New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Never let anyone keep you contained, and never let anyone keep your voice silent”
— Adam Clayton Powell Jr. U.S. congressman, 1971
Setting an example
Out-of-towners on the river not the only ones clogging county drunk tank
The Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for New Braunfels police, but not all of the calls made involved out-of-towners.
In fact, nearly half of those arrested and charged with crimes from May 27 to June IO were from New Braunfels.
Of the ll people put behind bars, 36 were New Braunfels residents, 38 were from outside the city and three were transients.
Not surprisingly, police spent a good deal of their time handling public intoxication cases (31), as well as 11 marijuana cases and other alcohol violations (some of those arrested were charged with more than one crime).
There were also three DWI arrests made, which seems like relatively few considering the traffic experienced here on weekends and the drinking that occurs with river-related activities.
And considering the thousands of people who pour (no pun intended) into New Braunfels during the summer, it is still a shock to see just how much work local law enforcement has to do when handling local incidents or crime.
Many residents complain about “bad elements” coming into the city to use the river as a floating bar.
And horror stories abound, especially for homeowners along the Guadalupe, of tubers from across the state descending on New Braunfels and Comal County for a weekend of decadent fun.
But it seems we have our “bad element” here as well.
New Braunfels residents, who are not unaware of the dangers and tragedies associated with alcohol-related accidents, should be the first to set the right example and drink responsibly here
Our police need a break — let’s give it to them and be responsible out there.
The alternative is jail, or worse.
(Today's editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug
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The First Amendment got a thorough thrashing recently when U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Greene issued a restraining order against West High School students in Salt Lake City. His ruling was in response to a lawsuit by a student and her parents demanding that the school’s a cappella choir not sing two traditional songs because they contained the words “Lord” and “God.”
The student, 16-year-old Rachel Bauchman, and her parents, who are Jewish, claimed in their lawsuit that the names “Lord” and “God” refer to the Christian God and, therefore, the song constitutes a prayer, which violates the First Amendment.
At graduation ceremonies last week, the choir complied with the court order by singing an approved song, “Consecrate the Place and Day.” Perhaps school administrators should have looked up the definition of the word “consecrate” before allowing the choir to sing this dangerous song. Consecrate means “to induct a person into a permanent office with a religious rite; especially to ordain to the office of bishop; to make or declare sacred; especially to devote irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn ceremony."
Undeterred by the court’s contempt for religion, graduating senior William Badger got up on stage and
invited the choir and audience to sing one of the songs, “Friends,’’ that had been banned by the court. The lyrics include “Friends are friends forever if the Lord's the Lord of them." The other banned song contained the lyric, “The Lord bless you and keep you,’’ a verse from the Old Testament. It is hard to believe that a court would consider a reference to “God” and “Lord" a Christian reference when the Jewish prophets, including Moses, repeatedly referred to God by these names.
What happened next is astounding.
West High School principal Bill Boston tried to silence the crowd. Badger was physically removed from the stage by a staff member and not allowed to receive his diploma during the ceremony.
Outraged parents castigated the school from the audience and in the newspapers. Sally Brinton, the mother of a 16-year-old student, said her family had just returned from Beijing and she was stunned to learn this was happening in the U.S. ‘We say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag,” she said, noting that it includes. “one nation under God,” which, she said, “is protected by the First Amendment.” She called the court ban on the graduation songs “blatant intolerance.”
If the courts believe references to “God” and “Lord” are unconstitutional, no public school student will be able to perform most of the choral works of Handel, Bach and Beethoven. Taken further, they won’t be able to study many of the greatest paintings in history that have religious themes. But they will, of
course, be able to read books assigned to them which speak of God in blasphemous terms. When students and parents complain they are being force-fed antireligious sentiments, they are met with the mantra of the pagan left, that this is the price we must pay for a healthy First Amendment.
This won’t be the end of the matter at West High. The administration is going to study videotape of the ceremony to determine which of the students sang the forbidden words. They can’t do anything about graduating seniors, but underclassmen will be interrogated and could be subject to punishment, including forced community service. George Orwell’s thought police haven’t been defeated. They've migrated from the Soviet Union to America.
As the secularization of our culture continues, one wonders why people with religious sensibilities continue to put up with it If they separated themselves from the system that is trying to gut what remains of the foundational principles on which the country was built (including free exercise of religion), and put their children in private schools or taught them at home, not only would the students be better off, it would force the government schools to shape up or shut down.
Perhaps next year’s graduating class at West High should sing George Harrison’s song in which he refers to his drug of choice as “my sweet Lord.’’ Wouldn’t that throw the courts into a tizzy?
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
Mayors want straight talk on federal aid
MIAMI (AP) — After hearing mixed messages from a pair of Republican presidential contendei », mayors are hoping President Clinton will make clear how urban aid will fare in the deficit-reduction climate that grips Washington.
Clinton’s current budget-cutting proposal does not satisfy mayors, because it does not specifically address the Community Development Block Grant program. The $4 billion fund, which Congress targeted for as much as a SO percent cut, is used by cities for a va* i-ety of purposes.
GOP candidates haven’t satisfice mayors either. Senate Majonty Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., and former Education Secretary Lamar Alexander fell flat at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting when they suggested they might eliminate federal housing, school, welfare and urban development programs that cities depend on.
They proposed giving block grants to cities, with scant details on the fate of
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community development money.
Clinton was scheduled to address the meeting by satellite hookup during its closing session today.
Alexander, President Bush’s education secretary, didn’t target a specific agency for elimination, but suggested that a number of federal functions should go.
“If we want lo see more Americans assert greater responsibility,... Washington must get out of the way,” he said.
That prompted Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to ask: “Why is it when people leave Washington, they come to us and tell us what they are going to change? Why don’t they change it while they’re there?"
Dole told the mayors on Saturday that he was sticking to COP welfare reform proposals that turn over control to the states.
The Kansas Republican also pro
posed abolishing the departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, replacing them with direct housing grants and school vouchers.
Shortly after Dole spoke, the mayors approved a resolution supporting reorganization, not elimination, of HUD, saying cities would face “a number of difficulties” if the department ceased to exist.
A third presidential contender, California Gov. Pete Wilson, canceled his Sunday speech because of throat problems. Instead, he opted for a brief airport news conference — miffing mayors who felt he should at least have made an appearance.
^Several mayors said Monday they were hoping foi; but didn’t get, clear statements from the candidates on housing, education, welfare reform and development of neglected inner cities.
Instead, they got criticism from Alexander that Dole was being duplicitous to condemn the entertainment
industry as a promoter of “morally empty” values without blaming federal government too.
Many mayors are leery of the GOP candidates’ talk of block grants for law enforcement and welfare that the mayors believe will be controlled by governors.
“I have a big concern about that,” said Cliff Aucoin, mayor of New Iberia, La. “The rubber meets the road at the local level. It doesn’t meet it at the state level.”
As far as block grants go, Alexander got a warmer reception.
He called for sending education money “and decision-making” to cities, as well as “most of law enforcement, all of job training’’ and public housing.
“He made a good point. He came a lot closer than Senator Dole did,” Aucoin said.
When asked whether he liked Dole’s suggestions, Aucoin replied, “Not at all.”
By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, June 20, the 17 Isl day of 1995. There are 194 days left in the ycarc
Today’s Highlight in History:
On June 20, 1782, Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States.
On this date:
In 1756, in India, a group of British soldiers was imprisoned in a suffocating cell that gained notoriety as the “Black Hole of Calcutta.” Most of them died.
In 1791, King Louis XVI of France attempted lo flee the country in the so-called “Right to Varennes," but was caught.
In 1837, Queen Victoria ascended the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.
In 1863, West Virginia became the 35th slate.
In 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Mass., found
Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother,
In 1943, race-related rioting erupted in Detroit; federal troops were sent in two days later to quell the violence that resulted in more than 30 deaths.
In 1947, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill.
In 1947, President Truman vetoed the Taft-Hartley Act, but had his veto overriden by Congress.
In 1948, the variety series ‘Toast of the Town,” with host Ed Sullivan, premiered on CBS television.
In 1963, the United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a “hot line” communications link between the two superpowers.
Ten years ago: Day seven of the hijacking of TWA Right 847: Five hostages appeared at a chaotic news conference in Beirut, Lebanon, pleading with President Reagan not to launch a rescue attempt.
Five years ago: South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, arrived in
New York City for a ticker-tape parade in their honor as they began an 11-day, eight-city U.S. tour.
One year ago: O.J. Simpson pleaded innocent in Los Angeles lo the killings of his cx-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman. Former airman Dean Allen Mellberg went on a shooting rampage at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Wash., killing four people and wounding 22 others before being shot and killed by a military police sharpshooter.
Today's Birthdays: Guitarist Chet Atkins is 71. Actress Olympia Dukakis is 64. Actor Danny Aiello is 62. Singcr-songwriter Brian Wilson is 53. Singer Anne Murray is 50. Actress Candy Clark is 48. Actor John Goodman is 43. Singer Cyndi Lauper is 42. Rock musician John Taylor is 35.
Thought for Today: "The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” — Alfred North Whitehead, English philosopher and mathematician (1861 -1947).