New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
QUOTABLE“The world is full of happy people, but no one mr hears of them. You have to fight and make a scandal to get into the papers.”
- Gene Stratton-Porter novelist, naturalist, 1900
I OI I O R I A LKudos!Congratulations, recognition given to those who make the world better
Kudos, a weekly feature Of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, is intended to highlight the good news of our community.
It is an effort to recognize the good things people do for one another. Every week in this space, we will highlight and give praise to those who have been honored or have made significant contributions.
If you know someone deserving recognition, call Mark Lyon, managing editor, at 625-9144. Also you can submit your Kudos in writing to Kudos, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St, New Braunfels, Texas 78130.
This week's Kudos:
■ Canyon Middle School administrators and teachers for sponsoring a job fair Thursday for students. Thanks are also given to the many businesses and individuals who participated
■ AU veterans, especially those who have been hospitalized or those who provide care for hospitalized veterans. This week was declared Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week by the New Braunfels Qty Council.
■ Howard Dietz, owner of Dietz Gun Shop and Range for providing a pistol, rifle and shotgun firing range to the New Braunfels Police Department The city leases the property for only $ I per year.
■ Members of the Sesquicentennial Parade Committee who worked hard last night to stuff envelopes. Preparations are under way for the Sesquicentennial Parade in 1995.
■ Werner Kiesling, Kevin Webb, Rick Kiesling, Lester Price for restoring the wagon to be used in the Sesquicentennial Thai Ride which wiU be held in April 1995.
■ AU those people who participated in the Circle Aits Theatre's production of Nonsense. Local comment has spread the word that the performance was wonderful.
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Friday, Fab. 18,1994My how imaginations get carried away
Herald-Zeitung readers will remember last Sunday's editorial which stated the newspaper's position in favoring a debate of the county judge candidates.
Incumbent County Judge Carter Casteel respectfully declined our invitation to take part in that debate, stating that she would not subject herself, her family and the public to an additional dose of what she deemed an "outburst" by challenger Ted Key.
It is not the position of this newspaper to blame Judge Casteel for not taking part in our debate, nor was it our intent to try and chastise Judge Casteel for her decision.
We were, in fact, stating that we should always be in favor of putting issues on the table in front of the public, especially when that can be done in a controlled atmosphere and sponsored by an unbiased party - in this case the Herald-Zeitung.
I say that after having been shocked and disappointed at responses to our survey of last Sunday "Do you agree with Judge Casteel’s decision not to debate?" where many members of the voting public have said that a debate has already taken place and then criticize the newspaper for trying to put one on in the first place. To me, that says “we don’t want this opportunity" ch- “how dare you try to bring issues before the public!"
One citizen said that voters should rely on reputation alone. Another said that the forums held to
date have not been forums, but in fact, have been debates. Another claimed we were following upon a request by Ted Key to present a trap for Judge Casteel.
My how imaginations get carried away. Sometimes conveniently so, to the point that what a person wants to think is made to fit perfectly with something that is not necessarily the same thing.
I say to those who truly believe what they presented in their responses - this newspaper has not and will not align itself with any candidate, period. We are not Republicans, and we are not Democrats , we are journalists. It is our job every day to be fair and unbiased, yet it also our job to make sure voters are as informed as they can be before making their decision at foe polls.
Reputation? What kind of reputation did Richard M. Nixon have when we elected him? Where did we end up with that choice? Nixon did debate Kennedy years before his presidency, and even that did not shed light on what would come years later. The public needs every bit of information and insight it can stand and more.
Comal County citizens should crave dialogue on issues which directly affect them. A candidate may voice his or her official stance on an issue at one point in time, but do you think that is all that can be said about that issue, even by that same candidate?
I've witnessed a candidate, who later won an election, take ideas from which her opponent campaigned on during not one, but two debates, and made them into reality during her tenure in office. She admitted when incorporating those ideas that they came from her opponent during the cam
paign. This was truly an elected official looking out for the best interests of her constituency. She initially pointed out that “just because it wasn't my idea doesn't mean it was a bad idea. In feet, it was a very good idea and should be put into motion."
Ideally, that is how our system should work. We should strive to make the best ideals and philosophies work for everyone, including the Republicans, the Democrats, and the people who could care less about being a part of either party and instead just want to be able to lead a peaceful and productive life without political party affiliation.
People have tiled diligently to label the Herald-Zeitung as pro-Key and pro-Casteel throughout this campaign so fix. This usually happens when they read something in our pages with which they don't agree with that was said or written by someone who feels differently about a given subject Is there such a thing as “thinking wrong" or “thinking politically incorrectly?"
It is our duty to provide a forum for everyone's opinion, not just foe ones that will cause less friction or foe ones we think most will agree with.
Newspapers are not perfect We make mistakes and we accept criticism for those mistakes. But don't criticize this newspaper or any other for trying to better inform the public, even if you think you know everything that can be possibly known about the issues. Odds are, and time sometimes proves, you really don't
(Mark Lyon is Managing Editor for the Herald-Zeitung. Syndicated columnist Dave Barry, who usually appears in this space on Fridays, will return next Friday.)
Clintons take health care campaign to elderly
By RON FOURNIER Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — President and Mrs. Clinton are beginning a two-week push to try to convince senior citizens that the White House strategy is the best medicine for the nation's health care ills.
The president’s speech today to an elderly crowd at Edison, NJ., marks the latest attempt by the White House to focus its health care campaign on a specific audience or issue. In the previous two weeks, Clinton and his aides pounded home the same theme: The nation’s health care system is in crisis.
“We think one of foe really strong para of the president’s health care plan is how we treat seniors — things we do with drugs and longterm care," White House spokesman Jeff Eller said. “We also know we’re better when we concentrate on one thing."
Mrs. Clinton renewed her attacks
on the health insurance industry Tuesday. “We have to change the insurance market and the way it operates," she told the American Legion.
Mn. Clinton also renewed her attack on the Health Insurance Association of America's television ads that criticize the Clinton plan and its mandatory insurance purchasing alliances.
"You know these television advertisements that they've spent about $20 million on saying that we’re going to take away your choice? Well, that's just fiat untrue," Mrs. Clinton said.
The one-day trip comes amid pressure to drop or scale back Clinton’s proposal that the government assume companies’ cost of health care coverage for early retirees.
Eliminating that provision — a favorite of Mn. Clinton and some mqor companies — could save more than half of the increase in the deficit that the Congressional Budget Office predicted would come from Clinton's health care plan.
Under Clinton's plan, doctors would not be able to charge senior citizens more than Medicare's reimbursement me.
It also would expand access lo long-term care and provide partial prescription drug coverage, White House spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers said.
Since opening his health care campaign a year ago — and relaunching it last fell — Clinton has struggled to retain momentum, in part because of the failure to remain focused on the issue.
Aides hope to solidify then sales job by picking a topic and sending foe president, his wife and his Cabinet across the country to promote it.
Later this weak, Clinton was to meet with leaden of elderly groups rad corporals chiefs to dlscusi his health cam plan.
“In order to give it some sort of convent iuue9 we vt tnoa to do some things on foe positive side of the issue," Blier mid.
Without providing specifics, Eller mid the White House has other topics in mind for Anura two-weak
The rite of tee addma was Mid-dtoeex County College lf! tm«n« ta an awe that Pl tor —t/t 11 XXX) senior citizens.
The American Association of Retired Persons is co-sponsoring the event.
Clinton focused on crime Tuesday, surrounding himself in a field of uniforms at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy to prod Congren for a quick and tough crime bill.
‘The American people have waited on this bill long enough," he Mid.
Today in history
By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, Feb. 18th, foe 49th day of 1994. There are 316 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History;
Ob Feb. 18th, 1841, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala.
On this date;
la 1544, Martin Luther, leader of foe Protestant Reformation in Germany, died. la 1544, foe artist Michelangelo died in Rome. la 1885, Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Firm" was published in the United States for the first time.
la 1930, the ninth planet of our solar system, Pluto, was discovered.
la 1953, “Bwana Devil," the movie that heralded foe “Thiec-D" fad of the 1950’s, opened in
la 1940, the VHI Winter Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw Valley, Calif., by Vice President Nixon.
In 1970, the Chicago Seven defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite note at the 1968 Democratic national convention.
la 1972, the California Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty.
la 1977, the space shuttle “Enterprise," sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden “flight,” teaching altitudes of up to 16,000 feet above the Mojave Desert la 1988, Anthony M. Kennedy was sworn in as the 104th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Tea years ago: Italy and the Vatican signed a revised concordat under which Roman Catholicism ceased to be the state religion of Italy. At the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Katarina Win of
East Germany won the gold medal in women's figure skating; Rosalynn Sumners of the United Sums won the stiver.
Five years ago: Author Salman Rutedie, under a death sentence from Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini for his book “Hie Satanic Verses," expressed regret for any distress he'd caused Muslims.
One year ago: President Clinton hosted a cam-paign-style rally at St. Louis' Union Station to enlist citizen support for his economic plan.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Jack Palance is 74. “Cosmopolitan" editor Helen Gurley Brown Is 72. Actor George Kennedy is 69. Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 67. Movie director Milos Forman is 62. Singer Yoko Ono is 61. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 44. Singer Juice Newton is 41 Actor John Travolta is 40. Game show hostess Vanns While is 37. Actress Greta Scacchi is 34. Actor Matt Dillon is 30. Acms Molly Ringwald is 26.