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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Q U TAB 6 We cant continue settling for the lowest common denominator in our government in our media and in our lives and in our Louise Slaughter Congressman 1992 E D IT O R I A L A Happy Ending Response to story on family down on luck has been nothing short of phenomenal In the Wednesday HeraldZeitung a story was pub lished on Page 2A telling of one familys hardships at Christmas time after the father had recently lost his job It was a sad story not only because the father Robert Hensley had lost his job but also because there were seven children involved who were having to consider the prospect of a very disappointing Christmas Normally stories get some response in various forms from our readers However this one drew remarkable feedback and now after having checked back with the Hensley family yesterday things are looking much better Robert said the phone has been ringing off the wall Donations of groceries money and gifts have been brought to the family Here at the HeraldZeitung tele phone inquiries into the familys wellbeing have been just as frequent One concerned citizen went as far as calling one HeraldZeitung staff member at home to find out how to help It has been enough to make the heart swell with pride This is a perfect example of what kind of people live here in Comal County Though one could label this reac tion as being with the Christmas in all probability our community would respond in this manner no matter what time of year it is However we know that there are other families here who are just like the Hensleys and need help just as bad However there are no newspaper stories to draw atten tion to each and every one of them Anyone interested in contributing to these families should contact the Community Service Center at 625 3439 Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon Managing Editor for the New Braunfels Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 260 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 The New Braunfela HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Classified Reininger Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Published on Sunday mornings and weekday nxmings Tuesday through Fri day by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 707 Lands Si or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas USPS 377880 Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalups counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail out side Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or 210 6060846 lollfree for Seguin Marion Canyon Lake Bulverde and San Anto nio by 7 weekdays or by 11 ajn on Sunday Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion HeraldZeitung Friday Dec A lesson in bathroom diplomacy Dave Barry If you dont have enough drama in your life you need to chaperone a patty for a group of seventhgraders erone comes from the French words meaning per and meaning who is aging very We recently had a party for our sons 13th birthday We rented a Holiday Inn function room on the theory that it was roomier and less flammable than our house We hired two nice young DJs to play ugly music really loud so that the youngsters would enjoy it We ordered a large quantity of cold cuts for the youngsters to ignore as well as a nice fresh vegetable platter for them to actively avoid We stood near the door and greeted the guests and their parents as they arrived There seemed like a LOT of guests more than we recalled actually inviting apparently this party was giving off some kind of powerful airborne adolescent hormonal chemical attractant that was causing 13yearolds as far away as Homer Alaska to demand that their parents drive them to it People were streaming into the function room The kids would melt instantly into the throbbing blob of youth that had formed in the middle of the dance floor Their parents would look us over try ing to discern whether we were decent people or Branch Davidians or what There was no way we could talk to them because the sound system was cranked up to KILL ZONE playing songs that con sisted of angry men shouting things like This song is PAIN Makes you inSANE This song grow big warts On your BRAIN So wed smile at the parents like Ward and June Cleaver and gesture to the vegetable platter as evi dence that we were responsible Theyd nod and scurry out of the function room before their ears start ed to bleed Meanwhile in the center of the room things were getting very dramatic Of course we had no clue what was going on because we are grownups and therefore way too stupid to grasp the complexities involved in being a seventhgrader Later on our son gave us a muchsimplified ver sion which was that this girl had liked him and wanted to still be his friend but the boys best friend got angry at the girl and called her a bad name which caused her to become extremely upset and burst into tears and she thought that the exboyfriend had put the best friend up to this which he hadnt in fact he didnt even KNOW the best friend had done this and now he the exboyfriend was VERY upset because she thought HE was responsible and he was also angry at the best friend who was ALSO very upset because he was just trying to help out his friend and now EVERYBODY was mad at him so EVERYBODY was upset and everybody FRIENDS were upset and things were just dramat ic and awful that it did not seem possible that life as we now know it could continue on the planet Earth As I say it was actually far more complex than this with dramatic new developments occurring every few seconds and important News Bulletins circulating throughout the party at well beyond the speed of light The central throbbing youth blob was constantly pulsating and mutating and splitting into smaller groups and subgroups to whisper hug discuss commiserate or if it was a group of boys punch Every few minutes a group of maybe 14 girls at least two of them crying and at least one of them saying something like I cant stand it would rush past us out the door and into the ladies restroom Moments later a clot of boys would rush out and go into the mens restroom Then there would be tense diplomatic negotia tions between restrooms with small party emerging from the mens restroom to talk with a party from the ladies restroom just wants to talk to her Shes VERY Then everybody would surge back into the function room and the throbbing block would change form a few times and then suddenly the Priority Code Red Alert Signal would go out again Back to the Restrooms At times virtually all the party guests were engaged in highlevel restroom conferences leaving us grown ups virtually alone with the vegetable tray and the sound system our eardrums torn to shreds won dering if next year would should skip the function room and just rent two large restrooms At one point as small groups of seventhgraders were streaming urgently past me in both directions a young lady having clearly been briefed by her parents on proper etiquette stopped momentarily and said to me Hi Im having a very nice time So The patty lasted three hours which is 46 years in chaperone time Finally the parents came back and the music thank God stopped and the lights came back on and all these urgent dramatic figures turned back into seventhgraders politely saying good night and leaving with their parents going back to the bonnf old world Our son told us it was a good party I kind of wished I had been there Dove Barry is a syndicated columnist with Tri bune Media SURGEON GENERALS LEGALIZED officials sign agreement to boost Yeltsin By JOHN KING Associated Press Writer MOSCOW AP The United States tried to help Boris Yeltsin today with fresh assistance for Russias bat tered economy and scornful criticism of an emerging opposition leader In attacking the views of Vladimir Zhirinovsky the Clinton administra tion said Russias deep recession was behind the ultranationalists political appeal and all but demanded that the West bolster Yeltsins reforms with more economic aid In Moscow today Vice President Al Gore and Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin signed agree ments designed to show that Yeltsins cooperation with the West can help lift Russias economy out of a deep recession The highlight of todays agreements Analysis was a 300page contract bringing Rus sia into the international space station project The deal includes pay ments to Russia of million over the next four years in exchange for up to 10 NASA space shuttle missions to the Russian space station Mir to help astronauts prepare for the new stations construction The first cosmonaut to fly on the space shuttle will join a mission scheduled to take off in six weeks negotiators announced The two countries also signed several modest investment agreements includ ing joint ventures in gold mining and manufacturing of heavy truck engines Also signed was a pack age energydeals including a mil lion grant to Russia for purchase of energy efficiency products and an agreement for experts to help inspect older Russian nuclear reac tors Gore the delegation leader led the administrations charge on both the economic and political fronts mixing a demand that the West put money behind its rhetorical support of Yeltsins reforms with a spirited attack designed to keep Zhirinovsky from building a parliamentary majority I think President Clintons message about rallying to the support of reform is going to be heard more clearly Gore said after meeting with Yeltsin in the Kremlin Wednesday We will again be talking with our allies around the world in an effort to gear up the worlds response to this situation In a warning advisers said was aimed primarily at Germany and Japan Gore said the impatience for evidence Yeltsins reforms would work had dri ven support for Zhirinovksy and raised the prospect of resurgent Russian nationalism if the West did not pull Russia toward the light and away from the As the initial parliament voting results showed nationalists and com munists with strong performances the administration criticized some of Zhiri novskys views but tried to keep the tone civil so as not to appear as med dling in internal Russian politics But after two days of reviewing Zhirinovskys scram bling to find a way to help Yeltsin the administration decided to vigor ously attack the man who has suggest ed Russia return to its empire days and said he would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons if elected Russian president Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Friday Dec 17 the 351st day of 1993 There are 14 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec the Wright and the first successful poweredair plane flights near Kitty Hawk On this date In 1777 France recognized American indepen dence In 1830 South American patriot Simon Bolivar died in Colombia In 1892 the dress rehearsal for The Nutcracker Suite by Peter Dyich Tchaikovsky was staged in St Petersburg Russia However the ballet was poorly received when it officially premiered the following night In 1925 Colonel William Mitchell was convicted at his courtmartial of insubordination In 1933 in the first world championship football game the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants 2321 In 1939 the German pocket battleship Graf Spec was scuttled by its crew ending the World War II Battle of the River Plate off Uruguay In 1944 the Army announced it was ending its policy of excluding JapaneseAmericans from the West Coast In 1969 the Air Force closed its Project Blue Book by concluding there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings In 1979 in a case that aggravated racial tensions Arthur McDuffie a black insurance executive was fatally beaten after a police chase in Miami Four white ppUce officers were later acquitted of charges s In 1986 Eugene Hasenfus the American con vie ted by Nicaragua for his part in running guns to the Contras was pardoned then released Ten years ago Six people were killed 94 injured when a bomb planted by Irish Republican Army volunteers exploded outside Harrods department store in London Five years ago In his first public statement since the United States decided to open direct talks with the PLO Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir expressed shock calling the decision a painful blow One year ago Responding to attacks on security forces Israel ordered the deportation of 418 sus pected Muslim fundamentalists from the occupied territories Presidentelect Clinton tapped former Sun Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros to be housing secretary
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