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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A n HeraldZeituna n Friday Nov Opinion To talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 221 Online contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is DLoveday@AOL.com QUOTAS I F In the case of news we should always wait for the sacrament of Voltaire French philosopher author 1764 EDITORIAL Business as usual Republicans Democrats likely to clash in Congress despite conciliatory rhetoric Republican leaders in Congress are calling for bipartisanship and cooperation Their statements echo those that have been coming from the White House since before the presidential election earlier this month Whether either side lives up to these warm and fuzzy procla mations however remains to be seen Newt Gingrich who was nominated by fellow GOP lawmak ers to a second term as House speaker is being dogged by an ethics investigation and threats of formal charges being leveled against him Although Gingrich has claimed the charges are politically motivated hes still likely to act in a more conciliatory fashion until the ethics matter is resolved Describing the last Congress as the Confrontation Gingrich said the new Congress would earn the title Implementation Congress for the measures it passes in the coming months But should Gingrich weather the ethics storm hell likely be forced to take a tougher stand against those policies likely to come at him from the White House protjosine a agenda brie that Gingrich said he wptjudbe together ori with the president But this president showed his true political colors after his first presidential run churning out a liberal agenda after just a few days in office despite running as a moderate or new Democrat Theres no reason to believe he wont do the same this time around The result more confrontation from this Congress More gridlock More heavyhanded politics In other words look for businessasusual in Washington in the coming months 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 punctuation 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 pre vious 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 Publisher ext Director of Advertising ext BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Osteen Classified Advertising Manager ext Reininger Business Manager ext Lee Hall Circulation Director ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman ext Parnell Interim Managing Editor ext Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the NtnvBrataiJelx 377880 707 Urnda or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months 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 S78 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 changes to the New Brfiunfvk HerpMZeitung Draw er 311328 New Tx 781311328 Trekker sees a long prosperous future Confession time the terms and scifi nerd could replace the byline to this column Writing a story about Star Trek was a labor of love Getting paid to do it was just a flourish on the icing on the cake As a Trek evangelist I can claim at least one convert to Trekkerdom My husband like myself has weathered about 40 years of slings and arrows of outrageous remaining a hope ful and positive sort We were both trained in broadcasting and I was trained in several aspects of theater We need out buildings to store the speculative fiction paper backs bearing my fingerprints and cracker crumbs So we savor every nuance of writing every wildly creative costume every acting or directing coup Then we dissect each episode with relish Thanks to pithy subjects woven among the KJin gons and phasers satisfying discussions often fol low our postmortems Some of the discussions are in syndication now we find ourselves reaffirm ing favorite beliefs that echo recurrent Trek themes One of those themes is the perennial question Is humanity continuing millennia of progress toward a better future or are we spiraling toward damna tion These debates end up the same way in general agreement with Trek creator Gene Rod denberrys vision for humanitys future My husband had a double major in college broadcasting and political science Hes a history buff and he spent 18 years in broadcast journal ism That was a front row seat to all kinds of human behavior and could have been an easy tick et to a cynical outlook I got my posthigh school history from the arts and from a voracious appetite for read ing not necessarily sugary fluffy books Weve come to the same conclusion Roddenberry has The history of man might be a nice place to visit but we wouldnt want to live there We certainly wouldnt want to live in an era of crucifixion Ancient Egypt is appealing but in a pyramidbuilding soci ety shaped like a pyramid mostly made of slaves the odds are wed be slaves and not godkings We wouldnt have to reach far back into the time tunnel to find slavery in our own country The exasperating behemoth of American gov ernment aside we wouldnt want to live in a soci ety where policy makers were bom into their posi Susan Flynt England HeraldZeitung Columnist tions As profoundly disappointed as we often are with our chosen professions the modem communica tions media we wouldnt want to live in a time when most people could not read We wouldnt want to live in a time or a country where other people told us what we were allowed to read or watch or learn We believe humanity has come a long way and that the future can hold enormous promise To bor row a phrase from another current scifi phenome non the truth is out We believe that truth continues to set humanity free Not only scientific and intellectual truths but spiritual truths about our abilities and responsibilities as humans and our place in the universe We believe as Roddenberry did that while tech nologys power can be wielded for evil it can be an equally powerful tool for good We believe as Roddenberry envisioned that if we humans con tinue to strive for the best in ourselves humanity will live long and Star Trek aficionados are sticklers for detail the kind of attention to detail that helps elevate the best Trek episodes from craft into art That could be why so many of them love trivia quizzes Trivia question Which French word was mis spelled tsk tsk on Page 2 of Thursdays Herald Zeitungl already placed wen of aways andoaumera Letter to the Editor I Concerns of parents still not addressed by school Editor In response to the letter from Sherry Clarkson on Nov 12 concerning Sts Peter Paul Catholic School 1 Ms Clarkson addressed Ms White as Mrs White that is incorrect Ms White has never been married and has no children of her own 2 The glittering generality that Ms White is an enthusiastic and progres sive leader and has great things planned for the school has so far not been based on anything but a few vague lines by Ms White in the Oct 24 school newsletter that the concept of risktaking must be integrated into our definition of thinking and learning Without the willingness to and doing what we have always done we will get what we have always Well I dont know about Ms Clark son but I am not willing to take risks with my childs education particular ly since so many of the experienced and dedicated teachers and staff that Ms Clarkson credits with her sons Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday Nov 22 the 327th day of 1996 There are 39 days left in the year Todays Highlight In History On Nov President Kennedy was assas sinated while riding in a motorcade In Dallas Texas Gov John B ConnaHy was seriously wounded A sus pect Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested Vice Presi dent Lyndon B Johnson became the 36th president of the United States On this date In 1718 English pirate Edward Teach better known as BlackbeardW was kilted during a battle off the Virginia coast M In 1890 French xwHdent Charles de Gaulle was bom in Lille France In 1908 the SOS distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin In 1928 Bolero by Maurice Ravel made its debut in Paris fine education have left the school in disgust nine in and have been replaced with very young and inexpe rienced stafT Ms Whites statement therefore contradicts Ms Clarksons assertion that her sons have previously received an excellent education will get what we have always Maybe the principal can tell us what was so wrong with our school before 3 Close to 50 children have been removed from our school since August this is a cold hard fact not a glittering generality and more parents are now considering following the same course Many parents have tried hard to get the answers that they have requested from the school board Monsignor OCallaghan and the superintendent for the Archdiocese only to be labeled as renegades and dissidents and to have their concerns treated lightly or simply ignored To date after more than two months of waiting the issues have still not been address I find it hard to believe that such a substantial number of troubled parents are being catered 1 certainly dont feel even listened to when I express my anxiety over the current direction of the school Even the superintendent was concerned enough to recommend a task force be appointed to investigate our concerns This still has not been done another fact 4 The bottom line is simply this We the parents of Sts Peter Paul are paying for a quality Catholic school education This means that we have the right to answers to respect for what we consider are valid concerns and to get what we are paying for If any oth er business in this town treated its cus tomers the way that the school board principal and pastor are treating theirs they would not stay in business for long Is this what we are to expect in the future The attitude that we should sit down shut up and take whatever you decide for us is right and appro priate for our childrens education And pay premium to suffer the privi lege Sts Peter Paul is small school It has been in continuous existence for more than 100 years Every program and tradition that the former principal ij spent years building that has been mantled or tossed by the affects every child in that school I could even accept that if those proV grams were being replaced with some1 thing better So far they have not Our 2 reputation has already been bruised by the willingness to dare of Ms White 5 How many children have to leave before they will finally show a willj ingness to admit their mistakes jjj Peggy J Lawson New Braunfels Remember to include phone numbers home and work with letters to the HeraldZeitung In 193S a flying boat the China Clipper took off from Alameda carrying more than pieces of mail on the first transPacific airmail flight In 1943 lyricist Lorenz Hart died In New York at age 48 In 1965 the musical play Man of La Mancha opened in New York In 1975 Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain In 1977 regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis In 1980 actress Mae West died in Hollywood at age 87 In 1990 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher having failed to win reelection of the Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot announced her res ignation Ten years ago Eteire Dionne who gave birth to quintuplets in 1934 died at a hospital in North Bay Ontario Canada at age 77 Actor Scatman Crothers died in suburban Los Angeles at age 76 Five ago In an attempt to break a deadlock the Bush administration proposed that Middle East peace talks resume in Washington One year 090 Acting swiftly to boost the Balkan peace accord the UN Security Council suspended economic sanctions against Serbia and eased the arms embargo against the states of the former Yugoslavia The Commerce Department reported the trade deficit had narrowed to its lowest lev el in nine months Todays Birthdays Sen Claiborne Pell is 78 Comedian Rodney DangerfieW is 75 Actor Robert Vaughn is 64 Actor Michael Callan is 61 Animator and movie director Terry Gliam is 56 Actor Tom Con ti is 55 Astronaut Guion S Bluford Is 54 Tennis player Billie Jean King is 53 Rock musician Tina Weymouth Talking Heads The Tom Tom Club is 46 Baseball player Greg Luzinski is 46 Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 38 Actress Mariel Hemingway is 35 Tennis player Boris Becker is 29 Thought for Today In youth we feel richer for every new illusion in maturer years for every one we Anne Sophie Swetchine RussianFrench author
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