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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A O Herald-Zeitung O Wednesday, October 23, 1996 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 220 Herald-Zeitung Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor's address is QUOTABLE “If you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it” Calvin Coolidge 30th U.S. president, c. 1920 EDITORIAL KUDOS for continued giving Blood drives at First Protestant Church this year brought in 147 donations ■ Sincere thanks is extended to the members and friends of First Protestant Church for their support of the community blood drive held Oct. 6, 1996. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center saw 37 willing donors of which 32 were able to donate. The Department of Mission and Service of First Protestant Church sponsors five drives throughout the year as one of its mission projects to help meet the increasing blood needs in South Texas. Donors were greeted by Rose Marie Zipp and Kathy O’Neal, members of the department, and Charlene Nolte, blood drive coordinator. Andreas Lavin and Sarah O’Neal from the youth group also volunteered to help. The members of the department treated the donors to cookies. Mitzi Dreher’s “Mother Crocker’s brownies’’ were a big hit! We are grateful for the many “first-timers’’ that participated in this drive — especially to Michelle Friedeck and Clark Mitchell! Also, many regular donors participated — including Courtney Swander. Courtney gave his last donation before he becomes ineligible due to age restriction when he celebrates his next birthday. He is commended for his dedication. The year-end total for drives held at First Protestant Church is 147 donations. On behalf of the church and the community, thank you to all the participants for their active support and continued commitment for the community blood program. Charlene Nolte CoordinatorWrite 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 Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included.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 BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher, ext.    301.........................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor, ext. 220..........................................Doug    Loveday Director of Advertising, ext. 308.........................Debbie    Banta-Scott Retail Advertising Manager, 209...................................Jack    Osteen Classified Advertising Manager, ext. 214................Karen Reinmger Business Manager, ext. 202........................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, ext 228....................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, ext.    205..........................................Billy    Parnell City Editor, ext. 221...........................................................Jim    Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braun/els Herakl-ZeUung (USPS 377-880) 707 Lamia St., or P O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Ta. 78131 -1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braun/els Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. 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 7p.m. weekdays or by ll am. on Sunday. Posthaste*: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328.Voters sound off on state of military Make no mistake about it, the federal government’s duty of “providing for the common defense,” as the Constitution stipulates, is a top priority for a majority of Texans. My annual questionnaire, which your newspaper so graciously published this past summer, posed this question to readers: “Congress has increased defense spending by $7 billion over the President’s budget this year. Do you favor these increases?” Sixty-four per cent of you favored that increase, and an additional 7 percent favored some increase, if not that amount. “Defense is the most important function of the federal government. We must have strong, functional armed forces,” one reader commented on his questionnaire. Another reader expressed an assumption that I believe most Texans share: “That the United States should have the most powerful and best-equipped military in the world is a given.” One writer worried, “The President has tried to cut our defenses to the point where it is unsafe for our country. I am very concerned about the downsizing of the military at the same time we have extensive troop deployments overseas.” But there also was some ambivalence about the immense sums we spend to keep our country secure: “I support this spending if it is necessary to defend our country. But I wonder about buying all those unnecessary planes,” one woman wrote. “I would have increased it, but perhaps not by $7 billion,” said another. “I approve of this increase, but we have to try to cut the waste, and make defense acquisitions more efficient at the same time,” one respondent wrote. And some are resigned to a certain amount of inefficiency in the system: “I am a Navy veteran of World War II, and I can see no reason to cut defense spending. I do hate to see the stupid contracts drawn up by the Pentagon, but apparently there is no help for this problem, as it has been going on for well over 50 years.” Texans who answered the questionnaire had specific priorities for defense spending: “This money should be spent on training and troop salaries, and needed weapons, not on pork projects.” “Money allocated to the Department of Defense should be identified specifically by purpose. All budgets should include adequate medical and dental support for military retirees and their dependents, as well as active duty personnel,” another thoughtful reader wrote. Several readers raised the question of preparing for missile attacks by rogue nations: “We spend all this money, yet the United States has no defense against a foreign missile threat. Our defense needs Kay Bailey Hutchison Guest Columnist to be pro-active, not re-active. We shouldn’t wait until Iraq and/or North Korea have missiles to try to cope with such a threat.” Many, many of you have strong opinions about where defense spending should be targeted: “America should not try to police the whole world," a reader wrote. “If we are spending so much on defense, can we find better ways to use our military, such as fighting the war on drugs? I feel our president is not serious about drugs,” another respondent wrote, expressing a frequent theme. Others wrote, “We should close our borders, bring home our troops from abroad and use them to defend our borders,” and, “We have too much criminal drug activity here, on our own borders, to take care of. This what the military is for — to protect U.S. borders.” Finally, several Texans wrote, “Don’t pu. our military under U.N. commanders.” I was very impressed with the insights so many of you have into this important issue. My belief, like the large majority of yours, is that we have been the world’s greatest superpower because we have been strong — and we have been prepared. Military readiness is one of the key responsibilities of the federal government. We must never allow our country to be weak militarily. It is my job to ensure that we are spending our defense dollars efficiently and wisely. I will do everything possible to achieve peace through strength. (Kay B. Hutchison is a U.S. senator for Texas.) Different trial, but question same: Did O.J. do it? By MICHAEL FLEEMAN Associated Press Writer SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A year and 20 days after a jury acquitted OJ. Simpson, another jury in another courtroom does the whole thing over again to decide whether it believes he is a killer. Opening statements were to begin today with lawyers for three plaintiffs and one defendant spelling out for a mostly white jury just what the evidence will show during the tnal, expected to last four months. Simpson, 49, was acquitted last October in the June 1994 slayings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Ms. Simpson’s estate and Goldman’s family are suing Simpson for unspecified damages, claiming he is the killer. Prior to opening statements, Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki was to consider some lingering legal issues, including a plaintiff request that jurors not be told about former Detective Mark Fuhrman’s nocontest plea to peijury relating to his use of the word “nigger." Plaintiff's also want Fuhrman’s cnminal trial testimony ruled off-limits.Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, the 297th day of 1996. There are 69 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History: Fifty years ago, on Oct. 23,1946, the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing Meadow.’ On this date: In 1864, forces led by Union Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated Confederate Gen. Stirling Price’s army in Missouri. In 1910, Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a solo, public airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet in a park in Fort Wayne, Ind. In 1915, 25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote.In 1942, during World War ll, Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein in Egypt. In 1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf began. After opening statements, testimony begins, with the plaintiffs calling a number of people to try to establish that Simpson had enough time to kill two people and get home for a limousine ride to the airport. The first witness, sources say, will be Karen Crawford, the manager at the restaurant where Goldman was working the night he died. Crawford placed into an envelope the eyeglasses Goldman took to Ms. Simpson’s house, where he was killed. Other early witnesses on the plaintiffs list are Pablo Fenjves, whose recollection of a howling dog indicated that the time of the slayings was about I Oil 5 p.m., and Stewart Tanner, a bartender who said Goldman probably left work around 9:50 p.m., sources said. lf all those names sound vaguely familiar it’s because they each testified at the criminal tnal, and they won’t be the only ones returning for more Simpson case duty. Everyone from Brian “Kato” Kaelin to DNA expert Robin Cotton are expected back on the stand. But there also will be some new faces and some new evidence, led by a photograph purporting to show Simpson wearing the same style of rare Italian In 1956, an anti-Stalinist revolt that was subsequently crushed by Soviet troops began in Hungary. In 1973, President Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor over to Judge John J. Sirica. In 1978, China and Japan exchanged treaty ratification documents in Tokyo, formally ending four decades of hostility. In 1980, the resignation of Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin was announced. In 1983, 241 U.S. Marines and sailors in Lebanon were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport. A near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.Ten years ago: The Reagan administration declared a cease-fire in its diplomatic dispute with the Soviet Union, saying it would not retaliate for the expulsion of five more American diplomats from Moscow. In Game 5 of the World Series, the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Mets 4-2, taking a 3-2 lead in the series. shoes as those worn by the killer. Other differences: — Simpson must testify. Since he can’t be tried again on murder charges, he enjoys no Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimina. rn. — No prosecutors. This time, it’s lawyers for the relatives of Ms. Simpson and Goldman trying to build a case against Simpson. — lf it doesn’t fit, there’s no one to acquit. Simpson can’t go to jail this time. The penalty if he loses is money. — A heavier burden for the defense. Reasonable doubt won’t do it this time for Simpson. The plaintiffs need only prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence. If the jurors think there’s a better chance than not that Simpson was the killer, he loses. Also, the verdict doesn’t have to be unanimous; a 9-3 margin suffices. — A different jury makeup. The old jury had nine blacks; the new one has nine whites. Also, the entire affair has been moved from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica, a prosperous, mostly white seaside city. Rye years ago: Cambodia’s warring factions and representatives of 18 other nations signed a peace treaty in Paris. The Atlanta Braves won Game 4 of the World Series, beating the Minnesota Twins, 3-2. Ona yaar ago: President Clinton met with Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Hyde Park, N.Y. The leaders agreed that Russian troops would help enforce peace in Bosnia, but remained deadlocked on the issue of NATO command. A jury in Houston convicted Yolanda Saldivar of murdering Tejano singing star Selena. Today’s Birthdays: Former “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson is 71. Soccer great Pele is 56. Author Michael Crichton is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singer Barbara Ann Hawkins of the Dixie Cups is 53. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 40. Parodist “Weird Al" Yankovic is 37. Singer David Thomas of Take 6 is 30.Thought for Today: “Next to excellence is the appreciation of it." — William Makepeace Thackeray, British author (1811-1863). ;