New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Sometimes culture responds to the law as if it were a dare. Perhaps the new censoriousness in America has invited the very cultural expression it seeks to repress.”
Amy Adler First Amendment scholar, 1996Gingrich poised to act on his vision
EDITORIALGetting shots not such a painChildren can be immunized free at Schlitterbahn
Nothing hurts a parent like seeing a child suffer. Most parents would gladly trade their own health, an arm or leg to spare their child from serious illness or injury.
Thanks to medical science, such drastic measures are not necessary. Immunizations can protect children from a host of deadly and debilitating diseases, the sort that used to decimate entire populations —
If parents have their children properly immunized. Texas ranks only 28th among the 50 states for immunizing children between the ages of 19 months and 35 months.
The Texas Department of Health, Schlitterbahn Waterpark and several other local sponsors will provide area parents with a golden opportunity to immunize their children and be rewarded for their efforts. TDH will give children up to age 17 the required vaccinations free of charge from IO a.m. to I p.m. Saturday in the Rapids Pavilion next to Schlitterbahn’s Blastenhoff Section on Lincoln Street. Tuberculosis screening and the chicken-poq^vaccination axe the only two that will not be avail-
Each immunized child will receive free admission to the waterpark for the day, or a certificate good for free admission any time before June 30.
Getting a shot is such a simple thing to do, and no parent wants to face the possible consequences of not properly protecting a child from disease.
Schlitterbahn should be applauded for making it easy and fun for parents to protect their children’s health. Area parents have no legitimate excuse to miss this opportunity to protect their children’s health.
(Today’s editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung news editor Susan Flynt England.)
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After a public flogging that would have delighted the Marquis de Sade and some private introspection that might please a clergyman, Newt Gingrich is attempting a political second coming. The attempted return is propelled by the ideas and optimism that created the first Republican Congress in 40 years and back-to-back GOP majorities for the first time in 68 years.
In an interview, Gingrich tells me he’s lost 14 pounds and that he intends to drop 25 more as part of a new regimen of discipline.
He concedes there have been dark moments, perhaps none darker than the death of his hither over the Christmas season and the bargaining with the House Ethics Committee over how to plead and how much to pay in fines for an ethics violation. But even in such moments, Gingrich is able to see himself as a leader with unique responsibilities.
“I pray before every speech,” he tells me. “Publicly, I’m not a very religious person, but I have a deeply profound sense of being human, a sinner, not a saint If I did not have a profound sense that this is about the survival of freedom
and faith on the planet and that it mattered, and if I wasn’t prepared to subordinate myself to the best understanding of what God wants to have happen, I couldn’t do this. It’s much too hard.”
Since the election, Gingrich has been criticized by some conservatives and those who style themselves as conservatives as being on permanent retreat. Gingrich tells me he was making plans and that he is now ready to deliver.
Gingrich promises the following: tax cuts so substantial that “our goal over a generation should be to lower the tax burden so that no one in America pays more than 25 percent in total taxes at all three levels — state, local and federal combined”; either a flat tax (proposed by Majority Leader Dick Armey) or a sales tax (proposed by House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Archer), but
whichever emerges from the debate, a new revenue collection system that will eliminate an IRS code that runs 11,000 pages and substantially reduce the size and cost of the IRS.
On April 15, Gingrich says two tax bills will come up. One would make it a criminal offense for an IRS agent to browse through your personal and confidential tax files without a reason. The other is a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote by Congress for tax increases. At least seven states have such a requirement in their state constitutions, says Gingrich, tying the hands of politicians and forcing them to live within a budget, like real people.
Not only does Gingrich want to see the deficit eliminated by 2002, he also has a plan for wiping out the national debt. He cites Hong Kong’s “rainy day fund” of $19 billion. Here’s how he sees it working in the United States: “Once the budget is balanced in 2002, the government cannot grow at a rate faster than I percent less than revenues, and in about 20 years you pay off the national debt. Then we ought to spend three years building up the rainy day
fund. The equivalent for America would be $750 billion.
“If you make the shift from our total current interest payment of $355 billion to earning interest on a $750 billion rainy day fund, you can give the American people a $400 billion a year tax cut. That’s about $1,500 per person, or $6,000 for a family of four.”
Optimism is contagious and Gingrich hopes others will catch it. He sees the failure of unionized, bureaucratized institutions, citing one newspaper report that only 6 percent of Philadelphia high school students can read, and adds, “We are winning. We are a world movement (he notes that a Mongolian leader was inspired by his ‘Contract With America,’ printing 350,000 of his own version and winning the election), it’s about ideas, die ideas are bounded by freedom and faith.” He says that while he’s been quiet during the planning phase, the waiting is over and the action, (let’s not call it a revolution this time) is about to resume.
(Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist.)
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Hi ob Ai t*t 110811V.Letters to the editor
Publishing totter was irresponsible journalism
Educators spend their careers teaching the four Rs. We all know the first three; the fourth is RESPONSIBILITY. As the American family has changed, teachers have to spend more time and energy on helping our youth understand, assume and practice responsible behavior. As individuals we are responsible for our actions and their consequences. Collectively, our shared democratic values can encompass seemingly contradictory ideals like freedom of the press and responsible journalism. Their delicate balance requires ethical leadership and sensitivity. Your decision to print Tuesday’s letter from Ms. Mourn was at best insensitive, at worst unethical, and in either case irresponsible.
My first inclination is to ignore it, to erase its outrageous content from my mind, to shield others from the unnecessary pain which it evokes. But I am choosing to respond from several different perspectives:
1. As the interim principal of New Braunfels High School, I am responsible for coordinating a response to the senseless tragedy which claimed three lives and impacted hundreds of our students, parents and faculty. It would have been irresponsible to just hold school and not address the horrible loss. Our professionals were ready to deal with the emotions that come with mourning, including shock, grief arid anger
2. As a citizen, I am revolted at your choice in printing a letter which does nothing but cause more pain and reinforces the pretentious judgments of someone casting stones.
3. As a parent, I will never forgive
your insensitive behavior which chooses sensationalism at the cost of all the family and friends who mourn their tragic losses.
Shame on you for printing “hate speech.” Shame on you for cloaking yourself in the First Amendment. This community has suffered enormous pain. Your actions have added to it.
Karen Simpson NBHS Interim PrincipalStuctoiit mourns tho toss of rn friend, not rn hero
I was appalled at the letter published rn the paper Apnl 15, 1997. Lieselotte Mourn of New Braunfels said she thought it was “sickening how much attention, or better said, space you waste writing about young (Adam) Trollinger, forgetting why and how he was killed.” I don’t think that anyone in this town has forgotten how the three of them died that night! There is no way we ever will either!
Nobody knows what went on that night, only God knows. We don’t know and never will! Our Lord above works in mysterious ways and all things happen for a reason. It was Adam’s, Romina’s and Denise’s time to go, unfortunately, for friends and family members it was tragic and way too soon. Maybe someday in some way, Adam’s, Romina’s and Denise’s deaths will save someone else’s life. Hopefully, Adam’s death will teach kids that we are not invincible.
His funeral was not something that glorified him in any way. It was a time for his friends and family members to get together to grieve over the loss of a loved one. There were so many different types of people at that funeral which reflected what kind of
person Adam was Yes, he was the big, good-looking, popular football player who had a lot going for him, birt he was not the type that let it go to his head. He was very down to earth and was friends with everyone. It did not matter what type of economic background you woe from or what color of skin you had; you were his friend.
Most of all, she cannot say that he did not care about the lives of his friends! His family, friends and helping others were the most important things in his life. Since this awful tragedy we have heard lots of stories about Adam. Ranging from people who barely knew him but he treated them like he had known them forever to wanting to help out a busy mother by feeding her young, disabled child. All of these stories remind us that Adam had a great personality and a heart of gold. Ms. Mourn, in no way are we calling Adam a hero for what happened, we are just getting over the loss of a good friend. My heart goes out to all of the families who have been affected by this tragedy and deepest sympathies to families of the lost loved ones.
Amanda Fullen NBHS studentOffering family, f Hands do not dosorvo criticism
This letter is written in response to the letter written by Ms. Lieselotte Mourn and printed in the Herald-Zeitung Monday on Page 4.
Point No. I: Who made him a hero? I don’t recall anyone proclaiming Adam a hero. However, the many friends that loved him and cared about him are having a tough time without him.
Point No. 2: Who paid the price? Adam and his parents — any questions? It is a tough debt to pay!
Point No. 3: Why not sympathy for Adam’s parents? When you lose a child, the reason doesn’t matter! You have lost a major part of your life that can never, never be replaced.
Point No. 4: Was there a lesson learned? If you were at the funeral and saw the tears, the pain and the sadness on the faces of the students and parents, no doubt a major lesson was learned by many.
Point No. 5: Why take the parents to court? I guess they (the parents) shoold have been nding in the back seat of Adam’s car everywhere Adam went. There is a point in life where parents have to let go and hope that they have trained their children well. You can’t keep teen-agers under lock and key.
Paul E. Neilson New BraunfelsLetter barely deserves dignity of a response
Please, please, please, Lieselotte Mourn...
After reading your embarrassing letter, I sat down and wrote a five-page letter. After reading it I figured you would be the one taking me to court. So, I decided to make this reply short and simple, possibly equal to your character. I think your thoughts stand alone in this community.
Oh, yes, Lieselotte Mourn,
get a life....
David McGilvrey Parent of two NBHS students