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WASHINGTON (AP) — Slobodan Milosevic could lose international recognition for his territorial claim on Kosovo if the Serbs don't stop killing the region’s ethnic Albanians, President Clinton said l\ies>
I day. He rejected a formula for peace offered by the Yugoslav president.
; SIB ulf there was ever any doubt about |pMH what is at stake in Kosovo, Mr. Milo-, JgM sevic is certainly erasing it by his actions,” Clinton said. “They are the culmination of more than a decade of m m us*n£ etlm*c an(* religious hatred as a ™—” justification for uprooting and murdering completely innocent, peaceful civilians to pave Mr. Milosevic’s path to absolute power.”
The president urged the allies to remain steadfast in their opposition to Milosevic on the seventh day of NATO ^ air campaign against die Serbs while the administration promised neighboring nations financial aid for the refugees streaming across their borders and support against Serb threats.
Some success was repented in diminishing Serb air defenses and strikes against troops stationed just outside Kosovo, but a Pentagon spokesman cautioned against expecting a quick “knockout punch.”
US. policy has opposed independence moves in Kosovo and supported Serbia’s claim to die province. During peace talks this month in Rambouillet, France, the Clinton administration supported autonomy — but not independence — for the'majority ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Milosevic rejected that plan.
Administration officials insisted that there had been no policy change, but during a State Department ceremony honoring former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Clinton signaled that the Serbs’ actions in Kosovo carried a price: the loss of international support for Milosevic’s claim on the region.
“Today he faces the mounting cost of his continued aggression,” Clinton said. “For a sustained period, we will see that his military will be seriously diminished, key military infrastructure destroyed, the prospect for international support for Serbia’s claim to Kosovo increasingly jeopardized.”
To the 18 other NATO countries, with whose leaders he has been in frequent contact, he said: “We must remain steady and determined with the will to see this through.” At the Pentagon, spokesman Kenneth Bacon said NATO forces have had some success in damaging the Serb air defenses, command-and-control facilities and a military industrial base that is sustaining the Yugoslav forces.Unicorn for a day
NBHS seniors school Smith on fine points of
US. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, had to field some tough questions from a group of soon-to-be constituents Tuesday.
Many high school seniors might not yet be able to vote, but they have some pressing questions on their minds about the federal government, and they were not afraid to ask.
Students in Vicki Redding’s and Sally Kingsbury’s government and economics classes listened to Smith speak about the proposed federal budget and practical politics during a visit to New Braunfels High School.
Smith said the last vote, taken by Congress on March 25, was on a proposed federal budget.
“What’s contained in that budget is the seed of legislation that will be addressed, voted on and debated next year, including Social Security, Medicare, taxes and defense spending,” he said.
The Republican-controlled Congress is looking at targeted tax cuts, Smith said.
“Right now, we have an all-time record high in taxes, about 40 cents out of every dollar,” he said.
Senior Jodi Schlather asked, “What do you think about the flat tax?”
“I think the flat tax should become a part of the upcoming presidential campaign debates, because our current system is complex and unfair,” he said.
The congressman said the flat tax
ROBIN CORNETT /Herald-Zertung
Top, U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, answers questions during a meeting with seniors Tuesday at New Braunfels High School. Above, Smith chats with members of the ROTO program.
Clinton rejects Milosevic’s peace formula:
Allies encouraged to remain opposed to Yugoslav leader
Voter registration deadline is ThursdayBy Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Thursday is the deadline to register to vote in the May I elections for New Braunfels City Council and Comal Independent School District board positions.
County residents can begin casting ballots April 14 for three city council races (including the mayor’s seat), two Comal Independent School District races and a $ 141 million CISD bond election.
Residents can register to vote from 8 a.m.
to 4:45 p.m. through Thursday at the Comal County voter registration office, 205 N. Seguin Ave.
In city elections, six New Braunfels residents filed for three city council seats, guaranteeing races for mayor and council member seats in Districts 5 and 6.
Stoney Williams and Robert Kendrick are vying to be New Braunfels’ next mayor. Mayor Jan Kennady will reach her term limit in May.
Lee Rodriguez and Clif Courtney are run
ning for the District 5 city council seat, which will be vacated by Cathy Talcott. Tal-cott announced earlier this year she was moving out of the district.
District 6 city council member Juliet Watson is running for re-election against challenger David L. Nigh.
In the CISD elections, nine patrons are campaigning for the District 3 and 4 positions on the school board.
In the District 3 race, Pat Broaddus, SuzanSee DEADLINES
Recycling Fair part of Earth Day celebration scheduled for April 17By Chris Crews Staff Writer
New Braunfels will celebrate Earth Day 1999 with its first annual Earth Day Recycling Fair on April 17 at Cypress Bend Park.
The fair will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free. Seminar topics will include xenscaping and household recycling.
Ten booths will be set up to cover
subjects including organic gardening and Earth Day projects by local schools.
The city has two dozen backyard compost bins that will be given away as “door prizes” at the fair. The city’s mulch pile in the park will be available, and residents can haul away free mulch.
The mulch is a product of the city’s Christmas tree recycling program.See RECYCLING/3A
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Veterans say budget falls short
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
Local veterans said they believed the proposed federal budget for health care will fall billions of dollars short of the amount needed to provide services.
One vet said government officials should take note of history .
“If they don’t ... there will be another veterans’ march on Washington,” said Ski Haneiwich of New Braunfels, a local activist.
Haneiwich referred to a march on Washington in the 1920s by World War I veterans seeking the benefits they had been promised by Congress. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was ordered to disperse the crowd, but refused to fire on the veterans.
President Clinton’s budget proposal recommended $18.1 billion for the Veteran’s Health Administration. U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, said he would support a budget that added $1.1
billion to the president’s proposal.
Don Nunley of Canyon Lake said more than 6,500 veterans lived in Comal County and as many as 40 percent depended on the VA for health care.
“A lot of people retired here because of access to the VA and military hospitals,” Nunley said.
Nunley, a member of several local veterans’ organizations, said an independent budget analysis performed for veterans organiza-See VETERANS/3A
New Braunfels junior Crystal Garcia throws to first base during Tuesday’s District 14-5A softball game with Austin Crockett. For more on the game, see page 8A.