New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN, Managing Editor
Wednesday, February 6, 1991
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When we should know
An open letter to Sen. Phil Gramm: For the past several days it seems all I hear on TV news is some immature kid, who thinks he is a reporter, complaining about military censorship. What they are really complaining about is the restriction upon their making a big name for themselves at someone else's expense, to include the national interest.
These are people who consistently demonstrate that they have knowledge of Article I amending the Constitution while repeatedly trashing the remaining articles at their option.
I believe it was General Taylor who said it was not an issue about the public right to know. It was an issue as to ' when the public should know.
! Sam Donaldson, the prima donna ; of ABC, says the public has the right . to know if something is going wrong.
• Notice he said is going wrong, not did •; go wrong. I presume that while he is
> telling us what is wrong Saddam will ; * turn his TV off. It is not enough to say
that Iraq will know of the failure.
; They may not realize the extent of the failure. Modem armies do not need *I cavalry for scouting. All the need is a
• TV with CNN. Then they will have ‘both vital intelligence and a public
I urge you to advise President Bush ; that the next time he talks to General Powell that he (Powell) instruct Gen-\ \ eral Schwarzkopf to draw a line in the sand. This line should be tm the north I and east side of the general's pup tent — about IO yards out. Then he should
• tell all of those reporters “any that ’step across this line will spend the
duration in the brig" Maybe we'll get lucky and Sam Donaldson will be the first, lf we are truly smiled upon, Dan Rather will be next.
I must tell you. Senator, I opposed this war and hoped to the last it could be avoided with honor, but now that we are in it I want us to win with the least possible number of U.S. casualties. Yet I don’t care what it takes in treasure, world opinion or political penalties —we must win. I don't care if the air strikes go on for six months. They flying services have nearly the losses they’ve experienced in routine training missions.
Further, I don’t care what kind of ', weapons we use. Think aobut it. Sup-% pose we lose 20 to 40 thousand troops
> and one (or more) of them were your ^children. Wouldn’t you wonder why \ we spent all that money on nuclear
I * Thomas Sowell said “No amount of !• military hardware will be a deterrent
— if others think you don’t have the stomach to use it.” Who cares if the Arabs hate us? They have hated us since early nineteenth century and always will. They can hate us or love us, it is of no matter. What is important, they respect us.
In closing, I say to you: You politicians and bumbling State Department bureaucrats got us into this war. Now, by God, you had better win it.
New post organized
I would like to inform the residents of New Braunfels and Comal County that New Braunfels now has a new Veterans of Foreign Wars post: the George A. Garcia VFW Post 11050. All members of this post including myself are dedicated to preserving the rights and benefits of all veterans past, present and future, as well as their dependents. We are equally dedicated to assisting our community in the many ways that the VFW has, since its inception — especially the young folks who, in the future, will be leaders of this, our great nation. I strongly urge all eligible veterans to join us in our endeavors. I and all veterans will be grateful for you support.
Jerry Vineyard Commander, VFW Post I WSO
Can't hold a candle
I've been wanting to tell you for some time how much I enjoy the Herald. I don’t always get to read it on the day it comes, that is all the way the through. Today (Jan. 30) I just finished the Jan. 23rd issue ... arid I can't stop laughing ... someone with a fantastic sense of humor put the cartoon, Royko and Helga all in a row ... I’m still laughing! And then, there's Ida Sing and her delightful sense of humor ... what a doll! She must be a delightful lady.
And then, again, there’s the wellbalanced Dr. Walker, who is intelligent, positive, optimistic, self-esteemed ... an oh, don’t we wish we had a whole bunch like him in our government.
I also enjoy the Forum. It makes one realize that there are quite a few intelligent, caring and dedicated people in this town. I’ve lived in a number of large cities, whose newspapers couldn’t hold a candle to the Herald. Thanks a bunch for being there.
PJL: I would appreciate it even more if the carrier would throw the paper farther up in the yard more often, instead of the sidewalk or the street.
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LeVs lighten up on war coverage
By MIKE ROYKO
Newt Gingrich, a congressional leader, has put his finger on a potentially serious morale problem that could hamper the war with Iraq.
The latest polls show that most Americans are in a two-fisted, hard-nosed mode. Maybe not as euphoric as they were a week or two ago. But the polls say the vast majority of us are itching for our troops to storm in there and, in the inspiring words of our commander in chief, “kick some ass.”
But Gingrich says that when we stan kicking, there can be no dillydal-lying, shilly-shallying or pussyfooting.
That’s because he’s worried about “the American people’s capacity to accept violence on television at the levels we’d see in ground combat."
He has a point. Once the land war begins, with limbs flying and young people dying, it won’t be the kind of thing you’d want to watch while chewing your dinner.
So Gingrich is concerned that as more human-remains pouches (that’s what the military now calls body bags) arc filled, the public’s zest for the war will slump. There will be fewer giddy people on TV, waving little flags and shouting: “We’re behind the boys over there, so let’s get it over with fast, wheee!"
The problems is that there’s no guarantee that we can get it over with fast. I’m sure this isn’t news to war enthusiasts who are polled, but Saddam Hussein has a very big army. Slightly bigger than ours, in fact. And he has thousands of modem tanks, rocket launchers, cannons, rockets,
land mines and other deadly noisemakers.
That’s why most military experts — those who aren’t being censored — dare talking about a ground war lasting months. And a lot of mayhemn can occur in a few months.
But that’s no reason for us to shirk our duty as cops of the free world to restore Kuwait and its oil to the young Kuwaitis who now look yearningly to us as they dance till dawn in the discos of Egypt.
There arc solutions to the potential morale problem that Gingrich and the others have raised.
Gingrich worries about how Americans will react to prolonged blood and guts violence on TV. By why should they see it on TV?
The military already has demo-strated that it’s very skillful at filter
ing news. And everybody knows that most people think reporters should clam up and not stick their noses into how the war is being fought.
So the answer is that when the ground war begins, the news media — especially television — should not be permitted to show anything that could be distateful, depressing, disheartening or dyspeptic.
I’m not calling for complete censorship. After all, I have loyalty to my own craft. But in a war — or a Desert Storm, as it is more accurately known — there are other newsworthy events besides death and destruction.
Besides bringing us the daily military briefings, which are wonderfully enlightening, the TV crews could show us how things are going in the
Bm ROYKO, Page SA
District’s residents pivotal to war effort
By LAMAR SMITH U.S. Congressman
As the first aircraft to participate in the Gulf War shot into the early morning darkness, a San Antonio native was at the controls.
From the very beginning it was clear that San Antonio and the 21 st Congressional District would go down in history as a vital link in the Allied military efforts in the Middle East.
Thousands of additional troops — primarily medical personnel — have been deployed from San Antonio and West Texas to the Persian Gulf arena, Europe or to various stateside support locations.
While many men and women will serve in com bat positions, most of San Antonio’s troops will aid those injured in the fighting.
Among the troops from San Antonio and the rest of the 21 st District already serving in the war effort are:
• AIR FORCE — Active Duty: Personnel from Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center have been sent to hospitals iii Europe where casualties will be flown from the Persian Gulf. Reserves: The 32nd Aeromedical Evacuation Group, 68th Military Airlift Squadron and 433rd Military Airlift Wing will fly between the Persian Gulf and Europe.
Helga's Ice Haus
• ARMY — Active Duty: The 307th Air Ambulance Company, 41st Combat Support Hospital and 40th Ordnance Detachment have beal sent to Saudi Arabia. Reserves: Detachment I of the 94th General Hospital is serving in Germany; the 238th Maintenance Company is at Fort Hood, scheduled for Saudi Arabia; the 114th Evacuation Hospital, 368th Medical Company, 420th Medical Detachment, 785th Medical Company, 340th Supply and Service Company, 541st Trassportation Detachment, 217th Transportation Company, 341st Transportation Detachment, arui 90th Military History Detachment have been deployed to Saudi Arabia.
• ARMY NATIONAL GUARD - - Reserves: Hie 217th Evacuation Hospital are in Saudi Arabia while the 1806th Medical Detachment are scheduled for duly in food processing plants in the Rio Grande Valley.
• NAVY — Reserves: A detachment of the Forward Freight Terminal Unit 210 is in Saudi Arabia; San Antonio’s Detachment 5 IO of the Naval Hospital Corpus Christi and Naval Medical Unit P1040A have been sent to hospital ships in the Middle East; Naval Weapons Station Concord 1210 is working in Concord, Calif.; and the 4th Marine Reconnaissance Division will work medical support stateside.
Many of those left to work here at home are preparing the three major military hospitals in San Antonio for possible casualties from the Persian Gulf. Though they are capable of taking on casualties flown directly from the front lines, it is more likely they will care for patients who already have received aid in the field.
Wilford Hall at Lackland Air Force Base is the Air Force’s major tertiary care facility. It could provide up to 1,000 beds to the war effort.
Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston is best known for its bum unit. Another 645 beds are available there.
Audie Murphy VA Hospital also could be called upon to make more than 200 of its 450 beds available.
Also in the 21st District is Goodfellow Air Force Base, where intelligence analysts are being trained.
With the 21 st District playing such a key role in the military effort, it is important to appreciate the service our military installations are providing and to voice our support for the dedicated men and women in the Middle East.
Lama Smith in U.S. Representative for Con gr ear tonal Diana 21, which includes New Braunfels.
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