New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Clinton needs to follow through on advice garnered from Jordan’s group
I Immigration in this nation of immigrants has always been a controversial issue. But it is not an issue that w ill once more go aw ay w ith the visual fresh coat of paint over a flimsy patchw ork of broken-down policies and laws.
The nation needs comprehensive immigration reform. But reforms need •to be handled with sensitivity and objectivity. This issue has grown •ugly. Some anti-immigration sentiment borders on racism and paranoia. •And some pro-immigration rhetoric unfairly levels charges of racism at I any well-meaning attempt to curb the current runaway abuses.
The need for cool heads to handle this hot issue becomes more difficult now that it promises to become a major theme in the coming presidential campaign.
The Clinton administration could help defuse the immigration issue by initiating reforms now rather than wait until immigration becomes a game of one-upsmanship in an over-heated presidential race.
Clinton already has laid the groundwork for immigration reform. He (couldn't have done better than his selection in late 1993 of former U.S.
I Rep. Barbara Jordan as the chair of his U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. Jordan ser\ed in Congress and has earned impeccable credentials as a constitutional scholar, ethicist and civil libertarian.
Jordan pulled off a miracle when she led her bipartisan, racially and philosophically diverse 9-rnember commission to a set of unanimous reform recommendations. But even Jordan couldn't prevent vigorous opposition from anti-immigration isolationists, no-compromise civil libertarians and certain organizations that represent Hispanics and other mi nonties.
_ The opposition, although expected, put a stop to the administration’s attempts to carry' through with the commission’s suggested immigration preforms. This was a mistake similar to Clinton's failure to follow through on his promised welfare reforms, which allowed the issue to become a political football distorted by over-blown rhetoric w ith the inevitable result of over-correcting legislation
Already one Republican presidential candidate has called for the military to be deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border, reminiscent of the Berlin Wall or the Korean 38th parallel.
It took courage for Jordan to head a commission on such a hot-button issue and then publicly issue difficult recommendations. Clinton should act now.
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Everything is buzzing around the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, now in preparation for the third annual style show and luncheon. Thursday, April 6.
The show and our models are very entertaining, and the lunch is delicious. There will be hot chicken salad, broccoli salad, a vegetable, dessert, bread and drink. Coming from the Center’s kitchen, you know how good it will be. Get your tickets right now because they go fast and space is limited.
Piano music will be provided by Hilde Seiber-ling for your dining pleasure. Goldie Nowotny will be the Mistress of Ceremonies with commentary throughout the show. The extremely energetic chairperson of this event is Helen Nolen.
This year, the show is called “The Fashion Scene,” with emphasis on Easter, travel, play, the proper attire for bridge luncheons, and a final scene called ‘Texas”
This past Sunday, there was a big fashion show at Trinity University in San Antonio. According to their producer and director, glitz and glamour are in this year with lots of sparkle, such as beads, sequins, vibrant colors, and luxurious materials. Among the
big designer names were Bill Blass, Arnold Scaasi, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Feraud, Emanuel Ungaro, Jean-Louis Schemer, PDCO Rabanne, and Hanae Mori.
Well, we may not have names like that in our show, but we have names I like better. Our spring fashions are being furnished by Willis Town ‘n Travel, Lisa J., Beall’s, Chollett’s, The Collection at Landmark Square, and The Cottage dress shop. Door prizes are being given by each of those participants as well as by the Newcomers Club, Hobby Lobby, and the Senior Center. We had hoped to have a men’s swimsuit competition, but the first man I asked said “I haven’t worn my swimsuit in so many years there are holes in both knees.” So I gave up on that one.
Our esteemed and very elite group of waiters are Jim Cooney, Garland Nolen, David Hochanadel, Howard Schulz, Jim Kilkenny, John Fahsl, Al Bick-ham, Buzz Mann, Jim McFteeley, and Paul Hamniac ker. The waiters have more fun than anybody else; they are good-natured and take a lot of kidding from the group.
The full committee organizing this extravaganza consists of Verna Clements, Goldie Nowotny, June Grace, Nancy Schulz, and Shirley Kellerman, with acknowledgments to Hobby Lobby, American Tourister, and Merle Norman Cosmetics.
If glitz and glamour are in, then we have no problem. The best part, with plenty of glamour showing,
are our lovely models: Eleanor Yanaway, Shirley Brooks, Marty Weicker, Sue Luttrell, Elds Kieschnick, Muriel Mooney, Camilla Palmer, Jewell Moore, Polly Johnson, Sue McFeeley, Jean Petersen, Normaly Fischbeck, and Susan Adams.
The week of March 12-18, 1995, had been proclaimed by the President of the United States, the “National Older Workers Employment Week.” The Center’s older Americans work all the time—and not for pay. Anyway, the style show participants have been working all month on getting the performance together, including the administration, models, cooks, and waiters. Our older Americans do a little bit of everything, have fun doing it, and for the most part, accept no pay. I think the whole month of April should be declared National Older Volunteers Month. In fact, I so proclaim it Let’s celebrate!
Please plan to attend this gala style show event It’s always the talk of the town for a while, and then we begin again to make the next year even better.
In this month’s newsletter, I failed to mention in the wish list that the Center needs a lawnmower—any kind of lawnmower just so long as it works.
Please remember that the Thrift Shop will always take the leftovers from garage sales. Just call 629-5441 or 629-4547 and we will arrange to have your items picked up.
(Marie Dawson writes exclusively about senior citizen issues for the Hercdd-Zeitung.)
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Gingrich vows to keep fighting for term limits
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House threw itself into the path of a popular grass-roots movement and slowed the momentum of the new Republican majority by defeating a constitutional amendment lo limn the years members of Congress may serve.
But IO hours of politically charged debate and a historic first-time floor vote did nothing to put the issue to rest The spectacle of lawmakers agonizing over their own tales and the intentions of the founding lathers promised to recur throughout the 104th Congress and infuse the next election cycle
Term limits will be voted on as the first item in the new Congress if we are the majority,” House Speaker Newt Gingrich vowed Wednesday night ”1 can assure you it will he a major issue in the '96 campaign.”
Republican leaders fell dozens of votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to approve a constitutional amendment limiting House and Senate careers lo 12 years each. The most popular of four alternatives that were voted on Wednesday, it failed 227-204, with Republican Steve Stockman of Texas voting presentAnalysis^
The vote marked the first House defeat of legislation promised in the GOP "Contract With America," the campaign manifesto guiding the first IOO days of the new Republican-majonty House.
The White House said it was pleased with the House vote, noting that President Clinton long has been opposed lo term limits.
"The president believes the American people can best decide whether elected officials should be sent back for additional terms," presidential spokeswoman Ginny Terzano said from Tallahassee, Fla.
Gingrich blamed the setback on Democrats and accosted them for ignoring the public mood. But it was his own parly's Henry Hyde, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who implored lawmakers to vote according to their own best judgment rather than opinion polls.
The polls document public support for term limits in the 70-80 percent range, assuring continued attempts to corral resistant legislators "They
may want to wash their hands of it. We’re not going to let them," said Bill Pascoe of the American Conservative Union.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule later this year on whether stales have a constitutional right to set term limits for federal officeholders, as 22 already have done. Gingrich said GOP leaders will decide after the ruling "what kind of legislation, if any, might be appropriate.”
Some term-limits supporters believe there’s no need to wail and are promoting bills that authorize states lo restrict congressional terms. In the Senate, the 11 GOP freshmen received assurances from Majority Leader Bob Dole that there would be a vote this year on such a bill, which requires only a simple majonty to pass.
The lobbying groups behind the amendment drive also are promoting a bill that halls vesting in congressional pensions at 12 years. Today they were unveiling yet another means to their end: legislation to put an advisory referendum on all SO stale ballots in 1996.
The referendum would seek voter views on term limits, a balanced-
budget amendment and an amendment requiring a three-fifths congressional majority vote lo raise taxes, Pascoe said.
The House floor debate Wednesday was punctuated by sharp bursts of iheloncal gunfire. Opponents spoke scornfully of drive-by legislators, dumbed-down democracy and amateur hour. A supporter said it was "lime to expose pious term-limit martyrs.” One member was called on the carpet for accusing another of cynicism and hypocrisy.
Democrats were in the odd position of opposing term limits but proposing an alternative that — unlike any of the GOP options — would have imposed retroactive 12-year caps on current members. It was intended to fail, which it did. 297-135. and to embarrass Republicans.
The three GOF proposals included a three-term, six-year limit that failed 316-1I4;asix-tcrm, 12-year limit that states could make shorter, which attracted 164 votes to 265 against; and the 12-year national limit, silent on stale prerogatives, that ultimately garnered 227 votes — 189 from Republicans, only 38 from Democrats.
Today In History
By Th* Associated Press
Today is Friday, March 31, the 90th day of 1995 There are 275 days left in the year Today’s Highlight in History:
Fifty years ago, on March 31, 1945, the Tennessee Williams play "The Glass Menagerie” had iLs Broadway premiere with Lauretle Taylor as Amanda Wingfield, Eddie Dowling as Tom, Julie Haydon as Laura and Anthony Ross as Jim, the Gentleman Caller.
On this dale:
la 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews from Spanish
soil, except those willing to convert to Christianity.
In 1880, Wabash, Ind., became the first town completely illuminated by electrical lighting In 1889, French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor alop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion.
In 1917, the United Stales took possession of the Virgin Islands, which it had purchased from Denmark.
In 1925, the first U S dance marathon, held in New York City, ended with Alma Cummings setting a world record of 27 hours on her feet In 1933, Congress authorized the Civilian Conservation Corps.
In 1943, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical play “Oklahoma!” opened on Broadway.
In 1949, Newfoundland entered confederation as Canada’s 10th province.
In 1968, President Johnson stunned (fie country by announcing he would not run for another term of office.
In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that coma patient Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from her respirator (Quinlan remained comatose bul survived until 1985.)
In 1987, the judge in the “Baby M” case in Hackensack. N J., awarded custody of the girl bom under a surrogate-motherhood contract lo her father,