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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 40 Heraj^^ungOTue^^ June ll, 1996 ■ To tak with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, cal 625-9144, ext. 21 H e r i I d - Z e i t u n g 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 Q I' 0 t A B rn “Honan rights are mutual and reciprocal, and if you take my liberty and life, you forfeit your (mn liberty and Bfe.” — Jermain Westey Loguen runaway stave, religious leader 1860 EDIT 0 RIALReligious terrorismRecent attacks against churches undermine religious freedom of all Americans Each one of us should be outraged by any assault on a person or group because of their religious beliefs. The founders of this country were very clear on the need for religious tolerance. Many of our ancestors came to this country to avoid religious persecution. Religion is a very personal right For many of us, religion is an intimate, crucial element to our existence. To attack one's religion or place of worship is a very personal, mean-spirited assault That’s one of the reasons dial the burning of African-American churches is so appalling. The other reason, of course, is because it’s racism at its most evil. Mm than 30 churches have been destroyed or damaged by suspected arson in the past 18 months. So far, only seven arrests, involving five of the arsons, have been made. Two of the seven suspects, according to one federal official, have known ties to the Ku KluxKlan. We must not allow these terrorist acts to go unchallenged or unpunished:^ President Clinton’s recent decision to ask Attorney General Janet Reno and the FBI to investigate is a good one, albeit a little late. If these hideous acts of religious terrorism go unpunished, then the religious freedoms of all Americans are diminished. With the most recent church burning in Greenville, Texas, local and state authorities must act quickly and throw as many investigators as they can onto the case. Texas and Texans must demonstrate to die rest of the country and to the world that religious terrorism will not be tolerated in this state. (Today’s editorial was written by Editor and Publisher Doug Toney.)Write us... Hie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctua-tion and known factual errors. Letters should lie kept to 250 words. Ws publish only original mail addresesd to the Aku; Braunfels Herald-Zatung bearing the writer^ signature. Also, an address end a telephone number, which are not for publication, must bs 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 fibs previous 30 days. Mail letter* toe Lotto* to the Editor do die New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224 New BraunfelsHerald-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 Hal Circulation Director....................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman................................................  Bitty    Parnell City Editor ....................................................  Roger    Croteau A    i •*€ #    ^    *    > Publshed aa Sunday morning and weekday mornings Tuesday through friday by the NewBtwrnfrUfknid ZnSsiy CUSPS 377-480) 707 Unda St. or P.O. Dnwwr 311328. New Braunfels. Comd County, Tx. 78131-1328. Second ciao pottage paid by tie NewBmm-fels Herald-Zeitung is New Braunfels, Texas. Curia delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $2030; six mood*, $37; em year. J66. Senior Citizen Discount* by canter delivwy only: ax monte, $33; one yew, 862. Mail delivery outside Conal County in Texas: ame months, $30.30; six HA-*., $55; one yew. $103 JO. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; ana year. $118.25. Sohacrfocn who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 pm. Tuesday through Witty or by 7:30 am on Sunday may call (210)625-9144 or by 7 pm weekdays or by ll ajn os Sunday. ROffMAfTSK: Sand address changes lo fee New Brasque Herald-Zemmg, PX). Drawer ll 1328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328.Education could be Dole’s issue Wha California instituted the “whole-language” approach to reat&tg iwriy a decade ago, it abandoned a tested and proven method—phonics — in favor of one that has children guessing st words and inventing their own spelling and grammar. Whole language quickly spread to virtually every public school. Attempts to restore phonics were rebuffed by the teachers’ union and educational ’’experts,”.who clanned the new way was bour. Hie results of this new approach are now in. Standardized hi California placed that state's public school children in a tie for last with Louisiana as die worst readers along 39 states tested. Now, California public schools are beating a hasty retreat from the whole-language approach — word recognition taught by associator wands and pictures—and re-embracing phonics, which teaches children to string consonant and vowel sounds together. Because California set the national whole-language trend and is now abandoning it, other states and cities are following suit The Houston Independent School District, seventh largest in the nation, issued a report by scholars and citizens (under the leadership of honorary chairman former first lady Barbara Bish) that demanded a ram) to systematic phonics. Citing a study funded by die National Institutes of Health, researcher Barbara Footman, head of the HISD Reading Committee, said, “What was found was that die more explicit the instruction in phonics, the greater the growth ad outcomes in reading. Specifically, even though children started the school year at the same low levels of phonological and word reading skills, by the end of the year the children receiving direct instruction with phonics were at the 42nd percentile on a standardized test of reading, Cal Thomas whereas children receiving a embedded (incidental) phonics approach woe at the 23rd percentile (if die teachers were trained by the researchers) or at the 21st percentile (if die teachers were trained by the district).” *    JackPikulski, president-elect International Reading r \ J, J1')': Association and a professor of •' v '* / education at the University of r \ J, J1')': Delaware, believes “phonics is a D ■ v-' h necessary part of a balanced reading program. There is plenty of evidence that phonics ca - v '' / get children off to a good start” V?-;?'J'    There’s also plenty of evi dence that teaching children to D ■ v-' h read earlier ad better is only part of the solution to failing I    public schools. Columnist I William Raspberry wrote, “The schools are dreadful because teachers are ill-trained or afraid to exert discipline, or because the schools are cheerless, underfunded ad unsafe.” I would take issue only with his assation that schools are under-funded. The Opportunities Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives reports there are 720 federal programs identified ss “funding education” at a anual cost of $120 billion. The total cost of education in America exceeds $474 bil-I lion. “Public schools,” noted Raspberry, “are becoming the educational counterfeit of public hospitals: supported by taxpayers who will use them only as a last desperate resort.” Last week, GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole said, “Instead of instilling hope and discipline, too often our schools breed resentment, despair ad mediocrity. Our schools are teaching recycling and AIDS prevention, but our kids can’t add and too often aren’t allowed to pray.” Education reform is one issue Dole ca make his own. President Clinton is beholden to the National Education Association, though he sends his daughter to a private school. For starters, Dole should recruit die first ladies of several states, such as Mary Lord Beasley of South Carolina, Susa Allen of Virginia and Laura Bush (rf Texas, to help him endorse a return to systematic phonics in every state. Dole should also press Clinton on school choice. If parents could direct where they want their children educated—in government or in private schools — such competition would lift all educational boats. Now, schools function as die phone compay used to: as a monopoly that benefits the education lobby and allows schools to exert political influence. They have failed America’s children and their taxpaying parents. Improving the reading skills of children will help them do better in every subject Grating personal choice will improve their minds and spirits. The NEA is for choice on abortion. Why isn’t it for choice for those fortunate enough to have been bom and for their parents? It is because the NBA wishes to reproduce its own world view — and the only way it ca do this is to keep most children trapped in a system even the moderately liberal William Raspberry calls “dreadful.” (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist) iimiMuu tam nmmtiMiuiumtuu'UUUitmttui mwtiU (({(§ ' iiwui. " .... .... 9 f TP lr    SS ^    1111 # 1111 lliui. I WW liuittlLm . « I un. I mn I if. I Iii I lim tutu It till tim'mill! Itll WU iii«|g|« Kevorkian attends death of New Jersey woman By JIM IRWIN Associated Press Writer DETROIT (AP)—Less tha a month after his latest court victory, Dr. Jack Kevorkia attended the death of a New Jersey woman, a lawyer for the assisted suckle advocate said today. Ruth Neuma, 69, who reportedly died from carbon monoxide poisoning, was the 29th person to die in Kevorkia's presence since 1990. Neuma of Columbus, NJ., was brought to the North Oakland Medical Center in Pontiac at about 12:25 am. Doctors tried unsuccessfully to revive the woman, hospital spokeswoma Choli Natavio said. Neuman's body was brought to the hospital by her son, Jeff Neuma, who was joined several minutes later by Kevorkia’s lawyer, Geoffrey Reger, Natavio said. Fieger, reached at his home by The Associated Press, confirmed the dead woman’s identity and said she died in Kevorkia’s presence. Fieger would not Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, June 11, the 163rd day of 1996. There are 203 days left in the year. Todays Highlights in History: On June ll, 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence from Britain. On this date: In 1509, England’s King Henry VHI married Catherine of Aragon. In 1779, Captain James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it In 1919, Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown Wilmer. In 1942, the United States and die Soviet Union signed a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War ll. In 1947, sugar rationing ended in the United States. In 1963, Buddhist monk Quag Due immolated say how or where she died. WWJ-AM reported that Fieger said she died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Kevorkian, also reached at his home, referred questions to his lawyer. An autopsy on Ms. Neuma could be performed later today, said a spokeswoma at the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office who refused to give her name. “lf she’s a suspicious death she’s automatically a medical examiner’s case, lf they’re saying Dr. Jack’s involved, that would be a suspicious death,” the spokeswoma said. The 68-year-old retired pathologist has maintained that as a doctor he has a moral duty to help patients end their suffering, even if the only way is to end their lives. It was not immediately clear what Ms. Neuma suffered from. Kevorkia has said nothing short of “being burned at the stake” would halt his campaign to provide fatal relief to patients suffering from unending pain. The death comes less than a month after Kevorkia himself on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. In 1970, the United States presence in Libya cone to a end as the last detachment left Wheelus Air Base. In 1977, Seattle Slew won die Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown. In 1977, a 20-day hostage drama in the Netherlands ended as Dutch marines stormed a train and a school held by South Molucca extremists. Six gunmen and two hostages on the train were killed. In 1978, Joseph Freema Jr. became the first black priest ordained in die Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1979, actor John Wayne died at age 72. In 1985, Karen Ann Quinlan, the comatose patient whose case prompted a historic right-to-die court decision, died in Moms Plains, NJ., at age 31. Ta years ago: By a 5*4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Pennsylvania abortion law, while reaffirming its 1973 decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion. Five years ago: President Bush autiiorized $1.5 was acquitted in two assisted suicides. Ova the last two years, he has been acquitted of assisted suicide charges in three trials covering five deaths. Oakland County Prosecutor Richard Thompson has said even after the high-profile court failures, he wouldn't back down from possibly trying Kevorkia After his latest court victory May 14, Kevorkia said: “I now consider this a legitimate medical service. I’ve never been so convinced of being right in my life.” The last death involving Kevorkia was that of Austin Bastabie, 53, a multiple sclerosis patient from South Windsor, Ontario. The May 6 death came during Kevorkia’s last trial. In his first two trials, Kevorkia was charged under a temporary law the Legislature targeted at him. But in the last case, the charges were based on a 1994 Mkhiga Supreme Court ruling that said assisted suicide was a felony under the common law — the traditions and legal precedents dating to old England. billion in agricultural credit guarantees for the Soviet Union. Actress Julia Roberts and actor Kiefer Sutherland called off their wedding three days before it was to have taken place. One year ago: In a unprecedented joint appearance, President Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich sparred politely over Medicare and other issues before a audience of senior citizens in Claremont, N.H. Today’s Birthdays: Marine biologist Jacques Cousteau is 86. Opera singer Rise Stevens is 83. Author William Styron is 71. Actor Gene Wilder is 61. Actor Chad Everett is 60. Comedia Johnny Brown is 59. Former auto racer Jackie Stewart is 57. Singer Joey Dee is 56. Actress Adrienne Barbeau is 51. Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros is 49. Rock musicia Frank Beard is 47. Football player Joe Montana is 40. Thought for Today: “Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.” — Khalil Gibran, America poet and artist (1883-1931). ;