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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas inion To subrWt mm and guest Columns etectronteally by way of online Mrvlc08 of Internet ot to simply contact staff members the martaglno editors address com totter jot of the Overhdser journalist 1995 EDITORIAL KUDOS Quick action from local volunteer fire departments salvages mans business KUDOS is a regular feature of the HeraldZeitung in which read ers can thank or recognize Ate work or support cf individuals and orga nizations in our community To submitm write to HeraldZeitung Landa New Braunfels TX A phone call in the early hours of me morning brought to reality the fear our family had since the extreme dry weather tegan From our bedroom window we saw the flames leaping toward the overhead electric lines Our business was on fire I called 91 land then headed for the office to remove the files and get thedogs The animals were already yapping in fear as the black smoke bel lowed over their pen The firefighters arrived quickly and began the exhausting task of con taining the blaze Thanks to the efforts of many nameless firefighters a potential disaster was limited to minimal damage Seeing the red eyes of weary men in heavy suits working to save a business made me aware of the difficulty and danger involved in their job These men risk their lives constantly as part of their job It certainly isnt an easy way to make a living and remember maftyl VfsiiruroJ moY aorta iw V rural firefighters are volunteers uWivA 9gsa atroyiavii niw aatoflmtw abno It must be extremely frustrating to these men to realize that care lessness and deliberate acts of arson are responsible for many of the fires If you see anyone throwing a match or cigarette out carelessly caution them about the dangers If anyone has any information concerning persons who may be deliberately setting fires contact the local fire marshal The firefighters of this area will be very busy during this dry season unless YOU help prevent these needless fires Thanks to all the firefighters who came to our aid Thank God no one was injured Most appreciatively The Kaderii family Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 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 Toney Managing Editor Doug Loveday Director of Advertising Debbie BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Jack Osteen Accounting Manager Mary Lee Hal Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Parnell City Editor Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Riday by the New Brails tJeruldZetong USPS 377880 707 Landa or 3 11328 New Braunfels Coma County 7813M328 postage paid by the tfrw yew Mail delivery outside Cone County in Tow three six months ojie year Mail pfe moottw one year who taveno received a 0r Sunday or by weekdays or by 11 CPA learns to hold his tongue Just when life was beginning to lose its sense of whimsy I had to attend a seminar in professional ethics Not that I felt any particular need to refine my personal outlook on dealing with others Im sure that people who know me best for instance my mother would say Hes such a nice So I probably would not have spent the money to attend this ethics course except that I am required to spend four hours every three years being taught my ethical responsibilities as defined by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy My personal feeling is that once society becomes so uncivil that people dont act from ethical ideals as a matter of their own mature accord we arent going to improve things much by writing down a bunch of roles The Ten Commandants in their sublime sim plicity would have served mankind quite well lo these many centuries if people paid any attention to them Still this is America and everyone is entitled to his own stupid opinion So I sat through this required ethics course taught by a lawyer if you can imagine Professional ethics for CPAs dont prohibit just obvious misbehavior such as embezzlement falsi fying financial statements or tax returns or cheating on the CPA exam I was greatly alarmed to learn that CPAs also may not make public allegations of a lack of mental capacity of a client which can not be sup ported in Presumably this means that if I want to call someone crazy in public I have to resign as their accountant first CPA But your Honor when I called Mr Gam dandruff a stupid moron in front of the other City Council members he was a FORMER Judge Right you are sir Case dismissed Note that the CPA cannot be found guilty of this discreditable act if his clients lack of mental capac Charles Allen ity CAN be supported in fact When the CPA gets hauled up in front of the administrative judge his lawyer cannot claim that it never happened if there were witnesses His only defense then is to demonstrate that the complainant really is nuts So to save his CPA client the lawyer will have to make an excruciating review of the plaintiffs personal words and acts line up witnesses who will testify that the plaintiff reg ularly shows up naked at piano recitals for example and arrange for a psychiatrist to tes tify about the patent craziness of all of this The government lawyer will do the same thing in reverse to show that the complainant is the model of sobriety and deco rum In order to find the CPA not guilty the adminis trative judge must conclude that the complainant is in fact crazy This finding will then be reviewed for rat ification by the entire board Imagine having your san ity determined by a governmental committee of accountants I dont know which would be worse to be judged crazy by them or to be judged sane This reminds me of a case related to me by my brother a California lawyer It seems that one Cali fomian in a fit of angry frustration at dealing with one of his fellow citizens publicly called him a crude inflammatory and unflattering name Ill not repeat it here this is a family newspaper and theres no need for people to use that kind of language when theyre not even playing golf The general connotation of this term is an extremely unlikable Any way acting in the best tradition of California society the man sued alleging slander As in the example cited above the defense lawyer had no than to prove that the plaintiff really was an extremely unlikable So he lined up dozens of witnesses who each testified about the mans behavior toward others Facing an avalanche of evidence the judge found for the defendant Because the defense lawyer had been so organized and precise in revealing the plaintiffs character showing each facet of it in stark detail die judge cit ed each such attribute in his decision The result is that the state of California has given us a legal definition of that slang term which popularly describes an extremely unlikable or to refer to it in print an EUF Im thinking of having some checklists printed up accountants just love checklists which list all of the legal attributes of an EUF As I encounter candi dates for this appellation I could start checking off each qualification as I observe it When the candidate finally meets all of the criteria I could hand him his or her lets be fair citation with my congratulations Well done sir or You have just shown yourself to meet all of the legal requirements to be called an EUF under authority of the courts of the State of California who ought to know an EUF when they see one I hereby present you with your personal certificate of authenticity which attests to your sta tus in society and entitles you to all of the rights hon ors and privileges thereunto aooertaining You I would do this except that it would be VERY WRONG And unethical Charles T Allen is a New Braunfels Texas CPA and humorist whose professional practice involves the creation of all manner of humorous works of fic OTftte ridiculous W doesnt counr Voice recorder indicates fire in ValuJet cabin ByJIMABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Just minutes after Val uJets doomed flight 592 took off from Miami the cockpit door apparently opened and fire was report ed in the passenger cabin Moments later the jet dived into the Everglades killing all 110 aboard How the door opened remains a mystery Investi gators declined today to go beyond National Trans portation Safety Board Vice Chairman Robert Fran cis statement a day earlier that it appears the door opened Cockpit doors on airliners normally are kept locked Sources who spoke on condition of anonymi ty said the door could have been opened because someone knocked on it by a flight attendant with a key or some other way Investigators say it may be weeks before the sounds on the badly battered cockpit voice recorder can be Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday May 29 the 150th day of There are 216 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginias House of Burgesses Responding to a cry of Treason Henry replied If this be treason make the most of it On this date In 1790 Rhode Island became the 13th original Colony to ratify the United States Constitution In 1848 Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union In 1917 the 35th president of the United States John F Kennedy was born in Brpokjine Mass In 1932f World War I veterans began arriving in Washington to demand cash bonuses they werent scheduled to receive for another 13 years In 1943 Norman Rockwells portrait of Rosie fully analyzed but they have released preliminary findings About six minutes after the DC9 took off from Miami International Airport It appears that the cockpit door opened and there were verbal indica tions from the cockpit that there was fire in the pas senger Francis said The tape from the cockpit voice recorder recovered from the Everglades muck Sunday also contains indications from the cabin that there were prob lems obtaining Francis offered no other details saying the exam ination of the tape has just begun and the information on it is very very difficult to decipher at this But the tape appears to back up other indications of fire in the cabin of the plane before the May 11 crash Investigators said Sunday they had found the alu minum frame of a passenger seat that was partially melted and heavily damaged by fire Investigator Gregory Feith said it would take temperatures of at the Riveter appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post In 1953 Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norkay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit In 1973 Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles defeating incumbent Sam Yorty In 1985 35 people were killed and hundreds injured in rioting that erupted between British and Italian spectators at the European Cup soccer final in Brussels Belgium In 1988 President Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union as he arrived in Moscow where he opened his superpower summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev In 1990 Boris N Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic in Ate third round of balloting by the Russian parliament Ten years ago Some of the United States clos foreign ministers meeting in Nova Scotia least 500 degrees to cause that type of damage Investigators also found a blackened support struc ture and smokedamaged floor beams both from inside the passenger cabin Before losing communication with air traffic con trollers the pilots had indicated with a considerable sense of urgency that there was smoke in the cock pit and in the passenger cabin NTSB officials have said previously As a possible cause for the fire attention has focused on 119 oxygen canisters that were being carried in the planes front cargo hold The canisters which ValuJet was not authorized to carry as cargo contain a volatile mix of chemicals used to provide oxygen to passenger emergency masks The aluminum casing for the magnetic recording tape shown to reporters was deeply gouged from hit ting something upon impact and it took several hours for NTSB officials working through the night Sunday to remove the 30minute tape not to scrap the SALT II arms accord j Five years ago President Bush addressing the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs unveiled a plan to curb unnecessary and destabiliz ing weapons in the Middle East One year ago The last three bodies entombed in j the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in City were recovered Margaret Chase Smith the first woman to serve in both the House and the Sen ate died in Skowhegan Maine at age 97 Birthdays Comedian Bob Hope is Former Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent is 58 Race car driver Al Unser Sr is 57 Actor Helmut Berger is 52 Actor Anthony Geary is 49 Actress Annette Bening is 38 Singer Melissa Etheridge is 35 ij Thought for Today Like other spurious fastidiousness is often inconsistent with itself the coarsest things are done and the crudest things said by the most fastidious Matilda Stansbury Kirkland American author
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