New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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— Saunders Redding historian, 1950
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Federal government should rescind Affirmative Action regulations
Affirmative Action, a plan backed by the U.S. government to correct years of racial and gender bias, has recently come under attack.
It seems that a significant consequence, discrimination against whites, has resulted from years of efforts to hire and train minority and ternate candidates.
Any form of discrimination is wrong.
And while there is still discrimination existing in our society, the federal government should not be a part of, or be a cause of it. The American society, with a generous mixture of all types of cultures and races, has become more tolerant and cooperative than ever.
But that is not saying we’re perfect.
Therefore, why not allow an independent, socially and racially-mixed “watch dog” organization act as a policing agency of sorts, reporting wrongdoings involving discrimination in education and the workplace to a governmental body or agency?
While this would stop an effort to hire one race or gender over another, it would give some reassurance that past problems would not grow back into new problems.
But discrimination should be considered a crime and should be punishable. The only way America will leave this dark aspect of its’ history behind is to make a stand against it, once and for all.
(Today's editorial was written by Mark Lyon, managing editor for the Herald-Zeitung.)
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Nothing takes the place of persistence
It seemed like ok) times for Democrats recently. Vice President Al Gore was in Florida promising the AFL-CIO convention President Clinton would bar government agencies from doing business with companies that replace striking workers, and the new chairman of the NAACP was spouting the same old clich6s that stereotype Macks as hopeless, hapless victims of white racism who cannot make it without affirmative action and other quotas designed exclusively for them.
Newly elected NAACP chairman Myrlie Evefs-Williams vowed to be 'Very vocal on issues that deal with welfare reform”—meaning don’t cut the dole. And also with issues dealing “with the real attitudes and attempts to roll back many of the gains that we have made over the years...particularly affirmative action"—meaning die continued hiring of people based not on the content of their character and ability, but on the color of their skin.
These are echoes of a soon-to-be-buried philosophy. Politicians, including some Democrats, realize dud while the Voting Rights Act, open housing laws and school desegregation produced equal opportunity, affirmative action produces unequal opportunity, dependency and increased tension between the races. Politicians are getting this message: It’s no longer political suicide to stand against affirmative action and to campaign for col
Even Charles Evers, brother of Evers-Williams’ late husband Medgar Evers, is a Republican.
It was from the lips of the president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, that some profound truth recently came. Addressing the second session of die Democratic Parliament in Cape Town on Feb. 17, Mandela sent a message to people who thought his election meant government was open for handouts. Mandela said, “The government has extremely limited resources to address the many and urgent needs of our people. We are very keen that this real situation should be communicated to the people as a whole. All of us, especially the leadership of political organizations and civil society, must rid ourselves of the wrong notion that the government has a big bag full of money. The government does not have such riches.”
Mandela wasn’t through. While he spoke favorably of affirmative action for those who had suffered the sting of apartheid, he said only those who exhibited “collective responsibility and accountability” would benefit. Then, in a statement that would get him branded a right-wing reactionary in this country, Mandela added: “It is important that we rid ourselves of the culture of entitlement which leads to the expectation that the government must promptly deliver whatever it is that we demand, and results in some people refusing to meet their obligations...”
The past is the NAACP and its total allegiance to the Democratic Party, which has dispensed welfare checks and affirmative action in exchange for the organization delivering a huge bloc of black
votes to the party. And the future is hard-working blacks such as Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts, Rep. Gary Franks of Connecticut and Supreme Court Justice Garence Thomas. Growing numbers like them have made it without the “assistance” of the NAACP and quotas.
By their lives and words, this new generation of blacks is saying that nothing takes the place of per-, sistence.
The desperation of those who are about to lose power was expressed recently by Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, who equated opposition to affirmative action to Hitler’s policy of exterminating Jews. (He did subsequently apologize for this remark.)
Perhaps Rangel, the NAACP and similar organizations dislike anyone who declares independence from government because it means people will no longer be dependent on them. Some civil rights “professionals” may have to find productive work—an unwelcome prospect for people who have earned big bucks by playing a lifelong and divisive game of racial politics.
Nelson Mandela has it right. He should return to America and give that parliamentary speech to Congress and the American people.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist with Los Angeles Times Syndicate J
A federal bd now being debated in a House subcomittee would take away welfare benefits to teen-age mothers. This bill represents one of the issues included in the Repubicans' Contract With America. Proponents say if the bill becomes law, pregnancies among teens wit decline. Opponents say such a taw would punish children for the mistakes of parents who are not ready to be nemnti What do you think?
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‘Contract With America’ enters final SO days
Last fall, citizens contracted with House Republicans for action on a ten-item agenda within the first IOO days of this new Congress. Now entering the second SO days, citizens already have achieved five of those victories through their representatives.
■ I. Balanced Budget Amendment (Passed, 300-132). By holding federal spending growth to 3% instead of a projected 5.4% increase, the
federal budget will be balanced by the year 2002.
■ 2. Line item veto (Passed, 294-134). President given the authority to cut out wasteful spending and special interest tax breaks in bills.
■ 3. Curb Unhanded Mandates (Passed, 360-74). Protects state and local taxpayers from having to pick up the costs for whatever Congress and federal regulators may think is a good idea but are unwilling lo pay for directly.
14. Taking Back Our Streets Act Enacted in 6 bills that: require criminals to pay full restitution to their victims (Passed, 431-0); allows use of evidence seized without a warrant if authorities acted “in good faith” (Passed, 289-142); authorizes
$10.S billion for states to build more prisons (Passed, 265-156); streamlines the deportation of criminal aliens—language which I introduced (Passed, 380-20); limits endless appeals of death-row prisoners (Passed, 297-132); and gives local officials maximum flexibility to administer $10 billion for law enforcement programs (Passed, 238-192).
■ 5. National Security Revitalization Act
(Passed. 241-181). Stops the Administration from raiding the defense budget to pay for social welfare programs, prohibits the placement of U.S. troops under U.N. command, cuts the United Slates’ share of U N. peacekeeping costs from 32% to 20%, and establishes an advisory commission to assess the nation’s military needs.
All this after delivering on the opening day of this Congress on the promise to change the way the people's House does business. Your House now works under the same laws it imposes on citizens.
Committee chairs can only serve three terms; the Speaker is limited to four. No ghost voting in committee. And auditors are taking the first full public accounting of House records.
Three full and 25 subcommittees have been eliminated. A third of committee staff has been cut. All special-interest service organizations have
And when the House acts to spend taxpayer dol-, I ars, it must under House rules now have a three- , filths majority to raise income taxes. And it must use “honest numbers" in its budgets. No longer can spending increases be called “cuts."
Change is here. Common sense is again found in the halls of Congress. Citizens are back in control. Congress is representative. According to a recent Times Mirror poll, more than 60 percent of the American people believe Congress will continue to be successful in passing its programs.
The first 50 days were filled with more work, more hearings, more debate, more votes, and yes, more bipartisanship than any Congress in decades. The second 50 days promise more progress. Regulatory reform, including private property rights I legislation that I am spearheading, is up first. Oth6 action items include welfare reform, legal system; reforms, tax reforms, and a vote on term limits. ;
When the work of the first IOO days has been * completed, citizens may anticipate being able to * recite the motto of the House with renewed prided “Here, the people govern.” ;
(U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, re pre-'. senti District 21. which includes most of Comal ; County. I •
Today in history
By the Associated Presa
Today is Sunday, March 5, the 64th day of 1995
There are 301 days left in the year 1995.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 5, 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who had been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people (Two British soldiers were later convicted of manslaughter.)
On this date:
In 1766, Spanish official Don Antonio de Ulk* arrived in New Orleans to take possession of the Louisiana Territory from the French.
In 1867, an abortive Fenian uprising against English rule took place in Ireland.
In 1868, the U.S. Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson.
In 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote, enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.
In 1946, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in an address al Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., spoke of an “Iron Curtain’’ stretching from the Baltic to the Adriatic.
In 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at age 73 after 29 years in power.
In 1970, a nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.
In 1976, the British pound fell below the equivalent of two dollars for the first time.
Readers say *no * to baseball in '95 instead of minor league scrubbs ;
From staff reports
Approximately 54 readers responded to last week's Herald-Zeitung reader survey question which asked "Should there be a baseball season with minor league players or no season at all?"
Thirty-nine readers said "no" to baseball in 1995 while 15 readers said "play ball!"
Some of the responses included:
■ Yes. I would like to see a full year, played by nothing bul minor league players, including this year s playoffs and World Series. It would be fun.
■ Yes. Minor leaguers will do fine. There are still baseball fans
everywhere who really love to wale} the game. We don't have lo watch * over paid, self-serving, greed-infecl* ed. so-call pros to enjoy it.
H No. Baseball should die for \ now. The game is not a game any- I more. ll is a business and instead of! the game being first, the almighty J dollar is and that is wrong. Baseball; can take a seat. Hopefully, the other* pro sports will learn from baseball’s^ mistakes.
■ No. lf minor leaguers play, thefc someone's making money some- j where. As long as the players are nut making money, the owners shouldn't either.
■ Baseball stinks. The fans should do the negotiating for both sides. !