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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas ■To talc with Managing Edtor Doug Lovsday about the Opinion page, cal 625-9144, ext 21 “Wirings are the Bfehlood of the television ■ens business. TV reporters — are not concerned tdMMrt the fannies of the victims. Cold? Ruthless? Yes, bot TV news is a business.” — Ann Landers advice columnist 1994 Keeping kids in school Local Communities in Schools program has proven record of success with students New Brawfrh pubhc schools have a friend id advocate that deserves our apport. Communities In Schools, bac. The datd-year program, which has serviced more thai 5,000 students on New Braunfels campuses, provides students who arc at-risk of dropping out or facing leal haakhips an campus or off, a support system they can count on. Typically, die OS program leaders at the various campuses will handle numerous crises each week. Maybe a student has arrived to class with bruises, possibly the victim of child abuse, or maybe his family is facing tough financial tunes and their utilities have been cutoff. Whether its providing a medical assessment or finding a student a place to battle, CIS staffers and volunteers are up lo the task. Sometimes it’s the mundane tasks, like shuttling kids to school, that are the most fruitfuL Many dropouts today are not ‘had” kids who have no desire to lh 2nd better themselves* Somenmes canaratancc a place roadblocks in their way. CIS can help these students navigate those roadblocks and continue then education. Last year, CIS students (those receiving services, counseling through the program) had a 94.5 percent attendance nae. That’s an outstanding figure considering these students are considered at risk for dropping out of school. Another stannic earned lait year is equally impressive. Ninety-six percent af CIS Ardent* on New Braunfels campuses were promoted to the next grade I 1 KVCL CIS hat proven itself boo and acram the country as a real tool school districts can use lo keep rtudeals in das*. But as federal funding for the program is put on the budget-cutting block, more local support will be needed to maintain the quality of service CIS programs can provide. This week, the Greater New Braunfels Communities in Schools, Inc. stay-in-school organization will be bedding its first-ever Celebration Buffett Luncheon. The event, scheduled for 11:45 a.m. to I p.m. on Thursday at the New Braunfels High School cafeteria, will feature guest speakers State Rep Edmund Kuempel and State Sol Judith Zaffirini. A special message from State Sen. Jeff Wentworth will also be rend. We encourage everyone, who believes thai the road to success in our society begins with an education, to attend this free luncheon and learn move about yow leal CIS program. Can 625-2385 to RS VP.Write us... Tbs New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public iasue. The editor raaerv the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known (actual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only anginal mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing Ae writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which ars not far publication, must be included. Please cite the pngs number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters tm Latten to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herold-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung F^>nr and Publisher...........................................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Director of Advertising.................................................Debbie    Banta-Scott Retail Advertising Manager...............................................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Han Circulation Director....................................................Carol Am Avery Pressroom Foreman...........................................................Billy    Parnell City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau NMMudoo Sunday moraiagi and weekday morning! Tuesday through friday by die New Bmsfds HenddZsmmg (USPS 377-88® 707 Lafe St. or P.O. Drawer 311328. New Braunfels. Cant County, Ti. 7S131-132S. Second chit portage paid by tie Nr* Brum Jklt Hsrald-Zritmg in New Braunfels, Tens. Coner delivered in Conal and Guadalupe counties: Usee month*. $2050; six month*. $37; out year, 166. Senior Often Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one yaw. $62. Mad delivery outride Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six ■Marin. $55; one yen. $10350. Mad outride Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. SUtecribsrs Brio have not (scrived a asmppar by S JO pm Tuesday through Friday or by 7-JO arn. os Sunday any cal (210)625-9144 ar by 7 pm weekdays or by 11 aa■ ■ Opinion Onltn* contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services a Internet, a to simply contact staff members, the managing edtor's address is DLovedayOAOLcom.Viewers turning off network news TW liner drinks you're dumb. The CEO of CNN md mogul of attire commiaanafious empires said in a recent speech: *Tbe UniaW Stases has got some of the dumbest people in the world. I wmt you to know that. We know that. It's a disgrace. I men there vt times wha I hare been so (SscoungW about my own country.'* What could have gotten into Tinter that he would say such tings about rinse who consume bis televised products? Turner spokesman Steve Hayworth offered some insight. Hayworth said his boss's remarks should not be token out of Blear environmental cortext “His point was thai when you try to do programming to address the problems, nobody watches.” Three days after Turner’s remarks, a new survey was released feat shows a considerable drop in the pubbc’s view of die credibility of netwcxk anchors as well as a decline in vicwcrship of die main evening network news programs. The Pew Research Center for the People and die Press found that the believability of ABC's Peter Jennings and CBS's Dan Rather slipped 7 percentage points from February 1993. For NBC s Tom Brokaw, the decline in believability was 3 percentage points. “Television news is in trouble with the American public,” concludes the report “Fewer people are watching these days.” Asked why, a plurality QI percent) of those over 50 said they were “critical of coverage.” After years of complaining about liberally slanted and distorted news coverage only to have die networks deny such bias, the people are voting the only Wray they know how. They are tuning out and turning off. Odier people, who use computers to access information on-line, aren't tuning in. Apparently they prefer to get their news directly and not through the filtration system of network news departments. Americans aren't dumb, no matter wha Ted Tinner says. They are smart enough to rec-ognize propaganda when they •v v    see    it. Six years ago, Terry Ryan, senior producer for CNN’s ‘network Earth “series, said “A ‘balanced’ report, in some cases, may no longer be the most effective or even the most informative. Indeed, it cs) be debilitating. Can we afford to wan for our audience to come to its conclusions? I think not” The reaction of smart people to such an attitude is not to watch the program. Barbara Pyle, Turner Broadcasting vice president for environmental policy and an environmental editor at CNN, said in 1990 that she “met a lot of resistance and was considered to be a real fringe lunatic for many, many years.” But she continued, undaunted. “I fed,” she said, “that Tm here on this planet to work in television, to be die little subversive person in televirion. I've chosen television as my form of activism. I felt that if I was to infiltrate anything, I’d do my best to infiltrate television.” Recently, Newsweek’s Washington bureau chief Era Thomas made a startling statement (startling not for what he said but for what he admitted). About Newt Gingrich’s recent charge that the media is biased. Thomas said, “This is true. There is a liberal bias. It’s demonstrable. You look at some statistics. About 85 percent of the reporters who cover the White House vote Democratic. They have for along time. Particularly at the networks, at the lower levels, among the editors and so-called infrastructure, there is a liberal bias. There is a liberal bias at Newsweek, the magazine I work for.” Incredibly, despite a continued slide in ratings and trust, virtually nothing changes. The networks and print publications blame cable for taking away their customers. Ted Turner blames the public for being too dumb to believe in his one-sided environmental preachings. The big networks announce that their new cable operations will feature the same anchors and commentators, who are already seen and not believed by huge numbers of former viewers. No other compony functions like the media. If you own a fast food chain and the customers begin drifting away, you quickly find out what has turned them off and what will bring them back. Not with the big media. They would rather go out of business than offer fair, accurate and balanced reporting and viewpoints. Who’s dumb and who is dumber? (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist) Yeltsin, Chechen leader sign cease-fire agreement By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press Writer FoiTMASnR: Send addrest changer lo fee New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Draw-31 1328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131-1328. MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Chechnya’s rebel leader agreed Monday to a cease-fire in the breakaway republic beginning Saturday, Russian news agencies reported. “We decided the main question — about peace in Chechnya,” Yeltsin was quoted by the ITAR-Tass news agency as saying after closed-door talks with the rebel leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev. The more difficult question of Chechnya's independence was being put off for later. Yeltsin, campaigning hard for presidential elections three weeks away, is anxious to prove to voters that he is trying to end the unpopular war. It remained unclear, however, whether a negotiated cease-fire would really stop the fighting. Russian military officials ignored orders from Yeltsin last month for a unilateral cease-fire. The talks — the first between the two leaders — had been in doubt Sunday after rebels said Yandarbiyev might back out if Russian troops continued attacks. But Yandarbiyev left Chechnya this morningToday In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, May 28, the 149th day of 1996. There are 217 days left in the year. Today** Highlight in History: On May 28, 1934, the Dionne quintuplets — Annette, decile, Enulie, Marie and Yvonne — were bom to Elzire Dionne at the family farm in Ontario, Canada. On this date: In 1533, England’s Archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VUl to Anne Boleyn valid In 1863, the fast black regiment from the North left Boston to fight in the Civil War. In 1892, the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco. In 1937, President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in California. In 1937, Neville Chamberlain became prime nan- ‘We decided the main question — about peace in Chechnya.’— Boris Yeltsin Russian president accompanied by Chechen guards and Russian security officers. They arrived in Moscow this afternoon and sped off to the Kremlin for the talks. “We will offer Russia a variant at talks which will make it possible to stop the war and save the face of a great power,” Yandarbiyev told ITAR-Tass before leaving with his delegation from Ingushetia, a republic bordering Chechnya. Yandarbiyev also said he had ordered his troops to stop fighting for three days during talks. It was unclear whether Russian troops were also observing a temporary cease-fire. Russian news reports cited the commander of Russian troops in Chechnya, Gen. Vyacheslav Tikhomirov, as calling a three-day truce, but later quoted his officers denying it. Yandarbiyev assumed command last month after rebel leader Dzhokhar Dudayev was killed, reportedly ister of Britain. In 1940, during World War ll, the Belgian army surrendered to invading German forces. In 1972, the Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the English throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, died in Paris at age 77. In 1977,165 people were killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky. In 1984, President Reagan led a state funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for an unidentified American soldier killed in the Vietnam War. In 1985, David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers (he was freed 17 months later). In 1987, Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow’s Red Square after evading Soviet air defenses. Ten years ago: Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole served notice she intended to withhold up to IO percent of federal highway money earmarked for Arizona and Vermont, saying those states failed to •Wn will offer Russia a variant aft ftalka which will make it poaalbla to atop tho war and aava ftha faca of a groat power.’ — Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev _Chechen    rebel leader in a Russian airstrike. Russian officials have hoped that Dudayev’s death and the emergence of a new rebel leader might provide new impetus to negotiations, which stalled last summer. In the past neither side has been willing to compromise on key demands: The Chechens want complete independence and the withdrawal of all Russian troops, while the Russians insist that the rebels disarm and that Chechnya remain prat of the Russian Federation. The war has killed 30,000 people since Yeltsin sent troops in December 1994 to crush Chechnya’s independence drive. adequately enforce the 55 mph speed limit (Vennoot was later excused; Arizona was fined $510,000.) Five years ago: Ethiopian rebels seized control of the capitol of Addis Abhba, a week after die country’s longtime Marxist ruler, Mengistu Haile Mariam, resigned his post and fled. U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and other NATO defense chiefs agreed to create a rapid reaction corps as part of a broad plan to reshape the Western alliance in the post-Cold War era. One year ago: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 devastated the Russian town of Neftegorsk, lolling at least 2,000 people. Bosnia's foreign minister and three colleagues were killed when rebel Serbs shot down their helicopter. Today** Birthdays: Actress Carroll Baker is 65. Los Angeles Lakers executive Jerry West is 58. Singer Gladys Knight is 52. Singer John Fogerty is SI. Singer Gary Stewart is 51. Thought for Today: “Responsibility educates.”— Wendell Phillips, American abolitionist (1811-1884). ;