New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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QUOTABLE"A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and truth."
— Henrik Ibsen, playwright 1882Republicans, remember your religion
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Half the city’s families recycle, what’s stopping the other half?
Hie latest figures on the recycling program from BFI and the City of New Braunfels are encouraging. Forty-eight percent of city households are taking advantage of the program, the city is making more than $2,000 a month as its share of the profits from selling the recyclables, the city is diverting a lot of trash from the landfill, which saves valuable landfill space and reduces the fees charged to the city for dumping trash there, and the number of complaints has dropped.
Of course, if the other half of the households started recycling, the program would come much closer to paying for itself. More trash would be diverted from die landfill and more profits would come back to the city from selling the recyclables.
If you are not recycling, consider trying it for just a week. You will probably be surprised how simple it is. It probably will not even take five minutes of extra work for the entire week. Remember, the more people recycle, the more cost effective the program becomes.
And you might be surprised that you feel good about yourself when you realize your family has produced one or two garbage bags less waste than you did last week. We were all taught that waste is sinful, and that is what recycling is all about — not squandering our resources. If that bottle, can, milk bottle or newspaper can be reused, it should be reused.
It is something your parents most likely taught you, and it still holds true.
(Today's editorial was written by Interim Managing Editor Roger Croteau.)
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Just as Republicans are hying to hold together their economic and religious wings through the 1996 elections, there appears to be severe turbulence on the religious side.
At a conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. last weekend, called 'Reclaiming for Christ,” Republican State Sen. Tim Philpot of Kentucky told the 700 attendees there is a danger of "selfishness” if it appears "we care only for ourselves.”
In a conversation with me, Philpot said Republicans are making a mistake by speaking only of tax cuts and saying nothing about the poor and helpless. "It sounds as if we want to spend the money we save on taxes on ourselves. All Phil Gramm and Bob Dole seem to talk about is money. In effect, they’re saying ‘it’s the economy, stupid,’ just like the Clinton people in die 1992 campaign.”
That is more cause for Republican concern. Psychologist and Focus on the Family President James Dobson has threatened Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour with a walkout by conservative Christians if a strong pro-life plank is not approved by the GOP convention next summer. Dobson urged his large radio audience not to support any politician who favors abortion.
The danger for what the press derisively calls the “Religious Right” is that they are making the same
mistakes the religious left made. To solve the moral problems of the nation they are looking to government rather than the Author of their faith and His strategies.
In "The Screwtape Letters,” C.S. Lewis describes the strategy of the devil for corrupting a Christian: "Let him begin by treating patriotism...as part of his religion. Then let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part Then quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which die religion becomes merely a part of the ‘cause,’ in which Christianity is valued chiefly because of the excellent arguments it can pro-duce...Once you have made the world an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing.”
It seems we have arrived at such a point. Too many members of the Church — if one may speak of something so fragmented as a monolith — are seeking a shortcut to righteousness, preferring the way of government to the way of its Savior. Question: Why should a majority accept something they have not seen fully lived out by those who profess to believe?
America’s most dangerous diseases have developed an immunity to politics. We suffer not from a failure of political organization or power, but a failure of love. Our most pressing problem isn’t the federal deficit, but a deficit of time and attention that parents give their children and each other. In violent streets and broken homes, the cry of anguished souls is not for more laws but for more conscience
The way to transform a nation is not by politics alone. It is not enough to support a welfare reform bill. We must also mentor the children of poverty who live without fathers and without hope. It is not enough to fight the gay rights lobby. We must comfort AIDS patients preparing for a lonely death. It is not enough to support a constitutional amendment banning abortion. We must, in greater numbers, provide young women in trouble with a home and sympathetic ear.
A century ago, the abortion rate was about the same as it is today. It was reduced initially, not by laws, but by compassionate people and societies who met die needs of women.
A Roman official described the early Christian church to the Emperor Hadrian: "They love one another, they never fail to help widows; they save orphans from those who would hurt them. If they have something, they give it freely to the man who has nothing. If they see a stranger, they take him home and are happy as though he were a real brother.”
There is power in that, real power. Why would anyone want to settle for less? The Church has the power to transform our nation into what most of us would like it to be. But it will not do so if it joins another religious crowd which said 2,000 years ago: "We have no king but Caesar.”
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
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Uncle Sam is watching what we eat
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government researchers are developing a profile of the American diet, sending out scores of interviewers to talk to about 6.000 people — young, old and ages in between — about what they eat.
It’s part of the Agriculture Department’s continuing "What We Eat in America” program, used lo monitor eating habits.
This year, the second year of the 1994-96 survey, interviewers are knocking on the doors of 11,500 households in 28 states and the District of Columbia lo find 6,000 people who represent the entire U.S. population.
"We need everyone’s cooperation to ensure that we get an accurate pie-
Today in history
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, March 29, the 88th day of 1995. There are 277 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 29, 1973, the last United States troops left South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War. That same day, President Nixon announced that “all of our American POWs are on their way home.”
On this date:
In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware.
In 1790, the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, was bom in Charles City County, Va.
In 1867, the British Parliament
lure of what foods Americans are eating and how much, as well as what they know about the relationship of diet lo health,” said nutritionist Alan na Moshfegh, head of the survey group in USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.
In the last three-year survey, conducted from 1989-91, researchers found that Americans were getting at. average 34 percent of their total calories from fat. down from 36 percent in 1987-88 and 40 percent in 1977-78.
Nutritionists recommend diets in which no more than 30 percent of calo-
passed the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada.
In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut.
In 1932, a vaudeville comedian made his radio debut with the words, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is Jack Benny talking. There will be a slight pause while you say, ‘Who cares?’”
In 1943. World War II meat, butter and cheese rationing began.
In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of espionage charges. (They were executed in June 1953.)
In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC’s ‘Tonight” show for the Final time.
In 1971, Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering at least 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre. (Calley ended up spending three years
lies come from fat.
The last survey also found that about half of Americans ate fruit or drank fruit juice on any given day. The recommendation is two to four servings daily.
The interviews take about 30 minutes and are being conducted by the Rockville, Md., research firm Wesiat Inc. Interviewers have been trained by the Firm and carey photo identification badges.
Also, “no government agencies, including USDA, will have access to information that idenliFies respondents," said Judith Meatier, survey held director with Westat.
USDA says the information will
under house arrest.)
In 1974, eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University (The guardsmen were acquitted.)
Ten years ago: The body of Army Maj. Arthur D. Nicholson, who’d been slain by a Soviet sentry in East Germany on March 24, arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington for burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Five years ago: President Bush, addressing the National Leadership Coalition on AIDS, declared his administration "on a wartime footing” against the disease, and called for compassion, not discrimination, toward those infected with the virus.
One year ago: Mexico’s ruling party picked Emesto Zedillo to be
help policy-makers target nutrition education programs to those who need them most, predict the demand for agricultural products and monitor the adequacy of American diets.
The data also will help USDA determine whether Americans are using and understanding nutrition labels on the foods they eat and to determine whether and how diets change when someone participates in a food assistance program.
By the end of 1996, the department will have collected information on the eating habits of about 15,000 Americans in this latest three-year survey.
its new presidential candidate, replacing the assassinated Luis Donaldo Colosio. Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson resigned, capping a longstanding feud with team owner Jerry Jones.
Today's Birthdays: Former U S. Sen. Eugene McCarthy is 79. Actress Eileen Heckart is 76. Sen. Larry Presser, R-S.D., is 53. British Prime Minister John Major is 52. Comedian Eric Idle is 52. Singer Bobby Kimball is 48. Actor Bud Cort is 44. Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas is 39. Tennis player Jennifer Capriati is 19.
Thought for Today: "News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it’s only news until he's read it. After that it’s dead.” — Evelyn Waugh, English author (1903-1966).