New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 13, 2001, Page 6

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June 13, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG June FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NBW BRAUNFELS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfcls 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 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Longview NewsJournal on parents who ruin kidsgames Rowdy fans and unruly parents are spoiling sports for youths and other Thats a From T ball to high school athletic events to professional the people who go nuts when a game doesnt go the way they think it should are ruining a cherished Its hard to conceive of parents who would boo opposing teams of peewee who are mere But they and their actions are an embarrassment to their own the people around coaches and officials who are attempting to encourage youngsters to learn sports manship and develop athletic From cussing matches to the people who become so excited that they cant control themselves should be muzzled and banned from Such outrageous behavior is uncivilized and It makes you won der whether it might even be necessary to hire law enforce ment officers to eject those people who step over the Violence and anger in youth sports obviously are on the Parents who think their children are not playing who dont like the coach and his or her who get into disputes with other parents in the or who dont think the opposing team was on the up and up are For every theres a parent who thinks he or she knows more about the game or league rules than the coaches or Angry parents claim league rules are biased against their Such outbursts are viewed by most sensible people as sour grapes and Thats because some parents prefer to attack the umpire or other parent rather than asking to meet with a board of directors to dis cuss the situation calmly and these parents hurt their childrens selfesteem and set a poor example that many will imitate as they grow Thats a life lesson poorly Thats why every every every sports asso ciation should adopt the University Interscholastic Leagues Sportsmanship Manual and adopt the Parents Code of Ethics developed by the National Alliance for Youth The UIL and Texas Association of Sports Officials should develop stronger rules that make it easier to eject people who throw taunt or make other verbal Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is June the 164th day of There are 201 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On June The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon a secret study of Americas involve ment hi On this date In Congress created the Department of In the Yukon Territo ry of Canada was In Chinas Boxer Rebellion targeting foreign as well as Chinese Chris erupted into fullscale In aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was hon ored with a tickertape parade in New York In President Roo sevelt created the Office of War and appointed radio news com mentator Elmer Davis to be its In Germany began launching flyingbomb attacks against Britain during World War In the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda ruling that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional rights pri or to questioning by Letters To The Editor Congressmans views full of ancient rhetoric Dear Editor There was an article from Giro Rodriguez that was stating his views on the tax relief bill signed by President Bush that was so much of an acid speech that I must This is such ancient rhetoric by the Democrats that it is getting For most of the items in this tax bill that Rodriguez finds objectionable were put in by the socialist members of the If he has a statement to make he should address it to his fellow social Another is his constant drum roll of the rich getting more than anyone they pay the most in the govern ment so it is only reasonable that they are the ones to receive the most Please go back to any tax relict and you will find that the economy has surged and not This surge is what actually made the great overpay ment to the government in the Clinton The only great program that I remember under Clinton was the horren dous tax increase in 1992 and the absolute joy that the vice president gave to the Congress in his one tiebreaking The Contract With America made it possible for the people in the lower incomes to boost themselves and the busi nessmen to take steps to increase their Rodriguez states that he supports tax and I Where Also I would like to see more factual statements and not the umbrella like statements that he continues to give when demonizing the opposing As we finish celebrating Memorial Day and our struggle to overcome the horrors of WWII and the other fallen sol I want to remind Rodriguez that in the WWII it was focused on what divided a country and not what brought it Hitler had to find an and because he had no plan on his he demonized his fel low much to the detriment of the entire Do pick another president other than President Clinton to hold up as an He was the only one dis barred from practicing law in his state of Arkansas and the only one to sit idly by while an energy problem was looming in the He also pardoned felons and again against the laws that govern the policy for His entire life is cor rupt and you find him as one to admire Your judgment needs to be Betty Clifford New Braunfels What do alcohol ban supporters say now Dear Editor Im glad that you took the time to actually go down to the river and check out the behavior of the tourists floated both the Comal and the Guadalupe rivers this and had much the same experience as Lets all remember that there were those who said that only by banning alcohol could we control the Obviously they were Of I have yet to hear a peep out of the antidrinking headed by the youknowwhos on the council and their ambassadress Could it be that theres some other motive at work here Lets keep that in mind the next time they trot out their cast of characters to proclaim that the sky is Yall enjoy the Duane Neel New Braunfels Thief could spend time in better ways Dear Editor To the who took the street sign at Camellia and Pecan Arbor as well as my for sale by owner sign What a shame that you are not using your ener gies and talents to better our society instead of for thievery in the dark of Melba L Harper New Braunfels LAMAR SMITH New ideas to consider For years minority voters have been taken for Their support was assumed while their communities When one pierces the rhetoric and looks at the issues that affect the futures of minority its clear that new ideas deserve their School choice One of the great tragedies of our times is the cycle of poverty in which many Americans predominantly minority are Liberals and conservatives alike agree that a better edu cation is the path out of Liberals believe that the way to do so is to pump more money into the public education monopoly conser vatives believe that we can develop this excellence by allowing disadvantaged stu dents to choose a better A recent poll issued by the Joint Center for Political and Economic a think tank specializing in issues of found that a majority of minority voters aged 26 to 35 support school Choice gives parents more control over their childrens Social Security Social Security payments take a cut out of every dollar most workers minority workers have a lower life meaning that they will col lect Social Security benefits for fewer years than other Immigration Lowskilled immigrants take jobs held by lowskilled The Commission on Immigration Reform immigra tion of unskilled immigrants comes at a cost to unskilled Before another child enrolls in a failing before another minority worker steps back into the unemployment before another individual dies too young to receive the fruits of his let reason Common sense policies that turn plight into prosperity should be Smith represents District 21 in the House of Democracy too tame for McVeighs immature mind AUSTIN Lord save what a sick Talk about That Timothy mass murderer of saw himself as the master of his ship and the captain of his soul is beyond Now hes going to ruin a perfectly good minor To the extent that Timothy McVeigh can be understood or that wed want to understand him obviously considered himself part of the warrior Warrior mythology is an ancient and in some ways stillnoble honor and country is a code that continues to reverberate with most of From Hector of ancient Troy to William Travis to Audie the romance of the warrior role still has great To be a warrior in a bourgeois culture is to be pro foundly out of It is also a way of finding a sense of superior ity over all the lazy civilians of the In McVeighs favorite MOLLY IVINS The Turner the hero is an outlaw guerrilla warrior whose motive is not just glorified In the the mud people black Americans are while the Jews are behind everything and white men are an endangered racism and a profound distaste for and sense of superior ity to the complacent sheep of the American middle class are all intermingled in a poisonous stew of badly written The book also includes the recipe for the bomb McVeigh used in Oklahoma City and a hilariously bad sex scene and if you think those two dont belong in the same sen ypu have no idea how bad this One of the more puzzling aspects of McVeighs warped sense of the warrior culture is that he so clearly loathed the country for v which he claimed to I rarely venture into the realm of parlor mostly because I am hopelessly but McVeigh is not just an Exactly how a supposed code of honor could drive someone to murder 168 people is beyond but it is obviously not unique to This nation has a huge popula tion that identifies the manly warrior with bombs and Believe I am not blaming this society for Timothy That someone could be unhappy with both the culture and the government of America seems not at all odd to me I But the point of a democracy is that there in the something you can do about it run for All of which is damn tame to an immature mind compared to blowing up a b It is this longing for a sense of for a to be in a heroic drama in a country that judges accomplishment only by the size of a persons bank account that is so familiar about Not to put McVeigh and Charlton Heston in the same cate gory I sincerely apologize even for the but I was struck by that dramatic footage of Heston at the recent National Rifle Association convention hold ing up a rifle and proclaiming that it would have to pried from my cold Its the easi est thing in the world to make fun of such selfdramatizing especially in an age with an overdeveloped sense of irony but there are many people who have no ear for just as oth ers have no ear for People say McVeigh was the poster boy for the death had good had a number of opportunities in was not retarded or evidently insane best of we know he did people have an underdeveloped taste for as far as Im McVeigh got off too If wed put the in the Cowboy Gulag for 50 then he could have learned what suf fering Anthropologists tell us one of the great needs of Western civi lization is for a rite of for some ceremony a sort of trial by fire that marks passage into War and its substi like jousting and have long been recognized as such American kids often invent their own weird rites of passage stealing taking LSD r for lack of some recognized Despite the fact that he had served in an actual McVeigh seems to have tried to invent another war in a search for for some Luke Skywalker The weird part is not that his urge was so but that it is so Molly Jvim is syndicated cglumnistj ;

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