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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas July ELLEN GOODMAN b pinions General Manager Robert Editor Ellen Goodman America our separateness keeps us together fe might have chosen some other Mavbe 3 We might have chosen some other Maybe Sept 3 the day the British signed the peace treaty in Paris Maybe March the day the Constitution became Either one would have made a decent enough national But July 4th was the day that audacious group of Americans declared I suspect it was in dependence which seemed and certainly the American thing to independence was what united the different people of the suspicious states of late 18thcentury In dependence was what the polygot of immigrants in the late 19th century all read into the exploding firecrackers Independence is what the late 20thcentury population of selfseekers march What connects us back through history to our founders and across space to each other a shared sense of the importance of our own we defend our right to be independent of including each we value self And together we often forget our togetherness Americans are quick to demand the independence of our country from the We are eager to protect the family from the We are most eager to protect individuals from every It is easier for many of us to think of the pursuit of happiness as a getaway Even the words I have to find myself have become the farewell address of many relationships Yet the founding fathers of the country declared a split and a new union on the same This same am bivalence runs among modern Americans as well Our desire to belong still rubs up against the more fierce desire to In the book Habits of the five sociologists describe this quality in the American character as the deep desire for autonomy and selfreliance combined with an equally deep conviction that life has no meaning unless shared with others in the context of community But they are as most of us that the cen tnfugal forces are more The authors met people who were virtually tonguetied when they tried to explain the meaning of commitments in their daily The language of the self was everywhere they especially in the popularized lingo of But the vocabulary of connection was sorely I have seen some of that in daily Many of us get our greatest sustenance from home life and yet raise our own children to leave Often we live in families counting on each other for support and yet teach our children the importance of selfreliance as the cardinal virtus of in In the same cultural we go on valuing marriage but become increasingly wary of losing ourselves in Even husbands and wives deeply committed to each other are less able to explain why except in the feelgood terms of In religious or political are evaluated by how they serve our individual We strongly assert the value of our selfreliance and We deeply feel the emptiness of a life without sustaining social write the authors of Habits of the Yet we are hesitant to articulate our sense that we need one another as much as we need to stand for fear that if we did we would lose our independence I dont know why Americans see the I as fragile and the we as I dont know why it is easier for us to ward off intrusions on our freedom than to welcome It may be because we are a nation of inveterate It may be because we still feel essentially that we have to make it on our own we are loners in the economy if not the It may be simply that we need a language to describe the values of sharing and the ways joint effort enlarges any sense of enterprise and mutes But on at least one July 4th its worth remembering that the original day of independence was also a day of commitment and of They were not isolated selfseeking loners who closed the declaration by saying With a firm reliance on the protection divine we mutually pledge to each other our lives our fortunes and our sacred James Ki I pa trick A letter is at hand from Edith Felts of Her word is Another letter comes from Trudy McVicker of Round Lake Her word is The I can tell have the souls of They are in love with This is an indispensable charac teristic for any person who wants truly to become a You must see words in all kinds of ways as elementary as precision in as the merest as jewels to be caressed and ad And the identifying mark of all such lovers of words is They look em So with She started to use mundane in something she was but in the back of her head was a small stirring of un Her thought was that mundane has but one meaning hum She was sure the accent was on the first To her she discovered that Whats in a word Not sure Look it UD from Edith nrhilo while mundane has the negative connotations she had attached to its first meaning is worldly as distinguised from heavenly or And the word can be accented on either with She read a review in the Chicago Sun Times of a book about The book is a companion volume to a TV series about China on the Public Broadcasting Said the reviewer After the series has viewers will still have a fungible reminder of what they have Fungible reminder She looked it She found that Websters American Heritage and Random House are equally unintelligible of such a nature or kind that one unit or part may be exchanged or substituted for another unit or equal part to discharge an obligation Said McVicker It still does not make any sese to If a writer for the Christian Science Monitor had been blessed with the same he would not have turn OF IT W blundered in April in a story about a seed company that sent out samples of a new turnip Back came some of the most fulsome praise for a vegetable that Thomas ever The writer went on to quote some of the rave reviews given the new He thought fulsome meant or or it On other matters those mischievous continue to bite at our prose Wee chiggers at our In Winston the Associated Press Brown also is charged with speeding to allude a meeting at the Cascades Volcano Laboratory in about 300 people poured over laser equipment and other a citizen wrote the Inquirer to demand the resignation gf a city commissioner for her cavalier flaunting of the tax The Post quoted a spokesman for the Department of Transportation on advertisements offering airline seats at a bulk rate We have seen these and they have peaked our Once more the record Look things up We ought not to confuse allude and pour and flaunt and and peak and and we wont mix them up if we will only cultivate the writers sixth sense of something thats not quite The mail brings some magnificent bloopers and In a feature story from the Newhouse News Service Tall and Jane Goodalls ringed by crows seem to dance when she talks about her the Birmingham we learn that delegates to Democratice national conventions are now half half this from the program of the Presbyterian Church of Plum The music for todays service was composed by George Frederick Handel in celebration of the 300th anniversary of his Somebody couldnt get a Handel on that Mike Royko Want some dough Put a curse on it There have been many stories about bright kids using their home computers to steal large sums of They dont even have to break down a door or crack a safe the way the oldtime thieves had to With their technical all they have to do is figure out how to punch into the computers of banks or other financial institutions and electronically switch money from this account to this That is known as giving the younger generation the advantages which we never Or But Im pleased to note that some things dont Just the other the cops grabbed Laura a tiny gypsy woman who lives on Chicagos Northwest and tells gets rid of evil curses and and brews up potions that will make people It seems that a woman came to Laura for help and advice in solving her By the time Laura got done helping the woman wasnt any but she was Im always amazed when I hear about people being plucked that since we are in the late 20th and its hard to believe that gypsies are still running But con artists like Laura and her many thieving relatives go on and with the same gimmicks theyve been using for And there are always people who fall for This is the way she did ac cording to Detective Dallas who specializes in gypsy scams The woman who came to her had She was an reasonable But Laura convinced her that there was a curse inside of And she told her to bring an egg that she had slept with under her Then she breaks the egg and says she sees something inside that proves there is a And she tells her to bring some bathwater that shes bathed Then she pours it in a dish and it creates the image of the devil on the bottom of the Thats easy to You pour a chemical on the plate and when water pours on the After she convinced her there was a devil in her which wasnt hard to do with some If you believe in chances arc you believe in the Then she convinced her that she had a money She told her that one of her bank accounts was cursed and that if she didnt take the money out of her children or loved ones would To convince her that the money was she brought out a rooster to look at the money and the rooster went into a kind of She has a way of putting a rooster into a Then she had her spit on the cursed money and she said she should throw it into a box and shed bury it to get rid of the So the woman spit on her money and threw it into a Then Laura took it out to bury We dont know what she did with that because shes not admitting That wasnt enough for She told the woman to borrow from her That was somehow going to help in lifting the Thats when the light finally dawned on the woman that something wasnt So she came to us and we made a clean pinch on Its not known if Laura Wanko is related to Rachel who once clipped an old janitor here in Chicago for Or if Laura or Rachel Wanko are related to Louis who was in on a scam with a fortuneteller named Mother who took an old lady for As the cop the Wankos are a big And they apparently keep pretty busy with their stupifiecj devils on and cursed eggs under the But if you think about why should it be surprising that there are people who believe Laura Every thousands of stock bokers call supposedly sane people and tell them that if they just write a theyll become Thats Mailbag Small claims treatment frustrates reader I am writing this letter to enlighten the public as to what is happening in our Small Claims A short time my daughter filed suit against a party owing money to The filing fee was Although the party was easily several months passed before his summons was The court date finally arrived and my daughter was awarded the At this time the defendant proceeded to teU the Jujjge ttet he did not have the money sow 904 could not pay u all at To this toe Judge replied this is only at dont have to pay it at all if you dflnt Needless to say she has not collected a penny fom this The only recourse she has is to abstract and record this judgment in topes ttot the party will someday owu and a piece of real At this time she could collect on judgment Winst could be JwHf may be I mm m tp know jut bow Active U CLAIMS Court operated to tto rawner She wouM ceriajWr never waste feer WW8 to UPPSP tt Jfgrt thjis judge Name withheld
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