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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4A Thursday May talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion pace call O U O T A B According to American principle and prac tice the public is the ruler of the State and in order to rule rightly it should be informed William Randolph Hearst publisher 1954 D I T O R I A L Dont bet the house Texas Constitutions ban on home equity loans protects consumers Texas is the only state in the Union that does not allow home owners to use die equity in their home as collateral to borrow money except for loans to pay taxes buy the home or make home improvements Banking interests have tried to amend the Constitution to allow home equity loans at almost every meeting of the Texas Legislature in recent memory However consumer labor and farm groups successfully battled the bankers every time and kept this important protection against foreclosure on the books But now the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down a ruling that may open the door to home equity loans This is the sort of judicial activism that has outraged the public in the past Whether to allow home equity loans should be a mat ter for the elected Texas Legislature and governor to work out with input from the citizens of the state It is not an issue that should be decided by an appointed federal judge with no pubic input Texans have for the most part been able to secure credit when it is needed without putting their family home on the line If banks are allowed to demand your home as collateral before extending a loan you can bet the house they wili And you would be betting your house Today if a Texan hits hard times and cannot pay his debts he inay lose his car or his business But unless he fails to pay his home loan his home is safe All of us remember the tough times Texans pulled through in Tjhe mid1980s and most know people who lost their homes to foreclosure If the protection the Constitutions Homestead was not mere thousands of more Texans would have found themselves without a home as well Next time the business cycle turns downward in Texas that i protection offered by the Homestead Exemption might not be Jhere thanks to a meddling federal judge Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public tissue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua fttion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 260 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfela Herold ItZeitungbearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone which are not for publication must be included cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned is given to writers who have not been published in the 30 days rletters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 Braunfels Texas 781311328 pFax 210 6251224 sNew Braunfels Edfey and Publisher General Manager Editor Director Director Pressroom Foreman Classified Manager David Sultens Cheryl DuVall Mark Lyon Paul Davis Carol Ann Avery Douglas Brandt Karen Relnlnger llCtty Roger Croteau 7813M338 Stand jiowigepsd by the a by 730 cd or sjpcp Sunday mion Let your pride shine on Mothers Day Marie Dawson Sunday is Mothers Day 1 suspect almost every female member of the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation is a mother grandmother or great grandmother It is a day to be proud of your accomplishments with your families and proud of that always rewarding yet mys terious maternal instinct Mothers Day the second Sunday in May is a day to pay tribute to mothers with tokens of appreciation flowers candy letters cards phone calls and visits and to thank them for who they are and what they have done According to Sharon Cade in Special Days His tory Folklore and Mothers Day has various origins The Greeks and the Romans paid tribute to mothers The Romans celebrated a spring festival called Hilaria which honored Cybele the mother goddess The English celebrated Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday in Lent and people vis ited and honored not only their mothers but also the Mother Church where they were baptized In Yugoslavia mothers were honored just before Christ mas Although President Wilson officially proclaimed the first Mothers Day in America in 1914 and ordered the national flag to be displayed in honor of mothers it was an idea first officially presented by Miss AnnaJarvis from Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1907 Miss Jarvis never married and never had any children Interestingly it was Anna Jarvis mother who first organized a Mothers Friendship Day in 1868 in her hometown of Grafton West Virginia In addition Julia Ward Howe author of the Battle Hymn of the was said to have suggested using the Fourth of July as a day to honor mothers and promote Carnations are the flower of the day because of Miss Jarvis mothers fondness for them Red car nations are worn to honor the living and white ones to remember the dead In 1934 the Post Office issued a commemo rative 3cent stamp depicting the portrait of Whistlers mother in honor of Mothers Day Well here at the Center we have a lot of Whistlers mothers doing all kinds of things from painting pictures to cooking to line dancing but today I want to talk about the mothers who judged the contest for the HeraldZeitungs Mother of the Year contest Joyce Billingsley Jean Cooney Hone Busch and Jeanne Freese were those judges here at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center They judged letters written by children in the com munity telling why their mother was the best As you know by now Deborah Clay was named Mother of the Year as a result of this contest Im sure it was a tough decision Thanks to all you mothers and children who participated in this event and thanks to the judges for their time and interest Now talk about maternal instinct the mother lode and that nurturing mainstay Thats our Comal Coun ty Senior Citizens Thrift Shop The shop provides us with the financial security to continue in our every day operations The tremendous allvolunteer staff provides time and energy to keep it all afloat Needless to say those people never get enough credit Rose Hooker man ager is as conscientious and dedicated as Mary Jane Sandberg was before her Mary Jane still volunteers in the shop along with Bonnie Crittenden Harry and Darlene Dauer Cleo DeKunder Mary Jo Dein geldein Ken Daniels Jeannette Eike Ann Forbis Angle Gallardo Monique Haberkom Ellie Harfst Rose Hooker Betty Hates Millie Hill Claudia Jones James and Margie Johnson Doris Kraft neal and Gladys Kearney Justina Kerulis Ann Lea Bess MulhoUan Connie Neivarez Lynda Sussman Sandy Sandberg Shirley Schaefer Arlene Scheer George Senesic Elaine Simon Marie Stubbs Daisy Watson Anna Zubkova Juanita Rodriguez Joan Reinarz Lillie Raymond and Emily Riding These volun teers give from three to 20 hours a week Also along with all those mothers we have a dedicated and nurturing Sandy Sandberg who has contributed more hours and service to the Center and to the Thrift Shop than we could ever count We are fortunate indeed to have these com munityspirited volunteers on our side and helping to keep the Center alive Rose Hooker and Sandy Sandberg are both plan ning to retire their positions at the shop in a few months I promise you there will be a tremendous need for volunteers to help fill their shoes They both plan to continue working there but only on a limited basis Rose needs volunteers who will devote an entire day 9 4 one day a week Wednesday She is especially in need of volunteers who are interested in and willing to work the front cash register but she needs volunteers in any capacity Thank you all very much Continuing in the vein of nurturing and service Shirley Butler Social Security representative at the Center is extending her hours during May and June from noon 5 pan If you need help or need questions answered please call her 6256996 And just maybe one may think of the entire Senior Citizens Center network as a mothering and nurturing security blanket for the elderly and for the community It is a service organization and after all thats what mothers do best The Foundation would like to thank the WalMart Distribution Center for the extremely generous dona tion of a brand new treadmill for our area It is this kind of community spirit and con cern that makes New Braunfels such a super town and retirement center Marie Dawson writes exclusively about senior cit izens for the Clinton defends foreign policy decisions ByTOMRAUM Associated Press Writer ATLANTA Clin ton says the United States cannot solve the worlds problems but we will not hesitate to act alone when vital inter ests are at stake He defended his for eign policy against suggestions that he has been indecisive particularly on Bosnia But he conceded in a 90minute internationally televised appearance that the problems are more difficult than I thought Clinton issued tough new warnings to Haitis military rulers and North Koreas Communist government He said wielding US military force to restore democracy in Haiti remains an option and we cannot rule it out Today in history Analysis But he seemed less assertive on how to resolve the bloodshed in Bosnia saying on CNNs Global Forum Tuesday night that he had underesti mated how long it would takto get NATO to adopt a common policy Clinton ranged the global waterfront during the forum answering questions from international journalists at the Carter Center auditorium in Atlanta and in four other cities This is a pivotal moment in the affairs of our Clinton said He said leadership of United States was indispensable in resolving major con flicts and threats to security and that he planned to exercise this leader ship While savine the United Stateswant ed to be a partner not a dictator in the internal events of countries and would act in conjunction with the Unit ed Nations when possible Clinton declared When our most important interests are at stake we will not hesi tate to act alone if Still he said America cannot solve every problem and must not become the worlds Not every issue is one that you can put the entire wealth the entire military might the entire prestige of the United Slates on the line he said But many issues are things that are worthy of our best efforts within the limits of our ability to Clinton advisers hope the presidents performance will help bolster his image in the foreign policy usu ally identified as one of his strongest suits He borrowed a technique that served him well in townhall meetings on domestic issues walking about the stage with a microphone taking ques tions from the audience Clinton also took questions via satel lite from reporters in Jerusalem Johan nesburg South Africa Sarajevo Bosnia and Seoul South Korea CNN said the show had a potential audience of 140 million households in more than 200 countries and territo ries around the world We are frontrow history witness the president said commenting on the age of instant global live televi sion By The Associated Press Today is Thursday May 5 the 125th day of 1994 There are 240 days left in the Todays Highlight in History Five hundred years ago on May during his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere Christopher Columbus first sighted Jamaica On mis date In 1818 political philosopher Karl Marx was born in Prussia In 1821 Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of SL Helena In 1891 Carnegie Hall then named Music Hall had Us opening night in New York City IB 1892 Congress pasted the Geary Chinese Exclusion Act which required Chinese in the Unit ed Stales to be registered or face deportation In 1893 panic hit the New York Stock Exchange by years end the country was in the throes of a severe depression In 1904 Cy Young pitched the American Leagues first perfect game as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 30 In 1912 the first issue of the Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda was published In 1942 sales of sugar resumed in the United States under a rationing program In 1955 West Germany became a sovereign stale In 1955 the baseball musical Damn Yankees opened on Broadway In astronaut Alan B Shepard Jr became Cape Canaveral Pla in 1980 a siege at the Iranian embassy in London ended when British commandos and police stormed the building In 1981 Irish Republican Army hungerstriker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ire land in his 66th day without food Ten years ago Swale he offspring of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Doby Swale went on to tose the Preakness win the Belmont Stakes then died unexpectedly on June minute suborbital flight in a capsule launched from juugv uuubu changes in the FBIs promotion system months after the judge found that the bureau had systemati cally its in advancements and assignments   

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