New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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QUOTABLE“We have dared to be free; let us dare to be so by ourselves and for ourselves.”
Jean Jacques Dessalines Haitian emperor, 1804Easy sailing on the Good Ship Republican
EDITORIALLet us give thanksThere have been some difficult times, but we should take time to note our blessings
Whether you arc at home today for a Thanksgiving with family or friends, or on the road, or alone, take some time today to literally count your blessings.
We here in Comal and Guadalupe counties have much to appreciate.
We live in one of the most wonderful spots in the world.
We have an imperfect, yet remarkable history of which we all can be proud.
Our collective future looks bright, and if history is an indicator, our communities will adjust and adopt to our changing needs.
Our children might be about a third of our population, but they constitute IOO percent of our future.
The recent problems in some of our schools, though emotional and highly debated, are indeed, only temporary.
With time and patience and goodwill, peace will be found, and in the end, these problems will be worked out and our schools, and our children's education, will continue to improve.
If you are fortunate enough to be with family or friends today, encourage fellowship.
Please don't just watch football.- ThiaAy is not about games. •-Itll
to share your thoughts about those people or situations in your life that you appreciate and for which you are thankful.
If you cannot comfortably express your feelings for a friend, then give them a hug.
Show them that you appreciate them.
Being kind, considerate and thoughtful costs absolutely nothing, yet the dividends are enormous.
We here at the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung are thankful that you allow us to be part of your day.
We all wish each of you the happiest of Thanksgivings.(Today’s editorial was written by Publisher Doug Toney.)
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ABOARD THE M/S VEENDAM IN THE CARIBBEAN — You might think that a postelection cruise fa conservatives sponsored by National Review would resemble a wake, mourning the White House loss. Far from it. The success in maintaining a Republican majority in Congress has given conservatives a confidence they have mostly lacked in the post-Reagan years.
Conservatives believe Oley have won the intellectual arguments about die excessive size and cost of government and are winning the battle over taxes, welfare, illegal immigration and the general cultural rot. Still left to conquer are the issues of entitlements, racial and gender quotas, and the role of America in the world.
The Christian Coalition’s Ralph Reed rtiade the most intriguing remark when he told me that “we are going to have to invent a presidential candidate for die year 2000." By that he meant finding a person who already subscribes to what most conservatives believe rather than attempting to squeeze a moderate-to-liberal Republican into an ill-fitting ideological suit.
Perhaps this person would resemble former Wyoming Republican Sen. Malcolm Wallop, who presented a speech on the cruise that he had delivered the previous week to the economically conservative Cato Institute.
Wallop said that conservatives must not see themselves locked in a shotgun marriage to the Republican Party. He indicted the GOP leadership for “tacitly (accepting) the liberals’ premise that the voters disapprove of the conservative vision of American society.
In their view, piety, propriety, responsibility, standing fa the rights of citizens and families against
bureaucratic encroachment are the hallmarks of ‘extremism,’ and so the Republican leadership pressed upon candidates nationwide an agenda best characterized as Rockefeller Republicanism — fiscal astringency combined with claims of superior competence in management, and guilty protestations of moderation. Basically the Michael Dukakis campaign. Meanwhile, President Clinton and the Democrats baldly cast themselves as the defenders of families, religion, indeed ‘our values* against dark forces threatening diem"
According to exit polls, about 25 percent of self-described conservatives and a large majority of moderates, most of whom share conservative cultural views, voted to reelect the president.
Wallop listed specifically how and why conservatives should extricate themselves from a party mentality.
There are too many to recount here, but the first step is to stop viewing the party as the exclusive property of Rockefeller Republicans who have by default been setting die party’s agenda. Those Republicans have lost the White House twice in die past two national elections, compared to the three-in-a-row victories delivered by two Reagan administrations and one Bush administration.
Republican “moderates" have suckered the media and too many conservatives into believing conservatives can’t win without moderates and that conser
vative views are political death. The last 16 years prove the opposite. Victories were delivered to conservative ideas, not Rockefeller Republican ideas. The
Rockefeller bunch should be expected to follow the lead of conservatives, which is die future of their party, and to submit to that leadership.
As conservatives dominate the intellectual and political high seas, Wallop had a word of caution: “My concern is with die character of American conservatism .... In Europe conservatives long ago gave up the principled battle against the welfare state, became just another set of claimants and have taken up die anti-immigration cause, na without racism, lf you want to see a conservatism tnoe niggardly and with less of a future than Nixon’s, Dole’s, Pete Wilson’s or Christine Whitman’s, just go to Europe.
The American conservative tradition, which began with Washington and Adams, is founded on a concern fa character. No phrase came from Washington more often than “we have a national character to establish."
“Wallop correctly asserted that America, with each passing year, resembles less what the Founders intended and more like the countries our immigrant forefathers fled “This is happening in large part," he said, “because the people who run our government, our universities, air media, the entertainment industry, the arts and so forth have used the enormous powers of the U.S. government to make it happen."
Conservatism has many obstacles to overcome, na the least of which is the stereotype of“mean-spiritedness” and “selfishness." But like big ships, great social movements take time to turn around.
Conservatives are on die right course. The question is, should they be on the Republican boat or abandon ship?
Letter to the Editor
Ouidalupe to now getting its break from summer
The Guadalupe River is still here and enjoying the fall splenda decorating its banks. Almost every day I go down to sit by the riverside to enjoy its beauty of the season. Right now the river is flowing gently with very little trash that I hope to get to remove next week. The flotilla rafting down the river is na of the boisterous, littering, cussing, drunken type this time of year.
In contrast to the armada of summer rowdies there is now a tranquil fleet of fall foliage from bank to bank flowing with the river current going somewhere downstream, lf fa some reason these leaves get caught along the way they will become compost and food for the majestic bald cypress
Today in History
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 28, the 333rd day of 1996. There ere 33 days left in the year. This is Thanksgiving Day.
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On Nov. 28th, 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing tirough the South American strait that now bears his name.
’ On this date:
In 1896, the first automobile race took place between Chicago and Waukegan, IN.
In 1929, the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville's famed home of country music, made its radio debut on station WSM
In 1992, nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocona Grove nightclub in Boston.
In 1969, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin ma In Tehran during World War ll.
lining the river. That again is in contrast with all the shoes, shirts, plastic bags, sun shades, cigarette lighters, balloons, and worst of all glass bottles and aluminum cans that still line the bottom and sides of parts of this grand old Guadalupe River. Last summer was such a great time to do a thorough cleaning of the river. When the river was bare of water the bottom trash was exposed and should have been taken away. I did manage to clean a la of it and hoped the river would stay bare till after Friends for Rivers could clean. The much needed rain came in August to cover the river before the September cleanup and so the trash that is na seen now is still there.
In October we had about 17 true snow birds visit a week a so on the Guadalupe. Every day we put grain
out for the flock of ducks that rested on this part of the Guadalupe. It was greet fun to watch them fly in and out during the day and to dip and to dive in the river. I did often wonder what the ducks could see and if they always avoided the broken glass and other trash as they went under water in search of food. In the morning all is peaceful and beautiful on the Guadalupe and I’m inspired to tell you about the deer caning down to drink, about our resident blue heron standing guard at his favorite fishing hole, and about Mr. and Mrs. Wood Duck crisscrossing the river. The floating leaves continue on perhaps to the Rio Grande ... and the trash is out of sight fa now.
Fonda Wetsel New Braunfels
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, 283 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20510, Phone: 202-224-5922. FAX: 202-224-0776. Local Office: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460, San Antonio, TX, 78230, Phone: 210-340-2885.
Sen. Phil Gramm, 370 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. Phone: 202-224-2034, FAX: 202-228-2856. Local Office: 404 E. Ramsey, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX, 78216, Phone: 210-366-9494, FAX: 210-366-2016.
In 1998, the African nation al Chad became an autonomous republic within the French community.
In 19S4, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars.
to 1978, President Ford nominated Fedora Judge John Paul Stevens to the U.S. Supreme Court sea vacated by William O. Douglas.
In 1986, the Irish Senate approved the Anglo-Irish accord concerning Northern Ireland.
In 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister al Britain during an audience with Queen Elizabeth ll, who conferred the premiership on John Maja.
kl 1994, serial kier Jeffrey Dahmer was killed in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate.
Tan years ago: The United States violated ceilings in the unratified SALT ll nuclear arms treaty as another Air Face B-52 bomber capable a carrying atomic-tipped cruise missiles became operational.
Five years ago: Sovia Preaidant Mikhail S. Gorbachev expressed unhappiness over reports that the United States might move toward diplomatic recognition at Ukraine after the republic's upcoming inde
One year ago: President Clinton continued to press his case tor sending 20,000 U.S. ground troops to Bosnia
President Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.
Today's Birthdays: Recording executive Berry Gordy Jr. is 67. Actress Hope Lange is 65. Former Sen. Gary Hart, D-Cok>., is 60. Singer Randy Newman is 53. CBS News correspondent Susan Spencer is 50. Tate Show' orchestra leader Paul Shaffer is 47. Actor Ed Harris is 46. Actor Judd Nelson is 37. Rock musician Matt Camaron (Soundgarden) is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dawn Robinson (En Vogue) is 28.
HiougM for Toctay: HTwas founded ba ti'Puritans to give thanks fr bein’ preserved fr*m th' Indyans, an’... ws keep it to give thanks we are preserved fr’m th' Puritans." — Thoughts on Thanksgiving by “Mr. Dooley,* created by American humorist Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936).