New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, February 23, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A
Lincoln, FDR ranked as best presidents
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Clinton rates near the top for managing the economy and pursuing equal justice, but dead last when measured for “moral authority,” according to a ranking of presidents by 58 historians.
Overall among presidents, Clinton comes across in the middle, 21 st out of 41 men who have occupied the Oval Office.
Two other presidents marked by scandal — Richard Nixon and Warren Harding — came in just above Clinton in the historians’ view of moral leadership.
The academics rated Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and Harry Truman as the best leaders overall in a survey conducted by the cable public affairs television network C-SPAN.
Historians from across the political spectrum rated the 41 men who have served in the White House on IO qualities. The academics were asked to rank presidents using a scale of one to IO, with IO being “very effective.”
Clinton rates 20th in crisis leadership; 21st in international relations; 21st in administrative skills; 22nd in vision; and 21st in performance.
His high scores are in ‘pursuing equal justice’ (5th), economic management (5th) and public persuasion (lith); his low scores were in congressional relations (36th) and moral authority (41st).
“President Clinton came into office with a three-part strategy for the economy: fiscal discipline, investing in people and opening markets abroad to benefit American workers,” White House spokesman Joel Johnson said Monday.
Asked specifically about the president’s moral ranking, Johnson said time will tell.
Rated worst overall as leaders were William Henry Harrison (37), Warren G. Harding (38), Franklin Pierce (39), Andrew
Ranking a leader
A recent survey asked historians to rate each president on 10 qualities of leadership. Overall, President Clinton ranked 21st out of 41. Clinton was dead last, however, in the “moral authority” category. Here’s a look at some of the rankings.
1. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
2. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
3. George Washington (1789-1797)
4. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
5. Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)
37. William Henry Harrison (1841)
38. Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)
39. Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
40. Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)
41. James Buchanan (1857-1861)
1. George Washington (1789-1797)
2. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
3. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
4. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
5. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
37. Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)
38. James Buchanan (1857-1861)
39. Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)
40. Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)
41. Bill Clinton (1993-present)
Johnson (40) and James Buchanan (41).
Ronald Reagan was ranked 11 th overall, the highest of presidents of the past 20 years. George Bush came in at No. 20, Jimmy Carter at 22 and Gerald Ford 23.
Cecil Shelton, Staff Sgt, USAF, Ret., of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at Kirkwood Manor in New Braunfels at the age of 86 years.
Mr. Shelton was bom to Charlie Shelton and Lizzie Durbin in Union County, Kentucky, on May I, 1913. He married Mary Bridges Shelton, and retired from the United States Air Force as a Squad Leader. Mr. Shelton was a member of the American Legion Post 35 of New Braunfels and he served in the US. Air Force during W.W.II.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Shelton, of New Braunfels; sons, Robert L. Rupp and wife, Kristi, of San Antonio and Donald D. Rupp and wife, Doris, of San Antonio; niece, Mary Dees, of New Braunfels; 3 grandsons and 4 great-grandchildren; sister Mary Ann Caudill of Sturgis, Kentucky; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. until service time Thursday.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24,2000, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, with a representative from the American Legion Post 35 of New Braunfels officiating. Burial
will be in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park in Guadalupe County, Texas.
Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
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More time and money needed to investigate bonfire collapse
By Megan K. Stack
Associated Press Writer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University must provide more time and money to continue investigating the bonfire stack collapse that killed a dozen young people last year, consultants say.
A month-long search for a cause in the log stacks fatal undoing already has consumed $1 million, but that’s not enough, consultants told the bonfire commission Tuesday.
It was unknown Tuesday how much more money or how many weeks the inquiry will
“We’ll do what we have to do to get it right,” A&M spokeswoman Cynthia Lawson said.
The massive wooden stack slid to the ground on Nov. 18 as students worked to erect it. Twelve Aggies were crushed to death; 27 more were injured.
Just days later, the university formed an independent commission to examine the log collapse, and set aside $1 million for the investigation. The probe into the revered tradition, which takes place each year before the A&M-Texas football game, was expected to wind
down by late March.
But unforeseen insurance premiums drove the costs steeper than expected, and a painstaking series of witness interviews slowed the inquiry's pace, consultants said.
“In retrospect, its just not going to be enough” said consultant Jon Zagrodzky of McKinsey and Co. Inc.
The university has yet to pay for insurance to protect the investigators in case a lawsuit is filed, Zagrodzky explained. So far, none of the students or families has publicly expressed interest in suing the school.
Space Shuttle returns to Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six returned to Earth on Tuesday with more than a week’s worth of radar images that will be transformed into the finest maps of the planet.
Commander Kevin Kregel guided the shuttle down through a clear sky moments after sunset. Gusty winds at the runway had forced him to make an extra swing around Earth, delaying the homecoming by I 1/2 hours.
During their 11 -day voyage. Endeavour’s astronauts worked in round-the-clock shifts to keep two large radar antennas running — one in the shuttle cargo bay and one on the end of a 197-foot mast. The method is expected to produce precise 3-D maps of Earth’s peaks and valleys.
Letterman returns from heart surgery
NEW YORK (AP) — An esti-mated 12 million people watched David Letterman s return to television Monday night after heart surgery, giving the “Late Show” its best ratings in six years, CBS said Tuesday.
Based on an instant Nielsen Media Research measurement of the top 47 markets, CBS’ “Late Show” had nearly twice the ratings of its competitor, NBC’s “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.
Deet’s daughter pleads for stay
AUSTIN (AP) —Weeping, the daughter of death row inmate Betty Lou Beets pleaded Tuesday for Gov. George W. Bush and the state parole board to halt her
mother’s Thursday execution. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles said no.
Her supporters say Beets, who was convicted of shooting her fifth husband, deserves a reprieve because she was acting in self defense after years of domestic
abuse. “All my momma’s life, she’s been abused,” Faye Lane said. “Eve seen it with my own eyes. And I know that if the jury heard the truth about my momma, she only could have done something like this if she’d been very scared or threatened.”
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