New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Because this is America, you alkin me to speak even though you don't like what I may say.”
Louis Farrakhan ministerMaking nice doesn’t always make good policy
Bulverde center shows it is for the whole community
Bulverde Community Center shines as an example of bringing the old and the young together and cooking up something really good.
Students at Rahe Primary School have been without a cafeteria and kitchen since school started Monday because those facilities still are under construction. Growing enrollment in the west Comal County school forced expansion of the cafeteria seating area.
So when the lunch bell rings, students get in line and walk next door to the community center where there is room for them to eat.
“We’re just really appreciative that they’ve agreed to let us use that facility,” principal Barbara Doeppenschmidt said. “Our other option was eat in the classroom.”
But according to Bulverde Senior Center vice president Jane Wood, there was never any question about letting these kindergarteners, first graders and second graders use the facility.
“(We agreed) because our children are our most important asset,” Wood said. “It was never a consideration that we wouldn’t.”
Oftentimes, facilities like community centers get used by one particular group, whether young or old, with little opportunity made for individuals of both age groups to share time
We find it refreshing and inspiring to see these young scholars get exposed to the generosity and helpfulness exemplified by the Bulverde Community Center. Part of the whole school experience is eating lunch, and being able to get those youngsters away from their desks and letting them participate in lunch outside the classroom is healthy.
Many of the youngsters gave the whole experience high marks while one youngster noted, “It’s kind of weird because we have to eat over here where the old people are.”
lf Rahe Primary and Bulverde Community Center keep up the good work, it won’t seem weird for too much longer.
(Todays editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson.)
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President Clinton, the master of illusion, won it all on Aug. 5 on the south lawn of the White House.
He had Speaker Newt Gingrich and his neutered Republican colleagues exactly where he wanted them — on his territory and pretty much on his terms. In a contest of image over sub* stance, no one does it better durn Bill Clinton. The Speaker even praised the president for Air leadership when, in fact, the president in his hist term retroactively raised taxes, tried to dramatically increase spending (remember the “stimulus package”?) and attempted to create national health care, which he and Hilary are now doing rn stages rather than all at (Rice.
It appeared to be the celebration of a military triumph as politicians marched around the White House grounds like soldiers on parade. But it was all illusion, defined as “the state or fact of being intellectually deceived or misled; perception of something objectively existing in such a way as to cause misinterpretation of its actual nature.”
The real test for Republicans is what happens to the party’s approval ratings. Pollsters told Republicans that the public doesn’t like them because they seem too rigid, uncaring
and partisan. The Speaker repeatedly used the word “bipartisan” in his remarks. So, having swallowed hard and accepted new entitlement programs that are bound to grow in size and cost just to produce a harmonious photo opportunity (with about as much substance as a Yasser Arafat handshake with Israeli leaders in the same location), they hope approval ratings will go up. Blk they won’t That’s because the fundamental issues have not been settled Is government our primary keeper, or are we? Should government be a first resource, dispensing goodies to fulfill our every desire, or should it encourage us to make good life decisions and remove incentives to laziness that subsidize wrong choices?
The main flaw in the budget agreement is that it fails to address what caused the deficit and huge national debt in the first place. It wasn’t
RonaldReagan’s tax cuts, as liberal critics like to say. In fact, the same “supply-side economics” Democrats once condemned - lower taxes and low interest rates increase tax revenue as overall income goes up - is now praised as the primary contributor to deficit reduction. The cause was the spirit of “entitlement” - that I have a right to other people’s money. The nation began with die right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Anyone who suggests the Constitution does not provide such rights is labeled uncaring, as ideologue and a hater of children and the elderly.
Reagan repeatedly noted that we have a deficit not because citizens are taxed too little but because government spends too much. While a few gimmicks are offered the overburdened taxpayers (like the “child credit”), the budget Will balance only if the new entitlement programs are held in check (good luck) and the economy continues to grow at its present rate.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal, author John Steele Gordon says that five-year economic forecasts “have as much accuracy as long-term weather forecasts.” The problem, notes
Gordon, is that Congress spends other people’s money, lf they spent their own money the way they spend ours, they would have been bankrupt long ago. During a period of peace and prosperity, our national debt has risen 11 times what it was when the Budget Control Act became law 23 years ago.
Where does the party that preached fiscal restraint, tax cuts, reduced spending and personal responsibility go from here? Having lost the battle of the polls and nearly its congressional majority in the last election, are Republicans going to play the illusion game through the next election cycle, hoping to trade on an era of “good feelings” among soccer moms?
After the 1998 election, will traditional Republican ideas resurface as they search for a presidential candidate with leadership skills and real convictions who is not afraid of being called names by the sustained of the welfare state?
The politicians did what they thought the public wanted — making nice for the cameras. But making nice makes for poor policy.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
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Views from Abroad
By Tilt AnocMod Pratt
Here are excerpts from editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:
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The specter of Big Brother Bill Gates smiling down from a video screen at a conference of Macintosh users was more than many could stand, and they booed loudly at the sight of him.
But even though Apple enthusiasts think Gates stole the idea for his mcgapopular Windows software from the Macintosh desktop, Apple desperately needs the billionaire entrepreneur.
The infusion of SI 50 million from Microsoft may be Apple’s last chance. ...
Computer users — and government regulators — should be concerned that Microsoft’s move could be the first step toward complete domination of operating systems and a death grip on software. But Microsoft probably will tty to keep Apple alive to stave off antitrust charges from the government
Mac users must swallow their pride and look on Gates as their savior, not their enemy. They shouldn’t worry that he’ll take over Apple. Instead, like the rest of us, they need only wonry that he’ll talc* over the world.
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There is always some flap over whether consumers should have ready access to information about what is in the foods they eat. ... An advocacy
group called the Center for Science in the Public Interest asked the Food and Drug Administration to require that foods be labeled with their caffeine content
What? Don’t we all know what foods contain caffeine? Coffee, tea and many sodas, such as Coke and Pepsi, right? But there are some surprises, including frozen desserts and yogurts, candies and even bottled water. It seems we don’t always know how much caffeine we’re getting....
Consumers can find out how much caffeine a particular product contains by calling the manufacturer’s 1-800 number listed on the product, but that information should be more readily available. Why not put it on the package?
TIM BoMnBlMin (Wash.) Harakl, on privacy foe medical records:
Like bank accounts and tax returns, health records should be kept from plying eyes.
Unfortunately, as computer technology expands, personal medical information increasingly is at risk of being reviewed and used by unauthorized individuals, companies and agencies.
Horror stories include cases of health clinic workers reading notes from therapy sessions, medical students copying health records and selling them to malpractice attorneys and insurers perusing hospital records to weed out people at high risk of contracting debilitating diseases.
To help stem the invasion of privacy, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala has come up with a sensible set of federal guidelines Congress should approve.
They would prohibit use of personal information for anything but health care and punish those who misuse it, require data keepers to secure the information and allow consumers to see what’s in their health records and set up a system to change incorrect data....
Shalala’s record privacy plan is a reasonable, effective and necessary way to curb abuse. Congress should sign off on the prescription.
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The recall of 12 million pounds of hamburger patties produced at Columbus, Neb., has caused legitimate concern about the safety of the nation’s food supply Nonetheless, if people pay attention to what safety experts are saying about the E. coli bacteria strain that led to the recall, long-term damage to the beef industry should be minimal.
Federal authorities ordered the recall to protect consumers from a particularly harmful variety of the E coli. Hudson Foods Co., the owner of the Columbus plant, had initially recalled 20,000 pounds of the patties and then another 20,000 pounds. The company acted after 20 people in Colorado became ill with E. coli symptom after eating the meat.
Americans have come to expect the cleanest, safest food supply the world has ever known. People are troubled when they are told that something in their food could make them sick. But as the stories about the Hudson recall have demonstrated, there is cause for reassurance. Strenuous efforts are being made to make the clean, safe food supply even cleaner and safer.
Today in HistoryBy Th* Associated Pro—
Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 1997. There arc 131 days left in the year.
Today*! Highlight in History:
On Aag. 22, MSS, England’s King Richard Ul was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses.
On this date:
la 1775, England’s King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a state of open rebellion.
la 1846, the United States annexed
la ISSI, the schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America’s Cup.
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Corm.
In IOU, d was announced in Paris dial Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa had been stolen from the Louvre Museum the night before. (The painting turned up two years later, inn»iy.)
la 1954, President Eisenhower md Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.
la 19S6, Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.
In 1989, Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif. (Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.)
Ten years ago: The supertanker Bridgeton and three other reflagged Kuwaiti tankers left Kuwait under U.S. escort and safely cleared Persian Gulf waters where the Bridgeton had hit a mine the month before.
Five years ago: President Bush told an evangelical gathering in Dallas that the Democrats had left 4’three simple letters” out of their platform: 44G-o-d.” Democrat Bill Clinton said Bush was trying to divert attention from the economy. Neo-Nazi violence against foreigners erupted in Rostock, Germany.