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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 41 Wednesday Jan Opinion Ho talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion QUOTA We never reach the point where we can say Sve have arrived in this country In defense of freedom and justice for f former gcv o EDITORIALS Jv fe Good news forNB i 1 Purchase of Citizens Bank is of wellrun bank Many citizens may choose to look at yesterdays announcement that Citizens Bank would be pur chased by a Minnesotebased banking corpora tion as bad news Afterall Citizens was the last independent locally bank in our community However the agreement should be looked at much dif ferently Citizens Bank with its holding company New Braunfels Bancshares holds assets of approximately million and has held a welldeserved reputation of being a customer oriented banking institution The reputation was strong enough that a large multibillion banking corporation saw the opportunity to continue and strengthen those qualities while giving it a little more backbone for which to operate i Norwest Corporation the purchasing firm has a com t mittment to the communities it serves As regional presi dent John Stumpf said yesterday it will fit well with our philosophy of local marketplace decision making and Norwests commitment to serve our customers and com munities to the Nth Plans call for the same friendly faces greeting custoemrs with the same folks making the same kinds of decisions as before In a time when bank failures and disappointments are still on the minds of many from the 1980s it is refreshing to have seen a community bank do so well and to know that they believe in the same basic philosophies as Citizens Bank has always exhibited Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon managing editor for the Write 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornjngs Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung DSPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Coma County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months 19 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 outside Texas three months six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Seixl address changes to the New Braunfels HeraUZeiiung Draw er 311328 New Biaunfels Tx 781311328 Making positive impact is important Nancy Logan In trfe fifst week of January I wanted to share something special that I encountered over 1 the Holiday in the hopes that the central theme may spread It is not a new theme but a good one to remember at the beginning of a new year The goodness kindness love and joy we express openly can spread Perhaps we can over come evil and meanness as much through spreading kind ness as through punishing misdeeds I am certainly not an advocate for excusing peo ple from the consequences of their behaviors and punishment is a necessary tool in my opinion It is however not the only tool In Austin on 37th Street just east of the Guadalupe is a moderate neighborhood with small but tidy homes A number of years ago one family decided to decorate the outside of their home in a big way for Christinas Soon a neighbor did the same and they strung lights across the street This was against the city ordinances so the city ordered these two families to remove the lights The com munity residents protested and the mayor allowed the lights The community residents protested and the mayor allowed the lights to be restrung Since then more and more neighbors joined into the street decoration project and now there are oodles of lights on most homes in that neighborhood This street is now written up in the hotel guides in the What To Do In Austin in December mag azines etc There are lines of cars driving through and scores of people and families walking to visit 37th Street People chat with each other and the spirit of Christmas is clearly evident This whole story started with someone doing something nice and there is a lesson in how it spread Good as well as bad spreads when people band together There is power in good and there is increasing power in numbers as the spirit builds This is the Lesson of 37th Each of us can be a light in spreading kindness love goodness and joy I encourage each of us to think of a way we can spread goodness love joy and kindness For example we can smile more at those with whom we come in contact say at the grocery store or gas station We can call people by name ask them how they are doing and then wait long enough to actually listen to their response We can thank peo ple for the many little kindnesses that occur each day A simple thanks I know you did that for me or to make my life easier helps us to take time to notice the positives in our lives as well as lets the other person know that he or she is appreciated We can let a car merge into traffic in front of us dim lights for oncoming cars leave enough room between our car and the one in front of us and get out of the left hand lane if someone wants to pass We can greet our mate children when they come home with a warm hug and a kiss Be sure to tell those whom we love that we love them This list is essentially endless but it all hinges on notic ing the good in ourselves and expanding on it noticing the good in others and commenting about it appreciatively and spreading kindness and appreciation The second part of the 37th Street story is that there were homes which had not been decorated for reasons unknown and unimportant for this pur pose The lack of some people decorating their homes did not hinder other people from decorating theirs No one forced others to decorate their homes nor did they take on the responsibility to decorate their neighbors house It appeared that people set out to do that which they wished to do make their own place and allowed others to do it differently not This second Lesson of 37th therefore is that we can learn to work around those who do not join with us in our efforts to spread goodness and kindness We cannot change anyone else directly although our actions can result in others deciding to change themselves If we have obsta cles we can seek solutions and alternative meth ods to get done that which we want to do rather than giving up because of the obstacle Unless oth er people are actively interfering allow them to live their own lives We do best when we focus on our own lives We can decide how we wish to live our lives how we wish to treat others and how to spread goodness kindness love and joy Others do not have to do it our way or even support us in our endeavors Good things spread as well as bad and if each of spread goodness to those with whom we interact we can truly make an impact in a positive direction Dr Logan is a psychologist in private practice in New qercurofW The Republican constituent suddenly with more clout ByTlMBOVEE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Peer inside the districts of the new Repub lican House majority and youll find constituents who typically are con siderably more affluent less urban and less racially diverse than those of the Democrats For instance a Republican law makers constituents earn about more a year than those in Democratic districts In a typical Republican district just one person in 10 is poor com pared to one in seven in a Democrat ic district Republicans control two thirds of the nations 100 wealthiest districts And though they represent more than half the country Republicans count only one fourth of black Amer icans as constituents These are just a few findings of an Associated Press computer analysis of congressional districts that found two parties with very different con stituents The differences are certain to shape debates about everything from Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Jan 4 the fourth day of 1995 There are 361 days left in the year Todays High light in History On Jan Dr William W Grant of Davenport Iowa performed whats believed to have been the first appendectomy The patient was 22 yearold Mary Gartside Analysis food stamps to tax cuts in the new Congress that opens Wednesday Republicans will ask how to make people better off in their wal lets than they were a year ago The Democrats will respond in a way that asks people what they can do for their says Rep Pat Williams DMont Actually the demographics of the two parties constituencies in the House were barely altered by the election About the only movement came in the percentage of whites rep resented by Democrats which declined slightly What did change was whos in charge The GOP now controls the com mittees and the House floor where decisions are made That spells instant power for the Republican constituency that according to polls is concerned about taking a bile out of crime taxes and government spending The GOP agenda was tai lored to their concerns At the other end of the power curve suddenly are millions of black Hispanic and poor Americans who for years found clout among the majority Democrats that overwhelm ingly represent them The present mood toward the poor is very foul and they dont have lobbyists and PACs to protect says Democratic activist Jesse Jack son Already the tectonic shift in power is having an effect Democrats ry ing to move toward the political cen ter no longer talk about expanding social programs but rather are devis ing their own plans for tax cuts spending cuts and welfare reform Their hope they say is to moder ate the inevitable changes so that at least some of their constituents needs are addressed embracing a sort of conservatism with heart Youve got to be able to do it in such a way that you protect those that are most vulnerable in our soci says Rep Kweisi Mfume D a key member of the Congres sional Black Caucus Sounding his partys themes Mfume recently talked about sensi tive and meaningful welfare reform and embracing the realities that working clabj families do expect some kind of tax The AP analyzed the GOP and Democratic congressional districts based on 1990 census data It found sharp differences in the kinds of Americans the two parties represent differences that have existed for years but which take on new mean ing with the shift in power The GOP constituency includes just 8 million blacks 9 million His panics and 14 million people under the federal poverty standard Democ rats represent 21 million blacks 13 million Hispanics and 18 million poor people Republicans represent none of the 40 congressional districts where at least a third of the people are black On average households in Repub lican districts have a median income of compared with in Democratic districts Thats a 14 percent difference Seventy percent of Democratic constituents live in urban areas com pared with just 58 percent of Repub licans On this date In 1809 Louis Braille inventor of a reading system for the blind was born in Coupvray France In 1821 the first nativeborn American saint Elizabeth Ann Seton died in Emmitsburg Md In 1896 Utah was admitted as the 45th state In 1948 Britain granted indepen dence to Burma In 1951 during the Korean con flict North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul In 1960 French author Albert Camus died in an automobile acci dent at age 46 In 1964 Pope Paul VI began a vis it to the Holy Land as he arrived in Jerusalem In 1965 poet Eliot died in London at age 76 In 1965 Preside t Lyndon John son outlined the goals of his Great Society in his Slate of the Union address In 1974 President Nixon refused to hand over tapes and docu ments subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee
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