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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas I ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Wednesday, June 7,1995 Opinion I To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 H c Z e i t u n g Opinion Online 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 “To say that pornography threatens women makes us think there is some kind of quick fix.” — Leanne Katz National Coalition Against Censorship, 1993 EDITORIAL Strangely silent Lack of response to County Judge’s public forum puzzling, disappointing County Judge Carter Casteel was diplomatic Tuesday night when considering the turnout at hor first public forum. The event was held at Lone Star School on W. San Antonio and was an opportunity for members of the community to meet one-on-one with the Judge to express their concerns to her and maybe get answers to some of their questions. Only four people turned out for the forum (not including a reporter from the Herald-Zeitung.) The Judge said she would try harder to publicize the next meeting, implying that may be why the turnout was so low. She was being kind. This newspaper ran notices in our Stammtisch section and on Page I detailing when and where the event was to be held. Although the Her-ald-Zeitung doesn’t claim to have subscribers in every New Braunfels household, it is confident that a good part of this community keeps up with local news through our publication. The word was out about this forum, and the public chose to stay away. That’s a shame. As often as we blast our elected officials because we don’t think they’re responding fast enough to our wishes, you would think an angry, confused (even satisfied) electorate would turn out to speak their mind to someone as influential in the community as the Casteel. That didn’t happen. While town meetings and public forums are all the rage now with national political figures, they’re not as prevalent at the local level. Comal County and New Braunfels seem to be the exceptions. City councilmen, city department heads and county commissioners alike have met the public in informal settings in the past here in New Braunfels to discuss specific issues or just to make themselves available and accessible. That doesn't happen in a lot of Texas counties and cities, and we should encourage our elected officials to continue the practice of holding meetings in the community. But if attendance at future forums held by the County Judge or other elected officials resembles Tuesday’s attendance, it’s likely those meetings will become a thing of the past. And that would be a real shame. (Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) Write us The 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. Muil letters to: Letters to the Editor c/o The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P O Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David Sullens General Manager............................................................Cheryl Duvall Managing Editor...........................................................Doug Loveday Advertising Director......................................................Tracy    Stevens Circulation Director....................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman...................................................Douglas Brandt Classified Manager........................................................Laura    Cooper City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings I uesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-KHO) 7071 anda St., or P O Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx 78131 -1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braun Jets Herald /*Hung in New Braunfels, Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $19; six months, $34; one year, $60 Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $30; one year. $56 Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $28.80; six months, $52; one year, $97.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $75; one year, $112.25. 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 (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday. Postmasilk Send address changes to the New Braunfels Heraldletiung. P O. Drawer 31 1328. New Braunfels. Tx. 78131-1328Clinton officials under fire The appointment by Attorney General Janet Reno of an independent counsel to investigate how Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown made nearly $500,000 in a business venture in which he invested no money biings to four the number of top Clinton Administration officials whose ethics are now under official scrutiny. In addition to Brown and the President, who remains the primary subject of a lengthy inquiry known collectively as Whitewater, there are two other probes. Former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy is being investigated because of allegations he may have violated criminal law in accepting gifts from companies and individuals with business before his department. Last December, the investigation was broadened to include whether Espy illegally accepted gifts from an Arkansas poultry company with ties to Clinton. And HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros is being investigated to determine whether he lied about making payments tq a former mistress. During the 1992 campaign, candidate Bill Clinton regularly referred to the “sleaze factor” in the Bush and Reagan administrations. “For 12 years of this Reagan-Bush era,” said Clinton, “the Republicans have let S&L crooks and self-serving CEOs try to build an economy out of paper and perks. It’s the Republican way: Every man for himself, and get it while you can.” More and more, though, this looks more like a description of the Clinton Administration. In my growing files on the Clinton Presidency and its own proclivities for questionable ethics, I am amazed at the Cal Thomas number of stories, columns and commentaries, from liberals and conservatives, that have focused on this Administration’s lapses. Bill Clinton pledged to enact the toughest ethical standards for government office there had ever been, signing an executive order to that end on Inauguration Day. Properly being held accountable to standards he set, he is increasingly found wanting- From Travelgate to backdated payrolls, White House passes for cronies and political consultants, failure to make required disclosures on Mrs. Clinton’ health care task force, conflicts of interest and a President and three Cabinet members under investigation, this is an Administration that knows sleaze. There are as many critics from the left (perhaps more because they see their window of opportunity to restore liberal government failing) as from the right, and many spotted the problems early. Five days before the Inauguration, The Washington Post headlined an editorial “Ethics and Ron Brown,” noting that “Mr. Clinton exacerbated (the ethics issue) by claiming...that his Administration would somehow be different from its predecessors in this regard and be squeaky-clean.” One month into the new Administration, columnist David Broder wrote that the President was “fudging the truth” about taxes and that he was “up to his old tricks.” In May 1993, The New York Times editorialized about the Administration’s “scrambled ethics” and called a fund-raising breakfast scheduled by the Democratic National Committee to put the bite on lobbyists and big corporate donors “a tawdry affair.” Contributors didn’t get breakfast, but they got special briefings by top officials and tickets to a gala called The President’s Dinner. Cost? Fifteen thousand dollars a couple. “So much Tor setting a higher moral tone,” said the editorial. “Clinton’s distortions are brazen, unrelenting and unusually specific,” wrote columnist Robert Samuel-son in the June 9, 1993 Washington Post. "Clinton lies. I could put it more delicately, but that would miss the point. Sometimes the lies are blatant untruths. Sometimes they are artful distortions, technically true but misleading...Clinton practices the politics of overpromise. Tell people what they want to hear, regardless of whether it’s true.” In its March 15, 1993 issue, The New Republic called the Administrations’ plan to cut 100,000jobs from the federal work force “a sham.” Why haven’t the Clinton Administration’s ethical and veracity problems had a greater impact? Because the big media have failed to link all the transgressions into a single defining label. But that may change. With the start next month of Whitewater hearings in the Senate and later in the House, the cover will be lifted and the extent of the sleaziness will be exposed. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) returning 1b lawyers met’WcKiD'teiocai.gowrn-memtiiaaite'W] kiwi tor hwio.giip 9Wlf#ms7kFum7ten)ft* Gingrich tour upstages president WASHINGTON (AP) — Make no mistake: With a town hall meeting, an appearance on Larry King’s TV show and a foray to New Hampshire this weekend, President Clinton is in full campaign mode. But this isn’t 1992 and the techniques that worked for him then aren’t reaping him as much attention now. Furthermore, everywhere he turns he finds himself in the lengthening shadow of Newt Gingrich aud Bob Dole. Clinton’s trip to New Hampshire this Sunday — he’ll give the commencement address at Dartmouth College and make a few campaign-style stops in other towns — is the informal kickoff of his re-election effort in the first-in-the-nation primary stale. Informal, because Clinton aides are not acknowledging that he’s even campaigning. It’s a ritual all presidents engage in as they seek to persuade voters they are above politics this far Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, June 7, the 158th day of 1995. There are 207 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: June 7, 1769, is recognized by Kentucky’s Historical Society as the date that frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore the present-day Bluegrass State. On this date: In 1654, Louis XIV was crowned King of France in Rheims. In 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence. In 1848, French post-impressionist Analysis before an election. By the time Clinton gets to New Hampshire, he will have been upstaged — big time — by another non-campaigner, Gingrich. The House speaker may not be a current presidential aspirant, and he reiterated that stand Tuesday, but he’s storming through the state like one. The energetic Georgia Republican starts a four-day swing through New Hampshire on Friday and will be followed by some 200journalists in buses and even helicopters, lite C SPAN cable network will beam many of the Gingrich events around the nation. As of late Tuesday, only 40 journalists had signed up for Clinton’s Sunday trip. And no choppers. “His calendar will not be as extensive as Speaker Gingrich’s, I can assure you,” Clinton spokesman Mike McCur- painter Paul Gauguin was bom in Paris. In 1864, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president at his party’s convention in Baltimore. In 1892, the Republican National Convention began meeting in Minneapolis. In the days that followed, the delegates nominated President Harrison for re-election and Whitelaw Reid for vice president. In 1929, the sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome. In 1939, King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, arrived at Niagara Falls, N.Y., from Canada on the first visit lo the United States by a reigning British monarch. In 1948, the Communists completed their takeover of Czechoslovakia with ry said in remarkable understatement. On the day of Clinton’s visit, Gingrich will be on a Sunday network talk show, hold forth at several news conferences and attend a dinner in his honor in Manchester. "The president is trying to establish he’s in the ballgame, but he will be caught in the Gingrich wake on this one,” said political analyst Stuart Rosenberg. He noted all the declared COP candidates were smart enough to slay away from New Hampshire this weekend. Clinton is returning to some of the formats that served him well in 1992, wjth a town hall meeting in Montana late last week and going on CNN’s “Larry King Live” Monday night. But these didn’t pack the punch they did for Clinton as a candidate, when he and Ross Perot frequently used talk shows and town hall forums to project their messages. the resignation of President Eduard Benes. In 1967, author-critic Dorothy Parker, famed for her caustic wit, died in New York. In 1980, a better than 50-to-1 long shot, Temperance Hill, won the Belmont Stakes in New York. In 1981, Israeli military planes destroyed a nuclear power plant in Iraq, a facility the Israelis charged could have been used to make nuclear weapons. Ten years ago: The Israeli-backed South Lebanon army seized 24 Finnish United Nations soldiers; all were later released. Five years ago: South African President F.W. de Klerk announced he was lifting a 4-year-old state of emergency in three of the country's four provinces, with the exception of Natal. Who To Call U.S. Congftiman Rep. Lamar Smith 1100 N.E. Loop 410, Ste. 640 San Antonio, TX 78209 210-821-5024 Rep. Frank Tejeda 1313 S.E. Military Dr., Ste. 115 San Antonio, TX 78214 210-924-7383 FAX: 210-927-6222 Tflxaa Government Offices Governor George W. Bush P.O. Box 12428 Austin, TX 78711 512-463-2000 Attorney General Dan Morales P.O. Box 12548 Austin, TX 78711 512-463-2100 State Sen. Jeff Wentworth 1250 N.E. Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78209 210-826-7800. FAX: 210-826-0571 or P.O. Box 12068 Austin, TX 78711-2068 512-463-0326 State Sen. Judith Zafflrini P.O. Box 627 Laredo, TX 78042 210-722-2293 or P.O. Box 12068 Austin, TX 78711-2068 512-463-0125 FAX: 512-463-0326 State Rep. Edmund Kuempel P.O. Box 911 Seguin, TX 78155-0911 210-379-8732 FAX: 512-463-0904 or P.O. Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768-2910 512-463-0602 FAX: 512-463-5896 ;