New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
— Rudyard Kipling English author/poet, 1923
Percentage of American teenagers who disapprove of marijuana use declining
A report from the New York Times (News) Service has concluded that not only is marijuana use on the rise among the nation’s young people, it is also becoming a more socially acceptable activity among that group of Americans.
The report said “a profound reversal in adolescent drug trends is continuing.” And while the glamorization of drugs in the media and entertainment is being blamed in part for the increase in drug use, the report also placed blame on a lack of national and community leadership in the fight against drug use.
The report showed a decline in the use of marijuana and an increase in the number of teenagers who disapprove of drug use throughout the Reagan Administration.
The decline in marijuana use hit its lowest point in 1992 at 22 percent, in the waning months of the Bush Administration. Since then it has been increasing at an alarming rate, and in 1995, the number of teenagers who used marijuana in the past year was 35 percent.
At the same time drug use was at its lowest point, the percentage of teenagers who disapproved of drugs had reached 70 percent.
That figure in 1995 had fallen to 56 percent, reflecting the changing attitudes of today’s young people.
Some segments of society will always glamorize drug use — never showing the public the other, darker side of addiction. Parents and teenagers alike should resist those messages with all of their efforts.
But government leaders should recognize that by deemphasizing the daggers of drug use over the past few years, a resurgence of marijuana use has occurred among our young people.
If we don’t want to lose another generation, we should act now to support existing (and successful) drug awareness programs and urge that other measures be implemented to curb the use of drugs and the approval of drug use.
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Posthaste*: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328.Clinton to be ‘‘ruthlessly defined"
While much of the public and all of the press are focused on who the Republicans will eventually pick to run against Bill Clinton, the Speaker of the House is spending IO days in Tampa with a small group of strategists drawing up plans for a GOP victory in November.
Seated next to me for two hours on a plane ride from Washington to Atlanta last week, Newt Gingrich took out three sheets of paper and outlined a strategy that, he said, will be refined and then implemented beginning in late March or early April.
Bill Clinton “is the most enthusiastically dishonest politician ever to occupy the White House, (and) no Republican who is harnessed to the burden of truth can verbally match him,” noted Gingrich. So the Speaker believes Clinton must be “ruthlessly defined” by a Republican team that will draw on polls showing a new “values majority” and paint the president as the chief opponent of those values.
Since 1968, this values majority has split, with roughly 30 percent going to the liberal candidate and 70 percent to the conservative candidate. In addition, he said, there is an “emerging dissatisfied-customer majority,” which is reflected in a February Reader’s Digest survey that found 68 percent believing they are overtaxed. And, according to a USA Today poll, 71 percent of baby boomers and 70 percent of Generation Xers believe they will receive little or no Social Security. This opens an opportunity for Republicans, said Gingrich, to paint “the Clinton
liberals as a unionized, bureaucratic, Washington government that doesn’t deliver.”
The chart Gingrich drew for me has the “Clinton liberals” appropriately on the left and “the rest of us” on the right. Tile Clinton liberals are centralized in Washington. The rest of us believe in a compassionate society filled with good people. “Our models are Alexis de Tocqueville and Marvin Olasky,” says Gingrich. “We are going to redefine compassion and take it back.”
The Clinton liberals, he continued, desire to maintain programs that mire people in poverty, ignorance, addiction, alcoholism and entitlements. The rest of us want to liberate people from these things to self-reliance, responsibility, productivity, achievement and the pursuit of happiness. The Clinton liberals believe in a secular, multicultual, situation-ethics, “who are we to judge,’ multilingual, “just say maybe to drugs” society. The rest of us believe in a Creator, truth, American civilization, character and just saying no to drugs.
Finally, Gingrich said, the Clinton liberals believe in higher taxes to pay off the union political agenda and federal bureaucracy on the taxpayer’s credit
card. The rest of us want lower taxes, lower interest rates, more take-home pay, more profitable savings, more jobs and a leaner decentralized government. Gingrich said a major GOP theme this fall will be “Clinton’s 3 C’s: cronies corruption and cover-up.” Gingrich said if the Republican presidential nominee tries to battle Clinton one-on-one, “we lose.” But, he believes, if a team of Republicans blankets the country with these themes, noting the distinctions between the president and the Republican team (and, said Gingrich, Republicans must mn as a team), “we win decisively.”
Isn’t he worried that telling me of his plan will allow the Clinton team to mount a defense against it? Not really. “It’s like the old Green Bay Packer sweep,” says the Speaker. “You knew it was coming, it happens real slow, but if your team designs it right, the other team loses anyway.”
Following the Tampa meeting, Gingrich will outline the strategy for state GOP chairmen, along with Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour. Gingrich is looking for a label that works as well in this campaign as “Contract With America” worked in 1994.
Tentatively he’s settled on ‘The Great Choice,” to emphasize what he believes defines “the most important election in 62 years.”
If Gingrich wins with this strategy, I’m framing the charts he drew for me.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
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Life is great for Fed chairman Greenspan
By DAVE SKIDMORE
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Life couldn’t get much better for Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
The economy continues to grow, albeit slowly, under his tight rein, and he is on the verge of renomination to a third four-year term.
President Clinton, despite some off-the-cuff criticism aimed at the Fed last week, is considering no other candidate to head the central bank. The GOP-controlled Congress is eager to confirm the 69-year-old Republican economist.
And, in contrast to some previous years, Greenspan’s semiannual report today to the House Banking monetary policy subcommittee should contain mostly good news. The economy he has tended since 1987 is doing well by Federal Reserve standards, if not by the standards of politicians on the campaign stump.Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 1996. There are 315 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 20,1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth after blasting off aboard the Friendship VII Mercury capsule.
On this date:
In 1790, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II died.
In 1792, President Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office.
In 1809, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.
In 1839, Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
In 1895, Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became one of America’s most prominent abolitionists, died in Washington, D.C.
In 1933, the House of Representatives completed congressional action on an amendment to repealAnalysis
Although a bit frayed, the recovery from the 1990-91 recession should soon enter its sixth year, with unemployment holding below 6 percent for the third year in a row. Inflation — the Fed’s major worry — is expected to hold al or under 3 percent for the sixth consecutive year.
The stock market is booming and the banking system, on the brink of disaster as the decade began, is sound.
‘They (Federal Reserve officials) have every reason to be satisfied with what they have done,” said economist Norman Robertson, an adjunct professor at Carnegie-Mellon University. ‘‘Economic growth is a little subnormal at the moment, but there’s no cause for alarm.”
Tile gross domestic product, after bubbling along at a robust annual rate of 3.5 percent in 1994, slowed to around 1.5 percent last year, and economists pre- #
In 1938, Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secretary in a dispute with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
In 1944, during World War II, U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers in a series of attacks that became known as “Big Week.”
In 1965, the Ranger VIII spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.
In 1971, the National Emergency Warning Center in Colorado erroneously ordered radio and TV stations across the United States to go off the air; some stations heeded the alert, which was not lifted for about 40 minutes.
Ten years ago: President Reagan visited Grenada, scene of the 1983 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Caribbean island’s Marxist government.
Five years ago: In the Persian Gulf War, Baghdad radio said President Saddam Hussein would be sending Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz back to Moscow with a reply to a Soviet peace
dict only a modest improvement to about 2 percent this year.
The Fed has responded to that softness by cutting short-term interest rates three times since midsummer, most recently on Jan. 31. That’s brought the benchmark federal hinds rate — the rate charged among banks on overnight loans — to 5.25 percent, down from 6 percent.
Economists expect Fed policy makers to shave rates at least twice more this spring — another quar-ter-point after their next meeting on March 26 and the same again, perhaps in May. And Greenspan, they said, stands ready to do more if necessary to avoid a recession.
“His basic message will be the economy isn’t sinking and he is very much in (he crow’s nest, watching very, very carefully lo see if there are any icebergs coming along and he will take evasive action if necessary,’’ said economist Robert Dederick of Northern Trust Co. in Chicago.
plan. Quincy Jones’ “Back on the Block” was named album of the year at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards.
One year ago: A U.S. Marine, Sgt. Justin A. Harris, died in a helicopter crash during the evacuation of United Nations forces from Somalia.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Sidney Poitier is 72. Fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt is 72. Movie director Robert Altman is 71. Jazz-soul singer Nancy Wilson is 59. Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 55. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Phil Esposito is 54. Actress Sandy Duncan is 50. Rock guitarist J. Geils is 50. Actor Peter Strauss is 49. Actress Jennifer O’Neill is 47. Actor Edward Albert is 45. Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is 42. Basketball player Charles Barkley is 33. Model Cindy Crawford is 30.
Thought for Today: “Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” — Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (1844-1923).