New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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“We all have the right to call each other names. Rudeness is a deeply held constitutional value.”
- Barney Frank U S. Congressman, 1994
EDITORIALSTake no chancesOutbreak of rabies in South Texas is reason for caution
An outbreak of rabies in South Texas has prompted the Texas Board of Health to declare all Texas counties under a rabies quarantine.
One official with the board said the situation is dangerous, adding it was "one which can spread rabies beyond the point of our ability to control it." An outbreak of canine rabies in South Texas coyotes caused Gov. Ann Richards to declare a health emergency, and consequently the quarantine as well.
The quarantine bans transport of many types of wild animals and unvaccinated dogs or cats over three months in age.
Residents should be careful of unknown animals, animals which appear mad or drool or foam at the mouth and report any such sightings to law enforcement and animal control officials.
Also, residents should be wise in getting their own pets vaccinated for the disease.
Animals to watch for include coyotes, skunks, bats, foxes and raccoons.
According to current law, the quarantine cannot be lifted until the region is completely free of rabies for 180 days. As of today, more than 530 cases have been reported in South Texas since 1988. Also some 1,500 humans were exposed and underwent treatment. Two people have died.
Rabies is nothing to take lightly.
Immunize your pet and steer clear of animals, even if you think they are not rabid.
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Visions of the Gulfwar, CNN broadcasts
The sun rises softly over the Buraimi oasis at Al-Ain on the eastern border of the United Arab Emirates. We have now been on the Arabian peninsula for one full day. Even though the hours of sleep are short, everyone’s adrenaline is pumping so rapidly that the energy level is sky-high.
The buffet breakfast at the hotel is delightful. Fresh strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, and pineapple remind me of the advantages of being only a few miles from the Tropic of Cancer. U.A.E. strawberries now grace the tables of many European countries, illustrating the phenomenal development of the country’s agriculture over the past twenty years.
As I select a nice slab of lean bacon, I notice a simple brass plate beside the platter identifying this item as a pork product. Interesting isn’t it, that of the three great Middle Eastern religions, only Christians eat pork? Both Jews and Muslims shun pork and favor lamb.
Our first official stop of the day is a visit to the Al-Oho palm tissue culture lab. The tissue lab is a reminder of how rapidly technology is changing the face of a young nation. At the lab, technicians in white jackets hover over test tubes as they nurture new palm sprouts into young trees.
Initially, young five-year old palm trees are sliced open and tissue is removed and taken to the laboratory. The tissue, under tightlv controlled environmental conditions, begins its life in a media of agar, mineral, and nutrients as well as sugar. It takes from seven months to a year for the tissue to germinate., multiply, elongate, and produce roots. Then the plant is transferred to a pot with a typical soil environment and begins to grow rapidly.
The young tree matures quickly and produces dates within three years. The tree may produce dates for up to IOO years. On the plantations, the trees are planted at 30- to 35-foot intervals and watered every four days by drip irrigation to conserve water. During each four-day application the tree will receive about four gallons of water.
This year the laboratory produced approximately
300,000 new trees. The goal for next year is one million trees. This program is part of an intensive effort to check the expansion of the desert and one of the reasons why the U.A.E. is referred as a “Garden in the Desert.” While other countries lose valuable agricultural land to the relentless expansion of the migrating dunes, the U.A.E. has confronted the desert and is pushing it back into the interior.
Later in the morning we are guests of Dr. Hadef Al-Dhahiri, Vice Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University. Al-Dhahiri holds degrees from Harvard and Cambridge and is one of the bright young Emiratis who is helping shape the educational policy in his nation.
The university is young, having been in existence only 17 years. However, it is maturing rapidly. Today, it has a student enrollment of nearly 12,000 students and a teaching faculty of 800. The biggest difference from American universities is that the campus is divided into a women’s campus and a men’s campus. This is a part of the cultural heritage of the country and although the policy seems unusual to us, we are learning that all societies have their own sets of traditions and that it is essential for us to respect these traditions.
Lunch was hosted by Al-Dhahiri and the main course was a salute to the Arabian Gulf seafood that was almost beyond description: broiled lobster tails, baked grouper, a spicy flavored shrimp casserole, deep fried shrimp and seafood bisque. We are in a race to determine if our expansion of knowledge can keep up with our expanding waistlines.
The evening was reserved for consultations with university professors from our academic disciplines. I find my colleagues in the geography department interested in many of the same issues that concern me. We discuss the problems of adjusting curriculum to meet the needs of a changing society. We worry about the rapidly increasing size of our classes, and we discuss requirements for tenure and promotion. We agree to exchange teaching materials, think about the possibility of joint research, and plan on possible faculty exchanges between our institutions. The rewards for a visit such as ours seem endless.
A new day dawns, and you can feel the electricity of anticipation as our group boards the bus. Today we visit the desert! Our trip will take us to the very edge of the Rub Al-Khali—the Empty Quarter. This
By RON FOURNIER
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — With an eye on the 1996 election. President Clinton is picking up his travel schedule in hopes of persuading voters that he — not resurgent Republicans — can slice them "a piece of the American dream.”
The president, fresh from a Midwest stop Friday, was marking Martin Luther King Day in Denver Monday before heading to California, a stale holding the key to his re-elec-Uon prospects.
Coming into the new year, aides said the president would travel in advance of this month’s State of the Union address, trying lo define his troubled presidency in the wake of the midterm election embarrassment.
More than 30,000 people were expected to hear his case today at a downtown park amphitheatre in Denver.
Organizers say Denver’s King DayAnalysis
observance is the second-largest in the nation, after Atlanta where King made his home.
King, who was assassinated in Memphis in 1968, would have turned 66 on Sunday. Monday was a national holiday in his honor.
Local officials were guarding against any trouble. The 1991 King Day celebration in Denver ended in a riot as anti-Klan protesters squared off against police at a Ku Klux Klan rally.
In California, the president planned a second King Day address tonight before reflecting on the Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake and assessing damage from last week’s disastrous floods. The president planned lo return to Washington early Wednesday morning.
Storms battering California for almost two weeks created floods and
mudslides that killed at least 11 p o-ple and caused an estimated $30u million in damage. Eager lo show his sympathy, Clinton produced special radio and television addresses for California last week.
Democrats are worried Clinton, who won the vote-rich state in 1992, may have trouble holding on to it in 1996. Despite his help in the November campaign, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Kathleen Brown failed to unseat Gov. Pele Wilson.
A Los Angeles Times Poll taken in October showed Clinton with a 49 percent job-approval rating — belter than in many stales but still lower than he hoped to be.
Tile trip, on the heels of Friday’s visit lo Cleveland, came just four days after he named Sen Christopher Dodd to chair the Democratic Party, his first major personnel move preparing for the re-election campaign.
Clinton previewed his King speech during Saturday's radio address in
is one of the driest locations in the world, seldom receiving more than one inch of rain each year. Some locations in the interior experience ten-year spans when not one drop of rain falls.
After driving for almost two hours, a blotch of green appears on the landscape. As we enter the complex, a sign reads, “Nahshala Farm.” Nahshala is an experimental farm which is growing and developing plants with a high tolerance for salt. The plants need to be salt-tolerant because they are being irrigated with water from the sea.
We are met at the entrance by an engaging young North Carolinian who oversees the project for the U.A.E.’s President, Shaikh Zayed. The research at this facility is cutting-edge technology. They are developing plants that are capable of excreting the salt through their leaves. The potential is exciting as the farm has already produced two grasses that are suitable for livestock and one plant that can be eaten by humans that tastes a bit like spinach.
As I glance back at the farm on our departure, I reflect on how many stereotypes of the Arab world are being erased. So many Americans perceive the Arab world as a society of Bedouin camel herders with primitive, underdeveloped economies. If they could observe what I have the past few days, they would have to construct an entire new set of conceptualizations about Arab development.
Tonight the bus is carrying us through the desert as we leave Al-Ain headed for the capital city of Abu Dhabi. It is an opportunity to engage in discourse with our colleagues. We all seem to come to the same conclusion.
Information is coming in so rapidly we feel that we are in a time warp. Only after we return home will we be able to slowly digest everything that is happening
Abu Dhabi is one of those far away places with strange sounding names. As I stand on the ninth floor balcony of our hotel gazing out over the waters of the Arabian Gulf, it all seems like a dream. Images of CNN broadcasts of the Gulf War flood across my mind as I try to put this geographical place into perspective. Today, I will get some assistance.
(Byron Augustin is a New Braunfels resident and Mid-East consultant with Southwest Texas State University on assignment in the Mid-East.)
With eye on ’96 election, Clinton heads west
which he tried to link the civil rights leader’s legacy to middleclass opportunism.
“One of Martin Luther King’s greatest lessons was that every American deserves a piece of the American dream, the chance to pull ourselves up and work our way into the middle class,” Clinton said.
The president is promoting his “Middle Class Bill of Rights,’’ which would provide modest tax breaks for college tuition, tax credits for families with children, expanded Individual Retirement Accounts and grants for worker naming.
With Congress in Republican control, the While House is already talking compromise but Clinton says lie will draw the line on any program that adds lo the federal deficit or damages programs that help middleclass Americans.
“In the new Congress, my lest will be: Does an idea expand middleclass incomes and opp. rtunities?” Clinton said in the radio address.
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