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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions dave KRAMER, Editor and Publisher. JIM WEBRE, Managing Editor Page 4A    Herald-Ze/funo    New    Braunfels,    Texas       Wednesday,    October    14,1967 EditorialGive peace a chance Costa Rican President Oscar Arias has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work toward a lasting peace in Central America and the Reagan Administration is disappointed. Did the president’s cabinet and the president think George Shultz or Ronald Reagan was more deserving? Or is this a simple case of sour grapes? Interviewed on the Public Broadcast System’s MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour yesterday, Arias made several cogent comments, including a clear statement that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega uses the existence of armed contras to justify his Marxist economic system and repressive military controls. Without the contras, Arias said. Ortega would have no good reason for what he has done. Arias seems to be saying that Central American heads of state can better deal with Ortega on their own terms. There is no reason to think there will be a blood bath if United States aid to the “freedom fighters’’ is interrupted until Nov. 7 or even later than that. There is nothing that says contra rebels cannot withdraw and allow* Arias’ peace plan the time in which to work. The Central American countries deserve peace and the right to bring that about without pressure from the United States. President Arias and the other heads of state could then tell Ortega: “Okay, you have no more excuses. Your Marxist experiment is failing, your country is surrounded by democratic nations that will not tolerate export of your revolution.’ Work with us or be ostracized.’’ To borrow Nancy Reagan’s phrase, we could do worse than allow Central America to, of their own volition, just say no to communism The hypocrisy of intervening in Central American affairs to the extent that we underwrite rebel forces in Nicaragua will do nothing but fuel the feeling that the United States is trying to control the decisions of democratic nations that simply want to try their own plan for peace. The Nobel committee chose to recognize that plan by giving the peace prize to Arias. He deserves our support and a chance to justify that award. In this case. Ronald Reagan should be happy with whatever recognition he can get as a supporting actor in the process.Other viewsThe Game Why not move Mardi Gras to Cleveland0 Or the Indy 500 to Phoenix0 It would make about as much sense And yet, there are school officials in Austin and Norman who actually have managed to keep straight faces this week when they discussed the prospect of taking the Texas Oklahoma football classic out of Dallas ... What they carefully sidestep is that this game is synonymous with downtown Dallas pep rallies, walks down the State Fair Midway and "Meet you beneath Big Tex " ... The Texas-OU football game and Dallas have been happily married for 58 years To break up that union now would destroy one of the greatest traditions in college athletics The Dallas Morning Sews of crowd control rather than what it was Intended to accomplish The prison system originally had wanted to build two 1.250-inmate facilities, but settled on four I ooo-convtct prisons This is a good start But there is a growing need for many more prison facilities We can only hope this is just a start to an ongoing prison construction program Lufkin Daily Sews Accept trade agreementThe prison problem The announcement that state officials are planning to build twice as many low-rtsk prisons than originally planned indicates that someone is finally understanding the magnitude of the problem here in Texas Prisoner crowding and a lack of bed space has forced officials to create a revolving door situation in the Texas prison system One prison board member acknowledged that as many as 19.UU) new beds will be needed just to stay even with projected inmate growth He's right to point out that senten cing has become a joke in Texas. Inmates are serving an extremely small portion of their sentences, and good time is being used as a method That trade negotiators for the Umted States and Canada w ere able to reach a last minute agreement before an Oct 4 deadline on a new trade treaty is good news for both countries The proposed treaty, the result of two years of difficult negotiations. could create a gigantic free trade zone for both countries by eliminating tariffs and other border barriers Both sides would benefit from more trade, although Canada already is the third-largest customer of the United States and the United States buys 70 percent of Canada's exports However, this treaty is not yet signed It is threatened by protec tkmist elements in the U.S. Con gress and by some heads of Cana dian provinces who fear the United States has gained too much from Canadian negotiations and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney ... This treaty should be approved by Congress and signed by Reagan and their counterparts in Canada It is a handsome piece of work by both sides and could set an example for the rest of the world El Paso Times Harald-Zeitunt Published Sunday morning. Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and f riday afternoons by Sew Hraunfels HeraldZeitung. 707 fondu St, or P (J. Drnu er 311328, New Hraunfels, Texas 78131 1328. Second Class postage fund by Neu Hraunfels Herald Zeitung at Sew Hraunfels, Texas DA VIP KH A MPH Editor and Publisher JIM WE HHK Managing Editor DEHOR AH LA WR EN CE Office Manager SANDI HUTTER Retail Adi>erttstng Manager CHER YI Mr CA MPHEI. I. Classified Manager CAROL A VERY Circulation Manager MAGGIE LOM HAR DO ('/imposition Foreman GUS ELBEL Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivery in Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Blanco and Kendall counties three months, SIO 25; six months, SI 7 90. one year, S32. Senior Citizens Discount teamer delivery only): six months, S14-90; one year, Si7OO Mail delivery outside Comal County, in Texas three months, S18.00, six months, S32. ane year, SSO Mail outside Texas six months, Shi, one year, S70 lf you have not received your newspaper by 5 30 pm Tuesday through Erulay. or by 7SO arn Sunday, call 625 9Uh or 658 1900 by 7p m and ll am . Why do Washington reporters always shout? By CHRISTOPHER CONNELL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Grown men and women are shouting at President Reagan at the top of their lungs They do it for a living Demonstrators0 No. reporters It s become the standard closing scene at Reagan s infrequent news conferences The good natured chief executive gets the of final closing "Thank you Mr President from a wire service correspondent, but before he can retreat out the door of the Hast Room at the White House the reporters are on their feet shouting, badgering Reagan for one last word It even takes place at ceremonies He may enter the Rose Garden or the Roosevelt Room to the strains of "Ruffles and Flourishes ’ but he often beats a retreat to a chorus of questions from the folks behind the ropes with the cameras and boom microphones Reporters themselves wince at the negative image created by such scenes, beamed into millions of .American living rooms But they >a> the blame rests with Reagan and his aides who have sharply curtailed opportunities for the press corps to engage the president under more civil circumstances George E Reedy press secretary to Ly ndon B Johnson in 19*j44>5 and now Lucius W Nleman Professor of Journalism at Marquette Umversi ty. said, "I very definitely put the blame on the White House.” The press corps acts the way It does because ‘ all the regular channels of access to the pres: dent have been cut off Reedy said But Stephen Hess a Brookings Institution senior fellow who has written extensively on media government relations said that "doesn t excuse the behavior of the reporters who act "like unruly children The problem Hess said is largely confined to the VShite House where television sets the tone VS hen people talk about the VSashington press corps rudeness they re really just talking about the White House press corps Leu Lannon White House correspondent for The Washington Post said "We print journalists rely on these TV shouters It s easy for us to stand back and criticize but the fact is sometimes that s the only Reagan comment we get "This is a president who makes a deliberate practice of communicating through snippets one or two minute photo opportunities who doesn't hold news conferences as almost all his predecessors in the modem era did ' Lannon said "If he were readily available there wouldn t tie a need to shout questions " he said Terence Hunt White House correspondent for The Associated Press said "I don t think anybody likes shouting at the president What we would like is more oppurtunities to talk with him than we now have Reagan enveloped by controversy over the Iran Contra scandal has held only two news con {cremes this year and a total of to in ta months The last w as in V mice at the end of the economic summit in June When the news is bad they don t want him out there said Bill Plante srmoi White House correspondent for CHS News "He s not com foldable with news conferences He s much moi comfortable delivering quips and one liners Plante said he discovered covering candida Reagan in 1976 and I9iu that he couldn t aal by a question and he was a little hard of hear mg That meant reporters had to 'peak up < ' lf he was a little distance away you had to shout Reagan s propensity to fire off a quick ana* keeps the press corps primed to keep pepper! him with questions sam I Donaldson of ABI News who has gain fame as a fierce questioner in IO years un the White House teat said ' The president want} answer quest Urns He always tegms by sjvsn) Well I don t have time for any questions I ll take no questions And then he proceeds to answer questions " Ikmaldson said Reagan Is not a 5 year old who must be sequestered ami guarded and protected from tile awful bully boys of the pressMike Rovko Does the Lord read Harold Robbins novels? respectively Postmaster Send address changes to P O Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Texas 78131 1328 The Rev Jerry Falwell now says that Jimmy Bakker is the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Lhristiamty in 2,OOO years.” Those are harsh words, considering all that lit tie Jimmy is alleged to have done is seduce a young secretary, loot his ministry of millions of dollars and maybe grope some guys in the steam room So who's perfect? Falwell is upset because he took over PTI. and tried to straighten out all the financial mess, but his plan didn’t satisfy a federal bankruptcy judge So Falwell has resigned and predicts that little Jimmy might soon be back running the combma tion ministry, religious resort and amusement park. leading the faithful down the water slide This prospect disgusts Falwell, but I don't understand why Judging from his news reports. it is clear many of the PTL faithful still admire Jimmy and his w-ife Tammy, and don't care much for Falwell Why, some of the angry flock recently spotted Falwell in the PTL hotel lobby and gave him a terrible fright when they chased him into an elevator, Falwell seems to have overlooked the fact that most of the people involved in this drama have come out in reasonably good shape Jessica Hahn, for example, the abused young church secretary In baring her soul and breasts in Playboy magazine, she said she is at last feeling good about herself after her unsatisfactory introduction to sex by little Jimmy. Among her reasons for feeling good. I'm sure, is the $500,000 to ll million the magazine paid her I’m not saying the indignities she endured in that Miami hotel room can be undone by money But according to a cover story in Time magazine, a startling new survey shows that the vast majority of American women say their rela tionships with men are miserable And unlike Miss Hahn, all most women have to show for their unhappiness is a sink full of dishes Then there are little Jimmy and Tammy, and all they have endured As every marriage counselor will tell you. lf a marriage is to survive, couples must work through their problems They have to forgive flaws, understand weaknesses and accept that there will be differences of opinion If that is so. and any talk show host will assure you it is, Jimmy and Tammy should be admired for the way they have tried to resolve their marital problems Wife Tammy was troubled by the need to eat too much, engage in shopping orgies, pop pills and carry on, presumably in a lewd manner, with a gospel singer who had shaggy sideburns Husband Jimmy was troubled by the need to squander other people's money, fling himself atop a church secretary and. the stories go. make goo goo eyes at some of his more attrac tive fellow men Some couples might have found even one of these problems insurmountable But after only a few months. Jimmy and Tammy are able to say that their marriage is now stronger than its ever been, and they are more goldamed loving and caring Tammy has made a new record arui remarkable eyelashes look even better than before especially when she flaps them at Jim my And Jimmy, who has never beamed more fondly at Tammy says he is ready to come back and resume his role as spiritual leader The recovery of their marriage should ta* an inspiration to unfaithful, pill popping money burning guy groping embezzling decent Chm tian couples every where As for their RTL flock, as I said earlier in in terview after interview they tell of their abiding fondness for Jimmy and Tammy And of their distrust for Falwell And who can blame them0 Falwell can t even speak In tongues and is not adept at the laying on of hands (I refer to the laying on of hands in the religious context not lr the Jessica Hahn context ) Since It s their money that s been squandered embezzled or whatever, it seems only fair they be preached to by the squanderer or embezzler of their choosing As one of the PTL faithful said "I m sure the good Lord has a plan for all of this ' Its an intriguing theological concept that this entire epic - Jimmy and Jessica, Jimmy and the guys. Jimmy and the money, Tammy and the singer Tammy and the pills. Tammy and the shopping, and poor Jerry being chased into that elevator - is all part of a plan by the good Lord Maybe tome learned theologian can tell me Do you think the good Lord reads Harold Kob-bina novels0 ;