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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday, August 7,1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. — WWW Hera lung Opinion wiMNM contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is QUOTABLE“Journalists throughout the Middle East face physical, economic and legal threats that make journalism a perilous profession.” Chris Wells The Freedom ForumLabeling programs is like labeling smokes EDITORIALH-Z establishes reward fund in Kivlin shooting The brutal shooting of local businessman Michael Kivlin this past weekend has left this community stunned. The Herald-Zeitung and its staff wish him a speedy recovery and offer our prayers and support to the Kivlin family. Crime Stoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for information to the apprehension and indictment of the man who committed this violent act. By law, Crime Stoppers cannot offer more than $ 1,000 as a reward. That’s why the Herald-Zeitung, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers and Norwest Bank, is creating a separate reward fund so the ante can be increased. In the past couple of days, the Herald-Zeitung received calls from businessmen and citizens like John Murphy of J and B Exxon who wanted to donate money to the reward. With Crime Stoppers limited in the amount of money it can give, the Herald-Zeitung management and staff decided to create the fund so The Herald-Zeitung and other like-minded businesses and citizens could help the police find, arrest and convict the criminal who attacked Mr. Kivlin. If you would like to donate, please send your checks or cash to the Herald-Zeitung’s “Michael Kivlin Reward Fund,” in care of Norwest Bank, or you can bring a check to the Herald-Zeitung , office at 707 Lamia. All proceeds will go toward the reward. The reward will be given at the discretion of Cnme Stoppers and can only be used for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a suspect in the Kivlin shooting. If the assailant is not apprehended, or if an apprehension is made without a reward being earned, businesses or individuals will be able to either have their donations returned or given to Crime Stoppers to assist in the day-to-day operation of its office. The perpetrator was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5-foot-71 o5-foot-9, approximately 150 pounds, between 25 and 28 years old with dark hair that is short and clean cut. Anyone with information about this crime should call 620-TIPS or (800) 640-8422. (Todays editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher Doug Toney.) Write us ... The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not tor publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor c/o the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (830) 626-1224 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext. 301.......................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor, Ext. 220.................................Margaret    Edmonson Director of Marketing, Ext 208................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext. 214...............Karen    Reininger Business Manager, Ext. 202 .......................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext. 228...................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext. 205..........................................Billy    Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Fnday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St., or PO. Drawer 3 ll 328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 -1328. Periodical postage paid by die New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year, $£6. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a m. on Sunday may call (830) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday. PosTMASTCa: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. The television networks, except NBC, have agreed to more explicit ratings to match their more explicit programs, the ratings — which will purportedly give parents additional information about language, violence, sexual situations and even “fantasy violence” in cartoons — were reluctantly adopted because of congressional pressure. NBC thinks the pressure smacks of censorship and stiflesartistic creativity, and so it’s holding out for now. Vice President Al Gore claimed that the enhanced ratings, along with the V-chip in new TV sets, will give living rooms back to parents. Along with viewing less “mustn’t see TV,” some think fewer kids will smoke because government pressure has euthanized Joe Camel, following a stellar career of addicting a generation of young smokers. I’m all for labels. I want to know what’s in the things I eat. I want information about the miles per gallon a car I may want to buy gets. I'm interested in details of a loan. But most television has become like cigarettes. The content is so poisonous that labeling the product does nothing to help those who are irresponsible enough to ingest it. Wouldn’t this be an interesting debate; Which product has caused more long-term damage to the United States — tobacco or television? Television has reduced our attention span, watered down family conversation and separated households. Much of TV programming resembles the planet Mars — barren, with an unfriendly atmosphere. Laugh tracks replace live audiences out of apparent fear that the “comedy” material is so feeble, real people would not be amused News programming has also been dumbed down. Once the goal of broadcast news was lo attract and inform thinking viewers, or to stimulate them to ponder important issues. Now a network newscast will frequently lead with light or frivolous stories rather than ones of greater national or international consequence. The magazine shows resemble never-ending tabloids on which “hosts” further erase infotainment It’s the intellectual equivalent to junk food In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tri-bune, Hollywood critic Michael Medved noted that “die average American will in a lifetime spend more time watching television durn on a job,” and “the largest percentage of our waking hours goes to watching television.” Many people are spending lots of money for fancier TVs, with bigger screens, better sound more options. After 2004, if they want to watch TV, they’ll have to purchase expensive sets with digital formats. And what will they get? Five hundred channels of mush that numbs the mind and poisons the soul? As Medved notes, “It’s not just the sleaze and the violence, it’s the TV itself, and we have to get people to watch less and to give a few extra hours to themselves every week to spend with their children, to spend on marriage, maybe to read a book, to exercise or just to go out into this beautiful world and enjoy this magnificent reality that the Almighty has given us.” In other words, break the TV habit. Increasingly, I meet people who no longer want to do battle with a tiny elite that thinks alike and whose worldview dominates network television. So they’ve done what they were told to do a decade ago if they didn’t like the programs. They’ve turned off the set. Some have gone so far as to get rid of their TVs. The ratings reflect the decline, but network executives are deep into denial about the behavior of their former viewers. My prediction is that those who break the TV habit will never go back and will find that, like those who quit smoking, they’ll have a better life. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist He will be speaking at the Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave., on Nov. ll.) I I;Remove criminal alien threats to communities (Editor’s Note: This column, written by U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, appeared in the Herald-Zeitung with Texas Attorney General Dan Morales ’ byline. We are publishing the column in its entirety to give Smith proper credit We regret any inconvenience.) When criminal aliens complete their prison sentences, there should be a welcoming committee from the Immigration and Naturalization Service waiting to escort them out of the country. But the General Accounting (>ffice has disclosed that America’s first line of defense against criminal aliens gets its man or woman less than a one third of the time. That is the astounding conclusion from a hearing of the House Immigration Subcommittee that I chair The hearing reviewed the performance of a program that sends immigration judges into state and federal prisons. TheToday in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 1997. There are 146 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: Fifty years ago, on Aug. 7, 1947, the balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had carried a six-man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago. On this date: In 1782, George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and noncommissioned off* cen. In 1789, die U.S. War Department was established by Congress. In 1912, the Progressive Party nom- mm Lamar Smith judges hold hearings and issue deportation orders for criminal aliens to return them to their homelands and prevent them from being released into our neighborhoods after they leave prison. The INS failure to deal with crim-inal aliens is a serious threat to public safety. In addition, the failure has led to wasteful government spending. An estimated $63 million was spent unnecessarily in 1995 to detain criminal aliens who should have been deported immediately after leaving prison. Almost 80 percent of non-citizen inated Theodore Roosevelt for president. In 1934, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling striking down the government’s attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce novel “Ulysses.” In 1942, U S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the fust major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War ll. In 1959, the United States launched Explorer 6, which sent bock a picture of the Earth. In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces. In 1974, French stuntman Philippe inmates in state and federal prisons turn out to be deportable criminal aliens. The GAO reported that 2,000 criminal aliens during a recent six-month period were deportable but instead were released into our communities. More than 600 of those released were aggravated felons. We have a legitimate fear that many of those individuals will commit additional crimes. Of the more than 70 percent of deportable criminal aliens who were not removed from the United States, the majority had begun the removal process but did not complete it before they had served their time in prison. And a substantial number of removable criminal aliens never began the deportation process at all. The GAO report shows the failures are attributable to the INS, which refuses to make the process a high priority by diverting resources Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. In 1976, scientists in Pasadena, Calif., announced that the Viking I spacecraft had found the strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars. Ten years ago: The presidents of five Central Amcncan nations, meeting in Guatemala City, signed an 11-point agreement designed to bring peace to their region. Five years ago: The 39-natkMi Conference on Disarmament in Geneva produced the final draft of a beety to ban chemical weapon, ending 24 years of talks. Jennifer Capriati won the gold medal in tennis at the Barcelona Olympics, beating Steffi Graf. The luxury liner Queen Elizabeth 2 ran away from it. The only good news from the hearing was that Texas leads the nation in cooperating with the INS to keep criminal aliens out of our communities. Recent statistics indicate that under a new system, Texas is completing such cases at double the national average and continues to improve. In addition, the system is designed to ensure that even when criminal alien inmates are not immediately deported, at least they are not released into the community. I have urged other states to follow Texas* lead on handling criminal alien inmates. And I want the INS to make removal of criminal aliens a top priority because we carmot tolerate crime, especially when committed by people who should have been deported. (Lamar Smith represents the 2 Ut Congressional District) aground off Massachusetts. One year ago: NASA researchers formally presented their case for the existence of life long ago on Man. More than 6 million American Online customcre worldwide were left stranded when the system crashed for almost 19 boun. A flash flood at a Pyrenees mountain campsite in Spain claimed at least 86 lives. Today's Birthdays: Writer-produccr Stan Freberg is 71. Bluesman Magic Slim is 60. Actress Verna Bloom is 58. Humeri* Garrison Keillor is 55. Singer BJ. Thomas is SS. Singer Lana Cantrell is 54. Actor John Glover is 53. Country singer Rodney Crowell is 47. Rock singer Bruce Dickinson (formerly of Iron Maiden) is 39. Marathon runner Alberto Salazar is 39. ;