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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 □ Herald-Zeitung g Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 220 Herald-Zeitung Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor’s address is [email protected] QUOTABLE “I think the public is too hungry for gossip. There are things more important than who slept with whom.” Ed Bradley journalist, 1993 EDITORIALEducation milestone Comal ISD marks 40 years of education, employment for county’s rural citizens This community has celebrated many important, and impressive, anniversaries in the past few years. The biggest was New Braunfels’ sesquicentennial last year. Many ceremonies and special events were held to commemorate the founding of this community by German settlers 150 years ago. The celebrating went on, in fact, for the entire year. Visitors from our sister city of Braunfels, Germany, were here in force, joining with residents to celebrate the anniversary. But this week marks another anniversary that is equally important. Tile Comal Independent School District, which was formed through the consolidation of eight rural school districts, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. An election in October 1956 established the Comal Rural High School District. That board then voted on Nov. 12, 1956 to consolidate the Bulverde, Danville, Davenport, Fischer, Goodwin, Mountain Valley, Sherwood and Solms school districts. And now, four decades later, the district is the county’s largest employer, it educates more than 9,000 students and shows no signs of slowing. A vision to improve education for those children in the outlying rural regions of this county has blossomed into a learning structure of immense proportion. But while celebrating the forward-thinking of educators 40 years ago, C1SD is also paying close attention to the needs of the county’s students today and in the future. As more and more people move to Comal County, greater stress will be placed on that educational system — and on the taxpayers who support it. CI SD faces a difficult next 40 years, but it’s got a proven track record to learn from when the going gets tough. Happy anniversary, CISD. (Today's editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) Write us The New 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 260 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mall letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher, ext. 301........................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor, ext. 220..........................................Doug    Loveday Director of Advertising, ext 308.........................Debbie Banta-Scott Retail Advertising Manager, 209...................................Jack    Osteen Classified Advertising Manager, ext. 214................Karen Reininger Business Manager, ext. 202........................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, ext. 228....................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, ext. 205..........................................Billy    Parnell City Editor, ext. 221...........................................................Jim    Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Nevi' Braudels Herald-Veining (LISPS 377-880) 707 I anda St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 -1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier 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. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscriber* 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 ll a.m. on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunjels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328Brinkley left agendas at home The departure of David Brinkley as host of Sunday’s “This Week” program on ABC is not the end of an era, but the end of a profession that was enhanced because of the presence of people like him. He will continue to do taped pieces for the program, but Brinkley’s leave-taking concludes a now-extinct journalistic line. The new crop is composed of news readers who editorialize more than they report and who have agendas, not a calling. I confess to a large prejudice in favor or Brinkley. I met him in 1961 when I was 18 and a copy boy in the Washington bureau of NBC News. His office was separate from all of the other correspondents, not because he was arrogant but because the Huntley-Brinkley program was a self-contained unit with its own producers, writers and secretaries. Unlike many modem anchors, Brinkley wrote all his own stuff. He didn’t know it, but he was one of my many teachers. I was in charge of filing correspondents’ scripts, and frequently I’d take their work home, to learn about good writing. He’s forgotten our first meeting, but I remember it well. I was in the NBC cafeteria speaking to another correspondent, and he came by, sat down and said hello. He asked me, “Cal, what are your goals?” I responded smugly, “Someday I’d like to have your job, Mr. Brinkley.” He laughed and said, “Maybe you will.” At a time when surveys show a growing distrust of major media, I never knew Brinkley’s politics or for whom he voted. I still don’t. He once said, “It is impossible to be objective, so we must always be fair.” He never failed to live up to that creed. I recall looking for any excuse to visit his office, hoping some of his magic would rub off on me. At the 1964 Democratic convention in Atlantic City, I accompanied him to a meeting outside the convention hall. He was mobbed by people who genuinely admired him and wanted his autograph. Brinkley always seemed embarrassed by such things. He thought journalists ought not to be celebrities, but he seemed to have v v dk \ '• ^ come to terms with his fame in ™    1    *    ways    that    never inflated his ego. He is the same today as he was when I met him 35-years ago — decent, gracious, humble, very funny and uniquely gifted. How gifted? Consider this magnificent description in his memoir of the political parties’ quadrennial conventions: “In the summer after the primaries are finished, we cover both party conventions — each combining the worst features of a cattle auction, a clearance sale of damaged merchandise and a sheriff’s auction of recovered stolen goods, and above all the social event and fund-raiser by and Cal Thomas Syndicated Columnist for the rich.” What else do you need to know after reading a sentence like that? The 1960s were the best years that broadcast journalism ever had. It was a joy to work for NBC News in those days, because that was the best news division ever. David Brinkley led that team, but he was one of many with talent and experience who cared more about what was in their heads than the coiffeur on them. In our present image-over-substance generation, we shall not likely see his kind again. Brinkley is a quiet man, difficult to know intimately, but with a Southern charm and grace that characterizes many from his native North Carolina. My two greatest professional rewards were given to me by Brinkley. One came at a social function shortly after I started writing this column. “I read your column,” he said. “You write well.’ The other was when he appeared on my former CNBC television show — the one time copy boy hosting his idol and writing mentor. David Brinkley invented much of broadcast journalism. As he has said, “We made it up as we went along,” because no one had ever done it before. Thankfully, he will not disappear entirely, but as he formally leaves his anchor duties, from all of us in the profession and on the receiving end of your talent, as your partner Chet Huntley regularly said, “Good night, David.” And thank you. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) AcnjaiiY.«dont w enter one oftai! sows , decideriTD go wiih cmdlocK! Y *? U.S. military team studies African mission By HRVOJE HRANJSKI Associated Press Writer KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — An American survey team landed today in the Rwandan capital to prepare the way for up to 4,000 U.S. troops who may join a multinational operation to feed more than a million refugees in Zaire. The 43-member team, led by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Edwin P. Smith, arrived on a mission to assess what kind of security would be necessary for U.S. troops, if President Clinton gives the green light to their deployment. “We are here to conduct an initial assessment for possible humanitarian assistance either unilaterally or multilaterally,” said Smith, commander of the Southern European Task Force, part of the U.S. European Command. Fighting resumed at dawn today in Goma»the Zairian town bordering on Rwanda, and shelling prevented the distribution of food Zairian rebels began firing 130 mm Katyusha rockets at daybreak from Goma towards Mugunga refugee camp, IO miles north of the lakeside town. Rebel leader Laurent Kabila has vowed to retaliate against the former Rwandan soldiers and Hutu militiamen at the camp, who pounded Goma with shellsToday in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 1996. There are 47 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight In History: On Nov 14, 1889, inspired by Jules Verne, New York World" reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) , set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days. (She succeeded, making the trip in 72 days.) On this data: In 1832, the first streetcar — a horse-drawn vehicle called the "John Mason" — first went into operation in New York City. In 1881, Herman Melville’s novel "Moby Dick" was first published in the United States. In 1881, Charles J. Gujteau went on trial for assassinating President James Garfield. (Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.) In 1922, the British Broadcasting Corporation began its domestic radio service. In 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed earlier this week. With relief delayed, thousands face starvation or death from disease. The survey team, which flew in via Uganda from a U.S. air base at Vicenza in northern Italy, consists of medical, engineering and civil affairs personnel as well as security officers, the U.S. Embassy in Kigali said. The team may return to Entebbe, Uganda, because Kigali hotels arc full, he said. A three-man French survey team accompanied the Americans. Its tasks range from the practical — for example, inspecting airports and roads as well as housing for U.S. personnel — to the political. “They will meet with government of Rwanda officials and humanitarian officials,” embassy spokesman Peter Whaley said. French Foreign Minister Hervc de Charette said he hopes to see “the first soldiers on the ground” by the weekend. He did not specify which country might send the first contingent. Zairian rebels have said they will attack French troops that enter their territory because the French have in the past aided Rwandan Hutus. The Clinton administration is prepared to send about 1,000 ground troops and several thousand more support forces to Central Africa to help allevi- the Philippine Islands a free commonwealth In 1940, during World War ll, German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry In 1944, Tommy Dorsey and Orchestra recorded “Opus No. 1" for ROA Victor. In 1989, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon. In 1972, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 1,000 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,003.16. In 1973, Britain’s Princess Anne married Capt. Mark Phillips in Westminster Abbey (they divorced in 1992, and Anne remarried.) Ten years ago: The Securities and Exchange Commission imposed a record $100 million penalty against inside-trader (van F. Boesky and barred him from working again in the securities industry. Five years ago: U.S. and British authorities announced indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Fired postal employee Thomas Mcll-vane stormed the Royal Oak Post Office in Michigan, fatally shooting four workers before killing himself. Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk returned to ate the worsening humanitarian crisis. They would take part along with troops from about a dozen other countries. Fighting that broke out last month between Zairian rebels and the Zairian army backed by Rwandan Hutu rebels has driven more than a million Rwandan refugees from U.N. camps and cut off their food supplies. Members of the former Rwandan army and Rwandan Hutu militia responsible for the massacre of half a million Rwandan Tutsis in 1994 are camped among the refugees. The U.S. forces, between 3,000 and 4,000 in total, would remain about four months and serve under U.S. command. Red-bereted airborne assault troops based in Italy could begin arriving as early as next week. They would provide security at an airfield in Goma, a principal delivery point for humanitarian supplies. Tile airport is now under the control of Zairean rebels. The United States also would airlift forces from other countries to the region and would provide security along a 3-mile corridor from Goma to the Rwandan border. The U.S. forces also would seek the voluntary repatriation of refugees, mostly Rwandan Hutus, now in eastern Zaire. his homeland after 13 years of exile. One year ago: The U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, dosing national parks and museums while government offices operated with skeleton crews U S Rep Enid Greene Waldholtz, R-Utah, filed for divorce from her husband, Joe, who was under federal investigation for possible campaign financing improprieties. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Rosemary Decamp is 86. Actor Brian Keith is 75. U N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is 74. Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis is 62. Actor Don Stewart is 61. Jordan's King Hussein is 61. Pop singer Freddie Garrity (Freddie & the Dreamers) is 56. Britain's Prince Charles is 48 Rock singer-musician James Young (Styx) is 48. Singer Stephen Bishop is 45. Rapper Run (Run-DMC) is 32. Rock musidan Nic Dalton (The Lemon-heads) is 32. Flapper Shyheim is 19. Thought for Today: "It makes no difference if I bum my bridges behind me — I never retreat " — Fkxetto La Guardta, New York City mayor (1682-1947). ;