New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Saeaceb also speech.”
— Sander Vanocur journalist 1994Don’t be a statistic
Conversion of frontage road system here meant to save lives — pay attention!
New Braunfels drivers have been waiting for this road project for years. And now; it\ finally arrived.
The Texas Department of Transportation will begin convert* ing foe 1-35 frontage roads into a one-way system next week.
By doing so, die frontage system will be simplified, and especially, made safer.
While most area residents soon adapt to the two-way frontage roads, which require motorists to yield for vehicles entering and exiting the highway, visitors to this community are not as comfortable with the mechanics of driving here.
The results can be, and have been, tragic.
Drivers, for example, traveling northbound on the frontage road adjacent the southbound lanes of 1-35 must yield for cars wishing to speed onto entry ramps, lf they are not paying attention, dont slow down at the yield sign, or if the vehicle wishing to otter the highway fails to use a turn signal, a head-on collision can occur.
Converting to a one-way fromage system will solve those
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Now here comes the tricky part
All of us, who are so accustomed to two-way traffic on frontage roads in town, must now change our thinking.
“I suggest that drivers be patient and start preparing to drive the frontage roads as a one-way so that they will get used to it,” TxDOT Area Engineer David Kopp advised recently.
Occasionally, all of us are absent-minded divers. Our weU-ttav-eled routes are so familiar they can cause complacency in our driving.
As we face this change in our road system next week, make sure to be aware of new road signs. This conversion is meant to save lives.
Dont be another statistic.
(Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.)
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■ To submit letters and guest .3 columns electronically by way online services or Internet, or tp^ simply contact staff members, the managing editor’s address is DLovedayOAOL.com.Is Dole campaign facing “Bush-2”
Four years ego, opinion polls showed George Bush's popularity heeding south. Many in the Bush camp refused to panic or take corrective measures. They believed fee president would pull out of his nose tfive and head back in fee direction of his record-high approval ratings that followed the Gulfwar.
What some believe could be a “Bush-2” — the prrartmlnl campaign of Bob Dole —is facing astroite challenge. A Los Angeles Times survey reveals fem a majority of Americans have already become dbendianaed wife fee Republican Congress and have tittle enthusiasm for Dole.
The survey shows President Clinton beating Dole, even with third-party candidates Ross Perot and Ralph Nader in the race. In a two-man contest, according to the survey, Clinton beats Dole 35 to 37 percent In a four-way race, aimon wins with 45 percent to Dole’s 32 percent Besot gets 13 percent and Nader 6 percent.
What lo do? Washington Post columnist Stephen Roeeafeld offers a formula. After hewing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speak at William and Mary College recently, Rosenfeid wrote, “What struck me most from her speech and a chat was the unity of public statement and personal belief. This is a rare quality in a realm otherwise bulging with political hustlers, consensus politicians md policy worries. It is one of the core mysteries of leader-
This is the only way Bob Dole can beat Bill Clinton without help from Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr. Dole must articulate finn beliefs and principles, not genoa! ones, or he risks being overwhelmed by the slickest campaigner, promise-
bieaker and fence-straddler in the history of modem politics.
Dole’s speed! to the American Society of Newspaper Editors April 19 about the liberal judiciary was a good start, but he will have trouble with that issue because he has voted to confirm 182 of Clinton's 185 nominees to the federal bench. Dole says he did this "out of deference to n president's constitutional prerogative,*' a statement that glosses over the issue of principle. If most of the president’s nominees were liberals, why didn’t Dole oppose them on philosophical grounds, as many liberal Democrats have done wife Republican nominees (remember Robed Berk)?
Thatcher's “unity of public statement and personal belief* is a summons to fee only person who may be able to rescue fee Dole campaign: Newt Gingrich. Gingrich must emerge from his reclusiveness and, no matter what fee cost personally, speak truth to fee nation. The Republican theme ought to be (and should have been) not a revolution but a second war of independence from the “monarchy” of big government, from victimization and dependence on government to individual freedom, accountability and prosperity. In such wars, combatants are sometimes wounded, even killed — including generals like Gingrich. But wars of independence are bigger than individuals and personalities.
As The Weekly Standard put it, “It is time for Gingrich to come out from hiding and do what he has always done best: rally fee faithful, articulate the agenda for his movement and his party, and help frame fee national political conversation in a way that will clarity fee stark choice facing the United States in November 1996.” ,
Gingrich isn't just Speaker of the House. He is, is the magazine put it, “The national political figtpe most associated wife fee ideas of the 'revolution' of 1994 and fee governing agenda that has yet to be implemented, and it's going to take a far longer time than he may originally have thought at die height of die enthusiasm in early 1995.” lf Gingrich bums out, if the press and his opponents scorch him beyond recognition, so be it Others will rise up to take his place. Besides, isn’t a comet a dying star? And when the comet streaks across the sky, isn't our attention diverted from Earth to die heavens? Don’t we marvel? .
Gingrich should go for it almost as if he weft running for president He should articulate an intellectual and policy agenda about what a government united under Republican leadership would allow us to do for ourselves and our families.
If Gingrich leads and Dole loses, the yearning for independence will remain. If Gingrich doesn’t fetid and Dole loses, and if the House reverts to Democratic control, he and his ideas may never rise to sud) heights again. Of course, if Dole wins... but can he without Gingrich and his independence manifesto alongside him? Six months before fee election, k doesn't appear so.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
Boorda’s suicide came amid questions on awards^
By ROBERT BURNS
AP Military Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just before he apparently killed himself, Adm. Jeremy M. Boorda, the Navy’s top officer, abruptly left his Pentagon office troubled by questions he was to face that day about the legitimacy of one of his Vietnam combat decorations.
Boorda, 57, the widely admired chief of naval operations since April 1994, died Thursday of what police preliminarily were treating as a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
Initial forensic evidence “indicates this case will be classified as a suicide,” a Metropolitan Police Department statement said.
Boocda’s body was found about 2:05 pm in a side yard next to his quarters at fee Washington Navy Yard. People nearby heard the gunshot and rushed to his aid. He was pronounced dead at D.C. General Hoqtitel a few minutes later. Police said a .38 caliber
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, May 17, the 138th day of 19%. There are 228 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 17,1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown vs. Board of Education filling that declared that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.
On this date:
In 1792, the New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree located on what is now Wall Street.
In 1814, Norway's constitution was signed, providing for a limited monarchy.
In 1875, the first Kentucky Derby was run at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The winner was Aristides.
In 193A the radio quiz show “Information, Please!” made its debut on the NBO Blue Network.
In 1938, Congress passed the Vinson Naval Act, providing funds for a two-ocean navy.
handgun and a suicide note were recovered near the body.
Two suicide notes were found, officials said, although the notes won sealed by police, and fee contents were not disclosed.
The Washington Post reported in today’s editions that the notes, one of which was written to Boorda’s wife, expressed concern about fee disgrace resulting from an impending disclosure questioning whether he had earned two Vietnam-era decorations he had once worn.
The New York Times said fee notes suggested Boorda had been driven to take his life by fear that the reputation of the Navy, already battered by a series of scandals, would be further harmed by the disclosures about his medals.
Boorda was to have met about the tune of the shooting with the Washington bureau chief of Newsweek magazine, which was working on a story concerning his medals.
In 1940, the Nazis occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War II.
In 1946, 50 years ago, President Truman seized control of fee nation’s railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
In 1948, fee Soviet Union recognized the new state of Israel.
In 1973, the Senate opened its hearings into fee Watergate scandal.
In 1980, rioting feat claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie.
In 1987,37 American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stalk in the Persian Gulf. Iraq and the United States characterized the attack as a mistake.
Ten years ago: Friends and relatives gathered in Oregon for the funerals of two of the nine climbers who died during a school outing on Mount Hood.
Five years ago: The Commerce Department reported fee U.S. trade deficit had narrowed sharply
Administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was no evidence the shoot) ing was accidental and no suspicion of foul play. v Boorda’s top deputy, Adm. Jay L. Johnson, toejjt over as acting Navy chief after fee shooting. y \
Colleagues and lawmakers who had spoken wift) Boorda in recent days expressed shock and dismay, At the White House, President Clinton praised Boorda, the first enlisted sailor in the history of die Navy to rise to its top position, as a man of“extrI* ordinary energy, dedication and good humor.” Navy Secretary John Dalton, the service's civilite) chief, said he had met wife Boorda a day earlier. “Hfe was in great spirits,” Dalton told a news conference.
The questions about the legitimacy of Boorda’s combat “V” award came at a time when the Navy ii an institution has come under fire from critics far moral lapses, starting wife fee 1991 Tailhook sexual assault scandal and more recently focusing tin drug use at the Naval Academy and sexual harasf?
in March 1991 to $4.05 billion, the lowest level Sit nearly eight years.
One year ago: The Senate Ethics Committee coti-cluded feat Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., had to type a full-scale Senate investigation of charges tlfet included making improper advances toward worn*. Jacques Chirac was sworn in as president of Franca, ending the 14-year tenure of Socialist Francois Mitterrand. _&
Today's Birthdays: Actress Maureen O’Sull is 85. Former Watergate special prosecutor,
Cox is 84. Opera singer Birgit Nilsson is 78. director Dennis Hopper is 60. Energy Sec' Hazel O’Leary is 59. Nebraska Governor Ben is 55. Singer Taj Mahal is 54. Actress Debra W! is 41. Actor Bill Paxton is 41. Boxer Sugar Leonard is 40. Actor-comedian Bob Sage! is Singer Trent Reznor is 31.
Thought for Today: “The family you come isn't as important as the family you're goia. have.” — Ring Lankier, American humorist (18 1933).