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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 (I Herald-Zeitung ii Thursday, January 4,1996 Opinion ■ Tg talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 (tun Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is [email protected] Q U O T A B “Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is.” — Publilius Syrus Latin writer, 1st century B.C. E D I I T O R I I A L Moderation kills New government dietary and exercise guidelines fail American public miserably Dietary guidelines just released by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services have failed the American public. Suggestions made on diet and the type of exercise needed to maintain health are being promoted as more “realistic and attainable.” But actually, their guidelines will be used by many to continue their same unhealthy dietary ways. This is just the fourth time the government has issued national health and nutritional guidelines, and they certainly aren’t binding. If you want to continue eating in unhealthy ways or remain sedentary, that’s certainly an option. But if two government bureaucracies are going to spend the time and money to research, compile and produce a study like the one released Tuesday, the least they could do is challenge the American people to be as healthy as they can be. Everyone knows (except, obviously, those in Washington) that if you set goals low, expectations and results will also be low. But if you challenge people to improve themselves substantially, they’ll work harder to do so. And if they fall short, they may still have done more good for themselves than if the goals and expectations had been lower. As the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Michael Jacobson, said, “Ideally, federal guidelines should tell people what’s the best possible diet and urge them to move in that direction. These don’t.” The new guidelines stress moderation, balance and variety, according Jacobson. However, people have different ideas about just what moderation, balance and variety are. The guidelines also suggest moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes five times or more a week. While they’ve got the amount of exercise nght, the, government failed by tacking on the word moderate. Moderate again may mean a leisurely walk to many Americans, and there are many more medical studies that show that vigorous exercise provides health benefits, not moderate exercise. Moderation in diet and exercise will mean failure. As Jacobson said, “Balance, variety and moderation are the watchwords of laissez-faire, or do-nothing behavior.** This is clearly a do-nothing, potentially dangerous government report. fit den V editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) ———- -    —:—:. —.........,    ,    1    1    r.iSBT.T.Tjrai..........- Write us ... The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 260 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the 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 cite 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 to: letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung PO. Drawer311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David    Sullens General Manager/Advertising Director..............................Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor..........................................................Doug    Loveday Retail Advertising Director.....................,.....*......................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol    Ann    Avery Production Director.........................................................Gene    Joyner City Editor.............................................  Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald Veining (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St, or P.O. 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Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328Attempt to discredit Jesus fails The Christmas season allowed us to contemplate things some of us may try to avoid the rest of the year, such as family and relationships, and the most fascinating person who ever lived: Jesus, whom some call “the Christ.” No other name is better known. It is more universally recognized than that of the current or former presidents of the United States and more powerful than all of them combined. His name is used for cursing and blessing, for praying and healing. Have you ever heard the name of Buddha or Mohammed or Moses taken in vain or invoked in so many circumstances? And yet Jesus is largely misunderstood and his teachings misapplied. The late Senate chaplain, Richard Halverson, once wrote about the kind of country and world we would have if people who claimed to believe in Jesus actually lived as He instructed: love your enemy, pray for those who persecute you, visit prisoners, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, don’t divorce. The teachings of Jesus produce the objectives most of us seek through other methods. Yet they remain largely untried and are considered irrelevant by those who search for salvation in the temporal world. No matter the failures of human systems and philosophies, so many people look for new ways to avoid old truths. The latest attack on biblical wisdom comes courtesy of Time magazine, which recently did a cover story titled, "Is the Bible Fact or Fiction?” While Time couldn’t bring itself to say the Bible is fiction, its reporters quoted enough “scholars” to lead the biblically illiterate to the conclusion that while the Bible contains some elements of historical truth, you can’t rely on it to order your life. Because archaeologists have found no physical evidence that Moses lived, for example, we are asked to believe that he was invented. Same with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Though most scholars agree that Jesus lived, most disagree that He was who He claimed to be: the Messiah. Has it ever struck these scholars that if God is God, He might operate on a different frequency? For example, Deuteronomy 34:6 says that after Moses died, “(God) buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is.” Elsewhere, we are told that “the just shall live by faith” and to those looking for a sign and more evidence, Jesus said, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Two British geologists say the' have discovered the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. These supposedly wise men conclude that Lot’s wife was Cal Thomas not turned to salt because she disobeyed God. No, she became salt because of the briny nature of the Dead Sea. The geologists say it was saturated soil and highly flammable bitumen, not God’s wrath, that caused the demise of the twin cities of sin. Different frequency. Faith is never solely a matter of evidence, otherwise all would believe in the evidence that has been revealed. Faith is a matter of the will. People choose to accept or reject evidence. (Recall the public— and jury—response to evidence presented in the O.J. Simpson trial.) The Communists worked hard to kill faith in Jesus, but they failed. And so will the scholars. Recently in New York, I saw the “Christmas Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall. The show concluded with a magnificent Nativity scene. Over a scrim ran the words to the poem “One Solitary Life,” which noted the obscurity and powerlessness of Jesus’ birth (nothing has less power than a baby). In summarizing His life, the writer said, “Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure for much of the human race. All the armies that ever marched and all the navies that ever sailed and all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as this ‘One Solitary Life.’” Others may seek more proof. That’s enough for me. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) Shutdown being felt in nation’s laboratories By PAUL RECER AP Science WriterAnalysis WASHINGTON {AP) — Hundreds of research labs are closed or working at half speed. A supercomputer is idled at a cost of $30,000 a week. And health corkers are uncertain whether the nation’s flu vaccine will be ready for next fall. Waves of disorder and confusion from the partial federal government shutdown are beginning to sweep across America’s scientific community. Some experts say the damage already done may take months to repair. “It is a disaster that grows geometrically,” said Wendy Baldwin, a top executive at the National Institutes of Health. “It will take us six to nine months to dig out and get caught up It is a nightmare .” More than 3,000 Nill research grants are clogged in a pipeline that has been turned off by the budget fight between President Clinton and Congress that has caused hundreds of thousands of federal workers to be furloughed and left many government agencies without 1996 spending authority. The same thing is happening at the National Sci-Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 19%. There are 362 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: One hundred years ago, Utah was admitted as the 45th state. On this date: In 1809, Louis Braille, inventor of a reading system for the blind, was bom in Coupvray, France. In 1821, the first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg, Md. In 1885, Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed what’s believed to have been the first appendectomy on 22-year-old Mary Gartside. In 1948, Bntain granted independence to Burma. In 1951, dunng the Korean conflict, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul. In 1960, French author Albert Camus died in an ence Foundation that, in normal times, sends out about 80 checks daily for research grants, each representing support for about 200 workers: scientists, engineers, technicians and graduate students. Anne Petersen of the NSF said a researcher in San Diego had reserved a Cray supercomputer starting this month, but has not been able to use it because his federal check was delayed. Instead, the scientist is having to pay $30,000 a week in penalty costs, she said. At the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, scientists are running about a week behind in the complex preparations for next fall’s flu vaccine. Before pharmaceutical firms can start making the vaccine for the 1996 flu season, the CDC must ship viral samples to labs all over the world so scientists can decide which of the flu strains to use in the vaccine. The samples were delayed about a week because CDC had no money for delivery service. automobile accident at age 46. In 1964, Pope Paul VI began a visit to the Holy Land as he arrived in Jerusalem. In 1965, poet T.S. Eliot died in London at age 76. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson outlined the goals of his “Great Society” in his State of the Union Address. In 1974, President Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. In 1987, 16 people were killed when an Amtrak train bound from Washington to Boston collided with Conrail engines approaching from a side track in Chase, Md. In 1990, Charles Stuart, who claimed to have been wounded and his wife shot dead by a black robber, leapt to his death oft'a Boston Harbor bridge after he himself became a suspect. Ten year* ago: Sen Gary Hart, D-Colo., announced he was not running for re-election, and strongly hinted at a possible run for president in 1988. "We couldn’t charge the shipping cost,” said Dr. Nancy Cox of the CDC. Alerted to the problem, the Food and Drug Administration, which is not affected by the shutdown, let the sister agency use its Federal Express credit card numbers and the shipments finally went out. Stacks of disease surveillance reports, which can help identify the flu virus that may be used in the vaccine, are still unprocessed at CDC. Cox said she was given added workers this week to help meet critical deadlines. “U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers have to start cultunng at least one flu strain by February I if they are going to have the 70 million doses needed in this country next fall,” said Cox. “We usually so’ /e any problems that arise, but it has been a struggle.” A key meeting on the vaccine is set for Jan. 30 in Washington. Unanswered is how the CDC will pay to fly its scientists to Washington. Audrey Ashby of Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories in Philadelphia said that so far drug manufacturers have been able to keep to their flu vaccine schedule despite the government shutdown. Five years ago: With a week and a half left before a U N. deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, Iraq agreed to hold its first high-level talks with the United States since the start of the Persian Gulf crisis. One year ago: The 104th Congress convened, the first entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era; Newt Gingrich was elected speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Today’* Birthdays: Actress Jane Wyman is 82. Former CIA director William E. Colby is 76. Football Coach Don Shula is 66. Former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson is 61. Actress Dyan Cannon is 59. Opera singer Grace Bumbry is 59. Maureen Reagan is 55. Tennis player Guy Forget is 31. Thought for Today: “Our civilization is still in a middle stage, no longer wholly guided by instinct, not yet wholly guided by reason.” — Theodore Dreiser, American author (1871 -1945). ;