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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas A 4A£Herajd-Zeit^ mm “tv i * .Ooinion j^rgree ee^pe ■ ^■To talk wi Herald-Zeitung I To talk with Managing Editor Margaret dmonson about the ^Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. ' •* •    •    t Oniin# contact ■To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is QUOTABLE“Who we are influences what we see, which in turn affects how we report the news.” Helen Zia journalist rn- rn EDITORIALKudos The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung has a few kudos of its own to extend... ... To Lorine Starts for leaving her indelible mark on Comal County. Startz, who often worked 12 to 14 hours a day at her Starts Cafe, was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8800 and the Eagles Lodge and was a past president of Hermann Sons Spring Branch Lodge No. 127. Her presence will be greatly missed. ... To Pamela M. Hodges, Catherine R. “Kay” McHaney and Frederick S. “Fritz” Schlater who recently were installed as directors of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority. ... To Ken Robinson, who recently came to New Braunfels as postmaster. Robinson brings many years of experience to the job and looks forward to a long tenure in our community. ... To Canyon High School graduate Anne Sablatura who launched her English teaching career in the Ukraine this summer. This Peace Corps volunteer graduated this year from the University of Texas with a degree in linguistics and a minor in Russian. ... To the South Texas Purple Haze softball team for the Top 20 ranking it brought home from the Junior Olympic Fastpitch state tournament. ... To Jeremy Fisher, 15, of New Braunfels, for finishing fourth rn ! the Junior Division of Shepherd Center’s Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race on July 4. ... To bah Treanor and Peter Bums who received the New Braun-;• fels Junior Golf Association Higher Education Scholarship Award •; recently. Their awards were based on community service, grades, col-\ lege entrance exam scores, academic honors, extracurricular activi-• ties, golf participation and a 300- to 500-word essay. ... To the New Braunfels Red baseball team, which eliminated College Station in the sectional tournament and stands a chance of participating in the state tournament. (Kudos is a regular feature of the Herald-Zeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of individuals and organizations in the community. Send your Kudos to: Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130, or fax them to (830) 625-1224).Write us Hic New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (830) 625-1224 Campaign finance hearings need Baker New BraunfelsHerald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext. 301........................................Doug Toney Managing Editor, Ext. 220.................................Margaret    Edmonson Director of Marketing, Ext. 308................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext. 214...............Karen    Reininger Business Manager, Ext 202........................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext. 228...................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext. 205...........................................Billy Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Fnday by the New Braunfels Ueruld-Zeuung (LISPS 377-380) 707 Landa St, or P O Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Penotfcca) postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Canter delivered in Comal md Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $53; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (830) 625-9144 or by 7 p m. weekdays or by 11 a.m. on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328. The curtain is rising on another one of those scandal shows. Sen. Fred Thompson’s (R-Tenn.) long-anticipated hearings into alleged illegal campaign activities by the Clinton/Gore re-election team, predictably, will resemble a summer rerun and get nowhere, slowly. This is being written before Thompson’s hamstringed hearings open, but we’ve seen the “previews” during advance posturing by White House and Democratic Party flacks. There is no reason to believe Democrats won’t succeed in stonewalling and covering up for Clinton/Gore, while accusing Republicans of “unfair” behavior. They’ll invoke the doctrine of moral equivalency, claiming Republicans have behaved just as badly as Democrats. They’ll say what we really need is campaign-finance reform. And let’s not forget the role of the big media, especially the nightly television news, which will do all it can to uncritically trumpet die Clinton/Gore line and match every revelation about illegal Democratic activity with a similar story about Republicans. This collective and coordinated effort will persuade the uniformed that Republicans are being unfair to the president and vice president, who are just trying to do their jobs for the benefit of soccer moms and their children. Democrats, who have ran out of even bad ideas, have honed their scandal skills instead. These have been their only route to power since Watergate. Republicans, focusing on idea revolution* have played mostly defense against Democrat attacks, largely unable to overcome the prevailing negative image of being “mean-spirited” politicians, who don it care about the environment, the elderly, your children, minorities, the arts or education. They care only about rich, white pregnant people (but not their babies after birth). Starting with so large a deficit is like playing the Chicago Bulls in a best-of-seven series and losing the first three games. Republicans may have lost this fight before it begins. They agreed to a limited budget said to be equivalent to that for the Watergate hearings. Even inflation, to say nothing of the Clinton administration’s successes in delaying, denying and deceiving, should have mandated a larger budget. Then, Thompson agreed to an end-of-this-year deadline, meaning that Clinton/Gore apologists could run out the clock and claim vindication on New Year’s Eve if no “smoking gun” has been produced. What this committee needs is a Howard Baker figure who will transcend politics to get at the truth. It was Baker who led the Senate Watergate Com mittee’s Republicans (including then-counsel Fred Thompson) in their questioning of President Nixon’s men. Some thought Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio) would play that role in this investigation. There are few in the Senate more highly regarded in the public mind than Glenn because of his astronaut-hero status. But Glenn has allowed his lower political nature to obscure his greater responsibility to fairly investigate the charges against Clinton/Gore, and he has joined all of this president’s men (and women) in a cheap political charade to derail the investigation. It is behavior unworthy of an otherwise decent man. In the weeks leading up to the hearing, Clinton/Gore disinformation specialists have been practicing their lines, dismissing the campaign-finance investigations “politics” and implying that they were noble in returning most of the tainted money they claim to have unknowingly raised. In their minds they were implementing the Hard Rock Cafe slogan to “save the planet” by keeping Republicans out of the White House. I could be wrong. Perhaps Republicans have found a way to surgically reverse die procedure that has emasculated most of their team. But given their performance on a lot of other issues leading up to these hearings, it will take a miracle to expose Clinton/Gore. (Cat Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) Letters to the EditorPay* paradise, put up a parking lot Editor, Re: Fred Willard’s letter on the Albertson’s lot clearance (July 4, p. 4a). You got to be kidding me. What’s a couple of 200-year-old oak trees when we’re talking progress here? Never mind that the citizens meeting was told otherwise. We were also told that a new shopping center would cause “no increased traffic” at Wal-nut/Landa. Has anyone noticed Walnut/Elliott Knox lately? Also, when asked die obvious: why doesn’t Albertson’s build nearer to the Loop 337 intersection? The developers insisted it was quite impossible environmentally sensitive, recharge zone, terribly sorry. Wonder how the new bank, senior care facility, gas stations, subdivisions.... Oh well, greater minds than mine are pondering these questions on the growth of New Braunfels. But we can all ask ourselves what we want to beToday in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 1997. There are 160 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: One hundred and fifty years ago, on July 24, 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in present-day Utah. On this date: In 1783, Latin American revolutionary Simon Bolivar was bom in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1842, the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, died in Kinderhook, N Y. In 1864, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union the future of this lovely spot. What do we value? How important are some very nice protected turn lanes? Poor developers, they can’t help it. They’re from California. And they did promise an “upscale” supermarket -just like Austin. Oh boy. it will take a lot of brie and espresso to make me forget those magnificent oaks and the manner of their destruction. Maybe it’s not too late for others. How does the song go? “Pave paradise, put up a parking lot. And we don't know what we’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” Jan Baertl New Braunfelswill look for bino light spools! Editor, Seven dollars just to see Christmas lights? 1*11 wait for a blue light special. Bah Humbug. Eddie Ortiz New Braunfels after the Civil War. Id 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne, which settled the boundaries of modem Turkey, was concluded in Switzerland. lo 1929, President Hoover proclaimed the Kcllogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy. In 1937, the state of Alabama dropped charges against five black men accused of raping two white women in the so-called Scottsboro case. In 1959, during a visit to the Soviet Union, Vice President Richard M. Nixon got into a “kitchen debate” with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev at a U.S. exhibition. In 1949, the Apollo 11 astronauts, two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon, splashed down victim s not Editor, I am writing this letter on behalf of my grandchildren Thomas Garza 111, age 8, and Candice Ann Marie Garza, age 6. Their dad Thomas Garza died in the track/train collision, which was published in the Herald-Zeitung on Wed., July 9. It was very upsetting for the children to see this very sad tragedy in the newspaper, on TV, but what gets us upset is the fact that the conductor would say that Thomas was “trying to beat the train.” There’s always two sides to every story, we cannot hear Thomas’ side because he’s not here to defend himself. I do know that after visiting the accident scene, the weeds and brush on both sides of the tracks are as tall as a house. There are no warning lights or signals. He had struck full of dirt, and he wasn’t speeding. I know that Thomas would not risk safely in the Pacific. In 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Wteergate special prosecutor. Ten years ago: The re-flagged Kuwaiti supertanker Bridgeton was damaged after hitting a mine in the Persian Gulf. Hulda Crooks, a 91-year-old mountaineer from California, became the oldest woman to conquer Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak. five years ago: Members ofPOW-M1A families disrupted a speech by President Bush, prompting Bush to snap, “Would you please shut up and ait down?” Oaa year ago: Two bomba Mamed on Tamil separatists ripped through a his life in this manner, he loved his children dearly, his children were his world. Olga Martinez New BraunfelsCan wa land tourists to Mars? Dear Editor. What a shame that some residents of this town must inform a policeman of where they live in order to get home. I know it’s too late to take back our town from the tourists, but I bet you I’m not the only one that wishes the whole Schlitterbahn operation and the “toobin” enterprises woe right up there with Sojourner. Judy Akers New Braunfels Don’t forget to sign Lofters to tho Editor and inctuds your addrsss and phone number. commuter train near Colombo, Sri Lanka, killing 64 civilians and wounding more than 400. Today's Birthdays: Broadway producer Alexander H. Cohen is 77. Former U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug is 77. Movie director Peter Yates (“Bullitt”) is 68. Actress Jacqueline Brookes is 67. Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant is 62. Comedian Ruth Buzri is 61. Actor Dan Hcdaya is 57. Actor Chris Sarandon is 55. Actor Robert Hays is 50. Montana Gov. Marc Racicot is 49. Actor Michael Richards (“Seinfeld”) is 48. Actress Lynda Carter is 46. Movie director Gus Van Sant (“To Die For”) is 45. Country singer Para Tillis is 40. Actor Kadeem Hardison is 32. Actress Jennifer Lopez (“Selena”) is 27. ;