New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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You can use your computer to keep up to dale on the coining presidential election
The 1996 presidential campaign maria the beginning af the age when computers become a powerful communications tool in politics.
All the major candidates, several news organisations and independent groups hare gone online, with Home Pages on the Worid Wide Web, and getting in-depth information an candidates and issues has beoamc as easy as dirking s moose The result is that people with a computer and a mnriwn. who want to grt informed end stay informed about the co—af campaign hare a powerful new tool One valuable site an the Web is Preyed Vote Smart, an independent political organization based rn Oregon that Hkwifftgcs participation in the political proteas by collecting and disseminating ranHidat* information online. Voters can use the service to »» fndidstas* positions on issues important to them. The address is http^/www.vote smart org A few other Web addresses to get you started are:
President Bdl Clinton's Home Page can be found at: http^www.wbitehniif gov Buchanan Far President is at httpVArwwiaichaiian.org Dole for President ie at httpVArww.do!e96xxxn The League of Women Voters page is at httpV/www^lectrid-\ti mmf-keremf
• News organizations arith campaign information are:
Washington Foal, Newsweek and ABC News share a site at* hftp fail elftftionliiMi mm American Political Network/National Journal Politice USA
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TtmeOIN AilPblitics is at: httpV/allpolitics.coni C-SPAN Campaign *96 can be found at* http://www.c-span.orgfeampaign/campfram.htm Congree*! nn a I Quarterly's American Voter *96 is at:
Ona tip, be careful out there, several parodies of official candidate Home Pages have popped up, which poke fun at the candidates. They have ■mflar addressee and look official, but contain miamfogwiteimfv
(Tbday'e editorial woe written by City Editor Roger Croteau.)
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Racial quem contradict die right of equal cppcms»t> The Anoles disc hats always held fest adoidui! merit, effcnand KhkveneM aw valued and fended. Rectal quotas undermine few edsc by jnemptmg to eliminate discrimination by esooongiag more dsscnmin*-
Our sense of community rcqisres (hat me emphasize the compassion feat unites us. not our different backgrounds. Honesty and trust mandates feat Americans treat one another with respect aaddignny
The recent University of Texas Law School case, however, serves as a good example of how racial quotas undermine these virtues. In that case, an appliant was rejected in favor of minority applicants wife fewer qualifications. The school justified its actions by stating that it needed racial quotas to i a “diverse" student bods.
The 5th Circuit Cont of Appeals rejected this rancnatoarioii The court said tnt using race as a factor in higher education admissions contradicts the goal of equal protection by treating minorities as a group and not as individuals. In other words, the schcni cannot use one type cf racial discrimination as a means of justifying another type of racial discrimination.
Racial quotas hurt the very people they are designed to help. An excellent editorial by Veronica Vargas, associate editor of the UT student newspaper. explains. “Lowering standards for racial groups implies feat members of that group simply
cannot compete Such practices diminish, if not
deny, legitimate achievement by blacks and Mexican-Americans.”
Instead of focusing on racial differences, we must have faith that Americans do not need “propping up" unless they themselves have suffered from past discrimination. While restoring equal opportunity requires ending racial quotes, we must reach out to ensure that all disadvantaged Americans have an opportunity to climb the economic ladder.
Giving a hand up to individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds would help many of the people who arc now stigmatized by racial quotas. To quote the Washington Post: “A willing university can achieve genuine diversity without either the elaborate machinery ex the demeaning double standard the University of Texas law school maintained.”
We must also redouble our efforts to improve schools, particularly in lower income areas so that equality of opportunity really does become a reality. Most importantly of all. we must eliminate discrimination in our own hearts.
In achieving this goal, we should avoid the temptation to fight one form of discrimination with another. As General Colin Powell wrote in his autobiography, “discrimination ‘for’ one group means, inevitably, discrimination ‘against’ another.” It is time to return to the original spirit of civil rights laws by re-affirming the principle of equal opportunity for all.
(Congressman Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) rep-resents the 21 st Congressional District.)
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Japan and U.S. agreement strengthens military ties
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TOKYO (AP) — The United States and Japan signed an agreement today that for the first time enables the Japanese military to provide transportation and other logistical support for U.S. forces in peacekeeping or training operations.
The deal represents a modest step toward closer peacetime defense cooperation at a time of increasing strains on the overall U.S.-Japan relationship.
Defense Secretary William J. Perry also disclosed new details of an agreement announced last Friday to return a key Marine Corps air station and parts of other U.S. facilities on Okinawa to the control of the islanders.
President Clinton, at a refueling stop in Alaska, said today he would reaffirm America’s partnership with Japan when he arrives in Tokyo for a three-day state visit beginning Tuesday. He also said the situation on the Korean peninsula is “much better than it wk three years ago" despite recent tensions.
"We’re working on ways not only to keep the nuclear problem under control and eventually eliminate it but also to try to do what we can to promote an ultimate reconciliation and an end to the conflict,” Clinton said. “If that could happen, then the
world would be a much safer place — the whole world.”
In addition to closing Futenma Marine Corps Air Station over the next five to seven years, the U.S. forces will give up more than half of a major Marine training range, return land used for two military communications stations, and accelerate plans to return to Okinawa use of a port facility in Naha, the capital.
In all, the United States will give back to Okinawa 20 percent of the land it uses for training and other operations, marking the biggest return of land since the United States relinquished control of the southern Japanese island in 1972.
The changes will result in the withdrawal of only a few hundred of the 28,000 troops on Okinawa, officials said.
Perry said there was no firm estimate of the cost of these consolidations, but other officials said privately it would run into the billions of dollars. Closing Futenma air station, by itself, is expected to cost about $1 billion, the officials said. Japan is to bear all the costs except for moving certain U.S. aircraft units. Perry said.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Myers,
commander of all U.S. forces in Japan, told reporters that the changes “will make life easier and better” for troops on Okinawa, in part because it will mean new housing for some.
Perry said the decisions were linked directly to public outrage at the rape last September of a 12-year old Okinawan girl by three U.S. servicemen who were sentenced to prison in Japan last month.
“Perhaps some good came out of the tragedy, the rape,” Perry told a news conference before leaving Tokyo. “It wk a wake-up call” with a “happy outcome,” he said.
Japanese officials indicated they expected the U.S. measures to satisfy the Okinawans. “This will substantially reduce the burdens that have been placed on the people of Okinawa,” said Foreign Minister Yuki-hiko Ikeda.
The deal announced today on Japanese logistical support for the U.S. military is similar to arrangements the United States has with 23 other countries, including South Korea where about 37,000 troops are based.
Direct Japanese support for U.S. military operations, even during peacetime, is a sensitive subject because Japan’s pacifist constitution prohibits its military from operating
outside Japan’s national territory.
At a news conference, Perry said the Clinton administration wk not pressuring Japan to change its constitution to permit a greater military role, but that formal guidelines on military cooperation written in 1978 are “long overdue” for a thorough review.
Perry later flew to Cheju-Do, a resort island off the southern coast of South Korea, for talks with defense officials. Perry also wk due to participate Tuesday in talks there between Clinton and President Kim Young-sam.
Perry came to Tokyo on Sunday to put the finishing touches on agreements to clear the way for Clinton’s .state visit to Japan starting Tuesday. Perry said Clinton and Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto will issue ajoint security declaration on Wednesday reaffirming the U.S.-Japan defense alliance and explicitly supporting the continued stationing in Japan of 47,000 U.S. troops.
Clinton left Washington Sunday night on the first leg of his trip, a visit to South Korea. He will travel from there to Japan and then to Moscow for a summit meeting with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
Today in history
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Today is Wednesday, April 17, the 108th day rf 19%. There are 258 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History;
On April 17, 1961, about I,SOO CIA-traincd Cuban exiles launched the disKtrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.
On this date;
In 1492, a contract wk signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.
bi 1524, Giovanni da Verrazano discovered present-day New York Harbor. bi 1790, American statesman Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia at
In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.
In 1895, the Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the first Sino-Japanese War.
In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany in World War II.
In 1964, Ford Motor Co. unveiled its Mustang model.
In 1964, Jerrie Mock of Columbus, Ohio, became the first woman to complete a solo airplane flight around the worid.
In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
In 1969, Czechoslovak Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek wk deposed.
In 1970, the astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank
In 1975, Phnom Penh fell to Communist insurgents, ending Cambodia’s five-year war.
Ten years ago: The bodies of American librarian Peter Kilbum and two Britons were found near Beirut; the three hostages had been slain in apparent retaliation for the U.S. raid on Libya At London’s Heathrow Airport, a bomb wk discovered in a bag earned by eon Irish woman about to board an El Al jetliner; she had been tricked into carrying the bomb by her Jordanian boyfriend.
Five years ago: Congress voted lo put a quick end to a day-old nationwide strike by 235,000 rail workers (President Bush signed the legislation early the next day). The Dow Jones industrial
first time, ending the day at 3,004.46.
One year ago: An Air Force jet exploded and crashed in a wooded area in eastern Alabama, killing eight people, including an assistant Air Force secretary and a two-star general. President Clinton signed an executive order stripping the classified label from most national security documents at least 25 years old.
Today’s Birthdays: Rock promoter Don Kirshner is 62. Composer-musician Jan Hammer is 48.
Thought for Today: “A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.” — Sydney J. Hams, American journalist (1917-1986).