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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, November 25, 2000 /^v    ■    _ lr _____-   ^Opinions FORUM Letters mmmm we demand arcUier recount/^ iNFELSHerald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson, Managing Editor Michael Cary, News Editor www.herald-zeitung.comKudos Coverage and community support for the New Braunfels Unicom State 4A Volleyball Champions has been really awesome. In das New Braunfels ist das leben schon. Thank you for all the support throughout the season. Thank You.Kate Kennedy Connie and Wayne Kennedy New Braunfels To: Carlton Foods, Mrs. Baird’s Thrift Store and New Braunfels Candy Co.: Thank you for your recent donation to help us celebrate a successful middle school football season. Our function was very successful in promoting unity among the players and parents of the seventh and eighth grade participants. We appreciate your support and look forward to patronizing your businesses in the future. We feel it is important to include community in our activities and to, in turn, support our community businesses. LeAnne Wehe Margaret Salinas CMS Athletics Students and Parents Other Views Philippines and Thailand) have been rebounding strongly. However, this economic recovery is already ebbing because of the effect of High oil prices — and it remains worryingly vulnerable to any deterioration of the U.S. economy. In the absence of robust economic growth, Asia’s voters are certain to be far more demanding of their leaders than in the past. And, in spite of the risk of short-term political volatility, that is surely to be welcomed. By The Associated Press The Jordan Times, Amman, Jordan, on Mideast crisis Palestinians and Arabs in general have good reasons to be disappointed by the declaration on the Middle East crisis adopted by the fourth Euro-Mediterranean meeting of foreign ministers that closed in Marseilles on Friday. True, the ministers spoke of “the establishment, in the near future, and preferably through negotiations, of a democratic, viable and peaceful sovereign Palestinian state.” The conference failed to openly blame the excessively brutal Israeli reaction to Palestinian frustration and resentment — which was so far largely limited to stone-throwing. Europe also fell short of throwing its full weight behind President Yasser Arafat’s request for a deployment of UN security forces in Palestine. Also, while devoting much of the Marseilles talks to the situation in the Middle East, the EU did not show much determination to take any practical initiative independently from the U.S. or to assume a more front-line role in the peace process.... Today in History By the Associated Press L_ Today is Saturday, Nov. 25, the 330th day of 2000. There are 36 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 25, 1963, the body of President Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. On this date: In 1758, in the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne in present-day Pittsburgh. I In 1783, the British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States during the Revolutionary War. In 1835, American industrialist Andrew Carnegie was bom in Dunfermline, Scotland. In 1920, radio station WTAW of College Station, Texas, broadcast the first play-by-play description of a football game, between the University of Texas and Texas A&M. In 1957, President Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke. In 1973, Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup. In 1974, former UN. Secretary-General U Thant died in New York at age 65. In 1980, Sugar Ray Leonard regained the World Boxing Council welterweight championship when Roberto Duran abruptly quit in the eighth round at the Louisiana Superdome. In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels. In 1987, Harold Washington, the first black mayor of Chicago, died in office at age 65. Ten years ago: Poland held its first popular presidential election. (Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, who received a plurality of votes, won a runoff the following month.) Five years ago: In his weekly radio address, President Clinton appealed to America’s values and interests as he pleaded for support for the Bosnia peace agreement. Serbs in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo took to the streets by the thousands to protest the peace plan, vowing to fight to the death. One year ago: Five-year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida. Elian was one of three survivors from a boat carrying 14. Cubans that had sunk two days earlier in the Atlantic Ocean; his rescue set off an international custody battle between relatives in Miami-and Elian’s father in Cuba. Today’s Birthdays:    Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet is 85. Actor,. Ricardo Montanan is 80. Jazz singer Etta Jones is 72. Le Figaro, Paris, on dealing with global problems To govern is becoming a test of humility, at the hour of “globalization.” France is currently experiencing it, particularly in managing mad cow disease and global warming. Whether dealing with health or ecology, effective politics can no longer be conceived only within national borders. Proud sovereignty is no longer the privilege of nations.... France should be more modest. The state can no longer hope to rule, from its balcony, over health and ecological interests that clearly know no borders. More generally, the harmonization of rules organizing society and its economy has become imperative, to the European plan if not globally. Even justice doesn’t really have the means to apply law in its own land.Neue Luzemer Zeitung, Lucerne, Switzerland, on the Mideast crisis. The cycle of violence is being kept in motion by both sides. Last weekend’s relative calm was deceptive. With the reining in of the stone-throwers and (Palestinian leader Yasser) Arafat’s order for a cease-fire in the autonomous areas, the Palestinians’ fight for their own state is by no means over. Because negotiations are for now a distant prospect, the radicals are targeting the visible and provocative enemy: the Jewish settlers, whose stubborn policy has significantly contributed to the fact that Palestinians have only the prospect of a barely viable rag rug of a state. And as expected, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has answered violence with more violence. The ex-general appears to see only military force as a means to fight the uprising, the failure of which to produce results is playing into the hands of terrorists....Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald The chaotic history of Latin America has thrown up extraordinary figures, none more improbable than Peru’s President Alberto Fujimori. The son of poor Japanese immigrants, he chose the land of his parents’ birth to stage the last act of his tumultuous decade in power. A pathetic act it was, too, particularly for a man who only a few months ago boasted that he had never been paralyzed by or yielded to events. With his administration utterly discredited, Mr. Fujimori last week slipped out of Lima and flew off to Brunei to attend, briefly, the Asia-Pacific trade summit. From there he went unexpectedly to Tokyo and checked into a luxury hotel, ostensibly to iron out details of an international loan. On Sunday, he said he would resign the presidency within 48 hours. Whether or not he returns to Peru — his sister and his son live in Japan and he could apply for residency because his parents were bom there — his abrupt move has two effects. On the positive side, it hastens by seven months the end of his corrupt and increasingly untenable presidency. Beset by scandal, he had announced in September that he would call fresh elections in April and stand down in July, after just a year of the third five-year term he won in May in what was denounced as a rigged election. The negative is that he has now created an instant power vacuum. Financial Times, London, on Asian economic policy From Japan to the Philippines, from Taiwan to Indonesia, a clutch of Asian countries is facing leadership upheaval. Each of these commotions has a special national cause but they perhaps reflect a common regional conclusion: Asia’s long-term recovery depends on a marked improvement in governance. Such an improvement has yet to happen and achieving it will be bumpy for Asia’s democracies. On the face of it, the five countries most affected by Asia’s devastating financial crash of 1997 (Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, thefor our democracy j More than three and a half centuries Ko, bound by a common desire for lib-pty, a small group of Pilgrims sought a tune in the New World. Strengthened iy their faith and grateful for surviving peir first harsh winter, the Pilgrims set icicle several days to give thanks for peir good fortune. ’ We have come far on our American gurney since that first Thanksgiving, fur Constitution has established a firm fmndation from which we, as a nation, pve worked to address the political and bcial challenges of the continually Solving American mosaic. But as much as our nation has hanged since the days of the Plymouth Mony, the spirit of Thanksgiving Imams the same. I am deeply thankful iat our Forefathers drafted the institution with unparalleled liberties [id that our government is equipped to withstand the election uncertainty that Els focused so much attention on lorida. important. The dialogue might be difficult but it is healthy. Our system of checks and balances, though not perfect, has solidified the rule of law, and ensures that a leader, chosen by the people in accordance with that law, will be inaugurated. For those who did not vote, you missed a golden opportunity to take part in the greatest democratic exercise in the history of the world. Another lesson is that we need to examine and improve our voting methods. For the men and women of the United States Armed Forces serving our nation abroad, for example, we need to ensure that their voices are heard. I support every effort to ensure that their legitimate votes are counted We depend on them to secure the peace and protect our freedoms in all parts of the world; we must honor their votes here at home within the framework of our laws. Florida election law says overseas ballots must be postmarked by election day, but have IO days to arrive at local county election boards. However, in many instances, military bases do not postmark outgoing mail. While this is at this point a question of Florida law, it would seem to me that every effort should be made to count the votes of those who legitimately made a good faith effort to cast their vote. The same of course applies to all citizens. Every vote is important and every vote, legitimately cast, should be counted. We should not foiget, though, that vote challenges are an integral part of our history and process. Florida law, like the laws of other states, provides the right to challenge and seek clarification from the courts. Our nation looks to Florida for the final return in what has become one of the most hotly debated presidential races in modem history. In the first presidential election, George Washington was elected unanimously by the Electoral College. At the time, there were only a few states and the American population was almost 4 million. Now, about 275 million people live in the United States. Roughly half of those eligible to vote actually cast their ballots and the results are far from unanimous. In fact, the vote split almost evenly, and we must work together, from both parties, to ensure that, whatever battles are taking place today in Florida, we come together as a nation when the counting is finally done. While the uncertainly of this election is frustrating, we must be diligent in our efforts to ensure the most accurate tally. Ultimately, however, we must stand back and reflect on the great blessings we enjoy as a society: the blessings of our constitutional freedoms, the blessings of peace, and the blessings of a democracy that gives us the opportunity to vote. (Circ D. Rodriguez represents District 28 in the U.S. House of Representatives.) CIRO D. Rodriguez This is a time to be thankful that we live in a country where we fight our political battles at the ballot box and in the courts, not on the streets. America patiently waits for its leadership and displays the true strength of democracy, the evolution of more than two centuries of lessons learned. History’s pages overflow with stories of other nations that have dissolved in the wake of inconclusive elections. In those cases, sadly, martial law, civil war, and the rise of tyrants have often been the rule. * We will learn many lessons from this election. One is that every single vote is ;