New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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“The public’s disaffection with the media ... is always sharpest when it doesn’t like what it sees on television, hears on the radio or reads in the newspaper.”
— Tom Johnson television news executive, 1994
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Say “No” to Unabomber
Dilemma faced by N York , Washington Post really a no-brainer
The Unabomber, that crafty domestic terrorist whose bombs have killed three and injured 23 in the last 17 years, has drawn a line in the sand.
Unless the New York Tunes and the Washington Post publish the Unabomber’s 62-page, singled-spaced manifesto, more bombs will go off and more people will be killed, the Unabomber said.
Management at both papers was said to be weighing the issue Friday, realizing that by not publishing what would be seven full newspaper pages of terrorist rantings, bloodshed may ensue.
They were also talking with authorities about the dilemma.
But there really is no question about how to answer the Unabomber’s threats — they should tell him outright, “Hell No!”
Newspapers are an open forum, but the content of that forum should never be dictated by a terrorist who hangs threats and warnings of the heads of journalists.
By buckling under this demand, it’s frightening to think of what may follow.
Kooks and crazies would come crawling out of the woodwork if they felt they could get on the front page of their town’s newspapers.
All they would have to do threaten and frighten sufficiently to have their way.
And of few of them might follow through if their demands were not met.
But in this instance, the unabomber is expecting something from both the New York Times and the Washington Post without providing real proof of his sincerity to stop his terroristic actions.
Do we really trust this nut case enough? We shouldn’t
He’s just as liable to get his way and then turn around and make more demands. The answer is “no.”
And as for those who might blame newspapers if the Unabomber makes good on his threats — you’ve got it all wrong.
The only person responsible for the Unabomber’s actions — both past and future — is the Unabomber.
Spreading blame around for a terrorist’s actions is unfair and ; unwise.
* (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Love-: day.)
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Faint-hearted stay clear of tea
Monday night I went to the kitchen and got out some tea. When I lifted the lid, I found a thick layer of mold, like a slimy pancake, floating on the top.
I removed the layer of mold, strained the tea through a white cloth, added ice and had a glass.
Oh, I should mention, the mold was supposed to be there.
It’s called a kombucha mushroom, although it is not really a mushroom, but a mold formed by a symbiosis of yeast cells and bacteria.
A growing number of kom-. bucha drinkers claim the fermented tea cleanses poisons from the body, prevents cancer, increases the T-cell count in AIDS patients, grows hair, eliminates wrinkles, causes weight loss, lowers cholesterol, helps insomnia, constipation, hemorrhoids, diabetes, bronchitis, asthma, allergies... the list goes on and on.
Frankly I’m skeptical. But it does give me an interesting conversation topic, and I just like saying "kombucha”.
Here’s how it works: You get a kombucha mold, my rider sister gave me mine. You brew a few quarts of Lipton’s black tea, add sugar, let it cool and put it in a big, non-metallic bowl. Then you float your kombucha mushroom on the top, cover it with a
cloth and put it in a dark cabinet for a week.
After a week, your tea is ready, and the mushroom has reproduced itself. A new kombucha mushroom has grown on top of the old one.
So now you can make two batches of tea, or find some sucker to give your extra mold to, like my sister did.
So what does it taste like? Not great
My sister credits the tea with helping her lose 12 pounds. I believe it. You’re supposed to drink four ounces first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. To tell you the truth, I haven’t felt much like eating for hours after drinking the tea. It tastes kind of like flat, sour, hard cider, although the literature that I got with my mushroom says it tastes like a light Moselle wine.
So anyway, my first batch of kombucha tea is in the refrigerator. I’ve gagged down a small glass each morning. We’ll see if I have any amazing health results to report in a few months. In the mean time, I had this extra kombucha mold to get rid of (it seemed a shame to throw it away, and I’ll have enough trouble polishing off one pitcher a week).
So Fve been trying to sell my co-workers on it The average conversation goes like this: "You look a little run down, you should try some kombucha tea!”
Co-worker - “What’s k ombucha tea.”
Me - “Well kombucha is this mold. It looks like a rig, slimy pancake, and you float it in your tea for a week in a closet and it ferments. Then you drink it”
Co-worker gives me a stranger look durn usual - “I
think I’ll pass.”
So I threw away my first kombucha baby (that’s what they call the new mold that grows on the top of the original).
Then I thought to ask Allene Blaker, our editorial assistant and an adventurous type. She once sailed to Hawaii with her husband Clay — 22 days at sea.
At first she was skeptical. “I think I’ll let you drink it for a week or two, and if your still alive, I might take one,” she told me. So I brought her a glass of the tea, and she actually liked the taste. Now she’s down for my next kombucha.
Sue England, one of our reporters, also tried a sip. She said it didn’t taste too bad, but it smells like sweaty feet I don’t think she’ll be growing kombucha in her cabinets any time soon.
Erica Nies, who works on the other side of the wall in advertising here at the Herald, is another adventurous type. I know she’s adventurous because she has a pierced naval. So I gave her the kombucha sales pitch, and now she’s down for my second kombucha baby.
But I think that’s about all ITI be able to give away here at work.
So, if you want to jump on the kombucha bandwagon, and join the thousands of crystal worshipping, tree-hugging New Age types who swear allegiance to the Mushroom with a Mission, give me a call at the Herald (625-9144) and I’ll give you your own slab of mold and directions on how to get started. And you too can join the kombucha generation.
(Roger Croteau is the Herald-Zeitung city editor.)
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A recent U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door to random drug testing of public school athletes.
Justices voted 6-3 to allow the testing, saying that students who participate in sports are open to such scrutiny.
Some proponents of testing argue that the threat of random drug testing will deter some student athletes from using drugs, but opponents claim that testing just athletes unfairly targets that group while other students in different extracurricular activities are left alone.
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Bill blocked by two liberals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Compromise spending cuts backed by President Clinton and Republican leaders are stalled short of passage in Congress, with two Senate liberals objecting to reductions in heating assistance for the poor, job training and other programs.
"What I’m saying is if this is a glimpse of what’s to come. I’m not going to be silent,” Sen. Paul Well-stone, D-Minn., said Friday as he and Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, D-III., blocked final approval of the measure. “It would be wrong.”
The $16.4 billion in cuts from previously approved spending represent only a fraction of the reductions that
will be needed to balance the budget, as majority Republicans intend.
But the measure has the backing of the White House and most Senate Democrats, since it restores $770 million to certain programs that Congress had tried to cut in a rill the president vetoed earlier in the year.
“It’s better than half a loaf,” said Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.
Clinton embraced the measure in a statement:
“The new bill achieves the same amount of deficit reduction as the pre
vious bill, but it does so the right way — by protecting investments in children, education, national service, job training and the environment that Congress wanted to cut.”
After several hours of debate on a Friday before a week-long break, though, an irritated Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., bowed to Well-stone and Moseley-Braun when they blocked a unanimous-consent agreement for a vote.
Dole said the bill wouldn't be back on the floor until “the president can persuade Democratic colleagues this bill is necessary, it’s important and it ought to be passed."
The Sunny Says...
Respondents unanimous in support for death penalty
Eight people responded to last week’s survey question, "Do you support the death penalty?', and all were in favor of capital punishment.
Some of the responses received to the survey question included:
• Yes, I support the death penalty. Anyone intentionally taking another}! life should pay with his own. Most murders are savage, brutal and terrify’ ing to the victim. No appeal possible.
• The only problem is the delay in
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, July 2, the 183rd day of 1995. There are 182 days left in the year.<
Today's Highlight In Hlatoryi
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that "these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States."
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In 1866, the French astrologer, physician and prophet Nostradamus
the time that the penalty is executed. If they are found guilty, execute them the next week.
• They should be punished for the crime as they dished it out.
• Death is painless, if controlled by God. Death is brutal if caused by accident or murder...Murderers deserve a brutal death.
• Dead criminals commit no further crimes. To improve the effectiveness and impact of the death penalty, the
died in Salon.
In 1881, President Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died tire following September.
In 1890, Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.
In 1892, the Populist Party (also known as tire People's Party) opened its first national convention, in Omaha, Neb.
In 1894, the federal government issued an injunction against striking railroad workers.
In 1926, the United States Army Air Corps was created.
time between conviction ami execution needs to be greatly reduced. Justice should be swift.
• The death penalty is not getting even or revenge — God will do that. The death penalty is dealing out justice. Dead murderers don't commit murder again.
• It may take eight and half years (Karl Hammond execution). A sharp knife and a quick twist of the wrist would have done it.
In 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight at the equator.
In 19SS, "The Lawrence Welk Show” premiered on ABC television.
In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
In 1964, President Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress.
In 1976, the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.
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