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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher STEPHANIE FERGUSON, Managing Editor Page 4HerakJ-Ze/fung, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, December 19,1991* Herald-Zeitung Published on Sunday morning, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, 707 Landa St., or P O. Drawer 3ll328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328. Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels I lerald-Zeitung at New Braunfels, I'exaw DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher STEPHANIE FERGUSON    JIM HORNBECK Managing Editor    Advertising Director CHERYL DUVALL    CAROL ANN AVERY Business Manager    Circulation Manager KA REN REININGER    DOUGLAS BRANDT Classified Manager    Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $12.90; six months, $22.50; one year, $40. Senior Citizens Discount (carrier delivery only): six months, $19.25; one yea, $34. Mail delivery outside Comal County, in Texas: three months, $22.50; six months, $40, one year, $75. Mail outside Texas: six months, $52.50; one year, $87.50. lf you have not received your newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, call 625-9144 or 658-1900 by 7 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. Editorials 9-1-1 number makes city safe What a success it has been. Since the City of New Braunfels and Comal County went on-line with 9-1-1 emergency service in 1990, the system has been widely used. Figures released by Bexar Metro 9-1-1 Network District indicate that between Sept. 1990 and Oct. 1991, more than 7,500 emergency calls were routed to the New Braunfels Police Department. During that same time period approximately 3,500 calls were routed to the Comal County Sheriffs Office. To appreciate the success of the emergency number we must remember how we received the service. In 1987 New Braunfels Mayor George Erben and the City Council passed a resolution to create the Safe City Commission. And when this volunteer commission first met they discussed the need for 9-1-1 service. Then a committee was appointed, comprised of Ann and Bart Bartholomew and Jack Borchers. And that’s all that has to be said. With this group of dedicated individuals, the ball was rolling. And the switch to 9-1-1 was flipped locally on Aug. 31, 1991. On that day a local official said, "It's one of the biggest boosts to emergency response that this city has seen in quite some time.” Just ask those callers who have used the system. It works thanks to a group of local people who set the ground work and to the police officers and fire and EMS personnel who make it work everyday. They all should be commended. Today's editorial was written by Stephanie Ferguson, managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung. George Bush U.S. President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 U.S. Sen. Lloyd Hentsen United Slates Senate 703 Hart Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith U.S. House of Representatives District 21 (Comal County) 422 Cannon Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 U.S. Rep. Greg Laughlin U.S. House of Representatives Distnct 14 (Guadalupe County) 1713 Longworih Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 Texas Gov. Ann Richards Governor’s Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 78711 Lieutenant Gov. Bob Bullock Ll Governor’s Office State Capitol Ausun, Texas 78711 Speaker of the House Gibson D. (Gib) Lewis P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 State Sen. Judith Zaffirini District 21 Capitol Stauon P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711 State Sen. William Suns Distnct 25 Capitol Stauon P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711 State Rep. Edmund Kuempcl District 46 P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78768-2910 The harsh reality of losing weight The cold, hard truth hit me on a hot, humid Kansas evening last year. My wife and I were sitting on the sofa sipping iced tea and watching Johnny Carson when she said, “Honey, you’re twice the man I married.” What a nice thing to say, I thought. After more than 20 years of marriage most men are told, “You aren’t half the man I married.” I raised one eyebrow, smiled in a Burt Reynolds manner, and began feeling very amorous. I was Romeo to her Juliet. I was Anthony to her Cleopatra. I was Robin Hood to her Maid Marian. Unfortunately, my fantasies were short-lived. “In fact, if you gain another IO pounds you WILL be twice the man,” laughed Nancy. I went from a state of euphoria to the pits quicker than you can say, “Jack Spratt ate no fat” or “Fatty, fatty, two-by-four, couldn’t get through the kitchen door.” She was Maid Marian, but I was Friar Tuck. Jim Hornbeck Nancy was right, though. I definitely was in contention for ‘‘Mr. Chicken Fat of 1990.” I wasn’t quite twice the man she married, but I’d gained enough weight to make an eight-year-old kid. For some time I'd deluded myself into believing that I wasn’t getting fat. I just was “filling out.” I should’ve realized that I was getting more than “pleasingly plump” when: (A) I began approaching the bathroom scale as if it were a landmine. (B) The top of my pants began curling over my belt. (C) I discovered the other meaning for a “spare tire,” and finding that, in my case, I could’ve opened a tire store. (D) Playing backyard football, the neighbor kid straight-armed me in the belly and his arm disappeared up to the elbow. So, on that sweltering summer night, I decided to diet. I snatched up all my wife’s magazines and began searching for the perfect diet plan. It was one of the most frustrating experiences of my life, because wedged in between the scores of diets there were dozens of full-color food advertisements tempting my taste buds.    ' I In desperation I ate four pages of ; the more delicious looking recipes. » I read about every diet plan book • available. First I tried the Dr. I Stillman Plan, which consists of; eating fish, lean meat, and drinking a • minimum of eight glasses of water ' each day. I’m sure I would’ve lost I weight on that diet had I stayed with ; it. But I spent so much time in the ; bathroom that Nancy was beginning • to forget what I looked like. And, because I’ve always enjoyed ; eggs, I tried the Ten Day Egg Plan. I * could eat all the soft-boiled and * hard-boiled eggs I wanted. There ; was a terrible side effect...breath that could fell a gorilla. The Drinking Man’s Diet was great. I didn’t lose any weight, but[ my brain was so numb I didn’t care. • I finally did lose that “eight-year- i old kid.” But you won’t read how ‘ here. You’ll have to wait until the ; book comes out. I Jim Hornbeck is advertising director for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Editorials from around the state The Galveston Daily News on America 2000: President Bush’s America 2000 plan contains lofty goals, but unfortunately they arc only political rhetoric — fluff with little substance. ...The vision is there, but any feasible plan also needs the practical outline of steps to achieve the goals. Without a detailed plan of action the goals are worthless. ...Key elements of (the) national plan include standardized testing, allowing parents to choose schools for their children and giving teachers more authority. The base of the plan is to put more responsibility at the local level. At the same lime, the federal government doesn’t help by increasing direct funding for local school programs. The plan also doesn’t address the most serious problems related to why our children aren’t learning — poverty, drug abuse, child abuse, teen pregnancy and lack of parental supervision. Johnny can’t learn to read if his mom used crack when she was pregnant. Sally can’t concentrate on learning state capitals if her dad is sexually assaulting her at night. America 2000’s goals ignore these most serious problems that are the core of America’s education crisis. Political rhetoric doesn’t make a better school system. Amarillo Sunday News-Globe on aid to the Soviet Union: I One of the greatest political dramas in history is being staged right now in! the Soviet Union. And while the rest of the world cannot play a leading role! next to Boris Yeltsin and Mikhail Gorbachev, a “bit part’’ is still open. It’s a role that George Bush and other world leaders had belter accept quickly —»• before a tragic turn of events is edited into the script. With the old Soviet! empire already having collapsed several months ago, the Soviet Union itself took a major step closer to extinction this week when the Russian republic renounced the 1922 treaty that formed the union...There is a very legitimate fear that hunger riots this winier could lead to insurrections. That could conceivably allow a madman to seize power in a republic with nuclear weapons...The world cannot risk anarchy in an area with 27,000 nuclear warheads...Free trade agreements should be negotiated to open new markets...While all this might cost the United States a little bit now, it could save a lot in defense costs later. The United States has a chance to replace one old adversary with 12 new friends. Let us hope this country does not allow the scars of yesterday to ruin the hope of a better tomorrow. Air Force dismisses probe of contractor Your representatives Whistleblowers at McDonnell Douglas Corp. say the wings on the new C-17 supercargo dane may fail in flight, but an FBI investigation into 'heir claims is apparently being hamstrung by the Air Force itself. Sources close to the investigation say that the Air Force refuses to admit there may be something wrong with the C-17 Airlifted being built by McDonnell Douglas, the service’s largest contractor. Without admission from the Air Force that there could be a problem, the probe will likely die. The FBI and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service opened investigations into the plane after McDonnell Douglas employees came to them with allegations that the wings were faulty. The FBI wired one of the whistleblowers and sent him to a meeting with a corporate official. (The recording equipment was later slashed behind a toilet for an FBI agent to retrieve.) The clandestine recording helped to confirm allegations that top McDonnell Douglas management was aware of the wing controversy. Last month, Congress heard the allegations of the whistleblowers who testified before the House Government    Operations subcommittee. They claimed the company was covering up the wing problems to prevent losing the $35 billion contract to build the planes. “The C-17 Airlifter is unsafe,” David Barton Jr., a former plant manager testified. “There is absolutely no way of repairing those wings.” Barton quoted a plant vice president as saying, “All of the wings are junk Jack Anderson I £I I and should be thrown away.” Barton and another McDonnell Douglas employee claim they were fired for raising questions about the wings. Ai the same hearing, Air Force Maj. Gen. John Slinkard testified that the Air Force was aware that riveting equipment used by McDonnell Douglas was outdated, and that the riveting process did not meet the company’s own specifications. When asked if the plane’s wings were safe. Slinkard said he didn’t know. Despite the evidence gathered by the investigators and the alarming testimony before Congress, the FBI and the Pentagon sleuths are now privately admitting that there isn’t much more they can do if the Air Force does not want to pursue the case. As one source explained to our associate Jim Lynch, there isn’t much of a case if the victim doesn’t feel victimized. McDonnell Douglas maintains that the wings are safe. A company spokesman has said the whistleblowers' allegations are “lies” from people who have no engineering expertise. And the company says the wings are supported by internal girders, not rivets. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., does not intend to let the issue die. He says the C-17 case “calls into question the integrity of the entire defense procurement system.” In an upcoming hearing, he plans to grill McDonnell Douglas and the Air Force. He also intends to investigate the alleged cover-up by McDonnell Douglas as well as indicators that the Air Force blocked the Justice Department probe and prevented legal action. The wings in question went into the first eight C-17s built by McDonnell Douglas. The Air Force wants to buy a total of 120. Losing the contract would be a staggering blow to McDonnell Douglas which, along with its competitors, is already fearful about the Pentagon’s shrinking budget.Rock Bottom The economic blockade against Haiti to protest the overthrow of its democratically elected president is strangling the people. There is hardly enough food left in the capital of Port Au Prince to beg or steal. And there is not enough fuel to operate power plants. Desperate Haitians are fleeing the city slums to forage in the countryside for food. They are even stripping the leaves and bark from the trees, and eating insects, rodents and snakes. Their intolerable misery is compounded by marauding troops who pillage and kill at random. Even in a land dulled by catastrophe, this is a horror beyond endurance.Mlnl-edltorial Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi used an interview with an Egyptian newspaper last week to put on a sane face for the world. He took credit for intervening on behalf of Western hostages, said he was no longer going to be friendly with the Irish Republican Army because he has figured out that they are terrorists, and he promised that he will clean up his own intelligence service. All of this comes on the heels of accusations from the United States that Libya was the mastermind behind the bombing of Pan Am flight 103. Gadhafi ii nervous about his international image, but not nervous enough to go through with the reforms he promises. This is the same man whom Ronald Reagan called the “Mag Dog of the Middle East.” He may have wiped some of the foam from his mouth, but he is still unstable and not to be believed. Jack Anderson is a syndicated columnist with United Feature Syndicate. ;