New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Poetry is a subconscious conversation; it is as much the work of those who understand ft as those *ho understand it as those who make it.”
— Sonia Sanchez poet 1964
Keep infected animals out
Monkeys, other animals imported for lab uses should be screened for illnesses
Officials at a primate center in Jim Wells County destroyed another monkey Wednesday after it was suspected of being a carrier of the Ebola vims.
Two other animals at the Alice, Texas facility have already been put to death as officials at the center scramble to contain any spread of die virus, which has decimated several African villages and struck fear throughout the world.
The President has even been forced to comment on the situation during his overseas visit with Asian leaders.
The virus identified at the Alice facility is believed to be the Ebola Reston strain, which may not be dangerous to humans. That's little comfort, however, to the residents of Alice said Jim Wells County, and especially the eight handlers who came into contact with the monkeys.
As habitat for various wildlife is destroyed in Africa, the Far East and South America in the name of development, humans will be coming face-to-face with new and deadly diseases that have slumbered in the dense jungles undisturbed until now.
And as the contacts are inevitable, so are outbreaks that can easily become epidemics, jumping from country to country, and maybe from continent to continent, thanks to air travel.
But when a disease, such as Ebola, is actually shipped into this country via an animal slated for laboratory uses, the government needs to take action — and now.
Workers al the Alice facility are already screened for various diseases, including monkey herpes, that can stricken and kill humans in a matter of days.
These are not clean animals, and coming into contact with an unhealthy one can be a deadly encounter.
Our universities and medical laboratories will continue to use monkeys in their research of new drugs and the treatments of diseases that afflict human beings.
But unless those same researchers want an epidemic on their hands in this country, they should work with government and animal exporters to make sure infected animals are screened out in their native countries and not shipped to our shores.
All it might take is one scratch or one bite to begin a nightmarish episode here.
(Today's editorial was written by Managing Editor Dong Loveday.)
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Jesus is making a comeback (not to be confused with a Second Coming). He made the cover of Tune, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report—the journalistic Trinity.** Normally, such notice would get the subject an invitation to appear on the Sunday talk tows, bot the guest bookere don’t know how to get in touch wife Him.
The cover stories raised the usual questions from “scholars" concerning the reality of Jesus* claims about Himself (as they have done since the First CenturyX and there were the predictable suggestions that those who don’t worship at culture’s temporal temple, but believe in a higher authority, are less educated and hold beliefs less compelling than those who do.
Why tins sudden fascination with Jesus, especially by a nation that has found no room for Him or His teachings the past 30 yews? Could it be that there is a glowing awareness of the inability of man to solve his most basic problem? That problem used to be called “sin” before we absolved ourselves of any fallen nature, preferring the more clinically sounding “dysfunctional” to explain everything from personal moral failures to mass murder.
The Mardi Atlantic Monthly magazine tells of the increasing number of people discontented with their lives and lists methods tried to improve than: alternative lifestyles, open marriage, easy divorce, drags and alcohol, materialism, self-improvement, yoga, health food, big government and Eastern reli
gions. They’ve tried getting in touch wail their inner selves only to discover darkness in their souls. Now
they arc exploring angels, a renin to church. God and
Nothing else works, so why not rn foe saertmg-sd-ver words of die late Tiffany A Ca Chairman Walter Hoving, “Dry God"?
___A new book. “Haler swang
Executioners: OnSnry Germans and the Holocaust** by Daniel Jonfo Goidhagen. has prompted mnc ^■wirteratinn on foe nature of man. Is he basically good and, when be does wrong things, needs only to be corrected from without? Or is he basically bad and in need of redemption from within?
Goidhagen writes that Hitler didn’t propel himself to power, but his elevation was made possible by millions of Germans who were either anti-Semitic or coldly indifferent to what was going on around them. “How in the name of elemental humanity could they do such things?” Easily enough, if elemental humanity is depraved.
Consider a “60 Minutes” interview some years ago with Holocaust survivor Yehiel Din ut, who testified at the 1960 trial of Adolf Eichmann. When Dinur confronted Eichmann in an Israeli courtroom,
he began to shout and sob, collapsing to the floor.
Dinur explained his reaction was not — as he expected — because Eichmann was the personification of evil. It was because he realized that sin and evil arc the natural human condition. “I was afraid about myself,” Dinur said. ‘I saw that I am capable to do this... exactly like he.” Mike Wallace then addressed the camera, asking: Was Eichmann a monster, a madman, “or something even more terrifying — was he normal?”
The idea of redemption from such a “normal” state, as opposed to reformation, is as old as Hebrew Scripture. Animal sacrifices indicated two things: First, man’s need for expiation from sin and his inability to do it by his own power. And, second, the need for a redeemer to cleanse man’s indelible stain. The essence of the Resurrection observed at Easter is the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and Jesus over sin and death.
In a political year when there is literally nothing new undo* the sun, when everything that could be tried has been tried, and false messiahs arc pretending they have the power to improve our lives, foe hope of Easter is a rebuke to the faith of man in himself as well as to the idea of man’s basic goodness. If man is basically good, Jesus died for nothing.
Jesus on foe cover of these force national magazines. Maybe Billy Graham is right when he says we arc on foe verge of a Great Awakening.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist)
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Japanese urged to play greater role around globe
By ROBERT BURNS
AP Military Writer
TOKYO (AP)—President Clifton appealed to the Japanese today to “forge a partnership for leadership” with America to battle against terrorism, nuclear proliferation and other post-Cold War dangers.
Clinton, foe first U.S. president in 13 years to address Japan’s parliament, urged America’s World War II foe to “join forces" for a larger role in global affairs.
“No nation can solve these problems alone,” he told the Diet in a speech that climaxed foe last day of Clinton’s three-day visit. He later left for St. Petersburg, Russia, the next leg of his trip.
With a mixture of security and economic themes, Clinton’s speech was a call for Japan to resist isolationism and accept its responsibilities abroad.
The question of how far Tokyo should go in relaxing military restraints imposed by American conquerors five decades ago is sensitive in Japan and other Asian nations. China in particular is concerned •bout a more active U.S.-Japan security alliance.
Ginton referred to a broad 21st century partnership, not only in defense but also in trade and eco-
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, April 18, the 109th day of 1996. There are 257 days left in foe year.
Today’s Highlight In History:
Fifty years ago, on April 18,1946, the League of Nations waft out of business.
On this date:
In 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that foe British woe coming.
In 1906, a devastating earthquake struck Sot Francisco, followed by raging fires. About 700 people died.
In 1921, Junior Achievement, created to encourage business skills in young people, was incorporated.
In 1942, an air squadron from foe USS Hornet led by Ll. Col. James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Jaoanese cities.
In 1942, foe fast World War U edition of Stan and Stripes was published as a weekly newspaper for
nomics, the environment and space, science and technology.
He made no proposals for specific new forms of security cooperation with Japan but cited several key threats the two nations can work together to combat: organized crime, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, drag trafficking, terrorism and environmental decay. These are examples, he said, of how “problems that start beyond our borders can quickly penetrate our borders.”
“Working together and leading together,” the United States and Japan as Pacific powers can “bring the blessings of peace and progress to other people all around the world," Clinton said to occasional bursts of polite applause.
In 1983, Ronald Reagan became the first U.S. president to address the Diet.
Clinton fleshed out foe alliance theme at a luncheon with Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto. “The United States and Japan must forge a partnership for leadership in the 21 st century,” he said.
Lata, the president visited a Chrysler dealership in Tokyo to underscore his administration’s efforts to help American carmakers gain a stronger foothold in the tough Japanese market. Ducking his head
U.S. troops in Northern Ireland.
In 1945, famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Stoma, off Okinawa.
In 1949, the Info republic was proclaimed.
In 1955, physicist Albeit Einstein died in Princeton, NJ.
In 1956, actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony. (A church wedding took place the next day.)
In 1983,62 people, including 17 Americans, were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber.
In 1994, forma President Nixon suffered a stroke at his home in Park Ridge, NJ.; he died four days later.
Ten years ago: A Titan rocket carrying a secret military payload exploded seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Five years ago: President Bufo unveiled his America 2000 education strategy, which included a voluntary nationwide exam system and aid pegged to academic results. The Census Bureau estimated its
beneath foe hood of a Neon, the president exclaimed, “This is a wonderful car.”
But trade issues took a back seat to security matters during Clinton’s visit.
He and Hashimoto signed a joint security declaration Wednesday saying the United States would keep about 100,000 troops in the Asia-Pacific — including foe current 47,000 in Japan — and Tokyo would for foe first time consider ways its limited defense forces might operate outside national borders.
In Russia, Clinton planned a day of sightseeing in St Petersburg before attending an eight-nation conference on nuclear security. He was meeting with President Boris Yeltsin on Sunday, then heading home to Washington. Mrs. Clinton, who kept a low profile in Tokyo, was headed tame today.
In his speech today, Clinton apologized on behalf of America for the rape last September of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl by three U.S. servicemen, who were convicted and sentenced to prison last month.
“Off hants go out to ha, to ha family and ha loved ones, and to foe entire Okinawan community," Clinton said. “We arc gratified that justice has been done.”
1990 census had failed to count up to 6.3 million people. So via President Mikhail S. Gorbachev ended his summit in Japan without winning foe major aid package he’d been hoping for.
One year ago: President Clinton held a primetime news conference in which he said he was satisfied that he remained relevant in a Republican-dominated capital, and challenged Congress to send him an acceptable welfare bill by July 4. Quarterback Joe Montana retired from professional football. The Houston Post closed after more than a century.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Barbara Hale is 74. Actor Clive Revill is 66. Actor Robert Hooks is 59. Actress Hayley Mills is 50. Actor James Woods is 49. Actor Rick Moranis is 42. Actor Eric Robots is 40. Talk show host Conan O’Brien is 33. Actress Jane Leeves is 33.
Thought for Today: “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” — Earl Weaver, baseball manager.