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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Thursday, June I, 2000Opinions Forum Letters   . '/At 'A;,': New R&mUnfkls Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson, Managing Editor Other Views By The Associated Press Fort Worth Star-Telegram on cable TV sex: Parents who fully understand their responsibilities to and for their children won’t be upset by the Supreme Court ruling last week that struck down a federal law restricting sexually explicit cable programming to late-night hours. Parents who want someone else to be responsible for what their children see or don’t see on TV will hate it. The First Amendment’s free speech principle comes into play in this case, which will unquestionably set off those Americans who believe that the Founding Fathers would roll in their graves if they knew that indecent cable TV shows were protected speech. Alas, the Founders did realize that a free society is one that protects speech that many citizens might find offensive. Adults who choose to view such programming as that offered by Playboy’s Adam & Eve and AdulTVision channels have the right to do so. That said, the government does have a role to play in keeping such sights from young eyes. The court’s ruling boils down to finding the least restrictive means possible to keep sexually oriented material from children. Cable companies that provide free and full blocking devices for subscribers who request them meet that test. The “signal bleed” that can occur on the TV sets of cable subscribers who don’t buy the explicit programming yet also don’t request the blocking devices is something they will have to live with. This means that the responsibility for what children watch falls where it belongs: on the parents. Subscriber-based cable programming, according to the court, is allowed a higher level of scrutiny when it comes to First Amendment protection than broadcast TV and radio, which goes into every home in America that has a receiver for it. Even some community newspaper publishers shudder at the idea that sexually explicit programming receives the same high level of First Amendment protection as their products. But Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion, “The citizen is entitled to seek out or reject certain ideas or influences without government interference or control.” Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, June I, the 153rd day of 2000. There are 213 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June I, 1980, Cable News. Network made its debut. On this date: In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state of the union. In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state. In 1801, Mormon leader Brigham Young was born in Whitingham, Vt. In 1813, the commander of the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, said, “Don’t give up the ship” during a losing battle with a British frigate. In 1868, James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, died near Lancaster, Pa. In 1926, actress Marilyn Monroe was bom in Los Angeles. In 1943, a civilian flight from Lisbon to London was shot down by the Germans during World War ll, killing all aboard, including actor Leslie Howard. In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became premier of France. In 1977, the Soviet Union formally charged Jewish human rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason. (Shcharansky was imprisoned, then released in 1986.) In 1997, Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, was fatally burned in a fire set by her 12-year-old grandson in her Yonkers, N.Y., apartment. Ten years ago: President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed more than a dozen bilateral accords in the second day of their Washington summit. Meanwhile, Barbara Bush and Raisa Gorbachev traveled to Wellesley College in Massachusetts to deliver commencement addresses. Five years ago: President Clinton visited Billings, Mont., where he met with farmers and presided over a televised town hall meeting. One year ago: An American Airlines MD-82 landed off-center during a severe thunderstorm, in Little Rock, Ark. and barreled off the end of the runway, breaking apart and catching fife; 11 people, including the captain, died. President Clinton ordered a government investigation into whether — and how — the entertainment business markets violence to children. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Richard Erdman is 75. Actor Andy Griffith is 74. Actor Edward Woodward is 70. Actor Pat Corley is 70. Singer Pat Boone is 66. Actor-writer-director Peter Masterson is 66. Actor Morgan Freeman is 63. Actor Rene Auberjonois is 60. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 55. Actor Brian Cox is 54. Letters to the Editor Wolverton should release his records Dear Editor, At voting time, I do not pull the party lever because there is often something about the candidates that will cause me to lean toward one or the other. But when there is no clear difference I invariably vote for the Republican candidate because I am conservative. I guess that makes me a Republican. As such I am very disturbed to learn that my party’s candidate for Guadalupe County Commissioner of Precinct 3 (Jim Wolverton) has declined to turn over his tax records to the elections office as his opponent has done. People who aspire to public office must be willing to forfeit their right to privacy. It is the “whole person” that voters must be able to judge if they are to determine his or her fitness for public office. Therefore, if candidates cannot agree to scrutiny of their personal business they should seek other pursuits; just as people who can’t stand the heat are well advised to work someplace other than the kitchen. As Slick Willie and many others have painfully learned, there is no private life for public figures. With these thoughts in mind, I urge you, Mr. Wolverton, to stop running from your opponent. You are embarrassing our party. Meet his challenge head-on. Release all of your tax records. Show your opponent and your constituents exactly who you are, what you do, and most importantly, that there is nothing in your life you are ashamed of or need to hide. Unless and until you do, your qualifications remain suspect, and Republican or not, it will be impossible for me to support you in the coming election. Bill Hamm Schertz Senior center is set to open in Bulverde Dear Editor, As Board President of the Bulverde Senior Center, it gives me great pleasure to announce the dedication of our new Senior Center located in Bulverde, Texas at 30280 Cougar Bend on July 3, 2000. The entire membership of the BSC extends an invitation to all residents to come join us on this happy day; to celebrate with us and share in our enthusiasm for our extreme good fortune in obtaining such a wonderful new facility. Opening ceremonies will begin at IO a.m. followed by refreshments and tours of the facility. We do hope you will be able to attend and meet some of the people responsible for helping to bring about this joyous event. The Seniors and participating residents are especially proud of the fact that this is the Write ’Em only public facility built entirely from contributions for the Bulverde area since the Community center was constructed some 50 years ago. It would not have been possible without the help and generous support of local businesses, area charitable foundations, and you, the good citizens of Bulverde, Spring Branch, and surrounding areas. We pause on this Memorial Day weekend to give thanks for each of you for your support and to think just how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful area. Now that we are in our new facility, we will be able to expand our area of service for both members and the community. To the members by offering them the opportunity to learn a new skill, make new friends, live healthier, and lead a more useful, meaningful life. To the community by providing a means for our seniors to share their knowledge, experience, and memories of yesteryears with our younger generation and other elderly residents less fortunate than they. We have already moved our established programs to the new facility and the members are thoroughly enjoying their new freedom. For more information about present and future programs, please call 438-3111. We are already serving over 200 individuals on a weekly basis and we are sure you will enjoy being a part of this vibrant group of young-hearted seniors. Jim Herrington Board President, BSC Bulverde PRESIDENT Bill Clinton 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 U.S. SENATORS Phil Gramm R-College Station Room 370 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 404 E. Ramsey Road San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 366-9494 Ray Bailey Hutchison R-Dallas Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 E-mail: senator® hutchison.sen- ateigov 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 U.S. CONGRESSMAN Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4236 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 821-5024 GOVERNOR George W. Bush State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin, TX 78711 (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 TEXAS STATE SENATOR Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 TEXAS STATE REP Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin P.O. Box 911 Seguin, TX 78155 (830) 379-8732 Fax: (830) 463-5896 COMAL COUNTY JUDGEG Danny Scheel 150 N. Seguin Ave. New Braunfels, TX 78130 620-5501 Fax: 608-2026 MAYOR Stoney Williams 424 S. Casten Ave. New Braunfels, TX 78130 608-2100District 21 is all about eating world-class brisket It comes as no surprise to those of us who live in the 21st Congressional District to learn that the legendary Cooper’s Old Time Pit Barbecue in Llano has again been named one of the best barbecue restaurants in the world. Travel and Leisure magazine named Cooper’s and a handful of other Texas barbecue restaurants in a recent story about the “world’s greatest barbecue.” Constituents from Midland in the western part of the district to San Antonio and Williamson County in the east have savored the peppery, mesquite taste of Cooper’s brisket. Travel and Leisure reported that Cooper’s “is to fanciers of dead cooked animals what the San Diego Zoo is to fanciers of live ones.” The reputation is well earned. Another 21st District restaurant made the magazine’s Top IO for barbecue: Harry’s on the Loop in Willow City, Gillespie County. Travel and Leisure describes the setting for this noted eatery as “some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable...fields of bluebonnets that resemble deep azure lakes nestled in the hollows of the landscape ” The magazine says Harry’s beans, cooked along with the first-class brisket, may be among the best in the world. Lamar Smith Representing a congressional district that is about 400 miles long requires a lot of travel. It’s a tough job, but someone has to patronize all the good barbecue places in communities throughout the district. Here are some of my favorites, but by no means is this a complete list: •Countering the belief that you can have too much of a good thing, Junction now has an official Cooper’s outlet that I would like to try the next time I am in Kimble County. And I have heard reports of at least one other Cooper’s satellite in the 21st District. •In Kerrville, I’m partial to Bill’s, but I also like Buzzie’s and Choo Choo’s. I feel like I can’t go wrong with barbecue in Kerrville. •In San Antonio, you can’t miss Bill Miller BAR-B-Q. It’s a local chain that has long been one of my favorites. •When I’m in San Angelo, I head for Pack Saddle BAR-BQ. My first choice there and in barbecue restaurants throughout the district is the brisket. •And in Midland, Michael’s Charcoal Grill-North is a landmark that has earned a strong local reputation. It’s good to see the 21st District get the recognition it deserves for its barbecue -a precious commodity. For every Cooper’s that is nationally recognized there are a number of good pit barbecue restaurants that turn out high-quality Texas brisket for customers every day. (Lamar Smith represents the 21 st District in Congress.) ;