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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 June Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members 0 the HeraldZeltungs address Is si Til Freedom of the press is for those who ovm Leibling columnist 1946 EDITORIAL Matters of life and death Local heroes abound as summer fun turns tragic in county and on rivers The police scanner had been relatively quiet the past week or two at the HeraldZeitung That changed dramatically Saturday With tourists clogging New Braunfels streets and parks and tubers crowding the Comal and Guadalupe rivers some kind of trouble was bound to happen Saturday afternoon a call came in that a Alvin resident had jumped from Preiss Heights cliffs into the Guadalupe He was knocked uncon scious from the leap sank to the bottom of the river and drowned As tubers floated by and onlookers strained for a view members of three different emergency dive teams began a search for the victim The victims body was recovered later but that wouldnt be the only work divers and other law enforcement officers would do that day Several injuries occurred on the river including one in which the vic tim sustained head injuries severe enough that AirLife was called in for transport Police dispatchers kept up a seemingly constant stream of chatter as more and more calls went out over the scanner A child lost from his group was in the capable hands of a Sheriffs deputy Saturday That deputy finally transported that youth himself to the youths camp site at Huaco Springs A major accident on FM 2673 required emergency crews to tend to the injuries of a motorcyclist And on the crime front besides the public intoxication problems faced by local authorities police also set and sprung a trap on a motorist who reportedly had shot a policeman in another however proved false and the motorist and those in his vehicle were released All in all it was busy day for local law enforcement and rescue per sonnel but it was not unique Summer in New Braunfels and Comal County offers emergency crews real challenges Life and death dramas are played out on week ends and throughout the week in our area When we as a newspaper run photographs of wrecks or other trag ic accidents remember the story outside of the tragedy the story of local heroes who give it their all to save lives Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Love 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 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Cooper City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by ihe New Braunfels HeraldZeiiuns USPS 377880 707 Lancia or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal Counly Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HercddZeiiung 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 six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Corps9 spirit alive and well in Editors note The following article written by CWO Robert C Jenks was dropped by our office by Mayor Paul Fraser Fraser a former Marine received the article from a local resident whose grandson is a corporal in the Marine Corps in Cal ifornia This story was read to that corporal and oth er Marines at their base following the bombing at the federal building in Oklahoma City April 19 was a very bad day for America For Marines the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City strikes a painful nerve The Corps mourns two lost Marines while nursing four others injured by the blast When television first broadcast the images of the explosion one could hear the Corps gasp It looks just like the embassy in Beirut was the common comment referring to the April 18 1983 terrorist car bomb detonation in Lebanon This was only a prologue to the disaster that would claim 245 Marine soldier and sailor lives in the barracks that October As in Lebanon the always faithful ethos of Marines is alive inOklahoma City On the morning of April 21 Michael Curtain a New York City police officer who had been sent to Oklahoma City as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Task Force and who had been working for many hours without rest saw a body cov ered with rubble He recognized the material of the trousers The trousers were deep blue with a broad red Corps call it a blood stripe Officer Cur tain knew immediately that it was a Marine because he too is a reserve first sergeant It was like I was said Curtain Some how I knew what I had to he said After the first sergeant found the dress blue trousers he cut away part of the fabric and saw that the man was white He knew then that it had to be Capt Randolph L Guz man the recruiting station executive officer The oth er Marine who was still unaccounted for was Sgt Benjamin L Davis and Davis was known to have been of Asian heritage and had darker skin When I found the captain I started asking around to see who among the rescuers was a Cur tain said I found three former Marines who were part of the rescue Curtain found Manny Hernandez and Juan Garcia both New York City policemen Ray Bonner a paramedic also stepped forward Curtain now had a fire team and asked for permission to remove the captains body It was something I had to said Hernandez a Vietnam veteran I had a squad under me in Nam and whenever we lost a Marine he was never left We have this tradition We take care of our The excavation took 5 hours and involved a great deal of risk We had to use an electric jackhammer to chip the concrete away from the Curtain said During this effort the columns dangerously shift ed twice before they were able to get Guzman free After placing Guzmans remains in a body bag the word spread throughout downtown Oklahoma City that the Marines were bringing out one of their own An unidentified Air Force colonel upon hearing of the Marines mission found an American flag and sent it into the building Before we lifted Guzman up and away from the rubble and carried him out we draped the flag over said Curtain When we came out of the building I couldnt believe what I saw Everything had stopped You could have heard a pin drop Cranes had stopped It was completely quiet Rescuers stopped and looked People had lined the street Everyone was watching in silence as we brought our Marine out We were in a highly vis ible were turned removed their their their You could tell the Curtain said They were the ones saluting with tears in their When we came out with the flagdraped captain1 I saw why I was a Marine said Hernandez It ri is because I know I wouldnt expect anything else from any other Marine if it were me in that body It the esprit and brotherhood that remember taught to me in boot camp years ago It lifted me up ItSvas overwhelming We are a band of he said M Once Guzmans remains were carried from building two long lines of rescue workers bystanders formed Without any order or they made a corridor leading to the recovery that were taking remains to the makeshift It was one of the most emotional experiences my said Curtain People had taken their hats off and were offering respect any way they knew how It was symbolic of all the emotion everyone was feeling whether they were Marines not We were all involved The compassion for the lost just seemed to surface all at he Like the 1983 bombing in Beirut when Lt CpLv Jeffrey Nashton after blindly feeling the four of Gen Kelly scribbled Semper Fi on piece of paper as he lay on life support in the in Germany the enduring ethos of the Corps is in Oklahoma City It was just a simple thing But it had to be Hernandez said Once we saw the blood stripe Capt Guzmans trousers we knew he was a and we had no choice It was simply Sempep What do you think Do you support a transit system for New Braunfels Yes oriNo circle one Various local and regional officials met Thursday night to consider proposals to bring public transportation to New Braunfels A study done by Hamilton and Associates for the city called for two routes for local residents use and one route to serve tourists To receive federal funds for any such project an application would have to be submitted by January 1996 The Federal Transit Authority would kick in 80 percent of capital startup costs and 50 percent of operating costs We want to know what your think Fill out the coupon drop it by our office at 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax survey to 210 6251224 Copied forms are accepted Deadline for this survey is Saturday June Name Address City Age Sex r Bosnian conflict One fight we should pass up By CHARLES DAVIS As plcbes at West Point we were required to memorize General MacArthurs message from the Pacific From the Far East I send you one sin gle thought one sole idea written in red on every beachfront from Australia to Tokyo there is no substitute for vic Such victories as MacArthur envi sioned have been in short supply since World War II Nevertheless the mes sage is one which we would do well to ponder before we discard the plowshare to wield the sword in faraway places The fracasjn the former Yugoslavia is the immediate case in point The bottom lines first NATO airstrikes against ihe any of the warring parties for that illadvised and the should neither counsel nor participate in same Addi tionally several European nations have announced plans to beef up their con tribution to the forces in the con tested Balkan areas President Clinton has announced support for these initiatives and given indications that additional troop participation might be on the horizon To respond with force to what we rightly see as gross vio lations of human decency in that trou bled land is a great temptation We should resist it Analysis There is more than one reason why we should avoid joining this fight but the foundational one relates to funda mentals of strategy Strategy is the link between means and ends tying resources to objectives As numerous contemporary examples will attest we get into trouble when our objectives are illdefined This is the present case and we must step back and pragmatically assess the longterm prospects for accomplishing whatever objectives we hold for the Balkans I four objective is a narrow ensuring the sancti ty of a few small safe our actions in pursuit of that objective should be carefully tailored If our objec tive is tranquillity in the should be prepared to invest the tremendous resources that will be required It is not to be imagined that the American people are ready to undertake that commitment It is fashionable today for politicians and statesmen to talk of sending an unmistakable taking punitive retaliatory and so forth As our Vietnam experience demonstrates we have tried such tactics repeatedly with dismal success Against an implacable and determined the belliger ents in the Balkans on all sides bear those messages do not communicate Use of force in this fashion only hardens resistance and invariably results in a ratchetingup of the level of force employed Such grad ualism can not fail to nourish a minor skirmish into a major conflict The Serbs taking of hostagesis the latest example This in turn requires an adjustment of our the forceful accomplish ment will require more resources While the material resources are available to accomplish this sequential growth in the objectives hierarchy the will to employ those resources is not It is not probable that the citizenry will support great loss of lives in pursuit of an escalating policy in the Balkans Finally it is good to remind ourselves of important background to the present conflict Ethnic a problem of longstanding in the Balkans For hundreds of years this has been the case That the and NATO have long understood this is demonstrated by the fact that for many years the common wargame scenario for armed conflict with the Soviet postulated the death of Tito and the out break of violence in the former Yugoslavia Unless the and Euro pean nations are prepared to eijibrce peace by subjugation there is little that messages and punishment Settle the scores Second the forces arewellsuited to peace keeping they are illsuited to peace Regrettably the Balkans situation require the latter Third punishment is designed to effect rehabilitation or nounce retribution It is clear that airstrikes have not accomplished the former and it is equally clear that the ter only infuriates the Serbs and the conflict There is something about the ican mystique that longs for truth justiqe and equity to prevail on the world as well as the local scene When such not the case there is an almost pressible temptation to make our influv ence felt This is altogether right and proper What must be most carefully con templated however is the use of force as an instrument of that Weve done it wrongly before it looks like were about to do it again Regret table as it may be this is a fight we should pass up Charles H Davis a New Braunfels resident is a Vietnam veteran and mem ber of the faculty at Southwest Texas State University From 1990 to 199 he served as the first civilian dean at the Air Force Air War The Survey Readers agree should stay out of Balkan battles fnmiuh mtlitarv miuhl in 1 ctartpH aKnnt kl nntl fnni Kit The five readers that responded to last weeks survey question Should the put troops on the ground in Bosnia were resound ingly against any such move in the future Some of their their thoughts on the widening conflict in Balkans area and the potential for American involvement there included There is enough military might in Europe to do the job only they would rather spill American blood and the draft dodger in the While House agrees Absolutely no troops I served one year as a helicopter pilot in Viet nam as a result of gradually being drawn into an area that we had no business in Remember this is where World War I was started about 81 years ago Lets watch this one from the side lines Lift or remove the embargo and let them fight for themselves We should not even be asking ourselves this question but Freuds Id Psy chology 101 identifies the savage in us all Absolutely not We cant be big brother to the world Also the has not succeeded in stopping the SerbBosnian war Pull all of the troops out and let them have at it The millions spent over there should be spent here in the Bosnia does not pose a threat to security
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