New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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EDITORIALGetting it rightEnola Gay exhibt at Smithsonian tries to avoid comment on right and wrong
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum finally will open an exhibit featuring the Enola Gay, the B29 that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima 50 years ago, literally wiping that city from the face of the earth and breaking the resolve of the Japanese.
Appropriately, the exhibit as it is to open today differs significantly from the exhibit as it was originally proposed.
As originally proposed, the exhibit portrayed the Japanese as victims and cast doubt on the stated reason for the use of the bomb — to end the war in the Pacific.
That original proposal drew strong protests from Congress and from veterans groups, as well it should have.
The furor eventually led to the resignation of Smithsonial Director Martin Harwitt.
The exhibit as it will appear includes a six-minute video of the Enola Gay’s surviving crew members.
None of them express any regret over having been a part of the mission that did, in fact, bring an end to the war in the Pacific, a war begun by the infamous Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
Smithsonian Secretary Michael Heyman said the exhibit as it opens today “doesn’t take a position. It simply reports what happened.”
That’s good. That’s what it should have done from the beginning.
Paul Tibbets, the commander of the mission who named the plane after his mother, told Heyman, "The presentation brought back a lot of memories, good ones, proud ones. I am pleased and
proud of the exhibit."
That’s good enough for us.
We only wish he’d been able to say that 18 months ago when the exhibit was first proposed.
(Today's editorial was written by David Sullens, editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.)
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Hillary raises adoption alternative
Hillary Rodham Clinton committed a gracious and pro-life act last week when she appeared with Mother Teresa at the dedication of a Washington home for unwed mothers and their babies awaiting adoption. It was gracious because at last year’s National Prayer Breakfast, Mrs. Clinton and the President, along with an audience of 3,000, listened to a speech by Mother Teresa about the evils of abortion. The pro-choice Mrs. Clinton could have treated the incident as an affront and stiffed the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Instead, following the breakfast, she asked Mother Teresa what could be done to provide more help to women with unplanned pregnancies.
Mrs. Clinton’s press secretary,
Lisa Caputo, tells me the First Lady assigned two lawyers to the task of cutting red tape so that a home might be established in Washington. Such homes once were common when abortion was illegal but most went out of business following Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
“If you know there is child who is unwanted and unloved, please bring it to me," said Mother Teresa, echoing words she spoke at the prayer breakfast last year. Caputo says Mrs. Clinton’s resolve to help establish the home in Washington was deepened when she visited the Sisters of Charity home in New Delhi in March.
At the dedication ceremonies, Mrs. Clinton said, “The work being done by the Missionaries of Charity reminds us all that each society is judged by the way it treats its weakest members...’’
Indeed. That’s why abortion falls into a special category of evil and why adoption can be a middle ground on which pro-life and pro-choice people ought to be able to meet.
Tragically, abortion has become so politicized—a type of right of passage for some women—that most are denied access to information about adoption as a positive choice. In addition to the censorship about the nature and form of unborn life, the abortion industry refuses to actively promote adoption because it denies them a “fee” for their “services,” and because abortionists want to promote the idea that ridding oneself of an “unwanted” baby is best for the child and the woman.
If only the woman with an unplanned pregnancy could see the unrestrained joy I’ve seen on the faces of adoptive parents who have waited for years to have a child to complete their lives. To them, biology is secondary to die love they want to share. Ask journalist Connie Chung and her husband, Maury Povich, who tried high tech and several failed adoption attempts over several years before finally adopting a baby boy.
Nearly 2 million would-be parents want to adopt babies; 1.5 million women will abort this year. Why can’t we get these “unwanted” babies and their reluctant mothers together with these eager-to-adopt couples? If the debate is about “choice,” why can’t
adoption at least get equal billing with abortion?
Is it ignorance or selfishness that leads some women to reject adoption, fearing, as I've heard some say, “I would always wonder where my baby was and what kind of care it was getting.” The answer to that is, a lot better care than the child gets at the abortion clinic.
So desperate are American couples to adopt that many go overseas or pay large sums to unscrupulous lawyers who take their money but often fail to deliver on their promises. Many adoptive couples will take handicapped babies or babies of a different rice. It is a lie that only the healthy and white babies can find a home.
I asked Mn. Clinton whether her appearance at Mother Teresa's home in Washington was a one-time deal or whether she might take the lead in promoting adoption as an alternative to abortion. She responded through Caputo, “Even if pro-choice and pro-life advocates can never agree philosophically on the question of abortion, we can agree on adoption. I have long been a proponent of adoption and will continue to support it. Both pro-choice and pro-life advocates can and should come together to promote adoption. Too many children desperately need families and homes.”
Some cynics will say Mrs. Clinton is trying to shore up the Catholic vote. But I think she’s serious about this. She should be taken at her word and encouraged to raise the adoption alternative as often as she can.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
Babbitt’s office target of budget axe
WASHINGTON (AP) — To Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, science is at the heart of deciding how best to protect species and manage America’s biological resources. But critics in Congress increasingly see it as another big hand of government.
So on Tuesday, House Republicans, using the power of the budget, took the first steps to cut the Interior Department’s science programs, particularly as they relate to protecting endangered species.
The House Appropriations Committee voted to slash the department’s science budget by a third and direct that the fledgling National Biological Service, created to consolidate research under one agency, be disbanded.
The committee’s legislation would put the agency’s remaining programs
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under the U.S. Geological Survey and restrict research activities.
“We’re tightening up the way information is sought," said Rep. Ralph Regula, R-Ohio, chairman of the interior subcommittee, which crafted the spending bill. It goes next to the full House, probably within a few weeks.
Separately, the panel reversed an earlier decision to scrap a 13-year moratorium on oil drilling along most of the nation’s coastline.
The drilling ban has been in effect since 1982 and now covers most coastal waters outside the western Gulf of Mexico, the major U.S. offshore drilling area.
Overall, the bill would cut to $6.86 billion the Interior Department’s bud
get for fiscal 1996, a 13 percent decrease.
The National Biological Service has been targeted by conservatives since Babbitt created it in 1993.
Property rights advocates have viewed it as another way for the government to find new endangered species and place restrictions on their land.*
But Babbitt argues that such an agency, separated from regulators, is essential to analyze fairly the science behind species protection and other conservation decisions.
He has said the congressional attack on the department's science programs is akin to “book burning.”
The spending bill, which was approved by voice vote, prohibits Interior scientists from conducting research
on private land, even if a landowner) gives permission, and prohibits the! use of volunteers for gathering survey, data.
Such restrictions could impede major Interior research efforts, including a 30-year study of breeding birds and efforts to assess Great Lakes fish stocks, argued Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., the committee’s ranking Democrat. “Where is the public service here?” he asked.
Regula replied that the aim was to get researchers to take into greater account “the sensitivities of landown-
The spending bill also would bai the department from listing any new species as endangered during fiscal 1996, while reducing its research fundi from $166 million to $112 million.
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, June 28, the 179th day of 1995. There are 186 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 28, 1914, Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Sofia, were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist — the event that triggered World War I.
On this dale:
In 1778, “Molly Pitcher’’ (Mary Ludwig Hays) carried water to American soldiers at the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth, N.J.
In 1836, the fourth president of the United States, James Madison, died in Montpelier, Va.
In 1894, Labor Day was established as a holiday for federal employees on the first Monday of September.
In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending the First World War.
In 1919, Harry S. Truman married Elizabeth
Virginia Wallace in Independence, Mo.
In 1934, President Roosevelt signed into law the National Housing Act, which established the Federal Housing Administration.
In 1950, North Korean forces captured Seoul, South Korea.
In 1951, a TV version of the radio program “Amos ’N’ Andy” began a two-year run on CBS. (Although criticized for racial stereotyping, it was also the first network TV series to feature an all-black cast).
In 1978, the Supreme Court ordered the University of California Medical College at Davis to admit Allan Bakke, a white man who argued he'd been a victim of reverse racial discrimination.
Ten years ago: With the TWA hostage drama nearing an end, most of the captives were treated to dinner at a Beirut luxury hotel and given roses by their captors.
Five years agoi Jurors in the drug and perjury trial of Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr. viewed a videotape showing Barry smoking crsck cocaine during an FBI hotel-room ating
One year ago: North and South Korea set Jut) 25-27 as the dates for a historic summit betweei the leaders of both countries (the summit wa derailed by the death of North Korean Presiden Kim ll Sung the following month.) Presiden Clinton became the first chief executive in U.S history to set up a personal legal defense fund an ask Americans to contribute to it.
Today's Birthdays: Comedian-movie directc Mel Brooks is 69. Senator Carl Levin, D-Mich is 61. White House chief of staff Leon Panetta 57. The head of the National Economic Counci Laura D’Andrea Tyson, is 48. Actress Kart Bates is 47. Football player John Elway if 3 Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 29. Actor Jot Cusack ii 29. Actreii Danielle Briaeboia ii It
Thought for Today: 'The glory of each ga aration la to make its own precedents." — Bel Ann Bannat! Lockwood, American loci reformer (1830-1917).