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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 28, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Pag* 4Opinion HgrafrZgltuna Tuesday, Dec. 28,1993 O DOTA B I ti“Whatever is against free speech, against free press, is against me.” • Milan Panic Yugoslavian premier, 1992 EDITORIALWith flying colors Comal County charities' Christmas needs were met, thanks to caring contributions from citizens Many local needy families over the Christmas holiday encountered blessing after blessing which helped make this Christmas a very memorable one. Several local organizations which organized efforts to assist needy families reported that contributions were up this year and that more needy families were served than in previous years. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung s Cheer Fund, which had set an original goal of helping 200 local families, was able to increase that total to some 250 families after seeing contributions beat last year's total by some $200. "We're really excited that we were able to help 50 more families than we had originally planned," said Herald-Zeitung Circulation Director and Cheer Project Coordinator Carol Ann Avery. "We deeply appreciate the generous contributions made by members of the community, as well as the many volunteers who came in and helped us package and distribute the numerous bags of goodies." The Cheer Fund's ending balance waws $7,506.06 which will leave $2,506.06 left in the account to begin the drive in 1994, Avery said. The citizens of Comal County should be proud of the effort and results from their generosity shown over the Christmas holidays. Christmas was more of a Christmas for everyone because of this generosity. (Today's editorial was written by Mark Lyon, Managing Editor for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.) Write us Hm New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. Hie editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation end known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 260 words. We publish only original mail addressed to Hie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please dte 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 toe Letters to the Editor c/o The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fas (210) 826-1224 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher..........................................David SuUens General Manager.................................................Cheiyl Duvall Managing Editor......................................................Mark    Lyon Advertising Director.................................................Paul    Davis Classified Manager.........................................Karen Reininger Circulation Director.......................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman........................................Douglas    Brandt Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Lai Ria SL, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by die New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. (USPS 377-880) Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, S16; six months, $29; one year, $49. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $25; one year, $45. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $26.55; six months, $47.20, one year, $88 JO. Mail outride Texas: six months, $61.95; one year, $103.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday brough Biday or by 7:30 am on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or (210) 6064846 (lofl-fiee for Seguin, Marion, Gmyon Lake, Bulverde and San Antonio) by 7 pan. weekdays or by ll un on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfeb Herald-Zeitung, PX). Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Welfare should be temporary Ilk *2 'fu Ernest Bedsole Welfare engulfs us like a leotard on a dancer drawing us into a multitude of arguments which arc divisive and unhealthy for us. It threatens the very foundation stones upon which this Nation was built. We must guillotine this monster from a life of its own and turn again to the sources that build us up and make us proud to be American. If a person will not work, who is able to work, and elects to starve to death, it is that persons choice. Welfare is the most degrading human experience in which a person could ever be caught up in. To be a leech, bloodsucking the hard working person for money, brings no pride to the person. There is neither honor or glory in welfare. I have been told that young girls, street wise of course, repeat pregnancies and bare baby s just to get increased child support for the little social misfits they birth. Once bom in that loose moral environment they will perpetuate that mentality for generations. They will be a drain on the nation forever. I consider myself to be a Christian person with both morals and ethics. I don’t want to cause pain and anguish in any person (except incumbent politicians). I do not condone starvation and homelessness. Nor do I gloat over the person who experiences them. This state should provide aid to the less fortunate, but, TEMPORARY aid. Enough to feed and clothe them for a very short time. Not in luxury but only to sustain life. Responsibility, both personal and community, must be rejuvenated in this socialistic welfare society. Mandate the IRS, who have their ever searching, greedy hands in most pockets, to get into the pocket of the “Speed Zippered” young men who father these bastard children, and make them pay for their welfare. Let them know that if they dance to the music they must pay the fiddler. About eighteen years of child support out of their pocket, cost of living adjusted for inflation, might teach them the wages of sin are expensive. Eliminate food stamps which can, and are, traded for cash, (At reduced cost, of course), to buy things other than food. Issue them a credit cant (Not my idea as someone floated it recently and I would credit them if I knew the source). The credit card would be a month to month issue, up for renewal each successive month. You would have to show store receipts for food to receive a new one each month. There are many jobs looking for workers. Sure they only pay five bucks an hour, but dear friend, five bucks an hour for forty hours is $200.00 a week. Not a lot of money for a family of four .but, surely, common sense tells us that a welfare check should not be more attractive than a paycheck. So that we aren’t looked upon as being cruel, we could always pay cases of dire need with a supplement to their pay check. The most important factor in a pay check is the sense of pride it engenders. “Look World! I’m working and supporting myself!" There is much to be said for the Ameri can ’work- ethic that built this nation. Welfare and social programs arc a cancer that cat away the building stones that made this Nation. We were once proudly able to state, “One Nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.” Of course we can’t use God any more as He went out of fashion with the flower children of the 60’s. Too bad, really. It was a comfort to know that someone, some where, looked out for all of us. Are we, the 20th century inheritors of this nation unworthy of our inheritance? The question screams for an answer. Finally, in spite of the great politicial pressures of the AARP, and at sixty seven years I At that category, the social security payments to persons over fifty five are going to have to be means tested. An article in the San Antonio Express News last week pointed up this as an absolute fact Some man wrote in for advice. He stated: I am fifty five and have over $400,000 invested. My wife and I have an income of some $40,000 a year. When I reach 621 will receive $13,000 from social security. Obscene. Social security was never intended to pay that amount. Think for a moment before you let me experience a drive-by shooting, of the burden we place on our sons and daughters. Let us agree that a means test would be completely fair. (Ernest Bedsole is a retired master sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps and is a resident of McQueeney.) President Clinton’s year has been filii of ups and downs By TOM RAUM Attffclafttri Praos Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—For President Clinton, the year has been filled with many ups and downs. But the lowest moment, he says, was when 18 U.S. troops were killed in a battle in Somalia. Clinton and in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press and other news organizations that he doesn’t feel jinxed just because his successes often have been followed by disappointments. “Nothing ever goes right forever in anybody's life; nothing ever goes wrong forever in anybody’s life," he said. Overall, Clinton said “I’m very pleased with the year we had in terms of the economy improving and many of the substantive legislative advances he had." As to the allegations of sexual misconduct while he was governor of Arkansas, Clinton said: “Obviously, it Analysis hasn’t been a pleasant thing, especially coming here at the holiday season.” But Clinton denounced allegations that he used his gubernatorial security detail to help arrange extramarital affairs. “They’re outrageous and they’re not so," he said of the accusations made by two of his former guards. “We have not done anything wrong," he said in his first public comments on charges by two Arkansas stale troopers that they helped Clinton meet women, booked hotel rooms for liaisons and sneaked a woman into the governor’s mansion after he was elected president Questions about the troopers’ allegations dominated three separate, year-end-assessment interviews Gin un conducted with reporters from news agencies, radio networks and lite Ai kansas media He denied that he tried to buy the silence of one trooper by offering him a job before the allegations became public. “The allegations on abuse of the state or the federal positions I have — it’s not true,” Clinton said. “That absolutely did not happen,” he said In his interview with AP Broadcast and other radio networks, the president was asked directly by Peter Maer of Mutual NBC Radio: “So none of this ever happened?” “I have nothing else to say," Clinton said Then he hesitated and, groping for words, added “We ... we did if. the, the, I, I, the stories are just as they have been said They’re outrageous and they’re not so." On another subject, Clinton said the strong showing by ullranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky in the recent Russian elations makes his own trip to Moscow next month even more crucial. He indicated lie would not meet with Zhirinovsky during the Jan. 12-15 summit “I have no plans lo do that," Clinton said of a possible meeting with the right-wing rival to Russian President Boris Yeltsin. In the interview, summing up his first ll months in office, Clinton said he’d had many highs. Among them, he cited the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passage of his budget package and the North American Free Trade Agree merit, and signing of the Middle Eaa peace accord ‘The low for me as president obvi ously was when the young men log their lives in Somalia," he said refer ring to the 18 Americans killed in I fire fight in Mogadishu on Oct. 3. Clinton boasted that he had finisher work on his budget for the next Asea year — nearly a month ahead of th< usual schedule — and that it woulc reduce die deficit u> below $200 billion Today in history By Tha Associated Press Today is Tuesday, December 28th, the 362nd day of 1993. There are three days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 28,1917, the New York “Evening Mail" published a facetious — as well as fictitious — essay by HJL. Mencken on the history of bathtubs rn America. To Mencken’s disbelief, many readers accepted the essay as factual, including its claim that Millard Fillmore was the first president to have a bathtub installed in the While House. On this date: la 1694, Queen Mary ll of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband. King William DI. In 1832, John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United Stales to resign, stepping down over differences with President Jackson. In 1846, Iowa became die 29th state to be admitted to the Union. In 1856, the 28th president of the United States, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, was bom in Staunton, Va. In 1945, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. In 1973, Alexander Solzhenitsyn published‘Gulag Archipelago” an expose of the Soviet prison system that led to his expulsion from the Soviet Union In 1981, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American “test-tube" baby, was bom in Norfolk, Va In 1982, Nevell Johnson Jr., a black man, was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade, setting off three days of race-related dis turbances that left another man dead. In 1987, the bodies of 14 relatives of R. Gen Simmons were found at his home near Dove! Arkansas, after Simmons had gone on a shootinj spree in Russellville that claimed two other live! (Simmons was later executed.) Ten years ago: A Pentagon commission criti cized growing U.S. military involvement in Letxnor and called for an “urgent” review of alternative including more vigorous diplomacy, lo adaeve U.S goals. Five years ago: British authorities investigatiry th explosion that destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 ove Lockerbie, Scotland, concluded that the blast ha been caused by a bomb on board the jtxnbo jet ;