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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas ^AOHer^WKZertun^ Herald-Zeitung Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page, can 625-9144. Ext 220. QUOTABLE “Certain things have seemed to me to be here as I heard the tongues of those who had speech, and listened to the lips of the books."’Zora Neale Hurston, author EDITORIALKudos Thank you, New Braunfels, for attending our wonderful Memorial Day ceremonies. On behalf of all the veterans organizations in New Braunfels, we would like to thank you for attending our services at our four ceremonies on Peace Avenue. I would like to thank each and every one who participated in our service, and most of all, all the dignitaries who were there on this special day. Our sincere thanks to Mayor Jan Kennady for her wonderful special message to us and the wonderful words she said on behalf of our men and women who bravely give their lives for our country. The following participants I would like to thank: the Catholic churches for having their parishioners donate the flag poles, the installation of the poles and the flags; also the CIMA organization for donating the American flags; and especially the American Legion Color Guard and the New Braunfels High School ROTC Color Guard for their special presentation; the Fort Sam Houston Band for taping the music program; our good friend Don Ferguson for emceeing our program; the radio station KGNB 1420AM, Fred Stockwell and all the members of the radio staff; both school districts and Sts. Peter and Paul School for participating in the radio and hookup. I received a lot of calls horn students thanking us veterans for a wonderful program and for what they had learned on Memorial Day. I am very proud to have received a packet of letters from Mountain Valley School along with a letter from their teacher, Darcy Matchek. Thank you for those wonderful letters that I will cherish the rest of my life. I would like to thank chaplain Mike Clark for his wonderful word that make each and every one of us proud to be Americans. Now I would like to thank the rifle squad for being our honoring squad to fire the three volleys of fire.    ,    i ' UflJ Although all of us had reached our golden years, we hope to participate in more Memorial Days such as this. Finally, I would like to thank all the veterans organizations commanders and all the veterans for participating in this very special day. Manuel Camareno U.S. Army Master Sergeant Retired (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 (210) 625-1224).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 rally 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: (210) 625-1224 Online contact BTo 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 [email protected] Opinion How soon we forget past partisanship New BraunfelsHerald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext 301........................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor, Ext. 220.................................Margaret    Edmonson Marketing Director, Ext 208....................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext. 214...............Karen    Reimnger Business Manager, Ext 202 .......................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext 228..................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext 205..........................................Billy    Parnell Published on Sunday .comings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Men Braunfels Herald-Amo ig (LISPS 377-8X0) 707 luanda St., or P.O. Drawer 3 ll 328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 - 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Camer delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties, three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year, $06. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside C omal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; 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 (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 a.m. on Sunday. PosrMASiiK; Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. P.O. Drawer 31 1328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. In promising to veto an $8.6-billion emergency spending bill that included disaster relief money for flood victims because of several amendments the administration says it cannot swallow. President Hinton accused Republicans of choosing the “path of partisanship and confrontation.” The White House wants a bill free of amendments. Republicans attached one amendment that would avoid a future government shutdown during haggling over the budget, and another to prevent the Census Bureau from using an estimated sampling method in inner cities, rather than a direct count in the 2000 census. They fear such a method would unfairly boost the number of likely Democratic voters and give Democrats an unfair advantage in redistricting. A Washington Post editorial suggested that legislative purity ought to prevail and that disaster relief would be voted on without any encumbering amendments. It said such amendments should be debated and voted on separately. Because television and the Internet have reduced our attention span to the level of small children, fee public should be reminded that the “purity” of Democrats and their supporters now demand of legislation coming curt of Republican Congress and a Republican sat in the White House. Remember the Boland amendments, which were attached five times appropriations bills approved by either the House or Senate in the 1980s? They sought to outlaw military aid to the Nicaraguans. I don’t recall those now crying for “pure” legislation worrying about tainted appropriations bills in the ‘80s because Boland amendments were attached to them. Some Democrats and editorial writers now complaining about GOP “pork” in the disaster relief bill expressed few concerns when the pork was bred by Democrats. In his book, “Adventures in Forkland,” Brian Kelly writes about non- germane amendments to legislation written by the king of pork himself, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. According to Kelly: “What Byrd got for West Virginia in the 1991 budget was an awesome display of pork power hitting that would surely rank as one of the best seasons in history... It totaled more than $700 million worth of special projects above and beyond the normal federal spending for the state.” While Rep. Boland was trying to reduce spending for the Nicaraguan contras, Byrd sought to increase spending for West Virginia, adding an amendment to an “emergency supplemental” budget bill for aid to Panama and Nicaragua. The bill, notes Kelly, “had started out seeking a modest $800 million to preserve democracy in Central America, but by the time it went to the floor of Congress it was packed with so many special projects it had become a $3.4 billion sow belly with the mission of preserving Democrats (and a few Republicans) throughout America. Byrd’s piece was the biggest,” since it included moving the FBI’s fingerprint lab from downtown Washington to Clarksburg at a cost of $185 million. Later in 1991, Byrd snatched one-third of the highway appropriations bill for the entire country by channeling $140 million in special grams to “improve” West Virginia roads. Other Byrd pork included $ IOO million for a kind of Disney World with aquariums, wildlife habitats and a gym and indoor pool for trainees. Cost? $100 million. Harpers Ferry also got an $85,000 grant, notes Kelly, for its local police department for apparent purpose. Some will also recall an attempt by Sen. Quentin Burdick, D-N.D., to set aside $500,000 to memorialize fee boyhood home of Lawrence Welk in Strasburg, N.D. The measure was inserted into a sevend-hundred-page, $52.2-bil-lion agriculture appropriations bill. There are scores of other examples. It’s not that Republicans are necessarily purer than Democrats when it comes to attaching irrelevant amendments, including those of the pork variety. It’s just that they don’t plead their virtue as much — or as hypocritically — as the Democrats. (Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist.) Early years make all the developmental difference By ROB REINER Special to the Herald-Zetiung Imagine a biological virus that caused 500,000 children a year to be impulsive, aggressive, anxious and to fail at school. What would be the response? There would be a national outcry. Every elected official, corporate leader and parent would join forces to ensure that everything possible was being done to prevent the vims. We would all work together to find a cure. In many ways, that virus exists. It exists in the inability of many of our children’s brains to develop fully, and it is caused by our inability to provide these children wife the nurturing, stimulating and safe care they need in the critical first years of life. But, fortunately, we have a way to deal wife the virus. Indeed, we know that if we work together and take the steps necessary to protect children from the virus, we can actually raise happier, healthier kids, who are better equipped to succeed in school and better able to reach their full potential. Here’s fee secret — neuroscientists tell us feat fee experiences that fill a baby’sToday in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, June 19, the 170th day of 1997. There are 195 days left in the year. Today** Highlight in History: On June 19, 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg — convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union — were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y. On this date: In 1586, English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, N C., after failing to establish England’s first permanent settlement in America. In 1862, slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories. In 1910, Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Wash. In 1934, the Federal Communica- first days, months and years have a decisive impact on the architecture of his railer brain; this in turn can affect every aspect of a child’s life through adulthood, including how well he or she does in school, in relationships and at work. The fact is that 90 percent of brain growth occurs during fee fust three years of life — millions of pathways, or networks, are created— laying the groundwork for future learning, thinking and coping skills. What we do during this critical time shapes our children’s brains rn ways that will affect them for a lifetime, lf we nurture, support and interact wife our children, if we keep them healthy and respond to their cues, we will enhance their learning skills, speech capacity and their ability to develop strong personal relationships. On the other hand, scientists tell us that when a child is abandoned or emotionally neglected early in life, critical abilities, such as the capacity to form trusting relationships with adults, to make friends with other children, and to develop self-control, can be impaired. This can result in behavioral and emotional problems that last a lifetime. Everyone who cares for young chil- tions Commission was created. In 1945, millions of New Yorkers turned out to cheer Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was honored with a parade. In 1961, the Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland’s constitution requiring state officeholders to profess a belief in God. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate. In 1977, Pope Paul VI proclaimed a 19th-century Philadelphia bishop. John Neumann, the first male U.S. saint. In 1982, in a case that galvanized Asian-Americans, Vincent Chin, a Chi-nese-American, was beaten to death outside a nightclub in Highland Park, Mich., by autoworker Ronald Ebens. In 1986, artificial heart recipient dren — parents, family, friends, teachers and child care providers - has an enormous impact on how a child develops. A mother feeding her child. A father talking to his newborn. A care giver singing to a child. These everyday moments provide essential nourishment and develop essential brain connections. Every parent needs to understand that there arc simple things they can do from the prenatal period through age 3 to protect their children from the virus and help their babies’ brains grow. And every policy maker, pediatrician, nurse, educator, child care worker and human resources manager must understand that they have an important role to play in reaching out to parents and parents-to-be with information and support. Indeed, investments made around early childhood development will not only help us raise stronger and healthier children, they can also help us avoid many costlier problems later on, including crime, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, child abuse and welfare dependency. This is the message of “I Am Your Child,” a campaign I chair that is devoted to uniting and expanding the work Murray P. Haydon died in Louisville, Ky., after 16 months on the man-made pump. fen years ago: The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to teach creationism science as well. Five years ago: Results in Ireland showed voters overwhelmingly approving the Maastricht Treaty on a European union. Russian President Boris Yeltsin addressed the Canadian Parliament, saying his country had abandoned totalitarianism for democracy. One year ago: Chief executives from seven states, police, state attorneys general and members of Congress met with President Clinton at the White House to discuss ways of stop- being done across the country to promote family and community involvement in children’s healthy development I Am Your Child is dedicated to bringing people and organizations together to make young children a priority, and we are off to a great start. The White House recently held a major conference on the subject die National Governors’ Association has formed a bipartisan task force that will study ways to help families with young children and hundreds of national, state and local organizations arc part of our coalition. Babies bom this year will be 3 years old in the year 2000; they are the first generation of the next millennium. Let’s dedicate ourselves as a nation to doing everything in our power to help these children develop into happy, healthy adults ready to lead productive lives. Because the first years truly last forever. (Rob Reiner is the chairman of the I Am Your Child Campaign and an award winning producer, director and actor. For more information about / Am Your Child visit the web site — — or call the campaign 's toll-free number, (888) 447-MOO.) ping the recent torching of black churches. New York City police announced that a shooting suspect in custody had been linked to the “Zodiac” shootings that terrorized New Yorkers in the early 1990’s. Today’s Birthdays: Former Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., is 83. Movie critic Pauline Kael is 78. Actor Louis Jourdan is 76. Actress Nancy Marc-hand is 69. Actress Gena Rowlands is 61. Singer Al Wilson is 58. Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is 52. Actress Phylicia Rashad is 49. Rock singer Ann Wilson (Heart) is 46. Actress Kathleen Turner is 43. Country singer Doug Stone is 41. Thought for Today: “Free thinkers are generally those who never think a1 all.” — Laurence Sterne, English author (1713-1768). ;