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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                0 Tuesday August Opinion 8 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 the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeitung@AOL.com The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent guiltridden one or both Usually Susan Sontag writer essayist 1986 EDITORIAL Belated Thank you Sophienburg Archives helped Herald Zeitung in a pinch but failed to get credit In the course of putting out our special VICTORY section marking the 50th anniversary of the end of World War H which ran in the Sunday Aug 27 edi tion the HeraldZeitung received the help and contributions of several peo ple and organizations in the community A few veterans with wonderful and touching stories to tell shared their expe riences with us and our readers They also provided photographs from over seas from the 1940s and also from anniversary celebrations in Europe this past Spring Different businesses in town also supported the section by sponsoring the reproduction of five front pages from New Braunfels Herald newspapers in the 1940s But those reproductions would not have been possible without the timely help of the Sophienburg Archives An Archives volunteer brought us microfilm of past Herald newspapers our own files at the paper are incomplete and we lacked the microfilm of those new papers reproduced and stayed with us until the film could be scanned into our computer The goodwill shown on the part of the folks at the Sophienburg Archives was genuine and appreciated and we promised those folks that mention would be made of their part in the production of the section But we dropped the ball No mention was made in the VICTORY section of the Archives help us help that basically made the section special We apologize deeply for breaking that promise The Sophienburg Archives has been a real partner and supporter of this newspaper for a very long time Our paper features weekly stories and photographs in an Archives Anony mous section and the Looking Back column submitted by the Comal Coun ty Historical Commission is often drawn from sources at the Archives and Sophienburg Museum We truly appreciate these special features as do our readers But whats even more appreciated is the role played by the Archives and Museum in this area As a relative newcomer to the area Im amazed at the historical preserva tion undertaken by these and other organizations in this community New Braunfels colorful past has been welldocumented and is in very capa ble hands The Sophienburg Archives and Sophienburg Museum need our sup port and attention We regret the oversight we made Their help was truly appreciated and VIC TORY would have been a pale reflection of itself had it not been for their help 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 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeratdZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZfituns in New Braunfels Texas Canier delivered in CoraaJ and Quadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by earner 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 nave not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by weekdays or by U on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the NewBrawfek HerddZcitwig Draw s311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 McCorvey was haunted by her past Norma McCorvey the used and abused central figure in the monumental Roe vs Wade abortion case 22 years ago is a new creation Not only does she testify to being spiritually reborn she also says she no longer believes in abortion on demand True she would still allow abortion in the first trimester in cases involving severe fetal but she has made a quantum leap in a direction opposite the one she has staunchly held since before the 1973 Supreme Court rul ing I have seen McCorvey interviewed many times In each instance her countenance and words reflected anger bit terness cynicism pain and sar casm about the prolife move ment But recently on ABCs a different McCor vey appeared Dressed nicely her hair styled and wearing a cross around her neck McCorvey displayed an inner peace that can only be explained by using a theological concept She has been converted People in the prochoice movement expressed shock and offered worldly explanations for her change of heart Her attorney Sarah Weddington whom McCorvey accused of lying to her about the Cal Thomas availability of abortion she said Weddington had had one in Mexico but didnt want to share the infor mation with her because it would have hurt Wed dingtons legal said The opposition is going to be using this from a PR Look whos talking McCorvey said she was the one who was used by the prochoicers including Weddington I wasnt good enough for she said You know Im a street kid I cant really remember a prochoice per son here in Texas ever calling me and saying Good morning Norma are you having any trouble in your life Others including attorney Gloria Allred and pro choice activist Kate Michelman suggested that McCorvey was attracted to the prolife side because they paid attention to her But that explanation is too shallow They dont understand the power of information and of genuine love for another person regardless of their views And they are terrified of the political implications of fully disclosing to women details of the abortion procedure and the many alternatives to having one If prochoicers had nothing to fear they wouldnt hide the grisly operation behind guarded abortion clinic doors In an interview with Fort Worth radio station WBAP McCorvey said that while she was employed by a Dallas abortion clinic she had to drink herself to sleep at night in order to forget what she saw each day She was most troubled she said by a freezer packed with dead aborted babies One day while looking at empty swings at a local playground she thought Oh my God the playgrounds are empty because theres no children because theyve all been The key person in MCorveys conversion was Rev Flip Benham the leader of Operation Rescue Dallas Benham whose office was next door to the abortion clinic where McCorvey worked developed a relationship with her Both had had troubled pasts and this is what connected them He won her over not with harsh rhetoric but by treating her as a valuable person Is there a lesson here for those prolifers who believe that confrontation even violence is the only way to stop abortion One hardens hearts the other can change them Some point out that McCorvey still approves of abortion in a few cases and that the lesbian rela tionship she has had for two decades with her room mate will not sit well with her new friends on the pro life side But give her time Shes been abused in the past and used in the present but her future looks bright as she claims a promise from that Book the Rev Flip Benham shared with her If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation Old things are passed away behold all things have become Thats the best explanation for what has happened to Norma McCorvey Cal Thomas is a syndicated Justice seeks original videotape of roundup WASHINGTON Justice Department could ask a judge to order lawyers to turn over the original videotape purporting to show racist activities at an annual Good Ol Boys rally for federal agents a spokesman says But at this stage of the game were still talking to the said Justice Department spokesman Carl Stem The New York Times reported Sunday that the source of the tape and stories about racism at the roundups was Richard Hay ward a former Fort Laud erdale police officer The Times said Hay ward was upset when he was prevented from expressing his own white supremacist views at the outings Hayward then provided his tape taken at the 1990 roundup to the National Rifle Association just as it was gearing up a membership drive attacking the Bureau of Alco hol Tobacco and Firearms according to the news paper Justice has issued an administrative subpoena for the original tape to the Gadsden Minutemen a para military group in Alabama Stem said Hayward said he gave the original tape to the group the Times reported Obviously if they wont produce the tape that will lead to the implication that its not on the Analysis Stern said in an interview He declined to confirm the Times reporting on Hayward He also stopped short of saying Justice investigators doubted the tapes authenticity Obviously you have to determine whether there are discrepancies between what is seen on that tape and the events that are known to have occurred on the particular he said He said he expected the departments inspector general to finish his probe in the early fall But civil rights leaders and the organizer of the annual roundups a former ATF agent have said they believe the 90second tape may have been doc tored particularly the part showing a banner pro claiming Nigger check Some have suggested that Hayward himself may have hung the banner Hayward denied those suspicions to the Times and insisted the tape and his stories are genuine Hayward could not be reached Sunday he had no tele phone listing in Fort Lauderdale Fla The roundups held in southeastern Tennessee generally draw 300 to 400 law enforcement officers and guests nearly all of them white The weekend gathering which was May 1820 this year features picnics volleyball golf rafting and beer drinking But it also allegedly has been the scene of drunken lewdness and displays of racism such as the sale of T shirts with racist themes When the tape surfaced last month the Justice and Treasury Departments began investigations and the Senate Judiciary Committee held wellpublicized hearings Sen Orrin Hatch RUtah who chaired the Judi ciary Committee hearings last month was traveling Sunday and could not be reached for comment Valerie Lau inspector general for the Treasury Department which is also investigating the Good Ol Boys Roundups declined Sunday to comment on the Times report Susan McCarron an ATF spokes woman said Sunday she had not seen the report An NRA official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed that the group had been approached with information about the Good Ol Boys Roundups but said the source would identify himself only as George which raised suspicions Hay wards tape and accounts of the roundups were apparently turned over to The Washington Times by an NRA official The New York Times said Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Aug 29 the 241st day of 1995 There are 124 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Aug 29 1944 Ameri can troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis On this date In 1533 the last Incan King of Peru Atahualpa was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Fran cisco Pizarro In 1632 English philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset In 1809 American author Oliver Wendell Holmes was born in Cam bridge Mass In 1877 the second president of the Mormon Church Brigham Young died in Salt Lake City Utah In 1896 the ChineseAmerican dish chop suey was invented in New York City by the chef to visiting Chinese Ambassador Li Hungchang In 1943 responding to a clamp down by Nazi occupiers Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships In 1957 Sen Strom Thurmond of South Carolina then a Democrat end ed a filibuster against a civil rights bill after talking for more than 24 hours In 1965 Gemini 5 carrying astro nauts Gordon Cooper and Charles Pete Conrad splashed down in the Atlantic after eight days in space In 1966 the Beatles concluded their fourth American tour with what turned out to be their last public concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco In 1975 one of Irelands most prominent figures in its quest for inde pendence Eamon de Valera died at a nursing home near Dublin at age 92 In 1981 broadcaster and world traveler Lowell Thomas died in Pawl ing at age 89 Ten years ago Elena was upgrad ed from a tropical storm to a hurricane as it swept toward the Gulf Coast prompting more than people from Florida to Louisiana to flee Five years ago A defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared in a television interview that America could not defeat Iraq saying I do not beg before One year ago Bosnian Serb offi cials announced the results of a week end referendum in which Bosnian Serbs overwhelmingly rejected what was billed as a lastchance peace plan Todays Birthdays Actor George Montgomery is 79 Actordirector Sir Richard Attenborough is 72 Sen David Pryor is 61 Sen John McCain is 59 Actor Elliott Gould is 57 Movie director William Friedkin is 56 Actor Richard Gere is 46 Singer Michael Jackson is 37 Actress Rebecca De Mornay is 33 Thought for Today The trouble with being poor is that it lakes up all your Willem de Kooning Dutchborn artist   

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