New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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“If I loosened the reins on the press. I woald not stay in power three months.'
— N acoiecr e~©srcr cNEA not focused on education
Clean Texas 2000 just one program that encourages public environmental efforts
T:\zy a i filiod natural benty, from the lush pines •* xos cr List Iiz tx coastal barrier islands, to the rolling Hill Couriers anc rh? Wes Trxas mauntams.
B x with mercasmg and industrial growth. Texas* frag
ile amroorneax racers a - umber of threats. Texas ranks second in the nae or. it. ic xjc cmsaoos. four Texas aries do not meet federal clean ar scandal landfill scoot s dwindling and mans waterways are polluted
To heir answer tnese challenges and preserve the natural heritage of the SL2X. die Texas Nannl Resource Conservation Commission runs the Gear. Texas 2000 program, which lets every Texan take pan in helping che environment.
The program has five goals: to reduce hazardous waste and toxic emissions bv 50 percent; reduce landfill solid waste by 50 percent; reduce water pollution; reduce air pollution; and educate a1! Texans about w hat they can do to presets e and protect our environment.
The program will only work if millions of Texans take up the challenge and become involved Stan bv participating rn the cit) recycling program. But don't end there. The Friends For Rivers annual river cleanup is coming. Consider taking pan in it.
You can also become a Clean Texas 2000 Environmental Partner. You can participate in the second annual Texas Recycles Day on Nov 15 It you or someone you know is involved in an environmental project, you can apply for the 1996 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence You can enroll your business in the new Clean Texas Star program and find out how easy it is to reduce waste, recycle. buy recycled products and save money; You can become a Clean Texas 2000 Sponsor and help fund environmental education and waterway cleanups.
To find out about any of those five programs, call the Texas Natural Resource Commission at (512) 239-0010 or write to; Clean Texas 2000. TNRCC. MC 113. PO Box 13087. Austin, TX 78711 -3087
Get involved in preserving Texas* natural beauty. You will feel good about your efforts, and so will future generations of Texans.
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Public educaoor. i> increasing!} regarded as so hevvod rrpair thai the governors of Minnesota and Wisconsin are proposing to empower parents so the). not ’d>e suae, might decide w here their children should he educated.
Minnesota Gov Ame Cad son is asking his legislature to pass a school-choice measure bv next year Wisconsin's legislature, thanks to the persistence of Gov Tomtit} Thompson, has ahead} passed such a measure. The Wisconsin Supreme Court will sewn decide the constitutional]!} of using state funds for private schools, including religious ones
While both governors acknowledge that schools are not the only Schroon to improv -mg che lot of }oung people, especial!} rn urban areas, the} believe what goes on in the classroom can make a significant contribution Thompson cites the pathetic record of Milwaukee schools as an example Near!} half of Milwaukee students don’t graduate from high school, and those who do have a D-minus average Thompson believes thai poor parents should have the
same opportunities to educate them children as those financially better off Both governors believe there is constitutional precedent for allowing tax money to go to private schools. It already goes to private, religious preschools and da}-care centers through day-care grants and to pro ate. religious colleges and universities v .a Pe!! grants, the GI Bill and student loans. It is or.!} at the K-12 level that such funds have been prohibited But the debate isn't about education. In Milwaukee, the Center for Education Reform showed that 33 percent of the cit} s public schoolteachers send their own children to private schools. It is about controlling the minds and hearts of the next generation and forcing children to accept a worldview held by those who draft the curriculum and write the textbooks. That this is frequently a worldview not shared by the children's parents is dismissed, and complaining parents are branded "censors" or "bigots" or "anti-intellectual"
Over the July 4 weekend, the National Education Association (NEA) held us annual convention in Minneapolis. .According to the publication Education Reporter, dozens of resolutions w ere approv ed that had nothing to do w uh the intellectual development of children At least five resolutions indicate the NEA S antagonism toward parents who make private
orhcmeschool choices. At least 15 resolutions were passed that deal with the sexual orientation issue. (These were crafted by the NEA’s Gay and Lesbian Caucus. ' The NEA adopted the feminist agenda, the environmental rights agenda and even passed resolutions calling for District of Columbia statehood, taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens, a national holiday honoring Cesar Chav ez, ratification of the U.N. treaty on the rights of the child and a change in the purpose of Thanksgiving to replace giving thanks to God with a celebration of “diversity.”
In a recent speech. Gov. Thompson said: “Public schools must no longer be government-run schools. They will be schools that serve the public. School choice is more than a program. It is a philosophy. It is the belief that parents know best w hen it comes to their children."
Thompson has hired Whitewater Special Counsel Kenneth Starr to argue the constitutionality of his proposal before Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. Meanwhile. the verdict is already in on the state of government-run education. If Minnesota and Wisconsin can win court approval, the government schools as we've know n them for a century will be transformed. They w ill reflect the w ill of tile people, and the needs of the nation and its children, and not that of a tiny elite who think they, and only they, know what is best.
(Cal Thomas is a sy ndicated columnist.)
Bosnian Serbs defiant as airstrikes continue
By MISHA SAVIC
Assoc a*ed Press VV' re'
PALE. Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) NATO warplanes trolled the skies of Bosnia early today assessing damage and sizing up new bombing targets in a high-stakes standoff with rebel Serbs still sticking to their guns.
The search was also on for two French pilots whose plane was shot down near Pale NATO is directing “every possible effort toward the rescue of the French pilots.” Adm. Leighton Smith, NATO’s commander in Naples, Italy, said toda> in a news conference “I hope it will mirror the successes of the Scott O’Grady operation in June," Smith said. O’Grady, a U.S. pilot, was shot down over Bosnia but in a danng mission was rescued days later from a hilltop and flown to safety The airstnkes, backed by ground attacks by the U.N. rapid reaction force, mark an apparent turning point rn the Bosnian conflict that has sorely tested U N and NATO credibility and left an estimated 200,(JOU people dead or missing.
Despite a day of airstnkes by allied forces in the largest military action in the history' of NATO, there were indications of progress tow ard a Balkans peace
"It is time to talk about peace, even after this dreadful bombing." Bosnian Serb military leader Gen Ratko Mladic said late Wednesday, although he refused a U N demand to pull back the heavy weapons that have terronzed the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, throughout the 40-month-old war In Belgrade. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke said he had held "important and productive” talks with Serbia President Slobodan Milosev ic. the regional powerbroker v ital to any successful peace deal.
Milosevic said a U.S. initiative, which Holbrooke discussed in several hours of talks, "has all elements that could guarantee peace and the protection of interests of all the w aning sides "
Holbrooke was due in Zagreb today to bnef Croatian and Bosnian government officials on the results of his meeting w ith Milosevic.
Sarajevo shook under the deafening roar of NATO jets and support planes flying overhead throughout the early hours today, but no explosions could be heard.
Since NATO launched airstnkes on Bosnian Serb positions early Wednesday in retaliation for a Serb
attack Monday that left 3" people dead. there have been few moments of silence in the Bosnian capital.
The last known bombing runs occurred over Pale, the Bosnian Serb stronghold east of Sarajevo, shortly after 5 p.m. (I I a m EDT) Wednesday, when a French Mirage jet was shot down bv Bosnian Serb gunners.
Its two crewmen were seen ejecting from the burning jet. but their tate was unknown. There were unconfirmed reports that Bosnian Serbs had captured them. France said they were assumed to have survived.
The new s conference in Naples w as shown v idcos of a number of laser-bomb hits on ammunition loading depots, artillery pieces and other sites among the 90 military targets hit in over 300 sorties.
Smith, NATO’s southern commander, said "we have certainly enjoyed some successes" but admitted the pilots "obviously missed some targets."
He said the raids had been “effectiv e iii suppressing radar and surface-air missiles" and will likely continue until the Bosnian Serbs "determine when the operations should cease."
NATO Secretary-General Willy Claes called the strikes a necessary “stimulating element for the peace process.”
U N. commanders told the Bosnian Serbs the air attacks would last as long as there were Sob heavy
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Aug 31, the 243rd day of 1995. There arc 122 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Aug. 31, 1886, an earthquake rocked Charleston, S C., killing up to I IO people.
On this date:
In 1688, preacher and novelist John Bunyan, author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” died in London
In 1887, inventor Thomas A Edison received a patent for his Kineto-scope, a device which produced moving pictures.
In 1935, President Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting the export of U.S. arms to belligerents.
In 1941, the radio program "The
Great Gildersleeve," a spin-off of "Fibber McGee and Molly," made its debut on NBC.
In 1954, Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern United Slates, resulting in nearly 70 deaths and millions of dollars in damage.
In 1962, the C aribbcan nation of Trinidad and Tobago became independent within the British Commonwealth.
In 1965, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to establish the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In 1969, boxer Rocky Marciano died in the crash of a small airplane in Iowa, one day short of his 46th birthday.
In 1980, Poland’s Solidarity labor movement was bom with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day-old strike.
In 1986, 82 people were killed when an Aeromcxico jetliner and a small pnvate plane collided over Cerritos, Calif.
In 1986, the Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collided with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea, causing both vessels to sink Up to 44S people reportedly died Ten year* ago: Richard Ramirez. who was later convicted in the socalled Nightstalkcr killings that had terronzed Californians, was captured by residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood.
Five years ago: U N. Secretary-General Jav ier Perez de Cuellar met twice with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tanq Aziz in Amman, Jordan, trying to negotiate a solution to the Persian Gulf cnsis.
One y ear ago: The Insh Republican Army declared a cease-fire after
25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Ballies after half a century.
Today’s Birthdays: Broadcast journalist Daniel Schorr is "9 Comedian Buddy Hackett is TI. Actor James Coburn is 6' Baseball I tall of Earner Frank Robinson is OU, Violinist Itzhak Perlman is 50. Singer Van Morrison is 50. Singer-compos-cr Debbie Gibson is 25
Thought for Today: "Real stories, in distinction from those we invent, have no author Although history owes its existence to men, it is not ’made’ by them." — Hannah Arendt, German-born author, philosopher and historian (1906-1975).