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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 □ Herald-Zeitung □ Tuesday, Nov. 19,1996 Opinion B To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 220 Herat d-Zeitung Opinion * j ti 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 QUOTABLE “If you naut something to remain off die record, don’t say it” Anita Creamer columnist, 1995 EDITORIALAseason forgiving Holiday charities often compete for support, contributions of community The holiday season, which is fast approaching, is a time of sharing and giving to family members. It’s also a time of need in the community, when people are asked to share with others who are less fortunate than they. A number of Thanksgiving and Christmas related projects, clothing and food drives and other special care activities will be taking place — and demanding our time and resources. Before it all seems like to too much to handle, remember those that are not likely to share in a hot Thanksgiving meal with family, or to open presents under a Christmas tree this December because there just isn’t enough money. One good way to contribute money this season is to fill out your United Way contribution card. That drive continues through the end of this year, and more than $ 100,000 is still needed to reach the 1996 goal of $335,000. The Herald-Zeitung is also seeking the help (financial and volunteer) of the community for our annual Cheer Fund drive, which provides food baskets each Christmas to families in the New Braunfels area that would go without at Christmas. Thtt» year’s Cheer Fund drive is the 15th the Herald-Zeitung has organized, and last year’s event provided baskets to more than 200 families. As in the past, the Hemld-Zeitung will chronicle those who contribute to the fund in the front page Stammtisch column. As donations come in, we get to thank the contributors publicly for their help. Whether you help the Cheer Fund, United Way or another holiday charity (or whether you contribute to them all!), know that a gift at this time of year is more special to someone in need. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) Write us • • • Hie New Braunfels Hemld-Zeitung 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 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeit”ng bearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address and a telephone numoer, 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 Hemld-Zeituriff 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 Reminger 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 Fnday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeuung(LISPS 377-880) 707 I .aiwk 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. Carnet 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. Subscribers 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 a.m. on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 3 ll 328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131 -1328.Brinkley comment causes stir The big media wizards are in a tizzy over David Brinkley’s election-night comment that President Clinton “has not a creative bone in his body. Therefore, he’s a bore and always will be a bore.” Some have rushed to Brinkley’s defense, noting it was a long night and he must have been tired. Others, like CNN’s Larry King, said “it sounded to me like it was Limbaugh, or Liddy, or Ollie North... like wacky talk radio. It didn’t sound like Brinkley.” The real surprise is not what Brinkley said but that so many of his colleagues would express shock and disappointment. Brinkley appeared to have been pressured into offering an apology to die president as the White House toyed with the possibility of canceling a scheduled interview with die departing “This Week” host. But do apologies ever come from the networks for what they regularly say about Republicans in general and conservatives in particular? To be called a bore is not a slander. But the way network correspondents and “analysts” regularly label and trash those with whom they disagree is slanderous. Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H., notes that while the networks erroneously awarded an election victory to his Democratic opponent, correspondents opined that Smith’s “defeat” meant New Hampshire had become “more moderate” and that the state was rejecting conservative views. When network projections proved wrong, did any of them change in their assess ments about the political leanings of many New Hampshire residents? No. This is mild compared to the daily fare served up by the big four networks and chronicled by the Media Research Center. Following the 1994 election in which Republicans won a majority in both houses of Congress, ABC’s Sam Donaldson said to Newt Gingrich, “A lot of people are afraid of you. They think you’re a bomb-thrower. Worse, you’re an intolerant bigot. Speak to them.” CBS’ Erie Engberg called Gingrich “bombastic and ruthless,” and NPR’s Sunni Khalid accused Gingrich of “lynching people.” Former Washington Post assistant managing editor William Greider wrote in Rolling Strate: “The U.S. House of Representatives is now to be led by a world-class demagogue, a talented reactionary in the vengeful tradition of Gov. George Wallace and Sen. Joseph McCarthy...” These are only the recent examples. Similar Cal Thomas Syndicated Columnist assaults were directed at Ronald Reagan. Donaldson said to David Letterman in 1987 prior to a scheduled Reagan press conference: “So I think (he) is going to pass two or three tests. The first is, will he get there, stand in front of the podium and not drool?” The editorial page editor of The New York Times, Howell Raines, wrote that “Reagan couldn’t tie his shoes if his life depended on it.” To AIDS sufferer Elizabeth Glaser, NBC’s Maria Shriver posed this loaded question: “You place responsibility for the death of your daughter squarely at the feet of the Reagan administration. Do you believe they’re responsible for that?” It’s impossible to count how many times the words “mean,” “harsh” and “nasty” were ascribed to Republicans in the last few years. But there are no apologies for such drivel, because this is supposed to be “reporting” and “analysis.” When the network biggies gather to analyze why their election-coverage ratings plunged from 1992, they might wish to consider their slanted coverage. My analysis is that all of them come from the same ideologue! perspective, David Brinkley being an obvious and welcome exception. Coverage has become so predictable that people don’t need to watch. They can get the basic facts of who won and who lost from C-Span or other sources. The big networks are, well, boring. ame .A L Clinton trip down under includes vacation By NANCY BENAC Associated Press Writer SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Ready to blend foreign policy and pleasure. President Clinton embarked on a four-day visit to Australia today designed to strengthen economic and security ties that he hopes will bear fruit at home. Excited to be making his first trip Down Under, Clinton will meet with Australian Prime Minister John Howard, speak to legislators and the people of Sydney, visit tin: famed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and make sure to work in some golf, including a round with PGA pro Greg Norman. The Clintons were welcomed to Sydney late today with a 21-gun salute and cheers of support from well-wishers. “I’ve wanted to come here all my life,” Hillary Rodham Clinton enthused as she and her husband worked their way through the crowd. Australia is the first stop on a three-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific that also will take the Clintons to the Philippines and Thailand over the next nine days. While Clinton publicly showcases U.S. ties to the region’s booming economies, he'll also hold private talks on difficult issues, including troublesome Asian barriers to free trade, tensions on the Korean peninsula and China’s human rights record. Today in History By Tho Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Nov. 19, the 324th day of 1996. There are 42 days left in d ie year Today s Highlight In History: On Nov. 19,1863, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Addrees as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the CMI War battlefield in Pennsylvania. On this data: In 1794, th# United States and Britain signed the Jay Treaty, which resolved some of the issues left over from the Revolutionary War. In 1931, the 20th president of the United States, James Garfield, was bom in Orange, Ohio. In 1997, American poet Emma Lazarus — who'd written The New Colossus" to help raise money for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal — died in New York at aga 38. In 1919, the U.S. Senate rejected the Treaty of Ver-by a vote of 56 in favor to 39 against, short of ‘Don’t be too polite, Mr. Primo Minister, when you moot tho president. We are talking about Australian jobs which need defending.’ — Opposition spokesman Martin Ferguson to Australian Prime Minister John Howard The most difficult issues come later in the trip. Clinton’s four-day stay in Australia offers him a chance to solidify U.S. ties with an oft-overlooked ally seen as the southern anchor of American relations in the Asia-Pacific. Even here, though, there are differences to be discussed. Just hours before Clinton’s arrival, Howard said he would complain about U.S. trade practices and global trade rules that cost Australia thousands of jobs and millions of export dollars. The United States, for its part, has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization about a Australian leather manufacturer that gets export credits to sell leather car seats to U.S. auto manufacturers. Opposition spokesman Martin Ferguson urged Howard, “Don’t be too polite, Mr. Prime Minister, the two-th if da majority needed for ratification. In 1942, during World War ll, Russian forces launched their winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front. In 1959, Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsei. In 1989, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man s second landing on the moon. In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel. In 1985, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva. Tan years ago: President Reagan said no more arms would be sent to Iran to "eliminate the widespread but mistaken perception" that the United States had been exchanging arms for hostages in Lebanon. Five years ago: The House of Representatives sustained President Bush’s veto of a bin that would have lifted his ban on federally financed abortion counseling. Ona year ago: The Clinton administration and when you meet the president. We are talking about Australian jobs which need defending.” Still, Clinton is not likely to encounter noisy street protests like those President Bush faced in 1992 when Australian farmers were upset about U.S. price supports for dairy exports. Clinton’s voyage Friday to the Barrier Reef, a 1,240-mile necklace of coral reefs populated by millions of fish and other sea life, will be a high point of his Australian visit. The president will use his visit to underscore the importance of global environmental protection. Clinton also will praise Australia for its efforts to protect the reef and warn of the dangers to reefs worldwide from overfishing, pollution and sedimentation. Mrs. Clinton delivers her own speech Thursday at the Sydney Opera House. From Australia, Clinton travels to the Philippines for a meeting of 18-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, then on to Thailand for a state visit. Wherever he goes, Clinton will carry an underlying message aimed at an audience back home: Expanding world trade will create more opportunities and higher-paying jobs for Americans. Already, half of U.S. trade is with countries in the Asia-Pacific, the fastest growing area of the world. Republican congressional leaders reached a deal to end a six-day budget standoff and resulting partial government shutdown. Polish President Lech Walesa was defeated in his bid for re-election. Today's Birthdays: Actor Alan Young is 77. Former U N. Ambassador Jeans J. Kirkpatrick is 70. Talk show host Larry King is 63. Talk show host Dick Caved is 60. Broadcasting and sports executive Ted Turner ie 58. Singer Pete Moore (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) is 57. Sen. Thomas R. Harkin, D— Iowa, is 57. TV journalist Garrick Utley is 57 Actor Dan Haggerty is 56. Wisconsin Gov. Tommy G. Thompson is 56. Fashion designer CaMn Klein ii 54 Sportscaster Ahmad Flashed is 47. Actress Kathleen Quintan is 42. Rock musician Matt Scrum (The Cult; Guns N* Roses) is 36. Actress Meg Ftyan is 35. Actrees-director Jodie Foster ie 34. Flock musician Travis McNabb (Better Than Ezra) is 27. Singer Tony Rich is 25. Thought for Today: The facts are always less then what realty happened." — Nadine Gordimer, South African Nobel Prize-winning author. ;