New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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EDITORIALWithhold military aid
Words of Bosnian leader regarding troops from Iran fall flat as new reports come in
A new report from the NATO-led forces in Bosnia said troops from Iran still remain in Bosnia, acting as advisors and instructors for the Bosnian Army.
What’s wrong with that picture is that the recently signed Dayton Peace Accords forbid all foreign military forces (except the NATO troops) from Bosnia by Jan. 19, a deadline long past.
The first sign that the Bosnian government, which has received the majority of sympathy and support during the recent Balkan conflict, was not playing by the Dayton accord rules came in mid-February when French troops raided a military training camp.
Three Iranians were arrested, and scores of weapons and explosives — many of the variety favored by terrorists — were seized.
Since that arrest, the Bosnian government has either denied the presence of Iranian troops in Bosnia or come up with lame excuses why some may still be there (one example — Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic said some of the Iranian troops just couldn’t go home, offering no other explanation).
What is so frustrating about this situation is that the government benefitting most from NATO forces being in Bosnia is lzetbegov-ic’s, yet he seems to think his actions will not be discovered by NATO or will be excused for some reason.
Well, they have been discovered, and they should not be excused.
Everyone knows j ust whose troops would be targeted if terrorist activity breaks out in Bosnia. Americans would take the majority of the Iranian-backed attacks, and that is why American field commanders are so angry and adamant about the situation there.
The Clinton Administration is now considering a $100 million military aid package for the Bosnian army.
That aid should be denied to Izetbegovic and his government until he proves all foreign forces are out of his country.
Even then, the Administration should consider closely just who they are dealing with. If the Bosnian government is willing to flaunt the Dayton Peace Accords and perhaps place our troops in harm’s way, they don’t sound like a candidate for $100 million in aid.
(Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.)
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In 1960, one in six marriages ended in divorce. Today one out of every two marriages will end in divorce. About 85 percent of divorcees remarry within five years. Sixty percent of these marriages will also end in divorce, with 40 percent of them involving children. Much research has been conducted on the effects of divorce on children and how they fare over the long term.
Virtually every study of divorce has identified parental conflict as a major risk factor for children. Children are most always the innocent victims of divorce. Research strongly suggests that while divorce is always painful and frightening for children, both their short and long term adjustment is directly tied to the manner in which parents handle the divorce. It is clear that when parents are able to cooperate in child rearing issues, children fare much better. Children can adjust to divorce and grow up without life-long scars, but it takes hard work, commitment, and compromise on the part of both parents.
Marriage is much like a woven fabric. An intricate and unique pattern evolves through years of emotional
bonding, shared experiences, role responsibilities, entrenched habits, mutual friends, possessions, and most importantly, children. The process of disentangling or unraveling the threads is not an easy task and it takes time.
Because divorce is also a legal problem, children often end up being treated as property and used as leverage. The initial stages of divorce or ongoing litigation are traumatic times when parents are emotionally raw and vulnerable, and yet at the same time they are faced with critical decisions that will impact their children for life.
While a divorce decree ends a marital relationship, one’s relationship as a parent will continue indefinitely. There will always be special events in the lives of the children such as dance recitals, sports tournaments, graduations, weddings, and grandchildren and the children will want the two most important people in their lives to share these events with them. These events, special to the children, can become a
nightmare when the children’s divorced parents cannot be in the same room and remain civil.
Primarily driven by judges, attorneys, and mental health professionals, many programs around the nation have been developed to help parents understand how they can nurture their children through the transition of divorce. One such program, “For Kid’s Sake,” will be offered in Comal County beginning in April.
Sponsored by Family Outreach of Comal County Inc. with initial funding by Comal County Commissioners Court, “For Kid’s Sake” will be offered twice each month year round. The seminar is designed as an educational forum and will not deal with legal or personal issues. It is a four-hour seminar directed toward helping parents understand the impact of divorce upon children, and how they might avoid some of the pitfalls of this emotionally charged time.
For more information on “For Kid’s Sake,” call Family Outreach of Comal County Inc. at 620-1299.
(Connie Feightner is program coordinator for Family Outreach of Comal County.)
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Fed holds rates steady, strong economy cited
By DAVE SKIDMORE
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with evidence the economy has overcome a weak spot early this year, the Federal Reserve today decided to hold short-term interest rates steady.
The announcement came moments before Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan appeared before the Senate Banking Committee, which will pass judgment on whether he should be confirmed to a third four-year term in a job that many consider the second-most-powerful in government.
A spokesman for the central bank, Joseph Coyne, said the Fed’s monetary policy-making panel had ended its meeting at 10:35 a m. EST and that, "there is no further announcement” — a tip off rates will hold steady.
Usually the announcement comes at around 2 p.m., but it was made earlier today to accommodate the timing of Greenspan’s Capitol Hill appearance.
When Greenspan appeared before Congress a month ago, he was able to hold out the tantalizing hint that he might soon trim interest rates to pep up the faltering economic growth.
But since then there’s been a spate of positive economic reports, including a surprising surge of job creation in February that pushed the nation’s unemployment rate to 5.5 percent from 5.8 percents
While awaiting Greenspan’s appearance, Republican senators lavished him with praise. The com
mittee chairman, Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, R-N.Y., promised to move his and two other Fed nominations expeditiously to the full Senate, where a vote was expected this week.
"His wisdom and experience have helped avert several global financial crises. In fact, Alan Greenspan is properly known as the world’s preeminent central banker,” D’Amato said.
Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., said Greenspan has his "wholehearted endorsement,” adding, “Under his adept leadership, the U.S. economy has achieved an unprecedented level of stability.”
Panel members also indicated their support for the other nominees: Alice Rivlin, to be vice chairman, and Laurence H. Meyer.
Rivlin is director of the Office of Management and Budget. Meyer is a respected economic forecaster and professor at Washington University in St. Louis.
Greenspan last appeared before lawmakers on Feb. 20 and 21 when reports were showing the new year off to what the central bank chairman termed a dismal start and analysts were predicting an imminent cut in interest rates.
With the more positive economic news lately, including gains in retail and home sales and factory orders, analysts believed the Fed would see no immediate need to cut rates.
"The likelihood of a Fed ease at this time is zero,” said Marilyn Schaja, economist at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York. “This is poised to be one of the most anticlimactic Fed meetings of the past year ”
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, March 27, the 87th day of 1996. There are 279 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 27, 1794, President Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy.
On this date:
In 1512, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
In 1625, Charles I ascended the English tluone upon the death of James I.
In 1836, the first Mormon temple was dedicated, at Kirtland, Ohio.
In 1884, the first long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York.
In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
In 1945, during World War ll, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that German
defenses on the Western Front had been broken.
In 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.
In 1964, Alaska was rocked by a powerful earthquake that killed 114 people.
In 1968, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the Earth, died in a plane crash.
In 1977, 582 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary Island of Tenerife.
In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 8-to-l, that police could not stop motorists at random to check licenses and registrations unless there was reason to believe a law had been broken.
Ten years ago: The ships and planes of the Sixth Fleet withdrew from the Gulf of Sidra off Libya as American officials declared the United States had accomplished its mission of defending freedom of the seas. The U.S. Senate revived President Reagan’s plan to send $ IOO million to aid Nicaraguan rebels.
Five years ago: In a surprising flap, President Bush publicly disagreed with Gen. H. Norman
At the Fed’s last monetary policy meeting, on Jan. 31, it cut the short-term rate banks charge among themselves on overnight loans for the third time in seven months.
The changes pushed the Fed’s target for the federal funds rate, the interest that banks charge each other on overnight loans, from 6 percent down to 5.25 percent.
As a pre-emptive strike against inflation, the Fed had bumped up the rate seven times between February 1994 and February 1995.
Fed policy-makers will not meet again until May 21, followed by a July 2-3 meeting. Many analysts believe there’s still a chance the Fed will cut rates in May if statistical reports start to show renewed economic softness. But that’s likely to be all for quite some time.
"They are either at or near the end of their easing," said economist David Wyss of DRI-McGraw Hill in Lexington, Mass. Then "any rate increases will not come until after Nov. 5.... The studies we have done show the Fed tends not to raise rates right before an election.”
Greenspan’s confirmation hearing came a day after Democratic senators publicized a draft General Accounting report that says the Fed should keep a tighter rein on its own expenses.
The study shows that expenses at the nation’s central bank have surged twice as fast as the rate of inflation that the Fed toes so hard to contain.
Schwarzkopf, who clanned he had urged further fighting in the Persian Gulf War at the time Bush ordered a cease-fire. (Schwarzkopf later apologized to Bush.)
One year ago: Former President Jimmy Carter announced he had brokered a two-month cease-fire between Sudan’s Islamic government and rebels. “Forrest Gump” won six Academy Awards, including best picture and a second consecutive Best Actor Oscar for Tom Hanks; Jessica Lange won Best Actress for “Blue Sky.”
Today’s Birthdays: Lord Callaghan, former Bntish prime minister, is 84. Former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance is 79. Newspaper columnist Anthony Lewis is 69. Dance company director Arthur Mitchell is 62. Actor Michael York is 54. Movie director Quentin Tarantino is 33. Singer Mariah Carey is 26.
Thought for Today: "Men travel faster now, but I do not know if they go to better things.” — Willa Cather, American author (1873-1947).