New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Emily Lau Hong Kong legislator
Come on in; we’re open
Outfitters who make their living off of the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam are not getting the kind of Fourth of July weekend they were anticipating after plentiful rains earlier this year kept flow levels just right for tubers and rafters. Their problem is it rained too much, especially on June 22„ washing away those plans for a great summer of business and tubers’ hopes for long floats down the Guadalupe.
However, all is not lost for New Braunfels and Comal County businesses and guests. This busy holiday weekend should be proof enough that there is plenty to do here, even if you aren’t riding a tube. Local chamber of commerce and city officials are spreading the word that Comal County is not underwater and is ready to do business.
(Tubers, don’t feel left out — the Comal River is flowing strong, and your more adventurous friends, the rafters, can find plenty of fun on the rip-roaring Guadalupe below Canyon Dam.)
If you are in town this weekend get ready to:
■ Celebrate the nation’s birthday with a concert featuring the Comal County Community Band the Hill Country Chorus and Community Chorale at Landa Lake. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and will wrap up at 9 p.m. Afterward Alpha-Lee Enterprises will present a fireworks display courtesy of the city of New Braunfels and H-E-B.
■ Watch the Sophienburg Archives’ annual parade around Main Plaza Friday at 9:45 a m. After the parade, stay for a celebration featuring patriotic music and speeches.
■ See local veterans march from the Plaza to Prince Solms Park starting at 11 a.m. Friday. Prior to the march, a muster will take place at the Faust Hotel.
■ Eat some barbecue at the American Legion Comal Post 179 at 410 W. Coll St. at Academy from noon to 4 p.m. Friday.
■ Check out the New Braunfels Factory Stores and Alamo City Harley-Davidson fund-raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Saturday at the New Braunfels Factory Stores.
True, the June flooding did not set a perfect stage for a great Fourth of July weekend. But the chamber and local businesses want everybody to know this: Come on in, we’re just fine.
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Is it racism, or something else?
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Two years ago President Clinton said, “The single biggest social problem in our society may be the growing absence of fathers from their children’s homes because it contributes to so many other social problems..."
A 1996 Gallup Poll showed most people agree with the president: 79.1 percent of Americans believe “the most significant family or social problem facing America is the physical absence of the father from the home.”
So why is the president making a bigger deal about racism during the next 12 months than about fatherless children, especially among minorities?
Is it racism, or something else, that has contributed to an explosion of the illegitimacy rate among blacks, from 23 percent in 1960 to 65.2 percent in 1990, to the current 69.5 percent, according to the Census Bureau? Is it racism, or something else, that has led to only 33 percent of black children living with both parents, according to the National Almanac? Is it racism, or something else, that has contributed to die disproportionate number of blacks in prison? Is it racism, or something else, that has found a relationship between single-parent households and rates of violent crime and burglary among people between the ages of 12 and 20?
lf racism is responsible for these and other negatives, what is responsible for the upsurge in the black middle class? The New York Times reported last November that “blacks are the only group whose inflation-adjusted median income exceeds what it was in 1989.” Also in 1989, black married couples earned 79 percent as much as white married couples.
By 1995, tile gap had narrowed with black married couples earning 87 percent of what white married couples make.
Last week, an editorial in the Detroit News reported that blacks in several Detroit suburbs are doing better financially than their white counterparts: ‘The statistics denote dramatic improvements in the ability of middle-class blacks to take advantage of their opportunities.” In West Bloomfield Township, blacks “have per-capita incomes averaging more than 50 percent higher than white per-capita income—$47,981 for blacks, compared with $31,636 for whites.” Perhaps most important, said the editorial, “reputable studies show that Macks had been closing the income gap even before the advent of affirmative action. For most blacks, the situation actually seemed to stagnate just as the Great Society and the affirmative action took hold.” These people didn’t let racism hold them back. What can we learn from their attitude and lifestyle choices that would expand opportunities for more minorities?
Do some whites dislike, even discriminate, against some blacks? Of course. The reverse is also true, as we have heard in the remarks of Louis Fairakhan. Racism should not be seen as an insurmountable obstacle but an opportunity. Everyone faces obstacles in life. Some overcome. Others elect victimhood
and sing about overcoming.
The church can lead the way in healing racial division, because racism is more a matter of the heart and spirit than it is about government commissions, legislation and judicial activism. Last weekend, I saw thousands of Mack and white men embracing, singing and praying together during a “Promise Keepers” event at RTK Stadium in Washington, DC.
School choice would help, too. Hundreds of thousands of poor minority children are imprisoned in foiled inner-city schools because the teachers’unions prefer political power to helping children succeed and keep them there against their parents’ wishes. Every survey I’ve seen shows that most minority parents would move their children to private schools, if they had the choice.
Gerald A. Reynolds, president of the Center for New Black Leadership, believes that school choice’is the civil rights issue of the 1990s.” He notes there are currently 32 privately fended school choice scholarship programs nationwide, benefiting 12,500 students. But more than 40,000 are on waiting lists. Improve education in elementary and high school and no one would be talking about the “need” for affirmative action in college admissions.
So, while racism is a problem, it’s not the problem. The best way to reduce its impact is through the heart, the boul and the wallet, not with commissions and the foiled programs of the past which have done more to contribute to racial division than healing.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist)
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U.S. should stick to protecting all its borders
Three years ago. Congress and the Immigration and Naturalization Serice put a simple but profound question to the chief of each Border Patrol sector along the Mexico-U.S. border: What resources do you need to get control of the border in your area?
Each field location came up with a model of the staff and equipment necessary to get the job done. From these models were formulated a strategy to secure the U.S. border by the year 2005. A key element of the plan was to hire and deploy an additional 1,000 Border Patrol agents annually for five years.
Bul as the poet Robert Bums pointed out, “best laid schemes o’ mice and men ..." often go awry. Sometimes this occurs because of unforeseen circumstances; more often it happens because the mice or men don’t stick to their plan.
A textbook example: Last year Congress passed a law requiring the Attorney General to hire an addition-Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, July 3, the 184th day of 1997. There are 181 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 3, lid), the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended after three days in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated.
On this date:
la 160$, the city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.
ll 1775, Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.
In 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state la 1930, Congress created the U.S. Veterans Administration. hi 1944, during World War U, Sovi-
al 1,000 Border Patrol agents during fiscal year 1998. But the Justice Department’s proposed 1998 budget asks for funds for only 500 agents.
How can we expect to meet the goal of securing our border if we cttt in half the number of additional border patrol agents to be deployed — the linchpin of our strategy?
Exacerbating the situation is the fact that, during the past two years, a lion’s share of the additional Border Patrol resources provided by Congress went West —- to the West CoasL that is. There are now 2,200 Border Patrol agents arrayed along California’s 150-mile southern border —
almost the same number assigned to Texas’ 1,200 mile border with Mexico. Worse, the indications are that California will receive most of tire agents to be deployed over the remainder of the year.
But you can’t beef up the border on segment at a time and achieve control. Illegal aliens and drugs can move much faster to weak spots on the board than the government can move resources. The entire line must be bolstered, or it will continue to leak.
Those “missing” 500 border patrol agents could make a significant and important difference. Let’s look at the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector. The detention of illegal aliens has reached maximum capacity. I am told the Del Rio Sector has the resources to apprehend and handle a maximum of 600 illegals a day. Alarmingly, in February of this year, the sector apprehended 18,000 illegals — roughly 600 a day. Even an insignificant increase in crossings would push Del Rio past
its breaking point. The model prepared for the master plan determined Del Rio needs 808 agents, not the 600 it has now, to handle the growing numbers of illegals that cross its 205-mile section of the border.
Making matters even more grave is the fact that the illegal alien problem is inextricably bound up with the menace of drug smuggling. The same people who smuggle aliens smuggle drugs. They use the same paths of entry. And it’s no secret they’re getting bolder and better armed.
We must not renege on the commitment we have made to secure the border. I lave asked Attorney General Janet Reno to consider and to request funding for the full complement of an additional 1,000 border patrol agents to be added next year. That’s our plan and we should be sticking to it.
(Kay Bailey Hutchison is a U.S. Senator representing Texas.)
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In 1962, Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule.
In 1971, singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Pans at age 27 In 1976, Israel launched its daring mission to rescue about a hundred passengers and Air France crew members being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers.
la 1986, President Reagan presided over a gala ceremony in New York Harbor that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.
bi 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 passengers aad crew, after the crew of the Vin-misidentified the plane aa an F-14 fighter.
Ten years ago: Two men became
the first hot-air balloon travelers to cross the Atlantic. British millionaire Richard Branson and Swedish-bom Per Lindstrand, the balloon’s designer, were forced to jump into the sea as their craft went down off die coast of Scotland.
Five years ago: The president of Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel, was voted out of office as lawmakers from Slovakia blocked his re-election in parliament
One year ago: Russians went to the polls to re-elect Boris Yeltsin president over his Communist challenger, Gennady Zyuganov. A blaze destroyed a fireworks store in Scottown, Ohio, tiffing nine people and injuring ll
Today's Birthdays: Movie director Ken Russell is TO. Jazz musician Pete Fountain is 67. Playwright Tom
Stoppard is 60. Singer Fontella Bass is 57. Actor Kurtwood Smith (“Robo-Cop”) is 55. Actor Michael Cole (“The Mod Squad”) is 52. Country singer Johnny Lee is 51. Actress Betty Buckley is 50. Rock singer-musician Paul Barrere (Little Feat) is 49. Actress Jan Smithers is 48. Former Haitian Presi-dent-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier is 46. Talk show host Monte! Williams is 41. Singer Laura Bnmign is 40. Country singer Aaron Tippin is 39. Rock musician Vince Clarke (Ensure) is 37. Actor Tom Cruise is 35. Rock musician Kevin Hearn (Baienaked Ladies) is 28.
Th mailt far Today: “A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time; and a courageous person afterward.” — Jeu) Paul Richter, German author (1763-1825).