New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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QUOTABLE“Mo man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent"
Abraham Lincoln 16th U S president, 1854
E D I T O R I A LNo special treatmentNot even a sitting president should be above the law
The Supreme C ourt is currently considering whether to allow Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit against President C linton to proceed, or to delay the litigation until Clinton leaves office.
In the administration’s view, Clinton is entitled to immunity from the civil action at this time because he is currently serving as commander and chief. Because of this, the administration claims that to subject him to civil litigation would interfere with his elected duty to run the country.
While its true that a president should be immune from civil action for decisions and such that are made during his time in office, this is not the case with Paula Jones vs. Bill Clinton.
The alleged incident occurred in 1991 while Clinton was still governor of Arkansas and is in no way related to or remotely tied to his time in the White House.
A federal judge has already said that every consideration will be taken during the trial to accommodate the president and allow him to perform his elected duties.
anti even s nor (ce ling off the coast of Au aid of the court, he could work another trial into his schedule. (He’s already testified on videotape for the Whitewater hearings).
The administration needn’t worry about public opinion. After all, CTinton was easily re-elected with the specter of this looming litigation hanging over him.
Critics say that to allow the suit to be tried will set a precedent allowing any future president to be dragged to court at the whim of any overly litigious citizen. However the only precedent that will be set is that one must be responsible for his or her own actions.
No one is above the l«iw. Not even the leader of the free world.
(Today’s editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Micah Boyd).
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pl«r MAM 11 a Send address changes to the New Hr,HUI/eh Heraldlet lung. P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx 78131-1328,Britain braces for down and dirty election
BFXFAST — The coming British election, which must be held no later than May, is shaping up as a nasty brawl The new l.abor party leader. Tony Blair, hopes to topple 17 years of Conservative party power by knocking out Prime Minister John Major.
The press is predicting the contest will be the dirt • iest in recent memory. Labor is so determined to win that party leaders reportedly are considering the unprecedented step of cutting trade unionists and other activists out of policy-making positions by dismantling the constituency parties that have served as Labor’s power base. The intent is to make them appear even less radical than the revamped image they sought with the installation of the mild-mannered Blair, who shoved aside the Socialist-oncnted Net! Kinnock Divorcing trade unionists from their special interests in the Labor party is akin to Democrats in America renouncing labor union campaign money, along with labor’s voter-tumout skills and instructing them they will have no more influence in selecting government officials than any other citizen.
Comparisons with American parties, candidates and officials can be tricky. Blair has pictured himself as Bill Clinton in 1992, challenging not only an incumbent, but a party that has been in power longer than Republicans under Ronald Reagan and f ieorge Bush. The difference is that, unlike Amenta’s apparently troubled economy in 1992, the economy in Britain is on the upswing. A yenr-end Gallup Poll for The Daily Telegraph shows Major's popularity improving. In 1992, Bush’s numbers were heading south.
Since 1957, when the British Gallup Poll had found optimism outweighing pessimism at Christmastime, the government in power has usually, but not always, won the next election. Thirty-seven percent believe 1997 will be better than 1996, while only 21 percent believe things will get worse More good news for the Tories lies in the gap between optimists and pessimists — a filii 16 percentage points — almost as large as the gap five years ago when Major won the last election and even larger than in 1983 when Margaret Thatcher was reelected.
The Catholic Church has decided to enter the campaign, threatening the truce over the abortion issue between labor and Conservatives. Cardinal Basil Hume stated in an interview that Catholics would find it impossible to vote for a candidate who actively supports abortion But Hume stopped short of saying that abortion should be a litmus test for Bntain's 4.4 million Catholics. “They have to take it into account as a principle when they are deciding on who to vote for,” he said Reaction in a nation where only a little more than 2 percent attend church of any kind is split along predictable pro-life, pro-choice lines. Neither Blair nor Major is expected to say much on the subject.
The campaign, which will not officially begin
until the prime minister announces the election date, seemed to be warming up when both candidates issued New Year's statements. Major delivered a kind of “Contract With Britain” when he issued five resolutions that included a tax cut, keeping inflation in check, price reductions, a drop in mortgage rates and more jobs. A nationwide survey seemed to support Major’s job promises. It said 21 percent of bosses expect to hire more workers this year, with only 15 percent predicting reductions. Major said the country’s rosy prospects could not be trusted in the hands of “inexperienced” Labor.
Borrowing from Bill Hinton*! “instant response” team, Blair called Major a ’’hypocrite” for claiming to be “Mr. Nice Guy” and not responsible for charges made against several labor members by Conservative Party leaders, (me of which contained an advertisement portraying Blair with “demon eyes." Blair promised to link Major with anything “dirty” coming from the Conservative Party.
Paddy Ashdown, the Liberal Democrat leader, may be the first to invoke 21st-century imagery in the campaign.
He said Britain is in danger of “sleepwalking” into the next century and that the forthcoming election will be the least intelligent ever as negative Conservatives and timid Labor competed for office by saying “as little of substance aa possible.’’
lf little of substance comes from the British campaign, it will, indeed, resemble the last American election.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist).
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Today in History
This is an open letter to Canyon Lake residents You will sixxi be receiving a notice of annual membership meeting of Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp — water provider to most people in this aret There are two excellent candidates running as a team for the Board of Directors this is the first time we have had the privilege of having candidates’ names on the ballot, other dam those chosen by the Board and the founders of this organization These two candidates. Bruce Hurley and Bill Holmes, have superior qualifications, including utility experience, and arc persons of integrity.
The meeting will be 11 a.rn. Feb. 22 ft the Canyon Lake C ountry Club St Golf ( (Min*, you she Mild attend if poiaubk, but if you cannot be there you are urged to
assign you proxy to one (only one) of these men ai older lo have representation of the ratepayers on this governing board — this it sorely needed.
Ray and Frances Shannon Spring Branch
Project KISS (Kids in Safe Surroundings) is organizing the fourth annual KISS Valentine Ball for Feb. I at the Faust Hotel in New Braunfels KISS is the fund-raising arm of the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center and all proceeds go toward the goal of building a community recreation center.
As our community continues growing. the need for a multipurpose recreation facility where youth and adults can participate in activities becomes more pronounced During the last four years, through the efforts of KISS vol
unteers, the community has raised } approximately $70,000 toward its goal. 1 Your help is needed as we look for prizes, promotional items and ticket sales.
Publicity efforts and community involvement are significant. Ads and articles recognizing supporters are regularly run in the Canyon Lake Times Guardian, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and Cabk Channel 3. Radio and television spots and interviews on KMOL, Channel 4 and WOA1 have also recognized the efforts of KISS the past four years Your help in making the fourth annual KISS Valentine Ball a success will be greatly appreciated.
Charles Stephens. Rev. Doug Dalglish, P. C Ingraham. Mark Reynolds. Trish Wyatt. Jerry Dotkery KISS Board of Directors
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Today is Wednesday, Jan 15, the 15th day of 1997 There are 350 days left in the year Today*! Highlight In History:
On Jan 15, 1929, civil nghts leader Martin Luther King Jr. was bom in Atlanta On this data:
In 1559, England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey In 1844, the University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
In 1870, the Democratic party was represented as a donkey for the first time in a ca ii (xxi by Thomas Naut in Harper’s Weekly.
In 1919, pianist and statesman Ignace Jan Paderewski became-the first premier of the newly created republic of Poland In 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U S Department of Defense.
In 1947, 50 years ago, the grisly, still-unsolved
“Black Dahlia” murder case came to light in Los Angeles as the mutilated remains of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short were found dumped in a vacant lot.
In 1987, the fins Super Bowl was played as the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League, 35-10.
In 1973, President Nixon announced the suspension of all U S offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.
In 1978, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison tor her attempt on the life of President Ford in San Francisco.
Ten years ago: Entertainer Ray Bulger, perhaps best-known for playing the Scarecrow in the 1939 musical "The Wizard of Oz,” died in Los Angeles at age 83.
Five year* ago: The Yugoslav federation, founded in 1918, effectively collapsed as the European C ommunity recognized the republics of Croatia and
One year ago: Risking the lives of more than IOO hostages in an effort to wipe out their Chechen rebel captors, the Russian military hurled rockets and shells at the tiny village of Pervomayskaya. Ailing Greek Premier Andreas Papandreou resigned
Today*! Birthday!: Nuclear physicist Edward Teller ii 89. Actor Lloyd Bridge! i! 84 The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal John J. O'Connor, is 77. Actress Margaret O'Brien is 60. Singer Don Van Vliet (aka “Captain Beefheart”) ii 56 Actress-singer Chiro is 46. Rock singer Martha Davis is 46. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 40. Singer Lins Lisa (Lisa Lim and Cult Jam) is 30. Actor Chad Lowe (“Life Goes On*) is 29.
Thought for Today: “One day we must come to see that peace it not merely a dratant goal we seek, bul thol it is* means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means ” — Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968),