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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A D HerakJ-Zettung d Friday, November 28,1997 ■BH Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Z e i t u n g J" QUOTABLE “The term ‘media' now engenders such contempt in some quarters that to vpty it to all our joumaHste institutions is like calling all hotels ‘flophouses.’” Robert MacNeil journalist EDITORIALShop New Braunfels for Christmas The holiday shopping season got off to a rip-roaring start today as stores opened as early at 6 a.m. to entice shoppers to spend money on their wares. Advertising inserts packed Thursday’s newspapers as merchants whetted readers’ appetites for the bargains awaiting them today. As you head out the door to do your Christmas shopping this year, remember the best way to get more bang for your buck is to shop locally. New Braunfels and C omal County retailers offer reasonable prices and a unique selection of gift items sure to impress your most discriminating friend or relative. All that glitters does not lie in San Antonio or Austin — from downtown shops to stores throughout the county, exciting gift opportunities await. The lure of the big city somtimes leads shoppers down the road where they can spend their money with out-of-towners. Shopping locally not only keeps you away from the big city traffic and the big city crime — it also gives you a chance to help your friends and neighbors who run businesses in your community. And while you are spending luunc)^ which >ou«klnnL- tedly are going to spend anyway — remember the best way for that money to come back to you is through the local stores. The sales tax you pay on holiday gifts comes back to this community where it is used for the city’s infrastructure and operations. County government relies on sales tax for its operations as well. Some of that tax money also is used to btx>st our community’s economic development efforts so we can work to keep our economy as healthy as it is. Happy shopping this holiday season. Christmas is a time for sharing and for giving gifts (.jive yourself and your community a big gift this year and do your holiday shopping at home (Today 's editorial was written bv lierald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson.)Write us Th* New Braunfels Herald Zeitun# welcomes letters on any public uttfue. The editor raaurvM the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors Letter* should be kept to 250 words We publish only origin ai mail addressed to the Neu Braunfels Herald-Zetiuntf bearing the writer’s signature Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please ate the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference rn given to writers who have nut been published m the previous 30 days. Mail letters toe Letters to the Editor c/o the Neu Braunfels Herald Zeitung P O Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131 1328 Fax (830)625-1234 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher Ext 301......................................Doug Toney Managing Editor Ext 220      Margaret    Edmonson Marketing Director Ext 208 ................. Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext 214     Karen    Reminger Business Manager, Ext 202 ..................... Mary Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext 228 ............................ Carol    Ann Avery Published un Sunday morning* and weekday mornings Tuesday through friday by the Alew Braunftb Herald/euunn (USHS 377 4WU) TU? Iunda St. or PO Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, CumaJ County, Tx. 78131-1328 PentxkcaJ postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-/strung in New Braun leis. Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months, 120.50; six months, 137; one year, $66 Senior Caum Discounts by earner delivery only six months, $33, one year. $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months, $30 30; an months, $55, one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78, one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not recaved a newspaper by 5:30 p m Tuesday through Fntky ar by 7 JO arn on Sunday may call (830) 625-9144 or by 7 p m weekdays ar by 11 tm on Sunday Pus I mas im Send address changes lo the V«w Braunfels Herald- Aet rung, PO Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328 rn m Opinion ■To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is a Middle East government be toppled? While a debate rages over whether Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein should be toppled, it appears that die Clinton administration is doing all it can to oust the elected leader of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Amid reports that President Clinton is “frustrated” by the lack of progress toward a peace settlement, the administration has reverted to a familiar scenario: blame the Israelis, or at least those Israelis who don’t speak the words our diplomats write for them, or adopt die policies die White House thinks they should. Having failed in its barely disguised efforts to elect Shimon Peres as the successor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the Clinton administration seems to be in overdrive in hopes of undermining the Likud government and forcing Netanyahu dom power. Last week during a meeting with Leah Rabtn (the widow of the assassinated prime minister) and Peres at the White House, an “Israeli source” was widely quoted as saying that President Hinton had sharply criticized Netanyahu. Israeli Television reporter Ehud Yaan said that source was Peres. Yaan reported that Clinton had told Peres that the pnme minister broke his promise to stop building Cal Thomas houses in the Yesha communities of Israel. Halting construction on land that Israel continues to claim as its own is not port of the Oslo peace accords, though Secretary of State Madeleine Albright continues to insist that it is. Far from “undermining peace,” Netanyahu is attempting to do what he was elected to do. By their votes for him, a majority of Israelis demonstrated that the previous Labor government had seriously erred in its dealings with Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat, which included arming of Palestinian policemen and, in effect, establishing sanctuaries for terrorists. When those policies resulted in new violence against Israelis, Netanyahu unfairly was blamed by the Israeli left and the U.S. State Department that mistakenly believes peace can be won only by Israel’s actions. While Netanyahu’s government has lived up to the Oslo accords, even though as a candidate he opposed them, the Palestinian Authority has not The PA has foiled to extradite terrorists known to have murdered Israelis. It has foiled to disarm all of the illegal militias, such as Hamas, arafh Ins not stopped funding terrorist organizations tint now operate openly and vow to continue their lethal activities. Netanyahu has proposed that the second troop withdrawal required by Osk> transfer between 6 percent and 8 percent of tile West Bank to die PA But he wants to make it contingent on the cessation of terrorism and not relinquish any additional land until the conclusion of final status talks and a genuine Palestinian crackdown (instead of unkept promises) on terrorism. How can anyone oppose reciprocity? Why should Israel, and Israel alone, be expected to give and give but never get, when tile getting is about securing the future of its people? Last January, the State Department’s Middle East negotiator, Dermis Ross, endorsed a “Note for the Record” in which he required immediate Palestinian action not only to fight terror but also to amend tile Palestinian Charter (calling for Israel’s destructionX reduce the size of the PA’s armed forces and remove illegal PA institutions and activities from Israeli areas, including Jerusalem. None of tiiis has been done. Still, tile Clinton administration pressures Israel and accepts empty promises from tile PA Frustrated by its display of weakness in dealing with Saddam Hussein, the administration appears to be undermining the only democratically elected government in the Middle East. This is an outrage. Israel cannot and should not be moved by sigh pressure. In view of the pressure on his enemy, why should Arafat give in on anything? ^ In an opinion column for the Jerusalem Post, Chaim Selden, director of the Center for Political Policy, writes: "It takes unusual courage to withstand a never-ending assault by the media, by the opposition and even by some of his colleagues as Netanyahu has done.” The prime minister of Israel has demonstrated for more of this character trait than the president of tile United States. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) Views from abroad How will the Untied States confront all the challenges in the Middle East, which is so vital to its interests.’ In the past years the United States had separately dealt with the various problems. This approac h has been given up as the events are connected more than ever before For the United States is now the moment of big decisions whether to attack Iraq, if the re-admitted U.N. inspectors are not allowed to do their work. And how to further pressure the (Benjamin) Netanyahu government to re-initiate the peace process. Netanyahu has only been offering half-concessions so far, as he wants to keep his alliance with the nationalist and religious elements rn his governmental alliance.... Would it be possible thai the Untied States sacrifices its long-lastingToday in History By The Associated Proas Today is Friday, Nev. 21, the 332nd day of 1997. There are 33 days left in the year Today’s Highlight in History: Ob Nov. 28, 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name On this date: Ie 1895, the first automobile race took place between Chicago and Waukegan, 111. The winner, James Franklin Duryea, collected 12,000. lo 1925, the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville’s famed home of country alliance with Israel if Netanyahu does not comply, in favor for better relations with the moderate Arab regimes' And is Untied States ready for such a change?... Comere Della Sera, on the Middle East. Financial institutions must now face harsh reality , in which even a major securities company will never be forgiven for illegal acts and will eventually be weeded out. Japan can no longer expect the high-pace growth seen decades ago Brokerage commission fees, a main source of revenue for securities firms, will be fully liberalized in two years as pan of the Big Bang financial reform In this connection, tilt outstanding success of many foreign securities companies in the Tokyo music, made its radio debut on station WSM. In 1942, nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston. In 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin met in Tehran during World War ll. In 1958, the African nation of Chad became an autonomous republic within the French community. In 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars. tai 1975, President Ford nominated Federal Judge John Paul Stevens to market is making competition more intense. It is expected that financial institutions will forge tie-ups with others in different financial service sectors, pushing ahead the reorganization of the financial indurtry The ability of corporate managers will be severely tested The fundamental cause of the sluggish securities market is anxiety about the financial system, which ie riddled with massive nonperforming loans md other problems. This is leading to an economic vicious aide in which the beerish market leads to fears of a Yomiwi Shimbun. Tokyo We welcome the wggemon that the nation should turn Kensington Palace into a museum and a memorial the U S. Supreme Court seat vacated by William O. Douglas. Im 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain during an audience with Queen Elizabeth ll, who conferred the premiership on John Major. Im 1994, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate. Tan years aga: A South African Arways Boeing 747 crashed into tile Indian Ocean with the lose of 159 DCOCMC. jp ■ ■ g* mw •    .* Five years aga: In Botaia-Herzegovina, a breakthrough in the relief effort came with fee delivery at 137 tons of food and supplies to the to Princess Diana. For both constitutional and ceremonial reasons it is right that Britain retains its monarchy. But doing so docs not entail housing so many of the Queen’s relations in a royal palace at public expense. Rehousing the minor royals is a significant step in the modernization of die monarchy, as is placing the royal art collection in Kensington Palace. The collection is a national treasure which mute be made available to tile nation as a whole But above all, Kensington Palace is associated with Princess Diana, h was her home. She loved its garden, his fitting that the affection she kindled and will continue to stimulate should have a permanent setting surround by beautiful Daily Express. London, on palace as memorial to Princess Diana isolated town of Srebrenica In King William’s Town, South Africa, four people west killed, about 20 injured, when black militant gunmen attacked a country club. Ona year ago: Defense Secretary William Ferry joined U.S. soldiers in the mud and freezing ram of Bosn* Herzegovina to deliver a Thanksgiving message of discipline and    Sot their mft-unfinished peacekeeping mission. A stuck hatch on the space shuttle Columbia prevented two astronaut from pang on a spacewalk. A second p**—iparr walk had to be canceled, engineers later discovered a loose screw had jammed the hatch mechanism ;