New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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— John T. Harding, news executive, 1994
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With tornado season here, you need to know the facts about how to be safe
Separating fact from myth can mean the difference between injury and safety in case of a tornado.
Unfortunately, many people believe some dangerous myths about tornadoes. Four of the most common and dangerous myths are listed below, along with the truth.
1. The best place to be during a tornado is in the southwest comer of a building. The truth is that the southwest comer is no safer than any other part of the building. The safest place to be is in a basement under something sturdy, like a workbench. If there is no basement, seek shelter in a small interior room in the middle of the building, like a closet or a bathroom. Always stay away from outside walls and windows.
2. Windows should always be opened to equalize pressure. The truth is that opening windows to equalize pressure during a tornado is ineffective in reducing damage. Don't worry about windows; worry about protecting yourself. Also, flying glass is a real hazard.
3. You can outrun a tornado in a car. Don't bet your life on it. A tornado is unpredictable. You can't know which way it is going to go, or how fast. If you are in a car and a tornado is near, get away from the car and lie in a ditch or low area, protecting your head with your hands.
4. Mobile homes are safe if they are tied down. A mobile home is never safe in a violent windstorm such as a tornado. If you're in a mobile home when a tornado watch is announced, leave and go immediately to a safe structure. Or be prepared to take cover in a low area, covering your head and the back of your neck.
Remember, take the threat of a tornado seriously. It is easy to dismiss tornado watches when they come as often as they do, but to do so is to put your life in danger.
(Today's editorial was written by City Editor Roper Cmteau)
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The 104th Congress was elected to unlock the government shackles that burden the American middle-class. Taxes, regulations, and mandates have stifled family incomes and cast a shadow over the American dream. Federal income taxes are the chief offender.
Taxes from Washington artificially inflate the costs of raising children, penalize marriage, and punish successful entrepreneurs who create jobs. In this citizen revolution that is reforming the Congress, tax reduction and deficit reduction are twin pillars.
The U.S. House of Representatives is about to complete the very important first phase of the most far-reaching changes in more than 40 years of House history. We need to ensure that our work is completed. And that means recognizing that tax reduction
and deficit reduction are perfectly compatible, and in fact are inseparable.
Americans demanded deficit reduction during the Nov. ‘94 elections, and the House has already delivered with $17.3 billion in cuts for the current year alone. But we cannot stop there and we won’t. Much more deficit reduction will be produced by this Congress.
Our hard work disproves a Washington myth: that a dollar returned to the pockets of hard-working American families is a dollar taken away from deficit reduction. That is clearly not the case as proven by the cuts we’ve already made. There is a clear and necessary connection between reducing the deficit and cutting taxes. Deficit reduction removes some of the shackles representing the costs of big government to the middle-class. But failing to enact simultaneous tax cuts would leave many of those chains intact.
The Tax Relief Act of 1995 gives the biggest tax relief to middle-class taxpayers earning between $30,000 and $75,000 a year. The overriding princi
ple is that the American people are better able to decide how to spend their own money than the government So we would give families a $500 tax credit for each child, an amount that will go a long way in a family budget.
The act recognizes the growing number of two-income families. There is no justification for penalizing couples who are married. We also recognize that businesses are better able to make decisions than Washington bureaucrats. So we reduce the capital gains tax by 50 percent, and pay for this tax relief by cutting corporate welfare.
Taxes are bad economic and family policy. Raise taxes and economic growth is stunted as government officials tell families how to spend their money. Keep the government’s hand out of taxpayers’ wallets and the economy is free to grow and bloom like bluebonnets in spring.
(Lamar Smith is the Republican congressman who represents most of Comal County.)
Administration forgotten in last IOO days
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first HK) days of Bill Clinton’s presidency were a whirlwind of energy and action that shook up Washington.
Die past IOO days have been like that too, except Clinton has been almost forgotten in the explosive start of the Republican-led Congress.
Once an irrepressible initiator of ideas and programs, Clinton has •turned into a cautious counterpunch-er, criticizing Republicans from the sidelines as House Speaker Newt Gingrich and fellow Republicans pushed forward with their “Contract With America” political manifesto.
“I suspect it’s been torture for them in the sense of seeing Newt’s command of the agenda and seeing so much power How to the Congress,” said Marlin Fit/.waler, who was White House press secretary to Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
“We were in the presidential model ol policy-making in Clinton’s first IOO days," said Norm Ornstein, a political analyst at the American Enterprise Institute.
“Now we are in something akin to congressional government.”
Even if Republicans weren’t stealing all the attention on their own, Clinton has been deliberately shrinking his public profile.
Acting on the belief that he suf-
Today in history
By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, April ll, the IGI st day of 1995. 'Hiere are 264 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
Fifty years ago, on April 11, 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany.
On this date:
In 1689, William III and Mary ll were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
In 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and was banished to the island of Elba.
In 1898, President McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain.
In 1899, the treaty ending the Span-
fercd from overexposure in his first two years, the president has cut back noticeably on his speeches and news conferences, leaving television correspondents at the White House to grumble that they don’t get on the air anymore.
“The greatest challenge is to deal with the fact that we now share the microphone here in Washington with the Republican majority,” said Mike McCurry, Clinton’s press secretary. “They are very newsworthy.”
“So, we are in a sense in a contest with them each day to provide the American people information about where the Republicans versus the Democrats would lead,” McCurry said.
“In having fewer opportunities to come in front of the American people on the news, the president has discovered you have lo use those opportunities much more clearly and precisely.’’
The strategy is for Clinton to be much more disciplined and focused — a formidable challenge for a president who has an idea about everything and loves to talk.
White House officials hope the GOP’s exposure has convinced Amer-
ish-American War was declared in effect.
In 1921, Iowa became the first stale to impose a cigarette tax.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson made his major-league debut, playing in an exhibition between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.
In 1951, President Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his commands in the Far East.
In 1953, Oveta Gulp Hobby became the first Secretary of Hea’th, Education and Welfare.
In 1970, 25 years ago, Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft; the astronauts managed to return safely.
In 1979, Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda as rebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces
icans that Republican proposals are too extreme. Clinton is counting on the Senate to soften House bills on tax cuts, welfare reform and other
Some Democrats worry that Clinton has been loo passive.
At a meeting with Democratic congressmen last week, Clinton exploded at the suggestion he hasn’t stood up forcefully enough to Republicans.
“Clinton has to get back in the game,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster.
"He has to prove that he’s relevant. He has to get Democrats excited. It’s a lot more motivating now to be a Republican than a Democrat.”
McCurry promises Clinton will be "very feisty.”
Beginning to take a tougher stand, Clinton used a speech in Dallas on Friday to stake out areas of cooperation and confrontation with Congress, threatening vetoes on a specific list of House-passed bills.
“In the first IOO days” of this Congress, Clinton said, "it fell to the House of Representatives to propose.
In the next IOO days and beyond, the president has to lead the quiet, reasoned forces of both parties in both houses to sift through the rhetoric and decide what is really best for America."
In 1980, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations specifically prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors.
In 1981, President Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital, 12 days after he was wounded in an assassination attempt.
Ten years ago: Controversy erupted when President Reagan announced plans to lay a wreath at a cemetery in Bitburg, West Germany, where Nazi SS soldiers were buried.
Five years ago: Funeral services were held in Indianapolis for AIDS patient Ryan White, who had died three days earlier at age 18. Among the 1,500 mourners were first lady Barbara Bush and singers Elton John and Michael Jackson.
One year ago: The White House
“The Republicans had their day in r the sun,” said Rep. Bill Richardson, •, D-N.M., “and now it’s going to be his turn.” J
If nothing else, the Republicans’ -ascendancy gave Clinton an opportunity to regroup with relative calm- ;* ness from the Democrats’ devastating election losses in November.
“In that sense, it may have been •' useful,” Fitzwater said.
“He clearly is showing a different public face than he was two months ' ago. His appearances are more presidential, he’s leaving more to his press r secretary. The first lady has clearly . • changed her role in the White House.” Some argue, in fact, that Clinton is in better shape with the Republicans in charge than he would have been had the often quarrelsome Democrats kept I control of Congress with even slim- v mer majorities. r,
“Everybody would be looking to ■" Bill Clinton to lead and govern and he ' wouldn’t have the votes to do any- ; thing,” Ornstein said.
“Republicans now have a stake in breaking gridlock while for the last two years they had a stake in foment-. • ing gridlock,” Ornstein said.
“His political interest and their' political interest will be more at sync than at odds.”
disclosed that President and Mrs. Clinton had failed to report $6,498 dollars in income that the first lady made in commodities trading in 1980; the couple wrote checks totaling $14,615 in back taxes and interest.
Today’s Birthdays: Fashion designer Oleg Cassini is 82. Former New York State Gov. Hugh Carey is 76. Ethel Kennedy is 67. Actor Joel Grey is 63. Actress Louise Lasser is 56. Syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman is 54.
Thought for Today: “If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed, and color, we would find some other causes for prejudice by noon.” — George Aiken, U.S. Senator (1892-1984).