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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                Opinion To tafc with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page can 6259144 ext21 The most rewarding freedom is freedom of the Amy Garvey author 1963 EDITORIAL New Braunfels ambassadors Comal Community Band to represent city at Braunfels Germany celebration As New Braunfels residents came together this year to celebrate their 150th anniversary another community across the Atlantic is gearing up for a birth day party of its own The 750th anniversary of the founding of Braunfels Germany is scheduled for July 1996 Dignitaries from around Germany and Europe will be on hand to commemorate the anniversary as will a contingent from New Braun fels During April of this year our local community welcomed and new to town for festivities ceremonies parades and other events marking our Sesquicentennial Among those visiting were many officials performers and relatives of local residents from Braunfels Germany While here the German contingent and local organizers celebrated the heritage shared by the founders of this community and people of Braunfels The Braunfels officials took part in many events and represented their community and country in fine fashion Now New Braunfels will have the opportunity to pay tribute to her name sake and sister city in Europe at next years anniversary One group planning to perform at the Braunfels 750th birthday bash is the Comal Community Band Comprised of 60 members the band is scheduled to perform in other Ger man communities as well as Braunfels and organizers are trying to set up per formances at American military bases as well Created in 1981 ihe Band is made up of a true cross sec tion of this area Musicians cross gender and age lines with ages ranging from the teens to the Familiar figures at Wurstfest and the July 4 celebration on the Plaza the band also has recently performed free of charge during the Sesquicentenni al celebration for the Music Study Club at Conservation Plaza for Folkfest at the McKenna Memorial Hospital volunteer picnic and at various holiday events The group will also play at the Sisters in Suffrage event tomorrow To travel to Braunfels Germany however group officials have said they must raise Transporting 60 people their instruments paying for room and board and meals for an extended stay in Germany is not an inexpensive proposition and the group is hoping corporate sponsorships and individual donations will help defray costs New Braunfels could hardly hope for better representatives at the Braunfels celebration Those who can should gladly help this group make the journey and carry their message of music and friendship to our sister community Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug 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 Sullens General Manager Cheryl DuVall Managing Editor Doug Loveday Advertising Director Tracy Stevens Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Douglas Brandt Classified Manager KimWeitzel City Editor Roger Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the NewBraunfels HeraldZeHwg USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 31 1328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the NewBraw fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months Mai delivery outside Comal County in Texas three monihs six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have noe received a newspaper by pm Tuesday through Friday or by wn on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 pjn weekdays or by 1 1 aju ojs Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeuung Draw er 31 1328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeitung@AOL.com United Way Senior Center alike Its that time of year again The United Way is about to go into full swing The Comal County Senior Citizens Center is one of the recipients of funds from the United Way of Comal County UWCQ and we are extremely appreciative This year the United Way is chaired by Frances Huff of TXI The current president is Doug Miller and the presidentelect is David Sansing As always there are many many volunteers helping with the community effort Joe Worl is that always faithful and invaluable executive director of the UWCC From reading the United Way brochure I learned that since 1954 the Comal County Community Fund has initiated fundraising drives to support chari ties providing social services to the people of Comal County Under the leadership of the first president Frank Wilson and the enthusiastic leadership of the drive chairman Pete Nowotny the Com munity Fund exceeded its first goal by Through the years the Community Fund has col lected over SI million to support qualifying organi zations in the county In 1989 under the leadership of Board President Herb Schneider the board of directors voted to join the United Way of America The Comal County Fund is now the UWCC The new United Way still supports charities that provide services to the people This year the UWCC will be funding 29 organiza tions I also learned that the United Way logo has a simple but universal message The center image based on the universal symbol of mankind is cradled by the helping hands It indicates that United Way cares about people everywhere At the bottom is a helping hand sym bolizing United Ways support of services and programs that in urn support the people in local communities The rainbow over head emerging from the hand to shelter the figure represents hope for a better tomorrow The recurring theme here is Marie Dawson people helping people New Braunfels is a very lucky community to have so many people and orga nizations volunteering and helping other people in so many ways The Comal County Senior Center is also all about people helping people as well as helping other non profit organizations We are grateful to the United Way for helping us to achieve some of our goals One extremely important use of the United Way contributions is to help fund the centers home delivered meals program These meals are important to those elderly or handicapped persons who are homebound or who are not able to cook and there fore do not get wellbalanced nutritious meals each day Thanks also to all those terrific volunteers who deliver those meals each day Another essential program is the handicapped equipped van United Way funds help with the oper ation of that van which is in almost constant use these days transporting people to doctors appointments and to many other appointments they would not be able to meet if it were not for that van and that dri ver David Johnson making it possible to handle those wheelchairs At the Senior Center United Way tshirts are on sale for Come by to purchase your vvj attractive shirt and help out the important United Way cam paign Let us all contribute to helping mankind and in particular our neighbors with a concerted effort to the organizations asking for help and to the com munity in general In the words of the United Way What is my fair share What is your answer Marie Dawson is a New Braunfels resident who writes exclusively about senior citizen now m Happened Scalia turns down Citadels request By RICHARD CARELU Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP When Chief Justice William Rehnquist last week turned down The Citadels effort to keep Shannon Faulkner from becoming a cadet the schools lawyers thought they knew just where to turn Supreme Court rules forced them to first seek help from Rehnquist but the chief justices refusal meant lawyers for the South Carolina school were free to file the same emergency request with any one of the courts eight other members Although they ended up losing the decision by the Citadels lawyers to turn next to Justice Antonin Scalia seemed logical at the time After all Scalia is not only the courts most conservative member but he was the only justice on record as sympa thetic to The Citadels claim that its maleonly policy was worth saving Scalia voiced such sympathy when the high court in 1993 rejected an Today In History Analysis appeal by the Virginia Military Insti tute the nations only other statesup ported and maleonly military school Although he agreed with the courts action two years ago he did so only because of the appeals timing Whether it is constitutional for a state to have a menonly military school is an issue that should receive the atten tion of this court before rather than after a national institution as venerable as the Virginia Military Institute is compelled to transform Scalia wrote in a concurring opinion The Citadels lawyers must have had those words in mind when they confi dently predicted success for their Supreme Court gambit But Scalia like Rehnquist turned down the emergency request without comment Ms Faulkner became a cadet the next day shattering the schools 152year history of male exclusivity The school passed up its right to get turned down by each and every other justice Did Scalia have a change of heart Hes not offering an explanation but the prospect of countermanding the chief justice in such circumstances is not an attractive one There also would have loomed the embarrassing possi bility of being reversed by the full court The Citadel this week filed a for mal Supreme Court appeal but its fate could be determined by the courts handling of an alreadypending appeal in the VMI dispute In it the Clinton administration is challenging Virginias plan approved by a federal appeals court to create a womens VMI at another school while keeping VMI allmale While the case was before the court the newspaper reports Justice Sandra Day OConnor circulated a confidential memo saying she was donating all her American frequentflier miles to char ity to avoid any potential conflict of interest At least four other justices did the same but Scalia refused Instead he disqualified himself from participat ing in the case He is said to have joked privately that since he uses his frequentflier ben efits to obtain tickets for those of his children who have left the nest giving up the miles would mean he would nev er get them to the Journal said Scalia rerusedcomment Speaking of Scalia The Wall Street Journal has dug up an intriguing foot note to the courts decision in January that allowed people to sue American Airlines in state courts over changes in its frequentflier plan Retired Justice Harry Blackmun is participating in the Federal Judicial Centers project creating a Supreme Court oral history Yale University law professor Harold Koh a former Blackmun law clerk is conducting the taped inter other retired justices By The Associated Press Today is Friday Aug 18 the 230th day of 1995 There are 135 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Aug 18 1587 Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be bom on American soil on what is now Roanoke Island On this date In 1227 the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died In 1846 forces led by Gen eral Stephen W Kearney captured Santa Fe In 1894 Congress established the Bureau of Immigration In 1914 President Wilson issued his Proclamation of aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I In 1938 President Roosevelt ded icated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada In 1954 Assistant Secretary of Labor James E Wilkins became the first black to attend a meeting of a presidents Cabinet as he sat in for Labor Secretary James P Mitchell In 1958 the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was published In 1963 James Meredith became the first black to graduate from the University of Mississippi In 1982 for the first time vol ume on the New York Slock Exchange topped the 100miIlion level as million shares were traded In 1983 Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast leav ing 22 dead and causing more than billion worth of damage In 1987 American journalist Charles Glass escaped his kidnap pers in Beirut after 62 days in cap tivity In 1991 Soviet hardliners launched an unsuccessful coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail S Gorbachev Ten years ago Pope John Paul II in Nairobi Kenya as part of an African tour implored his audience to surmount tribal barriers and urged countries engaged in the arms race to fight ecological and human crises instead Five years ago A frigate fired warning shots across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman apparently the first shots fired by the United States in the Per sian Gulf crisis One year ago Florida Gov Law ton Chiles declared an immigration emergency and demanded federal help to cope with the largest surge of Cuban refugees since the 1980 Mariel boatlift Todays Birthdays Former Sec retary of Defense Caspar Weinberg er is 78 Actress Shelley Winters is 73 Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 68 Movie director Roman Polanski is 62 Actress Gail Fisher is 60 Actor Robert Redford is 58 Actorcomedian Martin Mull is 52 Actor Christian Slater is 26 Actor MalcolmJamal Warner is 25 Thought for Today The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them Dorothy Day American social activist 1897   

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