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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WVWVl'tfM.i 'AMI 14/, A ,Vv^□Herajd^ZeitungOWedne^ Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, tot. 21 H e Z e i t u n g Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest ”* columns electronically by way ofj online services or Internet, or to ~ simply contact staff members, ‘ the Herald-Zeitung’s address is [email protected] Q B L E “The press, in my experience, has been the most effective weapon against corruption in government that I have ever seen.” — Thomas A. Constantine U.S. politician, 1994 EDITORIAL Wurst Five Mile Run Local road race, walk and kid’s 1-K will attract visitors from around Central Texas New Braunfels is a big, little city, if you catch my drift. Loaded with small-town charm, this community has more than its share of restaurants and entertainment venues, including clubs, stage and movie theatres and museums. But that’s not all. New Braunfels also has an active running community. A running/jogging boom occurred in this country in the 1960s and ’70s, and now most metropolitan communities have running clubs that organize races and help local road runners keep fit and competitive. Many of their races have become great tourist attractions that unite the community. The Houston-Tenneco Marathon, held each January, features a 26.2 mile course lined with spectators, bands, belly dancers, bag pipers and other 'assorted attractions. The New York City Marathon is also known for its hoopla. Many New Yorkers also claim it’s the best time of year to visit the city because of the spirit of friendship and cooperation association with the race. There’s something about staging a road race through the heart of a community. More than a chance to watch great competitors battle for the finish line, road races are an opportunity for ordinary runners to do extraordinary things. The heart of the local running community is the New Braunfels Running Club. And one of the many events that club organizes is the Wurst Five Mile Run, Walk & Kid’s I -K. In its 11 th year, the Wurst Five Mile Run is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8:30 a.m. at Landa Park. The first 600 registered participants are guaranteed a long-sleeved commemorative t-shirt, but all contestants will receive a ticket to Wurstfest. If you don’t plan to run the five miler, or participate in the runAvalk, make a point to come out anyway. The Wurst Five Mile Run, Walk & Kid’s 1-K is one activity all of New Braunfels can all cheer about. For more information about the run or to receive an entry form, call 609-5030 or contact Comprehensive Fitness at 620-6263. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor and runner 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-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 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 New Braunfels Herald Ztuung (USPS 377-880) 7071 .anda St., or P O Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels 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 earner delivery only. six months, $30; one year. $56 Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $28.80; six months, $52; one year, $97.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $75; one year, $112.25. 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 7 p m. weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131 -1328.Congress slams on budget brake Congress is on track with the first balanced budget written in 25 years. Some people in Washington claim that we are bound for a “train wreck" with the Administration. But I believe a more accurate description would be that Congress is slamming on the brakes to halt a runaway budget that has been out of control for decades. The “train wreck" image is a political manipulation intended to imply that the budget is a competition. It is not. Forecasting disaster also distracts attention from the overriding mission of Congress to balance the federal budget. There are several reasons why this imagery is inaccurate. First, the majority of the federal budget is spent on programs called entitlements. These include Social Security and other important benefits that are required to be paid by law regardless of w heftier or not Congress and the Administration agree on a budget by a certain time. In other words, even if the process comes to a standstill in Washington. Social Security checks will continue to be mailed. As a matter of fact, outside Washington you would be hard-pressed to know that anything had happened at all. That should be a clue that the doomsayers have a narrow political agenda, not a broad interest in easing the burden few American taxpayers and workers. Second, Congress and the President are likely to pass a temporary measure that will prevent a budget breakdown as long as the Administration does not expect Congress to compromise its balanced budget goals. Finally, federal agencies have been on notice for almost a year now that business would not be conducted as usual. The 1994 elections were as clear a signal as federal managers are ever going to get that they need to spend the taxpayers' money more carefully. The various departments have been given consis- I Lamar Smith tent, repeated messages from the new Congress all year: Slow spending, reduce regulations and empower families. The managers at many federal agencies have paid attention and taken steps to conserve hardearned taxpayers’ dollars. They have saved funds to keep important operations going despite any disagreement between Congress and the Administration. It makes you wonder what they were doing all these years with the money that they’re only now able to squeeze out of their budgets. For the first time since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, Congress has a plan to run the budget train on common-sense rules. Many of those who are responsible for previous budgets are angry. But it’s better to blow off a little steam now and then than to wait until an out-of-control federal deficit really derails the future of our children and grandchildren who will have to pay for the massive cleanup. (Lamar Smith is a U.S. representative for New Braunfels.) rH0BComeite literal Nates and Idftyisfe! OTWrground! SALBMCtD twit Questions remain about new peace accord By SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Bosnia’s factions have agreed on a formula for sharing power once the war ends, but major hurdles remain — there’s still no cease-fire and they disagree on the role of the central government. ’ “There is no guarantee of success, but today’s agreement moves us closer to the ultimate goal of a genuine peace,” President Clinton said in announcing the results of Tuesday’s meeting here. The accord by the foreign ministers of Bosnia, Croatia and Serb-dominated Yugoslavia builds on a breakthrough achieved in Geneva on Sept. 8. That agreement kept Bosnia’s external borders intact while dividing the state internally between the Muslim-Croat federation and the Bosnian Serb republic. Bosnian Serb nationalists, who rebelled in April 1992 with hopes of uniting their holdings with neighboring Serbia, oppose a strong central authority. Muslims, who insist on keeping Bosnia united, want to make the government as powerful as possible. Tuesday’s agreement obliges the two entities to create ajoint government consisting of a presidency, parliament and constitutional court. Those institutions would be established after general elections to be held once conditions improve sufficiently to guarantee a fair ballot. Left undecided was how many people would make up the collective presidency. As in the the case of the Analysis parliament, two-thirds would be elected from the Croat-Muslim federation and the remainder from Serb territory. The power-sharing formula is enormously complex. Presidential decisions would be taken by majority vote, but if one-third of the group disagrees and declares it to be "destructive of a vital interest” it ‘We simply do not want war criminals to dictate our future.’ — Muhamed Sacirbey would be referred to that entity’s parliament. lf two-thirds of the members of that entity’s parliament voted against the action, it would not take effect. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke warned that “we still have a long and difficult path ahead of us.” The meeting at the U.S. mission to the United Nations also included diplomats from Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union. Holbrooke, the chief U.S. negotiator for Bosnia, departs later in the week for another round of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing a cease-fire. He will also discuss the thorny question of the future territo rial division of the state. Bosnia’s Foreign Minister Muhamed Sacirbey expressed doubt the agreement would take effect soon. He said elections could not be held before democratic freedoms are restored, refugees are allowed to return, and indicted war criminals are extradited to the international tribunal in The Hague. “We simply do not want war criminals to dictate our future,” Sacirbey said in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly. Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and Serb army commander Gen. Ratko Mladic have been indicted as was crimes suspects by the U.N. tribunal. In the Bosnian Serb capital of Pale, Karadzic hailed the agreement, saying it guaranteed the existence of a virtually independent Bosnian Serb entity- The accord "is a confirmation of the existence of Republika Srpska and the equality of the Serb people with other ethnic groups,” he said. Republika Srpska is the name the Serbs have given to their self-pro-claimed state within Bosnia. U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Who chaired the opening session Tuesday, told Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev “it was time to discuss how a peace agreement would be implemented.” Both the United States and Russia have pledged to send combat troops to guarantee a Bosnian peace accord in a 3 I/2-year conflict that has left about 200,000 people dead or missing. Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Sept 27, the 270th day of 1995. There are 95 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 27th, 1964, the Warren Commission issued a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President Kennedy. On this date: In 1779, John Adams was named to negotiate the Revolutionary War’s peace terms with Britain. In 1825, the first locomotive to haul a passenger train was operated by George Stephenson in England. In 1854, the first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner occurred when the steamship Arctic sank with 300 people aboard. In 1928, the United Slates said it was recognizing the Nationalist Chinese government. In 1939, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered after weeks of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. In 1942, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at tile Central Theater in Passaic, N J., prior lo Miller’s entry into the U.S. Army. In 1954, “Tonight!” with Steve Allen as host, made its debut on NBC-TV. In 1959, a typhoon battered the main Japanese island of Honshu, killing nearly 5,(XX) people. In 1979, Congress gave final approval lo forming the Department of Education, the 13th Cabinet agency in U.S. history. In 1986, the Senate joined the House of Representatives in approving the most sweeping changes in the federal tax code since World War II. Ten years ago: Hurricane Gloria, having come ashore at North Carolina with winds of 130 mph, proceeded to head up (he Atlantic Coast toward New England. Five years ago: The deposed emir of Kuwait delivered an emotional address to the U N. General Assembly in which he denounced the "rape, destruction and terror” inflicted upon his country by Iraq. The Senate Judicial Committee approved the Supreme Court nomination of David H. Souter. One year ago: More than 350 Republican congressional candidates gathered on die steps of the U.S. Capitol lo sign the “Confract with Ameri ca," a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House. Today’s Birthdays: Former Illinois Sen. Charles Percy is 76. Movie director Arthur Penn is 73. Actless Sada Thompson is 66. Actress Kathleen Nolan is 62. Author Barbara Howar is 61. Sportscaster Dick Schaap is 61 Actor Greg Moms is 61. Singer Meat Loaf is 48. Baseball player Mike Schmidt is 46. Singer Shaun Cassidy is 37. Thought for Today: “I have lived in this world just long enough lo look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time " — "Josh Billings” (Henry Wheelei Shaw), American humorist (1818-1885). ;