New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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“[The HJS. education system] is always being blasted by the media.... Tty as we may, it’s very hard to get a story on what’s going right”
— Madeleine Kunin U.S. cabinet official, 1994
City continues to miss on target dates for completion of rest room at Landa Park
As tedious as it is to revisit the same story again and again, here we go for the third time.
In April we ran an editorial wondering why it should take six months to build a new bathroom at the playground at Landa Park. Six months for such a small and simple construction job seemed unreasonable. We suggested the city make the project a priority, since the bathrooms serve the largest and most popular playground in the city.
After the city missed its target date of Memorial Day to ftnish the project, we again noted that more than six months seemed like a long wait to build a bathroom.
We noted that in the summer heat, the four plastic portable toilets provided at the playground reeked, and many parents were observed not allowing the children to even use them. We suggested the city set a goal of July 4 or Labor Day to finish the project.
Labor Day has now come and gone and - surprise - still no bathroom at the playground. The portable toilets sitting in the sweltering heat still reek, and the sight of workers at the site is a rare one.
The city could have just hired a contractor to do the job, but bids were higher than expected. So, in an effort to save money, the city tried to handle the job itself, and hire contractors to do individual jobs, such as laying the foundation and building the roof.
The city may have saved a few bucks, (or maybe not, since it is paying fees for rental and cleaning of the portable toilets for close to a year), but the small savings may not be worth the inconvenience.
Well, maybe the city could make completion of the bathroom a 19% New Year’s resolution, or maybe the groundbreaking can be part of the city’s bicentennial celebration.
(Today’s editorial was written by City Editor Roger Croteau.)
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_Conference agenda is sinister
The Communist Chinese government has established its credentials as among the leading practitioners of deceitful behavior in the world. Now, President Clinton seems to have been infected with the same virus as he preaches the liberal party line about the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women, which began Sept. 4 in Beijing.
From his vacation retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyo., the president dismissed as demagogues those who have criticized the conference as being anti-family and anti-female.
In his speech, the president said: “All these issues seem to be tom like Silly Putty into extremes, so now there is this huge effort in America to try to convince the American people that this conference is somehow anti-family, and that we’re sending some sort of radical delegation there.
Why? Not because it’s true, but because it favors the almost addictive, almost narcotic drive among some elements in our society to take every single issue and use it as a cause for division among our people when we need to be united.’’
Why is unity to be only on Clinton’s terms, with
those who disagree with those terms labeled divisive? This is the arrogance of so many liberals who believe they hold the franchise on truth.
Like Jimmy Carter, who held a White House conference on “families,” this president is supporting a delegation and a conference that seeks to redefine “family” as we’ve known it.
After reading the draft proposal, the conservative Family Research Council (FRC) summarized the main points, which used the cover of human rights for women to advance a radical agenda.
The word “mother” has been bracketed throughout the entire platform, notes FRC, so that it might be changed to the word “caretaker.” “Family” has also been bracketed so that “household” could be substituted. Bracketed words and phrases indicate delegates could not agree in advance on the text.
Paragraph 198 of the platform devalues the hus-band-wife relationship by making it into a power game: “Inequality in the public arena can often start within the family when power relations between men and women are unbalanced with discriminatory attitudes and practices within the family. The unequal division of labour (cq) and responsibilities within households based on unequal power relations also limits women’s potential.”
So, marriage is no longer to be considered a cooperative partnership, but a competitive entanglement in which rivals battle for supremacy in the home. The
words “wife” and “husband” are omitted from the document.
The word “gender” is left open to interpretation, with as many as five under consideration. The idea that there are only two—male and female—is apparently passd, said to result from “socially constructed roles which society assigns to men and women.”
The platform repeatedly states that governments should “emphasize reproductive behavior through the provision of appropriate services and counseling.” It refuses to recognize parental authority regarding their own children’s reproductive health.
And, of course, the U.N. gathering will promote abortion and contraceptives as human rights on a par with Harry Wu’s freedom.
Does it sound as if the Beijing women’s conference is going to be “true blue to families,” as the president claims? Not to any families most Americans live in or know.
This is the most radical attempt yet to use the power of government to enforce an outrageous social order on a world that is already suffering the consequences of a bogus and wrong-headed philosophy planted by the flower children of the ‘60s.
It’s appropriate the gathering is held in Beijing, where aging Chinese despots already believe and practice some of the worst elements of what the Western radicals want to impose on the rest of us.
Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
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Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 1995. There are 115 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 7, 1892, James J. Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan to win the world heavyweight crown in New Orleans in the first major prize fight conducted under the Marquis of Queensberry rules.
On this date:
In 1533, England’s Queen Elizabeth I was bom in Greenwich.
In 1822, Brazil declared its independence from Portugal.
In 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Rev
olution, bade farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House.
In 1901, the Peace of Beijing ended the Boxer Rebellion in China.
In 1936, rock legend Buddy Holly was bom Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas.
In 1940, Nazi Germany began its initial blitz on London during World War II.
In 1963, the National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio.
In 1969, Senate Republican leader Everett M. Dtrksen died in Washington.
In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the United States to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington.
In 1977, convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy was released
from prison after more than four years.
In 1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network — ESPN — made its cable TV debut.
In 1986, Desmond Tutu was installed as the first black to lead the Anglican Church in southern Afnca.
Ten years ago: President Reagan threatened to retaliate against Japan and the European Common Market for unfair trading practices. Hana Mand-likova upset Martina Navratilova to win the women’s title of the U.S. Open.
Five years ago: President Bush left for his one-day Finland summit with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Kimberly Bergall of Fort Pierce, Fla., came forward to identify herself as the young woman who had been infected with AIDS, apparently by her late dentist. Bergalis died the following year.
One year ago: After a brief meeting, the United States and Cuba temporarily suspended talks on stemming the Cuban refugee exodus. U.S. Marines assigned to a potential Haiti invasion force began training on a Puerto Rican island amid talk in Washington of a U.S.-led intervention.
Today’s Birthdays: Heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey is 87. Producer-director Elia Kazan is 86. Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, is 71. Actoi John Philip Law is 58. Actress Julie Kavner is 44.
Thought for Today: “A hero is ne braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American peel and essayist (1803-1882).