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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday, September 241995 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 t u n “In today’s supercharged media universe, it takes only one sighting of information streaking across the sky to prompt a thousand journalists to keep repeating the pseudo-fact until it hardens into news." — Howard Kurtz media critic. 1994 EDITORIAL Downsizing the U.N. U.S. plans to push for reduction in United Nations budget, staff, bureaucracy That sucking sound you hear coming from New York City is the United Nations bleeding us dry . Actually, the U.S. is heavily in arrears to the U.N. right now, with many U.N. opponents in Congress saying we should not make any payments at all to the world body. The U.S. has consistently paid far more than any other country for United Nations operations. As host country to the world body, we’ve been responsible for keeping the organization afloat for years. Now, when we’ve fallen behind in our payments to the body, U.N. officials and representatives from member nations (especially the Europeans) are screaming tor our heads because of our delinquency. Let them scream. Nations like Germany, France, the U.K. and Japan, have paid paltry sums of money to maintain U.N. operations when compared to the United States. It’s high time those nations that can afford to pay their fair share do so. Our coffers are no longer a bottomless pit. U.S. Ambassador Madeleine Albright has let U.N. officials know that she will be working this year to help reduce the bureaucracy that has balooned over the 50 years of U.N. existence. She will propose in the coming year the consolidaton of some U.N. departments, the reduction of others and the elimination of still more — frightening prospects for world bureaucrats. Other costs that come from unlimited and unwarranted travel by U.N. officials can also be brought down to save funds, Albright has said. What’s really hurting the group financially right now are the numerous peacekeeping efforts the U.N. is engaged in around the globe, especially in the former Yugoslavia. . if this country continues to play an active role in the United Nations and its endeavors, our representatives should work to make (he organization as lean and efficient as possible. The days of bloated bureaucracy being the norm and accepted form of government appear to be gone — even on the global scene. . (Today’s 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-Zedurig 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-Zadung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David Sullens General Manager............................................................Cheryl Duvall Managing Editor...........................................................Doug Loveday Advertising Director......................................................Tracy Stevens Circulation Director....................................................Carol    Ann    Avery Pressroom Foreman...................................................Douglas    Brandt Classified Manager...........................................................Kim    Weitzel City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Fnday by the Sew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Lamia St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunieis, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braun jets 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, $36. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $28.80; six months, $52; one yem, $97 50 Mail outside Texas: six months, $75; one year. $112.25 Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 pm Tuesday through Fnday »r by 7:30 am on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 pm weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday prjtrrMASTfcK Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. 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] basic needs In raising kids This recent series about helping children of divorce adjust to their new life is. to me, important enough to write a summary article. The four columns preceding this one addressed four basic needs, each of which is an important pan of the mixture in helping children restabilize. .All of these articles have been written with the assumption that there is no abuse toward the children. It is also assumed that the parents have no alcohol or other drug abuse which could interfere in the children’s safety (e.g., driving while under the influence of a drug/alcohol) or in the parent’s ability to provide a loving, warm and attentive environment for the children. Children need and want to love and be loved by both parents. They need to feel free to do so without fear of upsetting one parent by loving the other parent. Loyalty binds are destructive to kids! Children want to feel free to spend time with each parent, and be able to enjoy that time without fear of the other parent’s being jealous. Children should be free to call either parent when they w ant (limited by phone bills, perhaps), although parents need to watch that they are not being played against each other. Kids frequently do this by calling one parent when they are angry with the other. When one parent becomes involved in another romantic relationship, it is helpful to the children if the other parent encourages the children to accept and even like the new person. This may be hard for the parent to do, but it is extremely helpful for the children. Children need parents to settle their differences and find a way to be peaceful and treat each other respectfully. This does not have to be a happy, active friendship, but at least a relationship in which there is no yelling, criticizing or making hateful comments about the other parent. Parents need to communicate their differences without going through the children or using them as the messengers or as bargaining tools. When respectful communication is re-established, the major healing can begin. Children benefit from reasonable rules, consistency and routine. As much as possible, coordinate schedules and routines, household rules and expectations, and positive and negative consequences. Support the other parent in expecting children to conform to reasonable rules at both homes. For example, if the rule is homework is to be done before TV, support this in both homes. If a child is grounded from the telephone because of misuse of the phone at one home, don’t allow use of the phone at the other home. This helps prevent children pitting Nancy Logan, Ph.D. one parent against the other or calling one parent when they are mad at the other one. Finally, children are expensive in time and in money. Child support is a reasonable and essential responsibility (even if the child is conceived out of wedlock or the parent is only a teen-ager). Poverty or poor standard of living is not good for kids. Furthermore, kids do not raise themselves well! Children need regular and ample attention and need to have a parent with enough energy to enjoy playing with or enjoying them. If a custodial parent has to work more than one full-time job, he or she will have too little time or energy to spend with kids. All children, but especially children of divorced parents, need to feel free to love and be loved by both parents, to be treated respectfully and around people who treat each other respectfully, to have a steady routine and predictable rules and expectations upheld by both parents, to be financially supported by both parents (regular and reasonable child support), and to have enough time and positive attention freely given to them. In my opinion, these are the birthrights of children, and the essential responsibilities of people choosing to have children. Disclaimer: All materials in this column are provided for general information only. It is not intended, nor should it be construed, as psychological advice or instruction. (Dr. Logan is a psychologist in private practice in New Braunfels.) What do you think? r i i i i i I i Should student or Greek organizations be severely punished for hazing recruits? Yes No Comments/Explanations. North of New Braunfels on the UT campus, one of the school’s most visible spirit groups, the Texas Cowboys, has been suspended for five years following the death of one of its “newmen" (pledges). The Cowboys, which are made up mostly by members of other UT fraternities, fire the cannon at UT football games. In this incident, however, they’ve been accused of forcing the recruit to drink heavily and eat tobacco-covered hot dogs before swimming across the Colorado River near Bastrop. The “newman" drowned. We want to know if you think hazing, in any form, should be punished by banning the guilty organization from the college campus. Fill out the coupon (right), drop it by our office at 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130 or fax survey to (210) 625-1224. Copied forms are accepted. Deadline for this survey is Saturday, Sept 30,1995. I I I - I - I _ I I - I - I Name I I I I I L Age. Sex Address. Phone#, City_ I I I Write ‘em U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICES: 210-821-5024 President of the U.S. Frank Tejeda Bill Clinton 1313 S E. Military Dr, Ste. 115 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW San Antonio, TX 78214 Washington. D.C. 20500 210-924-7383 202-456-1414 FAX 210-927-6222 Vice President of tho U.S. TEXAS GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Al Gore Old Executive Office Bldg. Governor George W. Bush 17th St and Pennsylvania NW P.O. Box 12428 Washington, D C. 20501 Austin, TX 78711 202-456-2326 512-463-2000 U.S. Senators for tho Attorney General Dan Morales stat# of Texas: P.O. Box 12548 Austin, TX 78711 Phil Gramm 512-463-2100 402 E Ramsey Rd. San Antonio, TX 78216 State Senator Jeff Wentworth 512-366-9494 1250 N E. Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78209 Kay Bailey Hutchison 210-826-7800 961 Federal Bldg FAX: 210-826-0571 300 E 8th St. or P.O. Box 12068 Austin, TX 78703 Austin, TX 78711-2068 512-482-5834 512-463-0326 U.S. Congressmen: State Senator Judith Zaffirini P.O. Box 627 Lamar Smith Laredo, TX 78042 1100 N E. Loop 410, Ste. 640 210-722-2293 or San Antonio, TX 78209 P.O. Box 12068 The Survey Seys... Five readers responded to last Sunday’s survey question, “Should an Arctic wildlife refuge be opened to oil and gas development?", and four of the five were opposed to that action. The responses included: ■ We have traveled twice through Alaska. It would be a sacrilege to let this happen. The wilderness is already overrun with cars and people. Leave the animals their habitat. ■ if we have less oil to rely on, maybe cleaner alternative fuels would get a boost. A U.N. scientific study says carbon dioxide (by-product of fossil fuels) is a source of global warming. It’s a fact. When will the decision makers face reality? ■ It’s time we seek alternative fuel sources. We must draw the line on the continuous destruction of our wildlife refuges. We don’t need any more oil spills in the Arctic area. We are slowly destroying our world — it has to stop! ■ Remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill? The world is awash in surplus oil. Most of the Arctic oil goes to Japan, and consumers would not benefit from It. ■ The protected areas owned and controlled by the U.S. government are already sufficient. The future of U.S. development depends on our independence of oil and gas — a situation which presently is not so — and is soaring. We need to be oil and gas independent. Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 1995. There are 98 days left in the year. The Jewish New Year, Rush Hashanah, begins at sunset. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 24, 1789, Congress passed the First Judiciary Act, which provided for an Attorney General and a Supreme Court. On this date: In 1869, thousands of businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to comer tile gold market. In 1929, Ll. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 biplane over Mitchel Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight. In 1934, Babe Ruth made his farewell appearance as a regular player with the New York Yankees in a game against the Boston Red Sox. Die Sox won, 5-0. In 1948, Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio propagandist “Axis Sally,” pleaded innocent in Washington to charges of treason. Gillars ended up serving 12 years in prison. In 1955, President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver. In 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0. In 1960, the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Va. In 1963, the U.S. Senate ratified a treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union limiting nuclear testing. In 1969, the trial of the Chicago Eight (later Seven) began. Five of the defendants were convicted of crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention, but the convictions were ultimately overturned. In 1976, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. She was released after 22 months under an executive clemency order from President Carter. Ten years ago: Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, addressing the U N. General Assembly, warned the Reagan administration’s “Star Wars” proposal threatened a “nuclear catastrophe.” Five years ago: The Supreme Sovi et voted to give preliminary approval to a plan for switching the Soviet Union to a free-market economy. South African President F.W. de Klerk met at the While House with President Bush. One year ago: A firefight erupted between U.S. Marines and a group of armed Haitians outside a police station in the northern coastal city of Cap-Haitien; ten of the Haitians were killed. Today's Birthdays: ABC sportscaster Jim McKay is 74. Actress Sheila MacRae is 71. Actor-singer Anthony Newley is 64. U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, D-Mass., is 43. Thought for Today: “Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear." — Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher (1632-1677). ;