New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
SUNDAY, APRIL4, 1993 HERALD-ZEITUNG 5-A
OpinionWill a big Russian aid package sell in a time of austerity?
By Tom Raum Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Clinton is a good salesman, but even he may have trouble building U.S. support for a plan to help economically and politically distressed Russia.
No one underestimates the difficulty of the job ahead.
Clinton, who came to office on a platform of domestic economic revival, is.try-ing to persuade the nation that new taxes and belt-tightening are necessary the whittle away at the deficitAnalysis
Now, as he prepares for this weekend’s summit in western Canada with embattled Russian President Boris Yeltsin, he’s asking Congress to dig even deeper into taxpayer’s pockets — for an expensive new aid program for Moscow.
Clinton is expected to unveil a package of about $1 billion in additional direct U.S. aid to Moscow at the summit Thomas Mann, director of govern
mental studies at Brookings Institution, said Clinton should be able to make a compelling argument for Russian aid.
Clinton has already started pointing out that the United States gives “a lot more money than we give to Russia to smaller countries.”
Currently, Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid, $3 billion in economic and military assistance, followed by Egypt, which gets $2.1 billion.
Even before the package is announced at this weekend’s summit in Vancouver, British Columbia, it was met with some skepticism on Capitol Hill.
“Foreign aid is not the most popular issue,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said.
But Leahy wound up voicing support for the administration’s plans, saying that, despite the unpopularity foreign aid, nothing is more important for U.S. security than the success of economic reform in Russia.
Other Democratic leaders are expected to fall in line.
So far, the public seems cool to the idea. A Gallup poll of 755 adults conducted by telephone March 25-26 for
Newsweek magazine said 15 percent favored a complete cutoff of aid to Russia, while 24 percent favored keeping the aid flowing.
Fifty-four percent conditioned aid on Russia continuing to move toward capitalism and democracy.
The poll s margin of error was 4 percentage points.
The administration has said it wants to increase aid to the former Soviet republics to more than $700 million in fiscal 1994, up from $417 million this year. That is a small part of the overall foreign aid budget of about $14 billion.
Letters to the EditorReaders: Walker abused ‘position of power’ in column on homosexuality
I sincerely hope the Herald’s editorial policy hasn’t become: “When in doubt, distort the truth ” Unfortunately, that’s exactly what you did in a recent editorial regarding the Texas Telephone Association’s effort to update regulation in the state.
It’s important that your readers know what gives. And the Herald can help in setting the record straight First, you can tell readers what your real interests are in opposing the TTA Only then, when your true concerns are placed in print, can your readers make a well-informed decision.
The editorial stated that telephone companies in Texas are pushing for deregulation. Not true.
The Texas Telephone Association, of which 58 companies including mine are members, does not support deregulation.
We do support legislation that would bring Texas’ regulatory policies up to date, while continuing the role of regulators in keeping basic local telephone rates affordable to all Texans. Remember, the policies directing telephone regulation were written years before there was any competition in the telephone business.
Next comes the nonsense about all the “high powered” lobbyists on the telephone company payroll. As one of those so-called “high powered* lobbyists, I feel qualified to set the record straight
As Southwestern Bell's manager for the New Braunfels community, I have the pleasure of vis-
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iting with a number of folks, from customers to business owners to elected officials. And under the new Texas ethics laws, if I visit with any official regarding legislation — even once — then I should register as a lobbyist. If that’s high-powered, so be it Would newspaper publishers rather I didn’t follow the law?
Ironically, the same publishers, who would use innuendo to advocate legislative positions in their editorials, are exempt from having to register as lobbyists, as I understand it So what’s the real intent of the Herald’s editorial? It has nothing to do with telephone deregulation. The fact is, no one supports total deregulation, including the TTA. It isn’t about phone costs. The fact is, local telephone rates are already low, and must remain affordable.
Instead, the Texas newspaper publishers are waging a massive lobbying effort to keep telephone companies from entering the electronic information business. (The fact that the TTA has made it clear it would not oppose legislation restricting telephone company entry into the classified advertising business doesn t seem to matter.)
Rather than compete, the publishers would rather lobby and editorialize to keep a lock on their bank accounts. If they succeed, their profits will be more secure, but it could come at Texas’ expense.
Urn Tippitt, district manager Southwestern Bell
In reference to Dr. John Ingram Walker’s columns in which he recently expressed his opinion regarding homosexuality (which has not been an acceptable diagnosis of mental illness in the psychiatric community for a number of years), it alarms us very much that a man in his position in this small community would be so judgmental, puritanical and moralistic.
This is an abuse of his position of power as a trusted psychiatrist. We would appreciate this newspaper printing articles which express more balanced and factually-based information regarding homosexuality.
Franci Booth Tammy Erl an son Hate Holy Cherylun McIntosh Dolores Rogers Gayle Schleicher New BraunfelsNation’s decay blamed on bigotry, intolerance
My letter is in response to Dr. John Ingram Walker’s column in the March 7 edition of the Herald-Zeitung. Dr. Walker states in his column that our nation is decaying. He then proceeds to prove his point with the narrow-minded judgmental rhetoric that exemplifies what is wrong with ours society.
He states that even though homosexuality has a genetic basis, we should still condemn these people. Statements like these are commonly voiced by the KKR, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.
If his theory holds true, then he would also have us believe that blacks and hispanics should not be tolerated due to their different genetic makeup.
I am not a homosexual, but I have empathy for those who are.
I have empathy for those who must bear Dr. Walker’s blame when the real reason for the decay of our nation lies in bigotry and intolerance.
Steve Spivey New BraunfelsCoverage of civic club wins kudos for paper
You are Triffid Thanks for the outstanding coverage recently afforded our New Braunfels Evening Lions. Thanks again. We’ve received many favorable comments on your coverage of our club’s activities.
Sue Hasert New BraunfelsStory misses the mark on speech’s main focus
In one and a half columns of Tuesday’s Herald, Editor and Publisher David Sullens reviewed the recent riveting presentation made by American history author and lecturer, Peter Marshall. Mr. Sullens reported the power and depth of both the style and the content of Marshall’s delivery, but it seems that the central focus of what Marshall had to say largely escaped the attention of the editor.
Mr. Sullens twice refers to our nation having lost its way and left its “source of greatness,” and “the things that made us great.”
But then he leaves the reader wandering around in limbo and trying to figure out for himself what the “source” was.
I was in the audience that morning also, and it came through with all of the clarity of an air-hom on a Mac truck that Peter Marshall was pointing to the Lord and Savior of the founders of this nation as the Source (not “source”) and the One (not “the things”) Who “made us great.” Though the deep commitment and incredible self-sacrifice of those early Americans were eloquently painted by Peter Marshall, he more forcefully argued that these things, in themselves, were not and are not sufficient to insure the possession of liberty by this country.
He stressed the fact that only by God’s direct (and sometimes indirect) miraculous intervention in the course of history has this nation obtained and retained the freedoms that we should treasure as gifts from God. Monday morning, Marshall had time enough to present the evidence for only one or two such historical occurrences (which even then only scratch the surface of recorded evidence of the hand of Providence in the history of the United States).
At least Mr. Sullens vaguely alludes to “the kind of faith” that was planted in the men who suffered through the dark night of the Valley Forge experience. But unfortunately, he stops short of the significant truth that their faith was in a deliverer whom they trusted to save them, corporately as well as personally — the only Savior then, and now — Jesus Christ our Lord.
William R. Brockmeier New BraunfelsReader asks: What’s in a NAME for a club?
We haven’t had any official meetings yet but still we are happy to announce the formation of ACRONYMS.
Look out SAFE and COST, we’ll be grabbing the headlines soon even if no one is interested in our activities. Why? Because our
group NAME is the most origi nal and creative yet.
What is ACRONYMS? It is the Anonymous Club for Recording Obsessive Noisily Yabbering Maniac Societies.
CARE TO JOIN?
Allan Porter New BraunfelsAttack on ‘pro-lifers’ deemed unfair, untrue
I am responding to a letter to the editor published in a recent edition of the Herald-Zeitung newspaper.
Written by Ernest M. Erdmann, the letter implied that all or most pro-life supporters are from “the ‘loony’ fringe.”
He said they are harassers, intimidators, and abusers of young women, doctors and their workers. He compared them to terrorists, citing behavior such as drive-by shootings and bombings I think Mr. Erdmann’s letter was misleading.
For instance, when he says prolife advocates harass and intimidate young women, I assume he is speaking of young women who are walking the distance from their car to the abortion clinic doors.
Often there are “pro-lifers” standing on one side of the sidewalk pleading with the women to reconsider their position.
Just as often, there are “pro-choicers”, in as great of numbers and as forward about their beliefs as the pro-life side, standing on the other side cf the sidewalk urging the wom<jn on.
However, Mr. Erdmann did not even mention the pro-choice advocates.
I disagree with the entire mes sage that Mr. Erdmann was try-ing to get across about pro-life supporters, that they are “loony” terrorists who will do anything to support their ideology. This is stereotypical and biased.
True, there are some people who support the pro-life stance in that way. But implying that that is the stance of all pro-life supporters is like saying all Christians support and believe
the teachings of David Koresh. This is simply not true. The people I know who support the prolife cause do not believe in violence; they are upstanding members of the community who often contribute time, money, and resources to non-violent pro-life causes, such as the Crisis Dreg nancy Center.
Miguel Garza III Canyon LakeEditorial cartoon was revolting, reader says
I was disgusted and repelled when I opened the Herald on March 17 and saw your editorial cartoon.
Not only was the cartoon repugnant to me, but it wua completely misleading.
The man who murdered the abortion clinic doctor was in no way connected with any of the pro-life organizations and according to his wife’s description was a mentally sick person as evidenced by his behavior toward her and their children in the past.
No matter which side of the issue your readers agree with, I cannot help but believe that many found this cartoon revolting.
Patricia Hutchinson New BraunfelsCartoon defamotry to right-to-life advocates
I was deeply offended by the cartoon on the editorial page in today’s (March 17) edition of the Herald.
lf I did not want to know what is going on in my community and my schools, I would cancel my subscription.
Instead I am expressing my displeasure that you would run such a cartoon. It was in despicable taste and was defamatory to people who are legitimately concerned about the right to life issue.
The vast majority of p^ple who adopt a pro-life position are sane, stable and contributing members of society.
We happen to believe that it is wrong to take the life of an innocent child for the sake of convenience or to try to correct one wrong by committing another wrong.
For the doctor’s part, we believe that it is wrong to exploit women in difficult circumstances for the sake of big bucks. And that is what is being done.
The vast majority of pro-life supporters are non-violent. As a matter of fact, in most pro life organizations, you must agree to be non-combative.
As with any other organization, people on the fringe are attracted, and when one of them acts on his own, it attracts a great deal of media attention.
The same attention is not accorded to the pro abortion side when one of them crosses the line, no matter how large the infraction.
I am by no means defending the actions of the man who rnur dered the abortionist. I am horrified by his actions which took a life, when we are committed to the sanctity of all life.
To attribute such an action to God’s Master Plan is blasphe mous and offensive to Christians. The letter to the editor in last Sunday’s paper on this subject was in error also to equate such actions with Christians.
To make such a sweeping generalization is ludicrous in the extreme.
That statement is as accurate as saying pickles cause cancer because the majority of cancer patients have eaten pickles at some time in their lives.
The fact that the subject of the cartoon is male is another myth that the media puts forward. In every article on this issue the spokesperson for the pro abortion side is always a female and the spokesperson for the pro-life side is almost always a male.
This promotes the myth that abortion is an issue of male con trol over females. Mony women are opposed to abortion, including women who are still in their childbearing years.
Your paper lias shown a great lack of sensitivity to many of its’ readers, as well as poor editorial judgement
This cartoon was not worth tile paper it was printed on and should not have been carried. I hope you will use better judgement in the future.
Karen Owens New BraunfelsKindermaskenball bcx>k authors express thanks
We wish to thank the good citizens of the New Braunfels area and elsewhere for the overwhelming response to our book, “Kindermaskenball: Past and Present.” The book signing at the Seele Parish House on March 20 was attended by well over 200 people.
We wish especially to thank those persons who shared their valuable, treasured photographs with us, for the book 525 pictures. We only regret that we could not collect every picture available of the Kindermaskenball, but space made this not feasible So many people helped with this book that it is impossible to name them all.
Those who shared their memo ries provide the real heart of the book, not only the ones in the story, but also those hundred* with
whom we spoke. They were our main source of information since so little had been written about Kindermaskenball.
We thank also the media that helped us promote the book, mainly Radio Station KGNB and RN BT, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and Radio Station KWED in Seguin. Also, we thank local Heritage groups, the Heritage Society, Conservation Society and Sophienburg Museum and Archives for their support.
We are certain our community joins us in thanking the New Braunfels Independent School District, Beta Sigma Phi, Comal Independent School District, Parent Teacher Associations, devoted parents and all those who kept the Kindermaskenball going through the years and keep it going now.
This child centered family event is the longest on going tra-dition in our state, providing quite a distinction for our community and county. How appropriate that it is now under the care of the Museums Association.
And finally, we thank all of the people who encouraged us in our first book writing adventure. There will be more to come, but we are delighted that our initial book told of an event we both hold so dear. And for the many who have asked, the book is available locally.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Kindermaskenball parade and celebration afterward at the Folkfest on Saturday May 1st.
Rosemarie Gregory and Myra Lee Goff New BraunfelsSupport needed to restore plaza fountain
Now that the main plaza and the fountain are well Lighted and look really lovely. The big ingredient is missing — the fountain isn’t working!
That fountain is very historic.
It was erected in 1896 and purchased for about $3,000 from the J. L Mott Co. of New York.
These funds were left over from the 50 year Founders’ celebration. There are probably only 35-40 fountains left iii the United States.
A fountain expert states that our fountain would rank in the top IO percent in terms of historical significance and grandeur. Die fountain is a cast iron structure and is so badly corroded that it cannot be operational. Estimates on the cost to restore the fountain run about $50,000.
Why can’t we’ll pitch in and contribute — $1, $5, $10 or $25 and up to restore the fountain?
In San Marcos the people not onnly raised $1,000,000 to build a city playground, but also did the actual work to build it.
Surely we can raise $50,000 to restore our main plaza fountain. We as individuals, clubs, organizations and businesses can raise the money. Perhaps the school children could compete to see which school can raise the most money.
Let’s get the fountain working in time for New Braunfels big Sesquicentennial Celebration! Make your checks to: New Braunfels Historic Museums Association, Inc., New Braunfels Ai chives, 200 Seguin St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130.
Allene Wofford New Braunfels