New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Re: Independence Day Veteran’s Parade and Program I want to thank all who participated and attended, especially the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, for their float and posting of colors, and this was done in full uniform with die heat and humidity. Thank you, S.A.R. Cmdr. Dick Robinett. Your unit was outstanding.
A “Big Kudo” to the Honorable Mayor Jan Kennady for the welcoming speech and to the American Legion National Executive Committeeman John Richter for being our key speaker.
Thanks also are in order for all the veterans’ organizations that participated in the ceremony: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11050 Cmdr. Joe Medina and Auxiliary President Tina Medina for leading the parade; VFW 5th Dist. Chaplain Mike Clark for the invocation and benediction; American Legion, 14th District Cmdr. Leon Helmke and Auxiliary President Joan Helmke, who led us in “God Bless America”; American Legion Sgt.-at-Arms Ray Robinson and his Color Guard for raising the flag and the Prestwood Ceremony at the Memorial; John Graham, who represented the Military Order of the Cooties, Pup Tent 14; Cmdr. Jesse Perez and Auxiliary President Amanda Perez; and G.I. Forum 1014 Cmdr. Marvin Brown.
Thank you, commanders and auxiliary presidents, for posting your colors: American Legion Post 35, Glen Morris and Brenda Helmke; VFW Post 7110, Ski Haneiwich and Marie Heaton; American Legion Post 179, Joe Guzman and Betty Kruetler; Disabled American Veterans Chapter 163, Cmdr. Norman Tschoepe.
A big “thank you” to American Legion 14th District Finance Off icer Cecil Konkel and his crew for dispaying the flags on the Plaza, San Antonio Street and Seguin Avenue, and also Vice Cmdr. Frank Jones and Auxiliary Sgt.-at-Arms Sharon Rogers for posting 14th District colors.
Special appreciation to Leif Calbeig of Radio Station KGNB-KNBT and David DeKunder of the Herald-Zeitung for all their help and publicity.
God bless you all and God bless America.
Chuck Burgess VFW Post 11050, Jr. Vice Commander
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Post mastex: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328President should not impose morality
When President Clinton starts talking about what is moral, as he did when recommending a national law banning human cloning, ifs time for us to lock up our daughters.
Commenting on a report by the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, the president said such a law is needed to protect “the miracle of life” from the accelerating rush of science. Of course, Clinton opposes any law that would slow down or stop abortion, even the partial-birth variety, which has been accelerated by this rush of science unconstrained by moral law. For this president, the miracle of life is negotiable, depending on what “science” wants to do and what opinion polls allow.
The president’s position against some cloning is not rooted in any immutable ethic. Rather, Clinton wants to ban the procedure for only five years, allowing time to “continue die national dialogue” on cloning, which means checking the public temperature. Congress would have to determine whether the ban should be continued. Do we want to grant such lifc-and-death. power to a Congress that snuggles to manage less consequential affairs?
Clinton would allow the cloning of embryos and their use for Experiments,” but he would ban their implantation in the womb, but why? Since the president and the courts don’t believe life begins until after birth, why not experiment until the baby has completely exited the birth canal? Why not harvest the organs of the cloned unborn? Why not restrict any experiments or procedures?
■ If we are here by accident, with no God to guide us, why shouldn’t science be our god? You can’t
have it both ways, as the president regularly tries to do. He can’t speak of the “moral horror” that would come from made-to-order humans and simultaneously favor the continuation of abortions. Why is one horrible and the other tolerable, even desirable? And by what standard does he judge such things?
The president’s morality is in constant motion. Just four weeks ago, in a White House address to victims of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, the president said: “Science and technology are rapidly changing our lives with the promise of making us much healthier, much more productive and more prosperous. But with these changes we must work harder to see that as we advance we don’t leave behind our conscience. No ground is gained and, indeed, much is lost if we lose our moral bearings in the name of progress.”
Moral bearings should not be rooted in conscience, because conscience can be reprogrammed and is more individual than corporate. The president’s Bioethics Commission took a utilitarian approach to cloning, which effectively says that people can be used to advance science instead of science helping people. It is a dangerous swap that can quickly lead, as we saw with Nazi Germany and Tuskegee, to die rapid dehumanizing of humanity. Even The Wash
ington Post wants the line (bawn at human embryo experiments, calling such efforts “unconscionable.**
The descent of man from his once-exalted position as a unique being created in the image of God to an accident in an impersonal universe has been extraordinarily fast When moral absolutes are sucked out of society, nothing is left to keep medical technology from cutting, probing, experimenting, even killing, except a vague and sentimental disgust.
The late Walker Percy looked at the implications of a soulless technology in one of his last books, “The Thanatos Syndrome.** The time is the mid-1990s. AIDS patients have been quarantined. Suicide is the top killer of teenagers. Technology has progressed, but the world remains the same.
What Percy calls “qualitarian life centers” have sprung up across the country like fast-food franchises since the landmark case of “Doe v. Dade,” which decreed, with solidi scientific evidence, that the human infant does not achieve personhood until 18 months. At these centers you can quickly and conveniently dispose of young and old alike if they become unwanted. Far-fetched? Not anymore.
The failure of this president to impose morality in one category of life weakens his ability to impose it * any other. Any embryo, given the right circumstances, has the potential to develop into a fully formed baby. By allowing experiments on the youngest members of the human family, we remove another section of the protective ring around all of us, diminishing all of us.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
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“Liberty cannot be preserved without genera! knowledge among the people,” wrote John Adams in 1765, “Let us ... cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write ... Let every sluice of knowledge be opened and set a-flow-»ng.”
America’s founding fathers believed that an informed electorate was essential to a successful democracy. As we contemplate summer vacations, few activities are more relaxing or more inspiring than reading a good book.
All interns working in the 21st Congressional District office in Washington receive the following list of books on their first day and are asked to read at least two as a part of their internships. I recommend these books to everyone who has free time this summer.
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, July IO, the 191st day of 1997. There are 174 days left in the year.
Today*! Highlight in History:
Od July IO, 1940, during World War ll, the 114-day Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air. By late October, Britain managed to repel the Luftwaffe, which suffered heavy losses.
On this date:
In 1832, President Andrew Jackson vetoed legislation to recharter the Second Bank of the United States
In 1890, Vice President Millaid Fillmore assumed the presidency, following the death af Piwident Taylor.
In 1818, Wyoming became the 44th
Captive Warriors — written by Texas Congressman and former POW Sam Johnson, it defines the meaning of sacrifice and courage.
Everyday Ethics — proposed solutions to real-life dilemmas by Joshua
In Defense of Elitism — an articulate defense of standards and achievement by William A. Henry 111 and an effective debunking of egalitarianism, the myth that no one and no culture is better than another
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Integrity — Stephen L. Carter’s explanation of meanings and uses of a crucial value.
Slouching Towards Gomorrah —
an incisive look at changing cultural values and their threat to America written by Judge Robert Bori.
In 1919, President Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate and urged its ratification.
In 1925, the official news agency of the Soviet Union, TASS, was established.
In 1943, dunng World War ll, U.S. and British forces invaded Sicily.
bn 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean conflict began at Kaesong.
In 1962, the Telstar communications satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
In 1973, the Bahamas became independent after three centuries of British colonial nile.
In 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected presi-
Tbt Art of War — battlefield strategy can apply to politics, as this 2,500 year old classic by Sun Tzu
The Case Against Immigration
—a trenchant commentary written by Roy Beck on an increasingly important
Cosmos —a wonderful appreciation of the universe and our place in it by Carl Sagan.
First Among Eqnals — a suspenseful read as four men battle to become British Prime Minister, though
dent of the Russian republic.
In 1991, President Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa, citing its “profound transformation” toward racial equality.
Ten years ago: LL Col Oliver North told the Iran-Contra committees that the late CIA director William J. Casey had embraced a fund created by arms sales to Iran because it could be-used for secret operations other than supplying the Contras.
Five years ago: A federal judge in Miami sentenced former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, convicted of drug and racketeering charges, to 40 yam ta prison. A MawVa* jury found Pan Am leapons&le (br allowing a ter-rorist bomb to destroy Flight 103 in 1988, killing 270 people.
author Jeffrey Archer’s political intrigue is equally applicable to American politics.
How to Argle and Win Every Time — inspiring suggestions by Gerry Spence not only on how to speak and win arguments but also on how to live life.
How to Win Friends and Influence People — by Dale Carnegie is the most well-read book of its kind.
The Prince — Nicolo Machiavelli’s classic study of gaining and keeping political power is still relevant after 500 years.
There are obviously scores of additional books that would serve Americans well. But this list should provide ample enlightenment during your time off this summer.
(Lamar Smith represents die 21st Congressional District.)
One year ago: In a tough speech to Congress laying out conditions for Mideast negotiations, Israeli (Time Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that Syria and the Palestinians stop terrorists from attacking Israel. Rosa Perot said on CNN he would make a second run for president if nominated by the Reform Party, putting him in contention with former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm, who’d announced his candidacy the day before.
Tody’s Birthdays: ABC News correspondent David Brinkley is 77. Eunice Kennedy Shriver is 76. Framer boxer Jake UMotta is 76. Fenner New Yolk City Mayor David N. Dinkins ie TC. Broadway composer Jeny Heman is 64. Tennis player Virginia Wade is 52. Actor Ron Gtoss is 52.