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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 a Herakj-Zeitung O Wednesday, October 4,1995 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 t u n Opinion Online contact ■ 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 [email protected] “The media play follow the leader. The media pile on. The media focus on the controversial at the expense of the substantive, often without doing much real reporting.” — Chris Peck editor, 1994 EDITORIAL Victims grieve verdict Gains made in awareness of domestic violence may be lost following O.J. trial Regardless of how we feel about the jury’s “Not Guilty” decision in the O.J. Simpson trial, we should all hope it does not set back the advances made by those fighting domestic violence. To some, the Simpson trial was a clear cut case of murder. To others, it was about a man wrongfully accused by racist cops with a sinister agenda. But another segment of society viewed the O.J. trial as an issue of spousal abuse taken to its tragic extreme. Early in the case, when the history of Simpson’s violence toward his ex-wife was revealed, the issue of domestic violence was thrust into the news. Advocates of battered spouses, directors of women’s shelters and others were asked about the cycle of violence that permeates so many American households. Real gains were made in awareness during the early part of the trial. But now, with the acquittal of Simpson, many believe women who are locked into abusive relationships will lose hope. If a batterer (and murderer, according to many) can go free, how can domestic violence victims expect to receive any help from the system? Our judicial system is flawed, and at times fails members of society. But it is still the best in the world, and for O.J. Simpson, it worked. A jury of his peers found reasonable doubt about his guilt and set him free. But for the Brown and Goldman families, and for abuse victims around.the world, the “Not Guilty” verdict was a horrible decision. They viewed the murder as just an escalation in the cycle of violence, an escalation that will go unpunished by criminal law. ' I (Today editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) Write us The New Braunfels Herald-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-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. Mail 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 Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David Sullens General/Classified Manager..........................................Cheryl Duvall Managing Editor..........................................................Doug Loveday Advertising Director......................................................Tracy Stevens Circulation Director....................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman...................................................Douglas Brandt City Editor.....................................................................Roger Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Lamia St, or P.O. Drawer 3 ll 328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $19; six months, $34; one year, $60 Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $30; one year, $56 Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months, $28 80; six months, $52; one year, $97.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $75; one year, $112.25. 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 311328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131-1328UJS. attitudes about fire troubling By SCOTT W. KOEHLER Special to the Herald-Zeitung A man downs a six-pack of beer, gets in his car, and while driving home swerves into an oncoming vehicle, killing the passengers. The man is arrested and charged with negligent homicide. The same man allows his home wiring circuits to overload and the batteries in his smoke detectors to wear out. A fire bums his house down, killing his children. He is flooded with neighborly kindness, and no legal action is taken against him. How different are these two cases? In both, an individual is grossly negligent. When negligence on the road leads to deaths, a person is arrested. When the same thing happens at home, one receives an outpouring of sympathy. Something is wrong with American attitudes about fire. And it’s costing us dearly. Annually, an estimated 5,500 people die in fires; another 30,000 are injured. The total cost to the American public is estimated at $50 billion annually—a figure which includes loss of income, personal property damage and health care cost. Even though our nation’s fire departments, with state-of-the-art equipment, are among the world’s fastest, our fire death rate is worse than in western Europe and Asia. Indeed, with a population twice the size of Japan’s we have 40 times as many fires. So what’s the problem? The answer can be summed up in one word: EDUCATION. We may be doing a decent job of teaching our children how to prevent fires, but we haven’t gotten the message to the adult population, where it counts the most. Despite popular belief, children playing with matches account for only nine percent of all fire deaths. Society’s apathy toward fire safety may be about to lose ground, at least if the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and fire safety professionals around the country have anything to say about it. They have launched HOME FIRE SAFETY, ACT ON IT!, a nationwide campaign to get the message out about how we can safeguard our homes against fires, and how, if fire strikes, we can get our families out alive. ACT ON IT! It means precisely what it says. Fife safety is a life and death matter, and it’s something people need to act on. If you’ve been meaning to get fresh batteries for your smoke detector, do it today. If you’ve been wondering about your aging electrical circuitry, call an electrician and have it checked out. If you’re still smoking in bed, the odds are that one day you’ll fall asleep while doing so. The New Braunfels Fire Department is now offering the Home Fire Safety Program. This is a free public service to the community. Firefighters form the New Braunfels Fire Department come to your home and conduct a survey to help make your home’ a safer place to live. For more information, call the New Braunfels Fire Department at 608-2120. They will be glad to come out and survey your home. Where your life or the lives of others are at stake, it’s a crime to just do nothing. Remember, you are in charge. HOME FIRE SAFETY, ACT ON IT! TODAY!! (Scott VV. Koehler is a firefighter with the New Braunfels Fire Department.) Clinton spending veto reveals his plan By TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — With the third veto of his presidency, President Clinton demonstrated what is evolving as an end-of-session veto strategy: talk tough, deal with the Senate where possible and try to avoid gridlock. Buoyed by recent public opinion polls showing growing disenchantment with the GOP agenda. Clinton is trying to use his veto in a way that takes advantage of Republican divisions and pits the House against the Senate. His veto Tuesday of a bill appropriating money for the operations of Congress was a shot across the congressional bow as he and his advisers weigh which of his more than two dozen veto threats to pursue and which to drop or negotiate. Clinton is making the most veto noise where GOP positions are the shakiest his own views the strongest — cuts in education, in environmental protection, in crime prevention. ‘ An evolving “Senate veto strategy” entails working behind the scenes, mostly with Senate members, to find ways of avoiding vetoes in areas where Clinton wants to show flexibility, Clinton strategists said. “He doesn’t have a core of people in the House he can work with,” said one adviser who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “He’s threatening vetoes on things he really cares about. Then he’ll try to work a compromise with the Senate, where the Senate will take the lead in coming out with a more moderate position out of the conference commit- Analysis tee. Clinton on Tuesday vetoed the first of 13 spending bills needed to fund the government for the fiscal year that began Sunday. A temporary spending bill is keeping the government running for now. The measure appropriating money for running Congress was an easy target. "I don’t think Congress should take care of its own business before it takes care of the people’s business,” Clinton said in his veto message. He trod lightly on the fact that the measure cut $200 million from Congress’ current budget. A more combative stance is being urged by many aides, led by Deputy White House Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, a scrappy Democratic infighter who is also coordinating re-election efforts within the White House. But too many vetoes could lead to gridlock and backfire, generating sympathy for the GOP majority put in power less than a year ago. Other advisers, led by political consultant Dick Morris, are urging Clinton to be more conciliatory so he won’t be seen as an agent of more gridlock. It would seem that Clinton is being pulled in two different directions by advisers — be tougher and cut more deals. But White House aides suggest such a view is simplistic. Tom Mann, an analyst at the Brookings Institution, said, "The two strategies go hand in hand. In order to participate in the bargaining, he has to demonstrate a willingness to veto some bills.” Clinton also has worked to co-opt some of the more popular parts of the House GOP’s “Contract With America,” coming up with his own less-ambi-tious balanced budget proposal and tax-cut plan, for instance. Of the 13 spending bills needed lo fund government, Clinton has vetoed one and signed one — a military construction bill that he signed Tuesday. Of the remaining 11, in various stages of congressional completion, veto threats have been issued on seven. Among them: spending bills that would kill the direct college loan program, dismantle Clinton’s prized “AmeriCorps” youth-service program and undermine last year’s commitment for 100,000 more police officers. In addition, Clinton has threatened vetoes on 18 other pieces of legislation, ranging from a telecommunications bill to legislation opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to development. The president himself holds out the promise of agreement down the road. “There may be some vetoes first, but I think in the end, we’ll reach accord," he said recently. One example of the strategy of negotiating where possible with the Senate: Clinton’s decision to back a Senate welfare reform bill sponsored by Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan. The White House hopes something close to the Dole version can prevail in a House-Senate confer-' ence panel that is reconciling it with a more restrictive House version — thus avoiding a veto. Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Oct. 4, the 277th day of 1995. There are 88 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: One hundred years ago, on Oct. 4, 1895, silent film comedian Buster Keaton, known as “The Great Stone Face” for his deadpan delivery, was bom in Piqua, Kan. On this date: In 1777, George Washington’s troops launched an assault on the British at Germantown, Pa., resulting in heavy American casualties. In 1822, the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, was bom in Delaware, Ohio. In 1895, IOO years ago, the first U.S. Open golf tournament was held, at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island. In 1931, the comic strip “Dick Tracy," created by Chester Gould, made its debut. In 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini conferred at Brenner Pass in the Alps, where the Nazi leader sought Italy’s help in fighting the British. In 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first manmade satellite, into orbit. In 1958, the first trans-Atlantic passenger jetliner service was begun by British Overseas Airways Corporation — BOAC — with flights between London and New York. In 1965, Pope Paul VI became the first reigning pontiff to visit the Western Hemisphere as addressed the U N. Gen eral Assembly. In 1970, 25 years ago, rock singer Jams Joplin, 27, was found dead in her Hollywood hotel room. In 1978, f uneral services were held at the Vatican for Pope John Paul I. Ten years ago: The Shute Muslim group Islamic Jihad issued a statement saying it had killed American hostage William Buckley in retaliation for Israel’s raid on PLO headquarters in Tunisia. However, fellow hostage David Jacobsen later said he believed Buckley had died of torture injuries four months earlier than Islamic Jihad claimed. Five years ago: For the first time in nearly six decades, German lawmakers met in the Reichstag for the first meeting of reunified Germany’s parliament. One year ago: Exiled Haitian Presi dent Jean-Bertrand Anstide vowed in an address to the U N. General Assembly to return to Haiti in 11 days. President Clinton welcomed South African Pres idem Nelson Mandela to the White House. An undersea earthquake off the Japanese island of Hokkaido killed at least eight people and injured 300. Today's Birthdays: Critic Brendan Gill is 81. Comedian Jan Munay is 78. Actor Charlton Heston is 72. Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer is 52. Actor Clifton Davis is 50. Actress Susan Sarandon is 49. Actor Armand Assante is 46. Thought for Today: “Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.” — Lord Acton, English historian (1834-1902). ;