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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas 4 Tuesday Feb Opinion talk with Managing Editor Mark 1 Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 Q U O t A B L Speak out hide not thy EDITORIAL Food for thought Races for judgeships are often flawed processes for voters and candidates As voters go to the polls to vote for who they want to hold office in the next few years one problem may con front them When they get ready to cast their ballot for state and federal judicial candidates their knowledge of who will be the best candidate is probably at best limited On the same note by electing our judges were asking them to fill a role we really dont want them to fill a politician This is not the best way to choose judges who are not cannot be and must not be politicians The current system causes a candidate for a judgeship to go to layers law firms and other special interests with their donation hats out in order to gain funds for their campaigns so that they may win support from voters whom most will know nothing about them This system puts politics ahead of judicial integrity and impartiality Were not the only ones to realize these problems and the idea has been put forth that we form some kind of ini tial appointments followed by retention elections We must give both the voter and the candidate a better way of deciding who will preside over our courts system With so much emphasis being placed on our broken system on both the state and federal level heres a really good place to start the repair job 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 250 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher David Sultens General Manager Cheryl DuVall Managing Editor Mark Lyon Advertising Director Paul Davis Circulation Director Card Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Douglas Brandt Classified Karen Reininger Published on Sunday mornings and weekday nwmings Tuesday through Ri day by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Iff Landa or Drawer 31 1328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by toe New Braunfels in New Braunfels Texas USPS 377880 Carrier delivered in Coma and Guadalupe counties three months six one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier only six monlhs one year Mai delivery outside Coma County in Texas three nxxuhs six months one year Mail outside Texas six wnihs Subscribers whohavenotreceivedanewspaperby pjn Tuesday through days or by 11 MS w Sunday Postmaster Send adjfcew changes to tot New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 1328 Opinion Feb 23 Guest columnist Ernest Bledsoe i Thursday Feb 24 Marie Dawson Comal County Senior Citizens Center Friday Feb 25 Syndicated columnist Dave Baity Sunday Feb 27TB A Tuesday Feb 22 Gene Shelbume Absence of courtesy sign of missing faith In his delightful essay Nev er Confuse a Memo with Real Richard A Moran offers some rales for getting ahead in the business arena Some of his tips are wry thrusts delightfully flavored with truths that can only be absorbed by someone who is chuckling Not so much fun but still impressive to me when I first Shalhiima TCaA was this admonition onoiHumo for success in the corporate world Treat everyone in the organization with respect and dignity whether it be the janitor or the president Dont ever be patroniz These words hooked me because they appeared in my life right at a time when i had been doing some personal musing about the relationship of courtesy and Christianity I dont know if Richard Moran is a Christian or not But this rule he wrote certainly is something a fol lower of Jesus could have come up with The more I think about it the more Im convinced that courtesy is a mark of true Christianity In his list of the Spirits fruit the apostle Paul includes such traits as love patience kindness and gentleness In his famous chapter on love in 1 Corinthians the apostle describes love as being courteous It is nev er arrogant he says Never rude I suppose it would stretch things too far to conclude that all courteous people are Christians In my limited world I have known some courteous Buddhists and some genteel agnostics But would you agree that the absence of courtesy may be a sure sign that Christian faith is missing Or at least badly flawed In our local Target store recently a sullen woman defiantly blocked an aisle glaring at my wife and me with a gotohell look instead of stepping slightly aside to let us pass As we left the store both of us commented spon taneously about the womans rudeness We noticed her I think because were not used to that kind of behavior We have been spoiled by living in a community filled with Christians We rub shoulders daily with folks who imitate the love and gentleness of their Lord Gene Shelburne is dminister He may be con tacted at 2310Anna TX Hit him a oftimes cntte Knee Rebels arrive for talks vow not to lay down arms By LAWRENCE KOOTNIKOFF Associated Press Writer SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS Mexico rebels demanding sweeping political and economic change in Mexico emerged from their jungle hideouts to meet the government in peace talks today The rebels arrived Sunday in the city near the Guatemalan border where their uprising started New Years Day and spent the night in the 16th century Roman Catholic cathedral where the talks will be held Rebel leaders said they will not heed government calls to lay down their arms until their demands for housing land food health care and education are met Analysis Several thousand rebels calling themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army seized San Cristo bal and other towns in Mexicos southernmost state of Chiapas on Jan 1 claiming to represent the regions impoverished and long neglected Mayan Indians They withdrew into the jungle a few days later after government sol diers moved in More than 100 peo ple died before the government declared a ceasefire Jan 12 In interviews published Sunday in the weekly magazine Proceso the newspaper El Financiero and The New York Times rebel leader Sub comandante Marcos said the rebels did not expect quick agreement What is at stake in Chiapas is no longer just Chiapas or even Mexico but perhaps even the free trade agree ment and the whole neoliberal pro ject in Latin he said refer ring to the North American Free Trade Agreement and the regions market reforms of the last few years Marcos said the rebels want politi cal autonomy for Chiapan Indians the resignation of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari and the establish ment of a transitional government until the August presidential election Marcos an automatic weapon strapped to his side was one of 18 rebel negotiators all wearing ski masks or bandanas who arrived in San Cristobals main plaza in three caravans of Red Cross vehicles on Sunday speeding past a cordon of military police holding back tightly packed spectators The rebels huddled with the gov ernments peace negotiator Manuel Camacho Solis and mediator Bishop Samuel Ruiz to discuss technicalities of the talks Marcos who has kept his identity a secret has fascinated Mexicans with his biting articulate and witty communiques sent to news media The rebels will remain masked during the talks Marcos said Camacho has insisted national political changes sought by the Zap atistas would not be on the agenda of the talks But he said he would pay attention to all proposals and left open the possibility that any agreements on local problems could have national implications Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Feb 22 the 53rd day of 1994 There are 312 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Feb the first president of the Unit ed States George Washington was born on his parents plantation in the Virginia Colony On this date In English colonists in America first tast ed popcorn In 1819 Spain ceded Florida to the United States In 1865 Tennessee adopted a new constitution abolishing slavery In 1879 Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a fivecent store in Uuca In 1889 President Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas Montana and Washington state to the Union In 1892 the Oscar Wilde play Lady Winder meres Fan was first performed at Londons St James Theater In 1924 Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House In 1934 the romantic comedy It Happened One starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opened at New Yorks Radio City Music Halt In 1935 it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House In 1973 the United States and Communist Chi na agreed to establish liaison offices In 1980 in a stunning upset the United States Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets at Lake Placid 43 The team went on to win the gold medal Ten years ago A 12yearold Houston boy known publicly only as David who had spent most his life in a plastic bubble because he had no immunity to disease died IS days after he left the bubble to undergo a bonemarrow transplant Five years ago Irans Ayatollah Khomeini who had sentenced author Salman Rushdie to death said economic sanctions would not change his stance and publication of Rushdies book The Satanic was a sign from God that Iran should not reach out to the West One year ago The Security Council unan imously approved creation of an international war crimes tribunal to punish those responsible for atrocities in former Yugoslavia A jury was seated in Los Angeles in the federal trial of four police officers accused of violating Rodney Kings civil rights Todays Birthdays Actor Robert Young is 87 Produceractor Sheldon Leonard is 87 Massachu setts Sen Edward M Kennedy is 62 Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving is 44 Tennis player Michael Chang is 22 Actress Drew Barrymore is 19 Thought for Today Most of us probably feel we couldnt be free without newspapers and that is the real reason we want the newspapers to be R Murrow American broadcast journalist to the editor can be to Letter to the Editor New HeraldZeming 707 Landa Street New Braunfels IX 78130 Fax to 6251224 to the editor are published each Wednetday and Sunday on Page 5A
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