New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ann Kahn community activistClinton takes his campaign victory lap
Benchmark rate cuts should meannews
Insurance rate cutbacks ordered by Texas Insurance Commissioner Elton Bonier was good news to ratepayers across the state.
On Monday, Bomer ordered a 5 percent reduction statewide in the automobile benchmark rate. Companies can charge new rates without insurance department approval as long as they are 30 percent above or below the benchmark rate.
Reports showed the benchmark for bodily injury liability will drop an average of 19 percent and uninsured motorists coverage will drop an average of 28 percent.
“This is good news for all motorists, especially drivers who buy only the insurance they need to o^»*v the law and those who are concerned about being hit by the large number of drivers w ho carry no insurance at all ” Bomer said.
Texas law requires motorists to pay for liability coverage before they hit the road. For some drivers, this is a financial burden that is hard to bear because they are working minimum wage jobs and trying to make a living. lf they need their.vefccle&to get back aud fortUiP work, then liability coverage is a necessary expense that comes with having a job, which is something that we strive to provide for all Texans. For a state that is trying to get welfare recipients off the state’s rolls, the insurance commissioner s decision appears to be forward-thinking
We encourage insurance companies to follow Bomer s lead and adjust their rates accordingly. Consumer groups expressed cautious optimism about the drop in the benchmark rates. By making liability coverage more affordable, perhaps more people can abide by the law and provide more business for the insurance companies.
(Todays editorial was written by Hemld-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson.)
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One day after Sen. Fred Thompson raised the white flag in his hearings that were to have exposed the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign as a monument to sleaze and unprecedented illegalities, Bill Clinton was running a victory lap at the Amelia Island, Fla., resort. Fifty fat cats paid $50,000 each to schmooze with the President. Two and a half million dollars went to Democratic campaign coffers which have been sorely depleted because so much foreign money had to be returned after questions were raised about its origin.
In what may be a new low even for this administration, the president told the donors: * 'The party with the most money wins.” Whatever became of
the party with the best ideas wins”? Victory is now secured when one side outspends the other on TV ads, not when one side outdebatcs the other.
Democratic National C hairman Buddy Rocmer exulted: There’s two press for every guest here, and that’s the way Democrats like it.” As if to underscore his point, NBC’s John Palmer played in President Clinton's golf foursome. The press is not only in bcd with
the president, refusing to broadcast some of the most potentially damaging stories about Democratic fund-raising, but some journalists now see no problem in playing games with the man they are supposed to be covering. 1 While Thompson shares part of the blame for the hearings’ failure to live up to his boast that they would reveal a trail of Chinese campaign cash designed to influence several American elections, the real culprit is the public and its refusal to be outraged.
The president correctly judged the public mood, and his supporters apparently convinced a majority of people that 'everybody does it” and that all politicians are pretty much the same. But if we arc so cynical that we believe all politicians arc alike and we demand nothing better, then nothing better is
what we will get Most politicians only rise (or fall) to the expectation levels demanded of them.
If the economy and feeling good arc alt that matter, we are setting ourselves-up for a fall. As William Bennett reminds us in his collection of "advice from the Founders” called "Our Sacred Honor,” our form of government and way of life cannot be sustained apart from a virtuous foundation. Bennett quotes John Adams on that point. In 1765, the same year as the Stamp Act was passed, Adams wrote a "Dissertation on die Canon and Feudal Law” in which he said that die people have "an indisputable, unalienable, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.”
But what if the people in sufficient numbers become preoccupied not with virtue but with vice, such as their own pursuit of personal peace and a never-ending quest for affluence that blinds them to the character of their leaders? Then they will get the leadership that reflects their attitude, which is precisely what we now have. Hinton gets
away with blatant campaign finance law-breaking, and the polls show that few seem to care. How for we've come from Noah Webster, who believed "the virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities.”
On the House side, Rep. Phil Burton will soldier on with hearings, but he is unlikely to be more successful than the Thompson committee. The president and his men no doubt believe they can get away with anything now. Sufficient numbers of people feel good about Bill Clinton, and we can be sure that making us fed good will continue to be the primary occupation of this president.
O J. Simpson waited a few days after his acquittal before playing golf. The president's confidence is so high that he’s out plowing for more dough the day after Thompson’s announcement of no more hearings, lf we get the leadership we deserve, we must have done some really bad things. '
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist. He will speak on Tuesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.)
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Life works: Adj’ust your point of view
lf attitude is everything . and it is. here are live ways to adjust your point of view
VERBALIZE THE POSITIV E.
Our unconscious Hind is like a huge ocean going steal ier I he C aptain on the bridge of the ship can see north. south, east, and west The poor firemen down in the hole of the steamship, can't see anything Hic C aptain calls ocer the intercom, “hull steam ahead.” What do those guys do.’ They shovel on m» e coals That’s the way our unconscious is. Whatever we tell our unconscious mind, the unconscious mind believes So if you arc having a bad day— lie EMOTION IS CREATED BY MOTION Feelings are created by physiology. What does this mean? Change the way you walk, talk and act and you’ll feel better. Some of you look like you could clabber milk.Today in History
By The Associated Prtss
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 5, the 309th day of 1997 There are 56 days left in the year
Today*! Highlight in History:
On Nov. 5, 1605, the Gunpowder Plot failed when Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament.
On this date:
In 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in a presidential election. (She never paid the tine.)
In 1895, George B. Selden of Rochester, N Y , received the fin! U.S. patent for an automobile.
You’ve got a motion problem. How can you help yourself feel better? Instantaneously. Alter your physiology. Snap your fingers like you were a high roller in Vegas. Pump your fist like you were Tiger Woods sinking a 60 foot put. Say, “Great. Fantastic.
Terrific ” Smile. Change your motion. You’ll feel better.
BE REMEMBERED IN A POSITIVE WAY Here’! nice little philosophical question for you at coffee break time. How do you warn to be
In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected presiders, defeating Progressive Republican Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent Republican William Howard Taft.
In 1940, President Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office, beating Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.
In 1946, Republicans took control of the Senate and the House in midterm elections.
In 1956, Britain and France started landing troops rn Egypt during fighting between Egyptian and Israeli forces around the Suez Canal (A cease-fire was declared two days later)
remembered? How do you want people to describe you? What do you want written on your tombstone? Do you want to be like the hypochondriac? She had these words on her tombstone: “I told you I was sick.” How about this, “A modest, kind gentleman; most informal is his daily contacts; beloved by everyone who looked forward to his visits that offered encouragement, optimism, and hope to all he met.” T hink of a way you would like to be emembered. Wntc it out. Start living the way you would like to be.
ACT “AS I .” Every morning for many years 11 .ive gotten up early and written be <s. Several years ago I realized sc lething. I had wntten 11 books. Bu nobody was reading those books. I go despondent about that. Then I told myself, “Act as if.” I began acting as if I \xas a best selling writer. I visualized lines of people waiting to
In 1968, Republican Richard M. Nixon won the presidency, defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and third-party candidate George C. Wallace
In 199ft, Rabbi Meir Kahane, a Brooklyn-born Israeli extremist, was fatally shot after a speech at a New Yod hotel. (Egyptian native El Sayyed Nosair was acquitted of state charges but was later convicted in federal court of Kahane’i killing.)
In 1994, former President Reagan disclosed he had Alzheimer’s disease.
Ten years ago: Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admitted using marijuana several times in
buy my book at book stores. I saw myself signing autographs for these people. I heard the cash register ringing. And guess what? I now have a best seller What does this mean for you. Act as if you are what you want to be and you will become that person.
SMILE, lf you look like you could get in a fight in an empty room, change that. Smile. Force your lips in an upward direction. When you smile, your foetal muscles cut off the circulation in the carotid just a little bit. This impacts on the limbic area of the brain; that impacts on the hypothalamus, that impacts on the pituitary And endorphins are secreted, helping you feel better. Give yourself Mi injection of endorphins. Smile.
Remember Life works when we work at living.
(John Ingram Walker is a speaker, author and psychiatrist.)
the 1960s and 70s, calling it a mistake. President Reagan named Frank Caducei as secretary of defense to nic-ceed retiring Caspar W. Weinberger.
Five years ago: Malice Green, a black motorist, died when he was beaten by Detroit police officers outside a suspected crack bouse. (Larry Never* and Walter Budzyn were convicted of second-degree murder, but the Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for Budzyn, saying jurors were improperly influenced.)
One year aga: Voters returned President Clurton to the White House for a second term but kept Congress in Republican control.