New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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“We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with us.”
• Le Rochefoucauld, French writer, 1665
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Trade agreement is already starting to impact regional economy
The effects the Northa American Free Trade Agreement vvould have on the Texas economy were hotly debated in the months before Congress voted on the agreement, and we heard everything from predictions of a boom to predictions that we would see no effect at all. The general consensus was that any impact would be gradual and not felt for years.
Well surprise, a local firm, Mission Valley Textiles, is ready to ink a deal to begin exporting fabrics to Mexico. Company officials have a target of $1 million worth of exports before this year is over, increasing to $5 million or $6 million within five years.
In the past, countries from the Far East dominated the Mexican textile market, in part because low wages in those countries allowed them to produce and sell fabric cheaper than American companies. But NAFTA will even the playing field by drastically cutting tariffs on textiles made in the United States.
Officials at Mission Valley are excited about the prospects of gaining access to a huge new market. And the rest of should be excited too.
Mission Valley has about 800 employees at its New Braunfels plant, and when business booms for the textile plant, it sends ripples through the entire area economy. So the first news on the effects of NAFTA is quite encouraging. Hopefully there will be more news like it in the months and years to come.
(Today's editorial was written by Roger Croteau, city editor for the Herald-Zeitung.)
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In his previous life (before he moved to Amarillo) my psychologist friend Dr. Tom Cannon served for a time as principal of an Episcopal school.
With his eyes twinkling at the memory. Tom told me of the time when a Church of Christ family showed up at the school one September morning to enroll their son in first grade.
At first Tom was dubious. “Do you realize this is an Episcopal school?” he asked the par
“Oh, yes!” they assured him. “That’s not a problem for us. We hear you have the best school in town and we want that for our son.”
“You do realize that all the students here are
expected to participate in chapel daily?” Tom further inquired. He wanted to avoid having unhappy parents on his hands a few days later.
Assured that the school's routines would not offend the family, Tom enrolled their child.
School began, and all went well until the third or fourth day in the first week.
That morning in chapel when the students bowed for prayer, the holy hush of the sanctuary was broken by a long wail. “Oooooooooooooh!”
All heads popped up. Then ducked down again in prayer.
“Ooooooooooooh!” The unearthly utterance broke forth again.
Alert teachers soon identified the new Church of Christ student as the source of this strange sound. They pointed him out to Tom.
Not knowing very much about Church of Christ folks, Tom assumed that they must engage in ecsta
tic, Pentecostal worship forms, so he dutifully confronted the lad to tell him that such noises were out of place in staid Episcopal liturgy.
When he put a hand on the boy’s shoulder, the little fellow looked up, red-faced, with tears streaming down his cheeks. Breathlessly he pointed at his toe, which was caught painfully under the unfamiliar kneeler, beneath the weight of a pewful of his kneeling classmates.
Tom and I laughed together about how he misinterpreted the little guy's plighL But the fact that so many Christians know so little about one another is not a laughing matter.
Surely God must weep to see that so many of his children prefer to be strangers.
(Gene Shelburne is a minister. He may be contacted at 2310 Anna St., Amarillo, TX 79106-4717.)
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Border closing operation gets mixed reviews
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — “Operation Blockade” originally was supposed to be a two-week experiment.
That was six months ago, and officials say it has had such a dramatic effect reducing several categories of border crime that it will continue indefinitely and serve as a model for all along the Texas-Mexico border.
Since the operation began, auto theft has dropped 24 percent and illegal border crossings have dropped significantly, authorities say.
In addition, officials say, countless residents of Juarez, Mexico, who worked illegally as maids and garden-
era in El Paso have found other jobs.
Silvestre Reyes, chief of Border Patrol operations in El Paso, devised the plan, which began Sept. 19. It’s based upon more than 400 agents working around the clock along 20 miles of the border.
Reyes calls it “an overwhelming success of historical proportions.” He has renamed it, “Operation Hold the Line.”
Immigration and Naturalization Ser
vice Commissioner Doris Meissner praised the blockade during a visit to El Paso last week.
“Hold the Line was an extraordinarily successful innovation,” she said “My wish is that we maintain it and propagate it in other places throughout the border.”
The plan is popular with the public, according to pollster Bill Kaigh of El Paso. He said polls he took during this month's primaries showed 84 percent to 95 percent support for it.
In the first four months of the program, overall crime reported in El Paso dropped nearly IO percent compared
with a year before.
In the first five months, arrests of undocumented immigrants in El Paso dropped 73 percent compared with a year ago, officials say.
Around the city, retail sales are reported up.
But the program does have detractors who say the tight watch has brought out undesirable traits in some residents.
“I’ve seen bigotry increase because of the rhetoric it was introduced with, all the fanfare about crime decreasing,” said Suzan Kern of the Border Rights Coalition.
School administrators resign after ‘joke’ marriage causes furor
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Ousted McAllen school Superintendent Jose Lopez says it’s easy now to look back on his January 1993 “joke” wedding ceremony in Las Vegas to a middle school administrator as an awful mistake.
The stunt with Barbara Day, whom he described as only a friend, cost both of them their jobs on Sunday.
After a lengthy closed session of the school board, trustees met in open session to accept the resignations of both Lopez and Mrs. Day, effective immediately. Lopez made $92,000 a year.
The trustees approved payments of $24,540 to Lopez and SI 1,000 to Mrs. Day.
“Let me readily admit it (the marriage) was a stupid mistake,” Lopez said Sunday. “But it’s been blown totally out of proportion. I did not believe in my wildest dreams that this would hap-
He stood by previous statements that he and Mrs. Day were only friends and that the marriage during an education conference was merely a joke — one neither thought to be legally binding at the time. They used fake names
in the ceremony.
Letty Ramirez, the superintendent’s wile of eight years, said she knew of the ceremony at the time. Mrs. Day’s husband. Howard Day, said he learned of it only days ago.
The controversial wedding vows were exchanged shortly before Lopez came to the McAllen school district on Feb. 1,1993, after serving as assistant superintendent in the Austin school district.
Mrs. Day, a former Austin middle school principal, was hired part time in the McAllen school system shortly
after Lopez arrived.
Lopez, who on Friday had vowed to fight for his job, was shaken as he spoke by phone to the McAllen Monitor from his home.
“I agreed to resign because I thought it was in the best interests of the school district,” he said, declining to say what factors during the closed session changed his mind.
He said, however, that he was not forced to resign.
Lopez said his attorneys would file papers today to have the Las Vegas marriage annulled.
Today in history
By Th# Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, March 22, the 81st day of 1994. There are 284 days left in the year.<
Today’s Highlight in History:
One hundred years ago, on March 22, 1894, hockey’s first Stanley Cup championship game was played. The home team Montreal Amateur Athletic Association defeated the Ottawa Capitals, 3-1.
On this date:
In 1765, Britain enacted the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies. The act was repealed the following year.
In 1794, Congress passed a law prohibiting American vessels from supplying slaves lo other countries.
In 1820, U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron near Washington D.C.
In 1882, Congress outlawed polygamy.
In 1933, during Prohibition, President Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing
up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.
In 1941, the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state went into operation.
In 1972, Congress sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. It fell short of the two-thirds approval needed.
In 1978, Kart Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of “The Flying Wallendas” high-wire act, fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Ten years ago: A jury in Fall River, Mass., convicted two men of aggravated rape and acquitted two others in the case of a woman who was gang-raped on a barroom pool table while spectators cheered. Two other men were convicted in a separate trial.
Five years ago: National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced plans to retire. Fawn Hall, Oliver North’s former secretary, began two days of testimony at the Iran-Contra hearings in Washington.
One year ago: The launch of the space shuttle Columbia was scrubbed with three seconds left in the countdown. Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed when the boat they were riding in slammed into a Florida pier; pitcher Bob Ojeda was seriously injured.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Karl Malden is 81. Actor Wemer Klemperer is 74. Pantomimist Marcel Marceau is 71. USA Today founder Allen H. Neuharth is TO. Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 64. Former Harvard University president DerekJ Bok is 64. Actor William Shader is 63. Sen. Orrin \ Hatch, R-Utah, is 60. Singer-guitarist George Ben-; son is 51. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 46.; Sportscaster Bob Costas is 42. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 37.
Thought for Today: “I do not get my ideas from; people on the street, lf you look at faces on the street, what do you see? Nothing. Just boredom.” — Marcel Marceau.