after just a year of the third fiveyear term he won in May in what was denounced as a rigged election The negative is that he has now created an instant power vacuum i p Jn this holiday weekend say thanks for our democracy More than three and a half centuries go bound by a common desire for lib ty a small group of Pilgrims sought a ame in the New World Strengthened their faith and grateful for surviving ir first harsh winter the Pilgrims set Side several days to give thanks for jieir good fortune We have come far on our American iurney since that first Thanksgiving 4r Constitution has established a firm iundation from which we as a nation ve worked to address the political and cial challenges of the continually giving American mosaic t But as much as our nation has iged since the days of the Plymouth lony the spirit of Thanksgiving wins the same I am deeply thankful at our Forefathers drafted the institution with unparalleled liberties that our government is equipped to Withstand the election uncertainty that focused so much attention on GIRO D RODRIGUEZ This is a time to be thankful that we live in a country where we fight our political battles at the ballot box and in the courts not on the streets America patiently waits for its leadership and dis plays the true strength of democracy the evolution of more than two centuries of lessons learned Historys pages overflow with stories of other nations that have dissolved in the wake of inconclusive elections In those cases sadly martial law civil war and the rise of tyrants have often been the rule We will learn many lessons from this election One is that every single vote is important The dialogue might be diffi cult but it is healthy Our system of checks and balances though not perfect has solidified the rule of law and ensures that a leader chosen by the peo ple in accordance with that law will be inaugurated For those who did not vote you missed a golden opportunity to take part in the greatest democratic exercise in the history of the world Another lesson is that we need to examine and improve our voting meth ods For the men and women of the United States Armed Forces serving our nation abroad for example we need to ensure that their voices are heard I support every effort to ensure that their legiti mate votes are counted We depend on them to secure the peace and protect our freedoms in all parts of the world we must honor their votes here at home within the framework of our laws Florida election law says overseas bal lots must be postmarked by election day but have 10 days to arrive at local coun ty election boards However in many instances military bases do not post mark outgoing mail While this is at this point a question of Florida law it would seem to me that every effort should be made to count the votes of those who legitimately made a good faith effort to cast their vote The same of course applies to all citi zens Every vote is important and every vote legitimately cast should be count ed We should not forget though that vote challenges are an integral part of our history process Florida law like the laws of other states provides the right to challenge and seek clarification from the courts Our nation looks to Florida for the final return in what has become one of the most hotly debated presidential races in modern history In the first presiden tial election Geoige Washington was elected unanimously by the Electoral College At the time there were only a few states and the American population was almost 4 million Now about 275 million people live in the United States Roughly half of those eligible to vote actually cast their ballots and the results are far from unanimous In fact the vote split almost evenly and we must work together from both parties to ensure that whatever battles are taking place today in Florida we come together as a nation when the counting is finally done While the uncertainly of this election is frustrating we must be diligent in our efforts to ensure the most accurate tally Ultimately however we must stand back and reflect on the great blessings we enjoy as a society the blessings of our constitutional freedoms the bless ings of peace and the blessings of a democracy that gives us the opportunity to vote Giro D Rodriguez represents District 28 in the House of
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