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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 □ Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday, March 14, 1996 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 H e t u n Opinion Online contact ■ To 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] Q U B LU -I “I believe [readers] will trust in the future whom they trust today — newspapers.” — Gregory E. Favre newspaper editor, 1995 EDITORIAL “Clean and Safe Comal” City takes step in right direction by allocating funds for river safety/cleanup The New Braunfels City Council this week allocated $10,000 to help the “Clean and Safe Comal” project become a reality. The money will be used to provide additional law enforcement personnel on the river. That’s good, but it is just a start. The plan drawn up by a committee headed by Zero Rivers of Rockin’ R River Rides, includes several other ideas, some of which will require money. The committee wants an education program with bumper stickers and signs; a program where all tubers on the Comal are given a mesh trash bag,' like they are on the Guadalupe River; more accessible trash cans along the river; and banners above the river, reminding tubers not to litter. Another idea, which is so simple, it’s a wonder it hasn’t been put in practice already, is to use probationers sentenced to community service to pick up trash along the Comal. Another $5,000 to $ 10,000 is needed to get all of that done. The river attracts thousands of tourists, who spend tens- or even* hundreds of thousands of dollars in town. It would seem reasonable that a few thousand dollars from the hotel-motel tax could be channeled toward this purpose. A lot has been done to make the Guadalupe River cleaner and safer in recent years, because that is where the worst problems have been. The Comal has been a more family-oriented attraction, but it too has seen problems with inappropriate behavior and trash. And if the weather continues to be as dry as it has been the last couple pf months, the Guadalupe River tubing season could be a washout. The Comal, fed by springs, maintains a usable river flow long after the Guadalupe dries up. So a good deal of that rowdy, younger Guadalupe River crowd could end up heading to the Comal this summer. That makes it important to have the “Clean and Safe Comal” project in place before the tourist season kicks into gear. (Today’s editorial was written by City Editor Roger Croteau.) 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 only 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)625-1224Arafat’s plans for Israel sinister New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David    Sullens General Manager/Advertising Director..............................Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Retail Advertising Director..................................................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager.......................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director......................................................Carol    Ann    Avery Production Director.............................................................Billy    Parnell City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Fnday by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Lamia St, or P O Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 -1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscnbers 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 ll a.m on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, P O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. The recent bomb blasts in Israel, which killed 25 people and wounded 77, produced the usual shock and outrage among those in Israel and the West who still have faith that terrorists and fanatics don’t mean what they say and say what they mean. For those keeping score, the latest terrorist attacks bring to 80 the number killed in suicide bombings by the extremist Hamas and Islamic Jihad since the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin “made peace” with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in September 1933. The total dead from all terrorist attacks since that agreement is at least 150. This isn’t a peace process. It is processed peace which, like processed cheese, can look like the real thing but is full of ingredients that may not contribute to the health of those who swallow it. PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat has devised a brilliant strategy for achieving in negotiations what he and Arab leaders have been unable to achieve on the battlefield — the wholesale destruction of Israel. Arafat repeatedly states his intentions to friendly audiences and in private gatherings of sympathetic diplomats and liberal peace groups. While his remarks are reported in Middle East press outlets, most Western publications ignore them and most Western diplomats make apologies for him. On Jan. 30, Arafat is reported to have told a closed meeting of Arab ambassadors in Stockholm that he expects to see the collapse of Israel and that the establishment of a Palestinian state is imminent. Arafat’s remarks were first reported by a Norwegian newspaper and later confirmed by Israel’s most respected military correspondent, Ze’ev Schiff, in the Ha’aretz newspaper. According to notes taken by one of the attendees, Arafat said, “The PLO will now concentrate on splitting Israel psychologically into two camps. Within five years we will have 6 to 7 million Arabs living on the West Bank and in Jerusalem.” Arafat plans his own “right of return” strategy in which Muslims will be brought from outside the Palestinian state in order to overwhelm the Jewish population. Arafat reportedly said, “We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. Jews will not want to live among Arabs. I have no use for Jews.” This is not the first time Arafat has revealed his true intentions, but who in the West believes him? The Clinton Administration and Israel’s Labor government are pulling the wool over their own eyes. They are being played for suckers by Arafat, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who see Israel’s repeated “land-for-peace” concessions as evidence of weakness. A Feb. 23 editorial in the Jerusalem Post asserts that Israeli government officials “on the highest level have agreed to the establishment of a Palestinian state in Cal Thomas Gaza and Judea-Samaria (the West Bank), with a connecting extraterritorial corridor, and have acknowledged the right of this state to ‘bring us as many Arab refugees’ from neighboring countries as it wishes.” According to the newspaper, the plan also calls for dividing Jerusalem into Arab and Israeli sectors — with Arab suburbs and neighboring villages incorporated into the Arab area. The new boldness of Arafat and his terrorist friends follows an agreement between the PLO and Hamas in which Hamas will continue to fight Israel, attacking everywhere except in the Palestinian-controlled area known as Zone A to avoid embarrassing the Palestinian authority. Not only has Israel conceded land and plans to relinquish even more with no evidence that peace is any closer, it also releases known terrorists pledged to destroy the Jewish state who are committed to the unrepealed Palestinian Covenant which calls for Israel’s total eradication. “We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem,” Arafat is said to have told the Arab diplomats in Stockholm. After the terrorist incidents (recently), the commentator Moshe Zak wrote in the Jerusalem Post that it is “a commonly entertained delusion that conducting talks with Arafat and his cronies can somehow cause Palestinian terrorism to go away ... Palestinian terror cannot be uprooted by any gesture, act or plan of reconciliation.” In light of the deeds that followed Arafat’s words in Stockholm, there is every reason to believe that in this case his telling the truth. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) Dole returns to site of his real comeback By ED WHITE Associated Press Writer Analysis BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Bob Dole survived a series of bruising primaries to resurrect his presidential ambitions, but it was hardly his biggest comeback. No stranger to adversity, the World War ll combat veteran today returns to the place where a half-century ago he overcame even longer odds in a fight for his life. Dole’s recovery from early disappointments in Iowa and New Hampshire to gain a virtual lock on the Republican nomination coincided with a greater willingness on his part to talk about his recovery after the war. “I had to learn to walk and learn to feed myself and a lot of things you take for granted every day,” he told one campaign audience. “I’m not asking anybody for pity,” Dole said. "I want you to know who I am.” Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, March 14, the 74th day of 1996. There are 292 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 14, 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America’s cotton industry. On this date: In 1743, the first recorded town meeting in America was held, at Faneuil Hall in Boston. In 1879, physicist Albert Einstein was bom in Ulm, Germany. In 1883, German political philosopher Karl Marx died in London. In 1900, Congress ratified the Gold Standard Act. In 1923, President Harding became the first chief executive to file an income tax report. In 1939, the republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, opening the way for Nazi occupation. In 1943, Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” premiered in New York, with George The Senate majority leader is criticized for not articulating why he should be president. Even if today’s campaign stop at the federal building which once housed the Percy Jones Army Hospital doesn’t clarify his vision for the nation, it will at least give Dole a chance to show how far he’s come and to assure voters that he wasn’t, as he puts it, “bom in a blue suit and a necktie.” Fighting in Italy, Dole was wounded by either a bullet or shrapnel. His spine was crushed, and his shoulder, arm and collarbone were broken. He was unable to move and nearly bled to death. Stateside, he went to Percy Jones hospital, the Army’s special center for paraplegics and amputees which opened after Pearl Harbor. Because he was immobile so long, a blood clot formed in his lungs, and an infection pushed his fever to 106 degrees, threatening to kill him. Szell conducting. In 1951, during the Korean War, United Nations forces recaptured Seoul. In 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdenng Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of assassinating President Kennedy the previous November. In 1965, Israel’s cabinet formally approved establishment of diplomatic relations with West Germany. In 1980, a Polish airliner crashed while making an emergency landing near Warsaw, killing all 87 people aboard, including 22 members of a U.S. amateur boxing team. In 1985, U.S. and Soviet negotiators laid down their opening positions in their first full session of renewed arms talks in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1990, the Soviet Congress elected Mikhail S. Gorbachev to the country’s new powerful presidency, a day after creating the post. Ten years ago: President Reagan announced he had sent Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev a “new, very specific and far-reaching proposal” on nuclear testing. Five years ago: The emir of Kuwait — Sheik Doctors told his family that an experimental drug would give him a 50-50 chance of living, as Richard Ben Cramer recounted in his book, "What It Takes.” Without it, Dole had no chance at all. Still, the family didn’t expect much. “Even if it worked, there was no guarantee he’d know them, be able to move, get the strength back he had before,” Cramer wrote. Four days later, Dole sat up in bed and asked for a milkshake. But regaining use of his limbs was another challenge. Dole wallowed in self-pity, "angry at a body that was my enemy,” until he realized “someone was watching out for me.” “When I saw men around me who had lost their arms or legs or sight, it had a way of putting my own condition into perspective,” Dole wrote in his autobiography, “The Doles: Unlimited Partners ” He spent many months at the 1,500-bed hospital, struggling to move his fingers or creep up the hall for exercise. Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah — returned home after seven months in exile. A British court reversed the convictions of the "Birmingham Six,” who had spent 16 years in prison for an Irish Republican Army bombing, and ordered the n released. One year ago: American astronaut Norman Tha-gard became the first American to enter space aboard a Russian rocket as he and two cosmonauts blasted off aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, headed for the Mir space station. Today's Birthdays: Bandleader Les Brown is 84. “Dennis the Menace” creator Hank Ketcham is 76. Former astronaut Frank Borman is 68. Actor Michael Caine is 63. Composer-conductor Quincy Jones is 63. Former astronaut Eugene Ceman is 62. Actress Rita Tushingham is 54. Comedian Billy Crystal is 49. Actor Adrian Zmed is 42. Prince Albert of Monaco is 38. Thought for Today: “There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown helpless about them.” — Clare Boothe Luce, American author, diplomat, member of Congress (1903-1987). ;