New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
4A New Braunfels Hmtk&Zmtung Wednesday, October 28,1963OpinionsHaraM-Ztitung
Bm—Unum*General Manager WL nfouft Jwtem—m. EditorAndy RooneyWhat this country needs is a big fix
How woald ii be lf we picked some year in the near future and didn’t buy anything new at all that pear? We’d spend the entire M days (bring things we already hare. It’s gotten so everyone’s throwing it away and buying a new one instead of haying the old one fixed, end gat noms wrong.
Wouldn’t it do Just as much for tho economy and more for the ocology if I spent fisQO having my old car done over instead of spending 116,900 for a new one?
There’s going to bo some Job relocation necessary but it wouldn’t do any harm at all lf those people In Detroit who make cars, spent a year fixing them. They might be more
careful when they went beck to the aaaembly Une.
It’s hard to behave our economy has to depend on selling us tilings we don’t really need. There mast ba another way. There ere a thousand things I heap baying what I don’t need. I’ve got four electric shavers bat three af them don’t work. I have three tt-iach drills but only one is operational There are two Ice cream tremors in the garage bot the motors on beth of them need work. We have two retired toasters and a closet foil of gadgets that Just barely don’t work anymore. I don’t need new models. I need someone who’ll fix my old models.
I’d start not baying from the ground up. I'd have ah the old shoes I own
soled and heeled and I’d put new Bwetoceo in all of them. Then rd shine them and wear them. I wouldn’t bay any new onto.
rd go through my doest, bring out the clothes that need work and take them to the tailor or sew on a few buttons myself. The art of turning a frayed colter might be revived.
I don’t think we need any new houses for a year, either. The building Industry will howl but there’s plenty of work for thorn to do. Like Detroit, they could learn a little about building new ones by fixing the ones they put up tm years ago.
Everywhere I go I see perfectly good houses that have been aban
doned. Why couldn’t the building industry and the people who want houses rebuild those instead of building new ones?
Why cut down more trees when we have wooden houses rotting for want of a tittle care and a coat of paint?
Why dig up more iron ore to turn into cars and farm machinery when we have cars and farm machinery rusting away that only need a little mechanical repair and some grease?
It would be a year in which no new books would be published. Each of us would read the books we bought in past years and never read. The writers are writing faster then the readers are reading. The readers need time to catch up and I speak with
firsthand knowledge when I say that it wouldn’t hurt if the writer spent a little more time with their work.
No new games at Christmas! Sorry, Atari. Sorry, Parker Brothers. We have enough games in our closets. We’ll dust off our chess, our checkers and mahjong sets and bring out the Monopoly and the Scrabble boards. Maybe we’ll play Michigan.
In the back room, attic, garage or basement, there must be a lot of old Hula Hoops, roller skates, bongo boards and wagons for the kids to play with. Maybe there are even some stilts, a pogo stick, a bike and a Flexible Flyer.
If no one is selling anything new, this could hurt television and
newspapers which depend on advertising revenue. Newspapers might have to charge what it coMs to produce them. Network tetovtrioa would have to find some other way to collect from us. How much would a newspaper coat if we had to pay for it (Erectly? For all we consumers know, it might be cheaper In the long ran to pay for both directly.
Well, I'm dreaming, of course. We’re not going to stop buying new things, but I sense something basically wrong. It’s wrong to bs using up the earth’s resources and throwing them away as fast as possible so we can make new ones because our economy depends on
Grenada invasion mars peace image
By BARRY SCHWCID Associated Presa
WASHINGTON - The invasion of Grenada and the death of more than 200 American Marines in Lebanon complicates President Reagan’s foreign policy just as he draws near to a decision on whether to seek reelection.
Reagan was ready to roll on a platform of "peace through strength," but now may have to justify the invasion of the Caribbean country and his determination to keep Marines on duty — and in danger — in the Middle East.
The death toll in Lebanon, highest since the Vietnam War, is stirring up Congress, and not because the legislators disagree with Reagan's dual goals of bolstering the Beirut government and improving the chances of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
Congress shares those objectives. But it knows bow much Vietnam has left its mark on the American psyche. The national interests of the United States must be at stake — clearly, for all to see — before the voters will endorse a military venture overseas.
Sen. Charles McC. Mathias, a Maryland Republican, reflected that sentiment after the Beirut massacre when he called for a clearer definition of UA goals in the Middle East.
Reagan attempted to provide it in a meeting Monday with regional editors and broadcasters at the White House. He said the Marines were in Lebanon to maintain order "while a government could be established... end their military could then acquire the capability necessary to reinstitute their control over their own borders."
In view of Lebanon’s recent history, that could take several generations. Congress gave Reagan ll months, and may be ready to reconsider.
The Grenada Invasion is potentially more explosive for Reagan since it conjures up for critics the hip-shooter’s image the president worked so hard in the Oval Office to erase.
Secretary of State George Shultz said the Rangers and Marines were sent to Grenada to protact tho nearly 1,000 UA citizens from being burt or taken hostage "in an atmosphere of violent uncertainty” following last week's coup.
Supporters of Reagan in Congress detected an additional motive: to force the removal of a Marxist government, backed by the Soviet Union and Cuba.
If that is the case, the president may find it harder to defend risking American lives to sweep out Marxists than it is to use Marines as peacekeepers.
"One day we’ve got the number of Marine deaths which shocked us all, and the next day we find we an invading Grenada," Sen. Lawton Chiles, D-Fla., said Tuesday. "Are we looking for a war we can win?"
Reagan and the Republican National Committee were not looking for this sort af potential political trouble. Reagan still han't said hall run again next year. And at a news conference only last Wednesday, ha refused to be pinned down, saying only that, "down tho road one day, probably in the noC-too-distant future, probably before my birthday, I will put your minds all at rest, one way or the other."
Reagan will be 73 on Feb. I.
Reagan says Marines represent global security
By GEORGE GEOOA Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President
Reagan is the rationale for
his policy by suggesting that
a UA military withdrawal could lead to Soviet domination of the entire Middle East and a cutoff of Western access to the region’s oil supplies.
By depicting the stakes in those terms Monday, Reagan indicated that previous administration justifications for tho Marine presence in Lebanon did not go to the heart of the issue.
Before Monday, tho administration had bean defending the Marines’ mission in more limited terms: to make Israel’s northern border secure, to help achieve Lebanese national reconciliation and to promote the withdrawal of all foreign forces from
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Despite the enormity of the Makes, Reagan said it would be a mistake for American forces to become involved in the area other than in a peacekeeping role. If Americana ware to go into combat, "We would be fighting Arab states, and that is not the road to peace," ba saki.
Reagan’s f^fttfTvtnt left soma analysts wondering whether the administration cm achieve its ambitious objectives for tbs region with I ,i®6 non-combatant Marines.
There were echoes In Reagan’s remarks Monday of his speech last April in which he outlined what would happen if Congress rejected his proposed me million aid request — a trifling aum nowadays — for Cantril America: "Our credibility would collapse, our alliances would crumble, the safety of aor heoaalaod would ba put in Jeopardy."
Reagan sounded much the same || discussing Lebanon: MWa have vital interests in tab—an and oar actions y I ahum arn In tho cease of world panes.... To the extant that tbs prospect for future stability is heavily influenced by thaprasaooa af oar toms, it Is antral lo oar credibility on a global aoalo."
James J. Kilpatrick
Stripping the Bible of gender is senseless
It probably is a waste of time, energy and indignation to denounce the latest effort to castrate the Holy Bible, but vandalism of this magnitude ought not to go unremarked. The National Council of Churches Is out to take the sax out of the Scripture. In the name of God, what is the council up to now?
This particular piece of desecration is a 112-page "Inclusive Language Legionary" Intended for usa in Episcopal, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian nd Roman Catholic churches. A lection is a liturgical lesson for a particular day. Paaaagss coms from both tbs Old and the New
The council’s purpose la to rewrite these passages so as to
references to gander, or as an alternative, to qpread the gender around. Thus Jesus no longer would bt tdmfifHi as the ‘‘son*' of God, but rather as the "child" of God. In this version, it is "God tho Father (and Mother)." The word "king" gives way to "ruler,” and "kingdom" yields to ‘‘realm." No
longer is a promise made "to Abraham and his descendants,’’ but rather "to Abraham (and Sarah) and their descendants.”
Up to a point, it is possible to be sympathetic toward the aim of these misguided revisers. In recent years most of us in the writing business have become sensitive to feminist complaints against sexism in the English language. There is something to be said for the argument that such terms as "manpower" and "manhours" tend to denigrate the value of women’s role in the marketplace. When it is possible to avoid offense by eliminating pronouns of gender, it is a fair prudent thing to do so.
But the rewriting urged by the National Council of Churches is indefensible. One mmpi« will suffice. In Matthew’s account of the Last Supper, Jeeus announces that he is about to be betrayed, and the apostles •ak, Lord, is it I?
The King James version continues: "And he answered and said, ‘He that dlppath his band with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of
man goeth as it is written of him; but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!’" The Revised Standard Version is virtually the same.
The NCC’s new lectionary would put it this way: “Jesus answered, 'The one who dipped a hand in the dish with me, will betray me. The Human One goes as it is written, but woe to that person by whom the Human One is betrayed!”’
The first trouble with that abominable revision may be Mated simply: Matthew never wrote it that way. The Gospels were written in Greek. I will not be drawn into an argument about divine inspiration and the word of God; theology is off my beat. But I know something of the art of translation and of the respect that is owed to an original author.
It is patent dishonesty — it is an act of corruption in the most literal sense — to put into the mouth of Matthew words that Matthew did not say. John never wrote that "God so loved the world that God gave God's only Child." The Greek passage cannot
possibly be mistranslated by aayom who sets out to do a faithful Job. Hu words are not "only child.’’The wordi are "only son."
The council’s recasting is not out] dishonest; it is the product of ai essentially mistaken notion the "man" is invariably a sexist noun This is nonsense Only tbs moat wildfc militant feminists believe that "Mm dose not live by broad alone" eppliw to males only. Who is so blockheads! ss to argus that "mankind" —ti women? The NCC revisers evidantt] are that blockheaded. Observe th contrived and clumsy traariatiaa they have cooked up in this lectionary
My guess is that mas congregations will reject tbs round!’] neutering out of hand. The new lac ternary is only tho mod recant of I •core of wsU-iatandsd sfforts aloo< the Sams line. None of th predecessor! has caught on, and doubt that EagUsb-spsaklai Christians are yet ready to addrea their prayers to God tho Fatter (aw Mother), or to God the Chairpertn
Newspapers nationwide react to Marines' deaths
By THC ASSOCIATE!) PREM
Hors is a sample of editorial eoomant compiled Tuesday about tha Bring bombing:
Pittsburgh Awat — "Lebanon is a dstproing quagmire and not only the nsttoa’o credibility bat that of Ronald Reagan dspsads sn what bs doss to vindicate and than sxtricste tbs Uolfed States — and tang before his 18-month Lebanon lasso from Grogram runs out" i aubrite finn — "Our national inform! is ast at stake (la lebanon).
The administration well knows this. HOW Well it resolves its dilemma could well determine whether Ronald Rsagan succeeds or fells in he presidency."
Kansas City Timm — "The country waits on Mr. Reagan for information, reassurance and direction."
St F*ui Pion* Ptms - ‘‘With reconciliation dialogue expected to begin soon in Geneva, there remains hope that the warring factions can at least begin to lower the tensions and move toward a stable government."
Nashville Bonn* — “Now is the time for thoao who have the ability and the
will to let all peoples of all nations know that those engaged in the gory business of murdering Americans will not sense any weakness on our part."
Louisville Courier Journo! — "(One
policy goal seems to be that) we not be perceived es retreating in the struggle with communism. That sort of goal, Uke the one that kept us in Vietnam long altar the original rationale for our proaonfio had evaporated, is a prescription for greater disaster."
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