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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 40Htarajd-Z^ Opinion A To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, can 625-9144, ext. 21 I H a Id 7 o I t ii n I QUOTABLE “The more journalism I read and do, the more convinced I am ~ that only ideas have large and lasting consequences ~ and that books are die primary carriers of ideas. Including books of poetry and fiction.” — George F. WHI columnist, author 1995 editorial Fire threat from fireworks County should enact ban on sale of fireworks to individuals if drought persists If drought conditions persist, Comal County commissioners should look to join a group of other Texas county leaders in enacting a ban on fireworks during the duration of dry weather. Panhandle counties that have already banned the sale of fireworks to individuals include Randall, Deaf Smith and Gray. Others considering a ban or placing restrictions on sales (such as banning the sale of aerial fireworks) include Roberts, Hartley and Potter counties. What*s unique about this effort to guard against brush fires caused by fireworks is that it is supported, in large measure, by the very manufacturers of the fireworks. The Texas Pyrotechnic Association told an AP reporter that tile group supports restrictions on sales because fires caused by fireworks would be bad publicity for their industry, as well as a threat to life and property in die state. They’re protecting their business interests. And that’s OK. The governor has said he would not enact any statewide or regional ban on fireworks, but when asked by a county’s commissioners for a ban, he would do so at the local level. Comal County has suffered mightily from the drought — not only in the levels of our rivers, but also in the condition and health of our lawns and pastures. Several bum bans have been enacted in Comal County, only to be lifted after brief respites from the drought Firefighters are especially alert to blazes caused by fireworks around the Fourth of July, and this year will be no exception. If the rains we’ve enjoyed during the past few days continue, we may be in better shape than other counties in the Panhandle that have enacted bans on fireworks sales. But if the overall dry conditions continue, the county should ban the sale and use of fireworks here. Too much can go wrong. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) Write us • • • The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public jane. The editor reamvee the ri^ht to correct spelling, style, punctuate and known fectual errors, latten should be kept to SBO words. Wa publish only original mail addressed to die New Braunfels Herald- h—dm mri/km** signatary Ala^ an mMwm aryl | tflkflhfyi nniwlnr    mrm    nut    for    must bs included. Please cite the page number and date at any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail latten tax Latten to tbs Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Tens 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 825-1224 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher...........................................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Director of Advertising.................................................Debbie    Banta-Scott Retail Advertising Manager...............................................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol    Ann    Avery Pressroom Foreman...........................................................Billy    Parnell City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Attitawd os Sunday monwip sad weekday moratap Tucwtay irate friday by the NtwBaamfrisHmM-Zasmt (USPS 377-880) 707 Lands St. or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels. 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Opinion Onlino contact ■To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor's address is should follow his wife’s lead The gathering of many of Cslifomis's Republican leaders st a $l,000-pcr-pl*tc fund-raiser May 16 might have been a wake had it not been for Sen. Bob Dole’s announcement the day before that he was quitting the Senate and had it not been far the honoree, Elizabeth Dole. Mrs. Dole worked the crowd using a wireless microphone, calling people by name as she passed their tables and delivering a flawless speech without Doles and without the security of a podium lo stand behind. Her rhetorical triumph brought hope to a crowd Hut was worried about die Republican Party's prospects after reading one too many polls showing Dole far behind President Clinton. ‘This election ta about die character of America,” said Mrs. Dole. She didn't say it was about the dander of the candidates but of the country, it ta rn important distinction. A Wall Street Joumal/NBC News poll last week found that by a margin of 54 percent to 26 percent voters say a presidential candidate's potations on issues are more important than personal character and experience. So if duty, honor, country have faded away along with Gen. Douglas MacArthur, we will find out in November. Meanwhile, it’s time for Bob Dole to follow up his class act with act two. He should begin by stressing economic issues, because these are the great unifiers of the party, and it desperately needs to be unified. He would begin a conversation with the public about the proper role of government: Why should we be focusing more on growth than the deficit, and why will an across-the-board tax cut produce greafeer revenue for government by stimulating business and creating new jobs? Elizabeth Dole says her husband carries of a copy of the 10th Amendment with turn as a reminder that powers not specifically delegated to the federal government or forbidden to the states are reserved for the states and the people. What that means and how government has violated that amendment should be Bob Dole’s message. Mrs. Dole summarized the unfairness of the current tax code in one easy-to-understand sentence: ’The average worker pays more in taxes than for food, shelter and clothing combined.** Is it fair that tax freedom for most came on May 7 this year, meaning the average American doesn't get to keep what he earns until more than one-third of the year has expired? And Dole should remind us who will be in charge of government if he and congressional Republicans lose. It will be unredeemed liberals like Reps. Charles Rangel of New York, Henry Waxman of California; and David Obey of Wisconsin. The 1994 election was; supposed to be about change. The 1996 election; ought not to be about returning power to the very peo-j pie who caused die voters* wrath. Someone suggested at the GDP dinner that Eliza-! beth Dole should debate Hillary Clinton. That won't; happen, bitt Bob Dole can begin debating Bill Clinton now. He can doit with GOP-financed commer-i dais featuring Clinton debating himself. The president can be cast as a promise-breaker, unreliable, lacking: in conviction and as superficial as floor wax — all gloss and no depth. Rather than attack Clinton directly, let him be shown as a snake-oil salesman, who tells his listeners exactly what they want to hear about ’’cures** for their pain which he claims to feel. After a campaign of Clinton vs. Clinton, the focus! should then be on the character of the voters: whether they believe character counts, or nothing counts. And then Bob Dole can promote his agenda. According to his wife, it's "strict constructionist judges with no legislating from the bench, no more hollow mil-; itary — we have many other enemies durn the evil' empire" and the tax problem. Bob Dole should repeat his wife’s speech. It; brought down the house in Los Angeles, and it could; bring down President Clinton. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist) aodtiacrei&frCbrrifrianderin ^eflYai cant due EB Japanese mistakenly shoot down U.S. plane Accident occurs during joint military exercises off Hawaii By BEN DIPIETRO Associated Press Writer HONOLULU (AP) — A Japanese destroyer accidentally shot down a U.S. attack bomber during joint military exercises off Hawaii. Its two American crew members ejected safely and were rescued in good condition. Japan quickly apologized for the accident, which happened at 7:15 p.m. HST Monday (1:15 a.m. EDT today) as the U.S. Navy’s A-6E Intruder was towing a gunnery target 1,600 miles west of Hawaii. The Japanese vessel Yuugin fired at the target but hit the plane, and it crashed in the Pacific. The pilot and bombardier, whose names were not immediately released, were rescued within minutes by the Yuugiri and were able to walk on their own power. Japanese officials said one crew member had a minor cut to the abdomen, the other only bruises. The men were taken by helicopter to their home Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, June 4, the 156th day of 1996. There are 210 days left in the year. Today’s highlight in history: In the early hours of June 4, 1896, Henry Ford made a successful test run with his boneless carnage, called a "quadricyde," through the streets of Detroit On this date: In 1647, the English army seized King Charles I as a hostage. In 1812, the Louisiana Territory was renamed the Missouri Territory. In 1878, Turkey turned Cyprus over to the British. In 1892, the Siena Club was incorporated in San Francisco. In 1940, the Allied military evacuation from Dunkirk, Fiance, raided. In 1942, the Battle of Midway began during World WarU. ‘Ifs a unique and unfortunate accident, but I not a tragedy because wa recovered both crew members in good condition.’ —Capt. Steve Clawson U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman ship, the aircraft carrier USS Independence, and were expected to arrive back in Honolulu by Saturday. “It’s a unique and unfortunate accident, but it’s not a tragedy because we recovered both crew members in good condition," Capt Steve Clawson, spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Japanese Defense Agency apologized to the U.S. military and decided to halt shooting practice using live ammunition, said spokesman Tomohide Matsumura. The 450-foot Yuugiri, which carries a crew of about 200, was using a 22 mm weapons system capable of firing bursts of 3,000 rounds per minute, said Tensuke Kobayashi, a Japanese navy official. Kobayashi said mechanical trouble in die weapons system may have caused the accident. "Apparently the missiles were launched when In 1944, the U.S. 5th Army entered Rome, beginning the liberation of the Italian capital during World Warn. In 1947, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Taft-Hartlcy Act. In 1954, French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc initialed treaties in Paris according "complete independence" to Vietnam. In 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling striking down an Alabama law providing for a daily minute of silence in public schools for "meditation or voluntary prayer." In 1989, hundreds — possibly thousands — of people died as Chinese army troops stormed Beijing to crush the pro-democracy movement. In 1989, a gas explosion in the Soviet Union engulfed two passing trains, killing 645, Ten years ago: Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty in Washington to spying for Israel. (He is serving a life prison term.) Five years ago: President Bush tapped former they weren’t meant to be," he said. Cmdr. Keith Artebum of U.S. Pacific Fleet said he « couldn’t confirm whether a mechanical malfunc- • don was at fault.    • Pentagon spokesman George Lennon in Wash-j ington said the Japanese reported the downing imme-’• diately back through the various chains of com-’-mand.    I Japan Defense Agency official Tsutomu Sugiya- j ma said eight Japanese escort vessels, a supply ship, • flying corps, eight submarine chasers and one sub-• marine were participating in the month-long exer- • (rises, which began May 22. The annual maneuvers — called RIMPAC, for « Rim of the Pacific — were launched by Australia, ‘ New Zealand, the United States and Canada in ' 1971. New Zealand later withdrew from the group; -Japan has been participating since 1980. This is the first such accident involving Japan i since it began participating in the RIMPAC exer- I cises, Kobayashi said.    I In the exercise, the participants are divided into ; teams that conduct mock warfare. One team stages a mock defense of Hawaii while the other tries to capture it From the Japanese side, 1,900 naval personnel and 160 air force members are participating. Democratic national chairman Robert S. Strauss to be the new U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union. Thfc government of China announced the death of Jiang Qing, the 77-year-old widow of Mao Tse-tung, saying she had committed suicide on May 14. One year ago: At the Tony Awards, "Sunset Boulevard" won best Broadway musical while "Love! Valour! Compassion!" by Terrence McNair ly was chosen best play. Today’s Birthdays: Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, D-Ohio, is 79. Opera singer Robert Merrill is 7?. Actor Dennis Weaver is 72. Actor Bruce Dem is 60. Singer Freddie Fender is 59. Singer Gordon Wallet is 51. Rock musician Danny Brown is 45. Actor Parker Stevenson is 44. Singer-musician El DeBarge is 35. Tennis player Andrea Jaeger is 31. Thought for Today: "Conventionality is notI morality. Self-righteousness ta not religion. To attack J the first is not to assail the last." — Charlotte Bronte, « English novelist (1816-1855). ;