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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion ■ To talc wrth Managing Eddor Margaret Edmonson about she Oprxon page cat 6?5-9144, Ext 220 pinion Online contact ■ To submit tetters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the HerakJ-Zeitung's address is [email protected] quotable“When power corrupts, portn demises.” jah- F Ken-tedy 35r U S D’es<ae-it ‘ 963Time to move aheadClosure of hazing incident ushers in new era at CHS The resignation of Athletics Director and Head Football Coach Larry Nowotny Friday gives Comal Independent School District a chance to heal the wounds of controversy and look ahead to brighter days. Allegations of hazing by varsity football play ers at Canyon High School rocked the schools athletics program. An Austin attorney conducted a three-week investigation into the accusations. which led to the filing of two simple assault charges against five varsity football players. Nowotny, along with nine of his players, were disciplined in April after Comal ISD inv estigated reports of coat hangers used in hazing rituals by upperclassmen. Comal ISD board president Dan Krueger commented, “I think everyone rn the community would like to put some closure to this and move forward It’s alway s preferable to termination. Regardless of how you view the situation, you have to remember you are talking about a human being.” The resignation gives Comal ISD the chance to rebuild the morale and spirit of the football squad ami the entire high school, lf Nowotny had been allowed to stay for another season, the entire football program would have been clouded by doubts, questions and suspicion. Nowotny, who coached for seven years at Comal High School, should be given the chance to move on with his life and career as Comal High School should have the opportunity to repair the damage of this turmoil. The school district has some decisions to make between now and early August, when the football team begins practicing for the next season. But those decisions should be positive steps toward eliminating hazing from the athletics program and giving the district a chance to look ahead to the future. (Today ’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson.)Write us ... The Nett Braunfels Herald-ZeUung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 280 words. We publish (wily original mail addressed to the Sea Braunfels Herald-ZeUung bearing the writer's signature Also, an address arri a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please ate the page number and dale of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Biali letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Henald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 Religious persecution act disappoints New BraunfelsHerald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext 301.......................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor. Ext 220...............................Margaret    Edmonson Marketing Director, Ext 308...................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext 214 .......... Karen    Reirimger Business Manager, Ext. 202.......................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext 228................................. Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext. 205........................................Billy    Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Br aunfels Heruld-Zeuung (USPS 377-KHO) 7071.amia St, or P.O. Dra wer 311328, New Braunfels, C omal County. Tit 78131-1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald ZeUung in New Braunfels, Texas ( artier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62 Mall delivery outside Comal C ounty in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year. $103.50 Mail outside Texas: six months. $78; one year, $118.25 Subscnbers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p m weekdays or by 11 tan. on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the Ne* Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328 The pereccuoon of Orisons around the wend fattily got some attention las wack when a ‘Freedom From Reboots Peraerajooo Aa" was Aioduced in the Sente by Aries Specter. Pennsylvania Republican, who is Jewish. and ai the House by Rep. Frank Walk. Virginia Republican, who is an evangelical Chnston. The man rcsponsftie for drafting the legislation. NL had Horowitz, is aho Jewish, and a former top Reagan Adrmmsxnoor official Column! si A. M Roseate! oc'Tbe New Yak Tunes, who is Jewish, is a strong supporter I ani somewhat bothered by the 40-page bin. The legislation creates a director of the Office of Religious Persecution Monitoring m the White House The director would issue annual reports assessing whether persecution exists rn one of two categories: I) ongoing and widespread persecution that includes rape, imprisonment, abduction. torture, enslavement or forced mass resettlement and whether such persecution is done by a government or with a government’s support: 2) religious persecution not carried out with government support, but when government fails to take serious and sustained efforts to dimmate it. The director could recommend to the president immediate sanctions to ban all exrvrts to foreign gov ernments and ct* off virtually all foreign aid. Fur-the- sanctions could be applied after a waiting pc nod Asylum for persecuted religious minorities could also be granted. The latest documentation of Christian persecution is contained in two books. Their Blood Cries Out" by' Paul Marshall (Word Books), a senior fellow m political theory at the Instmae of Christian Studies in Toronto, and “The Lion's Den" by Nina Shea (Breadman Holman I. a book based on eyewitness accounts of torture and martyrdom There is no question of widespread persecution of Chnstians. especially in Sudan, whence come numerous reports of people being kidnapped. jailed, tortured and ev en murdered for their beliefs. How widespread is a matter of debate Some have claimed as many as 164X000 Chnstians arc murdered for their faith every y ear. Some experts view this figure as misleading because it includes deaths from other and unknown causes. So. they say. die actual number who dte for their faith is unknown. While the cunni* bill is better than an earlier draft, it still suffers from a one-size-fits-a11 approach. The Islamic gov ernments which persecute Chnstians do so for religious reasons. It is unlikely they all will back down in the lace of economic sanctions. Those with large oil reserv es are unlikely to feel much pressure from an .America dependent on their wells. China, one of the major offenders, will escape tariff penalties. President Clinton and most of Congress want to continue most-favored-nanon trade status with China. The Specter Wolf bill provides for no sophisticated, step-by-step approach during which pressure would be slow ly increased on the persecutors It’s all punishment No country is given incentives to listen to Amenca’s complaints Though well-intended the asylum provision might have a curious effect. Throughout its 2.OOO-year history , the Chnsoan church has grown and prospered under persecution. Consider the loss of popular clout among .Ameri can churches, which have collectively grown fat and lazy because of their preoccupation with agendas centered on prosperity and politics. For Americans persecution occurs when the sermon runs past noon or a journalist calls Christians names. A Sudanese Christian might think Americans have it easy when their lashings come by way of the tongue, w hile his come from whip or gun. Would die expansion of the Chis-nan faith be helped or hindered by allowing fledgling churches to flee persecution and come to America where a prosperity gospel and compromise often eclipses the way of the Cross? Paul, the Apostle, wrote, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Jesus said “If they persecuted me. they will persecute you.” That’s not a justification for governments to do nothing. It is a call for Christian people to give more support to their brethren. The example of Jewish people’s unity during their times of persecution might be a good model to follow. (Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist.) it tziti . y - lf st Z i Federal budget brims with problems The Federal budget passed by the House is histonc: For the first time in 32 years, it balances. Government will have to live within its means so families can keep more of what they earn That is real progress. Family tax relief, long a priority of Amen cans, is finally becoming a reality. The budget agreement includes S135 billion in tax relief to allow for a $500 per child tax credit that will go a long way to help parents who are struggling to raise their children in addition, the budget also provides relief from exorbitant capital gains taxes that hinder the economy and reduce estate taxes, long the concern of many Americans. This budget will preserve Medicare for another IO years, answenng the warnings of Medicare’s own trustees who reported earlier this year that the sy stem would go bankrupt shortly after the turn of the century without Congressional action. Despite this welcome news, many in the 21st Congressional District willToday in History conclude as I have that the spending cuts in this document are not deep enough, the tax cuts not big enough, and spending pnonties mixed up In many respects, this is a budget only a mother could love. How does one explain pnonties that dunng the next IO years set aside only S3 billion to get people—including legal immigrants—off w elfare and into jobs but more than $16 billion for additional entitlement benefits for non citizens? That $10 billion provides additional benefits for non citizens, many of whom are financially self-sufficient, most of whom entered the country on the promises of their family sponsors to Lamar Smith provide for their financial needs. The mandatory added spending in the next five years for benefits for non citizens—individuals whose sponsors’ average income is $38,000 a year—is four times greater than that for defense, twice that for natural resource and environment programs, and six times greater than that for community and regional development Explaining these pnonties to overtaxed, middle-income Amcncans trying to buy a house and educate their children, Amencans who typically use 40 cents of every hard-eamed dollar to pay local, state and federal taxes. I supported this budget on the House flo^r because it balances. That will help families. But beyond balancing e budget and reducing taxes, this budget’s pnonties are not necessary those of my cr >tituents and other hard-working / 'encans (Lamar Sr Im represents the 21 st District in ti U S. Congress ) Write ’em State of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, P.O. Box 12428, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2000. Atty. General Dan Morales, P O. Box 12548, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2100. Sen. Jeff Wentworth (Dist. 25), P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, TX, 78711 -2068, Phone: 512-463-0126. Local Office: 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 425, San Antonio, TX, 78209, Phone: 210 826-7800 Sen. Judith Zaffirini (Dist. 21). P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-0121, Laredo Office 210-722-2293 Rep Edn und Kuempel (Dist. 45), 523 E. Donegan No. 102, Seguin, TX 78155, Phone: 512-4S3-0602. Local The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 29, the I49th day of 1997. There are 216 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History : On May 29, 1765, Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia’s House of Burgesses Henry responded to a cry of “Treason!” by saying, “lf this be treason, make the most of it!” On this date: In 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th original Colony to ratify the United States Constitution. In 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union. In 1917, the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was bom in Brookline, Mass. In 1932, World War I veterans began arriving in Washington to demand cash bonuses they weren’t scheduled to receive for another 13 years. In 1943, Norman Rockwell’s portrait of “Rosie the Riveter’’ appeared on the cover of “The Saturday Evening Post.” In 1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit In 1973, Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, defeating incumbent Sam Yorty. In 1985, 35 people were lulled in noting that erupted between Bntish and Italian spectators at the European Cup soccer final in Brussels, Belgium. In 1988, President Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union. In 1990, Bon > N. Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic in the third round of balloting by the Russian parliament Ten years ago: A jury in Los Angeles found “Tweight Zone” movie director John Landis and four associates innocent of involuntary manslaughter in the movie-set deaths of actor Vie Morrow and two children Five years ago: Undeclared presidential candidate Ross Perot held a rally in Orlando, Fla., that was earned by two-way television satellite to five other states. One year ago: Israelis went to the polls for an election that resulted in a narrow victory for opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu over Prime Minister Shimon Peres Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Bob Hope is 94. Former Baseball Com missioner Fay Vincent is 59. Race car driver AI Unser Sr. is 58. Actor Kevin Conway is 55. Rock singer Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) is 52. Actor Anthony Geary is 50. Singer Rebbie Jackson is 47. Movie composer Danny Elfman is 44. Singer LaToya Jackson is 41. Actress Annette Bening is 39. Rock musician Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds) is 38. Singer Melissa Etheridge is 36. Actress Lisa Whelchel is 34. Rock musician Noel Gallagher (Oasis) is 30. Singer Jayski McGowan (Quad City DJ’s) is 30. Rock musician Chan Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 28. Singer Melanie Brown (Spice Girls) is 22. Rapper Playa Poncho is 22. Thought for Today: “You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” — Bob Hope. ;