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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page HmiALDZHITUNG January 2001 FORUM KoT AVAILABLE Eclitor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NlAV BttAtlNFHLS HERALDZEITUNG New Draunfcls Zcitungwas founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Jo Lee News Editor 830 6259144 Editorial Quiet acts of decency restore faith in humanity President George Bush said in his inaugural address Our public interest depends on pri vate character on civic duty and family bonds and basic fairness on unhonored acts of decen cy which give direction to our This past Comal County witnessed acts of decency that should not go uncounted or A New Braunfels couple gave selflessly so that two chil who otherwise might never have gotten to see could be there for Bushs historic Other area residents might have received invita tions to the but no one was prouder to receive one than the Hensley The family did not money to the Bush campaign or the Republican party they merely sent him Christmas greetings and and they asked for an auto graphed Thanks to the New Braunfels the two youngest children and their mother flew to this past weekend for the inaugura The HeraldZeitung paid for their hotel room and spending money for food and Other businesses and individuals stepped forward to make the trip even more Roger Beasley Honda contributed New Braunfels Marketplace opened its heart and its doors to provide the family with clothing to wear on the big None of this would have been made possible without the donation from the New Braunfels couple who paid fee be identified thfeyrdidnot seek for their quiet act This kind of generosity restores faith in humanity and reminds us that good people live in our communi Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 23rd day of There are 342 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On North Korea seized the Navy ship charging its crew with being on a spying mis The crew was released 11 months On this date In Georgetown Uni versity was established in pre sentday In Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in DICK GRAY Letters To The Editor No safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke Dear Editor Thank you to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung for addressing the need of a smokefree restaurant ordinance in our As a health educator and a former school I am well aware of the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on The Centers for Disease Control has concluded that tobacco smoke has 43 chemical compounds that are known to cause cancer in humans and More the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand I agree with your editorial and encourage the City Council to support a smokefree restaurant In doing we will be setting the standard for surrounding andhgjjungto protect health of arid of J3ew Beth Matulich Comprehensive School Health Coordinator for Comal Unit of American Cancer Society New Braunfels Secondhand smoke takes unknowing toll Dear Editor As a longtime resident of New it was nice to read about the recent Council vote to ban smoking in our My wife and I have been unpleasant victims of secondhand smoke in restaurants in and it is no plea The unshielded pres ence of drifting smoke to our table has often ruined an evening Secondhand smoke takes an unknowing toll on both children and I support the City Council in its proposed smokefree ordi nance assuring all residents will be free from the unnecessary health threat that secondhand smoke It is pre Bob Peterson and Myrtle Peterson New Braunfels Texans deserve choice in buying contacts Dear Editor I just became aware that the Texas optometrists are lobbying to get the total control of the eyeglass I really want to have the choice where I buy the contacts for my There is a huge hassle involved with buying them from an optometrists store or one associated with The main things that upset me in the past are the long order times and the incompetent personnel in the I started qyerthe and it took lessthan 24 hours to have the contacts in my not all the sites allow Texas customers to order Some of them require the handwritten prescriptions to be mailed to them before they fill the The point is that a small group of Texas through their powerful interest are lobbying the leg islature to gain control over how contact lenses are sold and want to force us to buy our contacts only from It would prohibit Texans to buy contacts This would lead to outrageous prices because they would have no competition at I have the right to choose where I buy contacts and what I have to pay for Dan Richner Canyon Lake Clinton got the best he could get in deal President Clinton did Despite lying and other infractions we may never know about any one of which would have landed an ordinary citizen in prison for a lengthy stay Bill Clinton has effectively beaten the All he relinquishes is a law license he never intended to use and only for five Other attorneys who have lied under oath have been He also was forced to issue a nuanced statement thats sort of an which he can and will to suit What about his apolo gists and defenders Will they feel compelled to come forward and acknowledge that they lied for the liar They agreed that he did no wrong and always told the truth and never had extramarital or harassed or raped or obstructed Dont count on them Their names are from Hillary Rodham vast right wing conspiracy Clinton to James Paul Mike Dee Dee Joe Michael Lanny Eleanor the Hollywood attorneys Bob Bennett and the late Charles Congressman Barney Frank and the entire Congressional Black Bill Clinton used them all until he used them What did WALTER MEARS they get for mortgaging their own integrity on Bill Clintons altar of fertility They got as have all who came to his aid over the The biggest coconspir ators and defenders have been the The Media Research Center has compiled only a sample of some of the more outrageous propaganda offered to cover Bill Clintons political and literal They include Dan Rathers obse quious fawning in 1993 If we could be onehundredth as great as you and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been in the White wed take it right now and walk away winners Clinton we respect her and are pulling for Dont you love fairness and balance in a journalist Newsweeks Howard Fineman gushed in a 1993 news story Theres no doubt that the nation is about to be led by its first sensitive male chief execu Hes the first President to have attended both Lamaze class es and family therapy He can search for the inner self while seeking connectedness with the greater This editorializing like an unrestrained corporate for eight Thats just a These are only excerpts from the web of deception the media helped Clinton build and Independent Counsel Robert Ray says justice has been served by Fridays plea Maybe it has and perhaps this is the best he can given the uncertainty that any espe cially in heavily Democratic would convict this But one wishes that all of the evidence against this dissem bling man could have been put on the table for the public to examine in its totality without the uSual Clinton and media The record will be sealed until the spe cial division within the Independent Council office autho rizes its public Having spent millions of dollars on the Independent Counsel the taxpayers deserve to see what they paid for as soon as Its worth recalling the words of James Sensenbrenner R and of the members of the House impeachment team The president engaged in a conspiracy of crimes to prevent justice from being These are impeach able offenses for which the presi dent should be Indeed he should have but politics intruded and he escaped his day of Robert Ray has effec tively allowed him to escape Clinton is now free to roam the making speeches for six figures without the prospect of new attorneys President George Bush is grateful he doesnt have to consid er pardoning which he might have felt obliged to do at some Great damage has been done to the rule of and respect for the Perhaps an Attorney General John Ashcroft and the new president can do something to restore Bill Clinton runs free an Simpsonlike figure who beat the He still faces the judgment of but Clinton has always lived in the even while singing dont stop thinking about or reflecting his real philosophy of which is summed up in anoth er song Let the devil take tomor help me make it through the Cal Thomas is a syndicated View of the inaugural parade PENNSYLVANIA AT 9TH STREET Michael Douglas in The American President pro The White House is the single greatest home court advantage in the mod ern A veiy rainy street corner was our privi leged vantage point for watching the parade honoring the newest occupant of that President George The marching thou sands were like a human rib bon to giftwrap this Texas sized Several of those marching thousands come from New Braunfels and are a tribute to the outstanding band pro grams in our communitys high Unicorn Crystal Garcia marched with the first nonmilitary band in the line of the Longhorn Band from the University of Two other Unicorns stepped off with the Fighting Texas Aggie Jon Boatright and my Andrew Joe Simpson from Smithson Valley High School and Melissa Grobe from Canyon High School also marched in the Aggie It was the Aggie Band that brought us to for the parade in the first My wife Kate and I are newcom ers to Aggieland and being Aggie parents unlike the Bpatrightisj svhd steps of his and his What a thrill it was to see the bands coming down the line of march and hear the deep brassy sound as they passed the National Archives building and the Department of Justice in our nations capitol Between the passing of the Longhorns and the arrival of the this parade had ceased to be just any I came to not just as an Aggie parent I also came as a Bxishfor President I expected to be passive or even maybe a little bit cynical about the pageantry and the pomp and Michael Douglas was right about the homecourt advantage of the White When the wedge of motor cycle police came by followed by the press pool trucks and vans and busses and then the lead cars and vans of the Secret we knew the new President was approach Then his stretch limo came by with flags fluttering and Presidential seals on the doors complete with flanking Secret Service including the immediate fol lowup van with several marksmen armed with auto matic weapons looking out of open windows and the tail It just was natural to chokeup a bit out of pride and the sheer joy at being present for that This inauguration was a magnet for every imaginable fringe An alphabet list of viewpoints paraded with their One group near by What do we want now We want democ racy I You already have and you are express ing the freedom it brings you Aggie parents Dick and Kate Gray were joined on this trip by their determined Longhorn younger and family friend Katie another former Unicorn and present gggjs   

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