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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4 □ Herald-Zeitung g Tuesday, March 25, 1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext 220. Herald-Zeitung■ ■ Opinion OnNno contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor s address is NBHZeitungOAOL com. QUOTABLE “Journalists as well as novelists have less in common with diplomats and soothsayers than they do with vagabond poets.” Lewis H. Lapham editor, 1996Teflon coating may be wearing thin EDITORIALKeep them workingUsing county jail inmates as laborers makes sense The Comal County Jail’s pilot program that puts inmates to work will come to a close at the end of the month. The goal of the program is to save the county money. An evaluation will be made and grant money will be sought from the Texas Department of Corrections if the trial proves effective. Here’s hoping that it does. Using inmates instead of hiring workers makes sense. The county saves money not only on salaries, but also benefits. Those in the criminal justice system are there bechase they owe a debt to society. How better to repay that debt than by performing some honest labor that benefits the community. The inmates who participate in the program receive two-for-one credit on their sentences and extra rations and privileges, so the program is not just a one-way street. Here we have an idea that benefits both the residents of Comal County and those incarcerated in the jail. Let’s hope the number crunchers can find a way to make it work. (Today s editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Micah Boyd.)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 Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be inducted. Please die the page number and date of any artide 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 c/o the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext. 201........................................Doug Toney Managing Editor, Ext. 220..............................................Micah Boyd Classified Advertising Manager, Ext. 214..........  Karen    Reinmger Business Manager, Ext 202 .......................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext 228...................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext 205.........................................Billy Parnell Published on Sunday morning* aid weekday mornings T uesday through Today by the NeH Braunfels HenM/stnmg (LISPS 377-880) 707 lands St. or P O Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 -1328. Penuche*) portage paid by the New Braun/els Herald-lettunx rn New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered rn Comal and CAiadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months. $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: tut 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. Subscribers who have not received s newspaper by 5:30 pm Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 am on Sunday may call (210)625-9144 or by 7 pm weekdays or by ll am on Sunday. PotUMxsTUt: Send addtess changes lo the New Braunfels Herald-/einmx, P O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131-1328. If forced to choose between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with all of its recent flaws, and the Clinton White Mouse, which is nothing but flawed, who would you be more inclined to believe in a dispute involving who is telling the truth? The president claims he was never told about alleged attempts by the Chinese government to penetrate the American electoral system and that the FBI instructed the National Security Council stafT during a briefing not to tell him. But the FBI issued a statement denying the president’s account and insisting it had “placed no restrictions whatsoever on the dissemination up the chain of command at the NSC or any information provided to the NSC senior staff.” IMI go with the FBI on this one. Besides, the president repeatedly assures us that neither he nor his campaign did anything illegal, so why the fuss if he really is telling the truth? The excuses, whining and attempts to spread the guilt to Republican fundraising tactics is beginning to fail as a strategy. The opinion polls, the only standard the president apparently cares about, are finally beginning to reflect the public's concern that while all politicians may he suspect, this presi Cal Thomas dent is more suspect than others. The public may not like the way funds are raised for political campaigns, but it dislikes in the extreme the prostituting of America’s good name to Chinese whose brothers-in-arms slaughter and otherwise oppress their own people. The Hinton White House isn’t yet in a panic, but it’s getting close. The once impenetrable wall of confidence which reflected the attitude that nothing can touch this president is beginning to reveal a large crack. The president has survived reports of alleged extra-marital affairs, draft-dodging, sexual harassment, double-talking and double-mindedness on a range of issues, including events collectively known as Whitewater. Now he faces a scandal that could eclipse the rest and which the public can easily comprehend. It may prove to be the biggest electoral heist in political history, involving sleazy tactics in the selling of access. The arrogance of this bunch is astonishing. Statements from current and former administration officials, including former chief of staff Leon Panetta, indicate that the administration believed virtually anything was justified to defeat Republicans because die GOP would starve the elderly and ruin the country. So the Clinton-Gore re-election team, believing it had the “anything goes” green light from the president and the first lady, may have even sold seats on the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. Two men who contributed more than $200,(XX) to the Democratic National Committee between June 1995 and May 1996 now have blanket access to files containing secret intelligence. The cynicism of the fiind-raisers was unlimited. The Washington Post reported that the Cheyenne-Arapaho Indians of Oklahoma contributed $ 107,000 to the Clinton-Gore re-election effort. They hoped the money would buy favorable administration action on the return of their tribal lands. What it got them was a solicitation for more money and an offer from a Gore fund-raiser to lobby the administration in exchange for a $100,000 retainer, a percentage of all royalties from mineral rights on the land and a $100,000 per month fee. And they say Republicans are the party of the rich! Mrs. Clinton has helped move White House explanations from the ludicrous to the laughable. Asked whether she made any fund-raising calls from the White House, she invoked her Whitewater defense: “I don’t recall making any.” Mrs. Clinton also offered this explanation for why the president allowed nearly 1,000 people, many of them donors, to spend the night at the White House: “Anyone who knows my husband knows he enjoys people. He counts thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people among his friends.” Most people would be happy to call one or two individuals friend The Clinton definition of friendship is apparently rather superficial. It was once reported (erroneously) that former Nixon aide Charles Colson would run over hts own grandmother to re-elect that president. The Clinton people apparently were prepared to allow the Chinese communist government to run over their own country in pursuit of a second Clinton term. (Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist.) remount) Attorney general’s office provides free child support services As the child support agency for the state of Texas, we often receive inquiries from single parents who arc trying to get on their feet financially while supporting one or more children. They arc sometimes unsure whether they qualify to receive our child support services. Any single parent who applies for public assistance is automatically referred to us by the Department of Human Services. But a person who has managed to get by without welfare may not be aware that a state’s federally mandated child support agency (in Texas, the Office of the Attorney General) provides free child support services to anyone who needs them Establishing paternity Most of the single parents who have a case with the Attorney General’s office have never been mamcd. A child bom to a woman who is not married does not have a legal father Before child support can be ordered and col- Today in History Th© Associated Press Today is Tuesday, March 25, the 84th day of 1997. There are 281 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 25, 1965, the Rev Martin l uther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks. On this date: In 1634, Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Lord Baltimore. In 1865, during the Civil War, Confederate forces captured Fort Stedman in Virginia. In 1894, Jacob S. Coxcy began leading an “army” of unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D C., Dan Morales letted, the baby's father must be identified and recognized as the father by a court of law. The legal process is called paternity establishment. The process can be more or less complicated, depending on the circumstances. For example, it is more complicated to establish paternity if the man named by the baby’s mother denies that he is the baby’s biological father However, a paternity dispute can usually be resolved easily. A judge can order a blood test which will show with great accuracy whether a man is a baby ’s biological father. Refusing to take the paternity test is not a wise decision, lf an alleged to demand help from the federal government In 1911, 146 immigrant workers were killed when fire broke out at the Tnangle Shirtwaist Company in New York. In 1918, French composer Claude Debussy died in Paris. In 1947, a coal mine explosion in Centralia, III., claimed 111 lives. In 1957, the Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community. In 1990, 87 people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants, were killed when fire raced through an illegal social club in New York City. Ten years ago: The Supreme Court ruled employers may sometimes favor women and members of minority father refuses to take the blood test, a judge can declare him the baby’s legal father by default, and order child support. Schools and hospitals help Texas has one of die highest teen-age pregnancy rates in the nation. To address this issue, the Office of the Attorney General developed the Parents and Paternity (PAPA) program. This preventive program is designed to teach teen-agers about the financial and legal responsibilities, including paternity establishment, of becoming a parent. This program was developed into a curriculum and is available to all junior high schools and high schools in the state. PAPA presentations by child support staff are also available to civic and social groups. Through a partnership with Texas' hospitals and the Bureau of Vital Statistics, the child support program developed the Volunteers in Paternity (VIP) program. groups over men and whites in hiring and promoting in order to achieve better balance in the work force. Five years ago: Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi backed away from an offer to tom over two suspects in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 to the Arab League. Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who’d spent IO months aboard the orbiting Mir space station, thereby missing the upheaval in his homeland, finally returned to Earth. One year ago: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by her daughter, Chelsea, visited U.S. troops in Bosnia. ’’Bravehcait” won Academy Awards for hest picture and best director Mel Gibson; Nicolas Cage won best actor for “Leaving Las Vegas,” Susan Sarandon best actress for “Dead Man Walking.” The redesigned $100 This program takes a flexible approach to make it easy for a father to accept the imponsibiirty of parenthood. The VIP program enlists the help of hospitals throughout Texas to obtain the father’s acknowledgment on the birth certificate or on an “Acknowledgment of Paternity” form when a child is bom to unwed parents. The signing of this form does not affirm the man as the legal father in the eyes of the law, but gives the presumption of paternity which is rebuttable through scientific blood testing. For more information For more information about paternity establishment or our child support services. please call (800) 252-8014 or visit our home page on the Internet at If your civic or social group would like to request a PAPA presentation, please call (512)460-6124. (Dan Morales is the attorney general of Texas.) bill went into circulation. Today’s Birthdays: Modeling agency head Eileen Ford is 75. Former astronaut Jim Lovell is 69. Feminist author Gloria Stcinem is 63. Singer-actor Hoyt Ax ton it 59. Singer Anita Bryant is 57. Singer Aretha Franklin is 55. Actor Paul Michael Glaser it 54. Singer Elton John is 50. Actress Bonnie Bcdelia is 49. Singer Nick Lowe is 48. Actress-comedian Mary Gross is 44. Actor James McDaniel (“NYPD Blue”) is 39. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 32. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Debi Thomas is 30. Thought for Today: “In every pergot!, even in such ss appear most reckless, there is an inherent desire to attain balance” — Jakob Wasiermann, German author (1873-1934). ;