New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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“The freedom of any society varies proportionately with the volume of its laughter.”
— Zero Mostel actor, c. 1980Ben Franklin was no anti-Semite
Stop rabies in its tracks
Efforts to vaccinate wildlife in South Texas no excuse not to vaccinate household pets
In South Texas, the rabies problem stems from the large coyote population.
In Central and West Texas, foxes, bats and skunks are some of the culprits.
These animals can all be carriers of the rabies virus, which if transferred and left untreated can kill humans. And that death is anything but pleasant.
Because of an outbreak of rabies in South Texas and in other counties in the state, intensive efforts are now under way to vaccinate a large portioft of the wildlife population.
The ambitious project is now being carried out with the help of several Twin Otter airplanes, leased from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
What officials will be doing is dropping more than one million pieces of bait laced with rabies vaccine.
While encounters with rabid animals from the wild are possible , and do occur, the real danger faced from a rabies outbreak is the effect it has on dog and other household pet populations.
In communities where there are large numbers of unchained and roaming dogs and cats, rabies can occur.
In South Texas, coyotes often approach cities in the evening looking for food.
What they find instead are territorial dogs, and fights ensue. Rabies is then transferred to the dog population, which in turn may pass it along to people.
While efforts to vaccinate wildlife populations are commendable, pet owners should take the first step in the fight against rabies.
Have your pets vaccinated immediately, and don’t let them roam free.
Rabies is not the problem in Comal County that it is in South Texas, but that can change if we let it.
(Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug
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(Editor’s note: Several H-Z readers were angry that the newspaper ran a feature story in November about a Holocaust camp survivor who spoke to New Braunfels students.
The Holocaust, one caller argued, never even happened, while others questioned the veracity of the man who made the speech. One particular caller even made the statement that Jews “were vampires, feeding off the blood of Christians. ” She added that she was only quoting an article written, supposedly, by Benjamin Franklin.
These comments were mentioned in an editorial the H-Z published Nov. 15. One person who read that editorial, Dr. Char Miller, of Trinity University in San Antonio, responded by submitting the following column, one form of which appeared in the Jewish Journal of San Antonio, December 1995.)
Benjamin Franklin despised Korach, the wily Jew who, during the Exodus, attempted to subvert Moses’ authority. In an essay written amidst the furious debates in 1789 over whether the American people should ratify the proposed Constitution, Franklin compared the anti-Federalists, who loudly declaimed against its ratification, to Korach and his unprincipled behavior which nearly sabotaged the divine mission. Popular “opposition to a public measure is no proof of its impropriety,” the great printer noted, “even though the opposition be excited and headed by men of distinction.” Franklin hoped that these contemporary political charlatans would not deceive the mass of voters, as Korach had done to some of his peers, and that their influence, like Moses’ enemy, would evaporate in a flash of the pan.
As this was the only reference to Jews I knew of in Franklin’s commentary on the Constitutional crisis of the late 18th century, I was stunned when several weeks ago Rose Levine, my sister-in-law’s mother, called to ask if I could confirm whether he had revealed himself to be a flaming anti-Semite at the Constitutional Convention. I bleated a feeble "What?!” She then described, and later sent, a speech Franklin allegedly delivered to the Philadelphia
assembly, “The Jewish Race: A Prophecy of Benjamin Franklin,” which gave vent to some of the most vicious anti-Semitism I have ever heard. In it, he reportedly warned against the “grave danger” America faced if it did not close its borders to Jewish immigrants. Uninterested in returning to Palestine— ’They are vampires and vampires cannot live on other vampires...they must live on Christians and other people who do not belong to their race”—the Jews would flock instead to the New World and “destroy us by changing our form of government, for which we Americans shed our blood and sacrificed our lives, our properties and personal freedom.” Once here, they would reduce future generations to a kind of fiscal slavery: “Within two hundred years our children will be working in the fields to feed them, while they remain in the counting-houses gleefully rubbing their hands.” Failure to exclude “the Jews forever,” Franklin apparently warned his fellow conventioneers, would lead “your children and your children’s children [to] curse you in your graves.”
Were any of this obscene rhetoric true, I realized as I hung up the phone, then the Franklin I thought I knew, and loved, was a fraud; with Korach, he should have met a fiery end. My incendiary thoughts were extinguished the next morning, fortunately, when after an intense search through the university library, I finally located a reference to the speech’s fraudulence which, once followed, led me to its genesis in the mid- 1930s. According to the eminent historian Charles Beard, who broke the story in the Jewish Frontier (March 1935), the “Prophecy” was first published in a fascist publication, The Liberator, emanating from Asheville, N.C. It was swiftly picked up, and republished, in European fascist newspapers, which heightened its news worthiness, so that it subsequently reappeared in a host of other American venues. This “Prophecy” had a tainted past.
Its language was stained by the present, too. As
Beard recognized, its linguistic patterns were not Franklin’s—neither its tone, diction, vocabulary nor overt hostility matched any other of the great stylist’s addresses. There were other internal discrepancies: the document came with what purported to be authentic references that in fact revealed its literary duplicity. An introductory comment, for example, indicated that a copy of the speech was located in the journal of Charles Pinckney of South Carolina, and a concluding note cited its presence in the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. After checking both repositories, and finding no similar document (Pinckney indeed did not keep a diary), and then analyzing all of Franklin’s published writings, Beard concluded that the Founding Father had never expressed “such sentiments against the Jews as are ascribed to him by the Nazis— American and German.” What my sister-in-law’s mother had uncovered was, in Beard’s words, a “barefaced forgery.”
Then how had this old lie been resurrected? Therein lies a tale of modem technology: The “Franklin Prophecy” is now readily available, for the version that I have seen was downloaded from an Internet location in Israel. Given the world’s access to this electronic information system, anyone, anywhere, can read this patently false piece of anti-Semitic propaganda. Moreover, with the rise of neo-Nazi movements in Europe and North America, it should attract a new generation of avid readers in search of justification for their hate. It’s particularly ironic that one of this nation’s most benign and funny men should be made to support their jackbooted viciousness.
That prospect disturbed many in the 1930s, but at least they felt they could counteract the impact of this falsehood. Observed the editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, who in 1937 excerpted Beard’s commentary further to expose the fraud, the mere act of exposure ought to be “sufficient to prevent any further misunderstanding of Franklin’s attitude toward the Jews.” In this brave and vast new world of Cyberspace, we can have no such faith.
(Char Miller teaches American history at Trinity University.)
New businesses, several major motels, a new housing subdivision and apartment complexes are all new additions to the New Braunfels landscape.
While many applaud the growth, and tax revenue that accompanies that growth, others believe the quality of life in New Braunfels is changing — for the worse.
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Just one read et responded to last week's survey question, “Should the state pass a law defining where concealed guns can be carried?"
That response follows:
■ No The decision to carry a concealed weapon rests with the individual under our 2nd Amendment and state law. I will respect any desire of a business or public activity to restrict a weapon I will not support a business or public activity if I 1hmk my life and property are in danger.
(The What Do You Think? survey is a weekly feature of the Herald-Zeitung.)Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 1996. There are 359 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Jan. 7, 1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation’s first president.
On this date:
In 1610, the astronomer Galileo Galilei sighted four of Jupiter’s moons.
In 1800, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, was bom in Summerhill, N.Y.
In 1894, one of the earliest motion picture experiments took place at the Thomas Edison studio in West Orange, N.J., as comedian Fred Ort was filmed sneezing.
In 1927, commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London.
In 1942, the World War ll siege of Bataan began.
In 1953, President Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.
In 1955, singer Marian Anderson made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera.”
In 1955, the opening of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa was televised for the first time.
In 1959, the United States recognized Fidel Castro’s new government in Cuba.
In 1972, Lewis F. Powell Jr. and William H. Rehnquist were sworn in as the 99th and 100th members of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1979, Vietnamese forces captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, overthrowing the Khmer Rouge government.
In 1989, Emperor Hirohito of Japan died at age 87; he was succeeded by Crown Prince Akihito.
Ten year* ago: President Reagan ordered all Americans and U.S. companies to stop doing business with Libya, and pledged “further steps” if Moammar Gadhafi did not end his “longstanding involvement in terrorism."
Five years ago: Loyalist troops in Haiti crushed a coup attempt that had threatened the transition of power to the country’s first freely elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney canceled plans to purchase the A-12 stealth attack plane for the Navy. Pete Rose left an Illinois federal prison camp and checked into a halfway house in Cincinnati to complete his sentence for cheating on his taxes.
One year ago: Maj. Gen. Viktor Vorobyov, a senior commander leading Russian troops in their advance on the secessionist capital of Chechnya, was killed by a mortar shell.
Today’s Birthdays: Author William Peter Blatty is 68. Singer-songwritcr Leona Williams is 53. Singer Kenny Loggins is 48. TV personality Katie Couric is 39. Actor Nicolas Cage is 32.
Thought for Today: “Whether women are better than men I cannot say - but I can say they are certainly no worse.” — Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister (1898-1978).