New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Be APart of the Solution
Local residents should step up and play a part in city government
The city of New Braunfels is currently accepting applications for membership of three different advisory boards. Those boards include the Historic Landmark Commission (partial term). New Braunfels Airport Advisory Board, and the New Braunfels Airport Advisory Board (two full term positions).
This is the perfect opportunity for residents to become involved with city government
Often times, some residents complain that government and governing bodies are ineffective or criticize decisions made by those individuals. Though it is not wrong to complain or criticize, it is wrong if the one doing the complaining has an opportunity to doing something about it... but does not
In most cases, positions such as advisory boards do not pay anything. The reward is simple and comes from striving for and accomplishing things which will better this community and benefit those who live here.
It takes a certain kind of individual to do that. One that cares, who is sincere, patient and determined.
That description might fit you.
If so, pick up an application at the city secretary's office, located at 424 S. Casten, but return it by Wednesday, Feb. 22. Appointments will be considered at the Feb. 27 city council meeting.
Go ahead. Get involved.
(Today's editorial was written by Mark Lyon, managing editor for the Herald-Zeitung.)
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Barney will survive without federal dollars
The Public Broadcasting System is battling to remain on taxpayer life support. It has flooded its own airwaves with self-promoting montages of its best programming that conclude with the rhetorical question, “If PBS doesn’t do it, who will?”
None of the spots shows excerpts from any of PBS’ most controversial programs, including some that have promoted left-wing and one-sided views on domestic and foreign policy issues. PBS wants us to think that pulling the tax-revenue plug will cause the immediate death of Barney and Big Bird—and that’s the tragic image they are trying to sell.
When PBS’ parent, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, was established in 1967, television was a “vast wasteland’’ with little programming that could be said to benefit culture or intellect.
One could argue that it has gotten worse in the ensuing 28 years. But the point about PBS and its federal funding is not its content (one-sidedly liberal and offensive as it sometimes is). The point is whether one television network should receive federal subsidies, especially with the proliferation of commercial cable networks that offer cultural and children’s programming at least as good or better than PBS’.
Cable channels now outspend PBS on programming that PBS says is essential to its mission. The
Disney Channel spends $120 million a year on children’s programming, compared to $36 million at PBS. CNN spends $164 million on news and public affairs. PBS spends $63 million. Other private cable channels—such as the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, Nickelodeon, Bravo, American Movie Dassies, and Arts & Entertainment—offer children’s programming, documentaries, classical music, even opera. There would be no cultural wasteland if PBS went off the air tomorrow.
PBS programs make a bundle of money for those selling licensed merchandise, only a small percentage of which flows back to PBS. Shouldn’t the people cleaning up on the sale of Big Bird and Barney toys, t-shirts, and sheets be required to share more of that money with PBS before the taxpayer has to pony up? A new PBS policy requires that the network receive a “share” of profits made from selling merchandise related to a program, though this does not apply to the Children’s Television Workshop, which produces “Sesame Street,’’ because CTW predates PBS. CTW has gross revenues of more than $100 million per year.
PBS also generates millions of dollars of income through privately sponsored programs and commercial sales. Bill Moyers’ production company has raised more than $15 million, some of which comes from sales of his videos through PBS Video, which pays a 30 percent royalty to Moyers and his partners.
The Heritage Foundation's Laurence Jarvik, who has studied PBS funding and programming, says, “PBS is a money machine that doesn't need
federal dollars to survive.”
More than 70 major public television stations now sell national commercial spot advertising, which earns the stations more than $2 million annually. The president of Public Broadcast Marketing, Inc., which sells the advertising, told the show business trade newspaper Variety that PBS stations could sell $50-$60 million of advertising annually within five years. While PBS has always denied it allows advertising on the network, there is little difference between a 15-second “underwriting credit” and a 15-second commercial.
Jarvik recommends replacing the federal subsidy for PBS (which is estimated to grow to $1 billion by next year if Congress fails to act), with a publicly held stock corporation that would allow commercial advertising. That way, if programmers wanted to produce material trashing traditional values and promoting the supposed joys of a Socialist society, they would be subject to the same market forces required of all other commercial programming.
If government funds cannot promote religion, why should they be used to promote a mostly onedimensional point of view on PBS?
Whether those ideas are good or bad is not the point. PBS can easily survive, even prosper, following a cutoff of federal funding. The network has served its purpose—and Congress should acknowledge that, give it an award and close the purse strings.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist with Los Angeles Times Syndicate.)
Goodbye For Now To A Best Friend
Los Daughtry Sr, once publisher and now publisher emeritus of the Galveston County Daily News, recently lost , his wife, Faye. The column which follows, a tribute to her, is one of the most moving things I have ever read and I wanted to share it with you.
* David Sultans, publisher
Please forgive this breach of professional standards as I pay final tribute to my recently deceased wife, Faye, my best friend and faithful partner for 42 years. This remembrance will not be a sad one, as she was a positive and upbeat person.
Faye was a deeply religious woman who believed totally that her God was real and that every word of Scripture was to be taken literally.
I once said to her that maybe some parts of the Bible were symbolic and were not meant to be taken literally.
She blasted me with both barrels.
Never again did I question her interpretation of the Bible.
I knew better, because I realized it was a battle I couldn't win.
In the final days of her life, I saw the results of a faith in God that never wavered even as she endured pain so severe that I lack the words to describe it.
Today in history
By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 1995. There are 343 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History;
On Jan. 22,1917, President Wilson pleaded for an end to war in Europe, calling for “peace without victory.” (By April, however, America also was at war.)
On this date:
In 1901, Britain’s Queen Victoria died at age 82.
In 1905, thousands of demonstrating Russian workers were fired on by Imperial army troops in St.
She dearly loved our two sons, Les Jr. and Charles. She adored our six grandchildren.
Faye was a gentle lady, but when anyone criticized a family member, including me, that gentleness gave way to tenacity not unlike that which protects a bear cub when the mother bear fears that one of her cubs is threatened.
Thank you, Faye, for 42 wonderful years together.
Faye believed completely thai one day we would be together again.
Who am I to doubt her?
I also want to speak to my sons, Les Jr. and wife Laurie, and Charles and wife Shari.
I will never forget your love, care and attention to my Faye in her final days.
How inspiring to see my two grown sons dote on their mother in the same way she responded to them when they were little boys and were in pain.
Thank you, Faye, for leaching me the true meaning of pure love.
Thank you, too, for Les Jr. and Charles.
Petersburg (Mi what became known as “Red Sunday” or “Bloody Sunday.”
In 1938, Thornton Wilder’s play "Our Town” was performed publicly for the first ume, in Princeton, N J.
In 1944, during World War ll, Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy.
In 1953, “The Crucible,” a drama by Arthur Miller, opened on Broadway.
In 1961, a Portuguese ocean liner, the Santa Maria, was hijacked in the Caribbean with some 600 passengers aboard; the drama ended 11 days later when the ship docked in Brazil.
Faye, you did yourself real proud.
I also wish to tell my sons just how I met and married their mother.
It was the early 1950s.
Faye and I were both students at Massey-Braughan Business College in Montgomery, Alabama.
The first day I met Faye was the result of a dead battery in her Chevrolet. She was trying unsuccessfully to start her car when I offered to help
I have absolutely no mechanical ability. I don't know a spark plug from a fuel pump, but I told her I would see what the trouble was. I asked her to release the hood latch so I could check the engine.
She popped the hood release. I opened the hood and began fiddling with wires and parts I knew absolutely nothing about.
Cockily, I told her to try to crank the car.
Through some miracle I had pulled on the right wire and the car started.
Faye thought I was God's gift to engineering
I milked the situation for all it was worth. She offered to pay me. I told her the only charge was that she go with me to the movie that night. She
We went to the dnve-in theater.
I knew instantly that she was meant for me.
I asked her to marry me and she said yes. In a few months we were married. That first meeting began a 42-year love affair dial hasn’t ended, even in death.
As I was driving her back to her apartment I turned on the car radio.
We both agreed that the first tune would be “our” song.
The first song played was a popular one of the 1950s. The song was “Always,”
I don’t remember all the lyrics, but I do remember these: “ITI be loving you always, with a love that's Urie always.”
On a visit to the hospital on what was to be her final day on Earth, I asked her if she remembered “our” song
In a voice so weak it was barely audible, she began singing “Always.”
Emotion overcame mc and I began to cry. She hugged me tightly and asked me not to cry.
She said to me, “We will be together again.”
I believe her completely.
Readers say information should be given to women considering abortion
From staff reports
Approximately 37 readers responded to last week's Heruld-Zeitung reader survey question which asked "Should government pass legislation mandating information on abortions?"
All 37 readers responded in favor of such legislations.
Some of the answers were;
■ "Yes. Ideally, the government should make abortion illegal, but since its not, any and all information available should be given to women con
sidering abortion. How can education be intimidation?"
■ "Yes. Women should be informed that this is an actual baby, not a mass of tissue! Psalm 139:13 "For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb." God know and forms the baby. It is wrong to destroy the life he has made."
■ "Yes. Pro-abortion activists should have no problem with information. What are they trying to hide? The truth?"