New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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By The Associated Press
Tbday is Friday, July 20, the 201st day of 2001. There are 164 days left in the year.
Tbday’s Highlight in History: On July 20, 1969, Apollo ll astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon as they stepped out of their lunar module.
On this date:
In 1810, Colombia declared independence from Spain.
In 1861, the Congress of the Confederate States began holding sessions in Richmond, Va.
In 1871, British Columbia entered Confederation as a Canadian province.
In 1881, Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big Horn, surrendered to fed
In 1942, the first detachment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps — later known as WACs — began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1944, an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as the explosion at Hitler’s Rastenburg headquarters only wounded the Nazi leader.
In 1944, President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic convention in Chicago.
In 1951, Jordan’s King Abdullah Ibn Hussein was assassinated in Jerusalem.
In 1976, America’s Viking I robot spacecraft made a successful, first-ever landing on Mars.
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Editorial-Children’s museum looks for new home
Family with lots of children seeking spacious home in New Braunfels area. For information, call the Children’s Museum of New Braunfels at 620-0939.
The museum, which recently moved to bigger space within the New Braunfels Marketplace, will be moving as the Marketplace’s new owners make changes in the local shopping center.
Those changes will mean the demolition of the building that now houses the Children's Museum and the possibility of having to pay retail rent should the museum choose to stay in the Marketplace.
The Children’s Museum is one of very few such facilities in the world and is a true draw for New Braunfels. Arts and crafts, hands-on activities, costumes, make-believe, a tropical rain forest, a science station, building blocks — these are just some of the activities that have entertained some 32,000 children so far this year. In 2000, more than 50,000 and their families visited the museum.
Nearly 900 families have membership in the museum, which shows parents recognize the museum's valuable contributions.
Hopefully, the museum's board and volunteers will find a similar kind of support as they search for a new place to sink the museum's roots. The Children’s Museum deserves the community’s support on its quest for a new home.Write’Em
Utility costs sizzle in summer heat
For ancient Romans, the dog star Sirius heralded the arrival of the hot, sultry weather that annually sent them to local baths and seaside villas in an effort to escape the heat.
Modem Texans rely on air conditioning to help us keep our cool during the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, the cost of our creature comforts is straining family budgets, especially those of senior Texans on fixed incomes.
To help ensure that the health of the state’s seniors, disabled and children is not threatened during extreme weather, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs administers the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program. Various state and county agencies throughout Senate District 25 allot CEAP funds based on criteria such as age, income, disability and children younger than 5.
Unfortunately, because of the winter months’ energy crisis when natural gas prices reached an all-time high, most agencies’ utility assistance funds have been depleted. During this past winter’s crisis, Bexar County Housing and Human Services used 80 percent of its funds to assist 2,000 households with their utility bills.Letters Policy
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung encourages letters on any public issue.
The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors.
Agencies in other SD 25 counties, such as Community Action Inc. in Blanco County; the Community Council of South Central Texas, which serves Bandera, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr and Medina counties; and Hill Country Community Action Association, servicing Llano and Mason counties, report having only limited funds.
Additional funds might become available if a weather crisis occurs, such as the 1998 heat wave, or IO or more days of IOO degree heat. Texans needing assistance with their utility bills can contact their local community action agency or TDHCA toU-free at (877) 399-8939. Information also is available on the Internet at www.tdhca.state.tx.us.
Many utility companies arrange payment plans to assist low-income customers and senior citizens. Consumers should contact their local utility company to see whether plans are available.
Public agencies and private utility companies also offer cost and energy saving suggestions as weU as tips for staying cool this summer. They include cooling only the one room in which you spend most of your time and keeping room temperatures at 78-80 degrees. Each degree cooler adds 7-10 percent to cooling costs.
Adjust thermostats when no one is home, and close drapes when possible. Drying clothes on the line, cooking on a range top or outside grill and lowering water-heater thermostats to no higher than 140 degrees also will reduce electric bills.
If there is a heat crisis and you don’t have air conditioning in your home, go to an air- conditioned public or commercial building during the middle of the day. Drink plenty of water, and avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine, which can increase fluid loss.
I also urge neighbors and friends to check on the elderly, disabled or families with small children. While there are state agencies to help, a neighbor checking on a neighbor is like a breath of fresh air. And nothing could be more Texan.
(Jeff Wentworth represents District 25 in the Texas Senate.)
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Edmund Kuempel P.O. Box 911 Seguin, TX 78155 (830) 379-8732 Fax: (830) 463-5896United States should boycott 2008 Olympic Games
More than 50 years ago, the Chinese communists evicted foreign missionaries on the grounds that the gospel they preached would undermine the creation of a communist heaven on earth.
Now, the International Olympic Committee — a bastion of “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" when it comes to evil — will send the sports equivalent of missionaries to the 2008 Summer Games.
The Western press is full of columns, editorials and stories about the conversion possibilities of sports. Instead of passing out Bibles, sports missionaries will distribute sportsmanship and goodwill. These are, in the minds of some, supposed to persuade China's citizens, if not its dictators, to embrace our political and economic way of life. Never mind that just 12 years ago, these dictators ordered and applauded the massacre of student protestors in Tiananmen Square (estimates of the death toll range from 200 to 2,000), or that they have just completed an “anti-crime” cam-
paign which resulted in 1,781 executions since April, according to Amnesty International.
China will pretend to adhere to the principles of the Olympic Charter, which include “Encouraging the establishment of a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.” Not even the staunchest defenders of Beijing 2008 can say that China lives up to such a standard.
Some believe holding the Olympics in Beijing will persuade China to change for the better. That's what former Carter administration national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski argued in a recent New York Times column. That's what USA Tbday founder Al Neuharth wrote
in his July 6 column. While President Carter was right to boycott the Moscow Olympics in 1980 to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan the previous year, writes Brzezinski, China is different. Satellite TV and the Internet are opening up China to different ideas, he says. I doubt if the troops who killed those prodemocracy demonstrators inTiananmen Square had TV or the Internet in their homes.
The Washington Post correctly editorialized this past week: “Beijing appears prepared to press on with repression even while demanding that the world accept it as an Olympic host and World Trade Organization member.”
A dangerous theme runs through Western thinking. We believe that if enough people can see our goodness and the benefits of democracy and free enterprise they will reject evil, perhaps even overthrowing their dictators. We are so convinced that our way of life is superior to all others that we think we only have to expose
people to that way of life and they will embrace our beliefs.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher warned two decades ago that we in the West make a mistake when we transpose our morality on those who don't share it. That is what those who think the world should ignore China's cemeteries, prisons and execution sites are doing. They believe the sight of athletes from free nations running, jumping, swimming and throwing will persuade China to convert to the democratic systems from which some athletes come. That view didn't work in Berlin in 1936. World War II began three years later.
Americans used to care most about freedom, our own and the freedom of others. Now, we care most about commerce. The material has replaced the spiritual. Nothing China does to suppress its people seems to sufficiently outrage enough politicians or corporations to change their attitude about doing business with this regime. Would the world have
stood for awarding the Olympic Games to South Africa when apartheid was in force? Couldn't it have been argued that the Olympics might have opened South Africa to racial tolerance and diversity? Why would that argument have been rejected in the case of South Africa but accepted when it comes to China?
Unless there is observable improvement in China's human rights record, the United States should keep its athletes from participating in the Beijing games. The Carter administration refused to pretend that the invasion of Afghanistan didn't matter. Whoever is president in 2008 should boycott the Beijing Olympics if human rights have not improved in China. Tb do otherwise would be to dishonor the blood of the martyrs to freedom. Tb participate would mock the theme of “liberating strife” for which America the Beautiful is supposed to stand.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)